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
World number one Rafael Nadal dispatched Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-2 6-4 6-1 with a powerful display to reach the U.S. Open quarter-finals in just one hour 41 minutes on Monday.The 28-year-old Ukrainian looked helpless against the Spaniard’s dominant serve, which was boosted by courts made faster due to sunny conditions at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.“I think I played a solid match. I played without making many mistakes,” Nadal told the crowd in an on-court interview.Next up for the top seed is a first meeting with 19-year-old Russian Andrey Rublev who beat Belgian ninth seed David Goffin.Nadal dominated all facets of Monday’s match, never dropping a service game and committing only 11 unforced errors while racking up 23 winners and breaking Dolgopolov six times.The onslaught was too much for the unseeded Dolgopolov, who was never comfortable enough to unleash his unconventional game that features unexpected drop shots and bold net approaches.
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banks DIH made a donation of a desktop computer and printer to Bamia Nursery/Primary School on the Soesdyke/Linden Highway, following a request from the school.According to Headteacher Denise Piggott the school was forced to prepare all its printing material in the mining town of Mackenzie, approximately 15 miles from the village because there was no electricity.Piggott said that Bamia recently acquired electricity for the first time and this prompted the school to seek assistance of a computer and printer and Banks DIH was approached and responded positively.“The computer system will help us tremendously and will reduce cost because we will no longer have to travel all the way to Mackenzie to have our paperwork done. We are very grateful to Banks DIH Limited for their support,” she added.Troy Peters, Communications Manager of Banks DIH said the company responded almost immediately to the request after hearing about the challenges of the school.“This presentation forms part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility Programme (CSRP) as we continue to foster closer relationships in the communities in which we operate,” he added.Bamia School has a population of 48 pupils and five teachers.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CHATSWORTH – The driver of a truck was set up by a prankster who phoned police Wednesday to say he was firing a rifle at people along Topanga Canyon Boulevard. Police blocked off a stretch of the boulevard near Mayall Street in Chatsworth and searched for the truck and the driver. When they found the truck, they drew their weapons but soon determined that the man was not a threat. Traffic was backed up for a half-mile about 4 p.m. It was not certain whether the caller knew the driver or was simply trying to pull off a hoax, Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Vic Masi said.
“While investors have sought to value Sears as something other than a retailer, its recent results demonstrate that it is not immune to the current challenging sales environment impacting retailers with big-ticket home exposure,” Goldman Sachs analyst Adrianne Shapira wrote in a research note. For the quarter that will end Aug. 4, executives at the nation’s third-largest retailer said Sears expects to earn $160 million to $200 million, or $1.06 to $1.32 per share. That includes a gain of 8 cents per share from bankruptcy-related settlements and investing activities. Analysts polled by Thomson Financial had expected second-quarter earnings of $2.12 per share for the company, based in Hoffman Estates in the Chicago area. “We are disappointed with our recent performance,” Chief Executive Aylwin Lewis said in a written statement. “Although we believe our business has suffered from many of the same factors that have led other retailers to announce disappointing results and lowered expectations, our recent performance underscores our ongoing need to become more relevant to consumers while improving our discipline around expense management.” Despite the company’s bad news Tuesday, some analysts seemed to continue to count on Lampert’s reputation as a shrewd money manager. CHICAGO – Sears Holdings Corp. surprised Wall Street on Tuesday with a warning that its second-quarter earnings will likely fall well below expectations because of more disappointing sales at Sears and Kmart. The news tanked Sears’ stock, which fell more than 10 percent to a 10-month low before rebounding slightly. It would be the second earnings miss in a row for the department store chain led by Chairman Eddie Lampert, a hedge-fund guru who acquired Kmart in 2003 and Sears, Roebuck and Co. in 2005. With Lampert at the helm, many investors have regarded Sears as a hedge fund masquerading as a department store, and they have been anxiously awaiting word from Lampert about a possible expansion that could turn around the company’s fortunes. Sears’ profits and stock price have fared well in the past two years, but revenues have continued to sink. “While we believe Sears Holdings remains several years away from being a formidable competitor in the industry, we believe that management will make financial and strategic moves that should reward shareholders in the meantime,” Lehman Brothers analyst Robert Drbul wrote in a research note. “Given Mr. Lampert’s track record and the resources available to him with this company, we expect a high level of success.” Sears shares fell $17.20, or 10 percent, to $154.21 Tuesday.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Craig Gardner in action for West Brom 1 Birmingham have completed the loan signing of West Brom midfielder Craig Gardner.The 30-year-old has joined for the rest of the season with a fee agreed for a permanent return to St Andrew’s in the summer.Gardner spent 18 months at Birmingham between January 2010 to June 2011 and won the League Cup. Albion boss Tony Pulis told the club’s website: “Craig has done a great job for me and the cub and we were certainly not in any hurry to see him leave.“But he is desperate to play first-team football, which I could not guarantee, and this is a terrific opportunity for him at Birmingham.“He goes with our very best wishes.”Gardner signed a new two-year contract at The Hawthorns in October but had not started since August and only made 10 appearances this season.He joined on a free transfer from Sunderland in 2014 and made 85 appearances, scoring six goals, for Albion.Gardner could feature in Birmingham’s Sky Bet Championship home game against Nottingham Forest on Saturday. Blues have also agreed a £2million deal with Spanish club Granada for midfielder Rene Krhin but are yet to complete the move. The 26-year-old Slovenia international, who has 30 caps, has also played for Bologna and Cordoba. Blues boss Gianfranco Zola is hopeful of completing a move for Krhin, having been handed £10million to spend in the transfer window.
1 Ayoze Perez scored the winning goal for Newcastle Brighton and Hove Albion 1-2 Newcastle UnitedNewcastle came from behind to stun Brighton with two late goals to reclaim top spot in the Championship.The Seagulls were leading through Glenn Murray’s controversial penalty until a fluked effort from Mo Diame nine minutes from time hauled Newcastle level.Then with a minute to go, substitute Ayoze Perez secured a 2-1 victory and lifted the Magpies back above Brighton at the summit.Both these teams are looking over their shoulders with third-placed Huddersfield building up a head of steam as they try to muscle in on the automatic promotion spots, and it is Newcastle who will be breathing easier after moving eight points clear of the Terriers.Aston Villa 2-0 Bristol CityJonathan Kodjia enjoyed an eventful evening against his former club as Aston Villa significantly eased their Sky Bet Championship relegation concerns with a 2-0 win over Bristol City at Villa Park.The 27-year-old joined Villa from City in an £11million deal last summer and was jeered by the away fans after crashing a first-half penalty against the crossbar.However, the Ivorian scored Villa’s opener and then set up Conor Hourihane’s first goal for the club following his January switch from Barnsley as the hosts put nine points between themselves and a struggling City side now without a win in their last five.Blackburn Rovers 1-0 Derby CountyBlackburn claimed all three points in Tony Mowbray’s first home game in charge to boost their survival prospects and weaken Derby’s diminishing play-off hopes.Ex-Celtic and West Brom boss Mowbray was named as Owen Coyle’s successor last week and has quickly won over the Rovers faithful by taking four points from two games.A 1-0 win over the Rams at Ewood Park, claimed via a Craig Conway penalty in the 58th minute, moved them level on points with 21st-placed Bristol City, while Derby, now without a goal in three fixtures, ended a winless February 10 points off the top six.
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