Home Local Sports A busy high school sports week includes long-anticipated opening of Abessinio Stadium

A busy high school sports week includes long-anticipated opening of Abessinio Stadium

St. Elizabeth picked up its first win on Saturday at Wilmington Charter. The Vikings visit First State Military this Saturday. Dialog photo/Mike Lang

The fall high school sports season has hit the halfway mark after opening more than a month later than normal. Instead of turning toward winter sports, athletes and schools still have plenty of action remaining in the regular season.

Salesianum will finally play its first athletic event at Abessinio Stadium on Friday, when Smyrna visits. But before then, it’s a busy week for all of the fall sports, particularly field hockey.

Field hockey


Conrad (2-3) at Saint Mark’s (4-3), 3:15 p.m.

Padua (5-1) at Mount Pleasant (3-3), 3:30 p.m.

Archmere (7-0) at Caravel (5-1), 6:15 p.m. The Auks begin a busy week against some stiff competition with a trip to play the Buccaneers under the lights. Both teams are prolific on the offensive end, making good play from veteran goalkeepers Maura Smeader of the Auks and Lexi Boettcher of Caravel that much more important.


Padua at Wilmington Charter (3-2), 3:30 p.m.


Delaware Military (2-0) at Archmere, 3 p.m.

Ursuline (2-5) at William Penn (0-6), 3:30 p.m.

Red Lion (0-5) vs. St. Elizabeth (0-6), 3:45 p.m. at Hockessin Montessori School


Concord (5-3) vs. Padua, 3:15 p.m. at Concord. It’s senior day for the Pandas, who will be the home team at the home of the Raiders. These two teams have developed a nice little rivalry over the past few years.


Wilmington Charter vs. St. Elizabeth, 3 p.m. at Wilmington Charter

Delaware Military at Ursuline, 3:45 p.m.


Archmere at Newark Charter (6-0), 11 a.m. The winner of this game sits in the driver’s seat of the Diamond State Athletic Conference.




St. Elizabeth (2-4) at Padua (5-1), 6 p.m.


Saint Mark’s (6-0) at Wilmington Charter (1-5), 3:45 p.m.

St. Elizabeth at Archmere (3-2), 6:15 p.m.

Newark Charter (5-1) at Ursuline (3-2), 6:30 p.m. The Patriots will be the third straight from the Diamond State Athletic Conference for the Raiders, and arguably the best. All-state candidate Morgan Ritchie anchors the veteran Patriots against an Ursuline squad that matches up with senior Avery Brown.


Archmere at First State Military (1-6), 5:15 p.m.

Ursuline at Saint Mark’s, 7:15 p.m.


Ursuline at Archmere, 6:15 p.m.


Saint Mark’s at St. Elizabeth, 12:15 p.m.





St. Elizabeth (0-6) at Wilmington Charter (3-2)), 3:15 p.m.

Saint Mark’s (2-2-1) at Dickinson (2-4), 3:30 p.m.


St. Elizabeth at Red Lion (0-7), 4 p.m.

Archmere (3-1-2) at Delaware Military (3-4), 5:30 p.m.

A.I. DuPont (0-3) at Saint Mark’s, 6:30 p.m.


Brandywine (3-0) vs. Salesianum (4-1), 3:30 p.m. at Hockessin Soccer Club. The Bulldogs are off to a good start, but this will be their stiffest test by far. The Sals snuck out of Dover with a win. This is their final home game that will not be played at Abessinio Stadium.

Ss. Peter and Paul (0-1) at St. Mary’s, 4 p.m.


St. Elizabeth at William Penn (1-0), 3 p.m.


Newark Charter (5-0) at Archmere, 11 a.m.

Wilmington Christian (1-5) at Saint Mark’s, 11 a.m.




Archmere (3-0) at Saint Mark’s (3-0), 7 p.m. In the shortened season, the importance of every game is magnified. Both the Auks and Spartans are scrambling for one of the two at-large positions available in the Division II state tournament. The Spartans will be back in action after an unexpected off week (a forfeit win), and they’ll be contending with a potent Auks offense.

Smyrna (3-0) at Salesianum (2-1), 7:30 p.m. Abessinio Stadium opens with a battle between two of the state’s best programs. Smyrna’s high-octane offense just continues to produce, so the Sallies’ defense will need to be on top of its game. The Dialog will be on hand to bring you the debut of Abessinio Stadium, with plenty of pregame festivities along with the football.


St. Elizabeth (1-2) at First State Military (0-3), 11 a.m.