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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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September 6, 2015 | Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
As one of a few prominent seniors for Northeast's football team, Elijah Wilcher knows he has to take a leadership role this season. Since he's a newcomer, after having played at Roman Catholic the last two years, that's not an easy undertaking. "I mostly do it by example, and I think it's working so far," the 5-foot-10, 150-pounder said. "The younger guys have been picking things up and listening well. " Wilcher's solid contributions at wingback and cornerback helped the Vikings rally for a 21-14 victory over visiting Abington in the season opener for both teams Friday at sun-baked Charlie Martin Memorial Stadium.
NEWS
June 5, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
You'd be forgiven for thinking Shannon Beattie was due up second or third every inning just by looking at her. With her black Rawlings helmet atop her head and slightly discolored orange- and-white Mizuno batting gloves on her hands, the Perkiomen Valley senior looks like she belongs in the on-deck circle. But even when she's not due to the plate for another couple of batters, she stands in the dugout, mentally preparing for her time at the plate. "I'm ready to hit," she said about the ritual.
NEWS
May 22, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Archbishop Wood didn't take the easy route in advancing to the Catholic League baseball final for the first time since prevailing in 1993. Trailing La Salle by 3-1, the Vikings rallied for three runs in their last two at-bats, with the deciding score coming on a two-out throwing error, and eked out an improbable 4-3 semifinal win Wednesday at sun-splashed Neumann University. "Survive and advance, baby," elated Wood skipper Jim DiGuiseppe Jr. said. "It's playoff baseball. We kept getting at it. We were resilient today.
NEWS
May 14, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
The celebration was everything you would expect from a game-ending single in the 11th inning of a conference semifinal. There was jumping. There was hugging. For AnaMarie Bruni, the player who provided a spark all afternoon for Perkiomen Valley, it was an awesome experience. It also hurt. After Rachel Helverson crossed the plate to give the Vikings a 4-3 win over Pottsgrove at Spring-Ford, the players converged on her, and one another. Amid the hoopla, a teammate poked Bruni, Perk Valley's shortstop, in the left eye. Afterward she had ice on it. Something else is bound to make her eye feel better, however.
NEWS
April 10, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joey Caruso bats leadoff for the Eastern baseball team. He often feels like a cleanup hitter. "It's amazing how many times I come up with guys on base," Caruso said. "That's because of how good our lineup is. "One to nine, we can all hit. " Caruso, a senior leftfielder, delivered a pair of two-run singles as Eastern beat Paul VI, 13-3, in an Olympic Conference inter-division baseball game Wednesday morning. Caruso was 2 for 3 with two runs, a stolen base, and four RBIs for Eastern (6-0)
NEWS
April 10, 2015 | By Kate Harman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The first time Olivia Rogers remembers facing against Avon Grove's Maggie Balint, it was snowing. Rogers and the West Chester East softball team saw Balint staring down at them again on the pitcher's mound Tuesday. It was a balmy 70 degrees. Twenty-four hours later, in conditions closer to their first meeting, the Ches-Mont League foes met again. Wednesday's weather didn't make a difference. For the second time in as many days, West Chester East defeated host Avon Grove, beating the defending District 1 Class AAAA champions, 2-0, in dramatic fashion.
SPORTS
March 23, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
March 22, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Aubree Brown's head is always on a swivel, as she looks for where the ball should go next. Brown, Archbishop Wood's senior captain, exudes a pivotal confidence for the Vikings (26-4), who will face Blackhawk in the PIAA Class AAA state final Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Giant Center in Hershey. Strong with the ball in her hands, the 6-foot guard/forward is a terrific passer. She almost always finds the open teammate. Brown does so with such frequency that she makes difficult passes look routine.
SPORTS
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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