Staff Writer By tim morris CBA harriers still fastest around Glackin, Falvey to lead Colts’ new faces against nation’s best Staff Writer LLast fall, Christian Brothers Academy, Middletown, fielded one of the greatest cross country teams in state history. The Colts won everything in their path on their march to yet another state championship and the No. 2 ranking in the country by The Harrier magazine. But individual state champion Brian Kerwin (CBA’s first) and his teammates Andrew Filachek, Brian Hoffman and Jeff Dichiara, the cornerstones of that effort, are running in college now. Still, the expectations are high at CBA, winner of the last five Meet of Champions titles. “We’re preseason ranked third in the state and eighth in the Northeast,” said Coach Tom Heath. “Our goal is to make the top 25 in the country. Not many believe we can do that. We’ll surprise a few people.” Nat Glackin and Tom Falvey are the Colts’ frontrunners this fall. Glackin, a 1:54 800-meter runner on the track as well as a 400-meter intermediate hurdle champion, ran cross country for the first time in 1999. He turned out to be a key addition to the team, making the already talent-rich Colts that much deeper. He was the team’s No. 5 runner at the MOC. Falvey was injured for much of the 1999 cross country season but has run 16:35 at Holmdel Park. Both have come back for their senior years running better than before. “Nat is way stronger than he was last year and Tom is doing quite well,” said Heath. “They are both very good runners. In our last time trial, Nat and Tom ran faster than anyone but Brian Kerwin last year.” That bodes very well for the Colts who will be looking for these talented, but not most experienced, cross country runners to be the team leaders. “We do lack a little bit of experience,” noted Heath. Jeff Peterson, Trevor Rozier-Byrd and Erich Reulbach round out the team’s first five places. They have some experience and have run well in preseason time trials. CBA may not be as deep as it was in 1999, but it does have a very solid first five. Juniors Tim Sheehan and Mike Durso, sophomores Angelo Petraglia and Andrew Tignanelli and seniors Pete Pellezza and Matt Kinkade are vying for the sixth and seventh positions. Their development could determine just how strong CBA is this fall. If they can close the gap between themselves and the Colts’ first five runners, look out. So far things have been looking good at Middletown. Heath has been running the preseason time trials for 20 years and the results aren’t good for CBA’s rivals. “The whole group is ahead of where they were last year,” he pointed out. All that is missing is for the Colts to put their early form on trial in competition and that starts on Friday at the season-opener meet in Darlington (Bergen County). “We’ll see how they react in a meet,” said Heath. CBA’s first big test against state competition will be the Oct. 7 Shore Coaches Invitational at Holmdel Park. The Monmouth County Championships are Oct. 17 at Holmdel Park and the Shore Conference meets on Nov. 4, also at Holmdel. CBA is gearing toward two big meets in October where they will have the opportunity to run against some of the country’s best teams and earn national recognition in the process. First up is the annual Manhattan Invitational at the famed Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, N.Y., and on the 21st, the Brown University Invitational in Rhode Island. Fast runs there by the Colts could earn them a national ranking.
Sport Shorts The Middletown Elks Lodge #2179 recently held its annual Soccer Shoot on June 20. The winners were Michelle Borghessi, R.J. Headden, Dave Hague, Eric Foster, Erin Corridon and Christina Borghessi. The winners will represent Middletown when they compete in the District Soccer Shoot in Old Bridge on Sept. 27. The Third Annual Lions Three-on-Three Basketball Tournament will be held on Aug. 9 at Middletown North. Boys and girls ages 9-12, 13-15 and 16-19 are eligible. Mens’ ages are 20-29, 30-39 and 40+. It is a double-elimination tournament, with prizes in each age group. A three-person team is $75 and a four-person team is $80 to register. For more information, call North boys’ coach Will Mayer at (732) 306-4015. The St. Mary’s Athletic Association will be holding registering for its fall soccer program on July 26 at the grade school from 9 a.m. to noon. The school is located at 538 Church Street in the New Monmouth section of Middletown. The program is open to all children ages 4-16. The cost is $60 for one child, and $100 for two or more children from the same family. Any questions, call (732) 671-7179. Mary Schwartz, head coach at Division I Davidson College, will direct a girls’ lacrosse camp at Brookdale Community College. The camp will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday to Friday, July 21-25, and is open to girls age 13-18. Coach Schwartz played goalkeeper at the University of Maryland, participating in three National Championship final fours. She has coached at Davidson for eight years, and will provide specific training for goalkeepers. For information, call (732) 224-2823. The hustle of Hondo Trigianni, the accurate shooting of Bill Fehlhaber, and the play-making of Dan Piasecki helped lead the Celtics past the Colts, 69-59, on Friday in Mac’s Fun Ball basketball league action in Middletown. Sean Gilbertson led all scorers with 28 points. In the second game, Andrew Carrasutto’s 12 points led a balanced attack as the Titans beat the Eagles, 52-48. Gerard Ruffo led the Eagles with 11 points. In the third game, Andrew Najar had 11 points and six assists to lead the Lions past the Rockets, 83-72. Saes Evaristto had 19 points for the Rockets. In Saturday’s action, the Eagles and Lions played in a highly anticipated match-up, with the Eagles prevailing, 83-81. Cody Chalmers scored 36 points for the Lions, while Bob Varno and Joe Leone had 18 each. In the second game, Brian Trigianni had 25 points and Forrest Hutchinson had 20, to lead the Celtics over the Rockets, 69-64. Randy Kirk and Bob Miller had 13 each for the Rockets. In the final game, the Colts topped the Titans, 77-59, as Jason Miller made his debut, and grabbed 18 rebounds and scored 11 points to lead the Colts. Mark Rosner had 18 points for the Titans
BY TIM MORRISStaff Writer CBA repeats as county cross country champions BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer PHOTOS BY CHRIS KELLY staff Middletown South’s Jaime Liberti (above) and Raritan’s Joe Wittmer race to the finish at the Monmouth County Championships at Holmdel Park Saturday. In a race between two of the top five teams in the state, Christian Brothers Academy of Lincroft defended its Monmouth County cross country championship Oct. 10. The Colts, ranked second in the state, outran No. 5 Red Bank Regional, 36-87. CBA used its superior depth to overcome RBR’s edge out front. The Bucs’ Joe Kingsbery unleashed a sizzling kick over the final 800 meters to beat Colts Neck frosh Craig Forys to the line, in 16:05, while his Red Bank teammates, defending champion Rob Dennis (16:30) and Stave Waite (16:31), were sixth and seventh to give the Bucs the lead after three runners. But then CBA’s depth kicked in. Will Melofchik ran a strong race for the Colts and finished third (16:17), with teammate Jake Zorski fourth (16:24). CBA then took charge with Pat Ryan (16:42) and Chris Horel (16:42) finishing seventh and eighth. CBA’s No. 5, Theo Shahenn, was 12th (16:59). CBA’s five-runner average was 16:36.8. The Colts are so deep that their sixth and seventh runners, Brett Fiorovanti (17:07) and Kevin Rogers (17:09), finished 15th and 16th. On Saturday at the Shore Conference Championships, also to be held at Holmdel, the Colts will not only go up against RBR again, but Ocean County winner Toms River North, ranked third in the state. The Mariners scored 21 points in winning their fifth straight Ocean title Friday at Ocean County Park, Lakewood. The Mariners’ Chris Pisano won the individual championship, posting a 15:32 on the flat and fast Ocean County Park course. No doubt, the Mariners will have last year’s one-point, 84-85, loss to CBA on their minds when they take the line on Saturday. Matawan’s one-two punch of Tom Walsh (16:46) and John Smith (16:55) ran 10th and 11th at the county championships. The Huskies were seventh (255). The Holmdel Hornets relied on their balance (they didn’t have anyone finish in the top 20) to finish fourth (193). The Hornets’ top runner was Adam Lampell, 26th overall (17:28). Raritan finished eighth (265), led by Joe Wittmer (17:19) and Matt Dahl (17:26), who were 22nd and 25th. The girls’ defending champion Middletown South finished sixth (154) behind first-time champion Howell (74). The Eagles’ Jamie Liberti raced with the leaders throughout the race and finished third (20:08) behind Ocean’s Erin Enderly (19:42) and Shore Regional’s Julie Ullmeyer (20:05). The Eagles’ Alex Beaver was ninth (20:42). Holmdel’s girls had the best local finish, third place (121). Sophomore Lisa Pacascia led the Hornets’ nest with an eighth place (20:32). The Hornets had all five runner finish in the top 33. Amanda Mahler (21:19) and Ashley Thompson (21:21), were 23rd and 25th for Mater Dei, which finished 11th (267).
BY TIM MORRISStaff Writer Jersey Bluesin first placein GSAC South Brookdale men beat No. 2 Gloucester in GSAC tilt Jersey Blues in first place in GSAC South BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer It was only round one of a possible three, but it didn’t diminish Brookdale Community College’s thrilling 65-62 win over previously undefeated Gloucester. Brookdale knocked off the No. 2-ranked team in the country on Jan. 20 in Lincroft behind a strong inside game provided by Miguel Rodriguez and clutch shooting from Jerome Hubbard. Trailing 60-59, the Neptune graduate Hubbard buried a 25-foot trey that put the Blues up 62-60 with 1:21 remaining in the game. He then added three free throws to extend the lead to 65-60 — paving the way for the huge Garden State Athletic Conference game that had national ramifications. “Games like this make you grow,” said BCC head coach Paul Cisek. “It was a great game. They’re good, real good, and so are we. We played a great game. “A couple of guys stepped up for us off the bench,” he added. Dennys Gomez, from Perth Amboy provided a big lift in the first half when Brookdale was struggling. He scored six points and provided a lot of energy. “He gave us a lot of good time,” Cisek said. The 6-4 Jenkins, out of New Brunswick, helped Brookdale dominate the paint coming up with 16 points. “We went with our inside power game really for the first time this year,” Cisek said. The Blues have become an outside-inside team this winter with their outside shooting setting up their inside game. Against the second-ranked Roadrunners, the Jersey Blues looked to pound the ball inside, especially in the second half where Gloucester had no answer for the 6-7 Rodriguez. “Rodriguez dominated the second half,” Cisek said. “He scored, rebounded and blocked shots.” The sophomore from Milford Academy led the team with 17 points and 13 rebounds. In a game where no team enjoyed more than a four-point lead at any one time, it was the outside shot that saved the day for Brookdale. Hubbard’s rainbow three turned the tide in Brookdale’s favor. Hubbard had 14 points, three assists, three blocks and two assists. Brookdale improved its record to 13-4 overall, but 7-0 in the GSAC Southern Division and now, all alone in first place. Gloucester fell to 15-1 overall and 6-1 in the conference. The two teams will play again on Feb. 12 at 5 p.m. in a game that will probably decide the division title and top seeding for the Region XIX tournament, where they could meet for a third time. The Jersey Blues are the defending Region champions. The 65-62 win over Gloucester was another sign that the young Jersey Blues have grown up. “We never became rattled, they just went out and did their thing,” noted Cisek. “We’re a much more athletic team this year and that was a factor.” With Rodriguez, 6-4 Devin Davis (Red Bank Regional), 6-4 Jenkins and 6-4 Joe Leone (Middletown North), the Blues can go big against anyone. They made life difficult for Gloucester. Brookdale also has depth in the backcourt with the eligibility of transfer Jamar Pressley, a true point guard. The addition of Pressley, another Neptune grad and former teammate of Hubbard, has allowed Hubbard to move to his natural position — the two guard. The Blues now have a very strong backcourt that can handle the pressure and get after teams. Gomez can also play the point and swing player Kelvin DeLosAngeles (Perth Amboy) has allowed Cisek to alternate his four guards as a unit. Brookdale did not get caught basking in the glory of its win over Gloucester as the Blues bounced Atlantic Cape, Thursday night in Mays Landing, 86-65. Jenkins led a balanced attack with 18 points, followed by 17 from Rodriguez and 16 from DeLosAngeles. The Blues improved to 8-0 in the conference and 14-4 overall. Brookdale is home tomorrow night against Ocean at 7 and on the road Tuesday at Middlesex. The Jersey Blues return to Lincroft for games against Mercer, Feb. 5 at 5 p.m. and Salem on Feb. 7 at 3 p.m., before embarking on a three-game road trip that includes the Feb. 12 stop in Gloucester. Brookdale finishes the regular season with a pair of home games, Camden Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. and Morris Feb. 19 at 7 p.m.
HAZLET — The Hazlet United Cobras U- 12 finished their fall 2011 campaign in record form.The team finished with a 6-2-2 season record, tied for first place in the Monmouth Ocean Soccer Association (MOSA)’s U-12 flight.Over the season, the Cobras scored 19 goals with only eight against. They won three games via shutout, and their two losses came in 1-0 games.The team finished as runners-up in the MOSA Cup, advancing to the final game. They also won the Hazlet United Soccer Association Columbus Day Tournament with a 4-0 record.The Cobras will advance to the Premier flight for the spring 2012 season.The Cobras are: Brian Busse, Michael Chiappone, Andrew Dalton, Louis DiLaurenzio, DanielDraganoff, Ryan Eusebi, Donovan Hackley, Anthony Koempel, Vito Koempel, Dylan Lonnay, NicholasMahon, Henry Martinez, Christopher Poythress, John Rodriguez, Michael Romeo, and Karlo Sta Cruz. The teamis coached by Steve Dalton and Anthony Chiappone. — Mike Davis
By Nemanja BjedovTHE Cyprus Football Association announced appointment of Pambos Christodoulou as the new national team coach whose contract runs for the duration of the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifications and the draw for the competition will be held on 23 February in Nice.“I want to thank everybody at the Cyprus Football Association who have entrusted me with the honor of being national team coach,” said the 46-year-old Christodoulou who replaced Greek coach Nikos Nioplias who stepped down several months ago after claiming that he was not very optimistic about the future of football in Cyprus due to a fact that not many young Cypriot players get enough playing time in the national championship.“We will make a new effort ahead of the upcoming qualifying campaign for EURO 2016 and with a lot of hard work; we can lay down the right foundations that will put our national side on the right track and with the best prospects. If we will all work together, we can create a better outlook,” added Christodoulou who led AEL to their first championship title in 44 years in 2012.Apart from being at the helm of AEL Limassol and guiding them into the UEFA Europa League group stage last season, Christodoulou also coached now second division side Olympiakos Nicosia as well as Anorthosis Ammochostos. However, his coaching career started with his former club Doxa Katokopia where he helped them earn promotion to the top flight.Christodoulou’s reputation of signing on players from the lower leagues of Portugal followed him at AEL where some of the players he brought in are still in the team’s squad and they continue to perform at the high level until today.After winning only one game throughout the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 qualifications, against Iceland in September 2012, Cyprus Football Association needed to reshuffle and provide football fans on the island with a glimpse of hope that it is possible to replicate impressive UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying campaign when they managed to beat Republic of Ireland and Wales at home as well as hold mighty Germany to a 1-1 draw.
By Tony JimenezWorld number one Adam Scott was happy to keep championship leader Rory McIlroy in his sights as the Australian opened up with a four-under 68 in the Open Championship first round.Most of the day’s better scores came in the calmer early conditions and Scott was one of the few to make a late run at the 25-year-old Northern Irishman.“It was tougher this afternoon,” he told reporters at Royal Liverpool. “The wind kicked up a bit and the back nine played very tough coming back.“To keep pace with Rory is important. He has the potential to really put his foot down.”McIlroy’s two previous major victories, in the 2011 U.S. Open and 2012 U.S. PGA Championship, were both by runaway margins.“I’ve seen him shoot lots of low rounds and there’s nothing stopping him from doing that on Friday either. I don’t want him running away…he wins majors by eight shots,” added Scott.The genial Australian is looking to make it third time lucky in golf’s oldest major after his agonising second-place finish at Lytham in 2012 and a tie for third spot at Muirfield this time last year.“This has been a big focus for everyone in my crew this year,” said Scott. “We’ve had our minds on the other majors obviously but to win the Claret Jug is a huge thing.”The 2013 U.S. Masters champion charged to the turn in 31 with an eagle and two birdies before mixing two birdies with two bogeys coming home.“The weather is going to be the thing that separates this field,” Scott added. “It seems pretty bunched at the moment, lots of scores under par.“I’ll just be grinding the next two days. If I keep swinging well I think I’ll give myself enough chances to be up there.”Scott’s fellow countryman Bryden Macpherson suffered the embarrassment of plunging to an 18-over 90.“Tell him to have a couple of beers, that’s all he can do,” said the world number one.“I feel for him but he’ll bounce back hopefully. We’ve all had shockers at a major before. I have.”
UNDER the slogan ‘Football Remembers’ the British High Commission in Nicosia yesterday organised a friendly football match marking a Christmas Day spontaneous ceasefire and a historic football match in 1914, during World War I.Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots braved the rainy weather and joined forces against the ‘international’ team which consisted mainly of UN personnel, at a football pitch in the buffer zone, close to the Ledra Palace checkpoint.The Cypriot team consisted of Greek and Turkish Cypriot negotiators Andreas Mavroyiannis and Ergun Olgun, Semsi Oyuncu, Hasan Sencar, Sertac Yalcin, Huseyin Ekmekci, Ibrahim Diran, Michael Seraphim, Andreas Koulendis, Lambros Lambrou, Mustafa Zurnacilar, Kemal Koseoglu, Huseyin Ercen, Mehmet Kandilli, Halil Cimendag and Ertan Aligullu.“We are remembering today 100 years ago when during the worst conflict the world had at that time seen, there was a pause in hostilities and people on both sides, spoke to each other, exchanged gifts and on occasion played football,” said British High Commissioner Ric Todd opening the event.This is, we feel, he added, “a very important symbol in the world today, when no matter what conflict we may find there is always a scope for optimism and for hope and the human spirit to come together no matter how bad the circumstances may be.”Veteran Cypriot football players Andreas Siantris (APOEL) and Sevim Ebeoglu (AEL) were honoured at the end of the football match.The two men, who both played wearing number 10 in their respective teams at a time when football was united in Cyprus are good friends and enjoyed watching the match together and remembering old times.During half time the two negotiators as well as foreign diplomats took part in a penalty shoot out.The international team won the match by 5 – 2.
By Tony JimenezCHELSEA must add a new dimension to their brand of football if the champions are to mount a strong defence of the Premier League title they won in some comfort last season, said manager Jose Mourinho.The Stamford Bridge club finished eight points clear of second-placed Manchester City in May but Mourinho said his players had to continue to evolve and could not afford to simply stand still.“We are trying to add new qualities to our game to improve what we did in the past,” the Portuguese told reporters during Chelsea’s pre-season tour of the United States.“We are trying to be a little more unpredictable because opponents know us well and we want to go to the season with high motivation.“The title cannot give us bad things, it can only give us good things. The good things are confidence and motivation for more,” said Mourinho.Chelsea played a free-flowing style in the first half of last season but when injuries, suspensions and loss of form kicked in after Christmas they started to adopt a more cautious, pragmatic approach in order to grind out results.Mourinho’s men have been big spenders in the past but they have been almost frugal with their close-season expenditure compared to Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool, and Mourinho said it would be a “great challenge” to try and retain the title.While City, United and Liverpool have splashed out vast sums of money to strengthen their resources, the Londoners have merely tinkered with their squad.Club favourites Petr Cech and Didier Drogba have moved on to pastures new and been replaced by former Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and Monaco striker Radamel Falcao who had an indifferent spell on loan at United last season.“I have only one objective and that is to win the next game,” said Mourinho. “I have no other objective apart from trying to improve and improve and improve.“It’s a great challenge to improve our team basically without new players, apart from Begovic and Falcao. I’m more than happy with that and the players are receiving this challenge with open arms.“Every day we work really hard to try to improve and I see great motivation in the players. They are happy because we are the same group…because myself and the club have shown loyalty to them,” added Mourinho.“We’ve said, ‘You are the champions, you made us champions, we trust you. Even if the other clubs have made huge investment we stick with you, we believe in you’.”Chelsea, who have won the Premier League four times in 11 seasons, lost 1-0 to Cech’s new team Arsenal in Sunday’s Community Shield, the traditional curtain-raiser to the new campaign.Mourinho’s men then kick off their league fixtures with a home game against Swansea City on August 8.
By Julian LindenThey’re the best of friends and the worst of enemies and Australia and New Zealand wouldn’t want it any other way.Like a lot of neighbours, the two nations have a deep and enduring love-hate relationship, although what binds them is much stronger than what divides them.Both former British colonies, Australian and New Zealand soldiers have fought and died alongside each other at wars. If ever one suffers disaster, the other is always first to help, and they have a free trade agreement since 1983.But they are also great rivals. Like siblings who want to beat their brother or sister, the two Pacific nations are constantly bickering and trying to outdo each other.Nowhere is this more obvious than in sport. Because of their cultural ties, they play the same games, so every contest between the Antipodean states evokes strong national feelings.On Saturday, the two countries will face each other in the final of the Rugby World Cup. The two nations are already on tenterhooks, trading friendly insults in the build-up to the match, but the stakes could not be higher.For the winner, years of bragging rights will be assured, but it’s the fear of losing that is causing most palpitations on both sides of the Tasman Sea.“Anyone that is involved in rugby hates losing,” the Australian coach Michael Cheika said. “On Saturday there will be 46 pig-headed fellas out there trying to win.”Rugby is New Zealand’s game. Historically, the All Blacks are one of the most successful international teams in all sports. With a population of 4.5 million, New Zealand punches way above its weight in rugby, winning the inaugural World Cup in 1987 and the last in 2011.They play Australia more than any other country, often three times a year, and beat them more often than not. But the Wallabies have been a thorn in their side at World Cups, winning the tournament twice, in 1991 and 1999, and knocking the All Blacks out of the 2003 tournament.Their matches are often bitter. Australians still harbour ill-feelings over the career-ending injury New Zealand’s Colin Meads inflicted on Wallabies scrumhalf Ken Catchpole in 1968 while New Zealanders still blame Australia for being stripped as co-hosts of the 2003 World Cup.While Saturday’s clash will mark the first time the two countries have played each other in the Rugby World Cup final, the two countries have met in various other global finals, including the last three rugby league world cup finals and the last five netball world cup finals.Earlier this year, Australia and New Zealand met for the first time in the final of the Cricket World Cup, a tournament they co-hosted. But cricket is Australia’s game and the Aussies won easily, capturing their fifth title and leaving the Kiwis still chasing their first.Cricket remains a sore point between the two countries. Australia refused to even play New Zealand regularly until the early 1970s but the low point in their relationship was the 1981 ‘underarm’ incident, when Australia bowled the final ball of a close match along the ground to prevent New Zealand from having the chance of tying the game.It’s not just in sports either that Australia and New Zealand don’t see eye to eye, with debates still raging over the nationalities of the musical band Crowded House and Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe.And bizarrely, the two countries are still feuding over the origins of a sweet dessert.Named after a Russian ballerina, the Pavlova is a meringue-based cake served at Christmas in both countries. New Zealand claims it was invented by a Wellington chef to serve the world-famous dancer when she visited in 1926. Australians argue the recipe appeared in local magazines earlier than that.The only thing the two agree on is that it is delicious.