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Chivalry, history bond St. Edmond’s students

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WILMINGTON — Twenty-four fifth-graders at St. Edmond’s Academy in Brandywine Hundred have completed their work and are eagerly awaiting being knighted on Nov. 17. The ceremony is the culmination of a rigorous academic exercise and is a rite of passage at the all-boys school.

“They get officially knighted with a real sword in a huge ceremony once they’ve completed all the work,” principal Tricia Scott said. “It’s so popular. The boys so look forward to it.” Read more »

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Sallies dominates possession in opening-round soccer win

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BEAR – Salesianum is used to championship soccer teams, but the 2017 version might be among the best seen on 18th and Broom streets. The Sals opened their march toward an eighth straight state championship by scoring two first-half goals, then holding on in the brisk weather for a 2-0 victory over eighth-seeded Wilmington Charter on Nov. 11 at Bob Peoples Stadium at Caravel Academy. Read more »

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Auks fall to Lake Forest in field hockey quarterfinals

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CLAYMONT – Four different players scored for Lake Forest as the Spartans defeated Archmere, 4-2, in a Division II field hockey quarterfinal-round playoff battle Nov. 11 in Claymont. Lake moves on to the semifinals, where it will meet top-seeded Delmar on Wednesday.

The fifth-seeded Spartans dominated possession in the first half on a cool, breezy day, picking up four penalty corners to none for the No. 4 Auks. Archmere keeper Mady McDougal helped keep the game scoreless with several saves, but the Spartans could be kept off the board for only so long. Read more »

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Raiders return to volleyball title match with 3-1 win over Tower Hill

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MILLTOWN – Ursuline needed five sets to get past Wilmington Charter in the quarterfinal round of the Delaware high school volleyball tournament, and the Raiders found themselves behind in their semifinal match against Tower Hill after losing the first set on Nov. 9 at St. Mark’s High School. But the third-seeded Raiders bounced back, winning the next three sets to defeat the No. 2 Hillers and advance to the championship on Monday.

“We didn’t get down on ourselves at all,” senior libero Sam Davis said. “We were thinking it’s go time, it’s now or never. There’s nothing we can lose. Let’s just go after it. We played really well after that.” Read more »

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Pandas get better as night rolls on, sweep their way to volleyball final

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MILLTOWN – After escaping with a two-point win in the first set, then pulling away in the second, the Padua volleyball team left no doubt that they belonged in the state championship match coming up on Monday night.

A 7-1 run early in the third put the Pandas up, 12-4, over St. Mark’s, and Padua would go on to a 25-12 win to complete the sweep in the semifinal round Nov. 9 at St. Mark’s. The top-seeded Pandas will attempt to win their first state title since 2013 when they meet No. 3 Ursuline at the Bob Carpenter Center on Monday after the consolation match, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Read more »

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Teacher makes quick impression on student

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Rasheeda Skinner engages her eighth-graders at Christ the Teacher, wants them to be critical thinkers

 

GLASGOW — Alexis Rabinovitch has been an eighth-grader at Christ the Teacher Catholic School for just a few months, but it didn’t take even that long for her to sing the praises of one of her teachers, Rasheeda Skinner, as deserving of special recognition.

“Mrs. Skinner is, without a doubt, one of the best teachers in Delaware,” Alexis wrote The Dialog. “She inspires all of us when she teaches us. … I consider myself blessed to have such an amazing teacher like her.” Read more »

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Pandas handle tough Archmere squad, will face St. Mark’s in volleyball semis

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WILMINGTON – Top-seeded Padua advanced to the semifinal round of the state volleyball tournament with a 3-0 sweep of Archmere on Nov. 7 at the St. E Center, but the Auks gave the Pandas all they could handle. Padua took the sets by scores of 25-21, 25-23, and 25-21.

The Pandas remained undefeated at 17-0 heading into Thursday night’s semifinal match against Catholic Conference foe St. Mark’s on the Spartans’ home floor. That one will follow the first semifinal pitting No. 3 Ursuline against No. 2 Tower Hill. Read more »

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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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