June 6, 2014 |
SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. - Briana Gess has won plenty of races in her brief but brilliant career. This was different. Haddonfield's freshman phenom was in a strange state of body and mind at the end of the 1,600 meters Wednesday at the state track and field Meet of Champions. "When it was over, I was like, 'Oh my God, I left everything on that track,' " Gess said after winning the race in a personal-best time of 4 minutes, 45.97 seconds. "I never felt like that before at the end of a race.
May 25, 2014 |
Kevin Cianfarini turned his head to the right as he entered the final stretch of the 800-meter run Saturday at Buena. The West Deptford senior looked back and didn't see any competition, but that wasn't what he was looking for. He turned so he could see teammate Dale Johnson, who was the next-closest runner. Cianfarini didn't look back again until after he crossed the finish line. He saw Johnson take second place and pumped his right fist, knowing then he could celebrate the victory.
April 20, 2014 |
Jamaad Muse carefully stepped with his right foot and then his left. His knees rose to his waist in the form of a slow-motion sprint, and Muse made sure his technique was perfect. Each of the sprinter's steps was punctuated with the thud of his black Nikes against the track, the only sound he emitted despite the jovial surroundings at Timber Creek's lighthearted practice on the last day before Easter break. Less than 50 feet from Muse, a group of his friends and teammates talked and laughed throughout parts of the workout.
April 15, 2014 |
For the first time in his life, Matt Hershey is the designated hitter. It's not too unusual, as he has been batting since he first played T-ball more than a decade ago. The Timber Creek senior conceded that he likes his role, but said it is weird not to play the field. "You've got to make sure that you contribute when you go up to bat," Hershey said. Hershey has been doing so thus far for the Chargers. After platooning in right field last year, Hershey has spent the beginning of this year as the DH from the No. 2 spot in the order.
March 20, 2014 |
On Dec. 17, the Woodrow Wilson girls' basketball team walked off the court a 60-54 loser to Immaculate Heart Academy. Wilson senior guard Chanelle Perry scored 24 points in that game, just less than half of her team's total. Ciarah Bennett scored 12, and no other player was in double figures for the Tigers. Just as basketball is a game of runs, so are seasons. And in a high school basketball season, comparing December to March can be like comparing basketball to field hockey.
March 13, 2014 |
At some point late in the first quarter, Lyayshia Stevens started thinking. And in a championship game, that's not always a good thing. Not in a deafeningly loud gym. Not with the game moving at a lightning pace. And not when thinking means taking time to dwell on the fact that this is the biggest stage of your career. "You can't think about it," Stevens said. "You just have to keep playing with all your heart. " Stevens, a junior guard, and her teammates did just that in Woodrow Wilson's thrilling, 65-59 win in overtime at top-seeded Timber Creek in Tuesday night's South Jersey Group 3 girls' basketball final.
March 9, 2014
BASKETBALL SOUTH JERSEY GROUP 3 Timber Creek 47, Central Regional 35: As part of a 17-7 fourth quarter that broke open the game, Brittany Martin netted 13 of her 28 points to lead top-seeded Timber Creek to the home win against Central Regional, the fourth seed, in the South Jersey Group 3 semifinals. Amanda Riiff added seven points for Timber Creek, which will play Woodrow Wilson in the final on Tuesday. SOUTH JERSEY GROUP 1 Haddon Township 70, Burlington City 55: Haddon Township advanced to the South Jersey Group 1 final for the sixth time in eight years with a win against visiting Burlington City.
March 7, 2014 |
It was the surest sign that Amanda Riiff would start the game hot. "I couldn't hit a shot in warm-ups," she said. "Nothing. " In four seasons as one of the area's top outside shooters, Riiff has been nothing if not resilient. The trick, she said, is to keep your confidence. "I knew I could do it," said Riiff, a senior guard. "I just kept shooting, and when the game started, I felt it. " Riiff hit the first two shots she took, both three-pointers, and ultimately shot 4 for 7 from beyond the arc - in the first quarter - to send top-seeded Timber Creek to a 63-49 win over No. 8 Seneca on Wednesday night in the quarterfinals of the South Jersey Group 3 tournament.
March 3, 2014 |
John Amato is an unassuming member of an exclusive club. He's thinking it might be a good time to change that - for one weekend, anyway. Amato is a three-time region wrestling champion. Those guys are rare athletes, and they tend to carry themselves with a sure-footed swagger that reflects their success in this most demanding of sports. Amato is different. He walks softly and talks the same way. But he has decided, at the last stage of an illustrious career, that it might be time to put a little more edge in his attitude.
February 9, 2014 |
Jamaad Muse said he wasn't thinking about a track scholarship. "I didn't even realize this could happen," said Muse, a Timber Creek senior who on Wednesday signed a national letter of intent to attend the University of Houston on a track scholarship. Muse said he visited Houston last summer and also received a home visit from Cougars coach Leroy Burrell, a former Olympian who went to Penn Wood High School in the Philadelphia suburbs. "I loved it down there," Muse said. "They worked hard.