By tim morris Cross country’s second season got off to a great start for Craig Segal and the Holmdel Hornets. Saturday, the Hornets won their second straight Central Jersey Group II championship while their frontman Segal collected his first state sectional cross country title at Holmdel Park. “This is the start of the state season; it all begins from here,” Segal pointed out. “I keep on taking it one meet at a time no matter who is on the line that race.” No one on the line was going to challenge Segal on Saturday as he quickly opened up a lead on the chase group by three-quarters of a mile. He gradually drew away, posting a 16:26.7, matching his best ever for the 5,000-meter Holmdel course. He was the only runner under 17:00 in the group as runner-up Jorge Ventura of Colts Neck clocked 17:04.2. “I matched my pb, and it felt a lot easier than the last time,” said Segal, who had first run 16:26.7 in winning the Monmouth County championship on Oct. 16. Segal’s time was the second best of the day out of all the groups. Only Red Bank Regional’s Robbie Dennis was quicker in his Group III winning effort of 16:25.4. Segal beat Dennis at the county championships. It was a triumphant day for the Hornets as they repeated as sectional champions. They put their first four runners in the Top 10 and ran their fastest team average (17:14.3) of the year. Their team score of 43 easily bested runner-up Allentown (131). Behind Segal, Paul Merces (17:08.6), Leonardo Vignone (17:10) and Edward Li (17:21) finished as a pack in fifth, sixth and seventh place. The Hornets’ fifth runner, Quraish Ghadiali, wrapped up the victory in 24th (18:05.4). Holmdel’s girls are going to the Group championships as well, as they placed fourth (125) behind Voorhees (25). The Top 10 individuals and first five teams at the sectional meets all advance to the Group II state championships on Nov. 10 at Holmdel Park. Sophomore Ashley Folchetti led the Hornets with her sixth-place (20:36.3) run. Rumson-Fair Haven’s Christy Planer was the individual champion (19:31.3). Emily Bauer was 21st (21:48.7) for Holmdel. Wendy Wang (22:22.9) and Christina Chen (22:27.2) were 32nd and 33rd for the Hornets and fifth runner Joanna Weislogel (22:42.3), was 40th. In Group III, Middletown South’s boys ran a close second to newly crowned Monmouth County champion Red Bank Regional, 42-55. The Eagles gave the Bucs a run for the title by putting its first five in the top 16 led by Dan Ciambrone, who was third overall (16:37.9) behind the Bucs’ Dennis and Monmouth Regional’s Erik Brown (16:34.6). Sean Rath was ninth (17:25) for the Eagles, followed by Martin Walsh (17:34.4), Kerry O’Brien (17:41.7) and Tim Sheehan (17:45.5), who finished 12th, 15th and 16th. Ocean Township’s Erin Enderly turned the tables on the Eagles’ Nicole Lombardy in the girls’ Group III sectional. Enderly ran third at the county championships behind winners Lombardy and Planer, but Saturday, Enderly was the strongest of the two runners, capturing the race in 19:33.9, while Lombardy turned in a 19:47.9. Those marks were the second and fourth fastest of the day behind Planer’s 19:31.3. Middletown South’s girls (61) finished third behind North Hunterdon (42) and Hopewell Valley (50) in a good three-team race. Behind Lombardy’s second place, the Eagles’ Jamie Liberti had a Top 10 finish crossing the line in eighth (20:28.5). South’s other scorers were Rickie Lee DeMaio (20:56.7), 14th, Tina Morrison (21:11.2), 17th and Kolleen McCauley (21:49.7), 23rd. At the New Jersey Catholic Track Conference Championships, Lincroft’s Christian Brothers Academy rebounded from its loss at the county championships by winning its 20th straight title in Warinanco Park, Elizabeth. The Colts bested Don Bosco, 53-65. CBA was led by Will Melofchik, who was second to Jim Flannery (16:22) of St. Joseph’s, Metuchen, over the 3.2-mile course. Patrick Ryan was fourth for the Colts (16:35). Jeff Peterson was the team’s third scorer and took 11th (16:54), followed by Jay Vitale (17:09) and Angelo Petraglia (17:16), who were 17th and 19th. St. John Vianney’s Laura Carpenter was 10th in the girls’ race (20:28.5) that was won by Notre Dame’s Nicole Kurtain clocking 19:11. Red Bank Catholic’s girls defended their championship with a team score of 55. The venue will change on Saturday with the Shore Conference Championships returning to Ocean County Park. This year’s race is highly anticipated. Red Bank Regional is fresh off its upset of CBA at the county championships. The defending champion Colts are anxious to reassert their dominance. Holmdel will be a force as will Ocean County’s Toms River North, a dominating winner of its county meet. Segal will be matched up against Ocean County’s champion Ed Baynes of Toms River South and the runner-up Peter Hess of TRN in a race that should produce a fast time on the flat Ocean Count Park course. On the girls’ side, Southern Regional has been the dominant team in the Shore. The individual race will be a great one featuring Planer and Lombardy along with Red Bank Catholic’s Kelly Byrnes and Enderly going up against Southern’s Kathryn Wardenski (Ocean County winner) and teammate Kegga Schaffer, Point Pleasant Beach’s Allison Krayl and Toms River East’s Jen Blank. Staff Writer
BY WARREN RAPPLEYEAStaff Writer The Middletown High School North field hockey team looks to return to its winning ways after ending last week with a tough overtime loss to Ocean on a penalty stroke. Coach Bill Lafalce’s Lions are slated for three games this week with Middletown South, Manasquan and St. John Vianney providing the opposition. The loss to Ocean snapped a season-opening four-game winning streak for North, which finished last season at 15-5. “That was a tough loss, but our team has been playing very well,” Lafalce said. “Our goal from day one has been to win the division [Shore Conference Class A North]. Overall we have good balance, excellent defense and we can put the ball in the net. That should keep us in contention.” Forward Kelly Crist spearheads the offense with a team-leading eight goals. Junior Daniella Tarallo has three goals and midfielder Joanna DiPeiro has played a key role in getting the ball to the forwards and in sharing the penalty corners with Crist. Becca Flynn and junior Brittany Sticetta round out the front line. In addition, Alyssa Hansen, who splits her time between forward and midfield, is about to return to the lineup after recovering from a torn ACL. Joining DiPeiro in the middle are Lauren Janiac, junior Lisa Dean and freshman Joanna Pichardo, Sophomore Danielle Susi has been solid at sweeper. Nicole Mahoney, juniors Jess Chepauskas, Janna Harrington and Ashley Jeleniewski are the fullbacks. Junior Ashley Frick and sophomore Megan Trivett are sharing the goaltending duties. Lafalce noted that both netminders have been playing well. “We have the ability to control a game and that’s a big advantage, particularly with the Shore Conference being so wide open this year,” Lafalce said. “There are quite a few teams that are capable of winning the conference tournament and we want to be right there.” Notes… The race for the A North title should be a good one, as the Lions expect to battle with Ocean and an upstart Freehold Township team the rest of the way for the top spot. While the Spartans have established themselves early on as the team to beat in both the division and the conference, Freehold Township has proved to be much better than expected. The Patriots have been proving themselves to be more than the break-even team they’ve been (last year they were 8-8-2 and missed the state playoffs). They were unbeaten through the first seven games of the season (6-0-1), displaying a knack for winning one-goal games. “Every game has been a battle,” Kuras said. “The key game was a 1-0 win over Middletown South. We felt good about ourselves. It showed we are capable of playing at a higher level. “It gave us momentum and showed the girls we have an ability to win,” she added. As for the aforementioned Eagles, they improved to 2-3-1 with a 1-1 tie with Howell on Saturday. While not out of the A North race, they have some work to do if they hope to be a factor down the stretch. In the Class A Central race, Red Bank Catholic and St. John Vianney are setting the stage for a three-way battle with Manasquan for the title. RBC has the early edge, boasting a 5-0 divisional mark, including Saturday’s 1-0 win over the Lancers. Freshman forward Mara Catlaw scored the game’s only goal just 12 minutes into the contest, and the RBC defense did the rest. Vianney dropped to 4-2-1 overall and 3-1-1 in the division, and will be looking forward to a rematch with the Caseys, scheduled for Oct. 11 in Colts Neck. The Class B Central race certainly has a different look to it this year. For the past 34 years, it has been Shore Regional on top, and everyone else playing for second place. The storied Blue Devil program had lost just two divisional games in its history, with the last coming to Monmouth in 1982. But on Sept. 16, Rumson-Fair Haven sent shock waves through the Shore with a 5-0 win over the Blue Devils, and the result is a divisional race that has been a long time coming. Shore has since rebounded nicely, and is still in the thick of the race at 5-1 (4-1 in the division), just one game behind the 6-0 Bulldogs. But lurking in the shadows are two other teams capable of joining the fray in Henry Hudson and Keyport. Hudson entered the week at 4-2 overall, while the Red Raiders are 5-3. While both teams will need to beat both Shore and RFH to have a shot at the divisional title, they will also need some help. It should be an interesting finish in the B Central race — which is something nobody’s been able to say in 34 years. BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer Midd. North team falls in OT to No. 1 Ocean
It was not the outcome they’d hoped for as the Hazlet United S.A. Force U12 MOSA travel soccer team were handed their first loss in two seasons of MOSA play this past Sunday. Hazlet took on Toms River Youth S.A.’s Blue Magic and were narrowly defeated by a score of 1-0 in Toms River. Shortly into the first half, Toms River Blue Magic netted the only goal of the game. The Toms River team managed to be first to the ball throughout the first half, although the Hazlet Force rallied on several occasions but couldn’t respond with a goal of their own. The second half was played with a greater determination, and the Force defense held tight, rarely allowing the Blue Magic to strike through. Hazlet’s offense took numerous shots on goal with the opportunity of connecting for the tie, but came up short. Toms River’s first goal proved to be the game winner for the victorious Blue Magic. The Hazlet Force remain atop their MOSA division with a record of 3-1-0. In two weeks they take on the Staten Island Nitros at the HUSA Complex, where they will begin a three-week stint with the home field advantage. The U12 Hazlet Force are Dave Alfano, Justin Bivians, Pat Conway, Tyler Eltringham, Brett Hilliard, Nick Ligouri, Danny O’Sullivan, Mike Parleman, Kyle Prata, Troy Prata, Dylan Quinn, Bryan Snyder, Raymond Supple and Scott Wilson. The Force are coached by Mark Bivians, who is assisted by John O’Sullivan. St. Mary’s Athletic Association and the Jersey Shore Running Club will hold the third annual Spring Into Summer 5K run/walk on Saturday, May 13 at 8:30 a.m. at Mater Dei High School in Middletown. There is a one-mile open run and kids races for ages 4 to 12. The USATF-certified 5K course loops through the residential neighborhoods of Middletown and finishes on the Mater Dei High School track. There will be a group warm-up led by a fitness professional, awards, raffles, and a barbecue provided by Carrabba’s Italian Grill for all runners and their families. All proceeds go to the Monsignor Bulman Stadium Fund, a fund dedicated to refurbishing the athletic facilities at Mater Dei. For a complete schedule of events, application fees, registration, directions and a map of the course, go to www.springintosummer5k.com or call race director John Stahl at (732) 671-4219. On a weekend started with severe wind and rain, the Middletown Flames (Gold) 12-year-old girls ran the table on April 9 to win the Stafford Fastpitch Tournament championship located in Stafford. Backed by a championship pitching appearance from Cortney Doll, the Flames dominated the Edison Angels, as Doll pitched a seven-inning complete game with 11 strikeouts. Offensively, the Flames had huge bats as Samantha Hosey led the way with two triples and three RBIs. Other big bats included Dana Egan, Sarah Gallo, Bridget Rafter and Allison Bonfiglio, all with a multihit game. Great defense was displayed in the championship game as Emily Reid gunned down two runners attempting to steal, while Jordan Yannibelli ran down a line drive to the gap in right center late in the game to hold the lead. Elizabeth Jaskiewicz scored the final run as the Flames closed out the championship by a final score of 10-3. Leading up to the championship game, the Flames had played three previous games that day and dominated its competition by a combined score of 37-3. Again, great pitching and lively bats led the way as the Flames got great team contributions and base running. Samantha Hosey pitched a complete game in the semifinals for the win, while Alexandra Jacinto went deep for a triple and two RBIs. Kelsey Conklin added two hits in the semifinal game to help advance the Flames. Taylor Kerner led the earlier game on Sunday with three steals and two runs scored. Next up for the girls will be the Howell Heat Spring Tournament on April 30. On Saturday, May 6, the Central Jersey Bicycle Club hosts the 22nd annual Farmlands Bicycle Tour from Brookdale Community College in Lincroft. Ride check-in starts at 7 a.m. This family-friendly event has marked ride routes in a variety of distances from a leisurely 18-mile jaunt to the more ambitious metric century (62.5 miles) and century (100 miles) distances. All routes follow Monmouth County’s back roads, providing riders the opportunity to enjoy New Jersey’s farmlands. Riders are provided cue sheets, which detail the route distance they choose to ride. SAG vehicles drive the route to provide riders assistance. Breakfast of bagels, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, water and a beverage are provided at the start of the ride. Themed rest stops along the route are stocked with drinks and snacks to rehydrate and replenish carbohydrate stores, and allow the chance to relax to the sounds of New Jersey artists from Frank Sinatra to Bruce Springsteen. Riders who preregister early may also order lunch, which is provided by Blimpie of Lincroft. Upon finishing the ride, participants will return to the college pavilion to pick up their lunches, grab some cookies, and enjoy Rhythm Nation as they perform a variety of pop and rock tunes. Ride applications are available from the club’s Web site for advance registration, day-of registration is also available. For more information, call (732) 225-HUBS, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to www.cjbc.org. Registrations are now being accepted for Hazlet Recreation’s over-35 co-ed softball league, which will begin June 25 at a cost of $20 per player and includes a T-shirt. Games will be played Sunday evenings beginning at 5 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park. There are no trophies or prizes awarded, and each team will have a 20-max player roster, an equal number of men and women per team. Players must be 35 years old or older (a copy of driver’s license must be submitted with registration for new participants only) and use their own bat and glove. Submit registration in person or by mail to the Hazlet Recreation Commission, James J. Cullen Community Center, 1776 Union Ave., Hazlet 07730 by May 19. There is a $15 charge for late registrations and no guarantee of receiving a T-shirt. Payment accepted by check or money order only. For more information, call (732) 739-0653. A new men’s modified softball league is forming in Middletown. It is weeknight league. Any interested teams should call Dominick at (732) 787-7025 or (732) 266-6056
On Saturday, June 24, the Ryan Andrew Kaiser Memorial Foundation (RAKMF) along with the Jersey Shore Running Club, will hold a 5K run starting at the Mountain Hill School in Middletown. The event will be a 3.1-mile race/walk meandering through Middletown’s scenic horse country. Kid’s race will follow. The event will start at 9 a.m. followed by an award ceremony, drinks, food and fun for the whole family. The Mountain Hill School is located on a very private 12 acres that includes a small farm and new playground. Ryan’s Run is the sole fundraising effort for the RAKMF. The RAKMF is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization established in 2003 after the sudden and unexpected death of Ryan Kaiser. Ryan, the 6-year-old son of Andy and Lauren Kaiser, was born with congenital heart disease; Ryan had three open-heart surgeries before he was 2 years old. The Foundation has three goals: Financially assist local families of critically ill children, who may not otherwise be able to afford proper healthcare; donate funds to hospitals and doctor groups that specialize in the cure and care of pediatric heart patients (according to the March of Dimes, the No. 1 birth defect today is heart disease); and build a children’s park, dedicated in Ryan’s name in the town of Middletown, to provide children and their families with a safe and fun place to play and enjoy themselves. Entry fee is $25. The fee is $10 for the Kid’s Run. There will be awards for the top male and female finishers in each age groups, and medals for all kids. There are also cash prizes for overall top male and female winners (electronically timed results). To register, log on www.ryansrun.org and follow prompts.
Christian Brothers Academy’s Ethan Wall watches his approach shot to the hole during the April 14 Monmouth County Championship held at Hominy Hill Golf Course in Colts Neck. Wall carded a 77 on the par-72 course and finished in a tie for sixth place. The Colts were second to Rumson-Fair Haven. JEFF GRANIT staff
By Karolos GrohmannBAYER Leverkusen beat last season’s runners-up Atletico Madrid 1-0 in their Champions League round of 16 first leg on Wednesday courtesy of a superb Hakan Calhanoglu goal.The Turkey international fired in the 57th-minute winner to set Leverkusen, who are struggling for form in the Bundesliga, on the way to their first ever win at this stage of the competition.For Atletico, who were left with 10 men when Tiago was sent off following a second booking in the 76th minute, it was only their second loss in a Champions League away game since September 2013.The Spanish champions will also be missing key defender Diego Godin for the return leg after the Uruguayan was booked and will be suspended in Madrid.
By Toby DavisAston Villa took another step towards Premier League safety after Christian Benteke’s goal secured a 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday as manager Tim Sherwood enjoyed a winning return to his former club.The Belgian striker’s eighth goal in his last six games helped Villa move up to 15th on 32 points, six clear of the relegation zone.Villa, who face Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-final next week, are a place above Sunderland, whose own battle to avoid the drop suffered in a stinging 4-1 home defeat by Crystal Palace at the Stadium of Light where Yannick Bolasie completed an 11-minute hat-trick for the visitors.Bottom club Leicester City continued their improbable escape act after a 90th-minute goal from Jamie Vardy completed a rousing fightback to beat West Bromwich Albion 3-2, a second successive victory that moved them to within three points of 17th-placed Hull City.Steve Bruce’s Hull missed the chance to put clear water between themselves and danger following a 2-0 defeat by Southampton, who are doggedly clinging on to hopes of European qualification.Ronald Koeman’s side moved up to fifth on 56 points, above Liverpool and five behind fourth-placed Manchester City who take on local rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.Stoke City’s Marko Arnautovic scored in the 90th minute to snatch a 1-1 draw with West Ham United who had taken the lead through a seventh-minute free kick from Aaron Cresswell.Swansea City equalled their highest ever points tally in a Premier League season following a 1-1 draw with Everton in the early game at the Liberty Stadium.Swansea stayed eighth in the table on 47 points, matching their biggest haul with six matches still to play. Everton are 12th on 38.In-form Arsenal could cut Chelsea’s lead at the top of the table to four points when they travel to Burnley later on Saturday, before Jose Mourinho’s side visit Queens Park Rangers on Sunday.
Lamine Diack, the former head of world athletics, has been placed under formal investigation in France on suspicion of corruption and money laundering following a complaint from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).The inquiry, confirmed by the French financial prosecutor’s office on Wednesday, comes at a time when the image of world sport’s governing bodies is under serious scrutiny. There is a large-scale corruption investigation at soccer’s FIFA while athletics is fighting a desperate public relations rearguard battle in the face of continual doping issues.According to French news channel iTELE, the investigation is focused on suspicions that payments were made in return for not revealing the widespread doping of Russian athletes.The prosecutor’s office did not confirm that but said its investigation started when WADA alerted it to “acts of corruption and laundering involving members of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).”Diack, from Senegal and an ex-long jumper who was born in 1933, headed the IAAF for the best part of a decade from 1999. He was held for questioning on Sunday together with his legal adviser Habib Cisse, who was also placed under formal inquiry on Tuesday.Under French law, magistrates place a person under formal investigation when they believe there are indications of wrongdoing, but that does not always lead to a trial.The investigation “concerns money movements and goes beyond doping,” a source in the French judiciary said.The Monaco-based IAAF confirmed a police swoop took place at its headquarters on Tuesday “to carry out interviews and access documentation”. It said it was fully cooperating with the probe.Diack’s son, Papa Massata Diack, stepped down from his role as an IAAF marketing consultant last year during an investigation into allegations of doping in Russia.The head of Russia’s Athletics Federation (VFLA), Valentin Balakhnichev, has also resigned from his role as IAAF treasurer. Dr Gabriel Dolle, the director of the IAAF medical and anti-doping department, also left the federation.Nikita Kamaev of Russia’s anti-doping agency RUSADA said in an interview with the Russian R-Sport news agency that his organisation was ready to help French investigators if contacted and Russian sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told the TASS agency that his country’s athletics federation had cleaned up its act.“We have already said that there were problems with our federation, but the old management are no longer working there,” he said. “You have to understand that now there are a lot of criminal cases around the world, and it is not an easy situation to be in.”A doctor in charge of anti-doping matters at the IAAF was also held for questioning in addition to Diack and Cisse.Reuters was not immediately able to reach the three men for comment.The IAAF’s new British president, Sebastian Coe, was at IAAF headquarters at the time of the police raid and “volunteered himself to answer any questions”, a source familiar with the investigation told Reuters.“He answered any questions they wanted,” the source said. “But they did not come here to question Seb Coe.”Coe, a two-time Olympic 1,500-metres champion elected IAAF president in August, was not immediately available for comment.Elected on a strong anti-doping platform, Coe said this week in India: “It’s not uniquely a track and field problem. Every sport in the world has global issues. We have them but we also resolve them.”
Europe’s top coaches pondered the idea of abolishing extra-time after drawn matches in European competition and going straight to penalties at their annual meeting this week.Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, UEFA’s coaching ambassador, said he did not like to see players “walking” around the pitch exhausted and that extra-time rarely succeeded in producing a winner.“Some coaches said it could be direct to penalties, others thought that could be an advantage for the smaller teams who could defend more,” said UEFA’s chief technical officer Ioan Lupescu.“One thing that is very clear is that these days the players play so many matches and we raised the question whether from their point of view it is still worthwhile having extra-time.”Ferguson said it was important to consider the “protection” of the game.“I don’t think we like to see players exhausted in extra-time and when the whistle goes at the end of 90 minutes, I’ve always the feeling it’s going to go to penalty kicks,” he said.“You saw in the last Champions League final, players walking about… it’s inevitable that it goes to penalty kicks so the question is how we can improve it?”South America’s equivalent of the Champions League, the Libertadores Cup, does not use extra-time in drawn matches.Coaches were also given a tactical summary of Euro 2016.Only 31 percent of games at the tournament were won by teams who had more possession of the ball, while 11 out of 15 knockout matches were won by the team with less possession.There was a drop in goals from counter-attacks, 30 percent came from set pieces and 18 percent were scored by substitutes, UEFA said. Forty-two percent of goals in open play came from crosses and pullbacks.
BSP and cricket PNG (CPNG) continued their partnership in supporting children’s development. They encouraged participation of cricket in communities to lead active, healthy lifestyles and instil values such as respect and team work.”The BSP school cricket speaks for itself and we are delighted and committed to sustaining the program among children and communities,” the relationship manager for BSP Karai Morea said.The manager also applauds the tireless efforts of the cricket PNG team to reach out to youngsters to develop the game.The PNG Baramundis team were also present at the occasion to inspire students about the advantage of playing cricket and their achievements.The program is also set to branch out to other provinces to motivate children to take part in the sport.