Archive: November, 2009
In Southeastern Pennsylvania (or South Jersey), should state soccer championships end with co-champions or be determined by penalty kicks?
A. Cochampions are fine. Both teams deserve the title after a tie -- 26.7 percent
B. Penalty kicks should determine the winner in case of a tie. High school players can handle the pressure. -- 73.3 percent
Which South Jersey boys' soccer team should have ended as No. 1 in The Inquirer top 10? Rancocas Valley, which did, or No. 2 Delran.
The best teams in South Jersey, regardless of sport:
1. Eastern field hockey (26-2): Veteran Shore Regional coach Nancy Williams said this was the best team in Danyle Heilig's 11 seasons at Eastern. That's like trying to compare Beatles' albums. Rubber Soul? Revolver? Sgt. Pepper's? With seven fully-focused seniors, these Vikings rolled through the post-season and won the program's 11th consecutive Group 4 state title and third Tournament of Champions title in the four years of the event.
2. Haddonfield girls' tennis (32-0): With everybody back, the Bulldogs conceivably could be even better next season. But if you look at what Jeff Holman's team did this season, especially in the Tournament of Champions, you wonder if that's even possible.
I couldn't call Saturday's annual football game between Hammonton and St. Joseph's a Thanksgiving day rivalry, so I asked coaches and another sportswriter how to refer to it.
We agreed to call it the "annual holiday weekend game."
However, St. Joseph's long-time stat man, Mike Ford, gave me the game's AKA. It's called the Pasta Bowl.
By Rick O'Brien
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With Jamal Abdur-Rahman contributing in just about every way possible, La Salle turned the tables on George Washington and claimed the PIAA District 12 Class AAAA championship with a 31-20 victory today at Northeast High's Charlie Martin Memorial Stadium.
Abdur-Rahman, a junior, intercepted two passes at cornerback and returned a second-quarter fumble 36 yards for a touchdowwn. On offense, the tailback caught a 44-yard TD pass from Drew Loughery on the final play of the third quarter to increase La Salle's lead to 31-20. He carried 15 times for 42 yards.
Paulsboro overcame an early 14-0 deficit to beat West Deptford. Paulsboro is now 10-1 and West Deptford finished its season 9-2.
Kevin Johnson threw three TD passes for Paulsboro.
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