BY TIM MORRISStaff Writer BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer PHOTOS BY CHRIS KELLY staff Above, Keyport’s Kevin Spears makes a tough catch despite the efforts of Freehold’s Ron Pekarchik during Saturday’s game in Freehold. At left, Ken Cattouse rumbles for some yardage en route to becoming the state’s all-time leading rusher. Keyport High School’s football team traveled to Freehold Borough Saturday with two goals in mind — remaining undefeated and taking over sole possession of first place in the National Division, and getting running back Ken Cattouse the state career rushing record. Missions accomplished. The Red Raiders were up to both tasks, beating the Colonials, 30-0, and paving the way for Cattouse to get the 105 yards he needed to pass South River’s Zack Earvin (5,442 yards) and become the No. 1 career rusher in state history. It was a seven-yard run in the fourth quarter that put Cattouse over the top. “I’m glad I got it out of the way,” said Cattouse. “It’s a credit to my teammates. The line just kept blocking for me all day. They told me they would get the record for me today. “It’s a great feeling,” he added. “It’s a big accomplishment for me and my family.” It wasn’t easy for Cattouse against a pumped-up Freehold Borough defense that made him earn every yard. The Red Raider senior was held to just 35 yards in the first half, and it looked as if the record just might have to wait for another week. “I was trying too hard at first,” Cattouse said. “I was shaking too much, making too many moves. I wasn’t following my blockers and exploding.” One of those blockers is his best friend, receiver J.J. Bedle. “He’s one of my best friends and a great blocker,” he remarked. In the second half, Cattouse settled back to being a power runner, following his blockers and picking up seven, seven and eight yards at a crack. Soon, the yards piled up and in the fourth quarter, history. “I’m speechless,” Cattouse said after the game about being the new state record holder. ” I’ve had good support from my family, team and the town. I’ve earned it. I’ve worked hard.” On the day that Cattouse brought the state record to Keyport, special teams made all the difference in this National Division showdown, from Bedle returning the opening kick-off 95 yards for a touchdown, to Sahabi Singh blocking three punts. Singh’s extraordinary day put the Red Raiders in scoring position all day. “It was one of those days,” said Singh. “I go out to prove myself every game. I was happy I could do it.” The long-armed 6-2 Singh set the Red Raiders up for their second score of the day when he powered his way through the Colonials’ line to block Chris Coulson’s punt cleanly and recovered the ball on the Colonial 26. Six running plays later, split between Cattouse and Daquan Cross, the Raiders were on the scoreboard again as Cattouse took it in from the one. Pete Czech’s PAT made it 14-0 with 6:42 left in the first half. It looked like a rout was on. The Red Raiders had hit the Colonials with a pair of haymakers (Bedle’s kick-off return and Singh’s block), but the Freehold Borough defense would defy the odds and keep the Colonials in the game. James Jadacki, Islam Khallaf and Danny Matthews and Josh Mitchell gutted it out all day. The game remained 14-0 into the third quarter when Singh again blocked another punt and the Red Raiders were on the Colonial 39. Cattouse’s 24-yard touchdown polished off the short drive, and it was 21-0. The score grew to 23-0 on a safety when the ball was snapped over the head of Coulson, who was punting from his own end zone, and out of the end zone. Keyport would get the ball back after the kick-off on the Colonial 49-yard line. Four plays later, Bedle, reversing field and out-racing the Colonials’ secondary, took it 28 yards for the touchdown just before the third quarter expired. It was now 30-0, and it was time to go for the rushing record. The Raiders would get that too, as Cattouse picked up 115 yards for the day on 29 carries to bring his career total to 5,452 yards. The Red Raiders are now a perfect 6-0 heading into Saturday’s game at home against Mater Dei (2-3). The Serpahs are coming off a 20-13 win over Monsignor Donovan., in a game where Mater Dei benefitted from a pair of big plays to hold off the winless Griffins. Donovan gave a good effort to come back in the end, but the Seraph defense stood its ground, preserving the win. Mater Dei will need to play it best game in years to knock off the Red Raiders this week. Kick-off is 1:30 p.m. The top-ranked Middletown South Eagles cruised past Manchester, 39-0 on Friday to get to 5-0 on the year. The Eagles, playing without suspended QB Dan Johnson, found a solid replacement in Dan Stivala, while Knowshon Moreno added two more TDs to his season total, to pace the attack. South will look to get to 6-0 on Saturday when they travel to Tinton Falls to take on the winless Monmouth Falcons. Game time is 1 p.m. The Matawan Huskies kept pace with the Eagles by knocking off upset-minded Point Boro 35-25. Matawan jumped out to an early lead by scoring on its first five possessions, then held on to earn its sixth win of the year. Next up is Manchester on Nov. 1. The Raritan Rockets used their bye week to prepare for No. 6 Wall Township. Raritan has had this game circled on its schedule since the beginning of the season, and can add to its already impressive resume with a win. Game time is 7 p.m. in Hazlet on Friday. The Middletown North Lions fell to 2-4 with a 19-7 loss to Ocean Township on Friday. Head coach John Oxley’s Lions will look to get back on the winning track on Friday when they host Central Regional. Game time is 7 p.m. The Holmdel Hornets fell to Red Bank Regional, 48-7, on Saturday, and have two weeks to prepare for Long Branch on Nov. 1 The St. John Vianney Lancers were no match for the Red Bank Catholic Caseys, dropping a 42-6 contest on Friday night in Red Bank. SJV has its work cut out for it this week as well as Manasquan comes to Holmdel on Friday for a 7 p.m. kick-off. Red Raiders remain undefeated with 30-0 win at Freehold Borough
Ex-Husky is second in weight throw BY TIM MORRISStaff Writer Matawan’s Uzoma Orji has enjoyed a highlight-filled career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, Mass. The former Matawan High School star starts the outdoor track and field season having earned All-American honors 10 times, winning three national championships and setting national and meet records along the way. The senior added All-American awards Nos. 9 and 10 to his rsum at the NCAA Division III National Championships held in St. Olaf, Minn., March 10-11, when he won the shot put and finished second in the 35-pound weight throw. Orji won the shot put with a new Tostrud Center record 58-3 3/4 throw that was almost two feet better than the 56-8 of runner-up Robert Rodfrey (Rowan University). For the ex-Husky star, the shot put title was his second national championship in the event with the Engineers having won his first title as a sophomore. The shot put championship came the day after Orji was second in the 35-pound weight throw. His best throw flew 63-11. Orji was the defending champion, having set a national record 64-9 1/4 in winning 2005. Orji’s first and second place finishes (18 points) helped the Engineers finish eighth in the team competition with 52 points. During the indoor season, Orji broke his own school record for the weight throw with a 65-10 1/2 heave. He also had the top Division III mark in the shot put with a 59-4. The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association named Orji the NCAA Division III New England Field Athlete of the Year for the 2006 season. MIT’s 2006 outdoor schedule includes a stop at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pa., on April 28. At last year’s outdoor national championships, Orji was an All-American in the shot put and hammer throw after finishing second in both events in Waverly, Iowa. He reached 58-3 with his top shot put mark and a personal best 189-2 in the hammer throw. Orji is also excelling in the classroom at MIT, having been named to the ESPN The Magazine’s Academic All-American Team the last two years. The Matawan grad finished third overall in the voting last year. He is majoring in electrical science and engineering. BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer
Winning District championships is becoming a formality for the Lincroft Little League’s Senior League Girl’s Softball Team. As 12-year-olds, this group of players won the District 19 pennant, and this summer, they won captured another winning the championship (ages 14-16) with a pair of wins over Middletown, 12-3, and 8-5. “We got two solid pitching performances,” manager Eric McMahon said. “They didn’t walk anyone and we played solid defense behind them.” Mariah Iapicco and Katie Donovan were the winning pitchers for Lincroft. They prevented big innings and avoided the dread base-on-balls. Offensively, McMahon said his club used a combination of timely hitting, which included sacrifice bunts and smart base- running, to score a combined 20 runs in the two wins. Jennifer Gambino, Iapicco and Samantha McMahon delivered the clutch hits. Lincroft was very active on the basepaths, running whenever the opportunity arose. “We stole a lot (of bases),” manager McMahon pointed out. Although Lincroft’s run came to an end in the state tournament, the two championships this group has won, along with the title won by the Juniors (13-14), Lincroft has it going on the softball diamond. “Lincroft has a very strong program,” said McMahon. The District 19 Senior Softball champions from Lincroft are: Jennifer Davis, Donovan, Gambino, Kerry Healy, Iapicco, Stephanie Keefe, Victoria Lucyk, McMahon, Christina Montalbano, Kelly Scheurer, Carling Shalloo and Alyssa Sudman. John Montalbano and Gene Scheurer were the coaches on manger Eric McMahon’s staff.
Christian Brothers Academy’s Sean Arnott tries to put a tag on Metuchen’s Jonathan Petrakos as he dives safely back to the bag during a preseason scrimmage in Metuchen on March 18. CBA begins to play for keeps tomorrow when the Colts open the season at home against A North Division rival Manalapan. ERIC SUCAR staff
A record 200 foreign riders from 28 countries will compete in this year’s Sunshine Cup mountain bike race, which starts on Thursday and ends on March 8.Olympic medal winners and World Champions such as Manuel Fumic have made the trip to the island for the event. “I’m a great fan of your island,” said Fumic, a two times World Champion and seventh in the recent London Olympic Games, during a media event to launch the Cyprus race.The Sunshine Cup has been running since 1997 under a different name but was renamed in 2006.This year the first race is the Afxentia Stage race and it has been organised for the past 16 years as a UCI Race, which makes it one of the oldest, if not the oldest existing stage race in Europe, organisers said. This race will run until March 1.The second race is taking place at Amathous Archaelogocal Site, in Amathounta, Limassol and is of Class 1 in the UCI Calendar. It will be staged on March 8.The Cyprus Sunshine Cup has been a standard fixture in the early season racing schedule for many riders including 2011 World Champion and 2012 Olympic Champion Jaroslav Kulhavy, 2008 Olympic Champion Sabine Spitz, the Ghost Factory Racing team with its riders Lisi Osl, Alexandra Engen and Katrin Leumann, the Giant Pro XC team with its riders Fabian Giger, Emil Lindgren, Henk Jaap Moorlag, Michiel van der Heijden and the Liv Pro XC Team with its riders Jolanda Neff and Maja Włoszczowska and many more.According to the organisers, tourism would also benefit.Christodoulos Papachristodoulou, of the Cyprus Tourism Organisation, said: “Besides the immediate return which is the visits and hotel accommodations, there is also an indirect benefit for Cyprus from the event, which comes from the media promotion abroad in countries like Germany, where cycling is popular”.The organisers said Cyprus was a perfect setting for mountain biking due to its impressive routes, excellent road network and fine weather, “all of which play an important role when foreign athletes and teams choose their destination.More info at www.cyclingcy.com and www.facebook.com/CyprusSunshineCup.
By Amlan ChakrabortyEngland were knocked out of the World Cup by a spirited Bangladesh who grabbed a quarter-final spot following their narrow 15-run victory in a tight Pool A match in Adelaide on Monday.Put into bat, Mahmudullah struck Bangladesh’s first World Cup century and starred in two key partnerships to lift Bangladesh to 275 for seven.Three-time finalists England made a mess of their chase on an Adelaide Oval track that held no demons and folded for 260 in the penultimate over.Bangladesh looked a bundle of nerves towards the end but Rubel Hossain (4-53) claimed two wickets in the 49th over to trigger wild celebrations.Morgan said he was ‘gutted’ after England’s premature exit and confessed he was clueless about what the future holds for the team.England’s woeful form on 50-over cricket’s biggest stage appeared intertwined with the miserable form of their captain.England handed the one-day captaincy to Morgan in December in place of Alastair Cook and England’s only World Cup win came against Scotland while they lost heavily to hosts Australia and New Zealand and former champions Sri Lanka.Asked what went wrong, the solemn-looking 28-year-old struggled to offer any explanation.“I can’t at the moment,” he said at the presentation ceremony after his team’s 15-run defeat.“I’m gutted at the moment. We struggled and fought our way since we arrived here.“With short boundaries and the way the wicket played, it was certainly well within our reach,” he said.“Our expectations are a lot higher than we performed, so that’s extremely disappointing, to be knocked out this early,” said Morgan.Asked where does the team go from here, Morgan said: “To be honest, I have no idea what happens from here. I’m still surprised that we are knocked out so early.”He insisted there was no problem with squad composition.“We picked guys who can play a brand of cricket that, if we perform, we could win this World Cup. Again ultimately we have not performed.”His counterpart Mashrafe Mortaza was naturally ecstatic.“We’re proud. The wicket was pretty good, we had to bowl well. Our start was not that good but in the middle we bowled really well and put the pressure back on England,” he said.Asked if he was tense when Tamim Iqbal dropped Chris Woakes in the 48th over which could have cost them the match, Mortaza said: “Tamim felt really bad, he is our best fielder. It happens in cricket. End of the day, we ended up being on the winning side and we are happy.”
By Martyn HermanMaria Sharapova got back in the groove at her happiest hunting ground with the Russian opening her bid for a third French Open title with a 6-2 6-4 win over Kaia Kanepi on Monday.The claycourt convert, champion last year and in 2012 and runner-up in 2013, went through her usual routines to great effect to ease through into the second round with few alarms.With her nemesis and top seed Serena Williams keeping her powder dry until Tuesday when men’s number one Novak Djokovic and nine-times champion Rafa Nadal also set out, Sharapova shared top-billing with Britain’s Andy Murray on a breezy day in swanky western Paris.Murray followed her on Court Phillipe Chatrier to face Argentine lucky loser Facundo Arguello.Men’s fourth seed Tomas Berdych’s long march in search of a maiden grand slam title resumed with a 6-0 7-5 6-3 victory against Japanese qualifer Yoshihito Nishioka.Seeded in the top four at a grand slam for the first time, 29-year-old Berdych was relieved to a sixth first-round fall at the French Open where he reached the semi-final in 2010.Nishioka was one of five Japanese men to start in the main draw, the most since 1967, but only highly-fancied Kei Nishikori remains two days into the claycourt grand slam.Berdych, a member of the world’s top 10 for five years but with only one grand slam final to his name, at Wimbledon in 2010 when he lost to Nadal, was far too streetwise for his 19-year-old opponent and was only briefly tested in the second set.“I’m feeling well. I’m feeling physically, mentally strong, and that’s the best possible start that I can have,” Berdych told reporters. “Just now be patient, keep working for the two weeks, and try to go as far as I can.”Sharapova racked up her 21st victory in her last 22 matches on the Parisian clay, only sporadically having to find top gear against an opponent who matched her for power on occasions but lacked the conistency to really cause trouble.She dropped serve while leading 3-1 in each set, but her class ultimately shone through as she set up a second-round against fellow-Russian Vitalia Diatchenko.Spain’s Feliciano Lopez, the men’s 11th seed, became the highest casualty so far, losing 6-3 7-6(9) 6-3 to Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili women’s 14th seed Agnieszka Radwanska’s slump continued as the former world number two succumbed 6-2 3-6 6-1 to Germany’s Annika Beck.Overcast skies greeted home favourite Alize Cornet for the start of the action and despite a sparse lunchtime crowd she treated the home fans who had arrived on time to a comeback win against Roberta Vinci.The French number one, saddled with the pressure of trying to provide a home winner for the first time since Mary Pierce in 2000, looked on course for a fifth consecutive defeat by Vinci before recovering to win 4-6 6-4 6-1.She was relieved to avoid the same fate as her Fed Cup team mate Caroline Garcia who lost in the first round on Sunday.Unlike Garcia, Cornet said she loved the big stage.“I was really glad that this court was chosen for me today,” the 29th seed. “The ambience on this court is amazing.“I think that’s why I could actually come back in this match, because the people were behind me. It’s just a great atmosphere in this court.”Women’s eighth seed Carla Suarez Navarro underlined her “dark horse” tag with an impressive 6-2 6-2 win over Monica Niculescu of Romania.
Kylian Mbappe and Radamel Falcao struck early as Monaco reached the Champions League semi-finals with a 3-1 home win over Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday that sealed a 6-3 aggregate victory.French prodigy Mbappe and Colombia striker Falcao scored in the third and 17th minutes before Marco Reus gave the visitors hope with a 48th-minute goal, only for substitute Valere Germain to wrap up the win for the French side nine minutes from time.Monaco joined Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Juventus in the last four of Europe’s premier cub competition.The kickoff was delayed by five minutes after the German team arrived late at the Louis-II stadium due to traffic problems, UEFA said. Dortmund said on their Twitter feed that the bus had been held up by police at their hotel for 20 minutes.The incident occurred a week after the first leg was postponed by 24 hours after the Borussia team bus was attacked with explosives on its way to the stadium.Monaco fans unveiled a “You’ll Never Walk Alone” banner, with the German team’s anthem, which they share with Liverpool and Celtic, before kickoff.Monaco, who have now scored three goals in each of their last five Champions League games, made a fast start.Benjamin Mendy’s fierce 25-metre strike was parried by Roman Burki into the path of Mbappe, who coolly slotted home to put the hosts ahead.Dortmund came close to an equaliser when Nuri Sahin’s free kick hit Danijel Subasic’s left-hand post.Monaco, however, doubled their tally three minutes later as Falcao perfectly timed his header to beat Burki from Thomas Lemar’s cross from the left.That left Dortmund with three goals to score to force extra time and coach Thomas Tuchel replaced midfielder Erik Durm with forward Ousmane Dembele.The German side looked transformed after the break and they were quickly rewarded as Reus reduced the arrears when he volleyed home from Dembele’s cross after a dazzling run by the Frenchman.It spurred the visitors into action and Monaco started to look shaky as the 19-year-old Dembele proved a constant threat.Monaco, however, had a golden chance to wrap up their qualification shortly after the hour but Falcao’s chip went over the bar.Germain replaced Mbappe and had an immediate impact as he latched on to Lemar’s cross to score seconds after coming on.
In the U13 division, Alotau finished undefeated with 9 points. In second place is Motu Koitabu South with 7, Motu Koitabu West on 5 and Lae with 3 points.In the U15 division, Lae won all their seven matches finishing first with 21 points. Alotau is second on 19, Central on 16 and Motu Koitabu South with 15 points.Alotau topped the U17’s with 13 points, Motu Koitabu South on 13, Mout Koitabu West with 11 and Central on 9 points. In the final division which is the U21, Central came out on top with 22 points, Kairuku Hiri (2) with 20, Alotau on 20 and Motu Koitabu South finished with 18 points. Tournament director Helen Havora said the finals format will see first play fourth and second taking on third.“The winners will advance onto the grand final and the losers will battle it out again for third and fourth placing. Finals will start tomorrow at 9am,” said Havora.
Women’s Division – Pool B:POMWBL #2 83 DEF. KAVIENG 60LAE 87 def. TUBUSEREIA 51.The tournament format will see teams play round-robin pool games before the final matches get underway on Friday. Men’s Division – Pool B:LAE 112 def. DARU 86KAVIENG 112 def. CENTRAL 3X3 64PMBL #2 134 def. TUBUSEREIA #1 53KAVIENG 108 def. DARU 80 Men’s Division – Pool A: Women’s Division – Pool A:POMWBL #1 66 def. KEREMA 35NCDBL 77 DEF. DARU 17 NCDBL 96 def. KEREMA 48PMBL #1 155 def. ALOTAU 54ALOTAU 72 def. KEREMA 62PMBL #3 113 def. TUBUSEREIA #2 50