June 2, 2014 |
Briana Gess walked to a patch of grass to the right of the finish line and caught her breath. She high-fived and hugged competitors and talked with her teammates after the 800-meter run Saturday at the Group 2 track and field championships at Egg Harbor Township. She had a similar reaction to her other finishes in state competitions throughout her freshman year. Gess won sectionals, states, and the Meet of Champions in cross-country in the fall. She won the 800, 1,600, and 3,200 at the South Jersey meet last week and the 1,600 Friday night.
May 30, 2014 |
A parcel of Haddonfield land where a developer wanted to erect a multiunit apartment building may instead be preserved as permanent green space. Borough officials are proposing to buy 65 N. Haddon Ave., better known as the historic Boxwood Hall property, from its owner and would-be developer Bill Burris. On Tuesday night, the commissioners introduced an ordinance that would allow the borough to borrow the $1.8 million called for by the proposed purchase agreement. There will be a public hearing on the proposal June 10. As part of that agreement, the owner would drop his lawsuit against the borough regarding the property, officials said.
May 25, 2014 |
Kevin Cianfarini turned his head to the right as he entered the final stretch of the 800-meter run Saturday at Buena. The West Deptford senior looked back and didn't see any competition, but that wasn't what he was looking for. He turned so he could see teammate Dale Johnson, who was the next-closest runner. Cianfarini didn't look back again until after he crossed the finish line. He saw Johnson take second place and pumped his right fist, knowing then he could celebrate the victory.
May 23, 2014 |
They started out as T-ballers, little guys with their hats flying off their heads and their sights set on the same postgame reward: snowcones from the snack stand. They are big boys now, and while they still enjoy a celebratory sweet, they are chasing another prize: a state title. "It's weird to think how long we've been together and these are our last games together," Haddonfield senior Mike McLaughlin said about his classmate, teammate, and best friend since kindergarten, Mark Ostbye.
May 12, 2014 |
Northern Burlington senior Zack Gakeler took things into his own hands in helping the Greyhounds advance to the second round of the 41st annual Joe Hartmann Diamond Classic baseball tournament. Gakeler pitched a two-hitter and opened the scoring with a two-run double in the third inning as Northern Burlington beat Haddonfield, 10-0, in an opening-round game Saturday at Overbrook. The game lasted six innings because of the 10-run rule. Adam Rapp's RBI single in the sixth provided the 10th run. Gakeler, a lefthander headed to the University of Pittsburgh, struck out 10, using an array of pitches - four, to be exact.
May 11, 2014 |
Jackie Mulligan can count on some interesting Colonial Conference games as the new Haddonfield girls' basketball coach. She will coach against Haddon Township, where her husband, John, is an assistant and her brother-in-law, Tommie, is head coach. She also will coach against Sterling, where she was a star player in a Hall of Fame career that ended in 1990 and also served as a highly successful head coach from 2000-05. "I'm excited about the opportunity," said Mulligan, named as Haddonfield's coach Thursday night.
May 4, 2014 |
It's the focus his coach had been preaching. It's part of the intensity his team had been lacking. But for Dan Halla, it's just part of his love of the game, something he has done since he started playing lacrosse in second grade. "Today was a half-day in school," Halla said. "And I went home, went out back, and practiced my shot, and that helped. Practice makes perfect. " Halla credits his pregame workout for his hot start. The senior Stevenson recruit netted three first-half goals in leading the Haddonfield boys' lacrosse team to a 9-8 win Friday night over visiting Eastern.
May 2, 2014 |
Carter Fichter's change-up baffles more than batters. It also confounds the kid who throws it. "I can't figure it out," Fichter, a senior at Haddonfield, said of his sudden mastery of the pitch. "I don't know why it's so good this season. I didn't change anything. "But it's on fire. " A greatly improved change-up. A few extra miles per hour on his fastball. A little extra bite on his curveball. Impeccable command. An increase in confidence. The urgency that drives a 12th grader on a team with high expectations.
April 26, 2014 |
Briana Gess wasn't happy with her performance. The anchor for Haddonfield helped the Bulldogs take second place in the girls' distance medley relay Championship of America on Thursday at the Penn Relays at Franklin Field. They were beaten by West Springfield (Va.), a team that also outran Haddonfield at the New Balance Indoor Nationals in March. Indoors, Haddonfield took silver by less than a second. Outdoors, the margin was nearly 10 seconds. Although Gess and her teammates - Shelby Cain, Carly Bonnet, and Kaitlyn Bonnet - agreed that a second-place finish at the Penn Relays is something to be proud of, they weren't fully satisfied.
April 25, 2014 |
HADDONFIELD Samuel Nicholson Rhoads (1862-1952), the globe-trotting amateur naturalist from Haddonfield, shared his findings with his hometown and the world. Several thousand birds, mammals, insects, and plant specimens he collected during the late 19th and early 20th centuries are housed in the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Rhoads penned accounts of his travels for Haddonfield's weekly Gazette, and had articles peer-reviewed and published in the scientific press.