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)
February 28, 2014 |
* VIKINGS. 10 tonight, History Channel. * THE RED ROAD. 9 tonight, Sundance TV. IF WE'VE learned anything in the past few TV seasons, it's that there's a sizable audience that can't get enough of scruffy, violent men and the women who love them (and sometimes fight by their sides). We've seen it with the FX hit "Sons of Anarchy," and we're seeing it again with the History Channel's "Vikings" (which resembles "Sons" far more than it does HBO's "Game of Thrones," to which it's sometimes been compared, generally not favorably)
February 13, 2014 |
Bailey Greenberg knew what she was getting into when she transferred from Gwynedd Mercy to Archbishop Wood this past year. Well, kind of. The sophomore forward has a long family history at Wood, with two aunts, Kathy and Kelly, who played on the girls' basketball team. Greenberg might not have known the offensive system the Vikings run or the kind of opponents she would face, but she knew Wood basketball was about winning championships. Needless to say, the first couple games were nerve-racking, especially when the squad traveled to Arizona early in the season.
February 1, 2014 |
When Vic Stanley returned to coaching wrestling at Archbishop Wood a season ago, the wheels had already been set into motion. "Three years ago there were seven kids on the team," Stanley said. "Rumor had it that they were talking about dropping the sport. This year, we have 27 kids on the team. This improvement was due to the fact that [coach emeritus] Steve Peters and [assistant coaches] Chris Meister, Kevin Reilly, Erich Meister, and all of those guys stepped up three years ago. . . . They stepped up and saved the program.
January 19, 2014 |
Missing is contagious. That's what coach Ashley Jones often reminds the members of her Central girls' basketball team. It's a phrase that resonated with senior guard Kayla Henderson. The idea is to be mindful of the shots you take during a game - to be careful with the basketball on every possession. The Lancers didn't have to worry about missing many shots on Friday afternoon, as Central hit eight three-pointers on its way to a 55-46 victory over Public League rival Northeast.
January 17, 2014 |
THREE DRIBBLES, slight knee bend, deep breath, and then fire. The sequence is simple enough, but when the pressure is on and your team needs two free throws to seal a late victory, it's anything but easy. Northeast High junior Elmange Watson found himself in that spot yesterday. The 5-10 guard stepped to the line clinging to a one-point lead at host Palmer Charter with 32 seconds remaining. "I have to do it for my team," he recalled thinking. "We need it. We need this win. " Watson drained both with a high-arching, confident stroke.
January 10, 2014 |
WHAT IN the world is a 6-7, 285-pound center supposed to do in an up-tempo offense? Simple: Run! So, Joe LoStracco laces up his size-18s for Archbishop Wood and hoofs it every day before practice. While the little guys do skill work, the big senior works on conditioning drills. In fact, before last night's tipoff against Bishop McDevitt, first-year Viking coach John Mosco revealed that LoStracco would come off the bench until he returned to basketball form after a season on the football team's offensive line.