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August 31, 2012
Inquirer's Preseason State Rankings With PIAA district and last year's record. Class AAAA 1. North Allegheny (7)    14-1 2. La Salle (12)    12-2 3. Central Dauphin (3)    15-1 4. Easton (11)    11-3 5. Downingtown East (1)    9-3 6. Wilson-W. Lawn (3)    12-2 7. Gateway (7)    9-3 8. North Penn (1)    13-3 9. Upper St. Clair (7)    11-2 10. Garnet Valley (1)    11-2 Class AAA 1. Archbishop Wood (12)
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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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November 16, 2011
After taking a 1-0 halftime lead in its PIAA state tournament semifinal game on Tuesday, Villa Maria's field hockey team unleashed a five-goal second-half assault that left Selinsgrove a 6-0 Hurricanes victim. Caroline Troncelliti provided the early lead in the Class AA contest at Hershey, scoring 9 minutes, 36 seconds before intermission with an assist by Sam Mueller. In the second half, the Hurricanes (21-2) left the District 4 champs behind as Lauren DelValle set up the first two goals of the half.
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December 12, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
IT'S A SCENE that still sticks with Archbishop Wood High senior Justin Rubin. Then a sophomore, Rubin watched as senior lineman Fran Walsh spoke to a somber Vikings locker room minutes after Wood fell to Erie Cathedral Prep in the Class AAA title game. "It was really sad," Rubin said. "All the guys were upset, all the seniors especially. [Walsh] wanted us to get back and win it for them last year. It was a sad moment but it definitely left an impact on how I play the game now. It's for everyone now. " Walsh, now a sophomore lineman at Villanova, witnessed his wish after Wood claimed last season's PIAA title - the Vikings' second in three seasons.
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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 14, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
HERSHEY, Pa. - While Jarrett McClenton is excited about his football future at Villanova, Hersheypark Stadium will always hold a special place in his heart. That's because McClenton, for the second straight year, shined for Archbishop Wood in the PIAA Class AAA championship game. The 5-foot-8, 165-pound speedster rushed for 232 yards and four touchdowns on 26 carries Friday night, as the Vikings retained the title with a 33-14 triumph over District 7's Central Valley. Last season, when Wood defeated District 3's Bishop McDevitt by 22-10 for its second crown in three years, McClenton ran 40 times for 238 yards and a pair of scores.
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October 24, 2012 | The Inquirer Staff
Erica Herr and Cara Basso won state titles by wide margins Tuesday, the second day of the PIAA individual golf championships at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York. Council Rock North's Herr shot a 4-under-par 68 for a two-day total of 140 and a 7-shot victory in the Class AAA competition. The junior birdied twice on the back nine to seal her second straight state title. Pennsbury's Jackie Rogowicz finished second, and Mount St. Joseph's Isabella DiLisio finished fourth with a 149. In Class AA girls, Basso, a sophomore from Villa Maria, shot a par 72 to capture the title by 10 strokes.
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October 24, 2012 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Erica Herr and Cara Basso won state titles by a wide margin Tuesday, the second day of the PIAA individual golf championships at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York. Council Rock North's Herr shot a 4-under-par 68 for a two-day total of 140 and a 7-shot victory in the Class AAA competition. The junior birdied twice on the back nine to seal her second straight state title. Pennsbury's Jackie Rogowicz finished second, and Mount St. Joseph's Isabella DiLisio finished fourth with a 149. In Class AA girls, Basso, a sophomore from Villa Maria, shot a par 72 to capture the title by 10 strokes.
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February 5, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
When soft-spoken Jarrett McClenton arrived at Archbishop Wood High School as a freshman, he "just wanted to play and make a contribution" to the football team. He wound up doing much more. Headed to Villanova in the fall, McClenton capped his career with the Vikings last fall by rushing for a school-record 2,188 yards and 37 touchdowns while helping Wood to its third PIAA Class AAA state title in the last four seasons. In his last three seasons, the 5-foot-9 and 170 pounder ran for 4,536 yards and 73 touchdowns.
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December 21, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com, 215-854-5814
KEVIN CALDWELL was once a sub-6-foot quarterback who couldn't get on the field as a sophomore. However, now the 5-9, 190-pound Ben Franklin High senior ends his career as one of the most accomplished passers in city football history. As the Daily News presents its 2014 All-City football team, Caldwell, the Public League Player of the Year, is one of four top honorees. This season, the West Philadelphia resident (55th Street and Osage Avenue) led the Electrons to their first Pub title since 1966, claiming single-season city records for passing yards (3,051)
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December 14, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
HERSHEY - When the tricky stuff didn't work, Archbishop Wood did what it has done best all season. After Central Valley senior Brandon Wilson returned an interception 48 yards for a touchdown to end the half, the Vikings punished the Warriors on the ground the rest of the way. Not a bad plan when Jarrett McClenton and Alex Arcangeli occupy your backfield and you have serious strength up front. Add a physical defensive effort and you get the recipe Wood used to claim its third Class AAA championship in four seasons with a 33-14 win over Central Valley.
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December 14, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
HERSHEY, Pa. - While Jarrett McClenton is excited about his football future at Villanova, Hersheypark Stadium will always hold a special place in his heart. That's because McClenton, for the second straight year, shined for Archbishop Wood in the PIAA Class AAA championship game. The 5-foot-8, 165-pound speedster rushed for 232 yards and four touchdowns on 26 carries Friday night, as the Vikings retained the title with a 33-14 triumph over District 7's Central Valley. Last season, when Wood defeated District 3's Bishop McDevitt by 22-10 for its second crown in three years, McClenton ran 40 times for 238 yards and a pair of scores.
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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 AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
IT'S A SCENE that still sticks with Archbishop Wood High senior Justin Rubin. Then a sophomore, Rubin watched as senior lineman Fran Walsh spoke to a somber Vikings locker room minutes after Wood fell to Erie Cathedral Prep in the Class AAA title game. "It was really sad," Rubin said. "All the guys were upset, all the seniors especially. [Walsh] wanted us to get back and win it for them last year. It was a sad moment but it definitely left an impact on how I play the game now. It's for everyone now. " Walsh, now a sophomore lineman at Villanova, witnessed his wish after Wood claimed last season's PIAA title - the Vikings' second in three seasons.
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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 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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