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December 15, 2013 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
HERSHEY, Pa. - Archbishop Wood coach Steve Devlin acknowledged that his halftime talk, with the Vikings struggling mightily to gain rushing yardage, was "a little louder than usual. " Whatever Devlin said, the players - in particular, the offensive line - responded. Wood netted 184 yards rushing and three touchdowns after the break and downed Bishop McDevitt of Harrisburg, 22-10, Friday night at Hersheypark Stadium to win the PIAA Class AAA state football championship. Junior tailback Jarrett McClenton benefited from the up-front turnaround.
NEWS
May 24, 1990 | By Frank Bertucci, Special to The Inquirer
The waiting has begun for Archbishop Wood. The Vikings' first-place finish in the Catholic League's Northern Division has earned them a rest until the division championship game on June 2. Wood (16-8, 14-2) ended its regular season with a 1-0, nine-inning loss to defending league champion La Salle on Tuesday. Third-place Father Judge and fourth-place Bishop Kenrick will play Tuesday with the winner meeting second-place La Salle on Wednesday. Three days later, Wood meets the survivor, with the league championship game on June 6. "It's tough to survive that (opening round)
SPORTS
December 2, 2013 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
Reprinted from Saturday's editions Luke Spahits knew where he was going after he scored. Archbishop Wood's senior fullback knew who deserved credit for those touchdowns. He made quick U-turns after his first two scores and found an offensive lineman running toward him, ready to catch him in his celebratory leap. As it did after Spahits' first two scores, the offensive line carried Archbishop Wood in Friday's state Class AAA quarterfinal against Academy Park at Northeast, setting up six rushing touchdowns in a 42-14 win. "I owe it all to them," Spahits said.
SPORTS
January 13, 2011 | By Don Beideman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jay McGee has been named softball coach at Archbishop Wood, and he is virtually guaranteed to have an interesting time in the Catholic League this season. His daughters, Jade and Jenna, play for league rivals Conwell-Egan and Archbishop Ryan, respectively. Jade is a senior, and Jenna is a freshman. "There will be some days when there will be no talking in the McGee household," Jay McGee said with a laugh. "We're used to it, though. We're a softball family. Some days will be happy, some days will be sad, depending on who wins or loses.
SPORTS
November 9, 2012 | By Kate Harman, FOR THE INQUIRER
Talk to members of the Archbishop Wood girls' soccer team, and you are bound to hear a lot about second chances. A second chance at a season, after losing in the Catholic League semifinals but still making it to the Class AA state tournament. A second chance against Villa Joseph Marie, to which they lost during a preseason scrimmage. A second chance for a senior class that previously had experienced only success. But the most important second chance for the Vikings in Thursday's first-round state playoff game against the Jems was a scoring opportunity.
SPORTS
March 14, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Villa Maria had the Archbishop Wood girls' basketball team on the ropes. Down by just three with a minute remaining in the third quarter, the Hurricanes had all the momentum and were taking it to Wood on both ends of the floor. The Vikings, led by their poised senior class, never panicked. They went on to win easily, 53-31, Wednesday night in the second round of the PIAA Class AAA state tournament at Colonial Elementary School in Plymouth Meeting. "We just couldn't lose," senior Rachel Day said.
SPORTS
October 6, 2014 | By Mark Whited, Inquirer Staff Writer
When teams built on strong goalkeeping, solid defenses, and aggressive offenses collide in soccer, their game can easily end in a draw. Consider the Catholic League boys' matchup of rivals Archbishop Wood and Father Judge on Saturday. In a battle for sole possession of second place in the league, the host Crusaders tied Wood, 1-1, through two overtimes. "It was a typical Catholic League game, tough and hard-nosed," Father Judge coach John Dunlop said. "We came out the first 20 minutes trying to execute our game plan, which I thought we were doing.
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SPORTS
June 4, 2016 | By Amanda Johncola, STAFF WRITER
Archbishop Wood defeated Franklin Towne Charter, 16-0, at La Salle High to earn its third consecutive District 12 Class 3A title. Sean Hughes was the winning pitcher, giving up one hit in four innings pitched and striking out four. Bobby Heck went 2 for 3, scoring two runs and driving in two for the Vikings, while Joey Lancellotti went 2 for 2 with a run scored and four RBIs. District 12 4A. Sean Vega hit an RBI single in the top of the third to bring in Giovanni Ortega for the winning run in Olney's 5-4 victory over Father Judge at George Washington.
SPORTS
May 25, 2016 | By Aaron Carter, STAFF WRITER
For nearly an hour, the only sounds emanating from the lacrosse field at Neumann University were the pitter-patter of raindrops and the clap of thunder. That is, however, until Archbishop Wood and Archbishop Carroll finally bounded noisily from the school's gymnasium adjacent the field, cheering their freedom after lightning caused a considerable delay. When play finally resumed, an hour and 41 minutes had lapsed, but Carroll's girls wasted no time claiming their 16th consecutive Catholic League championship with a 21-4 victory.
SPORTS
May 18, 2016 | By Jack Goodwillie and Rick O'Brien, STAFF WRITERS
Archbishop Wood's Marisa Browne struck out eight batters Monday in a nine-inning, 4-3 home victory over Archbishop Ryan in Catholic League softball. Alicia Skinner scored the winning run on an error. SOL American. Meghan Smajda, who is pitching with a torn knee ligament, got her first win as visiting Cheltenham beat Springfield (Montco), 3-1. Baseball Angus Mayock knocked in four runs and earned the win as visiting Conestoga defeated Upper Darby, 14-4, in the second game of a doubleheader.
SPORTS
May 13, 2016 | By Rick O'Brien, STAFF WRITER
Christian Lutz's aggressive approach at the plate has helped put Father Judge in position to make a run at its first Catholic League title since 2000. "The first pitch, if it's there, I'm going for it," the junior designated hitter said. "It's usually worked pretty well for me. " Continuing his recent tear, Lutz went 3 for 4 from the cleanup spot as the visiting Crusaders downed Archbishop Wood, 7-1, in a first-place showdown Wednesday afternoon in Warminster. Lutz, a lefty hitter, slammed two homers to right field in last week's 3-2 triumph over La Salle at Ramp Playground.
SPORTS
May 8, 2016 | By Rick O'Brien, STAFF WRITER
It was a whirlwind of positive developments for Mark Webb. College football heavyweights Alabama, Georgia, and Iowa offered scholarships to the Archbishop Wood junior wide receiver on Monday. "That's a pretty good day's work," Wood coach Steve Devlin said. Webb's reaction? "I was surprised," he said. "I couldn't believe it. It was like a childhood dream. " A day earlier, the 6-foot-2, 202-pounder received an invitation to the Opening Finals, a showcase event for the nation's top prospects that is scheduled for July 5-10 at Nike Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. Webb earned a golden-ticket invite to the Opening after his efforts at the Opening Regional last Sunday at the New York Jets practice facility in Florham Park, N.J. The 18-year-old from Mount Airy will be joined in Oregon by St. Joseph's Prep all-purpose back D'Andre Swift and Cherry Hill West cornerback Harrison Hand.
SPORTS
April 28, 2016 | By Rick O'Brien, Staff Writer
Brian Klumpp was the pitching coach for Archbishop Wood's mostly successful team for the last five seasons. That stint was capped by the program's first Catholic League title in 22 years. Now the first-year skipper at Central Bucks South, Klumpp has the improved Titans in position to earn top honors in the Suburban One League Continental Conference. "He's made it a comfortable environment, lightened the mood, and let us to go out there and play with confidence," senior shortstop Kyle Rossi said.
SPORTS
April 22, 2016 | By Matt Cassidy, Staff Writer
Trailing 4-2, Northeast's Chris Castro was hit by a pitch to begin the bottom of the seventh inning of Wednesday's Public League Division A matchup. The ensuing batter, Jordan Montero, was originally called out by the first-base umpire until a conference at home plate resulted in a reversal of the decision, because the first baseman's foot left the bag on a wide throw. Central's coach argued the call until he was ejected. Following the brief recess, Castro advanced to third on a wild pitch.
SPORTS
April 11, 2016 | By Rick O, Columnist
Roman Catholic's Tony Carr, Neumann-Goretti's Quade Green, and Friends' Central's De'Andre Hunter are the top performers in their schools' respective classifications. That's according to the all-state teams selected by a panel of Pennsylvania sportswriters and media members and announced Saturday afternoon. Carr, a senior point guard who is ticketed for Penn State, was voted Class 4A player of the year; Green, a junior guard and high-major recruit, headed the 3A list; and Hunter, a 6-foot-7 senior wing bound for Virginia, was the No. 1 vote-getter in 2A. Joining Carr as Class 4A first-team all-state picks were Roman teammates and fellow Penn State recruits Lamar Stevens and Nazeer Bostick.
SPORTS
April 7, 2016 | By Rick O'Brien, Staff Writer
Kody Cracknell plans to compete to be Archbishop Wood's starter at quarterback, replacing two-year standout and Temple recruit Anthony Russo next season. If poise under pressure is a big factor in Steve Devlin's choice of a new signal-caller, the 6-foot, 190-pound righthander should have a real shot at the job. Cracknell provided four innings of solid relief as the Vikings nipped Neumann-Goretti, 6-5, in eight innings in the Catholic League baseball opener for both squads Tuesday afternoon in chilly South Philadelphia.
SPORTS
April 2, 2016 | By Rick O, Columnist
Wissahickon has the look of a Suburban One League American Conference - and maybe even PIAA District 1 Class 4A - title contender. A solid nucleus features a trio of Division I recruits. Senior second baseman Blake Rapoport is bound for Lehigh and juniors Alexander Tappen and Matt Shilling, infielders who also pitch, are ticketed for Virginia and Delaware, respectively. And the squad's ace righthander, junior Logan Willans, put up solid numbers last season while earning second-team all-league honors.
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