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December 4, 1998 | by Bob Cooney, Daily News Staff Writer
If one had looked at the eight seeds in Group 4 when the football playoffs began, it would have been hard to find a team least likely to get to the finals than Shawnee. The Renegades owned a respectable record at the time, winning five of eight games. And they did compete in one of the state's toughest divisions, the Olympic American. But in their two games prior to the playoffs, the Renegades had lost two tough games to division rivals Eastern (21-14) and Cherokee (21-7).
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November 26, 1995 | By Bob Hoffman, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Shawnee defeated Lenape, 28-13, yesterday to win its first outright Burlington County League Liberty Division football championship. The visiting Renegades, who were co-champions with Cherokee in 1993, took the title in their final attempt. They will compete in the Olympic Conference next season. Shawnee (9-1 overall, 3-1 division) wasted little time in taking the lead. On the fourth play of the game, Mike Koch faded to pass, then spotted a gap on the right side and raced 71 yards for a touchdown.
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September 11, 1994 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
On the first day of preseason practice, Shawnee coach Mike Bacon put his girls' soccer team through a grueling workout that began with a two-mile run. Bacon says he likes his players to run the distance in less than 13 minutes. It didn't surprise him that Megan Brooks led the pack. The senior midfielder finished first, in a time of 12 minutes even. "Megan is a very good leader," Bacon said. "She came into practice in the best shape of any of the girls. " Brooks, one of the team's captains (along with Jen McCoy and Lauren Raymond)
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December 19, 2004 | By Keith Pompey INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Don't let Jamie Franks fool you. Sure the Shawnee soccer standout benefited from having his teammates feed him the ball. And it's true that soccer is a team sport. Everyone familiar with South Jersey soccer knows - and says - that Franks had a lot to do with the Renegades' success this season. Make that everyone besides Franks. Whenever asked to comment on one of his many on-the-field accomplishments, the senior forward credited his teammates. In keeping with that, Franks did the same thing upon learning that he was The Inquirer's South Jersey boys' soccer player of the year.
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December 11, 1988 | By Donald Hunt, Special to The Inquirer
Shawnee High head coach Joe Kessler believes the Renegades have enough talent to produce a winning season, and he expects the team to be competitive in the Burlington County Liberty Division. "I'm very optimistic about the season," Kessler said. "We have a lot of players back from last year's team. Most of these kids worked extremely hard on their games during the summer. "Our team really struggled throughout most of last season. But I feel these kids have matured quite a bit. I'm expecting them to give a maximum effort this season.
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December 14, 1988 | By Donald Hunt, Special to The Inquirer
Ed Fisher, Shawnee High head coach, believes the girls' basketball team has an excellent chance of winning the Burlington County Liberty Division championship. Fisher thinks this could be one of the finest Renegades teams in recent years. "We're loaded this season," Fisher said. "We've got a whole bunch of players on this team. I can't wait to get started. This should be a great year for our ball club. I mean, last year was terrific. But this season is going to be even better. " COACH.
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November 15, 2007 | By Thomas Ryan FOR THE INQUIRER
Revenge motivated the Shawnee High field hockey team to reach the Tournament of Champions final. But now that the Renegades are there, the revenge factor is gone. That is because defending T of C champion Eastern lost for the first time in 209 games against New Jersey competition. The Vikings, the South Jersey Group 4 champions, were shocked, 3-2, in overtime in the T of C semifinals last night in Flemington. Oak Knoll (21-1-2), the Group 1 state champion and No. 4 seed in the T of C, advances to face Group 3 state champ Shawnee in Sunday's 1 p.m. T of C final at the College of New Jersey.
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September 15, 1989 | By Kevin Tatum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Entering last season, Shawnee High field hockey coach Bobbie Schultz was uncertain about how her squad would fare. She had lost six Division I players from her 1987 team, and a couple of other players were missing for different reasons. When the season was over, however, the Renegades had captured the state Group 4 championship, as well as their third straight Burlington County League Liberty Division championship and the school's eighth in 10 years. With nine letter-winners back from a squad that went 22-2-1 overall and 9-0 in league play, Schultz is less certain about her team's prospects this season.
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March 9, 2007 | By Bill Iezzi INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Shawnee's Julian Sanders needed 21 points against Monmouth Regional last night in an NJSIAA Group 3 boys' basketball semifinal to reach a plateau where an assist by an oxygen tank is helpful. Only one other player in school history had stood on 2,000 points (2,006 to be exact), and that was Danny Earl in 1993. Sanders, who had been averaging 21.4 points per game, looked like a cinch to clinch 2,000 - except for one thing. The 6-foot-3 senior swingman takes only 14.5 shots a game because he wants his teammates to score, too. That unselfishness added to the drama of the Renegades' quest for their first Group 3 state championship, and underscored why Shawnee is where it is. Sanders made history by scoring 26 points, which means he is one point from tying Earl's record.
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June 6, 2016 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - The quote in the locker room - written in big letters on a white board before the game - was: "You can't beat relentless. " In the end, it wasn't so much a battle cry for the game, but for the entire Shawnee girls' lacrosse season - a stretch in which the Renegades re-ignited one of the state's storied programs. There were doubters before the season. The team struggled the last two years. There was a new coach. A new goalie. Inexperience in spots all over the field.
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April 30, 2016 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
Her introduction to the definition of teamwork - the real definition of teamwork - came late in her freshman year. That was the year Bianca Smith, No. 22 on the Shawnee girls' lacrosse team, learned an important lesson in perspective. It's a key ingredient to her incredibly positive attitude. And it has helped her answer those tired questions often asked by adults who lacked the perspective Smith gained when she was 14. Was she frustrated? Was she mad? Is it tough? How did it feel to be a Division I recruit but not a varsity starter on your high school team?
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January 18, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
Shawnee's practices all begin the same way, with coach Joe Kessler pushing that big wheeled cage onto the floor and tossing the basketballs to the players. "Nobody else can do it," Shawnee assistant coach J.R. Gillern said. Shawnee's practices all end the same way, too, with the "white" team scoring a basket at the same end of the court. "Has to be the white team [first string, wearing the white jerseys], has to be at this end," Gillern said. When something works for Kessler, he sticks with it - whether it's the same turkey sandwich on game day, the same parking spot outside the Shawnee gymnasium, the same warm-up music.
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December 10, 2015
FORWARD Tziarra King Winslow Township, sr. As most predicted, King, a North Carolina State recruit, turned in a historic senior season. In some games, she scored at will, pairing a stunning 51 goals with 14 assists. She had 17 multiple-goal games. Her 106 career goals were a Winslow school record. FORWARD Chelsea Fadio Audubon, sr. Fadio was again one of the most well-rounded offensive talents in New Jersey. She recorded 26 goals and 13 assists. After setting Audubon's career scoring record as a junior, Fadio set a new record with every goal she scored this season, finishing with 103. FORWARD May-Kate Ulmer Williamstown, sr. Ulmer stepped up for a Braves team replacing a ton of graduated talent entering this season.
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December 6, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
Shawnee High School football coach Tim Gushue remembers driving back from a game at Penn State with his future star quarterback in the backseat, diagramming plays on a clipboard. "He was five years old," Gushue said of Mike Welsh, the Renegades' standout signal-caller. That would be a great story if that was the full reach of Gushue's connection with the athlete who will enter Sunday night's South Jersey Group 4 championship game with a chance to make history for himself and his team.
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November 28, 2015 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
It was one of those moments, Michael Welsh said, when you're not exactly focused on the bigger picture. It was fourth and goal from the 1-yard line. The game was tied late in the fourth quarter. It was Thanksgiving Day - and across from Welsh was his Shawnee football team's oldest rival. Sure, the Renegades' have a bigger game on the horizon. They play Timber Creek next week for the South Jersey Group 4 championship. But somewhere along the line Thursday, an essentially meaningless showdown with Lenape turned into an emotionally charged, smash-mouth game.
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November 19, 2015 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
NEPTUNE, N.J. - After the game, Lexie Palladino took a moment to sit on the turf alone, reluctant to walk off the field for the final time in a Shawnee soccer uniform. "We didn't want it to end," Palladino said after her team fell, 1-0, to Freehold Township in the girls' soccer Group 4 state semifinals. "It's heartbreaking because we know how close we came to our ultimate goal - a state championship. " Fate simply wasn't on the Renegades' side Tuesday at Summerfield school in Neptune.
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November 14, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
In one sense, Lexie Palladino prepared for days to score the winning goal in one of the biggest soccer games of her life. "All week we worked on shooting low and hard to the corner," Palladino said after Shawnee's 2-0 victory over Eastern on Thursday in the South Jersey Group 4 championship game. "When I got my chance, I was like, 'All right, this is it. Just like we practiced.' " In another sense, the goal that secured the sectional title was four years in the making. "These seniors have worked so hard for this moment," Shawnee coach Drew Wagner said.
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November 1, 2015 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
If you only knew David Gajderowicz's name from reading it, chances are you haven't figured out that the first syllable is pronounced like the word "gator. " "I guess that's why 'Gator' has been my nickname most of my life," the Shawnee senior linebacker said. It's sort of a fitting coincidence. If his last name was Smith, "Gator" would still make just as much sense as a nickname for the hulking, 6-foot-1, 230-pounder. On the field, Gajderowicz is equal parts slick and mean - all traits that were useful Friday night as Shawnee edged Seneca, 14-7, at home on senior night.
NEWS
April 20, 2015 | By Scott Sturgis, For The Inquirer
2015 Jeep Renegade Limited 4WD: A smaller, (allegedly) lower-priced Jeep for a new kind of customer. Price: The test model started at $26,995 and rose to more than $31,000 with options ($995 for lane-departure and collision warnings, and park assist; $595 for security with cross-path detection; $295 for keyless start; more below). A front-wheel-drive version can be had for as low as $17,995. Marketer's pitch: "Let instinct drive. " Conventional wisdom: Edmunds.com liked that it had "lots of character; agile handling; plenty of easy-to-use technology features; best-in-class off-road capability for Trailhawk model" but not its "middling fuel economy with 2.4-liter engine; tight rear-seat leg room.
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