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October 15, 1990 | By Beth Onufrak, Special to The Inquirer
An already wounded George School football team took some tough knocks from Pennington (N.J.) in a 40-0 loss Saturday. "This has to be one of our least successful afternoons," said Cougars coach John Gleeson. "We've had some rough going, and we can't excuse it all to injuries, though we've had tough times with those. " The visiting Cougars (0-3) lost their fifth starter to injury since the season began. Senior running back Joel Wennik, the team's leading rusher and scorer from last year, took a helmet hit in his side and left the game at halftime.
NEWS
March 2, 1987 | By Paul Baker, Special to The Inquirer
The Springfield Cougars aren't roaring about any more victories this year, after losing, 43-41, to the Great Valley Patriots Wednesday night in the first round of the District 1 Class AAA semifinals. The Cougars hail from the Central League, the Patriots from the Ches-Mont League. The Cougars (6-12 league, 8-17 overall) and the Patriots (7-5 league, 15-10 overall) each displayed strong defenses throughout the game, but it was the Patriots' better shooting percentage in the fourth quarter that proved to be the clincher.
NEWS
February 16, 1989 | By Gus Ostrum, Special to The Inquirer
Akiba Hebrew's basketball team continued its mastery over visiting Woodlynde School on Tuesday afternoon, and Cougars' coach Steve Gittleman cited a solid defensive effort for the victory. The Cougars dumped Woodlynde, 71-38, in a Tri-County League game for their second win over the Warriors this season and ran their overall record to 10-12 and 9-3 in the league. "We played excellent pressure defense," Gittleman said. "Once we started pressing them, they weren't able to stay with us. Good defense has helped us out in all of our wins this year.
NEWS
December 15, 1986 | By Marian Uhlman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Springfield coach Skip Werley saw his Cougars lose Saturday to a team led by someone he likes very much. His kid brother, Ralph. It was the younger Werley's Pottsgrove Falcons that came up on top, 60-52, in a nonleague basketball game. "Besides being my brother, he is also a good friend," said Skip Werley. The teams last met in the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class AAA District 1 playoffs last season. Springfield won, advancing to the semifinals before being knocked out. So the brothers decided to meet on the basketball court again.
NEWS
December 11, 1988 | By Gus Ostrum, Special to The Inquirer
Cherry Hill East may possess South Jersey's most deadly outside shooting attack, and coach John Valore is hoping his Cougars will ride that ability to a winning season. East senior guard Glenn Foley is the trigger man in the Cougars' outside game. He led the state in 3-point field goals last season, connecting on 109 in 251 attempts (43 percent). Point guard Dan Karbach and guard Floyd Lewis are also potent shooters in an offensive system that features three guards and two forwards.
NEWS
December 13, 1987 | By Gus Ostrum, Special to The Inquirer
Cherry Hill East boys' basketball coach John Valore is counting on his Cougars to make big strides this season. And with three starters and a host of experienced players on the roster, the Cougars have a solid chance at enjoying a winning campaign. "How good we will be will depend on the level of intensity these players put forth," said Valore, who is entering his 12th season as East's coach. "They need to improve their intensity over last season and play better defense in order for us to show some improvement.
NEWS
January 10, 1989 | By Frank Lawlor, Special to The Inquirer
The Springfield Cougars entered the basketball season shouldering some high expectations from their Central League co-championship last year and the return of high scorers George Pendergrass and Greg Jefferson. But Springfield's first month was riddled with four nonleague losses in six tries - and question marks began to pop up. A 69-63 win Saturday at Marple Newtown did little to erase those questions, but coach Skip Werley is hoping the victory sparks some momentum for his team.
NEWS
April 10, 1989 | By Edward Kracz, Special to The Inquirer
There have been more successful debuts than the one Upper Darby pitcher John Karolyi endured on Friday afternoon in the rain at Springfield High School. But Karolyi's unspectacular outing did not dampen Royals coach Ray Niemiec's outlook on someone he hopes will be an integral member of his pitching staff before the season ends. Springfield stroked seven hits off Karolyi in five innings on its way to a 10-3 triumph over Upper Darby in a Central League game played before a smattering of people huddling under umbrellas.
NEWS
January 12, 1989 | By Gus Ostrum, Special to The Inquirer
Akiba Hebrew's basketball team received a double dose of bad news from host Swarthmore Academy on Tuesday afternoon in a Tri-County League game. First, the Cougars were swamped by Swarthmore, 74-40, and second, they suffered a key loss when junior forward Josh Kern went down with an ankle injury. Akiba, however, claimed an easy 75-40 Tri-County victory over Kimberton Farms on Monday afternoon to salvage a 1-1 week. The struggling Cougars now have a 3-7 overall record. At the outset of the loss to the Knights, Kern was forced to leave with an injured left ankle.
NEWS
September 12, 1988 | By Larry Borska, Special to The Inquirer
After returning only four starters from last year's team, Springfield football coach Rick Taylor was hoping his young squad would begin to learn to play together as a unit in its season-opener at Unionville on Saturday. The Cougars certainly learned a lot. In fact, they taught Unionville a lesson, jelling as the game went on and whipping the hapless Indians, 32-0. Springfield not only outscored the Indians, it held the advantage in every significant statistical category, including rushing yards (253-81)
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June 4, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
Exertion had stained the skin under Mike Thompson's eyes a dull shade of crimson, and a playoff pact gave his face a stubble-filled beard. And with that countenance oozing intensity and jubilation, Thompson burst into Radnor's exuberant postgame celebration and let loose a guttural message. "We ain't done yet!" the senior attacker growled after a PIAA semifinal victory Tuesday. "We ain't done yet!" Second-half domination helped the Raiders thump Springfield (Delco), 12-5, at Haverford High and also exorcise some demons.
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June 1, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
There was a time earlier this season when Mike Gerzabek doubted his abilities on the lacrosse field. The junior attacker for Springfield (Delco) missed a few opportunities and didn't feel as if he was playing to his potential. After all, he comes from quality lacrosse stock. But those days in the doldrums are long since gone. On Saturday, Gerzabek's five goals helped the Cougars claw Central Bucks East, 8-3, at Harriton and advance to the PIAA semifinals against Radnor on Tuesday.
NEWS
May 11, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
The only thing that Jon Hansen knows about Joe Davis is that he was a great hitter. "I know he's all over the record books," Hansen said. Davis wore No. 16 for the Cherry Hill East baseball team in the mid-1970s. Hansen wears it this season. Nobody will wear it next season. Or ever again. "Joe Davis epitomized what East baseball is all about," former Cherry Hill East coach Dave Martin said of the decision to retire Davis' number during a pre-game ceremony at the Cougars' baseball complex on Saturday morning.
NEWS
May 1, 2015 | By Kate Harman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Springfield (Delco) softball coach Todd Odgers figured the hits were going to come eventually. Tori DePietro and Ashley Scarpato thought so too. And with those hits, runs were sure to follow for the Cougars. But for the first five innings of what would eventually be a 7-0 Central League victory over Marple Newtown, the host Cougars struggled at the plate. A popup to second. A fly out to left field. A fly ball caught foul on the first-base side. Inning after inning, the Cougars (13-0 overall, 11-0 league)
NEWS
April 19, 2015 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
The players look back now and laugh about it. Their alarms would go off about 4 a.m. It was dark and cold, and still hours before school started. "That was the hardest part, hearing the alarm and having to actually get out of bed," senior attack Brandon Stern said with a smile. "But we did it, we even did it during spring break. " Three days per week starting in December and lasting almost until the start of the season, the Cherry Hill East boys' lacrosse team could be found in the bowels of their high school, holding 5 a.m. workouts that were as much about team bonding as conditioning.
NEWS
April 5, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
You can almost picture Taylor Winkelman cringing as she retells the story over the phone. She was a freshman at Springfield (Delco), starting in the outfield. It was the first game of the softball season and her first varsity experience. Coach Todd Odgers moved the promising young player, a shortstop by nature, to center. Winkelman was happy to do it, but she was nervous. Then the ball flew off the opponent's bat and soared close to the fence. Winkelman, now a senior, recalls that day vividly, saying she, "tracked it wrong - horribly, horribly wrong.
SPORTS
March 19, 2015 | BY TOM SIXEAS, For the Daily News
CHAMBERSBURG - After leading for most of the first 2 1/2 quarters, Martin Luther King High fell behind briefly before limiting Taylor Allderdice to just five points over the final quarter-and-a-half in the Cougars' 48-35 victory in the PIAA Class AAAA boys' basketball semifinals last night at CASHS Field House. The victory puts MLK in the state championship game for the first time in school history. It will take on Roman Catholic, a 69-66 winner over J.P. McCaskey, at Giant Center in Hershey on Saturday at 8 p.m. Roman defeated MLK in the schools' previous meeting this season, 58-57, on Feb. 27. "I'm proud of our guys.
SPORTS
March 19, 2015 | By Tom Sixeas, For The Inquirer
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - After leading for most of the first 21/2 quarters, Martin Luther King fell behind briefly before limiting Allderdice to just five points the rest of the way in a 48-35 victory in the PIAA Class AAAA boys' basketball semifinals Tuesday night at Chambersburg High School. The victory puts King in the state championship game for the first time in school history. The Cougars will take on Roman Catholic in a city final rematch at Giant Center in Hershey on Saturday at 8 p.m. Roman defeated MLK, 58-57, Feb. 27 in the District 12 title game.
SPORTS
March 16, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ladji Fofana played basketball for Frankford last season, went back to his Bronx home, and then returned to Philly when he transferred to Martin Luther King in October. Of leaving New York for a second time, the 6-foot-3, 180-pound senior wing said, "I just wanted to get away from all the trouble that was around me. It wasn't a good environment. " Fofana continued his solid play of late in a PIAA Class AAAA state quarterfinal Saturday against Plymouth Whitemarsh. His 12 points and seven rebounds helped the Cougars storm past the frigid-shooting Colonials, 59-43, at Norristown.
NEWS
March 15, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Columnist
Cherry Hill East guard Jake Silpe has helped fuel the most successful basketball era in school history, which is saying something. East has always had a rich tradition, competing annually against South Jersey's best teams in the Olympic Conference. But the arrival of Silpe has taken the program to a new level. In Silpe's freshman season, East lost in the South Jersey Group 4 final. "When we got to the sectional final and lost my freshman year, my first thought was, 'We can get further,' " the senior said after Wednesday's 65-42 state semifinal win over Hillsborough.
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