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October 28, 2015 | By Erin Dunne, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eastern field hockey players slapped their hands in unison against their thighs, clapped twice, and chanted "Eastern!" after Nikki Santore scored another goal against Cherokee last Wednesday. The celebration was ordinary, but for Santore, the goal was not. The tally was the 100th of the senior's career. Yet the forward is determined to keep her focus on the season ahead rather than on individual accomplishments. "I was excited, but we've been going into playoffs just focusing on the team and the program," Santore said.
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October 27, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Shawnee senior Mike Welsh has been a quarterback for nine years. He has thrown touchdown passes to dozens of receivers. In Friday night's stunning victory over Cherokee, Welsh discovered a new target: Himself. "I've never done that before," said Welsh, who caught his own deflected pass and raced 9 yards for a touchdown in Shawnee's 35-14 victory over its school district rival. "I didn't even know what was happening at first. "I thought about trying to run out of bounds, then I turned the corner and saw the pylon, and I thought: 'I might be able to do this.' " Welsh threw four other touchdown passes as Shawnee shocked a Cherokee team that was No. 4 in The Inquirer Top 25 and coming off consecutive victories over previously undefeated Williamstown and Lenape.
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October 25, 2015
SOCCER COACHES TOURNAMENT QUARTERFINALS Cherokee 0, Cherry Hill West 0 (Cherokee advances on PK's, 3-1): Eamon McCarren stopped three of four penalty kicks, and the hosts advance to face Rancocas Valley on Sunday. Rancocas Valley 3, Williamstown 0: John Weeast, Tyler Kazmierowicz, and Luis Rivadeneira each scored for the hosts. Washington Township 4, Burlington Township 0: John Dalessandro scored a goal and had two assists for the home team. BURLINGTON COUNTY LEAGUE Pemberton 4, Burlington City 2: Cedric Konan's hat trick and assist led the way for the hosts.
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October 25, 2015 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
Shawnee's Michael Welsh has been playing football against Cherokee's Evan Powell since third grade. So it was fitting Friday that Welsh put up playground numbers in what was likely be the final meeting between the two quarterbacks. Welsh threw five touchdown passes - one to himself - and racked up 352 yards as Shawnee turned away visiting Cherokee, 35-14, in a West Jersey American rivalry game. Welsh's second touchdown pass deflected into his own hands before he took it nine yards to the endzone to give Shawnee the lead for good, 14-7.
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October 24, 2015 | By Trevor Newcomb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The play of Eastern's Amirah Ali has demanded the spotlight throughout the season. In a 3-2 overtime win Thursday against visiting Cherokee, Ali showed why she deserves all of the attention she gets. With less than two minutes left in the first extra session of the Olympic Conference soccer game, a group of Cherokee defenders flocked toward Ali, who carried the ball into the offensive zone. Ali sent a pass to Rachel Wood, open near the Chiefs' net, and she buried the winner with a left-footed blast.
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October 17, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
R.J. Wolf isn't a regular visitor to the end zone. But he's been there before. "Last year, against Seneca, blocked punt," said Wolf, a Cherokee senior nose tackle. This was different. This was Cherokee against Lenape in a battle of top-six teams before a huge crowd that filled both bleachers and occupied most of the hill that surrounds the Chiefs' iconic field. This was the fourth quarter of a one-score game with the momentum on the visiting Indians' side. This was the decisive play of a taut, tight game.
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October 17, 2015 | By Trevor Newcomb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eleven straight games without a loss is a daunting task. For Washington Township, The Inquirer's top-ranked team in South Jersey, making it to 12 on Thursday presented one of the toughest challenges yet. The visiting Minutemen overcame a first half that No. 2 Cherokee dominated in possession to come away with a 1-0 win over their Olympic Conference rivals. A halftime speech by team captain Marc Murgo shifted the momentum, Washington Township coach Shane Snyder said. With only four minutes remaining in regulation, sophomore Clayton Cross dribbled the ball along the Cherokee end line and sent a cross to senior midfielder George Charalabidis, who knocked the ball into the right corner from 12 yards out. The Minutemen (12-0-1)
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October 15, 2015 | By Trevor Newcomb, Inquirer Staff Writer
A heady play in overtime by Cherokee boys' soccer players Justin McCarthy and Jake Treiber led to a win Tuesday. The two saw something in the Seneca defense that made them switch spots on the field, freeing up McCarthy to take a pass from Treiber in front of the net. He beat the keeper to give the hosts a 2-1 victory. The Inquirer's second-ranked team in South Jersey hosts No. 1 Washington Township on Thursday. In other Olympic Conference action: Sean Donnelly scored in the second half to give Lenape a 1-0 win over visiting Bishop Eustace.
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October 11, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Columnist
Through the first four games of the season, Williamstown looked like a football world-beater. In their fifth game, the Braves helped beat themselves, with a major assistance from Cherokee. Using an efficient offense and opportunistic defense, host Cherokee defeated a mistake-prone Williamstown, 20-0, in A West Jersey Football League American Division game Friday between Inquirer Top 10 teams. No. 6 Cherokee is now 3-1 overall and 3-0 in the American and No. 3 Williamstown fell to 4-1, 2-1. The Chiefs have a habit of getting better as the season progresses, and Cherokee is once again following that script.
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