February 5, 2016 |
Dean Jakeman grew up around the corner from Archbishop Wood, but he never envisioned himself attending the school. Jakeman - now a junior at Father Judge - said he instead always felt a "personal rivalry" with Wood. "Wood has always been in the back of my head because I grew up 30 seconds from here, I looked at this school every day, and then I ended up going to Judge when I moved to Philly in eighth grade," Jakeman said. "But I always had something out for Wood. I always wanted to get them.
January 31, 2016 |
The recipe for success for the Archbishop Wood basketball team isn't complicated. Getting the ingredients to coalesce, however, has been a challenge at times. The Vikings had no such worries Friday night against La Salle in a 73-63 victory in front of a raucous home crowd. The win was the third straight for Wood (10-7, 4-5), which had lost four straight games in Catholic League play before its recent streak. The biggest difference: playing team basketball. "I think they realized that if they trust each other, trust in the system and play together, they're hard to beat," said coach John Mosco.
January 19, 2016
Boys' Basketball MARTIN LUTHER KING TOURNAMENT Mastery North 68, Freire Charter 65 Bartram 80, Palumbo 49 CATHOLIC LEAGUE Conwell-Egan 61, Bonner-Prendergast 44 Archbishop Carroll 63, St. Joseph's Prep 49 Father Judge 62, Bishop McDevitt 40 Roman Catholic 52, La Salle 48 (OT) PUBLIC LEAGUE DIVISION B Sankofa Freedom 62, Frankford 54 NONLEAGUE Boys' Latin 72, New Foundations 46 Upper Darby 70, Dieruff 59 Coatesville 79, West Catholic 60 Abington Heights 63, Lower Merion 55 Salesianum 52, Downingtown East 49 (OT)
January 18, 2016 |
Archbishop Wood senior Anthony Russo, a strong-armed quarterback who drew serious recruiting interest from Louisiana State, announced his commitment to play at Temple on Saturday. The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder made his decision to play on North Broad Street a day after receiving a visit at school from LSU head coach Les Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. "I want to stay close to home and represent my city, and I'm going to recruit the best talent in Philly to do the same," Russo said.
January 15, 2016 |
Mike Power is no Shaquille O'Neal. And that's a good thing for Father Judge. Power made all 13 of his free-throw attempts in the fourth quarter Wednesday night as Father Judge held off Archbishop Wood, 80-71, in a Catholic League boys' basketball game. Power, who also had six assists, scored all 15 of his points in the final quarter. Marc Rodriguez scored a game-high 24 points and shot 9 for 9 from the floor. Tommy Funk scored 19 points for Archbishop Wood, which trailed by 49-32 after three quarters.
January 13, 2016 |
Archbishop Wood quarterback Anthony Russo has backed out of his commitment from Rutgers and reopened his recruitment, he announced Monday night on Twitter. "The past few weeks praying and sitting down with my family, we have decided that it is in my best interest to decommit from Rutgers University," the 6-foot-4, 225-pounder wrote. It is expected that new Rutgers coach Chris Ash will run a spread attack with a dual-threat QB at the controls. That likely played a part in Russo's decision.
January 12, 2016 |
Matiss Kulackovskis needed every inch of his 6-foot-7 frame Sunday as the Archbishop Ryan junior charged at an Archbishop Wood shooter with about 15 seconds left in a Catholic League thriller. Wood sophomore Tyree Pickron had already hit a critical three-pointer 13 seconds earlier, but with Wood trailing by two points, his right-wing three would have given the host Vikings the lead. Instead, Kulackovskis closed quickly, blocked Pickron's shot, and collected the loose ball to help ensure Ryan's come-from-behind, 62-59 victory.
January 10, 2016 |
Mackenzie Gardler says her mother, Katie, doesn't like it when the sophomore guard is at the foul line. Much like being the parent of a goalkeeper, a pitcher or any other position where the onus of the attention is all on one person, watching a loved one shoot free throws can be nerve-racking. Cover your eyes, butterflies in your stomach, clench your jaw. Nerve-racking. Add a close contest for Gardler's Cardinal O'Hara girls' basketball team against league rival Archbishop Wood and an intense atmosphere, and it's safe to say that for the first three quarters Friday night, Katie Gardler was feeling it from her spot in the bleachers.
December 31, 2015 |
Toeing the foul line with less than 30 seconds remaining, and a win over a national power on the line, is a tall order for any high school basketball player. But on Thursday in Mesa, Ariz., Archbishop Wood's Matt Cerruti never capitulated. The junior connected on a pair of free throws with 20 seconds remaining to lift the Vikings to a 56-54 win over Mountain Ridge (Ariz.) in a Visit Mesa Challenge boys' basketball game. Mountain Ridge is the top-ranked team in Arizona and the 20th-ranked team in the nation, according to Maxpreps.