By: Glenn Brown
As sports fans we don’t agree with a lot of calls that we see on television and in real life concerning sports and sporting events. We like to think of ourselves as experts and referees when viewing a particular sport. This can come down to being fans of the sport or if you played the sport we like to compare experience with the future.
A lot of people believe that they can make the right calls during crucial times of the games. This is the general consensus among many sports fans. There’s jokes about referees as being “blind” when a particular call isn’t made in their teams favor or one that can effects the game greatly. As a former intramural and youth sports referee, I can tell you that it is the opposite when you step on the field or court wearing that zebra stripe shirt.
While sitting down with a few of my Rowan University Intramural referees, we noticed that we had a lot of things in common regarding referring, but the most common trait that each member possessed was patience. In order to become a good referee or even an average one, you need to have patience and confidence.
After talking to my friend Morgan Olsen who has been a referee for over three years at Rowan University, she had this to say about the job and experience.
“As referees we have to keep our composure and be patient with the participants at all times,” said Olsen. “They (the participants) will hurl insults at you all game and we have to deal with that my continuing to be stern and making the right judgment calls.”
Another one of my colleagues is Wayne Roberts, who referees in intramural basketball. Roberts has a great take on being a referee and sports fan.
“Sometimes it can be weird stepping on to the court and not playing, but without your calls and direction, the game cannot be played correctly,” said Roberts. “We pride ourselves on making the correct calls when it comes to each sport that we’ve played or the sport that were a fan of.”
It’s a respect factor that we have for the game and no matter how annoying or disrespectful the participants may be, we have a job to do at the end of the day. I can honestly say that when the games are close and tight, that is the most enjoyment I have refereeing as I feel like it’s the real thing.
By Glenn Brown
As Ryan Klein walked on to the field that day of the Varsity Championship Game, he saw more than just 12-year-old playing for a youth football championship. He saw greater things and better pastures for each of the kids suiting up for the Ventnor Pirates. As each team warmed up he started to rattle off something different than the names on the back of each youth’s jersey. “St. Joes (St. Joseph’s High School in Hammonton, NJ), Prep (St. Augustine Prep in Richland, NJ), and Spirit (Holy Spirit High School in Absecon, NJ)”. These are three of the top catholic high schools in South Jersey. The Ventnor Pirates Youth Football Program located in Ventnor City, New Jersey has sent many of their youth football players to these three high schools in Atlantic County. I played numerous years for this program and was fortunate enough to be granted admission to one of these schools. A bunch of my teammates that I have played with throughout our years also attended these high schools and we continued the dominance at these programs. Even though we all split up between the three schools, we’ve always continued to keep in contact throughout high school as we all had to compete against each other while in high school. While attending these high schools between 2008-2012, me and my teammates won numerous individual awards in football, received scholarships for football, and some of us even one state titles. Without the growth and guidance of our coaches and community in Ventnor, none of would’ve achieved the success that we’ve had. One of those teammates who starred while playing for the Ventnor Pirates is former Rowan Profs football player Evan Stevens. After speaking with Evan over the phone, I was left intrigued about his grace that he showed for the Ventnor program. “The coaches in Ventnor instilled the discipline and winning mentality that I still carry with myself today as a man. Who knew that a bunch of kids from a surf town like Ventnor would take over the South Jersey football landscape as one collective group.
By Bryan Vientos
JJ Fogelman is a Senior at Kingsway High school and plays for the varsity hockey team. Fogelman has been a varsity player since freshman year and was getting more play time then most first year varsity players. He plays defense but has an itch for scoring goals but his main focus is getting that perfect pass to his forwards. So far this season his team is 14-5 and his stats are 5 goals and 15 assists. Like I said his main focus to is help his teammates get in a better position to score but at the same time keep the puck out his goalies net.
Youth Programs had a lot of influence on Foelman and his favorite was the Hollydell Hurricanes. Fogelman said, “Youth hockey has helped him a lot throughout the years, being on the ice 4 out of the 7 days just for youth hockey really got me better because of all the practices and being in games where kids were better than me definitely taught me how to be a better skater and have more iq on the ice.” That being said, he only went on to explain why he chose hockey and his reasoning was that he’s always loved to watch it as a kid. This only pushed him to continue on through youth programs then to high school level hockey.
JJ’s influence to his high school program has not been quiet, he has been awarded with the Coaches Award and this years Defenseman of year award after a great season. Fogelman said, “The Coaches Award is so far my proudest moment after being acknowledge for his great character on and off the ice.” The love for the youth hockey club has not only shaped a young man but continues to push him to the next level.
Giselle Cortes in the upper left hand corner. Kelly O’Brien in the right upper corner. Rachel Hafbauer in the bottom left corner. Taylor Gretz in the bottom right corner. Photo from Rowan University.
By Sierra Morrison
Pennsauken N.J – In their season opener held March 1, Rowan University Women’s Lacrosse defeated Ursinus University 12-7. Since then the women’s lacrosse team has played two more games. They recently lost their most recent game against Salisbury University, 6-16 and are on a 2 game losing streak. Despite being 1-3 women’s lacrosse player Giselle Cortes (Sr.) expects a turn around as soon as they travel to Florida.
Women’s lacrosse next scheduled games will be in Florida on March 14 and 17 playing against Western New England University and Denison University.
For Cortes, her roots began in High School. Cortes went to Pennsauken High School and was selected female athlete of the year her junior year (2012) for garnishing 1st team all conference honor for both field hockey and lacrosse. Also, she became the youngest to receive that award as its given senior year. By the time Cortes was a senior in high school, she was again selected female athlete of the year and became the first female to receive it twice.
“I think what got me there again was not only getting 1st team all conferences honors in both field hockey and lacrosse but also, I broke the scoring record for field hockey overall and had the most high scoring season,” said Cortes. “In lacrosse as well by the end of senior year I became the all time scorer. Furthermore, what probably really allowed me to receive the award was that I was awarded The Iron Award (consisting of a sword and plaque), this award was the second biggest in which I became the second female athlete to receive it in over 20 yrs.”
It should be noted that lacrosse wasn’t Cortes primary sport.
“I played field hockey during the fall, then my junior year I began to pay basketball in the winter, and Lacrosse in the spring,” said Cortes. “By my senior year, I was in mid season of basketball, although I loved it I knew at the time I needed something more to prepare myself for lacrosse and the collegiate level, so I quit during mid season and indoor track.”
After graduating from Pennsauken High School, Cortes went to Rowan University and continues to play lacrosse.
By Tyler Douris
Monday night, Ocean City High School boys basketball took on Triton in a second round playoff matchup, losing 52-50. Fans of both teams would switch focus when a brawl involving students started outside the school.
Ocean City blew an 11 point lead after being ahead the entire game. The team ended the game with the final possession but couldn’t convert, failing to send the game to overtime.
At 20-7 on the season, Ocean City was sure to make the playoffs, but some questioned if they could be a serious contender. Behind senior star player Luciano Lubrano, Ocean City blew out Tom’s River East in the first round of playoffs, winning 70-49. But in the end, it would be Triton who would eliminate Ocean City thanks to stellar defense.
About 15 minutes after the game, the Police would be called after a brawl between students began. Students of both schools had a heated exchange of words towards the end of the game, leading to the brawl that ended the night.
“There was so much tension and frustration going on towards the end of that game,” said Mark Kolmer, senior football player at OCHS. “Athletes play with a lot of passion and i think it can kind of rub off on the fans. There was some jawing back and forth and eventually kids from each school started going at it.”
Nobody involved in the fight was critically injured.
Such a sad way to end the season for Ocean City. As for Triton, we will see if their tough defense will be enough to rattle their opponents in round three of the playoffs.