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Five-run fifth carries Sals past Sussex Tech in first game of twinbill


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WILMINGTON – Salesianum shut down Sussex Tech’s potent offense and broke open a close game with five runs in the fifth inning in a 8-4 nonconference baseball win on April 18 at Frawley Stadium in Wilmington. It was the first of a pair of games for the Sals on the day; they defeated St. Mark’s in the nightcap.

The Sals, who were the visiting team despite playing just a few miles from their Broom Street campus, did not waste any time getting on the board. Walks to Josh Maguire and John Andreoli, followed by an error, loaded the bases with no outs. Tech starter Brady Parks struck out Joe Setting, but Zach Gwynn followed with a single to left field that scored two runs. Parks settled down after that, and the Sals would not score again until the fifth. Read more »

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Undefeated Conrad baseball escapes Archmere with two runs in seventh


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CLAYMONT – Archmere took a 3-3 tie into the seventh inning against undefeated Conrad on April 18, but the veteran Red Wolves pushed across two runs in the final frame to escape with a 5-3 win in Diamond State Athletic Conference action.

Conrad’s Kyle Maxwell walked to open the seventh, and a wild pitch and stolen base moved him to third. Teammate Kyle Walker laid down a suicide squeeze bunt, bringing Maxwell home with the go-ahead run. There was no play at first on the bunt, and Walker had a single. An Auks throwing error allowed Walker to score an insurance run later in the seventh. Read more »

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Easter break brings no shortage of important sports matchups


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The spring sports season is a little light this week with the schools on break, but there are several key top-10 matchups. Read more »

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Scholarship fund will assist children of fallen firefighters

The children of two of the Wilmington firefighters killed in a house fire last fall are receiving financial support to help them continue attending their Catholic schools. The Delaware Fallen Heroes Scholarship Fund, administered by the Delaware Community Foundation, was established in September through an initial gift of $100,000 from Alan and Ellen Levin.

Christopher Leach and Ardythe Hope died as a result of the fire, which was intentionally set. Leach died at the scene on Sept. 24, while Hope succumbed to her injuries on Dec. 1.

Leach has a daughter at Padua Academy and another at St. Ann’s School, while Hope’s two youngest daughters are students at St. Elizabeth High School. They were the first recipients of grants from the fund.

The Delaware Fallen Heroes Scholarship Fund has covered the girls’ education expenses and will continue to do so through age 24 if necessary. St. Elizabeth and Padua have agreed to reduce the tuition for their students.

To support the fund, visit www.delcf.org/heroes or mail a gift to the DCF, P.O. Box 1636, Wilmington, DE 19899, with “Fallen Heroes Fund” on the memo line of the check.


St. Elizabeth School names new development director

WILMINGTON – John H. Pierson has joined the staff at St. Elizabeth School in Wilmington as director of advancement. He will coordinate marketing, fundraising and communications for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

Pierson comes to St. Elizabeth from the Delaware division of the American Heart Association, and he also has been the development director of the Brandywine YMCA. At the Y, he helped increase the total base of donors giving at the $1,000 level or greater, tripling contributions over six years.

He is a graduate of Virginia Tech University.


Ursuline hosts initial Wilm. youth TEDx conference

WILMINGTON — Seventeen young people and one Ursuline Academy faculty member presented “ideas worth sharing” at the first TEDxYouth@Wilmington conference, which was held April 2 at the school.

The conference, called “Agents of Change,” included students from five schools, including Ursuline, Mount Pleasant, Tatnall, Delcastle and Burlington Township (N.J.). It was organized by the team from TEDxWilmington.

Speakers from Ursuline and their topics included Jane Lyons, “Second Chances to Save Our Community”; Jessica Falasco, “Solve the Cube, Solve Your Life”; Jane Krukiel “The Power of Depression in Shaping Our Lives”; Yara Awad, “Does the American Dream Exist for a Girl Like Me?”;

Grace Nordmeyer, “Beyond the A+”; Molly Clark, “Stand by Your Sisters”; Amy Xu, “The Powr of Each Person’s Story”; Carly Palkon, “The Cost of Silence: Defending Music Education”; Areeba Khan, “Muslim, American, Female: America’s Future”; Abby Larmore, “The Shirtless Man.”

In addition, Ursuline teacher Erin McNichol spoke about “Animal Sounds and Other Tales that Teach,” and graduates Maya Showell and Morgan Taylor Thornton presented a talk was called “The Black Girls that Aren’t Black Enough.”


Sheila DiNardo takes reins as Padua’s new basketball coach

WILMINGTON — Sheila DiNardo, who coached Ursuline to two state championships, has been named the basketball coach at Catholic Conference rival Padua Academy.

In addition to Ursuline, DiNardo has coached at the high school level at Sanford and Archmere. She also had successful tenures at Wilmington University and Harcum College (Pa.).

DiNardo is a 1985 graduate of Mount Pleasant High School, where she was an all-state basketball and softball player.


St. John the Beloved band performs at Catholic festival

The Advanced Band from St. John the Beloved School in Wilmington performed at the National Catholic Band Association Festival at Villanova University on April 1. The band earned the highest rating of superior, the third consecutive year it has attained that status. Twenty-nine bands from the tri-state area performed.

This year’s band consists of all eighth-grade students. They are William Pastro, Thomas King, Leah Do, Abigail Oberempt, Jillian Bale, Keely Hoban, Toni Guariano and Coyle Reice. The band director of Ray DiVirgilio.

The band also performed before the Philadelphia Phillies’ game April 12 at Citizens Bank Park in front of a crowd of more than 28,000.


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Y Innovations students are natural builders


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Archmere senior and friends turn to clay, sand and straw to build sustainable housing for the homeless


CLAYMONT — Brennan Stark’s schedule has been full since his arrival at Archmere Academy in Claymont nearly four years ago. In addition to academics, he is involved in other activities that include the Mastersingers. But a bit over a year ago, he was searching for more.

Stark, now a senior, and longtime friend Steven Burns were kicking around some ideas one Saturday about a number of topics, and the pair discussed what a home should be. Read more »

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Pandas soccer returns to win column with shutout of No. 4 Appo


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MIDDLETOWN – Top-ranked Padua edged No. 4 Appoquinimink, 1-0, in a top-five Division I girls soccer match on April 12. Read more »

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Fahey nets six as Vikings boys win third straight in lacrosse


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ALAPOCAS – St. Elizabeth took an early lead and was never in trouble in a 15-2 win in nonconference boys lacrosse April 12 at Alapocas Run State Park. It was the Vikings’ third win in a row. Read more »

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Five-run second powers Auks past Concord on diamond


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CLAYMONT – After falling behind by a pair of runs to open the game, Archmere’s baseball team responded in a big way to defeat Concord, 10-3, on April 11. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Auks. Read more »

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Force quiets Archmere bats in softball shutout


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CLAYMONT – The Wilmington Charter Force scored early and shut down the Archmere Auks’ offense in a 6-0 win on April 11.

The Force scored two runs in the first inning to jump out to a 2-0 lead. Taylor Gillis led off with a double and scored on a Jenna Volker double. Volker came around on a single by Cameron Peters. The Auks got two hits in the bottom of the first as Mackenzie Popp singled and Mady McDougal doubled. Force pitcher Payton Czerwinski, however, got out of the jam with no damage done. Read more »

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Schweizer nets six as Spartans girls continue winning ways


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MILLTOWN – The third-ranked St. Mark’s Spartans got six goals from junior Kendra Schweizer in their 16-5 win over No. 9 Padua on April 10.

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(The Dialog/Jason Winchell)

The Spartans scored on their first six possessions to grab a quick 6-0 lead, and they added five more times before the half for an 11-2 lead. The Pandas (2-1) got a few goals in the second half, but the Spartans (6-1) held them off.

Schweizer also added two assists in the win. Clare Estes tallied four times for St. Mark’s, and Megan Noonan contributed a pair. The Spartans will be off for 11 days before they host Tower Hill on April 21 at 4 p.m.

The Pandas got two goals from Amanda Berry, while freshmen Jenna Brady and Ava Ruggieri and senior Hannah Jacobs added goals. They will travel to Friends on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

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