The end of the basketball regular season is upon us, and teams are still fighting for positioning in the state tournament. Valuable points available in the season’s final two days. State tournament brackets will be released Friday, and the tournament gets started next week.
Salesianum (12-6) at Concord (5-12), 5:15 p.m. The Sals hit the road to end the regular season against the Raiders. Salesianum will be one of the top seeds in the boys’ tournament thanks to a very difficult schedule that is earning them a bunch of bonus points.
Brandywine (10-9) at Archmere (9-10), 6:15 p.m.
St. Mark’s (14-5) at Polytech (3-16), 7:15 p.m. The Spartans wrap up their season on the road having won eight of their last nine games. A state tournament berth is in sight with a win over the Panthers.
Padua (14-5) at St. Elizabeth (15-3), 7:15 p.m. These teams wrap up the regular season with a big Catholic Conference showdown. Padua will try to avenge a 12-point loss to the Vikings, a game that was much closer throughout the contest. The Vikings are coming off an upset of top-ranked Conrad. Both teams are safely in the postseason picture.
Polytech (10-9) at St. Mark’s (10-8), 7:15 p.m. St. Mark’s ends its season with two home games against Henlopen North competition. The Spartans have struggled after a hot start but are coming off a win over Delcastle. A win in these final two games will help them secure a tournament spot.
St. Thomas More (13-4) at Ss. Peter and Paul, 4 p.m. The Ravens travel to Easton, Md., to make up a game previously postponed. This was necessary because in order to be eligible for the state tournament, teams need to play at least 18 games. The Ravens will be a tough out in the tournament.
Sussex Tech (16-3) at St. Mark’s, 7:15 p.m. An upset of the Ravens would give St. Mark’s a huge boost toward its postseason hopes.
Salesianum looks to defend its state championship this Saturday at Rawstrom Natatorium at the University of Delaware beginning at 11 a.m. The preliminaries for the teams will be Wednesday at 6 p.m. at UD. The Sals will face stiff challenges from Charter School of Wilmington, Archmere and Conrad.
On the girls’ side, Ursuline is the two-time defending champion. They are in line to complete the hat trick, but worthy foes, including Padua, Newark Charter, Appoquinimink and Charter School of Wilmington, await. The preliminaries are Wednesday at Rawstrom, with the finals scheduled for Saturday at 6 p.m.
Several wrestlers from Catholic schools are competing for individual state titles this weekend at Cape Henlopen High School. Preliminary rounds will be held Friday, with the later rounds on Saturday. Seeded wrestlers are as follows:
106: Jack Engelmann, Salesianum, ninth seed; Aristotle Makouly, Archmere, 14th seed
113: Zach Spence, Salesianum, second seed
120: Owen Klinger, Salesianum, fourth seed
126: Gary Clements, Archmere, 10th seed; Aiden O’Brien, Salesianum, 12th seed
132: Malcolm Zerbe, Salesianum, 16th seed
138: Harry Latch, Salesianum, first seed; Ethan Huffman, Archmere, 13th seed; Hunter Warrington, St. Mark’s, 15th seed
145: William Brock, Salesianum, 11th seed
152: Luke Harasika, Salesianum, second seed
160: Matthew McDougal, Archmere, third seed
170: Logan Montgomery, Salesianum, first seed; Nolan Collins, Archmere, 12th seed
182: Stephon Hutt, Salesianum, ninth seed; Clay Brooks, Archmere, 10th seed
195: Colin Fowler, Salesianum, ninth seed; John Palmer, St. Mark’s, 15th seed
220: Danny Stradley, Salesianum, fourth seed; Michael Devine, Archmere, 14th seed
285: Joey Cartwright, St. Mark’s, second seed; Vinny Marcozzi, Salesianum, seventh seed