Segal, Orji, Robinson win at Central Jersey track meet Hurtault, Percopo, Breuer, Scales, Brown, Robin also win gold

first_img Segal, Orji, Robinson win at Central Jersey track meet Hurtault, Percopo, Breuer, Scales, Brown, Robin also win gold Last weekend’s NJSIAA State Sectional Track and Field Championships were quite good to area athletes with several taking home championships. In Central Jersey Group II, held at Holmdel, the Hornets’ Craig Segal won the distance double (1,600 and 3,200) and Matawan’s Uzoma Orji took both the shot put and discus. Segal used a strong finishing kick to defend his championship in both races. He won the 3,200 Friday in 9:45.2 and the 1,600 in 4:28.2. He tried to add a third title to his résumé, but ran fourth in the 800 meters that went to Matawan’s Erison Hurtault. Orji won the shot put by more than 10 feet with a routine, for him, 59-6. Earlier, he won the discus with a 159-1. Hurtault, who has been running faster each week in the 400, ran a 48.8 and took third in the one-lapper behind A. Sanderson of Ewing (48.3). The longer 800 may turn out to be the junior’s best event, as the best defending champion Jorge Ventura, a notorious kicker, with his 1:58.3, was more than a second clear of Ventura (1:59.5). Holmdel’s Craig Percopo (182-4) won the javelin throw. Holmdel’s boys made a run at the sectional title with 71 points, but were third behind Somerville (99) and Ewing (74). Matawan was fourth (67). In addition to Orji’s double, Matawan got a win from Troy Robin in the high jump (6-4). Kelly Robinson won a pair of sectional titles as well, claiming the javelin and discus crown. The Raritan junior continued her domination of the javelin with a 141-9 that was 14 feet better than Holmdel’s Dana Hoffman. Hoffman led after qualifying, but couldn’t match Robinson 141-9 in the finals. Robinson took the discus with a 114-9 that edged North Plainfield’s Alyssa Thompson (113-11). Robinson added a third place in the shot put (35-1 1/4). Rocket teammate Amanda Harmata placed in all three throws. She was second in the shot put to Freehold Borough’s Diana Costanzo (38-7 1/2-37-8), fourth in the discus (106-9) and third in the javelin (117-7). Robinson and Harmata teamed up for 44 points, helping the Rockets take third place. Holmdel, with 68 points, was runner-up in the girls’ Group II second with 68 points, trailing only Voorhees (85). Sprinter Emi Briggs led the Hornet charge by sweeping the 100- and 200-meter dashes. He won a close race in the century from Colts Neck’s Becky Mergenthaler, 12.6-12.9, and ran away from the field in the 200 (26.4). Teammate Jessica Cozzetta was second in the 200 (27.1) and third in the century (13.0). In Group IV, also held at Holmdel, Middletown North’s Ron Breuer won the boys’ javelin with a 173-11. He also took second in the shot put (49-1). Groups I and III competed at Monmouth Regional High School. Middletown South’s Robert Scales unleashed a 191-9 to win the boys’ Group III javelin. It was the best throw of all the sections in Central Jersey. In the girls’ Group III, Middletown South finished fourth (44) behind Red Bank Regional (77), Franklin (66) and Hopewell Valley (56). The Eagles’ lone winner was high jumper Emily Brown, who won on fewer misses at 5-2 over North Hunterdon’s Katie Arancio. The first six finishers in every event from all of the state sectional meets advance to this weekend’s NJSIAA Group State Championships at Egg Harbor Township. The meet will be held Friday (3 p.m.) and Saturday (10 a.m.). By tim morris Staff Writer last_img read more

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Middletown Swim & Tennis club squad has successful season

first_img The Middletown Swim & Tennis Club’s swim team completed a successful summer campaign with a 4- 2 record in the Monmouth County Swimming Conference. Coach Lynn Cefalo’s team defeated Hazlet, Candlewood, Monmouth Heights and Marlboro, while bowing to Holmdel and Freehold. “We had a good season,” Cefalo said. “We won two really close [meets] against Marlboro and Monmouth Heights.” Along the way four new team records were set. Greg Daniele, competing in the 15-18 division, set the mark in the 100- meter freestyle with a time of 56.91 and the 50-meter breaststroke with a time of 31:08. The previous marks were held by Chris Cefalo and Tom Wilkens. In addition, Harrison Cefalo’s 1:05.97 performance in the 15-18 division in the 100-meter individual medley bested a record that was also held by Wilkens. Christel Murray set the standard for the 50-meter butterfly in the 13-14 age group with a time of 32.83 seconds. Lauren Masi had held that record. And the future looks particularly bright as well with 80 percent of the team comprised of competitors 12 years old and younger. Twenty percent of the Middletown swimmers are 6 years old or younger. This year the Middletown club had a particularly high turnout of 188 swimmers. Cefalo noted that the numbers may be attributable to the fact that 2008 is an Olympic year. Plus Wilkens, who won a bronze medal in the 2000 Olympics competing in the 200-meter breaststroke, is a regular at the club and he often encourages the swimmers, Cefalo said. “We had to break up practice into four different sessions, but that’s a good thing,” she said. “We’re building the future of our team and these kids are learning a lot. This is a sport they can participate in for life. It’s great to see the smiles on their faces when they win a heat of improve their times.” Some of the Middletown club’s top swimmers include: (8U) Elizabeth DeLeo, Lizamae Divinagracia, Peter James, Patrick Kleid, Eric Li, Nicholas Mahon, Erica Nagase and Deanne Reimertz; (9-10) Michelle Bellini, Julia Bland, Emma Capro, Anthony Cinko, Marirose Fitzpatrick, Harrison Lin, Jeff Mahon and Andrew Rooney. In 11-12: Nicholas Daniele, Matt Farkouh, Michael Gao, Abigail Hoffman, Lauren Homack, Lily Kemm, Tara Lister, Kaitlyn Mahon, Julia Reimertz, Dean Shafritz, Matt Valko and Karen Wang; (13-14) Danielle Ciraolo, Harty Divinagracia, Kim Gulino, Christel Murray, Michael O’Malley, Catherine Sufficool and Conor Urbealis; and (15-18) Kevin Boettger, Harrison Cefalo, Greg Daniele, Joshua Ma, Megan Massa, Erin O’Malley and Ali Van Schaack. In addition, Massa and Harrison Cefalo serve as assistant coaches along with Caitlyn O’Donnell, Joe Tripodi and Eric Van Schaack. “We were fortunate to have extra coaches this summer because that really helped with the challenge of four separate practices,” Lynn Cefalo said. BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer last_img read more

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Summer basketball action heats up down the shore

first_imgLeft: Dan Werner, Royal Bank of Canada player and former CBA star, tries to find an open teammate during the second half of a Verizon Fios Jersey Shore Summer Basketball League game held at St. Rose High School, Belmar on June 24. Werner just completed his sophomore year at the University of Florida. Right: Werner’s teammate, Matt Mullery (front), a St. John Vianney High School graduate, tries to gain position on Alley Oop’s Grant Billmeier during the first half of the game. Mullery will be a junior at Brown University in the fall. PHOTOS BY ERIC SUCARlast_img read more

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Freehold Raceway set to open for live racing Aug. 30

first_imgFreehold Raceway, Park Avenue, Freehold, whose roots date back to 1853, is set to open for live harness racing on Aug. 30. Freehold Raceway will present several stakes races during the fall-winter meet on the half-mile oval.New Jersey Sire Stakes Green Acres races will highlight the meet. Other major races include the Lou Babic, Charles Smith, Helen Smith, Harold Dancer and Marion Dancer finals.The Babic for 2-year-old fillies and 2- year-old pacers will hold its eliminations on Sept. 1. The Babic finals will be held on Sept. 8. The Babic Open final carries a $90,000 purse and the final for fillies carries a $55,000 purse.The Charles Smith Trot for 3-year-olds will hold its eliminations on Sept, 7, with the $80,000 final set for Sept. 14.The $70,000 Helen Smith trot for 3- year-old fillies is set for Sept. 7. Eliminations for the Helen Smith final will be held on Aug. 31.Two-year-old colt trotters will leave the gate and race for a $60,000 purse in the Harold Dancer on Sept. 20. A race for 2- year-old filly trotters will be the $58,000 Marion Dancer on Sept. 6.There will be four New Jersey Futurity races held during the fall-winter meet at Freehold Raceway. The $60,000 Open Pace for 2-year-old pacers is set for Sept. 14; the $60,000 3-year-old Open Trot is set for Oct. 5; the $50,000 2-year-old colt trot is set for Oct. 12; and the $50,000 3-year-old Open Pace is set for Oct. 13.Freehold Raceway will present a special Monday card on Labor Day, Sept. 3, featuring New Jersey Sire Stakes Green Acres races for 3-year-old colts and 3- year-old pacers.Post time for all racing days is 12:30 p.m. Live racing will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 30 through Dec. 22. Admission to the track is free.Freehold Raceway remains open seven days a week for simulcasting.Eric Abbatiello won the driving title at Freehold Raceway during the winter-spring meet with 73 victories. He finished 25 wins ahead of Stephen Smith in the race for the driver’s title. Abbatiello is the son of Hall of Fame driver Carmine Abbatiello.The winter-spring training title went to Jody Dunning, who had 16 winners, two more than Michael Posner. In addition to scoring 16 wins, Dunning’s horses had 18 second-place finishes and 10 third-place finishes.last_img read more

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SPORT SHORTS

first_imgMiddletown South’s Do Damage baseball and softball camps are registering youngsters age 6-15 for its summer sessions. Both camps will take place from 9 a.m. to noon from July 8-11, and the baseball camp will have a second segment from July 15-18.More than 125 players participated last summer when the camp was held for the first time. Registration fee is $125.Fundamentals will be reinforced by the coaching staffs of the high school softball and baseball programs, along with current college players who graduated from both programs.For information and to sign up for the softball camp, log on to www.dodamagesoftballcamp.com. For baseball, log on to www.dodamagebaseballcamp.com. The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ)’s annual golf outing to benefit New Jersey horsemen will take place at Gambler Ridge Golf Course in Cream Ridge on July 8.Time is running short to sign up for a day of golf, prime rib dinner and door prizes — and doing good. The money raised through the golf tournament supports the New Jersey Standardbred Horsemen’s Benevolent Fund.The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey’s annual event will once again offer a raffle for a 2013 Pennsbury Track Trainer Jog Cart, and this year, the hole-in-one contest prize is a 2013 Dodge Ram pickup truck from Baker Chrysler of Princeton.The fee is $180 per golfer. The shotgun start is at 1 p.m., preceded by registration at 11:30 a.m., and buffet lunch.Dinner is at 6 p.m. and is available to nongolfers for $75. For more information, contact the SBOANJ at 732-462-2357 or visit www.sboanj.com.last_img read more

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Hamilton rewards British fans with pole

first_imgBy Alan BaldwinLewis Hamilton stormed to pole position for his home British Formula One Grand Prix on Saturday with German team mate Nico Rosberg qualifying alongside him in an all-Mercedes front row.The 2008 world champion, chasing his first win for Mercedes after leaving McLaren last year, started the session with a wave for the crowd from the pit wall and ended it with the fans saluting him.“Storming job there, Lewis, storming job,” the team told him over the radio.The pole was the 28th of Hamilton’s career and Mercedes’ fifth in eight races.“The crowd do make a huge difference…I come here with an extra boost of energy. I just want to pay them back,” said Hamilton, who also qualified on pole at Silverstone in his debut 2007 season and won in 2008.“That was a lap for them,” said the Briton, who jumped out of his car after parking up in the pit lane and stood arms outstretched to applause from the grandstands.Red Bull’s triple world champion Sebastian Vettel qualified third and will share the second row with team mate Mark Webber, in what will be the Australian’s last British race before quitting Formula One at the end of the year.“They are bloody quick in qualifying…they seem to be in a different world on Saturday afternoons,” said Vettel. “But points are scored on Sunday and the last few races have been pretty good for us.”Britain’s Paul Di Resta for Force India and young Australian Daniel Ricciardo, the Toro Rosso driver bidding for Webber’s drive next year, will line up together on the third row.Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, 36 points behind Vettel in the championship, qualified 10th in a disappointing performance from the Italian team, who had Brazilian Felipe Massa in 12th place.“We were not competitive all weekend and it’s not normal to see Ferrari out of Q3 (the third phase of qualifying),” said the Spaniard.“We need to recover now and it was a bad Saturday. We didn’t improve the car enough in the last four to five races and we ordered some new parts but they didn’t do what we expected. We need to keep on working.”McLaren had another miserable qualifying, with 2009 world champion Jenson Button 11th on the grid and Mexican team mate Sergio Perez 14th.Former champions Williams, who have made their home race a celebration of their 600 grands prix in the sport, fared even more dismally.Finland’s Valtteri Bottas failed to make it through the first phase and qualified 17th behind Venezuelan team mate Pastor Maldonado in 16th.last_img read more

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Hamilton takes F1 lead with fourth win in a row

first_imgLewis Hamilton won the Spanish Grand Prix for Mercedes on Sunday to chalk up his fourth victory in a row and wrest the Formula One championship lead from ‘gutted’ German team mate Nico Rosberg.In what was also the fourth successive Mercedes one-two, and fifth win in five races for the dominant constructor, Hamilton took the chequered flag a mere 0.6 of a second ahead of his rival.In a nail-biting finish to what had been a largely uneventful race, Rosberg piled pressure on Hamilton by slashing the Briton’s lead over the last six laps and looming ominously in his mirrors.Hamilton, who now has 100 points to Rosberg’s 97 after his 26th career victory and leads the standings for the first time since 2012 when he was at McLaren, sounded increasingly anxious in radio traffic but held on for his first win in Spain.“I wasn’t fast enough really today, Nico was quicker,” the 2008 champion said during the podium interview. “Fortunately I was able to keep him behind.”Rosberg, who declared himself “a bit gutted” to finish second again and whose subdued body language alongside Hamilton on the podium more than backed that up, felt he would have got past with one more lap.“Lewis did a great job the whole weekend, just that little bit ahead,” added the German ruefully.Daniel Ricciardo was third for champions Red Bull in the first podium finish of his F1 career after being stripped of his second-place for a fuel irregularity in his home season-opener in Melbourne in March.“We did not have the pace on Mercedes… it is really nice to be on the podium and I am sure I will get to keep it this time,” said the smiling Australian, who had started third.“A lonely third was not a bad result in the end”.VETTEL FOURTHQuadruple world champion team mate Sebastian Vettel, who started 15th after a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change, ended a weekend of setbacks with a strong fourth place.The 26-year-old German had arrived at the first European race of the season with a different chassis to the previous four grands prix, in which he had made just one podium appearance, but Red Bull remained an age away from Mercedes.Ricciardo, as the best of the rest, crossed the line a massive 48.3 seconds behind Rosberg with Mercedes again in a class of their own and lapping all but four cars.Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was one of those passed by Hamilton, finishing seventh and just behind Spanish team mate Fernando Alonso – last year’s winner – in sixth.Finland’s Valtteri Bottas took fifth place for Williams, while Brazilian team mate Felipe Massa sank from ninth at the start to 13th at the finish.Frenchman Romain Grosjean handed Lotus their first points of the season with eighth place, ahead of Force India’s Mexican Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg in ninth and 10th respectively.Only two drivers retired, Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne and Caterham’s Kamui Kobayashi, in a 66 lap race that testified to the surprising reliability of the cars in the new V6 hybrid turbo era.Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado, who crashed in qualifying and started last for Lotus, was handed a five second stop/go penalty for causing a collision with Caterham’s Marcus Ericsson.last_img read more

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Brazil feel the heat as carefree Colombia lie in wait

first_imgBy Gideon LongBRAZIL are under intense pressure to breathe life into their World Cup campaign and produce a performance worthy of champions when they face Colombia and their free-scoring midfielder James Rodriguez in Friday’s quarter-final.After their laboured win over Chile in a penalty shootout in their last match, the Brazilians have been berated by their fans and former players. Among them is none other than Zico, their great playmaker from the 1980s.“The fact is that we are lacking a proper game plan,” he wrote in a column in British newspaper The Guardian.“There is no more build-up from the back,” he complained, saying that against Chile the Brazilians “once again resorted to long balls to Neymar”.Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has taken such criticism in his stride.“It’s normal that they (the fans and the media) are demanding,” he said.“We’re facing up to our difficulties and we’ll see if we can improve our balance in the next game from start to finish, and not have the ups and downs that we had in the previous games.”Striker Neymar, scorer of four of Brazil’s eight World Cup goals, is nursing a thigh injury picked up against the Chileans but looks certain to start.Scolari’s biggest selection headache is in midfield, where Luiz Gustavo is suspended after being booked againstChile. Ramires is his most likely replacement.In stark contrast to the angst-ridden Brazilians, the Colombians seem to be enjoying every minute of their best ever World Cup campaign.They have won all four matches, scoring 11 goals in the process and conceding just two.In Rodriguez, they have produced one of the revelations of the competition. He has scored five, including a contender for goal of the tournament in a 2-0 defeat of Uruguay in the last round.“There’s no point in just stopping James. We need to stop the whole Colombian team.” Scolari said. “They’re a team that plays easily, nice football, they are calm and organised.”History is firmly on Brazil’s side.In their 25 previous meetings Colombia have won just twice and the last time was 23 years ago, before the baby-faced Rodriguez was even born.Brazil’s 15 victories include a 9-0 rout at the 1957 Copa America, a 6-2 drubbing in Rio de Janeiro in 1969 and a crushing 6-0 win in the same city in 1977.For every goal that Colombia have scored against the Brazilians, Brazil have scored five.But their last four encounters have ended in draws, the hosts look vulnerable and Brazil have bowed out at this stage at the last two World Cups.The five-times champions have not lost a competitive match on home soil since 1975, when Peru beat them 3-1 in the Copa America.That remarkable record will be put to the test in Fortaleza’s Castelao arena on Friday as perhaps never before.last_img read more

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PSG to meet ‘masters’ Barca in heavyweight clash

first_imgBy Julien PretotParis St Germain coach Laurent Blanc admitted his team’s frailty when he said that, deprived of the injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic, they will be meeting their masters in Tuesday’s Champions League match against Barcelona.“We’ll be against our masters, almost, tomorrow,” Blanc told a news conference on Monday ahead of the Group F game at the Parc des Princes.It was not the kind of remark that will boost his team’s confidence following a stuttering start to the season and the loss of Sweden striker Ibrahimovic due to a heel injury.PSG have drawn six of their nine games in all competitions, including their opening Champions League match at Ajax Amsterdam, while Barcelona have won six of seven without conceding a goal.Full back Maxwell, like Ibrahimovic a former Barca player, believes PSG need more time to get into their stride.“After the World Cup the coach did not have all the players at his disposal for the training camp so it made the preparations more difficult,” Maxwell said.“We’ve been working very hard to improve and find the form we had last year but it has not been easy.”Blanc believes the only way for PSG to get back on track is to play the kind of attacking football they have produced since he took over from Carlo Ancelotti last season.“The only way we will find our level again is by playing because it is our philosophy and the players adhere to it,” he said.“Barcelona have had this philosophy for 30-40 years and see where it led them. We lack aggressiveness when we don’t have the ball,” Blanc added.Barcelona, however, will not change their approach to the game, even in the absence of Ibahimovic as they rely on the lethal pairing of Neymar and Lionel Messi up front.“It’s clear that it is important for PSG but it does not change anything to the way we apprehend this game,” coach Luis Enrique, a former team mate of Blanc at Barca, told a news conference.“PSG will still be a dangerous rival.”last_img read more

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England hit back to beat Wales in Six Nations opener

first_imgBy Justin PalmerEngland extinguished early Welsh fire with a dominant second half performance to secure a 21-16 victory in an absorbing Six Nations Championship opener on Friday that struck the first blow in World Cup year.Wales, starting with 11 of the side that pounded England into submission in a record 30-3 win two years ago in Cardiff, roared into a 10-0 lead after seven minutes with scrumhalf Rhys Webb dashing over for the first try.England, forced into six changes from their November victory over Australia, hit back with wing Anthony Watson sliding in but coughed up too many turnovers and Wales led 16-8 at halftime.Stuart Lancaster’s side, who will meet Wales in September in the pool stage of the World Cup which both countries co-host, ran out a different side after the break.Six Nations debutant Jonathan Joseph’s try in the early minutes of the second half turned the tide and with their forwards asserting themselves, George Ford kicked England ahead while Wales were down to 14 men.England thought they had made the game safe in the dying minutes when lock Dave Attwood touched down but the try was ruled out for an infringement.Ford then landed another penalty to seal a morale-boosting win.last_img read more

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