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Henderson triumphs in playoff at ShopRite Classic

GALLOWAY TWP. _ Brooke Henderson isn't irked by the nearly constant presence of her older sister, Brittany. Henderson, of Smiths Falls, Ontario, still takes her advice to heart and values her input on the golf course - and off of it - even after seven years and an abundance of trips around the United States and all over the world. The sisters have been successful working together and, on Sunday, June 12, they collaborated their way to the top of the leaderboard at the LPGA ShopRite Classic which was held on the Bay Course at the Seaview Hotel and Golf…

Dominant 2nd half key for Chatham in TOC

CHATHAM _ The Chatham girls lacrosse team gained a new fan on Saturday, June 4 when coach Helen McCutcheon Oliver gave birth to a son, William Peter, several hours before the Cougars' thrilling win over Moorestown in the Group III final. McCutcheon Oliver's absence left Chatham in the capable hands of Kelsey Ryan and other assistans but very little has changed. The fourth-seeded Cougars, up by only one goal at halftime, continued to roll, defeating Haddonfield 15-5 in a Tournament of Champions quarterfinal three days after securing their much-desired state title. "This is huge," said Chatham junior attack Stella Straka,…

Gaels keep Steinert at bay

  NEWARK _ It was a reaffirmation of true team-building spirit as well as a morale and confidence-boosting experience, one that will last a lifetime for the Roxbury softball team.   The Gaels, who took a 5-0 lead, were able to hold off a late rally by Steinert and record a 6-4 victoty in the Group III title game on Saturday, June 4 at Seton Hall University's Ivy Hill Park.The championship was the first for Roxbury (24-4) in three decades.   Sophomore right-hander Hailey Errichiello threw a masterful complete-game four-hitter for the Gaels, allowing three earned runs while striking out 15 and walking three.…

Crusaders are tops in Non-Public B

NEWARK _ Carly Mockenhaupt didn't fret when her favorite and most reliable bat got a crack in it as Morris Catholic was to start play in the state tournament. Mockenhaupt and her mother, Christine, simply headed to Closeout Bats in Westwood, and sought out the latest model of the Easton Ghost. It has made no difference what bat Mockenhaupt swings. The new white, red and black one, the 2022 version, has been just as lethal and full of hits as the one put into use two years ago. On Friday, June 3, Mockenhaupt swatted two doubles and drove in a…

HP advances then falls in group final

PEQUANNOCK _ Hanover Park got production throughout its lineup, good team defense and a solid pitching effort to defeat Pequannock, 15-5,in five innings in a Group II softball semifinal on Friday, June 3. However, a day later at Ivy Hill Park, the Hornets fell to Haddon Heights, 4-0, in the Group 2 state championship game. Hanover Park, which last advanced to a group title game in 1980 under legendary coach Edie Stitt, earned top honors in its section in 2018. The game against Pequannock (14-15) started normally enough with junior shortstop and leadoff hitter Peyton Sward taking the first two pitches…

Revived Panthers take section

OAKLAND _ A very young Pequannock team had been looking to find its true self for the entire season - and it did - just at the right time during the 2022 campaign. A couple of weeks ago, the Golden Panthers were flailing and had many question marks. Now they have provided the answers as they have completely reversed course from their troubles throughout April and in the first part of May. As the spring in New Jersey has blossomed, so has Pequannock's offense, pitching and defense - all the necessary ingredients in the winning recipe that has them advancing…