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A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION The Westfield Leader and THE TIMES of Scotch Plains - Fanwood Thursday, April 22, 1999 Page 13


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Blue Devil Softballers Hold Back Storming Raiders, 6-4

Phillips attempted to pick off Schwartz at third, but the throw was errant and Schwartz scored to make the score, 4-3.

The Blue Devils continued to use what had been working for them in the third. Van Anglen drew a leadoff walk in the fourth, Guerriero bunted successfully between the third baseman and the pitcher and Richards also bunted. The throw deflected off the first baseman’s glove and Van Anglen scored. Leonardis made the score 6-3 with a sacrifice bunt to the pitcher.


Diamond Blue Devils Slay Tigers With Big Guns, 8-5 By DAVID B. CORBIN

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Senior Lamont Turner blasted two home runs, singled twice and knocked in four runs and senior Luke Mistretta crashed a three-run homer well over the 342-foot mark to lead the Westfield High School baseball team to an 8-5 victory over the Linden High School boys in Westfield on April 13. Junior pitcher Oscar Perez fanned seven Tigers in his complete game.

Turner got the ball rolling with a solo home run over the left field fence in the bottom of the first, but the Tigers came back to take a 3-1 lead after the top of the third. With runners on first and second, Dennis Keefe crushed a home run over the left field fence.

The Blue Devils tied it in the bottom of the inning. Senior Kevin McCormack drilled a double, Jeff Bendix bopped an RBI single, then Brian Flynn bashed an RBI single up the middle.

The Tigers snarled, took advantage of a few miscues and took a 5-3 lead in the fourth. After Perez recorded a strikeout, the ball was dropped and the Tiger batter skipped safely to down first. Moments later, the Tiger runner lunged to second on another error. A walk put runners on first and second, then Rich DelValle whacked a two-run triple.

In the bottom of the fourth, Jason Merritt reached first safely on an error, then Bendix slapped a single to left field. Mistretta stepped to the plate and launched his three-run homer to

put the Blue Devils in front, 6-5. On the mound in the fifth and sixth, Perez mixed his pitches well and held the Tigers scoreless. In the bottom of the sixth, the Blue Devils added the cushion with two more runs. Randy Majocha hit a steamer to third. The third baseman made a nice catch but the ball was overthrown and Majocha scooted to second. Kevin Anton came in to run for Majocha.

Mistretta moved Anton to third with a bunt, then Turner thumped his tworun home run over the 342-foot sign.

Perez appeared to be gaining strength and confidence on the mound. The first Tiger flied out to right, then Turner at short made a nice scooping short-to-first play for the second out. After the next Tiger walked, Turner duplicated his previ


Raider Trackmen Excel; Beat Blue Devil Trackmen, 84-38


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Raider junior Dan Loomis had a stellar day as he shoved the shot put to a personal-best 54’ 2.25”. The rest of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School track and field boys also had a great day as they went on to defeat the Blue Devil boys, 84-38, at Gary Kehler Stadium in Westfield on April 13. Blue Devil Gordon Kaslusky also had a good day as he aced two distance events.

Not only did Loomis have a personal-best throw, but all three of his shoves in the shot surpassed his previously best toss. On his first shove, the shot crashed to the ground 52’ 11” away from the circle, then on the second, the shot impacted at 52’ 7.75”. Teammate Jim Feeley also had a personal best, placing second with a shove of 49’ 3.75” and Scott Paterson was third at 44’ 4.5”.

“I was just ready to go this week. I was sorry about last week when I threw only 50 feet on my last throw at Summit,” said Loomis of his outstanding performance. “I knew that I had to better this week. I went out and practiced well. I definitely worked on my form and rhythm.”

Kaslusky had a big finishing kick and crossed first in the 1,600-meters at 4:44.4 to beat out Raiders Josh Ricca at 4:47 and Nick Klastava at 4:48 who hung with him until the big kick. Kaslusky also won the 3,200meter run with a time of 10:34.1.

“I was kind of pleased considering the day was kind of windy. So, I concentrated on the back straightaway and went a lot slower than normal, almost jogging,” said Kaslusky just after winning the 1,600. “I knew that they would come

right along with me, so on the back straight, I picked up each time and tried to drop the pace every lap. On the last lap, I picked it up as much as possible to drop anybody who was still hanging on.”

Kaslusky has experienced the running styles of Ricca and Klastava on several previous occasions. “I felt that I had a better kick. I felt pretty confident. I also wanted to take it easy because I have to run the 3,200meters later.”

Kaslusky did run the 3,200-meters and won with a time of 10:34.1 followed by Ricca who finished in 10:38 and Klastava at 10:42.

Raider superstar Blair Woodward captured three firsts and one second.

He soared 22’ 6” in his first attempt to win the long jump event followed by teammates Nathan Jones with 21’ 1” and Darien Aberdeen at 19’ 1.5”.

“I think that I did all right since it is the best that I ever jumped here,” said Woodward. “I really did not practice this week; however, I think that I am on a better pace than last year. I think that I was doing about 22 last year at this time. It wasn’t until the Union County relays that I jumped 23 feet.”

Woodward led a Raider sweep in the javelin with a toss of 148’. Paterson placed second with a heave of 132’ and Paul Vellazano was third at


Raider Tracksters Stagger Lady Blue Devils, 64-56 By DAVID B. CORBIN

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Several surprises occurred in the girls track and field meet between the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School girls and the Westfield High School girls at Gary Kehler Stadium in Westfield on April 13. The Raiders defeated the Blue Devils, 64-56, Raider Stacy Bushinger recorded a personal-best time to win the 100meters and teammates Jill Koscielecki and Erin Kelly were outstanding in their events.

The Raiders swept the 100-meter event and Bushinger had her personal-best time in winning, crossing the line in :12.8. Koscielecki finished second at :13.1 and Brittany Bellizear took third at :13.4.

“It is my very best ever,” said an elated Bushinger. “Last year I was doing about :13, :13.1.”

Bushinger also won the 200-meters in :27.1, edging Blue Devil Heather Dennis who crossed in :27.3. Kelly captured first in the 800-meters with a time of 2:27 followed by Blue Devils Maura McMahon at 2:28 and Sara Carpenter at 2:39.

Kelly was also impressive in the 1,600-meters as her time of 5:47 topped Blue Devils Rachel Ackerman who placed second at 5:59.4 and Tara Bhandari who finished third at 6:09.1.

Koscielecki stunned the field by winning the 400-meter event in 1:02.5, just a nose ahead of Blue Devil Megan Shutts who finished in

1:02.6. Raider senior Erin Brandt placed third at 1:04.4.

Raider Head Coach Bill Klimas commented, “Individually, there were some outstanding performances, Erin Kelly in the 800 and the mile. She had a personal best in the 800. Jill Koscielecki, as a freshman winning the 400 from lane six, was outstanding. What a great time! 62.5!”

Klimas continued, “Stacy’s double win was big. There were so many individual performances were the kids stepped up and did what they had to do. In a meet like that, every point counts. They knew what they were up against when they stepped onto the track and they really came through.”

Brandt also had her day as she aced the 400-hurdles in 1:09.9 followed by Devil Dennis at 1:11.1 and Raider Alysa Sams at 1:15.7.

“Yes, it was a good time for me. My best time last season was 1:08.3,” said Brandt of her hurdle victory. “It’s good that I am under 70 (seconds) already. Last year at this time, I was around 72.”

The Blue Devils dominated the 3,200-meters as Alexis Anzelone easily seized first at 12:32 and Ackerman placed second at 12:47. The Blue Devil 4x400 relay team of Andrea Constandis at 1:07.5, Shutts at 1:03.5, McMahon at 1:04.8 and Dennis at 1:02.4 won the event with a combined time of 4:17.9.

The Raiders were very strong in some of the field events such as the shot put, discus and the high jump. Christina Hillman aced the shot put with a push of 31’ 10.5” followed by fellow Raider Katie Feighner at 31’ 6”. Blue Devil Liz Sweeny took third at 27’ 10.5”.

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Two devastating innings of successful bunting and a great double play producing catch by junior Katy Brunetto was just what was needed for the Westfield High School softball team to defeat the Raider girls, 64, in Scotch Plains on April 14.

The top of the first began softly with Blue Devils Kristin Leonardis and Liz McKeon both popping out, but it ended abruptly when Brunneto blazed a liner into the glove of Raider pitcher Alicia Piniat. The Raiders took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first after Piniat walked and Katie Church brought her home with an RBI triple to left field.

Raider catcher Jen Doyle and Church pulled off a nice defensive play in the second inning when they teamed to catch Blue Devil Courtney Thornton face-sliding into third. The Raiders made a minor threat in the bottom of the inning when Jan Weiner singled to left, moved to second on a bunt then flew to third on a dribbler back to the mound, but a ground ball to second ended the threat.

The Blue Devils exploded to take a 4-1 lead in the top of the third. Erika Van Anglen singled past second, Lindsey Guerriero bunted and forced an overthrow to first to put runners on first and third. Katie Richards duplicated Guerriero and another overthrow allowed a run to score. Leonardis stepped up and laid down a sacrifice bunt to score courtesy runner Stevie Larson. McKeon hit a

fly ball which was wind-blown away from the center fielder’s glove and Richards scored while McKeon glided into second. Phillips brought in the fourth run with an RBI double down the left field line.

After Piniat grounded out to short in the third and Guerriero recorded another strikeout, Raider Megan Miller beat out an infield single to short. Lauren Schwartz hopped a single to center which slipped past the center fielder thus allowing Miller to score and Schwartz to strut into third. Later, Blue Devil catcher



David B. Corbin for The Westfield Leader and The Times

ONE GIGANTIC SHOVE…Raider Dan Loomis gives the shot a gigantic shove during the Blue Devil Classic. On April 13, against Westfield, Loomis pushed a personal best 54’ 2.25”.

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FLYING SAFELY INTO THIRD BASE…Blue Devil Jen Hayes, No. 4, flies safely into third while Raider third baseman Katie Church awaits a throw.

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RUNNING IN THE PACK…Raider Erin Kelly, left, and Blue Devils Rachel Ackerman, center, and Tara Bhandari keep close to each other while competing in the 1,600-meter event.

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LAMONT BEING BRUSHED BACK…Blue Devil Lamont Turner gets brushed back by a high-and-inside pitch but later swats his second home run of the game against the Tigers.

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HANDING OFF THE BATON…Blue Devil Sara Carpenter passes the baton to Alexis Anzelone in the 4x400 during the Blue Devil Classic. See results on page 16.

David B. Corbin for The Leader and The Times

TAKING SECOND…Raider Jamil takes second in the 4x200 at the Blue Devil Classic.

MEGAN SHUTTS…Senior Girls Track and Field. She is a premier runner on the Blue Devils. Shutts placed second in the one mile run at the Union County Winter Track and Field Tournament and came in sixth in the two-mile run. Shutts ranks high academically and takes highly challenging courses. Shutts is in good standing not only as an athlete and a scholar but as a good citizen. The Scholar-Athlete of the Month has been created by The Westfield Leader and has been made possible by the listed sponsors.

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