Archive: October, 2009
By Rick O'Brien
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Cardinal O’Hara’s Matt Williams, a senior two-way tackle, has orally committed to play football at James Madison.
"They’ve consistently been a winning team,” Williams said. “Also, I really like the O-line coach (Chris Malone) and the whole atmosphere at the school. I think I’ll fit in really well there.”
Mentioned: Cardinal O'Hara High School
The winner of Saturday’s 7 p.m. showdown at Plymouth Whitemarsh will grab sole possession of first place in the Catholic League AAAA Division.
The good news for Cardinal O’Hara supporters is that two-way standout Corey Brown is expected to play. The Ohio State recruit, who is averaging about 120 yards rushing per game, sat out Sunday’s 56-0 rout of Archbishop Ryan with a strained medial collateral ligament.
Since St. Joseph's Prep’s Garrett Compton suffered a season-ending knee injury, the Hawks, idle last weekend, have been led on offense by tailbacks Desmon Peoples and Spencer Reid.
Senior midfielder Chelsea Duffy controlled the game today as Gloucester Catholic scored an imposing 4-0 victory over Bishop Eustace in the first round of the coaches tournament.
Duffy, who has committed to Delaware, dished two assists and scored one goal -- after a marvelous run from midfield -- as the Rams advanced to Friday night's quarterfinal against Eastern.
This was a big game for the Rams (12-0-1). People always wonder about them because they don't play such a challenging schedule as a member of the Tri-County Diamond Division.
Mentioned: Gloucester Catholic
I was speaking with Audubon coach Thea Ricci after her team beat Haddon Township, 2-1, Thursday and she said the Green Wave wanted it more this time.
Township, a Colonial Conference Patriot Division rival, beat Audubon by that same score on Oct. 1.
"They came out ready," Ricci said.
Here is the Athletic Association of Catholic Academies all-league girls' soccer team as decided by the league's coaches:
Nicol Natale Merion Mercy
Maggie Borski Nazareth
Alex Sawicki Nazareth
Jordann Smith St. Basil's
Chelsea Czarnik St. Basil's
Kelly Moran Mt. St. Joe
Alyssa Drisscoll Mt. St. Joe
Maggie Gottschalk Mt. St. Joe
Emily Irons Gwynedd
Merideth Jones Gwynedd
Brianne Lazevnick Gwynedd
Kasey Schiavoni Villa Maria
Julie Mongan Villa Maria
Katie Higgins Villa Maria
Molly Nawalinski Villa Maria
Dominique Ponente Villa Joe
Breanna Pletnick Villa Joe
Taylor Antolino Villa Joe
Meghan Ledwith Villa Joe
Lindsey King Villa Joe
Kelsey McAnelly Villa Maria Goal Keeper
Courtney Sullivan Gwynedd Goal Keeper
League MVP - Breanna Pletnik
Eastern senior Anthony Baldosaro, a two-time state champion, has verbally committed to attend the University of Iowa on a wrestling scholarship.
Baldosaro has a 119-7 career record. He won the state title at 140 pounds for Delsea in 2008 and for Eastern in 2009.
Baldosaro has a chance to join Highland's Joe Melchiore, Sterling's Mark Manchio and Absegami's Labe Black as South Jersey's three-time state chmpions.
Who cares if it rains Friday night?
Catch Pat Leonard on a live video and Matt Gelb on a live blog as 6-1 Downingtown East meets 6-1 Downingtown West in the "Battle of the Brandywine" football clash, 7 p.m at West. Only on www.philly.com/rally
By Bill Iezzi
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Two of the top field hockey teams in South Jersey are scheduled to clash Friday afternoon.
Shawnee, ranked No. 3 by The Inquirer, is set to host No. 2 Washington Township in a battle that should be close and low-scoring.