Category: Sports

German American Kickers Return To Play And Announce Summer Camp In August

June 30, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)—Youth sports have been slowly returning to the fields of New Jersey since the COVID-19 crisis the past few months. The German American Kickers of Mercer County has started practice and plans to resume playing games in the next few weeks and hosting a camp at the end of August.

The German American Kickers has entered a partnership with Schaechter Sports, a youth soccer development organization based in Germany. The organization brings in a high level of youth development, coach education, cultural and player opportunities in Germany as well as bringing a European style youth summer camp to the central NJ region.

The main goal of the partnership is for the GAK to continue to provide high level soccer experience and leverage additional opportunities for players in central New Jersey. Under the partnership, GAK will receive consultation services, coach training, age appropriate curriculum, and opportunities to travel to Germany to participate in competitive tournaments and training sessions with first division professional Bundesliga clubs. The exclusive partnership allows both organizations to work closely with each other while maintaining their own identity. The initial term of the partnership will be for three years with the option and intention to grow the partnership and continuously renew thereafter.

The relationship between German American Kickers and Schaechter Sports started last year and led to a highly successful summer camp. The camp was coached by two highly qualified UEFA licensed coaches, Marcus Becker and David Mueller, who traveled to New Jersey from Germany for two weeks to coach the camp and manage the staff. Marcus Becker is a former professional player, a UEFA “A” licensed coach and former Real Madrid youth academy coach. David Mueller is the location manager for Schaechter’s US presence. He is also a UEFA “B” licensed coach and talent identification recruiter and was responsible for identifying Weston McKennie of the US National Team. The camp will be offered again this year at German American Kickers in late August.

The German American Kickers Sports Chairman, Paul Bette, explains that, “We are excited about working closer with Schaechter Sports because the partnership is consistent with German American Kickers’s mission to provide a positive and very competitive soccer experience at an affordable price. This unique program differentiates us from other clubs throughout the entire state and will be a draw for our club.”

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NJSIAA & Governor Murphy: 2020 High School Spring Sports Season Canceled

May 4, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)—Statement from the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association- NJSIAA about the spring sports season:

“Following today’s announcement by Governor Murphy, the NJSIAA has officially canceled New Jersey’s 2020 high school spring sports season. This decision was not made lightly and we are disappointed for the thousands of New Jersey student-athletes who will be unable to compete this spring. While we remained hopeful to the end, and left open every possibility, competition simply is not feasible given the circumstances.

“The last few weeks have been heartbreaking on many levels, from the tragic loss of life, to thousands battling the virus, to millions who have suffered emotional and economic loss. It’s been a harrowing time for everyone, and we know our student-athletes are extremely disappointed. That said, these unfortunate circumstances may have put an intriguing challenge in the path of our young people. As New Jersey’s own Vince Lombardi once said, “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” We’re confident all our kids will get back up and stand tall.

“The NJSIAA will continue developing plans for the potential restarting of scholastic sports during the fall season. Additional information related both to the summer recess and fall will be shared at a later date.”

Governor Murphy: “We’re leaning on the guidance from the NJSIAA against the resumption of spring sports for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. The NJSIAA Medical Board concluded that due to a lack of testing, viable treatments, and a vaccine, that spring sports were not a viable option.”

NJSIAA Releases Statement On Spring Sports Season

April 2, 2020

Read statement here

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–While a return-to-school date and related public health guidelines will determine the viability of a spring sports season, NJSIAA is committed to doing whatever is possible to provide New Jersey’s student-athletes with some type of spring season. We have not given up on spring sports, and will continue holding teleconferences and virtual meetings with leaders of our various leagues and conferences to assess options. To be clear, any effort to arrange for scholastic competition outside the traditional academic calendar would require support and approval beyond our office.

NJAC Cancels All Remaining Spring Sport Competitions & Championships

March 18, 2020

Member institutions:

Montclair State University
New Jersey City University
Ramapo College
Rutgers University -Newark.
William Patterson University
The College of New Jersey
Kean University
Rowan University
Rutgers University – Camden
Stockton University

PITMAN—The New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Board of Athletic Administrators, in coordination with the administration at each of its 10 full-member institutions, made the difficult but necessary decision on March 18 to cancel all conference contests, non-conference contests, and league championships for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is a decision that we all hoped would not have to be made, but in the long run, it’s the decision that is clearly in the best interests of all parties involved,” said NJAC Commissioner Terry Small. “Our administrators have always, and will always, prioritize the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, officials, support staffs, fans, and all those associated with NJAC athletics. This decision, while disappointing in many ways, was clearly made for the right reasons.” 

The canceling of the spring seasons impacts the NJAC in the conference sports of men’s volleyball, baseball, softball, women’s lacrosse, women’s outdoor track & field, men’s outdoor track & field, and men’s tennis. In addition, some of the conference’s winter and spring sport student-athletes, who had previously earned NCAA championship qualifications in the sports of women’s indoor track & field, men’s indoor track & field, women’s swimming & diving, men’s swimming & diving, and women’s tennis were denied the opportunity to compete in those national events after the NCAA cancelled all remaining winter and spring championships on March 13.

“I would like to thank our student-athletes who always represent our conference and their respective institutions admirably in all that they do,” Small said. “They truly compete for the love of their sport and their institution, and they devote countless hours to achieve success both academically and athletically. To our senior student-athletes whose careers may have come to an abrupt end, everyone associated with the NJAC would especially like to thank you for your dedication and passion, and for the legacy that you have left at each of your institutions.”  

Basketball, MCT: TCA Over Hightstown 85-63

February 26, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–In Mercer County Tournament’s final four Trenton Catholic Academy boys defeated Hightstown High School with a final score of 85-63. Trenton Catholic Academy will take on Nottingham High School in the final Friday at 7 pm at the Cure Insurance Arena.

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Basketball, MCT: Nottingham Boys Over Robbinsville 61-47

February 26, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–In Mercer County Tournament’s final four held a the Cure Insurance Arena tonight, Nottingham defeated Robbinsville boys basketball with a final score of 61-47. Nottingham will advance to the final game against Trenton Catholic Academy on Friday Night 7 pm at the Cure Insurance Arena.

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Selected Wrestling Results From NJSIAA Districts

February 22, 2020

Complete details at:  https://www.trackwrestling.com/  search for NJSIAA Tournament

NJSIAA District 21 held at Wall High School

138 Hamilton North Nottingham David Aboasu with a 5-3 decision over Northern Burlington David Aboasu

152 Hamilton North Nottingham Joachim Larose with a 6-1 decision over Lawrence Sean Mills

160 Hamilton North Nottingham Kwanir Edwards with a 9-5 decision over Northern Burlington Jamie Lovenduski

NJSIAA District 22 held at Middletown North High School

113 Trenton Cory Stallworth 3rd place with a fall over Westampton Ibrahim Kermen at 2:18

120 Allentown Joey Lamparelli 1st place with a 9-3 decision over Middletown North Fred Luchs

145 Allentown’s Matt Paglia 2nd place after a 5-3 decision over CBA Tyler Barrett

160 Allentown’ Nick Golden 1st place after a 3-1 decision over Red Bank Catholic Sabino Portella

170 Trenton Central High School Te’amo Nazario 1st place, Allentown Paskal Miga 2nd place

195 Notre Dame Jaylen Bynes 3rd place with a fall against Trenton Jayson Williams at 1:47

220 Allentown Daniel Schweitzer 3rd with a fall against Willingboro Naeem Walker at 3:01

Allentown’s Matt Paglia with 100 career wins today at Middletown North High School During Districts

NJSIAS District 23 held at Point Pleasant Beach High School

106 Robbinsville Shailen Savur 1st place with 8-1 decision over Pt. Pleasant Boro Lucas Toree

106 Hightstown Robert Fattore 3rd place TF 1.5 5:16 over Steinert-Hamilton East Nicholas Ricigliano

113 Hamilton East Steinert 1st with a 11-3 decision over Long Branch Dylan Kelleher

120 Robbinsville Dylan Cifrodelli 2nd after a 7-3 decision against Point Pleasant Boro James Latendorf 1st

120 Hightstown Joseph Obst 3rd place over Long Branch Ignacio Guzman

126 Robbinsville Drake Torrington 1st in 11-4 decision over Long Branch Joseph Conlon

126 Giovanni Morina 3rd place with a 9-4 decision over Anthony Verdi Hamilton East Steinert

132 Hightstown Kether Thornton 1st place with a 9-2 decision over Point Pleasant Beach Siley Simon

145 Hightstown Elijah Rodriguez 2nd after a decision against Point Pleasant Beach Jesse Bowers

160 Highstown Alex Stavrou 2nd after a 6-5 decision against Point Pleasant Boro Ty Bailey

195 Hightstown Chris Stavrou 2nd against Long Branch Patrick O’Dwyer 1st

195 Hamilton East Steinert 3rd against Point Pleasant Beach George Kaiafas

220 Hightstown Bryan Bonilla 3rd with at 4-0 decision over Point Pleasant Boro Patrick Frawley

285 Hightstown Brenden Hansen 1st over Neptune Isaias Thomas

Congrats to Hightstown Coach Russo who was named the District 23 Coach of the Year

NJSIAA DISTRICT 24 held at Delran High School

170 Hamilton West Ryan Bennett 1st with a 8-7 decision over Ocean Twp. Tah-Jay Phillips

Making Her Mark with the TCA Lady Mikes: Robbinsville’s Molly Aromando Earns College Basketball Scholarship

February 22, 2020

Story by: Ed James

ROBBINSVILLE/HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Molly Aromando, a senior at Trenton Catholic Academy (Hamilton, NJ) and lifelong Robbinsville resident, recently accepted a basketball scholarship offer from The College of Saint Rose (Albany, NY) and signed a National Letter of Intent. The Golden Knights, an NCAA Division II program, are members of the Northeast 10 Conference.

“I’m so excited to be continuing my academic and basketball careers at Saint Rose,” said Aromando. “Coaches (Karen) Haag and (John) Ardizone are great people and teachers of the game. The Northeast 10 is one of the best conferences in Division II. I got along really well with my future teammates on my visits. I plan to be a teacher and coach, and their School of Education is excellent. And I love the campus in Albany, which is a beautiful city.”

Aromando, a smooth, versatile 5’11” guard with excellent range, playmaking ability and tenacity on defense, first attracted attention from colleges as the MVP of her AAU team, the Central Jersey Hawks-Lightning, coached by John Mayo. Her play in AAU and at TCA has enabled her to be only the second Robbinsville native to earn a basketball scholarship. Peddie grad Lisa Lebak, a star guard at Division I Quinnipiac from 2009-2013, was the first.

Aromando is also the first Robbinsville resident to play Girls Varsity Basketball for the legendary Lady Mikes. She has been building a laudable legacy at TCA since her arrival in Fall 2018. She enrolled there after two standout years at Robbinsville High School, where she earned a 4.1 GPA, letters in two Varsity sports (soccer and basketball), all-conference honors and recognition as one of the Top 100 Sophomores in NJ Girls High School Basketball.

During Aromando’s time at TCA, the Lady Mikes, under head coach Bob Fusik, have been among the best teams in the state and nation.

In 2018-19, TCA finished 25-4 and ranked #6 in the state. The Lady Mikes won Burlington County Scholastic League (BCSL) Liberty Division, Mercer County Tournament and NJSIAA South Jersey Non-Public B titles. Aromando became a key contributor after sitting the first 30 days of the season per state transfer rules. In her best outing, she registered 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists vs. Pennsauken.

This season, TCA has played a schedule filled with state and national powers. The Lady Mikes have more than risen to the challenge, posting a 22-1 record as of February 21. They are currently ranked #2 in NJ and in the Top 25 in several national polls, including MaxPreps (#14) and espnW (#24). The roster includes four senior D1 commits (three basketball; one track), as well as one junior and two freshmen with many D1 offers.

“I love my teammates,” said Aromando. “They are talented players and great people. We spend a lot of time together. We have so much fun. And we have each other’s back. You can see that in games. We play unselfish, team basketball.”

Indeed. TCA scores a whopping 72 points per game, but no player averages over 13 per game. Six average between 10 and 13 per game. As many as 11 players may see the floor. So individual contributions aren’t always visible in box scores.

Still, Aromando has made her mark on the Lady Mikes super season. In her last 10 games since returning to the lineup after an injury, she has contributed 7.4 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. In a recent start against Westampton Tech, defending Central Jersey Group 3 champions, she delivered 8 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocked shots. In another start in the MCT opener vs. Nottingham, Aromando exploded for a career-high 23 points on 8-13 shooting, including three 3’s, and recorded 6 steals, 6 rebounds, 3 blocked shots and 2 assists. And in the MCT quarterfinals against Hightstown, she registered 9 points, 6 steals, 4 assists and 3 rebounds.

“I’ve never cared about stats,” said Aromando. “My teammates feel the same way. We just want to win and play the right way. We have big team goals this season. We know we have to continue to work very hard, get better every day and bring our best each game to achieve them.”

Aromando also excels off the hardwood at TCA. She was named TCA’s Female Scholar-Athlete in 2018-19. She has made the Honor Roll of Distinction (no grades less than an A) in every semester of her TCA career, has earned an A in every class she has taken in high school (except for one B) and maintains a 4.0 GPA taking Honors and AP courses. She also serves as Student Council President, leads the TCA Chapter of Catholic Athletes for Christ, is a Peer Tutor and spent part of the past two summers as a volunteer for Project Appalachia, in which members of the St. Gregory The Great Catholic Church youth group perform home repairs for those in need in rural West Virginia.

“TCA welcomed me from Day 1 like I was family,” said Aromando. “It’s been that way ever since. The school community is so caring. The experiences, opportunities and support I’ve had here have been incredible. I’ll always cherish my time at TCA.”

See: TCA against Hightstown 2/21/2020

Basketball: TCA Over Allentown Boys 78-66

February 21, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Trenton Catholic Academy, Iron Mikes boys basketball team defeated the Allentown, Redbirds with a final score of 78-66. The Trenton Catholic Academy will advance in the Mercer County Tournament and take on Hightstown in the final 4 to be held at the Cure Insurance Arena.

Basketball: Trenton Over Allentown Girls 47-41

February 21, 2020

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–The visiting Trenton Tornadoes girls basketball team defeated the Allentown Redbirds during the Mercer County Tournament with a final score of 47-41. Trenton High School Girls will advance to the final 4, their next game is against Trenton Catholic Academy.

Hockey: Hun over Robbinsville 4-2 In Mercer County Tournament

February 18, 2020

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville-Allentown ice hockey team fell 4-2 to Hun School of Princeton during the Mercer County Tournament tonight at Mercer Skating Center. Hun will advance to take on Princeton in the finals.

Join the Robbinsville-Allentown ice hockey team on Monday Night February 24, 2020 when they take on Freehold Borough High School during the NJSIAA State Tournament. Current schedule is for 8:15 pm at Mercer Skating Center.

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1988-89 AHS Wrestling

February 17, 2020

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Some sports had the weekend off so here is a flash back to December 29, 1988, almost 32 years ago. Allentown HS held what appeared to be at least a dual wrestling meet at home. No IDs on the photos but there were enough negatives from this match to put a gallery together.

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Remembering 2000-01 Girls and 1988-90s Boys Allentown Basketball Teams

February 16, 2020

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Since we are starting the MCT basketball tournament this week enjoy these photos ranging from 20 to over 30 years ago. These were (except for Steinert game below) in what is now called the “old gym” and photographs were taken using a flash, a 35 mm camera with a slow motor drive that had a manual focus lens. Today we have high quality digital cameras, fast frames per second, auto focus, high iso with fast lenses that eliminate the need for flash at most venues and almost instant feedback looking at results on back of camera.

The boys game below is believed to be around 1989-1990 due to the negatives it was stored with. Still looking for more of that game and some others from the past.

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Basketball: Allentown over Bordentown 73-71

February 13, 2020

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–The Allentown boys basketball team held their senior night tonight to honor four players that will be graduating, RJ Weise, Kaushal Kallam, Tim Mastromarino and Harrison Hass. During the game Allentown defeated Bordentown with a final score of 73-71.

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Robbinsville Boys Basketball Clinches Valley Division With Win Over Steinert

February 11, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville boys basketball team clinched the Valley Division 2019-2020 title tonight with their win against Steinert. Final Score 53-38

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Hightstown Boys Basketball Clinch Colonial Division With Win Against Notre Dame High School In OT

February 11, 2020

HIGHTSTOWN, NJ (MERCER)–The Hightstown boys basketball team are the 2019-2020 Colonial Division Champions after their win against Notre Dame tonight at home. Final Score Hightstown 67 Notre Dame 64 in overtime.

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Allentown HS Basketball, RJ Weise Scores 1,000 Career Point

February 10, 2020

By: Dennis Symons, Jr.

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)—RJ Weise of the Allentown high school boys basketball team scored his 1,000 career points tonight at an away game at Nottingham High School.

After scoring his 1,000 career point the clock was stopped and RJ was met by his family, coaching staff and team members on the court for a short 1,000-point celebration.

Talking to RJ after the game he said, “It feels great, It shows how great of coaches and teammates I have.”

Basketball runs in the Weise family and the last person to score 1,000 points at AHS was RJ’s sister Ryan Weise who scored in her junior year 4 years ago on the girls basketball team. Looking to the future RJ’s brother Dante Weise currently a sophomore also plays on the same varsity team and has somewhere around 200 points and has a bright future ahead.

The last person from the boys basketball team to score 1,000 was in 2005 according to records.

RJ is committed to Rider University Men’s Basketball, in Lawrence Township this fall semester. Rider University Basketball is NCAA Division 1 and in the MAAC Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Basketball: West Windsor Plainsboro South over Hamilton West 62-36

February 8, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The visiting West Windsor Plainsboro South Pirates defeated Hamilton West Hornets with a final score of 63-36 today.

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Wrestling: Steinert 45 West Windsor Plainsboro South 19

February 8, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Steinert wresting team held their Senior Day at a tri meet at home today. During the first meet Steinert won their match against West Windsor Plainsboro South with a team score of 45-19, individual scores below:

132lbs. Steinert: Anthony Verdi (w: Pin 1:00) WWPS: Jason Carrol
138lbs. Steinert: Dan Fernandez WWPS: Paranav Anil (w )
145lbs. Steinert: Josh Muller WWPS: Alex Yu (w )
152lbs. Steinert: Dennis Divilla (w: Pin 1:50) WWPS: Rocco Valentine
160lbs. Steinert: Dante Hawkins (w: Pin 0:24) WWPS: Shyam Kumar
170lbs. Steinert: FFT WWPS: Murali Thirumalai (w )
182lbs. Steinert: Clayton Resch WWPS: Ireayo Kuku (w: Pin 1:42)
195lbs. Steinert: Will Laster (w: Pin 0:59) WWPS: Franco Valentiene
220lbs. Steinert: Yousef Yaakoub WWPS: FFT
285lbs. Steinert: Larry Premah (w ) WWPS: FFT
106lbs. Steinert: Anthony Lapiana WWPS: FFT
113lbs. Steinert: FFT WWPS: FFT
120lbs. Steinert: FFT WWPS: FFT
126lbs. Steinert: Matthew Ancelc WWPS: Mikey Eltvedt