December 16, 2011 |
Of all the numbers in basketball, the smallest might be the most important. "One ball," Eastern coach Joe Murphy said of his briefest and best message to his talented team. Start with that premise. One ball. By its nature, the sport promotes team play. And the best teams usually are the ones that share the best. Eastern began a season of great expectations on Friday with an imposing, 68-40 victory over visiting Camden in an Olympic Conference interdivision clash.
February 13, 2015 |
The first time John Mosco saw Luke Connaghan, the soon-to-be Archbishop Wood basketball coach had no idea he was watching his future forward. It was the summer of Connaghan's sophomore season and Mosco was still a Neumann-Goretti assistant. The Saints and Vikings met in a summer league championship game at the Mayfair Recreation Center. Connaghan, now a senior for the Vikings, evidently made quite an impression. "I didn't know who he was," Mosco said. "I called Ed McCormick, an assistant coach [at Wood]
October 23, 2014 |
Dan McDonald didn't wait for coach Joe Krantz to say who should take the penalty kick. The senior midfielder for the Archbishop Wood boys' soccer team didn't wait for anyone to volunteer, either. No. 7 ran right up to the ball, picked it up, and placed it on the mark 12 yards from the net. He was going to take it. McDonald didn't miss, and his goal with 13 minutes remaining in the Catholic League quarterfinal against St. Joseph's Prep put the Vikings over the top, 2-1, Tuesday night at Veterans Field in Southampton.
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.
December 15, 2013 |
HERSHEY, Pa. - Archbishop Wood coach Steve Devlin acknowledged that his halftime talk, with the Vikings struggling mightily to gain rushing yardage, was "a little louder than usual. " Whatever Devlin said, the players - in particular, the offensive line - responded. Wood netted 184 yards rushing and three touchdowns after the break and downed Bishop McDevitt of Harrisburg, 22-10, Friday night at Hersheypark Stadium to win the PIAA Class AAA state football championship. Junior tailback Jarrett McClenton benefited from the up-front turnaround.
May 4, 2013 |
Jackie Ingram's first home run was the shot in the arm that her West Chester East softball team needed. Her second brought the Vikings to within a run of visiting Downingtown East. By the time her third long ball of the day cleared the high fence and rolled on the football field, her coach, Chuck Lindsay, was shaking his head in disbelief. "Unbelievable," he said, as Ingram rounded the bases with a similar look of amazement across her face. On practically any other day, the moment would have belonged to Ingram, as the senior had seven RBIs Friday.
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)
October 30, 2014 |
You could feel the ground move. The large and rowdy student sections for the Archbishop Wood and Roman Catholic boys' soccer teams were on the move, changing positions to be behind the goal of the opposition. Vikings supporters ran one way, and Cahillites fans went the opposite way. It was the start of overtime in the Catholic League final, and both sides wanted a front-row seat for the game-winner. After 15 minutes and no score, the spectators changed again. Good thing they did, or else the Wood fans would have missed Matt McWilliams' golden goal that gave the Vikings a 1-0 victory and the championship.
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.
December 14, 2014 |
HERSHEY, Pa. - While Jarrett McClenton is excited about his football future at Villanova, Hersheypark Stadium will always hold a special place in his heart. That's because McClenton, for the second straight year, shined for Archbishop Wood in the PIAA Class AAA championship game. The 5-foot-8, 165-pound speedster rushed for 232 yards and four touchdowns on 26 carries Friday night, as the Vikings retained the title with a 33-14 triumph over District 7's Central Valley. Last season, when Wood defeated District 3's Bishop McDevitt by 22-10 for its second crown in three years, McClenton ran 40 times for 238 yards and a pair of scores.