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Spartans seek to build on last season’s volleyball success

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St. Mark’s surprised some observers last season by putting up a 9-6 regular season before falling to Wilmington Charter in the first round of the tournament.

“I was a little surprised (by last year’s success),” senior hitter Erin Derick said. “Going into the tournament and having a bye, that was surprising for me because I’d never had one before, but with all the great girls that we had, it wasn’t that surprising.” Read more »

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Optimism on Cedar Street as Vikings volleyball ushers in new era

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It’s a new day at St. Elizabeth, with a new coach and new optimism surrounding the volleyball program. The Vikings won just one match in 2016, but it was only two seasons ago that they lost a five-setter in the first round of the state tournament. New coach Jerry McCarthy, who spent eight years as an assistant at Wilmington Friends, is bringing a fresh approach to Cedar Street.

“We’re just trying to instill a good mindset,” he said. “The girls have worked extremely hard embracing a new system. And the new system is simple stuff. All we’re going to do is play basic volleyball. The girls have embraced it, they’ve worked hard. They’ve learned that if they fail at that one point, it’s OK. It’s what they choose to do afterward.” Read more »

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Pigskin flies as Catholic schools return to football action this weekend

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Friday

Archmere at Dover, 6 p.m. The high school football season for the four Catholic high schools that field teams commences with this tilt in Kent County. It will be a stiff test for the Auks, who are in search of their first tournament berth since 2014. A win against the Division I Senators would mean valuable points come postseason.

Joseph DiGregorio returns as Archmere’s starting quarterback. Cole Bauer is the leading returning running back, and passing options include Dom Cipriano, Luke Grant and Antwyne Scott-Coleman. Read more »

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Catholic teachers help build saints

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Before classes begin, diocesan educators attended Spirituality Day

MILLTOWN — Teachers and administrators from Catholic schools from all over the Diocese of Wilmington received a reminder of why what they do is so important during their annual Spirituality Day, which was held Aug. 28 at St. Mark’s High School.

That message was reinforced by two familiar faces, Bishop Malooly and superintendent of schools Lou De Angelo, and by the keynote speaker, Father Stephen D. Thorne, pastor of St. Martin de Porres Parish in Philadelphia and chaplain of Neumann University in Aston, Pa. Read more »

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Mount Aviat students embarking on Google Expeditions

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Virtual reality technology opens up a ‘being there’ door to lessons in history, biology to pupils and teachers

CHILDS, Md. — There’s no reason for students at Mount Aviat Academy to just talk about history or science or social studies any longer. Now, they can travel to 1940s Europe in the aftermath of World War II. They can visit the seabed in search of exotic ocean creatures. Or they can take a tour of the heart. Read more »

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Catholic youth organizer extraordinaire

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CYM bids farewell to Joe McNesby, who spent 28 years coordinating parish sports for young athletes

WILMINGTON – From September through May, young people gather on fields and in gymnasiums up and down Delaware and into Maryland for Catholic Youth Ministry sports. They show up, as do coaches and fans, and almost without fail everything goes off without a hitch. But there is someone responsible for making all that happen, and for the past 28 years, that person has been Joe McNesby.

Until this month, that is. Read more »

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Sals’ Mike Drake leads all-state selections from Catholic schools

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Salesianum senior attack Mike Drake, who scored two goals in the Sals’ championship-game win on June 3, has been named the 2017 state boys lacrosse player of the year. Drake will continue his athletic career at the University of Notre Dame.

He is one of six players from Catholic schools who earned first-team honors. The selections were announced June 5 by the state lacrosse coaches association. Read more »

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Sals grab early lead, win third straight lacrosse title and ninth overall

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DOVER – Second-seeded Salesianum’s lacrosse team won its third straight title with a 13-5 win over fourth-seeded Cape Henlopen on June 3 at Dover High School. The Sals got a goal by Patrick Drake 15 seconds in and never trailed in winning their sixth title in the last seven years and ninth overall. Read more »

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Middletown brings Pandas’ run as state soccer champs to an end

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SMYRNA – Middletown entered the girls’ Division I state championship girls soccer match with Padua already without the Delaware player of the year, Alyssa Poarch, and shortly before halftime, the Cavaliers lost goalkeeper Taylor Wolf to an injury. But an early goal by Alexa Rodriguez held up, thanks mainly to the play of emergency keeper Mary Warren, and the top-seeded Cavaliers ended No. 2 Padua’s five-year reign as state champions with a 1-0 win June 3 at Smyrna High School.

Each team had to play a half staring into a setting sun at Charles V. Williams Stadium, and Rodriguez took advantage in the 13th minute. The Pandas had controlled possession until then, but they had few opportunities to beat Wolf. The momentum swung Middletown’s way, and when Rodriguez found herself with the ball and a bit of space about 25 yards from the net, she struck. Her blast just eluded the outstretched fingers of keeper Katie Szczerba – who had a bright sun in her face – and tucked under the crossbar for the game’s lone tally. Read more »

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Spartans bats silenced in semifinal loss to Caravel

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WILMINGTON – St. Mark’s baseball team put three runners on base and scored once during the first inning of their state semifinal game vs. second-seeded Caravel on June 1, but the Spartans struggled on offense the rest of the afternoon in a 6-1 defeat. The loss brought the team’s season to an end with a record of 14-7.

The day began well enough for the Spartans, the sixth seed. Chris Ludman doubled down the left-field line, and the next batter, Brian Gilardi, singled to right, bringing in a run. Gilardi took second on the throw home, but despite a walk to Eric Ludman, Caravel pitcher Joe Silan was able to escape further trouble. Read more »

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