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Middletown brings Pandas’ run as state soccer champs to an end

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SMYRNA – Middletown entered the girls’ Division I state championship girls soccer match with Padua already without the Delaware player of the year, Alyssa Poarch, and shortly before halftime, the Cavaliers lost goalkeeper Taylor Wolf to an injury. But an early goal by Alexa Rodriguez held up, thanks mainly to the play of emergency keeper Mary Warren, and the top-seeded Cavaliers ended No. 2 Padua’s five-year reign as state champions with a 1-0 win June 3 at Smyrna High School.

Each team had to play a half staring into a setting sun at Charles V. Williams Stadium, and Rodriguez took advantage in the 13th minute. The Pandas had controlled possession until then, but they had few opportunities to beat Wolf. The momentum swung Middletown’s way, and when Rodriguez found herself with the ball and a bit of space about 25 yards from the net, she struck. Her blast just eluded the outstretched fingers of keeper Katie Szczerba – who had a bright sun in her face – and tucked under the crossbar for the game’s lone tally. Read more »

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Delaware Military holds off determined Ursuline squad for volleyball title

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Dialog reporter

 

NEWARK – As Victoria Taylor’s final swing of the night found an open spot on the floor, the Delaware Military Academy volleyball team breathed a sigh of relief. A season that had included some tension and uncertainty ended with the Seahawks united and celebrating their second consecutive state volleyball championship after five tough sets against Ursuline. The scores were 21-25, 28-26, 25-17, 25-27 and 15-12.

Taylor finished with a team-leading 24 kills in her final high school match, but she was hardly alone providing offense for the Seahawks. Jackie Shields contributed eight, and Natalie Lavelle added six. On defense, libero Kirsten Longueria collected 37 digs. Read more »

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Villanova basketball team’s strength is its humility, chaplain says

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Catholic News Service

More than 70,000 people attended the NCAA men’s basketball championship game at Houston’s NRG Stadium April 4, but no one had a seat quite like Augustinian Father Rob Hagan. Read more »

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Salesianum and Smyrna prepare for highly anticipated football rematch

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Dialog reporter

 

NEW CASTLE – Neither of the head coaches involved in this Saturday’s Division I football state championship game expects a repeat of their Sept. 25 matchup. When Salesianum hosted Smyrna in that week 3 matchup, the Sals and Eagles put on an offensive show, with Salesianum winning, 76-56.

”I can’t see another game like that happening, I really can’t,” Smyrna coach Mike Judy said Monday at a media luncheon. We left that game as a staff, we were just looking at each other like, 76-56, really? That’s an unbelievable game.” Read more »

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Auks fall to DMA in thrilling volleyball championship

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Dialog reporter

 

NEWARK – A championship that was in the making for the past few years came to fruition on Monday night, as Delaware Military Academy outlasted Archmere, 3-1, for the state volleyball title. It was the Seahawks’ first championship in any sport. Set scores were 22-25, 26-24, 25-22 and 25-19.

A record crowd of more than 2,500 filled the Bob Carpenter Center, and the building was rocking all night. At one end, Archmere students went with the blackout, and the Auks’ usual crazies were there. Behind the other end line, several hundred DMA students stretched nearly to the concourse, all wearing their dress uniforms. It was an impressive sight. Read more »

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Archmere comebacks pave way to state volleyball championship

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Dialog reporter

 

NEWARK – Zoe Akoto had a host of important points this season for Archmere Academy, none more so than the two that ended the 2014 state volleyball championship final against the Charter School of Wilmington. First, with the fourth set in extra points and the score tied at 27, Akoto painted the sideline with a smash. Then, leading 28-27, on match point No. 4 inside the raucous Bob Carpenter Center, Akoto again had an open lane down the left side.

The sophomore returned the push kill with one of her own. A few Force players threw themselves in the direction of the ball, but the kill found the floor, and fifth-seeded Archmere completed the mild upset of undefeated and second-seeded Charter, 3-1, for the championship. The sets were 25-10, 16-25, 26-24 and 29-27. Read more »

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O’Neill, former Sals reflect on basketball championship

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It’s been a bit crazy around Salesianum School the last few weeks thanks to the basketball team, which won its first state championship with a 50-45 win over St. Georges Tech on March 8 at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark.

For forward Brian O’Neill, the championship game was his last that counted in the standings. The 6-7 senior will continue his athletic career as a football player at the University of Pittsburgh in the fall. He scored 15 points in the final and helped cut down the nets. Then the fun started at 18th and Broom. Read more »

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Sals defeat Middletown, claim state football title

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NEWARK – Second-ranked Salesianum defeated top-seeded Middletown, 23-7, Saturday night for the second time in three weeks, securing the school’s fall crown of championships – cross country, soccer, and now football.

The Sals were led at the University of Delaware’s Tubby Raymond Field by the three-headed offensive monster of running back Troy Reeder, tight end Brian O’Neill and quarterback Matt Sgro. Reeder and Sgro combined for 190 yards rushing, 130 of those from Penn State commit Reeder. Read more »

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