June 10, 2013 |
TOMS RIVER, N.J. - Eastern High's baseball team captured the first state title in school history on Sunday, but after the Vikings celebrated, they performed their usual postgame routine with light sprints in the outfield. "They just don't want this season to end," Eastern coach Rob Christ said. "That's just who they are. They just want more, they always want more. And that's why they're successful. " Eastern (29-5) handled Westfield, 8-1, in the Group 4 championship game at Toms River North.
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.
January 26, 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.
March 14, 2014 |
Villa Maria had the Archbishop Wood girls' basketball team on the ropes. Down by just three with a minute remaining in the third quarter, the Hurricanes had all the momentum and were taking it to Wood on both ends of the floor. The Vikings, led by their poised senior class, never panicked. They went on to win easily, 53-31, Wednesday night in the second round of the PIAA Class AAA state tournament at Colonial Elementary School in Plymouth Meeting. "We just couldn't lose," senior Rachel Day said.
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)
December 13, 2013 |
Eagles quarterback Nick Foles is on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week. Foles is the 19th Eagles player to appear on the magazine's cover. The last one was Nnamdi Asomugha in 2011. "Great honor and a testament to the team and what we've been doing," Foles said Wednesday in the locker room. Foles said his mother would keep the magazine for her grandchildren, although Foles is not one to get impressed by the attention. "I don't worry about Nick from any aspect like that," coach Chip Kelly said. "He's a team guy and understands what our focus is - on the Vikings - and I know Nick's focus is on the Vikings.
March 24, 2012 |
STATE COLLEGE - Even in a season in which Archbishop Wood lost more games than in the previous two seasons combined, the Vikings found a way to win it all again. The PIAA Class AAA girls' state championship trophy won't be moving from its trophy case, as Wood cruised to its third consecutive state title by defeating Lancaster Catholic, 52-33, Saturday night in Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center. "Every team is different, but I don't think it ever gets old," Vikings coach Jim Ricci said.
January 6, 2013 |
It's easy for a player or team to get amped up for a league game or one against a long-standing rival, but what if your schedule looks like Archbishop Wood's? The Vikings opened the girls' basketball season against Bishop Ford, which had reached the Brooklyn/Queens Division I championship game last season. Then they traveled to Arizona, where they competed in the Nike Tournament of Champions, featuring some of the top teams in the nation. The next challenge for the Vikings was Archbishop Molloy, considered one of the best teams in New York state and boasting three Division I recruits.
October 3, 2012 |
Maxine Turchin said it was half of a shot and half of a serve. It added up to all of a goal. "I couldn't believe it went in," said Turchin, a junior back for the Eastern girls' soccer team. "I was speechless. " Turchin's goal set off a scoring surge for the Vikings, who are ranked No. 1 in South Jersey by The Inquirer. Eastern scored three goals in a span of 2 minutes, 38 seconds of the first half and cruised to a 3-0 victory over No. 2 Lenape on Monday in an Olympic American game.