Caravel eliminates St. Thomas More 58-33 in girls hoop semifinals

NEWARK — A month ago, St. Thomas More lost to this same Caravel Academy team by 34 points. Yet here the Ravens were, in the state semifinals with a lead after the first quarter. The top-seeded Buccaneers were able to respond, though, rallying to defeat St. Thomas More 58-33 on Friday night to reach the […]

Small but mighty: Like St. Thomas More, Barnes doesn’t let size stop her

NEWARK — St. Thomas More was clinging to a three-point lead and only a handful of seconds remained. But Ravens’ guard DahNaija Barnes was trapped by three Hodgson defenders at midcourt. The senior didn’t panic, though, pivoting and getting the ball to teammate Sophia Stafford. Stafford quickly passed the ball to Jessica Simmons, who went […]

St. Thomas More makes first girls hoop semifinals: Ravens defeat Hodgson 52-47

NEWARK — That small Catholic school in Magnolia is going where it has never gone before. The St. Thomas More girls’ basketball team is into the DIAA state semifinals for the first time in school history. Aniah Patterson’s 17 points paced the Ravens to a 52-47 victory over Hodgson in the quarterfinals Sunday afternoon at […]

St. Thomas More girls nip Knights 42-40 to advance in state tournament

MAGNOLIA — For St. Thomas More, the final six minutes lasted an eternity, For Sussex Central, on the other hand, the final buzzer sounded way too soon. And when the dust finally settled after an agonizing fourth quarter, it was the fifth-seeded Ravens who somehow came away with a 42-40 victory over the No. 21 […]

Local roundup: Raven boys top Bucs, Smyrna girls triumph

St. Thomas More overcame a halftime deficit to defeat Milford High 60-45 in a boys’ basketball contest on Thursday night. Keenan Williams paced the Ravens with a game-high 23 points. DeAndre Gourdine followed with 17 points for St. Thomas More (6-6 overall). Jaxson Turner’s 12 points topped the Buccaneers (4-6). The Ravens used a 25-11 […]

High school basketball notes: New players but same goal as Ravens eye more success

Respect is never going to come easily for his St. Thomas More boys’ basketball program, says coach Cheston Boyd. Even with the Ravens reaching the DIAA state quarterfinals two seasons ago and then the semis last year, he doesn’t think they were ever viewed as more than a small collection of good players. So with […]

St. Thomas More earns respect in girls’ basketball

MAGNOLIA — It clearly wasn’t the way they wanted to start the season. St. Thomas More’s girls’ basketball players couldn’t hold a four-point halftime lead against Hodgson, falling to the Silver Eagles, 42-38, in its opener on Dec. 7. That marked the third-straight time the Ravens lost to Hodgson. But St. Thomas More didn’t have […]

Dover rallies to top Howard at Rumble tourney

MIDDLETOWN — Down by seven midway through the third quarter, the Dover High boys’ basketball team knew it could turn things around. Then Eden Davis hit a layup. Then he came down the court on the next possession and did it again. Davis didn’t stop scoring and the Senators came away with a victory. The […]

Roundup: St. Thomas More beats Glasgow 2-0 in field hockey

St. Thomas More tallied a goal in each half in posting a 2-0 victory over Glasgow in nonconference field hockey on Monday afternoon. Ellie Kim and Lily Fannin (1 assist) scored goals for the Ravens, who held a 12-1 edge in penalty corners. St. Thomas More has won five games in a row to improve […]

From the Sports Editor: Ravens earning respect in state tournament

NEWARK — Everything about St. Thomas More — on paper — says the Ravens shouldn’t be here. It’s not just that the Catholic school in Magnolia is so small or that its boys’ basketball program has only occasionally produced winning teams. But this year’s Ravens don’t have much size. And their playing rotation rarely goes […]