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Tennis Sweeps LuHi

September 20, 2018
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Bennett in action last year (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

This afternoon the girls’ tennis team moved to 2-0 in PSAA play with a dominant 5-0 win over Long Island Lutheran on the home courts.

Sadhana Sridhar (6-1, 6-1), Marta Bennett (6-1, 6-0), and Nicolette Carlo (6-0, 6-1) won their singles matches, while Mary Wang and Louise Lin (6-0, 6-0) and Tina Luo and Ali Birgeles (6-0, 6-0) swept both doubles matches without dropping a single game.

The Bears are back in action on Monday with a home match-up against the Knox School.

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Rutgers Offense Looking to Washington in a Number of Ways

September 20, 2018
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Washington vs. Texas State in the season opener

From Bobby Deren of ScarletNation.com, published on Wednesday, Sept. 19.

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Rutgers does not have a wealth of veterans on the offensive side of the football, but coming into the season there was already a lot of experience and production out of fifth-year senior tight end Jerome Washington. He led the team in receiving last year with 28 catches and has added six receptions through the first three games of this season.

In last weekend’s ugly loss to Kansas, Washington was recognized as one of the offensive players who had a strong showing.

“I thought Jerome was the one guy that played really well, they could not handle him,” offensive coordinator John McNulty said this week. “I told Art [Sitkowski] just find [number] 88.”

Day in and day out, Washing has been taking a workmanlike approach to his final season of college football.

“I am building up to being the best player I can be,” Washington told Scarlet Nation after Tuesday’s practice. “Every day, I come out here and just want to continue to get better. I just want to do everything I can to help us get wins.”

Washington is one of the veterans on this Rutgers team and commented on what he is telling the younger players to help move past last weekend’s loss to Kansas.

“Just to continue to try and get better. If you are not, you are only getting worse. That is not going to help the situation. You can’t change what has happened in the past, but you can learn from it and make sure you don’t make the same mistakes. Even if it is hard, we have another opportunity to win a game this week. You have to have the mindset to come out here and get better.”

Washington is playing an abundance of snaps and commented on where he has improved most as a player.

“Definitely blocking and just learning how to read defenses and coverages. I have been watching a lot more film this year. I have been preparing better.”

The McNulty offense is using the tight ends in a variety of ways and that has been embraced by Washington.

“It is a lot of fun because we are used in a lot of different ways,” Washington said. “I have to know a lot of different positions. It is fun in terms of studying and having to watch film and breaking everything down.”

Washington admitted that learning the entirety of McNulty’s offense was not an overnight task.

“It definitely took some time. The terminology might be different and certain things are different, but it is not too bad if you study and watch film and put the work in.”

McNulty was a former tight ends coach in the NFL for the LA Chargers before coming to Rutgers and Washington mentioned how that dynamic has worked to his advantage.

“He knows a lot and has a very good understanding of the position. Everything he tells me in terms of technique and how to do certain blocks is great because there is another eye helping me clean up my fundamentals and just helping me become a better player.”

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Washington on Rutgers’ Offense, Driving Uber, Real Estate

September 20, 2018

This morning James Kratch of NJ.com profiled Jerome Washington ’12.

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Jerome Washington led Rutgers in receiving last season.

Can he do it again this fall?

The senior tight end hauled in a team-leading 28 catches for 282 yards and a touchdown in 2017. He has six catches for 85 yards so far through three games, and the yardage total is again at the head of the pack as the Elizabeth native looks to position himself as an NFL Draft prospect after the season is over.

NJ Advance Media recently caught up with Washington – who played his high school ball in New York and transferred to Rutgers by way of junior college and Miami – to discuss working with offensive coordinator John McNulty, who was the Los Angeles Chargers’ tight ends coach, his past side jobs, fan allegiances and more.

Here is this week’s Rutgers Q&A:

On This Day In History | 1995

September 20, 2018
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The ’95 Bears

On this day 23 years ago, the boys’ soccer team dropped Port Jeff, 6-0, behind a hat trick from Liam Banks. Banks added an assist while Joel Conti scored twice and Robbie Marvin added a goal.

The Bears took a 2-0 lead into the break before a second half cannonade that yielded four more scores. Jeremy Meserole recorded 3 saves for one of his school record 8 shutouts.

The Bears went on to win their second consecutive League Championship and finished 9-2-1, the program’s best record to that point in school history.

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On This Day In History | 2012

September 19, 2018
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Naylor

On this day six years ago, the girls’ tennis team topped Rocky Point, 4-3.

Angel Jiang and Jillian Naylor topped Christina Romano and Jackie Riley (6-0, 6-0) in the deciding second doubles match to power the Bears to the win and a 5-1 record in League VI.

The Bears would go on to win their first League Championship in ten years.

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On This Day In History | 1981

September 19, 2018
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Mark (with sister and future Tar Heel Laura in tow) in 1977

On this day 37 years ago, Mark Whitney ’78, Don Lockerbie ’75, and the University of North Carolina cross country team earned surprise wins over Virginia and NC State in an ACC tri-meet.

The Tar Heels dispatched the Cavaliers, 20-35, and the Wolfpack, 25-34, thanks in part to Whitney’s 4th overall finish in 24:41. Lockerbie, UNC’s head coach, called it “quite a stellar performance this early in the season.” He went on to tell The Daily Tar Heel, “Virginia and State were surprised that we won. We were the same bunch that finished 5th in the ACC last year.”

Whitney, the team captain that year, and Lockerbie went on to lead to team to a 3-0-1 record, a #13 national ranking, and a 2nd place finish in the ACC.

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Volleyball Sweeps Our Savior

September 18, 2018

Yesterday afternoon the girls’ volleyball team won their inaugural PSAA match, 3-0, over visiting Our Savior to move to 2-0 overall.

The Bears looked sharp out of the gate, racing out to a 6-1 lead behind a Liz Robbins ace and kills from Niamh Scanlon, Bekah Detwiler, and Mercedes Alvarez. A triptych of aces from Alvarez pushed the lead to 14-2 and the Bears hardly looked back on their way to a dominant 25-8 win in game one.

The Bears ran out to a similar lead in game two, winning 6-2 early on, but the Pioneers fought back to take an 10-8 edge. A Shannuel Lamptey block knotted the game at 10-10 and the Bears recaptured the lead on the next point, but Our Savior tied the game at 12-12. The Bears took the lead for good on the next point, another Lamptey block pushed the advantage to 14-12 and more breathing room was provided by a Leslie Kang ace and a Lamptey kill: 16-12. The Pioneers remained within striking distance at 18-14, but consecutive Lamptey aces extended the cushion to 20-14. Detwiler closed the game with an emphatic spike to give the Bears a 25-16 win.

In game three the Brook again nabbed an early edge behind a pair of Robbins aces and a Detwiler rocket. Our Savior closed to within 6-5, but five straight points, powered by two kills and an ace from Detwiler, gave the Bears an 11-5 edge. The lead grew to 13-6, but the Pioneers clawed back within 13-12 on the back of their service game. Unfazed, the Bears responded with six straight points of their own, punctuated by a Lamptey ace, to lead 19-12. The Bears were untested the rest of the way as they closed out the sweep, 25-17.

The Bears are back on the court Friday night in a home match-up with the Knox School.

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