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Hamilton's Dakota Shelton makes (above) one of his numerous tackles against Hightstown during Hamilton's 22-12 loss to the Rams in Friday's freshman football game. Below, Jacquay yardage heads to the outside en route to a nice gain (Photo by Donna "The Trooper" Brihn).
Oct. 17 Boys Soccer
Nottingham wins season finale to finish 7-4
Oct. 17: The Nottingham High boys’ freshman soccer team finished its season with a solid 7-4 record after concluding the year with a victory over West Windsor-Plainsboro North today. Goals were scored by Anthony “The Pizza Man” Martillotti and Aiman Elsowiny, while Cedric Gadie assisted both goals.
Spartans storm to third straight shutout victory
Oct. 17: Goals by Matt Kur and Ryan DiChiara and a combined 14 saves by John Warwick and David Marrero lifted the Steinert boys freshman soccer team to a 2-0 win over Hightstown.
Anthony Remboski and “Jules” Focarelli – who was allowed to keep his nickname by coach Jim “The Original Jules” Giglio – had assists as Steinert won by its third straight shutout.
The Spartans (8-2-2) have one game left with West Windsor-Plainsboro South.
Oct. 15 Boys Soccer
Machado’s goal leads Steinert past WW-P North
Oct. 15: The Steinert freshman boys soccer team took a 1-0 win over West Windsor Plainsboro North today, notching its fifth shutout of the season. Aidan Machado had the game's lone goal off an assist from Ryan DiChiara. Goalies John Warwick and Alex Bajzath combined for 12 saves, getting defensive help from twins Andre and Ed Michalec, Pat Carr and Stefano Antonellos.
Steinert is now 7-2-2 with two straight wins.
Oct. 12 Football
Steinert edges WW-P North on two Cherubin TDs
Oct. 12: The Steinert freshman football team won for the fourth time in six games, taking a 16-14 win over West Windsor-Plainsboro North today. Woodley Cherubin had both touchdowns for the Spartans (but we are unsure of the spelling of this name so please email if wrong!).
Oct. 12 Boys Soccer
After heart-breaking loss Marrero saves day for Spartans
Oct. 12: The Steinert freshman boys’ soccer team was nearly victimized by another late goal, until David Marrero saved the day.
With the Spartans clinging to a lead, Marrero dove full extension to deflect a shot that was scant inches from crossing the goal line to preserve a 1-0 victory over Allentown today. Marrero’s save came late in the contest, which is when Notre Dame scored to tie the game two days earlier en route to a 2-1 overtime victory.
“His save was unbelievable,” marveled coach Jim “Jules” Giglio. “And it gave us a great lift after losing such a tough one against Notre Dame.”
Marrero and John Warwick combined for eight saves against the Redbirds, while Matt Kur had the game’s lone goal off a feed from Stefano Antonellos.
Kur also had the goal against ND. Steinert is now 6-2-2.
Hamilton's Jacquay Hodges (above, No. 15) breaks away from a Trenton tackler while Christopher Jordan (13) comes over to help out; while below Brandon Perez (35) and Marvin Ashmore close in on a Trenton runner during the Hornet freshman team's 7-6 win over Trenton Thursday (Photos by Donna "The Trooper" Brihn).
Hamilton's Tyler Sekunda uses his slight height advantage to get this headball against Hopewell during Wednesday's freshman soccer game at Veterans Park (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at email@example.com).
Oct. 10 Freshman Boys Soccer
Hamilton has post-game dunkin' party after strong effort
Oct. 8 Boys Soccer
Rivas and Novak team to give West a tie with WWPS
Oct. 8: After climbing out of his sick bed to return to the sidelines, Chris “The Baron” Raba joined Anthony “The Roadhouse Man” Funari on the sidelines and a rejuvenated Hamilton West freshman boys soccer team played West Windsor-Plainsboro South to a 1-1 tie in an epic back-and-forth battle.
After Raba juggled his lineup with expert maneuvering, captain Christian Rivas made a serve to a darting John Novak, who capitalized on the keeper’s mishandling of the ball to net his third goal of the season. The hard fought midfield play came from Joe Nanni, Jeff Ruble, Jim Sharkey, Jefferson Solares, Rich Veisz, Cameron Pressley, Joe Rodgers and Nick Monillas.
“The Baron and I were very proud of the hard work the guys put in today,” said the Roadhouse Man. “We look forward to a great week if we can keep up the intensity.”
Oct. 5 Football
Dietrich stars in defeat as Spartans fall to Rams
Oct. 5: The Steinert freshman football team dropped a 30-14 decision to Hightstown today as its record dropped to 3-2. A.J. Dietrich scored both Steinert touchdowns.
Oct. 5 Boys Soccer
Michalec twins defense and Kur’s offense lift Spartans
Oct. 5: And in the epic showdown of Klockner Road powerhouses, it was the G-Men over the Z-Men.
Not many teams can stifle the powerful offensive of Nottingham’s boys freshman soccer team, but Jim “Jules” Giglio’s G-Men did it today with a 3-0 victory over Phil Zomparelli’s Z-Men.
“Outstanding job by our defenders,” Giglio said, citing the Michalec twins, Andre and Ed, for another outstanding effort along with Chris McVicker and Stefano Antonellos. Goalies John Warwick and David Marrero combined for eight saves.
Matt Kur led the scoring with two goals, while Tom Cashin also scored. Anthony Remboski had two assists and Eric Dogariu picked up an assist for the Spartans, who improved to 5-1-2. The Northstars fell to 6-3.
Oct. 3 Boys Soccer
Nottingham continues to roll with win over Ravens
Oct. 3: The Nottingham High boys’ freshmen soccer team continued its strong season with a 6-1 victory over Robbinsville at Veterans Park today.
Sean McGeehan and Aiman Elsowiny each scored two goals, while Alphonso Swaray and Anthony “The Pizza Man” Martillotti added one apiece.
Picking up assists for the Z-Men, who are now 6-2, were Mike Suosso, Martillotti, McGeehan and Marvin Velez.
The win sets up a classic showdown at Steinert Friday, when the Northstars visit the equally hot Spartans in a battle that pits the high-scoring McGeehan, who has nine goals in the last four Northstar wins thanks to strong support from Martillotti, Swaray and Elsowiny, against the twin terror defenders Andre and Ed Michaelec of Steinert.
Remboski makes late statement with game-winning goal
Oct. 3: Anthony Remboski re-entered today’s game with West Windsor-Plainsboro North, and promptly entered the ball into the back of the net for the game’s lone goal in Steinert’s 1-0 victory.
In bouncing back from their first loss, the Spartans are now 4-1-2.
Ryan DiChiara set Remboski up for the score, and goalies John Warwick and Alex Bajzath made it stand up for Jim “Jules” Giglio’s G-Men. Defenders Andre and Ed Michalec, Pat Carr and Stefano Antonellos all helped with the shutout, and should provide a challenge for Nottingham’s high-powered offense when the Northstars pay a visit Friday.
Sep. 28 Boys Soccer
McGeehan’s hat trick powers Northstars past Rams
Sep. 28: The Nottingham freshman boys soccer team rolled to a 6-2 win over Hightstown as Sean McGeehan continued his scoring exploits with three more goals. Alphonso Swaray,
Bill Nguyn and Anthony “The Pizza Man” Martillotti scored a goal each.
Hamilton's Steven Christopher goes up for an interception against Princeton during Friday's 39-16 victory for the Hornets' freshman team over Princeton. Jacquay Hodges is over to help out (Photo by Donna Brihn). Click for more photos.
Win over WWPN puts Stars at 2-2 with West on deck
Oct. 1: The Nottingham High freshman football team has begun the 2012 campaign with a 2-2 record, having taken wins over Trenton (16-0) and West Windsor-Plainsboro North (38-22).
The win over WWPN propels the fledgling nebula into this Friday’s showdown with Hamilton West.
Offensive standouts in the win over West Windsor included Alex Episcopo’s 89-yard touchdown pass to Emerson Annoual, while Benjamin Fair rushed for three touchdowns and Dayzjohn Dunston returned a punt 50 yards for a score.
The defense has been led by Matt Episcopo, Sam Malespina, Jovany Jean-Baptiste, Reggie Phillips and Timothy (Timo) Moore.
Sep. 25/27 Boys Soccer
Goals by Machado, Kur aid Steinert in second straight tie
Sep. 27: The good news for the Steinert freshman boys soccer team is that it’s still undefeated. The bad news is, it’s winless in its last two games.
Such is the world of ties, which is what the Spartans have been living in this week.
On Tuesday the Spartans played Hopewell Valley to a scoreless tie as John Warwick and David Marrero split the shutout in goal, while twin terrors Andre and Ed Michalec played stellar defense along with Pat Carr and Stefano Antonellos.
Today, the Spartans played a mature-looking Trenton team to a 2-2 tie on goals by Aidan Machado and Matt Kur.
The ties leave Steinert still unbeaten at 4-0-2
Sep. 24 Field Hockey
Steinert shows lots of improvement in loss to Bulldogs
Sep. 24: The Steinert freshman field hockey team dropped a tough decision to Hopewell today, but coach Nicole “The Wedding Planner” Kasian had nothing but good things to say about her squad.
“I am very proud of how they played,” Kasian said. “ At practice and before the game I asked my team to show me more intensity and teamwork. Since this is the first time my team has ever played field hockey I also encourage my girls to try to get better with every practice and every game and not to get discouraged when they play more experienced teams.”
It appears they took their coach’s advice against the Bulldogs.
“They certainly showed a huge improvement against Hopewell,” Kasian said. “Even though we lost, we played hard until the end and everyone stepped up and proved that they want to work hard to get better.
“A few stand outs were Tyler Valenza, whose hustle was very noticeable, Laura Paragone, who keeps improving her skills with every game, and Kaley Wise, whose big drives are extremely helpful to the team. I am looking forward to seeing them continue to improve throughout the rest of the season.”
Sep. 25 Boys Soccer
McGeehan and Page help Northstars swat Hornets
Sep. 25: In the second most storied freshman soccer coaching showdown in Mercer County, Nottingham’s Phil Zomparelli matched wits with Chris “The Baron” Raba, and once again the Baron’s film study didn’t quite pay off.
Sean McGeehan collected two goals and an assist to pace the Northstars boys’ soccer team to a 4-0 victory over the Hornets today, raising Nottingham’s record to 4-1. According to Zomparelli, each team was sizing the other up during a scoreless first half, before the Stars exploded for four second-half goals.
Cedric Gadie and Pierre Aceus also scored while Alphonso Swaray had two assists. Goalie Jacob Page notched his first shutout of the season.
Sep. 25 Girls Soccer
Nandy comes in handy for Hornets in first win of year
Sep. 25: Nandy sure was dandy.
Sumona Nandy notched a hat trick all within a five-minute span in the second half to pace the Hamilton West freshman girls’ soccer team to a 5-0 win over Nottingham.
The Hornets exploded for five second-half goals in gaining their first victory of the season and improving to 1-2-1. Lindsay Snyder and Felecia Bowers also scored for Hamilton.
Tracey Mraw and Nandy combined for the shutout in goal, getting stellar defensive help from Jai'a Inman, Concetta Scordato, Gianna Tucci and Carlee Smith. Melissa May added two assists for Hamilton, which held a 24-3 shot advantage. Marissa Reed and Margaret Galvez also had assists.
Sep. 21 Boys Soccer
McGeehan’s second-half goals lift surging Northstars
Sep. 21: Sean McGeehan popped in two second-half goals to spark the Nottingham High boy’s freshman soccer team to a 5-3 victory over Allentown today.
In raising its record to 3-1, coach Phil Zomparelli’s Z-Men got a goal from Marvin Velez to forge a 1-1 tie at halftime. The Northstars exploded for four after intermission, as Cedric Gadie and Anthony “The Pizza Man” Martillotti each found the back of the net.
Sep. 19 Boys Soccer
Elsowiny’s big day leads Stars to comeback win at Hoval
Sep. 19: What started bad ended good for the Nottingham freshman boys soccer team, as the Northstars took a 3-2 victory over host Hopewell Valley.
Hopewell scored just t here minutes into play, but fought through the poor start to tie it when Aiman Elsowiny scored off an assists from Mike Suosso. In the second half, Alphonso Swaraway scored off an assist from Elsowiny, and Elsowiny tallied the game winner off an assist from Marvin Velez.
Goalie Jacob Page made 10 saves in the victory.
Steinert able to cash in with Cashin for win over WWPS
Sep. 19: There’s nothing better than cold, hard Cash(in)
Tom Cashin scored two goals to power the unbeaten Steinert freshman soccer team to a 5-1 victory over West Windsor-Plainsboro South today, pushing the Green Machine to a 3-0 record.
Justin Barbuto added a goal and assist for the Spartans, while Aidan Machado and Nick Gates also had goals. Assists came from Anthony Remboski and Giuliano “Jules” Focarelli. It is uncertain yet whether head coach Jim “Jules” Giglio will sue his young player for copyright infringement on his lifelong nickname, but Fish4scores promises young Giuliano to pay for all his legal costs so someone else can finally own that name for a change.
As for the goalies, John Warwick and David Marrero teamed up for 10 saves.
Sep. 14 Boys Soccer
Cashin, Kur, Remboski help Jules outduel the Baron
Sep. 14: In the most highly anticipated freshman soccer game of the decade, Jim “Jules” Giglio’s Steinert boys topped Chris “The Baron” Raba’s Hamilton squad, 5-1, in the battle of legendary coaches today.
“I guess all that film he watched didn’t help,” Giglio said. “He told me next time he’s going to rent out a giant high-tech video room to study us instead of watching the films in his basement.”
The Baron had no answer for Tom Cashin (2 goals), Matt Kur (goal, 2 assists) and Mike Remboski (goal, assist), as each delivered multi-point games. Ryan DiChiara also scored for the Spartans, while Pat Carr added an assist for the 2-0 Spartans.
Hamilton got a goal from Diego, who goes by one name, like Pele’.
Sep. 12 Field Hockey
Valenza and Naldony combine to pace Steinert
Sep. 12: Nicole Naldony set up Tyler Valenza with the game’s lone goal as Steinert’s Freshman field hockey team defeated Hamilton, 1-0 today.
“Every player added something to the win,” said coach Nicole “The Wedding Planner” Kasior. “But Kaley Wise’s big hits really helped our offense. Tyler Valenza played with intensity and Nicole had a nice assist.”
Yasmine Abed recorded the shutout in goal, getting defensive help from Carleigh Belardo, Sydney Weber, Alexis Fletcher, Mids-Laura Paragone, Juliana Santiago, and attackers-Niamh Pheonix, Pascale Joseph and Sarah Vizzini.
Sep. 12 Boys Soccer
Swaray, Velez powers Nottingham past WW-P South
Sep. 12: The Nottingham freshman boys soccer team opened its season with an impressive 6-1 victory over West Windsor-Plainsboro South today, as Alphonso Swaray had two goals to lead the way. Cedric Gadie, Anthony Martillotti, Sean McGeehan and Aiman Elsowiny also tallied.
Coach Phil Zomparelli said the entire team played well together, with lockdown defense coming from Liam Nouvel and goalie Jacob Page. Marvin Velez controlled the play of the game and had three assists.
Ravens go Kur-plunk as Matt notches a hat trick
Sep. 12: After having a couple openers postponed, the Steinert freshman boys soccer team finally got to play a game and it was worth the wait.
Matt Kur scored three goals and assisted on the fourth as the Spartans rolled to a 4-0 home victory over Robbinsville today. Anthony Remboski also scored and had an assist.
Goalies John Warwick and Dave Marrero made a combined six saves for the shutout, making them the fourth and fifth 9th-grade Steinert keepers to take part in a shutout amongst the varsity, JV and freshman teams over the last 24 hours.
The Spartans return to action Friday against rival Hamilton, pitting the two greatest freshman coaches in CVC history against each other in Jim “Jules” Giglio and Chris “The Baron” Raba.
"I'm sure the Baron will be up all night studying film on us," Giglio said. "He is a true student of the game."
Mraw stars for Hamilton in scoreless tie with NBC
Sep. 11: The Hamilton freshman girls’ soccer team played Northern Burlington County to a scoreless tie today, as goalie Tracy Mraw made 14 saves to record the clean sheet.
Hamilton resident Jack O'Donnell (31) dribbles ahead of Steinert's Joe Helmlinger during Tuesday's freshman soccer game between Notre Dame and the Spartans. O'Donnell anchored a solid defense in the Irish's 2-0 win, which snapped Steinert's nine-game unbeaten streak and put coach Jim "Jules" Giglio's coveted job at risk yet again (Photo by Mike Dill/purchase photos at michaeldillphotography.com).
Oct. 17 Boys Soccer
Steinert gets win and tie against township foes
Oct. 17: The Steinert boys JV soccer team ran its unbeaten streak to nine straight by taking a 3-1 win over Hamilton today and playing Nottingham to a 2-2 tie last week. Adrian "Duct Tape" Strama had two goals for the Spartans and Rich Kozlowski added one off a rebound, while Dominic Maruca had an assist.
Against Nottingham Dominic Maruca had a goal and the Spartans got an own goal. Steinert is now 9-2-1.
Oct. 13 Girls Soccer
Nini/Zoldi team up twice as Spartans nip WW-P South
Oct. 13: Red-hot Juliana Nini scored twice, giving her three goals in two games, to power Steinert's freshman girls soccer team to a 2-1 win over West Windsor-Plainsboro South today. Both goals were assisted by Riley Zoldi as Steinert moved to 5-0-3.
Steinert's Joe Helmlinger could not be held back as he scored both goals in two 1-0 wins for the Steinert freshman boys soccer team (Photo by Mike Dill/purchase photos at michaeldillphotography.com).
Oct. 7/10 Boys Soccer
Steinert’s new favorite score: Helmlinger 1, Opponent 0
Once coach Jim “Spell Check” Giglio learned how to actually spell his name correctly, Joe Helmlinger rewarded his coach with a couple of game-winning goals.
The Steinert High freshman boys soccer team won two straight 1-0 games over West Windsor-Plainsboro North and Robbinsville, with Helmlinger scoring the lone goal in both games.
In the win over WWPN, Chris Hunt made 10 saves in goal and Mike “Indiana” Wherley cleared the ball off the goal line with three minutes left to preserve the game.
The win over Robbinsville was the seventh straight for Steinert (8-2) and was also the team’s sixth shutout. Hunt had a dozen more saves, getting his usual help from the stingy defense of left back Brandon Rivera, right back Pat Ferguson, stopper Brian Goldberg and sweeper Chance Eggert. Helmlinger’s goal was a header off a pass from Adrian “Duct Tape” Strama.
Oct. 5 Football
Northstars' roll continues with 46-0 win over WW-P South Oct. 5: The Nottingham High freshman football team rolled to a 4-6 victory over West Windsor-Plainsboro South today, as Arthur Johnson continued his rushing assault with three touchdowns. He has scored seven TDs on offense and one on defense this year.
Jehvon Holman, Oscar Guerrier and McKenzie Nicolas also added touchdowns, while Trott Montina and Oscar Guerrier delivered devastating blocks from the fullback position to aid the rushing attack. Dan Stout, Mackenzie Henry, Christian Demeo, Ricardo Roman, Juan Corona, Zack Davis and Jeffery Dorvil opened up huge rushing lanes for the backs to exploit.
The defense, led by ‘Star of the Week Nekayle Whitaker, pounded the Pirates into parlay by not surrendering a single point. Trott Montina, Shaun Shumate, Zack Grehan, Jon Pierre-Louis and Batekaw Bedford helped the defensive surge. Anthony Forchi and Tyquan Young had key fumble recoveries caused by Thomas Schroth and Mitch Saul.
Oct. 7 Girls Soccer
Nini’s goal all it takes for Steinert to stay unbeaten
Oct. 5: Julianna Nini tallied the game’s lone goal to give Steinert a 1-0 victory over Notre Dame today. Mariah Greco notched the shutout in goal as Steinert moved to 4-0-3.
Morgan Johnston delivers the game's golden goal (at left) before being congratulated by a teammate after the Steinert freshman girls soccer team took a 1-0 overtime win over Robbinsville Wednesday (Photo by Mike Dill/purchase photos at michaeldillphotography.com)
Oct. 5 Girls Soccer
Johnston is golden as Spartans win again
Oct. 5: Morgan Johnston scored a golden goal in the first overtime to pace Steinert’s undefeated freshman girls soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Robbinsville today. Julia DeAngelo had the assist, while goalie Mariah Greco secured the shutout with strong help from her defense. The Spartans improved to 3-0-3.
Oct. 5 Boys Soccer
Yeah baby! Steinert streaks to fifth straight victory
Steinert’s freshman boys soccer team won its fifth straight with a 4-1 win over Princeton today, as Joe Hemlinger tallied two goals, while Rich Kozlowski and Mike Wherley added one goal each. Pat Ferguson added an assist for the Spartans (6-2).
“We’re on a little mini-roll,” said coach Jim “Jules” Giglio. “Maybe I should call Dr. Evil and get Mini Me to be my assistant.”
Oct. 3 Girls Soccer
Johnston’s three goals help Spartans tie Seneca
Oct. 3: Morgan Johnston exploded for three goals and the Steinert freshman girls’ soccer team needed every one to escape with a 3-3 tie and put its record at 2-0-3. Brittany Woodruff and Julianna Nini had assists for the still undefeated Spartans.
Oct. 3 Boys Soccer
Spartans ‘Hunt’ down a win behind Strama, Hemlinger
Oct. 3: Adrian “Duct Tape” Strama scored three goals and Joe Hemlinger added two as the Steinert boys’ freshman soccer team topped Lawrence, 5-0. It was the fourth straight win for Steinert (5-2) and third straight shutout.
Brandon Rivera had an assist, while goalie Chris Hunt had eight saves for the whitewash.
Oct. 1 Girls Soccer
DeAngelo scores a pair as Steinert blanks Hopewell
Oct. 1: The Steinert freshman girls’ soccer team rolled past Hopewell Valley, 4-0, to improve its record to 2-0-2.
Natalie DeAngelo had two goals for the Spartans, while Reilly Zoldi and Rachel Floodman added one each. Julianna Nini, Lynzie Worth and Morgan McMullen had assists.
“This was our third time playing Hopewell this season and it seems that we are beginning to gel as a team and get the ball in the net,” said coach and PITA Fan Club President Colleen Periera.
Goalies Courtney Stanley and Mariah Greco secured the Spartans fourth shutout of the season.
Sep. 27 Boys Soccer
Steinert defense stepping up as they win third straight
Sep. 27: The Steinert boys’ freshman soccer team is turning stingy.
The Spartans notched their second shutout in as many afternoons today with a 1-0 victory over Burlington County power Seneca. Rich Kozlowski converted a cross from Mike Wherley for the game’s lone goal, while Matt Powers notched 12 saves.
Aiding the defensive cause were sweeper Chance Eggert, stopper Brian Goldberg and backs Pat Ferguson and Brandon Rivera.
On Monday, Alec Gerasimowicz scored both goals and Kozlowski had an assist in a 2-0 win over West Windsor-Plainsboro South. Powers and Hunt combined for 10 saves.
That makes it three in a row for the Spartans (4-2).
Sep. 20 Girls Soccer
Spartans and HoVal play to a scoreless tie
Sep. 20: Playing Hopewell for the second time in four days due to a dearth of girls freshman soccer teams in the county, Steinert played the Bulldogs to a scoreless tie -- their second such outcome this season.
"It was a great game played by all," said Spartan coach Colleen "PITA Fan Club Prez" Periera. "Both defenses were very strong."
Sep. 16 Football
Johnson runs wild in Nottingham’s win over Hightstown
Sep. 16: The Nottingham High freshman football team improved to 2-0 with a 24-22 win over Hightstown today.
Arthur Johnson rushed for over 200 yards, three touchdowns and all three 2-point conversions, with 140 yards and two TDs coming in the first quarter.
His solid performance came behind blocks from Jon Pierre-Louis, Christian Demeo, Ricardo Roman, Anthony Forchi, Juan Corona, Jeffrey Dorvil, Daniel Stout, and Mackenzie Henry.
Nekayle Whitaker saved the game for the Stars shutting down the Rams’ final two-point conversion attempt. Anthony Petro and Sean Shumate played solid on the edges. The Stars will host Hamilton at 4 p.m. Friday in the friendly confines of Wilno Field.
Sep. 19 Boys Soccer
Hemlinger, ‘Duct Tape’ pace Steinert past Hopewell Valley
Sep. 19: Powered by two goals apiece from Joe Hemlinger and Adrian “Duct Tape” Strama, the Steinert freshman boys soccer team took a 4-1 victory over previously unbeaten Hopewell Valley.
“Strama’s shoes were falling apart before the game so I duct taped them together,” said coach Jim “I Love New York It's Citi Field I Hate” Giglio. “I told him if he scored today his new nickname would be Duct Tape, so he scored two.”
Hey, it beats Kent Dorfman’s Delta Tau Kai nickname of Flounder.
Anyway, picking up assists for the Spartans were Nick Petito, Rich Kozlowski, Dominic Maruca and Chance Eggert. Steinert improved to 2-2 while the Bulldogs fell to 3-1.
Sep. 16 Boys Soccer
Northstars play well in an intense scoreless tie with WWPS
Sep. 16: The Nottingham boys freshman soccer team played West Windsor-Plainsboro South to a scoreless tie.
“It was an intense game and we played extremely hard,” coach Melissa “Shop ‘N Bag” Foley said. “I was excited to see a lot of good combinations offensively, however we fell short of putting a goal in the back of the net.”
Foley said Shea Falcey, Tyler Hettig and Loagan Vaughen had
“outstanding performances” while Chiddy Iloka stayed strong in the goal.
Sep. 16 Girls Soccer
Woodruff's goal slips Steinert past Hopewell Valley
Sep. 16: Brittany Woodruff converted a pass from Morgan Johnston to give the Steinert girls' freshman soccer team a 1-0 win over Hopewell Valley today. It was the first win of the year for the young Spartans (1-0-1).
Goalies Courtney Stanley and Mariah Greco shared the shutout in goal, which was aided by "a strong defense," according to coach and PITA fan club president Colleen Periera.
Sep. 14 Boys Soccer
Marles, Iloka help Nottingham blank Lawrence
Sep. 14: The Nottingham freshman boys soccer team rolled to a 2-0 victory ove Lawrence today that had head coach Melissa "Shop 'N Bag" Foley smiling.
"I am very proud of our performance," Foley said. "We played like a team and were able to stay focused the entire game. We had a solid defensive performance throughout the game, led by Christopher Marles."
The goals came from Steven Gregorio and Roswamslow Montina, while Chitty Iloka notched his first shutout of the season in goal.
Matt Powers makes one of his 15 saves for Steinert in its freshman soccer game with Trenton Wednesday (Photo by Mike Dill/purchase photos at michaeldillphotography.com).
Alec Gerasimowicz is congratulated by teammates after giving Steinert a 1-0 lead against Trenton on Wednesday. Photo by Mike Dill (Purchase photos at michaeldillphotography.com).
Sep. 14 Boys Soccer
Trenton scores two late goals to topple Steinert
Sep. 14: Alec Gerasimowicz scored off an assist from Adrian Strama but it wasn’t enough as Trenton scored twice in the last 10 minutes to defeat Steinert, 2-1, in boys soccer today.
Goalie Matt Powers made 15 saves and “played awesome” according to coach Jim “Jules” Giglio.
Sep. 13 Boys Soccer
Spartans prevail in historic first meeting with Emily Fisher
Sep. 9: In a history-making game, the Steinert freshman boys soccer team came away with a 4-0 victory over the Emily Fisher Charter School.
It was history-making, because it’s the first time in Jim “Jules” Giglio’s 20-plus years as freshman coach that Steinert ever played Emily Fisher Charter School.
“They should have filmed it and put it in a time capsule,” Giglio said. “Then when we meet them for the 100th game they could have dug it up and looked at it.”
Yeah, that’s what they should have done.
Anyway, Joe Helmlinger had two goals while Brandon River and Rick Kozlowski had one goal each and Nick Petito had an assist. Goalies Matt Powers and Chris Hunt combined for eight saves, while Chance Eggert “was a rock on defense” according to Giglio.
Sep. 12 Girls Soccer
Spartans tie WWPS in a thriller
Sep 12: The Steinert girls freshman team opened the season with a scoreless tie against West Windsor-Plainsboro South.
“All the girls fought hard in this keep-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat game,” coach Colleen Periera said.
Sep. 9 Football
'Stars top Steinert to open the season on high note
Sep. 9: The Nottingham freshman football team opened the season with a 28-0 win over Steinert today.
Arthur Johnson opened the scoring with a 20-yard run and Oscar Guerrier tacked on the two-point conversion. On the ensuing Spartan possession Johnson intercepted a pass and returned it 70 yards to the house.
Quarterback James Jenkins rushed for a seven-yard touchdown and the Stars tacked on the two points. The half ended with a 50 yard strike from Jenkins to Tyquan Young.
Zack Grehan, Mitch Saul, Thomas Schroth, Trott Montina and Jon Pierre-Louis turned in numerous big plays on Defense. The offensive line turned in a magnificent performance and all 41 of the Freshmen Stars played and made positive contributions to the team’s success.
The Freshmen dedicated the game to Bryton Dieujuste, saying as a group “We all love you and you will always be one of us!”
The Northstars travel to Hightstown Friday, led captains Jenkins, Christian Demeo, Johnson and ‘Star of the week Chistopher Silverio.
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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.