Lancers boys to compete in Bayshore Holiday Tournament BY WARREN RAPPLEYEAStaff Writer BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer With several key players back, the St. John Vianney High School boys basketball team is looking to bounce back after going 6-18 a year ago. Senior guard Gerard Genevieve, the Lancers’ leading scorer who averaged 16 points, returns for his fourth varsity campaign. A three-point threat, Genevieve and 6-7 sophomore center Matt Mullery, both tri-captains, will be SJV’s go-to guys, according to coach David Emery. Mullery did well as a freshman, averaging 8 points and leading the team in rebounds with an average of six per game. Emery expects that multi-talented big man to do even better this time around. “Matt has so much potential, and if he keeps progressing he’ll be very difficult to play against,” the coach said. “Getting our leading scorer and our big man gives us a good start on offense.” Another sophomore, 6-5 Justin Conover, should be a big help underneath the hoop, Emery noted. Hard-working senior forward Patsy Lombardi, the Lancers’ third captain, provides additional grit inside. Junior Pat Dineen, a transfer from Old Bridge, is the point guard. Senior Peter Festa will also man the point, and juniors Kyle Kuziemski and Tim Ganter will see plenty of action in the backcourt as well. Emery said his team would again employ a match-up zone defense to keep opponents off balance and help his team get some wins in Shore Conference Class B North play. The Lancers went 0-12 in conference match-ups last season. “That kept us in a lot of games last year, and it’s a hard defense for other teams to prepare for,” he said. “If we continue to play it well that will be a big help. Our goal is to play hard and compete each night.” The Lancers opened the season at home on Friday, and will be competing in the Bayshore Holiday tourney beginning Friday.
Hawks indoor teams gear up for NEC meet BY DOMINICK RINELLI JR. Correspondent With just over a week to go before the NEC Indoor Track and Field Championships, the Monmouth University men’s and women’s teams are rounding into form. After competing well in a number of early-season events, the Hawks are looking forward to seeing where they stack up against the conference’s best. Last weekend, the men’s and women’s indoor track teams split up to compete in the Bison Open at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania and the Boston University Invitational. Freshman Ashley Huffman competed at the Bison Open, where he broke the school’s pentathlon record, scoring 3,620 points. The old record was set back in 1995 by Shatich Rivers with 3,221 points. Huffman not only broke the pentathlon record, but also the school indoor records in the high jump with a height of 5-7 and the long jump with a distance of 19-2. The freshman standout qualified for the ECAC Championships with her point total. The women’s team also had success at the Boston University Invitational, where they broke three school records and had an individual qualify for the ECAC. Zekara Riggsbee finished in third place in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.31 — a time that passed her own school record. In the 200-meter dash, Danielle Lyons crossed the finish line with a time of 25.57, which broke Talitha Vickers’ school record of 25.87 from 2001. The last of the three record-breaking events was the 5,000-meter run in which Kristin Wallace broke Amala Merrit’s record of 18:13.86 with a time of 18:00.28. Qualifying for the ECAC Championships in the 500-meter dash was Suraya Kornegay, a Red Bank Catholic graduate, with a time of 1:16.61. The men’s indoor track team set one school record and had two IC4A qualifiers at the Boston University Invitational. Troy Dennis finished in second place in the 200-meter dash to qualify for the IC4A Championships with a time of 21.79. He also broke Dexter Contee’s school record. The team of Justo Rodriguez, Sherwyn Noel, Bobby York and David Wiley took fourth place in the 4×400 meter relay with a time of 3:19.63, which qualified them for the IC4As. It was just the latest strong showing from the Hawks teams, who have been competing well all winter. The Monmouth University indoor track season began on Dec. 7 at the Princeton Invitational. Going into the first event of the year, head coach Joe Compagni was optimistic about his teams’ chances, while maintaining his focus on the season as a whole. “This was our first meet of the indoor season, which gave us a chance to measure our fitness from training we have done during the fall,” he said. The Hawks were able to set one new school record as Guy Jackson (of North Brunswick) set a triple jump school record of 47-1, despite taking third place in the event. Jackson qualified for the IC4A Championships in the triple jump as well as the high jump, in which he finished in a tie for first place. Jackson’s early-season performance impressed his coach. “Guy has worked hard with coach Stefanie Scalessa and has been focused on getting off to a good strong start,” Compagni said. “He and Troy Dennis gave us an excellent combination in the jumps.” Also at Princeton, Troy Dennis placed second in the long jump as well as the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.07. Toria Williams qualified for the ECAC Championships in the 500-meter dash with a second-place finish, posting a time of 1:16.73. Nicole Barbante earned second place in the 400-meter dash as well as the 60-meter hurdles. Riggsbee took third place with a time of 9.20. In the field for the women, Huffman took second place in the long jump with a distance of 5.36. Next up was the Seton Hall Open on Dec. 14, where both Monmouth teams combined to earn three victories, all in throwing events. Two of the top three victories came in both shot put events. Mike Gibson won the men’s shot put with a Monmouth University freshman record of 50-7, while Katie Dirkes won the women’s shot put. Chris Paling tallied the last of the three victories in the men’s weight throw with a distance of 49-1. The Blue and White traveled to Newark, Del., on Jan. 9 to compete in the Delaware Invitational, where Zekara Riggsbee beat her own school record in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.92. La’Kel Chester and Ashley Huffman also earned individual victories; Chester in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:20.73 and Huffman in the long jump with a distance of 17-3. Toria Williams, Nicole Barbante, Missy Saharic, and Suraya Kornegay were on the 4×400 meter relay team that won the event with a time of 4:03. Other notables for the Hawks included David Wiley earning a victory in the 400-meter dash with a time of 51.28; Jared Craig taking first in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.35; Pete Salvatore winning the shot put event with a winning distance of 47-10, and Guy Jackson taking first in the men’s long jump with a distance of 21-7. At the New York Armory on Jan. 16, the Hawks competed in the N.Y.U. Invitational. Highlights included Nick Gilanelli’s fourth-place finish in the pole vault, while Chris Cashin finished in sixth. On Jan. 18, the Hawks participated in the Great Dane Classic. The event concluded with both the men’s and women’s teams finishing in third place in team scores. The men tallied 90 points as they finished behind the University at Albany and Northeastern University. The women’s team finished behind the same teams. Highlights of the event included three first-place finishes. Troy Dennis won the long jump with a leap of 22-9.25. The other two first-place victories were achieved by the women’s team. Toria Williams earned first place in the 500 meters event with 1:15.42 on the clock. Qualifying for the IC4A was Pete Salvatore in the shot put, as well as the team of David Gaines (of Colts Neck), Andrew Allen, Sherwyn Noel, and Nick Pelligrino (of Marlboro) in the distance medley relay, as they earned a second-place finish with a time of 10:18.63. Justo Rodriguez also qualified for the IC4A in the 500 meters as he took third place. Suraya Kornegay broke a pair of school records and qualified for the ECAC Championship. One record came in the 400 meter with a time of 57.23 as well as a 4×400 meter relay. The team consisted of Toria Williams, Danielle Lyons, Nicole Barbante, and Kornegay, as they finished with a time of 3:52.19. Erin Guinther, Missy Saharic, La’Kel Chester and Katina Alexander finished first in the distance medley relay with a time of 1:15.42. After the Great Dane competition was completed, coach Compagni was pleased with his teams’ showings, and was enthusiastic about their chances the rest of the way. “The Great Dane Classic was the first meet of the season that was focused on as a whole team perspective,” he said. “We wanted to see how well we could perform as a team, and we competed well. Our intensity and competitiveness led to big performances from Nick Pelligrino, Troy Dennis, Toria Williams and Ashley Huffman. “The team set the tone in the distance medley relay as we won both fairly easily. We finished behind two top America East teams and were still able to accomplish our objective.” The Hawks’ indoor season continued when they participated in the Princeton Invitational on Jan. 24. Both the men’s and women’s teams earned third-place finishes, as the men tallied 62.5 points to end up behind Howard and Princeton, who won the competition with 173 points. The women’s team tallied 75 points to finish behind Rutgers and Howard. Huffman took the only win of the afternoon for the Hawks, earning first place in the high jump as she cleared 5-5 to capture the win. Dennis qualified for the IC4A in the long jump with a leap of 26-3. Larry Schau, Charles Simmons, Gaines and Martin Suarez finished in third place in the distance medley relay with a time of 10:44.18, which set a new school record. Riggsebee earned 10 points for the Blue and White by finishing in fifth during the 60-meter dash with a time of 8.05, and third in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.11. Toria Williams added 11 points for the Hawks by finishing in sixth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 8.06 and second in the 400-meter dash with 58.03 on the clock. Once again, coach Compagni was pleased with his teams’ efforts. “We had great performances, and that showed as Dennis qualified for the IC4A Championships,” the coach said. “Suarez was a big factor and came up huge as our anchor for the distance relay. On the women’s side, Williams ran well.” Looking ahead, the Hawks will be participating in the Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden on Friday, and the University of Rhode Island Invitational next weekend.
CHRIS KELLY staff Above, Shrewsbury’s Kevin Snyder fires a pitch to the plate during the ABCCL All-Star game on Sunday at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood. At left, Nate Buchte, of Rutgers University, slides safely into third base in front of MonmouthUniversity’s Marc Weres. The Atlantic Baseball Confederation Collegiate League (ABCCL) Annual Showcase was held at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood on Sunday. Several professional scouts were in attendance to measure the performance of 66 collegiate players during pregame drills, and later watch them perform in a showcase game in which the Berra Division had an uncontested 10-5 victory over the Doby Division. The Berra Division included players from the Jersey Shore Tides, Manchester Yankees, Ocean Giants, and Protocall Starz. Representatives from those teams contributed to the lopsided victory over the Doby Division, represented by the Toms River Black Sox, Freehold Clippers, Central Jersey Cougars and Middletown Monarchs. The Berra Division sprung to an early lead in the second inning by scoring two runs off Black Sox pitcher Bobby Darling (Tusculum College) and one in the third off Erik Holik (Rider University). The Doby team had key hits from the Tides’ Sean Abate (Penn), the Giants’ John Wilkes (Siena College), and the Starz’s Tim Querns and Vic Cegles (both of Rutgers). The lead grew to 9-0 as the Berra team sealed the victory in the first six innings, led by hits from the Tides’ Chris Kapsales (Middlesex) and Mike Pahira (Pace U), and the Yankees’ Tom Letizia (Rider) and Mike O’Malley (St. Johns University). The Tides’ Tom Rinaldi contributed a hard-hit sacrifice fly for an RBI, and teammates Chris Wilson (The College of New Jersey), John Walsh (Seton Hall), and Cody Caughenbaugh (Ohio State) all scored runs. Walsh also had an RBI and Wilson added a hit later in the game to complete his offensive contribution, while the Giants’ Jim DaSilva (FDU-Madison) had a sacrifice fly for the Berra team’s final run. The Berra pitchers coasted the rest of the way with the big lead never in question. Perfect innings were pitched by Tom Ford (Rutgers-Camden), Mike Downs (Richard Stockton College), and Matt Coulson (Rowan), and the winning team’s pitching staff was rounded out by Berra teammates Erik Chandler (Viginia), Kevin Snyder (Siena), Zachery Clark (York College), Anthony DeRogatis (Caldwell College), Santo Maertz (St. Peter’s College), Tim Woodhull (Rutgers) and Chris Kapsales (Middlesex). They combined for a total of 13 strikeouts of Doby players. The ABCCL playoffs will be starting on Thursday. The schedule can be seen at www.abccl.com.
The U13 Middletown Patriots soccer team captured the championship at the Hazlet Columbus Day Classic Tournament. After preliminary wins against Middletown United FC, US Parma Vittoria and a tie with the Battle of Monmouth Wanderers, the Patriots won against the Battle of Monmouth team in the championship game. The Patriots pressured the Battle of Monmouth defense the entire game but could not find the net. After two fiveminute overtimes, it came down to a suddendeath shootout. The Patriots were able to prevail and received the title of Champions of the Hazlet Columbus Classic Tournament. This is the third tournament in 2009 that the Patriots have won. The Patriots are coached by Mike Mc- Carthy, Steve Binn and Steve Rozzo. The U13 Middletown Patriots champions are: Kristen McGaughey, Alexa Barriero, Raquel Wall, Olivia Goskowsky, Julia Mc- Carthy, Annie Rozzo, Rachel Becker, Katie Viscardi, Michaela Altland, Brooke Trotta, Alex Raguseo, Sami Binn, Claire Begley, Lindsey Florio and Amanda Paton
BYWARREN RAPPLEYEA Correspondent The Red Bank Catholic High School baseball team put together an amazing spring that saw the Caseys post a 26-3 record, including a 24-game winning streak.The magical season ended on a winning note Monday night at FirstEngergy Park in Lakewood as the Caseys won their first-ever Shore Conference Tournament championship, defeating Jackson Memorial, 2-1.Brendan McGann picked up his ninth win of the season, holding the Jaguars’ high-powered offense to a single run, and Jack Whaley provided all the offense McGann needed with his basesloaded, two-RBI single in the bottom of the second . The Caseys also made their way to the finals of the Monmouth County tourney and the semifinals of the NJSIAA Non-Public A South Tournament in this postseason.Coach Buddy Hausmann’s team got to the SCT finale with a marathon come-from-behind victory against Manalapan in the semifinals. The contest took nearly five hours to complete because of rain delays. In an interesting twist, the game began at Manalapan High School, but with darkness approaching, was moved to the lighted Manalapan Recreation Complex.The Braves jumped ahead by a 3-0 count in the first inning, but an impressive power display brought the Caseys back. Junior outfielder Nick Liggett hit his fifth homer of the campaign for two runs, and Joe Kissinger had a solo shot. C.J. Lucia, the DH, blasted a three-run homer in the fifth inning to put RBC ahead to stay and send the Caseys to the championship game.RBC is coming off a 14-4 loss on Saturday to St. Augustine in the semifinals of the Non-Public ASouth tourney. Hausmann’s team edged Notre Dame, 3-2, and Sam McGovern went the distance on the hill for his sixth win.“Defensively, this is the best team I’ve coached,” said Hausmann, whose team has allowed only 22 unearned runs. “In high school it’s really all about limiting mistakes, and that’s what we’ve done. Our guys have been consistent with their gloves all year. We don’t give teams extra outs. That helps prevent big innings, and that’s often the difference between winning and losing.”That being said, the RBC offense has been a thorn in the side of opposition pitchers. The Caseys have piled up 224 runs while allowing just 122. Junior outfielderAndrew LaMura leads the team with a .415 average to go with a pair of home runs and 32 RBIs. Liggett is also above the .400 mark (.402) with 25 RBIs and five homers.Lucia is hitting .367 and leads the team with eight home runs, and his 33 RBIs also top the Caseys. Shortstop Joe Kissinger is right behind at .367 and 22 RBIs, followed by first baseman Dylan Chayes, who has 30 RBIs and a .320 batting average. VinnyTranchina, TrevorBrain, Joe Iacobellis and Mike Recigno are also above the .300 mark.On the mound, McGann posted nine wins against a lone defeat to go with a 2.86 ERA. Mc- Govern is 6-1with 32 strikeouts in 34 innings and a 1.83 ERA. He also has three saves. Ryan Slate has six victories; Ryan Spahr has won five games.“I think people thought we’d have a good team because we had a lot of players coming back,” Hausmann said. “I don’t think they thought we’d be among the best teams in the state. Our guys really worked hard, and everyone has contributed.”
Trainer Kelly Breen is assured of having an entry in this year’s Kentucky Derby. The Breen-trained Black Onyx won the $550,000 Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes at the Turfway Park in Florence, Ky., on March 23.By winning the Grade III Kentucky Derby Prep, Black Onyx, which was a 15-1 shot, earned 50 points in the new Churchill Downs points system, all but assuring the 3-year-old colt a spot in the Kentucky Derby.Monmouth Park veteran Joe Bravo was in the saddle for the win. Black Onyx is owned by Sam Herzberg. Breen, who lives in Howell and has saddled up Kentucky Derby entrants in the past, owns a Triple Crown victory with Ruler On Ice, which captured the Belmont Stakes in 2011.
By Andreas VouNewly appointed Apollon manager Ioan Andone got off to a nightmare start as his side were dealt a 5-0 thumping by Borussia Monchengladbach on Thursday night, their second straight Europa League defeat.Apollon started the game confidently but their good early work was cancelled out by a moment of madness from midfielder Hugo Lopez, who rather than clear the ball out of defence, opted for a horizontal pass across his own penalty box which was dispossessed. Branimir Hrgota then laid the ball off to Ibrahima Traore who hit a sweet left-footed strike which wrong-footed goalkeeper Bruno Vale to give Gladbach the lead after just eleven minutes. Early in the second half, Lopez had a good chance to atone for his error as a hopeful up-and-under pass played the former Barcelona youth player through on goal but his tame effort was easily stopped by Yann Sommer in the Germans’ goal.The Cypriots had Vale to thank for keeping the scoreline at just 1-0 in the first-half following a number of excellent saves but the Portuguese stopper was helpless to prevent Apollon’s second-half capitulation.Just five minutes after Lopez’s chance to level the game, Apollon were 2-0 down. Another top save from Vale to deny Traore only fell as far as Hrgota whose rebound trickled over the line.Traore, who had terrorised the Apollon defence throughout the night, scored his second on 67 minutes with another left-footed strike coming in from right-hand side of the box. Second half substitute Patrick Hermann got in on the act seven minutes from time with a close range effort before Thorgan Hazard completed the rout with a deflected effort in injury time to seal a 5-0 thrashing. Elsewhere in Group A, Villarreal comfortably dealt with the challenge of FC Zurich, defeating the Swiss side 4-1. The result means the Spaniards preserve their lead at the top of the group while Apollon’s defeat drops them to third place.
By Ian RansomLewis Hamilton’s world championship defence got off to a flying start on Sunday with a crushing victory for Mercedes in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix as Formula One rivals succumbed to a farcical rash of reliability problems.Pole-sitter Hamilton started from a grid reduced to 15 cars from a possible 20 and cruised to his 34th race win with a 1.3-second gap to runner-up team mate Nico Rosberg.With Mercedes enjoying a Sunday stroll, Sebastian Vettel finished third — 34 seconds behind Hamilton — on his Ferrari debut after winning a battle for the podium with Williams driver Felipe Massa.Ferrari’s cheer was tempered, however, by two botched tyre changes for Kimi Raikkonen, the second forcing the Finn to retire when fifth late in the race due to his left rear wheel not being properly attached.Interviewed on the podium by Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Hollywood ‘Terminator’, Hamilton said it was great to be back on top.“It is an incredible feeling to continue winning,” he said.Max Verstappen’s record-setting turn as the youngest ever F1 driver ended on a sour note when the Dutch 17-year-old rolled to a stop near the pit entry after complaining of smoke in the cockpit of his Toro Rosso.Only 11 cars finished, with both Lotus drivers out before the end of the first lap on an embarrassing day for a series that prides itself on being the pinnacle of motorsport.McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen, standing in for the absent Fernando Alonso, and Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat were unable to start after both suffered failures on their formation laps.The two Manor Marussia cars were scratched on Saturday after failing to participate in qualifying or any practice sessions, while Williams driver Valtteri Bottas was ruled out of the race with a back injury less than an hour before the start.After a chaotic start that saw Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado crash into the barrier on turn two after being nudged from behind, Hamilton and Rosberg sped away from the chasing pack.Opening a 15-second gap to third placed Felipe Massa after the 20th lap, Hamilton successfully kept his team mate Rosberg at arm’s length.Following a week of legal battles, Sauber were buoyed by a fifth place finish for Brazilian rookie Felipe Nasr, gaining their first points since 2013.It was the best finish by a Sauber rookie, with Nasr’s team mate Marcus Ericsson and Red Bull’s Carlos Sainz also earning their first points by finishing eighth and ninth respectively.Local hero Daniel Ricciardo had a terrible start and his Red Bull lacked pace but he battled hard to finish sixth in front of home fans.It was a dark day for Honda-powered McLaren, however, with Jenson Button finishing last of the 11 cars and lapped twice by Hamilton and the leaders.Force India driver Sergio Perez had an eventful afternoon, being instructed to drop back two places after over-taking illegally when the safety car was out early.He then overcame a collision with Button in a battle to avoid the indignity of last place. Driver and constructor standings after the Formula One Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park on Sunday Drivers Points 1. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 252. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 183. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari 154. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams 125. Felipe Nasr (Brazil) Sauber 106. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull 87. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India 68. Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Sauber 49. Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) Toro Rosso 210. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India 111. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 0 Constructors Points 1. Mercedes 432. Ferrari 153. Sauber – Ferrari 144. Williams-Mercedes 125. RedBull – Renault 86. Force India – Mercedes 77. Toro Rosso – Renault 28. McLaren 0. Lotus – Mercedes. Marussia – Ferrari
By Kayon RaynorUsain Bolt is happy with his condition in the lead-up to August’s world championships and will not be denied more sprint gold by American Justin Gatlin, according to his coach Glen Mills.“We take all competitors with a level of seriousness and I don’t see Gatlin as a joke, but the truth of the matter is Usain at his best doesn’t have much to worry about,” Mills told Reuters in an interview.Jamaican Bolt will bid for a third 100 metres gold and a fourth 200m gold in succession at the August 22-30 meeting in Beijing.In Bolt’s absence, Gatlin dominated the Diamond League last season, ending the year as world leader in the 100 and 200m with personal best times of 9.77 and 19.68 seconds respectively.“It’s good for the sport and creates the kind of interest, but those kinds of things don’t affect us in any way because Usain and myself knows what we can get him to do when he’s fully fit and ready and that’s what we’re working to do,” said Mills, who has guided Bolt since 2005.“When we are ready and he’s peaked then let’s hear the shout, ‘I’m sure it will be Usain Bolt!’”The 100 and 200m world record holder, Bolt won both events at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.Having taken time off last year, the 28-year-old told Reuters he was looking to set quick times this season.“I always try to wait until I run my first race (to set targets), but for me the aim is always to go to the championship and to defend my titles,” he said.“But I want to run really fast this season so I’m working on it.”Mills said Bolt had stepped up his preparation since running 46.37 seconds over 400m on March 14 in Kingston.“He has made significant strides since the last time you saw him (in competition),” he said.“He’s down to compete in Brazil in another two weeks and he’s getting into the kind of competitive shape that he’ll be able to perform to the kind of levels that we know he’s capable of doing.Bolt, who will compete on wildcard entries in Beijing, was also satisfied with his condition as he gears up for his April 19 race in Rio de Janeiro, the host city for next year’s summer Olympics where he will be expected to defend his titles.His schedule also includes Diamond League meetings in New York, Paris and Lausanne before Beijing.“I’m happy with where I’m at, I’m doing a lot of work leading up to this first run in Brazil … that’s the focus right and that’s what we’re working towards,” said Bolt, who posted a picture of himself training this week on his social media accounts.Bolt could also appear at Jamaica’s national trials between June 25 and 28 in Kingston.“He didn’t compete that much last year, he did very little, and in preparing for the world championships we’re trying to get him a fair amount of competition in pointing him in that direction,” Mills said.“We have a number of international races lined up before the trials and his progress in those meets will determine whether or not he needs to run the trials, but it’s not off the table.”
Before today’s big Premier League clash between the London giants, let’s go back in time to these memorable matches.