Tom McGurk Cherry Hill Courier-Post Published 1:27 PM EST Feb 15, 2019 TJ Franden has narrowed his biggest dreams down to one simple plan: “Win your next match, that’s all that matters,” the senior 195-pounder said. Wrestlers across the Garden State will begin their quests for the ultimate prize – a state title – when the NJSIAA individual tournament begins Saturday with 32 district competitions throughout the state. Like many seniors, Franden embarks on the final tournament of his wrestling career, ready to make the most of this last opportunity to reach Atlantic City, site of the state finals, and step onto the podium. “I’m definitely ready,” said Franden, who will study business management and play football at Wagner College in Staten Island, New York. “I’ve put the work in. I know what moves I can hit. I’m ready to go.” More: H.S. wrestling; Paul Morina's 700th career win brings another state title for … [Read more...] about H.S. wrestling; Eastern’s Franden ready to begin three-week journey
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Tom McGurk Cherry Hill Courier-Post Published 12:56 PM EST Jan 24, 2019 HADDON TWP. – Chad Ball has had his arm raised plenty of times over his four years with the Haddon Township High School wrestling team. However, this time was different. The senior 145-pounder bumped up a weight class and delivered a one-point victory to help spark one of the biggest wins for the Hawks in recent years, shocking then-No. 7 ranked Haddonfield 35-30 last Friday before a capacity crowd at the Kings Highway campus. More: H.S. wrestling: Rancocas Valley pulls off wild comeback to beat rival More: H.S. wrestling: Revano packs a punch in return, Irish knock out Jackson More: H.S. wrestling: Collingswood's Clark continues to make a name for himself It was the program’s first win over their next-door neighbor since 2013 and just second in the last two decades. “The atmosphere was great, it was a huge match and I loved it,” said Ball, who is 18-4 this season. “It’s … [Read more...] about H.S. wrestling: Ball has developed into consistent winner for Haddon Twp.
Tom McGurk Cherry Hill Courier-Post Published 1:56 PM EST Jan 11, 2019 GLOUCESTER TWP. – Don’t let the lack of a smile fool you – Jon Prendergast is having fun. After only two scholastic bouts in his first two seasons, the junior 113-pounder on the Highland Regional High School wrestling team is back on the mat and has quickly regained the successful form he built in the midgets. Prendergast has rattled off 11 wins in his first 12 varsity bouts, including six by fall, this winter. The fast start has earned him a No. 7 ranking in his weight class by The Mat Pack. It's just tough to tell if Prendergast has enjoyed his fast start. The junior shows very little emotion, hardly cracking even the slimmest of grins after wins. It's a trait that has earned him the nickname "Angry Jon" from assistant coach Chalie Huff. That's all part of the plan though. “I like to keep my head on straight, keep myself level,” said Prendergast, who earned … [Read more...] about H.S. wrestling: Highland’s Prendergast enjoys fast start after long layoff
ERIC GOLDSTEIN Special to the Courier-Post Published 12:49 PM EST Dec 12, 2018 Nydasia Henley, Burlington City: The junior is one of the top returning scorers in the state after posting 24 points a game last season. Maddie McCracken, Wildwood: The three-sport standout nearly averaged a double-double last year as a junior and was one of the top scorers in South Jersey at 23.4 points per game. More: H.S. girls' basketball: Teams to watch in 2018-19 Kylee Watson, Mainland: The junior, listed at 6-foot-3, is an imposing player in the post on offense and owns the glass at the both ends of the floor. Azana Baines, Gloucester Catholic: The 6-1, Duke-bound senior scored 20 or more points 12 times, including a career-high 30 against Clearview, last season. Emily Johns, Washington Twp.: A starter in each of her first two years, the junior finished with a 14 points per game average and heads a talented crop of underclassmen for the ‘Maids. Ava Therien, … [Read more...] about H.S. girls’ basketball: Players to watch in 2018-19
Philip DeVencentis NorthJersey Published 8:52 p.m. UTC Jul 2, 2018 HALEDON — Hundreds of solar panels have been mounted to the roof of Manchester Regional High School – right next to the swimming pool. The notion of an actual pool on the roof is a running gag at Manchester, something upperclassmen have imparted to gullible freshmen for decades, alumni say. However, savings being achieved through the high school's solar project is no joke. The high school, serving students from Haledon, North Haledon and Prospect Park, will save $530,000 in energy expenses over its 15-year pact with Suffern, New York-based HESP Solar, officials say. The firm's portfolio includes projects at schools in Barnegat and Tenafly, and six Macy's stores throughout the state. "We're doing all of this with no cost to taxpayers," said schools superintendent Miguel Hernández. The schools chief said the project also should prolong the lifespan of the … [Read more...] about Manchester Regional H.S. roof-top pool was a joke, but the 1,121 solar panels are not