Inside Our Crowded House [PODCAST]
While a huge snowstorm is making things difficult in other parts of the Northeast, travel seems to be no problem for a slew of South Jersey athletes. Nearly a dozen of our area's best converged on the Admiral Nissan Studios in Northfield for the latest jam-packed edition of the South Jersey Sports Report.
Leading things off: a dynamic Spartan duo that's hoping to continue their streaky play into the postseason. We sat down with Holy Spirit's Paul Moore and Junior Saintel, to find out why things seem to be clicking at the right time for their team. Listen in to find out how they overcame a midseason lull, and why they say they've still got some unfinished business left against their biggest Cape-Atlantic League rival.
One of the most successful girls basketball programs in recent years was also well represented inside our Admiral Nissan Studios. Cedar Creek capped off an unbelievable season with a State Championship in 2012, and has their sights on a similar postseason run this year.
We'd like to congratulate Kristine Miller, Michelina Hesse, Jahniece Jaffey, Mercina Stefanski, Mikila Stefanski, Monique Stefanski, Morgan Stefanski, Casey Thomas and the rest of this year's team for capturing their conference. We asked all eight ladies what they took away from last season's state title, how they're building a legacy for future classes, and what kind of message they're prepared to give their critics when the postseason tournaments begin this month.
Another local standout who also hails the green and black Pirates flag is senior Damon Mitchell. Joining his fellow schoolmates live in our studios, we asked the multi-sport athlete about his big moment on National Signing Day. Listen in to find out what ultimately went into his decision, what he'll remember from an outstanding senior sports campaign, and his expectations on taking the field against the some of the best college football players in the country.
He's a local graduate, attended Rutgers University, and now he's also a Super Bowl champion. Alex Silvestro has lived the dream over the past two years, representing the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI and now earning a ring with the Ravens. We asked the Paulsboro High School graduate about his memories from two distinct Super Bowl runs, the biggest differences between Bill Belichick and John Harbaugh, and what it was like being around Ray Lewis in the Baltimore locker room.
And the state playoff bracket pairings are set (see the article here). We asked two local basketball experts, Phil Anastasia of Philadelphia Inquirer and South Jersey Hall of Fame sports reporter Tom Williams, about their early impressions of each tournament. Find out which Group IV team has the best chance to upset Atlantic City, if Hammonton can ride their No. 1 seed to a Group III title, and which local teams could be on a collision course in Group II.
Listen to this week's show:
Paul Moore & Junior Saintel, Holy Spirit Spartans "bigs"
Phil Anastasia, Philadelphia Inquirer sports writer
Cedar Creek girls basketball team
Damon Mitchell, Cedar Creek Pirate senior & Arkansas committal
Alex Silvestro, Rutgers graduate & member of Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens
Tom Williams, South Jersey Hall of Fame sports reporter
We’d also like to congratulate the South Jersey Athlete of the Week:
Swimming, Atlantic City
It appears the Atlantic City swimming program is in good hands after the graduation of Vikings legend and University of Tennessee bound Colleen Callahan. Glenn, a freshman, was phenomenal at the Frank Forde Cape-Atlantic League Individual Swimming Championships.She captured victories in the 200-meter and 400-meter freestyle races and joined the team’s title-winning 400-meter relay group.
It’s all right here, on The South Jersey Sports Report. Listen every Saturday, 9-11 a.m. on 97.3 ESPN-FM or 973espn.com
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