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Philadelphia Inquirer
05/31/2015

Prendie crew took tough road to national title

That’s especially true for a crew of Bonner-Prendergast girls who were fearless enough to take a dip into the unknown and row their way to a national crown in the varsity four plus coxswain at the Scholastic Rowing Association of America (SRAA) championship at Cooper River Park in Camden last week.

Courierpostonline
07/25/2014

There’s a new look at Lincoln Financial Field

Lincoln Financial Field got a facelift. Despite its relative youthful look, the stadium, which opened in 2003, underwent renovations amid a rapidly evolving NFL landscape where the best – and certainly most economical – seat to watch a game in the age of instant information is unequivocally becoming your own couch.

Philadelphia Inquirer
06/08/2015

Holy Spirit’s improbable run ends in a state title

“He was lights out,” coach Steve Normane said. “He ran into a little trouble in the first, but he pitched incredibly. He emptied the tank for us.” Kral walked five, but didn’t allow a run after the first inning. “I knew I had to get ahead of the hitters,” Kral said.

Philly.com

St. Joe’s Prep rugby takes all comers – and turns them into champs

Stop us if you’ve heard this before: St. Joseph’s Prep is headed to the state semifinals. But it’s not the football team, famous for rattling off wins in 55 straight Catholic League games between 1999 and 2007. Nor is it the baseball team or crew, nor any of the usual programs that frequently revel in the Prep’s athletic glory.

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Hammonton girl adjusts, wins gymnastics title

YouTube can be a good source for how-to videos. Just ask Gabriella Ricca. When the Hammonton native was looking for a way to smooth out her back handspring on the beam, she went online in search of a video to help her routine. “The back handspring on the beam seemed hard at first,” Gabriella Ricca said.

NJ.com/South Jersey Times
10/03/2015

Delsea football comes from behind again to top Paul VI, 35-34

HADDONFIELD — When Delsea and Paul VI met on Saturday, only one could end the day undefeated. With 1:24 left to play, Tahjze Summial found a crease to his left before bursting into the end zone from 24 yards to complete the latest in a string of mystifying, come-from-behind victories for Delsea, No.

Features

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Say Mercy: The Woodbury and Paulsboro football rivalry

Filmmaker Vinnie Allen is putting the finishing touches on his latest project, “Say Mercy,” a documentary centered on the locally famed football rivalry between Woodbury and Paulsboro high schools. “It goes deep into the history of the success to come out of Woodbury High, as well as Paulsboro and the rest of the (Colonial) Conference,” said Allen, a 2000 Woodbury graduate.

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Witherspoon returns to boxing ring

Paulsboro’s Chazz “The Gentleman” Witherspoon will return to the boxing ring for the first time in two years. Witherspoon will take part in Saturday’s main event when he squares off against Newark’s Tyabb Beale at the RiverWinds Community Center in West Deptford. A victory, Witherspoon believes, could get him back in the national mix for heavyweight title contention.

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Garnets a tight-knit group

An auspicious start to camp has pleased Haddon Heights head coach Ralph Schiavo and revealed that this year he’ll have the privilege of leading an exceptionally tight-knit group. “Kids are working hard,” Schiavo said. “The teams togetherness has been one standout so far.”

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30 teams in 30 days: West Deptford works to recoup losses

The West Deptford Eagles are a team in transition. Contending with a host of notable losses incurred due to graduation, coach Clyde Folsom and the rest of the program are working hard on the heels of suffering a first-round Group 2 playoff upset at the hands of Haddonfield last November.

NJ.com/Star-Ledger
11/01/2014

Bob Hutchings, Paul Rodio, Pop Lloyd inducted into All Sports Museum of Southern New Jersey Hall…

BRIDGETON — Two distinguished basketball coaches and one highly esteemed shortstop were enshrined in the All Sports Museum of Southern New Jersey at Saturday’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The three inductees – Bob Hutchings, a multi-sport Millville High School star and Stockton College coaching icon; Paul Rodio, coach of the perennially state-title-contending St.

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30 teams in 30 days: Lenape deals with newness

While the division in the West Jersey Football League is new to Lenape, the onfield mission is an old one. “Our goal is no different from the (previous) three years’ – we want to make the playoffs,” coach Tim McAneney said. The feat has been a tough one for the Indians to accomplish.

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National teams have a distinct S.J. flavor

For the first time, the American Street Hockey Institute (ASHI) is sending multiple teams with many local athletes to the International Street and Ball Hockey Federation’s (ISBHF) World Junior Ball Hockey Championship. The Junior USA Under-20 and Under-18 Ball Hockey teams will compete in Bratislava, Slovakia, in a tournament that begins Tuesday.

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30 teams in 30 days: Change comes to Eastern

An inspirited vibe is permeating the Eastern program. A refreshed feeling – furnished by the introduction of a new coach in Dan Boguszewski, and a new starting quarterback in Cinque Hill – indicative of the start of a new era. “The very first day that I met the kids was really exciting,” Boguszewski said.

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Covely overcomes challenges to win championship

All Jake Covely needed was an opportunity. When he got that chance, the Gloucester Township native provided plenty of spark and inspiration as the South Jersey Patriots capped off their run at the Mylec Dek Hockey Tournament last month in Winchendon, Massachusetts, as champions of the Beaver A Division.

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Boys’ Tennis: Haddonfield’s Anderson, Oberholtzer are quite a team

Isaak Anderson and Sam Oberholtzer stand alone as the first boys’ state doubles champions in Haddonfield High School’s long and storied tennis history. Their talent has long been apparent. “Even last year, there wasn’t very much that separated them from the very top teams in the state,” coach Jeff Holman explained.

Game Stories

NJ.com/Star-Ledger
02/01/2015

Wrestling: Delsea holds off No. 12 St. Augustine 30-21

RICHLAND — The horizon seemed to appear bleak for the Delsea wrestling team, which, on the heels of two hard-luck defeats, entered the St. Augustine Prep gym Saturday prepared for a crucial quad meet against the No. 12 team in the NJ.com Top 20.

NJ.com/Star-Ledger
01/24/2015

Woodbury boys basketball shows pride in 61-44 win over Millville

WOODBURY — Donning warm-up T-shirts that read “Woodbury Pride,” the Thundering Herd exited the locker room for a Saturday afternoon boys basketball matchup with Millville determined to live up to the recently adopted team mantra, and poised to leave a disappointing 1-4 start to the season in the rearview mirror.

NJ.com/Star-Ledger
01/17/2015

Delsea boys basketball comes from behind to beat Schalick, 63-61

Schalick ran the floor with remarkable efficiency, taking a sizeable early lead, while Delsea’s boys basketball team displayed little offensive rhythm – and no apparent answer to 6-foot-7 Schalick center Mike Holloway. The senior big man banged down low for 10 points in the opening quarter as the Cougars sped out of the gate to a 12-point lead after eight minutes.

NJ.com/Star-Ledger
01/03/2015

Gloucester girls basketball beats Salem, 56-35, to remain undefeated

GLOUCESTER CITY — For the undefeated Gloucester girls basketball team, an inefficient start was promptly forgotten when senior forward Kylee Hirst seized control, leading all scorers with eight first-quarter points and helping the Lady Lions to a sizable lead against the visiting Salem Rams. With Gloucester (5-0) leading by 10 points after the first quarter, Salem made an impressive run to pull to within one in the second.

NJ.com/Star-Ledger
11/10/2014

Cinnaminson boys soccer beats Woodstown to set up South Jersey, Group 2 final against Audubon

WOODSTOWN – Second-seeded Woodstown played host to third-seeded Cinnaminson in an NJSIAA/Sports Authority South Jersey, Group 2 semifinal with all the makings of a thrilling boys soccer contest. The contest lived up to expectations, even though opportunistic Cinnaminson, with an uncanny ability to put the ball in the net, overcame Woodstown’s emboldened second-half performance.

NJ.com/Star-Ledger
10/10/2014

Football: Hammonton stays undefeated with win against Clearview

HAMMONTON — On the heels of last week’s easy victory over Eastern at home, the Clearview Pioneers took their torrid offense on the road against an undefeated Hammonton side on Friday night. But Clearview’s third game on the road in its first four contests did not play out how the Pioneers had hoped, as Hammonton’s unrelenting defense stifled the Pioneers and secured a 31-6 victory for Hammonton.

NJ.com/Star-Ledger
10/18/2014

Paul VI beats tired Delsea team, 3-2 in overtime, in boys soccer

FRANKLINVILLE — The Delsea boys soccer team had little time to dwell on Friday night’s loss – and Paul VI sought to capitalize on their opponent’s quick turnaround. “I knew (Delsea) came off a tough loss last night,” Paul VI head coach Charles Kellogg said.

NJ.com/Star-Ledger
10/24/2014

Football: Woodstown shuts out Schalick

PITTSGROVE — With both football teams coming off much-needed wins, Woodstown visited Schalick on Friday night for a West Jersey Football League-Diamond Division showdown. The “Blue Goo” defense, a self-appointed nickname of the Woodstown unit, did what it does best: Stifle the opposing offense all night en route to securing a 21-0 victory.

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Union add experienced international goalie

They say three’s a crowd, but that’s of no apparent concern to Nick Sakiewicz. The Philadelphia Union CEO was excited to introduce the team’s newest player even if it may create a logjam at the pivotal goalie position, but will create plenty of buzz because of his World Cup pedigree.

NJ.com/Star-Ledger
10/08/2014

Clayton field hockey shuts out Salem, 4-0

CLAYTON — Following a disappointing loss to South Jersey, Group 1 rival Pitman last week, the Clayton field hockey team rattled off its third consecutive victory in convincing fashion on Wednesday with a 4-0 triumph over Salem.

NJ.com/Star-Ledger
10/01/2014

West Deptford boys soccer rebounds with 2-0 victory over Haddon Heights

HADDON HEIGHTS — Two goals within 15 minutes of the first half accounted for all of the scoring in a gritty contest as the West Deptford boys soccer team beat Haddon Heights, 2-0, on Wednesday. Winning coach Steve Jakubowski liked what he saw. “I think we just stuck to our game plan,” Jakubowski said.

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Brooklawn pounds out win to open series

The Brooklawn Senior American Legion baseball team kept their torrid bats going on Thursday in Shelby, North Carolina. Last year’s national champions kicked off the 2014 Senior American Legion World Series in impressive fashion, accumulating 13 hits en route to a 9-1 drubbing over the Cromwell, Conn., in the opening game of pool play.

Analysis & Blogs

Amazinavenue
09/18/2014

Run scoring, Dilson Herrera, and the unremitting search for big league bats

Pitching can’t win championships on its own. Somebody’s gotta score runs. Few teams have struggled to score runs over the course of 2014 like your New York Mets have. The issue has only become more glaring since the All-Star break, evidenced by the team’s .643 OPS (29th in the majors) and 204 runs scored (25th).

Empirewritesback
04/15/2014

Mets: Ike Davis, Lucas Duda and the Bind at First Base

If New York Mets fans know anything, it’s controversy. Controversy, both, on and off the field. From the Jackie Robinson Rotunda-a Citi Field tribute to the legacy and immeasurable impact of the former Brooklyn Dodgers’ great-out to the ballpark’s outfield dimensions. From taking umbrage with the social life of a certain injured bachelor, to challenging […]

Empirewritesback
03/25/2014

Carmelo Anthony, Phil Jackson Converge Amid Melo’s Historic Individual Season

Carmelo Anthony is one of the most polarizing superstars in the NBA today. That’s an inescapable fact, even if it is unwarranted. Now, I’m no fool. The way things have played out since his arrival in 2011 have certainly left plenty to be desired. Fans have every right to be disgruntled over last year’s premature […]

Empirewritesback
06/06/2014

New York Rangers: Take Bow, Mr. Glen Sather

Not too long ago, the New York Rangers were a punchline. A franchise who, in the years following a remarkable 1994 season, spent the better part of two decades throwing barrels of money at various overpriced, big-ticket free agents to no avail.

Empirewritesback
05/21/2014

Mets: State of the NY Mets Franchise, Alderson’s Performance and Looking Forward

In 2010, and with the alleged help of Major League Baseball, the New York Mets ushered in new general manager Sandy Alderson. The man he replaced? Omar Minaya, who, only a few years prior, was widely lauded for the recruitment of superstars Pedro Martinez and Carlos Beltran, only to watch his Mets fall just one game shy of the 2006 World Series.

Empirewritesback
04/06/2014

Rangers Playoffs Preview: Can New York Make a Run at the Stanley Cup?

This season is proving difficult to define for the New York Rangers. The line between success and disappointment feels indistinct. The Rangers are no strangers to playoff hockey, having failed to qualify for the postseason just once since the 2005-06 season, but with little to show for it.