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December 10, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
Call it White Jersey Weekend. Call it a lesson in the value of perseverance, too. There were five South Jersey championship football games at Rowan and the lower-seeded, white-jersey-wearing team won all five - Cherokee in Group 5, Glassboro in Group 1, Haddonfield in Group 2, Delsea in Group 3, and Shawnee in Group 4. The first four were lopsided with the "visitors" winning by a combined score of 134-9. The last game was a near-classic, as sixth-seeded Shawnee beat top-seeded and two-time defending champion Timber Creek by 31-22 in the nightcap of a long day of football at Richard Wackar Stadium.
NEWS
December 1, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's fourth and goal for state championship football. The NJSIAA's general membership will vote Monday on a proposal to allow public schools to play for state championships for the first time in New Jersey state history. "I'm optimistic," said NJSIAA associate director Jack DuBois, who oversees football for the organization that governs high school sports in New Jersey. A two-thirdS majority of the votes cast during the NJSIAA's general membership meeting Monday at the Pines Manor in Edison is needed to remove one sentence from Article IX of the NJSIAA's constitution: "No state championships shall be awarded in football.
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November 18, 2013 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
HERSHEY, Pa. - The road to the state championship was sweet, and not only because it ended in Hershey. Holy Ghost Prep, going from cold start to gold finish, won the PIAA Class AA state boys' soccer title Saturday, as Matt Crawford's overtime goal gave the Firebirds a 1-0 victory over West Allegheny at Hersheypark Stadium. That capped a season marked by early injuries, an opening three-game losing streak, and a lineup that included guys in positions they had never played. The Firebirds, though, closed by winning both the district and state crowns.
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November 15, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. - Jack DuBois believes most New Jersey high school football fans would love to see how a proposed new playoff system for public schools would end: with championship games featuring some of the best teams in the state. But DuBois, an NJSIAA associate director, knows that it's how such a format would occasionally begin that has caused some consternation: with the season opening on Labor Day weekend. "That's where the resistance lies - Labor Day," DuBois said after the NJSIAA monthly meeting Wednesday at its headquarters in Robbinsville.
SPORTS
November 11, 2013 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Frankford football coach Will Doggett did not hesitate when asked to name the catalyst of this year's squad. "Marquise Poston," he said. "As far as I'm concerned, he's the most valuable player of the league. He plays quarterback for us, he's our starting outside linebacker, and he'll even jump in there on special teams. " Saturday evening at Northeast, with another solid all-around effort from Poston, the Pioneers overcame a slow start and muffled George Washington, 30-3, to claim their second straight Public League Class AAAA championship.
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November 4, 2013 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
Before Cardinal O'Hara's District 12 Class AAA field hockey final against George Washington, a referee walked over and pointed to a yellow line that surrounded the field, telling the players to stay behind it. That became more difficult than anticipated. With a lot to cheer, O'Hara's reserves watched the entire game with their feet on that line, and frequently crossing it, in a 10-0 win at Germantown in which Grace Boston scored five goals and the 100th in her career. Boston found out at halftime that she was approaching 100 goals.
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October 14, 2013 | The Inquirer Staff
The first round of the U.S. Open squash championships concluded Saturday at Drexel University with a lone American reaching the last 16 on a day that saw a few narrow escapes but only one major upset. Amanda Sobhy was the only one of seven U.S. players - four on the day - to progress, while New Zealand's Campbell Grayson was the sole qualifier to survive. Grayson opened with a straight-games upset over Switzerland's Nicolas Mueller, while James Willstrop and Nick Matthew, seeded two and three, were joined by Peter Barker and Joe Lee as England provided half the men's winners on the day. Egyptians Tarek Momen and Karim Abdel Gawad both recovered from deficits to claim their places in the final 16, while Germany's Simon Rosner earned a straight-games win over Julian Illingworth.
SPORTS
September 21, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
As he usually does, Dave Quinn spoke with his father Thursday before he teed off in a golf tournament. In this case, before the final round of the Philadelphia PGA Championship, Ed Quinn might have urged on his son a little stronger than he normally does. " 'You've got to win,' " Quinn said his 71-year-old father told him. He followed instructions, capturing the PGA of America's main event for Philadelphia Section club professionals by 2 strokes at White Manor Country Club in Malvern.
SPORTS
September 17, 2013 | From Staff and Wire Reports
In the first women's major played in continental Europe, Suzann Pettersen beat teenage star Lydia Ko of New Zealand by 2 shots to win the Evian Championship on Sunday and clinch the second major title of her career in Evian-Les-Bains, France. It was her first major since the LPGA Championship in 2007, and her second straight tournament win after the Safeway Classic this month. This was the first year that Evian counted as the fifth and final major of the year on the women's calendar.
SPORTS
August 21, 2013 | The Inquirer Staff
For the third straight year, Drexel University will host the U.S. Open Squash Championships, one of the sport's signature events. The tournament, which will feature nearly all the sport's top-ranked players, is scheduled to be held Oct. 9-18. The U.S. Open forms part of the 2013 World Series for both the Professional Squash Association and Women's Squash Association. It is one of the most prestigious tournaments on the international circuit with talent representing 26 different countries.
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