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Colonials’ fourth-quarter surge dooms Vikings in 61-50 loss

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NEW CASTLE – St. Elizabeth was in control for most of its nonconference boys basketball game Jan 3 at William Penn, but the Colonials used their height advantage to mount the comeback and defeated the Vikings, 61-50. It was Penn’s fifth straight victory since an opening-game loss to Salesianum. Read more »

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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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Three-point shooting keys Sals in season-opening win at William Penn

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NEW CASTLE – Salesianum, the eighth-ranked team in the state, used six three-point shots in a 38-36 win at William Penn on Dec. 4. It was the season opener for both teams.

The Sals struggled early, falling behind, 10-2, as the Colonials’ defense was stingy. The Sals then hit back-to-back three-pointers, the first one by Darnell Vaughn and the second by Jack Brown, to cut the lead to 10-8. Salesianum trailed, 12-10, at the end of the first but hit three triples in the second quarter, two from Michael Wallace, to take a 19-18 halftime lead.

William Penn’s Jordan Harding puts up a shot over Salesianum’s Luke Pastore during the teams’ meeting on Tuesday. (The Dialog/Jason Winchell)

The offenses took over in the third quarter as Paul Brown scored his first points of the night and Vaughn scored on back-to-back drives to give the Sals a 27-22 advantage. Penn responded, and Jordan Harding knotted the score at 27 with a three.  The teams were tied at 29 before a three-pointer by Chris Cohill as the third quarter ended gave the Sals a 32-29 lead.

The fourth quarter was a defensive struggle that saw both teams struggle from the line. The Colonials missed the front end of three one-and-one opportunities and Salesianum in front, 33-32. The Sals finally capitalized as Vaughn and Brown converted inside to give push the lead to 37-32 with 1:38 left. A free throw from Paul Brown made it 38-34. William Penn’s

Terin Cochran scored inside with 10 seconds left to cut the deficit to two, and the Colonials still had a chance after Vaughn and Paul Brown both missed the front ends of one-and-ones.

Carlos Dean grabbed the rebound on Brown’s miss and drove the length of the floor but missed a layup as time expired.

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The Sals (1-0) were led by Vaughn and Paul Brown with nine points each. They host Newark Charter next Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. William Penn (0-1) got a game-high 14 points from Harding.  They host Hodgson Dec. 14 at 5:15 p.m.

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Million’s play on both sides of ball help Sals to win over Colonials

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WILMINGTON – Garrett Million was feeling like a million bucks Oct. 20, scoring on a long run and a fumble recovery as Salesianum wrapped up a four-game homestand with an impressive offensive performance, defeating William Penn, 35-21. The Sals improved to 5-2 with the win.

Million’s backfield mate, Carson Salvo, was making noise on the first Sallies scoring drive early in the second quarter. Salesianum quarterback Zach Gwynn delivered a key play, scrambling for 12 yards on a fourth-and-10 from the Colonials’ 20. Caron Salvo picked up four yards on first down, setting up a controversial call on the next play. Read more »

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Purnell pitches, hits William Penn softball past St. Elizabeth, 4-3

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WILMINGTON – Indira Purnell scattered five hits and struck out nine, and she hit a solo home run, to lead William Penn to a 4-3 win in nonconference softball on May 15 at Canby Park.

A strong wind blew in from right field throughout the day, wreaking havoc on fly balls and resulting in a centerfielder catching one in the infield for an out, but Purnell used it to her advantage leading off the fourth. She sent a shot over the leftfielder’s head, with the wind taking the ball away from the fielder. Purnell never stopped running and easily beat the throw home to put the Colonials ahead, 2-0. Read more »

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Sals hold off William Penn, win basketball home opener

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WILMINGTON – Two teams that look quite a bit different than they did last season met Tuesday night at Salesianum, and the host Sals proved to be a step ahead of William Penn, topping the Colonials, 58-48. It was the home opener for Salesianum and the first game overall for Penn.

William Penn, returning just one starter from last season’s team that went 18-4, was able to move the ball in the first half but did not have the shooting touch, trailing by 16 at the break, 30-14. The Sals, meanwhile, were hot from the outside, sinking three three-pointers along the way. One of those belonged to senior Mike Kempski, who had eight points, all in the second. Read more »

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After hot start, Vikings girls hold on for win over Colonials

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WILMINGTON – St. Elizabeth’s girls basketball team got off to a blistering start in its game Feb. 16 against William Penn, then hung on to defeat the Colonials, 43-37, in nonconference girls basketball at the St. E Center. It was the Vikings’ third straight win and seventh in their last eight games. Read more »

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Colonials ride hot start to win over St. Elizabeth

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WILMINGTON – William Penn traveled to the St. E Center on Jan. 12, and the Colonials validated their high placement in the boys’ basketball rankings. Penn put host St. Elizabeth in a big hole early in the game, and the No. 4 Vikings could not fully recover in a 59-48 loss. Read more »

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Big second half lifts William Penn over Salesianum, 49-39

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NEW CASTLE – William Penn used solid defense to upset Salesianum, 49-39, in the Colonials’ season opener Tuesday night. Senior Daniel Walsh scored 20 points to lead the 10th-ranked winners, who were playing four new starters for second-year coach Stephen Christensen.

It was the sixth-ranked Sals who got off to the quick start as Paul Brown had a big dunk and Michael Kempski hit a three on the way to an 11-2 lead. The Colonials settled down, with Walsh hitting a three-pointer and another jumper to bring them within 14-7. Freshman Tariq Ingraham of Salesianum scored four of his eight points in the second quarter as the Sals extended their lead to 10 at halftime, 25-15. Read more »

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Sals overcome loss of QB Cannon, head to title game

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WILMINGTON – Colby Reeder scored four touchdowns, helping Salesianum overcome a stiff challenge from Middletown and the loss of starting quarterback Garrett Cannon in the Sals’ 27-21 win in the state Division I semifinal Friday night at Baynard Stadium. The win sends the top-seeded Sals to the championship game next Saturday against the winner of Saturday’s semifinal between William Penn and Smyrna.

Reeder’s and Salesianum’s second score, which came on a 4-yard fourth-down run, was perhaps the most important, not so much because it closed Middletown’s lead to 15-13, but because of what happened to Cannon on the two-point conversion attempt. As a defender gave chase in the backfield, Cannon appeared to get his right cleat stuck in the grass. As he was hit and spun around, his right foot remained stuck in its original spot. Read more »

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