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Ursuline takes control early, cruises to basketball win over Padua


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WILMINGTON – Perhaps the Ursuline Raiders remembered their last game against Padua, a 57-49 win on Dec. 19. The Pandas were within four points going into the fourth quarter and played Ursuline closer than any other Delaware opponent except St. Elizabeth. Or maybe that game was the furthest thing from their minds.

Whatever the case, top-ranked Ursuline made sure there would be no repeat, jumping out to a big lead in the first quarter and not letting up, defeating the Pandas, 60-33. The Raiders received 18 points each from Adrianna Hahn and Kailyn Kampert. Hahn scored 15 of her points in the first half, while Kampert did most of her damage – 12 points – in the third quarter. Read more »

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Auks’ girls win fifth straight with upset of No. 4 St. Elizabeth


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WILMINGTON — Senior Katelyn Payne scored eight of Archmere’s 10 points in overtime, including a pair of clutch free throws with five seconds left to lead the unranked Auks to a 45-42 win at No. 4 St. Elizabeth on Tuesday night at the St. E Center. It was the Auks’ fifth win in a row and ended St. Elizabeth’s four-game winning streak.

The teams were close all night, with the biggest lead, five points, coming in overtime when Archmere went up, 40-35. Read more »

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After yet another weather delay, high school basketball resumes Tuesday


Last week was an exciting week of games for the boys that saw No. 2 Salesianum beat No. 1 Sanford, and St Marks split a pair against Catholic schools. This week has the potential to be better. So let’s take a look at this week’s boys games.

Tuesday: St. Elizabeth at Archmere, 6:15 p.m. The Auks are looking for revenge against the Vikings, who handed Archmere its only in-state loss, 68-60, on Jan. 23. The Vikings (4-9) come in off a win over Smyrna in which they scored 93 points. Archmere is 13-2 and looking to extend a four-game winning streak. Read more »

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Delaware Catholic high schools announce scholarship winners


The seven Catholic high schools in Delaware have announced which eighth-grade students have earned scholarships for the 2014-15 academic year. All information has been provided by the schools.


St. Thomas More Academy


Holy Cross: Nicole Pinera, Guilia Randazzo

Jefferson: Alya Lahiff

Sussex Academy: Ryan Anderson, Elise Conlin

Smyrna Middle: Ryan Dean



Most Blessed Sacrament: Caroline Pasquariell, Michaelson Capuano, Chloe Sass


Ursuline Academy


Ursuline: Hannah Ali, Yara Awad, Maxon Blow, Lauren Chua, Maggie Connolly, Mary Goodridge, Dominique Kendus, Annelisa Lyles, Erin McGrellis

St. Mary Magdalen: Madelyn Heck, Nicole Kelly, Rita Offutt, Anna Zdunek

Christ the Teacher: Amber Owens

St. John the Beloved: Emily Sardo

Immaculate Heart of Mary: Sadie Ward

Independence: Riley Beck, Natalie Comer, Cameron Johnson, Esha Mishra, Sophia Riveros, Amy Thomson

Springer: Chelsea Gbemudu

St. Anne’s Episcopal: Madison Larmore

P.S. DuPont: Emma Lucey, Hannah Ward

Cab Calloway: Giavanna Mariano, Annie Nguyen

H.B. DuPont: Alexis Ward



St. Philomena: Elizabeth Brutsche

Kennett Middle: Theodora Elliman, Jasmine MacFarlane,


New Jersey

Woodland Country Day: Olivia O’Donnell



Patterson Mill: Kathryn Perrault


St. Mark’s High School


St. Mary Magdalen: Liam Lehane, Anna Gallo, William Hoffman

St. John the Beloved: Grady McPeak Timothy Rubini, Mollie Russell, Connor Daniel, Rachel Staib, Erin Derick

Christ the Teacher: Lorenzo Alafriz, Nicole Kirk, Jessica Lawless, Corey O’Donnell, Patricia Ortega, Conner Bolinski, Emily Sipko, Joshua Venti

Immaculate Heart of Mary: Maria DiStefano, Brendan Wilhelm

Holy Angels: Heather Little, Marigrace Ferrill, Juliana Stape, Nicholas Kayatta

St. Elizabeth: Evelyn Welsh

All Saints: Brandon Dongfack, Eric Hendrixson, Katherine Husbands, Meaghan Kane

St. Ann’s: Callie Freda

St. Anthony: Christina Molloy

St. Peter: Mikayla Purnell

Serviam: Alicia Wilson

Independence: Cameron Johnson, Andrew Koense, Esha Mishra, Maggie Myers, Samuel Myers, Maya Sitaran, David Suddard

St. Anne’s Episcopal: Madison Larmore

Layton Prep: Austin Lin

H.B DuPont: Erin Michalcewicz (SP?), Madelyn Vanhorn

Redding Middle: Keerthana Chintalapati

Alfred G. Waters: Matthew Gray

P.S. DuPont: Jesse Li, Francesca Sedlacek

Tower Hill: Eric Jansson



Mount Aviat: Grace Liberatore, Max Classen, Caitlin Marsilii

Immaculate Conception: Clare Estes, Hannah Schepers



Assumption BVM: Evan Gutherman

Avon Grove: Justin Sarver


New Jersey

Penns Grove: Abigail Hamilton


Salesianum School


St. Mary Magdalen: Lucien Peach, Francis Fanning

Christ the Teacher: Lorenzo Alafriz, Matthew Balbierer, Owen Fink, Corey O’Donnell, Conner Bolinski

St. Edmond’s: Jackson Whallon, Owen King, Jack deBruin

St. Ann’s: Charles Klous

St. Peter the Apostle: Matthew Knotts

St. John the Beloved: Grady McPeak, Nicholas Saponaro, Joseph Fassano

Immaculate Heart of Mary: Benjamin Myers, Michael McGowan, Brendan Wilhelm

Independence: Ryan Law, Sanath Patil, Matthew Ryan

Newark Charter: Joseph Wesselman

Alfred G. Waters: Noah Carpe

P.S. DuPont: Patrick Taylor

Layton Preparatory: Austin Lin

Cab Calloway: Michael Hemphill



St. Agnes: Frank Byrd, Daniel Redmond, Jonathan Schiltz, Nicholas Fanelli

Ss. Simon and Jude: John Simonelli, Patrick McConologue, Brendan Manning, David Angelo

Ss. Peter and Paul: Gerald Wilmer, Nicholas Slachta

St. Cornelius: Joseph Rizzo

Malvern Prep: Timothy McLaughlin

Assumption BVM: Christian Trowbridge

Notre Dame de Lourdes: Ryan Whelan

St. Mary Magdalen: Nicholas Palermo

Holy Family: Evan Mader

Waldron Mercy: Raymond Cobb

Garnet Valley: Cooper Urban

C.F. Patton: William Prysock



Mount Aviat: Max Classen


New Jersey

Mullica Hill Friends: Alexander Gulea


Archmere Academy


P.S. DuPont: Alisa Yakovenko, Francesca Sedlacek, Helen Laster, Grace Zhang, Brant Wesley, Connor Smeader, Natasha Gengler, Emily Zheng, Jiawei Miao, Kevin Khov, Nicolas Larson, Jake Collins, Peter Liu, Talya Speak, Sophie Friedman, Sarayu Sivaram

St. Edmond’s: Jack Whallon, Jack deBruin, David Bondi

St. Mary Magdalen: Anna Zdunek, Grace DiGiovanni, Anna Gallo, Francis Fanning, Liam Lehane, Evan Callaghan

Immaculate Heart of Mary: Gillen Curren, Benjamin Myers, Emily Rosato, Francis Doran, Sarah Weir

St. John the Beloved: Rachel Staib

Ursuline: Lauren Chua, Mary Spadaro, Mary Goodridge

All Saints: Eric Hendrixson

St. Elizabeth: Evelyn Welsh

St. Ann: John Prosceno

Sanford: Evan Sabini

Independence: Sophia Riveros, Adeline Davis, Amy Thomson, Grace Gong, Sohan Shah, Pooja Kaji, Karna Nagalla, Meera Garg, Ryan Law, Andrew Koense, Ashish Mahuli, Rajeswari Kambhamettu, Sanath Patti, Esha Mishra, Maya Sitaram, Anna Suh, Theodore Fairfield, Kristina Giakas, Blaine Seifert, Kyra Giakas

Tower Hill: Isabelle Pilson

Newark Charter: Michael Chen

H.B. DuPont: Shinny Sun, Annie Wu, Ria Ahuja, Bertran Yang, Elena Hu

Redding: Keerthana Chintalapati, Cassandra Paterson

St. Anne’s Episcopal: Madison Larmore

Springer: Connor Alabrudzinski

Wilmington Friends: Ryan Nowaczyk, Jacob Morris, Siena Ballotta Garman

Skyline: Arushi Tayal, Matthew Cho, Justin Sharpe



Ss. Colman-John Neumann: Patrick Beck

Holy Family: Evan Mader, Juliana Testa

St. Maximilian Kolbe: Anna Martino, Joseph DiGregorio

Ss. Simon and Jude: Nikoleta Testa, Brendan Manning, David Angelo

St. Cornelius: Samuel Linton, Victoria Anderson, Charles Sanders

Villa Maria: Alexa Clarke, Christina Cramer, Maryanna Gattuso

St. Francis de Sales: Travis Gaskill

Notre Dame de Lourdes: Ryan Whelan,

St. Patrick: Eileen Piombino

St. Mary Magdalen: Connor Ruggieri

St. Thomas the Apostle: Brittany Knob

St. Agnes: Jonathan Schiltz

Our Lady of Angels: Sean Kelly

Northley: Devon Linn, Rebecca Gomes, Shreyas Parab

Avon Grove Charter: Justin Sarver

Garnet Valley: Cooper Urban, Amanda Denning, Alexa Conner, Elena Taylor, Connor O’Brien

Patton: Daphne Ho, Madyson McDougal

Media Providence Friends: Daniel Marcolongo

Chichester: Melanie Dempsey

Westtown: Thomas Hogan

Stetson: Kathleen Griffith

Haverford Friends: James Radomile


New Jersey

Mullica Hill Friends: Alexander Gulea, Magdalen Lind, Nicholas Martorelli, Kyle Rowe

Kingsway: Lauren Formanski, Madison Ambrose

St. James: Dara Dawson, Juliana Wallgren



Mount Aviat: Max Classen


St. Elizabeth High School


All Saints: Brandon Dongfack, Danielle Eckton

Christ the Teacher: Lorenzo Alafriz, Matthew Balbierer, Colby Corrozi, Isabel Durnan, Owen Fink, Joel Hafycz, Nicole Kirk, Rebecca Miller, Corey O’Donnell

Holy Angels: Nicholas Kayatta

Immaculate Heart of Mary: Francis Doran, Matthew Hurst, Brendan Wilhelm

St. Edmond’s: Dylan Kirk

St. Elizabeth: Alena Boyer, Rebecca Gonzalez, Irene Hu, Emily Marvel, Abigail Thompson, Evelyn Welsh

St. John the Beloved:  Ava Stratton

St. Mary Magdalen: Karl Bryan, Liam Lehane

St. Peter the Apostle School: Reiley Bond

H.B. duPont: Sarah Kunkle

Alfred G. Waters: Matthew Gray, Emily Gray

P.S. duPont: Sarayu Sivaram

Independence: Adair Bartram, Eric Ziegler



Northley: Rebecca Gomes

St. Philomena: Elizabeth Brutsche



Padua Academy


All Saints: Danielle Eckorn, Lauren Freebery, McKenna Rybaltowski

Christ the Teacher: Ursula Dzik, Elena Ikeocha,Rebecca Miller, Patricia Janae Ortega, Amber Owens, Emily Sipko

Holy Angels: Marigrace Ferrill, Heather Little, Peyton Sikes, Julianna Stape

Immaculate Heart of Mary: Claire Bisson, Maria DiStefano, Madelyn Phillips, Emily Rosato

St. Ann: Callie Freda, Annika Sernyak

St. Elizabeth: Alena Boyer, Emily Marvel

St. John the Beloved: Mary Shannon Dougherty, Lauren Hilger, Sarah Manno, Ava Stratton

St. Mary Magdalen: Grace DiGiovanni, Anna Gallo, Anna Zdunek

Ursuline: Victora Millsap

C.F. Patton: Madeline Maier

Alfred G. Waters: Emily Gray

H.B. DuPont: Erin Dolan, Sarah Kunkle, Madelyn Van Horn

P.S. DuPont: Emma Lucey, Francesca Sedlacek

Springer: Siobhan Mangan

Independence: Adair Bartram, Esha Mishra, Sophia Riveros, Lauren Schafer, Maya Sitaram, Amanda Stull, Anna Suh



Holy Family: Juliana Testa

Notre Dame de Lourdes: Anne Bohnenberger

St. Thomas the Apostle: Kathleen Melia

St. Cornelius: Victoria Anderson

St. Maximilian Kolbe: Caroline McColgan, Anna Martino

St. Philomena: Elizabeth Brutsche, Katherine Giardinelli

Sacred Heart: Gianna Vitelli

Fred S. Engle: Sydney Przywara

Kennett: Jasmine MacFarlane

Northley: Rebecca Gomes, Devon Linn



Mount Aviat: Olivia Giannetta, Grace Liberatore, Kaeley Willemsen


New Jersey

St. James: Molly Mausolf

St. Margaret: Sarah Philbin

Kingsway: Lauren Formanski, Kayleen Italia

Penns Grove: Abigail Hamilton

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Sals power past St. Elizabeth behind career-high 32 from O’Neill


Staff reporter


WILMINGTON – Brian O’Neill continued his dominating inside play, scoring a career-high 32 points as Salesianum defeated St. Elizabeth, 74-66, Thursday night at home. O’Neill followed up Tuesday’s 15-point, 18-rebound performance against Sanford with another monster game, hitting 15 field goals against the Vikings to go along with two free throws for the No. 2 Sals, who improved to 12-2.

The 6-7 senior served notice early on that this was his night. After St. Elizabeth took a 2-1 lead on free throws by freshman Malik Curry, O’Neill scored the next two buckets. The Vikings retook the lead on baskets from Curry and Brandon Gautier, but the Sals would score the next 13 points, taking an 18-6 lead they would never relinquish.

O’Neill said the team stayed with its normal routine and game plan after the win against Sanford. “We were pretty aware that we had just come off a big game and we didn’t want to have any letdowns.”

Salesianum extended its lead to 22-9 on the first field goal of the second quarter when Donte DiVincenzo followed a missed basket with a rebound jam, drawing loud cheers from the Salesianum students in front of him. The lead was 12 when O’Neill went to the bench with 2:40 to go in the half, and St. Elizabeth responded with a 7-1 run and trailed by just six, 37-31, at the half. St. E’s senior Joseph Piekarski led the charge, scoring nine of his 16 points in the second.

Any doubts about the outcome were erased in the third, as the Sals began the quarter with an 8-0 run that included a steal and dunk by DiVincenzo, plus another steal and fast-break layup by Shane Clark. Salesianum would lead, 63-46, at the end of three, and all five starters would be on the bench before it ended.

DiVincenzo returned in the fourth as St. Elizabeth cut the deficit to single digits, but the outcome was never in doubt. O’Neill returned for a few minutes and added his final five points. DiVincenzo, who finished with 23 points, said it is important to get everybody on the roster some meaningful minutes.

“It’s very important because every day at practice they work hard and push us, and a couple of them are juniors so going forward for next year, it’s going to benefit them,” he said. “They got the opportunity to play tonight, and they did well.”

O’Neill had five field goals in the first and third, three in the second and two in the final quarter. He scored off offensive rebounds and on passes he was fed down low. He demurred when asked if he is playing his best basketball since arriving at Salesianum. The sole focus, he said, is the team.

“I like to think our team’s playing the best basketball since I’ve been here. That’s the goal, to get better every game. Our trend line has been going up since the beginning of the season as a team, and that’s the most important thing, without a doubt. Our goal is to win a state championship. If we keep taking steps like we did tonight and the last couple days, we should be in pretty good shape,” he said.

Curry led the Vikings with 19 points. He was joined in double figures by Gautier, with 17, and Piekarski, who had 16.

The Sals begin a busy week with their next game, which is Monday at 5:15 p.m. at A.I. DuPont. They also play next Thursday and Saturday. St. Elizabeth, which fell to 3-9, returns to action Saturday at home at 1:30 p.m. against Smyrna.

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O’Neill boosts Salesianum to hoops win over top-ranked Sanford


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WILMINGTON – Brian O’Neill picked up two early fouls in Tuesday night’s boys basketball showdown with Sanford, and when the Salesianum senior forward returned to the game in the second quarter, he knew his presence on the court was a key to the Sals’ chances against the top-ranked Warriors. O’Neill stayed out of foul trouble and established himself as a key, scoring 15 points and collecting 18 rebounds in No. 2 Salesianum’s 62-49 win.

Sanford had few answers for O’Neill, who used not only his 6-7 height but his bulk as well to pretty much own the defensive glass. Sanford struggled from outside, and O’Neill and his teammates denied the inside routes. Read more »

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Two top squads to meet this week in boys basketball


A great stretch of basketball, held up by more snow but ending with another version of the holy war between St. Mark’s and Salesianum, leads into another action-packed week around the state. Let’s look at the boys’ schedule, including a matchup of the top two teams in Delaware.

Monday: St. Elizabeth at St. Mark’s, 7:15 p.m.: The Spartans played Salesianum tough on the road on Friday and now look for another home win. St. Elizabeth upset No. 4 Archmere on Thursday, but lost to Charter two days later. St. Mark’s will honor retired longtime athletic director Tom Rosa during this game.

Tuesday: St. Thomas More at McKean, 5 p.m.: The Ravens are 3-10 and look to end a six-game losing streak against the 2-8 Highlanders, who have lost four straight themselves.

Archmere at Caravel, 7:15 p.m.: The Auks bounced back from that loss to St. Elizabeth with a big win over Tower Hill on Friday. Caravel is 2-9 and has dropped seven straight.

Sanford at Salesianum, 7:30 p.m.: The Sals host their second big home game in a row as they host the top-ranked Warriors. Neither team has lost to an in-state opponent. Sanford will play its first game since Jan. 18, having had three games postponed last week because of weather. The game will feature Sanford’s big guns, Anthony Mosley and Todd Hughes, against Salesianum standout Donte DiVincenzo. Get there early to find parking and a seat as it is sure to be sold out.

Thursday: St. Mark’s at Archmere, 6:15 p.m. The Spartans look for revenge against the Auks, who beat them, 44-39, at St. Mark’s on Dec. 19. Each team, both ranked in the top five in the state, hopes to add a resume-building win for the state tournament.

St. Elizabeth at Salesianum, 7:30 p.m. The Sals look to sweep the Vikings after a 46-28 win at the St. E Center on Jan. 10.

Friday: Delmarva Christian at St. Thomas More, 5:30 p.m. This will be Delmarva Christian’s third game in four days; the Royals had lost five straight heading into the week.

Saturday: Delaware Military at Archmere, 1:15 p.m. The Auks go for the sweep against DMA, having taken a 10-point win on Jan. 10. DMA entered the week 8-4.

William Penn at St. Mark’s, 1:30 p.m.: These teams were supposed to meet in their season openers, but an early snowstorm postponed it until this day. Penn is 3-4 and will be playing a lot of games in the coming weeks.

Smyrna at St. Elizabeth, 1:30 p.m.: The Vikings’ third game this week is against an up-and-down Smyrna team that has played many of the top teams in Delaware.

There is also some good action on the girls’ side.

Tuesday: St. Thomas More at Archmere, 6:15 p.m. This is a rematch of a Diamond State Athletic Conference game 11 days ago that was taken by Archmere, 51-21. Archmere is coming off a narrow two-point win over Conrad on Friday. The Ravens have not played since then.

St. Mark’s at St. Elizabeth, 7:30 p.m. The Vikings defeated Padua on Friday night and Episcopal Academy on Sunday to get back on the winning track, while St. Mark’s lost to Caravel, 30-24, on Saturday.

Thursday: St. Elizabeth at Sussex Central, 6 p.m. This will be the third game of the week for Sussex Central, which entered Monday at 6-3. It will be a tough road match for St. Elizabeth.

Friday: Archmere at St. Andrew’s, 4 p.m.: The Saints were 5-4 heading into a game Tuesday, while Archmere could use the win to help its tournament seeding.

St. Thomas More at Delmarva Christian, 5:45 p.m. The Ravens and Royals meet in a DSAC game.

Ursuline at St. Mark’s, 7:15 p.m. The Spartans continue a stretch of games against the top teams in the state, meeting Ursuline after taking on Caravel, then St. Elizabeth. Ursuline is playing its best basketball of the season.

Saturday: Archmere at Wilmington Christian, 1:30 p.m. Both teams will be playing their second game in less than 24 hours. Wilmington Christian was 8-4 heading into a game Friday vs. Conrad and ends a six-game home stand against Archmere.

Padua at the Hun School (N.J.), 2 p.m.: Padua has been off since a loss to St. Elizabeth that stopped a four-game win streak. This will be the third game of the week for the Hun School, which is located in Princeton. Like a nearby Padua rival school, Hun’s teams are nicknamed the Raiders and wear red and black.

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Sals hold off Spartans, 45-36, welcome top-ranked Sanford next


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WILMINGTON — The first meeting of Delaware’s Holy War went to the home team, as No. 2 Salesianum defeated fifth-ranked St. Mark’s, 45-36, in front of a sellout crowd Friday night on Broom Street.

Fans got a taste of what was to come on the first possession when St. Mark’s, whose game this past Tuesday at No. 1 Sanford was postponed because of the snow, took a 3-0 lead on a shot by T.J. Brown, only to have Shane Clark tie it on the Sals’ first offensive chance. Five points a piece from the Spartans’ Matt Williams and the Sals’ Joe McCusker left the game tied at 8, but a subsequent field goal by Salesianum junior Donte DiVincenzo gave the Sals a lead they would not relinquish. Read more »

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Balanced attack propels Raiders past Caravel in girls hoops showdown


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BEAR – Caravel Academy controlled the opening tip Thursday night against Ursuline, and the Buccaneers took an early 2-0 lead on a Micah Morgan basket. A close-to-capacity crowd, including a sizable contingent of Caravel students, roared its approval. But the top-ranked Raiders had other plans, scoring the next 10 points en route to a 67-45 win.

The winter storm cost Ursuline two days of practice, and senior guard Laura Hurff and sophomore forward Kailyn Kampert both said they could feel the effects of not being on the court this week. It was difficult to see that as the Raiders stormed up and down the court Thursday night. Read more »

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Knights’ raffle supports Catholic education

The Delaware Knights of Columbus are currently raising money through a five-week raffle, with the proceeds being used to support Catholic elementary schools in Delaware. The Knights use this and other funds to provide $500 scholarships, whose recipients are selected by school principals and based on financial need.

Donation for each ticket is $10. Checks, with “scholarships” in the memo line, should be made payable to the Delaware Knights of Columbus and mailed to the K of C Catholic Schools Scholarship Fund, in care of Larry Gardner, 317 Silverbrook Drive, Wilmington, DE 19804. Read more »

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