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May 17 Softball
Adams, Marrazzo, Bodgal pace Hornets
May 17: Winning pitcher Jamie Bodgal went 3-for-3 from the leadoff spot to help Hamilton West’s JV softball team to a 21-3 win over Hightstown today. Danielle Adams had two hits, a walk and two RBI while playing strong defense at second base, while Cassie Marrazzo had a single, three walks and three RBI.
May 14 Softball
Spartans top Nottingham to finish with 13-1 record
May 14: The Steinert JV softball team capped another successful season with a 13-1 win over Nottingham which completed its record at 13-1. Kaley Wise notched the win.
“Everyone contributed on offense and defense,” coach James “The Mayor” Angiolino said. “It was another great year for me personally as I watched the girls take their game to the next level.”
May 10 Softball
Radice, Oo, Esodar slug Hamilton to victory
May 10: Hamilton West’s softball team took a 15-5 win over Trenton behind the pitching of Jamie Bodgal and the hitting of May Oo (2-for-3, HBP, RBI), Amanda Radice (single, double, 3 RBI, 2 walks) and Jessica Escodar (double, single, walk).
“ Trenton was hitting the ball and we were able to make the plays in the field,” coach Erin Wolverton said.
May 5 Softball
Hamilton uses its free passes for big win over Stars
May 5: The Hamilton West JV softball team had its offensive shoes on today in a 27-8 victory over Nottingahm. Jessica Escodar's sharp eye drew five walks and she had three RBI. May Oo drew three walks, was hit by a pitch and had three RBI, Amanda Radice had five walks, a single and two RBI and Page had an outstanding catch in centerfield. Jamie Bogdal fanned five to get the win.
For Nottingham, Kelly Zimmers had a double, two singles and two RBI while Jaylene Valerio had an RBI single.
May 2 Softball
Schwager gives Sweet 16 effort against classy Trenton
May 2: Kelly Schwager celebrated her birthday in style by pitching a five-inning two-hitter with no walks and nine strikeouts in the Steinert JV softball team’s 18-2 win over Trenton today. Every girl on the team reached base for Steinert and after the game the Trenton team changed “Happy Birthday Kelly!” to Schwager.
“Their coaches and players demonstrated great sportsmanship and are a class act,” stated Spartan coach James Angiolino.
May 2 Softball
Miller’s homer, Wise’s pitching pace Steinert
May 2: Steinert’s JV softball team took a 15-0 win over Hightstown today, as Jenny Miller ripped a three-run homer and Kaley Wise fired a two-hitter. The Spartans improved to 10-1.
Big day for Bodgal, Radice as Hornets beat Hornets
May 2: Winning pitcher Jamie Bodgal had three hits and three walks to help Hamilton West’s JV softball team to a 22-5 win over the Pemberton Hornets today. Amanda Radice had a triple, three walks and two runs scored, while Siria Bonilla played a strong defensive game at second base. Page Turbert added two hits and tree walks and Jessy Melendez walked three times.
Apr. 30 Softball
Hamilton’s offense explodes against Lawrenceville
Apr. 30: The Hamilton West softball team had an offensive explosion in a 22-8 victory over Lawrenceville today, led by Alyssa Simons going 4-for-5 with a two-run double.
Winning Pitcher Cassie Marrazzo got plenty of support from Amanda Radice, who had three RBI and reached base all five plate appearances, and Page Turbert with a single, three walks and RBI. Jessy Mendez played well behind the plate.
“We put a complete game together today,” coach Erin Wolverton said.
Apr. 24 Softball
Wise continues to excel as Steinert tops ND
Apr. 24: The Steinert JV softball team avenged an earlier loss to Notre Dame with a 7-5 victory over Notre Dame today. Kaley Wise was the winning pitcher and aided her cause with a two-run homer as the Spartans improved to 9-1.
Apr. 22 Softball
Sharkey stars in defeat for Hamilton
Apr. 22: The Hamilton West JV softball team fell to West Windsor-Plainsboro North, 5-2, but pitcher Autumn Sharkey put on a show for the Hornets. Sharkey struck out 15 and went 3-for-3 with a double and run scored. May OO and Siria Bonilla each had RBI hits for Hamilton.
Apr. 19 Baseball
Elmer’s triple, Coriano’s catch give West a wild win
Apr. 19: The Hamilton West JV baseball team scored four seventh-inning runs for a 12-10 win over Lawrence today, as Andre Estrada entered in the sixth and did not allow a run.
Trailing 10-8 in the seventh, Jake Elmer belted a three-run triple to put Hamilton ahead, and John Iorio knocked in Elmer. Iorio went 4-for-5 with two runs and one RBI, Brandon Walsh went 2-for-4 with three runs, three RBI and two stolen bases and Ross Talbot went 3-for-4 with two RBI.
Antonio Coriano also made a game saving amazing catch to end the game while tracking down a fly ball that would have tied the game in the 7th.
Apr. 18 Softball
Steinert’s Wise dazzles previously unbeaten Egan
Apr. 18: Kaley Wise threw a two-hitter with seven strikeouts to pitch Steinert’s JV softball team to a 14-1 win over previously unbeaten Conwell Egan today. Every player reached base for Steinert, which unloaded 12 doubles against Egan (5-1).
Apr. 17 Softball
Brennan pitches no-hitter as short-handed Spartans win
Apr. 17: Despite playing with just eight players – and two outfielders – the Steinert High JV softball team had no problem taking a 14-2 win over Princeton today. Danielle Brennan threw a no-hitter, and Kaley Wise led a balanced hitting attack with a three-run homer to break it open.
Apr. 10 Softball
Brennan dazzles Ewing as Steinert wins again
Apr. 10: Jamie Huth and Grace Sparrazza powered Steinert ‘s JV baseball team to a 10-0 win over Ewing today, giving the Spartans their fourth straight game of scoring double-figure runs. Danielle Brennan put forth “an aweomse pitching performance” according to coach James “The Mayor” Angiolino.
Steinert rolls to 3-0 start behind red-hot bats
The Steinert JV softball team is off to a red-hot start, having taken wins over Trenton, Robbinsville and Hamilton West by a combined 47-8 score.
This year’s team, led by James “The Mayor” Angiolino, consists of Cassandra Perry, Sam Tucker, Sarah Persichetti, Grace Sperrazza, Jenny Miller, Cassy Mastalesz, Jamie Huth, Tyler Valenza, Kaley Wise, Tyra Torres, Kelly Schwager and Danielle Brennan.
Apr. 3 Softball
Autumn makes Hightstown fall with awesome effort
Apr. 3: Autumn Sharkey was a one-girl wrecking crew for the Hamilton West JV softball team today in leading the Hornets to a 15-2 win at Hightstown.
Sharkey was the winning pitcher, notching seven strikeouts in five innings. At the plate she went 4-for-4 with a three-run double. Siria Bonilla had a storng defensive game behind the plate, and also singled and walked three times.
"It was a great team effort for our first win," coach Erin Wolverton said.
The Hamilton West JV baseball team was all smiles after concluding a successful season with a 10-0 win over Hightstown last Friday. Click here to read about the game.
Esposito, Verduchi combine to blank Rams in finale
The Hamilton West JV baseball team won its season finale in impression fashion, taking a 10-0 win over Hightstown.
Matt Esposito pitched four scoreless innings, allowing two hits while striking out four. Derrick Verduchi came in for the final inning and struck out two for coach Mike Costello’s squad. Eric Weinberg had two hits and two RBI and Christian Uribe had a hit, three walks and four runs scored.
Pete Capone (right) has been aided by son Vince for the last three years with the Nottingham JV team, and dad obviously taught his son the correct stance for coaching. Pete is hanging it up after 27 years as Stars JV and varsity coach and the Stars gave him a Valley Division title as a present (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
May 18 JV Baseball
Stars give Capone a Valley title as going-away present
Tigers can’t ‘weather’ no-hitter by Stars' Agoglia
May 14: Inclement weather has seemed to be the Nottingham JV baseball team’s best friend this year, and Stephen Agoglia certainly made sure that trend continued.
In April, Nottingham rallied against Hopewell Valley under the threat of thunderstorms. Last Monday, the Stars had a walk-off win against Hightstown amid a steady drizzle.
Today, against a 10-3 Princeton team, the 9-4 Northstars turned to Stephen Agoglia to help them stay in the hunt for the Valley Division title of the JV ranks. Needless to say, Agoglia delivered in the middle of sporadic rain showers.
After twisting his ankle last week, all Agoglia did was pitch a six-inning no-hitter to give the Stars a 10-2 won and leave both teams with 10-4 records. With seven strikeouts, Agoglia allowed only one earned run to pick up his second victory of the year.
Saquan Hampton and Jorge Bennett each had two-run singles for the offense, while Hector Heredia continued to drive in runs, with two RBI to go with two singles and two runs scored. Jose Hernandez had a double, two stolen bases, two walks and two runs scored.
Agoglia was supported by two defensive "Web Gems" by Hampton in center field. The same two teams will meet one more time to decide the division title.
Freshmen fuel Northstars in comeback over West
May 11: The Nottingham High JV baseball team has received contributions from numerous players throughout the season, and that trend held true today in the Northstars' 7-6 win over Hamilton West in a rematch of last week’s slugfest.
Stars coach Pete Capone relied on an all-freshman outfield of Tyler Huettig, Eric Struble, and Seth Doolittle to fill in for absent and injured players and the trio came through.
With Nottingham trailing 5-4 in the top of the seventh, Struble walked, stole second and scored on Jose Hernandez’s single. Hernandez later stole third and scored on an overthrow, and Hector Heredia drove in an insurance run that would prove to be necessary when Hamilton got a run in the bottom of the inning.
The Hornets jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on runs by Matt Bestwick and Jordan Mucha. Struble made the first freshman impact with a diving catch in center in the third inning. The Northstars evened it in the fourth with leadoff singles by Jorge Bennett and starting pitcher Kyle O'Byrne, followed by RBI groundouts by Heredia and Scott Robb.
In the fifth inning, Huettig got the first of two line drive singles, stole second base and scored easily on Struble’s booming double to right-center field. Struble eventually scored on O’Byrne’s squeeze bunt.
Back came the Hornets in the sixth, as an RBI single by Christian Uribe and two-run single by Mucha reclaimed the lead for West. After Nottingham’s rally, Hernandez came in to put out Hamilton’s fire to end the game.
Devon Pultorak led Hamilton offense with three hits and two runs scored. Louis Pelleteri, Mucha, Uribe and Bestwick all had two hits for the Hornets.
May 8 Softball
Bogdol, Radice, Cass combine for 10 hits in West win
May 8: Winning pitcher Jaime Bogdol aided her cause by going 4-for-5 as Hamilton West’s JV softball team took a 13-4 win over Lawrenceville today. Aiding the cause on offense were Amanda Radice (double) and Renee Cass, who each had three hits. Alyssa Simmons chipped in with two hits and two walks, while Aracelis Rivera played a solid second base.
May 8 Tennis
Wrecking Machine piledrives through unbeaten season
May 8: Syed "The Wrecking Machine" Mahmood continued his unbeaten season as he won 6-2 6-0 to give Nottingham’s JV tennis team a 1-0 win over Steinert.
May 7 Baseball
Walk-off magic conjured on all levels at Nottingham
May 7: The varsity baseball team did it. So did the softball team.
So why not the JV baseball team?
Capping a day in which all three teams won in walk-off fashion while playing within spitting distance of each other, the Northstars took a 4-3 win over Hightstown today when Hector Heredia lined an opposite field hit to right field through a drawn-in infield.
The Stars clubbed Hightstown by 13 runs three weeks ago but the Rams made Nottingham (8-4) earn this one.
With Nottingham trailing 1-0, Ryan Hunter reached second on an error, stole third and scored on Scott Robb’s opposite field single. Hightstown re-took the lead at 2-1 but the Stars again responded. Jose Hernandez reached second on an error, stole third and scored on Rich Knappenberger’s ground out. Later in the inning, Stephen Agoglia walked and advanced to third on two wild pitches before scoring on Heredia’s bloop single.
In the seventh, catcher Ryan Hunter threw out Hightstown’s Matt Jacobson trying to steal, which proved huge when Max Hernandez tied the game with a home run. Forced to respond again, Nottingham did just that when Knappenberger walked, Agoglia singled, both runners advanced a base and Heredia singled to conclude Walk-Off Monday at Nottingham.
May 7 Tennis
Northstars sweep all three doubles to defeat Ewing
May 7: The Nottingham JV boys’ tennis team took a 3-0 win over Ewing by sweeping all three doubles events. Syed “The Wrecking Machine” Mahmood-Greg Cuccari won 8-4, Ahmet Ekiz-Herman Leong prevailed 6-1 and Brandon Suarez-Evan Burlaga won 8-6 as the Stars won their second of the season.
Ross Talbot, shown here playing for the Hamilton Babe Ruth All Stars last summer, had two RBI in Hamilton's big comeback win over Lawrence Saturday (Photo by Ken Weingartner).
Apr. 28 Baseball
Hamilton uses big seventh-inning rally to beat Cards
Apr. 28: The Hamilton West JV baseball team defeated Lawrence, 12-8, by rallying with seven runs in the last inning. Ross Talbot and Matt Bestwick helped lead the offense with two RBI each, while Pat Woods and Garrett Bezek combined on the mound to hold down Lawrence in the late innings.
Apr. 30 Softball
Radice and Marrazzo pace Hornets past Nottingham
Apr. 30: The Hamilton West JV softball had an offensive explosion today in defeating Nottingham.
Jaime Bogdol get the win after receiving offensive support from Amanda Radice (two doubles, two singles) Cassie Marrazzo (one triple, two doubles) Aracelis Rivera (two singles, two walks) and Alyssa Simmons (three walks, one single).
Apr. 30 Baseball
Capone pulls rabbit out of his hat and Stars pull out win
Apr. 30: What’s luckier than a rabbit’s foot?
How about a whole rabbit.
A stray bunny found its way onto the field today and it seemed to be good fortune for Nottingham as the Northstars rallied for a 19-9 victory over visiting Hamilton West.
Hamilton took a 7-0 lead off two Nottingham hurlers but the Northstars were behind by four against Hopewell drew confidence from that comeback win. Nottingham responded with 10 runs in the bottom of the first to take the lead. In the top of the second, Bugs Bunny made his way on the field and was chased down by catcher Ryan Hunter and head coach Pete “I’m hunting Wabbit” Capone.
At that point, David DeJesus settled down on the mound and Nottingham got seven more runs in the second to pull away. Every Northstar starter scored a run, and seven scored at least two. Stephen Agoglia went 4-for-4 with four RBI, while Jose Hernandez, Rich Knappenberger and Hector Heredia each scored three runs and combined for seven stolen bases.
Garrett Bezek went 2-for-2 with a double, two runs scored, two walks and two RBI, Matt Bestwick went 2-for-4 with a run scored and shortstop Eric Weinberg had a double, two walks, two RBI, a run scored and stolen base.
Gabe Colon allowed only two runs through 2 2/3 innings of relief for the Hornets.
Apr. 27 Baseball
Northstars Hold On as Hernandez Puts Out Fire
Apr. 27: With the world crumbling all round the Nottingham High JV baseball team, Jose Hernandez swooped in from shortstop to save the day in the Northstars 11-9 win over Ewing.
Nottingham exploded for an 11-0 win after four innings, but the Blue Devils clawed back within two before Hernandez vacated his spot at short and struck out the game’s final two batters to earn his first save.
Rich Knappenberger went 2-for-2 with a run scored, walk and two RBI, while Ryan Hunter went 2-for-3 with a triple and run scored. Jorge Bennett reached base four times on three walks and a single, stealing a base and scoring two runs
The Northstars once again got contributions from their freshmen ranks. Tyler Huettig came off the bench to deliver a two-run single, which proved to be the winning runs, while RJ Komet added a hit.
Kyle O’Byrne threw four strong innings and notched his second win of the year by allowing two earned runs and two hits while striking out eight before tiring.
Apr. 25 Softballl
Simmons sparks Hornets to thrilling comeback win
Apr. 25: In what could safely be termed a thriller, the Hamilton West JV softball team rallied from an early five-run deficit to take a 9-8, extra-inning victory over West Windsor-Plainsboro North today.
Alyssa Simmons had a monster day, going 5-for-5 and drilling the game-winning double in the bottom of the eighth to score Acacelis Rivera with the game-winning run. Simmons also played stellar defense at third base, while Cassie Marrazzo went 3-for-4 with three RBI. Pitcher Jaime Bogdol (four strikeouts) kept Hamilton in it after the Northern Knights took a 7-2 lead after two innings.
“Teamwork and determination led to a great comeback win,” stated coach Erin Wolverton.
Apr. 25 Baseball
Bezek, Mucha lead bat brigade as West beats WWPN
Apr. 25: The Hamilton West baseball team outslugged West Windsor-Plainsboro North, 14-8, today as Jordan Mucha had three doubles and four RBI and Garrett Bezek added three hits and three RBI. Uribe and Bezek combined on the pitching for Hamilton.
Wolf pitches Steinert to victory over Nottingham
Apr. 25: Colin Wolf improved to 3-0 on the season as he threw a five-inning, two-hitter in the Steinert JV baseball team’s 10-0 win over Nottingham today. David DeJesus allowed just three earned runs in 4-2/3 innings for work for the Northstars, while Saquan Hampton and Scott Robb got the only two hits off Wolf.
Apr. 24 Baseball
West comeback falls short despite Mucha’s big bat
Apr. 24: Jordan Mucha tried to spark a late comeback it fell slightly short for the Hamilton West JV baseball team. The Hornets fell to Burlington Township, 8-5, but Mucha went 2-for-3 and hit a grand slam to help get the Hornets back in it.
Nottingham avenges last year loss to Robbinsville
Apr. 24: The Nottingham JV baseball team avenged a tough loss against Robbinsville last year with a 9-8 win today to improve its record to 5-3.
Stephen Agoglia picked up his first win, a seven-inning complete game effort. Agoglia allowed eight runs, but only three were earned.
Nottingham's offense exploded once again, pounding out double-digit hits for the third time in four games. Centerfielder Saquan Hampton went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a two-run double. Sophomore shortstop Jose Hernandez went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, a double, and a stolen base, and leftfielder Rich Knappenberger went 2-for-4 with a run, two stolen bases, and an RBI.
Junior second baseman Kyle O'Byrne went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI and sophomore first baseman Scott Robb reached base all four times, with two base hits, two walks, a run scored and an RBI.
Apr. 19 Softball
Sharkey sharp as Hamilton rolls past Hightstown
Apr. 19: Autumn Sharkey fired a five-inning complete game, struck out six and also scored two runs as the Hamilton West JV softball team took a 13-3 win over Hightstown today.
Amanda Radice and Ashleydaly Miranda each scored three runs, while Korayma Mendoza had three walks, a stolen base and a run scored. Siria Bonilla played a strong defensive game at shortstop and catcher.
It was Hamilton’s third win of the season, and second on the field as the Hornets also have a forfeit victory.
Apr. 18 Baseball
Brown, Keeney help Notre Dame edge Steinert
Apr. 18: A duo of Hamilton Township boys thwarted one of their hometown teams.
Hamilton Babe Ruth All-Star Richard Brown threw 5-1/3 innings of one-hit ball as Notre Dame’s JV baseball team topped Steinert, 3-2, today. Matt Keeney, also from the township, scored one of ND’s runs on a wild pitch.
Apr. 16 Baseball
Sophomores take center stage as Stars top Rams
Apr. 16: Sophomore Jeremy Alvarez and the Nottingham bats helped shake off the bad taste of Friday's loss to Allentown, as Alvarez pitched four innings and the offense collected 15 hits as the Northstar JV baseball team beat Hightstown, 15-2, in five innings.
Alvarez struck out six and only allowed three hits and two unearned runs. With juniors Zach Curtis and John Hanson up with the varsity team, the sophomores picked up the slack.
Catcher Ryan Hunter hit a two-run double in the middle of a five-run first inning. Stephen Agoglia had a two-run single in the third, while Hector Heredia and Saquan Hampton each had RBI triples. Heredia finished with three hits, two runs and two RBI, Hampton had two runs and two hits and Agoglia had three runs scored, two hits and three RBI.
Sophomore Marcel Oliver got his first hit, an RBI single in the first, and scored a run in the fourth. Sophomore Scott Robb also got his first hit of the season and scored two runs. With a shortened bench, freshmen Eric Strueble, RJ Komet and Ricky Roman were called up for the day and got their first game action. Strueble had an RBI single, Komet singled and scored a run, and Roman also singled as Nottingham collected 11 hits.
Apr. 13 Baseball
Hanson Northstars bright spot in loss to Redbirds
Apr. 13: In their first morning game of the season on the final day of spring break, the Nottingham High JV baseball team was overwhelmed by Allentown 13-2. The Redbirds rapped out 11 hits to go with 13 walks issued by the Northstar pitching staff.
Junior John Hanson was Nottingham’s lone bright spot with two hits and both runs scored.
Apr. 11 Softball
Langone, Wheeler, Mooney aid Northstars first win
Apr. 11: The Nottingham JV softball won its first game of the year today, beating Hopewell Valley 11-2. Sophia Langone was on fire with 10 strikeouts, and got offensive support from Jenna Wheeler with a triple and Kate Mooney, who went 3-for-4.
Apr. 11 Baseball
Nottingham rallies from two deficits to beat Hopewell
Apr. 11: The Nottingham JV baseball team looked like it would be facing a long afternoon after starter Kyle O'Byrne gave up a first-inning grand slam and dark rain clouds rolled in over Hopewell Valley High School
O'Byrne's teammates, however, rallied around the junior starter who had given them a sterling effort in the season opener last week. The bats erupted for six runs in the top of the second inning en route to a 14-9 victory for the Northstars.
John Hanson's two-run single to gave Nottingham the lead. The Bulldogs answered with three runs in the second inning, and two more in the third. Facing a 9-6 deficit in the fifth inning, sophomores Jorge Bennett, Ryan Hunter, and Hector Heredia sparked another Northstar rally. After Bennett led off the inning with a single, Hunter doubled with one out and Heredia drove in his second and third runs of the day with a double. Heredia later scored on an error to tie the game.
Sophomore David DeJesus came on in relief and pitched four scoreless innings, allowing only two hits for his second win on the season. In the top of the sixth, Bennett drove in sophomore John Case, who stole second base, with a single. Bennett scored on an error to give Nottingham the 11-9 lead. In the seventh, the 'Stars iced it on a triple by Saquan Hampton and a two-run single by first baseman Stephen Agoglia. Nottingham finished with 16 hits and eight starters had both a hit and a run scored.
Apr. 10 Baseball
Alverez pitches well but Notre Dame tops Stars
Apr. 10: Sophomore Jeremy Alverez held the Irish bats to two earned runs through four innings, but the Northstar bullpen broke in the final three frames and Notre Dame pulled away, 10-2.
Sophomore left fielder Rich Knappenberger had three hits and an RBI, while sophomore catcher Ryan Hunter and sophomore third baseman Hector Heredia each had two hits at the bottom of the lineup.Nottingham's Zach Cruz levels off for a single during today's game with Lawrence (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at email@example.com).
Apr. 4 Baseball
Errors prove costly as Nottingham falls to Lawrence
Apr 4: Nottingham’s baseball team had two costly errors in the first two innings and it was more than it could overcome in a 5-3 loss to Lawrence. It was the season’s first defeat for the Capone Gang.
Stephen Agoglia gutted through five innings with seven strikeouts, giving up five runs, two earned. Sophomore Marcel Oliver pitched the sixth and seventh innings, allowing no runs and striking out four.
Rich Knappenberger scored two of Nottingham's runs on a pair of walks and two stolen bases, while sophomore Jorge Bennett got on the field for the first time after missing several weeks with an injury, collecting two base hits and a run scored. Sophomore outfielder John Case also got his first game action and had an RBI double.
Apr. 3 Baseball
Northstars survive mistakes for second straight win Apr. 3: The Nottingham bats erupted early and the 'Stars baseball team held on for its second win of the season, 9-8, over West Windsor-Plainsboro South today.
Sophomore David DeJesus picked up his first JV win on the mound in relief of Jeremy Alverez, as the two combined to pitch five innings after Nottingham jumped to an 8-0 after the top of the third inning. Steven Agoglia notched his first save.
Agoglia and junior rightfielder John Hanson each had two hits and two runs scored, while Hanson added three RBIs. Junior shortstop Zach Curtis had two hits, including a double and RBI, while Saquan Hampton scored three of the Northstars runs, had a triple and stole two bases.
Apr. 2 Softball
Bohorquez, Mendoza help Hornets roll by Trenton
Apr. 2: The Hamilton West JV softball team opened with a 15-5 win over Trenton today as Betsy Bohorquez hurled the win. Korayma Mendoza provided strong base running and solid defense in left field.
Apr. 2 Baseball
Bezek helps spark seventh-inning rally as Hamilton wins
Apr. 2: After one game, the Hornets are known as the Comeback Kids.
Trailing 1-0 entering the top of the seventh inning, Hamilton West’s JV baseball team exploded for seven runs to take a season-opening 7-1 win at Trenton today. Garrett Bezek’s inside-the-park home run sparked the winning rally, while Matt Esposito pitched four scoreless innings for the win.
O'Byrne picks up where he left off as Stars win opener
Apr. 2: At the end of the 2011 season, Kyle O'Byrne helped preserve two of Nottingham's JV baseball victories with clutch relief pitching. In today’s season opener for the Northstars, the junior hurler took care of matters from the very beginning as the Northstars beat West Windsor-Plainsboro North, 5-1. O'Byrne pitched 6-1/3 innings, allowing just one unearned run in the first inning. He struck out eight and gave up only three hits.
O'Byrne received some relief help of his own this time, as sophomore lefty Jeremy Alverez came on in the seventh to pick a runner off first and induce a ground out to wrap up the win.
The Northstars scored a run in the second inning, and two each in the third and fourth inning. Sophomore first baseman Steven Agoglia had three RBIs, including a two-run single in the fourth. Sophomore centerfielder Saquan Hampton scored a pair of runs.
Nottingham wins finale to finish season at .500
May 25: We’re happy to report that the famed Sports Illustrated cover jinx does not apply to Fish4Scores.com.
At least where Nottingham JV baseball is concerned.
Back in April, we ran a photo of Kyle O’Byrne with our previews, but O’Byrne proved we didn’t jinx him over the last two games of the season as he made another Houdini-like escape for the Northstars as they concluded their campaign with a 9-5 win over Princeton today.
That enabled Nottingham to finish the season at .500 as they won six of their last seven games. The win earned Pete Capone and his son/assistant Vince Capone an icy bath from the water cooler.
O’Byrne, who got out of a tough game one game earlier, was called on by Capone in the fourth inning after Princeton tied the game at 5-5 and had the bases loaded with two outs. O’Byrne made it exciting, running the count to 3-2 before getting Andrew Frain to line out to shortstop Jon Rivera.
Gaining a lift from the escape, Nottingham scored four runs in their half of the inning with big hits by Zach Curtis and Reno LaRagione.
Nottingham had taken its early lead when Stef Nyktas blasted his fourth homer of the season and John Burlaga unloaded his second. Both were two-run shots. Stuart Hasty and Rivera each had two hits, while Joe DeMarco added two more hits to finish the season batting well over .500.
And, with 1-1/3 innings of perfect relief, O’Byrne earned his first JV win.
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O’Byrne’s stellar relief effort bails out Nottingham
May 24: The Nottingham JV baseball team prevailed, 9-7, in a slugfest against the West Windsor-Plainsboro South Pirates today.
With Nottingham trailing 2-0, Joe DeMarco ripped a home run on an 0-2 count to close it to 2-1. John Tartaglia’s two-run double in the second gave Nottingham the lead and the Northstars nursed their 9-7 advantage into the sixth.
The Pirates loaded the bases with one out and Kyle O’Byrne came into pitch from second base. O’Byrne got Mark De La Rosa to pop out then struck out Eric Davis on a 3-2 pitch. Catcher Stef Nyktas and DH Reno LaRagione each had three hits for Nottingham.
Tyler Patterson notched his fourth win of the season to finish 4-2. Nottingham won for the fifth time in six games to pull within one game of .500 (7-8) with one game remaining against Princeton.
Ashly-Daly Miranda scored a run to help Hamilton to a season-ending victory over Hightstown Monday (Photo by Ken Weingartner).
Hamilton softball team ends season a high note
May 16: The Hamilton West JV softball team ended its season with a tense, 10-8 win over Hightstown to gain its fourth victory of the season.
Autumn Sharkey fired a five-hitter with eight strikeouts, and also helped her cause with three hits and two RBIs.
Betsy Bohorquez, Tania Rivera, Ashly-Daly Miranda, Steffi Ordonez, Ashley Laquerre, Jessica Guzzman, Rebecca Dessalines all scored runs for the Hornets, while Madeline Jaquez, Madeline Cordero and Berley Cherisier all made fielding gems to preserve the victory.
Steinert baseball goes 1-2 to end a busy week
The Steinert JV baseball team had a busy three days at the tail end of last week, starting with a 5-3 loss to Hopewell Valley Thursday.
The Spartans got a strong effort from Chris Geraci, who allowed five hits, three runs and three walks while striking out six.
But The Spartans could not muster much offense. Eddie Ashley had two walks, two runs and a steal and Billy Collins (at right) had a single, double and three RBIs.
In a 10-0, five-inning win over West Windsor-Plainsboro North on Friday, Jeff Mattonelli (2-for-3, 2 runs, RBI), Ashley (3-for-3, triple, 2 runs, 3 RBIs, stolen base) and Gianni Zappley (2-for-3, double, run, RBI) led the offense.
“We had a much better approach at the plate,” said coach Rob “The Apprentice” Nosari.
Vince Migliori fired a one-hitter, allowing two walks and striking out four.
“He was able to get ahead of batters and throw his curveball effectively for strikes,” Nosari said.
On Saturday, Steinert staged a late rally but came up short in a 6-4 loss to Robbinsville.
Ashley (2-for-3, run, walk, steal), Zappley (2-for-3, double, run) and Ben Podgurski (hit, double, two RBIs, run) led the offense.
“We had the tying runs on base but came up short,” Nosari said. “Our bats were silent for most of the game and finally woke up in the last inning.”
Starting pitcher Jason Bowes fought through a tough six innings, allowing three runs, one walk and six hits while striking out six.
Patterson does it all as Nottingham tops Trenton
May 13: Four days after shutting down Princeton with a complete game effort on the mound, Tyler Patterson did it with the bat and glove this afternoon in Nottingham’s 13-5 win at Trenton.
Patterson went 4-for-4 with a triple, two RBIs and a run scored. In right field, Trenton’s Jonathan Velz quickly tested him with line drive down the line in the second inning with two outs. Patterson tracked the ball down and fired to second baseman Kyle O'Byrne who relayed a strike to third to end the inning.
Reno LaRagione went 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs and John Burlaga went 4-for-4 with three runs, two RBIs and an inside-the-park home run. Freshman Scott Robb put his name in the book, joining fellow freshmen Ray Correa, Kiernan Parkman, and Alex Cardona, with his first two JV hits, one of them an RBI double.
Spartans win two more over Trenton, ND
The Steinert JV baseball team added two more wins to its ledger Tuesday and Wednesday with wins over Trenton and Notre Dame, respectively.
In a 12-0 victory over the Tornadoes, Jacob Hupfl fanned eight in five innings, while the offense was led by Nick Reese (hit, 2 RBIs), P.J. Wiegartner (hit, RBI) and Chris Geraci (hit, two runs, stolen base).
In a 3-2 win over ND that coach Rob “The Apprentice” Nosari termed “the best game of the year,” as Jeff Mattonelli’s two-out RBI hit in the seventh inning snapped a 2-2 tie. ND knotted in the fifth on Drew Sica’s home run.
Joe Paragone (hit, RBI, stolen base) and Ben Podgurski (3-for-3, 2 runs, double) paced the attack.
Matt Moticha allowed his first two runs of the season but was still outstanding in allowing two runs, five hits, four walks and three strikeouts. Jason Bowles got the win by throwing a scoreless seventh.
“Matthew Moticha was a warrior out there,” Nosari said. “He is an extremely efficient pitcher that utilizes his defense. He brought his A game today.
“Jason Bowes also did a great job finishing the game.”
Patterson fires a three-hitter as ‘’Stars top Princeton
May 9: Following up Jon Rivera's near no-hitter last Thursday against Hightstown, Tyler Patterson mowed through Princeton lineup today as he pitched the Little Tigers to an 8-1 win. Patterson fired a three-hitter with no walks and 11 strikeouts on 78 pitches.
Nottingham scored all eight of its runs in the first inning and eight of nine starters got a hit as the Northstars were never retired in order. Rivera had a single, two-run double and two runs scored, while Kyle O'Byrne, John Tartaglia, Joe DeMarco and Stuart Hasty each had two hits for the Northstars.
Rivera nears gem and settles for one-hit shutout
May 5: For the second time this season, a Hamilton Township JV baseball pitcher came close to a gem.
Nottingham junior Jon Rivera threw a complete game shutout in a 12-0 win over Hightstown today. Rivera came within two outs of a no-hitter, allowing only a bloop base hit to centerfield with one out in the bottom of the seventh to Andrew Perez.
Rivera struck out nine, and didn't walk a batter for his first win of the season. Earlier this year Steinert’s Matt Moticha came within one out of a no-hitter against Hamilton before yielding a safety.
Sophomores Kyle O'Byrne and Reno LaRagione led the Northstars offense with three hits and two stolen bases each. Nottingham gradually built a 4-0 lead through the first five innings and broke the game open with three runs in the sixth and five more in the seventh. Freshmen Alex Cardona and Kiernan Parkman had two-run singles in the sixth and seventh, respectively.
Hun hurler slows down Steinert baseball team
May 5: The Steinert JV baseball team dropped a 4-3 decision to Hun, as the Raiders’ pitcher kept Steinert at bay.
“We faced a very good pitcher that kept our line-up off balance the whole game using his curve ball and mixing in his fastball for strikes,” coach Rob “The Apprentice” Nosari said. “We didn't put together much offense (five hits).”
Joe Paragone had a nice game for Steinert with a single, double, two RBIs, a run scored and a stolen base. Jason Bowles allowed three hits, four walks and one run while fanning two in four innings.
Lansing slugs Hornet baseball team past Big Red
May 3: John Lansing collected two home runs, four RBIs and three runs scored in leading the Hamilton West JV baseball team to a 13-0 win over Lawrenceville Prep today. The win raised Hamilton’s record to 9-3.
Erving Nazario added a solo shot and scored twice, while Sal Angotti and Derrick Verduchi combined for the shutout.
Hanson, Nyktas help Northstars snap skid
May 3: John Hanson continued to be a tough out as he had a double, single and three RBIs as Nottingham's JV baseball team took an 11-4 win over Ewing to snap a three-game losing streak. Steph Nyktas kept his power stroke going since returning from a foot injury, as he clubbed a two-run homer and sacrifice fly to help the attack.
Tyler Patterson allowed four runs in five innings for his second win, while John Burlaga threw two scoreless innings to close it out. Kyle O’Byrne and Reno LaRagione combined for four hits, three runs and three RBIs to spark the offense from the bottom part of the ‘Stars lineup.
Powell stars as protégé bests mentor in West victory
May 2: When Charlie Iacono was hitting .623 for varsity coach Peter Capone's Northstars back in 2002, neither of them probably imagined they would be managing across the field from one another on a May afternoon at DeMeo Field in Veterans' Park.
But it happened today, as Iacono's Hamilton West JV baseball team outplayed Capone's Nottingham team. Steven Powell pitched 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball to pace West past the Northstars. Powell struck out nine, walked two and allowed seven hits. After Nottingham's John Hanson and Stewart Hasty reached base with one out, John Clayton came on for the final two outs and the save.
John Tartaglia pitched a complete game in the losing effort, scattering four runs (two earned) and seven hits to go with three strikeouts.
Hornets leftfielder Mark Acquaviva went 3-for-3 with two runs, two stolen bases and an RBI while second baseman Bobby Radice had an RBI triple and a run scored in the second. Hasty had three hits, two stolen bases and a run.
Steinert baseball team gets past WW-P North
May 2: Steinert started a busy week with a 7-3 win over West Windsor-Plainsboro North.
“We hit the ball hard, but just weren't finding the holes,” coach Rob “The Apprentice” Nosari said. “Everything was right at them and they kept us in check until the fourth inning until we broke out.”
Anthony Manfredi had a double, three RBIs and a run scored and Joe Paragone had a hit, two RBIs, walk and run.
Chris Geraci got his first win of the season, allowing four hits, three runs (two earned) and a walk in five innings, while striking out five. Vince Migliori threw a scoreless inning in relief.
Hornet softballers play best game of year in loss to HoVal
Apr. 28: The Hamilton West JV softball team played its best game of the season in a losing effort to Hopewell Valley today.
Pitcher Autumn Sharkey pitched well, got two hits, including a double, and scored two runs. Betsy Bohorquez singled, walked and scored a run, while Samantha Hall scored the other run after drawing a walk.
Ashly-Daly Miranda handled the catching and got a hit, while other contributors were Rebecca Dessalines, Myrianna Burgos, Aracelis Rivera, Berley Cherisier, Carla Mercado, Ashley Laguerre and Madeline Cordero.
The ol’ 3-2-3-6-5-6 triple play helps Spartans past ‘Stars
Apr. 27: No matter what level or what sport it is, you can always count on something interesting in the Klockner Klash.
Steinert’s JV baseball team took a 10-0 win over Nottingham today, but the game was tight until Steinert broke it open late.
As an interesting sidebar, the Spartans turned “a very unconventional triple play’ according to coach Rob “The Apprentice” Nosari.
Yup, it’s safe to say a 3-2-3-6-5-6 triple play is a bit unconventional. We’ll let Nosari explain it.
“The bases were loaded, , my first baseman dropped a soft liner on the ground,” he said. “We got the force at home, then a force at first, and then got the third out in a rundown between third and second. It just proves anything can happen in this game on any given day.”
Offensively Steinert was led by its 2-3 hitters as Jeff Mattonelli was 3-for-4 with two runs and RBI and a stolen base and Eddie Ashley was 3-for-3 with a double, triple, two runs, five RBIs and a walk.
Matt Moticha toughed it out on the mound despite allowing six hits, his most all season.
“He was able to make an adjustment in the fourth inning,” Nosari said. “he started getting the ball down in the zone.,”
Moticha allowed one walk and fanned two.
Nottingham was led by John Hanson, who continued his hot hitting by going 3-for-3.
Huge rally lifts West softball team past Cards
Apr. 26: Staging one of the great rallies of the spring season, the Hamilton West JV softball team rallied from an eight-run deficit to take a 17-13 victory over Lawrence today.
Pitchers Ashley Gordon and Autumn Sharkey both pitched two innings and scored two runs each. Ashley-Daly Miranda and Madeline Jacuez had two RBIs apiece, while Samantha Hall, Ashley Laquerre, Steff Ordonez and Lauren Baptiste each scored two runs.
Carla Mercado, Berely Chesier and Rebecca Dessalines all scored single runs for the Lady Hornets.
Robbinsville rolls despite three ’Stars homers
Apr. 26: Nottingham had its power hitting shoes on, but so did Robbinsville.
The Ravens JV baseball team took a 14-6 win over the Northstars today as Sean Bueker and Andrew DiMaggio each hit two home runs to account for 11 runs.
For Nottingham, Joe DeMarco continued his torrid hitting in the Galaxy, going 3-for-3 with a home run and two singles to stretch his streak to eight hits in his last eight at-bats at home games.
John Hanson crushed a two-run homer, and also saved two runs by ending the inning with a catch worthy of Sports Center’s Web Gems. Stephanos Nyktas returned from a one-game absence due to a foot injury and hit a pinch-homer.
Spartans baseball bounces back with big win
Apr. 21: After suffering a rare loss, Steinert's JV baseball bounced back with a 12-0 win over Princeton today.
"Our offense really picked up today, pounding out 14 hits, and we had a much better approach at the plate," coach Rob "The Apprentice" Nosari said. "This was the first time we really hit for power with seven extra base hits. I hope we'll continue this trend."
Leading the attack were Joe Paragone (3-for-3, two doubles, 4 RBIs), Jeff Komiskey (double, walk, 3 runs), Billy Collins (2 doubles, 3 RBIs, 3 runs) and Ben Podgurski (single, triple, 3 RBIs, 2 runs). On the mound were Chris Geraci (one hit, 4 strikeouts in two innings) and Jacob Hupfl (three hitless innings, 4 Ks).
"The two of them and our defense notched our fifth shutout in eighth games," Nosari noted.
Patterson’s no-hitter helps Nottingham snap streak
Apr. 24: Well, that’s one sure way to end a slump.
Tyler Patterson threw a five-inning no-hitter and struck out 12 to pitch Nottingham’s JV baseball team to a 16-0 win over Hightstown today, snapping the Northstars’ three-game losing streak.
After a tough two-week stretch in which Nottingham scored just six runs in three games, Patterson did his job and got plenty of support.
Third baseman Jon Rivera had a grand slam, double, walk, three runs scored and five RBIs out of the leadoff spot. Center fielder Stewart Hasty had two doubles in the first inning alone for 4 RBIs. First baseman Joe DeMarco, shortstop Zach Curtis and designated hitter Reno LaRagione each had two hits.
Freshman catchers Alex Cardona and Kiernan Parkman each got their first junior varsity hits, joining fellow freshman Ray Correa, who got his first hit last Friday against Allentown.
Notre Dame’s late outburst tops Steinert baseball team
Apr. 22: What was actually a tight game looked like a blowout when Notre Dame took an 8-2, eight-inning win over Steinert’s JV baseball team today.
Steinert led 2-1 going into the top of the seventh before ND tied it, then scored six in the eighth.
“We had a lot of trouble trying to string together some good at-bats,” coach Rob “The Apprentice” Nosari said. “Offensively we did not make their pitcher work the same way they made our guy work. We also flew out nine times and there are no bad hops in the air.”
Gianni Zappley had two hits and a double for the Spartans and Nosari said starter “Jason Bowles had a gutty performance and gave a great effort. He showed a lot of maturity and worked out of some tough jams.”
Bowes allowed four hits, one run and three walks while striking out one in six innings.
Moticha stellar again as Steinert baseball zips Cards
Apr. 18: The Steinert JV baseball team continued to roll, taking a 9-0 win over Lawrence today behind another strong outing by Matt Moticha.
The hurler allowed one hit and two walks while striking out seven in five innings. Jacob Hupfl threw two scoreless, hitless relief innings.
“Matt did an excellent job of being aggressive with the hitters and throwing strikes on both sides of the plate,” coach Rob “The Apprentice” Nosari said. “He had some great movement on his fastball.”
Offensively, Gianni Zappley had a homer and three RBIs, Chris Geraci had a double and two RBIs and Joe Paragone had a double, walk, run scored and stolen base.
DeMarco’s hitting exploits can’t save Northstars
Apr. 15: Joe DeMarco had his second three-hit game of the season but it wasn’t enough as Allentown took a 9-4 win over Nottingham’s JV baseball team. The Redbirds raised their record to 3-0.
Jon Rivera slugged a two-run homer for Nottingham, while John Burlaga battled through five innings on the mound.
Steinert rallies for victory over Holy Ghost Prep
Apr. 16: Trailing by two runs entering the bottom of the fifth, the Steinert JV baseball team put up a five-spot to spark an 8-6 win over Holy Ghost Prep today.
“It was a back and forth battle,” coach Rob “the Apprentice” Nosari said. “We used a lot of small ball to move guys around and then erupted with some key hits.”
The offense was led by Gianni Zappley (triple, run, 3 RBIs, stolen base), Eddie Ashley (2-for-2, 2 runs), PJ Wiegartner (2-for-3, double, run, 2 RBIs) and Jeff Mattonelli (2-for-3, run, stolen base).
Starting pitcher Chris Geraci allowed five hits, four earned runs and struck out three in 4.2 innings, while Vince Migliori earned the win in relief with 2.1 innings, allowing three hits, two earned runs and striking out three.
“ Our pitchers held down the fort and used the defense behind them,” Nosari said. “They both battled the elements and the opposing hitters.” Paragone, Mattonelli, Geraci unload for Spartans
Apr. 15: Taking a page from the varsity’s book, the Steinert JV baseball team exploded on offense today in taking a 16-0 win.
Joe Paragone led a 15-hit attack by going 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs and three RBIs, while Jeff Mattonelli (2-for-3, double, RBI, stolen base) and Chris Geraci (pictured on right; 2-for-2, double, run, 3 RBIs) also contributed.
Starter Jason Bowles had an efficient outing, allowing one hit and no walks while striking out three in four innings. Jacob Hupfl threw the final frame and despite hitting a batter and walking two, escaped unscathed by striking out the side.
Steinert softball team off to blistering start
Apr. 14: The Steinert JV softball team dispatched of West Windsor-Plainsboro South, 9-1, to remain undefeated.
In its first five games, the Spartans have outscored their opponents, 87-5.
Leia Mathes seems to be well recovered from her earlier injury as she went the distance and struck out 10. Kristie Casole blasted a two-run homer for the Spartans, while Caitlin Brugnoli went 3-for-4.
Northstars baseball falls to unbeaten HoVal
Apr. 14: The Nottingham JV baseball team dropped a 5-1 victory to undefeated Hopewell Valley today, as the Bulldogs improved to 4-0.
Jon Rivera went 2-for-2 and scored Nottingham’s lone run. Harry Giordano and Joey Gambino, grandson of the late Hamilton Township legend Jerry Sapnar, had two hits for HoVal.
Apr 11 JV Baseball
Moticha's no-hitter spoiled by Angotti in seventh; 'Stars fall
La Cava la man as Steinert baseball tops St. Joe’s
The Steinert JV baseball team pulled out a hard fought, 3-1 victory at St. Joe’s/Metuchen today as Nick La Cava pitched all seven innings, allowing five hits and no walks while striking out six.
“We got a stellar performance out of La Cava today,” coach Rob “The Apprentice” Nosari said. “He also made some great plays in the field.”
Eddie Ashley led the offense with a single, triple and run scored and Gianni Zappley added a triple and run scored. Steven Mutek (pictured above at right) had a hit and RBI, Jeff Mattonelli picked up two hits and Joe Paragone had a hit.
For Nottingham baseball, it’s all in the (same) name
Apr. 6: The Nottingham JV baseball team won an 8-4 win over Lawrence for its first win of the season today, and did so with a trio of Jo(h)ns on the mound.
John Burlaga, Jon Rivera and John Tartaglia teamed up on the pitching for the Northstars. Burlaga went 4-1/3 innings for his first win, allowing just two earned runs. Rivera halted a two-run Lawrence rally by fanning two with a runner on second and Tartaglia struck out three and allowed one run in two innings for the save.
Junior Stewart Hasty and sophomore Stef Nyktas keyed the Nottingham offense with two hits and two RBIs each. Burlaga and sophomore John (there's that name again) Hanson also had two hits apiece.
Hornets baseball team explodes for opening-day win
Apr. 4: The Hamilton JV baseball team opened its season with a 20-0, five-inning win over Trenton today.
Steven Powell and John Clayton each threw two innings with Derrick Verduchi getting the final frame. Romano led the offense with three hits and three RBI, while Hunter Ward, Powell, Gabriel Colon and Mark Acquaviva each had two hits.
Hornets open with thrilling softball win over Trenton
Apr. 4: The Hamilton West JV softball team opened its season on a high note by taking an 11-9 win over Trenton in the season opener.
With the score tied 9-9 entering the bottom of the fourth, Rebecca Dessalines walked, Tania Rivera singled, Ashley Laguerre reached on a fielder’s choice and Berley Cherisier walked to load the bases with one out.
Relief pitcher Ashley Gordon then hit into a fielder’s choice to score the winning runs.
Steinert baseball team explodes against Rams in opener
Apr. 4: After having its scheduled opener postponed last Friday, the Steinert JV baseball team appeared to have wanted to let out a lot of frustrations today as it exploded for a 20-0 win over Hightstown in a game halted by the mercy rule after five innings.
Jason Bowles got the win, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out four in four innings. Vince Migliori pitched a perfect fifth with two strikeouts.
As for offensive heroes, let us count the ways.
Anthony Manfredi (3 runs, 3 RBI), PJ Wiegartner (2 runs, double, 3 RBI) and Gary Malagrino (2 runs, 2 RBI) each had three hits, while two hits apiece came from Eddie Ashley (2 runs, double, stolen base), Jeff Mattonelli (3 runs, 2 RBI, walk, SB) and Ben Podgurski (2 RBI, SB).
Gianni Zappley had a triple, two walks, an RBI and three runs, Billy Collins had two walks, two RBI and three runs, Steve Mutek scored twice and Nick Reese had a single and walk off the bench to help coach Rob “The Apprentice Voice” Nosari to his first victory.
'Stars fall to WWPN baseball in season’s first game
West Windsor-Plainsboro North spoiled the Nottingham JV baseball team’s opener by taking an 8-3 victory.
Joe DeMarco led Nottingham by going 3-for-3 with two runs scored an an RBI. Tyler Patterson pitched well early in the game and allowed four earned runs in five-plus innings.
Kyle Adair and Mike Duplak teamed for the pitching win for WWPN, while Mike Duplak clubbed a tiebreaking grand slam in the sixth to give the Knights a 7-3 lead.
Nottingham's Kyle O'Byrne peers in for a sign during a preseason JV baseball game (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org).
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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.