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MONDAY, APRIL 21

Union Catholic 11, Shabazz 6

The Vikings got their first win of the season by mounting a 12 hit attack against Shabazz, defeating them 11-6 in Scotch Plains.

Ed Goworek drilled two doubles and drove in two runs for the Vikings while teammate Chris McPherson blasted a double and a triple. John DaRocha also had a double for the Vikings.

Union Catholic scored in every inning but the sixth, keeping Shabazz off balance throughout the game.

Cranford 17, Scotch Plains-Fanwood 1

The fifth-ranked Cranford Cougars blasted their way to their eight victory and demonstrated their awesome pitching strength by holding the explosive bats of the Raiders to only one run and six hits in Cranford.

Cranford scored 14 runs in the first two innings, eight in the first and six in the second. Pat Pepe hit a triple and two singles while teammate Fionn Fitzgerald clouted a three-run homer and two singles for the Cougars.

Kyle Atkins doubled and scored the Raiders only run when Mike Pudlak singled him home in the third inning. Pudlak had two singles in the game.

Cranford improved to 8-0 while Scotch Plains-Fanwood slipped to 5-2-1.

Westfield 6, Rahway 5

The Blue Devils scored three runs in the first inning, two which were a result of junior shortstop Bob Baykowski’s two-run single, and added two more runs in the bottom of the second to take a 5-4 lead.

Rasheed Hawks added the winning insurance run in the bottom of the fourth when he ripped a double, raced to third on a wild pitch and scored on another wild pitch.

Senior Bob Meyer had two doubles, a single and drove in three runs for the Blue Devils.

Charlie Crowell crushed a three-run homer for Rahway in the top of the second inning to give the Indians a temporary lead.

Matt Williams got the win and Craig Hilyard suffered his third setback.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23

Scotch Plains-Fanwood 15, Shabazz 6

The Raider bats exploded early and often in Newark as Co-Captain Mike Pudlak went three-for-five, driving in four runs and Jack Todaro poked a single and drilled a double which netted three RBI’s.

Scotch Plains-Fanwood jumped to an immediate 3-0 lead after the first inning and expanded the lead to 10-3 by the end of fourth.

The Raiders totaled 12 hits and pitcher Doug Bishop got his first victory against no defeats. Scotch Plains-Fanwood improved to 6-2-1.

THURSDAY, APRIL 24

Cranford 9, Westfield 6

The Blue Devils gave the powerful fifth-ranked Cougars a run for their money as they carried a 6-6 tie into the seventh inning in Westfield. A three-run seventh, spurred by Eric Messner, who hit an RBI single, gained the victory for Cranford. Messner also blasted a three-run homer in the first inning.

Senior Marcus Mattielli and junior Bob Baykowski had two hits apiece for the Blue Devils. Rasheed Hawks smashed a two-run homer in the second.

Pitcher Pat Pepe helped his own cause by crushing a home run. Pepe got his fourth victory for Cranford,now 10-0. Westfield slipped to 7-3-1.

Summit 4, Scotch Plains-Fanwood 3

The Raiders lost a tough one in Scotch Plains when Peter Torres hit a double and scored on a throwing error in the top of the eighth inning for Summit.

John Luciano slapped two singles and drove in two runs while junior pitcher Dave Gerwirtz had a run-scoring double for the Raiders who had seven hits on the afternoon.

Summit upped its record to 7-3 as Scotch Plains-Fanwood slid to 6-3-1.

SATURDAY, APRIL 26

Roselle Catholic 7, Union Catholic 0

Roselle Catholic held the Vikings to only two hits while collecting nine hits and scoring seven runs in Roselle during the preliminary round of the Union County Tournament.

Chris McPherson scratched out both hits for Union Catholic (1-8-1). Roselle Catholic improved to 2-5.

Watchung Hills 6, Scotch Plains-Fanwood 3

John Luciano had the only extra base hit for the Raiders as winning pitcher Jason Hoynowski slammed a three-run triple in the second inning.

The Raiders scored one run in the first inning and two in the seventh. The Raiders had seven hits while giving up nine, four which were for extra bases.

Scotch Plains-Fanwood fell to 6-4-1 while Watchung Hills improved to 8-3.

Westfield 5, Hoboken 1

A five-hitter pitched by Matt Williams combined with RBI singles in the first inning by Phil Orsini and Bob Meyer was all that was needed for the Blue Devils to defeat eighth-ranked Hoboken High School in Westfield.

Senior first baseman Bill Sweeney added a two-run single in the three-run Blue Devil third. Westfield collected nine hits on the afternoon.

Williams got his third win of the season for Westfield, now 8-3-1 while Hoboken, now 9-1, received its first loss of the season.

Castellano Scatters Seven Hits to Record Devil Victory

By DAVID B. CORBIN

Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times

Senior Tri-Captain John Castellano, in his first pitching appearance, started off in the right direction by recording an 8-0 shutout and holding the Union Catholic High School boys baseball team to seven hits, not allowing them to put more than two together in any given inning in Westfield on April 23.

In the Viking portion of the second inning, the Blue Devils’ defense temporarily got a little shaky with a few throwing errors, which included an errant back pick-off attempt from the catcher to first base, which put runners in scoring position. The Blue Devils regained their senses and prevented the Vikings from scoring when they turned a double play to end the inning.

Another Blue Devil Tri-Captain, Bob Meyer helped Castellano’s cause by hitting a double and smashing a triple while driving in a run and crossing the plate once himself. Teammate Rasheed Hawks added to the attack by slapping two singles and scoring two runs. The Blue Devils had nine hits on the afternoon.

Marcus Mattielli and Bob Baykowski had one double each for the Blue Devils. Carlos Jefferson had the only extra base hit for the Vikings when he hit a double. Chris McPherson and Scott King collected two singles each for the Vikings.

Westfield High School lifted its record to 7-2-1 while Union Catholic High School dropped to 1-7-1.

SOFTBALL HIGHLIGHTS

MONDAY, APRIL 21

Rahway 9, Westfield 8

Becca Brendler’s grand slam home run in the top of the seventh inning gave the Blue Devils an 8-5 lead and visions of a dramatic victory in Rahway; however, the Indians scored three in their half of the seventh to send the game into extra innings.

In the eighth, Rahway held Westfield scoreless then scored the winning run when Flo Steinman scored on a single from Tonya Galezewski.

Sides got her fifth win for Rahway, now 7-1 while Shannon Wagner got the loss for Westfield, now 4-4.

Cranford 6, Scotch Plains-Fanwood 4

Sophomore Jen Stewart ripped a two-run double, Co-Captain Michelle Evans drove in a run and Wendy Underwood tied the game with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh, sending the game into extra innings.

In the top of the ninth, Jen Sands of the Cougars singled to drive in two runs to go ahead 6-4. Cranford held the Raiders to no runs in the bottom half of the ninth to collect the hard-earned victory.

Cranford upped its’ record to 7-1 and pitcher Diana Dollard gained her fifth win.

THURSDAY, APRIL 24

Cranford 8, Westfield 2

The Cougars lifted their record to 9-1 as they erupted for five runs in the bottom of the first inning and pitcher Samantha Morano allowed only five hits while striking out three Blue Devils and walking only two. Morano won her fourth game against no defeats.

Rachel Brendler and Colleen Ryan blasted triples for the Blue Devils, now 5-5.

Raider Softballers Out-Slug Elizabeth and Bayonne

By DAVID B. CORBIN

Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times

Sophomore Jen Stewart exercised her raw power by crushing a solo home run, smashing a triple and finishing three-for-three at the plate to help the Raiders outlast the Lady Minutemen, 11-8, in Scotch Plains. Stewart also scored four runs.

Jillian Mazzagetti doubled and drove in three runs while teammate Amanda Podlas blasted two triples and scored three runs for the Raiders who amassed a 12-hit attack.

For defensive purposes, Raider Head Coach Frank Butz moved Podlas from her normal position at first base to the catching position and moved sophomore Lauren Schwartz from the outfield to first.

Mazzagetti got the win for Scotch Plains-Fanwood and Amy Paul got the loss for Elizabeth.

In Bayonne, the game took eight inning to complete, but a sacrifice fly by Diana Mendez brought in sophomore Christine McPartlan, scoring the winning run for the Raiders.

Neither team could put together any big scoring innings as each scratched out one or two runs in a given inning.

Left fielder Chrissy Romeo, who was moved from the catcher’s spot, went three-for-four at the plate, drilling two doubles and driving in three runs for the Raiders. Junior Wendy Underwood had two hits, including a triple, and scored one run.

Continuing to search for the best defensive combination, Coach Butz brought senior Marcie Steinberg in from the bench to cover center field. "Marcie is a good fielder and can cover a lot of ground," stated Butz.

Mazzagetti allowed only two walks in eight innings while striking out three and giving up eight hits.

"Two things which have made the difference this week are Jillian cutting down on the amount of walks given up and our team starting to hit more," said Butz.

The two victories lifted the Raiders’ record to 3-5.

SATURDAY, APRIL 26

UNION COUNTY GIRLS SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT

Westfield 9, Roselle Park 3

Strong hitting by Sue Phillips, Becca Brendler and Colleen Ryan, who had two hits and two RBI’s apiece, advanced the sixth-seeded Blue Devils to the second round of the Union County Tournament.

Westfield improved to 6-4 while Roselle Park dropped to 4-6.

Cranford 11, Scotch Plains-Fanwood 1

The second-seeded Cougars got out quickly against the Raiders when Jen Sands hit a bases-loaded triple and Lauren Porter kept the second inning alive with a single which helped Cranford score two more runs.

Cranford lifted its record to 11-1.

Governor Livingston 9, Union Catholic Regional 0

The top-seeded Highlanders took advantage of nine walks, two passed balls, four errors and two wild pitches from the Vikings to register a 9-0 victory in the first round of the Union County Tournament. Governor Livingston could only get two hit off Viking pitcher Lauren Majchrzak.

Highlander pitching ace Felicia Turturiello struck out nine batters, walked only three and allowed only one hit en route to her seventh victory.

Great Defensive Play Lifts Devil Girls Over Vikings

By DAVID B. CORBIN

Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times

On April 23, in Westfield, a tight, defensive struggle between the Union Catholic Regional High School girls softball team and the Blue Devil girls was determined in the bottom of the fifth inning when the Blue Devils snapped a 3-3 tie with an RBI single from senior designated hitter Lindsay Greenwald followed by an RBI double from senior power-hitter Rachel Brendler.

The Blue Devils struck first when pitcher Shannon Wagner drew a walk to start the bottom of the first and moved to second on a fielder’s choice from Greenwald. Rachel Brendler, hitting in the number three spot, crushed a triple up the middle to drive in Wagner. From there, Viking pitcher Lauren Majchrzak struck out shortstop Coleen Ryan and got catcher Sue Phillips to ground out.

Westfield earned its second run when senior left fielder Lynda Hoesly was walked and moved to second on a fielder’s choice by senior Kate Tracy, the next batter struck out and McKeon blasted a triple to right-center field to score Hoesley. Brendler attempted to stretch her triple to a home run but was nailed at the plate on a fine relay from the right fielder to the second baseman who, in turn, fired a perfect toss to the catcher.

In the top of the third inning, the Viking bats came to life. Junior center fielder Katie Santo slapped a single up the middle and moved to second on an error. The Blue Devils committed two more errors on hard hit balls to allow the first Viking run; then, junior catcher Jen Britton ripped a single to left field to drive in the second run.

The Blue Devils responded when Wagner led off the bottom of the third by smashing a triple to right field and scored on a wild pitch from Majchrzak.

Both teams failed to score in the fourth. The Vikings tied the game in the fifth on a leadoff single in which the runner moved to third on two ground ball outs and scored on a wild pitch.

After the Blue Devils went ahead with their two runs in the fifth, the Vikings were not about to give up. The Vikings led off with a single to right followed by a double from third baseman Heather Vogel which placed runners on second and third with no outs.

Now, the Blue Devils responded with the crucial defensive plays. Majchrzak hit a high foul ball down first base line which was brilliantly snagged by Blue Devil first baseman Stephanie Flynn. Right fielder Becca Brendler made a successful stab of a line drive which appeared to be in the gap; then made another great catch from a drive hit by Santo to close the inning.

The Blue Devils threatened in the bottom of the sixth when Hoesley led off with a single, was moved to second on a sacrifice by Tracy and advanced to third on a single by Becca Brendler. The Viking defense held firm, getting the next two outs.

Still, more excitement was yet to come. With two outs in the top of the seventh, and one runner on, Britton pushed a single to left field. The bases became loaded when Wagner yielded a walk. Vogel stepped to the plate and drilled the ball to right field, but Becca Brendler was there to make the final out and sew up the victory for the Blue Devils.

Westfield upped its record to 5-4 and Wagner got her fifth win of the season. Union Catholic dropped to 0-7.

TENNIS HIGHLIGHTS

MONDAY, APRIL 21

Westfield 4, Scotch Plains-Fanwood 1

SINGLES:

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

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

3rd: John Phillips (SPF) d. Tom O’Connell, 6-1, 6-1

DOUBLES:

1st: Jon DiGiovanni and Pete Lau (W) d. Rex Lee and Dave Hassan, 6-1, 6-1

2nd: Graig Cameron and Adam Kendler (W) d. Jim Ray and Mike Bertha, 6-2, 5-7, 7-5

Cranford 4, Union Catholic 1

SINGLES:

1st: Chris Mason (UC) d. Jeff Tierney, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5

2nd: Kevin O’Donnell (C) d. Ken Soriano, 6-1, 6-1

3rd: Brett O’Malley (C) d. Tom Werner, 6-2, 6-2

DOUBLES:

1st: Conor Leddy and Derrick Brooks (C) d. Dave Koremba and Julian Mejia, 6-1, 6-2

2nd: Beau Macksoud and Todd Mariano (C) d. Bill Charles and Martin Fleming, 6-0, 7-6 (7-4)

TUESDAY, APRIL 22

Scotch Plains-Fanwood 4, Summit 1

SINGLES:

1st: Mike Bostwick (SPF) d. Andrew Stranoulsky, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1

2nd: Jared Duvoisin (SPF) d. Jessie Stern, 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), 6-3

3rd: John Phillips (SPF) d. Scott Lane, 7-5, 6-3

DOUBLES:

1st: Tim Lamb and Andrew Stevenson (S) d. Rex Lee and Dave Hassan, 6-2, 1-6, 6-4

2nd: Jim Ray and Chris Schlegel (SPF) d. Chris Johnson and Simon Sheridan, 2-6, 6-1, 6-1

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23

Westfield 5, Rahway 0

SINGLES:

1st: Dan Matro (W) d. Celso Arellano, 6-0, 6-0

2nd: Chris Camuto (W) d. Jimmy Trematerra, 6-0, 6-0

3rd: Jeremy Chilnick (W) d. Jay Bealoyut, 6-4, 7-5

DOUBLES:

1st: Graig Cameron and Adam Kendler (W) d. Sam Temme and Jose Bedoya, 6-0, 6-4

2nd: Chris Benson and Sam Fleder (W) d. Israel Joseph and Alex Maldonaldo, 6-0, 6-0

FRIDAY, APRIL 25

Westfield 5, Shabazz 0 (Game 1)

SINGLES:

1st: Chris Cammuto (W) d. Denard Cooper, 6-2, 6-0

2nd: Jeremy Chilnick (W) d. Edward Otchere, 6-0, 6-4

3rd: Tom O’Connell (W) won by forfeit

DOUBLES:

1st: Josh Warren and Sam Fleder (W) d. Isaac Falladay and Julius Robinson, 6-0, 6-0

2nd: Chris Benson and Brett Kahn (W) won by forfeit

Westfield 5, Shabazz 0

SINGLES:

1st: Dan Aquila (W) d. Denard Cooper, 6-2, 6-0

2nd: Jeff Diamond (W) d. Edward Otchere, 6-0, 6-2

3rd: Tom O’Connell (W) won by forfeit

DOUBLES:

1st: Josh Warren and Sam Fleder (W) won by forfeit

2nd: Chris Benson and Brett Kahn (W) d. Isaac Falade and Julius Robinson, 6-0, 6-0

THURSDAY, APRIL 24

Pingry 3, Westfield 2

SINGLES:

1st: Dan Matro (W) d. Michael Chang, 6-1, 6-0

2nd: Heath Freeman (P) d. Dan Aquila, 7-5, 6-1

3rd: Lance Lin (P) d. Chris Camuto, 7-5, 6-1

DOUBLES:

1st: Chris Parsons and Dave Rothschild (P) d. Jon DiGiovanni and Peter Lau, 6-1, 7-6, (7-5)

2nd: Graig Cameron and Adam Kendler (W) d. Krishna Amuluru and John Brescher, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2

Union Catholic Regional 5, Rahway 0

SINGLES:

1st: Ken Soriano (UC) d. Jimmy Trematerra, 6-0, 6-0

2nd: Tom Werner (UC) d. Jay Bayolut, 6-3, 6-2

3rd: Bill Cuartes (UC) d. Sam Temme, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2

DOUBLES:

1st: Dave Koremba and Martin Fleming (UC) d. Jose Bedoya and Alex Maldonado, 6-3, 6-0

2nd: Mike Maggi and Julian Mejia (UC) d. Israel Joseph and Johnathan Ferrell, 7-5, 6-2

Raiders Out-Serve Vikings, Cougars in Boys Tennis

By DAVID B. CORBIN

Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times

The Scotch Plains-Fanwood boys tennis team easily aced the Union Catholic Regional High School squad, 5-0, at LaGrande Park in Fanwood on April 23 and followed with an easier than expected, 4-1, victory over a tough Cranford High School team on April 25.

At first singles, against Chris Mason, his Union Catholic opponent, Bostwick had a rough time as Mason hung tough in the second set. With the set tied at six games apiece, neither player could gain the significant advantage needed to capture the set until Bostwick finally came through winning 11-9.

Bostwick found it much easier against Jeff Tierney of Cranford, defeating him 6-1, 6-2.

Senior Jared Duvoisin of the Raiders breezed through his matches at second singles, beating Ken Soriano of Union Catholic, 6-2, 6-1, and Kevin O’Donnell of Cranford, 6-1, 6-3.

At third singles, senior John Phillips easily defeated Tom Werner of the Vikings, 6-2, 6-2, but found himself in a very competitive match with Brett O’Malley of Cranford, winning, 6-4, 6-4.

First doubles partners senior Rex Lee and sophomore Dave Hassan were taken to a third set by Dave Korimoa and Martin Fleming of the Vikings when they dropped the first set, 2-6, and had to battle their way back, taking the second set, 6-0, and the third set 6-1.

Against Union Catholic, Raider Head Coach Dave Blackman mixed the pair of senior Jim Ray and sophomore John Garozzo to beat Mike Maggia and Bill Cuartas, 6-1, 6-0.

Ray combined with freshman Chris Schlegel to defeat Beau Macksoud and Todd Mariano of Cranford, 6-2, 6-4.

With the two victories, Scotch Plains-Fanwood upped its record to 6-2, losing only to powerful Westfield High School twice. Cranford slipped to 6-3.

GOLF HIGHLIGHTS

Kashlak and Devils Finish Third in Golf Tournament

Devils Edge Raiders in Dual Match

By DAVID B. CORBIN

Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times

Westfield High School High HiH Hsophomore golfer Ron Kashlak put together a nine-over par 81 at the Watchung Conference Golf Tournament held at Shackamaxon Golf and Country Club in Scotch Plains on April 21 to finish in a tie for third place with Cranford High School senior Josh Evans.

Rob Tortorici from Union High School claimed first place, shooting a five-over 77 while teammate Jerry Chen finished second with an 80.

Cranford High School won the team championship with a combined 332, three strokes better than defending champion Union.

The Blue Devils placed third with a total score of 346. The top four scores on each team were recorded to decide the outcome. Along with Kashlak’s 81, senior Bryan Houston shot an 86, junior Doug Brandley had an 87 and senior Rob Jessup a 92.

Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School finished fourth with a team total of 348. Senior James Anthony, who won the tournament last year, did not make the top list this year.

On April 24, the Blue Devils hosted the Raiders at Echo Lake Golf Course and squeezed out a knee-knocking 171-173 victory.

All the scores were very close with Kashlak of the Blue Devils leading the pack with a 41. Seniors Andy Regenthal and Anthony of the Raiders finished one behind with 42 followed by Rick Martinelli and Houston of the Blue Devils at 43. Brandley of the Blue Devils tied with Raider Jim Tomson at 44 while Tom Klock of the Raiders finished with a 45.

Westfield High School lifted its dual meet record to 7-0 as Scotch Plains-Fanwood fell to 4-4.

LACROSS HIGHLIGHTS

MONDAY, APRIL 21

Westfield 7, Mendham 5

The Blue Devils took a 6-2 lead by the half and successfully defended it in Mendham. Attacker Kevin Mansfield and midfielder Drew Stotler fired in two goals each in the first half to lead the early charge.

Mike Baly, Bryan Gates and Mark Juelis flicked in one goal apiece for Westfield. Mansfield had two assists and Stotler added one. Goalie Steve Abeles had 15 saves.

TRACK HIGHLIGHTS

Raider Boys Breeze Past Shabazz, Rahway in Track

The Raider boys picked up two victories and improved their record to 4-0 by pulling off lopsided wins over Shabazz High School and Rahway High School in Scotch Plains on April 22.

Lau’Renn McDaniel finished first in the 100-meter and 200-meter with times of :11.2 and :23.3, respectively. McDaniel, along with Ryan Kelley, Nick LaCosta and Jovan Clarke, combined to record the winning time of 3:46.5 in the 1,600-meter relay.

Individually, Kelley placed first in the 800-meter run, timed at 2:09.4 and LaCosta took first in the pole vault with a height of 13 feet-six inches.

Tom Stein captured a first in the javelin with a toss of 157 feet-seven inches and a first in the shot put with a heave of 46 feet.

Karl Jennings took first in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of :15.3 and had a tie with teammate Blair Woodward in the high jump, clearing 5 feet-six inches.

Adam Bowser leaped 20 feet-two inches to win the long jump and Brian Sincavage hurled the discus 137 feet-nine inches to take first in that event.

Jennings had the second-best time among the three schools in the 400-meter hurdles, coming in at :57.9, just behind Quaran Ellis of Shabazz who was clocked at :57.7 and Rob Niedzwiecki placed second in the 400-meter with a time of :55.4, also behind Ellis who crossed the line at :51.7.

Morgan Wins Three Sprint Events

Raiders Speed by Rahway, Shabazz in Girls’ Track

Raider sprinter Shawna Morgan raced past all opposition to win the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash and the 100-meter hurdles during a tri-meet against Shabazz High School and Rahway High School in Scotch Plains on April 22.

Morgan crossed the line in :12.7 in the 100-meter, :26.5 in the 200-meter and :16.8 in the 100-meter hurdles.

Karen Haight placed first in the 800-meter with a time of 2:44.2 and Andrea Maggi captured first in the 1,600-meter event, coming in at 6:13.

Holly Oatis took first in the 3,200-meter run, finishing in 13:47 and Amy Citrano aced the 400-meter hurdles in 1:14.2.

Christine Hillman surged forward 15 feet-four inches to win the long jump and Melissa Hicks surged upward and over to win the high jump with a height of four feet-10 inches. Sherri Hamlette took first in the shot put with a push of 32 feet-one and one-half inches.

Kate Vanderheyden tossed the javelin 81 feet-11 inches to win the event and Kari Whitney hurled the discus 70 feet-seven inches, taking first in that event.

Raiders Place Second at Randloph Relays

The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School boys track team leaped to a second-place finish at the Randolph Relays on April 26 while grabbing first in three events.

Adam Bowser, Chris LaCosta, Blair Woodward and Karl Jennings ran their way to first in the shuttle hurdles with a time of 1:04.3.

In the team high jump, Woodward, Bowser and Jennings combined to reach a total of 17 feet 10 inches which was good enough for first.

The superb threesome of LaCosta, Pat Dempsey and Pete Kane cleared a total of 39 feet 3 inches to capture first in the team pole vault.

The Raider boys finished with a team total of 69 points behind Randolph High School with 81. The Raider girls placed ninth with a score of 16.

VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS

Devils Turn Back Indians, Vikings in Girls Volleyball

By DAVID B. CORBIN

Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times

Senior Megan Devitt had four kills and three blocks as the Blue Devils out-served Rahway High School, winning 2-0, on April 21 in Westfield. The Blue Devils won the first game with a competitive 15-11 score and squeezed out the second game, winning 15-13 to improve their record to 7-1.

On April 24, the Westfield High School girls traveled to Scotch Plains and won a highly contested, 2-1, battle with a good Union Catholic Regional High School squad.

The Blue Devils dropped the opening game 17-15 and barely pulled out the second game, winning 16-14. After winning the second game, the Blue Devils’ spirits were high and the emotions of the Vikings were low. As a result, the Blue Devils won big, 15-6.

The Blue Devils recorded 25 kills and had two blocks. Senior Megan Sheehy led the assault with 10 kills. Junior Suzanne Vinegra followed with seven kills while Lauren McGovern added five kills, three aces and served 14 points.

Amy Coccaro served 11 points for the Blue Devils while Heather Simpson contributed 11 assists and Margaret Kostro added six assists.

With the victory over Union Catholic, the Blue Devils lifted their record to 8-1.

MONDAY, APRIL 21

Union Catholic 2, Shabazz 0 (first)

Union Catholic 2, Shabazz 0 (second)

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