Lancers knock off unbeaten Patriots in Lady Buc final Adelfio pitches one-hit shutout in 2-0 win VERONICA YANKOWSKI St. John Vianney’s Jackie Adelfio fires a strike during her one-hit shutout of Freehold Township in the Lady Buc final at Red Bank Regional on Saturday. As the top of the fourth inning of Saturday’s Lady Buc final at Red Bank Regional High School was about to begin, the first-base umpire was asked what inning it was. “Top of the fourth,” she replied. “And I’ve got a feeling I’ll be telling you when it’s the top of the 14th, too.” At the time, it seemed like a likely scenario as the Shore Conference’s top two pitchers, Freehold Township’s Meagan Hennessy and St. John Vianney’s Jackie Adelfio, continued to mow down batters at a furious pace. Both pitchers were working on no-hitters, and neither team had been able to mount a serious scoring threat through three innings. VERONICA YANKOWSKI St. John Vianney’s Amanda D’Alessio slides safely into home to score the Lancers’ second run of the game during their 2-0 win over Freehold Township in the Lady Buc final at Red Bank Regional on Saturday. As the inning progressed, the Lancers looked poised to change all that, putting runners on second and third with two outs, and Adelfio strolling to the plate. But Hennessy, as she has all year, pitched her way out of the jam, striking out the Lancer junior with a change-up. The score remained dead-locked at 0-0 until the top of the sixth, with Adelfio cruising through the Township lineup to the tune of eight strikeouts and only one hit. To start the sixth, senior second baseman Jen Trace drew a rare four-pitch walk from Hennessy, and advanced to second on a sacrifice from Lauren Taub. From there, she moved to third on a single from Jess Vreeland, the tournament’s Outstanding Offensive Player, putting runners on the corners with only one out. Following a strikeout, Tricia Reingle hit a hard chopper to short which was misplayed, allowing the Lancers to score the game’s first unearned run. SJV added to that lead in the seventh, when Adelfio led off with a double to left. Courtesy runner Amanda D’Alessio was sacrificed to third on a bunt from Lauren Incorvia, and when the throw went into right field, the Lancers had a 2-0 lead. But in truth, that second unearned run wasn’t necessary, not with the way Adelfio was baffling the Township hitters with her rising fastball and deceiving change. “We’ve watched them play a couple of times, so we knew some of the batters,” Adelfio said. “We just tried to use what we knew to keep them off-balance and work with what we knew.” Following a flawless bottom of the seventh, which included strikeouts Nos. 10 and 11, Adelfio completed a masterful one-hitter, leading Vianney to its first Monmouth County Championship in six years. “We were kind of hoping it would be a game like this,” the junior said. “We hoped to score earlier, and make things a little less stressful, but we got the runs when we needed them, and we knew we could hold them.” For her efforts, Adelfio earned the tournament’s defensive MVP and reaffirmed her status as one of the state’s elite hurlers. But her success comes as no surprise to head coach Aado Kommendant. “Jackie never surprises me,” he said. “She sets such high standards for herself, so I set high standards for her, yet she always seems to exceed those expectations. “Coming into the game, we knew it was just a matter of figuring out how to score some runs against them,” he added. “They’re such a great team, but I think that our hard work helped us prepare for today. This is like the sixth or seventh time we’ve been in a game situation like this, so we were ready for a battle.” With the win, the Lancers improved to 21-3 on the year, and gave themselves a boost in confidence entering the Shore Conference Tournament, where they are the No. 2 seed behind Freehold Township (26-1), and the Parochial South A tournament, where they received a first-round bye as the top seed. “This is a huge win for us,” Adelfio said. “It gives us a lot of confidence heading into both tournaments this week.” Kommendant agreed, noting that the win over Township should open some eyes around the state. “This is big for us, no question about it,” he said. “We lost some key players from last season, and I still think people had some doubts about us. But this should get us some more respect from other teams. This is a good day for us.” By doug mckenzie Staff Writer
By doug mckenzieStaff Writer By doug mckenzie Staff Writer PHOTOS BY CHRIS KELLY Peace Rules (far right) begins to take a commanding lead in the 36th running of the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park in Oceanport on Sunday. OCEANPORT — With a record New Jersey racing crowd of 53,638 packing Monmouth Park Sunday and setting new marks for betting, Edmund A. Gann’s Peace Rules led every step of the way to win the $1 million Haskell Invitational as even-money favorite Funny Cide could do no better than third. At the finish of the mile and an eighth Haskell, Peace Rules held a length and three-quarters margin over Sky Mesa, who was seven and a quarter lengths in front of Funny Cide. Wild and Wicked was a length farther back in fourth. The last three spots in the field of seven went to Max Forever, Kool Humor and Excessivepleasure. Peace Rules, trained by Bobby Frankel and ridden by Edgar Prado, was making his first start since running fourth behind Funny Cide in the Preakness Stakes on May 17. Before that, he was third to Funny Cide in the Kentucky Derby. Winning jockey Edgar Prado gives the triumphant thumbs-up after riding Peace Rules to the win in the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park Sunday. “He was really sharp going into the first turn and he just kept on running,” Frankel said over the phone from Saratoga, where he had saddled Empire Maker to run second in Sunday’s Jim Dandy Stakes. “I really thought the outside horses would outrun him early. Our plan was to sit behind horses early, but he was so sharp. “It’s a great race to win, it’s a million dollars and Grade 1. I’m happy for the owners because they had a great weekend [they won Saturday’s Whitney at Saratoga with Medaglia d’Oro].” Prado echoed the trainer’s comments. “He was very sharp today,” the rider said. “He wanted to go out there running. In the stretch he found another gear and kept on running. I felt someone coming at me late. I didn’t know it was Sky Mesa, but my horse was home by then.” Prado added that the race did not go exactly according to plan. “It didn’t work out the way we planned early, but it did in the end. I was planning on going out there and sitting off the pace, maybe laying third or fourth, and then come nail them in the stretch. When the gates opened, he was ready to roll and he just took me to the front. “I know Bobby [Frankel] has always been very high on Peace Rules, and this race proved it.” And for Prado, Sunday’s win proved that he had made the right choice in deciding to ride Peace Rules rather than Sky Mesa. “It was a very hard decision,” he said. “I told my agent Bob [Frieze] on Monday that I was going to ride Peace Rules. They are two very nice 3-year-olds and it was a tough decision to make.” Barclay Tagg, trainer of Funny Cide, had no explanations for the gelding’s lackluster performance. “I don’t know what to say,” the trainer said with a shake of his head. “He didn’t do any running.” Funny Cide’s jockey, Jose Santos, said, “He broke real nice. I had a good hold of him, but he just spit the bit at the six-furlong pole. After that he was just traveling along. He didn’t accelerate. He just wasn’t the same horse I rode in his previous races.” Jack Knowlton, the managing partner of Sackatoga Stables (owner of Funny Cide), was also surprised with the horse’s performance, though he was quick to shrug off any perceived disappointment. “We expected him to run a bigger race than he did,” he said. “He passed a couple of horses in the stretch and he gave it his all. He won two of the best races for us this year and he finished third in two Grade 1’s. That’s more than most 3-year-olds can say this year. “I saw Jose was urging him around the far turn and I knew it wasn’t going to be his day. We’re not using excuses. You don’t win all these races, and he got beat by two tremendous horses today.” Sky Mesa’s jockey, Robby Albarado, said that his horse simply ran out of racetrack. “The pace wasn’t too slow. I decided to sit off Peace Rules, but he got away from us at the pole,” he said. “He [Sky Mesa] didn’t find his best stride until late and he galloped out strongly. He’s still learning, he’s still maturing. The way he finished, I think down the road he’ll be a better horse.” Sky Mesa’ trainer, John Ward Jr., was complimentary of his horse. “I was very pleased. It was only his second start as a 3-year-old,” he said. “His next try will be at a mile and a quarter [Travers Stakes on Aug. 23] at 126 pounds. He came of age from the quarter pole to the wire. He’s made great progress. Robby Albarado rode him perfectly. He was in a perfect position and kept him in contention. This is a learning process.”The Haskell was the sixth career victory in 11 starts for Peace Rules, and the winner’s share of $600,000 brought his lifetime bankroll to $1,859,990. The 3-year-old son of Jules, who won the Louisiana Derby and the Blue Grass Stakes this spring, paid $6.60, $3.80 and $2.10 after racing nine furlongs over a fast track in 1:49 1/5. He topped a $28.20 exacta and a $54.40 trifecta. Wagering records fell across the board during the day, as the total Monmouth handle of $12,532,532 eclipsed the mark of $11,256,345 set in 2001, and the on-track betting of $3,965,735 surpassed the record of $3,950,002 that had stood since 1968. Betting on the Haskell alone was $3,703,584, which topped the former mark of $2,706,397 set in 2000. The Hambo-Haskell double, a $2 wager coupling the $1 million Hambletonian Trot at the Meadowlands Saturday and the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth, paid $331.20. Amigo Hall, the Hambletonian winner, paid $57 to win. The crowd was a record for Monmouth Park, topping the mark of 47,127 set on Haskell Day in 2001. It was also a record for any racetrack in the state of New Jersey, eclipsing the old mark of 51,077 set at Garden State Park on May 30, 1967. With Sunday’s win in the books, Frankel chose not to share any future plans for Peace Rules. “I don’t know where I’ll run him next,” he said. “I haven’t even thought about it.” The horse’s owner, Edmund A Gann, echoed those sentiments, though he was a bit more revealing than Frankel. “It depends on how the horse comes out of this race, and then we’ll decide where to go,” he said. “It could be either the Travers or the Pacific Classic. I was a little worried about Sky Mesa in the stretch; he was closing, but Edgar had plenty of horse left. It’s just been a terrific weekend for us.”
Over 50 softball players are sought for great senior league. All skill levels, players in all condition welcome. Up to four levels of competition, 50-, 60-, 65- and 70-year age brackets. Leagues offer all-star games, a state championship tournament, and opportunities for playing in tournaments all season. Find your level of competition, the number of games you want and have a blast. E-mail [email protected] or call (732) 925-7997. For more info visit the Web site, njssa.us. The Aberdeen/Matawan Twisters U-19 girls travel soccer team seeks players for the spring season. Girls born after Aug. 1, 1987 are eligible. There are no residency requirements. Telephone (732) 566-7166 or e-mail [email protected] for additional information. The Saint Peter’s College Peahens (1-0) opened up the 2007 season with a 3-0 victory over the University of Pennsylvania Quakers (0-1) at the Rebel Games. Tricia Reingle (SJV ’05) pitched a complete game shutout, allowing just four hits and no walks, while striking out four. Julie Saporito (Freehold ’03) provided the offense, going 3-for-3 with a run scored and two RBIs.
Nick Parisi Nick Parisi has graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. Parisi, who is a 2006 graduate of Marlboro High School, majored in leadership and environmental engineering at West Point. He was assigned to Fort Drum, N.Y.Parisi, who is Marlboro High School’s all-time winningest wrestler, continued his wrestling career after high school, first at West Point Prep, where he was considered one of the school’s finest wrestlers ever, and then at West Point. At Marlboro, Parisi won four NJSIAA District 19 championships. In his senior year he was 37-1 for the Mustangs and was the state runner-up at 189 pounds. Parisi is the only wrestler in Marlboro history to reach a championship bout at the NJSIAA state tournament.Parisi recorded 128 wins during his scholastic career, the second-highest total in Freehold Regional High School District history. Parisi was a two-time state place-winner (fourth at 171 pounds as a junior) and he was a Region VI champion for the Mustangs in 2006. Tryouts for CK’s Cardinals 16U travel baseball team will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 7 at 210 Commercial Court, Marlboro. There is no fee for the tryout. For more information, call 732-617-8117 or send an email to [email protected]
Rutgers University-Newark’s 11th annual summer basketball program for children ages 7-17. The camp will be offered July 9-13, July 23-27 and July 30-Aug. 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Early drop-off and late pick-up times are available. Discount rates are available for those attending two or three weeks. For more information or a brochure, call Joe Loughran, men’s basketball head coach, at 973-353-1483.
Runners make their way to the finish during the 20th George Sheehan 5K Classic. The race started and finished on Broad Street and attracted a field of just under 1,400 runners. SCOTT FRIEDMAN The 20th Sheehan Classic 5K showcased some of the finest recent high school distance runners from the Jersey Shore.It was like a homecoming for the runners with state championship pedigree on their résumés. They battled it out over the streets of Red Bank on June 15 for the victory in the race named for the late Dr. George Sheehan, who helped shape the running boom with his books and philosophy.Andrew Brodeur, who starred at Brick Memorial High School before enjoying a fine career at Duke University, won this year’s Sheehan in 15:12.37 (4:54 mile pace), with ex-Holmdel High School stars George Galasso (15:30.70) and Craig Segal (15:36.04), who now lives in the Highlands, following in second and third.Rob Cavanaugh, who starred at Red Bank Catholic High School, was fourth (15:44.01), with Tim Mulligan of Whiting placing fifth (15:53.0).Completing the top 10 were Brad Quilty, Brick (16:01.67); Ben Hutterer, Carteret (16:06.43); Matt Dahl, New Brunswick (16:29.53); Joe Lesniak, Point Pleasant (16:35.98); and Pete Forgach, Long Branch (16:40.53).The women’s winner, Jennifer Malavolta from Reeders, Pa., has some impressive credentials as well. A Division II college All-American who runs for New Balance Jersey Shore, she averaged 5:44 a mile in clocking 17:48.05 and finished 17th overall. The veteran road racer was seventh in the women’s race last year with 19:17.Brianna Feerst, who completed her freshman year at Clemson University, was second. The Point Pleasant Beach High School graduate also ran under 18:00 (17:59.11).Jamie Liberti, who starred at Middletown High School South, was third (18:16.14); recent Monmouth University graduate Jennifer Nelson of Barnegat took fourth (28:23.68); and another ex-Middletown South star, Tina Morrison, who now lives in Washington, D.C., was fifth (18:30.17).Rounding out the women’s top 10 were Caitlin Dorgan, Red Bank (18:37.04); Karen Auteri, Bloomingdale (18:58.10); Sara Amitrani, Red Bank (19:14.06); Leslie Morrison, Bethesda, Md. (19:14.94); and Shannon McCarthy, Fair Haven (19:17.89).The 5K started and finished on Broad Street. Just under 1,400 runners (1,395) filled the streets of Red Bank for the race.More than $2,500 was distributed to the top five overall finishers and age-category winners.The Sheehan is part of the five-race Jersey Shore Golden Grand Prix Racing Series that began with the May 25 Spring Lake Five-Mile Run. Brodeur won the Spring Lake Five as well, making him 2-2 in the series. Former Jackson Memorial High School and Villanova University star Amanda Marino won the women’s race.The third race in the series is the Belmar Five-Mile Run on July 13. Belmar is followed by the Asbury Park 5K on Aug. 10 and the Pier House 5K in Long Branch on Labor Day (Sept. 2).Prize money is awarded to the runners who accumulate the most points in the Open and age-group divisions during the series.With his two wins, Brodeur has built a lead heading into Belmar.
By WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent Middletown High School South’s football team is 4-2 and already clinched an NJSIAA Central Jersey Group IV playoff berth for the 16th straight year when Jeremy Concepcion’s 163 yards rushing and three touchdowns sparked a 52-18 victory over Marlboro High School on Oct. 25.“It’s great, but we’d like to go out and win it,” coach Steve Antonucci said, referring to the last state playoff title won in 2006. “We have to work real hard because we want to better our seed. If we won one or two [more games before the state cutoff of eight games], we’ll get the home field, which is important.”It’s a daunting task for Middletown South, which travels to unbeaten Red Bank Catholic High School on Nov. 1 and plays host to Colts Neck High School on Nov. 8 in 7 p.m. kickoffs before the state cutoff.Meanwhile, Middletown High School North is 1-5 and looking to get its young lineup seasoned for the future while adjusting to the new system of first-year coach Steve Bush behind freshman quarterback Don Glenn. Coming off a 28-21 loss to formidable South Brunswick High School, Middletown North plays host to Howell High School on Nov. 1.“We have to execute well on both sides [against Howell]. They throw the ball a lot, and we have to contain their quarterback,” said Bush, who said his team is “getting better and better” every week.Middletown South has enjoyed a wellbalanced attack with Kyle Brey, a mobile quarterback in the pocket throwing for 991 yards and eight touchdowns. Anthony Wisialko has caught 19 passes for 260 yards and two touchdowns.“He’s a third-year starter. We anticipate this from him,” Antonucci said.Drew O’Connell starts at running back, where he has rushed for 431 yards on 117 carries and scored four touchdowns. Concepcion came into the game against Marlboro with 87 yards rushing, but he found ways to get good yardage against the Mustangs. “He’s a downhill runner who runs hard,” Antonucci said of Concepcion. “He was injured in preseason, which slowed him down. But he has earned his job.”Antonucci said Concepcion may start this weekend, but it is what either runner does in the flow of the game that matters.“We’ll platoon them. Whoever has the hot hand [will get the carries],” Antonucci said.He said both runners and the passing game have to be sharp on Nov. 1. “They’re a very good team. We have to play our best game … and then some,” Antonucci said of Red Bank Catholic in the interdivisional matchup. It even goes to the kicking game, where Matt Mosquera has capably performed. The young offensive line, with only one senior starter in guard Jon Low, also has to continue its improvement, with center Joe Rutkowski, guard Kyle Maynes and tackle Jim Wilson. Rob Usa and Tom Lopez alternate at the other tackle position. The Peerless brothers, Nolan (junior) and Spencer (sophomore), give depth at wide receiver with 33 catches between them. Defensively, highly regarded tackle Tayler Hendrickson has 15 solo tackles and two sacks. Sophomore Dylan Rogers has 20 tackles at middle linebacker, where he has shown the maturity of a seasoned senior.For Middletown North, the Lions come off their best game in a loss to South Brunswick. They relied on sophomore running back Chad Freshnock and receivers Mike Betkowski and Jordan Pitts, who caught two touchdown passes in a 41-12 victory over Marlboro. Both receivers also lead the defense at cornerback, along with strong safety Troy Thompson.Middletown North played to a 7-7 tie at halftime against South Brunswick, which ran back the second-half kickoff and added two more scores before the Lions closed the gap with three minutes left.“We dominated most of the game, but we did not make enough plays,” Bush said. “We had opportunities, but did not cash in. Two times we were in the red zone and didn’t score. We need to convert third downs and cut down on the dropped passes.”
SCOTT FRIEDMAN Matawan Regional High School’s Joseph DeRose (bottom) tangles with Governor Livingston High School’s Nic Mele during their 106-pound match at the Matawan Icebreaker Wrestling Tournament on Dec. 21. DeRose lost this quarterfinals match, and the Huskies finished fourth overall.
By Jee Heun KahngSouth Korea’s Chung Mong-joon has said he is facing a 15-year suspension by FIFA’s Ethics Committee that has “sabotaged” his campaign for the FIFA Presidency, but he denied any wrongdoing and vowed to continue his bid to lead soccer’s world governing body.Speaking at a news conference in Seoul on Tuesday, Chung read out a nine-page statement, addressing the charges against him, which he dismissed as a ploy “to prevent me from running for the President of FIFA.”“The fundamental reason why I am being targeted is that I aimed straight at the existing power structure of FIFA,” Chung said.Bound by confidentiality rules, FIFA’s Ethics Committee has not made any statements on Chung’s case and there was no immediate response to his comments on Tuesday.Chung said he was being charged with violating six articles from FIFA’s Code of Ethics, which he said stemmed from his “support” for South Korea’s 2022 World Cup bid and his proposal to launch a Global Football Fund (GFF).“Ethics committee is not charging me with criminal offense, and it is not charging me with ‘bribery,’ ‘corruption’ or ‘conflict of interest,’ he said.“All that the ethics committee is relying on is that I have not fully ‘cooperated’ or ‘collaborated’ with the investigation and that I had violated ‘confidentiality’ requirements.”Chung said his proposals for the establishment of a GFF were in line with FIFA’s rules at the time and had already been investigated and cleared.He provided copies of two letters, dated 10 Nov. 2010 and signed by former FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke, stating that FIFA agreed the integrity of the bidding process had not been affected so the matter was deemed closed.“Yet the Ethics Committee has now asked for 15 years of sanction for this,” Chung said.“With the campaign season starting, even issues that had been closed many years ago, have a way of being revived.”VINDICATIONThe scion of Korea’s Hyundai industrial conglomerate, Chung vowed to fight the charges, adding “ultimately, I will prevail and will be vindicated.”In November, Chung was named in FIFA’s Ethics report into the bidding process for the World Cups in 2018 and 2022, in which South Korea made a bid to host.The report followed an investigation led by U.S. lawyer Michael Garcia and looked into letters that Chung sent, in late 2010, to FIFA executive committee members about a proposal to establish a GFF for soccer development.“According to those letters, Korea intended to raise US$777 million from 2011 to build new football infrastructure and renovate existing facilities,” said the report, which added that the fund was linked to South Korea’s 2022 bid.“There was nothing unusual about GFF. The GFF was perfectly in line with the football development projects that FIFA asked every bidding country to propose as part of their bid requirement,” Chung said.“No money or personal favours were exchanged in relation to GFF and no such charges were made against me.”Chung, a 63-year-old billionaire who previously served as a FIFA vice-president, formally announced in August that he was running for the FIFA presidency.The incumbent, Sepp Blatter, is to stand down in February.Blatter has run FIFA for the past 17 years and recently become the focus of a criminal investigation but has denied any wrongdoing and has not been charged.Chung has been heavily critical of Blatter, saying from the outset that he feared his own presidential campaign would be undermined, describing the Ethics Committee as Blatter’s “hitman”.“The true danger is that they are not only sabotaging my candidacy. They are sabotaging FIFA’s election and FIFA itself,” Chung said.“As preposterous as it may sound, there are media reports that Mr. Blatter plans to stay on as President once all the presidential candidates are forced out.“However, the election is in danger of being turned into a farce.”ONGOING INVESTIGATIONSFIFA’s awarding of the 2018 and 2022 competitions to Russia and Qatar is just one of the strands under scrutiny from U.S. and Swiss authorities investigating corruption in the organisation that run’s the world’s most popular sport.Scandals surrounding global soccer exploded in May, when 14 soccer officials and sports marketing executives were indicted on U.S. charges of racketeering, money laundering and wire fraud in relation to bribery schemes that dated back decades.Last month, Blatter’s right hand man Valcke was suspended following accusations regarding ticket sales at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Valcke denies any wrongdoing.A week later, Swiss prosecutors opened a criminal investigation into Blatter on suspicion of mismanagement and misappropriation of funds.Some of soccer’s major sponsors have since issued calls for the immediate resignation of Blatter but the 79-year-old has responded by saying he would not quit.“In June, the European Parliament urged Blatter to resign. Recently, it was joined by the British government and some of FIFA’s sponsors. I appreciate their efforts,” Chung said.“But they are friends of football, not the constituents of FIFA. The constituents of FIFA are the national associations.“Therefore, it is not right for national association to remain bystanders. FIFA is much sicker than it looks.”
The draw for the second round of the Cyprus Coca-Cola Cup was made on Monday and is as follows:AEK v ErimiAris v OlympiakosApollon v ErmisAnorthosis v DeryniaPaphos v AsilNea Salamina v APOELAEL v Ayia NapaOmonia v Ethnikos AchnasThe ties will be played over two legs, with matches taking place on January 6, 13, 20 and 27Tickets will cost 15 euros, 10 for students and one euro for children