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Feb. 18 Boys Basketball
West in shape for winning season after beating WWPN
Feb. 18: The Hamilton West boys basketball team clinched at least a .500 season tonight by taking a 62-49 win over West Windsor-Plainsboro North.
The Hornets (10-9) put three players in double figures as Dave Wheeler had 16, Tyree Adams 14 and Ian Williams 12.
“It was a great team effort,” coach Matt “COY” Mayo said. “We played excellent team defense in the first and third quarters.”
The Hornets were coming off a 52-42 loss to energy in which Adams had 14 points but “we had no energy and couldn’t put the ball in the hoop.”
Hamilton will try and secure a winning season in Tuesday’s season finale with Hightstown.
Feb. 18 Boys Basketball
Parkman powers Stars while ‘Shady Brook’ looks good
Feb. 16: The Nottingham High JV Boys basketball team took a 65-52 win over Hightstown tonight, as Kiernan Parkman had 21 points, James Jenkins added 17 and freshman Taquir “Shady Brook” Whittaker made his JV debut with 12.
Feb. 5-13 Girls Basketball
Steinert falls to Notre Dame after beating WWPN
Feb. 13: The Steinert girls JV basketball team dropped a 53-33 decision to Notre Dame tonight as Macaire Machado scored 10 points and Paige Meszaros added seven.
Prior to that Steinert defeated West Windsor-Plainsboro North as Alissa “Scooter” Brugnoli had 14 points and Meszaros had 10. Alexa Carrion chipped in with five, Machado and Brianna Dorner had four each, Mariah “Carey” Greco tallied three and Rebecca Lubitsky had two.
Adams gets a happy birthday when West beats PDS
Feb. 8: The Hamilton West JV girls’ basketball team knows how to give a birthday present.
The Hornets helped head coach Staci Adams celebrate her birthday tonight by taking a 32-18 win over Princeton Day School
“The girls played together and worked hard offensively and defensively,” Adams said. “I was very happy with my team’s performance. They came out strong and they were able to keep a lead for the entire game. I was so proud of them.”
Elischa Dessalines led the Hornets with a career-high 11 points, while Siria Bonilla added 10 points.
Feb. 1-4 Boys Basketball
Stars have lots of contributors in two straight wins
Feb. 4: Northstars take down Hamilton and Princeton
The Nottingham High JV boys’ basketball team bookended its weekend with a couple of nice wins, topping Hamilton 53-49 on Friday and defeating Princeton, 41-25 on Monday.
Against the Hornets, Mahroz “Ruz” Quaderi and Lord Dawson had 11 points each while Kiernan Parkman added 10.
In the win over Princeton, “Dre Joseph had seven points and a great-all around game,” according to coach Brandon “COYRU” Johnson. “He ran the team well. Darryl Kelly had nine points while Quaderi and James Jenkins scored eight each.
Adams, Wheeler spark Hamilton win over Burlington Twp
Feb. 4: The Hamilton West JV Boys basketball team bounced back from a tough loss to Nottingham to take a 53-49 victory over Burlington Township tonight.
“We had four guys in double figures,” coach Matt “COY” Mayo said of the Township win, “an Tyree Adams stole momentum back at the end of the second quarter with a thunderous two-handed dunk.”
Adams finished with 11 points, while Dave Wheeler had a game-high 14. Alex Cruz and Mo Manuel added 10 each. Wheeler iced the win with three foul shots in the final 10 seconds.
Against the Northstars, Cruz led all scorers with 22 points.
“Both teams played well in that game,” Mayo said. “We didn’t have a strong first quarter and that ended up being our downfall.”
Feb. 1 Girls Basketball
Meszaros helps Mayor turn the Paige on another prediction
Feb. 1: And yet another Mayor Prediction has come to pass.
At the start of last week Steinert girls JV Basketball coach James Angiolino assured Fish4scores that his team would win three straight games and improve to 10-5.
With tonight’s 49-21 win over West Windsor-Plainsboro South, the Spartans have won three straight and are 10-5.
Steinert avenged a six-point loss to the Pirates earlier this year as Paige Meszaros hit 21 points and bombed in five 3-pointers. Macaire Machado added eight points, followed by Rebecca Lubitsky, Brianna Dorner and Alissa “Scooter” Brugnoli (5 each), Mariah “Carey” Greco (4) and Alexa Carrion (3).
Jan 30 Girls Basketball
Scooter starts her big night with a dozen as Steinert rolls
Jan. 30: Just hours before being whistled for her historic first varsity foul, Alissa “Scooter” Brugnoli was wheeling and dealing on the JV level as her 12 points lifted Steinert’s girls’ basketball team to a 45-12 win over Pennington.
It was the second straight blowout win for the Spartans (9-5), who got nine points from Rebecca Lubitsky, seven from Macaire Machado and six each from Naomi Quiles and Mariah “Carey” Greco. Brianna Dorner chipped in with four and Paige Meszaros had two.
Jan. 29 Boys Basketball
Ruz helps Northstars cruise past WW-P North
Jan. 29: Mahroz “Ruz” Quaderi tallied 16 points to pace the Nottingham JV boys basketball team to a 55-28 victory over West Windsor-Plainsboro North tonight.
Nekayle Whittaker had 10 points, followed by James Jenkins (9) and Marcell Oliver (8).
Trenton overcomes short-handed West in fierce battle
Jan. 29 With Tyree Adams and Christian Uribe both out of the lineup, Hamilton West’s boys JV basketball team put up a good fight against Trenton tonight before dropping a 67-62 decision.
“We battled all game,” coach Matt “COY” May said. “We held a lead until the end of the third quarter. Our guys got a little tired, and we struggled from the free throw line.”
Dave Wheeler and Alex Cruz each scored 20 points for the Hornets, while freshman Marvin Ashmore scored his first five JV points of the year.
“We played hard for 32 minutes, and just fell a little short,” Mayo said.
Jan. 29 Girls Basketball
Steinert gets big team effort in win over Hightstown
Jan. 29: Alissa “Scooter” Brugnoli led a balanced attach with 10 points to pace Steinert’s JV girls basketball team to a 47-11 victory over Hightstown tonight.
“Every player on the roster contributed,” said coach James “The Mayor” Angiolino.Mariah “Carey” Greco had seven points and Paige Meszaros added six, while Naomi Quiles, Sarah Persichetti, Macaire Machado, Brianna Dorner and Julianna Santiago had four each. Jamie Huth and Rebecca Lubitsky chipped in with two each.
Jan 26 Boys Basketball
Hornets can't recover from slow start in loss to ND
Jan 26: Ian Williams had 11 points and Alex Cruz added 10 but the Hamilton West came up short, 55-40, to Notre Dame today.
“We put ourselves in a big hole in the first quarter (trailing 16-3) and just couldn’t climb out of it,” coach Matt “COY” Mayo said.
Steinert's Naomi Quiles (above, 15) goes up between two defenders for a shot, while Macaire Machado (below) looks for a teammate to pass to Tuesday night during the Steinert girls JV game against Notre Dame. Details of this game and most of the other since then are found below as we were a little slow posting this week (Photo by Nancy Eggert).
Jan. 25 Girls Basketball
Young, Boone lead Northstars past Princeton
Jan. 25: Faith Young scored six points and Adrianna Boone had five as the Nottingham High girls JV basketball team took a 34-26 victory over Princeton tonight.
“Faith rebounded really well,” coach Katy Vitale said. “And She and Adrianna both did a great job hustling and playing hard.”
Jan. 24 Boys Basketball
Nottingham takes down Hamilton in a thriller
Jan. 24: Those township rivalries aren’t just intense on the varsity level.
The Hamilton and Nottingham boys’ basketball teams proved that tonight as the Northstars took a 37-35 thriller over the Hornets.
Mahroz “Ruz” Quaderi, who led Nottingham with nine points, hit a bucket to put the Stars’ up by two. James Jenkins made two late free throws to give the Northstars another two-point edge and Nottingham then rebounded a last-second miss by the Hornets.
Kiernan Parkman added nine for Nottingham, while Hamilton’s Freddie Simmons led all scorers with 13 points.
“It was a well played defensive game by both teams,” said Hornets coach Matt “COY” Mayo. “Good defense forced ugly offense on both sides.
“The game came down to the final shot, and I think both teams can't wait for the rematch next Friday.”
Jan. 24 Girls Basketball
Boone and Hampton lift Northstars over Hornets
Jan. 24: Adrianna Boone scored 12 points and Shanera Hampton added 10 as the Nottingham High girls’ basketball team took a 40-29 win over Hamilton West tonight. Erica Mortimer, Markia Haughton and Christina Hampton each had four points for the winners.
Na’Crya Kirkland had 12 for the Hornets, while Elischa Dessalines added six.
Hopewell sends Steinert to second straight loss
Jan. 24: Alissa “Scooter” Brugnoli tallied nine points and Nicole “Migs” Migliaccio added eight but Hopewell Valley’s JV girls basketball team took a 31-26 win over Steinert tonight.
In dropping to 7-4, the Spartans got six points from Rebecca Lubitsky and three from Mariah “Carey” Greco.
After the loss, coach James “The Mayor” Angiolino made another bold prediction for the coming week, which we shall reveal only if it comes true (it’s in his contract clause that we can’t reveal it if it’s wrong. That’s what’s good about being the mayor).
Jan. 22 Boys Basketball
Hamilton rallies from halftime deficit to top HoVal
Jan. 22: Staring a nine-point halftime deficit in the eye, the Hamilton West JV basketball team never blinked in rallying for a 46-42 win over Hopewell Valley tonight. Dave Wheeler, Freddie Simmons and Tyree Adams all scored in double figures.
“We outscored them 32-19 in the second half,” coach Matt “COY” Mayo said. “It was a great defensive effort in the second half.”
Nottingham rolls past Ewing behind Dawson, Whittaker
Jan. 22: Lord Dawson scored 15 points while Nekayle Whittaker added 13 to pace Nottingham’s JV boys basketball team to a 47-31 win over Ewing tonight.
“Lord Dawson really played well,” said coach Brandon “COYRU” Johnson. “Really, everyone played well. We only allowed 12 points in the second half. We used a zone press than went back into man.”
James Jenkins helped the cause with nine points.
Jan. 22 Girls Basketball
Spartans fall to Notre Dame as winning streak ends
Jan. 22: Macaire Machado and Rebecca Lubitsky each scored nine points but it wasn’t enough as Notre Dame took a 43-30 win over the Steinert girls JV basketball team tonight. Birthday Girl Mariah “Carey” Greco had five for the Spartans, Nicole “Migs” Migliaccio added four, Naomi Quiles had two and Jamie Huth 1.
Jan. 18 Girls Basketball
Migliaccio and Lubitsky power Steinert past Nottingham
Jan. 18: Nicole Migliaccio scored nine points and Rebecca Lubitsky added nine as the Steinert girls JV basketball team took a 49-27 win over Nottingham tonight. Alissa “Scooter” Brugnoli and Macaire Machado added six each while Briana Dorner and Alexa Carrion each added five. Liana Lugo led the Northstars with nine.
Nottingham's Jakes Jenkins (left) and Mark Cherry set up a trap against Steinert during Friday night's JV game (Photo by Nancy Eggert).
Jan. 18 Boys Basketball
Parkman, Jenkins and Dawson lift Stars over Steinert
Jan. 18: The Nottingham JV boys’ basketball team took a 51-40 victory over Steinert tonight as Kiernan Parkman had 13 points and James Jenkins added 12 points.
“Lord Dawson rebounded and defended very well,” coach Brandon Johnson said. “It was a good team effort overall from everyone.”
Adams, Cruz lead Hornets; Ziccardi debuts with a three
Jan. 18: The Hamilton West boys JV basketball team topped West Windsor-Plainsboro North, 56-37, as Tyree Adams tallied 15 points and Alex Cruz added 10. Freshman Nick Ziccardi hit a 3-pointer in his first JV action of the season.
Hamilton's Tyree Adams defends on a Lawrence ball handler during Tuesday night's JV game in the Hornets Nest (Photo by Donna "Trooper" Brihn).
Jan. 15 Boys Basketball
Lawrence snaps Hamilton’s winning streak
Jan. 15: The Hamilton West JV boys basketball team dropped a 45-35 decision to Lawrence despite a game-high 18 points from Dave Wheeler. The loss snapped the Hornets three-game winning streak.
“We didn't play good, tough team defense and fell into a deep third-quarter hole that we couldn't claw out of,” coach Matt Mayo said. “We had open looks in the first half that just didn't fall."
Robbinsville tops Nottingham in overtime
Jan. 15: Nekayle Whittaker pumped in 22 points and James Jenkins added 16, but it wasn’t enough as the Nottingham JV boys’ basketball team dropped a 67-65 overtime decision to Robbinsville tonight.
Na'Crya Kirkland dribbles away from a Hun defender during Monday night's JV game at the Hornets Nest (Photo by Donna "The Trooper" Brihn).
Jan. 15 Girls Basketball
After strong effort in loss, Hornets win first of season
Jan. 15: After coming close one night earlier, the Hamilton West JV girls basketball team rolled to a 19-11 victory over Lawrence for its first win of the season tonight.
“I was very proud of my team,” coach Staci “The Chameleon” Adams said. “They hustled and really improved on the small things in the game that they needed to work on. They were running our plays and transitioning well on defensive. Unlike yesterday's game (a loss to Hun) they were finishing their shots and making those easy lay-ups.”
Elischa Dessalines led the scoring with a career-high nine points, while Jade Journigan added six.
In the aforementioned Hun game, the Hornets fell 25-17 but made it a game after trailing 15-4 at halftime and 23-10 after three quarters.
“I was very happy with the way we came back,” Adams said. “I gave each of the girls a goal to work on to improve during this game and I was happy to see most of my team achieved their goals. Unfortunately, we weren't able to come back enough with a win but I was very proud of them for their persistence and hard work.”
Na'Cyra Kirkland led the scoring with six points while Dessalines added four.
Spartans wins OT thriller as Lubitsky nails game-winner
Jan. 15: Rebecca Lubitsky scored five points and hit the game-winning shot in overtime as Steiner’s girls JV team pulled out a 36-35 win over West Windsor-Plainsboro North tonight.
Leading the 6-2 Spartans were Alissa “Scooter” Brugnoli with nine points. Also tallying were Mariah “Carey” Greco with seven points, Naomi Quiles and Macaire Machado with six each and Paige Meszaros with three.
“Nice job ladies,” were coach James “The Mayor” Angiolino’s inspirational words to his squad.
Mortimer, Shane and Lopez helping Nottingham cause
Jan. 15: The Nottingham High JV girls basketball team dropped a close one to Robbinsville tonight, but the Northstars are still have a nice season at 3-5. Helping to aid the cause this year on a steady basis have been Erica Mortimer, Jennifer Shane and Samaya Lopez.
Jan. 11 Boys Basketball
West tops Devils after Wheeler’s late hoop forces OT
Jan. 11: The Hamilton West JV boys basketball team topped Ewing in overtime, 66-57, tonight as David Wheeler had 21 points and scored the game-tying basket h nine seconds left in regulation.
Tyree Adams tallied 15 for the Hornets while Alex Cruz added 13. West outscored the Blue Devils 18-9 in OT.
“It was a great team win,” coach Matt Mayo said.
Jan. 11 Girls Basketball
Migliaccio’s 12 points help Mayor’s prediction come true
Jan. 11: The Mayor was a prophet.
At the start of the week Steinert girls JV coach James “The Mayor” Angiolino boldly predicted to Fish4scores that the Spartans would be 5-2 by week’s end.
After tonight’s 36-23 victory over Princeton that’s exactly what the Spartans are. Nicole “Migs” Migliaccio led the way with 12 points while Macaire Machado had eight. Nine different players scored including Rebecca Lubitsky (4), Brianna Dorner and Alissa “Scooter” Brugnoli (3 each), Juliana Santiago and Alexa Carrion (2 apiece) and Naomi Quiles and Paige Meszaros (1 each).
Hamilton resident Cole McManimon goes up for two points against the Hornets but West came away with the victory at PDS Wednesday night (Photo by Nancy McManimon).
Jan. 9 Boys Basketball
Wheeler and Simmons combine for 31 as West tops PDS
Jan. 9: Dave Wheeler tallied 16 points and Freddie Simmons added 15 to pace the Hamilton West boys’ basketball team to a 51-43 victory at Princeton Day School tonight.
Hamilton led by two entering the fourth quarter and the game remained close until the Hornets used a 6-0 run to end the game.
Alex Cruz added eight points while Chris Uribe tallied six. Hamilton resident Cole “Lighthouse” McManimon had four for PDS.
Jan. 8 Girls Basketball
Spartans get back on the beam with win over Cards
Jan. 8: The Steinert girls JV basketball team snapped a two-game slide with a 41-20 victory over Lawrence tonight.
Rebecca Lubitsky led the charge with 11 points, while Briana Dorner added nine for the Spartans (4-2). Paige Meszaros chipped in with six while Alissa “Scooter” Brugnoli and Naomi Quiles had four apiece.
Jan 8 Boys Basketball
Wheeler, Adams and Simmons power Hornets victory
Jan. 8: Dave Wheeler popped in 17 points and Tyree Adams added 12 as the Hamilton West JV boys’ basketball team took a 50-33 win over Princeton tonight. “Freddie Simmons played great defense to help spark the win,” coach Matt Mayo said.
Nottingham comes up short against Hightstown
Jan. 8: While the varsity won a one-point decision, the Nottingham JV boys basketball team had a near-opposite result in dropping a 46-44 decision to Hightstown tonight. Corey Laramore led the way with 12 points and Nekayle Whittaker added nine.
Jan. 5 Boys Basketball
Hamilton’s valiant comeback falls short against WWPS
Jan. 5: Hamilton West’s boys basketball team made one heck of a comeback, but fell just short in a 56-53 loss to West Windsor-Plainsboro South today.
Trailing by 16 with four minutes remaining, the Hornets whittled away and cut it to four on consecutive 3-pointers by Alex Cruz and Dave Wheeler with one minute remaining.
“We got a stop and scored,” coach Matt Mayo said. “They had their guard drive baseline out of control and he threw a forearm into our guy who set up to take a charge, and they called a block on him. WWP-S hit their free throws, and it was pretty much done from there."
WWPS had 27 free throws to five for Hamilton.
“What can you do?” Mayo said. “My guys showed great, great heart in forcing their way back into the game with little time on the clock.”
Cruz led Hamilton with 22 points.
Whittaker’s 20 points power Nottingham past Allentown
Jan. 5: Nekayle Whittaker poured in 20 points to pace the Nottingham JV boys basketball team to a 60-49 victory over Allentown today.
James Jenkins added 11 for Brandon Johnson’s 3-2 Northstars, while Cory Laramore chipped in with eight.
Jan. 5 Girls Basketball
Lubitsky scores 14 in Steinert’s setback to Ewing
Jan. 5: Rebecca Lubitsky scored 14 points but it wasn’t quite enough as Ewing took a 43-37 victory over Steinert in girls JV basketball action.
Coach James “The Mayor” Angiolino made a bold prediction after the game, but we will wait until the end of the week to reveal whether the Spartans make it come true. Stay tuned!
Jan. 3 Boys Basketball
Jenkins’ 17 points power Nottingham past Hopewell
Jan. 3: James Jenkins tallied 17 points to pace the Nottingham JV boys basketball team to a 65-51 victory over Hopewell tonight. Markenson Chery added 14 for the Northstars, while Kiernan Parkman chipped in with 12. Nottingham improved to 2-2.
Hamilton works overtime to defeat Robbinsville
Jan. 3: Tyree Adams’ 19 points led a balanced scoring attack as Hamilton West’s JV boys’ basketball team took a 73-67 win over Robbinsville in overtime tonight. Ian Williams, Dave Wheeler, Alex Cruz and Moe Manuel all scored in double figures for the Hornets (3-2).
Jan. 3 Girls Basketball
Stull's 13 can't save Spartans from loss to WWPS
Jan. 3: Nicole “Stully” Stull tallied 13 points but Steinert’s JV girls’ basketball team dropped a 38-32 decision to West Windsor-Plainsboro South tonight. Rebecca Lubitsky added five for the Spartans, Nicole “Migs” Migliaccio had four, Macaire Machado and Mariah “Carey” Greco three each and Paige Meszaros two.
Journigan, Dessalines excel in Hornets loss to Ravens
Jan. 3: Jade Journigan tallied eight points and Elischa Dessalines added seven but Hamilton Wests' JV girls' basketball team fell to Robbinsville, 37-24, tonight. "Na'Cryan Kirkland played an outstanding game on defense for us," added coach Staci "The Chameleon" Adams.
Dec. 21 Girls Basketball
Migs, Stully lead the way in Steinert win over Hornets
Dec. 21: Nicole "Migs" Migliaccio tallied 15 points and Nicole "Stully" Stull added 10 as the Steinert JV girls basketball team defeated Hamilton West today. Mariah "Carey" Greco had eight points, Macaire Machado added six and Alexa Carrion had five for Steinert.
The Hornets got four each from Nandy Sumona and Elischa Dessalines.
Dec. 20 Boys Basketball
Stars fall to ND despite big games by Quaderi and Kelly
Dec. 20: Mahroz Quaderi scored 16 points and Darryl Kelly added 14 but Notre Dame still managed to take a 67-57 victory over the Nottingham boys' JV basketball team tonight. Nekayle Whitaker added seven and Marcel Oliver six for Nottingham.
Hamilton Township residents Rob Calabro and Jack O'Donnell contributed to the Irish win.
Dec. 18 Boys Basketball
Cruz, Williams pace Hornets past Hightstown in close one
Dec. 18: Using a balanced scoring attack, the Hamilton West JV boys basketball team squeaked out a 57-53 win over Hightstown tonight.
Alex Cruz led the way with 15 points while Ian Williams chipped in with 14. Dave Wheeler added 10 and Freddie Simmons nine.
Dec. 18 Girls Basketball
Steinert wins as Greco 'Careys' the scoring honors.
Dec. 18: Mariah “Carey” Greco tallied a game-high 11 points while Nicole Stull and Rebecca Lubitsky each scored nine as Steinert’s JV girls basketball team took a 47-27 victory over Robbinsville tonight.
Paige Meszaros had four assists, while the Spartans had a total of 10 girls in the scoring column including four each from Naomi Quiles and Macaire Machado and two apiece from Jamie Huth, Juliana Santiago, Alexa Carrion, Brianna Dorner and Nicole “Migs” Migliaccio had two apiece for the 2-0 Spartans.
Dec. 15 Wrestling
Hamilton's Brown pins for ND in Bordentown Tournament
Dec. 15: Hamilton Township resident Luke Brown wrestled for the 5Notre Dame JV in the Bordentown Tournament today and pinned his only opponent of the day (from Pembeton) in the first period. Click for video.
Dec. 15 Girls Basketball
Migliaccio leads balanced attack in Steinert victory
Dec. 15: The Steinert JV girls’ basketball team started the season on a high note by taking a 45-28 victory over visiting Trenton High tonight.
“We had a big game from Migs (Nicole Migliaccio) tonight,” said coach James “The Mayor of Sharps” Angiolino. “Eight different players scored and the girls distributed the ball nicely and played great defense.”
Also chipping in with points were Mariah “Carey” Greco (7), Paige Meszaros (6), Rebecca Lubitsky (5), Macaire Machado (4), Nicole “Stully” Stull and Kelly Marrone (3 each) and Jamie Huth (2).
Rounding out the roster are Naomi Quiles, Alissa “Scooter” Brugnoli, Sarah Persichetti, Juliana Santiago and Alexa Carrion. An All-Star staff of managers includes Amber Dietrich, Colleen Emerson and Brianna Dunn.
Smiegocki's fourth-quarter explosion powers Hamilton
Feb 21: Kevin Smiegocki scored nine of his 11 points in the fourt quarter to power Hamilton West's JV boys basketball team to a victory over Hightstown tonight. Julian Cooper and Darryl Hardee chipped in with eight points each for the Hornets.
Smiegocki leads Hornets to consecutive wins over Stars
Feb. 9: Kevin Smiegocki’s 16 points led the Hamilton West boys’ basketball team to a 46-35 win over Nottingham, which was the Hornets second win over their township rival in six nights. Darryl Hardee added eight and Anthony Johnson had six for Hamilton, while Stephen Adams scored for the Northstars.
The Hornets also took a 40-34 win over the Northstars as Smiegocki scored 10 and Kevin Byrd added nine. Davion Davis scored 15 for the Northstars.
Anthony Johnson popped in 11 points Tuesday night to help the Hamilton West JV post a one-point victory over Hopewell Valley (Photo by Mike Dill/purchase photos at michaeldillphotography.com).
Jan. 31 Boys Basketball
Johnson, Simmons pace Hamilton past Hopewell
Jan. 31: Anthony Johnson tallied 11 points and Freddie Simmons added 10 as the Hamilton West boys JV basketball team took a thrilling, 46-45 win over Hopewell Valley tonight. Kevin Smiegocki added eight points for the Hornets.
Nottingham stages huge rally but can’t hold on at Ewing
Jan. 31: Nottingham’s boys JV basketball team dropped a 66-56 decision at Ewing tonight in a game where the Northstars showed a lot of heart.
After trailing by 20 twice in the game, Nottingham rallied for a five-point lead early in the fourth quarter. But the comeback exhausted the ’Stars, who couldn’t hold on. Stephen Adams led the way with 24 points and DaVion Davis had 14.
Nottingham's Bensley Blaine goes in for a shot against Steinert during Friday night's Spartan victory (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
Jan. 27 Boys Basketball
Scholey’s 19 leads Steinert to third straight win
Jan. 27: Ryan Scholey scored 19 points as the Steinert JV basketball team won its third straight with a 54-44 win over Nottingham tonight. Stephen Adams led the Northstars with 14.
Jan. 27 Girls Basketball
Machado, Rivera, Wolfsgruber pace Spartans
Jan. 27: Macaire Machado scored 10 points to power Steinert’s JV girls basketball team to a 48-14 victory over Nottingham tonight. Rachel Rivera and Kaitlyn Wolfsgruber added eight points each as the Spartans improved to 9-2.
Rachel Rivera, working on a 12-point game, drives to the hoop against West Windsor-Plainsboro North during Steinert's JV win Tuesday night (Photo by Mike Dill/purchase photos at michaeldillphotography.com).
Lubitsky helps power two straight Steinert wins
Jan. 24: Rebecca Lubitsky and Kaitlyn Wolfsgruber each tickled the twine for 14 points to power Steinert’s JV girls basketball team to a 41-27 victory over Pennington on Monday.
The Spartans were back at it tonight, taking a 35-31 win over West Windsor-Plainsboro North. Rachel Rivera had 12 points and Lubitsky chipped in with eight for the Spartans (8-2).
Williams needs just one half to pace ‘Stars to another win
Jan. 24: Quayson Williams warmed up for his varsity debut by popping in 15 first-half points to help the Nottingham JV Boys basketball team take a 61-39 victory over Robbinsville tonight.
DaVion Davis had 12 for the Northstars, who won their fourth straight game. Williams was limited to two quarters so he could play in the varsity game for short-handed Nottingham.
Smiegocki nails 16 as Hamilton tops Princeton Day
Jan. 23: The Hamilton West JV boys’ basketball team took a 53-31 win over Princeton Day School tonight as Kevin Smiegocki scored 16 points. Kevin Byrd added eight and Freddie Simmons chipped in with seven.
Davis, Williams power Nottingham to win over Trenton
Jan. 20: DaVion Davis exploded for 27 points and Quayson Williams added 21 as Nottingham’s boys JV basketball team rolled past Trenton, 77-51. It was the Northstars’ third straight win.
Spartans rebound from loss to beat Ewing, Princeton.
Jan. 20: After falling to West Windsor-Plainsboro South by one point, Steinert’s JV girls basketball team rebounded for a 38-8 win over Ewing and a 41-15 win over Princeton. Kaitlyn Wolfsgruber had six against Ewing and 13 against Princeton, while Rachel Rivera scored two against the Little Tigers and Steinert improved to 6-2.
Jan. 13/17 Boys Basketball
Williams makes impressive debut in two 'Stars wins
Jan. 17: The Nottingham High JV boys basketball team snapped a modest losing streak with two straight victories, defeating Allentown 62-52 on Jan. 13 and topping Hightstown 54-48 tonight
Against the Redbirds, Stephen Adams had 18 points while freshman Quayson Williams added 14 in his first game on JV.
Williams didn’t stop there as he popped in 22 in the win over Hightstown. Tevin Williams added 10 points while Bensley Blain was dominating on defense.
Malave, Smiegocki power Hornets past Warriors
Jan. 12: Tino Malave had 13 points and Kevin Smiegocki added 10 as the Hamilton West JV Boys basketball team improved its record to 5-2 with a win over New Egypt tonight.
Nottingham falls to Hopewell Valley
Jan. 10: Stephen Adams continued his hot scoring with 14 points but Nottingham’s JV boys’ basketball team dropped a 53-47 decision to Hopewell Valley tonight.
Birthday girl Rebecca Lubitsky goes up for two of her 27 points against Hamilton in Steinert's win Friday night (Please e-mail if you can give us Hamilton defender's name, thanks). Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org).
Jan. 6 Girls Basketball
Lubitsky celebrates her birthday in style for Steinert
Jan. 6: It was Rebecca Lubitsky’s birthday but she gave her team the present.
Birthday girl Lubitsky exploded for 27 points to pace Steinert’s JV girls basketball team to a 51-12 win over Hamilton tonight. Kaitlyn Wolfsgruber added seven points and Olivia Peate had six.
Hamilton’s Malik Snead, who had 12 points, goes up for a shot as Brendan Harshman tries to defend during the Hornets JV victory over Steinert Friday night (Photo by Mike Dill/purchase photos at michaeldillphotography.com).
Jan. 6 Boys Basketball
Snead paces West past Steinert; Adams stars in defeat Jan. 6: Malik Snead’s 12 points led three players in double figures as the Hamilton JV boys basketball team took a 56-30 win over Steinert tonight.
Kevin Smiegocki added 11 points, Randik Gurley had 10 and Freddie Simmons chipped in with nine for the Hornets.
The win improved toe Hornets to 4-1.
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Steve Adams continued his hot scoring with 21 points in Nottingham’s 68-60 loss to Notre Dame.
Jan. 3 JV Basketball
Steinert girls win, Nottingham boys fall
Jan. 3: Nicole Stull and Kaitlyn Wolfsgruber scored 11 points each, while Sarah Gaffoor added six as the Steinert JV girls basketball team took a 38-26 win over Robbinsville tonight. Coach Cindy “The Cap” Astore also praised the defensive effort from McCaire Machado. * * *
Steven Adams had 18 points in the Nottingham boys’ 52-47 loss to West Windsor-Plainsboro South.
Dec. 22 Boys Basketball
Garcia’s 14 lifts Hornet boys to third straight victory
Dec. 22: Dan Garcia popped in 14 points and Kevin Smiegocki added seven as the Hamilton West boys varsity basketball team rolled past Allentown tonight. Brian Sbarro’s squad is now 3-0 and has outscored its opponents by an overwhelming 40 points.
Dec. 22 Girls Basketball
Steinert gets 13 from Wolfsgruber in win over Trenton
Dec. 22: The Steinert JV girls’ basketball team claimed a big win today, upending Trenton 29-23 in Tornado Alley.
Steinert roared to a 14-0 advantage and then held on as Trenton slowly whittled the advantage down. But the ball handling of Kaitlin Fedor helped the Spartans withstand a swarming defense down the stretch.
Kaitlyn Wolfsgruber led the attack with 13 points, while Rebecca Lubitsky added seven.
Dec. 22 Boys Basketball
Mathis helps 'Stars past Cards for second straight win
Dec. 22: The Nottingham JV boys’ basketball team won its second straight, 57-48, over Lawrence tonight. D’Andre Mathis paced the Northstars with 17 while Steven Adams chipped in 15. Nottingham improved to 2-1.
Adams lifts Nottingham boys past WW-P North
Dec. 20: Stephen Adams tallied 25 points to lead the Nottingham boys JV basketball team to a 58-44 win over West Windsor-Plainsboro North tonight. The Northstars improved to 1-1.
Steinert girls basketball works OT to open with a victory
Dec. 16: After Sarah Gaffoor tied the game with 0.6 seconds left in regulation, Steinert’s JV girls basketball team went on to take a 40-34 victory over Allentown on opening night. Kaitlin Wolfsgruber led all scorers with 15 points, and a big three-pointer and two foul shots resulting from a technical foul helped spark the Spartans.
Princeton's second-half blitz sends 'Stars boys to defeat
Dec. 16: Princeton used an 18-0 run at the outset of the second half to snap a tie game and go on to a 55-39 victory over Nottingham tonight. Stephen Adams led the way with 11, Kevin Williams added 10 and D’Andre Mathis had nine.
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Jun 14, 2013
Does anyone get
this AD exchange
other than those who voted for it?
June 14: OK, I’ve learned how to be a good man with a good heart through a series of repetitive days in Punxsutawney, Pa. I was purchased at an auction and got to spend the night with Andie McDowell. When I woke up this morning, “I Got You Babe” was no longer on the radio.
Yes folks, Groundhog Day is over. And if you didn’t see the movie, you have no idea what I just wrote about. Anyway, in laymen’s terms, the blog is back and ready to roll.
And just so you know, since Feb. 2, I predicted Louisville would win the NCAA Tournament and Florida Gulf Coast would reach the Sweet 16. I predicted the Pacers would beat the Knicks in the playoffs, I predicted the Ravens would win the Super Bowl and there would be a power outage at the game; I predicted Nicole Kasian would win the Inaugural Fish Bowl; I predicted Orb would win the Kentucky Derby but not the Preakness or Belmont; I predicted Argo would win Best Picture and I predicted Brian “The Chef” Giallella would get his own show on the Food Network.
I just never wrote it down. But I definitely predicted it. And I still hold out hope for the Chef!
One thing I couldn’t predict, however, is the following item.
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Does anyone besides me find this Athletic Director swap between Hamilton West and Steinert quite perplexing?
OK, let me put it another way. Is there anyone not perplexed by it except for the six school board members who voted for it and the superintendent who defended it?
No one who really cares about this can give comments to the papers or me, or they will be looking for work so quick you’ll see a line of Kool-Aid Stands lined up from Five Points to the Whitehorse Circle with former educators all pouring the beverages. It’s called the “I want to say what I think but I have a family to feed” syndrome.
No one who voted for this gave any comment to the papers that I saw. Only Patty Del Guidice, one of the two who voted against it, gave her opinion as to why it was completely wrong that John Costantino was sent to Hamilton West and Steve Gazdek was sent to Steinert. And she made some darn good points.
Superintendent James Parla said he couldn’t comment, and would only say that sometimes a transfer can lead to a fresh perspective.
A fresh perspective!
Costantino has been at Steinert for less than two years! That’s about enough time to learn where all the lavatories are. I guess after two years he’s burned out and needs to go back to the school where he worked for 15 years.
If you’re gonna make a move and hide behind spin talk, at least make it something believable.
Tweets from students ran rampant once the announcement was tweeted by Fish4scores.
They weren’t happy tweets either. More like stunned tweets. And these are just from the kids, who were wondering what was going on.
Another tid-bit in Mike Macagnone’s interesting Trentonian story about this situation, is that Costantino was never given a reason for this puzzling move. He wanted to stay, they wanted him to go. If a guy is being forced to go somewhere against his wishes, shouldn’t he at least be given a reason?
Maybe there is no reason at all.
At least none that makes any sense.
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I am proud to say I have not watched one hockey game all year, but I watched the equivalent of one the other night when I watched the start of the third period of the Hawks-Bruins Stanley Cup final opening game. I ended up watching a full game plus the third OT and it was awesome.
I really can’t hang with hockey during the season but every year the NHL proves that there really is nothing better than playoff hockey. That’s what happens when referees actually let them play. It gives the drama the chance to gain momentum with non-stop action.
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Here’s a question. How good is Nottingham’s boys track & field team going to be with winter track back in Hamilton Township starting next winter? The Northstars have only gone 27-0 in dual meets without it.
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Speaking of Nottingham, was there a school in the CVC who had a better 1-2 freshman punch in spring sports than the Northstars?
Kristin Hallam was downright awesome as a freshman softball hitter and pitcher, while Grace Dwyer has become quite visible on the New Jersey track & field radar.
When I was at the Group III meet in South Plainfield, writers from papers all over the state were asking me about the standout distance runner.
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For those wondering, the road to Williamsport begins on June 29 when the District 12 Little League gets underway.
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Don’t forget next weekend when the Mercer County American Legion League holds its college showcase at Mercer Park. It’s really a good idea for kids to get seen by college coaches and lets hope it’s successful.
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Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there! Now go cut the grass. Lol!
Feb 2, 2013
Groundhog Day is
Feb. 2: Well, today is Groundhog Day.
And you know what that means? It means I have found a blogging loophole.
For all you people out there -- like Whalen and Costantino and the Baroness -- who insist on telling me I need a new blog just because they don't want to read the old one for 19 straight weeks, I have discovered the answer to my problem.
Again, I reiterate, it is Groundhog Day. And if you saw the Bill Murray movie, you know that Groundhog Day is the same day, over and over and over again.
Therefor, because I am writing this blog today, it gives me carte blanche to leave it up here over and over and over and over again. Moreso than usual. Like. . .forever!
You think you got tired of seeing Phil Alu and Jon Adams at the top of this blog?
You are REALLY gonna hate The Groundhog!
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Just want to pass along good luck wishes to Nottingham junior Josh Lajeunesse, one of the many class acts and key contributors on the Nottingham state champion football team. r Josh recently discovered he needs serious shoulder surgery, which will keep him out of action for four months and unfortunately cause him to miss track season.
"Yeah, but I gotta get ready for football," he said.
Yeah ya do buddy, so good luck on the surgery No. 2 and hope all goes well!
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Speaking of Nottingham football, seems they are taking Fish Bowl 1 quite serious.
"It was nice to win a state football title," said one administrator. "But to say we won both the state title and the Fish Bowl, now that would be something!
We are keeping the administrator anonymous lest he incur the wrath of Coach Adams for linking the two together . .but we know that secretly, the Big Dawg feels the same way! lol
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Speaking of Fish Bowl, I just want to thank everyone for participating. I had hoped to get about 20-30 responses and just run them straight down in a list. But with the great feedback from everyone we got 88 responses (89 counting Donna Brihn's dog) and rand allowed us to turn it into the Fish Bowl.
What's amazing is as a collective group we couldn't pick a winner! 44-44. Wow, a township divided!
Anyway, thanks for taking part in the fun folks, and good luck to you and your team!
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Oh, one other thing. We heard back from Phil Alu (there's that name again!) about his selection of Kyle Kaepernick as Super Bowl MVP.
"Holy crap! Now I know why my Fantasy Football team sucked all year. I was playing Kyle Kaepernck out of West Oak High School in Kalamazoo, Michigan all season and not Colin Kaepernick from the 49ers."
The sad think here is, Kyle Kaepernick even sucked for West Oak High School. And Kalamazoo football is weak!
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I love my mother, but I'll never play her Super Bowl pool again. She asked me to buy five blocks, which I did. She said she would fill them in and mail it to me, which she did.
But rather than scatter my name in different blocks all over the sheet, she wrote it straight down in five blocks.
The result? In all five of my boxes I have Baltimore and nine. Nine! Are you freakin kidding me? So much for having a lot of different chances to win this baby, which of course, is the reason for multiple blocks.
Love ya mom!
Hate your pool!
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OK, that's it. I hope you like this blog, cuz you're gonna see it over and over and over and over and over. All that's missing is a picture of Ned Ryerson and the soundtrack to I Got You Babe!
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Oh, and one more thing. Does anyone out there actually watch all 8 hours of pre-game Super Bowl shows that are available? If so, then you could actually read this blog over and over and over and never get bored. Because you reeeallly need a life!
Jan 27, 2013
Happy New Year!
Yeah yeah, I know, it's an old year by now. But hey, I haven't written anything since the new year so it's a New Year for Fish Tales.
Hope everybody had a great holiday, hope everybody enjoyed the NFL playoffs, hope everybody has returned all their gifts that sucked and I just hope everbody is doin' great dogawnnit!
I don't really have a heck of a lot on my mind, but I'm getting yelled at again by people saying to put up a new blog. They don't neccessarily care what I have to say, they just get tired of seeing the same thing at the top of this spot for so long. Sorry Big Dawg, all the love is gone now, they all hate you now due to over-exposure. You have joined Phil Alu as a "stayed at the top of the blog too long" poster boy. lol.
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OK, let's start with the Super Bowl.
I mean, you never really hear much about it (insert *rolls eyes* here) so we'll talk about it!
You know what's interesting. And this, like so many other things, speaks to the popularity of the NFL. The Supe is the one championship in sports that the TV Networks don't fret about.
In baseball they would moan if the World Series match-up is the Kansas City Royals vs. the Milwaukee Brewers. "Oh God, those aren't big TV markets!"
It wasn't always like that for the Series. It was the big thing, everyone cared. Kids rushed home from school as fast as possible to catch the end of the games. But not anymore. Games that last til 12:30 a.m. don't help the cause these days, but that's only part of it.
But I digress.
Take the NBA. If they don't have the Lakers and/or the Celtics/Miami in the finals, its like a mad dash for a bridge to jump off of.
"No one will watch this. Ohhhhh noooo!"
And if it's the NHL's Stanley Cup Playoffs.... . .um, what's like, the big match-up for the NHL? OK, forget that one.
But football has no such worries. This game could be the Jacksonville Jaguars vs. the Seattle Seahawks and it wouldn't matter. 999 gazillion people would tune in anyway, just because it's like an unofficial national law.
"Gonna watch the Super Bowl?"
"How come, you don't like football?"
"I know, but it's the Super Bowl?"
I mean, that's basically the answer people give, and it's just understood. Oh yeah, it's the Super Bowl.
And by the way, when is the NFL gonna give folks a break and make this game on a Saturday so people at all the parties can recover on Sunday? . They can't be clinging to tradition or the game would still start at 1 o'clock, the halftime show would still be the Hokey-Fanokie high school marching band and the tickets could still be purchased by folks outside the 1 percent of the people with all the money in the world.
I'm sure someone did some research and concluded "Can't move it to Saturday, too costly."
Oh well, it's still the Super Bowl and we'll all watch it. Cuz hey, it's the Super Bowl!
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Speaking of the Super Bowl, I don't know who's going to win and I don't care. But if I have to make a pick, I'd pick the Ravens.
I dunno. But I had to make a pick so I picked the Ravens.
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Here's a classic basketball official story. I will not reveal the names to protect the innocent (and guilty) but it was pretty good stuff.
Three refs walked into a CVC girls game earlier this year. As they entered the gym, one of the head coaches says "Oh here they come, the three blind mice."
To which one of them -- who I am proud to say lives in Hamilton -- promptly responded by going "Yeah, but one of us can hear," and slammed the coach with a techncial foul before the game even started.
Now that's style!
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I kind of lost a kindred spirit when Stan Musial passed away last week.
First off, Stan the Man was from Donora, Pa., and I had a roomate in college who hailed from Donora. His parents knew Musial and said he was the greatest guy ever.
Secondly, Musial got his 3,000th career hit on the day I was born.
Just think. . .two monumental occurrances on the same day!
Uh, OK. . one.
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So I have seen three of the movies nominated for the Oscars so far: Lincoln, Argo and Silver Linings Playbook. All good flicks, but, man, Daniel Day Lewis blew me away as Lincoln. Good stuff!
I find Lincoln to be so fascinating. The more I learn about him, the more I want to know about what made him tick.
As opposed to somone like, say, Kim Kardashian, who I don't know anything about and yet I want to know even less.
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I would much rather see Amber Dietrich and Courtney Adams playing basketball this winter instead of texting me updates to tweet of Steinert and Hamilton girls' basketball games.
But they are injured and can't play and that stinks. But thanks girls, for contributing to the cause. You're the best!
And while Amber has been promoted to Fish4scores Director of Twitter Operations (with a 50 percent pay increase from her original salary of nothing), Courtney's work from mid-season on has promoted her to Assistant Director.
Please don't be late for the next staff meeting girls.
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I would also like to thank another Twitter contributor -- who I will only refer to as "Outcast of the People" -- but he can't seem to stay at the games for more tha none half -- and sometimes the decision wasn't his to leave. :)
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Check back later this week when we provide Super Bowl picks from the township's athetic community.
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OK, I leave you with this trivia question -- which I guarantee 80 percent of you won't be able to answer:
Who won today's Pro Bowl?