Tigers Edge Blue Devils in OT

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The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains – Fanwood TIMES
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Blue Devil Boys Place Third
At Shore Coaches X-C Meet
Blue Devil Gymnasts Defeat
CR Cougars, 107-103.575
The Westfield High School gymnastics team improved to 5-0 on the
season with a 107-103.575 victory
over the rivaling Cranford Cougars at
Cranford High School on September
30. The Blue Devils were led by senior captains Hannah Goldring, Mae
Devin and Jenna Rizkalla and got
important contributions from junior
Megan Melillo, sophomore Hannah
Prieto and freshman Lexi Fasano.
Kelly McAuliffe and Lauren Costa
were strong in all four events for the
Cougars, but it was not enough to
withstand the talented depth of the
Blue Devils, who had nine gymnasts
compete in the meet.
With the victory over the Cougars,
Scotch Plains-Fanwood and the A.L.
Johnson Crusaders, the Blue Devils
have only one remaining potential
Union County rival remaining with
the Summit Hilltoppers, who will host
a regular-season meet on October 14.
The fourth ranked Blue Devils are
rounding into form as they head into
the heart of their schedule with key
home meets against East Brunswick
on Friday, October 10, and Hunterdon
Central on Thursday, October 16, before hosting the Union County Tournament on Friday, October 24.
ALL AROUND: 1. Kelly McAuliffe 35.325
(C) 2. Lauren Costa 34.05 (C) 3. Delaney
Sciascia 33.575 (C)
VAULT: 1. Hannah Goldring 9.2 (W) 2.
Megan Melillo 9.125 (W) 3. Sarah Fox
9.075 (W)
UNEVEN BARS: 1. Mae Devin 9.025
(W) 2. Hannah Prieto 9.0 (W) 3. Megan
Melillo 8.725
BALANCE BEAM: 1. Lexi Fasano 9.05
(W) 2. Kelly McAuliffe 9.025 (C) 3.
Hannah Goldring 9.0 (W)
FLOOR EXERCISE: 1. Kelly McAuliffe
8.9 (C) 2. Jenna Rizkalla 8.8 (W) 3.
Lauren Costa 8.75 (C)
Records: Westfield 5-0, Cranford 3-2
Tigers Edge Blue Devils in OT
cornerback Catanzaro picked off a
Tiger pass at the Westfield 40 and
returned to the Linden 45. Unfortunately, the Blue Devil offense failed
to capitalize on the good field position. Next, Blue Devil linebacker Luke
Prybylski stuffed a Tiger fourth down
reverse for a five-yard loss, which
gave Westfield possession at their own
28 with 1:43 remaining. Westfield
then moved the ball into Linden territory, but cornerback Samad Starling
picked off Malacrea’s pass and returned it to the Westfield 36. Two
plays later, Catanzaro, who had three
interceptions against Scotch PlainsFanwood, intercepted again to send
the game into overtime.
“Maybe we should work on a pitch
play during practice after a pick since
he’s getting so many,” Pryblyski suggested.
Linden won the coin toss at the
start of overtime and opted to allow
Westfield to go on the offensive.
Simcox had respective carries of 12,
five and eight yards to put the Blue
Devils up 13-7. Moriarty’s point after
kick was good, but Linden got a roughing the kicker penalty of 15 yards
tagged onto their possession that
started at the 40. A 24-yard reception
put the ball at the 16 then five plays
later, Guillaume slipped in from the
three and Dolbrice’s successful twopoint conversion pass to Ampey gave
the Tigers victory.
“Everybody stepped up. Mike
O’Connor was hurt, so Steve
Barmakian had to play a lot, Brendan
Collum, Kyle Dombrowski all
stepped up huge,” Simcox said.
“We held our own. We had some
injuries during the week with Mike
O’Connor getting hurt. We needed to
switch some linebackers around. Our
whole defense played a heck of a
game. We are really proud of ourselves. We are going to go work next
week against Ridge and hope we all
get it together and pull off a ‘W’ there,
get back to .500 and look to see these
guys [Linden] again in the playoff,”
Prybylski said.
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RETURNING THE SERVE...Blue Devil junior Rebecca Sisto returns the serve
in her first singles match against New Providence on October 1 in Westfield.
Lady Blue Devils Halt Vikings in Volleyball
The 9-2 Westfield High School girls
volleyball team defeated the 9-3
Union Catholic Vikings in two sets,
25-19, 25-16, in Scotch Plains on
October 2. Senior setter Megan
Mondon provided 22 assists to go
with her nine digs, seven kills, six
service points with a ace, and a block.
Senior outside hitter Olivia Manning notched 12 kills and a dig, while
freshman Stephanie Borr had eight
kills and two digs. Libero Leigh
Scarano had 10 digs and four service
points. Olivia Meyer had seven service points with two aces, and seven
digs. Dana Boretz had eight digs and
four service points with an ace. Lizzie
Sottung had five digs and five service
points with an ace. Senior co-captain
Kaelyn Heard had a kill and two digs.
Kent Place Girls Top
Blue Devils in Tennis
The Kent Place High School girls
tennis team defeated the Westfield
Blue Devils, 4-1, at Tamaques Park in
Westfield on September 30.
1st Singles: Emma Verpoucke (KP) d.
Rebecca Sisto, 6-2, 6-0
2nd Singles: Radhika Siva (KP) d.
Catherine King, 6-4, 6-0
3rd Singles: Olivia Cornish (KP) d.
Lucy Earl, 6-3, 6-1
1st Doubles: Isabelle Donatelli and
Ellie Falivene (KP) d. Julia Morgan
and Carolina Sanchez, 6-4, 6-2
2nd Doubles: Maddie Levy and Sarah
Schneider (W) d. Caroline Snyder and
Samantha Silverstein, 6-4, 6-0
Rachel Holt added a kill and a dig,
and Rachel Mettessich notched a kill.
Vicki Szyszkiewicz contributed
three kills, three blocks, seven assists, two digs and four service points
for the Lady Vikings. Julia Hayes
notched six kills and added three
blocks and two service points. Karlie
Gregoire had 11 service points and
five digs, and Georgie Volturo had
three kills and three digs.
The Westfield High School varsity
boys placed third and the varsity girls
placed sixth at the Shore Coaches
cross-country meet at Holmdel Park
on October 4.
The varsity boys finished with a
total of 118 points and were led by
Matt Russo, who crossed second with
personal-record (PR) a time of 16:19
on the course. Will Chandler finished
20th at 17:07, a PR by 40 seconds.
Ryan Siegel at 17:20, and Andrew
Harting-Smith at 17:21 finished 32nd
and 33rd, respectively. Bryan Jackler
finished 39th with a PR 17:32.
The Blue Devil JV team placed
second in its race with 60 points, led
by Nick Antonelli, who crossed eighth
at 17:46. Brian Johnson finished 10th
with a PR 17:50, followed by Gabe
Givelber, who was 11th at 17:55.
Jake Triarsi finished 14th at 17:59
and Alexander Hall crossed 17th at
18:05 (PR). Darian Siegel placed 32nd
at 18:24 and Cameron Chin finished
39th at 18:28.
The freshmen boys also placed second in the two-mile race with a total
of 111. Ryan Bebel finished eighth at
12:15. Dan Scalia finished 17th at
12:38, Matt Meusel crossed 20th at
12:40 and Cole Swingle finished 32nd
at 12:54.
Charlie O’Brien led the Blue Devil
varsity girls, finishing 22nd in
20:57.2. Natalie Marcotullio finished
24th at 21:08.6, Noelle Blackford
crossed 25th at 21:09.2, Julia Gretsky
finished 30th at 21:14.2, Caroline
Stocking finished 31st at 21:18.4,
Gabrielle Brennan finished 32nd at
21:19.6 and Meghan O’Dwyer finished 36th at 21:46.
Julia Myers led the JV squad that
finished fourth with a time of 22:05.6,
good enough for 15th place. Kelly
Morrison finished 19th at 22:19.4,
Devyn Heinzerling finished 22nd at
22:25.5, Brooke Schaeffer crossed
25th at 22:29.3, Eloise Hendricks
crossed 29th at 22:32.2 and Claire
Cassie finished 30th at 22:35.7.
The freshmen girls placed fifth in
the two-mile race, led by Mia Melao,
who finished fourth at 14:21.6. Casey
Ryan finished eighth at 14:26.4 and
Caroline Stockwell finished 49th at
WF V-Ballers Hand
Old Bridge 1st Loss
The 10-2 Westfield High School
girls volleyball team, after dropping
the first set, 25-20, won the next two,
26-24, 25-20, to hand the 10-1 Old
Bridge Knights their first defeat in
Old Bridge on October 6.
Senior setter Megan Mondon had
28 assists, 23 digs, 11 kills and 13
service points with four aces. Senior
outside hitter Olivia Manning notched
15 kills and four digs. Libero Leigh
Scarano had 24 digs, three assists and
a kill. Freshman Stephanie Borr had
nine kills and four digs.
Olivia Meyer had seven service
points and 11digs. Dana Boretz had
three digs. Lizzie Sottung had four
digs and 11service points with two
aces. Kaelyn Heard had two digs, two
service points and a kill. Rachel Holt
had two kills, a block and a dig. Sara
Correa had four digs, two assists,
seven service points with an ace, and
two kills. Gab Cofone added six digs.
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TIME FOR SOME MEDITATION...Raider senior running back Emendo Thomas takes some time to meditate during the third quarter of the game against the
North Hunterdon Lions.
N. Hunterdon Rips SPF Raiders
Fogel for their 55-yard scoring strike
and a 14-7 lead, the Lions were at it
again early in the second quarter.
This time it was running back Rob
Marron, who swept around the left
side of the Raiders’ defense and raced
51 yards for a touchdown with 9:08
left in the half staking North
Hunterdon to a 21-7 lead.
The Raiders answered with a strong
10-play, 72-yard drive that was ended
with running back Kobe White bursting up the gut of the North defense for
a 10 yard touchdown run. The drive
featured a heavy dose of White, who
carried six times for 39 yards . The
score cut the deficit to 21-14 with
4:41 remaining in the half.
North Hunterdon needed just two
plays to score again. After a tacklebreaking 39 yard run by running back
Jordan Ditzel, McDonald took care
of the rest by sprinting around the left
end and outracing the Raider defense
to the cone for a 15-yard touchdown.
Down 28-14, the Raiders’ offense
was in familiar territory having just
prevailed in a 51-48 shootout less
than a week earlier against Ridge.
But the Lions’ arsenal proved to be
too much on this day and the Raiders
could not match them score for score.
The Raiders were forced to punt
with under two minutes left in the
half. McDonald took charge and
promptly hit Fogel behind the Raider
secondary again for a 40-yard gain
that put the ball at the Raider one.
From there, Ditzel punched it in to
make the score 35-14.
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The Westfield High School boys
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Mike Prosuk buried two goals and
added an assist. Kevin Irving netted a
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The Westfield High School gymnastics team upped its record to 6-0
with a 104.425-62.85 win over the
Union Farmers in Union on October
2. Neither team entered an individual
for the all-around honors, but Blue
Devils Lexi Fasano took top honors
in the vault with a 9.15, Hannah
Goldring won the uneven bars with
an 8.725, Mae Devin won the balance
beam with a 9.1 and Sarah Fox won
the floor exercise with an 8.9.
Goldring placed second on the vault
at 8.925, followed by Farmer Jenna
Carvalho at 9.725, Fox at 8.55 and
Blue Devil Megan Troutman at 8.15.
Troutman placed second on the bars
at 8.15, followed by Blue Devils
Sydney Keenan at 8.1 and Lexi Holzer
at 7.55. Sydney Keenan also took
second on the beam with an 8.95,
followed by Blue Devils Megan
Melillo at 8.825, Fox at 8.7 and Nicole
Dispensa at 8.45. Holzer took second
on the floor at 8.55, followed by
Sydney Keenan at 8.325, Farmer Brittany Makhanda-Smith at 8.05 and
Blue Devil Zoe Federbusch at 7.975.
The Raiders never mounted much
of a threat in the second half. North
Hunterdon, meanwhile, scored on a
37-yard field goal midway through
the third quarter then delivered the
knockout blow on a five-yard touchdown run through the middle of the
Raiders’ defense early in the fourth
quarter for the final 45-14 tally.
The Raiders, once again, got effective running from their backfield
combo of White (13 carries, 113 yards,
TD) and Thomas (16 carries, 124
yards, TD) but they were rarely able
to sustain drives nor come up with the
big play as they had a week earlier
against Ridge.
“We ran the same stretch play and
‘iso’ blasts that we ran last week,”
said Stack. “We just didn’t break any
big ones this week like we did against
Ridge. We were always a hair away
from breaking one. Emendo had a
play in the final minute of the first
half where he breaks through the line
at midfield with nobody in front of
him and one of their DBs brings him
down by the shoelaces. Otherwise
that is a score and we go into the half
down 35-21.”
Raider quarterback Marques Taylor hit five of 11 for 36 yards, while
McDonald completed seven of 15 for
222 yards and a score. Ditzel scored
two touchdowns and rushed for 104
yards on 17 carries. Fogel caught
three passes for 111 yards and a touchdown for the Lions, who racked up
450 yards of total offense.
“In our first two games we really
held the opposing offenses in check,”
said Maxwell. “In these last couple of
games we’ve taken a step back. We
have had a lot of blown coverages and
miscommunications on the field.
We’ve got to get that fixed.”
The Raiders plays host to Linden
this weekend so the defensive adjustments need to come quickly.
Sc. Pl.-Fanwood
No. Hunterdon
7 7
14 21
Soccer Blue Devils Top
Highlanders in Soccer
Senior co-captain Matt Williams
notched the first four goals of the
game as the 6-2 Westfield High School
boys soccer team rumbled on to
avenge an earlier season loss with a
6-2 leveling of the Governor
Livingston Highlanders in Berkeley
Heights on October 2.
Williams, on an assist from Tyler
Bansky, netted his first goal within
the first minute then rippled the net
16 minutes later unassisted. With an
assist from Kevin Irving, Williams
notched his third goal 10 minutes
later then with eight minutes remaining in the half, on an assist from Mike
Birle, he buried his fourth goal.
Highlander Mike McKenna scored
two minutes before the break then
teammate Tim Youman made the
score, 4-2, three minutes into the second half. Blue Devil co-captain Mike
Prosuk, on an assist from Mike
Moynihan, scored five minutes later.
Prosuk, assisted by Alex Shorrock,
scored the final goal midway through
the final half. Blue Devil keepers
Koryn Kraemer and Ted Mebane had
three saves apiece.
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