Cherokee High School
Today Randy Taylor returned my call questioning his ignoring South Jersey and Southeastern Pennsylvania football players in his list of top recruits in the nation.
Taylor, director of recruiting for the National Collegiate Scouting Association, listed scholastic athletes from Central PA to California in his top 150 recruits for the class of 2011. In doing so, the veteran recruiter ignored players such as St. Augustine kicker Chris Gough and Willingboro defensive back Matt Dash.
"When we do these lists it's important to know that it's just the top 150," Taylor said. "You can get that out of one state."
Willis Nicholson scored 25 points, shooting 13-for-14 from the foul line, as Cherokee beat Shabazz 53-52 tonight in the quarterfinals of the Tournament of Champions.
Christian Jordan added 13 points for Cherokee (24-6), the Group 4 state champion.
With the victory, fourth-seeded Cherokee advances to face top-seeded Camden Catholic Friday at 8 p.m. at Rutgers.
Willis Nicholson had nine points and Christian Jordan has eight as Cherokee has taken a 24-22 lead over Shabazz tonight at halftime of the Tournament of Champions quarterfinal at Toms River.
Cherokee also has gotten a good lift off the bench from senior forward Phil Henry.
Tonight's winner plays top-seeded Camden Catholic in the semifinals Friday night at Rutgers.
Balanced scoring and tough defense led Cherokee to the Group 4 state title today at Rutgers.
Christian Jordan scored 15, Willis Nicholson 12 and Wes Tisdale 10 as Cherokee won the first state title in program history with a 52-38 victory over Plainfield.
The Chiefs (22-6), which has won eight in a row, advanced to play in this week's Tournament of Champions.
gary milesTalk about big performances in big games, senior center Tiffany Turner posted a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds and played lock-down defense, helping to limit Penn Charter star Brianna Butler to seven points, in Cherokee's 53-40 victory in the opening round of the Eastern States Invitational Saturday at Trenton Catholic.
Genevieve Okoro collected 28 points, 12 rebounds and 6 blocks tonight to lead No. 1 Eastern to a 45-39 victory over No. 2 Cherokee in a girls' basketball game.
Eastern pulled away in the fourth quarter as the 6-1 Okoro scored nine of her points, grabbed five rebounds and blocked three shots.
"What can you say about her?" Eastern coach Joe Murphy said of Okoro. "I'm lucky to coach her."
Gen Okoro scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds as No. 1 Eastern took a 27-21 lead over No. 2 Cherokee at halftime of tonight's Olympic American girls' basketball clash.
Okoro, a 6-1 senior who has signed with Richmond, shot 4-for-7 from the field and 8-for-8 from the fourl line. She converted two conventional three-point plays.
Senioor Courtney Esudero kept Cherokee in the game. Escudero scored 11 points in the first half as the Chiefs' two Division I players, Monica Roeder and Tiffany Turner, combined for just six points.
Eastern field hockey won the Tournament of Champions in its sport.
So did Haddonfield girls’ tennis.
Lenape girls’ soccer won the Group 4 state title and was named the No. 1 team in the state – for the third year in a row.
Cherokee scored on a first play of the second quarter on a 10-yard pass from Andy Martini to Drake Rodgers. That capped a 7-play 34-yard drive.
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