February 18, 2016 |
It was apparent whenever Archbishop Wood's Cassie Sebold dove on the court for a loose ball, whenever Bailey Greenberg leapt through her opponents to grab an offensive rebound and put it back up and in. You could see it when Claire Bassetti played tough defense, almost daring her Cardinal O'Hara foe to try and shoot it. This wasn't just any game for the Vikings girls' basketball team. Tuesday's Catholic League semifinal at Philadelphia University was different. And as such, the energy was intense for the Vikings early on as they beat O'Hara, 47-34.
February 16, 2016
_ GRAMMY AWARDS. 8 p.m. Monday, CBS3. LL Cool J hosts and Taylor Swift's set to open the show with a song from her Grammy-nominated 1989. Among the dozens of performers: Adele, Jackson Browne (who'll join Don Henley and his Eagles bandmates in a tribute to the late Glenn Frey), Penn's John Legend, the Broadway cast of Hamilton, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry of The Hollywood Vampires, and Lady Gaga. _ MAJOR CRIMES. 9 p.m. Monday, TNT. The L.A.-based police drama returns from winter break with a five-episode arc. After a woman and her 3-year-old son are killed, the investigation leads to a string of unsolved homicides.
February 12, 2016 |
The basketball is "like a magnet," Perkiomen Valley's K.T. Armstrong said. "It's attracted to her hands. " It does not matter if it is during practice or a game for the Vikings. If a shot goes up, sophomore Megan Jonassen is bound to find the ball, grab it, and reel it in. "I just go up and get it," the forward said. "I want to be the one that wants it more. " That sentiment was apparent Wednesday night as Jonassen's double-double helped power Perk Valley to the program's first- ever Pioneer Athletic Conference title by beating Boyertown, 45-25.
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.
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.
December 17, 2015 |
Last year, Morgan Lenahan sat in the corner of the gym at Archbishop Wood and took it all in. The crowd. The noise. The pace of the game. The intensity of the rivalry between the Vikings and Neumann-Goretti. Back then, Lenahan was a standout guard for Haddon Township in New Jersey. But she was also an AAU teammate of the Saints' A.J. Timbers, who is now at Towson. Lenahan knew the importance of the game, so she made sure she didn't miss it. She didn't miss Tuesday's battle, either.
November 28, 2015 |
Jaquan Amos certainly earned the Thanksgiving feast that awaited him at his home in Germantown after the Northeast junior helped the host Vikings conquer rival Central, 48-20. Amos, a 6-foot, 170-pound running back and defensive back, rushed for 201 yards and three touchdowns and added two interceptions. "He's the best player on our team, flat-out," head coach Phil Gormley said. "If there's a better defensive back anywhere in the Public League, and I've seen most in the Catholic League, I haven't seen one. The kid can just flat-out play.
November 22, 2015 |
Archbishop Wood won its eighth consecutive Catholic League Class AAA title with a 35-7 victory against Archbishop Ryan on Friday night at William Tennent. The Vikings defense, led by senior linebacker Ryan Barrett, was the early key to victory. Barrett sacked Ryan quarterback Matt Romano three times by the eight-minute mark of the second quarter. "Last game, I didn't play too well against [Ryan]," said Barrett, 5-foot-11, 185-pounder. "Coaches went nuts, saying I had to play my best game and be a leader, and that's what I did. " Raheem "Speedy" Blackshear and the Wood offense weren't far behind.
November 8, 2015 |
Amir Paulk's voice was low and his face was tight during an interview after the Northeast junior led the host Vikings to a 40-18 Public League Class AAAA quarterfinal win against Bartram on Friday. Head coach Phil Gormley, walking behind Paulk and heading off the field, delivered his support. "I want to thank my offensive line," Gormley prompted. "Oh, yeah," Paulk said, springing to life, "I want to thank my offensive line!" This might be his first season of high school football, but the 5-foot-7, 160-pound running back had no reason to be nervous.
November 6, 2015 |
Growing up in Monrovia, Liberia, Phedel Saye played soccer in the streets of his country's capital. His parents, Wilfred and Helena, encouraged him to play as often as he could, so much so that the forward joked that they "forced him" outside sometimes. When he was 12 years old, Saye and his family left Liberia. But before that, for seven years, he learned how to play the game in much different conditions than those of a grassy yard. After he moved to Philadelphia, he took his talents to Northeast.