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Deep, experienced Pandas motivated to make their mark on the court

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Padua powered its way through a 14-3 season last year (13-2 in the regular season), but the Pandas found themselves on the outside looking in for the late rounds of the state tournament as they fell in the quarterfinal round to rival Ursuline. The Pandas see opportunities for 2017 that they don’t want to miss.

It all begins with a road trip to Newark Charter on Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. Read more »

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Spartans seek to build on last season’s volleyball success

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St. Mark’s surprised some observers last season by putting up a 9-6 regular season before falling to Wilmington Charter in the first round of the tournament.

“I was a little surprised (by last year’s success),” senior hitter Erin Derick said. “Going into the tournament and having a bye, that was surprising for me because I’d never had one before, but with all the great girls that we had, it wasn’t that surprising.” Read more »

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Optimism on Cedar Street as Vikings volleyball ushers in new era

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It’s a new day at St. Elizabeth, with a new coach and new optimism surrounding the volleyball program. The Vikings won just one match in 2016, but it was only two seasons ago that they lost a five-setter in the first round of the state tournament. New coach Jerry McCarthy, who spent eight years as an assistant at Wilmington Friends, is bringing a fresh approach to Cedar Street.

“We’re just trying to instill a good mindset,” he said. “The girls have worked extremely hard embracing a new system. And the new system is simple stuff. All we’re going to do is play basic volleyball. The girls have embraced it, they’ve worked hard. They’ve learned that if they fail at that one point, it’s OK. It’s what they choose to do afterward.” Read more »

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Holy Cross teachers go West by far Northwest this summer

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Vacation lessons learned include how to track Alaskan mushers and ‘brain-based instruction’ in Vegas

DOVER — Summer camp has long been a staple of the American landscape, but it’s not just for students anymore. Several teachers from Holy Cross School in Dover spent part of the summer far from Kent County in efforts to make classroom experiences for their students that much better.

Two fourth-grade teachers, Stephanie Seeney and Cathi Bolton, spent 10 days in June in Alaska for the Iditarod Teacher Summer Camp, fulfilling a dream Seeney had harbored for several years. She had incorporated the Iditarod – the annual thousand-mile dog-sled race – into her math curriculum for a while, and finally had the opportunity to go learn about the race first-hand, as well as meet many of the people involved. Read more »

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Pigskin flies as Catholic schools return to football action this weekend

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Friday

Archmere at Dover, 6 p.m. The high school football season for the four Catholic high schools that field teams commences with this tilt in Kent County. It will be a stiff test for the Auks, who are in search of their first tournament berth since 2014. A win against the Division I Senators would mean valuable points come postseason.

Joseph DiGregorio returns as Archmere’s starting quarterback. Cole Bauer is the leading returning running back, and passing options include Dom Cipriano, Luke Grant and Antwyne Scott-Coleman. Read more »

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Catholic teachers help build saints

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Before classes begin, diocesan educators attended Spirituality Day

MILLTOWN — Teachers and administrators from Catholic schools from all over the Diocese of Wilmington received a reminder of why what they do is so important during their annual Spirituality Day, which was held Aug. 28 at St. Mark’s High School.

That message was reinforced by two familiar faces, Bishop Malooly and superintendent of schools Lou De Angelo, and by the keynote speaker, Father Stephen D. Thorne, pastor of St. Martin de Porres Parish in Philadelphia and chaplain of Neumann University in Aston, Pa. Read more »

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New Spartans Get Connected

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St. Mark’s High School freshmen meet up during the summer before school officially begins

MILLTOWN — High school can be an intimidating experience, particularly for freshmen coming in from various middle schools. But at St. Mark’s, the members of the Class of 2021 are already old friends.

Nearly all of the incoming students have met each other through the school’s annual Get Connected program, which takes a few days out of the summer to bring everyone together. Valerie Wright, an English teacher and sophomore class moderator, said Get Connected started in 2012 and has been a big hit. Read more »

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St. Elizabeth Ann Seton opens its doors for Hurricane Harvey relief

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BEAR — Relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey, which slammed into Texas the last weekend of August, took root all over the Diocese of Wilmington in the days after the storm. One of those took place at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, which opened its doors as a dropoff point for a collection drive based in Sussex County.

“If we believe in God and we are servers, we have to serve the people in need. That’s why we’re here,” said Deacon Cruz Rodriguez. Read more »

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Mount Aviat students embarking on Google Expeditions

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Virtual reality technology opens up a ‘being there’ door to lessons in history, biology to pupils and teachers

CHILDS, Md. — There’s no reason for students at Mount Aviat Academy to just talk about history or science or social studies any longer. Now, they can travel to 1940s Europe in the aftermath of World War II. They can visit the seabed in search of exotic ocean creatures. Or they can take a tour of the heart. Read more »

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Family ties still strong at Golden Hill’s 250th anniversary

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GOLDEN HILL, Md. — The scene at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church on Aug. 27 was reminiscent of 250 years earlier when members of the Applegarth, Gootee, Stapleforte, Tubman and Meekins families gathered for Mass in the small chapel across the street.

Then, early settlers of southern Dorchester County celebrated their new church, built on land donated by the Tubman family. Sunday, their descendants celebrated the legacy of their Catholic presence on the Delmarva Peninsula. Read more »

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