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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23. 1986 C12 SPORTS THE HOWE NEWS Late scores decide gir!s9 state soccer finales E.Brunswick finishes perfect season; B-R East ties Ramapo, settles for co-championship By GENE RACZ Home New sports writer TRENTON Last minute heroics were the order of the day as East Brunswick High School won a girls' state soccer championship and Bridgewater East grabbed a co-championship with last-minute goals yesterday. In the Group IV final, East Brunswick right half Amy Graf pushed a through ball to send forward Leanne Swartz one-on-one with the Westfield keeper Malihi Vemugo-pal. Vernugopal came out well to smother the shot as the ball popped to the left side of the 18-yard-line, where Bear center forward Lisa Gonyo raced to smack the game-winner past the defenders and into the goal with 30 seconds remaining in the contest. The goal did not reflect the play of the game, which saw Westfield dominate and eventually take over the second half of the contest. The Blue Devils used a 4-4-2 formation with juniors Krissy Jeremiah and Karen Voorhees as the two central midfielders. Jeremiah and Voorhees were Westfield's playmakers as they mixed short combination play with well-placed long balls to keep the Bears' defense busy all evening. "I felt that we absolutely outplayed them and that we deserved to win," said Westfield coach George Kapner. "Our kids played well and Kriss and Karen dominated play, but East Brunswick has a solid defense," said Kapner. In a game dominated by Westfield, it was East Brunswick which had the best scoring chances. The first quarter was a midfield battle with both sides hitting long optimistic passes to their forwards. With 3:22 remaining, Graf's long swerving cross from the left side was bobbled by Vernugopal as she left her goal to cut off the pass. Gonyo got a boot to it, only to have her shot cleared off the line by Jeremiah. , Gonyo had another good scoring chance with 1421 to go before the half when a Leanne Swartz cross from the right side found her wide open but off-balance in the goalmouth. Gonyo hit her shot straight at the keeper to keep the game scoreless. With a thin layer of frost settling on the artificial turf, the Westfield midfield gained rhythm and continuity with their forwards, but could only manage a few long range shots on goal. Bears' Coach Lou Kosa recognized his midfield problems. "We got beat at midfield all game," Kosa said. "We tried different combinations, but we never got a rhythm. Our defense played very well and we pushed people up in the end. We went for it." East Brunswick captured the title with an unblemished record of 25-0. In the Group III final, Bridgewater East's Jeanette Goepfert slotted her second goal of the game with 40 seconds remaining in the second overtime to tie Ramapo 3-3 for the state co-championship. It looked as if Ramapo would walk away with its second straight state title when forward Leslie Nicita put the Raiders up 3-2 with 9:29 left in the second overtime for her third goal of the match. Goepfert equalized, however, when she took a pass from Carrie Webster and smacked a low far post goal from the right side in the final minute.- It was Goepfert who opened the scoring in the first minute with an unassisted tally. Nicita tied the game a minute later, then put her team up 2-1 with 8.40 left in the second quarter. East's Andreu Coucoulas tied the game at 2-2 in the third, sending the game into overtime. It was the first state title for East, which celebrated the draw as if it were a victory, while Ramapo's players took the draw with less exuberance. Bridsa-atar fait . I01OO13 Goin R-N.clla (3): B-Gopart (?) Coucoulaa Av lata R Dapot. B-WDtr. Sanaa: R-Mack (6); B-B Ir(14). WaaMiald 0000 0 Et Brunawlek 00 0 1 1 Goals: EB-Conyo Mint! Ej-Craf. SwarU. Savai: W-Varnugopal (5). EB-Kerr (6). Lee, Hinman place high in state x-country meet HOLMDEL - East Brunswick's David Lee and Bernard's Tracy Hinman carried the banner for local harriers yesterday with ninth-place and 10th place respective finishes in the New Jersey State Cross Country Meet of Champions held in Holmdel Park. Lee, a senior, clocked in at 16 38, 28 seconds off the pace. Carlos Mar-ins of Newark East Side led the pack, breaking the ribbon on the 3.1-mile course at 16:10. Jeff Friedman of Bernards finished 16th at 16:47. Also in the Top 50 were Ridge's Mike Nobles, crossing at 16:56 to finish 26th; and Bernard's Tom Praisner, completing the first 50 with a time of 17:24. In the girls competition, Hinman crossed at 19:56, a full minute behind top runner Jodie Bilotta of North Hunterdon. The Lions captured the first three places en route to a team meet title. Ridge's Stephanie Barn and Karen Mitrakul respectively captured 40th and 48th place while Bernards also placed 42nd, 44th and 45th with Tracy Wills, Deb Fordyce and Patty Sullivan. Ban Mart Taam tcaras I. CBA. 43, J. Tomt R.ver North, 130; 3. Paul VI (HaOI. ); 4, RxWwood, 195, 5, Kearny. 199; a, Bernards. 201. 7, Princeton, ?27, t. Haoaonfietd. 20; 9. Haddon Two, 241; 10, CaidweM. 24a, 11, Deioar-lon. 25a, 12. Cinnaminson, 2a3; 13, Holv Crosi, 283; 14. Jefferson. 306; IS. Ramsey, 314; la. Morris Cam-MC, 360. 17, $1. Benedict s 30; 18, Kingswav. 3M. Individual scares I, Carlos Martin. Newark East S'de. 16: 10, 2, Cesar Gaiidm, Union Hill, 16 13, 3, Jason DiJoseon, Paul VI, 16 IS; 4, Ray Russley. Mendham, 1:la; S, Tim Ko-erner, Toms River North. 1622, 6, John Cuichester, Caldwell, 1627; 7, John Covle, CBA, 16.31, I. Urie Ridgewav, Brtdoeton, 16 34, 9, Dave Lee. East Brunswick. 16 38; 10, Eric Bertsen, Ridoewood, 1641; 11. Thomas Adeimann, West Essex, 1642; 12, Art Aumetna. Kearny. 16 43; 13. Kevin Brennan, R B. Caitwuc, 16 43, 14. Matt Mitchell, CBA, 16 44, IS. Todd Weils, Detbarton, 1645; 16, Jeff Friedman, Bernards, 16 47; 17, Tom Perry, CBA, 16 47; IB, A J Monaco, Toms River North, 16 49, 19, Pat Gallagher, Haddon Two, 16 49; 20. Mall Swanson, Ramsey, 16 50, 21, John Lauria. Paramus Catholic, 16 50, 22, Dan Gough, Haddonfield, 16:50; 23; Evan Driscoll, Haddonlietd. 16 S3; 24, Kevin McCaoe, Ridgewood, 16 S3, 25. Pal Fogcrty, Collingswood, 16 Si Girts Meat Taam scares I. North Hunterdon, 24, 2, Brick 72, 3, Wayne Valley 111, 4. Bernards 112. S. Paul VI (Had), 133. 6, Mater Dei. 164. 7, Ridgewood. 185. 8, Rdge. 187, 9, Ocean Civ. 227; 10, Manwah, 259; 11. Somerville, 277, 12, Kitlalmnv, 287. Individual scares I, Jodie Bilotta, North Hunterdon, 18 56; 2, Anne Letko, N. Hunterdon. 19:13; 3; Jeannie LaPlaca, N. Hunterdon, 19:35; 4. Elaine Doherly, Morristown, 19 40, S. Cathy Pai, Chiton. 19 43; 6, Jen Minone, Wayne Valley, 19:47; 7, Amy Kempf. Paramus. 19 48; 8. Cathy Feenev, Wavne Valley. 19:52; 9. Gina wil-lougnov, RandoK, 19 54; 10, Tracy Hinman, Bernards. 1956. II. Amy Holcomo, Holmdel, I9S7; 12, Aiivson. Perre, Passaic Vaiiev, 20:05; 13, Sandy LaPlaca, N. Hunterdon, 20:10; 14, Liz Duacte, Kearny, 20 II; IS, Jaimin Jones. Hackensack, 20 17; 16. Jodi McAudrew. Maier Del, 20:18; 17, Daryl Kiesctie, Roxbury, 20-18; 18, Yolanda Santana, Doover, 2019; 19, Mary Hoerntem, Brick, 20 28 . 20, Maureen Batia-to. Brick. 20 29; 21, Katie McCormack, N. Hunterdon, 20 30; 22, Michel Owen, Clearview, 20 30; 23. Chris Baldes, Manaiaoan, 20:31; 24, Sandy Wright, Paul VI, 2031; 25, Resie Cartrev, Mater Dei, 20 32. Four conference titles are at stake anksgiving Day grid menu mi on ill riAzI Regular pnce MUFFI w r- : i. .j Opp rnue inuiuueb. A Guarantee for as long as you own your car. Free inspection. Quality parts. Professional installation. poce Free installation, brake shoes & disc pads guaranteed for as long as you own your car DRUM BRAKE PACKAGE MOST CARS NOW installed Replace shoes, resurface drums, replace springs, adjust brakes, biead brake lines, road test vehicie- DISC BRAKE PACKAGE MOST CARS NOW per axle installed Replace pads, repack wheel bearings, replace grease seals, resurface rotors, bleed brake lines, road test vehicle. See Manager for details. Sale ends November 30, 1986. Woodbridge, 1400 St. Georges Ave 636-6194 E. Brunswick, 1090 Rt. 18 238-4220 Belleville 450-0551 Ocean 775-1750 Lodl 778-3444 Wayne 256-3513 East Orange 674-5333 Tom's River 349-8800 Watchung 757-1811 Check the Yellow Pages for your local Speedy Muffler King By RANDY WEISBERG Home News sports writer Thanksgiving Day high school football, always a feast for area fans, will have added flavor this year as the slate serves up several games with titles there for the picking. The Highland Park-Metuchen, J.P. Stevens-Edison, Franklin-Piscata-way and Somerville-Hillsborough match-ups all have championships on the line. Highland Park, which owns an overwhelming 37-10-1 series advantage prior to yesterday's Group I playoff game against Metuchen, has a half-game edge in the Greater Middlesex Conference Blue Division. A win or a tie against Metuchen gives the Owls the crown, while a Metuchen victory seals the Blue for the Bulldogs. The same is true for J.P. Stevens, which needs a win or tie against Edison to clinch the GMC Red Division. If Edison, which trails 12-6-2 in the series, should win, there would be at least at three-team tie, and if Madison Central beats Cedar Ridge there would be a four-team tie in the Red. Thus if Stevens loses and Madison Central wins, they would have identical division records with Wood-bridge and East Brunswick, each winding up 4-2. And since each team beat two of the others there would be no titlist for the year. Madison Central has owned its Old Bridge rival, leaving the Cougars unsatisfied the past 10 Thanksgivings. The Spartans lead the series 15-2, winning last year, 13-0. However, this may be the year the Cougars to end their Thanksgiving drought having tucked three wins under their belts this year, which equals their combined victory total of the past four years. Franklin, holding a slight 12-10-2 series edge, needs a win over Pisca-taway to cement the Mid-State's Delaware title and the conference's overall crown as well. The Warriors have taken the last three games after the Chiefs had won six straight. If Piscataway wins, there would be no winner in the Delaware with Franklin, the Chiefs and North Hunterdon each finishing 3-1 in the division. If that should happen, the door would be open for Somerville to snatch the overall Mid-State crown. Somerville, whose only loss is to Franklin, would need to beat Hillsborough on Thursday to take the overall as well as the Raritan Division championship. The Pioneers are 3-0 in the Raritan while Hillsborough owns a 2-1 mark. If the Raiders prevail, they would cop the Raritan by virtue of their victory on the field. Somerville has 3-2 lifetime advantage over the Raiders but the two teams own a pair of victories each since playing each other on Thank-giving with Hillsborough gobbling up the past two meetings. Coinciding with the beginning of the Somerville-Hillsborough Thanksgiving series is the Immacu-lata-Bound Brook shootout. Prior to 1982, the Pioneers had a long-stand ing match with Bound Brook while Immaculata and the Raiders squared off. However, Bound Brook's inability to keep pace with the progress of the Pioneer program prompted the switch. Immaculata has a 5-2 advantage in the overall series with Bound Brook, but the two teams have split four Turkey Day contests with the Crusaders scoring upsets in '82 (7-6) and '85 (8-0). The oldest rivalry renewing its fued on Thursday is Perth Amboy-Carteret. The Panthers have a slim 31-26-2 series edge having shutout the Ramblers the past two years, including a 40-0 romp last year. Carteret has not won a game this year since a season-opening 13-11 victory over South Brunswick. Perth Amboy holds a 2-6 mark having surprised East Brunswick and Edison. The third oldest series is Sayre-ville's duel with South River. Despite the Rams 23-7-1 series domination, Sayreville has won the last two meetings handily and, its 2-6 record notwithstanding, the Bombers may pull off another ambush on South River (4-2-2). Though J.F. Kennedy has sewn up the GMC White Division title, a lot rides on the Mustangs' tussle with Woodbridge. With Kennedy's win over Colonia, and Colonia's triumph over Woodbridge, a win by the Mustangs would give them an outright claim to the bragging rights of Woodbridge for the coming year. Kennedy leads the series 13-7-1. Thanksgiving revives special memories for Manville fans. It was this game in 1980 that broke a 43-game winless streak for Manville with an 8-6 win over Middlesex. Mid-State Conference Football Standings FRIDAY'S RESULT North Hunterdon 10, Voorhees 6 Raritan Division School W L T Pts. Somerville 3 0 0 9 Hillsborough -2106 Voorhees 2 2 0 6 Bridgewater East 12 0 3 Bridgewater West 0 3 0 0 Delaware Division School W L T Pts. Franklin 3 0 0 9 North Hunterdon 3 10 9 Piscataway 2 10 6 Hunterdon Central 0 3 0 0 Watchung Hills 0.30 0 THANKSGIVING DAY GAMES Hunt. Central at Watchung Hills, 10:30 Hillsborough at Somerville, 11:00 Franklin at Piscataway, 11:00 B-R West at B-R East, 11:00 Manville also squeaked by the Blue Jays last year, 23-22, but Middlesex captured all the games between '80 and '85 in building a 15-8 advantage in the rivalry. South Brunswick will seek to salvage a win and a measure of respectability when the Vikings travel to North Brunswick. The Vikes knocked on the door last week, pushing Highland Park to the limit before bowing, 33-32, and are eager to kick the door in against a North Brunswick squad that is not as potent as it has been in recent years. The Raiders own a 9-2 series lead having won the last eight straight. Other teams seeking to cap the season with their first victory are Spotswood and Dunellen. Spotswood has the chance to even its series with Monroe, which the Falcons lead 5-4 Greater Middlesex Conference Football Standings Red Division School W L T Pts. J.P.Stevens 5 10 10 East Brunswick 5 2 0 10 Woodbridge 5 2 0 10 Madison Central 4 2 0 8 Cedar Ridge 2 4 0 4 Sayreville 2 5 0 4' Perth Amboy 2 5 0 4 Edison 15 0 2 White Division School W L- T Pts. x-J.F. Kennedy 7 0 0 14 Bishop Ahr 5 1 0 10 Colonia 4 2 0 8 Monroe 4 3 0 8 South Plainfield 4 3 0 8 North Brunswick 15 0 2 Carteret 16 0 2 South Brunswick 0 6 0 0 Blue Division School W L T Pts. Highland Park 5 0 0 10 Metuchen 4 0 1 9 New Brunswick 4 2 0 8 South River 3 2 17 St.Peter's 14 1 3 St. Pius 14 1 3 Spotswood 0 6 0 0 after capturing the last four Thanksgiving battles. Monroe breezed last year, 20-0. Dunellen, which now competes in the Delaware River Conference, has maintained the Green Brook rivalry as its lone scheduled game with a local opponent. Green Brook boasts an 8-5 lead but the Destroyers won 14-0 last year and have emerged victorious three of the past four years. It is an anxious contingent along Route 28 awaiting the Battle of Bridgewater to resume after fans there suffered through a 0-0 tie between East and West a year ago. The rivalry began with a 14-14 tie and was then dominated by East as the Minutemen strung together seven straight victories en route to a 13-3-2 series lead. And while traditional rivalries are renewed some are just beginning as four match-ups make their Thanksgiving debut this week. St. Peter's squares off against South Plainfield for the first time on Wednesday. Ridge and North Plain-field have also moved their annual clash to Thanksgiving eve. Premiering on Thursday will be Watchung Hills' battle against Hunterdon Central and Bishop Ahr's in-, augural tangle with Colonia. Mountain Valley Conference Football Standings WEDNESDAY'S GAME South Plainfield at St. Peter's, 7:00 THANKSGIVING DAY GAMES J.P. Stevens at Edison, 10:30 Sayreville at South River, 10:30 So. Brunswick at No. Brunswick, 10 30 Monroe at Spotswood, 10:30 Cedar Ridge at Madison Central, 11:00 Carteret at Perth Amboy, 11:00 J.F. Kennedy at Woodbridge, 11:00 Bishop Ahr at Colonia, 1 1:00 Metuchen at Highland Park, 11:00 x-Won division championship. Valley Division School x-New Providence Roselle Park Kenilworth Middlesex North Plainfield Manville Bound Brook W 5 5 4 2 2 1 0 L 0 1 1 3 4 4 6 Pts. 11 10 9 4 4 2 0 Mountain Division School Immaculata Roselle Hillside Clark Springfield Ridge Berkeley Heights W 4 4 4 4 3 2 0 L 2 2 2 2 3 4 6 T 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Pts. 8 8 8 8 6 4 0 x-Won division championship. Note: Since more than one team tied for first there is no champion in the Mountain Division WEDNESDAY'S GAME Ridge at North Plainfield, 7:30 THANKSGIVING DAY GAME Manville at Middlesex, 11:00 FRIDAY'S GAME Bound Brook at Immaculata, 1:00 Brodman places 2nd in state gymnastics AT SPEEDY YOU'RE A SOMEBODY t 01 986 Bloor Automotive f&fcM CARDS ACCEPTED JjJ SAYREVILLE - Mark Brodman, a junior at J.P. Stevens High School, tied the previous record for all-around scoring with a 53.10 at last night's State Individual Gymnastics Meet while finishing second. The meet champion was fellow junior Richart Pulsfort of Roselle Catholic, who set a new mark of 53.15. The duo finished in the same positions in last year's meet. They have been teammates for 10 years while studying and competing for Sur- gent's Elite Gymnastics School in Roselle Park. Brodman won the pommel horse and the parallel bars competition, was second in the floor exercise and high bar and was fifth in the rings. Finishing third was Mark Feingold Middletown South at 52.3; fourth was Mike Maccucci Christian Brothers Academy at 52.15; fifth was Alex Whitfield of St. Peter's at 51.3 and sixth went to Jim Delaney of Bishop Ahr at 50.25. Jason Cohen of East Brunswick won the vault with a 9.2 effort. Penn State spikes GW for A-10 volleyball title NEW BRUNSWICK - Setter Ellen Hensler was named the tournament's most valuable player last night after she led Penn State University .to an easy victory over George Washington University in the final match of the Atlantic 10 volleyball tournament. The Nittany Lions, 36-3 and ranked 15th in the nation, earned an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament after their 15-3, 15-4, 15-5 win in the finals, played in the College Avenue Gym. Penn State made it to the finals with a 15-2, 15-9, 15-6 victory over the University of Rhode Island, while George Washington needed four games to defeat the University of Massachusetts, 15-6, 15-13, 4-15, 15-3. The host Lady Knights were eliminated in Friday night's first round by George Washington, 4-15, 9-15, 5-15, and finished the season 7-26. Joining Hensler on the all-tournament team we're teammates Vida Kernich and Lisa Leap; Anna McWhirter and Corrine Hensley from George Washington; Karen Ferguson from Massachusetts; and Rhode Island's Dawn Banket.

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