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Ravens drop heartbreaker in extra innings against Howard

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WILMINGTON – St. Thomas More took a 6-3 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning during its baseball game Thursday against Howard, but the final three outs proved elusive. Howard scored three times to tie the game, then completed the comeback with a walkoff single in the eighth and a 7-6 win in the heat at Frawley Stadium.

The seventh inning was one of close calls that did not go the Ravens’ way. A walk, double and a hit batter loaded the bases with nobody out. Austin Zarco singled home Jacob Couden with the first run to make it 6-4. Read more »

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Auks upend defending Division II football champs

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CLAYMONT – Archmere hosted defending Division II football state champion Howard on Sept. 10, and it was the Auks who came away with the statement win, 44-16. The team, boosted by its defense and special teams, snagged a win for coach John Bellace in his first game at the helm.

“We know how great a team Howard is,” Bellace said. “We have a lot of respect for them. They jumped on us early last year, so our start was a big focus for us.” Read more »

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Freshman big man leads new-look Sals in hoops opener

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WILMINGTON – Salesianum, the two-time defending state basketball champions, have a much different look this season, but they are still a good team, and that showed in the season opener on Friday night. The Sals got 21 points and 17 rebounds from 6-8 freshman Tariq Ingraham, and 6-6 sophomore Paul Brown added 14 points in a 59-52 win over Howard.

Both teams struggled early, going almost four minutes before a basket. Ingraham scored the first field goal for the Sals, who then brought in four substitutes. Coach Brendan Haley said it’s a matter of finding out what works. Read more »

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Spartans bounce back to take Diamond State Classic opener

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WILMINGTON – Kaitlyn Wolff took her spot at the foul line, her St. Mark’s team trailing Howard by a point with 30.9 seconds remaining. She coolly knocked down a pair of free throws, and the Spartans managed a 47-46 comeback win Saturday morning at the St. E Center. The game was the opener of the 24th annual Diamond State Classic, which benefits area charities.

Wolff scored 18 points to lead St. Mark’s, which won its fifth straight and improved to 5-1. She scored eight of those in the final quarter, including a perfect six-for-six from the free-throw line, as St. Mark’s erased a four-point deficit it faced after three quarters.

Ann White of St. Mark's (left) battles Howard's Ronnay Blanch-Huggins during their game Saturday at the Diamond State Classic. (The Dialog/Mike Lang)

Ann White of St. Mark’s (left) battles Howard’s Ronnay Blanch-Huggins during their game Saturday at the Diamond State Classic. (The Dialog/Mike Lang)

“It was nerve-racking, but I just figured I had to do it for the team,” the junior said. “They just kept telling me to drive, drive. That’s how we’re going to get the points. So I just did what they said.”

Senior Ann White got the Spartans going early with a long two-point field goal, and all five starters scored in the stanza as they held a 14-8 lead after one. Howard gave St. Mark’s plenty of opportunities to stretch the lead with a number of turnovers, but the Spartans struggled to convert. Their shooting woes continued into the second, while the Lady Wildcats fought back to tie the game at 16 midway through the period. St. Mark’s regained the lead when Alyssa Simmons rebounded a missed free throw by Wolff and knocked down a short jumper, but the teams stayed close.

Howard took its first lead with a minute to go before halftime on a similar play. Nyasia Gaines missed a free throw, but Deychaun Madric grabbed the rebound and scored on the putback. Howard took the 22-21 lead into the break.

The Lady Wildcats extended the lead in the third behind the play of sophomore Ronnay Blanch-Huggins, a 5-8 forward who was a presence inside the entire game. Blanch-Huggins scored eight of her team-high 18 points in the third. St. Mark’s stayed within striking distance thanks in large part to foul shots, as the Spartans made six of nine attempts. White’s two buckets were the team’s only points from the field in the quarter.

While Wolff was perfect from the line in the fourth, Howard struggled mightily in what likely made the difference. The Lady Wildcats converted just one of five attempts and just three of 10 for the game.

White joined Wolff in double figures with 10 points. The Spartans return to action at the Classic on Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. when they play Council Rock South (Pa.) for the championship of the New Castle Insurance Cup. Council Rock South defeated Delaware Military Academy this afternoon.

Blanch-Huggins was the only Lady Wildcat in double figures, although all nine players who appeared scored. Dayshanay Brown had seven. Howard, which lost its first game after opening the season with three consecutive wins, will meet DMA in the New Castle Insurance Cup third-place game Sunday at 10:45 a.m.

The tournament, which goes through Tuesday, features six games on Sunday. After the Howard-DMA contest, Padua takes on Harriton (Pa.) at 12:30 p.m. in the Delaware Cup. Concord will meet Trinity (Pa.) at 2:15 p.m. in the Delaware Cup. St. Mark’s and Council Rock South follow at 4, followed by Sussex Central and Seton Keough (Md.) at 5:45 and Sanford vs. Monsignor Scanlan (N.Y.) at 7:30. Those last two games are in the First State Orthopaedics Cup.

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Boys basketball: Third-quarter burst lifts St. Elizabeth past Howard

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WILMINGTON – Mike Piekarski scored the first six points of the third quarter as St. Elizabeth turned a one-point halftime deficit into a lead, then held off a talented Howard squad in an entertaining 64-54 Vikings win Monday night at the St. E Center. With the victory, the Vikings improved to 4-1 already on the young season as they played their first home game in front of a near-sellout crowd.

Piekarski’s half-dozen points were part of a 13-0 run to begin the second half for St. Elizabeth, which trailed, 27-26, at intermission. He and sophomore Malik Curry scored 15 of their team’s 19 points in the third, giving the Vikings a 45-33 lead heading into the fourth. Piekarski said he wanted to set an example after the half. Read more »

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Howard passes, shoots its way past Salesianum, 59-52

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WILMINGTON – Despite rumors that he might not be ready, Donte DiVincenzo was in uniform and started for Salesianum on Friday afternoon at sold-out Howard, but the Villanova signee’s contributions weren’t enough to help the defending state champions stave off a 59-52 defeat at the hands of the Wildcats.

Howard held the high-scoring DiVincenzo in check for much of the game, and the Wildcats showed they will be one of the contenders for Salesianum’s trophy come March. Howard continually went to the drive and kick, and four players scored in double figures against the Sals. Two of those were sophomores, who complemented the senior-heavy roster. Kineph Turner, one of the sophomores, led the way with 17 points. He said he was “a little nervous” coming into the opener, “but I knew I had to get in the gym and get ready for this game.” Read more »

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Sals roll to season-opening hoops victory over Howard

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WILMINGTON – The Salesianum basketball team opened its season Saturday night ready to prove to the state that it has what it takes to compete for – and win – a state championship. The first opponent was defending state champion Howard, which brought its rebuilding project to a sold-out gym.

The Sals (1-0) were without 6-7 center Brian O’Neill, but it didn’t matter as they rolled to a 60-41 win. Junior guard Donte DiVincenzo, who is being recruited by several major Division I universities, led the way with 24 points. Read more »

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