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Seton Hall was a happy group after rallying to win their semifinal and championship games to claim the Hamilton Little Lads Senior Lads championship.
Mar. 16 Hamilton Little Lads Basketball
Seton Hall stages two big comebacks to win Senior title
Celebrating their undefeated season in the YMCA 8/9-Year-Old Division are Capital One Bank team members (from left) Justin Germana, Nolan Riddell, Alex Marino, Craig McCutcheon, Joshua Gilleo, Ryan Applegate, Shamali Whittle, Tyler Barno, Greg Hill and Shyam Nambiar. The coaches are Curtis Whittle and Jen Riddell. Not pictured is Rose Germana.
Capital Bank goes undefeated in 8/9 Division
The Capital One Bank basketball team finished the season with a 12-2 victory over Jersey Mikes, capping an undefeated season in the Hamilton YMCA 8/9-year-old division.
Shemali Whittle led the way with four points and solid offensive play while Shyam Nambiar contributed four second-half points. Greg Hill and Craig McCutcheon also both added baskets in the win, while Joshua Gilleo had a great defensive game while rebounding well.
Ben Buofford played a solid game at both ends of the court for Jersey Mikes.
Kukla Chiropractic's Lauren "Sponge Bob's Daughter" Coiante pursues a loose ball against Hamilton Fire Company's Madeline Klein during Friday's Hamilton PAL Girls Basketball Sophomore Division championship game (Photo by Nancy Eggert).
Hamilton PAL Girls Basketball Finals
Kukla Chiropractic adjusts itself to win Sophomore crown
TSS Photography of Mercer's Morgan Comfort wears a look of determination as she tries to dribble away from Gold Shield Financial's Michaela Miranda during Friday's Junior Division title game in the Hamilton PAL Girls' Basketball League (Photo by Nancy Eggert)
.Hamilton PAL Girls Basketball Finals
Gold Shield earns gold star for epic run to championship
Lee Bradbury Plumbing's Macaire Machado looks for shooting room against JEM Trophies Haylee Kieffer during Friday night's PAL Senior Division championshp game at Reynolds (Photo by Nancy Eggert).
Hamilton PAL Girls Basketball Finals
Young JEM Trophies grew up quickly in taking Senior title
Gianna Lucchesi displays her trophy after winning the MVP of the CYO All-Star Game over the weekend. It caps a banner season for Lucchesi, who was MVP of the Large School Division playing for St. Greg’s JV basketball team this season. Lucchesi had 16 points, seven assists and five rebounds in the Blue team’s 44-32 victory in the All-Star game.
Mar. 1 Hamilton PAL Girls Basketball
Showdowns are set for Championship Friday at Reynolds
Tree King's Matt Amoroso drives to the basket against Crestwood's Zack Given during Saturday's Hamilton Little Lads Cadet B championship game at Nottingham (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at email@example.com).
Hamilton Little Lads Championship Saturday
Hamilton Dental uses balanced attack to win Lads crown
Sportsworld's fast start keys title victory in Juniors
Tree King, Mercer Digital win Cadet Championships
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Hamilton PAL Girls Basketball
Playoff action takes things to a whole new level
The St. Raphael's Saints JV "B" team earned an A+ by winning the CYO Small School Division title this year. Team members are (front row, from left) Brandon "The Mini-Baron" Raba, Noah Braschelli, Hared Navarrete, Ethan Maldonado, Kenny Santucci; (back row) head coach Vince Lanzi, Sean McDaid, Dylan Diaforli, James Buba, Adrian Regaldo, Lorenzo Buba and assistant coach Tricia Santucci.
CYO/St. Greg's Basketball
St. Raphael's JV B team champs; Flannery fueled by snub
Feb. 23 Hamilton Little Lads
Four champions crowned on Championship Saturday
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The Fish4scores.com basketball team made it an inaugural season to remember in the St. Greg's Intramurals Senior League by finishing 8-1 and winning the regular-season championship.
St. Gregory The Great Basketball
Fish4scores.com rolls to Intramural Senior Division title
Feb. 15-16 PAL Girls Basketball
Playoffs arrive with PBA on a roll in Junior Division
Feb. 16 Hamilton Little Lads Basketball
Championship Saturday set after playoff quarterfinals
Feb. 16 CYO Basketball
St Raphael's Holy Angels Blue tops SR HA Gold
The St. Raphael’s Holy Angels Blue team rallied to a 28-18 win in the CYO Basketball League playoff quarterfinals. The Blue squad will play noon Saturday in the semifinals
Trailing 12-6 at halftime, the Blue outscored the Gold 7-0 in the third quarter, getting a clutch 3-pointer by Brandon “The Mini-Baron” Raba to make the score 131-12. The Gold rallied back until clutch foul shots by Adrien Gegaldo and Lorenzo Buba held off the charge.
Olden Pharmacy's Sumona Nandy drives to the basket against JEM Trophies Haylee Kieffer during Saturday's Hamilton PAL Senior Division game at Reynolds (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Jan. 18-19 Hamilton PAL Girls
It was 'Rally Saturday' in Junior Division play
Jan 19 Hamilton Little Lads Basketball
Law Offices of Kusnirik wins its Junior Division case
Jan. 19 St. Greg's Intramurals
Balanced scoring leads Fish4scores.com to fifth win
Jan. 19: Fish4scores.com improved to 5-1 in St. Greg’s Intramural Senior Division action with a 39-27 win over Phil & Son Concrete.
Aidan O'Neill led a balanced attack with 15 points, followed by Sean O'Donnell (9), “Deli” Dom Chiarello (8) and Eric Tapia (6). Conall O'Neill also had a sweet finger roll layup at a crucial point in the third quarter to spark a run that sealed the victory.
Phil & Son Concrete got strong performances from Brian Nasto (14 points) and Dominic Rodriquez (10).
Jan. 12 St. Greg Intramurals
Yandoli and O’Neill split a dozen in Mercer Digital win
Jan. 12: Mercer Digital Printing provided its coach with a nice appetizer prior to the main course at night.
Mercer Digital topped Nike, 20-12, in St. Greg’s Intramural Basketball Senior Division play as Brandon Slaboda and Greg Bruda played stellar defense. John Gola had eight points while Xavier Yandoli and Colin O’Neill had six each. Ryan Novozinskiy led Nike with seven and Nick Campion added four.
After the win, coach Mike “Golden Gate” Gola went home and watched his beloved San Francisco 49ers upset Green Bay in the NFC playoffs, calling it the perfect end to a perfect day.
Jamie Huth, shown here playing for the Steinert JV team last year, scored a team-high eight points for Gothic Lodge in their Hamilton PAL girls basketball win over the weekend (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at email@example.com).
Kukla Chiropractic can't be extinguished in PAL girls play
Jan. 5 St. Greg’s Senior Intramurals
Tough 'D', Gola's scoring pace Mercer Digital Printing
Jan. 5: John Gola had eight points to pace Mercer Digital Printing over Phil and Son’s, 22-12, in St. Greg’s Senior Intramural Basketball action. Jeff Locastro added five points and Colin O’Neill had four for the winners, while coach Mike Gola said “the real story was the defense as Brandon Slaboda, Kyle Calamia, Xavier Yondoli and Matt Cuccagna all had great stops.”
The win moved Mercer Digital Printing to 2-2 and pulled Gola within 879 wins of tying Dean Smith.
Sportsworld is the Main(s) Event in Little Lads Juniors
The Hamilton Hoopsters fifth-graders had an extra special holiday with a team consisting of, front row, from left, Gracie Gaskill, Ally Oldfield, Crysten Wood, Alex Haley and Grace O’Donnell; second row, Haley Lestician, Alyssa Gangemi, Ciara Donaldson, Gabbie Fonollosa and Natalie Kozemchak; and third row, coaches Bob “Woody” Wood, Craig Haley and Pete Lestician.
Hoopsters 5th-graders learn to win in chemistry class
Dec. 14-15 Weekend Round-Up
Santin's big shot lifts 33's Barber Shop to Junior Lads win
PAL Senior Division has four-way tie for the top spot
Dec. 15 St. Greg's Senior Intramural
O’Neill lifts Fish4scores.com in regulation and OT
Aiden O’Neill tallied 13 points and hit two clutch free throws to send the game into overtime as Fish4scores.com took a 21-19 OT thriller over Mercer Digital Printing in St. Gregory’s Senior Division Intramural Basketball play.
O’Neill hit his foul shots with just seconds remaining in regulation to tie it, and hit another one in OT to seal the win. Ryan Novizinski added four points, while Evan Araujo and Eric Liedtka had two apiece.
Mercer Digital Printing’s balanced attack was led by five points from Xavier Yandoli and four apiece from Patrick Rossidivitto and Roccoa Piccolo. F4S improved to 2-1 while Mercer went to 1-2.
December 7-8 Weekend Round-Up
Barry, Watkins pace Hamilton Dental in Little Lads win
Boone's clutch shot lifts Kusnirik to PAL Cadet victory
Dec. 8 St. Greg Intramural Senior
Rodriguez, Deskar help Phil & Son Concrete to solid win
Dec. 8: Phil & Son Concrete took a 30-19 victory over Fish4scores.com in St. Greg’s Intramural Senior Division basketball, therefore assuring itself of never appearing on this website again (KIDDING!). The Concrete Men did not miss a shot in taking a 20-6 halftime lead.
Dominic Rodriguez tallied eight points for Phil & Son, while Ryan Deskar (6), Patrick McGoldrick and Omar Santos (4 each also chipped in. Omar Santos hit the offensive and defensive boards with 10 rebounds. Flannery O’Donnell led Fish4scores.com with eight points, while Deli Dom Chiarello had five.
Nike defeated Mercer Digital, 26-20, which evened everyone’s record at 1-1 in the league.
Fish4scores.com's Aiden O'Neill goes in for two of his 14 points in Saturday's St. Greg's Intramural League victory, while teammate Flannery O'Donnell and Nike's Ryan Novozinski trail the play (Photo by Ken Weingartner).
Dec. 1 St. Greg's Intramural Basketball
O'Neill the real deal as Fish4scores.com wins opener
Dec. 1 Hamilton Little Lads Basketball
Iorio Podiatry a foot ahead of the competition in Lads play
Nov. 23-24 Hamilton PAL Girls Basketball
Horn toots some winning notes for Trophies Unlimited
Nov. 30-Dec. 1 PAL Girls Hoops
Bradbury Plumbing has a gusher of scoring in Senior win
Hamilton Fire Company's Abby Sprague is guarded by Emerald Title's Hannah Johnson during the Hamilton PAL Girls Basketball League's Sophomore Division title game (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org).
Hamilton PAL Girls Basketball Playoff Finals
Hamilton Fire nips Emerald Title in Sophomore thriller
AMMK finally shakes free of TSS to win Junior crown
Olden Pharmacy fills its own championship prescription
PAL Regular Season
Defenders come up with impressive Freshman victory
A happy bunch of St. Gregory's players show off their championship trophies after winning the CYO JV championship game Sunday. The win capped a 19-0 season for the Square Girls.
Feb. 26 CYO Girls Basketball Championships
St. Greg's JV and Freshman teams not denied in finals
Nicole Stull, shown here playing for the Steinert JV, helped lead Olden Pharmacy into the Hamilton PAL Senior Division playoff title game by scoring eight points in a semifinal victory. Championship Saturday is set for March 3 at Reynolds (Photo by Mike Dill/purchase photos at michaeldillphotography.com).
Feb. 24-25 Hamilton PAL Girls Basketball
Playoff wars are whittled down to championship games
The intensity was, well, intense, in the Hamilton Little Lads playoff finals Saturday, as Hamilton Manor's Mike Winter goes after a loose ball between Porfirio's Nick Adamo (left) and Nick Giori in the Lads Division final. (Photo by Mike Dill/purchase photos at michaeldillphotography.com).
Feb. 18 Hamilton Little Lads Basketball Championships
Crestwood Construction hangs on to claim Cadet honors
Hamilton Manor holds off Sterling to win Junior Lads title
Porfirio's uses huge second-half rally to cop Lads crown
Juliana Santiago (with ball) and her JEM Trophy teammates posted an upset victory in Hamilton PAL Senior Division playoff action (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos by e-mailing email@example.com).
Feb. 17-18 Hamilton PAL Girls Basketball
Playoff action heats up with star efforts and some upsets
Feb. 11 Hamilton Little Lads
Manor enjoys a Winter wonderland in Lads playoffs
The Cadet Construction team was all smiles after winning the Hamilton Little Lads Cadet Division. Team members include (from left) Ryan Stromberg, Dylan Pope, Mac Meara, CJ Pittaro, Michael Stromberg, Davien Vernon, Dominick Costantino, Trevor Giordano ,Jordan Harmon, Zymir Couch and coach John Giordano in the back.
Feb. 4 Hamilton Little Lads Basketball
Giordano, Pittaro help Crestwood to Cadet crown
Feb. 3-4 Hamilton PAL Girls Basketball
Huth's 'foul play' gives Aztec Graphics a Senior victory
Jan. 21 Hamilton Little Lads
Mains, Mezaros help Sportsworld topple Manor
Ryan Mains and Ryan Mezaros had eight points each in Sportsworld’s 45-27 win over Hamilton Manor in Hamilton Little Lads Junior Division play. It was the first loss for Manor (6-1), which got 15 from Matthew Jean-Mary, 10 from Cliff Joseph and two from Zack Dunn. Sportsworld moved to 3-4.
Jan. 7 Hamilton Little Lads Basketball
Original Pizza gains a slice of victory in Cadet play
Jan 6-7 Hamilton PAL Girls Basketball
O'Donnell's effort a saving Grace for the Gothic Lodge
Winners of the OLS 5th-6th Grade CYO Tournament was St. Mary’s, which went 4-0 in the tourney. Team members included (front row, from left) Lauren Appleby and Devon Fitzpatrick; (back row) Carly Backlun, Caitlin Nelson, Chloe Maple, Jess Kimble, Keira Brennan and Mackenzie Metters. Missing from the photo are coaches Beth Fitzpatrick and John Bacovin.
Posing with their victory trophy, the St. Mary’s girl’s varsity CYO basketball team cele-
brates its dominating effort in winning the Notre Dame Sending School Tournament. Team
members include (floor) Nicole Perri; (kneeling, from left) Madison Balke, Christina Stefan-
oni; (first row standing) Marissa Maurin, Kate Donovan, Elizabeth Bacovin, Morgan Papp,
Sophia Rupp, Kacie Walton, Sam Parrotta, coach John Bacovin; (back row) coach MartyWalsh,Claudia Cosenzo, Danielle Sullivan and Anna Price.
Nov. 13 CYO JV
Reed, Pickett pace TCA JVs to a pair of victories
The Mercer County CYO basketball league got underway last Sunday, and here’s a look at how the Hamilton girls JV squads made out.
The St. Gregory’s girls topped St. Ann’s, 28-6, as Gianna Pittaro led the way with 13. St. Greg’s dropped a 33-21 decision to St. Mary’s despite eight points by Madison Balke.
Trenton Catholic won twice, beating St. Paul’s Blue, 29-6 behind Kaela Reed’s 18, and topping St. Paul’s Gold, 37-10, behind Meaurie Pickett’s eight points.
OLS/St. Anthony’s topped St. Paul’s Blue, 26-12, as Trisha Mount had 10 points.
Hamilton residents Karen Prihoda (left) and Jenamarie Carella hold their presentations during the CYO Basketball League's opening mass this past weekend. Prihoda displays her Female Athlete of the Year plaque while Carella presents her Scholar-Athlete certificate.
CYO hoop players/cheerleaders named scholar-athletes
The Mercer County CYO held their Basketball and Cheerleading Opening Mass this past weekend as it enters its 59th season of serving parochial schools and parish’s basketball and cheerleading programs.
Players from the Hamilton Township teams who were named to the Scholar-Athlete team included Jenamarie Carella (OLS/Saint Anthony's), John Conboy (Saint Raphael's/Holy Angels), Cedric Lary (Trenton Catholic Academy), Abena McCray (TCA), Karen Prihoda (St. Gregory), Ashlie Zsenak (St. Raphael's/Holy Angels).
In addition, Prihoda was honored as the Female Athlete of the Year while Malachi Richardson (St. Raphael’s/Holy Angels) was named Male Athlete of the Year.
Nov. 4-5 PAL Girls Basketball
No matter how its spelled, Gian(n)a a Sophomore star
Oct. 28-29 Hamilton PAL Girls Basketball
Defenders take the offensive in Freshman Division win
Hamilton Township resident Karen Prihoda recently broke the bank when it came to CYO honors, as Prihoda was named Ms. CYO Basketball Player of the Year, the CYO Female Athlete of the Year and named to the CYO Scholar-Athlete team. Prihoda will be honored on Nov. 5 of this year and at the Biennial Dinner in November, 2012.
Burlaga paces Xrcade to YMCA 10/11 victory
In Hamilton YMCA 10/11 basketball, Xrcade defeated Ricardo Almeida Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 28-27, as Ben Burlaga scored seven points for Xrcade. For Jiu Jitsu, John Ahern scored five points.
Mar. 25 KofC Basketball
Hamilton's Sean O'Donnell is state free throw champion
CYO Boys Basketball
OLS-St. Anthony’s JV team enjoyed outstanding season
The Our Lady of Sorrows-St. Anthony’s CYO JV boys basketball team recently completed an outstanding season, finishing 15-4 and in second place in the Large School Division. It also reached the playoff finals before losing the title game to St. Raphael’s, 26-24.
Mark Barry, Mike Urban and Nick Cirillo were each picked for the All-Stars and to play in the title game, while coach Nick Commiso coached the large school all-star team. Barry, the team captain and leading scorer, won the Sportsmanship Award and also won the same award in the All-Star game.
St. Gregory girls continue undefeated season
Mar. 8: The Saint Gregory the Great girls basketball team continued its undefeated season tonight in the Diocesan Tournament of Champions in Burlington Township.
St. Greg’s beat Sacred Heart of Riverton, 43-38, at Sacred Heart as Karen Prihoda had 24 points, Nicole Stull added seven and Kaitlyn Herbert chipped in with four.
Gold Shield's Jenna Carella goes up for a lay-up against AMMK during last Friday's Hamilton PAL Junior Division championship game against Reynolds. Carella helped Gold Shield to a victory and a title (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at firstname.lastname@example.org). Click here to see other PAL championship day photos.
The St. Raphael's Varsity boys basketball team proudly display their trophies after winning the CYO playoff championship this past Sunday.
CYO Boys Basketball
St. Raphael's teams win Varsity, JV and Frosh playoff titles
Members of St. Gregory the Great’s CYO Varsity championship team featured (front row, from left) Rebecca Lubitsky, Natalie Martinez, league MVP Karen Prihoda, Alyssa “Scooter” Brugnoli, Nicole Migliaccio, Nicole Stull; (back row) coach Karen Stives, Nicole Cox, Brianna Donner, playoff MVP Katelyn Hubert, Amanda Ferlisi, Paige Meszaros, Daria Battaglia, Amanda Giordano and coach Diane Trail.
Feb. 26 CYO Varsity Girls Basketball
St. Gregory’s the Great is really great in the playoff finals
Feb. 25 PAL Girls Basketball
Gold Shield and AMMK will do battle in Junior title game
Patrick Minogue goes up for two of his 28 points as he helps Sterling Title defeat Hamilton Manor by two points in the Little Lads Lads Division title game (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos by e-mailing email@example.com).
Feb. 19 Hamilton Little Lads
Roma springs title game upset, Sterling wins two crowns
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Feb. 18 PAL Girls Basketball
Playoffs heat up in Juniors as semifinal match-ups set
Feb. 12 Little Lads Basketball
Roma and Crestwood go for playoff gold in Cadet 'A'
Feb. 11-12 PAL Girls Basketball
Regular season wraps up with some outstanding efforts
Feb. 5 Little Lads Basketball
Hamilton Manor, Roma fulfill regular-season supremacy
Jan. 29 PAL Girls Basketball
Bennett’s 13 points worth framing for TSS Photography
Jan 29 Little Lads
Fink, Rowe, DeStefano power Sterling in Lads thriller
Jan. 22 Hamilton PAL Girls Basketball
Migliaccio and Meszaros star in Junior Division play
Jan. 22 Hamilton Little Lads
Urbans shooting anything but foul in Sterling's OT win
Jan 14-15 Hamilton PAL Girls Basketball
Prior-Nami takes care of business in Soph Division win
Jan. 15 Hamilton Little Lads
Sterling develops a winning Pat-tern in Lads Division
Jan. 7-8 Hamilton PAL Girls Basketball
Jersey Girls whirl to a victory in Freshman Division
Jan. 8 Hamilton Little Lads
Tuffy, Jones, Giordano have strong efforts in Cadet play Greg’s stays perfect with win in Diocesan tourney
Jason Dunn has eyes for the basket (above) while Anthony Spadaccini drives to the hoop (below) during the Hamilton 5th-grade Shooting Stars 51-23 win over South Brunswick during last week's Sid Lee Holiday Classic in South Brunswick Township (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org).
Dec. 18 Hamilton PAL Girls
Liz (Clark) Kent is just super in Russo's Senior victory
St. Mary's 6th-graders gain finals of Lima tournament
Papp zaps St. Ann’s to lead St. Mary’s to CYO victory
Morgan Papp popped in eight points to pace St. Mary’s past St. Ann’s, 24-7, in CYO girls basketball play. Jessica Kimball added six and Elizabeth Bacovin and Nicole Perri had four points apiece for St. Mary’s, which improved its record to 7-3.
Dec. 18 Little Lads Basketball
Gola and Garofola have big days in Lads Division
Balke a chip of the old block in helping St. Mary’s to win
In a CYO basketball battle, Madison Balke flashed the post presence talents her mom Renee (Keister) was famous for at McCorristin High, as Madison had seven points and six rebounds in St. Mary’s thrilling 17-16 win over St. Paul’s. Morgan Papp added seven points while Lauren Appleby had two points and five rebounds.
Dec. 11 Little Lads Basketball
Melnick's 12 gives Sterling victory in Cadet 'Title" game
Dec. 11 PAL Girls Basketball
Stull hardly dull in helping Mercer Spring to Junior win
Dec. 4 Little Lads Basketball
Mains rains down a dozen as Roma Bank gains victory
Dec. 4 PAL Girls Basketball
Russo, Gmitter, Backlund provide Energy in Soph win
St. Greg’s Intramurals Senior Basketball
Scoring trio adds up to win for Calamia Tax & Accounting
In a St. Greg’s Intramurals Senior Division game, Anthony Catalina, Anthony Remboski and Robert Calabro combined for 15 points to lead Calamia Tax and Accounting over Sims MM Recyclers 37-25. Nick Payesko led Sims with eight points.
Nov. 27 PAL Girls Basketball
Mehl's markers make a difference as Kukla posts victory
The St. Gregory’s the Great varsity girls basketball team was all smiles after winning the Notre Dame Sending School Tournament. Team members included (front row, from left) coach Diane Trail, Paige Mezaros, Nicole Cox, Natalie Martinez, Alissa “Scooter” Brugnoli, Amanda Giordano, Karen Prihoda, Nicole Migliaccio, Dara Battaglia, coach Karen Stives; (back row) Kate Herbert, Rebecca Lubitsky, Brianna Dorners and Nicole Stull.
St. Greg’s varsity girls win ND Sending School event
The St. Gregory’s The Great girls varsity basketball team recently won the Notre Dame High School sending schools tournament by defeating St. Eprem’s of Yardley, Pa., 28-20 in the title game.
St. Greg’s also defeated St. Ann’s of Lawrenceville and topped St. Mary’s of Bordentown, 28-20. Leading the way in scoring for St. Greg’s were Karen Prihoda, Amanda Giordano, Rebecca Lubitsky and Nicole Stull.
Nov. 20 Hamilton Little Lads
Dunn sparks Hamilton Manor's comeback Lads victory
Nov. 20 PAL Girls Basketball
Mooney, Taylor help Kusnirik Law to Senior victory
The St. Raphael’s 8th-grade varsity boys basketball team won the Holy Cross Lancers High School Invitation Tournament Monday night by defeating Hamilton Township sister school St. Gregory’s the Great, 42-23 in the title game. St. Raphael’s is 6-0 this season and have also won the first two games of the Notre Dame High School Invitational. Team members include (front row, from left) Brian Reilly and Jack Conboy; (back row) Eric Lorenzo, assistant coach Dave Lorenzo, Anthony Peroni, Cole McManimon, Kyle Kaluzny, Javier Aguiar, Kevin Smiegocki, Malachi Richardson, Anthony Medina and head coach Brian Sakowski.
Nov. 13 Hamilton PAL Girls
Pittaro presents Emerald with the Title to a Soph win
Nov. 13 Hamilton Little Lads
Schooley, Barbalacci get Grand Bank off to grand start
Nov. 6 Hamilton PAL Girls
Carella's heroics make TSS Photo pretty as a picture
Oct. 30 Hamilton PAL Girls
Lucchesi powers Gothic Lodge to Freshman triumph
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Feb 2, 2013
Groundhog Day is
Feb. 2: Well, today is Groundhog Day.
And you know what that means? It means I have found a blogging loophole.
For all you people out there -- like Whalen and Costantino and the Baroness -- who insist on telling me I need a new blog just because they don't want to read the old one for 19 straight weeks, I have discovered the answer to my problem.
Again, I reiterate, it is Groundhog Day. And if you saw the Bill Murray movie, you know that Groundhog Day is the same day, over and over and over again.
Therefor, because I am writing this blog today, it gives me carte blanche to leave it up here over and over and over and over again. Moreso than usual. Like. . .forever!
You think you got tired of seeing Phil Alu and Jon Adams at the top of this blog?
You are REALLY gonna hate The Groundhog!
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Just want to pass along good luck wishes to Nottingham junior Josh Lajeunesse, one of the many class acts and key contributors on the Nottingham state champion football team. r Josh recently discovered he needs serious shoulder surgery, which will keep him out of action for four months and unfortunately cause him to miss track season.
"Yeah, but I gotta get ready for football," he said.
Yeah ya do buddy, so good luck on the surgery No. 2 and hope all goes well!
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Speaking of Nottingham football, seems they are taking Fish Bowl 1 quite serious.
"It was nice to win a state football title," said one administrator. "But to say we won both the state title and the Fish Bowl, now that would be something!
We are keeping the administrator anonymous lest he incur the wrath of Coach Adams for linking the two together . .but we know that secretly, the Big Dawg feels the same way! lol
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Speaking of Fish Bowl, I just want to thank everyone for participating. I had hoped to get about 20-30 responses and just run them straight down in a list. But with the great feedback from everyone we got 88 responses (89 counting Donna Brihn's dog) and rand allowed us to turn it into the Fish Bowl.
What's amazing is as a collective group we couldn't pick a winner! 44-44. Wow, a township divided!
Anyway, thanks for taking part in the fun folks, and good luck to you and your team!
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Oh, one other thing. We heard back from Phil Alu (there's that name again!) about his selection of Kyle Kaepernick as Super Bowl MVP.
"Holy crap! Now I know why my Fantasy Football team sucked all year. I was playing Kyle Kaepernck out of West Oak High School in Kalamazoo, Michigan all season and not Colin Kaepernick from the 49ers."
The sad think here is, Kyle Kaepernick even sucked for West Oak High School. And Kalamazoo football is weak!
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I love my mother, but I'll never play her Super Bowl pool again. She asked me to buy five blocks, which I did. She said she would fill them in and mail it to me, which she did.
But rather than scatter my name in different blocks all over the sheet, she wrote it straight down in five blocks.
The result? In all five of my boxes I have Baltimore and nine. Nine! Are you freakin kidding me? So much for having a lot of different chances to win this baby, which of course, is the reason for multiple blocks.
Love ya mom!
Hate your pool!
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OK, that's it. I hope you like this blog, cuz you're gonna see it over and over and over and over and over. All that's missing is a picture of Ned Ryerson and the soundtrack to I Got You Babe!
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Oh, and one more thing. Does anyone out there actually watch all 8 hours of pre-game Super Bowl shows that are available? If so, then you could actually read this blog over and over and over and never get bored. Because you reeeallly need a life!
Jan 27, 2013
Happy New Year!
Yeah yeah, I know, it's an old year by now. But hey, I haven't written anything since the new year so it's a New Year for Fish Tales.
Hope everybody had a great holiday, hope everybody enjoyed the NFL playoffs, hope everybody has returned all their gifts that sucked and I just hope everbody is doin' great dogawnnit!
I don't really have a heck of a lot on my mind, but I'm getting yelled at again by people saying to put up a new blog. They don't neccessarily care what I have to say, they just get tired of seeing the same thing at the top of this spot for so long. Sorry Big Dawg, all the love is gone now, they all hate you now due to over-exposure. You have joined Phil Alu as a "stayed at the top of the blog too long" poster boy. lol.
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OK, let's start with the Super Bowl.
I mean, you never really hear much about it (insert *rolls eyes* here) so we'll talk about it!
You know what's interesting. And this, like so many other things, speaks to the popularity of the NFL. The Supe is the one championship in sports that the TV Networks don't fret about.
In baseball they would moan if the World Series match-up is the Kansas City Royals vs. the Milwaukee Brewers. "Oh God, those aren't big TV markets!"
It wasn't always like that for the Series. It was the big thing, everyone cared. Kids rushed home from school as fast as possible to catch the end of the games. But not anymore. Games that last til 12:30 a.m. don't help the cause these days, but that's only part of it.
But I digress.
Take the NBA. If they don't have the Lakers and/or the Celtics/Miami in the finals, its like a mad dash for a bridge to jump off of.
"No one will watch this. Ohhhhh noooo!"
And if it's the NHL's Stanley Cup Playoffs.... . .um, what's like, the big match-up for the NHL? OK, forget that one.
But football has no such worries. This game could be the Jacksonville Jaguars vs. the Seattle Seahawks and it wouldn't matter. 999 gazillion people would tune in anyway, just because it's like an unofficial national law.
"Gonna watch the Super Bowl?"
"How come, you don't like football?"
"I know, but it's the Super Bowl?"
I mean, that's basically the answer people give, and it's just understood. Oh yeah, it's the Super Bowl.
And by the way, when is the NFL gonna give folks a break and make this game on a Saturday so people at all the parties can recover on Sunday? . They can't be clinging to tradition or the game would still start at 1 o'clock, the halftime show would still be the Hokey-Fanokie high school marching band and the tickets could still be purchased by folks outside the 1 percent of the people with all the money in the world.
I'm sure someone did some research and concluded "Can't move it to Saturday, too costly."
Oh well, it's still the Super Bowl and we'll all watch it. Cuz hey, it's the Super Bowl!
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Speaking of the Super Bowl, I don't know who's going to win and I don't care. But if I have to make a pick, I'd pick the Ravens.
I dunno. But I had to make a pick so I picked the Ravens.
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Here's a classic basketball official story. I will not reveal the names to protect the innocent (and guilty) but it was pretty good stuff.
Three refs walked into a CVC girls game earlier this year. As they entered the gym, one of the head coaches says "Oh here they come, the three blind mice."
To which one of them -- who I am proud to say lives in Hamilton -- promptly responded by going "Yeah, but one of us can hear," and slammed the coach with a techncial foul before the game even started.
Now that's style!
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I kind of lost a kindred spirit when Stan Musial passed away last week.
First off, Stan the Man was from Donora, Pa., and I had a roomate in college who hailed from Donora. His parents knew Musial and said he was the greatest guy ever.
Secondly, Musial got his 3,000th career hit on the day I was born.
Just think. . .two monumental occurrances on the same day!
Uh, OK. . one.
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So I have seen three of the movies nominated for the Oscars so far: Lincoln, Argo and Silver Linings Playbook. All good flicks, but, man, Daniel Day Lewis blew me away as Lincoln. Good stuff!
I find Lincoln to be so fascinating. The more I learn about him, the more I want to know about what made him tick.
As opposed to somone like, say, Kim Kardashian, who I don't know anything about and yet I want to know even less.
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I would much rather see Amber Dietrich and Courtney Adams playing basketball this winter instead of texting me updates to tweet of Steinert and Hamilton girls' basketball games.
But they are injured and can't play and that stinks. But thanks girls, for contributing to the cause. You're the best!
And while Amber has been promoted to Fish4scores Director of Twitter Operations (with a 50 percent pay increase from her original salary of nothing), Courtney's work from mid-season on has promoted her to Assistant Director.
Please don't be late for the next staff meeting girls.
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I would also like to thank another Twitter contributor -- who I will only refer to as "Outcast of the People" -- but he can't seem to stay at the games for more tha none half -- and sometimes the decision wasn't his to leave. :)
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Check back later this week when we provide Super Bowl picks from the township's athetic community.
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OK, I leave you with this trivia question -- which I guarantee 80 percent of you won't be able to answer:
Who won today's Pro Bowl?
Dec 9, 2012
It's a Big Dawg
Dec. 9: So I went to a Christmas party at the house of Hightstown High Athletic Director Gary Bushelli Saturday night and it was loaded with Mercer County athletic personalities.
Aside from the Hightstown coaches, which include former Rams head football coach Jack Dunn, there were Notre Dame coach Chappy Moore, former ND/Neptune Athletic Director Vince Ardery, former Steinert AD Rich Giallella and on the list went on.
As we arrived late and struggled through the crowd to get a drink, I was stopped by one person after another with questions.
"Were you at the game? Tell us about the game? How was the game? Tell me about the interception return."
Everyone wanted to know about the Northstars win over Neptune. And at the end of every conversation I had. . .this is not an exaggaration -- EVERY conversation, it ended the same way --- "That's great for Adams. Good for Adams. Good for Jon, he deserves it. Wow Jon must be happy."
That's the common theme running throughout Mercer County and Northstar Nation today. An outpouring of congratulations has Big Dawg's Facebook page in overdrive. He wasn't checking text messages yesterday until he had the time.
It's a sheer love-fest and include me in the group. Obviously the fact that Coach Adams survived serious cancer issues in the summer adds to the story line here. But that's not where the love is coming from. Had the Dawg been healthy as a horse last summer the same accolades would be coming his way.
Adams is a guy who has worked hard as the Northstars head coach for 23 years. He loves his players and has developed a close bond with so many of them after they left. He gives tough love, sometimes he has to get tough without giving the love to get a point across.
He admitted it was hard to bench his son Stephen in the second half against Neptune because Luke Westerberg had the hot hand. It had to be killing him, since it was the first time all year he abandoned the rotation system. And it happened in the biggest game of the year.
What dad on earth would feel good about doing that? How many of them might just not have done it?
But while Adams loves his son, he treats his players as his family as well and he knew this was the move to make for Nottingham to win. In fact, he and his staff proved to be outstanding throughout the playoffs in which Nottingham went 3-0 against the Shore Conference.
Rather than avoid the other team's strengths, he attacked them. He did what conventional wisdom said not to do because he had faith in his players. And his confidence in his players to do that, gave them the confidence to get it done.
Against Manasquan and Long Branch, he decided to slug it out with a running game against teams that love that style. Against Neptune, a team that can score points in bunches with big plays, conventional wisdom said to go with a running game to keep the ball out of Ajee Patterson's hands. So what did Nottingham do? Get three offensive touchdown plays of 53 yards or more.
It wasn't just the Big Dawg. His assistants obviously played a big part in it. And why not listen to a staff that includes former head coaches Bob Harris, Frank Gatto and John Berei. It was truly a clinic the way they handled three teams that everyone thought were the favorites.
Personally speaking, we in the media love Adams. He's always a good quote and gives you all the time you need (a lot of you in Hamilton do that, which is appreciated).
Sure he'll rub some people the wrong way. No one in the world has a 100 percent fan club.
But he is close with so many people and they are all feeling good for their guy today. And they should. He's a great guy, a gregarious guy who is the classic "Big Teddy Bear" kind of guy.
My only complaint with Mr. Adams is that he playfully admonished the sportswriters for not believing his team had the speed to match up with Neptune. To that, I say please read the below blog written yesterday. Ahem, ahem.
But other than that, I love ya Big Dawg!
Just like everybody else.
Dec. 8 2012
It's in the Stars: Nottingham
will win it!
Dec. 8: I never ever make predictions. I just don't, because I don't think anyone knows what will happen in a football game.
But I am making one today. I truly believe Nottingham's football team is going to come home a winner against Neptune in the Central Jersey Group III championship game.
I had a feeling about this team after the Allentown game. That was a loss, but could have been a win and there was just something about the Northstars that impressed me in that game. They could have won as easily as lost and I didn't count it as a loss in terms of what the Stars could do down the line.
I really think this is a team of destiny. It all started in the summer when Jon Adams health issues could have led to a completely dismal season. But the Big Dawg came through in a big way, his team followed his lead and well, here we are.
But that's not the only reason I think Nottingham will win today. I also think they have developed an unshakable confidence after bringing down two straight Shore Conference teams in the first two rounds of the playoffs. That right there removes the stumbling block of "Oh gee, can we beat the Shore?"
And then there is one othe little factor: speed. Neptune's great advantage in these games is speed. Especially in the passing game. But Nottingham's has plenty of speed in the secondary, as long as a physical presence. I'm not saying the Stars have an advantage, but I am saying Neptune doesn't have an advantage.
There are just a lot of things that feel right about this game for Nottingham. So much so, that I'm actually making a prediction.
I don't know what the score will be. . .but Nottingham will be on the positive side of it when it's over.
Dec. 2 2012
Shore is good!
Dec. 2: What is all this talk about the Shore Conference being so good in football?
That's what they might be saying on Klockner Road in Hamilton Township these days, as that little strip of asphalt houses two schools that are actually tormenting the mighty Shore teams lately.
For those who don't follow high school football extensively, it is common knowledge that teams from the Shore pound teams from Mercer County every year in the state playoffs. A few teams hang, but many of the games are embarrassing blowouts.
Over the past two seasons, however, Hamilton Township schools (and Klockner Road residents) Steinert and Nottingham are 3-1 against the Shore Conference.
Steinert beat Wall in last year's playoffs, then led Neptune into the third quarter before falling in the title game. Nottingham has taken two straight seven-point wins over Manasquan and Long Branch this playoff season, despite being considered the underdog in both.
Throw in Hamilton West's near-miss loss to Middletown South in 2010 and it's safe to say that the township is carrying the banner for Mercer County against the Shore.
It's something to be proud of because, lets
face it, the Shore Conference is excellent. It has many more quality teams than Mercer from top to bottom, it has a ton of football talent and great teams play great teams throughout the year. That only toughens them up come playoff time.
Teams in Mercer, even with the West Jersey realignment, are probably getting two to three good tests a year.
The fact that Nottingham and Steinert have fared well in the playoffs doesn't mean the conference's are coming closer together in talent.
What it does mean, is we have had the privelege of watching two very special football teams the past two years. Two teams that have proven they can be great no matter what league they are in and what team they are playing.
And both have unique stories to tell.
For Steinert, it marked the first time the school ever won a playoff game, let alone reach a sectional final.
For Nottingham, it's one of the feel-good stories of the year. Over the summer, the Stars were uncertain of if they would have their head coach. And the coach himself wondered how much of a future he had after Jon Adams had to undergo surgery for cancer.
But Adams won his battle and his Northstars have won every battle but one this year. And the team it lost to is no longer around as Allentown fell to Neptune in Friday's other CJ III final.
It's the same Neptune that beat Steinert last year. The same Neptune Nottingham plays at The College of New Jersey for a championship on Saturday.
Few people outside the area probably think Nottingham will win. But that doesn't matter.
If people can't figure out by now that the Northstars may just be a team of destiny, they never will.
And besides, Nottingham has proven it can overcome the aura of the Shore Conference.
But can the Scarlet Fliers overcome the aura of Klockner Road?
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Congratulations to coach Dan O'Donnell and the Fish4scores.com basketball team, which won its inaugural game in the St. Gregory Intramural League's Senior Division. Way to go gang, you're making us all proud!
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Speaking of last year's football teams, graduated Steinert quarterback Adam Riese was on hand at the Thanksgiving game while graduated Nottingham QB Esayah Obado was at Saturday's Nottingham-Long Branch game.
Both were red-shirted at their respective schools this year -- Riese at New Hampshire and Obado and Delaware State -- and both felt it was a productive year of learning about the nuances of college football.
Nov. 20 2012
allow us to smile
times in Hamilton
Nov. 20: Thank you, Nottingham!
In the wake of so many disturbing things being reported on in Hamilton Township these days, and with today’s guilty verdict of Mayor John Bencivengo, this township needs something to smile about.
And it has reasons to do just that thanks to what's happening on the corner of Klockner Road and Hamilton Avenue.
Nottingham High School is all smiles these days with what’s going on its athletic department.
Start with the hiring of Chris “The Baron” Raba last week. Raba was finally confirmed as boys basketball coach, giving the Northstars a guy with a proven track record of success to run their program.
Then there is the football team, who gave us one of the most exciting football games seen in these parts in some time. Trailing by 14 and going nowhere at halftime Nottingham roared back for a 21-14 win to advance to the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III semifinals next week.
Let’s not forget about “Amazing” Grace Dwyer, who is sweeping New Jersey by storm in just her first year in high school. The freshman is putting up times that are remarkable and blew into Wednesday’s Meet of Champions by finishing third in the NJSIAA Group III meet last Saturday.
And to top it off, softball star Valerie Suto signed a letter of intent on Monday to play for Division I Seton Hall, which is pretty impressive.
That’s a lot of nice stuff to feel good about during this time of turmoil.
It’s no wonder that Rick “The Voice of the Northstars” Taylor has a lot to say these days.
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I couldn’t be happier for Jon Adams and the success he has had with Nottingham football this year. This was a guy who, last summer, didn’t even know if he would be teaching or coaching, let along standing two wins away from a sectional title.
Way to go Big Dawg!
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Apologies go out to Meg “Martina Scorcese” Black, the Steinert grad now attending Kutztown State. In my last blog I thanked so many people for their contributions, but forgot to thank “Blackie” for all her fine video efforts last summer (and hopefully again over winter break).
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I didn’t get a chance to write anything on it, but congratulations to Hamilton West’s Lauren “The Lamb” Wyrough for scoring two goals and leading her team to victory in the Mooch Myernick Soccer All-Star game Sunday. That gave Wyrough eight goals in five games since her knee injury.
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Also congratulations go out to Kristin Jacobs (formerly Voorhees) for being named the new Steinert girls basketball coach.
Voorhees was a standout player at Steinert under Jim “Jules” Giglio and was a long-time assistant under Bob Boyce at West Windsor-Plainsboro North.
Jacobs gets started this weekend when basketball practice gets underway.
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It has been 25 years since the Steinert boys cross country team won the NJSIAA Group III meet with Tom Canto, Aaron Oldfield, Charlie Zoda, Doug Larkin, Tom Hooker and several other standouts. The crew plans on meeting at Veterans Park with coaches Jerry Bleistein and Doug Martin this Friday and are toying with taking an anniversary run through the park. Whether or not that happens, they will then head to DeLorenzo’s for some pizza.
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Thursday’s the big day over at Steinert with the Thanksgiving game, and Texas Roadhouse plans on doing its part.
The Fish4Scores Athlete of the Week sponsor will be selling gift cards and donating some of the profits back to the schools. See tomorrow’s preview of the game for more details.
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Not sure if he would want me to reveal this, but Hamilton Little Lads Basketball Director Jack DeStefano just became a great grandfather when his grandson Nick and his wife brought a new baby boy into the world Monday.
“Now I have a new reason for sticking with Little Lads,” Jack said with a laugh.
That must be what keeps him looking so young.
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Rutgers in the Big 10. Wow.
Looks good for football, but I don’t know about basketball. And it will be interesting to see Steinert grad and RU soccer coach Dan Donigan’s take on it, as I’m not sure the Big 10 is quite on par with the Big Eats when it comes to men’s soccer.
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Well that’s it for now. I just want to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving and we’ll see you on the gridiron Thursday morning!
Sep. 23, 2012
Don’t faint but. . .
it’s a new blog!
OK, OK, I know what you’re thinking.
Another blog already? How many of these things can we take!
Well, after hearing people complaining throughout the spring, summer and fall (I was goin for the record!), even I have gotten sick of seeing the same blog for so long.
I got tired of reading about the second round of the NBA playoffs, considering the the NBA finals AND the Olympics are over. Mollie Coyne was a high school senior during the last blog, today she scored her first collegiate goal. Way to go Mol!
But the biggest complaint I got was “You gotta get Phil Alu out of there!” Sorry Phil. . .I tried to hold out as long as I could, but the masses have spoken!
The second biggest complaint came from Steinert Athletic Director John Costantino . . . every day. It seems Cos reads this blog when he wants to fall asleep. Since he didn’t have a new blog to bore him for five months. . .his whole sleeping pattern is shot.
Sooo anyway, get a pillow Cos and read away. Lots to catch up on.
And in case you forget the set-up, these are various thoughts, sectioned off by little * * * * thingies. So if you get bored with one thing, just shut up and move on to the next.
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As you may have already seen, we have some new features on Fish4Scores.com, not the least of which is a new Athlete of the Week Sponsor. We’re delighted to welcome aboard Texas Roadhouse on Route 33, which is donating gift cards and hanging up the photos of the winners each week in their fine establishment.
Owner Norm Patten is just what Hamilton Township ordered. He is not only supporting Fish4scores and the high school’s standout student-athletes, he wants to immerse his establishment into this township. So if you’re looking for a place to stage an event, make like the gang at Cheers and call “Norm!”
OK, that was lame. Are you sure you want another blog?
Secondly, we are still tying up the loose ends with the potential sponsor, but we are a few hand shakes away from awarding one student-athlete from each school a “Scholar-Athlete of the Season” award, which will be given at the end of the fall, winter and spring seasons. Once everything is finalized, I’ll let everyone know the details and we will proudly reveal the new sponsor.
Speaking of scholar-athletes, you may have seen our new feature “The Life of a Student-Athlete” where Steinert’s Jeff Mattonelli and Hamilton’s Colleen “Collar” Murphy give us some insight on their lives beyond the athletic field. We are bringing a Nottingham athlete into the rotation as well, but I have not cleared it with him yet. When I do, he will add a third view.
I gotta tell you, so far I’ve been really impressed. In their first efforts, Jeff and Murph provided interesting, entertaining insight to what they are all about, and I have a feeling it will only get better as we all get into a rhythm.
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Features aren’t the only thing that’s new.
They are coinciding with an upcoming new look for Fish4Scores.
Now, you are probably going to complain about it at first.
Why? Because it’s change, and everyone hates change. “Where is this? How do I get to this? Why did he change this!!!!”
One of the main reasons is, it will cut my workload by at least a third. This site served its use over the first three years but it takes an incredibly long time to post stories and photos. So, part of it is self preservation.
Secondly, we want to continue to highlight the day’s activities prominently, but we plan on leaving the Athlete of the Week, Scholar-Athlete of the Season and Life of a Student-Athlete directly underneath on the home page so people don’t have to go searching for them.
Thus, the top of the page will be that oh-so-popular website method of rotating photos scrolling by, so you can pick your story.
I am trying to keep the new site as functional as this one. There will still be the “Fall” “Winter” “Spring” “Summer” menus at the top, and they will drop down with the sports for that season. So it won’t be THAT different.
I just ask you give it a chance and ou’ll get used to it. And bear with me, cuz I won’t know what I’m doing for a while so there may be a few gaffes here and there. But it will all smooth out so don’t go anywhere!
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We also have plenty of new people on board. Cathy Martin Healy took the plunge behind the scenes this summer and has done a tremendous job as my marketing consultant. Cathy is a freelancer who is extremely good at what she does. If you need her talents, let me know and I’ll hook you up (and no, I don’t get a percentage).
Shannon Keenan Moscarello is our new sales representative, so if you want to put an ad on Fish4scores, let us know and I will put you in touch with Shannon.
For a brief time until he graduates, we’re happy to have Rider student JJ Duke with us, predominantly as a soccer writer but he may pop up at other events as well. Mark Pratico, another Rider guy, is back helping out with his soccer expertise and we couldn’t be happier about that.
And we have found yet another talented parent with photography talents, as Nancy Eggert is supplying us with some darn good shots of Steinert boys’ soccer. The only drawback is she was referred to us by Jim “Jules” Giglio, so I now I feel indebted to Jules. And that’s never good.
There is also recent Nottingham graduate Dave Robb, who’s slipping us some nice Northstar shots. Brian “The Shot” McCarthy is our wild card, who could be anywhere at any time to shoot a township sports team near you. Brian also has a new Facebook photo page dealing with Hamilton Township news photography that you might want to check out: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Hamilton-Herald-News-com/113569545457746.
We still have the ol’ reliables, of course. At Nottingham, there is Wes “The Media Mogul” Kirkpatrick and Mary “The Renowned One” Malone. Two legends. Need we say more?
Over at Hamilton West, there is Jim Jenkins providing quality cross country shots. And of course, one of the gutsiest football photographers around – Donna Brihn. Poor Donna needs ankle surgery but refuses to miss shooting Hamilton football so she’s hobbling up and down the sidelines with a brace at not only varsity games, but JV and freshmen contests as well.
Yesterday she had to ice it for hours after the game and apologized for getting me her photos late. How’s that for dedication? Hornet players, give Mrs. Brihn a pat on the back and a “way to go” the next time you see her. Just watch the ankle!
And then there’s Princeton Packet sports editor Bob “Sense” Nuse, who will try and provide a cross country story if any Hamilton teams are running at the same meet his son is running at. Bob knows his stuff.
Then there are the usual suspects that are staples – photographers John Blaine and Dennis Symons Jr.; writer/teacher/many other things Tony Piscotta, and jack of all trades Ken Weingartner.
The fact that so many quality people want to be a part of this blows my mind and really makes me proud. This site would be nothing without their contributions.
So as we officially begin our fourth year on Oct. 1, to all you people – and any others that I might have missed – I say thank you so much.
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Speaking of Oct. 1, that is the date of the Daniel Rossi Memorial Scholarship Fund 2nd Annual Golf Outing. For more info go to http://www.facebook.com/events/216801735100874/.
While we’re at it, don’t forget the Wraparound Sports 7th Annual Softball Tournament to fight breast cancer on Oct. 6 and Oct. 13-14. Get more info at www.wraparoundsports.org. And please say a prayer for Wraparound founder Janeen Gondek, a good friend and a tremendous person who is going through a very tough time right now.
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I thought nothing would get on my nerves more than the countless Facebook photos this past summer of sand and an ocean that people posted with variations of the following: “On the beach at LBI. . life is good.”
Well, I was wrong.
Since Bruce Springsteen’s tour swung east, my Facebook is on overload with tailgaters in the parking lot and the words “Brrruuuuce!” as their oh so clever comment.
Facebook has become the new post cards. Remember post cards? There was writing involved. And a stamp. Remember stamps?
Anyway, my attitude toward all these Facebook people telling me what a blast they’re having while I’m working, is reflective of my attitude toward post cards. (Someone please tell the kids what a post card is). When my friends went on vacation, my parting words always were “Have fun but don’t send me a post card. I’m not interested in your good time.”
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I was very bummed out this past week to hear that Steinert’s Amber Dietrich has had her senior season of field hockey cut short due to a torn ACL. Dietrich hurt it when she caught it in some high grass at Robbinsville (the turf field was unavailable).
Amber is a great kid and anyone that knows her, hopes she can get back for her final season of softball. I spoke with her today at the Nottingham-Steinert football game and she is going to see a doctor Monday. She’s hoping to be back in six months, which would get her back by March and in time for softball.
Good luck Amber!!!
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Another thing that happened since the last blog (and no Mr. Costantino, not the discovery of electricity) is that I am now writing for the Hamilton Post newspaper. The reason I say this is to support their fine website, mercerspace.com, which does a great job covering the county, and especially this township, with its news and sports coverage.
(How’s that Joe and Rob? Do I still have a job!)
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I couldn’t agree more with Steve Young concerning the lockout with the NFL officials. In case you missed it, Young said that as long as people keep filling the stadiums and as long as ratings are up, why should Roger Goodell care about the replacement refs and their flaws. In the NFL, the bottom line is the buck. Who cares if games are screwed up or, worse yet, players are crunched.
I have a close friend who worked for the NFL for years. . .in the same office with Paul Tagliabue, in fact. She and her husband moved from New York to Los Angeles a few years ago and she now works for the NFL Network.
But she told me stories that blew my mind about how cheap the NFL is. A multi-gajillion dollar corporation treated regular old workers, like maintenance men, office employees and custodians like dirt. That’s why Young’s words hit home with me, because it mirrored everything my friend told me.
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Kudos to everybody’s favorite trainer, Trenton High’s Poppy Anderson. A Hamilton resident, Poppy is the male honoree this year by the Trenton Select Club. There is truly not a classier guy associated with Mercer County athletics.
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More kudos, to Hibernians soccer coach Tom Bayless, who is being inducted into the Mercer County Soccer Hall of Fame. Tom is originally from Lawrence but his Hamilton roots run deep with all he’s done in the township.
And he’s almost as classy as Poppy! Just don’t ask me to define almost.
Love ya Bayless!
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Rutgers football beat Arkansas on the road last night and every time the Razorbacks applied the pressure, Rutgers answered. Could be an interesting year in Piscataway and no one will be happier than our JoJo's friend Andy.
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Gotta love this second wildcard in baseball. Hey, it kept me interested in the Phils for about 6 weeks longer than if there wasn't one.
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Another NHL lockout? Damn! Some of my greatest memories are of NHL games in October, when the baseball post-season is unfolding and college and pro football are in full bloom.
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Well, that’s about it folks.
See ya in 5 months . . . or whenever Haley’s Comet comes by again.