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Kelly Muschiatti overcomes adversity to earn Padua Academy diploma

January 18th, 2018 Posted in Featured, Our Diocese, Uncategorized Tags: ,

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WILMINGTON – Kelly Muschiatti’s graduation from Padua Academy was delayed for nearly two years while the 19-year-old recovered from life-threatening injuries suffered in an automobile accident in March 2016. So she was thrilled to be at Padua on Jan. 17 to collect her diploma after completing her academic requirements.

What she didn’t know when she walked through the front door was that her graduation would include more than picking up a piece of paper at the front office. When school administrators handed her a cap and gown instead, she realized that she would be getting a commencement ceremony – in front of the student body of more than 600 girls, faculty and staff.

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Pandas start fast, push past St. Mark’s

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MILLTOWN – Tenth-ranked Padua started strong and never looked back in a 60-34 win over St. Mark’s on Jan. 15. The Pandas, who have won six of their last seven, received scoring from 12 different players. Read more »

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Catholic rivalry games dot the basketball schedule this week

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Last week, like others before it, brought a few weather cancellations, so the games are piling up. This week includes some rivalry games for both the girls and boys, although the girls have a decidedly busier seven days. Read more »

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Kozicki leads Pandas to road win over DMA

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WILMINGTON – Michelle Kozicki scored 19 points, nine of them from the free-throw line, to lead Padua to a 54-38 win over Delaware Military Academy in nonconference girls basketball on Jan. 13. The win improved the Pandas’ record to 7-4. Read more »

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Scully’s shooting, team defense lead Pandas past Archmere

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CLAYMONT – Padua traveled to Archmere on Jan. 11 looking for win No. 6, which would be more than all of last season. Camryn Scully made sure the Pandas would leave Claymont with that victory win, scoring 16 points and playing solid defense in a 41-30 win. Read more »

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High school teams return to the court after weather delays hoops for a few days

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A few games were played last week coming out of the Christmas break, but the winter weather forced the postponement of several contests involving Catholic schools. The various teams are hoping for better treatment by Mother Nature this week as they get back into the groove. Read more »

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Return from break means busy schedules for high school basketball teams

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Boys basketball

Wednesday

Ss. Peter and Paul at Park, 4:15 p.m.

Archmere (4-3) at Wilmington Christian (0-4), 5:15 p.m.

St. Elizabeth (5-1) at William Penn (4-1), 6:30 p.m. The Vikings begin a tough week on the road against the Colonials, who have won four straight since a narrow loss to Salesianum to open the season. Neither team has played since Dec. 21, so rust may be a factor.

Thursday

Howard (4-4) at Salesianum (4-2), 7:30 p.m.

Friday

Concordia Prep at Ss. Peter and Paul, 5:30 p.m.

A.I. duPont at St. Mark’s (4-2), 7:15 p.m.

Saturday

St. Elizabeth at Salesianum, 7:30 p.m. The first meeting of the season between the Catholic rivals is a weekend prime-time tilt. The Sals opened the season with four straight wins but went 0-2 against a pair of Pennsylvania foes over the break.

Sunday

Caravel (2-3) at St. Mark’s, 2:30 p.m. In a rare Sunday matinee, the Spartans host the second leg of a three-game homestand, and this will be a tough test for them. The contest will pit St. Mark’s deliberate offensive pace against the high-scoring Buccaneers, led by senior O’koye Parker, although this will be Caravel’s third game in five days.

 

Girls basketball

Wednesday

Severn at Ss. Peter and Paul, 5:30 p.m.

Thursday

Caravel (3-3) at St. Thomas More (5-1), 4 p.m. This game is flying under the radar a bit, and it shouldn’t, because these are two very good teams. Caravel’s record is deceiving, as the Bucs have battled an impressive slate of foes. The Ravens are coming off two nice wins at the Pat Borowski Classic over the Christmas break, and a win here would open eyes among high school basketball observers.

Howard (5-2) at Archmere (4-3), 6:15 p.m. The Auks’ defense will have to be on point against the Lady Wildcats, who feature a trio of capable scorers.

Padua (5-3) at St. Mark’s (6-1), 7:15 p.m. The Pandas and Spartans meet in a matchup featuring two teams having success under new coaches. Sheila DiNardo has the Pandas off and running, an approach that earned them the New Castle Insurance Cup championship at the Diamond State Classic. St. Mark’s has been off since Dec. 21, but Jim Freel’s team already has more wins this season that it picked up all of last year.

St. Elizabeth (6-0) at Ursuline (4-3), 7:15 p.m. A day filled with intriguing games includes the renewal of this storied Catholic Conference rivalry. The visiting Vikings are enjoying a high-flying start, including two wins last week in the Diamond State Classic. Their offensive prowess will be tested against the Raiders, who play defense with the best of them. This will be just the third Delaware opponent for Ursuline.

Saturday

St. Mark’s at A.I. duPont (1-5), noon

Mount Pleasant (3-3) at Archmere, 12:15 p.m.

Archbishop Prendergast (Pa.) at Padua, 1 p.m.

St. Elizabeth at Sussex Central (4-3), 1:30 p.m.

Ursuline vs. Neumann-Goretti (Pa.), time TBA at Philadelphia University.

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Short game pays off for Pandas in convincing Diamond State win over William Penn

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WILMINGTON – William Penn was willing to concede the key to Padua during the teams’ meeting Dec. 28 in the Diamond State Classic, and the Pandas gratefully accepted to gift. The Pandas feasted in the paint on their way to a 61-33 win over the Colonials. The win gave them the New Castle Insurance Cup championship at the annual girls basketball tournament. Read more »

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Julian hits five threes as Padua advances in Diamond State Classic

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WILMINGTON – Bella Julian drained five three-point shots in the first half as Padua opened up play in the Diamond State Classic with a 44-35 win over St. Joseph’s (N.Y.) on Dec. 27 at the St. E Center. Bishop Malooly took in the matinee from behind the Pandas’ bench. Read more »

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Tournament time! Catholic school basketball teams are on the court for the holidays

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Most students are relaxing this week, taking some time off after exams. But the Catholic school basketball teams are busy playing in holiday tournaments. The girls are mostly near home, either at the Diamond State Classic or the Pat Borowski Classic, while the boys are traveling a bit further. This is a great opportunity to see a variety of teams if you have some time off from work. Read more »

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