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Catholic Youth Ministry crowns fall sports champions for Diocese of Wilmington: Photo gallery

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Members of the St. Ann's junior varsity boys cross country team race to a win in the Catholic Youth Ministry championship meet. Photo courtesy of Catholic Youth Ministry

The fall sports season sponsored by Catholic Youth Ministry concluded recently with a series of championships. The following report was submitted by the CYM office.

Soccer

Junior varsity soccer held its championship in a tournament sponsored by Immaculate Heart of Mary and Christ the Teacher on Nov. 6 and 7. Six schools participated in the event. In addition to the sponsoring schools, Mount Aviat, St. John the Beloved, St. Edmond’s and St. Mary Magdalen also took part.

Mount Aviat junior varsity soccer

The championship match pitted Mount Aviat against Immaculate Heart of Mary. Mount Aviat had defeated both Christ the Teacher and St. John the Beloved on Nov. 6 at Christ the Teacher to advance to the final the next day. Immaculate Heart of Mary had earned wins against St. Edmond’s Academy and St. Mary Magdalen at Mount Pleasant Elementary School to move on.

On Nov. 7 at Mount Pleasant Elementary, Mount Aviat captured a 3-2 overtime victory for the program’s first JV title. The winning goal came on a corner kick.

Varsity soccer held championships in three divisions on Oct. 30 at Saint Mark’s High School. Immaculate Heart of Mary, the top seed, needed overtime to defeat No. 2 St. John the Beloved for the diocesan championship. The score was 1-1 after regulation. IHM scored first on a goal from Chase Savage with the assist to Ethan Beach. The Eagles responded early in the second half when Jack Colatriano leveled the score.

Immaculate Heart of Mary varsity soccer

Goalkeepers Justin Bozzo of IHM and Logan Gansler kept the score tied into the overtime. The Spartans won the title in sudden death on a tally by Max Cordrey off a corner kick from Beach. IHM finished the regular season 7-0-1 and earned a trip to the final with a win over St. Elizabeth. St. John the Beloved went 7-1 and defeated St. Mary Magdalen in the semifinal.

St. Edmond’s varsity soccer

In the Y Division championship, Graham Dougherty scored two goals, including the game-winner with fewer than five minutes remaining, to lead St. Edmond’s to the title. Audrey DiPietro scored for Mount Aviat. Goalkeepers Mason Layman of the Lancers and Davis Aylward of Mount Aviat both made some key stops to keep it close.

Mount Aviat’s Knights went 3-3-2 during the regular season and took down St. Mary Magdalen to reach the final. St. Edmond’s also was 3-3-2; the Lancers reached the championship game with a win over Christ the Teacher No. 1.

The O Division final pitted Holy Angels against St. John the Beloved No. 2. The Angels defeated Nativity Prep and St. Ann’s, while St. John the Beloved needed a win over Christ the Teacher No. 2 to reach the championship.

Holy Angels varsity soccer

Gabe Candeloro put the Eagles on the board first, but Holy Angels responded with a goal from Bas Van de Kerkhof. The score remained 1-1 at the end of regulation, sending the match to two 10-minute sudden death overtime periods. Those were scoreless, and the game went to penalty kicks. The Angels outscored St. John the Beloved, 3-1, to take the trophy.

Football

The junior varsity championship was sponsored by St. Mary Magdalen and took place on Nov. 14 at Saint Mark’s High School. The third seed, St. Mary of the Assumption, battled No. 4 Holy Angels.

Holy Angels junior varsity football

The Angels upset undefeated St. Mary Magdalen in the semifinals, and their good play continued through the final, which they won by a 27-0 score. Trent Motta led Holy Angels with more than 100 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Jeremiah DuHamell added the other score for the Angels.

St. Mary of the Assumption defeated St. John the Beloved to get to the championship game.

Top-seeded St. Mary Magdalen won the varsity championship with a 12-0 victory over No. 2 Holy Angels on Nov. 14 at Saint Mark’s.

St. Mary Magdalen varsity football

After a scoreless first quarter, the Bulldogs took the lead on a touchdown pass from Michael Donovan to Cameron Catalina. They added their second touchdown in the third quarter. A 50-yard pass from Catalina to Jett Healy put St. Mary Magdalen at the Angels’ one, and Donovan scored a few plays later.

St. Mary Magdalen finished the regular season 6-0 and defeated St. John the Beloved in the semifinals. Holy Angels got there with a 4-2 regular-season record and a win over St. Mary of the Assumption in the semis.

Cross country

Four cross country champions were crowned on Oct. 23 at Bellevue State Park in Wilmington. The junior varsity meet, named in honor of the late former coach James Blunt, featured a winning performance by St. Ann’s in the girls’ division. It was the Mustangs’ third straight title.

St. Ann’s junior varsity cross country

St. Ann’s had five girls place in the top 10, including the top two: Vera Cincilla and Sara LaFond. Lucia Kowell of St. Mary Magdalen was third as the Bulldogs took second place. Rounding out the top 10 were Addison Rice (Holy Angels-9:33.01), Lauryn Leech (Holy Angels-9:35.37), Lila Matthews (St. Ann’s-9:36.61), Natalie Murillo (St. John the Beloved-9:36.63), Taylor Stroud (Immaculate Heart of Mary-9:40.76), Ellie McQuillen (St. Ann’s-9:42.14) and Riley Horsey (St. Ann’s-9:42.34).

JV Girls Team Results:

St. Ann’s

St. Mary Magdalen

Holy Angels

St. John the Beloved

Ursuline Academy

Immaculate Heart of Mary

Christ the Teacher

St. Mary of the Assumption

St. Elizabeth

 

St. Ann’s junior varsity boys cross country

St. Ann’s also won the junior varsity boys title, with St. Mary Magdalen the runner-up. Zachary Strohmeier of Holy Angels was the individual champion, less than two seconds ahead of Lincoln Narvaez of St. Ann’s.

They were followed by Paxton Munda from St. Mary of the Assumption (8:46.77), Brett Cavanaugh from St. Elizabeth’s (9:00.86) and Nolan Gordon from St. Edmond’s Academy (9:01.23). Rounding out the top ten was Luka McGurk (CTTCS-9:10.37), Quinn Mulvena (SMM-9:14.41), Jack Marshall (St. Ann’s-9:15.35), Tyner Curtis (St. Ann’s-9:16.58) and David Bockius (St. Ann’s-9:20.45). St. Ann’s is the only active CYM School to win both the JV boys and girls championships in the same year.

JV Boys Team Results:

St. Ann’s

St. Mary Magdalen

St. Edmond’s Academy

Holy Angels

St. John the Beloved

Christ the Teacher

St. Elizabeth’s

Immaculate Heart of Mary

St. Mary of the Assumption

 

St. John the Beloved girls varsity cross country

The girls’ varsity meet went to St. John the Beloved, which placed three runners in the top six to edge St. Ann’s. Rounding out the top 10 were Anna Bockius (St. Ann’s-13:50.97), Cara Lego (St. John the Beloved-14:10.89), Ava Hutton (St. John the Beloved-14:12.40), Colleen Dikeman (St. John the Beloved-14:15.06), Zoe Mooney-Doyle (St. Mary Magdalen-14:17.63), Lily Buck (Holy Angels-14:19.38), Kate Bockius (St. Ann’s-14:23.58), and Mia Thayer (Christ the Teacher-14:25.36). This is the first championship for the St. John the Beloved varsity girls program.

St. John the Beloved coach Ray Dikeman won the championship in his final year at the helm.

Varsity Girls Team Results:

St. John the Beloved

St. Ann’s

St. Mary Magdalen

Ursuline Academy

Holy Angels

Immaculate Heart of Mary

Christ the Teacher

St. Mary of the Assumption

St. Elizabeth

 

St. Edmond’s varsity cross country

St. Edmond’s won the boys’ race in tight fashion over St. Mary Magdalen. All five of their scorers finished in the top 13. This was St. Edmond’s 16th CYM championship.

The individual winner was Brandon Williams of St. Elizabeth with a time of 12:12.35. Ronan Haggerty from St. Edmond’s finished second with a time of 12:20.85. He was followed by Abner Murillo from St. John the Beloved (12:29.35), Kaleb Kain from SMM (12:40.91) and Gavin Leffler from St. Edmond’s Academy (12:50.40). Rounding out the top 10 were: Evan Paskevicius (CTTCS-12:54.89), Parker Collins (SMM-12:55.16), Taylor Cook (CTTCS-12:55.33), Nicholas Loscalzo (SMM-12:56.83) and Braeden Massett (St. Edmond’s Academy-13:13.13).

Varsity Boys Team Results:

St. Edmond’s Academy

St. Mary Magdalen

St. Elizabeth

St. John the Beloved

Christ the Teacher

Immaculate Heart of Mary

Holy Angels

St. Mary of the Assumption

 

Volleyball

St. Mary Magdalen C Division volleyball

Champions in three divisions were determined at the St. E Center. In the C Division, St. Mary Magdalen swept Mount Aviat for the title. The Bulldogs were the top seed, going 9-1 in the regular season. Seven of the nine players on the team were eighth-graders, and they were coached by Brian Timmons and Jim Barnett.

The Y1 Division champions are St. John the

St. John the Beloved Y1 Division volleyball

Beloved, who outlasted St. Mary Magdalen in the final, 25-20 and 28-26. The Eagles finished with a record of 11-1 and needed just two sets in each of their wins; they earned the top seed for the postseason. They were coached by Kathy Fricke and Kelly Nepi. The Bulldogs were the second seed.

In the Y2 Division, St. Elizabeth capped off a 7-3 regular season with a two-set sweep of the top

St. Elizabeth Y2 Division volleyball

seed, St. Anthony of Padua, for the title. The Vikings, seeded third, were coached by Marie and Barry Corrigan. St. Anthony’s finished the regular season 10-0.

All photos were submitted by the Catholic Youth Ministry office.