September 6, 2015 |
They have been across the football field from each other since third grade, always as leaders of their teams, always as respectful rivals. Some seasons, Evan Powell and the Marlton Chiefs would get the best of Mike Welsh and the Medford Renegades. Some seasons, things would swing the other way. "It seems like it was always back and forth," Welsh said of the annual clashes between two of the top youth-football programs in South Jersey. "One year we would steal one, one year they would steal one. " Now set for their last scholastic season, Powell and Welsh will have one last chance to play against each other - and one last chance to lead their teams to historic seasons.
June 18, 2015 |
Paul P. Budniak, 80, of Magnolia, who retired in 1999 as a teacher and coach at Cherokee High School in Marlton, died of complications from heart problems Saturday, June 13, at Virtua Marlton Hospital. Mr. Budniak joined the Cherokee faculty when the school opened in 1975, teaching history and English, and becoming the school's first coach of its basketball and golf teams, his wife, Margery, said. He retired from basketball coaching in 1980, she said, but continued to coach the golfers until his 1999 retirement from teaching.
May 28, 2015 |
The numbers were 1, 13, 2, and 23, and all of them were stacked against the Cherokee baseball team. Eastern was the No. 1 seed in the South Jersey Group 4 tournament. Cherokee was No. 13. Eastern had beaten Cherokee twice in the regular season, by a combined score of 23-2. Cherokee coach Marc Petragnani told his players to ignore the math and believe in themselves. "I told our kids before the game that we were going to shock the world," Petragnani said after his team's 9-5 victory over Eastern in the sectional semifinals Tuesday.
May 24, 2015 |
Shane Albertson hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning that brought home Mike Druce for the go-ahead run in No. 13 Cherokee's 2-1 win at No. 12 Washington Township in a South Jersey Group 4 quarterfinal baseball game Friday. Druce came in as a courtesy runner after Mike Borucki reached second on an error. Anthony Martinelli sacrificed Druce to third, positioning the junior for the decisive run. Quinn Taylor earned the win, pitching four innings of one-run ball and striking out two. Eastern 6, Clearview 0 - It took only 73 pitches for senior Alex Schwartz and the top-seeded Vikings to put away ninth-seeded Clearview at home.
May 17, 2015 |
An Appalachian vacation by trail and error ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The vacation wasn't going as planned. On Sunday, I drove to Asheville, N.C. and booked myself into a nice resort. The goal, aside from relaxing after finishing my next book, was to run a trail every day. Then instead of taking highways the entire way back home, I'd navigate the Blue Ridge Parkway, a 469-mile ribbon of road on top of the southern Appalachians between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Shenandoah, from start to finish.
May 15, 2015 |
Paul Wiedeman called it one of the toughest decisions of his life. After spending most of his life involved with the highly successful Haddonfield boys' basketball program, Wiedeman has decided to become the boys' basketball coach at Cherokee. Wiedeman was approved by Cherokee's Board of Education on Wednesday night. "[Haddonfield] is in my DNA," Wiedeman said. "It's my values. It's going to be so strange not to be able to say I'm the Haddonfield coach anymore. " Wiedeman replaces Matt Shultz, who resigned after last season.
May 12, 2015 |
Linda Spinelli had a wedding to attend. So on a Monday in November, she took her son's 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee to the Spa Car Wash in Berwyn, where Spinelli was a regular customer. She sat in the lobby while a young worker climbed into the driver's seat. And as the Jeep exited the wash bay, Spinelli and other customers watched in horror. The Jeep suddenly lunged forward, she said, as the driver swerved to avoid pedestrians and slammed into large planters and four cars, including a Maserati.
May 7, 2015 |
Emily Mesey had a pair of doubles and three RBIs to lead Cherokee over visiting Seneca, 6-4, in an Olympic Conference softball game at home on Tuesday. Samantha Waldman had two hits, including a double, an RBI, and a run. Abbe Scarengelli went the distance and struck out two. In other Olympic action: AnnMarie Cooker went 3 for 4 with three RBIs and a run in Shawnee's 6-3 win at Lenape. Madison LaPlante went 2 for 3 with a pair of RBIs. Kayla Pagano pitched a complete game and stuck out two. Megan Wall had three hits and scored twice as Paul VI shut out Timber Creek, 11-0, at home.
May 2, 2015 |
Brett Bowles doesn't mind being behind in the count. That goes for at-bats during his charmed senior season and also for the unusual course of his career with the Cherokee baseball team. "It's really a great story," Cherokee coach Marc Petragnani said after Bowles led the Chiefs to a 13-5 victory over Washington Township on Thursday in an Olympic Conference American Division game. Bowles, a designated hitter, rapped three hits with three RBIs as Cherokee (9-6, 5-3 division)
April 26, 2015 |
Matt Anderson rounded third base, looked up, and locked his eyes on what was waiting for him. The only thing standing between Anderson and a two-run, inside-the-park home run was a catcher blocking home plate, the ball secured in his glove. It's a situation that leaves few options for a baserunner. "I didn't have a lane," said Anderson, a big, scrappy third baseman for Lenape. "So I had to go over him. " Anderson dislodged the ball, completing the highlight of a 10-run ninth inning in Lenape's 13-3 extra-innings win at rival Cherokee on Saturday afternoon.