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November 22, 1989 | By Robert DiGiacomo, Special to The Inquirer
Shamita Alwani, 16, a junior at Eastern High School, spends at least three periods a week in school watching television. But that's more than OK with Shamita's parents, Dru and Sheela, and her teachers because Shamita is one of a handful of Eastern students taking part in a pilot program to bring classes in Russian, Japanese, probability and statistics, and economics to the Voorhees Township school live via satellite. "It's a lot of fun," says Shamita, who is one of two students in the Russian I class.
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September 25, 2010 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Richie Suarez has always been known as a battler on the mound, and the 2010 Eastern High graduate is using the same tenacity to tackle his worst opponent. Suarez was a second-team all-conference pitcher as a senior for Eastern, then enjoyed a monster summer during which he helped Gibbsboro's Senior American Legion team finish second in the state, earning a berth in the Northeast Region in Middletown, Conn. Suarez, a righthander who struck out 10 in six-plus innings of a state tournament win for Gibbsboro over Hamilton, didn't pitch in the regionals because of a sore elbow.
NEWS
September 10, 1988 | By Gary H. Sternberg, Special to The Inquirer
Eastern High School teachers formally decided yesterday to ignore a judge's back-to-work order, and school district officials said classes would be canceled until Wednesday unless the staff decided to return earlier. The only strike in a public school district in New Jersey ended its third day yesterday. Both sides are scheduled to meet with a state mediator tomorrow. Officials in the 1,500-student Eastern Camden County Regional School District in Voorhees already had scheduled an in-service day for teachers but no classes on Monday - the first day of Rosh Hashana - and they said they might have an in-service day or classes if they settle before Tuesday.
NEWS
May 28, 1990 | By Robert DiGiacomo, Special to The Inquirer
When it comes to comparing, Eastern High School is the best. The school year is kind of fun except for HSP tests. When it comes to sports, we've got it all from track in spring, winter and fall. Most people think Eastern High School has a problem, but our administration is trying their best to solve them. Before a cheering audience of 1,300 Eastern High School students and teachers Friday, ninth grader Lee Gardner, accompanied by the Hype Boys - classmates Orey Ferrell and Preston Quartey - rapped and danced to a pulsating beat.
SPORTS
June 1, 2013 | By Brandon Stoneburg, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eastern High School announced Thursday that Jamie McGroarty has resigned as varsity softball coach after six years. "Mr. McGroarty was more than a coach to his student athletes, but a role model who showed his students how to succeed," Eastern's vice principal of athletics, Philip Smart, said in a statement. The announcement came a day after Eastern was eliminated in the South Jersey Group 4 semifinals. "When I took the job, it was supposed to be a one- or two-year job, and it morphed into a six-year thing," McGroarty said.
NEWS
July 30, 1987 | By Diane Pucin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joe Johnson will be heading off to powerhouse Stanford and Mike Johnson has just returned from a trip with the U.S. National team to Europe, but the Fort Washington brothers will take time off from their travels to head the Region 1 water-polo team in the 1987 Keystone State Games. The Johnson brothers, who led Germantown Academy to a second-place finish at the Eastern High School championship in the fall, excel at a sport that gets little notice in the Philadelphia area - or much of the rest of the country outside California.
SPORTS
July 18, 2008 | By Phil Anastasia and Don Beideman INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
The other wrestling shoe has fallen, and it has landed hard. As expected, defending New Jersey state champion Anthony Baldosaro has transferred to Eastern High School. Delsea athletic director Steve Iles confirmed yesterday that Baldosaro, who won the 140-pound state championship in March, has withdrawn from Delsea and enrolled at Eastern. Iles indicated that Baldosaro, who will be a junior in September, has changed residence to the Eastern district and would be eligible to compete right away for the Vikings.
SPORTS
November 18, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
TOMS RIVER, N.J. - The Streak now is older than some of the players. Eastern High School won its 15th consecutive Group 4 state title in field hockey on Saturday with a workmanlike, 3-0 victory over Bridgewater-Raritan at Toms River East. "Historically, it's amazing," Eastern coach Danyle Heilig said. "It's an amazing feeling to be part of that. " Eastern junior Austyn Cuneo scored two goals to extend her national records for goals in a season and in a career. Cuneo has 89 goals this season and 226 in her career.
SPORTS
August 10, 2013 | By Zach Helfand, Inquirer Staff Writer
It is a team joke on the Patriots, and to outsiders it must seem strange: There are enough rookies from a particular region of the country to earn their own separate table in the team cafeteria. That wouldn't be unusual if that region were, say, Texas or Ohio. But it is not. It is the Philadelphia region. The Patriots have four players from the area, which is an unusually high total - except when compared to the number of Rutgers players on the team: nine. "People say in the cafeteria we're a Rutgers table because we all sit together at lunch and it fills up the whole entire table," said Logan Ryan, from Vorhees.
SPORTS
June 9, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tom Flacco was surprised and honored. Flacco, an Eastern High School senior, was selected by the Phillies in the 32d round of the MLB draft Saturday. "I didn't even know they were following me," Flacco said. "It's a great honor. " Flacco, who has a football scholarship offer from Western Michigan, said he was likely to "play football" but didn't want to rule out signing with the Phillies until he had more discussions with the organization. Flacco, a speedy lefthanded swinger, batted .506 with eight doubles, six triples, and 30 RBIs as a shortstop for Eastern.
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January 30, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHANDLER, Ariz. - When the New England Patriots drafted Logan Ryan in April 2013, the Eastern High School graduate sent a text message to another alumnus: Adam Taliaferro. "Hey, man, I'm playing for you," Ryan wrote, according to Taliaferro. Taliaferro starred for Eastern in the late 1990s. He went to Penn State, where he played as a freshman for Joe Paterno. On Sept. 23, 2000, Taliaferro suffered a spinal cord injury that paralyzed him from the neck down. Doctors gave him a 3 percent chance to walk again.
SPORTS
September 1, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
One goal is never enough for Austyn Cuneo. But then, apparently, neither are 233. "Every goal is a thrill," said Cuneo, who is set to begin her senior year at Eastern High School. "Whether you score one goal or 200, it's always a scoring thrill. And you always want to score more. " Cuneo is the greatest goal-scorer in the history of scholastic field hockey. She will enter her final season with 233 goals, which means she already has eclipsed the old record by 42 goals. She scored 69 as a freshman, 68 as a sophomore, and 96 - another national record - as a junior.
SPORTS
June 9, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tom Flacco was surprised and honored. Flacco, an Eastern High School senior, was selected by the Phillies in the 32d round of the MLB draft Saturday. "I didn't even know they were following me," Flacco said. "It's a great honor. " Flacco, who has a football scholarship offer from Western Michigan, said he was likely to "play football" but didn't want to rule out signing with the Phillies until he had more discussions with the organization. Flacco, a speedy lefthanded swinger, batted .506 with eight doubles, six triples, and 30 RBIs as a shortstop for Eastern.
SPORTS
November 18, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
TOMS RIVER, N.J. - The Streak now is older than some of the players. Eastern High School won its 15th consecutive Group 4 state title in field hockey on Saturday with a workmanlike, 3-0 victory over Bridgewater-Raritan at Toms River East. "Historically, it's amazing," Eastern coach Danyle Heilig said. "It's an amazing feeling to be part of that. " Eastern junior Austyn Cuneo scored two goals to extend her national records for goals in a season and in a career. Cuneo has 89 goals this season and 226 in her career.
SPORTS
November 18, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
TOMS RIVER, N.J. - Eastern High School won 11 state championships in a row in field hockey before Karlee Spirit put on her shin guards for her first practice as a freshman in the summer of 2010. She knew it. She understood it, too. "It's a legacy that's handed down to you," Spirit said. "As soon as you come here, you know what the standards are, what the expectations are. " If there were times during Saturday's state championship game when the weight of all that astonishing accomplishment seemed to push down on the Vikings, there always was a voice chasing away the doubts.
NEWS
September 8, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tom Flacco looks at people funny when they ask if he's uncomfortable with his big brother's success. "It's like they think I'm mad he's in the NFL," Flacco said of his oldest brother, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. "I'm like, 'Are you crazy?' I think it's awesome. " On the brink of his senior year at Eastern High School, Tom Flacco has more than a notable football name. He has a remarkable football game. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Flacco fashioned one of the best seasons ever by a South Jersey high school quarterback as a junior: 2,957 yards and 25 touchdowns in leading Eastern to a 7-4 record and a berth in the South Jersey Group 5 semifinals.
SPORTS
August 10, 2013 | By Zach Helfand, Inquirer Staff Writer
It is a team joke on the Patriots, and to outsiders it must seem strange: There are enough rookies from a particular region of the country to earn their own separate table in the team cafeteria. That wouldn't be unusual if that region were, say, Texas or Ohio. But it is not. It is the Philadelphia region. The Patriots have four players from the area, which is an unusually high total - except when compared to the number of Rutgers players on the team: nine. "People say in the cafeteria we're a Rutgers table because we all sit together at lunch and it fills up the whole entire table," said Logan Ryan, from Vorhees.
SPORTS
June 1, 2013 | By Brandon Stoneburg, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eastern High School announced Thursday that Jamie McGroarty has resigned as varsity softball coach after six years. "Mr. McGroarty was more than a coach to his student athletes, but a role model who showed his students how to succeed," Eastern's vice principal of athletics, Philip Smart, said in a statement. The announcement came a day after Eastern was eliminated in the South Jersey Group 4 semifinals. "When I took the job, it was supposed to be a one- or two-year job, and it morphed into a six-year thing," McGroarty said.
SPORTS
May 4, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the spring of 1974, Camden Catholic baseball coach Joe Galliera was sitting in the athletic office at Eastern High School with Vikings coach Joe Hartmann and Gloucester Catholic coach Jim Carr. Hartmann had an idea. He wanted to create a tournament. "I'll never forget when Joe first presented this," Galliera said. "He looked at me and Jim and said, 'What do you think?' " Galliera, now the athletic director at Kingsway, said he feels the same way about Hartmann's proposal today as he did 39 years ago: It's a bonanza for South Jersey baseball.
SPORTS
September 26, 2010 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Columnist
Richie Suarez has always been known as a battler on the mound, and the 2010 Eastern High graduate is using the same tenacity to tackle his worst opponent. Suarez was a second-team all-conference pitcher as a senior for Eastern, then enjoyed a monster summer during which he helped Gibbsboro's Senior American Legion team finish second in the state, earning a berth in the Northeast Region in Middletown, Conn. Suarez, a righthander who struck out 10 in six-plus innings of a state tournament win for Gibbsboro over Hamilton, didn't pitch in the regionals because of a sore elbow.
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