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Several Catholic school players among boys all-state selections

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Nate Thomas, the senior forward who helped lead St. Elizabeth to its first boys basketball championship, earned third-team all-state honors. He was the lone player from a Catholic high school to make any of the first three teams. Read more »

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‘VK Nation’ shows love to St. Elizabeth boys basketball team, and feeling is mutual

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NEWARK – There’s a proud sports history at St. Elizabeth High School, where generations of students have suited up in the maroon and gold over the years. The school also has a loyal and devoted fan base comprising students, alumni, parishioners and community members.

“VK Nation” showed up in force at the Bob Carpenter Center on March 10, and they went home a happy bunch as the boys’ basketball team defeated Smyrna, 60-49, for the program’s first state championship. The players almost immediately ascended into the end-zone bleachers where their schoolmates had cheered themselves hoarse, soaking in the atmosphere. Read more »

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St. Elizabeth pulls one more upset, captures first boys basketball crown

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NEWARK – Guy DeBonaventura played eight minutes in the boys’ state basketball championship game for St. Elizabeth against Smyrna on March 10 at the Bob Carpenter Center, and he scored just three points. But the senior’s three-pointer with 5:06 to go put the Vikings ahead for good as St. Elizabeth earned its first title with a 60-49 triumph that was closer that the final score would indicate.

For DeBonaventura, who missed several games with a broken hand late in the season, getting that pass from classmate Nate Thomas meant a ton. Read more »

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St. Elizabeth knocks off Caravel, advances to boys hoops final for first time

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NEWARK – St. Elizabeth watched Caravel’s superb scorer, O’Koye Parker, go without a point in the first half of the teams’ matchup in the semifinal round of the DIAA boys’ state basketball tournament, but they knew he could get hot at any time. That time came in the third quarter, when Parker scored 11 points, but the Vikings withstood the Buccaneers’ comeback attempt and advanced to their first state championship game with a 57-41 win March 8 at the Bob Carpenter Center. Read more »

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Balanced scoring attack helps St. Elizabeth past Glasgow and to boys hoops semifinal

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NEWARK – The ninth-seeded St Elizabeth Vikings got balanced scoring and solid defense to beat 17th-seeded Glasgow, 66-49, on March 3 to advance to the semifinals of the boys’ basketball state tournament at the Bob Carpenter Center. The Vikings exploded after a slow start, and a change from man-to-man defense to a zone did the trick. Read more »

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Thomas’ three-pointer sends St. Elizabeth past St. Georges, into boys quarterfinals

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ST. GEORGES – Nate Thomas has been around high school basketball long enough to know that sometimes, the shots just won’t be falling. But when you get the chance with the clock running down, you have to trust your shot.

That’s just what the St. Elizabeth senior did on March 1, draining a three-point shot with 5.1 seconds remaining to give his team a 40-39 lead over host and No. 8 seed St. Georges in the second round of the DIAA boys basketball tournament. A last-second attempt from Nah’Shon Hyland bounced off the rim, and ninth-seeded St. Elizabeth had secured its spot in the quarterfinal round. Read more »

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Strong fourth quarter keys St. Elizabeth boys first-round hoops win

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WILMINGTON – Ninth-seeded St. Elizabeth erupted in the fourth quarter to defeat the 24th seed, Newark, 61-56, on Feb. 27 in the first round of the DIAA boys’ state basketball tournament at the St. E Center. The Vikings scored 24 points in the final stanza, including 11 of 17 from the free throw line, to advance. Read more »

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Vikings clutch from the line in road win at Sallies

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WILMINGTON – The 10th-ranked St Elizabeth Vikings shot 25 of 29 from the foul line to pull off the huge road win against No. 8 Salesianum, 59-51, on Jan. 6. It was a cold night, but the Vikings’ free-throw shooting was hot all night. Read more »

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Vikings boys smother Hodgson, improve to 5-1

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WILMINGTON – St. Elizabeth jumped out to a 17-8 lead after the first quarter and was never challenged on the way to a 70-22 win over Hodgson in boys nonconference basketball on Dec. 21 at the St. E Center. It was the fifth win in six outings for St. Elizabeth, which is now off until the new year. Read more »

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Vikings pull away in fourth, capture A.I. season-opening hoops tournament

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GREENVILLE – St. Elizabeth turned a two-point halftime deficit into a two-point lead during the third quarter, then opened the fourth on a tear on the way to a 57-44 win over A.I. duPont on Dec. 2 to take the Tiger Tip-Off boys basketball tournament. The Vikings improved to 2-0 on the season’s opening weekend.

The score was 36-34 Vikings as the game entered its final eight minutes. That is where St. Elizabeth took control in what had been, to that point, a very close contest. Read more »

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