Redbirds secure a berth in state football playoffs

ALLENTOWN VARSITY REPORT By WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent Allentown High School’s Stephanie Otten, right, and Freehold High School’s Jess Pianko try to win this 50/50 ball during the non-conference game played at Allentown Oct. 27. The two state playoff-bound teams played to a scoreless tie as they made their final preparations for the state tournament. STAFF …

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Muhlenberg College quarterback Nick Palladino of Allentown tied the school record for career passing yardage when the Mules (6-2) beat Dickinson College, 15-13, Oct. 31. Palladino completed 11 of 24 passes for 153 yards and one touchdown, and he reached 6,938 career passing yards to tie Hall of Fame quarterback Michael McCabe, who graduated in …

Redbirds enter state playoffs as Mercer County champions

ALLENTOWN VARSITY REPORT By WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent Allentown High School’s Devon Hoernlein, left, finished third at the Mercer County Cross-Country Championships Oct. 23 at Thompson Park in Jamesburg. FRANK WOJCIECHOWSKI It’s been a long wait, but Allentown High School’s field hockey team claimed its first Mercer County Tournament championship since 2009 when it beat Robbinsville …

Mottram leads charge as Redbirds end slide on gridiron

ALLENTOWN VARSITY REPORT By WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent Allentown High School’s Emma Pascarella, left, and Robbinsville High School’s Nenagh Sheehan are shoulder to-shoulder as they try to win the ball during the Oct. 13 match played in Allentown. The Redbirds’ 4-3 victory improved their record to 11-3. STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER ERIC SUCAR Ricky Mottram has been the …

Allentown football looks to get back in the win column

ALLENTOWN VARSITY REPORT By WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent Allentown High School’s Kayla Peterson, middle, maintains control of the ball against Robbinsville High School’s Hadley Fluge, right, at Robbinsville on Oct. 7. The Colonial Valley Conference Freedom Division contest ended in a 1-1 tie. MATT DENTON Allentown High School’s football team has not had many losing streaks, …

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The free health screenings and flu shots for New Jersey horsemen at Gaitway Farms have been rescheduled to Oct. 21, according to Dr. Chris Samaha of the Backstretch Community Assistance Program. It was decided to cancel and reschedule the Oct. 5 date because of the threat of severe weather. The Gaitway screenings will take place …

Allentown field hockey team gearing up for key CVC games

VARSITY REPORT By WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent Allentown High School runners are off a running on at the New Balance Shore Coaches Invitational cross-country meet held on a soggy Holmdel Park course on Oct. 3. FRANK GALIPO Allentown’s field hockey team, off to a 7-0 start, can solidify its bid for a Colonial Valley Conference Freedom …

Allentown girls soccer and field hockey stay undefeated

ALLENTOWN VARSITY REPORT By WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent Allentown High School’s Joe Mannino, middle, powers his way through the Nottingham High School line behind his blockers during the Sept. 25 game played in Allentown. Nottingham surprised the Redbirds, 20-14. STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER ERIC SUCAR Allentown High School’s field hockey and girls soccer teams remained unbeaten heading into …

Allentown’s Palladino sets school completions record

By WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent Former Allentown High School quarterback Nick Palladino set a school career record for pass completions in only his junior season at quarterback but Muhlenberg College’s football team lost at perennial Centennial Conference power Johns Hopkins University, 49-28, Sept. 26. Johns Hopkins scored the last 28 points to pull out the victory …