April 15, 2014 |
Chuck Lindsay lovingly calls the members of his West Chester East girls' softball team "goofy. " The coach's characterization isn't off base. Sophomore second baseman Olivia Francomano laughed before admitting that the description fits. Freshman Amilia Andraos is pretty good at mimicking Lindsay, according to Francomano, and the whole team in general has a loose and comfortable demeanor. "They are goofy in the greatest way possible," Lindsay said. "Nothing bothers them. " But the laughing and joking isn't all that the Vikings (5-1, 4-1 Ches-Mont National)
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.
January 31, 2016 |
The recipe for success for the Archbishop Wood basketball team isn't complicated. Getting the ingredients to coalesce, however, has been a challenge at times. The Vikings had no such worries Friday night against La Salle in a 73-63 victory in front of a raucous home crowd. The win was the third straight for Wood (10-7, 4-5), which had lost four straight games in Catholic League play before its recent streak. The biggest difference: playing team basketball. "I think they realized that if they trust each other, trust in the system and play together, they're hard to beat," said coach John Mosco.
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.
January 10, 2016 |
Mackenzie Gardler says her mother, Katie, doesn't like it when the sophomore guard is at the foul line. Much like being the parent of a goalkeeper, a pitcher or any other position where the onus of the attention is all on one person, watching a loved one shoot free throws can be nerve-racking. Cover your eyes, butterflies in your stomach, clench your jaw. Nerve-racking. Add a close contest for Gardler's Cardinal O'Hara girls' basketball team against league rival Archbishop Wood and an intense atmosphere, and it's safe to say that for the first three quarters Friday night, Katie Gardler was feeling it from her spot in the bleachers.
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.
March 12, 2012 |
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - On the road, again. From behind, again. With defense and depth and dogged determination, again. Atlantic City won the second state boys' basketball title in the history of the program on Sunday, rallying for a 53-47 victory over North Jersey power Elizabeth in the Group 4 championship game at Rutgers University. Junior center Jahleem Reynolds collected 15 points and 12 rebounds, and junior swingman Dayshawn Reynolds added 10 points as Atlantic City (25-5)
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 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.