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Catholic education, brothers help SJV grad thrive in soccer at WPU
St. John Vianney High School graduate Cameron Allen, who plays for the William Paterson University men’s soccer team, was one of the college’s top scorers last year.  Photo courtesy of Larry Levanti
St. John Vianney High School graduate Cameron Allen, who plays for the William Paterson University men’s soccer team, was one of the college’s top scorers last year.  Photo courtesy of Larry Levanti

When Cameron Allen transferred to William Paterson University last year, it marked the first time he was attending a non-parochial school.

Allen went to St. Thomas School, Old Bridge, for elementary and middle school before attending St. John Vianney High School, Holmdel, for four years. He then went to Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y., a Catholic institution, for his freshman year before heading to WPU in Wayne and becoming the soccer team’s second leading scorer last season, with 10 goals and three assists.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Faith goes the distance for RBC grad, UConn linebacker
Eddie Hahn was recruited by numerous football programs coming out of Red Bank Catholic High School, and that meant talking to numerous coaches and recruiting coordinators. More ...
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
CBA celebrates 10 years of sailing success
The Christian Brothers Academy varsity sailing team celebrated its 10-year anniversary as a school-sponsored sport June 2 with a special anniversary regatta event in Toms River. More ...
Friday, June 29, 2018
Donovan Catholic grad Alyssa Wilson makes track & field history on national level

When it comes to Donovan Catholic graduate Alyssa Wilson, greatness seems to have no ceiling.

The most prodigious thrower in New Jersey high school history needed just one year of college to put forth the greatest throwing performance in USA Track & Field Junior National Championships history. As a true freshman for the University of California, Los Angeles, Wilson made history the weekend of June 15-17 by becoming the first junior woman to qualify for Team USA in three throwing events. It is Wilson’s final year in junior competition, which is for ages 20 and younger.  

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Notre Dame's Horvath wins MOC pole vault title by setting meet, state records

Haley Horvath did it again. With an exclamation point.

After winning the indoor pole vault championship at the NJSIAA Indoor Meet of Champions in February, the Notre Dame High senior won the outdoor MOC title June 9 at Northern Burlington High School in Columbus.

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Friday, June 15, 2018
Donovan Catholic softball turns tables on Lancers to win SCT title

In an eye-popping display of offensive power, the Donovan Catholic softball team collected 12 hits and three home runs in taking a 13-4 win over St. John Vianney in the Shore Conference Tournament championship game June 4 at County Basie Field in Red Bank.

What a difference scant days make.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018
St. John Vianney softball survives tense ending to win first state title in five years

St. John Vianney High School’s first softball title since 2013 was defined in different ways by different players, but it all translated into the same emotion – ecstasy. 

On June 2, the Lancers of Holmdel took a pulsating, 2-1 victory over Mount St. Dominic of Caldwell in the NJSIAA Non-Public A championship game at Kean College in Union, after the Lions put the tying and winning runs on in the seventh inning.

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Monday, June 4, 2018
CBA golf team wins Tournament of Champions for 2nd straight year

Tim Sewing’s Christian Brothers’ Academy golf team was more concerned with focusing on the task than the outcome this year.

By doing so, the outcome was as good as it gets.

On May 21, the Colts of Lincroft won their second consecutive NJSIAA Tournament of Champions title by shooting a combined 297 at the Hopewell Valley Golf Club. CBA finished 14 strokes ahead of Old Tappan and Watching Hills to win its ninth overall MOC title and first back-to-back crowns since 1985-86.

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Thursday, May 31, 2018
St. Rose girls are second in SJ Non-Public B track
The Diocese of Trenton high school girls track & field teams could not quite gain a championship in the NJSIAA Non-Public South Jersey meets May 21-22, but a few came close. More ...
Thursday, May 31, 2018
CBA boys track extends its championship streaks

For the Christian Brothers Academy boys’ track & field team, it was a matter of keeping championship streaks intact.

And the Colts did just that, convincingly. 

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Thursday, May 31, 2018
SJV dedicates varsity baseball field to longtime athletic director

With the student body, faculty and staff in attendance, the St. John Vianney High School varsity baseball field was blessed and dedicated during a recent ceremony.

Father John Michael Patilla, the school chaplain, and Father Thomas Vala, pastor of nearby St. Clement Parish, Matawan, presided over the dedication.

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Monday, May 21, 2018
TCA sets 7 records in winning CYO Track & Field Meet
The Trenton Catholic Academy Track & Field team not only maintained its dominance in the CYO of Mercer County Track & Field Meet, many of its athletes helped raise the bar for future competitors to try and get over. More ...
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Veteran Panzini pitches young RBC to Monmouth County baseball title

Whether it’s young or old, the Red Bank Catholic baseball team is starting to get the hang of this Monmouth County Tournament thing.

After losing in the finals to CBA in 2016, the Caseys have made it two straight titles and three in six years after taking a 5-1 victory over 12th-seeded St. Rose High School, Belmar, in the MCT finals May 8 at First Energy Park, Lakewood.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018
RBC softball team rolls to Blue title
In the Monmouth County Tournament softball consolation final, known as the Blue Division championship, Red Bank Catholic rolled to a 12-3 win May 12 on its own Count Basie Park field. More ...
Thursday, May 17, 2018
St. John Vianney's softball team takes 9th straight Monmouth County Tournament title

In hurling the St. John Vianney softball team to its ninth consecutive Monmouth County Tournament title, sophomore pitcher Julia Parker symbolized the team around her.

“She stays focused,” coach Kim Lombardi said. “That’s the team I have this year with her and the defense – they stay focused.”

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018
After season of playing through injury, Delran lacrosse player back in full force

Just prior to the Holy Cross girls’ lacrosse training camp in 2017, Brielle Bennett tore her labrum. Regretfully proving that one bad tear deserves another, she tore her quad during training camp.

While that would have been enough for many athletes to take the season off, Bennett knew her team needed her and played as many games as possible during her sophomore season. It wasn’t easy, but she wasn’t alone.

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Sunday, May 6, 2018
With service, tennis, CBA student racking up points on, off court

In performing the service hours required of Parochial school students, Christian Brothers Academy junior Connor Nelson has attacked his project with particular zeal.

Nelson and his sister have set up bins around Lincroft and talked to nearby tennis centers about donating gently used rackets that they can ship to players in Indonesia who may not be able to afford equipment.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018
St. John Vianney centerfielder celebrates 100th career hit

Watching Lindsey Baron tear into a pitch and send it screaming through an outfield gap or charging a ball and gunning a strike to home plate to nail a stunned runner by 10 feet, one could never imagine her performing on a stage not too long ago.

In fact, Baron even has trouble imagining it these days.

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Monday, April 23, 2018
Baseball success proving Trenton Catholic Academy more than a basketball school

Trenton Catholic Academy baseball coach Keith Naylor knows he is trying to grow a baseball team in soil that mainly produces basketball players.

Now in his sixth year, he is doing just that while using hoops as a recruiting pitch.

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Friday, April 20, 2018
High School Softball Roundup
After two straight trips to the state finals, the Donovan Catholic softball team looks to be a group intent on gaining that elusive title this year. More ...
Thursday, April 19, 2018
High School Baseball Roundup
As the rainy weather somewhat subsided and gave baseball teams a chance to play, several Diocese of Trenton schools got off to strong starts through the season’s first two weeks. More ...
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Trenton scores big in Knights of Columbus free throw state finals
Young Diocese of Trenton sharpshooters dominated a field from all five New Jersey Catholic dioceses by scoring tops in five of 12 divisions in the annual Knights of Columbus Free Throw Tournament state finals held April 8 in the Our Lady of Peace Parish Center, Fords. More ...
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Trenton Diocese Free Throw champions crowned
Skill, determination and a touch of superstition proved to be the main ingredients for success as the 2018 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Tournament Trenton Diocese finals unfolded March 31 in Holy Family Parish. 

The Lakewood gymnasium echoed with the sound of bouncing basketballs and applause from supportive family and friends as boys and girls ages 9 to 14 vied for the title of champion.
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Thursday, April 5, 2018
Notre Dame linebacker earns prestigious honor for athletics, academics
For a guy who did not begin his high school career at Notre Dame, Dan Dargan certainly left a lasting impression on the Lawrenceville school – in the classroom and on the athletic field.  More ...
Thursday, April 5, 2018
NCAA championship is a win-win for Catholic universities

WASHINGTON – This year's NCAA basketball tournament was one for the books for Catholic universities. You might even say the ball was in their court.

That's because for the first time, Catholic university teams won both the men's and women's national championship games. The women's team, the Fighting Irish from the University of Notre Dame, beat Mississippi State University on Easter 61-58, thanks to Arike Ogunbowale's dramatic, three-point shot with less than one second left on the clock.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Wildcats in Rome cheer Villanova victory

ROME – The Villanova men's basketball team claimed its second national championship in three years April 2 with a 79-62 win over Michigan, and I was an ocean away from 99 percent of my fellow Wildcats.

But it turns out the 1 percent here with me in Rome was all I needed. Around 1 a.m. April 3, more than 20 Villanova students and a few Michigan students poured into the Highlanders Pub in Rome.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Purple Roses bloom in Non-Public A state final thanks to solid team effort

Picking a star for the St. Rose girls’ basketball team after its 53-38 win over Immaculate Heart Academy in the NJSIAA Non-Public A championship game could be a tough task when six players scored between five and 11 points.

Suddenly, it becomes apparent.

The star of the team was THE TEAM.

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Monday, March 12, 2018
TCA boys fall in SJ Non-Public B finals against powerful Ranney

Fred Falchi looked over at the Ranney bench and knew the Panthers had two of the most sought-after juniors in the country in Scottie Lewis and Bryan Antoine. It would take a perfect effort by his Trenton Catholic Academy boys basketball team to stop them.

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Friday, March 9, 2018
TCA coach finds much to be proud of in girls basketball loss to Rutgers Prep in sectional final

When it was all over and the Trenton Catholic Academy girls’ basketball team had suffered a 58-54 overtime loss to Rutgers Prep in the NJSIAA South Jersey Non-Public B championship game, coach Bob Fusik felt as much pride in his team as he felt after it won the Mercer County Tournament two weeks earlier.


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Friday, March 9, 2018
Notre Dame's Horvath completes record-setting winter with Meet of Champions pole vault title

Rarely has something as miserable as a sprained ankle led to something so good.

As a freshman at Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville, Hayley Horvath competed as an individual gymnast in the NJSIAA Central Jersey sectional meet and took first on beam while qualifying for the state meet in All-Around. But that summer, while doing a Level 9 club meet, Horvath sprained her ankle and missed a month.

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Thursday, March 8, 2018
Lady Lancers fall in Shore Conference Tournament title game

Maddy Doring didn’t have an answer and wasn’t making excuses.

“Honestly, we kind of forgot what got us here,” said the senior guard after her top-seeded St. John Vianney girls’ basketball team dropped a 70-52 decision to second-seeded Manasquan in the Shore Conference Tournament championship game Feb. 24.

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Friday, March 2, 2018
Mater Dei comes up short in quest for third straight Shore Conference Tournament crown

Mater Dei Prep boys’ basketball coach Ben Gamble has taken teams to the Shore Conference Tournament championship game all three seasons he has been at the helm. The Seraphs won the first two – which were also the first two in school history – but came up short by a wide margin in No. 3.

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Friday, March 2, 2018
'This is a life lesson,' coach says after TCA boys' Mercer County Tournament finals loss
Like any basketball coach, Fred Falchi wants to win. But to hear Falchi talk after his Trenton Catholic Academy boys’ basketball team dropped a 60-59 decision to Nottingham in the Mercer County Tournament championship game, he is more concerned with his players laying a foundation for the future. More ...
Friday, March 2, 2018
TCA girls basketball win Mercer County Tournament title

For the Trenton Catholic Academy girls’ basketball program, a two-year drought is a long time.

At least when it comes to winning a Mercer County Tournament title.

The “drought” ended Feb. 22 at the Cure Insurance Arena in Trenton, when the top-seeded Iron Mikes from Hamilton Township held off 3rd-seeded Pennington, 59-55, in the MCT championship game.

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Friday, February 23, 2018
Strong showing for all ages in CYO basketball championships
It was Championship Sunday at the Trenton CYO Center Feb. 18, and it turned out to be a day for St. Gregory the Great of Hamilton Township and St. Paul School of Princeton to celebrate, Our Lady of Sorrows of Hamilton to celebrate a little more and Trenton Catholic Academy of Hamilton to celebrate a lot. More ...
Friday, February 23, 2018
Physical training, team's faith take St. John Vianney to national cheerleading trophy

The St. John Vianney varsity cheerleading team is a national champion once again because it had talent, toughness, character and, perhaps most importantly, faith.

“When it comes to cheering, faith is one of the factors that brings our team closer together,” said captain Eryn Cooper, the team’s lone four-year performer. “Praying before every practice and every competition performance, our faith is one thing that we all have in common, no matter how different we all are.”

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Friday, February 9, 2018
St. Rose of Belmar boys score big in believing in bowling team

The St. Rose of Belmar boys bowling team believes in itself, and the rest of the world better start believing as well.

Since restoring bowling as a varsity program five years ago, the Purple Roses have steadily climbed the mountain of success and reached several peaks so far this season.

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Friday, February 9, 2018
Donovan Catholic wrestlers give competition something to chew over
Dr. Steve Glawson makes his living working on teeth, which may explain how he has given the once-moribund Donovan Catholic wrestling program some bite over the past few years.

Glawson is a highly acclaimed oral surgeon in Toms River who became the Seraphs head coach last season. Toms River’s Donovan Catholic went 12-10 in 2016-17, which after an extensive search by coaches and administrators into past records, appeared to be the first winning season in program history.
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Friday, February 9, 2018
Super Bowl spirit soars around the Diocese before and after the game
Before the Super Bowl, Philly fans were pretty excited that their “Birds” were going into the big game against the New England Patriots Feb. 4. And after the Super Bowl, forget about it. They went absolutely wild about the Eagles’ 41-33 win and bringing home the coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy for the very first time. More ...
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Catholic faith an influence for New England Patriots assistant coaches

MINNEAPOLIS – For a block of time each Saturday evening before a home game, several New England Patriots coaches break away from the task of finalizing game plans.

They attend Mass together along with other members of the Patriots' staff. Msgr. Mike Foley, a priest from the Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts, comes to celebrate the Mass for any players, coaches and staff who want to attend.

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Philadelphia Eagles punter sees God's hand in path to Super Bowl

MINNEAPOLIS – Philadelphia Eagles punter Donnie Jones understands how rarely a chance to play in the Super Bowl comes around.

"I've only been once in 14 years, so it's hard," said Jones, 37. "I've tried to explain to these young guys that you don't know when you're going to get another shot. We've got to make the most of this."

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Monday, February 5, 2018
DOT excited about Super Bowl LII - GO EAGLES!!!
Philly-born Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., is gearing up for Super Bowl LII.

“Put me in coach ... I can be in Minneapolis tonight!” Bishop O’Connell said, making it known that he’s ready to do whatever’s necessary to make sure the Philadelphia Eagles bring home the coveted football trophy.
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Friday, February 2, 2018
St. John Vianney wrestling enjoying success under veteran coaches

An awakening has occurred at St. John Vianney High School, Holmdel, as a couple of old dogs are teaching the Lancers wrestling program some new tricks.

In 2012, Denny D’Andrea and Tony Caravella came to SJV as assistant coaches. For 20 years, the two produced a powerhouse program at Brick Memorial, with Caravella as the head coach and D’Andrea the assistant. D’Andrea went on to guide Freehold Borough and Manalapan before arriving at SJV.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Renewed optimism name of the game for TCA girls basketball

The 2016-17 season was uncharacteristic for the Trenton Catholic Academy girls basketball team, a perennial Non-Public South Jersey B title contender, as it finished 13-10 and was bounced from the state tournament in a 49-point first-round loss to St. Rose. 

It didn’t take long for the Hamilton-based school to get back on track.    

The arrival of a new coach and new player has reverted the Iron Mikes to their old ways as they carry a 12-1 record into their Jan. 27 game with Willingboro.  

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Notre Dame record-breaker dedicated to school, team and swimming his best
Notre Dame High standout junior swimmer Matthew Lequang experienced a somewhat dubious achievement as a freshman, while still swimming with West Windsor-Plainsboro North. More ...
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Synergy goes beyond court for SJV mother-daughter team
For some folks, the transition from parent-child to coach-player can be messy, to say the least. But it has been a sheer blessing for Dawn and Sarah Karpell, the St. John Vianney version of The Gilmore Girls. More ...
Thursday, January 4, 2018
ND boys take CYO holiday tourney; girls win semifinal
It was a homecoming for RJ Mathes, the first opportunity to see a legendary gym for Maddy McCauley and a chance for both Notre Dame High School freshman teams to put the future of Irish basketball on display. More ...
Thursday, January 4, 2018
Seraphs' hard hits not enough for repeat state football title
As they walked into the locker room at halftime, there was no doubt in the minds of the Mater Dei football players they were going to win the football game. More ...
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Mater Dei players know how to 'battle through adversity'
Sometimes kids pay the price for things that are out of their control. But quality kids have a way of not letting that price get too high. More ...
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Griffins set, ace, dig, kill way to record-setting girls' volleyball season

Back in August, Glen Jansen realized his Donovan Catholic girls’ volleyball team had the ability to compete with the best. He understood it worked hard and could be poised for a nice season.  

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017
GCU's Bruno thankful for opportunities God provides through volleyball

The Georgian Court University women’s volleyball team had one of the top outside hitters in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference this year in sophomore Amy Bruno.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

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