February 16, 2001 |
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.
February 29, 2008 |
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.
February 11, 2007 |
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.
January 9, 1991 |
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.
March 7, 2011 |
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.
March 2, 2008 |
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.
February 10, 2008 |
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.
January 15, 2011 |
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.
March 15, 2007 |
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.
October 17, 2013 |
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.