Journey for the JimmyJohners to the Playoffs

By Bryan Vientos
Senior Tyler Yeh and captain of JimmyJohners had bright hope for the season,which only involved 5 games and then the playoffs. Unfortunately, they didn’t start off too hot, losing their first game by 27 points but this didn’t discourage the team.

“ It was our first game playing together and with only one sub it was difficult to match the other team stamina,” Yeh said.

The second game didn’t seem to be going right again, with two JimmyJohners players not able to make the game. This put a lot of pressure on Yeh to preform playing with a man down but luck would have it the other team faced the same issue with their team members. The game was played four versus four with the JimmyJonhers taking complete control over the game winning by 14 points with leading scorer Jerry C. with 18 points. His 6’4 height definitely played a big factor in this turn out. The overall competitiveness was electric throughout the division. Unfortunately in game 3 the JimmyJohners tied in OT, which wasn’t hurtful until the end of the regular season.

The JimmyJohners went on to win their 4th game, which only put more pressure on the 5th and final game of the regular season. The top 2 teams advance to the playoffs and since the JimmyJohners tied there 3rd game they were tied for 2nd. This meant they had to outscore the other teams previous scored more than 15 points against the 5th and final team. Unfortunately, the chances of the JimmyJoners making the playoffs was over before the 5th game even start. The referees warn each team before the game there isn’t any dunking in warmups and Jerry had dunked the ball, which lead to a technical. This technical pushed the Jimmyjohners out of playoff contention and only heartbreak for Senior Yeh not able to receive any silverware before graduation.

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From Ventnor to the C.A.L

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.

Youth Programs Influence On Kingsway Hockey Player JJ Fogelman

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.

From Pennsauken High School to Rowan University

Cortes, Hofbauer

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.

Fight Occurs After Ocean City High School Basketball Game

 

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.

 

The Use of Analytics in Basketball

By Glenn Brown

Ten years ago, the play and statistics of the NBA were determined to be meaningless and sometimes annoying for diehard fans and personnel of each organization. General managers and owners would draft players, scout free agents, scout opponents, and lastly, would construct teams based on what they would see live and hear from the front office. That all change with the birth of analytics that was created by the general manager of the Major League’s Oakland Athletics. The man behind this crazy idea was Billy Beane, or the guy most people know from the film “Money ball.” Beane used advance statistics to figure out which players worked for his system and left 60 percent up to what the numbers said, and the other 40 percent to the front office. The question that the reader must be thinking about is, “What does this have to do with the NBA”? Well, this led to current Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey using this idea of advanced metrics to start the trend of player development tracking. The numbers game has revolutionized the NBA in a way that fans and NBA personnel have never witnessed before. Morey’s trend started in 2009 by tracking the way a player plays against certain defenses, the strengths and weaknesses while playing a style, how the player fits in to certain systems, and overall the strengths and weaknesses of teams. This lead to ten teams adopting this type of metric the next year, and currently every NBA franchise uses advanced metrics. This transformation has been used in every aspect of the NBA from which players to draft, the amount of money a player is truly worth, and most importantly which systems will work for certain teams and their coaches. The tracking of analytics has become so involved in the game that some statistics can predict what a player’s stats will be for the rest of their career, and which role a rookie will have in the NBA before stepping on an NBA floor.

Analytics Overload: Are Sports Relying Too Much On Data And Stats?

By Tyler Douris

Everywhere we look in the sports world today, analytics are present. The sports analytic science keeps progressing and owners, professionals and fans all value it more as time goes on. But when will the time come where the analytics outweigh the actual talent? Should player’s salaries depend on analytics or should they be determined by overall talent and worth to the team?

More than ever, you will see players being bashed for their efficiency in today’s game (particularly in the NBA). Although efficiency is a good quality for an NBA team, how much does it affect the team’s overall success? According to an article by ESPN magazine, “the Philadelphia 76ers and the Houston Astros” put analytics to the best use and are two of the most efficient teams in their sports. These two teams have a severe lack of talent, but the guys who do play have played efficiently. Does that mean that the teams are a contender? Absolutely not. If a player drops 20 points per game in the NBA or takes “efficient” shots, it doesn’t necessarily mean he’s a max contract player (or at least they shouldn’t be). There are plenty of efficient players in the league, but all of the “greats” will miss, and miss, and miss again until it drops.

Although analytics are important to the sports world, they are being taken too far. Efficient players are important and stats are cool, but when you decide the overall talent of a player by something this complex it can be taken out of hand. There are several players in every league that are key components to their teams, but put up 40 percent shooting and .240 batting averages. There are countless amounts of teams who look like front runners and fail. Talent outweighs efficiency and stats.

The Evolution of Analytics

By Bryan Vientos

Analytics is considered to be a major game changer throughout sports. Each year technology gets even better then it was before and faster, which only means it will be easier for most teams to use smaller computers and less data to predict the outcome of certain scenarios. It’s still difficult in some sports scubas soccer to be completely accurate and weigh up all variables. In the NBA teams started to take advantage of this new way of taking chance such as shot selection. Going on for threes and short range shots instant of long twos because logically it makes more sense will a greater chance of success. The MLB is really where this became more visible especially with “Moneyball” coming into play. This was a new strategy that was developed by the Oakland Athletics General Manager who used a different way of evaluating baseball players. Which really attacked other teams unwillingness to adapt to this way of evaluating players with all of the different types of statics. As sports become more completive teams are willing to do whatever it takes to win and will find new ways of predicting players potential. Time can only tell if there will be a new way of predicting certain outcomes and potential.

How Analytics are Impacting Baseball

By Sierra Morrison

Pennsauken, N.J. – Sports fans, players, coaches and sports owners want their team to win. To help them gain an advantage over their opponent without cheating, teams are embracing analytics. Analytics were once the domain of baseball but analytics have moved to basketball, football, soccer and other sports. The reason for the massive explosion in the use of analytics is it helps identify player performance, player selection, injury prevention, and a whole list of other reasons.

A famous example of analytics was Oakland Athletics’ baseball general manager Billy Beane’s successful attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget by employing computer-generated analysis to acquire new players. Eventually, GM Beane would succeed and the Athletics would win 20 consecutive games and finish the 2002 season 103-59.

Since then, other baseball teams have taken up analytics, others are still debating. The Cardinals, Cubs, and Pirates are considered all in, while the Phillies and Marlins are considered non-believers. The Cubs recently won the World Series and the Pirates moved out of last place the year they started using analytics which was 2007.

The Phillies believe that they don’t need analytics because won the World Cup in 2008 without using it. The follow year, the Phillies went to the World Series again without the use of analytic but lost. Since then, more baseball teams have started using analytics and this has proved costly to the Phillies. Other teams have advanced while the Phillies remain stuck.

Rowan University Men’s Basketball Team beats TCNJ

Rowan University Men’s Basketball Team defeats TCNJ

By Sierra Morrison

Glassboro, N.J. – Rowan Men’s Basketball Team defeated TCNJ, 88-74.

In the first period, Rowan Men’s Basketball Team took the lead. TCNJ countered by taking a fast and aggressive stance.

Despite taking a fast and aggressive stance, Rowan Men’s Basketball Team led in field goals (FG’s), three point field goals (3FG’s) and free throws (FT). In total, Rowan made 50% of their FGs vs. TCNJ making 34.3%, 53.3% of its 3FGs vs. 16.7% and 87.5% of its FT vs. 80%.  

By the end of the first half, the score was 45-35 with Rowan Men’s Basketball Team leading.

In the second half, TCNJ maintained its fast and aggressive stance in an attempt to take the lead. For TCNJ’s fans it looked like it was working with TCNJ making 4 out of its 15 3FGs compare to Rowan’s 1 out of 11 3FGs.

In the final minutes of play, TCNJ was a mere six points from taking the lead with Corey Stanford leading in FG’s and Eric Murrdock, Jr. leading in 3FG’s. But, TCNJ’s type of playing started to show its effects on its players, TCNJ’s players were slower to react when Rowan entered their side of the court and their aggressiveness resulted in penalties. As a result, Rowan Men’s Basketball Team was able to expand its lead.

The final score was 88-74.

After the game, Rowan Men’s Basketball Team Head Coach Joe Crispin was asked how he would get the team to the foul line more often than the opposing team.

“We stay in attack mode and we don’t really dunk the ball in the post a lot, so it has to be with our guards getting to the rim, getting hands, checking calls” Crispin said.