May 8, 2016 |
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.
April 28, 2016 |
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.
April 22, 2016 |
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.
April 11, 2016 |
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.
April 7, 2016 |
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.
April 2, 2016 |
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.
March 26, 2016 |
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.
March 20, 2016 |
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.
March 19, 2016 |
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.
March 17, 2016 |
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.