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Pitching, defense carry Seahawks past Pandas in softball tourney

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PIKE CREEK – Fifth-seeded Delaware Military Academy used solid pitching and great defense to edge No. 12 Padua, 1-0, in a first-round softball tournament game on May 23 at Midway Softball Complex. Freshmen Delani Sheehan pitched a seven-hitter, and Alexus Novotny drove in the only run for the Seahawks (14-5).

The Pandas started strong in the top of the first inning as Caitlyn Baxter had a leadoff infield single and advanced to third on a Hannah Williams double with no outs. After a pop out, senior Abby Cunningham hit a fly ball to right fielder Ashlee Conaty, who fired home to nail the speedy Baxter and keep the game scoreless. Read more »

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Spartans hold off Auks, advance to girls lacrosse championship

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BEAR – The fourth-seeded St Mark’s Spartans built up a six-goal lead and held off a furious rally from the No. 1 seed, Archmere, to take a 14-13 victory on May 23 at Caravel Academy. With the win, the Spartans advance to the state championship Thursday night.

The Auks trailed, 14-8, late in the second half before they made their rally. After Archmere scoried with 46 seconds left, the most important groundball of the game was picked up by St. Mark’s junior Kendra Schweizer, who then ran away from the Auks’ defense to seal the win and send the Spartans to the championship. Read more »

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Behind Lynch, Archmere wins fourth straight to close out regular season

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CLAYMONT – Donning the lucky pink uniforms, the Archmere baseball team wrapped up its regular season with a 4-0 win over visiting St. Elizabeth on May 23. Colin Lynch had it going on for the Auks, tossing a complete-game four-hitter and picking up two hits with a run scored to boot. Read more »

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Megargee caps late comeback, sends Spartans into girls lacrosse semis

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MILLTOWN – St. Mark’s and Polytech played nearly 51 minutes of girls lacrosse on May 20, but the state quarterfinal matchup came down to the final 51 seconds. Facing elimination, the Spartans’ Paige Megargee tied the score in dramatic fashion with 11 seconds left in regulation, and Megargee struck again early in overtime to send fourth-seeded St. Mark’s into the semifinal round.

Afterward, the junior midfielder shed tears of joy as teammates swarmed her. “I’m so excited! I can’t breathe right now.” Read more »

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Catholic schools gear up for girls state soccer tournaments

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The girls’ soccer state tournaments start on Saturday as the Division II first round kicks off. The tournament has eight teams in Division I and 12 teams in Division II.

The Division I team to beat is the second-seeded Padua Pandas. The Pandas (12-2-1) went 12-0 against teams from the First State. In those 12 matches they outscored their opponents, 56-1. Read more »

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Seniors shine as Sals finish baseball regular season with a win

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WILMINGTON – Salesianum got big contributions from its seniors in a 7-3 senior day win over Indian River on May 18. Senior Zach Miller had two hits and drove in three runs, and the Sals’ defense turned four double plays.

The Sals (12-6) got on the board first in the second inning. Joe Setting led off with a triple, and Quinn Cassidy walked and stole second base. Senior Brett Nordmeyer then hit a one-out single, driving in both runs. Read more »

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Ravens drop heartbreaker in extra innings against Howard

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WILMINGTON – St. Thomas More took a 6-3 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning during its baseball game Thursday against Howard, but the final three outs proved elusive. Howard scored three times to tie the game, then completed the comeback with a walkoff single in the eighth and a 7-6 win in the heat at Frawley Stadium.

The seventh inning was one of close calls that did not go the Ravens’ way. A walk, double and a hit batter loaded the bases with nobody out. Austin Zarco singled home Jacob Couden with the first run to make it 6-4. Read more »

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Top seed Archmere joined by Ursuline, St. Mark’s and Padua in girls lacrosse field

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The girls’ lacrosse state tournament begins Thursday with four Catholic schools in the field of 10 teams. The Archmere Auks took the top seed thanks to winning their last 14 regular-season games.

The Auks (14-1) are led on offense by a pair of sophomores in Caroline Donovan and Kate Olsen. They also get key scoring from Riley DeBaecke and Delaney Dearing. The Auks’ defense has been stout this year, with seniors Lorin Donovan, Maggie Malloy and Camryn Howarth leading the way. Read more »

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Auks girls win 14th straight, earn top seed in lacrosse state tournament

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GREENVILLE – The second-ranked Archmere girls lacrosse team had a great day on May 15. First the Auks defeated Tatnall, 19-9, then they earned the top seed in the state tournament that starts on Thursday.

Tatnall did strike first, as Erica Hager scored early to give the Hornets their only lead. The Auks(14-1) answered quickly as Delaney Dearing scored. Riley DeBaecke, Caroline Donovan, and Kate Olsen scored in succession to give the Auks a 4-1 lead. Donovan and Dearing each added a pair of goals to give the Auks an 8-2 lead. Read more »

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Purnell pitches, hits William Penn softball past St. Elizabeth, 4-3

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WILMINGTON – Indira Purnell scattered five hits and struck out nine, and she hit a solo home run, to lead William Penn to a 4-3 win in nonconference softball on May 15 at Canby Park.

A strong wind blew in from right field throughout the day, wreaking havoc on fly balls and resulting in a centerfielder catching one in the infield for an out, but Purnell used it to her advantage leading off the fourth. She sent a shot over the leftfielder’s head, with the wind taking the ball away from the fielder. Purnell never stopped running and easily beat the throw home to put the Colonials ahead, 2-0. Read more »

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