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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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 email@example.com).
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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Mar. 12 2014
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Hall of Fame
Mar. 12: A little less than two weeks ago, former Princeton University player and head coach Bob Bradley, who went on to international fame as U.S. and Egyptian National team coach, was inducted into the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame.
Hamilton Township native Charlie Inverso, now head coach at Rider University, coached under Bradley at Princeton and is a close friend with the North Jersey product. Inverso was kind enough to provide his thoughts on Bradley’s induction, and what he means to soccer in general.
Bob Bradley’s induction is a pretty fitting tribute to a man who has won a Major League Soccer title, took the United States to a Confederations Cup final and, in 2010, advanced the US to the second round of the World Cup.
But this recognition of Bob is about more than tangible accomplishments. Bradley’s passion for the game, his undying interest in the growth of the sport in this country and the lives of people that he touched along the way make him a no brainer choice.
I am fortunate to have called Bob my good friend for the past 30 years. I first met him when he became Princeton University’s head coach in 1984. I had been an assistant at the university for four years previously and when Bradley replaced Bill Muse he decided to retain me on his staff as the JV coach and goalkeeper coach.
The only thing he said to me was “Everyone told me that you are in it for all the right reasons and that’s enough for me.’ So began my friendship with one of the most influential coach’s that the US has ever had.
Bradley, easily one of the smartest men that I know, could have been a success in law, politics, medicine…you name it. But his heart was firmly entrenched in teaching, watching, talking and living soccer 24 hours a day.
He tried six months of working in sales for Proctor and Gamble but that experiment was about as big of a disaster as if Fish4scores founder Rich Fisher tried to become a Chippendale dancer. God put BB on this earth to coach soccer players and make other soccer coaches better.
Sometimes I cringe when I think about how much money Bob could have made running soccer camps or overcharging kids for individual lessons. But soccer was NEVER about money to him. It was always about the game, the people he met along the way and forming relationships.
He was more content to drive all over New Jersey with the legendary Manny Schellscheidt in their matching beat-up Volkswagen’s to conduct a non-paying clinic for youth coaches then he was beefing up his bank account. For the longest time, people couldn’t figure him out.
Why would a guy with a Princeton degree work for free six nights a week coaching 12 year olds; setting up pick-up games wherever he and Manfred could find nice grass; or driving his 8 year old son from suburban DC to Penn State so that Michael could get in a competitive 5-aside?
Because he was in it for “all the right reasons."
One trait of a successful person is being a risk taker. For otherwise conservative people, Bob and his wife Lyndsay are definitely risk takers. Bob left a comfortable job at Princeton to become an assistant in the then fledgling MLS.
Even after his team DC United won the MLS championship people still told him he was crazy. Crazy enough to take an expansion Chicago Fire team and win the MLS Cup Championship and crazy enough to allow his then-16 year old son to skip college to sign with MLS and play on his squad with the Metrostars.
He was unfazed, despite not being the top choice to coach the US National team, and led America to a Gold Cup Championship. There were victories over several world powers, including No. 1 ranked Spain, as the U.S. advanced to the second round of the World Cup.
(Current Princeton U. coach) Jim Barlow and I were in his office in Los Angeles two days after he was fired by US Soccer. We saw his pain, frustration and emptiness and we wondered what would be his next stop. Would it be back to the MLS or maybe college?
Well, faster than you can say Land of Pharoahs, BB was back coaching. This time it would be the unenviable task of leading the Egyptian National team. The stories of how Bradley, through soccer, united this country of political unrest and became a national celebrity in this venerable country became known world-wide.
Still, for a guy who is a risk taker you cannot find a more conservative, throw back kind of man. He is as throw back as Vince Lombardi and Bart Starr.
In an era when it is more fashionable for coaches to win over fans and media by being witty and charming, he thrives on being honest and often times blunt. He is one of the few guys I know who not only looks you right in the eye when talking but pauses and thinks before he opens his mouth.
More importantly, he is actually interested in what you have to say. Someone has described a conversation with him as “when you talk to Bob he makes you feel like you are the only person in the room”. And while many who know him well have said after a talk with Bradley you realize “how little you know about the game of soccer”, you always finish a conversation with him feeling better about yourself.
I have witnessed him talk at length to hundreds of people, most of whom could do nothing to advance his career, but merely wanted to pick his brain and learn more about soccer. I can only imagine how many hours and how many missed meals his lovely wife Lyndsay has accumulated while waiting for her highly-in-demand husband.
Somewhere along the way he found the time to develop the most important player on the US National team over the past four years, his son Michael.
Michael, who already ranks as one of the top five players ever produced in the US learned everything he knows from the guy who was also the best man in his wedding, Throwback Bob. And while the family has had to endure countless barbs of nepotism from ignorant fans, Michael has put all of that ridiculous rhetoric to bed by becoming the player the US national team can least afford to lose.
Did I say that friendship and relationships are important to him? In June of 2009, our family celebrated a once in a lifetime moment as our son CJ was selected to light the torch at the Special Olympics.
I sent out an email to family and close friends detailing the events of that memorable night.
The first response I got was from Bob Bradley. He was in South Africa preparing for the Confederations Cup which is a selection of the best national teams and Cup winners in the world.
He was en route to practice to prepare the United States to take on No. 1 Spain.
In typical Bradley style, while using an outdated Blackberry he did not just punch in “COOL”. He proceeded to type out two paragraphs on that annoying hand held devise about how proud my wife Lynne and I should be of our son.
There was nothing written about him and what he was doing because, to put it simply, Bob gets it and he gets people. That is why he is a great coach.
Bob is currently in Norway in his new role in another ground breaking capacity. He is the coach of Stade and the first American to coach in a foreign first division league. There is no doubt he is already making a difference and has brought excitement to the small first division club.
My sincerest congratulations go out to Bob for being named to the National Soccer Hall of Fame. You’re in it for all the right reasons.
But we already knew that.
Feb. 28, 2014
You’re a good man,
Feb. 28: Well here’s a nice story I’m happy to share.
Not quite as nice as me winning the million dollar lottery, but hey it, I’ll share it anyway.
After Thursday night’s CVC basketball banquet, Hightstown Athletic Director Gary Bushelli was driving out of the Mercer Oaks parking lot when he saw an Oaks employee walking out to Village Road in the freezing cold. And when I tell you it was freezing cold, I’m probably understating it.
Bushelli stopped and asked the guy why he was walking. He said he had to go catch his bus home. Bushelli asked where the bus stop was and he told him it was at Quakerbridge Mall.
We’re talking what would be at least a 45-minute walk, maybe more, in bitter freezing cold, just to catch a bus. Bushelli asked the guy where he lived, the guy told him, and Bushelli put him in his car and took him home.
Despite the fact that made Bushelli late for our post-banquet gathering, I could not have been more impressed by that act of generosity. All I ever really want to do is bust Bush’s chops. I love the guy but praising him is not in my DNA.
But Bush Man, you deserve all the credit in the world. That’s as generous and as nice it gets. Well done!
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As nice as that story was, here’s one at the other end of the spectrum.
Hamilton West senior Claudia Olsen, who never got to compete in winter track until this year when the township re-instated it, promptly qualified for the Meet of Champions in her first season ever doing high jump.
So what happens? She returns from a class trip to Key Largo and at practice Thursday she broke her wrist in two spots and also broke her elbow.
“I landed on the mat with my arm behind my back, and when I came down I heard it crack and break,” Olsen said.
That folks, is absolutely brutal and pretty damn sad.
Good luck Claudia. Get better for spring track quickly!
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Speaking of the CVC basketball banquet. . .kudos to Jay “D-2” Malloy. The third-year Hamilton West boys’ coach was named the Coach of the Year and there probably wasn’t a person there who disagreed with it.
However, Malloy needs to work on his speech technique a bit. He walked up, grabbed his plaque and turned around and walked back. The presenter yelled “Don’t you want to say anything?” He was nearly back to his table and yelled “Thanks!” . . .then five seconds later said “I owe it all to my players.”
For folks who wanted the night to move along quickly, you couldn’t have gotten a better speech (Right, Courtney Adams? Lol) .
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To Lauren Kelly, Kristin Jacobs and Erin Wolverton, I must say, I don’t care who didn’t show up! It was awesome hanging with you guys at the post-banquet!
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Also at the CVC banquet – GQ Award of the Night goes to Tevin “No Look” Williams who was styling with his red shirt and white bow tie.
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Congrats to former Princeton University player and coach Bob Bradley for being inducted into the US Soccer Hall of Fame. Bob is a unique guy who is fascinating to talk to. His take on things is always thoughtful and unique, be it soccer or life in general.
Bradley comes from an extremely successful family, as his brother Scott played in the Major Leagues and now coaches Princeton, and his other brother Michael is a nationally renowned sports writer.
I met their dad a few years ago while he was watching grandson Kevin Bradley play baseball for Hopewell, and you would have never known he had such talented offspring.
It’s great to see humbleness still exists, and this honor for Bob is well deserved.
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I really need to thank Angela LaBelle for her help in tweet updates this year.
First off, I thank all the hoop parents who helped me out – the Adams, the Kellys, Frank “52-49” Bennett. I seriously appreciate it. I know it’s a pain in the neck watching your kid play and then saying “Oh cripe, I gotta send Fish a text.”
And yet you did it and I soooo thank you for it, and I know all the Fish4scores twitter followers appreciate it. You are the unsung heroes.
But Angela gets the “extra mile” award. Ang texted me the updates of the Steinert boys games, and about 75 percent of the time they went down to the wire or into overtime.
Ang didn’t just update the final score. She would send updates every timeout during the closing minutes, including things like “Plunkett jumper ties it” or something like that. I wrote actual stories off what she sent.
It was great stuff Mrs. LaBelle. I guess we need to thank Frank as well, for leaving you alone to do your "job." I’m just glad Chris is a freshman. No good deed goes unpunished my friend! You’re stuck for three more years!
However, as far as post-banquet gatherings go, the LaBelles and Garcias dropped the ball. They are now on double-secret probation unless they show up at Texas Roadhouse on one Athlete of the Week Sunday and keep me company!
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I say this every year and I will say it again. The Colonial Valley Conference is blessed to have Jimmy Hines running the show at Mercer Oaks.
The former Notre Dame soccer standout not only provides reasonable prices for athletic banquets, he and his staff put on an outstanding event. There are never any glitches, everything runs exactly according to plan and the food is always good.
Keep up the great work Jimmy. You are the best!
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While I’m thanking people, I just want to acknowledge outgoing Steinert girls’ soccer coach Aimee Turnbull for being such an easy person to deal with over the years. Whether Steinert won or lost, played good or played bad, Aimee was always cooperative and pleasant in post-game interviews.
Evidently she is the same way as a guidance counselor, as several parents praised Aimee on Facebook for her work with their kids.
So thanks Aimee, and enjoy your time with the family!
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Is Derek Jeter retiring? No one seems to be reporting on it at all, except to ad nauseum. I want to puke it’s so over the top.
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People live for them.
What am I missing here?
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Creighton-Wichita State NCAA championship game? Cool!
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Speaking of the NCAA, I have reached the point where I may literally flip a coin for every pick in my pool and see how that works out. Can’t be any worse than usual.
Maybe that will be my strategy for Warren Bufffet's pool. Use a quarter to make a billion.
Feb 14, 2014
sure can make
Feb. 14: I don’t think it was a good idea for Johnny Manziel to say what you are about to read.
But I love what he said.
Read it first and then I’ll explain. It’s the Texas A&M quarterback talking to two Texas newspaper reporters about his home-state Houston Texans, and what it would mean for them to not make Manziel the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft. He went on to add what would happen if Jacksonville took him with the No. 3 pick.
“It would be the worst decision they’ve ever made,” Manziel said, while talking to reporters from the Houston Chronicle and Fort-Worth Star Telegram. “I’d be in the same division playing against them twice a year (with Jacksonville). Sorry, but you just turned that chip on my shoulder from a Frito into a Dorito.
“I want them to say absolutely, without a doubt, with 100 percent certainty, that I’m who they want. I want everybody from the janitor at Reliant Stadium to the front office executive assistant all the way up to (owner) Bob McNair to say, ‘This kid is 100 percent, can’t miss. This is who we want being the face of our program. We want the Texas kid staying in Texas and leading the Texans.’”
A 20-year-old pretty much calling out a team that has watched closely since childhood.
The kneejerk reaction is “Who does he think he is? Who is this punk, who has never taken a snap in the NFL, to tell a team to take him? To make threats in such bold predictions?”
Obviously, a kid whose confidence is even higher than I ever suspected. And I always suspected it was pretty high.
First off, I love that “Frito into Dorito” line. Wish I had used that in a story at some point in my life, but never did. Not sure if he made it up. But I like it.
Now, consider how boring Roger Goodell wants all his minions to be. It’s the one aspect of his own life he doesn’t feel the need to corner the market on. He wants everyone to be dull like him.
Now consider you have a kid like this shooting his mouth off in a very, very pointed way before he even gets to the league. He could drive Goodell nuts! And that, I like. Goodell might mute him and make him boring, but I’ll take my chances.
This is quite a gamble by Manziel, of course. These words will likely dog him into draft day and beyond. He has put himself out there for severe humiliation. In that same interview he went on to say he wanted to become the first rookie quarterback to win a Super Bowl.
Every bad throw he makes, every bad game he has, those words will haunt him. Then again, every big game he has, announcers will remind us “He’s a confident young man, as we all know from what he said before the draft.”
Linebackers who sack him will repeat those words as he lays smooshed on the ground beneath him. Richard Sherman. . . .oh God, what would Richard Sherman say?
This could make Johnny Football a major joke in the annals of football. Or it could make him the next Joe Namath and then some.
Either way, I love it! It’s refreshing to see someone talk this boldly about himself. He makes me think I really want him to do what he says.
Others disagree, of course. Children should be seen and not heard. Yeah, right. The last time that happened Beaver and Wally were saving up for their first baseball gloves.
Young guys have said similar things before, but man, when you actually bring up the janitor at Reliant Stadium, that’s just darn good stuff!
* * * *
When Richard Nixon lied about a break-in it was bad but it didn’t affect me personally. When Bill Clinton lied about Monica Lewinsky, it was tacky, but my life went on as usual.
One had to resign, the other was impeached.
Barack Obama has lied about Obamacare. I know, because I’m being forced to switch to it and I am discovering I won’t have the same doctor or specialists I’ve had for years. That’s just the tip of what’s wrong.
Now I am affected, in a very adverse way.
This isn’t funny. It’s sad and scary.
Not just for me, but for a whole lot of patients and people in the medical profession. One billing woman told me as I was trying to figure it all out “they are trying to dictate where people go for their health care.” I’m not going into specifics because you probably don’t care. But this all came to light today so I’m in a venting mood. For those of you in my situation, you know of what I speak and can relate.
All I know is, when someone lies like this guy has, I hope he gets punished like the other two did. Only more severely, because now we are affected.
* * * *
After last week’s blog on the Beatles, our good buddy Bird “Farkas” Fink has requested an Ants reunion. OK Bird, I’ll see if I can get the lads together! Pretty sure the air guitars and drums still work.
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Ever since NCAA pools came into vogue, I always said if there were such things as time machines and I was given one trip in either direction, I’d get in on March 1 and set it for April 7 of that same year.
I would then get out, check the internet and fill in the first perfect NCAA pool in world history. Folks scoffed at that, saying that was small-change thinking and that I should look at the stock market and clean up.
My feeling was, I’d make a fortune in all the talk shows I would go on, explaining how I did this. I would lie about how I did it of course. Not only that, people would just think you were cool.
Well now, if I do it. I’ll get a billion dollars! That’s what Warren Buffet is offering to anyone who fills out a perfect NCAA pool. So I would get the billion, plus whatever I made on talk shows. Hell, I could actually own a talk show at that point.
But there are no time machines, and I’m pretty sure despite the added incentive of a billion dollars, I’ll probably come up a little short of perfect again this year.
Which is why I kind of laugh at Mr. Buffet’s offer. I forget what they call the actual number, but the odds are a 1 followed by 17 zeros-to-1 that this can be done. At the track, 17-to-1 odds are a long shot. This is a marathon-shot.
I respect and admire Mr. Buffet, but what the hell! I can be a big man too. I’m offering 2 billion dollars to anyone who fills out the first perfect NCAA pool in history!
Can I make good on that payment? Of course not.
But I’m pretty sure that’s one offer that will never have to be paid out, until Mr. Spock actually becomes a college basketball fan.
Feb, 9, 2014
Feb. 9: Forgive the trip down memory lane, but after watching the Grammy Beatles special tonight I just have to get it out of my system.
Yes, I saw them on Ed Sullivan that first night, in a little living room in a little Cape Cod house on Andrea Lane in Mercerville.
I was freaking out, so was my mom, and my World War II veteran dad just didn't get it.
The next day I sprinted to Mercerville School to share the experience with my classmates about what we all saw. We were freaking out, buzzing like maniacs. Our teacher Mrs. Arndt had to tell us to be quiet like, a million times.
We were only in first grade and I still remember it vividly. It’s like the clearest memory I have that young (except for getting spanked). That’s a powerful presence.
A year later, me and my pals – all of second grade now – decided we were going to form a group called The Ants. Clever huh? The extent of our musical ability was that we put on Beatles albums and did air guitar and air drums before anybody else.
Shockingly, the Beatles lasted a bit longer than The Ants.
Not only could we not conquer America, we couldn’t even conquer Regina Avenue.
The Beatles, however, will last forever.
They could have very easily been a one-year fad, or craze, like so many others have been. Come over to the U.S., cause a sensation with their songs about love and holding hands, and then just pop up on oldies stations – “Oh yeah, they were that band with the long hair that went ‘wooooh’!”
But they matured, their music matured and they have written some of the greatest songs of all time beyond the realm of rock music. Their time as a group lasted through my time in elementary school.
That’s only six years.
And an impact that has lasted for 50.
By the time I got to Nottingham Junior High, Jimmy Hendryx, Janis Joplin, the Doors and Three Dog Night were the main bands. And we liked them.
But The Beatles never got out of our system. Ever. And after watching the special tonight, I’m feeling pretty good that we’re not alone.
It blows my mind that young kids love this band that hasn’t played together in 44 years. It shouldn’t but it does, because none of us ever want to like the music of earlier generations. We want to like OUR music and to heck with what came before.
To me and my pals from Mercerville School – Greg Edwards, Bob and Jack DeStefano, to name a few -- the Beatles will always be our music because it was the only thing we knew growing up other than nursery rhymes and, of course, the Monkees and Rolling Stones.
We like other music as well, but we kind of feel a pride that so many generations after us still love The Beatles. It’s like, we feel they are ours because we had the good fortune of being on the ground floor of our lives when they were on the ground floor of becoming a dynasty.
A lot of adults thought The Beatles would come and go back in the 1960s. They never dreamed that 50 years later a phenomenal special would be shown celebrating their arrival in America.
That right there tells you how special they are. To my knowledge, there hasn’t been a two-and-a-half hour anniversary special for Beethoven or Mozart; Sinatra or Crosby; Elvis or Chuck Berry. But there they were, people who weren’t even born during the first Ed Sullivan appearance, performing Beatles songs with pride.
And when Ringo was singing his solos, I loved watching Paul McCartney sitting in the crowd, singing along as if he was just some schlub who bought a ticket to watch the show.
Friends and I were texting back and forth all night, getting more sentimental and more amazed each 15 minutes at how good this show was.
It made me want to get up and write this blog right away.
And damn if I don’t feel like running to Mercerville School tomorrow and talking to everybody about the show.
Fifty years later, some things never change.
Feb. 2 2014
Let’s all have
a super duper
Feb. 2: So it’s finally here. Thank God!
How I love this day!
Wait, what’s that? There is something else going on today? A football game, you say?
Gee, how did that slip past me? I really hadn’t seen or read anything about it.
Well, maybe just a snippet or two. . . every minute. . . of every day. . . on every channel.
I am always weary of the Super Bowl hype any year, but with it being in New Jersey it is even more insane. Every Philly and New York station is on overload, looking in any nook and cranny for a unique story.
Granted, some of them aren’t bad. But there’s too many! Toooooo manyyyyy!!!
Sorry, had to freak out there for a second.
And then, of course, there are the usual national media outlets and their carnival.
As my Facebook friends now know, NFL Network hit rock bottom last week when it provided coverage of the Seahawks plane coming into the hangar at Newark Airport. The plane had come to rest, and they started analyzing who would get off the plane first, which door would open first, the front or the back?
At that point, I hit the clicker, screaming, and started watching the story of ghost trying to flip his house while eating different foods on the Biography Channel.
And for those folks – i.e., Jerry “The Beachboy” Laird and Rich Fornaro – who accused me of watching it, let me set the record straight – I was flipping through, I stopped on NFL Network just to see what was on. I saw the plane, I heard them start to talk about who would get off first and quickly moved on. Couldn’t have been on there for more than 45 seconds before I left in horror.
Fish rules state: In the world of channel surfers, there must be at least one minute between clicks before being accused of “watching.”
* * * *
Speaking of Groundhog Day, I plan on being very funny watching the game today. Every time they show an instant replay, I am going to refer to the movie by going “Hey, this already happened. . . we must be in Groundhog Day!”
Feel free to do that at your Super Bowl party. . . and let me know how stupid people think you are.
* * * *
One of the biggest laughs I got this week was reading a list of things for people to do during Super Bowl week.
One of them was selling a ticket for $12.50 for folks to come sit in the stands at Media Day and watch the events unfold.
Basically, you’re paying to watch reporters interview people, while being unable to hear what was being said.
I can beat that.
Give me five bucks, and you can watch me interview Jason “The Rock” Marasco a Nottingham wrestling match, and you can listen to what’s being said. For a Rossi’s Burger, you can sit in on my exciting conversation with Steinert swim coach Jen Smith. The price of a Jo Jo’s bar pie will grant you audience as I chat with Hamilton boys hoop coach Jay “D-2” Malloy.
Hey, that beats $12.50 any day! And my questions are even more dumb so you get to laugh at me!
* * * *
Richard Sherman is a polarizing figure. Count me as one of the people who like him. Sorry, but when listening to his interviews I find him well spoken and interesting. Man should not be condemned by one rant alone.
I know, I know. He talks a lot of trash. But for the past two weeks, you would have think his Erin Andrews “interview” is the only thing he’s ever done.
* * * *
So all the talk about the cold, snowy weather and look at it. It’s beautiful.
Then again, Roger Goodell would have suspended Mother Nature for one whole year without pay if it snowed.
I’m pretty sure the guy thinks he is that powerful.
* * * *
Of course I am in a block pool where the score of the game means more than anything else. People ask me who I’m rooting for and I say 7 and 3.
There are some guys out there pretty smug about their numbers, thinking they got it made.
I have just one word for them – safety.
The scourge of all “great” numbers.
* * * *
Is there a bigger supporter of Hamilton Township athletics than Minister Margie Greco? Her kids go to Steinert, but I see her at nearly every basketball game I am at, supporting all the township teams and players.
Good for you Margie! All towns need people like you!
* * * *
Five more weeks til March Madness, but I think it started on the first day of February when a bundle of Top 10 teams got knocked off. Bring it on baby!
Oh no. Did I just sound like Dick Vitale? Yikes!
* * * *
And finally, The Baroness busted The Daredevil.
For those who read last week’s blog, you know I alluded to Nottingham girls basketball coach Lauren “The Daredevil” Kelly abusing me for wearing a Steinert green colored sweatshirt to Nottingham.
So, who shows up at the Nottingham-Lawrence game with a green shirt on? None other than Ms. Kelly.
At first, I didn’t notice (because I notice nothing. If I ever had to describe a crime suspect to a sketch artist, the guy would never be caught).
However, my thanks go out to Tina “The Baroness” Raba for shouting out at halftime “Hey Fish, did you yell at her for the shirt she’s wearing!”
It was then I noticed, and yes, she was abused.
Well done Baroness, well done!
Jan. 24, 2014
needs a Bruno
Jan. 24: It’s my first blog of the year, but I’m not wishing anyone Happy New Year. That ship sails after the first week of January. By then, the year already feels old.
Or I do.
Sometimes it's hard to tell.
* * * *
In case you missed it this week, it snowed in Hamilton Township.
And once again, my next door neighbor came through in a big way.
This is a salute to Bruno, the best neighbor anyone could ever have. Hopefully, everyone has a Bruno on their street.
His full name is Bruno Martilotti. Some of you may know him as the Saturday night bartender at Ivy Tavern, some may know him as “Ray” on the over-50 soccer field, others may know him as the dad of Hamilton West grads Jared and Alyssa, and Mercerville School students may know him as Mrs. Martilotti’s husband.
When the blizzard hit, Bruno was out with his snow blower. He did not only my walk and my driveway, as he always does, but he did the neighbor next to me, then went over and did the guy across the street. He does it all the time, without fail, with a smile on his face.
And when you don't have a beer to offer him, he gives you one of his own! Now that's class!
He’s not just a winter guy though. He lends me his lawnmower, helps me with my countless computer problems (Fish4scores would be gone without him), invites me over for Christmas and, plain is simple, is just a really good guy and has a really good family.
One of the reasons I bring this up now is he has also been a Seattle Seahawks fan since their inception in 1976! He has an original wool cap in his garage that was purchased when Jim Zorn and Steve Largent were the team's big stars.
So I just want to say thanks to my buddy for his never-ending help, and hope that the rest of you all have a Bruno on your street as well.
* * * *
Congratulations go out to Steinert grad Matt Maher, who graduates from Bridgewater College in Virginia this May and has already secured a high school coaching job.
Matt has landed the head JV coach's job at Turner Ashby High School in Virginia. It's a program that has sent numerous players off to play Division I baseball.
Good luck Matt!
* * * *
So just for the heck of it I went on Stub Hub to check out Super Bowl tickets. Afterall, it is in my own backyard.
OK, so if I read this right, they start at a mere $1,781 and the highest seat is $801,170!!!!
I guess I'm not surprised that they go for that high. What does surprise me is, when it's $801,000, why the heck do you need to add that $170? I mean really, what is that all about?
* * * *
I am hearing so many horror stories about costs at the Super Bowl I'm not even going to go into them all. I'm just scared that somehow the NFL will be able to charge we, the people, for the privelege of living in the same state as the game is being played.
If that happens, keep saying it's in New York!
* * * *
Well, now that the Phillies have brought back Bobby Abreu, it leads me to just one conclusion.
The reason they fired Gary Matthews as an announcer, is that they're hoping to coax him back as a player. Unless of course they can get Greg Luzinski out of that Barbecue pit in right field and put him back in the outfield.
In a way, this is almost perfect. The Phillies blossomed as a team once they got rid of Abreu, as everyone said he was a bad presence in the club house. It's now come full circle. The great run is over, so bring back Bobby as a reminder of what it was like before it started.
* * * *
I swear, people get more upset with a guy yelling into a microphone after an NFC championship game, than they do with people who commit real crimes. We really need to get a life.
Or in the words of Richard Sherman "GET A LIFE PEOPLE!!!!!"
* * * *
Coming this week: Fish Bowl II.
* * * *
We have had a new generation of people texting to help out with tweets this winter who need to be recognized. They include Angela LaBelle, Rick Taylor (who isn't new, but does it a lot more this year), Lori and Chris Kelly and Cindy and Tom Adams.
* * * *
And finally, when will I learn?
Thursday night I covered basketball games at Hamilton and Nottingham. I was wearing a green GAK hoodie that former Hibos soccer czar Tom Bayless was nice enough to give me.
I keep forgetting, no matter what the green stands for, it is frowned upon outside of Steinert.
As I walk up to the scorer's table, PA announcer Tom Hoglen said "Yeah you can get the lineups, even though you came here with that green on."
I then scurried over to Nottingham (well, I didn't actually scurry, but it sounds very writer-like to write that) to cover the boys game. As I'm sitting there, girls coach Lauren Kelly walks by, says hi, then walks back. "By the way, you got a lot of nerve wearing that green in here."
Hoglen, well, that's one thing. I can live with that. But when a woman who jumps out of airplanes says something to me, then I get scared!
Dec. 24, 2013
God bless you
Ernie White, for
aiding great cause
and providing a
great time for all
Dec. 24: I have been an Ernie White fan forever, back when he played at the long defunct Casey Jones on Route 130 every Monday night with his band Wind.
But my thoughts on the guy have gone from thinking he’s a fun entertainer, to outright respect for what he has done with his Christmas Show.
White hit another home run this past Sunday night in Hamilton Township with his 14th Annual Christmas Show at Princeton Gardens or Angeloni’s or Cedar Gardens or whatever they call that place. It was only the second show I saw, but long-time attendees said it was his best yet.
It would be hard to argue.
And the beauty of it, is that it benefited the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK).
For those who don’t know the concept, Ernie brings a bunch of local musicians together to jam the night away for four hours; either playing Christmas songs, or turning other songs into Christmas songs. The guest stars include everything from teens to old guys. This year, Nottingham music teacher Meg Hanson even made an appearance and knocked ‘em dead.
And Ernie took it one step further this time. With about 40 minutes to go, he brought out a surprise guest -- the legendary Richie Sambora -- to play his guitar and sing a little back-up.
Suddenly, I felt like all those lucky people who have been there when Bruce comes up on stage unannounced. A room that was already electric, went into overdrive as the former Bon Jovi member and Woodbridge native did his thing just dressed in a baseball cap, jeans and a t-shirt.
Everyone has their own opinion, but I put the guy as one of the top 5 Jersey rock legends, right up there with Springsteen, Clarence Clemens and Jon Bon Jovi.
And what was so cool is, you could just see he was having as much fun jamming on Route 33 in front of a few hundred people as he does in an outdoor stadium in front of 60,000 people.
I’ve noticed that about musicians. When the music is in their blood, it doesn’t matter what the environment is, they just love playing.
Plus, it’s a Jersey thing. Some of our biggest stars never seem to get too impressed with themselves, probably because Jersey won’t let them. No matter how big you get, you're still one of us. lol
Anyway, what made the whole night extra special, as usual, is that they weren’t doing it for their wallet, they were doing it for a good cause.
And that takes a special person. It’s not easy to pull something like that together, and it’s even tougher to bring in a guy like Richie Sambora. But Ernie White did it again. Better than ever.
Tiny Tim said “God bless us, everyone.”
I say God Bless you, Ernie White, and all the people you got to help a good cause on Sunday.
* * * *
In last week’s blog, I mentioned that former Steinert soccer player Harold “Bird” Fink bore a striking resemblance to Christmas Story bully Scut Farkus.
Tomorrow, for our Christmas Day celebration, I will provide definitive proof of this theory as I run a photo of young Bird next to a photo of Scut.
You can be the judge, but I already have assurance from Bird’s young son Justin that my assessment is correct.
* * * *
Just want to thank Mark Sacco for informing me that WMMR’s Pierre Robert gave a shout-out to Fish4scores on his workforce blocks this Tuesday. I sent Pierre an email request on Monday and he got it out on Tuesday.
Like an idiot, I missed, but Mark filled me in.
It was a good week for me and Rock ‘N Roll! * * * *
Don’t want to make this too long today because I know everyone has a lot to do. I just want to thank everyone for their support again this year and wish you all a very, very Merry Christmas.
For now, I am off to join the Christmas Eve Club at Wildflowers for the Greatest Three Hours of the Year.
We also give money to TASK. . .but somehow I don’t think Richie Sambora will be stopping in to see us. Oh well.
Merry Christmas everybody!!!
Dec. 16 2013
are the worst!
Dec. 16: In the early part of December, I tried to hold off from watching my usual traditional Christmas favorites (Rudolph, Miracle On 34th Street, Christmas Carol, Grinch, Christmas Vacation, etc., etc.) to give these current movies a shot. The 13 new ones that are on Hallmark, along with some others on Lifetime and ABC Family and channels like that.
And maaan, do they stink!
Especially the ones on Hallmark.
Every single one is the same plot. OK, let’s say 90 percent of them are the same. They try to alter them by putting different actors in there.
But they all have the same elements – a single mom, a handsome guy who is attracted to the single mom, and a villain who is usually the boss of the single mom at work (usually a department store), or the mayor of the town (often her ex-husband), or something lame like that.
Then there’s always a sort of colleague for the handsome guy. . . a flunky who is always wise cracking about his failures but is always there to help him. And the single mom always has a best friend who is there to support her through her troubles and is always talking about losing weight.
The single mom's friend is always cute, but never quite as good looking as the single mom.
So with the cast set, the movies all play out the same way.
The single mom repels the handsome man, saying he is a very nice guy but she just can’t be in a relationship now because she has too much to worry about with her job that she might lose because of her horrible boss.
The handsome man, however, has a way of helping her out by doing something to bring down her boss or the mean mayor.
The single mom’s kids and her best friend , who have always liked the handsome man from the start, point out all the good things he is doing and – surprise! – she finally falls in love with the handsome man. They all gather around the tree on Christmas Eve and sing and eat and oh how wonderful it all is.
Now, what about the other 10 percent that aren’t like this?
Well, they all have to do with Santa Claus having a problem with some elf, or trying to prove to somebody he really is Santa Claus.
This is why the classics, are the classics.
Because they are classic.
Not clones. * * * *
My Top 10 list of Christmas movies:
1) It’s a Wonderful Life (also my favorite movie of all time, just ahead of Godfather. What’s wrong with that picture?
2) A Christmas Carol (with Alistair Sim. No imitations accepted).
3) Chevy Chase Christmas Vacation (I watch it with my head sewn to the carpet in honor of Cousin Eddie’s arrival).
4) A Christmas Story (For anyone who knows Harold “Bird” Fink. . .he and the bully Scut Farkas were separated at birth).
5) White Christmas (What can I say. I still think Bing is cool. But that maid should have been shot, according to myself and Bird Fink’s wife Denise).
6) Home Alone (but moving up. Gotta love Joe Pesci).
7) Miracle on 34th Street (Kind of gets you in the spirit by starting on Thanksgiving).
8) Scrooged (Cool concept).
9) Scrooge (Musical version of Christmas Carol which I originally saw in Radio City Music Hall when it first came out. Sentimental reasons I suppose).
10) Holiday Inn (Again, Bing is cool, and so is Fred Astaire).
Now, I will say, I have not seen Elf, Bad Santa or any of the Tim Allen Santa Claus movies, and I hear that Elf is awesome. So I’m not disliking those movies. . .I just haven’t seen them yet.
Why am I explaining myself? You don’t really care.
* * * *
My top 10 list of Christmas Specials
1) Charlie Brown (which has been No. 1 since I could first figure out how to turn a channel).
2) Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol (which they never show anymore, but it’s awesome).
3) Rudolph (No one can hate Rudolph).
4) Little Drummer Boy (The serious side of Christmas!).
5) How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the cartoon, not Jim Carrey).
6) The Year Without Santa Claus (the always classic Heat Miser/Snow Miser song).
7) Saturday Night Live Christmas (some are good, some are bad, but collectively, awesome).
8) Frosty (Jimmy Durante’s greatest role!).
9) Santa Claus is Coming to Town (Fred Astaire again. . .as a mailman!).
That’s about it. I think I only like nine.
* * * *
December snow means that the Philly and New York evening news shows can take a break from covering Christmas shopping, and roar into their non-stop coverage of the weather. I’m convinced if it ever snows on Election Day, we’ll never know who the new president is until three days later.
“We’ll try and keep you updated on the race in Ohio folks, but right now let’s go to our team out in Upper Darby and see how the roads are there. . . "
* * * *
How long until we see a seasonal reality show where they plant hidden cameras in malls and show the ugly side of Christmas shopping?
Or has their already been one that I don't know about?
* * * *
I love these commercials encouraging us to buy a car for someone for Christmas. Who are these people who buy cars for people for Christmas?
If you are one of them, please be my friend.
* * * *
And finally, just saw on Facebook that Nottingham High linebacker Nick DeMarie just got accepted to the University of Pennsylvania.
Way to go Mr. President! Good start to your political career in the Ivy League.
Yale=Bush & Bush, Princeton=Wilson, Harvard=JFK, Columbia=Obama Penn=DeMarie?
Hey if Steinert can have a Supreme Court Justice Nottingham can have a U.S. President!
Dec. 8 2013
How cheap can
the NJSIAA get?)
Dec. 8: The NJSIAA put in a fifth group in football to make more playoff money, and in the process they are looking to build on that by making even more money.
Oh wait. They will tell us they put in a fifth group to give more student-athletes a playoff opportunity.
Anyway, since the playoffs started oh so many years ago, members of the media were given rosters or programs to help aid us in figuring who the players were that we were reporting on. Makes sense, right?
Heck, for a while the price of a ticket even provided free programs to the spectators.
As I walked into Lions Stadium Saturday night for the Hopewell-Lawrence game, I was informed by the yellow jacketed folks selling programs, in no uncertain terms, that “we were told we are not supposed to give any programs to reporters. Go up to the press box and they should have something up there.”
Well, they didn’t.
No one from the NJSIAA had anything for anyone up there. It became obvious that the state governing athletic body expected reporters to fork over $5 for the privilege of doing our jobs.
Needless to say, folks were livid. I suggested we all write our stories saying “Number 12 completed a pass to number 80 and was tackled by number 33.”
I mean, how freakin’ cheap can you get when you don’t even want to help the people who are promoting your product? I didn’t even care about a program. Just make copies of the rosters and leave them in the press box.
All I can say to that is, thank you, Mark Gola.
This blog is only half about a whiney sportswriter not getting his way. Waah! The other half is to compliment Mr. Gola, who went out of his way to help out.
As great as Mark was as an athlete at Hopewell Valley High and Rider University, he’s even better as The College of New Jersey’s Sports Information Director. I personally feel he is one of the top SIDs in the state at any level.
He’s professional, he responds to requests in record time and does anything humanly possible to help a writer in need. He’s also the brother of HoVal soccer coach Ed “The Ice Cream Man” Gola, but has yet to procure me a free cone with sprinkles, so he has that working against him.
Anyway, there was Mark, hanging out in the press box in no real official capacity other than to make sure everyone had a seat. He heard the griping (mostly from me) about no rosters, and immediately obtained a copy of both teams rosters from The Times’ Joe Zedalis, who brought his own.
Mark went back to his office to make copies of them, only to find his copier wasn’t working. Thus, on a cold night not conducive to walking around campus, he made his way over to another building to make the copies before taking the long trek back to the press box.
He didn’t have to do it. He just did it because he’s a good guy and a guy who looks out for the writers, even if they aren’t covering TCNJ.
So thanks Mark Gola.
And thank you, NJSIAA. . .for nuthin.
* * * *
Speaking of Hopewell football, what an amazing story. A school at which the parents worked hard against a lot of opposition to get football into the athletic program, has come up with a state sectional title in its 10th season.
What’s impressive is, this was the first time HoVal ever got to playoffs so they very easily could have been happy with that. But they wanted it all and they got it.
And, as the smallest of all consolation prizes, even though Nottingham can’t say it won the state championship again this year, it can say it was the only team to defeat the CJ Group III champion.
I don’t know if that stands for anything good, or just frustrates the Stars even more because they were moved from Group III to Group IV.
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The Steinert girls swim team looks interesting and fun this year. The Spartans have some major studettes in Maggie Herbert, Hailey Thayer, Maddie Horner and Chelsea Ackerson. How that translates into dual meet victories remains to be seen, as depth is always a key.
But this is a team built for big-meet success and the Hornet Relays should be fun to watch between the Spartans and a strong-looking Lawrence squad.
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Although they didn’t play a part in the outcome, two former Steinert players re-united on the football field Saturday in a game of tremendous importance. And it was two days shy of the two-year anniversary of their epic state final game against Neptune.
No. 15 ranked University of New Hampshire defeated No. 8 Maine, 41-27, in a NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision second-round playoff game. Adam Riese is a redshirt freshman quarterback on New Hampshire, while his former favorite target, Jordan Dunn, is a redshirt freshman receiver on Maine.
While Riese did not play, Dunn got into the game but did not have any touches.
Riese, who is playing behind two juniors and two sophomores, has played in four games this season and completed his only pass for one yard, while rushing three times for 15 yards.
New Hampshire plays Southeastern Louisiana in a quarterfinal game Saturday.
Dunn finished the season with eight catches for 93 yards (11.6 per catch) and one touchdown.
Both players have three years of eligibility remaining, so here’s wishing them good luck and more playing time in the future.
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How weird is this off-season for the Yankees. They sign Ellsbury, Beltran and McCann but lose Cano and Granderson. And seven years for Ellsbury? He’s already injured a lot, his legs are his strength and how fast will they be in a few years?
However, as a Phillies fan whose team’s motto seems to be “Be Bold! Be Old!”, I will say the path they have taken really bums me out.
The core group of Rollins, Utley, Howard, and Ruiz must no doubt be considered the greatest Phillies team of all time. And this is coming from a guy who grew up in the Schmidt-Bowa-Boone-Rose-Carlton era, so it takes a lot for me to say that.
But the numbers say these guys are it. And it’s going to be sad to watch this once exciting group of stars just kind of wither away as old, injury-plagued guys the Phils have kept around to extend that link to the glory days.
I just hope it doesn’t diminish what they did at their peak, because it was special. And I cringe at the thought of them finishing their careers playing at a half filled Citizens Bank Park in front of apathetic fans that once roared at their every move.
That’s why I was happy for Shane Victorino, who was as much a part of the Phils’ success as anyone. It was great to see him have a big moment on a big stage with the Red Sox.
I wouldn’t even mind seeing that happen with Utley or Howard. Go to a team that can win. Go out on top.
But I fear we’re just going to watch them all get older and less productive together.
I hope I'm wrong. I usually am. I'm worried I might be right this time.
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Auburn and Florida State. Interesting match-up for the BCS title. But how I would have loved to have seen Missouri top Auburn and come out of nowhere to play for the crown.
Not to mention, former Hamilton West cheerleader Carol Carter Ahl (Carol Severin in high school) is a Mizzou graduate, so in support of her, I adopted Missouri as my team. Oh well. We still have a bowl game!
Speaking of. . . .as was pointed out last week, Rutgers has made its bowl and will play one of college football’s most historic teams (Notre Dame) in Yankee Stadium, by virtue of beating six teams with a combined win total of less than 20. And it will make money for sure, as ND is always a draw in the Metropolitan area and it’s playing Rutgers in its own backyard.
Let’s hear it for the bowl system! It serves up cold leftovers and still turns a profit for the NCAA.
And I’ll bet you they’ll give rosters to reporters covering the game!
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Belated Happy Birthday wishes to Hamilton West Vice-Principal and psychotic Flyers fan Brian Smith.
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I wonder how those Andy Reid press conferences are these days after three straight Chiefs losses.
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It's been 33 years to the day John Lennon was shot and killed. Still seems like it just happened.
Guys like him and Elvis crammed more in 40 years than some of us could experience in 200. You just wonder what they would have done with 40 more.
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Why is Division I basketball in New Jersey so dreary? It’s pretty bad when FDU can go from 1-6 to beating Rutgers and Seton Hall.
I haven’t seen interest in Jersey college hoops so low in years and it’s a shame when you have some of the top high school programs in the nation in your own backyard.
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Have a good week folks, and don’t worry about Christmas shopping yet. Plenty of time!
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.