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Girl and Boy Scouts, adult leaders honored at annual Mass

June 27th, 2014 Posted in Youth Tags: , ,

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The Diocese of Wilmington 2014 annual Scouting awards were presented June 14 at St. Margaret of Scotland Church. All information and names are provided by the Office of Catholic Youth Ministry. Read more »

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‘Paradoxical’ social media presents challenges, opportunities for youth coaches, Neumann professor says

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ASTON, Pa. – Social media is a force in our society, particularly among young people, and coaches and administrators who interact with them on a regular basis need to know how to make the online activity positive and handle what can be sticky situations, a Neumann University professor said earlier this month.

Margaret C. Stewart, who teaches communication and media arts, led a session on “The Good Use of Social Networks” at the Soul of Youth Sport conference, which was sponsored by the National Catholic Education Association and held at Neumann from June 15-17. She told approximately two dozen coaches and administrators about the “paradoxical” nature of social media — online platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram can be used for such positive purposes, but also may be very detrimental. Read more »

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Christ the Teacher student creates meal fit for the First Lady

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BEAR – When Roisin Liew returns to Christ the Teacher School in a few months, she will have a great story to tell her friends about how she spent a couple of days in July.

Roisin (pronounced ROH-sheen), who is entering fourth grade, is one of 54 children from across the United States, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands to be named winners of the 2014 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge and Kids “State Dinner.” She and her mother, Shannon, will travel to Washington, D.C., on July 17 for two days of activities, culminating with dinner with First Lady Michelle Obama on the 18th. Read more »

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Ursuline graduate Miller takes reins of St. Mark’s girls basketball

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WILMINGTON — Kayla Miller, a former basketball standout at Ursuline Academy and the University of Delaware, has been hired as the new girls basketball coach at St. Mark’s High School, the school announced June 11. Miller takes over for John Fiorelli, who retired from coaching but remains a teacher at the school.

Miller, 24, spent last season as an assistant coach at Archmere Academy. Before that, she played collegiately at Delaware, helping the Blue Hens reach the NCAA regional semfinals in 2013. She was a mainstay at Ursuline Academy, a member of two state championship teams and a first-team all-state selection as a senior in 2008.

She inherits a Spartans team that went 7-14 last season but which won a game in the state tournament before falling to Ursuline. Five seniors have graduated, but there were five juniors on the roster last year.

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Student’s day off results in D.C. tours with Biden

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WILMINGTON – Chris Ptak took June 9 off from St. Mark’s High School, but the freshman had a good reason. He ended up spending much of the day with Vice President Joe Biden, according to St. Mark’s.

Ptak’s parents had given him permission to miss school so he could accompany his father, John, a member of the National Guard who had been assigned to greet Biden as he departed for Washington, D.C. Biden encourages his greeters to bring family members along so he can meet them.

The vice president thanked Chris Ptak for taking a day of his summer vacation, but the young man replied that he was excused from school and that this was the last week. Biden asked Ptak to come aboard Air Force Two and make the trip to Washington with him. After the plane reached Andrews Air Force Base, Biden had his young visitor join him on Marine Two to fly to the Naval Observatory, the vice president’s residence.

Ptak toured the observatory, then accompanied Biden’s motorcade to the White House, where he was given a private tour and met some of the staff.

“I was just amazed that I was there,” Ptak said. “It was really cool.”

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NCEA conference will address ethical, spiritual issues in youth sports

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ASTON, Pa. – There is still time for youth coaches, parents and sports administrators to register for the Soul of Youth Sport Conference, which is being held this Sunday-Tuesday at Neumann University in Aston, Pa. The National Catholic Education Association is sponsoring the conference.

According to the NCEA, the conference approaches Catholic secondary school athletics “with a focus on how to maintain an excellent athletic program while supporting and enhancing the overall mission of the school.” It will focus on student and team spiritual formation, common respect athletes should show one another, and how to build programs that are examples of ethical as well as athletic excellence.

More information about the conference and how to register are available at www.ncea.org/events/soul-youth-sport-conference.

Anthony Gargano, the midday host on Philadelphia sports talk radio station 94 WIP, will give the keynote address Sunday evening at the Mirenda Center for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development at Neumann. Sessions on Monday and Tuesday include topics such as achieving athletic success with honor, legal issues and sports, mission-driven hiring, concussion management and heat acclimatization, dealing with parents, college recruiting and using social networks.

Haley Scott DeMaria will deliver the capstone address, “Swimming Back from Paralysis,” on Tuesday. DeMaria was injured in a bus accident in 1992 when she was a freshman member of the women’s swimming team at Notre Dame University. Two teammates were killed, and DeMaria was injured and unable to walk for a month. She returned to the swim team in the fall of 1993.

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Vikings name longtime assistant Dan Cooney girls basketball coach

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WILMINGTON – St. Elizabeth High School has brought back longtime assistant coach Dan Cooney as the head coach of its girls basketball team, the school has announced. Cooney takes over for Frank Aiello, who served as interim coach last year.

Cooney, a 1983 graduate of St. Elizabeth High School, served as an assistant for 16 years. In that time, the Vikings appeared in six state finals, winning two championships, including 2013. St. Elizabeth athletic director Joe Papili said Cooney’s coaching experience was a factor, but that it was with the Vikings did not necessarily play into the search committee’s decision.

“He was the most experienced, qualified candidate that we had for the job,” Papili said.

The Vikings went 18-6 last season, falling to Sanford in the state championship game. Three starters return – Gabrielle Julian, Alex Thomas and Alanna Speaks, as do the talented Lexi Bromwell and Jordyn Humes. There are some big shoes to fill, however, as St. Elizabeth loses Macy Robinson and Sabrina Hackendorn.

Papili said Cooney is ready to get to work in the “extremely competitive” environment that is girls basketball in Delaware.

“He’s going to work hard and put together a staff that’s going to give the girls the best chance to succeed,” Papili said.

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St. John the Beloved students help area charities

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WILMINGTON – Concluding their most successful fundraising year ever, the students of St. John the Beloved School collected more than $14,500 during the 2013-14 academic year, school officials said.

The St. John the Beloved student council, consisting of 40 students in grades 3-8, organized the projects. Read more »

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Caravel takes girls soccer title, but Archmere had stellar season

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BEAR – Archmere was making its first appearance in the girls’ state soccer final since 2004, and for a while it appeared that the Auks might become Delaware’s first Division II champions. But a Caravel goal early in the second half broke a 1-1 tie and gave the Buccaneers a 2-1 win and the title.

CeCe Poole’s innocent-looking shot from 37 yards out five minutes into the second half crept off the fingertips of the Archmere keeper and into the net, providing the winning margin. It was Poole’s first career goal. Read more »

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Freshmen score twice as Pandas take third straight soccer title

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SMYRNA – Two goals in a dominant first half were enough to propel Padua Academy to its third straight state soccer championship, as the Pandas defeated Caesar Rodney High School, 3-1, Monday night at Smyrna High School.

It was the second time in the last three seasons that these teams met for the championship. Padua won in 2012 in double overtime. They also met in the semifinal round last year, with Padua surviving, 4-2, on penalty kicks. Read more »

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