CBA wrestling team takes a giant step forward Colts knock off

first_imgCBA wrestling team takes a giant step forward Colts knock off JERRY WOLKOWITZ CBA’s John Niedrich works on St. John Vianney’s Brian McNally during their 140-pound bout on Thursday. Niedrich’s pin was an important one for the Colts, who beat the Lancers, 26-23, for their first sectional title in team history. St. John Vianney for first-ever sectional title By doug mckenzie Staff Writer For years, the Christian Brothers Academy wrestling program has been fighting to reach a level of respectability within the Shore Conference wrestling scene. JERRY WOLKOWITZ St. John Vianney’s Anthony Castro tries to turn CBA’s Drew Chianese during a 130-pound bout on Thursday. Castro defeated Chianese, 11-4, to run his record to a perfect 24-0. At a school where the basketball, swimming, and track and field teams annually dominate the headlines with their solid performances, the Colts’ wrestling teams have never reached that powerhouse status. That is all about to change. The Colts took a very big step toward respectability last week when they knocked off rival St. John Vianney, 26-23, in the NJSIAA Parochial A South final Thursday night in Holmdel. From there, the Colts went to Trenton’s Sovereign Bank Arena Saturday in search of their first state title, but came up just short, falling to Bergen Catholic, 35-29. But despite the disappointment of losing the state final by a single match, the young Colts have officially sent a message to the Shore that they have finally become a force to be reckoned with. Going into the St. John Vianney match, both sides agreed that the coin flip would probably have a lot to do with deciding the winner. Both teams had match-up advantages, but the toss would decide how they would play out. CBA won the toss, and as a result, was able to run off six straight wins in the middle weights to build up enough points to hold off a late Vianney charge. The match started at 119, where CBA freshman Charles Favia recorded a 6-3 win over Vianney’s Mike Brogan. Vianney then took the lead when junior Justin Algorin major decisioned Patrick Bulvanoski, 10-0. The Lancers increased that mark when undefeated Anthony Castro (24-0) beat Andrew Chianese, 11-4 at 130 pounds. In the 135 match, the Vianney again padded its lead when Brian Michalkowski topped Mike Tesalona 9-2. CBA then ripped off their six wins in a row, starting with John Niedrich’s pin of Brian McNally at 140, which cut the lead to 10-9. The following bout turned out to be the key match-up of the contest. Vianney (14-4) sent out Mike Lombardi, allowing CBA to bump up senior captain Eric Spargimino to 152, and send out Vincent Buffalino instead. Buffalino then registered a crucial 12-9 win, scoring a pair of late takedowns to seal the win. Spargimino then followed that with a 12-1 major decision, and the Colts were beginning to pull away. CBA’s Paul Schibell then added another major decision, 15-4, at 160, while Ed Allegra followed that with a 7-0 win at 171. The Colts’ final win came at 189, where Kyle Hrymak scored a 7-1 win. From there it was all Vianney, as the Lancers reeled off four straight wins. However, their inability to notch bonus points kept them from overcoming CBA’s lead. Joe Tenpenny started the comeback effort with a 9-1 major decision, and was followed by Jon Lazarchick, who major decisioned Bruce DeCottis 9-1 in the heavyweight bout. Vianney then kept its hopes alive when Bryan Fasano won a thrilling double-overtime match against Frank Quigley with a rideout at 103 pounds. That left the match at 26-20, meaning SJV would need a pin in the final bout to tie. There were some anxious moments in the 112-pound bout, as Vianney’s Kyle Pardun had Anthony Aldorasi locked in a cradle with 10 seconds left. But Aldorasi fought his way off the pin, sealing the team win despite dropping the bout, 8-2. The visiting Colts celebrated their first ever sectional title, while the young Lancers dejectedly came to grips with the fact that they fell a few bonus points shy of a trip to the state finals. Following the match, the Colts set their sights on Bergen Catholic, while the Lancers began to talk about the upcoming district tournament. But what everyone agreed on is that these two young squads will make up one of the Shore’s better rivalries over the next few years. The Colts gave another heroic effort Saturday, but fell just short against Bergen Catholic, winding up on the other side of the bonus point dilemma. The match started at 152, where Spargimino scored an 8-6 win to give the Colts the early edge. From there, Schibell increased the lead with a 9-5 win at 160, before Bergen Catholic got on the board with a pin at 171. That set up an important decision for CBA coach Mike Baldi. Baldi chose to bump undefeated Allegra from 171 to 189 to avoid pairing him against Bergen’s region place-winner Brian Lucas. Lucas then pinned backup Pat Betterton at 2:16, while Allegra, giving up 17 pounds to Tom Layman, could only muster a 4-2 win. That left the match at 9-6, but gave the Crusaders the early edge in bonus points. At heavyweight, the Crusaders got another big break when CBA’s DeCottis was called for locking hands while trying to ride out Brian Fischer during double-overtime. The call gave Bergen Catholic the 3-2 win, and their first lead. State place-winner Bryan Nunziato followed with a pin at 103, and Derek Sickles then added a technical fall at 112 to give the Crusaders a 26-9 lead. But to their credit, the Colts fought back, with Favia starting things off with a 6-2 win. That was followed by a Bergen Catholic pin at 125, before Chianese scored a technical fall at 130. The Colts had a chance to tie the match with a win at 135, but Tesalona was topped by Nick Matteo, 6-4, after Matteo scored a two-point tilt at the start of the third period and effectively rode Tesalona out the rest of the way. CBA closed the match with a pair of pins, but still fell six points short of a state title. But the Colts will be back, with only three senior starters graduating at the end of the year, and will look to continue the progress they made this year. There’s a new power emerging in Lincroft.last_img read more

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Colts wrap up strong year with state tournament loss

first_img The CBA lacrosse team not only equaled last year’s school record win total at 15, but also repeated as Curcio Division and NJSIAA Catholic School champions for the second straight season. The Colts, who defeated Bergen Catholic 10-5 for the Catholic School title, also participated in the NJSIAA tournament, winning a play-in game against St. Augustine, of Richland, 13-1, before dropping a 15-11 decision to Johnson Regional, Clark, Friday to end the campaign. “I’m very proud of our team,” fourth-year coach Dave Santos said. “They played tough against everyone. Last season we were blown out a couple of times. That didn’t happen this season. We proved that we could play against anyone.” Captain Bill Duerr was the Colts’ top player and leading scorer with 111 points on 54 goals and 57 assists. The senior completed his career with school records in goals with 129 and points with 240. Those records may not stand for too long, however. Duerr’s younger brother, Tom, has a spectacular freshman season, leading CBA in goals with 63, while also getting 41 assists. Tom Duerr will obviously be a key player for Santos next season as the coach seeks to replace the elder Duerr as well as several other seniors. Those veterans include the versatile defensive tandem of T.J. Mann and Jonathan Lewicki and midfielders Ryan Huthwaite, John Cahill and Erik Gronbeck. Other key returnees include juniors Mark Schottinger, an attackman who scored 45 goals and added 15 assists, midfielder Kyle Gwyn-Williams, who scored 10 goals and seven assists, along with sophomore midfielder Brendan Barton, who hit the net 18 times and had 10 assists. In addition goal tender Ed Bernard returns. The junior maintained a goal-against average of just under five and made more than 200 saves. All of this gives Santos plenty of reasons to be optimistic about next year’s squad. “We’re going to miss our seniors; they were our leaders on and off the field, but we have a good group coming back to build around,” Santos said. Staff Writer By Warren Rappleyea last_img read more

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first_imgOcean United Soccer Association is forming a new U12 girls soccer team to begin play in the fall. Girls born after July 31, 1994, are eligible. Tryouts will be held June 3 at 1:30 p.m. and June 7 at 5 p.m. at the Ocean Intermediate School. Contact John Marchisin at (732) 492-5129 or jmarchisin@ishinc.com for details. The Hazlet Bombers, a U14 boys travel soccer team, will be holding tryouts for the upcoming season on June 8 at 6 p.m. at the Hazlet Soccer Complex. Hazlet residency is not required. The Bombers play in MOSA and are currently National 3. For more information, call Ed Young at (732) 739-0429. The Hazlet Sting wrapped up their spring season Saturday evening in the rain where they came from behind to tie the Bridgewater S.A. Titans 2-2 in an exciting MNJYSA U8 Boys Flight 3 playoff game contested at the Hazlet Soccer Complex. Despite the slippery field, the young Hazlet team was determined to strike back at the Titans for the 1-0 loss they were handed in the teams’ last matchup in March. The Sting were first to score early in the first half, but the Titans responded with two goals of their own. Hazlet continued to play impressively and with several minutes left in the game the Sting squad rallied and netted the game’s final goal, which resulted in a 2-2 tie at the whistle. The next step for the Hazlet United S.A. (HUSA) Sting will be the 2006 Sayreville Summer Classic Tournament to be held June 16-18. This will be their second tournament entered in the 2005-2006 soccer season. The HUSA U8 Sting are Resul Abas, Jake Capichana, Adam Chang, Brian Edwards, Jacob Hiban, Joey Koempel, Andres Medina, Chris Medina, Joe Miragliotta, Barry O’Sullivan, Alan Troisi and Russell Van Cleve. The team are coached by Ralph Troisi, who is assisted by Bob Edwards and Pete Miragliotta.last_img read more

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first_imgHazlet United Shooting Stars U17 girls Monmouth Ocean Soccer Association Premier level seeks dedicated players born after Aug. 1, 1990 to play upcoming tournaments and/or spring 2008 season. Please contact Mike Ligo (732) 787-4454 or email ligo178@aol.com for additional information.last_img

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first_imgThe Clifton T. Barkalow PTO, Freehold Township, will hold a 5K race on Saturday, May 31, starting at 10 a.m. at the township’s Turkey Swamp Park. This is the first Blue Jay 5K run/walk and is being managed by the Freehold Area Running Club (FARC), according to race director Jan Caputo, a sixth-grade language arts teacher and cross country coach at Barkalow. The race is designed to encourage physical fitness and to appeal to all ages and levels: the competitive racer, the firsttime runner and the fitness walker. The racewill feature T-shirts designed by a Barkalow student (a contest was held in the beginning ofApril); refreshments; a scenic, flat course in Turkey Swamp Park; prizes (with extra awards for young runners); and a raffle for all participants.One of the race sponsors, Sportcraft, ofMountOlive inMorris County, has donated 11 of its products- treadmills, elliptical machines, foosball and air hockey tables, and bocce sets- as prizes for the post-race raffle. Entry fee is $20 before May 21, and $15 for students 18 and under. After May 21, the registration fee is $25 and T-shirts are not guaranteed. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. on race day. Formore information and an application, go to the Web site http://cliftontbarkalow.freeholdtwp.nj.k12us. com/JCaputo.last_img read more

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Barnes to the rescue as Huskies open with win

first_imgMatawan gets by Freehold Boro BY WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent Freshman Kashaun Barnes got a lot of work at quarterback in the preseason for Matawan’s football team when Jared Allison missed more than a week of practice and two scrimmages with a bad shoulder bruise. “He’s going to be outstanding,” coach Joe Martucci said of Barnes toward the end of the preseason. Martucci’s words came to fruition sooner than expected as Barnes again stepped in during the second half of last Saturday night’s nondivisional opener at home against Freehold Borough after Allison suffered cramps in both legs. Barnes sealed a 22-2 nondivisional victory with two touchdown passes. It was a tall challenge stepping in for one of the most heralded quarterbacks in the state, who last season racked up nearly 2,000 yards of passing and rushing yardage for the 11-1 Huskies, who won their first state title since the 1992 season. “He got some playing time and was battle-tested,” Martucci said of Barnes, who played in scrimmages against highly regarded St. Joseph’s of Montvale and Lacey High School. “He was pretty cool, calm and collected, so his playing in the preseason worked out well. The biggest thing is he controls his emotions. He’s got great size at 6 feet 4, and doesn’t play like a freshman. He has progressed more with what we’ve asked him to do.” Austin Davis, who missed last season with a back injury, caught touchdown strikes from Barnes of 25 and 64 yards, and McArthur Underwood closed the scoring with a 33-yard touchdown run with 2:48 left as the Huskies came alive after a sluggish first half in which they led 3-2 on Zeke Vega’s 34-yard field goal in the second quarter. “They [Freehold Borough] had eight or nine guys on the line a lot of times and ran a loose concept, and we had a couple of breakdowns,” Martucci said of the quiet first half. “They had Jared contained, and we made some corrections at halftime physically and mentally. We did a better job blocking for the passing game. We slowed their pass rush and were able to run the ball.” But Matawan, defending the NJSIAA Group II Central title, its fourth state title, and seeking a 10th division title in Martucci’s 27th season, expects Allison back in the lineup Thursday night for the 7 p.m. kickoff at Count Basie Field against Red Bank Regional High School. The Huskies were moved from the Shore Conference Liberty Division to A Central for this season. Martucci said the team suffered no serious injuries coming off its opener. “They run a similar spread offense and primarily a 4-3 defense, although they sometimes go into a 3-5,” Martucci said of Red Bank Regional. “We need to stay focused because they’re much improved.” Martucci said the key again is defense, after shutting down the triple option of Freehold Borough, whose only points came off a safety in the second quarter when a punt was snapped over Vega’s head into the end zone and it never seriously threatened. Linebacker D.J. Chaney led the defense with 10 tackles, and Martucci also praised the efforts of Solomon Simpkins at safety and Underwood at cornerback.last_img read more

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first_imgHolmdel High School’s Keri Lee races toward the finish line of the 100-meter hurdles at the Monmouth County Track and Field Championships held at Holmdel High School on May 11 and 13. Lee finished fifth in the hurdles final, clocking 15.91. JEFF GRANIT stafflast_img

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District 21 tournament

first_imgSCOTT FRIEDMAN St. John Vianney High School’s Paul Piccione, right, lifts Jackson Memorial High School’s Fred Terranova off the mat during their 120-pound match in the finals of the NJSIAA District 21 Wrestling Tournament on Feb. 21 at Manalapan High School. Piccione lost in overtime.last_img

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Revenge not a factor in win over Chelsea, says Pellegrini

first_imgRevenge was not on the agenda for Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini as he watched his side cruise to a 2-0 victory over Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea in the FA Cup on Saturday.City suffered a 1-0 Premier League defeat by Chelsea at their Etihad Stadium on Feb. 3, but Pellegrini said that was not a factor in the performance.“It wasn’t revenge that drove us – of course we don’t want to lose two games to Chelsea at home,” Pellegrini, who has been on the receiving end of criticism from Mourinho this season, told reporters.“We played very well in all senses. Defending, in possession, attacking – Chelsea didn’t have any chances to shoot and that was important to us.”Goals from Stevan Jovetic and Samir Nasri eased City into the quarter-finals of the competition and such was their dominance they deprived Chelsea of a single shot on target.“It’s so easy for me to talk about tactics because we won – I don’t think we had any tactical problems against Chelsea the other day – we know how they play, we know how we play,” Pellegrini said.“Today was not a tactical masterclass from me – I don’t believe in those things.”City’s win over Chelsea kept them in the hunt for winning four trophies this season and Pellegrini will not be changing his side’s approach if they are to become the first English side to achieve such a feat.“We don’t talk about that (the quadruple) – we’ll try to fight in all of the competitions but I never talk about the quadruple,” the former Real Madrid manager added.“I had a lot of questions after Chelsea, if we’re going to change our way of playing but I repeat: we will not change the way we play.“Today was important to show why we continue to play in the same way.”City’s next test is a Champions League last-16 first leg against Barcelona on Tuesday.last_img read more

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City exit leaves English giants in Champions League cold

first_imgBy Ed OsmondManchester City were knocked out of the Champions League by Barcelona on Wednesday to leave the English Premier League without a representative in the last eight of Europe’s elite club competition for the second time in three years.As three Spanish sides, two French and one each from Germany, Italy and Portugal await the last-eight draw on Friday, England’s much-loved and cash-washed top flight will have no direct interest in the latter stages of the tournament.Chelsea were the last English winners in 2012, Manchester United triumphed in 2008 and reached the final in 2009 and 2011 while Chelsea made the last four 12 months ago before losing to Atletico Madrid.French sides proved to be the nemesis for Chelsea and Arsenal this season.Premier League leaders Chelsea battled to a 1-1 draw in their last-16 first-leg game at Paris St Germain but were stunned when 10-man PSG fought back to draw 2-2 and progress on away goals.Arsenal would have been delighted to draw Monaco in the last 16 but imploded in a 3-1 defeat in the first leg in London, a spirited 2-0 victory in the Principality proving insufficient to stop the Ligue 1 team advancing on away goals.At least Chelsea and Arsenal survived the group stage.Liverpool, Premier League runners-up behind Manchester City last season, failed to get to the knockout stages, finishing third in a group behind Real Madrid and Swiss champions Basel.All of which left Everton as the only English side left in European competition this season.They take a 2-1 lead to Dynamo Kiev in the second leg of their Europa League last-16 clash on Thursday (8pm).But however far Roberto Martinez’s team go in the second-tier competition, it has been a chastening season for the Premier League abroad.last_img read more

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