Category: Sports

Trenton Catholic Academy Will Close Its Doors In June

January 8, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)-It was announced today that Trenton Catholic Academy will close its doors in June 2021.

Statement from Mayor Jeff Martin:

“It is a sad day for the Diocese of Trenton, Trenton Catholic Academy (TCA) and Hamilton Township, said Hamilton Mayor Jeff Martin.  Whether known as St. Anthony’s, McCorristin or TCA, there has always been a great partnership between the school and the Township.  Hamilton is committed to helping TCA and the Diocese in the months to come.  On behalf of the Township, I thank them for their nearly 60 years of providing a high quality, well-rounded education to those in our greater Hamilton community.”    

Statement posted on the Diocese of Trenton website:

TRENTON CATHOLIC ACADEMY TO CLOSE IN JUNE; DIOCESE TO OFFER RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS TO CONTINUE CATHOLIC EDUCATION

In the last 15 years, Trenton Catholic Academy’s Upper and Lower Schools in Hamilton Township have built a strong legacy in the areas of academics, athletics, faith formation and service to the community. With limited funding and resources, the pre-K3 through 12th grade school has successfully served tens of thousands of students from diverse ethnic, racial and socioeconomic backgrounds, aided significantly through diocesan subsidy and a specially-established fund, as well as a strong network of benefactors, community partners and supporters of its mission.

Since opening its doors, the Upper School has graduated nearly 1,000 students, sending many of them to top colleges and universities.  TCA alumni have gone on to prestigious careers and several have advanced to play professional sports.  Most importantly, the school has succeeded in meeting the hopes of the school’s late founding president St. Joseph Sister Dorothy Payne, who wanted her students to be: “Good kids that live good lives that make the world a better place.”

Unfortunately, the growing cost of providing a quality, innovative education has consistently outpaced tuition and fundraising income, leaving the school with a $2 million deficit each year and a cumulative need for $24 million in financial support over the past 12 years.  Additionally, the special fund once established for the school has been nearly depleted.  The economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic has dealt a serious blow to families’ abilities to afford tuition and to strategic plans that had aimed to increase revenue.  As a result, the Diocese of Trentonhas regretfully accepted the recommendation of TCA president Michael Knowles that the Upper and Lower Schools — which together educate some 550 students — should close this coming June.

Acknowledging that every possible option was considered before reaching this conclusion, Knowles stated, “We have truly been blessed by so many generous people who believed in this mission and backed it up with their ‘sweat equity.’”  Knowles, who has served as president since the death of Sister Dorothy in 2019, added, “We have had the most incredible leadership and dedication in our administration, our faculty and our staff. We are very proud of all of our students and the difference they will continue to make in their communities and beyond.”

Diocesan Superintendent of Catholic Schools Dr. Vincent de Paul Schmidt pointed to steps that the Diocese will take to assist TCA students transitioning to a new Catholic school next year.  He said, “TCA students will be welcomed at Notre Dame High School in nearby Lawrenceville and at a number of Catholic elementary schools in close proximity to TCA so that Catholic education might continue to be available in Mercer County.”

Dr. Schmidt also announced that the Diocese of Trenton intends to make some transitional scholarship monies available for the 2021-22 school year to students seeking to continue their education in one of the Catholic schools affiliated with the Diocese or its parishes.  Knowles said that with the funds made available by the Diocese, a transition plan will be worked out with TCA families.

A team of diocesan representatives will meet with the 57 TCA employees to review severance and benefits packages, and to offer assistance in finding employment.


Governor Phil Murphy Bans Indoor Youth And Adult Sports Until January 2, 2021

Exceptions: Collegiate level and professional teams.

November 30, 2020

TRENTON-ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Governor Phil Murphy announced in the COVID-19 Press Confrence and via Facebook that youth and adult sports are being place on full pause from December 5th to January 2, 2021. See below as we wait for further direction and a release from the Governor’s Office with an Executive Order that should be available later today. Those items will be added to this story when available. Also the NJSIAA headquartered in Robbinsville has released a statement via social media.


Governor Phil Murphy: “All indoor youth and adult sports are being placed on a full pause – effective 6:00 AM on December 5th through January 2nd, 2021.We’re seeing outbreaks related to indoor sports, and this will help slow the spread. Only exceptions: collegiate-level and professional teams.”



Trenton Thunder Continue Affiliation with Major League Baseball in New MLB Draft League

November 30, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Major League Baseball in conjunction with MLB’s partner, Prep Baseball Report (PBR), has announced the formation of the new MLB Draft League to complete MLB’s 21st Century vision for minor league player development. Set to launch in 2021, the MLB-affiliated league will be anchored in NJ by the top-rated Trenton Thunder organization, and will be recognized as the Premier League in the country focused on baseball’s top prospects eligible to be drafted by MLB Clubs each summer.

“We are thrilled to share with our fans and sponsor partners the exciting news that your Trenton Thunder will be a founding member of the new MLB Draft League for the 2021 season and continue to bring family fun to ARM & HAMMER Park,” said Thunder GM/COO Jeff Hurley. “We are dedicated to delivering our Power of Fun brand to our fans as the Thunder Entertainment Experience they have enjoyed for the last 27 years, featuring the antics of our beloved mascot Boomer having a blast in the crowd. Fans will continue to enjoy our World Famous Bat Dogs retrieving bats, with Dash making his debut this summer. The new MLB Draft League will showcase the best prospects in baseball eligible for the MLB draft. Thunder fans will get to know these players as they begin their path as future stars of Major League Baseball.”

“For legions of Trenton Thunder fans, the development of a new league showcasing up and coming talent will be a real thrill. Major League Baseball’s success is built on a thriving minor league system, and for 27 years Thunder supporters have visited our Capital City, warmly welcoming new players and proudly cheering others on to the big leagues. Mercer County has made wise investments into the ballpark – benefitting both the fans and players – and the new Trenton Thunder team will be developed in a first-class facility. This news is a win for everyone – The Thunder, Mercer County, the City of Trenton, and especially baseball fans, and we look forward to a great season.”
— Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes

“This is great news for the Thunder and proves the resiliency of the city of Trenton and Mercer County. The Thunder has a rich history as a winning franchise which provides family entertainment at an affordable price in a great location for baseball fans throughout the region. Trenton’s rich industrial heritage proved Trenton Makes, the World Takes. This tradition continues with the creation of the MLB Draft League as The Thunder Makes, MLB Takes.”
— Greater Trenton Chief Executive Officer George Sowa

The Trenton Thunder, presented by NJM Insurance Group, continues its award-winning Entertainment Experience as the action packed summer place to be and will be joined by the Williamsport Crosscutters, Mahoning Valley Scrappers, State College Spikes and West Virginia Black Bears, also all MLB-affiliated teams, as hand-selected founding members of the MLB Draft League. MLB is in advanced negotiations with more teams to be announced in the coming weeks.

The MLB Draft will be simulcasted in a closed-circuit telecast live from ARM & HAMMER Park as part of MLB All-Star Week in mid-July. The MLB Draft League’s rosters are filled with draft-eligible players who will have a unique opportunity to showcase their abilities and gain exposure to other MLB clubs and crowds of Thunder fans each year.

The MLB Draft League will feature an exciting jammed packed 68-game regular season, scheduled to run from late May to mid-August with an annual All-Star Break centered around the MLB Draft and featuring our Thunder players. Players will receive unprecedented visibility to MLB scouts through in-person observation and state-of-the-art scouting technology, as well as instruction from former MLB players on the Thunder staff. Our professional baseball coaching staff will develop the skills of Thunder players, with the dream of one day adding their names to the nearly 400 Thunder players who have made it to the Big Leagues.


Mayor Gusciora Statement on Trenton Thunder Joining MLB Draft League

On behalf of the residents of our great city, we welcome MLB’s new Draft League, which will have our very own Trenton Thunder as a founding member.

We’re sure our community will enjoy the chance to watch a new generation of major league prospects at our waterfront stadium. It will be exciting to see top college players showcase their skills as they ready themselves for MLB. Their successes will be a wonderful inspiration to our youth. Plus, keeping the Thunder in business is good for our local economy and provides badly needed jobs for our residents.

We thank MLB for stepping up to the plate and making sure baseball still has a home in the Capital City.



Interstate Youth Hockey Suspended By 7 States Effective Nov 14

November 12, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–In response to recent coronavirus outbreaks associated with the conduct of interstate youth hockey activities, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Maine Governor Janet Mills, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, Vermont Governor Phil Scott, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker will support a regional approach to interstate competitions. As case numbers increase in many states across the country, it is critical that neighboring states coordinate a regional approach to limit further community spread of the virus. 

The seven states will suspend interstate competitions for public and private schools and youth hockey effective this Saturday, November 14, 2020 through at minimum December 31, 2020. The prohibition will not impact interstate collegiate, professional, or U.S. national team hockey activities, which will remain subject to existing health and safety protocols and/or restrictions. 

As public health data continues to evolve, the states will reassess the need for continued restrictions on interstate sports activities. 


Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Allowing the Resumption of Contact Practices and Competitions for Certain Organized Sports in Indoor Settings

Medium and High Risk Sports Can Resume Under 25% Capacity Limit

October 12, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 187, allowing the resumption of contact practices and competitions in indoor settings for organized sports defined as “medium risk” and “high risk” by the New Jersey Department of Health’s “Guidance for Sports Activities.”   The order encompasses sports including hockey, basketball, cheerleading, group dance, rugby, boxing, judo, karate, taekwondo, and wrestling.  Governor Murphy previously signed Executive Orders No. 149 and 168, which permitted the resumption of outdoor sports activities, “low risk” practices and competitions in indoor settings, and non-contact indoor practices for “medium risk” and “high risk” sports.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for our student-athletes, support staff, and school communities,” said Governor Murphy. “After consulting stakeholders and medical experts, we have concluded that, with proper public health and safety protocols in place, indoor sports may now resume in a way that protects players, coaches, and staff.”   

All indoor practices and competitions are limited to 25% of the capacity of the room, but not more than 25 or less than 10 persons.  However, if the number of individuals who are necessary for practice or competition, such as players, coaches, and referees, exceeds 25, the practice or competition may proceed if no unnecessary individuals such as spectators are present.  Even if this exception applies, the number of individuals at the practice or competition cannot exceed 25% of the capacity of the room, and such limit cannot exceed 150 persons.

Facilities and participants must abide by a number of health and safety protocols outlined in the Department of Health’s “Guidance for Sports Activities,” such as screenings for athletes, coaches, and staff; limitations on equipment sharing; and requirements for disinfecting and sanitizing surfaces and equipment.

Additionally, sports under the oversight of either the New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association or the NCAA must continue to abide by those associations’ rules. All sporting activities must comply with all applicable laws, regulations, and Executive Orders.

The order will take effect immediately.

For a copy of Executive Order No. 187, please click here.

Robbinsville Over Hightstown 35-32, Hightstown Senior Night

October 9, 2020

HIGHTSTOWN, NJ (MERCER)–It was Hightstown High School’s football, band and cheerleading senior night tonight. Senior nights this season have been moved from the usual last game of the season to the 1st home game of the season due to COVID-19. The visiting Robbinsville Ravens defeated the Hightstown Rams 35-32.

Senior Night Photo Gallery:


Football gallery:

Hightstown Over Steinert Football 24-20

October 3, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hightstown defeated Steinert this afternoon with a final score of 24-20. According to the Hightstown RAMS this is the first time since 2009 that Hightstown has beat Steinert in a game.




Robbinsville Over Princeton Football 42-6

October 2, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Robbinsville won their football game during the home opener tonight with a final score of 42-6 against Princeton. It was Robbinsville’s Senior Night. Senior nights have been pushed forward in the season due to COVID. Also there was no handshake tradition at the end of the game, both teams lined up across from each other and wished each other good luck with the rest of the season.

Photo gallery:

Petzl Recalls Safety Ropes Due to Fall and Injury Hazard

These ropes are used in professional use, including work-at-height use, difficult access, technical rescue and industrial applications; and for recreational use, including climbing, caving and mountaineering. 

October 2, 2020

Name of product: Low-Stretch Kernmantle Ropes

Hazard:

The rope can have a deep cut or tape securing two ends of rope together, which can cause the rope to fail, posing fall and injury hazards to the user.Remedy:ReplaceRecall date:September 30, 2020Units:

About 14,850 (In addition, about 2,500 were sold in Canada) Consumer Contact:

Description:

The recalled low-stretch kernmantle ropes are designed for professional use, including work-at-height use, difficult access, technical rescue and industrial applications; and for recreational use, including climbing, caving and mountaineering.  The ropes have a nylon core and polyester sheath material.  Only ropes with serial numbers ranging between 18 C 0000000 000 and 20 H 0000000 000 are included in the recall.  The recalled rope models include:

  • Axis 11mm rope (white, yellow, black, blue, red and orange) available in 150, 200, 600 and 1200 feet.  Model Numbers R074AA00 – R074AA27.
  • Parallel 10.5mm (white, yellow, black, blue, red and orange), available in 50, 100, 200 and 500 meters.  Model Numbers R077AA03 – R077AA28. 
  • Vector 12.5mm rope (white, yellow, black, blue, red and orange) available in 150, 200, 600 and 1200 feet. Model Numbers R078AA00—R078AA27.
  • Segment 8 mm (white) available in 50, 100 or 200 meters.  Model Numbers R076AA00 – R076AA06.
  • Ray 12 mm (yellow/black) available in 25, 50, 75, 100 and 200 feet.  Model Numbers R091AA00 – R091AA04.
  • ASAP’AXIS 11 mm (white) available 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 meters. Model numbers R074DA00 — R074DA05
  • Push 200 9 mm (white, orange) available in 200 meters.  Model Numbers R40AW200 and R40AO200.
  • Club 200 10 mm (white, orange) available in 200 meters.  Model Numbers R39AW200 and R39AO200. 
  • Top 9.8 mm (Not sold in North America) 
  • Lead 9.8mm (Not sold in North America)
  • JAG Rescue Kit model numbers K090AA00-K090AA02

The recalled safety ropes have the model name and serial number on the label affixed to each end of the rope.   Remedy:

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled ropes and inspect the rope for a deep cut or tape connecting two ends of rope together, and if either is found, contact Petzl America for instructions on receiving a free replacement rope.Incidents/Injuries:

None reported.Sold At:

GME Supply, Karst Sports and industrial and recreational stores nationwide, and online at http://www.gmesupply.com and http://www.Karstsports.com from March 2018 through July 2020 for between $200 and $1,200.Importer(s):

Petzl America Inc., of Salt Lake City, Utah   Manufactured In:FranceRecall number: 20-194

Consumer Contact:

Petzl America toll-free at 877-807-3805 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, email at safetynotices@petzl.com, or online at www.petzl.com and select Professional or Sport then click on Customer Service/Security Alerts located at the top of the page for more information.

https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2020/Petzl-Recalls-Safety-Ropes-Due-to-Fall-and-Injury-Hazard#

Allentown Wins Cross Country Season Opener Against Trenton and Hamilton West

October 1, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The 2020 cross country season kicked off today in Hamilton as Allentown, Hamilton West and Trenton met at Veterans Park. Trenton High School was the host of the cross country meet.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions meets are limited to the amount of people who can race, the start line is spread out and masks are required before and after running. It was good to see everyone back out on the course racing again as high school fall sports kick off for the season.

Check back for scoring information.

Check photo galleries below:

Boys Race: