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Pitching, defense carry Seahawks past Pandas in softball tourney

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PIKE CREEK – Fifth-seeded Delaware Military Academy used solid pitching and great defense to edge No. 12 Padua, 1-0, in a first-round softball tournament game on May 23 at Midway Softball Complex. Freshmen Delani Sheehan pitched a seven-hitter, and Alexus Novotny drove in the only run for the Seahawks (14-5).

The Pandas started strong in the top of the first inning as Caitlyn Baxter had a leadoff infield single and advanced to third on a Hannah Williams double with no outs. After a pop out, senior Abby Cunningham hit a fly ball to right fielder Ashlee Conaty, who fired home to nail the speedy Baxter and keep the game scoreless. Read more »

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Spartans hold off Auks, advance to girls lacrosse championship

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BEAR – The fourth-seeded St Mark’s Spartans built up a six-goal lead and held off a furious rally from the No. 1 seed, Archmere, to take a 14-13 victory on May 23 at Caravel Academy. With the win, the Spartans advance to the state championship Thursday night.

The Auks trailed, 14-8, late in the second half before they made their rally. After Archmere scoried with 46 seconds left, the most important groundball of the game was picked up by St. Mark’s junior Kendra Schweizer, who then ran away from the Auks’ defense to seal the win and send the Spartans to the championship. Read more »

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Raiders bench savors chance to be part of title game, winning program

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NEWARK – As the minutes dwindled down and the outcome of the girls’ state basketball championship game was no longer in doubt, they started to rise. One by one, Ursuline’s reserves tapped the scorer’s table and waited for a whistle, and their names would be added to the scoresheet signifying that, yes, they had appeared in the final.

Raiders coach John Noonan said it was very important for him to get as many girls into the game as he could, and this year that meant the entire roster. Last season, he said, he was unable to get one of his seniors into the lineup. She had been injured during the playoffs, but that should not have made a difference, he added. Read more »

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Raiders finish dominant postseason run with program’s 17th hoops championship

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NEWARK – Ursuline displayed an efficient offense and its usual smothering defense and was never threatened in capturing the school’s 17th state girls basketball championship on March 10 at the Bob Carpenter Center. A 15-0 run spanning nearly five minutes in the first quarter gave the Raiders the cushion they needed on the way to a 54-32 win in front of 1,454 fans, many of them wearing red and black.

It was the Raiders’ third-straight championship. They also defeated Caravel for the 2015 title. Read more »

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Ravens’ best season ends a point short in state semifinals

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NEWARK – O’Koye Parker hit a free throw with 2.4 seconds remaining on the clock to life 19th-seeded Caravel past No. 2 St. Thomas More, 48-47, in the semifinal round of the boys’ state basketball tournament March 9 at the Bob Carpenter Center. The Buccaneers will advance to meet Smyrna for the title on Saturday.

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Raiders play complete game, overwhelm Sanford to move on to girls hoops final

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NEWARK – During the final days of the regular season, Ursuline played Sanford, had a day off, then met Caravel the next day. That scenario will be replayed on Friday after the Raiders advanced to the state championship game following a convincing 48-16 win over Sanford on March 8 at the Bob Carpenter Center.

The top-seeded Raiders took a few minutes at the beginning of the game to get their motor running, but once they did, they just took over the contest. The fourth-seeded Warriors got to within 9-6 on a layup by Samantha Pollich with 1:28 left in the first quarter, but those were the last points they would score until 2:47 remained in the second. Read more »

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Vikings cool off after fast start, fall to Caravel in girls semifinals

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NEWARK – Third-seeded Caravel advanced to its third girls basketball state championship game in five years after defeating No. 7 St. Elizabeth, 44-36, on March 8 at the Bob Carpenter Center. The Buccaneers will face the top seed, Ursuline, on Friday at 7 p.m., also at the Bob, in a rematch of the 2015 final. Bucs senior Grace Lange, who was a sophomore when Caravel fell to Ursuline two years ago, led the way with a double-double, collecting 12 points and 12 rebounds. Read more »

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Ravens hold off Appoquinimink, advance to boys hoops semis for first time

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NEWARK – St. Thomas More has advanced to the DIAA boys basketball tournament semifinal round for the first time after beating a pesky Appoquinimink team, 48-40, on March 5 at the Bob Carpenter Center. The Ravens, 19-3 and seeded second, raced out to a 13-point halftime lead and withstood a Jags rally to advance, where they will meet No. 19 Caravel on Thursday night. Read more »

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Raiders roll to semifinal, face rematch with Sanford

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NEWARK – Top-seeded Ursuline put on a dominating opening half of basketball as they cruised past eighth-seeded Sussex Tech, 55-27, in the quarterfinal round of the DIAA girls basketball tournament March 4 at the Bob Carpenter Center.

The Raiders attacked early and often as coach John Noonan likes to show teams what they represent. Read more »

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Strong second half carries Vikings into girls semifinals

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NEWARK – No. 7 St. Elizabeth put together a strong second half to defeat second-seeded Caesar Rodney, 58-36, on March 4 in the quarterfinal round of the DIAA girls basketball tournament. The tide turned in the third quarter, when the Vikings scored the first 17 points, while the Riders could manage just 14 for the entire half.

“We picked up our defense and we kept up our intensity up,” said Vikings senior Alanna Speaks. “We told each other that we were not going to let our guard down on this team like we did the first time.” Read more »

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