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THE OCEAN STAR, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2010

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Point Pleasant Pop Warner 2010

Point Pleasant Golden Elks Blast Buccaneers 30-7
The Point Pleasant Golden Elks 2010 Midget squad continued its dominance of the Jersey Shore Pop Warner Football League’s Liberty Division South this GOLDEN ELKS p a s t POP WARNER Saturday NOTEBOOK night. The Elks improved their season and division records to 4-0 when they once again welcomed the Red Bank Buccaneers Midgets to Donald T. Fioretti Field, in Point Pleasant Beach, for a rematch of week one’s contest. The Elks once again soundly defeated the Buccaneers, 30-7. The Elks continued to show a power running attack behind running backs Joe Wegrzyniak, Gavin Hynes, Gene Franceschini, Antonio Garcia, Jack Fitzsimmons and quarterback Jake Fioretti. The Elks defense smothered the Buccaneers all evening, and added to the scoring with a safety and interception return for a touchdown. On the Elks’ first offensive yard line by Josh Vitale. The drive was capped by a powerful run up the middle by Joe Wegrzyniak for the touchdown. Jax Weigert caught Jake Fioretti’s pass to add the extra point, and increase the lead to 23-0 at the end of the first half. The second half was dominated by the Elks. The first drive of the third quarter once again featured a heavy dose of running by Antonio Garcia and Gavin Hynes. The drive was capped by a powerful run by Jack Fitzsimmons, through a hole opened up by Josh Vitale and Scott Powell. Red Bank’s sole score came late in the contest. The game ended with the Elks driving for another score as time ran out. The Elks will be on the road this week to face the Keyport Indian Midgets [0-4] at Keyport High School Field, Sunday, Sept. 26. Kickoff is at 1 p.m., and directions can be found at jspwfl.org. GOLDEN ELKS 7-YEAR-OLD MITEY MITES After a strong defensive performance in the first half of their game against the Pinelands Wildcats, the Golden Elks 7-year-old Mitey Mites’ offense exploded for three touchdowns in the second half, dominating the game at Donald T. Fioretti Field. On the offensive side of the ball, led by quarterbacks Zachary Hill and Sam Transue, the Golden Elks marched down the field for three scores in the second half. The first score came behind a strong blocking effort from the Elks up front, including Jeff Wall, Cooper Hargis, Jared Lucich, Ethan Porter, Jack Shamy, Nick Rabimbas and Ethan Craggs. They opened up the right side of the field for Adrian Foley to walk into the end zone after a hand-off pass by Sam Transue for the Elks’ first score. After yielding no yards to the Wildcats in the next series, the Elks went back to work on offense. At second down and 5, Zachary Hill handed off a pass to Nick Tuzzolino, and after incredible blocking by Nick Torre, Tuzzolino ran for 50 yards to give the Elks a 12point lead. A stout defensive unit led by Paul Dejacimo, Diego Salcedo, Patrick Frawley and Nick Torre helped to hold the Wildcats to a scoreless afternoon. Nick Rebimbas caused a fumble in the third quarter which was recovered by Nick Torre. Greg Anilonis helped the defensive cause with a big fumble recovery, to halt the Wildcats’ drive late in the fourth quarter. Another huge performance by the defensive unit forced the Wildcats to punt again. The Elks started with the ball on their own 40-yard line, with two minutes left to play. On the first down, Zachary Hill handed off to Kenneth Hagel, who took a sweep to the left behind Aaron Stencil, Joe Taurozzi and Lance White, to race for 60 yards, cutting in and out of the Wildcats defense to end the game on a scoring run, leading the Elks to an 18-0 victory. Head coach Mike Krey credits the hard work and dedication that each of his players has been putting in at practice for his team’s success. A great

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The Point Pleasant Golden Elks 7-Year-Old Mitey Mite team shut out the Pinelands Wildcats 18-0 this past week.

possession, they drove to within the Bucs’ 10 yard line, before surrendering the ball on a turnover. The defense then stepped in, and the Bucs were pushed back to their own 2yard line. On third down, Jake

Fioretti sliced through the Bucs’ offense and dropped the ball carrier in the end zone for a safety, leaving the score 2-0. The Elks started their next drive from the Red Bank 45yard line. On the first play

High School Cross Country 2010

Point Beach cross country team on pace to have a solid season
By Greg Domorski Last season Brianna Feerst finished second in the Central Jersey Group I sectional, second in the Group I meet and 19th at the Meet of Champions. However, not satisfied, she has worked hard in the off-season causing her to cross the finish line first for the Gulls in every race so far this season. "Brianna worked very hard over the summer,” said her mother, Linda Feerst, who coaches both girls and boys teams. “She ran on her own and with the team. She put together a good training schedule and [has learned how] to run the races this season.” The Point Beach Lady Gulls started the season on Sept. 14 against Keyport at Holmdel Park. The Gulls had the top four finishes starting with Brianna Feerst making her first strike of the season placing first overall with a 20:05 time. Amy Piccicacco came in second place with at 24:08 and Amanda Hoeler was third with a 25:05 time. Erin O’Connell rounded off the top four girls running past the finish line at 25:48. Alyssa Teese placed fifth for her team, capping off the scoring with an eighth overall finish with a 27:40 time. The Point Beach Boys, who traveled with the girls, lost to Keyport that same day in a meet that also included Henry Hudson. The boy’s top runner, Elliot Tombs, was first to cross the finish line for the Garnet Gulls with a 22:03 time finishing in seventh place overall. Luke Luccioni was right behind him with a 22:05 time and eighth place finish. Matt Finlay finished 16th with a 24:04 score. Conor Laterza finished fourth for the team at 24:45 in 19th place finish. Bob Parlow was right on Laterza’s heels with a time of 24:48 finishing in 20th place. “Holmdel is the hardest course we ran,” explained coach Feerst. Even with the boy’s not coming on top, she is proud of the results. “We had a slow start, but the boys are improving.” Four days later, Saturday, Sept. 18 in the Thompson Park Class Meet, the Lady Gull’s Feerst had the fastest time of the day in all meets, placing first overall with a 19:19 time. Piccicacco was next to cross the finish line for the Gulls finishing in 23rd place finish with a 23:10 time. Kelsey Mayhew came in 76th place at 27:55. Sophomore Megan Staub finished with a 24:14 time and Hoeler placed 16th with a time of 15:10 in a shorter race of 2.2 miles. The boys team improved and the juniors had stunning results. Elliot Tombs finished in 33rd place with a 20.25 time. Luke Luccioni came in 34th place at 20:26. Matt Finlay finished in 50th place with a 22.29 time. Sophomores Calvin Potter and Bob Parlow nearly finished together with Potter surging ahead for 49th place at 22:08. Parlow placed 50th place at 22.10. The girl’s experienced a disappointing loss to St. Rose on Sept. 21 at Ocean County Park. Feerst placed first with a 19:06 time. Piccicacco and Hoeler were neck and neck toward the end of the race, with Piccicacco barely edging out Hoeler. Piccaicacco placed eighth at 22:14 and Hoeler came in ninth with a 22:15 time. Staub was next to finish for the Gulls in 14th place at 23:43. Alyssa Teese placed 17th place with a 24.42 time. Erin O’Connell placed 18th in 24:51. Kelsey Mayhew placed 21st at 25:55. Even with a loss to their rival St. Rose, Feerst is happy where the team stands. “I am very proud of the girls,” commented coach Feerst. “I am just happy with where the team is at this point. We are a good team with a good front pack of runners. We just have to keep on training and running the hills." The boys competed hard but added another loss to their record against St. Rose. Elliot Tombs was first to finish for the Gulls placing seventh for the boys with a 20.23 time. Luke Luccioni placed tenth at 20:48 and Conor Laterza came in 13th place at 21.45. James Giordano placed 15th wit a time of 22.29 followed by 16th placed Calvin Potter 16th who recorded a 22.35. Bobby Parlow cross the finish line finishing 17th place with a 22:37 time. Bryan Wall was the final finisher for the team with a 24:17 time.

from scrimmage, Gavin Hynes ran for a 15-yard gain up the sideline for the first down. On the next play, quarterback Jake Fioretti weaved his way through the Bucs defense for a 35-yard touchdown run. The score stood at 8-0. After the kickoff, the Bucs took possession at their own 45-yard line. On second and long, the Bucs quarterback dropped back for a long pass. Jax Wigert stepped in for the interception and raced 45 yards for the Elks’ second touchdown. Joe Wegrzyniak’s extra point kick was good, and the score stood at 16-0. The Elks ate up the second quarter with a drive that began at their 45-yard line. Antonio Garcia, Gene Franceschini and Gavin Hynes provided the legs that drove the ball deep into Bucs territory. The drive also featured a spectacular, 20-yard catch and run to the Bucs’ 2-

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THE OCEAN STAR, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2010

Knights 2, Panthers 0 in key divisional match
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many opportunities to cut into the lead in the second half. Lou Pazienza nearly scored when heading the ball in the net to start off the half from the left side of the goalie box, but Wall’s Zack Zoller made a jumping save. Wall nearly extended its lead on a breakaway when Becht passed to Nichols, who had cut himself free of the defense and ran toward the net. The ball was dug up by Moran, to prevent the score. As the whistle sounded to end the game, Linstra shed light on the importance of starting the season with an undefeated record. “Last season we lost early and we ended up trailing for the rest of the season,” he explained. “We need to take every game one at a time. We haven’t won a conference in five years." Casalino believes his team still has time to improve this season. “We just have to try and get a little better each day,” he said. “I don’t think we have to do anything different, we just have to finish.” Moran, saddened by the loss, believes the team can bounce back. “We just have to look forward to next game and go for the division title,” said Moran. “We just have to put this behind us and keep fighting.” Dan Hunt, the only freshman for the Panthers, believes this loss is hard to swallow. “It feels pretty tough,” said Hunt. “I am just trying to play as hard as I can to do my job. I just don’t think we ran into the gaps as well as we should have [to have better opportunities].” The Panthers will have their next chance to rebound from the three-game losing streak against Jackson Liberty High School on Saturday, Sept. 25, home at Al Saner Stadium.

— HOLMDEL —
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Cantelli lit a 70-yard touchdown pass, down the right sideline to McDermott to make the game 24-14. Boro responded when secondin-command quarterback Krohn threw the ball to Malleck, who went across the center of the field and grabbed the ball in double coverage for a touchdown to make the game 24-21. The Panthers were back in the game. “The line blocked real well, giving me enough time to find the receivers,” explained Krohn. With less than four minutes on the scoreboard, Boro was eying up a scoring opportunity. On Boro’s last attempt to regain the ball, the Panthers kicked an onside kick down the center of the field. Cantelli recovered the ball for Holmdel and bounced to the outside, running 45 yards down the left sideline before cutting across the middle for a touchdown resulting in a 31-21 game. Coach Thompson was not pleased with the ending result, because he recognizes the commitment the team delivers on the practice field. “We work hard,” said Thompson. “We just have some problems with execution and we will take care of that. We were hustling in the second half. This

STEVE WEXLER, The Ocean Star

Runningback Dan Trainor runs up the sideline in the Panthers’ attempt to come back against the Holmdel Hornets this past Sunday.

team does not quit.” McGarry, who caught his first two touchdown passes at the varsity level, believes the team can build upon the defeat. “We have to forget about it

and have a good week of practice. I think we learned from this,” McGarry said. “We just did not execute today. We can only go up from here. It is time to turn the season around.”

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SUEANNE GOSS, The Ocean Star

Goalkeeper Ed Moran makes a diving save by crawling over both Panther and Crimson Knights players.

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combination of powerful fullbacks and speedy wing backs have led a dominant offense, averaging 18 points per game. After five games so far this season, the defense has only given up one score. The undefeated 7-Year-old Mitey Mites take on the Lacey Lions tomorrow, Sept. 25, at 9 a.m., at the Lacey Pop Warner Sports Complex, at Clune Park on Chesapeake Drive in Lacey. GOLDEN ELKS MITEY MITE PURPLE Last weekend, Golden Elks Pop Warner swept the competition, starting with Saturday afternoon’s Mitey Mite Purple Game against the Jackson Jaguars, where no official score was recorded. The first touch down of the weekend came in the first quarter, three plays after defensive tackle Parker Roncins recovered a fumble. This followed with a 7-yard run from fullback Garret Romer. After a key first down by tight end Michael Mayfield in the second quarter, halfback Robert Rothery added six more points, finishing off a 40-yard drive. He made it to the end

zone on a perfectly executed sweep, untouched from the 10yard line. Starting on Jackson’s 30yard line at the beginning of the fourth quarter, halfback Christian Aurin plowed through the defenders and dove to the end zone for the Elks, putting up six more. It was not until late in the fourth quarter that the stam-

peding Elks defense gave up its first touchdown in the past two and one-half games. “There is something special about this team,” said head coach Joe Mayfield. “I’ve been coaching a good majority of them since they were 5 years old, and watching them and their love of the sport grow. [This is what] it is all about.”

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