Senior class leads Wood to final

Go through the Archbishop Wood girls' basketball roster, and a single feature jumps out: There are a lot of 2014s listed between players' names and positions.

There are nine of them, in fact, as the veteran-laden Vikings have that many seniors.

Jess Kaminski is one of nine seniors on Wood, and one of three who start. The Vikings will play Blackhawk for the state title Saturday. ELIZABETH ROBERTSON Staff Photographer

Wood, which will play in the PIAA Class AAA state final Saturday, isn't shy about that circumstance. The players actually joke about how often they mention the large senior class in postgame interviews. They know it sounds redundant, but there's a reason to keep referring to it.

"Honestly, this year, I think it is our seniors," Rachel Day said, laughing. "We keep repeating that we have nine seniors, but it really has such an impact on our team."

Day, Jess Kaminski, and Laura Trisch are the three seniors who start for the Vikings. Emily Kiersnowski, Julia Cummiskey, Brit Keyes, and Catey McFadden have made big contributions off the bench.

Marissa McGlinn and Jane Arcidiacono don't see as many minutes as the others, but the two have motivated their teammates during practices and games.

"We are not a one- or two-person team," Kaminski said after Wood's state-quarterfinal win. "We are so good because we play together and we play for each other."

In that respect, the repetition rings true. If the Vikings (26-3) are to win their fourth state championship since 2010, it will be, in part, because of the strong senior class.

"Everybody on the team knows they are going to lose nine players next year, and I think we are all just trying to play for each other because this doesn't happen to every team every year," Kaminski said. "So we are just lucky to be here."

Defense and poise also have helped the Vikings get to Hershey's Giant Center for the state-title game. The Vikings will play at 6 p.m. against District 7 champion Blackhawk.

"There are so many of us - but there has always been so many of us - and the leadership that all of us bring, I just think, is really important," Day said of the seniors.

Kaminski and Day, in particular, have risen to the occasion for the Vikings in the state playoffs. But Day is quick to acknowledge that the underclassmen have had a huge impact, too.

Day mentioned junior Aubree Brown and sophomore Bailey Greenberg, who have been playing remarkably well at both ends of the floor.

Day even joked that Brown and Greenberg are so mature when they play that the rest of the team already treats them as seniors.

With nine on the roster already, what's two more?