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Spartans sweep Conrad, advance to first volleyball semifinal since 2013

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WILMINGTON – The seedings might have indicated that Conrad was the 12th-ranked team in the state volleyball tournament and St. Mark’s the fourth, but the quarterfinal match the teams played on Nov. 7 was much closer than that. The Spartans and Red Wolves battled through three tough sets before St. Mark’s prevailed in a sweep at the St. E Center. Set scores were 25-21, 25-23, and 25-19.

With the win, the Spartans advanced to the semifinals on Thursday night on their home court. They will meet top-seeded Padua approximately 20 minutes after the first semi, which will pit No. 3 Ursuline vs. No. 2 Tower Hill. It is St. Mark’s deepest tournament run since 2013, when the Spartans fell in five tense sets – to Padua. Read more »

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Catholic schools battle in volleyball, field hockey postseasons

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Playoffs? Yes, we’re talking playoffs. Volleyball has moved into the later rounds, while field hockey gets underway on Tuesday. For the first time, there are two divisions in field hockey. Volleyball remains at one division.

Volleyball

Tuesday

No. 12 Conrad (12-5) vs. No. 4 St. Mark’s (12-4), 6 p.m. at the St. E Center. The Red Wolves, the lowest seed remaining in the tournament, faces a dangerous St. Mark’s team. Conrad has a mixture of height and one of the state’s best defenders in libero Alyssa Faville, and she will be busy against the Spartans’ Savannah Seemans.

No. 6 Wilmington Charter (12-4) vs. No. 3 Ursuline (14-2), 6 p.m. at St. Mark’s. The Force took Ursuline to four sets in their regular-season matchup, getting 18 kills that night from hitter Maddie Matheny. Ursuline brings a multi-pronged attack and defends with the best of them, led by the Davis sisters, Sam and Sydney.

No. 8 Archmere (11-5) vs. No. 1 Padua (16-0), approx., 7 p.m., at the St. E Center. The teams meet for the second time this year, as the Pandas took a 3-0 decision a few weeks ago. Both teams needed four sets to win their second-round matches. The big hitters are the big story, as Emily Jarome of Padua and Julia Kochie of Archmere led their teams in the second round.

Thursday

Conrad/St. Mark’s winner vs. Archmere/Padua winner, time TBA at St. Mark’s.

Wilmington Charter/Ursuline winner vs. Red Lion/Tower Hill winner, time TBA at St. Mark’s.

 

Field hockey

Division II

Tuesday

No. 10 Brandywine (11-4) at No. 7 Ursuline (10-5), 2:30 p.m. The Bulldogs won five of their final six matches and earned an at-large bid to the tournament. They are led offensively by Lauren Vandenbraak and Raquel Brown. They will face a Raiders team that snapped a three-game losing streak last week in the regular-season finale. Caroline Taylor and Jordan Kenney are among the offensive options.

No. 11 St. Mark’s (7-7-1) at No. 6 Wilmington Friends (11-3-1), 2:30 p.m. The Spartans’ strong schedule earned them enough points for a tournament berth, and they will attempt to take advantage against a traditionally tough Quakers team. St. Mark’s rebounded nicely from a 2-5 start to finish strong. Megan Noonan leads a balanced attack.

Saturday

Indian River/Lake Forest winner at No. 4 Archmere (11-3-1), 11 a.m. The Auks, winners of the Diamond State Athletic Conference, open at home.

Brandywine/Ursuline winner at No. 2 Tower Hill (14-0-1), 11 a.m.

St. Mark’s/Wilmington Friends winner at No. 3 Caravel (11-2-2), 11 a.m.

Division I

Thursday

No. 8 Sussex Tech (9-5-1) vs. No. 1 Padua (13-1-1), 6:30 p.m. at Caravel. The Pandas are riding high, with their lone loss coming to perennial power Cape Henlopen. Katie Buczik, Kathleen Melia and the rest of the talented Pandas will have to contain high-scoring Ravens midfielder Morgan Johnson.

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Playoffs have arrived for soccer, while football wraps regular season

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Leading off with football, that sport has reached week 10 of the regular season. The teams will find out next weekend if they will be playing in the postseason. The Division II soccer tournament features a matchup between two Catholic schools. Read more »

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Kochie paces Auks in four-set win over Smyrna in volleyball tournament

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WILMINGTON – Archmere opened the 2017 volleyball season at Smyrna on Sept. 9, going home with a workmanlike 3-0 victory. The Auks defeated Smyrna once again on Nov. 4 in the second round of the state tournament, but this one was much tougher.

It took four sets this time, but the eighth-seeded Auks are moving on after a 3-1 win over the No. 9 Eagles at Salesianum. The Auks won by scores of 24-26, 25-20, 25-17, and 25-18. Read more »

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Pandas need four sets to hold off persistent Seahawks, advance in volleyball tourney

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WILMINGTON – Padua’s volleyball team opened its quest for the 2017 state championship with a bang, steamrolling Delaware Military Academy, 25-12, in a first set that included a 12-1 run. But the 16th-seeded Seahawks made sure everyone in a packed gymnasium at Salesianum that they belonged in the second round, storming back to tie the match after two sets.

The final two sets, however, belonged to the No. 1 Pandas, who advanced to the quarterfinal round with a 3-1 win. Set scores were 25-12, 23-25, 25-18, and 25-12. Padua was not surprised at the effort from DMA, a team the Pandas swept during the regular season. Read more »

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Vikings battle, fall to Caravel in first round of volleyball tournament

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WILMINGTON – St. Elizabeth experienced a turnaround in its volleyball program in 2017, increasing its win total from one to six and earning the 20th seed in the 24-team state tournament. The Vikings’ season came to an end on Nov. 2, however, as 13th-seeded Caravel managed a 3-0 sweep at Conrad Schools of Science.

Set scores were 25-16, 25-19, 25-22. Read more »

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Pope honors two diocesan priests with title of Monsignor: updated

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WILMINGTON — Bishop Malooly announced Nov. 2 that Pope Francis has honored two priests of the diocese as Chaplains to His Holiness with the title of monsignor.  They are Msgr. David F. Kelley, pastor of St. Joseph Church, Middletown, and diocesan vicar for clergy; and Msgr. Stanley J. Russell, pastor of St. Helena’s Parish, Wilmington, and dean of the Brandywine Hundred Deanery. Read more »

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Pandas overwhelm Raiders in 3-0 field hockey win

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WILMINGTON – The Catholic Conference field hockey match between Padua and Ursuline that was scheduled for this past Sunday was washed out, but the two extra days off may have recharged the Pandas’ offense. Padua controlled the action throughout the game and scored a 3-0 victory Oct. 31 at Forbes Field. Read more »

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Tower Hill field hockey remains unbeaten with win over Auks

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WILMINGTON – Tower Hill celebrated Senior Night on Oct. 30 before its nonconference field hockey game against Archmere. Once the game started, however, it was a sophomore who gave the Hillers the lead they would never relinquish in a 4-1 triumph.

The game had a special feel even before it started. Not only did Tower Hill recognize its 12 seniors, it also honored the Auks eight. Temporary lights were brought in for the occasion, making it the first night game ever at the school’s Richardson Field. And the Hillers were determined to maintain their perfect record. Read more »

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Soccer regular season concludes, while football powers collide at Baynard

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It’s crunch time for soccer, as the regular season ends Thursday, and playoff seeding will be announced before the end of the week. The Division II tournament begins Saturday, with St. Mark’s and Archmere likely participants. The Division I tournament, headed by Salesianum, kicks off next week. Football, meanwhile, features a matchup of two of the state’s best in a highly anticipated matchup. Read more »

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