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April 7, 1997 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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)
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January 8, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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May 21, 2013 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
  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.
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March 28, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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January 11, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
September 7, 2012 | By Phil Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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June 7, 1997 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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)
SPORTS
December 20, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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February 15, 2012 | By Phil Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
SPORTS
February 16, 2012 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
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. 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.
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June 8, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia and Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writers
Joey Gatto remembers the first time he saw Mike Trout on a baseball field. It was a Millville at Hammonton game in the Cape Atlantic League's American Division in 2009. "He hit a home run over the center-field fence," said Gatto, who lives in Hammonton. "I've been following his career ever since. " Gatto now hopes to follow in Trout's footsteps. Gatto, who just finished his senior year at St. Augustine Prep, on Thursday night was drafted by Trout's major-league team, the Los Angeles Angels.
SPORTS
January 11, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
January 8, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
December 20, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
December 13, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Success came with a price for newly crowned South Jersey football champions Shawnee and Delsea. The Renegades and Crusaders are projected to move up to play in divisions with larger schools in a realigned West Jersey Football League. The 66-team WJFL unveiled its proposed new alignment on Wednesday. The league will have 11 divisions, each with six teams. Shawnee, which won the South Jersey Group 4 title, would move up from the National Division to the American Division. The Renegades would be the only Group 4 team in an otherwise-Group 5 division.
SPORTS
November 29, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than bragging rights between traditional rivals will be on the line for several South Jersey football teams during Thanksgiving weekend games. Among the games with championship implications: The winner of Thursday morning's clash between visiting Clearview (4-5) and Kingsway (7-3) will earn a share of the West Jersey Football League National Division title. Both teams enter the game with 3-1 division records. Shawnee has clinched a share of the title with a 4-1 mark. Delran (7-2)
SPORTS
November 28, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Cape-Atlantic League gave an emphatic "thumbs up" to the possibility of an alliance with the Colonial Conference for football in 2014. The Colonial Conference raised its index finger, asking for more time. Colonial Conference athletic directors deferred the decision to superintendents and Boards of Education at the school districts after meeting Tuesday morning to discuss the proposed alliance. The proposal will be presented to each Colonial Conference school's superintendent and Board of Education.
NEWS
October 27, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The black-and-blue West Jersey Football League American Division has proven as difficult as advertised, as no lead is safe against the premier teams. Cherokee saw this firsthand by scoring early and holding on late for a 28-21 win over visiting Eastern on Friday night in a battle of Inquirer Top 5 teams. Ranked No. 5 in South Jersey, the Chiefs improved to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the American. The second-ranked Vikings fell to 6-1, 3-1. Cherokee extended its lead to 28-7 when Matt Stickney scored his third touchdown of the game on a 2-yard run with 6 minutes, 22 seconds left.
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September 8, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
There are no soft spots on St. Joseph's schedule anymore. The Wildcats like it that way. "It's a challenge for us, but we prefer it," St. Joseph senior running back Cody Sampson said. "We know we have to be ready to play every week. " St. Joseph, the small private school in Hammonton, won the Cape-Atlantic League's American Division last season with an 8-1 record. Once a dominant team in the Cape's National Division - in which they regularly beat weaker opponents by upward of 50 points - the Wildcats showed they could compete weekly with large public schools with more than five times their enrollment.
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August 26, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
St. Augustine Prep, Vineland, and Ocean City will move to the American Division in a realigned Cape-Atlantic League for the 2014 and '15 football seasons. The CAL will play the 2013 season under its current format, in which those three teams are in the less-competitive National Division. But starting next season, the league will realign based strictly on enrollment with one exception: Perennial power St. Joseph, the conference's smallest school, will remain in the American Division.
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