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Today in Hamilton Township history
Welcome to a trip down your athletic “Memory Lane.” Each day on this page will appear what occurred in township sports 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 years ago. Information is from the The Trentonian and Trenton Times archives.
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Due to the crush of spring sports, I have fallen behind on Nostalgia. Working my way up from the start of April, I will begin to try and get up to date over the next week or so. (RF)
In baseball, Gary Fisher slugged a three-run homer and Frank Monachello had a single and two doubles as Steinert opened the season with a 9-3 win over Neptune. Dave Owens got the win, throwing a six-hitter with seven strikeouts. He also had two hits along with Dave Todini.
In JV baseball, Larry Bender’s three hits and three RBI helped Darrell Wilson gain the mound win in Hamilton’s 11-8 win over BMI.
In the 11th Annual Little Lads Tournament hosted by Hamilton, Hamilton got 11 from Todd Wilson in a 58-50 win over Fort Dix in the Senior Division. Hamilton beat E.O. 62-34 in 11/13 action as Matt Varava had 11. In Cadet play, Billy Berish’s 16 led Hamilton NBA to a 47-17 win over Ewing ABA.
Coaches Joe Smiegocki and Joe O’Gorman announce their lineup for Sports World’s 15-and-under girls basketball team as they ready for the AAU National Junior Olympic Tournament. McCorristin’s Barb Smith is on the team along with Hamilton West’s Tracy Quinn and Patty Helmlinger.
Cindy Astore fired a four-hitter as Hamilton’s softball team took a 5-2 win over McCorristin.
In response to an article in The Trentonian, in which the writer quoted Pennsbury coach Vic Napolitano as wanting to “beat the brains” out of Mercer County teams, Napolitano had this to ay. “I have too much respect for Hamilton and Mercer baseball to say anything like that,” Napolitano said. Wrote sports editor Joe Logue “Maybe our man errored in transcribing his notes Vic. We’ll take an error on this one.” The writer of the story shall remain nameless, but has gotten as far from Fairless Hills as possible as he now resides in Southern California.
Barbara Berry scored from Sue Kean and Theresa Thomas tallied off a feed from Missy Kornetti as the Hamilton 76ers topped Toms River, 2-1, in Under-14 Youth State Cup play.
In Hamilton Women’s Softball, Sandy Sheleskie, Denise Gaug and Lucille Bartuswicz each had two hits as Natriello Chiropractors topped Versus Technology, 13-2.
In Hamilton Men’s play, WD Mozer topped Three Guys Refrigeration, 8-3 in National play as Mark Gagnon was 3-for-4 with two RBI and Frank Della Rossa got the win. Mark Bogdal’s two hits and three RBI led Pennardi Jewelers past Hamilton Auto Body, 7-6. Jules Tavern beat CMI, 8-4, as Greg Stevens had three hits and Dave McCorkle added two.
Ryan Greaux scattered six hits and struck out 10 as Bagel Junction beat Vito’s Pizza, 19-2, in the B Division of Nottingham Little League. Mark Persiani went 2-for-2 for Vito’s.
In HTRBA play, Mariano Torres tripled, doubled and had three RBI in Tindall Construction’s 11-1 win over Sander Lock. Mike Storaci added two hits and two RBI and Kyle Bailey had two hits and two runs. Gervasio’s beat Allegretti Builders, 9-5, as Jaime Benson was the winning pitcher, Rob Paradiane had two hits and Jared Ingersol added an RBI single. Yardville Bank took a 7-3 win over VFW as Terrence Fooks got the win and Brian Rocke had two RBI.
Nottingham Little League action saw Bernie’s Bicycle Shop top Bob Hope’s Auto, 10-0, as Corey Radice got the win and Brent Wilson and Robbie O’Brien had three hits each.
In baseball action, Joe Hernandez had three hits and three RBI and Mike Costello hit a pinch grand slam as Steinert rolled to a 19-0 win over Hightstown to improve to 5-0.
Nottingham got three hits from Adam Allen and two each from Charlie Iacono and Ron Scartocci in a 5-4 win over Trenton. Scott Kuhen threw six innings of relief to earn the mound decision.
In softball, Nottingham rolled to a 19-1 win over Trenton as Katie Banas threw a five-inning five-hitter with nine strikeouts and also hit a triple. Cori Bowker and Lauren Smith had two RBI each. Hard-luck loser Nicole Patterson struck out 11 batters and allowed just one hit in six innings in Steinert’s 2-1 loss to Hightstown.
On the links, Pete Angelini shot a 47 and George Preston a 48 at Springdale in Hamilton’s 222-245 loss to Princeton.
Steinert’s track & field team fell to Burlington High, 88-29, despite a triple win by Bob Zarr and a “dazzling comeback” performance by miler Bill Yates. Zarr won the shot (47-3), the javelin (154-10) and the discus (136-0). Yates trailed until the last lap before overtaking four runners to win with a time of 5:14, four seconds ahead of the runner-up.
St. Raphael’s basketball team won its semifinal game with Immaculate Conception, 55-51, as Doug Kerlin scored 23 points. Carl Chianese had 31 in a losing effort. St. Anthony’s also reached the finals by beating defending champion Holy Angels, 46-33, as Jeff Gore scored 13.
Hamilton West graduate John Lansing scattered eight hits, fanned five and walked one to pace Mercer to a 9-2 baseball win over Wesley. Lansing also hit a three-run triple to break the game over.
Lou Cammiso hurled a one-hitter and struck out 13 as Reynolds defeated St. Anthony’s freshman team, 3-0.
Coach John Boyd won his varsity coaching debut when Hamilton scored three runs in the top of the seventh to take a 7-6 win over Cathedral at Wetzel Field. In the sixth inning, Guy Treadway entered with the bases loaded and one out and served up a line drive that second baseman Bob Rossi speared and turned into an unassisted double play. Treadway got a bases-loaded ground out to Tom Schneid to end the game in the seventh. The winning rally was set up by walks to Marty Pobutkiewicz, Bruce Holub and Alex Manukas, followed by Schneid’s two run double. Manukas later scored on a passed ball.
In the 11th Annual Little Lads Basketball Tournament, hosted by Hamilton, the host team beat Greater Trenton, 45-41 in 11/13-year-old action as Matt Varava scored 16 points. In the 8/10 bracket, Brian Maglione led the Hamilton NBA’s to a 48-32 win over the Ewing Nats, while James DuVal had 11 in the NBA’s 36-31 win over the Hamilton Americans.
Cheers topped American Cyanamid, 21-6, in Hamilton Women’s Softball as Linda Isaacs and Nancy Scarafile doubled and Arline Elgrim got the win.
In Central Jersey Soccer League play, Michael Arbogast and Keith Grim each scored two goals to lead the Hamilton Heat over the Hamilton Challengers.
New Jersey State Cup play saw the Hibernian Honeybees top the Cherry Hill Aces, 5-1, as Jen Stevens, Adrian Lanni, Gen Kwiatkowski, Erin Wingerter and Sue Scheer had goals. Kelly Cleary excelled on defense with help from Debbie Marks, Sharon Krittman, Laura Cesaro and Kim Derrico.
MJ Kicks topped Gershs’ 6-5, in the Mercer County Soccer League as Ed Gauss scored three goals, Dave Leckie had two and Tom Fink scored one.
In Hamilton Little Lads Rookie League action, Dentistry for Children and PIP Printing battled to a 12-12 tie. Phillip Curry and Eric Revesz each had three hits for Dentistry. Mike Choquette’s hit gave PBA Local 66 a 16-15 win over Hamilton Shopping Bag.
Bob Hope’s Mobil edged Sorriero’s, 4-2, in Nottingham Little League play as Adam Nemeth had 13 strikeouts.
Nottingham grad Tammy Chmura had three hits and six RBI in Mercer’s 11-0 win over Bergen College.
Steinert took a 9-3 win over West Windsor-Plainsboro as Michelle Davis pitched five scoreless innings and got relief help from Jen Gervasio. “I would say right now Jen is our No. 1 pitcher,” coach Jeannie Ruppert said. “Jen throws more consistently and longer, but Michelle is very good too. I wouldn’t hesitate to use either pitcher in any situation. I don’t mind using both.” Amy McGrath had a two-run triple for the Spartans.
Jen Przemieniecki had two hits and Melanie Gumilar threw a five-hitter as Hamilton beat Hopewell, 15-6. Nottingham fell to Edison, 11-2, despite two hits each by Cindy Lubieski and Kim Schuman.
In baseball, Jerry Thompson scored on Anthony Recine’s fielder’s choice in a three-run sixth as Nottingham rallied for a 7-5 win over Edison. The Northstars trailed 5-1 before winning pitcher Paul Miskolczi hit a two-run single in the fifth. Thompson doubled home Kip Harrison and Dan Breninghouse to tie it. Breninghouse singled home Bill Olivero with an insurance run.
Dave Parkinson’s two hits and RBI helped Hamilton past Hopewell Valley, 5-1. Steve Kraemer and Scott Wayda each singled in runs.
In tennis, Randy Jacobs, Todd Jacobs and Jim Sammon won singles matches as Steinert beat Pemberton, 4-1.
In golf, Artie Scott shot a 4-over 39 at Mountain View as Nottingham beat Rancocas Valley, 209-231. Brian Tripp added a 40 in the win.
Steinert graduate Dahntay Jones is named Most Valuable Player as a sophomore on the Rutgers men’s basketball team.
Dennis Daly pitched a four-hitter to lead Hamilton’s JV baseball team to a 3-2 win over Trenton. Dom Cileo doubled home Joe Susso for Hamilton’s first run, and the Hornets scored the winning runs in the fourth when Cileo reached on an error, Don Ricigliano singled, Bill Walter walked, Bob Braddock’s grounder scored Cileo and Daly hit a sacrifice fly.
For the second straight day, the St. Anthony’s baseball team played to a tie, battling Hamilton to a 3-3 standoff. The Hornets rallied for a run in the top of the sixth to tie it and neither team scored in the seventh. Hamilton tied it when Tom Schneid reached on a fielder’s choice, Ron Cathel singled and pitcher Gary Cizmadia singled to tie it. Sophomore Rick Dell went the distance for St. Anthony’s, allowing eight hits. Marty Pobutkiewicz had two hits for the Hornets and Steve Gore had two of the six hits allowed by Cizmadia.
Facing Trenton’s Joe Beczo, renowned as the area’s top pitcher, Sammy Tola stroked an 0-2 pitch for a two-run double in the ninth inning to give Steinert a 4-2 victory over the Tornadoes. “We did something that a lot of teams around here dream about,” coach Ken Rauba said. “That kid’s quite a pitcher.” Beczo pitched a three-hitter and struck out 14. Fred Gmitter’s hard slide into second broke up a force play and forced an error that put runners on second and third, setting things up for Tola, who slapped a fastball down the leftfield line. “I was looking for a fastball to hit hard. I felt like it was a little bit outside. I was surprised because in the beginning he was throwing me a lot inside.” Steve White hit a two-run double and held Trenton scoreless until the seventh.
Hamilton fell to Pennsbury, 7-3, and after the game Falcons coach Vic Napolitano told The Trentonian “I’m from Trenton. . .I love coming over to Mercer County for a game. I want to come over and beat their brains in.”
McCorristin took a 7-3 win over Hightstown as Tom Anama notched the win and key hits came from Fran Ermi, Ken Tozzi, Vince Palmere, Mike DiMattia and Ken Unverzagt all had key hits as the Mikes built a 5-0 lead. It was a delayed season opener for McCorristin, who was rained out the previous week. “It’s been tough,” coach Scott Bollwage said. “We had all our scrimmages early so we hadn’t played since we got back from Virginia.”
In softball, Kelli Williams hit a two-run triple and finished with three RBI as McCorristin beat Hightstown, 6-4.
Jeannie Leighton became the first woman to ever bowl a 300 at Hamilton Lanes, doing it during a Duke Mack Women’s Majors competition.
Nottingham High grads Jen LoPresti and Lori Lubieski starred as Trenton State’s softball team beat Montclair, 2-0, in the first-round of the MSC Softball Invitational. LoPresti threw a six-hitter and Lubieski was 3-for-3.
In baseball, Hamilton West grad Dennis Machulsky allowed two unearned runs in five innings of relief as Trenton State beat Montclair, 7-5.
George O’Gorman reports in today’s Trentonian that Steinert grad Joe Gmitter has driven in three runs, scored five and stolen three bases as a sophomore on the University of South Carolina baseball team.
In South Jersey Girls soccer play, goals by Leah Carney and Jill Raider and shutout goaltending by Kaitlin Heenehan led the Hibernian U-10 Heat to a 2-0 win over the Robbinsville Renegades. The U-10 Hamilton Jersey Girls took a 6-0 win over the Voorhees Wildcats as Amanda Worrall, Kaitlin Brett and Carolyn Waters each scored twice while goalie Chelsea Lawson had the shutout.
The Hibernian Heartbreakers topped the TYAA Sidekicks, 5-2, on two Marissa Perelli goals and single scores from Gina Herrara, Courtney Sirak and Casey Catelli. The Heartbreakers also topped the West Deptford Shooting Stars, 7-2, as Kim Bayless scored twice and Perelli, Helen Shaw, Holly Baker, Melissa Carduner and Madison Turanin also had goals.
In Little Lads girls play, Kristi Cady’s three hits and four RBI helped Roma Savings to a 15-5 win over Anthony’s Bikes. Ashley Johnson had two hits and two RBI while Ciera Cuevas scored twice. Selmon’s Shell topped Steven’s Furniture, 13-9, in Major play as winning pitcher Samantha Mulvihill scored three runs and Brandi Klienkauf had two hits.
Nottingham Little League action saw Kyle McClure and Kyle Goodwin combine on a two-hitter while Kevin Gengler drove in two runs and D.J. Ruppert and Tom Keefe had an RBI apiece to lead Haldeman Ford past Coleman’s Hamilton Supply, 4-1. Jat Robert Realtors topped Nottingham Fire, 11-2, in B League play as Craig Vaspory doubled and tripled to drive in five runs while Greg Kubacky fanned eight in three innings for the win.
Steinert’s baseball team got a combined one-hitter from Chris Neylan and Eric Dawson in a 13-0 win over the Hun School, pushing the Spartans to 4-0 for the week. “I was excited to have the opportunity,” said Neylan, making his first start and allowing no hits in three innings. “The team played well behind me, making all the plays.” John Rotondo had an RBI single and Mike Falchi added a two-run single in a key three-run uprising.
McCorristin topped North Brunswick and former Mikes coach Terry Martin, 6-5, to raise its record to 2-2. “We’re right on schedule,” said Jim Geraci. “We’re not a power house by any means. We got to win the games we’re supposed to win.”
The Hibo Senior 11 soccer teams were announced and making the boys team was McCorristin’s Rick Steeb (the CVC’s All-Time scoring champ), Steinert’s Dennis McCabe and John Vaneekhoven and Hamilton’s Julian Diaz. Making the girls team were Nottingham’s Kristen Schleher and Lynda Schuster, Steinert’s Jaime Acheson and Tiffany Weisnock and Hamilton’s Jessica Kogel and Anna Mastrangeli.
In track & field, today’s Mercer County Relays saw Hamilton West’s Sal Figueroa and Moses Bonner sweep the weight championships, winning the shot (93-1/2 combined throw) and discus (250-4). Figueroa had the days longest discus throw at 128-4 and second longest shot throw at 49-3/4. Nottingham’s Jeremy Coleman (145-1) and Mike Brown (142-6) combined to win the javelin.
Hamilton’s baseball team opened with an 11-1 win over Lenape as Don Tulodieski allowed six hits and one unearned run while walking four and striking out eight. Earl Ownes was the “top sticker” for Hornet, according to the article, as he went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBI. Joe Roche got things rolling when he reached on the first of 10 Lenape errors and eventually scored on another error. Ownes had an RBI single and Ray Staub hit a two-run single. Carl Sensi had a hit, run and RBI, Vic Ptycia had a hit and three runs scored, Mike Thack had a two run single and Tulodieski had a single and run scored.
Trailing 10-7 with two out in the last inning, St. Anthony’s baseball team rallied for three runs to tie Ewing, 10-10 in the season opener for both teams. Boris Sawula and Rich Bianchi were on base with two gone when John Dzurko singled home both runners, stole second, and scored on Tim Kinnevy’s single off a 3-2 pitch. Dave Dial fanned Mark Zoltanski to end it, and darkness forced the game to end in a tie. Henry Hollender made a great running catch to rob Ewing’s Leon Clark of extra bases with the bases loaded in the top of the seventh.
Today’s Trentonian rankings have an All-Hamilton look at the top, as Steinert still at No. 1, while McCorristin remains No. 2 and Hamilton moved up two spots to No. 3.
Some controversy occurred in Hamilton’s 84-47 loss to Ewing in track and field. Jeff Mayo and Curt Tiggett, the Hornets milers held hands as they crossed the finish line and were disqualified by head official Pete Scheirer, who was also the Ewing coach. “Mayo and Tiggett holding hands, that was wrong,” Hornets coach Mike Brady said. “But the head coach of the other team calling it, doesn’t sit well. I know it sounds like sour grapes but I’m bringing up a legitimate point. I’d never put myself in that position. Our kids were leary coming into this meet. A head coach should have nothing to do with the meet except watch from the sidelines.” “We’re all unhappy to see that situation,” Scheirer said. “I’d be happy not to be the official.” Greg Lewis won the shot (49-9-1/4) and discus (131-2) for Hamilton while Vince Tatarek won the pole vault (13-6).
Steinert defeated Toms River North, 76-55, as Tom Matlock won the 100 (11.3), 200 (22.7) and 400 (51.2) while Darryl Reaves doubled in the hurdles by winning the 110 highs (15.1) and 400 intermediates (57.5).
In girls track, Cindy Palinski won the 100 and 200 meters in 13.9 and 28.1 as Steinert beat Hightstown, 76-42. Cindy Soffel won the 400 (63.9) and Donna Koneski took the 800 (2:28).
In softball, Betsy Kerlin doubled, Brenda Tatarek singled and tripled and Cindy Astore hurled the win as Hamilton beat East Brunswick, 4-1. In the JV game, Hamilton 46-0 (that’s what it said!) as Theresa Vasanski was the winning pitcher.
On the baseball diamond, Hamilton beat Ewing 4-3, in eight innings. Ken Tucci allowed three runs in five innings in his first varsity start and Frank Sheldon pitched the final three frames. Sheldon singled home Bob Smetanka from second for the winning run. “It’s not hard to come in and relieve,” Sheldon said. “You just have to throw groundballs and the fielder’s take care of the rest.” Mike Moceri took a relay throw from John Iorio and gunned to catcher Gene Sanguinetti to nail a runner at the plate while Smetanka and Tom Rockhill each had two hits.
The Hamilton Blue Devils got goals from Tracey Jasiuski and Eileen Javick in a 2-0 win over the Ewing Redhots. Meg Duffy had an assist and Meredith Tynan notched the shutout in goal.
Steve DiConstanzo fanned 13 as the McCorristin JV baseball team beat Princeton, 12-0. Frank Little had three hits and five RBI.
In HGSA Major Division play, Jem Trophies topped Petito Ross, 4-3, as Jackie Sasko got the win with 10 strikeouts, while Lisa Kokotajlo had two triples and Tara Harrigan had the game-winning hit.
In Hamilton Little lads, Trenton Auto Glass topped Angelucci’s, 15-0, as Brandon Smith and Chris Fuller each tallied three hits, and Smith hitting a homer. Ryan DeLisa tossed the shutout.
Sunnybrae Little League saw Hamilton PAL top Vinyl Craftsman, 5-2, as Greg Benyon made a game-saving catch in the outfield and Alex Hutchinson had 13 strikeouts and an RBI.
Ron Scartocci’s three hits and four RBI led Nottingham to a 9-4 win over Allentown. Mark Conklin threw six innings for the win. Nick Adams single in the first inning was McCorristin’s lone hit in a 15-0 loss to Notre Dame.
Steinert graduate Gina Welsh has embarked on her first season as Mercer County Community College softball coach with a 15-0 loss to Morris, but the coach is undaunted. “We’ve got the talent to be good,” Welsh said. “We need some help with our hitting but our infield looks strong.” Team members include Steinert grads Michelle Beans at shortstop and Cindy Acton at third. Hamilton West’s Pearl Ames is looking for a job in the outfield.
Today’s Trentonian highlights Hamilton West senior Cindy Astore, a triple-letter winner for two straight seasons as a key player on the state championship soccer team and a guard on the basketball team. In softball, she will play third base and pitch. “She’s very competitive,” coach Elaine Pittaro said. “She responds well to instruction and works very hard. She shows a lot of promise.” Said Astore of her talents “I like to be versatile, but I have to admit I like basketball the best. I’m learning a lot more about the game and different coaches have been helping me. I’m looking forward to the softball season too, because we should be able to hold our own.”
Hamilton senior guard Troy Stevenson receives the coveted Jack Cryan Award, which is named after the former Notre Dame and Rider star who died at an early age of cancer. “I’m happy to be honored and compared to a man like Mr. Cryan,” Stevenson said. “I’m glad people don’t see me only as a ballplayer, but as an individual too.” Said Hornets coach Charley Ross “He commanded the ship this year. He molded the guys together against top competition. He always absorbed what I tried to put across.”
In Hamilton Fastpitch softball, Exotic Design topped Roma Savings, 6-3, as Juliana Rivera had two hits and Shelby Erbe hit a two-run double to support winning pitcher Xiomana Rivera.
Liedtka Fuel blanked Triple A, 2-0, in Hamilton Little Lads as Joe Ledre and Dan D’Angelo combined on a one-hitter and Andrew Gorta had a key hit.
Brendan’s Tax Service nipped Hamilton Elks, 4-3, in Sunnybrae action as Chris Silakoski hit a three-run homer and Matt Browkowfsky was the winning pitcher.
In HGSA action, J. DiMaggio’s took a 15-6 win over First Constitution Bank as Casey and Kelly Crowley, Ashley Lechner and Kate Elliott each had two hits. In the Senior Girls’ Division, Tina’s Restaurant topped Mershon’s, 10-4, as April Wiltsey got the decision and Raquel Rivera, Heather Tilghman and Kaitlin Hamilton all went 2-for-3.
In CYO soccer, Vicki Schiavone had three goals to lead St. Raphael’s ‘A’ past OLS ‘A”, 8-0. Marissa Dolar, Lisa Midura, Samantha Brennan and Christi Calabrese all scored while Devin Flynn had the shutout. St. Raphael’s ‘B’ blanked OLS ‘B’, 3-0, as Erica Foley, Danni Pagano and Marissa Rago each had goals and Samantha Foley notched the shutout in goal.
Sean Whalen’s two-run double helped spark Steinert to a 13-1 win over Nottingham. Frank Sabatino notched the mound win with help from Matt Sweeney. Hamilton got a home and three RBI and Ryan Zegarski had four hits as Hamilton topped Princeton, 5-1.
Hamilton’s softball team walloped Princeton, 21-3, as Kristen Drombski pitched a seven-hitter and Rachel Papp clubbed a double.
In golf, Pete Angelini shot a 47 at Springdale Golf Course and George Preston a 48 in Hamilton’s 222-245 loss to Princeton. Paul Schon shot a 43 at Miry Run in Nottingham’s 226-237 loss to Nottingham.
Tennis action saw Nottingham take a 5-0 win over Trenton as the doubles team of Lyon Schearer and Mike DeBlose won 6-0, 6-0.
Steinert grad Dave Gallagher had three hits in Mercer’s 5-3 loss to Philadelphia CC.
After a week of practicing in the gym because someone tore up Steinert’s field, the Spartans opened with an 8-1 win over Notre Dame. “We didn’t look bad for a first game, we were just a little crazy on the basepaths though,” coach Jeanne Ruppert said. Amy McGrath and Carrie Maher had three hits each while Kim Derrico had two hits, including a triple, and four RBI.
Hamilton took a 7-4 win over Lawrence as Melanie Gumilar threw a three-hitter and had two hits. Tricia Sutton fired a five-inning no-hitter as Nottingham beat Hopewell. Sutton fanned 12.
Steinert’s Dave Hunt pitched 6-2/3 innings of hitless ball and Anthony Valentino got the final out for the no-hitter to preserve a 1-0 opening-day win over Notre Dame. Steinert’s lone run came in the fourth when Jimmy Hodge doubled, moved to second on Rob Bucchino’s sacrifice and scored on Jerry Salzano’s double. “I figured I’d let Hunt pitch long enough,” coach Rich Giallella said of his pitching change. “He was tired and he had done a good job.”
Hamilton opened with a 14-6 victory over Lawrence as Scott Wayda had three doubles and Fred Tomko added three hits. Jeff Quick had two hits, including a homer, and two RBI, while Steve Kraemer had two hits and scored three runs. “I’m real happy about the offensive show we put on,” coach Marty Flynn said. “I think the waiting to get to this opener had the kids biting at the bullet. They came out swinging and connecting.”
Billy Olivero had two hits and a run scored by Nottingham fell to Hopewell Valley in baseball, 5-1.
In track & field, John Molnar won the 110 high hurdles (15.8) and 400 intermediates (60.4), while Paul Meyer claimed the 100 (11.4) and 200 (23.5) in Steinert’s 96-35 win over Ewing.
The Spartan girls also won, 96-26, as Michelle Habingreither won the 100 (13.4) and 200 (28.3), Kathy Kavulak won the high jump (4-10) and high hurdles (17.2), Cathy Smith took the mile (5:46) and 3200 (12:29.8) and Sue Scheer won the javelin (126-2) and discus (83-5).
Original’s Pizza sliced VFW 3525, 11-2, in Hamilton Little Lads action. Bryan Gadsby had three hits and Matt Riftow was the winning pitcher.
In the Minor Division, Mercer Rocker Room topped All-Clean, 11-1, as Tom Gola and Kevin Kocsak pitched well and Matt Hunt had two hits. JoJo’s topped Capital Health, 3-1, as Julian Diaz notched the win and Brian Picatagi had two RBI. Liedtka Fuel got two hits and five RBI from Brian Perkins in a 13-5 win over Capitol Health. John Wintermute and Joey Leone each had two hits and knocked in three runs, while Peter Kelly was the winning pitcher.
In today’s CVC Colonial Division track & field preview, Jon Adams’ team is said to include Mike Brown, Dwayne Martin, Phil Butler, Mike Delfino, Al Doan, Jeremy Coleman, Dave Bernard, Mohammad El-Naggar, Bryan McCranor, Randy Alvarez, Kevin Rouba, Markens Leger and Alex Depaz.
Doug Martin’s Steinert team, coming off a 10-3 season, includes Sean McConnell, Rob Schulte, John Vaneekhoven, Chris Bigos, Nick Schulte, Bill Magee, Dave Kerwick, Jon Grochala, Mike Cuniglio, Marcus D’Amelio, Marc Cuniglio, Brian Boyle, Doug Smith, Matt Russell and Chris Poznick.
In baseball action, Pat Zegarski allowed five runs in five innings and Nestor Reyes notched the save as Hamilton beat St. Joe’s Metuchen, 5-2. “I’ve been working hard all winter with the weights and was looking forward to coming out and throwing strikes,” Zegarski said. “I really didn’t hit my spots that well today, but fortunately we made some key defensive plays and got some timely hits.” Jimmy Brettell had an RBI single for the Hornets, while Scott Senese unloaded a three-run double and Matt Giannacio and eventually scored on Jim Hoey’s pop-pout, when no one covered home plate.
In track & field, Nick Schulte won the javelin (148-8) and Rob Schulte won the 1600 (4:42), while Bill Magee took the 400 hurdles (1:02.0) in Steinert’s 90-41 loss to Notre Dame.
In golf, Hamilton fell to Hopewell Valley, 217-256. Pete Angelini shot a 46, followed by George Preston (50), Mike Longo (51), William Groom (54) and Ryan Suchocki (55).
Hamilton West graduate Bruce Kinter, a junior at Montclair State College, won the North Atlantic Intercollegiate epee fencing championships by beating rivals from 13 other schools. Unfortunately, this was not a sign of things to come, as Hamilton Township never quite became a fencing power.
The Hamilton track & field team finished fourth with 23 points at the Don Bosco Relays. Vince Tatarek, Brian Walsh and Jeff Ivins teamed to win the pole vault relay. Taking second were Eric Underwood, Mark Broach and Reggie Griffith in the long jump, Underwood, Broach, Bob Ice and Al Morrow in the shuttle hurdles and Dave Schappell, Greg Lewis and Ed Williams in the shot put. Finishing third was the distance relay team of Chris Vigna, Dwayne Dyous, Curt Tiggett and Jeff Mayo, while Griffith, Underwood, Dyous and Tiggett were fifth in the sprint medley.
Brian Tripp shot a 38 and Art Scott a 39 as Nottingham’s golf team took a 214-255 win over Hamilton at Cranbury Golf Club.
In softball, Trisha Sutton’s one-hitter led Nottingham to a 10-0 win over Hamilton. Barbie Lubieski and Jen Allen had two hits each while Kim Schuman and Allen had two RBI apiece.
In Hamilton Little Lads Major Softball, Selmon Shell topped East Windsor Carpet, 10-3, as Samantha Mulvihill and Brandi Klienkauf combined for the win.
In Minor League baseball, Tim Dooling had three hits and Michael Alleman and Ryan Hamilton each had a hit and RBI apiece as Gervasio’s topped Angelucci Brothers, 6-2.
In Sunnybrae 9/10 play, Anthony Rivera and Neil Harm combined for the win while Kevin Luckie paced the offense with two hits and four RBI.
In HGSA softball, Solarski Revolution edged Morgan Landscape, 4-3, in eight innings as Robin Clausen struck out 15 and had the game-winning RBI. Kaitlin Kelly and Sam Siondaca each had an RBI. Melissa Rand struck out 11 in defeat. In Major Division play, Princeton Driving School topped Whitehouse Graphics, 11-10, as Shanna Bercy got the win and went 3-for-3 with a double and Andrea Mystrena went 3-for-3 with two RBI, including the game-winner. Stephanie Slavin was 2-for-3 with three RBI.
In HTRGSL C Division play, Big Green topped Purple, 2-1, as Jaclyn Gaudioso Radvany had two goals and Krystina McMullen excelled in goal.
Joe Fausti shot a 43 and Nate Monk a 44 in Steinert’s 210-224 loss to Hopewell at Miry Run. Nick Naprawa was low man for McCorristin with a 48 in a 198-280 loss to West Windsor-Plainsboro at Knobb Hill.
Steinert’s Alyssa Conlow signed a letter of intent to play Soccer at Georgetown.
Mike Rogers fired a two-hitter with one walk and eight strikeouts (see reprint of story above) as Steinert’s baseball team defeated Adam Hanson and Lawrenceville, 4-0. The win avenged a 6-2 loss Rogers suffered to Hanson in 1999. “There was no revenge factor,” said Rogers, who pitched six innings. “We just wanted to come out and play our game. I’ve been working with weights all winter and felt pretty strong today. It probably wasn’t my top performance but it’s only my first game.” Frank Sabatino tossed an inning of scoreless relief. Steinert took a 1-0 lead on Rob Ziegler’s double and Sean Whalen’s single. In the third, Joe Wysocki doubled, Chris Taylor walked and Scott Rich it a two-run double. Whalen’s RBI single capped the scoring.
In track and field, Nottingham’s boys edged Princeton, 67-64, getting first-place throws from Mike Delfino in the shot (41-3-1/2) and Mohammad El Nagger in the discus (117-11). Dwayne Martin took first in the long jump (20-1/4) as Jon Adams won his head track coaching debut.
George Laird rolled a 257 high game and a 644 series as the Hamilton Lanes squad set a record single game of 1063 and series of 3033 in winning two of three from White Horse in the Mercer County Bowling Proprietors’ Traveling League at Colonial Lanes.
Today’s Hamilton High baseball preview appeared and coach Earl Freeland begins his second year of varsity coaching at West. Five lettermen return from a 7-8 team including pitchers Joe “Lefty” Zarish and Don Tulodieski. Also back are Walt Antosiewicz and Al Szabo. Earl Ownes is catcher and team captain, Dave Kaplan, Steve Toth and Mike Thack battle for first base with Toth having the inside track. Vic Ptycia is at second and Joe Roche at short. The outfield features Bill Staub, Don Walsh, Rick Carson, Ed Carwile and Ed Conners. “We’re not going to be the heaviest hitting squad in the area but if our pitching holds up we’ll have a good campaign,” said Freeland, who will be assisted by Clifford “Kip” Breese and Tom Reimensnyder.
Steinert grad Bill Povia was 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI in Rider’s 4-2 loss to South Florida, then had two hits, including a triple, in the Broncs 1-0 setback to St Leo’s.
In today’s Mercer County Community College baseball preview, former Hamilton West standout Earl Ownes surveys his team, which includes Hamilton grads John Lansing and Bob Baggaley.
The Trentonian’s St. Anthony’s baseball preview appeared today and coach Tom DeVito is looking at silver linings in the clouds. “We’re so very far behind in our schedule. We’re still working on fundamentals at this late stage. Maybe it’s a blessing in disguise. We reached our peak much too early last season, so maybe this late start will prove beneficial on the long run.” The team will consist of Steve Gore (pitcher/1B), Gary Walters (1B/3B), Mark Zoltanski (3B), outfielders Henry Hollender, Boris Sawula and Bob Germani, Rich Bianchi (C), Tom Kinnevy (2B), back-up infielders Tom Flynn, Bob Apgar, Rich McDonough and Tim Mooney, reserve outfielders Tony Panteloni, Bob Gyenge and Dan George, and back-up catcher Gary McDonald. Other pitchers are John Dzurko, Jim McGovern, Rick Dell and Frank Warasz.
Rider defeated St. Joe’s, 8-3, as Hamilton graduate Ken Zegarski hit three sacrifice flies. Mercer topped Montgomery, 3-0, as Steinert grad Brian Binns pitched a three-hitter and had a no-hitter for six innings.
Steinert’s baseball team opened its season with a 3-0 win over Hopewell Valley, and Trentonian sports writer Chris D’Amico summed up the Spartans aggressive attitude in the first paragraph when he wrote Place Ken Rauba in a third base coaching box and he can cause more movement than a box of Ex-Lax. Rauba explained the reason why when he said “Our game is pressure. We have all kinds of things going on . . .we just keep everybody moving.” Pitcher Steve White fired a three-hitter with three walks and struck out six. Offensively Steinert scored first when Rob Colton singled and eventually scored on Jim Lozier’s double, and catcher Pete Capone picked one runner off of first and threw another out at second trying to steal.
In softball, Steinert took a 17-0 win over Hopewell as Carol Whitehouse had a double and triple in helping pitcher Cathy Elberson.
In track, Steinert took a 96-35 win over Hopewell Valley as Tom Matlock won the 100, 200 and 400 meters (11.2, 22.9, 50.1). Darryl Reves won the 110 hurdles (15.2) and the 400 intermediate hurdles (55.9). Ken Robbins won the long jump (19-3-1/2) while Rich Henrie won the discus (140-9), Joe Ewaskiewicz won the 1500 (4:19.8) and 3000 (9:39.5), Bill Werosta took the shot (45-6) and Kevin Moore won the javelin (164-9).
McCorristin’s Kate Larkin is named second-team on the Parade All-American Girls High School basketball team.
Nottingham’s golf team won its season opener, 199-247, over Lawrence and set a team record for low score at Cranbury Golf Course in the process. Vincent Skwarek and Paul Skwarek each shot a 38.
The GAK Thunder got goals from Hubert Markowski and Matt McCranor in a 2-1 win over Mercer United. Carl Hesselein, Zak Perkins and Daniel Brack played strong defense.
Ron Scartocci pitched four innings of one-run relief and figured in both of Nottingham’s big scoring innings in a 10-9 baseball win over Lawrence. Scartocci entered with the ’Stars trailing 6-1. Adam Allen’s two-run rally started the comeback. Scartocci and Ryan Lindsay (3-for-3) singled to score Allen and a hit batsmen tied it. In the eighth inning Scartocci ripped an RBI singles to give Nottingham the lead for good. “I just did what I could to help. I went at them as hard as I could (pitching). I mixed in everything.
John Rotondo pitched a three-hitter and McCorristin played errorless ball in an 8-2 win over Manchester Township. “When you give up 52 runs in your last two scrimmage games and probably 42 of them were unearned, you’re going to be concerned,” Mikes coach Jim Geraci said. “I hope this defense continues.” Nick Adams and Ken Lup had RBI singles, Mike Falchi hit a two-run homer and Joe D’Ambrosio had a two-run double. John DeLisa and Tony Auletta added key singles.
Steinert topped Trenton, 20-1, as Bob Ziegler had two hits, two RBI and four runs scored.
Nottingham’s softball team dropped a 4-2 decision to Lawrence despite a single, double and two RBI by Cori Bowker. Steinert’s Amanda Wilson notched her first varsity win with a one-hitter and eight strikeouts. Michelle Rock had two doubles, while Wilson was 3-for-3 with a double and Jess Owens was 2-for-2.
Matt Esizmadia shot a 45 to lead Nottingham’s golf team to a 237-252 win over Hamilton. William Groom shot a 47 for the Hornets.
In tennis, Hamilton nipped Nottingham, 3-2, as Mark Zangara and Paul Michalkowski won at singles. Dan Burnston had a third singles win for the Northstars.
In today’s track previews, the Steinert girls team is announced as Michelle Neukirchien, BobbiJo Bickell, Jennifer Krisak, Kelly Johnson, Danielle Makrancy, Rachel Van Horn, Lauren Grochala, Helen Cheung, Alissa D’Amelio, Christa Tindal, Jillian Poznick, Katie Czajkowski, Krystal Matheson, Caytie Renelli and Liz Mehl.
Nottingham’s squad features Joan Tafrow, Melissa Foley, Vicki Jenkins, Karen Luck, Kate Eldracher and Kate Moran. Hamilton’s array featured Tina Johnson, Kelly Oszczakiewicz, Jen Purdy, Tiffany Gideon, Davida Brown and Stacy Duma.
A plethora of Hamilton Township residents helped Notre Dame’s baseball team to a 9-0 win over MKSD. Tom Keefe had a grand slam, which preceded a single by Tom Porcelli and a walk to Gary Maccaroni. Pete Brescia fired four innings for the wins. “He was impressive because he went with his fastball and threw over 30 change-ups,” coach Vince Ardery said. “He struck out five out of 10 guys with that. It seems that’s going to be his pitch this year.” Bob Ricciani and Maccaroni hit back to back doubles for another run.
In freshman baseball, Neil Zingerman pitched a two-hitter as Steinert topped Neptune, 4-2.
The Hamilton West track team took a 98-2/3-19-1/3 win over Pennsbury as Greg Lewis won the shot (51-5) and discus (124-1) while Mark Broach captured the 120 hurdles (16.6) and long jump (19-0). Jeff May won the mile in 4:43.
In today’s golf previews, Hamilton’s prospective team includes Mike Longo, Pete Angelini, “Brian Skorochocki, Dan Yacovino, George Preston and Chris Ames. All are returning from a 6-10 team.
Steinert, coming off a 12-6 year, features Dennis Cook, Nate Monk, Jeff Sopko, Larry Baldasari, Joe Fousti, Matt Chester and Jim Somers.
Nottingham’s team includes Paul Schon, Chris Bash, Mike Carella, Mike Roszel, Matt Csizmadia, Chris Kline, Sean Coleman and Mark Schon. Nottingham is coming off a 6-11 season.
In today’s Trentonian, the headline announces that “Steinert Is Team to Beat” with a kicker “No. 1 in Poll” above the main headline. The story says the Spartans will be led by pitchers Dave Hoffman and Steve White. Ranked second is McCorristin, while Hamilton sits at fifth.
In Sunnybrae Little League 9/10 Division, Federal Alarm topped Blue Knight Flooring, 13-2, as Ryan Fitzgerald was 3-for-3 and Taylor Anderson went 2-for-2 with a double. Derek Fitzgerald was the winning pitcher with seven strikeouts. Vinyl Craftsmen beat Yardville National Bank, 7-1, as Mike Moceri had three hits. Desmond Larry fanned 10 in notching the win.
In South Jersey Girls travel soccer, the Hamilton Fireballs got goals from Jaime Boccanfusco and Meghan Weintrdulz while Anna Marie Fedorowycz had the shutout in goal.
Jim Hoey fired a two-hitter and struck out 14 to pace Hamilton a 4-0 win over Princeton Day School. Nick Massari and Matt Giannacio were both 2-for-3 for West.
In softball, defending Group III champion Hamilton lost to Camden Catholic 7-1 and beat Peddie 1-0. “People have to understand this is not last year’s team,” coach Barry Cicale said. “We lost something like 70 RBIs out of our lineup. We were close to coming out of this 0-2.” Against Peddie, Heather Wood made a big defensive play and pitcher Jill French escaped a jam. The winning run came when Amanda Janousek doubled and scored on Rachel Papp’s single. French had a three-hitter with eight strikeouts. Against Camden Catholic, Wood hit a solo homer.
The Rider baseball team dropped its fourth straight game on its southern trip, but got a double and single from Steinert grad Bill Povia and four strong innings pitched from Rich Sokolowski.
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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?