March 4, 1996 |
The occasion was the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Belmar, but for one group, the cause was saving greyhounds. Many racing greyhounds are killed once they stop winning. Greyhound Friends Inc. urges adoption instead; for information, call 908-874-0508.
December 9, 1990 |
Throughout the preseason, Northern Burlington coach John Black has stressed the importance of taking care of the ball. Last year, the Greyhounds were done in by an unenviable penchant to create turnovers. Northern Burlington averaged 20 turnovers a game, and in a conference as competitive as the Burlington County Freedom Division, that is too many to give opponents. With two of the team's top three scorers returning, there is optimism for improvement, but the real key will be how drastically the Greyhounds are able to cut down on the turnovers.
December 13, 1987 |
After the season his Greyhounds limped through last year, Northern Burlington coach John Black could probably be considered an expert in health insurance. "We had so many illnesses and injuries throughout the year, it was just unbelievable," Black said. Along with the usual strains and sprains, the Greyhounds were hit hardest by a preseason injury that sidelined one of their key players for the entire year. "Earl Page was our starting point guard but he never played a game," Black explained.
June 22, 2007 |
Nothing was boring about boys' track and field in South Jersey. Pleasantville ended Bridgeton's three-year reign as South Jersey Group 2 team champion. Willingboro posted an unforgettable performance at the end-of-season Nike Outdoor Nationals. And Winslow Township's Julian Talley couldn't duplicate last season's success. Despite Talley's struggles, the area still produced three champions, six runners-up and two bronze medalists at the Meet of Champions. Here are some of the highs and lows of the season: Team of the year: Pleasantville may not have obtained the Penn Relays' success it so desperately wanted at the beginning of the season.
September 21, 1991 |
Admittedly, it was not impressive during the preseason, but Northern Burlington's football team has picked up its play considerably now that the games are for keeps. Last night, Northern Burlington unleashed a tenacious defense to stop Bridgeton, 17-12, in a nonleague opener for both teams. During the preseason, Northern Burlington was lackluster against Holy Cross, Cherokee, Burlington Township and Palmyra. But the difficult scrimmages toughened up the Greyhounds. "We didn't do well at all in preseason," said Northern Burlington running back/defensive back Rob Beetel, one of only two returning starters.
September 20, 1989 |
Charlie Pirrello has built a winning tradition during his 12 years as coach at Northern Burlington. But this year, with only three starters returning, he's worried. "So few kids with varsity experience gives me the willies," Pirrello said. "We gotta worry about diaper rash. " COACHING. Pirrello, 80-29-3, coached the Greyhounds to a South Jersey Group 2 championship in 1980 and to two shared titles in the Freedom Division. He will be assisted by defensive coordinator Hank Kearns, offensive coordinator Tom Fager, junior varsity and sophomore coach Bruce Wandling, and freshman coaches Joe Washington and Ed Fitzpatrick.
September 22, 1996 |
Northern Burlington's Scott Silva had two gifts for his coach, Joe Washington. The first was 191 yards rushing and three touchdowns. The second was the game ball. The Greyhounds beat visiting Maple Shade, 28-12, yesterday in the season opener for both teams. It was Washington's first game as the replacement for Charlie Pirrello, who is taking a one-year sabbatical from coaching. "Coach got the game ball because he's working so hard," Silva said. "He has a lot of pressure.
December 16, 1987 |
The excitement of making the playoffs last year did not escape Northern Burlington girls' basketball coach Joe Janney, but he has to be wondering how much of a positive effect it will have on this year's team. "We had a very, very small turnout," Janney said of the Greyhound tryouts. "I can't understand it. We make the playoffs for the first time in 10 years and only 21 girls come out for the junior varsity and varsity squads. "Thirty-one kids came out for the freshman team, but we're left a little short in the ranks for the varsity.
December 14, 1986 |
When a school has gone 12 straight seasons without a winning record, one can't reasonably expect ill fortune to change in one year. And indeed, at Northern Burlington last year even the return of former head coach John Black didn't bring instant results. But this year, Black, who compiled a record of 80-80 as the Greyhounds' head coach from 1968 to 1975, is out to end the winless streak at 13 seasons. What's more, despite an overall record of 7-15, and a 5-13 mark in the Burlington County League Freedom Division, Black was quick to declare the 1985-86 season a success.
April 12, 1999 |
Extra innings can turn a coach's stomach in knots, especially when it comes to making crucial changes late in a game. As the innings piled up Thursday, Northern Burlington softball coach Brian Wolverton was on edge. However, he didn't have to worry about his starting pitcher, Christina Rossi. The junior threw a four-hit shutout as the Greyhounds prevailed, 1-0, over visiting Delran in a 12-inning thriller. "Christina gets stronger and stronger with every inning she pitches," Wolverton said.