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Page 14 Thursday, June 25, 1998 The Westfield Leader and THE TIMES of Scotch Plains – Fanwood A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION

CYAN YELLOW MAGENTA BLACK

WOODWARD NAMED ATHLETE OF YEAR

Jennings, Woodward Make First Team All- Area List

Scotch Plains- Fanwood High School senior Karl Jennings and junior Blair Woodward have been selected to the First Team All- Area boys' track and field list by The Courier News. Several Raiders and three Westfield High School boys have also been named either to the All- Union/ Middlesex or to the Honorable Mention list.

Jennings was the No. 1 performer in the area in the 110- hurdles, recording a time of :14.0. Jennings was also very strong in the 400- hurdles turning in an area- best time of :54.3 and in the high jump clearing a height of 6- 6. Jennings, who will be attending the University of Tennessee, won all three events at the State Group 3 Sectional Tournament at Millburn.

Later, in South Plainfield at the Group 3 Championships, he placed second in the 110- and 400- hurdles and fourth in the high jump. At the Meet of Champions, Jennings placed fifth in both the high jump at 6- 6 and in the 110- hurdles with a time of :14.29.

Woodward was also selected as

The Courier News' Track Athlete of the Year. Woodward, who also was quite proficient in the javelin, the 100- meter dash and in the 110- hurdles, was selected first team in both the long jump and in the high jump. His leap of 23- 5 at the Union County Relays gave him the secondbest distance in New Jersey in the long jump this year.

Woodward's winning height of 6- 10 in the high jump event at the Group 3 Championships set a Scotch Plains- Fanwood High School record.

in the fall. Junior catcher Phillips terrorized her opponents with her ability to hit the "long ball" and finished the season with an admirable .408 average. Every time Phillips stepped to the plate, she would put the ball in play as she struck out only three times all season.

Ryan, a senior, was second on the Blue Devils team with a .448 batting average. Ryan led her team with 18 RBI and tied Phillips for the lead in doubles with eight. Ryan also was very good defensively as an outfielder.

Underwood, a senior outfielder, batted .356 and knocked in 14 runs for the Raiders. Underwood was dangerous on the base pads as she stole nine bases. She demonstrated her power by hitting five doubles, two triples and one home run.

Mendez, a junior second baseman, led the Raiders in batting with a .450

average. As the leadoff hitter, she immediately sparked the Raiders' offense. Mendez led the Raiders with 15 steals, eight triples, 20 runs scored and 17 RBI.

Thornton had the wonderful combination of power mixed with speed. She led the Blue devils with four triples, ripped five doubles, drove in 17 runs and smashed one home run while batting .423. She also led the team with 19 runs scored and stole seven bases. Leonardis batted .357, scored 13 runs, had 10 RBI and stole six bases.

Evans, a senior third baseman, had a .400 batting average, crashed three triples, scored 14 runs and stole eight bases. Mazzagetti, a senior, was the Raiders' ace pitcher. She struck out 77 batters in 109 innings. Mazzagetti batted .400, drove in 10 runs, scored five runs and had four stolen bases.

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Shannon Wagner Selected All- Area Softball 1st Team

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fifth. Leo White scored A. J. Jersey's first run when Mike Novy blooped a single to shallow left. Ed Nugent also added a single in the fifth.

A. J. Jersey added a run in the sixth when Drew Koski beat out an infield single and later scored on a single by Bernie Johnson. John Robinson and John Kolas also had singles in the inning.

Checchio's scored its 12th run in the top of the seventh when Malta reached first on an error, Buchwald singled to center and Walsh sacrificed Malta home with his fourth RBI of the afternoon. Checchio pitcher Pete Lima, who relieved Perez, slammed the door on A. J. Jersey by allowing only one batter to reach base on an error in the seventh.

Dasti, who played left field, made several outstanding catches for Checchio's including a full- speed, run- saving, diving snag in the second inning. Lipshitz, at shortstop, executed several heads- up plays including an exceptional running catch of a pop- up down the third baseline.

Checchio Chiropractic upped its record to 7- 2 and moved into first place. A. J. Jersey slipped to 7- 5, but remains in the hunt for the title.

Checchio Chiro. 010 460 1 12 A. J. Jersey Forklift 000 011 1 02

Checchio's Crunches A. J. Jersey, 12- 2

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average and led in homers with seven, RBI with 35 and doubles with six.

Freisen was a solid first baseman and also assumed pitching responsibilities. The left- handed hitter came through constantly in the clutch as did teammate Turner. On defense, Turner rotated between second and shortstop.

Baumwoll was the second- rotation pitcher to Gewirtz and also had the ability to hit the long ball, hitting one home run and two triples. Baumwoll also scored 18 runs. Orsini was a total player. The left- handed hitting Orsini had the uncanny ability to slap the ball to the opposite field. His defensive skills in center field were simply amazing. When not pitching, Baykowski would play shortstop. He could hit for power and leaves Westfield High School with the distinction of having scored the first and last run of the 1998 season.

Bishop Selected All- Area Baseball

STRANIERO DRIVES IN FOUR; HOELZEL SCORES THREE

St. Joseph Soaks St. Anne, 15- 5; Pours it on With 7 Runs in 6th

By DAVID B. CORBIN

Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times

Tom Straniero had four RBI and Ken Hoelzel scored three runs as St. Joseph dowsed St. Anne with a 15- 5 soaking in St. Bartholomew's Oldtimers Softball League action at Brookside Park in Scotch Plains on June 18. The real downpour came in the sixth inning as St. Joseph gushed with seven runs.

St. Joseph drizzled a run in the top of the first. Bill Wolff snarled a two- out single to right and Gerry Spitzer slashed a double to left to bring Wolff home.

St. Anne sprayed three runs in its half of the first. Steve Pirella hopped a leadoff single past short, Mike Brennan bashed a double to rightcenter and Ed Marchelitis mashed a shot to center which brought home Pirella and Brennan. Steve Mihansky bounced a single past third as Marchelitis marched home with the third run. Afterwards, Wayne Morse tapped a single to left but was left stranded when Straniero, the St. Joseph shortstop, initiated a short- tosecond- to- first double play.

Karl Grossman hacked a double to right for St. Joseph in the second but

was unable to score; however, after St. Anne was retired in its portion of the second, St. Joseph sprinkled two more runs in the third. Hoelzel looped a leadoff single to left, then Tony Barattucci battered a double to leftcenter. Mike Ciufia sacrificed Hoelzel home and Barattucci barreled to third, then Chuck Krajcsik knocked a sacrifice fly to center to bring Barattucci in to tie the score at three.

St. Anne regained the lead with a run in the third. With one out, the left- handed Brennan yanked a double down the right- field line and scored when Marchelitis arced a double to right- center.

St. Joseph squirted back with a run in the fourth. Spitzer splattered a single to left and Dave Rothenberg rocked a single to center. Grossman stepped to the plate and ricocheted a single off the first baseman's foot. Spitzer alertly sped home to tie the score at four.

Wolff, the St. Joseph pitcher, retired the side in the fourth and as St. Joseph came to bat in the fifth, the sky began to darken for St. Anne.

Karl Mende drew a walk and Hoelzel reached first on a force out. Ciufia poked a single to center and Hoelzel hurried home to score. Krajcsik walked and Straniero slashed a slick double to right- center which brought both Ciufia's courtesy runner and Hoelzel home to score. Wolff whacked a single right down the first baseline and Straniero stomped home to give St. Joseph an 8- 4 lead.

Still staggering, the St. Anne batters failed to score in the fifth and their hopes for victory grew even dimmer as the sky turned darker and darker. Despite the darkness, the St. Joseph hitters saw a ray of light as they came to bat in the sixth. Rothenberg ripped a single to center and Don Rowbotham hacked a single up- the- middle. Rothenberg rounded third and opportunistically scored on a lobbed throw back to the pitcher.

Rothenberg's resourcefulness rattled St. Anne. Grossman reached first safely on an error, both Dean Talcott and Mende hit into force plays, but Hoelzel hopped a single off the bag at third and Grossman scored. Barattucci belted an RBI single to center and St. Joseph was sailing smoothly. Just then, the skies opened and the "Saints" were soaked with a deluge of wetness. Everyone scrambled for shelter.

The precipitation paused and the pounding of St. Anne resumed. Ciufia reached first base on an error and Hoelzel hurried home to score the fourth run of the inning. Krajcsik drew a walk to load the bases and the dangerous Straniero strutted to the plate. Bang! This time Straniero tricked everyone and thumped a double down the third baseline. Barattucci scored, Ciufia's courtesy runner scored, then Krajcsik bolted home when the left fielder mishandled the ball. Now, St. Joseph had a commanding 15- 4 lead.

With good spirit, St. Anne did not give up hope. Marchelitis sliced a single to left and Mihansky hit a fly ball to right- center which was dropped. Morse walked to load the bases and Al Weber bopped a sacrifice fly to left to bring Marchelitis home. Wally Bradshaw flied out to end the inning.

Neither team scored in the seventh and the victory was preserved for St. Joseph which improved to 2- 3. St. Anne slipped to 1- 2- 1.

St. Joseph 102 147 0 15 St. Anne 301 001 0 5

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The Hideaway took the lead with a run in the sixth. Pat O'Sullivan whacked a single past short and tagged up on a fly ball to center. Paul O'Sullivan poked a single to rightcenter as Pat O'Sullivan scampered to third. Piscopo thumped a long sacrifice fly to right and Pat O'Sullivan tagged up and scored the go- ahead run.

Malibu put some big time pressure on The Hideaway in the top of the seventh. Matt Lembo led off with a single to center and Deo popped up to second. A truly amazing but unfortunate event occurred on the next play. DeFoul smashed a steaming ground ball past the pitcher. Shortstop Dave Serido dove in an effort to make an outstanding play; however, the ball took a viciously bad hop, deflected off his right cheek and into the glove of the second baseman who tagged second for the force play. Sidero received a nasty facial injury but handled the trauma gallantly. After a shift in the fielding position, The Hideaway got the next Malibu batter to ground into a force play for the final out.

Later, The Hideaway won the second game of the doubleheader, 6- 1, and upped its record to 11- 3. Malibu slid to 6- 8.

Malibu 304 000 0 07 The Hideaway 240 011 x 08

Hideaway Emerges; Beats Malibu, 8- 7

In the same meet, Woodward placed first in the long jump, grabbed fourth in the 110- hurdles at :14.42 and seized fifth in the 100- meter dash with a time of :11.25. In the Meet of Champions, he took second in the long jump with a leap of 22- 0.75 and fourth in the high jump at 6- 6. Woodward was also named First Team AllUnion/ Middlesex in the javelin, recording a heave of 173- 6.

Three additional Raiders and one Blue Devil were named to the First Team All- Union/ Middlesex list. Senior Adam Bowser was named for his efforts in the long jump, senior James Canterbury was named for his efforts in the 1,600- meters and 285- pound sophomore Dan Loomis was named for his achievements in the shot put. Blue Devil junior Gordon Kaslusky got his claim to fame in the grueling 3,200- meter event.

Bowser along with Woodward and Jennings presented a formidable challenge to any opponent in the long jump, high jump, the 110- hurdles and in the shuttle hurdle relays. Canterbury was also very tough in the 800- meters and in the distance medley relay. Loomis had a personal- best shove of 51- 10.75 to take first place in the shot put at the Union County Tournament. Throughout the season Kaslusky had to cope with Cranford Cougar sensation Tim Styler who was one of the finest runners in the state this year.

Raider juniors Scott Paterson and Jim Feeley, sophomore Nathan Jones and senior Lau'renn McDaniel along with Blue Devil seniors Steve Dennis and Dave Citrin have been named as Honorable Mentions. Paterson excelled in the shot put and in the javelin, Feeley performed well in the shot put and in the discus and McDaniel did quite well in the 100- meters and in the 200- meters. Dennis' strongest events were the 110- hurdles and the 400- meters. Citrin cleared a personal- best 13- 6 to place second in the pole vault at the Group 4 Sectional Tournament in Plainfield.

WMSL STANDINGS: (As of June 21) TEAM W L Checchio Chiropractic 7 2 CHAOS 6 2 Mattress Factory 7 3 A. J. Jersey Forklift 7 5 Charlie Browns 4 6 Jolly Trolley 3 6 Cellular Signal 2 6 Sour Grapes 2 7

Stefiuk, Egan, Morgan Get All- Union/ Mid'sex 1st Team

Westfield High School seniors Sage Stefiuk and Katie Egan along with Scotch Plains- Fanwood High School senior Shawna Morgan have been selected to the All- Union/ Middlesex First Team girls' track and field list by The Courier News. Three additional Blue Devils and three Raiders have also been named as Honorable Mentions.

Stefiuk was selected for her outstanding accomplishments in the 1,600- meters. Stefiuk also was a member of the 4x1,600 relay team which aced the rest of the track at the Union County Relays. In that relay, Stefiuk pulled out a dramatic comefrom- behind victory, making up for more than a 75- meter deficit. Throughout her high school career, Stefiuk has been a member of every Blue Devil girls' distance medley relay team which competed at the Penn Relays.

Egan was named for her efforts in the 800- meters. Egan was also the fastest runner on the Blue Devils in the 400- meters. At the Union County Relays, Egan was a member of the winning 4x400 relay team and at the Watchung Conference Championships, she was a member of the win ning 4x400 relay team and individually

won the 400- meter event with a time of 1: 00.5.

Morgan was selected for her achievements in the 100- meters. Morgan, who had been hampered with a hamstring injury most of the season, came on strong at the Group 3 Sectional Tournament by placing second in the 100- meters with a time of :12.5.

Blue Devils Heather Dennis, Megan Shutts and Mary Korfmacher were named Honorable Mentions. Dennis competed primarily in the 400- intermediate hurdles and the 4x400 relay. Shutts was very strong in the 800 and the 1,600 and Korfmacher was a member of the 4x400 relay team and was very strong in the 200 and 400- meters.

Raiders Christina Hillman, Kari Whitley and Erin Brandt were also named Honorable Mentions. Hillman grabbed firsts in the long jump with a leap of 15- 2.25 and in the shot put with a push of 29- 9.5 at the Watchung Conference Tournament. Whitley competed mainly in the discus and in the shot put and Brandt placed third in the intermediate hurdles at the Group 3 Sectionals.

Kashlak, Bramnick Get Selected All- State in Golf

Westfield High School junior Ron Kashlak and freshman Brent Bramnick have been selected to the Second Team and Third Team AllState Golf list, respectively, by The Star Ledger. Blue Devil Brian Mann was named to the Third Team AllGroup 4 list.

Kashlak led the Blue Devils with a 39.1 average per nine holes and shot a two- under par 34 against South Plainfield at Echo Lake Country Club in Westfield. According to The Star Ledger, Kashlak was also named to the Second Team All- Group 4 list.

Bramnick had a 41.2 average shot an even par at Scotch Hills Golf Course and placed second in the Union County Tournament with a 79. Bramnick was also selected to the First Team All- Group 4 list.

Along with Kashlak and Bramnick, Mann played a key role in leading the Blue Devils to a perfect 18- 0 season. Mann had a 42.8 average for nine holes.

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Scotch Plains Men's Softball League:

(As of June 18) A Division:

TEAM W- L Percentage PEPCO 11- 2 .846 The Hideaway 11- 3 .786 Sneakermania 9- 3 .750 Phoenix Tube 7- 7 .500 Malibu 6- 8 .429 Bravo Landscaping 5- 9 .357 CTC Renovations 3- 11 .214 Jade Isle 2- 11 .154

B Division:

TEAM W- L Percentage C & C Landscape 8- 3 .727 D & L Locksmith 10- 4 .714 Starlight Cleaners 7- 4 .636 S. P. Post Office 7- 7 .500 Flanagan's 5- 6 .454 Depth Chargers 5- 7 .415 Appezzato Const. 3- 8 .273 Fridays 3- 9 .250

PEPCO 20, CTC Renovations 0 PEPCO 12, CTC Renovations 1 Bravo Landscaping 18, Jade Isle 10 Bravo Landscaping 5, Jade Isle 1 Sneakermania 9, Phoenix Tube 8 Sneakermania 6, Phoenix Tube 1 D & L Locksmith 10, S. P. Post Office 5

S. P. Post Office 3, D & L Locksmith 1

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Union County Sr. Softball 50+ Division Results AS OF JUNE 12: Union Center National Bank 19, Legg Mason 13

Pat Catino had 3 hits including a home run, Bill Winship homered and John O'Rourke added 3 hits with a triple for UCNB. Bob Rahnenfuhrer and Jack Geoghan homered and Henry Barnes tripled for Legg Mason.

Comcast Cablevision 15, All America Financial 11

Charles Lehman hit a 3 run homer, Dom Deo, Fred DiMartino, and Charles Ramsthaler had 4 hits each to lead Comcast.

Comcast Cablevision 19, Legg Mason 18

Charles Ramsthaler had 4 hits and 5 RBI with a home run. Jim Airey, Dom Deo, Bill Reichle, Man Spanier and Tony Yarussi had 3 hits each for

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Karl Jennings Blair Woodward

David B. Corbin for The Westfield Leader and The Times LINER TO LEFT FIELD… Ron Del Prete of St. Anne lashes a liner to left field in the second inning against St. Joseph at Brookside Park in Scotch Plains on June 18.

David B. Corbin for The Westfield Leader and The Times BIG, BAD WOLFF… Bill Wolff of St. Joseph snarls and rips a single to right field in the first inning against St. Anne. St. Joseph won 15- 5.

David B. Corbin for The Leader and The Times HOMECOMING… Pat O'Sullivan trots home to score for The Hideaway.

David B. Corbin for The Westfield Leader and The Times WATCHING AND WAITING… Frank Malta of Checchio's watches the ball sail into the glove of Leo White of A. J. Jersey and waits for the call. On the next pitch, White watches Malta mash a triple to left- center.

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