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March 19, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - When people think about Archbishop Wood girls' basketball teams, they usually think about defense. It's become a hallmark. And the Vikings have three straight state championships from 2010 to 2012 to show for it. There's the discipline, the strategy, the grit, and the uncanny ability to get the opponent to make a mistake. The result is that by the final buzzer, the opposing team has had one heck of a time trying to get the ball into the net. Interim coach Mike McDonald's team is so good on the defensive end that sometimes one forgets just how efficiently the Vikings run their offensive sets.
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March 16, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Shannon May wasn't going to let her eyes off Alyssa Monaghan. The task was simple, at least in theory, for the Archbishop Wood sophomore: shadow the Bonner-Prendergast senior guard. As soon as a Bonner-Prendergast player got a defensive rebound, there May was, glued to the Catholic League's most valuable player, her eyes transfixed on the St. Joseph's recruit. May was so focused on Monaghan's off-the-ball movements that, at one point, neither player realized when a loose ball bounced in her direction.
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February 13, 2015 | BY AARON CARTER, Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
AND TO THINK, the first time John Mosco saw Luke Connaghan, the soon-to-be Archbishop Wood basketball coach had no idea he was watching his future forward. It was the summer of Connaghan's sophomore season and Mosco was still an assistant at Ss. Neumann-Goretti. The Saints and Vikings met in a summer league championship game at the Mayfair Recreation Center. Connaghan, now a senior, for the Vikings, evidently made quite an impression. "I didn't know who he was," Mosco said.
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February 13, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
The first time John Mosco saw Luke Connaghan, the soon-to-be Archbishop Wood basketball coach had no idea he was watching his future forward. It was the summer of Connaghan's sophomore season and Mosco was still a Neumann-Goretti assistant. The Saints and Vikings met in a summer league championship game at the Mayfair Recreation Center. Connaghan, now a senior for the Vikings, evidently made quite an impression. "I didn't know who he was," Mosco said. "I called Ed McCormick, an assistant coach [at Wood]
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December 23, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com, 215-854-5814
JOHN MOSCO waited patiently as his point guard fielded questions just outside of Archbishop Wood's makeshift locker room. The second-year coach hadn't yet addressed his victorious Vikings, but his court marshal was snatched for an interview ahead of time. Eyeballing his affable coach, Tom Funk flashed a giant grin when Mosco was asked if he needed the 6-0 junior. "Nah, [I'm waiting on him]," Mosco joked as assistant coaches also laughed. "He's got to talk to the team, I'm not. It's his team.
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December 14, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
HERSHEY - When the tricky stuff didn't work, Archbishop Wood did what it has done best all season. After Central Valley senior Brandon Wilson returned an interception 48 yards for a touchdown to end the half, the Vikings punished the Warriors on the ground the rest of the way. Not a bad plan when Jarrett McClenton and Alex Arcangeli occupy your backfield and you have serious strength up front. Add a physical defensive effort and you get the recipe Wood used to claim its third Class AAA championship in four seasons with a 33-14 win over Central Valley.
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December 14, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
HERSHEY, Pa. - While Jarrett McClenton is excited about his football future at Villanova, Hersheypark Stadium will always hold a special place in his heart. That's because McClenton, for the second straight year, shined for Archbishop Wood in the PIAA Class AAA championship game. The 5-foot-8, 165-pound speedster rushed for 232 yards and four touchdowns on 26 carries Friday night, as the Vikings retained the title with a 33-14 triumph over District 7's Central Valley. Last season, when Wood defeated District 3's Bishop McDevitt by 22-10 for its second crown in three years, McClenton ran 40 times for 238 yards and a pair of scores.
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December 13, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Archbishop Wood is on the doorstep of a third state title. In their fifth championship-game appearance in seven seasons, the Vikings (13-1) clash with District 7's Central Valley (15-0) at 7 p.m. Friday at Hersheypark Stadium. Central Valley, of suburban Pittsburgh, was founded five years ago after the merger of the Center Area and Monaca school districts. Wood is focused on slowing Warriors running back Jordan Whitehead. The 6-foot, 185-pounder has carried 135 times for 1,899 yards and 22 touchdowns.
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December 8, 2014 | By Tom Sixeas, For The Inquirer
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Archbishop Wood secured its fourth straight trip to the PIAA Class AAA football final with a 63-20 demolition of Somerset in the semifinals on a rainy and cold Saturday at Trojan Stadium. The Vikings will be looking for their second straight state title and third in the last four seasons when they face Central Valley, which defeated Bishop McDevitt, 26-21, Friday night. The title game is set for 7 p.m. Friday at Hersheypark Stadium. Wood (13-1) game-planned for the weather, as it attempted just two passes, both incomplete, and ran the ball 39 times for 525 yards and 18 first downs.
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December 6, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Archbishop Wood clinched its seventh consecutive berth in the PIAA Class AAA state semifinals with a romp last Friday over Great Valley. Next for the white-hot Vikings, who are looking to earn their fifth trip to Hershey, is a clash with District 5's Somerset at 1 p.m., Saturday, at Chambersburg Area High. Somerset is a small town about 70 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. The Golden Eagles (13-1) easily dispatched mistake-prone Bethlehem Catholic, 30-0, in a quarterfinal Saturday at Chambersburg.
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