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Steinert's Aaron Hossack (10) just misses tipping a pass that will end up in the hands of Hamilton's Marvin Ashmore during Monday's "Thanksgiving" JV game. Below, the Hornets' Christian Brewer, who scored two touchdowns in West's 21-7 win, is pursued by The Spartans' Paul Framo (Photos by Donna "The Trooper" Brihn).
Nov. 18 JV Football
Brewer and strong defense lead Hamilton past Steinert
Quarterback Juan Figueroa ran a stellar offense that scored 42 points as the Hamilton JV football team topped West Windsor-Plainsboro North Monday (Photo by Donna "The Trooper" Brihn).
Nov. 4 Football
Hamilton has its way in victory over WW-P North
Nov. 4: The Hamilton West JV football team continued its strong season with a 41-16 victory over West Windsor-Plainsboro North today.
“Cutback” Christian Brewer and Andrew Maldonado each scored two rushing touchdowns, while Mark Bethea chipped in with a dazzling 62-yard run on a quarterback keeper. Jake Elmer had a great game blocking from the fullback spot and was 6-for-7 kicking extra points. Juan Figueroa ran the offense flawlessly at quarterback.
The defense played exceptional, as Zach Harding had a huge sack and forced fumble that Malik Craig was able to scoop and score with.
Stars get pretty Fair effort with Malagrino chipping in
Oct. 28: Ben Fair and Mike Mike Malagrino each scored two touchdowns as the Nottingham JV football team took a 27-6 win over Allentown today.
Fair started the scoring with a 50-yard TD run, and Malagrino scored on a 2-yard run after an Allentown fumble early in the second quarter.
Late in the half, Malagrino scored on a 15-yard TD run, and Fair completed the Northstars scoring with a 2-yard run after intermission.
Andrew Maldonado (above) looks for running room against Hightstown during Monday's Hamilton victory over the Rams, while below, quarterback Juan Figueroa fires a pass to an open Marvin Ashmore (Photos by Donna "The Trooper" Brihn).
Ashmore scores two more TDs as Hornets top Rams
Oct. 28: Marvin Ashmore followed up his two-touchdown performance against Trenton with another big day against Hightstown with two second-half touchdown catches in the Hamilton West JV football team’s 34-27 win over the Rams today.
Ashmore grabbed a 45-yard pass from Juan Figueroa, then grabbed his second scoring strike, a 30-yarder, with just 20 seconds left in the game. Marvin had five catches for 118 yards.
Oct. 23 JV Boys Soccer
Hunt and Cubberly blank previously unbeaten Trenton
Oct. 23: The Steinert boys JV soccer team finished its season on a high note, taking a 2-0 victory over previously unbeaten Trenton today. Alec Gerasamowicz and Conner Burroughs had the Spartan goals, while Chris Hunt and Kenny Cubberly recorded the clean sheet in goal.
Steinert finished the season 7-5-1.
Hamilton receiver Marvin Ashmore (top photo, 86), who made big plays all day, exults after catching the winning 81-yard touchdown pass against Trenton during Monday's JV game. Below, the Hornets Caleb Sorhaindo (16) and Brandon Perez bring down Trentons Claude Townsend (Photo by Donna "The Trooper" Brihn).
Oct. 21 Football
Figueroa-to-Ashmore late TD pass lifts West past Trenton
Oct. 21: The Hamilton West JV football team won a thriller over Trenton today, as Juan Figueroa hit Marvin Ashmore with an 81-yard touchdown pass with under two minutes left to give the Hornets a 19-14 victory.
It capped a huge day for Ashmore, who opened the game with a 74-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, much like Tyleer Wrenn did in the varsity game Saturday.
The winning touchdown was set up when JP Cruz recovered a Trenton fumble when the Tornadoes were driving for a clinching touchdown. It was one of five turnovers forced by Hamilton’s defense, which was led by Brandon Perez, Cruz, James White and Jacquay Hodges.
The Hornets improved to 4-2 with the win.
Oct. 17 Girls Soccer
Steinert improves to lucky 13-0 with win over Rams
Oct. 19: The Steinert JV girls soccer team was finally scored on, but still stand unbeaten.
The Spartans had their string of six straight shutouts snapped but still took a 2-1 win over Hightstown to raise their record to 13-0 last Thursday. Mariah “Carey” Greco and Liz Harvell combined for a good effort in goal.
Today, the Spartans tied Notre Dame, 2-2, as Paige Meszaros and Julianna Nini scored, while Nini added an assist. Madison Wagner, Kara Bucchino, Veronika Kupec and Rachel Flodman played well defensively in front of Greco and Harvell.
Oct. 15 Boys Soccer
Wherley sets ‘em up and knocks one in as Spartans roll
Oct. 15: Michael Wherley had a goal and three assists to lead Steinert’s JV boys soccer team past Allentown, 4-1, today. Wherley scored off a corner kick, while Alec Gerasamowicz, Pat Ferguson and Pat Carr had goals as well.
Oct. 15 Girls Soccer
Steinert remains unbeaten with shutout over Allentown
Oct. 15: The Steinert girls JV soccer team refuses to be scored upon, as the Spartans posted another shutout in a 2-0 win over Allentown today.
It was the sixth straight shutout for Steinert, which improved its record to 12-0.
Marina Ryan had both goals, getting one on a penalty kick and the other on Julianna Nini’s assist.
That was proceeded by a 6-0 win over Nottingham in which Kelsey Espenhorst had two goals, while Emily Sacco, Brittany Woodruff, Justine Zola and Nini had goals.
Emily Sacco scored the game’s lone goal in a 1-0 win over West Windsor-Plainsboro North.
Mariah “Carey” Greco and Lizzy Harvell have split time in goal for the shutouts, getting defensive help from Madison Wagner, Rachel Flodman, Kara Bucchino, Brooklyn Becker and Veronika Kupel.
Oct. 8 JV Boys Soccer
Petito scores twice to pace Steinert past Nottingham
Oct. 8: Nick Petito scored two goals to pace the Steinert JV boys soccer team to a 7-1 win over Nottingham today. Ryan DiChiara, Michael Wherley, Dillon Fitzgerald, Alec Gerasimowicz and Conner Burroughs also scored for the Spartans.
Oct. 8 Football
Nottingham overtakes Montgomery behind Malagrino
Oct. 8: It ain’t easy to go undefeated.
Today was a perfect example for the Nottingham High JV football team -- but in the end it remained unbeaten.
Entering the fourth quarter, the Northstars trailed Montgomery by 10 points, but managed to pull it out for a 26-22 victory over the visiting Cougars to improve to 4-0.
Mike Malagrino threw a 55-yard touchdown pass to pull the Northstars within 22-18 midway through the quarter. The defense then held on fourth down to give the Stars the ball back with three minutes left. It took Malagrino one play to throw a 62-yard touchdown pass and the Stars added a two-point conversion.
The defense held again to keep Nottingham perfect.
Malagrino finished with four touchdown passes on the day (If anyone has info on who caught the TD passes please email us. Thanks).
Oct. 1 Girls Soccer
Steinert keeps rolling with wins over Peddie, Princeton
Oct. 1: The Steinert girls JV soccer team ran its record to a scorching 9-0 by beating Peddie, 8-0, Saturday and topping Princeton, 1-0, today
Against the Falcons, Brittany Woodruff notched a hat trick to give her 10 goals for the season, but then suffered a non-soccer related injury and is out for a few weeks. Rachel Flodmand, Lynzie Worth, Madeline Askwith, Gina Rega and Marissa Greco also had goals, while Emily Sacco picked up two assists.
Elizabeth Harvell and Mariah “Carey” Greco combined for the shutout in goal.
In the win over Princeton, Greco and Harvell had another shutout, while Julianna Nini had the lone goal. Kara Bucchino and Flodmand provided lockdown defense.
Sep 26 Girls Soccer
Spartans open season with seven straight wins
Sep. 26 Boys Soccer
Steinert blanks Lawrence behind Hunt, Marerro
Sep. 26: Goals by Mike Wherley, Noah Griffis and Pat Ferguson powered Steinert’s JV boys’ soccer team to a 3-0 win over Lawrence today. Chris Hunt and David Marerro shared the shutout in goal.
Hamilton's Andrew Maldonado fights for yardage against Notre Dame during Monday'd JV game (Photo by Donna "The Trooper" Brihn).
Figueroa and defense help Hamilton tie Notre Dame
Sep. 23: The Hamilton West JV football team tied Notre Dame for the second straight year, as the two played to a 6-6 deadlock Monday. Juan Figueroa scored the game’s lone touchdown on a quarterback keeper in the second quarter.
“Our defense played a great game,” coach Ken "Facebook King" Nehila said. “We sacked the quarterback eight times.”
Daquan Jackson had two sacks, while Zach Glanding had a big interception to stop a deep ND drive bridging the third and four quarters. Brandon Perez, Connor Brown and Malik Craig all stood out on defense.
Mike Elwell connected with Christian Persichetti for ND's only touchdown.
Sep. 19 Boys Soccer
Warwick scores twice as Spartans blank Ewing
Sep. 19: The Steinert JV boys soccer team won for the third time in four games by taking a 6-0 victory over Ewing today.
Brennan Warwick had two goals, while Alfredo Ochoa, Pat Ferguson, Nick Petito and Dillon Fitzgerald all tallied. Assists came from Giulz Focarelli, Alec Gerasamowicz and Ryan DiChiara. Chris Hunt and David Marrero shared the shutout in goal.
Nottingham works overtime to defeat Allentown
Sep. 19: The Nottingham High JV boys soccer team claimed a 3-2 overtime win at Allentown today as Cedric Gadie scored twice in regulation, while Ahmed Tahoun tallied the game-winner in the second overtime.
Sep. 16 Football
‘Cutback’ Brewer cuts down Hopewell for Hamilton
Sep 16: The Hamilton West JV football team opened its season with an 8-2 victory over Hopewell Valley, as “Cutback” Christian Brewer scored the game’s lone touchdown. Jake Elmer caught the conversion pass from Juan Figueroa as the Hornets completed a third-quarter drive that lasted nearly seven minutes.
Brewer and Andrew “Thunder” Maldonado led the ground game while the defense did not yield a point. Jacquay Hodges came up with a huge interception to seal the win, while Daquan Jackson and Brandon Perez also stood out on defense.
Nottingham puts away Rams with late touchdown
Sep. 16: Nottingham’s JV football team won its opener, 40-21, but it wasn’t easy. The Northstars had 26-7 lead cut to 26-14 and 32-21. But after the Rams tried an onsides kick, Nottingham recovered and needed just one play to score the game-sealing touchdown.
No statistics were available other than Mike Malagrino threw a touchdown pass to make it 32-14.
Sep. 9 Field Hockey
Gadus sets up Craig as Hornets top Northstars
Sep. 9: The Hamilton West JV field hockey team made it a clean sweep of 1-0 wins for the Hornets over the Northstars today, as the West JVers took a 1-0 win after the varsity game.
Hamilton’s goal came from Montia Craig off an assist by Jane Gadus. According to coach Marcy Brown, a stellar job was turned in by Shaye Kavanagh, Madyson Yousko, Ana Revendis and Sam Courtney, along with goalies Shannon Hood and Thalia Aponte.
Sep. 6 Girls Soccer
Steinert wins opener on goals by Nini, Woodruff
Sep. 6: Julianna Nini and Brittany Woodruff tallied goals to pace the Steinert girls JV soccer team to a 2-1 opening-day win over Robbinsville today. Justine Zola had an assists for Meridith’s Marauders.
Ian "Juice" Williams (above) celebrates with a teammate after catching the game-tying touchdown with 40 seconds left in the Hamilton JV football team's 13-12 win over Hightstown Monday. Below, Andrew Maldonado picks up some yards as he ran hard all day (Photo by Donna "The Trooper" Brihn). Oct. 22 JV Football
Williams TD catch caps late game-winning drive for West
Oct. 22: Who needs Eli Manning and Victor Cruz when you have Kyle Bohn and Ian “Juice” Williams.
Capping an 80-yard drive that took just under three minutes, Bohn found Williams with an 8-yard touchdown pass with 40 seconds remaining to give Hamilton West’s JV football team a 13-12 win over Hightstown today.
The Hornets trailed 12-6 when they took over at the 20 and moved down the field behind tremendous blocking by the offensive line, which included tackles Martin Bury and Patrick Dillon, guards Justin Gaddus and Malik Craig and center Nnamdi Banks-Eke.
Jake Elmer, who was just called up from the freshman team, kicked the pressure-packed extra point. Malik Snead had a big 27-yard catch to keep the drive alive, and Andrew Maldonado got Hamilton on the board with an 18-yard TD run.
The defense had four takeaways and Efrain Garcia’s interception on Hightstown’s final possession sealed the win.
Spartans fall to Hopewell
Oct. 22: Steinert’s JV football team dropped a 14-6 decision to Hopewell Valley. Woodley Cherubin had the Spartans touchdown.
Sara Mulryne gains control of the ball during the Steinert JV girls soccer team's 3-0 win over Hightstown Tuesday (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at email@example.com).
Oct. 16 Girls Soccer
Wysock socks Hightstown with two goals
Oct. 16: The red hot Steinert girls JV soccer team raised its record to 12-1 today with a 3-0 victory over Hightstown.
Angelique “Texas Ga Ga” Wysock led the way with two goals, while Kaley Stinson also tallied. Brittany Woodruff and Kaelyn Angelucci had assists, while Mariah “Carey” Greco had another shutout in goal.
Freshman Snyder helps lift Hamilton Past Trenton
Oct. 16: Freshman Lyndsey Snyder had a goal and an assist to help Hamilton West’s JV girls soccer team to a 4-0 win over Trenton.
Freshmen Concetta Scordato and Sumona Nandy also had goals as did sophomore Kira Powell. Freshman Melissa May and sophomore May OO each had assists.
Oct. 16 Boys Soccer
Hornets fall despite Ruble’s corner kick mastery
Oct. 16: Hamilton West boys JV soccer team dropped a heart-breaker at Trenton today, dropping a 3-2 decision to the Tornadoes which brought forth a vow from the coaching staff of Anthony “The Roadhouse Man” Funari and Chris “The Baron” Raba.
“We have vowed to bring the program back to its former glory with a win (Wednesday) over Trenton’s freshman team,” Funari said. “The Baron is on the hunt!”
Against Trenton, Jeff Ruble helped set up both Hornet goals with two pinpoint corner kicks that were headed into the back of the net by captain Tyler Sekunda and Christian Rivas. Tough defensive play was led by Ed Cua, Rich Zambrano, Dillon Voorhees, Rich Veisz, Henry Uribe and keeper John Novak.
Hamilton quarterback Kyle Bohn shows his skills at defensive back Monday as he goes up for an interception against Trenton, while below, Anthony Medina heads to the outside for a nice gain against the Tornadoes (Photo by Donna "The Trooper" Brihn). Oct. 15 Football
Bohn-to-Snead connection lifts Hornets past Trenton
Oct. 15: The Hamilton West JV football team completed a three-game sweep of Trenton by taking a 15-12 victory today, meaning the freshman, varsity and junior varsity all beat the Tornadoes.
Kyle Bohn tossed two touchdown passes to Malik Snead, while “Andrew Maldonado, Anthony Medina, and Ian Williams all ran hard today,” according to coach Ken “Facebook King” Nehila.
The defense was led by Bohn, Medina, Zach Baumann, Christian Charlestin and Maldonado.
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The Steinert JV finally broke into the win column, taking a 26-12 win over West Windsor-Plainsboro North to improve its record to 1-4. Like the Hornets, the Spartans swept WWPN at all three levels.
Oct. 11 Girls Soccer
Mulryne goal gives Steinert second straight shutout win
Oct. 11: Sara Mulryne scored the game's lone goal to give the Steinert JV girls soccer team its second straight shutout win, 1-0, over Allentown today. Mariah "Carey" Greco had the clean sheet, while Brooklyn Becker, Lynzie Worth, Rachel Flodmand, Lindsey Toomer and Alex Biondi provided defensive support.
Oct. 9 Girls Soccer
Greco shuts out Notre Dame with help from her friends
Oct. 9: Brittany Woodruff and Angelique “Texas GaGa” Wysock each scored goals to power the Steinert girls JV soccer team to a 2-0 victory over Notre Dame today.
Mariah “Carey” Greco notched the shutout in goal, while Lindsey Toomer, Alex Biondi, Lynzie Worth, Rachel Flodmand and Brooklyn (how great is that name!) Becker played lockdown defense defense.
Oct. 9 Boys Soccer
Hamilton residents Reilly and Gola help ND trip Steinert
Oct. 9: Hamilton resident Brian Reilly notched his third hat trick of the season, while fellow township resident Mike Gola helped ease the pain of his father’s rough fantasy football season by also tallying a goal as the Notre Dame JV boys soccer team rolled to a 6-0 win over Steinert today. Hamilton’s Jack O’Donnell helped pace the defense to another shutout, as Notre Dame (11-0-1) has outscored foes 54-4 this season.
Steinert's Matt Chiaense runs for big yards against Highstown during the Spartans 20-0 loss to the Rams on Monday (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Dakota Shelton, one of many defensive standouts for Hamilton, puts a hit on Nottingham's Arthur Johnson while Dave DeJesus (80) looks on (Photo by Donna "The Trooper" Brihn).
Oct. 8 JV Football
Bohn to Snead 49-yard bomb gives West in over Stars
Oct. 8: The Backyard Brawl, JV style, is living up to its name.
After two straight years of one-sided games on the varsity level, the Nottingham and Hamilton West Junior Varsity put on the kind of show fans are used to today when Kyle Bohn threw a 49-yard touchdown pass to Malik Snead with under two minutes remaining to give the Hornets a 19-12 victory.
Bohn had two touchdown passes on the day, while Ian Williams had a 73-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
“We had a great offensive game plan put together today by Terry “The Media Specialist” Van Slooten,” said coach Ken Nehila. “Our defense also played big today, stopping the Stars four straight times after they had a first-and-goal from three.”
The defensive leaders were Dakota Shelton, Connor Brown, Anthony Medina and Bohn.
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Oct. 4 Girls Soccer
McVicker makes back of the net flicker three times
Oct. 4: Jen McVicker scored a hat trick to pace the Steinert girls JV soccer team to an 8-0 victory over Nottingham today. Goals were also scored by Alex Biondi, Kathryn Miller, Sara Mulryne, Lindsey Toomer and Angelique "Texas Gaga" Wysock.
Oct. 4 Boys Soccer
Goals by Joseph, Montina lift Nottingham past Steinert
Oct. 4: The Nottingham JV boys’ soccer team traveled down Klockner Road to Steinert today and came home with a 2-1 victory at Reynolds Middle School. Witnidger Joseph and Roz Montina had the Northstars goal and Liam Nouvel got the win with excellent play in goal. Shar Reh controlled the midfield as Nottingham improved to 6-4.
Nick Petito had the Spartans’ goal.
Hamilton drops double overtime heart-breaker to WWPN
Oct. 4: Playing what coach Anthony “The Roadhouse Man” Funari called “by far the best effort we put forth this year,” the Hamilton West JV boys soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision at West Windsor-Plainsboro North in double overtime. The Northern Knights tallied off a last-second corner kick in the second OT.
According to TRM, outstanding play came from captain Dillon Voorhees and fullbacks Ed Cua, Rich Zambrano and Henry Uribo. The coach added that the midfield and forwards spearheaded several attacks behind the play of Christian Rivas, Giancarlo Vargas, Jeremias Rojas, John Novak “and last but not least keeper, John Palocious, who had another solid game in goal.”
And although assistant Chris “The Baron” Raba does not take credit for losses and remains unbeaten, he made his presence felt nonetheless.
“Even though the Baron was sick as a dog, he was making moves on the sideline like a Russian chess champion, always one step ahead of the opposing coach,” noted TRM. “We just hope we can bounce back for an away game today against Collingswood. But I have no doubt that this team can do it.”
Oct. 2 Girls Soccer
Hornets ‘May’ have found a playmaker in tie with Cards
Oct. 2: The Hamilton JV girls soccer team played Lawrence to an exciting 2-2 tie today in a game that went back and forth.
Trailing 1-0, Lyndsey Snyder took a long ball out of the back from fellow freshman Melissa May to tie it. Justin Peoples then scored to put Hamilton ahead with five minutes remaining, with May picking up another assist off a corner kick. But the Cardinals tied it in overtime and neither team could score despite good chances by both.
Hamilton's Michael Abbott (above) makes a reception during Monday's 28-0 JV win over Princeton, while Christian Charlestin, one of the day's defensive stars, pressures the Little Tigers quarterback (Photos by Donna "The Trooper" Brihn). Football
Hamilton has its way with Princeton in 28-0 victory
Oct. 1: The Hamilton West JV football team made it a clean sweep of Princeton at all three levels as the Hornets rolled to a 28-0 win over Princeton today.
Ian Williams and Andrew Maldonado both had touchdown runs for the Nehila/Meatball Master Machine, while Kyle Bohn threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Connor Brown and a 28-yard scoring strike to Malik Snead.
Steven Garcia made all four extra point kicks and the defense was led by Bohn with 2 interceptio0ns. Anthony Medina, Christian Charlestin, Connor Brown and Steven Garcia all played well on D.
Novak, Ramos team to give West the goal it needs to win
Sep. 29: In an epic defensive battle, Hamilton West’s JV boys soccer team was a little more epic-er.
The Hornets got one goal and it was all they needed in taking a 1-0 win over Ewing today.
“After having numerous looks at the goal in the beginning of the game, John Novak played a beautiful through ball to Diego Ramos for the game’s only goal,” reported head coach Anthony “The Roadhouse Man” Funari. “From that point on, the defense took over.”
TRM said that the defense was anchored by captains Tyler Sekunda and Dillon Voorhees, along with fullbacks Ed Cua, Rich Veisz, and midfielders Jeff Ruble, Giancarlo Vargas, and Christian Riva, who was making his debut in place of the injured Tyler "The Cupcake" Demarie. Jonathan Palacios “hawked down all potential shots to gain his first shutout of the year.
“The Baron (Chris Raba) and Roadhouse Man" were very proud of the effort put forth by the guys after a long week,” Funari said. “And The Baron remains undefeated since he only takes credit for the wins!”
Sep. 27 Boys Soccer
Fitzgerald, Sugg tally in Steinert’s win over Lawrence
Sep. 27: The Steinert JV boys soccer team edged Lawrence, 2-1, to improve its record to 4-2 today.
Dillon Fitzgerald tallied off a rebound of Cole Sugg’s shot, and Dean Klemmer scored a beautiful unassisted goal from a run down the left side.
Hamilton West falls to ultra-talented Princeton side
Sep. 27: On the eve of his weekly “Bacon Cheeseburger Night” celebration, Hamilton West JV boys soccer coach Anthony “The Roadhouse Man” Funari could only watch as a talented Princeton team took a 7-1 win over the Hornets today.
John Novak scored his second goal of the season just prior to halftime to close the deficit to 3-1, but the Little Tigers exploded for four second-half goals.
“Even though our guys fought hard, it wasn't enough to overcome the skill level of the Little Tigers,” Funari said.
Despite the loss, TRM had praise for the play of captain Tyler Sekunka, along with Tom Ruble, Jeff Ruble, Henry Uribe and Jerimias Rojas.
Hamilton's Malik Snead makes an outstanding, leaping catch against Allentown during Monday's exciting JV battle in Allentown (Photo by Donna "The Trooper" Brihn).
Sep. 24 JV Football
Hamilton has some strong efforts in loss to Allentown
Sep. 24 Boys Soccer
Despite loss to Northstars, Hamilton makes strides
Sept. 25: The Hamilton West JV boys soccer team got another strong effort in defeat, falling to Nottingham 2-0 today (Nottingham highlights will be added when received).
“Even though we got beat, we played very well,” Hornet coach Anthony “The Roadhouse Man” Funari said. “Again we could not get any breaks. Our defense is really stepping it up.”
The defense was led by goalie John Polaciaos, sweeper Ed Cua, stopper Tyler Sekunda and fullbacks Henry Uribe and Rich Veiz .
“Our offense had some great looks that were manufactured by John Novak and Tom Ruble, who for the first time were able to play up top with each other in the forward positions,” added Funari as he geared up for his weekly baccon cheeseburger. "Hopefully now that we have a better idea of where guys are more effective, we can string some more wins together.
“As always, we are depending on The Baron (Chris Raba) to continue his intense film study of future opponents to help our cause.”
Sep. 24 Girls Soccer
Hamilton gets balanced scoring in win over Nottingham
Sep. 24 : The Hamilton West JV soccer team earned its first victory of the year, taking a 5-0 decision over Nottingham today.
Five different players scored for the Hornets, with sophomore Justina Peoples notching a goal and an assist. Freshmen Felicia Bowers, Marissa Reed, Sumona Nandy and Concetta Scordato all had goals, while freshman Melissa May had two assists.
Tracy Mraw, yet another freshman, had the shutout in goal.
Sep. 20 Boys Soccer
Outmanned Hornets show plenty of grit in loss to WWPS
Sep. 20: In the case of a misleading outcome, the Hamilton West boys JV soccer team dropped a 7-1 decision at West Windsor-Plainsboro South but coach Anthony Funari said “The score was not indicative of how tough the guys played today.”
The Hornets only trailed 3-1 at halftime, getting a goal from Tom Ruble “on a brilliant free kick from outside the box.
“We played our hearts out, winning almost every 50/50 ball on the ground, but were out skilled by a very talented South team that didn't have that many chances, but connected on all the ones they had.”
Funari lauded the defensive effort of captain Tyler Sekunda, Rich Zambrano, Ed Cua, Dillon Voorhees, and Henry Uribe.
“Also,” Funari noted, “The Baron (Chris Raba) doesn’t want anyone to know he was here today. He doesn’t take credit for the losses, only the wins.”
Spartans win third straight with shutout of Ewing
Wherley, Petito tally as Steinert wins third straight
Sep. 20: Michael Wherley and Nick Petito tallied goals to lift the streaking Steinert JV boys soccer team to a 2-0 victory over Ewing today. It was the third straight victory for the Spartans after falling on opening day.
Domenic Maruca and Cole Sugg had assists. Goalies Jeremy Conover and Matt Powers shared the Spartans second straight shutout.
Goals by Novak and Ruble give Hamilton first win
Sep. 19: The Hamilton West JV boys soccer team broke into the win column for what head coach Anthony Funari “hopes will be the first of many to come” as the Hornets took a 2-1 victory over Robbinsville.
Forward John Novak gave West a 1-0 lead before Robbinsville tied it before half. Freshman Jeff Ruble then bent a corner kick into the far top shelf for what proved to be the game-winner.
“Our defense, which played outstanding today, was anchored by our player of the game, keeper Abner Wa,” Funari said. “He was supported by fullbacks Ed Cua, Joe "The Trap" Nanni, Jeremias Rojas, Tyler Demarie, and captains Dillon Voorhees and Tyler Sekunda.”
Rumors abound that Chris “The Baron” Raba was on the sidelines lending his expertise during the contest.
Kyle Bohn, who threw for 225 yards and two touchdowns, tries to break away from a Notre Dame defender while Ian Williams (8) looks to help out during Monday's JV game in Lawrenceville (Photo by Donna Brihn).Hamilton West's Andrew Maldonado (20) and Connor Brown (15) bring down a Notre Dame runner during the Hornet JV team's 12-12 tie on Monday. Moving in to help out are Jacob Langevin (59) and Anthony Medina (27) (Photo by Donna Brihn).
Sep. 17 Football
Bohn-to-Williams late TD pass gives Hornets tie with ND
Sep. 17: Kyle Bohn threw two long touchdown passes, including a 44-yarder to Ian Williams with 30 seconds left in the game, to give the Hamilton West JV football team a thrilling 12-12 tie at Notre Dame today.
Bohn threw for 225 yards on the day, which included a 65-yard TD pass to Stephen Christopher. The defense was led by Christian Charleston, Matt Fryar and Dakota Shelton, while Thurman Leach, Efrain Garcia and Conner Brown had interceptions.
Sep. 15 Boys Soccer
A trio of Hamilton residents help ND to 4-0 start
Sep. 15: Hamilton residents Luke Brown and Brian Reilly each scored goals in the Notre Dame JV boys’ soccer 4-0 win over Conwell Egan today. Jack O’Donnell celebrated his ancient father’s 50th birthday by helping to anchor a defensive unit that has posted four shutouts in the Irish’s 4-0 start.
Reilly had a hat trick in a 6-0 victory over Lawrence last Tuesday, while Brown also scored.
Sep. 14 Boys Soccer
Steinert wins second straight via shutout over West
Sep. 14: The Steinert JV boys soccer team rolled to its second straight shutout, taking a 5-0 win over Hamilton West today to improve to 2-1. Meherab Shroff and Brandon Barboza continued their hot scoring with two goals and one assist each, while Owen Garton also scored and Alex Gerasimowicz notched an assist.
Despite the loss, Hornets coach Anthony Funari had nothing but praise for his squad.
“It was a hard fought game that was played with a lot of my guys playing through some tough injuries and in positions they normally wouldn't play,” Funari said. “Some of the standouts were Tyler Sekunda, Rich Zambrano, John Novak, Javier Abad, Dillon Voorhees, and freshman Jeff Ruble.
We had a lot of good looks at the net, but just came up short in finding the back of the net, then we got beat three times down the field in our transition game, which all resulted in scores for Steinert. Hopefully we can string two good halves together in the future and put some in the back of the net next time around. The guys were upbeat, and can't wait to get back on the field against Robbinsville next Tuesday.”
Sep. 13 Field Hockey
Parsons, Ross and Gagliardi lift Hamilton past Stars
Sep. 13: The Hamilton West JV field hockey team made it a 2-for-2 day for the program, as it followed the varsity team’s victory with a 2-0 win over Nottingham today. Kayla Parsons and LaShay Ross each had first-half goals, while Julia Gagliardi notched the shutout for the 1-1-1 Hornets.
Sep. 12/14 Girls Soccer
Steinert looking good at both ends of the field
Sep. 12/14: The Steinert JV girls soccer team put together big offensive and defensive efforts this week in taking a 7-0 win over Robbinsville Tuesday and a 6-0 victory over Hamilton West Thursday.
In the win over Robbinsville, Julianna Nini had a hat trick, Jen McVicker scored twice while Julia DeAngelo and Britany Woodruff had goals. Maira “Carey” Greco and Courtney Stanley split time in goal, while Angelique “Texas Ga Ga” Wysock, Riley Zoldi and Julianna Nini had assists.
Against the Hornets, McVicker had a hat trick while Nini, Wysock and Sarah Mulryne scored one goal apiece. Greco and Stanley again shared the shutout, getting great defensive support from Lynzie Worth, Lindsey Tommer, Rachel Flodmand and Alex Biondi played great defense.
Hamilton plays well in close defeat to Hightstown
Sep. 12: The Hamilton West JV girls soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision to Hightstown, but coach Greg Paulick noted “It was a great effort by the entire team. We just came up short and could not get the game tying goal.
“The girls had five excellent chances and could not get the finishing touch necessary. Overall it was an exciting game and the girls showed tremendous improvement.”
The team featured Haley Bazanka, Stacey Jean Piere, Lauren Jean-Baptiste, Andrea Lucidi, Melissa May, Kristen Meara, Tracey Mraw, Sumona Nandy, Laura Olszewski, May OO, Justina Peoples, Kira Powell and Concetta Scordato.
Sep. 11 Boys Soccer
Shroff, Schiariti and Barboza lift Steinert to win
Sep. 11: The Steinert JV boys soccer team gave new coach Mike Osmond his first victory by taking a 3-0 victory over Robbinsville today.
Goals came from Meherab Shroff, Josh Schiariti and Brandon Barboza, while Rich Kozlowski and Andrew Baskharan had assists. Three different keepers notched the shutout.
Sep. 11 Field Hockey
Mladnentz and McCann pace Spartans past Hornets
Sep. 11: Goals by Christina Mladnentz and Maeve McCann powered the Steinert JV field hockey team to a 2-0 win over Hamilton today. Rebecca Brasko had an assist, while goalie Tara Dunfee notched the shutout.
Hamilton's Ian Williams gains some yardage against Hopewell Valley during Monday's JV game, won by the Hornets. Linemen Steven Arkuszewski (76), Justin Gadus (75) and Nnamdi Banks-Eke (71) look on (Photo by Donna Brihn).
Hamilton looks good in opening-day win over Hopewell
Sep. 10: The Hamilton West JV football team rolled to a 21-6 win over Hopewell Valley in today’s season opener. Tino Malave threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Thurman Leach, while Kyle Bohn scored on a 38-yard TD run behind the excellent offensive game plan drawn up by Mike “The Meatball Master” Papero.
On the defensive side of the ball, Ken “The Facebook King” Nehila’s troops recorded a safety and got strong efforts from Andrew Medina, Matt Fryar and Kyle Bohn, while Deonte Noncent had an interception.
‘Texas GaGa’ leads Steinert to win in season’s first rodeo
Sep. 6: The Steinert girls JV soccer team opened its season with a 9-0 win over Trenton today, as Angelique “Texas GaGa” Wysock had two goals, while Jen McVicker, Julianna Nini, Julia DeAngelo, Lynzie Worth, Rachel Flodmand, Kaelyn Angelucci and Kaley Stinson tallied one goal each. Courtney Stanley and Mariah Greco spilt time in the goal.
The Spartans are playing with four freshman this season, including Kaelyn Angelucci, Kaley Stinson, Brenna Darvis and Katherine Miller.
The Nottingham JV football team celebrates a monumental accomplishment after beating Notre Dame Monday night to secure the first undefeated junior varsity football season in school history (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
Nov. 22 Football
Northstars make their own history with a perfect season
Nov. 22: Who says Steinert's varsity is the only football program in Hamilton Township making history this year?
The Nottingham Junior Varsity football team defeated Notre Dame, 22-7, tonight to secure the first undefeated JV season since the school opened in 1982, and the second undefeated for any football team in Nottingham history.
The Northstars finished 9-0 after Jameel Bailey caught two touchdown passes from Stephen “Young Dawg” Adams. Tevin Williams returned an interception for a score to seal the win. Ralph Desir, Mario Boswell and Saquan Hampton helped solidify the defense.
Oct. 15 Girls Soccer
Hamilton nips Bordentown for season’s second victory Oct. 15: The Hamilton Girls JV soccer team defeated Bordentown, 2-1, for its second win of the season. Stephanie Turner had a goal and an assist, Jamie Bogdol scored a goal and Nicole Allen had an assist. Karen Estrada and Kelly Tohill were tough on defense, Jordyn Gennello only allowed a penalty kick score and, according to coach Greg Paulick “the girls worked hard, played some attractive soccer and deserved the victory.
Oct. 11 Boys Soccer
Nottingham gets past Steinert on Renizel goal
Oct. 11: Jean Claude Renizel scored the game’s lone goal off a Jon Pope corner kick as Nottingham’s JV boys’ soccer team took a 1-0 win over Steinert today. Kyle LeCrone notched the shutout in goal for Nottingham (5-5) while Hector Davila was strong defensively. Steinert slipped to 5-5-1.
Oct. 10 Football
Northstars’ defense sparks win over WW-P South
Oct. 10: The Nottingham High JV football Team improved to 5-0 with a 10-0 win over West Windsor-Plainsboro South, getting a tremendous defensive effort from Ralph Desir, Mario Boswell and Clayton Sary. Saquan Hampton and Tevin Williams both had interceptions for the Stars.
Alexis Santiago scored a rushing touchdown and added a two-point conversion. The Stars defense not only pitched a shutout but added a safety to seal the win.
Jill Murphy scores one of her two goals and is congratulated by a teammate during Steinert's 6-0 win over Princeton Tuesday (Photo by Mike Dill/purchase photos at michaeldillphotography.com).
Oct. 4 GIrls Soccer
Murphy and McVicker pace Spartans past Princeton
Oct. 4: Jill Murphy tallied two goals and Jen McVicker had a goal and three assists as the Steinert JV girls soccer team moved to 8-1 with a 6-0 victory over Princeton today.
Angelique “Ga Ga” Wysock had a goal and an assist, while other goals came from Sarah Gahforr and Jen “Chair Thief” Klockner. Christina Falvo had an assist, while Dylan “The Rising” Phoenix posted another shutout.
Sep. 30 Girls Soccer
Steinert tops Lawrence as Klockner clocks Cards
Sep. 30: Jen Klockner tallied the game’s lone goal off an assist from Mani Kissling as Steinert’s JV girls soccer team took a 1-0 victory over Lawrence to improve to 7-1. Dylan “The Rising” Phoenix notched the shutout in goal.
Sep. 30 Boys Soccer
Kerns’ hat trick paces Steinert past Lawrence
Sep. 30: Stephen Kerns scored three goals to power the Steinert JV boys soccer team to a 5-3 win over Lawrence today. Kerns also had an assist for the Spartans (5-3), while Chris Geraci and Chris Angelini also scored.
Stellar play by Jeff Komiskey and Christian Yi solidified the middle of the Spartan defense.
Sep. 28 Girls Soccer
Peoples, Gates pace Hamilton past Nottingham
Sep. 28: Madison Gates and Justina Peoples scored goals to pace the Hamilton JV girls soccer team to a 2-0 victory over Nottingham today.
Gale Jean-Baptiste and Jamie Bogdol had assists for the Hornets, who won their first game. Goalies Jordyn Gennello and Hailey Bazanka divided the shutout, while Kelly Tohill and Nicole Allen played well defensively. Karen Estrada's hard work and tenacious center created several scoring opportunities.
Sep. 28 Boys Soccer
Maida’s goal powers Steinert past Hopewell Valley
Sep. 28: Nick Maida scored the game’s lone goal to give Steinert’s JV boys soccer team a 1-0 victory over Hopewell Valley today. Christian Yi, Dallin Eggert and Jeff Komiskey played stellar defense to secure the shutout for the Spartans (4-3).
Sep. 26 Girls Soccer
Falvo helps Steinert rebound with a win over Ewing
Sep. 26: The Steinert JV girls soccer team took a 3-0 win over Ewing today as Christina Falvo had a goal and assist, while Jen McVicker and Mani Kissling also scored. Victoria Pagano added an assist while Dylan “The Rising” Phoenix notched the shutout in goal.
Coach Meredith Wolski said Jen Klockner, Angelique “Ga Ga” Wysock, Clare Gannon and Alex Biondi all turned in stellar efforts.
On Saturday the Spartans fell 2-1 to Hightstown as McVicker had the lone goal in a game where the Spartans could not finish on numerous scoring opportunities.
Sep. 26 Boys Soccer
Kerns scores twice as Steinert blanks Ewing
Sep. 26: Stephen Kerns tallied two goals to power the Steinert JV boys soccer team to a 4-0 win over Ewing today. Francis Pozo and Chris Geraci each had a goal, while Nick Maida had two assists. Nolan Kopec notched the shutout in goal.
Sep. 22 Boys Soccer
Messina sends message that Hamilton is now a winner
Sep. 22: The Hamilton West JV boys soccer team hit the win column for the first time with a 2-1 victory over Robbinsville today.
Charlie Messina set up Dave Kline for the game’s first goal. After Robbinsville tied it, Messina tallied off a feed from Ramone Franklin.
“The entire team played their hearts out,” coach Anthony Funari said, adding that “the true defensive standouts” were Dominic Tuccillo, Ed Cua, Curtis Sullivan, Zubaher Shams, Joe Burns, Joe Misciascio and Tyler Sekunda.
Nottingham plays tough in tight setback to Hopewell
Sep. 22: The Nottingham JV boys’ soccer team spent nearly the entire game in front before finally dropping a 2-1 decision to Hopewell Valley today.
The Northstars Joseph Whitsnidger tallied just three minutes into the game, and Nottingham held on to the lead for the next 64 minutes before HoVal scored twice in the final three minutes to win it. Sweeper Hector Davila and Sal DiCristie played well defensively as did goalie Kyle LeCrone.
Sep. 22 Girls Soccer
McVicker recites Gettysburg Address with four scores
Sep. 22: Jen McVicker pumped home four goals today as Steinert defeated West Windsor-Plainsboro South, 6-0, in JV girls soccer today. It was the Spartans second straight win by a 6-0 count.
Christina Falvo and Jill Murphy also tallied, while Angelique “GaGa” Wysock and Sarah Gaffor had two assists each, while Mani Kissling and Jen Klockner had one each. Strong defense came from Clare Gannon, Lindsey Toomer, Maggie Herbert and Alex Biondi in helping Dylan “The Rising” Phoenix notch the shutout in goal.
Hamilton hangs tough in loss to Robbinsville
Sep. 22: The Hamilton West JV girls’ soccer team dropped a 4-1 decision to Robbinsville today, but hung in after falling behind early.
Junior Allyson Prekop scored off a throw-in from classmate Chelsea Johnson for the Hornets goal. Hailey Bazanka was put in goal for the second half and did not allow a score as Hamilton rallied to make it close.
Sep. 20 Girls Soccer
Leigh scores as pair as Steinert blanks Hamilton
Sep. 20: Taylor Leigh scored two goals, while Victoria Pagano, Clare Gannon, Christina Falvo Angelique “GaGa” Wysock added one apiece in Steinert’s 6-0 JV girls soccer win over Hamilton today.
Sep. 20 Boys Soccer
Steinert gets two from DeSanctis in win over Hamilton
Sep. 20: Tyler DeSanctis scored twice to help the Steinert boys’ JV soccer team to a 6-1 win over Hamilton today. Francis Pozo, Brandon Barbosa, Christian Yi and Jeff Komiskey all scored, while Steve Kearns had an assist. Chris Geraci and Pozo split time in goal, while David Kline scored off a Thomas Ruble assist for the Hornets.
Vico Biddell goes up to snare a pass against Hightstown during the Northstars victory (Photo by Mary Malone).
Sep. 19 Football
Adams, King pace Nottingham to big win over Rams
Sep. 19: The Nottingham High JV football team rolled to a 2-0 start with an impressive 42-6 win over Hightstown today.
Stephen Adams threw three touchdown passes while Marquise King scored two touchdowns. Nick DeMarie set up a sore with a 50-yard kickoff return, and Vicco Beddell scored on a 30-yard run and made an outstanding leaping catch (see photo above).
Saquan Hampton, Ralph Desir, Nate Scales and Clayton Sary all led the defensive effort.
Sep. 17 Girls Soccer
McVicker scores a pair as Spartans ground Falcons
Sep. 17: Jen McVicker scored two goals and Sarah Gahffor added one as the Steinert JV girls soccer team took a 3-0 win over Peddie today. Goalie Dylan “The Rising” Phoenix notched the shutout.
Sep. 15 Boys Soccer
Sheik of Nottingham makes sure the Northstars rule
Sep. 15: Sheik Bangora scored the game’s lone goal as the Nottingham JV boys’ soccer team won its second straight today,1-0, over West Windsor-Plainsboro South. Kyle LeCrone notched his second straight shutout in goal.
Two days earlier, Jean-Claude Reneziel and Bangora had the goals and LeCrone the shutout in a 2-0 win over Lawrence. The Northstars are 2-1 after an opening-day loss to WW-P North.
Geraci works overtime to give Spartans a victory
Sep. 15: The Nottingham JV boys' soccer team took a 2-1 overtime victory over Robbinsville today, as Chris Geraci notched the game-winner with two minutes left in the second OT. Chris Angelini tallied in the first half for the Spartans.
Hamilton plays well in setback to Hightstown
Sep. 15: The Hamilton West JV boys soccer team dropped a 5-0 decision to a skilled Hightstown squad today , but coach Anthony Funari saw some bright spot in the play of captain Charles Messina, Nnamdi Nnajifor, Curtis Sullivan, Dominic Tuccillo, Jeremy Matos and freshmen Joe Burns and Joe Misciascio.
“We are looking forward to playing our next match against Jackson Memorial High School on Friday with our full squad for the first time this season,” Funari said.
Sep. 15 Girls Soccer
Turner tallies in Hamilton's loss to Hightstown
Sep. 15: Freshman Stephanie Turner scored her first high school goal with an assist from Morgan Meara in the Hamilton West JV girls' soccer team's 4-1 loss to Hightstown.
"The girls improved tremendously," coach Greg Paulick said. "I expect things to get better for us."
Pagano's two goals help pace Steinert past Robbinsville
Sep. 15: The Steinert girls JV soccer team got two goals from Victoria Pagano in a 5-0 win over Robbinsville today. Christina Falvo had a goal and an assist, while Sarah Ghaffor and Jen McVicker also tallied.
Katie Hayton also had an assist, while Leanne Chase and Dylan “The Rising” Phoenix combined for three saves to earn the shutout. Alanna Falvo provided stellar defense.
Bell rings loudly as Hamilton football team blanks Rams
Sep. 12: Robbie Bell rushed for over 200 yards and two touchdowns to power the Hamilton West JV football team to a 23-0 opening-day victory over Hightstown today. Michael Soltes accounted for the final TD by hitting Deandre Cruz with a touchdown pass.
The shutout defense, which recorded a safety, was led by Michael Abbot (interception), Christian “Chew” Charleston, Besean Smith and Marcus Hall.
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Dec. 1 2013
In the middle of
of a magical day
of college football,
there was Rutgers
Dec. 1: A 12-hour stretch on Saturday showed all that is right with college football. We were treated to extremely meaningful games that went from good (Missouri-Texas A&M), to great (Michigan-Ohio State), to “OK, where’s the camera? I know I’m being Punk’d.” (Alabama-Auburn).
In the middle of it all, symbolizing a lot that is wrong, was our beloved home state team.
First, the good.
I don’t know if I ever saw Facebook and Twitter explode with comments about a game so quickly as they did after Alabama-Auburn. I thought I’d never see a college football game shock me with its ending as much as when Boston College’s Doug Flutie stunned Miami with his incredible touchdown pass with no time left in the early 1980s.
Boy was I wrong.
As I sat there watching Chris Davis run 109 yards with a missed field goal, my mouth dropped open as if I was watching a UFO land in my backyard while being told I won the gazillion dollar lottery at the same time Jerry Jones was calling to see if I could let a few of the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders stay at my house for a couple months.
As he ran and ran, the disbelief just grew and grew.
Five seconds earlier, I was texting my buddy Maff in Florida while they were reviewing the final running play and, after they finally put the one second back on the clock, I texted “They went through all of that just so we can watch a missed field goal.”
Maff agreed. And we were right. . . sort of.
We did watch a missed field goal. But it wasn’t “just” a missed field goal. It produced the new “greatest finish” in sports in many people’s minds.
It was magic.
And then there was Rutgers.
The Knights’ game wasn’t magic, but you did kind of wished it would disappear.
This is not really a direct shot at RU (why pile on?) as much as it is of – as I have called it here before - - the most hypocritical, cash-crazed organization in the nation, the NCAA.
You know their philosophy. On one hand it’s all about the student-athletes. But on the hand that actually works, it’s: More bowls! More bowls! More money! More money! Horrible games! Horrible games! REALLY horrible games!
Maybe the best example of the glutton of absolutely worthless bowl games we will see over the next month can be provided by examining the Scarlet Knights’ situation. After Saturday’s dismal loss to a Connecticut team that was 1-9, Rutgers dropped to 5-6.
And yet, if they defeat 2-9 South Florida at home this Saturday – and after the UConn game, we certainly can’t guarantee that – they will be 6-6 and earn a bowl bid.
Just what did they do to earn that bowl bid?
They will have defeated six teams with a combined record of 17-54.
I’ll say it slower. Seven….teen….and fiiiifty….four.
Are you freakin’ kiddin’ me?
Isn’t a bowl game supposed to reward a team for having a good season? Are you going to tell me finishing .500 by beating six teams with losing records that add up to 17-54 is a good season?
Of course it isn’t.
But bowl games aren’t really all about rewarding good teams. They are about rewarding the NCAA. The oh so sanctimonious NCAA and their student-athletes who they care so much about.
Why do I bring this up?
Because, as much as the corporate BS, dishonesty and greed makes you want to just lose interest, you get a day like Saturday.
It was a day where watching talented athletes produce magical moments from noon to midnight makes us realize once again that at its truest essence, sports really can provide us with beautiful, wonderful, memorable experiences.
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Speaking of Saturday, one of my favorite things after the Auburn-Alabama game was watching and listening to the polar-opposite reactions from both sides.
CBS, as usual, played the local radio broadcasts of the game-winning TD. The Auburn guys were going nuts in such a raw, unbridled manner, while you could hear the complete disbelief in the ‘Bama announcer’s voice, as if he didn’t really want to tell everyone what was happening.
And then, ESPN got ahold of some clips of young Auburn fans going nuts watching the return in their houses, while also getting a shot of Alabama fans watching the same thing in a dorm room. Kinda neat.
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Nottingham sophomore Grace Dwyer is going to the NIKE Nationals. That’s big-time stuff folks.
The Nationals! That’s like, New Mexico, and Idaho, and Montana and California and Maine and, well, you get the picture. You’ve had geography.
So anyway, what does Grace do on arguably the biggest day of her running career? Puts the following post on Facebook:
“Just wanted to thank my cross country team for always being there for me...you were always there to cheer me on and make me laugh. So many memories!!! You all are the best!!!”
It could be very easy for those teammates to get jealous of Grace for all that she has attained. But they have taken the right approach. They are happy for what she has done, excited for what she will do, and want to be there for her.
They have exhibited great class.
And so has Grace with that Facebook post.
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Ice hockey will have a revamped look in Hamilton Township this winter.
Steinert has a new coach in Bob Weiss, who is familiar to township fans after serving five years as Nottingham’s head coach.
The merger between Hamilton and Nottingham hasn’t really been a merger as much as Nottingham borrowing a few Hornets. Of the 28 guys on the team – now being coached by John Russo – 25 are from Nottingham and three are from West.
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I don’t like when Thanksgiving is this late.
You usually feel like you have a cushion between that holiday and December, which is when you start to get into Christmas planning mode. But Thanksgiving was Thursday and today is December.
Nov. 20, 2013
in world of sports
Nov. 20: Well, it’s that time of year again.
It’s November. And November time means Nottingham time in high school sports.
Maybe we could call the month Nottember, or the school Novvingham.
Well, that’s a little stupid.
OK, a lot stupid.
But the point is, while so many high schools in the state of New Jersey now have their eyes on winter sports since the fall seasons are over, folks at Hamilton High North still have high level rooting interests for the second straight year.
On the football field, the Northstars are two wins away from a second straight NJSIAA state sectional championship. Colts Neck is a huge challenge in Saturday’s semifinal game, but Long Branch was considered just as big a challenge last year and look what happened.
The Northstars deserve a lot of credit for what they have done the past two weeks. It started with a gut-check win over Hopewell, which is still the Bulldogs only loss of the year. It was an equal gut-check last week against a Middletown North squad that was as tough and tenacious as it was young.
Earlier in the season it was uncertain if Nottingham could win games like they did the last few weeks. When things weren’t going well in losses to Trenton and Allentown, the Stars didn’t have an answer.
Suddenly they have all the answers.
And let’s not forget, they’re still doing this without stud defensive back Josh Lajeunesse.
Saturday doesn’t just mean football for Northstars supporters, of course.
Doing her thing at Holmdel Park will be sophomore Grace Dwyer, who will try to improve on last year’s eighth-place finish at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions.
Dwyer finished third in Group III last week so skeptics might think she has no shot at winning it all. But the Amazing One was slowed by a cold that she would have never even brought up had I not asked her about it after Rick “The Voice of the Stars” Taylor told me she wasn’t feeling well all week.
Coach Melissa “Shop ‘N Bag” Foley was shocked when I told her Grace said she was slightly bothered by the cold, saying “She never talks about that stuff. I can’t believe she brought it up.”
When I told S ‘N B that I was the one who brought it up, it made sense.
“OK,” she said. “But don’t make a big deal about that. She doesn’t like to make excuses.”
Fair enough. But the bottom line is, if she is feeling at the top of her game this Saturday, who knows how much further she can climb from last year’s eighth-place finish and how close she can come to the top?
All know is, nothing gives Taylor greater pleasure than to announce what Amazing Grace did in a big cross country meet to a large crowd watching Northstars football.
It’s two great things coming together.
It’s life at Novvingham in Nottember.
OK, still stupid.
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In case you missed it, Hamilton West graduate Jayson DiManche earned the second game ball of his rookie season when he blocked a punt that was returned for a touchdown in the Bengals win over the Browns Sunday.
That play made it onto No. 3 on ESPN’s Top 10 NFL Weekend plays. The best comment on Dimanche’s Facebook page came from Tim Martel, who said “Congrats bro, it was awesome hearing Terry Bradshaw say your name.”
Even more awesome that he said it right.
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Steinert grad Dean Lucchesi doesn’t have as many catches during his sophomore year as he had as a freshman, but he got something even better last Saturday.
Lucchesi got to be part of the first football victory in Misericordia University history when they took a 63-40 win over FDU-Florham on the final game of their second season of existence.
Lucchesi and former Spartan teammate Alex Amodie both decided to play for the fledgling program last year. Amodie didn’t find the school to his liking and left after last year, but Lucchesi stayed and got his reward on Friday.
For the season, Lucchesi had three catches for 21 yards in eight games played, giving him 13 catches for 73 yards and two touchdowns in his first two seasons.
So congratulations on that first win Dean. Let’s hope there’s more where that came from in your next two years.
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It is seasons like this where that good ‘ol Thanksgiving Day game really comes in handy.
It’s no secret this has been a rough year for the Hamilton and Steinert football teams, which each have just two wins.
That will all be forgotten next Thursday, though. During bad seasons like this, the Thanksgiving game is like an oasis. It’s still a great way to end a season and a career. There will still be the same pageantry, the same big crowd, the same excitement.
The talk is that this year’s game will be overshadowed by Lawrence-Hopewell. That may or may not be true.
Both of those teams are in the Group III semifinals this weekend. The rumor mill says if they win, Thanksgiving will be nothing more than a glorified JV game so nobody gets hurt.
I have absolutely no idea if that is true or not, so please don’t take that as gospel.
But I do know this. The past two years when Steinert and Nottingham went to the state finals, they began the games with their starters until they got things well in hand and it didn’t hurt them in the finals.
If Lawrence or Hopewell coaches feel the need to keep their players safe on Thanksgiving, that’s their prerogative and I wouldn’t criticize it or say it was the wrong thing to do. Especially since that game has yet to build the bragging rights and tradition that Steinert-Hamilton has.
Neither decision is wrong. All I’m saying is, it was neat to see Dan Caruso and Jon Adams just say screw it, and go after the wins with their best guys even with a championship game on the horizon.
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Is there a more intimidating football game-day security detail in New Jersey than the feared Nottingham trio of Mike “Bullet Head” Braender, Phil Zomparelli and Brandon Johnson? Sometimes “Irish” Mike Walsh joins the detail, but as an administrator now, he’s kind of lost his street cred when it comes to that kind of stuff.
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So I’m watching the Kentucky and Michigan State game last week. No. 1 vs. No. 2, and it was a great game. And I couldn’t get into it. . .not even a little bit.
College basketball just starts too early. TOO EARLY!!!
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Speaking of college hoops, what a difference on the Rutgers bench this year with placid Eddie Jordan as opposed to maniacal Mike Rice. Speaking on behalf of other guys who cover Rutgers regularly, we kinda miss the show.
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I’m a little late with this, since it happened on Nov. 9, but congratulations to a whole bunch of Hamilton Township people for being honored by the Trenton Select Committee this year.
Steinert softball coach Jean Ruppert and Hightstown High Athletic Director Gary Bushelli, a long-time Hamilton Square resident, were the main honorees. Also honored were my first-ever baseball coach, Jack DeStefano (YMCA Sayen Dodgers baby!) for the work he has done with Hamilton Little Lads basketball for over 40 years; and graduates Erin Septer (Hamilton) and Matt Moticha (Steinert), who each received scholarships.
Bushelli took the podium and warned everyone it was going to be a long speech, and it turned out to be a loooooong speech. So long in fact, that Sonny Pittaro walked out, ran a hand over his smooth dome and said “Gary, that speech was so long I had hair before you started.”
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Since this is the 50-year anniversary week, is there a bigger mystery in U.S. history than the Kennedy assassination?
I definitely think there was a conspiracy, but the more you read and watch, the more confused you get about who could have done it. I still think it was the mob, but what the hell, you never know what the CIA is up to. Or Castro. Or LBJ.
It just fascinates me.
I do know one thing. Sometimes when people are sitting around all bored, they say ‘If you could talk to one person in the history of the world, who would it be?”
My answer would be easy – Lee Harvey Oswald.
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Marlon Byrd and Carlos Ruiz.
They are my reward being a long-time Phillies fan.
I get to keep watching players who have played for a long time.
Nov 2, 2013
It’s definitely a hit!
Nov 2: One of my favorite underrated bands of all time is The Kinks and one of my favorite Kinks songs is Lola.
There’s a line in the song that says “It’s a mixed up, muddled up, shook up world except for Lola. . .la-la-la-la Looola!”
That song was written in the 70s, but that line is soooo 2013 when it comes to athletics. You just need to change the words a little to “it’s a mixed up, muddled up, shook up world except for loosing! La la la la losing!”
In case you haven’t noticed, all they’re talking about in Philadelphia these days is losing. Not like they usually do, as in “I’m sick of all this losing!”
No, they want losing now. And they’re not alone. It’s all the rage these days and it’s been so for a while now.
The Eagles need to lose to get a great quarterback in the draft.
The Sixers need to lose so they have a 1-in-7 shot of getting the first pick in a 2014 draft that is loaded. Fans were aghast when they beat the Heat on opening night. Noooooo! Then they won again last night. Ohhhh noooo!
The Eagles still have a shot at the playoffs in the NFC East, but that is the fans worst nightmare. Don’t be fooled by that, they say! Lose today to build for tomorrow.
I understand the reasoning and the rationale. But it sucks.
Maybe not for the franchises, but it sucks for the fans.
And hey, what else is new? What do we matter.
Then again, it’s a lot of the fans who want this.
I for one, find it mixed up and muddled up.
Is this what professional sports have come to? Trying to manipulate situations by not putting your best product on the floor. Telling your season ticket holders, or the folks who have a chance to afford one NBA game a year, that you’re pretty much wasting your money this year but hey, c’mon back in a few years, we’ll be great!
Everyone is quick to defend the players here, saying that you can’t ask pro athletes to tank it. And I’m sure they’re not. Folks basically want the coaches to sit people, GMs to trade stars, and all that stuff.
This kind of talk got eight members of the Chicago White Sox (i.e., the Black Sox) a lifetime ban from baseball after throwing games in the 1919 World Series. Now, an anonymous NBA general manager has stated his team will tank in hopes of building for the future.
Shouldn’t there be an investigation on this? I guess not, because people point to how the Spurs dogged it late in the year before they got Tim Duncan, and hey, look how that turned out!
What once was a lifetime ban, is now hailed as genius.
Losing is where it’s at. So is not giving 100 percent, evidently.
The case of South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is another fascinating tale in modern sports.
Clowney entered this year touted as a legitimate Heisman candidate. He’s not having a Heisman-like year, however, and the whispers are that he is not going full strength, because he doesn’t want to get hurt and cost himself millions in the NFL.
Clowney says he is not dogging it. Whether he is or isn’t, is not the point. I sure as heck don’t know if he is.
The fact some people want him to dog it, is the point. I just read a story where football people were saying he shouldn’t go all out, or, in fact, not even played this year.
Here’s what confuses me. How can dogging it keep you from getting hurt? What happens? If you rush a guy at half speed and a tight end cuts you down at the knees, you’re not gonna get hurt? If you sack the quarterback and go down the wrong way, your bones are invincible because you’re putting him down nicely?
That’s only part of it though. The fact people want him to do it, just blows my mind.
From day one, we’re taught to never quit. To go 100 percent all the time, on every play. But kids are hearing about and reading about their heroes being put into situations not to win, because that could risk the future.
The best advice anyone can follow is to live in the present, cherish the moment. That doesn’t apply in professional and collegiate sports.
They are planning for the future.
But the game plan is no longer Xs and Os. It’s dollars and cents. . . and lack of sense.
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Well the NJSIAA is making more money with its Group V football playoff games. Yay for them (he said, sarcastically).
And the big winner on the field is Central Jersey Group IV teams. Steinert and West Windsor-Plainsboro North are sitting with two wins each today and still with a shot at the playoffs.
It’s like the NFC East, where the two-win Giants are still talking playoffs.
No offense to the Spartans here. Hey if Steinert gets in, that would be great. It would be great for them and for me, as Fish4scores visitors always soar during football playoffs.
But in the overall picture, it’s not great. It leads to a lot of mismatches and lopsided games.
The state had to know this would happen, that the product would be diluted by pulling some of the best Group IV teams up to Group V.
It’s dollars and cents, on every level. And I haven't even discussed the NCAA, the most hypocritical money making machine in the country.
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OK, I’m making myself cranky with all this soapbox stuff. Time for some seasonal cheer.
If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, and if you’re like me – a self-proclaimed fall foliage geek – get a bike and take a ride on the tow path along the Delaware Canal on the Jersey side. Or, just take a walk, from Washington Crossing to New Hope is a good stretch.
If Friday’s rain didn’t knock a lot of leaves off the trees it’s a downright gorgeous view.
Told ya. Geek.
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Tonight is the night we turn back the clocks, which always reminds me of my one of my favorite lines from Seinfeld. Jerry and Kramer are walking down the street and Kramer is complaining about it getting dark too early and wants to know when the clocks get turned ahead.
Jerry’s response was “I dunno . .they just tell you the night before.”
How true is that? There might be some people out there who have advance notice of this daylight savings time/standard time change, but I’m with Jerry. Until I hear it that Saturday, I have no clue.
That’s probably too bad. I’d love to know a few weeks beforehand so I could throw a great Daylight Savings Time bash. . .we’d have a whole extra hour to party too. But, I doubt I’d get much of a turnout giving folks about 6 hours notice.
Oh well, another great idea that will never see the light of day. I’ll never get on Jimmy Kimmel this way.
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After seeing what Hopewell Valley did to Burlington Township Friday night, it makes me really excited for Saturday’s HoVal-Nottingham game. It might come down to a wild card.
Can you say Saquan Hampton?
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In case you missed it, Hamilton West grad Jayson DiManche got his first NFL game ball for his effort against the Jets last Sunday. DiManche has been a terror in special teams is being lauded by Bengals linebackers coach Paul Guenther as “an up-and-coming player.”
Check back late tonight or tomorrow morning as Fish4scores will have a lengthy interview with Jayson, who is home for the weekend.
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53 Shopping Days Til Christmas. But if you listen to the home shopping networks, time is already running out and it will be here before you know it.
OCT. 9, 2013
Advice to athletes
looking to play in college: Watch what you tweet
Oct. 9: I re-posted a tweet earlier today, but it was actually something I had heard about a little while back and meant to write about it then.
The essence of the tweet was that all you athletes out there who are hoping to play sports in college or beyond, have to behave yourself on twitter. You are being watched.
And you’re being watched by the people who matter the most – the ones recruiting you.
Twitter has become so big, it’s part of mainstream life now, especially among high school and college students. College and pro coaches know this, and they monitor it.
They will often judge what a student-athlete’s character is like from the things he or she puts out on twitter. If it’s selfish, derogatory or inflammatory, a red flag immediately goes up.
Local football/basketball official Tom Carr is friends with a scout in the Florida Marlins organization. The guy told Tom there are three areas he has to fill out in sizing up a possible draft pick and the third one is – you guessed it – their twitter feed.
Often times, someone who is arrogant and abrasive on twitter, someone who can provide bulletin board material for another team, or give off a selfish vibe, can cost themselves a shot at being drafted. Or at the very least, some bucks as Carr noted the scout would put on his report “bad twitter feed, if you want to sign him, do it cheap.”
I know a lot of college coaches and they all say the same thing – “one of the first things we do is go look at the kid’s twitter feed.”
Putting something on twitter is like putting it in the paper or on a website. None of you who I cover would ever come up to me in an interview and say ‘Well, we’re gonna give a beat down to so-and-so this week.’ Or ‘We would have won that game but I didn’t have any help.’
So if you don’t say it to me, don’t say it to twitter because a heck of a lot more people will see it, including the ones who count. The ones who are trying to figure out if you belong in their program.
Now, I understand there is peer pressure. You don’t want your teammates seeing you talk about what a good job the other team did. But if they are good teammates, they will understand that you are looking out for the team and for your future.
It’s hard, I’m sure. But it can be worth it.
And there is a bright side to this, of course.
Make twitter work for you.
Say good things on twitter. Positive things. Give credit to other people, whether they’re on your team or the team that just beat you. Be a team guy. Show the recruiters out there that you can be classy and mature, and now you’re doing yourself a favor.
If you follow that road, you can turn a negative into a positive. If recruiters are trying to decide on that last slot for the recruiting class and it's between you and some guy who’s shooting his mouth off, your twitter feed could be the difference.
Or, (gasp!) don’t tweet all that much. Don’t put every thought that comes into your head out there, because who knows how it can be misinterpreted. And believe it or not, coaches are impressed with players who can keep their thoughts to themselves, which isn’t easy. It shows a kind of mental toughness.
Because the bottom line is, college coaches are looking for character.
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OK, here’s the question of the month.
What makes a good football team?
I’ve decided it can’t be their record. I think I’ve heard it more this year than ever before where a coach, be it in the NFL, college, or the 12th Man TD Club, says “We know we have to be ready because we’re playing a good football team.”
These were all said, of course, when the next opponent didn’t have a win.
Chip Kelly will tell you the Eagles are getting ready to face a good football team this Sunday as Tampa Bay flounders. No doubt Marc Trestman is telling the Bears the same thing about the Giants. . .and we have seen first-hand just how “good” they are this year.
Probably the most laughable one will come when John Fox talks about how his 5-0 Denver juggernaut has to be worried about 0-5 Jacksonville because no doubt the Jaguars are a good football team and want to prove that by beating the Broncos.
And I’m sure Peyton Manning, if he’s not moaning about the schedule, will tell us all how he’s worried about the Jags pass rush, or something like that.
So I ask again. . .what constitutes a good football team?
Here are some of my theories:
--They brush their teeth after every meal.
--They help old ladies across the street.
--They support the girl scouts by buying cookies.
--They watch their language.
--They share their cookies and candy with each other.
--They perform their civic duty by voting in every election.
--They eat everything on their plate without even being threatened that they can’t have dessert.
--The buy American!
--They watch public television and listen to National Public Radio.
--They clean up their room without being told.
I’m sure there are other things that make them good. But performance on the football field sure can’t be one of them.
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We’re happy to report that Fish Tales biggest fan, Chris “Buzz” Barlow, has done it again. A high level producer at NFL Films and someone who got to know the late Steve Sabol as well as anyone, the former Hamilton resident was one of the producers of “A Football Life” focusing on Sabol on the NFL Network.
It is without a doubt must-see TV. Chris is not only talented, but he knew his subject as well as anyone, and it comes through loud and clear in this documentary on one of the great NFL legends of all time.
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Speaking of NFL Films, maybe that’s why coaches get confused about good football teams. You watch what those guys in Mount Laurel do and they make any team look good!
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While some people are fretting over Nottingham’s 3-1 start (a loss and close wins. . .oh no!), here’s some good news.
A) The loss came to a Trenton team that is obviously proving it is one of the best in Mercer County.
B) The Northstars freshman and JV teams are a combined 8-0, so we’re talking about a future that looks bright.
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Go see a Hamilton West football game just to watch Dakota Shelton play linebacker. He’s just a sophomore, and we’re gonna have a lot of fun checking him out for the next 2-1/2 years.
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I gotta tell you, it’s pretty cool seeing what the Steinert girls’ tennis team is doing this year. I asked one of the players if the school was starting to get behind them and she just shook her head. “No, not really.”
Well, c’mon Spartan fans. . .give your girls a little support. They’re doing things no team has ever done before them!
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If you are impartial about the fifth game of the Tigers A’s series, root for the A’s if only to support one of Hamilton Township’s best baseball players.
Steinert graduate Chris Pittaro, the son of former Rider baseball coach Sonny Pittaro, husband of former Spartan soccer great Lisa Gmitter and himself a former Major League player, is in his 22nd years with Oakland. He is in his first as a special assistant to Vice President/General Manager Billy Beane, who has become legendary for Moneyball.
Chris has steadily been climbing the ranks in the organization. The better the A’s do, the better Pit looks.
So if you’re on the fence. . .go A’s!
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And finally, thanks go out to Chris “The Baron” Raba for his kind words at Hamilton’s Hall of Fame induction dinner this past Friday. I wasn’t able to attend, but I got word of what was said and was flattered to be mentioned like that in a room full of so much athletic talent. Thanks Baron!
Sep 11, 2013
A dozen years later
it gets no easier,
but high school
sports still help
Sep. 11: So here I am, writing a blog, getting ready to write some other stories before I go cover a field hockey game, doing everything I've always done.
And while I do it I'll complain about the heat, complain about money woes, complain about too much work.
But wait. Actually, today, I won't.
And why is that?
Because I'm doing the same things now, going about the same routine, that I was doing on September 10, 2001. And I have to cherish that.
Far too many people in this country can't say that. Not just the one's who perished in the terrorist attacks, but the ones they left behind. And God how I feel for those people.
I can't say for sure how they cope. I can't pretend to know what they are going through after losing loved ones in the most wasted way imaginable.
If it were me, I don't know how I would feel on this day. I guess I would be happy that memories are being honored, but I also might be comatose trying to exist and get through this day, since it serves as such a terrible reminder.
Don't get me wrong, I think it's nice and its neccessary to honor the victims each year. But for some survivors, it can't get any easier. It might even get harder, as you wonder where the deceased may be at this point in their life, wondering how different things would be.
Like everyone else, I remember where I was when the news came. I was finishing up post-knee surgery rehab at Hamilton Physical Therapy when my therapist said "Hey some plane flew into the World Train Center"
At first I thought it was some little 2-seater, as something like that happened just a few months earlier.
Then I got home and watched it all unfold, including the second plane, and was just horrified.
I went through that day in a daze. Fueled by nothing but emotion, I wrote a column letting high school athletes know how important they would be in months to come. How we would need to lose ourselves in youth sports to make things seem normal, and how the athletes could go out and play in honor of those who fell.
Now, 12 years later, it still holds true.
Games will be played today and we will enjoy them. Our high school athletes serve as hope for the future.
They are also a reminder that for most of us -- the lucky ones -- life hasn't changed for the worst since 2001. If your team wins or loses is the biggest thing you have to worry about, you're doing OK.
I especially try to remember that today, of all days. The things I complain about, in the grand scheme of things, are so minor it's pathetic.
What happened on 9/11 2001 still makes me sad. Moreso, it makes me angry. It gets no easier for me.
Which makes me wonder just how much tougher it is for those directly affected by the attacks.
Gold Bless you all.