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September 28, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
When the buses pull up and the players step out, Cherokee will be looking for more than just a victory over Williamstown on Friday night in a clash of Top 3 teams in The Inquirer's Top 25 rankings. The Chiefs will be looking for validation. The irony of that will not be lost on Williamstown coach Frank Fucetola and others close to the Braves program. The team from Gloucester County with the ankle-deep tradition of postseason success suddenly has become the large-school standard for South Jersey football.
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September 20, 2013 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
She almost said it. Standing on a soccer field, in perfect health and strong physically and mentally, as one of the top goalkeepers in South Jersey girls' soccer, Cherokee senior Courtney Simpson almost conceded that what happened to her was for the best. Two anterior cruciate ligament tears in a little more than a year. A broken ankle last winter that cost her three months. For the best? Not really. "No," Simpson said. "I'm not exactly happy those injuries happened. But I can say that I learned things from each one, and I am grateful for that.
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August 19, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jake Powell and Trevor Osler have been following Cherokee football since they were 5-year-old teammates on a Marlton Rec Council team. Now seniors, Powell and Osler are determined to push the Chiefs back into South Jersey prominence after a couple of disappointing seasons. "The past two years were not what we expect here at Cherokee," Powell, a tight end/defensive end who recently committed to Delaware, said of the Chiefs' failure to qualify for the playoffs. Cherokee was 6-4 in 2012 and 7-3 in 2011 - solid records, especially given the Chiefs' level of competition in the West Jersey Football League American Division.
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June 15, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
No great shot putter ever threw the discus better than Jess Woodard. No great discus thrower ever performed better in the shot put. "It's the combination that makes her so special," Cherokee throws coach John McMichael said of Woodard's two-event excellence. Woodard capped an incredible high school career with an incredible senior season at Cherokee. She is The Inquirer's South Jersey girls' track and field athlete of the year for 2013. "I'm humbled by it," Woodard said. "I love track so much, and to be able to work so hard and perform so well, it's such a blessing.
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June 7, 2013 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. - Cherokee senior Jess Woodard slowly walked away after her final discus throw Wednesday at the Meet of Champions in South Plainfield. Woodard, who locked up her third straight title in the meet, was waiting to hear that she had made history. The throw ended up going 161 feet, 1 inch, good for a meet record but short of her 168-foot throw in the group finals Saturday and short of the state record, 172-2. She met her father off the field after retrieving her disc, and shed some tears.
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May 26, 2013 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
Jess Woodard's teammates were bundled up and spectating, watching her compete in the final event of the afternoon. It was the team's fourth hour in the miserable, unseasonable weather. "They were out here supporting me," Woodard said. "But I think even they were ready to get back on the bus at that point. " It was a spectacle to see so many so bundled up in late May. But Woodard's game plan for the weather stood out just as much. Through sideways rain; strong winds; and bitter, cold temperatures, the Cherokee senior never stopped moving - running in place, jogging, stretching, shuffling back and forth.
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May 22, 2013 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
With about a half-second left in the third quarter, Anthony Brunetti went airborne just in front of the net. He dived away from the goalie and dunked the ball in the net just as the buzzer sounded. His Lenape boys' lacrosse team charged the field as if it had just won a playoff game. In a way, it had. The goal put the Indians ahead by five scores - clearly more than enough cushion for a defense that was utterly dominant as fifth-seeded Lenape won, 9-4, at No. 4 Cherokee Tuesday night in the quarterfinals of the South Jersey Group 4 playoffs.
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May 18, 2013 | By Austin Odenbrett, For The Inquirer
Christine DiLullo scored three goals as No. 11 seed Cherokee upset sixth-seeded Cherry Hill East, 12-9, Friday in a first-round game in the South Jersey Group 4 girls' lacrosse tournament. Jenna Castiglia and Michelle Tegethoff each added two goals for the Chiefs. Caitlin Delaney had six goals for the Cougars. Also in Group 4 first-round games: Alex Hlesciak scored seven goals, and fifth seed Rancocas Valley defeated West Windsor-Plainsboro South, 19-13. Mackenzie Hlesciak (four)
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May 11, 2013 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
Matt Long took matters into his own hands Thursday. Already pitching a gem, he made sure he had enough run support, too. Long drove in the go-ahead run in the third inning, and Washington Township nipped visiting Cherokee, 3-2, in an Olympic Conference National Division baseball game. The senior righthander threw a four-hitter, striking out four. His single drove in Tom Hildebrand, who had doubled. Township is The Inquirer's fourth-ranked team in South Jersey. Matt Curry cracked a two-run double for Cherokee.
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