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Nottingham senior sweeper Uzo Iloka was one of five township players named to the New Jersey Coaches Central Jersey II All-State boys soccer team (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
Jan. 8 Boys Soccer
Three Northstars and two Hornets make All-State team
After scoring 13 goals this season, senior Fulvio deStasio was one of three Northstars to make first-team on the Coaches All-CVC team (Photo by Dave Robb).
Coaches All-CVC Boys Soccer Team
Hamilton Township has 12 honorees, four on first team
Uzo Iloka dribbles ahead of an Allentown defender and looks to send the ball on goal during Friday night's CJ III tournament game at Mercer County Community College (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
Nov. 9 CJ III Soccer
Allentown proves to be Nottingham's nemesis again
Steinert's Nicholas Maida works for control near the sideline against Hunterdon Central during Friday's CJ IV tournament game (Photo by Nancy Eggert).
Nov. 9 CJ IV Boys Soccer
Early goal by Hunterdon Central eliminates Steinert
Tristan Delorme and the Nottingham soccer team will look to turn their fortunates around against Allentown when the teams collide at 7 p.m. Friday night at Mercer County Community College (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogulk" Kirkpatrick).
Nov. 9 CJ III Boys Soccer
Stars hope to finally clip Redbirds in Friday's showdown
Fulvio deStasio gets ready to rip a shot past Lawrence's Connor Springsteen during Monday's Central Jersey Group III tournament game (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
Nov. 5 CJ III Boys Soccer
Nottingham edges Lawrence on a goal by Joseph
Nov. 3 NJSIAA Soccer
Township teams must refocus, re-energize after layoff
Dalin Eggert is part of a defensive unit that has helped keep Steinert in most of its games this year, which is part of the reason coach Todd Jacobs thinks his team can make another state run despite struggling lately (Photo by Dennis Symons Jr./purchase photos at dennissymons.com).
Oct. 29 Boys Soccer
Spartans hoping to turn struggles around in states
Victor Franco (16), shown battling Steinert's Joe Paragone earlier this year, is one of four seniors who helped Hamilton to an improved season, which concluded Thursday with a 2-0 MCT consolation loss to Hun (Photo by Nancy Eggert).
Oct. 25 MCT Consolation Boys Soccer
Laurenti gives all the Hornets a chance in season finale
High-scoring Fulvio deStasio and the Northstars have a rematch from opening day when they open the Central Jersey Group III tournament against Lawrence on Monday (Photo by Dave Robb).
Oct. 24 CJ III & IV Boys Soccer Seedings
Stars meet Cards again; Steinert at Hunterdon Central
If Steinert's Joe Helmlinger wouldn't give this Hopewell defender the shirt off his back, the Bulldog decided to try and take it during Tuesday's Mercer County Tournament consolation game (Photo by Nancy Eggert).
Oct. 23 MCT Boys Soccer
Stars fall to Rams in bitter ending; Steinert ties consy
Steinert goalie Nolan Kopec plucks a corner kick out of the air to defeuse a dangerous situation in a crowded box during Saturday's MCT game with Notre Dame (Photo by Nancy Eggert).
Oct. 20 MCT Boys Soccer
West hangs tough at TCA; Steinert loses heart-breaker
WWPS gets lost in Chidi City as Iloka steps up for Stars
Sebastian Cwalina (4) wins this ball against Ewing Thursday which isn't surprising as he was ahead of the game all day in helping Hamilton win its MCT play-in game (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at email@example.com).
Oct. 18 Boys Soccer
Cwalina powers Hornets to first MCT win in three years
Martine doesn't get goal this time but still makes impact
Anthony Tweh goes airborn to clear the ball against West Windsor-Plainsboro North during Tuesday's victory (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Oct. 16 Boys Soccer
Nottingham tops WWPN; Hornets fall; Spartans dropped
Oct. 15 MCT Boys Soccer
Hamilton allowed to stay home for at least one round
Oct. 13 Boys Soccer
Hamilton wins with offensive outburst; Steinert tied up
Chance Eggert tries to make things difficult for his Allentown opponent during Steinert's battle with the unbeaten Redbirds Thursday (Photo by Nancy Eggert).
Oct. 11 Boys Soccer
Northstars edged; Steinert blanked; Hamilton falls
Steinert's Zach Castaldo drives the ball upfield against Notre Dame during Tuesday's rainy day affair at Zimmer Field (Photo by Nancy Eggert).
Oct. 9 Boys Soccer
Steinert doomed by poor second half in loss to Irish
deStasio lifts Stars past Ewing; Hornets fall to HoVal
Hamilton's Abby Hamza had an assist as the Hornets rolled to a 3-0 victory in Collingswood Friday afternoon for their third win of the season (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at email@example.com).
Oct. 5 Boys Soccer
Martine on the mark as Hamilton blanks Collingswood
A standout defensive effort by midfielder Jacob Kouroume helped Nottingham salvage a 1-1 tie with Steinert Thursday (Photo by Dave Robb).
Oct. 4 Boys Soccer
Nottingham and Steinert tie; Hamilton falls at WWPN
Aaron Beltran, who scored the game's lone goal, clears one downfield against West Windsor-Plainsboro North during Tuesday's rainy-day match at Steinert. (Photo by Dennis Symons Jr./purchase photos at dennissymons.com).
Oct. 2 Boys Soccer
Steinert snaps slide; Northstars lose in OT; Hornets fall
Steinert Joe Paragone and Princeton's Adam Klein (16) go at it during Saturday's overtime tilt at Steinert (Photo by Dennis Symons/purchase photos at dennissymons.com).
Sep. 29 Boys Soccer
Steinert plays well in OT loss to Tigers, West ties Ewing
Early goal dooms Nottingham in loss to Trenton
Steinert's Chance Eggert took a chance going after this headball as a Lawrence opponent nearly boots Eggert in the noggin during Thursday's scoreless tie in Lawrenceville (Photo by Nancy Eggert).
Sep. 27 Soccer
Stars' rally for win, Steinert ties Lawrence; Hamilton falls
Fulvio deStasio (9) gets congratulations from Tristan Delorme after scoring what would prove to be the game-winning goal in the second half against Hamilton today (Photo by Dennis Symons/purchase photos at dennissymons.com).
Sep. 24 Boys Soccer
Northstars rally to beat Hamilton, Steinert boys drop first
Nottingham's Anthony Tweh makes friends with an Allentown opponent while trying for a header during Thursday's CVC showdown (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sep. 20 Boys Soccer
Nottingham falls to Allentown but Iloka excels in nets
Steinert slips by Ewing; Hornets maintain strong play
Hamilton's Chris Perez, who has now scored goals in each of the Hornets last two wins, goes airborn to try and control the ball while Robbinsville's Marc Jaskir (13) and West's Max Martine (20) look on (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at email@example.com).
Sep. 19 Boys Soccer
Hamilton halts frustration with victory at Robbinsville
Brown's goal helps lift Notre Dame past Conwell Egan
Sep. 15: Hamilton resident Richard Brown tallied his first goal of the season to help the Notre Dame High boys soccer team to a 4-1 victory over Conwell Egan today.
Steinert captain Baylee Vasquez heads the ball away from Hamilton's Chris Perez during Thursday's double overtime game at West (Photo by Nancy Eggert).
Sep. 13 Boys Soccer
Beltran's PK sinks West in double OT; Stars get nice win
Steinert's Chance Eggert (in white) goes up for a header with Robbinsville's Tim McCahery during the Spartans 3-0 win on Tuesday (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sep. 11 Boys Soccer
Steinert blanks Ravens; Northstars fall; Hornets lose
Jacob Kouroume was one of four players to score for Nottingham Thursday as the Northstars opened with a 4-0 win at Lawrence (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
Sep. 6 Boys Soccer
Northstars open strong; Steinert wins; Hamilton falls
John Ramon and the Hamilton West boys soccer team are looking for an improved season after some down years (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at email@example.com).
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Hamilton's Wiener setting a nice tone as team captain
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Nottingham counting on LaRagione and Shaltis in back
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Davila is back for third year as Steinert secret weapon
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The Steinert soccer players of the 1970s were all smiles after winning their flight of the Brian "Maynard" Welsh Glory Days Tournament at Robbinsville High School Saturday. Many of the late Welsh's teammates were on the field, as the group included (front row, from left) Joe Moffat, Ray Griffis, Rick Wiener, Nick Stephan, (back row) . Sam Maira, Tom Moffat, Jim Bowen, Dan Povia, John "Sid" Fink and Harold "Bird" Fink. Missing from the photo is honorary Spartan player and guru to many of the team members – 71-year-old Manfred Schellscheidt.
Numerous township soccer players were honored at last Sunday's Hibernian Soccer Senior 11 dinner, including (top photo, from left) Steinert's CJ Harvell, Nottingham's Aaron Stovall, Seinert's Lindsay Usarzewicz and Zach Gates; (below) Notre Dame's Dave Udijohn and Nottingham's Luca DeStasio.
CJ Harvell (14) is one of six Steinert soccer players headed to four-year schools next fall (Photo by Mike Dill/purchase photos at michaeldillphotography.com).
March 19 Steinert Soccer
Six Spartans - three boys, three girls - to play at D III level
The Steinert boys soccer team displays the plaque it received at Monday night's Board of Education meeting, which honored the Spartans for their drive from 14th seed to Central Jersey Group IV finalists (Photo by Steve Paragone).
Steinert's John Powers tries to outhustle East Brunswick's Joseph Gudzak to the ball during Friday's CJ IV championship game (Photo by Mike Dill/purchase photos at www.michaeldillphotography.com).
EB halts Steinert's Cinderella Express in CJ soccer final
According to coach Todd Jacobs, Derek Shearer has gotten down to business of taking command on the soccer field in helping Steinert into Friday's CJ IV Championship game at East Brunswick (Photo by Mike Dill/purchase photos at www.michaeldillphotography.com).
Steinert tries to complete miracle CJ IV soccer run at EB
Steinert's Pat Remboski tries to get a head on a cross while Rancocas Valley 'keeper Ryan Sanders smacks the ball away during Tuesday's CJ IV semifinal game. Remboski got his goal later in the game as the Spartans won 2-0 (Photo by Mike Dill/purchase photos at michaeldillphotography.com).
Nov. 8 CJ IV Boys Soccer
Steinert tops RV to reach finals for first time in a decade
Spartans amazing run a tribute to sticking together during tough times
CJ Harvell's growing comfort level at sweeper has been a key to Steinert's solid run in the CJ Group IV tournament (Photo by Mike Dill/purchase photos at michaeldillphotgraphy.com).
Nov. 7 CJ IV Boys Soccer
Steinert meets Rancocas Valley in very unlikely semifinal
Steinert senior goalkeeper Devon Downs displays his Fish4Scores t-shirt while being presented with a gift card from waitress Jamie Jones after Downs was named the JoJo's/Fish4Scores Athlete of the Week (Photo by Ken Weingartner).
Nov. 6 JoJo's/Fish4Scores.com Athlete of the Week
Downs denial of goals has Spartans eyeing a CJ IV title
Just as they're doing with goalie Devon Downs (red shirt), the Steinert boys soccer team is turning the Central Jersey Group IV tournament upside down as the 14th-seeded Spartans celebrate a 2-0 win at sixth-seeded South Brunswick Friday. And remarkably, Steinert gets a semifinal home game against 15th-seeded Rancocas Valley (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org).
Nov. 4 CJ IV Boys Soccer
14th-seeded Steinert earns itself a home semifinal gameNottingham's Luca deStasio (10), who unfortunately played the final game of his outstanding high school career, battles Allentown's Anthony DeRisi for the ball during Friday's CJ III tournament game in Allentown (Photo by Mike Dill/purchase photos at michaeldillphotography.com).
Nov. 4 CJ III Boys Soccer
Shootout shoots down 'Stars in yet another tournament
Nottingham's Shiek Bangora tries dribbling past a Wall defender during Nottingham's CJ III victory on Tuesday (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos by e-mailing email@example.com).
Nov. 1 CJ III Boys Soccer
Fulvio deStasio's three goals help 'Stars climb Wall
Ryan Lamarca had the Spartans jumping for joy as he set up one goal and scored the other in Steinert's 2-1 upset win at Monroe Tuesday in the CJ IV Tournament (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org).
Nov. 1 CJ IV Soccer
Steinert boys spring huge upset, Spartan girls ousted
Zach Gates (10) and Pat Remboski (2) celebrate Gates' first career goal, which proved to be the game-winner in Steinert's 2-0 MCT consolation win over Robbinsville Tuesday night (Photo by Mike Dill/purchase photos at michaeldillphotography.com).
Oct. 25 MCT Consolation Soccer
A night of firsts lifts Spartans to thrilling win over Ravens
Nottingham goalie Mike Conte plucks the ball away from the head of Pennington's Paul McWhirter for one of his eight saves in the Northstars shootout loss in the MCT quarterfinals Monday night (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos by e-mailing email@example.com).
Oct. 24 MCT Soccer
Nottingham, TCA boys; Steinert girls are all eliminated
Steinert's John Powers (8) is congratulated by his teammates after scoring a first-half goal against Hopewell in Saturday's Mercer County Tournament first-round game (Photo by Mike Dill/purchase photos at michaeldillphotography.com).
Oct. 22 MCT Soccer
Steinert girls win, boys lose, 'Stars boys win, girls lose
All three township teams suffer shutout losses
Oct. 18: It was a tough day for the township boys’ soccer teams, as Steinert fell to Allentown, 1-0, Hamilton lost to Notre Dame, 6-0, and Nottingham fell to Princeton 2-0.
In the Northstars lost, the Little Tigers scored on a rebound with three seconds left in the first half.
“We had a great first half and some nice opportunities but couldn’t get one in,” Nottingham coach Mike Braender said. “We hit the post and crossbar and hung with them the entire game but couldn’t pull it off.”
TCA tops Westhampton, Florence after defeat
Oct. 14: Coming off a loss to Pennington, its first of the year, Trenton Catholic's boys soccer team rebounded with a 3-0 win over Florence Thursday and 4-1 win over Westhampton Tech today.
Peter Hall had two goals and Seun Yinka Kehinde had a goal and assist against the Flashes, while Lendee Henry and Charles Wheaton had assists and Simeon Donzon made six saves.
Against Westhampton, Emmenuel Temeh had two goals and an assist while Hall and Henry had one goal each for the Iron MIkes (15-1). Yinka Kehinde had two assists and Winstone Cephas one.
Pat Remboski (2) is congratulated by teammates Connor Moffat (left), Gilmer Davila (12) and Joe Paragone (3) after scoring a first-half goal against Notre Dame Thursday (Photo by Mike Dill/purchase photos at michaeldillphography.com).
Oct. 13 Boys Soccer
Spartans shine in tie with ND, West falls, 'Stars stunned
Underneath this pile of Northstar humanity is Luca deStasio as he is mobbed by happy teammates after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime against Steinert Tuesday (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org).
Oct. 11 Boys Soccer
Northstar comeback stuns Spartans, West falls to WWPN
Oct. 10 Boys soccer
Hornets play undefeated Princeton tough
Oct. 10: Kyle Rogers made 15 saves to keep things close, but winless Hamilton could not generate an offensive attack in a 3-0 loss to undefeated Princeton (8-0-2) today.
Oct. 6 Boys Soccer
'Stars rebound, Hornets score but fall, Spartans zipped
Temeh has hat trick, Donzon scores goal in TCA win
Oct. 5: Emmanuel Temeh had three goals and three assists and Seun Yinka Kehinde had two goals and two assists as Trenton Catholic rolled to an 8-1 win over Medford Tech today. Peter Hall and Lendee Henry each had a goal and an assist, while Simeon Donzon came out of the nets to tally a goal of his own. Frank Hernandez-Morales had an assist. Tom Tom Johnson had three saves in goal.
With Arinze Iloka looking on, Luca deStasio tries to head one into the Trenton goal during Nottingham's 1-0 setback Tuesday (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
Oct. 4 Boys Soccer
Spartans and Northstars lose 1-0; Hamilton blanked
Donzon authors another shutout as TCA moves to 8-0
Sep. 29: Simeon Donzon turned yet another shutout as Trenton Catholic Academy’s boys soccer team stormed to a 3-0 victory over Burlington City today.
Charles Wheaton popped in two goals, while Emanuel Temeh had a goal and an assist and Seun Yinka Kehinde added an assist. The Iron Mikes raised their record to 8-0 while BC slipped to 3-3-1.
Nottingham's Sebastian "Sea Bass" Gallego nails a headball on goal during Wednesday's 8-0 win over Hamilton (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos bye e-mailing email@example.com).
Sep. 28 Boys Soccer
Nottingham unloads on Hamilton,Steinert falls in OT
Xavier Ceballos, shown during an earlier game with Trenton, set up Joe Paragone for the golden goal in overtime as Steinert took a 2-1 win over Ewing Monday (Photo by Mike Dill/purchase photos at michaeldillphotography.com).
Sep. 26 Boys Soccer
'Stars lose showdown, Steinert wins, West falls, TCA wins
Uzo Iloka, who had the game's lone goal in Nottingham's 1-0 win Thursday, dribbles through Hopewell's Tyler Jones and Jack Parker (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sep. 22 Boys Soccer
'Stars win again; Spartans tie; another 1-0 loss for West
Temeh, Wheaton score two each as TCA moves to 6-0
Sep. 21: Emmanuel Temeh and Charles Wheaton both scored twice to lead Trenton Catholic Academy’s boys’ soccer team to a 5-2 victory over Westhampton in a game marred by controversy. Lendee Henry also scored for TCA.
Wheaton added two assists and Temeh had one, while Peter Hall and Winston Cephas had assists. Simeon Donzon made six saves in goal for the 6-0 Iron Mikes.
Steinert freshman Mike Fornaro (upper left) gets a foot on the ball between Hamilton's Sebstian Cwalina and another defender, then turns to celebrate his goal (lower right) before hugging Derek Shearer, who delivered the corner kick that led to the game's lone goal during Tuesday's game at Steinert (Photo by Mike Dill/purchase photos at www.michaeldillphotography.com).
Sep. 20 Boys Soccer
Steinert nips West, 'Stars remain perfect, so does TCA
TCA continues to roll with 6-0 win over Hun School
Sep. 16: Trenton Catholic Academy is running roughshod through the preps.
Emmanuel Temeh and Lendee Henry each had two goals and an assist as TCA’s boys soccer team took a 6-0 win over Hun today. That makes the Iron Mikes 2-0 against Mercer County preps and 4-0 overall. Charles Wheaton had a goal and two assists, and Peter Hall had a goal, while Derrick Phillips had an assist and Simeon Donzon made four saves for his third straight shutout.
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Jackson Memorial erupted for six second-half goals in a 7-0 win over Hamilton. Kyle Rogers had 16 saves in goal.
Sep. 15 Boys Soccer
Nottingham holds off Pirates, Spartans fall, West loses
Sep. 14 Boys Soccer
Temeh's four goals leads TCA past Medford Tech
Steinert's Ryan Lamarca (top photo, No. 5) is in the process of getting past Trenton's Arthur Tartee and over goalie Edin Lopez, where he sent a ball toward the empty net. Below, John Powers (8) bangs it into the goal as Lopez tries to get back in goal (Photos by Mike Dill/purchase photos at michaeldillphotography.com).
Sep. 13 Boys Soccer
Northstars roll, Spartans open with a win, Hornets edged
Rene LaRagione had his head in the game along with the rest of Nottingham's defenders as the Northstars enjoyed a rousing start to their season with a 6-0 win at WW-P North Thursday (Photo by West "Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
Sep. 8 Boys Soccer
Taylor-made shutout lifts 'Stars past WWPN in opener
Sep. 8 Girls Soccer
WWPN uses five-minute blitz to overcome Nottingham
Victor Franco is one of three captains Hamilton's boys' soccer team hopes will lead the way this season (Photo by Jim Jenkins).
Sep. 7 Boys Soccer Previews
Hard working Hamilton seeks to make strides this year
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Nottingham looks to turn the corner with veteran team
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Experienced Steinert team confident entering season
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Hamilton Township schools were well represented at the annual Hibernian Senior Soccer 11 Banquet on Apr. 17 at the Hibernian Club in Hamilton. Honorees included (from left) Hamilton West’s Kyle Nuel, Steinert’s Matthew Wherley, Dave Strama, Kira Dudeck and Melissa Koster, Hamilton West’s Lauren Puliti and Nottingham’s Francesca Massari (Photo contributed by H. Rossi).
Steinert's Matt Wherley is one of eight players from a township school or who lives in the township that will be honored at Sunday's Hibernian Soccer Senior 11 dinner at the Hibernian Club. (Photo by Mike Dill/purchase photos at www.michaeldillphotography.com).
Apr. 15 Boys/Girls Soccer
Hibernians to honor five girls, three boys from township
Nottingham midfielder Luca deStasio was one of four Hamilton Township players to be named first team at Thursday night's CVC All-County Banquet (Photo by Wes "Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
Dec. 9 Boys Soccer
Township has 12 honorees at CVC All-County Banquet
Doug Johnson, shown holding off Nottingham's Gary Rojas during a regular-season game, had Steinert's goal in regulation today to enable the Spartans to go into a shootout. But it was a heart-breaking ending for the Green & White in the state tournament (Photo by Mike Dill/purchase photos at michaeldillhotography.com).
Nov. 5 CJ IV Boys Soccer
Steinert season ends after 100 minutes and eight PKs
Buried within a pack of happy Spartans is Connor Moffat after he scored the game's lone goal to give Steinert a 1-0 win over Montgomery in Monday's Central Jersey Group IV first-round game (Photo by Dennis Symons Jr./purchase photos at www.dennissymons.com).
Nov. 1 CJ IV Boys Soccer
Moffat's goal propels Steinert into the second round
Five township teams gain states in soccer, field hockey
Nottingham drops MCT consolation game to Ewing
Oct. 26: Trailing 3-1 at halftime, the Nottingham boys’ soccer team tried to rally but dropped a 4-3 verdict to Ewing in a Mercer County Tournament consolation game today. Luca deStasio led the way with a goal and two assists, while Fulvio deStasio and Aaron Stovall also scored. Arley Casteneda made eight saves.
Oct 25 Boys Soccer
Spartans stunned by 11th-seed WW-P North in counties
Nottingham sophomore soccer player Fulvio deStasio sports his Fish4Scores cap while accepting his JoJo's gift card from waitress Lauren Mulryne after being named the Fish4Scores/JoJo's Athlete of the Week for the week ending Oct. 23 (Photo by Ken Weingartner).
Oct. 24 Fish4Scores/JoJo's Athlete of the Week
Fulvio deStasio's week reflects his season for Nottingham
Nottingham goalie Arley Castaneda had his eyes wide open Thursday when he saved a penalty kick in a shootout to spark Nottingham to an MCT play-in win over Hamilton West (Photo by Michael Dill/purchase photos at michaeldillphotography.com).
Oct. 21 Boys Soccer
'Stars top Hornets on PKs in MCT play-in, Spartans win
David Strama has had some pensive moments this season after starting out injured, but none of them occurred today as the Steinert sweeper scored two goals in a win over Notre Dame that gave the Spartans a CVC Colonial Division title. Photo by Mike Dill purchase photos at michaeldillphotography.com).
Oct. 19 Boys Soccer Round-Up
Spartans win Colonial title, 'Stars win, Hornets blanked
Goalie Alex Jenkins and his Hamilton teammates will take on Nottingham in a play-in game for the upcoming Mercer County Tournament.
Boys Soccer - Mercer County Tournament
Township showdown will decide who plays Princeton
As Steinert's Kishan Shah (above left) flicks David Strama's free kick into the back of the net for the golden goal, Nottingham's Iloka Obinna (11) looks on along with Spartans Patrick Remboski and Gilmer Davila. Seconds later, the rest of the Spartans rushed in to join the celebration (Photo by Mike Dill/purchase photos at michaeldillphotography.com).
Oct. 14 Boys Soccer Round-Up
Spartans recover to top Nottingham in OT, West falls
'Stars can be proud of effort in pushing Spartans to limit
Hamilton's Harold Francis tracks down a loose ball ahead of his Lawrence counterpart
during the Hornets frustrating defeat to the struggling Cardinals Tuesday. (Photo courtesy
of Jim Jenkins).
Oct. 12 Boys Soccer
Spartans win in OT, Nottingham falls, so does Hamilton
Oct. 9 Boys Soccer
Moffat's goal helps Steinert slip past Lawrence
Oct. 9: Connor Moffat converted a feed from Zach Gates for a second-half goal as Steinert beat Lawrence, 1-0, today. The Spartans (5-2-3) were coming off a 3-0 loss to Princeton, and got eight saves from goalie Matt Wherley for their seventh shutout of the season.
Oct. 8 Boys Soccer
Nottingham wins by holding off Hamilton's late surge
Steinert's Brendan Moffat goes up for a header along with Princeton's Pablo Arroyo during Thursday's battle between two hot CVC teams (Photo by Mike Dill/purchase photos at michaeldillphotography.com).
Oct. 7 Boys Soccer Round-Up
Hornets win again, Steinert streak snapped, 'Stars fall
Oct. 5 Boys Soccer
'Stars fall to Rams, Hamilton rained out, so are Spartans
Steinert senior goalie Matt Wherley wears his complimentary Fish4Scores baseball cap while accepting his gift card from JoJo's waitress Kim "Peyton" Korchick after being named the Fish4Scores/JoJo's Athlete of the Week for the week ending Oct. 2 (Photo by Rich Fisher).
Oct. 2 Fish4Scores.com/Jo'Jo's Tavern Athlete of the Week
Wherley whirling with shutouts for surging Steinert
It finally stopped raining on Mark "Goose" Laurenti and the Hamilton West soccer team's parade, as the Hornets got their first win of the season Saturday, which gave Laurenti his first career win as a varsity coach (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos by e-mailing email@example.com).
Oct. 2 Boys Soccer
Hornets, 'Goose' celebrate first win in convincing fashion
Coach Mark "Goose" Laurenti felt that midfielders John Lansing (left) and Ludwilenz Phildor both played strong games in Hamilton's scoreless tie with West Windsor-Plainsboro South (Photo by Jim Jenkins).
Oct. 1 Boys Soccer
Hamilton plays spirited match in scorless tie with WW-PS
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Feb 2, 2013
Groundhog Day is
Feb. 2: Well, today is Groundhog Day.
And you know what that means? It means I have found a blogging loophole.
For all you people out there -- like Whalen and Costantino and the Baroness -- who insist on telling me I need a new blog just because they don't want to read the old one for 19 straight weeks, I have discovered the answer to my problem.
Again, I reiterate, it is Groundhog Day. And if you saw the Bill Murray movie, you know that Groundhog Day is the same day, over and over and over again.
Therefor, because I am writing this blog today, it gives me carte blanche to leave it up here over and over and over and over again. Moreso than usual. Like. . .forever!
You think you got tired of seeing Phil Alu and Jon Adams at the top of this blog?
You are REALLY gonna hate The Groundhog!
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Just want to pass along good luck wishes to Nottingham junior Josh Lajeunesse, one of the many class acts and key contributors on the Nottingham state champion football team. r Josh recently discovered he needs serious shoulder surgery, which will keep him out of action for four months and unfortunately cause him to miss track season.
"Yeah, but I gotta get ready for football," he said.
Yeah ya do buddy, so good luck on the surgery No. 2 and hope all goes well!
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Speaking of Nottingham football, seems they are taking Fish Bowl 1 quite serious.
"It was nice to win a state football title," said one administrator. "But to say we won both the state title and the Fish Bowl, now that would be something!
We are keeping the administrator anonymous lest he incur the wrath of Coach Adams for linking the two together . .but we know that secretly, the Big Dawg feels the same way! lol
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Speaking of Fish Bowl, I just want to thank everyone for participating. I had hoped to get about 20-30 responses and just run them straight down in a list. But with the great feedback from everyone we got 88 responses (89 counting Donna Brihn's dog) and rand allowed us to turn it into the Fish Bowl.
What's amazing is as a collective group we couldn't pick a winner! 44-44. Wow, a township divided!
Anyway, thanks for taking part in the fun folks, and good luck to you and your team!
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Oh, one other thing. We heard back from Phil Alu (there's that name again!) about his selection of Kyle Kaepernick as Super Bowl MVP.
"Holy crap! Now I know why my Fantasy Football team sucked all year. I was playing Kyle Kaepernck out of West Oak High School in Kalamazoo, Michigan all season and not Colin Kaepernick from the 49ers."
The sad think here is, Kyle Kaepernick even sucked for West Oak High School. And Kalamazoo football is weak!
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I love my mother, but I'll never play her Super Bowl pool again. She asked me to buy five blocks, which I did. She said she would fill them in and mail it to me, which she did.
But rather than scatter my name in different blocks all over the sheet, she wrote it straight down in five blocks.
The result? In all five of my boxes I have Baltimore and nine. Nine! Are you freakin kidding me? So much for having a lot of different chances to win this baby, which of course, is the reason for multiple blocks.
Love ya mom!
Hate your pool!
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OK, that's it. I hope you like this blog, cuz you're gonna see it over and over and over and over and over. All that's missing is a picture of Ned Ryerson and the soundtrack to I Got You Babe!
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Oh, and one more thing. Does anyone out there actually watch all 8 hours of pre-game Super Bowl shows that are available? If so, then you could actually read this blog over and over and over and never get bored. Because you reeeallly need a life!
Jan 27, 2013
Happy New Year!
Yeah yeah, I know, it's an old year by now. But hey, I haven't written anything since the new year so it's a New Year for Fish Tales.
Hope everybody had a great holiday, hope everybody enjoyed the NFL playoffs, hope everybody has returned all their gifts that sucked and I just hope everbody is doin' great dogawnnit!
I don't really have a heck of a lot on my mind, but I'm getting yelled at again by people saying to put up a new blog. They don't neccessarily care what I have to say, they just get tired of seeing the same thing at the top of this spot for so long. Sorry Big Dawg, all the love is gone now, they all hate you now due to over-exposure. You have joined Phil Alu as a "stayed at the top of the blog too long" poster boy. lol.
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OK, let's start with the Super Bowl.
I mean, you never really hear much about it (insert *rolls eyes* here) so we'll talk about it!
You know what's interesting. And this, like so many other things, speaks to the popularity of the NFL. The Supe is the one championship in sports that the TV Networks don't fret about.
In baseball they would moan if the World Series match-up is the Kansas City Royals vs. the Milwaukee Brewers. "Oh God, those aren't big TV markets!"
It wasn't always like that for the Series. It was the big thing, everyone cared. Kids rushed home from school as fast as possible to catch the end of the games. But not anymore. Games that last til 12:30 a.m. don't help the cause these days, but that's only part of it.
But I digress.
Take the NBA. If they don't have the Lakers and/or the Celtics/Miami in the finals, its like a mad dash for a bridge to jump off of.
"No one will watch this. Ohhhhh noooo!"
And if it's the NHL's Stanley Cup Playoffs.... . .um, what's like, the big match-up for the NHL? OK, forget that one.
But football has no such worries. This game could be the Jacksonville Jaguars vs. the Seattle Seahawks and it wouldn't matter. 999 gazillion people would tune in anyway, just because it's like an unofficial national law.
"Gonna watch the Super Bowl?"
"How come, you don't like football?"
"I know, but it's the Super Bowl?"
I mean, that's basically the answer people give, and it's just understood. Oh yeah, it's the Super Bowl.
And by the way, when is the NFL gonna give folks a break and make this game on a Saturday so people at all the parties can recover on Sunday? . They can't be clinging to tradition or the game would still start at 1 o'clock, the halftime show would still be the Hokey-Fanokie high school marching band and the tickets could still be purchased by folks outside the 1 percent of the people with all the money in the world.
I'm sure someone did some research and concluded "Can't move it to Saturday, too costly."
Oh well, it's still the Super Bowl and we'll all watch it. Cuz hey, it's the Super Bowl!
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Speaking of the Super Bowl, I don't know who's going to win and I don't care. But if I have to make a pick, I'd pick the Ravens.
I dunno. But I had to make a pick so I picked the Ravens.
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Here's a classic basketball official story. I will not reveal the names to protect the innocent (and guilty) but it was pretty good stuff.
Three refs walked into a CVC girls game earlier this year. As they entered the gym, one of the head coaches says "Oh here they come, the three blind mice."
To which one of them -- who I am proud to say lives in Hamilton -- promptly responded by going "Yeah, but one of us can hear," and slammed the coach with a techncial foul before the game even started.
Now that's style!
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I kind of lost a kindred spirit when Stan Musial passed away last week.
First off, Stan the Man was from Donora, Pa., and I had a roomate in college who hailed from Donora. His parents knew Musial and said he was the greatest guy ever.
Secondly, Musial got his 3,000th career hit on the day I was born.
Just think. . .two monumental occurrances on the same day!
Uh, OK. . one.
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So I have seen three of the movies nominated for the Oscars so far: Lincoln, Argo and Silver Linings Playbook. All good flicks, but, man, Daniel Day Lewis blew me away as Lincoln. Good stuff!
I find Lincoln to be so fascinating. The more I learn about him, the more I want to know about what made him tick.
As opposed to somone like, say, Kim Kardashian, who I don't know anything about and yet I want to know even less.
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I would much rather see Amber Dietrich and Courtney Adams playing basketball this winter instead of texting me updates to tweet of Steinert and Hamilton girls' basketball games.
But they are injured and can't play and that stinks. But thanks girls, for contributing to the cause. You're the best!
And while Amber has been promoted to Fish4scores Director of Twitter Operations (with a 50 percent pay increase from her original salary of nothing), Courtney's work from mid-season on has promoted her to Assistant Director.
Please don't be late for the next staff meeting girls.
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I would also like to thank another Twitter contributor -- who I will only refer to as "Outcast of the People" -- but he can't seem to stay at the games for more tha none half -- and sometimes the decision wasn't his to leave. :)
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Check back later this week when we provide Super Bowl picks from the township's athetic community.
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OK, I leave you with this trivia question -- which I guarantee 80 percent of you won't be able to answer:
Who won today's Pro Bowl?
Dec 9, 2012
It's a Big Dawg
Dec. 9: So I went to a Christmas party at the house of Hightstown High Athletic Director Gary Bushelli Saturday night and it was loaded with Mercer County athletic personalities.
Aside from the Hightstown coaches, which include former Rams head football coach Jack Dunn, there were Notre Dame coach Chappy Moore, former ND/Neptune Athletic Director Vince Ardery, former Steinert AD Rich Giallella and on the list went on.
As we arrived late and struggled through the crowd to get a drink, I was stopped by one person after another with questions.
"Were you at the game? Tell us about the game? How was the game? Tell me about the interception return."
Everyone wanted to know about the Northstars win over Neptune. And at the end of every conversation I had. . .this is not an exaggaration -- EVERY conversation, it ended the same way --- "That's great for Adams. Good for Adams. Good for Jon, he deserves it. Wow Jon must be happy."
That's the common theme running throughout Mercer County and Northstar Nation today. An outpouring of congratulations has Big Dawg's Facebook page in overdrive. He wasn't checking text messages yesterday until he had the time.
It's a sheer love-fest and include me in the group. Obviously the fact that Coach Adams survived serious cancer issues in the summer adds to the story line here. But that's not where the love is coming from. Had the Dawg been healthy as a horse last summer the same accolades would be coming his way.
Adams is a guy who has worked hard as the Northstars head coach for 23 years. He loves his players and has developed a close bond with so many of them after they left. He gives tough love, sometimes he has to get tough without giving the love to get a point across.
He admitted it was hard to bench his son Stephen in the second half against Neptune because Luke Westerberg had the hot hand. It had to be killing him, since it was the first time all year he abandoned the rotation system. And it happened in the biggest game of the year.
What dad on earth would feel good about doing that? How many of them might just not have done it?
But while Adams loves his son, he treats his players as his family as well and he knew this was the move to make for Nottingham to win. In fact, he and his staff proved to be outstanding throughout the playoffs in which Nottingham went 3-0 against the Shore Conference.
Rather than avoid the other team's strengths, he attacked them. He did what conventional wisdom said not to do because he had faith in his players. And his confidence in his players to do that, gave them the confidence to get it done.
Against Manasquan and Long Branch, he decided to slug it out with a running game against teams that love that style. Against Neptune, a team that can score points in bunches with big plays, conventional wisdom said to go with a running game to keep the ball out of Ajee Patterson's hands. So what did Nottingham do? Get three offensive touchdown plays of 53 yards or more.
It wasn't just the Big Dawg. His assistants obviously played a big part in it. And why not listen to a staff that includes former head coaches Bob Harris, Frank Gatto and John Berei. It was truly a clinic the way they handled three teams that everyone thought were the favorites.
Personally speaking, we in the media love Adams. He's always a good quote and gives you all the time you need (a lot of you in Hamilton do that, which is appreciated).
Sure he'll rub some people the wrong way. No one in the world has a 100 percent fan club.
But he is close with so many people and they are all feeling good for their guy today. And they should. He's a great guy, a gregarious guy who is the classic "Big Teddy Bear" kind of guy.
My only complaint with Mr. Adams is that he playfully admonished the sportswriters for not believing his team had the speed to match up with Neptune. To that, I say please read the below blog written yesterday. Ahem, ahem.
But other than that, I love ya Big Dawg!
Just like everybody else.
Dec. 8 2012
It's in the Stars: Nottingham
will win it!
Dec. 8: I never ever make predictions. I just don't, because I don't think anyone knows what will happen in a football game.
But I am making one today. I truly believe Nottingham's football team is going to come home a winner against Neptune in the Central Jersey Group III championship game.
I had a feeling about this team after the Allentown game. That was a loss, but could have been a win and there was just something about the Northstars that impressed me in that game. They could have won as easily as lost and I didn't count it as a loss in terms of what the Stars could do down the line.
I really think this is a team of destiny. It all started in the summer when Jon Adams health issues could have led to a completely dismal season. But the Big Dawg came through in a big way, his team followed his lead and well, here we are.
But that's not the only reason I think Nottingham will win today. I also think they have developed an unshakable confidence after bringing down two straight Shore Conference teams in the first two rounds of the playoffs. That right there removes the stumbling block of "Oh gee, can we beat the Shore?"
And then there is one othe little factor: speed. Neptune's great advantage in these games is speed. Especially in the passing game. But Nottingham's has plenty of speed in the secondary, as long as a physical presence. I'm not saying the Stars have an advantage, but I am saying Neptune doesn't have an advantage.
There are just a lot of things that feel right about this game for Nottingham. So much so, that I'm actually making a prediction.
I don't know what the score will be. . .but Nottingham will be on the positive side of it when it's over.
Dec. 2 2012
Shore is good!
Dec. 2: What is all this talk about the Shore Conference being so good in football?
That's what they might be saying on Klockner Road in Hamilton Township these days, as that little strip of asphalt houses two schools that are actually tormenting the mighty Shore teams lately.
For those who don't follow high school football extensively, it is common knowledge that teams from the Shore pound teams from Mercer County every year in the state playoffs. A few teams hang, but many of the games are embarrassing blowouts.
Over the past two seasons, however, Hamilton Township schools (and Klockner Road residents) Steinert and Nottingham are 3-1 against the Shore Conference.
Steinert beat Wall in last year's playoffs, then led Neptune into the third quarter before falling in the title game. Nottingham has taken two straight seven-point wins over Manasquan and Long Branch this playoff season, despite being considered the underdog in both.
Throw in Hamilton West's near-miss loss to Middletown South in 2010 and it's safe to say that the township is carrying the banner for Mercer County against the Shore.
It's something to be proud of because, lets
face it, the Shore Conference is excellent. It has many more quality teams than Mercer from top to bottom, it has a ton of football talent and great teams play great teams throughout the year. That only toughens them up come playoff time.
Teams in Mercer, even with the West Jersey realignment, are probably getting two to three good tests a year.
The fact that Nottingham and Steinert have fared well in the playoffs doesn't mean the conference's are coming closer together in talent.
What it does mean, is we have had the privelege of watching two very special football teams the past two years. Two teams that have proven they can be great no matter what league they are in and what team they are playing.
And both have unique stories to tell.
For Steinert, it marked the first time the school ever won a playoff game, let alone reach a sectional final.
For Nottingham, it's one of the feel-good stories of the year. Over the summer, the Stars were uncertain of if they would have their head coach. And the coach himself wondered how much of a future he had after Jon Adams had to undergo surgery for cancer.
But Adams won his battle and his Northstars have won every battle but one this year. And the team it lost to is no longer around as Allentown fell to Neptune in Friday's other CJ III final.
It's the same Neptune that beat Steinert last year. The same Neptune Nottingham plays at The College of New Jersey for a championship on Saturday.
Few people outside the area probably think Nottingham will win. But that doesn't matter.
If people can't figure out by now that the Northstars may just be a team of destiny, they never will.
And besides, Nottingham has proven it can overcome the aura of the Shore Conference.
But can the Scarlet Fliers overcome the aura of Klockner Road?
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Congratulations to coach Dan O'Donnell and the Fish4scores.com basketball team, which won its inaugural game in the St. Gregory Intramural League's Senior Division. Way to go gang, you're making us all proud!
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Speaking of last year's football teams, graduated Steinert quarterback Adam Riese was on hand at the Thanksgiving game while graduated Nottingham QB Esayah Obado was at Saturday's Nottingham-Long Branch game.
Both were red-shirted at their respective schools this year -- Riese at New Hampshire and Obado and Delaware State -- and both felt it was a productive year of learning about the nuances of college football.
Nov. 20 2012
allow us to smile
times in Hamilton
Nov. 20: Thank you, Nottingham!
In the wake of so many disturbing things being reported on in Hamilton Township these days, and with today’s guilty verdict of Mayor John Bencivengo, this township needs something to smile about.
And it has reasons to do just that thanks to what's happening on the corner of Klockner Road and Hamilton Avenue.
Nottingham High School is all smiles these days with what’s going on its athletic department.
Start with the hiring of Chris “The Baron” Raba last week. Raba was finally confirmed as boys basketball coach, giving the Northstars a guy with a proven track record of success to run their program.
Then there is the football team, who gave us one of the most exciting football games seen in these parts in some time. Trailing by 14 and going nowhere at halftime Nottingham roared back for a 21-14 win to advance to the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III semifinals next week.
Let’s not forget about “Amazing” Grace Dwyer, who is sweeping New Jersey by storm in just her first year in high school. The freshman is putting up times that are remarkable and blew into Wednesday’s Meet of Champions by finishing third in the NJSIAA Group III meet last Saturday.
And to top it off, softball star Valerie Suto signed a letter of intent on Monday to play for Division I Seton Hall, which is pretty impressive.
That’s a lot of nice stuff to feel good about during this time of turmoil.
It’s no wonder that Rick “The Voice of the Northstars” Taylor has a lot to say these days.
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I couldn’t be happier for Jon Adams and the success he has had with Nottingham football this year. This was a guy who, last summer, didn’t even know if he would be teaching or coaching, let along standing two wins away from a sectional title.
Way to go Big Dawg!
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Apologies go out to Meg “Martina Scorcese” Black, the Steinert grad now attending Kutztown State. In my last blog I thanked so many people for their contributions, but forgot to thank “Blackie” for all her fine video efforts last summer (and hopefully again over winter break).
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I didn’t get a chance to write anything on it, but congratulations to Hamilton West’s Lauren “The Lamb” Wyrough for scoring two goals and leading her team to victory in the Mooch Myernick Soccer All-Star game Sunday. That gave Wyrough eight goals in five games since her knee injury.
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Also congratulations go out to Kristin Jacobs (formerly Voorhees) for being named the new Steinert girls basketball coach.
Voorhees was a standout player at Steinert under Jim “Jules” Giglio and was a long-time assistant under Bob Boyce at West Windsor-Plainsboro North.
Jacobs gets started this weekend when basketball practice gets underway.
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It has been 25 years since the Steinert boys cross country team won the NJSIAA Group III meet with Tom Canto, Aaron Oldfield, Charlie Zoda, Doug Larkin, Tom Hooker and several other standouts. The crew plans on meeting at Veterans Park with coaches Jerry Bleistein and Doug Martin this Friday and are toying with taking an anniversary run through the park. Whether or not that happens, they will then head to DeLorenzo’s for some pizza.
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Thursday’s the big day over at Steinert with the Thanksgiving game, and Texas Roadhouse plans on doing its part.
The Fish4Scores Athlete of the Week sponsor will be selling gift cards and donating some of the profits back to the schools. See tomorrow’s preview of the game for more details.
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Not sure if he would want me to reveal this, but Hamilton Little Lads Basketball Director Jack DeStefano just became a great grandfather when his grandson Nick and his wife brought a new baby boy into the world Monday.
“Now I have a new reason for sticking with Little Lads,” Jack said with a laugh.
That must be what keeps him looking so young.
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Rutgers in the Big 10. Wow.
Looks good for football, but I don’t know about basketball. And it will be interesting to see Steinert grad and RU soccer coach Dan Donigan’s take on it, as I’m not sure the Big 10 is quite on par with the Big Eats when it comes to men’s soccer.
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Well that’s it for now. I just want to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving and we’ll see you on the gridiron Thursday morning!
Sep. 23, 2012
Don’t faint but. . .
it’s a new blog!
OK, OK, I know what you’re thinking.
Another blog already? How many of these things can we take!
Well, after hearing people complaining throughout the spring, summer and fall (I was goin for the record!), even I have gotten sick of seeing the same blog for so long.
I got tired of reading about the second round of the NBA playoffs, considering the the NBA finals AND the Olympics are over. Mollie Coyne was a high school senior during the last blog, today she scored her first collegiate goal. Way to go Mol!
But the biggest complaint I got was “You gotta get Phil Alu out of there!” Sorry Phil. . .I tried to hold out as long as I could, but the masses have spoken!
The second biggest complaint came from Steinert Athletic Director John Costantino . . . every day. It seems Cos reads this blog when he wants to fall asleep. Since he didn’t have a new blog to bore him for five months. . .his whole sleeping pattern is shot.
Sooo anyway, get a pillow Cos and read away. Lots to catch up on.
And in case you forget the set-up, these are various thoughts, sectioned off by little * * * * thingies. So if you get bored with one thing, just shut up and move on to the next.
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As you may have already seen, we have some new features on Fish4Scores.com, not the least of which is a new Athlete of the Week Sponsor. We’re delighted to welcome aboard Texas Roadhouse on Route 33, which is donating gift cards and hanging up the photos of the winners each week in their fine establishment.
Owner Norm Patten is just what Hamilton Township ordered. He is not only supporting Fish4scores and the high school’s standout student-athletes, he wants to immerse his establishment into this township. So if you’re looking for a place to stage an event, make like the gang at Cheers and call “Norm!”
OK, that was lame. Are you sure you want another blog?
Secondly, we are still tying up the loose ends with the potential sponsor, but we are a few hand shakes away from awarding one student-athlete from each school a “Scholar-Athlete of the Season” award, which will be given at the end of the fall, winter and spring seasons. Once everything is finalized, I’ll let everyone know the details and we will proudly reveal the new sponsor.
Speaking of scholar-athletes, you may have seen our new feature “The Life of a Student-Athlete” where Steinert’s Jeff Mattonelli and Hamilton’s Colleen “Collar” Murphy give us some insight on their lives beyond the athletic field. We are bringing a Nottingham athlete into the rotation as well, but I have not cleared it with him yet. When I do, he will add a third view.
I gotta tell you, so far I’ve been really impressed. In their first efforts, Jeff and Murph provided interesting, entertaining insight to what they are all about, and I have a feeling it will only get better as we all get into a rhythm.
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Features aren’t the only thing that’s new.
They are coinciding with an upcoming new look for Fish4Scores.
Now, you are probably going to complain about it at first.
Why? Because it’s change, and everyone hates change. “Where is this? How do I get to this? Why did he change this!!!!”
One of the main reasons is, it will cut my workload by at least a third. This site served its use over the first three years but it takes an incredibly long time to post stories and photos. So, part of it is self preservation.
Secondly, we want to continue to highlight the day’s activities prominently, but we plan on leaving the Athlete of the Week, Scholar-Athlete of the Season and Life of a Student-Athlete directly underneath on the home page so people don’t have to go searching for them.
Thus, the top of the page will be that oh-so-popular website method of rotating photos scrolling by, so you can pick your story.
I am trying to keep the new site as functional as this one. There will still be the “Fall” “Winter” “Spring” “Summer” menus at the top, and they will drop down with the sports for that season. So it won’t be THAT different.
I just ask you give it a chance and ou’ll get used to it. And bear with me, cuz I won’t know what I’m doing for a while so there may be a few gaffes here and there. But it will all smooth out so don’t go anywhere!
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We also have plenty of new people on board. Cathy Martin Healy took the plunge behind the scenes this summer and has done a tremendous job as my marketing consultant. Cathy is a freelancer who is extremely good at what she does. If you need her talents, let me know and I’ll hook you up (and no, I don’t get a percentage).
Shannon Keenan Moscarello is our new sales representative, so if you want to put an ad on Fish4scores, let us know and I will put you in touch with Shannon.
For a brief time until he graduates, we’re happy to have Rider student JJ Duke with us, predominantly as a soccer writer but he may pop up at other events as well. Mark Pratico, another Rider guy, is back helping out with his soccer expertise and we couldn’t be happier about that.
And we have found yet another talented parent with photography talents, as Nancy Eggert is supplying us with some darn good shots of Steinert boys’ soccer. The only drawback is she was referred to us by Jim “Jules” Giglio, so I now I feel indebted to Jules. And that’s never good.
There is also recent Nottingham graduate Dave Robb, who’s slipping us some nice Northstar shots. Brian “The Shot” McCarthy is our wild card, who could be anywhere at any time to shoot a township sports team near you. Brian also has a new Facebook photo page dealing with Hamilton Township news photography that you might want to check out: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Hamilton-Herald-News-com/113569545457746.
We still have the ol’ reliables, of course. At Nottingham, there is Wes “The Media Mogul” Kirkpatrick and Mary “The Renowned One” Malone. Two legends. Need we say more?
Over at Hamilton West, there is Jim Jenkins providing quality cross country shots. And of course, one of the gutsiest football photographers around – Donna Brihn. Poor Donna needs ankle surgery but refuses to miss shooting Hamilton football so she’s hobbling up and down the sidelines with a brace at not only varsity games, but JV and freshmen contests as well.
Yesterday she had to ice it for hours after the game and apologized for getting me her photos late. How’s that for dedication? Hornet players, give Mrs. Brihn a pat on the back and a “way to go” the next time you see her. Just watch the ankle!
And then there’s Princeton Packet sports editor Bob “Sense” Nuse, who will try and provide a cross country story if any Hamilton teams are running at the same meet his son is running at. Bob knows his stuff.
Then there are the usual suspects that are staples – photographers John Blaine and Dennis Symons Jr.; writer/teacher/many other things Tony Piscotta, and jack of all trades Ken Weingartner.
The fact that so many quality people want to be a part of this blows my mind and really makes me proud. This site would be nothing without their contributions.
So as we officially begin our fourth year on Oct. 1, to all you people – and any others that I might have missed – I say thank you so much.
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Speaking of Oct. 1, that is the date of the Daniel Rossi Memorial Scholarship Fund 2nd Annual Golf Outing. For more info go to http://www.facebook.com/events/216801735100874/.
While we’re at it, don’t forget the Wraparound Sports 7th Annual Softball Tournament to fight breast cancer on Oct. 6 and Oct. 13-14. Get more info at www.wraparoundsports.org. And please say a prayer for Wraparound founder Janeen Gondek, a good friend and a tremendous person who is going through a very tough time right now.
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I thought nothing would get on my nerves more than the countless Facebook photos this past summer of sand and an ocean that people posted with variations of the following: “On the beach at LBI. . life is good.”
Well, I was wrong.
Since Bruce Springsteen’s tour swung east, my Facebook is on overload with tailgaters in the parking lot and the words “Brrruuuuce!” as their oh so clever comment.
Facebook has become the new post cards. Remember post cards? There was writing involved. And a stamp. Remember stamps?
Anyway, my attitude toward all these Facebook people telling me what a blast they’re having while I’m working, is reflective of my attitude toward post cards. (Someone please tell the kids what a post card is). When my friends went on vacation, my parting words always were “Have fun but don’t send me a post card. I’m not interested in your good time.”
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I was very bummed out this past week to hear that Steinert’s Amber Dietrich has had her senior season of field hockey cut short due to a torn ACL. Dietrich hurt it when she caught it in some high grass at Robbinsville (the turf field was unavailable).
Amber is a great kid and anyone that knows her, hopes she can get back for her final season of softball. I spoke with her today at the Nottingham-Steinert football game and she is going to see a doctor Monday. She’s hoping to be back in six months, which would get her back by March and in time for softball.
Good luck Amber!!!
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Another thing that happened since the last blog (and no Mr. Costantino, not the discovery of electricity) is that I am now writing for the Hamilton Post newspaper. The reason I say this is to support their fine website, mercerspace.com, which does a great job covering the county, and especially this township, with its news and sports coverage.
(How’s that Joe and Rob? Do I still have a job!)
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I couldn’t agree more with Steve Young concerning the lockout with the NFL officials. In case you missed it, Young said that as long as people keep filling the stadiums and as long as ratings are up, why should Roger Goodell care about the replacement refs and their flaws. In the NFL, the bottom line is the buck. Who cares if games are screwed up or, worse yet, players are crunched.
I have a close friend who worked for the NFL for years. . .in the same office with Paul Tagliabue, in fact. She and her husband moved from New York to Los Angeles a few years ago and she now works for the NFL Network.
But she told me stories that blew my mind about how cheap the NFL is. A multi-gajillion dollar corporation treated regular old workers, like maintenance men, office employees and custodians like dirt. That’s why Young’s words hit home with me, because it mirrored everything my friend told me.
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Kudos to everybody’s favorite trainer, Trenton High’s Poppy Anderson. A Hamilton resident, Poppy is the male honoree this year by the Trenton Select Club. There is truly not a classier guy associated with Mercer County athletics.
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More kudos, to Hibernians soccer coach Tom Bayless, who is being inducted into the Mercer County Soccer Hall of Fame. Tom is originally from Lawrence but his Hamilton roots run deep with all he’s done in the township.
And he’s almost as classy as Poppy! Just don’t ask me to define almost.
Love ya Bayless!
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Rutgers football beat Arkansas on the road last night and every time the Razorbacks applied the pressure, Rutgers answered. Could be an interesting year in Piscataway and no one will be happier than our JoJo's friend Andy.
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Gotta love this second wildcard in baseball. Hey, it kept me interested in the Phils for about 6 weeks longer than if there wasn't one.
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Another NHL lockout? Damn! Some of my greatest memories are of NHL games in October, when the baseball post-season is unfolding and college and pro football are in full bloom.
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Well, that’s about it folks.
See ya in 5 months . . . or whenever Haley’s Comet comes by again.