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April 29, 2013 | The Inquirer Staff
The Minnesota Vikings plucked a pair of Penn State linebackers in the fourth and seventh rounds of the NFL draft on Saturday. Gerald Hodges was taken by the Vikings in the fourth round with the 120th overall pick, and Michael Mauti was chosen in the seventh round with the 213th pick. Earl Watford, a graduate of Simon Gratz and a guard at James Madison University, was selected in the fourth round with the No. 116 overall pick by the Arizona Cardinals. Florida State outside linebacker Nick Moody, who starred as a defensive back at Roman Catholic, was tabbed in the sixth round, No. 180 overall, by the San Francisco 49ers.
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April 27, 2013 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Sharrif Floyd, who first made his name playing football for a high school on Bustleton Avenue - George Washington High, in the Philadelphia Public League - was picked 23d overall in Thursday's first round of the NFL draft by the Minnesota Vikings. The surprise was that Floyd didn't go a lot higher. A massive defensive tackle with a sprinter's burst, the former Florida Gators star left after his junior year after his college coaches told him he would be a first-round draft choice.
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April 24, 2013
First round 1. Chiefs 2. Jaguars 3. Raiders 4. EAGLES 5. Lions 6. Browns 7. Cardinals 8. Bills 9. Jets 10. Titans 11. Chargers 12. Dolphins 13. Jets from Buccaneers 14. Panthers 15. Saints 16. Rams 17. Steelers 18. Cowboys 19. Giants 20. Bears 21. Bengals 22. Rams, from Redskins 23. Vikings 24. Colts 25. Vikings, from Seahawks 26. Packers ...
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April 12, 2013 | BY TED SILARY, Daily News Staff Writer silaryt@phillynews.com
MATT MANDES is experiencing one of those go-figure springs. He played some shaky baseball when the weather was cold, then emerged as the ultimate hero on an early April day with outrageously warm temperatures. The 5-9, 175-pound Mandes, a junior and lefty swinger, serves Archbishop Wood High as the second baseman and leadoff hitter. His other sport - and he's the only diamond Viking who plays this - is ice hockey, and this past winter, skating at center, he finished second on the team in scoring.
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March 14, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
TOMS RIVER, N.J. - Atlantic City looked finished. Even its coach had his doubts. Sure, this has happened before in their incredible two-year run, but nothing suggested that with the Vikings down by 19 points in the third quarter of Wednesday night's Tournament of Champions boys' basketball quarterfinals that this season would be extended. Yet Atlantic City, two-time state Group 4 champion, is still standing - and standing proudly. The comeback took some time and then needed even more time, but finally after two exhausting overtimes, Atlantic City defeated state Group 1 champion Point Pleasant Beach, 80-73, at Toms River North's Pine Belt Arena, earning the chance to play another day. Losing can be quite a motivator.
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March 14, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Columnist
TOMS RIVER, N.J. - Atlantic City looked finished. Even its coach had his doubts. Sure, this has happened before in their incredible two-year run, but nothing suggested that with the Vikings down by 19 points in the third quarter of Wednesday night's Tournament of Champions boys' basketball quarterfinals that this season would be extended. Yet Atlantic City, two-time state Group 4 champion, is still standing - and standing proudly. The comeback took some time and then needed even more time, but finally after two exhausting overtimes, Atlantic City defeated state Group 1 champion Point Pleasant Beach, 80-73, at Toms River North's Pine Belt Arena, earning the chance to play another day. Losing can be quite a motivator.
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March 8, 2013 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
"It's March Madness!" Pennsbury girls' basketball coach Donna Nicholson exclaimed, talking excitedly about the challenges that lie ahead for her Falcons. The best teams in Southeastern Pennsylvania will start competing Friday against the best from around the state across four classes in hopes of making it to Hershey for the state championships. Pennsbury is one of 10 District 1 Class AAAA schools vying for an opportunity to play for the state title. The Falcons qualified for the state tournament for the first time in seven years.
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March 7, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gabriel Chandler reinjured his finger. Dayshawn Reynolds hurt his back. Isiah Graves made a key layup, then immediately committed his fifth foul by drawing a costly technical. But adversity for the Atlantic City boys' basketball team is nothing new, and neither is finding a way to succeed despite any and all opposition. "There's just something about this group," coach Gene Allen said after his Vikings emerged with a 51-49 victory over East Brunswick in a pulse-pounding Group 4 state semifinal Wednesday night at Egg Harbor Township.
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February 17, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was Group 4 against Group 2. That's not always an advantage in size and strength for the larger school. But it was when Eastern played Haddonfield in the Cherry Hill East Invitational on Saturday. "That was the game plan," Eastern coach Joe Murphy of his team's physical play in a 52-41 victory in the second game of the two-day, 12-game showcase of most of South Jersey's top boys' basketball teams. Eastern (18-5), the No. 7 team in The Inquirer's South Jersey rankings, dominated the backboards and flexed its muscle on defense, holding the Bulldogs to their second-lowest scoring total of the season.
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February 15, 2013 | From Inquirer Wire Services
After leading the Minnesota Vikings to a surprising playoff berth last season, Leslie Frazier has reached an agreement on a contract through 2014. The Vikings exercised the fourth-year option on his contract Wednesday, helping Frazier avoid what would have been a lame-duck season in 2013. He was entering the final year of his deal, and talks of an extension started to become an issue publicly as the Vikings mounted a stunning December run to the playoffs. Stuck at 6-6 and without injured receiver Percy Harvin, the Vikings rode running back Adrian Peterson to four straight victories, including a thriller over Green Bay in the regular-season finale to thrust them into the postseason.
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