December 23, 2013 |
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.
December 22, 2013 |
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.
December 8, 2013 |
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.
December 8, 2013 |
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.
December 7, 2013 |
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.
November 12, 2013 |
Here's a primer on the state football playoffs, which begin this weekend: South Jersey Group 5 Field: 1. Eastern. 2. Cherokee. 3. Jackson. 4. Millville. 5. Williamstown. 6. Rancocas Valley. 7. Washington Twp. 8. Atlantic City. Defending champion: Williamstown. Dark horse: Millville. The Thunderbolts have explosive speed in juniors Ryquell Armstead and Rob Ennis, and a top lineman in Penn State recruit Antoine White. Their only two losses were to Holy Spirit and St. Joseph, the Nos. 1 and 2 teams in The Inquirer Top 25. Player to watch: Eastern senior quarterback Tom Flacco.
November 11, 2013 |
Dae'shon Davis etched his name into the Woodrow Wilson football record book during a 30-8 nonleague victory over visiting Deptford on Saturday afternoon in Camden. Davis, a senior, caught a pair of touchdowns, the second of which gave him 16 this year and made him Wilson's single-season record holder. Quarterback Tymir Walker had a big day of his own, throwing for 264 yards and four TDs. In other nonleague action: Parker Arend's 25-yard, fourth-quarter field goal proved to be the difference in a 16-14 victory for Haddon Heights at Audubon.
November 7, 2013 |
Denis Hickey pounced on a shot by Mike Ross that ricocheted off the crossbar in the 55th minute, and sixth-seeded Cherokee held off visiting No. 11 Lenape, 1-0, in the first round of the South Jersey Group 4 soccer tournament Tuesday. Clearview 1, Millville 0: Joe Dibabbo scored in the 95th minute on an assist from Gavin Bright to lift the host, third-seeded Pioneers. Ricky Nelson made four saves. Sean Matias had 16 saves for No. 14 Millville. Shawnee 1, Rancocas Valley 0 PKs: Dalton Wu made seven saves in regulation and two more in overtime, as the No. 13 Renegades won at No. 4 Rancocas Valley.
November 5, 2013 |
It's November. It's getting colder. It's getting darker. And Lenape is preparing to play a big football game. "What more can you ask for than that?" Lenape coach Tim McAneney said. Lenape set the stage for the program's biggest game in several seasons with a 28-22 win over Rancocas Valley on Saturday. The victory improved Lenape's record to 3-4 and put the Indians in position to qualify for the South Jersey Group 5 tournament with a victory over fourth-ranked Eastern (7-1)
October 27, 2013 |
The black-and-blue West Jersey Football League American Division has proven as difficult as advertised, as no lead is safe against the premier teams. Cherokee saw this firsthand by scoring early and holding on late for a 28-21 win over visiting Eastern on Friday night in a battle of Inquirer Top 5 teams. Ranked No. 5 in South Jersey, the Chiefs improved to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the American. The second-ranked Vikings fell to 6-1, 3-1. Cherokee extended its lead to 28-7 when Matt Stickney scored his third touchdown of the game on a 2-yard run with 6 minutes, 22 seconds left.