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The spring sports season was set to open on Thursday, but the latest snowstorm erased that. Here is the schedule for the rest of the week, including some big opening week matchups for the Catholic schools. All rankings are those from 302 Sports.
Division I No. 1 Padua at Division I No. 10 Concord, 3:30 p.m.
The Pandas start the year as the top team in 302 Sports top 10 ranking. They look to start the season on a strong note as they travel to the tenth-ranked Raiders before their trip to Alabama.
McKean at Division II No. 10 St Mark’s 1 p.m.
No. 7 Padua at A.I. DuPont, 4 p.m. The Pandas’ third full varsity season begins with a trip to A.I. duPont looking to build off last season’s trip to the state tournament. The Pandas’ young team looks to keep its momentum from last season.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Ss. Peter and Paul, 4:30 p.m.
No. 2 St. Mark’s at No. 3 Archmere, 2 p.m. These two top teams were involved in one of the greatest semifinal tournament games last year, with the Spartans edging the Auks, 14-13. The Spartans return Kendra Schweizer, who is one of the most dangerous scorers in the state. The Auks defense is strong and will look to slow down the Spartans’ offense.
No. 10 Red Lion at No. 9 Padua, 3:45 p.m.
at Midway Softball Complex. The Pandas have to replace their only pitcher from last year, and a tough opening game has them hosting the Lions. The Pandas only practiced outside a few times heading into the season. This has a potential to be a slugfest.
Ss. Peter and Paul at Kent Island, 4 p.m.
Friends (Md.) at Ss. Peter and Paul, 4 p.m.
No. 1 Salesianum vs. Easton (Md.), 7 p.m. at Wesley College. The Sals lost Mike Drake, who is scoring goals for Notre Dame right now. Their national schedule starts against a good team from Maryland.
St. Elizabeth at Newark Charter, 12:30 p.m. The Vikings travel to the Patriots looking to continue the rise in their lax program.
Sussex Central at St. Mark’s, 1 p.m. The Spartans open the season at home against the Golden Knights.
Polytech at No. 5 Archmere, 4 p.m. The fifth-ranked Auks host a high-scoring tough Pantherss team in their home opener. The Auks defense was strong last year and will have to slow down the Panthers offense.
St. Thomas More at St. Andrew’s, 4 p.m. This game was still on the schedule as of Wednesday evening. The players may have to shovel snow before taking batting practice.
Ss. Peter and Paul at Indian Creek, 4 p.m.