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December 13, 1987 | By Gus Ostrum, Special to The Inquirer
After a one-year absence, veteran Sterling High basketball coach Bill Hiltner is looking forward to what could become a championship season in the Colonial Conference. The Silver Knights, with four returning starters and a wealth of talent on the bench, could make this a happy return for Hiltner, who coached at Atlantic Community College last season. Sterling posted a 17-9 overall record last year and is expected to battle Haddonfield, Haddon Heights, and Paulsboro, among others, for the title.
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December 10, 1989 | By Tom Williams, Special to The Inquirer
Last basketball season was a disaster at Sterling. The Silver Knights went from 22-6 in 1987-88 to 3-22 last year. The reasons behind the collapse were many and varied. "We had one player leave school with a serious illness," veteran coach Bill Hiltner said. "We also had a player transfer out of Sterling, another got a job and quit the team, another started with us but missed more than half the season with personal problems and still another was out with an injury. " "Most of the players we used at the varsity level last year really should have been on the JV team.
SPORTS
March 4, 2004 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The girls' basketball team at Sterling picked an opportune time to play its best game of the year. Showing they had a short memory, the sixth-seeded Silver Knights stunned No. 3 Haddon Heights, 63-28, in a South Jersey Group 2 quarterfinal last night at Heights. Sterling (16-9) advanced to tomorrow's semifinal against Glassboro, which defeated Cinnaminson, 49-33, last night. Heights (20-5) had beaten Sterling twice, by a combined 21 points, in the regular season. "We haven't played any better than this," Sterling coach Jackie Mulligan said.
SPORTS
December 19, 1999 | By C. Kalimah Redd, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
It took a minute, well, actually, it took a whole first half, for Sterling to return to the form that makes it The Inquirer's top-ranked girls' basketball team in South Jersey. The Silver Knights got off to an eerily slow start yesterday but beat Holy Spirit, 64-45, in the Tipoff Weekend at the Egg Harbor Township basketball tournament. Perhaps fans of Sterling will attribute its dismal start, in which the Knights shot 13 of 30 from the field, to the fact that it was their first game of the season, while Holy Spirit (1-1)
NEWS
June 15, 2011 | By Bill Iezzi, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Sterling softball team appeared at No. 4 in The Inquirer's preseason rankings, with this notation: "Pitching and strength up the middle make the Silver Knights sparkle. " And sparkle they did in May and June, when the Knights won the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 2 title with a 1-0 win over Buena before losing, 2-1, to Robbinsville in a state semifinal. Sterling, obviously, did not win the state crown, its goal from the start. However, the Silver Knights finished with the best record in South Jersey, 23-4.
SPORTS
June 16, 2011 | By Bill Iezzi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Sterling softball team appeared at No. 4 in The Inquirer's preseason rankings, with this notation: "Pitching and strength up the middle make the Silver Knights sparkle. " And sparkle they did in May and June, when the Knights won the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 2 title with a 1-0 win over Buena before losing, 2-1, to Robbinsville in a state semifinal. Sterling, obviously, did not win the state crown, its goal from the start. However, the Silver Knights finished with the best record in South Jersey, 23-4.
SPORTS
October 26, 2002 | By Kristian Pope INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
With the playoffs looming, the Sterling football team knew what was at stake in its game against Lindenwold last night. And the Silver Knights got what they needed most: a victory. With three touchdowns in a high-energy third quarter, Sterling cruised to a 24-0 Colonial Conference interdivision win last night over host Lindenwold. Senior running back Ken Parker led Sterling, rushing for 102 yards and two touchdowns. He scored on runs of 40 and 16 yards. Teammate Lamar Hill, a senior, added a 17-yard touchdown catch.
SPORTS
March 14, 1990 | By Kevin Tatum, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Sterling High girls' basketball team played a game of keepaway near the end of its Tournament of Champions quarterfinal last night against Mater Dei at Monmouth College. Mater Dei (24-5), with a two-point deficit and time running out, tried desperately to foul, but it couldn't get to the right Sterling player at the right time. As a result, the Silver Knights escaped with a 57-55 victory and a berth in the tournament semifinals, against top-seeded Kennedy of Paterson tomorrow.
SPORTS
October 19, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
For J.T. Thompson, the best thing about Sterling's football game against Haddonfield last Friday was the result. The conditions were a close second. "It was perfect," Thompson said of the rain that turned Sterling's field into something of a Somerdale Swamp. "Everybody was my speed. It was like when you were a little kid and you liked to play in the mud. " Here's the thing about Thompson, a 5-foot-11, 263-pound, two-way junior lineman who has led Sterling to its best start in 20 years: He plays every game as if he's in the mud. He practices that way, too. "He's the kind of kid you want to build your program around," Sterling coach Clint Wiley said.
NEWS
December 16, 1987 | By Gus Ostrum, Special to The Inquirer
Sterling High's girls basketball team will be the prohibitive favorite to win a fifth straight Colonial Conference championship - and with good reason. The Silver Knights, who posted a spectacular 24-2 overall record last season, will have a premier player back in senior forward Nicole Williams, who gives the team excellent inside and outside play. Williams will be among several returnees who will make Sterling a formidable opponent. Junior Ann Barton, a 5-10 center, will also be one of the outstanding players at her position this season.
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December 18, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Columnist
The drills were run with precision, while the head coach continually offered advice. But just like her playing days, Jackie Mulligan had her emotions well in check. Not a yeller, or screamer, she commands respect simply with her presence. And her resume sure doesn't hurt either. Mulligan is in her first season as Haddonfield's girls' basketball coach. The Bulldogs open their season Friday against Collingswood. Mulligan has not been a head coach since 2005, is the mother of three daughters (ages 10, 8, and 6)
SPORTS
October 16, 2014 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
When the ball hit the back of the net, the game's star ran toward a crowd of screaming fans. Arms open in celebration, Jelani James made a Lambeau Leap into the stands at Sterling. It was the biggest moment in the last 28 years of Sterling boys' soccer. The atmosphere, so perfect for such a big moment, was due in part to fate. The performance, though, was all heart - the culmination of years of hard work, of clawing into relevance in one of the area's mostly hotly contested conferences.
SPORTS
September 2, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Davon Tucker and J.T. Thompson walked into Sterling High School as freshmen, the Silver Knights football program wasn't a Colonial Conference championship contender. They weren't a threat in South Jersey Group 2, either. Sterling, in the three years before Tucker and Thompson and their classmates joined new coach Clint Wiley's program, had fallen on hard times: a 6-24 record, sparse crowds in the home stands on Friday nights, little enthusiasm for the football team in the school's halls.
NEWS
April 20, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Donovan Casey brought order to the chaos of a crazy Colonial Conference baseball game. But the Sterling senior wasn't happy after his team's 15-8 victory over Haddon Heights in a ragged clash of old rivals and Liberty Division contenders Friday morning. "Even though we won by a lot, we didn't play to our potential," Casey said. Casey, a Boston College recruit, earned a three-inning save for host Sterling by retiring all nine batters he faced, with four strikeouts. He also rapped a pair of RBI singles.
SPORTS
October 19, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
For J.T. Thompson, the best thing about Sterling's football game against Haddonfield last Friday was the result. The conditions were a close second. "It was perfect," Thompson said of the rain that turned Sterling's field into something of a Somerdale Swamp. "Everybody was my speed. It was like when you were a little kid and you liked to play in the mud. " Here's the thing about Thompson, a 5-foot-11, 263-pound, two-way junior lineman who has led Sterling to its best start in 20 years: He plays every game as if he's in the mud. He practices that way, too. "He's the kind of kid you want to build your program around," Sterling coach Clint Wiley said.
SPORTS
April 11, 2013 | By Ben Goldberg-Morse, Inquirer Staff Writer
Less than a week after smacking her 100th career hit, Eastern senior Madison Tiernan stole her 100th base in the Vikings' 16-1 victory over visiting Bishop Eustace in Olympic Conference softball. Tiernan, already the school's all-time stolen-base leader, legged out hits in all four of her at-bats and became the charter member of Eastern's 100-100 club. In another Olympic matchup, Washington Township's Kristen Turner fell a double short of the cycle, homering, tripling, and singling as the Minutemaids eased past visiting Paul VI, 8-2. Jessica Hughes added a two-run homer, and Jenna Mills pitched a complete game, striking out seven.
SPORTS
April 11, 2013
Spotlight on: Sterling senior Tori Shinkowitz In the middle of a 100-degree summer day, Michelle Claybourn was playing tennis at Sterling High School, just for fun. At one point, her playing partner stopped the game, walked over, and pointed. "That's her," Claybourn's playing partner said, motioning toward a girl running by herself around the perimeter of the school. "That's Tori Shinkowitz. " Claybourn had heard about Shinkowitz and the talent the eighth grader would bring to her Sterling girls' lacrosse program.
SPORTS
March 3, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As the players go through the NJSIAA boys' and girls' basketball tournaments, it's difficult to appreciate the frenzied atmosphere this one-and-done format creates. That's because everybody is so focused on getting to the next game. Still, Sterling senior guard Marcus Taylor has been able to take a brief moment here and there to soak in the maddening and euphoric atmosphere that this one-and-done tournament creates. Taylor helped prolong his career with Friday's stunning 62-53 semifinal win over top seed Haddonfield.
SPORTS
March 3, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Columnist
As the players go through the NJSIAA boys' and girls' basketball tournaments, it's difficult to appreciate the frenzied atmosphere this one-and-done format creates. That's because everybody is so focused on getting to the next game. Still, Sterling senior guard Marcus Taylor has been able to take a brief moment here and there to soak in the maddening and euphoric atmosphere. Taylor helped prolong his career with Friday's stunning 62-53 semifinal win over top-seed Haddonfield.
SPORTS
February 28, 2013 | By Ben Goldberg-Morse, Inquirer Staff Writer
After three lead changes in the final 13 seconds, third-seeded Shawnee escaped its South Jersey Group 4 quarterfinal contest with a 38-37 win over plucky Cherry Hill East. Down 36-34, Cougar Jake Silpe drove the length of the court and converted a three-point play, giving East the lead with just 6.4 seconds to play. On the ensuing possession, Shawnee's Ryan Bodnar was fouled with 1.3 seconds left and hit both free throws to steal the home victory. Second-seeded Lenape, The Inquirer's No. 4 team in South Jersey, blitzed Triton from the opening tip, dismantling the visitors in a 62-30 runaway.
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