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Page 46 Our Towns Our Towns Our Towns Our Towns Our Towns Our 2nd Annual Edition Thursday, October 28, 1999



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Fourth- seeded Mt. Olive was startled early by the Scotch PlainsFanwood High School softball team and never recovered from the trauma as the Raiders grabbed an 8- 2 victory in the quarterfinal round of the North 2, Group 3 tournament in Flanders on May 20. Striking like cobras, Jen Stewart drilled a double on the first pitch of the game and Diana Mendez doubled on the very next to shift the momentum to the Raiders’ side.

After Mendez brought Stewart home with her double, she then advanced to third on

the throw, Katie Church sailed an RBI sacrifice fly to right field to give the Raiders a 2- 0 lead.

In the bot- tom of the first, Mt. Olive loaded the bases with no outs;

but disaster was averted when Mendez, the second baseman, snagged a line drive and quickly tossed the ball to third for a double play. Sophomore pitcher Alicia Piniat struck out the next batter to escape the inning.

Relieved and still charged up in the second, the Raiders put together three

hits, five stolen bases and a walk and took advantage of four Mt. Olive errorsto extend their lead to 8- 1........

Sc Plns- Fanwood 260 000 0 8 Mt. Olive 110 000 0 2

Scotch Plains- Fanwood Raider Diamond Girls Rattle Mt. Olive, 8- 2, in Sectionals


Nation’s Longest Reign Ends; Raider Boys Defeat Devils By DAVID B. CORBIN

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History has been made. The Nation’s longest winning streak of 42 consecutive titles has finally been broken. But it was a battle all the way. The Scotch PlainsFanwood boys s w i m m i n g team defeated the fine W e s t f i e l d High School boys, 323.5- 304, to grab first place in the Union County Swimming Tournament in Elizabeth on February 6.

All good things must come to an end and in this case, when it did, none of the Blue Devils should ever be ashamed because they did their best.

Therefore, they too were winners. The Blue Devils elevated the bar and set a

lofty goal for their Raider competitors to attain. The result

was the improvement of both teams.

“I t was absolutely

incredi b l e ,” s a i d Raider H e a d C o a c h Jessica Hulnik. “It seems like we defied history.” Wrestling with her thoughts, Hulnik added. “I don’t know how to describe this. I can’t put it into words. When I got into the bus, I just did not know what to say to the team.”

Raider senior Dave Russ captured first in the 50- yard freestyle and in the 100- yard freestyle with respective times of :22.47 and :49.66. He also swam the anchor leg on both the winning 200- yard freestyle and on the 200- yard medley relay. Blue Devil Cliff Haldeman placed second behind Russ in both the 50 and 100- yard events with respective times of :23.52 and :51.92........

Soccer Raiders Ground Lady Cardinals, 7- 0

The Scotch Plains- Fanwood High School girls soccer team came to life in Scotch Plains on October 6 and shot down the Plainfield Cardinals, 7- 0. Sophomore Hana Pardon and junior Renee Zidonik riddled the Cardinal with two goals each.

Pardon drew first blood with just 2: 50 off the clock when she took a pass and ripped the net, making the score 2- 0. Nearly eight minutes later Zidonik, on a pass from Jill Koscielecki, bashed a shot past the Cardinal keeper. Next, it was Koscielecki’s turn. With 8: 00 remaining in the half, she rippled the net to j u m p the score to 3- 0. Later, w i t h 1 :1 0 l e f t , Kerri Quinn took

a direct k i c k f r o m 30y a r d s o u t near the right

sideline and looped the ball over t h e keeper’s outstretched fingertips to boost the score to 4- 0.

The Raiders were far from finished. Pardon attacked again just :35 into the second half unassisted from 18- yards out for her second goal. Nine minutes and twenty seconds later, Zidonik whizzed a left- footed shot from 19 yards in front of the goal which caused undulations in the net........

Raiders Daze, Confuse Linden Tigers, 7- 0


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Abuse was indeed on the minds of the Scotch Plains- Fanwood High School soccer boys when they hosted Linden on September 23 and blazed to a 7- 0 victory. Junior

Mike Zotti led the o f - fensive surge

with a hat trick and teammate Jeff Fiorino zinged the net twice. From the opening whistle, the Raiders displayed their offensive fury which left the Tigers dazed and confused. Fiorino netted the first goal from inside the box 8: 55 into the game with an assist from Zotti.

Zotti got a feed from senior Eugene Ferrara, wove around the goalie and nailed the second goal with 14: 21 off the clock. Next, Ferrara with an assist from Brett Wissinger drove toward the goal and put the Raiders ahead, 3- 0, 29: 23 into the first half.........

Pilkington Takes Second in UCT


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Raider senior Carolyn Pilkington made her fourth finals appearance at first singles in the Union County Tournament and competed against Oak Knoll’s Tory

Zawacki, Pilkington definitely had her work cut out for h e r against one of the most talented players in the nation.

Pilkington said, “I do n o t want to get into a bang- i n g match with h e r . She is pow- erful and I am not that big. So hopefully, I can be intelligent out there. I will use some drop shots, maybe bring her into the net and see how her volleys go. She is a big girl and has a lot of range so maybe I will keep the ball close inside.”

Pilkington played well and worked her strategy; however, Zawacki proved to be proficient in every aspect of her game and won, 6- 1, 6- 1.....

Lady Raiders Grab Second in Group 3


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The Scotch Plains- Fanwood High School girls placed second to Morris Hills in the North

2, Group 3 girls track and field championships held in Flanders on May 21- 22. The Raiders totaled 57 points to Morris Hills’ 78.

Raider Erin Brandt took fifth in the 400- intermediate event with a time of 1: 08.3 and team- mate Jayme Ferraro crossed sixth at 1: 09.5. Raider Erin Kelly was just nosed out for third in the 800- meters and settled for fourth with personal- best time of 2: 23.1.

“I knew that I probably wasn’t going to get first, but I decided to just stay with them (the leaders), then on the second lap just to go as fast as I could,” said Kelly of her ef- fort in the 800- meters.

Kelly also teamed with Brandt, Ann Espinoza and Jillian Koscielecki in the final event of the tournament, the 4x400 meters, and won with a time of 4: 06.2.

Raider Katie Feighner placed second in the shot put with a distance of 35’8.5” and placed fourth in the javelin with a great throw of 101’3”. Raider Stacy Bushinger took third in the 100 meters with a time of 13.1 and also grabbed sixth in the long jump with a leap of 14’6”.

Christina Hillman captured fifth at 32’6.5”. Raider Kari Whitley took third in the discus with a throw of 94’4” followed by Feighner at 91’10”. Teammate Ruth Rohrer placed sixth at 89’9”. Hillman also took fourth in the high jump with a leap of 4’10”.........

Raider Nine Finish Season Defeating Crusaders, 8- 5


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Going out a winner was just what the Scotch Plains- Fanwood High School baseball team did when they stopped A. L. Johnson, 8- 5, in Clark on May 20. Junior Dave Herrmann and seniors Joe Franzone and Kevin Voessler provided the offensive edge as they combined for eight hits and five RBI.

Raider pitcher Kevin Schenk made easy work of the Crusaders in the bottom of the inning, allowing only a walk to D a v e D’Antonio.

The Raiders unloaded their offensive arsenal in the third. Voessler hacked the ball to second and beat out the throw after the second b a s e m a n temporarily baubled it. Tim Pai sizzled a single off the glove of the pitcher and F r a n z o n e poked an RBI single to right and moved to second on the throw to h o m e . Herrmann drilled a t w o -r u n single up the middle to give the Raiders a 4- 2 lead.

The bat- t e r i n g continued when S c h e n k tapped an RBI single to cen- t e r , Ed Jack- son reached first on an error, then Hahner walked to load the bases. After Goehry grounded out, the Crusader first baseman attempted to throw out the runner heading to third but the ball sailed out of play and two more runs scored. Voessler made the score 8- 2 with an RBI double to left- center...........

Sc Plns- Fanwood 107 000 0 8 A. L. Johnson 021 200 0 5
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