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St. E’s Eric Patton named winner of DeLucia Award


WILMINGTON – Eric Patton, a two-way starter for the St. Elizabeth High School football team, was named the recipient of the 2011 Michael DeLucia Sportsmanship Award, presented annually to a senior football player from a Delaware Catholic high school. The award, which has been given for 40 years, goes to a player “who has exemplified outstanding performance, attitude and character on and off the field.”

Eric Patton receives the Michael DeLucia Sportsmanship Award from Tom DeLucia. The award goes to a senior football player from a Catholic high school in Delaware for his actions on and off the field. Submitted photo.

Patton, a linebacker and running back, was named the defensive player of the year for Delaware for the second straight season by the Delaware Interscholastic Football Coaches Association. He recorded 94 tackles on defense, and on offense, he rushed for 1,348 yards and 16 touchdowns in only eight games. He was first-team all-state and all-Catholic on both offense and defense.

The award was presented Monday by Tom DeLucia. He and his wife, Pat, of Wilmington, established the award in honor of their son, Michael, who died from meningitis in 1971 at age 18 months.


Previous winners

2010 Ryan Kilpatrick, Salesianum

2009 AJ Dillione, Salesianum; Chaz Malewski, St. Mark’s

2008 Andrew Schieffer, Salesianum; Corey Olsen, St. Mark’s

2007 Frank Kurek, Archmere; Sonny Durham, St. Elizabeth

2006 Andrew Szczerba, Salesianum

2005 Nicholas Dominelli, Salesianum

2004 Gene DelleDonne, Salesianum; Dan Meany, Archmere

2003 Joey Wright, St. Mark’s

2002 Ryan Stearrett, St. Elizabeth

2001 Thomas J. Weiss, Archmere

2000 Jack Gillespie, Salesianum; Jeff Fletcher, St. Elizabeth

1999 Louis Wright, St. Mark’s; Matt Swarter, St. Elizabeth

1998 Edsel Torres, Archmere

1997 Kevin Coen, Salesianum

1996 Mike Watkins, St. Mark’s

1995 Jason Maxwell, Salesianum

1994 Rich Conway, St. Elizabeth

1993 Dan McGee, Salesianum; Sean Davenport, St. Elizabeth

1992 Tom Coyne, Archmere; Josh Kasper, St. Mark’s

1991 Ryan Burke, Archmere; Chad Fedorkowicz, St. Elizabeth

1990 Steve Brady, Salesianum

1989 Chris Iudica, St. Mark’s; Shawn Mitchell, St. Elizabeth

1988 Chris Johnson, Salesianum

1987 Mike Lesutis, Archmere

1986 Dave Erfle, Salesianum; Rich Sernyak, Salesianum

1985 Harry Grant Schiavi, Salesianum; Mark Kostic, Salesianum; Mike Benefield, St. Mark’s

1984 Michael Drake, Archmere; Pat Udovich, St. Mark’s

1983 Roy David Thompson, St. Mark’s; Ken Falkenstein, Archmere

1982 Mike Udovich, Archmere

1981 Joe Garecht, Salesianum

1980 Jeff Thommes, Salesianum; Joe Pileggi, Archmere

1979 Frank Cephous, St. Mark’s, John Ryan, Salesianum

1978 Joe Papili, St. Elizabeth; Mark DiNardo, Archmere

1977 Steve McGrath, Salesianum; Mike LaGasse, Archmere

1976 Bob Hanisch, Salesianum

1975 Chuck Hunter, St. Mark’s

1974 Rom Gac, St. Mark’s

1973 John Carney, St. Mark’s

1972 Mark McLane, Salesianum

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Ursuline, Sallies students address distracted driving

December 13th, 2011 Posted in Our Diocese, Uncategorized, Youth


Students launch safe-driving campaign

WILMINGTON — Students from Ursuline Academy and Salesianum School have launced a modern-day campaign to promote safe driving among their peers.

This bumper sticker is part of a safe-driving campaign initiated by students from Ursuline and Salesianum.

Thirteen students from the Art Forum class, which includes both schools, presented a marketing campaign consisting of four elements to combat the use of cell phones while driving. The visual reminders of the dangers of distracted driving include a cell phone pouch, a bumper sticker, a warning ticket and a music video.

The pouch is designed to conceal a driver’s phone, making it less tempting to use it while driving. The bumper sticker includes the popular phrase “LOL,” but instead of standing for “laugh out loud,” it is short for “loss of life.” The warning ticket reads, “a warning from someone who cares” and reminds drivers not to operate a vehicle while “inTEXTicated.” Finally, the video includes lyrics written by Ursuline senior Lindsay Henzes and set to the tune of the television show “Kim Possible.” The lyrics tell the story of why driving and texting is dangerous.

A pilot program with these elements will kick off in January in collaboration with SmartDrive, a nonprofit driver education reinforcement program aimed at students who already have their license.

The video can be seen below.

No texting and Driving

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Via Crucis invites youth to participate in 2012 pageant

December 9th, 2011 Posted in Our Diocese, Youth Tags: , ,


WILMINGTON — Children from New Castle County and nearby locations in Pennsylvania and Maryland are invited to participate in the 2012 version of the Via Crucis, the annual presentation of Jesus’ passion and death at St. Anthony of Padua Church.
The tradition of Via Crucis (“Way of the Cross”) goes back more than 50 years. It is done in pantomime, accompanied by narration and choir music. The cast is composed entirely of high school and elementary school children.
Those who would like to participate should sign up on Jan. 15 at 2 p.m. at St. Anthony’s, located at Ninth and Dupont streets. Elementary school children must be accompanied by a parent or other adult. It is open to students in any public, private or parochial school, and they need not be Catholic “because Via Crucis is relative to all Christians,” according to St. Anthony’s.
There are no lines to memorize, and everyone is assured a role. Rehearsals will be held on Sunday afternoons until the Sunday before Ash Wednesday. Via Crucis is presented at 7:30 on Ash Wednesday and on Fridays during Lent, including Good Friday. The presentation lasts an hour.
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Youth Ministry crowns football and soccer champions for 2011

December 9th, 2011 Posted in Youth Tags: , ,


Dialog report
Catholic Youth Ministry recently completed its football and soccer seasons with championship games on Nov. 13.  The football games were held at Baynard Stadium in Wilmington, while the soccer matches took place at A.I. DuPont High School, also in Wilmington. All results were provided by the CYM office.
Diocesan championship: Holy Angels drove 70 yards for the winning touchdown in the game’s final 28 seconds to defeat St. John the Beloved, 38-30, in an offensive matchup. After the Angels scored on their first possession to take an 8-0 lead, St. John’s responded with 22 unanswered points before halftime. Holy Angels stormed back in the second half, scoring 22 straight points to lead, 30-22, but the Eagles tied the game at 30 with under a minute remaining in regulation. In the third-place game, St. Mary of the Assumption defeated Immaculate Heart of Mary, 26-14.
Division II: St. Margaret of Scotland scored on touchdown runs of 32 yards by Anthony Hannum and 48 yards by Frankie Datillo in a 22-12 win over St. Elizabeth. Datillo also threw a scoring pass of 36 yards to Max Somelofske.
Diocesan championship: It took a shootout, but St. Mary Magdalen outlasted St. Edmond’s Academy, 4-3, for the title. The teams ended regulation tied, 1-1, on a first-half goal for Brian Shannon of St. Mary Magdalen and the equalizer by Cole Bouchard in the second half. Neither team scored in either of the five-minute overtime periods, but Shannon, Christian Viera and William Connelly connected in the shootout for St. Mary Magdalen. The shootout goal-scorers for St. Edmond’s were Jason Blackwell and Sean Murray.
Y Division: St. Anthony of Padua edged St. Peter the Apostle, 1-0, for the win. Molly Bobjak netted the lone goal at 43:50. Keeper Sean Setting had four saves for the shutout, while Ryan Will also had four saves for St. Peter’s.
O Division: Jacob Flowers ended the scoring drought at 58:57 as St. Ann’s defeated St. Helena’s, 1-0. St. Ann’s Austin Macha stopped 10 shots, while Joshua Pearsall had eight saves for St. Helena’s.

St. Ann's O Division soccer team celebrates after its championship win on Nov. 13.

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A lesson learned through dance

















The Hispanic Flamenco Ballet delivered a lesson in Latino culture with a performance Monday at St. Elizabeth High School. The HFB, based in Miami, presents contemporary and traditional aspects of Hispanic culture through dance in communities across the United States. Students from St. Elizabeth, St. Ann’s, Our Lady of Fatima, Polytech and St. Georges Vo Tech attended the performance. More information is available at www.flamencoballet.com.

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Padua student cherishes being a ‘healthy kid’ after cancer


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WILMINGTON — The cancer treatments have ended for Pearce Quesenberry, but the 14-year-old Padua Academy freshman has no plans to stop raising awareness and money to fight the disease in children.

Nearly four years ago, Quesenberry was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a brain tumor, and the cancer spread to the spinal fluid. She spent most of 2008 in treatment at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and eventually regained her health and energy.

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Student news


Catholic school students in all-state choir, chorus

The all-state junior chorus and senior choirs have been announced by the Delaware Music Educators Association. For the senior choirs, there is a women’s choir and a mixed choir. They will perform Feb. 11 at Mount Pleasant High School. The junior chorus takes the stage at 4 p.m., the senior choirs at 7 p.m.

Catholic school students who were selected are as follows:

Senior choir

Soprano I: Lauren Curlett, Olivia Boddicker and Rebecca Gasperetti, St. Thomas More; Lauren Johnson, Stacey Gerard and Nina Leski, St. Mark’s; Claire Caverly and Ashley Graef, Archmere; Rose Roddy, Padua; and Shaina Twardus, Ursuline.

Soprano II: Julianne Nemith, Elizabeth Stalker and Elizabeth Stant, St. Thomas More; and Katie Taggart, Archmere.

Alto I: Samantha Kasehagen, Caroline Sylvia and Emily Betley, St. Mark’s; and Emma Skilton, St. Thomas More.

Alto II: Lauren Forman and Emily Calvetti, St. Mark’s; and Christina Lawless, Archmere.

Tenor I: Alex Miller, Salesianum.

Tenor II: Jeremy Keeler, St. Mark’s; Daniel Garzarella and Benjamin Bole, St. Thomas More; and Andrew Starobynski, Salesianum.

Bass I: Patrick Boland, St. Mark’s; and Tyler Heiss, Nicholas Sherwin and Nick Castillo, Salesianum.

Junior chorus

Soprano: Bernadette Bautista, Kayce Boller, Lauren DeRocilli, Andrea Errico, Noel Majka and Yadiana Ramos, Holy Cross; Jacquelyn Kepley, Ursuline.

Alto: Anastasia Bole, Imani Drew, Claire Kolakowski, Kelsi McBarron, Pelu Osunkoya and Molly Thompson, Holy Cross; Luke Koval, Conor McAvinue, St. Edmond’s.

Tenor: Nicholas Reyes and Nicolo Bautista, Holy Cross.


St. Mark’s group helps at Thanksgiving

WILMINGTON – The Z-Club at St. Mark’s High School spent November trying to make sure others had a happy holiday season. Throughout the month, students collected nearly 450 jars of peanut butter and cans of yams for the Basket Brigade of Delaware, a volunteer organization that delivers food at Thanksgiving to needy families. This year, the Basket Brigade hopes to help more than 2,000 families.

In addition, on Nov. 13, members of the Z-Club packed dozens of shoeboxes to support Operation Christmas Guild, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that provides boxes of presents to children in developing countries. The club included a group picture and personal notes to each child.

In the two years the Z-Club has helped with this effort, it has contributed more than 150 shoeboxes to children ages 2-14.

The Z-Club is sponsored by the Philadelphia chapter of Zonta International, which helps develop leadership skills in and community-service activities for sophomore, junior and senior girls.

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Spare the pity party for sidelined long-distance runner

November 23rd, 2011 Posted in Youth Tags: , , ,


Special to The Dialog

Lottery tickets. The racetrack. The casino. Friendly bets. Name anything that necessitates a whole lot of luck and rest assured that Tommy Zabielski won’t be interested. If the Salesianum School senior had any luck at all, it would arguably be a first.

“I guess I have had some tough breaks,” said Zabielski, “but I don’t really think about that or dwell on it. I just try to keep moving on.”

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Youth honor Christ with electronic ‘holy shoutout’


INDIANAPOLIS — More than 2,000 years after his birth, Christ the King was honored in a historic way with a massive electronic “holy shoutout” via texts, emails and tweets sent simultaneously from cellphones Nov. 19 by 23,000 participants at the National Catholic Youth Conference and National Catholic Collegiate Conference.

It was a fun and faith-filled way for the Catholic youths and young adults to honor God and conclude the 31st biennial national conference, held Nov. 17-19 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

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Sals edge St. Mark’s in overtime soccer title game


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BEAR – St. Mark’s had controlled the pace of play throughout much of Saturday’s state championship soccer game against Salesianum, and the Spartans appeared headed to their first title since 2001. The clock was stopped, as the referee was keeping track of extra time on the field at Caravel Academy. With a 2-1 lead, the Spartans remained aggressive, and their fans prepared to celebrate.

“Come on, blow the whistle,” St. Mark’s coach Dan Swasey said to himself on the sideline.

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