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November 26, 2012
Here's a by-the-numbers look at the Penns Grove football team, which has a 10-0 record. The Red Devils will play at least one more game and could play two more. 538 Points this season. The Red Devils have set the South Jersey record, breaking the mark of 517 set last season by West Deptford. The state record is 599 by Bergen Catholic in 1998. 53.8 Points per game. The South Jersey record for average points per game is 48.4 by Salem in 1996, and the state record is 51.5 by Don Bosco Prep in 2003.
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December 14, 1986 | By Gus A. Ostrum, Special to The Inquirer
If Rancocas Valley High is ever going to make a dent in the Burlington County Liberty Division basketball standings, this may be the year. Fourth-year coach Ron Powell has several returning starters and a crop of talented newcomers who could possibly lift the Red Devils to respectability. Last season, Rancocas Valley finished a dismal 7-15 overall and 6-10 in the league. However, many Liberty powerhouses such as Willingboro, Kennedy, and Holy Cross lost key players to graduation, leaving this season's race wide open.
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March 1, 1990 | By Jeremy Treatman, Special to The Inquirer
It didn't take long to figure out whether Strath Haven was overconfident for its first-round PIAA District 1 Class AAA game with visiting Avon Grove Tuesday night. After two minutes, the Panthers led 8-0. After four, it was 17-0. After six minutes, their lead was 24-0. And at the end of the first quarter, it was 26-2. When the game was mercifully over, the scoreboard read Strath Haven 70, Avon Grove 23, and 17 Panthers had played, including six just called up from junior varsity.
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January 18, 1989 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kennedy High's Sean McClellan, who first-half production was hindered by foul problems, erupted for seven critical points in last night's frenetic fourth quarter at Rancocas Valley. But the 1,000 fans in attendance won't remember McClellan's points. Instead, they'll remember his dramatic block and end-to-end rush in the final minute that keyed Kennedy's riveting, 81-73 Burlington County League Liberty Division upset over Rancocas Valley. With the victory, the Gryphons (7-2 overall, 4-1 league)
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June 19, 2011 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rancocas Valley senior Lauren Gaskill was distraught when she had to give up baseball around age 9 after finding out that softball was the high school sport for girls. "It was disappointing when I found out I couldn't play baseball my entire life," Gaskill said. "So I went over to softball and it worked out OK. " That might be the understatement of the year. Gaskill was an all-star in baseball, but she took it to another level in a sport she would grow to love - and dominate.
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December 14, 1988 | By Gus Ostrum, Special to The Inquirer
Rancocas Valley girls' basketball coach Jerry Dunn lost plenty of offensive firepower to graduation, but don't put his Red Devils down for the count yet. With seven letter-winners returning from a club that posted a 22-4 overall record and shared the Burlington County Liberty Division championship in 1987-88, the Red Devils should once again be among the area's elite clubs. Dunn lost all-South Jersey performer Cindy Calvert, a career 1,000-point scorer, to graduation. Rancocas Valley will see the return of potential all-league performers in senior guard Kerri Perinchief and junior center Sandy Alcott.
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December 11, 1988 | By Gus Ostrum, Special to The Inquirer
Rancocas Valley boys' basketball coach Ron Powell will have plenty of firepower on the outside and a big question mark inside. With a veteran backcourt led by senior guard Demetrius Rosado, the Red Devils could emerge as a top contender in the tough Burlington County Liberty Division. The only big question remaining for Powell, whose team sported a 17-9 overall record last winter, is how to replace Alonzo Spellman, a dominating force at center last season. Spellman, a heavily recruited two-time All-South Jersey football selection, left the team during the preseason saying he wanted to concentrate on his grades.
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September 10, 2011 | By Phil Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
These guys from Penns Grove, they move pretty well with chips on their shoulders. They block, tackle, break loose for punt returns, jump on about a dozen fumbles - OK, it was only five - and overwhelm the defending sectional champions despite all that extra baggage. Or maybe because of it. "We're over that," Penns Grove coach Kemp Carr said of last season and his team's disqualification from the South Jersey Group 1 tournament. Nobody believed Carr as he stood on his team's home field after Saturday's 54-0 rout of Glassboro in the season opener.
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December 17, 1986 | By Gus A. Ostrum, Special to The Inquirer
Rancocas Valley High coach Jerry Dunn won't expect miracles this season, but he will expect to see plenty of promising signs. The Red Devils, who compiled a 19-4 overall record last season and finished second in the Burlington County League Liberty Division race, graduated 10 players and are clearly rebuilding. But Dunn has many promising newcomers to blend in with two letter-winners, giving Rancocas Valley a chance at respectability. "We lost some very good players, and we lost a lot of depth," said Dunn, a second-year coach.
NEWS
December 29, 1986 | By Diane Pucin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Until two weeks ago, Tony Jackson had been content to be a basketball coach's best friend. In other words, Jackson was the type of player who was content to be a defensive specialist, who didn't care about earning the headlines like the big scorers do. Then Jackson scored 19 points for Avon Grove in a Red Devils' 8-point win over Perryville two weeks ago, and that shooting urge took hold. "I found I could be a good scorer and still play good defense, too," said Jackson, a senior.
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January 13, 2016 | By Mark Macyk, Staff Writer
Briana Boyd scored 16 points Monday to help visiting Rancocas Valley stay unbeaten with a 57-52 victory over Trenton Catholic in nonleague basketball. Lauren Lewis added 12 points for the Red Devils (7-0), who are ranked No. 5 in South Jersey by The Inquirer. In other nonleague action, MacKell Schultes paired 22 points with 10 rebounds to lead Gateway to a 50-35 home win over Camden County Tech. Burlington County. Cassandra Skelton had 11 points, seven rebounds and five assists as host Holy Cross defeated Northern Burlington, 56-52.
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January 4, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
We've turned the page on 2015. It's in the books. But here's one last look back at 15 signature events in South Jersey sports during the last calendar year: 15 Camden wins fourth straight South Jersey title in boys' basketball. Camden's stingy defense led the way in a 48-40 victory over Haddonfield before an overflow crowd in the Bulldawgs' gym in early March. Junior Jamal Holloway grabbed 17 rebounds, and junior Brad Hawkins scored 14, going 4 for 4 from the foul line in the last 44 seconds.
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November 2, 2015 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
After the game, the Rancocs Valley players talked about confidence. "If you don't have it, you're not going to come in here and beat a team like this," junior striker Danny Morgan said after RV stunned Washington Township, 2-0, in the Coaches Tournament championship game Saturday at Paul VI. When Morgan took possession of the ball from 20 yards out late in the first half, his team was on its heels. The Red Devils had just absorbed about five solid looks from a bigger, stronger team that hadn't lost in 43 games.
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September 13, 2015
SOCCER NONLEAGUE Winslow Township 4, Overbrook 3: Kevin Mercedes gave the host Eagles the win two minutes into overtime. Trevon Averhart scored the first goal for the Eagles, and Charly Guaman and Corey Nichols also scored. Gateway 3, Pennsville 2: Dominic DeGeorge tallied a goal and an assist to help the host Gators. Ryan Hudson and Tommy Lombardo also scored. Moorestown Friends 4, Westampton Tech 0: Josh Murdy recorded four saves for the host Foxes. Andrew Cates, Andrew Denittis, Kieran McMenamin, and Matthew Mullock all scored goals.
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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 5, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. - Keisha Williams kept asking her coach. Her coach kept saying no. "She kept saying she wanted to hurdle and I kept saying she couldn't," Camden coach Avis Satterfield. A little more than a year ago, Williams ran her first hurdles race. On Wednesday night, Williams proved to be the fastest hurdler in the state. The Camden senior won the high hurdles at the Meet of Champions in a blazing time of 14.44 seconds, setting a personal record and "shocking" herself and many observers.
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May 24, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Alyssa Herion made a decision. It was 2013, and she was a sophomore on the Avon Grove softball team. The Red Devils had a freshman pitcher named Maggie Balint. But she wasn't the Maggie Balint yet. Not the ace who struck out 358 batters in a single season, becoming Gatorade player of the year in Pennsylvania. No, not yet. Back then, Balint was just a first-year varsity player who had a lot of potential but was at times erratic. Back then, the Red Devils didn't win many games, either.
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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 Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Maggie Balint called it, "a batter's day to hit one out of the park. " On a Friday afternoon with gusts of wind blowing in the pitcher's face, the Avon Grove junior's assessment seemed accurate. Especially knowing the personnel on both sides. "It was not going to be a pitcher's day," Balint said. Her stats tell a different story. She struck out 15, allowing four hits, walking none, and hitting one batter, as the Red Devils defeated visiting West Chester Henderson, 4-2, in a Ches-Mont National softball game.
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April 18, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kemp Carr believes Winslow Township can be one of the best football programs in South Jersey. "It's time to wake the sleeping giant," said Carr, who has been hired as Winslow Township's new coach. Carr turned Penns Grove into a South Jersey small-school power during 10 seasons as the Red Devils' head coach. His 2012 team went 12-0, won the South Jersey Group 1 title and set a state record for points with 621 (a per-game average of 51.7). Carr hopes to create the same kind of success at Winslow Township, which is a Group 3 program in football.
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