GoodSports in Aberdeen is holding registration for a number of leagues and camps for the next several months. Recreational roller hockey for ages 5-8 starts Dec. 8 and Dec. 7 for ages 9-12. The cost is $130 per player and includes a jersey. It will be a 10-game season. Youth roller hockey teams (divisions of U8, U10, U12, U14 and U17) starts Dec. 7 and 8. Cost is $130 per player. There is a minimum of 10 players per team and it is a 10-game season. A seven-week youth instructional roller hockey league starts Nov. 7 and 8. The cost is $110, and is for ages 4-6 (4-5 p.m.) and 7-10 (5-6 p.m.). A Power Skate roller hockey camp for experienced players (U10 and U12) starts Nov. 7 and 8. Cost is $45 per child and it runs from 1-3 p.m. A free roller hockey clinic will be held Nov. 21 for ages 6-12 from 6-7 p.m. Full equipment is required. A Monday night men’s roller hockey league starts Dec. 16. Tuesday street hockey starts Dec. 17. Wednesday men’s open starts Dec. 4. And Thursday/Friday over-30 and over-40 leagues start Dec. 12 and 13. The cost is $1,195 per team, with a $400 deposit. Men’s open soccer winter leagues start Nov. 5. Cost is $1,195 per team. There will be 10 games played on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Indoor recreation soccer starts Dec. 14. Games will be played every other Saturday at 5 p.m. Cost is $75 per child. Fall break multisport camps will be held Nov. 7 and 8. Cost is $65 per child for ages 5-12. Winter break multisport camps will be held Dec. 23, 27 and 30 from noon to 3 p.m. Cost is $75 per child. Five-on-five youth travel indoor soccer leagues (girls’ U10, U11, U12 and U14) will start on Dec. 7 (session 1 runs through Jan. 18; session 2 runs from Jan. 25-March 8). Games are played on Saturdays between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Boys’ U10, U11, U12 and U14 games are played on Sundays between 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Session 1 runs from Dec. 8-Jan. 19; session 2 runs from Jan. 26-March 9. Cost is $450 per team. Girls’ high school soccer mini-sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday nights begin Dec. 3. Guaranteed six games. Cost is $70 per player. Minimum of 12 players per team. Boys’ high school soccer on Sundays and Mondays begins Dec. 1 Guaranteed eight games. Cost is $90 per player. Men’s open cash soccer tournament will be held on Nov. 30 from 5 p.m.-midnight. The cost is $250 per team plus a $25 referee fee. First six teams to register. For more information on any of the above events, call (732) 290-0003. The New Jersey Xplosion, a 12U baseball team, will be holding tryouts for all positions. The team is in need of at least five quality pitchers, left-handed pitchers are a plus. Serious, committed players needed to play according to full MLB rules. The team will begin training indoors for spring play and tournaments, including a trip to Cooperstown, N.Y. For more information, call (732) 580-8950, or e-mail [email protected] Middletown Babe Ruth baseball/softball league will be accepting registrations for the 2003 season on Nov. 19, 26 and Dec. 10 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Middletown Library on New Monmouth Road. Children ages 5-16 are eligible. Registrations will be taken at the Middletown Babe Ruth Clubhouse at McMahon Park on Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, contact Al Auerbach at (732) 495-6608. Middletown Babe Ruth baseball/softball league is looking for umpires for its spring 2003 season. You must be 21 years old and have prior umpiring or playing experience. These are paid positions and are for the Rookie boys (ages 7-8) and Pioneer girls (ages 7-9). For more information, contact Al Auerbach at (732) 495-6608. Dave Coraggio’s 21 points helped the Hawks beat the Suns 64-60 in last Thursday’s playoff action for Mac’s Fun Ball basketball league in Middletown. On Friday, Coraggio scored another 21 points to help lead the Hawks past the Heat, 57-46. Also on Friday, Bobby Zebrowski stole the ball and hit a 40-foot jumper at the buzzer to give the Knicks an exciting 84-81 win over the Kings. Jermaine Bardin and Sean Gilbertson each scored 19 points for the winners. Billy Garreson’s 35 and Ray Locicero’s 29 points led the Kings. On Saturday, Tom McDermott’s 29 points led the Bucks past the Hawks to earn a trip to the finals against the Bulls. The Bulls beat a scrappy Knicks team, 61-59, with Greg Giordona leading the way with 14 points. Randy Kirk led the Knicks with 16. In Sunday’s final, Ryan Peguts scored 22 points as the Bulls clinched the fall league championships with a 69-64 win. Mike Nunes led the Bulls with 19. Middletown Youth Athletic Association (MYAA) basketball will hold registration for its winter recreation season for boys and girls, ages 8-15, according to the following schedule: Nov. 9, Bodman Park Clubhouse, 9 a.m.-noon; Nov. 12-15, Thorne Middle School gym, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.; and Nov. 16, Bodman Park Clubhouse, 9 a.m.-noon. Call the MYAA office at (732) 747-2410 with any questions.
BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer BY TIM MORRISStaff Writer SCOTT PILLING staff Brookdale’s Kim Thompson, a Raritan High School grad, takes a shot during the team’s practice in Lincroft on Thursday. Having finally cleared the region XIX hurdle, the Brookdale Community College women’s soccer team didn’t stop there. The Jersey Blues had been frustrated in the Region final in recent years and finally cleared that hurdle on Oct. 28 at Mercer County College when they beat Ocean, 1-0, in the final. The Region crown put the Blues one win away from the National Junior College Division III Final Four. The Blues took that next step at home, beating Nassau, 2-1, on Nov. 5 in the Northeast District title game. The win was the 14th straight for Brookdale and put them in the NJCAA tournament for the third time in school history, but the first time at the Division III level. The Blues made the most of their first trip to the tournament (in Herkimer, N.Y.) memorable by finishing as the national runner-up. Brookdale extended its winning streak to 15 straight when it beat Mohawk Valley on penalty kicks in the semifinals on Saturday. The teams played to a 0-0 tie through regulation and overtime. BCC won the shoot out, 3-2, thanks to goalie Melissa Scaduto. “Melissa made a huge save,” said coach Frank Lawrence. “She stopped their first shot and it lifted everybody else up.” Sunday, the Blues took on Richland, Texas, for the championship, falling in another defensive struggle, 1-0. “I thought we played gritty and we played well,” he said. “Getting to the championship game was huge.” Three of the four games played in Herkimer went to shoot-outs, and the other, the title game, was 1-0. That didn’t surprise Lawrence. “You have four teams that are very good defensive teams,” he said. Despite the lack of scoring, Lawrence noted that the soccer played at the championships was entertaining, featuring a lot of ball movement up and down the field. The only goal of the title game came on an unstoppable blast off the foot of Richland’s Karina Cavila. “It wasn’t someone’s mistake or a fluke goal,” noted Lawrence. “It was a really well-hit ball.” Scaduto was named to the All-Tournament team along with teammates Kelly Ackerman and Kim Thompsen. Brookdale, which finished the season at 15-3, can take solace in the fact that it started seven freshmen. The experience the team gained this fall is immeasurable. Lawrence had seen other Brookdale teams that were at least equal, if not better than this year’s team, fall in the region tournament recently. But 2006 turned out to be different, and credit goes to this team’s heart as well as talent. “They were tough and resilient and not willing to accept defeat,” said Lawrence. “Whatever we needed to do we did. The players found a way to win.” There’s very little question what got the Blues over the hump this fall – talent, depth and balance. The team’s depth enabled it to adjust on the fly during the games. Lawrence could evaluate what was going on in the first 10 or 15 minutes and determine what lineup he needed. He knew that when he went to his bench, there was no drop-off in talent. “We can go through a handful of kids and they’ll go out and perform well,” he said. The depth also came in handy in the second half of the games, when the Jersey Blues would start to dominate the 50-50 balls. “We wore teams down,” said Lawrence. “[Depth] certainly had an impact. This is the deepest team we’ve ever had.” Then, there was the talent of the team itself. “We have the right combination,” he said. “We have a good goalie and defense, we’re solid at midfield, and we have five or six players who can score. “Our biggest advantage is the different ways we can score,” he added. “We can go wide, up the middle or on restarts. We’ve been very good at them [restarts] all year. Look no further than Ally Mullaney (Howell) for why Brookdale has been so dangerous on restarts and corner kicks. “She has an innate ability to read a play effectively, see the opening and play the ball where she wants to,” said Lawrence. Mullaney’s special skill was never more important that in the District game against Nassau, where her perfectly placed kicks led to both goals. For the season, Mullaney had 11 goals and seven assists. Thompsen (Raritan) led the Blues with 13 goals and eight assists. Ackerman (Freehold Borough) contributed eight goals and five assists to the team’s attack while Liz Grimaldi (Rumson-Fair Haven) had six goals and one assist. Johanna Lovalla (Old Bridge) and Liz Walling (Manasquan), tied with Mullaney for second on the team in assists with seven. Melissa Scaduto (Freehold Township) was the top goalie in the nation with a 0.39 goals-against average. She benefited from having two of the finest defensive players in front of her, in sweeper Laura Fiorentino (Sayreville) and stopper Katie Miller (Raritan). Lawrence was happiest for the sophomores, like co-captains Fiorentino and Miller, who lost a heartbreaking Region final last year. “They [sophomores] took the loss hard and focused all year on what it took to win,” he said. It was enough to take them to the national championship game.
BY MATTHEW ROCCO Correspondent Christian Brothers Academy The Christian Brothers Academy swim team dominated the competition during an undefeated season filled with championship titles.After winning team titles at the Shore Conference and Monmouth County meets, the Colts defeated rival St. Joseph High School of Metuchen, 101- 69, in the NJSIAANon-PublicAfinal in February. It was the third consecutive state title for CBA and a fitting way to cap a dominant season.CBA characteristically limited the impact of St. Joseph’s first-place finishes in the championship meet. The Colts secured two of the top three spots in 10 of the title meet’s 11 events. Out of the eight individual races, CBA had a swimmer place sixth, thus receiving no points, only twice.CBA’s depth and versatility carried the team this season, led by a strong sophomore class and an experienced group of seniors. First-place finishes were not the most essential part of the Colts’ success, making them a not-so-typical championship team. The team’s depth of talent racked up second- and third-place finishes all season. CBA even put the state championship in the books with a second-place finish from Alex D’Anna in the 100-yard breaststroke.“We relied on our depth to win. It gave me, as a coach, the ability to move guys around. We were versatile, and that’s been the big difference the last few years. We were the best team in the state because of it,”CBA head coachVito Chiaravalloti said.The Colts (13- 0) filled the outside lanes with talented underclassmen, but the senior class, most of them with two state titles already, helped anchor the team.“I never felt like the members of the sophomore class were the leaders of the team. We also had great senior leadership,” Chiaravalloti added. “It really felt like a team effort. It never felt like one class dominated in the pool.” The CBA swim team was expected to succeed from the early going, so it was no surprise that the Colts made yet another appearance in the Non-Public A final. But the extent to which CBA dominated the competition this season surprised even the head coach, as the Colts made school history by scoring over 100 points in every meet. The Colts defeated traditional top teams by large margins, including Bridgewater-Raritan by 42 points and Westfield by 60.“My expectation coming into the season was to win another state championship,” said Chiaravalloti, a member of CBA’s 1998 state championship team. “The way we did it exceeded my expectations. I didn’t expect to dominate the way we did.”This presented Chiaravalloti with a challenge, considering the Colts were winning with ease against teams that he previously stressed would be tough opponents. “My job was to keep them hungry and keep themaway from complacency,” he said. It became a point of emphasis for the head coach.“Going into the championship meet, we had an edge and were extremely confident. As a coach, you’re afraid of overconfidence,” Chiaravalloti explained. “We beat St. Joe’s by 42 points the first time [during the regular season]. The team could’ve overlooked the championship meet.”He added: “It’s all meaningless if you lose the last meet.”CBA’s younger standouts were integral members of this year’s championship team, and are poised to lead the team next season when the Colts look for their fourth consecutive title.Sophomore Rob Whitacre, who won the 100 backstroke in the final against St. Joseph, emerged as one of the most versatile members of the CBA squad. “By his senior year, he will be one of the best swimmers in the state,” Chiaravalloti said.And although he does not have an extensive swimming background, junior Josh Berger served as a top freestyler for CBA. He placed second in the championship meet’s 50 freestyle.As for next season, the Colts’ talented sophomore class and overall depth this season should translate into a strong roster. CBAwill lose six seniors, including Sean Dunne and Curtis Meade, but things look good for the Colts.“I can’t help but get excited,” Chiaravalloti said when speaking about next season. “It’s going to be scary how fast we can get. Next year and two years out, I expect that we will be just as strong as we have been.”
By WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent MIDDLETOWN NORTH Middletown High School North girls basketball coach Ed Jones and his players carried forth the coaching adage last season that it’s not how you start, but how you finish.After struggling through a 5-13 season, the Lions regrouped down the stretch by winning four of six games, including two impressive NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III tournament wins over 20-game winners Allentown High School and John F. Kennedy Memorial High School. Because of a snow postponement, they had to be played on back-to-back days, which made it even more impressive.The Lions’ season ended in a convincing section semifinals loss before a spillover crowd at crosstown rival and formidable Shore Conference A North Division opponent Middletown High School South, which went on to win the section title before losing in the state semifinals in one of its most rousing finishes in many years.Middletown North is looking for that upswing to carry into this season.“It took us a while to click,” Jones said. “We were young last year and played a very tough schedule with two [division] games against Colts Neck, which won the Group IV section title, and Middletown South, which won our section, and Freehold Township, which won 18 games. And we played some good teams from out of our area. We were rewarded for that at the end.”One of those out-of-division games was a regular-season matchup against Allentown. Middletown North had a 24-point swing in the state tournament rematch, avenging a 12-point loss with a 12-point victory.“We have high goals for ourselves because we ended nice last season,” Jones said.Although the Lions started this season with a 35-32 loss to Freehold High School on Dec. 19, Jones said his team was heartened by some things that happened that night. It fell behind by a dozen points before closing to the three-point margin. The Lions had the ball off a steal for a gametying 3-point attempt that was off the mark with three seconds left.“We played hard, which I was happy about,” Jones said. “We’re not very big, just like last year, and we lost some offense and defense with three starters who graduated. But these players have a good attitude. We did not play well [in the opening game], but the effort was there.”Marissa Reilly, Amelia Weaver and Ashley Bird graduated, but sophomore guard Hailee Hallard, who scored 13 points a game last year, and senior center Kayla Mumford are back in the starting lineup. Mumford, at 5 feet 8 inches tall, gave away 4 inches to Freehold center Rebecca Cobb, who scored 20 points but had to work extremely hard and take a lot of shots to get to that total. Kamani Williams, a speedy 5-foot-7 sophomore forward who led Middletown North in its state tournament loss to Middletown South last season, was a valuable “sixth man” who scored eight points a game and moved into a starting role for this season. The guards are senior Alexa Barriero and sophomore Allison Degrushe. Kristen Lenmich, a candidate for a starting spot who played a lot last year, is out for the season recovering from an injury suffered during the lacrosse season last spring. Juniors Julia Ferrari and Jordan Derise at guard and Carlie Nielsen, a 5-foot-7 center, round out the rotation. Sophomore guard Dani Tollevsen and 5-foot-9 freshman center Kiari Williams (Kamani’s sister) complete the roster.They’re looking to help get the Lions off to a stronger start than last season, as the schedule continued with a game at home against Howell High School on Dec. 22 before moving into the holiday break and the Holmdel Christmas Tournament, where Middletown North plays Spotswood High School at 1 p.m. on Dec. 27. The winner advances in the sixteam bracket into the semifinals against host Holmdel High School at 1 p.m. on Dec. 28.The schedule resumes after the break with a huge barometer game on Jan. 3 at Manasquan High School, which is regarded as one of the top teams in the state.
By Paul DayBarcelona’s appeal against a FIFA sanction for an alleged breach of rules on the transfer of foreign Under-18 players has been rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the Spanish club said on Tuesday.Soccer’s world governing body FIFA announced in April it had banned Barca from the transfer market for two consecutive windows and fined them 450,000 Swiss francs ($455,000).Barca denied wrongdoing and the ban was suspended pending an initial appeal to FIFA, meaning the Catalan club were able to buy and sell players in the close season.FIFA rejected the appeal and the club decided to challenge the decision at CAS, which heard evidence from Barca officials and youth players at a hearing on Dec. 5.The CAS decision means Barcelona will not be able to sign any new players until January 2016, although the club said it could appeal the CAS decision to a Swiss federal court.“FC Barcelona considers the sanction as being absolutely disproportionate as it implies an excessive punishment for the club given its track record,” the club said in a statement.Barca president Josep Bartomeu has fiercely defended their “La Masia” academy, which has produced the likes of Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta, saying the club have been the victims of a “grave injustice”.“With this sanction, FIFA is punishing a model that has existed for 35 years and which is the essence of this club,” he told reporters in April.
Results from the Cyprus Football Championship on Saturday, March 21:APOEL 2-2 ApollonErmis 0-4 AEKOthellos 0-2 New SalaminaWith Saturday’s results, Apollon and APOEL remain first and second respectively, with Apollon at the top of the table with 52 points, one ahead of the defending champions.
By Michael HannLiverpool’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League all but ended on Sunday after a 1-1 draw at Premier League title winners Chelsea epitomised a season of shortcomings.Liverpool went behind after five minutes at Stamford Bridge when John Terry headed Chelsea in front but Steven Gerrard grabbed an equaliser when he nodded home just before half-time.Brendan Rodgers’ men huffed and puffed in search of a winner to close the gap on fourth-placed Manchester United, who won 2-1 at Crystal Palace on Saturday, but had to settle for a point.With two games remaining, Liverpool have 62 points from 36 matches, six behind Louis van Gaal’s United who also boast a better goal difference (+25 to +11).“I think we got off to an awful start. A disappointing goal from our perspective,” Rodgers told Sky Sports.“We got ourselves back into the game, a good header from Stevie, and I thought in the second half we were outstanding, we just lacked that bit of quality in the final third.“It’s happened too much this season. We’ve started games poorly and we’ve been punished for it.”Liverpool scored 101 Premier League goals last term, with Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez netting 52 between them to help the Merseysiders finish runners-up to Manchester City.However, Rodgers could not find a suitable replacement for Suarez following his move to Barcelona, while Sturridge has missed large parts of the season with persistent injuries.Fellow forwards Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini have all been below par at Anfield as Liverpool failed to build on last season’s success.Captain and talisman Gerrard will join LA Galaxy at the end of the season and the 34-year-old former England skipper said the club must bolster their ranks with new signings.“We’ve shown we’ve come up a bit short. I think it’s important the lads get some rest, the owners try and dig deep and help Brendan out,” Gerrard told Sky Sports.“There’s a great core of players here. This league is getting more and more difficult every year. We lost Suarez, we haven’t had Daniel Sturridge, it’s been tough.”Rodgers agreed his squad lacks strength in depth.“We are missing three in Suarez, Sturridge and young John Flanagan,” he told the BBC.“The players we have had have given everything but we are fifth and that’s probably where we are at the moment.”
BENFICA will field a makeshift rearguard when they travel to one of their least favourite hunting grounds to defend a 1-0 Champions League lead at Zenit St Petersburg on Wednesday (7pm).The Primeira Liga winners are missing three central defenders plus goalkeeper Julio Cesar for the last-16 second leg at the Petrovskiy Stadium.Luisao and Lisandro Lopez are injured and Jardel is suspended. That leaves Victor Lindelof, who started the season as a reserve, as the only recognised central defender in the squad.Right-back Andre Almeida is also banned while Julio Cesar will be replaced by fellow Brazilian Ederson because of a thigh injury.Benfica’s record of one win, two draws and four defeats in seven visits to Russia hardly augurs well either. Their only victory came 20 years ago when they beat Lokomotiv Moscow 3-2 in the now-defunct European Cup Winners’ Cup.Coach Rui Vitoria, however, is buoyed by Saturday’s 1-0 triumph at Sporting that sent his side to the top of the Portuguese league ahead of their neighbours.“It’s always better to work from the base of a win,” he said.Benfica have notched 13 victories in 14 matches this year with only a league defeat against arch-rivals Porto interrupting the sequence.Vitoria has no worries in attack where striker Jonas has scored 28 goals in 35 games in all competitions and is enjoying the best season of his career at the age of 31.Zenit boss Andre Villas-Boas, who faced Benfica seven times as coach of Portuguese rivals Academica Coimbra and Porto, said the supporters could lift his side to victory and a first-ever quarter-final place.“We have the advantage going into the return leg, by this I mean our supporters,” said the former Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur supremo.“I am sure the stadium will be packed and they will create an atmosphere which will help the team to a new level.“We are sure we can overcome the deficit,” added the Portuguese. “Reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League is our dream and this could be a very important event for Russian football.”
Triple FIFA World Cup winner Pele is putting some 2,000 items up for auction, including his three World Cup medals and a one of a kind Jules Rimet trophy that could fetch up to one million dollars, auctioneers said on Thursday.The Brazilian regarded by many as the greatest soccer player of all time is also selling off his 1,000th goal ball and crown, and jerseys he wore while playing for Brazilian club Santos FC and the New York Cosmos in what marks his first ever public offering of career memorabilia, Julien’s Auctions said.“Pele is like the Marilyn Monroe of the sports world. He is such an icon and a great ambassador for football,” Martin Nolan, executive director of Beverly Hills-based Julien’s Auctions, told Reuters.The three-day auction will take place in London from June 7-9 and will be preceded by a public exhibition starting June 1.Pele, whose given name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, became in 1958 at age 17 the youngest ever person to play in, and score in a World Cup final. He went on to help Brazil to World Cup victories in 1962 and 1970, and holds the Guinness World Record for most goals in a career with 1,283.Now 75 years old, and after recent replacement hip and prostate surgery, Pele said that having donated much of his collection to the city of Santos, he had “decided to allow fans and collectors to own a piece of my history as well. I hope they treasure these artifacts and share my story with their children and generations to come.”He said a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Pequeno Principe children’s hospital in the Brazilian city of Curitiba.The top item for auction is a Jules Rimet trophy that was created especially for Pele by world football’s governing body FIFA and the Mexican government after he led Brazil to the nation’s third World Cup victory in Mexico in 1970. It is inscribed with his three wins for Brazil.Julien’s has placed an estimated price of $400,000 – $600,000 on the trophy but says it could sell for much more.“It is such a unique item. We think that is a very conservative estimate. This is possibly something that could sell for up to one million dollars,” said Nolan.Pele’s three World Cup medals are expected to fetch up to $200,000, while the ball with which he scored his 1,000th goal is expected to sell for $40,000-$60,000. The player’s 1977 New York Cosmos NASL championship ring, 2004 Summer Olympics Torch Relay and L’Equipe Athlete of the Century award are also for sale.Yet the most humble and precious item of all, if it can be verified, may be a makeshift football made of rolled-up socks that the pre-teen Pele kicked around the streets of Bauru.“We have softballs stitched up in canvas but we haven’t definitively established yet that we have that first ball. If that ball was to exist it would be phenomenal,” said Nolan.
TNSL board hopes that at the conference level they will encourage more clubs to participate and then build the competition to the next level.Board member and PNG Football Association general secretary Dimirit Mileng said there’s a lot of talent in the grassroots competition and in the PNGFA sanctioned competitions.He said these young talents need to be exposed at the semi-professional level.“By playing in the conference format, we are not downgrading the level of competition but generating a competitive environment.“This conference format not only improves quality but develops quality through that process.“While we don’t want to compromise the quality, we felt that there’s enough quality out there to expand the competition by another four teams this season,” he said.Mileng said the competition is expected to be tough and the four top teams that will continue to the national league competition should give us the cream of football in the country.