September 14, 2003 |
After several meetings during the week, the Board of Education yesterday announced that Wildwood High School would belatedly field a varsity football team this year. Wildwood will forfeit its first game, scheduled at Marist on Saturday, but will play the rest of its schedule, athletic director Jerry France said. France said the school has just 21 players in all four of its classes and will therefore not field a freshman or a junior varsity team. Because of the low turnout and because it has had just a few practices with equipment, the school has decided to forfeit the game against Marist.
August 29, 2002 |
In a preseason ranking of the eight football teams in the new Southern Chester County League, Avon Grove High was predicted to finish last. That's typical of the respect first-year varsity squads get. It comes with the territory, as coaches and players who have been there will tell you. It also can fuel an us-against-the-world mentality that works in a young team's favor. "Every team thinks we'll be an easy win, a pushover," said Harley Angelozzi, a senior offensive lineman and linebacker for the Red Devils.
January 10, 1994 |
Pemberton's Merlin Gerst is a wrestler who does not give up easily. Which is why the senior is one of South Jersey's top middleweights. Gerst, who did not become acquainted with the sport until the seventh grade, was thrust into the Hornets' varsity lineup as a freshman when the team needed to fill a hole at 125 pounds. And despite Gerst's 5-9-1 record his first season under coach Andy Zuckerman, he was neither disappointed nor deterred. "I didn't know a lot about wrestling when I was a freshman, and I got beat up a lot my first year," Gerst said.
September 29, 1991 |
With the determination - and some of the moves - of professionals three times their size, these New Jersey youngsters opened the 25th season of a football program sponsored by Washington Township's Parks and Recreation Department. The 70-pound division game, held early this month on the Bruce Connell field in Woodbury, pitted the host Steelers' varsity team against the Washington Patriots' junior varsity. The Patriots, down by two touchdowns, started a comeback but lost a close one, 12-6.
October 15, 2001 |
Four rows of small bleachers are half full. There is no band in the stands, and no mascot along the sideline. It is difficult to hear the cheerleaders. The sun overhead is bright. Welcome to junior varsity football. Welcome to Monday afternoons. Far from the varsity games played before thousands of fans under the glow of stadium lights on Friday nights, junior varsity football in Southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey is an important but overlooked component of high school programs.
October 20, 2005 |
Imagine that you belong to what amounts to a junior varsity team playing against varsity competition. Then imagine, in addition to being young and inexperienced, your team doesn't have enough players to hold quality practices. Welcome to the world of the Pemberton girls' soccer team. "It's a shame," said Hornets first-year coach Lisa Stemmer. Due to lack of interest, Pemberton doesn't have enough players to field both junior varsity and varsity teams. As a result, the 17 students who came out to play are all on the varsity team.
December 17, 1987 |
Sean Jackson scored 21 points and Corry Appline collected 20, but a player who didn't contribute a single point might have been the biggest reason that Washington took a 51-46 nonleague victory over host Father Judge on Monday afternoon. Jeff Bates, a senior forward, collected nine rebounds to help the Eagles overcome the absence of starter Terrell Wright, who was sidelined by a sore back. "I think he made the difference for us," Washington coach Calvin Jones said of Bates.
September 26, 1991 |
When Drew Molotsky was a senior at Cherry Hill High School West in 1985, he gained a slot on the varsity soccer team after spending his first three years playing on the freshmen and junior varsity squads. Molotsky, a goalie, was destined to spend a lot of time on the bench that year because another student was the starter. Then, midway through the first game, the starting goalie was injured, and Molotsky took over. He had a great season, according to his father, David, who is school board vice president.
December 12, 1990 |
To put it mildly, the Clearview girls' basketball program was pretty strong last year. The varsity, junior varsity and freshman teams combined for a 56-4 record, a .933 winning percentage. And the varsity team was responsible for all but one of those losses. "We have some kids, even though they haven't had any varsity experience, that have played together as a group and had a great deal of success," coach Don Bills said. "I'm really optimistic about the season. " Those are big words for a man who lost essentially everyone from last year's varsity.
September 27, 2006 |
"Fair time, not equal time. " That is what players and parents hear from Shawnee boys' soccer coach Brian Gibney at the start of each season. Every athlete will receive fair playing time - not equal playing time - because they all don't have the same ability, the coach said. Equal time kicks in after the starters have a three-goal lead. Coaches at every level agree that the best athletes should start. However, not all agree with what Gibney has appended to fair-not-equal: a no-cut rule, and the belief that parents are a good source of checks and balances on the coaching staff.