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May 21, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dennis Thomas likes the challenges built into his new position as the football coach at Millville High School. "It's Group 5," Thomas said. "You get to compete against all the perennial powerhouses. " Thomas was named Millville's football coach by the Millville Board of Education on Monday night. Thomas replaces Jason Durham, who resigned after last season. Thomas, 35, was a standout player at Salem High School. He returned to serve as head coach at his alma mater the last two seasons, compiling a 13-10 record for a program that was 0-10 in 2012.
SPORTS
May 20, 2015
ACCORDING TO multiple reports, the cause of death of former Temple defensive end Adrian Robinson was suicide. Robinson, 25, died Saturday night in Philadelphia. He was the MAC defensive player of the year in 2009 and was one of the leaders in the turnaround of Temple's football program under coach Al Golden. His brother, Averee, is a rising junior nose tackle for the Owls. The Harrisburg native played in the NFL in 2012 as an undrafted free agent with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
NEWS
May 14, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. - Mike Zapicchi didn't expect a hero's welcome. He wasn't disappointed. "I expected this," Zapicchi said of the overwhelmingly negative reaction from officials from non-public schools at a special meeting Tuesday at NJSIAA headquarters. Zapicchi is the principal of West Windsor-Plainsboro South and chairman of the NJSIAA's public/non-public committee that produced the controversial proposal to create a state-wide, non-public football conference. To say that Zapicchi and NJSIAA officials heard opposition to the plan on Tuesday would be an understatement.
SPORTS
May 10, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lots of men coach youth football when their sons are part of the team. Herb Neilio Sr. was different. Mr. Neilio, 86, who died Tuesday, May 5, of complications from congestive heart failure, founded Westville's youth football program in 1955. His oldest son, Herb Jr., wasn't born until 1956. "He loved kids and he loved the game of football," Herb Neilio Jr. said of his father. "Put those two together and that's why he did it for so long. " Mr. Neilio coached Westville's football program for 52 years.
NEWS
May 8, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. - Despite opposition from three South Jersey public-school officials, a controversial proposal to create a non-public football conference sailed through the NJSIAA's executive committee on Wednesday. The endorsement by the state organization's most powerful committee means the proposal will be presented to the NJSIAA's general membership in December. A majority vote of the general membership will result in the formation of a state-wide, non-public football conference for the 2016 season, dramatically changing the landscape of the sport in New Jersey.
SPORTS
May 4, 2015
When: Saturday at 6 p.m. Where: Wells Fargo Center TV: ESPN3 Standings: Soul (5-0) first in American East; Thunder (2-3) second in the National Pacific. Last week: Soul defeated New Orleans, 55-42; Thunder lost to San Jose, 64-45. Last meeting: This is the first meeting between the teams. . 3 stars: Soul - QB Tim Raudabaugh (123-186, 1,446 yards, 34 touchdowns, 4 INT); WR Marco Thomas (44-481, 9 TD); RB Tommy Taggart (39-111, 6 TD); Thunder - QB Kyle Rowley (105-177, 1,446, 22 TD, 7 INT)
NEWS
May 1, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A MUNICIPAL COURT judge yesterday dismissed all assault charges against one Temple University football player and most charges against another after an alleged victim testified about an off-campus fight at a North Philly nightclub earlier this year. Judge Joyce Eubanks ruled that there was insufficient evidence to hold Haason Reddick, 20, of Camden, for trial on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and conspiracy. She dismissed three of those charges against Dion Dawkins, 21, of Rahway, N.J., but held his case for trial on simple assault.
SPORTS
April 27, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Temple's P.J. Walker completed a short pass, and then the fun began, resulting in a memorable jaunt to the end zone by a special performer. On the first play of the Cherry and White spring game Saturday at Chodoff Field (at Temple's football facility), the Owls defense was never so happy to give up a long score. Walker hit Devon Still, the Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman, who lateraled to his 4-year-old daughter, Leah. After that, a convoy of Temple blockers escorted her as she dashed to the end zone, completing the 45-yard play.
NEWS
April 27, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Camden High School football star and Division I prospect known as a team leader, intensely driven on the field, and immensely likable in the locker room, was shot and killed in the street early Saturday morning, authorities said. Jameer Bullard, 18, was pronounced dead around 1 a.m., minutes after police found him with a gunshot wound lying on the sidewalk on the 1200 block of Mechanic Street. He was just one block from the new, larger home that he, his siblings, and his parents had left their old neighborhood for about a month ago. Authorities were searching for a motive, had made no immediate arrests in his death, and were releasing no other information Saturday evening, said Andy McNeil, a spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office.
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