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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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Sals’ ground game key in upset of William Penn

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NEW CASTLE – Second-ranked Salesianum’s 305 rushing yards helped pave the way to a 30-13 win over William Penn in nonconference football Saturday afternoon at Bill Cole Stadium. The Sals snapped a 10-game winning streak for defending state champion William Penn, which came into the contest ranked No. 1.

Senior running back Colby Reeder had a huge day, scoring four touchdowns, one of which came on defense. He capped the first Sals scoring drive with a 15-yard run with 7:31 to go in the second quarter. The drive was set up by a 55-punt return by John Andreoli and included senior Zach Jarome running for 16 yards the play before Reeder scored. Read more »

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William Penn holds off Sals in battle of football’s top-ranked teams

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WILMINGTON – Top-ranked William Penn hit the road Saturday night and defeated No. 2 Salesianum, 16-10, earning their first win over the Sals in football since 2005. The Colonials improved to 2-0, while Salesianum fell to 1-1.

The Sals had some early chances but could not capitalize. William Penn fumbled the first punt of the game, and the Sals recovered at the Colonials’ 30-yard line. On fourth down, however, running back Colby Reeder came up just short. Salesianum’s next possession ended with an interception on Penn’s 7-yard line.

William Penn marched 93 yards on 12 plays for the game’s first score, with standout running back Reggie Carroll finding the end zone on a 28-yard run. The Colonials added a field goal following another interception for a 10-0 lead.

Salesianum’s Sean Smith got his team on the board with a field goal with four seconds left in the first half.

After coming close several times, the Sals finally found the end zone after halftime. They drove 78 yards on 14 plays, the last one a 10-yard run by Michael Sanzone on a fourth-and-eight with 1:31 left in the third. The tie was short-lived, though, as William Penn’s Marvell Watts took the kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown. Salesianum blocked the extra point.

Salesianum would have two more chances to retake the lead. They reached the Colonials’ 22-yard-line on the first drive, but Reeder was stopped for a four-yard loss on third down, and a pass on fourth down was incomplete. A William Penn fumble opened another door, but the Sals could not capitalize.

Reeder finished with 88 yards on 16 carries to lead the offensive effort. The Sals are back home Saturday night against Concord (1-1) at 7:30 p.m.

William Penn got 157 yards rushing on 26 carries by Carroll. The Colonials host A.I. DuPont (1-1) Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.

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DiVincenzo leads Sals to 55-39 road win at William Penn

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NEW CASTLE – For a quarter and a half, it looked like Salesianum’s basketball team had left its game back on North Broom Street on Thursday afternoon. But, trailing by 11 to host William Penn midway through the second, the Sals found an extra gear and cruised to a 55-39 win over the Colonials.

The Sals trailed after the first quarter, 9-6, and scored five points on free throws in the first four minutes of the second. Shane Clark’s layup was their first field goal of the quarter and gave them the lead at 13-12, but William Penn would score the next 12 points for a 24-13 advantage. Read more »

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