June 4, 2014 |
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.
May 18, 2014 |
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.
May 13, 2014 |
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.
May 13, 2014 |
WHEN THE Roman Catholic High baseball team broke its huddle Saturday afternoon, Joe Mangano emerged, head down, tears streaming from his face as raindrops fell from the bruise-colored clouds overhead. Teammates showered the 6-3, 200-pound first baseman with support, patting his head, arms and shoulder. Ah, but these weren't tears of sadness; a hodgepodge of emotions were at play. The victorious hero, who knocked in the game-winning run with a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning, was just a few minutes removed from believing he had cost his team the game.
May 6, 2014 |
The first win of the streak got the Perkiomen Valley softball team above .500 after a rough start to the season. The second was a more convincing defeat of a conference opponent, and the third righted a loss from earlier in the year. The fourth, a come-from-behind defeat of Methacton, is the one that really sticks out in Brenna Sermarini's mind. That's the game that really changed everything, Sermarini said. But the Vikings didn't stop there. Twenty-five days after the streak started, including two huge wins over Owen J. Roberts and another over Spring-Ford, the Vikings (13-3, 12-3 Pioneer Athletic Conference)
April 15, 2014 |
Chuck Lindsay lovingly calls the members of his West Chester East girls' softball team "goofy. " The coach's characterization isn't off base. Sophomore second baseman Olivia Francomano laughed before admitting that the description fits. Freshman Amilia Andraos is pretty good at mimicking Lindsay, according to Francomano, and the whole team in general has a loose and comfortable demeanor. "They are goofy in the greatest way possible," Lindsay said. "Nothing bothers them. " But the laughing and joking isn't all that the Vikings (5-1, 4-1 Ches-Mont National)
March 23, 2014 |
Go through the Archbishop Wood girls' basketball roster, and a single feature jumps out: There are a lot of 2014 s listed between players' names and positions. There are nine of them, in fact, as the veteran-laden Vikings have that many seniors. Wood, which will play in the PIAA Class AAA state final Saturday, isn't shy about that circumstance. The players actually joke about how often they mention the large senior class in postgame interviews. They know it sounds redundant, but there's a reason to keep referring to it. "Honestly, this year, I think it is our seniors," Rachel Day said, laughing.
March 14, 2014 |
Villa Maria had the Archbishop Wood girls' basketball team on the ropes. Down by just three with a minute remaining in the third quarter, the Hurricanes had all the momentum and were taking it to Wood on both ends of the floor. The Vikings, led by their poised senior class, never panicked. They went on to win easily, 53-31, Wednesday night in the second round of the PIAA Class AAA state tournament at Colonial Elementary School in Plymouth Meeting. "We just couldn't lose," senior Rachel Day said.
March 10, 2014 |
There are a lot of impressive things about the way the Archbishop Wood girls' basketball team plays the game, but what might stand out the most is that the Vikings don't have one star player. Jess Kaminski does the little things for the Vikings. The senior point guard is poised, makes smart decisions, and is all over the floor on defense. Junior Aubree Brown can shoot, is quick in the transition game, and has good hands. As for sophomore Bailey Greenberg, she's developing into a real offensive threat both inside and outside the paint.
March 1, 2014 |
Isiah Graves and the Atlantic City boys' basketball team are showing their late-season form. Jordan Robertson and Wildwood Catholic are learning fast. Graves, a senior guard and veteran of the Vikings' drives to the last two Group 4 state titles, scored 22 points with seven rebounds and four assists as Atlantic City beat St. Augustine Prep, 65-60, Thursday night in the semifinals of the Cape-Atlantic League tournament. Senior guard Tashad Reynolds added a career-high 22 points for Atlantic City (18-6)