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March 17, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - It was 32 minutes that validated four years. Paulsboro's seniors didn't just put a cherry on the top of their careers in Sunday's state championship game. They emptied the whole jar, squirted the entire can of whipped cream and poured out the complete container of sprinkles. "It's like a dream," senior Saleem Little said after Paulsboro's 78-48 victory over University in the Group 1 state title game Sunday at Rutgers University. Little generated 13 points and 12 rebounds and seniors Theo Holloway and Brandon Hamilton each scored 20 for Paulsboro (30-2)
SPORTS
March 17, 2015 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
TOMS RIVER, N.J. - Shawnee's Nikola Williams prefaced part of her postgame comments. "I'm really not trying to brag," she said. Well, actually, she was about to brag just a bit. And that's part of the essence of this girls' basketball team. For four years, Williams was the face of South Jersey's feistiest, scrappiest team, and part of what drove the Renegades was their swagger. "We changed this program - no one really cared before," the senior forward said after Shawnee fell just short in the state Group 4 title game Sunday in a 54-48 loss to Franklin at the Pine Belt Arena in Toms River.
SPORTS
March 17, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Nazier Smith tripped and fell to the floor and the referee blew his whistle and raised his hand. With 1 minute, 41 seconds remaining in the Group 4 state final on Sunday, the best era in Cherry Hill East basketball came to an end. Jake Silpe, the Cougars' star senior guard, walked slowly to the bench, sat down and buried his face in a towel. He couldn't bear to watch the final moments of Paterson Eastside's 50-34 victory over Cherry Hill East in the final game of his illustrious career.
NEWS
March 17, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Denise L. Eger was ordained in 1988, one could not be openly gay and a Reform rabbi. "I was very quiet about it," said Eger, a native of Memphis, Tenn. "My fellow classmates [at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York] knew, and some of my professors, but I didn't wave the rainbow flag. " On Monday, Eger, 55, will become the third woman and first openly gay president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), the rabbinical arm of the Reform Judaism movement, which is holding is 126th convention at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel in Center City.
NEWS
March 16, 2015 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer, medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
RABBI DENISE L. EGER has a long list of firsts in her 27 years of service. Eger was the first female and openly gay president of the Southern California Board of Rabbis. She was the founding president of the Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Interfaith Clergy Association. She officiated at the first legal wedding in California for a lesbian couple. Another first will take place tomorrow morning at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel: Eger will be installed as the first openly gay president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the rabbinical arm of the Reform Judaism movement.
NEWS
March 16, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The U.S. Labor Department jobs reports are glowing - unemployment down to 5.5 percent last month and a robust 295,000 jobs added to the nation's payrolls. Even in the Philadelphia suburbs, the latest figures show the rate even lower, at 5 percent. But why, if everything is so good, are monthly sessions packed at My Career Transitions, a local networking group of volunteers who help people looking for work? "It's not as rosy as the numbers indicate," said Michael Hughes. "I see new faces every month.
SPORTS
March 14, 2015 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
The unmistakable feeling was that with just one more minute - perhaps even less than that - Timber Creek would be playing for a state championship on Sunday. The Chargers had Middletown South on the ropes Thursday night when the clock cut short a furious comeback attempt, ending Timber Creek's season with a 51-48 loss in the state Group 3 semifinals at Deptford. After the game, Brittany Martin, as she has been for the last four years, was the face of her team's effort. She bent over, hands on her knees - partly out of frustration, but mostly because she had just left every ounce of energy she had on the court.
BUSINESS
March 14, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's been nearly two years since a group of Philadelphia-area investors led by insurance executive Manuel Stamatakis and Penn National Gaming Inc. applied for a slots license at a harness-racing track in western Pennsylvania. Yet Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board officials are still waiting for information needed to complete their investigation of Endeka Entertainment L.P., Gaming Board chairman William H. Ryan Jr. said Thursday at a budget hearing in Harrisburg. "I will also tell you that the board is hopeful that we can make a decision by the end of this calendar year," Ryan said in response to a question from Michael H. O'Brien (D., Phila.)
SPORTS
March 12, 2015 | By Dwayne C. Nelson, Inquirer Staff Writer
Shawnee left no doubt Tuesday evening who the best team is in South Jersey Group 4 girls' basketball. The top-seeded Renegades wore down visiting, No. 2 Lenape, 49-38, to capture their second consecutive title. Nikola Williams paved the way for Shawnee by scoring 18 points and pulling down eight rebounds. Forward Karissa Mansure chipped in with 13 points. S.J. Group 1 Final Morgan Lenahan poured in 24 points to help carry No. 1 Haddon Township past visiting, No. 2 Gloucester, 42-34.
SPORTS
March 12, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Winslow Township basketball coach Norm Ingram said it began with one word. "Believe," Ingram said of his message to his team. By 9 o'clock on Tuesday night, Ingram didn't have to ask his players to make a leap of faith. They had the hardware to prove they were champions. "Group 3, baby," senior guard Juan Hemingway said, lifting the championship trophy after leading visiting Winslow Township to a 76-65 victory over Delsea in the South Jersey Group 3 title game. Hemingway scored 24 and junior guard Mike Cubbage added 15 points and played a strong floor game for second-seeded Winslow Township (16-10)
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