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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.
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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
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.
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.
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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.
SPORTS
March 26, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
A Catholic League championship - the first since 2011 - a third straight District 12 Class 3A title, and a fourth state championship since 2010. Those were the highlights that defined Archbishop Wood's season. And what highlights they are, earning the Vikings the title of Southeastern Pennsylvania team of the year. After starting 4-6, Wood won 21 games to close out the season, defeating some of the state's best in the process. In that span, the most points allowed by the Vikings' stingy defense was 41. The numbers and accolades are impressive, but the way Wood went about winning was even more so. Methodical, disciplined, calm - there's nothing flashy about the Vikings, except maybe their stellar ball movement.
SPORTS
March 20, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
HERSHEY, Pa. - Bailey Greenberg calls her cousin Shannon May, her teammate on the Archbishop Wood girls' basketball team, the "little annoying one" on the court. It stems from her performance in practice, where often, Greenberg is low post and May slides down in a help defense. "Go guard your own girl," Greenberg thinks to herself when she sees No. 3 come her way. But the "pest" won't, that's not what she's made of. Instead, May wears the nickname - a term of endearment - as a badge of honor.
SPORTS
March 19, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
It started with a phone call. Then Cassie Sebold heard a loud bang on the Archbishop Wood girls' basketball team bus. "What the heck was that," the junior remembers thinking. Sebold heard the noise the night the Vikings won the program's second Catholic League championship. There senior Claire Bassetti was - less than an hour after the jubilation - on the phone with her father, Tom. "Do you have your white jersey in your bag?" he asked her that Monday night. The point guard proceeded to rummage - the loud noise the sound of her school shoes catapulting to the back of the bus. She checked and checked for her home No. 30 - the away No. 30 safely packed away - having worn it for 32 minutes on the floor of the Palestra.
SPORTS
March 17, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
As the scoreboard starts to count down in the first quarter, Karly Brown prepares herself. Sitting on the bench for the Archbishop Wood girls' basketball team, the junior guard watches to get a "feel for the game. " She looks for potential matchups and to see how her opponents compare to the scouting report. Then the clock counts down some more. Who is lefthanded? Brown asks herself. Who is righthanded? It's the little details she focuses on. Then the clock strikes 5 minutes.
SPORTS
March 16, 2016 | By the Inquirer Staff
Here is a look at the local girls' basketball teams set to play in Tuesday night's PIAA state semifinals: Class 4A: North Penn (29-3) vs. Cardinal O'Hara (25-3), 7:30 p.m. at Spring-Ford. This game was set up after two nail-biters in the quarterfinal round on Friday. North Penn, ranked No. 4 by the Inquirer, advanced to the state semifinals for the first time after slipping past Neshaminy, 42-41, and O'Hara, ranked No. 3, advanced with a 46-44 win over Garnet Valley. Expect O'Hara to play special attention to North Penn's Mikaela Giuliani and Jess Huber, although the Maidens often have balanced scoring.
SPORTS
March 15, 2016
1 Win away from a third consecutive trip to the PIAA state final for both Archbishop Wood and Neumann-Goretti. 4 Local teams left across all classes of the PIAA state tournament: Archbishop Wood, Cardinal O'Hara, Neumann-Goretti, and North Penn. 27 Combined points for Garnet Valley freshmen Brianne Borcky and Emily McAteer in the state quarterfinals.
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