January 19, 2013 |
Every time Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson, and Colin Kaepernick baffled NFL defenses with their legs as well as their arms, Damon Mitchell looked more like a quarterback. Mitchell, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound senior at Cedar Creek, committed to Georgia Tech on a football scholarship in July because the Atlantic Coast Conference program was the only team to recruit him as a quarterback. Every other college projected him as a defensive back. That changed after Mitchell ran for 21 touchdowns and passed for 22 in leading Cedar Creek to a 10-2 record - and maybe after those mobile quarterbacks took the NFL by storm.
January 17, 2013
GIRLS' BASKETBALL Team Rec. Records are through Tuesday. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Rancocas Vall. (1) 8-0 2. Wash. Twp. (2) 9-1 3. Ocean City (3) 9-1 4. Willingboro (4) 7-2 5. Shawnee (5) 11-0 6. Glou. Cath. (6) 11-0 7. Cedar Creek (7) 9-2 8. Lenape (8) 10-1 9. Williamstown (9) 7-2 10. Sacred Heart (10) 9-1 Under consideration (listed alphabetically): Clearview (7-2), Collingswood (10-2), Holy Spirit (8-1), Middle Township (7-2)
January 15, 2013 |
The chants from the Cedar Creek bench, all directed toward forward Kristine Miller, were constant throughout the game: "Pump fake. Pump fake. " When Miller finally obliged her team, midway through the fourth quarter, the results were predictable. She faked once, and as she went up for a shot her 6-foot-3 counterpart was almost leapfrogging her. Miller somehow converted a layup while drawing the foul. It was symbolic of the matchup between Miller and Sacred Heart's Kennedy Johnson: a physical, aggressive showdown between two big, highly talented players.
December 13, 2012
The Inquirer TOP 10 PRESEASON GIRLS' BASKETBALL Records are from last season. 1. Rancocas Valley (23-5). RV was the No. 1 team from start to finish last season and is clearly capable of being the same this season. The Red Devils are big, strong, and fast. The team is led by 6-foot-2 sophomore forward Lauren Moses, 5-10 junior shooting guard Dominique Ward, and 5-4 senior point guard Brianna Logan. Those players are part of a deep and talented rotation.
December 9, 2012
Football CENT. JERSEY GROUP 1 FINAL Florence 23, Shore Regional 17 (2 OT) SOUTH JERSEY GROUP 1 FINAL Penns Grove 30, Woodbury 14 SOUTH JERSEY GROUP 2 FINAL West Deptford 42, Cedar Creek 28 SOUTH JERSEY GROUP 3 FINAL Delsea 41, Northern Burlington 12 SOUTH JERSEY GROUP 4 FINAL Timber Creek 57, Kingsway 27 STATE NON-PUBLIC 1FINAL St. Joseph 36, St. Mary (Rutherford) 0 STATE NON-PUBLIC 2 FINAL Holy Spirit 30, Immaculata 6 Boys' Basketball KYLE LOWRY FAMJUICE TIP-OFF CLASSIC Friends' Central 77, Atlantic Christian 59 Boys' Swimming CAPE-ATLANTIC LEAGUE Lower Cape May at Holy Spirit, 4 St. Augustine at Atlantic City, 4 Ocean City at Egg Harbor Township, 4 Cedar Creek at Oakcrest, 4:30 Millville at Middle Township, 6:15 COLONIAL CONFERENCE Haddonfield at Audubon, 7:30 OLYMPIC CONFERENCE Cherokee at Cherry Hill West, 5 Washington Township at Lenape, 6:15 Girls' Swimming NONLEAGUE Ocean City at Egg Harbor Township, 4 Our Lady of Mercy at Atlantic City, 4 Cedar Creek at Oakcrest, 4:30 Cherokee at Cherry Hill West, 5 Millville at Middle Township, 6:15 Rancocas Valley at Cherry Hill West, 6:15
December 9, 2012 |
This was pinball football, with West Deptford's Gerald Owens and Cedar Creek's Damon Mitchell bouncing off tacklers when they weren't running around them. It was one of South Jersey's best juniors against one of the top seniors playing for two of the most impressive teams. In the end, the experience of West Deptford along with the depth of its running game prevailed as the Eagles defeated Cedar Creek, 42-28, in Saturday's NJSIAA South Jersey Group 2 final at Rowan University.
December 6, 2012
Cedar Creek (10-1) vs. West Deptford (11-0), at Rowan University, 1 p.m. Saturday. Coaches: Cedar Creek, Tim Watson; West Deptford, Clyde Folsom. Playoff history: West Deptford has made eight appearances in the finals and won five titles. Cedar Creek is making its first visit to the playoffs. Stats and stuff: West Deptford won S.J. titles in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, and 2011. . . . West Deptford's running game is fueled by junior Gerald Owens (184 carries, 1,485 yards)
December 6, 2012 |
Three years ago, Damon Mitchell was a freshman at Oakcrest. Gary Melton Jr. was a freshman at St. Augustine Prep. Cedar Creek was a construction site. Now, Mitchell and Melton are senior leaders for a Cedar Creek football team that is on the verge of a South Jersey title in just its second season of varsity competition. Those guys don't just run fast. They work fast. "Over the last three years, Coach [Tim] Watson has told us many times to look in our heart and imagine and envision a parade down Philadelphia Avenue after we bring home the state championship," Mitchell said.