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Megargee caps late comeback, sends Spartans into girls lacrosse semis

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MILLTOWN – St. Mark’s and Polytech played nearly 51 minutes of girls lacrosse on May 20, but the state quarterfinal matchup came down to the final 51 seconds. Facing elimination, the Spartans’ Paige Megargee tied the score in dramatic fashion with 11 seconds left in regulation, and Megargee struck again early in overtime to send fourth-seeded St. Mark’s into the semifinal round.

Afterward, the junior midfielder shed tears of joy as teammates swarmed her. “I’m so excited! I can’t breathe right now.” Read more »

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Catholic schools gear up for girls state soccer tournaments

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The girls’ soccer state tournaments start on Saturday as the Division II first round kicks off. The tournament has eight teams in Division I and 12 teams in Division II.

The Division I team to beat is the second-seeded Padua Pandas. The Pandas (12-2-1) went 12-0 against teams from the First State. In those 12 matches they outscored their opponents, 56-1. Read more »

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Top seed Archmere joined by Ursuline, St. Mark’s and Padua in girls lacrosse field

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The girls’ lacrosse state tournament begins Thursday with four Catholic schools in the field of 10 teams. The Archmere Auks took the top seed thanks to winning their last 14 regular-season games.

The Auks (14-1) are led on offense by a pair of sophomores in Caroline Donovan and Kate Olsen. They also get key scoring from Riley DeBaecke and Delaney Dearing. The Auks’ defense has been stout this year, with seniors Lorin Donovan, Maggie Malloy and Camryn Howarth leading the way. Read more »

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Auks girls win 14th straight, earn top seed in lacrosse state tournament

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GREENVILLE – The second-ranked Archmere girls lacrosse team had a great day on May 15. First the Auks defeated Tatnall, 19-9, then they earned the top seed in the state tournament that starts on Thursday.

Tatnall did strike first, as Erica Hager scored early to give the Hornets their only lead. The Auks(14-1) answered quickly as Delaney Dearing scored. Riley DeBaecke, Caroline Donovan, and Kate Olsen scored in succession to give the Auks a 4-1 lead. Donovan and Dearing each added a pair of goals to give the Auks an 8-2 lead. 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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Salesianum tops the field in lacrosse state tournament

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Salesianum will begin the process of reclaiming its state title in boys lacrosse Tuesday night at Baynard Stadium. There, the top-ranked Sals will host No. 16 Delmar in the first round of the state tournament at 6 p.m.

The Sals enter the postseason with a 12-3 record, with all three losses coming to out-of-state teams, including one of Canada’s top squads. The other losses were both by one goal. Salesianum played a schedule heavy on non-Delaware competition; among First State foes, the Sals defeated St. Mark’s twice, along with Wilmington Friends, Cape Henlopen and Caesar Rodney.

Cape scored a major upset last May when the Vikings beat Salesianum for the state championship. They are the second seed this season and will open Wednesday night at home vs. No. 15 Smyrna.

Other Catholic high schools in the field include Archmere and St. Mark’s. The Auks (13-2) are seeded seventh and host No. 10 Sussex Tech at 5 p.m. Wednesday. St. Mark’s finished the regular season 7-7, which earned the Spartans the 13th seed and a trip to No. 4 Tower Hill on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

The other first round matchups include No. 8 Delaware Military Academy vs. No. 9 Wilmington Friends; No. 12 St. Andrews at No. 5 Appoquinimink; No. 14 Concord at No. 3 Caesar Rodney; and No. 11 Dover at No. 6 Milford.

The quarterfinals will be played Saturday at the home of the higher seed. The semifinals are May 27, and the final will take place May 29 or 30. Salesianum’s graduation is set for May 29.

Tickets to the semis and final will be available at diaa.ticketleap.com. Admission to first- and second-round games is $5. The semifinals are $6 and the final $7. The championship will be streamed for a fee at www.nfhsnetwork.com. DIAA tournament apparel is available at diaa.teamip.com.

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Boys basketball playoffs, featuring four Catholic schools, get under way Wednesday

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All four Catholic schools in New Castle County that play boys basketball are represented in the state basketball tournament, with Salesianum taking the No. 1 seed and St. Elizabeth grabbing the final slot at No. 24. Two of the four teams will be in action when play begins Wednesday night, while the other two have earned a bye. The second-round games are on Friday. All games in the first two rounds begin at 7 p.m.

St. Elizabeth will meet No. 9 Delaware Military Academy tomorrow night at Conrad School of Sciences. The Vikings finished the regular season 8-12 but had enough points to make the tourney, while DMA was 14-6. The victor has a date Friday night at No. 8 Caesar Rodney (17-3). Read more »

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Girls basketball tournament tips off tonight with three Catholic teams in action

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There is a strong Catholic feel to the girls’ basketball state tournament, as five Catholic schools are in. First-round games will be held tonight, with the winners playing Thursday. All games start at 7 p.m.

St. Mark’s, the 17th seed, will travel to William Penn (14-6) to meet the No. 16 Colonials. The Spartans finished the regular season 6-13, but the earned a host of bonus points because of a strong schedule. The winner will play at top-seeded Ursuline on Thursday night. Read more »

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Eppes has high hopes for Auks in state volleyball tournament

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CLAYMONT – Good volleyball teams are nothing new at Archmere Academy. In the last three state tournaments, the Auks have been seeded first, second and third. The only thing to escape their grasp during that time is a state championship.

That could change this season, as Archmere once again is the top seed in the 16-team bracket. Cara Eppes, the Auks’ senior setter, believes this year’s team is capable of earning a trophy at Sunday’s final at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark.

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