By warren rappleyeaStaff Writer SJV ends Immaculata By warren rappleyea Staff Writer FARRAH MAFFAI St. John Vianney’s Courtney Calderon shoots over an Immaculata defender during the Lancers’ Parochial A championship game win on Saturday in Elizabeth. ELIZABETH — So much for a down year. The St. John Vianney High School girls’ basketball team upended Immaculata on Saturday to win the NJSIAA Parochial A title, earning its 10th trip to the Tournament of Champions (TOC) as the fourth seed. All of this after the Holmdel Lancers cruised through the regular season as somewhat of an afterthought locally (at least by their own standards), as both Marlboro and Red Bank Catholic dominated the headlines as the Shore’s top teams. But when the Lancers upset RBC in the Parochial South A finals last week, they immediately earned the respect they’ve been looking for all season. And now they’re on a roll, and back in the TOC. FARRAH MAFFAI St. John Vianney’s Shannon Coyle is fouled by an Immaculata defender during the Lancers’ Parochial A championship game win. The Lancers were scheduled to open the TOC last night against Group I champion Butler, the fifth seed, at the Dunn Sports Center in Elizabeth. St. John Vianney has won the TOC five times. Coach Bob Ward’s team earned the TOC berth by edging Immaculata, 54-46, in a furious finish that saw his team seize control with 3:30 to go. Immaculata, which saw its 25-game winning streak halted, was clinging to a four-point, 43-39, lead with just under four minutes remaining. Propelled by a huge three-pointer by senior Shannon Coyle, the Lancers then scored 15 of the next 18 points. Coyle scored nine points in the final stanza and the senior was a perfect 6-6 from the free throw line. Overall, the Lancers canned 22 of 29 free throw attempts and were 14-17 in the fourth quarter. Sophomore guard Shantel Brown scored a game-high 21 points, including three, three-pointers and canned 10 of 12 shots from the charity stripe. Following the game, she put into words what everyone on the Lancer squad had to be feeling. “Nobody thought we would even get to this game,” said the sophomore standout. “We proved everybody wrong.” Freshman forward Courtney Calderon turned in another exceptional effort, scoring 10 points and pulling down 13 boards, and gave yet another indication that she will be one of the Shore’s top players over the next three seasons. But it was the strong team defensive effort in the second half that propelled the Lancers to the win. They go the stops when they needed them, and were clutch from the foul line down the stretch. It was the same formula for success that we’re used to seeing from the Lancers. The victory upped the Lancers’ record to 20-5 and set up the meeting with Butler (23-3), which downed Wildwood 43-37 on Sunday in the Group I championship game behind a 19-point effort by Jessica Smith. The winner will meet Group III champion, and top-seeded, Shabazz in the semifinals on Friday at 8 p.m. at the Dunn Center. Marlboro, the second-seeded Group IV champ, will meet the winner of last night’s Sacred Heart-Northern Burlington game on Friday at 6 p.m., also at the Dunn Center. Sacred Heart is representing Parochial B, while Northern Burlington won the Group II crown.
BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer BY WARREN RAPPLEYEAStaff Writer The Middletown High School South field hockey team is off to a fine 5-2-1 start under new coach Sarah Boyce. The Eagles have used a ball control attack and solid defense, led by goalie Kelly Harris, to stymie opponents. “Our girls move the ball very well and our fast break has been outstanding,” Boyce said. “We’ve dominated just about every game from a shots-on-goal perspective; we’re not scoring quite as much as I’d like, but the girls are getting the chances.” Thus far, Melanie Oliveri is Middletown South’s top scorer with seven goals, while Carly Dempsey has a pair of goals to go along with four assists. Midfielders Amy Knudsen, Brittany Murray and Laura Boudreau, a junior, are solid two-way performers who augment the offense. Defensively, the Eagles have been solid in front of Harris, who has recorded five shutouts. Samantha Levinson, Samantha Rohlander and junior Rachel Clabby are the backs, with sophomore Beth McLaughlin playing sweeper. Boyce also noted that her team has plenty of depth. Alyssa Guderian, juniors Lisa Bennett and Brianna Marzigliano and sophomore Carroll Lindsey provide support up front, with Renee Yuen and junior Renee D’Amore backing up the middle. Junior Melanie Miller and sophomore Sara Howard are the reserve fullbacks. While Boyce noted that her team is in good shape (so far) to qualify for the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III playoffs, several games remain, including the possibility of make-up games, before the Oct. 22 cut-off. Teams must be at .500 or above at the end of play that day to qualify for the tourney. “I think our team is a bit underrated,” she said. “We really have a lot of talent here. I think we’ll surprise some people in the tournaments.” Boyce, who served as junior varsity mentor last season, assumed the helm after former coach Bill LaFalce left to accept an administrative post at Middletown High School North. A Seton Hall grad, Boyce played field hockey under the tutelage of Sal Principe in Keyport. She teaches science at Middletown South.
CHRIS KELLY staff Middletown’s Brendan Casey, 17, follows the flight of his tee shot during Thursday’s junior golf tournament at Colts Neck Golf Course.
And then there was one. While three local high school basketball teams entered the Shore Conference Tournament quarterfinals on Sunday, only one emerged victorious and advanced to this week’s semifinal round. The St. John Vianney High School girls basketball team is the top seed in the tourney and the Lancers looked every bit like the teamto beat on Sunday in defeatingNo. 8 seed Freehold, 56-47. Junior guard Katelyn Linney had 18 points to put the Lancers into the semifinals where they were set to face a familiar foe, Red Bank Catholic, in the semifinals on Feb. 26 in Toms River. The two-time defending champion Red Bank Catholic Caseys advanced with a 48- 45 win over St. Rose on Sunday, as senior forward Kristina Danella continued to play like one of the very best players in the state with a dominating 29-point effort. The Caseys have overcome a slew of injuries this year, but remain a tremendous threat to end the Lancers’ title run. In the other girls semifinal, No. 2 seed ColtsNeck will take onNo. 3 seed Rumson- Fair Haven Regional. Colts Neck advanced by knocking off No. 7 seed Raritan, 56-35, in impressive fashion in Long Branch on Sunday. Sophomore guard Lauren Clarke had a game-high 22 points and sophomore point guard Brooke Hampton added 17 for the Cougars, who reached the SCT semifinals for the first time in school history. Junior guard Alexa Ryan led Raritan with 15 points. Rumson advanced to the semifinals with a tough 40-34 win overHowell in overtime on Sunday. Junior Kate Miller scored six of Rumson’s seven points in overtime to bring home the win, and scored 26 of Rumson’s 40 points in the game. This game included some controversy at the end of regulation. Howell’s Denise Crudup sank three free throws with no time left to send the game into overtime after she was fouled on a three-point field goal attempt after Howell inbounded the ball with three-tenths of a second left. The late whistle came as a shock to the Bulldogs, who seemingly had the game won. However, behind Miller’s heroics, Rumson survived in OT. “We just knew that we had to go out in overtime and win it,” Miller said following the win. “On the scoreboard it said we were tied and that’s all that mattered. We just needed to go out there and beat themagain. We’d already beat them once, we just needed to do it again. “The whole series of events kind of helped us,” she added. “We came out in the overtime fired up. We knew that we had to work harder than we had the entire game …and that’s what we did, we played harder and played well.” The winners of Tuesday’s semifinals will meet in the tournament’s championship game on Feb. 23 at the Ritacco Center in Toms River at 5 p.m. As for Raritan, the Rockets will turn their attention to the upcoming NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II tournament, where as the No. 5 seed they will host No. 12 seed Hillside in the first round on Feb. 25. Christian Brothers Academy entered the Shore Conference Tournament quarterfinals facing what many people are calling the hottest team in the conference, Monmouth Regional High School. After knocking off Central Regional, 65- 50, in the second round, Coach Geoff Billet’s CBA Colts took on a Golden Falcons team that rolled over Toms RiverNorth, 72-46, in its first tournament game. On Sunday,Monmouth Regional continued to roll, handing the Colts a 55-50 loss as sophomore Neil Thompson led the way with 23 points and junior center Joe Willman added 17 points. Senior guard Mike Kuhn led CBAwith 15 points, getting 10 of his points in the second quarter to put the Colts ahead as they closed the half on a 9-2 run. With the win, the Falcons advanced to meet Class B North rival and No. 1 seed Neptune in the SCT semifinals at 6 p.m. at the Ritacco Center tomorrow. Neptune had little trouble with Asbury Park in their quarterfinal game, handing the Blue Bishops a 67-44 loss. In other quarterfinal action, No. 2 seed Monsignor Donovan beat Red Bank, 50-48, in overtime despite 34 points from Red Bank’sWill Sanborn. The Griffins will face Colts Neck in the other SCT semifinal tomorrow. Colts Neck beat Freehold, 58-45, in its quarterfinal behind senior Steve Spinellla’s 30-point effort. The semifinal winners will play for the tournament title on Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ritacco Center. CBAwill play in theNon-Public SouthA tournament, where it will face Monsignor Donovan on Feb. 26 in the first round. BY DOUG McKENZIE Correspondent
Left: Lincroft’s Andrew Wisialko connects with a Freehold Township pitch during a Little League District 19 playoff game at the Tinton Falls Little League Complex on July 10. Right: Lincroft’s starting pitcher Ryan Cotrell pitches to an opposing batter. PHOTOS BY ERIC SUCAR
ABERDEEN — With baseball season on deck, the township has started work on three softball and baseball fields that will result in the addition of drainage at each site along with reconditioning of the infields with new infield mix. Work began Feb. 23 on the Little League/softball league and regulation baseball fields at Guisti Park, located on Cliffwood Avenue, and the field at Storyland Park, located off Warren Drive at Woodman Place. According to the township, the projects, which will cost approximately $40,000 for completion, are scheduled for completion prior to the start of the spring 2009 sports season, weather permitting. Lucas Construction, of the Morganville section of Marlboro, is the contractor on the projects. According to a press release from the township, this is the latest in a series of improvements made to the township’s ball and soccer fields. Last year, Fireman’s Field, on Gafton and Lloyd roads, underwent a major upgrade that also included a new infield with extensive drainage improvements, new dugouts, and a higher fence along the firstbase line to protect cars parked nearby. Infield, drainage and dugout improvements were also completed at Ross Field in Cliffwood Beach and Cambridge Field on Lloyd Road. — Erin O. Stattel
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Germany’s Nico Rosberg won a dramatic British Grand Prix for Mercedes on Sunday after one of several explosive tyre failures scuppered team mate Lewis Hamilton’s hopes of home victory.On an afternoon that also saw triple world champion Sebastian Vettel’s Red Bull break down while leading, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso boosted his title hopes with an unexpected third place.Vettel has 132 points to the Spaniard’s 111 after eight of 19 races, with the German’s home race at the Nuerburgring next up in a week’s time.Australian Mark Webber, who had started on the second row but plunged to 14th at the end of the first lap after a nightmare start, finished second to continue a run of Silverstone podium finishes dating back to 2009.“It’s a very, very special day,” said Rosberg of his second win of the season.“With Lewis, I feel sorry for all the British fans. It would have been a great race for Lewis here in front of his home crowd. That’s racing sometimes,” said Rosberg in a podium interview with 1996 champion Damon Hill.“When Sebastian stopped, I won’t lie. I wasn’t disappointed by that one. And it was just a great race from then,” added the German, who beat Webber by 0.7 seconds after a thrilling last seven laps following the second safety car.Hamilton had started on pole, chasing his first win for Mercedes since his move from McLaren, and led for the first eight laps until the 2008 world champion’s rear left tyre exploded in a flash of flailing rubber.He nursed his bucking car around the circuit, pitted in 18th place and returned to the track 21st with his hopes of victory wrecked.It was the start of a mighty drive by the Briton, who ended the race in fourth place.“Wonderful drive, Lewis,” said team principal Ross Brawn over the team radio at the finish. “Sorry it didn’t quite work out but well done.”TYRE FAILURESHamilton’s blowout was the first of five rear left failures in a race with two safety car stints – one of them caused by Vettel whose car ground to a halt on the pit straight while he was leading.“Lost the drive, lost the gearbox,” the German shouted over the radio.Ferrari’s Brazilian Felipe Massa, Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne in the Toro Rosso and Mexicans Esteban Gutierrez and Sergio Perez for Sauber and McLaren respectively also suffered tyre failures.Red Bull said they found cuts in Vettel’s tyre after he had pitted while Mercedes detected the start of delamination in Rosberg’s rear left.“We have seen something new, a different type of problem. We’re currently performing our analysis, we’ve got to go away and understand what has happened today,” said Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery.“It was one tyre at the back, left rear, so we need to understand that. It’s pointless me adding anything else until we have all the facts,” he told reporters.Massa went to the back of the field after he pitted on three tyres and a rim but also fought back to finish sixth, behind Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen.Raikkonen set a Formula One record for his 25th successive points finish.Germany’s Adrian Sutil was seventh for Force India with Ausralian Daniel Ricciardo eighth for Toro Rosso.Britain’s Paul Di Resta was ninth for Force India, after qualifying fifth on Saturday and then being demoted to the back row of the grid when his car was found to be underweight.Germany’s Nico Hulkenberg took the final point for Sauber, with former champions Williams finishing empty-handed for the ninth race in a row. Their Venezuelan driver Pastor Maldonado was 11th.
By Toby DavisChampions Manchester City suffered a stunning 1-0 home defeat to Stoke City on Saturday as their cast of attacking talents were blunted in a lifeless display that cost them their first dropped points of the season.Mame Biram Diouf scored a superb individual goal to silence the City fans who have become used to seeing one-sided romps at their Etihad stadium, especially against the Premier League’s lesser lights.It was an equally miserable day for City’s rivals Manchester United whose frustrations continued in a 0-0 draw at promoted Burnley with British-record signing Angel Di Maria unable to spark an improvement in their fortunes.Di Maria, signed from Real Madrid for 59.7 million pounds ($99 million) on Tuesday, showed flashes of his talent in a 70-minute debut, but United still looked short of attacking ideas, claiming only their second point from their opening three league games.Swansea City’s excellent start to the season continued as they swept aside West Bromwich Albion 3-0 to move top of the fledgling table with a maximum nine points, while Southampton came from behind to beat West Ham United 3-1.Crystal Palace, playing their first game under new manager Neil Warnock, scored through on-loan Wilfried Zaha in the fifth minute of stoppage time to grab a 3-3 draw at Newcastle United and Queens Park Rangers beat Sunderland 1-0 for their first win since gaining promotion.Chelsea can also have maximum points if they beat Everton in Saturday’s evening kickoff.RESILIENT STOKEGames at City’s home stadium have frequently resembled carefully scripted affairs with their glittering array of stars showering supporters with goals and entertainment.Both were in short supply against a rugged and resilient Stoke, who scored 13 minutes into the second half when Senegal international Diouf raced 60 metres before beating City keeper Joe Hart.This was only the second time in 71 games that City, who looked ruthless in Monday’s 3-1 win over Liverpool, had failed to score at home and ended a run of seven consecutive league wins stretching back to last season’s title triumph.“It’s a surprising defeat because we don’t expect to lose against Stoke but these games sometimes happen,” City’s manager Manuel Pellegrini said.“We tried from everywhere and really we are not very creative we did not find the space and that is credit to Stoke.”DI MARIA DEBUTIt was a similarly ineffectual display from United, whose defence, ripped apart in a 4-0 League Cup defeat to third tier MK Dons on Tuesday, still looked uncomfortable with manager Louis van Gaal’s three centre back system.With cameras panning to former boss Alex Ferguson yawning in the stands, questions are already being asked of Van Gaal, who is struggling to implement his playing style and scrambling to recruit players before the transfer window shuts on Monday.“The progress is there,” he told BT Sport, “but you have to win.“A club like Manchester United has to win. We have two points from nine and that’s disappointing.”Di Maria was undoubtedly United’s best player in the first half, injecting pace and direct running into their midfield while also being the main creative force with clever flicks and pin-point passes.The Argentine was also the architect of United’s best chance with a searching long ball that found Robin van Persie, who could not beat Burnley keeper Tom Heaton, playing against his former club.DYER DOUBLESwansea, who had already beaten United and Burnley in their opening two games, maintained their 100 percent start with a comfortable win over West Brom thanks to two goals from Nathan Dyer and a Wayne Routledge volley.Dyer rounded the keeper and slotted the ball into an empty net after two minutes before Routledge volleyed home beautifully midway through the first half. Dyer stroked home a Gylfi Sigurdsson pass to complete the scoring.Newcastle United thought they had suppressed a spirited Palace when Mike Williamson put them 3-2 ahead in the 88th minute, but Zaha, returning from Manchester United for a second spell at the club, levelled at the death.West Ham paraded loan signing Alex Song before kickoff and took the lead when Mark Noble scored with a deflected shot with 27 minutes on the clock, but Morgan Schneiderlin scored twice and Graziano Pelle added a third to hand Saints boss Ronald Koeman his first Premier League win.
By Julien PretotNovak Djokovic’s already brilliant season took on another dimension on Sunday when the world number one became the first man to win six Masters titles in a calendar year by dismissing Andy Murray 6-2 6-4 in Paris.The Serbian won three of the four grand slam titles — Australian Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open — and has already made sure he will finish 2015 as number one in the ATP rankings. He heads into the Nov. 15-22 World Tour finals in London beaming with confidence, having won his last 22 matches.“I am obviously very proud and very happy to win this title again, it’s a great tournament and all the best players in the world were here,” Djokovic said at the court side.Djokovic, the first man with four Bercy titles and also the first to win three in succession, was in another league against a sorry Murray, the second seed.The Scot struggled to find his range early on, sending a few shots long and Djokovic broke to love for 2-1.Murray had a few tricks up his sleeve, trying to mix it up with drop shots, but Djokovic had too much poise and pace and he stole his opponent’s serve again as he took advantage of some sloppy errors.Murray raised his game in the second set after dropping his serve early on. He went to the net to level for 2-2 and in the sixth game he managed to lead 30-0 on Djokovic’s serve.That was as close as he came to an upset as Djokovic won the game and put the Olympic champion on the back foot again in the following game, breaking for 4-3 when Murray sent a forehand long.Djokovic ended a quick final on his first match point when Murray returned wide.Djokovic played in all the Masters finals this season, winning the first three in Indian Wells, Miami and Monte Carlo, then prevailing in Rome and Shanghai.He faltered at the last hurdle in Cincinnati and Montreal, where he was defeated by Murray. He did not take part in the Madrid Masters.