The Record from Hackensack, New Jersey on April 6, 1990 · 10
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w 5-8 THE RECORD P HIGH SCHOOLCOLLEGE FRIDAY. APRiL 6, 1990 DMes, O'SIiea kept' Qifipri at the top i Championship seasons at County, State levels : Tenth of 20 articles ; By Greg Mattura Correspondent ; Clifton produced many of the top Passaic County high school ' boys bowlers in the Eighties. The Mustangs fill half of the six spots on the All-Decade team. ; Twins Curt and Clay Pezzano I led Clifton to a pair of County ti- ties and a State crown in the early part of the decade, and Mike O'Shea guided the Mustangs to two County crowns during the second half of the era. Wayne Valley's Damon DeLise, Hawthorne's Russ Van Housen, and Tom Jordan of Passaic Tech round out the group selected by The Record's sports staff. Honorable mention goes to Passaic Val ley's Brian Riccardi, West Mil-ford's Dwayne Shuart, and Vernon Moody of Paul VI. CLAY and CURT PEZZANO, Clifton Probably the most potent brother combination in Passaic history, Clay (All-County in 1980-82) and Curt (1979-82) combined for six All-County selections in the Eighties and seven total. In their sophomore year, the Pezzanos carried Clifton to the County and State titles, and added another County crown their senior season. Curt averaged 196, 207, and 201 his final three years, while Clay averaged 205, 205, and 194. Curt attended the University of Miami, where he helped begin a bowling program, and enjoyed a successful collegiate career. He currently manages a bowling center in Baltimore. Clay also had a ' I TODAY: M , BOYS BOWLING GIRLS SATURDAY; BOWLING fine collegiate career, performing at William Paterson. He competes in regional tournaments. "They were superb bowlers," said former Clifton coach Marcia Schwartz. "They were prepared and knew about lane conditions, and they were the kind of kids that never got nervous. They had it all." r .... : CLAY PEZZANO CURT PEZZANO TOM JORDAN Competes in regional tourneys Began bowling program in college 217 average in '84 topped decade Rutgers' Fazekas seeks more defensive support ll K Mark Czerwinski One look at Rob Fazekas' record and earned run average is enough to give the impression that the Rutgers ace is having a terrible spring. Not so, sajfereoach Fred Hill. "He's 1-4 with a 4.86 ERA, but that is in no way indicative of how he's pitched," Hill said. "He's throwing the ball very well. The fact is he just hasn't gotten much defensive help, and we're just not hitting behind him." . Fazekas, a former De-Paul star from Pompton Plains, has had several strong outings. His lone victory was a complete game against Virginia Commonwealth, but the senior right-hander pitched well enough to win against Georgia Tech and Miami. "He just hasn't had any luck, especially in those games," Hill said. "Against Georgia Tech he pitched very well but we made a few errors and lost the game. Against Miami, we lost a fly ball in the lights, three runs scored, and that was the game." The Scarlet Knights (7-11) played their first 16 games on the road, and had seven consecutive rain-outs before Thursday's game with Pace. Former Paul VI star Wagner Larson is coming around after a slow start for Ramapo College. The junior designated hitter is hitting .220 with two home runs and nine runs batted in, but he has five hits and four RBI in his last two games. .- "He's got a very sore shoulder and a banged-up ankle right now, but he's playing hurt," said coach Sal Garllll, whose Roadrunners have dropped seven of their first 10 games. "His numbers might riot be great, but he's been getting some key hits for us." Montclair State coach Norm Schoenlg is pleased with the early season work of freshmen Cory Poat of COLLEGE BASEBALL NOTES West Milford and Brian Sasso of Secaucus. Once the weather clears up and the team starts playing on a regular basis, Schoenig expects the hard-throwing Poat to become a key part of his rotation. Poat (0-1, 13.50 ERA) had one shaky outing in California, but is throwing well. He has seven strkeouts in 8 innings and is tentatively scheduled to start one game of Saturday's doubleheader with Trenton State. Sasso is hitless in three at-bats, but Schoenig needs his glove in the lineup. He is expected to get a start at third base this weekend. "I'm not worried about those two because they're both baseball players," said Schoenig, whose team is 3-6-1. 'They don't panic or get excited; they just do what they have to do. I know they're both ready to get the job done, so unlike other freshmen, they don't have to go through that first phase of learning to handle themselves at this level." The Red Hawks face William Paterson today. Ace Jim Dunphy of Belleville, a transfer from Rutgers, is scheduled to pitch against WPC's Bobby IMoyle of Pompton Lakes. It's been a rough spring for Pace freshmen outfielder Jeff Gomez, who stole more than 50 bases in his career at Paramus Catholic. Gomez broke his leg last summer playing for Little Ferry in the Met League, and he's still not at full strength. "I'm still very happy with him, and I still think he's going to be a pretty good player come next fall," said coach Fred Callacone. "He's been swinging the bat and throwing, and we're just trying to make sure he's ready to play this summer again in the Met League." Former Don Bosco Prep standout Ed Leskauskas of Drew was named to the Jersey Nine Honor RolL The senior outfielder from Wyckoff had eight hits and four stolen bases last week as the Rangers won three of four games. N. Highlands topples St. Joseph 1 Northern Highlands opened its golf season Thursday by defeating St. Joseph, 23V4-12V4, at the par 36 Darlington Golf Course. . Leading the Highlanders were juniors Dave Vezzino and Geoffrey Stevens, who shot 1-over 37. Paramus Catholic also kicked off its season by whipping Saddle River, 28V4-7V4. The best rounds were turned in by Chris Hoehn and Danny Lewis, who shot 38 on the par 35 Paramus Country Club course. Junior Nick Lass man fired a 42 to help Old Tappan (2-0) defeat Tenafly, 22-14, at Rockleigh Red. Mike Sorg shot 43 for Tenafly. The freshman duo of Mark Ferro and Steve Kwon both shot 41 as Bergen Catholic (7-0) hammered Pascack Valley. Junior Tom Flatt shot a 40 to spark Ridgewood (2-0) over Ramapo, 21V4-14V4. ft Dumont won a pair at Alpine Country Club. The Huskies downed River Dell, 10V4-1V4, and 29-7. Keith Givelekain shot a 44 for Dumont. Matt Barnes scored. 47 for Midland Park and Brian Dowling fired a 49 for River DelL Paul Dicker's 43 and John Sali-zoni's 44 enabled Indian Hills to defeat Fair Lawn, 24V6-11V6, at High Mountain Golf Club. Boys track Senior Bryant Wilkerson won the 100, 200, and 400 meters, plus the triple jump as New Milford (1-0-1) tied Bogota (0-0-1) in a boys track meet at New Milford. Jeff Heal a Knights junior, captured first in the high jump, long jump, and high hurdles. Senior Charles Koenke won the shot put, javelin, and discus. Ramapo opened its track season with an 87-43 victory over North ern Highlands. Freshman Frank Baldassare won the 1,600 and 3,200 meters for the Raiders. Jon Clark won three events and Madison outpointed Caldwell, 69-62. Clark won the 100 and 200 meters, and the long jump. Teammate Mike Strange captured first in both hurdles events. Girl track Midland Park improved to 3-0 with a 66-65 victory over Hawthorne. Junior Jen Wilson paced the Panthers by winning the triple jump, the high hurdles, and the high jump. Mary Do lan took first in the shot put and the discus for the Bears. Cresskill's Amy Giannantonio won the long jump, and the 100, 200, and 400 meters during the Cougars' 70V4-6OV4 victory over River DelL MIKE O'SHEA, Clifton One of only two to earn All-County honors four times in the decade, O'Shea (1986-89) improved each season. O'Shea averaged 185, 193, 200, and 201 while lifting Clifton to County titles in his sophomore and senior seasons. He bowls for Seton Hall. "Mike O'Shea, for a number of sports, is one of the best athletes I've ever seen," Clifton coach John Lischak said. "No matter what game he played, he was going to be good at it." TOM JORDAN, Passaic Tech As a senior, Jordan (1982-84) produced the premier Passaic average of the decade and possibly of all time at 217. In his previous two seasons, he averaged 194 and 188, and captured the County title in his junior year with a three-game 731. Jordan's bowling career did not end in high school. Last year, his 899 three-game performance, the all-time best league series, put him in the record books. RUSS VAN HOUSEN, Hawthorne Van Housen (1985-87) . had the second top average of the decade his sophomore year at 213. Along the way he won the County title with a three-game 630 and also shot a perfect 300. He aver aged in the mid-180s his last two seasons, winning the State sectional in 1987 with a three-game 745. "He was a very calm, steady bowler," Hawthorne coach Andy Antista said. "He always seemed to be in control and rarely showed displays of temper." DAMON DeUSE, Wayne Vailey From DeLise's (1986-89) first series his freshman year to his last his senior season, the other four-time, All-County selection in the Eighties was superior. He began his career with a three-game 703 and ended with a 636 to capture the State title. He averaged 190, 190, 205, and 206 in his four years, rolling a 300 along the way and winning the County crown in 1988. A superb student, he attends Boston College. "He was just the best bowler I've ever seen and probably the best bowler in the County," Wayne Valley coach Judy Bradley said. "He just stood out from everybody else since he was a freshman." ( v f . " , " - I iS, 'i- i r V - .IX. MIKE O'SHEA RUSS VAN HOUSEN DAMON DeUSE Averaged 200-plus last two years Bowled a 300 sophomore season won State championship in 1989 ALL-DECADE PASSAIC BOYS BOWLING First team Name, School DAMON DELISE, Wayne Valley . MIKE O'SHEA, Clifton CURT PEZZANO, Clifton CLAY PEZZANO, Clifton Graduation year 1989 1989 1982 1982 RUSS VAN HOUSEN, Hawthorne. TOM JORDAN, Passaic Tech .1987 .1984 Honorsbla mention ' , Brian Riccardi, Passaic Valley: Vernon Moody, Paul VI; Wayne Shuart, West Milford. ALL-DECADE BERGEN BOYS BOWLING First team Name, School DOUG MEYERS, Teaneck JONNY SANTIAGO, North Arlington. TONY AMENT, Fair Lawn CHARLIE BRUNO, Lodl BRENT CAHOON, Hack sn sack . Graduation year 1983 1987 . 1984 1990 .1989 .1985 ADAM MONKS, Paramus Catholic MIKE RUSSO, Bergen Catholic Honorable mention Dave Langdon, Cllffside Park; Glenn Cuozzo, Hacken-sack; Francis Mockenhaupt, Rutherford; Ben McQuade, Old Tappan Moleti, Clifton win another Jen Kolodziej stroked an RBI single and Michele Moleti threw a three-hitter as Clifton topped Montclair, 5-1, Thursday in a Northern New Jersey Interscho-lastic League Atlantic Division Softball game. The Mustangs scored three runs in the seventh inning on Montclair errors. Cheryl Gnoinski stroked a two-run triple and Jennifer Lemke added a run-scoring single as North Arlington scored three times in the first and went on to blank Queen of Peace, 6-0, in an independent game. Junior right-hander Laura Miller hurled a three-hitter, fanning 10 while walking just one in the season opener for both schools. "Laura's velocity was good and SOFTBALL she was spotting her pitches very well," said North Arlington coach John Galante. "We also played well defensively behind her and hit the ball fairly well and I attribute that to our tough scrimmage schedule." Senior third baseman Amy Wal-dron smacked a three-run double to key a four-run fourth as Tenafly came from behind to defeat Cress-kill, 6-3. Sophomore Kim Schiff tossed a two-hitter in posting the victory. Diane Lolacono and Ann Marie Rivezzi each scored four times and drove in two runs as Immaculate Conception pounded Newark Tech, 27-4... Sophomore first baseman Nicole Weiskus stroked a two-run double to spark a four-run fourth as Bogota edged Glen Ridge, 6-5. Allison Scotti and Nancy Ga-lasso drove in a run each as Lynd-hurst topped Wood-Ridge, 6-3. Barbara Carrano went 2-for-3 in the win. . . Keri O'Meara went 3-for-4 with six runs batted in as Leonia ripped Park Ridge, 12-0. Leslie Korkgy threw a three-hitter, fanning eight, for the victory. Pinch runner Courtney Jarek scored from third base on a field-er's-choice grounder off the bat , of Lisa Wehner in the bottom of the eighth as Northern Highlands edged Pearl River (N.Y.), 2-1. Maria Rotella threw a three-hitter to give coach Frank DeLuise his 200th career win. "X Prince HR highlights Wayne Valley's rout RK FRANCISTHE RECORD Wayne Valley pitcher Sita Rao-zynski follows through on her slingshot pitch in Wednesday's Northern Hills Conference softball toss to Lakeland. . Sophomore catcher Nicole Prince hit a three-run homer in the third inning Thursday and finished 3-for-3 with six runs batted in as Wayne Valley blasted Kennedy, 15-1, in an independent soft-ball game. Kara Neukum went 4-for-4 for the Indians. Leslie Flora's RBI single keyed a three-run fifth inning as Secaucus defeated St Mary's, 5-2. Flora also had a no-hitter before Diane Majdosz opened the seventh inning with a single. Chris Pombo went 3-for4 with three RBI, including a solo homer, as Bergen Tech routed Piscataway Tech, 15-4. Cheryl Hartless went 3-for-3 for the Bulldogs, who scored 10 runs in the first inning. Jen Merlo's sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth scored Allison Matrange as Westwood pulled out a 5-4 win over Cliffside Park. Matrange went 2-for-4 witb. two runs SOFTBALL scored and Amanda Eagleson went 3-for-5 with a run scored. Melissa Landek had a solo homer and scored twice for Cliffside Park.: Maria Perrira went 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored and Jody Hill went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored as Harrison topped Fort Lee, 11-5. ' NNJIL Freshman Lindsay Hill smacked a grand slam in a five-run first inning as Nutley pounded Passaic, 19-3, in Northern New Jersey In-terscholastic League action. Raquel De Bonis went 3-forU with four RBI, including a leadoff home run, as Paramus pounded Teaneck, 15-3. Therese Raleigh stroked a two-run homer as the Spartans tallied seven times in the first inning. .

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