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first_imgThe ninth annual Rovers International “Superskills” Winter Indoor Soccer Academy for boys and girls, ages 4-14, will kick off on Dec. 3 at GoodSports USA in Aberdeen. The academy runs on Saturday mornings for seven weeks. Session one will run from 8:10 – 9:55 a.m. (ages 8-14). Ages 4 and 5 will attend an 8:10-9:10 a.m. class. Session two will be held from 10:05-11:50 a.m. (ages 5-12). Space is limited, and players will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information and to reserve a place in the academy, call Rovers Soccer at (732) 777-1600 or GoodSports USA at (732) 290-0003. The Middletown Shooting Stars under-12 Premier girls soccer team closed a very busy and successful seventh season with a 20-6-2 record. Goalie Tara Sodon posted 17 shutouts in 20 wins with help from a tough defensive unit, tying a Star record in one season. The Shooting Stars won the U-12 Monmouth-Ocean Soccer Association (MOSA) Premier Championship with a record of 9-0-1, their best MOSA record. The defensive unit of Julie Lancos, Kelly Martin, Michelle Jackson, Kim Bruno, Drew Cavanaugh and Ashley Novak gave up only two goals the entire season. The climax of the season came in the WAGS Tournament. The Stars were finalists out of 20 teams in the “A” Flight in their first year competing. A loss in double overtime in the sixth game, in three days and two states, capped the weekend. The Shooting Stars were champions at the Middletown Tournament, and quarterfinalists in N.J. state cup play. Although it was a disappointing loss in double overtime at the states, the Stars eliminated the defending champions on the way to the quarterfinals. Strong offense was key to winning the MOSA championship; no other team was close to the Stars, who scored 26 goals in 10 games. Leading the way was Mallory Baker, followed by Kaitlyn Grimes, Jenna Lippi, Lauren Florio, Lexi Gray, Caitlin Holtz, Lancos, Novak, Nicole Scaduto, Sodon, Jaime Costa and Shannon Percherski. The Shooting Stars are trained and coached by Linda Napoli, and assisted by Jim Holtz.last_img read more

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first_imgWinter is tough on throwers in track and field.Naturally, the discus and javelin are out. There are many days when throwing outdoors is impossible, and add to that, there are limited competitions. Howell High School track and field parents helped alleviate that problem this winter by hosting a series of weekly shot put meets on Wednesdays that culminated with the 2006 Rebels Indoor Shot Put Championship on Feb. 8. One-hundred boys and girls participated in the final, with the competition divided up by class. Competitors came from as far south as Cherokee and as far north as Johnson Regional. Howell’s Anna DiPaolo gave the hosts a winner. DiPaolo captured the Junior Girls with a throw of 35-0 1/2. Teammate Brittany Napoli was fourth (31-6 1/2), and the Rebels’ Lasha Carey was eighth (27-9 1/2). Brick’s Leah Schnefer (32-10) and Lacey’s Jackie Berthelsen (32-0 1/2) were second and third. Two boys topped 50 feet in the final led by Raritan’s Rick Jaeger, who won the Senior Boys with the best throw of the day, 50-11. Shane Kadlac, of Toms River East, (43-4), and Ryan Norton, of Lacey, (42-9 1/2), were second and third behind the 2006 Monmouth County champion. Junior Boys winner Oliver Haney, of Johnson Regional, reached 50-4. His teammate Tom Tavalaro was second (44-6), and Howell’s John Grinnell was third (43-10). Ryan Campbell gave Raritan a pair of winners as he captured the Sophomore Boys competition with a 34-5 effort. Close behind in second was Matt Reed, of Cherokee, (34-0 1/2). Raritan’s Dan Benfer was third (33-11 3/4), with Howell’s Kevin Donahue seventh (25-1 1/2). Toms River East swept the top three places in the Freshman Boys division led by winner Mike Henry (36-3 3/4). Raider teammates Richard Grieson (34-4) and Tim Piano (33-8 1/2) were second and third. Raritan’s Devin Fitzpatrick was fourth (31-6 3/4). Lawrence’s Janelle Fuller took the Senior Girls with the best throw of the competition, 37-4. Her teammate Elise Perkins was second (35-4 1/2), and Lacey’s Jennifer Alksmant was third (33-11). Raritan’s Ashley Gallo, who won the Monmouth County title this year, was eighth (30-3 1/2). Plainfield’s Ameika Stewart was first in the Sophomore Girls competition with a 31-1. Johnson’s Brittany Dolan was second (30-0 1/2), and Howell’s Iavana Parker was third (29-9). Shannon Boyce (28-9) and Val Carney (28-1), both from Raritan, were seventh and eighth. Brick Township’s girls swept the Freshman Girls division. Lisa Stuto took first with a throw of 33-11, with teammates Becky Elliot (29-4 1/2) taking second and Bianca Mandracchia taking third (26-10 1/4). For good measure, the Green Dragons Melanie Jacobs was fourth (26-10 1/4). — Tim Morrislast_img read more

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first_imgJEFF GRANIT staff St. John Vianney’s John Boylan battles with RBC’s Andrew Aulicino for position and the ball during a recent game in Holmdel.last_img

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first_imgRed Bank Catholic High School’s Alex Spezio (back) and Matawan Regional High School’s James Pierce try to gain an advantage during their 145-pound match on Dec. 15 at the Matawan Icebreaker Wrestling Tournament hosted by Matawan. Pierce slipped past Spezio, 8-7, and went on to win the 145-pound championship by defeating Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School’s Connor Briggs, 8-6, in overtime in the final. FRANK GALIPO PHOTOlast_img

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first_imgMATER DEI By MATTHEW ROCCO Correspondent Mater Dei Prep surged to the sectional finals in the state softball tournament, continuing to show signs of a big turnaround from the team’s early-season struggles.The Seraphs, a young team with up to three freshmen in the starting lineup, hit a few bumps in the road this spring. In addition to some injuries, Mater Dei had to overcome inexperience on the field. Meanwhile, the Seraphs were eliminated in the first round of the Shore Conference Tournament, where they were ranked 19th.So if Mater Dei (15-5) was picked to appear in the NJSIAA Non-Public South B championship, would that have come as a surprise?“Without question,” head coach Jeanne Dickinson said. “We’re young, and we’ve made young mistakes. We took our lumps in the preseason.”Dickinson went on to explain that it took some time for Mater Dei to find its footing. Now the Seraphs look like “a completely different team,” she added. “I couldn’t be prouder of them.”Mater Dei’s bats came alive in the sectional semifinals against Wardlaw-Hartridge School of Edison. Freshman shortstop Tyrah Graves led off the game with a single, followed by a double off the bat of senior third baseman Emilie Boman. An errant throw on the next play allowed both runners to score.The fifth-seed Seraphs added a run in the third inning and scored three more in the fourth, taking a 6-1 lead. Run-scoring singles from seniors Erin Batz and Stephanie Sudziarski made it 8-1, and sophomore Maggie Klatt added an RBI single in the sixth.The 9-1 victory propelled Mater Dei to the championship game against No. 2 St. Joseph High School of Hammonton. The teams were scheduled to play on June 4 at Northern Burlington County Regional High School, meeting for the first time since the 2008 title game.“My whole approach is we have nothing to lose and everything to gain,” Dickinson said. “We’re playing with house money.”Mater Dei grew stronger as the team got deeper into the season. Freshman pitcher Paige Fernandez quickly developed into a promising starter, while the veterans used their experience to help the newcomers along. The Seraphs are coming off a 24-4 season in 2013.In the South B semifinals, Fernandez held Wardlaw-Hartridge to just one earned run despite giving up nine hits. She also struck out five. Fernandez improved to 15-5 on the season with a 1.63 ERA and 104 strikeouts.“You can’t just be a chucker. You have to be a pitcher at this level. She has really learned how to pitch,” Dickinson said. Dickinson, who is in her 34th season coaching softball, said her players had the athletic ability to succeed from the start. It was the fundamentals that needed to be squared away.“We spent a lot of time learning how to run the bases and where the cutoffs are,” the head coach said. “I really haven’t had to go back to that point before.”In a surprising twist, Mater Dei’s youth turned out to be an advantage for the team. With that inexperience came mistakes, but the players were rarely fazed by them.“They’re too young to be intimidated,” Dickinson said. “They always bounce back.”last_img read more

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first_imgBy MATTHEW ROCCO Correspondent The Holmdel High School boys tennis team is once again a team to beat in the Shore Conference.After a year in which the Hornets won the Shore Conference Tournament and appeared in the NJSIAA Group II finals, Holmdel is back on the court with many of the same faces. The Hornets kept seven of their top eight players from 2014, including one of New Jersey’s toughest competitors at first singles.Michael Chen is perhaps the best weapon in Holmdel’s arsenal. The senior ended last season as the first state singles champion in school history, defeating top-seeded Tyler Schick of Millburn High School.Chen hasn’t skipped a beat in the early going this spring. Going into the Bryan Bennett Tournament at Delbarton School last weekend, Chen had dropped just a single game to start the season.The changes to Holmdel’s roster start with the rest of the singles lineup. Junior Dennis Barlotta moved up a slot to replace the graduated Sam Joynson at second singles, while sophomore Harrison Lin went from doubles to third singles.Head coach Chuck Chelednik, who is leading the Hornets for his 16th season, said Lin earned a shot at playing singles “after doing really well at doubles” a year ago.Doubles could be the key to the season, since the Hornets have two new duos competing this year.Holmdel was swept in doubles play by South Brunswick High School, which earned a 3-2 victory at the Delbarton tournament. But Chelednik expects things to improve as the season moves forward.“We have to get the chemistry down, learn to play together and talk together,” Chelednik said. “We have talented kids, but a lot of people are in different spots.” Senior David Lin and freshman Justin Wain are partners at first doubles this season. Holmdel is currently alternating pairings at second doubles. Juniors Blain Liang and Charles Jiang have “a lot of potential” and will handle most matches, according to Chelednik. He also said Liang and Jiang have already taken a step up early in the season, and Chelednik is looking forward to seeing them compete in big matches down the road. Seniors Austin Huang and Oliver Zheng are also in the second doubles rotation. They booked a point for Holmdel in a tournament win April 11 over West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South. With Chen leading an experienced Hornets squad, it shouldn’t surprise anyone to find Holmdel defending its 2014 titles. The Hornets defeated Marlboro High School for the Shore Conference Tournament championship last year. They went on to take a sectional crown but fell in the Group II finals to perennial NJSIAA rival Haddonfield Memorial High School. Holmdel is undoubtedly lined up to be in the mix when the postseason arrives. How far the Hornets can travel likely depends on their progress in doubles play.“In the Shore, we should be fine at doubles. Statewide, we have to get better,” Chelednik said.Doubles proved to be a strength April 12 when Holmdel defeated Randolph High School 3-2 in the consolation finals of the Bryan Bennett Tournament.Wain and David Lin won their match in three sets, while Huang and Zheng posted a 6-4, 6-2 victory. Harrison Lin added a point with a win at third singles.last_img read more

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first_imgA futsal game between Nicosia sides Omonia and APOEL was abandoned on Thursday night after fans hurled objects onto the playing court.Police said the game was abandoned a minute before the final whistle when Omonia fans threw objects. It had been interrupted three times before that for the same reason.The final interruption followed a red card shown to the goalkeeper of Omonia who had another player sent off a minute earlier.APOEL was ahead at the time 2-1.The decision sparked a row between the team officials, players, and referees, which was eventually broken up by police officers.The game at Eleftheria stadium was attended by around 1,500 fans.last_img read more

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first_imgBy Tim HanlonA lethal finish from Luis Suarez gave Barcelona a 2-1 victory over Real Madrid in a typically frantic ‘Clasico’ on Sunday as they stretched their lead at the top of La Liga to four points over their rivals.While the personal battle between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo captured the attention before the game it was Uruguayan Suarez who settled the contest with a deft touch and a deadly strike into the corner of the net after 55 minutes.Barcelona went ahead against the run of play when French defender Jeremy Mathieu headed home his first league goal for the Catalan club from a Messi free-kick after 18 minutes.Ronaldo had already hit the crossbar but he made no mistake after 30 minutes when he slotted the ball past keeper Claudio Bravo following a delightful backflick by Karim Benzema.Real pressed forward with Gareth Bale and Benzema missing golden chances before Suarez took his opportunity.Barca finished the stronger as they secured a significant victory in the title race that moved them on to 68 points from 28 games, four ahead of second-placed Real with 10 matches leftlast_img read more

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first_imgBy Mitch PhillipsRory McIlroy’s defence of golf’s Open Championship has been thrown into doubt after he said on Monday that he had ruptured ankle ligaments in a friendly football match with his friends.“Total rupture of left ATFL (ankle ligament) and associated joint capsule damage in a soccer kickabout,” McIlroy wrote on his Instagram account.“Continuing to assess extent of injury and treatment plan day by day. Rehab already started…working hard to get back as soon as I can,” he said, alongside a photograph showing his left ankle in a heavy bandage and brace.McIlory’s showdown with double major winner Jordan Spieth was expected to be the highlight of the Open, which takes place at St Andrews on July 16-19.last_img read more

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