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March 18, 2011 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
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.
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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.
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March 27, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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March 8, 2013 | By Chris Melchiorre, FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
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September 7, 2012 | The Inquirer Staff
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.
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January 5, 2015 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
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.
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February 1, 2015 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
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.
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January 24, 2001 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
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.
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November 30, 2012 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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December 23, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 20, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
As an assistant director of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, Donald E. Danser was not a 9-to-5 kind of guy. Mr. Danser was the tournament director for track and field and cross country competitions run by the NJSIAA since 2001. "He would come back here after games and work through the night" at the agency offices in Robbinsville, Mercer County, colleague Helen Goubeaud said. As editor of tournament programs, she said, his after-dark work involved "updating the programs for the next event," so that "every kid's name was in it. " "He made sure that everybody got his due. " On Monday, June 15, Mr. Danser, 69, of Mount Holly, a former Rancocas Valley Regional High School head cross country coach, died of a heart attack at home.
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June 11, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sterling Pierce burst into track prominence as a senior at Rancocas Valley. But he sure didn't feel like an overnight success. "So much went into this," Pierce said after the last event of his scholastic career, the Meet of Champions last Wednesday night in South Plainfield. "It doesn't go back to the winter. It doesn't go back to November. It goes all the way back to last summer, when I really started working for this. " Pierce is The Inquirer's South Jersey Athlete of the Year in boys' track.
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June 1, 2015 | By Mark Whited, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Rancocas Valley boys' and Lenape girls' track and field teams won their first outdoor team titles in school history in the Group 4 state championships at Egg Harbor Township. They were buoyed by several strong performances. In the boys' 4x100 relay, the Red Devils' JeSean Foster, Sterling Pierce, Dyson Scott, and Shaun Ellis-Bradley won in 42.20 seconds. Pierce also won the 200 in a time of 21.7. In the girls' 4x400, the Indians' Jasmine Staten, Carly Pettipaw, Shannon Storms, and Marissa Topolski won in 3:53.96.
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May 30, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jack Pierce and his wife were "cringing. " They wanted their son Sterling to return to the sport of track and field. They knew it was "in his blood. " They knew he could flourish. They also knew it had to be his decision. "It has to be something you do with joy, from your heart," said Jack Pierce, a bronze medalist in the 110-meter hurdles at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. Sterling Pierce knew his father and mother, Marva, wanted to see him on the track. He knew they were "dropping hints" without pushing too hard.
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May 21, 2015 | By Tyler Harper, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Montgomery sisters helped sixth-seeded Rancocas Valley spring a 9-8 upset Tuesday at No. 3 Cherokee in the South Jersey Group 4 lacrosse quarterfinals. Mekenzie and Mekayla Montgomery each scored three goals. Danielle Garfole, Peyton Sventy and Abigail O'Neill each had a goal to round out the scoring. Lenape 16, Freehold Township 1 - Gabrielle Fornia's four goals and five assists powered the top-seeded Indians to a win over the visiting, No. 9 seeded Patriots. Natalie Peel scored four goals and added an assist.
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May 17, 2015 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
After four seasons playing lacrosse on the bright green turf that Cherry Hill East calls home, Jesse Viggiano figured he had seen just about everything. But the final minutes of the final home game of his high school career were nothing if not unique. "I was fighting for my life, honestly," the senior goalie said. "I was standing in the cage - I almost threw up - my emotions were all over the place. "But I just decided I wasn't going to let this one get away from us. " Viggiano reeled in his emotions and made two game-saving stops in double overtime before freshman Eric Sherman's winner in triple overtime sealed a thrilling 9-8 win for the Cherry Hill East over Rancocas Valley on Friday in the opening round of the South Jersey Group 4 tournament.
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May 16, 2015 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eastern's Sam Mlkvy turned faceoffs into a formality on Thursday afternoon. The Cincinnati-bound senior grabbed 17 draw controls and scored 10 goals as the fifth-seeded Vikings dispatched visiting No. 12 Southern Regional, 18-9, in the first round of the South Jersey Group 4 girls' lacrosse tournament. Mlkvy shattered Eastern's single-season draw-control record of 84 and now has 100. She also had two assists and nine ground balls. Clearview 19, Absegami 2 - Ali Donohue scored three goals, including the 100th of her career, to lead host No. 4 Clearview past No. 13 Absegami.
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April 26, 2015 | By Julie Kayzerman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Flying through each leg of their heat, the Rancocas Valley boys' 4x100 meter track quartet crossed the finish line first Friday morning at the Penn Relays. Their time of 42.85 seconds was by far the fastest any South Jersey team ran. But it wasn't quite good enough. The relay, made up of junior JeSean Foster and seniors Dyson Scott, Ellis-Bradley, and Sterling Pierce, was the ninth-fastest of the more than 250 teams that competed Friday at Franklin Field. The top eight qualified for the championship final; Rancocas Valley was .03 seconds behind Bowie, Md. for the final spot.
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April 26, 2015 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
Matt Anderson rounded third base, looked up, and locked his eyes on what was waiting for him. The only thing standing between Anderson and a two-run, inside-the-park home run was a catcher blocking home plate, the ball secured in his glove. It's a situation that leaves few options for a baserunner. "I didn't have a lane," said Anderson, a big, scrappy third baseman for Lenape. "So I had to go over him. " Anderson dislodged the ball, completing the highlight of a 10-run ninth inning in Lenape's 13-3 extra-innings win at rival Cherokee on Saturday afternoon.
NEWS
April 25, 2015 | By Mark Whited, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lauren Dwyer may have pitched a no-hitter with 13 strikeouts Thursday, but what the she did at the plate was just as noteworthy. The senior belted her seventh home run of the season in the fourth inning, tying a Buena record in an 11-0 win at Wildwood Catholic in a Cape-Atlantic softball game. Lynnsie Collins also hit a home run. Abi Thomas went 2 for 2 with two RBIs and a pair of runs. Sam Fiocchi scored three runs. Olympic. Kristi DiMeo went 4 for 4 with a home run, two doubles, and two RBIs to power Bishop Eustace at Timber Creek, 5-1. Lauren Sandelier had two hits, including a triple, and three RBIs to help Washington Township defeat Shawnee, 7-5, at home.
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