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November 30, 2014 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
It didn't take long for Archbishop Wood to seize control against Great Valley. The quick and powerful Vikings put the outmanned and smaller Patriots in a 23-point hole in the first six minutes of a PIAA Class AAA state quarterfinal Friday night at Northeast. Wood cruised from there, as many had expected, in a 44-7 rout. That marked the end to a breakout, highly memorable season for first-year Great Valley coach Dan Ellis and his players. The Patriots finished with a school-record 12 victories, placed second in the Ches-Mont League American Division, and captured the program's first District 1 championship.
SPORTS
November 29, 2014 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
It has been a breakout season for Great Valley under first-year head coach Dan Ellis. The Patriots are 12-1, own an eight-game winning streak, and are the District 1 champions for the first time after turning back previously undefeated Springfield (Delco) by 21-0 last week. Next, in trying to keep alive a banner campaign, is a PIAA Class AAA quarterfinal against powerhouse and defending state titlist Archbishop Wood at 7 p.m. Friday at Northeast. The Vikings, who turned back Imhotep Charter by 42-34 in last week's District 12 final, arrive as a considerable favorite.
SPORTS
November 3, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com, 215-854-5814
LUKE WHITE is used to creating things under pressure. The 5-8, 150-pound running back for Simon Gratz is actually a junior at Engineering and Science, which doesn't field a football squad. So it should come as no surprise that the Logan resident has his heart set on mechanical engineering. In fact, he's already made his own robot and worked on several other robotics programs when he was younger. However, in Gratz' 24-8 quarterfinal playoff victory last night against Northeast High, White had to make something out of nothing during a critical third down with about 3 minutes left in the fourth quarter.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
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.
SPORTS
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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