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.
March 16, 2016 |
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.
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.
March 14, 2016 |
Everything the Archbishop Wood girls' basketball players did Saturday afternoon looked to be second nature to them. Every cut. Every pass. Every defensive slide. But it started before the contest against Gwynedd Mercy even began. From the way the Vikings warmed up at Archbishop Ryan to the demeanor of the players during the announcement of starting lineups, it all seemed rather routine for them. Then Wood stepped onto the floor to compete, and it was more of the same. The Vikings had been there, done that - and the experience and composure showed.
March 11, 2016 |
The District 1 Class 4A champions are moving on to the quarterfinals of the PIAA boys' basketball tournament. Plymouth Whitemarsh marched onto the next round of the bracket with a 58-44 win over Bangor on Wednesday. Xzavier Malone led the charge for the Colonials, scoring 20 points in the game at the Geigle Complex in Reading. Mike Lotito scored 10 of his 16 points in a third quarter that saw PW outscore Bangor, 20-7. He also added five rebounds, three steals, and two assists.