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Putting girls first is goal of St. Thomas More juniors

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Giulia Randazzo and Sophia Stafford started school chapter of She’s the First with others in mind

 

MAGNOLIA — Two young ladies receiving a fine education in central Delaware are hoping to provide the same opportunity to girls in other parts of the world.

Giulia Randazzo and Sophia Stafford, juniors at St. Thomas More Academy in Magnolia, have formed a school chapter of She’s the First, which is dedicated to giving girls in Third World countries scholarships and grants so they can go to school. Stafford said friends at Dover High School started a chapter, inspiring her and Randazzo to do the same. Read more »

Vikings bats awaken late in 8-1 victory over Tatnall

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GREENVILLE – Brett Brooks had two hits and four runs batted in as St. Elizabeth took an 8-1 victory in nonconference baseball on April 26. Brooks drove in a pair of runs in each of the sixth and seventh innings, when the Vikings did all their damage.

Tatnall got on the board with a single run in the first, and Hornets starting pitcher Oliver Campbell made that stand up for most of the fast-paced game. Campbell worked out of a bit of trouble in the fourth, when David Hazelton started the inning with a long double to the fence in left-center. Hazelton reached third with one out, but St. Elizabeth could not score. Read more »

Moyer’s ninth-inning single helps Vikings win fourth straight on diamond

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WILMINGTON – St. Elizabeth’s baseball team had at least two runners on base in six of the final seven innings of its nine-inning affair with Newark Charter on April 20, but after scoring twice in the third, the Vikings were hamstrung in every attempt to plate another. A combination of shaky baserunning, good defense and plain bad luck conspired against the home team.

But that ended in the ninth, when Nate Moyer’s check swing single to right-center scored Brett Brooks with the winning run in a 3-2 decision over the Patriots, who entered the contest at Canby Park with a six-game winning streak and ranked eighth and fifth in two of the three major statewide polls. Moyer’s hit brought jubilation – and a bit of relief – out of the Vikings, who had watched multiple other opportunities to score evaporate. Read more »

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Suspect killed on St. Helena’s property

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BELLEFONTE – Employees at St. Helena’s Church were back at work April 20 following a harrowing police incident the day before in which a suspect was shot and killed by police just outside the rectory, which also houses the parish offices.

New Castle County Police said a suspect was shot and killed April 19 on St. Helena Church property. (The Dialog/Mike Lang)

New Castle County Police said a suspect was shot and killed April 19 on St. Helena Church property. (The Dialog/Mike Lang)

St. Helena’s business manager, Paul Penna, said Thursday morning that employees were not ready to talk about the incident. After the shooting, police sealed off the parish complex and a section of Philadelphia Pike and surrounding streets, and employees were not able to leave the rectory until after 5:30 p.m., he said. That was more than three hours after the incident.

Penna was not in the office when the shooting occurred, but most of the employees were, as was the pastor, Father Stanley Russell.

The incident unfolded shortly after 2 p.m. on Wednesday. According to Officer JP Piser of the New Castle County police, officers attempted to pull over a vehicle in Wilmington in the vicinity of 24th and Market streets when the driver took off northbound. The pursuit ended outside the city after an accident on Philadelphia Pike at the intersection with Washington Street Extension.

The driver exited his vehicle and ran between St. Helena Church and the rectory, where he was shot and killed. On Thursday, New Castle County police identified the man as 21-year-old Keith Price. The department said officers fired at Price’s car after he drove toward them before he fled. After the accident on Philadelphia Pike, Price ran and hid in bushes next to St. Helena Church. He emerged pointing a weapon at officers, who responded by firing their service weapons, police said.

Two officers, whose names have not been released, were involved. One is an 18-year veteran, while the other has been on the force for three years. They have been placed on administrative leave, per department policy, police added.

Price was being sought on warrants for attempted murder stemming from a shooting in New Castle on April 9.

Dozens of county, state and city police officers joined colleagues from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice on the scene. Officers were on the scene into the late evening. Philadelphia Pike was closed for several hours, and the body of the person shot remained in the St. Helena driveway, blocked by a black tarp and shielded by a tree.

On Thursday, police markings in orange paint dotted the driveway at St. Helena’s, and the spot where the man died was covered with a drying agent.

Piser said no officers were injured, although some were taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure.

The activity brought out several onlookers, including neighbors and employees of nearby businesses who heard the accident, the gunshots or both. Media helicopters hovered overhead, and reporters from several Delaware and Philadelphia media outlets set up on one corner across the street from St. Helena’s.

In addition to the church and rectory, St. Helena’s also has a former convent and school, a small gymnasium, a maintenance building and a building that once housed its preschool but is now home to the Brandywine Center for Autism.

Two mothers who were picking up their children on the afternoon of April 19 did not want to give their names, but they said the autism center had been on lockdown following the shooting.

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Five-run fifth carries Sals past Sussex Tech in first game of twinbill

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WILMINGTON – Salesianum shut down Sussex Tech’s potent offense and broke open a close game with five runs in the fifth inning in a 8-4 nonconference baseball win on April 18 at Frawley Stadium in Wilmington. It was the first of a pair of games for the Sals on the day; they defeated St. Mark’s in the nightcap.

The Sals, who were the visiting team despite playing just a few miles from their Broom Street campus, did not waste any time getting on the board. Walks to Josh Maguire and John Andreoli, followed by an error, loaded the bases with no outs. Tech starter Brady Parks struck out Joe Setting, but Zach Gwynn followed with a single to left field that scored two runs. Parks settled down after that, and the Sals would not score again until the fifth. Read more »

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Undefeated Conrad baseball escapes Archmere with two runs in seventh

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CLAYMONT – Archmere took a 3-3 tie into the seventh inning against undefeated Conrad on April 18, but the veteran Red Wolves pushed across two runs in the final frame to escape with a 5-3 win in Diamond State Athletic Conference action.

Conrad’s Kyle Maxwell walked to open the seventh, and a wild pitch and stolen base moved him to third. Teammate Kyle Walker laid down a suicide squeeze bunt, bringing Maxwell home with the go-ahead run. There was no play at first on the bunt, and Walker had a single. An Auks throwing error allowed Walker to score an insurance run later in the seventh. Read more »

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All Saints will mix arts, religion into STEM Night

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ELSMERE — Those who attend STEM Night at All Saints Catholic School on April 27 may notice some differences from last year’s version. The multi-parish school is incorporating religion and the arts into the event, reflecting its new focus on turning STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — into STREAM, adding religion and the arts.

The theme this year is “patterns,” incorporating symmetry, radial relief structures, puzzles and other things that include them, including Mass. Students have been hard at work getting ready to turn All Saints into a STREAM zone. Read more »

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Y Innovations students are natural builders

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Archmere senior and friends turn to clay, sand and straw to build sustainable housing for the homeless

 

CLAYMONT — Brennan Stark’s schedule has been full since his arrival at Archmere Academy in Claymont nearly four years ago. In addition to academics, he is involved in other activities that include the Mastersingers. But a bit over a year ago, he was searching for more.

Stark, now a senior, and longtime friend Steven Burns were kicking around some ideas one Saturday about a number of topics, and the pair discussed what a home should be. Read more »

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Fahey nets six as Vikings boys win third straight in lacrosse

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ALAPOCAS – St. Elizabeth took an early lead and was never in trouble in a 15-2 win in nonconference boys lacrosse April 12 at Alapocas Run State Park. It was the Vikings’ third win in a row. Read more »

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Five-run second powers Auks past Concord on diamond

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CLAYMONT – After falling behind by a pair of runs to open the game, Archmere’s baseball team responded in a big way to defeat Concord, 10-3, on April 11. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Auks. Read more »

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