By Doug mckenzie Coyle, Froelich lead their teams to sectional titles Seniors provide the offense in a pair of shutout wins JERRY WOLKOWITZ St. John Vianney’s Alison Regler tries to fend off a Holy Cross defender during Thursday’s 4-0 Vianney win in the Central Jersey Parochial A final at Thompson Park in Lincroft. The St. John Vianney girls soccer team is on a roll. Fresh off their Shore Conference Tournament championship win over rival Red Bank Catholic, the Lancers added another title to their collection last week, cruising to a South Jersey Parochial A title by beating Holy Cross 4-0. It was the Tami Coyle show Thursday (as it has been all year), as the dynamic senior midfielder led her team to the first sectional title in school history by scoring a hat trick during the game at Thompson Park. The Holmdel Lancers (20-1) were in control from the first whistle, pressuring the Holy Cross defense through the entire first half. Coyle recorded her first goal at the 28:45 mark, when Christina Andaya fed her a perfect pass, enabling her to blast the ball in the upper right corner for the 1-0 lead. Although the Lancers only had a one-goal lead at the half, it felt like it should have been more, based on their dominant play throughout the first half. JEFF HUNTLEY Middletown South’s Tara Froehlich and Erin Picarello of Lawrence chase down the ball during Thursday’s Central Jersey Group III final in Middletown. Once the second half started, the over-all team speed of Vianney became too much for Holy Cross to handle. Early in the second stanza, midfielder Allison Regler sent a ball up the middle, allowing the speedy Coyle to head it in for a 2-0 lead. The Lancers’ third goal was set up by a rising star, sophomore midfielder Jaime Komar, who used her excellent speed to drive past a pair of defenders, draw Holy Cross’ goalkeeper Michelle Malone toward her, and gently feed Andaya for Vianney’s third goal at 44:34. The scoring was completed at the 52:09 mark, when it was Komar again who started the action. Komar chased down a long rebound of a Regler shot and fed it to Coyle, who tapped in her third goal of the match. In total, the Lancers outshot Holy Cross (13-8-2) 19-6. Coyle’s third goal marked the end to Vianney’s scoring, although she nearly added a fourth goal when her shot hit off the crossbar in the 54th minute. But the Lancers walked off the field with their first sectional title, knowing that they had played a nearly flawless game, and excited at the opportunity to move on in the state playoffs. But the Lancers also know that they are facing a step up in competition, when they square off against defending champion Immaculate Heart Academy of Westwood this Friday at Kean University, Union, for the overall Parochial A crown. Coach Mike Alosco’s Lancers will need to use every ounce of their team speed and big-play ability against the Blue Eagles, who have actually improved since last year’s championship run, and have earned the distinction of being the top-ranked team in the state. But if Coyle and company continue to play as well as they have all year, they may find themselves celebrating another big victory Friday night. While Coyle has been leading the Lancers to big victories, another player across town has also played the lead role in helping her team to a state sectional title. Middletown South’s Tara Froehlich has been turning heads with her play all season long, and has continued to play extremely well in the postseason. And Thursday, Froehlich led the Eagles to their second consecutive Central Jersey Group III sectional title, and third in four years, with a 3-0 victory over Lawrence in the final. The senior midfielder showed her unselfish, team-oriented play by setting up a pair of goals in the Eagle win. The first came at the 41:32 mark, when Froelich beat two defenders down the left side and found Lindsay Jarusiewicz six yards in front of the net. Later, at the 65:28 mark, Froelich beat a defender on the end line and fed the ball to Courtney Bongiolatti 2 feet in front of the net for a score. The Eagles (20-3) netted their third goal at the 69:14 mark, when Nicole Beaumont tickled the twine. In total, the Eagles dominated play, outshooting their opponents 24-7, and applying constant pressure to the Lawrence defense. But it was Froelich who dictated the tempo with her uncanny ability to draw defenders so that she can find her teammates alone in front of the net. And the Eagles needed her to play at her best when they faced Ocean City at Hopewell Valley in the Group III semifinal yesterday. Ocean City (15-3-2) was coming off a 2-1 win over Toms River South Thursday. After the two teams played to a 1-1 tie through regulation, the Red Raiders prevailed 4-3 in a shootout to win the South Jersey Group III title. South was expected to win this anticipated matchup; however, at this point in the postseason, nothing is a given, and Froelich and company needed to continue their strong play if they had any hopes of reaching the Group III finals. Staff Writer
Lancers set to participate in Bayshore Christmas Tournament By Warren Rappleyea Staff Writer Veteran Tom Putnoky, a gritty, 6-5 senior forward, returns as the St. John Vianney High School boys’ basketball team looks for a second straight winning season. A year ago the Lancers won four of their last five games to finish at 13-12. The Lancers were 5-7 in the Shore Conference’s B North division. But that record is a bit misleading, as St. John’s was a better team than that mark would indicate, with players such as Zak Cook and Josh Gorgas, both of whom have graduated, in the lineup. Their absence, however, creates opportunities for other Lancers to step up. But sixth-year head coach David Emery knows that his young team will have to gain experience under fire, facing a difficult schedule that features many of the Shore Conference’s top teams. “The B North Division is going to be a very tough division this year, and I think it’s the toughest in the Shore,” said Emery, whose conference includes Neptune, Red Bank Regional and Raritan. “Our goal is to be the hardest-working team in the Shore. To win games, we’ll have to consistently outwork the opposition.” Other returnees include point guard Derek Kwiatowski, guards Jim Oliver and Chris Soria, and forwards Matt Conklin and Mike Powell, all seniors, along with junior guard Gerard Genevieve. Emery also has several newcomers, including senior guard Jason Cavagnaro, and junior forwards Bryan Ball and Pat Lombardi. In addition, promising sophomore guard Kyle Kuziemski, and freshmen Matt Mullery, a 6-5 center, and Justin Conover, a 6-4 forward, will see some varsity time. Although his team has some experience, with so many newcomers Emery reiterated that hard work will be the key to success for the Lancers this season. The Lancers will be participating in the Bayshore Christmas Tournament this weekend, and will then begin its regular season schedule, starting on Jan. 3 with a home game against Holmdel. From there, the Lancers will take on Raritan and Monmouth Regional. With a daunting schedule, St. John Vianney has its work cut out for it if it hopes to post another winning season. However, the Lancers have the potential to be a good team, and should be competitive with the teams in its division. By Warren RappleyeaStaff Writer Lancers set toparticipate in Bayshore Christmas Tournament
By Warren RappleyeaStaff Writer Hornets feature several newcomers, move upto Group III Hornets feature several newcomers, move up to Group III By Warren Rappleyea Staff Writer Plenty of talent remains from a group that won the Tournament of Champions last spring, as the Holmdel High School boys’ tennis team returns to the courts. Last season the Hornets were dominating, compiling a 30-2 record while winning the Shore Conference’s B North division, the conference tourney, the NJSIAA Central Jersey and All Group II titles, as well as the TOC. This time around, Holmdel moves up to Group III, and coach Chuck Chelednik said that he expects a strong season from his team. “We certainly want to win the division again,” he said. “I think we’re capable of a good performance in the Shore tournament and I think we can make a run in Group III, although the competition is very tough.” Gone are tremendous players like Gordie Milchutsky and Paul Buyanovsky, who helped lead the Hornets to the TOC title — thus becoming the first public school team from the Shore to earn the title. Incidentally, Milchutsky has continued to impress on the courts, leading the Rutgers University men’s tennis team with seven victories this spring heading into last weekend’s action. Milchutsky was sporting a 5-5 dual mark, playing all of his matches at the No. 4 position, while going 2-1 in tournament action at the Harvard Invitational. He was also 4-8 overall in doubles action, along with teammate Maarten Vissers, a senior from Holland. This season the Hornets will start impressive newcomer Lawrence Zakrevsky, a freshman, at the No. 1 singles slot. The left-hander owns a good array of shots, hits the ball hard and is very quick, the coach noted. Seniors Eric Lin and Chris Lee hold down the second and third singles posts, respectively. A second doubles pair last season, Lin and Lee were 10-3 as a team. Chelednik said both players have improved significantly. Lin has worked to upgrade his service, while Lee has displayed a solid forehand in practice sessions and scrimmages. Mike Craparo and Steve Chu, both seniors, return as the first doubles team, where they were 19-4 last season. Senior Rich Li and sophomore Julius Li, no relation, are at second doubles. In addition, freshmen Erich Ressig and Ken Hettler are likely to see action at doubles. “Our strengths should be in singles and first doubles, where we have two experienced players,” Chelednik said. “We may move some people around as the season progresses. Eric Lin and Chris Lee are excellent players, but they’re inexperienced at singles. We’ll have to see what happens.” Holmdel is scheduled to open the season at home this afternoon against Middletown South. The Hornets are home again tomorrow when St. John Vianney comes to visit.
BY PAUL DANIELCZYK Correspondent The kayak is not new, going back hundreds of years if not longer. The Inuit tribe has been hunting and fishing the northern waters from the Arctic Ocean to the North Atlantic by kayak, very successfully putting food on the table for their families, as well as using it as a reliable mode of transportation. This craft has served them well. Now we, the average saltwater fishermen, have found that by using this rugged little craft, we can improve our catch rate of many species of fish quite significantly. It allows us to get to waters that are too shallow for a regular boat, or too far to wade out and possibly get caught out in the flats as the tide rises. With today’s high price of fuel, the kayak sure looks good to many sportsmen: it allows them the mobility as well as the excitement of “yaking,” as it is passionately called. No motor is needed to glide gracefully along to your favorite fishing spot, load your craft with fish, and head back with little effort — well, almost, if you are like me. I don’t get out to exercise too much these days, and this sport is one that I surly can handle with ease. There are many different types of kayaks, and with that goes the price range. I would say that the majority of today’s kayaks range in price from $400 to over $2,000. Like today’s cars, it depends on what equipment you outfit it with. You have the opportunity to go bare-bones and go with few or no options, or all-out and add on comfortable seats, water-tight compartments, custom paddles, trolling motors, rod holders, anchor and special cleats to secure them with, as well as fish finders, to name a few. All the comforts of home can be installed — well, almost. The nice thing about kayaks is that if you love to fish both salt and fresh water, this craft will allow you the flexibility to take advantage of both without any special equipment changes. I hope I have given you a little insight into the world of kayaking and piqued your curiosity to venture out and find out more about this fascinating new facet of today’s fishing world. If you have questions, jump on to our new forum at NJSaltwaterfisherman.com. And don’t be shy, ask away. Remember, if you have a question, there are others out there wondering the same thing.
Will Siegfried has not had an easy start to his season for Middletown South High School’s boys basketball team. After playing on a 19-7 team that won its first NJSIAA Group IV Central championship since 1979, the 6-5 center, who rang up sevens in points and rebounds per game, finds himself in a different situation. He’s the lone returning starter and missed much of the preseason with a high ankle sprain suffered 15 minutes into the first day of tryouts and practice. “Now I’m almost 100 percent,” said Siegfried, who had jumped and landed on another player’s foot. What made that injury even more unwelcome is that he is adjusting to a move from center to power forward on this year’s team. Add to that, the current team plays its first six games on the road, including some brutally tough ones. It started with a Dec. 17 49-44 loss to Brick Memorial in which junior guard James McDonough sank 14 points. The Eagles played Howell on Dec. 20 and Christian Brothers Academy from Lincroft on Dec. 22. “We’re very inexperienced, but we’re bigger with four guys over 6-3 and we rebound better and we’re playing inside better,” said Siegfried, who also pitched for the baseball team that made the Shore Conference and state tournaments in May. “We have talent and we’re so balanced that we have eight guys who are interchangeable. We’re all playing for positions.” Siegfried said the move to power forward isn’t so difficult and may even be better for him. “It’s a pretty easy move, not stressful,” said Siegfried “It’s still physical, and now I’m on the wing more so I can shoot from the outside. I like that idea. In the summer (league), I shot pretty well.” “He has the freedom from playing in the post,” said coach Kevin Cullen of Siegfried. “We’ve run our system for four years, but now we have size so we’re geared more to post the center and defensively to play a match-up zone. It’s quite easy with our size to close the lanes and force things to the outside.” He has a bushel of players to replace, starting with Kyle Cancilieri, who was a 6- 4 forward averaging 16 points a game who went on to The College of New Jersey but is not playing basketball there. Also graduated from last year’s team are off guards Robert Callori and Jake Brodsky as well as Brian Benedetto, Steve Gisondi and Jordan Lawrence. But there is good senior leadership and talent, all up from the junior varsity because last year’s varsity team was so laden with seniors. Jake Fay runs the point and 6-6 Will Banecki takes over at center. James Dzugan at 6-5 plays the other forward spot and Mike Gannon is a good-sized 6-0 guard. Another senior, Mike Sullivan, can play either guard spot after sitting out his junior year with a concussion. Yet another senior, 6-1 Tyler Kirk, is interchangeable at many spots on the floor. The sad news for Cullen is that all that the seniors will learn on varsity this year will be wiped out after the season. But there are some solid juniors, too, in guards Mc- Donough and Joe Castellanos while the freshman team last year groomed three solid varsity-caliber players in guards Matt Mauro and Tom Dimeo and 6-4 forward Mike Diorio. Perhaps the only concern is depth at the forward spots. “So far, we’re OK, but we’ll consider that as we go along,” said Cullen. “The guys have the drive to learn the game. Even if there is not as much talent doesn’t mean they can’t be successful. They’re trying to learn the ins and outs of the game. They realize they have to do the little things to beat teams that are better than they are. They’re very cerebral; they watch film and learn from their mistakes. They want to learn all aspects of the game.” Cullen credits the foundation of that ethic to assistant coach Mike Dooley, who coaches the junior varsity. Nick Georgiou coaches the freshmen. BY WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent
Middletown South High School’s Jimmy Dzugan tosses up a shot from inside the paint against Monmouth Regional High School during their preseason scrimmage in Middletown on Dec. 10. The Eagles tip off the 2010-11 season Friday when they host Brick Memorial. ERIC SUCAR staff
Nine for nine. For the Christian Brothers Academy’s track and field team, that equals perfection.The Colts won all nine events at the NJSIAA State Non-Public A Relays on Jan. 15 at the John Bennett IndoorAthletic Complex in Toms River, scoring the maximum 90 points.Head coach Karl Torchia’s Colts simply excelled in every track and field discipline as they captured their 21st state relay title (a record for all Groups).You can start with the Colts bevy of cross-country stars who helped win the 4×800 and distance medley (DM) relays in meet record times.The quartet of Tim Gorman, Dan Mykityshyn, Conrad Lippert and George Kelly won the 4×800 in 8:05.81.Earlier this month at the New Jersey Catholic Conference Winter Relays held at the New York City Armory, Gorman, Mykityshyn, Lippert and George ran the second fastest time in the nation this winter, 7:56.4.In the DM, it was Kelly, Clark Mangini, Mike Mazzaccaro and Scott Zapcic winning in 10:27.68, the fourth fastest time run in the county in 2011.Theodore Foster, John Turi, Nick Raguseo and Cody Barron reminded everyone that the Colts have sprinters as well. They won the 4×200 in 1:34.38.Barron, Foster and Turi teamed up with Zach McDermott to win the 4×400 (3:29.49).The 1,600-meter sprint medley team of Matt Pozo, Raguseo, Dan Gallagher and Kevin Olsen won in 3:44.75 for the Colts. Not to be outdone, the hurdles team of Phil Reid, John Engels, Nick Berger and Matt Pozo won the 4×55-meter shuttle hurdles relay in 31.29.In the field, Andrew Roahn had the best throw in the shot put, 54-5, and add to that the 47-7 toss ofMark Stafurik, which was the third best of the competition, and the Colts easily won the shot put relay with a combined distance of 102-0.The Colts took the high jump relay at 12- 4 with Reid (6-4) and Kyle Connors (6-0). Reid’s jump was the best of the meet.CBA also had the best pole vault of the meet, 13-0 by Engels. An 11-6 clearance by Robert Kosinski gave the duo a 24-6 total and another relay championship for the Colts.The state title comes on the heels of CBA’s victory at the Monmouth County Relays . Friday, the Monmouth County Indoor Championships will be held back at the John Bennett Indoor Athletic Complex, Toms River.Middletown South high jumpers captured both the boys and girls Group III state titles.Mike Fallon and Tony Pacheo took the boys title at 11-10. Fallon tied for the best jump on the competition, 6-2, and Pacheo’s 5-8 gave the Eagles their winning total of 11- 10. For the girls, Lindsey Weil (5-0) and Emma Moffitt (4-10) won at 9-10.On Sunday, the Shore Conference Division Championship meet will be held at the Bennett complex. BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer
Ben Watson continued his love affair with the FA Cup as holders Wigan Athletic belied their second-tier status to upset Cardiff City 2-1 on Saturday.And Sunderland punished Southampton for taking the competition too lightly.Watson, who grabbed the winner when Wigan shocked Manchester City in last year’s final, fired into the top corner after 40 minutes to put the Championship club into the quarter-finals.Chris McCann had given Wigan, who dropped out of the top flight after their Wembley success, the lead after 18 minutes, before Cardiff, second bottom in the Premier League, levelled through Fraizer Campbell.A stunning strike from Craig Gardner helped knockout specialists Sunderland book their spot in the quarter-finals with a 1-0 win over Southampton.Sunderland, who have already reached the League Cup final, again put their Premier League struggles to one side with Gardner thundering a second-half shot into the top corner from 25 metres.Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino had to field questions about his team, however, after resting players despite being comfortably positioned in mid-table.Premier League powerhouses Manchester City and Chelsea face each other in another fifth-round tie later on Saturday.Sheffield Wednesday’s home game with Championship rivals Charlton Athletic was called off because of a waterlogged pitch.On Sunday, Arsenal host Liverpool, Swansea City travel to Everton and Championship side Nottingham Forest visit third tier Sheffield United.Championship club Brighton and Hove Albion entertain Hull City on Monday.
By Andreas VouPetros Chrysochos is showing that the future of Cypriot tennis is bright after winning his first professional tournament last week, becoming only the third player from the island to have done so.The 18-year-old traveled to Egypt to compete in the ITF Futures Tournament and came away with the $10,000 (€7,100) prize after defeating Turkey’s Cem Ilkel in straight sets in the final.Chrysochos pulled off an efficient performance, winning 6-3, 6-3 against a competitive opponent who was ranked No.53 in the junior standings.The Larnaca native outplayed Ilkel in almost every department, including four aces and dispatching five out of his six break points (83%) compared to the Turk’s two out of eight (25%) which proved to be the telling difference between the two players.By claiming the Futures trophy, Chrysochos has followed in the footsteps of Photos Kallias and Marcos Baghdatis and is now intent on taking his career to the next level in the coming years.Much is expected of the promising teenager who, in 2012, was named European junior player of the year – a prize which has previously been claimed by current elites of the game such as Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic.Later that year, he won the Davis Cup against Benin representing Cyprus with the legendary Baghdatis and others in a best of five match-up, while also managing a third-place finish in the Junior Masters.Chrysochos is earning a reputation for his ability to read the game with acute accuracy while also demonstrating tactical knowledge usually found in an established professional.His quick sense of judgment gives him the advantage of being able to adjust to mix up his game depending on how a particular match is going. Occasionally, he likes to try the drop shot like Baghdatis has pulled off countless times throughout his career.His latest win has earned him 18 points in the ATP world rankings which is expected to push him up to around 850th place in the standings, while he is 40th in his age group.Chrysochos continues to maintain a full school programme along with his busy training schedule at the Herodotou Academy with his excellent coach Charalambos Vassiliou.As when any promising youngster emerges on the island, high hopes are held of a prosperous career. Chrysochos evidently possesses quality in abundance and it is now up to the powers that be in the relevant government bodies to provide the necessary support for him to go all the way.
By Jamie ElliottThe January transfer window is fast approaching and contracts are dwindling down.With players looking for football and clubs looking to cash in before the dreaded free transfer, here’s a look at the players most likely to make club exits.5. Dani AlvesDani Alves will leave Barcelona, but it is a question of when.The full-back has already said that he will leave the Catalan club in 2015 and has spoken of his desire to play in England, putting several of the Premier League’s top clubs on alert.The 31-year-old told Brazilian publication O Globo: “This will be my last season at Barcelona. Next year I will move to England. I want to play in the birthplace of football.”Alves has had a stellar career in La Liga, winning four league titles, two Copa del Reys, two Champions Leagues and two UEFA Super Cups and will have no shortage of suitors come January.4. RamiresThe Chelsea midfielder has been the subject of continued interest from Real Madrid and Carlo Ancelotti, the manager who signed him during his spell in London.The Spanish side let midfielders Xabi Alonso and Di Maria go and are lacking that tough-tackling entity in midfield and look set to test Chelsea for the player’s signature in January.The Blues midfielder is no longer a regular starter under Jose Mourinho and a move to Real Madrid would be hard to turn down.3. Sami KhediraDuring the summer, Sami Khedira seemingly turned down a new contract with the Champions League winners and his current deal will run out in 2015.With Real Madrid keen to cash in on the midfielder, it is looking likely that the 27-year-old will make a January exit from the club.The German has already been linked with a number of Premier League clubs including Arsenal and Chelsea and a move to London is looking increasingly likely.2. Lukas PodolskiThe Germany international has become the forgotten man at Arsenal in the start of the season, making only one start in the Capital One Cup and seven substitute appearances.The 29-year-old has become increasingly frustrated with his lack of football and is likely to move on from the Gunners if his situation does not change.“I am a full blooded player, a street player and I love competition. If I don’t have this competition every weekend then a change must occur,” he told RTL Television.“We will have to see. But it is certainly something one has to think about.”1. Juan MataJuan Mata just can’t seem to catch a break. After being shut out of the Chelsea first-team by Jose Mourinho, the Spaniard is now struggling to hold a role at Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United.With the Reds’ acquisitions of Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao this summer, it has made Mata fall down the pecking order.The Spain international was a January sale last year and could now be set to move on again with Manchester United reportedly set to cash in on the playmaker this January.For more articles and the latest soccer news, check out FTBpro.com