The Pride of the Vikings [PODCAST]
The incredible journey has finally come to a bittersweet end for the Atlantic City Vikings.
Gene Allen's team ended their 2013 campaign with their second straight state title and a victory in the Tournament of Champions, before bowing out against St. Joe's of Metuchen. Their streak of dominance now provokes debate about an Atlantic City dynasty, and where this year's squad belongs when mentioned among the greatest public school programs in New Jersey high school basketball history.
Congratulations again goes out to Gene Allen and the Vikings for a tremendous season.
Just days before their final game of the season, a former Viking and eventual NBA player shared his thoughts on Atlantic City's incredible run. Lou Roe starred for the Vikings in the late 80′s before attending UMass, and eventually playing in the NBA and Europe. The Sport Bash's Mike Gill asked Roe about his time playing basketball in Atlantic City, and his thoughts on how the 2013 Vikings stack up among the school's best.
As the winter sports season comes to an end, the transition to spring athletics can finally begin. There's no better place to start than at North Albany Avenue, where Atlantic City's baseball team is already preparing to continue the school's athletic success.
Vikings coach Brent Bean and his players are up for the challenge, after last year's A.C. team reached the postseason for the first time in more than a decade. Find out what was said when we welcomed Coach Bean and the Vikings inside our Admiral Nissan Studios, including their expectations for 2013.
Another local baseball player is also looking forward to a strong season, but will be doing it almost 3,000 miles across the country. Middle Township graduate Scott DeCecco is now a proud member of the Seattle Mariners franchise, and is taking the mound for his first full spring training campaign in Arizona. Find out his reaction to Team USA's letdown in the World Baseball Classic, how he's adjusting to life in Washington, and his role in an official Major League Baseball commercial.
And a professional wrestling event is coming to South Jersey, and its proceeds will benefit one storm-damaged community. Steve Doyle, Ventnor City's P.B.A. President, reveals a little of what fans might see next weekend in Ventnor, and why the event is a chance to help local residents.
You can find tickets and more information for the "From the Ashes" wrestling event here
Listen to this week's show:
Scott DeCecco, Seattle Mariners minor league pitcher
Atlantic City Vikings baseball team
Steve Doyle, Ventnor's "From the Ashes" wrestling event organizer
Paul Baruffi, Ocean City girls head basketball coach
Lou Roe, Former A.C. Viking & NBA player
We’d also like to congratulate the South Jersey Athlete of the Week:
Basketball, Atlantic City
The senior guard extended Atlantic City’s shot at consecutive state titles. He hit an NBA-range three-pointer with 37 seconds remaining in regulation to tie Linden and force an overtime session, where AC would ultimately wrap up a Group IV championship. Reynolds, as usual, was also extremely active atop the Vikings perimeter defense.
It’s all right here, on The South Jersey Sports Report. Listen every Saturday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on 97.3 ESPN-FM or 973espn.com
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