December 14, 1986 |
Collingswood High coach Mark Ritter doesn't expect miracles from his Panthers this season. But he doesn't expect them to be pushovers, either. "We have two or three outstanding players, so we should hang in there with most teams," said Ritter, who is beginning his 11th season and is closing in on his 150th career win. "We just need a little time to work out the bugs with the younger players. " Ritter returns two starters from last season's 19-5 team, which tied for second place in the Colonial Conference behind champion Haddonfield.
December 9, 1990 |
Camden re-established itself as an area power last year after an "off" year in 1989, when the Panthers won only 15 games. Last year the Panthers rebounded by finishing No. 1 in The Inquirer's South Jersey Top 10 for the fourth time in five seasons. With their key players returning, the expectations will once again be high for the Panthers. COACH. Veteran Clarence Turner is nearing another milestone. Turner, entering his 21st season at Camden, is virtually certain of going over the 500-win career mark.
December 7, 1987 |
Bruce Moore realizes he'll have to be patient with his young Strath Haven boys' basketball team. Since Moore has waited 21 years between head coaching jobs, patience shouldn't be too much of a problem. The Panthers lost six of their top seven players from last season's team, which finished fourth in the Central League. In the rugged Central, it might be a few years before Strath Haven is near the top of the standings. That doesn't bother Moore, whose last head position was with the 1966 University of Pennsylvania freshman team.
January 9, 1986 |
Upper Moreland isn't usally a one-man team, but Tuesday night at Cheltenham the Golden Bears were forced into that position. Deprived of their second- and third-leading scorers after a fourth-quarter brawl, the Bears had to rely on senior guard Scott Layer to work the offense. As a result, the club netted only 6 fourth-period points and dropped a Suburban One American Conference game to the Panthers, 46-36. "We tend to have a two or three-minute cold spot in the third or fourth quarter," said Upper Moreland coach Gary Kochersperger.
September 7, 1989 |
Cheltenham head coach Joe Gro has a new attitude when it comes to dealing with his players this year. "Basically, I told them it's my way or the highway," said Gro, who took over the Panthers' struggling program last year. "I did it their way and we wound up winning one game. Now we're going to do things my way and see what happens. " Gro was disappointed when fewer than 40 players turned out for his first workout in August. But in keeping with his new philosophy, Gro has already turned down a few candidates who asked to come out for the team late.
March 30, 1992 |
It was the ultimate Cinderella team. The Strath Haven Panthers fooled the skeptics all year long as they outlasted every opponent to make it to the state championship game. They won their four previous playoff games against higher seeds by making late fourth-quarter runs that left their opponents stunned, saddened and out of the tournament. As their star player Kevin Towns would say after each playoff victory, "Like the Energizer rabbit, we just keep on ticking. " Friday night in Hershey, the battery finally ran down.
November 4, 1991 |
For the second time in two weeks, William Tennent faced one of the top teams in the area, gave its best, and found itself a loser. The Panthers (3-5 overall, 1-5 league) fell, 17-8, on Saturday to visiting Norristown (8-1, 6-1), ranked No. 6 in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer. "It's two in a row like this," said Panthers coach Bill Saybolt, whose team fell to top-ranked Central Bucks West, 27-7, on Oct. 25. "As I told the players, we can't feel sorry for ourselves, we have another tough game next week.
November 2, 1991 |
Collingswood needed every weapon at its disposal to slip past Paulsboro last night. The Panthers used excellent defense, their usual grind-it-out running game, a rarely seen passing game and a terrific punt to edge the visiting Red Raiders, 9-6. A 14-yard touchdown pass from sophomore Chris Sanders to Steve Ilicich with 3 minutes, 52 seconds to play brought Collingswood from behind and allowed the Panthers to improve their overall and Colonial...
January 31, 1994 |
Cheltenham's toughest opponent these days is complacency. "We can't think that all we have to do is show up and we're automatically going to win," said senior guard Stephanie Hector. "That type of thinking will eventually get us into trouble. " Much to the chagrin of Suburban One American Conference foes, the Panthers haven't let down their guard in nearly two years. Saturday's 64-37 romp over host Hatboro-Horsham inched Cheltenham closer to its eighth consecutive Suburban One Liberty Division championship.
January 25, 1990 |
The game had more strange plot twists than a Stephen King novel. Not to mention an unlikely hero. Strath Haven's Kevin Towns hit a pair of free throws with 16 seconds left in the third overtime Tuesday night to give the Panthers (15-1, 9-1) a 57-54 victory over Ridley and sole possession of first place in the Central League. However, Towns (6 points) wasn't the Panthers' biggest star. That role belonged to 5-foot, 10-inch junior John Hopson, who didn't play in the first meeting between the teams this season and scored only 3 points this time.