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RAPUANO BECOMES SCORING ACE
Blue Devil Boys Showed Spirit, Talent in Soccer
By DAVID B. CORBIN
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times
Competitive spirit highlighted the Westfield High School boys soccer team this season and, because of that focus, several Blue Devils have made good use of their talents. Junior Ralph Rapuano has drawn much statewide attention for his outstanding offensive skills.
The Blue Devils finished their season with a 10-8-2 record and qualified for the state sectionals. Only one of those losses were by more than two points. Early in the season, the Blue Devils played very well against No. 3 Scotch Plains-Fanwood, losing 3-1, and lost a 1-0 overtime heartbreaker to Cranford. The Blue Devils tied a strong Elizabeth team, 2-2, then later
in the season defeated a highly talented New Providence squad.
Rapuano was a major shining star. Whenever he got the ball, opposition shuttered and backpedaled to defend their goal. Rapuano rippled the net 16 times this season while adding one assist and was clearly one of Union County’s best offensive threats.
Team captains and seniors Mike Idland, Michael Stotler and Bob Stroud provided the leadership and created the competitive spirit. As a goalie, Idland recorded six shutouts this season and allowed only 23 goals while recording 125 saves. In the meantime, the Blue Devils netted 35 goals. Also Idland came out of his den on occasions and scored one goal and had an assist. Idland has been one of the most effective goalies in the county.
Stotler’s and Stroud’s responsibilities were defense and they did their
Westfield PAL ‘C’ Team Punishes Scotch Plains 18-0
The Westfield PAL “C” Team ended its season in a blaze of glory by shutting out Scotch Plains 18-0.
The game began with Westfield in possession at their own 35, but three plays later, they were forced to punt. Scotch Plains downed the ball at their own 45.
Key tackles by Blue Devils Craig Hewit, Eric Scrudato and Stanton Sturgis pushed the Raiders behind the line of scrimmage. Seeking revenge on the next play, the Raiders broke loose for a long run. Fortunately for Westfield, Jonathan Herttua made a diving tackle to prevent a Raider touchdown. Determined not to surrender further ground, the Westfield defense led by Westley Waller, Bobby Mroz, Thomas Meylor, Stephen Rizzetta, Brendan Cline and Pierce Gaynor hung tough.
The quarter ended with Nick DeRosa inflicting a five-yard loss on the Raiders. The Blue Devils offense came on strong and virtually owned the quarter.
Terron Rogers and Charles Johnson pounded out key gains which set the stage for a dramatic run into the end zone by Tommy DelDucca. Unfortunately a clipping penalty called against them brought the ball back to the 35. Undaunted by this setback, the trio again marched the ball down field; this time Rogers swept right for the score. The conversion was unsuccessful, but the Blue Devils took a 6-0 lead.
Scotch Plains returned Matt Perrelli’s punt to the 48 yard line. Kevin McCool and Sean Young halted any further progress. The clock ran out with the Blue Devils maintaining a 6-0 lead.
Scotch Plains started the second half on their own 33 yard line. Blue Devils Darrell Hopkins, Peter Curiale and Matt Risburg proved most inhospitable by forcing the Raiders to punt three plays
later. The Westfield offense was unable to capitalize and Perrelli punted the ball which was baubbled by the Raiders.
Heads up playing by Corey Miller resulted in the Blue Devils again in control of the ball. With a pounding offensive effort led by Fred Cooper, Kevin Behr, Joe Buontempo, James Hoban and Michael Scaliti the Blue Devils pushed the ball to the Scotch Plains 20.
Quarterback John Boyd handed off to Johnson who ran in for the touchdown. An unsuccessful conversion brought the lead to 12-0.
Scotch Plains took possession at their own 35. With no gain on the play, it was second and ten. They were stopped at the line of scrimmage by Westfield’s Cowles Stewart.
The Raiders fumbled on the next play and Westfield recovered. Despite a strong run by Ryan Torcicollo the Blue Devils were forced to punt.
With only minutes left in the game, Boyd swept left on a keeper and scored the Blue Devils final touchdown of the season. The conversion failed; the Blue Devils led 18-0.
In a last gasp Scotch Plains attempted to move the ball down the field, but fumbled. Westfield recovered at the 30 yard line, but the clock ran out signaling the end of a successful season.
The “C” team compiled a 6-3 record behind the dedicated coaching staff of Tom Roche, Charlie Haller, David Hewit, Bill Risberg, and Mike Toth.
Scotch Plains 0 0 0 0 0 Westfield 0 6 6 6 18
Hangover 5K Sets Date for Race
The Central Jersey Road Runners Club will conduct its 17th Annual Hangover Run 5K on Friday, January 1, 1999. Race time is scheduled for noon at Tamaques Park in Westfield. Last year, 493 runners competed on a new course which encompassed the park and local neighborhoods.
All entrants of this USATF-NJ 400point Grand Prix event will receive a cotton T-shirt, hot chocolate and bagels. There will be a random merchandise drawing, awards to the top 3 overall male and female finishers, age group awards and special awards to the top Westfield winners. A ceramic mug will be presented to every 10th finisher.
Registration fees are $10.00 prior to December 26 and $12.00 on race day. For further information or to request an application, call race directors Nancy or Peter Wilderotter at 908-464-2665 or Mark Zenobia at 732-381-0318. PUBLIC NOTICE
SUPERIOR COURT OF NEW JERSEY, CHANCERY DIVISION, UNION COUNTY, DOCKET NO. F-14271-97.
CITICORP MORTGAGE, INC., PLAINTIFF vs. RICARDO URIARTE AND GARCIELA URIARTE, HIS WIFE; NELSON URIARTE, ET ALS, DEFENDANT.
CIVIL ACTION, WRIT OF EXECUTION, DATED SEPTEMBER 16, 1998 FOR SALE OF MORTGAGED PREMISES.
By virtue of the above-stated writ of execution to me directed I shall expose for sale by public vendue, on the 6th Floor of the Union County Court House (Tower) 2 Broad Street, Elizabeth, New Jersey on WEDNESDAY THE 9TH DAY OF DECEMBER A.D., 1998 at two o’clock in the afternoon of said day. All successful bidders must have 20% of their bid available in cash or certified check at the conclusion of the sales.
The judgment amount is $167,174.26. The property to be sold is located in the CITY of ELIZABETH, NEW JERSEY 07206, County of UNION and State of New Jersey.
Commonly known as: 38.5 CEDAR AVENUE, ELIZABETH, NEW JERSEY 07206.
Tax Lot No. 136A1 in Block No. 6. Dimension of Lot: Approximately 30.43 feet wide by 100.00 feet long.
Nearest Cross Street: South Elmora Avenue.
Situate at a point on the southerly sideline of Cedar Avenue distance approximately 65.0 feet easterly from its intersection with the easterly sideline of South Elmora Avenue.
There is due approximately the sum of $171,560.21 together with lawful interest and costs.
There is a full legal description on file in the Union County Sheriff’s Office.
The Sheriff reserves the right to adjourn this sale.
RALPH FROEHLICH SHERIFF FEIN, SUCH, KAHN & SHEPARD, Attorney Suite 201 7 Century Drive Parsippany, New Jersey 07054 CH-754094 (WL) 4 T 11/12, 11/19, 11/26 & 12/3/98 Fee: $189.72
SPF Soccer Strikers Trick U-9 Somerset Wizards, 1-0
The SPF U9 Strikers defeated the Somerset Wizards, 1-0, on November 15 in a gut wrenching game that demonstrated the skill and tenacity of these two teams. As expected, the Strikers assumed the offensive with Timmy Leischner and Rob Cunningham leading the Striker effort early in the first quarter.
Leischner made the first attempt that was blocked by a strong Wizard defense. Over the course of the first quarter, Michael DeVizio, with assists from fellow Strikers, made four strong shots on goal, all of which were blocked by the Wizard defense. Outstanding defensive play by Tommy Sutter, Ryan Krueger and goalie Taylor Molinaro held the Wizards scoreless.
In the second quarter, the Strikers attacked. Brandon Reddington fed the ball to Tyler Stanek whose shot was blocked by the Wizard goalie. The Wizards countered but were thwarted by a tremendous effort by Cunningham. This time, Stanek fed the ball to Reddington whose shot was intercepted by the goalie.
The second half opened with both teams scoreless. Jeff Stuart began the Striker attack with a strong left foot shot that was thwarted by the Wizard defense. Molinaro continued the effort with his ever powerful foot.
The Wizards countered but were stopped cold when goalie Reddington made a tremendous save. Next, LiVolsi and Cunningham moved the ball down field with LiVolsi feeding Cunningham for a shot that was intercepted by the Wizard goalie. Moments later, Striker Eddie Kahn scored with an 18-yard shot that deflected off a Wizard defenseman to make it 1-0 Strikers.
In the fourth quarter, the intensity picked up as the Wizards mounted a strong offensive effort. Tommy Sutter, stopped the Wizards, regained control and kicked to ball downfield so that Tim Stuart and Krueger could regain the Striker offensive. Taking the feed from Leischner, Tim Stuart made a strong shot that was intercepted. Goalie Daniel LiVolsi and the Striker defense successfully stopped the Wizards to end the game 1-0.
job well in keeping attacking opponents off balance. Also, Stotler did contribute one goal and Stroud had two goals and three assists.
Sophomore Conner Mulvee, one of the best sweepers in the county, was also highly successful in repelling the opposition. Mulvee also scored one goal and added an assist. Junior defensive back Mike Todd also was a major part of the stubborn Blue Devil defense which yielded only 1.2 goals per game.
Senior stopper Jeff Nahaczewski also did an outstanding job of warding off offensive attacks and could possibly receive some county recognition. Senior defensive back Brian Gillin was all over the field and contributed heavily in turning away
attacks and bringing the ball upfield, putting the Blue Devils on the offensive. Gillin also contributed one goal. Senior Joe Schaffer contributed one goal and two assists and senior Tom O’Connell added one goal.
Junior striker Alex Lau netted two goals and set up four assists and sophomore midfielder Brad Gillin found the net five times and added one assist. Juniors Erik Finne and John Humphreys contributed two goals each while Finne added three assists and Humphreys added one. Juniors Mike Sanocki, Frank Ianni and Willy Cashman contributed four, one and one assist, respectively. Sophomore Greg Scanlon had one assist. Junior goalie Erik Schoenemann had 18 saves and yielded one goal.
Although the Blue Devils will be graduating 11 seniors, the several talented returning juniors and sophomores will meld very well with members of the junior varsity team which won the Union County JV title this season.
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Carpenter Becomes Wendy’s High School
Westfield High School senior Sara Carpenter has been selected as a state finalist in Wendy’s High School Heisman Award program. The Wendy’s International Corporation, which sponsors the program, created the High School Heisman Award to recognize students for their academic achievements, athletic accomplishments and community service.
One of 1,055 State Finalists, Carpenter was selected from more than 11,000 nominations made by schools nationwide. High School Principal Dr. Robert Petix, on behalf of Wendy’s International, has presented Carpenter with a Bronze Medal.
“The National Association of Secondary School Principals has informed me that competition this year in the High School Heisman program was very rigorous,” commented Dr. Petix. “We commend Sara for her success and achievements.”
SP-F U-11 Express Captures Flight Soccer Championship
The Scotch Plains-Fanwood U11 Express soccer team won their flight championship with a 3-0 victory over Woodbridge on November 22. Both teams played well during a scoreless first half, with the Express having the better of play but Woodbridge threatening now and then.
Ten minutes into the second half, the Express’s Ryan Cerrick took the ball down the right side and laid a beautiful cross in front of the net that Mark Ciecura skillfully converted into the go-ahead goal.
Minutes later, Woodbridge had its best opportunity to score when a lofted shot appeared certain to clear the goalie’s head, but D. J. Garrett, with
probably his best save of the year, leaped up and back and hammered the ball away with a closed fist. That seemed to shift the momentum as it was all Scotch Plains-Fanwood for the rest of the game.
Jonathon DiFiore scored on a long lead pass from Ciecura and later Brian Halpin hustled a ball off the end line, fired into a crowd and Brian Osbahr hammered it in on the deflection from his fullback position to make the score 3-0.
Anthony Baliatico had his best game of the year at fullback and Joseph Jacobi, Clayton Balch, Matt Fleissner and Jack Davis played well. The Express finished the regular season with a 6-0-4 record.
SUPERIOR COURT OF NEW JERSEY, CHANCERY DIVISION, UNION COUNTY, DOCKET NO. F-19359-97.
CONTIMORTGAGE CORPORATION, PLAINTIFF vs. RALPH JONES, BERNISE SIZEMORE, GRADY SIZEMORE, HER HUSBAND, ET AL., DEFENDANT.
CIVIL ACTION, WRIT OF EXECUTION, DATED AUGUST 31, 1998 FOR SALE OF MORTGAGED PREMISES.
By virtue of the above-stated writ of execution to me directed I shall expose for sale by public vendue, on the 6th Floor of the Union County Court House (Tower) 2 Broad Street, Elizabeth, New Jersey on WEDNESDAY THE 2ND DAY OF DECEMBER A.D., 1998 at two o’clock in the afternoon of said day. All successful bidders must have 20% of their bid available in cash or certified check at the conclusion of the sales.
The judgment amount is $133,932.22. PROPERTY TO BE SOLD IS LOCATED IN: City of Elizabeth, County of Union, in the State of New Jersey.
PREMISES COMMONLY KNOWN AS: 555-561 Bond Street.
TAX LOT NO. 1, BLOCK NO. 880. APPROXIMATE DIMENSIONS: 67.80 x 100.
NEAREST CROSS STREET: SIXTH STREET.
A FULL LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF THE PREMISES CAN BE FOUND IN THE OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF OF UNION COUNTY.
There is due approximately the sum of $137,456.63 together with lawful interest and costs.
There is a full legal description on file in the Union County Sheriff’s Office.
The Sheriff reserves the right to adjourn this sale.
RALPH FROEHLICH SHERIFF PARKER, MCCAY & CRISCUOLO (CHERRY HILL), Attorney Suite 500 1701 Route 70 East P.O. Box 1806 Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08034 CH-754081 (WL) 4 T 11/5, 11/12, 11/19 & 11/26/98 Fee: $183.60
Hockey Rockets Win Challenge Cup Title
Robert Castelo and Philip Buonocore have been members of The New Jersey Rockets Mite “A” Hockey Team which skates out of The Bridgewater Sports Arena. The team whose record is 27-0-1 most recently won the gold medal at The CAN/AM Challenge Cup Tournament held in Lake Placid, N. Y. on November 5-8.
Castelo, a third grader at the Wilson School, plays right wing and Buonocore, a fourth grader at the Tamaquas School, is a defenseman. By winning the Philadelphia Regional Silver Stick Championship in October, the Rockets earned the right to compete in the North American Silver Sticks Tournament to be held in St. Clair Shores, MI on January 2931, where they will face the best teams from Canada and the United States.