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Girls spring sports are upon us, warmer weather wanted

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The spring sports season begins this week, and there are a lot of early season showdowns. Now, if only the weather will cooperate. Read more »

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High schools in diocese announce eighth-grade scholarship winners

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Several Catholic high schools in the diocese have named eighth-grade students who have received scholarship offers for the 2017-18 academic year. Award amounts are not provided. Names and schools of the eighth-graders have been provided by the high schools. Other schools’ recipients will be published as they are received. Read more »

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Catholic schools ready for state basketball tournament

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The girls’ and boys’ basketball state tournaments start this week, and a bunch of Catholic schools are among the 24 in each vying for the top prize.

 

GIRLS

First Round

Tuesday, all games at 7 p.m.

(23) Friends (12-8) at (10) Archmere (14-6). The Auks open with a home game against an experienced Quakers team. The Quakers start three seniors and two juniors and are a balanced team. Junior Natalie DePaulo leads the team in scoring and will be the focus of the Auks’ defense. The Auks have a mixture of youth and experience; freshman Madison Stewart has improved and is one of the scoring leaders on this team.

Unknown(19) St Thomas More (13-7) at (14) Sussex Central (14-6). The Ravens have a tough road test as they travel to Sussex Central in a first-round matchup. The Ravens are a young team that played all season without the injured Sarah Pool. Aniah Patterson is a dangerous player that could score from anywhere. St. Thomas More beat Sussex Central at home on Jan. 19, 51-40. Patterson led the Ravens with 13 points.

Second Round

Thursday, all games at 7 p.m.

Friends-Archmere winner at (7) St. Elizabeth (13-7). The Vikings earned a first-round bye thanks to a strong finish and a quality schedule. They won 11 of their last 13 games. The Vikings beat Archmere, 45-41, on Feb. 4 as senior Lexi Bromwell scored 10 fourth-quarter basketballpoints. The experienced Vikings also feature seniors Sarah Metz and Alanna Speaks, along with junior Alexis Lee. The Vikings and Quakers did not meet during the regular season.

St. Thomas More-Sussex Central winner at (3) Caravel.

Lake Forest-Milford winner at (1) Ursuline (19-1). The Raiders are the top seed and went unbeaten in the state. They have the best backcourt in the state in Alisha Lewis, Maggie Connolly and Yanni Hendley, and their defense is air-tight. Ursuline didn’t play either Lake Forest or Milford this year, but their challenging schedule should have them ready to advance to the Bob Carpenter Center for the quarterfinal round.

Quarterfinals:

Saturday, times to be determined, Bob Carpenter Center

Delaware Military Academy-Laurel-Sussex Tech winner vs. Lake Forest-Milford-Ursuline winner

Friends-Archmere-St. Elizabeth winner vs. Dover-Howard-Caesar Rodney winner

St. Thomas More-Sussex Central-Caravel winner vs. Delcastle-A.I. DuPont-Concord winner

Delmarva Christian-Hodgson-Conrad winner vs. Mount Pleasant-Cape Henlopen-Sanford winner

 

BOYS

First Round 

Wednesday

(18) Indian River (12-8) at (15) St. Mark’s (15-5), 7 p.m. The Spartans earned a home first-round playoff game with a solid finish to the season. They only lost once at home. The Indians should be prepared to face a solid Spartans defense, and on offense, senior senior Chris Ludman leads the way. If the Spartans are making their three-point shots, they are tough to beat. It will be a contrast of styles, as the Indians like to push the tempo, while the Spartans are the epitome of patience.

Second Round 

Friday, all games at 7 p.m.

Indian River-St Mark’s winner vs. (2) St. Thomas More (17-3), site to be announced. The Ravens had an excellent season against a very tough out-of-state schedule. They will push the ball and look to score early and often. St. Thomas More has multiple weapons, including Greg Bloodsworth and Eric Montanez, who can take over a game. A game against a St Mark’s team that likes to slow things down could be interesting.

(19) Caravel (14-6)-(14) Hodgson (15-5) winner at (3) Salesianum (15-5). The Sals are one of the hottest teams coming into the tournament, winners of eight straight and 10 of 11. They were undefeated at home and will play stingy defense. On offense they can shoot the deep ball well and can also go inside to junior Paul Brown. Hodgson had a strong season; the Silver Eagles and the Sals both have wins over top-seeded Mount Pleasant. Caravel features high-scoring O’Koye Parker.

(22) Laurel (12-8)-(11) Sanford (12-8) winner at (6) St. Elizabeth (13-7). The Vikings are a deep team that finished the regular season with four straight wins. Senior Jordan Money can score from anywhere on the court and can take over any game. He’s got a nice supporting cast that includes Elijah Dockery and Nate Thomas. The Vikings are a good foul shooting team which helps them in close games. St. Elizabeth defeated Sanford, 57-56, on Jan. 12 thanks to a late bucket from Money.

Quarterfinals

Sunday, times to be determined, Bob Carpenter Center

Howard-Appoquinimink-Newark winner vs. Indian River-St Marks-St Thomas Moore winner.

Laurel-Sanford-St Elizabeth winner vs. Caravel-Hodgson-Sallies winner.

Red Lion-Milford- Smyrna winner vs. Lake Forest-William Penn-Woodbridge winner.

Friends-St. Georges Tech-Glasgow winner vs. Cape Henlopen-Caesar Rodney-Mount Pleasant.

Tickets to first- and second-round games will be sold at the individual schools and at the door if any remain. Tickets to the quarterfinals, semifinals and final are available at statechamps.com/clients/diaa. The quarterfinal rounds will be spit into two sessions requiring two tickets.

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Postseason seedings on the line as basketball regular season reaches its end

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We are in the last week of the basketball season before the tournament starts, and there are key games for both girls and boys.

GIRLS
Tuesday
Ursuline (18-1) at Concord (16-2), 5:15 p.m. The battle of the Raiders sees the top-ranked Ursuline team on the road looking to remain unbeaten in the state against top-10 teams. Concord hopes to
make a statement before the tournament starts.
basketballSanford (16-3) at Padua (5-14), 5:30 p.m. The Pandas face the second-ranked Warriors to celebrate senior night.  
Mount Pleasant (12-7) at St. Elizabeth (11-7), 6:45 p.m. It’s senior night for the Vikings, who look to win eight of nine as they fight for a first-round bye in the state tournament. The Green Knights bring size few teams in Delaware possess.
Wednesday
St. Elizabeth at Howard (13-5), 5 p.m.
St. Thomas More (13-6) at Caravel, 6 p.m. The young Ravens have a tough road test to help them get ready for a tournament game.
BOYS
Monday
St. Thomas More (15-3) vs. Lindenwold (N.J.), 1:30 p.m. at Delcastle Technical High School. The Ravens have played a tough schedule this season to get ready for the playoffs. 
Tuesday
Archmere (9-10) at Delaware Military Academy (8-11), 6:15 p.m. The Auks look to get to .500 on the season and win the Diamond State Athletic Conference. The Seahawks attempt to win their fourth in a row to end the season.
Indian River (12-7) at St. Thomas More, 6:30 p.m. It’s senior night for the Ravens, who would complete their in-state schedule undefeated with a win.
Concord (4-15) at Salesianum (14-5), 7:30 p.m. On senior night, the No. 6 Sals will try to finish the regular season with their eighth straight victory.
Wednesday
Polytech (5-13) at St. Mark’s (14-5), 7:30 p.m. The Spartans have a chance to win a 15th game and could possibly earn a first-round bye in the state tournament on senior night.
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Girls schedule features No. 1 hosting No. 2, other intriguing matchups

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This is the last full week of games and we have the top two ranked teams meeting head-to-head, and some other key matchups as the tournament nears.

Tuesday
basketballArchmere (12-6) at Delaware Military Academy (11-7), 5:15 p.m. The Auks finish the regular season with two tough games on back-to-back nights. The Seahawks lost to the Auks in their season opener and look for revenge on their home floor.
St. Elizabeth (9-7) at William Penn (9-8), 5:15 p.m. The Vikings look to spoil senior night for the Colonials and get some momentum as the state tournament looms.
St. Mark’s (4-14) at Wilmington Charter (6-11), 6:30 p.m.
Concord (13-2) at Padua (5-11), 7:30 p.m. The Pandas have won two straight, but now they face the seventh-ranked Raiders, who are undefeated on the road this year.
Wednesday
Archmere at A.I. DuPont (14-4), 6:15 p.m. The ninth-ranked Auks travel to the eighth-ranked Tigers looking for the road win in their regular-season finale.
Padua at Caravel (11-5), 7:15 p.m. The Pandas look to upset the fourth-ranked Buccaneers and spoil their senior night.
Thursday
Conrad (16-1) at St Mark’s, 3:45 p.m. The Spartans face the Red Wolves on senior day looking to upset the sixth-ranked team.
Glasgow (5-11) at St. Thomas More (11-6), 5 p.m. The Ravens look for the win on senior night.
Sanford (16-2) at Ursuline (16-1), 7 p.m. The top-ranked Raiders host the No. 2 Warriors; both teams are undefeated in the state. The Raiders guards have been great this year while the young Warriors can score early and often.  Get tickets in advance, and arrive early to find parking.
Saturday
Padua at St Elizabeth, 1:45 p.m.
St. Andrews (3-11) at St. Thomas More 3 p.m. 
Caravel at Ursuline, 7 p.m. The Raiders get the fourth-ranked Buccaneers in another premier matchup. This is the Raiders’ last home game of the regular season.
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Stingy defense, balanced scoring guide Pandas to victory

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WILMINGTON – Padua’s basketball roster is filled with young players who were searching for a much-needed win when St. Mark’s visited on Feb. 7. The Pandas got what they were looking for in a 59-36 triumph behind a balanced offense and a stingy defense.

Freshmen Paige Kenton and Michelle Kozicki each scored four quick points to help Padua race out to a 14-4 lead. An old-fashioned three-point play cut that to 14-7 at the end of the first quarter.

Two quick layups from junior Camryn Scully and a corner three-pointer from Haley Scott boosted the lead to 21-9. The Pandas kept the pressure on, and Scully scored six more in the second to make it 33-16 going into the break.

Scully and the Pandas kept the pedal on the floor as they increased the lead to 41-21 on a Katie Szczerba put-back with 1:53 left in the third. Six different players scored in the final eight minutes to seal the win.

Scully, who led Padua (4-11) with 15 points, said it was important to grab the early lead.

“We had a lot of momentum,” she said. “We wanted to get a win and were really excited about playing St Mark’s. We knew we could compete with them, and we were really fired up and came out and performed in the first half.”

Kenton added 10 points for the Pandas, who are schedule to host No. 6 Concord on Thursday at 5:15 p.m., weather permitting. The Spartans (4-13) got 17 points from Kayla Wolff and seven from Angel Lorang.  They host top-ranked Ursuline on Saturday night at 7. 

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Sals show strength in pool vs. Auks; Ursuline, Padua also pick up victories

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WILMINGTON – The Walnut Street YMCA was a busy place on the afternoon of Feb. 7, as the swim teams from Salesianum, Archmere, Padua and Ursuline gathered for three dual meets as the season nears its end. Salesianum bolstered its status as the No. 1 boys team in the state, while on the girls’ side, top-ranked Ursuline and No. 5 Padua each pulled out victories.

On the boys’ side, the Sals swept all 11 events on their way to a 95-67 victory over Archmere. Matt Otto and Andrew Halberg each won two individual events to lead the Sals. Otto took the 100 butterfly and the 200 individual medley, while Halberg was victorious in the 50 and 100 freestyle. In the other individual events, the winners were Joey Dickson (200 free); Brendan Lewis (500 free); Cameron Marion (100 backstroke); and Jake McFate (100 breaststroke). Read more »

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Girls regular season enters final weeks

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The girls’ basketball regular season is winding down, with less than 3 weeks left. This week is busy and filled with some great Catholic matchups as the postseason nears.

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Delmarva Christian at Ss. Peter and Paul, 5:30 p.m. Read more »

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Pandas battle, but fall vs. New Jersey foe

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WILMINGTON – Padua got off to a good start Feb. 4 against the Hun School, but the visitors from Princeton, N.J., took control in the middle quarters to earn a 53-41 victory.

Michelle Kozicki paced the Pandas in the first quarter, scoring six points, two of which came on a nice runout where Haley Scott found Kozicki with a length-of-the-court pass. Anna Maguire kept Hun in it, scoring nine of the Raiders’ 13 points as Padua had a two-point advantage after one.

Bella Julian puts up a shot for Padua over Juda Jones of the Hun School. (The Dialog/Mike Lang)

Bella Julian puts up a shot for Padua over Juda Jones of the Hun School. (The Dialog/Mike Lang)

Hun forward Juda Jones caused problems for Padua beginning in the second quarter. Padua’s Bella Julian hit a corner three early on, but Hun climbed back into the game. The Raiders took the lead with 3:18 to go when Jones drained a three-point shot and was fouled on the shot. The four-point play put Hun in front, 22-20. The score was 22-21 at the half.

A short run to open the third made it 28-23 in favor of the Raiders, but Julian hit another three to close the gap. That would be the Pandas’ only field goal of the quarter, however, and Jones scored eight points as Hun took an eight-point advantage into the final stanza.

Padua tightened its defense in the fourth and rediscovered its scoring touch, but could not close the gap. Hun’s lead grew to 14; forward Alexis Howell had eight points in the quarter. Jones finished with 23 for the Raiders, while Howell and Maguire added 11 each.

Julian led the Pandas with 13; Kozicki and Cam Scully each contributed eight. Padua (3-11) is back in action at home on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. against St. Mark’s.

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Girls basketball enters final weeks

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The calendar turns to Febuary and the girls’ basketball season is winding down. This week brings some key matchups. Read more »

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