April 7, 1997 |
The Olympic Conference's American Division usually is one of the most competitive in South Jersey. With the addition of Lenape and Shawnee, the American is by far the best in South Jersey, according to the division's coaches. One of the reasons is that five of the six teams have a pitcher who won at least four games last season. Cherry Hill East had three pitchers with four or more wins: Chris Kolodzey (5-4), Jeff Fineman (4-2) and Jordan Dekhayser (4-0). The other returning pitchers in this category are Shawnee's Bob Buchanan (9-2)
November 20, 2015 |
Kingsway and Hammonton will move up to the powerful American Division in the projected alignments for 2016 and 2017 in the revamped West Jersey Football League. Kingsway, which was a Group 1 team when Tony Barchuk took over as coach in 1979, was classified as a Group 5 program this season and will face perennial large-school powers such as Cherokee, Shawnee, Williamstown, and Washington Township in the newly formed American Division. Hammonton, which moved to the WJFL from the Cape-Atlantic League in 2014, will join perennial power Shawnee as Group 4 programs in the WJFL's big division in the projected alignment.
January 8, 2014 |
Holy Spirit, a perennial power that spent much of last season as the No. 1-ranked team in South Jersey, will move down to the National Division in the Cape-Atlantic League's new alignment for football for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. The Spartans were 11-1 last season, with their only loss to North Jersey powerhouse DePaul Catholic in the Non-Public 2 state title game. They finished No. 2 in The Inquirer's final South Jersey rankings. Holy Spirit won state titles in 2007, 2010, 2011, and 2012.
January 11, 2014 |
As expected, the West Jersey Football League denied an appeal by Cherry Hill East and announced Thursday that it would realign its divisions for the 2014 season. Details of the realignment were reported by The Inquirer in December. At the time, WJFL president Bud Kowal, the athletic director at Ewing, said schools would have a week to appeal the new alignment. Cherry Hill East appealed, hoping for relief in the form of removal from the American Division, according to several sources.
September 7, 2012 |
In two short seasons, Williamstown has gone from new kid on the block to team to beat in the West Jersey Football League's American Division. But the Braves' rise to prominence is far from complete. "We still need to establish ourselves a little better in the playoff picture," Williamstown coach Frank Fucetola said. "We want to make a little noise there. " First things first. Williamstown is the defending American Division champion and looms as the favorite to capture another crown.
June 7, 1997 |
Cherry Hill East, expected to be among the baseball contenders in the Olympic Conference, had to settle for being a late-season spoiler. After giving Washington Township a chance to claim the cochampionship of the conference's American Division a day earlier, East promptly shut the door with yesterday's 8-2 victory over the Minutemen. The victory gave Eastern (6-4 division) the outright championship of the American Division. Township (16-9 overall, 5-5 division) would have earned a share of the championship with a win. Cherry Hill East (15-12, 5-5)
March 28, 2013 |
Brian Anderson figures his Shawnee baseball team might hit a little this season. The Renegades' bats will surely be tested. Shawnee will move up to the American Division as the Olympic Conference switches to two divisions from three this season in baseball and softball. "We're going to get challenged every game," Anderson said. "We're going to see a good pitcher every game. " The loaded Olympic American now includes Shawnee from the old Patriot Division, which has been dissolved, along with holdovers Cherokee, Cherry Hill East, Eastern, Lenape, and Washington Township.
May 21, 2013 |
William Williams Keen Butcher, 97, of Chestnut Hill, CEO of the former Philadelphia brokerage firm Butcher & Singer and former chair of the Committee of Seventy public watchdog group, died at home Wednesday, May 15. A U.S. Army major who served in World War II, Mr. Butcher - who went by W.W. Keen - was a philanthropist and active member of the Republican Party at the national level who had U.S. presidents to his home for dinner. "I can think of several instances when we'd come home for dinner and the president would be there," said Noel Butcher Hanley, a daughter who lives in Bryn Mawr.
December 20, 2013 |
The Colonial Conference has voted down a projected alliance with the Cape-Atlantic League for football and altered its format for crossover games. The Colonial Conference's vote on Wednesday was 7-5 against the alliance with the Cape-Atlantic. A vote of 8-4 in favor was needed to approve an arrangement that would have created crossover games between the leagues in the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Colonial Conference president Lou Raba, the athletic director at Gateway, said the league has decided to create a new system for crossover games in 2014, focusing on matching teams of similar competitive strength.
February 15, 2012 |
The Cape-Atlantic League has realigned for football, creating a heavyweight division with its nine strongest programs over the last two seasons. The other division has the league's nine weakest programs, at least based on power points over the last two seasons. "You're never going to cook chicken soup that all 18 schools are going to like," said Mainland athletic director Mike Gatley, the league's president. The new American Division has the nine teams that earned the most playoff power points in 2010 and 2011: Holy Spirit, Hammonton, St. Joseph, Millville, Atlantic City, Egg Harbor Township, Oakcrest, Absegami, and Mainland.