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Union County Tennis Tournament

Westfield Wins Sixth Straight and 23rd in 27 Year History

Devil Boys Dominate Union County Tennis Tournament


Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times

The Westfield Blue Devils boys tennis team put on spectacular performances throughout the Union County tennis tournament held at Hub Stine Field in Plainfield on May 1-2 and came up running away with the team championship. The Blue Devils totaled 100 points and outdistanced Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School which finished with 34 points.

Senior Blue Devil Dan Matro, who entered the tournament with 13 singles victories to his credit and the top seed at first singles, lived up to his placement by defeating Kevin Bielen of Linden High School in the finals, 6-4, 6-1.

Matro got his ball rolling by defeating Jim Eagan of New Providence High School, 6-0, 6-0 in the first round and finishing off Chris Mason of Union Catholic Regional High School by an identical 6-0, 6-0 score in the quarterfinals.

Next, in the semifinals, Matro faced a more formidable opponent in fifth-seeded Mike Bostwick of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School. Matro beat Bostwick in a well-played 6-2, 6-3 match to place him in the finals against Bielen.

At second singles, Dan Aquila of the Blue Devils found himself in the second-seeded spot, sporting a 9-5 record prior to the tournament. Aquila began his move to the top by scorching Mike Tango of Roselle Park High School, 6-0, 6-0 in the first round and by breezing past Kevin Hooshangi of Wardlaw-Hartridge, 6-2, 6-0.

The semifinal match with Enzo Minicozzi of Governor Livingston High School proved to be the most difficult and most exiting as Aquila edged Minicozzi in the first set 6-4, but was defeated in a back-and-forth set 6-7 (8-10) to force the match to a third set. Aquila gathered his determination and handled Minicozzi in that set, 6-1.

The first set of the championship match also was quite competitive against Todd Kraft of New Providence. Kraft finally broke and lost the first set 7-5. After that close loss, Kraft’s spirit was broken by the fierce and growing determination of Aquila who won the second set, 6-1 and to take the championship.

Second singles player Chris Camuto of the Blue Devils lived up to his first-seeding and his 11-4 record by blowing by Rashaad Emory of Plainfield High School, 6-2, 6-2 to gain the championship.

Camuto started his trek by defeating Scott Layne of Summit High School 6-1, 6-2 in the first round and by edging Roger Barkan of Governor Livingston, 7-5, 6-4 in the quarterfinals. Camuto advanced to the finals by defeating Larry Centanni of Oratory Prep, 6-2, 6-1 in the semifinals.

The duo of Jon DiGiovanni and Graig Cameron defended their first-seeding by beating Cranford High School rivals Conor Leddy and Derrick Brooks 6-3, 6-2 in the finals. DiGiovanni entered the tournament with a 10-3 record and Cameron with a 10-2 record.

DiGiovanni and Cameron began their quest by beating Brian Curley and Steve Kohutic of Linden, 6-2, 6-2 in the first round and slipping by Jason Grunberg and Bryan Nogaki of Governor Livingston in a Jekyll and Hyde quarterfinal match 6-1, 3-6, 6-1.

In the semifinals, DiGiovanni and Cameron defeated Bryan Bonk and Joe Hreno of Wardlaw-Hartridge, 6-4, 6-2.

Adam Kendler and Peter Lau gave the Blue Devils a first -place sweep of all five flights when they finished off Alex Welyczkowsky and Kevin Prudente of Oratory Prep, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2. Lau entered the tournament with a 10-3 record and Kendler at 9-0.

In the first round, Kendler and Lau beat Mo Saraiya and Justin Meadows of Roselle Park High School, 6-0, 6-4 then advanced to defeat Mike Bazargan and Kyran Libot of Jonathan Dayton High School, 6-3, 6-4. Kendler and Lau got by Ben Friedland and Jimmie Banta of Wardlaw-Hartridge, 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals.

The team title was the sixth in a row for Westfield High School and the 23rd in the 27 year history of the tournament.

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Tennis Union County

Phillips Grabs Third Place at Third Singles

Raider Boys Rally to Place Second at County Tourney


Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times

Clutch performances by John Phillips at third singles and by second doubles partners Jim Ray and Chris Schlegel gave the Scotch Plains-Fanwood boys tennis team what they needed to push their way past Plainfield High School and Wardlaw-Hartridge to capture second place at the Union County tennis tournament held at Hub Stine Field in Plainfield on May 1-2.

The third place finish by Phillips added an additional four team points to the Raiders’ total to push them from 30 to 34 points, thus beating out Plainfield with 32 points and Wardlaw-Hartridge with 31 points.

Phillips earned his way by defeating Keith Kielbasa of Roselle Park High School, 6-3, 6-1, in the first round and Jason Saladores of Elizabeth High School, 6-1, 7-5 in the quarterfinals. After dropping his semifinal match to Rashaad Emory of Plainfield, Phillips came back strongly to beat Larry Centanni of Oratory Prep, 6-3, 6-4, taking third place.

Second doubles partners Jim Ray and Chris Schlegel defeated Ed Dumala and Alex Lomerto of Linden High School, 6-2, 6-0 in the first round and moved on to the quarterfinals to squeeze by Beau Macksoud and Todd Mariano of Cranford High School, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3.Their luck ran out in the semifinals when they dropped close sets of 7-6 (7-5), 6-3, to Alex Welyczkowsky and Kevin Prudente of Oratory Prep, then fell to Ben Friedland and Jimmie Banta of Wardlaw-Hartridge, 6-1, 6-3 in the consolations.

First singles player Mike Bostwick blew by Chris Saladores of Elizabeth High School, 6-1, 6-1 in the first round and defeated fourth-seeded Zack Orenczak of Governor Livingston High School, 7-5, 6-0 to advance to the semifinals where he had to face first-seeded Dan Matro of Westfield High School. Matro won 6-2, 6-3. In the consolation round, Bostwick lost to Justin Jackson of Plainfield by injury default.

Second singles player Jared Duvoisin shutout Ken Soriano of Union Catholic Regional High School, 6-0, 6-0, in the first round but was stopped by Todd Kraft of New Providence High School in the quarterfinals in a hard-fought 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 match. After losing to Timon Jackson of Plainfield, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4, Duvoisin rebounded to defeat Zubair Patel of Jonathan Dayton High School, 6-2, 6-2 for seventh place.

Rex Lee and Dave Hassan at first doubles won their first round match over Paul Silva and Anthony Cilento of Johnson Regional High School, 6-1, 6-3, then lost a close 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) quarterfinal match to Conor Leddy and Derrick Brooks of Cranford. Lee and Hassan then dropped a heart-breaking match of 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4) to Tim Lamb and Andrew Stevenson of Summit High School to be cast into a battle with Nathanael Okpych and Jason Perez of Roselle Catholic High School for seventh place. Lee and Hassan prevailed 6-4, 6-3.

The second-place finish put the Raiders behind only to mighty Westfield High School which amassed 100 points to capture its sixth straight county championship.

Sports hilites


Union County Baseball Tournament

Scotch Plains-Fanwood 17, Rahway 5

Senior John Luciano blasted a three-run homer in the sixth inning to add to the Raiders’ massacre of Rahway. Luciano added a two-run triple and a double while teammate Casey O’Connor slapped two singles and drove in two runs.

Pitcher Mike Pudlak contributed a double to the Raiders 13-hit attack and got his third win of the season. Craig Hilyard got the loss for Rahway.

The Raiders improved their record to 8-4-1 and advanced to host fifth-seeded Union on May 10.

Westfield 9, Roselle Park 3

Junior Matt Williams tossed a seven-hitter against the Panthers to earn his fourth win of the season and helped the Blue Devils to advance to the next round of the Union County Tournament to face Elizabeth on May 10.

Westfield chipped away at the Roselle Park pitching, scoring one run in the first inning and two in the second, third, fifth and sixth inning. Tri-Captain Bill Hedden had a double and a single and drove in two runs in the sixth while junior Bob Baykowski went three-for-four, driving in two runs and scoring two runs. Tri-Captain Bob Meyer ripped a double as the Blue Devils mounted a 12-hit attack.

Westfield upped its record to 10-4-1.

Cranford 17, Hillside 2

The top-seeded Cougars overwhelmed Hillside as Chris Baran blasted a three-run home run and Pat Pepe tossed a three-hitter in Cranford.

Cranford scored seven runs in the third inning and added fuel to the fire when Brian Weingart ripped a bases-loaded triple and Ryan Matlosz racked up three doubles, drove in four runs and crossed the plate twice.

Pepe grabbed his fourth win while striking out 10 and walking only three batters. Cranford boosted its undefeated streak to 16-0 and solidified its standing as the third-ranked team in the state.


Westfield 6, Elizabeth 3

A pitching dual was broken up in the top of the fourth inning as Bill Sweeney slapped a two-run single to kindle a four-run burst which helped the seventh-seeded Blue Devils defeat the second-seeded Minutemen, 6-3, in Elizabeth.

The Minutemen’s starting pitcher Kamiel Brown was ejected in the bottom of the third when he attempted to run over the Blue Devil catcher.

Bill Hedden poked a two-run single in the fifth inning to put the Blue Devils ahead 6-1. Elizabeth responded with two runs in the bottom of the fifth but was unable to add any more.

Matt Williams carefully scattered nine hits and two walks as he struck out 10 Elizabeth batters. Williams improved his record to 5-1 as Westfield upped its record to 11-5-1. Elizabeth slid to 14-3.

Union 3, Scotch Plains-Fanwood 0

The Raiders’ chances of advancing in the Union County Tournament fizzled in Union as they were unable to capitalize on two scoring opportunities and dropped a 3-0 decision to the Farmers.

Nick Javas crushed a two-run homer in the third inning and Tom Nastasi added a solo homer in the fourth while pitcher Dan Cruz tossed a four-hitter, walked three and fanned eight Raider batters to earn his third victory and give Union its 14th win. The Raiders fell to 9-5-1.

Regular Season:


Union 12, Westfield 9

Both teams came out roaring in Union as the Blue Devils opened the game with four runs, the Farmers answered with three in the bottom of the first, then added five more in the bottom of the second to take an 8-4 lead.

Westfield fought back when Bill Sweeney smashed a two-run home run in the third and Union scored a run in their half of the inning, making the score 9-6.

The Blue Devils added a run in the fourth but the Farmers chalked up three in the bottom of the inning. Westfield added a two-run effort in the top of the seventh to finalize the scoring and give Union its 13th victory. Westfield slipped to 10-5-1.

Scotch Plains-Fanwood 17, Kearny 14

A 30-run slugfest in Kearny winded up in the Raiders favor as they were able amass more extra base hits than the Kardinals.

Mike Pudlak, Adam Baumwell, John Luciano, Jim Buccola and Doug Bishop each drilled doubles and Kyle Atkins blasted a grand-slam home run in the fifth inning for the Raiders.

The Raiders erupted for eight runs in the top of the sixth then the Kardinals created an aftershock of their own by putting together seven runs in the bottom half of the inning to bring the score to 16-13 in favor of the Raiders. Each team scored a run in the seventh.

Luciano went three-for-four with one RBI and Baumwell collected three hits while driving in two runs for Scotch Plains-Fanwood.

The Raiders upped their record to 9-4-1 as Kearny fell to 10-3.

Plainfield 9, Union Catholic Regional 1

The Vikings were victims of a three-hitter thrown by pitcher MacKay James and an 11-hit attack posted by the Cardinals in Plainfield.

Union Catholic scored its only run in the first inning only to have Plainfield answer with three of its own in the bottom half of the inning. Plainfield continued with two runs in the second, one in the fourth, two in the fifth and one in the sixth.

Plainfield improved to 5-12 while Union Catholic slipped to 1-10-1.

Softball hilites

Devils Knock Rahway From County Softball Tourney


Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times

The sixth-seeded Blue Devils bounced third-seeded Rahway High School and its proficient pitcher Dana Sides from the Union County Softball Tournament by a score of 6-2 on May 6 in Rahway.

Westfield High School capitalized on seven Indian errors which blended nicely with their hits and junior pitcher Shannon Wagner yielded only five hits and struck out five while holding Rahway scoreless for six innings.

Sophomore Sue Phillips and senior Rachel Brendler provided most of the Blue Devils’ artillery as Brendler poked a single, drilled a double and scored three runs while Phillips crashed a two-run home run to deep center in the seventh inning, driving in Brendler, while crossing home plate twice herself.

The Blue Devils got their first run in the second inning when Rachel Brendler reached first on an error by the Rahway first baseman, stole second and galloped home after an error by the shortstop.

In the fifth inning, Wagner got aboard on an error by the first baseman, moved to third on the single from Brendler and scored on a sacrifice from Phillips. Senior third baseman Kate Tracy ripped a long single to center, scoring Brendler and Phillips to give Westfield a 4-0 lead as the Indians came to bat.

After the Blue Devils upped the score to 6-0 in the seventh, the Indians managed to score their only two runs on an unearned run and an RBI single from Sides.

The Blue Devils lifted their record to 10-5 while Rahway dropped to 9-3.

Wagner’s One-Hitter Helps Devils Blank Farmers, 2-0


Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times

Junior Shannon Wagner came within one inning of pitching a no-hitter, yielding only a leadoff single in the top of the seventh, as Westfield High School shutout Union High School, 2-0, in Westfield on May 7.

The Blue Devils scored the only run they really needed in the bottom of the first when Wagner poked a leadoff single and moved to third on a single by left fielder Lindsay Greenwald, then scored on another single by catcher Sue Phillips.

The second run was earned in the fourth inning when Phillips ripped a double to deep left-center field, moved to third on a fielders’ choice and scored on a well-executed bunt from junior second baseman Mie Asakawa.

Wagner retired the first 13 Farmer batters but got help in the top of the third when the ninth batter walked but was thrown out at first when catcher Phillips back picked her. Wagner struck out five Union batters en route to acquiring her ninth win against four losses.

Westfield improved to 11-5 while Union slipped to 15-4.


Regular Season

Union Catholic Regional 8, Linden 7

The Vikings got their second win when Tracy Crane drove in the winning run on a ground ball in the fifth inning. Katie Santo and Katie Wood had two singles apiece and one RBI for the Vikings.


Kearny 10, Scotch Plains-Fanwood 1

The Kearny Kardinals broke open a close game by scoring four runs in the fifth inning and three more in the sixth to put the game out of reach for the Raiders.

The Raiders scored their only run when senior Lisa Cahill got caught in a rundown when teammate Jen Stewart cracked a double, but managed to score on a throwing error by the Kardinals.

Kearney increased it fine record to 11-4 while Scotch Plains-Fanwood dropped to 4-9.

Plainfield 4, Union Catholic Regional 1

Plainfield pitcher Sabiha Taylor went four-for-four at the plate and struck out seven Vikings from the mound as she allowed only one hit in Scotch Plains.

The victory helped the Cardinals, now 9-7, clinch a state playoff spot as the loss dropped Union Catholic Regional to 2-11.

Raiders Blow by Elizabeth Girls With 10-Run Second


Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times

The guns of the Raiders Varsity softball team came alive early and loudly as senior Lisa Cahill and junior Wendy Underwood each blasted a home run to arouse a 19-hit assault on the lady Minutemen on May 5 in Elizabeth.

The Raiders began with a modest one-run first inning and held Elizabeth High School scoreless in the bottom half of the first.

The beginning of the end came in the second when sophomore Allison Campbell ripped a double. With one out, sophomore Diana Mendez, Cahill and sophomore Jen Stewart added back-to-back singles. After Michelle Evans flew out to shortstop, junior Chris Romeo doubled to right field to place runners on second and third; then, came Underwood’s crushing home run.

After six runs had already crossed home plate, the Raiders started over again. Sophomore Lauren Schwartz slapped a single and reached second on an error; then scored on Campbell’s second hit of the inning. Sophomore Jan Weiner received a base-on-balls and Mendez punched a single, scoring Campbell. Cahill reached base on an error by the third baseman, allowing Weiner and Mendez to score. Finally, the lady Minutemen temporarily stopped the bleeding when Stewart flew out to first.

Elizabeth sneezed out two runs in the third, then coughed two more in the fourth after the Raiders added another run in the top of the fourth initiated by a triple from Schwartz and finalized by a sacrifice fly to center field from Campbell.

The Raiders continued their assault in the top of the fifth, adding a run when Cahill singled and reached second on a stolen base, then scored when Evans drilled a double to center. The assault resumed in the sixth when the Raider batters put together a single by Schwartz and walks by Weiner and Mendez just before Cahill unloaded with her home run.

Sophomore Christy McPartlan held Elizabeth to only five hits and struck out four as she collected her first win of the season. Scotch Plains-Fanwood lifted its record to 4-8.

Raiders Tame Tigers With 16-6 Thrashing in Softball


Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times

The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School varsity girls softball team won their fifth game of the season, 16-6, over Linden High School on May 8 in Linden.

Second baseman Diane Mendez went 4-for-5, punching three singles and drilling a double while driving in two runs and scoring four runs. Pitcher Jen Mazzagetti blasted a three-run homer, ripped a two-run double and scored two runs.

Mendez led off the game with her first single, Michelle Evans reached on an error by the third baseman, Chris Romeo walked and Mazzagetti smashed her home run to empty the bases.

After holding the Tigers scoreless in the bottom of the first, the Raiders started a small rumbling scoring one run on a single by Mendez followed by an RBI bunt by Lisa Cahill after Mendez maneuvered herself into scoring position.

With the score 4-0 in favor of the Raiders, Linden retaliated with two runs in the second when Mazzagetti hit the first two Tiger batters and yielded a two-run double to center field.

Linden tied the Raiders, 5-5, in the third inning when Tiger third baseman Forstenhauser crushed a three-run homer.

The shock of the home run opened the eyes of the Raiders in the top of the fourth as they opened the skies with lightening of their own. Mendez doubled, Cahill singled scoring Mendez, Evans singled scoring Cahill, Romeo drew a walk and Mazzagetti slashed a two-run double, then scored when Allison Campbell was hit by a pitch. After all the flashes stopped, the Raiders found themselves ahead 10-5.

Linden, being stunned, could only muster one more run as the Raiders went on to score another run in the fifth and five more in the sixth, finalizing the score 16-6.

Mazzagetti got her fourth win as Scotch Plains-Fanwood upped its record to 5-9.

Union County Girls Softball Tournament:


Cranford 4, Westfield 1

Samantha Morano of the Cougars upped her undefeated record to 8-0 as she allowed the Blue Devils only four hits and gave up only one run when catcher Sue Phillips singled in a run for Westfield in the fourth inning in Cranford.

Cranford, now 17-1 advanced to the finals to face first-seeded Governor Livingston while Westfield (11-6) was eliminated.

Girls Volleyball Results


Cranford 2, Scotch Plains-Fanwood 0

Westfield 2, Johnson Regional 0

Lauren McGovern had five kills, Megan Sheehy had three aces and four kills and Suzanne Vinegra added six kills to lead the Blue Devils to a 15-10, 15-12 sweep in the first round of the Union County Tournament.


Westfield 2, Newark East Side 0

The Blue Devils made it all look so easy as they glided to 15-4, 15-7 victories over East Side.

Junior middle hitter Suzanne Vinegra tallied three kills and a block. Senior Megan Sheehy had three kills.

Tennis hilites


Westfield (14-5) 4, Elizabeth 1


1st: Dan Aquila (W) d. Chris Saladordes, 6-1, 6-1

2nd: Chris Camuto (W) d. Steve Galletta, 6-0, 6-2

3rd: Jason Saladordes (E) d. Jeremy Chilnicka, 5-7, 6-1, 7-5


1st: Josh Warren and Chris Benson (W) d. Anthony Chodan and Pacal Pedro, 6-3, 6-3

2nd: Sam Fleder and Brett Kahn (W) d. Alex Hechavarria and Jose Calas, 6-0, 6-2

Plainfield (10-1) 5, Union Catholic Regional (4-6) 0


1st: Justin Jackson (P) d. Chris Mason, 6-2, 6-2

2nd: Timon Jackson (P) d. Ken Soriano, 6-2, 6-3

3rd: Rashaad Emory (P) d. Tom Werner, 6-2, 6-3


1st: Ron Bronson and John Tran (P) d. Martin Flemming and Mike Maggi, 6-1, 6-3

2nd: Jasmon Stepney and Curtis Jones (P) d. Keegan Rollins andBill Cuartes, 6-1, 6-2

Scotch Plains-Fanwood (10-2) 5, Newark East Side 0


1st: Mike Bostwick (SPF) won by default

2nd: Jared Duvoisin (SPF) won by default

3rd: John Phillips (SPF) d. Eddie Carzalho, 6-1, 6-0


1st: Jim Ray and Dave Hassan (SPF) d. Dino Abragao and Hector Harvaez, 6-2, 6-0

2nd: Chris Schlegel and John Gratza (SPF) d. Luis Fernandes and Paul Barros, 6-0, 6-2


Linden (8-3) 3, Union Catholic Regional 2


1st: Kevin Beilen (L) d. Chris Mason, 6-0, 6-0

2nd: Ken Soriano (UC) d. Osmar Marques, 6-1, 6-1

3rd: Tom Werner (UC) d. Karl Groehmann, 6-2, 7-5


1st: Steve Kohutic and Brian Curley (L) d. Dave Koremba and Martin Fleming, 2-6, 6-1, 6-3

2nd: Ed Dumala and Konead Konek (L) d. Mike Maggi and Keegan Rollins, 6-4, 2-6, 6-1

Westfield (15-5) 5, Irvington (5-9) 0


1st: Jeff Diamond (W) d. Vladimir Torchon, 6-4, 6-1

2nd: Tom O’Connell (W) d. Stanley Fleurissaint, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2

3rd: Jeremy Chilnick (W) won by forfeit


1st: Josh Warren and Sam Fleder (W) d. Gregory Larosillere and Navin Naidos, 6-0, 6-0

2nd: Brett Kahn and Chris Benson (W) d. Maro Garcon and Paul Technel Jen, 6-0, 7-5

Track Hilites

Devil Boys Place Third as Elmuccio Sets Record

Raider Boys Rule the Field Events to Win Minuteman

The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School boys track team dominated the field events as they had been all season to edge host Trenton High School by two points, 47-45, in the 22nd Minuteman Games at Williams Field in Elizabeth on May 5. Westfield High School took third with 44 points.

Senior Raider Pete Kane soared the highest in the pole vault, catapulting 12 feet, 6 inches and Tom Stein shoved the shot 52 feet, 2 inches for a first place. Adam Bowser leaped 21 feet, 3 inches to pounce upon a first place finish.

Senior Matt Elmuccio of the Blue Devils, although feeling ill due to allergies, set a meet record in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:52 which broke the previous record of 1:52.6 set by Robert Ayres of Trenton High School in 1990. Elmuccio ran the first 400-meters in :54. His time in the 800-meters was a personal best for him.

The girls’ competition consisted of five events which did not count on the team scoring. Suzy Kozub of the Blue Devils placed third in the 800-meter run, turning in a time of 2:17.6 behind Shauna McFadzean of Columbia High School at 2:16.6 and Dara Crocker, also of Columbia High School, who won with a time of 2:12.6.


Lauren Saul/ Southern Connecticut

Saul Places Second at UTC Championships

Westfield High School Class of 1996 graduate Lauren Saul, a freshman at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, finished second in the 1,500-meter run event at the Collegiate Track Conference Championships held at Montclair State University on May 2-3.

Saul’s time of 4:53, which was a personal best for her, was instrumental in Southern Connecticut’s 118-point second-place finish behind the State University of New York at Albany which accumulated 147 points.

Saul also competed as a member of the 4x400-meter relay team which took second place at the championships.

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