December 21, 2014
BASKETBALL CAPE-ATLANTIC AMERICAN Holy Spirit 49, Millville 24: Audrey Wilson scored 12 points in Holy Spirit's win at home. Cass Gallagher netted eight points and had seven rebounds, five assists, and four steals. Freshman Francesca Geromini deposited eight points in her varsity debut. CAPE-ATLANTIC NATIONAL Lower Cape May 69, Oakcrest 37: Lauren Holden scored 20 of her 35 points in the first half for the host Tigers. Olivia Aires netted 20 points for Oakcrest. CAPE-ATLANTIC NATIONAL Ocean City 54, Our Lady of Mercy 13: Olivia Briggs netted 11 points to go along with six rebounds and five steals for the host Red Raiders.
December 19, 2014 |
Making the playoffs in 2013 for the first time in 31 years - that was step one for the Gateway wrestling team. Returning to the South Jersey Group 2 tournament and matching the school-record with 19 victories for the second season in a row in 2014 - that was step two. The Gators are no fluke. They are a deep, solid team, capable of competing with many of the top squads in South Jersey. They begin the 2014-15 season as a legitimate contender to capture the first sectional title in the history of the program.
December 17, 2014 |
Only one football team in South Jersey went 12-0 this season. Haddonfield turned the trick with a spectacular season that culminated with a 27-0 victory over archrival West Deptford in the South Jersey Group 2 championship game Dec. 7 at Rowan University. On Monday night, Haddonfield's Frank DeLano was named coach of the year by the Brooks-Irvine Memorial Football Club at the organization's 70th annual banquet at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Cherry Hill. DeLano has a 96-46 record in 13 seasons.
December 16, 2014 |
The continued growth of the no-huddle, spread offense could trigger another uptick in the passing game in South Jersey football next season. It looks like 2015 could be the Year of the Quarterback. Eight of the 12 most prolific area passers in 2014 are scheduled to return next season, and all eight of them are likely to operate in the no-huddle, spread offense. Among those will be Palmyra junior Max Smyth, who led South Jersey with 32 touchdown passes this past season and was second in yardage with 2,272 on 130 completions in 237 attempts.
December 15, 2014 |
There were no roaring crowds when the weight room opened at 6 a.m. on those cold winter mornings. There were no Friday night lights, no marching band, and no cheerleaders during film study on a typical day during a typical week of the football season. Mark Walker would pull into the parking lot at Haddonfield High School in the middle of January, long before the sun rose above the tall trees along Kings Highway. Walker would stay after practice at the end of October, watching one more display of an opponent's no-huddle spread offense.
December 9, 2014 |
There is something that is reassuring about having a veteran unit, and Haddonfield's football team has 16 of the 22 starting positions manned by seniors. Haddonfield's 27-0 win over West Deptford in Sunday's South Jersey Group 2 final at Rowan gave the appearance of a rout, but the Bulldogs were on their heels early in the game. The fact that the veterans didn't panic led to another season-ending celebration for the Bulldogs. West Deptford was going through Haddonfield's defense like no other team this season, other than West Deptford itself.
December 9, 2014 |
It was the near-perfect ending to the perfect season. With an airtight defense and a dominating ground game, Haddonfield rolled to 27-0 victory over archrival West Deptford in the South Jersey Group 2 championship game Sunday at Rowan University. "We left no doubt," said Haddonfield senior tight end/defensive end Ty Klaus, who made big plays on both sides of the football. Haddonfield stamped an exclamation point on the first 12-0 season in program history with a dazzling display on a bright, brisk afternoon at Richard Wackar Stadium.
December 8, 2014 |
Dick Eastwick remembers his twin brother helping him with the plays. Bob Eastwick remembers his twin brother helping him in other ways. "It would be hot at practice, say in September," Bob Eastwick recalled. "They didn't let you drink water back then. You would be feeling sorry for yourself and I'd see my brother looking at me like, 'What the hell is the matter with you?' " Bob Eastwick would tough it out, thanks to his brother, Dick, thanks to legendary Haddonfield coach Russ Spicer and his assistants, and thanks to the sense of responsibility and camaraderie that swirled around that special football team.
December 7, 2014 |
Sometime on Sunday afternoon, if things go right, Mike Alberto might let his emotions get the best of him. The Haddonfield senior has spent the football season on the tightrope - walking the thin line between playing the game with fire and keeping his cool. "I'm the quarterback. I know I have to stay poised," Alberto said on the brink of his last game for the Bulldogs. Alberto has led Haddonfield to an 11-0 record and a spot in the South Jersey Group 2 title game against archrival West Deptford at noon Sunday at Rowan University.
December 6, 2014 |
Paulsboro threw 53 passes last Friday night. "We used to throw 50 to 60 passes all year," Paulsboro coach Glenn Howard said. "Now, we throw that many in one game. It's crazy. " The Red Raiders' remarkable reliance on the passing game in a 36-33 overtime victory over rival West Deptford on a cold, damp night did more than underscore their complete commitment to the no-huddle, spread offense. It also served as a showcase for junior quarterback Carlton Aiken. "He's the real thing," West Deptford coach Clyde Folsom said.