The fall sports season wraps up nearly a month into winter as the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association will contest four football state championships on Saturday at Delaware Stadium. Two of those involve Catholic high schools.
Archmere reached the Class 2A championship with a thrilling 20-16 nail-biter over Delaware Military Academy, while St. Elizabeth wore down Tatnall, 33-0. Fans should be aware that tickets will be sold online only and through the University of Delaware. UD requires proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test that was taken within 72 hours of the event. No home tests will be accepted.
In basketball, the action intensifies after a limited slate on opening weekend. Salesianum will host a day full of games on Dec. 12, with the Sals closing out the action with a game against talented Imhotep Charter (Pa.) scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Girls basketball includes Ursuline traveling to play in the She Got Game Classic, one of the premier events in the area.
For indoor winter sports in Delaware, fans are allowed back into most venues, but it might save some time and aggravation to check if a site will not host spectators. Masks are required in all school buildings
Class 2A: No. 2 Woodbridge (12-0) vs. No. 1 Archmere (12-0), 11 a.m. The Auks and Blue Raiders open championship Saturday at Delaware Stadium with a morning start. Archmere rallied to defeat DMA in the semifinal, while Woodbridge has not been severely tested in several weeks. The teams know each other well. Last season, the Auks knocked the Bridge out of the Division II tournament. Archmere is seeking its first championship since 1982, while the Blue Raiders last won it all in 2018.
Class 1A: No. 2 St. Elizabeth (11-1) vs. No. 1 Laurel (10-2), 6 p.m. The Vikings and Bulldogs meet to end the day in Newark, and it is a matchup of the two best teams in Class 1A. St. Elizabeth has a multitude of weapons on offense, but Laurel is big and has speed on both sides of the ball. The Vikings have not won a state championship since 2010. Laurel is in search of their first since 1991.
Ss. Peter and Paul (2-1) at Worcester Prep, 4:30 p.m.
Archmere (0-0) at Appoquinimink (1-0), 5:15 p.m.
Dickinson (0-1) at Saint Mark’s (2-0), 7:15 p.m.
Gunston at Ss. Peter and Paul, 4 p.m. The Sabres christen their new gymnasium with an Eastern Shore Interscholastic Athletic Conference game against Gunston.
Appoquinimink at Padua (0-0), 6 p.m.
MOT Charter (1-0) at Archmere, 6:15 p.m.
Mount Pleasant (1-1) at Ursuline (0-0), 7:15 p.m.
Saint Mark’s at Laurel (1-0), 5:45 p.m.
Ursuline vs. Maret (Washington, D.C.), 8:55 p.m. at St. James Sports Complex in the She Got Game Classic
Ursuline vs. Springfield Central (Mass.), 10:55 a.m. at St. James Sports Complex in the She Got Game Classic
Saint Mark’s (0-0) at Dickinson (0-2), 4:45 p.m.
Glen Burnie at Ss. Peter and Paul (0-2), 7 p.m. The second half of this doubleheader at Ss. Peter and Paul is the boys’ first game on the new floor.
St. Andrew’s (1-0) at Salesianum (0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Ss. Peter and Paul at Queen Anne’s, 5:30 p.m.
Saint Mark’s at Conwell-Egan (Pa.), 1:30 p.m.
Imhotep at Salesianum, 6 p.m. The Sals kick off an ambitious out-of-state schedule against the defending Philadelphia Public League champions. Imhotep features two of the most heralded high school players in the country, forward Justin Edwards and guard Ahmad Nowell. The Sals are seasoned, returning seniors Justin Molen, Brett O’Hara and Dariyon Williams, along with a promising roster of underclassmen.
Salesianum (0-0) at Mule Classic at Solanco (Pa.) High School
Saint Mark’s (1-0) and Archmere (0-0) at Milford Invitational, 10 a.m.
Swimming (co-ed except where noted)
St. Mary’s vs. Ss. Peter and Paul (0-0), 3:15 p.m. at Easton Family YMCA (boys only)
Delaware Military (boys 0-0, girls 0-0) vs. Salesianum (0-0)/Ursuline (0-0), 3:45 p.m. at H. Fletcher Brown Boys and Girls Club
Archmere (boys 0-0, girls 0-0) at St. Andrew’s (boys 0-1, girls 0-1), 3:30 p.m.
Saint Mark’s (boys 0-0, girls 0-0) vs. Brandywine (boys 1-0, girls 1-0), 3:45 p.m. at Claymont Elementary School