September 16, 2009 |
A half hour before the scheduled game time of 4:30 p.m. yesterday at Shawnee, Renegades field hockey coach Renee Phelps hadn't decided who would be the starting goalkeeper. Senior Katie Burke, junior Marlee Silverstein, and freshman Elina Pereira had all contributed in Shawnee's first two games, both wins. But in the end, it didn't matter to visiting Oak Knoll that Silverstein played the first half and Pereira the second. It also didn't seem important that Oak Knoll's bus driver got lost on the way down from Summit and the ride took two hours, instead of 90 minutes.
September 14, 2013 |
The chatter in the stands before the game was that lightning was coming, no doubt about it. Long before the first raindrop, there was talk of when and what time the game would be rescheduled, because it was going to be rescheduled - that much was certain. Rain came. Lightning never did. Some things in life, it turns out, are more reliable than a weather forecast. Take the Shawnee running game, for instance. The Renegades' rushing attack gashed Kingsway for four quarters, leading them to a 25-19 road win on opening night of the 2013 football season.
February 8, 2009 |
With 4 minutes, 27 seconds remaining in the game, Shawnee coach Joe Kessler emptied his bench. The Renegades had only 36 points at the time, including just one field goal in the second half. Cherokee's tenacious defense made the difference yesterday in an imposing 69-46 victory over Shawnee in a tournament cutoff-day battle between school district rivals and teams that are ranked in the top 10 in South Jersey by The Inquirer. "We have depth at every position and we demand that they play defense," Cherokee coach Ron Powell said after the victory in front of a near-capacity crowd in the Chiefs' gymnasium.
June 14, 2010
When Janae Zechman said nobody expected Shawnee to win the South Jersey Group 3 girls' lacrosse championship, it wasn't the usual coaching hyperbole. How could anybody expect Shawnee - or anybody else - to stop unbeaten Moorestown, which that hadn't lost to a New Jersey team the entire previous decade? Yet Shawnee, normally in the favorite's role, showed it could compete as an underdog. The Renegades beat Moorestown, 7-6, to win the South Jersey Group 3 title, snap the Quakers' 228-game win streak against New Jersey teams and their reign as a 10-time defending Tournament of champions champ.
March 22, 2013 |
Jacklyn Pezzato is a threat no matter where she is on the softball field. In the circle, she is Shawnee's ace starting pitcher. As a junior last season, she went 19-3 with a 0.93 ERA for a team that was 23-4. In the batter's box, she is the Renegades' leadoff hitter. She batted .518 in 2012 and broke Shawnee's single-season hits record with 44 and the school's single-season runs record with 37. When she's not pitching, she plays third base, the "hot corner," arguably the toughest defensive position to play.
March 7, 1990 |
The Shawnee High girls' basketball team gave its fans something to get excited about in the fourth period last night in its South Jersey Group 4 championship game against Toms River East. But by then it was too late for the Renegades. Toms River East (29-1) had put together a splendid first two quarters on its way to a 17-point halftime lead, and the Raiders were able cruise from there to a 60-47 victory and the sectional title. In winning its first sectional crown, East denied The Inquirer's No. 1 team its second title bid in a row, and handed the Renegades their first loss of the season after 27 straight victories.
November 26, 1999 |
After cooperating for most of the game, the gray skies unleashed a slanting rain as the final seconds ticked away yesterday at Lenape Stadium. That, combined with the cold temperatures, made the day miserable by just about anybody's standards. However, to Lenape's football team, it might as well have been sunny and 70 degrees. That's because the Indians had just finished dominating the rival that has long dominated their Thanksgiving Day series. Behind a powerful running attack and a rabid defense, Lenape rolled to a 21-7 win over Shawnee.
November 17, 1993 |
Ed Schott frequently draws the attention of the Shawnee boys' soccer coaching staff. The senior seems to go through periods when he needs a motivational push from the coaches. Then it all seems to click, as he showed yesterday in a stunning scoring display. After Shawnee and West Windsor-Plainsboro battled through a scoreless first half, Schott clicked not once, but four times to lead the Renegades to a 4-0 victory in the Group 4 state semifinals at Steinert High School. Defending state champion Shawnee, 23-1 and No. 1 in The Inquirer's South Jersey ratings, will play North Jersey champion East Orange in the Group 4 state final at 8 p.m. Friday at Trenton State College.
June 15, 1986 |
The Shawnee High School baseball team played for a state championship for the first time yesterday morning but wasn't able to come up with the kind of effort that earned it a spot in the finals. Facing Elizabeth (25-4-2), the impressive North Jersey champion, for the Group 4 title at Princeton University, the Renegades from Medford were eliminated by the Red Men, 8-3. The Renegades, No. 2 in The Inquirer's South Jersey Top 10, were victimized by Elizabeth's five-run third inning - which broke a 2-2 tie - and never recovered.
May 28, 2006 |
Shawnee boys' lacrosse coach Tim Gushue had the book on Ridgewood. More accurately, Gushue had three DVDs to watch last week on the fifth-seeded team in the NJSIAA Group 3 tournament. So even before Gushue's fourth-seeded Renegades drew their first face-off against the Maroons yesterday at Shawnee, they knew what to look for: a tricky offense that spreads the opposing defense in front of the goal in order to launch a good shot. But there are some things a coach just can't plan for, such as key injuries early in the game.