Penns Grove quarterback Nick Elmer says that the Red Devils quick start is due to the work that began last winter. The Red Devils are 4-0, which includes an opening night 36-18 victory over two-time defending South Jersey Group 1 champion Glassboro.
“We got so much bigger, stronger and faster from last year,” Elmer said. “We put a lot of work in the weight room.”
The Red Devils weren’t exactly small and slow last year, but they have simply improved.
Mentioned: Penns Grove
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.
The Penns Grove softball team is a puzzle. Ask Kingsway and Pennsville.
Below .500 at the cutoff date for entering the playoffs, No. 10-seeded Penns Grove eliminated No. 3 Pennsville from the NJSIAA tournament on May 31, 6-5. Which means that the Red Devils, with a 7-12 record, plays No. 5 Gloucester City for the South Group 1 championship on June 3.
Penns Grove was the team that handed then No. 1-ranked Kingsway a 4-1 defeat early in the season.
Kingsway softball coach Tony Barchuk put the Dragons' first softball loss in 11 games into perspective Thursday morning.
Penns Grove, a .500 team, beat then-undefeated Kingsway, 4-1, Tuesday.
In an e-mail, Barchuk said his players hit the ball sharply; however, Penns Grove caught every line drive.
Kingsway had been rolling along undefeated in its first 10 games, when suddenly it lost to a 2-4 team. Penns Grove beat Kingsway, 4-1, on Tuesday and the secret is in the box score.
The Dragons committed three errors, the most in any game this season. But the loss didn’t affect their ranking, They’re still No. 1.
Penne Grove and Gloucester Catholic's boys' basketball teams are scheduled to start the season at 7 p.m. Dec. 17 the way they will probably finish it: in a heated battle.
Gloucester Catholic beat the Red Devils twice last season, the last time in triple overtime, and captured the Tri-County Conference Diamond Division title.
This season, Penns Grove is favored to win the crown, but don't count out the Rams. The opener is at their place.
Sandy SpiecznySeventh-seeded Burlington City breezed past No. 10 Penns Grove, 5-0, with Gabby Benson taking the second singles, 7-5, 6-3, over Amber Martin in the South Jersey Group 1 tennis tournament.
Jenna O’Sullivan and Amanda Wozniak personally made sure that the Timber Creek field hockey team would not go winless this season.
O’Sullivan collected a pair of goals off assists from Wozniak in the first half and led the Chargers past visiting Winslow Township, 2-0, in an Olympic Conference game.
Stephanie Mullica also had a big hand in the victory, stopping four shots to keep the Eagles out of the cage.
Mentioned: Clearview Regional High School | Holy Cross High School | Lower Cape May Regional High School | Kingsway Regional High School | Bridgeton | Clayton | Collingswood | Cumberland | Delsea | Gateway | Gloucester Catholic | Highland | Holy Spirit | New Egypt | Palmyra | Penns Grove | St. Joseph | Timber Creek | Wildwood Catholic | Winslow Township | Woodstown | Sacred Heart NJ
Northern Burlington’s defense held visiting Woodrow Wilson to 158 total yards, while Derek Antonucci played a key role in the offense that drove the Greyhounds to a 13-0 win Saturday in Burlco/Olympic Patriot Division football.
Antonucci, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound senior, carried the ball 17 times for 85 yards, and scored the game’s first touchdown on a 7-yard dash.
Dan Van Mater added the insurance touchdown on one of his three carries. Northern (1-2 overall, 1-2 division) had 136 yards on the ground.
This is the South Jersey boys' soccer roundup:
Cherokee rebounded from losing its first two Olympic Conference American Division boys’ soccer games this season with a 2-0 upset over visiting Cherry Hill East. The Chiefs (2-2) beat the No. 4 team in The Inquirer’s South Jersey Top 10 with first-half goals from Ryan Lynch and Mike Ryan.
Lynch scored Cherokee’s first goal in the game’s 13th minute off an assist from Tom Meenan. Ryan added some insurance off a rebound at 30 minutes.
Despite a combined total of 28 shots on goal in the game, Cherokee goaltender Barry Fitzgerald made 11 saves for the shutout, while Cherry Hill East (3-1) keeper Mike Randall stopped 17 shots.
In other Olympic action, Lenape edged Washington Township, 1-0, in double overtime with a goal from Giovanni Tacconelli. The win gives Lenape sole possession of first place in the American Division.
Mentioned: Camden Catholic High School | Lenape High School | Glassboro High School | Cherry Hill High School East | Lower Cape May Regional High School | Cherokee High School | Shawnee High School | Pennsauken High School | Buena | Cumberland | Delsea | Millville | Penns Grove | Pennsville | Seneca | St. Joseph | Triton | Wildwood | Winslow Township | Woodstown | Washington Twp.