Danyle Heilig, Eastern's field hockey coach, won her 300th game Wednesday in a 10-0 victory over Paul VI in an Olympic Conference interdivisional game.
"I'm very excited, personally, to reach 300 but I look at it as an accomplishment for the program," Heilig said. "I've been the head coach 12 years and 286 of those wins were here, so it's an accomplishment for the program as well as the outstanding players who have contributed."
The other 14 victories were at Haddon Heights in 1998, when the team went 14-2-4.
Pennsville didn't score one goal in its Tri-County Classic Division loss to visiting Gloucester Tuesday. However, the Eagles' goalkeeper shined in the season-opening 5-0 loss.
It could have been much more lopsided if Emily MacGrath had not been up to the task. The junior faced 18 shots in the first half, when Gloucester relaxed with a 2-0 lead.
After intermission, MacGrath faced 14 more shots and stopped all but three. The 11th grader wasn't afraid to dart out of the cage to cut down angles of the attackers. She was just as fearless between the posts.
Robert Bergholtz has been named the new Camden Catholic baseball coach, replacing Bob Moffett who stepped down after 23 years.
Bergholtz is a 1995 graduate of Camden Catholic, who coached the previous five years at Germantown Friends. Among the players he coached was lefthander Jesse Biddle, the Phillies first round draft choice in 2010.
In his five seasons Bergholtz guided Germantown Friends to four Friends League championships.
Mentioned: Camden Catholic High School
Toni D'Amato and her Cherry Hill West field hockey teammates were on the losing end of a 3-1 final Saturday as visiting Winslow Township skipped off with the victory.
However, D'Amato stood out as a player around whom West will improve this season. The diminutive forward-midfielder is a playmaker who gets the rest of the team involved.
A four-year starter, D'Amato scored the Lions' lone goal with 6:37 left in the game. West was down, 3-0 at the time.
Last season Moorestown’s defense struggled at times, especially against quality football teams. The Quakers allowed 30 or more points in five of their 10 games.
The defense was part of an impressive opening effort that was also aided by a strong running game and efficient passing attack in Friday's 28-12 win at Paul VI.
Junior Drew Pederson may be the best backup QB in South Jersey, but he played a great game at safety (in addition to completing a huge pass on a fake punt).
The Bishop Eustace field hockey team had the No. 1 team in South Jersey, and possibly the state, on the ropes Thursday and let them off.
Eustace was leading Eastern, 3-1 at imtermission and lost, 4-3. But that did not dissuade Crusaders' coach Krissy Holak from praising her players.
"They got us on corners and that's what they do," Holak said of Eastern's 17 penalty corners, three of which it scored on. "They're good at creating them.
After the Eastern field hockey team pulled out a come-from-behind victory over Bishop Eustace, 4-3, Thursday, Vikings' coach Danyle Heilig put it all into perspective.
"We were a very young team last year and we had great success," Heilig said in reference to the Vikings winning their 12th consecutive state title. "We're a little bit more experienced, but we're still young. There are a lot of sophomores and juniors out there and a few seniors but this year there's an expectation because of what we did last year.
"I think that they allowed that expectation to put doubt in their mind, and I think they played scared tonight. They played with fear.
Florence has a firecracker of a forward and she happens to be the coach's daughter.
Lexi Smith, whose mother is head coach Gina Smith, enters her third season as a starter with 87 goals. The junior already has broken the school's career scoring record of 73, set by Melissa Bond in 1995.
Now Smith is going after the school's single-season scoring record of 46 set by assistant coach Dianne Carey-Stranko in 1992. Carey-Stranko is Lexi Smith's aunt and Gina Smith's sister.