December 13, 1987 |
For a quick basketball quiz, name the only South Jersey team to post two 31-win seasons. It's not traditional powers Camden, Wooodrow Wilson or Atlantic City. The answer is Burlington Township, a tiny Group 1 school that went 31-0 in 1985 and 31-1 in '87. The Falcons have been consistent winners for the past decade and a half and show no signs of slowing up this year. Once again, Burlington Township should be a major contender, although not necessarily the favorite, for the Burlington County Freedom Division.
October 10, 1989 |
Bishop McDevitt defensive end John Kiley may be small in stature. But the 5-foot, 7-inch, 145-pound junior stood tall for the Lancers Sunday afternoon, helping McDevitt to a 28-0 Catholic League Northern Division win over visiting North Catholic at Cheltenham High School. Kiley spent more time in the North Catholic (2-3, 1-2 division) backfield than he did at his defensive end spot. He continually pressured Falcons' quarterback Matt Helverson into making bad throws. The first time he and Bob Hartman put pressure on Helverson, the result was the first of two Todd Peters interceptions and McDevitt's first touchdown.
December 4, 1990 |
When a team begins league play with a 3-0 record, it takes a pretty severe coach to view that as a negative. But North Catholic's Pete Bilinsky said the three victories were about the worst things that could have happened to his Falcons in 1989-90. "We had a lot of young guys on the team last season, and they really didn't handle our early-season success very well," Bilinsky said. "I think that this year a lot will depend on what we learned from what followed that 3-0 start. " What followed last season were just three more victories in 13 division games.
May 4, 1995 |
Junior Kristin Morris won a pitching duel against Central Bucks East's Chrissy Quinn by throwing a two-hitter yesterday, helping Pennsbury defeat the Patriots, 1-0, in a Suburban One National softball game. It was the first loss for the Patriots (13-1, 9-1), who fell a game behind Colonial Division rival Central Bucks West (13-0, 9-0), a team they will host today. The Falcons (10-1, 10-1) lead the Patriot Division. "Kristin throws hard, and we just think that she and Meredith (Barker)
March 4, 1991 |
The Villa Maria basketball players could have called it a season after an emotional 46-44 loss to arch-rival Merion Mercy in the first round of the Catholic Academies League playoffs Tuesday. Instead, the Hurricanes decided to make their season last a little longer. "No doubt about it, that loss helped us tonight," Villa point guard Helen Hoban said after the Hurricanes beat Pottsgrove, 40-34, in the PIAA Class AAA playoffs Friday night. "We had something to prove. " The Hurricanes proved that they had the emotional fortitude to put their second straight playoff loss to Merion Mercy behind them and became one of the four District 1 teams to qualify for the state playoffs in the process.
January 12, 2003 |
Too many penalties and too much bad turf. That's what coach Dan Reeves and most of the Falcons said were the chief factors in their 20-6 divisional playoff loss to the Eagles last night at Veterans Stadium. Indeed, the officiating crew whistled the Falcons for nine violations that not only cost them 95 yards but also nullified a 20-yard touchdown run by Michael Vick, the quarterback with talent far beyond his 22 years. The Eagles, in contrast, were penalized for 30 yards on only three violations, none of which proved more than a slight annoyance.
December 14, 1986 |
Success is nothing new to Burlington Township basketball coach Ken Faulkner, so it was not surprising when the Falcons compiled a respectable 20-5 record last season with a predominantly young team. That record, coupled with the return of several players, should once again make the Falcons a strong contender for the Burlington County League Freedom Division championship. Florence, the defending NJSIAA state Group 1 champion with a 30-1 overall record, won the Freedom title in 1985-1986 with Faulkner's team placing second.
January 26, 1988 |
Cardinal Dougherty's big man was on the bench, and North Catholic's big man was on a rampage. Cardinals center Rodger Tabb, sidelined by back spasms, could only watch as Falcons center Jim Schultice scored 31 points and grabbed 23 rebounds to lead North past host Dougherty, 69-54, on Sunday. Without Tabb, the Cardinals have no one who can control the boards in a battle with an athlete of Schultice's caliber, but Dougherty coach Mark Heimerdinger said that even Tabb might not have been able to stop Schultice.
March 14, 2011 |
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Another big deficit. Another great comeback. It all looked so familiar to the Burlington Township boys' basketball team in Sunday's Group 3 state championship game. But the ending was different. The Falcons, who rallied from double-digit deficits earlier in the tournament, weren't able to close the deal in a 57-48 loss to Plainfield in the Rutgers Athletic Center. "I thought we were going to do it again," Burlington Township coach Scott Kupersmit said.
March 6, 1999 |
The Atlanta Falcons agreed to a contract with free-agent quarterback Danny Kanell yesterday, reuniting him with former New York Giants coach Dan Reeves. Kanell, 25, who lost his starting job with the Giants last season to Kent Graham, was waived on Feb. 19, after the team signed former New Orleans Saints quarterback Kerry Collins. He will now back up Atlanta starter Chris Chandler, who led the Falcons to the Super Bowl last season. Kanell will receive $2.5 million over two years, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.