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lV (tilabdpte Inquirer J 4-DJ Wednesday, Nov. ;2l, 1984 f By DON McKEE H. 11 V j u A testimony to resiliency After Northern Burlington County High blew out Bordentown, 48-14, on Saturday, football coach Charlie Pir-rello held his usual postgame talk with, his players. A handful of underclassmen, wondering if Pirrello might be leaving Northern Burlington after a tumultuous season, asked the question straight out. "Coach," one said, "are you going to be in the weight room Monday?" "Yes," said Pirrello. And he was. Pirrello deserves an award for grace under pressure. His reaction to the season was classic. "Now that it's over," Pirrello said, "I kind of enjoyed it."1 ; t; Pirrello's prdblems began on SepK 18, four days before the Greyhounds' opener. He was in a class when he received a note saving that two of his best players were ineligible under the new NJSIAA academic require-. ments. '1V- - ! "''''ry "The kids and the coaches were completely unaware that this was taking place," he said. "It hit us on Tuesday. But because both of the starters went both ways, it really took but the starting fullback, the starting tailback, a starting linebacker and the starting cornerback." A quick start The Greyhounds responded by getting off to a 2-1 start that included a 3-0 upset of the Burlco Freedom preseason favorite, Palmyra. Then came Riverside The background to the Riverside game requires a legal degree. Briefly, several Northern Burlco students joined in a suit challenging the NJSlAA requirement on the ground of insufficient notice. On. Oct. 5, Administrative , Law 'udge' August E. Thomas '. struck down the NJSIAA requirement,, mak ing ,jhe playejs eligible for, games of, Oct,l13, The'4ecisioa .was appealed la, state Education Commissioner 'Saut H. Cooperman, who reversed Thomas on Oct. 15. The ineligible players were on the field Oc., 13 for Northern's 33-2 rou of Riverside, on Nov. 5, injmaa exec utive secretary Robert Kanaby ruled that the players had been eligible for that game and that Northern could keep the victory. Northern played its way to a 6-1-1 record through eight games and an apparent place in the Group 2 playoffs. Already, newspapers were calling Pirrello the coach of the year. Out of the playoffs But on Nov. 12, the NJSIAA execu tive board overruled Kanaby's dec! sion by a 27-0 vote and threw Northern out of the playoffs. "I think the season prepared us to deal with disappointment," Pirrello said. "To be honest, I knew it was possible that would happen. We just tried to prepare mentally by not hav ing great expectations, we knew we had earned it a playoff spot, but that it might be taken away, so we were prepared. ' , '. ' i "If anyone handled it well, it was tbel 'athletes; better even than the coaches. Even, after the playoffs were taken away1, they came back and we practiced that week with enthusiasm and with fire. . . . The Greyhounds reponded last weekend with the defeat of Borden town. Their record on the field was, 7-1-1, and only eight schools in 5outh Jersey had better marks. "Sports is a learning experience," Pirrello said. "If I were to tell you we had a learning experience, I'd be understating the facts immensely! we learned teamwork and that some how, some way, in the end the team will survive. And the team's more important than anything." Philosophy pays off The season also is a testimony to Charlie Pirrello s coaching. , ;"We were lucky," he said. o'IWe were in a situation where we had depth. Our philosophy is to work Jvith every kid who comes on the field,' Fortunately, we didn't spend all our time with . pur starters. At a' clinic I heard then-Pitt coach! Jackie Sherrill say you should always be prepared to play without your best player. ' - "That really made an impression on me. So much so that, at least once a week, well take a starter out and practice without him. , So we were able to adjust to losing the' starters. At .one point this season, counting the ineligible Kids, we had lost eight starters." .. ', ' , , . ;, But Pirrello persevered. 1 ' "The bottom line is, you're "in coaching because you love what you're doing," he said, "And they're playing because they love what they're doing. At. Northern, we spend a lot , of time preparing for our Seasons. When you've invested .'that much, there's no way you're going to surrender what you've done, or give up the chance to play. ' "It would take a heck of a lot more than what happened to make us 5quit.,: Clayton s By Sam Carchidi . ; 1 ? ', ; .;:;' . inquirer Suit Wrtwr t . , .- V;,-;: ; . If Clayton High defeats host Pit- man tomorrow, it will give the school its first winning football season since 1959. - - If it loses, it will finish with its third winless season in the last four years, The teams will meet at 10:30 a.m. in a nonleagua game that will renew a . Gloucester County rivalry that started in 1925 and ended last year. Clayton .dropped its 'program midway through last season because of a shortage of players. i:- V Pitman s varsity will take an o-8 record into the game. It will face Clayton's JV team, which has a 2-5-1 Shawnee : 2-1. loses in 2d OT Hani Henein's goal with 15 seconds left in the second overtime period - lifted East Brunswick High to a 2-t comeback victory over ; Shawnee inf an NJSIAA Group 4 state soccer semifinal at Burlington County College yesterday. : Shawnee (20-5-2), No. 2 in The Inquirer's South Jersey ratings, took a 1-0 lead into the final seconds of regulation and appeared destined to make its first appearance in a state soccer final. Then disaster struck. Twice, i With 15 seconds left in regulation, New Brunswick's Ben Let-son pivoted and drilled a 12-yard shot past goalie Ed Kent. "They only had two shots in the last quarter and the last one went in," said Shawnee coach Brian Gibney. Added Gibney: "We had four players on him, but he still got the shot off. It was a 'Hail Mary' shot." J. " r '' S v ;-As the secohdi' ticked away in the second overtime period, the two teams appeared headed for a penalty-kick shootout. But Let-son, motoring down the left side," crossed a centerin6.p.ass,.,to Hen-, ein, whose low1, W-yard shot e'lud-1 Mi Kent v,v, r -.iv '' "It's a shame to end the season like this," said Gibney, "especially when we had the game Good feeling is true for Moorestown's Lewis When she got her field hockey team together this fall for the first practice of the season, Moorestown High coach Joan Lewis had a very good feeling about what it could accomplish. "They said the state championship was their goal, and I thought we had the talent, but it was just a question of how bad they wanted it," Lewis said. '-,." Now, three months later, that question has been answered. The Quakers (23-i) finished not only as the No. 1 team in The Inquirer's South Jersey ratings but as the top Group 2 team in the state. , -. . South Jersey scoreboard Scholastic results Boys' soccer NJSIAA TOURNAMENT Stat Group 3 Mmrfinal Steinert 3, West Daptford 2 Stat Group 4 aemtfinal East Brunswick 2, Shawnee 1 Scholastic schedules TODAY Football BURLCO LIBERTY LEAGUE Kennedy at Willmgboro, 8:30 p.m. TOMORROW Football BURLCO LIBERTY LEAGUE Cinnaminson at Holy Cross, 10:30 Lenape at Shawn, 11 BURLCO FREEDOM LEAGUE Burlington at Palmyra, noon Delran at Moorestown, 1 1 Florence at Riverside, 11 COLONIAL CONFERENCE Heddon Township at Audubon, 11 Sterling at Collingswood, 11 Gateway at Woodbury, 12 Hsddon Heights at Haddonfield, 12 Peulsborb at WesrDeptford, 10:30 OLYMPIC AMERICAN CONFERENCE Cherry H. West at Cherry H. East, 1 1 OLYMPIC NATIONAL CONFERENCE Eastern at Overbrook, 10:30 ' TRI-COUNTY ROYAL CONFERENCE Woodstown at Salem, 10:30 CAPE-ATLANTIC LEAGUE I Atlantic City at Holy Spirit, 10 Bridgeton at Cumberland, 11 Egg Harbor at' Mainland, 10 1 ' Millvill at Vineland, 10:30 CAPE-ATLANTIC LEAGUE II Absegami at Oak crest, 10 , St. Joseph's at Hammonton, 10:30 NONLEAGUE i Woodrow Wilson at Camden. 11 . Gloucester Catholic at Edgewood, 10:30 Highland at Triton,: 10:30 ' Camden Catholic at Paul VI, 10:30 , Bishop Eustace at Pennsauken, 11 Deptford at Washington Township, 10:30 Glassboro at Clearview, 10 Delsea at Gloucester, 10:30 Penns Grove at Kingsway, 10:30 St. James at Pennsvills. 10' 30 Schalick at Williamstown, 10:30 . . Clayton at Pitman, 10:30 ." Ocean City at Pleasantville, 10 season is record. If Clayton wins, it will finish with a 1-0 varsity record. Joe Lang, the Pitman athletic director, said the contest would not count toward the standings of the Tri-County Conference Classic Division. ... ... "They Claytonl didn't play other league teams this year, so it will only count in the overall records," he saioV'But if Clayton wins, they'll be undefeated . . . just like Brigham Young." On Nov. 5, the Tri-County Conference athletic directors, by a 9-5 vote, turned down Clayton's request to play the game. Last week, however, they reversed the decision, 11-3. "The league wanted to get Glass- Shawnee goalkeeper Ed Kent wrapped ftp."i .,;,U.5.L ShaWnee had taken a 1-0 lead when Eric Frary, after taking a pass from Scott Morgan, deposited his 17th goal of the season with 5 minutes, 41 seconds left in the1 first 'quarter .f 'ii rstcour shooting," said Gibney, . -fAs the game, went 'on, 'I felt -r; "just killed us. We were horren-confident that that goal would . dous shooting wide, shooting hold up, because they East high. . . . When you take 26 shots Brunswick showed nothing to and the goalie only has to make the net," said Gibney. nine saves . . . well, you just have Coach of the week The Quakers edged, 1-0, previously undefeated Newton (21-1) in the state Group 2 title game Saturday. It was the third state crown in six years at Moorestown for Lewis. For guiding her team to victory in the title game at Rutgers, Lewis has been selected The Inquirer's South Jersey Coach of the Week. "They were really up for the game," Lewis said. "It hit them when they arrived at school to travel to the game. They were ready to play. They SATURDAY Football BURLCO LIBERTY LEAGUE Pemberton at Cherokee, 1:30 BURLCO FREEDOM LEAGUE Maple Shade at Burlington Township, 11 Announcements Baseball Dick Eastwick, who guided Haddonfield to the Colonial Conference and Diamond Classic baseball titles last spring, has resigned from his coaching position, according to Haddonfield athletic director Joe Foulk. Eastwick, a Haddonfield assistant for 12 season before taking over the head coaching spot last year, directed the Bulldogs to a 20-5 record and the No. 3 position in The Inquirer's South Jersey ratings. Eastwick, whose brother Rawly pitched for the . Phillies in 1978 and 1979, "stepped down to accept a job as dean of students at the Haddon-; field Middle School," Foulk said. "He felt the new ' job would require a lot more of his time." Foulk said a new coach probably would be named in January. Boys' basketball Gary Wilson has been named varsity boys' basketball coach at Haddon Township, replacing Joe Koch. Wilson was the Haddonfield junior varsity coach the last two seasons. Honors Football OLYMPIC AMERICAN ALL-STARS Offense C Nick DiMario, Cherry Hill East OG Jon Toth, Pennsauken , OG Vinca Nocella, Paul VI OT Ed Foley, Cherry Hill East OT Mark Lilley, Pennsauken OE David Griggs, Pennsauken OE Brad Hawkins, Camden QB Craig Beauregard, Washington Twp. OB Jason Hicks. Pennsauken RB Dean Smith, Cherry Hill West RB Tim Loper, Pennsauken RB Eric Hill, Edgewood K Mike Lamb, Highland Defense DE Billy Atkins, Cherry HiM West DE Greg Mark, Pennsauken DL Mike Waltl. Paul VI DL Dave Duffy, Cherry Hill West DL Mark Hawkins, Pennsauken , DL Marc Wilson, Camden 1 LB Mark Selverian, Pennsauken all on the line tomorrow boro in the South Jersey Group 1 playoffs and was trying to get forfeits for the games Clayton didn't play in the conference," Lang said, "and that's why they voted against the game." The NJSIAA subsequently turned down the forfeit request. But Glass-boro, because of a hastily scheduled game in which it defeated Cedar Grove, qualified for the playoffs without the forfeit. Clayton coach Willard Bryant said his team was excited about playing a varsity game. "They didn't care who they played. They just wanted to play on Thanksgiving," he said. Added Bryant: "They think they can win, but I don't know, because (left) and East Brunswick's Rob 1. Shawnee outshot the Central Jersey champions (19-2), 26-15, (.but the Renegades forced Vin, Wash to make only nine saves; Kent, the Shawnee goalie, made eight saves.. had the desire, and they wanted it." It was a goal by Beth Begos, with 9 minutes left, that gave the Quakers the championship. After that goal, the defense did the job. "We hoped to score more, but I thought that Begos' goal might be the winning goal," Lewis said. "Defensively, I thought we could hold them off. I think our defense was underrated all season." Lewis remembers only one shaky stretch of the season for her team on what was an otherwise smooth road to the championship. "We hit a slump in midseason, but we played very well against Bordeii- LB Ahmed Fowler, Camden LB Gary O'Brien, Paul VI DB Steve Praino, Cherry Hill East DB Richard Cream, Pennsauken DB Chris Chambers, Edgewood 1 DB Lance Oberparleiter, Washington Twp. OLYMPIC NATIONAL ALL-STARS Offense C Brian Keys, Eastern OT Rich Fleece, Triton OT Steve Straus, Deptford OG Eric Schantz, Bishop Eustace OG Keith Pote, Deptford OE Henry Tuten, Woodrow Wilson OE Anthony Marcella, Gloucester Cath. OB Eddie Johnson, Overbrook RB Dino Johnson, Woodrow Wilson RB Skip Papala, Eastern RB Mark Willingham, Deptford RB Zack Dumas, Deptford Defense DE Vince DiGiacomo, Bishop Eustace DE Scott Scelso, Eastern DL Sheldon Perry, Woodrow Wilson DL Joe Romano, Triton , DL Bill Storms, Bishop Eustace DL Alax Gioia, Deptford LB Dom Staiano, Gloucester Cath. LB Mike lezzi. Camden Catholic LB Dean Bakas, Bishop Eustace LB Chris Grabbe, Deptford DB Michael Hadley, Woodrow Wilson DB Jeff Belz, Camden Catholic DB Bill Austin, Deptford Boys' soccer OLYMPIC AMERICAN ALL-STARS Offense Todd Barrett, Cherry Hill East Glenn Gess, Paul VI Chrii Sharkey, Pennsauken Mike Weis, Washington Township Mark Masiowski, Paul VI Defense Gary Bagin, Washington Township Doug Perham, Cherry Hill East Mike Nori, Paul VI 1 Greg Toci, Cherry Hill West Chuck Durr, Cherry Hill East John Blessinger, Cherry Hill West Goalie Jon Foster, Cherry Hill East OLYMPIC NATIONAL ALL-STARS Offana Steve Bombaro, Eastern Dave Watkins, Overbrook Lou Holder, Camden Catholic Skip Sindoni, Eastern ' Steve DeVito, Gloucester Catholic Defense Mike Wheeler, Overbrook Jack Stewart, Eastern Mark Kelly, Eastern Brian Sheehan, Triton Lance Lenny, Camden Catholic 1.1.."' 1ft; ri - this will be our first varsity test. If we play the way we're capable of playing, I think we can win. But Pitman has a year of varsity experience, and that has to help them. "It would take our best game of the year to beat them." Halfback-cornerback Donavan Rhodes (5-10, 175) and fullback-linebacker Donald Lindsey (5-10, 185), both sophomores, and junior quarterback-defensive end Nick Rael (6-1, 180) are Clayton's cornerstones. "People say Pitman has a young team they have only three seniors that start but we don't have any varsity experience," Bryant said. "I have one senior and a nucleus of sophomores. I even have some fresh- Special to The Inquirer DAVID JACKSON Sorrentino go for the ball to get more than one out of every ; three shots on net. We just don't; - . ..have a legitimate scorer"? :v.ss. Shawnee, which won the Burlington County League Liberty Division and South Jersey Group , 4 championships this seasbn.TsO-.'J 4 in its appearances in state semi- finals. East Brunswick will play unbeaten Kearny in Friday's championship game at Rutgers. town, and from there we started playing more consistently," Lewis said. "We started getting the ball to our forwards." There is no secret or mystery to Lewis' coaching style. She asks her teams to execute fundamentals. "We stress a lot of conditioning, and we work on our skills," she said. "1 like them to get out there in practice and give 100 percent. That carries over to the game. This team was very highly skilled and well-balanced. We didn't have one or two standouts. Everybody was a standout in my book." Kevin Tatum Compiled by Doug Hsdden Goalie Mike Cain, Eastern Field hockey OLYMPIC AMERICAN ALL-STARS Offense Dayna Shomer, Cherry Hill West Cheryl Rudio, Highland Sopha So, Pennsauken Sharon Ross, Washington Township Colleen Souder, Washington Township Defense Sandi Brown, Cherry Hill East Juliann LaMarra, Cherry Hill West Donna Oren, Edgewood Kim Lopacinski, Pennsauken Karen Healey, Washington Township Goalie Vicky Wu, Cherry Hill West Girls' tennis OLYMPIC AMERICAN ALL-STARS Singles Patricia Udicious, Cherry Hill East Deborah Spivak, Cherry Hill East Mary Jo Alvaro, Washington Township Liz Tursi, Cherry Hill West Double Eileen Albaugh and Marlene Albaugh, C.H. East Lisa Barbarito and Jill Goldhard, C.H. Eaat OLYMPIC NATIONAL ALL-STARS Single Lee Rezza, Eastern Brand Maes. Eastern Randi Lempert. Eastern Lorraine Skroski, Overbrook Doubles Sue Stecki and Kelly Merryfield, Eastern Linda Misinkavitch and Tsrri Lavin, Eastern Cross-country OLYMPIC AMERICAN ALL-STARS Boy Kevin Pumphrey, Highland Ron Faith, Paul VI Chri Hageman, Paul VI Greorge Steinhoff, Paul VI Tom Metzger, Paul VI John Wolfram, Paul VI Paul Borgese, Cherry Hill East Girls Jackie McMillan, Paul VI Danielle McManus, Paul VI Kathy McCarthy. Cherry Hill East Jean Ruftm, Pennsauken Nancy Knoll, Paul VI Missy McNally, Paul VI Stacey Smith, Paul VI More high school news on Page 8-D. men." Clayton had 28 players on its JV this season and 22 on its freshman squad. By comparison, 32 students were involved in the school's entire football program last year and the number diminished to 16 during the season. Spurred by this year's increased interest, the Clayton Board of Education last week approved the Clippers for varsity status next season, said Bryant. Since Joe Martin coached Clayton to a 6-2-1 record and the Tri-County title in 1959, the Clippers have not put together a winning season, compiling a combined 33-1754 mark. Steinert gains final in soccer West Deptford eliminated, 3-2 By Marc Narducci Special to The Inquirer Shawnee's soccer field has not been an ally this year to the West Deptford Eagles. Yesterday, the Eagles, No. 1 in The Inquirer's Top 10 ranking, lost their second game of the year at Shawnee, and their third game of the season, in a 3-2 decision to Steinert in a Group 3 state semifinal game. West Deptford lost, 4-3, to No. 2 Shawnee earlier this year, but the credit for yesterday's win must go to Steinert. The Central Jersey champion outshot West Deptford, 244, and controlled the play most of the way. Steinert (21-2-1) advances to Friday's state championship game at Rutgers against Indian Hills. "I felt we dominated the game," said Steinert coach Paul Tessein, "but the score didn't appear that way. We had outstanding scoring opportunities, but couldn't hit the net. Credit them, they kept plugging away."r: u .. ".. ' Unabte to shoot .: West Deptford (23-3) failed to get off a shot in the first quarter, and ,. was fortunate to finish the period S trailing, 1-0, to a Steinert team that ...was demonstrating an excellent short-passing game. Steinert took a 2-1 lead with 3 minutes, 55 seconds left in the quarter when Jerry Chmiewleski took a Ken Durfee pass and blasted a 7-yard shot past West Deptford sophomore goalie Keith Turner, who recorded eight saves. West Deptford was still being dominated in the second quarter, until Todd Helwig fed Steve Rammel, who surprised Steinert goalie Chip Hector, scoring on a 35-yard blast of a bouncing ball with 16:05 left in the half. The shot was West Deptford's first of the game. Hector, who entered the contest with 15 shutouts, was so stunned by the shot that he stood motionless as the ball went over his head and into the goal. Expected surprise "I knew I was going to get the keeper by surprise because he was so far out," said Rammel, who ended his spectacular season with 26 goals. Steinert, who last won the state title in 1977, came back to score two goals within 3 minutes to take a 3-1 lead. With 10 minutes left in the quarter, the Spartans' big gun Dan Donigan scored on a rebound out front for his 34th goal of the season. The goal only helped confirm that the hustling Donigan was clearly the best player on the field. With 7:56 remaining in the half, Craig Klein gave Steinert a 3-1 lead with another short shot after receiving a feed from Donigan. NonstarterS Klein and Chmiewleski demonstrated Steinert's depth by providing two goals off the bench. Scored on 2d shot Midway through the third quarter, West Deptford scored on its second shot of the game when Todd Helwig took a Jim Geary throw-in, beat one defender and fired a low 10-yard liner into the far corner for his 18th goal of the season. Near the end of the third quarter, Helwig missed on another low shot, from 18 yards out, for West Deptford's final serious scoring threat of the game. Although Steinert was scoreless the second half, the Spartans, whose only two losses have come to Parochial A state champion Notre Dame, continued to apply pressure over the final two quarters. "This was the most offensive pressure we've faced all year," said West Deptford's first-year head coach' Herb Moyer. "Everybody should keep their' heads up," said Rammel, who's only a junior. "There's no reason for any of us to keep our heads down. We've nan an excellent season, we went undefeated in the (Colonial confer-' ence and won the Coaches Tournament." . , "We should be better next year,". Moyer said. As to who is No.l in South Jersey, Moyer was even more emphatic. "I can't see us anywhere else but No. 1."

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