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Sals defeat Concord, will play for state basketball crown

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NEWARK — Maybe it was the shoes.

Junior guard Donte DiVincenzo came out of the locker room for Thursday night’s semifinal round matchup with Concord wearing the bright orange sneakers he had displayed several times this season. Against St. Elizabeth in the quarterfinals on Sunday, he had worn another pair, struggled all night and finished with just four points. When the top-seeded Sals met No. 4 Concord on Thursday night with a trip to the state championship on the line, his teammates told him it was time for the day-glo footwear. Read more »

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Calling teens who want to serve

March 6th, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized, Youth Tags: ,

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Pitcher and Basin registration is now open. There are three chances to serve others in this diocesan work camp for

Volunteers at 2013’s Pitcher and Basin program. (The Dialog)

high school students. There are homes to be painted, walls to be built, weeds to be pulled, fences to be mended. You are invited to serve as Jesus did. You are invited to make a difference in the lives of those who live down the road, around the corner, and next door. For more information, please visit www.cdowcym.org. Registration is first come, first served and spaces often fill quickly, so hurry.

 

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Student and school news

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St. Mark’s crowns winners in speech contest

WILMINGTON – St. Mark’s crowned four individual winners and a team champion last month at its sixth annual Spartan Speech Classic, which puts the public speaking skills of elementary school students to the test in the categories of declamation and oral interpretation. Thirty-three students from 10 schools – nine Catholic and one private – participated. Read more »

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Vikings shut down Ursuline, will defend girls basketball title vs. Sanford

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NEWARK — The St. Elizabeth Vikings have reached the last step to defend their girls’ state basketball title after a 55-38 win over top-seeded Ursuline Wednesday night at the Bob Carpenter Center.

After three-point shots by Adrianna Hahn and Alyssa Irons gave the Raiders a 6-4 lead, the Vikings reined in the outside shooting, holding Ursuline to 6-for-18 from distance. That was the game plan Vikings coach Frank Aiello had laid out.

“We wanted them to take two-point field goals, and we did not want to leave their shooters open,” Aiello said.

After Irons’ trey, St. Elizabeth scored the next nine points and held Ursuline scoreless the rest of the quarter until Hahn hit two free throws with a tenth of a second remaining.

Seniors Macy Robinson and Sabrina Hackendorn helped the Vikings extend the lead in the second quarter. They scored seven of the team’s 14 points, while the defense held Ursuline to just three field goals. At the half, it was 27-19 in favor of St. Elizabeth.

The game really turned in the third quarter. Robinson and junior Alex Thomas each had two hoops and a pair of free throws, while Hackendorn scored four more points. When that eight minutes ended, St. Elizabeth had outscored the Raiders, 20-10, and took an 18-point lead into the fourth.

The Vikings avenged two regular-season losses to Ursuline with the win.

“It is always nice to win a game against your rivals, and I compare this rivalry to Duke and North Carolina,” Aiello said.

Robinson led the way with 16 points, with Thomas adding 14 and Hackendorn 11. St. Elizabeth (18-5) will meet Sanford in the championship game Friday night at 7 p.m. at the Bob. The Vikings are the only team to defeat Sanford (22-1) this season, taking a 53-47 decision in the second game of the year in December. Tickets are $8 and available at diaa.ticketleap.com or at the door.

Hahn led Ursuline with 17 points. Eighth-grader Maggie Connolly had 11. The Raiders finished the season at 18-5.

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Upstarts join top seeds in quest for boys basketball championship

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The boys’ basketball tournament semifinals will be played Thursday night at the Bob Carpenter Center. It is an intriguing set of games, as one will pit two of the top four seeds, while the other features a pair of double-digit seeds.

No. 14 Cape Henlopen vs. No. 10 St. Georges, 6:30 p.m. Cape’s Vikings are fun to watch as they play a fast-paced style of offense. They scored 73 points against Howard on Sunday, with three seniors leading the way. Tyreik Burton had 25 points, Toney Floyd had 20 and Jonathan Warren 14.

For St. Georges, all eyes will be on sophomore Lamar Hamrick, who scored 39 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the Hawks’ 69-66 overtime upset of second-seeded Sanford in the quarters.

The teams did not meet during the regular season, but they have two common opponents, Sanford and Sussex Tech. Cape lost to Sanford and beat Tech twice, while St. Georges beat both teams once.

No. 4 Concord vs. No. 1 Salesianum, approximately 8 p.m. The Raiders and Sals square off for the second time this season, with Concord looking for revenge after losing to the Sals at home on Feb. 8 by a 50-33 score.

Salesianum has a deep, talented roster led by senior forward Brian O’Neill and junior guard Donte DiVincenzo. Both are player-of-the-year candidates. They also get key contributions from seniors Joe McCusker and David Barone. The Sals struggled in Sunday’s quarterfinal vs. St. Elizabeth, winning by nine but playing perhaps their poorest game of the season. To beat Concord, they will need O’Neill to stay out of foul trouble and DiVincenzo to find his shot.

The unquestionable leader for Concord is senior guard Joe Cooper, who transferred from Tower Hill before this school year. Cooper scored 19 in the Raiders’ win over St. Mark’s in the quarters, including five of eight from three-point range. Another key contributor is senior guard William Chapman.

Tickets are $8 and available at diaa.ticketleap.com or at the Bob. One ticket is good for both games. The championship game is Saturday at 1 p.m., also at the Bob Carpenter Center.

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Familiar foes to meet in girls high school basketball semifinals

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The top four seeds in the girls’ high school basketball tournament have reached tonight’s semifinal round at the Bob Carpenter Center, and all four have played each other during the regular season. To get an idea of how good these teams are, they have seven losses against each other and no other defeats to a Delaware school.

No. 3 Caravel vs. No. 2 Sanford, 6:30 p.m. These teams met on Jan. 28 at Sanford, with Sanford winning easily, 57-30. The Buccaneers have not lost since, winning 10 straight.

A trio of juniors leads Caravel: Caroline Davis, Micah Morgan and Ky-Asia Stanford. In that first game with Sanford, Davis was held scoreless and Morgan had six points, all on free throws, but that was uncharacteristic of these players. They will need to step up against a tough Sanford defense if their team is to have a chance tonight.

For Sanford, player of the year candidate Alison Lewis scored 10 points in the first game against Caravel. Lewis is a prolific scorer and defender, but she is not alone. The Warriors get big contributions from sophomores Chrishyanah Alston, Taylor Sparks-Faulkner and Taylor Samuels and others.

When these teams met in the semifinals last year, Caravel took a 48-40 victory.

No. 4 St. Elizabeth vs. No. 1 Ursuline, approximately 8 p.m. This will be the third meeting this year between the teams. Ursuline will be looking for the sweep against the Vikings, winning 55-50 Jan. 6 at home and 51-42 Feb. 11 at the St. E Center.

St. Elizabeth has a balanced team that plays well together, having returned all but one starter from last year. Seniors Macy Robinson and Sabrina Hackendorn provide scoring and leadership for their young teammates. Starters Gabby Julian and Alex Thomas also return from last year’s starting lineup, with junior Jordyn Humes and freshman Alanna Speaks also playing big minutes.

For Ursuline, the biggest weapon is junior Adrianna Hahn, the returning player of the year. She has the green light to shoot and is particularly effective from three-point range. Sophomore Kailyn Kampert is an effective offensive option, as is her classmate, Alyssa Irons. The lone senior in the starting lineup, Laura Hurff, is a defensive stalwart and leader on the floor.

The teams met under similar circumstances in last year’s semifinals. Ursuline had won both regular-season games, but the Vikings eked out a 44-42 win in the tournament on their way to the state championship.

Tickets for tonight’s doubleheader are $8 and available at diaa.ticketleap.com or at the Bob. The championship game is Friday night at 7 p.m. at the Bob Carpenter Center.

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St. Mark’s boys basketball season ends in quarters vs. Concord

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NEWARK – A 14-0 run turned a 10-point St. Mark’s deficit into a four-point lead, but the Spartans’ shot disappeared as the fourth quarter wore on in a 40-34 loss to Concord in a boys basketball quarterfinal-round game Sunday afternoon at the Bob Carpenter Center. The loss ended the season for St. Mark’s, which finished the year at 15-6.

Concord got off to a great start on the strength of two three-pointers by senior Joe Cooper, but St. Mark’s trailed by just one, 9-8, after one. Concord took command in the second, outscoring the Spartans, 15-7, to make the halftime score 24-15.

A free throw by William Chapman gave Concord its largest lead at 25-15, but that is when St. Mark’s mounted its comeback. The Spartans scored the last 11 points of the third, taking a 26-25 lead into the final eight minutes. Senior Nick Papa and junior Matt Williams each had four points during the run. The Spartans’ assault continued into the fourth as they grabbed their largest lead at 29-15.

Cooper, however, took over after that. He his a two-point field goal, followed by a couple of threes, giving the Raiders a lead they would not lose. St. Mark’s lost the shooting touch; the team would not hit a field goal in the last 4:47 of the contest.

Cooper led the Raiders with 19 points, including five of eight from three-point range. Chapman added 12. Concord will now get a rematch with top-seeded Salesianum on Thursday night at the Bob; the Sals won, 50-33, when the teams met during the regular season. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m., but it will be approximately 20 minutes following the conclusion of the first semifinal between Cape Henlopen and St. Georges. Tickets are available at diaa.ticketleap.com.

Papa finished the night with 12 points to lead St. Mark’s.

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Sals pull away late from game Vikings, move on to basketball semis

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NEWARK – For three quarters, Salesianum and St. Elizabeth battled through missed shots, turnovers and bad decisions, entering the final eight minutes in a 34-34 tie. The student section for top-seeded Salesianum was uncharacteristically quiet, while the supporters of the Vikings, who snuck into the tourney as the 24th and final seed, believed their team could pull yet another upset.

Senior Brandon Gautier tied the game at 36 with a layup, but Salesianum ran off six consecutive points and 15 of the next 19 to take control, defeating the Vikings, 58-49, in the last of four quarterfinal-round games Sunday evening at the Bob Carpenter Center. The win puts Salesianum into the tournament semifinals against fourth-seeded Concord Thursday night at approximately 8 p.m. at the Bob. Read more »

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Strong second half propels Vikings past Padua, into semifinals

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NEWARK – St. Elizabeth found itself in a typical Catholic Conference game with Padua on Saturday in one girls basketball quarterfinal, watching its chances of repeating as state champions slipping through its fingers. But the Vikings went on a 17-6 run at the end of the third quarter to take the lead and went on to a 58-53 win over the Pandas at the Bob Carpenter Center.

Twelfth-seeded Padua played an impressive first half, finishing the second quarter with a 30-24 lead. The Pandas shot 13 for 25 from the field and committed just four turnovers, and the bench contributed 13 points, including six from Kelly Rozenko and four from Claudia Spink. The No. 4 Vikings, meanwhile, shot just 35 percent and turned the ball over eight times. Read more »

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Ursuline overwhelms Hodgson to advance to basketball semis

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NEWARK – Top-seeded Ursuline jumped on Hodgson early in the first quarter and did not let up, cruising to a 54-35 win in the last of four quarterfinal-round games Saturday at the Bob Carpenter Center.

The Raiders started the game with a three-point shot from junior Adrianna Hahn on the first possession, followed by a three from sophomore Kailyn Kampert. Next it was eighth-grader Maggie Connolly’s turn, as she converted an old-fashioned three-point play. Ursuline led, 24-14 after one. The Raiders played their usual suffocating defense, holding the Silver Eagles to seven second-quarter points while forcing 16 turnovers in the first half. Read more »

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