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.
December 18, 2013 |
Eric Cassidy hopes that the Jimmy V Classic at Schalick High will become a feature of the start of the South Jersey boys' basketball season. Cassidy, the Schalick boys' basketball coach, has put together a seven-game, 14-team showcase to begin the season with an all-day event Saturday at the Salem County school in Pittsgrove. The event is special to Cassidy, who lost his mother, Debbie, to cancer in October 2011. This will be the second year of the showcase. At the initial event in 2012, organizers raised $3,000, Cassidy said.
December 16, 2013 |
It was relatively simple for Margaret Anne Hubbell last season: Show up, work hard, and she would make her mark on the Germantown Academy girls' basketball team. And the seniors, they would do all the talking. A year later, things are a bit different for the forward, now a senior herself. Last season, as a starter for the Patriots, Hubbell averaged almost 12 points, scoring a season-high 23 twice and netting double digits 15 times. Hubbell also was a strong presence on the boards for GA, grabbing a season high of 14. Now, with Hubbell the only senior on the Patriots, her role has changed.
December 15, 2013 |
HERSHEY - With Archbishop Wood trailing at halftime, coach Steve Devlin didn't have any magic potions or complicated speeches. Last season, his team faced a long bus ride back to Warminster after losing in the final. Not this season. The Vikings claimed their second PIAA Class AAA championship in 3 years with a 22-10 victory over Harrisburg's Bishop McDevitt. "We played well in the first half," Devlin said. "But we didn't play up to our standards, and I told them they had a half to make memories for themselves.