March 18, 2011 |
Through all the milestones, shattered records, and a Group 4 state title, senior Lauren Gaskill continued to point out one thing when reflecting on her Rancocas Valley girls' basketball team. "We really are the definition of a team," said Gaskill, whose Red Devils are this season's Inquirer South Jersey Team of the Year. "We rely on one another. When things are going wrong, we look to one another. We never panicked when we were down. "We just believed in each other all season. And it was an honor to play with every single person on this team.
February 21, 2012
Rancocas Valley took a one-point lead into the fourth quarter of Monday's girls' basketball game against the No. 1 team in the state before suffering a 54-42 loss to Malcolm X Shabazz in the Hoop Mountain Shootout at Holy Spirit. Natalya Lee's 13 points and three steals, Lauren Moses' eight points and eight rebounds, and Brianna Logan's six points and six assists provided the spark for Rancocas (20-3), ranked No. 1 in South Jersey by The Inquirer and No. 7 in the state by the Star-Ledger.
March 27, 2013 |
Nick Cieri is a power hitter who likes to use the whole field. That goes for defense, too. Cieri, a senior at Rancocas Valley, might have South Jersey's sweetest, strongest swing. He has signed with Maryland on a baseball scholarship. A lefthanded batter, Cieri can pull the ball to right field or drive it for distance to left. Rancocas Valley coach Dave Hower thinks Cieri's power alley is in left-center. "He stays behind the ball like nobody I've ever seen," Hower said. What's interesting is that Cieri also moves around with a glove in his hand.
March 8, 2013 |
Anthony Corrado had heard it before. "I feel like I get asked the same question every game," the Rancocas Valley coach said. The topics were commonplace: The dominance of Lauren Moses, the depth of his team, the balance, the tough defense, the ability to answer, emphatically, every run an opponent makes. All of it was on display Thursday night in a 52-37 win over Washington Township in a Group 4 state girls' basketball semifinal at Deptford. In 32 minutes, Rancocas Valley again showed every reason that it just might be the scariest team in the state entering a Group 4 championship matchup with Paterson-Eastside on Sunday at Toms River North.
September 7, 2012 |
On opening night of the season, the Rancocas Valley girls' soccer team made a big statement, earning a 2-1 road win over Burlington County Liberty Division rival Moorestown on Thursday. Senior Julie Spracklin netted both goals for the Red Devils. RV junior goalie Alex Tamashunas was equally instrumental, recording nine saves, including two diving, game-saving stops in the second half. "It felt like November soccer in September," RV coach Jay Flanagan said. "It was intense, it was highly physical, Moorestown is very good, so to pull out a win, obviously we're very happy.
January 5, 2015 |
Practices revolve around defense. It carries the Lenape girls' basketball team through big games. "Coach [Rob] Hummel preaches defense, and we trust him," Lenape senior forward Maddie Sims said. "We're always trying to be aggressive. We're always up and playing hard. " Saturday afternoon, the host Indians overcame a rocky offensive performance by blanketing Rancocas Valley in a 48-30 win. RV featured a quicker, and arguably more athletic, rotation. But the Indians' man-to-man pressure held the Red Devils to just 16 points through three quarters.
February 1, 2015 |
In the moments before Deja Brown hit the biggest shot of her life, most didn't even realize she was on the court. And of those who did, many likely wondered why. Two years ago, Brown could have passed for a middle-schooler. Her Rancocas Valley girls' basketball teammates didn't help the matter: Lauren Moses was a 6-foot-2 wrecking ball. Dominque Ward was a 5-11 guard who could dunk a basketball. Brown was a slight, 5-6 sophomore in a baggy uniform who most outside of Westampton had never heard of. "It feels like a long time ago," Brown said.
January 24, 2001 |
David Reid, a two-way lineman from Rancocas Valley, became the second South Jersey prospect to accept a football scholarship to Villanova this year. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Reid decided last week but did not make the official announcement until last night. He joins Holy Cross running back Julius Davis, who made an oral commitment to Villanova on Monday. According to NCAA rules, recruits cannot sign an official letter of intent until Feb. 7. Rancocas Valley football coach Jim DiCicco said Villanova recruited Reid as an offensive lineman and said he could play center, guard or tackle.
November 30, 2012 |
Franco Harris' football career landed the former Rancocas Valley star in the Hall of Fame. It began with some tough practices during his freshman season. "That was a rude awakening," Harris said Thursday. "I never really played football as a youngster. I was more of a baseball-basketball guy. " Harris will return to Rancocas Valley on Friday to be honored as part of the Hometown Hall of Famer program, sponsored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Allstate Insurance. Harris will be presented with a plaque that will be displayed in the trophy case at Rancocas Valley, where he was an All-South Jersey running back and 1969 graduate.
December 23, 2013 |
Midway in the fourth quarter, Haddonfield junior guard Nick DePersia was falling out of bounds and attempted to throw the basketball off a Rancocas Valley player. But it went through the Rancocas Valley player's legs, took one bounce, and landed right in the hands of Haddonfield junior Jake Robinson for an uncontested layup. "Lucky assist," DePersia said. "But I'll take it. " Nick DePersia and his twin brother, Rob, were more good than lucky in leading Haddonfield to a 56-43 victory over Rancocas Valley in a clash of Top 10 teams Saturday.