NEW EGYPT — The last midweek special of the season will take place at New Egypt Speedway today, and it’s going to be a blockbuster, with a big 100-lap Modified battle paying big bucks, a winner-takes-all Challenge of Champions match race, and none other than NASCAR Winston Cup champion Tony Stewart and former World of Outlaws champ Dave Blaney in the house. Champion Stewart, who drives the Home Depot No. 20 Chevrolet for owner Joe Gibbs on NASCAR’s top-level Winston Cup circuit, will be joined at New Egypt by his winning crew chief, Greg Zipadelli. Blaney, who now drives the No. 77 Jasper Engines Ford in Cup competition, will also greet Garden State race fans, as well as TV motorsports commentator Matt Yocum. All will be signing autographs during the evening, with Stewart’s session earmarked for a very worthy cause — Zippy’s Crusade for Kids, a charity created by Greg and Nan Zipadelli to assist children in need. The first 800 New Egypt Speedway fans who make a minimum $10 donation to Zippy’s Crusade for Kids on Aug. 20 will receive a collectible autograph card and the opportunity to have Tony Stewart sign the card or any single item of their choosing. New Egypt’s track hostesses will begin taking donations for the cause when gates open at 3 p.m. The autograph session will take place later in the evening. Before the signing, both Stewart and Blaney will strap into big-block dirt Modified stock cars and go at it against some of the biggest names in short track racing, in a winner-takes-all Challenge of Champions. Billy Pauch, with 600 career wins to his name; Doug Hoffman, with 22 titles earned at eight different tracks; the legendary Kenny Brightbill, with 13 championship notches on his belt; plus multi-time Northeast kingpins Frank Cozze and Keith Hoffman, as well as a couple of eleventh-hour additions with similar credentials — they’ll all be hell-bent on outdriving both Stewart and Blaney and taking down the $1,000 top prize for 12 laps’ work. The “Down & Dirty!” main event is a 100-lap distance run, sponsored by CARQUEST Auto Parts, offering some serious money for what is sure to be all-out, dead-aimed action. With $6,000 on the line for the winner and $300 to take the green, along with an open 13×92-inch tire rule, the event is certain to draw the top dirt-track talent in the Northeast — invaders like Danny Johnson, Craig VonDohren, Bobby Varin, Ricky Elliott and Rick Laubach looking to steal the six-from the local hotshots and visiting celebrity Dave Blaney. Tickets for CARQUEST’s “Down & Dirty!” 100 featuring Tony Stewart and Dave Blaney at New Egypt Speedway are $25, and can be purchased at the track today, starting at 3 p.m. Racing action will begin at 7:30 p.m.. New Egypt Speedway is located on Route 539, just minutes from Six Flags Great Adventure and the New Jersey Turnpike. For more information, contact the speedway office at (609) 758-1900.
BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer BY TIM MORRISStaff Writer TIM MORRIS Colts Neck’s Ryan Jagielski (l) and CBA’s Peter Glackin run side-by-side during the Distance Medley Relay at the Penn Relays on Friday. Julianne Toto did more than just win the Penn Relays pole vault title Thursday, she endured. Before the Middletown South vaulter could earn her Penn Relays gold watch, she had to overcome a strong field that included many of the best scholastic vaulters in the country. Then there were the elements in Philadephia’s Franklin Field — first the wind, and then a downpour. As if that weren’t enough, the Eagle had to come back from a mishap that bruised her ribs and tested her psyche. On her first attempt at 12-0, Toto missed the plant box with her pole and it slid under the mat. Suddenly the pole came to an abrupt stop while Toto’s momentum continued. The result of the irresistible force meeting the immovable object was the pole jamming into Toto’s ribs. “It really gave me a scare,” said Toto. Packing it in never crossed Toto’s mind, and she promptly scaled 12-0 on her next attempt. The bar then went to 12-4 where Toto, on her third and final attempt, was up and over. Caitlin Hewitt from Greater Latrobe (Pa) also did 12-4, but she had missed at a lower height, while Toto had been perfect up to 12-0. That was all that was needed to give the championship to Toto. “The Penn Relays are really a great meet,” said Toto. For the pole vaulter, the relays are very challenging because of the weather, and Toto got a little bit of everything Thursday afternoon. First, it was the swirling winds, which can wreak havoc with a vaulter’s run-up steps. Then, as the bar was raised to 12-0, came a downpour and the vaulters rushed to wrap their poles in a towel or T-shirt to keep them dry. By the end of the competition, the conditions changed again and the sun was out. What made Toto, who has made a verbal commitment to the University of Georgia, so happy about her performance at Penn was that despite not having technically perfect jumps, she was able to will herself over the ball at 12-0 and 12-4 — a good sign that with better weather this spring, she can top her indoor personal best of 12-6. Christian Brothers Academy’s Distance Medley Relay team went to Penn thinking it had a good chance to claim a win. They had finished second at the indoor national championship behind Shore Conference rival Colts Neck and were looking forward to another battle with the Cougars. But Newton North of Massachusetts, with Millrose Games high school mile winner Chris Barnicle running the anchor, stole the show, winning in the fastest time in the country this year, 10:04.15, while CBA finished sixth (10:21.07). Newton North controlled the race from the start with Davie Polgar running an opening leg 1,200-meter split of 3:06.4, which put his team in the lead. It was catch-up for everyone else and when Barnicle turned in a 4:10.6 anchor 1,600, it was a race for second place. CBA’s race got of to a rocky start when Chris Horel was tripped and fell to the track during his 1,200 leg. He still turned in a respectable 3:15.2. Brandon Leniart posted a 50.3 400 leg and Pete Glackin ran the 800 in 1:57.3. Greg Leach anchored CBA up to sixth place with his 4:18.3. CBA Distance Medley team takes sixth
Disappointing team finish can BY GEORGE ALBANO Staff Writer BY GEORGE ALBANOStaff Writer SCOTT PILLING staff St. John Vianney senior Tricia Reingle put together another brilliant season for the Lancers, earning her second consecutive spot on the Associated Press’ All-State First Team. St. John Vianney girls softball coach Kim Lombardi really wishes her record for career pitching victories in the Shore Conference was broken this year. You see, Lombardi was a standout pitcher at Red Bank Catholic for four seasons from 1997-2000, during which she won 83 games, a Shore Conference record. Now fast forward to 2005 and Lombardi is the first-year head coach at St. John Vianney, where her No. 1 pitcher is senior Tricia Reingle, who came into her final season with 57 career victories. The Lancers won their first 18 games of the season and were 29-1 and ranked No. 1 in the state heading into the NJSIAA Parochial A state semifinals. Reingle, 26-1 at that point, had tied Lombardi’s conference record of 83 career wins and was primed to break the mark with one more victory. But Red Bank Catholic, Lombardi’s alma mater, pulled off one of the season’s most stunning upsets by beating St. John Vianney, 5-2, to advance to the Parochial A state championship game. Three days later, RBC beat Mount St. Dominick 3-0 to win the state crown. More importantly, though, they prevented Reingle from breaking Lombardi’s record and the Lancers from advancing to the state final where they could have won their second straight Parochial A title. Now you understand why Lombardi wishes Reingle had not only broken her record, but then added an 85th career win which would’ve given St. John Vianney a fourth state title in five years. “Records are meant to be broken,” Lombardi, who went on to pitch and play first base at Monmouth University, said. “So, yeah. Absolutely, I wish she had broken my record.” It actually took another Lombardi-coached team to protect the record. Red Bank Catholic was coached by Tracey Lombardi, Kim’s sister-in-law, who was also in her first year as a head coach. “We actually saw each other four times this season, and we won three out of four,” Kim noted. “Softball is softball, and family is family; so, we would always leave everything on the softball field.” But even the loss to RBC couldn’t dampen an otherwise outstanding season by the St. John Vianney, which finished 29-2 (the other loss came against Ocean Township in the Monmouth County tournament semifinals) and won its fourth straight Shore Conference championship. In fact, the Lancers defeated Red Bank Catholic 10-0 in the Shore tournament final. “They did a great job, just awesome,” Lombardi, who just graduated from college in January, said of her team. “The girls really worked together. They always remained calm and didn’t get nervous no matter what the situation. They just worked well together.” At the center of the Lancers’ success, of course, was Reingle, who was named all-state for the third straight year after finishing 26-2 with a 0.15 ERA, allowing only four earned runs and 49 hits in 184 2/3 innings. She also broke her own Shore Conference record for strikeouts with 384. This after going a perfect 30-0 with a 0.07 ERA as a junior while recording 364 strikeouts in 194 innings for the 33-0 Lancers. For her career, the right-handed Reingle, who’s headed for St. Peter’s College, was 83-5 with 1,131 strikeouts, the fourth most in state history. “She just went out there fearless every time,” Lombardi said. “She never complained. She just went out there and pitched, and won. She had a very effective change-up. It was one of the best pitches I’ve seen in my life, and I’ve been around the game for a long time. “It was just an awesome pitch,” she added. “You could tell people the change-up was coming, and they still couldn’t hit it.” But Reingle was only one reason for the Lancers’ success this season. Another was junior right fielder Amanda Rooney, who was also named first-team all-state and All-Shore after leading the team with a .411 batting average, collecting 46 hits and scoring 36 runs. “She was our leadoff batter and she did her job,” Lombardi said. “She just gave you 110 percent.” Another key junior was first baseman Katie Eder, who hit .402 and was named All-Shore and second-team all-state. “All year long, she came through with the big hit whenever we needed it,” Lombardi said. “She was very clutch. She had the big hit in the Shore Conference final against RBC with a three-run homer to make it 4-0. “Her and Amanda came up with big hits all year.” Not that it was unexpected of them. Eder hit .400 as a sophomore with 33 RBIs, while Rooney batted .346 a year ago. Lombardi also praised her senior catcher, Lauren Incorvia. “She came up with some pretty big hits, too,” the SJV coach said. “And she had a rocket for an arm, picking off people at first base. People couldn’t steal on her. She was just a great all-around catcher. “And my senior shortstop, Jamie Tupino, was one of the most underrated players in the state of New Jersey. She would steal hits from opponents with her fielding. She made plays where she would dive in the hole, get up and make the throw for the out. She’s the kind of player I would want behind me when I was pitching. “Plus she was a very fast base runner and would steal bases. She was a hardworking kid with a great attitude. She’s gonna do a great job at Cornell.” Tupino was one of several Lancers to graduate, along with Incorvia and the seemingly irreplaceable Reingle. But don’t shed too many tears for the St. John Vianney softball program. Plenty of talent returns, led by Rooney and Eder, one of four other pitchers on the roster besides Reingle. “Tricia was an outstanding pitcher,” Lombardi said, “but we have a few pitchers coming back next year who can get the job done. I’m really looking forward to next year.”
BY GEORGE ALBANOStaff Writer Tim Sewnig wasn’t taking any chances this year.Even when it looked as if the Christian Brothers Academy golf team had the 2006 Tournament of Champions and the overall New Jersey state title locked up, Sewnig, the Colts’ veteran coach, wasn’t taking anything for granted. He still remembered what happened a decade ago. “I think it was 1996 or ’97 we shot a pretty good score and coaches came up to me and started shaking my hand, congratulating me on winning the championship,” Sewnig recalled. “But I knew there were a number of teams still out there that could also score well. The other coaches didn’t know anything about them, but I knew some of teams because they were from the same county I lived in and I had read about them in the newspaper. “And one of those teams, West Windsor-Plainsboro, ended up beating us.” So when this year’s CBA team posted an impressive 305 at the Rumson Country Club to take the lead at the Tournament of Champions (T of C), Sewnig knew better. He had learned his lesson. “I stayed away from everybody,” he said with a laugh. “I didn’t want anybody coming up to me and shaking my hand.” As it turned out, Sewnig’s precautions only delayed the inevitable. CBA’s 305 was good enough to win the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions by three strokes and give the Colts their first New Jersey state crown since 1998. “I knew we’d be in the running, but a few teams had a good shot,” said Sewnig, who completed his 13th season. “Ramapo had the top golfer. He came in two under at 69, but as a team they shot 308, so we had them by three strokes. “When their 308 got posted I breathed a little easier, but it was still far from over,” he added. “I knew there were a number of teams still out there that could win it. West Windsor, again, had a shot, and Princeton was still out there as well as Hopewell Valley. But it was Ridgewood, who wasn’t even on my radar, which came in with a 308 to tie Ramapo for second. “So this time our score held up and we won.” It turned out to be a double bonus for CBA, which was also awarded the Non-Public A state championship by virtue of its low score. The top two teams from Non-Public A North and South, and top two from Non-Public B North and South qualified for the Tournament of Champions, along with the top four from groups I, II, III and IV to make up the 24-team field. But CBA had saved its very best for the very end to top the other 23 teams. “We got hot at the end of the year,” Sewnig agreed. Not that the Colts weren’t hot all season. In fact, they went a perfect 15-0 during the regular season in the Shore Conference. But then they finished a disappointing fourth in the Monmouth County Tournament back on April 20, four days after Easter. “Part of the problem was we had a two-week break at Easter and we were not as sharp as usual,” Sewnig explained. “The other teams didn’t win it; we just lost it. We hadn’t played in 10 days. We practiced, but it’s not the same. We lost a little bit of our edge.” CBA bounced back a few weeks later, however, to win the Shore Conference Tournament with a sizzling 310. “That was our best tournament score before the Tournament of Champions,” Sewnig noted. “The next closest team was 321, so we beat the field by 11 strokes, which was nice. The week before we had three tough matches, which I think sharpened us.” Then came the Non-Public A South sectional tournament where the Colts shot a 312 to finish first and qualify for the T of C. All four Non-Public sectional tournaments – A North and South, and B North and South – were held the same day at Mountain View in Trenton. “The nice thing about that is we got a good look at our competition for the next week,” Sewnig said. “The A North champ shot a 319, and we beat that by seven strokes. So I thought we had a good chance to win the Non-Public A state championship.” Of course, the Colts did that and more when they took first overall at the Tournament of Champions. “I felt pretty good about our chances to win the Non-Public A state title,” Sewnig said. “But to win the whole Tournament of Champions things really had to fall our way.” And they did as all four CBA golfers shot in the 70s. Senior co-captain Nick Gliozzo led the way with a 72 to finish fourth overall. His brother, sophomore Tom Gliozzo, came in with a 76, followed by Nick Szem, the other senior co-captain, with a 78 and junior Mike Boytono with a 79. What’s more, CBA’s winning score of 305 tied the Tournament of Champions record. In fact, the previous mark was also set by CBA in 1986 when the Colts won the second of their back-to-back T of C titles. “I went back and checked our records and found out we had identical scores when we did it in 1986,” Sewnig pointed out. “We shot a 72, 76, 78 and 79 back then, too. Four guys in the 70s. “That’s what it takes sometimes, a little luck to win like that.” That and four frontline players like the Colts had this season. “They’ve been the four who played all four tournaments,” Sewnig said. “We were kind of searching for a fifth guy all season. I had a sophomore play the fifth spot at the county tournament, a senior play the fifth spot at the Shore Conference Tournament, and a junior play the fifth spot at the sectional tournament. Some of that was also to give somebody else a chance to play. “What’s also interesting is in every other tournament you play five and score four. But at the Tournament of Champions you only play four and score four, so no one can slip up.” The CBA coach quickly pointed out, however, that this season’s success was a total team effort. “I carried 12 guys and would sub one player for another in different matches and nobody complained,” Sewnig said. “They all did what was best for the team. Everybody got along and we had a lot of fun. “I told them before the Tournament of Champions that win, lose or draw they were all such great guys. They did everything that was asked of them. Winning was actually secondary. The fun we had as a team I think was the best part.” BY GEORGE ALBANO Staff Writer
BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer On the heels of a 10-7 campaign last fall, the youthful Holmdel High School girls soccer team is poised to contend for the Shore Conference’s Class A Central title this fall. PHOTOS BY ANDREW MILLER staff Left, Holmdel High School’s Isabelle Li (l) takes a shot on goal as St. John Vianney’s Nicole Baretta defends during Holmdel’s 3-1 victory at home. Right, SJV’s Nicole Margaritanda (center) wins a header over teammate Jackie Freeman (r) and Holmdel High School’s Angela Pento during Holmdel’s 3-1 victory at Holmdel High School. Though still early, the Hornets took a big step in that direction Friday with a solid 3-1 victory over division rival St. John Vianney. Marybeth Lesbirel scored her third and fourth goals of the season and Kayla Nelson added another goal to propel the Holmdel attack. The first tally came off a long pass from sweeper Danielle Esposito to Lesbirel, who made her way past an SJV defender before scoring. Esposito and Angela Pento, a sophomore forward, combined to set up Lesbirel’s second goal. “We generally moved the ball up the field well against SJV,” Hornets coach Jennifer Conroy said. “The real difference was in the second half when the girls took control of the game. Our girls wanted the game and it showed because they won the bulk of the battles for the 50-50 balls.” The win improved Holmdel’s overall record to 3-0 (2-0 in conference), with the other successes coming against Manasquan, 3-2 in a game that saw Holmdel down 2-0; and Red Bank Regional, 3-0. Conroy’s team can solidify its position this week as it has home games against Raritan, scheduled for Monday, and tomorrow against Red Bank Catholic. The Hornets showed much promise a year ago, downing Middletown South in the first round of the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III tourney before bowing to Morristown in the second round. Holmdel also reached the second round of the Shore Conference Tournament, where they lost a 1-0 heartbreaker to Freehold Borough, after downing Toms River North in the opening round. Conroy’s team boasts a strong balance between experienced seniors and talented underclassmen. Lesbirel, who scored 11 times a year ago, sets the tone up front, with Esposito and Kim Fiorentino in the middle. Katie O’Neill and Jackie Oren are on the backline. Another key is the presence of junior Isabelle Li in the middle. A three-year starter, Li is calm and quick with the ball and is rarely caught out of position. “Those girls all work well together and they’re unselfish so they set a good example for the younger girls,” Conroy explained. “You can’t underestimate the importance of having good senior leadership.” In addition, the Hornets have a cadre of sophomores, including Pento who has two goals and three assists after posting nine markers as a freshman. Stephanie DeSousa and Rebecca Galaraza shuttle between fore and midfield, and Nelson is a midfielder. Lindsay Ippolito and twins Alexa and Jamie Martinez are all solid defenders. Holmdel is solid in goal with freshman Sara Killough, who made eight saves to help secure the triumph against SJV, and sophomore Liz Keenan. In reserve are seniors Jessica Alvino, Christina Cianci, Alexis Vergas, Gloria Wu and Gianna Zito, along with junior Paula Lobaccaro and sophomore Gulia Picascia. “We wanted to get off to a good start; now we just have to keep the momentum going and not get ahead of ourselves because we’re in a tough conference,” Conroy said.
BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer Christian Brothers Academy’s George Kelly sprints to the finish line at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions held Nov. 19 at Holmdel Park. Kelly was second overall with a personal best 15:37 for the 5K, helping CBA extend its state record to 17 MOC crowns. The Colts also broke the team average course record. ERIC SUCAR staff The Christian Brothers Academy cross country team painted another masterpiece on Saturday.The Colts took down their Holmdel Park course record while extending their staterecord NJSIAA Meet of Champions titles to 17 on Saturday, Nov. 19.Led by George Kelly’s second-place time of 15:37, the Colts had a team average of 16:04.4, breaking the record set last year by the Colts, of 16:05.23.“They did well,” said head coach Tom Heath, the one constant in all 17 of CBA’s MOC titles. “We got the record.“We didn’t start too well, but they didn’t panic,” he added. The Colts put on their usual display of destroying the competition in the second half of the 5K race. Heath pointed out that the Colts gained more than 100 points on the field from the first mile to the finish.CBA’s team score of 45 points was well ahead of runner up Don Bosco with 111.Mike McClemens (15:59), Bill Bragg (16:06), Jack Boyle (16:14) and Conrad Lippert (16:25) were CBA’s scorers. In team scoring they were 6-9-11-18.Kelly became CBA’s second fastest runner at Holmdel Park as he and PascackValley’s Ben Malone (15:40) fought it out over the second half of the race for second place behind 2011 champion Tim Ball of Piscataway (15:31). “Iwas 25th at three-quarters, but I never settled in, I kept pushing,” said Kelly, who finished first in team scoring. “I caught up with Ben Malone and followed him all the way. We had a nice battle at the end.”In comparing this year’s CBA team to the equally great 2010 squad, Kelly said you only had to look at the Colts’ fifth runner.“What separates this team is that we are so much deeper,” he explained. “We have a stronger fifth guy.“Last year we had a first runner in Mazz [Mike Mazzaccaro], who brought the average down,” he added.Mazzaccaro, who is now running for Princeton University, also finished second in 2010, but his time was 15:20.The gap this year between the Colts’ first to fifth runners is much smaller. The Colts’ sixth and seventh runners, Aaron Libertore (16:31) and Scott Zapcic (16:38), are right there with the others. They would have been the third and fourth scorers on Don Bosco. That’s how deep and talented these Colts are.Last year at this time, Mike McClemens was a freshman watching this race. This time around, he was a main cog in the CBA machine as its No. 2 scorer and broke 16:00 for the first time.“I was so excited for this race,” he pointed out. “It feels so good [getting the course record]. I ran pretty well.”Mazzaccaro was in attendance Saturday and said he wasn’t surprised this group got the record that he spearheaded last year.“It was awesome to see guys you’ve run with the last three years get the record,” he said. “It was easy for me to see them getting the record.“I know how good they are from running with them,” he added. “They’ve been very good all year. They’re older and wiser.”Mazzaccaro said now that he is a CBA alumni he understands why so many of the former Colts come to the MOC and follow the team. It’s the tradition he and those before have established and are proud to be a part of.“For me, this [MOC championship] is very big,” he said.Of course, as the No. 1-ranked team in the country, the Colts have more on their plate.“It’s great to win this [MOC], but our goal is the nationals,” said Kelly.That goal begins this Saturday at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls, N.Y., with the Nike Cross Nationals Northeast Regional. The top two teams automatically qualify for the Nike Cross Nationals the following Saturday, Dec. 3, in Portland, Ore., at Portland Meadows.The Colts won the Northeast title last year en route to a fifth place at the national championships.“We talked about the nationals all year,” said Heath. “It’s time to step up and do it.”Kelly, Bragg, Liberatore and Zapcic all ran in the NXN last year for the Colts.Holmdel’s boys finished 11th (256) in the MOC, led by Jack Baisely (16:42) and Travis Fodor (16:46), who were 28th and 35th in team scoring for the Group II state championsIt was a big day for the Shore Conference. In addition to CBA’s win, Rumson- Fair Haven’s girls won their first-ever MOC title over two-time defending champion Hillsborough, 126-142.Rachel Christ led the Bulldogs in ninth place overall (18:35).Holmdel’s Lennon Cooper (19:42) and St. John Vianney’s Courtney Thompson (19:50) both qualified individually via the wild card and finished 42nd and 56th overall.
By WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent Matawan Regional High School’s Amil Muminovic, left, kicks the ball up the field while Holmdel High School’s Nick Chrystal tries to stop him during the Oct. 1 game played at Holmdel. The Matawan boys soccer team (8-2) is off to its best start in years, and it beat Holmdel, 3-1. STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER ERIC SUCAR MATAWAN M atawan Regional High School’s boys soccer team is off to one of its best starts in coach Dave Deegan’s 14 seasons, rebounding from a 3-2 loss to Manasquan High School with a pair of big Shore Conference A Central Division victories.The Huskies come into this week with an 8-2 record after knocking off Holmdel High School, 3-1, on Oct. 1 and Monmouth Regional High School, 4-0, on Oct. 3.“I was interested in seeing how this team would bounce back. I’m very proud of this team,” Deegan said.Credit that to the senior leadership of center midfielder Matt Isaacson and forward Alex Cella, who lead a rebuilding effort that exceeds expectations.Isaacson got things going in the Holmdel victory when Matawan rallied from a 1-0 halftime deficit.“It was not one of our best halves, and I knew we had to get something going up front,” Isaacson said. “We had to get one goal to get confidence, and I said to my coach, ‘Put me at forward. I will get you a goal.’ “Isaacson played up to his request and tied the game early in the second half off a restart. Cella was pulled down when he used his raw speed for another of his many breakaways and converted the penalty kick for a 2-1 lead. Senior forward Abisai Gutierrez put in the insurance goal off a cross from senior midfielder Bronson Dhume.Matawan ended an eight-year drought against Holmdel.Against Monmouth Regional, Cella broke down the field for a shot that was deflected off junior midfielder Amil Muminovic. That was all goalkeeper Colin Thompson needed. Cella added the next two goals, the first off a pass from Gutierrez and the next one off a breakaway set up by sophomore midfielder Charlie Costello. Denir Radoncic capped the scoring with three minutes left.“The main thing is that we’ve had a positive attitude throughout the year,” Cella said. “We’re young. I haven’t gotten a sense of this team [personality] yet. We have to adjust, and the sophomores are nervous. We don’t have that experience yet. It’ll be something when that happens.”The Huskies looked to continue progressing when they visited Raritan High School on Oct. 7. They host St. John Vianney High School on Oct. 9.Cella’s sheer speed helps that development, and it has led to his team-high 13 goals. Matawan has a 28-10 edge in goals scored.“He’s one of the most dangerous players in the Shore. He’s so fast that he is dangerous even when he’s double-teamed,” Isaacson said. “That is how I look at everything. I don’t have the best skill or the best moves, but I have my speed,” Cella said.Deegan also credited his back line of interior defenders — sophomores Jacob Labinger and Keleb Mehari and outside backs Sada Mehari (senior) and Tyler Chin (sophomore).Sophomore Juris Stutts also starts at outside halfback. Girls soccer The Huskies’ girls are looking to end their scoring woes in a 4-6 start with games this week against Raritan on Oct. 7, at St. John Vianney on Oct. 9 and at Middletown High School North on Oct. 11. The team is driving toward berths in the Shore Conference and NJSIAA tournaments. Matawan comes off a 3-0 victory over Monmouth Regional on Oct. 3, as sophomore forwards Samantha Anderson and Lauren Conroy scored in the first half. Kacey Lambertson recorded the shutout in goal.“We’ve been playing close games, but it’s tough getting the ball in the back of the net,” coach Ken McCabe said, referring to 1-0 losses to Raritan and St. John Vianney earlier in the season that Matawan will look to avenge.Matawan has been shut out five times and been outscored, 19-13. With the way Matawan has been playing defense behind senior Colleen Branagan and sophomore DoraAnn Marshall in the middle and senior Lyndsey Larsen and junior Jenna Trischitta on the outside, the Huskies can make a run for the tournaments if the offense gets going.In 2011, Matawan won the Central Jersey Group III title. It was the team’s last winning season.Midfield starters include senior Endila Radoncic, junior Jaida Allison and sophomore Gabrielle Sferrazza, as Matawan goes into a 4-3-3 to try to get more scoring. Senior Jenna Howley is the other starter when the scheme is a 4-4-2.
By Matt SmithEngland were 25 runs short of claiming an unlikely victory against Pakistan on the final day of the first Test on Saturday with the tourists ending on 74-4 as bad light meant the match ended in a draw.Spin duo Moeen Ali and debutant Adil Rashid (5-64) had helped reduce Pakistan to 173 all out from 139-4, which set England a target of 99 to win and about an hour’s batting remaining.Alastair Cook’s men went on the offensive in a rejigged batting order.Shoaib Malik trapped Jos Buttler (4) lbw and had Ben Stokes caught on two, while Moeen Ali (11) fell to Zulfiqar Babar as spin again proved lethal on what had been a lifeless Abu Dhabi pitch during the first four days’ play.Jonny Bairstow smashed 15 off 10 balls before being stumped by wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed, while Joe Root’s unbeaten 33 was nearly as brisk as England scored 74 off 11 overs.Pakistan declared on 523-8 on Wednesday, England then taking nearly three days to reach 598-9 in their first innings before skipper Alastair Cook called on the hosts to bat again mid-Saturday morning. Speaking after the match, Cook said: “We’d have liked another three or four overs at the end to be honest but that’s the way it goes. I can’t fault the guys for hanging in there on that wicket.“The pitch did deteriorate and spun more today which gave us hope, so it’s a bit of a bittersweet finish. We knew we had to put the pressure on Pakistan and then on the last day you never know. We played a good game and so did Pakistan. They were a bit sloppy today and we put them under pressure. That’s just the way it goes sometimes.“It’s always strange going into a final day when you can’t lose a game, and it was brilliant from Adil Rashid who I think got some unfair criticism after the first innings. We saw there he’s a very fine bowler.”Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq added: “We took the wrong options, especially me and Younis Khan. We could have easily been there for another 10 or 15 overs and the game would have been over. We made mistakes and ended up in a tough situation.”
Asked via email if he would be available for the PNG Kumuls, he said: “At the moment I’m just doing rehab and I don’t think I will be ready for the Pacific Test.“I did my ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and MCL (medial collateral ligament) on my left knee so I have full reconstruction.“For the recovery, everything went well so by next week I should start to run and do physical training.”Young Albert was one of our best in last year’s Test match as he bulldozed his way to score a memorable try. It would be a huge setback for the Kumuls selectors.However, the Hunters duo Henry Wan and Essau Siune, Burleigh Bears Luke Page, Townsville Blackhawk’s Willie Minoga and Wests Tigers Rod Griffin will be on calculation for the starting prop position and bench positions.Albert left for Australia early last year after signing a two-year deal with the Penrith Panthers as a member of their Holden Cup squad.The 20-year-old hails from Southern Highlands.
This comes after a successful 2016 H4H season that came to an end last night with the grand final.BFPNG Chief Executive Officer, Joel Khalu said that there would most likely be two separate divisions.“One thing we found with our 2016 league is that we have two types of teams. Firstly, those that are purely social and secondly others that are a bit more competitive.“We’ll split teams into social and serious divisions next year, just to ensure the competition remains as even and enjoyable as possible,” said Khalu.The BFPNG Mixed Corporate-Social Competition is a Hoops for Health initiative made possible through the support of FIBA’s foundation, the International Basketball Foundation (IBF).Funding is received through the Australian Government’s Pacific Sports Partnership program.