Middletown swimmers look for another solid summer Team has good balance of experienced and novice swimmers

first_img Middletown swimmers look for another solid summer Team has good balance of experienced and novice swimmers With many key competitors back, the Middletown Swim and Tennis Club’s swim team is off to a 2-0 start as it seeks to make its mark in the Monmouth County Swim League. Coach Lynn Cefalo’s crew went 6-2 overall last summer, and many of its competitors also swim for other quality teams, such as the Red Bank YMCA, the Monmouth Barracudas and the YMCA of Western Monmouth County. Solid throughout, the Middletown contingent is particularly strong in the 11-12, 13-14 and 15-18 age groups. Thus far, Middletown has defeated both Strathmore and Brookside. “Our team has a lot of potential,” Cefalo said. “We have a lot of depth and a group of experienced swimmers. We’re expecting a good season.” In all Cefalo has 13 swimmers on the team, ranging from experienced to novices, including one 4-year-old. So it’s the coach’s job not only to enhance the skills of the veterans, but to teach the newcomers as well. “Our goal is to help everyone improve,” she said. “Most of our older swimmers stick around and help out teaching the younger ones. That’s a big help, and it says a lot about their dedication to the team.” The Middletown club’s top swimmers include the following: • 8-and-under: Harrison Cefalo, Chrystal Murray, Mike O’Malley, Alexa Sacerdote, Brandon Schur and Christa Skribner. • 9-10: Kevin Boettger, Jake Marascio, Katie Marino, Michael Norton, Patrick O’Donnell, Erin O’Malley, Benjamin Raphael and Ashley Slate. • 11-12: Aubrey Cefalo, Jordan Crosby and Taylor Crosby, Martin Harm, Lauren Mari, Kyle Slate and Eric van Schaack. • 13-14: Nicole Castronuova, Chris Cefalo, Michael Harm, John Maio, Allison Marino, Christine McCluskey, Dana Sacerdote, Sandra Stabbert and John Sutton. • 15-18: Jessica Boettger, Lara Garnant, Kate Martensen, Stephen Pietrunti, Will and Matt Schweizer and John Slivka. Martensen also serves as an assistant coach. Middletown has six meets remaining. Each meet is broken down into two portions. The girls compete in the butterfly and breaststroke, while the boys compete in freestyle and backstroke on the Wednesday of each meet. The girls and boys then switch competitions on Saturday. By Warren Rappleyea Staff Writer last_img read more

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Local swim club team heading to Australia

first_imgThe Monmouth Barracudas Swim Club, a United States Swimming Club team training at the JCC in Deal and the Boys Club in Asbury Park, will be traveling to Sydney, Australia, on June 28 to train and compete at the Sydney Aquatic Center, home of the 2000 summer Olympics. The Monmouth Barracudas, based in Avon, will be traveling to Sydney with 20 swimmers to compete in the Australian Metropolitan Short Course Champion-ships on July 7 and 8. The Barracudas will depart on June 28, train for six days at the Sydney Aquatic Center, and then conclude the week with the championship meet. Traveling on the team with the Barracudas are head coach Paul Buerck of Avon and coaches Mike Welter and Mark Schroeter of Ocean Township. The swimmers include team captain Shane Schwarz, 18, of Long Branch, a sophomore at Montclair State University; Casey Capron, 17; Craig Capron, 15, and Christian Capron, 15, from St. Rose High School in Belmar; Sharon McMonagle, 17, of Red Bank Regional and Avon; Andrew Vasta, 16, of Ocean Township High School, Andrew Vasta, 10, Bryanna Schroeter, 10, Kirsten Schroeter, 14, Lindsay Kutschman, 14, from Ocean Township; and Scott Havard, 14, Jordan Crosby, 13, Taylor Crosby, 12, Victoria Rainaud, 10, Megan Isaksen, 14, Christine Bell, 16, and Christine Smith, 13, from Middletown; and Cassandra Stabbert, 15, of Red Bank Catholic. Also competing are Allison Marino, 14, and Katie Marino, 11, of Holmdel, and Courtney Benedict, 13, of Oceanport.last_img read more

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Sports Shorts

first_imgSports Shorts The Central Jersey Tornados, a 14U Class A fastpitch girls softball team, is looking for a couple of dedicated, competitive players for 2004 spring/summer Pony division softball. The team will play in 8-10 tournaments, including Pony Nationals, and will host the Pony New Jersey state championship. To try out or learn more, e-mail captjack26@aol.com or ksports@monmouth.com, or call (732) 264-5938 or (732) 544-1885. The Kean University Coaches’ Basketball Chalk Talk will be held Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Kean’s D’Angola Gymnasium. Guest speakers will include Bobby Hurley of St. Anthony’s High School (topic: basketball conditioning drills); Gary Waters of Rutgers University (topic: transition game); Fran Fraschilla, an ESPN TV analyst and former coach at St. John’s University, Manhattan College and the University of New Mexico (topic: set plays); Don Harnum of Rider University (topic: developing your player); Dave Calloway of Monmouth University (topic: match-up defense); Bobby Gonzalez of Manhattan College (topic: pressure defense); Harry Peretta of Villanova University (topic: motion offense; and Derreck Whittenburg of Fordham University (topic: 2-2-1 full court press). The cost is $45 ($55 at the door), and pre-registration deadline is Oct. 8. For any questions, call Michele Sharp, Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Kean University, at (908) 737-5458. Heather Anzivino, a freshman at Kean University, has been named the NJ Athletic Conference “Rookie of the Week” in women’s soccer. Anzivino, from the Belford section of Middletown, collected six points on two goals and two assists in Kean’s season-opening win over Mount St. Mary’s, her first collegiate match. She then tallied the Cougars’ only goal in a loss to in-state rival Drew University. The former Middletown North star has recorded three goals and two assists in three games. A new Central Jersey Hawk 14U girls basketball team is forming and seeking a few dedicated and experienced AAU players. Girls cannot turn 15 before 1/1/04. For information, call (732) 673-1811 or e-mail paultalbotnj@aol.com A Monmouth-based 12U baseball team is looking for three or four dedicated players for this fall and next spring season. Looking for outfielders and pitchers. Please call (732) 446-2029 or e-mail bjdsoftball@aol.com to arrange for a tryout A new AAU girls elite basketball team is being formed by a veteran head coach of recent top NJHS players, now playing in college. The team is seeking experienced AAU players; age group cannot turn 15 before Jan 1, 2004. The team will have fall workouts and training for preparation for high school season, and spring and summer travel to AAU national and college exposure tournaments; e-mail résumé and questions to paultalbot@aol.com or call (732) 673-1811. Middletown Babe Ruth Baseball/Softball League will be accepting registrations for the 2004 spring season for ages 5-18. Registrations will be taken at the Middletown High School North library conference room on Oct. 8 and 23, and Nov. 13, from 6-8:30 p.m. Registrations will be taken at the Babe Ruth club house (McMahon Park) on Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25, and Nov. 1 and 8, from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, contact Al Auerbach at (732) 496-6608. Middletown Babe Ruth is looking for umpires for the spring season. You must be at least 21 years old and have prior umpiring or playing experience. These are paid positions and are for the Rookie Boys (ages 7-8), Minor boys (9-10), Pioneer girls (7-9), and Junior girls (10-12). For more information, contact Dean Sadecki at (732) 787-0589. Coast to Coast Athletics is recruiting New Jersey youth baseball players (ages 11-12, 13-15, and 16-18) to represent the USA in international competition in Puerto Rico and Australia. Outstanding amateurs, selected nationwide, will compete against international all-star teams during the winter, spring and summer school breaks. Each trip lasts 7-14 days and is packed with baseball action, intensive training and cultural excursions. Squads are managed by a staff of top college coaches and pro scouts who provide participating players with a unique perspective on what it’s like to play at the collegiate and professional level. For more information or to request a program application, visit the Web site ww.coasttocoastathletics.com, or call (732) 373-4455. The Shore Athletic Club will hold the 31st Jersey Shore Half Marathon at Gateway National Recreation Area — Sandy Hook Oct. 5 with a start time of 9 a.m. It will also be kicking off the inaugural Sandy Hook Lighthouse 5K. This race will have a start time of 9:05 a.m. There will be no registration at the park. Race day registration will take place at McLoone’s Riverside Restaurant on Ocean Avenue, 2 miles south of Sandy Hook. Race day registration closes at 8:30 a.m. For race information or applications, e-mail sacrw55@msn.com or call (732) 409-7644, choice 3. Those interested in volunteering to help out during the races should call (732) 431-1039. Icon Sports Inc., in association with the Monmouth Power Sports Club, presents the first annual Icon Classic Fall Slam Fest, open to travel, AAU, and high school boys’ and girls’ basketball teams with players ages 10-17. The Slam Fest will be held Oct. 17-19. For more information, call (732) 833-5020, or e-mail iconsportsinc@aol.com. The Battle of Monmouth Lady Stallions, a U17 girls’ fall soccer team, is looking for one or two dedicated select players for the future. The Lady Stallions are 15 girls from 11 different high schools who are serious about soccer and were finalists this year in state cup and the National 3 vs. 3 championship in Orlando, Fla., in January. They are looking to play in college showcases and elite tournaments with top competition. Contact LadyStallions@aol.com or check out eteamz.com/Ladystallionssoccer for more information. Or call Bruce at (732) 536-6528.last_img read more

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Hornets need to get some wins before it’s too late

first_imgThe Holmdel High School basketball team needs to win five of its seven contests remaining before the cut-off to qualify for the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II playoffs. Coach Tom Stead’s team owns a disappointing 3-6 record, but the Hornets have played reasonably well, losing games to Middletown South and St. John Vianney by a combined three points, and dropping close games to Neptune and Red Bank Regional. That, however, provides little solace to the coach. “I know we can surprise a lot of people if we get into the playoffs,” he explained. “We can’t get in if we don’t start winning. Three-point losses are still losses. Right now our backs are against the wall.” Holmdel was slated to play at Middletown South last night. The Hornets host Monmouth Regional on Friday and visit St. John Vianney on Monday. Other opponents prior to the cut-off include Red Bank, Raritan, Neptune and Manalapan. “We control our own destiny and our guys know that,” Stead said. “If we do get into the tournament, we’ll be battle-tested.” Speaking of battle tested, Francis Anamaria has been doing his best to put points up on the board. The junior point guard is averaging 9.5 points, has 56 assists and just 26 turnovers, while usually playing the full 32 minutes. He also has canned 12 three-pointers and is shooting 91 percent from the foul line. Kyle Wiberg is averaging 12 points and Mike Fenimore is averaging eight points. Fenimore and fellow junior Brendan Dunne have received more playing time in recent games, and Stead has been pleased with their contributions. Their play has been a boost since the coach stressed the need for more scoring. The Hornets average just 44 points per game, and Stead would like to see that figure rise into the 50-point range. “As a team, we really haven’t found our shooting touch,” Stead said. “We very easily could be 6-3, but we play in a tough conference [Shore B North} and there’s just not a lot of room for error. Still, we have a lot of talent and I do think better days are ahead for our team. They need to come sooner rather than later, though.”last_img read more

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Sports Shorts

first_imgSports Shorts The Monmouth Power Sports Club will host the Sixth Annual Slam Fest Basketball Tournament for boys and girls ages 10-17 from April 26-May 2. Three-game guarantee, pool-play format and high school rules apply. For more information, e-mail monmouthpower@aol.com or call (732) 961-6240. River Plaza-Lincroft Chargers will hold open registration for Pop Warner football and cheerleading on April 30 (7-9 p.m.) and May 1 (10:30 a.m.-noon) at the Charger Field clubhouse at Nutswamp Park. Football registration is open to children ages 5-14 as of Aug. 1. Original birth certificates and a copy, plus wallet-sized photo required. Call (732) 842-0007 for more information. The River Plaza Youth Club Pop Warner Football will be sponsoring the Steve Antonucci Football Camp for children ages 6-14. The camp is directed by Steve Antonucci, head football coach at Middletown South High School. The camp runs July 6-9. Registrations are due by June 20. Call (732) 842-0007 for more information.last_img read more

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Deeper Brookdale squad out to improve on last year

first_img BY TIM MORRISStaff Writer MIDDLETOWN — “Cautiously optimistic” is how Brookdale Community College men’s soccer coach Wayne Palmer describes his outlook for the 2004 season. “Last year we finished the season playing well, and we’re looking to build on that,” Palmer said. “We’re a lot deeper in the quality of our players. I do think we’ll improve on last year’s record.” The Jersey Blues were 8-7-3 last fall and reached the finals of the Region XIX tournament the year after winning it and advancing to the junior college national championship game. A trio of experienced sophomore captains are the foundation the ’04 Blues will be built upon, while a large freshman holds the key to just how good the team will be. Sophomore Rich Frye (Matawan), a midfielder, who was a big player on the ’02 team that played for the national championship, missed last year with an ankle injury. His return gives Brookdale a major playmaker in the middle. Defenders Enock Dumarsais (Asbury Park) and Brandon Sierchio (Toms River) are the other sophomore captains. It’s little wonder that defense is Brookdale’s strong point, with veterans like Dumarsais and Sierchio providing leadership as well as solid play. Freshman Dane Hodge, an all-stater at Neptune, is the sweeper back and he has settled in nicely with the sophomores. His talents allow him to start the transition to offense as well as play suffocating defense. “I’m comfortable with the leadership we have on defense,” Palmer said. Matt Laspisa (Freehold Township), Bob Miller (Raritan) and Rogerio Morelra (Neptune) are solid players adding depth to the backfield. Middletown South grad Mark Mammolito will start in net for the Blues. Midfielders Frye and Estebean Mozo (Long Branch) can control a game in the middle of the field. Their passing and dribbling creates seams for their forward to attack from. Outside of Frye and Mozo, the Blues are relying on their international connection. A pair of California junior college transfers, James Blackburn (England) and Kamal Gadzhiallev (Russia), are making an impact. They are sophomores with one year of college as well as international experience. Kyle Boyd, a transfer from Monmouth University, will be seeing time at midfield as well. Up front, forwards C.J. Bordino (Neptune), Edson Gonzalez (Long Branch) and Pablo Penagos (South Amboy) are being looked to be finishers. The opportunities will be there because of the solid midfielders that the Jersey Blues have. Brookdale opened the season on the road in upstate New York in the Herkimer Tournament, where they faced nationally ranked teams out of the gate. Palmer prefers to start the season that way. “It helps us asses ourselves early in the season where we are and where we need to go,” he pointed out. The trip to New York, Palmer added, is another way for a team with so many newcomers to develop chemistry. Brookdale plays its first home game of the season Saturday at 2 p.m. in Lincroft against Montgomery Rockville. Their first Garden State Athletic Conference/Region XIX home match is Sept. 18 against Bergen (noon). BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer last_img read more

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A perfect season with a fitting conclusion

first_imgBY DOUG McKENZIE Staff Writer BY DOUG McKENZIEStaff Writer JOHN SZPARA Anthony DePompa (44) and Chris Carroll (53) lead a parade of Raritan players following their 35-12 win over Carteret on Sunday in the CJGroup II championship game at Rutgers. In the days leading up to Sunday’s Central Jersey Group II championship game, there was a lot of talk about the way the Carteret defense has shut down some of the state’s top offensive teams this season. Many were speculating that the Ramblers’ defense would make the difference against Raritan on Sunday at Rutgers Stadium in New Brunswick, and would slow down what has been one of the state’s most prolific offensive attacks. FARRAH MAFFAI staff Hazlet’s Jeff Papcun celebrates the Rockets’ first touchdown during the second quarter of Sunday’s game. Apparently, the Rockets took all of those prognostications personally, as they rolled past the Ramblers, 35-12, en route to winning their first-ever state football championship. There were some anxious moments early on for the Raritan faithful, as head coach Bob Generelli’s squad fell behind 6-0 in the first quarter — the first second-quarter deficit they had faced since they beat RBC seven games ago. PHOTOS BY FARRAH MAFFAI staff Above, Raritan wide receiver Shane Meyer looks to put a move on Carteret’s Mike Collier during Sunday’s win in New Brunswick. At left, Carmen Dente makes an acrobatic catch between two Carteret defenders. But once the second quarter began, the Raritan offense clicked into high gear, and like it had all year, proved to be an unstoppable force. With junior quarterback Andrew Mandeville leading the way, the Rockets mounted their attack. With the first half coming to a close, Raritan found itself of the Carteret 22-yard line, facing a fourth-and-9. Normally, you’d think field goal. But not with this offense. Mandeville took the snap and fired a strike to Jeff Papcun over the middle for the touchdown, and with Rick Jaeger’s kick, the Rockets had a lead they would never relinquish. Then it was the Raritan defense’s time to take over, as James Bunk quickly picked off a John McNellis pass after the defensive line turned up the heat on the Rambler quarterback. With the momentum in their hands, the Rockets padded their lead, as Mandeville orchestrated another quick-strike drive, which culminated in a Matt Fitzpatrick 11-yard scoring run, and a 14-6 lead. As the teams entered the half, it was Raritan that was in control, and beginning to smell its first state title. In the third quarter, Raritan didn’t let up, getting two more scores — the first on a 1-yard run from Mandeville, and the second on a 11-yard TD pass from Mandeville to Papcun — to take a 28-6 lead. Carteret managed its second touchdown in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 28-12, but Raritan responded with its final score — a 3-yard run from Robert Dickens following a drive that included several bruising runs by Fitzpatrick (15 carries, 50 yards). When the final whistle blew, there was nothing left to prove for the Raritan team. They entered the season expecting big things, with yesterday’s result as the ultimate goal. While Mandeville played his usual brilliant game, which included 77 yards rushing and eight passes for 112 yards, the entire offensive unit truly deserves praise for the way it performed week in, week out for Coach Generelli this year. They were considered an offensive power when the season began, and will be remembered as a juggernaut from now on. But equally impressive is the Raritan defense, which never garnered the headlines, but continually dominated play this year, regardless of the opposition. Sunday’s performance, when the Rockets allowed just 168 yards of total offense and picked off McNellis three times, was simply the latest in a long line of defensive clinics put on by the Rockets this year. At 12-0, the Rockets made history this season. They expected to be contenders. They were much more than that.last_img read more

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Rockets dominate shot put at Jersey Shore Relays

first_img BY WARREN RAPPLEYEAStaff Writer Raritan’s girls seem poised to continue their throwing domination in track and field. Led by previous state champions Kelly Robinson and Amanda Harmata, the Rockets have been a powerhouse, winning numerous relay and individual crowns the last few years. It doesn’t looked like much has changed in Hazlet, if this year’s Jersey Shore Relays are any indication. Led by Ashley Gallo, the Rockets owned the girls shot put relay, placing five throwers in the top eight at the Atlantic Club in Manasquan on Dec. 28. Gallo finished first in the Small School competition with a throw of 32-6 1/2. That toss topped the winning mark of 32-3 from the Large School competition by Howell’s Anna DiPaolo. Val Carney was third overall at 26-8 1/2 for the Rockets, just ahead of teammate Courtney Settle (25-6). Jackie Wood (25-2) and Shannon Boyce (24-9) were seventh and eighth overall for Raritan. Not to be outdone, Raritan’s boys were just as impressive in the shot put relay. The Rockets’ Rick Jaeger finished first overall with a throw of 46-8 3/4 that was just a quarter-inch short of topping runner-up Paul Zarella of Asbury Park (41-9) by five feet. Like Gallo’s mark, it was the best of the competition, besting Large School winner Jeremy Gaudet of Brick Memorial, who reached 43-1 1/4. Starting with Colten Cloonar (31-7 1/2) in sixth place, it was all Raritan for the rest of the top 10. Ryan Campbell (31-1 3/4), Anthony Cascio (30-10), Pat Zibro (29-10) and Kevin Yorks (29-7 1/4) rounded out the top 10. In the Small School boys high jump relay, the Rockets’ Mike Bucceri had the best jump, 5-10. Raritan also won the girls 4×800 in 11:14.6. The Jersey Shore Relays were a tune-up for the Monmouth County Relay Championships that jump-start the New Year and the indoor track and field championship season. The county relays are Sunday at the Jersey City Armory starting at 10 a.m. The individual Monmouth County championships are also at the Jersey City Armory, on Jan. 15. — Tim Morris BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer last_img read more

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SPORT SHORTS

first_imgMansfield University Baseball Christmas Clinics are just a few weeks away. Clinics run from Dec. 27 through Dec. 29. Sessions include hitting, pitching, defensive skills and the Mini Camp Sunday on Dec. 28.For more information and registration, go to www.GoMounties.com and click on Camps, Clinics and Tournaments, or call 570-404-2632. Items for the Sport Shorts column may be sent to tmorris@gmnews.com. Please send items at least two weeks prior to a registration deadline or tryout date.last_img read more

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Murray leads Britain past US into Davis Cup last eight

first_imgBy Martyn HermanFor the second year running Andy Murray led Britain to a Davis Cup first round victory over the United States when he beat John Isner 7-6(4) 6-3 7-6(4) on Sunday in Glasgow.Cheered on by a partisan crowd the former Wimbledon champion survived some early scares against the big-serving American before taking charge to lead Britain into a 3-1 lead.In the quarter-finals they will face a home tie with France after they beat Germany with a day to spare.“It’s been incredible the whole week, to be in the quarter-finals for the second time in a row is a credit to everyone,” world number five Murray, revelling in playing in front of a Scottish crowd, said.“Everyone was thinking it was going to be comfortable against John because he would be tired but that put more pressure on me and I definitely felt that.”Isner, beaten in five sets by British number two James Ward on Friday, had three set points in the opener but could not convert and despite some fierce resistance in the third set he could not keep the 32-times champions alive.Italy, who beat Britain in the quarter-finals last year, went down to Kazakhstan in Astana, where Aleksandr Nedovyesov, ranked 130th in the world, stunned world number 22 Fabio Fognini in five sets to seal a 3-2 victory.Kazakhstan will travel to former Davis Cup heavyweights Australia who enjoyed a 3-1 victory over 2012 and 2013 winners Czech Republic in Ostrava – Bernard Tomic clinching the deal with an impressive 7-6(4) 6-3 7-6(5) win over Lukas Rosol on Sunday.Australia have reached the last eight for the first time since 2006.World number one Novak Djokovic’s Serbia crushed Croatia 5-0 and will take on the winners of the match between Argentina and Brazil in Buenos Aires.Holders Switzerland, without Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka, were locked at 2-2 with Belgium in Liege.last_img read more

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