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Colonials’ fourth-quarter surge dooms Vikings in 61-50 loss

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NEW CASTLE – St. Elizabeth was in control for most of its nonconference boys basketball game Jan 3 at William Penn, but the Colonials used their height advantage to mount the comeback and defeated the Vikings, 61-50. It was Penn’s fifth straight victory since an opening-game loss to Salesianum. Read more »

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Return from break means busy schedules for high school basketball teams

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Boys basketball

Wednesday

Ss. Peter and Paul at Park, 4:15 p.m.

Archmere (4-3) at Wilmington Christian (0-4), 5:15 p.m.

St. Elizabeth (5-1) at William Penn (4-1), 6:30 p.m. The Vikings begin a tough week on the road against the Colonials, who have won four straight since a narrow loss to Salesianum to open the season. Neither team has played since Dec. 21, so rust may be a factor.

Thursday

Howard (4-4) at Salesianum (4-2), 7:30 p.m.

Friday

Concordia Prep at Ss. Peter and Paul, 5:30 p.m.

A.I. duPont at St. Mark’s (4-2), 7:15 p.m.

Saturday

St. Elizabeth at Salesianum, 7:30 p.m. The first meeting of the season between the Catholic rivals is a weekend prime-time tilt. The Sals opened the season with four straight wins but went 0-2 against a pair of Pennsylvania foes over the break.

Sunday

Caravel (2-3) at St. Mark’s, 2:30 p.m. In a rare Sunday matinee, the Spartans host the second leg of a three-game homestand, and this will be a tough test for them. The contest will pit St. Mark’s deliberate offensive pace against the high-scoring Buccaneers, led by senior O’koye Parker, although this will be Caravel’s third game in five days.

 

Girls basketball

Wednesday

Severn at Ss. Peter and Paul, 5:30 p.m.

Thursday

Caravel (3-3) at St. Thomas More (5-1), 4 p.m. This game is flying under the radar a bit, and it shouldn’t, because these are two very good teams. Caravel’s record is deceiving, as the Bucs have battled an impressive slate of foes. The Ravens are coming off two nice wins at the Pat Borowski Classic over the Christmas break, and a win here would open eyes among high school basketball observers.

Howard (5-2) at Archmere (4-3), 6:15 p.m. The Auks’ defense will have to be on point against the Lady Wildcats, who feature a trio of capable scorers.

Padua (5-3) at St. Mark’s (6-1), 7:15 p.m. The Pandas and Spartans meet in a matchup featuring two teams having success under new coaches. Sheila DiNardo has the Pandas off and running, an approach that earned them the New Castle Insurance Cup championship at the Diamond State Classic. St. Mark’s has been off since Dec. 21, but Jim Freel’s team already has more wins this season that it picked up all of last year.

St. Elizabeth (6-0) at Ursuline (4-3), 7:15 p.m. A day filled with intriguing games includes the renewal of this storied Catholic Conference rivalry. The visiting Vikings are enjoying a high-flying start, including two wins last week in the Diamond State Classic. Their offensive prowess will be tested against the Raiders, who play defense with the best of them. This will be just the third Delaware opponent for Ursuline.

Saturday

St. Mark’s at A.I. duPont (1-5), noon

Mount Pleasant (3-3) at Archmere, 12:15 p.m.

Archbishop Prendergast (Pa.) at Padua, 1 p.m.

St. Elizabeth at Sussex Central (4-3), 1:30 p.m.

Ursuline vs. Neumann-Goretti (Pa.), time TBA at Philadelphia University.

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St. Elizabeth’s girls upend Mercy to capture Delaware Cup

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WILMINGTON – The final game of the four-day Diamond State Classic was the Delaware Cup championship featuring the host team, St. Elizabeth, against Mercy (Md.). The Vikings certainly did not want to disappoint, and they closed the party with a rousing 69-25 victory on Dec. 30 at the St. E Center. Read more »

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Ursuline falls in Diamond State finale to New Jersey’s St. Rose

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WILMINGTON – Ursuline has been playing this season without starting forwards Olivia Mason and Kay Wulah, both of whom are recovering from knee injuries, and on Dec. 30, the lack of height and experience caught up with the Raiders. St. Rose (N.J.) took advantage, repeatedly pounding the ball inside in a 55-34 win in the fifth-place game of the St. Francis Healthcare Cup at the Diamond State Classic at the St. E Center. Read more »

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Dorsey’s buzzer-beater lifts Raiders in Diamond State

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WILMINGTON – Ursuline’s basketball team this season has featured four new starters, so when the Raiders were in need of points at the end of their game Dec. 29 against Archbishop Spalding (Md.), it was not surprising to see the ball in the hands of the lone returning player, Maggie Connolly. But as she drove the baseline with the clock ticking and Ursuline trailing by two, Connolly spotted freshman Lauren Dorsey alone in the corner. Dorsey calmly sent the ball up, and as the buzzer sounded the rock dropped through the net, giving the Raiders a 42-41 win. Read more »

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Short game pays off for Pandas in convincing Diamond State win over William Penn

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WILMINGTON – William Penn was willing to concede the key to Padua during the teams’ meeting Dec. 28 in the Diamond State Classic, and the Pandas gratefully accepted to gift. The Pandas feasted in the paint on their way to a 61-33 win over the Colonials. The win gave them the New Castle Insurance Cup championship at the annual girls basketball tournament. Read more »

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Vikings pull away from Charter, advance in Diamond State Classic

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WILMINGTON – St. Elizabeth led Charter School of Wilmington, 10-7, after one quarter of their matchup Dec. 28 at the Diamond State Classic. All it took for the Vikings to take their game to another gear was a little mayo. Read more »

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Ursuline drops heartbreaker in three OTs at Diamond State opener

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WILMINGTON – On a night when their star player was blanketed by an opposing defender all night, the Ursuline girls basketball team turned elsewhere for scoring. The Raiders pushed Central Dauphin (Pa.) to three overtimes in a Diamond State Classic meeting on Dec. 27 before the visitors from the Harrisburg area took a 50-44 win in the St. Francis Healthcare Cup, the tournament’s main draw.

Maggie Connolly, the Raiders’ scoring leader, was held to five points thanks to an aggressive box-and-one and man-to-man defense that had her matched up primarily against the Rams’ Faith St. Clair. But the Raiders picked up points from a number of other sources, such as promising freshman Lauren Dorsey, who finished with 15. Read more »

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Julian hits five threes as Padua advances in Diamond State Classic

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WILMINGTON – Bella Julian drained five three-point shots in the first half as Padua opened up play in the Diamond State Classic with a 44-35 win over St. Joseph’s (N.Y.) on Dec. 27 at the St. E Center. Bishop Malooly took in the matinee from behind the Pandas’ bench. Read more »

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Tournament time! Catholic school basketball teams are on the court for the holidays

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Most students are relaxing this week, taking some time off after exams. But the Catholic school basketball teams are busy playing in holiday tournaments. The girls are mostly near home, either at the Diamond State Classic or the Pat Borowski Classic, while the boys are traveling a bit further. This is a great opportunity to see a variety of teams if you have some time off from work. Read more »

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