Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Camden's Hawkins joins 1,000-100 club

Monday, February 23, 2015, 7:22 PM
By Phil Anastasia Inquirer Staff Writer Camden's Brad Hawkins on Saturday became just the second athlete in South Jersey history with 1,000 career points in basketball and 100 career receptions in football. Glassboro's Terrence Holmes, who graduated in 2002, was the first athlete to accomplish... Read more

Football: DeCaesar to walk on at Temple

Monday, February 23, 2015, 1:50 PM
By Phil Anastasia Inquirer Staff Writer Kevin DeCaesar always wanted to play football for a Division I program. He will get his chance at Temple University. A first-team All-South Jersey linebacker last season as a senior, DeCaesar has decided to attend Temple and try to make the Owls' roster... Read more

Basketball: New Top 20

Sunday, February 22, 2015, 6:29 PM
By Phil Anastasia Here is the new South Jersey boys' basketball Top 20, with last week's ranking in parentheses: 1. St. Augustine (1) 22-1 Senior guard Mike Toner has bounced off the bench to score 33 points in the last two games for the Hermits. St. Augustine has won 17 in a row and still hasn't... Read more

Basketball: Scoring leaders

Sunday, February 22, 2015, 11:40 AM
By Phil Anastasia Here are South Jersey boys' basketball's scoring leaders through Sunday Feb. 22: Donovon Guess Leap Academy 19 430 22.6 Myron Gordon Bordentown 23 501 21.8 Naquan Council Highland 21 447 21.3 Can Oztamur Cherry Hill West 22 462 21.0 Jeff Haddock Willingboro 19 397 20.9 Paul Bellamy... Read more

Basketball: Crawford sparks Camden Catholic past Haddonfield

Saturday, February 21, 2015, 6:26 PM
By Phil Anastasia Inquirer Staff Writer Brendan Crawford recognized the mid-season symptoms in his team. He felt them himself. "You have to battle through it," Crawford said of the tired legs and mental fatigue that sometimes hampers basketball teams and players a little past the midpoint of... Read more

Basketball: Haddonfield beats Paulsboro

Thursday, February 19, 2015, 9:51 PM
By Phil Anastasia Inquirer Staff Writer It was a typical game for the DePersia twins and the Haddonfield boys' basketball team. Nick DePersia was raining three-point jumpers. Rob DePersia was buzzing around the court, playing with "unmatched energy," according to coach Paul Wiedeman. It was... Read more

Basketball: AC edges Holy Spirit in thriller

Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 10:02 PM
By Phil Anastasia Inquirer Staff Writer In the frantic final minute, everybody in the sold-out gymnasium was on edge. Except Lamar Thomas. "I felt great all day," Atlantic City's junior guard said. "I knew we were going to win this game. I even knew it in the last minute." Thomas backed up his... Read more

Basketball: The High Invitational set for Saturday at Camden

Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 4:00 PM
By Phil Anastasia Inquirer Staff Writer Eight teams in The Inquirer's Top 20 rankings will participate in the inaugural The High Invitational Saturday in Camden High School's Clarence Turner Gymnasium. The six-game event also will serve as a showcase for the new scoreboard in the gymnasium, most... Read more

UPDATED: Boys' basketball scoring leaders

Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 3:50 PM
By Phil Anastasia Here are South Jersey boys' basketball's scoring leaders through Monday, Feb. 16: Paul Bellamy Cherokee 21 452 21.5 Donovan Guess Leap Academy 14 301 21.5 Naquan Council Highland 20 418 20.9 Myron Gordon Bordentown 20 416 20.8 Can Oztamur Cherry Hill West 19 394 20.7 Mike Holloway... Read more

Basketball: New Top 20

Monday, February 16, 2015, 11:05 AM
By Phil Anastasia Here's the new Top 20 in South Jersey boys' basketball, as of Monday Feb. 16: (Last week's ranking in parentheses) 1. St. Augustine (1) 20-1 Junior point guard Sa'eed Nelson (17.5 points per game) and sophomore Justyn Mutts (15.6) lead the way for the Hermits, who have won 15... 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 panastasia@phillynews.com.

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