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Sep. 24, 2015 Girls Soccer
Steinert ties Robbinsville in well played effort
Sep. 24: The Steinert girls JV soccer team tied Robbinsville, 2-2, today on goals by Brielle Flodman and Chloe Zoldi.
"The girls started off a little slow in the first half but really picked it up as the game progressed," coach Chelsey Pitonyak said. "Unfortunately we couldn't put another goal away in time."
Sep. 20, 2015 Field Hockey
Hamilton uses balanced attack to defeat Northstars
Sep. 20: The Hamilton West JV field hockey team defeated Nottingham, 4-1, today on goals by Shelby South, Madison Hindermeyer, Madison Molnaur and Alicia LePore. Assists came from Amber Czyzweski, Devan Onorati and Shelby South.
The defense of Monserratt Acosta, Delainey McDonald, Gianna Tummillo, Kayla Medina and goalie Shannon Hood played cohesively as a group for the shutout.
"The game was played with passion and it was a wonderful victory," coach Marcy Brown said.
Sep. 17, 2015 Girls Soccer
Steinert blanks Rams as Navarro, Flodman score twice
Sep. 17: Ashley Navarro and Rachel Flodman scored two goals apiece, while Casey Grehan and Demetria Lally each had one in the Steinert girls' soccer team's 6-0 win over Hightstown today.
Sep. 14, 2015 Football
Hamilton opens with convincing win over Princeton
Sep. 14: The Hamilton West JV football team opened its season with a 20-0 victory over Princeton today.
Hornet quarterback Mike Anselmo had a 19-yard touchdown run while Mike Carbone tossed a 57-yard TD pass to Chris Charles.
Kris Klek returned an interception for a touchdowns, while John Piotrowski, Rahmel Turner and Will Simpson all played well on defense.
Sep. 15, 2015 Girls Soccer
Steinert stays unbeaten with victory over Allentown
Sep 15: The Steinert JV girls soccer team moved to 2-0 with a 2-0 win over Allentown today. Ashley Navarro and Brielle Flodman had the goals, giving Flodman three goals in two games.
"The girls fought hard every minute, start to finish and the end result was a direct reflection of that," coach Chelsea Pitonyak said. "We capitalized on our opportunities and played some great defense."
Sep. 15, 2015 Boys Soccer
Nottingham gets its first win in the 'Fish Era'
Sep. 15: Jason Rodriguez, Anthony Pasillo and Christian Guest all scored goals to give the Nottingham JV boys soccer team a 2-0 win over West Windsor-Plainsboro South. It marked the Stars first win under first-year coach Christy "Fish" Fink.
In its previous two games, Nottingham fell 4-1 to both Lawrence and Lawrenceville, as Rodriguez and Kevin Mejia had the goals.
Sep. 11, 2015 Girls Soccer
Flodman scores twice as Spartans win Pitonyak’s debut
Sep. 11: Brielle Flodman scored two goals to help Steinert’s JV girls soccer team to a 5-1 win over Hopewell Valley and give Chelsea Pitonyak a victory in her coaching debut.
Gabby DeLisa, Kaylie Skillman and Ashley Navarro also found the back of the net for the Spartans (1-0).
“It's always really nice to start a season on a high note with a win against a great team,” said Pitonyak, coming off a stellar collegiate career at Mercer and Rowan. “The girls have been working really hard preparing for the season and today's result is definitely a step in the right direction as far as setting a standard for ourselves for future games.”
Nov. 20 Football
Hamilton tops Steinert for JV T'Giving bragging rights
Nov. 20: The Hamilton West JV football team grabbed pre-Thanksgiving bragging rights by taking a 10-0 win over Steinert today.
Michael Anselmo tallied on a 7-yard keeper up the middle for the Hornets, while Tim Moore ran in for the 2-point conversion. Defensively, James White nailed a Spartan running back in the endzone with a fierce hit that produced a safety.
Moore ran hard on offense while Anselmo had a good game at quarterback, according to coach Ken Nehila .The defense was led by James White, Mike Abromowicz and Kris Klek. Jamal Thomas also stood out with a blocked punt and two pass break-ups.
Notre Dame gets boost from township in big victory
The Notre Dame High JV football team improved to 3-2 with a 36-6 win over West Windsor-Plainsboro North, with Hamilton Township products leading the attack.
Derek Adezio had two touchdowns, while Matt Griffin had a touchdown and two-point conversion. Quarterback Zach Landi and offensive tackle Zach Pierson helped fuel the offense, while stellar defense came from James Moscarello, Anthony Battis, Joseph DiGregorio and Robert Tampellini.
Oct. 21 Girls Soccer
Olsen’s hat trick paces Hornets to season-ending win
Oct. 21: The Hamilton West JV Girls soccer team concluded its season on a high note with a 7-0 win over Trenton.
“It was a great way to finish off our season and it just showed how much we've improved tremendously since our first game,” coach Staci Adams said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better group of girls. They worked very hard this season and I was proud to be their coach.”
Peyton Olsen led the attack with a hat trick, Lisa Rodriguez had two while Gianna Tucci and Nephtalie Guillaume had one each. Jadya Gouler picked up an assist.
When it was over, Adams felt a chill up her spine.
“They celebrated by dumping the jug of water over my head!” the coach said between chattering teeth.
The Nottingham JV soccer team celebrates its first win of the season after taking a 5-4 win over Robbinsville Tuesday.
Oct. 7 Boys Soccer
Blair’s hat trick lifts Nottingham to first win
Oct. 7: The Stone is rolling.
After a tough start, Charlie “The Stone” Iacano got his first win as Nottingham High’s boys JV soccer coach when the Northstars took a 5-4 victory over Robbinsville today.
Ricardo Blair led the attack with three goals, while Greg John scored on a penalty kick and Manny “Brick” Denis added what proved to be the decisive goal to make it 5-2.
Iacano praised the defensive efforts of Mike Susso, Andrew Bentz, Carl Agustin, and Manny Dennis, along with goalies Fiq Siddiqui and Rob Mazukewicz.
“Everyone contributed to a great team win,” Iacano said.
Steinert keeps rolling with wins over West and Princeton
The Steinert girls’ soccer team came up with two wins and a tie this past week. In a 1-1 tie with Ewing, Emily Gulsby had the goal off a Michaela Miranda assist.
Kristen Pirocco had two goals in a 2-0 win over Princeton. Prior to that, Kaylie Skillman and Jess Leaver had two goals each in a 7-1 win over Hamilton West. Emily Gulsby, Miranda and Kylie Amison had one goal each.
The recent run lifted the Spartans’ record to 7-1-3.
Catching up on girls JV soccer action
Skillman-fueled Steinert loses just once in first eight games
After tough start, Hamilton gets wins over Nottingham, Bordentown
Sep. 11, 2014 Field Hockey
Brown scores with three seconds left to lift Nottingham
Sep. 11: Gabrielle Brown scored her second goal of the game with just three seconds remaining to give the Nottingham JV field hockey team a thrilling, 2-1 victory over Hamilton West. The defense was led by Kendia Mesidor, Paris Wood and Jennipher Fernandez, while goalie Shannon McLaughlin had 37 saves.
Hamilton West sophomore Alicea Lepore stickhandles upfield Friday during the Hornets scoreless tie with Steinert in JV field hockey (Photo by Donna "The Trooper" Brihn).
Sep. 5, 2014 Boys Soccer
Steinert nips Bulldogs as Stanley wins coaching debut
Sep. 5: The Spartans gave Aaron Stanley his first win as Steinert JV boys soccer coach by taking a 2-1 win at Hopewell Valley today.
Sam Cohen got Steinert on the board off an assist from Jacob DiChiara. Tristan Spadola got an insurance goal on a bicycle kick for what proved to be a necessary score when Steinert put HoVal on the board with an own goal. Aiden Machado assisted Spadola’s goal.
Sep. 5, 2014 Girls Soccer
Grehan lifts Spartans and Fink to their first victory
Sep. 5: The head coaching career of Christie “Fish” Fink got off to a sterling start today as the Steinert JV girls soccer team took a 2-1 victory over Hopewell Valley in the Reynolds Athletic Complex.
Casey Grehan sparked the attack with a goal and an assist. Grehan set up Tatiana Dorner for the Spartans’ first goal, and then converted a corner kick from Jessica Leaver to give Fink her historic victory.
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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June 16, 2015
Fish4scores coverage in limbo for a few weeks
June 16: For those of you wondering where your little league and softball results are, here is the situation. I am in the process of selling and buying a home, and in between I will be living in Montgomery for at least two weeks.
I am in the home stretch of packing up my entire house for the first move.
The reason for this boring oratory on my life history is that this is a massive undertaking. Between the moves and my actual paying jobs there are not enough hours in the day to tend to Fish4scores the way it should be.
Therefore, the coverage will not be what you are used to for at least the next month as I uproot and get re-settled. This includes legion, Babe Ruth and District 12 coverage.
I can only promise to do the best we can during this time but please understand that if things don't appear, or appear very late, this is the reason. I apologize for this but there just are not enough hours in the day for me to be able to operate Fish4scores for the time being. You are still invited to submit things and I will try and get them up, but if you feel you might be wasting your time, I get it.
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May 24, 2015
we are here this
May 24: I always get a little nostalgic this weekend just because of what it stands for. And I always get a little mad at myself too.
There are times I find myself cranky because I have to work during the weekend while my friends are down the shore. Or because no one I know is having a picnic or something cool and I feel like I'm missing out on something. Or someone does have a picnic and it sucks! lol
And that's when I suddenly realize I'm a selfish idiot who has no idea how good he has it.
Two of the finest men I have had the honor of knowing are combat veterans -- my ldad, who was in the Navy in World War II, and my good friend John Wagner, who was in the army during Viet Nam. Thank God we are not remembering them for perishing in war, as my dad lived to nearly 80 and Wags is still going strong while living his life one unique disaster at a time, be it the cable company, his backyard or Rich Giallella.
It is probably because of my relationship with them that I often think about the servicemen and women this weekend.
Neither of them ever talk (or talked) about combat. My dad told funny stories about his buddies, Wags tells hard- to-believe stories about serving under Norman Schwarzkopf. They never talk(ed) about the death or destruction and I can't blame them. Who would want to remember that?
But I'm pretty sure they privately recall(ed) buddies they lost in their wars and think of them fondly. And that is what all of us should take time to do this weekend.
Just take 2 minutes to say a little prayer, thanking the millions we never knew but who never lived long enough to buy their own backyard grill to celebrate Memorial Day.
These are anonymous heroes that are as important to this country as Abe Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, LeBron James and Ryan Seacrest have ever been. Nothing against those guys, but we give them more of a thought each day then we ever did the guys who truly sacrificed for us.
There have been a lot of holidays out there contrived just for the retail world. Not this one. . .this is a sincere holiday designed to salute the most unsung heroes in this country's history. I don't know any of them, but I love them and appreciate them all.
Do them a favor. . .spend 1 or 2 minutes this weekend letting them know you love them too, in any way you feel comfortable.
And then go out and enjoy your picnics and shore trips and parades, and know that you are doing exactly what they fought for you to do.
Happy Memorial Day!
May 11, 2015
Rest In Peace,
May 11: Mercer County lost an absolute legend on Sunday.
Friends and family are mourning the passing of the great Judge Daniel O’Donnell today, while at the same time celebrating his incomparable life. The Judge – which is how he is affectionately referred to by all who know him – succumbed peacefully to a battle with cancer surrounded by his family on Mother’s Day.
And while The Judge is a West Trenton guy, he deserves tribute on this website as he has four grandchildren making an impact on the Hamilton Township sports scene. Actually, he deserves tribute regardless, but he has certainly been on the township scene the past decade.
Grandkids Jack, Sean, Flannery and Grace (my personal favorite, as we share a common interest) have all played basketball for St. Gregory’s in the Mercer County CYO League, while Grace and Flannery are also long-time players in Hamilton PAL basketball.
Their dad – The Judge’s son and my close friend Dan – has served as a St. Gregory’s coach while their mom Megan served as the team mom.
The kids have also played in the YMCA soccer leagues out at Sawmill, and Jack was a varsity soccer player for Notre Dame High.
Why am I telling you all this? Because The Judge was a constant presence on the sidelines at those games, quietly looking on proudly as his grandchildren performed. To watch him or to talk with him, you would never know he was a very powerful man in Mercer County as a retired Superior Court Judge.
Nope, you would think he ran the hardware store down the street. Or that he was a retired stand-up comedian, as two of his greatest traits were modesty and humor.
The Judge was truly a regular guy. He liked to hang out at the old Tony Kall’s bar in Trenton with other county legends, including veteran sportswriters Bus Saidt and Harvey Yavener, along with popular man-about-town Joe Tiger
He enjoyed having fun, enjoyed his family, absolutely loved golf and went about it all in an easy going manner.
But he was also serious about his job and was truly one of the most respected judges you will ever run across. He was also popular. And there is a fine line to walk in being respected AND beloved, because some people fear those they respect, and others don’t quite respect those they like.
The Judge’s secret was blending wisdom with humor and common sense. It was what made him respected in his court room and with the gang at Tony Kall’s.
And as Dan Jr. will attest, The Judge enjoyed the company of all his son’s friends. We were so privileged to not just know him, but get to spend time with him as he took great interest in things that we did. I didn’t see him all that much, but when I did, he treated me like a close friend.
I have, of course, left out The Judge’s greatest love – Notre Dame University sports. He graduated from Notre Dame and had a lifelong passion for the Irish athletic teams. I am one of those guys who always root against dynasties – Yankees, Notre Dame, Duke, etc. – but when I knew The Judge was on limited time this winter, I secretly rooted for Notre Dame to shock the world and win the NCAA Tournament.
It didn’t happen, but I’m sure The Judge took it in his usual, off-beat manner.
And as a final tribute to The Judge, I leave you with my favorite line from his vault of dry wit – and take this with a grain of salt and the humor in which it was meant, as he spent a lifetime as a church-going man happily married to his wife Jean.
But whenever The Judge was asked how old he was when he got married, he would casually respond with a straight face “Thirty-three. . .same age as Christ when they crucified him.”
Every married guy in the world roared, and even Jean had to laugh.
So rest in peace Judge. You were always loved and your memory will always be cherished with a smile.
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Steinert phys-ed teacher and former varsity basketball coach Albert Mostrangeli wants it known that Spartan baseball slugger is not his son.
“Everyone is asking me that,” Mostrangeli said. “I think we have the same great grandfather. That might make us like, fifth cousins or something.”
It’s not that Albert doesn’t want to be associated with Ryan. He’s just getting tired of being asked!
Who says we don't help make life easier for people here?
May 1, 2015
Mariota to Birds
farce typical of
NFL draft overkill
May 1: On Thursday afternoon prior to the Steinert-Nottingham girls lacrosse game, Spartans Athletic Director Steve Gazdek said it was “Christmas Day” for football fans, because the NFL draft was beginning that night.
Gaz isn’t the only one to call it that, but he was the last one I heard say it before the draft started.
And for Philadelphia Eagles fans, Gazdek could not have been more correct.
Not because they got the gift that they wanted. Quite the opposite, in fact. But the whole lead-up to the draft was, and always is, not unlike getting ready to celebrate the biggest holiday of the year.
Think about it. In preparing for Christmas, we shop. We decorate. We clean (well, I don’t). We party (I do). We send out cards. We party some more. We wrap presents. We make plans. This goes on for months.And then, Christmas arrives. One day. And boom! Gone.
Sixty days of preparation and the whole thing you’re preparing for, lasts for a tiny blip on the radar screen. It’s like “We did all that, for this?” And half the time it’s a big letdown.
Now, think about Eagles fans. I abhor talk radio, especially the Philadelphia stations because they just beat to death everything Eagles all the time, as if nothing else exists (In fairness, all media outlets in Philly did this with the Mariota thing).
But I do check in the talk shows, every so often, just to see if either Ray Didinger is on (who is the best, hands down), or if they might be talking about something else.
Needless to say, since the end of this past football season, they talked about NOTHING but how the Eagles could go an unprecedented 20th to 2nd to get Marcus Mariota.
They discussed the pros. The cons. Every conceivable deal. Every slick move. Every stupid move. What’s enough? What’s too much? If scientists put as much effort into curing AIDS and cancer, we would be the healthiest planet in the universe.
This went on for days, weeks, months. Same topic, over and over, just re-wrapped in different packages. So what happens on Thursday? The anticipation builds all day, and within 30 minutes, boom! Gone! Tennesse takes Marcus in the second round.
All that planning. All that arguing, all that hashing and re-hashing. And for what? Less than a half hour to realize it didn’t happen.
Now you wait around for New Year’s Eve – which in this case is when the Eagles actually drafted – and hope to salvage the holidays by having a good time and maybe get a kiss from someone who’s good looking.
The whole process is what’s great and terrible about the NFL draft. It’s great for the NFL itself, terrible for people like me, who love watching pro football games but don’t enjoy living the NFL every freakin’ day of the year.
Never have so many wrong predictions been made, than those leading up to draft day. Never have there been more arguments about stuff that won’t even happen. And that is why it’s great for the NFL, because right or wrong, people are talking about the league every hour of every day.
I start to think Roger Goodell and his merry band of owners won’t be happy until every other sport in this country is extinct. I don’t knock them for succeeding. I praise them for their marketing abilities. It’s just not for me, that’s all.
But most people love it, and the NFL seizes that, like any smart business would.
Again, don’t get me wrong. I love NFL football. I live for it in the fall, when it’s played.
But hey, there’s more out there in the world the other seven months of the year.Even if the NFL doesn’t want us to ever explore it.
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Speaking of Christmas, Steinert’s Gaby Bennett might want to set up a tree in May to take care of all the gifts she has been getting.
And they’re all well deserved.
Gaby is in the home stretch of an outstanding career, in which she has stamped herself as one of the great female athletes in Steinert history.
She has won the maximum of 12 varsity letters. She played first singles at tennis for four straight years despite never playing competitive tennis before high school. She was a 1,000-point scorer in basketball. And she’s going to The College of New Jersey for softball – her best sport.
Recently, Bennett has been given scholarships by the Mercer County Softball Hall of Fame and the Steinert Athletic Hall of Fame. This Sunday, she is being given the Renee Keister Award and the Doug Hice Award at the 34th and final Clarence O’Shea Memorial Awards Breakfast.
For those who aren’t aware, Renee Keister is former McCorristin High basketball great who is now Steinert mom Renee Balke. Renee's daughter, Maddy, is teammates with Bennett in softball and basketball. That makes it kind of cool.
So congratulations Gaby. You’ve been fun to cover for four years, despite having to put up with your dad (Love ya Mr. Dolphin!) and I’m sure your future is bright at TCNJ.
And congratulations Renee, for having your award to go to such a class act.
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While we’re on the subject, this is the last Clarence O’Shea breakfast and it will be missed.
For 34 years, the first Sunday in May brought together a plethora of Mercer County sports figures for just a really cool event. Coaches and athletes are honored and awarded, and it just illustrates the unique bond that this county has when it comes to high school sports.
A lot of that had to do with the late Trentonian writer Joe Logue, who covered high school sports for over 50 years, was a huge influence on me, and started the Golden Wave Club that runs the breakfast. I always liked that Joe’s legacy lived on with this event, and I’m sorry to see it go, but with Linda Weise getting the big award and a slew of great kids getting scholarships, it is going out on top. * * * *
They don’t get a lot of publicity, but here’s a shout-out for the Nottingham boys tennis team. The Northstars had lost 22 straight matches at one point into this season, but have come back with three wins. It’s not a lot, but it’s an improvement that deserves a few kudos. Well done fellas.
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The Mercer County Baseball Tournament is upon us beginning Monday, and here is what’s always important to remember. Don’t be surprised to see lower seeds upset higher ones. Sometimes, it’s not even an upset.
Baseball, unlike any other sport out there, is the only one in which a school doesn’t have its best team on the field every game. It all comes down to pitching. When your ace is out there, you have your best tetam. If another team has an ace going against you, it can beat you because that’s their best team.
Case in point, Steinert’s loss to Bridgewater-Raritan this year. The Spartans threw their No. 4, the Panthers threw their No. 1 and Steinert got beat pretty good. But that wasn’t the Spartans “best” team.
Another point to make is that the MCT seeding is based strictly on record, which is never a great indicator, but it’s really the only way to go about it. So, that also can be a little misleading on where a team is bracketed.
I’m not predicting a rash of upsets. I’m just saying, don’t be stunned if and when they happen, because they can occur in baseball more than in any other sport.
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Steinert’s Ryan Mostrangeli has been hitting so good, that when he goes 2-for-4 it is a slump. That’s what he did on Friday at Lawrence, and his average actually dropped from .535 to .532. Time to hit the batting cage Ryan!
Apr. 19, 2015
I hate to say it, but
history tells us that
Mets or Yankees
will win it all by '19
Apr. 19: The Mets and Yanks are feeling pretty good about themselves this weekend after sweeping teams from Florida.
Are they on the precipice of something big?
I’m not sure it will be this year, but it’s not far off.
I despise both teams, but I am here to say that if you are a fan of the Mets or Yankees, take heart. It’s a virtual lock that one of your teams is going to win a World Series within the next five years.
History says so.
It didn’t start well for Gotham. The New York Giants (yes kids, the same franchise that now wins all the time in San Francisco) won the second World Series ever in 1905, and no New York team won another until the Giants won three straight from 1921-23.
In fact, from 1921 through 1962, the longest streak of a non-New York World Series winner was three years. Three years!! The three New York teams won 27 championships during that time, the rest of baseball 15. Think about that. I know as a Phillies fan I sure do...and not with a smile.
Most of that had to do with the Yankees, of course, as they won 20 during that period. But that “less-than-a-decade streak” was in serious jeopardy in the 1960s/early 70s when the Yanks were the worst they’ve ever been (aahhh, they were the days!). The Bombers went without titles from 1963-76 and New Yorkers needed a miracle to keep the less-than-10 streak alive.
And that’s exactly what they got.
It came in 1969 when the 8-year-old Mets – who were one of the worst franchises ever in their first seven years – stunned Baltimore to win the Series. They were dubbed the Miracle Mets and “The Amazins’”, a term the New York Post still uses.
Had the Mets not pulled off the biggest shocker in MLB history, it would have been a 14-year drought in Gotham.
Some lean times have followed, as New York toyed with a decade-long Series drought numerous times. From 1970 to 1995, there were dry spells of seven years (Yanks win in 1977-78), eight years (Mets win in 1986), and the longest one of all, nine years. But still not 10!
We New York haters had to pay for that bliss, however, as the Yanks snapped the skid in 1996 to start a binge of four
titles in five years. That was followed by another eight-year dearth before the Yanks won in 2009.
That was five years ago. As you know by now if you’ve managed to read this far, the famine never reaches 10.
So sometime between now and 2019, either you Mets fans or you Yankees fans can prepare to celebrate.
And yes, it kills me to say that. But hey, you can’t argue with history. * * *
How about Britt McHenry? What a shallow, egotistical, entitled, angry disgrace of a human being she is. For those not familiar with the story, McHenry is the hot blonde sideline reporter for ESPN. Yes I know, I’ll probably have to be more specific since that only narrows it down to a zillion.
Anyway, her car was towed in Virginia and she went off on the cashier at the pound and berated her in just an awful way. She degraded the other woman's job, teeth and weight, while she arrogantly proclaimed "I'm on TV!". (Maybe I should try that sometime. “Hey, I’m on Fish4scores!” How hard would that person be laughing?)
Anyway, a video of this tirade went viral and ESPN gave her a week’s suspension. A week! You have to actually see the video to realize that a week is not enough.
McHenry has her detractors and her defenders, as several columns have been written saying we don't hear what the other person said and that the towing company had a horrible reputation. But we do hear the woman telling McHenry she was on video, so if the cashier knew this was being taped, would she really say something to instigate such responses and risk her own job?
Whatever, Britt got suspended for a measly week.
But think about it.
This has become standard now at ESPN. One of their on-air personalities does or says something outrageous and all they do is get suspended instead of actually fired.
Why? Because the incidents always get great publicity and ESPN knows that once these people return on air, anyone who didn’t know them before, will want to watch them now to see just who these horrible people are. Britt McHenry is more famous now than ever before.
It’s all about the ratings, and jerks like this bump the ratings. Their horrid behavior is the best publicity ESPN could get. And this is a network that has taken self-publicity to unthinkable levels. * * *
Haven’t met a person yet who doesn’t feel bad for Princeton Day School’s Cole McManimon having a game-tying home run taken away from him when it was ruled he missed home plate against Hamilton.
And he was told he missed it by a lot.
As a photo by Hamilton photographer David Bremer showed, that clearly wasn’t the case.
Three high school umpires I have spoken with, who saw Bremer’s photo of Cole’s foot either on the edge of the plate or missing it by a 1,000th of an inch, said they would never have made that call in a million years. Actually, they just said they wouldn’t make the call. I added the million years for effect.
One coach told me “If they made that call against my team they would have had to take me away in handcuffs.”
Hey, everyone makes mistakes, but when it costs a kid one of the most memorable moments he might have in high school, that just plain sucks.
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How about the track & field resurgence in Hamilton Township?
The Nottingham boys have been outstanding for the past seven years and are off to another great start this year. The Hamilton West boys rose from the ashes the past two years and still have some quality athletes who could do well in the state and county meets.
And the Steinert boys – a program that has been in disarray for a long time, had a huge turnout this year and had a nice dual meet win over Hightstown last week. The Spartans have some good weight men, an improving sprinter in Marco Granston and some nice distance runners.
On the girls’ side, Nottingham’s Grace Dwyer is not the only game in town anymore. Hamilton West has made tremendous strides this year and have some strong sprinters, jumpers and throwers. I loved Hannah Donkor’s line the other day, saying “It’s Field and Track” instead of track and field. And Steinert has some quality throwers and distance girls that will also be heard from in states and counties.
The best part is, when you listen to the athletes talk, they are proud of the track renaissance. It’s not just a sport for them to stay in shape. They want to succeed and they want their team to succeed. * * *
What a great night for Nottingham softball on Saturday, winning their tournament and beating a really good East Brunswick team in the title game in walk-off fashion after trailing 2-0.
But I gotta tell you, I was pretty scared when Kristin “Z” Hallam got hit in the back with a pickoff throw and started screaming. Part of it was concern, the other was shock.
Hallam is not just a great player, but a tough, tough kid. When you hear someone like that crying loudly and yelling she can’t feel her arm, it’s frightening.
And I can only imagine how her teammates and family members felt.
Fortunately, she hung in there and scored the winning run, although she did say today that her back was “a little sore.” When I told her she scared the hell out of me, she said “I scared the heck out of myself!”
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Congratulations to Bob Hutchinson, who came in 12 minutes under the over-under mark set for his Steinert Hall of Fame induction speech Saturday night.
His championship softball team was inducted last year and the extremely popular Hutch proceeded to give one of the longest speeches in HOF history.
I was informed this year by former Spartan trainer/coach Ron Sebastiani that the over-under was 17 minutes, and the actual speech took five.
Congrats Hutch, on the well-deserved honor and on the brevity!
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Note to Brian “The Chef” Giallella. Stop scheduling games on the same day of the Steinert Hall of Fame dinner. It seems you lose all the time on that day. Instead, you should help the kitchen prepare the dinner for that night.
Apr. 5, 2015
The blog is
Apr. 5: What better day to resurrect this blog than Easter Sunday, right?
Happy Easter everybody, I hope you’ve all had a good past eight months while I’ve been gone, and I hope you have a nice holiday today.
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So, how about this Steinert baseball team. When you talk about amazing starts to a season, it doesn’t get better than what the Spartans have done.
In their first two games, they rally to tie it in the seventh and win it in the bottom of the eighth. That’s a tough act to follow, and yet yesterday the Spartans beat the No. 1 ranked team in the state.
What was most impressive about that feat is that Steinert did it legitimately. OK, maybe a few of the big hits got help from the wind, but for the most part, Steinert stung the ball against one of the state’s best pitchers. The Spartans pitching harnessed an attack that had scored 27 runs in two games, and the defense was nearly flawless.
Kudos to both coaches afterward. Brian “The Chef” Giallella did not gloat over the win and kept things in perspective. GC’s Mike Rucci took his team to task, saying it did nothing right. But at the same time he praised the Spartans for their effort and gave them their due credit.
It was a great day at Fort Giallella, which is abuzz these days with the addition of Jim “Chorizo & Eggs” Geraci as the public address announcer.
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Since this is the first blog in 8 months, I must take time to acknowledge our new Athlete of the Week sponsor, Rossi's Tavern on Whitehorse Road. Alan Meinster, Mike Rossi and the crew have been awesome to work with.
And for those who don't know, the legendary hamburger establishment is now running a Sunday brunch from 10 to 2, so check it out. Good stuff!
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Who said Rutgers fans don’t have any rooting interest in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament?
If Wisconsin can defeat Duke Monday night, the Scarlet Knight faithful can proudly say their team beat the team that went on to win the national championship. Of course, the Badgers didn’t have Frank Kaminsky in that game, and the win was followed by 13 straight losses to end the season, so make of it what you will.
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I’m wrestling with what to make of Kentucky after last night. Everyone says it’s a special team, it went 38-0, blah blah blah. But, how special can a team be that doesn’t even make it to the finals?
I understand that this was a team that could have let egos get in the way with so many superstars, and they all banded together, sacrificed playing time and had one heck of a run. I still think, however, they are a better team than Wisconsin. And when you’re the better team and you don’t win, that takes a little shine off the “special” tag.
I myself think
Wisconsin is pretty special. They are a fun team to watch (as was Kentucky) and they use their personnel to perfection. Sam Dekker is the perfect complement to Kaminsky, who is unique just by the fact he always looks like he’s five seconds away from dozing off.
And the biggest thing Wisconsin did, was make life normal again for all of us Duke haters. The scuttlebutt was that if Duke and Kentucky met in the finals, this would be one time everyone rooted for Duke because it was the underdog (I would have rooted for Kentucky).
As it turns out, we don’t have to worry about it anymore. Goooooo Badgers!!!
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So I have a 17-game season ticket plan for the Phillies, and I was complaining on Friday night because one of the games in my plan was the exhibition game with the Pirates.
Well, kudos to the Phils for pulling a class act. Because of the bad weather, anyone with tickets to that game can exchange their stubs for any game in April besides opening day.
Granted, Phils will be hurting for fans this year. But still, it’s a nice gesture.
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This is way overdue and something I would have written in February if I had a blog in February. But this issue of Tom Brady vs. Joe Montana as the greatest quarterback is interesting.
Most people seem to think Montana is the better QB because he went 4-0 in the Super Bowl. He never lost. Brady, of course, is 4-2. So because he has won as many Supes as Montana, but lost two, he is not as great.
So, what does that mean? We are penalizing our quarterbacks for making it to the Super Bowl? If you make it and lose, it diminishes your value?
And of course, the most ludicrous reason I ever heard (from a Philadelphia radio host) is that Montana is greater because he beat better quarterbacks.
There is no more useless stat in sports than a quarterback’s record vs. another quarterback, because they are playing against the defense. I don’t know what the statistics are, so I’m not sure how good the defenses were that Montana beat, as opposed to the defenses that Brady beat. But that is what should determine this argument, don’t you think?
Let’s put it this way. One of the great defenses of all time was the 1985 Chicago Bears. The quarterback of that team was a charismatic but hardly great Jim McMahon. Let’s just say the Patriots beat the Bears in that Super Bowl (instead, they got blown out).
Going by this radio host’s barometer, New England quarterback Tony Eason’s feat wouldn’t be all that great because he only beat McMahon. When, in fact, he actually beat a legendary defense.
Anyway, I’m putting Brady as the greatest. I think getting to six Super Bowls and winning four of them is pretty damn impressive, especially when it took a miracle catch in one of his losses to beat him.
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OK, I know this blog is pretty boring. But hey, it’s been a while. I’m just warming up.
The next one I write will be VERY boring. :)