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Sports Summary 97apr17

By Rebecca Goldberg

Union County Scholar-Athlete Awards 97apr17

Awards Dinner Set to Honor Local Student-Athletes


The Union County Athletic Conference will host its 20th Annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Dinner on Thursday, May 15 at 7 p.m. at the Westwood in Garwood. The awards are given to Union County seniors who excel both athletically and academically.

Among the recipients will be seven local high school students. Representing Westfield High School will be seniors Suzy Kozub, Molly Phelan and Jason Yarusi, representing Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School will be seniors Meghan Langevin and Ross MacIntyre, and representing Union Catholic High School will be seniors Lauren Majchrzak and Daniel Varady.

Each student has compiled a long list of athletic and academic accomplishments throughout their high school careers. Some of their achievements will be mentioned.

Kozub’s athletic accomplishments come in the fields of Cross Country, Indoor Track and Outdoor Track. In Cross Country, Kozub was team Captain her senior year, made First Team All County, All Conference and All Area her junior and senior year, and was the Union County Individual Champion.

Throughout her four years of Indoor Track, Kozub won Union County Championships in the 800, 1,600 and the 3,200 meter races. She was recognized as the Outstanding High School Athlete her freshman year and established a Westfield High School record as a member of the 4 X 800 meter relay team in the Eastern States Championship her senior year.

In Outdoor Track, Kozub set a school record in the 800 meter and was a member of the 4 X 400 meter relay team which also established a new school record.

Academically, Kozub was on the honor roll all four years, including the Distinguished Honor Roll and National Honor Society her junior year, and was in the French Honor Society. She has been the Student Council Representative, a member of the French Club and was involved in the Environmental Club.

Phelan was a Tri-Captain of the girls Field Hockey team, named the Most Valuable Senior of the swimming team, became The Westfield Leader Scholar-Athlete for the month of February and made All-American Consideration as a member of the 200-yard freestyle relay team.

Phelan made the Distinguished Honor Roll three times, the National Honor Society twice and was a National Merit Finalist. Phelan has been a member of the German Club and was a Junior Twig at the Children’s Specialized Hospital all four years.

Yarusi, who excelled in football and basketball, was named First Team All County and All Area in football, set a Westfield High School record with 139 tackles and was named The Westfield Leader Scholar-Athlete for the month of November, 1996.

Yarusi has consistently been named the Student of the Month, been on the Distinguished Honor Roll and, in his senior year, was the recipient or the Bryan Piccolo Award. Yarusi has been a member of the Italian Club throughout high school and was selected as Homecoming King his senior year.

Langevin excelled on the Scotch Plains-Fanwood girls soccer and track teams. In soccer, Langevin was named to the First Team Union County Coaches All Star Team in 1995 and 1996. She was selected to the All-State Soccer list in 1996.

Langevin has been on the Honor Roll in 1995, 1996, and 1997. She was in the National Honor Society for Spanish and is presently Vice President of the senior class.

MacIntyre was a member of the boys soccer teams which won the Section 2, Group 3 State Championship in 1994, 1995 and 1996, and the Group 3 State Championship in 1995.

MacIntyre has been on the Honor Roll and has received certificates for Academic Distinction throughout his high school career. MacIntyre was a finalist for the Marquis Scholar Program at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania and received the Edward J. Broustein Distinguished Scholar Award. MacIntyre also has been Editor-in-Chief of the school newspaper.

Majchrzak, who gained state-wide recognition in basketball, also competes on the softball team. In basketball, Majchrzak was named First Team All County in 1996 and 1997 and Third Team Parochial All State. Majchrzak achieved several individual basketball milestones, hitting a school record 19-19 from the foul line, scoring 36 points in one game against Mater Dei High School and totaling an astounding 1,320 career points.

Academically, Majchrzak has made the Honor Roll every marking period and carries a nearly perfect grade point average. She has been a recipient of the Edward J. Bloustein Award for Academics and will attend the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

Varady has competed on the high school basketball and baseball team for four years. He is presently the Captain of the baseball team.

Varady has been on the Honor Roll and has been on the National Honor Society his junior and senior year. Varady has received academic scholarships from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York and Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina.

All seven student-athletes are near the top of their respective classes academically and represent the "total package" of a scholar, an athlete and a citizen.

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Tennis Story 97apr17

Raider Boys Face Stronger Tennis Schedule This Season


Last year was a banner year for the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School boys tennis team. The team finished with a marvelous 22-1 record, won the Watchung Conference Division Championships and, for the first time in school history, captured the New Jersey, North 2 Group 3 Sectional Championship.

The Raiders are guided by 11th year Head Coach Dave Blackman who sports a fantastic 186-41 career record.

Five very good tennis players were lost to graduation; Kevin Squires at first singles, Chris Boright at second singles, Keith Kopnicki at first doubles, Ian Lafkowitz at second doubles and alternate Adam Ross.

Junior Mike Bostwick and senior team Captain Jared Duvoisin are the returning starters. Bostwick will play first singles and Duvoisin will play second singles. Last year Bostwick was Third Team Group 3 at third singles and Duvoisin competed at first doubles last year.

Senior John Phillips, who had a 10-0 record as a fill-in doubles player, will move to singles and doubles this season and senior Jimmy Ray, who finished 11-2 as a fill-in singles player, may be competing for a position at first doubles.

Senior Rex Lee has moved into the starting lineup at first doubles and sophomore Dave Hassan has moved into the starting lineup at second doubles.

Presently, seniors Mike Bertha and Andy Lee along with freshman Chris Schlegel will by battling for the one vacant second doubles position.

Other Raiders who may see action this season are; juniors Ian Doebber, Jim Luciano and Tom Pai, sophomores Nick Fixmer, John Garozzo and Jacob Laksin, and freshmen Shawn Lafkowitz and Paul Sweedlund.

In their Division of the Watchung Conference, the Raiders can expect stiff competition from Cranford High School. Plainfield High School has an excellent first singles player and very good second and third singles players. With state power Westfield High School moving into their division, the road will be much tougher for the Raiders this season.

Scotch Plains Golf Story 97apr17

Raider Golfers Are Looking Forward to a Strong Season


Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times

With six returning lettermen, four being returning starters, the Scotch Plains-Fanwood golf team expects a promising season. The Raiders lost only two seniors to graduation last year; Ted Gicas and Nick Duffy.

Last year, under the guidance of Head Coach Steve Ciccotelli, the Raiders finished with an 11-6 record, placed second in the Watchung Conference Tournament and placed fifth in the Union County Tournament.

Playing major roles this year will be seniors James Anthony, Andy Regenthal and Tom Klock and junior Jim Thomson. Last year Anthony took first in the Watchung Conference Tournament. The Raiders can also expect good performances from Eric Schnellenberger and Ross McIntyre.

The Raiders play most of their home matches at Scotch Hills Golf Course which is a par 33. Some of the matches could be played at Shackamaxon Golf Course which is a par 36.

The Scotch Plains Fanwood High School team displayed its promise in the season opener on April 9 by defeating Summit High School 156-172 at Scotch Hill Golf Course.

Anthony fired a four-over par 37 to turn in the best score and Regenthal was second with a 39 followed by Thomson and Schnellenberger who scored 40 each. All the Raiders turned in better scores than their Summit opponents.

Tennis Highlights 97apr17


Ridgewood 3, Westfield 2


1st: Dan Matro (W) d. Stephen Mecel 6-2, 6-1

2nd: Tyler Slade (R) d. Dan Aquila 6-3, 6-0

3rd: Karan Ahronja (R) d. Chris Camuto 7-5, 6-7 (2-7), 6-3


1st: Jon DiGiovanni and Peter Lau (W) d. Mark Lee and Bill Neaken

2nd: Hoek Ohli and Dan Kauke (R) d. Graig Cameron and Tom O’Connell 7-5, 6-0


Westfield 5, Rahway 0


1st: Dan Aquila (W) d. Celso Areliano 6-0, 6-2

2nd: Chris Camuto (W) d. Jay Baluyot 6-0, 6-1

3rd: Jeff Diamond (W) d. Alex Maldonado 6-0, 6-0


1st: Graig Cameron and Tom O’Connell (W) d. Sam Temme and Jose Bedoya 4-6, 6-3, 6-3

2nd: Chris Benson and Adam Kendler (W) d. Israel Joseph and Marcelo Patina 6-0, 6-0

Scotch Plains-Fanwood 5, Union Catholic 0


1st: Mike Bostwick (SPF) d. Chris Mason 6-4, 7-5

2nd: Jared Duvoisin (SPF) d. Ken Soriano 6-4, 7-5

3rd: John Phillips (SPF) d. Tom Werner 6-1, 6-2


1st: Rex Lee and Dave Hassan (SPF) d. Dave Koremba and Mike Maggi 6-1, 6-4

2nd: Jim Ray and Andy Lee (SPF) d. Julian Mejia and Martin Flemming 6-1, 4-6, 6-2


Westfield 4, Union Catholic 1


1st: Dan Matro (W) d. Chris Mason 6-0, 6-0

2nd: Dan Aquila (W) d. Ken Soriano 6-0, 6-1

3rd: Tom Werner (UC) d. Jeremy Chilmack 7-5, 3-6, 6-1


1st: Jon DiGiovanni and Peter Lau (W) d. Dan Koremba and Martin Flemming 6-0, 6-1

2nd: Brett Kahn and Josh Warren (W) d. Mike Maggi and Paul Zabala 2-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-2

Scotch Plains-Fanwood 5, Shabazz 0


1st: Mike Bostwick (SPF) d. Denard Cooper 6-0, 6-0

2nd: Jared Duvoisin (SPF) d. Edward Otcheare 6-0, 6-2

3rd: Ian Doebber d. Al Redfreo 6-0, 6-0


1st: Rex Lee and John Phillips won by default

2nd: Chris Schleigel and Mike Bertka won by default

Baseball Highlights 97apr17


Battle of Home Runs Earns 17-17 Tie for Viking Boys

A battle of batting blasts from both teams resulted in a 17-17 deadlock when Shabazz came up with three runs in the bottom of the seventh in Newark on April 9. With the bases loaded, Ken Simpson was hit by a pitch to drive in a run and singles by Fuquan Jamison and Jon Lacewell accounted for the other two runs in the seventh.

Carlos Jefferson hit a three-run home run in the first inning to help Union Catholic High School jump out to a 6-0 lead.

Shabazz retaliated with six runs in the bottom of the second; at that time, the score became 8-7 in favor of the Vikings.

Jamison, Alan Jones and Almuto Ramo each clouted three-run homers for Shabazz. Dan Varady blasted a two-run homer for the Vikings in the sixth inning.

Noah Citsay and Ryan Bennett hit triples for the Vikings and John DaRocha nailed a double and three singles.

The Vikings collected 11 total hits and Shabazz had 10. Union Catholic is 0-3-1 and Shabazz is 0-2-1.

Meyer, Hawks Hit Vikings Hard as Devils Win 18-0

Rasheed Hawks went four-for-four, scored four runs and drove in three runs while Bob Meyer added three hits and five RBI’s for the Blue Devils in Westfield on April 11 as they shutout the Vikings 18-0.

The game was highlighted by an 11 run third inning which followed a six run eruption in the second inning. The Blue Devils had 17 hits which included doubles by Bill Hedden, Bill Sweeney, Meyer, David Coye and Marcus Mattielli and a triple by Phil Orsini . Fuel was added to the Blue Devils’ fire power when the Vikings committed five errors.

Union Catholic High School managed to get six hits but could not put enough together to score any runs. Noah Citsay and Ed Goworek had doubles for the Vikings.

The game was called after the top of the fifth inning. Junior Bob Baykowski got his first win for the Blue Devils (4-1-1) and Carlos Jefferson received the loss for the Vikings (0-4-1).


Cranford 15, Scotch Plains-Fanwood 2

The Cranford High School baseball team demonstrated its number nine ranking by defeating the Raiders 15-2 in Scotch Plains.

Rich Horn of the Cougars belted a two-run homer to help sting the Raiders for four runs in the first inning. In the fourth inning, Pat Pepe crushed a three-run homer; then, the Cougars doubled their runs by erupting for seven runs in the fifth.

Casey O’Connor hit a double and John Luciano added a single in the first inning which helped the Raiders score their only two runs of the game. After that, the guns, which enabled the Raiders to amass 50 runs in their three previous games, were silenced. Fionn Fitzgerald struck out five Raiders and walked only one to gain the victory.

Cranford raised its record to 3-0 while Scotch Plains-Fanwood slipped to 2-1-1.

Westfield 17, Rahway 2

Number one starter junior Matt Williams struck out 10 Indians, scattered six hits and allowed only three walks as the Blue Devils trampled the base pads, scoring 17 runs on 11 hits in Rahway on April 9.

The two big offensive innings for the Blue Devils were the second, where they scored five runs, and the sixth, where they erupted for eight runs.

Senior Tri-Captain Rob Meyer was devastating at the plate as he blasted a two-run home run and drilled a double. Meyer was responsible for driving in four runs while scoring five himself.

Senior Marcus Mattielli smashed a triple, hit a single, drove in a run and scored two runs. Junior Bob Baykowski slapped a double for Westfield.

Williams got the victory. Westfield High School improved to 3-1-1 while Rahway High School evened its record to 2-2.


Scotch Plains-Fanwood 19, Shabazz 2

Once again the Raiders exercised their offensive power, this time, by bouncing Shabazz out of the ball game early, collecting five runs in the first inning, six in the second and seven in the third.

Junior Dave Gewirtz blasted a solo home run in the second for the Raiders. Center fielder John Luciano, pitcher Jack Todaro and catcher Jim Buccola drilled doubles for the Raiders as they unleashed a 19-hit attack. Todaro and Kevin Dougherty had three hits and three RBI’s apiece.

The game was halted after the top of the fifth inning in Scotch Plains. Todaro got the victory as Scotch Plains-Fanwood improved to 3-1-1. Shabazz dropped to 0-2-1.

Tennis Westfield/Scotch Plains 97apr17

Blue Devils Win Battle With Raiders in Boys Tennis


Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times

The Westfield High School boys tennis team, ranked eighth in the state, demonstrated its’ skills by defeating the Raiders of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, 5-0, on April 7 at Tamaques Park in Westfield. Although the Blue Devils won each match, the Raiders showed their competitiveness and intensity in several matches.

Raider Head Coach Dave Blackman was pleased with his team’s performance despite the loss. "I told the boys that this kind of intensity should be used in all their games." Stated Blackman.

At first singles, in a match up of two very talented tennis players, senior Dan Matro of the Blue Devils defeated junior Mike Bostwick, 6-2, 6-2.

"Matro is one of the finest tennis players in the state. There were a lot of long points and Mike attacked very well." Said Blackman. "Normally, most of his shots would get through, but they did not against Matro."

Last year, as a sophomore, Bostwick was selected Third Team, Group 3 All-State at third singles.

The Raiders and Devils had a very tight match at second singles with Dan Aquila of the Devils edging senior Jared Duvoisin, 6-4, 6-4. "It was a very tight match; they had many deuce games." Said Blackman. "Jared had been a doubles specialist for two years. It was a big step for him to step up to second singles."

Westfield High School dominated at third singles, with Chris Camuto besting senior Jimmy Ray, 6-0, 6-2. "He is probably one of the best third singles players in the state." Claimed Blackman of Camuto.

At first doubles, the team of Jon DiGiovanni and Pet Lau beat seniors Rex Lee and John Phillips of the Raiders in the most exciting match of the afternoon. With Lee and Phillips serving for the first set ahead 5-3, DiGiovanni and Lau broke their serve to narrow the set at 5-4 and win the serve.

"They got discouraged when they lost the service." Said Blackman of Lee and Phillips. DiGiovanni and Lau went on to win the set 7-6 (7-4) and then won the final set 6-3.

Craig Cameron and Tim O’Connell of the Blue Devils defeated sophomore Dave Hassan and senior Andy Lee, 6-4, 6-2 at second doubles. "Dave is our steady second doubles player; right now, we are trying different players for the position as his partner." Mentioned Blackman.

Westfield improved its’ record to 2-1 while Scotch Plains-Fanwood evened at 1-1. Westfield played Rahway on April 9 and will entertain Union Catholic tomorrow at Tamaques Park in Westfield at 4 p.m. The Raiders played Union Catholic on April 9 and will travel to Shabazz High School tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m.


1st: Dan Matro (W) d. Mike Bostwick 6-2, 6-2

2nd: Dan Aquila (W) d. Jared Duvoisin 6-4, 6-4

3rd: Chris Camuto (W) d. Jimmy Ray 6-0, 6-2


1st: Jon DiGiovanni and Pete Lau (W) d. Rex Lee and John Phillips 7-6 (7-4), 6-3

2nd: Craig Cameron and Tim O’Connell (W) d. Dave Hassan and Andy Lee 6-4, 6-2

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