Farewell South Jersey athletes, coaches, parents, fellow writers and others who have made my five years, five months of covering sports full-time in the area a memorable and enriching experience.
After today, I no longer will be a staff writer for The Inquirer. It's time for me to move on. I have a project that will keep me busy for a year or more and it will occupy most of my time.
The rest of the time? You might see my by-line like this: By Bill Iezzi, For The Inquirer. I'd like that. Hope you do, too.
Mentioned: Burlington County Institute of Technology | Clearview Regional High School | Rancocas Valley Regional High School | Deptford Township High School | Camden Catholic High School | Lenape High School | Glassboro High School | Holy Cross High School | Cherry Hill High School East | Burlington County Institute of Technology | Cinnaminson High School | Haddon Township High School | Gloucester City Jr-Sr High School | Lower Cape May Regional High School | Cherry Hill High School West | Pitman High School | Camden County Technical Schools | Haddonfield Memorial High School | Moorestown High School | Cherokee High School | Mainland Regional High School | Kingsway Regional High School | Shawnee High School | Audubon Jr./Sr. High School | Pennsauken High School | Absegami | Atlantic City | Bishop Eustace | Bordentown | Bridgeton | Buena | Burlington City | Burlington Township | Camden | Cape May Tech | Clayton | Collingswood | Cumberland | Delran | Delsea | Eastern | Egg Harbor Township | Florence | Gateway | Gloucester | Gloucester Catholic | Gloucester Christian | Gloucester County Tech | Haddon Heights | Hammonton | Highland | Holy Spirit | Lindenwold | Maple Shade | Mercer Christian | Middle Township | Millville | Moorestown Friends | Northern Burlington | Oakcrest | Ocean City | Our Lady of Mercy | Palmyra | Paulsboro | Peddie School | Pemberton | Pennington | Penns Grove | Pennsauken Tech | Pennsville | Pleasantville | Riverside | Salem | Schalick | Seneca | St. Augustine | St. Joseph | Sterling | Timber Creek | Triton | Vineland | West Deptford | Wildwood | Wildwood Catholic | Williamstown | Willingboro | Winslow Township | Woodbury | Woodrow Wilson | Woodstown | Overbrook (NJ) | Sacred Heart NJ | Washington Twp.
Host Kingsway avenged a season-opening setback and gained a share of the Royal Division lead by handing sixth-ranked Clearview its first loss, 2-0, yesterday in Tri-County Conference field hockey.
The Dragons (8-3 overall, 5-1 conference) prevailed on goals from Stephanie Toomey and Christina Wallace, assists by Emily Poole and Aubrey Coleman, and shutout goaltending by Becca May (14 saves).
Alyssa Wileczek turned aside 21 shots for the Pioneers (10-1, 5-1), who opened the 2009 campaign with a 2-0 defeat of Kingsway on Sept. 14.
In other Tri-County action:
Alyssa Cooper and Emily Bucher each had a goal and an assist for 10th-ranked Gloucester (10-0-1, 7-0), which moved closer to clinching the Classic Division crown with a 3-0 win at Salem.
Mentioned: Clearview Regional High School | Holy Cross High School | Moorestown High School | Mainland Regional High School | Kingsway Regional High School | Absegami | Atlantic City | Delran | Delsea | Egg Harbor Township | Florence | Gloucester | New Egypt | Northern Burlington | Oakcrest | Ocean City | Palmyra | Pemberton | Riverside | Salem | Woodstown
Eastern’s defense allowed two shots at goalie Scott Koehler, who claimed his fourth shutout in the Vikings’ last five games by blanking visiting Shawnee, 4-0, Monday in an Olympic Conference matchup of top-10 boys' soccer teams.
Nick Tierce scored two goals, Joe Bertucci and R.J. Biondi had one each, and Rob Wiacek had two assists to fuel the offense for Eastern (7-1-1), ranked No. 8 in South Jersey by The Inquirer.
Seventh-ranked Shawnee (7-2-1) was thwarted by Koehler and the defensive quartet of seniors Michael Pallante and Marc Forman, junior Kwasi Archeampong and sophomore Kyle Bennett.
Mentioned: Cinnaminson High School | Haddonfield Memorial High School | Moorestown High School | Cherokee High School | Shawnee High School | Audubon Jr./Sr. High School | Absegami | Burlington Township | Collingswood | Delsea | Eastern | Florence | Gateway | Haddon Heights | Hammonton | Lindenwold | Maple Shade | Millville | New Egypt | Oakcrest | Paul VI | Timber Creek | West Deptford | Willingboro | Woodstown
The Oakcrest girls’ soccer team has struggled to get its attack in gear in winning just once in seven games this season. But standout goaltending by Hilary Rosenberg enabled the Falcons to push Ocean City to the limit yesterday, before the host Red Raiders pulled out a 1-0 win in double overtime.
Rosenberg made 16 saves but couldn’t stop freshman Taylor Gardner from registering her first varsity goal — on a blast into the upper corner of the net with 2 minutes, 18 seconds remaining in the second extra session of the Cape-Atlantic League match.
Julie Burnell stopped 10 shots to earn the shutout for Ocean City (4-0-1). Oakcrest (1-5-1) went scoreless for the fifth time.
Victoria Vasapolli’s third goal of the game, with 12 minutes left in the second half, enabled Burlington City to hold off host Palmyra, 3-2.
Bishop Eustace’s Ben Keane deposited a goal early in the second half, and the Crusaders’ defense made it stand up for a 1-0 upset of previously unbeaten Lenape yesterday in Olympic Conference boys’ soccer.
Eric Montinard provided the assist for Keane’s goal 12 minutes after halftime.
Eustace goalie Taylor Edwards turned aside all six shots he faced from the Indians, ranked No. 5 in South Jersey by The Inquirer.
Also in the Olympic, David Lanza’s second goal of the season was scored off a pass from Kyle Jordan in the first half as Washington Township made it stand up for a 1-0 win over visiting Timber Creek. Dan Hunsicker and Chris Lasoski shared the shutout.
Mentioned: Palmyra | Lenape High School | Cinnaminson High School | Haddon Township High School | Mainland Regional High School | Absegami | Atlantic City | Bishop Eustace | Burlington City | Burlington Township | Collingswood | Haddon Heights | Hammonton | Lindenwold | Maple Shade | Millville | New Egypt | Oakcrest | St. Augustine | Timber Creek | Vineland | Willingboro | Washington Twp.
Here is the Friday football roundup
Washington Township went to the air against visiting Rancocas Valley and Nick Valori’s passing led the Minutemen to a 41-7 Burlco/Olympic American Division win.
Valori completed 30 of 34 passes for 236 yards and five touchdowns as part of Township’s (3-0 overall, 2-0 division) 493 yards of total offense.
Adam Marcucci caught eight passes and scored twice, and when Township moved on the ground, Charlie Huff gained 106 yards rushing, including an 18-yard run for the game’s first TD.
Shawnee 31, Moorestown 6— Shawnee (1-2, 1-1) spotted visiting Moorestown (1-2, 0-2) a 6-0 lead before rallying in the Liberty Division matchup to win its first game.
Ed Royds scored on runs of 17 and 19 yards, and Ben Schwing also had a pair of TDs covering 2 and 70 yards.
Brian Garganio was 4 for 4 on conversion kicks and finished the game’s scoring with a 37-yard field goal.
Mentioned: Rancocas Valley Regional High School | Deptford Township High School | Glassboro High School | Cinnaminson High School | Pitman High School | Haddonfield Memorial High School | Moorestown High School | Kingsway Regional High School | Shawnee High School | Bridgeton | Buena | Burlington City | Burlington Township | Collingswood | Cumberland | Egg Harbor Township | Holy Spirit | Maple Shade | Middle Township | New Egypt | Oakcrest | Pennsville | Riverside | West Deptford | Wildwood | Overbrook (NJ) | Washington Twp.
Second-half goals by Courtney Branco and Allison Pennypacker rallied Clearview to a 2-1 win over Haddon Township in the semifinals of the Madelyn Chiomento Tournament at Pitman.
The host Panthers edged Cherry Hill West, 2-1, in the first game of the doubleheader and advanced to today’s 2 p.m. final.
Devon Ryan snapped a scoreless tie with a goal from Courtney Ches 13 minutes into the second half as Triton clipped visiting Cherry Hill East, 1-0.
Mainland gave up a tying goal with 12 minutes left in regulation but rebounded with Jason Schwab’s penalty-kick goal in overtime to beat host Oakcrest, 3-2, Monday in Cape-Atlantic League boys’ soccer.
Schwab’s goal, scored one minute into overtime, was his second of the contest.
Oakcrest tied the game on Tommy Aguirre’s goal off a corner kick with 12 minutes to play in regulation.
Mentioned: Pitman High School | Mainland Regional High School | Audubon Jr./Sr. High School | Atlantic City | Bordentown | Burlington City | Burlington Township | Haddon Heights | Millville | New Egypt | Northern Burlington | Oakcrest | Paulsboro | Penns Grove | St. Augustine | Vineland | Overbrook (NJ)
The Holy Cross offense continues to click, as the Crusaders prevailed by seven goals for the second time in three days — 8-1 over visiting Florence — in a Burlington County League clash.
Clare Macadams was at the heart of the attack, picking up an assist to go with her hat trick, and Catherine Lamplugh came through with a goal and two assists.
Liana Nedler’s goal midway through the second half enabled host Medford Tech to hold off Trenton Catholic, 3-2. Karyssa Rivera had a pair of second-half goals for TC.
Audubon’s Colonial Conference boys’ soccer game at Woodbury was decided by an own goal, as the visiting Green Wave escaped with a 1-0 thriller.
The first-half goal was scored on a shot that hit the goalpost, then deflected off a Woodbury defender and into the net.
In other Colonial Conference action:
After playing 75 scoreless minutes, Haddon Township got two goals in the last five minutes to beat host Lindenwold, 2-0. Jay Casey netted the game-winner and Nick DellaValle scored with three seconds to go.
Gateway overwhelmed visiting Paulsboro, 7-0, with six scorers, including John Tedrick with two goals.
Mentioned: Rancocas Valley Regional High School | Moorestown High School | Mainland Regional High School | Pennsauken High School | Oakcrest | Paulsboro | St. Augustine | Triton | Woodbury | Overbrook (NJ) | Holy Cross High School | Cherry Hill High School East | Cinnaminson High School | Haddon Township High School | Audubon Jr./Sr. High School | Absegami | Atlantic City | Bordentown | Burlington City | Collingswood | Cumberland | Egg Harbor Township | Gateway | Lindenwold