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Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1993 Asbury Park Press D5 To Report Scholastic Scores ', Call 1-800-822-9770 Ext. 4401,4410 lebolastie For Local Sports Scores Call Pressto (908) 918-1000 Touch 3020 3 from Shore earn All-State honors 45 n J. smsa smmm V THE NEW Jersey High School Football Top 20 is selected by the high school sports staffs of the Asbury Park Press, The Record of Hackensack, The News Tribune of Woodbridge Township, The Courier-News of Bridgewater Township, the Courier-Post of Cherry Hill Township, the Daily Record of Parsippany, The Trentonian, The Home News, North Jersey Herald and News of Passaic, and The Press of Atlantic City. First-place votes in parentheses. The voting is based on 20 points for a first-place vote to one point for a 20th-place vote. VI OCEAN. 11-0: (9) 199 points Defeated Long Jr Branch 20-12 to win its first NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III U championship and garner all but one first-place vote. Ocean handed Brick its only regular-season loss. The Big Red Spartans began the season ranked No. 10 in the poll and climbed to No. 3 before catapulting to the top spot this week. 2 HACKENSACK, 10-1: 183 points No 6 last week. Defeated North Bergen for the second time this season, 54-27, to capture its second straight North Jersey Section 1 Group IV championship. 3 UNION, 10-1: 180 points The Farmers overcame a 10-point second-half deficit and pulled out a 19-16 win over Randolph for the North Jersey Section 2 Group IV title. It was their 10th championship in 17 years under Lou Rettino. 4 CHEROKEE, 10-1: 173 points Knocked off previously unbeaten and No. 1 Washington Township 16-6 by converting four fourth-down situations. Washington had won 21 consecutive games before the South Jersey Group IV championship game. 5 title. RAMAP0, 11-0: (1) 148 points last week, Ramapo completed its unbeaten season with a 23-17 win over Wayne Hills for the North Jersey Section 1 Group III WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, 10-1: 135 points Surprised by Cherokee 16-6 in the South Jersey Group IV championship game. A punt return was the only scoring for the previous No. 1 team. 7 WOODBRIDGE, 9-2: 133 points The Barrons defeated Trenton 1 1-8 for the Central Jersey Group IV championship, their first since 1980. Trenton was stopped on fourth and goal from the two-yard line as time expired. SHAMM0NT0N, 11-0: 130 points Downed Salem 28-22 for the South Jersey Group II championship. The Blue Devils scored two TDs in the last two minutes. S TRENTON, 10-1: 116 points For the second time in four years the Tornadoes came up inches short of a perfect season. Woodbridge ended the run with an 1 1-8 victory in the Central Jersey Group IV final. LONG BRANCH, 10-1: 98 points Terry King and Jason Corley combined tor more man rushing yards for the Central Jersey Group III runner- 1 ,up to Oceaa 31 S! 1l DELBART0N, 11-0: 97 points The Green II Wave's season was capped by a 24-23 road victory I U over perennial power St Joseph in the Parochial Group III final. tfl J)ST. ,0SEPH (M0NTVALE)' 1(M: 87 P'nts II Jr No. 5 last week. A dream season came to an end -sat the hands of Delbarton 24-23 in the Parochial Group III final. The Green Knights were the only team to beat Hackensack. ! O SUMMIT, 11-0: 81 points a touchdown with 26 seconds left lifted coach Jim Benedict's single-wing team to a 26-21 victory over Mendham for the North Jersey Section 2 Group II championship. The winning drive covered 78 yards in eight plays. MR0SELLE PARK, 11-0: 71 points Riding a state-leading 22-game winning streak after topping New Providence in overtime 10-7 for its second straight North Jersey Section 2 Group I championship. RANDOLPH, 9-1-1: 65 points Lost a heart-breaker to Union 19-16 in the North Jersey Section 2 Group IV championship game. The Rams won their eighth consecutive Iron Hills Conference title. Vl SAYREVILLE, 9-1: 50 points Completed the II (season with a 28-7 win over East Brunswick for the 1 Great Middlesex Conference Red Division championship. The Bonbers tied a school record for wins. tfl ELIZABETH, 8-2: 36 points was successful l jgainst every team except Union, which defeated the JB U Wlinutemen in the regular season and playoffs. Had wins over talented Linden and Irvington. M0RRIST0WN, 9-1-1: 34 points captured is first State title since 1974 by rolling over Morris Knolls 25-0 in the North Jersey Section 2 Group III championship. BRICK, 8-2: 22 points Lost to Cherokee in Ihe South Je-sey Group IV semifinals as the Green "" Mf nraonns exceeded exDectations mis season, one won seven straight after an opening-day loss to No. 1 Oceaa fi WAYNE HILLS, 9-2: 18 points No .20 last 'Jr II II week. Only losses came to Ramapo, which proved it C3k belonged in the State's Top 10. The Patriots are a per- enial North Jersey Section 1 Group III contender. Also receiving vote Egg Harbor Township (15), West Mor-ris-Mendham(12). North Bergen (11), and Becton (2). CBA's Ed Wysockl, Red Bank's Kyle LeBaron and Central's George Harak named by state media. PRESS AND WIRE REPORTS CHRISTIAN BROTHERS Academy senior goalkeeper Ed Wysocki, Red Bank junior midfielder Kyle LeBaron and Central senior defender George Harak were named as Shore Conference representatives to the Associated Press All-State boys high school soccer team yesterday. The team was selected by sportswriters from around the state who covered high school soccer this fall. Wysocki allowed only seven goals and had nine shutouts for the South Jersey Parochial A champion. LeBaron, a 6-2 junior who can move up into the offense with lethal results, scored 26 goals and had 11 assists to lead the Shore Conference in scoring. Harak, a senior, was the mainstay for a defense that allowed only 16 goals in 18 matches. He scored once and set up 10 more. Diamond Navarro, Lakewood's sen- , 1 1 George Harak Ed Wysocki ior forward, was named to the second team along with Mohammed Carew, a senior from Jackson. This fall marked the final scholastic chapters for the brilliant careers of Chatham's Bill Walsh and St. Benedict's Petter Villegas. Walsh put the finishing touches on a brilliant four-year career with 42 goals and a state championship. Villegas scored 34 goals and led St. Benedict's to a prep school state championship and kept up the Newark-based school's reputation for playing the top teams in the nation. Walsh and Villegas are the keystone players for all-state team. They lead a group of strikers that were capable of Kyle LeBaron scoring goals in a variety of styles. They are joined on the line by junior John Rath of Shawnee, senior Jesse Van Saun of Pascack Valley and Larry Cypress of West Windsor-Plainsboro. Walsh used steady and heady play to score 128 goals in his four-year career, good enough for fifth place on the state's all-time scoring list. He scored eight of his goals in the state tournament including the game-winner in a 1-0 win over Delran in the Group II championship match. He'll attend national champion Virginia next year. A native of Ecuador, Villegas has dazzled soccer fans the last three years in leading St. Benedict's to a 21-1-0 record and two straight prep school state championships. Goalkeepers Ed Wysocki, Christian Brothers Academy, senior; Jeremy Kirchner, Shawnee, senior. Forward Petter Villegas, St. Benedict's Prep, senior; John Rath, Shawnee, junior; Bill Walsh, Chatham, senior; Larry Cypress, West Windsor-Plainsboro, senior; Jesse Van Saun, Pascack Valley, senior. MidfieM Kyle LeBaron, Red Bank, junior; Rich Eger, St. Benedict's, senior; Wojciech Krakowiak, Clifton, junior; John Rusek, Kearny, junior; Gerrlt Kemps, Haddonfleld, senior. Defense George Harak, Central Regional, senior; Diego Salme, St. Benedict's, senior; Mike Lean, Cherry Hill East, senior; Rodrigo Ferreira, Kearny, senior; Jamal Harris, Piscata-way, senior. Goalkeeper! Lester Lembryk, Clifton, senior; PhH Cerqueira, Keamy, senior. Forwards Jeff Roselli, Newton, senior; Jason Kenig, Cherry Hill East, senior; Diamond Navarro, Lakewood, senior; Stephan Apps, Ridgewood, junior; Chris Halupka, Clifton, junior; Luis Santos, South River, senior. MidfieM Andrew Laskowski, Columbia, junior; Greg Stevic, Shawnee, senior; Mohammed Carew, Jackson, senior; Mike Lucas, Harrison, senior; Keith O'Connor, Ridgewood, senior; Jake Edwards, Hanover Park, senior. Defense Jim Corcoran, Westfield, senior; Mike Krause, Millville, senior; Rich Turner, Hopewell Valley, senior; Chris Witwer, Montgomery, senior; Kamal Bathala, Lawrence, senior. Bucs From page Dl point guard. Her absence will also allow the team's most inexperienced player, sophomore Sarah Fisher, to work her way into the offense. "It's going to help everybody else," Red Bank coach Gene Scalzo said. "We want the opposition to worry about other people. We have people who can score besides Tomora. Now, I think we'll be able to pick up the slack if Tomora gets in foul trouble. They're handling it pretty well right now." Red Bank enters the season as the Shore Conference's No. 2 team, behind perennial favorite and Class B North rival St. John Vianney. While Red Bank will present a well-balanced attack, the team will need Young if it hopes to challenge the Lancers. A spectacular jumper, the 5-foot-8 Young averaged 17.3 points per game last season as the Bucs compiled a 23-5 record. Young can handle the ball with the best of players, and she also gives the Bucs added strength off the boards. In other words, she's a solid, all-around player. Young, though, was sidelined nearly two months, injuring her collarbone Oct. 25 while playing a pickup game at Red Bank's East Side park. She was playing with her older brothers and their friends when someone tried to steal the ball, only to crash into her collarbone. It's the same park where Young first started to play basketball more than seven years ago and where she has returned many times to hone her game. She was first invited to play by her cousin, Rich Drake, who had wondered why Young had not yet taken up the game. "I used to watch my older brothers play," Young said. "Then one day my cousin said, 'Come on, come play.' He started taking me down there every day, and he got me playing. No one really taught me, it was just me watching that I got the concept of the game. I watched for two years. I was playing with guys who were bigger than me, but they gave me a challenge. They gave me a lot to work on." One facet of her game that didn't V 1 zz A- - tt-"--"it' RUSS DE SANTISAibury Park Pren Tomora Young (right) of Red Bank boxes out for a rebound during a recent practice. take much practice was her ball-handling. "(Dribbling) came naturally to me. They had an extra ball, so I would just try and do what they were doing. Then I started watching the NBA. I saw how they did cross-overs and stuff and I went down to the park and practiced it." Prior to high school, Young attended the Red Bank Middle School, where she led the team to a 25-1 record while she was in seventh grade. By the end of her freshman year at Red Bank, Young averaged 12.4 points and 7.2 rebounds per game as the Bucs went 15-9. Always looking to improve, Young believes her biggest asset this season will be her ability to distribute the ball more to her teammates. "I feel I can help the team out a lot by being able to get the plays in motion," Young said. "I want to give them the opportunity to be able to set up and play and have confidence." "I think she'll be able to distribute the ball better," Scalzo said. "Last year she didn't see the floor as well as we'd like her to. But now, with people like Sarah Fisher, who runs the floor very well, when Tomora gets the ball , she'll be able to see people in front of; her. She's distributing the ball, giving it up at certain times that she wasn't doing last year." The addition of Fisher, who is a transfer from Rumson, is what makes the Bucs so formidable this season. ; Last season, Fisher averaged 13.0 points and 9.5 rebounds as a freshman ; for the Bulldogs. This season, she will team with Young to form one of the ' Shore's best 1-2 scoring punches. "She's going to help us a lot," said'. Young of Fisher. "She's going to help j me bring up the ball and also help in the post. She'll help everyone out, ac-' tually." "Sarah will be able to play many dif- ' ferent positions for us," said Scalzo. "She'll enable us to move other people ' around. We'll be able to give teams dif-' j ferent looks. Once we really start jel- " ling as a team we'll be really formida--ble. "She's a good shooter. I think she";,; gives our perimeter game a little bit more strength than it has in the past. , She can take it to the hole. She's tal-- . ented, has a nice knowledge of the " game and has a good work ethic." Scalzo and assistant Robert Otrup-chak, though, know it takes more than a two-player game to have a successful . season. More than anything, the two " are stressing the team concept to the players, as evidenced by their desire to have Young involve more players on " offense. So the rest of the team will be just as important. Senior forward and team; captain Meccaena Bilaal, forward Karen Otrupchak, Robert's daughter,.-and 5-10 center Shniece Perry are solid starters, while sophomore for-'.'' ward Lindsay Robinson will be the.,, first one off the bench. And as Young " recovers, junior Alicia Scott will gain.- experience at point guard. ; . ; "Shniece is our force underneath,"'- ; said Scalzo. "We call her 'Little Shaq.' ." She's extremely quick for her size and - is a very strong girl. ,;f . "We're stressing team," Scalzo-said. "We have some good individuals but we also want to stress the team, because that's where we're going to most successful. When we play as team." Added Young, "Once we start work- , ing together like we did last year, staying focused on what we have to do, we'll be a great team." Spartans From page D 1 ball Top 20 made its debut after the first full week of the season, Middle-town South sat atop the poll Neptune was No. 6 and Ocean was No. 15. After the Spartans blanked Neptune 21-0, Ocean moved up to the No. 10 position in the second poll. After a 44-7 victory over Manala- pan, the Spartans moved up to No. 9. Then it was up to No. 8 after a 30-20 win over Middletown North. A week later, following a 34-22 win over Marlboro, Ocean climbed to No. 5. A 23-13 victory over Middletown South vaulted the Spartans to the No. 4 position in the sixth poll. They held that spot through the seventh week as well. In week eight, Ocean dropped a spot to fifth despite a 35-7 victory over HowelL But after thrashing Madison Central 42-7 in the Central Jersey Group HI semifinals, Ocean jumped back into the picture- at No. 3, a position it held through its final regular-season game against St. John Vianney. On the weekend of the sectional finals, however, the Spartans got a break. Washington Township, which had been No. 1 since the third week of the season, dropped a 16-6 decision to Cherokee. Trenton, which had been No. 2, was upset by Woodbridge. Those two upsets opened the door for the Spartans to be voted No. 1. "We have waited a long time and worked hard for an honor like this," Conti said. "Moments like this are what make the waiting and the work worthwhile." Yesterday, the Spartans got to celebrate together one more time. "It was great to see everyone to gether and happy again," Conti said." ' "This is the first time we have been together in a stress-free environment"' for a very long time. To be honest, it ' feels great." ' , Ocean finished the season ranked' . No. 1 at the Shore by the Asbury Park' , Press and won the Shore Conference-.. Class A North championship. . The Spartans had the No. 1-ranked. ; offense in the Shore Conference, aver-, aging 319.8 yards per game and the ' No. 6 rated defense, allowing 177.8 yards per game. "I know that my players and my " coaches are more happy for this com-" -munity than we are for ourselves,". Conti said.

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