CBA looks to overcome SCT loss with solid playoff run

first_img By Warren Rappleyea Staff Writer CHRIS KELLY Christian Brothers Academy’s Matt Rutkin tries to slide-tackle Brick Memorial’s Tim Sacer during their Shore Conference Tournament semifinal game in Hazlet on Saturday. Coming off of a disappointing loss in its Shore Conference Tournament semifinal match against Brick Memorial on Saturday, the Christian Brothers Academy soccer team is setting its sights on the NJSIAA Parochial A tourney, which begins on Friday. The Colts, who rely on an outstanding defense that has permitted just 13 goals this season, allowed three goals for the first time this season as Brick Memorial built a 3-0 lead at the 60-minute mark. CBA’s offense, which has scored only 36 goals in 17 games, nonetheless mounted a furious comeback. Eric Zimmer scored in the 67th minute and Joe Favata made it a one-goal game in the 75th minute, but Brick Memorial held on for the win. “Brick Memorial played very well and they deserved to win,” CBA coach Dan Keane said. “Our guys didn’t let them have an easy time. They came back and made them sweat.” The Colts will host Holy Cross Friday at 2 p.m. in the opening round of the Parochial A tourney. CBA downed Holy Cross 1-0 last season when the two teams met in the Parochial A finale. The winner will face the victor of the Monsignor Donovan–St. Joe’s game. CBA will again look to its defense to lead the way behind goalie Mike Giallombardo, who has racked up eight shutouts. Stopper Kyle Gwynn-Williams and fullbacks Jamie Richards and Brian Smith, the marking back, have been stellar in front of the net. Favata, the sweeper, is a solid two-way player who has scored four times. Offensively, the Colts rely on Zimmer, who leads the team with 13 goals, and center midfielder Nick LaBrocca, who has five goals. Keane noted that sophomore midfielder Alex Russo suffered a sprained ankle following a collision in the Brick Memorial game. Russo is expected back on Friday. “We’re coming off our poorest defensive game and, while we’re disappointed, we just have to get back to practice and look ahead,” Keane said. While the Colts enter the Parochial A South tournament as the No. 2 seed (behind St. Augustine Prep), a number of other local teams are also preparing for state playoff action this week. St. John Vianney’s boys got the ninth seed in the Parochial A South bracket and will open their post-season play with a game at Paul VI High School in Haddonfield today. The winner gets St. Augustine on Friday. In the Central Jersey Group IV bracket, Middletown North got the eighth seed and will host ninth-seeded Marlboro later today in a rematch of the A North division-deciding game, won by the Lions, 2-1. Today’s winner will get the top seed, Hamilton East, on Friday. In CJ Group III, Middletown South is the seventh seed and will host 10th-seeded Lawrence today, with the winner facing No. 2 Princeton on Friday. North Brunswick is the top seed in that bracket. The Matawan Huskies got the 12th seed in CJ Group II action and will open up with a game at No. 5 Rumson-Fair Haven later today. Neptune got the top seed in that bracket. On the girls’ side of action, the St. John Vianney Lady Lancers return to the Parochial A South tournament at the No. 2 seed and will host Paul VI today. Red Bank Catholic’s girls got the top seed in this bracket despite their disappointing loss in the Shore Conference Tournament last week, their first loss of the year. Middletown North’s girls received the No. 14 seed in CJ Group IV and will open up at No. 3 Hamilton East later today. Manalapan got the top seed in that bracket. Meanwhile, Middletown South got the fourth seed in the CJ Group II tournament and will open with a familiar opponent, Ocean Township, later today. The Eagles are one of the favorites to come out of this bracket, which is topped by No. 1 Ridge. Holmdel will also open up its CJ Group III play today when it travels to Hightstown. The winner of this 8-9 game will get Ridge on Friday. In CJ Group II play, the Raritan Rockets will vie with J.F. Kennedy of Iselin in another 8-9 game, with the winner to face top seed Delaware Valley on Friday. By Warren RappleyeaStaff Writer last_img read more

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Raritan’s quest for repeat falls one win short

first_imgBY DOUG McKENZIE Staff Writer BY DOUG McKENZIEStaff Writer CHRIS KELLY staff Raritan quarterback Andrew Mandeville scrambles out of the pocket under pressure during Sunday’s CJGroup II title game in Piscataway. PISCATAWAY — Prior to Sunday’s Central Jersey Group II championship game at Rutgers Stadium, Raritan head coach Bob Generelli said that both his Rockets and their opponents from Manasquan have improved on both sides of the ball since the Big Blue Warriors’ 13-7 week-three win. On Sunday, it was Manasquan quarterback Chris White who proved to have improved the most, and as a result, the senior signal-caller led his team to a 21-10 win, the squad’s first state title since five consecutive titles from 1998 to 2002. “In studying them, it’s clear that their offensive line has improved and matured, and I think that [tailback] Michael Mele and [fullback] Eddie Savoth have done a great job with their run game,” Generelli said following the game. “I expected Chris White to be improved and I saw it early in their game against Carteret. His timing was vastly improved. When you run the ball effectively it makes it difficult to contain the pass.” Raritan’s Carmen Dente (above) puts the hit on Manasquan’s Chris White, jarring the ball loose so that his teammate, Brian England (below) could make the interception during Sunday’s game at Rutgers Stadium. And that was the case on Sunday. With Manasquan unleashing its usual punishing ground game, led by Mele (113 yards on 24 carries) and Savoth (89 yards on 14 carries), the Rocket defense was left susceptible to big passing plays. And White made them pay, completing 11-of-19 passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns, both of which came in the second half and put the game away. “The better team won today,” Generelli said. “They’re very good. They’re good up front. We try to attack you a number of different ways to compensate in some areas, but it came down to their offensive and defensive line play, which was outstanding today.” Manasquan jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter when Mele capped a 15-play, 74-yard scoring drive with a one-yard plunge in to the end zone. That drive offered a glimpse of what Manasquan was able to do throughout the game, converting on three third-down plays and one fourth-down play with successful completions to keep the drive alive. PHOTOS BY RICH GRAESSLE AND JEFFGRANIT staff Raritan got within 7-3 when Rick Jaeger connected o a 22-yard field just 20 seconds before the half. But Manasquan came out of the break firing, scoring on its second possession on a five-yard play-action TD pass from White to Brad Newman. The big play of the drive was a 29-yard pass to Stephen Schatzman. Raritan answered the challenge with a TD of their own, as the Rockets’ senior quarterback Andrew Mandeville led a five-play scoring drive that was culminated by a perfect 25-yard TD pass to Michael Buccheri just 46 seconds into the fourth quarter. Down 14-10, the Raritan defense needed to make a stand, but unfortunately, the Warrior offense was now in sync. Manasquan marched 70 yards in 12 plays, taking nearly five minutes off the game clock, before scoring its third touchdown on a 17-yard TD pass from White to Kelly Mahon. From there it was the Manasquan defense that sealed it. Raritan got the ball back with 6:03 left in the game on its own 22-yard line. But a pair of sacks and a false start penalty had the Rockets facing a fourth-and-24 from their own 7-yard line, necessitating a punt. Once Manasquan got the ball back, the massive Warrior offensive line opened the holes for Mele and Savoth, and Manasquan was able to get three first downs on seven plays to run out the clock. With the loss, the Rockets ended the year at 10-2, with both losses coming to Manasquan. It was not the storybook ending that Generelli had envisioned for the 20 seniors on his squad. Mandeville, who over the past four years has been one of the most electrifying players in the state, played through much of the game with an injury to his leg, and was held in check for the most part by the Manasquan defense. Senior running back Matt Fitzpatrick, who rushed for over 1,500 yard this year, was held to just 23 yards on Sunday. It wasn’t the way the Rockets hoped to end what has been a magical ride for this group of seniors, one that included a state title last year. However, regardless of Sunday’s outcome, Mandeville, Fitzpatrick and Co. secured their legacy long before they took the field on Sunday. Raritan played hard until the very end on Sunday, but came up short. Like Generelli said, the better team won.last_img read more

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Fish On

first_imgAnglers looking forward to a new year RON NUZZOLO With the 2007 season behind us, I look forward to an even better one ahead in 2008. Last year was a year with big fish in all categories. To start, bait fish like peanut bunkers are the true reason why we all enjoyed a great year. Peanuts were in the hundreds of millions along the entire coast and enjoyed warmer ocean temps for most of the year. In return, spring striped bass seemed like they were in bigger numbers and the schools stayed healthy. Fall bass was even more insane, with schools that seemed endless along our shore right to the end of December. Anglers had a blast off the beach with all you can catch and release, and so did the boaters. Bluefish filled the gaps and were back and in good-size numbers with an average blue at 8 to 10 pounds anywhere along the coast. Fishing for weakfish in the bays also remained solid, with some big fish mixed in that have not been seen in previous years. Winter and summer flounder season were bringing in record-size fish not seen in more than 20 years, and they were eating peanut bunkers. Tog fishing remains productive along the reefs and wrecks, with some bigger-thanever fish. Ling and cod also were back in big numbers as well as size. Wreck fishing in the Garden State also had a banner year, with some of the best – in size and number – sea bass and porgies seen in years. Blue fin tuna patrolled our shorelines within in a few hundred yards of the beach. They were bigger and there were more sightings, meaning more numbers than in previous years. Offshore in the canyons, we enjoyed a variety of big game fish, with more reports of swordfish being caught – and for many anglers, it was their first sword ever. Technology in 2007 was showing it can only help increase the monitoring and health of our oceans and bays. Web sites like NJSaltwaterfisherman. com and others like it can help anglers gain a whole new look into the sport of fishing. It’s a way to keep track of what’s going on in the fishing community. It’s a meeting place where anglers can share real-time information and keep track of current rules and regulations. Also, captains can share information to help each other plan a next trip or find where the action is in real time. More and more sites are helping protect our oceans and beaches in a positive way by sharing such information and gaining a new respect for the sport and one another. The year 2007 was a healthy season in all categories – except fuel prices. The Garden State had many captains retire early for the 2007 season. Fuel prices were so high that they raised the price on everything, including bait and tackle and even dock space at the marina. Hopefully, technology in 2008 will help ease these and other issues by having more anglers heard through organized sites where information, facts and knowledge can be shared to help one another and the sport. Fish on.last_img read more

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Jaguars edge Rebels, win district crown

first_img BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer Jackson Memorial outpaces Howell to regain team title Matawan’s Johnny Short (top) captured his first NJSIAA District 21 title last weekend at Manalapan High School. Here, in his 125-pound semifinal match, Short tries to turn Howell’s Cole Camerson. Short went on to win by a fall. ERIC SUCAR staff After a decade of dominance in the district tournament, the Jaguars from Jackson Township were dethroned by Howell in 2009. Jaguars coach Doug Withstandley said the team looked at 2010 as a fresh start.“We said it’s the start of a new decade, the start of a new streak,” he explained.Jackson Memorial went about beginning its new streak on Feb. 19-20 at Manalapan High School by regaining the District 21 team championship with 239 points.Howell finished in second place in the team standings with 207.5 points.“I’m extremely happy with the team performance this weekend,” Withstandley said.The district team trophy was the fourth championship won by the Jaguars this winter. They previously won the Shore Conference A South Division crown and the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group IV and the State Group IV titles.“This has been a great overall team season,” said Withstandley, who was voted by his peers as the District 21 Coach of the Year. “It is the best team I’ve been a part of [at Jackson Memorial] either as wrestler or a coach. Wrestlers sacrifice everything. It’s not for themselves. It’s a focus on the team and one goal. They are so unselfish.”The Jaguars were given a battle for the district team honors by an outstanding Howell squad. The Rebels advanced 13 wrestlers through the quarterfinals to Jackson’s 12 and led the chase for the team title 121.5-120 after the first night of action.Jackson took the lead after the semifinals and consolation bouts, but the team championship was not decided until the finals. Jackson had nine finalists and Howell had seven finalists. With some important head-to-head matches between the teams coming up in the finals, there was room for Howell to pull out the team victory.But by crowning five champions (the same as Howell), Jackson Memorial increased its lead in the final round on the strength of bonus points.B.J. Young led the Jaguars’ assault. The seniorwon his third District 21 title and was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler. His pin of Howell’s Mike Shaughnessy sealed the team championship.Before Young wrestled Shaughnessy in the 125-pound final, Howell had won three headto head match-ups with the Jaguars. Kyle Lamirande decisioned Matt Kimball, 1-0, at 171, Joe Melon scored a 17-6 major decision over Drew Murphy at 189, and the Rebels’Dru Thomas held on to edge Michael Shupin, 2-1, at 112.“That [the losses] made me more fired up,” Young said. “I wanted to get us going. Howell is a tough team, a very good tournament team. I wanted to get as many points as possible.”He did that by registering the fall and then scoring the bonus points that come with a pin.Young said he took a different approach to this year’s tournament. You might say it was the confidence of a two-time champion.“The last two years, I was in a very tough weight class with some great wrestlers and I told myself I’ve got to battle, I’ve got to wrestle hard,” he said. “This year, I said this is my bracket — if I wrestle my best, no one will beat me. ” No one came close to defeating him as Young joined the select club of three-time district champions with two pins and a 16-0 technical fall.The championship finals started at 152 pounds, and right off the bat, Doug Hamann scored a big win for Jackson Memorial. He won by a technical fall, 16-0, over Matawan Regional’s Chris Carrillo and scored key bonus team points for the Jaguars. It was the second district title for Hamann, who is a junior.Completing the group of the Jaguars’ district champions were Dallas Winston (160), a 14-6 winner over returning champ Jesse Holzhauer of Howell; Joseph Nolan (heavyweight), a 4-1 winner over returning champ Brendan Kahle of Jackson Liberty; and Devin Biscaha (145), who decisioned Marlboro’s Paul Saraiva, 4-2.Leading Howell’s parade of District 21 champions was Lamirande. He was just 14-11 entering the tournament and the No. 3 seed, but he wrestled his way into the final with a pin and a 6-0 decision over Holmdel’s Tim Kegley in the semifinals.In the finals, Lamirande used an escape in the second period to take a 1-0 lead. In the third period he was on offense and was going to have to hold Kimball down for the entire two minutes.“I used my legs a lot,” he said. “They were working. I was trying to turn him over.”Lamirande managed to hold Kimball down and emerged from the bout as a District 21 champion.“This was the best match of my life,” he said. “It was the funnest six minutes of my life.”Melon, Thomas, Chris Albanese (119) and Brian Wilson (140) also won crowns for Howell. Melon, Thomas and Albanese were all district runner-ups in 2009 and they were determined to move up a step on the medal podium this year.Albanese beat St. John Vianney No. 1 seed Robert Cigna, 10-4, and Wilson decisioned Manalapan’s Kevin McGilvray, 8-3.Howell coach John Gagliano said he could not have asked for more from his team.“I’m so proud of the kids,” he said. “Everybody won at least one match. It was a great team effort. Five champions is the most we’ve had since I’ve been here.”There were other compelling stories at the weekend’s competition.Despite being a region champion and a state place-winner and having more wins than anyone in his school’s history (126), Matawan Regional High School’s Johnny Short had never even been to a district final before this season.Short was derailed in the district semifinals in each of the last two years and had to settle for third place both times. He wanted to fill that hole in his resume this year and did so by pinning Howell’s Cole Cameron in the semifinals to get to the elusive championship bout. In the finals, Short decisioned Freehold Township’s Phil Caracappa, 5-0, to win the 125 title.“I never made it to the finals before,” said Short. “I didn’t want to hold anything back.”Neither did Freehold High School’s Josh Davis, who has been on a mission for the last year since losing to Howell’s Dominick Carnevale in overtime in the 215-pound district final.“That loss has been going through my mind since last year,” said Davis, who is a senior. “That has been my motivation. Last year I was sort of complacent being the defending champion (he won the district title as a sophomore). I stayed back and didn’t create anything. This year I was going to be more active. I knew I had to get after it.”Davis had the added confidence of having finished seventh at the Junior Nationals in Fargo, N.D., in the summer, earning All-American honors at the event.Davis rode a pair of takedowns to a 5-3 win over Marlboro’s Mitch Seigel and gained a measure of redemption for last year’s setback. He was on another mission at the district tournament and that was to bring respect to the Colonials’ wrestling program.“I wanted to bring the tradition back, that’s why I came here,” said Davis.Jackson Liberty High School from Jackson Township is a young program building a tradition and Chris Zak added to the Lions’ tradition by winning the 135-pound championship.Zak decisioned Freehold Township’s Ken Brophy, 8-6. Zak, who is a junior, became the second Jackson Liberty wrestler to win a District 21 title, joining his teammate Kahle, who became the school’s first district champion last year.Colts Neck’s Tyler Fraley captured his second straight district title at 101 pounds. Fraley, who was a state place-winner last year, is among the favorites to win his weight class this year. He beat Jackson Memorial freshman Brian Hamann, 1-0, to win the district crown.“He (Hamann) wrestled defensively and kept it close,” Fraley said.Fraley has wrestled at 112 pounds for much of the 2009-10 season and said it will take some time to adjust to being at 103 pounds (wrestlers are given a two-pound allowance). He believes he will be sharper in this week’s region tournament and even better at the NJSIAA state tournament in Atlantic City.District 21 Notes: It was a milestone weekend for some wrestlers. Fraley won the 100th match of his career with a victory in the quarterfinal round. He now has 102 wins and counting.Brophy won the 100th match of his career when he won his semifinal bout.Davis lifted his career win total to 105. He is one win short of tying the school record of 106 victories held by Nick Triozzi.Saraiva’s win total now stands at 102.Wilson has 96 career wins and can get to 100 if he can get through this week’s region tournament in Toms River and moves on to the state tournament.Matawan Regional, which won the Shore Conference B North Division crown this season and advanced to the Central Jersey Group II team tournament championship match before falling to eventual state champion Long Branch, was third in the team standings at the district tournament (96.5). Marlboro followed in fourth place (90), and Manalapan was fifth (62.5).All of the district winners, runner-ups and third-place consolation bout winners advanced to this week’s Region VI Tournament to be held at the Ritacco Center in Toms River.Jackson Memorial had 12 wrestlers advance to the region tournament and Howell had nine grapplers advance.The Region VI tournament started on Feb. 23 with the preliminary round. The quarterfinals and wrestle-backs will be contested on Feb. 26, and Feb. 27 will see the semifinals, consolations and region finals.center_img One of the items on the Jackson Memorial High School wrestling team’s itinerary for the 2009-10 season was regaining the NJSIAA District 21 Tournament team championship.last_img read more

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Doubles teams help carry Hornets to fifth straight sectional crown

first_img Holmdel High School’s Alicia Lai won her first singles match and the Hornets won their fifth straight NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II title by defeating Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, 5-0, on Oct. 14. STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER ERIC SUCAR The Holmdel High School girls tennis team won its fifth consecutive state sectional title earlier this week, once again beating Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School to advance to the NJSIAA Group II playoffs.Alicia Lai clinched the Central Jersey Group II crown on Oct. 14 with a 6-2, 6-3 win at first singles. Sarah Yan continued to impress at second singles, beating Rumson-Fair Haven’s Sophie Pavluk in two sets, 6-2, 6-0.Lucy Wang won a second-set tiebreaker to complete her victory at third singles, while wins by both doubles teams ensured a 5-0 sweep for Holmdel. The toughest match of the day came at first doubles, where Nandini Krishnaswamy and Stephanie Pugh went to a third set in their win.Before the sectional championship, head coach Chuck Chelednik believed the Hornets were in a good position to win after beating Rumson-Fair Haven on two other occasions this year. Holmdel shut out the Bulldogs both times, including a 5-0 victory in the Shore Conference Tournament.“It’s supposed to be a little windy. Anything can happen on a windy day, but we’ve played Rumson twice this year already,” he said.Throughout this season, Holmdel has benefited from its depth and the success of its doubles players. The team’s starting tandem at second doubles, Angela Tu and Tiffany Chen, hasn’t lost all year, Chelednik noted.“Our doubles are really playing well,” he said.First and second doubles have given the team an advantage in the postseason, including key wins in the Shore Conference Tournament championship against Freehold High School.Holmdel, which has played in 10 consecutive conference title games, became back-to-back champions with a 4-1 win over Freehold early this month.Chelednik noted how a strong bottom of the lineup can give the team an edge, saying two points in doubles play takes the pressure off singles. In the state tournament, both doubles teams for Holmdel have continued to put points on the board with relative ease.The first-seed Hornets moved on from the sectional quarterfinals by sweeping Raritan High School, 5-0, for the third time this season. Holmdel had a first-round bye.Then the team beat Manasquan High School, surrendering just one match. Abby Duddy defeated Lai at first singles to give Manasquan its lone point against Holmdel in the 4-1 Hornets win. Manasquan fell to Holmdel by the same score in mid-September.Yan split the first two sets in her second singles match with Brianne Lauria before winning a super tiebreaker in the third. Wang easily won her third singles matchup against Kaera Handy, while both doubles matches ended in 6-2, 6-3 wins for Holmdel.“We played them before, so we knew what to expect,” Chelednik said of Raritan and Manasquan.Now that a sectional title is in the books, Holmdel must get through a tough field of competitors in the group bracket. Longtime state tournament rival Haddonfield Memorial High School won all five matches in its South Jersey Group II championship against Middle Township High School.Last year, Haddonfield ended the Hornets’ tournament run in the first round of group play, winning 3-2. Holmdel relied on its doubles players to keep things close, but it lost all three singles matches.Chelednik said it will be a tall task to beat Haddonfield if the two foes meet again. Should the Hornets topple the state powerhouse, it would mark a significant accomplishment in 2013.The head coach attributed Holmdel’s success this year to bouncing back from graduation losses better than most of its rivals.“We haven’t dropped off much, while other teams have,” he said. “Our singles have gotten better, and our depth on the bottom has carried us.” By MATTHEW ROCCO Correspondent last_img read more

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Late touchdown wins Rockets Central Jersey Group II title

first_imgBy MATTHEW ROCCO Correspondent RARITAN Raritan High School, after stumbling into the NJSIAA football playoffs, stunned previously undefeated Lincoln High School with a last-minute touchdown to win its first state championship since 2004.Facing a fourth-and-9 with 10 seconds before the final whistle, the Rockets surged back in front when quarterback Marc Carnivale found Nick Pasquin for an 11-yard touchdown pass that gave Raritan a 28-26 win and the Central Jersey, Group II title.The Rockets (7-5) lost five straight games on the heels of the states. Still, they weren’t surprised by their late-season turnaround, head coach Anthony Petruzzi said.“We weren’t happy with the way we went into the playoffs, but it’s about who you play and not necessarily the outcomes,” he said, referring to Raritan’s tough schedule. “We’ve been down before, but we learned from those mistakes. Our imperfection was really our ultimate strength.”Pasquin’s touchdown capped a thrilling sectional final Dec. 5 at Kean University in Union. The sixth-seeded Rockets took a 21-6 lead late in the third quarter after Pasquin, the hero on both sides of the field for Raritan, picked off a pass and returned it 35 yards to the end zone.Lincoln (11-1) took charge of the game on the next possession, as Lions running back Kamani Addison scored his second of two touchdowns on the night. Lincoln was successful on the two-point conversion to pull within one score, 21-14, at the conclusion of the third quarter.Quarterback Zymire Gordon crossed the goal line again on a fourth-and-3 play at the 9:23 mark in the fourth quarter. Lincoln went for two points but could not convert. Later, a 50-yard touchdown pass from Gordon to wide receiver Jason Harrison handed the top-seeded Lions their first advantage at 26-21.Raritan’s defense rose to the occasion, making a huge stop to give the offense one more chance. The Lions fumbled the snap on fourth down and passed the momentum back to the Rockets, who proceeded to march down the field on the game-winning drive.The Central Jersey, Group II championship is a huge boost for the program. The Rockets entered the states with a losing record, but they ultimately prevailed with three upset victories on their way to the title. “We have to keep things going in a positive direction. Winning a championship certainly helps,” Petruzzi said. “Winning is a byproduct of doing things the right way.”The Rockets also got a lift from recovering two onside kicks in the second half that kept the ball out of Lincoln’s hands. Petruzzi had said special teams would play a critical role in the sectional championship because the Lions had an explosive return game. For Raritan, the reward outweighed the risk, and the daring calls paid off.On offense, Raritan continued to sport a formidable ground game with senior running back Derek Ernst amassing 144 yards on 35 carries in his final game as a Rocket. ST. JOHN VIANNEY DePaul Catholic High School spoiled St. John Vianney High School’s bid for a perfect season, defeating the Lancers, 40-17, in the NJSIAA Non-Public Group III finals.The championship game was played Dec. 5 at Rutgers University’s High Point Solutions Stadium.The Spartans, seeded seventh, broke open a tight game, scoring 20 unanswered points.Anthony Brown’s 6-yard scoring run midway through the third quarter lifted top-seeded St. John Vianney to within a field goal of the Spartans at 20-17. However, De- Paul responded with a 61-yard scoring drive capped by Kareem Walker’s 7-yard run to push the lead to, 27-17.Nasir Hooker scored on runs of 34 and 2 yards in the fourth quarter to put the game away for the Spartans (6-6). Brown passed for 244 yards and a touchdown — 21 yards to Marc Ellington — in the loss.Chris Chukwuneke was the best defensive player on the field. The Lancers’ standout had 15 total tackles, 12 of which were solo stops.The Lancers, champions of the Shore Conference A Central Division, finished the year at 11-1.It was a big year for Lancers football as St. John Vianney signaled a changing of the guard in Shore football among the Non-Public schools. The Lancers thrashed defending state champion Red Bank Catholic High School, 49-6, in the state semifinals.last_img read more

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Cypriot sailor second in Laser Standard Men’s World Championship

first_imgCypriot sailor Pavlos Kontides remains in second place after an action-packed day five in the Laser Standard Men’s World Championship 2013 taking place in Oman.Bad weather conditions  postponed one of the day’s two races, the organisers taking the decision for safety reasons.According to the Cyprus Sailing Federation, Kontides finished in 16th position in Thursday’s race. This did not affect the overall standings, as he is in second position with 36 points, nine points behind the leader Brazilian Robert Scheidt.The distance from the third place has increased. Swedish Jesper Stalheim has 42 points. German Philipp Buhl who is fourth, has 43.“Five days have been completed. We are in a good position. There is a way to go. The target is possible. Pavlos is totally focused on his efforts. As a matter of fact, he even avoids speaking with the persons closest to him,” said the Cypriot sailor’s father Panagiotis Kontides, who is watching his son’s efforts.Kontides became the first Cypriot athlete ever to win an Olympic medal for his country. He secured the silver medal in the 2012 London Olympic Games in the Men’s Laser class.last_img read more

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Manduca steers APOEL past AEL in Coca Cola Cup

first_imgBy Nemanja BjedovGUSTAVO Manduca scored the only goal of the game at the Tsirion Stadium in Limassol yesterday as APOEL recorded a 1-0 win over AEL for an aggregate 2-0 victory over last season’s beaten finalists in the Cyprus Coca Cola Cup Round of 16.The home side had the initiative in the early stages of the game and their first goal-scoring opportunity came in the 11th minute when Argentinean midfielder Esteban Sachetti headed the ball narrowly wide after a corner kick. Despite their initial superiority, AEL failed to break the deadlock and towards the end of the first half it was the visitors who took control of the game.Tomas De Vincenti had a great chance to put the Cypriot champions ahead when he had a one-on-one with AEL goalkeeper Karim Fegrouch in the 36th minute, but his shot was not powerful enough and Fegrouch managed to pull off a good save and keep his team in contention.After the interval APOEL continued to dominate and influential Brazilian midfielder Manduca opened the scoring in the 64th minute, converting De Vincenti’s cross, to secure the Nicosia giants’ progression into the quarter-finals for the first time since the 2009-2010 season, also getting revenge over AEL who knocked them out at this stage of the competition in the last two seasons.In another Round of 16 second leg played yesterday afternoon, cup holders Apollon beat Nea Salamina 3-1 at the Ammochostos Stadium in Larnaca to seal a 4-1 aggregate victory and their spot in the last eight of the competition.The hosts cancelled out Apollon’s first leg lead two minutes before the interval through Sinisa Dobrasinovic, but the Limassol side responded well in the second half, and after Stergios Psianos scored an own goal to level the scores ten minutes after the break and Marcos Gullon made it 2-1 three minutes later, the visitors’ job got much easier and Camel Meriem eventually set up the final score two minutes before the final whistle.At the GSZ Stadium in Larnaca, Alki could only manage an entertaining 3-3 draw against Onisilos Sotira in what was the first leg of their Round of 16 clash.The top-flight side took a a 3-1 half-time lead, but the visitors, who are bottom of the B2 division with only three wins from 17 games, managed to score two goals and get a promising result ahead of the return leg next week in Sotira.last_img read more

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AEL, APOEL on brink of famous European wins

first_imgBy Andreas VouFOLLOWING last week’s impressive results in their first-leg matches of the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round, AEL and APOEL stand on the brink of another famous achievement in the history of Cypriot clubs in Europe. AEL’s surprise 1-0 win over Zenit St. Petersburg coupled with APOEL’s second-half fightback to earn a 2-2 away draw against HJK Helsinki leaves both Cypriot sides just a favourable result away from securing a minimum of six European matches for the coming season. The Limassol club were handed the toughest tie of the third round when they were pitted Andre Villas-Boas’ Zenit and few gave Ivaylo Petev’s side any hope prior to kick-off. However, a solitary goal from new signing Lukasz Gikiewicz just after the hour mark handed AEL a narrow lead to defend in Russia. Zenit will be without key midfielder Axel Witsel for the second-leg following his straight red card in Cyprus. Zenit have a dismal record against Cypriot clubs – their two previous meetings against Cypriot opposition came in the 2011/12 season against APOEL where they lost 2-1 in Nicosia and drew 0-0 in St. Petersburg.AEL’s press officer Ploutis Avraam claims his team goes into the second leg with no fear and with confidence of pulling off what he described would be a ‘miracle’. “All the players, with added confidence, will travel to St. Petersburg with the aim of getting a result to qualify. It will be a footballing miracle if we achieve it, but we believe it. Zenit do not strike fear as they did in the first game, which is why we travel with confidence and belief.”Former Chelsea and Tottenham manager Villas-Boas admitted his side faces a tough battle to overturn the 1-0 deficit, saying: “AEL are tough opponents, something which was evident in Cyprus. They will do everything to stop us.”APOEL have put themselves in a really good position after rallying back from a two-goal first-half deficit to earn a vital 2-2 draw. Their Champions League hopes looked to be slipping away after Demba Savage’s brace but two goals in four minutes late in the second period from Tomas De Vincenti and Cilian Sheridan respectively has swung the tie in their favour. Cypriot clubs have faced Finnish opposition on seven previous occasions – three of those have resulted in wins as well as two draws and two defeats. Helsinki, against Cypriot opposition, have won twice and lost twice while last week’s match against APOEL is their only draw to date.Both teams have their sights firmly set on the Champions League group stages but the fact that qualification to the next round guarantees at least Europa League football next season is also a huge incentive going into Wednesday night’s clashes.last_img read more

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Advantage Hamilton in Abu Dhabi practice

first_imgBy Alan BaldwinLewis Hamilton claimed an early advantage over Mercedes team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg on Friday with the fastest lap in practice for Formula One’s season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.The Briton, chasing his second title, was quickest in the afternoon and after-dark floodlit sessions at the glittering Yas Marina circuit that hosts Sunday’s decisive ‘duel in the desert’.The bragging rights were limited, however, by the slender margin between the two with Hamilton 0.133 faster in the first session and a mere 0.083 in the cooler evening conditions.He produced his best lap of one minute 42.113 after nightfall.“I’ve just got to drive the way I usually do and what will be will be,” said Hamilton. “I feel good in the car. Undoubtedly, there is more time to find so I’ve got to go and chip away at it tonight.”The other drivers waged a familiar battle to be best of the also-rans, but with an even greater gap than usual.Spaniard Fernando Alonso, preparing for his last race with Ferrari, was third quickest in the opening session but a massive 1.7 seconds off Hamilton’s pace.Hamilton leads Rosberg by 17 points but, with double on offer for the first time, the spectre of mechanical failure hangs over Sunday’s race.The 2008 champion need only finish second, however, to be champion even if Rosberg wins.Mercedes are also on course for a record 16 wins in a season, having already notched up an unprecedented 11 one-twos.McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen filled third spot in the second session, when Alonso stopped on track without setting a time, but was still 0.782 off the paceQuadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel, last year’s race winner, was fourth fastest in both sessions as he geared up for a farewell to Red Bull before replacing Alonso at Ferrari.Britain’s Jenson Button, maybe facing his last race in Formula One, improved to eighth for McLaren after a troubled first session.Mercedes-powered Williams, who stopped their cars in the first session after they shed bodywork on track, had a normal second stint with Finland’s Valtteri Botttas fifth.The first session also saw some less familiar names in action, with Britain’s Will Stevens slowest as he prepared for a race debut with administrator-run Caterham.Hong Kong Chinese racer Adderley Fong gained some experience at Sauber.last_img read more

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