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April 23, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, Staff Writer
When the ball left the bat, Jack Herman was sure it was over his head. So was everybody else. "I didn't think he could get to it," Eastern catcher Tyler Travis said of his teammate, the Vikings' sophomore centerfielder. "No way," Seneca coach Jay Donoghue said. With Eastern clinging to a one-run lead in the fifth inning, Herman made the defensive play of the game, tracking down Zach Evans' blast to dead center field with a running, lunging grab. Herman made an impact at the plate as well, going 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs as Eastern scored a 7-4 victory over Seneca Thursday in an Olympic Conference interdivision clash of Top 20 teams.
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April 3, 2016 | By Trevor Newcomb, Staff Writer
For the first two innings of Friday's baseball game, West Chester East's bats were asleep, trailing Ches-Mont rival Avon Grove, 4-0. The alarm went off in the bottom of the third when the Vikings scored five runs, lifting the hosts to a 6-4 win. Pat Kelley drove in a pair of the Vikings' runs in the inning, thanks to a double. Tom Luckner started the game on the hill for West Chester East, surrendering four runs, but still earned the victory. Ben Foti took the mound for the Vikings in the fourth and tossed two innings of shutout ball to shut the door on any potential comeback that the visitors had planned.
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April 3, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Gillian Barrie called it a "collective effort. " The decision for the Perkiomen Valley rightfielder to bunt toward the first-base side in the fourth inning, that is. It started during her pre-at-bat conversation with senior shortstop Ana Bruni, who had reached third base on her second triple of the game. Then Barrie saw her third-base coach point, which made her look toward first and recall discussions she had with Bruni at practice about dragging bunts. No signals had to be called.
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March 26, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
A Catholic League championship - the first since 2011 - a third straight District 12 Class 3A title, and a fourth state championship since 2010. Those were the highlights that defined Archbishop Wood's season. And what highlights they are, earning the Vikings the title of Southeastern Pennsylvania team of the year. After starting 4-6, Wood won 21 games to close out the season, defeating some of the state's best in the process. In that span, the most points allowed by the Vikings' stingy defense was 41. The numbers and accolades are impressive, but the way Wood went about winning was even more so. Methodical, disciplined, calm - there's nothing flashy about the Vikings, except maybe their stellar ball movement.
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March 20, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
HERSHEY, Pa. - Bailey Greenberg calls her cousin Shannon May, her teammate on the Archbishop Wood girls' basketball team, the "little annoying one" on the court. It stems from her performance in practice, where often, Greenberg is low post and May slides down in a help defense. "Go guard your own girl," Greenberg thinks to herself when she sees No. 3 come her way. But the "pest" won't, that's not what she's made of. Instead, May wears the nickname - a term of endearment - as a badge of honor.
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March 17, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
As the scoreboard starts to count down in the first quarter, Karly Brown prepares herself. Sitting on the bench for the Archbishop Wood girls' basketball team, the junior guard watches to get a "feel for the game. " She looks for potential matchups and to see how her opponents compare to the scouting report. Then the clock counts down some more. Who is lefthanded? Brown asks herself. Who is righthanded? It's the little details she focuses on. Then the clock strikes 5 minutes.
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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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March 14, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Everything the Archbishop Wood girls' basketball players did Saturday afternoon looked to be second nature to them. Every cut. Every pass. Every defensive slide. But it started before the contest against Gwynedd Mercy even began. From the way the Vikings warmed up at Archbishop Ryan to the demeanor of the players during the announcement of starting lineups, it all seemed rather routine for them. Then Wood stepped onto the floor to compete, and it was more of the same. The Vikings had been there, done that - and the experience and composure showed.
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February 26, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Possession after possession, the shot went up for the Perkiomen Valley girls' basketball team. Sometimes the ball would hit the backboard. Other times it bounced off the rim. The shots went up on Wednesday night at Council Rock South for the Vikings. But it wasn't until the third or fourth try that the ball finally went in. Second-chance points and great rebounding helped P.V. edge Upper Dublin, 30-29, in the District 1 Class 4A semifinals. It was the 13th win in a row for the Vikings (27-2)
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February 24, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Just over 101/2 seconds remained on the scoreboard at the Palestra when Bailey Greenberg pulled down a rebound for the Archbishop Wood girls' basketball team. She was fouled as she turned to take the ball down the floor. When the clock stopped, the Vikings were up five points in the Catholic League championship to rival Neumann-Goretti. As Greenberg - a 5-foot-11 wing - made her way to the line, she didn't take her eyes off the scoreboard and breathed a visible sigh of relief. "I was just thinking, 'We did it, we won,' " said Greenberg, who scored 16 points.
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