WALL TOWNSHIP— John Blewett III of Howell scored his second straight Modified win Saturday night in the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series 35-lap main event at Wall Township Speedway. Coming from a 15th starting slot, Blewett raced into the lead for good with just 10 laps remaining. Shanon Mongeau of Matawan and Brick’s Mike Carpenter were the stars of the show early on as they battled for the lead. This fight for first lasted until lap 16, when the two leaders touched and Mongeau went spinning. Mongeau obviously felt that Carpenter’s contact contributed to his spin, and more contact then occurred while the field was under caution. Shanon Mongeau’s father, Rich Mongeau, also got involved in the caution-period action before all three drivers were disqualified from the race. The action handed the lead to Del George Jr. on the restart as Blewett continued his charge into third. When the second place running Curtis Truex Jr. of Mayetta slid out of second on the front stretch on lap 24, Blewett advanced to third and set his sights on the leader. A lap-25 caution put Blewett right on George’s rear bumper, and Blewett then used the opportunity to dive to the inside lane and into the lead moments later. Blewett then raced to victory, while George crossed the line second for his best Modified finish ever. Frank Polimeda of Fort Lee, Freehold’s Steven Reed and Truex were third through fifth. “I am just so happy for the people who work on this car,” Blewett said. “They should get the credit. They put a lot of time in during the week and again on Saturdays.” In regards to the Carpenter/Mongeau incident Blewett said: “I think they should take a good look at what made them spin. The lap before, there was oil or something on the track up there that made it real slippery.” In just his first season of Pro Stock racing, Elliott Wohl of Freehold held off the best in the business to win his first-ever 25-lapper. Wohl took the lead from Wall’s Rich DeSarno on lap six before beating multi-time winners George Andretta of Wall and Chas Okerson of Freehold to the line in tight formation. DeSarno was fourth and Mike Smith was fifth. After some very tough luck earlier this season, John McCormack of Farmingdale led wire-to-wire to take his first 25-lap Street Stock win of the year. Adam LaCicero of Lavallette, Jim Downey of Cliffwood Beach, Brick’s Ron Frees and point leader Dave Jennings of Howell wrapped up the top five. Rich Losh of Joppa, Md., grabbed his first win of the year in the 20-lapper for the Legend Cars. Losh, the current point leader, battled in a tight pack for the lead most of the way, with Polimeda and Jason Rochelle of Hacketstown crossing the line second and third. Jim Tomaino of Bayville and Ronnie Dunstan were fourth and fifth. Bill Weichert of Chatham came from 13th to win the 20-lapper for the Truck Series, taking the lead from Ken McGowan with nine laps remaining. Keith Mullineaux of Egg Harbor Township, Steve Naylor of Galloway Township, Keansburg’s Jerry Stanzione and Jim Bruno of Smithville were second through fifth. NASCAR Nextel Cup team owner Ray Evernham, who began his career as a driver at the third-mile paved oval, will return to his roots this Saturday night to drive a Modified stock car in the 50-lap Larsen Brothers Memorial race. Evernham, a Hazlet native, will also meet with fans and sign autographs early in the evening. In addition to the Modifieds, the Pro Stocks, Street Stocks, Legend Cars, TQ Midget and Truck Series racers will see competition. Grandstand seating will open at 5 p.m. and racing will start at 7 p.m. Penalties announced from July 3 incident Wall Township Speedway officials have announced penalties resulting from unsportsmanlike conduct during the recent Marian O’Rorke Memorial at the third-mile paved oval. Jimmy Blewett of Howell has been suspended from competition for four events and will have to pay a $500 fine before returning to racing. Harry Reed of Freehold has been suspended for two events. Both drivers will also be on probation for the remainder of the 2004 season.
Marie Walsh ran with her eyes focused on the real estate in front of her. The Mater Dei harrier wasn’t thinking about who was running behind her at the Monmouth County Cross Country Championships on Oct. 21 at Holmdel Park. “I just kept looking forward, moving forward,” she said. “I didn’t relax.” For fear that someone might be gaining on her, Walsh didn’t dare look behind her. She kept her focus forward until she crossed the finish line, knowing that now no one was going to be able to snatch victory away from her. “It feels great,” the Seraph senior said of her first county cross country title. “This is big for me. It gives me a great idea where I’m at. This was the first of the big races.” Walsh went into the race uncertain of her condition, having been slowed the last two weeks by a cold. There was one thing she knew, however. “This is my senior year, and I was going for it,” she said. It was Walsh and defending champion Briana Jackucewicz of Colts Neck who were leading at the mile mark. It was then, heading into the bowl, that Walsh grabbed a small lead on the defending champion. “I was sick the last two weeks with a cold, and I wasn’t sure what to expect,” she said. “I felt good.” That gave her the courage to push the pace against a runner with Jackucewicz’s pedigree, and she would be rewarded for it. By two miles, she had put some distance between herself and the Cougar. But, as she remarked, she didn’t relax until she completed the race. Her 19:09 run in windy conditions was her best time of the year and nine seconds better than Jackucewicz (19:18). “This is one of my greatest moments,” said Walsh. Not far behind Walsh was teammate Liz Shaw, who finished fourth (19:49). With their one-four finish, the Seraphs were ninth (269). Defending champion Red Bank Catholic held on to its title with 75 points. Holmdel was the top area team in second (123). Cathay Zhao led the Hornets in 10th place 20:29). Shannon Nelson was 14th (20:34) and Katie Little was 23rd (20:58). Middletown South was sixth (201). Kirstin Anderson (20:57) and Brittany Ryan (21:10) were 22nd and 30th. Raritan’s Kaylee Bythell was ninth overall (20:28), helping the Rockets take eighth (265). St. John Vianney’s Chelsea Delany was sixth (20:12). Today, Monmouth County’s best will race against Ocean County’s best in the Shore Conference Championships at Lakewood’s Ocean County Park. Times are expected to be fast on this flat, speed course. BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer
Led by Christian Brothers Academy’s (CBA) team victory, area track and field athletes excelled at the Monmouth County Indoor Championships.The Colts easily defended their championship, rolling up 118 points. Matawan Regional High School (42) and Middletown High School North (25) were a distant second and third.Holmdel High School led the area girls, finishing third (33) behind Freehold Township High School (57) and Rumson Fair Haven Regional High School (34).The meet was held on Jan. 10 at the John Bennett Indoor Athletic Complex in Toms River.State cross-country champion Mike McClemens led the Colts’ parade, winning the 800 meters (1:57.88).CBA rolled up 25 points in the 3,200 behind its cross-country talent. Aidan Durney (9:46.69) finished first, while Josh Kruppa (9:51.64) and Nick Trigani (9:55.92) were second and third, respectively. Sean Martinek (10:12.17) was sixth. Chris Alexander won the 55-meter hurdles (7.82), and the Colts took the 4×400 relay in 3:29.39. Justin Lippert and Tom O’Neill, who led Middletown North to its finest cross-country season in the fall, ran first and second in the 1,600, with Lippert finishing first in 4:21.65 and O’Neill coming right behind in 4:21.84.Matawan’s Matt Isaacson won the pole vault on fewer misses at 14-0.County cross-country champion Marin Warner of Holmdel led the girls, adding the indoor 1,600 title to her fall championship. The Hornets’ junior won the 1,600 by more than 10 seconds in 5:02.40. She came back and ran the 800, finishing third (2:18.50).Matawan had a pair of champions. On the track, Samantha Anderson won the 400 (58.94) and was third in the 55 (7.42). Nicole Macco gave the Huskies a sweep of the pole vault, winning at 11-0. She was the only vaulter to soar that high. The high jump championship went to Mater Dei High School’s Fallon Quigley, the only jumper over the bar at 5-0.The NJSIAA State Relays are next on the track and field calendar. Group IV goes on Jan. 16 (boys) and Jan. 17 (girls), while Group I and Group III is on Jan. 18 for boys and girls. Group II, Non-Public A and Non-Public B are on Jan. 19.The Shore Conference Championships are on Jan. 24.The NJSIAA Central Jersey Sectional Championships begin on Jan. 31, with Group I and II. Group III and Group IV are on Feb. 7.State group championships are on Feb. 14 for Group I and Group IV, and Feb. 15 for Group II, Group III, Non- Public A and Non-Public B.The Meet of Champions is on Feb. 22.All state and Shore Conference meets are at the Bennett Indoor Complex.
The Freehold Area Running Club will be hosting the 2014 USA National Race Walk World Cup Trials on March 30 at 8:30 a.m.The club was selected by USA Track and Field (USATF) to conduct the trials, which will determine the American World Cup race walking team that will compete at this year’s IAAF World Race Walking Cup in Taicang, China, in May.The competition will be held at the club’s new race walk venue at Harry Wright Lake in the Whiting section of Manchester Township. There will be a 20K race for Senior Men and Women, and a 10K race for Junior Men and Women (19 and under).To be eligible for the World Cup team, a walker must not only place at the March 30 championships, but he or she must meet the minimum time standard established by the IAAF over the previous year.The races will also serve as the USAFTNJ Association’s Men’s and Women’s 20K Championships (all divisions).Ron Salvio is the race director. For more information, he can be reached at [email protected] or 609-758-5454.
By Mike CollettEVERY senior match in England will kick-off seven minutes later than normal this weekend as football marks the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, when 96 Liverpool fans died at an FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest.Nowhere will the mark of respect carry greater significance than at Anfield, where Premier League leaders Liverpool face third-placed Manchester City in a match that will have a significant impact on who is going to emerge as champions this season.The 1989 semi-final was abandoned at neutral Hillsborough in Sheffield after six minutes, and an additional minute of silence will complete the seven-minute observation.Liverpool’s game will get underway at 1.37pm local time on Sunday, while every match in England’s senior divisions will start later between April 11 and April 15, the actual anniversary of the disaster.With Liverpool now in sight of their first title since 1990, when the scars from the tragedy were still raw, emotions at Anfield will likely be running higher than normal.Brendan Rodgers’ side, who have won their last nine league matches to go top of the table, can take a major stride towards the title with a 10th successive league win, and Rodgers is aware of what Sunday will mean to the fans.“I know there are 96 people in the sky who will always be supporting this team,” he said following his side’s 2-1 victory over West Ham United at Upton Park last Sunday.That win put Liverpool on 74 points with five games to play, two ahead of Chelsea (72) and four points above Manchester City (70), who have two games in hand.“We want to do this (win the league) for the great support and football family of Liverpool, and if we are to achieve anything this year the 96 in the sky will always be in our thoughts, and their families,” Rodgers said.“There’s a number of great teams in this league, big clubs with titles under their belts in the last 10 years,” he told reporters.“We’re fighting them. Manchester City are strong and have every component to do well. They’re a wonderful club and they’ve invested well in top players. They’ll be looking to come to Anfield and get a result.”Manchester City, clearly, will be intent on taking three points from the game, as they did when Manchester United observed the 50th anniversary of the Munich air disaster in 2008.City were the visitors to Old Trafford on the day of that anniversary, and after then-managers Alex Ferguson and Sven-Goran Eriksson laid wreaths in the centre circle commemorating the 23 people who died in the crash, City went on to beat United 2-1.A win for City on Sunday would keep the race wide open, as they would move to within a point of Liverpool with two extra matches to play.Chelsea are not out of the race either, despite recent surprise defeats to Aston Villa and Crystal Palace.Jose Mourinho’s team – on a high after reaching the Champions League semi-finals with a dramatic 2-0 win over Paris St Germain – travel to Swansea City for Sunday’s late match.With Arsenal playing Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Saturday, Everton have the chance to leapfrog the Gunners and move into fourth place if they win at Sunderland on Saturday.Sunderland are bottom of the table after being thrashed 5-1 at Tottenham Hotspur on Monday, with coach Gus Poyet admitting they now “need a miracle to survive”.Everton are unlikely to be a route to salvation for them.Roberto Martinez’s men have been in superb form, winning their last six league matches, with Martinez hailing last weekend’s stunning 3-0 win over Arsenal as their best performance of the season.Everton are fifth on 63 points, one point and a place behind Arsenal (64) with a game in hand, and they also have a game in hand over Spurs, who are sixth on 59 points.Spurs could keep their faint hopes of a top-four finish alive if they win at lowly West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, while Albion will be desperate for the points as they are far from safe despite last week’s 1-0 win at Norwich City, which cost Canaries manager Chris Hughton his job.The key relegation battle is at Craven Cottage, where Fulham, who won 2-1 at Aston Villa last week, take on Norwich City under former youth team coach Neil Adams, who has five games to save them from the drop.
Arsenal climbed into the Premier League’s top four with a laboured 2-1 win against spirited Leicester City and Liverpool continued their push with a pulsating 3-2 home defeat of rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday night.With a revitalised Mesut Ozil playing a central role, Arsenal led 2-0 through Laurent Koscielny and Theo Walcott but Andrej Kramaric pulled a goal back as bottom club Leicester dominated the second half.Mario Balotelli’s first Premier League goal for Liverpool sealed a topsy-turvey game that they twice led through Lazar Markovic and a Steven Gerrard penalty before being pegged back by the in-form Harry Kane and Mousa Dembele.Fourth-placed Arsenal have 45 points from 25 games – two clear of sixth placed Spurs and three ahead of Liverpool in seventh – though they could be displaced by Manchester United in fifth who host lowly Burnley.Queens Park Rangers claimed their first Premier League points away from home this season with a 2-0 victory against Sunderland thanks to goals from Leroy Fer and Bobby Zamora.Hull City climbed out of the relegation zone with a 2-0 victory against free-falling Aston Villa – courtesy of goals from Nikica Jelavic and Dame N’Doye – subjecting the Midlands side to a fifth successive league defeat in the process.(Reporting By Tom Hayward; editing by Martyn Herman)Word Count: 224
Peter Moores has left his role as England cricket coach, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Twitter on Saturday.Former England captain Andrew Strauss was appointed as the ECB’s new director of cricket earlier on Saturday.“Peter is a man of great integrity and has offered a huge amount to England cricket,” ECB managing director Tom Harrison said in a statement.“He is admired by the players, his colleagues at the ECB and right across the game and deserves both our deep thanks and the widest recognition for his commitment and contribution.“The last year has been a period of transition and rebuilding in which Peter has nurtured new talent, developed new players and laid the foundations for the new coaching structure to build on.“This decision has been made as we focus on the future and our need to build the right approach and deliver success over the next five years within a new performance structure.”Moores, 52, was appointed England coach for the second time a year ago but has experienced a difficult reign which ended with a dismal performance at this year’s World Cup and a 1-1 draw in a test series in West Indies.“At the moment it’s difficult to put into words how I feel except to say how disappointed I am in the way my term as England coach has ended,” Moores said.“I will walk away knowing I’ve given my all to the role and always put the team at the front of any decision-making.“I believe time will show that I have been instrumental in the identification and development of a new group of England players who will go on and bring honour and success to the England badge.“I am a passionate Englishman who believes in hard work and an investment in the right people will bring its rewards.”Moores previously coached England from 2007-09 before being sacked following a fall-out with then captain Kevin Pietersen.“I knew when I took on the role that this was going to be a tough period for English cricket and I would need time and support to get new players through,” Moores added.“My frustration is not being given that time.”England assistant coach Paul Farbrace will take charge of the team for the two-test series against New Zealand starting on May 21.England host Australia in a five-test Ashes series which begins on July 8.
An announcement in the Japanese capital Monday proposed that 18 events are added to the Games’ schedule in five years time, across the five successful sports.Eight sports in total were in the frame for inclusion with bowling, squash and wushu missing out.The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will now make a final decision on what will be included in Tokyo at their Session next year in 2016 Olympic host Rio de Janeiro.It is unknown how many of the five sports will ultimately be selected.The Tokyo Organising Committee, through its Additional Events Panel, has become the first to be given the chance to contribute to the Olympic schedule in this manner as part of the IOC’s Agenda 2020 initiative. “This package of events represents both traditional and emerging, youth-focused events, all of which are popular both in Japan and internationally,” said a statement.”They will serve as a driving force to further promote the Olympic Movement and its values, with a focus on youth appeal, and will add value to the Games by engaging the Japanese population and new audiences worldwide, reflecting the Tokyo 2020 Games vision.”It is proposed that baseball and softball, which were axed after Beijing 2008, will hold six team tournaments, with baseball squads numbering 24 and softball 15.The suggestion for karate is for men’s and women’s kata, which will see ten men and ten women compete, as well as male and female kumite across three weight divisions which will add another 60 athletes.Street and park skateboarding have been put forward as part of the roller sports bid, with 40 athletes split equally between men and women competing in each.For sport climbing, bouldering and lead and speed combined are the selected disciplines, with 40 athletes proposed, while the suggested surfing disciplines are men’s and women’s shortboard, which would again feature 40 athletes.In total, the five sports would add nearly 500 athletes to the programme if all are eventually selected by the IOC.Out of the five sports, only baseball and softball have been part of the Olympic schedule before.Twenty-six IOC-recognised International Federations originally applied for inclusion, and the remaining eight of these were shortlisted in June.Fujio Mitarai, Chair of the Additional Event Panel, said: “Each of the eight shortlisted international federations amply demonstrated their potential to add to the value of the Games and I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere thanks to each of them for their outstanding efforts.”We firmly believe that by connecting with youth, bringing to life Olympic Agenda 2020 and the Tokyo 2020 vision, our proposal constitutes the best possible package that will add the most value to the Games.”Reaction immediately began to spill in from the sporting federations involved.”Tokyo 2020’s decision to propose our sport is a home run and giant leap forward for baseball and softball,” said World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) President Riccardo Fraccari.”On behalf of WBSC and our athletes, I would like to thank Tokyo 2020 as well as IOC President Thomas Bach, whose Olympic Agenda 2020 vision has paved the way for this extraordinary opportunity.”The entire baseball and softball world is excited and ready to cross the Olympic home plate.”We will do everything possible so that baseball and softball, if included, are a great attraction and success for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and IOC’s Agenda 2020, as it remains WBSC’s top priority to demonstrate that our sport aligns with the Olympic Movement and has the qualities to earn a place on the Olympic programme in 2020 and in future Games.”International Surfing Association President Fernando Aguerre said: “Tokyo 2020’s announcement today is an extraordinary moment for our sport and for the global Surfing Community.”The ISA has been riding an amazing wave in this journey for Olympic inclusion and we are thrilled that Tokyo 2020 recognise the exceptional value and youthful lifestyle that surfing can bring to the 2020 Games.”We are deeply grateful to Tokyo 2020 and the IOC for providing us with this wonderful opportunity.”We are immensely proud of our sport and what it would bring to the Games and we will continue to work closely with the Olympic Movement to achieve our Olympic dream.“Surfing has incredible and growing global appeal, particularly amongst young people, and we believe that the dynamic energy of the sport and its fan base around the world would bring many benefits for Tokyo 2020 and the Games.”Surfing embodies a cool, playful lifestyle that would add a completely new element to the programme, helping the Games reach new fans through live action and stunning broadcast opportunities.“Today’s announcement gives us renewed drive and focus and we are looking forward to working closely with the IOC and Tokyo 2020 in the crucial months ahead to deliver the best possible solution to the IOC Session in Rio.”World Squash Federation President N Ramachandran. meanwhile, said he was “devastated” after the sport’s latest attempt for recognition ended once again in failure.”After our 12-year journey to join the Olympic Games programme, and the opportunity of a “second chance” after the heart-break of missing out in our first 2020 bid in Buenos Aires two years ago, I am utterly devastated on behalf of our great sport that our dream of taking part in the Tokyo Games cannot now be realised,” he said.”I don’t believe we could have done more to get our message across to both the Tokyo 2020 Games hosts and the IOC of how squash could bring something special as an addition to the programme.”I know I speak on behalf of the millions of squash players around the world for whom the opportunity of seeing their sport participate in the Olympics has been an absolute priority – and, like me, they will be heartbroken.”However, this is not the end for squash.”Our sport, played by vast numbers week in and week out, flourishes at every level from recreational to events around the world.”We will go from strength to strength while we continue to target participation at a future date in the Games.”Skateboarding featured as part of the International Roller Sports Federation (FIRS) proposal for inclusion as neither the International Skateboarding Federation (ISF) or World Skateboarding Federation (WSF) are recognised by the IOC.”WSF is pleased about the exciting and positive news coming out of Tokyo to include Skateboarding in the 2020 Olympics and we are hopeful that it will win final approval by the IOC next year,” said its President Tim McFerran.”WSF has been active around the world promoting and organizing skateboarding and highlighting the positives that skateboarding brings to communities.”Sabatino Aracu, FIRS President, said: “We know that the path is still long but we are confident that with our efforts the FIRS will bring great added value to Tokyo 2020 both in terms of youth participation and in terms of sponsors and media coverage.”I am convinced that, thanks to the Games, the Roller movement will further develop Roller Sports not only in Japan but all over the world.”A World Karate Federation (WKF) statement read: “The WKF would like to thank the IOC for their proposal to include our sport of karate as an additional sport in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Programme.”This new opportunity that arises, which we hope will be a final one, as well as the dream of millions of karatekas worldwide, will nourish once again the work and efforts that have been made for many years from the WKF and its 190 member National Federations.”This work shows that karate is a universal, young and dynamic sport with incontestable media interest, as demonstrated through the great request and broad TV coverage of TV channels at our World Championships.”We trust that the IOC Session of August 2016 will ratify this proposal and that precisely Tokyo, the capital of the country of birth of karate, will be the entrance door of our sport to an Olympic Games.”
The low key presentation ceremony took place at the Sir Hubert Murray Stadium where the Motu Koita 9s rugby league grand final will be played this Saturday.Chairman of the MKRLA, Pipi Dae Boe thanked Tkatchenko for his support to the MKRLA.“All our plans will evolve around laying a platform or foundation for aspiring potential Motu Koita players to stand on and showcase their talents through the activities and opportunities that we will create and provide respectively so that they can be recognised and selected for higher playing levels.The next steps from here on any for aspiring Motu Koita players will be Southern Zone trials, Zone Championships, Digicel Cup, SP Hunters and Kumuls.“We also have plans to expand to include Central – going as far as Gabagaba, the most eastern Motu Koita village, Manumanu village in the Hiri West and Porebada, Boera, Lealea, Tubusereia Gaire and Barakau,” said Boe.Boe said part of the money will be used for this weekend’s grand final while the rest will go towards the running of the MKRLA and its competitions.
The man behind the country’s glamour and successful semi-professional soccer club, Hekari United wants politics not to destroy the code’s image, with the successful hosting of the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup. “I knew the suspension was coming and I am not surprised. But the grounds that got me and the two other associations still need to be clarified. There were no reasons given on why PNGFA has suspended us and I am confused right now when I was told I got suspended,” Kapi Natto said.PNGFA under the leadership of current Oceania football Confederation (OFC) president David Chung has suspended NCDPSSA, Koupa and Bougainville so far.Meanwhile, Manus Football Association President Jack Nawi Changau claimed more associations will get axed as three weeks before the PNGFA congress in West New Britain Province.Changau claimed the more member associations who are behind John Kapi Natto will also be suspended because the incumbent is playing the number game as the time draws near to vote a new PNGFA president.