January 30, 2015 |
CHANDLER, Ariz. - When the New England Patriots drafted Logan Ryan in April 2013, the Eastern High School graduate sent a text message to another alumnus: Adam Taliaferro. "Hey, man, I'm playing for you," Ryan wrote, according to Taliaferro. Taliaferro starred for Eastern in the late 1990s. He went to Penn State, where he played as a freshman for Joe Paterno. On Sept. 23, 2000, Taliaferro suffered a spinal cord injury that paralyzed him from the neck down. Doctors gave him a 3 percent chance to walk again.
September 1, 2014 |
One goal is never enough for Austyn Cuneo. But then, apparently, neither are 233. "Every goal is a thrill," said Cuneo, who is set to begin her senior year at Eastern High School. "Whether you score one goal or 200, it's always a scoring thrill. And you always want to score more. " Cuneo is the greatest goal-scorer in the history of scholastic field hockey. She will enter her final season with 233 goals, which means she already has eclipsed the old record by 42 goals. She scored 69 as a freshman, 68 as a sophomore, and 96 - another national record - as a junior.
June 9, 2014 |
Tom Flacco was surprised and honored. Flacco, an Eastern High School senior, was selected by the Phillies in the 32d round of the MLB draft Saturday. "I didn't even know they were following me," Flacco said. "It's a great honor. " Flacco, who has a football scholarship offer from Western Michigan, said he was likely to "play football" but didn't want to rule out signing with the Phillies until he had more discussions with the organization. Flacco, a speedy lefthanded swinger, batted .506 with eight doubles, six triples, and 30 RBIs as a shortstop for Eastern.
November 18, 2013 |
TOMS RIVER, N.J. - The Streak now is older than some of the players. Eastern High School won its 15th consecutive Group 4 state title in field hockey on Saturday with a workmanlike, 3-0 victory over Bridgewater-Raritan at Toms River East. "Historically, it's amazing," Eastern coach Danyle Heilig said. "It's an amazing feeling to be part of that. " Eastern junior Austyn Cuneo scored two goals to extend her national records for goals in a season and in a career. Cuneo has 89 goals this season and 226 in her career.
November 18, 2013 |
TOMS RIVER, N.J. - Eastern High School won 11 state championships in a row in field hockey before Karlee Spirit put on her shin guards for her first practice as a freshman in the summer of 2010. She knew it. She understood it, too. "It's a legacy that's handed down to you," Spirit said. "As soon as you come here, you know what the standards are, what the expectations are. " If there were times during Saturday's state championship game when the weight of all that astonishing accomplishment seemed to push down on the Vikings, there always was a voice chasing away the doubts.
September 8, 2013 |
Tom Flacco looks at people funny when they ask if he's uncomfortable with his big brother's success. "It's like they think I'm mad he's in the NFL," Flacco said of his oldest brother, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. "I'm like, 'Are you crazy?' I think it's awesome. " On the brink of his senior year at Eastern High School, Tom Flacco has more than a notable football name. He has a remarkable football game. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Flacco fashioned one of the best seasons ever by a South Jersey high school quarterback as a junior: 2,957 yards and 25 touchdowns in leading Eastern to a 7-4 record and a berth in the South Jersey Group 5 semifinals.
August 10, 2013 |
It is a team joke on the Patriots, and to outsiders it must seem strange: There are enough rookies from a particular region of the country to earn their own separate table in the team cafeteria. That wouldn't be unusual if that region were, say, Texas or Ohio. But it is not. It is the Philadelphia region. The Patriots have four players from the area, which is an unusually high total - except when compared to the number of Rutgers players on the team: nine. "People say in the cafeteria we're a Rutgers table because we all sit together at lunch and it fills up the whole entire table," said Logan Ryan, from Vorhees.
June 1, 2013 |
Eastern High School announced Thursday that Jamie McGroarty has resigned as varsity softball coach after six years. "Mr. McGroarty was more than a coach to his student athletes, but a role model who showed his students how to succeed," Eastern's vice principal of athletics, Philip Smart, said in a statement. The announcement came a day after Eastern was eliminated in the South Jersey Group 4 semifinals. "When I took the job, it was supposed to be a one- or two-year job, and it morphed into a six-year thing," McGroarty said.
May 4, 2013 |
In the spring of 1974, Camden Catholic baseball coach Joe Galliera was sitting in the athletic office at Eastern High School with Vikings coach Joe Hartmann and Gloucester Catholic coach Jim Carr. Hartmann had an idea. He wanted to create a tournament. "I'll never forget when Joe first presented this," Galliera said. "He looked at me and Jim and said, 'What do you think?' " Galliera, now the athletic director at Kingsway, said he feels the same way about Hartmann's proposal today as he did 39 years ago: It's a bonanza for South Jersey baseball.
September 26, 2010 |
Richie Suarez has always been known as a battler on the mound, and the 2010 Eastern High graduate is using the same tenacity to tackle his worst opponent. Suarez was a second-team all-conference pitcher as a senior for Eastern, then enjoyed a monster summer during which he helped Gibbsboro's Senior American Legion team finish second in the state, earning a berth in the Northeast Region in Middletown, Conn. Suarez, a righthander who struck out 10 in six-plus innings of a state tournament win for Gibbsboro over Hamilton, didn't pitch in the regionals because of a sore elbow.