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A place for rest and reflection

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Ministry of Caring dedicates Mary’s Garden in former home of St. Patrick’s Senior Center

WILMINGTON — For almost a year, the administrative offices of the Ministry of Caring have been located in one place, at the former St. Patrick’s Senior Center, instead of four different locations. Now, the staff, clients and neighbors have a quiet place for rest and reflection to go along with it.

Bishop Malooly was on hand June 19 with Ministry of Caring founder and executive director Brother Ronald Giannone to bless and dedicate Mary’s Garden behind the building, which is located on 14th Street in Wilmington. The garden is dedicated in honor of Dolores and Pio Abessinio, the parents of Rocco Abessinio, who has contributed to numerous charitable causes in the diocese. Read more »

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Middletown brings Pandas’ run as state soccer champs to an end

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SMYRNA – Middletown entered the girls’ Division I state championship girls soccer match with Padua already without the Delaware player of the year, Alyssa Poarch, and shortly before halftime, the Cavaliers lost goalkeeper Taylor Wolf to an injury. But an early goal by Alexa Rodriguez held up, thanks mainly to the play of emergency keeper Mary Warren, and the top-seeded Cavaliers ended No. 2 Padua’s five-year reign as state champions with a 1-0 win June 3 at Smyrna High School.

Each team had to play a half staring into a setting sun at Charles V. Williams Stadium, and Rodriguez took advantage in the 13th minute. The Pandas had controlled possession until then, but they had few opportunities to beat Wolf. The momentum swung Middletown’s way, and when Rodriguez found herself with the ball and a bit of space about 25 yards from the net, she struck. Her blast just eluded the outstretched fingers of keeper Katie Szczerba – who had a bright sun in her face – and tucked under the crossbar for the game’s lone tally. Read more »

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Spartans bats silenced in semifinal loss to Caravel

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WILMINGTON – St. Mark’s baseball team put three runners on base and scored once during the first inning of their state semifinal game vs. second-seeded Caravel on June 1, but the Spartans struggled on offense the rest of the afternoon in a 6-1 defeat. The loss brought the team’s season to an end with a record of 14-7.

The day began well enough for the Spartans, the sixth seed. Chris Ludman doubled down the left-field line, and the next batter, Brian Gilardi, singled to right, bringing in a run. Gilardi took second on the throw home, but despite a walk to Eric Ludman, Caravel pitcher Joe Silan was able to escape further trouble. Read more »

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Three-run sixth pushes Sals past Hodgson, into baseball semifinals

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WILMINGTON – Salesianum and Hodgson engaged in an old-fashioned pitchers’ duel when the teams met in state baseball tournament quarterfinal action on May 31, but the Sals’ bats came through late in a 4-2 victory. Sallies moves on to face top-seeded Conrad on Thursday night at Frawley Stadium.

The 13th-seeded Silver Eagles scratched out a run in the top of the fourth, and with the way their pitcher, William Hart, was dealing, it appeared that lone tally might be enough. But No. 5 Salesianum rebounded to tie the game in the fifth and scored three times in the bottom of the sixth. That was enough to get the victory. Read more »

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Podolsky wins singles title, helps Archmere girls to second in tennis tournament

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MIDDLETOWN – Abby Podolsky had been here before – just a year ago, in fact – as Delaware high school tennis’ top seed in second singles, facing a formidable opponent from perennial power Caesar Rodney. She came in a very respectable second place in 2016, but on May 26 at St. Andrew’s School, Podolsky made sure there would be no repeat.

With CR’s Halle Parker on a different court playing for the first singles championship, Podolsky matched up with the Riders’ Natasha Sijan, the two-time defending champion at third singles. Podolsky split the first two sets with Sijan, built up a big lead in the third and deciding set before battling to a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 win. The triumph capped an undefeated season for the Archmere senior. For Sijan, the two-time defending state champion at third singles, it was her first and only loss of the season. Read more »

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50 years before the bar

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Longtime Wilmington attorney receives honor from colleagues with St. Thomas More Society Award

WILMINGTON — There were no lawyers in the family when Francis J. Trzuskowski decided he wanted to become one. In fact, he recalled recently, Delaware had just a handful of attorneys of Polish descent when he earned admittance to the state bar in 1962.

Over the next five decades, Trzuskowski made a name for himself in courts all over Delaware, and this past Sunday he was recognized with the Msgr. Paul J. Taggart St. Thomas More Award at the St. Thomas More Society’s annual banquet at the Wilmington Country Club. The society is an organization for Catholics in the legal profession; it first presented the award in 1989. Read more »

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Talk, display make Holocaust very real at Padua

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Woman relates story of being born in China, which welcomed Jews during WWII when others wouldn’t

 

WILMINGTON — More than 70 years have passed since the end of World War II, but the memories remain for those who lived through it, while others who weren’t alive in the 1940s have taken an interest in that part of history.

Two such people were at Padua Academy earlier this month. Yvonne Daniel spoke about her experience as a young child from a group of thousands of Jewish people who lived in Shanghai, China, during the war. In fact, she was born there. Read more »

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Behind Lynch, Archmere wins fourth straight to close out regular season

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CLAYMONT – Donning the lucky pink uniforms, the Archmere baseball team wrapped up its regular season with a 4-0 win over visiting St. Elizabeth on May 23. Colin Lynch had it going on for the Auks, tossing a complete-game four-hitter and picking up two hits with a run scored to boot. Read more »

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Megargee caps late comeback, sends Spartans into girls lacrosse semis

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MILLTOWN – St. Mark’s and Polytech played nearly 51 minutes of girls lacrosse on May 20, but the state quarterfinal matchup came down to the final 51 seconds. Facing elimination, the Spartans’ Paige Megargee tied the score in dramatic fashion with 11 seconds left in regulation, and Megargee struck again early in overtime to send fourth-seeded St. Mark’s into the semifinal round.

Afterward, the junior midfielder shed tears of joy as teammates swarmed her. “I’m so excited! I can’t breathe right now.” Read more »

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Ravens drop heartbreaker in extra innings against Howard

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WILMINGTON – St. Thomas More took a 6-3 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning during its baseball game Thursday against Howard, but the final three outs proved elusive. Howard scored three times to tie the game, then completed the comeback with a walkoff single in the eighth and a 7-6 win in the heat at Frawley Stadium.

The seventh inning was one of close calls that did not go the Ravens’ way. A walk, double and a hit batter loaded the bases with nobody out. Austin Zarco singled home Jacob Couden with the first run to make it 6-4. Read more »

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