September 29, 2014 |
Kyle Lochbihler scored two goals, Olin McClendon added one, and the Cherry Hill East boys' soccer team upset host Lenape, ranked No. 7 in South Jersey by The Inquirer, 3-1, in an Olympic American matchup Saturday. Sam Snyder made six saves for the Cougars. Chris Solecki had five stops for Lenape, which received its lone goal from Justin Blumberg. Burlington County. Allen Barrett, Mark Staudenmayer, and Andrew Weist were the scorers as No. 10 Cinnaminson blanked Holy Cross at home, 3-0. Mike Deal needed four saves to record the shutout.
September 23, 2014 |
Clearview coach Mark Deal doesn't mind when his team punts the football. "I told the team the other night, 'It seems like when we don't punt, we lose,' " Deal said. Clearview didn't punt on Friday night against Paul VI. The Pioneers scored 55 points. They lost, 60-55. Last Nov. 8 against Washington Township, Clearview didn't punt. The Pioneers scored 56 points. They lost, 63-56. Remarkably, Clearview has played in the two highest-scoring games in South Jersey football history in the space of the Pioneers' last five games.
September 21, 2014 |
After their win, the Paul VI football players began counting together, for the total number of points they scored. They were together in a circle, counting for a good minute. In a pinball type of game that featured scores on the ground, air, from the defense and on special teams, Paul VI defeated visiting Clearview, 60-55, in an interdivisional West Jersey Football matchup that was a nightmare for defensive coordinators and statisticians. "It was tough," said Paul VI junior running back Stefone Moore-Green, who had four touchdowns including two kickoff returns.
September 20, 2014 |
Here's a closer look at seven games set for Friday night, with predictions. No. 14 Delsea (0-1) at No. 7 Camden (1-0), 6. The Crusaders need to win at Farnham Park to avoid an 0-2 start, which would be especially daunting since No. 3 Timber Creek is next on their schedule. Senior running back Isaiah Spencer will try to get Delsea's ground game going against a physical Camden defense. Camden's Khalil Williams threw five touchdown passes last weekend against Highland and has 60 in his career.
September 19, 2014 |
Cait Nitschmann had a hat trick and an assist Wednesday afternoon, but it was her first goal that she likely will always remember. The senior recorded her 100th career point 2 minutes, 42 seconds into Bordentown's 5-1 win over visiting Holy Cross in a Burlington County Patriot field hockey game. Nitschmann has 39 goals and 27 assists in her career. Players get two points for a goal and one for an assist. Elexis Scannella and Lauren Sontupe each scored a goal. In other Burlington Patriot action, Lauren Booth and Mackenzie Karcher provided Maple Shade's offense, each netting a goal in a 2-1 win at New Egypt.
June 15, 2014 |
Brielle Pietrafesa knows what many people think when she walks to the plate and digs her cleats into the dirt in the batter's box. "She's so little. " Standing 5-foot-2, Pietrafesa figures there's any number of ways she can show that her height doesn't matter when it comes to success on the softball field. She can play strong defense at shortstop. Check. She can hit for average. Check. She can hit for power. Double check. "It's weird," said Pietrafesa, a recent Paul VI graduate who is The Inquirer's South Jersey Player of the Year in softball.
June 7, 2014 |
As a lot of high school seniors did, Lisa Steele figured her future would be away from South Jersey. A 2,000-point scorer during an illustrious basketball career at Highland, Steele accepted a scholarship to George Washington University and imagined a path that would take her far from her hometown area. "When I was at GW, I got hurt and I started thinking about coaching, and I thought I would be a big-time college coach," Steele said. "I remember when I was in high school, I wanted to get away from South Jersey.
May 30, 2014
THIS MAY come as a bit of a shock to some of my regular readers, but I'm Catholic. Shut the front door, right? This makes me particularly sensitive to things that are even vaguely Catholic, like culinary innovations in fish sticks, so you can just imagine how my antennae start vibrating when anything on the pope comes down the information highway. I mean, the only thing more Catholic than the pope is Nancy Pelosi, that amazing theologian who once argued that abortion isn't necessarily a sin. (One would think that a chick from Baltimore would understand the Baltimore Catechism a bit better than that, but I suppose several mind-numbing decades in San Francisco will have their effect on you.)
May 29, 2014 |
Rosie LaGrotta had more than one reason to celebrate on Tuesday. LaGrotta allowed a run on five hits to help the fourth-seeded Paul VI softball team beat No. 12 Bishop Eustace at home, 12-1, in the South Jersey Non-Public A quarterfinals. LaGrotta also put herself in the record books. She earned her 79th career win to tie the South Jersey record. LaGrotta, a senior who joined Paul VI this season, received a ball signed by her teammates for reaching the milestone. A Millersville recruit, she previously pitched at Sacred Heart, where she won a Non-Public B state title and was the now-closed school's all-time winningest pitcher.
May 8, 2014 |
Danny Hartson was at his best when it mattered most. The junior righthander pitched out of trouble in the top of the first inning, setting the tone for Camden Catholic's 10-0 victory over rival Paul VI on Tuesday in an Olympic Conference National Division baseball game. Hartson worked a complete game, allowing six hits with four walks. He struck out seven - four with runners in scoring position. Seniors Dom Messina and Albert Faiola delivered two-run hits, and sophomore designated hitter Jake Mackara slammed a two-run, game-ending homer for Camden Catholic (9-5 overall, 5-2 National)