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February 16, 2001 | By Sam Carchidi, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Seconds after it ended, after Shawnee High had held off a furious Eastern comeback and registered a riveting 46-44 boys' basketball victory last night, a chant reverberated from the winners' bleachers. "Three hun-dred! Three hun-dred! Three hun-dred!" On the court, Shawnee coach Joe Kessler was hugging his two young children - Julie, 7, and Joey, 10 - and receiving congratulations from relatives, fans and players for reaching the 300-victory plateau in just his 13th season.
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February 29, 2008 | By Sam Carchidi INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Thanks to one of the most furious late-game comebacks in the program's history, Shawnee took the first step toward successfully defending its Group 3 state boys' basketball championship last night. Down 17 points with a little over a minute left in the third quarter, Shawnee rode Eric Kessler's three-point shooting and Doug Holcombe's inside scoring to a 78-72 overtime win over seventh-seeded Camden in a South Jersey quarterfinal in Medford. Kessler, a 6-foot-2 senior guard, scored 20 of his career-high 29 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, during which he was 4 for 4 from three-point range.
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February 11, 2007 | By Sam Carchidi INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For the second straight game, Shawnee used an 8-0 run at the start of the second half to pull away from its opponent and coast to a victory. Senior swingman Julian Sanders, who finished with a game-high 33 points, and junior guard Eric Kessler keyed the third-quarter spurt that carried Shawnee to an 85-52 win over Wildwood Catholic in the Olympic-Cape Challenge yesterday at Vineland. Shawnee (19-1), No. 1 in The Inquirer's South Jersey rankings, held a 32-29 halftime lead before it went on runs of 8-0 and 15-3 at the start of the third quarter.
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January 9, 1991 | By Tom Williams, Special to The Inquirer
Shawnee's Dan Earl scored 23 of his game-high 25 points in the second half, including two key free throws with 32 seconds left, to pace the Renegades to a 61-58 win over visiting Willingboro in an important Burlington County League Liberty Division game last night. Earl, undoubtedly South Jersey's most poised sophomore, hit 7 of 12 shots in the second half and all seven of his free throws. "If he's a sophomore, we're all in trouble," said Willingboro coach Paul Collins. " The kid is fundamentally sound; he sees the whole floor and he takes what the referees are giving.
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March 2, 2008 | By Matt Pesyna FOR THE INQUIRER
In the seven-year history of Timber Creek boys' basketball, the Chargers have achieved a decent amount of success. Yesterday, however, Timber Creek rewrote its history. Marquise Smith launched a 25-foot three-pointer from the left wing that rattled through the net with two seconds left to lift the Chargers over host Shawnee, 58-55, in a South Jersey Group 3 semifinal. The win catapulted the Chargers (19-9) into their first sectional championship game, and they will face the Hammonton/Deptford winner in the finals at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Eastern.
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February 10, 2008 | By Erik Cagle FOR THE INQUIRER
In the middle of perhaps its toughest stretch of the season, the Shawnee boys' basketball team had the ball in the hands of the right person last night against Holy Spirit. With about a minute left in a tie game, Renegades senior Eric Kessler took possession near the midcourt stripe, milked the clock and then made his move. Kessler's drive to the basket resulted in a foul, and his free throw with 11 seconds left was the difference in a thrilling, 42-41 triumph over the Spartans in the eighth annual Olympic-Cape Challenge at St. Augustine Prep.
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January 15, 2011 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Four players who scored more than 2,000 career points will be among the seven newest members of the South Jersey basketball Hall of Fame. Camden's Vic Carstarphen, Pitman's Jon Crispin, Sterling's Kate McDonald, and Egg Harbor Township's Shea Matlock will be honored at the Al Carino Basketball Club of South Jersey's 29th annual induction ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Crown Plaza hotel in Cherry Hill. Current Shawnee coach Joe Kessler, former Kingsway star Jack Kirschling, and former Wildwood athlete Ernie Troiano Jr., who will receive the Distinguished Service Award, also will be honored.
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March 15, 2007 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
TOMS RIVER, N.J. - Shawnee High's magical boys' basketball season, which featured an NJSIAA Group 3 state championship, came to an end last night when the Renegades fell, 73-64, to speedy Bloomfield Tech in a Tournament of Champions quarterfinal at the Ritacco Center. Wesley Jenkins, a 6-foot-3 senior guard who has committed to St. Peter's, scored 38 points and was 5 for 10 from three-point range as he led fifth-seeded Bloomfield Tech (29-2) into tomorrow's T of C semifinals against top-seeded Linden at Rutgers.
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October 17, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia and Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writers
Camden Catholic's Jim Crawford, who is third on South Jersey's all-time list in career coaching victories in boys' basketball, has decided to retire as head coach. Crawford, who won 713 games and three state titles in 35 seasons with the Irish, will remain with the program as an assistant coach. Matt Crawford, 33, Jim's son and an assistant coach with the Irish for the last four seasons, will become the program's head coach. "My health is good, and I am leaving on good terms and feel good about the team coming up this year," Jim Crawford said.
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January 12, 2007 | By Sam Carchidi INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With the score tied at 41 and the final seconds ticking away, Shawnee's Julian Sanders drew contact as he missed a driving 10-footer at Winslow Township last night. No foul was called. But instead of sulking, Sanders turned the overtime into his personal showcase. Sanders, a 6-foot-4 senior swingman, erupted for 13 of his game-high 30 points in overtime, leading Shawnee to a thrilling 56-48 Olympic Conference Patriot Division win. The victory enabled Shawnee (9-1, 3-0 division)
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January 18, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
Shawnee's practices all begin the same way, with coach Joe Kessler pushing that big wheeled cage onto the floor and tossing the basketballs to the players. "Nobody else can do it," Shawnee assistant coach J.R. Gillern said. Shawnee's practices all end the same way, too, with the "white" team scoring a basket at the same end of the court. "Has to be the white team [first string, wearing the white jerseys], has to be at this end," Gillern said. When something works for Kessler, he sticks with it - whether it's the same turkey sandwich on game day, the same parking spot outside the Shawnee gymnasium, the same warm-up music.
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February 22, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Columnist
Whether anybody saw it coming a year ago, everybody associated with the Shawnee boys' basketball program now admits it wasn't a pretty sight. One of the most successful programs in South Jersey went into a one-year free-fall, done in largely by inexperience and injury. The Renegades went 8-18 and didn't qualify for the South Jersey Group 4 playoffs, which for so long had seemed like a rite of passage. Under coach Joe Kessler, the Renegades have earned one Tournament of Champions title, five state championships, and 10 South Jersey crowns.
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January 10, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jamal Holloway said he was "exhausted. " No wonder. The Camden junior played all 44 minutes, generating 23 points with 13 rebounds as the Panthers outlasted Shawnee, 85-79, in triple overtime on Thursday night in an Olympic Conference instant classic. Junior guard Brad Hawkins scored 27 points and senior guard Rasool Hinson added 17 for Camden (6-1), the No. 2 team in The Inquirer Top 20. Senior forward Luke Cooper scored 24 points and senior guard Alec Warren scored 23 for No. 18 Shawnee (4-2)
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December 21, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Columnist
When Camden Catholic boys' basketball coach Matt Crawford saw that his team was ranked No. 1 in South Jersey by The Inquirer last week, he knew what would come next. "We are going to experience everybody's best shot," he said. Yet the Irish's shot is not too bad, either, as they proved Friday with a 55-46 win over visiting Shawnee in the opening interdivisional game for both Olympic Conference teams. Crawford was also proven correct in earning the opposition's best shot. The final score was deceiving.
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January 29, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
As the last shot floated through the air and the buzzer sounded, both coaches thought the same thing: It's good. "I've seen that kid make that shot more than once," Winslow coach Norm Ingram said of the running three-point attempt by the Eagles' standout senior, Masner Beauplan. Down the court, Shawnee's Joe Kessler was feeling things were familiar, too. "The way our season has been going, I thought that shot was going in," Kessler said. Both coaches were surprised and Shawnee's players were pumped when the ball kicked the back of the rim and the host Renegades emerged with a 48-46 victory over the Eagles in an Olympic Conference Patriot Division game on Monday afternoon.
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December 22, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Like everybody else on the Cherokee boys' basketball team, Paul Bellamy is a role player. It's just that his role is a little different. "I feel like my role is to make great plays for my team," Bellamy said after leading host Cherokee to a 53-46 victory over Shawnee in the season opener for both teams Friday night. Bellamy, a 6-foot-2 junior swingman, scored nine of his 23 points in the fourth quarter as Cherokee pulled away from its stubborn school-district rival in an Olympic Conference interdivision clash.
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October 17, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia and Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writers
Camden Catholic's Jim Crawford, who is third on South Jersey's all-time list in career coaching victories in boys' basketball, has decided to retire as head coach. Crawford, who won 713 games and three state titles in 35 seasons with the Irish, will remain with the program as an assistant coach. Matt Crawford, 33, Jim's son and an assistant coach with the Irish for the last four seasons, will become the program's head coach. "My health is good, and I am leaving on good terms and feel good about the team coming up this year," Jim Crawford said.
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March 30, 2011 | By Phil Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Bill Hunt was sitting on the bench at halftime of the Carino Club all-star game Sunday at Rutgers-Camden, watching Shawnee's Joe Bodnar compete in the three-point contest. "He needs to move back," Hunt said as Bodnar unleashed a rapid series of 20-foot jumpers. Hunt was smiling. Everybody laughed. We all knew the coach was referring to Bodnar's deep jumper - was it 25 feet? Was it 30? - at the buzzer of the South Jersey Group 4 boys' basketball final. Bodnar's shot lifted Shawnee to a dramatic, 53-51 victory over Williamstown, and effectively signaled the end of Hunt's terrific career as Braves coach.
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March 8, 2011 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Same gym. Same shot. Different basket. Different player. Different result. "Live by the sword, die by the sword," Williamstown coach Bill Hunt said, summing up two wild endings in three nights in the Braves' sold-out gymnasium. This time, it was Shawnee senior Joe Bodnar drilling a 25-foot jumper as the buzzer sounded to lift the Renegades to a 53-51 victory over Williamstown in the South Jersey Group 4 championship game Monday night. On Friday night, Williamstown won when Curtis Hopkins hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to lift the Braves to a 45-42 victory over Lenape in the semifinals.
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March 7, 2011 | By Phil Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Same gym. Same shot. Different basket. Different player. Different result. "Live by the sword, die by the sword," Williamstown coach Bill Hunt said, summing up two wild endings in three nights in the Braves' sold-out gymnasium. This time, it was Shawnee senior Joe Bodnar drilling a 25-foot jumper as the buzzer sounded to lift the Renegades to a 53-51 victory over Williamstown in the South Jersey Group 4 championship game Monday night. On Friday night, Williamstown won when Curtis Hopkins hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to lift the Braves to a 45-42 victory over Lenape in the semifinals.
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