Football: WJFL finalizes re-alignment

By Phil Anastasia

As expected, the WJFL denied an appeal by Cherry Hill East and formally announced Thursday that it would re-align its divisions for the 2014 season.

The details of the re-alignment were reported by The Inquirer in December.

At the time, WJFL president Bud Kowal, the athletic director at Ewing, said that schools would have a week to appeal the new alignment.

Cherry Hill East appealed, hoping for relief in the form of removal from the American Divison, according to several sources.

Pennsauken also is believed to have appealed the alignment.

The WJFL has decided to stick with the alignment that was first reported in December, Kowal said on Thursday.

The new alignment has Shawnee moving up to the American Division, while Timber Creek, Delsea and newcomer Hammonton join the National Division.

Triton and Winslow move down from the National to the Constitution.

Camden Catholic moves from the Constitution to the Royal.

Lenape moves out of the American to the Colonial, where the Indians will be in a division with Rancocas Valley and four schools from Mercer County.

Also, Deptford and Highland switch places, with the Spartans moving to the Diamond and the Tartans to the Royal.

Kowal said that cross-over games likely will be announced in the next few weeks.

Here are the division alignments:

Freedom: Burlington City, Florence, Maple Shade, New Egypt, Palmyra, Riverside

Liberty: Bordentown, Cinnaminson, Delran, Holy Cross, Pemberton, Robbinsville

Patriot: Burlington Township, Ewing, Hopewell, Lawrence, Northern Burlington Willingboro

Valley: Hamilton West, Highstown, Princeton, Steinert, West Windsor North, West Windsor South

Colonial: Allentown, Lenape, Notre Dame, Nottingham, Rancocas Valley, Trenton

American: Cherokee, Cherry Hill East, Eastern, Shawnee, Washington Township, Williamstown

National: Clearview, Delsea, Hammonton, Kingsway, Pennsauken, Timber Creek

Constitution: Cherry Hill West, Moorestown, Paul VI, Seneca, Triton, Winslow

Royal: Bishop Eustace, Camden, Camden Catholic, Cumberland, Highland, Woodrow Wilson

Diamond: Deptford, Gloucester Catholic, Glassboro, Penns Grove, Schalick, Woodstown

Classic: Clayton, Pennsville, Gloucester, Pitman, Salem, Wildwood

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