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St. Mark’s senior finds inspiration, vocation in older sister

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WILMINGTON — One never knows where he or she will find the thing that motivates him or her, that sets the course of one’s life.

For St. Mark’s High School senior Michael Robinette, all the inspiration he needs is at his Hockessin home. His sister Christina, three years his senior, has cerebral palsy, and starting out trying to help her, he has found what he hopes will be his life’s path. Read more »

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Almost literally, Padua’s Lydia Olivere was born to run

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WILMINGTON – When Marnie Giunta sees Lydia Olivere clap her hands as she approaches the starting line, she has a good feeling it will be a good day for Padua, where Giunta coaches the cross country and track teams.

“She doesn’t even realize she does that but every time she does ‘the clap’ on the line, I’ve always seen a special performance from Lydia,” the coach said. Read more »

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Olivere leads Padua to Joe O’Neill title; Sals take boys’ race

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BELLEFONTE – Lydia Olivere cruised to victory in the 35-team Joe O’Neill Invitational cross country meet Oct. 14 at Bellevue State Park, and her team, Padua, looks to be in fine form as championship season approaches in cross country.

Olivere, a junior, finished the 3.1-mile course in 17:22, which was almost 33 seconds ahead of runner-up Keelin Hays, the sophomore from Tatnall. The Pandas took the team championship by placing five runners in the top 10 for a score of 29, 15 points better than Tatnall. Olivere said it was a total team effort. Read more »

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Archmere grad earns Atlantic 10 academic honors

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John Mascioli, a graduate of Archmere Academy, has been named to the Atlantic 10 Conference cross country All-Academic Team, the league announced today. Mascioli is a sophomore at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

The All-Academic Team was selected based on performance in the classroom and on the trails. Runners must carry a grade-point average of 3.0 for their entire academic career. Mascioli finished 17th at the Atlantic 10 championships on Nov. 1 with an 8k time of 25:11.4 to help the Hawks to a third-place finish. As a freshman, he was named the conference’s Most Outstanding Rookie Performer.

The Wilmington native, a chemistry major, set new personal records in the 8.4k and 10k this season and was St. Joe’s consistent No. 3 runner this fall. The team will conclude its season this Saturday at the IC4A Championships in the Bronx, N.Y., at Van Cortlandt Park.

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Student and school news

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Good Shepherd students featured in national video

PERRYVILLE, Md. – Four students at Good Shepherd School in Perryville, Md., are featured in the national Fuel Up to Play “Make Your Move” campaign video that was released Oct. 29. The campaign, sponsored by the National Football League, is a dance-themed initiative focused on getting students active in their schools to get healthy and be better students.

The Good Shepherd students were invited to participate in the filming of the ad in August at Redskins Park in Virginia. The video is available at www.fueluptoplay60.com. Read more »

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Transfer to St. Mark’s High was a transforming experience

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 WILMINGTON — When Danielle Trofa transferred to St. Mark’s High School two years ago, she brought with her a love of running that she has put into practice on the cross country, indoor track and outdoor track teams.

Trofa ran track as a freshman and sophomore at Chichester (Pa.) High School, and when she and her twin sister, Erica, arrived at St. Mark’s for the second semester of their sophomore year, they kept up with the running. Danielle Trofa did not run cross country at Chichester but decided to give it a try once she became a Spartan.

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Spare the pity party for sidelined long-distance runner

November 23rd, 2011 Posted in Youth Tags: , , ,

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Lottery tickets. The racetrack. The casino. Friendly bets. Name anything that necessitates a whole lot of luck and rest assured that Tommy Zabielski won’t be interested. If the Salesianum School senior had any luck at all, it would arguably be a first.

“I guess I have had some tough breaks,” said Zabielski, “but I don’t really think about that or dwell on it. I just try to keep moving on.”

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All Saints wins first CYM sports championship

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The girls cross country team at All Saints Catholic School won the 2011 Catholic Youth Ministry championship, which was held Oct. 30 on a 2.25-mile course at Bellevue State Park in north Wilmington. It was the first title for the new regional school, which opened this year from the merged Corpus Christi, St. Catherine of Siena and St. Matthew’s schools.

The Crusaders finished with 28 points, followed by St. Mary Magdalen with 45. The other teams, in order of finish, were St. Elizabeth, St. John the Beloved, Ursuline, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Immaculate Conception and St. Anthony of Padua.

St. Edmond’s Academy was the boys’ winner, defeating All Saints on a tiebreaker. Both teams finished with 36 points, so the winner was determined by the placement of each squad’s sixth finisher. St. Edmond’s sixth runner placed 16th, while All Saints’ came across in 18th. The other teams, in order of finish, were IHM, St. Mary Magdalen, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Elizabeth, Christ the Teacher, Immaculate Conception and St. John the Beloved.

All Saints produced both individual champions. Caroline Foley topped the girls with 13:06.36, while Michael Flanagan crossed the line in 12:05.34.

Complete results are available at the CYM website.

 

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