June 18, 2016
A 42-year-old Gloucester County man was sentenced this week to 10 1/2 years in prison for robbing - at gunpoint - three Heritage's convenience stores last year, prosecutors said. Sean P. Allen, of Woodbury, pleaded guilty last month to robbing Heritage stores in Woodbury, Woodbury Heights, and West Deptford in February 2015. A sawed-off shotgun was used in the robberies and cash and cigarettes were taken, prosecutors said. Superior Court Judge Kevin T. Smith imposed the sentence on Monday.
June 16, 2016 |
One swing. One swing at the end of a long season. One swing at the end of an illustrious career. It didn't win the game. It changed the score but not the outcome. Still, one swing summed up Jess Linquist and her skill and sense of the moment and significance to the West Deptford softball team. "That was Jess," West Deptford coach Mandy Schramm said of Linquist's final swing as a high school player. "That was her, right there. " Linquist is the Inquirer's South Jersey player of the year in softball after leading West Deptford to its first sectional title in 20 years.
June 14, 2016 |
It was Holy Cross' version of the "Called Shot. " Moments before the last pitch of the last game of the long season, Holy Cross senior shortstop Joey Paolini asked a favor of senior pitcher Steven Bowley. "Mainly I was just trying to calm him down," Paolini said Sunday. "We had just missed turning a double play. So I said, 'Roll me another one.' " Bowley got the ground ball. Paolini fielded it and flipped to second baseman James Papeika, who made the pivot and fired to first for the double play that ended Holy Cross' 2-0 victory over St. Mary's (Rutherford)
June 13, 2016 |
TOMS RIVER, N.J. - West Deptford's John Oehler has been coaching high school baseball for 10 years. Parsippany coach Ken Dobkin is a 17-year veteran. Neither had seen this before. "Not to end the game," Oehler said. "I've never heard that from an umpire, 'Changed my mind,' " Dobkin said. West Deptford led Parsippany, 2-1, in the bottom of the eighth inning of the NJSIAA Group 2 championship game Saturday at Toms River East. Parsippany had a man on third with one out. Tommy Nowicki chopped the ball to short.
June 12, 2016 |
All games Saturday. Group 3 OCEAN CITY (21-5) vs. NORTHERN HIGHLANDS (21-10) at Toms River North, 2 p.m. Previous state titles: Ocean City, 0; Northern Highlands, 0. Ocean City's road: Beat Absegami, 13-5; Central, 6-0; Mainland, 3-2; Highland, 5-0; Nottingham, 10-8. Northern Highlands' road: Beat West Milford, 4-3; Roxbury, 13-0; Pascack Valley, 4-2; Ramapo, 6-4; Cranford, 6-1. Ocean City player to watch: Senior right-hander Sean Mooney is 9-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 96 strikeouts and 10 walks in 51 innings.
June 12, 2016 |
For the longest time, West Deptford has fielded a highly competitive baseball program, one that challenges for the Colonial Conference title on an almost annual basis. This is a team that advanced to the Joe Hartmann Diamond Classic final in 2006 only to win it the next year. That is the 16-team South Jersey tournament that consists of the area's top teams. This year, the Eagles went one step farther, advancing to their first state title game. West Deptford (24-6) will face Parsippany (17-10)
June 9, 2016 |
As Jess Linquist walked to the plate for the West Deptford softball team, with the bases loaded and her team trailing Johnson High, coach Mandy Schramm knew which side had the odds in their favor. The three hitter - and George Washington recruit - has been the heart of the Eagles' dynamic offensive lineup for several seasons now, consistently getting on base and knocking in runs. So the odds? They were with No. 1 on the Eagles roster. There was no doubt in Schramm's mind. "I knew the odds were against" Johnson, Schramm said.
June 8, 2016 |
Here is a look at the baseball state semifinal games. All games are set to start at 4 p.m.: Clearview (22-5-1) vs. Hunterdon Central (21-6) at Monmouth University. Clearview's road: Beat Rancocas Valley, 7-6; Toms River North, 2-0; Egg Harbor Twp., 2-0; Millville, 3-0. Hunterdon Central's road: Beat Princeton, 2-0; Old Bridge, 2-1; Edison, 8-1; South Brunswick, 12-2. Clearview player to watch: Senior right-hander Ryan Lau is 5-1 with an 0.88 ERA. Hunterdon Central player to watch: Junior Sal Lombardo was 3 for 3 in the Central Jersey final against.
June 2, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Sanders is Democrats' Rocky The movie Rocky resonates with people because they can relate to the story of the boxer who is a winner even when he loses. Facing daunting odds, Rocky's goal was to "go the distance," and he didn't quit until he had given his all and confirmed the faith that his friends had in him. Democratic presidential underdog Bernie Sanders is the political equivalent of Rocky. Sanders is staying in the race until the national convention in Philadelphia in July because he knows he's the voice of millions of us who have been ignored by party elites for decades.
June 2, 2016 |
Drew Wilden is a powerful lefthander with darting fastball and a sharp curve. Derek Wakeley is a clever righthander with a tailing fastball and a slick slider. Together, they are a formidable combination on the mound for the West Deptford High School baseball team. For the second postseason game in a row, Wilden and Wakeley split the workload and led the Eagles to victory in the South Jersey Group 2 tournament. Wilden and Wakeley combined on a three-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts Tuesday as West Deptford beat visiting Audubon, 8-0, in the sectional semifinals on a hot, sunny afternoon at Union Field.