Friday, August 28, 2015

Baseball: Gloucester Catholic beats Lenape

Saturday, May 9, 2015, 4:20 PM
By Phil Anastasia Inquirer Staff Writer When the Gloucester Catholic baseball team looks back at past performance, it's almost always to draw strength and confidence from prior success. The Rams' mindset was different on Saturday. "We had some extra motivation," Gloucester Catholic senior catcher... Read more

Baseball: Bentley powers Williamstown past Kingsway

Thursday, May 7, 2015, 8:17 PM
By Phil Anastasia Inquirer Staff Writer Despite donning the tools of ignorance for seven innings on a warm afternoon, Ross Micka figured he had a pretty easy job on Thursday. "Catch the ball and throw it back," Micka, Williamstown' senior catcher, said of his workload during a Tri-County Conference... Read more

Football: WJFL, Cape-Atlantic merger could happen for 2016

Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 7:53 PM
By Phil Anastasia Inquirer Staff Writer In February of 2014, the West Jersey Football League members resoundedly voted against merging with the Cape-Atlantic League. Things could be different later this month. CAL president Mike Gatley, the athletic director at Mainland, confirmed Wednesday that... Read more

Softball: Kingsway beats Clearview

Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 7:34 PM
By Phil Anastasia Inquirer Staff Writer The bus ride home on April 15 wasn't merely quiet. "It was silent," Kingsway junior pitcher Devon Grippe (pictured) said. The Dragons made some noise on Wednesday. Behind Grippe's powerful pitching and some timely hitting, Kingsway turned the tables on... Read more

Football: NJSIAA executive committee endoses non-public conference

Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 6:48 PM
By Phil Anastasia Inquirer Staff Writer ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. -- Despite opposition from three South Jersey public-school officials, a controversial proposal to create a non-public football conference sailed through the NJSIAA's executive committee on Wednesday. The endorsement by the state organization's... Read more

Boys' lacrosse: St. Augustine beats Moorestown in battle of No. 1 and No. 2

Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 8:10 PM
By Phil Anastasia Inquirer Staff Writer It was something old for Ernie Alvino. It was something new for Luke McLoughlin. Alvino, a senior goalie and Air Force Academy recruit, played another strong game in powering St. Augustine Prep to a 10-4 victory over Moorestown Tuesday in a battle of South... Read more

Baseball: CH West beats Eastern

Monday, May 4, 2015, 7:58 PM
By Phil Anastasia Inquirer Staff Writer Jake Campbell said there was a different "kind of energy." Jeff Dixon said the "attitude was different." For whatever reason, the Cherry Hill West baseball team was sky high on a warm, sunny Monday afternoon on the Lions' field. The result was an imposing... Read more

Baseball: Diamond Classic pairings announced

Sunday, May 3, 2015, 5:58 PM
By Phil Anastasia Inquirer Staff Writer With a late surge that featured 47 runs in three consecutive victories, the Rancocas Valley baseball team earned the No. 6 at-large berth to the Joe Hartmann Diamond Classic tournament. Ocean City, Cherry Hill West, Williamstown, Lenape and St. Augustine... Read more

Baseball: Bowles sparks Cherokee past Washington Twp.

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 8:16 PM
By Phil Anastasia Inquirer Staff Writer Brett Bowles doesn't mind being behind in the count. That goes for at-bats during his charmed senior season and also for the unusual course of his career with the Cherokee baseball team. "It's really a great story," Cherokee coach Marc Petragnani said after... Read more

Baseball: Deptford rallied past West Deptford in 8 innings

Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 10:14 PM
By Phil Anastasia Inquirer Staff Writer Mark Monzo started slow and so did the Deptford High School baseball team. Monzo finished strong and so did the Spartans. Monzo, a senior right-hander, pitched seven innings, struck out eight and cracked a two-run home run as Deptford rallied from a 4-0... Read more
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Born and raised in South Jersey, Phil Anastasia prefers standing on the sidelines at high school football games on Friday nights to sitting in the press box at Eagles games on Sunday afternoons. He’s a graduate of Rowan University with a degree in English. Reach Phil at

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