Absegami girls soccer coach Elizabeth Lee was gracious with her time after the Braves lost the South Jersey Group IV final to Lenape by a score of 2-0 in Galloway Township on Friday afternoon. Lee answered question after question from the media members in attendance, never once making anyone feel like she'd rather be somewhere else.
It's not too often that a high school boys soccer team starts a season 0-3 -- losing all three games at home, to boot -- yet still wins a South Jersey championship. One would venture to say that's a real understatement.
Every year they say it, and it seems every year they're wrong. "They" are those media pundits (cough! cough!) or crotchety old-timers supposedly in the know when it comes to soccer in southern New Jersey. We ... ahem, I mean they (!!) ... think they know what they're talking about, but invariably they don't.
LINWOOD -- All rankings can be viewed as subjective, but there's not much doubt that the Holy Spirit High School football team deserves its No. 1 slot in The Press Elite 11.
LINWOOD -- When Mainland Regional High School girls soccer coach Chris Connolly looks over at his bench these days, it's probably a surprise when he actually sees any healthy bodies available to go into a match.
It's hard to imagine how much a win over Ocean City High School means in the world of boys soccer programs. Sure, the program isn't what it once was.
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP -- Girls volleyball may be a relatively new sport in our region, but that doesn't mean you can't happen upon a high-powered matchup in the sport in the area ... it just takes a little research.
ATLANTIC CITY -- Let's get one thing straight from the start ... Friday night's high school football game between host Atlantic City and Absegami was a Big Event, and the capital letters are included on purpose for the sake of emphasis. For the record, A.C. won 20-6, moving to 3-0 and dropping 'Gami to 1-2.
PLEASANTVILLE -- I'm suffering from a bit of culture shock here. Not in demographic terms -- my Press of Atlantic City office is actually located in P'ville, and three of the boys I coach in club soccer ... Emilio, Raul and Charles ... are all Latino boys from this town, where I spend a lot of my time.
LINWOOD -- You could be forgiven for thinking Monday afternoon's high school girls soccer match between host Mainland Regional and Middle Township was reminiscent of some sort of late-summer scrimmage.
OCEAN CITY -- It sounds terribly cliched, but when two geographical rivals such as Middle Township High School and Ocean City High School meet in any sport, you can throw the records out the proverbial window.
MAYS LANDING -- When your son takes to the football field ... especially in this day and age, when all the players are bigger, stronger and faster ... you sort of know he's throwing caution to the wind. That sort of comes with the territory.
ABSECON -- Holy Spirit High School senior Melissa Normant was in good "spirits," so to speak, despite her slight injury on Friday afternoon. Normant, who hails from Galloway Township, said some "slight bruising" kept her out of the match against Wildwood Catholic, but she'll be ready to go next week.
LINWOOD -- There's no doubt that the members of the St. Augustine Prep and host Mainland Regional football teams couldn't wait to lace 'em up and really get at each other on the field Thursday night.
ATLANTIC CITY - The games on along the bay at Atlantic City High School here are always windy, but Friday's boys' soccer game between the host Vikings and Vineland seems more so than usual. The ground-shaking sounds of the Vikings' marching band practicing in the background adds a surreal atmosphere to it all.