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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 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.
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
April 24, 2014 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
Over the years, talking to a Moorestown girls' lacrosse goalie could be an experience unto itself. These players can hold conversations better than most high school coaches. They are outgoing and witty. There's an underlying attitude, and confidence is one of its main ingredients. Footwork and mechanics and hand speed and quickness are essential skills for goalies, but that's not what comes to mind when Quakers coaches talk about what separates the truly great at the position. The coaches will point to that inherent confidence, the ability to be comfortable in any situation, to handle pressure.
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.
SPORTS
June 11, 2010 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
WEST WINDSOR, N.J. - Nikola Kocovic tried everything. The Lenape senior tried spinning his serve to his opponent's backhand. He tried changing the pace and placement of his ground strokes. He tried reaching deep into his bag of tennis tricks. But in the last match of his illustrious career, Kocovic couldn't find a consistent counter to the power and precision of Michael Lippens' forehand and first serve. "He deserved to win," a gracious Kocovic said after Lippens won the state singles title Thursday with a 6-2, 6-3 victory at Mercer County Park.
NEWS
September 8, 1999 | By Scott Brown, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A humbling 37-0 loss to archrival Haddon Heights in last year's season finale led Matt Eckhouse and some of his Haddonfield classmates to address their younger teammates in an impromptu meeting. "This is not happening next year," Eckhouse recalled saying in the Bulldogs' locker room. "Get in the weight room and lift. Next season starts now. " A little more than eight months later, a white T-shirt stuck to Eckhouse's body like mid-August humidity and beads of perspiration occasionally streaked down his lightly freckled face.
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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
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.
SPORTS
April 24, 2014 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
Over the years, talking to a Moorestown girls' lacrosse goalie could be an experience unto itself. These players can hold conversations better than most high school coaches. They are outgoing and witty. There's an underlying attitude, and confidence is one of its main ingredients. Footwork and mechanics and hand speed and quickness are essential skills for goalies, but that's not what comes to mind when Quakers coaches talk about what separates the truly great at the position. The coaches will point to that inherent confidence, the ability to be comfortable in any situation, to handle pressure.
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.
SPORTS
February 25, 2014 | BY JOHN MURROW, Daily News Staff Writer murrowj@phillynews.com
IT WAS the perfect ending to a perfect Public League season for Imhotep Institute Charter High guard Deja Reynolds. After verbally committing to play at Temple earlier in the season, the 5-9 junior helped the Imhotep Panthers (22-2) earn a 41-38 victory yesterday over Northeast High (17-4) in the Public League girls' title game at the Liacouras Center. For Reynolds, winning the school's first title was even more bittersweet because it was played at Temple. "It means a lot for me to do it here at Temple," Reynolds said.
SPORTS
November 18, 2013 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
HERSHEY, Pa. - They told Rachel Clemens so. Megan Schafer and the rest of the Neshaminy girls' soccer players informed their coach back in August that they wanted to go undefeated this season. Schafer remembers the reaction on Clemens' face, the look emphasizing how hard that goal was to achieve. Saturday, when the Redskins capped their season of perfection with a 2-1 overtime victory over gritty Spring-Ford in the PIAA state Class AAA final at Hersheypark Stadium, Clemens was rendered practically speechless.
SPORTS
October 10, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
IT WAS ONE of the most memorable moments of the Phillies' half-decade reign in the National League East. On the penultimate day of the 2008 regular season, Brad Lidge finished his perfect season and the team clinched its second consecutive division title when Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard completed a nifty, game-ending doubleplay against the Washington Nationals. Lidge, of course, is long gone. The man on the other end of that battery, catcher Carlos Ruiz, may or may not return in 2014 - he's set to file for free agency in a few weeks.
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.
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