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November 4, 1994 | By Matt Toll, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Moorestown proved itself far better than any other girls' tennis team in the state this season. The Quakers did it with style, whipping Ramapo, 5-0, on Wednesday to win the Tournament of Champions and finish 33-0. En route to the overall state title, Moorestown collected the state Group 2 crown. And now the Quakers have finished No. 1 in The Inquirer's South Jersey Top 15. "In a way, it's too bad that there isn't some other level to go, but we've known that all along," Moorestown coach Bill Kingston said after Wednesday's match.
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March 22, 2015 | By Kate Harman, Inquirer Staff Writer
HERSHEY,Pa. - There was only one word to describe the performance of the Neumann-Goretti girls' basketball team as soon as they stepped on the floor of the Giant Center in Hershey: Dominant. From the opening tip to the final buzzer, there was no doubt as the nation's top-ranked team avenged last year's loss in the state final by defeating the defending champions, Seton-LaSalle, 79-34, in the PIAA Class AA title game. Powered by A.J. Timbers' 20 points in a spectacular shooting afternoon from three-point land, Goretti finished the perfect season, going 30-0.
NEWS
June 12, 2016 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - After the game, the crowd stood and chanted in unison. "EHT! EHT! EHT!" It was a final nod to the Egg Harbor Township softball team - a fiery, fearless group of girls that captivated an entire community. The team gathered in the outfield. And before the coaches could address them, the seniors - well-spoken and poised beyond their years - stood up, wiped away a few tears, and tried to put a wild, once-in-a-lifetime ride in perspective. "We finished this season 24-1.
NEWS
June 10, 2012 | By Chris Melchiorre, FOR THE INQUIRER
UNION, N.J. - With 14 minutes left in the game, it was vintage Moorestown. A comfortable eight-goal lead. The team running like a machine. And the writing on the wall for another girls' lacrosse Tournament of Champions title. Nine minutes later, Mary Flick walked into the draw circle with the weight of a perfect season on her shoulders. Later, after her team ultimately escaped a 12-11 winner over Chatham on Saturday at Kean University, she readily and loudly conceded: "I was freaking out. " It didn't show.
SPORTS
August 17, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
No one ever told the 11th man in Phillies history to reach 30 saves that he was the closer. It was April 9, and Jeanmar Gomez stretched in the fifth inning with the rest of his bullpen mates. He prepared for a phone call in the middle innings, just as it had come in the first six seasons of his nondescript major-league career, but three other Phillies relievers were summoned before Gomez. So he saved that game with six casual pitches. Then, he converted 30 of his next 33 chances.
NEWS
March 4, 2004
AND OH! That was the record after every St. Joe's Hawks game this perfect season. They ran the table - 27-0 to be precise. That's where we want to freeze it in time. Yes we know there is an Atlantic 10 conference and the NCAA tournament to follow. Philly fans may see this record as little more than a perfect prelude to be validated or nullified in post-season play. Well excuse us for breaking tradition but this mark is too important to get lost in March madness. No matter what happens from here, the Hawks have achieved collegiate perfection, something that hasn't happened since UNLV's run in '91. The Hawks have brought glory home to local college hoops fans, who haven't had a chance to get championship-level stupid since Villanova won it all in '85. We owe it to ourselves to savor this one starting now. We owe it to Phil Martelli, the perennial St. Joe's assistant who finally got the first chair 10 years ago. We owe it to Jameer Nelson, the human distributor who kept this engine humming for one more perfect season instead of bolting to the NBA a year ago. Everything else is gravy.
SPORTS
August 2, 2013 | BY JOHN MURROW, Daily News Staff Writer murrowj@phillynews.com
IT WAS ONLY fitting that legendary Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas made the call during the most memorable moment of Brad Lidge's career. " Brad Lidge stretches. The 0-2 pitch . . . swing and a miss! Struck him out! The Philadelphia Phillies are 2008 world champions of baseball! " It was the final pitch of the World Series and the final pitch of a perfect season for Phillies closer Brad Lidge. Now almost 5 years later, "Lights out Lidge" will return to Citizens Bank Park before tonight's game against the Giants to officially call it a career.
SPORTS
March 27, 2005 | By Sam Carchidi INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Josh Hedgeman, who directed Schalick High to a 12-0 football record and its second straight South Jersey Group 1 title last fall, has resigned as the Cougars' head coach. "He's doing grad work toward getting his administration certificate and I think that was stimulating his decision to step down," Schalick athletic director Dave Ewart said last night. Hedgeman, who compiled a 37-27 record in six years, was not available to comment. Schalick went 1-9 in Hedgeman's first year, then compiled back-to-back 3-7 seasons.
SPORTS
March 22, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
When the Spring-Ford girls' basketball team walks into Hershey's Giant Center on Friday evening, things are really going to feel familiar. The site is where the Rams won their first PIAA Class AAAA state championship a season ago. And the opponent, Cumberland Valley, is the squad Spring-Ford beat for the state crown. The Rams also faced the Eagles in a scrimmage and the regular-season finale this year. So, yes, for Sammy Stipa, Shelby Mueller, and Maggie Locke - all players who made significant contributions on the court at Hershey in the past - walking back onto the floor is sure to bring a flood of memories.
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August 17, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
No one ever told the 11th man in Phillies history to reach 30 saves that he was the closer. It was April 9, and Jeanmar Gomez stretched in the fifth inning with the rest of his bullpen mates. He prepared for a phone call in the middle innings, just as it had come in the first six seasons of his nondescript major-league career, but three other Phillies relievers were summoned before Gomez. So he saved that game with six casual pitches. Then, he converted 30 of his next 33 chances.
NEWS
June 12, 2016 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - After the game, the crowd stood and chanted in unison. "EHT! EHT! EHT!" It was a final nod to the Egg Harbor Township softball team - a fiery, fearless group of girls that captivated an entire community. The team gathered in the outfield. And before the coaches could address them, the seniors - well-spoken and poised beyond their years - stood up, wiped away a few tears, and tried to put a wild, once-in-a-lifetime ride in perspective. "We finished this season 24-1.
SPORTS
May 24, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Eileen Hennessy needed to go for a run. Hours before, her Penn Charter softball team suffered its first loss of the season, a heartbreaking 1-0 defeat that Episcopal Academy won in walk-off fashion. The loss ruined the Quakers' chance at a perfect season and the opportunity to be the first team in league history to finish 12-0 in Inter-Ac play. And so, after "snapping" on her mother, Denise, during the car ride home and then talking about the game with her father, Jamie, the senior third baseman decided it would be best for her to go into her Chalfont neighborhood in Northeast Philadelphia and jog a couple of miles.
SPORTS
November 23, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
HERSHEY - The chant rang out enthusiastically from the Central Bucks East student section with four minutes remaining in the PIAA Class AAA boys' soccer championship. East . . . East! One . . . One! Champs . . . Champs! It may have been a little early to declare the game over, but the cheering wasn't at all premature. From the moment the Patriots walked onto the turf Saturday at Hersheypark Stadium they looked like the undefeated juggernaut that has rolled through opponents this season.
SPORTS
November 23, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
HERSHEY - Amid all the white jerseys, there was Emma Loving, her navy blue No. 8 jersey surrounded by players from Upper St. Clair. The senior for the Central Bucks East girls' soccer team spent the majority of the PIAA Class AAA final Saturday in that fashion. The Panthers defenders never left the explosive forward alone. Some plays, three players flanked her on both sides and behind. On other sequences, a fourth player would come over just to keep tabs on the Penn recruit. Loving remained relentless in her pursuit of perfection and a state title as she powered the attack.
SPORTS
November 22, 2015 | By Adam Hermann, Inquirer Staff Writer
After blowing through the first two rounds of the PIAA Class AA field hockey tournament, District 1 champion Villa Maria walked into a semifinal matchup Tuesday with District 3 powerhouse Donegal ready for a fight, and got one. But Daan Polders' team topped Donegal, 4-3, setting up a chance to repeat as state champions when Villa Maria faces another District 3 squad, Twin Valley, noon Saturday at Zephyr Sports Complex in Whitehall. Villa Maria beat Crestwood, 2-1, in last year's final.
SPORTS
March 22, 2015 | By Kate Harman, Inquirer Staff Writer
HERSHEY,Pa. - There was only one word to describe the performance of the Neumann-Goretti girls' basketball team as soon as they stepped on the floor of the Giant Center in Hershey: Dominant. From the opening tip to the final buzzer, there was no doubt as the nation's top-ranked team avenged last year's loss in the state final by defeating the defending champions, Seton-LaSalle, 79-34, in the PIAA Class AA title game. Powered by A.J. Timbers' 20 points in a spectacular shooting afternoon from three-point land, Goretti finished the perfect season, going 30-0.
NEWS
March 17, 2015 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats are taking a 34-game winning streak into the NCAA tournament in their quest for title. Willie Cauley-Stein scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Kentucky never trailed in beating Arkansas, 78-63, Sunday in the Southeastern Conference tournament championship game in Nashville. Atlantic Ten. Treveon Graham scored 20 points and Doug Brooks made a huge steal in the final minute to help Virginia Commonwealth beat Dayton, 71-65, and win its first A-10 tournament championship.
SPORTS
December 8, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
Dick Eastwick remembers his twin brother helping him with the plays. Bob Eastwick remembers his twin brother helping him in other ways. "It would be hot at practice, say in September," Bob Eastwick recalled. "They didn't let you drink water back then. You would be feeling sorry for yourself and I'd see my brother looking at me like, 'What the hell is the matter with you?' " Bob Eastwick would tough it out, thanks to his brother, Dick, thanks to legendary Haddonfield coach Russ Spicer and his assistants, and thanks to the sense of responsibility and camaraderie that swirled around that special football team.
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