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It was a big morning for Hamilton Township sports celebrities Sunday at the 30th Annual Golden Wave Club breakfast at the Scottish Rite Hall in Bordentown. Nottingham football/track coach Jon "Big Dawg" Adams (left) won the day's biggest honor, the Clarence O'Shea Coaching Award, while Steinert basketball/baseball standout PJ "Chill" Wiegartner earned the $4,000 Trenton Catholic Golden Wave Club Scholarship Award. Sunday capped an eventful month for Adams. Click here for more Dawg highlights of the past 30 days (Photo by Mary Malone/See more Mary photos at Malone Photgraphy).
As it turns out, you can dress 'em up and you can also take 'em out, as this crew of Hamilton Township products proved at the Delaware Valley Scholar-Athlete Dinner at the Princeton Hyatt Sunday night. In the above photo are scholarship winners (from left) Will James (Little Scholar), Peddie's Dylan Nir, Notre Dame's Zach Tharp, Hamilton West's Gabe DeGuzman, Steinert's Jeff Mattonelli and Nottingham's Jake Andrejcik. Below are the adult award winners, including (from left) Frank Lucchesi (Distinguished American), Rich Fisher (Contributions to Amateur Football) and Nottingham's John Adams (Coach of the Year). (Photos by Mary "The Renowned One" Malone).
Nottingham junior cornerback/return man Saquan Hampton gave an early commitment to Rutgers today. Check back for story with comments from coach Jon Adams (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Mar. 7 Football
Nottingham's Hampton gives early verbal to Rutgers
The Hamilton Township public school honorees at this year's Delaware Valley George Wah Scholar-Athlete dinner include (front row, from left) Nottingham's Jake Andrejcik, Steinert's Jeff Mattonelli and Hamilton's Gabe DeGuzman. In the back row from l-r are Nottingham coach Jon Adams (Coach of the Year), Steinert's Dan Caruso (last year's Coach of the Year), township resident Frank Lucchesi (Distinguished American Award), Fish4scores' Rich Fisher (Contributor to Amaetuer Football award) and Hamilton coach Tom"The Voice" Hoglen (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at email@example.com).
DelVal Scholar-Athlete Dinner a Township extravaganza
Frank Lucchesi - Distinguished American
Rich Fisher - Contributions to Amateur Football
Nottingham's Jon Adams - Coach of the Year
Reynolds Middle School Will James - Little Scholar
Gabe DeGuzman - Hamilton West Scholar-Athlete
Jake Andrejcik - Nottingham Scholar-Athlete
Jeff Mattonelli - Steinert Scholar-Athlete
Zach Tharp/Dylan Nir - Notre Dame/Peddie Scholar-Athletes
Greg Burns - TCNJ Scholar-Athlete
Nottingham High junior Nick DeMarie, a key contributor to Nottingham's state championship football team, became an individual state academic champ Friday as he displays his award for winning the prestigious DECA state championship.
Mar 1 Football/DECA
DeMarie gives presidential flair to DECA state competition
Hamilton Township Mayor and Nottingham graduate Kelly Yaede (standing in rear, yellow shirt) returned to her alma mater to commend the Nortstars Central Jersey Group III champion football team (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
When Nottingham broke through to become Hamilton Township's first football champion Saturday, the Northstars success was celebrated throughout the county and the township as Tom Hoglen and Dan "The Bridegroom" Caruso pointed out (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
Dec. 10 CJ III Football Championship
Caruso, Hoglen feel Stars' title is a victory for everybody
Luke Westerberg is ready to embrace the world as the clock runs out on Nottingham's 35-24 win over Neptune in Saturday's CJ III final. Westerberg had an outstanding game in his high school finale (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Dec. 9 CJ III Football Championship: The day after history was made
Westerberg culminates his career with a masterpiece
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CJ III notebook: Stars thrived on love for each other
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Champion Stars!The Nottingham High football team tells the world who's number one after its 35-24 win over Neptune in Saturday's Central Jersey Group III final at The College of New Jersey provided Nottingham and Hamilton Township with its first state football title, and the first in Mercer County since 1989 (Photo by Ken Weingartner).
Dec. 8 CJ III Football Championship Game
Nottingham wins with big plays on offense and defense
(Video links of Stars four big scoring plays included with this story)
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Go get 'em Stars!
The Nottingham High football team is ready to charge into today's Central Jersey Group III championship game against Neptune in hopes of bringing home the first football title in Hamilton Township history (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
Game Time 1 p.m. at TCNJ
Good Luck Nottingham!
Nottingham 2001 graduate and Sunshine Game participant Markens Leger, now the lead singer and rhythm guitar player for APT.3, is one of numerous Stars' alumni throwing their support behind the football team's quest for a title (Photo courtesy Markens Leger).
Dec. 7 CJ III Football Championship
Alumni and other notables send their support to Stars
Championship Game Scouting Reports
Neptune coach Cicotelli gives his take on Nottingham
Stars' coach Adams discusses the challenge of Neptune
Presenting your CJ III Championship Game Day Guide
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Nottingham High graduate Mike Giambelluca (at right, hoisting Joe Logue Trophy with Jon Adams) has two reasons to be happy about the Northstar football team's run to the state final -- he's an alumnus AND the principal (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
Dec. 6 CJ III Football Playoff Championship
Principal Mike Giambelluca has pride in his Northstars
Whoever doctored this photo -- which is making the rounds on Facebook -- of Jon "Big Dawg" Adams and Stephen "Puppy Dawg" Adams at the 2005 sectional final at Rutgers knew what they were talking about as both Adams will be in this Saturday's final against Neptune. And Coach Adams feels he has a better grip on preparation after going through it once.
Dec. 5 CJ III Football Championship Game
Adams better prepared for hectic finals week this time
Long Branch Star Struck!
Weaving between Brett Roach (1) and Dahmiere Willis (4), Daviyon Davis grabs the game's lone touchdown pass from Jameel Bailey in the third quarter, which would prove to be the game-winner in Nottingham's 7-0 victory over Long Branch in Saturday's Central Jersey Group III semifinal game (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
Dec. 1 CJ III Football Playoff Semifinals
Nottingham topples Long Branch 7-0 to reach title game
Notebook: Players followed Adams' courageous lead
True team effort allows Stars' D to pitch another shutout
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Throughout his health issues during the spring and summer, Nottingham football coach Jon "Big Dawg" Adams always had his family, including son Stephen (8) beside him and his Northstar players behind him. Adams considers his team his second family and they have proven it this year (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
Nov. 30 CJ III Football Playoffs
Adams got through cancer scare thanks to two 'families'
Stars aren't long shots vs. Long Branch this time around
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While the Nottingham football team is smiling about being two wins away from a state title, the Northstars will turn ultra-serious Saturday against a Long Branch team talented enough to overcome the loss of a 1,900-yard rusher (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
Nov. 29 CJ III Football: Scouting the Stars opponent
Veteran Long Branch squad thrived despite key injury
Nottingham football coach Jon "Big Dawg" Adams (left) and Principal Mike Giambelluca raise the Joe Logue Trophy, symbolic of the Hamilton Township champion, after the Northstars win over Notre Dame Friday (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
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Nottingham's Clyde Huntley dives into the endzone for one of his two touchdowns against Notre Dame Friday (Photo by Mary "The Renowned One" Malone).
Nov. 23 Black Friday Bowl Football
Nottingham beats Notre Dame behind Mesday, Huntley
Stars managed to end Irish frustration without 'A' game
Hamilton's Ruben Desane accepts his William McEvoy Trophy as Hamilton's Thanksgiving MVP from young William McEvoy, the grandson of the late, great West coach. Looking on is Sean McEvoy, father to one William and son to the other (Photo by Dennis Symons/purchase photos at dennissymons.com).
Steinert-Hamilton Thanksgiving Leftovers
After surviving stove mishap, Desane turned up the heat
Fornaro winner Mattonelli will be missed by Spartans
Notebook: West's secondary a primary factor in win
Check back Saturday for Thanksgiving photo page
As happy Steinert band parents/turkey heads Linda and Larry Hannawacker prove, Thanksgiving football between Steinert and Hamilton proved a perfect remedy for a township that has gotten plenty of depressing news in the past few weeks (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at email@example.com).
Turkey Day football helps beleaguered town smile again
The Hamilton West football team celebrates after winning the 54th Annual Thanksgiving Game with Steinert Thursday in what turned into another thriller (Photo by Dennis Symons Jr./purchase photos at dennissymons.com).
Nov. 22 Football
Hamilton survives Steinert scare to win 54th showdown
As is usually the case, the difference was in the trenches
Part of the pageantry leading up to the Thanksgiving game between Nottingham and Steinert is the Chick-fil-A Challenge, as Steinert and Hamilton cheerleaders and band members decorate the Hamilton Market Place eatery in hopes of winning a $1,000 donation. Click below link to see who won this year (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Round 54: Steinert vs. Hamilton
West provides its thoughts on taking on the Spartans
Steinert gives its assessment on facing the Hornets
Q&A: Talking Turkey Day football with Hamilton captains
Q&A: Steinert captains discuss Thanksgiving magic
Texas Roadhouse, Chick-fil-A do their part for schools
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The Nottingham seniors were a happy bunch Saturday after the Northstars 21-14 come-from-behind win over Manasquan in the Central Jersey Group III playoffs. It was the Northstars first playoff win since 2005 (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
Nov. 17 CJ III Football Playoffs
Stars get physical to defeat Manasquan at its own game
Nov. 17 CJ III Football Playoff Notebook
Hampton's return, O-line, Williams and others key victory
Hamilton West coach Tom Hoglen made a little history Saturday when the Hornets' victory over Holmdel gave Hoges the school record for career wins in football.
Nov. 17 CJ III Consolation Football
Hamilton tops Holmdel to put Hoglen in the record book
Steinert quarterback John Zim grinds his way to some extra yards against Colts Neck during Saturday's CJ IV playoff game (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at email@example.com).
Nov. 17 CJ IV Football Playoffs
Underdog Steinert battles to the end against Colts Neck
Vanel Dossous speed on the outside and down the field will be key for Steinert if it hopes to defeat Colts Neck in a CJ IV playoff opener Saturday (Photo by Dennis Symons/purchase photos at dennissymons.com).
Nov. 16 CJ Playoff/Consolation Football Previews
West hopes to remain hot in consy game with Holmdel
Nottingham prepares for a streaking Manasquan team
Relaxed Steinert travels to well balanced Colts Neck
Colts Neck's Anthony Gargiulo will be a threat to Steinert on both sides of the ball Saturday as he has rushed for 884 yards and eight touchdowns and made 68 tackles while force five fumbles (Photo courtesy of berecruited.com).
CJ Football Playoffs: About The Competition
Stars challenged by a never-say-die Manasquan team
Steinert must solve Colts Neck's balanced O, versatile D
Nov. 11 Football Playoffs
Nottingham to host Manasquan; Spartans at Colts Neck N ov. 11: The Nottingham High football team garnered a No. 2 seed in the upcoming NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III playoffs and will host 7th-seeded Manasquan of the Shore Conference Saturday in a first-round game at 2 p.m.
In earning a two seed, the Stars (7-1) guarantee themselves a second home game if they get past a streaking Manasquan team (4-4) that has won three straight games over Monmouth, Holmdel and Rumson. The Squan is a running team, having completed just 25 passes for 423 yards. Joe Murphy has rushed for 498 yards and five touchdowns on 78 carries.
After falling to Rancocas Valley Saturday, Steinert (5-3) ended up with a 6th seed in CJ IV and will travel to 3rd-seeded Colts Neck (not Colonia, which was originally released before a power point snafu was discovered), also of the Shore Conference for a 1 p.m. game Saturday. Colts Neck (7-1), whose only loss is to Manalapan, is led by Mike Campbell. The quarterback is 62-for-114 for 1143 yards and 14 touchdowns. Tim Vangelas has 32 catches for 633 yards and 10 touchdowns, while Anthony Gargiulo has rushed for 803 yards and seven touchdowns.
Despite a three-game winning streak, Hamilton couldn't sneak into the final CJ III playoff berth and will host Holmdel in a consolation game Saturday.
Nottingham's Alexis Santiago finds some running room against Hopewell Saturday en route to a season-high 107 rushing yards (Photo by Mary "The Renowned One" Malone).
Nov. 10 Football
Nottingham returns from layoff to lay out Hopewell
Steinert' Brandon Kent brings down Rancocas Valley's Isiah Gibson for a five-yard loss, but unfortunately for the Spartans Gibson didn't stay down as his three touchdowns helped RV to a 21-7 win over Steinert Saturday (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Nov. 10 Football
Steinert can't hold early lead as Rancocas Valley prevails
Spartan football players to aid Hurricane Sandy relief
Hopefuly Steinert remembers which way to run when breaking through the banner on Saturday as the Spartans will play for the first time since Oct. 20 (Photo by Dennis Symons Jr./purchase photos at dennissymons.com).
Nov. 9 Football Previews
Nottingham can finally try an get first loss out of system
Steinert ready to get started on 'Second Season'
The Nottingham cheerleaders will have had nothing to cheer about for three weeks by the time the Northstars football team gets back in action. Steinert has the same problem as Hurricane Sandy has forced both programs into two straight weeks off (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at email@example.com).
Nov. 1 Football
Spartans, Stars fight rust after second straight off week
Phil Simpson (1) and Hamilton will be in pursuit of their fourth straight victory when West Windsor-North visits West on Saturday (Photo by Donna "The Trooper" Brihn).
Oct. 26 Football
West hopes to keep winning against improving WWPN
Nottingham's Wroway Williams gives the official some help in signaling a touchdown after Williams scored the Northstars' first touchdown to tie Allentown in the second quarter of Saturday's game (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photo at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Oct. 20 Football
Allentown wins showdown as late field goal sinks Stars
Dr. James Parla, Hamilton Township's new superintendant of schools, proudly sports is Nottingham Football cap while rooting on the Northstars during Saturday's huge showdown with Allentown (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at email@example.com).
Oct. 12 Football
Township sports teams have big fan in superintendant
Jeff Mattonelli came up with a few different ways to torment Hopewell as Steinert won its fourth straight Saturday (Photo by Dennis Symons Jr./purchase photos at dennissymons.com).
Oct. 20 Football
Mattonelli does it all as surging Steinert edges Hopewell
Thurman Leach takes off with a 28-yard reception that set up Hamilton's first touchdown of the night during a second quarter in which the Hornets scored 28 points (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Oct. 19 Football
Hamilton tops Hightstown for third win in four games
Former Nottingham standout defensive lineman Markens Leger (center, white shirt), in town visiting from Las Vegas, stopped by practice to encourage the current band of Nottingham defensive players this week as they prepare for Saturday's giant battle with Allentown. Leger is finding music success in the desert with his band "The Exception" (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
Oct. 19 Football Previews
Dr. TP breaks down Mercer County's 'Game of the Year'
Allentown-Nottingham brings mutual respect and high stakes
What to expect when the Northstars have the ball
What to expect when the Redbirds have the ball
Steinert's game with Hopewell is a tad important too
Hamilton's Khalil Ross (70) and Ruben Desane (25) will look to close in on Hightstown ball carriers in a physical way when the Hornets visit the Rams Friday night (Photo by Donna "The Trooper" Brihn).
Oct. 18 Football Preview
West and Hightstown battle to keep playoff hopes alive
Jarius Prather rumbles toward the endzone for what would become a 23-yard touchdown run that put the game out of reach in Steinert's victory at West Windsor-Plainsboro North Saturday (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at email@example.com).
Oct. 13 Football - 3-0 Day for Township!
Steinert overcomes mistakes to overtake WW-P North
Mark McKenzie (26), Tino Malave (4) and Ruben Desane made life tough for Trenton ball carriers in the Hornets 27-7 win Saturday (Photo by Donna "The Trooper" Brihn).
Inspired Hamilton posts impressive win at TrentonJake Andrejcik (53) and Zach Mesday (10) do the Browns Mills Leap after Mesday scored on a 37-yard interception return against Pemberton Saturday. Also looking on is Joe Kparway (31). Photo by Mary "The Renowned One" Malone).
Nottingham takes care of business at Pemberton
Nottingham coach Jon "Big Dawg" Adams wants one thing understood -- when he leads his team into battle on Saturday, the focus will be on Pemberton and not whatchamacallit next weekend (Photo by Ken Weingartner).
Oct. 12 Football Previews
Hamilton visits Trenton in battle of similar teams
Stars' challenge this week is forgetting about next week
Like Nottingham, Steinert needs to sidestep a trap
Nottingham's Jamir Jenkins (right) is brought down by Hamilton receiver Phil Simpson after Jenkins came up with a first-quarter interception. It was the first of four turnovers forced by the Northstars in a 28-0 win (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Oct. 6 Football
Nottingham blanks West to regain township supremacy
Oct. 6 Backyard Brawl Notebook
With shutout in jeopardy Stars' attitude shows itself
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Jarius Prather finds a hole en route to a career-high 92-yard rushing night at Hightstown Friday night. Prather's total made him just Steinert's second-leading rusher on the night as Jeff Mattonelli also had a career best with a whopping 197 in Steinert's wild victory (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at email@example.com).
Oct. 5 Football
Dossous and Mattonelli explode as Spartans top Rams
Cuffman, Morrison help the cause of infected defense
Just as he ran down this WWPN runner last week, Nottingham's Ryan Malagrino will be able to run down what is the most intense township football battle after Saturday. The junior has already played in two Steinert-Nottingham games and Steinert-Hamilton game, and will partake in his first Nottingham-Hamilton Backyard Brawl on Saturday afternoon (Photo by Mary "The Renowned One" Malone).
Oct. 5 Nottingham-Hamilton Football Preview
Doctor 'TP' analyzes the always intense Backyard Brawl
Dan Caruso hopes his Steinert team can flip all the right switches when it takes on a tough Hightstown squad Friday night (Photo by Dennis Symons Jr./purchase photos at dennissymons.com).
Oct. 4 Football Preview
Steinert and Hightstown clash in must-win game for both
Ashley to miss tonight’s game with Rams
Oct. 5: A tough challenge just got tougher for the Steinert football team.
Hightstown as a dangerous passing game to begin with, and the Steinert will now be without one of its top pass defenders in tonight’s battle at Hightstown. Standout safety Eddie Ashley has been admitted to the hospital with a staph infection and is unavailable for the contest.
Barring any unforseen developments, the senior should be available next week.
After cheering the Hamilton West football team to its first win of the season this past Saturday, the Hornet varsity and JV cheerleaders gave up a morning of leisure and traveled to Great Adventure on Sunday to cheer on the walkers at the Komen Race for the Cure (Photo by Donna "The Trooper" Brihn). Click here for more photos.
Steinert's Vanel Dossous clutches the football and points to his jubliant teammates after the receiver caught the game-winning touchdown pass in the second overtime as the Spartans beat Trenton, 20-14 (Photo by Dennis Symons Jr./purchase photos at dennissymons.com).
Sep. 29 Football
Home sweet Homecoming as Spartans win in double OT
Sep. 29 Football
Stars don't let WWPN even sniff a chance at an upset
Hamilton's Phil Simpson makes an outstanding leaping catch for a 34-yard gain after beating Princeton's Carl Helstrom in the first quarter of the Hornets victory Saturday (Photo by Donna "The Trooper" Brihn).
Sep. 29 Football
Hamilton puts it all together at Princeton for first win
Hamilton got some bad news this week when senior defensive back/receiver Gregory Williams had his season cut short before it ever got started after undergoing shoulder surgery (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sep. 28 Football Previews
Hamilton seeks season's first victory at Princeton
Steinert hopes to bring home a win at Homecoming
Nottingham looks to sidestep a trap when WWPN visits
Steinert's Vanel Dossous puts a hit on Nottingham's Jameel Bailey after a 16-yard reception in the third quarter of Saturday's township showdown (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at email@example.com).
Sep. 22 Klockner Klash Football
Nottingham's defense stymies Spartans in 27-0 victory
Caruso feels that Steinert's mistakes are correctable
Click for video highlights/interviews from this game
Although he will be wearing No. 3 instead of No. 29, and Alex Svecz (34) has gone the way of graduation, Nottingham's Alexis Santiago will still be trying to elude Steinert tacklers when the Northstars visit the Spartans for a huge early-season showdown at 11 a.m. Saturday (Photo by Dennis Symons Jr./purchase photos at dennissymons.com).
Sep. 21 Klockner Klash Football Preview
Piscotta breaks down Stars-Spartans from every angle
Sep. 21 Allentown at Hamilton Football Preview
Hornets go for first victory against formidable opponent
Nottingham's Jake Andrjecik makes a diving shoestring tackle on Trenton's Andrew Holt during Saturday's game, while Northstars Mario Boswell (91) and McGovern Gabriel move in to help out (Photo by Ken Weingartner).
Sep. 15 Football
Westerberg, Adams prove to be nice QB combo in win
Hamilton quarterback Mark Acquaviva takes off for a gain against Notre Dame while teammate Mark McKenzie follows along (Photo by Ken Weingartner).
Sep. 15 Football
Hamilton's frustration against Notre Dame continues
Steinert's Jarius Prather is brought down one-yard shy of the endzone after a 10-yard gain during Friday's game at West Windsor-Plainsboro South. Two plays later, Jeff Mattonelli scored for the Spartans (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sep. 14 Football
Steinert uses late touchdown to upend WW-P South
Zim makes nice strides in second game as starting QB
McGovern Gabriel (45, wrapping up Dustin Kollman) and the rest of the Nottingham defense will try and put up a second straight goose egg at Trenton on Saturday (Photo by Ken Weingartner).
Sep. 14 Football Previews
Nottingham's success against Trenton is moot to Adams
Mercer heavyweights reunite as ND visits Hamilton
Steinert got some good news this week when it learned standout safety Eddie Ashley (22) did not have a concussion and is cleared to play at WW-P South Friday night (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at email@example.com).
Sep. 13 Football
Steinert visits WW-P for anticipated contest under lights
Alexis Santiago lays low behind a wall of blockers during Nottingham's 13-0 win over Hightstown Saturday (Photo by Ken Weingartner).
Sep. 8 Football
Victorious Nottingham opens with a defensive gem
Putting his countless hours at the Hamilton YMCA to good use, Hamilton quarterback Mark Acquaviva is the lead blocker for Mark McKenzie (26) during his 29-yard touchdown run in the first quarter of Saturday's game at Hopewell Valley (Photo by Dennis Symons Jr./purchase photos at dennissymons.com).
Sep. 8 Football
Hamilton can't overcome Hopewell's first-half explosion
Steinert quarterback John Zim hands off to Jeff Mattonelli during Friday night's season opener at Allentown (Photo by Dennis Symons Jr./purchase photos at dennissymons.com).
Sep. 7 Football
Steinert shows spunk in opening-night loss to Redbirds
After throwing three touchdowns against Hightstown in last year's JV game, Stephen Adams will make his first varsity start at quarterback against the Rams when Nottingham opens the season by hosting Hightstown Saturday (Photo by Mary Malone/purchase Mary's photos by clicking on her website).
Sep. 7 Football Previews
Hamilton West opens on the road at Hopewell Valley
Stars host Rams in battle of teams with high hopes
John Zim, the first new starting quarterback at Steinert since 2008, hands off to veteran Jeff Mattonelli during a scrimmage. The two will be key to Steinert's success this season, which begins Friday night at formidable Allentown (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sep. 6 Football
Inexperienced Spartans get huge early test at Allentown
In a season of reloading for the Steinert High football team, Jarius Prather has been one of the standouts in camp at running back and on defense (Photo by Brian McCarthy).
McKenzie excited to tackle people and also run the ball
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Andrejcik learns more about defense by playing offense
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With college decided, Asante focuses on senior year
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Greg Williams is one of numerous deep threat receivers who have looked good in training camp, which could signal a more wide open attack from Hamilton this season (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at email@example.com).
Aug. 24 Football
Hoglen happy with Hamilton's pre-season training camp
With lineman Mike Remboski providing pass protection, Steinert quarterback Chris Scordo gets ready to unload a pass against Burlington Township during the Spartans first scrimmage of the year on Wednesday (Photo by Brian McCarthy).
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Steinert grad Adam Riese has nice day for New Hampshire
Jon "Big Dawg" Adams watches a 7 on 7 drill this summer after coming off kidney surgery in June. The Nottingham football coach says he feels great and is ready for his 23rd season (Photo by Mary Malone).
Aug. 18 Football
Adams ready to lead Nottingham after serious surgery
Northstars have questions but also have big numbers
The Nottingham football team has been hitting the weight room this summer as Dave Colon spots for Jeffton Pierre during the bench press. The Northstars are preparing for the upcoming season, which begins today with the distribution of equipment as Mercer County fall sports get underway with pre-season tryouts and practices this week (Photo by Mary Malone).
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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.