May 13, 2014 |
WHEN THE Roman Catholic High baseball team broke its huddle Saturday afternoon, Joe Mangano emerged, head down, tears streaming from his face as raindrops fell from the bruise-colored clouds overhead. Teammates showered the 6-3, 200-pound first baseman with support, patting his head, arms and shoulder. Ah, but these weren't tears of sadness; a hodgepodge of emotions were at play. The victorious hero, who knocked in the game-winning run with a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning, was just a few minutes removed from believing he had cost his team the game.
May 12, 2014 |
Joe Mangano finished 4 for 5, but his biggest contribution at the plate Saturday wasn't a hit. Mangano lifted a ninth-inning sacrifice fly to right field to score Conor Smith and give the Roman Catholic baseball team a 6-5 win at Archbishop Wood in the first round of the Catholic League playoffs. Connor McKenna pitched the final two innings and allowed no hits to get the win. Starter Kyle Rogalski let up one earned run on three hits in seven innings. Archbishop Wood tied the score in the bottom of the seventh when Matt Funk scored from third on a balk.
May 9, 2014 |
AT 6-3 and 210 pounds, La Salle High's Mitch Soufleris is tough to handle on the lacrosse field. Yesterday, the senior attacker used girth instead of guile as the Explorers started slowly but finished with alacrity en route to a 12-6 conquest of host Archbishop Wood. With nimble feet and a rocket shot, Soufleris, who will attend the University of Rochester next season, scored two goals and added two assists yesterday mainly by backing down smaller defenders near the goal. However, that was yesterday.
April 27, 2014 |
An hour had passed since Fran McGlinn finished some light drills with his father, but the Archbishop Wood junior's heart was racing wildly. It was not a strenuous workout, just some simple fine-tuning of McGlinn's shot before a summer AAU tournament. McGlinn's mother checked his heart rate. It was more than 100 beats per minute and would not slow down. He was diagnosed days later - Aug. 15, 2005 - with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. It is the same heart disease that killed Hank Gathers.
April 21, 2014 |
Council Rock North didn't take long to erase a 4-0 deficit Saturday. The Indians scored seven runs between the fourth and fifth innings and held on to beat visiting Steinert (N.J.), 7-5, in a nonleague baseball game. Cole Hoffman started a four-run, game-tying rally with a two-run single in the fourth. Noah Hartwell gave Council Rock North the lead in the fifth when he cleared the bases with a triple. Tyler Callender, a Delaware recruit, had two doubles for Council Rock North.
April 17, 2014 |
After taking a leave of absence last season because of a family health issue, Archbishop Wood girls' basketball coach Jim Ricci has resigned. Ricci won three straight PIAA Class AAA state championships beginning in 2010. The Vikings were coached this past season by John Gallagher, Ricci's longtime assistant. They lost in the Catholic League final to Neumann-Goretti and finished as District 12 Class AAA champions. The head coaching position has been posted, and applicants have until April 29 to apply.
April 5, 2014 |
Bonner-Prendergast knocked Archbishop Wood out of the baseball playoffs three years ago on a walk-off hit by pitch in a game Friars coach Joe DeBarberie said he would never forget. Bonner-Prendergast beat visiting Archbishop Wood on another walk-off hit by pitch Thursday, 2-1, in a Catholic League matchup, and DeBarberie will have a reason to remember this victory, as well: It was the 100th of his career. "It means, for six years going into my seventh, I've had tremendous players and great coaches on my staff," said DeBarberie, who received a celebratory cake from the players' mothers after the game.
March 25, 2014 |
HERSHEY - Archbishop Wood coach John Gallagher gave his team a speech before their first game on Dec. 15. It was his first year as head coach, but he could see where the season was going. He told them about the quality of people sitting in the room with him at that very moment. He told them the basketball season was a marathon, not a sprint, and they would have to climb the proverbial ladder. "I said that speech on December 15th because I thought I was going to be here tonight," Gallagher said Saturday night after the PIAA Class AAA championship game.
March 24, 2014 |
HERSHEY, Pa. - The basketball bounced on the Giant Center court, and the shoes of the Archbishop Wood girls' players rubbed against the floor, causing squeaks, as the Vikings pressed on defense. As the game progressed, the bounces got closer together and the feet moved more quickly. But the intensity didn't translate into a victory, as Wood fell to Blackhawk in the PIAA Class AAA championship game, 51-43, Saturday night. Chassidy Omogrosso paced Blackhawk (28-2) on both ends of the floor, consistently getting to the rim on offense and wreaking havoc on defense.
March 24, 2014 |
Malvern Prep opened its baseball season Saturday by sweeping a pair of visiting opponents from the Catholic League in a nonleague doubleheader. Jake Mullan's RBI single in the sixth inning gave Malvern a 3-2 win over St. Joseph's Prep in the opener. His two-out hit drove in Clay Koniencki, who had led off with a double and moved to third on a wild pitch. In the second game, Tim Quinn starred as the Friars defeated Archbishop Carroll, 3-1. Quinn allowed one earned run in four innings to get the win and went 2 for 2. In other nonleague games: Archbishop Wood staved off a late rally from visiting Germantown Academy to prevail, 7-6. Matt Mandes went 2 for 4 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored.