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Pandas rally to force extras, but fall to No. 1 Caravel in softball

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PIKE CREEK – The Padua Pandas’ softball team found itself trailing top-ranked Caravel, 6-0, after an inning and half on April 5. They rallied to tie it at eight but fell, 10-8, in eight innings at the Midway Softball Complex.

Grace Walker, who was 3 for 5 on the day, drove in the winning runs for Caravel with a single in the top of the eighth inning. The Buccaneers (2-1) scored two in the first as Walker reached on a two-out infield single. She stole second and scored on a single by Amanda Stull. Stull got home on a single by Amanda Ladzinski. The Bucs plated four runs in the second as Emily Proffitt hit a grand slam over the left-field fence. Read more »

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Second-half pressure pays off for Raiders in 2-0 soccer triumph

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ALAPOCAS – After an evenly played first half, Ursuline took control of the pace and possession and prevailed, 2-0, over St. Elizabeth in girls soccer on a damp field under sunny blue skies April 4 at Alapocas Run State Park.

Ursuline came out firing in the second half, keeping the Vikings’ defense and keeper Avery Toper quite busy. In the 41st minute, the Raiders had a free kick deflected out by a St. Elizabeth player, and three minutes later, Martha Skehan hit a post from 25 yards out. Read more »

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Early runs lift Spartans past Vikings on diamond

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MILLTOWN – The St Mark’s Spartans scored seven runs in the first three innings as they defeated the St Elizabeth’s Vikings, 10-2, on April 4. It was the second meeting in five days between the Catholic rivals.

Joseph Anderson delivers a pitch for St. Elizabeth. (The Dialog/Jason Winchell)

Joseph Anderson delivers a pitch for St. Elizabeth. (The Dialog/Jason Winchell)

The Spartans, 5-0 and ranked first in the state, got four hits and four runs batted in from Ricky Gannett, and two hits and a pair of RBI from Austin Colmery. Billy Sullivan and Josh Venti combined for a four-hitter while striking out 15 Vikings.

The Vikings (1-3) were led by Nate Thomas, who had two hits. They play again on Friday at 4 p.m. at Canby Park against St. Andrews in a game moved from Thursday. The Spartans host Archmere on Wednesday at 4 p.m., also in a game rescheduled from Thursday.

 

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Raiders lacrosse holds on at St. Mark’s, picks up another top-five win

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MILLTOWN – A day after knocking off No. 2 Polytech, the third-ranked Ursuline lacrosse team met No. 4 St. Mark’s on April 4. As in the Polytech game, the Raiders (5-0) jumped out to a 7-1 lead and held on for a 13-12 road victory to remain undefeated. Erin O’Doherty and Brooke Schmeusser scored five times each for the Raiders, including combining for three in a row after St. Mark’s tied it at nine in the second half. Read more »

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Raiders withstand late rally for lacrosse upset over second-ranked Polytech

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WILMINGTON – Ursuline jumped out to a 7-0 lead and withstood a tremendous push by Polytech late in the game to pick up a key nonconference girls lacrosse win in a battle between two top-five teams April 3 at Serviam Field. The Raiders remained undefeated with the 15-12 victory.

Seniors Brooke Schmeusser and Erin O’Doherty led the way with five goals each for Ursuline, which entered the contest ranked fourth by The News Journal and fifth by Delaware SportsZone. They got the Raiders off to the fast start against the Panthers, who came into the day ranked second in both polls. Read more »

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Girls sports feature key showdowns in busy week

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The third week of the girls spring season is loaded with key showdowns.  The weather has produce a lot of rain with more coming this week but I hope they are able to play. Read more »

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Boys sports gets cranking in third full week of baseball, lacrosse

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The third week of the season for boys spring sports is loaded with big games involving top-10 teams. Read more »

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Glavin’s six-goal effort paces Auks lax past Tower Hill

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CLAYMONT – Archmere trailed Tower Hill, 4-3, after one quarter of the teams’ nonconference boys lacrosse game on April 1. But a natural hat trick from senior Xavier Glavin to open the second gave the Auks a lead they would not relinquish in a 12-7 win.

Glavin’s first goal, and his second of the game, came 4:16 into the second quarter when a pass toward the net hit his stick and deflected past Hillers goalie Michael Gianforcaro. Glavin struck again just 26 seconds later. This time, on a delayed penalty call on Tower Hill, he slipped one through an opening into the net. Read more »

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Just call him ‘Captain Jack’

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St. Elizabeth senior Newswanger played four years of hockey for Middletown, wore ‘C’ this season

 

WILMINGTON — When Jack Newswanger was an eighth-grader at Christ the Teacher, he was playing recreational ice hockey, and St. Elizabeth, his high school of choice, had a team. So far, so good.

By the time he entered the school, however, the program had been shelved, so Newswanger and several other St. Elizabeth students connected with the Middletown High School team. So began four years of being a Viking most of the time and a Cavalier when he strapped on the skates. Read more »

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Padua cheerleading wins fourth straight state title

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Padua Academy won a state championship in March that flew a bit under the radar. The Pandas captured their fourth straight state cheerleading title at Smyrna High School on March 5.

The championship capped another successful campaign for the cheerleaders. They kicked off their competition season in the first week of February with a first-place showing at the Christiana High School Invitational, winning for best dance and best stunts. They also placed first in a competition at Dover High School and also at Cheer for Charity at the University of Delaware, an event that included 13 teams. Their fourth event, Reach the Beach in Ocean City, Md., resulted in a third-place showing, and they also took third in the Grand Finale in Virginia Beach, Va. Read more »

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