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December 13, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Archbishop Wood is on the doorstep of a third state title. In their fifth championship-game appearance in seven seasons, the Vikings (13-1) clash with District 7's Central Valley (15-0) at 7 p.m. Friday at Hersheypark Stadium. Central Valley, of suburban Pittsburgh, was founded five years ago after the merger of the Center Area and Monaca school districts. Wood is focused on slowing Warriors running back Jordan Whitehead. The 6-foot, 185-pounder has carried 135 times for 1,899 yards and 22 touchdowns.
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December 12, 2014 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
St. Joseph's Prep, in looking to capture its second consecutive PIAA Class AAAA state football title, is preparing for a major aerial assault. Pine-Richland quarterback Ben DiNucci has connected on 246 of his 355 passes for 3,886 yards and 42 touchdowns. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound senior is 66 yards shy of breaking the state's single-season passing record. "He's really fun to watch," St. Joseph's coach Gabe Infante said. "I love the way he throws the football. And he seems like a real cool customer under pressure.
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December 9, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
WHEN YOU'RE 5-8, 165 pounds and can run like the wind, it's a good idea to have very big bodyguards. Such is the case for Jarrett McClenton, the Archbishop Wood senior running back who is one of the most dynamic runners in the state. In Saturday's 63-20 Class AAA semifinal landslide win over Somerset, McClenton finished with 230 yards and three touchdowns on just 12 attempts (19.1 per). Not to be outdone, fellow senior Alex Arcangeli added three more scores and 140 yards on just 10 totes (14 per)
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December 9, 2014 | By Christian Hetrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tony Carr finished with 23 points and six assists, but his biggest play of the day came on defense. With 50 seconds left and his team up a point, Carr intercepted a half-court inbound pass and made a layup. The steal and score sealed the Roman Catholic boys' basketball team's 63-61 win over Haverford School Sunday in the All City Classic at Girard College. Nazeer Bostick added 14 points and six rebounds for Roman Catholic, The Inquirer's No. 2-ranked team in the preseason in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
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December 9, 2014 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
Growing up, Alex Arcangeli often played that old kids' game, "Kill the Man with the Ball. " And in what is pretty much a survival-of-the-fittest contest, he was usually the last standing. These days, positioned at fullback for Archbishop Wood, Arcangeli is just as aggressive, bullish, and punishing when carrying the ball. "Once I make contact with a player, I don't want that player to take me down," the 6-foot, 220-pound senior said. "I want it to take more than just one guy. I try to push the pile back as much as I can. " Saturday afternoon at Chambersburg High's rain-soaked field, Arcangeli rumbled for three first-half touchdowns as the Vikings hammered District 5's Somerset, 63-20, in a PIAA Class AAA state semifinal and moved closer to their third title.
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December 8, 2014 | By Tom Sixeas, For The Inquirer
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Archbishop Wood secured its fourth straight trip to the PIAA Class AAA football final with a 63-20 demolition of Somerset in the semifinals on a rainy and cold Saturday at Trojan Stadium. The Vikings will be looking for their second straight state title and third in the last four seasons when they face Central Valley, which defeated Bishop McDevitt, 26-21, Friday night. The title game is set for 7 p.m. Friday at Hersheypark Stadium. Wood (13-1) game-planned for the weather, as it attempted just two passes, both incomplete, and ran the ball 39 times for 525 yards and 18 first downs.
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December 7, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
THERE COULD come a time when Ryan Neher is living a life dedicated to the service and protection of others. But for now, the 6-3, 255-pound center is just happy to be back healthy and protecting quarterbacks and running backs. It was a Tuesday night in October when the Archbishop Wood senior wrenched his left wrist competing in drill work against the scout team. Ever the competitor, the Richboro resident finished practice and gave another go the following day. It was La Salle Week, after all. "I was still able to move it right after," Neher said, "but as it sat, it swelled up. " Bulbous and painful, Neher's wrist was put in a cast, then operated on after a scan revealed a fracture.
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December 6, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Archbishop Wood clinched its seventh consecutive berth in the PIAA Class AAA state semifinals with a romp last Friday over Great Valley. Next for the white-hot Vikings, who are looking to earn their fifth trip to Hershey, is a clash with District 5's Somerset at 1 p.m., Saturday, at Chambersburg Area High. Somerset is a small town about 70 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. The Golden Eagles (13-1) easily dispatched mistake-prone Bethlehem Catholic, 30-0, in a quarterfinal Saturday at Chambersburg.
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December 4, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
TALK OF brotherhoods and bonds abound when you speak with enough high school athletes. Of course, indelible connections can be forged while logging hours at practice that sometimes amount to more minutes spent near huddles than in your actual home. Blood, sweat and the occasional tear are shed with these people, all while sacrificing a certain amount of individuality for a larger, collective goal. So perhaps it's easy for those familial terms to become a bit cliché and hyperbolic when espoused by teenagers in the midst of a championship chase.
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December 3, 2014
IT'S official; Saturday will be packed with PIAA playoff football. In the AAAA semifinal, St. Joseph's Prep stays in town at 1 p.m. to "host" top-seeded Pennsbury from District 1 at Charles Martin Memorial Field in the Northeast. In AAA semifinal action, Archbishop Wood treks to Chambersburg High to face District 5 No. 1-seeded Somerset at 1 p.m. Last season, the St. Joseph's Prep Hawks beat the team from Neshaminy, 37-21, in the Northeast, while Wood devoured Berwick, 42-14, at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown.
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