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Five St. Elizabeth High School students spend week helping at Nativity Prep and their own school

 

WILMINGTON — For some, the July 4 holiday kicked off a week at the beach, while for others, it meant just four days in the office. But for a group of St. Elizabeth High School students, it was a day of rest before getting to work. Read more »

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Longtime assistant Rubincam returns to St. Elizabeth to lead boys basketball program

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WILMINGTON – Matt Rubincam, the head boys basketball coach at Charter School of Wilmington for the past five years, has been named to the same position at St. Elizabeth High School. Rubincam informed Charter of his decision to leave on July 5.

Rubincam succeeds Dick Rago, who retired this spring after 30 years leading the Vikings. Rubincam was an assistant to Rago for 12 years and coached at St. Elizabeth for 19. Read more »

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Sals surge to boys lacrosse championship

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BEAR – Garrett Cannon’s football career at Salesianum’s quarterback ended in November with him lying on the grass at Baynard Stadium with a broken leg, a dislocated ankle and tendon damage. He had to watch his teammates play the state championship game from a wheelchair on the sidelines at Delaware Stadium.

He worked his way back to be ready to go for the lacrosse season, and on Saturday night, he scored three times – including No. 1 Salesianum’s opening and closing goals of the contest – to help lead the Sals to a 16-7 win over sixth-seeded Appoquinimink for the state title at Bob Peoples Stadium at Caravel Academy. It was the school’s eighth championship. Read more »

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‘Special’ group of Padua seniors reflects on incredible soccer run

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SMYRNA – For seven members of Padua’s state championship soccer team, the past four years have been like a dream ride. They won four state titles and finished with a combined record of 69-2-3. Heading into the state championship match on June 3, the Pandas were ranked third in the country.

The team has not lost in the past 41 games, dating back to May 12, 2014, when Wilmington Charter managed a 2-1 win. The other loss came the season prior, at Appoquinimink. The Pandas tied Charter in 2013, Providence Day School (N.C.) in 2014 and Caravel last season. Read more »

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Pandas complete perfect season with Division I soccer championship

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SMYRNA – Top-ranked Padua won its fifth straight soccer state championship on June 3, defeating second-seeded Caesar Rodney, 4-1, at Smyrna High School. The Pandas finished the season unbeaten and hope to improve their national ranking, which stood at third heading into the game.

Padua dominated play in the first half, missing several shots high, and Riders keeper Marianna Nuzzo also made some key saves. The Pandas finally broke through in the 25th minute on a free kick from 25 yards out. Senior Sarah Brush stepped up and found the net on a direct kick high over Nuzzo. Read more »

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Sals reach 10th straight lacrosse final with win over Archmere

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BEAR – Salesianum scored early and often in its state tournament lacrosse match June 1 vs. Archmere, taking a 20-10 win and earning another trip to the championship game. It is the Sals’ 10th consecutive appearance in the final; they have won six of those and seven state titles overall.

The top-seeded Sals will meet No. 6 Appoquinimink on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Caravel Academy, the same site as Thursday’s semifinals. Tickets are $7 and available at diaa.ticketleap.com. The final will be streamed for a fee at www.nfhsnetwork.com. Read more »

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Three-run sixth propels St. Mark’s to 14th baseball state championship

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WILMINGTON – Top-seeded St. Mark’s did what it did most of the state baseball tournament – fall behind early and chip away before winning at the end. This time, the Spartans fell into a 4-0 hole to No. 3 Caravel before scoring a 5-4 comeback win for their 14th state championship May 31 at Frawley Stadium.

Caravel got to St. Mark’s starting pitcher Billy Sullivan early, as Tyler Juhl singled, stole second and reached third on a wild pitch. He scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of the Buccaneers’ starting pitcher, Brandon Fraley. Read more »

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Rago steps down as Vikings boys basketball coach after 30 years

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WILMINGTON – Dick Rago has retired as the boys’ basketball coach at St. Elizabeth High School after finishing his 30th year on the bench, the school officially announced Wednesday. The players were informed last week, and word of Rago’s departure had been circulating in the Delaware high school sports community since then.

Rago succeeded Chuck Haney as varsity coach in 1986 after two years leading the junior varsity. He leaves with a record of 358-319. Read more »

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Comeback win helps Spartans advance to baseball final

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WILMINGTON – Top-ranked St. Mark’s found itself in a 3-0 hole early in its baseball semifinal against fourth-seeded Dover on May 28 at Frawley Stadium. But the Spartans went a familiar route, chipping away at the deficit and scoring a 5-3 win.

St. Mark’s will face No. 3 Caravel in the baseball state championship Tuesday at Frawley Stadium at 7 p.m. Read more »

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Big inning lifts Charter past Padua in softball tournament

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MILL CREEK – The 12th-seeded Charter Force used a six-run fourth inning to upset No. 5 Padua in the opening round of the state softball tournament at Midway Softball Complex on May 28.

The game featured two outstanding pitchers, Padua’s Abby Cunningham and Charter’s Payton Czerwinski, who kept the game scoreless into the bottom of the third. In that frame, Gabriela Frabizzio led off with a single. The next two Pandas, Hannah Williams and Caitlin Baxter, also singled, bringing in Frabizzio. Kierstin Fallers walked to load the bases, but Czerwinski got two popups to get out of the inning. Read more »

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