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.
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.