Staff Writer By Warren Rappleyea South girls are looking to compete for A North title Field hockey team must overcome slow start The Middletown High School field hockey team is looking to get back to the .500 mark after a 1-3-2 start. With just three players with varsity experience back, goalie Jill Green and forwards Becky Bolen and Jill DeMarco, the young Eagles have played better than the record might indicate, coach Meghan Harmon said. “Our defense is good, and we’re very strong in goal with Jill Green, and we have excellent team speed,” the first-year coach said. “This is a young team, so they’ll be able to grow together, but they will make some mistakes. Right now they’re working hard to learn our new system. I’m very pleased with their efforts.” Middletown South earned its victory against Freehold Township and gained ties against Toms River North and Howell. Green, who recently set a team record with 26 saves in a game, is the backbone of the team. A three-year starter, the veteran netminder has been spectacular in the early going. Seniors Liz McGee, Sarah Black and Paige Williams lead the defense, which also includes junior Katie Collins and sophomores Kaitlyn Dudzinski, Jackie DeLuca and Leslie Zak. On the forward line, Bolen and DeMarco are joined by junior Breanne Murray and sophomores Alyssa Evans and Allison Gibney. Versatile senior Jessica Bernadini is in the middle along with sophomore Maura Jane McCall; both add scoring punch. Juniors Allison Oliver and Kelly Toth also play midfield. “We have several players who can score and that will only help us,” Harmon said. “With our speed we can create the scoring chances we need.” Middletown South is looking at a three-game week. The Eagles were slated to meet Neptune yesterday and will visit Manalapan tomorrow before hosting Freehold Township on Friday. The Eagles find themselves in the middle of the pack in the Shore Conference’s Class A North thus far with Middletown North sitting atop the division. However, the remainder of the division’s teams are off to starts similar to the Eagles’, leaving no clear favorite in the division race. South will get another shot at fifth-ranked Middletown North on Oct. 4, when they host the upstart Lions in what should be an important game for both teams.
Getting considerable help from area athletes, the Monmouth University men and women were victorious at the Lafayette Pentagular Meet in Easton, Pa. The Hawk men dominated the field, rolling up 242 points to runner-up Lafayette’s 116. Ex-Christian Brothers Academy star Mike Socha won the men’s long jump with a 22-2. In the throwing event, Monmouth was paced by its all-American Jon Kalnas. Kalnas, who kept resetting the indoor shot put record during a winter season in which he finished fifth at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I championships, spun the discus 162-11, finishing first. Monmouth’s women needed every point the Hawks earned to beat host Lafayette, 163-156. Middletown South grad Katie Pachuta, the 2001 New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association discus champion, picked up where she left off with the Eagles last spring by winning the discus throw in Easton at 125-10. Also winning for the Hawks was ex-Red Bank Catholic standout Suraya Kornegay, who took the 400 meters in 56.76. She also ran on the 4×400 relay team that took first in 3:57.85. The Hawks’ only other individual winner among the women was Lisa Ricciardelli. She scored two wins. She was first in the hammer throw (156-3) and then won the pole vault in a school record 11-0. Monmouth records continued to fall Saturday in Durham, N.C., at the Duke Invitational. Kalnas unleashed a 172-2 discus throw to set a new school standard. He also won the shot put at 61-0 3/4. Speid broke his own 400 mark with a 47.27. Kornegay ran fifth in the 400 meters, but lowered the Monmouth school record to 56.6. That was an ECAC Championship qualifying time. The Hawks will be in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday for the Onesty/Arbamson Invitational at the University of Virginia. Staff Writer By tim morris
BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer BY WARREN RAPPLEYEAStaff Writer It’s been a rebuilding campaign for the Raritan High School field hockey team, but the Rockets have played much better than their 3-9-2 record might indicate. Despite its youth and a spate of injuries, Raritan has been competitive, earning ties with St. John Vianney and Red Bank Regional, and in losing by one goal to both those teams. The Rockets also lost a pair of one-goal games to Manasquan. “The girls have worked hard and their attitude is excellent,” coach Janet Citro said. “They’ve shown that they can pretty much play with anyone, but our inexperience really hurt us. On the other hand, what they learned this year will help us next season.” Citro was pleased with the play of her seniors, whom she credited with bringing along the newer players. Captain Kristin Langan is battling through a groin injury and has remained a presence in the middle, where she has scored a goal and added three assists. Maria Oliverio, another midfielder, also did a strong job despite a painful hip injury and also contributed a pair of goals. Forward Jean Coppola leads Raritan in scoring with eight goals and two assists, and Jamie Kosmoski has two tallies. Hard-working fullback Lauren Piro is a leader on defense. The Rockets have been without midfielder Michelle Rotella and fullback Lauren Gaudenzi, both of whom were injured during the summer while attending field hockey camp. Meanwhile, several talented juniors are gaining valuable experience, including forwards Allison Darakjy, Jackie Castro and Jackie Gerhardt; midfielder Adrienne Pannullo; and fullbacks Carleigh Dufford and Michele Steiner. Versatile sophomore Jess Sanchez has shown promise in the backfield, and goalie Jackie Wood has been a pleasant surprise. Wood came to Citro prior to the season and volunteered to play goal. The athletic sophomore has been outstanding. “Jackie Wood is a great competitor,” Citro said. “Jackie has kept us in games with her play. She was a forward who had never played goal before and she stepped in and has done a great job. She stopped 25 shots against St. John Vianney to keep that game tied. She’s just going to get better and better — the whole team is. We have a lot to build with for next year.” Raritan still has at least two games left, against Neptune and Howell, but the Rockets are hoping to add a few more matches. “The girls want to keep on playing. That’s a good sign,” Citro said. Round-up… While Raritan will not be seeing any postseason action, a number of local teams are looking for solid runs in the upcoming state tournament. Meanwhile, in Shore Conference Tournament play, Middletown North, who improved to 10-3-2 with a 3-0 blanking of Rumson-Fair Haven on Saturday, was set to travel to Manasqaun for its quarterfinal round game on Monday. The Lions have put together a stellar season despite facing a challenging A North schedule this year, and are certainly battle-tested now that the postseason has arrived. While North was hoping to challenge for the SCT title, the Lions will also have their eyes on the Central Jersey Group IV tournament, which will start next week. Among the other local teams to qualify for the state tournament (the deadline was Saturday — teams needed a record of .500 or better to qualify) were Middletown South, who at 7-6-1 is in a similar situation as its cross-town rival after playing in A North this fall; St. John Vianney, who just got in at 6-6-3; Holmdel, another close call at 7-7; and Keyport, who has impressed on its way to a 10-6-1 mark this fall.
BY DOUG McKENZIE Correspondent “Myself included,” admitted head coach Bob Generelli, who boasts an impressive career 95-43-2 mark at Raritan. “But I really think it was just a matter of this team growing up and taking its lumps last year.”With a number of underclassmen starting on both sides of the ball a year ago, Raritan lost the majority of its games as a result of a lack of experience, rather than a lack of talent. The Rockets still have a similar caliber of players than they had when they made three straight NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II final appearances prior to last year.”A lot of the games we lost last year were to very good teams, state-tournamentcaliber teams (Freehold Borough, Rumson- Fair Haven, Manasquan, Keansburg and Point Boro, among others),” Generelli said. “We were in a lot of those games, but against some of the more high-powered offenses, we just struggled to score enough points to keep up with them.”The result was the type of rebuilding season that most teams undergo every once in a while. Only at Raritan, the expectations are higher. To a coach and to a player, the Rockets expect to be considered one of the top programs in the Shore every year.This season, they expect to prove that they belong in that elite category once again.”We’re eager to get the respect back,” Generelli said. “There seems to be a sense of urgency with the players, a little bit more focus. I think these kids were stung by the 2- 8 record because it was uncharted waters for us.”Through the preseason, Raritan looked more like the championship-level teams of the past, and less like last year’s version.”We have looked much improved so far,” the coach said. “I think some of the nine sophomores we started last year have really stepped up. But we still have a lot of work to do. I will say that what we’ve seen this preseason has been very encouraging.”I think we’re really starting to develop some good team chemistry, which will be very important moving forward. The key, as always, is to stay healthy.”Injuries played a huge role in last season’s struggles, as Raritan lost its starting quarterback, Brian Kalarjian, who suffered a foot injury in the season opener that plagued him all season, while his backup, Mark Stancati, broke his collarbone shortly thereafter.A number of other injuries to key players left the Rockets’ depth in question, and it came back to burn them on a number of occasions.This year’s Rocket offense has a number of capable playmakers, led by starting tailback Jesse Raymond, a junior, and his backfield mate Jerome Dean, a senior fullback. Anthony DiNardo and Bennett Jackson are also expected to get some carries in Raritan’s multiple attack.Stancati returns at quarterback, where he boasts a good arm and mobility. However, last year’s injury robbed him of some valuable experience, so he will be learning under fire a bit this year.Among targets for Stancati in passing downs will be Jackson and senior Chris VanFechtmann, as well as senior Brian Schmeer, senior Brett Bodner and sophomore Tim Pizanie.Stancati will also frequently look for junior Matt Facendo, a big tight end with good hands, who is also the team’s punter.Raritan will need some improved play from its offensive line, which is anchored by two returning starters — junior right guard Dan Gibson and senior center Nick Hungerford. They will be joined this year by senior Nick Sparacello at right tackle, junior Brendan Costelo at left tackle and junior Carlo Caponetta at right guard.As the Rockets get ready for the postseason, the offense remains a bit of a question mark for the head coach, though Generelli has been pleased with what he’sseen.”I think the questions for this team is on the offensive line, which we’re rebuilding, and at quarterback, where we haven’t had a lot of experience,” he said. “Those have been the areas of emphasis thus far.””I think the defense is a little bit ahead of the offense at this point, but in order for us to be successful, it’s got to be a total team effort,” he added.The Raritan defense is a more experienced group, led by a strong defensive line that features seniors Cliff Gabriel and Victor Santos at the defensive end positions, and senior Brian Flynn and Caponetta at the tackle slots.The linebackers in the Rockets’ 4-3 set are seniors Chris Raitano and Dean, along with junior Marc Cogliano.The Rockets’ athletic secondary should also be a strength, as Raymond and junior T.J. Murray will play safety, along with junior Sonny Cogliano and sophomore Anthony Bayer. The corners are Jackson, VanFechtmann, DiNardo and junior Vinnie Yeager.While Raritan certainly faces a tough National Division schedule this year, Generelli is confident that his team is ready to compete for a division title with the likes of Point Boro and Manasquan.”We had to improve in our secondary and on the offensive line, and I think we’ve done that,” he said. “A lot of that is a consequence of these kids getting a year older, being in the weight room in the offseason, being in the system for a year, and really just understanding what’s expected of them. A lot of these guys were thrown into the fire before they were ready, but they certainly learned from that.”While Generelli is not ready to say this team is ready for another run at a state championship, he is certainly prepared to predict a return to the winning ways we’ve grown accustomed to from Raritan.”It’s tough to put a number of wins on this team,” he said. “I think we should be vastly improved, because I do know that we’re a better football team than last year. Whether that translates into more wins remains to be seen.” FILE PHOTO The Raritan High School football team is out to avenge last year’s difficult 2-8 season. The Rockets start their season of redemption Friday night against Mater Dei. As the Raritan High School football team was struggling through a 2-8 season a year ago, fans throughout the Shore Conference football community were left shaking their heads, wondering how a program that had grown so accustomed to success could slip so much in a year. Raritan suffered through numerous injuries a season ago
Left: Matawan High School’s Glenn Cross (l) cross-faces Lawrence’s Bruce Nahan in their 189-pound match during the East Brunswick Bear Invitational held at Churchill Junior High School on Dec. 30. Cross advanced to the final but was defeated by Governor Livingston’s Frank Colder. Above: Matawan’s Hakan Yuksel looks to escape the hold of Lacey Township’s Steven VanEerdein during their 112-pound match during the invitational. PHOTOS BY JEFF GRANIT staff
Three members of this year’s senior class at Holmdel High School will continue to play football in college.Joe Disko, nicknamed “Tugboat,” signed on to play for Western Connecticut State. He will most likely continue playing at defensive tackle, although he also started as a guard for three years at Holmdel. In his experience playing for the Hornets, Disko learned some valuable lessons that should help him adjust to college.“I learned to always listen to your coaches,” he said.But college athletics will be a new experience and bring additional challenges for the young defensive lineman. “Academics definitely come first at Western Connecticut State. Five hours of study hall are required. In high school, it wasn’t like that,” Disko said. “I’m ready to work harder and do well academically, which is something the coaches stress.”Disko chose Western Connecticut State for its location and community, as well as its criminal justice program. He will be studying in preparation for a career in federal law enforcement.Kevin Gallogly served as Holmdel’s starting center for two years. He hopes to see playing time with the University of Rhode Island after the team breaks camp. His playing time with the Hornets was limited due to injuries, an experience that Gallogly is using to remain focused on making the most of his chance to play college football.“It took a lot of hard work in high school. I had a lot of injuries to overcome,” Gallogly said. “[College] [f]reshmen don’t usually get a chance to start, but it’s all about performance. I just want to get on the field.”Gallogly decided to attend the University of Rhode Island after meeting the coaches, particularly the offensive coordinator, Roy Istvan, who also serves as the offensive line coach.“Coach Roy called me every week to see how I was doing. He is a real nice guy,” Gallogly said.And one thing he will miss is playing under Holmdel offensive line coach Rick Haupp, who was only with the Hornets for Gallogly’s senior season.Gallogly chose the University of Rhode Island for its academics. He will study physical therapy in college.Matthew Fasciano, a three-year starting linebacker and senior captain for the Hornets, will attend Marist College. Although he also played tight end and tailback while at Holmdel, Fasciano will serve as an inside linebacker at Marist.“Starting as a sophomore gave me a chance to start early. That will help me with the jump to college because I’ve already been the small guy,” Fasciano said.“I’m going into college with an open mind,” he added. “You are really at the bottom of the totem pole as a freshman. I am going to put myself in the best position possible.” Fasciano said he will miss the bond he had with his teammates at Holmdel, but he is looking forward to forming similar bonds with his college teammates.“It’s like leaving behind a family,” he said of his Holmdel teammates.Fasciano always wanted to play college football, shifting his focus to football at an early age. “It has always been my goal,” he said. He also remains focused on academics, and will study business finance at Marist. BY MATTHEW ROCCO Correspondent
Results from Wimbledon Men’s Singles Round 2 matches on Thursday1-Novak Djokovic (Serbia) beat Bobby Reynolds (U.S.) 7-6(2) 6-3 6-19-Richard Gasquet (France) beat Go Soeda (Japan) 6-0 6-3 6-7(5) 6-3Ivan Dodig (Croatia) beat Denis Kudla (U.S.) 6-1 7-6(4) 7-5Igor Sijsling (Netherlands) beat 17-Milos Raonic (Canada) 7-5 6-4 7-6(4)Feliciano Lopez (Spain) beat Paul-Henri Mathieu (France) 6-3 5-1 (Mathieu retired)12-Kei Nishikori (Japan) beat Leonardo Mayer (Argentina) 7-6(5) 6-4 6-28-Juan Martin Del Potro (Argentina) beat Jesse Levine (Canada) 6-2 7-6(7) 6-37-Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) beat Daniel Brands (Germany) 7-6(6) 6-4 6-227-Kevin Anderson (South Africa) beat Michal Przysiezny (Poland) 6-4 7-6(2) 6-4Bernard Tomic (Australia) beat James Blake (U.S.) 6-3 6-4 7-523-Andreas Seppi (Italy) beat Michael Llodra (France) 7-5 (Llodra retired)Results from Wimbledon Women’s Singles Round 2 matches on Thursday4-Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) beat Mathilde Johansson (France) 6-1 6-3Marina Erakovic (New Zealand) beat 24-Peng Shuai (China) 7-6(6) 6-211-Roberta Vinci (Italy) beat Jana Cepelova (Slovakia) 6-1 4-6 9-7Tsvetana Pironkova (Bulgaria) beat Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (Czech Republic) 7-5 6-332-Klara Zakopalova (Czech Republic) beat Annika Beck (Germany) 7-6(5) 6-31-Serena Williams (U.S.) beat Caroline Garcia (France) 6-3 6-2Kimiko Date-Krumm (Japan) beat Alexandra Cadantu (Romania) 6-4 7-56-Li Na (China) beat Simona Halep (Romania) 6-2 1-6 6-0Petra Martic (Croatia) beat Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) 7-6(7) 6-123-Sabine Lisicki (Germany) beat Elena Vesnina (Russia) 6-3 6-114-Samantha Stosur (Australia) beat Olga Puchkova (Russia) 6-2 6-2Madison Keys (U.S.) beat 30-Mona Barthel (Germany) 6-4 6-218-Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia) beat Maria Teresa Torro (Spain) 6-0 6-1
By Andreas VouYoung Cypriot tennis star Petros Chrysochos continued his rich vein of form on Tuesday with a 6-4 6-2 win over Croatia’s Nino Serdarusic in the second round of the boys’ singles at Roland Garros.The 18-year-old from Larnaca was fresh off the back of his first-round win on Monday against Theo Fournerie where the Frenchman took the first set but Chrysochos fought back to win the match.While nerves perhaps got the better of him in the early stages of the first-round match, a more assured and composed Chrysochos was on display right from the off against the No.15 ranked Croatian. The youngster will need to show more of the same in order to overcome the third round challenge of Andrey Rublev today, who is fourth in the junior standings.In contrast to the island’s tennis icon, Marcos Baghdatis, who moved to France at a very young age to dedicate his time solely to a career in the game, Chrysochos maintains a full school program at the American Academy in Larnaca and had been preparing for his end of year exams ahead of the Roland Garros tournament.“Marcos Baghdatis stopped school and everything, he was practicing morning and afternoon, and at 21 he was in the final of the Australian Open. I still have time for that. I’m still in school and studying and just took my A-level exams. I had to finish my exams and do good and then I came here to play, which is tough but I’m doing my best to combine both,” Chrysochos said.As an elite junior player, Chrysochos is on the ITF/GSDF programme administered by the ITF and funded by the Grand Slam nations with the aim of financially assisting the sport’s top talents. The Larnaca native was quick to repay his gratitude to the programme.“If there wasn’t an ITF team I wasn’t going to be here, so they help me a lot that they chose me. It’s my fourth time on an ITF team. Back in Cyprus we don’t have the coaches that have the same experience so I’m learning things I didn’t know. I want to show them that their choice of picking me was good.”Since early May, Chrysochos has been on somewhat of a hot streak having won two tournaments back-to-back. At the beginning of last month, the teenager won his first ever tournament in professional tennis after claiming the ITF Futures Tournament in Egypt.And just last week, the young ace claimed the Astrid Bowl in Charleroi, as he defeated Korea’s Duck Hee Lee in straight sets (6-4 6-1) to earn his first Grade 1 title, adding his name to an illustrious list of former winners which includes Lleyton Hewitt and Gustavo Kuerten.
By Andrew DownieFormer Brazil striker Adriano has been charged in connection with drug trafficking by a public prosecutor in Rio de Janeiro, court officials said.Prosecutors allege that the 32-year-old former Inter Milan, Flamengo and Corinthians player bought a motorbike for a Rio drug trafficker to use in criminal activities in 2008.He is accused of aiding and abetting the trafficker whom prosecutors say was a childhood friend of his in Vila Cruzeiro, one of Rio’s most violent favelas.“The accused, freely and consciously, in collaborating in the trafficking of drugs, associated with active traffickers in the Vila Cruzeiro (favela) with the intention of facilitating the illicit trafficking of drugs and related activities,” the statement read.Adriano’s spokesperson told Reuters judicial officials have not formally presented the player – whose full name isAdriano Leite Ribeiro – with the charges and he has no knowledge of them.Adriano is in Le Havre negotiating a return to football with the French second division club and will only face trial if a judge decides there is merit to the accusations.The troubled striker won the Copa America and the Confederations Cup with Brazil and two Serie A scudettos with Inter Milan but has spent years battling drink and weight problems.He has been out the game since attempting a brief comeback with Atletico Paranaense earlier this year.
By Shravanth VijayakumaDisgruntled forward Saido Berahino will play for West Bromwich Albion again even if his integration into the squad will not be easy following his transfer saga, manager Tony Pulis said.The England under-21 striker has threatened he would never play for the club after failing to secure a last-minute transfer to Tottenham Hotspur.Berahino has still been included in Pulis’ Premier League squad and was expected to return to training on Monday having been given an extra period of leave.Berahino, who has been the subject of four failed bids from the North London club, has tweeted he would not play for the Midlands outfit again under chairman Jeremy Peace.“I think his tweet was aimed at the chairman (Jeremy Peace) more than the players, management, staff, supporters of the club,” Pulis was quoted as saying by The Daily Mail.“His gripe is with Jeremy – as far as I’m concerned, he will play for West Brom again,” the 57-year-old manager said.“I want him to come back and to draw a line under it. It will be difficult to integrate him into the group and to get him to concentrate but that’s my job.“I don’t think he will talk to Jeremy. The problem is that he thinks he is being used,” he added.Pulis hoped Berahino, who has not been picked since the goalless draw against Watford on August 15, would return from his extra time off in a better frame of mind.“I have spoken to Saido on the phone a couple of times and by text,” the former Stoke City manager said.“He has had a couple of days away and hopefully that will clear his mind.“On Monday I will have a good chat with him and then take him and his mum out for dinner in the evening to have a good chat,” he added.West Brom, currently 15th in the Premier League table, welcome 10th placed Southampton to the Hawthorns on Saturday.