Dan Phillips Jr., of Aberdeen, caught five bass, weighing 10 pounds 4 ounces to earn a fourth-place tie in Saturday’s Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Northeast Division event on Chesapeake Bay. The Middletown Galaxy U10 girls travel soccer team seeks to add one or two players to its roster for the 2005-06 season. Galaxy competes in the Monmouth-Ocean Soccer Association (MOSA). The team roster includes players from Middletown and surrounding towns. Players must be born after July 31, 1995. For more information, please contact Johnny at (732) 946-5050 or e-mail the coach at mtGALAXY@gmail.com. The Aberdeen/Matawan girls fall softball league will be holding registration for it 2005 season. The league is open to residents and nonresidents grades four through 12 as of September. For more information, go to www.leaguelineup.com/amyaa, call Jim at (732) 290-9576 or e-mail amyaa2005 @optonline.net The Community YMCA in Red Bank is looking for individuals for its summer Outdoor Youth and Teen Basketball leagues. Ages 7-9 play on Tuesdays, ages 10-13 play on Thursdays and ages 14-18 play on Wednesdays. The Community YMCA is looking for teams for its summer Outdoor Roller Hockey League. Sign up as a team or an individual. League play started July 12. The team fee is $575 and the individual fee is $65. The Community YMCA is hosting a hockey clinic for children ages 7-14 on our outdoor hockey rink. The clinic for children ages 7-10 began July 11 and runs to July 15; for children ages 11-14 it begins July 18 and runs to July 22. For more information on any of these leagues, please contact Sandy Marchini, associate sports director, at (732) 741-2504, ext. 22. Space for all these programs is limited. The Jersey Shore Breeze, a 11U boys travel baseball team (date of birth must be on or after May 1, 1994) centrally located in Monmouth County, is looking for dedicated players and their families for the 2006 spring and travel season. For more information, e-mail email@example.com. A Middletown-area U12 boys travel baseball team is seeking players for its fall 50/70 league. Players must be born after 5/1/93. Players from all surrounding towns are welcome. Pitching experience is a plus. Tournament play next spring and summer with baseball as primary sport. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
St. Joseph Girls Fall Softball League registration is Thursday, July 19, at the St. Joseph Softball field on Lloyd Road in Keyport, 6-8 p.m. for ages 7 through 18. Mail-in instructions and form can be found on the Web site at www.leaguelineup.com/sjgs. The Middletown Babe Ruth All-Stars defeated Hazlet, 8-6, on July 3 to win the District 11 championship. The players are Nick Liubicech, Matt Pickney, Donald Glenn, Shawn Downey, Thomas Anderson, Tyler Ras, Vincent Tomasetti, Mike Mercier Jr., Eric Garcia, Marc Cerbo and Ryan Hallard. The coaches are Jim Tomasetti, Mike Mercier, Jerry Liubicech, and head coach Al Hallard. Amanda Hallard is the bat girl.
Left, Middletown South goalkeeper Stephen Monaghan keeps his eye on the goal during the second half of the game against Brick Memorial in Middletown last Friday. Brick defeated South 3-0. Above, South’s Derrick Riley unintentionally heads the ball into his own goal the in second half of the game against Brick Memorial. PHOTOS BY ERIC SUCAR staff
Hockey team makes final for first time BY WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent Middletown South hockey coach Stanley Gutt was hoping his team could continue its late-season surge in the NJSIAA Public School B championship against Chatham at the Prudential Center in Newark on March 13 but instead got stuck into something resembling a track meet.“We hadn’t seen anything like this all year,” said Gutt, whose team was moved from the Public School A Division before this season. “They came out and played their style. … They used a stretch pass where the defensemen would feed the puck up to the forwards breaking out and spreading out instead of all of them coming out together. It was like in basketball in the ’80s when the Celtics played the Lakers and when the Lakers came out in their fast break, they couldn’t be beat.”Likewise could be said that day for Chatham, which raced out in numbers and scored off odd man rushes for a 7-3 victory in the first state championship game appearance for both teams. Chatham (21-3) moved out to a 6-0 lead off a fourgoal burst in the second period despite many fine saves by goalkeeper Chris Marsillo and Middletown South (15-8-3) could not catch up. Chris Connor and Tyler Ralph chipped into the lead with goals but it was the closest the Eagles would get. Jason Zimmel scored the Eagles’ final goal.“Their adjustments after the first period were better than ours,” said Gutt, whose team came in with five straight state tournament victories. It was a turnaround for Middletown South, which had lost before that stretch to Howell, 6-4, in the opening round of the Handchen Cup that it had won the two previous years.Chatham’s scoring, which included one power play and one shorthanded goal, tied for the most goals allowed by the Eagles all season (they lost 7- 2 to Red Bank Catholic on Jan. 2). And it was the fewest goals scored by Middletown South going back nine games to a 3-2 victory over Middletown North in the Mayor’s Cup game at the same arena on Feb. 11.“This team was a little faster,” Gutt said. “They had the best line we faced all season. They worked well together.”But Gutt credited his team for battling back in the third period as its trip to the state finals redeemed what looked for a short while like a lost season a month ago when the Eagles, who went on a scoring blitz at the start of the season, had trouble finding the back of the net.Gutt said Marsillo could not be faulted for his play in the net against Chatham. He is one of the five departing seniors off this team, including Zimmel, a forward. The other three are forwards Chris Malamut, Cole Samuels and Nikko Dulli.“I thought he (Marsillo) played well,” said Gutt. “He was peppered with a lot of shots, including 17 in the second period. He did not get the support the way we wanted it.”But there is an expectation for another solid season with the return of junior Connor, the MVP last season who led the team with 47 points and fellow juniors Ralph and Zach England. Juniors NickArcomano, Steve Sangermano and Bill Murphy and sophomoresAdam Gold and Tom Phelan got playing time. As for the goalie next season, junior Shubhro Bose was a solid backup, said Gutt.“I told the players afterward, ‘Remember this place. Remember the hard work and what got you here,’” Gutt said.The defense has been solid throughout the season, allowing 60 goals in 25 games before the championship game and is intact for next season with juniors Jimmy Burns, Matt Littenberg, Brian Walsh and Matt Himmelberg and sophomore Cole Ditzel.
BY WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent Middletown High School South’s Carissa Gray competes in the Group III high jump during the June I NJSIAA Group Track and Field Championships held at Frank Jost Field in South Plainfield. SCOTT FRIEDMAN Middletown High School North distance runner Tom O’Neill kept checking back on the field that stayed pretty far behind him in the 3,200 meters at the NJSIAA Group III championships on June 1 at South Plainfield.He didn’t have to. O’Neill kept a commanding lead and finished with a winning time of 9:13.08, 10 seconds ahead of Toms River High School South’s Kyle Kroon. For the second year in a row, O’Neill advanced to the Meet of Champions (MOC) at the same complex on June 5. O’Neill, who was 14th in the 3,200 in 9:22.73 at last year’s MOC, is determined to make it a clean sweep of titles in only his junior year after winning the MOC cross-country championship and the indoor MOC 3,200 in 9:02.“That’s my goal,” O’Neill said. “On [June 5], I’ll do what always is my strategy — to go out fast. I just like that way better.”Also returning to the MOC from Middletown North is Nikki Ras, who placed fourth in the long jump with a measure of 17-4 1/4 and tied for fifth in the high jump, where she reach 5 feet with 13 others, including teammate Kristen Hassenkamp.“Kristen was my partner [in the high jump relay], so I’m really glad that she is going with me to the MOC,” said Ras, who will study physical education at Rowan University starting in the fall. “I made both events last year, but skipped the high jump. I think I’m ready. I put in a lot of hard work, and I’m confident I will do well.”“I know she is not happy with her long jump because 18-6 is her best,” said Ray Convey, the Middletown North boys coach who works with the jumpers on the girls team. “I know she wants to come back here on [June 5] and show what she can do. Now she knows what it’s like at this point and wants to hit another 18 (feet) in the long jump.”Last year, Ras jumped 17-0 1/4 for 18th place in the long jump at the MOC.Ras also ran on Middletown North’s 4×100 relay team that finished fifth in 49.70 with Sydney Forte, Jen Diettman and Devon Freshnock. Diettman, a senior, ran in the MOC two years ago. In all, 13 athletes from Middletown schools advanced to the MOC — six from Middletown North, four girls from Middletown High School South and three girls from Mater Dei High School.Brianna Haspel of Middletown South advanced in the 800 by finishing sixth in 2:17.20. Haspel also ran on the 4×800 relay that won in 9:22.67 with Sylvie Evarts, Christiana Rutkowski and Cassidy Weimer.Eli Smith of Middletown South’ boys team was the school’s top finisher, placing ninth in the 100 dash (11.19) and the 200 (22.56).In Non-Public B, Mater Dei freshman Theresa Osborne threw a winning 101-2 in the javelin, while senior Dejah McGee was second in the 400 hurdles in 1:08.36 and junior Fallon Quigley was second in the high jump at 5-2.Brendan Donnelly, who was ninth in the javelin in 129-8, and C.J. Williams, who was ninth in triple triple jump in 36-2 3/4, led Mater Dei’s boys.
The St. John Vianney High School softball team finished the season on a high note. Coming off a loss to underdog Immaculata High School in the NJSIAA Non-Public South Jersey A finals, the Lancers bounced back in the Shore Conference Tournament championship a day later. St. John Vianney came out swinging with six runs in the first two innings, and the Lancers went on to rout Pinelands Regional High School, 12-0, for the title.“You want to go out winning your last game,” head coach Kim Lombardi recalled telling the team’s seniors. “I told them not to leave the field without a win.”Top-seed St. John Vianney got on the board when Demi Rivera came around to score on an error. Junior Jessica Carlucci knocked in another run with a single, followed by an RBI-hit off the bat of freshman Gianna Mavica.Pinelands had three more errors in the second inning, allowing three Lancers to score. In the fourth inning, St. John Vianney broke the game open. A run-scoring hit by senior Katie Baron and a two-run home run by Carlucci made it 9-0.Senior Jackie Gallagher drove in two runs with a single. Sophomore Helena Coppola tacked on another run with an RBI single that scored senior Marlena Bevilacqua. “I didn’t have one player hit below .300 this year. We hit consistently one through nine,” Lombardi said.The conference championship caps a season that began with big questions for St. John Vianney (26-2), which lost standout pitcher and University of Notre Damebound Katie Beriont to an injury before Opening Day. The Lancers dealt with other injuries as well. Junior Claire Stefanelli missed the entire season.Lombardi noted how St. John Vianney showed no signs of slowing down after losing two of its top players right off the bat.“I’m proud of our kids,” she said.Junior Ashley Ventura had a very strong year on the mound, throwing seven no-hitters and four perfect games en route to a 26- 2 record. In the Shore Conference title game on June 4, Ventura allowed just three hits in five innings of work against Pinelands.Lombardi, who completed her 10th season as head coach, said Ventura proved to be a dominant pitcher “for a girl who was going to be at first base this season.”Following last week’s loss in the state sectionals, the Lancers were motivated to win their final game of the year. Lombardi said the team rallied around St. John Vianney’s seniors, who were taking the field for the last time.“I told them they can’t get down,” she said. “They had one more championship to play. They had a chance to redeem themselves.” By MATTHEW ROCCO Correspondent
The state indoor track and field season concluded with Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) standout Blaise Ferro capturing his second straight NJSIAA Meet of Champions (MOC) title.The Colts’ junior defended his 3,200- meter run title by posting the year’s fastest time, 9:12.96. He now has three 3,200 MOC crowns — two indoors and one outdoors.Ferro was the only area athlete to strike gold at the MOC on Feb. 21 at the John Bennett Indoor Athletic Complex in Toms River. However, it was another outstanding season overall for area track and field athletes.At the group championships on Feb. 13- 15 in Toms River, Ferro won the 1,600 (4:34.11) and 3,200 (9:24.76) in leading CBA to the team championship. The Colts defeated Union Catholic High School by 33 points, 83-50.Ferro’s 3,200 time was a meet record.In Non-Public A, Red Bank Catholic High School senior MaryKate McNamara won her first individual state championship, taking the girls 800 in a meet record 2:18.88.St. John Vianney High School hurdler Josh Taylor was fastest when it counted in the 55 hurdles. The Lancer didn’t have the fastest qualifying time during the heats, but he picked it up when it mattered. He won the Non Public-A crown (7.61) in the finals.In Non-Public B, Mater Dei Prep’s Tom Mongeau was the state champion in the 800, clocking 2:03.61 and winning by more than two seconds. During the cross-country season, Marin Warner and Aaron Barlev gave Holmdel High School a rare sweep of the individual titles at the Monmouth County championships.At the state group championships, the duo gave the Hornets another double, as each captured Group II state titles.Warner won her first indoor Group II 1,600-meter run title in 5:04.02 — her best time this winter. The University of Pennsylvania bound Warner added the state title to the Monmouth County and Central Jersey championships she collected earlier this year.During cross-country, Warner also won the Group II state crown.Barlev delivered his best 3,200 of the indoor season at 9:36.99, holding off River Dell Regional High School’s William Daly (9:37.83). This was his first state championship.Barlev also won the Central Jersey Group II championship.Also leaving Toms River as a state champion was Raritan High School’s Joseph Cawley. The Rocket won the Group II 800 title, nipping River Dell’s Colin Daly, 1:59.56-1:59.74.The top six finishers in each event from the group championships all qualified for the MOC.Although the MOC ended the indoor track season in New Jersey, a couple of major meets remained on the schedule. The Eastern State Championships took place on March 3, and the New Balance Indoor Nationals are scheduled for March 13-15. The Armory Track and Field Center in New York City is the setting for both meets. By TIM MORRIS Staff Writer
Discount tickets for the Washington State University at Rutgers University football game can be donated to current military personnel, veterans and their families. The game will be played Sept. 12 at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, and the price is $35.For tickets and other information, contact the Rutgers Ticket Office at 866-445-4678, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. eastern time, or email email@example.com.The United States Tennis Association (USTA), the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. that owns and operates the U.S. Open Tennis Championships, announced that it is hosting the fifth annual U.S. Open Job Fair.It will be held July 8 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Sheraton LaGuardia East, 135-20 39th Ave., Flushing, New York.All job-seekers are urged to arrive early, as doors will close promptly at the ending time. Job-seekers will have an opportunity to speak with U.S. Open staff and its vendors about the various open positions, such as guest services, facility operations, cooks, concessions, drivers, maintenance, security, cashiers and customer service representatives.For those unable to attend the job fair, applications for available positions at the U.S. Open will be accepted through August. Additional information about available USTA positions can be found online at www.usopen.org. The Central Jersey Baseball Academy and ProDreams Camps are excited to be back in Upper Freehold for the fourth consecutive year of their instructional baseball camp supporting Redbird Baseball.Camp runs July 6-9 from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.ProDreams Baseball Camps are now under the direction of Mavericks Baseball and are open to any player in the appropriate age range looking to improve his baseball skills.
By Mark MeadowsTottenham Hotspur stormed back from 2-0 down to beat Burnley 4-2 in their FA Cup third-round replay on Wednesday night despite resting their top striker in the once-fabled competition.Red-hot Harry Kane watched from the bench as Danny Rose sealed the home victory for eight-time FA Cup winners Spurs after Burnley, who gave their leading forward Danny Ings a breather, had scored twice in the first eight minutes.The overbearing significance of the Premier League was underlined by Southampton also resting top scorer Graziano Pelle for much of their replay at second tier Ipswich Town but fellow forward Shane Long struck with an instinctive finish after 19 minutes to secure a dour 1-0 win.With both sides third in their divisions and the clubs winning their only FA Cup in the competition’s sideburn-filled glory years of the 1970s, the replay after a 1-1 draw in Southampton promised much.But, in truth, the gap in quality was clear, although a hamstring injury to influential midfielder Victor Wanyama might lead Southampton fans to question the worth of the FA Cup as they chase a Champions League place.At least the ‘magic’ of the Cup was slightly in evidence in Wednesday’s other replay.Third tier Bradford City thumped second tier Millwall 4-0 at home to set up a fourth-round glamour trip to Premier League leaders Chelsea.Tottenham’s prize for battling back against Burnley at White Hart Lane is a home tie against top-flight strugglers Leicester City in round four.“It was a very interesting game. It was a strange game,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino told reporters.“The team has shown character and faith. It’s important to grow in the group.”Tottenham’s progression looked unlikely in north London after a goal from Burnley reserve striker Marvin Sordell and a deflected Ross Wallace free kick.But forgotten midfielder Paulinho netted from close range before a blistering Etienne Capoue strike just before half-time made it 2-2.Pochettino made seven changes to the team beaten 2-1 by Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday and the players that came in gave him a nice selection headache following Saturday’s lacklustre display.Romanian Vlad Chiriches headed Spurs in front from a corner early in the second half before fellow defender Rose capped off the win after another assist from the ever inconsistent Roberto Soldado who was guilty of a glaring miss just before half-time.
By Mike CollettKevin Pietersen dominated the front and back pages of Britain’s newspapers on Wednesday with many sympathising with the controversial batsman whose England comeback bid has been thwarted by new cricket director Andrew Strauss.The flamboyant South African-born right-hander, who hit a career-best 355 not out for Surrey at The Oval on Tuesday, has said the snub has left him “absolutely devastated”.His former captain Strauss, the England and Wales Cricket Board’s new director of cricket, said there was “massive distrust” between them but Pietersen had notbeen banned.The Guardian’s front page was dominated by a huge photograph of the maverick batsman under the headline ‘Kevin Pietersen 355 not out. Except he is.’The Sun’s back page had the headline ‘Traitors’ with a double page spread headlined ‘Retired .. Hurt’ while the Daily Mirror back page screamed ‘Betrayal’, highlighting Pietersen’s remarks “They say they don’t trust me, but how can anyone trust them?”The incident has also dominated social media discussions.“Anyone else struggling to explain to their nine-year-old that Pietersen isn’t allowed to play for England?” tweeted former England captain Michael Vaughan.Another former captain Nasser Hussain said: “The ECB have shot themselves in the foot again. After the appalling way Peter Moores’ sacking (as coach) was handled, they need to get their act together.”Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith also joined the debate and tweeted “I see the head boy (Strauss) is making English cricket a laughing stock again.”Somerset all-rounder Peter Trego said: “Has ‘trust’ ever won a game of cricket ? I thought it was runs and wickets. Is there a new World Cup of trust England are hoping to win.”The fallout went beyond cricket with former England football skipper Gary Lineker saying “Strauss’ decision seems extraordinarily petty. I have never been in a dressing room where I have liked or even respected everyone. You deal with it.”Broadcaster Piers Morgan, a friend of Pietersen’s, added: “Trust? Trust? I wouldn’t trust Andrew Strauss to run a bath let alone English cricket.”In his column Pietersen, 34, wrote: “I am absolutely devastated that it looks like my hopes of an England recall have been brought to a close, especially given everything that has been said and asked of me.”“They have used the word trust to justify not selecting me, well, trust is a two-way thing.”Pietersen will fly to join Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League.Strauss, who fired England coach Peter Moores on Saturday to raise Pietersen’s hopes of a return to the team, explained his thinking at a news conference at Lord’s on Tuesday.“The truth about Kevin is that he is a phenomenal cricketer. But over months and years trust has eroded between Kevin Pietersen and the ECB,” Strauss said.“There is a massive trust issue between me and Kevin.”