Girls sports gets into the swing this week after the weekend’s action was largely eliminated by rain and other not-very-nice weather conditions. Unless noted, all teams had no record entering the week.
Sussex Tech at St. Mark’s, 3:45 p.m. The Spartans have reached the state championship game the last two seasons, but much of that core has graduated. They do have five seniors on the roster, including first-team all-state selctions Megan Noonan and Ellie Noonan, and goalkeeper Melina Carradin returns for one final go-round. Lots of sophomores and a few freshmen will have the opportunity to grab the spotlight.
Gunston at Ss. Peter and Paul (0-2), 4 p.m.
Christiana (0-1) at St. Thomas More, 3:45 p.m.
Delaware Military (0-1) at Archmere, 5 p.m.
Conrad vs. Padua, 5:30 p.m. at A.I. duPont. The Pandas’ program continues to grow, and they feature Rachel Delate, who earned second-team all-state honors last year. She is one of five seniors; the team features a healthy mix of youth and experience. Junior Shannon McCormac returns between the pipes for Padua.
Padua at Middletown (1-0), 4 p.m.
Ursuline at Sussex Academy, 4 p.m. The Raiders return a solid group from last year’s team, which went 14-3. The Raiders also had a pair of first-team all-staters in Jane Lyons and Moira Carroll, and keeper Brigid Monahan was on the second team.
St. Thomas More at Hodgson, 4 p.m.
Padua at Polytech (1-0), 4 p.m.
St. Mark’s at St. Andrew’s, 4 p.m.
Delaware Military at Ursuline, 3:45 p.m.
Ss. Peter and Paul at Stephen Decatur, 4 p.m.
Ursuline at Wilmington Friends, 10 a.m.
Archmere at St. Mark’s, 12:30 p.m.
Ursuline at Lake Forest, 4 p.m. The Raiders will trot out a rather young lineup on opening day against the Spartans. Ursuline went 8-8-1 last year, including a trip to the Division II quarterfinals. Jessica Falasco and Cleo Troy will provide some leadership for a roster that includes eight freshmen and an eighth-grader.
St. Mark’s at Dickinson, 3:30 p.m.
Ursuline at Middletown, 3:30 p.m.
St. Elizabeth vs. Padua, 3:30 p.m. at Hockessin Soccer Club. Padua finished 17-1 last year, regaining the Division I state title that had been taken from them the season before. Despite the loss of some high-profile seniors, the Pandas are well-stocked to take on their typical challenging schedule and make another deep tournament run. There are so many scorers it is hard to list them all, but Sophia Marini and Brieana Hallo emerged last season as freshmen.
Delaware Military at Archmere, 3:45 p.m. The Auks have a real test in their first game as defending Division II state champion Delaware Military visits Claymont. Archmere returns a veteran nucleus, including a number of finishers that include Krena Wursthorn, Melina Reilly, Halie Berkowitz and Nicole Witherell.
St. Mark’s at McKean, 3:30 p.m.
Conrad at Archmere, 3:45 p.m.
Padua at Delmar, 4 p.m.
Archmere at Dover, noon
Ursuline at Caravel, 5:45 p.m.
St. Mark’s vs. Design Thinking Academy, 3 p.m. at Kodiak Park Fields. The Spartans are looking for improvement on their 6-11 record, and a lot of their talent returns. Emma Lank figures to take over much of the pitching duty, and Madison Saunders gives the lineup a solid bat.
Padua at Concord, 3:30 p.m. It’s a new coach for a new season at Padua, which went 11-8 last year in reaching the state tournament. Melanie Grant returns in the circle for the Pandas, and Alex Musial leads a veteran lineup.
Archmere at Mount Pleasant, 3:30 p.m. There are no seniors on the Auks’ roster, but they do have some experience. Mackenzie Popp and Annie Penrod, both juniors, have plenty of varsity experience. Their classmate, Lauren Simpson, will be busy in the pitcher’s circle.
St. Elizabeth at A.I. duPont (0-1), 3:45 p.m. The Vikings return several veterans as they attempt to improve on a 10-8 record. Skylar Gallucio will do the bulk of the pitching, while McKenzie Sweeney heads up the hitting. She’ll be receiving Gallucio’s pitches as well.
St. Elizabeth at Brandywine, 3:45 p.m.
Appoquinimink 91-0) vs. Padua, 4 p.m. at Midway Softball Complex
Brandywine vs. Padua, 3:45 p.m. at Midway Softball Complex
First State Military (0-1) at Archmere, 4 p.m.
Archmere at Brandywine, noon
Cape Henlopen at St. Mark’s, 1 p.m.