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Fish4scores will be mostly inactive for next few weeks
(Youth basketball results will continue to run during that time)

Dec. 11-13 Youth Basketball
St. Gregory's has 11-win week in Mercer County CYO
Emerald Tile trips TMP in Hamilton PAL Junior play

GoBallistic gets Lads victory in Hamilton Little Lads 

Steinert girls basketball player Mary Kate Madonia (front row) is flanked by her mom, Virginia, and dad, Steve, as she makes it official that she will continue her academic and athletic career at Bryn Athyn College in Pennsylvania. In the back are (from left) Steinert head coach Kristin Jacobs, Principal Nate Webber and AUF Hawks AAU coach Mike Narozniak. Mardonia is the first Spartan to play in college under Jacobs.  

Dec. 4-6 Youth Basketball
Givens' buzzer-beater lifts Hamilton Manor in Little Lads
Two-overtime thriller in Hamilton PAL Freshman play
Gorman and Raba star for St. Raphael's teams

The Hamilton West field hockey quartet of (from left) Anna Revenidis, Alyssa Langevin, Sam Courtney and Madyson Yousko were all smiles after participating in the recent Jim Davis Senior Showcase.

Steinert's Dan Maida (front row left) and Emma Meiczinger (front row center) recently signed letters of intent to run track and cross country in college. Maida is headed for Monmouth and Meiczinger, seated next to Athletic Director Steve Gadzek, is ticketed for Rider. In the back are coaches Ron "Jacobs' Best Friend" Yacyk and Mike Giaccobe, and Principal Nate Webber.

Hunter Chranowski displays his complimentary t-shirt while receiving his gift card from Rossi's hostess with the mostest, Devon DiBella after the Steinert senior was named the Fish4scores/Rossi's Athlete of the Week (Photo by Rich Fisher).
Nov. 29, 2015 Fish4scores/Rossi's Athlete of the Week
Chranowski finishes career with memorable performance

Nov. 28, 2015 Youth Basketball
Offensive weekend in Hamilton PAL girls action

The team photographers were out in full force Thursday as Donna "Roll Tide" Brihn took plenty of shots like this one of Steven Christopher catching a pass against Conner Braddock, while Amanda "The Homeowner" Ruch was working her lens magic as well.
Donna 'Roll Tide' Brihn's Thanksgiving Photo Gallery
Amanda 'The Homeowner' Ruch's T'Giving Photo Gallery

Hamilton Township Mayor Kelly Yaede joins legendary official Bye "The Real Estate Master" Crammer for the coin flip prior to Thursday's Steinert-Hamilton game (Photo by Amanda "The Homeowner" Ruch).
Nov. 27, 2015 Thanksgiving Leftovers
Steinert MVP Kyle Fischer wins Rich Fornaro Award
McEvoy Award goes to valuable Hornet Dakota Shelton

Hamilton's Dayzjohn Dunston makes an outstanding 22-yard reception against Steinert's Angelo Sanger during the Spartans 14-12 win on Thanksgiving Day (Photo by Amanda "The Homeowner" Ruch / amandaruchphotography.smugmug.com).
Nov. 26, 2015 Football
Steinert tops West as road team wins for 8th straight year
                   Turkey Bowl LVII
         This year it's for more than just bragging rights
Nov. 25, 2015 Steinert-Hamilton Thanksgiving Football Preview
Hornets are looking to grab share of the division crown
Spartans want to be the one and only kings of the Valley
Click here for Year-by-Year results of Hamilton-Steinert games
Click here for facts & figures on history of Steinert-Hamilton game

The Hamilton Hoosiers celebrate after winning the Monroe Sports Center MJBL championship. The team included (from left) Coach John Giordano, Ryan Meszaros, Gabe Santin, CJ Pittaro, Zach Pirone, Brady Plunkett, Danny Melnick, David Iorio, Ryan Mains, Joey Sacco, Trevor Giordano and coach Tim Mains.
Nov. 20-22 Youth Basketball
Pair of unbeatens in PAL Girls Freshman Division

Anderson leads St. Raphael's to CYO Freshman victory
Graziano and Marhold excel in Little Lads Cadet play

Nottingham High School recently held a signing party for a pair of senior athletes who are headed to Division 1 programs to continue their careers. Above, softball star Kristin "Z" Hallam is flanked by her mom Kathy and dad Ross as she signs to play at Hofstra University. Having a grand ol' time in the back row are (from left) Principal Mike Giambelluca, Athletic Director Dee "The Wizard" Taylor, head softball coach Danielle Wilson and assistant Al Offredo. In the below photo, "Amazing" Grace Dwyer signs to run cross country at Furman University, flanked on the left by brother Patrick and mom Marianne, and on the right by dad Patrick. In the back are (from left) Taylor, Giambelluca, Carina Foushee and cross country coach Melissa "Shop 'N Bag" Persichetti (Photos by Ken Klek).

Frank Lucchesi makes a hit against Jackson Memorial during Saturday's CJ IV semifinal at Steinert (Photo by Amanda "The Homeowner" Ruch / amandaruchphotography.smugmug.com).
Nov. 21, 2015 CJ IV Football Semifinals
Jackson Memorial scores 49 straight to defeat Steinert

Coming off a two-sack game against Burlington Township, Steinert linebacker Moinul Aonik and his defensive teammates will need another huge effort against Jackson Memorial in Saturday's CJ IV playoff semifinal (Photo by Kim Johnson).
Nov. 20, 2015 CJ IV Football Semifinals
Spartans ready to host defending champion Jackson
Unsung heroes are honored at 12th Man TD Club

Steinert playoff preview on Mercer County Football Show

The Steinert freshman football team played a  rugged schedule this fall and came out with three hard earned wins.
Freshman Football
Steinert preps for future by playing out of conference

Horner, Muller, O'Boyle sign letters of intent for Steinert

Youth Basketball
Trio of Senior thrillers in Hamilton PAL Girls
Hamilton Little Lads gets its campaign underway

Jordan Goodarz displays his complimentary t-shirt while receiving his gift card from Rossi's manager Rob Silcox after the Steinert junior was named the Fish4scores/Rossi's Athlete of the Week (Photo by Rich Fisher).
Nov. 15, 2015 Fish4scores/Rossi's Athlete of the Week
Versatile Goodarz plays key roles in Steinert' playoff win

Eric Mitchell takes off on a long punt return for a touchdown during Nottingham's close loss to Colts Neck Saturday (Photo by Mary Malone).
Nov. 14, 2015 CJ IV Cross-over Football

Colts Neck edges Nottingham in season finale

Although Emma Meiczinger could not quite make it to the Meet of Champions, the Steinert senior concluded her cross country career with a solid 20th-place finish in 20:11 at Saturday's NJSIAA Group III meet at Holmdel Park. Her sophomore teammate Samantha Woolf finished 68th out of 146 in 21:28. In the boys race, Steinert senior Dan Maida was 36th in 17:26 (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at jbsportsphoto@aol.com).

A happy band of Spartans head for the post-game huddle after pulling off a 16-7 upset over third-seeded host Burlington Township in Friday night's Central Jersey Group IV first-round game (Photo by Amanda "The Homeowner" Ruch / amandaruchphotography.smugmug.com).
Nov. 13, 2015 CJ Sectional Football
Steinert stuns Falcons for first playoff win since 2011
West hopes loss at Ocean lays groundwork for future

Hazekiah Patterson (left) and Cire Peters will try and generate some offense for Hamilton Wet Friday night when the Hornets invade Ocean Township for a first-round playoff game (Photo by Donna "Roll Tide" Brihn).
Nov. 12, 2015 Football Previews: Week 10
Hamilton faces tall task in playoff-tested Ocean Township
Steinert's Caruso knows all about Burlington Township

Nottingham meets Colts Neck in CJ IV cross-over game

WBCB Mercer County Football Show: Playoff Preview

Mercerville's Harry Wright, the Our Lady of Sorrows/St. Anthony's Coach/Athletic Director, received the Volunteer coach of the Year Award at Saturday's Mercer County CYO Basketball & Cheerleading Opening Day Mass at Monsignor Toomey Annex in Yardville (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at jbsportsphoto@aol.com).
Youth Basketball
Wright, Lucchesi, Nelson cited at CYO tip-off mass
Mercer County CYO kicks off its season
Hamilton PAL girls basketball gets underway

Dakota Shelton displays his complimentary t-shirt while being presented his gift card from Rossi's hostess Devon DiBella after the Hamilton West senior was named the Fish4scores/Rossi's Athlete of the Week (Photo by Donna "Roll Tide" Brihn). 
Nov. 8, 2015 Fish4scores/Rossi's Athlete of the Week
Shelton's continued excellence helps West into playoffs

Sam Woolf (left) and Emma Meiczinger are all smiles at Thompson Park Saturday morning after Emma finished second and Sam third in the Central Jersey Group III cross country meet (Photo by Austin Morford).
Nov. 7, 2015 CJ III Cross Country
Meiczinger, Woolf provide 2-3 punch for Steinert girls
Maida making up for lost time with 7th-place finish

Steinert's Alex Rubio breaks away from a tackler to score the first of his two touchowns in the Spartans 40-6 win over West Windsor South today (Photo by Amanda "The Homeowner" Ruch / amandaruchphotography.smugmug.com).
Nov. 7, 2015 Football
Steinert tops WWPS to gain at least a share of Valley title
Notebook: Spartans dedicate win to Jimmy Costello

Nottingham's Kervens Bazile (34) ad Jacquay Hodges (on ground) try to bring down Notre Dame's Alex Roman during Saturday's game. Kenley Souffrant (11) also moves in to help out. The Stars nearly came up with the upset before falling 17-10 (Photo by Mary Malone).
Nov. 7, 2015 Football
Nottingham gives all it has before falling to Notre Dame

Hamilton's Mark Bethea (1) and Dayzjohn Dunston celebrate after Dunston's goal line interception to end a Hightstown threat late in the first half of Friday night's game, which the Hornets won to clinch a second straight playoff berth (Photo by Donna "Roll Tide" Brihn).
Nov. 6, 2015 Football
Hornets back in the playoffs after knocking off Rams

Despite a tough year, Devion Stokes (making a tackle against Hamilton last week) and the Nottingham defense have been solid and will try and continue their strong play against Notre Dame Saturday (Photo by Donna "Roll Tide" Brihn).
Nov. 6, 2015 Football Previews: Week 9
Nottingham faces tough challenge in Notre Dame
Steinert focused on WWPS after tough loss to ND
Trentonian/WBCB Mercer County Football Show: Week 9


Cire Peters and Hamilton West's football team will try to keep their feet at Hightstown Friday night as the Hornets will be gunning for a second straight CJ III playoff berth (Photo by Donna "Roll Tide" Brihn).
Nov. 5, 2015 Football Preview: Week 9
Hornets look to lock up CJ III bid with win at Hightstown

Steinert's Nicole Aneses gets ready to blast a kick against Colts Neck during Thursday's CJ III quarterfinal game in Colts Neck (Photo by Amanda Ruch / amandaruchphotography.smugmug.com).
Nov. 5, 2015 CJ III Girls Soccer
Top-seeded Colts Neck eliminates Steinert

Steinert's Aidan Sheehan, who had two goals and an assist, shields a Northern Burlington player from the ball during the Spartans 7-1 state tournament victory Monday (Photo by Amanda "The Homeowner" Ruch/amandaruchphotography.smugmug.com).
Nov. 1, 2015 Girls CJ III Soccer
Steinert rolls past NBC in state tournament opener

Alyssa Langevin displays her complimentary t-shirt while receiving a gift card from Rossi's hostess Devon DiBella after the Hamilton West senior was named the Fish4scores/Rossi's Athlete of the Week (Photo by Rich Fisher).
Nov. 1, 2015 Fish4scores/Rossi's Athlete of the Week
Langevin fuels West field hockey to another state win

Hamilton Township players collided on Saturday as Steinert's Jordan Morrison makes a great catch against tight coverage by Notre Dame's Thomas Brackett (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at jbsportsphoto@aol.com).
Oct. 31, 2015 Football
Notre Dame snaps Steinert's four-game winning streak

Chris Stout takes off on the play of the game, as he has Reidgee Dimanche in front of him and Juan Figueroa (8), Malik Craig (64) and Daquan Jackson as escorts as he returns a second-quarter interception 65 yards for what proved to be the game-winning touchdown for Hamilton against Nottingham Saturday (Photo by Donna "Roll Tide" Brihn).
Oct. 31, 2015 Football
Hamilton finally gets best of Stars in defensive struggle

Linebacker Aaron Van Cleaf (35) and defensive back AJ Dietrich are part of a stingy Steinert defense that will face a big challenge in Notre Dame Saturday (Photo by Amanda "The Homeowner" Ruch/amandaruchphotography.smugmug.com).
Oct. 30 Football Preview: Week 8
Hornets and Northstars both desperate for a win
Steinert has plenty riding on showdown with ND

Trentonian/WBCB Mercer County Football Show: Week 8

The Nottingham freshman football team rejoices after taking a 6-0 win over Hamilton Friday in the 9th-grade Backyard Brawl. The game-winning score came in the fourth quarter when Anthony Hreiz recovered a fumble in the endzone (Photo by Rick "The Voice" Taylor).

Steinert's Kristen Pirrocco taps one through the legs of Toms River North's Deyanna Diedrich during Thursday's state-tournament tune-up game at Steinert (Photo by Amanda "The Homeowner" Ruch/amandaruchphotography.smugmug.com).
Oct. 29, 2015 Girls Soccer
Steinert ties Toms River North in state tourney warm-up

Senior first singles player Angelina Sferra went out a winner as she won her first singles match over Hamilton in Nottingham's season-ending victory (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
Oct. 23, 2015 Girls Tennis
Nottingham tops Hornets to finish with seven victories

Hamilton's Sam Courtney (9) battles Lawrence's Becca Altman for the ball during Tuesday's Central Jersey Group II Tournament game (Photo by Nancy Eggert)
Oct. 27, 2015 NJSIAA Field Hockey Tournament
Hornets win in OT; Stars scare Red Bank; Steinert falls

Week 3: Hibernian Dart League Scores/Standings

Joe Radice, shown during his days as a Nottingham assistant, was approved by the Hamilton school board on Monday night as the new Steinert varsity boys basketball coach (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
Oct. 27, 2015 Boys Basketball
Board approves Joe Radice as Steinert varsity coach

Rossi's server Joanna Rossi-Kurr presents Lizzy Harvell with her gift card while the Steinert senior displays her complimentary t-shirt after being named the Fish4scores/Rossi's Athlete of the Week (Photo by Rich Fisher).
Oct. 25, 2015 Fish4scores/Rossi's Athlete of the Week
Harvell's goaltending leads Steinert to important wins

The future looks good for Steinert boys soccer as the freshman team went unbeaten in its last 11 games to finish the season with a 12-1-1 record.
Oct. 26, 2015 Freshman Boys Soccer
Steinert uses torrid finish to post outstanding record

Oct. 24, 2015 MCT Girls Soccer: Quarterfinals
Spartans drop a heart-breaker to top-seeded PDS

If there was one thing Nottingham did well on Saturday it was block PAT kicks, as the Stars swatted three of them against Richard Henries, including this one by Kier Jenkins (Photo by Mary Malone).
Oct. 24, 2015 Football
Stars make changes but are still shut out by Trenton

Dakota Shelton follows the blocking of fellow linebacker Reidgee Dimanche after Shelton picked off a pass against West Windsor-Plainsboro North Friday night. It didn't help, however, as the Northern Knights took a 29-12 win despite two touchdown runs by Cire Peters (Photo by Donna "Roll Tide" Brihn).
Oct. 23, 2015 Football
Steinert streaks to fourth straight despite five turnovers

Slow first half dooms Hamilton in loss at WWP North

Justina Eckhardt, Nottingham's top finisher, and Steinert's Justine Zola head for the finish line at Saturday's Mercer County Girls Cross Country championships in Jamesburg's Thompson Park (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at jbsportsphoto@aol.com).
Oct. 23, 2015 MCT Girls Cross Country
With star runners out, Steinert's team takes center stage

Senior Luis Ortiz was the first Hamilton runner to finish at Friday's Mercer County Boys Cross Country Championships in Jamesburg's Thompson Park, as the Hornet ran a time of 17:52.61 (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at jbsportsphoto@aol.com).
Oct. 23, 2015 MCT Boys Cross Country
Maida top township finisher in a fast field of runners

Skill players like Tim Moore will hope to show their stuff on the artificial turf when Hamilton visits West Windsor-North on Friday night (Photo by Donna "Roll Tide" Brihn).
Oct. 22-23 2015 Football Previews: Week 7
Stars face tough Trenton foe in effort to turn it around
Hornets need to slow down WWPN's big-play threats
Captains lead the way as Steinert heads to Hightstown
Click for WBCB Mercer County Football Show: Week 7

Afeera Chaudhry (above) teamed with Ahimy Soto-Garcia at first doubles for one of Nottingham's five wins over Trenton Catholic Tuesday (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
Oct. 20-21, 2015 Girls Tennis
Steinert wins tense one over Pennington; Stars top TCA

Tatiana Dorner delivered a golden goal with just over a minute left in overtime to pace Steinert past WW-P South in an MCT opener Wednesday (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at jbsportsphoto@aol.com).
Oct. 21, 2015 MCT Girls Soccer
Steinert beats WWPS in overtime for 6th straight win
Nottingham puts scare into PDS; Hornets fall at HoVal

The Nottingham seniors celebrate their careers at Wednesday's Senior Day game with WW-P South (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
Oct. 21, 2015 Field Hockey

Hamilton and Brick play scoreless tie; Stars fall to WWPS

The Steinert girls soccer team celebrate their 1-0 win over Notre Dame Monday, and the celebration escalated when the Spartans learned that Hightstown lost and they earned a share of the Valley Division title (Photo by Amanda "The Homeowner" Ruch / amandaruchphotography.smugmug.com).
Oct. 19, 2015 Girls Soccer
Spartans gain share of Valley title; West wins; Stars fall

Emma Meiczinger displays her complimentary t-shirt while receiving her gift card from Rossi's hostess Devon DiBella after the Steinert High senior was named the Fish4scores/Rossi's Athlete of the Week (Photo by Rich Fisher).
Oct. 18, 2015 Fish4scores/Rossi's Athlete of the Week
Fighting a cold, Meiczinger's effort lifts Spartans to title

Oct. 19, 2015 Girls Cross Country
Nottingham's Grace Dwyer unable to race in Mercer Meet

Jordan "Jo Mo" Morrison makes a leaping catch in front of Nottingham's Darry Felix to help set up a first-half field goal for Steinert in Saturday's Battle of Klockner Road (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at jbsportsphoto@aol.com).
Oct. 17, 2015 Football
Spartans turn 'Klock' back to 2009 with win over Stars

In a defensive battle, Steinert's unit continues to excel

Hamilton hangs together in setback at Trenton High

Toni Franciobandero (above) and Jenn Shane (below) were two of five different Northstars to score in Nottingham's 5-0 win over Trenton in a Mercer County Tournament play-in game Saturday morning. Nicole Reed, Karli Garzillo and Cindy Mejia also tallied for the Stars, who will meet top-seeded Princeton Day School in a play-in game. Steinert topped South Brunswick, 3-1, for its fourth straight win and fifth in six games. Lynzie Morgan, Cassidy wood and Nicole Anesses had goals, Giana Pittaro had two assists and Aidan Sheehan one, and Lizzie Harvell made six saves (Photos by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).

Hazekiah Patterson (18) will try and guide the Hamilton West offense to a victory over Trenton in a key battle for playoff points on Saturday (Photo by Donna "Roll Tide" Brihn).
Oct. 16, 2015 Football Previews: Week 6
Hamilton wants to build on win over WWPS at Trenton
Battle of Klockner Road
Nottingham looks to turn things around against Spartans
Steinert hopes to remain hot and end Stars domination
Click for WBCB Mercer County Football Show: Week 6

Madyson Yousko (2), Devan Onorati (24) and the rest of Hamilton West's field hockey team gave it a nice effort at WW-P North today, but succumbed to too many penalty corners in a Mercer County Tournament first-round game (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
Oct. 16, 2015 MCT Field Hockey
Hamilton falls at WW-P North in first-round contest

Short-handed Steinert beats Nottingham in rematch

Nottingham's Madison Diaz tries to get the ball downfield against Steinert's Lynzie Morgan, who had two goals and an assist in Thursday's game (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
Oct. 15, 2015 Girls Soccer
Surging Steinert blanks Nottingham; Hamilton falls

One day after having a goal waved off, Morgan "The Menace" Comfort (9) scored one that counted on Thursday as she helped Steinert's field hockey team take a 2-1 win at West Windsor-Plainsboro South in a Mercer County Tournament play-in game. Jessica Angelini also scored for the Spartans while Melissa Karch had an assist and Kelly Quaste made 15 saves. Comfort, Alyssa Scordo (18), Julianna Santiago (13) and the rest of the 17th-seeded Spartans move on to play at top-seeded Allentown Saturday. Nottingham lost its play-in at PDS, 7-0 (Photo by Amanda "The Homeowner" Ruch / amandaruchphotography.smugmug.com).

Hifsa Chaudry won at third singles on Wednesday to keep Nottingham close in what proved to be a thrilling match with Steinert at Veterans Park (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick). 
Oct. 14, 2015 Girls Tennis
Steinert defeats Nottingham in a three-hour thriller

Steinert's Alyssa Kramarz tries to hold off Hightstown's Allie Gleich during Wednesday's Senior day game at Steinert (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at jbsportsphoto@aol.com).
Oct. 14, 2015 Field Hockey
Hightstown scores late goal to spoil Steinert's Senior Day

The Steinert girls cross country team was sky high after winning the CVC Valley Division title at Veterans Park on Tuesday (Photo by Austin Morford).
Oct. 13, 2015 Cross Country
Spartan girls win CVC Valley title; Hornets edge Stars
Maida returns in Steinert's 2 wins; West tips Nottingham

Steinert's Kelsey Espenhorst gets ready to send the ball upfield during the Spartans 2-0 win over West Windsor-Plainsboro North Tuesday (Photo by Amanda Ruch / amandaruchphotography.smugmug.com).
Oct. 13, 2015 Girls Soccer
Spartans blank WWPN; Hornets lose; Stars fall
Hallam has successful knee surgery
      After suffering a season-ending injury in soccer earlier this year, Nottingham senior Kristin "Z" Hallam underwent successful knee surgery today according to her mom Kathy. Her mom also said the goal is for "Z" to be able to return for softball this spring but added that "We'll have to see how rehab goes and what the doctor says." Hallam has a scholarship to play softball at Hofstra next year.

Matt Midura scored two goals as Nottingham exploded for a 6-1 win at Ewing on Tuesday (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
Oct. 13, 2015 Boys Soccer
Nottingham tops Ewing; Spartans tie; West falls

Aidan Sheehan (above) was one of six Spartans with goals in Steinert's 7-0 win at Trenton Monday. Casey Grehan had two goals and an assist, Michaela Miranda, Kelsey Espenhorst, Emily Sacco and Lauren Geiger had one goal each while Brenna Darvas and Tatiana Dorner each had two assists and Zoe Goepfert and Jessica Leaver had one apiece. Lizzie Harvell had five saves for the shutout as Steinert moved to 4-5-2 (Photo by Amanda Ruch / amandaruchphotography.smugmug.com).

Danielle Swierczyna displays her complementary t-shirt while accepting her gift card from Rossi's manager Rob Silcox after the Steinert senior was named the Fish4scores/Rossi's Athlete of the Week (Photo by Rich Fisher).
Oct. 11, 2015 Fish4scores/Rossi's Athlete of the Week
Swierczyna plays first singles with pride and tenacity

          Home sweet Homecoming
           for Steinert and Hamilton

Steinert's Kyle Fischer, who had a career all-around day in Saturday's win over Princeton, takes off with an 18-yard reception for a first down (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at jbsportsphoto@aol.com).
Oct. 10, 2015 Football
Spartans' second-half outburst takes down Princeton
Happy days are here again for winning Steinert program

Dayzjohn Dunston hauls in a 52-yard touchdown pass from Hezekiah Patterson on Hamilton's first play from scrimmage in Saturday's 40-7 Homecoming win over West Windsor-Plainsboro South (Photo by Donna "Roll Tide" Brihn).
Oct. 10, 2015 Football
Hamilton wins big over WWPS as everyone gets to play

Kadier Nelson (93) throws a block for Darry Felix (1) while Glenn Dobron (83) moves in to help during Nottingham's game at Rancocas Valley Friday (Photo by Mary Malone).
Oct. 9, 2015 Football
Nottingham suffers a long night at Rancocas Valley

Nottingham defensive back Jovanny Jean-Baptiste (25) and the Nottingham defense will hope to shoestring the Rancocas Valley offense in Friday night's WJFL Colonial Division showdown (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at jbsportsphoto@aol.com).
Oct. 9, 2015 Football Preview: Week 5
Stars look to bounce back at RV after disappointing loss

Steinert and Princeton could display offensive fireworks
West knows it can't afford to take WW-P South lightly
Click for WBCB Mercer County Football Show: Week 5

Nottingham's Jennifer Macario tries to control the ball against Robbinsville during the Northstars Pink-Out game on Thursday (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
Oct. 8, 2015 Girls Soccer
Lawrence's late goal ties Hamilton; Stars fall to Ravens

Espenhorst's second-half goal lifts Steinert past Ewing

Brianna Dorner (above) teamed with Elicia Inman for a second doubles win to help Steinert defeat Notre Dame 3-2 on Wednesday (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at jbsportsphoto@aol.com).
Oct. 7, 2015 Girls Tennis
Hamilton tops Trenton for first win; Steinert nips ND

Oct. 7, 2015 Mercer County 12th Man TD Club Notebook
Officials honored on a night of fun and seriousness

Freshman Guiliana Pocino had a goal and an assist in Nottingham's first win of the season Tuesday, 8-0, at Trenton. Cindy Mejia had a hat trick, Ivonne Vasquez had two goals and three assists, Samantha Uriostegui and Nicole Reed each had a goal and Karli Garzillo had an assist. Sara Haas and Madison Colabella split the shutout in goal. Hamilton West fell to Ewing, 3-1, as Carlee Smith had the Hornets lone goal. Steinert dropped a 3-0 decision at Princeton as Liz Harvell had seven saves in goal (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).

Aleya Nicholson (above) teamed with Monique Bergeron at second doubles to play an extremely competitive match before losing a tie-breaker in Nottingham's setback to Robbinsville Tuesday (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
Oct. 6, 2015 Girls Tennis
Steinert rolls past Ewing; Stars fall to Robbinsville

Nottingham field hockey players enjoy a well deserved celebration after their win over WW-P South today, as the victory snapped a 45-game winless streaks and gave the Stars their first victory since Oct. 18, 2015 (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
Oct. 5, 2015 Field Hockey
Stars snap skid; West wins on Senior Day; Spartans fall

Steinert's Isabel Shin returns a shot during Monday's second singles match with Lawrence during the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III Tournament (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at jbsportsphoto@aol.com).
Oct. 5, 2015 Girls Tennis
Lawrence tops Steinert in CJ III tourney; West falls

Steinert's Alex Rubio displays his complementary t-shirt while accepting his Rossi's gift card from manager Rob Silcox after the senior was named the Fish4scores/Rossi's Athlete of the Week (Photo by Rich Fisher).
Oct. 4, 2015 Fish4scores/Rossi's Athlete of the Week
Rubio's rumbling runs had his stat sheet shining

Nottingham quarterback Mike Malagrino, with lineman Sam Malespina close behind, breaks away from the pack for a 63-yard run that set up the Northstars first touchdown against Pemberton Saturday (Photo by Mary Malone).
Oct. 3, 2015 Football
Nottingham hurts itself in loss to Pemberton

Chris Stout brings down a Cinnaminson ball carrier during Saturday's game (Photo by Donna "Roll Tide" Brihn).
Oct. 3, 2015 Football

Hamilton late fumble gives Cinnaminson chance to rally

Oct. 2, 2015 Football Previews: Week 4
Unbeaten Pemberton will provide Stars with a challenge
West comes off a bye to face undefeated Cinnaminson

Click for WBCB Mercer County Football Show: Week 4

Steinert's Giana Pittaro goes up for a headball against Hamilton's Concetta Scordato during Thursday's game at West (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at jbsportsphoto@aol.com).
Oct. 1, 2015 Girls Soccer
Steinert blanks Hamilton on Morgan goal; Stars fall

Ana Revendis was part of a stout defense in Hamilton West's well-played, 2-0 loss to Robbinsville Wednesday (Photo by Ken Weingartner). 
Sep. 30, 2015 Field Hockey
West loses close one to Robbinsville; Stars fall

Helping Nottingham's Kem Montina (second from left) celebrate his 12th Man Club Defensive Lineman of the Year Award Tuesday night were Jack Dunn, executive director of Sunshine Classic; Frank "The Godfrather" Gatto, Nottingham Defensive Coordinator, and Gary Leonhardt, Sunshine Classic Committeeman (Photo by Tony Piscotta).
Sep. 30, 2015 Mercer County 12th Man TD Club Notebook
Montina honored and Sun shines at this week's dinner

Steinert's Lynzie Morgan focuses on the ball at her feet while a Lawrence defender moves in during Tuesday night's game at Zimmer Field (Photo by Amanda "The Homeowner" Ruch /www.amandaruchphotography.smugmug.com).
Sep. 29, 2015 Girls Soccer
West tops Stars for initial victory; Spartans also win first

Steinert senior Brandon Cray made it official that he will be continuing his education and wrestling career in the Big 10 as he signs a letter of intent to attend the University of Maryland. Flanking Cray is his mom Debbie and dad Todd, while standing in the rear (from left) are Athletic Director Steve Gazdek, coaches Doug "Cooperazi" Cooper, Adam "The Postmaster General" Jankos and Joe Panfili, and Principal Nate Weber. Cray became the first Hamilton Township wrestler to win a state wrestling title last March.

Getting her first experience playing on artificial turf, Steinert goalie Kelly Quaste made 14 saves in the Spartans 5-0 loss at Robbinsville Monday night (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
Sep. 28, 2015 Field Hockey
Steinert falls at Robbinsville; Stars lose but score twice

Sep. 28, 2015 MCT Girls Tennis
Steinert's Shin reaches backdraw; West pleases Funari

Sep. 28, 2015 Girls Soccer
Hornets drop third straight 1-0 game at PDS
        Sep. 28: In a story that’s getting old, the Hamilton West girls soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision at Princeton Day School today. Why old? Because it’s the third straight 1-0 loss for the Hornets after three straight 2-0 losses. Tracey Mraw continues to excel as she made 14 saves, with only Hannah Bunce’s first-half shot getting by her.

It's been time for the Northstars to shine as Rossi's manager Rob Silcox presents gift cards to Nottingham's Ben Fair and Rachel Soto-Garcia, who display their complementary t-shirt after winning Fish4scores/Rossi's Athlete of the Week awards for the past two weeks (Photo by Rich Fisher).
Sep. 20 & 27, 2015 Fish4scores/Rossi's Athletes of the Week
Rachel Soto-Garcia helping Nottingham to big victories
Fair runs wild in Stars' wins over WWPS and Allentown

Steinert's Sydney Weber (right) battles for the ball during a 4-0 loss to Hopewell on Friday. In other recent field hockey action, Hamilton moved to 3-2-1 with a 1-0 win over Ranney Saturday as Sam Courtney scored her first goal of the year off an assist from Madyson Yousko. Alyssa Langevin had a combined 24 saves in that win and a 4-0 loss to Allentown. Nottingham dropped a 1-0 decision to Lawrence Friday as Marinique Creech had five saves (Photo by Amanda "The Homeowner" Ruch / amandaruchphotography.smugmug.com).

Click for West hockey, Steinert girls soccer JV results
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Sep. 25, 2015 Girls Tennis
Nottingham rolls to win over Trenton

Jordan Goodarz slows down a Bishop McDevitt ball carrier while Angelo Sanger (11) and Joe Chiacchio, who came up huge in the closing minutes, come in to finish him off (Photo by Amanda "The Homeowner" Ruch / amandaruchphotography.smugmug.com).
Sep. 26, 2015 Football
Rubio rushes for 233 as Steinert holds off McDevitt

Devion Stokes (92) and Kadier Nelson (93) put pressure on Allentown quarterback Jordan Winston during Friday night's Northstar victory (Photo by Mary Malone).
Sep. 25, 2015 Football
Grind-it-out attack helps Stars finally get best of Redbirds
Nottingham's offense plays keep away from Allentown

Winston gets his yards but doesn't devastate Northstars

Click for WBCB Mercer County Football Show: Week 3

Reggie Phillips (43) and Kier Jenkins were part of a defensive unit that recorded eight sacks against WWP-South last week, but they will be  challenged by facing an offensive juggernaut at Allentown Friday night (Photo by Mary Malone).
Sep. 24, 2015 Football Previews: Week 3
Nottingham will try to slow down Allentown offense 
Bishop McDevitt crosses the bridge over to Steinert

Hamilton's Aaliyah Dennis tries to split the defense of WW-P South's Lauren Gronich (14) and Samantha Schattin during today's game at West (Photo by Nancy Eggert).
Sep. 24, 2015 Girls Soccer
Frustrations: West edged; Stars blanked; Spartans tied

Steinert High senior Brandon Cray, the first wrestler in Hamilton Township history to win a state championship, has decided on the University of Maryland to continue his education and wrestling career. Cray will be holding a letter-of-intent photo signing Thursday at Steinert (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at jbsportsphoto@aol.com).
Sep. 23, 2015 Wrestling
Steinert's state champ Cray decides on Maryland

Sep. 23, 2015 Girls Soccer
Hamilton gives unbeaten Scotties a tussle in 1-0 defeat

Nottingham's Kristina Woods (5) gets ready to work her way forward against Hun during the Stars 5-0 loss Tuesday. Goalie Martinique Creech played well for the Stars with 11 saves (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick). 
Sep. 22, 2015 Field Hockey
Pemberton uses second-half goals to beat Steinert

Michaela Miranda scored a goal at Lawrenceville Tuesday and also made a general nuisance of herself by putting pressure on the Big Red defense in the Spartans last-minute loss (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at jbsportsphoto@aol.com).
Sep. 22, 2015 Girls Soccer
Last-minute goal sinks Steinert at Lawrenceville

Hamilton West's Fatima Casiano is the second Hornet across the finish line during Monday's cross country meet at Mercer Park with Robbinsville and Notre Dame (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at jbsportsphoto@aol.com).
Sep. 21, 2015 Cross Country
United Hornets fall to Robbinsville and Notre Dame

Sep. 21, 2015 Girls Tennis
Steinert gets back over .500 with win over Hamilton

Sep. 21, 2015 Girls Soccer
Hamilton falls; Nottingham loses; Steinert postponed

Sep. 21, 2015 Field Hockey
Kramarz scores but Steinert falls; West ties Hightstown
       Sep. 21:
Alyssa Kramarz scored her first goal of the season, but Steinert's field hockey team fell to Allentown, 7-1, to drop to 1-4. Hamilton played Hightstown to a scoreless tie.

Nottingham's Ben Fair runs for one of his five touchdowns against West Windsor-Plainsboro South in Saturday 34-14 Northstars victory. Fair tied a school record with five TDs in a game (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at jbsportsphoto@aol.com).
Sep. 19, 2015 Football
Solid defense and a 'Fair' offense leads Stars to first win
Spartans have 'been better' after close loss at Trenton

Hamilton senior defender Victoria Bezek plays the ball as Nottingham's Taylor Thompson, who had a nice game pressures during Friday's contest. Shaye Kavanagh, Madalyn McDonald and Nottingham's Kelsey Howell trail the play (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
Sep. 18, 2015 Field Hockey
Onorati's late goal lifts Hamilton past Nottingham

Receiver Emerson Annoual and his Nottingham teammates are turning their backs on last week's loss to Lenape and looking straight ahead to Saturday's home opener with West Windsor-Plainsboro South (Photo by Mary Malone).
Sep. 18, 2015 Football Previews: Week 2
Steinert travels to Trenton for big early-season test
Stars putting Lenape loss behind as WWPS pays visit
Click for WBCB Mercer County Football Show: Week 2

Sep. 18, 2015 Football
Little goes right for Hamilton in loss to Notre Dame

The Nottingham High seniors gave the Media Mogul a moment of their time before going out and playing a tough match in a 3-2 loss to Allentown Friday (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
Sep. 18, 2015 Girls Tennis
Stars edged; Spartans fall; Hornets zipped

JV Round-Up
West football, Stars boys, Spartans girls all get wins

Standout linebackers Zach Harding (left) and Dakota Shelton will hope to celebrate a win over Notre Friday, but will have their hands full with Irish quarterback Xavier Lezynski and his receiver, township product Jake Liedtka (Photo by Donna "The Trooper" Brihn). 
Sep. 17, 2015 Football Preview: Week 2
Hamilton visits ND after both teams impress in openers

Sep. 17, 2015 Girls Tennis
Nottingham wins second straight; Steinert falls

The Nottingham girls soccer team gets it in prior to Thursday's game with visiting Notre Dame (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
Sep. 17, 2015 Girls Soccer
Steinert ties Hightstown; Hornets and Northstars blanked

Hamilton defensive coordinator Jerry Van Slooten (left) and Steinert head coach Dan Caruso flank their 12th Man TD Club weekly award winners Mark Bethea (second from left) and Jack Johnson, while in the front row proud moms Tonya Bethea and Kathy Johnson share a smile (Photo by Tony Piscotta). 
Sep. 15, 2015 Mercer County 12th Man TD Club
New-look TD club welcomes three first-year coaches

Sep. 15-16, 2015 Girls Tennis
Stars stun Notre Dame; Spartans roll; West plays hard

Nottingham's Gabby Brown is stopped by Steinert goalie Kelly Quaste during Wednesday's Battle of Klockner Road Field Hockey showdown at Nottingham (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
Sep. 16, 2015 Field Hockey
Steinert earns first win of the season at Nottingham
Hornets bristling at themselves after loss to Princeton

Nottingham cross country coach Melissa "Shop 'N Bag" Persichetti (center) embraces "Amazing" Grace Dwyer (left) and Justina Eckhardt as the duo prepared to start their senior season in Tuesday's tri-meet against Lawrence and Notre Dame at Veterans Park (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
Sep. 15, 2015 Cross Country
Stars teams beat Lawrence in opener; West looks good

Steinert's Kaelyn Angelucci (1) high steps it with Allentown's Emma Pascarella during Tuesday's game at Steinert, in which Pascarella's leg proved to be the difference (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at jbsportsphoto@aol.com).
Sep. 15, 2015 Girls Soccer
Allentown edges Steinert; WWPS tops Nottingham

Steinert's Nicole Nadolny battles a Lawrence player for possession during Tuesday's game on Klockner Road (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at jbsportsphoto@aol.com).
Sep. 15, 2015 Field Hockey
Steinert applies pressure but Lawrence gets the win

Steinert's Jordan Morrison displays his complementary Fish4scores t-shirt while receiving his Rossi's gift card from manager Rob Silcox after the Steinert sophomore won the school year's first Fish4scores/Rossi's Athlete of the Week award (Photo by Rich Fisher). 
Sep. 13, 2015 Fish4scores/Athlete of the Week
Morrison makes the most of his carries in Steinert win

Dayzjohn Dunston rolls into the endzone for the game-winning touchdown against Princeton Saturday as Hamilton opened its season with a 10-7 victory (Photo by Donna "The Trooper" Brihn).
Sep. 12, 2015 Football
Hamilton opens with win over Princeton on late TD

Sep. 12, 2015 Boys Soccer
Nottingham falls to Lawrenceville
      Sep. 12:
Nottingham High's boys soccer team dropped to 0-3 with a 5-1 loss to Lawrenceville today. Trailing 1-0, the Northstars tied it on a goal by sophomore Matt Midura. But the Big Red responded with two quick goals and cruised from there.

A strong defensive effort by Kristin "Z" Hallam helped Nottingham preserve a 1-1 tie with Hamilton Saturday morning (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at jbsportsphoto@aol.com).
Sep. 12, 2015 Girls Soccer
Hamilton and Nottingham play to 1-1 deadlock

Kervens Bazile makes a hit on a Lenape ball carrier while Kem Montina moves in to help out during Nottingham's season-opener at Lenape Friday night (Photo by Mary Malone). 
Sep. 11, 2015 Football
Lenape too much for Nottingham on opening night

Sep. 11, 2015 Girls JV Soccer
Pitonyak wins debut as Flodman scores two for Steinert

Sep. 11, 2015 Freshman Soccer
Steinert's boys and girls win openers over Hopewell

Steinert's Jake Jones chases down elusive WWPN quarterback Malik Thompson, which was no easy task, while teammate Hunter Chranowski (62) is close behind during the Spartans 21-0 win in Plainsboro Friday night (Photo by Amanda "The Homeowner" Ruch/http://amandaruchphotography.smugmug.com).
Sep. 11, 2015 Football
Caruso finally gets opening-day win as Steinert rolls

Sep. 11, 2015 Field Hockey
Kavanagh, Gerstnicker give West 2-0 victory at Steinert

Steinert graduate John Mastrangelo had an outstanding freshman season at Harford College and continued his stellar play over the summer (Photo courtesy Harford Athletics).
College Baseball
Steinert grad Mastrangelo excels at bat and in field

Sep. 10, 2015 Girls Soccer
Spartans play strong first half but fall to HoVal in opener 

Hamilton linebacker Dakota Shelton (left) and Steinert running back/linebacker Alex Rubio (right) are both major cogs for their respective teams as the high school football season kicks off Friday night (Photo by Donna "The Trooper" Brihn).
Sep. 9, 2015 Football Previews
West hopes to carry 2014 momentum into this year
Stars need talented youngsters to mature quickly
Steinert looks for potential to blossom into results
Click for Week 1 WBCB Mercer County Football Show

Elicia Inman (left) and Brianna Dorner are all smiles after taking a 6-1, 6-1 win at second doubles Tuesday to spark Steinert's tennis team to a 3-2 win over Allentown at Veterans Park (Photo by Tony Piscotta).
Sep. 8, 2015 Girls Tennis
Shin, doubles teams lift Steinert; Stars and West fall

Angelina Sfarra is back for her second season at first singles for Nottingham, which is looking to have a solid season this year (Photo by Dennis Symons/dennissymons.com).
Sep. 8, 2015 Girls Tennis Previews
Riese takes over Steinert; Stars improved; West rebuilds

Anthony Martinez is one of Nottingham's senior captains as the Northstars look for an improved season this year (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at jbsportsphoto@aol.com).
Sep. 7, 2015 Boys & Girls Cross Country Previews
Strong newcomers, proven vets mark township teams

Seniors (front to back) Shaye Kavanagh, Anna Revenidis and Alyssa Langevin all return to Hamilton to try and help the Hornets build on last year's history-making state tournament victory (Photo by Ken Weingartner).
Sep. 6, 2015 Field Hockey Previews
Optimism apparent as township teams ready for season

Nottingham's Marvin Velez works the ball upfield against North Burlington during Saturday's season opener for the Stars (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
Sep. 5, 2015 Boys Soccer
Nottingham drops opener; Steinert rolls past Sayreville

Seniors Christine Baum (left) and Nicole Reid return to aid the Hamilton West and Nottingham girls soccer teams this season (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at jbsportsphoto@aol.com).
Sep. 3, 2015 Girls Soccer Previews
Adams looks to instill new atmosphere in West program
Nottingham hoping to improve scoring and defense
Hastings feels Spartans' experience should be a plus

A year after he was walking off the field for Single A Kane County in the playoffs, Steinert's James Pugliese has been promoted from Single A Myrtle Beach to Double A Tennessee for the final week of the season (Photo by Peg Cash).
Sep. 1 Minor League Baseball
Cubs promote James Pugliese to Double A Tennessee

Aug. 27, 2015 Boys Basketball
Trentonian: Perry out at Steinert, Malloy back at West

Mercerville's Shamali-kalil Whittle displays his bronze and seventh-place medals that he won at the recent AAU Junior Olympics in Hampton, Va., earlier this month.
AAU Track & Field Junior Olympics
Whittle caps outstanding year with a bronze in the 200

Steinert grad James Pugliese fires a pitch for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans earlier this season. Pugliese is currently on the DL but expects to be back soon to resume what has been a strong season (Photo courtesy of Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans).
Aug. 7, 2015 Q&A With James Pugliese
Pugs enjoying strong season in advanced Class A ball

Steinert coach Dan Caruso (left) and Nottingham's Jon "Big Dawg" Adams watch stars of the future go through drills at last month's Hamilton Township Youth Football Camp, sponsored by the township's high school coaches at Steinert (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
Click for photos of township coaches youth football camp

Andy Jaquez crosses the plate for a fourth-inning run for Nottingham's 13-year-olds against Paulino at Atlantic City's Sandcastle Tuesday. Unfortunately for the Demeo Dudes, this scene was repeated enough as they dropped a 7-2 decision in the Mid-Atlantic Region final (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at jbsportsphoto@aol.com).
Aug. 4, 2015 Babe Ruth Mid-Atlantic Regionals (13s)
Paulino thwarts Nottingham's bid for World Series berth

CJ PIttaro slams one of his four hits against Millville during Nottingham's 10-0 win in the Mid-Atlantic semifinals Monday (Photo by Cheryl "The Marathon Girl" Harris).
Aug. 3, 2015 Babe Ruth Mid-Atlantic Regionals (13s)

Pittaro, James pace Nottingham to semi win over Millville

Two scoops are always better than one when it comes to ice cream and the same can be said for first basemen as Nottingham's Brendan James makes the first of two error-saving scoops on throws from his infielders during a 10-0 win over Millville in Monday's 13-year-old Mid-Atlantic Regional (Photo by Cheryl "The Marathon Girl" Harris).
Aug. 2, 2015 Babe Ruth Mid-Atlantic Regionals
Nottingham 13s top Millville to cap pool play at 4-0
Nottingham 14s get to bracket play before being ousted

Although Brett Harris and Spencer Conti nearly collided on this ball on Friday, they stayed out of each other's way well enough on Saturday to do their jobs on the mound (Harris) and at the plate (Conti) (Photo by Cheryl Harris).
Aug. 1, 2015 Babe Ruth Mid-Atlantic Regionals (13s)
Nottingham romps again to move to 3-0 in pool play

David Iorio's RBI single was one of numerous key hits the Nottingham 14s as they defeated Piedmont Saturday morning to stay in the hunt for a Mid-Atlantic Region quarterfinal berth (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at jbsportsphoto@aol.com).
Aug. 1, 2015 Babe Ruth Mid-Atlantic Regional (14s)
Nottingham tops Piedmont, needs win on Saturday night

Nottingham's Danny Melnick tags out a Valley runner at the plate during the fourth inning of Friday afternoon's Babe Ruth 14-year-old Mid-Atlantic Region game at Steinert (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at jbsportsphoto@aol.com). 
July 31, 2015 Babe Ruth Mid-Atlantic Regionals (14s)
Nottingham drops to 0-2 with setback to Valley

Justin Brunow tags out a Valley runner at second during the Nottingham 13s pool play Mid-Atlantic Region win in Atlantic City Friday morning (Photo by Cheryl Harris).
July 31, 2015 Babe Ruth Mid-Atlantic Regionals (13s)
Nottingham moves to 2-0 in pool play with mercy rule win

Anchor House "Yoots" Erin Drulis (left) and Nicole Paparella ride the Garnish express, as Henry Garnish drives them around. Henry is the son of bike mechanic Pete Garnish.
Tony Piscotta discusses his Anchor House experience

July 29, 2015 Babe Ruth Mid-Atlantic Regionals (13s)
Nottingham has strong start with 11-6 win over Altoona

Nottingham's Ryan Mains heads to first after collecting a second-inning single against Ewing-Hopewell in Tuesday's 14-year-old Mid-Atlantic Region game at Veterans Park (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at jbsportsphoto@aol.com).
July 28, 2015 Babe Ruth Mid-Atlantic Regionals (14s)
E-H manages to survive Nottingham's late comeback

Tino Malave scores a ninth-inning run for Broad Street Park as he tried to spark a comeback that fell just short (Photo by Nancy McManimon).
July 27, 2015 NJ Legion State Tournament
Valiant BSP comeback falls run short in elimination loss
Post 31 can't get big hit as it's ousted by Gloucester

Anthony Meduri scores Broad Street's first run in a cloud of dust after coming home on Isaiah Hall's sacrifice fly against Hopewell Valley in Sunday's state game at Moody Park. Catcher Will Karp tries to make the play (Photo by Nancy McManimon).
July 26, 2015 NJ American Legion State Tournament
Hamilton survives near-disaster to defeat Bergen
Astbury, Malave lead Broad Street past Hopewell

Hamilton catcher Anthony Peroni dives to tag out Luke Rollins, who was gunned down by Alec Gerasimowicz from right field in the sixth inning of Saturday morning's American Legion state tournament game at Moody Park (Photo by Amanda Ruch / amandaruchphotography.smugmug.com).
July 25, 2015 American Legion State Tournament
Brooklawn blanks Hamilton in first-round game
Broad Street Park can't handle Gloucester's ace

July 23, 2015 Babe Ruth SNJ States (13s)
One bad inning against Millville sinks Nottingham

July 23, 2015 Section 3 LL (10s)
Nottingham eliminated in loss to Middletown

The Nottingham 10-year-old All-Stars display their championship banner after winning the District 12 title last week.
Little League District 12/Section 3 Tournament (10s)
Nottingham win districts, keeps battling in sectionals

Spencer Conti had two hits and two runs scored in Nottingham's win over Hamilton Wednesday night that clinched a Mid-Atlantic Regional berth for the Veterans Park Gang (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at jbsportsphoto@aol.com).
July 22, 2015 Babe Ruth SNJ States (13s)
Nottingham outs Hamilton and clinches regional berth
Click for belated story & photo on Nottingham's District One title

Nottingham's Thomas Gater is congratulated by his teammates after blasting a first-inning, three-run homer against Clark in Tuesday's Section 3 Tournament (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at jbsportsphoto@aol.com).
July 21, 2015 Section 3 Little League (12s)
Nottingham loses heart-breaker on Clark walk-off homer
Belated story/photos on NLL's fifth straight District 12 title

The Broad Street Park baseball team celebrates via the doggie pile way after defeating Brooklawn 4-3 Monday night at Mercer Park to win the program's first district title and advance to the state's first Final 8 since 1992 (Photo by Nancy McManimon).
July 20-21, 2015 Legion Baseball District Tournaments
Champs!: BSP tops Brooklawn, Post 31 rips Passaic

Tim-ber! Hamilton's Tim Toomer looks like a chopped tree going down as he heads into second base with a two-run double in the first inning of Thursday night's District One game with West Windsor that was suspended after four innings (Photo by Mary Malone/Purchase photos at Malone Photography).
July 9, 2015 Babe Ruth District One (13s)
Hamilton leads WWP 3-1 after four in suspended game

Sunnybrae's Anthony Wilk can't get Nottingham's Jordan Nitti at second, but he completed the play to get the out at first during Wednesday's action of the District 12 elimination final, which was completed Thursday night (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at jbsportsphoto@aol.com).
July 9, 2015 District 12 Little League (12s)
Nottingham wins two-night game to oust Sunnybrae

Ross Talbot puts the tag on Josh deDufour to end Broad Street Park's 5-2 win over Hopewell in thrilling fashion on Thursday night (Photo by Nancy McManimon).
July 9, 2015 Legion Baseball
Francioso leads Post 31; BSP tops HoVal; Hibos blanked

July 9, 2015 Cal Ripken Mid-Atlantic Regionals (12s)
Hamilton Little Lads fall to Valley AA in pool play opener

Nottingham's Thomas Mills puts the tag on Sunnybrae's Noel Olavaria trying to steal second on a second-inning passed ball in Wednesday night's District 12 game, which was suspended after two innings (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at jbsportsphoto@aol.com).

July 8, 2015 District 12 LL
Nottingham 12s lead 'Brae with game halted in second
Nottingham 10s top R'ville to reach winner's bracket final

Broad Street Park's Lou Potts is about ready to be tug out by Hamilton's Matt Ricci on a stolen base attempt in the second inning of Wednesday's legion game (Photo by Amanda Ruch / http://amandaruchphotography.smugmug.com/).
July 8, 2015 Legion Baseball
BSP lead Hamilton in game suspended in top of fourth

July 8, 2015 Babe Ruth District One (13s)
Nottingham defeats E-H to gain berth in states

The Hamilton Little Lads 12-year-old All Stars display their state championship banner after defeating Washington Township Blue, 7-1, in the SNJ state final in Moorestown Tuesday night (Photo by Mike Moceri).
July 7, 2015 Cal Ripken SNJ States (12s)
Little Lads top Washington twice to win championship

The Nottingham 12-year-old All Stars mob Thomas Gater at the plate after he blasted a three-run homer against West Windsor in Tuesday's District 12 winner's bracket final. Gater's fifth HR of the districts, however, could not prevent Nottingham from suffering a 10-8 loss (Photo by Mary Malone).
July 7, 2015 District 12 Little League (12s)
Nottingham falls to Robbinsville and will meet the Brae
Sunnybrae tops WW for fourth straight elimination win

Hamilton Babe Ruth 13s stay alive in Districts
       July 7: The Hamilton Babe Ruth 13-year-old All-Stars took an 18-3 win over Montgomery tonight to stay alive in District One play. Hamilton meets West Windsor-Plainsboro Wednesday at Switlik Park in another elimination game, as WW-P beat Lawrence 3-1. 

Hamilton's Nicholas Potocki is out at home in the fifth of Monday night's Babe Ruth District One game against Ewing-Hopewell. The Switlik Gang dropped a 2-1 decision as it had two runners thrown out at home in the fifth (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at jbsportsphoto@aol.com).
July 6, 2015 Babe Ruth District One (13s)
Nottingham wins opener, Hamilton edged by E-H

Connor Egan (white helmet) is congratulated by taller teammate Anthony Ciffullo and several other Sunnybrae teammates after homering in the fourth inning of Monday's 12-year-old District 12 tournament win over Lawrence (Photo by Mary Malone).
July 6, 2015 Little League All-Stars (12s)
Brae stays alive in District 12 as do Lads in Ripken states

Kyle Kopczynski helped spark a mind-boggling sixth-run inning by drawing a bases-loaded walk to start a six-run rally in Sunnybrae's 8-7 District 12 win over Cranbury-Plainsboro (Photo by Mary Malone).
July 5, 2015 District 12 Little League (10s)
Sunnybrae scores six in sixth for amazing walk-off win

Ali Pompey, who scored the run that put the 10-run rule into effect, and the Nottingham 12-year-olds rolled into the District 12 winner's bracket finals with a resounding win over Bordentown Sunday (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at jbsportsphoto@aol.com).
July 5, 2015 District 12 Little League (12s)
Nottingham steamrolls its way into winner's bracket finals

July 4, 2015 District 12 (10s)
Nottingham celebrates July 4th with offensive fireworks
July 4:
The Nottingham 10-year-old District 12 All-Star team rolled past Lawrence, 16-3, in a first-round game today. Jack Hughes was 3-for-3 with a Grand Slam and five RBI.
          Also contributing offensively were: Danny Maher (2 hits, 2 RBI, 2 runs), Cameron Cote (hit, 3 runs), Michael Jolly (hit, RBI), Braedan Nitti (hit, RBI, run) and Kyan Filipponi (hit, 2 runs). Winning pitcher Michael Stromberg struck out three and helped his cause with a hit and four RBI. Nottingham is at Robbinsville 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Sunnybrae centerfielder Johnny Gibbs (above) stretches to make a nice catch against HTRBA during Friday's 12-year-old District 12 elimination game at Van Horn Field. Gibbs' defense helped the Brae to a 10-9, seven-inning victory, as the Yardville Gang returns to action at 6 p.m. Monday on their home field against the loser of Sunday's Lawrence-Robbinsville game. Below, HTRBA's Zak given puts the tag on Jack Pattik as the Sunnybrae runner tries stretching a single to a double. Sunnybrae trailed 7-0 at one point but rallied behind Sean Fessler, who had the game winning hit and was the winning pitcher with four solid innings of relief. Gibbs, Anthony Wilk and Ryan Liquori each had two hits. has won two straight elimination games, beating Cranbury-Plainsboro 5-4 on Thursday (Photos by John Blaine/purchase photos at jbsportsphoto@aol.com).

Nottingham's Anthony Cordero, who had an outstanding game, stops Trenton's Andrew Holt near the goal line during Wednesday night's Sunshine Classic at The College of New Jersey (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at jbsportsphoto@aol.com).
July 1, 2015 Sunshine Football Classic
Nottingham's Cordero excels in East's loss to West

HTRBA catcher Joe Tyger tags out Nottingham's Jack Hardiman at home during Wednesday's 12-year-old District 12 opener at Sayen Park. It was one of the few things that didn't work out for Nottingham in a 13-1 victory (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at jbsportsphoto@aol.com).
July 1, 2015 District 12-Year-Old Tournaments
Gater leads Nottingham; Little Lads win Ripken title

July 1, 2015 Babe Ruth District One
Hamilton pushes E-H to limit before falling title game

Tommy McParland had an RBI single in the seventh as Nottingham's 15-year-old All Stars tried to stage a second straight seventh-inning comeback Tuesday night.
June 30, 2015 Babe Ruth District One
Nottingham 15s ousted; Hamilton 14s reach title round

June 30, 2015 District 12 LL (12s)
Sunnybrae falls to Lawrence in zany first-round game

Hamilton's Alex Venutolo puts the tag on Nottingham's Ryan Meszaros during Monday night's Babe Ruth 14-year-old District One game at Switlik Park (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at jbsportsphoto@aol.com).
June 29, 2015 Babe Ruth District One
Nottingham 15s stun Hamilton; Meckel lifts Hamilton 14s

Elijah Baldwin is one of three returnees to the HTRBA 12-year-old All-Star team who played in the districts as an 11-year-old last summer (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at jbsportsphoto@aol.com).
June 29, 2015 District 12 Little League 12s
Click for HTRBA, N'ham, Sunnybrae rosters/team photos

June 27, 2015 Babe Ruth District One
Hamilton 14s stay alive; Nottingham, Hamilton 15s fall

Anthony Russo and the Hamilton 15-year-old All-Stars will meet Ewing-Hopewell Saturday, 1 p.m., in the District One Tournament at Switlik Park (Photo by Mary Malone).

June 26, 2015 Babe Ruth District One 15s
Nottingham, Hamilton ready to roll in tournament play

June 26, 2015 Babe Ruth District One 14s
Ewing-Hopewell holds off Hamilton in opening round

Dominick Maglione, shown as a young pup two years ago pitching for the Sunnybrae All-Stars, will be one of the hurlers for the Hamilton Babe Ruth 14-year-old All-Stars when they begin District One play against Ewing-Hopewell Friday night at Mercer East (Photo by Nancy Eggert).
June 26, 2015 Babe Ruth District One 14s
Hamilton begins tourney play against Ewing-Hopewell

Nottingham senior Alexander Borzelin poses in front of the New Balance banner after he earned All-American status at the New Balance National Track & Field meet this past weekend. Running in Lane 8 Borzelin finished fifth in the nation in the 400 intermediate hurdles with a time of 52.68.

The Hamilton Township-based Diamonds softball team won a silver medal in Sunday's Unified New Jersey Division I Special Olympics Tournament at Mercer County Park. Team members include (front row, from left)Tommy Smith, Ryan "Mehoff" Fink (back row); Brandon Harshman, Nick Reese, Chris "Cougar Magnet" Geraci, the legendary Sean Reese, Billy Collins and Alex Buzgo.

This year's sportsmanship winners from Hamilton West, Steinert and Nottingham show off their plaques after being honored Tuesday night at the CVC Sportsmanship Dinner at Mercer Oaks.

June 6-7 AAU Track & Field
Mercerville's Whittle excels in NJ championships


Rossi's server/hostess Debbie Rossi presents Malik Snead with his gift card while the Hamilton West senior displays his complimentary t-shirt after being names the Fish4scores.com/Rossi's Athlete of the Week (Photo by Rich Fisher).
June 7, 2015 Fish4scores/Rossi's Athlete of the Week
Snead's Groups and MOC efforts keep West tradition alive 


Cabrini freshman Jess Giordano, a Steinert grad,made the Colonial States Athletic Conference this week after an outstanding week in the circle (Photo courtesy of Cabrini College Athletic Communications).
Apr. 23 College Softball
Giordano honored at Cabrini; township players aid MCCC

Congratulations and kudos to "Team Terry", which did the Walk for MS at Veterans Park Sunday. Led by captain Terry Rossi and Post-Walk Happy Hour Director Kathy Clemency, the members of Team Terry did a 5K walk to raise funds to fight multiple sclerosis.

After a torrid week in which he hit .389, Rider leftfielder and Steinert graduate James Locklear received the CollegeSportsMadness.com Player of the Week from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (Photo courtesy Pete Borg/Rider Athletic Communications).
Apr. 15, 2015 College Baseball
Rider's torrid-hitting Locklear gets first collegiate honor

Mike Fornaro learned a valuable lesson Sunday night, that when you get all dressed up the pretty girls come flocking. Fornaro is flanked by Steinert senior classmates Kylie Kiefffer (left) and Julia "St. Paddy's Queen" DeAngelo as the trio was honored with berths on the Hibernian Senior 11 team. Fornaro and Kieffer were also scholarship winners (Photo by Suzanne Fornaro).

It was a fun time in the Hornets Nest recently as over 40 students participated in the Hamilton West Unified Basketball Tournament, which provided an opportunity for students with and without disabilities the ability to compete together in a competitive environment (Photo by Carol Teeter).
Hamilton West Unified Basketball Tournament
Team Orange tops Team Black in championship game

Various Nottingham athletes spent a recent day off from school at the Trenton Boys and Girls Club. Northstar athletes ranging from baseball, girls soccer, football, cheerleading, track & field, cross country, swimming, tennis, and field hockey all came together for a great day of teamwork. They spent the day teaching and collaborating in various educational activities with the fantastic young kids from the Trenton Boys and Girls Club. From Left to Right are Eric Struble, Mackenzie Henry, Shannon McLaughlin, Samantha Kelly, Lindsay Argiriou, Arianna Hampton, Daisy Hoffman, Mia Salenetri, Joe Fosco, Katie Johnson, Faiq Siddiqui, Vincent Morency, Theresa Miktus, Kaitlin Alvarez, Jugal Shah, Taylor Varone, Joely DeMonte, Brian Munnelly and Meraf Degaga.  

The Hamilton West cheerleaders proudly display their CVC Divsion championship plaque along with their Spirit Award after excelling at the competition on Nov. 22 at Hightstown High School. Joining the girls are members of the football team, who showed up to cheer them on in a case of role reversal (Photo by Jason "Shutterbug" Malloy).
CVC Cheerleading Competition
Hamilton makes school history by winning division title

Former Steinert athlete, baseball coach and athletic director Rich Giallella displays his plaque after receiving one of the top athletic honors in New Jersey high school sports. Giallella was inducted to the NJSIAA Hall of Fame Monday at the Pines Manor in Edision. He is flanked by NJSIAA President Thomas Coleman on the left and Executive Director Steve Timko on the right (Photo by Brian "The Chef" Giallella).
Dec. 1, 2014 NJSIAA Hall of Fame
It's official: Giallella one of NJ sports top contributors

The Angiolino family poses behind a photo of Joey on Sunday, as Joey's Little Angels 4th Annual Toy Drive took place at Mercer Oaks (aka The House That Hinsey Built) and hauled in a record 656 toys to be donated to Duke hospital, Capital Health, Children's Hospital Of Pennsylvania and RWJ New Brunswick. The Reynolds 8th-graders were on hand to sing songs to the invited friends and family, while several athletes donned kid-friendly costumes, including Hamilton's Kevin Smiegocki (Sponge Bob), Notre Dame's "Deli" Dom Charello (Buzz Light Year), Steinert's Dominic Maglione (Elmo) and Grice's Vinnie Maglione (Dora The Explorer). Volunteers also included Nottingham's Maria Ship, Notre Dame's Alyssa "Deli Queen" Chiarello, Steinert's Megan Brugnoli, Morgan "The Menace" Comfort, Paige Meszaros, Gaby Bennett and Katie Whittaker. 

Hamilton grad Jayson DiManche walks off the field with all smiles after a Bengals win in October. The second-year man feels his NFL career is progressing nicely in Cincinnati.
Nov. 15, 2014 Q&A With Jayson DiManche
DiManche talks football after watching a West victory

Coach Erin Wolverton (left) recently led the Hamilton West Unified Soccer team to the silver medal at the 2014 Shriver Cup Soccer Championship.  Play Unified has provided an opportunity for all athletes to compete in an inclusive environment. Athletes competed from across the state during this event on Nov. 2. Hamilton's players (not in order) included  Mark Harmon, Joe Misciascio, John Mudri, Orlando Negron, Sam Nelson, Daniel Rodas, Shayne Rogers, Lashay Ross, Jeff Ruble, Tatiana Saffron and Alex Smith (Photo by Carol Teeter).
Shriver Cup Soccer Championship
West earns silver at Shriver Cup Soccer Championship

It was a Hamilton Township happening at Sunday night's Trenton Select Committee Testimonial Dinner, as all but one honoree hails from the township. From left to right are men's honoree and Steinert soccer legend Bobby Smith, women's honoree and Hamilton West player/Nottingham soccer coach Elyse Diamond, Gilbert P. Rossi Memorial Scholarship winner and Steinert grad Shane Plunkett, Jim Carlin Memorial Distinguished Service Award Carol Wagner, Nottingham Babe Ruth's Dan DeRose for Special Recognition, scholarship winner (and Hamilton party crasher!) Nicole Capuano, a Ewing High graduate, and Nottingham Little League's Bob Montague for Special Recognition (Photo by Rich Fisher). 

The Nottingham High Career Explorations Class, taught by Rob Nosari (front row right), welcomed Fish4scores' CEO Rich Fisher as a guest speaker Friday morning and asked several thought-provoking questions about careers in journalism. Fish4scores would like to thank the class for their invitation and their courtesy (Photo by Joe Shamma).

The Trenton Power reached the finals of the Cranbury Over-50 Tournament for the fourth straight year behind the play of (front row, from left) John Carmignani, Tom Moffat, Tony Pringle, Ed "Mooner" Myslinski, Lou Cioffi, John Bowen, Harold "Bird" Fink, Kevin Doran, Andy Marraffa, Steve Moffat; (back row), Bruce Brodowski, Matt Marraffa, Ted Rassmann, Nick "Klaus" Wiener, Rick Weiner, George Tiger, Rich Alito, Amr Ahmed, Paul Zuber, Joe Moffatt and coach Greg "Chief Dude" Sandusky.
Cranbury Over-50 Men's Soccer 

Trenton Power reaches finals before losing to Radnor

Hamilton Township ADS take the ALS Bucket Challenge

Prior to the national invasion of Special Olympics athletes to Mercer County, the Hamilton SKOR Diamonds Unified Softball Team won the Gold at the New Jersey Special Olympics State Games in early June. Team members are Sean and Nick Reese, Alex Buzgo, Tommy Smith, Billy Collins, Ryan "Mehoff" Fink, Charlie Wagner, Ben Kraml, John McKenna, Andrea Roberts, Justin Jennings, Kyle Stricker, Kevin Brunkel, Michael Underwood and Bruce Sapp.

      Special athletes from Hamilton
The New Jersey Special Olympics was staged in New Jersey this week and a couple of Hamilton Township athletes distinguished themselves well. Above, Patrick Rhoads, who has worked for Mercer County Special Services for the past 18 years, scored several goals for the New Jersey soccer team, and had one in the championship game when NJ beat Texas, 4-1. Below, Sean Reese, the pride of the YMCA, shows the form that enabled him go 6-for-12 for the Jersey softball team (Top photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at jbsportsphoto@aol.com; below photo by Michael Dill/michaeldillphotgraphy.com).

Nottingham High's  NJSIAA state bowling champion Raychel Waltz (front row, center) signs a Letter of Intent to roll strikes for Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn. Flanking Raychel is her dad John and mom Carol. In the rear (from left) are Athletic Director Dee "The Wizard" Taylor, bowling coach Kristen Dunham and Principal Mike Giambelluca (Photos by Wes “The Media Mogul” Kirkpatrick).

   Spartans take the nation by storm!
The Steinert cheerleaders proudly display their championship banner and trophy they earned by taking first place in the Large Varsity Level 4 at the 2014 All-Star Cheer and Dance Nationals at the ESPN Wild World of Sports complex in Orlando, Fla. (Click for more pictures).

Sporting the same Orange & Black colors of the Cincinnati Bengals that he used to wear while playing for Hamilton West, Bengals linebacker Jayson DiManche gave the students at Wilson Elementary School a thrill on Monday when he was the honorary "Principal of the Day."  DiManche thoroughly enjoyed his day in the big seat, posting on Facebook "A big thank you to Principal Panfili and the whole Wilson Elementary school staff for letting me run around the halls all day! It was such a great experience and I enjoyed being around all of the students, teachers and parents, I can't wait to be back!" There is no word yet whether the Bengals have offered Principal Barbara Panfili the opportunity to be Linebacker of the Day next training camp, but we here at Fish4scores highly recommend it. Afterall, fair is fair! (Photo by Nick Sakowski).

Ten years after signing with the Baltimore Orioles, Hamilton West grad Jim Hoey has decided to retire from professional baseball in order to pursue a career in web development.
Feb. 17 Professional Baseball
Hamilton grad Hoey makes tough decision to hang it up
Click here for Jim Hoey's official retirement statement

Nottingham senior Raychel Waltz displays the trophy she earned Wednesday for winning the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions Bowling title at Carolier Lanes in North Brunswick. Raychel is the first girl from Mercer County to ever win the championship (Photo by Kristin Dunham).
Feb. 12 Tournament of Champions Bowling
Nottingham's Raychel Waltz the Queen of New Jersey!

Kloc and West claim the championship in Fish Bowl II
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The Nottingham High cheerleaders not only cheer for a state champion, they are champs in their own right as they tell whose number one after winning last Sunday's CVC Cheerleading Classic's Small Division title.
Nov. 17 CVC Cheerleading Classic
Steinert takes overall title; Stars also win; West second

Hamilton West graduate Jayson DiManche is making positive strides with the Cincinnati Bengals during his rookie season, and was awarded his first NFL game ball in last Sunday's win over the Jets (Photo by wlwt.com).
Nov. 2 Q&A With Cincinnati Bengals Jayson DiManche
West grad not letting himself get overwhelmed by NFL

Hamilton West's Jayson DiManche thought he did enough to make the Bengals roster, but wasn't counting on anything until coach Marvin Lewis called on Saturday with the good news (Photo courtesy bengals.com).
Sep 2 NFL Football

DiManche talks about making the Cincinnati Bengals

With HBO's "Hard Knocks" filming his every move Saturday, Hamilton West grad Jayson DiManche (54) got the good news from Bengals coach Marvin Lewis that he is an NFL player (Photo courtesy of bengals.com). 
Sep. 1 NFL Football
Hamilton West grad DiManche now a Cincinnati Bengal

Hamilton Township resident Sean Reese watches his majestic drive for Team New Jersey during Saturday's Special Olympics of North American Softball Invitational Tournament at Mercer County Park. Several Hamiltonians played and coached in the event, which featured 24 teams from across the nation (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at jbsportsphoto@aol.com). Click here for more photos

Hamilton Township's James Albanese soars through the air during the 18-year-old diving  competition at the AAU Junior Olympics in San Antonio. Albanese made a strong showing in Texas.
Township's Albanese looks good in Junior Olympics

The Hamilton Aquatics Club sent 17 swimmers to the recent YMCA Long Course Nationals in Atlanta, including (front row, from left) Lizzy Demoine, Lisa Mazukewicz, Sarah Lattime, Hailey Thayer; (middle row) Chelsea Ackerson, Maria Nitti, Annie Menninger, Ian Dixon-Anderson, head coach Sue Welsh, Zach Mabin, coach Dave Tees, Maggie Herbert; (back row) Maddie Horner, Jake Torres, Mark Dawes, Adam Druckman, Teddy Slahetka, Matt Tees, and Steven Walsh.
YMCA Long Course Summer Nationals
Hamilton Aquatics Club sends a whopping 17 to nationals

The winning foursome at this year's Al Doan Jr. Memorial Golf Outing at Old York Country Club were (from left) of Tom Boesch, Mike "Father of Bullet Head” Braender, George Joo and Kurt Amburgey. The group shot a blistering 13 under par (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
Al Doan Jr. Memorial Golf Outing
Record turnout and new champion highlight a nice day

Hamilton West graduate Jayson DiManche (54) takes the field for preseason warm-ups with the Bengals prior to Thursday night's ESPN game at Atlanta. DiManche a linebacker, is trying to make Cincinnati after signing as a free agent out of Southern Illinois and had a quarterback sack in his first game (Photo by Morgan Pietrow).
Aug. 9 NFL
Bengals' website calls West's DiManche 'interesting case'

The best of Hamilton Township's "good sports" were out in force at Mercer Oaks Tuesday night at the Colonial Valley Conference Sportsmanship Award Banquet. The honorees from the three township schools were (from left) Lindsey Diamond, Kelly Tohill, Trevor "Rev Trev" Jones, Luke Westerberg, PJ "Chill" Wiegartner, Ron "Yack" Yacyk, Mackenzie Ewell, Imani Alston and Lauren Kelly.

       FISH BOWL I
Where the Super Bowl collides with Fish4scores
Nicole Kasian, the first lady of Steinert football, has laid claims to the inaugural Fish Bowl 1 title by predicting the Super Bowl winner and the exact 34-31 score. Nicole is the individual winner while her school also claimed the team  title, making it a clean sweep in Spartan Land.

Kasian Fish Bowl I winner;Steinert  takes team title
(Revision. . .Nottingham incorrectly posted as winner earlier)








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Dec. 2 Life of a Student-Athlete: Jeff Mattonelli
Turning the tables: 'Reporter Jeff' gets to interview Fish

Life of a Student-Athlete: Jeff Mattonelli
Jeff talks playoffs, Spirit Week and (sadly) Dolphins

Life of a Student-Athlete: Michael John
Mike reflects on career, Christmas shopping and more

Hamilton West senior midfielder Colleen Murphy (right) is still coming to grips with the end of her high school soccer career (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at jbsportsphoto@aol.com).
Life of a Student-Athlete: Colleen Murphy
Murph reflects on the end of her Hornet soccer career

Life of a Student-Athlete: Colleen Murphy
Our favorite girl Murph talks about our least favorite girl

After eight successful seasons as the Steinert girls basketball coach -- in which he was tied with Reggie Murray as the CVC's best dresser -- Bryan Rogers announced he is stepping down from the position on Monday afternoon (Photo by Ken Weingartner).
Oct. 1 Girls Basketball

Rogers calls it quits after eight years as Steinert coach

The Life of a Student-Athlete: Colleen Murphy
Murph talks nicknames, house chores, Ms. Bryce, etc.  

The Rossi brothers (from left) -- Nicholas, Christopher, Peter III, and Daniel -- spent a happy Christmas at the Salt Creek Grill in 2009, but one year later Daniel committed suicide on Dec. 23. The Rossi family continues to remember Daniel with fund-raising events for Steinert athletics while also pointing out the warning signs of suicide (Photo courtesy of Peter Rossi Jr.). 
Daniel's suicide spurs on Rossi family to help others
Click for info on the Daniel Rossi Memorial Scholarship Fund's Golf Outing

"Irish" Mike Walsh has given his last fist bump as a head coach as his promotion to Nottingham High vice-principal means he had to give up his varsity coaching jobs in cross country, boys basketball and softball (Photo by Ken Weingartner).
Aug. 28 "Irish" Mike Walsh
Walsh gives up three coaching positions to become VP

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Justin Barbuto battles a West Windsor-South player for possession during Steinert's 3-0 victory over the previously unbeaten Pirates. Dean Klemmer had two goals while Anthony Remboski scored one, and John Warwick notched the shutout in goal Steinert improved to 9-2-1 while WWPS dropped to 9-1-1. All three Spartan goals were in the second half (Photo by Amanda "The Homeowner" Ruch).





































































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April 12
The right man won
The script is too good to be true.
        The man who sticks by his wife as she battles breast cancer, the man who has always been a class act and a true famly man, wins the Masters.
        The guy who was so utterly scummy to his wife didn't. 
        There's nothing more to write. It was just great.
       Wait, there is one more thing.
      I used to be indifferent toward the man who apparently invented golf (and re-invented the libido), other than hating the way broadcasters gushed over him. But after his utter dirt bag behavior and these well-crafted, spin doctor apologies, and that completely disgraceful Nike commercial with his late father's voice-over, I hope he never wins again.
      And now, he probably won't. It's one thing to put the shame and humiliation of sexual indisgression behind you. But when you're snubbed by a high-powered media outlet like Fish4Scores, which captures an audience all the way from Bromley to Groveville. . .well, you've pretty much had it. 
April 5
A banner day for
Eagles PR machine
 The Donovan McNabb trade is already successful for the Eagles.
            For the past two years, Joe Banner has despised the Phillies for stealing the Eagles thunder. He seems to have a problem with fans wanting to follow a team that actually wins championships rather than comes close.
            But the timing of this trade could not have come at a better time for Eagles public relations.
All winter long the Philadelphia fans have salivated at Roy Halladay’s first start in a Phillies uniform. On a normal day, the morning sportscasts would be blaring about Halliday’s debut.
Instead, it’s been shoved beneath a mountain of McNabb. Not sure if that was part of the plan – probably not – but it’s obviously a tremendous piece of good timing for the Eagles.
            Now, when the actual NFL games start, it will be a little different.
            This trade has shocked the world, if only because McNabb has gone to a team that will play Philly twice a year. And that will, indeed, be interesting.
            If anything, McNabb has shown a penchant for coming up short in games that mean a lot. Can you even imagine him coming into Philadelphia, a place where his relationship has been nothing short of bizarre considering the love and hate he gets from there.
            Will he show the fans they were wrong and have a huge game? Or will he choke it up as has been his custom.
            Time will tell.
            But I have to imagine that right now, Joe Banner is sitting in his office quite smug. The team that he hates, maybe as much as the Cowboys themselves, has been completely knocked from the public eye in Philadelphia, in what should be a major Phillies moment. 
            Oh, and by the way, the NCAA championship game is tonight.
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June 16, 2015

Fish4scores coverage in limbo for a few weeks
   June 16: For those of you wondering where your little league and softball results are, here is the situation. I am in the process of selling and buying a home, and in between I will be living in Montgomery for at least two weeks.
      I am in the home stretch of  packing up my entire house for the first move.
      The reason for this boring oratory on my life history is that this is a massive undertaking. Between the moves and my actual paying jobs there are not enough hours in the day to tend to Fish4scores the way it should be.
       Therefore, the coverage will not be what you are used to for at least the next month as I uproot and get re-settled. This includes legion, Babe Ruth and District 12 coverage.
      I can only promise to do the best we can during this time but please understand that if things don't appear, or appear very late, this is the reason. I apologize for this but there just are not enough hours in the day for me to be able to operate Fish4scores for the time being. You are still invited to submit things and I will try and get them up, but if you feel you might be wasting your time, I get it.
     Thank you for understanding.

May 24, 2015
Remember why
we are here this
holiday weekend

     May 24: I always get a little nostalgic this weekend just because of what it stands for. And I always get a little mad at myself too.
      There are times I find myself cranky because I have to work during the weekend while my friends are down the shore. Or because no one I know is having a picnic or something cool and I feel like I'm missing out on something. Or someone does have a picnic and it sucks! lol
      And that's when I suddenly realize I'm a selfish idiot who has no idea how good he has it.
      Two of the finest men I have had the honor of knowing are combat veterans -- my ldad, who was in the Navy in World War II, and my good friend John Wagner, who was in the army during Viet Nam. Thank God we are not remembering them for perishing in war, as my dad lived to nearly 80 and Wags is still going strong while living his life one unique disaster at a time, be it the cable company, his backyard or Rich Giallella.
      It is probably because of my relationship with them that I often think about the servicemen and women this weekend.
      Neither of them ever talk (or talked) about combat. My dad told funny stories about his buddies, Wags tells hard- to-believe stories about serving under Norman Schwarzkopf. They never talk(ed) about the death or destruction and I can't blame them. Who would want to remember that?
    But I'm pretty sure they privately recall(ed) buddies they lost in their wars and think of them fondly. And that is what all of us should take time to do this weekend.
        Just take 2 minutes to say a little prayer, thanking the millions we never knew but who never lived long enough to buy their own backyard grill to celebrate Memorial Day.
     These are anonymous heroes that are as important to this country as Abe Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, LeBron James and Ryan Seacrest have ever been. Nothing against those guys, but we give them more of a thought each day then we ever did the guys who truly sacrificed for us.
     There have been a lot of holidays out there contrived just for the retail world. Not this one. . .this is a sincere holiday designed to salute the most unsung heroes in this country's history. I don't know any of them, but I love them and appreciate them all.
      Do them a favor. . .spend 1 or 2 minutes this weekend letting them know you love them too, in any way you feel comfortable.
     And then go out and enjoy your picnics and shore trips and parades, and know that you are doing exactly what they fought for you to do.
     Happy Memorial Day!

May 11, 2015

Rest In Peace,

Judge O’Donnell

      May 11: Mercer County lost an absolute legend on Sunday.

     Friends and family are mourning the passing of the great Judge Daniel O’Donnell today, while at the same time celebrating his incomparable life. The Judge – which is how he is affectionately referred to by all who know him – succumbed peacefully to a battle with cancer surrounded by his family on Mother’s Day.

       And while The Judge is a West Trenton guy, he deserves tribute on this website as he has four grandchildren making an impact on the Hamilton Township sports scene. Actually, he deserves tribute regardless, but he has certainly been on the township scene the past decade.
       Grandkids Jack, Sean, Flannery and Grace (my personal favorite, as we share a common interest) have all played basketball for St. Gregory’s in the Mercer County CYO League, while Grace and Flannery are also long-time players in Hamilton PAL basketball.

       Their dad – The Judge’s son and my close friend Dan – has served as a St. Gregory’s coach while their mom Megan served as the team mom.

       The kids have also played in the YMCA soccer leagues out at Sawmill, and Jack was a varsity soccer player for Notre Dame High.

       Why am I telling you all this? Because The Judge was a constant presence on the sidelines at those games, quietly looking on proudly as his grandchildren performed. To watch him or to talk with him, you would never know he was a very powerful man in Mercer County as a retired Superior Court Judge.

       Nope, you would think he ran the hardware store down the street. Or that he was a retired stand-up comedian, as two of his greatest traits were modesty and humor.

       The Judge was truly a regular guy. He liked to hang out at the old Tony Kall’s bar in Trenton with other county legends, including veteran sportswriters Bus Saidt and Harvey Yavener, along with popular man-about-town Joe Tiger

      He enjoyed having fun, enjoyed his family, absolutely loved golf and went about it all in an easy going manner.
      But he was also serious about his job and was truly one of the most respected judges you will ever run across. He was also popular. And there is a fine line to walk in being respected AND beloved, because some people fear those they respect, and others don’t quite respect those they like.

      The Judge’s secret was blending wisdom with humor and common sense. It was what made him respected in his court room and with the gang at Tony Kall’s.

       And as Dan Jr. will attest, The Judge enjoyed the company of all his son’s friends. We were so privileged to not just know him, but get to spend time with him as he took great interest in things that we did. I didn’t see him all that much, but when I did, he treated me like a close friend.

      I have, of course, left out The Judge’s greatest love – Notre Dame University sports. He graduated from Notre Dame and had a lifelong passion for the Irish athletic teams. I am one of those guys who always root against dynasties – Yankees, Notre Dame, Duke, etc. – but when I knew The Judge was on limited time this winter, I secretly rooted for Notre Dame to shock the world and win the NCAA Tournament.

       It didn’t happen, but I’m sure The Judge took it in his usual, off-beat manner.

      And as a final tribute to The Judge, I leave you with my favorite line from his vault of dry wit – and take this with a grain of salt and the humor in which it was meant, as he spent a lifetime as a church-going man happily married to his wife Jean.

     But whenever The Judge was asked how old he was when he got married, he would casually respond with a straight face “Thirty-three. . .same age as Christ when they crucified him.”

     Every married guy in the world roared, and even Jean had to laugh.

     So rest in peace Judge. You were always loved and your memory will always be cherished with a smile.


          * * * *

      Steinert phys-ed teacher and former varsity basketball coach Albert Mostrangeli wants it known that Spartan baseball slugger is not his son.

     “Everyone is asking me that,” Mostrangeli said. “I think we have the same great grandfather. That might make us like, fifth cousins or something.”

     It’s not that Albert doesn’t want to be associated with Ryan. He’s just getting tired of being asked!
    Who says we don't help make life easier for people here?

May 1, 2015
Merry Christmas!
Mariota to Birds
farce typical of
NFL draft overkill
     May 1:
On Thursday afternoon prior to the Steinert-Nottingham girls lacrosse game, Spartans Athletic Director Steve Gazdek said it was “Christmas Day” for football fans, because the NFL draft was beginning that night.
      Gaz isn’t the only one to call it that, but he was the last one I heard say it before the draft started.
       And for Philadelphia Eagles fans, Gazdek could not have been more correct.
     Not because they got the gift that they wanted. Quite the opposite, in fact. But the whole lead-up to the draft was, and always is, not unlike getting ready to celebrate the biggest holiday of the year.

       Think about it. In preparing for Christmas, we shop. We decorate. We clean (well, I don’t). We party (I do). We send out cards. We party some more. We wrap presents. We make plans. This goes on for months.And then, Christmas arrives. One day. And boom! Gone.      
          Sixty days of preparation and the whole thing you’re preparing for, lasts for a tiny blip on the radar screen. It’s like “We did all that, for this?” And half the time it’s a big letdown.
       Now, think about Eagles fans. I abhor talk radio, especially the Philadelphia stations because they just beat to death everything Eagles all the time, as if nothing else exists (In fairness, all media outlets in Philly did this with the Mariota thing).
         But I do check in the talk shows, every so often, just to see if either Ray Didinger is on (who is the best, hands down), or if they might be talking about something else.
       Needless to say, since the end of this past football season, they talked about NOTHING but how the Eagles could go an unprecedented 20th to 2nd to get Marcus Mariota. 
          They discussed the pros. The cons. Every conceivable deal. Every slick move. Every stupid move. What’s enough? What’s too much? If scientists put as much effort into curing AIDS and cancer, we would be the healthiest planet in the universe.
       This went on for days, weeks, months. Same topic, over and over, just re-wrapped in different packages.              So what happens on Thursday? The anticipation builds all day, and within 30 minutes, boom! Gone! Tennesse takes Marcus in the second round.
        All that planning. All that arguing, all that hashing and re-hashing. And for what? Less than a half hour to realize it didn’t happen.
         Now you wait around for New Year’s Eve – which in this case is when the Eagles actually drafted – and hope to salvage the holidays by having a good time and maybe get a kiss from someone who’s good looking.
         The whole process is what’s great and terrible about the NFL draft. It’s great for the NFL itself, terrible for people like me, who love watching pro football games but don’t enjoy living the NFL every freakin’ day of the year.
        Never have so many wrong predictions been made, than those leading up to draft day. Never have there been more arguments about stuff that won’t even happen.    And that is why it’s great for the NFL, because right or wrong, people are talking about the league every hour of every day.
        I start to think Roger Goodell and his merry band of owners won’t be happy until every other sport in this country is extinct. I don’t knock them for succeeding. I praise them for their marketing abilities. It’s just not for me, that’s all. 
       But most people love it, and the NFL seizes that, like any smart business would.
     Again, don’t get me wrong. I love NFL football. I live for it in the fall, when it’s played.
      But hey, there’s more out there in the world the other seven months of the year.Even if the NFL doesn’t want us to ever explore it.         


           * * * *    
        Speaking of Christmas, Steinert’s Gaby Bennett might want to set up a tree in May to take care of all the gifts she has been getting.
        And they’re all well deserved.
       Gaby is in the home stretch of an outstanding career, in which she has stamped herself as one of the great female athletes in Steinert history.
      She has won the maximum of 12 varsity letters. She played first singles at tennis for four straight years despite never playing competitive tennis before high school. She was a 1,000-point scorer in basketball. And she’s going to The College of New Jersey for softball – her best sport.

        Recently, Bennett has been given scholarships by the Mercer County Softball Hall of Fame and the Steinert Athletic Hall of Fame. This Sunday, she is being given the Renee Keister Award and the Doug Hice Award at the 34th and final Clarence O’Shea Memorial Awards Breakfast.
       For those who aren’t aware, Renee Keister is former McCorristin High basketball great who is now Steinert mom Renee Balke. Renee's daughter, Maddy, is teammates with Bennett in softball and basketball. That makes it kind of cool. 
       So congratulations Gaby. You’ve been fun to cover for four years, despite having to put up with your dad (Love ya Mr. Dolphin!) and I’m sure your future is bright at TCNJ.


      And congratulations Renee, for having your award to go to such a class act.
             * * * * 
     While we’re on the subject, this is the last Clarence O’Shea breakfast and it will be missed.

         For 34 years, the first Sunday in May brought together a plethora of Mercer County sports figures for just a really cool event. Coaches and athletes are honored and awarded, and it just illustrates the unique bond that this county has when it comes to high school sports.
       A lot of that had to do with the late Trentonian writer Joe Logue, who covered high school sports for over 50 years, was a huge influence on me, and started the Golden Wave Club that runs the breakfast. I always liked that Joe’s legacy lived on with this event, and I’m sorry to see it go, but with Linda Weise getting the big award and a slew of great kids getting scholarships, it is going out on top.                          * * * *
      They don’t get a lot of publicity, but here’s a shout-out for the Nottingham boys tennis team. The Northstars had lost 22 straight matches at one point into this season, but have come back with three wins. It’s not a lot, but it’s an improvement that deserves a few kudos.  Well done fellas.          
           * * * *
       The Mercer County Baseball Tournament is upon us beginning Monday, and here is what’s always important to remember. Don’t be surprised to see lower seeds upset higher ones. Sometimes, it’s not even an upset.
        Baseball, unlike any other sport out there, is the only one in which a school doesn’t have its best team on the field every game. It all comes down to pitching. When your ace is out there, you have your best tetam. If another team has an ace going against you, it can beat you because that’s their best team.
      Case in point, Steinert’s loss to Bridgewater-Raritan this year. The Spartans threw their No. 4, the Panthers threw their No. 1 and Steinert got beat pretty good. But that wasn’t the Spartans “best” team.       
       Another point to make is that the MCT seeding is based strictly on record, which is never a great indicator, but it’s really the only way to go about it. So, that also can be a little misleading on where a team is bracketed.
          I’m not predicting a rash of upsets. I’m just saying, don’t be stunned if and when they happen, because they can occur in baseball more than in any other sport.     
            * * * *         
        Steinert’s Ryan Mostrangeli has been hitting so good, that when he goes 2-for-4 it is a slump. That’s what he did on Friday at Lawrence, and his average actually dropped from .535 to .532. Time to hit the batting cage Ryan!

Apr. 19, 2015
I hate to say it, but
history tells us that
Mets or Yankees

will win it all by '19
       Apr. 19: The Mets and Yanks are feeling pretty good about themselves this weekend after sweeping teams from Florida.
      Are they on the precipice of something big?
     I’m not sure it will be this year, but it’s not far off.

    I despise both teams, but I am here to say that if you are a fan of the Mets or Yankees, take heart. It’s a virtual lock that one of your teams is going to win a World Series within the next five years.  
  History says so.
      It didn’t start well for Gotham. The New York Giants (yes kids, the same franchise that now wins all the time in San Francisco) won the second World Series ever in 1905, and no New York team won another until the Giants won three straight from 1921-23.

       In fact, from 1921 through 1962, the longest streak of a non-New York World Series winner was three years. Three years!! The three New York teams won 27 championships during that time, the rest of baseball 15. Think about that. I know as a Phillies fan I sure do...and not with a smile.
      Most of that had to do with the Yankees, of course, as they won 20 during that period. But that “less-than-a-decade streak” was in serious jeopardy in the 1960s/early 70s when the Yanks were the worst they’ve ever been (aahhh, they were the days!). The Bombers went without titles from 1963-76 and New Yorkers needed a miracle to keep the less-than-10 streak alive.
       And that’s exactly what they got.
       It came in 1969 when the 8-year-old Mets – who were one of the worst franchises ever in their first seven years – stunned Baltimore to win the Series. They were dubbed the Miracle Mets and “The Amazins’”, a term the New York Post still uses.
      Had the Mets not pulled off the biggest shocker in MLB history, it would have been a 14-year drought in Gotham.

      Some lean times have followed, as New York toyed with a decade-long Series drought numerous times. From 1970 to 1995, there were dry spells of seven years (Yanks win in 1977-78), eight years (Mets win in 1986), and the longest one of all, nine years. But still not 10!
      We New York haters had to pay for that bliss, however, as the Yanks snapped the skid in 1996 to start a binge of four
titles in five years. That was followed by another eight-year dearth before the Yanks won in 2009.
     That was five years ago. As you know by now if you’ve managed to read this far, the famine never reaches 10.
      So sometime between now and 2019, either you Mets fans or you Yankees fans can prepare to celebrate.

      And yes, it kills me to say that. But hey, you can’t argue with history.                  * * *   
      How about Britt McHenry? What a shallow, egotistical, entitled, angry disgrace of a human being she is.       For those not familiar with the story, McHenry is the hot blonde sideline reporter for ESPN. Yes I know, I’ll probably have to be more specific since that only narrows it down to a zillion.
      Anyway, her car was towed in Virginia and she went off on the cashier at the pound and berated her in just an awful way. She degraded the other woman's job, teeth and weight, while she arrogantly proclaimed "I'm on TV!". (Maybe I should try that sometime. “Hey, I’m on Fish4scores!” How hard would that person be laughing?)
     Anyway, a video of this tirade went viral and ESPN gave her a week’s suspension. A week! You have to actually see the video to realize that a week is not enough.
        McHenry has her detractors and her defenders, as several columns have been written saying we don't hear what the other person said and that the towing company had a horrible reputation. But we do hear the woman telling  McHenry she was on video, so if the cashier knew this was being taped, would she really say something to instigate such responses and risk her own job?
      Whatever, Britt got suspended for a measly week.
      But think about it.
      This has become standard now at ESPN. One of their on-air personalities does or says something outrageous and all they do is get suspended instead of actually fired.


       Why? Because the incidents always get great publicity and ESPN knows that once these people return on air, anyone who didn’t know them before, will want to watch them now to see just who these horrible people are. Britt McHenry is more famous now than ever before.
         It’s all about the ratings, and jerks like this bump the ratings. Their horrid behavior is the best publicity ESPN could get. And this is a network that has taken self-publicity to unthinkable levels.
                          * * *
      Haven’t met a person yet who doesn’t feel bad for Princeton Day School’s Cole McManimon having a game-tying home run taken away from him when it was ruled he missed home plate against Hamilton.
       And he was told he missed it by a lot.
       As a photo by Hamilton photographer David Bremer showed, that clearly wasn’t the case.
      Three high school umpires I have spoken with, who saw Bremer’s photo of Cole’s foot either on the edge of the plate or missing it by a 1,000th of an inch, said they would never have made that call in a million years. Actually, they just said they wouldn’t make the call. I added the million years for effect.
       One coach told me “If they made that call against my team they would have had to take me away in handcuffs.”
      Hey, everyone makes mistakes, but when it costs a kid one of the most memorable moments he might have in high school, that just plain sucks.
           * * *

       How about the track & field resurgence in Hamilton Township?
      The Nottingham boys have been outstanding for the past seven years and are off to another great start this year. The Hamilton West boys rose from the ashes the past two years and still have some quality athletes who could do well in the state and county meets.
       And the Steinert boys – a program that has been in disarray for a long time, had a huge turnout this year and had a nice dual meet win over Hightstown last week.   The Spartans have some good weight men, an improving sprinter in Marco Granston and some nice distance runners.

       On the girls’ side, Nottingham’s Grace Dwyer is not the only game in town anymore. Hamilton West has made tremendous strides this year and have some strong sprinters, jumpers and throwers. I loved Hannah Donkor’s line the other day, saying “It’s Field and Track” instead of track and field. And Steinert has some quality throwers and distance girls that will also be heard from in states and counties.
      The best part is, when you listen to the athletes talk, they are proud of the track renaissance. It’s not just a sport for them to stay in shape. They want to succeed and they want their team to succeed.
                   * * *

    What a great night for Nottingham softball on Saturday, winning their tournament and beating a really good East Brunswick team in the title game in walk-off fashion after trailing 2-0.
       But I gotta tell you, I was pretty scared when Kristin “Z” Hallam got hit in the back with a pickoff throw and started screaming. Part of it was concern, the other was shock.
      Hallam is not just a great player, but a tough, tough kid. When you hear someone like that crying loudly and yelling she can’t feel her arm, it’s frightening.

      And I can only imagine how her teammates and family members felt.  

      Fortunately, she hung in there and scored the winning run, although she did say today that her back was “a little sore.” When I told her she scared the hell out of me, she said “I scared the heck out of myself!”

              * * *
        Congratulations to Bob Hutchinson, who came in 12 minutes under the over-under mark set for his Steinert Hall of Fame induction speech Saturday night.

       His championship softball team was inducted last year and the extremely popular Hutch proceeded to give one of the longest speeches in HOF history.
       I was informed this year by former Spartan trainer/coach Ron Sebastiani that the over-under was 17 minutes, and the actual speech took five.
       Congrats Hutch, on the well-deserved honor and on the brevity!

              * * *
        Note to Brian “The Chef” Giallella. Stop scheduling games on the same day of the Steinert Hall of Fame dinner. It seems you lose all the time on that day. Instead, you should help the kitchen prepare the dinner for that night.

Apr. 5, 2015

The blog is

      Apr. 5: What better day to resurrect this blog than Easter Sunday, right?
       Happy Easter everybody, I hope you’ve all had a good past eight months while I’ve been gone, and I hope you have a nice holiday today.

             * * *
       So, how about this Steinert baseball team. When you talk about amazing starts to a season, it doesn’t get better than what the Spartans have done.

       In their first two games, they rally to tie it in the seventh and win it in the bottom of the eighth. That’s a tough act to follow, and yet yesterday the Spartans beat the No. 1 ranked team in the state.
     What was most impressive about that feat is that Steinert did it legitimately. OK, maybe a few of the big hits got help from the wind, but for the most part, Steinert stung the ball against one of the state’s best pitchers. The Spartans pitching harnessed an attack that had scored 27 runs in two games, and the defense was nearly flawless.
        Kudos to both coaches afterward. Brian “The Chef” Giallella did not gloat over the win and kept things in perspective. GC’s Mike Rucci took his team to task, saying it did nothing right. But at the same time he praised the Spartans for their effort and gave them their due credit.

         It was a great day at Fort Giallella, which is abuzz these days with the addition of Jim “Chorizo & Eggs” Geraci as the public address announcer.
            * * *
     Since this is the first blog in 8 months, I must take time to acknowledge our new Athlete of the Week sponsor, Rossi's Tavern on Whitehorse Road. Alan Meinster, Mike Rossi and the crew have been awesome to work with.
      And for those who don't know, the legendary hamburger establishment is now running a Sunday brunch from 10 to 2, so check it out. Good stuff!
            * * *
      Who said Rutgers fans don’t have any rooting interest in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament?

        If Wisconsin can defeat Duke Monday night, the Scarlet Knight faithful can proudly say their team beat the team that went on to win the national championship. Of course, the Badgers didn’t have Frank Kaminsky in that game, and the win was followed by 13 straight losses to end the season, so make of it what you will.
             * * *

     I’m wrestling with what to make of Kentucky after last night. Everyone says it’s a special team, it went 38-0, blah blah blah. But, how special can a team be that doesn’t even make it to the finals?
      I understand that this was a team that could have let egos get in the way with so many superstars, and they all banded together, sacrificed playing time and had one heck of a run. I still think, however, they are a better team than Wisconsin. And when you’re the better team and you don’t win, that takes a little shine off the “special” tag.
      I myself think
Wisconsin is pretty special. They are a fun team to watch (as was Kentucky) and they use their personnel to perfection. Sam Dekker is the perfect complement to Kaminsky, who is unique just by the fact he always looks like he’s five seconds away from dozing off.

      And the biggest thing Wisconsin did, was make life normal again for all of us Duke haters. The scuttlebutt was that if Duke and Kentucky met in the finals, this would be one time everyone rooted for Duke because it was the underdog (I would have rooted for Kentucky).
        As it turns out, we don’t have to worry about it anymore. Goooooo Badgers!!!    
               * * *

      So I have a 17-game season ticket plan for the Phillies, and I was complaining on Friday night because one of the games in my plan was the exhibition game with the Pirates.
       Well, kudos to the Phils for pulling a class act. Because of the bad weather, anyone with tickets to that game can exchange their stubs for any game in April besides opening day.
     Granted, Phils will be hurting for fans this year. But still, it’s a nice gesture.
             * * *

     This is way overdue and something I would have written in February if I had a blog in February. But this issue of Tom Brady vs. Joe Montana as the greatest quarterback is interesting.

       Most people seem to think Montana is the better QB because he went 4-0 in the Super Bowl. He never lost. Brady, of course, is 4-2. So because he has won as many Supes as Montana, but lost two, he is not as great.      
        So, what does that mean? We are penalizing our quarterbacks for making it to the Super Bowl? If you make it and lose, it diminishes your value?

       And of course, the most ludicrous reason I ever heard (from a Philadelphia radio host) is that Montana is greater because he beat better quarterbacks.
       There is no more useless stat in sports than a quarterback’s record vs. another quarterback, because they are playing against the defense. I don’t know what the statistics are, so I’m not sure how good the defenses were that Montana beat, as opposed to the defenses that Brady beat. But that is what should determine this argument, don’t you think?
        Let’s put it this way. One of the great defenses of all time was the 1985 Chicago Bears. The quarterback of that team was a charismatic but hardly great Jim McMahon. Let’s just say the Patriots beat the Bears in that Super Bowl (instead, they got blown out).

        Going by this radio host’s barometer, New England quarterback Tony Eason’s feat wouldn’t be all that great because he only beat McMahon. When, in fact, he actually beat a legendary defense.
      Anyway, I’m putting Brady as the greatest. I think getting to six Super Bowls and winning four of them is pretty damn impressive, especially when it took a miracle catch in one of his losses to beat him.
               * * *
     OK, I know this blog is pretty boring. But hey, it’s been a while. I’m just warming up.
  The next one I write will be VERY boring. :) 

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