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Archive: December, 2011

Basketball: New Top 10

Monday, December 19, 2011, 9:31 AM
Not much movement in the first live Top 10, as everybody won except for Atlantic City -- which lost by a point to fellow Top 10 team Shawnee. One team I want to see is Lenape. The Indians might belong in the Top 10 based on their balance, depth and sturdy defense. They get a shot at No. 9 Camden Catholic... Read more

Basketball: Preseason Top 10

Wednesday, December 14, 2011, 4:05 PM
Bishop Eustace starts the season in the No. 1 spot, just ahead of Olympic National and South A rival Paul VI. These two are likely to battle for the top spot all season long. Are the Crusaders better than the Eagles? I'm not sure, but I have to give a nod to one of them and I gave the Crusaders a... Read more

Football: WJFL re-alignment

Tuesday, December 13, 2011, 7:37 PM
Projected 2012 powers Timber Creek and Camden Catholic will be in the same division in a re-aligned West Jersey Football League. The Chargers, who went 12-0 last season and won the South Jersey Group 3 title, and the Irish, who went 10-1 and reached the Non-Public 2 state title game, will be members... Read more

Football: B-I Club to pick Coach of Year

Sunday, December 11, 2011, 6:49 PM
The one surprise at the Brooks-Irvine Memorial Football Club dinner is the announcement of the coach of the year. The naming of the coach of the year will be the highlight of the 67th annual banquet Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Cherry Hill. The club also will honor The Inquirer's... Read more

Football: ASJ defense

Friday, December 9, 2011, 9:18 AM
Just two teams finished unbeaten in South Jersey this season, and both of them had dominating defenses. One was St. Joseph, which went 10-0 and won the NP 1 state title behind a defense led by DE Max Valles and LB Kaiwan Lewis, a pair of Division I recruits. The other was Timber Creek, which went... Read more

Football: St. Augustine shoots for the stars

Friday, December 9, 2011, 4:43 PM
Make no mistake: St. Augustine Prep didn't hire Mark Reardon as its football coach on Friday to go 7-4. And Reardon didn't leave Villanova as a defensive coordinator to go 7-4. And Chalie Roman isn't leaving Holy Spirit to become Reardon's offensive coordinator to go 7-4. Leave it to Roman to... Read more

Football: ASJ Offense

Thursday, December 8, 2011, 10:00 AM
It was the year of the passing game, what with Pennsauken’s Manny Cortez throwing for a South Jersey-record 43 touchdowns and Pennsville’s Dylan Cummings becoming the first sophomore in state history to throw for more than 3,000 yards. There also were receivers such as Pennsauken’s... Read more

Football: 2012 preseason Top 10

Tuesday, December 6, 2011, 3:04 PM
The 2012 football season is just nine months away. It's not too soon to project the top teams heading into next season. This is not the preseason Top 10 I'll publish in next season's Football Guide. A lot will happen between now and then. And don't get caught up in the rankings -- maybe Williamstown... Read more

Football: What killed state playoffs

Monday, December 5, 2011, 6:12 PM
Uncertainty. Fear of the unknown. That's what killed the proposal to expand the playoffs to the state championship level for public school football teams Monday at the NJSIAA's annual business meeting. Ironically, a 58-percent majority of schools in attendance voted for the proposal. The vote... Read more

Football: Final Top 10

Sunday, December 4, 2011, 2:44 PM
In a fittingly furious finish, a lot happened in the last weekend of the season to change the Top 10. Raise your hand if you saw Holy Spirit beating Camden Catholic by 44. Not even Chalie Roman predicted that. He had the Spartans by 21 in the NP 2 final. West Deptford shocked Haddonfield in SJ 2... 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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