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Basketball: Rancocas Valley beats Eastern in SJ 4 opener

Monday, March 2, 2015, 9:34 PM
By Phil Anastasia Inquirer Staff Writer It was getting late in the game and late in the careers of Rancocas Valley's seniors. "We felt that desperation," Rancocas Valley senior forward Darius Dooley said. "We knew we had to make some plays." Dooley (pictured) and fellow seniors Ned Ogoemesim... Read more

Gloucester Catholic honors 'Johnny Hockey'

Monday, March 2, 2015, 3:53 PM
By Phil Anastasia Inquirer Staff Writer The first question from the audience was asked by Johnny Gaudreau's sister Kaitlin, a sophomore at Gloucester Catholic. "Who's your favorite sibling?" Kaitin Gaudreau asked of the Gloucester Catholic product who has become known across the continent as "Johnny... Read more

Basketball: Scoring leaders

Monday, March 2, 2015, 11:43 AM
By Phil Anastasia Inquirer Staff Writer Here are South Jersey boys' basketball's scoring leaders: Donovon Guess Leap Academy 21 478 22.7 Myron Gordon Bordentown 25 565 22.6 Naquan Council Highland 24 532 22.1 Jeff Haddock Willingboro 22 458 20.6 Mike Holloway Schalick 26 540 20.7 Keith Braxton... Read more

Basketball: New Top 20

Sunday, March 1, 2015, 6:53 PM
By Phil Anastasia Inquirer Staff Writer Here's the new Top 20 in South Jersey boys' basketball, as of Sunday March 1 (with last week's ranking in parentheses): 1. St. Augustine (1) 25-1 The Hermits have won 20 in a row. They rolled through the CAL tournament, winning every game by double figures... Read more

Basketball: St. Augustine beats Wildwood Catholic in CAL semis

Friday, February 27, 2015, 9:07 PM
By Phil Anastasia Inquirer Staff Writer St. Augustine coach Paul Rodio says his team has "done everything I've asked of them." But he has two more requests. "We have to win (Saturday) and we have to win next week," Rodio said after St. Augustine beat Wildwood Catholic 72-50 in the semifinals... Read more

Basketball: Holy Spirit edges Atlantic City in thriller

Friday, February 27, 2015, 8:06 PM
By Phil Anastasia Inquirer Staff Writer Jordan Taylor knew this time was going to be different. "Coming into this game, we knew we weren't going to lose," Taylor said. "We said, 'Not today. Not this time.'" It took one last defensive stop at the end of a wildly emotional game, but Holy Spirit... Read more

Football: Haddonfield to be honored by MaxPreps at halftime of basketball game

Friday, February 27, 2015, 2:10 PM
By Phil Anastasia Inquirer Staff Writer Haddonfield's undefeated football team will be honored by the high school sports web site MaxPreps and the Army National Guard prior to Friday night's home basketball games. Haddonfield, which went 12-0 and won its second consecutive South Jersey Group 2... Read more

Basketball: Onifade sparks Camden Catholic past Camden

Thursday, February 26, 2015, 7:25 PM
By Phil Anastasia Inquirer Staff Writer Demola Onifade figured he put the finishing touch on another Camden Catholic victory with an emphatic slam in the game's final seconds. Then he did it again for good measure. Neither dunk did the trick, somehow, as visiting Camden still had a chance to... Read more

Football: Brown takes over at Woodrow Wilson

Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 3:48 PM
By Phil Anastasia Inquirer Staff Writer Becoming the new football coach at Woodrow Wilson High School is more than a dream come true for Preston Brown. It also is the fulfillment of a vision. "I saw this day coming," Brown said. "I saw it 10-12 years ago." Brown on Wednesday said he had accepted... Read more

Basketball: Hawkins leads Camden past CH East

Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 9:25 PM
By Phil Anastasia Inquirer Staff Writer His football coach calls him "Big Play Brad." But Brad Hawkins lived up to his gridiron nickname on the basketball court on Tuesday night. Hawkins scored Camden's final 10 points to power the Panthers to a 48-46 victory over Cherry Hill East in a thriller... 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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