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Archive: April, 2013

Football notebook: Adonis Jennings' rapid rise

Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 5:05 PM
By Phil Anastasia It's happened fast for Adonis Jennings. It's also been a long road. "I've worked hard to make this happen," Jennings said of emergence as one of the most highly recruited football players in the state in the class of 2014. A junior wide receiver at Timber Creek, Jennings has... Read more

Baseball: Cieri could be back in 3 weeks

Monday, April 29, 2013, 7:29 PM
By Phil Anastasia Rancocas Valley coach Dave Hower said Monday that senior catcher Nick Cieri, who dislocated his left shoulder on Saturday, could be cleared to return to the team in three weeks. But that's no sure thing. "That's best case,' Hower said. "The one thing we're not going to do is... Read more

Baseball: Stat leaders

Sunday, April 28, 2013, 9:25 AM
By Phil Anastasia South Jersey baseball stat leaders through Saturday, April 27: PITCHING WINS 5 -- Chris Oakley, St. Augustine; Kyle Grim, Williamstown 4 -- John Bednarek, Cinnaminson; Devin Smeltzer, Bishop Eustace; Steve Priolo, Eastern; Mat Costa, Eastern; Mike Shawaryn, Gloucester Catholic;... Read more

Baseball: No. 1 vs. No. 2 in Diamond Classic

Sunday, April 28, 2013, 8:42 PM
By Phil Anastasia No. 1 Gloucester Catholic could face No. 2 Eastern in the first round of the 40th annual Joe Hartmann Diamond Classic baseball tournament. Gloucester Catholic (14-1), the No. 1 team in The Inquirer Top 10, projects as the No. 1 At-Large team in the 16-team tournament since the Rams... Read more

Baseball: Holy Cross to hold Hall of Fame Day

Sunday, April 28, 2013, 6:54 PM
By Phil Anastasia Holy Cross will create a new baseball Hall of Fame and honor its first inductees before Saturday's game against Riverside. Holy Cross coach Steve Paolini said the Lancers have made some improvements to their field and that the tennis-court fence in rightfield will hold the Hall... Read more

Baseball: New Top 10

Sunday, April 28, 2013, 4:20 PM
By Phil Anastasia It was a tough week for some teams in the Top 10, as Bishop Eustace, Washington Township and Lenape all lost two games. Eastern looks like the hottest team this side of Gloucester Catholic as the Vikings have won 10 in a row. They've rocketed all the way from No. 13 in the preseason... Read more

Baseball: RV's Cieri could be out for season

Saturday, April 27, 2013, 3:54 PM
By Phil Anastasia Rancocas Valley senior catcher Nick Cieri, perhaps South Jersey's best pure hitter, could be out for the season after dislocating his left (non-throwing) shoulder Saturday in a game against Northern Burlington. "It's such a shame for Nick," RV coach Dave Hower said. "He's such... Read more

Baseball: Gloucester Catholic to face St. Joe Montvale

Thursday, April 25, 2013, 4:24 PM
By Phil Anastasia It could be a baseball scout's convention. Gloucester Catholic will face St. Joseph of Montvale in a South Jersey vs. North Jersey clash that could feature two pitchers who are projected as early-round selections in June's Major League Baseball draft. The Rams (14-1), the No... Read more

Baseball: CH West beats Paul VI

Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 7:51 PM
By Phil Anastasia It was the first game on Cherry Hill West's refurbished baseball field. It will be a tough act to follow. The host Lions made the most of the lush infield grass, as well as some sensational pitching and defense, and scored a 1-0 victory over Paul VI in an eight-inning instant... Read more

Baseball: Moorestown beats Rancocas Valley

Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 8:33 PM
By Phil Anastasia Alex Campbell drove in the game's first run with a single. He drove in the game-winning run with a sacrifice fly. But the Moorestown catcher's biggest contribution to his team's rousing, 6-4 victory over previously undefeated Rancocas Valley on Tuesday was a diving defensive... 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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