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October 30, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
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.
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October 23, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
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.
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October 23, 2014 | By Julie Kayzerman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eastern junior Nikki Santore knows that this is her time to shine on the nation's No. 1 high school field hockey team. And she's certainly making the most of it. Santore has proved herself to be a top forward for the Vikings this season, recording 35 goals and leading the team with 26 assists. But it wasn't until this year that she received a starting spot on the varsity field. In fact, she waited two years for this opportunity after bouncing between the varsity and junior varsity.
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October 5, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
THE CITY'S all-time leader in receiving touchdowns was busy last night. La Salle High senior Jimmy Herron caught four more touchdowns as the Explorers overcame a 17-point, third-quarter deficit to stun previously unbeaten Archbishop Wood, 35-31, before an overflow crowd at William Tennent High. He now has 33 career receiving TDs. However, Herron isn't an all-he-does-is-catch-touchdowns wideout. The 6-1, 185-pound defensive back also recovered a late fumble and broke up Wood's last gasp on a fourth-and-15 from the 50 with under a minute remaining.
NEWS
September 14, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Archbishop Wood defense recovered North Penn's fumble late in the first half of the Vikings' 42-7 romp Friday night, and Ryan Bates quickly looked to the scoreboard. The Vikings, who were the home team at North Penn's stadium, were already ahead by four touchdowns. But they wanted more. Bates, a lineman, pounded his fists on the sideline. The quarter had elapsed. Wood's high-powered offense would have to wait. The Vikings offense did not run a play for negative yardage until midway through the third quarter.
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September 14, 2014 | From Staff and Wire Reports
With the NFL reeling from criticism of its handling of the Ray Rice case, another domestic-abuse case surfaced Friday, with Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson facing a charge of child abuse. The 2012 league MVP has been indicted in Texas after using a branch to spank his son, and with Peterson facing arrest, the Vikings quickly benched him Friday for Sunday's home game against New England. Peterson's lawyer, Rusty Hardin, said the charge in Montgomery County accuses Peterson of using a branch, or switch, to spank one of his sons, whose age was not disclosed.
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September 11, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Ryan Hemsley admits to being "very, very superstitious. " His Archbishop Wood soccer teammates used to poke fun at the senior goalkeeper about it, actually. After the Vikings huddle, he walks to his goal. There, Hemsley hits the two posts and the crossbar and then makes the sign of the cross. It is something he picked up a while ago from Peter Pappas, a former goalie with the Philadelphia Kixx and now a television analyst during Philadelphia Union games. But there's something different about Hemsley's pregame ritual this season.
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June 4, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
SOME GUYS like the bull's-eye. Some guys feel every sling and arrow fired once they don it, or once it is draped upon them. In January 2007, Jimmy Rollins spiced up our baseball offseason by proclaiming that the Phillies were "the team to beat" in the National League East. This was after their third consecutive second-place finish in 2006, 12 games behind the Mets, and their fourth runner-up run in the decade. Serious questions had surfaced about the team's mettle and mentality.
NEWS
May 18, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Zach Jacobs said his game-winning goal in overtime was a "rush. " Some of his teammates on the Eastern boys' lacrosse team felt a sense of relief. But Vikings coach Steve Picot saw his team's dramatic victory in another light: as a reward. "We played eight games against teams in the Top 20 in the state," Picot said. "We played a lot of them close, had some little victories. We tried to build off that. " The Vikings' perseverance paid off in an 8-7 playoff victory over Freehold.
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May 13, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Villanova defensive end Rakim Cox has signed a free-agent contract with the Minnesota Vikings. A four-year starter at Villanova, the 6-foot-4, 260-pound Cox led the Wildcats last season in sacks (nine) and tackles for loss (111/2). In 48 career games, he had 18 sacks, 331/2 tackles for loss, and 105 tackles overall. He will try to make a Vikings team that has another local defensive lineman, second-year tackle Sharrif Floyd, a product of George Washington High, who was a first-round draft choice last season.
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