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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 »

Schepers’ PK earns Spartans draw with Auks in girls soccer

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CLAYMONT – The St Mark’s Spartans soccer team had a tough start to the season, but they found their game a 1-1 draw against the fourth-ranked Archmere Auks on April 26. Goalkeeper Nicole Clark had a big match for the Spartans as she held the high-powered Auks offense to one goal.

The Auks controlled most of the play in the first half. Dara Dawson had a quality shot in the third minute, but Clark made the early save. Sophomore Nicole Witherell had a couple chances, including a great shot in the 38th minute but was stopped by Clark. The Auks threatened again in the 43rd, but Clark made the save as she collided with Leah DaCosta of Archmere. After shaking off the injury she had to sit out one play. Read more »

Boys action continues in final week of April

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The boys’ spring sports season wasn’t on spring break last week, with plenty of great baseball and lacrosse games. This week also includes some intriguing matchups as the month of May nears. Read more »

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As spring break ends, girls sports get back into full swing of things

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Spring break is over, and the action heats up this week in girls sports. There are some big top-10 matchups in each of the sports. Read more »

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Conrad’s Bradigan silences St. Mark’s bats in two-hit shutout

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WILMINGTON – Ryan Bradigan pitched a complete-game two-hitter to lead top-ranked Conrad past No. 7 St. Mark’s, 3-0, on April 23.

The Red Wolves’ offense had no easy task as it had to face Spartans starter Billy Sullivan. Red Wolves Kyle Walker led off with a double but was thrown out trying to stretch it to a triple. Spartans centerfielder Austin Colmery fired the ball to Brian Gilardi, who nailed the runner at third as Chris Ludman applied the tag. That play came in handy as Brock Nowell doubled two batters later, but Sullivan got out of the jam. Read more »

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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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Seventh-inning comeback lifts Sals past rival Spartans

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WILMINGTON – Eighth-ranked Salesianum scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to upset No. 4 St Mark’s, 5-4, at Frawley Stadium on April 18. It was the second game of the day for the Sals as they defeated seventh-ranked Sussex Tech, 8-4, earlier at Frawley.

The Sals started sophomore Alex Hinton, who worked around a defensive error in the first. Salesianum struck in the bottom of the first as Josh Maguire led off with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. He scored, beating a throw to the plate on an hit by Joe Setting. Read more »

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Conrad quiets Auks offense in softball victory

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CLAYMONT – Emily Yeatman fired a three-hitter to lead the visiting Conrad Red Wolves past the Archmere Auks, 4-1, in Diamond State Athletic Conference softball on April 18.

The Red Wolves (4-4) scored a run in both the first and second innings to grab a quick 2-0 lead. Sarah Bessel and Juliana Testa, each of whom had two hits in the game, combined to get the Red Wolves the lead. Read more »

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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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