August 31, 2016 |
As recently as 2013, the regular-season schedule for the St. Augustine Prep football team included games against rebuilding small-school programs such as Middle Township, Lower Cape May, and Pleasantville. "That was our freshman year," St. Augustine senior linebacker Dean Kolonich said. "Look at us now. " Look at everybody else, too. Dramatic change has come to South Jersey football since the formation of the West Jersey Football League for the 2010 season. The latest development is significant: This season marks the addition of the Cape-Atlantic League and the Colonial Conference to the West Jersey Football League, creating a 95-team superconference that includes every program in South Jersey.
December 5, 2015 |
Catholic League athletic directors passed a proposal for football realignment by a 10-3 vote Thursday. The move came after the PIAA voted in October to expand football and other sports to six classifications. The league will be split into two seven-team divisions, based on classification, beginning next year. There will be regular-season champions in each division, but no crossover game to decide an overall titlist. Teams will move on to playoffs in their respective classifications.
June 12, 2014 |
A silver lining has emerged from the moldy walls of Cheltenham's Cedarbrook Middle School: an accelerated and harmonious decision to realign the district's primary grades. Cedarbrook was abandoned in March after it was found to be wracked by mold and uninhabitable. That decision came after seven months of debate that pitted neighbor against neighbor, and a plan that many called the least bad option. At the end of that tumultuous year, parents, teachers, and administrators agreed that the new middle school should be built to accommodate not only grades seven and eight, but also five and six. Discussions about demographics and grade alignment have been on the district's to-do list for years.
January 11, 2014 |
As expected, the West Jersey Football League denied an appeal by Cherry Hill East and announced Thursday that it would realign its divisions for the 2014 season. Details of the realignment were reported by The Inquirer in December. At the time, WJFL president Bud Kowal, the athletic director at Ewing, said schools would have a week to appeal the new alignment. Cherry Hill East appealed, hoping for relief in the form of removal from the American Division, according to several sources.
January 8, 2014 |
Holy Spirit, a perennial power that spent much of last season as the No. 1-ranked team in South Jersey, will move down to the National Division in the Cape-Atlantic League's new alignment for football for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. The Spartans were 11-1 last season, with their only loss to North Jersey powerhouse DePaul Catholic in the Non-Public 2 state title game. They finished No. 2 in The Inquirer's final South Jersey rankings. Holy Spirit won state titles in 2007, 2010, 2011, and 2012.
July 3, 2013 |
HAPPY realignment day! It certainly was for the Atlantic Coast Conference, which welcomed Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Notre Dame to the league yesterday with a celebratory news conference/flag planting in New York City. After commissioner John Swofford welcomed the new teams at a news conference at the NASDAQ stock exchange in Manhattan, he said further expansion isn't on the agenda. "It's not a topic of conversation for us right now," he said. "I would not anticipate it being in the future, but we'll see. I don't predict the future much anymore, I've learned better.
April 29, 2013 |
PARK RIDGE, Ill. - No more Legends . And no more Leaders . The Big Ten is giving them the boot and following a more traditional route for its division names. The conference is going with East and West instead and switching to a nine-game format for football after presidents and chancellors approved the moves on Sunday. The new division alignments will begin in 2014 when Rutgers and Maryland join the conference, meaning Legends and Leaders will be a thing of the past.
March 28, 2013 |
Brian Anderson figures his Shawnee baseball team might hit a little this season. The Renegades' bats will surely be tested. Shawnee will move up to the American Division as the Olympic Conference switches to two divisions from three this season in baseball and softball. "We're going to get challenged every game," Anderson said. "We're going to see a good pitcher every game. " The loaded Olympic American now includes Shawnee from the old Patriot Division, which has been dissolved, along with holdovers Cherokee, Cherry Hill East, Eastern, Lenape, and Washington Township.
March 15, 2013 |
THE NHL MAP is finally in order with Detroit and Columbus heading east, and Winnipeg moving west. "We're thrilled, absolutely thrilled," Blue Jackets executive John Davidson said on a conference call Thursday, shortly after the realignment plan was approved in a vote by the league's board of governors. "We tend to use the [term] common sense around here. This seems to make a lot of common sense. " The new format goes into effect next season, and will feature two eight-team divisions in the Eastern Conference, including the Red Wings and Blue Jackets.
March 9, 2013
Marian Gaborik scored a power-play goal 42 seconds into overtime as the New York Rangers rallied for a 2-1 victory Thursday night over the host New York Islanders. Gaborik's goal stretched the Rangers' winning streak to a season-high four games, and ended the Islanders' winning run at two. Gaborik took a feed in the high slot from Rick Nash, who got the Rangers even at 1 with 5:23 left in regulation, and fired in a shot for his eighth of the season and first in nine games. The Rangers got their third power play of the night - the only advantages for either team - when Michael Del Zotto was hauled down as he crashed in on Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov 21 seconds into the extra session.