November 23, 2014 |
Frank DeLano said he gives the same preseason speech as every other coach. "Every coach stands up there and says, 'This is our year,' " DeLano said. DeLano made that mission statement to his Haddonfield football team this past summer. His senior quarterback went back a little further than that. "I remember talking about this in the backyard when we were six years old," Mike Alberto said after helping Haddonfield to a 38-7 victory at Buena in the semifinals of the South Jersey Group 2 tournament on a frigid Friday night.
November 2, 2014 |
In a year in which the South Jersey Group 2 football field is the deepest it's been in recent memory, nobody should forget an old, familiar name: West Deptford. Rare is the year when the Eagles don't enter the playoffs as the favorite. But few will relish facing the Eagles - and for good reason. One of South Jersey's top programs punched its playoff ticket with Friday night's 34-7 win over visiting Collingswood in a Colonial Conference matchup. West Deptford is 7-1 and has a bye next weekend, which happens to be the playoff cutoff date, when the teams with the top eight power ratings will qualify.
October 27, 2014 |
A few Friday nights ago, Highland hosted Triton in a high school football game. Neither team was ranked in the Top 25 in South Jersey by The Inquirer. Triton was 2-1. Highland was 0-3. But the stands were filled with fans on both sides of the field. There were chanting student sections from both schools. The Highland pep band set a lively tone with tightly played, upbeat musical numbers. The night before, West Deptford visited Haddonfield for a rare Thursday night game. The huge concrete grandstand at Haddonfield was packed with people.
October 26, 2014 |
Mike Alberto didn't need to be perfect on Friday night, but he was anyway. The Haddonfield senior quarterback completed all 11 of his passes for 158 yards as the Bulldogs routed visiting Paulsboro, 50-12, in a Colonial Conference interdivision battle between division leaders. Alberto ran in a 13-yard score to tie the score 6-6 in the second quarter and added three touchdown passes before the night was through. Jake Klaus rushed 19 times for 95 yards and a touchdown and Tyler Klaus had six catches for 77 yards and a touchdown to pace unbeaten Haddonfield (6-0)
October 25, 2014 |
Nicholas J. Cappello Sr., 103, of Haddonfield, who retired in 1974 as vice president of human resources and labor relations for the government and commercial systems division of Radio Corp. of America, died Tuesday, Oct. 21, at his home. Born in Whitehall, N.Y., on the southern shore of Lake Champlain, Mr. Cappello graduated from Whitehall High School and, after a three-year apprenticeship as a tool and die maker at General Electric Co. in Schenectady, N.Y., studied at the Brooklyn campus of the Pratt Institute.
October 23, 2014 |
Ed Keegan, 75, who pitched briefly with the Phillies and Kansas City Athletics after a spectacular career at Haddonfield High, died Sunday at his daughter's home in Franklinville, N.J., according to Larry Shenk, the Phillies' vice president of alumni relations. The hard-throwing righthander was signed by the Phillies in 1957 after compiling a 26-2 career record and a 0.37 ERA at Haddonfield. Two years later, Mr. Keegan made his major-league debut with the Phillies at age 20. Mr. Keegan, who stood 6-foot-3 and weighed 165 pounds, was 0-3 with a 9.00 ERA in 13 big-league games, highlighted by a strikeout of Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente.
October 19, 2014 |
A number of the Colonial Conference football teams have byes this weekend, and that's a good thing, because many of the 12 teams really need to catch their breath. While there are debates each year about the best leagues in South Jersey (in relation to group size), during the first five weeks of the season, the Colonial has offered exciting games that could stand up against any other league's. As in any league, the Colonial has had its share of blowouts, but when evenly matched teams collide, it has delivered sheer excitement.
October 17, 2014 |
Chelsea Fadio remembers the moment she found out about the Audubon girls' soccer scoring record. It was about 20 minutes before she broke it. "I walked up to my mom to get my drink at halftime," Fadio said. "And she told me I was one goal away. "I figured I should probably go out and try to score a goal. " She did. In a Sept. 29 win over Sterling, Fadio, just a junior, netted the 58th goal of her career, making her Audubon's all-time leading goal-scorer, breaking a mark set in 2003 by Noelle Bissinger.
October 13, 2014 |
The Camden school Marcy Dalsey helped build was renamed in her memory Friday, on what would have been her 60th birthday. The Haddonfield mother of four died in the fiery crash of a private jet May 31 in Massachusetts. A National Transportation Safety Board spokesman said Friday the investigation continues. The crash killed six other people, including philanthropist, businessman, and Inquirer owner Lewis Katz, who together with Dalsey founded what will be known from now on as the Katz Dalsey Academy Charter School.
October 13, 2014 |
Haddonfield's Briana Gess won the Manhattan Invitational girls' B race Saturday at Van Cortlandt Park in New York. The sophomore finished the 2.5-mile course in 14 minutes, 26 seconds. Shawn Hutchison took first place in the boys' C race. The Bishop Eustace senior won in 12:36. In the boys' A race, Haddonfield's Austin Stoner, Greg Pelose, and Chad Evans finished second, seventh, and ninth, respectively. Stoner completed the course in 12:54, Pelose finished in 13:06, and Evans crossed in 13:08.