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Pitman fires 38 as Steinert tops West and NBC
May 16: Peter Pitman was on fire as Steinert’s golf team won a tri-match at Miry Run today, beating Northern Burlington 225-237 and Hamilton 225-286.
Pitman fired a 38 to lead all scorers. He was followed by John Zim (43), Cole Zoldi (45), Tyler Strange (48), T.J. Dolci 951) and J.P. Ricci (53).
Hamilton was paced by Anthony DeMarcello (50), Nick Whartenby (52), Curtis Sullivan (56), Robert Mraw (61) and Ian Reed (66).
Earlier in the week Steinert was edged by Allentown, 215-216 as Zim shot a 40 while Pitman and Zoldi each had 41, followed by Frank Stewart (46), Jack Texany (48) and Tom Cashin (49).
Nottingham falls to Princeton
Nottingham dropped a 228-300 decision to Princeton at Miry Run, as Chris Palmer led the Northstars with a 54. He was followed by Ian Villigran (58), Peter Dusenshine (60), Devin Tandy (64), Trevor Gurgurich (64) and Dylan Gurgurich (65)
Spartans fall to Hopewell Valley and Seneca
May 9: It’s tough enough to beat Hopewell Valley’s golf team any time.
It’s really tough to beat the Bulldogs at their home course of Hopewell Valley Country Club.
Steinert found that out today as four Bulldogs shot under 40 in taking a 196-231 victory over the Spartans. Peter Pitman and Cole Zoldi led the Spartans by each shooting 44. John Zim and Frank Stewart shot 47 and Tom Cashin carded a 49.
A day earlier, the Spartans dropped a 169-184 decision to Seneca at Burlington Country Club, in which just the top four scores counted. Zoldi and Zim each shot 45s, while Stewart and Pitman both shot 47.
Steinert's Cole Zoldi chips up toward the green during Tuesday's Mercer County Golf Tournament at Mercer Oaks (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at firstname.lastname@example.org).
May 7 MCT Golf
Tough day for township golfers at Mercer Oaks
WW-P South has two sub-40 scores in beating Steinert
May 1: Peter Pitman (44) and Frank Stewart (45) had decent rounds but a tough West Windsor-Plainsboro South golf team was too much for Steinert in taking a 209-234 win at Mercer Oaks today. Cole Zoldi shot a 47, followed by John Zim (49) and Tom Cashin (49). Steinert slipped to 5-8 while the Pirates, who got sub-40 rounds from Joshua Godofsky and Tommy Hussong, improved to 10-3.
Nottingham falls to Hightstown
May 1: Nottingham’s golf team dropped a 254-293 decision to Hightstown at Miry Run today, with Devin Tandy’s 56 leading the Northstars. Tandy was followed by Ian Villigran (60), Peter Dusenshine (62), Dylan Gurgurich (62) and Matthew Crossey (68).
Hornets fall to Hightstown
Apr. 30: Fresh off its first win of the seaon, Hamilton West couldn’t keep the momentum going as it dropped a 228-283 decision to Hightstown today. Nate Olmeda shot a 49, followed by Nick Whartenby (54), Anthony DeMarcello (58), Curtis Sullivan (60), Robert Mraw (62) and Alec Cenci (67).
Stars fall to Princeton at Springdale
Apr. 30: The Nottingham golf team dropped a 209-315 decision to Princeton at Springdale Golf Club today. Leading the Northstars was Devin Tandy at 57, followed by Ian Villigran (59), Dylan Gurgurich (64), Peter Dusenshine (65) and Nick “Mr. President” DeMarie (70).
Steinert has most balanced attack of year in victory
Apr. 26: Steinert's golf team took balanced scoring to a new level today.
Peter Pitman, Cole Zoldi, John Zim and Tom Cashin all shot 44 as the Spartans defeated South Jersey opponent Overbrook at Miry Run CC. J.P. Ricci added a 50 for the Spartans, as only the top four scores counted rather than the top five as usual.
Nottingham falls to WW-P North
Apr. 24: Nottingham dropped a 195-295 decision to West Windsor-Plainsboro North at Mercer Oaks East. Scoring for the Northstars were Chris Palmer (55), Ian Villigran (56), Peter Dusenshine (58), Devin Tandy (63) and Dylan Gurgurich (63).
Olmeda and DeMarcello pace Hamilton’s first win
Apr. 25: It might not be a match you’ll see on the Golf Channel highlights, but for the guys who won, it was still pretty exciting.
In a battle between two township teams searching for their first victory, Hamilton West pulled out a 281-295 victory over Nottingham at Mercer Oaks East today.
Hamilton’s Nathan Olmeda (45) and Anthony DeMarcello (54) finished 1-2 for the Hornets, but Nottingham’s Chris Palmer (55), Ian Villigran (56) and Peter Dusenshine (58) took the next three spots. The Hornets Dale Laird and Robert Mraw clinched it for Hamilton, however, finishing 6-7 at 59.
Dylan Gurgurich and Devin Tandy each shot a 63 for Nottingham and Matthew Crossey was at 69. Ian Reed and Alec Cenci checked in with 64s for the Hornets.
Steinert falls to hot-shooting Notre Dame
Apr. 24: With two golfers breaking 40, Notre Dame’s golf team took a 216-229 win over Steinert at Miry Run today. Peter Pitman each carded a 43 for the Spartans, followed by John Zim (44), Cole Zoldi (46), T.J. Dolci (53) and Jack Texany (54).
Powerhouse Bulldogs top Hamilton
Apr. 24: Considering that Hopewell Valley’s golf team is a three-time defending state champ and brought a 9-0 record into today’s match with 0-9 Hamilton, there didn’t seem much of a chance for an upset.
The Bulldogs took a 222-277 win over the Hornets, who were led by Nate Olmeda’s 42. He was followed by Nick Whartenby (49), Anthony DeMarcello (59), Robert Mraw (62) and Alec Cenci (65).
Tuesday's first foursome in the Nottingham-Steinert golf match at Miry Run took time to acknowledge links paparazzi Wes Kirkpatrick during the round. From the left is Steinert's John Zim, Nottingham's Chris Palmer and Ian Villagran and Steinert's Cole Zoldi (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
Zim shoots a 39 as Steinert gets past Nottingham
Apr. 23: It was a township showdown at Miry Run today, and Steinert came out the winner with a 222-285 victory over Nottingham.
John Zim shot a 39 to lead Steinert (4-8), which took the top four places. Cole Zoldi shot a 40, followed by T.J. Dolci (45) and Jack Texany (47).
Chris Palmer broke up the Spartan run with a 48, while Ryan Forkel shot a 52 for Steinert. Finishing up for Nottingham (0-7) were Peter Desenshine (56), Ian Villigran (59), Devin Tandy (60), Matthew Crossey (62) and Dylan Gurgurich (67).
West shoots season-best team score in tri-match loss
Apr. 23: The Hamilton West golf team dropped a 201-248 decision to West Windsor-Plainsboro North and a 211-248 decision to Burlington Township at Mercer Oaks East today, and while the losses dropped the Hornets to 0-9, their team score was the lowest of the season by a large margin.
Nathan Olmeda led the Hornets with a 41, followed by Nick Whartenby (44), Anthony DeMarcello (48), Curtis Sullivan (56), Dale Laird (59) and Ian Reed (62).
Scores were soaring in Spartans loss to Robbinsville
Apr. 22: Steinert dropped a 246-257 decision to Robbinsville on a tough day to shoot at Miry Run, as witnessed by the fact just three of the 12 golfers broke 50 on the day.
Cole Zoldi led Steinert with a 48, followed by John Zim (50), Peter Pitman (51), Frank Stewart (53) and Tom Cashin (61).
Steinert shoots best round of season to defeat RV
Apr. 19: The Steinert High golf team shot a season low 219 at Miry Run Country Club to defeat Rancocas Valley, which carded a 226. The victory lifted Steinert to 3-7.
Cole Zoldi led the Spartans with a 39, followed by Peter Pitman (42), John Zim (45), Frank Stewart (46), Tom Cashin (47) and Tyler Strang (56).
Spartans shoot well but fall to Northern Knights
Apr. 17: Steinert shot one of its better rounds of the season against a talented West Windsor-Plainsboro North team today, dropping a 203-225 decision to the Northern Knights at Mercer Oaks East.
North claimed the first four spots before Tom Cashin carded a 43, dropping 11 strokes off his previous effort. Peter Pitman and Frank Stewart each had 44s. J.P. Ricci and Tyler Strang checked in at 47. WWPN improved to 5-1 while the Spartans, which shot their second best score of the season, slipped to 2-7.
Hamilton drops one to Lawrence
Apr. 17: Nate Olmeda shot a 42 in Hamilton West’s 224-269 loss to Lawrence today. Nick Whartenby and Curtis Sullivan each had 52s, Anthony DeMarcello carded a 59, Ian Reed 64 and Dale Laird 66 as the Hornets (0-6) continue to seek that first victory. Lawrence improved to 3-5.
Steinert falls to Princeton despite Pitman’s nice day
Apr. 16: Peter Pitman carded a nice score of 40 at Springdale Golf Course today but it wasn’t enough to save Steinert from a 218-251 loss to host Princeton. Following Pitman were Frank Stewart (51), J.P. Ricci (54) and Tom Cashin (54).
Hamilton falls to Ewing at Mercer Oaks
Apr. 16: Ewing took a 235-273 win over Hamilton West’s golf team today, as Nathan Olmeda led the Hornets with a 48 at Mercer Oaks West course. Olmeda was followed by Nick Whartenby (49), Curtis Sullivan (57), Robert Mraw (59), Anthony DeMarcello (60) and Alec Cenci (66).
Spartans take second through fourth but can’t top Hun
Apr. 15: Steinert’s golf team came close but dropped a 228-236 decision to Hun today at Miry Run. Peter Pitman, Cole Zoldi and Frank Stewart all carded 44 for the Spartans in finishing 2-4, but Hun jammed in the next four finishers before John Zim’s 49. Tyler Strang had a 55.
Apr. 11 Golf
Steinert falls to WW-Plainsboro North
Apr. 11: Peter Pitman and John Zim each carded a 44 but three West Windsor-Plainsboro North golfers took the top spots as the Northern Knights took a 217-241 win over the Spartans at Mountain View today. Frank Stewart had a 46, followed by Cole Zoldi (53), Tom Cashin (55) and T.J. Dolci (57).
Princeton tops Hamilton for first win
Apr. 11: In a battle of teams seeking their first victory, Princeton topped Hamilton 220-269 at Springdale today. Nate Olmeda led Hamilton with a 42, placing him third overall in the match. Olmeda was followed by Nick Whartenby (52), Anthony DeMarcello (55), Curtis Sullivan (58), Dale Laird (62) and Alec Cenci (68).
Apr. 10 Golf
Steinert wins second straight behind Zoldi's 39
Apr. 10: Cole Zoldi shot a 39 at Miry Run to pace Steinert to a 220-241 win over Lawrence today. It was the second straight win for the Spartans (2-2), who took the third-through-fifth spots behind Peter Pitman, John Zim and Frank Stewart, who all shot 44. Tom Cashin and T.J. Dolci each shot 49s.
Apr. 9 Golf
Olmeda breaks 40 in Hornets loss to WW-P South
Apr. 9: Nate Olmeda shot a 39 to break 40 for the first time this season in Hamilton West's golf team's 201-273 loss to West Windsor-Plainsboro South at Mercer Oaks East. Olmeda was followed by Anthony DeMarcello (51), Curtis Sullivan (55), Robert Mraw (62), Nick Whartenby and Ian Reed (66).
Apr. 8 Golf
Zoldi leads Steinert to first win of the season
Apr. 8: Cole Zoldi shot a 42 to lead Steinert’s golf team to a 254-280 win over Ewing at Mountainview Golf Course today. John Zim (44), Frank Stewart (48), T.J. Dolci (48) and Peter Pitman (49) finished 3-6 for Steinert, while Tom Cashin shot a 51 as the Spartans (1-2) won their first of the year. .
Apr. 4 Golf
Spartans have improved effort in loss to WWPS
Apr. 4: The Steinert golf team dropped a 208-230 decision to West Windsor-Plainsboro South today, but knocked 10 strokes off their opening-day score at Miry Run Golf Course.
Peter Pitman led the way with a third-place 42, followed by Tom Cashin (43), John Zim (45), Cole Zoldi (48) and J.P. Ricci (52).
Olmeda's 40 leads Hornets in loss to Robbinsville
Apr. 4: Nathan Olmeda shot a 40 for second overall but Robbinsville took a 204-263 golf victory over Hamilton today. Also scoring for the Hornets were Anthony DeMarcello (52), Nick Whartenby (52), Ian Reed (58), Curtis Sullivan (61) and Alec Cenci (62).
Apr. 3 Golf
Hamilton falls to Allentown in season opener
Apr. 3: The Hamilton West golf team opened the season with a 222-288 loss to Allentown at Mercer Oaks West today.
Nathan Olmeda was Hamilton's top golfer and fourth overall with a 45, followed by Anthony DeMarcello (57), Curtis Sullivan (58), Ian Reed (63), Alec Sensi (65) and Dale Laird (69).
Apr. 2 Golf
Zoldi and Zim pace Steinert in close loss to Rams
Apr. 2: Steinert’s golf team was edged in its season opener by Hightstown, 235-240, at Miry Run Golf Course today.
Cole Zoldi and John Zim each shot 45s for the Spartans to tie Robert Ewanis for low score on the day. Peter Pitman tied the Rams’ Mike Laustsen with a 46, but the Rams took the next four spots to clinch the win.
Tom Cashin shot a 51 for the Spartans, followed by Frank Stewart (53) and Tyler Strange (59).
John Zim is back for another year on the Steinert golf team (Photo by Dennis Symons Jr./purchase photos at dennissymons.com).
Steinert, Hamilton, Nottingham set to tee it up
Olmeda, Moffat named to All-CVC golf teams
The Colonial Valley Conference golf team was recently released and two Hamilton Township players were on the roster.
Hamilton West’s Nathan Olmeda made second team, while Steinert’s Connor Moffat made honorable mention. Moffat was a likely second-teamer until being unable to play in the Mercer County Tournament due to illness.
The team was picked by the CVC coaches.
Pitman’s 36 leads three sub-40 Spartans in win over West
May 10: Steinert’s golf team has had some good days this year, but this was ridiculous.
Maybe the Spartans were inspired by Charles Cai’s 65 in the county tournament, but more likely it was just their day, as a season-high three players broke 40 in a 202-263 win over Hamilton today.
Surging Peter Pitman led the way with an impressive 36, while Cole Zoldi and Vince Migliori each checked in with 39s. Kevin Dey (44), Frank Stewart (44) and Dominique Michalec (56) were 4-5-6 for Steinert.
The two Spartan trios were broken up by a 44 from Nate Olmeda. They are followed by Steve Clayton (52), Anthony DeMarcello (54), Nick Whartenby (56), Curtis Sullivan (57) and Ian Reed (68).
Cole Zoldi lines up a putt during the first half of the Mercer County Tournament last week. Zoldi checked in with a 79 to help Steinert to a seventh-place finish (Photo by Dennis Symons Jr./purchase photos at dennissymons.com).
May 9 MCT Golf
Short-handed Steinert has nice showing; Olmeda solid
Palmer leads Stars in setback to Princeton
May 8: Chris Palmer shot a 50 and Matt Gigliotti had a 54 in Nottingham’s 224-300 loss to Princeton. Bill Churchman had a 62 and Ian Villigran a 65 for the Stars.
Pitman powers Steinert past Trenton
May 2-8: Peter Pitman carded a 41 to pace Steinert to a solid score in a 203-267 win over Trenton at Miry Run today. With some other golfers getting a chance to play, Pitman was followed by Matt Wiesnewski (49), Jack Texany (52), Tyler Strang (61), Ferdie Maither (63) and J.P. Ricci (66).
The Spartans gave West Windsor-Plainsboro North a strong run before falling 197-205 last week. Cole Zoldi shot a 38 while Pitman and Kevin Dey each shot 41, Vince Migliori had a 42, Connor Moffat a 43 and Frank Stewart a 48.
Steinert dropped another close one to WWPS, 205-209 the day prior, as Moffat shot a 38, Dey and Pitman each had 41, followed by Zoldi (43), Migliori (44) and Stewart (53).
Steinert's Vince Migliore takes aim on a putt during Wednesday's Mercer County Tournament at Mercer Oaks. Migs and the rest of the gang had to pack up their clubs midway through when heavy rains came down (Photo by Dennis Symons Jr./purchase photos at dennissymons.com).
Rains force a week delay in Mercer County Tournament
May 2: The Mercer County Golf Tournament was suspended midway through yesterday due to heavy rains, and will resume on Wednesday, 3:30 p.m., at Mercer Oaks East.
The tournament began at 8 a.m. under wet but playable conditions until driving rain began pelting the course and the players were called in just prior to 11. After waiting for a bit, with the rain still coming
down and the radar not looking good, it was decided to suspend play and pick it up next week later in the day so the players can attend classes.
Most players completed at least nine holes, with some getting in 10 and others getting through eight. They will resume at the hole they are on.
Hamilton gets past Nottingham for second win of season
May 1: The township showdown of the year took place at Miry Run today, and Hamilton West emerged as the winner with a 261-297 victory over Nottingham.
Nate Olmeda was the day’s medalist at 41, followed by Nottingham’s Chris Palmer at 47. Hamilton’s Steve Clayton was third at 48, while Hamilton’s Nick Whartenby and Nottingham’s Matt Gigliotti checked in at 53.
Hamilton had the next two finishers in Curtis Sullivan (57) and Anthony DeMarcello (62), while Nottingham’s attack was rounded out by Ian Villigran (63), Devin Tandy (67) and Bill Churchman (67).
It was the second win of the season for Hamilton. Both teams are back in action at Mercer Oaks for Wednesday’s Mercer County Tournament.
Moffat, Zoldi break 40 as Steinert tops Robbinsville
Apr. 24: Steinert’s golf team took a 216-247 victory over Robbinsville at Miry Run today.
In raising their record to 8-4, the Spartans had a duo break 40 as Connor Moffat and Cole Zoldi both checked in at 39, and Peter Pitman was right behind at 40. Kevin Dey, who is headed for Drexel next year, had a 47, while Vince Migliore (51) and Dominique Michalec (52) rounded out the Spartan scoring.
The MCT begins at 8:30 at Cranbury Golf Course, and Steinert will look to finish near the top of the pack in a talent-laden field.
Gigliotti low Northstar scorer in loss to Hightstown
Apr. 20: After missing the previous match, Matt Gigliotti returned to the lineup and led Nottingham with a 50 in the Northstars 244-310 loss to Hightstown at Miry Run. The team score was Nottingham's lowest at its home course this season and second lowest of the season.
Chris Palmer shot a 53, followed by Ian Villegran (65), Devin Tandy (70), Bill Churchman (72) and Peter Dusenshine (72).
It was Dey’s day as Steinert topples Nottingham
Apr. 19: It was a township showdown at Miry Run today, but there wasn’t much drama as Steinert took a 218-314 over Nottingham behind Kevin Dey’s 39.
Dey was followed by Connor Moffat (43), Peter Pitman (44), Cole Zoldi (44), Dominique Michaelc (48) and Frank Stewart (54).
Chris Palmer was the top Northstar at 53, followed by Ian Villigran (59), Devin Tandy (63), Bill Churchman (68) and Peter Dusenshine (71). It was actually a tri-match for Nottingham, which also fell to West Windsor-Plainsboro South (196)
Steinert (7-2) won for the seventh time in eight matches while Nottingham, which was coming off its first win, fell to 1-7.
Tohill shows progress in Hornets loss to Cards
Apr. 19: Nate Olmeda’s 44 led Hamilton in the Hornets 222-259 setback to Lawrence at Mercer Oaks East today, as the Cards improved to 2-7 and West fell to 1-8.
Sean Tohill had his second best score of the year at 52, followed by Steve Clayton (54), Nick Whartenby (54), Anthony DeMarcello (55) and Curtis Sullivan (61).
Gigliotti leads Nottingham to first win of the season
Apr. 18: Nottingham finally gained its first victory in five matches by taking a 282-326 victory over Trenton today. Chris Palmer led the way with a 47, followed by Matt Gigliotti (49), Ian Villigran (61), Bill Churchman (61), peter Dusenshine (64) and Devin Tandy (64).
Steinert gets back to its winning ways against Princeton
Apr. 18: After having it’s five-match win streak snapped Tuesday, Steinert got back on the beat with a 216-227 victory over Princeton at Miry Run today. Cole Zoldi was second overall at 42, while Connor Moffat, Peter Pitman and Kevin Dey all checked in with a 43. Vince Migliore and Frank Stewart were close behind at 45 for the Spartans (6-2).
Olmeda breaks 40 but Hornets can’t break Devils
Apr. 18: Nate Olmeda took his strong season up a level today by shooting a 36, but it could not save Hamilton from a 236-267 loss to Ewing. Steve Clayton was second in for Hamilton with 53, followed by Nick Whartenby (54), Curtis Sullivan (61), Tom Klauss (63) and Anthony DeMarcello (63).
Apr. 17 Golf
Notre Dame shoots 204 to snap Spartan win streak
Apr. 17: All good things must come to an end, and Notre Dame shot a sizzling 204 at Miry Run to top Steinert and end the Spartans five-match win streak. The Spartans weren’t too shabby with a 214, led by Connor Moffat (37). The senior was followed by Peter Pitman (42), Frank Stewart (44), Kevin Dey (45), Vince Migliore (46) and Cole Zoldi (49).
Connor Moffat has been the Spartans medalist in three of six matches this season in helping Steinert's golf team to a five-match winning streak and 5-1 record (Photo by Dennis Symons Jr./purchase photos at dennissymons.com).
Apr. 15 Golf
Chemistry and balance have Steinert off to a 5-1 start
Steinert makes it five in a row with win over Lawrence
Apr. 12: Taking on the challenging Greenacres course in Lawrenceville, Steinert shot an impressive round today in taking a 213-254 win over Lawrence. It was the fifth straight victory for the Spartans (5-1).
Connor Moffat was medalist for the third time in four matches with a 39, while Peter Pitman (42), Cole Zoldi (42) and Kevin Dey (43) took the third-through-fifth slots. Frank Stewart chipped in with a 47.
Hamilton shoots season-low 254 in loss to Princeton
Apr. 12: Hamilton dropped a 228-254 decision to Princeton at Mercer Oaks East today, but coach Jason Malloy termed it “a respectable loss.”
The stats bear Malloy out, as the Hornets score was 14 strokes better than their previous low at Mercer Oaks on Monday.
Nate Olmeda led the way at 43 and Steve Clayton joined him in the sub-50s with a 46. Anthony DeMarcello carded a 51, followed by Sean Tohill (56), Curtis Sullivan (58) and Ian Reed (64).
Steinert wins fourth straight win as Pitman shoots a 36
Apr. 11: Fresh off its impressive upset of West Windsor-Plainsboro South on Tuesday, Steinert had no letdown in taking a 209-244 win over Ewing at Mountain View today. Peter Pitman led the way with a 36, followed by Connor Moffat (41), Kevin Dey (42), Vince Migliore (44), Frank Stewart (46) and Cole Zoldi (51).
Nottingham falls to unbeaten Allentown
Apr. 11: Matt Gigliotti led Nottingham with a score of 50 in the Northstars 224-312 loss to Allentown at Miry Run Today.
Chris Palmer shot a 54 for the Northstars, followed by Ian Villigran (64), Peter Dusenshine (72) and Bill Churchman (72).
The Northstars got no break from the schedule maker this week, as they fell to reigning state champ Hopewell Tuesday and got undefeated Allentown (5-0) today.
Moffat’s 36 paces Steinert to third consecutive win
Apr. 10: The Steinert High golf team is on fire, and so is Connor Moffat.
The Spartans won their third straight match today in a 206-208 thriller over West Windsor-Plainsboro South at Mercer Oaks East.
Moffat led the way with a 36, his second straight sub-40 round. His score proved to be the difference, as WWPS’s top man, Tim Oh, had a 38. The Pirates took the second-through-fourth spots before Cole Zoldi and Vince Migliore checked in with 41s.
Frank Stewart and Kevin Dey checked in with a 43 and 45 for the Spartans (3-1). Dey’s score was also key, as he beat the Pirates’ fifth man by four strokes.
WWPS dropped to 2-2.
Hopewell tops Nottingham for 47th straight victory
Nottingham ran into a steamroller today as Hopewell Valley stormed to its 47th straight dual match victory with a 201-322 win at Hopewell Country Club. Mat Gigliotti led the Northstars with a 54, followed by Chris Palmer (57), Ian Villigran (68), Peter Dusenshine (71) and Bill Churchman (72).
Olmeda continues strong play in Hornets loss to Ravens
Nate Olmeda continued his solid play with a 43 in Hamilton’s 256-291 loss to Robbinsville today. Sean Tohill shot a 55, followed by Steve Clayton (62), Curtis Sullivan (65), Anthony DeMarcello (66) and Ian Reed (66).
Apr. 9 Golf
Red hot Burlington Township defeats Hamilton
Apr. 9: The Hamilton West golf team ran into a hot Burlington Township squad as three golfers broke 40 for the Falcons in a 198-268 victory at Mercer Oaks East today.
Nate Olmeda continued to lead Hamilton with a 45, followed by Sean Tohill (47), Steve Clayton (57), Curtis Sullivan (59), Anthony DeMarcello (60) and Ian Reed (68).
Apr. 5 Golf
Moffat bounces back as Steinert tops Trenton
Apr. 5: It’s two in a row for the streaking Spartans.
Coming off an un-Moff-like score of 50 one day earlier, Connor Moffat sizzled with a 39 today at Mountain View to lead Steinert’s golf team to a 212-330 win over Trenton.
It was the second win in a row for the Spartans (2-1) while the Tornadoes slipped to 0-2.
A balance Spartan attack was bolstered by Kevin Dey (40), Cole Zoldi (41), Peter Pitman (42), Tanner Dow (50) and Tyler Strange (56).
Hamilton falls to unbeaten Allentown
Undefeated Allentown made Hamilton its third straight victim with a 208-270 win at Cream Ridge. Nate Olmeda led the way with 48, followed by Steve Clayton (52), Nick Whartenby (52), Sean Tohill (55), Curtis Sullivan (63) and Anthony DeMarcello (64).
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Nottingham dropped a 227-299 decision to Lawrence at Green Acres. No other details were available.
Apr. 4 Golf
Pitman and Zoldi pace Steinert in win over Hightstown
Apr. 4: Taking on the always-tough Peddie course, the Steinert High golf team won its first of the young season, 227-261 today.
Peter Pitman (42), Cole Zoldi (43), Kevin Dey (46) and Vince Migliore (46) were the match’s top four scores. Connor Moffat (50) and Frank Stewart (51) finished sixth and seventh overall.
Steinert moved to 1-1 while Hightstown fell to 0-2.
Papero makes all the right moves in Hamilton's win
Apr. 4: Under the flawless leadership of Mike “The Meatball Master” Papero, Hamilton West won by forfeit over Trenton to move to 1-1. The Master's strategy of getting the team to show up, obviously paid off.
Since Papero presided over the victory and Jason Malloy was on hand for the loss, Papero takes the early lead in the race for the Hamilton West Coach-of-the-Year award.
Spartans drop a close one to Allentown in opener
Apr. 3: The Steinert golf team got some pretty good outings on opening day, but Allentown got a few that were just a tad better en route to a 224-233 victory at Miry Run Country Club.
The Redbirds took first and second individually as John Masserini and Ryan Shaw each carded 41s. Steinert’s Cole Zoldi followed in third with a 42 and Kevin Dey was right behind at 44. But Allentown took the next two spots and three of the next five to win it. Connor Moffat (47) and Peter Pitman (48) were 7-8, while Vince Migliore had a 52 and Dominique Michaelc a 53.
Olmeda’s 43 leads Hamilton in opening loss to ND
Apr. 3: Nate Olmeda had an encouraging 2011 campaign and had an optimistic start to this season by shooting a 43, but Hamilton fell to Notre Dame at Mountain View, 212-275.
Nick Whartenby had a 51 for the Hornets, followed by Steve Clayton and Sean Tohill (59 each), Anthony DeMarcello (63) and Curtis Sullivan (66). The Hornets are back in action Tuesday against Trenton at Mercer Oaks East.
Hamilton's Steve Clayton and the rest of Hamilton Township's golf teams swing into the season this week (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at email@example.com).
2012 Golf Previews
Steinert, Hamilton and Nottingham ready to hit the links
May 25 Golf
ND tops Nottingham
Nottingham dropped a 221-320 decision to Notre Dame at Mountain View today, as the Northstars were led by Chris Palmer (58), Joe Sbarra (59), Matt Gigliotti (64), Ian Villigran (67) and Matt Gallello (72).
May 20 Golf
Nottingham falls to Hightstown
May 20: The Nottingham golf team dropped a 253-328 decision to Hightstown today, as Joe Sbarra’s 58 led the Northstars, followed by Matt Gigliotti (60), Matt Gallello (71), Nick Parent (71) and Ian Villigran (72).
May 19 Golf
Spartans top Ravens behind Pitman, Moffat, reach .500
May 19: It wasn’t the win over Robbinsville that most Steinert fans were waiting for, but the Spartan golf team was happy to have it.
While the baseball team was falling to the Ravens in the Mercer County Tournament, the Steinert golfers took a 214-240 win over Robbinsville today at Mercer Oaks. The victory leveled the Spartans' record at 9-9.
Peter Pitman (41) and Connor Moffat (42) led the way, followed by John Zim (43), Kevin Dey (44), Cole Zoldi (44) and Ryan Froufelkner (45).
Hamilton drops one to Hightstown
Hamilton fell to Hightstown, 259-271 to fall to 3-12. Joe Whartenby and Nathan Olmeda led the way with a 48, followed by Steve Clayton and Zach Hansen (56), and Nick Whartenby (63).
‘Stars lose abbreviated match to WW-P South
Nottingham took on Mercer County champion West Windsor-Plainsboro South today and lightning forced the match to be called after five holes with the Pirates holding a 132-167 win at Miry Run.
Matt Gigliotti had a 30, followed by Joe Sbarra (33), Stefan Gurgurich (33), Chris Palmer (34), Nick Parent (36) and Ian Villigran (42).
Kevin Dey shot a 46 on a rainy Monday to help Steinert get past Hamilton in a township battle on the links (Photo by Dennis Symons Jr./purchase photos at www.dennissymons.com).
May 16 Golf
Pitman, Zoldi lead Steinert past Hamilton
May 16: In the battle for township supremacy, Steinert’s golf team came up with the title today as it took a 220-250 victory over Hamilton at Miry Run.
The victory put Steinert at 8-9 and dropped Hamilton to 4-11, and the Spartans went 2-0 in township matches this year while the Hornets were 1-1.
Peter Pitman and Cole Zoldi led the way, as each shot a 42, followed by John Zim (44), Connor Moffat and Kevin Dey (46 each). Ryan Froufelkner had a 49.
Nathan Olmeda led Hamilton with a 46, while Joe Whartenby and Steve Clayton were both at 48, followed by Zachary Hansen (54), Nick Whartenby (55) and Curtis Sullivan (60).
Sbarra, Gurgurich lead Northstars to first victory
May 16: They’re celebrating on the corner of Klockner & Hamilton as Nottingham finally got its first win of the season today.
The Northstars defeated Trenton, 286-312 at Miry Run as Joe Sbarra shot a 51, Stefan Gurgurich a 54, Chris Palmer a 56, Matt Gigliotti a 58 ant Matt Gallello a 67. The Northstars were edged by Pemberton, which had a 274, in the tri-match.
May 12 Golf
Hornets have solid round in loss to Rams
The Hamilton West golf team shot one of its better rounds this season but dropped a 195-216 decision to Hightstown at Mercer Oaks today.
Joe Whartenby led the Hornets with a 46 an Steve Clayton had a 49, followed by Zach Hansen (52) and Curtis Sullivan (69).
Graham-led Princeton defeats Nottingham
One day after winning his second straight Mercer County title, Fraser Graham was dazzling Nottingham with a one-under 36 at Miry Run today. Graham helped Princeton to a 219-81 win over the Northstars.
Matt Gigliotti led Nottingham with a 51, followed by Steve Gurgurich (52), Chris Palmer (55), Joe Sbarra (57), Nick Konstantinou (66) and Matt Gallello (70).
Moffat leads balanced attack in Steinert’s victory
Connor Moffat carded a 40 to lead all golfers in Steinert’s 175-195 victory over New Egypt at Hanover Golf Course.
Cole Zoldi (43), Peter Pitman (45) and Kevin Dey (47) finished 3-4-5 overall to pace the Spartans to their seventh victory.
John Zim was the third man in for ninth-place Steinert at Wednesday's Mercer County Tournament at Mercer Oaks (Photo by Dennis Symons Jr./purchase photos at dennissymons.com).
May 11 MCT Golf
Moffat's 83 leads township players; Hornets get a bonus
Nate Olmeda shot a respectable 47 for Hamilton in Tuesday's match against powerful Hopewell (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org).
May 10 Golf
Hamilton latest victim of the Bulldog machine
May 10: The Hopewell Valley High golf team is so good, it’s ridiculous.
Hamilton West got to see just how good today, as the Bulldogs warmed up for Wednesday’s Mercer County Tournament by having three guys shoot sub-40 rounds in a 194-264 win over the Hornets.
Hopewell improved to 14-0 and while the Hornets fell to 2-8, but Hamilton got decent rounds from Joe Whartenby (44) and Nate Olmeda (47). Also chipping in were Steve Clayton (54), Zach Hansen (55), Nick Whartenby (64) and Roger Kleinmann (65).
Balanced attack propels Steinert past Princeton
Despite the presence of Tournament of Champions winner and two time MCT champ Fraser Graham, Princeton could not get past a determined Steinert team, which took a 211-219 win over Princeton to improve to 6-9.
Graham was medalist at 38, but Steinert was led by John Zim (41) and three 42s by Peter Pitman, Cole Zoldi and Kevin Dey (42). Ryan Froufelkner had a 44 and Connor Moffat was at 45 as the Spartans had one of their best days of the year from top to bottom.
Ewing gets past Northstars
Nottingham continues to look for its first win after a 227-294 setback to Ewing. Stefan Gurgurich was again the Northstars’ low man with a 52. He was followed by Joe Sbarra (56), Chris Palmer and Matt Gigliotti (59 each), Rachel Beauchamp (68) and Ian Villigran (71).
May 9 Golf
Pitman burns the course for 37 in Steinert loss to WWPS
May 9: Going up against an undefeated West Windsor-Plainsboro South team, Steinert shot some decent scores in dropping a 190-220 decision.
Peter Pitman led the way with an impressive 37, while Connor Moffat carded a 43. Cole Zoldi shot a 46, John Zim and Kevin Dey each had a 47 and Ryan Froufelkner tallied a 49.
Connor Moffat chips one toward the hole en route to shooting a one-over 37 at Miry Run in Steinert's victory over Nottingham Thursday (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos by e-mailing email@example.com).
May 5 Golf
Moffat, Dey provide 1-2 punch against Northstars
May 5 Connor Moffat was on fire at Miry Run today and teammate Kevin Dey was nearly as hot.
And Cole Zoldi was pretty warm himself.
Moffat fired a season-low, one-over 37 and Dey was right behind at 39 to help Steinert to a 213-256 win over Nottingham on the Robbinsville course. Zoldi was in the same neighborhood with a 41 as the Spartans (5-6) moved within one win of .500.
Joe Sbarra was Nottingham’s top scorer with a 45, while Steinert’s Peter Pitman and Nottingham’s Stefan Gurgurich were both at 47.
Dominique Michaelec was the Spartans fifth man with a 49, while Nottingham’s other scorers were Chris Palmer (52), Matt Gigliotti (54) and Paul Richter.
May 3 Golf
Joe Whartenby the day’s medalist in Hornets loss
May 3: Joe Whartenby had another strong round, shooting a match-low 43, but red-hot Lawrence took a 239-278 victory today on the eve of the Mercer County Tournament.
Nate Olmeda was the second Hornet in at 48, followed by Steve Clayton (60), Zach Hansen (62), Nick Whartenby (65) and Curtis Sullivan (68, score dropped).
Hamilton fell to 2-6 while Lawrence improved to 9-4 after winning its ninth match in the last 10.
Gurgurich solid again in 'Stars setback to Ravens
Stefan Gurgurich had his second straight solid round in Nottingham's 248-294 loss to Robbinsville today. Gurgurich was followed by Chris Palmer (56), Joe Sbarra (60), Matt Gigliotti (62) and Rachel Beauchamp (68).
WWPN's one-two punch too much for Spartans
Steinert fell to West Windsor-Plainsboro North, 213-219.
Connor Moffat led Steinert and had the day’s third best score with a 41. The Spartans had a nice pack after that with Cole Zoldi (43), John Zim (44), Kevin Dey (45) and Peter Pitman (46), but sub-40 scores by WWPN’s Ryan Siegler and Charles Cai were too much to overcome. Ryan Froufelkner added a 48 for Steinert.
May 2 Golf
Gurgurich, Sbarra shoot seasons lows in ’Stars loss
May 2: Stefan Gurgurich had a season low score of 44 for Nottingham but it wasn't enough to overcome a 38 and a 39 posted by Allentown’s Mike Reed and John Masserini in a 221-275 loss today.
Joe Sbarra also had a personal best round of 51 for the Northstars. Other scores for Nottingham came from Matt Gigliotti (58), Nick Parent (59), Rachel Beauchamp (63) and Ian Villigran (71). The ‘Stars dropped to 0-8.
Apr. 27 Golf
Moffat shoots a 40 in loss to Notre Dame
Apr. 27: Connor Moffat carded a 40 but it wasn’t enough as four Notre Dame players shot 39 or 40 in a 200-221 win over Steinert today.
Peter Pitman had a 43 for the Spartans, followed by John Zim (45), Ryan Froufelkner (46), Cole Zoldi (46) and Dominique Michalec (54).
Hamilton's Joe Whartenby shot a season-best 41 Monday to help the Hornets get past Nottingham (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org).
Apr. 26 Golf
Joe Whartenby’s season-low score paces Hornets
Apr. 25: In a township showdown on the links, Hamilton West earned its second win of the year, 245-256, over Nottingham today.
Joe Whartenby led the Hornets with a 41, his lowest round of the season. Chris Palmer was the low scorer for Nottingham with a 46.
Also contributing for the Hornets were Nathan Olmeda (44), Steve Clayton (48), Zachary Hansen (54), Nick Whartenby (58) and Curtis Sullivan (64).
Nottingham’s other scores came from Stefan Gurgurich (49), Paul Richter (51), Matt Gigliotti (52), Joe Sbarra (58) and Nick Parent (67).
Powerful Princeton gets past Hamilton
Apr. 26: Princeton showed why its one of the top teams in the county as it took a 209-262 win over Hamilton West at Springdale Golf Course today.
Joe Whartenby led Hamilton with a 47 and Nate Olmeda had a 48. They were followed by Steve Clayton (53), Nick Whartenby (54) and Zach Hansen (60).
Cardinals balanced scoring beats Steinert
With Lawrence’s top four golfers shooting between 40 and 43, the Cardinals took a 217-242 victory over Steinert.
John Zim led the Spartans with a 42, followed by Ryan Froufelkner (45), Cole Zoldi (47), Kevin Dey (49), William Diefenbach (58) and Jack Quigley (63).
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Nottingham dropped a 254-320 decision to Hightstown at Peddie as Mat Gigliotti led the Northstars with a 54.
Apr. 19 Golf
Spartans have solid round in win over Trenton
Apr. 19: Steinert crept back over the .500 mark with a 217-319 win over Trenton at Miry Run today.
Although the Tornadoes are not one of the better teams in the CVC, Steinert still had a strong day with some good scores, as the top five finishers were just five strokes apart.
Connor Moffat and John Zim led the way as each carded a 41. Kevin Dey had a 43, while William Diefenbach and Ryan Froufelkner each had a 46. Chris Clews checked in with a 59.
Apr. 18 Golf
Red hot Hopewell tops Steinert to stay unbeaten
Apr. 18: Coming up against a sizzling Hopewell Valley golf team today, Steinert shot a respectable 232 at Miry Run but HoVal checked in with a 208 – which is high for the Bulldogs the way they’re going this year.
Connor Moffat led Steinert with a 44, while John Zim, Kevin Dey, Ryan Froufelkner an William Diefenbach alls checked in with 47s. Jack Quigley had a 59 for the Spartans (3-3).
The Bulldogs (7-0) had four players shoot between 39 and 42.
April 15 Golf
Medalist Moffat paces Steinert to second straight win
Apr. 15: The Spartans are streaking.
Steinert’s golf team won its second straight match today, taking a 242-250 over Northern Burlington at Miry Run today.
Connor Moffat was the day’s medalist with a 43, while Cole Zoldi (47), John Zim (48) and Ryan Froufelkner (49) finished third, fifth and sixth in the overall finishers. Kevin Dey added a 55 and Jack Quigley a 58 for the Spartans (3-2).
Northstars fall to undefeated Hopewell
Nottingham dropped a 205-291 decision to unbeaten Hopewell at Miry Run. The Northstars were led by Stefan Gurgurich (52), followed by Chris Palmer (57), Rachel Beauchamp (59), Matt Gigliotti (61), Joe Sbarra (62) and Nick Parent (62).
Hamilton's Steve Clayton lines up a short putt during the Hornets Apr. 14 match with West Windsor-Plainsboro South at Mercer Oaks (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos by e-mailing email@example.com).
Apr. 14 Golf
Spartans beat Blue Devils for second win of the season
Apr. 14: Peter Pitman shot a team-low 41 and Cole Zoldi was close behind at 43 to help Steinert’s golf team to a 237-249 win over Ewing at Mountainview Golf Course today. John Zim was third at 44, followed by Kevin Dey (53), Dominique Michalec and Ryan Froufelkner (56 each). The win levels the Spartans’ record at 2-2.
Hamilton falls to undefeated West Windsor South
The Hornets came up against another tough opponent in West Windsor-Plainsboro South at Mercer Oaks today, and dropped a 197-252 decision to the unbeaten Pirates (6-0).
Joe Whartenby led the Hornets with a 46, followed by Nathan Olmeda (50), Steve Clayton (51), Ryan Fox (62), Zachary Hansen (63) and Curtis Sullivan (64).
Steinert's Cole Zoldi watches his tee shot during Wednsday's rainy match with West Windsor-Plainsboro South at Miry Run today (Photo by Dennis Symons/purchase photos at dennissymons.com).
Apr. 13 Golf
Robbinsville gets past Hamilton at Mercer Oaks
Apr. 13: Joe Whartenby and Nathan Olmeda each carded a 47 but Robbinsville High’s golf team had a little too much as the Ravens took a 240-271 victory over the Hornets at Mercer Oaks today.
Steve Clayton was the third man in for Hamilton with a 52, while Steve Elliott and Roger Kleinmann shot 61 and 64, respectively.
Moffat cards 42 but Steinert falls to unbeaten WWPs
Despite a 42 by Connor Moffat in cruddy conditions, Steinert dropped a 196-229 to undefeated West Windsor-Plainsboro South at Miry Run.
Peter Pitman shot a 45 for the Spartans, Ryan Frounfelker and Cole Zoldi carded 47s and Kevin Day shot a 48.
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Nottingham fell to unbeaten Hopewell Valley, 205-291. Individual scores are unavailable.
Apr. 12 Golf
Olmeda Hornets low man in loss to Allentown
Apr. 12: The Hamilton golf team dropped a rain-aborted 119-145 decision to unbeaten Allentown today at Mercer Oaks.
Nathan Olmeda had the Hornets low score of the day at 25, which was tied for fourth overall. He was followed by Joe Whartenby (27), Zach Hansen (28), Steve Clayton (32), Steve Elliott (33) and Nick Whartenby (36).
Zim, Moffat spark Spartans to win over Hightstown
Apr. 7: After falling to Allentown, 217-229 on Wednesday, Steinert bounced back to beat Hightstown, 231-240, today to level its record at 1-1. Connor Moffat and John Zim each carded a 44 for the Spartans at Miry Run.
Hamilton gets first victory with win over Trenton
Apr. 7: Hamilton showed more parity than the NFL in its 180-247 win over Trenton today. Senior captain Joe Whartenby, junior Steve Clayton, freshman Nathan Olmeda and senior Ryan Fox each shot a 45 for the Hornets (1-1) at Princeton Country Club. Freshman Nick Whartenby was the fifth Hornet with a 57.
Whartenby leads Hamilton in season opening loss
Apr. 6: The Hamilton West golf team dropped its opener to Notre Dame today, 203-268.
The Hornets were led by Joe Whartenby, who shot a 46, followed by Nate Olmeada (49), Steve Clayton (53), Steve Elliott and Zachary Hansen (60 each).
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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.