By tim morris Junior Golf Competition gets off to a flying start JERRY WOLKOWITZ Chuck and Ginna DiLeo, of Manalapan, watch their sons Vincent, 12, Patrick, 9, and Johnny, 4, practice their golf swings at Knob Hill Golf Course in Manalapan on Friday. The DiLeos operate the Junior Golf Competition Association of New Jersey. There’s something to be said for competition in any sport. Charles and Ginna DiLeo learned that when their 12-year-old son Vincent told them that all that he and his brothers, 9-year-old Patrick and 4-year-old John, ever did was play practice rounds of golf. They never competed in golf tournaments. When the DiLeos, who live and play golf at Knob Hill in Manalapan (Charles is an avid golfer who has won club championships at Glenwood Country Club, Old Bridge), realized that there were only two or three events sanctioned by the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) for golfers in their children’s age group each year, they decided to do something about it. They created a Junior Golf Competition with the idea of giving young junior golfers a tournament each week throughout the summer. After going through all the paperwork required to incorporate, the DiLeos turned to the golf courses in Monmouth and Middlesex counties to see if they could find venues for their tournaments. They were told it wouldn’t be easy. “When the golf courses heard that the tournaments were for kids, they were eager to help out,” said DiLeo. That put the Junior Golf Competition Association of New Jersey in gear, and the competition made its debut on June 26 at the Twinbrooks Golf Course in Neptune. “There was an overwhelming response,” noted DiLeo. “A lot of golfers and their parents showed up.” The junior tournaments are played over nine holes in four age groups: 8-year-olds, 9- to 10-year-olds, 11- to 13-year-olds and 14- to 17-year-olds. Children ages 8-13 must be accompanied by their parent or an adult. The initial foray into junior tournaments was a success in more ways than one for the DiLeos, as Patrick DiLeo won the 9- to 10-year-old division, carding a 39. He won by five strokes over runner-up Ryan Harvey (44), with Zachary Gross coming in third (45). Chuck Anttonen won the 11- to 12-year-old division with a 31, one stroke better than Robert Gross (32). Third place went to Jonathan Abramson (40). In the 14- to 17-year-old division, Ronny Simpson, Pat Politan and Greg Martz Jr. shot 34. In the two-hole playoff for first, Simpson prevailed. Second place went to Politan, and Martz was third. DiLeo credited the Tiger Woods frenzy for the increased number of young golfers participating in the sport. “Vincent told us that Tiger Woods’ book inspired him,” she said. The next stop on the summer circuit is tomorrow at the Pine Barrens Golf Club, Jackson. Tee-off is 3 p.m. The remainder of the schedule is as follows: 3 p.m. Tuesday, Knob Hill Country Club, Manalapan; 8 a.m. July 20, Peddie Golf Course, Hightstown; 10 a.m. July 27, Battleground Country Club, Manalapan; 2 p.m. Aug. 3, Cranbury Golf Course, West Windsor; 2 p.m. Aug. 15, Eagle Ridge Golf Course, Lakewood; noon Aug. 21, Glenwood Country Club; and 1 p.m. Aug. 24, Woodlake Country Club, Lakewood. The championship finals will be at 1 p.m. Aug. 31 at Monroe’s Forsgate Country Club. Golfers must have participated in four events during the summer to be eligible. With this year’s competition off to a great start, the DiLeos are already looking ahead to next year with the goal of expanding it throughout the state and perhaps creating regional tournaments. For more information on the 2000 Junior Golf Competition, call (732) 446-7777.
BY WARREN RAPPLEYEAStaff Writer BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer The Christian Brothers Academy junior American Legion team is heading into this week’s Monmouth County Junior American Legion playoffs with a fine 13-2 mark. Coach Joe LaRocca’s team has relied on solid pitching from lefties Jerry DiMaso and Sean Piha and right-hander Mark Lamb, combined with an excellent defense to keep opponents at bay. “This team is very strong up the middle,” LaRocca said. “And it’s not just making the routine plays. Our guys get to a lot of balls and turn them into outs.” Strong-armed catcher Vinnie Cavaliere anchors the defense. Aaron Congo and Paul Passariello split duty at second base, while Tom Celiano and Eddie Daniele share the job at shortstop. Center fielder Mark Sanserve is an outstanding fly chaser. The team’s top hitters include Sanserve, Lamb, first baseman/pitcher Kyle Slate, third baseman Mike Galeotafiore, and outfielder Scott Micalles. CBA’s lineup also includes plenty of depth. Gil Hernandez, David Ferrugio and John Conell all play the outfield; Chris Griffin plays first base and backs up Cavaliere behind the plate; and Alex Grant gives LaRocca another arm on the hill. “Our pitching has really kept us in games and given us an opportunity to win,” LaRocca said. “The guys just seem to find ways to win. Whether it’s getting the timely hit or making the good defensive play, they get it done.”
BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer Colts romp at Shore Coaches Christian Brothers Academy The Shore Coaches Invitational has always served as a benchmark for the cross country season.It brings the top teams and runners from around the state to Holmdel Park for the first time and allows them to get a read on one another and see how they stack up against the rest of the state.The meet has added a boys and girls championship race, pitting the very best against each other. The boys’ race was yet another opportunity for Christian Brothers Academy, the topranked team in the country, to demonstrate why they could be a very, very special team in 2011.The Colts pitched a shutout against a field that included West Windsor- Plainsboro South, ranked second in the state behind CBA and 14th nationally, and Pennsylvania challenger West Chester Henderson. Behind CBA’s 15 points, WWPS scored 80 and West Chester 82.Tom Gorman led the Colt onslaught, breaking 16:00 at Holmdel Park for the first time (15:54).Behind him was a sea of blue with George Kelly (16:03), Mike McClemens (16:03), Jack Boyle (16:17) and Conrad Lippert (16:25). Only 31 seconds separated the five Colts, and the team average of 16:08.40 is the meet record and second fastest ever (behind only the 16:05.23 by the Colts at the 2010 Meet of Champions). CBA won the championship race last year averaging 16:26.20 per runner.The Colts finished second through sixth, but one to five in team scoring, as St. Benedict Prep’s Edward Cheserek ran as an individual and broke the course record with his stunning 14:53 (the old mark was 14:56 by West Windsor-Plainsboro North’s Joe Rose in 2009).As if the shutout weren’t enough to signal CBA’s dominance, their sixth runner, Billy Bragg, was 11th overall (16:37) and their seventh man was Aaron Liberatore in 14th (16:39). That’s seven runners on the same team under 16:40! Remarkable.The Colts will be tested on Sunday when they run on the historic 2.5-mile Van Cortlandt Park course in the Bronx, N.Y., in the Manhattan Invitational. They are expected to be competing against Palos Verdes from California, ranked eighth in the nation, and Shaker from Latham, N.Y., ranked 13th in the country.Holmdel’s Travis Fodor ran individually in the championship race and finished ninth in a Holmdel Park personal-best 16:35.Voorhees, the top-ranked girls team in New Jersey, won the girls championship with 40 points. Red Bank Catholic finished third with 84 points.Liana Marzano paced the Caseys in eighth place overall and sixth in team scoring (19:49). MaryKate Byrne (20:15), Lindsey Bellaran (20:47), MaryKate Dooley (21:10) and Katia Saling (21:31) finished 12-18-22-26.Red Bank Catholic’s boys picked up a win in the Varsity D race. Junior Rob Napolitano cranked out a 16:37 in finishing second.Ryan Denver (17:38) and Charley Rooney (17:40) were 15th and 16th. Completing the Casey scoring were Kyle Bogart, 40th (18:12), and Nick Landolfi (18:23), 44th.In the boys Varsity A race, Middletown North’s Thomas O’Neill finished fifth, clocking 16:46. That helped the Lions finish ninth (224).Following the Manhattan Invitational, the next big meets on the schedule are the Monmouth County Championships back at Holmdel Park on Oct 18, and the Shore Conference Championships on Oct. 29 at Ocean County Park in Lakewood.
Two years removed from winning a state sectional championship and falling just short of repeating a year ago, the Mater Dei High School girls soccer team embarks on another run toward the NJSIAA Non-Public B South title. The Seraphs (11-4-2), who are seeded second and received a first-round bye, face No. 7 Cardinal McCarrick High School (9-6) in the quarterfinals on Nov. 7.Mater Dei, co-champions of the Shore Conference B Central Division with a 6-1-1 division record, enters the tournament on a high note after picking up its 10th shutout of the season in a 4-0 victory over Monsignor Donovan High School on Nov. 1. The Seraphs spent time earlier in the week practicing and allowing players with some bumps and bruises to rest up, according to head coach James Gelpke.The Seraphs won the Non-Public B South title in 2011 as the 11th seed before losing in the overall Non-Public B championship game against Oak Knolls High School, 5-0.As the No. 4 seed last season, the Seraphs were poised to repeat when they blew through their first three opponents en route to a finals matchup against division foe and No. 4 seed St. Rose High School. The Purple Rose ended up shutting out Mater Dei, 3-0, but Gelpke’s team takes that experience into this year’s tournament with hopes of a better outcome.“We’ve been there before and know what it takes,” the coach said.With St. Rose (12-3-2 overall, 6-1-1 B Central) on the other side of the bracket as the top seed, a finals rematch could be in the cards, should both teams advance through their games in the quarterfinals and semifinals. Gelpke will have his team prepared for each game along the way, though.“We don’t take anyone for granted,” he said. “We’ll be prepared, do some research online, have someone at the games and do some adjustments.”The Seraphs are well-prepared on both sides of the ball, outscoring opponents 35- 12 so far this season. Juniors Julia Mc- Carthy (11 goals, 11 assists) and Lindsey Florio (13 goals, seven assists) have been strong leaders for the team offensively.“Not too many teams have the luxury of saying they have two 30-goal scorers, and they’re still juniors,” Gelpke said. “I’m really comfortable now and in the future. They are two girls that, when they play together, are unbeatable.“I tell them they are real good when they are apart, but they are unstoppable when they play together,” the coach continued.Senior captain Maria Carroll (three goals, six assists) and junior Brooke Trotta (four goals, five assists), who Gelpke considers “one of the hardest working individuals on the team,” have also contributed on offense. For all the good work the Seraphs have done scoring this year, it is the team’s defense that Gelpke truly appreciates. “I think one of the benefits we have is that we play good team defense,” the coach said. “Defensively, one of the things we started three or four years ago was to play good team defense. A lot of the goals against [us] were breakdowns in defense.” Many of Mater Dei’s goals this year have also generated from good defense, according to the coach. “Offensively, we’ve been very creative,” he said. “A lot of goals we score originate from the back.” Junior goalkeeper Katie Viscardi has been instrumental in that department. She has 127 saves and nine shutouts this season, and she has “single-handedly won some games for us this year,” Gelpke said.The play of sophomore sweeper Theresa Osborne (one goal, one assist), who is considered one of the best overall players on the club by her coach and teammates. Junior right back Kristen Mc- Gaughey have also been important to the team’s defensive game.While the Seraphs would have liked to win B Central outright instead of sharing the title with St. Rose, winning the division accomplished one of the Seraphs’ three goals for this season. The second was to win the Shore Conference Tournament, which they entered as the No. 17 seed and lost to No. 16 seed Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, 1-0, on an overtime goal in the first round on Oct. 23.“I was very disappointed with our seeding, but we played hard against Rumson, which is deeper,” Gelpke said.Even in the loss, the coach said he embraces facing top competition and even getting in a game on a turf field, as they did against Rumson-Fair Haven.As for the team’s third goal of getting a ring for winning the state tournament, that is still within their reach. It all begins against Cardinal McCarrick.“We’re going to do our best and fight hard,” Gelpke said. By NEIL BORENSTEIN Staff Writer MATER DEI
By Michael HannChelsea came from behind to beat Leicester City 3-1 on Wednesday night and move to within one win of clinching the Premier League title for the first time in five years.Lowly Leicester contained Chelsea for much of the opening period and took a deserved lead in stoppage time when Marc Albrighton kept his composure to fire the hosts ahead.Didier Drogba equalised for Chelsea early in the second half before late goals from captain John Terry and Ramires ensured that victory over Crystal Palace on Sunday will seal Chelsea’s first league title since 2010.Chelsea have 80 points from 34 games with last season’s champions Manchester City second on 67. Third-placed Arsenal also have 67 but they have played a game less.Leicester, who had won their last four games, remained 17th with 31 points from 34 matches, one point ahead of 18th placed Sunderland having played a game more.
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By Ian RansomAndy Murray has had his mind elsewhere for much of the Australian Open but will need to bring laser-sharp focus into Friday’s semi-final against the red-hot Milos Raonic.The world number two was rocked by a medical emergency involving his father-in-law Nigel Sears earlier in the tournament, while his wife Kim is heavily pregnant back home in Britain.Murray shrugged off the distractions to fell David Ferrer in four sets in the quarter-finals and the Scot will need to have a clear head for Raonic, who is in the form of his career.Former Wimbledon semi-finalist Raonic has long been touted for big things at the grand slams and guided by new coach Carlos Moya, the 13th seed maybe ready to fulfill his promise.Raonic has always boasted one of the biggest serves on the Tour but has been criticised in the past for being too one-dimensional for the likes of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.But the rangy Canadian has shown impressive versatility during the year’s first grand slam, the highlight being his aggressive serve-and-volley tactics that helped floor 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka in five sets in the fourth round.He stayed back on the baseline more against quarter-final opponent Gael Monfils but still kept the points lightning fast and the four-set match was over in little more than two hours.Raonic has shown himself to be a man with a plan and credited Moya for helping him prepare for certain players.Federer was impressed by the 25-year-old’s improvement after losing to him in the final of the Brisbane International.“For a big guy he moves well. He’s improved his fitness the last few years. Also tactically he’s better now than he’s ever been,” Federer said after their final.“He’s made a conscious effort of playing close to the baseline, which before when he was working with the Spanish coaches he was way back.”Raonic shares a 3-3 head-to-head record with Murray but has lost the last two matches to the 28-year-old in straight sets.Murray, who has made the final four times at Melbourne Park and lost them all, won their sole grand slam match-up in straight sets at the U.S. Open in 2012.Their semi-final offers an intriguing clash of styles, with Raonic’s raking serve and power game matching up with one of the game’s best returners and defenders.Also one of the tour’s finest passers, Murray will be keen to test Raonic’s commitment to coming into the net early in the match.The Canadian will hope to keep the points short against Murray, who has the fitness and speed to match the game’s ultimate baseline hustlers, as Ferrer found to his detriment.Big-match experience could ultimately prove decisive, with Raonic entering only his second grand slam semi-final versus Murray’s 18th and sixth at Melbourne Park alone.
By Steve TongueThree matches into the Premier League season following a stunning title success by 5,000-1 outsiders Leicester City, the table already has a more familiar look.Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United lead the way having all won their opening three games under new managers.Arsenal, in the top four every year since 1996, appear to have recovered from an early home defeat by Liverpool, who are in mid-table but have yet to play a home game because of building work at Anfield.Tottenham Hotspur, third last season, are unbeaten.Chelsea and the two Manchester clubs finished as the top three in 2011 and 2013. Until Leicester shocked the football world in May those three powerhouses had taken the previous 11 titles between them.They will not be counting trophies yet, least of all City, who began last season with five wins in a row, only to finish fourth which cost manager Manuel Pellegrini his job.The Chilean’s successor, Pep Guardiola, has spent heavily as expected and been rewarded with nine goals in three games, which has pushed his side to the top on goal difference.“I am so satisfied, it is a pleasure to work with these guys,” he said after Sunday’s 3-1 home win over West Ham United.“We feel the players believe in what we do and that is more satisfying for the coach of course. But that without results (it) is nothing. We go into the international break and start again.”Chelsea have also looked impressive under Italian coach Antonio Conte, who oversaw two late victories against West Ham and Watford and a more comprehensive 3-0 win against Burnley on Saturday.When league football resumes after the international break, the Londoners will hope to take advantage of the two Manchester clubs being involved in their first local derby of the season.United’s former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will be relishing that fixture, believing he has the squad he wants after four major signings, including midfielder Paul Pogba for a world record fee and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Swedish striker who is a serial title winner.Ibrahimovic has scored three goals already, making him joint leading scorer with City’s Sergio Aguero, who now faces an anxious wait to see if the Football Association will take retrospective disciplinary action against him for an incident in the West Ham game.Early days or not, a reversion to some form of the status quo is looking increasingly likely.
The Manusians caused the upset of the day, leaving the hosts scoreless at nil-all throughout the game. It was one of the best defensive side the visitors displayed at the Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium (SIKS) in front of a vocal crowd.Though it was tough in both halves, it was a relief for the Manusians to hold a top team scoreless.Dwellers’ own trusted striker Nigel Dabinyaba and skipper Raymond Gunemba were locked all throughout the game while Admiralty had a field day upfront.The visitors had a number of chances in the front but lacked consistency.In the earlier double headers, Welgris City United smashed youngsters Besta FC 2-nil.Welgris were mature enough to master the early two goals and defended well throughout the entire game.
The 2015 NYC Team of the Year centre has landed in the shire with no family and no partner by his side after signing with the Sharks on a two-year deal in October.It’s been a long road for the Nanango junior who at 18 made his first grade debut against the Dragons as an injury replacement for Lachlan Maranta.His progression to the top grade wasn’t anticipated.In fact he was kicked out of pre-season by under-20s coaching staff earlier on in 2013 – his debut year – after failing to impress.”I wasn’t even expected to play 20s that year. I was only 18 at the time and I was too unfit and they didn’t want me there,” Drew told NRL.com.”I eventually came back from injury around Round 13 through the Mal Meninga Cup and jumped into the 20s for the next seven or so games. I was just happy to play 20s, keeping in mind I had never had contact at all with first grade.”Then Anthony Griffin gave me a call one weekend and said he wanted me at training on Monday. I assumed it was just for the experience.”But by Thursday he’d pulled me in and told me I was playing, and I just could not believe it honestly. It was the most bizarre, great feeling you’d ever feel.”Scoring a try in the Broncos’ two-point win, Drew’s unexpected debut has been his only NRL game to date.With the usual path to first grade set out for most players working their way up from the Holden Cup, Drew instead was promoted to the first grade pre-season squad in 2014.Yet with Anthony Griffin’s departure Drew was demoted back to the under-20s squad with master coach Wayne Bennett returning to the Broncos.Drew fails to hold any grudges though, and said because his debut was such an outlier he hasn’t been frustrated by his past two seasons away from first grade.”It’s all sort of happened in reverse for me so that’s why starting afresh is what I need. Consistency is what everybody needs so it’ll go a long way in helping me,” Drew said.”[My debut] feels like forever ago. Though because it was such a shock to actually play it’s been hard to say it’s been frustrating because it wasn’t expected.”Being so young the bar was set a whole lot higher than the normal routine of playing 20s and then sort of cracking it then. In a way I sort of ignore it because I know it wasn’t the normal progression for me.”It was a great bonus but now I’m in a full time NRL squad it will be quite frustrating if I’m not playing again in the next few years because this is it for me – there’s no more 20s.”A stranger to Sydney unless he was either playing or cooped up in a hotel on away games, Drew’s move to the centre of Cronulla has been an ideal one.”I love it. I’m right near anything and I can’t complain. The boys have welcomed me fine too and I’m feeling part of the team which is what I want and what they want,” Drew said.”There are no distractions here; it’s all new for me. So there’s no excuse and I’m ready to give it a red hot crack.”It’s all in my power and how I apply myself off the field too so it’s up to me, I’m not here to make up the numbers.”