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March 23, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
The last event of the winter heralded what could be a remarkable spring for the Haddonfield girls' track team. With freshman Briana Gess running an eye-opening split on the anchor leg, four Haddonfield girls produced the second-fastest time in the distance medley relay in New Jersey indoor track history. They did it March 14 at the New Balance Nationals at the Armory in New York. "Every single girl ran their best," Haddonfield coach Jason Russo said. "That's so rare in a relay. " Gess, running in the first high school track event of her career and just days removed from the end of the basketball season, brought Haddonfield home with a stunning split of 4 minutes, 48.64 seconds on her 1,600-meter leg. Senior Shelby Cain opened the race for Haddonfield with a 3:38.99 split for the 1,200.
SPORTS
March 10, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
The football in Brad Hawkins' future and past made the difference in the best basketball game of his high school career. The 6-foot sophomore from Camden flashed the athletic ability and gritty determination that has prompted football scholarship offers from big-time programs such as Florida and South Carolina. He looked like a high Division I wide receiver. But Hawkins drew on more than just his physical gifts. He also was motivated by the memory of Camden's stunning loss to the same opponent in the same round of the state tournament under much the same circumstances in a football game in November.
NEWS
March 8, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
CAMDEN Cetshwayo Byrd, who was dismissed as the Camden High School boys' basketball coach last April after leading the Panthers to back-to-back South Jersey titles, has filed a lawsuit against the district and several of his former supervisors. Byrd, who guided Camden to South Jersey Group 3 crowns in his two seasons with the team, 2011-12 and 2012-13, filed a civil action Feb. 24 in Superior Court. The lawsuit names the Camden School District and Board of Education as defendants, as well as former Superintendent Reuben Mills, Camden High School principal James Thompson and athletic director Mark Phillips, and former district human resources director Maryann Greenfield.
NEWS
March 7, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Anthony Siedlecki, 92, a longtime resident of Haddonfield who was a career lineman for New Jersey Bell Telephone Co. from 1949 to 1988, died Tuesday, March 4, at Ann's Choice, the retirement community in Warminster where he had lived since 2008. Mr. Siedlecki, who was born in Philadelphia, graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden and studied briefly at what is now Drexel University. After completing a welding course at the Pennsauken campus of what is now Camden County Technical Schools, he worked a night shift helping to build oceangoing tankers at the Sun Shipbuilding plant in Chester.
NEWS
March 6, 2014 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
Harvey M. Mitnick, 79, of Voorhees, who practiced law in South Jersey for more than 50 years, died Monday, March 3, of a sarcoma at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. He was a trial attorney, practicing primarily in Camden early in his career and later in Haddonfield. He was the senior partner of the firm of Mitnick, Josselson, DePersia & Baker. "He was very good at what he did. He enjoyed a wonderful practice," said retired Superior Court Judge Allan Vogelson, a longtime friend and former law partner.
SPORTS
March 3, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Columnist
At first glance in the layup line or even in the games, this appears to be a very beatable team. The only problem is that any team that thought it had a chance to defeat the Haddonfield boys' basketball squad this season so far has ended up frustrated. The Bulldogs are 26-0 and the only unbeaten team in the state. Throw in the fact that Haddonfield is The Inquirer's No. 1-ranked South Jersey team, and there will be a big enough bull's-eye when the Bulldogs begin the South Jersey Group 2 tournament with Tuesday's opener against Deptford.
SPORTS
February 17, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was Haddonfield's best possession of the game, and it didn't end in points. But it illustrated why the Bulldogs are 20-0 in boys' basketball and why they handled Holy Spirit by a 51-42 score Saturday at the Cherry Hill East Invitational. "That's who we are," Haddonfield junior forward Jake Robinson said of the two-minute-long possession early in the fourth quarter. Robinson scored nine points as part of a balanced attack that featured a season-high 17 by senior center Abby Bah, nine by junior guard Rob DePersia, and eight each by junior guard Nick DePersia and senior forward Ted Stavetski.
SPORTS
February 10, 2014 | By Jen A. Miller, For The Inquirer
Haddonfield's Adrenaline 5K, to be run on March 15, isn't just any 5K. The race, which starts and ends in front of Haddonfield Memorial High School, is fast, really fast. The male winner typically comes in at under 15 minutes, and the female winner is in the 16- to 17-minute range. In 2010, Olympians Erin Donohue and Carmen Douma-Hussa battled for the female prize. (Donohue won with a time of 15 minutes, 51 seconds.) The course record is 14 minutes, 3 seconds, set in 2010 by Adrian Blincoe.
NEWS
February 1, 2014 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
A proposed major water and sewer service rate increase will be the focus of a Haddonfield borough public meeting called for Thursday evening. The actual increase for individual property owners would vary depending on water use, but overall, the borough needs to increase water and sewer revenue by 25 percent, according to a letter to residents. The four-page letter, posted on the borough's website, says the rate hike is needed to make up for a drop in water sales, in part because last year was "exceptionally rainy," and to cover bonds issued to pay for substantial water and sewer infrastructure work over the last several years.
SPORTS
January 30, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ted Stavetski said it was a "shock. " Rob DePersia described it as a "slap in the face. " The Haddonfield boys' basketball team entered Tuesday night's showdown with Colonial Conference rival Paulsboro with a 12-0 record and the No. 3 ranking in The Inquirer's South Jersey Top 10. By the last minute of the second quarter, the Bulldogs were behind by 19. At halftime, the score was 39-23. "The problem with being 12-0 is that you think you can just walk on the court and win," DePersia said.
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