March 8, 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.
February 8, 2014 |
With the outcome of a Colonial Conference game hanging in the balance, Tyler Raysor capped an impressive outing with two clutch shots from the free-throw line. Raysor went 2 for 2 from the line with nine seconds left to lift host Haddon Heights over Audubon, 57-56, in a girls' basketball showdown Thursday. Raysor also contributed 12 rebounds, 4 blocks, and 3 steals. Audubon's Val Pineiro led all players with 24 points, and Maddie Lord added 16. In other Colonial Conference action: Alayxiah Carr's 18-point, 10-rebound performance allowed Haddon Township to cruise past visiting Haddonfield, 63-32.
February 6, 2014 |
First-year coach Christina McGovern has said throughout this season that she has yet to see her Shawnee girls' basketball team put together a complete game, to play its best for four consecutive quarters. That still might be true after Tuesday's 50-46 win over Timber Creek. But one dominant quarter was all it took. The Renegades outscored the Chargers, 17-6, in the opening period and held on in a game that kept them alive in a tight Olympic Conference Patriot Division race.
February 2, 2014 |
Andrew O'Neill wasn't seriously considering Sacred Heart University. But an old teammate and a new friend changed his mind. O'Neill, a senior at Washington Township who was a first-team All-South Jersey selection by The Inquirer as an all-purpose offensive player, committed to Sacred Heart on a football scholarship earlier this week. O'Neill also had an offer from Wagner. He made his decision after visits to Wagner and Sacred Heart the last two weekends. "It just felt like the right place for me," O'Neill said of Sacred Heart.
January 30, 2014 |
Timber Creek's Brittany Martin was nearly unstoppable Tuesday night, and fouling the junior guard to slow her was not an option. Martin's 23 points led all players and powered the visiting Chargers to a 44-39 win over Holy Cross in the South Jersey Invitational girls' basketball tournament. With her team trailing by a point after one quarter, Martin chipped in six points in the second and Timber Creek never looked back. Seven other Chargers scored, but none finished with more than four points.
January 19, 2014 |
Timber Creek junior defensive back Kareem Ali has played in a lot of big football games in his career with the Chargers. He'll play in perhaps the biggest one when his final season is over. Ali last week was invited to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl next January in San Antonio. "It's a dream come true," Ali said. "I grew up dreaming about playing in this game. I saw so many guys play in it and go on to play in the NFL. I always wanted to play in this game. " Timber Creek coach Rob Hinson also was invited to serve as an assistant coach at the annual game, which features some of the best players in the country in an East vs. West format.
January 19, 2014 |
For two teams that have met just three times, it sure seems like there is a lot of history between the Highland and Timber Creek wrestling programs. Part of the reason for the heat in the rivalry is proximity and familiarity - the schools are just a couple of miles apart and both are members of the Black Horse Pike district. Part of the reason that Friday night's battle at Highland was so spirited - with fans on both sides in full roar, with a few wrestlers gesturing to sections of the near-capacity crowd after wins - is the relationship between the two programs.