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SPF Youth Indians Defeat Junior Division Braves, 64 SPF Soccer Cosmos Nudge
SPF Sideliner Boys, 21
The Scotch PlainsFanwood Jazz girls intercity soccer team staged a stirring secondhalf comeback to beat the Cranford Destroyers, 32, in Cranford on April 16.
The Jazz fell behind 20 in the first half but solid goaltending by Maddie Wasser kept situations sane. Toward the end of the half, Jazz striker Lauren Mains was dropped in the penalty area setting up a penalty shot. Mains lined up her shot and whistled a screamer over the Cranford goalie’s head to put the Jazz on the board.
The Jazz came out hot in the second half. Jess McGarry made a whirling midfield fake and sent a pass to right wing Lauren Hercel, who scorched a
shot just a few inches over the cross bar. Luck befell the Jazz when Shannon Hauser sent a long, rolling shot that somehow eluded three Destroyer defenders and the goalie to finally settle into the left corner of the goal to tie the game.
Soon afterwards, Becca McGuire worked the ball into Cranford territory and found Briana Falco who then chipped a pass over two Destroyers to right wing Meaghan Kelly. From what appeared to be an impossible angle, Kelly launched a cruise missile that found the left corner of the net for the goahead goal.
The Destroyers stormed back, but a great cutoff on a breakaway by Jessica Churgin and a sensational save by Bitsy Kipping, preserved the victory for the Jazz.
The Scotch PlainsFanwood Intercity U9 division soccer bragging rights were determined on April 16 when the Cosmos nudged the Sideliners, 21, in a hotly contested and very wellplayed game.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Cosmos jumped to a 10 lead but the Sideliners tied it up in the third quarter on a long kick by Steven Young.
The game looked as though it would end in a tie as both teams’ defenses rose to the occasion to thwart their opponents scoring chances. Throughout the game, players from both teams sacrificed their bodies in an attempt to gain control of the ball. However, as time was running out in the fourth quarter, the Cosmos scored to seal the victory.
The goaltending of Michael Scannell and Andrew Smith was outstanding for
the Sideliners. They always seemed to be there to stop an oncoming shot. Thomas Holt, Joseph Del Prete, Josef Ellis, and Patrick Clancy turned in stellar performances from their forward positions. They kept constant pressure on the Cosmo defense, combining speed and outstanding ball control. Greg Bencivengo, Danny Gore, Brendan McEvoy and Young provided a swarming defense that helped clear the ball out of their zone and breakup many Cosmo scoring opportunities.
The Braves and the Indians of the Scotch PlainsFanwood Youth Baseball Association Junior Division treated their fans to an exciting, wellplayed game on April 15, with the Indians winning 64.
The Braves took a, 10, first inning lead and added three more in the third. Later, the Indians cut the lead to 42.
Then in the top of the sixth, the Indians rallied with four runs. The Braves did put the tying run on in the bottom of the inning, but were unable to score.
The Braves pitching was outstanding. James Wheeler struck out 11 batters in four innings. and Connor Viglianti
notched four while Andrew Barry picked up one. Barry and Joe Sette did outstanding jobs behind the plate while Joseph Del Prete turned in a great performance at second base. Third basemen Paul Longson and Jorge Cruz had a solid game as did outfielders Chris DeCarlo, Danny Michalak and Gailmarie Sprague.
Offensively, Wheeler was oneforone with two RBI. Barry had an RBI single while Neil Merchant chipped in with an RBI. Matt Tenzer, Thomas Reade, Wheeler and Viglianti all scored runs. The Braves were very aggressive on the base paths with Sean Dolgin, Merchant, Wheeler, Barry, Del Prete, Tenzer and Reade all swiping bases.
SPF United Crush Cranford Crusaders
The SPF United soccer team crushed the Cranford Centennial Crusaders, 42, on April 16. Tyler Stanek scored the final two goals to determine the outcome.
In the first half, the United rejected every scoring attempt by the Cougars. Goalie Brandon Reddington blocked everything going his way and Brian Dougher, Brendan Kirby and Evan Aspell were an excellent wall of defense. Timmy Stuart and Ryan Kreuger were relentless in trying to change the direction of the ball but no scoring occurred in the first half.
Things changed after halftime. Jeff Stuart became the goalie and rejected nearly all shots taken on him. On a corner kick by Tommy Sutter, the ball bounced off the post and went in for the first score. Afterwards, the Crusaders scored two perfect goals in the corner of the net.
Later, during a frenzy near the opposing goal, Taylor Molinaro seized the moment and kicked it in for the tie. Then Stanek did his magic with his two perfect goals.
Scotch Plains Rec. Offers Sign Up for Track Meets
The Scotch Plains Recreation Commission again is advising boys and girls ages 914 interested in the Hershey Youth
Track Program that they participate in an open meet to be held on Friday, May 19, under the direction of John Kurtz, at the Governor Livingston High School Track Field, Berkeley Heights, 68 p. m. This will serve as a trial for those intending to sign up for the District Meet scheduled for June 2.
The checkin time is 4: 30 p. m. First place winners in the District Meet will then be eligible to compete in the Hershey Track Finals scheduled for Sunday, June 25. Checkin time for the State Meet is 8: 45 a. m. with the meet commencing at 10 a. m., also at Governor Livingston.
Scotch Plains and Fanwood youths can compete in one track and two field events (softball throw, standing long jump) or two track events (50, 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1,600 runs) and one field event. Ages (as of December 31, 2000) for competition are 910, 1112, 1314.
Interested youngsters may use the proper form available in the Scotch Plains Recreation Office, 430 Park Avenue, or go directly to the Governor Livingston Track Field, and sign up through Kurtz, Track Coach for Berkeley Heights Recreation as well as overall Coordinator for the open meet, the District Meet as well as the State Finals. Any questions, call (908) 3226700 or (908) 4640550.
WTA Will Begin Women’s Tennis
All local women tennis players may join the Westfield Tennis Association and participate in one or more of the tennis ladders organized by the (W. T. A.) Applications may be obtained at the Recreation Office in the town municipal building.
Each ladder has players interested in meeting other players for friendly competition. Players arrange matches between themselves and the winner calls in the score to the ladder coordinator. Season play will begin on May 1 and continue through Labor Day. Ladder standings are posted in The Westfield Leader
every two weeks. Further information is available by telephoning Jean Power at 6547418. Final standings for the 1999 season as follows:
1. Cheryl Buckman 32. Eileen Mitchell 2. Joann Purdy 33. Diane Evans 3. Karen Dorne 34. Jan Velasco 4. Vanesa Barber 35. Liz Fischer 5. Cindy Fechter 36. Carole Smillie 6. Wendi Cohen 37. Anne Colucci 7. Jean Power 38. N. Freundlich 8. Clara Karnish 39. Helen Leong 9. Sherri Bender 40. SuzanneMinken 10. Helaine Wasserman 41. Karen Fried 11. Andrea Lowenstein 42. T. Tamborlane 12. Anna Murray 43. Linda Coleman 13. Janice Honymar 44. Shari Koll 14. Carla Molowa 45. Carol Gross 15. Kathy O’Neill 46. Clare Minick 16. Evelyn Matino 47. Diana Edkins 17. Terry Macri 48. Sarah Gordon 18. Tiiu Gennert 49. Jeanie Arida 19. Pat Page 50. Lauren Falk 20. Leslie Streit * Lisa Alter 21. Janet Cornell * Lynne Augis 22. Jody Weisman * Lisa Berkower 23. Lisa Mikovits * Paula Brotman 24. Diane Barabas * C. Clevenger 25. Monica Gundrum * Marci Fisher 26. Michelle Fine * Mimi Fritz 27. Kristen Kolek * M. Iarochenko 28. Ellen Smith * Donna Kennedy 29. Andrea MacRitchie * Andrea Krest 30. Diane Fleming * Liz Mitchell 31. Deidre Gelinne * Joni Sweetwood
* (Indicates new players.) New players, as well as existing players, are allowed two free challenges and must use them by June 1. Afterward, players may challenge anyone up to eight positions higher on the ladder. The first reporting period concludes at 8 p. m. Sunday, May 21. Match scores should be called in by the winner to Jean Power.
SPF Soccer Jazz Destroy Cranford Destroyers, 32
U10 Storm Strikes SPF Strikers, 41
The Scotch PlainsFanwood U10 Strikers suffered a 41 defeat to the North Hunterdon Storm on April 16.
Two early attempts by Jordan Neuhauser on feeds from Kyle Mihansky and Timmy Leischner, just missed the Storm’s net. Keeper Adam Brous made several great saves to keep the first quarter scoreless. But the Storm scored twice in the second quarter.
Mike DeVizio, Jarek Cohen and Eddie Kahn got off many shots on setups by John Guiffre and Brian Hessemer, but the Storm keeper held tight in the second half. Defenders James Dinizo and Rob Cunningham thwarted many Hunterdon attempts to penetrate Striker territory.
Down 30 in the fourth, the Strikers fought back and managed to break through the Storm line, allowing Tommy Hercel to score. Hunterdon responded with another goal just before the final whistle.
Little Devils Register PostSeason Mat Wins
Three Westfield Little Devils continued their post season winning in recent Freestyle and GrecoRoman Wrestling Tournaments.
McKinley School matman Brandon Rolnick, wrestling as 69 lb. Midget, took first place in the Kenilworth FreestyleGrecoRoman Tournament on April 9 where he pinned Brendan Ard from the Edge Wrestling School in 19 seconds and Joe Lospinoso from Kennilworth in 30 seconds. Rolnick also took first at the Peddie School Freestyle/ GrecoRoman Tournament on April 16 where he pinned Ard again and Aldrich from Watchung Hills, both in the first period.
CoCaptain Nick Delpopolo, 86 lb. Novice from McKinley, took first in the Peddie Freestyle Tournament and third in Greco Roman. Mike McCrea, 95 lb. Midget from Washington School, wrestled Delpopolo and took fourth in freestyle.
Sports deadlines are: All sports that take place during the week MUST be submitted by FRIDAY, 4 P.M. Weekend sports ONLY will be accepted up till Noon on Monday. E-mail is preferred. Use upper and lower case with no more than 250 words.
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CHAMPIONS… St. Helen’s 8th grade basketball team defeated IHM of Scotch Plains in the title game of the Newark Archdiocese/ Union County League. Pictured, left to right, are: front; Chris MacDonald, Brian Ciacciarelli, Lee Tomasso, Taylor Hogarth and Jeff Nusse; back, Brendan Connolly, Stephan Meyer, Patrick Farley, Bart Walsh, coach Joe Ciacciarelli, Adam Gerckens, coach Joe Freisen, Rich Moran, Paul Cobuzzi, Alex Crawford and Steven Cheah.
HONOR LAXER… Bryan Graye of Westfield, who plays for the Franklin and Marshall Men’s Lacrosse Team in Lancaster, Pa., has been selected to the Centennial Conference Honor Roll.
HOTSHOT… Charlotte O’Leary plays for the Hotshots of the Westfield Basketball Association girls 3/ 4th grade Traveling Team.
David B. Corbin for The Westfield Leader and The Times SEASON OPENER IN FANWOOD… Luke Curcio prepares to take a swing in the opening game of the Fanwood Old Men’s Softball Association game between Russell Road and Shady Lane on April 20. The Road beat the Lane, 183.
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