October 16, 2014 |
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.
October 11, 2014 |
Here's a closer look at seven football games on Friday night, with predictions. All the games will start at 7 o'clock, except Camden Catholic at Camden, which will kick off at 6. No. 18 Camden Catholic (4-0) at No. 6 Camden (4-0). The visiting Irish are averaging 46.7 points. The Panthers are averaging 46.2. Camden Catholic has not played a team with a win. But the Irish have dominated opponents, outscoring them by a combined 189-9. Junior Tyree Rodgers has 10 touchdown passes.
October 10, 2014 |
Collingswood field hockey goalie Becca Hall panicked as she ran to take her place on the field. She couldn't find her lucky jersey. "I told her change was good," Panthers captain Rachel Galante said. For Collingswood, change was great. The Panthers broke the undefeated streak of visiting West Deptford by pulling out a late 1-0 win in an intense Colonial Liberty matchup Wednesday afternoon at Knights Field. "It's awesome because last year we were in the same position as them, being undefeated," said Galante, a senior midfielder.
October 7, 2014 |
West Deptford is too accustomed to real victories to take much solace in moral ones. But the Eagles' senior leader still believes there were positives to Thursday's 28-25 overtime loss to archrival Haddonfield. "We should know after that game that there's nobody we can't beat," West Deptford senior fullback/linebacker Kevin DeCeasar said. Strange as it seems, the loss might have been a confidence booster for West Deptford, especially given the way the Eagles played in the second half.
October 6, 2014 |
There's a pristine spot on the Delaware River in West Deptford where residents flock to golf, exercise, and have dinner. Some go simply to watch the sun set as airplanes soar into the sky across the water. Few towns can boast tracts such as RiverWinds in Gloucester County. Town officials at the turn of the century embarked on the redevelopment of more than 1,100 acres that would make it all possible - a community center, restaurant, senior housing, and a golf course with a sweeping view of Philadelphia.
October 4, 2014 |
Drew Tomlinson was thinking about freshman year. Mark Walker was thinking about practice. They both have something new to remember after they combined with Tommy Kadar to produce the winning play in Haddonfield's 28-25 victory over West Deptford in a Colonial Conference instant classic on Thursday night. Walker's snap and Kadar's hold set the stage for Tomlinson, a junior who nailed a 32-yard field goal for the winning points on Haddonfield's first possession of overtime. "That's something you don't even dream about," Tomlinson said of making the game-winning kick before a capacity-plus crowd in Haddonfield's historic stadium on a perfect night for football.
October 3, 2014 |
West Deptford will play at Haddonfield on Thursday night in a game with major Colonial Liberty and South Jersey Group 2 playoff implications. It also is a renewal of South Jersey's best football rivalry. That wasn't always the case, and that won't always be the case. But right now, it doesn't get any better than the Eagles vs. the Bulldogs. "I love it," Haddonfield senior Jake Robinson said of the rivalry. Here's one reason this is a unique rivalry: familiarity. From 2006 to 2013, the teams played 13 times, including five times in the South Jersey playoffs.
October 3, 2014 |
The Cherry Hill West girls' soccer team entered halftime Wednesday afternoon trailing by two. Fourteen short minutes later, the Lions had the lead for good and were playing so well that they didn't even need to kick in their goals. Sarah McGlinn sent a cross to Rebecca Horner, who was in the right place at the right time to run forward and chest the ball into the goal, completing the comeback in a 3-2, Olympic Conference victory over visiting Timber Creek. The Lions trailed, 2-0, at the break, but rallied quickly.
September 28, 2014 |
Senior Charlie Clarke can remember when he was a wide-eyed freshman at Haddonfield and how much the upperclassmen on a veteran soccer team made him feel like part of the group. Now, he is using what he learned as one of the leaders of a young, but still potentially dangerous team. Clarke is a third-year starter as a defender, but he saw some varsity time in that freshman season. That team in 2011 eventually won both the Colonial Conference Liberty Division and South Jersey Group 2 crowns.
September 25, 2014 |
West Deptford is 2-0. No surprise there. The Eagles have run for 580 yards. No surprise there. They also have six touchdown passes. Big surprise there. "When people think of West Deptford, they think of our running game," West Deptford senior quarterback Isaiah Easterling said. "That's never going to change. But this year, we're going to throw it, too. " Easterling and senior wide receiver Preston Harcum have been among the most productive pass-catch combinations through the early portion of the South Jersey football season.