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Spartans bats silenced in semifinal loss to Caravel

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WILMINGTON – St. Mark’s baseball team put three runners on base and scored once during the first inning of their state semifinal game vs. second-seeded Caravel on June 1, but the Spartans struggled on offense the rest of the afternoon in a 6-1 defeat. The loss brought the team’s season to an end with a record of 14-7.

The day began well enough for the Spartans, the sixth seed. Chris Ludman doubled down the left-field line, and the next batter, Brian Gilardi, singled to right, bringing in a run. Gilardi took second on the throw home, but despite a walk to Eric Ludman, Caravel pitcher Joe Silan was able to escape further trouble. Read more »

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Spartans walk off past Sals in extra-inning baseball thriller

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WILMINGTON – Fourth-ranked St. Mark’s and rival Salesianum, the No. 6 team, played a classic baseball game May 8 at Frawley Stadium, with the Spartans pulling out a 2-1 win in eight innings.

Spartans starter Billy Sullivan was throwing straight gas between 91 and 96 miles per hour, with at least a half-dozen major-league scouts in attendance. Sallies starter Eugene Holler was also dealing as the teams put on an old-fashioned exciting pitching duel. Read more »

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Conrad’s Bradigan silences St. Mark’s bats in two-hit shutout

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WILMINGTON – Ryan Bradigan pitched a complete-game two-hitter to lead top-ranked Conrad past No. 7 St. Mark’s, 3-0, on April 23.

The Red Wolves’ offense had no easy task as it had to face Spartans starter Billy Sullivan. Red Wolves Kyle Walker led off with a double but was thrown out trying to stretch it to a triple. Spartans centerfielder Austin Colmery fired the ball to Brian Gilardi, who nailed the runner at third as Chris Ludman applied the tag. That play came in handy as Brock Nowell doubled two batters later, but Sullivan got out of the jam. Read more »

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Seventh-inning comeback lifts Sals past rival Spartans

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WILMINGTON – Eighth-ranked Salesianum scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to upset No. 4 St Mark’s, 5-4, at Frawley Stadium on April 18. It was the second game of the day for the Sals as they defeated seventh-ranked Sussex Tech, 8-4, earlier at Frawley.

The Sals started sophomore Alex Hinton, who worked around a defensive error in the first. Salesianum struck in the bottom of the first as Josh Maguire led off with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. He scored, beating a throw to the plate on an hit by Joe Setting. Read more »

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No. 2 Appo edges top-ranked St. Mark’s in diamond classic

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MILLTOWN – The second-ranked Appoquinimink Jaguars edged No. 1 St. Mark’s, 2-1, on April 10 for their third straight win over the Spartans in the last three years. Jags senior starter Ryan Steckline outdueled Spartans senior Billy Sullivan in a pitchers’ duel.

(The Dialog/Jason Winchell)

(The Dialog/Jason Winchell)

The Jags scored a pair of runs in the third, the first on a throwing error. Then Steckline singled home a run to give the Jags a 2-0 lead. The Spartans got a run back in the bottom of the third when catcher Matthew Sinko doubled home Matthew Theodorakis to cut the Jags lead to 2-1.

The Spartans loaded the bases in the bottom of the fourth on three walks. Steckline helped himself by starting a double play. He took a ground ball and threw home, and the relay to first beat the runner for a huge double play.

Steckline threw 5 2/3 innings, striking out nine while scattering 6 hits. Reliever Emir Garret retired all four batters he faced to pick up the save. Sullivan went the distance for the Spartans, striking out six while only giving up five hits. The Jags (7-0) got two hits from Jarrett Weglarz. They will travel to Tatnall on Thursday for a 3:45 p.m. start. The Spartans (6-1) are at Caravel on Wednesday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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Spartans overwhelm Indian River, advance to boys second round

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MILLTOWN – St. Mark’s wanted to get off to a fast start on March 1 against Indian River, but what transpired in the first quarter had to surprise even the Spartans. They shut out the Indians, 15-0, in the opening quarter and were never threatened in a 57-21 victory in the first round of the DIAA boys basketball tournament.

In their final appearance on their home court, seniors Chris Ludman and Billy Sullivan led the way. Each scored four points in that first quarter and continued to bedevil Indian River throughout the game. Ludman finished with a team-leading 21 points, and Sullivan had 14. Read more »

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Seniors shine on their night as Spartans end regular season with big win

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MILLTOWN – St. Mark’s boys basketball team honored five seniors on Feb. 22, and all five started and scored in the 63-41 win over Polytech.

St. Mark's Chris Ludman drives toward the hoop vs. Polytech. He finished with 21 points. (The Dialog/Jason Winchell)

St. Mark’s Chris Ludman drives toward the hoop vs. Polytech. He finished with 21 points. (The Dialog/Jason Winchell)

It didn’t look too rosy at the beginning, however, as the visiting Panthers jumped out to a 10-0 lead less than four minutes into the first quarter. Seniors Zach Palmer and Chris Ludman hit back-to-back three-pointers to cut the lead to 12-6 and begin the comeback. A spin move by Ludman led to a field goal and cut the deficit to 12-8 at the end of one.

The second quarter was all Spartans, as they outscored the Panthers, 22-4. Senior Billy Sullivan got the party started, scoring six straight to tie the contest at 14. Palmer then hit a three, followed by a putback, and Ludman made a pair of shots.

The Spartans took a 30-16 lead into intermission but didn’t let up, as Ludman scored six third-quarter points. Polytech’s Joseph Haass caught fire in the third, draining a trio of three-pointers and converted one into a four-point play. The Spartans took a 44-29 lead into the fourth quarter, but a Haass triple cut it to 47-37. The Spartans closed strong, outscoring the Panthers, 16-4, including a three-pointer at the buzzer by senior Matt Smith. His teammates came running out to make this senior’s night.

Billy Sullivan looks for a Spartans teammate. (The Dialog/Jason Winchell)

Billy Sullivan looks for a Spartans teammate. (The Dialog/Jason Winchell)

The Spartans finished the regular season 15-5 and now await their seeding for the state tournament. They were led by Ludman, who finished with 21 points. Palmer added 13 and Sullivan 11. The Panthers were lead by Haass, who finished his season with 16 points.

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Spartans boys ride strong defense in home win

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MILLTOWN – The St Mark’s defense was on top of its game on Feb. 4 as they defeated the Sussex Central Golden Knights, 35-21.  The Spartans struggled on offense early as neither team could find its shot.

Christ Ludman of St. Mark's drives to the basket against the defense of Sussex Central's Lashawn Handy. (Jason Winchell photo)

Christ Ludman of St. Mark’s drives to the basket against the defense of Sussex Central’s Lashawn Handy. (Jason Winchell photo)

Seniors Billy Sullivan and Chris Ludman hit three-pointers, and the game was tied at eight at the end of the first quarter. The Spartans’ defense took over in the second quarter; they drew three offensive fouls and forced many Golden Knights turnovers. St. Mark’s outscored the Knights 6-2 in the quarter to take a 14-10 halftime lead.

The Spartans kept up their defense in the third quarter and also managed to find the offense. They got a combined eight points from Chris and Eric Ludman and held a 27-16 lead going into the fourth quarter. The defense maintained its intensity the whole game and drew three more offensive fouls in the second half. Sullivan scored on two driving baskets, and Chris Ludman hit a short jumper to put the Knights away.

The Spartans (10-4) got 13 points from Chris Ludman, and Sullivan added 9. They start a tough week with a home game against St Elizabeth on Tuesday night at 7:15 before traveling to Salesianum for a Friday night battle. The Golden Knights (4-10) travel to Indian River on Thursday for a 6:45 p.m. start.

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Solid second half, strong free-throw shooting carry Sals past Spartans

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MILLTOWN – Down a point to St. Mark’s at halftime, the Salesianum boys basketball team felt pretty good about how they were playing and just needed some shots to start falling. That is precisely what happened in the third and fourth quarters as the Sals grabbed a road victory over the Spartans, 56-39, on Jan. 20.

The Spartans held an 18-17 advantage at the break, but that didn’t last long. Salesianum forward Paul Brown took the opening possession of the third quarter and converted an old-fashioned three-point play to give the Sals the lead for good. Brown wasn’t done, making two free throws and a field goal in the first minutes of the second half to push the Sals’ lead to 24-18. Those six points were part of a 13-2 run to open the third as the advantage grew to 30-20. Read more »

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Spartans come up just short at A.I DuPont

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GREENVILLE – By and large, St. Mark’s was able to bottle up the high-scoring A.I. DuPont boys basketball team when the teams met on the snowy afternoon of Jan. 7. The Tigers, however, used a 12-1 run in the fourth quarter to overcome the Spartans, 41-38. Read more »

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