In August, he became the second Colton to make news in the hockey world when Rob was named head coach of the Villanova University club hockey team.

As Jason Zablow rolled out the balls for the first day of Bordentown High boys’ soccer practice, the coach knew very little about who would play where and what kind of alignment the Scotties might play.

Not since 1989, when Trenton’s Greg Grant made the Phoenix Suns roster as a 5-foot-6 Division III basketball player, has a local athlete electrified Mercer County at the professional level like Ross Colton.

From ages 7 to 12, Katie Ciuffreda played baseball in the Lawrence Little League, and thanks to her great speed was the All-Star center fielder for three years.