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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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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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April 28, 2016 | By Vince DeBlasio, Staff Writer
An opportunity arose for Izzy Kelly this season with the Bishop Eustace softball team, and she has taken advantage of it. With pitcher Rachael Romer graduating in 2015, Kelly knew her role on the mound would expand, and the sophomore has emerged as the go-to hurler, according to coach Kat Dreitlein. "She's doing a great job for us on the mound, plus she's having great at-bats. She's getting on base, helping herself out," Dreitlein said. "What else could you really ask for?" Kelly provides Bishop Eustace (9-3)
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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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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.
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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)
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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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August 31, 2012 | By Kate Harman, FOR THE INQUIRER
Downingtown East coach Mike Matta is getting awfully comfortable with a Lauletta taking snaps from behind center. Senior Kyle Lauletta will start for Matta again this season, after throwing for 1,971 yards and 23 touchdowns last year. He took the reins from his brother Trey, who started the previous three seasons for Matta's Cougars and is going into his sophomore year at Bucknell. Catching passes from Lauletta will be Michigan State recruit Jay Harris, who caught 53 balls for 717 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Cougars in 2011.
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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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April 28, 2016 | By Vince DeBlasio, Staff Writer
An opportunity arose for Izzy Kelly this season with the Bishop Eustace softball team, and she has taken advantage of it. With pitcher Rachael Romer graduating in 2015, Kelly knew her role on the mound would expand, and the sophomore has emerged as the go-to hurler, according to coach Kat Dreitlein. "She's doing a great job for us on the mound, plus she's having great at-bats. She's getting on base, helping herself out," Dreitlein said. "What else could you really ask for?" Kelly provides Bishop Eustace (9-3)
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November 20, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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September 4, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Coatesville, Downingtown East, and Downingtown West are set to wage a three-way battle for the Ches-Mont League National Division title. Coatesville was hit hardest by graduation, but the defending champs have strong playmakers in quarterback Jordan Young, running back Brasir Stocker, multipurpose threat Jadan Hudson, and receivers Kevin Kirk and Avery Young. Coatesville (13-1 overall, 6-0 league) also features offensive tackle Justus Martinez (6-5, 300), linebackers Chris Jordan and Ronnell Knight, and defensive linemen Jelil Norman, Isaiah Hall, and Javon Sampson.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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.
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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)
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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.
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