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March 26, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
A Catholic League championship - the first since 2011 - a third straight District 12 Class 3A title, and a fourth state championship since 2010. Those were the highlights that defined Archbishop Wood's season. And what highlights they are, earning the Vikings the title of Southeastern Pennsylvania team of the year. After starting 4-6, Wood won 21 games to close out the season, defeating some of the state's best in the process. In that span, the most points allowed by the Vikings' stingy defense was 41. The numbers and accolades are impressive, but the way Wood went about winning was even more so. Methodical, disciplined, calm - there's nothing flashy about the Vikings, except maybe their stellar ball movement.
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July 28, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - The Minnesota Vikings have acquired quarterback Donovan McNabb from the Washington Redskins in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick. Two people with knowledge of the transaction confirmed the deal to the Associated Press last night. They requested anonymity because the longtime Eagle has yet to officially sign his restructured contract. McNabb had to agree to restructure the 5-year, $78 million deal he signed with the Redskins because the Vikings don't have enough cap room to fit him in with the way the deal is structured.
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December 11, 1986 | By Tim Panaccio, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bill Sheppard, the Northeast coach, said it was going to be a trying season - a season in which the losses might outnumber the victories. The second defeat of the young season came Tuesday when the Vikings lost a cliffhanger at Edison, 68-64. Kyle Carter, the Vikings' senior forward, led all scorers with 26 points, and senior Ken Einhorn chipped in with 16. Northeast had trailed by as much as 18 points in both halves. "We came back and got close in the fourth quarter," Sheppard said.
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December 17, 2013 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
MINNEAPOLIS - Long before logging, mining and Target department stores fueled the economy of the Gopher State, bush rangers settled along the region's rivers and set their double long springs to snare furry rodents with pronounced incisors. Yesterday, the Eagles were the beavers, and they got trapped. After a Snow Bowl win over the Lions and facing a key game against the stout Bears the following week, the Birds played flat and undisciplined in a 48-30 loss to an undermanned Vikings team.
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February 28, 2014 | By Ellen Gray
* VIKINGS. 10 tonight, History Channel. * THE RED ROAD. 9 tonight, Sundance TV.   IF WE'VE learned anything in the past few TV seasons, it's that there's a sizable audience that can't get enough of scruffy, violent men and the women who love them (and sometimes fight by their sides). We've seen it with the FX hit "Sons of Anarchy," and we're seeing it again with the History Channel's "Vikings" (which resembles "Sons" far more than it does HBO's "Game of Thrones," to which it's sometimes been compared, generally not favorably)
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September 24, 2012 | Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS - Christian Ponder didn't flinch, even against that swarming San Francisco defense. Minnesota's quarterback has come a long way from his rough rookie season. Ponder threw two touchdown passes to tight end Kyle Rudolph and ran for another score to help the Vikings hand the 49ers their first defeat, 24-13, on Sunday. After a dominant start to their NFC North tour by decisively beating playoff teams Green Bay and Detroit, the 49ers (2-1) were beaten in every way by the team least likely to do so. The Vikings (2-1)
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September 21, 2011 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eastern football is on the 1-yard line. Darius Merriweather could sense it in the summer. He could feel it during the first two games. He looks at the Vikings and doesn't see just another 0-2 team. He sees a 0-2 team on the brink of a good season. "We're not the same team as last year," said Merriweather, the Vikings' senior wide receiver and strong safety. "I think we're ready to show South Jersey just what kind of team we can be. " Eastern is one of the hard-luck teams of the early season.
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March 12, 2012 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - As much as Gene Allen loves Martel Johnson's company, the Atlantic City coach hates when his point guard is sitting next to him on the bench. He wants his floor general on the floor. He wants his captain to direct the Vikings' offense, ignite their defense and steady the ship through the turbulent waters of the state tournament. The ship was sinking on Sunday. And Johnson was anchored on the Atlantic City sideline with two fouls. "It was tough [to keep Johnson on the bench]
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September 7, 2012 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
For North Penn, next in line on murderers' row is defending PIAA Class AAA state champion Archbishop Wood. The Knights, ranked No. 4 in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, are coming off a 20-7 loss to top-ranked La Salle. They will face No. 3 Wood at 7 p.m. Saturday at William Tennent. No. 9 St. Joseph's Prep awaits in Week 3. The Vikings, who come in with a 15-game win streak, are looking to build on an opening 44-7 romp over Bensalem. Here is a closer look at the North Penn-Wood showdown.
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October 27, 2012 | Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS - Rookie Doug Martin racked up 214 total yards and two touchdowns, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers blew out Minnesota, 36-17, on Thursday night to hand the Vikings their first home loss of the season. Martin took a screen pass 64 yards for a score, one of three touchdowns thrown by Josh Freeman, to give Tampa Bay (3-4) a 27-10 lead 1 minute, 21 seconds into the second half. Adrian Peterson had a season-long 64-yard run for a score that brought the Vikings to 30-17. Buccaneers 36, Vikings 17 Tampa Bay 10 10 10 6 – 36 Minnesota 0 10 7 0 – 17 First quarter TB–FG Barth 28, 9:48.
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September 11, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Now that we have arrived at the first Sunday of another NFL season, would you all please rise for the playing of our national anthem? Oh, say, not you Colin Kaepernick. You can take a knee and then a seat on the bench for the start of the San Francisco 49ers' season against the Rams of Los Angeles again. Really thought you'd be the starter when Chip Kelly became your head coach. What happened to you? Tom Brady, you can remain seated at home. You can even get a sandwich if you'd like.
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September 5, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
For months, the Eagles said they would keep Carson Wentz bubbled-wrapped as their third-string quarterback. He would develop behind Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel, not dress on Sundays and gradually make the transition from Division I-AA college football to the NFL. But Christmas came early on Saturday. By trading Sam Bradford to the Vikings the Eagles ripped open the wrapping on their prized rookie and in the process tore up their initial plan for his education. What changed?
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September 5, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
The Eagles planned to enter the season this week with Sam Bradford as their starting quarterback until Howie Roseman walked by a television on Tuesday and saw a news alert that Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered a significant knee injury. That started conversations that eventually led the Eagles to send Bradford to the Vikings on Saturday in a blockbuster trade that brought the Eagles a 2017 first-round pick and 2018 conditional fourth-round pick while potentially changing the outlook of the season and accelerating the timetable of rookie Carson Wentz.
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June 11, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
"Yes, girlfriend," Maggie Balint said as she extended her hand to an Avon Grove softball teammate, Olivia Kunitsky, in foul territory. "Give me some," the senior said, smiling at the freshman in a way that said, "Atta girl. " Kunitsky had just caught a pop-up bunt close to the fence at Twin Valley Middle School after bursting out of her crouch and getting in position to make the play. It was a small interaction - a pitcher wanting to give her catcher a high-five after putting forth some extra effort - and even smaller in the grand scheme of the game.
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June 2, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Dan McLaughlin noticed it during preseason, before his Perkiomen Valley softball team even stepped on the diamond to play a game. There was a little extra something on Abby Wild's pitches, the coach thought to himself. A little extra pop, a zing when the ball left her right hand and hit the catcher's glove. That was a few months ago. Rachel Helverson noticed it from her spot at second base. That was on Tuesday. Wild has pitched in only nine games this season for the Vikings, but none was more important than the District 1 Class 3A semifinal against Upper Darby, in which she allowed just four hits, as P.V. won, 5-1. "Phenomenal," Helverson said.
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May 27, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Eastern centerfielder Maddie Morano was glad the ball was hit to her with the game on the line. "I just had a bunch of adrenaline in me at that point," she said. Morano also had one pretty good throw left in her arm, one that would vault the Vikings into the South Jersey Group 4 semifinals. Morano's throw after a fairly deep fly out by Rachel Edwards nailed the runner at home for a game-ending double play Wednesday as second-seeded Eastern beat No. 7 seed Washington Township, 2-1, in a South Jersey Group 4 quarterfinal between Olympic Conference American Division heavyweights.
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May 24, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, STAFF WRITER
Tyler Travis doesn't lead the Eastern baseball team in hits, runs, or RBIs. He's tops in cheers, chants, and overall enthusiasm. Travis is a good player. He has 19 hits with 16 runs and 11 RBIs for the newly-crowned Olympic Conference American Division champions. He also plays a mean second base after spending most of the season as a strong defensive catcher. But Travis' greatest contribution to the Vikings' cause has been his spirited leadership, according to his coach and teammates.
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May 17, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
The softball went off the opponent's bat and hit Micaela Ghanayem on her right wrist. The Upper Merion senior shook it off. After all, getting hit by a foul tip is a common occurrence for a catcher. It had happened to Ghanayem dozens of times before, and just like in those practices or games, she brushed it off then, too. But later in the contest, she dove for a foul ball and heard something crack. Now that wasn't so common. Ghanayem continued playing anyway and didn't tell anyone.
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May 11, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
"Got to get more pillows" Ana Bruni enthusiastically shouted as she walked from her spot at shortstop to the Perkiomen Valley softball dugout. Her Vikings were up by two runs at that point Monday afternoon. But what did pillows have to do with anything? The senior shortstop was talking about runs - as in a bigger cushion for her pitcher, Emily Oltman. Perk Valley obliged, getting another run in the second as the Vikings held off a comeback effort from visiting Methacton to win, 3-2. What started off as an extra "pillow" for the Vikings (14-3, 13-3 Pioneer Athletic Conference)
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May 5, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, Staff Writer
As do most seniors, Emily Serata feels an urgency to make the most of her final high school season. Serata has been playing with many of her Eastern High School teammates for her entire career. She's part of a core group of seniors who are three- or four-year starters. But what's different about this season, in what might seem like a paradox, is that Serata says she doesn't feel any pressure to perform. She wants to excel. She just doesn't feel as if she has to excel. "As a senior, I feel more relaxed than ever," Serata said.
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