March 26, 2016 |
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.
March 20, 2016 |
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.
March 17, 2016 |
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.
March 15, 2016 |
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.
March 14, 2016 |
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.
February 26, 2016 |
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)
February 24, 2016 |
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.
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.