Polimeda gets first regular season win at Wall Stadium

first_imgFrank Polimeda will long remember Saturday night’s Modified feature at Wall Stadium. The Fort Lee driver is competing in his first full season of Modified stock car competition. Saturday, he scored his-first-ever feature win at the Shore speedway, muscling his way to the checkered flag. Polimeda grabbed the lead on the 10th lap from Joe Mongeau of Brick on a restart. Tim Arre of Toms River worked his way up through the field to challenge Polimeda in the closing laps, but the first-year Modified driver had enough power and talent to get to the finish line first. Dave Michel of Manahawkin was third, followed by Howell’s John Blewett III and Mongeau. “This car has been very fast all year and it was just super tonight,” Polimeda said after his first win. “Everyone on the crew has worked hard on this car. They pay attention to details. Thanks to them, this race team is better and better each week.” This was actually Polimeda’s second win at the one-third mile asphalt oval. He won a pre-season race back in March, but no purse money was at stake that night. Polimeda moved up to fourth in the points race. Blewett held onto his lead over Michel. Just 14 points separate the defending champion from the six-time track champion with the Aug. 31 50-lap feature looming ahead. Farmingdale’s Rob Williams picked up his fifth win of the season in the 25-lap Pro Stock Division, but gained little ground on points leader Chas Okerson of Freehold, who was second. Williams trails the defending champion by 79 points. Eric Albright of Morristown, Kenny Reaves of Piscataway and Matt Przemielewski of Forked River rounded out the top five. In the 25-lap Street Stock final, Jim Downey of Cliffwood Beach collected his third win of the 2002 season, with Eric Gercak of Parlin second. Third place went to Shannon Mongeau of Brick with fourth and fifth going to Kenny Matlach, New Hyde Park, N.Y. and points leader Steve Costello, Lakewood. Phil Naylor of Tuckerton won the Street Stock final over 20 laps. It was his second win of the season. His brother, Steve Naylor, was second. The Lend Cars 25-lap main event went to J.J. Jensen Jr. of Brick. The Demolition Derby came to Wall Stadium on Sunday night. As part of the night’s program, the Street Stocks and Legends Cars ran feature events. Craig Wallis of Farmingdale had a very special win in the 25-lap Street Stock feature. His fifth victory of the season gives him 35 for his career, most-ever in the division. “When I first started racing I didn’t think that I would someday lead this division with 35 wins,” he said. “But then I never thought that I would get involved with all the good people on this race team. When you look at how good they are, you can see how it is possible to win so many.” Brick’s Ron Frees was chasing Wallis at the finish and took second. Mark Bartlett of Mercerville was third, followed by Mongeau and Brandon Stowell, Chatham. Bobby Watkins Jr., of Levitttown, Pa. won 50-lap feature. That race is the biggest on the schedule for the open cockpit Three-Quarter Midgets. It took just five laps for Watkins to take the lead, but what seemed like an eternity to win it, as he was under attack throughout. Mike Tidaback of Little Falls gave Watkins all he could handle before settling for second place. Six stock car divisions will be in action this Saturday with racing starting at 6 p.m.last_img read more

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first_imgFARRAH MAFFAI St. John Vianney freshman Courtney Calderon grabs a rebound during the Lancers’ Tournament of Champion semifinal game against Shabazz on Friday in Elizabeth.last_img

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CBA wins MOC, team nationals are next

first_imgColts qualify for Nike Team National Saturday in Oregon BY TIM MORRISStaff Writer Tom Heath is a hard man to please, but his Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) cross-country team managed to do just that at the Nov. 20 NJSIAA Meet of Champions (MOC). “We ran extremely well,” noted Heath. “It’s the best race we ran this year. I’m pretty happy.” The Colts came up with the goods when they needed it the most at Holmdel Park. Not only was the state championship on the line Nov. 20, but a trip to the inaugural Nike Team Nationals in Portland, Ore., as well. By turning in the 10th fastest team average in Holmdel Park history, 16:27.40, on a rainy day, CBA extended its record MOC titles to 14 and secured its berth in the national championship meet being held Saturday in Portland. PHOTOS BY CHRIS KELLY staff Above, Raritan’s Matt Dahl tries to overtake CBA’s Justin Wheat as they approach the finish line at the Nov. 20 Meet of Champions at Holmdel Park. At left, CBA’s Chris Horel holds off Westfield’s Jeffrey Perrella for a fifth-place finish Ranked fourth in the Northeast Region prior to the MOC, the Colts moved up to No. 2 in the Region with their impressive team performance, and on Nov. 21 were extended an invitation to the first-ever high school team cross-country championship. Matawan’s Thomas Walsh, the Group II champion, races to a 17th-place finish at the Meet of Champions. The Colts, ranked No. 1 in New Jersey, topped No. 2-ranked Morris Hills, 69-96, to recapture the MOC championship they last won in 2000. Junior Chris Horel led the CBA parade with a 16:07 in fifth-place overall. Kevin Rogers ran 16:17 in 14th place. Justin Wheat (16:30), Greg Leach (16:40) and Brian Keating (16:43) were CBA’s other scorers who contributed to year’s fastest team average. In the team scoring, the Colts were 2-7-14-21-25-69. The team average surprised Heath. “I didn’t think we had the talent to run that fast,” noted Heath. “It was a gutsy effort on their part.” This year’s championship could very well be a preview of 2005. Of the Colts scorers, only Keating is a senior, the rest juniors. All of Morris Hills’ runners are underclassmen. It was a special season already for the Colts, with the team setting the national record for consecutive dual meet victories (266). Now the 2004 team has the chance that no other Colt team has had before, to compete in a national championship race. CBA is ranked No. 12 in the country. Unlike previous CBA seasons, this one will not end with the MOC. It is only fitting the state’s premier cross-country program has the opportunity to compete in the first-ever team national championship. Among the other locals harriers competing in the MOC race, Matawan’s Tom Walsh, the Group II state champion, was 17th clocking 16:22. Raritan’s Matt Dahl was 28th (16:30). BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer last_img read more

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Young Huskies will benefit from change

first_imgWith an eye on the present, coach Paul Pacifico is busily preparing his Matawan High School girls tennis team for the future. The Huskies are at times overmatched in the Shore Conference’s Class B Central Division, but next fall Matawan will move to C Central, where Pacifico believes his team can be competitive. “We’re in a really tough division, and many of our opponents have girls who play tennis year-round,” he explained. “Most of our girls don’t do that because they’re playing other sports.” Pacifico’s is a young team, featuring just one senior, captain Mallory Wagman, who holds down the number three singles spot. Promising sophomore Rebecca Yu has done well at first singles, winning four times while displaying a strong forehand and good patience. Junior Melissa Neubart has a strong backhand and an accurate serve at second singles, where she has won three matches. Matawan’s doubles players are all young. Sophomores Amanda Neubart and Ameri SanJose play first singles, while sophomore Sneha Deshponde and freshman Juliana Ruggerio are at second singles. Another freshman, Alyssa Staffa, is also seeing some playing time in the doubles lineup. “The girls are working hard and I can see them improving,” Pacifico said. “That’s our goal for the rest of this year, to keep getting better. That will help us in our new conference.” — Warren Rappleyelast_img read more

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Red Bank Catholic High School quarterback Ryan Spahr

first_imgRed Bank Catholic High School quarterback Ryan Spahr (r) tries to break the tackle of Southern Regional High School defender Jackman Bush to get off a pass during the season opener for both teams at Count Basie Field in Red Bank on Friday night. It was a sweet opener for the RBC Caseys, who won, 34-7. ERIC SUCAR stafflast_img

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Brookdale wins Region XIX title

first_imgRegion XIX Most Valuable Player David Rosado (24) of Brookdale Community College gets a shot off before Camden County College’s Chris Gebhart can challenge it during the Feb. 28 Region XIX semifinals played in Lincroft. The Jersey Blues won the game, 71-56, and went on to win the Region championship on March 2, beating Northampton Community College, 89-59. This was the second straight Region title for head coach Paul Cisek and his Jersey Blues, who are the No. 1 ranked team in the country. Next stop for Brookdale is the NJCAA Division III Tournament that begins March 14 at Sullivan County Community College, New York. ERIC SUCAR stafflast_img read more

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Rooney on target as Utd replace City at top

first_imgManchester United replaced Manchester City as Premier League leaders with Wayne Rooney ending an 11-match run without a league goal in his side’s comfortable 3-0 win over Sunderland at Old Trafford on Saturday.After early-season pacesetters City crumbled to a 4-1 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur in the day’s early action in north London, United took full advantage with Rooney and Juan Mata adding to Memphis Depay’s first Premier League goal for the club on the stroke of halftime.United moved top for the first time since the opening day of the 2013-14 season and for the first time under Louis van Gaal.They have 16 points from seven games, one more than City who took the lead at Tottenham through record signing Kevin de Bruyne but slumped to their second successive league defeat with England striker Harry Kane on target for the hosts after 12 hours without a goal for his club.Arsenal fell behind at Leicester City but Chile striker Alexis Sanchez returned to his best form with a hat-trick in a 5-2 victory that lifted them to fourth with 13 points, level with West Ham United who drew 2-2 at home to Norwich City. The result ended Leicester’s unbeaten start to the season.Tottenham are up to fifth on 12 points.Under-pressure Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers enjoyed some relief with Daniel Sturridge bagging a brace in a nervy 3-2 home win against Aston Villa.Southampton breezed past Swansea City 3-1 while Stoke City beat Bournemouth 2-1 for their first league win of the season.last_img read more

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Chelsea thrash weakened Man City in FA Cup (Updated with QF draw)

first_imgLONDON, Feb 21 (Reuters) – Chelsea thrashed a second-string Manchester City 5-1 in a one-sided FA Cup fifth round tie at Stamford Bridge on Sunday as interim manager Guus Hiddink closed in on a repeat of his 2009 achievement.Goals from Diego Costa, Willian, Gary Cahill, Eden Hazard and Bertrand Traore underlined Chelsea’s superiority against a much-changed City side who were level at the interval after David Faupala scored an equaliser against the run of play.A full-strength Chelsea could even afford the luxury of a missed penalty when Oscar’s kick was saved by City’s second-choice keeper Willy Caballero.With champions Chelsea mid-table in the Premier League, the FA Cup represents their only chance of domestic honours this season, although they are still in the Champions League last 16, having lost the first leg to Paris St Germain in midweek.Dutchman Hiddink, who replaced the sacked Jose Mourinho in December, won the FA Cup in his last game in charge of Chelsea seven years ago, having similarly been put in charge on a temporary basis in the wake of Luiz Felipe Scolari’s dismissal.The draw the FA Cup quarter-finals (Premier League unless stated):Reading (II) v Crystal PalaceEverton v ChelseaArsenal or Hull City (II) v WatfordShrewsbury Town (III) or Manchester Utd v West Ham UnitedTies will be played 11-14 March.last_img read more

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Wimbledon results (updated)

first_imgResults from the Wimbledon Men’s Singles Round 1 matches on Tuesday:Mikhail Kukushkin (Kazakhstan) beat Martin Klizan (Slovakia) 7-6(7) 7-6(5) 6-42-Andy Murray (Britain) beat Liam Broady (Britain) 6-2 6-3 6-4Gilles Muller (Luxembourg) beat Santiago Giraldo (Colombia) 4-6 6-7(3) 7-6(5) 6-3 15-1314-Roberto Bautista (Spain) beat Jordan Thompson (Australia) 6-3 6-3 6-34-Stanislas Wawrinka (Switzerland) beat Taylor Fritz (U.S.) 7-6(4) 6-1 6-7(2) 6-426-Benoit Paire (France) beat Franko Skugor (Croatia) 3-6 7-6(2) 2-6 6-3 10-8Juan Martin Del Potro (Argentina) beat Stephane Robert (France) 6-1 7-5 6-022-Feliciano Lopez (Spain) beat Rajeev Ram (U.S.) 7-6(5) 6-4 6-4Benjamin Becker (Germany) beat Facundo Bagnis (Argentina) 6-3 6-3 6-131-Joao Sousa (Portugal) beat Dmitry Tursunov (Russia) 3-6 7-6(2) 4-6 6-3 7-5John Millman (Australia) beat Albert Montanes (Spain) 7-5 4-6 5-7 6-4 6-3Juan Monaco (Argentina) beat Taro Daniel (Japan) 7-5 4-6 6-3 6-2Marcel Granollers (Spain) beat Victor Estrella (Dominican Republic) 6-2 6-4 2-6 6-4Albert Ramos (Spain) beat Vasek Pospisil (Canada) 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-415-Nick Kyrgios (Australia) beat Radek Stepanek (Czech Republic) 6-4 6-3 6-7(9) 6-1Dennis Novikov (U.S.) beat Luke Saville (Australia) 4-6 6-4 7-5 6-47-Richard Gasquet (France) beat Aljaz Bedene (Britain) 6-3 6-4 6-3Dustin Brown (Germany) beat Dusan Lajovic (Serbia) 4-6 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-412-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) beat Inigo Cervantes (Spain) 6-4 7-6(5) 6-425-Viktor Troicki (Serbia) beat Tristan Lamasine (France) 6-4 6-2 6-2Lu Yen-Hsun (Taiwan) beat Alexander Kudryavtsev (Russia) 6-4 6-1 6-4 Results from the Wimbledon Women’s Singles Round 1 matches on Tuesday:13-Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia) beat Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) 7-5 6-4Tara Moore (Britain) beat Alison Van Uytvanck (Belgium) 6-3 6-2Katerina Siniakova (Czech Republic) beat Pauline Parmentier (France) 6-3 7-56-Roberta Vinci (Italy) beat Alison Riske (U.S.) 6-2 5-7 6-330-Caroline Garcia (France) beat Cagla Buyukakcay (Turkey) 6-2 6-3Timea Babos (Hungary) beat Katie Swan (Britain) 6-2 6-3Elena Vesnina (Russia) beat Tamira Paszek (Austria) 7-5 6-2Yulia Putintseva (Kazakhstan) beat Marina Melnikova (Russia) 7-5 6-21-Serena Williams (U.S.) beat Amra Sadikovic (Switzerland) 6-2 6-4Daria Gavrilova (Australia) beat Wang Qiang (China) 2-6 6-3 6-419-Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia) beat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (Croatia) 7-5 6-3Duan Yingying (China) beat Kristyna Pliskova (Czech Republic) 6-3 3-6 7-5Christina McHale (U.S.) beat Daniela Hantuchova (Slovakia) 7-5 6-2last_img read more

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Chelsea’s Kante named Football Writers’ Player of the Year

first_imgChelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has been named Player of the Year by the Football Writers Association(FWA) on Monday, adding to his list of accolades this season, including the PFA Player of the Year award.Kante, who joined leaders Chelsea from champions Leicester City in July, is on course to win consecutive Premier League titles. He came out on top of 17 players that received votes, including five of his Chelsea team mates.“It is a fantastic honour to win this award,” Kante told the FWA website. (footballwriters.co.uk)“With so many great players in this Chelsea squad and in the Premier League, for the Football Writers’ Association to name me their Footballer of the Year is a very proud moment in my career.”last_img read more

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