Colts, Rockets, Lions capture holiday hardware

first_imgRaritan, CBA look like Shore BY DOUG McKENZIE Staff Writer PHOTO BY MIGUEL JUAREZ staff Above, Middletown North’s Matt Holly (#2) can only stand and watch as Woodbridge’s Shamar Graves draws the foul from the Lions’ Chris Mislazek during the finals of the Bayshore Holiday Tournament on Thursday in Holmdel. At left, North’s Theo Fujita hits an open man with a pass during North’s win. Local high school boys basketball teams had plenty to celebrate last week as they made their respective holiday tournaments festive ones with championships. Middletown North, CBA and Raritan all collected some holiday hardware on Thursday, winning three of the state’s most prestigious tournaments. The CBA Colts made their return to the Holiday Jubilee a triumphant one, routing host Neptune in the final on Thursday, 60-38. The Colts won their 10th Jubilee title after a long hiatus on the heels of excellent play from Dan Werner and Dan Gallagher. Werner, a 6-foot-5 forward, put together a brilliant offensive effort, as he was 8-for-14 from the floor for 22 points, along with 11 rebounds, four assists and four steals; while Gallagher, a senior point guard, added 15 points and controlled the tempo of the game to lead the Colts (6-1). The Colts jumped on Neptune early, building the lead to 16 points before the Scarlet Fliers managed to shave the lead to just eight points at the half. The lead shrank to six with just over five minutes left in the third quarter when Werner reeled off seven straight points in the midst of an 11-0 CBA run that effectively ended the game. In the fourth quarter, the young Neptune team began hoisting errant three-pointers, which led to numerous fast-break baskets for the Colts, and the rather lopsided final score. With the win, the Colts collected the first of what they hope will be several tournament championships this season. They looked every bit like a force to be reckon with against Neptune and hope the Holiday Jubilee crown will act as a springboard for the rest of the season. One of the teams that is certain to challenge the Colts for the Shore Conference crown is the Raritan Rockets, the WOBM Classic winner. The top-ranked Rockets showed the heart of a champion in the final, coming back from a 15-point deficit to beat an upstart Manchester team, 60-56. Raritan, last year’s Group II state champions and a Tournament of Champions semifinalist, needed every bit of the experience it gained last season to come back on Thursday, as senior point guard Marques Johnson led an inspired comeback effort. Johnson, who is headed to Boston University, scored five of his 14 points in the final period en route to the tournament’s MVP honors, while junior guard Dave Lonnay was just as clutch down the stretch, scoring eight of his 11 points in the final stanza. Facing a double-digit deficit, the Rockets (7-0) turned up the defensive intensity in the fourth quarter, forcing 10 Manchester turnovers, which allowed Raritan to get back in the game. Senior forward Qa’raan Calhoun was a force in the paint with 12 points, nine rebounds and nine blocks, while the entire team did a good job neutralizing Manchester’s 6-5 swingman Jaron Griffin down the stretch. The Rutgers-bound Griffin finished with 26 points, but was slowed down by the Raritan defense when it counted most. With the win, the Rockets earned their first WOBM title, and held onto the distinction as the “team to beat” in the Shore Conference this year. The Middletown North Lions captured the Bayshore Holiday Tournament for the first time ever, beating a solid Woodbridge team, 46-35, in the final. Theo Fujita had eight of his 18 points in the fourth quarter to lead the 6-0 Lions to the title, while Matt Holly drained four clutch three-pointers. Holly finished with 13 points, and was named the tournament’s MVP. But it was the Middletown North defense that did the trick against Woodbridge, holding the high-scoring Barrons to just 35 points. Woodbridge (4-2) routinely scores 60-plus points, but was unable to find its rhythm against the scrappy Lions. That defensive effort, plus some clutch foul-shooting down the stretch, when the Lions went 7-for-8, was the difference in this one. With the win, the Lions continued to exceed expectations early on. Picked to finish as low as sixth in their own division, head coach Will Mayer’s squad has proven to be a better team than most people anticipated. They face a daunting schedule to say the least, with a pair of games with CBA, and contests with Kuhnert Holiday Tournament champion Marlboro, a solid Manalapan team and an improved Ocean Township squad looming on the horizon. Ocean was scheduled to come to Middletown yesterday, while the Lions will get their first shot at CBA on Friday. Game time is 5:30 p.m. in Lincroft.A pair of local boys teams made the best of their consolation games in the Bayshore Holiday Tournaments, ending their tournament play with wins. The St. John Vianney Lancers, who lost to Middletown North in the quarterfinals, 41-34, came back to beat Middletown South in their consolation game Thursday, 52-41. Senior guard Pat Dineen scored 17 points as the Lancers (1-4) came back from a four-point deficit after the first quarter to knock off the Eagles, and get their first win of the year. Junior Devin Farrell had 18 points for the 0-5 Eagles. Mater Dei bounced back from their seminal loss to Woodbridge with a 37-32 win over Shore in their consolation game on Thursday, led by the 17-point effort of senior guard Jeff Wedick. The Seraphs improved to 5-1 with the win. The Matawan Huskies dropped their consolation game, 57-53, to Rumson-Fair Haven despite 15 points from sophomore Chris MacCutcheon and 14 points from junior Phil Kellerman. Matawan is 2-3 early on. The girls teams … The Holmdel High School Hornets were the only local girls team to play for a championship last week, but not to the results they were hoping for. The Hornets ran into a buzz saw in the finals of the Bayshore Holiday Tournament, losing to top-seeded Monmouth Regional, 49-30. The Golden Falcons jumped ahead early, building a 16-9 lead after one, then essentially put the game out of reach with a 14-2 second-quarter outburst. Holmdel was unable to keep pace with the Monmouth attack, despite 11 points from Cristina Martorelli, who was named to the All-Tournament team. With the loss, the Hornets fell to 4-1 on the young season, but remain one of the top teams in the area. The Middletown North girls won their consolation game over Red Bank, 45-42, as senior Laura Depko scored 16 points and sophomore Danielle Beam added 14. The Lions improved to 2-3 with the win. Mater Dei’s girls were not as fortunate, losing their consolation game, 52-46, to Shore Regional. Freshman Lauren Florio dropped 17 points to lead the Seraphs (3-3), while sophomore Maria Locicero added nine. The Middletown South girls lost their Point Beach Tournament semifinal to host Point Beach, 43-38, but then came back on Thursday to win their consolation game with Neptune, 64-56. The Eagles used a balanced offensive attack to knock off the Scarlet Fliers, getting 14 points from sophomore Christina Longo, 10 points from freshman Lauren Sorrentino and nine from junior Michele Whalen. With the win, the Eagles improved to 4-2 on the season. The Matawan Huskies won a consolation game in the Joseph Pep Tournament on Thursday, beating St. Patrick’s 54-25, on the heels of an 18-point outburst from junior LaShae Lester. Junior Zaykeyah Pitts added nine as the Huskies got to 3-3 on the young season. The Shore’s top-ranked team, the St. John Vianney Lancers, bounced back from their first loss of the year with a 62-45 win over Marist in the Marist Holiday Tournament. SJV was led by sophomore Alisa Apo and junior Kristine Perez, who scored 12 points each, as well as senior Shantel Brown and junior Courtney Calderone, who each added 11. The Lancers were in control of this one throughout, building a 31-15 halftime lead, and improved to 3-2 with the win. BY DOUG McKENZIEStaff Writer last_img read more

Monmouth is NEC regular season champion

first_imgBY DOMINICK RINELLI JR. Correspondent BY DOMINICK RINELLI JR.Correspondent In his second season at the helm of the men’s soccer program at Monmouth University, head coach Rob McCourt has turned the program around in remarkable fashion. Just last season the Hawks finished in eighth place in the Northeast Conference with an overall record of 7-8-3 and a 2-4-3 mark in conference play. Fast forward one year, and Monmouth has claimed the 2005 NEC regular season title — their first since 1990, after defeating Mount St. Mary’s, 2-0, this past Sunday to improve their record to 9-3-6 overall and 6-0-3 in NEC play. “It’s a tremendous positive for our program,” said McCourt. “Being able to win the regular season title and go undefeated in the conference is a direct reflection of our players’ dedication and hard work that they have put in all season.” The Hawks first lit up the scoreboard at the 4:52 mark. Monmouth was awarded a free kick from 40 yards out, and sophomore Tom Gray, an all-state performer at Middletown South, took advantage of the opportunity. Gray’s kick traveled to junior Hugh MacDonald, who headed the ball past the Mount’s goalie to put Monmouth in front 1-0. Less then 10 minutes later, junior Steven Holloway was fouled in the box, which set up a penalty shot. Senior Ed Hayden capitalized on the kick to give the Hawks a 2-0 lead during the 14th minute of play. Both teams were unable to find the back of the net throughout the remainder of the contest, and senior goalkeeper Art Satterwhite recorded five saves in the game to pick up his league-leading 10th shutout of the season and the 18th of his career. “Defense wins championships, and all of our guys, from the defenders to our midfielders, have played a huge part in our success,” said McCourt. Two defensemen for Monmouth, MacDonald and Satterwhite, were recognized in the past two weeks for their achievements on the field. On Nov. 1, MacDonald was named to the College Soccer National Team of the Week. “It’s a big honor, but to be honest, I think it could have been any one of the back four because we’ve been working hard all season and it’s a whole team effort,” said MacDonald. Satterwhite was selected as the Brine/NEC Player of the Week on Nov. 7 and he leads the conference with a 0.71 goals-against average while allowing only two goals in nine league games. By defeating the Mount, the Blue and White are not only the NEC regular season champions, but they also have earned home field advantage for the NEC Tournament, which begins Friday. “We are excited to host the NEC Tournament and hope to get support from the Jersey Shore soccer community,” said McCourt. MacDonald competed under McCourt while at Virginia Commonwealth University in conference tournament play, and realizes how important obtaining home field advantage is in post-season play. “Home field in a conference tournament is pretty big,” MacDonald said. “I had a chance to play in two conference tournaments at VCU, and we were lucky enough to have home field one of those years. We easily won it, so I think home field is big once playoffs come around.” The Hawks will open tournament play on Friday at 11 a.m. when they will face the fourth-seeded Sacred Heart Pioneers. The winner of the Monmouth/Sacred Heart match up will play the victor of the Central Connecticut State/Robert Morris game on Sunday at noon. Monmouth played Sacred Heart on the road on Oct. 16, and the game ended in a 1-1 double-overtime draw. “Each game is a battle,” said McCourt. “Our guys are great, and we are not getting ahead of ourselves. We are taking one game at a time and keeping our goal of making the NCAA Tournament in perspective,” he continued. Before the 2005 season kicked off, Monmouth was tabbed in the coach’s poll to finish in fourth place in the conference, and with the team’s chemistry and strong recruiting class, they exceeded those expectations. “The year before, we were picked to finish eighth or ninth, and to be selected fourth this season was a credit to our recruiting class,” said McCourt. “We stuck by our guns, put in hard work both on and off the field, and carried out one of our goals of winning the regular season title.” “We have some unfinished business to take care of and still have a lot of hard work ahead of us,” added McCourt.last_img read more

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first_imgJunior defensive end Chris Swenson (Aberdeen/St. John Vianney) of the Muhlenberg College football team received the “Dig In” Award from the coaching staff for outstanding contribution to the Mules’ 24-17 win against William Paterson. Swensen was a key part of a defense that held the Pioneers to 32 rushing yards on 32 attempts. He made four tackles, including a sack for an eight-yard loss, and contributed to a game-clinching sack when he forced the Paterson quarterback from the pocket on fourth down from the four-yard line in the last two minutes. Swensen also forced a fumble in the game. In his first year as a starter, Swensen has six tackles in two games for the 2-0 Mules. The MOSA (Monmouth Ocean Soccer Association) National 2 Hazlet Finesse U12 girls soccer team traveled to Jackson Township to compete in the Jackson Summer Classic the weekend of Aug. 25. In the early morning hours, the Finesse met their first opponent, the Toms River Sting, which resulted in an exciting 3-3 tie. Hazlet’s second game of the day brought the Hibernian XCEL to the field, where the Finesse were met with their most physical encounter of the tournament. This challenging game ended in a 4-1 Finesse loss, with the Hibernian XCEL working toward securing first place in the tournament. Day two saw a refreshed Finesse team armed with the skills to prove they should not be dismissed from contention. Hazlet met with the Toms River Wildcats, resulting in a 4-0 shutout for the victorious Finesse squad. With second place up for grabs, Hazlet needed an additional win to secure it. Their last game, by all reports, was the most exciting game of the tournament. The Finesse matched skills with Howell United’s S.C. Stars. This intense game was tied 0-0 until the 59th minute when Hazlet released a deadly strike which ultimately awarded them second place. Hazlet traveled to Marlboro on Sept. 10 to take on the Marlboro Sparks Gold in their 2006 MOSA National 2 fall season opener. Fired up and ready to start the season, Hazlet took to scoring quickly in the game. The first half concluded with the Finesse ahead 3-1. The second half proved to be more challenging. The Marlboro Sparks Gold were not going down easy and quickly came back to life, scoring three goals of their own, but the Finesse defense rallied, awarding Hazlet the 5-4 victory at the final whistle. Sept. 17 took the Finesse to Phillips Park, where they matched skills with the Old Bridge Revolution. The determined Hazlet squad scored their first goal in less than two minutes of play. The Finesse continued to control the game with several attempted strikes on goal with only two returned attempts by the Revolution. The first half of this action-packed game concluded with Hazlet leading 1-0. Returning to the field in the second half with sharpened precision, the Finesse struck again, scoring their second goal in less than two minutes of play. Hazlet’s defense displayed extraordinary skill in limiting Old Bridge’s strikes on goal to merely one failed attempt. Despite field conditions not being their best due to the heavy rains of Friday, the balanced efforts of the Hazlet Finesse offense and defense were key in contributing to their 5-0 win, Hazlet’s second victory of the fall season. The U12 MOSA National 2 Hazlet Finesse players are Maggie Bellone, Angela Blasco, Amy Boehler, Taylor Buonocore, Ashley DeSousa, Jenny Drapkin, Jordan Fleming, Jessica Helmstetter, Rebecca Labringer, Erica Lencsak, Caroline Mulvey, Meredith Parleman, Stephanie Sparacino, Kaila Santa Cruz, Kylie Whalen and KaylaZajonc. The Finesse players are coached by Jim Benoit and Randy Boehler.last_img read more

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first_imgMonmouth Park and NJ Transit have combined forces in an effort to encourage fans to use public transportation to the racetrack during Breeders’ Cup Week, Oct. 24-27. Passes for all or part of the week, good on most NJ Transit rail, bus and light rail routes, are available on the Monmouth Park website, www.monmouthpark.com, in the Online Store. NJ Transit has scheduled expanded service to the racetrack for Breeders’ Cup Week. The special service on the North Jersey Coast Line includes hourly departures and arrivals at the Monmouth Park train station all four days. On Saturday, Oct. 27, NJ Transit will operate two additional trains during the morning from New York to Monmouth Park, and two additional trains after the races from Monmouth to New York. There are five passes available. The four-day pass, which is valid on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday of Breeders’ Cup Week, is priced at $50. The three-day pass, good Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, is $40, and the two-day pass for Friday and Saturday, is $30. Racing fans from outside the United States must e-mail Sophia Mangalee in the Monmouth Park Marketing Department to purchase NJ Transit passes. The e-mail address is smangalee@njsea.com. NJ Transit train, bus and light rail schedules to Monmouth Park are available on the NJ Transit Web site at www.njtransit.com/breederscup. The Monmouth Park station on NJ Transit’s North Jersey Coast Line is located on Port Au Peck Avenue. A new gate into the racetrack will be available across the street from the train station. Information on admission, parking and transportation during the entire Breeders’ Cup Week is available on the Breeders’ Cup website, www.breederscup.com, under the Race Day Information tab.last_img read more

It’s 200 and counting for Lancers’ Karpell

first_imgWith her players and assistant coaches by her side, St. John Vianney High School’s Dawn Karpell (holding flowers) celebrated her 200th career win as the Lancers’ head girls basketball coach on Jan. 6 after St. John Vianney had defeated Holmdel High School, 67-39. Karpell, a 1995 graduate of St. John Vianney, is in her eighth season with the Lancers. St. John Vianney High School girls basketball coach Dawn Karpell reached a milestone on Jan. 6 when she registered her 200th win as the Lady Lancers’ head coach. The Lancers bested rival Holmdel High School, 67-39.An even bigger win came three days later when the Lancers beat Manasquan High School, which was considered the best team in the state. With the 59-51 victory in Holmdel, the Lancers made a strong statement to be considered a threat to win another NJSIAA Tournament of Champions title.The Lancers are 8-1 on the season, and with three wins since No. 200, it’s 203 and counting for Karpell, a 1995 graduate of St. John Vianney. The Lancers will test themselves later this month against out-of-state competition, hosting New York’s Christ the King High School on Jan. 23 and Dunmore High School (Pennsylvania) on Jan. 25.On Jan. 27, the Lancers take on Rumson Fair Haven Regional High School, also at home, in an important Shore Conference A Central Division game.Karpell is in her eighth season as the Lady Lancers’ head coach. She has won five sectional titles, four straight non-public state championships and one Tournament of Champions title.last_img read more

Manchester United raise full-year profit forecast

first_imgEnglish Premier League football club Manchester United showed its commercial strength when it raised its core earnings expectations for the year as it posted a 26.6 per cent rise in quarterly revenue.The upgrade comes despite another mixed season on the field when United have failed to qualify for the knockout stages of the lucrative UEFA Champions League.United said it expects adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of 178 million pounds to 188 million pounds for the year, compared to its earlier outlook of 165 million to 175 million.The club, league winners a record 20 times and currently fifth in the Premier League, said revenue in the three months to December 31 rose to 133.8 million pounds.United, majority owned by the American Glazer family, are currently six points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City.Clubs need to finish in the top four of the Premier League to gain access to the Champions League in the following season.Despite a tricky transition period since the retirement of manager Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013, United’s ability to grow revenues off the pitch has increased.Commercial revenue in the quarter jumped 42.5 per cent and broadcasting revenue rose by 31.3 per cent. However matchday income was down 1.6 per cent.The club’s global appeal, which it says stretches to 659 million followers, continues to prove lucrative, with two sponsorship deals signed in the quarter.United is to pay a quarterly dividend of $0.045 per share.last_img read more

Leicester bank on Slimani experience against Porto

first_imgLeicester City will bank on the inside knowledge and goal threat of Porto’s nemesis Islam Slimani ahead of their Champions League Group G clash on Tuesday.Slimani, who joined Leicester from Sporting Lisbon for a club record fee in the transfer window, scored six goals against Sporting’s arch-rivals Porto during his time in Portugal, earning the nickname ‘The Dragon slayer’.A brace from Riyad Mahrez helped Leicester to a 3-0 win over Club Bruges on their Champions League debut, but manager Claudio Ranieri expects a tougher fight from the double champions from Portugal.“I spoke with Slimani about Porto. We have a lot of respect for Porto. They’re more experienced in Europe. They play so many matches,” the Italian told reporters on Monday.“They are used to staying at the top of their league. They won six titles. We respect a lot but we try to win. Also Porto try to win,” Ranieri added.“Slimani is going to play tomorrow. He’s a goal-scorer against Porto. I’m sure it would be a very good threat to them.”Midfielder Marc Albrighton, who opened the scoring against Bruges, said the English champions, who lost 4-1 at Manchester United on Saturday, must avoid complacency.“Porto will be as tough. We’ve got to be organised and compact. Going into this game we’ve done our work and what we need to know,” he said.“Three points is the aim. We got off to a great start but the bread and butter is at home and you have to win your home games to progress.“In Bruges, it was a surreal feeling to hear the theme tune. It’s special and adds more spice to the game. It makes you want to go further and want more.“Your senior players are important in every game. You need players to have played in the competition before.”Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has returned to training after recovering from a groin injury.“Schmeichel trained normally today. Let me think tonight. You know I decide the night before to see if he’s available tomorrow,” Ranieri added.last_img read more

Lewas depart for qualifiers in Samoa

first_imgThe team of 14 girls is captained by experienced veteran Pauke Siaka, and is led by head coach Rodney Maha and accompanied by other cricket PNG officials.Maha says the team has been training hard for the qualifiers and they hope to make PNG proud by advancing to the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, which will be held in England.PNG will take on the host Samoa in their opening match and are hoping to exact revenge after losing to the Samoans in the 2015 Pacific Games.Coach Maha said they’ve definitely learnt and improved and it will be tough going against a team on their home soil. However, if they maintain their focus on the job ahead of them and the preparations they have worked on so far, PNG will definitely put up a fight.The games will kick off on July 15th – 23rd.last_img

Hunters holding third spot

first_imgThe Hunters are now on 28 competition points after thumping the Easts Tigers 38-8 yesterday at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby.From 18 games, the Hunters have won 12 games, 6 losses and 2 byes.The Hunters will play the Ipswich Jets this Saturday at home at the National Football Stadium.Kick-off is at 4pm.The top 6:Burleigh Bears (33), Redcliffe Dolphins (30), SP Hunters (28), Townsville Blackhawks (27), Easts Tigers (24) and Souths Logan Magpies (22).last_img

Fairfax volleyball match suspended

first_imgThe game was suspended by the officials after the third set at the PNG Education Institute volleyball courts, with Raukele leading 2 sets to 1 (25-20 Raukele, 23-25 FW Hox, 22-25 Raukele).President of the Fairfax Volleyball Association, Kila Dick, said this was in accordance to Federation De Volleyball (FIVB) rule 17.3.2 where should one or several interruptions occur, not exceeding 4 hours in total that official’s postponement was declared.Dick announced the postponement stating: “We have played over time, therefore, the officials have decided to suspend the match”.The match will be held at 2.30pm on Saturday for a full rematch.last_img