Category: Sports

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.

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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.

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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.

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Smith Throws First Pitch at Babe Ruth State Tournament

August 14, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04) tossed out the traditional first pitch at the Babe Ruth State Championship doubleheader featuring Hamilton/Northern Burlington squaring off against Atlantic Shore in the 2020 Southern NJ 15-year-old State Tournament Aug. 12.

     “It was good to get on the field with the Hamilton/Northern Burlington team and toss that first pitch,” said Smith, who for a number of years played in the annual Congressional Baseball Game. “Last night’s game one was a come-from-behind thriller, but unfortunately we couldn’t take game two. Still, it was a great night of baseball and the kids should be proud.”

     Smith took to the mound after the National Anthem as the 15-year-old all-stars from Atlantic Shore and Hamilton/N. Burlington watched his wind-up and delivery with interest. The congressman’s over-the-plate pitch was greeted by a round of applause. The WBCBSports.com announcer Keith Noonan, described the pitch as “Congressman Chris Smith came out and threw the first pitch and it was absolutely perfect. Right down the middle with some speed.” Co-announcer Joe O’Gorman said, “If you see a guy with a little grey hair take the mound for Hamilton-Northern Burlington, be a little suspicious today.”

Atlantic Shore, the all-stars from Atlantic County, won the State Championship with a 8-3 victory in game two of the double header. Hamilton/Northern Burlington forced the second game with a come-from-behind 7-6 win in the first game.

Last Dance Baseball Tournament: Dirty Boyz-Liedtka Trucking Defeats Lawrence Road Irish 6-2

July 21, 2020

TRENTON NJ (MERCER)–Dirty Boyz Liedtka Trucking-Hamilton West baseball defeated Lawrence Road Irish-Notre Dame 6-2 at Arm & Hammer Park, during “Round of 32” of the Last Dance NJ High School World Series Tournament tonight.

Dirty Boyz Liedtka Trucking-Hamilton West heads to Lakewood tomorrow at 11:30 am the Round of 16 in the tournament taking on Brooklawn /Gloucester Catholic.

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