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Winter already? Girls basketball gets off to a busy start

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The girls’ basketball season opened over the weekend with a small taste of what is to come over the next few months. Most of the Catholic high schools get started this week. Unless noted, the teams have not yet played. Read more »

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Vikings pull away in fourth, capture A.I. season-opening hoops tournament

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GREENVILLE – St. Elizabeth turned a two-point halftime deficit into a two-point lead during the third quarter, then opened the fourth on a tear on the way to a 57-44 win over A.I. duPont on Dec. 2 to take the Tiger Tip-Off boys basketball tournament. The Vikings improved to 2-0 on the season’s opening weekend.

The score was 36-34 Vikings as the game entered its final eight minutes. That is where St. Elizabeth took control in what had been, to that point, a very close contest. Read more »

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Pandas open DiNardo era with big win over New Jersey foe

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WILMINGTON – The Padua Pandas celebrated coach Shelia DiNardo’s first game as coach by going on a 19-point run spanning part of the second and third quarters on the way to a 65-31 storming of the Hun School from New Jersey on Dec. 2.

The Raiders had just six players dressed for the game, and they were able to run with the Pandas for a while. Erin Harrigan scored six of Hun’s nine first-quarter points, outdone only by Padua’s Cam Scully, who had seven to lead Padua to a 13-9 lead at the end of one. Read more »

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Strong second half carries Vikings to season-opening win

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GREENVILLE – The St Elizabeth Vikings had to find a way to stop the Tatnall Hornets three-point barrage, and a second half press did the trick. The Vikings outscored the Hornets, 40-21, in the second half to take home a 70-52 win in the A.I. duPont Tiger Tip-Off tournament opening round on Dec. 1. Read more »

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Sals’ Wallace named soccer player of the year

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Bryce Wallace, a senior at Salesianum who scored both of his team’s goals in the state championship game on Nov. 18, was named the Delaware soccer player of the year by the Delaware High School Soccer Coaches Association. Read more »

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Wallace scores twice, McCloskey preserves lead as Sals take soccer crown

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SMYRNA – Salesianum’s soccer team posed in the net, eight fingers extended to signify the school’s eighth consecutive state championship. But this was the first time this group of seniors had allowed the opponent to score in the final, and it took a herculean effort from goalkeeper Emmett McCloskey to preserve a 2-1 victory over Appoquinimink on Nov. 18 at Smyrna High School.

Bryce Wallace was the offensive hero for Sallies, scoring twice in his final high school game. That includes the title-clincher in the 57th minute, where Ethan Lupichuk took a pass from Drew Blackwell deep into the corner to the left of the Appo goal and sent a cross into the crease in front of Jaguars keeper Jason Sommer. Wallace came streaking up the middle of the box and slid, knocking the ball into the net. Read more »

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Padua’s Jarome named state volleyball player of the year

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Catholic Conference players pepper all-state roster; Vikings’ McCarthy named coach of year

The Catholic Conference had three teams among the final four in the state tournament, including both finalists, Ursuline and Padua. The conference is also well-represented on the all-state teams, which were released Nov. 14, the day after Ursuline won the state championship. Selections are made by the Delaware Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association. Read more »

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Ursuline’s steady progress past few seasons indicated return to volleyball mountaintop

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NEWARK – Ursuline’s 2017 state volleyball championship is the school’s first since 2009, but for coach Sue Heiss and her players – in particular the seniors – it means so much more. Taylor Wright and Sam Davis were on the varsity squad as freshmen in 2014, a campaign remembered more for the fact that the Raiders missed the state tournament than the team’s improvement upon 2013’s win total by four matches.

The Raiders’ 8-7 mark in 2014 was not enough to get them into the final 16-team state tournament. The seeds had been planted, however, for this year’s championship, which the school earned on Nov. 13 with a five-set nail-biter over Catholic Conference rival Padua at the Bob Carpenter Center. Read more »

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It takes five sets, but Ursuline knocks off Pandas for first volleyball title since 2009

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NEWARK – Taylor Wright spent most of the evening of Nov. 13 on a mission to restore Ursuline to the top of Delaware’s high school volleyball pyramid. Whether through a swing of her powerful right arm or a timely block, the Raiders’ senior outside hitter put on a performance that will be long remembered.

Wright’s final act – after two-plus hours of sometimes nerve-wracking, always exciting volleyball – sealed the deal for the third-seeded Raiders. She came in from the left side, jumped one more time and sent a spike down the middle to lift Ursuline past top-seeded Padua, 15-11, in the fifth set. That gave the Raiders a 3-2 win and their 12th state championship in front of a full house and of 2,836 at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, a record for the volleyball final. Read more »

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All-Catholic volleyball final; Sals reach soccer semis

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Dialog reporter

The fall season is coming to a close, with only playoffs remaining in a few sports. This week, we combine the girls’ and boys’ schedules. After this week, we will take a break before returning with basketball in early December. Read more »

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