June 8, 2016 |
Playing state tournament games as a senior, that's something special. Playing state tournament games as a recent graduate, that's even better. "There's no better feeling," Camden Catholic's Nolan Gerold said. "It's awesome. " It wouldn't be technically correct to refer to Gerold as a "senior. " He and the rest of his classmates graduated Sunday. They're alumni. That's one of the quirky things about student-athletes from non-public schools who are part of teams that advance deep in the state tournament in spring sports: They often compete after graduation, creating a unique environment for the final games of their careers.
November 11, 2015 |
Mackenzie Hoffman had a hat trick to lead 10th-seeded Seneca to a 4-2 victory at No. 3 Central Regional on Monday in a South Jersey Group 3 semifinal. Allison Lyons also scored in the 100th girls' soccer victory in Seneca history. South Jersey Group 4 Semifinals Sarah DeBerardinis scored the winning goal in No. 1 Shawnee's 1-0 win over visiting No. 4 Toms River North. Brittany Hartwell-Miller had the assist. South Jersey Group 2 Semifinals Abby Fenton scored three times as host No. 8 West Deptford topped No. 12 Manchester Township, 3-2. Sam Budd assisted on all three goals.
November 7, 2015 |
This weekend is the cutoff for the state tournaments in football. The top eight teams in each group make the playoffs, based on their power points from their top seven games. Here's a closer look at the races in Central Jersey and the Non-Public schools: Central Jersey Group 1 Palmyra (6-1, 84) will snare a top three seed with a win over New Egypt (4-3, 54) on Friday. Florence (5-3, 77) has secured a mid-level seed and Burlington City (2-5, 46) has an outside shot at the No. 8 seed with a victory over South Jersey Group 1 Maple Shade (3-5)
November 6, 2015 |
Cumberland field hockey coach Dana Whelan told her players before overtime that they needed to score quickly. Gillian Nardelli responded, scoring the winner 55 seconds into the extra period of the South Group 3 semifinal, lifting second- seeded Colts over visiting No. 3 Mainland, 2-1. Cumberland faces top-seeded Ocean City on Thursday in the final. South Group 2 Field Hockey Semifinals Nadia Berardelli scored two goals for host Delsea in a 3-0 win over Pinelands. Pam Abbott also scored.
November 3, 2015 |
St. Augustine Prep vs. Paul VI in the first round of the Non-Public 4 state tournament? Camden Catholic vs. Bishop Eustace in the first round of Non-Public 3? St. Joseph vs. Holy Spirit or Holy Cross in the first round of Non-Public 2? It would be like a mini-version of a South Jersey non-public football showcase, if things play out a certain way in the final week of action before the start of the state tournaments. A lot can happen this weekend, both directly, in terms of results on the field, and indirectly, in terms of residual points that always seem to play a huge role in tournament seeding.
June 10, 2015 |
In four games in the South A tournament, the Bishop Eustace baseball team allowed a total of six runs. In four games in the Joe Hartmann Diamond Classic, the Crusaders allowed a total of four runs. That's 10 runs in eight elimination games. That's sensational. "That was our game all year," Crusaders coach Sam Tropiano said. "Our pitching carried us all year. " Bishop Eustace finished No. 1 in The Inquirer's South Jersey Top 10 with a 24-7 record. The Crusaders got some strong work from hitters such as senior shortstop Chris Jones and senior outfielder Nick Browne, among others.
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.
November 15, 2014 |
The Holy Cross girls' soccer team has played in the South Jersey Non-Public A final five times in the last seven years. Thanks to senior forward Carolyn Eckerle, the Lancers finally came out on the right side of one Thursday. Eckerle struck for a goal 13 minutes into the contest to give second-seeded Holy Cross a 1-0 victory at home over No. 4 Red Bank Catholic. S.J. Non-Public B Final Vanessa Kara had a hat trick, and Kieran Lees and Alyssa Runyan also scored, as No. 1 Moorestown Friends beat No. 6 Gill St. Bernard's, 5-0. State Non-Public Volleyball Semifinals Kim Bryfogle had 26 assists, Fiona Marziello added eight kills, and Paul VI beat visiting Union Catholic, 2-1, to reach its first state final.
November 15, 2014 |
At the most exciting, important time of the football season, the best team in South Jersey will play one game in a span of 28 days. That's a crime. St. Joseph improved to 9-0 with a 49-0 victory over Ocean City on Saturday. The Wildcats, the No. 1 team in The Inquirer's South Jersey rankings, will sit home with a playoff bye this weekend. St. Joseph will play again in the Non-Public 1 semifinals on Nov. 22. And barring a monumental upset at the hands of the Mater Dei vs. Morristown-Beard winner - if there was a line, it would be 431/2 - the Wildcats will finish the season in the state final, likely Dec. 6 at Kean University.
November 12, 2014 |
Erica Wallace provided relief in a big way for host Holy Cross on Tuesday, sending the second-seeded Lancers to a familiar place. The junior received a pass from Isabella Romano, shuffled past defenders, and shot into the far, upper corner of the net to break a tie and give the Lancers a 1-0 overtime win over third-seeded St. Rose's in a South Jersey Non-Public A girls' soccer semifinal. Cassandra Skelton made six saves in the shutout. The win marks the third time in five years that Holy Cross has advanced to the tournament final.