Sterling High School
Basketball History
(This New Jersey School in Camden County, NJ,
Serves Somerdale, Stratford, Magnolia. Hi-Nella
and Laurel Springs)

Recaps of Playoff Games (Top of Page)
Including Playoffs to Decide Conference Championship / South Jersey Sectionals / States
All-Time Record -- 49 wins, 52 losses (1-1 / 47-48 / 1-3) . . . Through 2020
Group Breakdown ....
Group 3 -- 1962-80, 1983-87
Group 2 -- 1981-86, 1988-present
* - State Playoff
Top Playoff Scoring Performances (Middle of Page)
Coaches' Playoff Records (Bottom of Page)

  Details obtained from stories in the Philadelphia Inquirer and
Camden Courier-Post.

To provide additions/corrections  . . . Reach Ted Silary at Thanks!

First Round
Riverside 58, Sterling 43

  Dan Maurer totaled 16 points for Sterling, which shot just 19-for-62 from the floor and surrendered 11 consecutive points after building a 31-24 lead.

Conference Playoff
Triton 65, Sterling 56

  This game decided the Olympic Conference championship after
both teams finished 12-2. Al Pfafman scored 19 points. The Silver Knights lost the third quarter, 22-8.
Sterling 69, Penn Grove 46

With Al Pfafman ill, Dan Maurer (21) and Wayne Hyndman (11
) led the way.
Sterling 61, Moorestown 46

  Al Pfafman (10 free throws) tallied 26 points while raising his  career total to 1,006.
Salem 56, Sterling 44

  Al Pfafman again hit 10 free throws en route to 24 points. In just its second season of full varsity play, Sterling finished 21-4.

First Round
Ocean City 62, Sterling 50

  Joe Cromer and John Bruynell halved 26 points for the Silver Knights, who found themselves in a 36-15 halftime hole.

Sterling 49, Audubon 40

  Joe Cromer and Jerry Hee scored 13 points apiece and the former hit two free throws with 5:27 left to provide the Sterling Knights' first six-point lead. Star Bob Lenarz played limited minutes after suffering an injury on parallel bars. In the final regular season game, Cromer dropped a 47-point bomb on Edgewood, raising his career otal to exactly 1,000.
Sterling 60, Haddonfield 51

  Joe Cromer (17) and Bob Lenarz (16) led the way and the lead was 19 points shortly into the fourth quarter.
Burlington City 71, Sterling 61

  Sterling's only lead was 5-4. Bob Lenarz scored 24 points while Joe Cromer and Jerry Hee halved 22. A 9-for-21 team performance at the line didn't help.

Sterling 47, Kennedy 40

  Bob Lenarz (16), John Heisler (13) and Bill Strunk (11) led the way.
Sterling 57, Haddon Heights 50

  Bob Lenarz (33) and Bill Strunk (20) did major work for Sterling, which finshed the game with a 14-2 run.
Sterling 68, Haddonfield 55

  The Silver Knights seized their first South Jersey title thanks in large part to Bob Lenarz (27), Bill Strunk (16) and John Heisler (12, nine rebounds). They won the second quarter, 17-9.
Sterling 59, Newark South Side 55

  Bob Lenarz shot 9-for-18 and 7-for-8 for 25 points and hit two free throws to end the scoring. Bill Strunk added 21 points and lesser lights Spencer Person and Greg Crouse made significant impacts.
 Memorial West New York 75, Sterling 52

  Sterling had no answer for Mike Mardy (39 points, 19 rebounds). Bob Lenarz (26) and Bill Strunk (12) topped the Silver Knights.
  STARTERS -- John Heisler, Mike Kelly, Bob Lenarz, Spencer Person, Bill Strunk.
  KEY SUBS -- Greg Crouse, Ken Pfafman.

First Round
Sterling 54, Haddonfield 28

  Mike Kelly (14) and Greg Crouse (13) paced the romp.
Sterling 65,  Triton Blue 58

  138-pound Mike Kelly (18), who during the fall had finished second in the state in cross country competition, scored nine of Sterling's final 11 points and nailed seven consecutive free throws. Bob Seelhurst and John Miller evenly divided 32 points.
Burlington City 52, Sterling 42

  This game featured 16 ties and Sterling's chances were damaged when Spencer Person (12 points, 16 rebounds) fouled out with 2:28 remaining. Bob Seelhurst had 16 points.

Sterling 79, Haddon Heights 43

  The Silver Knights led, 20-5, after one quarter and steamed forward from there. Spencer Person (23) was the leader.
Collingswood 60, Sterling 35

  The tables got flipped in this one. No Silver Knights reached double figures.

Haddon Twp. 75, Sterling 67

  This was Sterling's third loss
of the season to HT. Greg Cardamone (21) and Brian Madden (19) fared well.

Sterling 73, Triton 72

Chuck O'Kane's two free throws made the difference while Russ  Stroemel (30, 16 boards) and Ken Rambo (16, nine) and Rick McGowan (10 rebounds) were game-long factors.
Collingswood 72, Sterling 59

  Russ Stroemel (18), Rick McGowan (15) and Chris Booth (13) managed to score in double digits. 

Sterling 71, Lakewood 69

Chris Booth nailed an 18-foot jumper at 0:04 to win it while Russ Stroemel and Ken Rambo notched 18 points apiece.
Sterling 61, Mainland 59

  After dribbling away a minute-plus, Chris Booth fired a pass to Chuck O'Kane for the winning layup. Russ Stroemel bombed home 28 points.
Ocean Twp. 76, Sterling 62

  OT's Mark Hlatky rained down 38 points. Russ Stroemel managed 18 in defeat.
  STARTERS -- Chris Booth, Tom Loder, Chuck O'Kane, Ken Rambo, Russ Stroemel.
  KEY SUBS -- Fred Cooper, Rick McGowan.

Sterling 62, Highland 52

As Sterling won the second half, 38-28, sub Fred Cooper sniped 6-for-9 en route to 16 points. Ken Rambo hit for 23 points.
Sterling 66, Riverside 64

  Jeff Francis won it by converting a one-and-one at 0:08. Jeff Prewitt (16), Fred Cooper (15), Ken Rambo and Dexter Hawkins (13 apiece) all reached double figures.
Lakewood 68, Sterling 61

  Fred Cooper scored 19 points. The Silver Knights trailed, 42-26, entering the fourth quarter. They attempted just eight free throws to 29 for Lakewood.

First Round
Sterling 56, Overbrook 55

  Dexter Hawkins snagged 16 rebounds and used 26 points to end the game with 1,013 for his career. His two free throws with 0:56 remaining made the difference.
Sterling 68, Lakewood 67

  Jeff Prewitt (20 rebounds) nailed two free throws at 0:09 to win it. Twenty-five points enabled Dexter Hawkins to raise his season total to 702, No. 3 in SJ history.
Northern Burlco 78, Sterling 75

  In OT, the Silver Knights (Dexter Hawkins 27 -- 1,065 for career) were outscored by seven points over the final 1:10.

Did not qualify

First Round
Sterling 68, Highland 51

  Terry Campbell hit 12 field goals while racking up 31 points. He scored 10 points in the second quarter and 12 in the fourth.
Sterling 50, Washington Twp. 35

  Terry Campbell and Lou Barcelles halved 36 points.
Oakcrest 46, Sterling 38

  The Silver Knights faded after claiming a 22-21 halftime lead. Terry Campbell had 19 points.

First Round
Sterling 64, Cinnaminson 58

  Terry Campbell (18), Brian Venables (14) and Dave Greenaway (11) paced the Silver Knights, who led by 18-6 after the first quarter.
Sterling 50, Moorestown 47 (OT)

  Terry Campbell (19) hit two free throws to conclude regulation, then scored all five of Sterling's OT points (also from the line).
Collingswood 53, Sterling 50

  A 19-point outing lifted Terry Campbell's career total at  over 1,000. Dave Greenaway and John Lang added 11 points apiece.

Sterling 55, Deptford 41

  The edge over the middle two quarters was 29-16. John Lang had 20 points.
Lakewood 45, Sterling 38
  Bob McGrory (12) and Ken Kelley (10) reached double digits.

First Round
Overbrook 69, Sterling 44

  Though 10 Silver Knights scored, only Bob McGrory (10) attained double figures.

Did not qualify 

Did mot qualify


Sterling 75, Penns Grove 68
  Mark Settles scored 24 points and John Wilson made many key contributions (points, assists) down the stretch.
Pleasantville 73, Sterling 51

  Sterling was limited to 15 field goals while shooting 21-for-28 at the line. The combined score in the first/fourth quarters was 42-24.

Conference Playoff
Sterling 72, Audubon 56

  Mark Settles packed 20 of his 33 points into the second half as
Sterling captured the Colonial Conference title in a special playoff. Their regular season records in CC play were 13-5.
Moorestown 52, Sterling 51

  The Silver Knights (Robert Brown 20, Mark Settles 16) dropped the fourth quarter, 18-12. Curt Stephens canned an uncontested layup just before the buzzer to create the one-point spread.

First Round
Sterling 54, Rancocas Valley 46

  John Wilson scored eight of his 19 points in a 16-6 second quarter. Clint Person mixed 15 points, nine rebounds.
Woodrow Wilson, Sterling 75

A foul called before an inbound pass enabled WW to hit decisive free throws. John Wilson (31) finished his career with 1,279 points.

Overbrook 50, Sterling 45

  Clint Person and Robert Brown halved 36 points.

Willingboro Kennedy 56, Sterling 53

  Clint Person notched 23 points for the Silver Knighs, who trailed by 11 with 3:51 left before staging an impressive rally.

Did not qualify

Willingboro 56, Sterling 35

  The Silver Knights (James Davis 24) dropped the second half, 40-22.

Sterling 61, Northern Burlington 51

  Sub DeWayne Wilson had 18 points and eight rebounds while Sean Thompson played great defense on NB's top player. Marty Syer mixed seven boards with 14 points.
Delran 61, Sterling 60 (2 OTs)
  The Silver Knights were bested by a four-foot turnaround shot at 0:06. Marty Syer scored 15 points. DeWayne Wilson added 14.

Did not qualify

Burlington City 59, Sterling 56

  Humphrey Quao reached 15 points for the Silver Knights. Kevin Kelley and Chris McDonald added 10 apiece.

Middle Twp. 52, Sterling 46

  The Silver Knights dropped the fourth stanza, 13-6. Rob Hawk (15) and Tim McDonald (11) reached double digits.

Sterling 73, Woodstown 56

  A 21-9 fourth quarter assured victory. Jay Brook and David Hudgins (18 rebounds) halved 36 points.
Gateway 78, Sterling 72 (2 OTs)

  The Silver Knights received double figures from Jay Brook (24, David Hudgins (14), Brian Morano, Mark Henson (11 apiece) and Gerry Willis (10), but Gateway went ahead for good, at 73-71, with 1:44 remaining.

First Round
Sterling 69, Northern Burlington 43

  Sterling, which received 16 points from Jay Brook, rolled to a 38-22 halftime lead.
Sterling 62, Woodstown 58

  Jay Brook (18), Jeff Hoehing (12) and Joe Morano (10) led the Silver Knights, who netted eight three-pointers.
Sterling 63, Moorestown 59

  Brian Morano hit five treys en route to 26 points while Fred Shelton and Dan Pearson made key buckets in a stretch that decided the game.
Middle Twp. 78, Sterling 41

  A 28-2 avalanche gave MT a 29-9 lead with 7:22 remaining in the first half. Franchise LaMarr Greer
scored 17 of his 24 points therein. No one reached 10 points for Sterling, which was seeking its first sectional title since 1971.

First Round
Sterling 44, Pennsville 41

  Joe Lewis nailed a 25-foot, fadeaway buzzer-beater to make Sterling a winner. Fred Shelton recorded 24 points.
Middle Twp. 54, Sterling 38

  The Silver Knights trailed, 48-21, after three quarters. Joe Lewis, Dave Pearson and Nick Schmid managed to score eight points apiece.

Sterling 74, Kingsway 50

  This tilt produced 56 free throws. Joe Lewis drained three treys en route to 24 points. Neil Neil Burnett (17) hit five shots from downtown.
Pleasantville 78, Sterling 63

  The Silver Knights lost all four quarters. Joe Lewis (21, six treys) and Brian Conway (18) were the leading scorers.

Did not qualify

Bridgeton 73, Sterling 59

  Dan Hepburn contributed 20 points.

Sterling 75, Bridgeton 64

  Freshman Ernest Turner dropped a 44-point bomb, thanks to 12-for-21 (three treys) from the floor and 17-18 at the line. Ken Rambo chipped in with 14 points.
Gloucester City 73, Sterling 65

  GC took control with a 17-10 edge in the third quarter. Ernest Turner paced Sterling with 25 points.

Sterling 58, Haddon Heights 54

  Sterling claimed the win over the last 20 seconds as Ernest Turner (18) hit two late free throws and Keith Wright (14) canned a layup. Ken Rambo had 13 points.
Sterling 58, Deptford 56

  Ernest Turner (23), Jamal McLeod (13) and Ken Rambo led the Silver Knights. The former buried an eight-foot jumper to beat the buzzer.
Sterling 68, Gloucester City 51

  The Silver Knights stormed to the final 15 points while seizing their first South Jersey crown since 1971. Ernest Turner led that outburst and scored 13 of his 32 points in the last quarter. Meanwhile, Jamal McLeod (14) was holding GC star Jason McDonnell scoreless over those same eight minutes. This title was No. 2 for guys named Ken Rambo. This Ken’s dad was on the ’71 squad.
Holmdel 74, Sterling 62

  The defending state champs rallied from a 12-point, third-quarter deficit and started the fourth stanza with 18-2 dominance. Ken Rambo (18) hit two late treys and Ernest Turner had 29 points.
  STARTERS -- Pat Keane, Jamal McLeod, Ken Rambo, Ernest Turner, Keith Wright.
  KEY SUBS -- Rob Carson, Dave Cogan.

Sterling 88, Buena 64

  Ernest Turner (30) and Jamal McLeod (19) powered the Silver Knights.
Sterling 80, Haddon Heights 75

  The Silver Knights bumped off the No. 1 seed, against which it had dropped both conference contests, as Ernest Turner packed 12 of his 28 points into a 25-15 first quarter. Jamal McLeod (16) and Pat Keane (13) also reached double figures.
Haddonfield 55, Sterling 45

  Though the Silver Knights were outscored, 27-6, over the final 11 minutes of the first half, they rebounded nicely and edged within 49-45 with 3:10 remaining. Ernest Turner’s 20-point performance upped the junior’s career total to 2,018.

First Round
Sterling 102, Penns Grove 60

  Ernest Turner nailed five treys while frolicking his way to 38 points. Dave Cogan added 18 points.
Moorestown 58, Sterling 57

  A 29-point performance enabled Ernest Turner (2,806) to become the No. 5 scorer in New Jersey history. His 23-foot bomb provided a 57-56 lead before Moorestown sank two late free throws.

Kingsway 53, Sterling 51

  The No. 1 seed tasted defeat when a long pass that could have led to a tying/winning basket was intercepted. Dan Terrell, the intended target, had 15 points.

Middle Township 49, Sterling 48

  Heartbreak came in the form of a buzzer-beating jumper. Matt Sosna (14) and Calvin Gunning (11) topped Sterling.

Sterling 77, Cinnaminson 50

  Calvin Gunning’s 29 points powered the Silver Knights.
Middle Twp. 51, Sterling 46

  Sterling (Matt Sosna 16) edged within three points in the late going.

Sterling 51, Collingswood 49

  Drew Slickmeyer hit a three-pointer to create a 50-49 lead. He and Arthur Ellis had 11 points apiece.
Haddonfield 80, Sterling 57

  Arthur Ellis rang up 20 points.

Sterling 66, Collingswood 51

  Hassan Pressley (18) and Arthur Ellis (16) scored five points apiece in a decisive fourth quarter.
Collingswood 57, Sterling 54

  The Silver Knights won the second half, 35-27, but fell just short. Arthur Ellis’ 20-point effort pushed his final career total to ,1204.

Point Pleasant Borough 43, Sterling 39

  Hassan Pressley (15) and Jack Brennan combined for 28 points, but the Silver Knights were done in by scoring just six points in the third quarter.

Did not qualify.

First Round
Cinnaminson 76, Sterling 67

  Four guys -- Chris Ward (21), Will Stallworth (14), Jack Lomas and Jaheem Taylor (13 apiece) -- accounted for all but six of Sterling's points.

First Round
Bridgeton 73, Sterling 69

  In defeat, Will Stallworth (19), Donte’ Smith (14), Kevin Walsh (13) and Josh Williams (12) were able to score in double figures.

First Round
Cinnaminson 77, Sterling 53

  Will Stallworth and Marcus Taylor each tallied 11 points.

Did not qualify.

First Round
Sterling 84, Deptford 52

  The rout was paced by Jerry Crismond (25), Marcus Taylor (18) and Matt Callen (16).
Sterling 64, Pennsauken Tech 43

  Jerry Crismond (22), Matt Callan, Marcus Taylor (11 apiece) and Zach Page (10) all notched at least 10 points.
Sterling 62, Haddonfield 53

  Marvin Jones (23) and Marcus Taylor (16) led the way as Sterling surprised the No. 1 seed.
Medford Tech 87, Sterling 69

  MT rolled to a 46-30 halftime advantage. Marcus Taylor scored 28 points.

First Round
Camden 105, Sterling 63

  Jarod Mullica scored 22 points in this rough one.

First Round
Sterling 63, Barnegat 48

  Devon Tuten pumped home 24 points and the Silver Knights were dominant (37-23) in the second/fourth quarters.
Bridgeton 80, Sterling 68

  Devon Tuten and Jeiani Jones evenly divided 28 points while Bridgeton placed five players in double figures.

First Round
Haddonfield 72, Sterling 63

  A 27-12 third quarter proved to be a killer. Devon Tuten had 18 points.

First Round
Collingswood 47, Sterling 45

  Cole Eshelman (15) and Chris Roe (13) were Sterling’s scoring leaders.

First Round
Sterling 72, Willingboro 51

  Chris Roe exploded for 29 points while Noah Syer added 18. The halftime edge was 28-12.
Camden 68, Sterling 58

  Once again the Silver Knights’ leaders were Chris Roe (22) and Noah Syer (15).

First Round
Cinnaminson 60, Sterling 44

  Antoine Arnett (19) and Javon Johnson (10) topped Sterling, which faced a 37-18 deficit at halftime.

First Round

  Sterling 41, Delran 38: The Silver Knights, the 11th seed, survived this road contest by winning the fourth quarter, 12-5. Antoine Arnett (10) reached double figures. Jimmy Zingaro (nine) came close.
  Haddon Heights 68, Sterling 48:
HH won every quarter and claimed a 37-25 edge in the second half. Antoine Arnett and Jeff Ryder halved 22 points.


Top Playoff Scoring Performances
Year Name Pts Opponent
1998 Ernest Turner 44 Bridgeton
2001 Ernest Turner 38 Penns Grove
1982 Mark Settles 33 *Audubon
1999 Ernest Turner 32 Gloucester City
1975 Terry Campbell 31 Highland
1983 John Wilson 31 Woodrow Wilson
1970 Russ Stroemel 30 Triton
2000 Ernest Turner 30 Buena
1999 Ernest Turner 29 Holmdel
2001 Ernest Turner 29 Moorestown
2004 Calvin Gunning 29 Cinnaminson
2018 Chris Roe 29 Williamstown
1971 Russ Stroemel 28 Mainland
2000 Ernest Turner 28 Haddon Heights
2013 Marcus Taylor 28 Medford Tech
*Conference playoff


Coaches' Playoff Records
Name Years W-L
Bob Goudie 1961-67 10-7
Jack Collins 1968 1-1
Bill Ulrich 1969-78 12-9
Bill Hiltner 1979-86 3-5
Keith Wert 1987 0-1
Hiltner (again) 1988-08 17-18
  Hiltner total   (20-23)
Rob Atene 2009-15 4-6
Harold Little 1016-20 2-5
  Overall totals   49-52