Red Raiders get revenge in 27-6 win over Freehold Matawan knocks Wall from ranks of unbeaten When the Freehold Colonials beat Keyport 12-0 in a game at Keyport last year, the loss left a bitter taste in the mouths of the Red Raiders. That bitter taste officially went away Saturday. The Red Raiders dominated the Colonials en route to a 27-6 victory against the team that handed them their only loss of last year’s 11-1 campaign. But the beginning of the game did nothing to help Keyport forget last year’s matchup. Keith Reed took a screen pass on the Colonials’ first possession and scampered 53 yards for a touchdown, getting the hometown fans in a frenzy as they smelled upset for the second year in a row. But Keyport (6-0) responded, showing everyone in attendance exactly why they are the top-rated team in the area. The Red Raiders reeled off 27 points in the second quarter, while shutting down Freehold the rest of the way to preserve the win and clinch at least a share of the Shore Conference’s National Division title. That’s nothing new since the Red Raiders have now won three straight crowns. Keyport got on the board for the first time when Jamie Gutridge ran into the end zone from 20 yards out. Rich Cline added to the lead when he picked off a pass from Freehold quarterback Jon Rudman and ran 10 yards into the end zone for a score. Cline, who also threw for a touchdown, a 17-yard strike to Dezmin Laing, and was all over the field, kicking three extra points and recovering a pair of Freehold fumbles, was pleased with the win after the game, saying that he and his teammates were waiting for this game all year and were definitely looking for some revenge. The Red Raiders’ other score came on a 23-yard run by Gutridge in the second quarter. Keyport will now prepare for its biggest division game of the year. The Red Raiders will host a dangerous Colts Neck team (4-2), which has demonstrated its ability to run the ball against some of the better defenses in the area. However, the Cougars, who are coming off a 19-13 loss to Holmdel, have not fared well against teams with high-powered offenses. And Keyport’s offense appears to be as potent as anyone Colts Neck has faced thus far. Game time is 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The Hornets (4-2) used a big play at the start of the second half to outlast the Cougars on Saturday, leaving Colts Neck with a 19-13 win. The Cougars, behind the running of Obi Nkwuo (15 carries, 213 yards) dominated the first half of play in their first ever homecoming game. But whatever momentum they carried into the locker room with their 13-0 lead, disappeared on the first play of the second half when Nkwuo was hit hard returning the kickoff and fumbled the ball. Holmdel’s Bobby Mariani scooped it up and ran 11 yards into the end zone to close the gap to 13-6. Following a strong defensive stand and a 14-yard punt return, the Hornets found themselves in Cougar territory, ready to strike again. Seven plays later, fullback Anthony Addonizio plunged into the end zone to cut the lead to one. A second Nkwuo fumble in the fourth quarter gave the Hornets a chance at their first lead, and they took full advantage, launching a six-play, 45-yard drive which culminated in TD run from Chris Hernando (15 carries, 75 yards), who carried the ball on all six plays of the drive. From there, the Hornets defense did the rest, as Colts Neck was unable to do anything in the game’s final 1:32. Holmdel will look for another win this weekend when they travel to Mater Dei on Saturday. The Seraphs (0-6) are coming off a 27-6 loss to Shore Regional on Friday, in a game where they did little right. Shore (5-2) used a number of big plays to continually knock Mater Dei backward en route to the victory. Holmdel will look to do the same thing this weekend in Middletown. Game time is 1 p.m. Saturday. Matawan was the only other local team to post a win this weekend, and it was quite a win at that. The Huskies (4-3) knocked off the previously unbeaten Wall Crimson Knights 20-18, thanks to a Chris Herring interception with 1:03 left in the game. The interception came after Matawan had taken the lead on an 80-yard drive, which culminated in a 29-yard TD strike from Glennis Lester to Herring with 2:43 left in the game. However, Herring was penalized for excessive celebration following the TD, forcing the Huskies to go for a two-point conversion. When they failed, the score remained 20-18. The Crimson Knights (6-1), attempted to mount one last comeback, but a pair of penalties forced them into a fourth-and-29 play, which resulted in Herring’s interception on the Matawan 40. Herring showed his consistency once again by being penalized for excessive celebration; however, this time the Huskies had the game well in hand. Matawan will look to continue their winning ways this weekend when they host Central Regional (3-3) on Saturday. Game time is 1:30 p.m. The Middletown North Lions played well against a strong Lacey team (5-1) but fell short, 28-21 in overtime. The Lions made the game interesting, tying the score at 21-21 with 6:01 remaining on a 3-yard TD run from sophomore tailback Bill Lyons (30 carries, 228 yards). But Lacey stormed back to take the 28-21 lead in OT on a 9-yard TD run from Joe Cioffi. From there, the Lacey defense stiffened and stopped the Lions’ last chance at an upset. North (3-4) will look to get back on the winning track this weekend when they host Manalapan (2-5) on Friday night. Game time is 7 p.m. For the Raritan Rockets, Saturday was the worst day of the season. The Rockets came out flat against a good Ocean team, and found themselves in a 21-0 hole by halftime. The second half was not any better, as the Spartans dominated play on both sides of the ball en route to the 33-0 victory. The Rockets will look to bounce back on Friday when they host Wall. Game time is 7 p.m. With the win, Ocean (6-1) clinched at least a tie for the Shore’s Federal Division with Middletown South (5-1), who was idle last weekend and will return to action on Saturday when they travel to Pinelands (0-7). Game time is 1 p.m. By Doug mckenzie Staff Writer
By Warren Rappleyea Staff Writer SJV’s Gorczynski led by example on softball diamond Earns All-State recognition with teammate Jackie Adelfio By Warren Rappleyea Staff Writer FARRAH MAFFAI St. John Vianney’s Suzanne Gorczynski enjoyed an outstanding career for the Lancers and was recently recognized for her solid all-around play with a spot on the The Associated Press’ All-State team. For the past several years, Suzanne Gorczynski has dedicated herself to becoming a better softball player, and in the process helped St. John Vianney High School, Holmdel, earn two straight NJSIAA Parochial A championships. A four-year starter, Gorczynski batted .363 with 19 RBIs and 22 runs during her senior year as the Lancers became the first Shore Conference softball team to win division (A North), county (Monmouth), conference, sectional and state championships in the same campaign. Gorczynski was outstanding in the field combining a good glove with an outstanding arm. Hitting the ball to her was as near as you could get to an automatic out, coach Aado Kommendant said. “Suzanne would get to balls in the hole, and the runner would be about 10 feet from first base,” the coach said. “I’d be thinking, â018There’s no way we’ll get her,’ but Suzanne would get the ball there in time. Her arm is incredible.” FARRAH MAFFAI The postseason awards keep rolling in for St. John Vianney’s Jackie Adelfio. The senior hurler led the Lancers to the top of the state’s rankings at season’s end, and was named the AP Player of the Year for her exploits. Gorczynski began playing T-ball at the age of 5. By 11, she was playing against boys in the Matawan-Aberdeen Babe Ruth League. The next year she began playing for the Shore Magic traveling team. “I’ve been around baseball my whole life,” Gorczynski said. “When I was little, my mom would drag me to my brother’s games, and my dad was always talking about baseball. It was easy for me, and I always had someone to throw or hit with.” Her brother, Jay, an SJV grad, was a catcher on the varsity baseball team. After starting out as a third base-man/outfielder, Gorczynski played shortstop and was a catcher when she tried out for the SJV team as a freshman. Although Kommendant liked her catching skills, the Lancers needed a shortstop, and Gorczynski filled the bill. She did fill in behind the plate in an important win over Jackson in the Shore Conference tourney, which Vianney went on to win. Gorczynski returned to shortstop as a sophomore, but when the Lancers needed a catcher during her junior year, Kommendant put her behind the plate for the 2001 season. SJV went on to win the Parochial A title, as Gorczynski hit .350 and did an excellent job of discouraging would-be base stealers. In mid-season the Lancers hit a rough spot, slumping for several games, making uncharacteristic errors and, in general, playing poorly. But the Lancers got hot during the stretch run to turn it into a memorable campaign. “That year stands out for me because of the slump,” she recalled. “The team stuck together. There was no finger pointing. Instead of putting people down, we lifted each other up.” Kommendant returned Gorczynski to shortstop for her senior year, and the Lancers rolled. Gorczynski and ace pitcher Jackie Adelfio were the team leaders as SJV compiled a team-record 28 wins, including 15 in a row. Both girls were named to The Associated Press’ First Team All-State squad, with Adelfio picking up the Player of the Year Award to boot. But although Adelfio’s contributions are well-documented, Kommendant believes that Gorczynski was equally deserving of the All-State nod. “It would be easy to overlook some of Suzanne’s contributions,” Kommendant said. “She is one of the most unselfish players I’ve ever coached. Whenever we asked her to do something, Suzanne said, â018OK.’ As a hitter, she put fear into our opponents. As a fielder she was just excellent. As a leader she set a good example. I have no idea what we’ll do without her. She meant so much to our team.” Gorczynski credits her success to concentrating on softball practically all year long. She gave up karate, basketball and field hockey to develop her skills. She noted that both Kommendant and SJV assistant Steve DiMezza, both of whom helped out with the Shore Magic, have played key roles, as did Raritan High School baseball coach T.J. O’Donnell, who provided many batting tips to Gorczynski. Gorczynski plans to attend Brookdale Community College in Lincroft this fall, where she will study communications. At this point she is not planning to continue her softball career, though she left the door open. “I’m sure I’m going to miss it because it’s what I’ve been doing every spring, summer and fall,” said Gorczynski who is playing for the Linden-based New Jersey Divas 19 and-over team this summer. “Softball has consumed everything, and now I don’t love it as much. I have to love it to play. So I’m planning to take a little time off.” The SJV grad, who wore her No. 13 jersey under her graduation gown because she would play in the Parochial A final later that day, said she has been in touch with the Brookdale coaching staff. “They would like me to play,” she said. “But it’s not something I can commit to right now.” Earns All-State recognition with teammate Jackie Adelfio
With three wins in its first three meets, the Holmdel High School girls cross-country team is halfway to a second straight undefeated season, but coach Sue Caffrey noted that her girls can’t take anything for granted. “We have three dual meets remaining [Manasquan, Matawan and St. John Vianney] so we have to keep working hard,” she said. “After last year, there were more expectations. The key has been taking them one meet at a time.” Last year the Hornets were 6-0 in winning the Shore Conference’s B North division, while also earning a berth in the NJSIAA Group II meet. This time around, Holmdel is competing in the Shore’s A Central division with its victories coming against Red Bank Regional, Raritan and Rumson-Fair Haven. Junior Lisa Picascia has been the Hornets’ top runner, and has a top time of 20:17. Twins Dannie and Wendy Wang are both in the low 21-minute range, Caffrey said. Alissa Mezzacappa has also performed well, and is threatening to break the 22-minute mark. All three are seniors. Caffrey noted that five other runners split time in the fifth spot, including junior Christine Wang, sophomores Dana Marzano, Francesca Picascia and Jane Zaho, as well as freshman Heather Sedlacek. “We have a great group of girls and they’re all dedicated to the team,” Caffrey said. “As a result, their times keep improving and we’ve been winning. It’s a pleasure to work with them.” — Warren Rappleyea
It wasn’t a cliché to say that every point counted, because it did. In an extraordinary two days of competition,Matawan’s girls captured theMonmouth County Track and Field Championship by one point over Rumson-Fair Haven, 54-53, with defending champion Colts Neck just two back (52). Only six points separated the top six places at this very tight meet. Matawan forged its championship away fromthe track, in the discus and shot put circles. MonicaKlock and Erin Scurrywent onetwo in the discus on the first day of competition (Wednesday). Klock sent the platter 106-10 and Scurry, 105-11. Those 18 points were a precursor of things to come. On Saturday, Scurry (35-1 ¾) and Quasha Brown (32-10 ½) went one-five in the shot put. Alyssa Johnson (117-1) and Scurry (113- 0) collected 14 more points going two-three in the javelin throw that was won by Raritan’s Valerie Carney at 125-3. Still in the field, Maria Moya took third in the pole vault (9-0). On the track, MacKenzie Chambers helped with her fourth place in the 100- meter dash (12.89) to account for the Huskies’ 54 points. Marlboro’s Ada Unachukwu was the trackMost Outstanding TrackAthlete, winning the 100, 200, and 400 dashes, while Scurry was the field’s most outstanding. Matawan’s Mike McGuiness won the boys pole vault, clearing a season-best 14-3. He was the only vaulter to clear 14 feet in the competition. Freehold Township won the team championship on the boys’ side with 75 points, with the Pats’DanMularz (track) andMarcus Goode (field) the outstanding performers. Christian Brothers Academy had the best finish of the locals, in third (49.5), with Matawan in fifth (39). It’s on to the Shore Conference Championships Friday and Saturday, which are back at Neptune. Matawan girls win county track by one point
Off the hook! The Vagabond long-range sport fisher was on a 10-day hunt for giant yellowfins and they returned with a monster. A historic, once-in-a-lifetime battle was won by Mike Livingston, 63, of Sunland, Calif., a longtime angler who retired recently as a school superintendent. Livingston caught the world’s first 400-pound-plus yellowfin tuna aboard a long-range 10-day trip on the Vagabond. This catch is a potentialworld record pending International Game Fish Association (IGFA) certification and the first yellowfin to ever hit the 400-pound mark dockside in San Diego, Calif., on Point Loma Sport Fishing’s certified scales. The official weight of 405.2 pounds is an amazing catch. A crowd of almost 300 spectators cheered and congratulated the crew as the monster tipped the scales. The previous IGFA record was 388 pounds, 12 ounces on April 1, 1977, by Curt Wiesenhutter aboard the Royal Polaris, Point Loma Sport Fishing, San Diego, Calif. The monster tuna is the largest ever caught on rod and reel. The fish hit midday Nov. 30 and Livingston was in a battle for two hours and 40 minutes. Not only is it the largest ever landed by an angler, but it also is the largest ever caught without any back-up reels or assistance from the crew. To qualify, the IGFA’s rules do not allow any assistance or even resting the rod on the rail. Capt. Lackey of the Vagabond is confident Livingston’s tuna will pass the IGFA test and that he will be the new king of yellowfins. Livingston used 100-pound test soft steel ultra line with a 9/0 Owner Super Mutu hook. He used a sardine and a Penn International 30W reel with a 5.5-foot rod that he custom wrapped himself. So what’s a fish like that worth? The crew saved everything from the catch, including the line, reel, rod and hook. While waiting for IGFA results, the fish will be preserved by Lyons & O’Haver. To catch the world’s largest yellowfin tuna on stand-up rod and reel at 405 pounds is amazing. For Mike Livingston at age 63 to land such a monster, he is the man of steel. Not many people can handle such a battle with a tuna that size. Two hours and 40 minutes for anyone is almost impossible. Mike should get some serious endorsements from the various tackle manufacturers looking to promote their products. The Vagabond and her fleet, already legendary, will go down in the history books for carrying the world record tuna all these years and topping it yet again. Anything is possible, so the sky is the limit with this fish. Congratulations, Mr. Livingston. My hat is off to you, Capt. Mike Lackey and the crew of the long-range fishing vessel, the Vagabond. Fish on! RON NUZZOLO Angler awaits confirmation of world record yellowfin
I t was the moment that Tom O’Neill had been working for since the summer. When he was pounding out the miles in training during the hot, humid days of July and August, the Middletown High School North runner had one goal in mind. That was winning the NJSIAA Meet of Champions (MOC) cross-country title.O’Neill established himself as the clear-cut MOC favorite for the Nov. 21 race at Holmdel Park after posting the year’s fastest time, 15:36, in winning the Group III state title. And, he ran like a confident favorite at the MOC, sticking to his tried-and-true game plan.When he emerged from the backwoods section of Holmdel Park for the final 200 meters to the finish line to the cacophony of cheering fans, the Lions’ junior was all by himself.“It was awesome, exciting,” he said of that moment.The moment became more exciting when he saw his time, 15:31, which was the 12th best all-time. He had again turned in the year’s fastest time and also become the first Middletown North MOC champion.“I really worked hard for this,” said the new state champion. “It was my dream to win the Meet of Champions.“It felt pretty good to win it,” he added.O’Neill did not let the moment get too big for him. He ran with patience through the first mile before he moved up to join the leaders. By two miles, it was Toms River High School South’s Kyle Kroon and him at the front in a replay of the Nov. 17 Group III race. As he has all season, O’Neill put the hammer down beginning a long, sustained drive to the finish line. Kroon stayed with O’Neill longer than he did at the Group meet, but he was still 16 seconds behind. Kroon’s reward, though, was his Holmdel personal best of 15:47 in finishing second.Finishing third was another Shore Conference product, Dylan Tarpey of Freehold Township High School, who broke 16:00 for the first time (15:50). Tarpey handed O’Neill his lone loss of the season at the Monmouth County championships, out-sprinting him in the final 50 meters. O’Neill took a lesson from that and didn’t let any more races come down to the finish kick. He would win his races by pushing hard over the final mile, forcing kickers to either let him go or go with him at the risk of having no kick left to hurt him. It was a state champion’s winning formula.The MOC was a great one for area harriers, as Christian Brothers Academy (110) and Holmdel High School (133) went one-two in the boys championship race.The Colts showed their incredible depth by resting their top five runners for the Nov. 24 Nike Cross Nationals Northeast Regional and still handling the state’s best.Second place was a big statement by the Hornets, as they took their place with the state’s elite programs.Jack Baisley, who was 10th overall, led the Hornets. He dipped under 16:00 for the first time clocking 15:58. Andrew Tsai was 33rd (16:24) and Dan Barlev was 43rd (16:33).St. John Vianney High School’s Courtney Thompson finished her season on a high note as the area’s top girls finisher in ninth place. The junior set a new personal best at Holmdel of 18:28. Teammate Tara Connelly was not far behind in 11th (18:35).Holmdel’s girls finished 10th (247) paced by Lennon Cooper (18:49) and Marin Warner (19:14), who in team scoring were 10th and 16th, respectively. Both times were Holmdel personal bests for the Hornets’ runners. BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer
Middletown High School South’s Tiffani Lambert slides safely into third base during the Eagles’ May 3 game at Freehold Township High School. The Eagles soared to a 9-3 win, which put them in a tie for first place in the A North Division. ERIC SUCAR staff
By Toby DavisCosta Rica produced another huge upset to reach the knockout stages of the World Cup for the second time on Friday with Bryan Ruiz’s goal securing a 1-0 Group D win over Italy that also ensured England were eliminated.Ruiz headed powerfully home a minute before halftime to leave Costa Rica fans dancing in the sunshine at Recife’s Pernambuco arena.“We kept up our heads. It was a beautiful match… The people of Costa Rica deserve this. They supported the team and me. This was for them,” said ecstatic coach Jorge Luis Pinto.Costa Rica top the group with six points, having already beaten Uruguay in their first game, while Italy, three points adrift, now need at least a draw from their final game against Uruguay, also on three points, to go through on goal difference.“We knew this would be a particularly tough group. We will try to recover all our energy for the Uruguay game,” said Italy coach Cesare Prandelli.“We didn’t get our tactics wrong. They were very, very aggressive and we were trying to find different ways into the game but we didn’t manage it.”In making the last 16 for the first time in 24 years, the Central Americans ensured England became the latest team to make a surprise early exit, leaving at the group stages for the first time since 1958.The midday sun reduced the early stages to shadow boxing, with Italy hogging the ball but strolling round the pitch at walking pace while Costa Rica were busy but cautious.Costa Rica’s back-five pushed high up the pitch to compress the space as Italy sat back and looked to hit on the break, a tactic which almost paid dividends on the half-hour mark as Mario Balotelli was sent clear by a superb through ball from Andrea Pirlo.But the striker, who headed the winner in Italy’s opening win over England, miscontrolled the ball with his first touch and then tried and failed to lob keeper Kaylor Nevas with his second.As the first half was drawing to a close, Costa Rica showed why they can pose such a threat.In the space of three minutes, Oscar Duarte headed fractionally over, Joel Campbell had a penalty appeal waved away by Chilean referee Enrique Osses and Ruiz headed them in front.Junior Diaz floated a beautiful cross to the far post and Ruiz arrived to head it in off the underside of the bar and over the line, with the decision to award a goal confirmed on the big screen.Italy brought on Antonio Cassano at halftime, but Costa Rica expertly took the sting out of the match, reducing their opponents only to glimpses of goal, while they continued to look threatening on the counter.
World number one Rafael Nadal, into the third round for the first time since 2011, will be hoping for an easier ride on the Wimbledon grass after two tough rounds when he meets Mikhail Kukushkin on Saturday.He joins three other former Wimbledon champions — Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova — bidding for a place in Monday’s fourth round.Organisers will be crossing their fingers that the weather forecasters will be proved wrong again. Despite cloudy skies, the rain expected to disrupt Friday’s play did not materialise, but showers are expected on Saturday.They will not affect play on Centre Court, the tournament’s showpiece stage with its retractable roof, where French Open champion Nadal, champion in 2008 and 2010, opens the proceedings against the Kazakh world No. 63.Nadal had to fight back from a set down in the first two rounds against Martin Klizan of Slovakia and Lukas Rosol of the Czech Rebublic.“To be in the third round here again after two, three years is very positive news,” Nadal said.Sharapova, like Nadal, hoping to make it a French Open and Wimbledon double after claiming the Roland Garros title earlier this month, takes on unseeded American Alison Riske in Centre Court’s second clash.World No. 1 Serena Williams, whose older sister Venus was defeated by another former champion Petra Kvitova on Friday, is first on the roofless Court One, playing Alize Cornet. Serena, a five times Wimbledon champion, exited at the fourth round stage last year.Roger Federer, looking for an eighth Wimbledon title, will play World No. 35 Santiago Giraldo from Colombia later in the day on Centre Court.Federer’s Swiss compatriot Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka will be one of the players anxious for another dry day as he is set to face Denis Istomin, from Uzbekistan, in the last match scheduled on Court One.
By Martyn HermanMaria Sharapova would have done well not to have watched Serena Williams out-slug Victoria Azarenka in a Wimbledon quarter-final of extraordinary quality on Tuesday.The Russian fourth seed is blocking Williams’ path to an eighth Wimbledon final and judging by the way the American bludgeoned her way past Azarenka after losing the first set, she will need to reinforce the barricades with everything at her disposal, then hope the 33-year-old has an off day.For all her pre-programmed on-court positivity, Sharapova has become a punchbag for Williams since 2004, the year she stunned the tennis world by beating the American to the Wimbledon title.She beat her again that year but since then her 0-16 record is a depressing tale of woe.No wonder Williams is looking forward to Thursday’s Centre Court date against a player with whom her relationship is, at best, professionally respectful.“I love playing Maria. I think she brings out the best in me,” the 33-year-old said, without a hint of irony, after a 3-6 6-2 6-3 defeat of former world number one Azarenka – a match in which a supreme Williams produced 47 winners, including 17 aces, and only 12 unforced errors.Williams avoids talking about the possibility of a calendar-year grand slam but with the Australian and French Opens already secured and just two more wins required to clinch the third leg of the sport’s ultimate feat, she knows she will never have another opportunity like this.And the last person she would want to deny her the chance, one imagines, is Sharapova.She has only conceded one set to the Russian in five years.The last time they met on the Centre Court grass, in the final of the London 2012 Olympics, Sharapova managed only one game, and while subsequent meetings have been closer, whatever she throws at the American, however much she ratchets up the volume, it gets returned with interest, and a often a glare.At least Sharapova has that 2004 triumph in the memory bank.“I haven’t seen my name on the trophy in a while,” she told reporters after struggling past unseeded Coco Vandeweghe on Tuesday. “I know it’s there but I would love to check it out again to make sure it’s still there. That would be nice.”With Williams on a 26-match winning streak in grand slam play and her game in rude health it is unlikely she will be getting a close look at it this year.Waiting in the final for the victor will be either Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska, who Williams beat to win her fifth and last Wimbledon title in 2012, or Spain’s 20th-ranked Garbine Muguruza.