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Green Knights overcome deficit for home softball win over Auks

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PENNY HILL – The Mount Pleasant Green Knights overcame a four-run deficit to defeat the Archmere Auks, 10-6, in nonconference softball on March 25. Green Knights catcher Kelsey Eroh had four hits, including two doubles.

(The Dialog/Jason Winchell)

(The Dialog/Jason Winchell)

The Auks took advantage of poor fielding to jump out to a 4-0 lead in the second inning. The Green Knights would pick up 10 runs on 10 hits in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to grab the lead. A pair of freshmen had two hits each as Jalia Lawrence and Annalise Jackson got the offense going.

Lawrence came in the fourth inning to pick up the win for Mount. The Auks’ defense made several great plays, including two over-the-shoulder catches by Annie Penrod and Jocelyn Phillips. The Auks (0-2) will travel to St. Elizabeth on Wednesday for a 3:45 p.m. start. The Green Knights (1-0) host A.I. DuPont on Thursday at 3:45 p.m.

Defending champion Caravel too strong for Archmere in girls soccer opener

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BEAR – Caravel, the defending Division II girls soccer state champion, opened the season strong with a 2-0 win over Archmere on March 22.

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Archmere senior Leah DaCosta plays the ball past a Caravel defender in Wednesday night’s game, won by the Buccaneers, 2-0. (The Dialog/Jason Winchell)

On a cold evening, the Buccaneers controlled the play in the first half behind the play of sophomore Summer Stewart, junior Karli Cauley and senior Megan Bailey. The Bucs had five first-half corner kicks but couldn’t beat Auks keeper Kyra Giakas. She had four saves in the half, allowing Archmere to go into intermission in a scoreless tie.

The Auks picked up their first corner of the game in the 45th minute, but they could not convert. Caravel finally scored the first goal as Marie Pennington connected off a corner kick in the 48th minute. The Buccaneers’ stout defense prevented Archmere from getting too many quality chances, and the home team struck again in the 72nd minute. This time, they converted on a counter-attack, with Stewart pounding the ball past a diving Giakas.

The Buccaneers (1-0) will host St. Georges Tech on Friday at 6 p.m., and the Auks travel to Wilmington Friends for a match Friday at 3:45 p.m.

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Schweizer scores six as Spartans open girls lacrosse with a win

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MILLTOWN – Junior Kendra Schweizer scored six goals to lead St Mark’s past Archmere, 16-10, in the season opener in girls lacrosse for both teams on March 22. It was a cold afternoon, but both teams’ offenses were on fire early. Read more »

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Filliben, Mench among Delaware Sports Hall of Fame inductees

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WILMINGTON — Two Catholic high school graduates are among the 10 athletes, coaches and officials who will be inducted into the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame at its 42nd banquet on May 16 at the Chase Center on the Riverfront. Vince Filliben, who coached multiple sports at Archmere Academy for 31 years, and Kevin Mench, a graduate of St. Mark’s High School and former Major League Baseball slugger, join eight others going into the hall.

Filliben was a fixture at Archmere as a student and coach. He graduated in 1947, having been an outstanding athlete in football, basketball and baseball. Following his graduation, he starred at Drexel in basketball and baseball and played three seasons of minor-league baseball in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system. Read more »

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Girls spring sports are upon us, warmer weather wanted

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The spring sports season begins this week, and there are a lot of early season showdowns. Now, if only the weather will cooperate. Read more »

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Lewis is girls player of the year as all-state basketball teams named

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Three players from Catholic high schools have been named first-team all-state, including Ursuline guard Alisha Lewis, who is Delaware’s player of the year.

The sophomore standout led the Raiders to their third straight state championship last Friday at the Bob Carpenter Center. Two other Catholic school players join her on the first team, and one earned third-team honors. Three more were among the 15 who were named honorable mention. Read more »

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Vikings get past Auks, advance to girls quarterfinals

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WILMINGTON – The seventh-seeded St. Elizabeth’s Vikings learned from last year’s second-round loss and survived a tough battle with 10th-seeded Archmere, 49-42, on March 2 at the St. E Center. The Vikings, who beat Archmere, 45-41, on Feb. 5 by scoring the last 11 points, did the same thing Thursday, scoring the final 11 points.

“It was a carbon copy,” St. Elizabeth coach Dan Cooney said. “It’s been like that the last couple of years. I’ve got so much respect for Danny (Pisani, Archmere’s coach) and what he does at Archmere with those kids. That is a good group, and it’s a group that always battles us.” Read more »

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Archmere clamps down on Friends to advance in girls basketball tourney

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CLAYMONT – Archmere’s girls basketball team has played prettier games from an offensive standpoint, but the Auks turned up the defense and managed a 34-26 win over Wilmington Friends Feb. 28 in the first round of the DIAA tournament.

Archmere held the Quakers to just eight first-half points and resisted comeback attempts after the break, but the team’s start offensively was sluggish. Read more »

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Catholic schools ready for state basketball tournament

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The girls’ and boys’ basketball state tournaments start this week, and a bunch of Catholic schools are among the 24 in each vying for the top prize.

 

GIRLS

First Round

Tuesday, all games at 7 p.m.

(23) Friends (12-8) at (10) Archmere (14-6). The Auks open with a home game against an experienced Quakers team. The Quakers start three seniors and two juniors and are a balanced team. Junior Natalie DePaulo leads the team in scoring and will be the focus of the Auks’ defense. The Auks have a mixture of youth and experience; freshman Madison Stewart has improved and is one of the scoring leaders on this team.

Unknown(19) St Thomas More (13-7) at (14) Sussex Central (14-6). The Ravens have a tough road test as they travel to Sussex Central in a first-round matchup. The Ravens are a young team that played all season without the injured Sarah Pool. Aniah Patterson is a dangerous player that could score from anywhere. St. Thomas More beat Sussex Central at home on Jan. 19, 51-40. Patterson led the Ravens with 13 points.

Second Round

Thursday, all games at 7 p.m.

Friends-Archmere winner at (7) St. Elizabeth (13-7). The Vikings earned a first-round bye thanks to a strong finish and a quality schedule. They won 11 of their last 13 games. The Vikings beat Archmere, 45-41, on Feb. 4 as senior Lexi Bromwell scored 10 fourth-quarter basketballpoints. The experienced Vikings also feature seniors Sarah Metz and Alanna Speaks, along with junior Alexis Lee. The Vikings and Quakers did not meet during the regular season.

St. Thomas More-Sussex Central winner at (3) Caravel.

Lake Forest-Milford winner at (1) Ursuline (19-1). The Raiders are the top seed and went unbeaten in the state. They have the best backcourt in the state in Alisha Lewis, Maggie Connolly and Yanni Hendley, and their defense is air-tight. Ursuline didn’t play either Lake Forest or Milford this year, but their challenging schedule should have them ready to advance to the Bob Carpenter Center for the quarterfinal round.

Quarterfinals:

Saturday, times to be determined, Bob Carpenter Center

Delaware Military Academy-Laurel-Sussex Tech winner vs. Lake Forest-Milford-Ursuline winner

Friends-Archmere-St. Elizabeth winner vs. Dover-Howard-Caesar Rodney winner

St. Thomas More-Sussex Central-Caravel winner vs. Delcastle-A.I. DuPont-Concord winner

Delmarva Christian-Hodgson-Conrad winner vs. Mount Pleasant-Cape Henlopen-Sanford winner

 

BOYS

First Round 

Wednesday

(18) Indian River (12-8) at (15) St. Mark’s (15-5), 7 p.m. The Spartans earned a home first-round playoff game with a solid finish to the season. They only lost once at home. The Indians should be prepared to face a solid Spartans defense, and on offense, senior senior Chris Ludman leads the way. If the Spartans are making their three-point shots, they are tough to beat. It will be a contrast of styles, as the Indians like to push the tempo, while the Spartans are the epitome of patience.

Second Round 

Friday, all games at 7 p.m.

Indian River-St Mark’s winner vs. (2) St. Thomas More (17-3), site to be announced. The Ravens had an excellent season against a very tough out-of-state schedule. They will push the ball and look to score early and often. St. Thomas More has multiple weapons, including Greg Bloodsworth and Eric Montanez, who can take over a game. A game against a St Mark’s team that likes to slow things down could be interesting.

(19) Caravel (14-6)-(14) Hodgson (15-5) winner at (3) Salesianum (15-5). The Sals are one of the hottest teams coming into the tournament, winners of eight straight and 10 of 11. They were undefeated at home and will play stingy defense. On offense they can shoot the deep ball well and can also go inside to junior Paul Brown. Hodgson had a strong season; the Silver Eagles and the Sals both have wins over top-seeded Mount Pleasant. Caravel features high-scoring O’Koye Parker.

(22) Laurel (12-8)-(11) Sanford (12-8) winner at (6) St. Elizabeth (13-7). The Vikings are a deep team that finished the regular season with four straight wins. Senior Jordan Money can score from anywhere on the court and can take over any game. He’s got a nice supporting cast that includes Elijah Dockery and Nate Thomas. The Vikings are a good foul shooting team which helps them in close games. St. Elizabeth defeated Sanford, 57-56, on Jan. 12 thanks to a late bucket from Money.

Quarterfinals

Sunday, times to be determined, Bob Carpenter Center

Howard-Appoquinimink-Newark winner vs. Indian River-St Marks-St Thomas Moore winner.

Laurel-Sanford-St Elizabeth winner vs. Caravel-Hodgson-Sallies winner.

Red Lion-Milford- Smyrna winner vs. Lake Forest-William Penn-Woodbridge winner.

Friends-St. Georges Tech-Glasgow winner vs. Cape Henlopen-Caesar Rodney-Mount Pleasant.

Tickets to first- and second-round games will be sold at the individual schools and at the door if any remain. Tickets to the quarterfinals, semifinals and final are available at statechamps.com/clients/diaa. The quarterfinal rounds will be spit into two sessions requiring two tickets.

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Postseason seedings on the line as basketball regular season reaches its end

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We are in the last week of the basketball season before the tournament starts, and there are key games for both girls and boys.

GIRLS
Tuesday
Ursuline (18-1) at Concord (16-2), 5:15 p.m. The battle of the Raiders sees the top-ranked Ursuline team on the road looking to remain unbeaten in the state against top-10 teams. Concord hopes to
make a statement before the tournament starts.
basketballSanford (16-3) at Padua (5-14), 5:30 p.m. The Pandas face the second-ranked Warriors to celebrate senior night.  
Mount Pleasant (12-7) at St. Elizabeth (11-7), 6:45 p.m. It’s senior night for the Vikings, who look to win eight of nine as they fight for a first-round bye in the state tournament. The Green Knights bring size few teams in Delaware possess.
Wednesday
St. Elizabeth at Howard (13-5), 5 p.m.
St. Thomas More (13-6) at Caravel, 6 p.m. The young Ravens have a tough road test to help them get ready for a tournament game.
BOYS
Monday
St. Thomas More (15-3) vs. Lindenwold (N.J.), 1:30 p.m. at Delcastle Technical High School. The Ravens have played a tough schedule this season to get ready for the playoffs. 
Tuesday
Archmere (9-10) at Delaware Military Academy (8-11), 6:15 p.m. The Auks look to get to .500 on the season and win the Diamond State Athletic Conference. The Seahawks attempt to win their fourth in a row to end the season.
Indian River (12-7) at St. Thomas More, 6:30 p.m. It’s senior night for the Ravens, who would complete their in-state schedule undefeated with a win.
Concord (4-15) at Salesianum (14-5), 7:30 p.m. On senior night, the No. 6 Sals will try to finish the regular season with their eighth straight victory.
Wednesday
Polytech (5-13) at St. Mark’s (14-5), 7:30 p.m. The Spartans have a chance to win a 15th game and could possibly earn a first-round bye in the state tournament on senior night.
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