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Padua seniors shine in final home game, a 50-30 win over Appoquinimink

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WILMINGTON – Padua got 38 of their 50 points from their seniors on Senior Night in a 50-30 win over Appoquinimink Wednesday night on Broom Street. The win helped erase any bad aftertaste from the loss to Caravel the previous night.

After a low-scoring first half, Padua (12-8) put the game away in the third, scoring the first 13 points of the third quarter and maintaining its defensive intensity to stretch the lead to 29-14. Appoquinimink (11-8) did not quit, however, going on a seven-point run of its own, but the Pandas took a 31-21 lead into the final stanza. Read more »

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Ss. Peter & Paul makes a difference against hunger

EASTON, Md. – The student body and faculty at Ss. Peter and Paul High School recently participated in an event with Kids Against Hunger, raising more than $2,000 to provide food for more than 7,000 meals. These meals will be distributed to communities nationally and globally to help fight hunger, the school said.

After team-building activities, the students packaged the meals assembly-line style. They gathered 34 large boxes of food, enough for about 7,200 meals.

 

St. Elizabeth shares success of iPad program

WILMINGTON – St. Elizabeth High School faculty members Jess Shoja and Kammas Murphy shared the success of the school’s ViFi program with other educators through the Delaware Digital Learning Conference: Online, which was sponsored by the state Department of Education.

The pair talked about content delivery in a one-to-one iPad school. Shoja and Murphy led participants through a review and demonstration of how St. Elizabeth uses digital technology in multiple subject areas. They also showed textbook replacement models and explained how content can be supplemented at little to no cost.

 

Archmere musician to play in Penn honor band

Archmere freshman Griffin Anderson recently was selected to represent his school in the invitation-only University of Pennsylvania Honor Band at two events in the Philadelphia region. Anderson is one of more than 75 students from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and New York in the band and the only one from Delaware.

The honor band, now in its 10th year, participated in a daylong workshop and concert. Anderson studied with John Purcell, formerly the senior ceremonial trumpeter in the United States Air Force Band, and he performed at the Episcopal Cathedral on the Penn campus. The second event takes place March 1, when the honor band will join the Penn band and play during the Quakers’ men’s basketball game against Yale at the Palestra. Tickets for the basketball game are available at www.pennathletics.com.

 

St. Mark’s senior headed to Shakespeare competition

WILMINGTON – Jake Diana won the English-Speaking Union Delaware Shakespeare Competition earlier this month and will represent the state at the national event May 4-6 in New York City.

Diana, a senior, was victorious with his performance of Benedick from “Much Ado About Nothing” and his recitation of Sonnet 73.

His trip to New York will include educational and cultural activities, including an acting workshop at New York University and a visit to the William Shakespeare statue in Central Park. At the national competition, he will be eligible to earn a full scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts’ Young Actors Summer School in London and to the American Shakespeare Center’s Theatre Camp in Staunton, Va.

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Papa’s clutch free throw lifts Spartans past Charter, 36-35

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WILMINGTON – St. Mark’s and Charter School went toe-to-toe throughout Tuesday afternoon’s game, so it was only fitting that the matchup came down to the final seconds. Nick Papa made sure St. Mark’s went home happy as he hit one of two free throws with 6.1 seconds to lift the Spartans to a 36-35 road win over the Force.

Papa was fouled as St. Mark’s was trying to inbound the ball following a timeout. Since the ball had not yet been put into play, the infraction was called an intentional foul, giving Papa two free throws and possession back to St. Mark’s. Papa missed the first attempt but was true on the second. The game, however, was far from over. Read more »

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Second-half collapse dooms Padua in 59-47 loss to Caravel

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WILMINGTON – For one half of Tuesday night’s game against Padua, the Caravel girls basketball team could do little to stop the Pandas. Padua shots were true, its defense stout, and the hosts had a 37-28 lead to show for their effort.

But it was a different story during the final two quarters, particularly in the fourth, as Caravel turned up the pressure, forcing turnover after Padua turnover, blocking shots and denying the Pandas the three-point shot. Padua scored just 10 points in the second half as Caravel managed a 59-47 road win. Only two of those points came in the fourth quarter, as Padua held a 45-40 lead after three. Read more »

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St. Mary Magdalen grad named state’s top athlete

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NEW CASTLE – Paul Worrilow, a graduate of St. Mary Magdalen School who recently completed his first season in the National Football League, was named the John J. Brady Athlete of the Year by the Delaware Sportwriters and Broadcasters Association at the organization’s annual banquet Feb. 17 at the Sheraton Wilmington South hotel.

Worrilow, 23, made the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Delaware. A linebacker, he led the team in tackles with 127 despite not starting until the fifth game of the year. That was 42 more than anyone else on the team, and it tied him for 12th in the league.
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Delayed by snow, high school basketball wraps up regular season this week

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This week’s high school basketball is light as the regular season comes to a close this week. Even with games rescheduled from earlier this season, the Catholic teams are done by Wednesday. First up: the boys’ schedule this week.

Tuesday: St. Elizabeth at Newark, 5:15 p.m. A win for the Vikings against a good Newark team would help their seeding in the state tournament. Newark is 12-6 and has won seven in a row, clinching the Blue Hen Conference Flight A crown. St. Elizabeth will make the tournament thanks to its strong schedule. Read more »

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Sals celebrate Senior Night with 62-50 win over Archmere

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WILMINGTON – Salesianum School honored its eight senior basketball players before Sunday night’s game vs. Archmere, then got down to business for a 62-50 win in front of another sellout crowd at Father John Birkenheuer Gymnasium.

The Sals started four seniors against the Auks – along with junior guard Donte DiVincenzo – and reserves Nicholas Palumbo, who drilled a three-pointer, and Casey Morgan, with two points, helped them to a 13-12 lead after one quarter. But an 11-0 run to begin the second quarter paved the way to a 15-point halftime lead and the 17th win for Salesianum against just two losses this season.

Seven Salesianum players scored during the second quarter; senior Joe McCusker led the way with six. One of McCusker’s baskets came on a reverse layup with the assist to DiVincenzo on a no-look backdoor pass after Archmere’s Michael Ford ended the Salesianum scoring run with a free throw. When they weren’t scoring, the Sals were smothering Archmere with a man-to-man defense and using their height inside to block or alter shots and outrebound the visitors by a healthy margin.

The lead continued to grow after halftime as the Sals’ three highest scorers – DiVincenzo, McCusker and Brian O’Neill – put up six apiece in the third, giving the team a 56-33 advantage heading into the fourth. Archmere cut the lead to 13 in the first three and half minutes of the final quarter against a team of Salesianum reserves, prompting Salesianum coach Brendan Haley to get his starters back on the floor to end any thoughts of an Auks comeback.

DiVincenzo led all scorers with 17 points, while McCusker added 15 and O’Neill 10. For Archmere, Christian Conaty was the high man with 15, with Burns going for 14.

The Sals complete the regular season on Tuesday at Wilmington Friends at 5:30 p.m. Archmere, which fell to 15-4, will visit Wilmington Christian on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in its regular-season finale.

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Padua senior, Sallies soccer among honorees at DSBA banquet

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Catholic schools will be represented by two award-winners at the 65th annual banquet of the Delaware Sportswriters and Broadcasters Association, which will be held Monday at noon at the Sheraton Wilmington South hotel.

Padua Academy senior Erin Wendelburg is a co-winner of the inaugural Buddy Hurlock Unsung Hero Award, which recognizes an athlete who has overcome obstacles to contribute to an athletic team and inspire others. Wendelburg’s mother died from cancer when Erin was 8, her father four years later. Wendelburg then was diagnosed with a brain tumor and missed several months of her junior year. She returned to the dance team this season and is close to finishing her chemotherapy.

Wendelburg was profiled in The Dialog in December.

She will share the award with Mike DeStasio, a Lewes resident who has become a nationally recognized all-wheel bowler despite battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, since 2008.

The Team of the Year is the Salesianum School soccer team, which finished the season with its 10th state championship in 12 years, a No. 2 national ranking, and a win over St. Benedict’s (N.J.), then the top-ranked team in the country.

Other honorees include Lynn Richardson, field hockey and girls lacrosse coach at Polytech High School, the Tubby Raymond Coach of the Year. Richardson led the lacrosse team to its first state tournament in the spring, then took the Panthers to the field hockey semifinals in the fall. She was the coach of the year in both sports and did all this while being treated for cancer.

Tony Defazio is the winner of the Herm Reitzes Award, given to someone for his or her service to the community. Defazio officiates several YMCA sports, and is a baseball and softball umpire. He runs the clock for Cape Henlopen girls basketball games and announces the school’s football games.

The John J. Brady Athlete of the Year will be announced at the banquet.

The Sheraton Wilmington South is located at 365 Airport Road, New Castle. Tickets are $30 and available at www.delasports.org.

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Schools will try again to get their basketball games in

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The latest snowstorm has forced local athletic directors to scramble to find open dates to fit in basketball games that had to be postponed. At least one Catholic school is taking advantage of the decision to push back by one day the end of the regular season to Feb. 20.

Salesianum at St. Mark’s, originally scheduled for tonight, has been moved to Saturday night at 7:30. For the Sals, this means they will finish the season with three games in four days. Read more »

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Ursuline student named one of Delaware’s top volunteers

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Natalie Onesi, an eighth-grader at Ursuline Academy in Wilmington, has been named one of Delaware’s top two youth volunteers for 2014 by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a national organization that honors young people for their acts of volunteerism.

Natalie, 14, devotes a week every summer to repairing homes for people with injuries or disabilities, according to Prudential. She said she was inspired to volunteer by her church. Two years ago, at the suggestion of a family friends, she and her brother joined a religious retreat that designates a city where some 400 students worked on approximately 60 homes whose owners could not afford to make repairs.

According to Prudential, she spends her days during this retreat not only working, but also building a relationship with the people she is helping.

The other state honoree is Julie Murphy, 17, a junior at Newark High School. She played a key role in running a statewide sleeping bag drive that provided bags to more than 1,000 homeless children in Delaware.

The two girls each will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and a trip to Washington, D.C., in early May where they will join the honorees from every state and the District of Columbia. During the trip, 10 students will be named America’s top youth volunteers of 2014.

Marius Sander, 16, a junior at St. Thomas More Academy in Magnolia, was one of four state finalists. Sander has raised $4,400 for Mom’s House, which provides free childcare to low-income single parents pursuing an education. He raised the money by hosting violin concerts. He started the fundraising concerts in 2010 and also plays violin and saxophone for nursing homes, hospitals and hospice centers.

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