Basketball legend Walt “Clyde” Frazier will be at Fameabilia on Monmouth Street in Red Bank on July 7 from 1-3 p.m. to host an autograph session. Customers will be required to purchase a product from the store which include 8-by-10 and 16-by-20 photos, basketballs, jerseys or book ranging from $20-$250. Frazier will not sign any items brought into the store. Customers are urged to arrive early as long lines are expected. Jim Carr of Lincroft is a member of the 2001 Elizabethtown College baseball team, which completed its season with a 19-19 overall record and its second consecutive Commonwealth Conference championship and NCAA Division III tournament bid. Carr, a freshman designated hitter and first baseman, appeared in 10 games in his first season with the Blue Jays and batted .294 in 17 at-bats, and drove in two runs. The graduate of Mater Dei High School, Middletown, is majoring in engineering at Elizabethtown. The Essential Soccer Camp will be sponsored by the Husky Indoor Soccer Association between Aug. 6 and 10 at Matawan Regional High School. The clinicians are licensed instructors from Scotland. Types of sessions available will be goalkeepers, individual and team training, half- and full-day clinics. The half-day session will run from 9 a.m. to noon, while the full-day session will run to 4 p.m. Tiny Touches sessions (ages 3-5) will run from 6 to 7 p.m. For more information, call Art Perri at (732) 566-0154, e-mail huskysport@aol, or Jim Wallace at (302) 622-8975, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. A new Hazlet U11 boys traveling soccer team is being formed for the fall season. Date of birth must be after July 31, 1989, to be eligible. Hazlet residency is not required. As a new team, all positions are open. For more information, call Bill Wentz at (732) 888-1550. The Middletown Babe Ruth 2001 Baseball Tournament starts July 22. Teams interested in entering should do so early at the following costs: $295 (10U), $295 (12U), $325 (13s) and $325 (14s/15s). There will be awards for first and second place. Call Dean Sadecki at (732) 787-0589 for more information The River Plaza-Lincroft Chargers will hold open registrations for Pop Warner football and cheerleading teams on Friday from 7-9 p.m. and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Chargers Field Clubhouse at Nutswamp Park. Football registration is open to all children ages 5-14 as of Aug. 1. Cheerleading spots are available for children ages 7-10 as of Aug. 1. Please bring the child’s original birth certificate and a copy, plus a wallet-sized photo. Call (732) 842-0007 for more information. The Red Bank Armory is offering women’s ice hockey leagues for all levels through August. Call the Armory at (732) 450-9001 ext. 16 for more information. The Freehold Tornado 18U fastpitch Class A tournament team has an opening for a position player. For more information, call Lenny Malteseat (732) 577-0549. The Jersey Kickers, a new Battle of Monmouth U14 (fall) girls soccer team, is seeking two premier level players to complete its roster. Girls born after July 31, 1987, are eligible. This is a year-round program, and there is no residency requirement for this highly competitive team. The team’s coach is a former college player with 16 years’ experience coaching youth soccer. For more information call Jeff at (732) 972-3075. Rowan University, Glassboro, the national champion soccer school, will be directing advanced residential and day camps for youth and high school players from July 15-19 and July 31-Aug. 4. A special goalkeeper camp will be held in conjunction with each camp. All players receive a soccer ball, camp T-shirt, and an Olympic-style medal or trophy. Rowan’s head coach, Dan Gilmore, will direct the coaching staff. Professional collegiate and high school coaches will teach advanced fundamentals and strategy. Team and group discounts are available. For more information, call (856) 589-4555. The Hazlet Youth Athletic League will hold its annual girls softball tournament starting July 21. Age groups available are 8 and under, 10 and under, 12 and under, and 14 and under. The girls cutoff date is Jan. 1, and the tournament will run through July 29. Entrance fee will be $275, except for girls 8 and under, whose fee is $225. Teams interested in playing can contact the HYAL at (732) 264-3060, ext. 6. Registration fees are also available at www.hyal.org. No AAU teams will be accepted. Jersey Shore Baseball Academy, in conjunction with Middletown Babe Ruth League, announces its annual summer baseball/softball camps, to be held at McMahon Field in Middletown the weeks of July 9, 16, 23 and 30, and Aug. 6 and 13. Camps run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the cost is $100 per player. The staff consists of former professional players, high school coaches and college players and coaches. Call (732) 291-7701 for more information The Hazlet Youth Athletic League will be holding its annual boys baseball tournament through July 18. Entrance fee is $275. Teams interested in playing can contact the HYAL at (732) 264-3060 (hit No. 6). Registration forms are also available at www.hyal.org. No AAU teams, please. SLAM Magazine will be holding its first New Jersey basketball camp at Matawan High School in Aberdeen Aug. 13-17. New Jersey Nets power forward Kenyon Martin will be in attendance to share his secrets of success through lessons and lectures. The cost for the camp is $275; lunch will be provided. For further information, contact the camper hot line at (212) 560-SLAM. The Lancer Football Camp will be held at the St. John Vianney High School athletic fields off Line Road in Holmdel July 16-20 (6 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.) for boys entering seventh and eighth grades in the fall. The cost is $130 per camper. For more information, call Coach Nick Metro at (732) 739-0800. The Shootingstar Fastpitch Softball Summer Camp in Monmouth and Ocean counties for girls ages 8-18 will be held July 9-12. Rain date is July 13. The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is for players of all positions (including pitching and catching). Hitting, bunting, base running, the basic fundamentals and the finer points of the game will be taught. Game play is included. The cost is $135 (before June 9) or $150 (after June 10). Team rates and second family member discounts are being offered. For more information or a brochure, call Coach Bob DiBernardo at (732) 938-6019, or visit the Web site at www.shootingstarfastpitch.com.
FARRAH MAFFAI St. John Vianney High School first singles player Lea Dulatas returns a shot during a recent match against Holmdel. The Lady Lancers, of Holmdel, are struggling as a team thus far, at 0-6 heading into Monday’s match with Matawan, but will look to turn things around with a match at Red Bank Regional on Friday.
Got your leg CHRIS KELLY staff Holmdel’s Darren Moschella tries to score a single-leg takedown against Monmouth Regional’s Zac Payne during a dual meet in Tinton Falls on Jan. 22.
BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer BY TIM MORRISStaff Writer JEFFGRANIT staff CBA’s Greg Leach (l) and Justin Wheat lead the pack in the 1,600-meter race, won by Leach, at Sunday’s Meet of Champions in Princeton. Greg Leach knew it was coming. He and Joe Simpson had been down this road before. First at the Shore Conference Championships and last week at the NJSIAA Group IV State Championships. When Simpson, of Southern Regional, went by the Christian Brothers Academy runner in the final 400 meters of their 1,600-meter duel Sunday at NJSIAA Indoor Meet of Champions at Princeton University, Leach knew what he had to do. “I had to stay with him, I couldn’t let him go,” said Leach. At the conference championships in early February, Simpson followed Leach for three-quarters of the race, then blasted by him on the final lap. When Leach didn’t respond, Simpson had the victory. At the Group IV championships, the two runners followed the same script, but this time Leach held on. Sunday was the rubber match between the two, and the stakes were the highest yet — the Meet of Champions crown. When Simpson made his move by Leach, the Colt stayed right on his shoulder. “I was more mentally prepared today,” he said. Before the bell lap on the 200-meter Princeton oval, Leach took the lead back and as the bell tolled, both runners went for it. On the backstretch they were side-by-side with arms pumping furiously. There was contact on the final turn but it didn’t impede either runner in their all-out sprint. “On the last turn there was a little contact,” said Leach. “We were both going for it. It’s nice to have someone on your shoulder like Joe to push you. “I was going to the wall,” he added. “I said, ‘There’s no way I’m going to give in.’ I couldn’t let it go.” Leach didn’t, holding on to his slight lead as he and Simpson hit the homestretch. The Colt was able to add to the lead in the final 50 meters turning in his best time of the season, 4:18.35, with Simpson following in 4:20.21. “This [MOC] has been a dream of mine since I’ve been here,” said Leach. While Leach prevailed in a late-race kick, teammate Chris Horel lost an all-out dash to the line in the 3,200 meters. With two laps (400 meters) left in the race, Horel kicked into high gear with only Cranford’s Joe McKenney able to respond. On the bell lap, Horel held the lead with McKenney right on his shoulder. On the backstretch, McKenney passed Horel and, finding an extra gear in the last 100-meters, held Horel off, 9:20.77-9:22.14. Those are the two fastest times in the state this winter. Middletown South’s Julianne Toto finished second in the first-ever MOC indoor girls pole vault. The Eagle, who owns the best vault in the state this year at 12-foot-6, did 11-6 Sunday. Warren Hills’ Kristen Hafford won the inaugural MOC at 12-0. “I wanted to do 13 feet today,” she said. “I was breaking in a new pole and it affected my swing-up. “I’m still proud of what I’ve done,” she added. “I can’t be that upset.” In the boys pole vault, Matt Bradley of Matawan finished second with his best vault of the season, 14-0. He was beaten by Governor Livingston’s Anthony Abitante, who was the only vaulter to clear 14-6. In the 1,600 that Leach won, Raritan’s Matt Dahl finished fifth, 4:24.70.
RON NUZZOLO Bass fishing starting to come alive in area Surf reports from Ortley Beach north to the Sandy Hook rips are finally producing some keeper size bass. Wind conditions made it tough to get out but anglers off the surf made up for it. Heavier rods and weight were able to produce bass from 12-18 pounds. According to surf anglers, there are plenty of bass headed our way. Montauk reports are always a good indicator for what’s to come to the Garden State and from what reports show the bass are bigger than ever. Last week, angler Mike Milano of Seldon landed a true cow off the rocks along Montauk’s south side. In the last two weeks, he has taken credit for a 37- pounder and a 55-pounder on the beach with live eels. At 2 a.m. Wednesday on an outgoing tide, he was throwing a big yellow darter that had produced a few bass to 18 pounds when he got hit by what he explained as a freight train a fish that was unstoppable on its initial run. Well, of course, the fish then wrapped themselves around a rock that Mike was able to work around wearing a wetsuit. Twenty-five minutes later, he won the battle and landed a 61.44-pound cow. The trophy striper was officially weighed at Paulie’s Tackle of Montauk. Milano fishes 15-20 hours a week and favors late-night trips “coming off the full moon.” With these fish to his credit, I will take that advice. Ed Yuengel from NJSaltwaterfisherman. com talked his dad into fishing, so they did some trolling with shad rigs. The bluefish found their way into the mix and did there damage to the Shad lures. But with some doubles, both stripers and blues, it was a perfect day for father and son. The Gambler from Point Pleasant had there first striper trip of the year and fought through plenty of blues to get through to a few keeper bass all on jigs. Fish on.
After watching his Christian Brothers Academy golf team perform brilliantly in three of the four postseason tournaments it entered last spring, after losing just two dualmatches in the regular season, head coach TimSewing realized that his squad’s success may very well have been a precursor of things to come.”I remember sitting back at the end of the year and thinking that in all three of the tournamentswewon,we had a different guy lead the way, and they were all underclassmen,” the coach said. “Thatwas a pretty nice feeling.”Sure enough, the Colts enter this spring season as the Shore Conference’s team to beat in many people’s eyes, though Sewing brushes aside such prognostications at this point.”That stuff doesn’t mean anything until you start posting scores,” he said.”Golf has become so much more competitive and better throughout thewhole state,” he added. “On any given day, just about anything can happen. We used to tell the guys that if they could keep it around four-over or better, that would be around a score of 160, and that would win it for us nine out of 10 times. But that’s just not the case anymore. There are just too many good teams.”As such, Sewing refuses to allow his talented team to take any opponent lightly.”We’re entering the season with the mindset that there’s nobody in the conference that can’t beat us on a given day,” he said. Of course, that doesn’t mean the Colts are not looking forward to the challenge.”At the same time,we knowthatwith the guys we have, there’s nobody we can’t beat,” Sewing added.Last season, the Colts took third in the Monmouth County Tournament before hitting their stride. From there, all they did waswin their second straight Shore Conference Tournament before capturing a state sectional and their division in the Tournament of Champions.”We finished third overall in the TOC, but thatwas good enough to be the top team in the Non-Public A division,” Sewing said.Captain Mike Boitano is gone from last year’s team, but the Colts certainly have plenty of firepower to rely on this spring. Senior co-captains Tom Gliozzo and Kevin Clarke are back to lead the way, while juniors Brendan O’Brien and Brian Anderson are just as capable of posting the lowest number of the day.In last year’s postseason tournaments, Gliozzo was the low man at the SCT, while O’Brien took those honors at the TOC and Anderson at the sectional tourney.”Having four guys like them back is always a good thing, Sewing said. “The fifth spot though is kind of up for grabs at this point. Junior Kyle Elan and sophomore Richie Bohny are both looking good so far, and we’ve got four newcomers who I’m looking forward to seeing what they can do. We usually try to keep a dozen guys on the team.”The Colts opened the dual-match season yesterday against Point Pleasant Beach at Woodlake Country Club. From there, they will face Freehold Township today and Manalapan tomorrow.”Marlboro is always tough, and Howell looks to have some guys back who are very good,” Sewing said. “And Middletown South (one of two teams to beat CBA last year in a dual match, along with St. Joseph of Metuchen) lost some quality players, butwill still be very tough.With such a talented team, you can’t blame the Colts for looking forward to the postseason.”We’re really going to go after the counties this year,” Sewing said.”We’ve kind of let that slip the last couple of years. I don’t know if it’s because we don’t get over to Hominy Hill enough or what, but for the last five or six years, we just haven’t played that well there. We’ll be looking to change that this year.”With both depth and talent in equal supply, the Colts have every reason to be optimistic about their chances this spring. And while they will certainly enter every match and tournament wearing a bulls-eye as the team to beat, they have earned that distinction.The CBAgolf teamalways seems to be in the thick of things. This year promises to continue that trend. BY DOUG McKENZIE Correspondent
BY WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent State final Saturday night at Rutgers Matawan High School football coach JoeMartucci had said a few weeks ago the Huskies are “a different team” than the squad that suffered an early-season 21-9 loss to Rumson-Fair Haven, as they headed to a rematch for the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III championship. But he wasn’t thinking of that in the way it had turned out lately.Five players were suspended before the Nov. 26 stunning 35-8 loss to St. John Vianney in Matawan’s regular-season finale, and those players will not be playing again on Dec. 3 in the 7 p.m. state championship kickoff at Rutgers University’s High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway.Matawan is 8-3, 2-3 in the Shore Conference A North after the loss to St. John, and is seeking its fifth state title.Martucci, also the school’s director of athletics, said he could not comment on the administrative issued suspensions that reportedly include seniors Juwaan Bellamy at defensive back and lineman Matthew Morenz and juniors Dan Incle at linebacker and Samad Thomas on the line. And he also would not elaborate on players who had sat out the St. John Vianney game so that they could heal for the state championship game.“It will be a different lineup from the last game,” said Martucci, who has juggled the lineup and inserted some new starters against St. John, including Anthony Castaneda and Justus Santana-Simmons on the defensive line and Chris Verary at left guard. Center Dan Liebowitz also played double-duty at linebacker.Fullback Anthony Quaglieri had a mild concussion and wide receiver Sam Johnson had an ankle injury that kept them out of the St. John game, but are expected back in action on Dec. 3.Rumson-Fair Haven won last year’s state championship game, 13-7, and Matawan fans have been eagerly looking forward to the rematch. Matawan won the state title two years ago.Martucci said his team lacked the drive and intensity against St. John as it led only once at 8-7 off Chris Walton’s four-yard touchdown run before St. John recovered four fumbles by Matawan as it ended the Huskies’ six-game win streak. Quarterback Anthony Carlucci threw for 249 yards to lead St. John Vianney (5-5, 2-3).“I know some kids were looking past the game to next week (the state finals), and the kids who were not playing affected the team’s mental preparation. They were not prepared emotionally and mentally,” said Martucci, who also praised St. John’s quarterback and its team that “played very well.”But can Matawan’s players regain their focus?“I think they have to. They have an opportunity to play for a state championship,” Martucci said. “We’ll do the best we can to get the kids prepared and in the right position to win.”To do that, mistakes and fumbles must be at a minimum. The same can be said for penalties, which plagued last year’s team in the state finals.But Martucci said the change in Matawan’s team from an early-season game against Rumson-Fair Haven that dropped it to 1-2 at the time is not wrapped around the suspended players.“We are a team that’s still evolving, because at the time we had just lost [star running back] Cassius Williams [with a knee injury]. Now our players have an idea of who they are and what to do. It’s execution.” But the other concernMartucci had was the game site. The Huskies have played for state titles at three different college venues the last three years — The College of New Jersey, Kean University and now Rutgers.“Obviously, it’s a very good venue,” said Martucci. “I always felt the state finals should be at the home field of the better seed. I don’t know if a big venue works best for the kids. It takes them out of their routines. The kids loosen up in the bubble and then go out on the field. There’s no locker room or opportunity to talk to the kids before the game, and that’s an uncomfortable situation. But we’re very excited to have the opportunity to be going out there for a state championship.LarryAlston again figures to be the central figure on offense, with pocket passer KaShawn Barnes at quarterback, and also is an integral part of the defense. Martucci is glad some players are returning to the lineup.“After all, we’re a Group II school and there are only so many kids you can turn to,” he said.
By Bejay BrowneCYPRUS beat Greece in the first international junior golf match held in Paphos at the weekend.The best six young Cyprus players – as well as managers’ choices – were picked the previous Sunday at the second Junior Charity Golf Tournament ‘Our Children Matter’, at Minthis Hills.They played a junior team from Greece – members of The Hellenic Golf Federation.The junior competition took place on Saturday and Sunday at Secret Valley and Elea Estate.Cyprus Golf Federation’s director of junior golf, Terry Scott said: “After two days of competition playing golf against Greece, Cyprus National Junior Team secured a narrow win. Just as important is the fantastic spirit in which the matches were played which means everybody has made new friends that could last them a lifetime.”Scott said that although both sides were determined to win, sportsmanship and good manners prevailed and congratulating the opposition as they played a good shot was the norm. With over 650 points available across 12 matches – just 16 points separated the two teams when all the scores were added up.Vast improvements have been made by junior players over the last two years and they are now the best that Cyprus has ever had, Scott said. The youngest player is just 11, while most others are around 15 or 16.“The spirit which these 18 junior golfers played is a credit to their country, their clubs and their families. There were no cross words, bad feelings, or showing off. These young boys and girls showed us how this wonderful game should be played.”The Cyprus team received a trophy which will be played for every year with the next match being held in Greece, Scott confirmed. He said: “History was made today and everybody who took part can be proud that they helped make this a wonderful occasion.”For further information contact Terry Scott on 99 382561, www.juniors.cgf.org.cy, www.facebook.com/CyprusGolfFederation
By Mitch PhillipsDutch international forward Memphis Depay has agreed to join Manchester United when the transfer window opens in June, his club PSV Eindhoven said on Thursday.British media said the deal, subject to the 21-year-old passing a medical, was around 30 million euros.“We are very proud of this upcoming transfer,” PSV technical manager Marcel Brands told the PSV website (www.psv.nl).“Memphis has gone through all the teams of the PSV youth academy and has played an important part in the national title this year.“He’s a wonderful exponent of our training and will make a nice transition to a magnificent club in a beautiful competition.”United also confirmed they had agreed the deal for a player who scored twice in last year’s World Cup finals and helped PSV canter to the Dutch title this season, scoring 21 goals.
Holders Sevilla swept into a second consecutive Europa League final when a 2-0 success at Fiorentina on Thursday secured a crushing 5-0 aggregate rout for the La Liga club in their semi-final tie.8Sevilla had all-but booked their place in the showpiece in Warsaw after thumping the Italian side 3-0 in last week’s first leg in Spain and will seal a record fourth triumph in Europe’s second-tier club competition if they can overcome Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk on May 27.The Ukrainians won 1-0 at home to Fiorentina’s Serie A rivals Napoli to progress to their first European final 2-1 on aggregate.Carlos Bacca fired Sevilla ahead in the 22nd minute at the Stadio Comunale Artemio Franchi in Florence when he sent a close-range effort arrowing into the roof of the net.That left Fiorentina needing five goals without reply to progress but they fell further behind when Daniel Carrico made it 2-0 to the visitors five minutes later.Fiorentina’s night went from bad to worse midway through the second half when Josip Ilicic sent a penalty kick sailing over the crossbar after Sevilla defender Grzegorz Krychowiak had felled David Pizarro in the penalty area.If Sevilla clinch a fourth UEFA Cup/Europa league crown in their fourth final they would surpass Inter Milan, Juventus and Liverpool, who also have three.Sevilla won back-to-back UEFA Cups in 2006 and 2007 and beat Benfica on penalties to secure the renamed trophy last term.Another triumph would also carry a lucrative berth in the group stage of next season’s Champions League.Seleznyov heads Dnipro into first European finalDnipro Dnipropetrovsk reached their first European final when Yevhen Seleznyov’s header gave them a 1-0 win over Napoli in the second leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday.The Ukrainians, backed by a fervent sell-out crowd at Kiev’s Olympic stadium, completed a 2-1 aggregate win after drawing 1-1 in last week’s first leg when Seleznyov was also on target.They will face holders Sevilla in the May 27 final in Warsaw after the Spaniards beat Fiorentina 2-0 away to wrap up a 5-0 aggregate triumph on a bad night for the Italians.Dnipro goalkeeper Denys Boyko, who denied Napoli forward Gonzalo Higuain four times in Italy, foiled the Argentine twice in the first half to keep the sides level at halftime.Seleznyov struck just before the hour and the hosts, unable to play in their home stadium because of Dnipropetrovsk’s proximity to the conflict in eastern Ukraine, defended with their customary tenacity to see out the game.Boyko has been a key figure throughout Dnipro’s campaign, which began in the Champions League third qualifying round on July 30, and the stopper was again fundamental to their performance on a pitch made treacherous by driving ran.Napoli began well and Gokhan Inler sent Higuain clear but the forward’s shot was too near Boyko, who made a one-handed save to deny the visitors an early goal.Higuain’s frustration continued when he met Faouzi Ghoulam’s pinpoint cross with a glancing header which was heading for the far corner until Boyko tipped the ball away.At the other end, Napoli’s David Lopez lost possession and their keeper Mariano Andujar had to push Seleznyov’s long-range shot round the far post in Dnipro’s only first half chance.Dnipro, playing their 18th European match of the season, broke through in the 58th minute when Yevhen Konoplyanka floated over a cross from the left and Seleznyov, despite grappling with Miguel Britos, managed to head the ball into the net.The hosts had a let off when a looping Higuain effort was cleared off the line and Boyko stopped a Christian Maggio effort at the near post but they held on for a famous win.