January 30, 2016 |
On the final play of the game, Dean Noll dribbled toward the basket and hit a running hook shot at the buzzer to give visiting Shawnee a 50-48 win against Cherry Hill East in Olympic Conference play. Dean Austin had two three-pointers and 16 points for the Renegades. Joey DiAntonio had four three-pointers and a game-high 21 points for Cherry Hill East. In other Olympic Conference action: Marquise Owens led all scorers with 16 points to help West Deptford survive in double overtime at Audubon, 46-44.
January 23, 2016 |
Joe Kessler has won a lot of boys' basketball games throughout his 29 years with Shawnee. And his 600th came on Thursday night, thanks to a 57-48 win at Winslow Township. Following the victory, Kessler credited all of his current and former players and assistants, never once stopping to think of himself. "Getting to something like that, it's not about me. It's about the program," said the five-time state-champion coach. Leading the way for the Renegades in the win was Dylan Deveney, who scored 18 points in the Olympic Conference game.
January 18, 2016 |
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.
December 20, 2015 |
The number on the banner was impressive. But it wasn't the number Chris Palladino talked about most after the win. "I didn't even realize this during the game," Palladino said, "but I can't believe how many former players were here tonight. " "That's what's really special," she added. "That's what it's all about. " Palladino won the 600th game of her legendary coaching career Friday night when her Camden Catholic girls' basketball team topped Shawnee, 58-37, in front of a packed home crowd in the season opener.
December 8, 2015 |
Noah Ellison grabbed his quarterback before the game and told him to cut loose with his passes in the South Jersey Group 4 title game. "He told me, 'Dev, throw it up, and I'll go get it,' " Timber Creek sophomore quarterback Devin Leary said. On the last drive of the last game of the long season, Leary threw the football high in the air. Twice. Ellison went up and caught it. Twice. The two clutch completions enabled Timber Creek to run out the clock and secure a 28-24 victory over archrival Shawnee in an instant classic of a sectional final at Rowan University.
December 6, 2015 |
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.
December 4, 2015 |
His first varsity start was the opening game of his freshman season on Sept. 7, 2012. "Kingsway," Shawnee senior David Gajderowicz recalled the other day. "They were big. I was really, really nervous. " Gajderowicz was a 14-year-old, thrust into the starting lineup of one of South Jersey's strongest programs. More than that, he was a defensive lineman. "That almost never happens," Shawnee coach Tim Gushue said. "You see it sometimes with wide receiver/running back types. Defensive line is something different.
November 28, 2015 |
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.
November 22, 2015 |
On Friday, Mike Welsh threw three touchdown passes. For his next trick, the Shawnee senior will try to turn that into a third sectional title. Welsh completed 14 of 23 passes for 151 yards and three touchdowns to lead second-seeded Shawnee to a 28-14 victory over visiting No. 3 Bridgeton in the South Jersey Group 4 semifinals. Welsh, who also ran for 68 yards on 12 carries, is looking to become the first quarterback above the Group 1 level to win three state titles. Mike Githens added 151 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries for Shawnee, which is the two-time defending champion.
November 19, 2015 |
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.