In a week that featured matchups against neighboring towns, the basketball programs at Haddonfield Memorial High School produced some of its finest efforts of the season last week. Meanwhile, the boys’ swimming team remained perfect and the wrestling squad took on some top competition.
On the road against one of its biggest rivals, the Haddonfield boys’ basketball team got standout play from its core of leaders in a 59-51 win over Haddon Heights. Forward Chris Biddle and guard Billy Griffin each netted 16 points, as the Bulldawgs built a 33-22 halftime advantage. Nick Depersial scored 13 points and Robbie Depersial had 12, helping Haddonfield hold off a second-half surge by the Garnets.
They also (7-1) suffered their first setback of the season Saturday, 67-49, to Delsea in a non-conference contest. Haddonfield—which is No. 9 in the Philadelphia Inquirer’s South Jersey rankings—got a team-high 22 points from Griffin. Reserve forward Jake Robinson also had a big game, coming off the bench to score 14 points.
Haddonfield will look to return to its winning ways this week as it has home games against Colonial Conference foes Overbrook (Tuesday) and Gateway (Thursday).
The Bulldawgs had their biggest scoring output of the season against Haddon Heights last week in a runaway 70-38 victory. Haddonfield established the tempo for the game right from the tip as it ran out to a 21-7 first-quarter advantage. Maddie Betley led the offense with 16 points, while Hayley Raymond had 12. Colleen Tritt and Grace Bealor chipped in with 11 and 9 points, respectively, in a balanced scoring effort.
They were unable to replicate that success Saturday as they fell to Paul VI, 57-39. Raymond scored 11 points and Taylor Sehdev had 10 for Haddonfield, but the Bulldawgs couldn’t overcome 19 points from Paul VI’s Morgan Camardo-Harris.
Haddonfield (3-5) hits the road this week to take on Overbrook (Tuesday) and Gateway (Thursday), before hosting Timber Creek (Saturday).
The Bulldawgs have fallen on rough times of late, losing six-straight matches. The good news for Haddonfield is that only one of those losses came against Colonial Conference competition. The Bulldawgs were unable to keep up with Haddon Township in a 39-21 loss to Haddon Township. Peter Rhodes scored a pin at 120, Charlie O’Neill had a pin at 285, Jake Klaus won by 1-0 decision at 138 and Henry Klaus picked up a win by forfeit.
While the record is not friendly at the moment for Haddonfield (2-6), the difficult non-conference schedule could go a long way in boosting the wrestlers experience when it comes time for the postseason tournaments. In the meantime, Haddonfield turns its focus back to the Colonial Conference as it takes on Lindenwold (Monday) and West Deptford (Wednesday).
In a battle of teams that entered the pool undefeated, the Haddonfield boys’ swim team edged out Cherry Hill East, 88-82, to improve to 4-0. The girls' fell to Cherry Hill East, but are remain one of the area’s top teams at 3-1. Both Haddonfield squads return to action Wednesday when the Bulldawgs host Cherokee.