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Ursuline student named one of Delaware’s top volunteers


Natalie Onesi, an eighth-grader at Ursuline Academy in Wilmington, has been named one of Delaware’s top two youth volunteers for 2014 by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a national organization that honors young people for their acts of volunteerism.

Natalie, 14, devotes a week every summer to repairing homes for people with injuries or disabilities, according to Prudential. She said she was inspired to volunteer by her church. Two years ago, at the suggestion of a family friends, she and her brother joined a religious retreat that designates a city where some 400 students worked on approximately 60 homes whose owners could not afford to make repairs.

According to Prudential, she spends her days during this retreat not only working, but also building a relationship with the people she is helping.

The other state honoree is Julie Murphy, 17, a junior at Newark High School. She played a key role in running a statewide sleeping bag drive that provided bags to more than 1,000 homeless children in Delaware.

The two girls each will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and a trip to Washington, D.C., in early May where they will join the honorees from every state and the District of Columbia. During the trip, 10 students will be named America’s top youth volunteers of 2014.

Marius Sander, 16, a junior at St. Thomas More Academy in Magnolia, was one of four state finalists. Sander has raised $4,400 for Mom’s House, which provides free childcare to low-income single parents pursuing an education. He raised the money by hosting violin concerts. He started the fundraising concerts in 2010 and also plays violin and saxophone for nursing homes, hospitals and hospice centers.

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Three-pointers, Connolly’s free throws pace Raiders in win over Vikings


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WILMINGTON – She might be the youngest player on the Ursuline roster, but Maggie Connolly showed veteran poise during Tuesday’s Catholic Conference showdown against rival St. Elizabeth. The eighth-grader scored 10 points in the fourth quarter, all from the free-throw line, as the top-ranked Raiders scored a 51-42 win at the St. E Center.

Connolly hit those 10 free throws in 12 attempts and was the go-to player after junior guard Adrianna Hahn fouled out in the closing minutes. Her first two free throws came in the midst of an 11-0 run and gave the Raiders the lead at 41-39, and they would not trail again. After a layup by freshman Kryshell Gordy made it 43-39, it was all Connolly, who scored Ursuline’s final eight points from the line while the large crowd – including numerous St. Elizabeth students – shouted encouragement on each attempt. Read more »

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Boys basketball preview: Tournament seedings in mind, and old rivals meet again


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After another exciting week of high school basketball, you might be asking if the action could get any better. This week won’t disappoint as we move into the final two weeks of the regular season. Teams are looking to play their best heading into the state tournament, and this week is important preparation.

Monday: St. Mark’s at St. Elizabeth, 7:15 p.m. St. Mark’s is coming off a huge win vs. Milford on Saturday to improve to 11-5. The Spartans are looking for a season sweep against St. Elizabeth, who upset Archmere for the second time last week but lost to Charter on Saturday. Read more »

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Girls basketball preview: Teams gallop toward the finish


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There’s so much activity going on we had to separate the girls’ games into a separate article. There are so many good games to choose from it’s can be difficult to decide which ones to attend.

Tuesday: Archmere at Wilmington Charter, 3:30 p.m. The Auks are coming off a good week with respect to the state tournament, and Charter is another test. The Force were 12-3 heading into a game Monday vs. St. Georges Tech. Katelyn Payne has been especially strong for Archmere, scoring 17 in an overtime win at St. Elizabeth and 16 at A.I. on Saturday. Read more »

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Free-throw shooting helps lift Spartans boys past Milford, 43-34


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MILLTOWN – St. Mark’s used some clutch free-throw shooting in the fourth quarter to hold off Milford Saturday night at home, 43-34.

The Spartans took a one-point lead into the final quarter, but Milford scored early to take the lead and tried to sit on the ball with about five minutes to go. On one such possession, junior Matt Williams managed a steal and a layup as St. Mark’s jumped back in front, but two free throws by the Milford kept the back-and-forth going.

Senior Nick Papa ended the roller coaster with a layup that made it 35-34 Spartans, and they would not relinquish the advantage. Williams hit a free throw, followed by another Papa layup, and it was 38-34. Senior T.J. Brown was particularly clutch in the final minutes, going six for nine from the line.

Williams, with six points, and Papa, who had four, keyed a first quarter in which the Spartans took a 13-4 lead. Milford struggled from the floor and could not get its fast-paced offense in gear. St. Mark’s frustrated the Bucs into one-shot possessions most of the night, as the Spartans controlled the boards.

Milford climbed steadily back into the game after the first quarter. The Bucs trailed by five at halftime and by just one after three. Milford had a chance to take the lead early in the third when St. Mark’s coach Nick Sanna was hit with a technical foul, but the Bucs missed both foul shots.

Papa led St. Mark’s with 13 points. He was joined in double figures by Williams (11) and Brown (10). Senior Tikeace Harris led the Buccaneers with nine.

The Spartans are now 11-4 and are back in action Monday night at St. Elizabeth (6-10) at 7:15 p.m. and again Tuesday at Sanford (10-6) at 5:15 p.m. Milford, which is 10-8, is home Thursday against 3-13 Lake Forest at 6:15 p.m.

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Sals move to 15-2 with road win at Concord


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BRANDYWINE HUNDRED – Salesianum’s basketball team has a potent offense, but on Saturday the defense was the key as the Sals earned a 50-33 win over No. 6 Concord in front of a sold-out crowd.

Senior Joe McCusker lead a defense that forced numerous Raiders turnovers, saying the Sals “practice defensive drills in practice all the time.” The state’s No. 1 team improved to 15-2 and remained unbeated against Delaware teams.

Both teams struggled early offensively until McCusker hit a three-point shot, followed by another by junior Donte DiVincenzo. Salesianum led, 17-11, after the first and put the game away in the second, holding Concord to two points, which came on a tip-in at the halftime buzzer. Shane Clark scored all seven of his points in the second, helping the Sals to a 30-13 advantage.

DiVincenzo was assigned to guard Concord’s top scorer, senior Joe Cooper, and he did the job well. Cooper scored 10 points in the game to lead Concord, but just two of those came in the first half, on a pair of free throws.

The Sals were looking to play a complete game against the Raiders, said senior Brian O’Neill. “We talked in the locker room before the game that we needed to play this game from start to finish since we have not done that this week.”

DiVincenzo and O’Neill each scored 12 for Salesianum, while McCusker added 11. The Sals will be off until Friday, when they travel to St. Mark’s for a 7:30 tip. They also play next Sunday at 6 p.m. at home vs. Archmere on senior night.

Concord (13-5) will finish its regular season this week with a pair of games. The Raiders host 11-6 Newark on Tuesday and William Penn (4-9) on Thursday. Both games are scheduled for a 5:15 p.m. start.

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Auks girls rebound with big hoops win at A.I.


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GREENVILLE – Two days after their five-game winning streak was ended decisively by Caravel, the Archmere Auks girls basketball team responded with authority, defeating A.I. DuPont, 51-20, Saturday afternoon.

Archmere (12-5) jumped on the Tigers early as senior Katelyn Payne converted two early steals into layups as the Auks took a 6-0 lead. She scored 10 of her game-high 16 points in the opening stanza, including another layup in transition that made it 12-2 with 2:36 to go. At the end of one, it was 16-4 Auks.

The rest of the team chipped in as well as the game wore on. Eleven Auks would make the score sheet as this one was never close. Freshman Camryn Howarth had a particularly effective second quarter, when she scored all five of her points. Senior Amanda Olsen had six points, all in the third.

Next up for the Auks is Wilmington Charter on Tuesday on the road at 3:30 p.m. The Force are 12-3. A.I., which fell to 8-8, looks to rebound at Appoquinimink on Tuesday at 5:45 p.m.

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Archmere students develop app they hope will save lives

February 7th, 2014 Posted in Education and Careers, Our Diocese, Youth Tags: ,


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CLAYMONT — When Typhoon Haiyan decimated the Philippines in November, residents and others caught up in its destruction found their cell phones rendered useless because tele- communications infrastructure was gone. A group of students from Archmere Academy saw an opportunity amid the tragedy to alleviate this kind of situation in the future.

Five boys – juniors Andrew Hurst, Christian Kraft and Nick McIntyre, and sophomores Joseph Spall and Greg McCord – developed coNextGen for the Verizon Innovative App Challenge, a nationwide contest for middle and high school students to apply their knowledge and creativity to address a need or problem in their community. Archmere’s team, under the guidance of computer science teacher Jared Campbell, won the Delaware competition before being eliminated in the regional round. Read more »

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Top-ranked Sals take control early, defeat No. 7 Mount Pleasant, 56-43


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WILMINGTON – Brian O’Neill continued his strong play, leading a balanced scoring attack for Salesianum as the Sals defeated Mount Pleasant, 56-42, Thursday night in Wilmington. The 6-7 forward powered his way to 17 points, one of three Sals in double figures, as the team won its fifth in a row to improve to 14-2 this season.

Salesianum broke open a close game midway through the first quarter, turning an 8-7 lead into 17-7, with much of the credit going to O’Neill, who scored eight points in the stanza. The Sals also got a boost from junior guard Shane Clark, who hit a three-point shot 10 seconds into the game and then started the nine-point run with another trey. Read more »

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Local high school grads in the news


Delle Donne named Special Olympics ambassador

WILMINGTON – Elena Delle Donne, the Wilmington native and the reigning WNBA rookie of the year, has been named a global ambassador for Special Olympics, according to her alma mater, Ursuline Academy.

The announcement will be made tomorrow with Delle Donne appearing at Ursuline via Google+ from Chicago, where she plays with the Sky. Delle Donne then will take questions from Ursuline students about her basketball career and her new role with Special Olympics. Read more »

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