The Hazlet Youth Athletic League will be holding its annual girls softball tournament July 23 – 31. The tournament’s age group brackets are under-8, under-10, under-12 and under-14. The entrance fee is $275, $200 for the under-8 event. Teams interested can contact HYAL at 264-3060, box No. 6, or register on the Web at: http://members.home.net/hyal. Amateur Athletic Union teams are not eligible for the tournament and the age group cut-off date is Jan. 1, 2000. The New Jersey 4-H Development Fund is sponsoring a golf outing on Monday at the Olde York Country Club, Columbus. The event starts at 11 a.m. with registration, and tee-off time is 1 p.m. The round of golf will be followed by a dinner with the presentation of awards. For more information, call Patty Gares at (908) 782-5011. The Matawan Huskies, an under-12 boys soccer team, finished the spring season in second place, just a point out of first. The Huskies won their last game of the campaign 4-2 over the previously unbeaten Bridgewater Eagles. The Huskies’ goals were made by Colin Cecere, Scott Fegler, Robbie Libraty and Steve Martinez. These players along with the rest of the team, Brett Cannon, Jeff Colodin, Dan Conti, Jon Foster, Adam Garcia, Rob Gartner, David Goodman, Tom Howley, Josh Mooney, Ted Okosi, Matt Shalhoub and Kenny Pesile, had a great season. The Battle of Monmouth Rockets, an under-15 (in the fall) boys soccer team, is actively seeking players for the fall/spring 2000/2001 seasons. Workouts in the coming week will be arranged for interested players. Contact Steve at (732) 409-6781 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. The Freehold Area Running Club’s 18th Annual Bud Light 2000 Summer Race Series begins tonight at Battlefield State Park in Manalapan. The featured 5K race will set off at 6:50 p.m. At 6:10 there will be kids’ races and at 6:30 a one-mile Fun Run. The series will continue Wednesday evenings through the summer concluding on Aug. 2. For more information on the Summer Race Series or other FARC events, call the club’s hotline at 431-2627 or on the web at www.farcnj.com The Shootingstar Fastpitch Summer Softball Camp in Monmouth County will be held July 10-13 (rain date July 14). The camp runs 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is for players of all positions. Hitting, bunting, base running and the basic fundamentals of the sports will be taught. Bob DiBernardo, the highly successful high school coach, whose teams have won nine league championships, three county titles, five state sectional crowns and the 1991 state championship (32-0 Ramsey, ranked No. 1 in the state), is running the camp. There will be game action. Cost is $145. Team rates and second-in-family discounts are available. Call DiBernardo at 938-6019 or visiting his Web site at http://softballweb.com/shootingstarfp/. Monmouth Power Sports Club will host the following camps and clinics: Basketball Guard/Post Players Clinics,. Monday through June 29, Football Quarterback Camp, July 6-8 and Baseball Camp, Aug. 11-14. The camps and clinics are open to boys and girls in grades K-9. For more information, call (732) 833-5020.
Sports Shorts The Jersey Shore Wildcats will host the second annual ShoreFest 2004 AAU girls basketball tournament on June 5 and 6. Divisions are girls ages 9-17 (AAU calendar year), and the format is a three-game guarantee. Entry fee is $325 ($425 for four games). Contact Allan Gray at (732) 245-8041 for more information, or e-mail email@example.com. The final signups for Mac’s Fun Ball spring basketball league will be held on March 20 from 9-11 a.m. at Walloo Park, Main Street, Port Monmouth section of Middletown. The cost is $750 per team or $75 per player. Need 35 players to have a league. Any questions, call Tom McDermott at (732) 671-9319. The Holmdel Stallions U13 girls National 1 Division (Thundering Herd) soccer team is looking for two or three competitive players for the spring/fall season. For information on trying out, call Paul Marxen at (732) 530-5415 or Tim Watters at (732) 530-0686, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. A baseball clinic, presented by the Middletown High School North staff and players, will be held on March 21 from 2-4 p.m. in the high school bubble. The clinic is open to grades 2-6, and the cost is $20 per player. All proceeds to benefit the Middletown North baseball program.
BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer BY WARREN RAPPLEYEAStaff Writer During the fall, Keyport High School bowling coach Sal Principe was unsure if the school would have a girls team. Not only did the Red Raiders put together a girls team, but it went on to win the Shore Conference’s Northern Monmouth Division. A year ago, Keyport’s girls took second in the Northern Monmouth division, but lost four key rollers to graduation. With junior mainstay Jenna Stumpf coming back, the Red Raiders had the top female bowler in the division, but fellow juniors Stephanie Duke and Jen Valentino were the only others coming back. As it turned out, Melissa Manzie, who finished second in the division with a 165-pin average, transferred from Keansburg. Duke and Valentino averaged 147 pins and 143 pins, respectively, both up more than 20 pins from a year ago. Freshman Catherine Wegman joined the team and ended up with a 148.8 average. Megan Flynn, a senior, turned in a 130 average. And Principe recruited Courtney Nadolny, a junior who provided valuable depth. With Stumpf posting a 176.6-pin average, to again lead the division, the Red Raiders went 35-7 to win the division for the third time in the past four seasons. Keyport also hosted its first tourney, the Red Raider Holiday Classic, where Principe’s girls finished second. Manzie’s impact was huge as well. She posted a 167-pin average and had a high game of 256 and a high series of 619, both of which were tops in the division. “It really was remarkable because we went from having five or six girls at the tryouts to winning the division,” Principe said. “And next year, we’ll have everyone except Megan Flynn coming back.” On the boys’ side, the Red Raiders went a surprising 34-14 in what was supposed to be a rebuilding year, after winning two successive Northern Division titles. Four-year veteran Bob Rohe led the way with a division-leading average of 213.8-pins. His 279-game was high in the league and his series of 719, 713 and 709 were the best in the division. Rohe also won the Shore Conference Tournament, where he turned in a 727 series, for the third straight year. In addition, he finished third at the Bishop Ahr tourney early in the campaign. The boys benefited from the efforts of junior Marty Visaggio and sophomore James Cornelius. Visaggio averaged 187.3 pins, a 12-pin increase from last season, while Cornelius averaged 181 pins, a 21-pin uptick from the year before. Juniors Phil Specchio and Kevin Costello showed promise, averaging 161 pins and 150 pins, respectively. John Williams, a senior, and Nick Maupai, a junior, give the boys team added depth. Principe said the Red Raiders’ ongoing success comes from hard work and excellent support from team parents and the community. “We take bowling very seriously, and we’re proud of the championships our teams have won,” the coach said. “That doesn’t mean it isn’t fun, but our players respect the sport and they work hard as a team and on their own.” He added that through a variety of fundraising efforts, the team is able to practice an additional day each week during the season. In addition, the Red Raiders benefit from the tutelage of Sarah Bomersbach, a former Keyport bowler, who helps out as a volunteer assistant coach. “I’m a bowler myself, so the first thing I try to do is instill in our players a love of bowling,” Principe said. “Once that happens, everything else takes care of itself.”
BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer BY WARREN RAPPLEYEAStaff Writer CHRIS KELLY staff Junior tailback J.T. Anderson is expected to lead the Matawan offense this year as the Huskies look to bounce back from an uncharacteristically tough 2005 season. With a veteran lineup in tow, the Matawan High School football team is looking to return to its traditional winning ways this season. The Huskies open the campaign Friday evening at Red Bank Catholic starting at 7 p.m. Coach Joe Martucci was generally pleased with his squad’s performances over four scrimmages, although the team lost Trey Waldon, a key defensive back and one of the team’s leaders, to a leg injury. As Matawan approached the opener, it was unclear when Waldon would return to the lineup. “Trey’s a big loss for us and we’re hoping to get him back real soon,” Martucci said. “We did well in the scrimmages, especially early on, but then we had a number of minor injuries that kept some kids out of the later scrimmages. But everyone should be back for the opener, except for Trey.” A year ago, Matawan went an uncharacteristic 2-8 with a relatively young roster. Although the Huskies struggled, Martucci is hoping the experience his players gained will help turn things around this fall. “All in all, our guys had a great preseason,” he explained. “The enthusiasm is there and they’re all working hard to make this team a winner.” The offense includes junior tailback J.T. Anderson (5-11, 175), who ran for more than 600 yards and caught 10 passes out of the backfield last year. Julian Sonnenfeld (6-1, 190) moves from wideout to quarterback, where he displayed poise during the scrimmages, Martucci noted. Nick Citro (5-8, 195) will be the fullback. He saw some varsity time last year. Sonnenfeld’s receivers include split ends Manny Bowling (5-11, 175) and sophomore Kyle Hardy (6-4, 190) and returning tight end Steve Turner (6-3, 220). The line is solid and experienced. Junior Jim Dwyer (6-0, 220) moves from guard to center this year, with Anthony Grasso (6-6, 285) and Ray Mara (6-2, 275) back at tackle. John Lazar (5-11, 195) returns at left guard, and Ryan Ballard (6-1, 290) will line up at right guard. On the other side of the line, junior Wayne Robinson (5-11, 210) and Turner will share one of the end slots, with sophomore Allen Sparks (6-4, 180) at the other. Geoffrey Melvin (5-11, 200) is the nose guard. Mara, Lazar and Dwyer will platoon at the other guard position. Andy Trolian (6-2, 190), Michael Sporer (5-11, 180) and junior Dan Cleary are the linebackers. Juniors Fran Santamauro (5-8, 165) and Michael Anderson (5-11, 165) are the corners, along with Andy DeNardo (5-7, 155), while sophomore Aaron Lee (5-11, 170) and Hardy will see action at safety. The Huskies may have an ace in the hole in place-kicker Greg Coleman, who showed plenty of promise late last fall. Coleman’s 47-yard kick sailed through the uprights to give Matawan a big win over St. John Vianney on Thanksgiving. Kyle Robinson is the punter. “With our offensive line, we expect to be able to run the ball; the key for us will be keeping them all healthy,” Martucci said. “Sonnenfeld has adapted well to playing quarterback and he’s a good leader on the field.” The defense is somewhat less experienced, but the Huskies linebacking corps all saw plenty of action a year ago. “Our defensive leadership will come from the linebackers,” Martucci said. “They’ve been there before and they know what’s expected.”
LAUREN CASSELBERRY Middletown South’s Christian Spaulding sacks Howell quarterback Ryan Davies during the Oct. 2 game played in Howell. The South defense rose to the occasion and helped the Eagles shock the previously undefeated Rebels, 38-14.
Top: It’s rush hour on Broad Street in Red Bank, as runners begin the George Sheehan Classic 5K on June 14. More than 1,250 runners completed this year’s 21st running of the race. Above: Andrew Brodeur captured the Sheehan Classic 5K, winning the 3.1-mile race in 15:19. Brodeur, who starred at Brick Memorial High School and Duke University, now competes for the Shore Athletic Club. FRANK GALIPO
The Nicosia District court on Friday ordered the three-day remand of Michalis Argirou, chairman of the association of football referees, in connection with match-fixing allegations made by referee Marios Panayi.Panayi’s allegations had also implicated Michalis Spirou, a former member of the Cyprus Football Association’s Referee Commission – a body responsible for appointing match officials in football games and deciding on promotions – in 2010 and 2011.Both men were arrested on Wednesday and brought before the court for remand. On Thursday, the court approved the police’s request for a four-day remand but postponed ruling on a similar request for Argirou for Friday.
By Mike CollettIn one of the most memorable moments in an absorbing match, West Ham United goalkeeper Adrian dramatically ripped off his gloves before scoring West Ham United’s winning penalty in their FA Cup tie against Everton.The Spanish keeper had the fate of the third round replay in his hands before scoring against compatriot Joel Robles to give West Ham a 9-8 penalty shootout victory after a superb end-to-end thriller ended 2-2 after extra time late on Tuesday night.Robles had failed to beat Adrian when he struck the bar with the preceding penalty, leaving the scores level at 8-8 before the West Ham keeper slotted home the 20th penalty of the night.The Spaniard was so confident he was going to score, he took his gloves off as he prepared for his kick.“I didn’t have any nerves,” he told reporters. “I thought ‘I’ll take off my gloves, this game is over’ and I struck the ball.“It was an unbelievable game and I feel really happy. Joel made some unbelievable saves for Everton but we played well and deserved it in the end.“I took my gloves off so quickly as I worried that the referee might blow his whistle and book me for time-wasting.“I have celebrated my saves before, but never scoring a goal. It was my first goal in my career and it’s an amazing day.”West Ham next play at League One (third tier) Bristol City in the fourth round after coming through what could be one of the last FA Cup matches played at the Boleyn Ground ahead of their move to the Olympic Stadium at the end of next season.In an exhilarating match worthy of any swan song, West Ham went ahead when Enner Valencia beat Robles with an angled shot after 51 minutes.Everton then had Aiden McGeady sent off for a second yellow card four minutes later but the 10 men equalised when Kevin Mirallas struck with a stunning free-kick after 82 minutes.Romelu Lukaku put Everton 2-1 ahead in the seventh minute of extra time, before substitute Carlton Cole equalised with his first touch in the 113th minute.The momentum then swung in West Ham’s favour in the shootout when Steven Naismith missed Everton’s second penalty but with the scores at 4-4, Robles savedStewart Downing’s potential match-winning spot kick.The next four penalties were converted before Robles cracked his effort against the bar, allowing Adrian to throw down his gauntlets and win it for West Ham.
Marcos Baghdatis exited the US Open in the early hours of Wednesday morning after an injury forced him to retire from his first round match against Steve Darcis.Fresh off the back of a surprise defeat at the hands of Pierre-Hugues Herbert last week, the Cypriot star was looking to make amends in his tenth appearance of the major tournament.Baghdatis had met Darcis on four previous occasions and held a 3-1 record over the Belgian, the last of which came earlier this year at the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy in Bucharest.The first set saw the pair match each other almost stride for stride and after an enduring battle, would have to be settled by a tie break. The Limassol native showed a more commanding side as he raced away to a 7-2 win to take down the opening set.Darcis, however, would quickly regain his composure as he took the next two sets in relatively comfortable fashion 6-3, 6-2.Baghdatis, currently 51st in the ATP rankings, would eventually fall victim to a growing trend in the opening round of the US Open. Down 3-1 in the fourth set, the Cypriot was forced to retire from the match through injury, making him the tenth male competitor in this year’s competition to do so.Baghdatis has had a problem with injuries of late, having pulled out of five matches over the last 18 months. His most recent prior to Wednesday’s match was back in last February when he withdrew in the tiebreak of the deciding set in the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship.Darcis now has the unenviable task of taking on Roger Federer in the second round following his comfortable win over Leonardo Mayer.
By Iacovos ConstantinouEVEN though there are just two rounds to go until the end of the regular season in the Cyprus football championship, the only thing that has been decided is that winless Ayia Napa are the first of two teams to be automatically relegated. At the top it’s a two-horse race between APOEL and AEK while four teams are all in with a chance of a top-six finish.The second relegation spot will go to one of four teams – Enosis, Paphos FC, Ethnikos and Ermis – as just four points separate them.The most important game at the foot of the table is the ‘six-pointer’ between Paphos FC and Ermis Aradippou. A draw or a win will guarantee the visitors a place in the playoffs while for the Paphos team a win will go a long way in securing their playoff place as well.A lot will depend on their fellow strugglers, especially Enosis, who are currently a point behind Paphos.Enosis have a difficult home game against Omonia and know that they need to win to keep their survival hopes alive.On the other hand Omonia need the points to stay in the hunt for a place that will allow them to compete in Europe next season.Ethnikos are the fourth relegation-threatened team and they come up against a much improved AEL. Ethnikos will be without three key players in Pinceli, Atanda and Everton but they will have Iakob back in defence having served his suspension.AEL, dumped out of the cup last Wednesday, have a slim chance of a top-six finish and will not take this game lightly.Up until a month ago there was never a doubt that Nea Salamina would finish in the top six. However after winning just one game in their last six, their opponents Doxa are just two points behind and can overtake them if they defeat the Famagusta team.There is also an exciting game at the top as second-placed AEK take on third-placed Apollon.AEK have faltered in recent weeks, allowing APOEL to overturn a seven-point deficit. They cannot afford any more slip-ups especially as APOEL are at home to Ayia Napa this week. However they will need to up their game to overcome one of the most in-form teams of the championship.Apollon trail AEK by six points and know that only a win can give their slim championship chances a boost.The final game of the round is between Aris and Anorthosis with the latter more eager for the three points in order to consolidate their European qualifying position.Saturday: Enosis v Omonia, Paphos FC v Ermis (16.00), APOEL v Ayia Napa, Aris v Anorthosis (18.00)Sunday: Nea Salamina v Doxa, AEL v Ethnikos, AEK v Apollon (all at 16.00)League Table after 24 games:1 APOEL LEFKOSIAS 562 A.E.K.LARNAKAS 553 APOLLONAS LEMESOU 494 ANORTHOSI AMMOCHOSTOU 485 OMONOIA LEFKOSIAS 436 NEA SALAMINA AMMOCHOSTOU 317 DOXA KATOKOPIAS 298 AEL LEMESOU 289 ARIS LEMESOU 2710 ERMIS ARADIPPOU 2411 ETHNIKOS ACHNAS 2312 PAFOS F.C. 2113 ENOSIS NEON PARALIMNIOU 2014 AG. NAPA 6