March 6, 2007 |
The Willingboro girls' basketball team finally conquered its postseason bugaboo. The Chimeras had seen their dream of winning the Central Jersey Group 3 title shattered by Monmouth Regional the last two seasons. Willingboro standout Tiffany Crews said over the weekend that this season would be different. And she didn't lie. The Chimeras defeated Monmouth, 64-57, in last night's sectional final at West Windsor-Plainsboro North. Willingboro (20-9) will face Woodrow Wilson, the South Jersey champion, in tomorrow's 8 p.m. state semifinal at Deptford.
December 16, 1987 |
Willingboro girls' basketball coach Deniece Gray knows there's no substitution for experience, but she is hoping her Chimeras will go a long way on talent this season. The Chimeras lost three key starters to graduation, but will have a host of talented newcomers who are capable of carrying the team to a .500 or better record. "Hopefully, we'll qualify for the tournament," Gray said. "We do have some inexperience and we do play in a tough league. But we can make up for it if we mature fairly early in the season.
October 31, 2004 |
Holy Cross came, saw and ruined Willingboro's homecoming. While the Chimeras' student body participated in homecoming festivities, the Willingboro football team suffered its second-worst loss of the season. The Lancers defeated the Chimeras, 40-24, in yesterday's Burlco/Olympic Conference interdivisional game at Carl Lewis Stadium. "It does," Willingboro tailback Rashad Mateen said when asked whether the loss took away from homecoming. "Nobody likes to lose their homecoming game.
October 16, 1989 |
For its team nickname, Willingboro (N.J.) uses Chimeras, named for the fabulous fire-breathing monster from Greek mythology that had the head of a lion, the body of a goat and the tail of a serpent. But when Willingboro played at West Chester Henderson Saturday, all the fire came from the Warriors' Butch Washington, who shredded the Chimeras' defense for 214 yards rushing to lead his team to a 31-0 victory in a nonleague game. Willingboro, from the Burlington County League Liberty Division, was picked by many observers to win the game.
December 12, 1990 |
By winning eight games last season, Willingboro doubled its victory total of the previous season. This year, the Chimeras will be led by one of the top players in South Jersey, 6-foot senior Marchelle Coleman, who led the team in scoring (15 points per game) and rebounds (15 per game). "She's ready to peak as a high school player," said her coach, Karan Phillips. "She's determined. Last year, she lacked concentration at times. Now she has goals. She wants to go to college and be a team leader.
September 19, 1990 |
Willingboro head coach Ty Belford thinks last season's drop to a 1-8 record after four South Jersey Group 3 playoff appearances in the 1980s marked the end of the Chimeras' freefall. "We had a logistics problem," Belford said, referring to the merging of Willingboro's two high schools, Willingboro and John F. Kennedy, before last school year. "I didn't organize well enough. As head coach, I have to take that on my head. " But Belford thinks this year will be the start of Willingboro's return to the head of the Liberty Division class.
February 17, 2000 |
Four years ago, Debra Sullivan and her Willingboro freshman girls' basketball team went to a Rutgers women's game to celebrate their 18-1 season. The players had their choice of ways to celebrate, and elected to check out what the college game had in store. Judging from their gaping mouths as they watched the speed and intensity of the game, they were impressed. Later, the Chimeras got together and wrote Rutgers coach Vivian Stringer a letter thanking her for her hospitality - she had gotten them seats behind the Scarlet Knights' bench - and predicting that one day she would come to Willingboro to see them play.
December 14, 1986 |
Willingboro High's basketball team enters the season with few varsity- tested veterans, less size than last year, and the unenviable task of replacing two players who scored more than 1,000 points apiece during their high school careers. One thing, however, does remain the same - the Chimeras are heavily favored to win a third consecutive Burlington County Liberty Division title. A season ago, Willingboro coach Paul Collins had such a talent-laden squad that many were disappointed with the 23-2 Chimeras.
March 18, 1992 |
Talk of dethroning Willingboro as New Jersey's dominant boys' track team has persisted for years, but this season might indeed be the one in which the Chimeras tumble. The two most likely challengers are Shawnee and Bridgeton, both of which will return veteran teams. Willingboro will have a new coach in Ron Corsen, but not nearly as many talented letter-winners as in previous seasons. The Chimeras are coming off five consecutive New Jersey state championships in Groups 3 and 4, and have the state's longest winning streak in dual meets - 144 triumphs in a row. But with the emergence of experienced and talented teams from Shawnee and Bridgeton, the Chimeras could be vulnerable in both major and dual meets.
April 26, 2000 |
Danielle Myricks remembers it as if it were yesterday. Myricks remembers the dreary day, the late-afternoon lightning storm that caused a two-hour delay. She remembers running in another downpour and then hardly noticing the torrential rain. She had crossed the finish line first, baton in hand. Improbable as it seemed, the Willingboro girls' 4x400-meter relay team had upset Philadelphia power Simon Gratz and challengers from Jamaica to win the championship race last year at the Penn Relays.