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Ambrosius retires from Williamstown

Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 12:09 PM
By Phil Anastasia Jim Ambrosius has retired from teaching and coaching at Williamstown High School, leaving openings at two of the major sports programs at the large Gloucester County school. Ambrosius was Williamstown's baseball coach for the last nine seasons and boys' basketball coach for the... Read more

S.J. Basketball: Kevin Crawford hired at Eastern

Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 8:01 PM
By Phil Anastasia In a major move, Kevin Crawford has been hired as the boys' basketball coach at Eastern. Crawford's hiring as basketball coach and guidance counselor was approved Wednesday night by the Eastern board of education, Eastern AD Phil Smart has confirmed. "Pitman was a fantastic place... Read more

Baseball: BurlCo beats Olympic Colonial in Carpenter Cup

Monday, June 16, 2014, 9:01 PM
By Phil Anastasia Scott Zimmer will never forget the last game of his high school career. But the Moorestown senior pitcher cherished the chance to make another memory. "This is a great experience," Zimmer said after earning the victory in Burlington County's 7-5 triumph over Olympic Colonial... Read more

Baseball: Gatto agrees to contract with Angels

Thursday, June 12, 2014, 8:51 PM
By Phil Anastasia Recent St. Augustine Prep graduate Joey Gatto has agreed to contract terms with the Los Angeles Angels. "The decision has been made," Gatto tweeted Thursday night. Reports indicated that Gatto will sign for $1.2 million. That's above the bonus-allotment for the 53d pick of $1.0506... Read more

Football: Millville's Ennis commits to Purdue

Thursday, June 12, 2014, 5:13 PM
By Phil Anastasia Rob Ennis felt like it was an opportunity he couldn't pass up. Ennis, a Millville High School junior running back, on Thursday made a verbal commitment to attend Purdue University on a football scholarship. Ennis said he visited Purdue on Thursday and made his decision after... Read more

Football: Timber Creek's Ali picks Maryland

Thursday, June 12, 2014, 3:42 PM
By Phil Anastasia Kareem Ali said he trusted his feelings. "There was something about Maryland," Ali said. "It felt like home." Ali, a Timber Creek junior defensive back and four-star recruit by, on Thursday announced that he would attend the University of Maryland on a football scholarship... Read more

Baseball: Olympic Colonial wins Carpenter Cup opener

Thursday, June 12, 2014, 12:14 PM
By Phil Anastasia Joey Craig kept his pre-game pep talk short and to the point. "Let's play hard and let's get to the Bank," Craig told his Olympic Colonial teammates before the first game of the 29th annual Carpenter Cup Classic baseball tournament. Craig, a recent graduate of Camden Catholic... Read more

Baseball: Final stat leaders

Monday, June 9, 2014, 3:12 PM
By Phil Anastasia Here are South Jersey baseball's final statistical leaders for the 2014 season: Pitching Wins 10 -- Denny Brady, Buena 9 -- Mitch Walker, Pennsville. 8 -- John Murphy, Gloucester Catholic; Marty McDonald, Cinnaminson; John Straub, Pennsville. 7 -- Joey Gatto, St. Augustine; Billy... Read more

Baseball: Final Top 20 rankings

Sunday, June 8, 2014, 7:46 PM
By Phil Anastasia Here is the final Top 20 of the South Jersey baseball season with previous ranking in parentheses: 1. Pennsville (2) 28-3 The Eagles lost 5-0 to Shore in the Group 1 state semifinals so that takes a little edge off what was a sensational season. It's easy to question a Tri-Co... Read more

Baseball: "Dream come true" for LCM's Pennington

Sunday, June 8, 2014, 12:28 PM
By Phil Anastasia The Boston Red Sox scout told Josh Pennington to "be patient." That's not the Lower Cape May senior pitcher's strong suit. "I was going crazy," Pennington said of his anxious moments as round after round of the major-league baseball draft unfolded on Saturday afternoon. As it... 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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