April 11, 2015 |
Kristin Biche scored five goals, including the 100th of her career, Thursday in Bishop Eustace's 13-7 victory over visiting Camden Catholic in an Olympic Conference girls' lacrosse game. The junior, who now has 101 goals, is the sixth player in the program's eight-year history to reach the milestone. Ally Criscuolo added four goals. Megan Kilpatrick led Camden Catholic with three goals. Also in the Olympic: Liza Barr had five goals and one assist to lead Shawnee to a 14-7 victory at Cherokee.
April 8, 2015 |
In her sophomore year, Jess Havers was a reserve on a Cherokee girls' lacrosse team that finished with just six wins. She recalled a conversation she had with herself just before her junior season: "I just said, 'This is when it's going to change. This is going to be my year.' " The fact that it did change, almost overnight, speaks to the tenacity that drives Havers' game. Her stick skills, field awareness, and raw talent are evident, but this is South Jersey girls' lacrosse, where elite skill sets are almost commonplace.
March 29, 2015 |
This will be the final time that Paul Bellamy and many of South Jersey's top senior basketball players will represent their school, and there are sure to be some emotions. Yet for Bellamy, a 6-foot-3 swingman from Cherokee, his goals won't change when he takes the court Sunday at 3 p.m. for the Albert J. Carino Boys Basketball Club of South Jersey all-star game at Rutgers-Camden. "I want to play well my last high school game, and I definitely want to try to win the game," said Bellamy, who will play for the West team.
March 28, 2015 |
They have been teammates in the past. They will be teammates in the future. Fow now, they are rivals - an ace pitcher and a star hitter for teams that will compete in both the Olympic Conference's American Division and the South Jersey Group 4 sectional tournament. When Cherry Hill East senior Jon Hansen steps to the plate in the first inning of the first game of the Mingo Bay Classic in South Carolina on April 7, he'll likely see Cherokee senior Brian Marconi on the mound. The confrontation will be both good fun between old friends and a renewed battle between fierce competitors.
March 15, 2015 |
Jamal Parker and Evan Powell both said the offer was kind of "random. " But neither player was complaining about his first NCAA Division I football scholarship offer. Parker, a junior all-purpose athlete at Camden Catholic, and Powell, a junior linebacker at Cherokee, both received offers this week from Army. Both players said they were contacted by Army assistant coach Orlando Mitjans. "I was very surprised," said Parker, who also was a standout point guard for the Camden Catholic basketball team this season.
March 11, 2015 |
Olin McClendon never expected to be in this position. When his Cherry Hill East teammate Jake Silpe fired a three-pointer to win the game, the ball hit nothing but backboard. McClendon, a 6-foot junior, was there to grab the rebound and lay it in, forcing overtime. After neither team scored in the first extra period, the Cougars took over. With Silpe providing another vintage performance, East defeated Cherokee, 48-39, in double overtime Monday in a wild South Jersey Group 4 final. It was the second consecutive sectional title for East, which also beat Cherokee in last year's championship game.
March 9, 2015 |
There was a running theme uttered frequently in Lenape's gym Saturday night. Referees said it when they stepped between two heated players. Coaches said it they when they felt like a physical, testy game was getting out of hand: "You have to play through it," Lenape girls' basketball coach Rob Hummel said. "Don't get caught up in anything that isn't basketball. "Just keep playing. " The Indians' ability to do just that - to let nothing rattle them - was the difference in a 46-34 win over Cherokee in the South Jersey Group 4 semifinals.
March 7, 2015 |
For most players, in most games, it would have been the greatest feeling in the world. But for Lenape's Mackenzi McErlean, when her go-ahead shot went in with two seconds remaining against Cherokee earlier this season - all McErlean felt was a case of nerves. "All I could think about was last year," she said. "They beat us on a half-court shot, a buzzer-beater. Two seconds was too much time to give them. " That about sums up the rivalry between the Lenape and Cherokee girls' basketball teams.
February 28, 2015 |
With 10 seconds remaining in regulation Thursday night, Kevin Brown sank both ends of a one-and-one to seal Cherokee's 46-43 Olympic American victory over visiting Cherry Hill East. The win gave the Chiefs their first division title since 2007. Jake Silpe scored 16 points for Cherry Hill East. In other Olympic action: Lenape defeated visiting Washington Township, 55-48, behind 13 points from Jordan Johnson and four three-pointers by Kelsey Gray (11 points). Five Cherry Hill West players connected on three-pointers in the Lions' 64-43 victory at Seneca.
February 27, 2015 |
When she thinks about how far she has come, Taylor McGlashan goes back to tryouts for last year's Cherokee girls' basketball team. "I was Coach T," McGlashan said. "I was an assistant coach helping out at that point. That was all I could do. " It was just a few months after a knee injury sidelined McGlashan for her junior season and derailed a promising career. In a summer league game against Lenape, the 6-foot-1 forward slipped on sweat while driving to the basket. She tore the anterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament and meniscus in her right knee.