November 22, 2015 |
Archbishop Wood won its eighth consecutive Catholic League Class AAA title with a 35-7 victory against Archbishop Ryan on Friday night at William Tennent. The Vikings defense, led by senior linebacker Ryan Barrett, was the early key to victory. Barrett sacked Ryan quarterback Matt Romano three times by the eight-minute mark of the second quarter. "Last game, I didn't play too well against [Ryan]," said Barrett, 5-foot-11, 185-pounder. "Coaches went nuts, saying I had to play my best game and be a leader, and that's what I did. " Raheem "Speedy" Blackshear and the Wood offense weren't far behind.
November 8, 2015 |
Amir Paulk's voice was low and his face was tight during an interview after the Northeast junior led the host Vikings to a 40-18 Public League Class AAAA quarterfinal win against Bartram on Friday. Head coach Phil Gormley, walking behind Paulk and heading off the field, delivered his support. "I want to thank my offensive line," Gormley prompted. "Oh, yeah," Paulk said, springing to life, "I want to thank my offensive line!" This might be his first season of high school football, but the 5-foot-7, 160-pound running back had no reason to be nervous.
November 6, 2015 |
Growing up in Monrovia, Liberia, Phedel Saye played soccer in the streets of his country's capital. His parents, Wilfred and Helena, encouraged him to play as often as he could, so much so that the forward joked that they "forced him" outside sometimes. When he was 12 years old, Saye and his family left Liberia. But before that, for seven years, he learned how to play the game in much different conditions than those of a grassy yard. After he moved to Philadelphia, he took his talents to Northeast.
October 27, 2015 |
If Perkiomen Valley and Spring-Ford avoid upset losses next weekend, the teams will square off for top Pioneer Athletic Conference honors - and a higher seed in the PIAA District 1 Class AAAA playoffs - Nov. 6 in Royersford. That said, is there a chance the Vikings (7-0 in PAC-10 action) could look past Upper Perkiomen (2-5) and ahead to the Rams (7-0) in a potential winner-take-all showdown? "I doubt it," Perkiomen Valley senior defensive tackle T.J. Foley said. "It's probably going to be a huge game against Spring-Ford, but we can't look past anybody.
October 4, 2015 |
Before each game, Erik Enters scrawls on a card and puts it in his pocket. Patting down his blue jeans Friday beneath a white tent, which sheltered him from a ceaseless downpour, the Perkiomen Valley field hockey coach couldn't find the card. But he knew what he'd written. Score early. "In a game like this, they can call it at halftime, so I knew we had to score quick," Enters said after Perkiomen Valley topped host Phoenixville, 4-2, in a Pioneer Athletic Conference game.
October 4, 2015 |
Sometimes slippery, often ugly, definitely chilly, and absolutely wet throughout, Northeast's 38-12 victory against host Roxborough on Friday illustrated just how well winning can make nearly any condition enjoyable. "It was fun," Northeast junior Keith Moore III said of the Public League Independence division contest. "It's fun when you're winning. When you're not winning and you're in this weather it's not fun, but if you're winning - it's great. " With a Nor'easter closing in on the East Coast, consistent precipitation - sometimes whipping sideways - wreaked havoc on the grass field at Pechin and Hermitage streets in Roxborough.
September 20, 2015 |
Late in Friday night's fourth quarter at Northeast High, a particularly prescient assistant coach quipped about the game's lackluster defenses and then predicted the final outcome. "Whoever has the ball last is gonna win this one," said the Vikings' assistant. In a game featuring 86 combined points, he was only partly correct. Northeast (3-0) outdueled defending Public League champion Ben Franklin High (2-1), 44-42, but it was Carlos Davila's two interceptions that sealed the victory.
September 15, 2015 |
While Steve Devlin has an intense and demanding coaching style, defensive end Mack Schwartz says Archbishop Wood's ninth-year boss finds a healthy balance when it comes to relating to his players. "He can be pretty tough on you when he sees a mistake, but he'll also joke with you," the senior said. "And he's really good at sensing when a player needs positive reinforcement instead of criticism. " On Saturday night, with Schwartz registering seven tackles, Devlin notched his 100th career victory as the host Vikings downed Simon Gratz, 44-30, in a nonleague matchup at William Tennent.
September 6, 2015 |
As one of a few prominent seniors for Northeast's football team, Elijah Wilcher knows he has to take a leadership role this season. Since he's a newcomer, after having played at Roman Catholic the last two years, that's not an easy undertaking. "I mostly do it by example, and I think it's working so far," the 5-foot-10, 150-pounder said. "The younger guys have been picking things up and listening well. " Wilcher's solid contributions at wingback and cornerback helped the Vikings rally for a 21-14 victory over visiting Abington in the season opener for both teams Friday at sun-baked Charlie Martin Memorial Stadium.
June 5, 2015 |
You'd be forgiven for thinking Shannon Beattie was due up second or third every inning just by looking at her. With her black Rawlings helmet atop her head and slightly discolored orange- and-white Mizuno batting gloves on her hands, the Perkiomen Valley senior looks like she belongs in the on-deck circle. But even when she's not due to the plate for another couple of batters, she stands in the dugout, mentally preparing for her time at the plate. "I'm ready to hit," she said about the ritual.