In total eight cameras – four at each end of the pitch – will capture the flight and trajectory of the ball and relay that information to the Hawkeye Control Centre in the Kinnane Stand. By using the Hawkeye software, the GAA Review Official will inform the Referee whether or not a score has been recorded. Requests for the use of the Hawkeye Score Review System will be made following communication between the match officials and indicated using the same hand signals that you will be familiar with from Croke Park.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email For the first time Semple Stadium’s Hawkeye Score Review System will be used in Sunday’s GAA Munster Senior Hurling Championship clash of Tipperary and Cork (4pm). The system has been tested vigorously in recent months and was commissioned for use by the GAA’s Management Committee two weeks ago. Although similar to the Hawkeye Score Detection System deployed in Croke Park, the physical environs of Semple Stadium mean there are differences in how the technology will operate here.
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“She has been one of the most outstanding performers for Ireland over the past number of seasons and has demonstrated her durability and consistency over the course of these campaigns. Since we began our World Cup preparations, she has shown great leadership qualities and she thoroughly deserves the captaincy. Claire Molloy, who has been capped 53 times by Ireland, is set to appear in her third Women’s Rugby World Cup and takes over the captaincy from Niamh Briggs, who was ruled out earlier this week with injury. Speaking about the selection of Molloy as Ireland’s captain for the tournament, head coach Tom Tierney said: “Claire is one of the most experienced players in the squad, and having competed at two previous World Cups, she’s very much aware of the challenges that lie ahead. The Ireland Women’s management team are pleased to announce that experienced flanker Claire Molloy will captain Ireland during Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017. “Whenever Claire pulls on the green jersey she plays with huge pride and commitment, and I’ve no doubt that she will lead the side admirably throughout the tournament.”On her selection as captain, Molloy admitted: “I’m incredibly humbled to be given the opportunity to captain my country, it’s a massive honour to be selected to lead the team in a World Cup on home soil.“I’m fortunate that I’ll be surrounded by players with great experience, and I’m just really looking forward to pulling on the green jersey and running out with my team-mates.”The 29-year-old Molloy plays her club rugby with Bristol in England. Based in Wales, she works as a doctor. She played at the 2010 and 2014 World Cup tournaments in England and France respectively, and was one of Ireland’s leading lights when they won the Grand Slam in 2013 and a second Six Nations title in 2015.The former Galway Ladies Gaelic footballer has previous experience leading her country, having captained the Ireland Women’s Sevens team during the 2013 Sevens Rugby World Cup in Russia.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
2Corrib RangersvAthenry FC 7Kinvara UtdvWest Utd B 3East UtdvManulla B The last sixteen draw of the TP Brennan Connacht Cupand Shield has been announced. The games will be played on Sunday the 10th ofMarch and will kick off at 2pm. West United will be at home to Carbury, CorribRangers host Athenry, NUI Galway are at home to MCR, Mervue United are away toMerville United, Maree/Oranmore A are away to Manulla and West Coast Unitedwill be at home to Boyle Celtic. All Cup & Shield Games decided on the day if still a draw after full time plus one period of extra time (10 minutes e/w) FIFA Rules on Penalty’s to apply. Any Club/Team forfeiting a fixture will be removed from the competition and disciplinary action will follow. 5Manulla FCvMaree/Oranmore A 3NUI GalwayvMCR FC 5Real TubbervSwinford In the TP Brennan Shield, Mervue United B are athome to Roscommon Utd, East United are at home to Manulla B, Bearna Na Forbachawill be at home to Cam Celtic, Knocknacarra are at home to Cartron United,Kinvara United will be at home to West United B and St Bernards B make theshort trip down the road to Glen Celtic. TP Brennan Connacht Shield Fixtures 2018/2019Round: Last 16Date: Sunday 10th March 2019K.O. – 2pm1Ballinasloe Town BvKillala 7Ballina TownvClaremorris FC TP Brennan Connacht Cup Fixtures 2018/2019Round: Last 16Date: Sunday 10th March 2019 K.O. – 2pm 1West Utdv Carbury FC 4Merville UtdvMervue Utd 4Bearna Na ForbachavCam Celtic 6KnocknacarravCartron Utd 6Strand CelticvCastlebar Celtic 2Mervue Utd BvRoscommon Utd 8Glen CelticvSt Bernards B 8West Coast UtdvBoyle Celtic print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
SFA also had not one, but two golfers tie for the individual tournament championship as sophomore Baxter Ward and junior Luke Sheehan closed out the tournament with an even-par 216, thanks to Sheehan’s tournament-low 5-under 67 in round three. The duo staged a playoff hole as Ward hit a 10-foot birdie putt while Sheehan missed an eight footer, giving Ward the playoff victory. For Ward, it is the first individual championship of his SFA career and the fourth top-10 showing, including the second in the last three tournaments after tying for third at the Jim West Intercollegiate. Ward’s even-par 216 (73-69-64) is his third-lowest 54 hole score at SFA as he has now recorded seven top-20 finishes in just a season and a half. Four other SFA golfers finished among the top-20 in the individual standings, led by freshman Tony Underwood who tied for 11th overall competing as an individual. Underwood posted a 9-over 225 (75-77-73), edging out junior teammate Nathan Weant’s 10-over 226 (72-76-78) as he tied for 13th individually. It was the first top-20 finish of Underwood’s career while Weant notched the third in his first season at SFA. The Lumberjacks have now finished in the top-five in each of their last three events while extending their sub-300 round streak to 10-straight, dating back to the second round of the Miramont Invitational on Oct. 14. GULF SHORES, Ala. – Stephen F. Austin extended its lead over the final 18 holes to capture the team title at the Arkansas State Fall Beach Classic. SFA posted a tournament-low 3-over 291 over the final round, closing out the event at 19-over 883 and defeating Arkansas Little Rock by five strokes. Entering Tuesday’s final round with a three-shot lead on Arkansas-Little Rock (24-over 888), SFA held its own and extended that lead to five shots, carding a 3-over 291, which was the lowest round of the tournament. New Orleans (38-over 902) finished third with Arkansas State and Henderson State (47-over 911) tying for fourth among the eight-team field. It marks the first team championship for the Lumberjacks since winning the 2014 Incarnate Word James Litz Memorial back in April. It is the 55th all-time tournament win in Lumberjack program history and the seventh for SFA under head coach Trey Schroeder. Two other golfers tied for 19th overall as senior Blake Pugh notched a 13-over 229 (76-77-76) along with senior Bradley Phelps (80-75-74) who competed as an individual. Pugh notched the 22nd top-20 showing of his SFA career while Phelps logged his seventh. Sophomore Cory Brown rounded out the scoring for the Lumberjacks, just missing a top-20 showing as well tying for 23rd overall with a 15-over 231 (78-79-74). Sheehan also notched his first individual title and the seventh top-10 finish of his career, recording top-10 showings in each of the last three events for SFA. Sheehan fired a career-low 5-under 67 in round three (74-75-67), earning the 14th top-20 showing in a Lumberjack uniform. The victory caps a strong showing in the fall season for SFA, who closes out the first five events of the 2014-15 season with three top-five showings and a team scoring average of 291.64. Individually, SFA had six top-10 showings in the fall season and 15 top-20 performances, led by Ward and Sheehan tying for the individual championship in Gulf Shores.
However, the tables turned once again. LSU scored 20 unanswered points over the next six minutes on the way to the 33-point final margin. LSU 72, Southeastern Louisiana 42BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU finished the game on a 30-5 run to pull away for a 75-42 victory over Southeastern Louisiana in non-conference women’s basketball action Sunday afternoon at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Beatrice Attura paced NSU (4-4) with a season-best 12 points, all in the second half. Owens added six points and Keisha Lee had five for the Lady Demons. The senior backcourt of Symone Miller and Elizabeth Styles led the Lady Lions with 13 and 12 points, respectively. Junior forward Nanna Pool led SLU with a game-high 11 rebounds, while Styles dished out a team-high four assists. Styles, senior forward Jameika Hoskins and junior guard Erica Hernandez each had two steals. LSU was led by senior guard DaShawn Harden, who finished with a game-high 20 points and four steals. Senior forward Sheila Boykin posted a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while junior wing Anne Pedersen chipped in with 10 points for the Tigers. LSU sophomore wing Raignye Moncrief added eight points, nine rebounds and a game-high nine assists. That strong defense allowed NSU to craft a 6-0 run on three baskets as the shot clock was winding down. Freshman Tia Youngblood battled through tight defense to flip in a short basket, which was followed by a Janelle Perez layup and a runner by Amy Staha. The third-ranked Longhorns got off to a sizzling start, knocking down 10 of their first 15 field-goal attempts, in building a lead that grew to 33-7 on a Tasia Foman jumper at the 7:56 mark of the first half. No. 3 Texas 74, Northwestern State 34AUSTIN, Texas – Third-ranked Texas enjoyed quick starts to the game and the second half Sunday, setting the tone for a 74-34 victory at the Frank Erwin Center. The Lady Demons found their defensive footing soon after, holding Texas to 40 percent shooting the rest of the half (6-of-15), including a 2-for-10 stretch. Behind Ross and Matthew, SFA did a good job limiting turnovers throughout the contest. The Ladyjacks gave the ball up just 14 times while taking it away from Baylor 13 times. The difference in the game came at the line and in the paint. Baylor used its large size advantage to outscore SFA 52-28 in the lane and get to the line 22 more times than the Ladyjacks. Southeastern will return home on Saturday to host Florida A&M at 2 p.m. in the University Center. The game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at www.LionSports.net, where live stats and a live video stream (LionVision subscription required) will also be accessible. Sophomore guard Bre’ Warren will be Saturday’s Spotlight Player of the Game and the first 100 fans will receive a trading card featuring the Slidell native courtesy of PRIDE. – Return to top – No. 9 Baylor 96, Stephen F. Austin 57WACO, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin women’s basketball team played the ninth-ranked Baylor Lady Bears tough in significant stretches on Sunday afternoon in the Ferrell Center, but couldn’t keep pace in a 96-57 Baylor win. The game was played in front of 5,947 fans – the most in attendance at an SFA game this year.Senior center Porsha Roberts had a big afternoon in her first collegiate game in her hometown. The La Vega High School standout scored 18 points on 8-for-14 shooting while hauling in eight rebounds and blocking five shots. Texas scored the game’s first 16 points before Janelle Perez’ layup at the 15:10 mark got NSU on the scoreboard. In the second half, Presley Owens made a pair of free throws at the 17:12 mark and hit the Lady Demons’ first second-half field goal at the 16:37 mark. Edwards finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season and 15th of her career, tops among active LU players. Kiandra Bowers added 11 points for Lamar (2-8). – Return to top – – Return to top – SFA will return home to Nacogdoches to begin preparing for a game on Saturday, Dec. 20 against Arizona at 4:30 p.m. inside William R. Johnson Coliseum. The Ladyjacks beat the Wildcats 60-56 in Tucson last year on Nov. 20. Teleshia Riley and Baileigh O’Dell had nine points apiece for Lamar, while JaMeisha Edwards had seven points in her first start of the season.The Lady Cardinals return to action at 6 p.m. Tuesday when they travel to Vienna, W.Va., to meet Ohio Valley University. That game will be broadcast live on www.LamarCardinals.com.After Tuesday, Lamar is idle until Dec. 28, when it travels to Rice. The Lady Cardinals’ next home game is 4 p.m. Jan. 3 against Nicholls in the Southland Conference opener for both schools. For the Ladyjacks, Branch and senior Tierany Henderson joined Roberts in double-figures, finishing with 12 and 10 points respectfully. Branch went 4-for-7 from deep and Henderson knocked down a pair of three-pointers in the second half. – Return to top – Georgia Tech 88, Central Arkansas 50ATLANTA, Ga. — Central Arkansas struggled with both shooting and turnovers on Sunday, being held to 37 percent shooting while committing a season-high 25 turnovers, as the Sugar Bears fell 88-50 on the road at Georgia Tech. The run ended when Krystle Henderson knocked down her second 3-pointer of the first half, helping the Longhorns score the final five points of the half. The win improves the Yellow Jackets to 4-1 inside McCamish Pavilion this season, and runs their record to 15-3 in their last 18 non-conference home games. Owens’ free throws snapped an 11-0 Texas run that spanned the final 1:26 of the first half and the first 2:48 of the second. Lamar held Wright State’s Tay’ler Mingo in check, limiting the nation’s third-leading scorer to 10 points. Mingo entered the game averaging 26.2 points per contest. However, Wright State had three other players in double figures, led by Courtney Boyd with 18 points. Tayler Stanton had 17 points and 14 rebounds, while Breanna Stucke finished with 13 points. The Lady Cardinals led by as many as six points in the early going, and held an 18-17 lead with 10:22 remaining in the first half before Wright State (5-2) went on a 10-0 run to take the lead for good. Baylor struggled to find separation for the better part of the first half but used a 12-3 run to go up 30-16 with 7:04 in the opening frame. SFA sophomore guard Brentney Branch knocked down a deep three-pointer as the shot clock was winding down to stop the spurt. She was also able to connect on a three from the corner in the midst of the run and hit three from beyond the arc overall in the half. LSU 72, Southeastern Louisiana 42No. 3 Texas 74, Northwestern State 34Wright State 82, Lamar 61Georgia Tech 88, Central Arkansas 50No. 9 Baylor 96, Stephen F. Austin 57 LSU would grow the lead to as much as 22 early in the second half. SLU would not go away quietly, however, as it held LSU scoreless for a stretch of nearly five minutes. A Pool jumper fell to cap a 14-2 run and cut the Tigers’ advantage to 49-39 with 7:09 remaining. Mullins and Watts each had five rebounds for the Sugar Bears, and Kelsey McClure had four assists. Zaire O’Neil had a season-high 24 points for the Yellow Jackets, with Kaela Davis adding 16 and Sydney Wallace 15. The Lady Demons jump back into action Wednesday when they host Arkansas-Monticello at 6:30 p.m. in Prather Coliseum. That game is Northwestern State’s first home game in 16 days, dating to a 71-43 victory against Central Baptist College on Dec. 1. Kelsey Lang, Texas’ 6-foot-5 forward, and Tasia Foman paced the Longhorns with 12 points while Nneka Enemkpali added 10 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double. The second best scoring offense in the country continued to pick up steam over the next several minutes. The Lady Bears shot 55 percent from the field in the first half and took a 50-27 advantage into the locker rooms. Baylor hit 32 of 42 shots during one stretch and executed at a 74 percent clip in the second 20 minutes alone to turn in a 63 percent shooting afternoon. Roberts scored the first six points for SFA (5-4) as the Ladyjacks jumped out to a 6-3 lead and carried it to the under 16:00 media timeout. She also grabbed three boards and rejected a shot in the early going to help the Ladyjacks control the first four minutes of play. Despite a height disadvantage of nearly four inches per player, the Sugar Bears trailed the Yellow Jackets just 18-15 in rebounds in the first half, but Georgia Tech took control on the glass in the second half to finish with a 39-26 advantage. The larger Yellow Jackets had their way around the basket, outscoring the Sugar Bears 54-12 in the paint, with Georgia Tech shooting 60 percent on two-point field goal attempts. Sophomore forward Nina Davis, the reigning Big 12 Player of the Week, scored a game-high 33 points on 12-for-15 shooting and sophomore guard Alexis Prince pitched in 20 points on 9-for-11 shooting to lead the Lady Bears. The Sugar Bears play their next three games – and five of the next six – in the Farris Center, beginning with Williams Baptist at 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Blue Mountain at 2 p.m. on Thursday. UCA will host Austin Peay on Dec. 30 in the final non-conference game before beginning Southland Conference play at Abilene Christian on Jan. 6. After trailing 39-24 at the half, the Sugar Bears (4-5) started the second half just 1 of 10 from the field as Georgia Tech (6-4) extended its lead to 30. The Yellow Jackets would eventually build their lead to as many as 38, shooting nearly 60 percent from the field in the half as they finished at 53.6 percent for the game while converting UCA’s 25 turnovers into 32 points. – Return to top – The Lady Cardinals hurt themselves with turnovers, as Lamar’s 21 turnovers led to 18 Wright State points. Wright State also grabbed 16 offensive rebounds that led to 19 points. For the game, Wright State outrebounded Lamar 43-34. SFA played solid defense over the span as well, forcing three turnovers and limiting Baylor (8-1) to just three free throws. The Lady Bears started the game 0-for-9 from the field. Kendara Watts had 15 points on 7 of 11 shooting to lead the Sugar Bears, her sixth game in double figures this season. Angel Williams had a season-high nine points, shooting 3-for-3 from 3-point range, with Maggie Proffitt and Brianna Mullins also scoring nine each for UCA. Proffitt hit three 3-pointers in the game as the Sugar Bears matched their season high with nine, going 6-of-15 (40 percent) in the second half. A change in the lineup sparked the defensive pressure that held Texas without a point for 6:30. The opening 10 minutes were back-and-forth with the lead changing six times early on. With 10:50 left, a Hoskins basket cut the LSU lead to 13-12. Unfortunately for SLU, it would not make another field goal for the rest of the first half and went into halftime down, 33-14. Sophomore guard and SFA’s leading scorer Taylor Ross picked up three early fouls which limited her playing time. She ended the game with five points, four assists and three steals.Senior Brittney Matthew was able to find the shooters for the Ladyjacks, distributing a team-high six assists on the afternoon. Scoring droughts at the ends of each half doomed SLU (3-6) in its third straight road loss to a Southeastern Conference opponent. LSU (4-4) also outscored Southeastern, 20-2, to close the first half. The Lady Lions hit just 27.1 percent (16-for-59) of their field goal attempts and shot just 2-for-22 from three-point range. Wright State 82, Lamar 61DAYTON, Ohio – Dominique Edwards registered her second straight double-double, but it wasn’t enough for the Lamar Lady Cardinals in 82-61 loss to host Wright State in a non-conference women’s basketball Sunday afternoon. In addition to quick offensive starts, the Longhorns (8-0) forced Northwestern State into a season-high 24 turnovers, turning those into 23 points and cruised to the victory.
By tim morrisStaff Writer Jersey Blues hostingRegion XIX tournamentthis weekend Jersey Blues hosting Region XIX tournament this weekend By tim morris Staff Writer MIDDLETOWN — It was one coin flip that Bo Scannapieco didn’t mind losing. After Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, and Gloucester College completed the Garden State Athletic Conference tied for first place, a coin flip was required to determine which of the co-champions would get the top seed for this weekend’s Region XIX Softball Tournament at Brookdale. This time around it was more than just the prestige. With seven teams entered in the tournament, only the top seed would have a bye to the Final Four. Gloucester, which split its two regular-season games with the 2002 national champions, won the coin flip and the bye. For Brookdale, it meant a best-of-three series with Morris Saturday in Lincroft. It’s been a long time since Brookdale had to participate in the first round, but for this season, at least, Scannapieco was more than willing to have his team take the field. “I was happy that we had to play,” he said. “It would have meant an eight- or nine-day layoff for us, and that wouldn’t have been good. This team plays better the more it plays.” The miserable spring weather in the Northeast resulted in more idle time than normal for the Jersey Blues, and this club, with so many new faces playing new positions, didn’t respond well to time off. Thanks to the coin flip, the Blues don’t have to worry about a long layoff. And they don’t have to worry if they are ready to defend their title or not. They are. Just ask Morris, which fell to the Blues 2-0 and 9-1 on Saturday. “We played good today,” said Scannapieco after the doubleheader sweep. “We’re showing signs of playing like a championship team.” Marissa Busch, named the Region XIX Player of the Year, gave another demonstration why BCC can win it all again as long as she is throwing. The sophomore right-hander tossed a four-hit shutout (10th of the year) in the first game of the doubleheader. She lifted her record to 18-1. An RBI double in the third off the bat of Jessica Williams scoring Jessica Murray was all that Busch needed as she fanned eight and walked no one. In the nightcap, the Blues got their offense untracked, scoring in all but one inning. Murray’s home run over the rightfield fence in the first inning got the Blues off to a 1-0 lead. In the second inning, they pushed three runs across the plate led by an RBI single from Lauren Jensen. After Morris scored in the top of the fourth to make it 4-1, Ryan Lafferty helped her own cause out with a two RBI single that pushed the lead back up to 6-1. Kristina Renick and Nicole Maltais had doubles, and Murray added a run-producing triple to push her home. Lafferty improved to 12-4, striking out five. With only three players returning from the 2002 national champions, this is almost an entirely new team. Despite the turnover, the Blues are 31-6 on the season and were ranked No. 2 in the country in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association Division III poll, behind Anne Arundel, Md. (27-3). “It’s amazing that we’re where we are at,” he added. “I’m very happy. The girls’ attitudes are great; they’re great kids to coach.” One of the drawbacks of the huge turnover has been on defense, where the Blues have been shaky at times this year. Scannapieco attributed that to having some of his players playing positions they are not familiar with. The lost games and practice time early in the season because of the weather was a factor, and one of the reasons the coach didn’t want a long layoff before the region tournament began. Against Morris, the Blues were very solid on defense with shortstop Williams, first baseman Renick and center fielder Murray all coming up with extraordinary plays. As evidence by their doubleheader sweep, the Blues head into this weekend’s tournament with momentum. They are riding a nine-game winning streak. In Busch and Lafferty, they have the best one-two rotation in the region. The offense has proven to be productive and the defense is coming around. About all that the Final Four teams can hang their hats on is that, maybe the law of averages will catch up to Brookdale, which is seeking its eighth straight region championship. Brookdale begins play Friday at home against Ocean (17-5) at 2 p.m. At the same time, Gloucester (25-6 and ranked fifth in the country) will play at Dorbrook Park, Route 537, Colts Neck, against Camden (15-12). At 4 p.m., the opening round winners play at Brookdale while the losers will play an elimination game at Dorbrook. Saturday’s action begins at 11 a.m. with the loser of the 4 p.m. game at Brookdale facing the elimination survivor. The winner will then play at 1 p.m. for the championship against the team that won both games Friday. Since it is double-elimination, if the undefeated team loses that 1 p.m. contest, an if-necessary game will be played at 3. Player of the Year Busch leads the list of Jersey Blue all-stars. Joining her on the all-region first team were Williams and Murray. Lafferty and catcher Kristen Tozzi were named to the second team. In the GSAC voting, Busch, Murray and second baseman Deidre Trujillo were named to the first team and Lafferty to the second team.
CHRIS KELLY staff Middletown South’s Matt Martino tries to muscle his way past Jackson Liberty’s Cody Edley during a home game on Sept. 26. The Eagles defeated Jackson Liberty 26-0. In what was a light week for the local high school football teams (with the three undefeated teams all enjoying their bye weeks), Middletown South used the opportunity to steal the spotlight with an impressive 28-0 win. Early on against Jackson Liberty, however, the Eagles appeared to be in for a battle in the Swamp, as the upstart Lions used an inspired defensive effort to keep the game scoreless through the first quarter. That is when sophomore Andrew Suarez, starting for ill teammate Chris Bunge, took over, and turned his first career start into his personal showcase. Suarez broke free down the right side for a 60-yard run early in the second quarter, setting up the Eagles’ first score. Shortly thereafter, senior running back Matt Martinho found the end zone from 4 yards out, and the Eagles were on their way. On their next possession, the Eagles got another big run from Suarez (a 17-yard scamper) that set up Martinho’s second score of the game — this one from 2 yards out. CHRIS KELLY staff Middletown South quarterback Ryan Mullan dives for a few extra yards against Jackson Liberty at the Sept. 26 home game. South was well within its comfort zone when Suarez struck again with a big play, hauling in a 45-yard pass from quarterback Ryan Mullan and racing the rest of the way for the 60-yard TD. Up 20-0, the Eagles capped the scoring when Mullan hit senior Mike Farrell with a 32-yard scoring strike with just over six minutes to play in the game. While the Eagle offense found its stride thanks to the efforts of Suarez (186 total yards for the game, including 74 rushing and 112 through the air), the South defense looked as stingy as ever, particularly in the second half. Jackson Liberty had no answer for the Eagles’ swarming defense, accumulating just 13 total yards after the break. South will look to build off its solid overall showing when they return to action next week (following this weekend’s bye). The Eagles will be hosting a 1-1 Central Regional team that was no match for highpowered Neptune this past weekend, losing 46-0. The Keyport Red Raiders had to wait until Monday to post their second win of the season, as the inclement weather postponed their game with Point Beach. However, once the game began, Keyport wasted little time exerting its dominance over a Gulls team that simply had no answer for the Raider running game. Behind the efforts of running backs Aaron Lee (three touchdowns) and Yusuf Francis, who combined for 229 yards on 28 carries, Keyport raced out to a 28-0 lead by the half and never looked back. The Red Raider defense, which was stellar in the first half, lightened up a bit in the second half, as the Gulls scored 12 unanswered points to get within 28-12. However, it was too little too late, as Keyport promptly added another score when QB Tim Snyder hit Cody Carrol for a 47-yard TD on a post pattern. Up 35- 12, Keyport added another score in the fourth on a Francis 5-yard scamper. The Red Raiders’ 42-18 win got them to 1-1 on the young season, as they prepare for the first night game in school history this Friday night when they host Mater Dei. The young Mater Dei Seraphs have struggled mightily so far this year, and Saturday was no exception. Shore Regional scored all 41 of its points in the first half, handing the Seraphs their third lopsided loss in the three tries. The two remaining local teams that were in action this weekend both lost, with Holmdel dropping a 27-10 affair to Manasquan; and St. John Vianney proving to be no match for Point Borough in losing 40- 0. For Holmdel, who managed just a 45- yard TD from J.J. Cuccurullo to Patrick Clarke on a screen and a 25-yard field goal from Cuccurullo against the BlueWarriors, it was a struggle offensively, as Manasquan’s defense shut down the Holmdel running game (holding the Hornets to just 34 yards on the ground). Meanwhile, Manasquan tailback Lorenzo Venable ran for 124 yards on 27 carries to pace his team’s attack. With the loss, Holmdel fell to 0-3 on the year, making this week’s game against St. John Vianney even more important. The Lancers were shut out by one of the Shore’s top defenses in Point Borough on Saturday, managing just 17 yards rushing. That number becomes even more impressive when you consider that SJV was averaging over 230 yards rushing per game entering the contest. However, it’s important to note that running back Charles Davis, one of the more explosive players in the Shore, did not play on offense as he recovers from a shoulder injury. If he’s able to play both ways this week, you can expect Vianney (1-2) to get its rushing attack back on track against the young Hornets on Friday. Game time is 7 p.m. Middletown North will look to get to 3- 0 on Friday when they host an 0-2 Marlboro team at the Swamp. The Mustangs got beaten up by Colts Neck, 30-7, on Saturday, and will be looking to make a statement against the resurgent Lions. Head coach Joe Trezza’s Lions need to be careful not to get caught looking ahead to their Oct. 11 showdown with 2-1 Colts Neck and take care of business this Friday. Game time is 7 p.m. in Middletown. Matawan will also be looking to get to 3-0 on Saturday when they take on a Monmouth Regional team that is looking for its first win of the season. Matawan has looked like the Huskies of old through two games, while the Golden Falcons have struggled a bit more than anticipated. This is another game that Matawan should win; however, they will certainly need to maintain their high level of play to do so. Game time is 2:30 p.m. in Tinton Falls. That leaves the Raritan Rockets, who at 2-0 have certainly made people take notice of their improvement from a year ago. Raritan has outscored its opponents 70-7 through two games, and is poised to stake its claim as a team to beat in the Shore’s National Division. This week, however, the Rockets face one of the Shore’s very best teams in Red Bank Catholic. RBC has been brilliant thus far, outscoring its opponents 76-0 through two games, including this past weekend’s dominant 48-0 showing over rival Red Bank Regional. RBC’s offense has gotten much of the headlines early on, but Raritan head coach Bob Generelli knows full well that the RBC defense is likely as good a unit as his team will face all season. There are people who think this Raritan team is just about ready to reclaim its place among the Shore’s best teams. This Friday night, they’ll have an opportunity to see exactly how they stack up against a team that may very well be the best the conference has to offer. Game time is 7 p.m. at Count Basie Park in Red Bank. BY DOUG McKENZIE Correspondent
ERIC SUCAR staff Middletown High School South quarterback Ryan Mullan tries to evade Ocean Township defenders during his team’s 13-10 victory on Nov. 21. The Eagles will play Freehold Borough on Saturday night at Rutgers in a state title game. When the Middletown South High School football team faces topseeded Freehold Borough in the Central Jersey Group III final on Saturday at Rutgers Stadium, the Eagles will be certainly be adequately motivated. Having lost to their division rivals in their last two meetings (including their season opener this year), the Eagles are admittedly pleased to be getting another shot at the Colonials, and particularly with this much at stake. “It’s only human nature to feel a little bit of animosity towards a team that has beaten you the last two times out,” head coach Steve Antonucci said. “But in the end, the ultimate goal is to win a state championship regardless of who you have to beat to get it.” What the Colonials are likely to find out on Saturday is that this is hardly the same Middletown South team they saw back in September. Since that game, the Eagles have reverted to the type of play that led to four state championships in a five-year span before last season’s 8-3 campaign. A punishing ground attack, coupled with an improved passing game and an oftendominant defense has allowed the Eagles to re-establish themselves as a championshipcaliber team this fall. However, Antonucci knows that all of that progress won’t mean a thing once his Eagles line up opposite a Colonials team that has been the more opportunistic team over the course of their last two meetings. “They’re a very good football team. Their QB (Nick Tyson) is tremendous, their wideout (Brandon Brown) is very dangerous and their tailback is a very good player as well,” the coach said. “We need to control the football. They’re a very dangerous offensive team, with some tremendous skill position players, so we need to keep them off the field as much as possible.” In the team’s first meeting, Freehold took control of the game late, after both teams struggled to put points on the board in the first three quarters. In the end, the Colonials beat the Eagles, 22-7, with senior running back Frank Nicosia doing most of the damage for Freehold, including two touchdowns in the game’s final three minutes. The Colonial defense, which proved to a dominant unit once again this year despite losing five of its front seven to graduation, set up both of Nicosia’s late touchdowns with interceptions (just two of their five turnovers for the day), and allowed just 188 total yards of offense to an Eagles team that never quite got on track offensively (the Eagles got their only score of the game on a 37-yard scamper from quarterback Ryan Mullan with 1:36 to play in the first half). Meanwhile, Freehold’s offensive line got stronger as the game wore on, accumulating 186 yards rushing in the second half alone. Brown made his presence felt early on with a 33-yard catch and run in the first half, while Tyson also played well for the Colonials. Stopping those two athletic offensive players will be a priority for the Eagles on Saturday. However, perhaps the most important thing that Antonucci took from the first game is the need for his team to make the Colonials pay for their mistakes. “We need to capitalize on any turnovers we cause,” he said. “In the first game, we caused four turnovers but didn’t capitalize and turn any of them into points. Against good teams like Freehold, you have to take advantage of opportunities like that.” Antonucci doesn’t expect to see any major deviations from the Colonials this time around; after all, Freehold Borough has been very successful brandishing the same style of play over the past two seasons. “I expect the same type of game plan from them,” Antonucci said. “They have an offense that chews up a lot of yardage and clock, but at the same time, they’re always one snap away from scoring with some of the players they have over there.” Middletown South warmed up for their state championship game with a Thanksgiving Day win over rival Middletown North, 38-21. Senior quarterback Ryan Mullan threw a key touchdown pass on his team’s first second-half possession, and the Eagles used two defensive touchdowns to increase their advantage in the Thanksgiving series to 21- 11-1. The defensive touchdowns — the first coming when Mike Farrell pounced on a North fumble and returned it 41 yards for a TD and a 10-0 lead, and the second coming when Nick Bricker pounced on the ball in the end zone after Joe Roibal fumbled following his interception of a Joe Dickey pass — are exactly the type of opportunistic plays Antonucci is hoping to get from his team this Saturday. Meanwhile, the Eagle running game was in full effect, led by Chris Bunge’s 115 yards on 15 carries, as the Eagles rushed for 201 yards and had 297 yards of total offense. The 38 points were a season-high for Middletown South, and it was only the third time the Eagles scored 30 or more points in a game this season. “It’s a tough work week, every year,” Antonucci said of the win over the Lions. “You only get three days to get ready, and there’s a lot of emotion involved because of the rivalry aspect of it all. The guys worked hard, played well, and it was nice to come out with a win.” While the Eagles were taking care of the Lions, Freehold Borough saw its hopes for a perfect season dashed rather handily by their rivals from Colts Neck. Though the Colonials opted to play their starters the whole way, the Cougars took control of the game early and took a 20-point first-half lead on their way to a 32-15 Shore Conference nondivisional victory. Colts Neck (6-4) extended its lead in the Thanksgiving series to 8-1, as junior quarterback Chris Chiarelli went 10-for-14 for 215 yards and three touchdowns, Sean Smith caught six passes for 156 yards and a touchdown and Chris Leroy registered an interception, recovered two onside kicks and had a receiving touchdown. When asked how he expected the Colonial loss to affect Freehold’s mindset entering Saturday’s championship game, Antonucci indicated that it could have several effects. “My experience is that they’re going to come out with a chip on their shoulders,” he said. “Now that they’ve experienced a loss, and a recent one at that, they’re going to come out with something to prove again. At the same time, it could also have a snowball effect like it did with us last year. You play well all year, and lose that first game, and it just carries over. It can be a double-edged sword.” Fortunately, the South coach knows exactly what he can expect from his team this Saturday, as the Eagles have given a superlative effort each and every week this season. It has led to what Antonucci calls one of the more rewarding seasons he’s had as head coach at Middletown South. “There’s no superstar with this group,” he said. “There’s no (Knowshon) Moreno or (Anthony) Macaluso on this team — no one player that everyone is going to focus on. That being said, this is one of the guttier, grittier groups I’ve had here at Middletown South. They’ve earned everything they’ve accomplished this year.” On Saturday, the Eagles will be hoping to add a couple of more accolades their list of accomplishments this year — redemption and another state championship. BY DOUG McKENZIE Correspondent Eagles will play Freehold Boro at Rutgers
The indoor track and field relay season kicked off on Jan. 5 with a rather familiar result — Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) winning the boys championship.The Colts topped runner-up Matawan Regional High School, 74-56, at the Monmouth County Relays, which were held at the John Bennett Indoor Athletic Complex in Toms River.CBA won the 4×200 meter relay (1:33.74), 4×400 meter relay (3:27.58), 4×800 meter relay (8:08.65) and 4×55 meter shuttle hurdles (30.75).Matawan won the high jump and pole vault relays, as Justin Love (6-6) and Derek Hona (12-0) finished first in their respective events for the Huskies.St. John Vianney High School’s Chris Green had the best throw in the shot put relay, 50-6.Freehold Township High School won the girls championship, edging Matawan, 44-40.The Huskies won the 4×200 (1:52.42) and high jump relays. Nicole Macco had the best pole vault (9-6). St. John Vianney won the girls’ distance medley (12:30.78).Middletown High School North’s Kristen Hassenkamp and the Huskies’ Joy Price tied for first in the high jump with each clearing 5-0. Matawan won the relay because Gaynelle Boham’s 4-10 clearance was better than Middletown North’s second jumper.The NJSIAA Group Relays begin this week with Group IV girls on Jan. 10 at the Bennett Complex and Group IV boys, Jan. 11. Non-Public A & B go next on Jan. 12, the same day as Group III. Groups I & II go Jan. 13.The Monmouth County Championships are set for Jan. 18 back at the Bennett Complex, followed by the Shore Conference meet on Jan. 25 in Toms River.Merli InvitationalThe season began in earnest at the Merli Invitational, held on Dec. 29 in Toms River. Middletown North’s Tom O’Neill built on his cross-country success (NJSIAA Group III and Meet of Champions champion) by winning the large school 3,200 meters comfortably in 9:35.32.In the small school competition, Matawan won both the boys (68.5 points) and girls (64.5 points) team championships.The boys got wins from Justin Love in the 55-meter hurdles (7.99) and the 4×400 relay (3:34.49).For the girls, Briana Quinones captured the 400-meter run (1:03.00), Boham won the 55-meter hurdles (9.01) and Nicole Macco was first in the pole vault (10-0). On Dec. 30 at the New Jersey Catholic Track Conference Relays held at the New Balance Track & Field Center in New York, St. John Vianney’s girls won the distance medley relay over Red Bank Catholic High School, 12:04.8-12:24.6.Brenna Remick, Amanda Durham, Tara Connelly and Courtney Thompson were the winning quartet for the Lancers.CBA’s team of Billy Bragg, Tom Rooney, Jack Boyle and Aaron Liberatore took the boys 4×800 meter relay (8:07.6).The Colts also won the 1,600-meter sprint medley in 3:31.6 with Mike Pozo, Jack DeVizia, Zack McDermott and Clark Mangini.