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RFH Boys’ LAX Remains Unbeaten Page 2
Jersey Sporting News • April 24 - May 8
By Sean Simmons RUMSON — In one of the most highly anticipated boys’ lacrosse games of the season, the Rumson/Fair Haven (RFH) Bulldogs defeated the CBA Colts, 11-8 in a non-divisional matchup. “We had a good transition game going on in the first half, but CBA peaked during the second half and started chipping away at us,” said Rumson-Fair Haven first-year Head Coach Reid Jackson. The Bulldogs were led by senior attack man Jack Curran, who scored three of his gamehigh five goals during the first half. Also turning in a strong performance for RFH was junior attack man Michael Clarke, who finished with three goals. The Colts were led by senior attack man Donny Finn, who scored four goals and had three assists and junior attack man Lucas Habich, who had three goals and two assists. “Curran is a well-balanced player and he’s going to Villanova,”
Jackson explained. “Clarke also played a great game for us.” Senior goalie Artie Tildesley finished with 16 saves for the Bulldogs and CBA senior goalie Christian Trigani turned back 12 shots. The Bulldogs followed up their huge victory over the Colts with an 8-5 win against St. John Vianney (SJV) and a 5-1 win against the Peddie School to remain unbeaten at 7-0. The top scorers for RFH in the SJV game were Curran with one goal and three assists and sophomore midfielder Dominic Padula with two goals. During the Peddie game, the leading scorers for the Bulldogs were Curran with three goals and senior midfielder Ryan McCausland with two goals. Tildesley also PHOTO: SEAN SIMMONS had another strong game for the Bulldogs with RFH Michael Clarke (8) maneuvers past a Colts Neck defender 12 saves. “This was our first time ever beating Peddie and the kids have been working very hard,” Jackson said.
B y Ted Kaiser COLTS NECK— Red Bank Catholic might be the odds on favorite to win the Class B North Division in baseball, but Colts Neck is planning on staying in the race for the long haul. The Cougars improved to 5-1 in the divison and 6-3 overall with a pair of divisional wins last week. The most recent victory came last Thursday as Colts Neck scored five runs over the final two innings to topple Monmouth Regional 5-4. Junior outfielder Tim Vangelas capped the rally when he hit a two-run single off Monmouth ace Luke Cahill in the bottom of the seventh inning to win the game. Cahill did not start the game, but came on after a leadoff walk and single to try and close it out for starter Brian Blaney. Earlier in the week on Monday, Colts Neck bested Ocean Township by a score of 11-3.
They pounded out 18 hits in an impressive showing for the offense. Junior catcher Matt Kleinstein homered and Lucien DellaFera doubled and tripled. Robert Nanni and Jon Baturgil each hit a pair of doubles. Brandon Simon, Mike Peipo and Scott McNally also had extra base hits. Senior pitcher Jake Tannen earned the win on the mound. He allowed three runs in the first inning, but settled down nicely from there on out. The Cougars did suffer a 7-3 loss to a talented Jackson Memorial squad last Tuesday. Still, Colts Neck looked like a team that could play with the top powers in the Shore Conference. The game was tied 2-2 after the first inning; however, the offense could not quite keep up with the Jaguars.
Cougars In B North Hunt
PHOTO: FRANCINE ATTARDI At bat for the Cougars is Joe Keane (9).
Jersey Sporting News â€˘ April 24 - May 8 Page 3
Undefeated Raiders Cruise To 9th Win Page 4
Jersey Sporting News • April 24 - May 8
By Ted Kaiser TOMS RIVER— It’s been a superb start to the 2012 season for the Toms River East softball team. The Raiders rolled up their most recent victory last Wednesday to move to 9-0 overall and 5-0 in the Class A South division. They used a similar formula for success and they have dialed it up all season so far. Ace pitcher Jordan Weed combined with a sound defense and opportunistic hitting to give her team a 3-1 win over rival Toms River South. Weed limited the Indians to only two hits and also went 3-for-3 at the plate. TR South struck first in the opening half inning, but Sarah Giddings got the Raiders on the board on the bottom of the second. Outfielder Sarah Bencivenga drove in what would prove to be the winning run in the third inning. After missing all of the 2011 season due to a knee injury, her presence in the lineup is a wel
come sight. “Coming off the injury, I’m just excited to get back out there,” said Bencivenga before the season started. “I have a whole new appreciation for the game.” For TR East, the beginning of the season has not just been about the number of wins, but also the quality. The Raiders have enjoyed some impressive victories, none bigger than a 2-1 win over perennial Shore Conference favorite St. John Vianney. TR East also earned solid victories against non-Shore Conference opponents such as Pequannock, Mount St. Dominic and Caravel (Delaware). This week the Raiders will host Brick Township on Monday. They’ll take on crosstown rival Toms River North on the road on Wednesday and face Jackson Memorial at home on Friday. All games are schedule for 3:45pm starts.
Triple Play for Manasquan B y Ted Kaiser MANASQUAN— Three days, three straight wins for the Manasquan softball team. The winning streak moved their record to 6-1 overall and has opponents taking notice. The Warriors are expected to be one of the top contenders for the Class C Central Division title along with Wall Township and Jackson Liberty. They are 5-1 in the division and in good position for a first place finish through the first quarter of the schedule. Manasquan got things started last Tuesday with a 4-0 win against divisional foe Monsignor Donovan. The Griffins
have been an early surprise and had entered the game with a 4-2, 3-1 record. They managed to keep the pressure on the Warriors throughout the contest. Freshman starting pitcher Olivia Galinis overcame a pair of bases loaded jams to escape trouble. Sophomore Katie Barnes hit an RBI double and senior second baseman Meredith Bryant added two hits and a run scored. The Warriors went back to work on Wednesday and found more success at the plate. They knocked in 12 runs on 14 hits and a 12-6 win over Jackson
PHOTO: ERIC BRAUN Toms River East’s Sarah Bencivenga performed well on the mound.
Liberty. Senior shortstop Keara Homan drilled a home run and Katie Barnes doubled twice. Galinis pitched for the win, her fifth of the season. The freshman starter went back out there again the next day and held
Lakewood to just three hits in an 11-0 shutout victory. Manasquan scored seven runs in the first inning and the game was mercied due to the double-digit margin.
Lacerations of the Hand
By Dr. Christopher J o h n s o n Lacerations occur when the hand goes against some type of sharp object. Unfortunately, the sharp object usually wins! The sharp object can cause two types of injuries. The first is a possible infection. It takes bacteria from the outside and introduces it to the inside of the body. The second type of injury is one that affects the tendons, muscles, nerve and/or joints. Obviously, functioning hands are vital to our every day lives. If you’ve had a hand laceration and you notice redness, soreness and/or drainage from the wound, then you should seek medical attention for a possible infection. In addition, if after a laceration, you notice numbness in you fingers, difficulty moving your fingers or you feel a clicking or catching sensation, you may have sustained an injury to one or more of the soft tissues within the hand. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should see an orthopaedic surgeon for an evaluation.
Dr. Christopher Johnson
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Red Bank Catholic Girls Undefeated Page 6
Jersey Sporting News • April 24 - May 8
By Michael Rogers The Red Bank Catholic (RBC) girls’ lacrosse team is undefeated this season with an 8 -0 record and they are also ranked as the number three team in the Shore Conference. They also opened their season with a win over Shore Regional, the number one ranked team in the Shore Conference by the score of 9- 8. RBC returns a host of talented players as well as some exciting new sophomores to this year’s team. Starting the season off by defeating Shore Regional helped set the tone for the season. After the Blue Devils had built a 7- 3 lead early in the second half, the Caseys never gave up with Kate Cunningham scoring six of her team’s nine goals, the last one coming with just over a minute left in regulation to win the game. The Casey defense also did its job holding a potent Blue Devil offense scoreless for almost twenty minutes. Amanda Kasten helped hold the defense down and goalie Rebecca Barile made six saves. Maeve Cowley, Grace Fallon and Victoria Brown also scored goals for RBC. Head Coach Lisa Caprioni said, “We never panicked and our girls worked very hard for this win”. In some of their other wins the Caseys beat Ocean by the score of 19 5. Cowley led the way with four goals and two assists while Kat Luick added two goals and Fallon had two goals and three assists. In a 19 -7 win against Red Bank Regional, RBC was led by
Cowley’s three goals and two assists and Fallon’s two goals and two assists. In their win against Monmouth Regional (18 -4) Cowley, Luick and Cunningham each had three goals while Cowley, Fallon and Marge Rooney each added three assists. A few of the Casey players also tried out recently for the US National team with three of their girls making the cut out of over 120 participants. Team leading scorers Grace Fallon and Kate Cun-ningham along with Marge Rooney should all be congratulated for their accomPHOTO: FRANCINE ATTARDI plishment. Cutting around an Ocean player is RBC will look to continAmanda Casten (22). ue their undefeated season with some tough games still ahead on the schedule. They still have games against Manasquan (7 - 2), Freehold Township (6 - 1), and Rumson /Fair Haven who is ranked number two in the Shore Conference. The Caseys will also look to make some noise in the Shore Conference Tournament. PHOTO: FRANCINE ATTARDI R i g h t : R B C ’s M a e v e C r o w l e y ( 1 6 ) scores against Ocean.
PHOTO: FRANCINE ATTARDI A l e x i s W h e l a n ( 4 ) f i g h t s o ff Ocean players for possession of the ball.
Jackson Memorial Baseball Slugging Way to First Place B y Ted Kaiser JACKSON— The Jackson Memorial baseball team moved to 8-1 overall and 4-1 in the Class A South Division with three more wins last week. The Jags are tied for first place largely thanks to a productive offense that opposing pitchers are struggling to shut down. On Tuesday, they scored seven runs on nine hits in a 7-3 win over surging Colts Neck. Senior Bryan Johnston had a two-run double and fellow sen-
iors Joe Ogren and Mike Folk each had two hits and an RBI. Indeed, the Jaguars went out there the next day and put up six runs in a 6-0 shutout of divisional foe Toms River North. Two days later, they grinded out 11 hits in a 5-3 win over Freehold Township in a non-divisional match-up. Joe Ogren’s home run in the bottom of the fifth inning snapped a 3-3 deadlock. Junior outfielder Ed Guippone was 3-for-3 with an RBI. Junior Jake Harlinski
got the start and earned his second victory of the season. Jackson Memorial will look to keep their five-game winning streak going when they play Rumson/Fair Haven this Monday, Southern Regional on Wednesday and Toms River East on Friday.
PHOTO: ERIC BRAUN Jackson Memorial is excelling this season with an 8-1 record.
CBA Golf: Putting For Another State Championship Jersey Sporting News • April 24 - May 8 Page 7
By Pat Ralph One of the most successful, but least talked about sports teams at Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) in Lincroft is the golf team. Coming off a season in which the Colts took second place in the Monmouth County Tournament, won the Shore Conference Championship, won the Non Public A State Championship and won the Tournament of Champions (TOC), the Colts had high expectations heading into the 2012 season to repeat as champions. Even though the Colts lost some great talent from last year’s team to graduation, the squad returns its three best, all-state players from last season and they include: senior Jimmy Dengler, junior Ethan Wall and PHOTO: ERIC BRAUN sophomore Jerry Wall. The leader of the team is The CBA golf team is showing their talent on the course. Dengler, who will be taking his golf talents in the fall to Loyola name may be a familiar one, as he was freshman in all three state tournament University in Baltimore. Last year, a starting guard this past season on events, and as Coach Tim Sewnig said, “Jerry Wall was the difference maker Dengler won the Non-Public A South Geoff Billet’s CBA squad. Helping out Dengler this season are on last year’s team”. So far this season, individual title, took second place in the Wall brothers, Ethan and Jerry. Wall has already won the 2012 the Shore Conference Tournament and took third place in the Tournament of Ethan, a junior, took second place in Galloway Challenge individual title, Champions, helping lead the Colts to a the Shore Conference Tournament and which features some of the best golf Non Public A state title and a tied Dengler for third in the talent from around the garden state. He Tournament of Champions upset over Tournament of Champions last season. shot a one under par (72) to take home Bergen Catholic. For Shore As for Jerry, the up and coming sopho- the title. With the talent and experience Conference basketball fans, Dengler’s more, he had the honor of playing as a that this trio from Lincroft brings to the
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clubhouse each day, the Colts are primed to have another season full of championships. Coach Sewnig is in his 18th season as head coach of the Colts and he has been able to instill the “CBA before I” mentality into his golfers when they walk out onto the green. So far this season, the Colts are 5-0 in dual matches, having beaten divisional foes Middletown South, Marlboro, Middletown North, Freehold Twp. and Manalapan. Most importantly, the Colts are currently ranked second in the state, just behind archrival Bergen Catholic. The next match for the Colts is at Howell on April 23rd, but the team is focused on winning the Monmouth County Tournament title next Tuesday, April 24th, at Hominy Hill Golf Course in Colts Neck. The Colts look to avenge their loss last year against Rumson/Fair Haven (RFH) in this tournament, as the squad looks to take their first step towards repeating as Non-Public A and TOC champs. After the Monmouth County Tournament, the Colts will have two important matches before the state tournament events begin: a home dual match against RFH on Thursday, April 26th and the Shore Conference Tournament on Monday, April 30th.
TR South Baseball Coach Ken Frank Records 755th Win Page 8
Jersey Sporting News • April 24 - May 8
The number 755 is remembered in baseball as the number of home runs that Henry Aaron hit in his Hall of Fame career. Some experts still consider that 755th hit by Aaron to be the MLB home run record. Barry Bonds hit seven more than Aaron for a 762 career total but there is an asterisk after that number. In New Jersey high school baseball, there is no doubt that Toms River South’s Ken Frank stands alone as its winningest baseball coach. A 7-1 victory over Southern Regional High School on Wednesday April 11, 2012 produced career coaching win number 755 for Frank and there will be no asterisk next to his name. The over 600 fans in attendance that night at Ken Frank Baseball Stadium on the campus of Toms River South High School all knew that Coach Frank would eventually get the career wins record. They just hoped it would be that night. PHOTO: TOMS RIVER Coach Frank gave the ball to starting pitcher John Leiter, Everyone was happy for the win. nephew of Major Leaguers Al and Mark Leiter. Leiter took the PHOTO: TOMS RIVER SOUTH mound with the knowledge of the importance of the moment. He TR South’s entire team emptied the bench to congratulate did not disappoint. Leiter escaped a shaky first inning by only Frank on his 755th career win. giving up one run. South’s offense answered right back tying the game. To Southern Regional’s dismay, Leiter settled in and the offense scored six more times for the 7-1 win. Leiter was dominant, collecting 12 strikeouts en route to a complete game victory. When the last out was recorded, Leiter ran to Coach Frank for a fitting embrace. Ken Frank would spend the better part of the next 30 minutes shaking hands, hugging and high fiving. This included his coaches, his current players, his wife, his brother Bill (Head Coach at Toms River East) and then the fans and alumni that he has touched over the past 34 years while at the helm of the Toms River South baseball program. Finally, before cutting his 755th win commemorative cake, Coach Frank presented his traditional “game awards”. He took a moment to thank all in attendance for coming out. He thanked his current team for the victory. He then thanked the past players there who helped produce some of those 755 wins. He thanked all alumni and friends for being a part of his life. Ken Frank has 755 wins (and counting). He has coached state championship teams. He has coached a vast number of all- state players. He has coached players that would become collegiate AllAmericans and even major league ballplayers. His accomplishments are not just on the baseball field. He has produced graduates and fine citizens. While proud of the things he has done between the foul PHOTO: TOMS RIVER lines, he is equally proud of the people he has touched and those that Proud students march with a winning banner to congratulate the coach on reaching this have touched him. milestone.
Shore Lax Looking To Defend Shore Conference Title Jersey Sporting News • April 24 - May 8 Page 9
By Michael Rogers The Shore Regional girls’ lacrosse team is off to a 7-1 record this season and are the number one ranked team in the Shore Conference. They are also looking to repeat as champions of the Shore Conference Tournament that they won last season under 14th year Coach Chris Raichle. Even though the Blue Devils lost four key players to graduation, they have reloaded with new players that are having some success as well. After opening the season being upset by Red Bank Catholic (RBC) by the score of 9- 8, Shore has won seven consecutive games. In the opening game loss to the Caseys the Blue Devils led by the score of 7 - 3 before going scoreless for most of the second half and coming up just short on the scoreboard in the loss. Alyson Chwatek and Chelsey Henderson led the Blue Devils each scoring four goals. Nicole Britton led Shore tallying five assists. Since that opening day loss the Blue Devils have been perfect on the scoreboard and have been just dominant in most of their games. They had an impressive win against Manasquan by the score of 17 - 7. Chwatek and Molly Arnette each scored six goals while Chwatek also added four assists in that game. Shore also registered strong wins against St. John Vianney (SJV) by the score of 17 - 4, Red Bank Regional by the score of 16 - 5, and Holmdel by the score of 17 - 0. In what may be Shore Regional’s most impressive win of the season, the Blue Devils defeated the number two team in the Shore Conference in Rumson/ Fair Haven (RFH) by the score of 11 -10. After trailing 8- 3 in the first half, Shore went on a 6-0 scoring run in the second half that helped them pull off the amazing comeback. Coach Raichle said, “This was one of our biggest comebacks. We kept our heads up and just didn’t give up.” The game was also a milestone game for one of Shore’s best players: Chelsea Henderson. She scored four goals in the game giving her 100 goals in her high school career. She also added
PHOTO: FRANCINE ATTARDI Above: Nikki DeScenza (12) scores a goal for the Blue Devils. Right: Shore’s Chelsey Henderson covers ground with the ball.
two assists in the game. Molly Arnette also scored three goals in the game while goalie Taylor Caldwell made six saves. The Blue Devils still have some big games left on the schedule this season with a rematch against RFH coming up next as well as rematches against SJV, Holmdel and Red Bank Regional before a season ending game against Moorestown. Moorestown is an out of conference opponent who is one of the better teams in the state. They are currently undefeated (8-0) so far this season. Finally Shore will look to the state tournament as well as hoping to repeat as Shore Conference Tournament champions.
Jersey Sporting News • April 24 - May 8
Caseys Undefeated In A North
By Michael Rogers
PHOTO: SEAN SIMMONS R B C ’s M i k e DeMo n te ( 12) keeps t he bal l aw ay f r o m hi s opponent .
The Red Bank Catholic (RBC) boys’ lacrosse team has an overall record of 4 -2 but within the tough A North Division the Caseys are undefeated and 4-0. RBC is also ranked third in the Shore Conference with an experienced team that has key players at a lot of positions. After a tough opening day loss to state powerhouse Peddie by the score of 8 - 5 the Caseys ran off three straight wins before dropping a tough 11 10 loss to the number two ranked team in the Shore Conference in Jackson Memorial. They got back on the winning track in their next game which was an 8 - 3 win against Wall Township. In RBC’s three game winning streak, they got scoring from a variety of players. Against Ocean (6 - 3) RBC got two goals and an assist from Andrew Porzio and three assists from Chris Whitlock. Chet Tooker made five saves in goal. In the win against Howell (16 - 1) RBC got three goals and an assist from Cal Whaley, two goals and five assists from Chris Whitlock and two goals and two assists from Doug Whitlock. RBC outshot Howell 19 - 6 and Tooker again made five saves in the game. Against Wall (8 - 3) Whaley scored two goals, Doug Whitlock had four goals, Kyle Vill scored two goals and Frank Gabriel added an assist. On defense Rich Curran and Mike Stickle helped hold Wall to 17 shots. In their loss to Jackson Memorial the Caseys were ahead by the score of 3 -0 at halftime and 10 - 6 with three minutes left in the game but could not stop the Jaguars comeback falling short in overtime by the score of 11 - 10. Chris Whitlock scored four goals in the game while Doug Whitlock and Whaley each added two goals. RBC still has a tough schedule ahead and will need to continue to play well with games against RFH (ranked number one in the Shore Conference), CBA (ranked number three in the Shore Conference) and Don Bosco who is undefeated at 7 - 0 and are considered one of the top teams in the state.
Scott Scores 100th Career Goal In Toms River South Win Jersey Sporting News • April 24 - May 8 Page 11
By Eric Braun
TOMS RIVER- Macy Scott scored the100th goal of her high school lacrosse career Wednesday night in Toms River South's win over cross-town rival Toms River East. The win improved the Indians record to 2-5. Scott who came into the contest needing two goals to eclipse the 100 mark, got on the board midway through the first half to put South up 4-2. With time winding down in the half, Macy would get several opportunities to hit the mark but a little bit of pressing for the goal and great saves from Toms River East goal keeper Tori Gil, looked to keep Scott at 99 for the first half. With East looking to run out the clock with under a minute to go in the half and down 7-4, Scott would collect a turnover near midfield and race downfield and with one head fake move, she put the century mark goal in the back of the net with 13 seconds left, putting the Indians up 8-4. Scott is another one of those athletes who practices and competes hard and deserves all the success she receives. Even in pre-game warm-ups her focus is a 100% and it carries over to the game. She sets the tone for this young team that is struggling for consistency this season but is headed in the right direction. The leadership and handwork of players like Scott have the other players learning from her success and drive and will only help to improve the Indians. Scott, a junior, in the contest tallied four goals and two assists and was helped on offense by senior forward Danielle Johnson with six goals and fellow junior Noelle Shirey who added three goals and two assists. The Indians lost a tough contest against Jackson on Friday and dropped to 2-6 on the season. The Indians will look to gain some ground and confidence in the coming weeks with games against Toms River East, Manalapan, Brick Memorial, Howell and Southern Regional.
PHOTO: ERIC BRAUN Tom s R i v e r S o u t h ’s Macy Scott (15) runs the ball against To m s R i v e r E a s t .
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Rockets Roll Up 4 Wins Page 12
Jersey Sporting News • April 24 - May 8
By Ted Kaiser HAZLET— The Raritan softball team hit a grand slam of sorts last week. The Rockets reeled off four victories in impressive fashion to run their record to 7-3 overall after entering the week with a .500 record. Coach Aado Kommendant’s squad began the week with a 9-2 win over divisional foe Red Bank Regional. The game was tied 2-2 in the top of the fifth inning when the offense exploded. The Rockets ended the game with 11 hits and two home runs, one each by senior shortstop Bobbie Boehler PHOTO: FRANCINE ATTARDI and sophomore Emily Emily Mills lays down a perfect bunt. Schaffer. On Wednesday, the Rockets lifted off offensively again. Daniella Marino homered and douThey pounded out 10 runs in a 10-0 bled as part of the offensive shutout of Rumson-Fair Haven. onslaught on the afternoon. Marino Freshman Bethany Budner pitched is one of several freshmen making a for her first career win as regular surprising impact on the team. “We starter as Emily Schaffer was given expect to have a strong team this the day off. Budner allowed only year with the returning starters that one hit in a sterling performance. we have,” said Head Coach Schaffer was back on the mound the Kommendant prior to the start of the next day for an 11-1 victory over season. Raritan’s fourth win of the week Matawan. She also hit two doubles as Raritan poured on eight runs in came on Friday against non-divithe first inning to take the Huskies sional opponent Middletown North. out of the game early. Freshman Schaffer did not have her best day
on the hill while allowing four PHOTO: FRANCINE ATTARDI earned runs and 11 Pitching for Raritan is Emily Schaffer, who had a home run hits, but the during the game against RBR. offense continued to do well. Another talented freshman, Bethany Evans, had two RBIs as the Rockets prevailed 11-5. On Saturday, they hosted the third annual Stephanie Coonan Don’t Stop By Mike Celli Believin’ Classic in honor of the forAll sports are at full strength. The NBA mer Raritan player who passed away and NHL are in playoff mode, MLB is in in 2009. regular season and the NFL draft is quickly approaching. This is a great time to look
at time management. Exams, graduation prep and summer plans included. If you have an early morning project, excellence in carrying out the activity may depend on excellence in preparing yourself by assuring yourself a good night's rest. This is within your control, not beyond your control, as long as you make planning your time a top priority. Your future may be damaged if you do not take your present opportunities seriously. As long as you are putting in the time, make that time work for you. Don't count on being able to make up for missed opportunities to learn or develop. TIMELINESS is a virtue that most interviewers appreciate. Being on time for interviews is another mark of excellence that will have an important effect on that first impression. It can easily become a deciding factor when all other considerations are relatively equal. Deadlines for submission of materials can be deadly serious. If you have misjudged and believe you can't meet the deadlines, it is very important to notify the intended recipient as early in the project as possible so that appropriate adjustments can be made and others will not be at a disadvantage. Use your head and time management will be a breeze. TIME IS ON YOUR SIDE!
Sickles Market Wins “Best Of” in Four Categories in New Jersey Monthly’s Online Readers’ Poll and Sets Record Jersey Sporting News • April 24 - May 8 Page 13
LITTLE SILVER – Sickles Market sets a record with repeat winnings in four categories in New Jersey Monthly’s readers’ online poll - 2012 Jersey Choice: Best Of New Jersey. Winners in 80 categories were announced in the magazine’s April issue. According to New Jersey Monthly, over 8,000 readers participated and only one vote per e-mail or IP address was allowed. The ballots were tabulated by J.H. Cohn LLP, a Roseland-based accounting and consulting firm. Sickles Market took home the blue ribbon in the following categories: Florist, Garden Center, Gift Shop, and Gourmet Shop, as well as runners up for Bread and Butcher! The kudos are right on the tail of last year’s awards finale when Sickles Market won 2011 New Jersey Family Business Award by Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship at Fairleigh Dickinson University. The popular, century-old market has come a long way since it morphed from a seasonal farm stand to a national award-winningyear-round gourmet food market and garden center in 1999. Below are quotes from New Jersey Monthly about the category winners:
FLORIST A record-setting repeat winner in four categories, Sickles Market in Little Silver is a wonder. Its gourmet shop is hard to walk through without finding something you just can’t resist. A shopping trip to Italy last year by owner Bob Sickles Jr. added all sorts of artisanal goodies to go alongside the local products showcased by the market. Sickles is also the top-ranked gift shop, florist and garden center. The staff reports increased interest by patrons in growing their own vegetables. “In the early 2000s,” Sickles says, “it was more a do-it-for-me economy. Now it’s more do-moreof-it-myself.” (1 Harrison Ave; 732-741-9563; sickles-
market.com) GARDEN CENTER When Bob Sickles’s parents operated a seasonal, open-air market, they realized that customers wanted to grow their own fruits and vegetables, so they started selling edible plants. That idea has grown along with Sickles Market in Little Silver. It is
now a large outdoor garden center and greenhouse offering decorative and edible plants, as well as accessories like fountains and wind chimes. GIFT SHOP Not your typical gift shop, Sickles Market in Little Silver, in the words of Lisa Karasic, marketing manager for the 20,000-square-foot emporium, is “sort of an eclectic wonderland.” Products range from home decor accents like pillows and chandeliers to pampering treats like exfoliating products and body creams. GOURMET SHOP The gourmet grocery department of Sickles Market in Little Silver is special to owner Bob Sickles because it dates to when the business was seasonal and open-air, before the family built its 20,000square-foot store. “It’s still a big part of the business,” he says. “I like to say we specialize in quality, freshness and range of product.” To see the entire online article, here is the link. www.njmonthly.com Sickles Market mentions appear in the Shopping category and the Food category. Sickles Market – sharing quality since 1908, is a third generation family-owned market and a trusted source for well-edited quality selections of produce, baked goods, gourmet grocery items, meats, hand cutto-order artisanal cheeses, prepared foods, cut flowers, a garden center and nursery, and a gift department. Sickles Market is located on ancestral property that dates back to a King’s Land Grant in 1663. Sickles Market, not only offers the very best products and service at its Little Silver, NJ location, it has grown beyond its four walls to offer world-class specialties to customers everywhere through its online shop. In addition, Sickles “On the Road Tours” conducts day trips and travel programs to exceptional culinary and horticultural destinations in the U.S. and abroad. www.sicklesmarket.com Sickles Market, One Harrison Avenue (off Rumson Road), Little Silver, NJ, 732.741-9563
RFH Baseball Rallies For The Win
Jersey Sporting News • April 24 - May 8
PHOTO: FRANCINE ATTARDI Alex Bull on the mound for the Bulldogs.
By Jim Hintelmann RUMSON - While Red Bank Regional (RBR) and Red Bank Catholic (RBC) are regarded by many as Rumson/Fair Haven’s ( RFH) most important rivals, Shore Regional is also a top opponent and the Bulldogs rallied to score a key 85 A Central baseball win over Shore Thursday. The Bulldogs trailed until the sixth inning when they erupted for four runs to erase a 5-2 Blue Devil lead and then kept the lead for their big victory. "We were down 3-0 in the first inning and made several errors in the field," said Rumson's new Head Coach Greg Costello, "but we kept on focusing at the plate and we a great comeback.”
RFH’s big sixth inning began when Jake Simpson was hit by a pitch, Tom Kirman beat out a bunt and Nico Giaimo was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Chris Lorenz followed with a two-run single to center, driving in the tying and go-ahead runs and Dakota Sagnelli gave RFH two insurance runs with a double. "It was a fastball low and away," said Lorentz, who will play baseball at Skidmore next year. "It was in a good spot. I've been playing well this year." Shore got off to a good start in the first inning when Ben Hess was hit by a pitch, T.J. Bohnert beat out a bunt and Matt Cosentino belted a home run over the left field fence for a 3-0 lead. RFH answered back with two runs in the second. Sagnelli singled and Will Volker walked. Both scored on a double to center by Simpson. Shore got those two runs back in the fourth on a double by
Nick Blaney, T.J. Sempkowski's RBI single and two RFH errors. The Bulldogs began their comeback in its half of the fourth inning when Simpson singled and Giaimo homered over the right centerfield fence. "It was a fastball and I was protecting the plate," said Giaimo, who is having a solid season that has been highlighted by a school record eight straight hits recently. "I didn't make any adjustments," said Giaimo, who will be playing at Alleghany College next season."I just tried to hit the ball hard and help the team." Another key player for RFH was winning pitcher Shane McCarthy, who hurled three scoreless innings in relief of starter Lou Aikins. "He's just a sophomore, but he did a good job," said Coach Costello. "He shut them down on two hits and allowed only one walk.”
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Eagles Bounce Back From Loss To Caseys By Ted Kaiser MIDDLETOWN— The Middletown South baseball team knew that playing Red Bank Catholic (RBC) would be a good test to see where they stand. RBC entered the game as the consensus top team in the Shore Conference with a perfect 5-0 record at the time. The Eagles felt good about their changes after the top of the second inning. Two runs in the frame gave them a 2-1 edge. But the worst possible outcome happened in the bottom of the second. The Caseys exploded for 13 runs led by shortstop Al Molina’s two home runs. The big inning overwhelmed the Eagles who would fall 17-6 in the contest. That type of loss can sometimes have a devastating effect on a team; however, South would not let those emotions carry over to their next game. The Eagles bounced back on Wednesday and put a hurt of their own on Marlboro in a 10-0 victory. Senior outfielder Stefan Poggioli doubled and tripled as part of the 14-hit attack. Senior ace Howie Brey shut down the Mustangs and limited them to only two hits in the game. Brey moved his record to 3-1 on the PHOTO: SEAN SIMMONS season. After a 17-6 loss to RBC, Middletown South came back to shutout Marlboro 10-0. The Eagles are set to face Christian Brothers Academy this Monday followed by road games at To Advert i s e i n t h e J e r s e y S p o rt s N e w s Howell and Wall on Wednesday and Friday. Each game is at 3:45pm. It will be a set of three challeng732-610-1151 or go to ing games before a meeting with crosstown rival email@example.com Covering Monmouth and Ocean Counties Middletown North next Monday. Call
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Baseball Completes Series Sweep Of Mount Page 16
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Freshman Kyle Perry delivered a tworun, two-out game-winning single in game one and tagged out the tying run at the plate in game two's victory as the Monmouth University baseball team completed a Northeast Conference sweep of Mount St. Mary's. In the opening game, a 5-4 win for the Blue and White, Chris Perret and Jon Guida each contributed a pair of hits, while in game two, Danny Avella Matawan, connected on his team-leading sixth home run of the year and starter Dan Smith allowed one run over eight innings with six strikeouts for his sixth win of the season. Trailing by a run in game one, Monmouth (26-15, 15-5 NEC) rallied in the home half of the sixth, loading the bases with two-outs. Owen Stewart (Howell, N.J./St. Rose) and Guida both singled and, following a pitching change, Craig Sweeney, Middletown worked a pinch-hit walk. Perry took an 0-2 pitch to center field, out of the reach of Ryan Owens, chasing in Stewart and Guida, for the game-winning hit. Neil Harm hurled a no-hit ninth for his first of two saves on the afternoon. The first two pitches of the game from Mount's starter Thomas Williams resulted in back-to-back singles for Ed Martin (Hazlet, N.J./Raritan [Brookdale CC]) and Jamie Rosenkranz, Oakhurst landing the senior outfielders on third and first, respectively. With Jake Gronsky at bat, Rosenkranz stole second and Mark Quaranta's throw sailed
into center field allowing Martin to cross home and Rosenkranz to reach third. Gronsky then connected on a sacrifice fly, which scored Rosenkranz, and gave the Blue and White an early 2-0 lead. The Mount answered in the top of the second inning on Jay Knight's sacrifice fly, and RBI singles from Michael Foster and Quaranta to go ahead, 3-2. Monmouth knotted the score in the bottom of the fourth inning as Perret singled and moved to second on Stewart's sacrifice bunt. Guida followed
with a RBI double to left center field to even the score at 3-3. Nick Walker connected on a double off the wall in the sixth inning, scoring Knight who lead off the frame with a bunt single, to give the Mount its one run lead, 4-3, leading up to Perry's game-winner. TJ Hunt earned his first collegiate victory, working a perfect two-thirds of an inning out of the Hawks' bullpen. Stephen Frey who started for the Blue and White, lasted two innings after surrendering three runs on six hits with a
strikeout. Adam Yunginger worked 3.1 innings of relief, yielding a run on five hits with a punch-out. Thomas Williams suffered the loss, allowing five runs on seven hits with two strikeouts in 5.2 innings of work. Ahead, 2-1, with one out in the ninth inning, the Mount threatened to spoil the Hawks' sweep. With Harm on the hill, Andrew Clow singled to right and was pinch ran for by Zack Schramm. Sam Nott drove a double off the left center field wall that was corralled by
Allow Baseball Players To Play Their Game
By Jim Garrett Baseball is the number one sport in our great sports minded country. The vast majority of our public knows how to play baseball. It is a fun sport with very few rules so it is easy for anyone to learn how to play and fall in love with the game. It is a personal sport with players playing the game with their own playing skills that they work on constantly to improve because of their love of the game. When a baseball player plays, he performs with a freedom to reach the highest level of competition. When coaches and managers from the little league level all the way up to the major leagues over manage, their players lose their ability to react in a natural manner which they have learned over their years of playing. Catchers should be able to call the pitches without the influence of their coaches. The catcher knows the pitcher better than any coach from practicing with him constantly and also knows how that pitcher is performing that particular day. The pitcher trusts his catcher and can easily tell him what pitch or pitches he wants to throw in various situations.
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Pitchers and catchers get very comfortable with one another and the pitcher usually wants his catcher to call his pitches so that he can concentrate on pitching the game. A batter needs to be on his own to have success hitting the baseball. As he settles into the batter’s box he is using his knowledge of the pitcher as well as the situation in the game before he swings at a pitch. If a coach gives a batter a hold signal, it can interfere with the player at bat. When batters are asked to work the count and take pitches it can take the bat right out of his hands. Baseball is a game of instant and constant reactions and a coach cannot cloud a player’s head and bother his ability to react in certain situations by calling certain signs or plays. This can affect his natural reaction to playing the game. The time in which a batter has to determine the style of pitch, the location of the pitch and the speed of it is so small that it has to be a natural reaction and not one that is planned or called by a coach. The players need to be allowed to play their game.
Stevenson’s Hot Bat Leads RBR B y Ted Kaiser RED BANK— Super sophomore Jess Stevenson is doing all she can offensively to help the Red Bank Regional (RBR) softball team. Her bat has been on fire throughout the early part of the season as the Bucs are off to a 6-3 start. The team has a goal to make the state playoffs so a .500 or better record is critical. Stuck in the challenging Class A Central Division, Red Bank knows every game game is important especially winnable non-divisional games. The Bucs earned one of those valuable victories last week with an 8-7 comefrom-behind- win over Middletown North. The Lions took a 4-0 advantage with three runs in the top of the fourth inning. RBR answered in the bottom half of the inning to close to within 4-3
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on a double by Brianna Calabrese which plated all three runs. But North responded with three runs of their own in the fifth inning to take a 7-3 lead. The Bucs stormed back in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at 7-7. Then after two and a half scoreless innings, Jess Stevenson worked her magic. She connected on a solo home run to give RBR a walk off 8-7 win. “We have a young team but we’re going to be pretty good,” said third baseman Trish Langley before the season began. Indeed, the Bucs look like a competitve squad despite a 7-6 setback to Holmdel last Thursday. Stevenson and Kaylee Hartman each had two RBIs, but the Hornets pounded out 17 hits to take the win in that contest.
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Martin, who fired in to Guida, who relayed a strike to Perry at home where he applied the tag to keep the Hawks ahead by one. Harm got Brandon Scott to strike out swinging to secure the Hawks 2-1 victory and his fourth save of the season. Avella broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the sixth inning, hitting a two-run home run, over the right field wall, scoring Gronsky, who doubled with one out in the frame. Winter's RBI single in the eighth inning brought the Mount within one, 2-1. In defeat, Brady Fiegl worked six innings allowing two runs on five hits with two strikeouts for the Mount. Monmouth continues its seven-game homestand as it welcomes Seton Hall to West Long Branch at 3:30 on Tuesday for a non-conference tilt.
PHOTO:FRANCINE ATTARDI R B R ’s Morgan Schroll (1) makes a play in the outfield.
Colts Lacrosse Having Another Successful Season Page 18
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By Michael Rogers Bulldogs but just ran out of The Christian Brothers time and the comeback fell Academy (CBA) lacrosse just short. Finn led the way team is having another sucfor the Colts scoring four cessful season. Head Coach goals and three assists. The Dave Santos has the Colts game was a momentous off to a 5 -2 record this seaone for Finn as he scored son and they are ranked as his 100th goal of his high the number three team in school career as well as the Shore Conference. In scoring his 100th assist. He their most recent win, the now has scored 109 goals Colts defeated Holmdel (4 in his career as well as 2) by the score of 11- 4. In scoring 110 assists. Habich the non-divisional game also added three goals and CBA jumped out to a 5 - 1 two assists in the RFH halftime lead and kept it game where Coach Santos going in the second half was proud of his team’s behind goals from Alex effort noting, “In the secRoth (4 goals /1 assist), ond half we took care of Donny Finn (2 goals/ 4 the ball and we were more assists), and Lucius Habich patient on offense and it (2 goals/ 1 assist). The showed”. Colts outshot the Hornets The Colts will look to 32 - 19 in that game. continue their winning CBA also defeated the ways this season with number ninth ranked team some tough games coming in the Shore Conference in up on the schedule. CBA Howell (4 -4) by the score PHOTO:: FRANCINE ATTARDI has games against Freehold A g g r e s s i v e p l a y o n the field has CBA o ff to a winning start this season and a 5-2 record. of 13 - 3 in a Class A North Township, Colts Neck and Division game. Finn had an Red Bank Catholic in the all around great game tallying four so far this year the Colts came up just the score of 6 - 1 at the end of the first next few weeks.. The Colts will need goals and four assists. Habich also short against the number one ranked half, the Colts regrouped and made a to continue playing at the high level added two goals and two assists while team in the Shore Conference in great second half comeback cutting the Roth scored a goal and had two assists. Rumson/ Fair Haven (RFH) by the lead to 9 - 7 after scoring three straight they have played at so far this season In their biggest game of the season score of 11 - 8. After falling behind by goals. CBA kept the pressure on the to continue their success.
A Quick Pathway to a New “IN DEMAND” Career Jersey Sporting News • April 24 - May 8 Page 19
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Stellar Pitching Carries TR South
B y Ted Kaiser TOMS RIVER— A key reason for the success of the Toms River South baseball team has been the depth of its pitching staff. Having an ace is great, but being able to put several above average pitchers in the rotation is a powerful weapon. The Indians have that formula again this year. In the last two years, top tier starters such as Andrew McGee and Connor Kaden have graduated. That would leave most schools with a bare cupboard, but TR South showed their depth last week with three wins to move their record to 9-1 overall. On Thursday, it was senior John
Leiter’s turn on the hill. Leiter mowed down the Brick Township hitters with 12 strikeouts on his way to a complete- game six hitter and a 2-0 victory. It was the right-hander’s second straight game of 12 strikeouts. The Indians did not muster much offense against Brick ace Brandon Kieslor, but managed to scratch across two runs on six hits. The previous day was senior Kyle Driscoll’s turn in the rotation. He spun a four-hit complete game shutout while also striking out 12 batters in a 3-0 win over Toms River East. The Rutgers-bound Driscoll moved to 3-0
on the season and gave the Indians a one-game lead over the Raiders. Senior third baseman Andrew Hourigan had a two-RBI single and senior Rob Cashin added the other RBI. Earlier this season, Head Coach Ken Frank became the all-time winningest coach in the state of New Jersey. He has a 760-238-3 record for his career.
PHOTO: ERIC BRAUN Winning pitcher Mark Leiter threw against Southern Regional earning his coach’s 755th win. Leiter had 12 strikouts during the game.
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