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HTRBA President Dave Edwards (above left) poses with this year's Mother of the Year winner, Ann Wilke, and all the Wilke players Ann has provided the league. Below, Edwards congratulates Volunteer of the Year Scott Applegate.
Apr. 13-19 Little League
Sunnybrae, HTRBA, Nottingham, Lads results posted
Hamilton defeats Pemberton; Steinert defeats Hornets
The 10u Blue Hamilton Hurricanes rolled into Marlton last weekend to go 3-0 and claim their first championship of the spring. All 11 girls chipped in to show they were the best team from top to bottom. The squad features (front row, from left) Mia Bocian, Sophia Pintinalli, Ayanna Stetzick, Christa Andrusiewicz, and A.j. Salzano; (back row) Kamryn Wylie, Angelina Chianese, Carley Lederman, Alexis Heineman, Izzy Bonacci and Ceara O'Neil.
Central Jersey 14U A's win Lacey Tournament title
Action is heating up in all four HGSA divisions
Nottingham's Jon Jacobs (left) and Steinert's Marco Granston (right) battle with Hopewell's Josh Henderson in the final leg of the 4x100 relay at Saturday's Mercer County Relays at Robbinsville High (Photo by Mary Malone).
Apr. 18, 2015 Mercer County Relays
Nottingham boys impressive with five gold medals
Northstars and Hornets girls each win two field events
Congratulations and kudos to "Team Terry", which did the Walk for MS at Veterans Park Sunday. Led by captain Terry Rossi and Post-Walk Happy Hour Director Kathy Clemency, the members of Team Terry did a 5K walk to raise funds to fight multiple sclerosis.
Christina Hampton came up with a key single in Nottingham's first-round game with Florence, as it set up a two-run triple by Kristin Hallam in what would become a 3-2 Northstars' victory. Nottingham followed with a 3-2, eight-inning win over East Brunswick in the championship game (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
Apr. 18, 2015 Softball: Nottingham Tournament
Northstars win crown on 8th-inning walk-off against EB
Nottingham pitcher Tommy McParland thinks he tug out Blake Brown on this play but the umpire said otherwise as Hun took an early lead. But McParland had the last laugh as he pitched the Northstars to a 7-4 victory (Photo by Mary Malone).
Apr. 18, 2015 Baseball
Nottingham defeats Hun; B-R gives Steinert first loss
The Nottingham boys lacrosse team celebrates its thrilling double-overtime victory at Hamilton West on Friday, as freshman Matt Midura scored the game-winner with 3:16 left (Photo by Shelly/boltonphotographicdesigns.com).
Apr. 17, 2015 Boys Lacrosse
Stars top West on Midura OT goal; Cards cool Spartans
Steinert's Carli Backlund connects for one of just two hits the Spartans got off Sara Bearden in their 7-0 loss to Ewing (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at email@example.com).
Apr. 17, 2015 Softball
Stars fall to Ravens; Spartans blanked; West snaps skid
Marissa Reed (10) was one of five Hamilton girls to record her first varsity goal on Friday as the Hornets defeated Nottingham for their second win (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Apr. 16-17, 2015 Girls Lacrosse
Hamilton defeats Nottingham; Steinert falls to Lawrence
David Stec had another strong relief outing Friday, retiring all four batters he faced to save Steinert's 3-1 win for Anthony Francioso (Photo by Amanda Ruchemail@example.com).
Apr. 17, 2015 Baseball
Steinert tops Ewing to go 10-0, West wins third straight
Frank Stewart and the Steinert golf team became the first township squad to win a match on Wednesday when the Spartans defeated Ewing at Mountain View (Photo by John Blaine).
Apr. 16 Golf
Catching up with Steinert, Stars and West on the links
Nottingham first baseman Bryce Fremgen tags out Michael Daidone as the Robbinsville baserunner is picked off by Ahmed Tahoun in the second inning of Thursday's game (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Apr. 16, 2015 Baseball
Robbinsville edges Stars; Steinert survives Big Red rally
Maher and his former player Brettell meet as coaches for first time
West hands Ewing first loss behind freshman Drosos
Courtney Danser had a single, two doubles, an RBI and two runs in Steinert's 12-0, five-inning win at Hun Thursday. Helping the Spartans (7-1) to their seventh straight victory were Madison Balke (2 hits, 2 RBI), Gaby Bennett (single, double, 3 RBI) and Grace Sperrazza (single, double, 2 RBI). Kaley Wise pitched a two-hitter with six strikeouts for the win (Photo by Amanda Ruchemail@example.com).
Malik Snead has the lead on Markenson Chery in Wednesday's 100 hurdle race. Snead, a triple-winner on the day, would take first but the Northstars captured the other five spots in the two hurdle events en route to a 90-50 victory (Photo by Wes "The Meda Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
Apr. 14-15 Boys Track & Field
Nottingham topples Hamilton; Steinert wins first of year
Hamilton's Aaliyah Ganges takes the lead en route to her first-place finish in the 400 hurdles, which set the tone for West's big win over Nottingham Wednesday (Photo by Mary Malone).
Apr. 11 & 15 Girls Track & Field
Hamilton tops Stars after strong showing at Neshaminy
Joe Garey was one of numerous hot hitters for Nottingham Wednesday as the catcher has a single, double and two RBI in the Northstars' 17-2 win at Trenton (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
Apr. 15, 2015 Baseball
Muller masterful for Spartans; Houghton stellar for Stars
Hamilton's Sam Courtney (9) battles Hightstown's Jenn Sailings during the Rams 13-8 home win Wednesday night. LaShay Ross had four goals for West, Mel Meara had a goal and two assists, Mackenzie Koston had a goal and an assist and Sara Furch and Melissa May also scored. On Tuesday, Kelsey Espenhorst and Nicole Nadolny had goals in Steinert's 9-2 loss to Lawrence (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Alexis Davidson not only pitched a four-hit shutout Wednesday, she also connected for two hits and an RBI in Nottingham's 7-0 win over Trenton (Photo by Mary Malone).
Apr. 15, 2015 Softball
Stars blank Trenton; Steinert keeps rolling; West falls
This was not a pleasant sight for Nottingham goalie George D'Abronzo (20) on Wednesday, as Conner Braddock scored five goals to power Steinert to a 10-2 victory (Photo by Nancy Eggert).
Apr. 15, 2015 Boys Lacrosse
Steinert tops Stars for fourth straight; Hornets defeated
After a torrid week in which he hit .389, Rider leftfielder and Steinert graduate James Locklear received the CollegeSportsMadness.com Player of the Week from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (Photo courtesy Pete Borg/Rider Athletic Communications).
Apr. 15, 2015 College Baseball
Rider's torrid-hitting Locklear gets first collegiate honor
Hamilton first doubles player Matt Maul returns a shot against West Windsor-Plainsboro South during the Pirates victory over the Hornets on Tuesday at Shady Brook Park. In Monday's action, Notre Dame defeated Nottingham and Hightstown beat Steinert. (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at email@example.com)
In one of the most controversial endings to a Mercer County baseball game in anyone’s memory, Princeton Day School’s Cole McManimon had an apparent game-tying, two-out, two-run homer taken away in the bottom of the seventh when the umpire ruled he missed home plate after Hamilton protested the play. That secured the Hornets 4-3 victory. Photographer David Bremer provided these shots – one wide and one tighter – of McManimon’s back spike seemingly making contact with the plate (Photos by David Bremer).
Apr. 14, 2015 Baseball
Controversy runs rampant in Hamilton's win over PDS
Steinert's Alissa "Scooter" Brugnoli slides across the plate in the fourth inning while Hamilton catcher Tracey Mraw awaits the throw during Tuesday's game (Photo by Amanda Ruchfirstname.lastname@example.org)
Apr. 13-14 Softball
Spartans, ex-Spartans roll; Stars win in 10; Ferlisi stars
Steinert's Lynzie Worth tries to maintain possession against Edison's Maggie Johnson, who had six goals in the Eagles victory on Klockner Road Monday (Photo by Nancy Eggert).
Apr. 13, 2015 Girls Lacrosse
Steinert suffers tough loss to Edison; Hamilton falls
Apr. 13, 2015 Baseball
Tola helps Lawrenceville past Stars; Hornets blanked
Rich Veisz scored four goals in helping Hamilton to a record-setting day in its 16-11 win at Neptune Monday.
Apr. 13, 2015 Boys Lacrosse
Novak, Carbone combine for 17 points in Hornets win
Apr. 13, 2015 Softball
Hamilton suffers excruciating loss at Delaware Valley
Ryan Mostrangeli displays his complimentary t-shirt while Rossi's hostess Debbie "Fan of Hutch" Rossi presents the Steinert sophomore with his gift card after Ryan was named the Fish4scores/Rossi's Athlete of the Week (Photo by Rich Fisher).
Apr. 12, 2015 Fish4scores/Rossi's Athlete of the Week
Mostrangeli bats .643 in 4-0 week for Steinert baseball
Nottingham shortstop Tommy McParland, who drove in two runs on the day, makes a play against Peddie during the Northstars 12-5 win over Peddie Saturday (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
Apr. 11, 2015 Baseball
Steinert rallies past Hun; Nottingham defeats Peddie
Apr. 11, 2015 Boys Lacrosse
North Brunswick has too much firepower for Hamilton
Hooray for Lashay 100 times over!
Hamilton senior Lashay Ross made Hamilton West history Friday when she became the second Hornet to score 100 career goals. Ross scored six goals as the Hornets and first-year coach Kerryn Campbell got their first victory (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at email@example.com).
Apr. 10, 2015 Girls Lacrosse
Ross scores 100th career goal as Hornets top Spartans
Apr. 6-7 Youth Softball
HGSA Major Division play is underway with tight games
Jake Beyer slides into third on the front end of a second-inning double steal as Hamilton's Nick "Da Bears" Ziccardi is late with the tag. Beyer later scored on Kenny Zahn's sacrifice fly and had two hits, two runs, two RBI and threw a runner out at third in the Spartans 12-1, five-inning victory Friday (Photo by Amanda Ruchfirstname.lastname@example.org).
Apr. 9-10, 2015 Baseball
Steinert rolls past Hamilton; Township trio leads PDS
Freshman Drosos shows potential on mound for West
Nottingham's Sean Hauck battles a Lawrence player during the Cardinals 8-4 loss on Jim Wilno Field Friday (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
Apr. 10, 2015 Boys Lacrosse
Hamilton rallies but falls to Ewing in overtime
Steinert's Madi Askwith tries to make things tough for Nottingham's Shannon McLaughlin during Thursday's contest at Nottingham (Photo by Mary Malone).
Apr. 9, 2015 Girls Lacrosse
Steinert tops Stars for first win; Hornets just miss
Marvin Ashmore won the 100 and took third in the 400 for Hamilton in its dual meet at Trenton Wednesday (Photo by Jim Jenkins).
Apr. 8, 2015 Track & Field
Hamilton boys fall to Trenton; Hopewell edges Steinert
West girls excel in field to take rare win over Tornadoes
Nick Houghton dives safely back to first against Allentown during Nottingham's 13-12 loss on Wednesday (Photo by Mary Malone).
Apr. 8, 2015 Baseball
Steinert improves to 5-0; Stars fall in nine innings
Z gets her 100th!
Nottingham junior Kristin "Z" Hallam is about to connect for a fourth-inning RBI triple, which would produce her 100th career hit in just over two seasons. Hallam's knock helped the Northstars to a 3-2, eight-inning win over Allentown, their first win over the Redbirds in five years (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
Apr. 8, 2015 Softball
Hallam's 100th hit helps Stars beat Allentown; West falls
Steinert rightfielder Morgan "The Menace" Comfort makes the play of the game as she lays out for a diving catch in foul territory on a ball hit by Robbinsviille's Morgan Psiuk during Wednesday morning's game. The Spartans won 10-2 for their first victory over the Ravens since 2010 (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at email@example.com).
Apr. 8, 2015 Softball
Wise, Bennett help Steinert end drought against Ravens
Mike Fornaro learned a valuable lesson Sunday night, that when you get all dressed up the pretty girls come flocking. Fornaro is flanked by Steinert senior classmates Kylie Kiefffer (left) and Julia "St. Paddy's Queen" DeAngelo as the trio was honored with berths on the Hibernian Senior 11 team. Fornaro and Kieffer were also scholarship winners (Photo by Suzanne Fornaro).
Junior Paige Meszaros tallied two goals in Steinert's season-opening, 8-5 setback to Ewing Tuesday (Photo by Amanda Ruchfirstname.lastname@example.org).
Mar. 31, 2015 Girls Lacrosse
Young Steinert shows spunk in opening loss to Ewing
If Nottingham is Hamilton High North, Princeton Day School may have to be considered Hamilton Township North as the Panthers baseball team includes seven township residents, including (from left) Sam Guarino, Ryan Bremer, Cole McManimon, Russell Kirczow, Jake Alu, Zack Dudek and Ryan Sparks. The crew is shown during PDS' trip to Florida last week (Photo by David Bremer).
Steinert's Liam Ryan eludes at Pennington defender during Monday's season-opening lacrosse opener (Photo by Dennis Symons Jr./purchase photos at dennissymons.com).
Mar. 30, 2015 Boys Lacrosse
Steinert falls just short of Red Raiders; Hamilton beaten
Morgan "The Menace" Comfort slides back to a makeshift base before Kelly Schwager can make the tag during an innovative Steinert preseason softball practice (Photo by Amanda Ruchemail@example.com).
Mar. 30, 2015 Softball Previews
Veterans and energetic freshmen have West optimistic
Nottingham returnees are providing the leadership
Northstars visit HGSA for youth softball clinic
Steinert moves into Valley with a deep, versatile team
Jake Beyer (left), Sean Ford (center), Ryan Mostrangeli and the rest of the Steinert baseball team hope to rake in the victories this season, which starts in the Colonial Valley Conference on Wednesday (Photo by Amanda Ruch (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Mar. 29, 2015 Baseball Previews
Hamilton has high goals after winning sectional title
Northstars look to be competitive as Maher takes over
Steinert's strength lies in its veteran pitching staff
It was a fun time in the Hornets Nest recently as over 40 students participated in the Hamilton West Unified Basketball Tournament, which provided an opportunity for students with and without disabilities the ability to compete together in a competitive environment (Photo by Carol Teeter).
Hamilton West Unified Basketball Tournament
Team Orange tops Team Black in championship game
Various Nottingham athletes spent a recent day off from school at the Trenton Boys and Girls Club. Northstar athletes ranging from baseball, girls soccer, football, cheerleading, track & field, cross country, swimming, tennis, and field hockey all came together for a great day of teamwork. They spent the day teaching and collaborating in various educational activities with the fantastic young kids from the Trenton Boys and Girls Club. From Left to Right are Eric Struble, Mackenzie Henry, Shannon McLaughlin, Samantha Kelly, Lindsay Argiriou, Arianna Hampton, Daisy Hoffman, Mia Salenetri, Joe Fosco, Katie Johnson, Faiq Siddiqui, Vincent Morency, Theresa Miktus, Kaitlin Alvarez, Jugal Shah, Taylor Varone, Joely DeMonte, Brian Munnelly and Meraf Degaga.
The Hamilton West cheerleaders proudly display their CVC Divsion championship plaque along with their Spirit Award after excelling at the competition on Nov. 22 at Hightstown High School. Joining the girls are members of the football team, who showed up to cheer them on in a case of role reversal (Photo by Jason "Shutterbug" Malloy).
CVC Cheerleading Competition
Hamilton makes school history by winning division title
Former Steinert athlete, baseball coach and athletic director Rich Giallella displays his plaque after receiving one of the top athletic honors in New Jersey high school sports. Giallella was inducted to the NJSIAA Hall of Fame Monday at the Pines Manor in Edision. He is flanked by NJSIAA President Thomas Coleman on the left and Executive Director Steve Timko on the right (Photo by Brian "The Chef" Giallella).
Dec. 1, 2014 NJSIAA Hall of Fame
It's official: Giallella one of NJ sports top contributors
The Angiolino family poses behind a photo of Joey on Sunday, as Joey's Little Angels 4th Annual Toy Drive took place at Mercer Oaks (aka The House That Hinsey Built) and hauled in a record 656 toys to be donated to Duke hospital, Capital Health, Children's Hospital Of Pennsylvania and RWJ New Brunswick. The Reynolds 8th-graders were on hand to sing songs to the invited friends and family, while several athletes donned kid-friendly costumes, including Hamilton's Kevin Smiegocki (Sponge Bob), Notre Dame's "Deli" Dom Charello (Buzz Light Year), Steinert's Dominic Maglione (Elmo) and Grice's Vinnie Maglione (Dora The Explorer). Volunteers also included Nottingham's Maria Ship, Notre Dame's Alyssa "Deli Queen" Chiarello, Steinert's Megan Brugnoli, Morgan "The Menace" Comfort, Paige Meszaros, Gaby Bennett and Katie Whittaker.
Hamilton grad Jayson DiManche walks off the field with all smiles after a Bengals win in October. The second-year man feels his NFL career is progressing nicely in Cincinnati.
Nov. 15, 2014 Q&A With Jayson DiManche
DiManche talks football after watching a West victory
Coach Erin Wolverton (left) recently led the Hamilton West Unified Soccer team to the silver medal at the 2014 Shriver Cup Soccer Championship. Play Unified has provided an opportunity for all athletes to compete in an inclusive environment. Athletes competed from across the state during this event on Nov. 2. Hamilton's players (not in order) included Mark Harmon, Joe Misciascio, John Mudri, Orlando Negron, Sam Nelson, Daniel Rodas, Shayne Rogers, Lashay Ross, Jeff Ruble, Tatiana Saffron and Alex Smith (Photo by Carol Teeter).
Shriver Cup Soccer Championship
West earns silver at Shriver Cup Soccer Championship
It was a Hamilton Township happening at Sunday night's Trenton Select Committee Testimonial Dinner, as all but one honoree hails from the township. From left to right are men's honoree and Steinert soccer legend Bobby Smith, women's honoree and Hamilton West player/Nottingham soccer coach Elyse Diamond, Gilbert P. Rossi Memorial Scholarship winner and Steinert grad Shane Plunkett, Jim Carlin Memorial Distinguished Service Award Carol Wagner, Nottingham Babe Ruth's Dan DeRose for Special Recognition, scholarship winner (and Hamilton party crasher!) Nicole Capuano, a Ewing High graduate, and Nottingham Little League's Bob Montague for Special Recognition (Photo by Rich Fisher).
The Nottingham High Career Explorations Class, taught by Rob Nosari (front row right), welcomed Fish4scores' CEO Rich Fisher as a guest speaker Friday morning and asked several thought-provoking questions about careers in journalism. Fish4scores would like to thank the class for their invitation and their courtesy (Photo by Joe Shamma).
The Trenton Power reached the finals of the Cranbury Over-50 Tournament for the fourth straight year behind the play of (front row, from left) John Carmignani, Tom Moffat, Tony Pringle, Ed "Mooner" Myslinski, Lou Cioffi, John Bowen, Harold "Bird" Fink, Kevin Doran, Andy Marraffa, Steve Moffat; (back row), Bruce Brodowski, Matt Marraffa, Ted Rassmann, Nick "Klaus" Wiener, Rick Weiner, George Tiger, Rich Alito, Amr Ahmed, Paul Zuber, Joe Moffatt and coach Greg "Chief Dude" Sandusky.
Cranbury Over-50 Men's Soccer
Trenton Power reaches finals before losing to Radnor
Prior to the national invasion of Special Olympics athletes to Mercer County, the Hamilton SKOR Diamonds Unified Softball Team won the Gold at the New Jersey Special Olympics State Games in early June. Team members are Sean and Nick Reese, Alex Buzgo, Tommy Smith, Billy Collins, Ryan "Mehoff" Fink, Charlie Wagner, Ben Kraml, John McKenna, Andrea Roberts, Justin Jennings, Kyle Stricker, Kevin Brunkel, Michael Underwood and Bruce Sapp.
Special athletes from Hamilton
The New Jersey Special Olympics was staged in New Jersey this week and a couple of Hamilton Township athletes distinguished themselves well. Above, Patrick Rhoads, who has worked for Mercer County Special Services for the past 18 years, scored several goals for the New Jersey soccer team, and had one in the championship game when NJ beat Texas, 4-1. Below, Sean Reese, the pride of the YMCA, shows the form that enabled him go 6-for-12 for the Jersey softball team (Top photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at email@example.com; below photo by Michael Dill/michaeldillphotgraphy.com).
Nottingham High's NJSIAA state bowling champion Raychel Waltz (front row, center) signs a Letter of Intent to roll strikes for Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn. Flanking Raychel is her dad John and mom Carol. In the rear (from left) are Athletic Director Dee "The Wizard" Taylor, bowling coach Kristen Dunham and Principal Mike Giambelluca (Photos by Wes “The Media Mogul” Kirkpatrick).
March 19 Football
Proposed new lighted field at Y met with mixed reviews
The pro: Township coaches feel facility would fill void for players
The con: Residents furious over how their way of life will suffer
Spartans take the nation by storm!
The Steinert cheerleaders proudly display their championship banner and trophy they earned by taking first place in the Large Varsity Level 4 at the 2014 All-Star Cheer and Dance Nationals at the ESPN Wild World of Sports complex in Orlando, Fla. (Click for more pictures).
Sporting the same Orange & Black colors of the Cincinnati Bengals that he used to wear while playing for Hamilton West, Bengals linebacker Jayson DiManche gave the students at Wilson Elementary School a thrill on Monday when he was the honorary "Principal of the Day." DiManche thoroughly enjoyed his day in the big seat, posting on Facebook "A big thank you to Principal Panfili and the whole Wilson Elementary school staff for letting me run around the halls all day! It was such a great experience and I enjoyed being around all of the students, teachers and parents, I can't wait to be back!" There is no word yet whether the Bengals have offered Principal Barbara Panfili the opportunity to be Linebacker of the Day next training camp, but we here at Fish4scores highly recommend it. Afterall, fair is fair! (Photo by Nick Sakowski).
Ten years after signing with the Baltimore Orioles, Hamilton West grad Jim Hoey has decided to retire from professional baseball in order to pursue a career in web development.
Feb. 17 Professional Baseball
Hamilton grad Hoey makes tough decision to hang it up
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Nottingham senior Raychel Waltz displays the trophy she earned Wednesday for winning the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions Bowling title at Carolier Lanes in North Brunswick. Raychel is the first girl from Mercer County to ever win the championship (Photo by Kristin Dunham).
Feb. 12 Tournament of Champions Bowling
Nottingham's Raychel Waltz the Queen of New Jersey!
Kloc and West claim the championship in Fish Bowl II
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The Nottingham High cheerleaders not only cheer for a state champion, they are champs in their own right as they tell whose number one after winning last Sunday's CVC Cheerleading Classic's Small Division title.
Nov. 17 CVC Cheerleading Classic
Steinert takes overall title; Stars also win; West second
Hamilton West graduate Jayson DiManche is making positive strides with the Cincinnati Bengals during his rookie season, and was awarded his first NFL game ball in last Sunday's win over the Jets (Photo by wlwt.com).
Nov. 2 Q&A With Cincinnati Bengals Jayson DiManche
West grad not letting himself get overwhelmed by NFL
Hamilton West's Jayson DiManche thought he did enough to make the Bengals roster, but wasn't counting on anything until coach Marvin Lewis called on Saturday with the good news (Photo courtesy bengals.com).
Sep 2 NFL Football
DiManche talks about making the Cincinnati Bengals
With HBO's "Hard Knocks" filming his every move Saturday, Hamilton West grad Jayson DiManche (54) got the good news from Bengals coach Marvin Lewis that he is an NFL player (Photo courtesy of bengals.com).
Sep. 1 NFL Football
Hamilton West grad DiManche now a Cincinnati Bengal
Hamilton Township resident Sean Reese watches his majestic drive for Team New Jersey during Saturday's Special Olympics of North American Softball Invitational Tournament at Mercer County Park. Several Hamiltonians played and coached in the event, which featured 24 teams from across the nation (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at firstname.lastname@example.org). Click here for more photos
Hamilton Township's James Albanese soars through the air during the 18-year-old diving competition at the AAU Junior Olympics in San Antonio. Albanese made a strong showing in Texas.
Township's Albanese looks good in Junior Olympics
The Hamilton Aquatics Club sent 17 swimmers to the recent YMCA Long Course Nationals in Atlanta, including (front row, from left) Lizzy Demoine, Lisa Mazukewicz, Sarah Lattime, Hailey Thayer; (middle row) Chelsea Ackerson, Maria Nitti, Annie Menninger, Ian Dixon-Anderson, head coach Sue Welsh, Zach Mabin, coach Dave Tees, Maggie Herbert; (back row) Maddie Horner, Jake Torres, Mark Dawes, Adam Druckman, Teddy Slahetka, Matt Tees, and Steven Walsh.
YMCA Long Course Summer Nationals
Hamilton Aquatics Club sends a whopping 17 to nationals
The winning foursome at this year's Al Doan Jr. Memorial Golf Outing at Old York Country Club were (from left) of Tom Boesch, Mike "Father of Bullet Head” Braender, George Joo and Kurt Amburgey. The group shot a blistering 13 under par (Photo by Wes "The Media Mogul" Kirkpatrick).
Al Doan Jr. Memorial Golf Outing
Record turnout and new champion highlight a nice day
Hamilton West graduate Jayson DiManche (54) takes the field for preseason warm-ups with the Bengals prior to Thursday night's ESPN game at Atlanta. DiManche a linebacker, is trying to make Cincinnati after signing as a free agent out of Southern Illinois and had a quarterback sack in his first game (Photo by Morgan Pietrow).
Aug. 9 NFL
Bengals' website calls West's DiManche 'interesting case'
The best of Hamilton Township's "good sports" were out in force at Mercer Oaks Tuesday night at the Colonial Valley Conference Sportsmanship Award Banquet. The honorees from the three township schools were (from left) Lindsey Diamond, Kelly Tohill, Trevor "Rev Trev" Jones, Luke Westerberg, PJ "Chill" Wiegartner, Ron "Yack" Yacyk, Mackenzie Ewell, Imani Alston and Lauren Kelly.
FISH BOWL I
Where the Super Bowl collides with Fish4scoresNicole Kasian, the first lady of Steinert football, has laid claims to the inaugural Fish Bowl 1 title by predicting the Super Bowl winner and the exact 34-31 score. Nicole is the individual winner while her school also claimed the team title, making it a clean sweep in Spartan Land.
Kasian Fish Bowl I winner;Steinert takes team title
(Revision. . .Nottingham incorrectly posted as winner earlier)
Hamilton West senior midfielder Colleen Murphy (right) is still coming to grips with the end of her high school soccer career (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at email@example.com).
Life of a Student-Athlete: Colleen Murphy
Murph reflects on the end of her Hornet soccer career
After eight successful seasons as the Steinert girls basketball coach -- in which he was tied with Reggie Murray as the CVC's best dresser -- Bryan Rogers announced he is stepping down from the position on Monday afternoon (Photo by Ken Weingartner).
Oct. 1 Girls Basketball
Rogers calls it quits after eight years as Steinert coach
The Rossi brothers (from left) -- Nicholas, Christopher, Peter III, and Daniel -- spent a happy Christmas at the Salt Creek Grill in 2009, but one year later Daniel committed suicide on Dec. 23. The Rossi family continues to remember Daniel with fund-raising events for Steinert athletics while also pointing out the warning signs of suicide (Photo courtesy of Peter Rossi Jr.).
Daniel's suicide spurs on Rossi family to help others
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"Irish" Mike Walsh has given his last fist bump as a head coach as his promotion to Nottingham High vice-principal means he had to give up his varsity coaching jobs in cross country, boys basketball and softball (Photo by Ken Weingartner).
Aug. 28 "Irish" Mike Walsh
Walsh gives up three coaching positions to become VP
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The right man won
The script is too good to be true.
The man who sticks by his wife as she battles breast cancer, the man who has always been a class act and a true famly man, wins the Masters.
The guy who was so utterly scummy to his wife didn't.
There's nothing more to write. It was just great.
Wait, there is one more thing.
I used to be indifferent toward the man who apparently invented golf (and re-invented the libido), other than hating the way broadcasters gushed over him. But after his utter dirt bag behavior and these well-crafted, spin doctor apologies, and that completely disgraceful Nike commercial with his late father's voice-over, I hope he never wins again.
And now, he probably won't. It's one thing to put the shame and humiliation of sexual indisgression behind you. But when you're snubbed by a high-powered media outlet like Fish4Scores, which captures an audience all the way from Bromley to Groveville. . .well, you've pretty much had it.
A banner day for
Eagles PR machine
The Donovan McNabb trade is already successful for the Eagles.
For the past two years, Joe Banner has despised the Phillies for stealing the Eagles thunder. He seems to have a problem with fans wanting to follow a team that actually wins championships rather than comes close.
But the timing of this trade could not have come at a better time for Eagles public relations.
All winter long the Philadelphia fans have salivated at Roy Halladay’s first start in a Phillies uniform. On a normal day, the morning sportscasts would be blaring about Halliday’s debut.
Instead, it’s been shoved beneath a mountain of McNabb. Not sure if that was part of the plan – probably not – but it’s obviously a tremendous piece of good timing for the Eagles.
Now, when the actual NFL games start, it will be a little different.
This trade has shocked the world, if only because McNabb has gone to a team that will play Philly twice a year. And that will, indeed, be interesting.
If anything, McNabb has shown a penchant for coming up short in games that mean a lot. Can you even imagine him coming into Philadelphia, a place where his relationship has been nothing short of bizarre considering the love and hate he gets from there.
Will he show the fans they were wrong and have a huge game? Or will he choke it up as has been his custom.
Time will tell.
But I have to imagine that right now, Joe Banner is sitting in his office quite smug. The team that he hates, maybe as much as the Cowboys themselves, has been completely knocked from the public eye in Philadelphia, in what should be a major Phillies moment.
Oh, and by the way, the NCAA championship game is tonight.
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Apr. 19, 2015
I hate to say it, but
history tells us that
Mets or Yankees
will win it all by '19
Apr. 19: The Mets and Yanks are feeling pretty good about themselves this weekend after sweeping teams from Florida.
Are they on the precipice of something big?
I’m not sure it will be this year, but it’s not far off.
I despise both teams, but I am here to say that if you are a fan of the Mets or Yankees, take heart. It’s a virtual lock that one of your teams is going to win a World Series within the next five years.
History says so.
It didn’t start well for Gotham. The New York Giants (yes kids, the same franchise that now wins all the time in San Francisco) won the second World Series ever in 1905, and no New York team won another until the Giants won three straight from 1921-23.
In fact, from 1921 through 1962, the longest streak of a non-New York World Series winner was three years. Three years!! The three New York teams won 27 championships during that time, the rest of baseball 15. Think about that. I know as a Phillies fan I sure do...and not with a smile.
Most of that had to do with the Yankees, of course, as they won 20 during that period. But that “less-than-a-decade streak” was in serious jeopardy in the 1960s/early 70s when the Yanks were the worst they’ve ever been (aahhh, they were the days!). The Bombers went without titles from 1963-76 and New Yorkers needed a miracle to keep the less-than-10 streak alive.
And that’s exactly what they got.
It came in 1969 when the 8-year-old Mets – who were one of the worst franchises ever in their first seven years – stunned Baltimore to win the Series. They were dubbed the Miracle Mets and “The Amazins’”, a term the New York Post still uses.
Had the Mets not pulled off the biggest shocker in MLB history, it would have been a 14-year drought in Gotham.
Some lean times have followed, as New York toyed with a decade-long Series drought numerous times. From 1970 to 1995, there were dry spells of seven years (Yanks win in 1977-78), eight years (Mets win in 1986), and the longest one of all, nine years. But still not 10!
We New York haters had to pay for that bliss, however, as the Yanks snapped the skid in 1996 to start a binge of four
titles in five years. That was followed by another eight-year dearth before the Yanks won in 2009.
That was five years ago. As you know by now if you’ve managed to read this far, the famine never reaches 10.
So sometime between now and 2019, either you Mets fans or you Yankees fans can prepare to celebrate.
And yes, it kills me to say that. But hey, you can’t argue with history. * * *
How about Britt McHenry? What a shallow, egotistical, entitled, angry disgrace of a human being she is. For those not familiar with the story, McHenry is the hot blonde sideline reporter for ESPN. Yes I know, I’ll probably have to be more specific since that only narrows it down to a zillion.
Anyway, her car was towed in Virginia and she went off on the cashier at the pound and berated her in just an awful way. She degraded the other woman's job, teeth and weight, while she arrogantly proclaimed "I'm on TV!". (Maybe I should try that sometime. “Hey, I’m on Fish4scores!” How hard would that person be laughing?)
Anyway, a video of this tirade went viral and ESPN gave her a week’s suspension. A week! You have to actually see the video to realize that a week is not enough.
McHenry has her detractors and her defenders, as several columns have been written saying we don't hear what the other person said and that the towing company had a horrible reputation. But we do hear the woman telling McHenry she was on video, so if the cashier knew this was being taped, would she really say something to instigate such responses and risk her own job?
Whatever, Britt got suspended for a measly week.
But think about it.
This has become standard now at ESPN. One of their on-air personalities does or says something outrageous and all they do is get suspended instead of actually fired.
Why? Because the incidents always get great publicity and ESPN knows that once these people return on air, anyone who didn’t know them before, will want to watch them now to see just who these horrible people are. Britt McHenry is more famous now than ever before.
It’s all about the ratings, and jerks like this bump the ratings. Their horrid behavior is the best publicity ESPN could get. And this is a network that has taken self-publicity to unthinkable levels. * * *
Haven’t met a person yet who doesn’t feel bad for Princeton Day School’s Cole McManimon having a game-tying home run taken away from him when it was ruled he missed home plate against Hamilton.
And he was told he missed it by a lot.
As a photo by Hamilton photographer David Bremer showed, that clearly wasn’t the case.
Three high school umpires I have spoken with, who saw Bremer’s photo of Cole’s foot either on the edge of the plate or missing it by a 1,000th of an inch, said they would never have made that call in a million years. Actually, they just said they wouldn’t make the call. I added the million years for effect.
One coach told me “If they made that call against my team they would have had to take me away in handcuffs.”
Hey, everyone makes mistakes, but when it costs a kid one of the most memorable moments he might have in high school, that just plain sucks.
* * *
How about the track & field resurgence in Hamilton Township?
The Nottingham boys have been outstanding for the past seven years and are off to another great start this year. The Hamilton West boys rose from the ashes the past two years and still have some quality athletes who could do well in the state and county meets.
And the Steinert boys – a program that has been in disarray for a long time, had a huge turnout this year and had a nice dual meet win over Hightstown last week. The Spartans have some good weight men, an improving sprinter in Marco Granston and some nice distance runners.
On the girls’ side, Nottingham’s Grace Dwyer is not the only game in town anymore. Hamilton West has made tremendous strides this year and have some strong sprinters, jumpers and throwers. I loved Hannah Donkor’s line the other day, saying “It’s Field and Track” instead of track and field. And Steinert has some quality throwers and distance girls that will also be heard from in states and counties.
The best part is, when you listen to the athletes talk, they are proud of the track renaissance. It’s not just a sport for them to stay in shape. They want to succeed and they want their team to succeed. * * *
What a great night for Nottingham softball on Saturday, winning their tournament and beating a really good East Brunswick team in the title game in walk-off fashion after trailing 2-0.
But I gotta tell you, I was pretty scared when Kristin “Z” Hallam got hit in the back with a pickoff throw and started screaming. Part of it was concern, the other was shock.
Hallam is not just a great player, but a tough, tough kid. When you hear someone like that crying loudly and yelling she can’t feel her arm, it’s frightening.
And I can only imagine how her teammates and family members felt.
Fortunately, she hung in there and scored the winning run, although she did say today that her back was “a little sore.” When I told her she scared the hell out of me, she said “I scared the heck out of myself!”
* * *
Congratulations to Bob Hutchinson, who came in 12 minutes under the over-under mark set for his Steinert Hall of Fame induction speech Saturday night.
His championship softball team was inducted last year and the extremely popular Hutch proceeded to give one of the longest speeches in HOF history.
I was informed this year by former Spartan trainer/coach Ron Sebastiani that the over-under was 17 minutes, and the actual speech took five.
Congrats Hutch, on the well-deserved honor and on the brevity!
* * *
Note to Brian “The Chef” Giallella. Stop scheduling games on the same day of the Steinert Hall of Fame dinner. It seems you lose all the time on that day. Instead, you should help the kitchen prepare the dinner for that night.
Apr. 5, 2015
The blog is
Apr. 5: What better day to resurrect this blog than Easter Sunday, right?
Happy Easter everybody, I hope you’ve all had a good past eight months while I’ve been gone, and I hope you have a nice holiday today.
* * *
So, how about this Steinert baseball team. When you talk about amazing starts to a season, it doesn’t get better than what the Spartans have done.
In their first two games, they rally to tie it in the seventh and win it in the bottom of the eighth. That’s a tough act to follow, and yet yesterday the Spartans beat the No. 1 ranked team in the state.
What was most impressive about that feat is that Steinert did it legitimately. OK, maybe a few of the big hits got help from the wind, but for the most part, Steinert stung the ball against one of the state’s best pitchers. The Spartans pitching harnessed an attack that had scored 27 runs in two games, and the defense was nearly flawless.
Kudos to both coaches afterward. Brian “The Chef” Giallella did not gloat over the win and kept things in perspective. GC’s Mike Rucci took his team to task, saying it did nothing right. But at the same time he praised the Spartans for their effort and gave them their due credit.
It was a great day at Fort Giallella, which is abuzz these days with the addition of Jim “Chorizo & Eggs” Geraci as the public address announcer.
* * *
Since this is the first blog in 8 months, I must take time to acknowledge our new Athlete of the Week sponsor, Rossi's Tavern on Whitehorse Road. Alan Meinster, Mike Rossi and the crew have been awesome to work with.
And for those who don't know, the legendary hamburger establishment is now running a Sunday brunch from 10 to 2, so check it out. Good stuff!
* * *
Who said Rutgers fans don’t have any rooting interest in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament?
If Wisconsin can defeat Duke Monday night, the Scarlet Knight faithful can proudly say their team beat the team that went on to win the national championship. Of course, the Badgers didn’t have Frank Kaminsky in that game, and the win was followed by 13 straight losses to end the season, so make of it what you will.
* * *
I’m wrestling with what to make of Kentucky after last night. Everyone says it’s a special team, it went 38-0, blah blah blah. But, how special can a team be that doesn’t even make it to the finals?
I understand that this was a team that could have let egos get in the way with so many superstars, and they all banded together, sacrificed playing time and had one heck of a run. I still think, however, they are a better team than Wisconsin. And when you’re the better team and you don’t win, that takes a little shine off the “special” tag.
I myself think
Wisconsin is pretty special. They are a fun team to watch (as was Kentucky) and they use their personnel to perfection. Sam Dekker is the perfect complement to Kaminsky, who is unique just by the fact he always looks like he’s five seconds away from dozing off.
And the biggest thing Wisconsin did, was make life normal again for all of us Duke haters. The scuttlebutt was that if Duke and Kentucky met in the finals, this would be one time everyone rooted for Duke because it was the underdog (I would have rooted for Kentucky).
As it turns out, we don’t have to worry about it anymore. Goooooo Badgers!!!
* * *
So I have a 17-game season ticket plan for the Phillies, and I was complaining on Friday night because one of the games in my plan was the exhibition game with the Pirates.
Well, kudos to the Phils for pulling a class act. Because of the bad weather, anyone with tickets to that game can exchange their stubs for any game in April besides opening day.
Granted, Phils will be hurting for fans this year. But still, it’s a nice gesture.
* * *
This is way overdue and something I would have written in February if I had a blog in February. But this issue of Tom Brady vs. Joe Montana as the greatest quarterback is interesting.
Most people seem to think Montana is the better QB because he went 4-0 in the Super Bowl. He never lost. Brady, of course, is 4-2. So because he has won as many Supes as Montana, but lost two, he is not as great.
So, what does that mean? We are penalizing our quarterbacks for making it to the Super Bowl? If you make it and lose, it diminishes your value?
And of course, the most ludicrous reason I ever heard (from a Philadelphia radio host) is that Montana is greater because he beat better quarterbacks.
There is no more useless stat in sports than a quarterback’s record vs. another quarterback, because they are playing against the defense. I don’t know what the statistics are, so I’m not sure how good the defenses were that Montana beat, as opposed to the defenses that Brady beat. But that is what should determine this argument, don’t you think?
Let’s put it this way. One of the great defenses of all time was the 1985 Chicago Bears. The quarterback of that team was a charismatic but hardly great Jim McMahon. Let’s just say the Patriots beat the Bears in that Super Bowl (instead, they got blown out).
Going by this radio host’s barometer, New England quarterback Tony Eason’s feat wouldn’t be all that great because he only beat McMahon. When, in fact, he actually beat a legendary defense.
Anyway, I’m putting Brady as the greatest. I think getting to six Super Bowls and winning four of them is pretty damn impressive, especially when it took a miracle catch in one of his losses to beat him.
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OK, I know this blog is pretty boring. But hey, it’s been a while. I’m just warming up.
The next one I write will be VERY boring. :)