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With another season come and gone, thought I’d reflect back on some issues we discussed at the end of last season and the beginning of this year. At the end of last season Cherokee was thinking of replacing head coach Mike Sullivan, but at the last minute decided not to make a change. And not only was it the right move, Cherokee went on to win the league championship and made the semi-finals of the Flyers Cup. As Mike would tell you, he’s got a good staff with Scott McKay and Steve Monaghan, and the kids bought into the system. There can’t be any grumblings from the board on this season, good job coaches!!

With losing 2 teams, Delran and Rancocas Valley, although there is a Tier 3 that consists of teams that aren’t pure, I would like to see some teams join forces to keep the league strong. Probably many discussions would have to happen before it would even be considered, but I think it should. With 8 of the top 13 scorers juniors, next season should be exciting ones for a few teams, Cherry Hill East returns 9 players from its roster, but must replace Ben Tice in nets.

Williamstown returns most of its roster and with solid goaltending should threaten for the top spot. Cherokee returns a strong nucleus, but will miss the leadership of John Quinlan and Pat Mohnacs. Clearview had a great turn around season, and depending if Taylor Olson returns, could be a contender as well, but losing Ed Moore will hurt. Shawnee loses 10 seniors, but is strong in nets with Smith and Hambrose, as long as Coach Fingerhut is back, they will be solid. Moorestown, look for them to rebound, with Nicolai returning and most of the starters they will be tough, but need to find a goalie. Lenape could struggle as they lose 13 seniors, including leading scorer Kyle Young. Cinnaminson also hut by graduation and will need help from their JV team. Holy Cross has a nice mixture of youth and with their JV team winning the championship, things could be looking up. Eastern Vikings did not win a game, but they should up every night and if they stay together, should see some results. Finally Washington Township, had a good year, finished first during the regular season, lost in the championship and will sorely miss Ed Sarin, team leader and top scorer. Basalma also a senior, but they have a strong team left, led by Jonathan Smith and Garrett Quinn. Coach Glick did a good job in getting the most out of his team, Can’t wait till next year…
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