February 11, 2014 |
WITH A LAST name like Slusarczyk, maybe Ricky doesn't look much to score to avoid tying the tongues of public address announcers. Yesterday was senior appreciation day at St. Joseph's Prep so the 6-4 senior forward had no worries about an unfamiliar voice taking a cleaver to his surname. "The announcer today did pretty well," Slusarczyk (sloo-SAR-check) joked postgame. "I hear Slus-HER-chick and Slu-JER-zick a lot; all kinds of names really. Some people just stop trying. They just say Slussss and just give up. " Slusarczyk is a rebounder by nature so anytime he grabs as many boards as letters in his name - it was probably a good day. He gobbled 10 off the glass yesterday in the Prep's 56-40 win over visiting Archbishop Wood.
February 7, 2014 |
For his on-field mean streak and lights-out blocking, Ryan Bates was a high-profile member of the football Class of 2015 even before Archbishop Wood's drive last season to the PIAA Class AAA state championship. The offensive tackle's recruiting stock has continued to rise, with Big Ten powers Michigan and Michigan State, last year's conference champion, offering scholarships to the 6-foot-5, 280-pound stalwart last week. "It's real exciting," said Bates, an Inquirer first-team all-Southeastern Pennsylvania selection last season.
February 3, 2014 |
To play for the Neumann-Goretti girls' basketball team means to be in a constant state of motion. On defense, the Saints use quick feet to slide and get in help position, while their hands relentlessly badger the opposing player. Those same hands tip countless passes, ensuring that no passing lane is safe. On the offensive end, the Saints move well off the ball and need only a couple of dribbles to get enough space for an open shot. In other words, the Saints are go-go-go right from the tipoff.
February 1, 2014 |
When Vic Stanley returned to coaching wrestling at Archbishop Wood a season ago, the wheels had already been set into motion. "Three years ago there were seven kids on the team," Stanley said. "Rumor had it that they were talking about dropping the sport. This year, we have 27 kids on the team. This improvement was due to the fact that [coach emeritus] Steve Peters and [assistant coaches] Chris Meister, Kevin Reilly, Erich Meister, and all of those guys stepped up three years ago. . . . They stepped up and saved the program.
January 29, 2014
Archbishop Wood's girls beat West Chester Rustin, 75-55, in the Blue Chip Basketball Super Sunday Showcase. The wrong winner was listed in scores in Monday's editions.
January 29, 2014 |
ERNEST AFLAKPUI was in prime viewing position yesterday during Archbishop Carroll's best stretch against host Archbishop Wood. As 6-6 junior forward Derrick Jones and the Patriots sprang for 54 second-half points en route to an 83-52 victory, Aflakpui was parked on the bench with the referee blues. A 6-9 junior center, Aflakpui hides from whistles the way skyscrapers hide from skylines. And that includes logging court time with Wood's 6-7, 285-pound building Joe LoStracco. Aflakpui's 15 points and seven rebounds didn't make LoStracco look small by any stretch, but he certainly commanded the paint with aplomb in the first half.
January 27, 2014 |
Archbishop Wood shut out Conwell-Egan on Saturday, 73-0, to clinch the Catholic League Red Division title and qualify for the wrestling playoffs for the first time since 2004. Freshman Austin Gillick earned his first varsity pin at 132 pounds in 4 minutes, 27 seconds, helping Wood improve to 5-0 in the league. The Vikings will return to the playoffs and host La Salle at 7 p.m. Monday. Ghost Town Duals. Mason Houriet's major decision at 285 pounds was the difference in Pennsbury's 40-39 win against Hatboro-Horsham at the Ghost Town Duals at Abington.
January 17, 2014 |
LUKE CONNAGHAN knows exactly who Moses Malone is. Well, sort of. "Yeah, [with] John Stockton," the Archbishop Wood power forward said. Crickets chirped. "Oh, no - Moses!" Connaghan rebounded quickly. "I'm sorry. Yeah, Sixers, right? Played on the Sixers awhile ago?" The minuscule faux pas was emblematic of the 6-4 center's night at Father Judge. Connaghan scored his Catholic League season-best, 25 points, on 10-for-17 shooting with a few vintage-Moses putbacks. The Vikings (8-5, 5-0)
January 10, 2014 |
WHAT IN the world is a 6-7, 285-pound center supposed to do in an up-tempo offense? Simple: Run! So, Joe LoStracco laces up his size-18s for Archbishop Wood and hoofs it every day before practice. While the little guys do skill work, the big senior works on conditioning drills. In fact, before last night's tipoff against Bishop McDevitt, first-year Viking coach John Mosco revealed that LoStracco would come off the bench until he returned to basketball form after a season on the football team's offensive line.
December 24, 2013 |
All Asia Baker has to do is text or call her coach, Dan Dougherty, if she thinks she needs to work on her jump shot. He'll open the Plymouth Whitemarsh gym for her, and the senior will spend the next hour or so taking a couple of hundred shots to fix whatever problem she might be having. It isn't remarkable that Baker, a 5-foot-10 guard/forward for the Colonials girls' basketball team, has developed such a rapport with her coach. What's interesting is that she has felt so comfortable with her new squad since the moment she met Dougherty in May. But Baker, a transfer from Shipley, isn't just any new player for the Colonials.