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by Editorial Staff--Suburban Family Magazine

Hollydell Hurricanes (pictured)
Washington Township
The Hollydell Hurricanes Pee Wee AA Division ice hockey team returned home from the Washington, D.C., Congressional Cup last month with the championship title after a close 3-2 battle with the Hockey Club of Dallas. It was an especially sweet victory considering they had lost to the Texas team earlier in the tournament. The championship cup also included a 5-2 win against rival Team Comcast.

Lenape Bowling Team
Mount Laurel
The Lenape boys bowling team, made up of Adam Wright, Mike Uhl, D.J. Matlack, Dom Greisamer, Dean Klimek, Matt Frei-Funk and sole senior Tim Welte, was named the 2014 Olympic Conference American Division champs after wrapping up an undefeated 16-0 season. The team, which went to states last year, just missed qualifying this time around, placing fourth in Group IV.

Shawnee Girls Basketball Team
Shawnee’s girls basketball team claimed their first South Jersey Group IV championship win since 1999 in a 57-37 win over rival Lenape, thanks largely to junior guard/forward Nikola Williams exploding in the second half with 20 of her game-high 22 points, followed closely by Olivia Askin with 14. The Renegades went on to reach the state final before losing to Paterson Eastside and finishing with a 26-5 record.

Cherry Hill East Chess Team
Cherry Hill
The Cherry Hill East High School chess team took first place in the South Jersey Chess League Championship competition held in February. Maryia Oreshko, Ed Shu, Max DuBoff, Yoni Weiss, and Eric Babitz, coached by Gregory Rouen, beat out 16 other high school chess teams to win the championship.

Storm Lords and Titans Robotics Teams
The Storm Lords and Titans, part of the Moorestown FIRST Robotics Club, received multiple awards recently. Storm Lords, consisting of Reed Barmada, Chris Mueller, Lucas Megill, Stevie Plant, Connor Megill, Christian Tsai, Vinay Panayanchery and Naveen Shah, won a first-place award in the Strategy and Innovation category at the local FIRST Lego League Qualifying Tournament. The Titans, consisting of Vaughn Cultrara, Ajay Shah, Zoe Cultrara, Emmaline Kenny, Karenna Marmada, Emily Tsai, Sundari Parise and Abby Wilson, won first place for Mechanical Design. At the followup Champions Tournament, the Titans also received an award for exhibiting the most “Gracious Professionalism.”

Lenape Boys and Girls Track
Mount Laurel
The Lenape boys and girls indoor track teams both won their first sectional titles in school history. On the boys side, first-time winter runner Joel Bartow won the 400 meter dash and placed 3rd in the 55 meter dash, while the 4x400 meter team also came in first with Bartow, Jermaine Owens, Austin Simms, and Tom Daub. For the girls, Carly Pettipaw defended her 400 meter title, while the 4x400 relay team of Ariel Mitchell, Sam Maynes, Shannon Storms and Pettipaw came in first.

Voorhees 6th Grade Girls Basketball
The Voorhees 6 girls basketball team came in first in the ICBL Junior Division I championship after a 30-15 win over Marlton held at Eastern High School. In all, the girls finished with a near perfect 15-1 record, scoring 687 points while only having 300 scored against them.

Cherry Hill East Boys Basketball
Cherry Hill
The Cougars celebrated their version of March Madness as they won the first boys basketball sectional title in school history with a 52-41 win over Cherokee for the South Jersey Group IV championship. Junior Jake Silpe led all scorers with 23 points, while seniors Austin Wetzler and Phil Cunha each added 11. East finished the season with a 23-8 record after falling in the state semifinals.

Shawnee Girls Relay Team
The Shawnee High School track team recently won the New Jersey State Relay Championship in the 4x800 meter relay. Team members Kara Bonner, Nina Bendixen, Shannon Stang and Julia DeSpirito also broke their school’s record with the relay time of 9:31:92.

Haddonfield Youth Wrestling
The Tot, Bantam, Midget and Junior teams of Haddonfield Youth Wrestling had a strong showing at the 2014 WestSide “Ruff Necks” Youth Tournament. In all, 15 wrestlers placed, including first-place finishes by Will Bayer in the 70A weight class and Nicholas DiNoia in the 127-pound weight class.

8A Lady Chiefs
The Marlton Recreation Council’s 8A Lady Chiefs travel basketball team, coached by Bill Cummiskey, captured the ICBL Senior Division I crown last month in thrilling fashion when they topped Rancocas 35-26. The girls capped an impressive season in which they went undefeated, including all tournaments.

Voorhees Middle School Wrestling Team
The Voorhees wrestlers enjoyed a dominant season in the South Jersey Middle School Wrestling League, posting a perfect 12-0 record during the regular season and finishing in first place in the Patriot Division. They went on to beat Cinnaminson in the first round of the playoffs before dropping a close match to Collingswood in the league semifinals, 40-36. They bounced back from that loss, however, and ended the season with a victory over Delran in the consolation final.

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 5, Issue 1 (March, 2014).
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