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Physical training, team's faith take St. John Vianney to national cheerleading trophy
The St. John Vianney cheerleaders gather around their trophy Jan. 25 after winning the National Cheerleading Association’s Advanced Large Varsity Division in Dallas.  Photo courtesy of Jayne Shalkowski

The St. John Vianney cheerleaders gather around their trophy Jan. 25 after winning the National Cheerleading Association’s Advanced Large Varsity Division in Dallas.  Photo courtesy of Jayne Shalkowski

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



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