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 Region 7 wrestling tournament was postponed until Wednesday because of snowfall in the area surrounding Robbinsville, someone in school administratiion told me. Robbinsville didn't have much snow.
Region 7 is one of the most competitive of the eight regions that make up the state and there are a couple of weights that offer intriguiging possibilities.
At 119 pounds Burlington Township's Kevin Devoy, who placed second in District 26, will be fighting to advance from Wednesday's pre-quarterfinals to the quarterfinals. He wants to meet up with top seed Rob Deutsch of Eastern. Deutsch defeated Devoy in the district final.
Rancocas Valley’s season-long reign as the top-ranked boys’ soccer team in The Inquirer’s South Jersey ratings may be in jeopardy after Delran knocked off the visiting Red Devils, 1-0, Wednesday.
The Burlington County League Liberty Division rivals were locked in a defensive struggle until the Bears’ Ali Gocmez scored off an assist from Jackson Machado with 4 minutes, 8 seconds left in the second half.
Brad Schmidt made four saves and protected the goal for the Bears (8-2), ranked No. 9 in South Jersey. The loss was the first for Rancocas (8-2), which built an 11-8 edge in shots, since a 3-2 setback at Salesianum (Del.) on Sept. 19.
Also in Burlington County, visiting Burlington Township (2-5-3) held No. 8 Cinnaminson (5-2-2) to a 1-1 standoff. The Pirates’ Eric Tricocci scored in the fifth minute, and Township knotted the score on Kwincy Brown’s goal with 11 minutes left before halftime.
Matt Peak managed an unassisted goal in the seventh minute, and Holy Cross’ defense made it stand up for a 1-0 win over visiting Northern Burlington. Goalie Mario DeClerico made 14 saves.
Mentioned: Rancocas Valley Regional High School | Holy Cross High School | Cinnaminson High School | Absegami | Atlantic City | Burlington City | Burlington Township | Delran | Florence | Gateway | Haddon Heights | Hammonton | Maple Shade | Moorestown Friends | Northern Burlington | Paul VI | Pemberton | Riverside | Vineland | Willingboro
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
Riverside snapped a scoreless tie with 6 minutes, 15 seconds left in the second half as Corryne Crabtree scored off an assist by Liz Bohn, sinking host Pemberton, 1-0. Rams goalie Angela Daigs made seven saves.
Also in Burlington County field hockey action, Tina McGugan and Sam Saber provided assists for Melissa Jones’ two goals as Cinnaminson knocked off visiting Northern Burlington, 2-0.
With Brooke Hullings’ two goals and Chelsea Fitzgerald’s two saves in goal, Delran upended host Burlington Township, 3-0.
Mentioned: Clearview Regional High School | Rancocas Valley Regional High School | Cinnaminson High School | Haddonfield Memorial High School | Mainland Regional High School | Kingsway Regional High School | Audubon Jr./Sr. High School | Atlantic City | Burlington Township | Cumberland | Delran | Delsea | Egg Harbor Township | Gloucester | Gloucester Catholic | Hammonton | Middle Township | Millville | Northern Burlington | Pemberton | Riverside | Schalick | Vineland | Williamstown
Kelsey Mitchell tied a school single-game scoring record, established by Meghan Bain in 2003, by pumping in six goals to power top-ranked Eastern past visiting Camden Catholic, 7-1, in Olympic Conference play.
Mitchell, a senior forward, set up the Vikings’ seventh score, by Cori Allen, and Alyssa McFerren added a pair of assists.
In other Olympic action:
Moira Penza broke the scoring drought two minutes into the second half, Elise DiDonato added an insurance goal, and Megan Comunale stopped seven shots, sealing fourth-ranked Bishop Eustace’s 2-0 triumph at Cherry Hill East.
Rob Urban set up Ryan Lynch for a goal with four minutes to play, lifting Cherokee to a 2-1 success over visiting Washington Township in the Olympic Conference.
The Minutemen’s Dave Schlatter and Cherokee’s Jeff Schafer traded first-half scores.
Trevor Sharpe’s two goals fueled Cherry Hill West’s 4-1 victory at Triton.
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.