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St. Elizabeth battles but comes up short against Conrad in girls quarterfinals

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NEWARK – Third-seeded Conrad found its offense in the second half to defeat the sixth seed, St. Elizabeth, 60-45 on March 4 at the Bob Carpenter Center in the quarterfinal round of the DIAA girls basketball tournament. Sophomore Julie Kulesza scored 24 points and dished out six assists as the Red Wolves exploded for 39 second-half points. Read more »

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St. Thomas More uses late-game run to advance to girls basketball semifinals

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NEWARK – For much of the first half of the DIAA girls’ basketball quarterfinal matchup March 4 between Hodgson and St. Thomas More, things weren’t going the fifth-seeded Ravens’ way. Two starters flirted with foul trouble. The normally reliable three-point shooting had abandoned them. And Hodgson’s high-scoring Kayla Braxton-Young was in a rhythm from the outside.

But the players from the little school in Magnolia stayed close to the fourth-seeded Silver Eagles, trailing by just four at halftime. The Ravens held Hodgson to just four free throws in the third quarter, turning that deficit into a four-point lead entering the fourth quarter, and they were able to hang on for a 52-47 win at the Bob Carpenter Center. Read more »

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Balanced scoring attack helps St. Elizabeth past Glasgow and to boys hoops semifinal

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NEWARK – The ninth-seeded St Elizabeth Vikings got balanced scoring and solid defense to beat 17th-seeded Glasgow, 66-49, on March 3 to advance to the semifinals of the boys’ basketball state tournament at the Bob Carpenter Center. The Vikings exploded after a slow start, and a change from man-to-man defense to a zone did the trick. Read more »

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Salesianum comes close but falls to Sanford in boys quarterfinal

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NEWARK – Salesianum took a two-point lead over Sanford in the teams’ meeting in the DIAA boys’ quarterfinal round on March 3 at the Bob Carpenter Center, but the Sals could manage just two more points over the final 5:03. The seventh-seeded Warriors, meanwhile, put up 10 points in the same span and moved on to the semifinals with a 42-36 win.

The final lead came courtesy of Darnell Vaughan. With his team trailing by one, the junior drove the lane for a short field goal. He was fouled and completed the three-point play, but that 34-32 advantage would be short-lived. Corey Perkins restored the Sanford lead with a three-point shot 75 seconds later. Read more »

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Ursuline’s second-half surge pushes Raiders past Padua, into quarterfinals

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WILMINGTON – Seventh seeded Ursuline used a 20-0 run in the second half to defeat archrival and 10th seed Padua, 46-26, on a snowy March 2. The Raiders hadn’t played since Feb. 14, a loss to Sanford, and it showed early. Read more »

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Salesianum defense keys team win over Dover, trip to the Bob

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WILMINGTON – Salesianum knew entering its second-round boys basketball state tournament game March 1 that the team would have to slow down the guards of 15th-seeded Dover. The defense was stout all night, and the Sals’ offense just did enough in a 34-30 win that advances them to the quarterfinals at the Bob Carpenter Center on Saturday. Read more »

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Thomas’ three-pointer sends St. Elizabeth past St. Georges, into boys quarterfinals

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ST. GEORGES – Nate Thomas has been around high school basketball long enough to know that sometimes, the shots just won’t be falling. But when you get the chance with the clock running down, you have to trust your shot.

That’s just what the St. Elizabeth senior did on March 1, draining a three-point shot with 5.1 seconds remaining to give his team a 40-39 lead over host and No. 8 seed St. Georges in the second round of the DIAA boys basketball tournament. A last-second attempt from Nah’Shon Hyland bounced off the rim, and ninth-seeded St. Elizabeth had secured its spot in the quarterfinal round. Read more »

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Strong fourth quarter keys St. Elizabeth boys first-round hoops win

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WILMINGTON – Ninth-seeded St. Elizabeth erupted in the fourth quarter to defeat the 24th seed, Newark, 61-56, on Feb. 27 in the first round of the DIAA boys’ state basketball tournament at the St. E Center. The Vikings scored 24 points in the final stanza, including 11 of 17 from the free throw line, to advance. Read more »

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Salesianum earns 18th swim title in past 20 years; Dickson leads Ursuline to second-place showing

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NEWARK – Salesianum won four events and added six other top-three finishes to capture the state swimming and diving state championship Feb. 24 at the Rawstrom Natatorium at the University of Delaware. For the Sals, it was their second consecutive title and 18th in the past 20 years.

The individual standout for the Sals was senior Andrew Halberg, who won the 50 and 100 freestyle sprints and was part of the 200-yard medley relay and the 200-yard freestyle relay. Those wins, plus points provided by a deep roster, allowed Salesianum to finish with 340 points, 83 ahead of second-place Charter School of Wilmington. Conrad placed third with 217 points. Read more »

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Salesianum caps regular season with 16-point win at Concord

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BRANDYWINE HUNDRED – Salesianum built a 12-point halftime lead and went on to a 53-37 win at Concord as the regular season came to an end for both teams. For the Sals, the next step is the state tournament, while the Raiders look forward to next year. Read more »

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