December 9, 2014 |
Jake Parola had a great game in the third quarter: 19 carries, 109 yards, two touchdowns. But those 12 minutes summed up the South Jersey Group 4 championship game as well as the entire season for Parola and his Shawnee teammates. Running behind a powerful offensive line, Parola finished with 159 yards and three touchdowns on 37 carries Sunday night as Shawnee beat Timber Creek, 28-7, in a long-awaited sectional title-game rematch at Rowan University. "He's an animal," senior offensive tackle Eric Hawkinson said of Parola.
December 7, 2014 |
It is a story of remarkable consistency, so it shouldn't be surprising that Shawnee's football team has yet to collect the uniforms. The Renegades (10-1) will face Timber Creek (11-0) in the South Jersey Group 4 final at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. For the Renegades, it is their 10th sectional-final appearance in the last 20 years. Considering Shawnee annually plays among the most difficult schedules in South Jersey, that is truly an amazing feat. All this has come under Tim Gushue, a 1972 graduate of Shawnee who is in his 32d year as head coach.
November 29, 2014 |
Lenape football coach Tim McAneney has done a masterful job all season, and he was just as impressive during his postgame talk to the team Thursday. He spoke from the heart after a 10-7 victory at Shawnee, his squad's traditional Thanksgiving rival. "Seniors, forever you will remember this day, this game," he said. "The fellowship you have with each other is the most important, gentlemen. " There are so many reasons that this was such an emotional win. First, it came against Shawnee, a team that still owns a 34-8-2 edge in this rivalry.
November 24, 2014 |
Driving home after another Shawnee football victory, Jake Parola was struck by a seemingly odd but strangely familiar sight. Odd, because there was Parola's teammate and classmate, David Smith, on the ground under somebody else's vehicle. Familiar, because that was typical of Smith. "That's Dave," Parola said. "He's always helping somebody out. " Before long, both Smith and Parola were on the cold, dark ground on the side of Tabernacle Road, fixing a flat for the grandparents of a player from the opposing team.
November 16, 2014 |
Another player might have wondered, "Why?" Lizzie Kinkler figured, "Why not?" Kinkler, a senior midfielder, buried a left-footed shot from around 20 yards to lift Lenape to a 1-0 victory over Shawnee on Friday in the championship game of the South Jersey Group 4 girls' soccer tournament. "I was around the 18, and the ball came right to me," said Kinkler, a Wake Forest recruit. "I was going to cross it but I thought, 'Why not take a shot?' "I nailed it. " Kinkler's goal with 3 minutes, 45 seconds remaining in the second half was the difference in a hard-fought, well-played game between familiar rivals on a cold, clear afternoon on the Indians' grass field.
November 16, 2014 |
The Shawnee girls' cross-country team always searches for inspiration entering its state meets. Last season, the runners tied multicolored ribbons around their shoes, with each color representing a different virtue, such as courage or passion. Sometimes they write small messages on their hands. Once it was trust, as in trust in teammates, coaching, and training. This season, what they chose for inspiration is visible to everyone. Each of the runners at last Saturday's sectionals at Delsea used blue glitter glue to write a 22 on the back of her left leg and a 24 on the right.
November 12, 2014 |
Her knees were slightly bent. Her feet were in constant motion, chopping up and down in place. She was bent over slightly at the waist, and her hands were pointed straight down as her arms flopped back and forth, clapping rhythmically. She stared straight ahead at the shooter. She seemed in complete control, locked in. Why would a team take out its star goalkeeper - one of South Jersey's best - when a playoff game goes into penalty kicks, replacing her with an untested sophomore?
November 8, 2014 |
Jake Parola surpassed 1,000 rushing yards and scored four times as Shawnee, ranked No. 2 in South Jersey by The Inquirer, clinched the West Jersey Football League American Division by beating visiting Eastern, 49-7, Thursday night. Parola finished with 170 yards on 14 carries. He scored on runs of 11, 20, 21, and 6 yards. He has 1,005 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns this season. Quarterback Michael Welsh added two touchdowns through the air and one on the ground for the Renegades, who have won 14 straight.
October 31, 2014 |
It took a half, but the Cherokee offense came alive Wednesday. Cristian Ognibene and Mike Olejnik each scored second-half goals and the host Chiefs beat Shawnee, 2-0, in an Olympic American soccer game. Also in division play, Pete Monti and Jarrod Skole scored to give host Lenape a 2-1 victory over Cherry Hill West. Olympic National. Andreas Papadourakis scored twice, and Bishop Eustace downed visiting Paul VI, 3-0. Brian Keller also scored. Chrizian Duclos tallied two goals and Timber Creek rolled past visiting Winslow Township, 5-1. Brendan Atkinson, Nick DiEttore and Joe Dovell had the other goals.
October 26, 2014 |
It has been sort of a running joke on the Shawnee football team. Dave Smith had talked about it for weeks. If the opportunity ever presented itself, Smith would take it. It was a promise Smith's coaches seemed to take half seriously. And with his team huddled around him after the win, Shawnee coach Tim Gushue laughed and made it clear: "I want everyone to know - we did not call that fake punt. " After Cherokee tied the game in the third quarter, Smith took matters into his own hands on fourth and 7 with his team in punt formation.