May 5, 2014 |
With the bases loaded and the game tied in the top of the ninth inning, Nick Browne didn't think about the weight of the moment. Patience was the defining characteristic of his team's performance to that point. And in his final at-bat, Browne played the role to perfection. He was loose and thoughtful as he walked to the plate. He worked a 3-1 count. Then he effortlessly stroked a fastball far beyond the right-field fence. It was the go-ahead grand slam in the Bishop Eustace baseball team's 10-6 win at Paul VI on Saturday afternoon in an Olympic Conference National Division matchup.
April 13, 2014 |
Bishop Eustace senior lacrosse player Kristen Kelbon had waited an awfully long time for this past Wednesday, and she didn't feel let down. Kelbon played her first game in about a year and didn't lose her scoring touch or her appreciation of what it means to be on the field performing. Last April, she tore the anterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament, and meniscus in her left knee while playing lacrosse. That meant not only the end of her season, but also a year's worth of exercises for her leg and a continuing test of her resolve.
April 8, 2014 |
Not every game-winning rally is going to feature a crackling line drives and clutch hits. Sometimes, a team has to grind away and find a way. That's what Bishop Eustace senior first baseman Dan Marano did in the top of the seventh inning of Sunday's Ralph Shaw Classic championship baseball game against host Audubon. Behind by 0-2 in the count with the bases loaded and two outs, Marano battled back to work a walk to drive in the winning run in Bishop Eustace's 4-3 victory before a large crowd on a sunny afternoon at Hank Greenberg Field.
March 30, 2014 |
South Jersey championship-winning quarterbacks Trevor Osler of Cherokee and Mike McLaughlin of Haddonfield will lead their respective teams in the Adam Taliaferro/South Jersey Football Coaches Association Blue-White All-Star Game, scheduled for July 2 at Rowan University. Osler, who helped Cherokee to the South Jersey Group 5 title, will serve as a quarterback of the Blue team along with Bridgeton's Ronald Williams. McLaughlin, who sparked Haddonfield to the South Jersey Group 2 crown, will be a quarterback of the White team along with Bishop Eustace's Tim McConnell.
March 2, 2014 |
Bishop Eustace started to shoot around more than an hour before its boys' basketball game against Jersey City's St. Anthony on Friday. With no junior-varsity game beforehand and a packed student section already in the building anticipating the matchup with one of the state's elite programs, the Crusaders tried to take advantage of the extra time. The pregame work did not pay off, as Bishop Eustace suffered a 52-30 nonleague loss to St. Anthony, but the Crusaders will look to gain from the big-game experience with its Non-Public A playoff opener against Holy Cross on Wednesday.
February 13, 2014 |
Flo DaSilva swears he's not a risk-taker on defense. He says he used to be gambler, trying for steals on almost every possession. Now, he says, he picks his spots. "When I was on JV, I used to reach and go for steals all the time," DaSilva said after leading Bishop Eustace to 41-33 victory over Camden Catholic on Tuesday night. "Now, I stay back. " DaSilva, a 6-foot senior guard, registered seven steals, nine points, six rebounds, and four assists in sparking the visiting Crusaders past the Irish in an Olympic National battle of Top 10 boys' basketball teams.
February 8, 2014 |
Conor McLaughlin has found his stride. Not coincidentally, so has the Bishop Eustace Prep boys' basketball team. A junior forward, McLaughlin generated 17 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 blocks as Eustace beat visiting Cherry Hill East, 66-50, Thursday night in an Olympic Conference interdivision game. Senior guard Flo DaSilva added 12 points, 5 assists, and 3 steals, and sophomore guard Mike Cohen scored all 15 of his points in the second half for Eustace (12-5), which won its fourth in a row. "He's really stepped up," DaSilva said of McLaughlin.
December 12, 2013 |
John DeMarco said it was a moment he will never forget. It was a father-daughter moment. It was a player-coach moment. But it was more than that, as well - a moment that capped perhaps the best season in his 30 years on the sidelines of the St. Joseph field hockey team. "This year's been so special," said DeMarco, The Inquirer's South Jersey field hockey coach of the year. "This was such a great group of girls, some of whom had never even played hockey before this year. "They were so close, no bickering, just pushing and pushing and fighting for each other all year long.
November 17, 2013 |
Tim McConnell's voice was shaking as he recounted the play: the fourth-and-20 miracle, the shining moment of his high school career. He was animated, amped, jumping back and forth. He was reliving those few flashing moments. "This is Eustace-Catholic. It doesn't get bigger than this. We just weren't going to lose this game," the senior quarterback said after leading his fifth-seeded Bishop Eustace football team to a 16-14 comeback victory at No. 4 Camden Catholic in Friday night's Non-Public Group 2 football quarterfinals.
November 15, 2013 |
It's a dynamic as old as time: Dad says one thing, daughter does another. The twist on Wednesday was that Emily DeMarco's defiance of her father's directive resulted in one of the most rewarding moments in both of their lives. "I scream at her all the time not to do it," St. Joseph field hockey coach John DeMarco said of the shot that his daughter Emily used to lift the host Wildcats to a 2-1 victory over Bishop Eustace in the Non-Public South title game. Emily DeMarco maneuvered past two defenders and backhanded the ball into the cage to snap a 1-1 tie with just 1 minute, 33 seconds to play on a cold, sunny afternoon.