The winter athletic season may only be a few weeks old, but several Haddonfield Memorial High School teams have already established themselves as a serious contender in both the Colonial Conference and Group 2. The boys’ basketball team has shown it can win high-scoring contests as well as defensive battles on its way to a 6-0 record, while both swim teams are also undefeated. The wrestling team is also off to a strong start in the conference, and several individuals have found success in tournament action.
The Bulldawgs have gotten off to a perfect start as they enter the New Year 6-0. Their most recent win was a 61-40 victory over Willingboro in a rematch of last year’s South Jersey Group 2 final. Billy Griffin and Nick Pepersia each netted 13 points while Jake Robinson and Chris Biddle had nine apiece the finals of the Board 34 Showcase. One day earlier, Haddonfield won a defensive battle against Archbishop Ryan, 39-32. Biddle led the way with 12 points.
Haddonfield returns to action Wednesday when it travels to face Haddon Heights at 7 p.m.
Haddonfield went toe-to-toe with Kingsway before falling 48-45 in double overtime. The Bulldawgs trailed 20-13 at halftime, but willed their way back in the game, sending it into overtime tied 33-33. Each team scored six points in the first overtime before the Dragons took the lead for good in the second OT session. Hayley Raymond led the Bulldawgs with 10 points. Haddonfield followed with losses to Eastern and Bishop Eustace.
The Bulldawgs will look to get back on track when they return to the conference schedule Thursday against Haddon Heights. Haddonfield hosts at 7 p.m.
The Bulldawgs opened the season with consecutive Colonial Conference victories before dropping three non-conference bouts just before Christmas. While the team stands at 2-3, several wrestlers having winning records thanks to holiday tournament action. Senior Christian Kreps is 8 2, with seven pins, wrestling at 106; sophomore Jake Klaus is 8-3, with seven pins, wrestling at 132; junior David Hessert is 6-5 at 138; sophomore Crawford Oswald is 7-4 at 145; freshman Frank Fortino is 8-5 at 170; and Henry Klaus is 5-1, with four pins, at 182.
Klaus also took third last week at a holiday tournament at Brick Memorial.
The Bulldawgs return to the mat on Friday when it has a local showdown with Haddon Township, at home at 6 p.m.
The girls swim team improved to 3-0 with a 108-62 win over previously undefeated Moorestown. The boys’ swim team has also found early success, improving to 3-0 with a 100-70 win over Lenape. The swim teams will hop back in the pool Saturday when the Bulldawgs take on Cherry Hill East at 10:15 a.m.