October 15, 1990 |
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.
March 2, 1987 |
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.
February 16, 1989 |
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.
December 15, 1986 |
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.
December 11, 1988 |
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.
December 13, 1987 |
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.
January 10, 1989 |
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.
April 10, 1989 |
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.
January 12, 1989 |
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.
September 12, 1988 |
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)