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June 3, 2010 | By Phil Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. ? The ceasefire was short. New Jersey assemblyman John Burzichelli (D., Gloucester) on Thursday resumed his assault on the NJSIAA with a pointed letter to executive director Steve Timko criticizing the organization's resolution asking member schools to increase ticket prices to regular-season events. Burzichelli also sent a letter to Commission of Education Bret Schundler asking him to notify New Jersey public schools to disregard the NJSIAA's request to raise ticket prices.
SPORTS
June 4, 2010 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. - The cease-fire was short. New Jersey Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D., Gloucester) on Thursday resumed his assault on the NJSIAA with a pointed letter to executive director Steve Timko criticizing the organization's resolution asking member schools to increase ticket prices to regular-season events. Burzichelli also sent a letter to Bret Schundler, the state education commissioner, asking him to notify New Jersey public schools to disregard the NJSIAA's request to raise ticket prices.
SPORTS
March 3, 2005 | By Sam Carchidi INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Paul Anzano, the NJSIAA's legal counsel, is working behind the scenes to prevent a bill from gaining approval in the state Senate. The bill could change high school sports in New Jersey. "We have a lot of friends in the legislature," Anzano said at the NJSIAA's monthly meeting yesterday. "We're talking to state senators and educating them on the issue. " The state Assembly, by a 41-29 vote, recently approved legislation that would prohibit New Jersey public schools from joining athletic associations that charge "exorbitant ticket prices" for playoff games.
SPORTS
October 13, 2012 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. - The good news for the NJSIAA is that the organization lost $33,692 during the school year that ended in June. That's good news because the NJSIAA, governing body of high school sports in New Jersey, had projected a shortfall of more than $260,000. "We're changing our model," NJSIAA executive director Steve Timko said after the NJSIAA's monthly executive committee meeting this week. "We made substantial cuts, but we've been able to provide much the same services.
SPORTS
January 13, 2005 | By Keith Pompey INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The NJSIAA penalized the Holy Cross wrestling team for its decision to take part in both the Beast of the East tournament in Delaware and the Jackson Invitational on Dec. 18. "We told [Holy Cross officials] that they will have to forfeit their team points that they got in the Jackson tournament," Steven J. Timko, an NJSIAA assistant director, said yesterday. "They will also have to submit a corrective action plan. " But, after being told that the Jackson tourney did not keep team scoring, Timko said Holy Cross would only have to submit a corrective action plan.
NEWS
June 21, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Camden High School football star Sean Chandler says there's sometimes a lot of trash talking on the field. "It motivates some people and bothers some people," Chandler said. Starting this fall, athletes and coaches will be subject to new rules designed to discourage unsportsmanlike behavior, the organization that oversees high school sports in New Jersey announced Wednesday. Under a policy developed by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association and the state Attorney General's Office and its Division on Civil Rights, officials will enforce rules designed to crack down on harassing conduct related to race, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, or religion.
SPORTS
February 13, 2008 | By Sam Carchidi INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Several boys' basketball matchups in the approaching NJSIAA tournament have been changed, a spokeswoman for the athletic association confirmed yesterday. They have been altered in Group 3, which will start its tournament Feb. 26, and in the Parochial B tournament, to begin Feb. 29. In the original Group 3 bracket, Delsea was seeded sixth, Timber Creek seventh, Camden eighth and Central ninth. All four have new seedings, changing their matchups. "Delsea was misplaced and should have been ninth, based on its winning percentage" of .647, said Carol Parsons, the NJSIAA's associate director.
SPORTS
April 7, 2005 | By Sam Carchidi INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jim Loper, the NJSIAA's chief spokesman for more than a decade, announced yesterday that he will retire Jan. 1. Loper, 68, has been the NJSIAA's associate director - the righthand man of Boyd Sands, the executive director - for the last 11 years. Before that, he served as an NJSIAA assistant director for three years. Luke Travers, who serves as the NJSIAA's president, called Loper a "pillar of strength" and praised him for his "generous spirit. " Loper's main duties have been in the fields of athletic eligibility, controversies and disputes.
NEWS
January 31, 2012
Here are the qualifiers for the NJSIAA team wrestling tournaments from the seven-county South Jersey area. Seeded position in parentheses. SOUTH JERSEY GROUP 1 Haddon Heights (5) at Haddon Township (4), winner at Paulsboro (1); Woodstown (6) at Haddonfield (3), winner at Pennsville (2). SOUTH JERSEY GROUP 2 Lower Cape May (5) at Clayton (4), winner at Delsea (1); Barnegat (6) at West Deptford (3), winner at Buena (2). SOUTH JERSEY GROUP 3 Seneca (5)
NEWS
February 3, 2012 | FOR THE INQUIRER
The NJSIAA team wrestling tournaments will begin Monday with first-round matches at the higher seeds. The sectional semifinals will be Wednesday and the sectional finals will be Friday, with all matches at the higher seeds. The state semifinals and finals will be Sunday at Toms River North. South Jersey Group 1   Haddon Heights (5) at Haddon Township (4), winner at Paulsboro (1); Woodstown (6) at Haddonfield (3), winner at Pennsville (2). South Jersey Group 2   Lower Cape May (5)
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June 3, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, STAFF WRITER
ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. - Bud Kowal is the athletic director at Ewing High School. He attended public schools for 12 years. He has worked in public schools for his entire career. But Kowal says fair is fair, and he believes the NJSIAA executive committee's latest decision is "grossly unfair" to South Jersey's non-public schools and their football programs. "These non-public kids, they aren't my kids," Kowal said. "But this just isn't right. It's really, really, really bad. " Kowal was reacting to a decision by the NJSIAA executive committee on Wednesday to deny a proposal by the West Jersey Football League to change the format of the Non-Public playoffs, effective in September.
SPORTS
April 24, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, Columnist
The story of Barnegat High School lefthander Jason Groome has become national news, since he could stand to make millions in Major League Baseball's first-year player draft. But he must wait a few weeks to pitch for free for his high school team. It brings up some fascinating questions about the NJSIAA, which declared Groome ineligible for either 30 days or half of his team's scheduled regular-season games. The NJSIAA also ruled that Barnegat had to forfeit the two games that the 6-foot-5, 230-pound lefthander pitched and his team won. Here's the short version of what happened to Groome.
SPORTS
April 11, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, Columnist
Washington Township High School quarterback Mike Piperno passed for 1,563 yards and 17 touchdowns last season. But he's not the only Minuteman with a good arm. "A couple of these kids could really throw," Piperno said of participants in a Project Unify clinic on Wednesday. "I was getting nervous for my [starting quarterback] spot. " Piperno and fellow juniors Austin Hacking and Ryan Brady led the way as about 50 football players teamed with schoolmates with and without disabilities in a clinic designed to teach youngsters about passing, catching, and taking handoffs.
SPORTS
April 8, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, Staff Writer
ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. - Two South Jersey proposals that would significantly change the non-public playoff system in football as well as basketball and baseball were endorsed Wednesday by the advisory committee of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. The West Jersey Football League's proposal to change the non-public football tournament would eliminate state championships and create sectional tournaments in South A and South B as well as North and North B. Holy Spirit High School's proposal to change the playoff system in non-public boys' and girls' basketball as well as baseball would create four sectional tournaments, with competition in South A and South B as well as Central A and B, North I A and B and North II A and B. The two proposals will be presented on May 4 to the NJSIAA's executive committee.
SPORTS
February 29, 2016
South Jersey Group 4 Seeds: 1. Washington Township; 2. Cherokee; 3. Eastern; 4. Toms River North; 5. Atlantic City; 6. Cherry Hill East; 7. Lenape; 8. Shawnee; 9. Rancocas Valley; 10. Southern; 11. Kingsway; 12. Williamstown; 13. Cherry Hill West; 14. Jackson; 15. Howell; 16. Egg Harbor Twp. Defending champion: Cherry Hill East. Dark horse: Cherry Hill East. Best first-round game: Rancocas Valley at Shawnee. These perennial powers met Jan. 30 at Bishop Eustace, with the Red Devils emerging with a 55-54 victory.
SPORTS
February 18, 2016 | By Vince DeBlasio, Staff Writer
Mark Manchio watched as his cousin, Joe, defeated Caldwell's Gerald Jones, 4-3 in a 106-pound wrestle-back match at the NJSIAA state championships last March. But it was the way the Seneca wrestler won the bout that had Mark Manchio in shock. Joe Manchio quickly flipped Jones in the final eight seconds, giving him the takedown and the points he needed for a comeback. The acrobatic move and the risk his cousin took reminded Mark Manchio, who is now a coach, of something he had seen before.
SPORTS
February 12, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, Staff Writer
ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. - Over the spirited protests of two South Jersey administrators, the NJSIAA's executive committee on Wednesday passed two controversial proposals aimed at ongoing scheduling issues with North Jersey football superpowers such as Don Bosco Prep and Paramus Catholic. The first proposal tweaks the power-point system for qualifying for the state tournament, giving schools an incentive to play North Jersey non-public schools by increasing the value of those games. The second proposal ensures that all nine schools in the United A and United B divisions of the new North Jersey Super Football Conference will qualify for the state tournament, regardless of their record or amount of power points.
SPORTS
December 30, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Staff Writer
So much for that controversial proposal to create a statewide, non-public football conference. New Jersey Commissioner of Education David Hespe sent shock waves through the state athletic community on Monday by reversing an NJSIAA vote that would have removed all the non-public schools from their existing football leagues and placed them in their own conference. Hespe also reversed another NJSIAA vote to separate non-public wrestlers into four districts and one region during the first two stages of the individual state tournament.
SPORTS
December 20, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Staff Writer
Gloucester Catholic High School principal Ed Beckett on Friday sent an email blast to parents, alumni and friends of the school calling on them to petition the New Jersey Commissioner of Education to rule against two recent proposals that were passed by the NJSIAA. Beckett said the proposals to separate athletes in non-public schools from athletes in public schools in wrestling and football "would be disastrous for Catholic schools throughout the state. . . . " Beckett said Commissioner of Education David Hespe will issue his ruling on the two proposals on Dec. 28. Beckett called on the recipients of his email to reach out to Hespe and urge him to rule against the proposals.
SPORTS
December 9, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
EDISON, N.J. - The future format of high school sports in New Jersey was cast in doubt by two historic votes Monday by the general membership of the state's governing body. By convincing margins, members of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association approved proposals that will separate athletes who represent non-public schools from athletes who represent public schools. The most significant vote came on the proposal to create a statewide, non-public football conference, which will remove all non-public schools that play football from their existing league or conference.
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