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Hamilton West senior goalie Erin Septer, along with teammate Loran Wyrough, have both decided on where they will play college soccer next year (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at email@example.com).
Mar. 7 Girls Soccer
Hamilton duo Septer and Wyrough make college choices
Nottingham High girls' soccer standout Brittany Shipley signs her letter of intent to play soccer at the University of Edinboro (Pa.) next fall. Looking on at the celebration in the Nottingham library are (front row, from left) mom Kimberly, Brittany, brother Brandon and father Donald. In the back row are coach Elyse Diamond, Athletic Director Dee "The Wizard" Taylor and Principal Michael Giambelluca (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
The New Jersey Coaches All-State Girls Soccer Luncheon had a Hamilton Township feel to it at the Pines Manor in Edison Sunday, as (from left) Steinert's Rachel Rivera and Adrianna "Boosh" Boucher, Hamilton's Loran Wyrough, Steinert's Darah "Dwags" Wagner and Nottingham's Val Suto all received Central Jersey sectional honors, and Wyrough and Boucher were named Top 20 in the section. From all reports, a great time was had by all at the action-packed event.
Hamilton Township high schools placed five players on the Mercer 33 All-Star team, which recognized the top 33 girls soccer players from Mercer County at its dinner at Mercer Oaks Monday night. Honored this year were (From left) Nottingham’s Kaitlyn Diamond and Val Suto, Steinert’s Adrianna “Boosh” Boucher, Hamilton’s Loran “The Lamb” Wyrough and Steinert’s Darah “DWags” Wagner (Photo by Jim “The Tweet Police” Wyrough).
Steinert's Alanna Falvo gets the inside track on a loose ball during Tuesday's CJ IV contest with Hillsborough (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Nov. 6 CJ IV Girls Soccer
Spartans lose heart-breaker on late Hillsborough goalNottingham's Brittany Shipley is ahead of the pack during Tuesday's CJ III tournament game at Allentown (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
Nov. 6 CJ III Girls Soccer
Hamilton loses in double OT; Stars fall in a shootut
If the Steinert girls soccer team is going to celebrate state tournament success this year, it will depend heavily on a veteran defensive unit that includes Rachel Rivera (5) and goalie Brianna Femiya (Photo by Dennis Symons Jr/purchase photos at dennissymons.com).
Nov. 5 CJ IV Girls Soccer
Steinert will lean on senior trio of defenders in states
Nottingham's Kaitlin Diamond (left) and Steinert's Gabi Smith are two of thousands of soccer players anxious to start the state tournament after all games were postponed due to Hurricane Sandy last week (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
Nov. 3 NJSIAA Soccer
Township teams must refocus, re-energize after layoff
Kaitlyn Diamond is looking for a little deja vu' at Allentown Tuesday in Nottingham's first-round Central Jersey Group III game. Diamond had two goals in the Stars stunning first-round upset of the Redbirds last year (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
Oct. 24 CJ III & IV Girls Soccer
Stars at Allentown; West at Wall; Hillsborough at Steinert
Erin Septer takes a shot from Allentown's Juliana Valesi but still manages to make the save during Tuesday's Mercer County Tournament quarterfinal (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at email@example.com).
Oct. 23 MCT Girls Soccer
Hamilton drops a heart-breaker; so does Steinert
Stars hang in against perennial champ Pennington
Goalie Briyanna Femia and defender Breeana Cibery & company did everything that was neccessary to keep Princeton Day School off the board Saturday as Steinert claimed a 1-0 first-round MCT win (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Oct. 20 MCT Girls Soccer
Spartans use lucky break and stellar defense to top PDS
Septer saves Hornets as Caronia seals the deal in PKs
Nottingham's Dana Davies (16) notched her second consecutive hat trick in amazing fashion Friday as she scored three goals within 17 minutes of each other to rally the Northstars to an amazing 3-2 MCT win over Notre Dame (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at email@example.com).
Oct. 19 MCT Girls Soccer
Another Davies hat trick rallies Stars to stunner at ND
Hamilton West senior Loran Wyrough had a hair-raising return to the lineup Tuesday as she scored three goals in her first game in three weeks as the Hornets beat Trenton, 5-0 (Photo by Dennis Symons Jr./purchase photos at dennissymons.com).
Oct. 16 Girls Soccer
Wyrough and Davies score three in wins; Steinert falls
Chelsea Schultz (1) and her Steinert teammates will host Princeton Day School in the first round of the Mercer County Tournament, while Peira Wood and Nottingham will travel to Notre Dame (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
Oct. 15 MCT Girls Soccer
Steinert gets highest seed among three township teams
Spartans outshoot Pirates but drop second straight
Oct. 13: For the first time this season, the Steinert girls’ soccer team is on a losing streak. The Spartans dropped their second straight, 2-1, to visiting West Windsor-Plainsboro South today.
After a scoreless first half, WWPS (3-6-2) got goals from Belinda Altamore and Brittain Dearden. Chelsea Schultz set up Darah Wagner for the Spartans (10-3), which outshot WWPS 13-5.
It was the first home loss for Steinert this year, which had its other two setbacks at Princeton and Allentown.
Steinert's Christina Falvo gets ready to launch a shot against Allentown during Thursday's 2-1 Spartan loss (Photo by John Blaine/purchae photos at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Oct. 11 Girls Soccer
Tough day as West, Steinert and Nottingham all fall
With Hopewell Valley's Lauren Anderson waiting for a possible rebound, Hamilton goalie Erin Septer makes one of her 10 hair raising saves during an outstanding effort in the Hornets 1-0 loss in Pennington today (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at email@example.com).
Oct. 9 Girls Soccer
Hamilton loses by 1-0 count; Stars win by same score
Steinert puts it all together for impressive win over ND
Schneck's goal gives Hornets fourth straight win
Oct. 5: It wasn’t pretty, but it was another win.
Danielle Schneck scored in the game’s 10th minute off a feed from Ally Prekop as Hamilton West’s girls soccer team muddled past Collingswood, 1-0 today. Coach Anthony “The Game Changer” Tessein said the Hornets had 19 shots, but none very threatening. Erin Septer needed one save for the shutout as Hamilton (7-4-1) won its fourth straight and is now 7-1-1 in the last nine games.
As the expressions on both girls show, it was the Klockner Klash in all its intensity as Steinert's Kristina Ragolia, a former Northstar, heads the ball away from Nottingham freshman Julissa Vasquez during Thursday's showdown at Nottingham (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Oct. 4 Girls Soccer
Newcomer and comebacker help Steinert down Stars
The Hornet stress machine churns out third straight win
Life of a student-athlete: Colleen Murphy
Murph discusses SATs, team humor, politics and more
The Hamilton West girls team won for the fifth time in seven games Tuesday night and a big reason for the surge has been the play of Christine Baum at center-midfield (Photo by Brian "The Shot" McCarthy).
Oct. 2 Girls Soccer
Steinert rebounds against WWPN, Hornets nip Lawrence
Colon makes difference at both ends of field in Stars tie
Kristina Lopez was one of six players to find the back of the net in Nottingham's 6-0 victory over Stuart Country Day Monday (Photo by Dave Robb).
Oct. 1 Girls Soccer
Stars have another big scoring game in win over Stuart
Hamilton West senior Loran Wyrough got some good news today when it was revealed she suffered no ACL or MCL tears in her left knee after being taken down during Thursday's game at Princeton (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at email@example.com).
Sep. 28 Girls Soccer
X-Rays reveal Wyrough may still come back this season
Suto, Garzillo pace Nottingham’s victory over Trenton
Sep. 28: The Nottingham girls’ soccer team put an end to its six-match winless streak today with a resounding 9-0 win over visiting Trenton. The win improved the Northstars to 2-5-1 while Trenton fell to 0-9.
Val Suto had two goals, Karli Garzillo had a goal and two assists, while other goals came from Marissa Colon, Dana Davies, Sara “Puffy” Eggert, Toni Francobandiero, Kelsey Ignace and Julissa Vasquez. Kaitlyn Diamond had two assists and Lindsay Argiriou had one, while Chelsea Toscano needed one save for the shutout.
Steinert's Kristina Ragolia couldn't bear to look as she got good forehead on the ball during the Sprtans 2-0 victory over Lawrence Thursday (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sep. 27 Girls Soccer
Another shutout for Steinert; West falls; Stars blanked
Hamilton's Sammi Barlow (17), who scored the game's lone goal, avoids a slide tackle by Nottingham's Brittany Shipley during Monday's township tilt at Nottingham (Photo by Dave Robb/click here to see more of Dave's photos).
Sep. 24 Girls Soccer
Barlow's goal sinks Stars as West unbeaten in last four
Alanna Falvo steps in to help stingy Steinert win again
Steinert goalie Briyana Femia notched her third shutout of the season and Steinert got another hero in overtime in a 1-0 win over Ewing Thursday (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at email@example.com).
Sep. 20 Girls Soccer
Wagner gives Steinert another OT win; Northstars fall
West can't get win but runs unbeaten streak to three
Sam Santiago (15), who would eventually score the game-winning goal, pursues the loose ball with Robbinsville's Baljot Ranu in the Hornets 3-2 win Wednesday (Photo by Brian "The Shot" McCarthy).
Sep. 19 Girls Soccer
West wins second straight; Stars drop second straight
Steinert's Darah Wagner does one of the things she does best, as the midfielder heads the ball away from Peddie defenders during the Spartans second straight overtime win (Photo by Dennis Symons Jr./purchase photos at dennissymons.com).
Sep. 15 Girls Soccer
West finally gets first win; Steinert's OT magic continues
Adrianna Boucher leaps into the arms of Darah Wagner (22), who fed Boucher for the game-winning goal with 1:38 left in the second overtime against Hamilton Thursday. Goalie Briyanna Femia (44) and Corey Smith (13) also move in on the celebration with the rest of the Spartans (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sep. 13 Girls Soccer
Boucher gets another winner for Steinert in 99th minute
Barlow 'nose' West will win with more efforts like this
Steinert's Agata Kowalska makes life tough for not one, but two Robbinsville players during the Spartans exciting victory on the Ravens turf Tuesday night (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at email@example.com).
Sep. 11 Girls Soccer
Spartans overtake Ravens; Stars tie; Hornets edged
Dana Davies (16), who had a goal and an assist on opening day, battles Lawrence's Gabriell Pascarella for the ball during Thursday's game at Nottingham (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sep. 6 Girls Soccer
Stars sharp in opener; former Steinert star aids Cards
'Boosh' and Kissling power Spartans to easy first win
Allentown stuns Hamilton early and eases to victory
Kaitlin Fedor is one of 12 seniors on the Steinert varsity and part of an experenced defense
as the Spartans look for a strong campaign (Photo by Dennis Symons Jr/purchase photos at dennissymons.com).
Girls Soccer Previews
Hamilton hopes experience pays off for a veteran team
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Diamond counts on captains to lift Stars to a big season
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Hard-working Boucher looks to set a tone for Steinert
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Val Suto (right) celebrates with Sara "Puffy" Eggert after Suto headed a ball in off a corner kick during Nottingham’s 4-0 win over Pemberton in a Thursday morning pre-season girls soccer scrimmage. Brittania Shipley had two goals in the game while Kelsey Ignace also tallied (Photo by David Robb).
As they ready for this weekend’s tournament, the JAGS gave out $17,500 more in scholarships to high school senior girls soccer players this year, upping their total to $211,000 overall. Winners included three Hamilton Township residents, including (from left) Notre Dame’s Morgan “Birdette” Fink (Pittsburgh), Steinert’s Danielle Alu (The College of New Jersey) and Nottingham’s Kaitlyn Ragolia (Iona) (Photo by James Janderstein).
Nottingham senior Andrea Costantini made it official last week that she will be headed for Elizabethtown College to play soccer (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
Apr. 23 Girls Soccer
Costantini headed for up-and-coming Elizabethtown
March 19 Steinert Soccer
Six Spartans - three boys, three girls - to play at D III level
Hamilton Township standouts and GAK Thunder teammates who were part of a special night at a German America Kickers’ fundraiser include (from left) Katelyn Becker, Victoria Camera, Natalina Focarelli, Mollie Coyne, Lindsay Usarzewicz and Angelina Buzgo (Photo by Steve Usarzewicz).
Township sextet honored for their contributions to GAK
Hamilton Township was well represented at last Sunday's Mercer 33 Dinner, which honored
the top 33 high school girls socce players from Mercer County. Included among the honorees
were (from left) Hamilton West's Loran Wyrough, Steinert's Briyama Femia and Lindsay Us-
arezewicz, and Nottingham's Val Suto (Photo courtesy Steve Usarzewicz).
The Steinert High girls soccer team recently stopped out to Hair It Is salon in Robbinsville last month to help promote October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Owner Maria Landolfi (on left) opened her doors to the public and many Spartan players received pink extension to their hair. Click here for more photos of the event.
Dana Davies (16), who actually postponed knee surgery for another week in order to play Thursday, had Nottingham's lone goal in the Northstars shootout loss at Matawan in the Central Jersey Group III tournament quarterfinals (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
Nov. 3 CJ III Girls Soccer
Matawan tops upstart 'Stars in heart-breaking fashion
Elyse Diamond gets the greatest frigid bath of her life as the Nottingham girls soccer players douse their coach in celebrating after the 15th-seeded Northstars stunned second-seeded Allentown in Monday's CJ III tournament game. Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos by e-mailing email@example.com).
Oct. 31 CJ III Girls Soccer
Nottingham stuns Allentown, Hornets nipped at Matawan
Confident Northstars insist their treat had nothing to do with tricks
Briyanna Femia goes low to make a great save against West Windsor-Plainsboro North in Steinert's 1-0 MCT loss Monday (Photo by Mike Dill/purcahse photos at michaeldillphotography.com).
Oct. 24 MCT Soccer
Nottingham, TCA boys; Steinert girls are all eliminated
Rachel Rivera (2), who has taken over at sweeper for the injured Mollie Coyne, assisted on
what proved to be the game-winning goal today in Steinert's 2-1 MCT victory at Hightstown Saturday morning (Photo by Mike Dill/purchase photos at michaeldillphotography.com).
Oct. 22 MCT Soccer
Steinert girls win, boys lose, 'Stars boys win, girls lose
Steinert's Stephanie Miranda is foiled by Allentown goalie Amanda Hornyak on this shot, but Miranda would come back to get one later in the game during the Spartans Senior Day win on Tuesday (Photo by Mike Dill/purchase photos at michaeldillphotography.com).
Oct. 18 Girls Soccer
Spartans zip Allentown, West falls short, 'Stars blanked
Hornets can’t withstand onslaught from McTamney
Oct. 14: Alexis McTamney scored all four of her teams goals as Bordentown took a 4-3 win over Hamilton West today. Hamilton got a goal from Steph Sparano to tie the game at 1-1 and got a goal from Colleen Murphy (off a Sam Barlow corner kick) to make it 3-2, but McTamney scored again for a two-goal lead. Hamilton (4-8-1) made it close when Barlow converted from Loran Wyrough late in the game.
After managing to slip free from Hopewell standout Jen Kalwa, Hamilton's Colleen Murphy heads in Sam Barlow's corner kick for what would prove to be the game-winning goal against the Bulldogs today (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org).
Oct. 13 Girls Soccer
Hamilton wins again, so does Nottingham, Spartans tie
Steinert's Darah Wagner goes up high to get a header over Nottingham's Kristina Lopez during Tuesday's battle of Klockner Road (Photo by John Blaine/purcchase photos by e-mailing email@example.com).
Oct. 11 Girls Soccer
Steinert's second-half goals top 'Stars, WWPN halts West
Steinert goalie Briyanna Femia goes to the ground for one of her 10 saves against Princeton during the Spartans scoreless tie with the Little Tigers Tuesday (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org).
Oct. 4 Girls Soccer
Huge victory for West; Stars on a roll; Spartans tied up
Dana Davies scored two goals today as winless Nottingham stunned undefeated Pemberton in Burlington County Monday (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
Oct. 3 Girls Soccer
'Stars put it all together to hand Pemberton first loss
It was a meeting of Hibernian soccer stars past and present as JoJo's waitress Jillian Raider presents Hamilton West sophomore Sam Barlow with her gift card while Sam displays her Fish4Scores t-shirt for being named the JoJo's Tavern/Fish4Scores.com Athlete of the Week. Raider, cousin to AOW alumni Tim Garcia, is a former Hibo Heat standout while Barlow plays for the Fusion (Photo by Ken Weingartner).
Oct. 2 JoJo's/Fish4Scores.com Athlete of the Week
Playing on healthy knee, Barlow shows how good she is
Breanna Ciberey dribbles away from a Lawrence forward and gets ready to send clear the ball during Steinert's 2-1 victory at Zimmer Field Friday (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos by e-mailing email@example.com).
Sep. 30 Girls Soccer
Usarzewicz paces Steinert, West blanked by Princeton
Nottingham's Peira Wood gets her head on the ball during Wednesday's battle at Hamilton West (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sep. 28 Girls Soccer
Hornets rally past Nottingham, Steinert handles HoVal
Despite letting lead slip, Nottingham's play makes Diamond happy
Nottingham's Kelsey Ignace beats her Allentown foe to the ball during Monday's game at Nottingham (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos by e-mailing email@example.com).
Sep. 26 Girls Soccer
Spartans tie Ewing, West ties WWPS; 'Stars blanked
Spartans fall to Hightstown
Sep. 24: After falling behind by two midway through the second half, Steinert tried to battle back but Katelyn Becker's goal was all it could manage in a 2-1 loss to Hightstown. Briyanna Femia had four saves for the Spartans (3-3). The Rams moved to 4-1.
Steinert's Lindsay Usarzewicz (right) and West Windsor South's Sloane Garelick go up for a headball during the Spartans 2-1 victory Thursday (Photo by Mike Dill/purchase photos at michaeldillphotography.com).
Sep. 22 Girls Soccer
Spartans edge Pirates; Northstars edged; Hamilton falls
Steinert's Breanna Cibery (9) battles Hamilton's Loran Wyrough for the ball during Tuesday's match at West (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sep. 20 Girls Soccer
Steinert blanks Hamilton, Notre Dame tops Nottingham
Steinert's Adrianna Boucher gets to the ball before Robbinsville's Morgan Michon and gets ready to launch a shot on goalie Hannah Binder while teammate Chelsea Schultz positions herself for a rebound (Photo by Mike Dill/purchase photos at michaeldillphotography.com).
Sep. 15 Girls Soccer
Spartans edged, Northstars nipped, Hornets blanked
Nottingham's Lindsay Argiriou keeps her eye on the ball during Nottingham's match against Lawrence at Zimmer Field Tuesday night (Photo by Dennis Symons Jr/purchase photos at www.dennissymons.com).
Sep. 13 Girls Soccer
Stars fall to Cards, Steinert starts with romp, West blanked
Sep. 9 Girls Soccer
Barlow's hat trick paces West to easy win over Trenton
Sep. 8 Girls Soccer
WWPN uses five-minute blitz to overcome Nottingham
Nottingham's Sara Eggert (left) and Hamilton's Colleen Murphy are both returning to their respective teams this year as the Northstars and Hornets both look for improved seasons (Photo by John Blaine/purhase photos by e-mailing email@example.com).
Sept. 3 Girls Soccer Previews
West hopes the youth of last year provides wins this year
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What 'Stars lack in numbers they make up for in tenacity
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Despite graduation losses, Steinert still looks formidable
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Hamilton native Stevens takes over TCA girls soccer team
They’re still not breaking up the act, as Steinert High seniors-to-be Angelina Buzgo and Lindsay Usarzewicz have committed to continue their friendship, soccer careers and education at Misercordia University in the fall of 2012. The two have played together since age 7, starting with the Hamilton (now GAK) Thunder and right through Steinert. Pictured above are Buzgo, Misercordia head coach Mark Stauffer, Usarzewicz and graduate assistant Erica Eddinger.
It was another successful year for the JAGS (Jersey Athletic Girls Soccer) organization, which handed out $17,500 worth of scholarship money to worthy participants at its banquet Thursday night at the Courtyard by Marriott in Ewing. The puts the total at $194,000 in 27 years. In addition, the family of Don Guear awarded two $1500 scholarships to Hamilton Township high school students in Don’s memory as one of the JAGS’ founders. This year’s recipients were Hamilton West’s Lauren Puliti (front row, left), who is headed for the University of Delaware, and Nottingham’s Francesca Massari (front row, right), who's ticketed for Elizabethtown. Joining them are JAGS executives Tom Bayless (flanked by the winners); along with (back row, from left) Andy Herrara, Bill Gosselin, Rich Firth and Joe “The King of Fenwick” Fink.
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).
Apr. 15 Boys/Girls Soccer
Hibernians to honor five girls, three boys from township
Christmas came early for one of the oldest and youngest Nottingham High girls' soccer players last Sunday, as senior Francesca Massari (left) and freshman Dana Davies were both named to the Central Jersey team atthe New Jersey Girls Soccer Coaches Association dinner at the Pines Manor in Edison (Photo by Nancy Massari).
Steinert assistant girls’ soccer coach Lauren DeStefano (left) poses with Spartans Melissa Koster, Briyanna Femia, Lindsay Usarzewicz and Kira Dudeck at the New Jersey Girls Soccer Coaches Association dinner. The four girls were all Central Jersey All-State sectional nominees, while Usarzewicz, Koster and Dudeck were named Top 20 in the CJ section (Photo contributed by Steve “The DJ” Usarzewicz).
A township quintuplet was honored on Monday night at the Mercer 33 Girls Soccer Dinner at Mercer Oaks, which honored the top Colonial Valley Conference and prep school players. Five players from the three Hamilton Township schools were honored, as (from left) Steinert’s Kira Dudeck, Melissa Koster and Lindsay Usarzewicz; Hamilton West’s Vicky Camera and Nottingham’s Francesca Masseri show off their bag of warm-up apparel and certificates from Ewing Sports. (Photo by Steve “The DJ” Usarzewicz).
Steinert's Lindsay Usarzewicz (10) and Kelli Fitzgerald go up for a headball along with East Brunswick's Cassie Ricco during Tuesday's CJ IV semifinal game in East Brunswick (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Nov. 9 CJ IV Girls Soccer
Spartans' run comes to an end at East Brunswick
Steinert's Briyanna Femia shows off her JoJo's gift card while waitress Kim "Petyon" Korchick presents the goalie with her compimentary t-shirt after Femia was named the Fish4Scores.com/JoJo's Tavern Athlete of the Week for the week ending Nov. 6 (Photo by Ken Weingarnter).
Nov. 6 Fish4Scores.com/JoJo's Tavern Athlete of the Week
Femia stands tall in goal as Steinert marches on in states
Steinert goalie Briyanna Femia gets two fingers on this penalty kick by Hillsborough's Lauren Miska, which was just enough to tip it off the post during Friday's gut-wrenching shootout in the CJ IV Tournament. Click below link for photos of Femia making another diving save during the same round (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos by e-mailing email@example.com).
Nov. 5 CJ IV Girls Soccer
Ho hum, another shootout and another Steinert victory
Steinert's Kelli Fitzgerald (13) has come a long way since this Sep. 23 game with Hamilton, when she battled the Hornets Lauren Puliti for possession of this ball. Although "Fitz" still has the knee brace, her recovery from ACL replacement has been rapid and impressive over the course of the season. Puliti, meanwhile, had a goal in the Hornets game with Lawrenceville Thursday. (Photo by Mike Dill/purchase photos at michaeldillphotography.com).
Nov. 4 Girls Soccer
Fitzgerald's midfield play key for Steinert in states
Hamilton scares Big Red before falling in season finale
Nov. 4: First-half goals by Vicky Camera, Lauren Puliti and Samantha Barlow gave Hamilton West a 3-2 lead but the Hornets yielded five second-half goals in a 7-3 loss to Lawrenceville today. The Hornets finished the season with a 4-14-1 record.
Steinert's girls soccer team rushes from its bench to greet goalie Briyanna Femia after the Spartans Survived a shootout to defeat West Windsor-Plainsboro South in today's Central Jersey Group IV Tournament first-round game. Steinert has a second-round home game with Hillsborough (Photo by Dennis Symons Jr./purchase photos at dennissymons.com).
Nov. 2 Central Jersey Girls Soccer Tournaments
Steinert tops WWPS in CJ IV, Hamilton edged in CJ III
Steinert's Adrianna Boucher gets ready to deliver a re-start against Pennington during Saturday night's Mercer County Tournament championship game (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org).
Oct. 30 MCT Girls Soccer Final
Spartans fall to Pennington as early goal sets the tone
Mercerville's Ricketti wins fourth title at expense of pals
Five township teams gain states in soccer, field hockey
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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.