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Sals grab early lead, win third straight lacrosse title and ninth overall

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DOVER – Second-seeded Salesianum’s lacrosse team won its third straight title with a 13-5 win over fourth-seeded Cape Henlopen on June 3 at Dover High School. The Sals got a goal by Patrick Drake 15 seconds in and never trailed in winning their sixth title in the last seven years and ninth overall. Read more »

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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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Three-run sixth pushes Sals past Hodgson, into baseball semifinals

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WILMINGTON – Salesianum and Hodgson engaged in an old-fashioned pitchers’ duel when the teams met in state baseball tournament quarterfinal action on May 31, but the Sals’ bats came through late in a 4-2 victory. Sallies moves on to face top-seeded Conrad on Thursday night at Frawley Stadium.

The 13th-seeded Silver Eagles scratched out a run in the top of the fourth, and with the way their pitcher, William Hart, was dealing, it appeared that lone tally might be enough. But No. 5 Salesianum rebounded to tie the game in the fifth and scored three times in the bottom of the sixth. That was enough to get the victory. Read more »

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Cape too strong in girls lacrosse final, but Spartans enjoyed fantastic run

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FREDERICA – Fourth-seeded St Mark’s enjoyed a splendid season in girls lacrosse, going from missing the tournament in 2016 to earning its third finals appearance this season. Unfortunately for the Spartans, they ran into a buzzsaw in No. 3 Cape Henlopen, who captured their ninth straight state championship with a 19-7 win on May 30 at the Delaware Turf Sports Complex in Frederica. Read more »

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Holler dominates as Sals advance in state baseball tournament

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WILMINGTON – The fifth-seeded Salesianum baseball team got an impressive start from junior Eugene Holler and defeated the 12th-seeded Milford Buccaneers, 3-0, on May 27. Holler pitched six innings of shutout baseball, allowing just one hit, before Jack Fiala pitched the seventh for the save.

Salesianum's Joe Setting crosses first base on a run-scoring infield single. (The Dialog/Jason Winchell)

Salesianum’s Joe Setting crosses first base on a run-scoring infield single. (The Dialog/Jason Winchell)

The Sals’ offense scored two runs in the first with a two-out rally. Senior catcher Zach Miller drew a two-out walk and was replaced at first base by courtesy runner Joseph Poma. He stole second and then scampered to third on a throwing error. He scored on an infield single by Joseph Setting, and Setting came around on a hit-and-run double by Zach Gwynn.

Sallies got strong defensive plays from Alex Hinton and Gwynn to keep the 2-0 lead. Bucs freshman pitcher Chad Reichhold did a great job keeping the Sals’ hitters off balance after that first inning. The Sals added an unearned run in the fifth.

Salesianum had six hits, including five doubles by Gwynn, Miller, Hinton, Josh McGwire and Anthony Frechette. The Sals (13-6) will host Hodgson on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

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Sals cruise into lacrosse semifinals

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WILMINGTON – Salesianum, the second seed in the boys’ state lacrosse tournament, outscored No. 7 Delaware Military Academy, 15-2, over the final three quarters to take home a 19-4 win on May 27. The Sals advance to the semifinals against sixth-seeded Caesar Rodney on Wednesday night.

Salesianum's Mike Drake (left) gets ready to take a shot against Delaware Military Academy. (The Dialog/Jason Winchell)

Salesianum’s Mike Drake (left) gets ready to take a shot against Delaware Military Academy. (The Dialog/Jason Winchell)

The Seahawks stayed close in the first quarter as Marcus Cook and Dallas Towner scored early goals. The Sals got goals from seniors Mike Drake and Taylor Witherell to lead 4-2 at the end of the first quarter. After A Towner goal to cut the Sals lead to 5-3, Salesianum’s offense exploded. Brett Hobbs, Patrick Drake and Witherell scored in a 42-second span to make it 8-3 lead.

Carter Klassman cut the Sals’ lead in half at 8-4 with 4:34 left in the first half. The Sals picked up five straight goals, including two each from Witherell and Patrick Drake. One of Drake’s was into an empty net when he picked off a clearing pass.  The Sals took the 13-4 lead into the break and added five more goals in the third quarter.

The Sals (13-3) will wait for the time and location for their semifinal showdown with the Riders on Wednesday. The Sals beat the Riders, 17-3, on May 16.

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Podolsky wins singles title, helps Archmere girls to second in tennis tournament

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MIDDLETOWN – Abby Podolsky had been here before – just a year ago, in fact – as Delaware high school tennis’ top seed in second singles, facing a formidable opponent from perennial power Caesar Rodney. She came in a very respectable second place in 2016, but on May 26 at St. Andrew’s School, Podolsky made sure there would be no repeat.

With CR’s Halle Parker on a different court playing for the first singles championship, Podolsky matched up with the Riders’ Natasha Sijan, the two-time defending champion at third singles. Podolsky split the first two sets with Sijan, built up a big lead in the third and deciding set before battling to a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 win. The triumph capped an undefeated season for the Archmere senior. For Sijan, the two-time defending state champion at third singles, it was her first and only loss of the season. Read more »

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Pitching, defense carry Seahawks past Pandas in softball tourney

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PIKE CREEK – Fifth-seeded Delaware Military Academy used solid pitching and great defense to edge No. 12 Padua, 1-0, in a first-round softball tournament game on May 23 at Midway Softball Complex. Freshmen Delani Sheehan pitched a seven-hitter, and Alexus Novotny drove in the only run for the Seahawks (14-5).

The Pandas started strong in the top of the first inning as Caitlyn Baxter had a leadoff infield single and advanced to third on a Hannah Williams double with no outs. After a pop out, senior Abby Cunningham hit a fly ball to right fielder Ashlee Conaty, who fired home to nail the speedy Baxter and keep the game scoreless. Read more »

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Spartans hold off Auks, advance to girls lacrosse championship

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BEAR – The fourth-seeded St Mark’s Spartans built up a six-goal lead and held off a furious rally from the No. 1 seed, Archmere, to take a 14-13 victory on May 23 at Caravel Academy. With the win, the Spartans advance to the state championship Thursday night.

The Auks trailed, 14-8, late in the second half before they made their rally. After Archmere scoried with 46 seconds left, the most important groundball of the game was picked up by St. Mark’s junior Kendra Schweizer, who then ran away from the Auks’ defense to seal the win and send the Spartans to the championship. Read more »

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Megargee caps late comeback, sends Spartans into girls lacrosse semis

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MILLTOWN – St. Mark’s and Polytech played nearly 51 minutes of girls lacrosse on May 20, but the state quarterfinal matchup came down to the final 51 seconds. Facing elimination, the Spartans’ Paige Megargee tied the score in dramatic fashion with 11 seconds left in regulation, and Megargee struck again early in overtime to send fourth-seeded St. Mark’s into the semifinal round.

Afterward, the junior midfielder shed tears of joy as teammates swarmed her. “I’m so excited! I can’t breathe right now.” Read more »

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