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Three Catholic schools from Diocese of Wilmington will compete for football championship berths, while winter sports get underway

Conor Udovich celebrates with the large crowd at Archmere after scoring the game's first touchdown on Nov. 27. Dialog photo/Mike Lang

It’s the time of year when fall and winter sports overlap. The football tournament has reached the semifinals in all three classes, while basketball, wrestling, swimming and the other winter sports are getting started on Wednesday.

In football, all three Catholic high schools still alive – one in each class – play Saturday. Archmere and St. Elizabeth are home, while Salesianum must travel. All tickets are being sold online only at gofan.co/app/school/DIAA.

For the indoor winter sports, fans are allowed back into gymnasiums and swimming pools after a season where attendance was severely limited or not allowed at all. Masks are required in all school buildings



Saturday (semifinals)

Class 2A: No. 5 Delaware Military Academy (11-1) at No. 1 Archmere (11-0), noon. The Auks host the Seahawks, with the winner advancing to the state championship game on Dec. 11 against either No. 3 Wilmington Friends or No. 2 Woodbridge. The teams met on Nov. 12, but DMA has been on a roll since that loss to Archmere. They have outscored their opponents 85-0 in two postseason games. The Auks have put together one of the more impressive seasons in program history.

Class 1A: No. 3 Tatnall (7-4) vs. No. 2 St. Elizabeth (10-1), 7 p.m. at Abessinio Stadium. This is another rematch of a regular-season game, but that 44-6 Vikings win from Sept. 25 is ancient history. Since then, the Hornets have won seven of eight, including a 15-12 victory over Seaford in the quarterfinals of the DIAA tournament. St. Elizabeth has allowed more than seven points in just three of its 11 games. The winner meets either No. 5 Indian River or No. 1 Laurel for the state championship.

Class 3A: No. 3 Salesianum (8-2) at No. 2 Middletown (8-1), 7 p.m. Two of the state’s heavyweights get together below the canal for the first time this season after their scheduled regular-season tilt was canceled. The Cavaliers feature a prolific offense and big-play defense seeking the program’s first state championship since 2012. Waiting for the winner will be either No. 5 Dover or No. 1 Smyrna.





Ss. Peter and Paul at Delmarva Christian, 5 p.m.


Saint Mark’s vs. Mount Pleasant, 3:15 p.m. at A.I. DuPont Tip-Off Tournament

Ss. Peter and Paul at Odyssey Charter, 4:30 p.m.


Saint Mark’s vs. Concord or A.I. DuPont, 1:15 or 4:45 p.m. at A.I. DuPont

Ss. Peter and Paul at Indian River, 4:30 p.m.





St. Georges vs. St. Elizabeth, 4:45 p.m. at A.I. DuPont Tip-Off Tournament

Ss. Peter and Paul vs. Arcadia (Va.), 6 p.m. at Indian River IR Tip-Off Classic


St. Elizabeth vs. MOT Charter or A.I. DuPont, 3 or 6:30 p.m.




Saint Mark’s vs. St. Andrew’s and Appoquinimink, 5:30 p.m. at Appoquinimink High School


Saint Mark’s at Ray Oliver Invitational, McDonogh School (Md.)


Swimming (co-ed except where noted)


Tatnall vs. Saint Mark’s, 3 p.m. at Western YMCA (girls only)


Ss. Peter and Paul at Severn School, 4 p.m. (boys only)