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March 15, 2016 | By Mark Macyk, For The Inquirer
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.
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September 15, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
While Steve Devlin has an intense and demanding coaching style, defensive end Mack Schwartz says Archbishop Wood's ninth-year boss finds a healthy balance when it comes to relating to his players. "He can be pretty tough on you when he sees a mistake, but he'll also joke with you," the senior said. "And he's really good at sensing when a player needs positive reinforcement instead of criticism. " On Saturday night, with Schwartz registering seven tackles, Devlin notched his 100th career victory as the host Vikings downed Simon Gratz, 44-30, in a nonleague matchup at William Tennent.
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January 27, 2013 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
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.
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May 6, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
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)
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March 19, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
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.
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September 14, 2011 | By Don Beideman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The West Chester East girls' soccer team has been on a high scoring run after it suffered its first loss of the season last Saturday, a 3-1 stunner against Central Bucks South. Wednesday night, the Vikings, ranked 10th in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, blanked visiting Avon Grove, 6-0, behind Carly Gulasarian's three goals for their second straight shutout. Kathleen Brown made two saves in goal to record the shutout for East, which has scored 12 goals in its last two games.
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September 20, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
Late in Friday night's fourth quarter at Northeast High, a particularly prescient assistant coach quipped about the game's lackluster defenses and then predicted the final outcome. "Whoever has the ball last is gonna win this one," said the Vikings' assistant. In a game featuring 86 combined points, he was only partly correct. Northeast (3-0) outdueled defending Public League champion Ben Franklin High (2-1), 44-42, but it was Carlos Davila's two interceptions that sealed the victory.
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March 14, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
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.
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December 13, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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