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Voge fires blanks in Auks diamond win at Tower Hill

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WILMINGTON — Joe Voge scattered seven hits and struck out six in a complete-game performance as Archmere grabbed a 7-0 win in nonconference baseball Thursday afternoon at Tower Hill. Voge improved to 7-1 on the season, and the Auks are 14-3 with one game left in the regular season.

The senior righthander was in serious trouble just once during the game, and that came in the second inning, when Tower Hill loaded the bases with one out on two singles and a walk. But Voge buckled down and retired the next two hitters on a foul pop up to first base and a ground out to first base. That preserved a 1-0 Auks lead; Colin Lynch had scored an unearned run in the top of the second on a two-out single by Danny Bannon. Read more »

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Girls soccer: Padua is top seed in Division I; three Catholic schools in D-II field

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Padua Academy will seek its fourth consecutive state soccer championship beginning next week as the Pandas were named the top seed in Division I Wednesday night by the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association. The first round of the eight-team bracket will take place May 20 and 21 at sites and times to be announced.

Padua, which wrapped up a 14-0-1 regular season on Wednesday, will meet No. 8 Concord. The Raiders went 10-5 this year. The teams did not meet in the regular season. Read more »

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St. Mark’s and Ursuline earn spots in girls lacrosse tourney

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Two Catholic schools, St. Mark’s and Ursuline, are among the 10 teams that have made the girls’ lacrosse state tournament. The brackets were released Wednesday night by the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association.

Ursuline is the eighth seed with an 11-4 record. The Raiders will open the playoffs Saturday at home at noon at Serviam Field vs. No. 9 Middletown. The two teams did not meet during the regular season. The winner’s reward is a trip to top-ranked Cape Henlopen on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Cape is the six-time defending state champion, building a dynasty well-known in the lacrosse community but not so much upstate. Ursuline met the Vikings last season in the second round. Read more »

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Machamer nets hat trick in Pandas regular-season finale

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WILMINGTON – Padua opened its final regular-season game Wednesday afternoon with Karlee Panella where she has been for years – in the starting lineup. But the Pandas’ forward stayed in the match vs. St. Mark’s for just 15 seconds after suffering a knee injury in the team’s game Monday vs. Charter.

With her right leg in a brace, Panella was able to take the field briefly on Senior Day at Baynard Stadium. St. Mark’s gave the opening tap to Panella, who passed it to a teammate, who kicked the ball out of bounds. With that, an emotional Panella left the field to applause and hugs. After that, Padua showed it will be a force in the state playoffs no matter who is on the pitch, as the top-seeded team in Delaware waged a relentless offensive onslaught in an 8-1 win over the Spartans. Read more »

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Padua prevails in battle of soccer unbeatens

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NEWARK — Two of Delaware’s best girls soccer teams met Thursday afternoon, but one clearly emerged as a team to beat in the upcoming state tournament. Padua controlled play from the opening whistle and defeated Archmere, 7-0, at Independence School, handing the Auks their first setback of the season.

The undefeated Pandas, ranked first in Division I, attacked the Auks the entire game, and it didn’t take long for them to get on the scoreboard. Sophomore Arryana Daniels blasted a shot past Archmere keeper Kyra Giakas in the third minute. Mackenzie Scully found Daniels streaking down the right side, and Daniels hit the far corner. Read more »

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CYM accepting football registrations

Catholic Youth Ministry is currently holding registration for the 2015 football season for individuals who are new to CYM and entering fourth through eighth grade in September. For more information, go to www.cdowcym.org/athletics/view/category/football.

 

Padua senior named a top 10 volunteer

Pearce Quesenberry, a senior at Padua Academy, has been named one of America’s top 10 youth volunteers of 2015 by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. This follows her selection as one of Delaware’s top two youth volunteers a few months ago by the same organization.

Quesenberry was honored May 4 at a ceremony at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. She and the other students were selected based on initiative, effort, impact and the personal growth demonstrated in the course of their volunteer service. Each received a $5,000 award, engraved gold medallions, crystal trophies for their schools and a $5,000 grant from the Prudential Foundation for the charity of their choice.

Quesenberry, 17, is a brain cancer survivor who is the key figure in the Pearce Q Foundation, a nonprofit that has raised more than $100,000 over the past six years to increase awareness of childhood cancer, help fund the search for a cure, and ease the financial pressure on families of young cancer patients.

 

Padua senior signs Division I volleyball scholarship

WILMINGTON – Haley Baker, a senior at Padua Academy, has signed with Southeastern Louisiana University on a full volleyball scholarship. The Lions play in the Division I Southland Conference.

Baker was a big part of the Pandas’ success over the past four seasons. Padua won two state championships and reached the semifinals the other two years. As a senior, she was named first team all-state and All-Catholic Conference. She earned second-team All-Catholic honors after her sophomore and junior seasons.

She played club volleyball for the Delaware Juniors.

 

Archmere senior wins Merit Scholarship

Meibin Chen, a senior at Archmere Academy, has been named one of five National Merit Scholarship winners in the latest round announced by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Her one-time $2,500 award will come from the corporation’s funds.

Chen, from Newark, has listed biomedical engineering as the probably career field.

Approximately 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were selected in this round from a pool of more than 15,000 finalists. The number of winners from each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of graduating seniors. The scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors based on a number of criteria.

College-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners will be announced May 27 and July 13.

 

St. Elizabeth student graduates from leadership program

WILMINGTON – Brian Marchioni, a junior at St. Elizabeth High School, graduated from the Delaware Youth Leadership Network on April 26. The organization, founded in 2012, selects high school juniors to be DYLN Scholars for a nine-month program the includes inspirational speakers, mentors and skills development.

Marchioni has had an adult business leader as a mentor throughout the year and has participated in several workshops.

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No. 3 Polytech softball scores 8-1 win over Padua

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PIKE CREEK – Polytech High School brought its 10-1 softball team and No. 3 state ranking to New Castle County on Wednesday afternoon, and the Panthers made sure the trip from Woodside was worth the time. Shaina Reed allowed just two hits and one unearned run in an 8-1 win over Padua at the Midway Sports Complex. For good measure, she also cleared the bases with a three-run double to help her own cause.

Polytech's Whitney DeMora slides safely into second after stealing the bag, but she was tagged out when she overslid. (The Dialog/Mike Lang)

Polytech’s Whitney DeMora slides safely into second after stealing the bag, but she was tagged out when she overslid. (The Dialog/Mike Lang)

The Panthers steadily pulled away in this game, which was rescheduled from a cold April 22. After a scoreless first inning, they scored in each of the next five, racking up 11 hits and six walks along the way. The big inning was the fourth, and Reed was in the center of it.

With Polytech leading, 2-0, and one out, Taylor Pechin hit a ground-rule double. Amanda Waishes followed with a single to left, and Katie Stahre walked to load them up. Padua pitcher Olivia Ellis struck the next batter out looking and could see her way out of trouble, but Reed had other plans. She smacked one to the fence in left, scoring all three runners.

Shaina Reed stymied the Pandas' bats, holding them to two hits and one unearned run. (The Dialog/Mike Lang)

Shaina Reed stymied the Pandas’ bats, holding them to two hits and one unearned run. (The Dialog/Mike Lang)

The Pandas managed a run in their half of the fourth with some two-out offense. Abby Cunningham thwarted Reed’s bid for a no-hitter when her sinking line drive to right glanced off the glove of the outfielder. She scored on a ground ball from Gabriela Frabizzio that skipped through the legs of the Polytech shortstop. The Panthers got that run back and one more in the fifth on back-to-back popups that found open spaces in the infield.

Polytech scored single runs in the second, third and sixth innings. The big blow was a line drive home run by Brandi Dalious in the third inning.

Padua could manage just one other hit off Reed, a bunt single by Anna Zebley in the fifth. Reed struck out 11 batters, as did Padua’s Ellis.

The 11-1 Panthers – whose only loss was to No. 1 Delmar – will begin a five-game homestand on Thursday, when Cape Henlopen visits for a 4:15 p.m. start. Fifth-ranked Caravel is on the schedule after that, at noon on Saturday. Padua (7-5) will be in Greenville this Saturday for a 9:30 a.m. matchup with A.I. duPont.

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Hinton silences Charter bats as Sals pick up 6-2 diamond victory

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WILMINGTON – Kyle Hinton settled down after a shaky start to Tuesday’s game against the Charter School of Wilmington, leading Salesianum to a 6-2 nonconference baseball win. Hinton surrendered just four hits and struck out 10 in six innings of work against the Force as the Sals won their fifth straight. Read more »

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Auks jump out early, defeat Brandywine in girls lacrosse

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BRANDYWINE HUNDRED – Coming off back-to-back losses, the Archmere girls’ lacrosse team was in need of a confidence boost, and the Auks found that Monday afternoon. Under sunny blue skies in 80-degree temperatures, Archmere pounded the Bulldogs early on the way to a 20-5 road win.

Presley Conaty of Archmere watches one of her five goals find the back of the net during Monday's 20-5 win over Brandywine. (The Dialog/Mike Lang)

Presley Conaty of Archmere watches one of her five goals find the back of the net during Monday’s 20-5 win over Brandywine. (The Dialog/Mike Lang)

Four players accounted for 18 of the Auks’ goals. Junior Presley Conaty and freshman Sydney Yanick led the way with five each, while junior Kennedy Murphy and freshman Olivia Baldi tallied four times a piece. Junior Anne Baxter and freshman Anna Roszkowski each found the net once. Four different Bulldogs got on the scoreboard: juniors Cady Burnside and Nicole Fontana, senior Rose McBride and freshman Grace Ruoff.

Archmere's Delaney Dearing drives against Cady Burnside of Brandywine. (The Dialog/Mike Lang)

Archmere’s Delaney Dearing drives against Cady Burnside of Brandywine. (The Dialog/Mike Lang)

Less than halfway through the first half, the Auks had already managed a 9-1 lead. Brandywine fought back with two quick goals of its own, but Archmere put an end to any comeback hopes, scoring four of the final five goals of the half. The final score before intermission was a shorthanded tally with just 2.6 seconds remaining on the clock.

Kelley Lucey started the game in net for Archmere and notched four saves, as did her backup, Meredith Wolak. With the win, Archmere improved to 5-7. The team is back at home Thursday at 4 p.m., welcoming St. Thomas More Academy. Brandywine lost for the sixth time in its last seven games and is now 3-8. The Bulldogs have little time to reflect on this loss, however, as Christiana visits on Tuesday at 3 p.m.

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Browning shines in Ursuline’s 8-1 win over Vikings

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WILMINGTON – It was Toni Browning’s afternoon Friday at Canby Park. The Ursuline freshman got the job done at the plate and on the mound as the Raiders defeated St. Elizabeth, 8-1, in Catholic Conference softball.

Browning came to the plate with one out in the top of the first inning and gave everyone an indication of what was to come. She blasted a ball to center field, and with no fences at Canby, she was able to circle the bases to give Ursuline an early 1-0 advantage. She would finish the day 4-for-4. She may have done an even better job pitching, surrendering three hits and striking out 13 as she handcuffed the Vikings.

Ursuline scored two runs in the third inning to take a 3-1 lead, and the Raiders would go on to an 8-1 win. (The Dialog/Mike Lang)

Ursuline scored two runs in the third inning to take a 3-1 lead, and the Raiders would go on to an 8-1 win. (The Dialog/Mike Lang)

She improved to 4-5 on the season, and it might not have even been her best pitching performance of the last seven days. On April 25, Browning threw a no-hitter against Dickinson and struck out 14.

Despite the lack of hits, St. Elizabeth had some baserunners thanks to walks, a hit batter and five Ursuline errors. They managed to put enough offense together in the bottom of the third to tie the contest. Claudia Roncone led off the inning with a single, went to second on a fielder’s choice and took third on a wild pitch. Walks to Jaclyn Garyantes and Olivia Donahue loaded the bases with one out. The next batter, Grace Dunleavy, grounded a ball to second, but the throw home glanced off the glove of catcher Gina Hallman, allowing Roncone to score.

The bases remained loaded, and the Vikings looked to take the lead. The next batter bunted, and the charging Ursuline third baseman dove in an attempt to catch the ball in the air. She didn’t quite get there, but the ball rolled off her glove right to Hallman, who picked it up while standing on the plate for a force out. A strikeout ended the frame.

Claudia Roncone crosses the plate for St. Elizabeth's lone run. (The Dialog/Mike Lang)

Claudia Roncone crosses the plate for St. Elizabeth’s lone run. (The Dialog/Mike Lang)

Ursuline regained the lead in their half of the fourth. Hallman led off with a walk and advanced to second on a hard single to center by Rory Kendle. Both runners scored when Emily Alexio drilled a long single to right-center. The lead was 3-1, and the Raiders would add three more in the fifth and two in the sixth to win going away. Kendle had three hits, including a home run in the fifth.

Next up for the Raiders (5-5) is a visit to Charter on Tuesday at 3:45 p.m. St. Elizabeth (4-8) is also on the road Tuesday at 3:45 p.m., meeting Padua at Midway Softball Complex.

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