September 11, 2015 |
Emma Loving scored two goals, including the winner, as Central Bucks East, The Inquirer's No. 2-ranked girls' soccer team in Southeastern Pennsylvania, overcame No. 1 Pennridge, 3-2, in overtime on Wednesday afternoon in a Suburban One Continental matchup. Loving scored the winner in the 97th minute during the second overtime period. Maddie Myrtetus had the other goal for Central Bucks East. Catholic League. No. 10 Archbishop Ryan and Archbishop Wood fought to a 1-1 tie after two overtime periods.
September 10, 2015 |
NAME A SPORT and you'll find hundreds of kids in the area working hard and sacrificing every day with a singular goal in mind. Nearly every high school athlete has dreams of playing a Division I sport. In fact, one Public League football player's Twitter profile recently included a photo of a text message conversation, which illustrates the point. The first message said: "I wanna be in love. " The response: "I wanna go d1 . . . " After Week 1 of the high school football season, two players will share our first Player of the Week honor.
August 30, 2015 |
The Inquirer's Preseason Top 25. Last season's record in parentheses: 1. St. Joseph's Prep (11-3). The Hawks' bid for a third straight Class AAAA state title is headed by tailback D'Andre Swift, two-way back Benny Walls, and offensive linemen Charlie Holsopple and Ed Mooney. Four-year starter Joe DuMond is a force at fullback and defensive tackle. 2. Imhotep Charter (11-2). Albie Crosby's squad has ample speed and size. The Panthers are led by tight end Naseir Upshur, offensive linemen Johncarlo Valentin (6-5, 340)
August 12, 2015 |
Archbishop Wood's Tom Funk, a 5-foot-11 senior point guard who earned second-team all-Catholic League honors last season, made an oral commitment to Army on Monday. Funk received a scholarship offer from Army in April. He made his second visit to West Point on Friday. "Committing to Army is a big life decision," the 17-year-old from Warrington said. "But it's a great opportunity. It will give me the tools for future success. " Funk averaged 14.6 points, 5.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds, and 3 steals while helping Wood to an 18-6 overall record last season.
August 7, 2015 |
KURT STENGEL mentioned in his eighth-grade yearbook profile that his future plans included joining the Naval Academy. "It's just something I've always wanted to do," the Archbishop Wood senior offensive lineman said. "And when I visited the campus, that sealed the deal. It's a great opportunity. " Stengel, a 6-4, 265-pound tackle who helped the Vikings go 14-1 and claim a second straight PIAA Class AAA state title last season, committed to Navy yesterday. Stengel's other scholarship offer came from Bryant.
June 12, 2015 |
Two of the area's premier senior-to-be quarterbacks, Council Rock North's Brandon McIlwain and Archbishop Wood's Anthony Russo, have been invited to participate in the prestigious Elite 11 camp finals next month. McIlwain, who has committed to South Carolina, earned an automatic berth when he was selected as the top performer at last weekend's semifinals in Los Angeles. Russo, who directed Wood to a PIAA Class AAA state championship last season and is ticketed for Rutgers, received word of his invitation, the 15th handed out, Wednesday night.
May 30, 2015 |
As a 6-foot-3, 175-pound freshman, Colin Scanlon needed a few games to adjust to junior varsity baseball at St. Joseph's Prep. The lefthander was only 15 years old and most of his friends played on the freshman team. "At first it was a little intimidating playing with the older kids," said Scanlon, now a sophomore for the Hawks. "But we got in the swing of it and it was fine after a few games. " In the District 12 Class AAAA title game Thursday against Olney, Scanlon was the king of cool on a sweltering day, striking out 11 en route to an 11-1 Prep victory at Ashburn Field.
May 25, 2015 |
After a nail-biting conclusion to Catholic League baseball final, Archbishop Wood skipper Jim DiGuiseppe Jr. ripped an imaginary monkey off his father's back during an on-field celebration. Before handing over the reins to his son in 2012 and staying on as an assistant, Jim DiGuiseppe Sr. guided the squad for 17 years without capturing the first-place hardware. After three more seasons of frustration for the father-son duo, the Vikings ended a 22-year drought Saturday afternoon by holding off a late Neumann-Goretti rally and triumphing, 3-2, under sunny skies at Immaculata University.
May 22, 2015 |
Archbishop Wood didn't take the easy route in advancing to the Catholic League baseball final for the first time since prevailing in 1993. Trailing La Salle by 3-1, the Vikings rallied for three runs in their last two at-bats, with the deciding score coming on a two-out throwing error, and eked out an improbable 4-3 semifinal win Wednesday at sun-splashed Neumann University. "Survive and advance, baby," elated Wood skipper Jim DiGuiseppe Jr. said. "It's playoff baseball. We kept getting at it. We were resilient today.
May 20, 2015 |
ARCHBISHOP WOOD junior quarterback Anthony Russo committed yesterday afternoon to play at Rutgers. "I like the family-type atmosphere and that it almost feels like a second home," the Doylestown resident said. "And I had a great connection with the coaches. " The 6-4, 220-pounder threw for more than 1,500 yards and 22 touchdowns last season while leading the Vikings to their second straight PIAA Class AAA state title. He chose Rutgers over Bucknell, Buffalo, Connecticut, Monmouth and Temple.