May 28, 2016 |
Rich Racobaldo is starting to feel better. Not coincidentally, so is the Washington Township baseball team. "Perfect timing," Racobaldo said after leading the Minutemen to their second consecutive upset victory in the South Jersey Group 4 tournament. Racobaldo, a junior righthander, allowed two hits in four scoreless innings, and 11th-seeded Washington Township sent 12 batters to the plate in an eight-run fourth inning Thursday en route to a 13-1 victory over third-seeded Cherry Hill West.
May 8, 2016 |
Washington Township senior righthander Nick Evangelista had one word to describe his junior baseball season. "Awful," he said, getting right to the point. Actually, there was no junior season. Evangelista said his right shoulder blade was significantly higher than his left and when he threw, it caused pain in his elbow. So he was shut down for the high school season and pretty much the summer as well. No surgery was needed, just grueling rehab. "I sat on the bench and cheered everybody on," he said.
March 29, 2016 |
Nick Evangelista couldn't pitch last season. He still believes he became a better pitcher. He sat out his junior year at Washington Township with an injury to his right shoulder. He sat and watched as the Minutemen labored through a difficult season, losing a series of close games en route to a 12-14 record. "That was really bad," Evangelista said. "Just sitting there and watching it happen, and knowing I couldn't help in any way, it was really tough. " Evangelista is back for his senior season.
February 27, 2016 |
After allowing a season-high 99 points in Saturday's six-point loss at Davidson, St. Joseph's knew it had to clamp down on defense when visiting Massachusetts on Wednesday. The Hawks shook off Saturday's hiccup with Wednesday's 74-54 win over Massachusetts and moved into a first-place tie in the Atlantic Ten with VCU and Dayton. The Hawks (23-5 overall, 12-3 A-10) held the Minutemen to 2 for 22 from three-point range and lead the A-10 in three-point field goal defense (.296). "It felt good being able to bounce back like that," forward Isaiah Miles said in a phone interview shortly after the win. "Against Davidson, it was a bad defensive game on our part, and we got back to playing how we play basketball and playing the defense we play on the road against a good UMass team.
February 25, 2016 |
Wednesday, 7 p.m. Mullins Center, Amherst, Mass. TV/Radio: Comcast SportsNet; WNTP-AM (990). Records: St. Joseph's, 22-5, 11-3 Atlantic Ten; Massachusetts, 12-14, 5-9. On Massachusetts: The Minutemen have won three of four after Sunday's 70-64 win over visiting George Mason behind 17 points from redshirt senior point guard Jabarie Hinds. On St Joseph's: Despite getting 32 points from Isaiah Miles, the Hawks became the last Division I team to lose a road game when they dropped a 99-93 decision at Davidson on Saturday.
January 24, 2016 |
So far, the Washington Township boys' basketball season has met the high preseason expectations, but coach Matt Kiser has taken one for the team. "When they win, I give them all the credit, and when they lose, it is all on me," Kiser said. So with this type of disjointed math, Kiser stands 0-1 this season. His players are 13-0. Yet this type of selfless attitude by the sixth-year head coach has filtered down to his team. This deep unit has enough players who push one another in practice, which has led to impressive results in the games.
December 21, 2015 |
Justin Ortiz is a role player. He says everybody on the Washington Township boys' basketball team is a role player. "We all understand," Ortiz said after sparking the Minutemen to a 56-42 victory over Kingsway on Saturday in the Jimmy V Foundation showcase at Cherokee High School. With tip-off just about 15 hours after a hard-fought victory over Cherry Hill West on Friday night, Washington Township burst to a 20-3 lead after one quarter and cruised to victory in the first of six games in the main gym during the daylong, 12-game event.
November 24, 2015 |
UNION, N.J. - All week, Ryan Logar kept the pressure off his left foot. He was saving it for Sunday, and for the most remarkable goal of his soccer career. All week, Logar made his way through the halls of Washington Township High School on crutches. All week, Logar kept his badly sprained left ankle elevated and wrapped in ice, and told himself that he would be ready for the Group 4 state championship game. "I didn't think he was going to play," Washington Township coach Shane Snyder said, moments before his players dumped a cooler of ice water on him in celebration of the Minutemen's 1-0 victory over West Orange.
November 15, 2015 |
After Washington Township graduated one of the most accomplished classes in South Jersey boys' soccer history, the conventional wisdom was that the Minutemen would take a couple of steps back in 2015. But that line of thinking failed to account for the "fire" inside Mike Roscioli, the grit inside Ryan Logar, and the determination inside most of the team's seniors to create their own legacy. "It lit a fire inside me," Roscioli said after scoring the first goal in top-seeded Washington Township's 2-0 victory over Eastern in the South Jersey Group 4 title game on Friday afternoon.
October 16, 2015 |
Late in double overtime Tuesday night, Washington Township's Travis Yates still had enough gas to charge the net and bury the winner from close distance. He walked off the field drenched in sweat. Exhausted. But vindicated yet again. It takes a different level of fitness, he'll tell you, to play striker. Yates, the Minutemen's leading scorer with four goals and two assists, had been one of the top goalkeepers in South Jersey in his sophomore and junior years. Last year, he helped lead the Minutemen to Coaches Tournament and Group 4 state titles.