Holmdel Legion team looking to improve this summer

first_imgSquad currently has 2-3-2 mark The Holmdel High School American Legion junior team is off to a 2-3-2 start for its summer schedule under coach Tony Fernicola. Sponsored by American Legion Post 321 of Union Beach, the Holmdel squad has generally played well and has been in every game, the coach noted. “This isn’t all about winning,” Fernicola said. “It’s about having fun and learning and giving our players the opportunity to work on things. The main thing is that we want to keep them playing baseball.” The Holmdel contingent is playing a 20- game schedule in the Monmouth County American Legion league. While Fernicola has an 18-man roster, he usually requests that only 12 players attend each game. “It’s summer and some of our guys are working or doing other things,” he explained. “That’s all right, but all of our guys will have a chance to play. What I don’t want to do is have guys sitting on the bench who won’t get into the game.” Although Holmdel has three losses, Fernicola said that pitching has been a strong suit. His team’s combined ERA is under three runs per game – a good mark by any measure. Lefty Paul Rabat, A.J. and Alex Castiglia, Anthony Patres, Jim Tully, who attends Christian Brothers Academy, and Paul Curran, who attends Colts Neck High School, have all performed well on the hill. At the plate, Tully, who has become the heart of the team, is batting .420, followed closely by Anthony Canzoneri, a St. John Vianney product, who is hitting .415. Infielder John Sieg has also hit the ball well and is at .389. Outfielder Danny Morelli is also over the .300 mark with a team-leading three round-trippers. “Overall we’ve been hitting the ball hard; unfortunately, of late it’s been right at people,” Fernicola said. “If we keep doing that, more balls will eventually drop. Right now I’m actually pretty happy with the way we’ve been swinging the bat.” Outfielder Joe Pomarico has been doing a good job of putting the ball in play and infielder/ outfielder Tom LaPorta has been finding ways to get on base where he can take advantage of his speed. The coach noted that Alex Castiglia has been a defensive force behind the plate throwing out the majority of runners who have tried to steal. Other members of the team include catcher Nick Solfaro, infielders Frank Strick, Matthew Fernicola, Chris Bosco and Paul Curran, along with outfielder Brock Gomez. While the bulk of the team consists of Holmdel players, Tully, attends CBA; Canzoneri is at SJV; and Bosco, Curran and LaPorta attend Colts Neck. “While we’re all about learning, I have to say the team has also been very competitive,” Fernicola said. “We’ve been in every game and everyone has been working very hard. That’s all I can ask.” BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer last_img read more

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Holmdel harriers second in Central Jersey meet

first_img1 Cinnaminson 70 2 Old Bridge 66 1 South Brunswick 61 8 South Amboy 235 Boys 1 West Windsor-Plains. So. 52 7 Somerville 184 2 Holmdel 76 9 Matawan 230 8 Pt. Pleasant Borough 199 11 JF Kennedy, Iselin 304 10 Keyport 247 Group III High school Pts. 7 Freehold Borough 182 Group I 6 Middletown North 170 13 Marlboro 339 5 Northern Burlington 146 5 Rumson-Fair Haven 145 8 Ocean Township 225 7 Keansburg 206 Boys Championships were held at Thompson Park, Monroe Township, on Nov. 9. 7 Keansburg 198 3 West Windsor-Plains. So. 78 GIrls 5 Middletown South 118 14 Montgomery 374 15 Monmouth Regional 342 14 Hamilton North 380 12 Jackson Memorial 304 9 Freehold Township 271 Boys Girls 13 Middletown North 342 14 Sayreville 350 10 Freehold Borough 248 5 Colts Neck 167 7 Hillsborough 175 9 South Hunterdon 221 12 East Brunswick 325 3 Hopewell Valley 136 4 Hightstown 139 8 Freehold Township 212 6 Raritan 112 1 Robbinsville 52 12 Monroe Township 349 6 Princeton 156 1 Robbinsville 32 4 Delaware Valley 98 16 Brick Memorial 381 4 Colts Neck 99 PHOTO BY ERIC SUCAR staff Say this for Holmdel’s George Galasso, he’s raced against the best the state has to offer. After competing against Manalapan’s Robby Andrews at both the Monmouth County and Shore Conference championships, Galasso faced another of the state’s elite harriers, West Windsor-Plainsboro North’s Joe Rosa and his twin brother, James Rosa. Joe Rosa turned in the fastest time of the day on the rain-soaked Thompson Park course in Jamesburg, 15:37, while James was second in 15:54. Galasso finished fourth (16:20) just behind WWP North’s third runner, Tyler Corkedale (16:20). The Hornets’ Oliver Song ran a solid race, finishing ninth (16:52). The top 10 individuals and top five teams from the weekend’s state sectional races all qualified for Saturday’s NJSIAA State Group Championships back at familiar Holmdel Park. Holmdel finished second to the powerful, nationally ranked WWP North squad with 76 points. The Pirates won with a dual meet score of 18. The Hornet girls also finished second in a close competition with Hopewell Valley, 57-74. Holmdel had its fifth runner home before Hopewell Valley’s fourth. But a one-two finish by the Bulldogs’ Clare Buck (18:23), and with their third runner, Julie Jablonski (seventh in 18:56) home before the Hornets’ No. 1, proved to be too much for Holmdel’s pack to overcome Shannon Nelson led Holmdel in ninth place (20:14). She was followed closely by Rachel Williams (20:29) and Cathay Zhao (20:29) in 13th and 14th. Katie Little (20:50) and Lilia Xie (20:56) were 18th and 20th. The top five were separated by only 42 seconds. In Group II, Matawan’s boys were third (118) and will be racing on Saturday. Sean Donohue’s eighth place ((17:03) paced the Huskies. Ryan Montaparerto was 11th (17:17). Rounding out the scorers were Dhaval Shah (17:42), Evan Norwood (17:51) and Tim Birch (18:39), who were 22-24-53. While the public schools were contesting the state sectional, the parochial schools were up at Warinanco Park in Elizabeth for the New Jersey Catholic Track Coaches Championships. The Warinanco Park course at 5,250 meters is slightly longer than the standard high school 5,000 meters. Nationally ranked Christian Brothers Academy ran the race as if it were a workout, together. Brendan Swan (17:21), Mike Mazzaccaro (17:21), Dennis Smith (17:21), Mark Lee (17:22) and Dan Bailey (17:22) finished in seventh through 11th place as the Colts collected yet another championship with a team score of 45. On the girls’ side, Mater Dei’s Marie Walsh was fourth (19:55). NJSIAA Central Sectional Cross-Country Championships 1 Hopewell Valley 57 16 Lakewood 464 4 Pt. Pleasant Borough 133 2 Red Bank Regional 109 2 Holmdel 74 3 Princeton 80 17 No. Plainfield 428 7 Jackson Memorial 209 Girls 10 Spotswood 243 8 Neptune 205 14 Delran 409 8 South River 216 10 Northern Burlington 243 6 Middlesex 180 17 Sayreville 397 13 Ewing 407 12 Manville 314 9 Lawrence 232 1 West Windsor-Plains. No. 18 1 Johnson, Arthur L. 64 Group IV 6 Delaware Valley 169 2 Shore Regional 60 3 Rumson-Fair Haven 96 4 East Brunswick 143 10 Raritan 299 15 Wall 393 12 Allentown 322 13 Spotswood 335 4 New Providence 95 15 Burlington Twp. 424 16 Burlington Twp. 374 15 Rancocas Valley 379 2 Hillsborough 62 8 Manasquan 210 3 Matawan 118 4 Henry Hudson 145 11 Johnson, Arthur L. 302 5 Howell 127 6 Montgomery 140 3 Manalapan 106 6 Wall 132 7 Middletown South 161 Girls 11 Cinnaminson 280 3 Pt. Pleasant Beach 76 11 South Brunswick 303 Group II 10 Rancocas Valley 309 2 Red Bank Regional 77 Boys 4 West Windsor-Plains. No. 101 14 Ewing 340 3 Shore Regional 96 2 Metuchen 56 15 Brick Memorial 379 6 Dunellen 182 5 Manasquan 108 9 Delran 244 7 Somerville 191 10 Howell 279 11 Middlesex 286 BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer 9 Ocean Township 206 8 Old Bridge 221 11 North Brunswick 313 13 JF Kennedy, Iselin 372 High school Pts. 5 Metuchen 107 13 South Amboy 367 9 North Brunswick 275 5 New Providence 165 12 Allentown 390 11 Hamilton East 285 last_img read more

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Hazlet United Cobras win MOSA title

first_imgThe Hazlet United Cobras U-11 boys soccer team is enjoying a great season on the soccer pitch.The Cobras, who are part of the Hazlet United Soccer Association, play in the Monmouth-Ocean Soccer Association (MOSA). This year, the boys finished first in their flight MOSAU-11 National 2 flight with a 7-1-2 overall record. They scored 22 goals and allowed just 12 and registered two shutouts.The Cobras had to rally for one goal down twice, to win their next-to-last MOSA game 3-2 in order to stay in first place. They clinched the championship with a 2-1 win in their final regular season game,The team has moved up three flights in three straight MOSA seasons.The Cobras traveled to the Hershey, Pa., for the Hershey Invitational Tournament and went 2-1 and had eight goals for and only one against.The Cobras are: Bobby Bialkowski Jack Bland, Brian Busse, Michael Chiappone, Andrew Dalton, Louis DiLaurenzio, Daniel Draganoff, Donovan Hackley, Anthony Koempel, Vito Koempel, Dylan Lonnay, Nicholas Mahon, Henry Martinez, Christopher Poythress, John Rodriguez and Michael Romeo. The team is coached by Steve Dalton and Anthony Chiappone.last_img read more

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Young Matawan softball team exceeds expectations

first_imgBy WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent One of the youngest high school softball teams in the Shore was also one of the most successful.With pitcher Erin Powers and right fielder Shannon Sansone as the only seniors in a lineup laden with sophomores, Matawan Regional High School went from a 14-13 record and early exits in tournaments a year ago to 21-8 this spring while reaching two tournament championship games and the semifinals of the other.“We expected improvement and were hoping for 15 to 16 wins,” head coach Bob Dubina said. “We exceeded my expectations, but we return so much next year.”Dubina knows what he is speaking about. He turned Allentown High School into a perennial contender in NJSIAA Group III before moving over to Matawan last season. And he also coached Brookdale Community College’s women’s basketball team, which finished 19-9 and reached the Region XIX tournament semifinals last winter.Matawan earned its most softball victories since 2005 when it won 23 games and the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II title.It reached the sectional finals again this year on May 29, losing to Robbinsville High School, 3-2, in 10 innings. A year earlier, Robbinsville also knocked the Huskies out of the states in the earlier rounds, 6-0.The following day Matawan lost, 11-0, to Middletown High School South in the Shore Conference Tournament semifinals.“We had nothing left,” Dubina said.Sophomore shortstop Lauren Conroy hyper-extended her elbow in the Robbinsville game and sat out the game against Middletown South. The No. 3 hitter in the lineup, Conroy led the Huskies with 12 home runs and 31 RBIs while batting .550.Matawan also reached the Monmouth County Tournament finals, losing to St. John Vianney High School, 2-0, May 16.“That game turned around our season,” Dubina said. “It gave us a ton of confidence that we can play with anybody.”Matawan won the next four games leading up to the Robbinsville state tournament game. Powers said after she felt it from the start — a season-opening 11-1 victory over Red Bank Catholic High School.“If someone told me before the season we’d do well, I probably would’ve believed that person,” Powers said. “We had a lot of returning girls who worked hard and really wanted to win. But after beating Red Bank Catholic, we really stepped it up.”The Huskies also were cochampions in the Shore Conference B North Division with Wall High School — a team it split its two games with during the season. Both were 11-3 in the division.Matawan also won state tournament games over Delran High School, 3-1, in which no Husky batter struck out, and No. 1-seed Arthur L. Johnson High School, 2-0, in an upset as Powers helped her own cause on the mound by smashing a runscoring single.The team finished strongly despite a key injury. Junior center fielder Sam Buchman, who batted in the .300s with a .500 on-base percentage hitting leadoff, missed the final three weeks of the season with a high ankle sprain. Junior Tracey Brereton went from catcher to the vacated center field spot, and freshman Amanda Hunter came off the bench to start at catcher. Dubina praised Brereton’s willingness to fill a need at a different position.Bolstered by the success of this season, Dubina said he is looking to upgrade his schedule further for 2016.“At Allentown, it helped us preparing for the state tournament,” he said.First, he must settle on his pitching, as Powers is headed to a college career at Felician College. She utilized five pitches that included a fastball Dubina said reached around 60 mph. Powers said she went with a drop curve and screwball a lot.Jess Veary, a sophomore who did not play a year ago because of a knee injury, is a leading candidate to move from first base to the mound.“She’s not overpowering but keeps the ball low. I hope she can pick up some speed,” Dubina said. Sophomore Meaghan Rutsch is another candidate. Veary also was a timely hitter. Cleanup hitter Hadassah Curry, who plays third base, and Veary smashed run-scoring hits in the sixth and seventh innings, respectively, to force the extra innings against Robbinsville, a team Dubina was familiar with from his days coaching at Allentown. Matawan had its chances, leaving the bases loaded in the ninth inning and stranding two runners in scoring position with none out in the third inning. Dubina believed pitching and hitting were the main ingredients to this season’s success, while the defense had its ups and downs but performed very well at times. He figures the many returning players will work on that more in the offseason. Powers believed the defense helped her to a lot of victories, however. “Our defense held us together because I’m not a strikeout pitcher, so I let the other team hit the ball, and the girls in the field had my back all the time,” Powers said.Soph Jen Lloyd at second base and junior left fielder Sami Boyne completed the lineup. Utility players Taylor Murphy and Maddie Malanga also contributed.“These girls put Matawan back on the map,” Dubina said. “Hopefully people will talk about it, and we’ll get the support from the Little League [softball] program.”“I think they have a lot of potential,” Powers said of her team’s future. “As long as they play defense, they’ll have no problem.”Dubina said the success also is shared by his coaching staff that includes new varsity assistant Maria Antista, who was the head coach at Matawan a few years ago and played on the 2005 team. Allie Murature, another assistant, played on Middletown South’s two Group III state championship teams in 2009 and 2010 and then played on a Brookdale Community College team that reached the Junior College World Series. Theresa Principe, who worked with Powers and the other pitchers, was a college pitcher after playing for Red Bank Catholic.last_img read more

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Costa ruled out of Maribor clash as injuries hit Chelsea

first_imgBy Martyn HermanChelsea will be without striker Diego Costa for their Champions League clash at home to Maribor on Wednesday.“He hasn’t trained because he’s not in condition to do so,” manager Jose Mourinho told a news conference on Monday.“It’s the same problem that he is having, it’s simple. Let’s see what happens for the next weekend.”Costa, who has made a stunning start to his Chelsea career with nine Premier League goals since joining from Atletico Madrid, has been struggling with a hamstring injury and did not play in the 2-1 defeat of Crystal Palace on Saturday.Chelsea are well-placed in Group G with four points from their opening two fixtures but have several players unavailable for the visit of the Slovenian outsiders to Stamford Bridge.Midfielders John Obi Mikel, Andre Schurrle and Ramires will all play no part while striker Didier Drogba is not fit enough to play for 90 minutes, according to Mourinho.“Mikel made a big effort to be available for the weekend. He came back from the national team with a foot problem. He can’t play tomorrow,” he said.“Didier is not in condition to play 90 minutes but he can play.”He confirmed that 17-year-old reserve team striker Dominic Solanke would start on the bench.last_img read more

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Record-breaking Rabada sinks England for consolation win

first_imgBy Nick SaidFast bowler Kagiso Rabada became the youngest South African to take 10 wickets in a Test as he propelled his side to a consolation 280-run victory over England on the last morning of the fourth and final Test on Tuesday.South Africa needed a little more than an hour on the final day to reduce England, who won the series 2-1, from 52 for three to 101 all out with 20-year-old Rabada returning match figures of 13-159 to emphasise his rich potential.Chasing an unlikely victory target of 382 on a wearing wicket, England’s hopes of batting out the day were undone by a combination of rash stroke-making and excellent swing bowling.Rabada celebrated his ’10-for’ twice – first having Jonny Bairstow caught at slip off a no-ball and then inducing another edge from the very next delivery to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock to spare his blushes.last_img read more

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Asian National Olympic Committees given reassurances over Zika ahead of Rio 2016

first_imgRepresentatives of NOCs from South Asia, South East Asia and East Asia were told that the number of mosquitoes was dropping as Brazil entered the winter months and that a series of preventative measures have been put in place to reduce the threat even further in venues and accommodation to be used for the Olympic Games. The measures include extensive spraying of competition venues and the Athletes’ Village, air conditioning to keep the temperature cool and windows closed and plug-in devices to ensure 24-hour vigilance inside apartments.“I would like to calm your fears over the Zika virus,” Sarah Paterson, continental manager for Asia and Oceania NOC relations for Rio 2016, told delegates at the Olympic Council of Asia and Olympic Solidarity Regional Forum.She added, though:: “We advise National Olympic Committees to take bite prevention measures.”According to Rio 2016, data collected by the Brazilian Ministry of Health over the past 20 years indicates there is no history of outbreaks of illnesses caused by the Aedes aegypti mosquito – which transmits dengue and Zika – during winter.João Grangeiro, the chief medical officer of Rio 2016, has stressed the importance of following the advice of the World Health Organization (WHO), which has classed the link between zika and birth defect microcephaly as a public health emergency of international concern.Microcephaly causes babies to be born with small heads and under-developed brains, while Zika can also cause miscarriages, premature birth and vision problems in babies.More than 1,000 cases have been confirmed in Brazil since October.Only around 200 of these have been in Rio de Janeiro however, and, given that the Olympics and Paralympics will be held in winter months, the risk there is considered relatively low so long as adequate precautions are taken.“Although the general symptoms of the illness are mild and affect only 20 per cent of those infected, we have to be alert to the risks that the virus represents for pregnant women, who should speak with their doctors about preventative measures,” said Grangeiro.WHO advice, which is being followed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Rio 2016 organisers, is for women who are pregnant to not attend the Games.Other tips include mosquito repellent, air conditioned rooms, long clothing and avoiding impoverished and over-crowded areas.The IOC has also provided athletes and NOCs with guidance about prevention and symptoms.last_img read more

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Gurias rumble with 34-12 win over Isapea in Lae

first_imgThe Gurias registered first points from a penalty in the opening minutes from boot of Elipas Pidik.Pidik made it 4-0 not long after Isapea gave away another  penalty right in front of the posts.But it was the Gulf boys who crossed the tryline first when five-eighth Solomon Pokari Kale  slipped a  no-look pass to Jack Manda who ran in to score.Japheth Olik put his side in front after converting the try.But the Gurias hit back straight after with quick hands that created an overlap for Pidik to score out wide.Pidik struck a beauty from the sideline to sail the ball between the posts to take back the lead at 10-6 right on the 20 minute mark.Kale continued to be handful for the Gurias defence and had a hand in his side’s second four pointer sending a flying Tau Muri in who slammed the ball down near the posts.The lead changed again when Olik made it two from two  with the conversion.But Isapea invited the Gurias back into the game giving away another penalty.The Gurias made them pay after William Aquila dived over on the wing.More penalties given away by Isapea cost then more points as Pidik added another two points from a penalty to take a 16-12 lead going into the break.The second half started off disastrously for Isapea giving away another penalty from the kick off.Gurias hooker Stanley Olo kicked for touch and found the line 10 metres out.Olo then crossed to score several plays later to extend the Gurias lead.Tempers flared as both teams exchanges punches on the field.But it was all one sided traffic from this point on with the Gurias running in two more tries to set up a comprehensive win.last_img read more

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PNG denies Fiji to qualify

first_imgFiji misses out on the victory they needed for their semifinals hopes and PNG exit with their first point of the tournament.Papua New Guinea’s Peter Dabinyaba Jr floats a free kick in 35th minute that evades everyone and nestles in the net for PNG to lead 1-0 at first half.In the second half, Fiji came back aiming to collect the win with more attacks into PNG’s goal mouth.However, Felix Komolong played an amazing role in the backline denying Fiji’s attempts.Fiji than with more attacks finally went on the board when Fiji’s Don Raj’s shot well but France Catarogo buries the follow up for a draw.Than Papua New Guinea’s Stahl Gubag  goes on a mazy run from his own half to the Fiji box but couldn’t  quite tee up a team mate in the  in the edge of the area but deflected for a corner which Fiji clear.In the 82nd minute, Fiji’s France Catarogo pin the ball once into PNG’s but Don Raj was offside during was denied for an offside.Papua New Guinea once again had another chance with Stahl Gubag into the the open back post but balloons over the cross by the bounce.PNG now exits the championship with their first point of the tournament while Fiji missed out to qualify for the semifinals.last_img read more

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Garamuts announces ICC U19 World Cup squad

first_imgHEBOU PNG Under 19 Garamuts SquadPlayers1.     Vagi Karaho (Captain)2.     James Junior Tau (Vice-Captain)3.     Daure William Aiga Aiga4.     Heagi Ronald Toua5.     Ovia Lohia Sam6.     Sinaka Harry Arua7.     Igo John Mahuru8.     Nou Reva Rarua9.     Leke Morea10.  Boge Daniel Arua11.  Kevau Nou Tau12.  Simon Kwalahu Atai13.  Eisa Eka14.  Sema Igo Kamea15.  Tau Toa Nou The CWC will run from the 13th of January to the 3rd February.The fifteen (15) man HEBOU PNG Under 19 Garamuts squad will be once again lead by Pari’s Vagi Karaho, will all the players currently playing in the Port Moresby Cricket Association (POMCA).The squad consists of twelve (12) players that competed in the 2018 ICC Under 19 CWC East-Asia-Pacific (EAP) Qualifiers in Apia, Samoa in August this year where finished the tournament undefeated and advanced to the World Cup. The HEBOU PNG Under 19 Garamuts will be flying out of Port Moresby on Friday 5th January and will start their World Cup campaign with two (2) practice matches against the West Indies (8th January) and hosts New Zealand (10th January) before taking on Zimbabwe (13th January), India (16th January) and Australia (19th January) in the group matches.The 2018 ICC Under 19 CWC will be the twelfth (12th) time the tournament has been held and it will be the third time the tournament will be held in New Zealand. The tournament will feature sixteen (16) teams- 10 Full Member and 6 Associate Member, with all teams divided into four (4) groups. The top two (2) after the round-robin stage will advance to the main quarter-finals (Super League), while the bottom two (2) from each group will advance to the Plate Cup. This will be the eighth (8th) time the HEBOU PNG Under 19 Garamuts have qualified for the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup, having already played in the ICC Under CWC in 1998 (South Africa), 2002 (New Zealand), 2004 (Nepal), 2008 (Malaysia), 2010 (New Zealand), 2012 (Australia) and 2014 (UAE).last_img read more

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