By chris kelly Staff Writer Schibell wins gold as CBA takes third in District 22 Raritan, Middletown South advance eight to Regions Chris Kelly Christian Brothers Academy’s Paul Schibell pins Raritan’s Dominick Mangione in the 160-pound District 22 final at Monmouth Regional High School on Friday night. Paul Schibell is no stranger to the competitive arena. For years the West Long Branch native has been a force to be seen on the local and national lifeguard circuits — and now he can add a gold medal in wrestling to his list of achievements. Schibell, seeded first, defended his 2001 title by recording a 45-second and a 4:56 pinfall in the quarter and semifinal rounds of the District 22 wrestling tournament at Monmouth Regional High School, Tinton Falls, last weekend. The Christian Brothers Academy wrestler had his toughest match in the finals against John McAuliffe, but prevailed for a 4-3 win. The Colts put five other wrestlers in the finals, resulting in a quintet of silver honors for the Lincroft school. John Niedrich (140 pounds), Eric Spargimino (145 pounds), Edward Allegra (171 pounds), Kyle Hrymack (189 pounds) and Bruce DeCotiis (heavyweight) earned a shot at the gold, but all lost narrowly by decisions. Jeff Raymond won CBA’s only bronze, beating David Bedad by a 1:41 pinfall. Other wrestlers who won a match but failed to medal were Frank Quigley (103 pounds) and Andrew Chianese (130 pounds) — both placed fourth. The Colts finished third in the team standings, with 148 points, behind Middletown North (first – 188 points) and Ocean (second – 159 points) Although the Colts fell short of their goal of winning a district title, they continue to prove they are an improved program, and one that will be a force within the district from this point on. With team competitions officially out of the way, it’s time for individual wrestlers to step forward and concentrate on their personal goals. With that in mind, both the Raritan and Middletown South wrestling teams took part in the District 22 wrestling tournament, at Monmouth Regional High School, Tinton Falls, over the weekend, looking to advance some wrestlers to regional competition this week. When it was all said and done, the two teams combined for eight medals, thereby sending eight into regions this week. For the Rockets, who finished fourth in the team standings, a quartet of representatives advanced to the tournament finals, and a trio to the consolation round. Jason Sagos, Andy Voutsinas and Rob Steiner all won their quarterfinal bouts, then were sent into the consolation round by losing in the semifinals. Voutsinas (130 pounds) won the bronze by beating Christian Brothers’ Academy’s Andrew Chianese, 4-2; while Steiner (215 pounds) defeated Middletown North’s Mark Fields 4-3. Sagos (119 pounds) ended the tournament in fourth place, after losing to Rumson’s Greg Redman 9-0. Out of the four the Rockets sent to the finals, two won gold, and two finished second. Number-one seeds Chad Bonnell (103 pounds) and Lep Irwin (189 pounds) were crowned with their respective District titles after winning three straight matches. Placing second for Raritan were Matt Pendle (125 pounds) and Tom Johnson (152 pounds). Middletown South found less success in the tough tournament, winning only two medals, and two fourth places. Scott Barbour (112 pounds, third seed) won his first two matches, 9-1 and 6-4, before meeting top seed Patrick Berger (RFH) in the finals. Barbour had to defeat Monmouth’s Tim Tupy (seventh seed), who upset the second seed, 6-4, before losing 13-5 in the finals. The Eagles’ only other medal winner was Dan Fish, 171 pounds, who finished third. Fish needed overtime to defeat Raritan’s Rob Kinzel, 9-7, in the quarterfinals; then lost in overtime, 10-8, to Ocean’s Matt Siciliano in the semifinals. Fish earned the bronze behind a 25-10 technical fall over Middletown North’s Joe Bisking. Raritan placed fourth behind Middletown North (first, 188), Ocean (second – 159) and CBA. (third – 148). Rumson-Fair Haven and Red Bank Regional finished ahead of the Eagles for fifth and sixth place. Middletown South ended in seventh, with 51.5 points. All of the District winners, runners-up and third-place finishers advanced to the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Region VI championships at Brick Memorial High School this week. The runners-up and third-place finishers wrestled yesterday in the preliminaries. The quarterfinals are Friday, with the semifinals, consolations and finals on Saturday. The top three at the Region tournament will advance to the Super Region, also held at Brick Memorial, on Tuesday
Month: May 2020
BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer BY TIM MORRISStaff Writer SCOTT PILLING staff Sophomore Erin Covell is back to head a new-look pitching staff for Brookdale as they look to defend their national title. For the Brookdale Community College’s women’s softball team, the 2006 season isn’t about anything but this year. Yes, Bo Scannapieco’s Jersey Blues are the defending national champions, but this year isn’t about what happened last season. That’s history. It’s all about finding out about what kind of team they will be in 2006. “You can’t compare this year to last year,” he said. “They’re two different teams.” You only have to look at the roster to see that there will be very little similarities between the two teams. The Blues have six veterans returning from the team that won BCC’s second national title, and welcomes eight freshmen. Gone are pitching aces Elyse Papaianni and Cherise Maltais, and All-American Jessica Williams. “We have to figure out what kind of team we are,” said Scannapieco, last year’s national Coach of the Year. “It all takes time to build team chemistry.” Brookdale opened the season like it usually does in the South in the Snowbird Tournament, held in Myrtle Beach, S.C. (March 11-18). It was Scannapieco’s first look at his team in competition and he liked what he saw. “We went 6-3 playing against quality teams, better teams than we played there last year,” noted Scannapieco. “We beat a Division I team and two Division II teams. That was a big thing for us. “I thought we did a very good job,” he added. “I used four pitchers and all won at least one game, which was encouraging. Overall, we hit the ball good and our defense got better as we went along. Overall, I’d give it a B-plus.” Erin Covell (Notre Dame High School), who won nine games last year and is the top returning pitcher, went 2-1 in South Carolina with a fine 2.85 earned run average. Sophomore Kara Hertzke (Raritan) and Amanda Roberts (Freehold Township) are poised to play bigger roles in the rotation. Hertzke was 1-1 in the trip South with a 2.92 ERA, while Roberts was 2-0 with two solid outings. Freshman Kelly Hughes (Toms River North) threw the only shutout for BCC and went 1-1 with a stingy 0.51 ERA. “All four did OK,” said Scannapieco. “I’m going to use all four for the next week or two. Right now, it’s really hard to make up my mind on a rotation, so I’ll use them all.” Returner Lynn Olender (Sayreville) and Allyson Weinkofsky (Ocean Township) were in mid-season form, batting .433 and .364, respectively, at the top of the line. Their job is to get on base, stir things up and score runs. Former St. John Vianney star Suzanne Gorczynski, a sophomore newcomer, Covell and Hertzke will be the team’s RBI producers in the middle of the lineup. Freshmen Lauren Ceravolo (Freehold Township), Amanda Kapsales (Holmdel), Elizabeth Anastasio (Freehold Township) and Jenna Criscuolo (Middletown North) all hit well in South Carolina, leading Scannapieco to conclude that offensively, this team is more balanced than last year’s team. “Last year’s one through six was tougher,” he said. “But one through nine on this year’s team is a little stronger.” It was also very encouraging to see the freshmen stepping up already and contributing. Jessica Sepe (Freehold Township) and Kelly Kwiatkowski (Manalapan) are the other frosh who will have a big role in determining what kind of season the Blues will have. So will the five sophomores, whom Scannapieco credited with being fine leaders. If Scannapieco has been anything in the last 10 years building the Jersey Blues into the country’s best program, he has been flexible. He has won with powerhouse lineups that feature Dr. Longball. He’s won with pitching and defense and with teams that play small ball or rely on the big inning. A sure sign that this is 2006 and not ’05 was the way Brookdale went about running the bases in South Carolina. At the Snowbird last year, the Blues stole seven bases; this year they turned games into a track meet with 19 stolen bases. “We doing a few different things, stealing bases and playing hit-and-run,” said Scannapieco. As they have since they began their run of 10 straight Region XIX championships, the Blues begin the season with a target on their backs. “Everybody plays us tough,” said Scannapieco. The Blues’ head coach expects Gloucester and Camden to be Brookdale’s biggest main competition for the Region crown. Gloucester has been the traditional hurdle, while Camden, Scannapieco noted, had a good recruiting season. Brookdale begins its home schedule this week. On Friday, the Blues host Hartford (Conn.) in a doubleheader that starts at 2:30 p.m. On Saturday, Orange (N.Y.) visits Lincroft for another twin-bill that starts at 1 p.m., and on Sunday, yet another doubleheader starts at noon with Del Tech Stanton (Del.) making a call. The Region tournament starts April 29-30 with the finals, May 5-6, slated for Middlesex College.
SCOTT PILLING staff St. John Vianney’s Jessica Nimbley drives to the hoop during the Shore Coaches All-Star game at Freehold Township High School on March 22.
The Monmouth University baseball team collected 15 hits, highlighted by freshman Tim McEndy’s pinch-hit, threerun double in the eighth inning, en route to a 9-7 victory over Penn State on Monday afternoon at the Santaluces Complex in Lantana, Florida. The win improves Monmouth’s record to 2-5, while the Nittany Lions of the Big Ten Conference fall to 3-5 overall. Sophomore Kyle Breese (1-1) picked up the win for the Hawks, tossing 4.1 innings, allowing two runs on one hit and three total walks. The lefty also struck out four batters in relief of Monmouth starter Ryan Buch, who lasted 4.0 innings, surrendering five runs. Monmouth opened the scoring in the first inning, as Chris Collazo’s RBI single plated Andy Meyers for the 1-0 lead. Penn State answered with two runs in the bottom of the second and three more in the third frame, to grab a 5-1 lead. The Nittany Lions took the four-run advantage behind four hits, two walks and a wild pitch off Buch. TheHawks netted two runs in the fourth inning, as JohnDennis registered a sacrifice fly, plating Nick Pulsonetti, and Kyle Higgins’ RBI single broughtMike Casale home. Monmouth retook the lead, 6-5, with three more runs in the top of the fifth, when Pulsonetti delivered a two-run bases loaded double, and Matt McEndy’s bases loaded groundout plated a third score. Holding the 6-5 advantage in the eighth, Tim McEndy’s double pushed the Hawks’ edge to 9-5, scoring his brother Matt, who led off the frame with a single, Shawn Teters and Meyers. Monmouth returns to action on today, when theHawks take on FloridaAtlantic in Boca Raton, Fla. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.
Christian Brothers Academy’s cross country team had little difficulty defending its Monmouth County championship on Oct. 20. Above: St. John Vianney High School’s Chelsea Delaney races to the finish line of the Monmouth County Cross Country Championships held at Holmdel Park on Oct. 20. As their lofty national ranking (No. 5 by Marc Bloom’s The Harrier) would indicate, the Colts were the class of the field. Even resting some of their top runners (notably, Dan Bailey), CBA easily outdistanced runner-up Holmdel, 62-143. The Colts got a big lift up front with junior Mike Mazzaccaro capturing the individual championship, completing Holmdel Park’s 5,000-meter course in 16:10. Dan Mykityshyn was not far behind in fifth (16:39). William Villa (17:07), George Kelly (17:19) and J.D. Mitchell (17:19) finished 15- 20-21 to complete the victorious run for the defending champions, who were coming off a huge win at the Eastern States at Van Corlandt Park in the Bronx, N.Y., on Oct. 10. The only thing to debate about the boys race was who would win the individual title. Would it be Mazzaccaro, last year’s runner-up, or Colts Neck High School’s Mike O’Dowd, who has emerged this year as one of the state’s top distance runners. Right: Keyport’s Brian Brady heads toward the finish line. For two-thirds of the race, it was anyone’s to win. At twomiles, O’Dowd had had enough and switched gears. As he surged, the contenders fell back — all, that is, but one: Mazzaccaro. Mazzaccaro never let the Cougar get away from him. He steadily pulled back the lost ground, and by the time the two reached the back woods, they were together. The Colt made his move just before the harriers left the woods for the final sprint home. Using his track speed (runner up at the Meet of Champions at 3,200 meters last spring) Mazzaccaro was able to gain a slim lead on O’Dowd, which he held to the finish line. Behind Mazzaccaro’s 16:10, O’Dowd posted 16:13. Holmdel High School relied on a top-10 finish from Oliver Song (16:53) to help the Hornets turn back Freehold Township (150) for second place. Behind Song, the Hornets packed their next four scorers from 30 to 40 to beat the Patriots. The top 15 teams and top 25 individuals advance to Saturday’s Shore Conference Championships, which are going to be run at Bucks Mill Park, Colts Neck. Middletown North (194), in seventh, Middletown South (386), 14th, and St. John Vianney (387) all qualified for the SC. Middletown South’s Ryan Ure (16:53) was eighth. Middletown North’s Lukas Zirngibl (16:59) was 12th, and his teammate Sean Halloran (17:13) was 17th. Among the individual qualifiers was Mater Dei High School’s Daniel Polanco (17:20). In the girls’ championship, it was all Red Bank Catholic. The defending champion Caseys won with 45 points and had the individual champion in Molly McNamara, who ran a quick 18:43. Holmdel (144) was third behind the Caseys and Howell (113). Shannon Nelson led the Hornets by finishing sixth (20:01). Lilia Xie was 16th (20:36). Raritan was fourth (179) with Erin Byrne leading the way in 22nd (20:49). Middletown South (250) at ninth, and St. John Vianney (290) in 10th moved on to the SC. SJV’s Chelsea Delaney finished sixth (20:04). Mater Dei’s Elizabeth Shaw was 11th (20:22) and is headed to Bucks Mill Park as an individual. BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer
Boys soccer team returns five starters from 20-win season BY MATTHEW ROCCO Correspondent Coming off the loss of a strong senior class last season, the Holmdel High School boys soccer team quickly emerged as a postseason favorite when the Hornets reached its first-ever Shore Conference Tournament final and finished one game short of another state championship.The 2012 season begins with different expectations. Five returning senior starters, all integral to the postseason success in 2011, will take the field when the Hornets open their season at home on Sept. 6 against Raritan High School and give the team a reason to believe this fall could be even better than the last.“Last year, I didn’t know what to expect,” head coach John Nacarlo said. “This team is even stronger.”Senior Mitch Walier returns as the starting goalkeeper. Senior defenders Dylan Chapman and Nick King, as well as senior forwards Zach Bond and E.J. Carannante, and senior midfielder Eric Bulvid and junior forward Jack Flannagan, are also back. This group of veterans will lead Holmdel as it attempts to put together another dominant season and continue making program history. Holmdel had never won 20 or more games in a single season before doing so in each of the last two seasons.Walier and Bond, forced to make a decision between high school and club soccer after the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) changed its rules, both opted to play for Holmdel this season. The rule change is a result of the adoption of a 10- month training schedule instead of the 5- month schedule previously used by many USSF teams.Bulvid returns from a broken leg suffered in a Shore Conference Tournament semifinal win over Lacey Township High School. The Hornets fell to Christian Brothers Academy, 4-0, in the tournament final. In the state tournament, Holmdel was playing for a second consecutive championship but lost to Bernards High School, 1-0, in the NJSIAA Group II title game.Back on the field this summer, Holmdel won each of its three games during a Toms River tournament, followed by a 3-0 record so far in preseason scrimmages. Nacarlo expects more of the same during the regular season. He noted that the Hornets bring plenty of speed to their game, and their offensive attack should be on full display given the level of talent at Holmdel.“We will possess the ball a lot more this season,” Nacarlo said. “Our players are very skillful. Scoring opportunities will come with Eric and Zach leading our attack.”Holmdel will go on the road to face Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School on Sept. 10 before returning home to play Monmouth Regional High School on Sept. 12.
Cassidy Brzozowski, the 2014 National Junior College Athletic Association’s (NJCAA) Division III National Player of the Year, will continue her softball career at Coastal Carolina University.Brzozowski said she wanted to “go down south” for college, and that one visit to the Conway, S.C., campus where she met her future teammates is all it took to sell her on Coastal Carolina.“I love my teammates,” said the Howell High School graduate, who started classes at Coastal Carolina three weeks ago.She is majoring in communications with a minor in sports studies.The outfielder led Brookdale Community College to third place at the NJCAA National Championship this spring. She batted .477 with 17 doubles and six home runs. Her on-base percentage was .535 and her slugging percentage was .742. The ex- Rebel drove in 53 runs and scored 46, as the Jersey Blues went 41-9.“She had a great season,” said Brookdale’s Hall of Fame head coach, Bo Scannapieco, who also praised the center fielder’s defensive play. “Her defense was stalwart.”Brzozowski was named the Most Outstanding Defensive Player at the national championship tournament. She was a twotime All-American, including First Team All-America this spring.In her two years at Brookdale, the Jersey Blues won 100 games and had an overall record of 100-14.“Cassidy had amounted quite a few accolades at the junior college level,” Coastal Carolina head coach Kelley Green said in a college press release. “We are looking forward to seeing her impact here at the next level.” With her junior college résumé, Brzozowski realizes there is pressure to live up to, and that’s fine with her.“I feel like the underdog a little,” she said, adding that it is only going to make her work even harder. She’s excited about getting on the field with her teammates for fall ball in a couple of weeks and getting her first taste of college softball at the four-year Division I level.Playing for Brookdale made her “well prepared” for the next level, she noted.Brzozowski has been a winner at every level. In high school, she helped Howell win its only NJSIAA Central Jersey Group IV championship. At Brookdale, the Jersey Blues were back-to-back Region 19 champions, finishing second (2012) and third (2013) at the national championships.
By Iacovos ConstantinouLeague leaders APOEL were unable to record their fifth straight win and had to settle for a draw against AEL, while second-placed Apollonas moved to within a point of the leaders after a comfortable 4-1 victory against newcomers Othellos. APOEL coach Giorgos Donis continued his rotation policy in view of their busy schedule, but this time it failed to produce the desired result as his team were held to a goalless draw against a plucky AEL team.It was a game where defences had the upper hand and chances were few and far between. The visitors’ best opportunity fell to Gigiewitz but he was unable to beat APOEL keeper Pardo when clean through. Pieros Soteriou (twice) and Efraim were the culprits for APOEL, with the former unable to beat AEL’s keeper Romero from close range after good work by Aloneftis on the left. Donis defended his players and was quick to point out that, “the game this coming Tuesday (against Ajax in the Champions League) will be our fifth in sixteen days.” Apollonas meanwhile had few problems in defeating Othellos Athieonu in Limassol.Hugo Lopez struck twice to give the home team a two-goal cushion with Thuran and Rosa completing the scoring late on. Anorthosis bounced back from two consecutive defeats with a 4-1 win at home to Ayia Napa.The goals came from Stathakis (own goal), Makris, Abourjania and a late Calvo penalty. Ayia Napa had equalised midway through the first half through Rochas but fell apart once they were reduced to ten men.Omonia continued their poor start to the season when they were beaten by Ethnikos Achnas.The only goal of the game came in first-half stoppage time through Atanda.Omonia tried to hit back in the second half but woeful finishing and some excellent goalkeeping by Ethnikos’ keeper Goundoul kept the home team’s lead intact.In the last ten minutes Ethnikos was forced to play with ten players after Dober was sent off for a second yellow card but managed to hang onto the three points.The result propels them into fourth place, level on points with third placed AEL.In the last of the weekend games Doxa Katokopias scored a late equaliser to deny Nea Salamina the away win.Nea Salamina were by far the better side, failing to convert a number of chances that would have doubled their goal tally once Krstics had given them an early lead.Doxa’s equaliser came two minutes from time through experienced Portugese defender Paolo Jorge.
By Brian HomewoodJuventus midfielder Arturo Vidal smashed home a second-half penalty to earn a 1-0 win at home to Monaco in an absorbing Champions League quarter-final first leg on Tuesday, leaving the tie on a knife-edge.Vidal, who has missed two penalties this season, held his nerve and fired into the roof of the net in the 57th minute after Ricardo Carvalho bundled over Alvaro Morata, who had been sent clear by Andrea Pirlo’s lofted through ball.Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri, whose side faced a Monaco team that had conceded only four goals in eight previous games in the competition, had predicted that the match could be boring but it was completely the opposite.Although Italian champions Juve dominated possession, Monaco were always a threat on the break and forced Gianluigi Buffon into three top-class saves to deny them an away goal ahead of the second leg on April 22.Carlos Tevez and Vidal missed excellent openings for a jittery Juventus in the first half and the hosts were lucky to reach the break without conceding a goal.Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco should have given Monaco the lead when he shot weakly at Buffon and the Belgian had another effort turned away by the veteran keeper shortly afterwards.Juve playmaker Andrea Pirlo was thrown into the fray for his first match after a seven-week injury layoff and the risk paid off as he set up the winning goal by lofting a pinpoint ball over the defence for Morata.Carvalho clipped the striker right on the edge of the area and Czech referee Pavel Kralovec hesitated slightly, possibly consulting the goal line assistant, before pointing to the spot and booking the Portuguese defender before Vidal fired home.Juventus still had another escape to come when Buffon tipped over a rasping Geoffrey Kondogbia drive after the hosts lost possession in midfield and will be more than happy to travel to the French principality with a clean sheet from the first leg.
By Julien PretotCHRIS Froome was reminded just how quickly the Tour de France title could slip from his grip as his Sky team mate Geraint Thomas suffered a freak crash in Monday’s 16th stage.The day’s laurels went to Spaniard Ruben Plaza Molina although the action was way behind as Froome’s key lieutenant Thomas was sent flying off the road.In a tricky final descent Thomas bumped into Frenchman Warren Barguil and collided head first into a telegraph pole, disappearing over the road into the vegetation.“Everyone was anticipating that descent as a critical moment of the race,” Froome said.“I think there is some riders who look to gain some time in moments like that I think we’ve seen Nibali riding in similar fashion and we can expect more of that in the next few days.”Thomas said: “I was just taken out.”The Welshman, who is sixth overall, was quickly back on his bike and reached the finish incurring only minor losses.“I apologise I wanted to brake just before the bend but (American) Tejay van Garderen pushed me with his shoulder and my finger slipped from the brake lever, I’m sorry,” said Barguil.Froome, who also lost team mate Peter Kennaugh as the British champion abandoned the race, said: “He’s OK he’s a tough guy he’s going to be up there in the Alps.”The incident brought back memories of the 2003 Tour, when Spain’s Joseba Beloki, who was trailing Lance Armstrong in the overall standings, attacked on the same descent and crashed out of the race.Armstrong avoided Beloki and in the process cycled down the hill across a small field and, after jumping over a ditch, rejoined the road.Among his main rivals, only Alberto Contador attacked Froome in the climb up the Col de Mense but the Spaniard could not open up a telling gap.Defending champion Vincenzo Nibali, who fell out of contention in the Pyrenees, also attacked to pull away but Froome did not bother chasing the Italian on another hot day on the Tour.Plaza Molina of the Lampre team won solo after a 201-km ride from Bourg de Peage, attacking a group of breakaway riders in the final climb of the day.Slovakian Peter Sagan of Tinkoff-Saxo was second for the fifth time on the Tour this year despite riding spectacularly in the descent, while Colombian Jarlinson Pantano took third place for IAM Cycling.Froome still leads Van Garderen by three minutes and ten seconds and third-placed Colombian Nairo Quintana who is 3:32 off the pace going into Tuesday’s rest day.The race will then enter a crucial spell with four gruelling stages in the Alps.Kennaugh, who was part of the team which supported Froome to the 2013 title, had been suffering with illness, his agent said.The 26-year-old from the Isle of Man was 146th at the start of the 201-kilometres route from Bourg de Peage to Gap, almost two and a half hours behind Froome.Kennaugh, who won London 2012 Olympic gold in the team pursuit on the track, successfully retained his British title on June 28 in Lincoln.