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A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION The Westfield Leader and THE TIMES of Scotch Plains - Fanwood Thursday, September 16, 1999 Page 13

CYAN YELLOW MAGENTA BLACK

THE WEEK IN SPORTS

ANTOINE, ROTHENBERG GLOW WITH BANNER DAYS

‘Joe’ Boys Get St. Bart Title; Corral St. James ‘Gang’, 65

By DAVID B. CORBIN

Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times

There were no tornadoes, but there was lightning from the “thunder stick” of Dave Rothenberg and flashes of brilliance from the glove of Al Antoine as St. Joseph corralled the St. James “Gang”, 65, in the St.

Bart’s Oldtimers Softball League championship game on Labor Day at Brookside Park in Scotch Plains.

After claiming his second championship in three years, St. Joseph Captain Dean Talcott had his contract renewed. Also, James “Gang” veteran Emmitt O’Hara and rookie Den nis Hercel received recognition for

their hitting prowess. St. Joseph literally got the ball rolling with two outs in the top of the first. Rothenberg ricocheted a single off the first baseman’s foot and Charlie Kreyer walked. Pete

CORBETT, WICKS, LEONARDIS NAMED TRICAPTAINS

Devil Field Hockey Team Sets Season Sights on UC Title

The Westfield High School Blue Devil field hockey team stepped up a level last year, finishing with a fine 1245 record and placing second in the Union County Tournament. This season, the Blue Devils have their sights on taking another step, capturing the county crown.

Led by TriCaptains Paige Corbett, Val Wicks and Kristen Leonardis, the Blue Devils have a mature squad with a fine track record. Two years ago, the Devil girls who are now seniors, won the Union County Junior Varsity (JV) title.

“Most of the seniors are starters. They have worked together for a while,”

said Head Coach Maggie McFadden. “They have a good sense of themselves. That is a good thing. We have good senior leadership.”

Adding to their strength is a strong junior class who, as JV’s, finished with a 92 record.

“Some of those kids have been able to make the transition into varsity,” commented McFadden. “They seem to be coming along nicely.”

An area of some concern is that the Blue Devils have graduated a large number of their defensive starters and that is where McFadden feels much effort should be focused to assist senior returning starting goalie Jen Woodbury.

“We had to fill almost all of our entire defense,” pointed out McFadden. “We do, however, have Paige who can play both offense and defense and we have some girls who have had some varsity experience.”

The Blue Devils do, however, have a swift, aggressive and experienced offense.

“Our offensive kids were either starters last year or were substitutes,” said McFadden. “They got a lot of playing time. There is nobody on our offensive line who is brand new.”

McFadden added, “We are quick but right now we have to work on our explosiveness. There is a difference between being quick and knowing when to explode with the ball.”

McFadden explained some of the methods that she employs to improve team explosiveness, “We do a lot of time drills. We try to get the ball down

JONES SET TO ADD MORE MILEAGE

Raider Gridmen Have Numbers, Mature Line

By DAVID B. CORBIN

Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times

Huge appears to be the word for the Scotch PlainsFanwood High School football team this season. The Raiders have their largest roster in memory with 51 players on the varsity squad and 33 freshmen. In addition, physical size rumbles throughout their offensive and defensive lines.

Considering how he got such great personnel numbers, Raider Head Coach Steve Ciccotelli said, “I think that the Junior Raiders football program has done a good job.”

Senior Nathan Jones was absolutely amazing last year and offers, at least, a repeat performance. Amassing more than a mile (1,832 total yards), Jones averaged 6.4 yards per carry and even tossed a 39yard touchdown pass. In addition, he set an AllTime Scotch PlainsFanwood High School record by rushing 316 yards against Irvington.

Assisting Jones this season will be speedy junior tailback Clifton Freshwater who sat out the entire season last year due to injury and junior fullback Gary Cousar who was moved from the offensive line. Sophomore Andrew Pavoni, who has been looking sharp in practice, will backup Cousar.

“He is doing a nice job blocking and is catching the ball well,” said Ciccotelli of Cousar.

Sophomore Brian Schiller has taken over the helm at quarterback, replacing his cousin Joe Franzone who graduated.

“He is doing well! I have to make sure that I don’t ask him to do things that he can’t do at this point,” stressed Ciccotelli. “He has a good arm. He has been around the game and has a good head on his shoulders. And, he demands a lot of himself.”

With talents like Jones, Freshwater, Cousar and Schiller, the Raiders offer more offensive versatility.

“We are not going to be one dimensional, although Nathan can run,” said Ciccotelli. “I am confident that

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LAUREN, JESSICA CARAVELLA LEAD THE DEVILS

Blue Devil Gymnasts Envision Another Undefeated Season

By DAVID B. CORBIN

Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times

Shooting for the stars is one thing but reaching them can be a difficult feat. Last year, the Westfield High School gymnastic team took the shot and had a stellar season. The Blue Devils finished with an undefeated season, captured the Union County Crown, netted the North 2 Sectionals, shattered several AllTime Westfield High School records and placed fourth in the state. Lauren Caravello, then a freshman, swung her way to a state title on the uneven bars to become the Blue Devils’ first state champion.

“In most ways, last year was our best year,” commented Blue Devil Head Coach Ellen Kovac. “The only thing that could have been a better accomplishment was to have placed second like we did in 1992 although we had a much higher total last year.”

Lauren and twin sister Jessica Caravella were two of the Blue Devils’ fearsome foursome last year. The other two, Julie Elmuccio and Laurie Hogan were outstanding throughout their high

school gymnastics careers. Elmuccio amassed a string of AllTime Westfield High School records and Hogan startled onlookers with her explosive but graceful routines.

Hogan and Elmuccio both have graduated; however, Kovac is happy with their possible replacements. “Christina Massa, who is a sophomore and sat out last year, will be strong and freshman Ashley Flood was a teammate of the Caravellas,” pointed out Kovac.

Freshmen Kate Bonard and Rachel Skolnick are also very strong additives to the Blue Devil depth of 27 girls.

“Now, we just have to try and come as close as we can to matching last year,” expressed Kovac.

Sophomores Bethany Goldman and Sara Burke were very effective last year and will be an asset.

“Sara has improved from last year and is going to be a really strong team member,” commented Kovac. “We are in very good shape.”

Matching last year’s stellar performances would be quite an achievement the Blue Devils do have lofty goals.

“First of all, we want to win every meet and get every girl possible to compete and qualify individually for the sectionals,” said Kovac. To qualify for sectionals, each girl is required to have two qualifying scores in each event.

“We also have the Union County Team that the coaches at the end of the season make up,” added Kovac.

To be considered for the allaround a girl must have competed in the allaround event in at least three meets and to be considered in an event a girl must have competed in that event at least six times. With such a large number of girls on her team, Kovac must juggle her lineup cleverly in order to qualify as many girls as possible.

“Last year, Jessica (Caravella) did not get her six attempts on the unevens and she missed qualification,” pointed out Kovac.

In any event, the Blue Devils will be the team to beat at the county tournament and will be right in the thick of things at the state sectionals. The Blue Devils promise highquality performances and will host Bridgewater today at 4: 30.

David B. Corbin for The Westfield Leader and The Times RAIDER TRICAPTAINS… The Scotch PlainsFanwood High School football team has plenty of experience, size and personnel. TriCaptains Ron Generette, left, Nathan Jones, center, and Dave Herrmann will lead the Raiders.

David B. Corbin for The Westfield Leader and The Times FIELD HOCKEY TRICAPTAINS… The Westfield High School field hockey team looks for another successful season. Pictured, left to right, are: Kristen Leonardis, Paige Corbett and Valerie Wicks.

David B. Corbin for The Westfield Leader and The Times ST. BART’S SOFTBALL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS… St. Joseph defeated the St. James “Gang”, 65, for the St. Bart’s Crown. Pictured, left to right, are: kneeling; Al Weber, Ed Marchelitis, Dean Talcott, Bob Brennan and Howie Jones; back row, League Commissioner Dom Lawrence, Rich Worth, Charlie Kreyer, Frank Pepe, Pete Chemidlin, Al Antoine, Marc DiFrancesco, Dave Rothenberg, Joe Matuska and Matt Fugett.

David B. Corbin for The Westfield Leader and The Times THE HIGHFLYING BLUE DEVIL GYMNASTS… Pictured, left to right, are: front row; Marissa Marcus, Ali Yuhas, Ashley Flood, Jenna Noonan, Rachel Skolnick, Katie Bonard and Lauren Chella; middle row, Christina Massa, Jessica Caravello, Bethany Goldman, Lauren Caravello, Lesha Brummell and Sarah Burke; back row, Kathryn Solon, Tara Clarke, Robyn Ehrlich, Tamara Yellin, Allison Greene, Megan Brown and Coach Ellen Kovac.

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