November 27, 2013 |
West Deptford vs. Mainland. Haddonfield vs. Bridgeton. Paulsboro vs. Pleasantville. Those unique matchups and many others could take place under a proposed alliance of the Colonial Conference and Cape-Atlantic League for football in 2014. Representatives of the two leagues are deep in discussions about an arrangement that would be more of a loose alliance than a merger, several sources have told The Inquirer. The leagues are still working out the details of the alliance. There is believed to be resistance to the arrangement on both sides.
November 25, 2013 |
On the road, again. Against an unbeaten opponent, again. By double digits, again. "It's amazing," senior two-way standout Teddy Stavetski said after Haddonfield's stunningly imposing, 45-19 victory over previously undefeated and top-seeded Camden in the South Jersey Group 2 semifinals on Saturday. Senior quarterback Mike McLaughlin ran for one touchdown and passed for another and junior Mike DeFeo ran for three scores for Haddonfield (8-2), the No. 5 seed and the No. 12 team in The Inquirer's South Jersey rankings.
November 24, 2013 |
Here's a closer look at three playoff football games Saturday, all starting at 1 p.m. No. 5 seed Haddonfield (7-2) at No. 1 Camden (9-0) in South Jersey Group 2 semifinals. The visiting Bulldogs are riding high after knocking off previously unbeaten West Deptford in the opening round. Senior quarterback Mike McLaughlin leads a diversified Haddonfield offense that features senior wide receiver Teddy Stavetski and junior wide receiver Jake Robinson. Junior linebacker Mark Walker heads a defense that will face a big challenge from Camden's explosive offense.
November 21, 2013 |
Grace Forsyth chipped in a goal with eight minutes remaining in the second overtime to give Rumson a 1-0 victory over West Deptford in a Group 2 state girls' soccer semifinal Tuesday night at St. Augustine. The score came moments after Sam Budd's breakaway opportunity was broken up by Bulldogs goalkeeper Samantha Beaudreault. After the play, Budd had to leave the game because of an injury. Michaela Borneo got the ball on the ensuing goal kick and found Forsyth for the winner. West Deptford's Maggie Davis made 10 saves, and her stellar play was most evident with seven minutes left in regulation.
November 17, 2013
BOYS' SOCCER SOUTH JERSEY GROUP 2 FINAL Middle Township 1, West Deptford 0: Middle Township's Tanner Kerr (13 saves) and West Deptford's Perry Corsetti (four saves) put up dueling shutouts through two overtimes, but Kerr made one extra save during penalty kicks, in which the visiting Panthers triumphed, 6-5. Scott Kurkowski and Noah Granigan each converted two PKs for Middle Township. Granigan's second kick, which came during the eighth round of tries, clinched Middle's first sectional title since 2008.
November 17, 2013 |
There were no underdog speeches from Haddonfield football coach Frank DeLano. And maybe that helps explain how his underdog team didn't play like one. In what some would consider a first-round South Jersey Group 2 stunner, fifth seed Haddonfield beat No. 4 West Deptford, 21-9, Friday night. West Deptford (8-1) is the two-time defending sectional champion and took a 29-game win streak into this home game, so a lot of teams have been underdogs against the Eagles. It's just that Haddonfield (7-2)
November 16, 2013 |
A fortuitous bounce right before halftime blossomed into a championship for the West Deptford girls' soccer team. Tina Furfari scored as time expired in the half to help propel the Eagles to the South Jersey Group 2 title with a 3-0 win Thursday afternoon over host Haddonfield. Furfari was credited with the goal after a few deflections in front of the Haddonfield net. Tina Dougherty doubled West Deptford's lead midway through the second half when she scored off an assist from Sam Budd.
November 14, 2013 |
The top-seeded Eastern field hockey team won its 15th consecutive sectional title Tuesday afternoon, but for Austyn Cuneo, it has been a season unlike any other. The junior scored six goals to lead the Vikings past visiting sixth-seeded Washington Township, 11-0, in the South Jersey Group 4 final. Cuneo's last score was her 83d of the year and set the national single-season goals record. Tracey Fuchs of Centereach High School on Long Island - and recently named Big Ten Coach of the Year at Northwestern - had held the record with her 82-goal senior campaign in 1983.
November 12, 2013 |
Here's a primer on the state football playoffs, which begin this weekend: South Jersey Group 5 Field: 1. Eastern. 2. Cherokee. 3. Jackson. 4. Millville. 5. Williamstown. 6. Rancocas Valley. 7. Washington Twp. 8. Atlantic City. Defending champion: Williamstown. Dark horse: Millville. The Thunderbolts have explosive speed in juniors Ryquell Armstead and Rob Ennis, and a top lineman in Penn State recruit Antoine White. Their only two losses were to Holy Spirit and St. Joseph, the Nos. 1 and 2 teams in The Inquirer Top 25. Player to watch: Eastern senior quarterback Tom Flacco.