March 23, 2015 |
HERSHEY, Pa. - Aubree Brown was fired up. The stalwart senior leader of the Archbishop Wood girls' basketball team pleaded her case to the officials with 52 seconds left in the fourth quarter of the PIAA Class AAA state final. She couldn't believe what had just happened. Blackhawk's Courtney Vannoy had converted a breakaway layup to put Wood down by three points. The play didn't quite put Wood in the hole; the Vikings were still down only a single possession. But Brown had flown by Vannoy with her arm up, and she was whistled for a controversial foul.
March 23, 2014 |
Go through the Archbishop Wood girls' basketball roster, and a single feature jumps out: There are a lot of 2014 s listed between players' names and positions. There are nine of them, in fact, as the veteran-laden Vikings have that many seniors. Wood, which will play in the PIAA Class AAA state final Saturday, isn't shy about that circumstance. The players actually joke about how often they mention the large senior class in postgame interviews. They know it sounds redundant, but there's a reason to keep referring to it. "Honestly, this year, I think it is our seniors," Rachel Day said, laughing.
September 20, 2011 |
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.
May 27, 2016 |
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.
March 15, 2016 |
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Blame it on daylight savings time. The NJSIAA state Group 4 boys' basketball final tipped off Sunday at noon. Atlantic City's offense arrived about an hour later. The Vikings scored more points in the fourth quarter than in the previous three combined, but it was not enough. They fell to Linden, 54-45, at Rutgers' Louis Brown Athletic Center. Ray Bethea (12 points) was the only double-digit scorer for Atlantic City (26-5), which trailed by 31-17 after three quarters.
January 12, 2012 |
It was two games in three nights against two of the most disciplined, defensive-oriented teams in South Jersey. For a fast-paced, high-scoring team such as Eastern, it wasn't just a challenge. It was an opportunity. "This was a statement week," Eastern junior forward Devon Bell said after the Vikings survived a furious fourth-quarter rally by host Lenape in a 56-52 victory Thursday night in an Olympic American clash of Top 10 boys' basketball teams. Bell scored 16 and senior guard Mike Wilson added 14 for Eastern (9-0, 2-0)
January 27, 2013 |
Libby Lannon had a one-track mind all week: foul shots, foul shots, foul shots. After missing crucial free throws in Cardinal O'Hara's one-point loss to Neumann-Goretti, the senior guard relentlessly practiced shooting from the stripe leading up to her squad's showdown Friday night with Archbishop Wood. In what was a serendipitous occurrence, Lannon found herself at the line, shooting two, with a little more than two minutes remaining and her team up by four. She converted both, giving the Lions some needed cushion as they defeated the Vikings, 30-27, in a Catholic League game.
May 6, 2014 |
The first win of the streak got the Perkiomen Valley softball team above .500 after a rough start to the season. The second was a more convincing defeat of a conference opponent, and the third righted a loss from earlier in the year. The fourth, a come-from-behind defeat of Methacton, is the one that really sticks out in Brenna Sermarini's mind. That's the game that really changed everything, Sermarini said. But the Vikings didn't stop there. Twenty-five days after the streak started, including two huge wins over Owen J. Roberts and another over Spring-Ford, the Vikings (13-3, 12-3 Pioneer Athletic Conference)
March 19, 2015 |
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - When people think about Archbishop Wood girls' basketball teams, they usually think about defense. It's become a hallmark. And the Vikings have three straight state championships from 2010 to 2012 to show for it. There's the discipline, the strategy, the grit, and the uncanny ability to get the opponent to make a mistake. The result is that by the final buzzer, the opposing team has had one heck of a time trying to get the ball into the net. Interim coach Mike McDonald's team is so good on the defensive end that sometimes one forgets just how efficiently the Vikings run their offensive sets.