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Winter sports for Catholic high schools in Diocese of Wilmington include big-time wrestling meets

Salesianum defeated La Salle College High School in front of a capacity crowd in the team's season debut. The Sals play another Pennsylvania opponent this week. Dialog photo/Mike Lang

Most teams have hit the courts, mats, track or pool by now, getting in a few events before Christmas brings a break or a tournament. Two of the biggest meets on the wrestling schedule take place this weekend, as the Beast of the East brings some of the top talent in the country to Newark, and William Penn hosts the Howdy Duncan Invitational.

On the boys’ basketball front, Archmere gets going this week after its football team reached the state championship game the week before. Several of the Auks also played football. In girls basketball, Ss. Peter and Paul makes a trip to Wilmington to battle Padua. Several teams will test themselves against non-traditional opponents.

Indoor track teams will be traveling for events in New York and nearby Chester County, Pa.

As usual, it’s not a bad idea to confirm dates and times before making the trip.



Monday, Dec. 11

Seaside Christian at Ss. Peter and Paul (1-0), 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 12

Archmere (0-2) at Tatnall (0-2), 4 p.m.

Padua (2-1) at St. Elizabeth (1-1), 6 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 14

St. Elizabeth at Appoquinimink (2-2), 5:15 p.m.

Ss. Peter and Paul at Padua, 6 p.m.

Archmere at Ursuline (3-1), 6 p.m.

Wilmington Charter (2-1) at Saint Mark’s (2-1), 7:15 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 16

Ursuline vs. Bonita Vista (Calif.), 11:40 a.m. at St. John Vianney High School, Holmdel, N.J.



Saturday, Dec. 16

Padua at Bishop Loughlin Games, Ocean Breeze Complex, Staten Island, N.Y.

Saint Mark’s and Ursuline at UC Holiday High School Invitational, Ursinus College, Collegeville, Pa.




Tuesday, Dec. 12

Wilmington Christian (0-0) at Archmere (0-0), 6 p.m. The Auks get going under new head coach Nick Sanna, who had been an assistant the past few years. It’s a veteran squad, with seven seniors, who will have to replace the top two scorers from last season. In addition to their Diamond State Athletic Conference foes, the Auks will take on Lake Forest and Saint Mark’s at home, while they will travel to Tower Hill and Wilmington Friends.

Thursday, Dec. 14

Saint Mark’s (3-0) at Wilmington Charter (1-0), 5:15 p.m.

William Penn (0-0) at St. Elizabeth (1-0), 7:15 p.m. The Colonials are coming off a trip to the state championship game last season, and they have added seniors Jaylin Horsey and Rashid Ushery to a talented roster. The Vikings placed four players in double figures in their season-opening win, so this could be an offensive show at the St. E Center.

Friday, Dec. 15

Archmere at Delaware Military (1-0), 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 16

Salesianum (1-1) at Archbishop Wood (Pa.), 8 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 17

West Philadelphia (Pa.) vs. Saint Mark’s, 3 p.m. at Mount Pleasant High School in the Urban Youth Winter Showcase



Friday, Dec. 15-Saturday, Dec. 16

Archmere at Howdy Duncan Invitational, 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday at William Penn

Saturday, Dec. 16-Sunday, Dec. 17

Salesianum and Saint Mark’s at Beast of the East, 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Bob Carpenter Center. The Sals and Spartans are among dozens of teams competing in one of the largest and most prestigious scholastic wrestling tournaments in the country.



Saturday, Dec. 16

Saint Mark’s at UC Holiday High School Invitational, Ursinus College, Collegeville, Pa.

Archmere and Salesianum at Armory Coaches Hall of Fame Invitational, New Balance Track and Field at Armory, New York


Swimming (co-ed except where noted)

Tuesday, Dec. 12

Archmere (1-0 boys, 1-0 girls) at St. Andrew’s (1-0 boys, 0-2 girls), 4 p.m.

Ss. Peter and Paul vs. Delmarva Christian, 6:30 p.m. at Sussex Academy, Georgetown

Padua (0-1) vs. Saint Mark’s (1-0), 3 p.m. at Western YMCA (girls only)

Thursday, Dec. 14

Ss. Peter and Paul at John Carroll, 4 p.m.

Padua vs. Delaware Military (0-2), 6:30 p.m. at Wilmington Charter (girls only)

Friday, Dec. 15

Archmere at Concord (2-0 boys, 2-0 girls), 3:30 p.m.

Salesianum (2-0)/Ursuline (1-0) vs. Sanford (0-2 boys, 1-1 girls), Walnut Street YMCA, 3:30 p.m.