Cheney senior spurs historic win over Garden Plain

Recognizing the significance of what he had just achieved was a little difficult for Cheney senior Logan Bartlett.

First off, it was hard to keep track of everything he had just done to help Cheney secure a 44-7 victory over Garden Plain, which is the largest victory for the Cardinals over the Owls in the seven decades that the series spans. Cheney improved to 3-0 in a battle of undefeated teams.

There were the three touchdown catches on offense. Then there were the three interceptions on defense. And don’t forget the five extra points and 28-yard field goal he kicked.

“When you’re on a roll, you don’t really think much about it,” Bartlett said after it was all over. “When it’s over, then you look back and realize it was a lot of fun, but you’re not really thinking about it like that during the game.”

There will be a lot of fun to reflect back on for Bartlett after Friday’s performance.

Like the interception he grabbed in his own end zone when Cheney was trailing 7-3 that prevented Garden Plain from extending its lead. Two plays later, Harrison Voth connected with Marcus Peinter for a 70-yard touchdown to give Cheney a lead it never relinquished.

Then there were the pair of touchdown catches he caught in the third quarter to put the game out of reach. Both times a Garden Plain defender was next to Bartlett, only to watch helplessly as the Cheney senior created separation at the final moment to haul in the pass.

“Basically what I try to do is be the first one to the ball,” said Bartlett, who finished with four catches for 96 yards. “And then I just get my two hands on it before they can.”

But perhaps Bartlett’s best catch of the night came in the fourth quarter when Voth heaved a prayer to the back of the end zone targeting Bartlett, who had a Garden Plain defender in front of him. The ball went through both of their hands, struck Bartlett in the face mask and bounced into his hands for his third touchdown of the game.

“Geez, Logan had an amazing game,” said Voth, who racked up 340 passing yards. “I have receivers who can catch all of my bad balls. When you have receivers like that, you can put the ball almost anywhere.”

Voth is short-changing himself there. According to Cheney coach Shelby Wehrman, Voth’s improvement from his sophomore to junior season at quarterback is the biggest reason why Cheney is averaging 45.3 points per game during its 3-0 start.

Cheney spreads the field with an array of talented receivers like Bartlett, a 6-foot-4 target in Luke Grace (seven catches, 78 yards, one touchdown), Peinter and Dayton Higgs, which opens up the running game for Quincy Thomas (150 rushing yards). Cheney’s offensive line is led by seniors Landen Ayres, Peyton Hays, Braden Black and Blake Molyneux.

“Harrison has gotten so much better reading the game,” Wehrman said. “You saw

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Stalled auction of 89-year-old’s house over 6-cent tax bill spurs new proposed rule

A law that allowed an 89-year-old woman’s house to be put up for auction because she owed 6 cents in back taxes would be amended under a bill that her state senator plans to introduce in the coming weeks.

The story of the octogenarian Ocean Township homeowner, Glen Kristi Goldenthal, drew international attention this week after her daughter in Virginia bitterly denounced township officials in a video she posted September 9 on Twitter.

“Today, I spent the entire day saving her home from a tax sale that was happening today that she didn’t want to tell me about because she has Alzheimer’s,” Goldenthal’s daughter, Lisa Suhay, said in the video, posted above.

“So, half the time she didn’t even remember it was happening, and the other half the time she was too terrified to tell me, and too ashamed, and too afraid and too worried,” Suhay said. “A tax sale for an 89-year-old woman’s home in the middle of a pandemic. And do you want to know how much my mother owed? Six cents. Six pennies. And for that, they put her house up for sale today.”

Goldenthal’s house didn’t get auctioned off. After the video was posted, Mayor Christopher Siciliano intervened to take the home off auction block. And since then, Siciliano said Suhay had paid what was owed on the property, which actually totaled more than $300, including fees.

Siciliano also reached out to State Sen. Vin Gopal, D-Monmouth, asking the lawmaker to introduce legislation to prevent such a minuscule debt from threatening the loss of a home in the future.

Reached on Thursday, Gopal said he would do just that, with a bill that would set a minimum dollar amount owed, probably $100 or less, before a property was subject to auction.

As it stands now, state law governing tax sales, NJSA 54:5-20.1 calls for an auction when a lien exceeds $100, but leaves it up to the discretion of the local tax collector to decide whether and when to put a property up for a tax auction when the amount owed is less than that.

“This would remove the discretion,” said Gopal, who added that there was an increased likelihood that property owners of any age might fall behind on their taxes amid the coronavirus-related economic downturn.

“I think it’s a little ridiculous and unfortunate, and we need to do everything we can to make sure that those who are most vulnerable shouldn’t be shut out, especially during these tough times,” Gopal said.

In defense of Ocean’s tax officials, Siciliano said the six cents owed on the property was part of a years-long pattern of delinquency related to Goldenthal’s Redmond Avenue property that persists to this day. He said her address was among those on a computer-generated list of properties subject to auctioning due to non-payment of liens, without details of the property owners’ ages or other circumstances.

The six cents owed from 2019, he said, was actually the amount that a purchaser of a

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