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SPORTS
March 13, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
When it was over, they brought out a ladder so Cherry Hill East's players could climb the rungs and cut down the nets. But the Cougars didn't need the boost. The athletes and several hundred of their red-clad closest friends were floating on air after the South Jersey Group 4 boys' basketball final Tuesday. Playing before a capacity crowd that featured South Jersey's largest and loudest student section, Cherry Hill East beat Cherokee, 52-41, to capture the first sectional title in the history of the program.
SPORTS
March 8, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was a senior's shot. Late in a suddenly close game, Cherokee's Kyle Kahriger found himself open on the left wing after taking a sharp pass from teammate Jake Powell. Kahriger didn't hesitate. He didn't miss, either. Kahriger's three-pointer boosted Cherokee's lead to six points, blunted Lenape's momentum, and paved the way for the host Chiefs to cruise to a 55-45 victory in the South Jersey Group 4 boys' basketball quarterfinals Thursday night. "I could see in his eyes at the beginning of the game that he wouldn't be afraid to take that shot," Cherokee coach Matt Shultz said.
SPORTS
February 24, 2014 | By Doug Gausepohl, Inquirer Staff Writer
Host Cherokee won the District 27 wrestling tournament Saturday, on the backs of some of the lightest wrestlers in the competition. The Chiefs won finals at 106 (Shawn Webb), 113 (Conner Cosgrove), 120 (Alex Baider), and 126 pounds (Jimmy Goldschmidt) in compiling 182.5 team points. CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS Team scoring: 1. Cherokee, 182.5; 2. Shawnee, 174; 3. Cherry Hill West, 127; 4. Lenape, 118.5; 5. Palmyra, 102; 6. Camden Catholic, 85.5; 7. Seneca, 55.5; 8. Maple Shade, 37; 9. Cherry Hill East, 36; 10. Bishop Eustace, 22. 106: Shawn Webb, Cherokee, pin Cullen McClintock, Maple Shade, 0:47; 113: Conner Cosgrove, Cherokee, dec. John Gibson, Cherry Hill West, 11-6; 120: Alex Baider, Cherokee, inj. def.; 126: Jimmy Goldschmidt, Cherokee, pin Lawrance Forman, Palmyra, 0:51; 132: Mark McCormick, Camden Catholic, dec. Tyler Brake, Cherry Hill West, 4-1; 138: Connor Muli, Shawnee, maj. dec. Connor Rogovich, Cherry Hill West, 15-5; 145: D.J. Mele, Cherokee, dec. Alex Smyth, Camden Catholic, 5-1; 152: Connor Gardner, Lenape, dec. Josh Karichner, Cherokee, 11-8; 160: Kyle McIntyre, Lenape, sudden victory Brennan Humphrey, Shawnee, 2-0; 170: Austin Wright, Lenape, maj. dec. Jared Meeks, Shawnee, 14-1; 182: Matt DeBerardinis, Shawnee, dec. Quinn Ruble, Seneca, 4-2; 195: Alex Foley, Shawnee, maj. dec. Cameron Wallace, Palmyra, 23-10; 220: Cody Wallace, Palmyra, dec. Steven Saiia, Seneca, 7-4; 285: Jose Valentin, Cherry Hill West, sudden victory Kevin Hernando, Palmyra,...
SPORTS
February 6, 2014 | By Doug Gausepohl, Inquirer Staff Writer
Once Cherokee trailed by 12 points in the first quarter, the Chiefs knew everyone had to pitch in if they were going to rally past Cherry Hill East on Tuesday afternoon. And that's exactly what they did. Cherokee spread the wealth on offense in its 54-47 win over host Cherry Hill East in an Olympic Conference American Division boys' basketball game. Ben Handel led Cherokee with 11 points, and Kevin Wixted scored 10. Paul Belamy and Kyle Kahriger each contributed eight. Colonial Conference.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 18, 2014 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
Lisa D'Amour's Cherokee is receiving its world premiere at the Wilma, and under Anne Kauffman's direction, it's an impressive production: a terrific cast and an eye-popping set (designed by Mimi Lien). But this new script, D'Amour's first play after her big hit Detroit , still needs work. It is crammed with awkward exposition about the five characters' backgrounds and seems to lose its sense of humor without warning. Like Detroit , this play involves two couples, one young, one middle-aged: John (David Ingram)
SPORTS
December 23, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Columnist
Mike Ryan's soccer career hasn't really changed much from the time he starred at Cherokee. Back then, he played on the last possible day of the season for two years running, was a dominant scorer, and was honored for his accomplishments. Ryan just completed his sophomore campaign at Rutgers-Camden and enjoyed more of the same during a season of unparalleled achievement for the Scarlet Raptors. Ryan recently became the first player in school history to earn first-team all-American honors.
NEWS
December 22, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Like everybody else on the Cherokee boys' basketball team, Paul Bellamy is a role player. It's just that his role is a little different. "I feel like my role is to make great plays for my team," Bellamy said after leading host Cherokee to a 53-46 victory over Shawnee in the season opener for both teams Friday night. Bellamy, a 6-foot-2 junior swingman, scored nine of his 23 points in the fourth quarter as Cherokee pulled away from its stubborn school-district rival in an Olympic Conference interdivision clash.
NEWS
December 8, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
A little after 10 on the night of Sept. 27, Cherokee's team buses pulled away from Williamstown's football field to begin a trip back to Marlton. "You could hear a pin drop," Cherokee coach P.J. Mehigan recalled of the ride home after a 13-10 loss. The Chiefs were busy plotting their next move: a stunning reversal of fortune that would stamp the 2013 team as one of most memorable in the illustrious history of the program. Cherokee capped a remarkable recovery from that long-ago loss with a dominating performance in the South Jersey Group 5 title game Friday night at Rowan.
NEWS
December 8, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Columnist
In the postseason, there might have been only one unit that could have given Cherokee's defense a challenge: The Chiefs offense. And vice-versa. Both units were once again on their game, which is why Cherokee must make additional space in its football trophy case. Cherokee not only won its ninth NJSIAA sectional title with Friday night's 38-2 win over Eastern in the South Jersey Group 5 final at Rowan, but the Chiefs did so emphatically. And it's a pattern that was familiar throughout this postseason.
SPORTS
December 7, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
Troy Domenick looked like a strong safety as a sophomore. He was tall, thin, rangy. He still resembles a strong safety as a senior, although he's a little taller, a little thicker, and a lot more physical in his play. But now he's a defensive end. And he probably has been the most consistent, dependable, and productive player for one of South Jersey's top defenses. "If you had told me he was going to be an All-South Jersey-caliber defensive end when he was a sophomore, I never would have believed it," Cherokee coach P.J. Mehigan said.
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