March 14, 1997 |
Congratulations, Pitman fans: You get to spend another day watching Joe Crispin. Let's hope you enjoy it more than Highland Park did. Crispin torched Highland Park, the Central Jersey Group 1 champion, for 31 points, 14 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 steals last night while turning over the ball just two times in a 97-74 win at Nottingham High. Pitman advances to the boys' basketball state final against Newark Science, a 56-40 winner over Midland Park. Crispin's numbers, impressive as they are, don't tell just how much he dominated the game.
June 13, 1997 |
Joe Crispin has a competitive fire that never flickers. To the Pitman High senior, there is no such thing as a meaningless game. Take the Crispin family's annual gathering for the Fourth of July. They stage three-on-three basketball games with a nine-foot basket at their Pitman home. Among the other players are Jon Crispin, Joe's sophomore brother who already has scored 956 points; their father, Steve, who was a 1,400-point scorer at Glassboro; Grant Shivers, the Williamstown coach and Joe's uncle; and Jeff Crispin, another uncle.
March 19, 1997 |
For four years, the Pitman Panthers stood on Joe Crispin's shoulders, reaching higher than anyone thought they could. All along, it was assumed that the Panthers would fall, that they would settle into typical Group 1 form. But the Panthers didn't slip. Crispin did. Pitman gave Union, the state Group 4 boys' basketball champion, all it could handle in last night's Tournament of Champions quarterfinal at Elizabeth High. The Panthers were down, 70-68, with 1 minute, 37 seconds left, and everyone, including Crispin, thought their senior sensation would carry them.
February 22, 1997 |
Joe Crispin was feeling under the weather before last night's showdown between Tri-County Conference boys' basketball titans. Gosh, you have to wonder what he'll accomplish when he regains his health. The 6-foot Pitman guard scored 45 points and racked up eight assists in the visiting Panthers' 81-69 victory over Delsea in a Tri-County Conference interdivision game. The previously undefeated Crusaders saw plenty of Crispin last night, and unfortunately for them, they will see more of him soon.
March 28, 1997 |
Joe Crispin, the South Jersey boys' basketball player of the year, plays for Pitman. Of course. Pitman is a town, Crispin a teenager, but they are both sort of different versions of the same idea. One looks like it's living in the '50s; the other scores in the 50s. One has a museum-quality downtown; the other shoots from downtown. Crispin averaged 32.1 points per game this season, finished as the No. 3 scorer in South Jersey NJSIAA history and led his team - and his town - to the Group 1 state championship.
March 19, 1997 |
Joe Crispin entered Pitman as a gunslinger, able - and willing - to shoot from anywhere on the basketball court. He'll leave as a champion after four eventful seasons as Pitman's celebrated and poised point guard. Crispin tried putting his storied career in perspective immediately after last night's 75-72 loss to Group 4's Union in a Tournament of Champions quarterfinal. No, it wasn't his most glowing moment. Crispin scored 30 points, two below his average, but he shot 10 for 34 from the field.
February 10, 2002 |
They were small-town heroes who advanced to bigger stages in larger cities, but Pitman High graduates Joe and Jon Crispin have never forgotten their roots. The admiration and appreciation that the Pitman community has shown for the Crispins was on display yesterday when the school retired the uniform numbers of its two all-time scoring leaders. Joe Crispin, who wore No. 3, and Jon, who wore No. 5, were honored in a ceremony following the girls' basketball game between Pitman and Audubon yesterday.
August 20, 1998 |
Penn State's basketball team could have foundered after fifth-year senior point guard Dan Earl went down with a major knee injury last December. But freshman point guard Joe Crispin from Pitman (N.J.) High wouldn't let it happen. The Nittany Lions, with the 5-11 Crispin running the show, made it to the final game of the National Invitation Tournament. Earl will be back for a sixth year this winter. Crispin will be back for his second year. And, next year, Jon Crispin, a senior-to-be at Pitman, will join his brother in the Penn State backcourt.
January 14, 1996 |
Joe Crispin has scored more than 1,100 career points and has been the focal point of Pitman's offense for three years, but even he can't remember having a quarter like yesterday's fourth period. The 6-foot junior point guard scored 23 of his 38 points in the final period to lead the host Panthers to an 85-75 win over Gloucester in a Tri-County Conference Classic Division boys' basketball shoot-out. In that final eight minutes, Crispin hit 5 of 7 shots, including both of his three-point attempts, and was 11 for 14 from the foul line.
December 17, 1999 |
Penn State and Villanova played a basketball game Saturday in the spacious First Union Center, and the sizable contingent from Pitman in attendance could have easily felt as if it was back in Pitman High School's cramped gym. Joe and Jon Crispin, who led Pitman to its first boys' basketball state championship in 1997 and are now the starting guards for Penn State, hoisted a combined 41 shots. That was 10 more shots than the combined total of the six other Nittany Lions who saw significant minutes in Penn State's 73-61 loss to Villanova.