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As spring break ends, girls sports get back into full swing of things

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Spring break is over, and the action heats up this week in girls sports. There are some big top-10 matchups in each of the sports. Read more »

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Easter break brings no shortage of important sports matchups

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The spring sports season is a little light this week with the schools on break, but there are several key top-10 matchups. Read more »

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Scholarship fund will assist children of fallen firefighters

The children of two of the Wilmington firefighters killed in a house fire last fall are receiving financial support to help them continue attending their Catholic schools. The Delaware Fallen Heroes Scholarship Fund, administered by the Delaware Community Foundation, was established in September through an initial gift of $100,000 from Alan and Ellen Levin.

Christopher Leach and Ardythe Hope died as a result of the fire, which was intentionally set. Leach died at the scene on Sept. 24, while Hope succumbed to her injuries on Dec. 1.

Leach has a daughter at Padua Academy and another at St. Ann’s School, while Hope’s two youngest daughters are students at St. Elizabeth High School. They were the first recipients of grants from the fund.

The Delaware Fallen Heroes Scholarship Fund has covered the girls’ education expenses and will continue to do so through age 24 if necessary. St. Elizabeth and Padua have agreed to reduce the tuition for their students.

To support the fund, visit www.delcf.org/heroes or mail a gift to the DCF, P.O. Box 1636, Wilmington, DE 19899, with “Fallen Heroes Fund” on the memo line of the check.

 

St. Elizabeth School names new development director

WILMINGTON – John H. Pierson has joined the staff at St. Elizabeth School in Wilmington as director of advancement. He will coordinate marketing, fundraising and communications for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

Pierson comes to St. Elizabeth from the Delaware division of the American Heart Association, and he also has been the development director of the Brandywine YMCA. At the Y, he helped increase the total base of donors giving at the $1,000 level or greater, tripling contributions over six years.

He is a graduate of Virginia Tech University.

 

Ursuline hosts initial Wilm. youth TEDx conference

WILMINGTON — Seventeen young people and one Ursuline Academy faculty member presented “ideas worth sharing” at the first TEDxYouth@Wilmington conference, which was held April 2 at the school.

The conference, called “Agents of Change,” included students from five schools, including Ursuline, Mount Pleasant, Tatnall, Delcastle and Burlington Township (N.J.). It was organized by the team from TEDxWilmington.

Speakers from Ursuline and their topics included Jane Lyons, “Second Chances to Save Our Community”; Jessica Falasco, “Solve the Cube, Solve Your Life”; Jane Krukiel “The Power of Depression in Shaping Our Lives”; Yara Awad, “Does the American Dream Exist for a Girl Like Me?”;

Grace Nordmeyer, “Beyond the A+”; Molly Clark, “Stand by Your Sisters”; Amy Xu, “The Powr of Each Person’s Story”; Carly Palkon, “The Cost of Silence: Defending Music Education”; Areeba Khan, “Muslim, American, Female: America’s Future”; Abby Larmore, “The Shirtless Man.”

In addition, Ursuline teacher Erin McNichol spoke about “Animal Sounds and Other Tales that Teach,” and graduates Maya Showell and Morgan Taylor Thornton presented a talk was called “The Black Girls that Aren’t Black Enough.”

 

Sheila DiNardo takes reins as Padua’s new basketball coach

WILMINGTON — Sheila DiNardo, who coached Ursuline to two state championships, has been named the basketball coach at Catholic Conference rival Padua Academy.

In addition to Ursuline, DiNardo has coached at the high school level at Sanford and Archmere. She also had successful tenures at Wilmington University and Harcum College (Pa.).

DiNardo is a 1985 graduate of Mount Pleasant High School, where she was an all-state basketball and softball player.

 

St. John the Beloved band performs at Catholic festival

The Advanced Band from St. John the Beloved School in Wilmington performed at the National Catholic Band Association Festival at Villanova University on April 1. The band earned the highest rating of superior, the third consecutive year it has attained that status. Twenty-nine bands from the tri-state area performed.

This year’s band consists of all eighth-grade students. They are William Pastro, Thomas King, Leah Do, Abigail Oberempt, Jillian Bale, Keely Hoban, Toni Guariano and Coyle Reice. The band director of Ray DiVirgilio.

The band also performed before the Philadelphia Phillies’ game April 12 at Citizens Bank Park in front of a crowd of more than 28,000.

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Pandas soccer returns to win column with shutout of No. 4 Appo

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MIDDLETOWN – Top-ranked Padua edged No. 4 Appoquinimink, 1-0, in a top-five Division I girls soccer match on April 12. Read more »

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Schweizer nets six as Spartans girls continue winning ways

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MILLTOWN – The third-ranked St. Mark’s Spartans got six goals from junior Kendra Schweizer in their 16-5 win over No. 9 Padua on April 10.

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(The Dialog/Jason Winchell)

The Spartans scored on their first six possessions to grab a quick 6-0 lead, and they added five more times before the half for an 11-2 lead. The Pandas (2-1) got a few goals in the second half, but the Spartans (6-1) held them off.

Schweizer also added two assists in the win. Clare Estes tallied four times for St. Mark’s, and Megan Noonan contributed a pair. The Spartans will be off for 11 days before they host Tower Hill on April 21 at 4 p.m.

The Pandas got two goals from Amanda Berry, while freshmen Jenna Brady and Ava Ruggieri and senior Hannah Jacobs added goals. They will travel to Friends on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

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Pandas score four in second, pick up win over Concord

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PIKE CREEK – Abby Cunningham tossed seven strong innings, and Katie Twardowski scored two runs and drove in three as Padua won its second straight softball game, 7-4, over Concord on April 10 at Midway Softball Complex. The Pandas improved to 5-2 with the victory. Read more »

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A busy pre-Easter week awaits girls sports

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The girls’ spring seasons are starting to heat up, and so is the weather. This week, there are a few top-10 showdowns. Read more »

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Pandas rally to force extras, but fall to No. 1 Caravel in softball

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PIKE CREEK – The Padua Pandas’ softball team found itself trailing top-ranked Caravel, 6-0, after an inning and half on April 5. They rallied to tie it at eight but fell, 10-8, in eight innings at the Midway Softball Complex.

Grace Walker, who was 3 for 5 on the day, drove in the winning runs for Caravel with a single in the top of the eighth inning. The Buccaneers (2-1) scored two in the first as Walker reached on a two-out infield single. She stole second and scored on a single by Amanda Stull. Stull got home on a single by Amanda Ladzinski. The Bucs plated four runs in the second as Emily Proffitt hit a grand slam over the left-field fence. Read more »

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Girls sports feature key showdowns in busy week

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The third week of the girls spring season is loaded with key showdowns.  The weather has produce a lot of rain with more coming this week but I hope they are able to play. Read more »

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Padua cheerleading wins fourth straight state title

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Padua Academy won a state championship in March that flew a bit under the radar. The Pandas captured their fourth straight state cheerleading title at Smyrna High School on March 5.

The championship capped another successful campaign for the cheerleaders. They kicked off their competition season in the first week of February with a first-place showing at the Christiana High School Invitational, winning for best dance and best stunts. They also placed first in a competition at Dover High School and also at Cheer for Charity at the University of Delaware, an event that included 13 teams. Their fourth event, Reach the Beach in Ocean City, Md., resulted in a third-place showing, and they also took third in the Grand Finale in Virginia Beach, Va. Read more »

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