February 16, 2014 |
A roller coaster of a game was neatly summed up in its final 30 seconds. The Camden Catholic girls' basketball team made three trips to the foul line in that span, taking six shots and making five. And so it was: Brush aside the maddening play on both ends of the court, and only the most basic principle of the sport was left: Camden Catholic did the little things it needed to do to win. Rancocas Valley did not. "It was an amazing win. We came out confident and ready to play tonight - we're always ready for any fight," Camden Catholic sophomore guard Taiah Thornton said after her team's 52-48 upset of RV on Friday night at Eastern in a semifinal of the South Jersey Invitational Basketball Tournament.
November 29, 2014 |
It was a fitting day for the Rancocas Valley football team to take stock of just how fortunate it is. One week before they play Cherokee in the South Jersey Group 5 title game, the Red Devils eased past Burlington Township for a 37-7 win at home Thursday in the third annual Thanksgiving Day matchup between the teams. They did so without starting quarterback Jordan Sadusky, who is mending a lower-leg injury suffered last week against Williamstown. But the play of RV's two backup quarterbacks gave the team every reason to give thanks.
April 29, 2013 |
Rancocas Valley senior catcher Nick Cieri, perhaps South Jersey's best pure hitter, could be out for the season after dislocating his left (non-throwing) shoulder Saturday in a game against Northern Burlington. RV coach Dave Hower said Cieri will be examined again on Monday, when a more definitive prognosis could be made. "It doesn't look good," Hower said. Cieri, a Maryland recruit, was injured while diving headfirst into first base trying to beat out a ground ball. "It was a routine ground ball, but that's Nick," Hower said.
March 8, 2014 |
The new strategy, put simply, is this: When a shark is eating, you keep feeding it. "That's how we see ourselves," senior forward Dominique Ward said. "We're sharks, and we eat. " The Rancocas Valley girls' basketball team has been known all season for unselfish play on offense. At times, that has worked against the Red Devils, and the results have been disjointed and uneven. Thursday night, though, the sharks were eating. "We realized whoever has the hot hand, we have to keep feeding them," senior guard Lauren Moses said.
March 8, 2014 |
Matt Klinewski finally let his emotions show as he walked off the court. His face was red. He was screaming, hugging teammates, pacing back and forth as if he wasn't quite sure where he was. It was the unbridled energy that the big man had bottled up since he picked up his second foul midway through the opening quarter. From that point on, the 6-foot-8 center for Eastern put on a clinic of disciplined, big-time basketball in the face of enormous pressure. Klinewski's composure was emblematic of his team's performance Thursday night in a 66-61 win on the road over fourth-seeded Rancocas Valley in the quarterfinals of the South Jersey Group 4 tournament.
January 22, 1999 |
The last time Shawnee and Rancocas Valley met in boys' basketball, they produced one of the most memorable games in recent South Jersey playoff history. Rancocas Valley beat the Renegades, 74-72, in double overtime for last year's South Jersey Group 4 championship. The two will renew their rivalry at 1 p.m. tomorrow in a nonconference game at Shawnee. Last year, Shawnee lost just twice all season, and both losses were to Rancocas Valley. Beating the Red Devils will be no easier this year.
December 24, 2009 |
Dave Hower has been named head baseball coach at Rancocas Valley, athletic director Tony Lotierzo announced. Hower, an assistant baseball coach last season at Shawnee under Brian Anderson, was the head baseball coach at Pennsauken from 2000 to 2008.
February 11, 2012 |
The thing that stood out most, even more than the team's high talent level, is its chemistry. Seamless execution of full-court traps, smooth ball movement, and three dominant post players who have turned putbacks into an art form. Saturday night, the Rancocas Valley girls' basketball team put together a well-oiled effort against tough, aggressive Delsea. The Red Devils, No. 1 in The Inquirer's South Jersey rankings, beat No. 7 Delsea, 61-44, at Kingsway in the quarterfinals of the South Jersey Invitational Basketball Tournament.
December 13, 2012 |
The question, seemingly obvious, caught Brianna Logan off guard. Logan's Rancocas Valley girls' basketball team has not lost to a South Jersey opponent since 2009. But when asked if continuing that streak was important to her team, the senior just shook her head. She turned her attention to the championship banner hanging on a wall of her home court. "Look at that banner," she said. "We have one year up there. We need more. "Yes, we want to be the best team in South Jersey.
March 15, 2012 |
It says something about the talent of a team when, after it accomplishes so much, the most pressing question is "Do you think the season was a disappointment?" Well, was it? "Of course it wasn't," senior Natalya Lee said, speaking for her Rancocas Valley team, this year's Inquirer team of the year in South Jersey girls' basketball. The list of achievements goes on and on. RV hasn't lost to a South Jersey opponent in almost two full seasons. It won its second straight South Jersey Invitational Basketball Tournament title, and was No. 1 in The Inquirer's South Jersey rankings from start to finish.