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Sports Summary 97apr24 - Part 1

By Rebecca Goldberg

April 27, 1997

The Westfield Tennis Association's Senior Women's Tennis Ladder will officially commence on May 1. The names of new members have been added to the list of 1996 final standings as shown below. The first reporting period will end at 8 pm on Sunday May 11. Please report scores of matches played and refer any questions about this ladder to Gert Cohen at 233- 7520. New participants may join at any time by returning the application available at the Westfield Recreation Office.

1. Dolores Schmidt 2. Gert Cohen 3. Joanne Dugle 4. Janet Doliner 5. Carole Smillie 6. Kathryn Codella Gioia 7. Paula Long 8. Rita Winnicker 9. Ann Latartara 10. Georgia Aquila 11. Susan Parker 12. Trudy Burke 13. Betsy Hogarth

Submitted by - Gert Cohen 771 Boulevard Westfield, NJ 07090

5Th-6th Grade Westfield Girls Lacrosse Team Falls to the Ridgewood Team 6 to 0.

The 5Th-6Th grade girls Westfield lacrosse team suffered a 6-0 loss to a strong Ridgewood IV team on Saturday, April 26. Ashley Yarusi started for the lady laxers as goalie. She stopped several shots and gave a great effort playing for her first time this season in the cage. Kate Lechner showed her speed and stick handling skills on the field against the Ridgewood laxers. Yasmin Nozari and Mary Kate Maher did well on the draws as they shared the center position throughout the game.

Danielle Coleman and Christine Pirot aggressively dominated the ground ball game for Westfield. Sara Flood used her speed to play great defense for the Westfield lady laxers. Staci Spass did a good job at clearing the ball out of the defensive zone in the transition game. Hope Arthur, Carolyn Harbaugh, Aly Carter, and Dana Downer also showed some strong defense as the Ridgewood team pressured the Westfield goalie.

Maggie Reynolds, playing third home position passed the ball deftly to her offensive teammates, Kelly Schmidt and Aly Ludmer. Erin Sullivan, Katy Brown and Tara Amelia moved the ball well from their wing positions up the field into the Westfield zone.

Erika Hasenfus showed her speed with a fast break up the field in the third quarter. Her teammates Arti Mattu and Holly Coleman received some nice passes from Erika's crosse. Jessica Fazio, playing coverpoint this game, cleared the ball well to the wings.

With 30 seconds left in the game, Ashley Flood and Christine Pirot passed the ball smartly to each other poised to score when time ran out. The 5th-6th grade girls play Maplewood on their turf on Wednesday, April 30.


Rahway 5, Union Catholic 0

Despite having 12 strikeouts Union Catholic Regional High School pitcher Ed Goworek was unable to get any offensive support as they Vikings went down to their fifth defeat in Rahway.

Craig Hilyard of Rahway High School pitched a no-hitter and struck out 15 Vikings. Hilyard also went three-for-four which included two doubles. Rich Coghan smashed a home run for the Indians.


Scotch Plains-Fanwood 7, Rahway 4

Junior Dave Gerwirtz struck out 11 Rahway batters and walked one to earn the victory for the Raiders. Gerwirtz got help from teammate John Luciano who smashed a two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning and Kyle Atkins who banged out two hits and two RBI’s.

Gerwirtz also blasted a triple and drilled a double to help himself. Jim Buccola and Luciano added one double apiece for the Raiders and Brian Stanley got the save by holding Rahway scoreless in the bottom of the seventh.

Cranford 21, Union Catholic 1

The sixth-ranked Cougars displayed an awesome barrage of power as they pounced on the Vikings in Cranford, scoring 21 runs and amassing 20 hits.

Cranford High School used the long ball, hitting three doubles, three triples and three home runs. Andy Jobe blasted a solo shot in the second, Chris Baran smacked a solo shot in the third and a two-run homer from Fionn Fitzgerald in the fourth inning.

Cranford lifted its undefeated record to 7-0.

Scotch Plains - Westfield Baseball Story

Monday, April 14

Pudlak, Luciano Boost Raiders Over Devils, 13-3


The determined pitching and hitting of senior Mike Pudlak and the strong hitting of senior center fielder John Luciano enabled the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School baseball team to win convincingly over Westfield High School on April 14 in Westfield.

Pudlak held the Blue Devils to only five hits through six innings as he picked up his second victory against one loss for the season. Junior Dave Gerwirtz relieved Pudlak in the seventh inning, facing four batters and striking out one. At the plate, Pudlak belted two doubles and drove in three runs.

Luciano went three-for-five at the plate which included a double and two singles. Luciano’s efficiency at the plate provided four RBI’s for the Raiders.

The Raiders scored first with a run in the top of the first inning but the Blue Devils answered with two of their own in the bottom of the second when catcher Bill Hedden led off with a double and scored on a two-out single by first baseman Bill Sweeney. Sweeney stole third base and scored on an error by the Raider third baseman.
After the second inning, the Raider bats became more active as they added two more runs in the third and three more in the fourth.

Junior Adam Baumwoll, as the designated hitter, blasted a leadoff home run for the Raiders in the top of the third inning. Baumwoll also scored three runs in the game.

The big break in the game occurred in the fifth inning when the Raiders sent 10 batters to the plate and managed to have six of them cross it. Westfield yielded four walks, a double to Pudlak, a single to Luciano, three wild pitches and a fielding error during the inning.

Of the six hits the Blue Devils were able to collect, four were for extra bases. Hedden drilled two doubles while senior center fielder Marcus Mattielli and junior lead off hitter Rasheed Hawks added one double each. Hawks scored the final Blue Devil run in the seventh inning on an error committed by the left fielder, which moved him to third after hitting his double, followed by a wild pitch.

Matt Williams pitched four and one-third innings and was tagged for eight hits while yielding seven runs. Williams got the loss for Westfield, now 4-2-1. The victory lifted Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s record to 4-1-1.


Westfield 12, Scotch Plains-Fanwood 0

Junior Shannon Wagner of the Blue Devils earned her fourth victory of the season by throwing a one-hit shutout against the Raiders in Scotch Plains. Wagner showed excellent control as she struck out five Raiders and walked only one.

The magic number was three for Blue Devil Colleen Ryan as she went three-for-three from the plate, scored three runs and drove in three runs.

Rachael Brendler and Wagner provided triples, each driving in a run, for the Blue Devils.

Junior pitcher Jenn Mazzagetti got the only hit for the Raiders, now 1-3. Westfield High School improved to 4-1.


Belleville 12, Westfield 1

Miscues were only part of the problem for the Blue Devils as Kim Mahoney created the other problem by leading off with a home run which triggered a five run first inning for Belleville. The trouble continued as Belleville added two more runs in the second and erupted for another five in the fourth inning.

Westfield managed to get eight hits which included senior Lindsay Greenwald’s double. Sophomore Susan Phillips had the Blue Devils’ only RBI with a single in the third inning.

Belleville upped its record to 8-2 while Westfield dropped to 4-2.


Rahway 10, Scotch Plains-Fanwood 3

Six Raider errors did not help as the Rahway High School Indians collected four unearned runs and defeated Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 10-3.

Junior Wendy Underwood blasted a solo home run for the Raiders and Diana Mendez drilled a double.

Rahway upped its record to 4-2 as Scotch Plains-Fanwood fell to 1-4.

Cranford 2, Union Catholic 1

Debbie Noble banged an RBI double in the first inning for Cranford and added a sacrifice fly in the seventh to score teammate Katie D’Amico with the eventual winning run.

Kelli Raimonde had three hits and drove in the only run for the Vikings.

Diana Dollard and Samantha Morano combined to toss a four-hitter for the Cougars. Cranford improved to 6-1 while Union Catholic sagged to 0-6.



Westfield 5, Cranford 0


1st: Dan Matro (W) d. Jeff Tierney, 6-0, 6-1
2nd: Chris Camuto (W) d. Kevin O’Donnell, 7-5, 6-1
3rd: Jeff Diamond (W) d. Brett O’Malley, 6-2, 7-5


1st: Jon DiGiovanni and Peter Lau (W) d. Derrick Brooks and Conor Leddy, 6-1, 6-1
2nd: Greg Cameron and Adam Kendler (W) d. Beau Macksoud and Todd Mariano, 6-2, 6-1


Westfield 3, Bayonne 2


1st: Bartek Bieniouski (B) d. Dan Aquila, 6-4, 4-6
2nd: Chris Camuto (W) d. Andy Newman, 6-3, 6-2
3rd: Patrick Mazurkiewicz (B) d. Jeff Diamond, 7-5, 6-0


1st: Jon DiGiovanni and Peter Lau (W) d. Sean Hosein and Ray Sniegos, 6-3, 7-5
2nd: Greg Cameron and Adam Kendler (W) d. Hieu Lee and Travis Wilkerson, 7-5, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4


Bostwick, Duvoisin Help Raiders Ace Rahway, 5-0


The brilliant play of junior Mike Bostwick at first singles and senior Jared Duvoisin at second singles helped the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School boys tennis team blank the Indians, 5-0, at LaGrande Park in Fanwood on April 14.

Bostwick and Duvoisin were merciless as they destroyed their respective opponents, allowing them to win only one game each.

Raider Head Coach Dave Blackman, who has been alternating the third singles position between seniors John Phillips and Jimmy Ray, went with Ray and was pleased to observe a perfect 6-0, 6-0 shutout performance.

"Phillips will be our steady third singles player. Ray will be moving to second doubles and will have Mike Bertha and Andy Lee alternating as his partner," commented Blackman about his future designs for the Raider lineup.

Still in the process of organizing his best possible doubles combination, Blackman paired senior Rex Lee and sophomore Dave Hassan at first doubles and came up with a successful matching. Lee and Hassan joined forces to defeat Sam Temme and Jose Bedoya, 6-2, 6-3.

Freshmen Paul Sweedlund and Shawn Lafkowitz made their debut at second doubles and easily outplayed Alex Maldonado and Roberto Velasco, 6-2, 6-1.

"I wanted to give Paul and Shawn a taste of varsity action and they performed well," Blackman stated.

The Scotch Plains-Fanwood boys tennis team was to have a very challenging group of matches this week with St. Benedict’s Prep on April 17, Cranford High School on April 18, Westfield on April 21 and Summit on April 22. "We would be in very good shape if we can win three of the four matches," said Blackman.

The victory over Rahway lifted the Raiders’ record to 4-1.


1st: Mike Bostwick (SPF) d. Celso Arellano, 6-1, 6-0
2nd: Jared Duvoisin (SPF) d. Jimmy Trematerra, 6-0, 6-1
3rd: Jim Ray (SPF) d. Jay Balugot, 6-0, 6-0


1st: Rex Lee and Dave Hassan (SPF) d. Sam Temme and Jose Bedoya, 6-2, 6-3
2nd: Paul Sweedlund and Shawn Lafkowitz (SPF) d. Alex Maldonado and Robert Velasco, 6-2, 6-1



Scotch Plains-Fanwood 151, Roselle Catholic 154

(At Scotch Hills, par 33)
Scotch Plains-Fanwood: Andy Regenthal 35, Tom Klock 38, James Anthony 38, Jim Thomson 40
Roselle Catholic: Kevin Guidera 35, Nick McLain 38, Frank Ilacqua 40, Scott DiNardo 41
The Raiders upped their record to 4-1 while Roselle Catholic slipped to 7-3.


St. Joseph’s 159, Scotch Plains-Fanwood 167

(At Shackamaxon, par 36)
St.Joseph’s: Mike Wendell 36, Mike Cottone 40, Tom Walsh 41, Jason Savage 42
Scotch Plains-Fanwood: James Anthony 41, Andy Regenthal 41, John Cosmas 42, Jim Thomson 45

Kashlak Swings One Over Par to Sink Pingry in Golf


Junior Ron Kashlak fired a one over par 37 on the front nine at Ash Brook Golf Course in Scotch Plains on April 14 to lead the Westfield High School golf team to a 161-184 victory over Pingry

After three-putting for a bogie on the first hole and getting another bogie on the second hole, Kashlak birdied the par four third.

"I was on the green on two and one putted for the birdie," stated Kahlak.

Kashlak got a par on the par three fourth and then birdied the par five fifth to go to even par at the time.

"I had a good drive and got on the green on my second shot; then two putted for the birdie," Commented Kashlak.
Kashlak had pars on the next three holes and remained at even par as he approached the ninth tee. Kashlak shot a bogie on the final hole to top teammate Doug Brandley by one stroke.

Brandley, a junior, started off by getting pars on the first six holes. Both par threes, hole number four and hole number six provided a little excitement for Brandley.
"I hit my tee shot short and my second shot to the right of the green; then, I chipped in for the par," stated Brandley of the par three fourth hole.

"On the sixth, I kind of misjudged the wind and hit my tee shot short; then, I chipped on to about 15 feet from the hole and had to putt over a little mound to get the par," said Brandley.

Brandley bogied the seventh hole and parred the eighth to go one over par with one hole remaining. On the ninth, Brandley’s drive went into the ruff; but, he recovered well by hitting his second shot onto the green. Unfortunately, he three-putted and ended up with a bogie.

"My second putt hit a bump. Sometimes, things go for you and sometimes, they go against you," mentioned Brandley of his good fortune on the fourth hole and his bad fortune on the ninth.

Brian Mann shot a 42 for the Blue Devils and Rob Jessup came in with a 44.

Westfield High School improved its’ record to 4-0 while Pingry slipped to 2-2.

(At Ash Brook, par 36)

Westfield: Ronnie Kashlak 37, Doug Brandley 38, Brian Mann 42, Rob Jessup 44
Pingry: Nolan Convery 44, Paul Choi 46, John Connolly 46, Andrew Leonard 48


Westfield 175, Elizabeth 240

(At Ash Brook, par 36)

Westfield: Rob McCullum 43, Rob Jessup 44, Eric Lester 47, Brian Mann 48
Elizabeth: Tariq Hussain 60, Simom Yee 67, Hilo Silva 68, Jon Aprdu 71



Ridgewood 12, Westfield 7

Third-ranked Ridgewood jumped out in front 6-1 in the first quarter and stayed ahead to hand the Blue Devils their fourth loss. Mike Springer and Brad Bennett had four goals apiece for Ridgewood.
Drew Stotler and Brian Kassakian flicked in three points apiece for the Blue Devils. Bryan Graye tossed in the other score. Steve Abeles had 11 saves for Westfield High School.


Pingry 9, Westfield 7

Undefeated eighth-ranked Pingry came from behind, then added two goals in the final quarter to snap a 7-7 tie against the Blue Devils.

Andy Santoriello scored three goals for Pingry to up his total on the year to 20.

Junior Mike Baly had a big day for Westfield as he flicked in four goals. Drew Stotler, Brian Graye and Brian Gates had one goal apiece for the Blue Devils.




Scotch Plains-Fanwood 102, Cranford 29

Junior James Canterbury won the 800-meter event in 2:02 and Karl Jennings aced the 110 and 400-meter events in 15.7 and 1:03.2, respectively, to pace the Raiders to a 102-29 dusting of Cranford High School.

Pete Mosko finished first in the 1,600-meters with a time of 5:13 and the 3,200-meter event was won by Ben Lee of the Raiders in 11:11.

Raider Blair Woodward leaped 18-9 1/2 to win the long jump. Jennings cleared the bar at six feet to win the high jump. Tom Stein shoved the orb 47-6 to capture first in the shot put and tossed the javelin 146-6 for another first. Brian Sincavage hurled the discus 137-4 to place first.
Scotch Plains-Fanwood improved to 2-0.


Cranford 63, Scotch Plains-Fanwood 59

The Cranford High School girls track team was pushed to the limit by the Raider girls, winning by only four team points.

Shawna Morgan of the Raiders grabbed first place in both the 100 and 200-meters as she sped to times of 12.7 and 26.6. Stephanie Quinn took first in the 400-meter, coming across in 1:04. Meghan Langevin captured first in the 800-meter, crossing the line in 2:30, and first in the 1,600 with a time of 5:38.

The 1,600-meter relay was won by the Raider foursome of Quinn, Jamie Langevin, Erin Brandt and Meghan Langevin with a time of 4:25.3.

Christina Hillman cleared 4-8 to win the high jump and Cherri Hamlette pushed the shot 34-6 for a first place.

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