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S.J. Boys' Lax: Streilein, Holl lead Lenape past Washington Twp.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 7:48 PM
By Phil Anastasia Andrew Streilein tried not to think about it. Justin Holl pushed the notion out of his mind. But deep down, both Lenape senior lacrosse players knew that more than a game was at stake when Wednesday's South Jersey Group 4 second-round clash with Washington Township rumbled into... Read more

Baseball: Clearview beats Kingsway in SJ 4 opener

Monday, May 19, 2014, 7:42 PM
By Phil Anastasia When T.J. Dezzi needed something extra on his pitches, he always could reach back to 2013. Or 2012. Dezzi's past helped propel the Clearview senior to the first playoff victory of his four-year varsity career. Dezzi, a left-hander, pitched a complete game with seven strikeouts... Read more

Football: Lawrence out as Willingboro coach

Monday, May 19, 2014, 11:00 AM
By Phil Anastasia A little less than one year ago, Reggie Lawrence was inducted into the South Jersey Football Coaches Association's Hall of Fame. Today, Lawrence is out of a coaching job. Lawrence said Monday morning that he has been dismissed from his duties as Willingboro's head coach. Lawrence... Read more

S.J. Baseball: Stat leaders

Sunday, May 18, 2014, 9:34 PM
By Phil Anastasia Here are South Jersey baseball's stat leaders: Pitching Wins 8 -- Mitch Walker, Pennsville. 7 -- Devin Smeltzer, Bishop Eustace; Denny Brady, Buena; Marty McDonald, Cinnaminson; John Straub, Pennsville. 6 -- John Murphy, Gloucester Catholic; Tyler Phillips, Bishop Eustace;... Read more

Baseball: New Top 20

Sunday, May 18, 2014, 9:24 PM
By Phil Anastasia Here's the new Top 20 in South Jersey baseball for Sunday, May 18 (previous ranking in parentheses): 1. St. Augustine (5) 20-4 In winning four games over Top 10 teams to capture the first Diamond Classic title in the history of the program, the Hermits allowed a total of six... Read more

Baseball: Pennsville beats Bishop Eustace in Diamond semis

Sunday, May 18, 2014, 3:09 PM
By Phil Anastasia John Straub pitched a three-hitter with seven strikeouts and Peyton Sorrels delivered a three-run double as Pennsville beat Bishop Eustace 7-2 on Sunday afternoon in a clash of South Jersey's No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the Diamond Classic semifinals. Straub, a junior right-hander... Read more

Baseball: Pennsville beats NBC

Saturday, May 17, 2014, 3:14 PM
By Phil Anastasia Mitch Walker can pitch. He also can hit. He just has trouble doing both at the same time. "Every since I was little, when I pitch I can't seem to hit," Walker said. Double duty wasn't a difficulty for Walker in the quarterfinals of the Joe Hartmann Diamond Classic on Saturday... Read more

S.J. Boys' Lax: Eastern beats Freehold in OT

Friday, May 16, 2014, 4:55 PM
By Phil Anastasia Zach Jacobs said his game-winning goal in overtime was a "rush." Some of his teammates on the Eastern boys' lacrosse team felt a sense of relief. But Vikings coach Steve Picot saw his team's dramatic victory in another light: As a reward. "We played eight games against teams... Read more

Girls' lacrosse: Donnelly, Carabases lead Lenape

Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 7:29 PM
By Phil Anastasia Rena Carabases calls it a "sister-sister thing." Nicole Donnelly says it's based on shared history, athletic instincts and eye contact. "We've played sports together all our lives," Donnelly said. "We know each other so well. Sometimes, we just need to look at each other." The... Read more

Trout on his first night in Philly

Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 10:32 PM
By Phil Anastasia Mike Trout seemed overwhelmed by the reaction of the fans in his first game in Citizens Bank Park. He knew the Millville fans in the crowd would be cheering. But what touched Trout, the star outfielder for the Los Angeles Angels, was how many Phillies fans rose to their feet... 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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