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first_imgSt. Joseph’s girls’ softball and boys’ baseball (for girls ages 5-18 and boys ages 5-12) will have final registrations Feb. 16 and 23, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the St. Joe’s School lobby, Keyport. Register early, as there are limited spots available. Call (732) 739-4503 for more information, or visit the league’s Web site at www.leaguelineup.com/sjgs. The Hazlet Youth Athletic League will be sponsoring its Ninth Annual Basketball Tournament from Feb. 22 to March 11. Entrance fee is $275, which entitles teams to a three-game minimum. Age groups are as follows: boys 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13; girls 9U, 11U and 13U. Birthday cutoff to determine eligibility is July 31, 2001. For more information, call (732) 264-3060 ext. 6. Applications can be obtained at www.hyal.org. The St. Catherine Athletic Association will be holding sign-ups for its spring recreational basketball league. The league will have a boys’ and girls’ division and will be open to children from third through eighth grades. The association will also be featuring its first girls’ high school recreational league. The sign-ups will be held Saturdays mornings from 10 a.m. to noon, and Wednesday nights from 6-8 p.m. at the St. Catherine gym on Shore Acres Drive (off Bray Avenue) in Middletown through Feb. 13. Any questions, call Steve at (732) 787-9589 or Jim at (732) 495 4758. Middletown Babe Ruth Baseball/Softball League will be accepting registrations for its 2002 spring baseball/softball season on Feb. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon and Feb. 26 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Middletown Library (New Monmouth Road). Registrations will also be taken at the Middletown Babe Ruth Clubhouse (McMahon Park) on Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. to noon. The leagues are for ages 5-16. For more information, contact Al Auerbach at (732) 495-6608. The Central Jersey Chapter of the New Jersey Football Officials Association (NJFOA) is seeking candidates to become certified high school football officials in New Jersey. Candidates must be 18 years old, residents of New Jersey, and must be able to work Monday afternoons (subvarsity games) and Friday afternoons (freshman games), in addition to Friday nights and Saturday mornings (varsity games). Candidates also must be available to work as part of the chain crew on Saturday afternoons. Deadline is March 28. For more information, call (732) 251-0360. The Jersey Nightmare, a Central Jersey-based girls’ fastpitch softball organization, is looking to complete the roster of its 2002 12U (born 1989 or later) team. The program is looking for a pitcher and position player. Indoor winter practices and clinics are under way. For more information, call Jacko Ballo at (732) 446-5900 (day), or (732) 786-0638 (evenings). The Nightmare Web site is www.eteamz.com/jn.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Hazlet Hawks Mid-Jersey II Wrestling Team finished its season undefeated, taking first place in Mid-Jersey II Team Championship. Ryan Lynch was voted Mid-Jersey II’s most outstanding wrestler The Hazlet team beat Monroe 71-13, East Brunswick 55-30, Old Bridge II 60-41, and Marlboro 50-6. Posting victories by fall for Hazlet II against Monroe were: (63) Steven Corona, (67) Ryan Lynch, (73) Joe Squatriglia, (80) Bobby Hornacek and (90) Bryan Whalen. Others posting victories were: (50) Austin Smith, (53) Kevin Bellaran, (56) Andrew Squatriglia, (60) Conner McGrath, (85) Michael Ali, (95) Katie Costello, (100) Jorge Rentas, and (HWT) Zack Wendland. Posting victories by fall for Hazlet II against East Brunswick were: (60) Connor McGrath, and (110) Adam Salama. Others posting victories were: (50) Austin Smith, (53) Kevin Bellaran, (63) Steven Corona, (67) Ryan Lynch, (73) Joe Squatriglia, (80) Bobby Hornacek, (85) Robert Palmer, (90) Bryan Whalen, (95) Katie Costello and (HWT) Steven Doran. Posting victories by fall for Hazlet II against Old Bridge II were: (53) Kevin Bellaran, (56) Andrew Squatriglia, (60) Connor McGrath, (63) Steven Corona, (70) Derek Wagner, (73) Joe Squatriglia, (80) Bobby Hornacek and Bryan Whalen. Others posting victories were (67) Ryan Lynch, (110) Adam Salama and (HWT) Zach Wendland. Posting victories by fall for Hazlet II against Marlboro were: (63) Steven Corona, (76) Seth Blissenbach and (80) Bobby Hornacek. Others posting victories: (53) Kevin Bellaran, (56) Andrew Squatriglia, (60) Connor McGrath, (67) Ryan Lynch, (70) Derek Wagner, (75) Joe Squatriglia, (90) Bryan Whalen, (100) Jorge Rentas, (110) Adam Salama and (HWT) Steven Doran. Middletown Babe Ruth is looking for umpires for its spring baseball and softball league for ages 13-18 years old. There will be a clinic March 23 at McMahon park from 5-7 p.m. For more information, call Phil Lamberti at (732) 787-5105. John Buckley of Holmdel was among the more than 100 members of the Lehigh University football program recently honored for its contribution to Lehigh’s championship season. Lehigh finished at 11-1 and defeated Hofstra University in the first round of the NCAA playoffs. The Mountain Hawks closed out their season with a loss to Furman University in the NCAA quarterfinals. The Hazlet Youth Athletic League will be holding grandfather registration for its Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading Program on March 23 from 10 a.m. to noon at Raritan High School. Registration fee for the flag program (5- and 6 year-olds) is $50. The fees for Pop Warner football and cheerleading are $100 for one child, $150 for two, and $175 for three of more from the same family. In addition to the registration fee, please bring checks for uniform deposit, a work deposit and the mandatory fund-raiser raffle. Roster will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call (732 265-3060, ext. 4 The Hazlet Youth Athletic League will also be holding open registration for its Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading Program on March 23 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Raritan High School.last_img read more

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first_imgSport Shorts The Fluke Masters Tournament, sponsored by the Community Fire Company, will be held on Aug. 9 at the Leonardo State Marina. There will be more than $12,000 in cash prizes, with the top prize going to the highest combined weight of five fish. First place is worth $5,625, followed by prizes of $3,375, $2,063 and $1,125 for second through fourth place (one prize per boat). If the 250-boat limit is not reached, winnings will be distributed as follows — 30 percent of the total entry fees for first prize, 18 percent for second, 11 percent for third, and 6 percent for fourth. Entrance fee is $75. In the event of a cancellation, the tournament will be held on Aug. 10. If it is canceled on Aug. 10, there will be a lottery drawing for the prizes. A mandatory captain’s meeting will be held at the Community Fire House on Aug. 8 at 7:30 p.m., and the tournament will run from 6 a.m.-4 p.m. Entry commences at 6 a.m.; deposit entry slips with the committee boat at the outer red buoy of the marina. No fish will be weighed after 4 p.m. Any boat seen giving another boat fish will be disqualified. Any fish considered suspicious by the marine biologist will be disqualified from the tournament and the captain’s name will be given to the police for prosecution. For more information, call Jeff at (732) 291-0073 or John at (732) 787-6022. The Jersey Intensity 10U/12U/14U/16U/18U girls’ softball teams will hold tryouts for the 2003/2004 seasons on Wednesday, Aug. 6, and Saturday, Aug. 9. Please visit the Web site www.eteamz.com/jerseyintensity/ for the times and locations. The Intensity is a Junior Olympic softball program, which trains year-round. This is for the intense player. If interested, call (732) 577-0797 or e-mail bightr17@aol.comlast_img read more

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Boland, Hawks heading back to Gridiron Classic

first_imgQuarterback Brian Boland, of Brick, and his Monmouth University football teammates have added another game to their schedule – the Gridiron Classic on Dec. 2. And it will be played at their own Kessler Field. Monmouth got that opportunity when two results unfolded on Saturday – the Hawks beat Albany, 19-0, to snap a three-way tie for first place, while the other team sharing the top spot, Stony Brook, lost to Central Connecticut State, 35-10. All three co-leaders had one conference loss each. As a result, Monmouth (10-1 overall) will take on San Diego, the No. 1 team in NCAA Division I-AA midmajor in its second bowl game in three years. And Boland has played a major part as the school’s all-time leader in total offensive yardage. The former Brick Memorial standout who started his collegiate career at Rutgers before transferring to Monmouth, completed 17-of-19 passes for 213 yards and a pair of touchdowns. On Monmouth’s 11-play, 76-yard drive that led to a 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, Boland completed a pair of key 15-yard passes. Then, on the first play of the second half, he hooked up with his favorite target – Adam SanMiguel (who set a school record or career pass receptions) – with a 63-yard scoring strike. Boland later threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Middletown South grad Mark McClelland.last_img read more

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Mariners’ victory

first_imgAbove: Middletown’s Christel Murray competes in the 50mm back stroke during a meet against Candlewood Swim Club in Howell on July 18. Middletown Mariner Lauren Homack competes in a relay heat during the meet, which the Mariners won.last_img

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SJV rallies past RFH in key A Central game

first_img St. John Vianney High School point guard Angelica Esposito goes up for a jump shot during the third quarter of the Lancers’ A Central Division game against Rumson-Fair Haven. The Jan. 5 game was played in Rumson. Esposito sparked an SJV third-quarter rally, scoring 10 straight points for the Lancers as they pulled out a big road win, 57-47. Rumson-Fair Haven High School’s girls basketball team had all the momentum at halftime.Guard Jessica Harvey had just knocked down a three from just inside the mid-court stripe to extend the Bulldogs’ lead to 27-22 in a defensive battle. Plus, RFH was home, and Harvey’s heave had the crowd buzzing last Thursday (Jan. 5).However, Harvey’s three had not fazed the Lancers.“We had to forget about it,” said senior point guard Angelica Esposito. “It was a really nice shot. “We knew that we had to come out [in the second half] and keep playing well and not let up,” she added. “The first few minutes of the third quarter are the most important in a game.” St. John Vianney High School’s Jaclyn Gallagher (42) tries to get a shot off before Rumson-Fair Haven’s Emma Miller (r) can block it during the Jan. 5 A Central Division contest in Rumson. PHOTOS BY ERIC SUCAR staff The first few minutes of the third quarter would prove to be decisive in this Shore Conference A Central Division clash between two of the Shore’s marquee programs, and it would be the visiting Lancers who played with a sense of urgency and rallied for a big 57-47 victory.The Lancers stepped it up on defense, their trademark, using a half-court trap, and Esposito caught fire on the offensive end, scoring 10 consecutive points for the Lancers, including a pair of threes. Her outburst was the highlight of a 16-1 run that took the Lancers from a five-point deficit to a 10-point lead, 38-28.“I was open,” Esposito said of her scoring spree. “I wanted to take advantage of it.”She did, and the Lancers were now playing with a 10-point lead. They held the Bulldogs without a basket for the first 6:26 of the third quarter.Bulldog head coach George Sourlis said the first few possessions of the third quarter were the difference in the game because not only did his team come up empty, they were turning the ball over.“That was the key point of the game,” he said. “We didn’t even get a shot off. “They [SJV] were a little more desperate than we were,” he added. “Give Vianney credit, they cranked it up.”Sourlis’ young Bulldogs (they have only one senior) showed their resiliency by bouncing back at the end of the quarter, thanks to another half-court shot ala Jerry West by Harvey that beat the buzzer and cut the Lancer lead to 44-40 heading into the fourth quarter.“We actually practice that [half-court shot at the end of a period of a game], and Jessica is our best shooter at it,” said Sourlis.Again, what could have been a momentum swing wasn’t. The Lancers worked the ball inside to 6-0 sophomore Katie Beriont, who had been a factor all night, and she made a traditional three-point play. She was fouled while making the basket and sank the free throw that gave SJV a 47-40 lead.Athree-point play from Janae Mayfield closed the lead to 48-43 mid-way through the fourth quarter, but that would be as close as the Bulldogs would get as SJV extended the lead from the foul line.Esposito led all scorers with 15. Lyndsay Rowe, who matched Esposito with three threes, had 14, and Beriont chipped in with 11 as the Lancers improved to 5- 2. Harvey (12) and Sam Sabino (10) hit double figures for the Bulldogs, who slipped to 6-2.Thiswas a big game for both, and not only for its A Central implications. Both of these state powerhouses find themselves in the unaccustomed position of having to prove themselves.SJV head coach Dawn Kapell lost her four magnificent seniors — Missy Repoli, Jackie Kates, Arron Zimmerman and Katie O’Reilly, who led the Lancers to the 2009 NJSIAATournament of Champions crown and four straight Non-Public A state titles — but she pointed out that she had 13 girls returning who had seen varsity playing time last year.Still, there were some doubters, and Esposito pointed out that the Lancers feel they have to prove themselves.“We still have good players,” she said, adding that beating a “really good team” like Rumson lets every know that yes, the Lancers still have good players.At Rumson, Sourlis graduated five senior starters and has but one senior on the team and a load of freshmen, including starter Emma Miller.With a 6-2 record thus far, it’s obvious that while the team is young and inexperienced, it has talent.What has pleased Sourlis the most is the steady improvement made by his team in the first eight games.“We’ve gotten so much better,” he said. “I’m encouraged by how hard we play.”While disappointed that his team, which has played solid defense all year, allowed Vianney to score 35 points in the second half,Sourlis said that overall, he was “still proud of the effort” against SJV.Say this for both St. John and Rumson: there’s a reason they’ve been at the top winning for so long. The faces change but the results remain the same, and when they play each other, it’s going to be an entertaining, high-level game.Both St. John Vianney and Rumson- Fair Haven will be competing in the Boardwalk Hoop Group Showcase at Long Branch High School on Sunday. The Bulldogs will play Neptune at noon and the Lancers will tip off against Blair Academy at 1 p.m. Third quarter decisive in 57-47 win BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer last_img read more

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Lancers ready to compete for tournament crowns

first_imgComing off a season that included two heartbreaking tournament losses, the St. John Vianney High School girls basketball team is counting on veteran starters to carry it deep into postseason play.The Lancers were on the losing end of an overtime game against Manasquan High School in the Shore Conference Tournament semifinals. In the state tournament, St. John Vianney secured the NJSIAA Non-Public South A title, but it later fell to Immaculate Heart Academy in the group finals.Now, the team is determined to erase the memory of those defeats.The Lancers are equipped with a fair amount of experience this season, despite having no seniors on the varsity roster. Part of a talented junior class is DePaul University bound point guard Kelly Campbell, who was also in the starting five the last two seasons. Sophomore Kimi Evans saw minutes last season and is slated to start at center this season. Junior Gigi Caponegro is another returning player at forward.Junior Kellie Crouch is expected to start at guard, while the third and final guard spot could include a rotation of players. Head coach Dawn Karpell said sophomore Courtney Dobrzynski and juniors Tina Lebron and Vanessa Pinho are all capable of being in the lineup for tipoff.Noticeably missing from the starting five is Emily Uribe, a junior guard who will miss the entire season due to a knee injury.With the loss of Uribe, St. John Vianney can count three starters from last season’s 26-5 team who are absent this winter. Katie Beriont and Jackie Gallagher, two veteran leaders of that squad, graduated in the spring.But Karpell is confident that her team is well-prepared for the rigors of the season. “We have a lot of players who had plenty of time on the court last season,” said Karpell, who is coaching the Lancers for a ninth season. “With the amount of experience we have returning, we have the potential to have a great year up to SJV standards.”As in seasons past, St. John Vianney is challenging itself to face the best competition around, all in an effort to stay a step ahead in the Shore Conference and state tournaments.St. John Vianney will be tested right from the start. The new season will begin on Dec. 20 with a showcase hosted by Francis Lewis High School in Queens, N.Y. St. John Vianney is scheduled to face Roland Park Country School from Baltimore, Md.Following a matchup with Shore rival Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, the Lancers will return to the Mount St. Dominic Holiday Basketball Festival to play Montclair High School, Franklin High School and Immaculate Conception High School (Lodi). The tournament starts on Dec. 27, and all games are played at Caldwell University.“We want to be successful by March. That’s the ultimate goal,” Karpell said when asked about the challenging schedule.Thus far, the Lancers are shaping up to be a balanced team with strong guard and forward play that makes them tough to defend, Karpell explained. She added that St. John Vianney must polish its defense in order to meet the team’s tournament goals.“If we develop that skill and rebound, that will be important to our development this year,” Karpell said.St. John Vianney is looking at a deep bench, as well. Karpell said Zoe Pero, a junior forward, will be a strong contributor. Another junior, Megan Furch, is a newcomer at forward.Freshman guard Madison Doring and sophomore guards Julia Ramos, Riley Kehoe and Abby Anderko are also new names on this season’s roster. By MATTHEW ROCCO Correspondent last_img read more

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Rampant France run riot against Swiss

first_imgBy Mark GleesonRAMPANT France sparkled in a 5-2 mauling of neighbours Switzerland in World Cup Group E last night to move closer to knockout phase four years after one of their darkest days.France, that beat Honduras 3-0 in their opening game, top the standings with six points and will advance if Ecuador and Honduras draw later.Goals within 66 seconds from Olivier Giroud and Blaise Matuidi put France 2-0 up inside the opening 20 minutes at the Fonte Nova arena and on their way to a comfortable triumph on the anniversary of the Knysna bus strike at the last tournament in South Africa.The diminutive Mathieu Valbuena scored a third five minutes before halftime after Karim Benzema’s 32nd-minute penalty was saved by Diego Benaglio.But Benzema kept up a rich vein of recent scoring form as he grabbed France’s fourth in the 67th minute and Moussa Sissoko added the fifth.Substitute Blerim Dzemaili hammered home a low free nine minutes from time and a volley from Granit Xhaka in the 87th minute gave the Swiss a second late consolation goal.The emphatic win continued France’s World Cup rehabilitation as they seek to bury the ghosts of four years ago when a player revolt left their reputation stained.Giroud, restored to the starting line-up, rose firmly after 17 minutes to head home Valbuena’s corner for the first goal and from the kickoff, Valon Behrami’s errant pass was picked by Benzema who surged forward to set up Matuidi from the left.A needless trip on Benzema by Swiss centre back Johan Djourou just past the half-hour mark brought a penalty but Benzema’s spot-kick was saved by Benaglio and Yohan Cabaye crashed the follow-up against the crossbar.Giroud ran deep from his own half on a swift-counter attack to set up Valbuena for the third and France were comfortably in command at halftime.Paul Pogba’s exquisite pass with the outside of his boot allowed Benzema to turn and score the fourth through the goalkeeper’s legs before the striker turned provider for Sissoko.Benzema thought he had added a sixth in stoppage-time but the referee blew the final whistle moments before his volley hit the net.last_img read more

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Six Nations a timely marker in World Cup year

first_imgBy Justin PalmerWITH little over seven months to the World Cup, Europe’s hopes of lifting the Webb Ellis Cup next October will take root in a Six Nations Championship which starts with a Friday night blockbuster and should provide more fireworks along the way.England coach Stuart Lancaster has a pile of injuries to contend with but will have a clearer idea of where the World Cup co-hosts stand after his side face Wales in the Millennium Stadium amphitheatre tonight (10.05pm).Emerge with victory and not only will the men in white have exorcised the demons from a humiliating loss in the Welsh capital two years ago but, with home games against Italy, Scotland and France to come, would be well-placed to win a first Six Nations title since 2011.Form and rankings dictate that Six Nations holders Ireland, who have risen to three in the world rankings behind world champions New Zealand and South Africa, should naturally be favourites but it is an unwanted tag for coach Joe Schmidt.Ireland begin their quest for a second consecutive title – something they have not achieved since 1949 – by taking on Italy in Rome on Saturday.Talisman Brian O’Driscoll has retired but Schmidt’s side, who welcome France and England to Dublin, signalled that they could be best of the northern hemisphere bunch at the World Cup by securing November wins over South Africa and Australia.Ireland can still call on the leadership qualities of evergreen lock Paul O’Connell who is set to win his 100th international cap during the tournament and should welcome back influential flyhalf Johnny Sexton at some point.Sexton has been stood down from Ireland’s opener after a series of concussions but Schmidt gave an upbeat bulletin on the Racing Metro stand-off this week.Ireland’s injury list is nothing like the one Lancaster is contending with.Lock Joe Launchbury, number eight Ben Morgan and flyhalf Owen Farrell have been ruled out of the tournament, second rower Courtney Lawes is set to miss most of it while Brad Barritt and Geoff Parling are among several walking wounded.“We still have a lot of strength in depth and we’re still confident we’re still going to have a strong team,” Lancaster said.Wales and France will also want to make statements of intent.Warren Gatland’s Wales boast a relatively settled side with a backline made up of British and Irish Lions players capable of tearing a defence to shreds.Such is the array of talent at Gatland’s disposal that talk emanating from the valleys of South Wales is that talented winger George North’s place may even be in doubt with Liam Williams pushing for a regular start.France have not won a Six Nations title since their 2010 grand slam and three successive poor campaigns have left a question mark over coach Philippe Saint Andre.A November win over Australia in which powerful winger Teddy Thomas again underlined his huge potential has at least given Les Bleus cause for optimism.Scotland, too, believe they are on the right track under New Zealander Vern Cotter with an impressive Autumn campaign, which brought high-scoring wins over Argentina and Tonga and a narrow defeat by New Zealand, leading to predictions that the Murrayfield men will be no pushovers.Italy could not build on their two wins in the 2013 tournament and lost all five matches last year. Coach Jacques Brunel will need his team to show greater attacking flair to match their renowned defensive intensity.last_img read more

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