November 26, 2015 |
Tom Curley believes there's something special about the Thanksgiving Day football rivalry between Audubon and Haddon Township. "Even when both teams are having lean years, you walk out to the field and go, 'Wow, look at all these people,' " Curley said. "There's so much tradition and so much support from both communities. "It's like the Army-Navy game for those two schools. " Something new will be on the line this year in the 53d renewal of the annual game between the Colonial Conference and neighborhood rivals.
November 12, 2015 |
In a move that likely will change the landscape of South Jersey football, the Colonial Conference on Tuesday approved plans to merge with the West Jersey Football League. "It's time," said Sterling athletic director Matt Sheehan, the president of the Colonial Conference. "This is an exciting thing for Colonial Conference football. " The merger, which would take effect for the 2016 season, still has to be approved by a two-thirds majority of the West Jersey Football League's 83 members.
November 7, 2015 |
Under brilliant stadium lights, a swarm of gray and black figures swept onto the field, crashing into one another for a team hug. The beaming members of the Haddonfield field hockey team lifted a shiny blue plaque bearing the words "Central Jersey Group 1 Champions" over their heads. "I'm really proud, you know, and I think they are too," head coach Lindsay Kocher said after her team defeated visiting Haddon Township, 3-0, on Thursday. "They put a lot of work in. Our motto this year was, 'Get better each day.' I just told them, 'Your hard work paid off.' " Haddonfield knew Haddon Township wasn't going to be an easy fight.
October 19, 2015 |
Change isn't always a good thing. But it's not always a bad thing, either. Opponents of a Colonial Conference merger with the West Jersey Football League likely are fearing a loss of tradition and identity. They would be loathe to lose the grand old league's longtime links with the past. It's understandable. It's natural for some folks to think of Colonial Conference football amid black-and-white images of those concrete stadiums at Collingswood, Haddonfield, Woodbury, and Audubon - still-standing monuments of another time - and the one-sided setup at Haddon Heights, with the field nestled in a neighborhood between black iron fences along Second and First Avenues.
May 3, 2015 |
Haddonfield has maintained its status as South Jersey's last unbeaten baseball team, but the Bulldawgs needed a final-inning comeback to preserve their perfect season. Drew Dark's one-out, bases-loaded RBI single capped a three-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning during a 5-4 win over Sterling in a Colonial Conference nail-biter Friday. Ranked No. 6 in South Jersey by The Inquirer, the Bulldogs are now 16-0. Sterling fell to 6-9. "I was determined to get on by hit or walk," Dark said.
December 24, 2014 |
In a blistering letter to administrators in the Colonial Conference, West Deptford High athletic director Jason Morrell on Monday accused Haddonfield High officials of a "lack of integrity" in handling a social-media incident involving West Deptford football coach Clyde Folsom. Morrell wrote that Haddonfield displayed a "dismissive" attitude in reaction to the Facebook photo and posting accusing Folsom of using an obscene gesture during the Dec. 7 South Jersey Group 2 championship football game.
October 19, 2014 |
A number of the Colonial Conference football teams have byes this weekend, and that's a good thing, because many of the 12 teams really need to catch their breath. While there are debates each year about the best leagues in South Jersey (in relation to group size), during the first five weeks of the season, the Colonial has offered exciting games that could stand up against any other league's. As in any league, the Colonial has had its share of blowouts, but when evenly matched teams collide, it has delivered sheer excitement.
October 6, 2014 |
Collingswood football coach Jack McConnell might have lost track of the punts and penalties and peculiar plays that marked his team's game against Paulsboro. But he knew one statistic for sure. "We always talk about gut checks, and there were 1,000 of them," McConnell said after Collingswood's 16-14 victory over Paulsboro in a Colonial Conference interdivision tug-of-war Saturday. It was that kind of a game. It was a rugged, ragged struggle in which the turning point was a shotgun snap that sailed over the Paulsboro quarterback and out of the end zone for a safety that gave Collingswood a 2-0 lead in the third quarter.
October 2, 2014 |
Lindenwold senior quarterback Malik Muldrow, who was on pace to become the Colonial Conference's leader in career passing yards, is likely out for the season with an injury, Lions coach James McGuirl said Tuesday. McGuirl said Muldrow suffered a broken rib and punctured lung in Lindenwold's 12-7 victory over Gateway on Sept. 19. Muldrow scored both touchdowns in that game, including a 37-yard run after he was injured, McGuirl said. "I guess it was adrenaline," McGuirl said.