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.
December 14, 1986 |
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.
March 1, 1990 |
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.
January 18, 1989 |
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)
June 19, 2011 |
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.
December 14, 1988 |
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.
December 11, 1988 |
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.
September 10, 2011 |
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.
December 17, 1986 |
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.
December 29, 1986 |
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.