March 26, 2012 |
STATE COLLEGE - Even through a season that saw Archbishop Wood lose more games than the previous two seasons combined, the Vikings found ways to win. For the third straight year, the PIAA Class AAA girls' state championship trophy won't be moving from its trophy case as Wood cruised to a 52-33 win over Lancaster Catholic Saturday night in the Bryce Jordan Center. "Every team is different, but I don't think it ever gets old," coach Jim Ricci said. "And if anyone ever tells you it does, they're lying.
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.
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.
October 31, 2011 |
DONOVAN MCNABB has a message for all those who think he doesn't work hard enough. "Come to Minnesota. Pack up your big jacket and your headwear and come watch me," he told NFL Network's Andrea Kremer in an interview that aired yesterday. McNabb, who told Kremer he should "absolutely" still be the Vikings starting quarterback, was replaced by rookie Christian Ponder after leading the team to a 1-5 record. Soon afterward, NFL Network's Michael Lombardi, citing sources, reported McNabb had questionable work habits while with the Vikings, the Redskins and the Eagles.
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.
November 14, 2011 |
TOMS RIVER, N.J. - Eastern High School's remarkable streak of state titles in field hockey turned 13 on Sunday. Like many teenagers, it went through a difficult stretch. That was at halftime of the Group 4 championship game, when Eastern was tied, 1-1, with Bridgewater-Raritan despite a clear advantage in possession and field position. "It just made us more eager," said Eastern junior Carly Celkos, who scored the game's first goal. "We were like, 'OK, let's go. Let's turn it on in the second half.' " In typical fashion, Eastern found another gear, cruised past another opponent, and clinched another state title, this one by a 5-2 score on a cool, breezy afternoon at Toms River East.
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)