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first_imgHolmdel Park will host the eighth annual Women’s 5K Run and Walk on Sept. 1 at 9 a.m., with children’s races, presented by the Jersey Shore Running Club and Women’s Center of Monmouth County, to benefit families affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. Registration is $17 until Aug. 25, $20 Aug. 26 through the day of the event. Call the JSRC hot line at (732) 542-6090 or visit online at www.saturdayinthepark5k.org.last_img

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Young Eagles earn a share of B North title

first_imgLocal softball, baseball teams begin statetourney play BY WARREN RAPPLEYEAStaff Writer Local softball, baseball teams begin state tourney play BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer JEFF GRANIT staff Tiffany Maltais and the Middletown North Lions will be in action this week as they look to make some noise in the Central Jersey Group IV tournament. Although it was a struggle at times, the young Middletown High School softball team still managed to win a share of the Shore Conference B North title in the public school division. The Eagles went 8-4 in conference play to split the public school crown with Monmouth Regional. Overall, Middletown South is 8-13 heading into this afternoon’s season finale against Manasquan. “We have a lot of talent, but we were unable to get any consistency,” coach Tom Erbig said. “But it’s a young team and they’re learning what it takes to win.” Erbig pointed out that his team also plays a difficult nonconference schedule, which includes the likes of Hunterdon Central, Toms River East and Edison. In most years, the traditionally strong Middletown South program holds its own or better against such foes. One early problem for the Eagles was an inability to put the ball in play — too many Middletown South hitters were striking out. Erbig noted that his team began cutting downs its K’s late in the campaign. Junior first baseman Tara Pauley is the offensive catalyst, leading the team in hitting with a .377 average and has 13 stolen bases to her credit. Lauren Ventola is batting .348 with eight RBIs. Ventola is the Eagles’ lone senior, as outfielder Kim Anderson missed the campaign after suffering a torn ACL in the preseason. Sophomore Erin Unterstein has overcome an early season slump to raise her average to .288 with a team-leading nine RBIs, and junior outfielder Kelly Harris has been hitting well of late and is now batting .250. Second baseman Amy Knudsen and catcher Sam Rohlander have also improved at the plate. Unterstein distinguished herself on the mound as well, going 7-4 with a 2.00 ERA. “We had some good positives,” Erbig said, “winning B North, Erin Unterstein getting some valuable experience, and playing against some very good teams. Lately the girls have been putting the ball in play, and that’s important because we had way too many strikeouts early on, and that hurt us.” Diamond notes… While the Eagles missed out on a trip to the postseason, a slew of other local softball teams are in action this week in the state sectional tournament. The St. John Vianney Lancers, fresh off their 8-0 Monmouth County Tournament championship game win over RBC on Saturday, will not play a Parochial A South game until Tuesday, when they will host the winner of the Holy Cross-Gloucester Catholic first-round game. In the mean time, the Lancers will work on advancing in the Shore Conference Tournament, where they are the top seed. The Mater Dei Seraphs will also be in action on Tuesday as they host St. Joseph-Hammonton in the first round of the Parochial South B tournament. The Seraphs are the fourth seed, while St. Joe’s is seeded fifth. The Keyport Red Raiders got the sixth seed in the Central Jersey Group I bracket, and will face third-seeded Roselle Park tomorrow in the second round. Matawan was seeded ninth in the CJ Group II bracket and faced eighth-seeded Burlington yesterday in the first round, with the winner to get top-seeded Carteret tomorrow. Middletown North is the fourth seed in CJ Group IV and faced 13-seeded North Brunswick yesterday in the first round. The winner of that game will be back in action tomorrow against the winner of the 5-12 game between Hillsborough and Manalapan And lastly, the Raritan Rockets are the eighth seed in the North II Group III bracket, and were set to face ninth-seeded Ridge yesterday in the first round. The winner gets top-seeded South Plainfield tomorrow. Local baseball teams are also getting started this week in state playoff action, starting with the Matawan Huskies, who were seeded 10th in the CJ Group II bracket, and faced seventh-seeded Point Pleasant Borough on Monday. The winner gets second-seeded JFK-Iselin tomorrow. The Raritan Rockets will begin defense of their North II, Group III championship on Friday when they get the winner of the Ridge-Warren Hills first-round game. Raritan is the second seed in the bracket behind Montgomery. Christian Brothers Academy is the only other local team in the state tournament and will be in action on Tuesday against Notre Dame in the second round of the Parochial South A bracket. CBA is seeded third behind Holy Cross and Gloucester Catholic, but is one of many teams that could emerge from the section with some hardware.last_img read more

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Local soccer teams making noise in state play

first_imgBY DOUG McKENZIE Staff Writer BY DOUG McKENZIEStaff Writer The Mater Dei High School girls soccer team probably would have been content with simply making the state playoffs this year, coming off a two-win campaign a year ago. But then the Seraphs, seeded eighth in the Non-Public South B bracket, found out who their quarterfinal-round opponent would be, top-seeded Cardinal McCarrick, and realized that just making the playoffs wasn’t necessarily enough. With a 2-1 win earlier this year over the Eagles under their belts, the Seraphs went into last Thursday’s game as anything but an underdog, and played that way en route to an impressive 3-0 win. The Seraphs (11-7) dominated play against McCarrick (13-3-1), getting their first goal when Karen Florio knocked in Addison Sargisoff’s corner kick in the 20th minute. Florio found the back of the net again at the 52-minute mark off a pass from freshman Deanna Dini, and assisted on the Seraph’s final goal. The Mater Dei defense was stellar in front of goalie Jamie Coppa, who only needed to make seven saves to register her seventh shutout of the season. With the win, the Seraphs earned a trip to Pennsauken on Monday, to play fourth-seeded Bishop Eustace in the semifinals. Eustace knocked off fifth-seeded St. Rose, 7-0, in their quarterfinal game. The winner will play the winner of the other semifinal between Our Lady of Mercy (Newfield) and Holy Spirit (Absecon) in the sectional final, scheduled for tomorrow. Mater Dei entered Monday’s game with nothing to lose. A win there would create a similar situation tomorrow. Teams exceeding expectations come playoff time can be very dangerous. Just ask Cardinal McCarrick. Elsewhere on the local scene, the Middletown North girls continued their march through the postseason on Thursday with a 2-1 win over a good Jackson team in the Central Jersey Group IV quarterfinals. Jenn Anzivino continued her stellar play, assisting on the first Lion goal when she hit Laura Szatmary with a cross in front of the Jaguar net in the 26th minute, before scoring the game-winner in the 51st minute on a penalty kick. This was a highly competitive game, with shots tied at eight apiece, but in the end, it was the Shore Conference champions Lions (16-1) who found a way to win, as they have done time and again this fall. With the win, the top-seeded Lions moved on to Monday’s semifinals, where they were to host Steinert, a 1-0 winner over Howell in the quarterfinals. In that game, the two teams battled to a 1-1 tie through regulation. Officials called the Steinert field unplayable for the overtime and the two teams returned to Steinert on Friday. This time, the game was decided in regulation, with Steinert coming away with a 1-0 victory. Monday’s winner advanced to the section final, scheduled for tomorrow, against the winner of the East Brunswick-Brick Memorial semifinal. This final should be a classic, regardless of Monday’s winner, when you consider that Middletown North is the Shore Conference champion, East Brunswick is the Greater Middlesex Conference champion, and Brick Memorial is the defending CJ Group IV champion. The Lion’s crosstown rivals from Middletown South lost to Red Bank in their North Jersey Section II, Group IV opener, 4-1, while the Holmdel Hornets beat Voorhees, 4-3 in their opener, before being knocked out by Scotch Plains on Thursday, 5-0. The St. John Vianney Lancers, the second seed in the Non-Public South A bracket, advanced to the second round with a 6-0 win over Notre Dame last week, and was set to take on third-seeded Gloucester Catholic on Monday in the quarterfinals. The finals are scheduled for tomorrow. On the boys side of play, both the CBA Colts and the St. John Vianney Lancers advanced out of the first round of the Non-Public South A tournament, and were scheduled to play their second-round games yesterday. The third-seeded Colts beat No. 6 Monsignor Donovan, 2-0, on Friday, thanks to the continued stellar play of Robbie Larocca (goal and an assist) and goalie Mike Giallombardo (three saves). With the win, the Shore Conference champion Colts earned a game yesterday with No. 7 seed St. Joseph’s of Metuchen, who shocked second-seeded St. Augustine, 2-1, Friday. The Lancers, seeded fourth, knocked off Holy Cross, 2-1, when Rob Hollywood and Rhyan Nelson worked a perfect give-and-go in the overtime session, with Hollywood depositing the game-winner. With the win, the Lancers earned a trip to Lawrenceville yesterday, where top-seeded Notre Dame awaited. The winners of yesterday’s games will meet in the sectional final, scheduled for Friday. Middletown North’s boys beat a good Sayreville team, 4-1, on Friday to advance to the semifinals of the CJ Group IV bracket. The Lions, the top seed, were set to take on Marlboro yesterday, with a trip to the sectional finals on the line. Marlboro, the 13th seed, knocked off fourth-seeded Franklin and Freehold Township to earn its shot at the Lions. The Lions’ crosstown rivals from Middletown South are experiencing similar success in the North II, Group III tourney, having won its first two state games. The Eagles started their run with a 3-1 win over Red Bank Regional on Nov. 2, and then followed that up on Friday with a 2-1 win over top-seeded Montgomery. Thomas Campbell scored both goals for the Eagles on Friday, with the second coming on a penalty kick with four minutes remaining. With the win, the Eagles (13-8-1) earned a home game in the semifinals yesterday, and were set to take on 12th-seeded Ridge, who knocked off fourth-seeded Voorhees, 1-0, on Friday. The winner will play for the sectional title on Friday.last_img read more

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Lions team looks to get healthy as playoffs arrive

first_img BY DOUG McKENZIEStaff Writer The Middletown High School North ice hockey team gets a much-needed break for the next week or so before it heads into the divisional and state playoffs. The Lions recorded a fine 14-5-2, finishing second to Bishop Eustace in the New Jersey Interscholastic Hockey League’s (NJIHL) Southern Conference Red Division, but the team has been hit by the flu bug down the stretch and the time off will give North’s players time to recover. After the divisional playoffs, it will be on to the NJSIAA state tourney. “We’ve been playing a bit short-handed for the last two games,” said coach Joe Campisano, who suffered through the flu himself. “Our guys have been playing so well that they deserve to enter the post-season at full strength. As a team we’ll be able to work on a few things over the next week or so as our guys get healthy.” Middletown North plays a gritty style, with a lot of emphasis on corner work. Offensively, the Lions play a relatively simple game: get the puck deep and turn up the pressure. That style has certainly worked well, and Campisano’s top line of Mike Foley, Brian Waitt and George Noble has thrived. Foley leads the team in scoring with 14 goals and 21 assists, while Noble is tops in goals with 16 to go with 14 assists. Waitt has 15 goals and 12 assists and leads the team in plus/minus with plus-29. Freshman Mike Criscuolo has provided a new spark, lighting the lamp on 13 occasions and garnering eight assists. Hard-working senior Jesse Walton has nine goals and 12 assists, and Drew Koehler has five goals and four assists. Defensively, the Lions have received solid efforts from Steve Hague, A.J. LaComte, Mike Brown and Jimmy Hall. Brown and Hall are plus-27 and plus-26, respectively. George Berry has also played well on the blue line when called upon. Luke Nesbihal is the mainstay in net, and he has been solid throughout the campaign, recording a 3.20 goals-against average. Reserve Adam Huff recently picked up his first shutout with a 2-0 win over Brick Memorial. In total, North has permitted just 65 goals, while scoring 93 times. “Our team has gotten better because they’ve learned from their mistakes,” Campisano said. “In a couple of games against younger teams, we struggled because our guys didn’t come in with the intensity they needed. That’s helped them play better against higher-level teams because they know they have to go all-out for three periods.” North hockey team putting together a special season BY DOUG McKENZIE Staff Writer last_img read more

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CBA’s Boyle strikes gold in MOC 3,200-meter run

first_imgSt. John Vianney High School’s Tara Connelly (r) and Bishop Ahr’s Rachel Belmont (l) race toward the finish line of the 1,600-meter run at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions on June 11 at Old Bridge High School. PHOTOS BY JEFF GRANIT staff The curtain closed on the New Jersey high school track and field season on June 11.The NJSIAA Outdoor Meet of Champions was pushed back from June 7 because of lightning and a torrential rain that hit the Old Bridge area that day.While the MOC signaled the end of 2- 12 season, Christian Brothers Academy’s Jack Boyle gave us a glimpse of what 2012- 13 could look like. The junior bolted out of a tight pack of runners on the last lap to win the 3,200 title in 9:08.28.It was a good day for CBAas Theo Foster ran fourth in the 400 (48.37) and Clark Mangini took fourth in the 800 (1:53.92).In the 1,600-meter run, George Kelly (4:09.09) and Tim Gorman (4:12.85) turned in personal bests, finishing third and fourth, respectively, in what was one of the fastest field finishes in MOC history. Eight runners dipped under 4:13 and two more broke 4:15. Toms River South’s Chris Marco won in 4:07.31. Mater Dei High School’s Dejah McGee competes in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions held June 7 at Old Bridge High School. CBA flexed its depth in the 800 meters by finishing fourth in the 4×800 relay without its top runners. Aaron Liberatore, Adam Kershner, Mangini and Conrad Lippert turned in a 7:52.82.Also medaling (top eight finishers) for the Colts was pole vaulter Bryan Morris, who was seventh (14-0). St. John Vianney’s Ishmael Hyman was fifth in the 200-meter dash (22.04) and Matawan’s Justin Love took sixth in the high jump (6-6).For the area girls at the MOC, Middletown South’s Tiffany Okieme (43-7 ¾) and SJV’sAndrea McKenna (39-8) were fourth and seventh in the shot put.Matawan’s Gaynelle Boham was eighth in the triple jump (37-10 ¼).last_img read more

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Party over for Hamilton as new season dawns

first_imgLewis Hamilton spent the off-season crisscrossing the globe to party with A-list celebrities but Formula One’s reigning champion is adamant there will be no hangover when he returns to work at this week’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix.The clear bookmakers’ favourite to win a third successive title with Mercedes, Hamilton will arrive in Melbourne after a whirlwind trip to New Zealand where he took to the skies in a helicopter on Wednesday above the mountain resort of Queenstown.Hamilton’s frequent flying and party lifestyle prompted some pundits to voice concerns about his focus and energy levels in the lead-up to Sunday’s race at Albert Park.However, the 31-year-old says his competitive drive remains as sharp as ever and his feet will be firmly on the ground once he enters the paddock.“I know there’s still more to come from me – I think I’ve shown that in the past two years,” Hamilton, winner in Australia last year and in 2008, said this week.“There certainly needs to be some extra in my tank, as the competition will be stronger than ever this year.”Many invested in motor sport’s pinnacle series will hope Hamilton is right about the level of competition he expects to face this season.Another win in Melbourne from pole position for the Briton could add more voices to the growing weariness of the Silver Arrows’ dominance.The constructors champions are bullish about their car after near-flawless pre-season testing, however, and team-mate Nico Rosberg may again loom as Hamilton’s stiffest competition in Melbourne.While Hamilton has been living life like there is no tomorrow, there is also a sense that time is running out for his German rival, whose Mercedes contract expires at the end of the season.After Hamilton wrapped up his third title in Texas last year, Rosberg closed out the season with three successive wins, and at Albert Park he will hope to prove the late flourish owed more to his racing than a dip in his team-mate’s motivation.Ferrari, fired by four-time champion Sebastian Vettel, were the only team to deny the Mercedes’ drivers a sweep of race wins last year and the new SF16-H car showed impressive speed during testing.With only 11 cars finishing last year’s season-opener in Melbourne, however, reliability will be paramount and that quality alone may be enough to score points.1. Albert Park street circuitWhere: Melbourne, AustraliaWhen: March 20th at 05.00 GMTDistance: 308 kmLaps: 58F1 bosses will hope Melbourne can lift the off-season gloom that has hung over a series which drivers have criticised for being over-complicated by rule changes and which commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone said he would not even bother taking his family to see.A positive start by Haas, the first US-owned outfit in 30 years, would help, and the new team will look to upstage more seasoned rivals like Sauber, who have the same Ferrari engine.Indonesia’s first F1 driver Rio Haryanto will also add a novelty factor when he debuts for Manor Racing.He is among three rookies set to make their race debuts, along with German team-mate Pascal Wehrlein and Britain’s Jolyon Palmer at Renault.Along with the new drivers, F1’s governing body will feel some butterflies with the debut of a new qualifying format which sees drivers progressively eliminated during the three phases rather than knocked out at the end of each of them.Introduced to make F1 more exciting but approved less than two weeks ago, the new format has been slammed by drivers.“I’m personally not a fan … and I think, speaking on behalf of all the drivers, no driver is,” Vettel told Sky Sport.READ ALSOTeam and driver prospectsWhat’s new for 2016 F1 seasonF1 facts and figureslast_img read more

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Rashford says England call still doesn’t seem real

first_imgManchester United’s 18-year-old striker Marcus Rashford admits being a member of England’s Euro 2016 squad still feels like a dream.Rashford was the surprise selection in Roy Hodgson’s squad after a rapid rise from United’s youth team to first-team regular, having only made his debut in February.“When I first went into the changing room and saw all of the players’ names on the back of their shirts, it didn’t seem real,” Rashford said in an interview alongside club and national captain Wayne Rooney on the Football Association’s website on Thursday.“I remember going home after and speaking to my brother about it, and he agreed with me. He didn’t think it was real either. That’s what it’s like until you get used to it.”Rashford marked his Manchester United debut with two goals against Denmark’s Midtjylland in the Europa League in February, then scored two more in his Premier League debut against Arsenal.He scored again on his England debut in the first few minutes of a friendly against Australia last month.“At Christmas I was actually trying to work my way into United’s under-21s side and all of a sudden I appeared in the first team. You have to be ready when your chance comes,” he said.“At the end of the season you hear talk and stuff, but to be here now is just amazing. For it to be in my hands to go out and help the country is an amazing feeling.”Rashford is vying with Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Rooney and Daniel Sturridge for a striking berth.“I think it’s a good way to end the season for me, and hopefully we get some joy in the tournament,” he said.last_img read more

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LFA Finals today

first_imgRivals, City United and Lae Biscuit Poro will put up a show of strength when they meet in the final showdown.The Administration Compound verses the Papua Compound clash was supposed to be played a fortnight ago but was deferred due to the Morobe Show.Both teams will also take part in the 2015/16 National Soccer League (NSL) under different names.City United will be known as Welgris City United and Poro will be under Lae City Dwellers.A bumper crowd is expected to watch this clash at the LFA Park.last_img read more

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Body parts wash up near Olympics beach volleyball site

first_imgCan they pull it off?That’s all in a week’s work for Rio’s Olympics organizers.There are other issues of concern of course, like the untreated sewage in the waters which athletes complained have made them break out in disease. The U.S. Olympic rowing team is taking extra precautions and will be wearing seamless antimicrobial unisuits to compete, while the German sailing team has been practicing trying to sail in trash-coated waters.On a country-wide level, Brazil is grappling with the Zika virus outbreak causing one Olympian tofreeze his sperm, a doping scandal in which Brazil’s only testing lab was suspended, a crime wave, and political upheaval involving the country’s highest figures.So is Rio ready? Time will tell. Water thrown at Olympics torchThe day prior, a man tried to snuff out the Olympic torch by throwing a bucket of water at it.Marcelino Mateus Silva Proença, 27, missed the torch altogether hitting only the torch bearer and the security guards around it.He was arrested, and released, and since then, has been posting about the incident on Facebook which he said was a dare from his friends.”I have the torch, but don’t have education, health, security, quality of life…” he said on Monday.An even bigger fuss was created over another Olympic torch incident, when a jaguar called Juma that was being exhibited with the torch relay escaped from her handlers and was shot by a soldier.Rio 2016’s organizing committee quickly proffered up an apology, saying they had “made a mistake” putting a wild animal near the torch and guaranteed no more situations like this will occur during the Games. ‘Welcome to hell’The frustration over unpaid wages for members of law enforcement boiled over in several protests. That same day, several people held up a banner at the airport that said: “Welcome to hell. Police and firefighters don’t get paid, whoever comes to Rio de Janeiro will not be safe.”Similar messages have popped up over the city, such as one graffiti on a flyover that warned about the lack of functioning hospitals.If that refrain sounds familiar, that’s because one of Brazil’s most successful soccer players Rivaldo Ferreira also warned people earlier to stay away. Rio de Janeiro is brokeTwo days before the gruesome body parts discovery, the acting governor of the state of Rio de Janeiro warned that the Games could be a “big failure” because the state is out of money.”I am optimistic about the games, but I have to show the reality. We can make a great Olympics, but if some steps are not taken, it can be a big failure,” Francisco Dornelles told Brazilian newspaper O Globo.Some of the Olympic Games costs are funded by the city of Rio de Janeiro, but the burden also falls on the Rio de Janeiro state government, and it is in bad shape.The state declared an official emergency and requested a federal bailout earlier this month but it hasn’t received the money. Dornelles warned of a breakdown in essential public services and said without the emergency funds, the police force could only cover its costs to the end of the week. A beach goer Wednesday discovered mutilated human body parts that had washed up on the shore, right in front of the Olympic Beach Volleyball Arena on Rio’s famed Copacabana beach.A dismembered foot and another body part still unidentified was found, according to Andre Luiz, an officer of the Military Police. Police believe the victim was a woman or young adult.Although the circumstances surrounding the person’s death are unknown, it is another embarrassing blow to the host country — already reeling from financial problems, a mishap-prone Olympic torch and an outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus.last_img read more

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Cricket PNG congratulates Lewas

first_imgCricket PNG general manager, Greg Campbell, praised the PNG Lewas on their performance during the EAP qualifiers. Lewas proved to be undefeated, ending the host team Samoa on their home soil to qualify.“It was an extraordinary performance and I would like to congratulate all the team players and the officials on the victory,” Campbell said.He also extended his thanks to the major sponsors, City Pharmacy Limited, for their huge support in sponsoring the team and also the relevant stakeholder Pure Water Limited.Captain of the PNG Lewas team, Pauke Siaka, also thanked her team mates for the wonderful achievement and urged them to look forward for the major qualifier next year.The Lewas have now officially qualified for the World Cup Qualifier in England next year to play against some of the world’s women’s best cricket teams like Zimbabwe and Scotland.last_img read more

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