Holmdel looking to build better wrestling program Young squad has several wrestlers off to fast starts

first_imgStaff Writer Holmdel looking to build better wrestling program Young squad has several wrestlers off to fast starts FARRAH MAFFAI Colts Neck’s Mike DeCorso and Holmdel’s Edward McGees wrestle for the ball in front of Holmdel’s Steven McGuckin and Colts Neck’s Guliano Cristino during a game at Colts Neck on Thursday. Colts Neck won the game, 46-37. In what new coach John Christopher termed a “building season,” the Holmdel High School wrestling team is starting several underclassmen as Christopher looks to build a more competitive program. As a result of its inexperience, the Hornets are off to a 1-3 start, with the victory coming against St. Rose. Still, several Holmdel grapplers are off to good starts. Senior Matt Welbourn is 4-0 at 119 pounds in the early going, after recording a fine 20-12 mark, a year that included a second-place finish in the District 21 tourney. Junior Doug Langer, a .500 wrestler a year ago, is off to a 3-0 start at 145 pounds. Other fast-starting Hornets include 171-pound senior Chris Terry, who is 3-1 as he seeks to better last year’s 17 wins; 135-pound senior Scott Sherman, 3-1, after winning eight times last year; and 140-pound junior Phil Gardner is 3-1. Most of the other Hornets have won at least once, but Holmdel is at a disadvantage, having to forfeit three weight classes, 103, 189 and heavyweight. Other members of the team include: juniors Wes Bayard (112), Matt Colby (152) and Ken Warn (171); sophomores Doug Bergen (130), Paul Plaskonka (152) and Michael Mariolis (171); and freshmen Jeremy Langer (112), Ryan Lambertson (125) and Paul Martinez (215). According to Christopher, the team should get stronger as the season progresses, and the younger guys pick up some experience on the mats. “We’re doing the best we can, and we’re looking to get better with each match,” Christopher said. “Right now we’re looking at trying to get as many of our guys as possible into the regional tournament.” The coach noted that the future looks bright in Holmdel for wrestling. He credited former coach Dan Mullan with creating a youth program last year. Now, with Christopher’s help the program has been expanded to two days a week. “It’s great to introduce kids to wrestling at an early age,” Christopher said. “They have a lot of fun and get to learn a great sport. Hopefully, they’ll be wrestling for us someday.” But for now, Christopher is intent on improving his current squad of wrestlers with hopes of seeing several of them wrestle well into the postseason. The Hornets will take on Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft, on Saturday in what promised to be another solid early-season test. CBA burst onto the wrestling scene last year with its most successful season in recent years and look strong once again this time around. Holmdel will participate in the Christmas Tournament this week, before taking a break for the holiday recess. Once they return to school, they will travel to face an improving Colts Neck team on Jan. 5, before hosting Monmouth Regional on Jan. 9. By Warren Rappleyea last_img read more

Creek, Kelly win FARC’s Toys for Tots 5K race

first_imgSteven Creek from Grahamsville, N.Y., won the Freehold Area Running Club’s (FARC) 14th Annual Toys for Tots 5K Run, held in Michael Tighe Park, Freehold Township, on Dec. 8. Creek outkicked veteran Masters standout Harry Nolan from Middletown, a four-time winner of the race, 17:12 to 17:20. Another former champion, David Rosenblatt, who has two wins under his belt, was third (17:32). Rounding out the men’s Top 10 were: Chris Peters, Barnegat (17:44); Jose Lucid Melendez, Freehold (18:00); Matthew Miller, Absecon (18:10); Steve Pinto Olivier, South Amboy (18:14); Bill Hagman, Morris Plains (18:23); Michael O’Flaherty, Freehold (18:29); and Sergio Zea, Palisades Park (18:30). The Toys for Tots produced a swift women’s winner as Spring Lake Heights’ Alicia Kelly ripped off a 17:50 and won by more than two minutes over Sea Girt’s Maggie Freeman (19:55). Third place went to Lynann Lorenz from Apalacia, N.Y. (20:12). Rounding out the women’s Top 10 were: Linda Ryan, Freehold (21:03); Joannie Dreicek, Middletown (21:04); Allison Halsey, Middletown (21:29); Laura Saffer, Manalapan (21:58); Susan Graff, Fanwood (21:58); Alexis Roy, Old Bridge (22:02); and Gabby Barrett, Freehold (22:16). Age group winners for the men were: Tom Golden, Freehold, 14 and under (21:04); Melendez, 15 to 19 years old; Olivier, 20 to 29 years old; Jim French, Manalapan, 30 to 39 years old (19:23); Mark Leary, Roselle Park, 40 to 44 years old (18:56); Peters, 45 to 49 years old; Tony Plaster, Neptune, 50 to 54 years old (18:52); Hagman, 55 to 59 years old; Bob Befeki, Brick, 60 to 69 years old (25:02); and Angel Apponte Jersey City, 70 and older (26:04). The women’s age group winners were: Roy, 14 years old and younger; Saffer, 15 to 19 years old; Halsey, 20 to 29 years old; Joanne Cinter, Freehold, 30 to 39 years old (22:57); Dreicek, 40 to 44 years old; Ryan, 45 to 49 years old; Linda Piff, Wall, 50 to 54 years old (24:42); and Shirley Sullivan, Jackson, 55 to 59 years old (25:22). Marlboro’s Jack Lach won the racewalking division posting a 27:30. Brick’s Fran Emanuel was first among the women racewalkers, finishing in 33:35. This year’s race raised more than $4,000 in toys for the annual Marine Corps Toys for Tots drive. There were 250 runners and racewalkers participating in the event. Next up on the Freehold Area Running Club’s calendar is its annual Winter Race Series, which will begin its 20th year Jan. 5, 2003 at Tighe Park, Georgian Road. This series of 5K runs, as well as 1/2-mile and 1-mile kids’ runs, will be held over five consecutive Sundays through Feb. 2. The 5K goes off at 10 a.m., with the kids’ races beginning at 9:30. For more information on the Winter Race Series or other FARC events, call the club’s hotline at (732) 431-2627 or visit the club’s Web site at www.farcnj.com.last_img read more

BCC basketball teams aiming for Region titles

first_imgDefending champion women No. 1 seed It’s been a very good season for Brookdale Community College (BCC) basketball, and it could get a lot better this week. Both the women’s and men’s teams are involved in the Region XIX Tournament at the County College of Morris where the winner advances to the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III Tournament. BCC’s women are the defending region champions. They are 21-1 and ranked No. 8 in the country. The team, co-coached by Marianne Campacci and Joanne Cobb, repeated as Garden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) champions with a perfect 14-0 mark and are the No. 1 seed for the Region XIX Tournament, being hosted by the County College of Morris. As the top seed, the Blues got a bye into tomorrow’s semifinals. The championship is Saturday in Randolph. Paul Cisek’s men’s team enters the tournament on a role. They are 20-8 overall and have won 12 straight games. The Blues finished in a second-place tie (18-4) with Ocean behind Middlesex (20-2). A coin flip determined the second and third seeds with Ocean winning it. BCC’s men also got a first-round bye as the third seed and were home Monday night for their quarterfinal game. The men’s semifinals are Friday night and the final is Sunday. Brookdale’s women have a nice mix of veterans and freshmen that have jelled from day one of the season. They marched through the GSAC schedule undefeated, beating nationally ranked Camden twice. Kitora Jones (Perth Amboy) has led a very balanced offensive attack with a 16.4 points-per-game average. Sasha Fabrizio (Brick) and Olivia Triano (Keyport) are scoring at an 11.1 and 10.5 clip respectively. Keshia Taylor (Lake Como) and Erica Hoffman (Middletown) are both averaging over nine points a game, and Jamie Biddle (Howell), last year’s Region MVP, is back from injury and chipping in at 8.3 points a game The balanced scoring is the result of good ball distribution. The Blues have three players – Hoffman, Taylor and Triano – averaging more than three assists a game. The three-point shot is a big part of the Brookdale arsenal. Jones (33), Taylor (28), Lisa James (25) and Hoffman (20) have connected on 20 or more threes. Along with three-point shooting the ability of forwards like Hoffman and Fabrizio to step outside and hit the midrange jumper creates matchup problems. Fabrizio is giving the Blues a doubledouble every night. She’s pulling down 12.8 rebounds a game (third best in the Region) along with her 11 points. Brookdale’s harassing full-court defense creates turnovers that they turn into transition points. The Blues are surrendering just 54 points a game while scoring 74. Despite the GSAC success, the Blues don’t have to be reminded about the New England Patriots. They know it’s one-and-done. The women’s NJCAA Division III championships are March 13-154 in Mohawk Valley, N.Y. Paul Cisek’s men have had a solid bounce-back season. They started off 1-4, but quickly turned things around. “I’m very happy with the way the season went,” said Cisek. “It seemed after a while to click and we’ve played well together as a team. “The key was a home stand we had where we had four solid wins,” he added. “That got us going.” The Blues have been sparked by the trio of Rashad Stephens (Passaic), Devin Parkins (Franklin) and Reggie Hendrix (Monmouth Regional). Stephens is averaging 18.5 points a game, Parkins, 16.1 and Hendrix, 12.3. Stephens is seventh in the Region in scoring average and Parkins is 10th. Parkins has been lighting it up from downtown with 54 threes. Hendrex (33) and Xavier McAden of Fort Lee (30) have done damage as well. The Blues have gotten good floor generalship from point guard Mike Viggiano (Marlboro), who is among the Region’s leaders in assists with 3.8 per game. Stephens is pulling down 8.8 boards a game, seventh best in the Region, and Parkins ranks seventh in steals (2.6). Like any team bidding for a championship, the Blues play defense. “We’ve been playing real hard and aggressive allowing just one shot,” said Cisek. “Whether it’s man, zone or trap, we’ve been playing real good defense.” The idea behind the multiple defensive looks is to confuse teams. It has been the team’s hallmark. The men’s national tournament is also March 13-15 in Delhi, N.Y. BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer last_img read more

Metzger’s second-half goals lead Hornets to state title

first_img BY MATTHEW ROCCO Correspondent Holmdel High School’s boys soccer team won its first state title on Nov. 19, defeating Chatham, 2-1, in the NJSIAA Group III final on two goals by Dan Metzger. Holmdel High School’s Andrew Zheng (bottom) and Chatham’s Conor Goepel (38) fight for a loose ball during the NJSIAA Group III boys soccer championship game played at The College of New Jersey in Ewing on Nov. 19. More photos at gmnews.com. PHOTOS BY JEFF GRANIT staff In the championship match played at The College of New Jersey in Ewing Township, the Hornets faced their first deficit of the entire state tournament. Holmdel trailed by one goal at halftime, but Metzger, who will attend the University of Maryland next year, capitalized on two free kick opportunities late in the second half. “Dan was all over the field,” Holmdel head coach John Nacarlo said. “Chatham did a good job trying to double him up, but he was still able to attack.” Holmdel High School’s Dan Metzger celebrates after scoring a goal. Metzger and the Hornets had a lot to celebrate as they won the state championship with a 2-1 victory over Chatham. Metzger scored both Holmdel goals. With Chatham leading at the half, Nacarlo urged his team to remain focused. “I told them to keep their heads up, that we will get rolling. We just needed to change our attack. We definitely showed a sense of urgency in the second half, and everyone on the field got the job done,” he said. Holmdel arrived at the Group III title match after defeating Hammonton, 3-0, in the semifinal match. The Hornets defeated Hopewell Valley, 1-0, in the Central Jersey Group III championship final. Throughout the state tournament, the Hornets matched up well against their opponents. In addition to the leadership of Metzger, the team’s speed and strong midfield tandem proved to be important advantages. “Our middle field was a tough tandem to deal with. It definitely helped us match up well,” Nacarlo said. The Group III final, held at TCNJ, was a fitting end to a season that Holmdel finished with a record of 22-1. “They were always talking about how long they have been playing together and how this was their last chance,” Nacarlo said of the senior players on his team. “This is an awesome accomplishment for them.” When Nacarlo took charge of the program eight years ago, Holmdel was referred to as “the doormat of the Shore Conference,” he said. “It means a lot to turn something around and start a winning tradition.” Nacarlo would like to continue this tradition next year, when his team will field younger players. Although the team will be younger, it will have plenty of experience. “This was great experience for the younger players. They will hopefully learn from it,” he said. Holmdel boys win first Group crown last_img read more

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Barca ease past Man City, PSG cruise through

first_imgBy Josh ReichBarcelona eased into the Champions League quarter-finals with a 4-1 aggregate victory over Manchester City on Wednesday and Paris St Germain joined them after overwhelming Bayer Leverkusen 6-1 over the two legs of their last-16 tie.Barcelona, holding a 2-0 advantage from the first leg, had a penalty appeal waved away after Lionel Messi was brought down in the box early on and Neymar had a goal chalked off for offside after 18 minutes.Messi hit the post early in the second half before City, with manager Manuel Pellegrini watching from the stands, upped the pressure and Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes pulled off a stunning save to deny substitute Edin Dzeko and defender Pablo Zabaleta fluffed a shot just wide.Argentine Messi would not be denied a third time, however, taking advantage of Joleon Lescott’s error to clip the ball home after 67 minutes and City’s misery was compounded when Zabaleta was sent off for a second yellow card with 12 minutes left.City captain Vincent Kompany scored a consolation goal on 89 minutes but Dani Alves restored Barca’s lead in stoppage time.Any thoughts that Leverkusen, trailing 4-0 after the first leg, would roll over in Paris were extinguished after six minutes when Sidney Sam nodded the visitors in front.Marquinhos equalised with a header seven minutes later, however, before Leverkusen wasted the opportunity to retake the lead just before the half hour mark when Simon Rolfes’ poor penalty was saved by Salvatore Sirigu.Ezequiel Lavezzi steered home PSG’s second early in the second half and Leverkusen’s Emre Can received his marching orders for a second yellow card as the hosts cruised to a 2-1 win on the night.Barcelona and PSG joined holders Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid, who progressed on Tuesday, in the quarter-finals. The final four last-16 ties will be completed next week.last_img read more

Late Cavani goal inflicts defeat on luckless APOEL

first_imgBy Andreas VouDespite another excellent display against one of the continent’s strongest sides, APOEL were left bitterly disappointed as they went down to a 0-1 defeat at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain following a late Edinson Cavani goal on Tuesday night.APOEL more than held their own against the riches of talent that their opponents possessed and had the clearer chances of the two sides to win the match but Cavani’s clever finish on 87 minutes inflicted a cruel defeat on the Cypriots, making qualification to the next round of the Champions League highly unlikely.APOEL boss Giorgos Donis made just one change to the starting lineup which faced Ajax two weeks ago, an enforced one, as Giorgos Efrem replaced the injured Stathis Aloneftis.Efrem started the game brightly and managed to create the first real chance of the game. Cillian Sheridan had a torrid evening in front of goal against the Dutch champions last time out and was keen to make amends. Efrem beat Gregory van der Wiel before crossing low towards the Irishman, but his effort was tipped wide by Salvatore Sirigu on seven minutes.PSG’s starting eleven cost over €280 million but the difference in value of the two sets of players was not apparent as APOEL matched their French counterparts stride for stride.When the starting lineups were announced, much was made about the fact that Thiago Silva and David Luiz’s starting together for the first time at PSG meant that they had become the world’s most expensive center-back pairing in history with €42 million and €50 million price tags respectively.However, it was APOEL’s Brazilian duo Carlao and Guilherme who looked like it in the first-half, stopping everything that PSG’s armory had to throw at them.Cavani for once caught Guilherme napping in the first minute of the second half, finding space to nod a Lucas Moura cross towards goal which was subsequently tipped over the bar by Urko Pardo.Then, on 56 minutes, came the chance of the match. Manduca’s cross from the left found an unmarked Tiago Gomes who headed towards goal, only to see his effort cleared off the line by Luiz. It was an excellent recovery from the former Chelsea defender but Gomes would probably have given his side the lead had he made cleaner contact from his attempt which brushed off his shoulder towards goal.It was APOEL again who threatened 12 minutes later – Sheridan springing the offside track before laying it off to Nuno Morais, who blazed over the bar from the edge of the box.Though PSG controlled the game in large parts and dominated possession, they struggled to create any significant problems for APOEL’s disciplined defence and midfield.It took until the 67th minute for PSG to muster their best opportunity on goal. Lucas Moura broke quickly on the right, cut inside his defender before striking with his weaker left foot just past the far post.It is a tendency at the top level of the game that when a team fail to take their chances, they often get punished, especially against superior opposition. Donis’ men were to find that out in the cruelest of fashions as a hopeful cross into the box was not dealt with by the APOEL defenders, with the ball eventually squirming to Cavani who adjusted well to tuck the ball past Pardo to snatch all three points.The defeat makes APOEL’s chances of progressing to the last-16 unlikely with just one point from three games. The Cypriots are bottom of Group F and will now aim for third place which will take them to the Europa League.last_img read more

Arsenal thrash United to go second, Liverpool, Spurs held

first_imgArsenal thrashed Manchester United 3-0 on Sunday after a pulsating first-half display to climb above them into second place in the Premier League on goal difference.They stunned Louis van Gaal’s side, who had been top before the weekend, by scoring three times in the first 20 minutes through Alexis Sanchez (two) and Mesut Ozil.United dropped to third, two points behind leaders Manchester City who have 18 from eight games.Earlier, Everton drew 1-1 at home to Liverpool in the Merseyside derby to remain one point ahead of their neighbours. Romelu Lukaku equalised for the hosts after Danny Ings had headed Liverpool in front.In Sunday’s other match, Tottenham Hostpur’s Christian Eriksen scored with two stunning free-kicks to earn his side a 2-2 draw at Swansea City.Andre Ayew and an own goal by Harry Kane had twice put the Welsh side in front.Spurs stayed eighth, level on 13 points with Everton and still three ahead of Swansea.last_img read more

Rosberg wins in Italy to cut Hamilton’s lead

first_imgBy Alan BaldwinGermany’s Nico Rosberg won the Italian Grand Prix for dominant Mercedes on Sunday to cut team mate Lewis Hamilton’s Formula One world championship lead to two points with seven races remaining.Triple world champion Hamilton, who had been on pole position as favourite to take his 50th career victory and third in a row at Monza, finished second after a slow start gifted Rosberg the race.Rosberg’s first victory at the historic circuit outside Milan was his seventh of the season, one more than Hamilton, and 21st of his career as well as second in a row after Belgium last weekend.“I’m feeling great, the race is on with Lewis. It is always going to be a great battle and I look forward to what is to come,” he said from the podium as an army of Ferrari fans flooded the pit straight.The German also broke into Italian before attempting to win over the crowd with a rousing sing-along.Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who mistakenly put on the winner’s cap before the podium and handed it on to Rosberg, finished third to a much bigger roar from the fans yearning for a first Ferrari victory of the season at their home race.Finnish team mate Kimi Raikkonen was fourth, with Australian Daniel Ricciardo fifth for Red Bull in a race with little drama on the track but more atmosphere than most of the others combined off it.Hamilton now has 250 points, Rosberg 248 with Singapore’s night race the next destination.“I don’t know really what happened at the start…I did everything normal,” said Hamilton.With the race effectively won and lost in the opening seconds, with Hamilton dropping to sixth place at the end of the first lap and then climbing back with pitstop strategy and just two simple overtakes, Rosberg had an untroubled run to victory.The German took the chequered flag 15 seconds clear of Hamilton, with both Mercedes drivers on the same one-stop strategy compared to the two made by Ferrari.“Lewis had too much wheelspin at the start and this cost him the victory,” said Mercedes motorsport head Toto Wolff. “From then on, it was basically over.”Ricciardo provided the best move of the race, passing the Williams of Valtteri Bottas with a sensational overtake into the first chicane.“It was amazing, he came from so far back…his hand gesture afterwards summed it up. He looked pretty pleased with himself,” commented Red Bull principal Christian Horner.Bottas’s sixth place still allowed Williams to leapfrog Force India in the constructors’ championship and retake fourth place.Dutch teenager Max Verstappen was seventh for Red Bull, ahead of Mexican Sergio Perez for Force India and Williams’ Brazilian Felipe Massa.German driver Nico Hulkenberg took the final point for Force India in 10th place. Driver and Constructor Standings after the Formula One Italian Grand Prix at Autodromo di Monza Drivers / Points1. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes / 2502. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes / 2483. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull/ 1614. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari / 1435. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari / 1366. Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Red Bull / 1217. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams / 708. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India / 629. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India / 4610. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams / 4111. Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren / 3012. Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) Toro Rosso 3013. Romain Grosjean (France) Haas / 2814. Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Toro Rosso / 2315. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren / 1716. Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) Renault / 617. Pascal Wehrlein (Germany) Manor / 118. Stoffel Vandoorne (Belgium) McLaren / 1 Constructors / Points 1. Mercedes 4982. Red Bull – TAG Heuer 2903. Ferrari 2794. Williams-Mercedes 1115. Force India – Mercedes 1086. McLaren 487. Toro Rosso – Ferrari 458. Haas – Ferrari 289. Renault 610. Manor – Mercedes 111. Sauber – Ferrari 0last_img read more

Hoffenheim hand Bayern second league defeat of the season

first_imgRunaway leaders Bayern Munich suffered only their second Bundesliga defeat of the season when they were beaten 1-0 at surprise package Hoffenheim on Tuesday.Third-placed Hoffenheim, whose 29-year-old coach Julian Nagelsmann is the youngest in the league, dominated the first half and deservedly won with a goal from Andrej Kramaric.Bayern, who have 65 points from 27 games, are still 13 clear of second-placed RB Leipzig, who visit Mainz 05 on Wednesday.Hoffenheim, who had never previously beaten Bayern in the league, are third with 51 and still on course for a Champions League place while Borussia Dortmund remain their closest rivals, remaining fourth after easing past Hamburg SV 3-0.Bayern were outclassed in the first half and fell behind to a Kramaic half-volley which goalkeeper Sven Ulreich could only deflect into his net.The Bavarians nearly levelled with their first real chance when Roberto Lewandowski’s strike hit the crossbar.Hoffenheim goalkeeper Oliver Baumann had more to do in the second half and Bayern nearly snatched an equaliser deep into stoppage time when Lewandowski’s close-range shot was deflected wide of the goal.Gonzalo Castro, Shinji Kagawa and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang shared the goals in Dortmund’s win, which left Hamburg — the only ever-present club in the Bundesliga’s 54-year history — just one point clear of Augsburg in the relegation playoff spot.last_img read more