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Christina School District students graduated this week in ceremonies held at the Glasgow High School football stadium. Officials opted for outdoor events rather than using the Bob Carpenter Center due to the pandemic. For an article about Glasgow’s ceremony (above), turn to page 8. To read about Newark’s ceremony (left and bottom), turn to page 12. Coverage of Christiana’s, the Brennen School’s and Delaware School for the Deaf’s ceremonies will be in next week’s paper. Extensive photo galleries are available at newarkpostonline.com.

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$10 million sports complex coming to Glasgow

A local youth basketball organization is planning a $10 million sports complex in Glasgow, slated to open in 2022.

The proposed 100,000-square-foot facility will include six basketball courts and an indoor 80-yard turf field, as well as a cafe, classrooms, a physical therapy room and a mezzanine.

It will be built on 13.5 acres at 900 GBC Drive in a business park off Del. 896 just north of Glasgow Park. The vacant parcel sits behind Siemens.

Lonnie Wright, founder of Nothing But Net Sports Academy, said the new facility will give a boost to athletes in Delaware.

“It brings excitement and exposure,” Wright said. “Our athletes deserve this. It’s going to be incredible for the community.”

Nothing But Net was founded in 2017 and serves approximately 300 kids. It currently holds its programs at an elementary school in Wilmington.

The organization has five AAU teams as well as a growth and development league.

Wright said the new facility gives the organization its own home and allows it to host tournaments. It is already slated to host a 12-day tournament in 2023 that will draw participants from around the world.

The building will also serve as the home court for Olympus Prep, a nationally ranked prep school from New Jersey. Wright said he anticipates up to 4,000 people coming to watch the team take on other top programs from around the country.

“They’ll bring national attention and national media,” he said.

Beyond basketball, Nothing But Net will focus on education as well, offering programs that focus on mental health, life skills and tutoring. It is also planning a sports media program that will train kids to live-stream events, interview athletes and produce articles for a website.

“A lot of kids are interested in sports, but not all kids are athletes,” said Clissa Taylor, who will coordinate the education program.

A second phase of the project, not expected to begin for several years, will add outdoor baseball, lacrosse and football fields.

Preston’s Playground at the Newark Reservoir is now home to two accessible bathrooms and a water fountain that includes a water bottle refilling station and a water bowl for dogs.

Preston’s bathrooms

One killed, one wounded in shooting at Newark townhouse

A shooting in a Newark townhouse left one man dead and another wounded early Tuesday.

The shooting happened just before 1 a.m. in the unit block of Ethan Allen Court in Cherry Hill Manor off Barksdale Road, according to Lt. Andrew Rubin, a spokesman for the Newark Police Department.

Police were called to the house for a report of a disturbance and found one man dead from a gunshot wound. A second man was shot in the hand and is in stable condition at a local hospital.

Detectives believe the shooting happened during an altercation between people known to each other. Both victims are residents of the house where the shooting occurred.

“There is no known threat to the community,” Rubin said, adding that no one is in custody in connection with the shooting.

Anyone with information about the shooting should contact Det. Alex Whitt at 302-366-7100, ext. 3483, or awhitt@newark.de.us.

The fatal shooting is the first in Newark since August 2019, when a man was gunned down at the Red Roof Inn on South College Avenue. That homicide remains unsolved.

Samantha Olicker, 9, fishes at Curtis Mill Park.

Fishing with First Responders