Thursday, April 4, 2013
Becca Maguire and Julia Pietropola are the only two seniors on a rebuilding Braves program.
Absegami High School senior Becca Maguire has already set the school record for career home runs with 12 and is pursuing the career hits record, which currently stands at 105. However, records are not the only marks Maguire hopes to leave on the Braves’ softball program. Maguire is one of two seniors on this year’s team, along with Julia Pietropola. The shortstop has played four years of varsity softball, and been an integral part of the Braves’ 39-14 record over the last two years. She understands this season won’t be as successful as previous years have been, if for no other reason than the team’s extreme youth combined with a tough schedule. However, she and Pietropola understand their roles in helping the Braves maintain the standard …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Athletic Director Tim Pernetti has confirmed that Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice has lost his job.
After less than a day of deflecting a storm of bad press surrounding head basketball coach Mike Rice's coaching methods, Rutgers University Athletic Director Tim Pernetti has confirmed that Rice has been fired. According to a report on NJ.com, Pernetti issued the following statement on Wednesday: "I am responsible for the decision to attempt a rehabilitation of Coach Rice," Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti said in a statement. "Dismissal and corrective action were debated in December and I thought it was in the best interest of everyone to rehabilitate, but I was wrong. Moving forward, I will work to regain the trust of the Rutgers community." On Tuesday, a video surfaced of Rice yelling offensive language and shoving and kicking …
Monday, April 1, 2013
No. 1 Montclair State defeated the Ospreys by scores of 1-0 and 2-0 on Saturday.
Three days after losing its first game of the season, the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey softball team went toe-to-toe with the top team in the country, but ultimately lost a pair of close games. Montclair State, ranked No. 1 by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, shutout the Ospreys by scores of 1-0 and 2-0 on Saturday, March 30, according to Stockton's website. Ospreys pitchers Michelle Pietrocola and Brittany Ksiezopolski have combined to help Stockton start the season strong, winning 13 of their first 14 games, including a no-hitter by each pitcher. However, on Saturday, they went up against an all-American pitcher in Alex Hill, who threw both games for Montclair, including a one-hitter in the first game. Hill silenced …
Friday, March 29, 2013
Stockton immediately avenged its first loss of the season with a 5-4 win over St. Joseph's College of Long Island.
For 13 innings on Thursday, March 28, the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey softball team didn’t produce much offensively. First, the Ospreys lost their first game of the season. Then, they found themselves down by three runs heading into the final inning of a double header against St. Joseph’s College of Long Island. In an instant, the Ospreys’ offensive woes were a distant memory. Freshman Nichole Tomo led off the inning with a solo home run, her second of the season, igniting an offense four more hits in the inning, including a pair of doubles, and a game-winning RBI single by freshman Dominique Dorris, lifting Stockton to a 5-4 win. “Hitting’s contagious, and once one person got on, everyone started to hit,” Dorris said. Dorris …
The two pitchers have a pair of no-hitters this season.
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey softball team has used a lethal 1-2 pitching combination to start the season strong. Both Michelle Pietrocola and Brittany Ksiezopolski have each pitched a no-hitter this year, and the Ospreys have pitched seven shutouts, with three more games where the opposition was limited to one run. Outside of two innings on Thursday, March 28, it was more of the same. Despite the Ospreys dropping their first game of the season to St. Joseph’s College of Long Island, Ksiezopolski pitched brilliantly, striking out 10 batters and allowing four hits. She kept the Golden Eagles off the board until the final frame, when an unlikely two-run homer put the brakes on Stockton’s unbeaten campaign. After a 20-minute …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
John Waters won two Rookie of the Week awards following his debut last month.
Absegami High School alum John Waters is undefeated over the first month of the college baseball season, going 3-0, pitching a complete game, and earning two Rookie of the Week awards. He made his debut as the Rutgers University-Camden pitcher in the Scarlet Raptors’ baseball game on Sunday, Feb. 24, in a 4-3 win over SUNY-New Peltz. He was declared the winner in that game, pitching in relief. He threw 2 2/3 innings of no-hit baseball, striking out three batters, giving up two walks and allowing one unearned run, according to the college. First, he was recognized as the New Jersey Athletic Conference Rookie Pitcher of the Week on Feb. 25. Two days later, he was named the New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association (NJCBA) Division II/III …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Christie administration announces compromise on 'pots off the reefs' issue; new reef to be built off Ocean County
The state will build a new artificial reef off Ocean County that will provide fishing grounds solely for recreational anglers. In a move that Gov. Chris Christie's administration hopes will mark the end of a long feud between commercial fishermen and recreational anglers, commercial boats will continue to be allowed to fish on two reefs in state waters while the new reef – which will be built north of Barnegat Inlet – will be reserved for the recreational sector. For years, recreational anglers have pushed for laws to be created that would ban commercial fishermen from utilizing the state's inshore reefs, which were paid for through excise taxes on recreational fishing equipment. They have argued that their tax dollars went to fund the …
The Ospreys dropped a 23-10 decision to the Lions on Wednesday.
Things looked good for the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey men’s lacrosse team early Wednesday night, March 20. The Ospreys held two separate three-goal leads on Albright College in the first quarter of their matchup on Stockton’s campus in Galloway. The second quarter was a different story, however, as the Lions tied the game twice. They then wiped away the deficit with five goals in the final two minutes of the first half. Albright pulled away in the second half for a 23-10 win. “Once they started to put it in the goal, we lost confidence and we can’t let that happen,” Stockton coach Kevin Zulauf said. “We let it get away from us. This is a very good team we lost to.” Albright improved to 5-1 on the season, with the Lions’ only …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
The season begins April 2, when the Braves host St. Joseph's.
The high school softball season begins in two weeks and preparation is underway. Absegami's scrimmage was canceled Tuesday afternoon, March 18, so the team went out to the practice fields. Coach Patrick Esemplare took time out to discuss the upcoming season and some of the key returning players, as well as players to watch. The season begins April 2, when Absegami plays host to St. Joseph's Prep, Hammonton.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Kolya Stephenson and Jessica Goncalves were named NJAC athletes of the week for the first time in their careers.
Tuesday, March 19
A pair of Richard Stockton College of New Jersey athletes went to Florida and came home with the first conference honors of their respective careers. Ospreys sophomore pitcher Kolya Stephenson was named the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Baseball Player of the Week following his debut for the team during its trip to Florida last week. Senior centerfielder Jessica Goncalves was named NJAC Softball Player of the Week after helping the Ospreys start the season 10-0 during its visit to the Sunshine State. The college made the announcement of the honors on Monday, March 18. Stephenson pitched a shutout in a 6-0 win over Messiah College on March 13. He struck out seven batters and gave up eight hits, according to the college. Stephenson, …