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Auks boys open season with 54-45 loss in DSAC tournament

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WILMINGTON – Archmere’s boys basketball team stormed out to an early lead during it’s season-opening contest on Dec. 8 against Newark Charter, but the Patriots’ relentless pressure was too much for the Auks, who dropped a 54-45 decision. The game was played at the new DMA Dome on the campus of Delaware Military Academy as part of the Diamond State Athletic Conference Tip Off tournament. Read more »

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Big fourth quarter helps Auks hold off pesky Spartans in girls hoops

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CLAYMONT – Archmere scored 20 points in the fourth quarter, holding off a game St. Mark’s squad for a 52-38 win in nonconference girls basketball on Dec. 7 in Claymont. It was the Auks’ season opener.

The Spartans trailed, 12-5, after the first quarter, but they chipped away at the lead in the second and third, and by the end of the third stanza, the Auks’ advantage had been cut to two at 32-30. But Archmere came out firing in the fourth, ensuring that St. Mark’s upset bid would not be successful.

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A turnover 20 seconds into the fourth gave the Spartans an opportunity to tie the game at 32, but Auks junior Emma McCann spoiled that thought by stealing a pass at midcourt and going the distance for a layup and a 34-30 lead. She struck again on Archmere’s next possession, taking a back-door give-and-go from Madison Stewart. She made the layup, was fouled and completed the three-point play.

Julia Jogani nailed a three-pointer the next time the Auks were down the floor, extending the run to eight, before the Spartans’ Angel Lorang ended that with a free throw. Jogani answered with another triple. Catherine McMonigle would hit one more three-pointer for the Auks, and they made six free throws in as many attempts in the final minutes to seal the victory.

St. Mark’s, which fell to 1-1, opened the game by scoring the first five points. They outscored the Auks in both the second and third quarters, getting points from six different players during those two periods. Senior Kayla Wolff was particularly effective, scoring all 11 of her points during the middle quarters.

McCann said the Spartans always give her team a tough 32 minutes.

“We knew it was going to be a really hard fight because every year with them is tough. So we were ready for a good matchup,” she said.

McCann paced the victors with 15 points, and Jogani joined her in double figures with 12. They accounted for four of the Auks’ five three-pointers, and Archmere made nine of 11 free-throw attempts. Seven players were on the score sheet.

“We lost two of our starters from last year, but a lot of people are stepping up, and we’re working really hard in practice,” McCann said.

The Auks next travel to meet Villa Maria (Pa.) on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Wolff led St. Mark’s in scoring, and Kendra Schweizer added eight. The Spartans also return to action Saturday, hosting Middletown at 1:30 p.m.

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Hard work provides standout Tynes with bright future

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Athletic and academic accomplishments open a world of opportunity for talented St. Mark’s senior

MILLTOWN — Matt Tynes has been a very visible success story at St. Mark’s High School. The senior is a standout football player, starts for the basketball team, and shines in track.

But if you ask Tynes, his proudest accomplishments have come inside the school building. He arrived in the fall of 2014 as a middling student, but since then he has worked at least as hard on his academics as his athletics, and an Ivy League college education is on the horizon. Read more »

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Auks get five pins, open wrestling season with win at Tower Hill

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WILMINGTON – Buoyed by five pins, Archmere’s wrestling team left Tower Hill with a convincing 64-15 win on Dec. 6. The Auks also benefited from Hillers forfeits in five weight classes as they opened their season with a victory. Read more »

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New-look Vikings girls roll in season opener at Mount Pleasant

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PENNY HILL – They took a few minutes to get untracked, but once they did, the St. Elizabeth’s girls basketball team could not be stopped in a 67-27 win at Mount Pleasant on the afternoon of Dec. 4. It was the first game for both teams. Read more »

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Boys basketball tips off with some good matchups

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St. Elizabeth already has two games under its belt, but for the rest of the Catholic schools in Delaware, the season gets going this week. Records are included only for those teams that have played already. Read more »

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Winter already? Girls basketball gets off to a busy start

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The girls’ basketball season opened over the weekend with a small taste of what is to come over the next few months. Most of the Catholic high schools get started this week. Unless noted, the teams have not yet played. Read more »

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Vikings pull away in fourth, capture A.I. season-opening hoops tournament

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GREENVILLE – St. Elizabeth turned a two-point halftime deficit into a two-point lead during the third quarter, then opened the fourth on a tear on the way to a 57-44 win over A.I. duPont on Dec. 2 to take the Tiger Tip-Off boys basketball tournament. The Vikings improved to 2-0 on the season’s opening weekend.

The score was 36-34 Vikings as the game entered its final eight minutes. That is where St. Elizabeth took control in what had been, to that point, a very close contest. Read more »

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Pandas open DiNardo era with big win over New Jersey foe

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WILMINGTON – The Padua Pandas celebrated coach Shelia DiNardo’s first game as coach by going on a 19-point run spanning part of the second and third quarters on the way to a 65-31 storming of the Hun School from New Jersey on Dec. 2.

The Raiders had just six players dressed for the game, and they were able to run with the Pandas for a while. Erin Harrigan scored six of Hun’s nine first-quarter points, outdone only by Padua’s Cam Scully, who had seven to lead Padua to a 13-9 lead at the end of one. Read more »

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Men of service memorialized

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For diocese’s 150th anniversary, Father Thomas Peterman releases updated book on its priests

WILMINGTON — Seventeen years ago, when the Diocese of Wilmington was celebrating Jubilee 2000, Father Thomas Peterman wrote a book, “Catholic Priests of the Diocese of Wilmington,” to memorialize the service of the men who had served its parishes, schools and other ministries.

A lot has happened since that book was released, and since the diocese will mark 150 years in 2018, an update seemed to be in order. Father Peterman has been working on it for about four years.

It will be available next week. Read more »

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