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Knights' Korner

Knights' Korner is a weekly post that highlights the week in Wall sports. This edition focus' on the week of November 9-16.

Wall Football: After Wall's bizarre triple overtime 29-29 to Ocean on Homecoming, they ran into a very talented Neptune team. Wall kept it close early, even pulled within a field goal in the second quarter, but the Scarlet Fliers proved to be too much for the Knights, winning 54-17. Lone bright spot for Wall was junior running back Petie Miceli. He had a very good day running the ball against a vigorous Neptune front seven, getting 15 carries for 77 yards, 5.1 yards a carry. He only got one pass thrown his way, but making the most of his opportunity. He turned a screen pass into a 55 yard catch-and-run touchdown pass. Miceli keeps proving as long as first year head coach Nick Gregorio gives him enough touches, he can turn them into points. Neptune did whatever they wanted on the offensive side of the ball. Scarlet Flier quarterback Ajee Patterson had nearly a flawless game; 16 completions on 19 throws, good for 405 yards and 5 touchdowns. The secondary couldn't keep up with wide receiver Keith Kirkwood. Kirkwood was a man amongst boys with 5 catches for 233 yards and three long touchdown catches-all in the first half- of 41, 59 and 61 yards.

Wall Boys Soccer: Saturday night the Knights played New Brunswick in their first round of states, and had a difficult first round game. Senior Alan Burdge gave Wall an early lead, but the Zebras tied it in the second half. The game went into overtime and senior Tom Bogert scored for the Knights. Then two days later their season ended at Princeton High School 2-1 in overtime. Senior Eric Doucette scored the goal for Wall early in the first half, his seventh on the year, good for third on a balanced Knights attack. Bogert led the team with 9, followed by sophomore Brenden Barcas with 8. Next year, Wall will reload around returning staters Barcas, Chris Barcas, Rajon Patel, Cameron Wenz and Jack Wishart. (Boys Soccer written by Scott Gillet.)

Wall Girls Soccer: Friday night Wall girls soccer's state tournament run came to an end in the semi finals 1-0 home against Colts Neck. It was one of those days when the ball just wouldn't bounce their way. As the first half was drawing to a close, Colts Neck grabbed a goal on a scramble in the box. It's always a bad time to give up a goal, but just before half is probably the worst. The Lady Knights were all over the Cougars in the second half, but couldn't buy a goal. Senior leading goal scorer Casey Zalewski hit the post as did junior Jen Textor. Earlier in the week, they played their quarterfinal game away against Allentown. The team got out to a 2-0 halftime lead, behind senior Ariana DeBlasio and Zalewski. But then in the second half, Allentown threw everything but the kitchen sink at Lady Knight senior keeper Madi Mitchell and Wall was holding on for dear life, waiting to hear the sweet tune of the referee's final whistle. When it finally came, the team collectivly breathed a sigh of relief, ensuring a spot in the semi finals. They had an equally tough game in the first round, which was unexpected, against Hamilton. Wall peppered the Hamilton goal, forcing the keeper to make 19 saves, going into overtime 0-0. Then finally on the team's 20th shot on goal, junior Shannen Biserta scored the golden goal, sending the Knights through. They too, like boys soccer, will be reloading next year to make another run.

Wall Field Hockey: The constant of Wall Field Hockey the past 40 plus years, head coach Nancy Gross, was forced to miss four big games this year due to her caring for her elderly mother. Gross still managed to lead the Lady Knights t oa 14-5-2 record and a spot in the state tournament finals. Their season screeched to stop at the hands of 19-2 Moorestown 2-0 on Wednesday. On Monday in the semi finals, they traveled to Allentown and beat them 3-1 behind senior Alex Oldock, junior Nicole Kuerzi, her team leading 25th, and freshman Samantha Scire, a respectable 7 goals in her first year. Senior Rebecca Mattia had two assists. Gross hasn't decided if she was going to come back in 2013. Gross has built Wall field hockey into a Shore Conference powerhouse, and would pass along a very good team to whoever takes over, when she decides to walk away.

Wall Girls Volleyball: Volleyball had a busy week with four win-or-go-home state tournament games. They won the first three, but unfortunately couldn't get the fourth win in the semi finals of the state tournament. Senior Olivia Hayes led the charge in all four games, as she's been doing all year. She helped hold off a possible upset in the first round against a pesky Westwood team that wouldn't go away with 7 kills, winning 2-1. Then never even gave Fort Lee a chance with 15 kills, winning 2-0. Then Wall got the same result against Rampapo, Hayes with 12 kills. Hayes is going to Stetson University next year, undecided if she's continuing her volleyball career.

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