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April 10, 2015 | By Kate Harman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The first time Olivia Rogers remembers facing against Avon Grove's Maggie Balint, it was snowing. Rogers and the West Chester East softball team saw Balint staring down at them again on the pitcher's mound Tuesday. It was a balmy 70 degrees. Twenty-four hours later, in conditions closer to their first meeting, the Ches-Mont League foes met again. Wednesday's weather didn't make a difference. For the second time in as many days, West Chester East defeated host Avon Grove, beating the defending District 1 Class AAAA champions, 2-0, in dramatic fashion.
SPORTS
March 23, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
HERSHEY, Pa. - Aubree Brown was fired up. The stalwart senior leader of the Archbishop Wood girls' basketball team pleaded her case to the officials with 52 seconds left in the fourth quarter of the PIAA Class AAA state final. She couldn't believe what had just happened. Blackhawk's Courtney Vannoy had converted a breakaway layup to put Wood down by three points. The play didn't quite put Wood in the hole; the Vikings were still down only a single possession. But Brown had flown by Vannoy with her arm up, and she was whistled for a controversial foul.
NEWS
March 22, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Aubree Brown's head is always on a swivel, as she looks for where the ball should go next. Brown, Archbishop Wood's senior captain, exudes a pivotal confidence for the Vikings (26-4), who will face Blackhawk in the PIAA Class AAA state final Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Giant Center in Hershey. Strong with the ball in her hands, the 6-foot guard/forward is a terrific passer. She almost always finds the open teammate. Brown does so with such frequency that she makes difficult passes look routine.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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]
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
NEWS
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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