Local hoops stars earn Shore coaches’ recognition Wittlieb, Kenny among leading vote-getters

first_img Local hoops stars earn Shore coaches’ recognition Wittlieb, Kenny among leading vote-getters FARRAH MAFFAI St. John Vianney senior Cheri Wittlieb enjoyed a stellar season for the Lancers this year, helping lead the team to the Shore Conference championship, and earning several votes for Shore Conference Player of the Year. To the surprise of no one, Rumson-Fair Haven’s Chrissy Fisher was the Shore Coaches Association’s Player of the Year for girls’ basketball. The 6-1 Fisher, who is headed to the University of Maryland, led the Bulldogs to their first Group II state championship and into the Final Four at the Tournament of Champions. She averaged 18 points and 12 boards a game in leading the Bulldogs to the Shore Conference B Central Division and Central Jersey Group II titles, in addition to the state group title. Fisher saved her best basketball of the season for the state playoffs. She almost single-handedly carried RFH to its third straight sectional championship, scoring 24 points in the Central Jersey Group II title game while playing the second half with four fouls. In the Group II championship game, she was superb once again. St. John Vianney’s Cheri Wittlieb, who led the Holmdel Lancers to the Shore Conference Tournament crown and B North Division title, was the runner-up. JERRY WOLKOWITZ Christian Brothers Academy senior Chris Kenny, who will be playing at Monmouth University next year, was one of the Shore’s top players once again this season, earning himself All-Shore recognition. Rounding out the top vote-getters were Toms River South’s Becky Zak; Marlboro’s formidable duo of Chakhia Cole and Sharnee Zoll, who sparked Marlboro to a second straight A North title, and to the SCT and Central Jersey Group IV finals; and Raritan’s high-scoring Kelly Robinson, who helped the Rockets get to the Central Jersey Group II final, where they fell to Fisher’s Bulldogs. The top vote-getters made up the All-Shore Team. Wall’s Tom Ridoux, whose Crimson Knights’ shared the A Central Division championship with Manasquan, was named the Shore’s Coach of the Year. The Shore Coaches also announced their All-Division Teams for the 2001-02 season: Cole, Zoll and Brina Pollack of Marlboro led the A North First Team. Freehold Township’s Missy Elsbree and Middletown North’s Jessie Chalmers rounded out the First Team. Freehold Township’s Kelly Higgins and Amanda Frost, Howell’s Kristin Hein, Marlboro’s Christie Kastner, and Middletown South’s Nicole Baldessari constituted the Second Team. Colts Neck’s Meighan Kelly and Freehold Borough’s Jen Towers were First Team A Central selections. Suzanne Murphy of Colts Neck, Monmouth’s Kelly Miller and Lisa Ott, and Holmdel’s Dana Hoffman made up the Second Team. Wittlieb and Robinson led the B North First Team. They were joined by Raritan’s Amanda Harmata, Matawan’s Amy Gibbons and Red Bank Catholic’s Alisa Kresge and Lindsay Woodfield. SJV’s Marybeth Kuenne and Shantel Brown were named to the Second Team, along with RBC’s Heather Westro and Raritan’s Adriana Velez. Fisher and teammate Amanda DeMartino head the B Central First Team. Shore’s Melissa Lehman also made the First Team. Keyport’s Jaime Boyce and Nadine Kemp, and Mater Dei’s Dana Page were Second Team members. The division coaches of the year were Middletown South’s Tom Brennan for A North; Ridoux, A Central; Matawan’s Robert Carnovsky, SJV’s Nick Russo and Ocean’s Jim Maliff in B North; Rumson’s George Sourlis and St. Rose’s Dick McCallum in B Central. It was the year of the Scarlet Fliers in boys’ basketball as versatile Taquan Dean was selected Player of the Year and Coach Ken O’Donnell was named Coach of the Year. Neptune swept everything, A North, SCT and Central Jersey Group III titles, on the way to the state Group III championship. Dean is headed for the University of Louisville, Kentucky. The Shore Coaches All-Division Teams were as follows: Christian Brothers Academy’s Chris Kenny and Middletown North’s Jay Krol were joined by Freehold Township’s Andrew Impastato on the A North First Team. Second Team A North members included Freehold Township’s Ryan Brown, Middletown North’s Joe Leone and CBA’s Billy Smith. A Central co-champion Monmouth Regional was represented by David Whitehurst and Carlos Lee on the First Team, and Pat Barnette and Jim Dalton on the Second Team. Colts Neck’s Michael DeCorso was also selected to the Second Team. Raritan’s Nick Torres and Red Bank Regional’s Brian McEvily were on First Team B North while John Kirby of Red Bank Regional, David Pearson of Matawan, Tyler Schmelz and Josh Grgas of SJV were on the division’s Second Team. B Central First Team honors went to Cy Galvin of Shore and Rob Parilla of Mater Dei. Rumson-Fair Haven’s duo of Dwayne Reevey and Dan Wong, and Mater Dei’s Matt O’Connor were members of the Second Team. Coaches of the year included Middletown North’s Will Mayer, A North; Scott Martin, RBR, B North; Tom Stead, Holmdel, A Central; and Bob Klatt, Mater Dei, B Central. The senior girls and boys all-star games were played last night at Wall High School. The games match the best seniors from the North division of the S.C. against the best from the South division. The local girls on the North squad were Elsbree, Higgins, Frost, Woodfield, Miller, Wittlieb, Kuenne, Fisher, DeMartino, Brown, and Vanessa Healy of Howell, Jamie Fumando and Kelly Goodbody of Middletown North, and Megan Villane of Shore. Township’s John Sciarappa, Sourlis and Petrone coached the North girls. The North boys were McEvily, Impastato, Brown, Torres, Lee, O’Connor, Ryan Sheridan of Manalapan, Krol, Leone, Kenny and Smith. Brian Golub of Freehold Township and Middletown North’s Will Mayer were coaching the North boys. By tim morris Staff Writer last_img read more


first_imgVERONICA YANKOWSKI St. John Vianney’s Tarik Zunic returns the ball during his NJSIAA State Individual Tournament first-round match with Holmdel’s Paul Buyanovich at Mercer County Park on Saturday. Buyanovich won the match, 6-1, 6-2.last_img

Record-chasing Chelsea out to stoke title dreams

first_img0Shares0000Chelsea striker and top scorer Diego Costa (2R) is set to return to the starting XI as the club hosts Stoke City on Saturday © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 29 – Chelsea can take another step towards English football history when they host Stoke City on Saturday, as the Premier League’s jam-packed festive schedule rumbles into 2017.Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Bournemouth on Boxing Day was their 12th in succession, leaving them two wins short of Arsenal’s overall top-flight record of 14, set over two seasons in 2002. With each win, Antonio Conte’s side have looked more and more like champions-in-waiting, but with half the season still to go, Chelsea’s players are desperately trying to ignore the hype.“It’s unbelievable because it’s very difficult to do that in the Premier League, but the team are very compact on the pitch and that’s the right way,” Spanish forward Pedro Rodriguez told the club website.“Bournemouth are a good team and it was very difficult. Stoke are also a very good team, but we must take it game by game.”Scorer of two goals against Bournemouth, Pedro will be suspended for the visit of Stoke, which should see top scorer Diego Costa — banned on Boxing Day — return to the starting XI.Midfield lynchpin N’Golo Kante is also available again after suspension.Stoke fell to a 4-1 defeat at Liverpool on Tuesday, having gone ahead through Jonathan Walters, and left-back Erik Pieters has urged his team-mates to show more belief against the leading sides.“Sometimes we have a good 20 minutes, sometimes we have a good second half, but in patches we have been bad — we need to learn to control the game,” said the Dutchman, whose side are 13th in the table.“It’s difficult because it has to come as a group. It’s a team sport. But I think we have shown we can do it in spells and we don’t have to be afraid of big teams.”Liverpool’s victory took them back to second place, six points below Chelsea, and they will stage the biggest game of the New Year weekend when third-place Manchester City visit Anfield on Saturday.City trail Liverpool by a point, having won their last three matches, and manager Pep Guardiola was in attendance to watch Jurgen Klopp’s team overcome Stoke.– Cech in the chase –“It’s a difficult game for both teams, but exciting and the best thing is it’s at Anfield,” said Klopp, who sparred with Guardiola’s Bayern Munich during his successful spell as Borussia Dortmund coach.“I am really looking forward to it. They are an outstandingly good side and we are not too bad, so it will be a nice game.”Arsenal, two points below City in fourth place, will look to build on Monday’s last-gasp 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion when they host Sam Allardyce’s Crystal Palace on New Year’s Day.Arsene Wenger’s side had lost their two previous games and with Chelsea nine points above them, their margin for error is thin.“If you have back-to-back losses then you have to go and make up for it in different games. Then you can catch up,” goalkeeper Petr Cech told the Arsenal website.“There are still enough games to make up for our blip and I also think it’s impossible for our opponents to not drop points.”Palace, held to a 1-1 draw by Watford on Monday in Allardyce’s first game in charge since succeeding the sacked Alan Pardew, sit two points above the relegation zone.Manchester United have closed to within sight of Arsenal and will expect to record a fifth successive victory when 15th-place Middlesbrough visit on New Year’s Eve.Henrikh Mkhitaryan netted a stunning ‘scorpion kick’ volley as Jose Mourinho’s men beat Sunderland 4-1 last time out, which was a further sign that belief has returned to Old Trafford.“We have a lot of confidence now and we’re in good shape,” Daley Blind, who scored United’s opening goal, told MUTV.“We need to work hard and keep that feeling up and win games. Of course we want to keep this run going and we’ll work hard to do that.”Chastened champions Leicester City, three points above the drop zone, will hope to chase away some of the storm clouds overhead when they host a West Ham United team who are seeking a fourth successive win.FixturesFriday (11pm):Everton v HullSaturday (3pm unless otherwise stated):Chelsea v Stoke, Leicester v West Ham, Liverpool v Man City (8:30pm), Man Utd v Middlesbrough, Burnley v Sunderland, Southampton v West Brom, Swansea v BournemouthSunday:Arsenal v Crystal Palace (7pm), Watford v Tottenham (4:30pm)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

New Los Angeles police commissioner sworn in

first_img A recent report from the commission found that of the 584 recruits who graduated in the 2006-2007 fiscal year, only 6 percent were African-American. And most of the LAPD command staff is white. Though the department has been aggressively reaching out to people of color and the homosexual and transgender community, Saltzman said it is often management who makes the difference. And he noted that during his time at USC, he helped diversity the student body. “From the gay guy standpoint, I am thrilled,” Councilman Bill Rosendahl said during the swearing-in. “We as gays and lesbians have problems with the Police Department.” The five-member civilian Police Commission creates policy for the department and often sets the tone for high-profile investigations, including this year’s May Day melee at MacArthur Park involving police and immigration-rights protesters. During Wednesday’s meeting, the council pressed Saltzman on everything from the rotation of top brass to whether officers should live in the city. He cautiously told council members that he still needs to familiarize himself on the ins and outs of the department and policy matters. But he said he has been pleased with how the LAPD has handled the MacArthur Park case, pointing to its recently released report that offered a frank look at officer mistakes. Prior to joining USC, Saltzman served as special counsel to the Los Angeles County health director and was a senior deputy to former county Supervisor Ed Edelman. Saltzman was appointed to the city Ethics Commission in 2005. He is a member of the National Gay and Lesbian Leadership Institute’s board. “He has the academic background, both personally and professionally,” said Councilman Jack Weiss, head of the council’s public safety committee. “He is all together a tried and true, very careful, very deliberate … person.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Saying diversity is still one of the most pressing problems facing the LAPD, Robert Saltzman was sworn in today as the latest Los Angeles police commissioner, vowing to help make the department reflect the community. Saltzman, 53, who was unanimously confirmed by the Los Angeles City council, will replace commissioner Shelley Freeman, an openly gay banker who left to focus on her job. She was viewed as a champion of diversity who bluntly pointed out instances of poor management in the department. A former city ethics commissioner and associate dean at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law since 1988, Saltzman is also gay and says he, too, will focus on diversifying the 9,549-officer force. “Diversifying the police force is a significant problem, perhaps the most significant problem facing the force,” he told the council. “I view it as a very long, very difficult process and for me … one of the most important, if not the most important, issues.”last_img read more

Antonio’s peace pipe

first_imgANTONIO Villaraigosa has long played the role of peacemaker in Los Angeles politics. He famously resolved the MTA strike in 2003, and ended a downtown squabble that threatened to derail the Convention Center hotel deal last year. So, naturally, the city now turns to the mayor to bring peace to the South Central Farm fight. That is, if it’s not too late – which it may well be. The squatting farmers, activists and one-time celebrities who have made preserving the farm their passion make a good point: South L.A. needs green space, and the farm is a treasured community resource. But that doesn’t justify their obnoxious and unlawful protests. Again, for all their excesses, the protesters do have a good point. South L.A. needs the farm and its green space far more than it needs another commercial project, which is what Horowitz’s property will likely become. So we can only hope that Villaraigosa will be the peacemaker here, that he can quiet the rhetoric, soothe the hurt feelings, and press upon all parties to take the high road – if not for the good of each other, then at least for the good of all of L.A.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2First, the protesters demanded that the property’s owner, Ralph Horowitz, give them his land for free – just because they’d been using it for so long. Then they filed 61 different legal challenges against him – all of which were rejected – tying up his time and money in court. All the while, they demonized him in their rhetoric and campaigns. When Horowitz offered to sell them the land, they failed to meet his asking price or his deadline. Then they refused to leave his property, leading to Tuesday’s drama in which cops had to drag them out. No wonder, then, that when the Annenberg Foundation offered $10 million at the last minute to help cover the full price for the land, Horowitz angrily declined. He said he would not do any business with the protesters or anyone who supports them. This is where conflict of this sort usually leads – a dead end. And the only way to move forward now is to cool the passions. last_img read more

Scotland will play Israel in Euro 2020 play-off semi-final

first_imgScotland have been drawn against Israel in the Euro 2020 play-offs semi-final.If they win that tie at Hampden on March 26, then will then travel to face Norway or Serbia four days later for a chance to end their 22-year wait for a place at a major tournament.Scotland earned their play-off spot after winning their Nations League group, which also saw them face Israel, last year.Under previous manager Alex McLeish, the Scots beat Israel 3-2 at Hampden after a 2-1 defeat in Haifa. “We have three wins in a row and the benefit of momentum.”Clarke is eagerly anticipating the prospect of flans flooding to Hampden for the semi-final clash against Israel. He added: “To have more than 50,000 people cheering us on at Hampden for the semi-final and the whole country watching at home is something that really excites me and will only serve as further inspiration to the players.“We want to be active participants at EURO 2020, not just hosts, and we will give our all in what I believe will be two games. The Scotland fans always travel in their numbers and I hope they will do so once again if we were to reach the final, but for the moment our focus will be on the semi-final first and foremost.” Current boss Steve Clarke urged the country to “believe” following three consecutive wins. He said: “We are looking forward to the home semi-final against Israel in what is a hugely exciting challenge for us with a massive reward. The players know Israel well having faced them in the Nations League. It was a tough match over there but we showed our capabilities with a good win at Hampden last year.“This is the time to believe. We have just finished what was a difficult campaign, having experienced a turbulent few years for players, fans and managers alike. “It’s now time to channel the positivity following our recent results and focus on the semi-final in March first and foremost.last_img read more

“So slack” – Family of tragic Shane demand tougher sentences for road killers

first_imgThe parents of tragic Shane Patton have demanded tougher jail sentences for people who get behind the wheel and kill others. Julie and Martin Patton, from Drumkeen, last night appeared on RTE television show Claire Byrne Live to tell of their heartache at the loss of their 18 year old son.Shane died in 2012 when Eamonn Lynch got behind the wheel after drinking and while he was banned from driving. He crashed into Shane while traveling at 165kph before later fleeing to the North before his court case.When he was extradited back to Donegal, he pleaded guilty to careless driving causing Shane’s death and received just 18 months in jail.Last night Mr and Mrs Patton revealed how they were only told the night before the recent circuit court case in Letterkenny how the DPP had recommended a charge of careless driving instead of dangerous driving.Mrs Patton said they were told how witnesses were not available and also how Lynch may have been found not guilty if he went before a jury. Julie said that if nothing is done then people will think they have a free run to go out and commit further crimes on our roads.“If nothing is done pretty soon people out there are going to think “we can go out and do what we like in a car.” They are not respecting the roads, not respecting road safety,” she said.Martin Patton said his family just cannot get over how slack the sentences are when someone has lost a life.He said that sentences must be tougher if people using our roads are to be safeguarded.“I would like to see the sentences changed. Everything is too lenient in this country. “There is too many court cases with the same outcome and even cases that don’t get as far as the courtroom.“It’s just so slack,” he pleaded.The couple said that with good behaviour and his guilty plea, their son’s killer will only serve 12 months of his 18 month jail sentence.“So slack” – Family of tragic Shane demand tougher sentences for road killers was last modified: February 14th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Claire Byrne LivedeathDrumkeenEamon Lynchshane pattonlast_img read more

Maxime Bernier brings lightning-rod campaign into Southwestern Ontario

first_img People’s Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernie speaks to about 50 people at the Lion’s Club in Strathroy on Tuesday Oct. 1, 2019. (Derek Ruttan/The London Free Press) Reddit LinkedIn People’s Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernie speaks to about 50 people at the Lion’s Club in Strathroy on Tuesday Oct. 1, 2019. (Derek Ruttan/The London Free Press) GALLERY: Maxime Bernier in Strathroy People’s Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernie speaks to about 50 people at the Lion’s Club in Strathroy on Tuesday Oct. 1, 2019. (Derek Ruttan/The London Free Press) Share Maxime Bernier in Strathroy About 50 people listed to People’s Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernie at the Lion’s Club in Strathroy on Tuesday Oct. 1, 2019. (Derek Ruttan/The London Free Press) People’s Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernie is welcomed with applause by about 50 people at the Lion’s Club in Strathroy on Tuesday Oct. 1, 2019. 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(Derek Ruttan/The London Free Press) Pinterest Blitzing through Southwestern Ontario Tuesday, Maxime Bernier couldn’t shake the recent protests that have dogged his breakaway conservative party and its vow to slash immigration.The People’s Party of Canada (PPC) leader was met by a small group of placard-waving protesters in front of the Sarnia public library, where he addressed about 100 supporters during a three-riding tour that also took him to Chatham, Wallaceburg and Strathroy.“Their anti-immigration policies are really scary, I think,” protester Madeline Vrolyk said. “We need to show that we’re a loving community and that kind of fear-mongering rhetoric just isn’t OK.”Bernier, who has called for immigration to Canada to be chopped roughly in half, to about 150,000 people a year, mostly to fill economic needs, said everyone should be treated equally as Canadians.He said he met with a Toronto Muslim organization and was asked what he’d do for that community.“Nothing,” he replied. “I will do nothing for the Jewish community. I will do nothing for the Christian community. I will do everything for you as a Canadian. To me, you’re a Canadian first.” People’s Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernie speaks to about 50 people at the Lion’s Club in Strathroy on Tuesday Oct. 1, 2019. (Derek Ruttan/The London Free Press) Tumblr 1/6 At a breakfast event in Chatham earlier, and at a day-ending stop in Strathroy, Bernier also defended his controlled immigration stance, a persistent theme during his tour of the region.“We are not for mass immigration, we are not low immigration,” Bernier told about 50 people who gathered at the Strathroy Lions Club. “We just want fewer immigrants.”He also vowed, if elected, to impose stricter vetting of would-be immigrants that would include interviews to ensure they “share our values.”Asked by someone what he’d do do about Canadians who went to the Middle East to fight for ISIS, Bernier was blunt. “We don’t want them here,” he said to applause.Some PPC supporters have words with protesters in Sarnia over the concerns about the party’s stance on immigration. #ckont pic.twitter.com/KeeL5WOOWb— Ellwood Shreve (@DailyNewsES) October 1, 2019 Bernier’s swing through three rural Tory strongholds included two ridings — Chatham-Kent––Leamington and Lambton––Kent––Middlesex — where 13-year Tory MPs have retired, creating rare open races and a chance for Bernier to pick off disaffected Conservative voters.Bernier, who created the PPC after losing the Tory leadership race to Andrew Scheer, said he’s confident the party’s support will surge as more voters hear its platform.He acknowledged getting his party’s message out is its biggest challenge, with less than three weeks to go to the Oct. 21 election. He said the fledgling party will air a nationwide TV ad and he expects to reach new supporters through the nationally televised leaders’ debates Oct. 7 and 10.Bernier also hit on other key planks for his free-market, libertarian party, including his vows to scrap Canada’s supply management systems for dairy, eggs and poultry and the federal carbon tax.The PPC has been dogged by controversy recently, including over a violent clash between protesters and supporters outside a weekend Hamilton event.For the Conservatives, who held seven of the 10 seats in the London region in the last Parliament, the PPC is their first serious challenge on the political right since vote-splitting with Preston Manning’s Reform Party in the 1990s allowing Liberals to walk up the middle and win rural seats in the area.If Bernier bleeds votes from the Tories, analysts say the fallout could be felt most in ridings the Tories won by only narrow margins last time, the closest of which in the London region was Chatham-Kent–Leamington.With files by Jonathan Juha, London Free PressMadeline Vrolyk, co-founder of the Sarnia Intersectional Feminist Network, is among the small group protesting in front of the Sarnia Public Library where PPC leader Max Bernier is scheduled to speak to supporters. #ckont pic.twitter.com/vYGWwM2m2s— Ellwood Shreve (@DailyNewsES) October 1, 2019last_img read more