The Sixth Annual Impact Unlimited River to Sea Relay, a 92-mile endurance run beginning in Milford on the Delaware River and finishing at the ocean’s edge in Manasquan, featured 10 teams from the Jersey shore. Overall, 52 teams competed in the Aug. 4 event, with each of seven team members running two of the 14 unequal legs. Team start times were based on the average race time of its members. The first team to enter the ocean would be declared the winner. The top shore finisher was Team Popeye from Fair Haven, captained by Chris Andreach. The Popeyes finished in 13th, their best result in four river-to-sea attempts. Andreach is the son of Impact Unlimited Chairman Dick Nelson, who resides in Spring Lake. The other team members are Lauren Andreach, Chris Coghlan, Mary O’Brien, Charles T. Rand, Kerrie Guibord and Tom Apostle. The two major running clubs in Monmouth County, Jersey Shore Running Club and the New Jersey Road Runners Club were well represented with three teams each. JSRC teams finished in 23rd, 28th and 32nd, with the Bassomatics team taking top honors in the mixed masters’ category. Team captain Jerry Convery accepted the winner’s plaque from Impact Unlimited president Ken Payne of Brielle. NJRRC teams finished 11th, 19th and 42nd. Other local teams competing in intense heat and humidity included Team Linda from Barnegat, with the seventh-fastest elapsed time of the day; Lucent Technologies of Holmdel; and a team of firefighters from Deal and Jersey City. The Lucent team was captained by Farrog Khan and included Mike Artaki, David Steele, Sanjiv Nandu, Steve Strickland, Kamesh Medapalli and Steve Lorenz. Another local team was the crew from Bodman Park, finishing in 32nd place overall. The team was captained by Richard Macho and included Susan Foley, Jennifer Gunn, John Cheer, Graham Wisdom, Mark Griggs and Mike Anstadt. For complete team results, go to www.OYMP.net.
CHRIS KELLY Middletown North goalie Bill Funic scrambles after a loose puck in front of the net during the Lions’ season-opening 6-1 loss to Red Bank Catholic at the Red Bank Armory Sunday. The Lions, in just their second year of existence, played well against the Caseys, who are one of the state’s elite ice hockey programs.
South squad returns enough weaponsto remain favorite South squad returns enough weapons to remain favorite By Warren Rappleyea Staff Writer VERONICA YANKOWSKI Middletown South will feature the extraordinary talents of Knowshon Moreno once again this year as the Eagles look to compete for another CJ Group III championship. A big and experienced offensive line along with the return of sophomore fullback Knowshon Moreno should once again make the Middletown High School South football team a contender in both the Shore Conference Federal Division and the NJSIAA Group III playoffs. The Eagles, 9-3 a year ago, are the defending Federal champs. Last fall, coach Steve Antonucci’s team went on to win the Central Jersey Group III title and reached the state Group III final before bowing to Wall. “Most people seem to think that this is a rebuilding year for us,” the coach said, “but we’re not looking at it that way.” Sure the Eagles have new faces, but opposing teams will certainly remember Moreno, who ran for more than 1,300 yards and scored 26 touchdowns as a freshman. They should also remember the line, if not by name then by the gaping holes it opened for South’s runners. Center Pat Galindo (5-10, 235) is in the middle of the all-senior group, which includes guards Mike Murawinski (6-3, 220) and Chris Barber (6-1, 240) and tackles Jeremy Mercer (6-3, 215) and Scott Martinho (6-4, 220). Joining Moreno in the backfield are tailbacks Chris Martino, a junior, and Trent McCray, a sophomore. Another soph, Eric Daneman, provides depth off the bench. Senior Dan Johnson is the quarterback, with junior Dan Stivala in reserve, and Antonucci said both could wind up playing as they battled head-to-head for the starting job. Steve Downes, who caught 19 passes for 450 yards a year ago, and Dan Flain, both seniors, are the wideouts, along with junior Rob Kelly. Defensively, Middletown South will line up with Murawinski and Martinho at the ends, while juniors Nick Rubino (5-9, 225) and Tom Nicholes (5-9, 220) are the tackles. Ryan Campbell (6-1, 180), a junior, is at outside linebacker, along with sophomore Nick Macaluso (6-3, 205). Martino, junior Dan Terracciano (5-10, 180) and soph Keith Heaney (6-2, 180) will be the outside linebackers. McCray, Kelly, Daneman and junior Gerald Dekle are in the secondary. “We’re fairly young on defense, although I think we’re a tad more athletic than a year ago,” Antonucci said. “That athleticism should help offset some of our inexperience.” The coach added that the kicking game is also improved, with sophomore Mark Longo handling the place-kicking chores, while Mercer does the kickoffs, and Stivala takes care of the punting duties. The Eagles are slated to open the season at Red Bank Regional, a key Federal Division foe, on Sept. 13. “That’s going to be a good test for us,” Antonucci said. “Red Bank is certainly one of the teams to beat in our division this year.” From there, the Eagles will face Neptune before their next big test against what should be a very strong Long Branch team on Sept. 25 in Middletown. By Warren RappleyeaStaff Writer
BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer The St. John Vianney High School entry in the Shore Babe Ruth Fall Baseball League is giving several Lancers players the opportunity to gain valuable game experience against other area high school players. This marks the first time SJV has fielded an entry in the fall league, and it comes on the heels of the team’s entry in the Monmouth County American Legion League, where the Lancers fielded both senior and junior squads. The fall contingent, under the guidance of coach Jeff Georgiana, is off to a 3-0 start and includes many of the players who will comprise the SJV varsity roster this spring. “We have a veteran team and they’re working hard,” said Georgiana. “They’re a bunch of good kids and all I’m doing is giving them a chance to play.” Georgiana’s crew includes three top pitchers in seniors Chris Arrecchi, Jesse Bartley and Mark Vincie, and several others can take to the hill. They include senior Matt Scarnatti, juniors Dave Rada and Bryan Ronayne, and sophomores Sean Cusick and Ryan Doty. Senior Mark Stevens is the first baseman, Guy Palumbo, a senior, and Anthony Pavia, a junior, handle second base; sophomore Nick Nittoli and Ronayne are the shortstops, and Arrecchi plays third when not pitching. Senior Bryan Georgiana is behind the plate. The outfield includes Doty in center, and seniors Bryan Ball and Steve Trapaso in right and left fields, respectively. Cusick, senior Mike Belleran and soph Mike Urcicuoli also see time in the outfield. Ronayne leads the team in hitting with a .555 mark, while the younger Georgiana is at an even .500. “Actually, everyone has been hitting,” coach Georgiana said. “As a team, we’ve been crushing the ball; they all have at least three hits.” Thus far, the SJV entry, which plays at the high school field, has downed teams representing Wall, Shore Regional and Colts Neck. The team plays an 11-game schedule, and each contest runs nine innings instead of the usual seven frames used in high school play. The league also includes teams from Matawan, Manasquan and St. Rose. SJV’s next game is Sunday at home against St. Rose. BY WARREN RAPPLEYEAStaff Writer
BCC men are GSAC South co-champions BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer If form holds, the Region XIX men’s basketball tournament will decide the regular season stalemate between defending champion Brookdale (BCC) and Gloucester. The two rivals shared the Garden State Athletic Conference Southern Division title this winter with identical 11-1 records as the two teams split their home-and-home regular season games with each winning at home. If both can get through two rounds of the tournament this week, they will be playing for the Region XIX title and a trip to the Division III National Junior College Tournament Sunday at Salem Community College in Carney’s Point. “If we play Gloucester, it will be a war,” said BCC head coach Paul Cisek. “I believe we can beat them. In both games, we had the lead with three minutes to go.” Gloucester was ranked No. 2 in the country, the same position it occupies now, when BCC beat the Roadrunners in Lincroft. In the rematch on Feb. 12, the Roadrunners led by as many as 10, only to have Brookdale rally and eventually take the lead. Although the game slipped away in the final three minutes, Cisek liked what his team did on the road against a nationally ranked opponent. “When we beat them at our place, they controlled the glass,” he said. “That didn’t happen this time. Even though our shots weren’t going down, we didn’t quit — they kept hustling.” What the Blues (21-6) have proven during the course of another 20-plus wins season is that they are talented enough to defend their championship. But Cisek is hardly looking past tonight’s opening-round game. The Blues begin the defense of their Region title tonight (7 p.m.) in Lincroft against the winner of Monday’s first-round game between Camden and Atlantic. Tonight’s winner goes to Carney’s Point for Friday’s semifinals with the title game Sunday afternoon. “We can win it all or we can get beat Wednesday [tonight] if we don’t come to play,” he pointed out. Not coming to play, however, has not been a problem for the Jersey Blues. “This team has been different from last year’s,” said Cisek. “When it comes down to winning, they’re ready to go.” Cisek credited a trip to Florida against Division II powerhouses back in December for helping the team find itself. The players bonded and began to jell, and just as importantly, Cisek and his staff got a better idea of what the team could and could not do. “Going to Florida helped a lot,” he explained. “It gave us [coaches] a different look at what we had, and we changed to a more pressure, up-tempo game,” Cisek explained. “We started shooting the ball more from the outside.” There are several reasons why BCC is at least a co-favorite to win this weekend’s tournament, and one of them is 6-foot-7 forward Miguel Rodriguez. The sophomore is averaging 17 points and 16 rebounds a game. He was recently named the GSAC Southern Division Player of the Year, and was named to the All-Region and ALl-GSAC First Teams. “I think he’s the best player in the Region,” said Cisek. “He’s not your typical power forward. He’s long and lanky, and runs the floor well. He’s a class kid to have on your team.” Rodriguez’s versatility is one of his greatest assets. He’s not just a presence in the paint. The Blues bring him out and use him at the top of their 1-3-1 zone because of his quickness. He’s developed a more complete offensive game, adding a jump hook to his repertoire. Another BCC plus has been freshman Jerome Hubbard, who was named to the All-Region and GSAC Second Team. “Jerome can play,” said Cisek. “He’s one of the best all-around guards. He’s not just a three-point shooter. He handles the ball, goes to the hole and has great shooting range. He’s become a better player.” Devin Davis, a 6-4 freshman center/forward from Red Bank Regional, has improved dramatically over the course of the season and has become one of the team’s most reliable players. Jamall Jenkins, a 6-4 forward, and Dennys Gomez, a freshman guard, raised their games during the season, and when transfer Jamar Pressley joined the club at midseason, he stepped in at point guard and stabilized the offense. His presence allowed Hubbard, who had been playing the point, to move to his natural two-guard position. The Blues have experience on their side as well. Sophomores Rodriguez, Kelvin DeLosAngeles (Second Team All-Region and All-GSAC) and Joe Leone have been through the wars and know what it takes to not only win the Region, but finish fourth in the country. Hubbard played for a Neptune team that was accustomed to playing in championship games and is battled-tested himself. Brookdale clinched its regular season championship on Feb. 17 with an 85-62 win at Camden. Rodriguez led a balanced attack with 16. Davis had 14, DeLosAngeles 12, Hubbard added 11 and Pressley 10. BY TIM MORRISStaff Writer BCC menare GSAC Southco-champions
BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer Above: St. John Vianney point guard Jackie Kates (r) and Neptune’s Nahja Carter battle for a loose ball during the fourth quarter of the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions semifinal played March 17 at the Poland Springs Arena in Toms River. The Lancers lost in a doubleovertime marathon, 63-51. Left: St. John Vianney’s Jackie Kates (r) and Neptune’s Nahja Carter battle for the ball. PHOTOS BY ERIC SUCAR staff The success that St. John Vianney High School’s girls basketball team has enjoyed the last four years can be credited to a special group of seniors.Jackie Kates, Missy Repoli, Katie O’Reilly and Aaron Zimmerman have been the cornerstones of four state championships and one Tournament of Champions title. According to shooting guard Repoli, the Lancers all had one thing in common.“We’re a really competitive group,” she said.It’s that competitiveness and never-giveup approach to every game that helped the seniors return SJV to its familiar perch as one of the state’s premier programs.The 2010-11 season was a fitting swan song for the Lancers’Core Four as they rang up their fourth straight NJSIAA Non-Public A South and Non-Public A State championshipsBut all good things must come to an end, and for the Lancers it was on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, in the TOC semifinals at the Poland Springs Arena in Toms River against their Shore Conference rivals and nemesis, Neptune.The Scarlet Fliers outlasted the Lancers in a double-overtime marathon, 63-51, in which both teams displayed the fortitude that made them champions. When both teams were on the ropes, they somehow managed to come back time and again and slip out of the jaws of defeat.The Fliers, led by Shakena Richardson and Syessence Davis, who are headed to Rutgers University, had beaten the Lancers last month in the Shore Conference Tournament final as well as last year’s TOC championship game. Leading by seven in the third quarter in a game ruled by defense, the Fliers appeared to be in control of the game.But the Lancers didn’t think so.Asteal off an inbounds basket and resulting basket by Zimmerman in the last 10 seconds of the third period and O’Reilly’s basket at the start of the fourth pulled the Lancers to within three, 27-24, and it was anybody’s game.Repoli, who hit one big three-point shot from the corner after another all night, tied the game at 29-29 with a three.Neptune went back up by five on a three from Morgan Thompson and two free throws by Chyna Golden.A put-back off a missed Golden free throw by Nahja Carter put the Fliers back up by five, 36-31, with just 1:08 remaining in the game. The lead appeared safe.But Repoli knocked down yet another trey thatmade it 36-34 with 57 seconds left. Then the Lancers’ O’Reilly stole the ball from Davis and was fouled on her layup attempt. She sank both free throws, and just like that it was tied at 36 with 46 seconds remaining. Neptune held for the last shot, and Richardson misfired on a baseline jumper. Zimmerman pulled down the rebound and was fouled with 1.2 seconds left in the game. She missed the front end of the one-and-one, and the game went into overtimeIt was SJV’s turn to seize control in the overtime. Repoli knocked down a quick three to put the Lancers up. They would lead by four, 45-41, with 24 seconds left in the extra session on a free throw by O’Reilly.This time it was the Fliers’ turn to escape defeat. Richardson was fouled with 18 seconds remaining and sank both free throws. As the Lancers tried to break the Fliers’ full-court pressure, Davis made a steal at midcourt. She drove into the paint and put up a short jumper that fell, and the game was tied once again and was headed to a second overtime.If there was one difference between the two teams in this TOC semifinal, it was turnovers. Both defenses forced a lot of them, but the Lancers tuned the ball over 32 times to the Fliers’ 18.In the second overtime, Zimmerman, O’Reilly and Repoli were on the bench, having fouled out, and the Fliers took full advantage to pour it on and win by 12.“It was a great effort by both sides,” said SJV head coach Dawn Karpell. “We didn’t execute enough down the stretch.“Credit Neptune,” she added. “They’re fighters and they made the plays.”Repoli said the Lancers gave it their all.“We left it all on the floor,” she said. “It was a great team effort. We never gave up.”Neptune (29-1) was led by Davis with 18 and Richardson with 16. Golden added 13 points and 11 rebounds. Neptune would go on to lose the TOC final to Trenton Catholic on March 21 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, 54-49.For SJV, which ended its season at 28-4, Repoli netted a game-high 22. She was 6-8 frombeyond the arc. She was the only Lancer in double figures, but O’Reilly chipped in with nine. Kathleen Egan, the lone non-senior starter in the lineup, pulled down 11 rebounds.Karpell, herself a star at SJV, couldn’t say enough positive things about the impact that the Core Four had on SJV.“They showed character right down to the end,” she said. “I told them how proud I am of them and that I appreciate the great things they’ve done.“They brought SJV back to the top spot in the state,” she added. “Four state championships are an unbelievable accomplishment.”As great as Kates, Repoli, Zimmerman and O’Reilly were on the basketball floor, their greatest impact was on the Lancers’ underclassmen. Karpell said they provided outstanding leadership and were a great example for the others to follow. The underclassmen, she said, “learned so much this year.”That may be the Core Four’s ultimate legacy, but for now, bringing the Lancers back to the top is what they will be remembered for. It’s a legacy they can be very proud of as they head off to college next fall. Lancers fall in double OT to Neptune
The Monmouth County Park System is shaking up its winter golf season a bit by having just one course open – Bel-Aire in Wall Township.Bel-Aire offers an 18-hole executive course and a nine-hole course. Winter golf rates are $12 for the 18-hole course and $8 for the nine-hole course.These prices are in effect now and will remain through March 11, and are good for residents of Monmouth County, and for non-residents.The tee reservation system is good through the winter months. Walk-on play is also available.Bel-Aire’s courses on Allaire Road in Wall Township will have their regular season tees and greens. Golfers will continue to be able to rent power golf carts, conditions permitting. The cost is $13.50 for the 18-hole course and $11.75 for the nine-hole course (tax included). Weather permitting, Bel-Aire is open daily from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.To learn more about park system winter golf, visit www.monmouthcountyparks.com or call 732-842-4000. For persons with hearing impairment, the park system TTY/TDD number is 711.
By Michael HannManchester United’s transfer flurry continued on Monday when they confirmed the captures of Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger from Bayern Munich and French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton.Schneiderlin signed on a four-year contract for a fee reported to be 25 million pounds while midfielder Schweinsteiger joined United on a three-year deal for a fee of around 14 million pounds.Schweinsteiger, 30, came through the youth ranks at Bayern and spent 13 seasons with the Bavarians, winning the Bundesliga title eight times.“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Bayern Munich, it has been an incredible journey and I didn’t take the decision to leave lightly. Manchester United is the only club that I would have left Munich for,” the midfielder told United’s website.“I feel ready for this new and exciting challenge in what I regard as the most competitive league in the world and I am looking forward to working with Louis van Gaal again.”Schweinsteiger made 536 appearances for Bayern since his debut in 2002, also winning seven German Cups and the Champions League in 2013.The 25-year-old Schneiderlin was playing in the English third tier with Southampton five years ago but helped the club return to the Premier League and was in France’s 2014 World Cup squad.“I am delighted to be a Manchester United player. Once I learned that United were interested in signing me, it was a very easy decision to make,” Schneiderlin said.“The chance to be part of this squad to help this great club be successful was too good to miss.”United, who have also signed Italy right back Matteo Darmian and Dutch international forward Memphis Depay, travel to the United States for a pre-season tour on Monday.
By Toby DavisIT would have been crazy to doubt Jose Mourinho’s job security when the Premier League kicked off in August but, with ten games gone, his position at Chelsea is under intense scrutiny ahead of Saturday’s clash with Liverpool (2.45pm).Just five months after they romped to the title, Chelsea and their talent-packed squad are hovering above the relegation zone, having already lost five times.The spotlight is now firmly fixed on Mourinho whose erratic behaviour has gone hand-in-hand with his team’s spiralling fortunes.Sent to the stands in last weekend’s 2-1 defeat at West Ham United, the Portuguese has spent much of the early campaign picking fights.The club’s former doctor, referees, the Football Association, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and even some of his own players have been caught in the crossfire of Mourinho’s angry outbursts.The Chelsea boss is, of course, no stranger to controversy but his frequent run-ins with the authorities have rarely, if ever, been accompanied by such consistently poor results on the pitch.Chelsea’s midweek League Cup defeat at Stoke City on penalties means they go into Saturday’s home game on the back of two consecutive defeats.Bookmakers now make Mourinho an even-money favourite to be the next Premier League supremo to get the sack.Fans are openly speculating that owner Roman Abramovich, a man who places notoriously high demands on his managers, could call time on Mourinho’s second spell at Stamford Bridge if Liverpool can inflict another defeat on the champions.Chelsea’s cause will not be helped if striker Diego Costa fails to recover from the rib injury that forced him off at Stoke but Liverpool are also suffering their own injury problems.Christian Benteke missed Wednesday’s 1-0 League Cup win over Bournemouth, leaving Liverpool with Belgian Divock Origi as their only fit first-team forward.New German coach Jurgen Klopp is also on the lookout for his first league win since joining the club three weeks ago.Premier League leaders Manchester City will expect to claim all three points when they host Norwich City (5pm) while Arsenal, who trail Manuel Pellegrini’s side on goal difference, face a tougher task when they visit Swansea City (5pm).Wenger also has to contend with a mounting injury list after Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were early casualties in Tuesday’s embarrassing 3-0 League Cup defeat at second-tier Sheffield Wednesday.Fourth-placed Manchester United, two points off the top, visit Crystal Palace (5pm).
By Larry FineWild card Juan Martin del Potro showed himself a force to be reckoned with at Flushing Meadows as the Argentine swept aside American Steve Johnson in three sets to reach the third round of the U.S. Open on Thursday.Del Potro, who won the 2009 U.S. Open in a thrilling five-setter over Roger Federer, has come through a long battle with a left wrist injury that has dropped him to 142 in the rankings.The power hitter now appears back to full strength coming off a rousing silver medal performance at the Rio Olympics.In Rio, del Potro beat world number one Novak Djokovic in the first round, 14-times major winner Rafa Nadal in the semi-finals and battled Andy Murray to four tough sets in the final.Del Potro, playing the final match of the day at Arthur Ashe Stadium, was competing on centre court in Flushing Meadows for the first time since 2013.“It’s amazing, the stadium. It’s amazing the atmosphere out there,” del Potro said on court after his emphatic 7-6(5) 6-3 6-2 victory.“I’m so happy to be playing tennis again after my third surgery on the wrist and I think I did a really good job to come back at tennis.”The big Argentine belted 15 aces past 19th seed Johnson and yielded only one break of serve in the two hour, nine-minute match.“I’m trying to play as I did in 2009 but it’s not easy, I’m getting older,” said de Potro, 27. “But I’m so happy to be here.”Twice grand slam winner Stan Wawrinka rallied from 5-2 down in the second set to clinch victory over Italian Alessandro Giannessi on Thursday and reach the third round of the U.S. Open.After dominating the opening set, the third-seeded Swiss battled back to force a tiebreak and then broke the Italian in the final game of the match to finish a 6-1 7-6(4) 7-5 victory.“I was trying to be a little more aggressive,” said Wawrinka, who blasted 57 winners, including 26 off his forehand, in the Louis Armstrong Stadium contest.“I’m very happy the way I won the match.”Wawrinka will next face 64th-ranked Daniel Evans of Britain, a 6-4 6-4 5-7 6-2 winner against Germany’s 27th seed Alexander Zverev.Results from the U.S. Open Men’s Singles Round 2 matches on Thursday Juan Martin Del Potro (Argentina) beat 19-Steve Johnson (U.S.) 7-6(5) 6-3 6-26-Kei Nishikori (Japan) beat Karen Khachanov (Russia) 6-4 4-6 6-4 6-32-Andy Murray (Britain) beat Marcel Granollers (Spain) 6-4 6-1 6-4Nicolas Mahut (France) beat Paul-Henri Mathieu (France) 6-4 6-4 6-211-David Ferrer (Spain) beat Fabio Fognini (Italy) 6-0 4-6 5-7 6-1 6-4Daniel Evans (Britain) beat 27-Alexander Zverev (Germany) 6-4 6-4 5-7 6-221-Ivo Karlovic (Croatia) beat Donald Young (U.S.) 6-4 7-6(4) 6-4Paolo Lorenzi (Italy) beat 30-Gilles Simon (France) 3-6 6-2 6-2 6-7(1) 7-6(3)Illya Marchenko (Ukraine) beat Damir Dzumhur (Bosnia and Herzegovina) 6-2 6-4 6-322-Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) beat Jeremy Chardy (France) 4-6 6-4 3-6 6-4 6-23-Stanislas Wawrinka (Switzerland) beat Alessandro Giannessi (Italy) 6-1 7-6(4) 7-514-Nick Kyrgios (Australia) beat Horacio Zeballos (Argentina) 7-5 6-4 6-4Jared Donaldson (U.S.) beat Viktor Troicki (Serbia) 7-5 6-3 6-3Joao Sousa (Portugal) beat 16-Feliciano Lopez (Spain) 6-2 6-4 1-6 7-5Pablo Carreno (Spain) beat Janko Tipsarevic (Serbia) 3-6 4-6 6-1 6-4 6-48-Dominic Thiem (Austria) beat Ricardas Berankis (Lithuania) 6-4 6-3 6-2