February 19, 2014 |
Penn Charter made clear early on in its 43-34 win over visiting Notre Dame on Monday that this meeting wouldn't be the same as their first. Notre Dame had taken both games between the two during the Inter-Ac regular season. But this contest, a quarterfinal of the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Tournament, went differently right from the start. Playing tight man-to-man defense, third-seeded Penn Charter held No. 6 Notre Dame to one field goal - a three pointer - in the first half, and built a 22-11 lead.
February 13, 2014 |
Bailey Greenberg knew what she was getting into when she transferred from Gwynedd Mercy to Archbishop Wood this past year. Well, kind of. The sophomore forward has a long family history at Wood, with two aunts, Kathy and Kelly, who played on the girls' basketball team. Greenberg might not have known the offensive system the Vikings run or the kind of opponents she would face, but she knew Wood basketball was about winning championships. Needless to say, the first couple games were nerve-racking, especially when the squad traveled to Arizona early in the season.
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)