February 7, 2012 |
Guys from Haddon Heights know Haddonfield's gym with the bleachers that rise above the floor like the seating at an indoor swimming pool. Guys from Haddonfield know Haddon Heights' gym with its double doors at one end of the floor that open to Third Avenue. That's the way it works with these neighbors and Colonial Conference and Group 2 rivals. They always play twice in the regular season and often meet again in the state tournament. So for Haddonfield seniors Jake Sikkema and Mike Lacatena, there was something special about their last regularly scheduled visit to Haddon Heights on Tuesday night.
November 3, 2013 |
The snap, a shotgun, slipped through Mike McLaughlin's hands and onto the turf. Rational thought went out the window. Instinct took over. McLaughlin picked up the ball and fired to his left. It was picked off and returned for an 18-yard touchdown. The Haddonfield football team's first drive lasted exactly one play. But it was a chance for McLaughlin, a senior quarterback, to show his resilience. "In any football game, you're going to face adversity - you just have to keep battling," McLaughlin said after bouncing back to lead the Bulldogs to a 27-20 home win over Collingswood in a crucial Colonial Conference Liberty Division matchup.
January 26, 2012 |
Haley Raymond watched as her free throw hit the back of the rim and bounced straight up toward the top of the backboard. For a tense moment, the ball seemed suspended in midair, almost as if it was deciding whether to fall through the circle beneath it. As it seemed to do all night for the Haddonfield girls' basketball team, the ball ultimately complied, swishing through the net with a little more than two minutes left and giving the...
October 13, 2013 |
Devon Tucker ran for a 61-yard touchdown on the third play from scrimmage and ended the scoring with a 64-yard TD run. Those were the only two scores for host Sterling on Friday night, but that was all the Knights needed to knock off Haddonfield for the first time since 2005, 13-0. "This was a huge, huge game for our program," Sterling coach Clint Wiley said. "Week in and week out, we want to beat the best. We did it against Haddon Heights, and now against Haddonfield. " It was an intense battle between undefeated Colonial Conference Liberty Division teams.
October 15, 2011
Dan Ciemniecki threw for two touchdowns, ran for one, and returned an interception for another score, and the Haddonfield defense posted its third shutout of the season as the host Bulldogs mauled Lindenwold, 44-0, on Friday night in a Colonial Conference interdivision football game. Ciemniecki hit Matt Bhaya and Alex Walter with scoring passes as part of a five-touchdown first quarter by Haddonfield (5-0). Chris Dengler added TD runs of 40 yards and 13 yards as part of a 61-yard rushing effort, while Ciemniecki finished with 87 yards passing.
December 4, 2011 |
Early in the season, Jamil Pollard wasn't sure about Gerald Towns. "He was young, and I thought maybe he was still a little soft," Pollard of the sophomore fullback. Now? "Now, I love that kid," Pollard said. Towns carried 25 times for 190 yards and three touchdowns as West Deptford stunned Haddonfield, 22-14, Saturday in the South Jersey Group 2 championship game. The second-seeded Eagles (11-1) came up with three interceptions and recovered a fumble on the Bulldogs' 1-yard line in surprising their previously undefeated Colonial Conference rivals before more than 6,000 spectators at Rowan University.
April 5, 2013 |
Haddonfield girls' track and field coach Jason Russo remembers a much different version of two-time state champion Emily Carson. Russo recalls a younger Carson, approaching the line and looking at her opponents, scared to run. Before races, she became uncharacteristically quiet, emanating no sounds other than her own breathing, and paced by herself, consumed with the high level of competition she faced and what it took to win. Carson, now...
October 28, 2012 |
Tommy Kadar didn't learn he would start at quarterback for Haddonfield on Saturday until the team walk-through the day before. No sweat, apparently. In his first varsity start, the freshman threw for 110 yards and a touchdown, guiding the Bulldogs to a 28-0 victory at Overbrook. "He was outstanding, showed a lot of poise," Haddonfield coach Frank DeLano said. Kadar, who completed 7 of 11 passes, started things off positively with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Henry Klaus in the first quarter.
November 27, 2011
Damon Legato has been named the boys' lacrosse coach at Haddonfield. Legato, who led Moorestown to the state championship in 2001, replaces Chris Kelleher. Kelleher started Haddonfield's varsity program in 2009. Legato was Moorestown's coach from 2000 to '05. He was an assistant at Eastern from 2006 to '08 and has been involved in youth lacrosse in recent years. - Phil Anastasia