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No. 2 Appo edges top-ranked St. Mark’s in diamond classic

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MILLTOWN – The second-ranked Appoquinimink Jaguars edged No. 1 St. Mark’s, 2-1, on April 10 for their third straight win over the Spartans in the last three years. Jags senior starter Ryan Steckline outdueled Spartans senior Billy Sullivan in a pitchers’ duel.

(The Dialog/Jason Winchell)

(The Dialog/Jason Winchell)

The Jags scored a pair of runs in the third, the first on a throwing error. Then Steckline singled home a run to give the Jags a 2-0 lead. The Spartans got a run back in the bottom of the third when catcher Matthew Sinko doubled home Matthew Theodorakis to cut the Jags lead to 2-1.

The Spartans loaded the bases in the bottom of the fourth on three walks. Steckline helped himself by starting a double play. He took a ground ball and threw home, and the relay to first beat the runner for a huge double play.

Steckline threw 5 2/3 innings, striking out nine while scattering 6 hits. Reliever Emir Garret retired all four batters he faced to pick up the save. Sullivan went the distance for the Spartans, striking out six while only giving up five hits. The Jags (7-0) got two hits from Jarrett Weglarz. They will travel to Tatnall on Thursday for a 3:45 p.m. start. The Spartans (6-1) are at Caravel on Wednesday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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Pandas score four in second, pick up win over Concord

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PIKE CREEK – Abby Cunningham tossed seven strong innings, and Katie Twardowski scored two runs and drove in three as Padua won its second straight softball game, 7-4, over Concord on April 10 at Midway Softball Complex. The Pandas improved to 5-2 with the victory. Read more »

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No. 1 vs. No. 2 baseball showdown kicks off boys sports week

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The spring sports season approaches the mid-point with some big matchups on the boys’ side, including a top-two battle in baseball. Read more »

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A busy pre-Easter week awaits girls sports

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The girls’ spring seasons are starting to heat up, and so is the weather. This week, there are a few top-10 showdowns. Read more »

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Auks, Spartans swing hot bats in 10-7 Archmere softball win

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CLAYMONT – Archmere jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first two innings, then fought off a St. Mark’s comeback attempt in a 10-7 nonconference softball win April 7 in Claymont. Annie Penrod led the way offensively for the Auks, swatting two triples and knocking in four runs. Read more »

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Auks down DMA, win fifth straight girls soccer match

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CLAYMONT – The rain that pounded New Castle County on April 6, causing the postponement of dozens of high school sports events, had mostly gone away by Friday. In its place was a stiff, cold wind, and it was in that atmosphere that Delaware Military Academy’s girls soccer team traveled to Archmere for a Diamond State Athletic Conference showdown.

The Auks, ranked fourth in the state in Division II, controlled possession most of the afternoon, and they were able to sneak in a single goal in the 48th minute to take a spirited battle with No. 5 DMA. Read more »

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A bishop and a rabbi walked into St. Mary Magdalen School

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WILMINGTON – In the first few months of 2017, the Siegel Jewish Community Center in Brandywine Hundred received several threats, disrupting its services and causing a sense of unrest. Father James Kirk, pastor of the Catholic parish closest to the JCC, St. Mary Magdalen, thought it would be educational to invite a local rabbi to the school for a wide-ranging discussion. Read more »

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Sals stage late comeback to defeat baseball power Caravel

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WILMINGTON – Salesianum scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to defeat Caravel, 6-5, in nonconference baseball April 5. The Sals snapped a two-game losing streak in their third straight contest against a team ranked in the top five in the state.

(The Dialog/Mike Lang)

(The Dialog/Mike Lang)

The Sals scored single runs in each of the first three innings, with Joe Setting, Zack Miller and Alex Hinton driving in runs with singles. Caravel tied the game in the top of the fourth, as Alex Barker drove in a pair with a single to right field. He took second on a groundout and scored on a base hit by Aaron Holiday.

The Buccaneers, who were coming off a loss to Roman Catholic of Philadelphia, scored twice more in the fifth inning to take the two-run lead. Salesianum bounced back in their half of the sixth with three, including another run batted in for Miller.

Jack Fiala retired all six batters he faced over the final two innings for the win. The Sals (3-2) host Cape Henlopen, another top-10 team, Saturday at 1 p.m. Caravel fell to 3-1; the Bucs are back in action on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at William Penn Charter (Pa.).

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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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