December 4, 2014 |
TALK OF brotherhoods and bonds abound when you speak with enough high school athletes. Of course, indelible connections can be forged while logging hours at practice that sometimes amount to more minutes spent near huddles than in your actual home. Blood, sweat and the occasional tear are shed with these people, all while sacrificing a certain amount of individuality for a larger, collective goal. So perhaps it's easy for those familial terms to become a bit cliché and hyperbolic when espoused by teenagers in the midst of a championship chase.
November 30, 2014 |
It didn't take long for Archbishop Wood to seize control against Great Valley. The quick and powerful Vikings put the outmanned and smaller Patriots in a 23-point hole in the first six minutes of a PIAA Class AAA state quarterfinal Friday night at Northeast. Wood cruised from there, as many had expected, in a 44-7 rout. That marked the end to a breakout, highly memorable season for first-year Great Valley coach Dan Ellis and his players. The Patriots finished with a school-record 12 victories, placed second in the Ches-Mont League American Division, and captured the program's first District 1 championship.
November 30, 2014 |
His work complete, Archbishop Wood's Jarrett McClenton wrapped himself in a black jacket and stood on the sideline. The running back watched as Wood put the final touches on a 44-7 romp over Great Valley in the PIAA Class AAA football quarterfinals Friday night at Northeast. McClenton, a senior who has committed to Villanova, ran for 110 yards on 12 first-half carries. He scored four touchdowns: two rushing, one on a pass, and one on a 51-yard punt return. His spectacular play in the first half relegated him to second-half spectator.
November 29, 2014 |
It has been a breakout season for Great Valley under first-year head coach Dan Ellis. The Patriots are 12-1, own an eight-game winning streak, and are the District 1 champions for the first time after turning back previously undefeated Springfield (Delco) by 21-0 last week. Next, in trying to keep alive a banner campaign, is a PIAA Class AAA quarterfinal against powerhouse and defending state titlist Archbishop Wood at 7 p.m. Friday at Northeast. The Vikings, who turned back Imhotep Charter by 42-34 in last week's District 12 final, arrive as a considerable favorite.
November 3, 2014 |
LUKE WHITE is used to creating things under pressure. The 5-8, 150-pound running back for Simon Gratz is actually a junior at Engineering and Science, which doesn't field a football squad. So it should come as no surprise that the Logan resident has his heart set on mechanical engineering. In fact, he's already made his own robot and worked on several other robotics programs when he was younger. However, in Gratz' 24-8 quarterfinal playoff victory last night against Northeast High, White had to make something out of nothing during a critical third down with about 3 minutes left in the fourth quarter.
October 30, 2014 |
You could feel the ground move. The large and rowdy student sections for the Archbishop Wood and Roman Catholic boys' soccer teams were on the move, changing positions to be behind the goal of the opposition. Vikings supporters ran one way, and Cahillites fans went the opposite way. It was the start of overtime in the Catholic League final, and both sides wanted a front-row seat for the game-winner. After 15 minutes and no score, the spectators changed again. Good thing they did, or else the Wood fans would have missed Matt McWilliams' golden goal that gave the Vikings a 1-0 victory and the championship.
October 23, 2014 |
Eastern junior Nikki Santore knows that this is her time to shine on the nation's No. 1 high school field hockey team. And she's certainly making the most of it. Santore has proved herself to be a top forward for the Vikings this season, recording 35 goals and leading the team with 26 assists. But it wasn't until this year that she received a starting spot on the varsity field. In fact, she waited two years for this opportunity after bouncing between the varsity and junior varsity.
October 5, 2014 |
THE CITY'S all-time leader in receiving touchdowns was busy last night. La Salle High senior Jimmy Herron caught four more touchdowns as the Explorers overcame a 17-point, third-quarter deficit to stun previously unbeaten Archbishop Wood, 35-31, before an overflow crowd at William Tennent High. He now has 33 career receiving TDs. However, Herron isn't an all-he-does-is-catch-touchdowns wideout. The 6-1, 185-pound defensive back also recovered a late fumble and broke up Wood's last gasp on a fourth-and-15 from the 50 with under a minute remaining.
September 14, 2014 |
The Archbishop Wood defense recovered North Penn's fumble late in the first half of the Vikings' 42-7 romp Friday night, and Ryan Bates quickly looked to the scoreboard. The Vikings, who were the home team at North Penn's stadium, were already ahead by four touchdowns. But they wanted more. Bates, a lineman, pounded his fists on the sideline. The quarter had elapsed. Wood's high-powered offense would have to wait. The Vikings offense did not run a play for negative yardage until midway through the third quarter.