January 15, 2004 |
The Willingboro girls' squad and track success, especially relay success, go well together. Seniors Kim Allen, a hurdler, and sprinters Channel Hamilton and Rasheeda Spratley have played complementary roles in that success, helping the Chimeras win back-to-back Group 3 state relay championships. If Willingboro is to win a third straight indoor crown Sunday, the three seniors will have to lead the way. "The pressure is on the seniors to provide leadership and continuity for the younger girls on the team," Chimeras coach Tosca Bynoe said.
December 16, 1989 |
A new era in Willingboro High's boys' basketball history began last night - with a familiar result. Perennial power Willingboro, playing its first game since its merger with sister school Kennedy, got 19 points and 17 rebounds from 6-foot-2 senior forward Felton Rowe as it opened the season with a 55-44 nonleague victory at Burlington Township. Willingboro was ranked No. 6 in The Inquirer's South Jersey preseason ratings. Burlington Township was No. 9. "I thought the game was won on the backboards," Burlington Township coach Ken Faulkner said.
February 25, 1991 |
During his four years as a player at Kennedy High School, Paul Collins suffered eight straight losses to Burlington City. Yesterday, he evened the score. Collins' Willingboro basketball team ended Burlington's 21-game winning streak, the longest active string in South Jersey, with a 73-58 triumph before a sellout crowd at Burlington County College in what may be the final Burlington County League championship playoff game. The league will switch to three divisions next year. "I can remember how hard it was to take those eight straight losses in high school, because I used to be in the City gym all the time as a kid," Collins said.
April 7, 1996 |
You might say the 1995 track and field season was a nightmare for Willingboro's Kim Hargrove. On March 19 last year, Hargrove fell asleep in the passenger seat of a car with her sister driving on Route 130. When she awoke, her season had ended. "I'll never forget the day," said Hargrove, who had a hand in three meet-record, gold-medal efforts yesterday in the Hall of Fame Relays at Maple Shade High. "My sister was driving and fell asleep, and I was asleep. We hit a car and then crashed into a telephone pole.
November 16, 1987 |
It took only one weekend for Willingboro High's soccer team to shed its perennial bridesmaid image. On Friday, the Chimeras won their first sectional title by defeating Cherry Hill West to capture the South Jersey Group 3 title. And yesterday, Willingboro won its first South Jersey Coaches Association championship with a last-minute win over Ocean City, 2-1, at Gloucester Township Tech. Willingboro, which dominated play for most of the game, got the game- winning goal from Dave Starks with only 20 seconds remaining.
March 17, 2003 |
The only things the Willingboro girls' basketball team could muster were blank stares and bewilderment. Malcolm X Shabazz of Newark had done to the Chimeras yesterday what the Chimeras had done to opposing teams all season long - blow them out. The Bulldogs led by as many as 25 points late in the third quarter on their way to a surprisingly easy 77-67 victory over previously undefeated Willingboro in the state Group 3 title game at the...
September 24, 1988 |
Some nights in football, nothing works but just standing there. Willingboro stood there better last night. The Chimeras' defense outlasted visiting Shawnee, 7-0, on a wet and foggy night on which neither team could generate any offense. Willingboro defensive back Bernard Fowler returned an intercepted pass 33 yards for a touchdown early in the third quarter last night, and that single play carried the Chimeras to victory. Willingboro now is 1-0 overall and in the Burlington County League's Liberty Division.
January 23, 1990 |
Willingboro stretched its winning streak to eight games last night with a 76-72 victory over Salem, but the Chimeras, No. 9 in The Inquirer's Top 10, nearly let a 16-point lead get away in the final four minutes. Salem senior Marcus Robinson sparked the visiting Rams (9-3) by scoring 13 points in three minutes of the fourth quarter, including a rare four-point play when he was fouled in the act of hitting a spectacular, spinning three- point goal. Robinson got another three-pointer later to reduce what was once a 72-56 Willingboro lead to just 74-70.
September 23, 1987 |
This should be a typical Willingboro football season. In other words, a season in which the Chimeras are a major Group 3 playoff contender. Willingboro slipped to a 4-5 record last season, down from a 10-2 championship season the previous year. The strength of Willingboro's program is such that last season was expected to be yet another outstanding year for a school that had played in a championship game three straight times. But it simply never happened. "We were just a player or two away from being a playoff team," said head coach Ty Belford.
May 21, 1988 |
Fittingly, it was Roger Lawyer who crossed the finish line and put Willingboro into the history books yesterday. The great senior coasted home first in the 800-meter run and officially clinched yet another dual-meet win for the Chimeras. The final score yesterday was Willingboro 103.5, Kennedy 23.5. But the score of the meet was hardly the story. The television cameras and newspaper photographers weren't there to see the cross-town rivalry between sister schools. They were there to record The Streak, an event now referred to in the same hallowed tones as V-J Day. The victory was the 122d straight for Willingboro and established a New Jersey record.