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Basketball takes center stage during Christmas break for Catholic high schools in Diocese of Wilmington

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Salesianum's basketball team gathers during a timeout at Appoquinimink. The Sals are playing three games this week. Photo courtesy of Nick Halliday

The Christmas break is a short one for some high school athletic teams in the Diocese of Wilmington, particularly in basketball. Lots of squads are in action this week, whether it’s in New Castle County, on the Eastern Shore or beyond.

The various holiday tournaments present an opportunity to take in a lot of basketball over the course of a day or two. Some of the events support worthy charities, and sometimes, nationally ranked teams visit Delaware or the Eastern Shore.

It’s a limited schedule for the other winter sports, but a few teams will be traveling this week.

As usual, it’s not a bad idea to confirm dates and times before making the trip. In addition, schedules are always subject to change.

Girls

Basketball

Wednesday, Dec. 27

Archmere (1-3) vs. Oakdale (Md.), 6:30 p.m. at the Viking Invitational at the St. E Center

Padua (3-2) vs. Polytech (1-4), 7:15 p.m. at the Wildwood Convention Center, Wildwood (N.J.) at the Wildwood Boardwalk Classic

Tower Hill (1-2) vs. Ursuline (5-1), 7:15 p.m. at Tatnall School at the Diamond State Classic

Medgar Evers College Prep (N.Y.) at St. Elizabeth (3-1), 8 p.m. at the Viking Invitational at the St. E Center

Thursday, Dec. 28

Padua vs. Hatboro-Horsham (Pa.), 2:30 p.m. at the Wildwood Convention Center, Wildwood (N.J.) at the Wildwood Boardwalk Classic

Archmere vs. St. Elizabeth or Medgar Evers College Prep (N.Y.), 3 or 7:30 p.m. at the Viking Invitational at the St. E Center

Friday, Dec. 29

Pottstown (Pa.) vs. Saint Mark’s (4-1), 1:30 p.m. at the Viking Invitational at the St. E Center

Saturday, Dec. 30

Saint Mark’s vs. Woodbridge or Wilmington Charter, noon or 3 p.m. at the Viking Invitational at the St. E Center

 

Track

Wednesday, Dec. 27

Ursuline at the Ocean Breeze Holiday Festival, 9 a.m. at the Ocean Breeze Complex, Staten Island, N.Y.

Friday, Dec. 29

Ursuline at the Holiday Classic, 8:30 a.m. at the New Balance Track and Field at the Armory, New York

 

Boys

Basketball

Tuesday, Dec. 26

Ss. Peter and Paul vs. Arcadia (Va.), 11:45 a.m. at the Governors Challenge at Wicomico High School, Salisbury, Md.

Wednesday, Dec. 27

Saint Mark’s (6-0) vs. Sandy Springs (Md.) at Holiday Basketball Classic of the Palm Beaches (Fla.), 6 p.m. at Cardinal Newman High School

Salesianum (2-2) vs. College Achieve Public Charter (N.J.) at Slam Dunk to the Beach, 8 p.m. at Cape Henlopen High School, Lewes

Thursday, Dec. 28

Saint Mark’s vs. TBA at Holiday Basketball Classic of the Palm Beaches (Fla.), 2 p.m. or 6 p.m. at Benjamin High School

Friday, Dec. 29

Saint Mark’s vs. TBA at Holiday Basketball Classic of the Palm Beaches (Fla.), 2 p.m. or 6 p.m. at Benjamin High School

Archmere (1-1) vs. Stroudsburg (Pa.), 4 p.m. at Pocono Mountain West High School, Pocono Summit, Pa.

Tower Hill (1-1) at St. Elizabeth (3-0), 4:30 p.m. at the Viking Invitational at the St. E Center

Salesianum vs. James M. Bennett (Md.), 6:45 p.m. at the Governors Challenge at Wicomico Civic Center, Salisbury, Md.

Saturday, Dec. 30

Either Appoquinimink (2-1) or Bethlehem Catholic (Pa.) at St. Elizabeth, 1:30 or 4:30 p.m. at the Viking Invitational at the St. E Center

DeMatha Catholic (Md.) vs. Salesianum, 6:45 p.m. at the Governors Challenge at Wicomico Civic Center, Salisbury, Md.

 

Wrestling

Thursday, Dec. 28

St. Elizabeth at Wetzel Classic at Hatboro-Horsham High School (Pa.)

Friday, Dec. 29

Archmere at Marple-Newtown (Pa.), time TBA

Friday, Dec. 29-Saturday, Dec. 30

Salesianum at Conestoga Wrestling Tournament, Conestoga Valley High School (Pa.)

 

Track

Wednesday, Dec. 27

Salesianum at the NC5TA Indoor Meet, 9 a.m. at Ursinus College, Collegeville, Pa.

Friday, Dec. 29

Salesianum at the Holiday Classic, 8:30 a.m. at the New Balance Track and Field at the Armory, New York