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NOVEMBER 21, 1999 NORTH JERSEY SPORTS THE SUNDAY RECORD S-21 By PAUL SCHWARTZ Staff Writer HOLMDEL Julia Brownell lay on the ground five feet from the finish line, the hopes of a Ridgewood cross-country State championship apparently lying there with her. Out of gas after a strong effort on an unseasonably warm November day, Brownell needed to finish the race to complete the five-runner team that seemed to have accomplished its season-long goal. But as she lay there, spent, dehydrated, and with runner after runner finishing ahead of her, all she could hear was an argument. "All I could think of was I need water, and then I heard two officials arguing about whether I had finished the race when I had touched the line earlier with my hand," said Brownell. "And I had heard of others crawling over the finish line, so I crawled a few more feet and crossed the line." Her work done, Brownell lay down again and awaited assistance from on-site emergency help, her parents, and coach Jacob Brown. She quickly was revived and while being tended to, heard the magic Glen Rock takes its first solo title By TIM LEONARD Staff Writer EWING So many times Glen Rock has gotten to this place, only to have it become another in a string of disappointments. Sure, the Panthers have shared State girls soccer championships, but there was never that unique feeling of being alone at the top, the queens of the mountain. Today, Glen Rock knows that feeling oh so well. The Panthers scored early and stymied the Rum-son-Fair Haven offense for a convincing 2-0 victory in the NJSIAA Group 1 championship game. Instead of trying to figure out after the game who would bring the trophy home, Glen Rock goalkeeper Katie Singer wouldn't let it go after coach Tracy Trobiano handed it to her for a team photo. "I don't think we ever got the chance to take the trophy home," said Trobiano, whose team was making its fifth straight appearance in a State title match. "I never had a problem sharing a championship." Before losing to Pingry in last season's title game, Glen Rock had tied in three straight State championship matches. The title of "State champion" was nice, but it didn't carry the same weight as it does when it isn't so crowded at the top. "Co-champions, it's like you didn't even play," senior midfielder Jodie Gabel said. "This is awesome. It's such a great feeling to come here and not tie and not lose, but to win." Glen Rock (21-1-1) clearly was the better team, save for a couple of lapses. The Panthers dominated the first half, repeatedly attacking the Bulldogs goal, but not doing much to finish their chances. Rumson-Fair Haven (18-4-1) MEN'S BASKETBALL, Michael Hill had a game-high 20 points and eight rebounds, spearheading John Carroll's easy 79-58 win over Fairleigh Dickinson-Madison. The Devils received 15 points apiece from Harry Vega and Keith Kelley. Kelley also had eight boards and Tim McCorkle added 12 points. Despite a team leading 10 points from Rodney Barnett, Caldwell couldn't find an answer for Michael Foster's game-high 20 points in Xavler's 71-38 win. Freshmen Mukhtar Conroy and Michael Bucknlght combined for 47 points as CCNY knocked off Stevens, 73-67, in the consolation game of the New Jersey City Tip-Off Classic. Jersey City's Christian Gavlna led the Ducks with 23 points. WOMEN'S BASKETBALL. Antrlnette Barrlno collected a game-high 16 points and 18 rebounds in Caldwell's 74-62 win over St. Thomas Aquinas. Chevonne Jenkins' game-high 16 points and 11 from Heather Spence proved to be Just enough to lift Centenary to a 59-56 win over Massachusetts-Dartmouth in the opening round of the Rose City Classic. Centenary also received a game-high 12 rebounds from Petra Nilsson. Maggie Gunderman led Drew with a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds as the Lady Rangers bounced Stevens, 86-38, in opening round action of the Rose City Classic. Also posting a double-double for the Ducks was Maureen Mahlman with 11 points and 10 boards. Allison Pumphrey scored 20 points, 18 in the first half, as FDU-Madison pummeled CCNY, 113-40, In the consolation game of the New Jersey City Tip-Off Classic. Bayonne's Melissa DeRocco scored four of her 12 points in a 22-0 first-half run and West Orange's Heidi Klndel contributed 19 points, five assists, and five steals. Meg Renna scored 14 points and Dana Feltz 11, but it wasn't enough as William Paterson was dominated by 18th-ranked Gwynedd-Mercy, 71-48, in first-round action of the Susquehanna Varsity Club tournament. Feltz, who added a game-high nine rebounds, was solid despite being outmanned by a team that started four six-footers. Jen Hutchinson made sure the College of New Jersey would continue its regular-season roll, scoring a team-high 17 points in the Lions' 77-53 win over New Jersey Institute of Technology in first-round action of the CNJ Tip-Off Classic. The Lions, who extended their win streak to 25, also received 1 1 points from Laura Buckley. Audrey Lundy lit up Teikyo Post with game-highs of 30 points and 14 rebounds in Felician's 72-50 win in the first round of the Purple Knight Classic at Bridgeport, Conn. Felician also got a strong all-around effort from Zaklyyah Woods, who had 14 points, seven steals, and five rebounds. Kenya O'Kelley scored 23 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lead Mount St. Mary to a 69-41 win over New Jersey City in the championship game of the Gothic Knight Tip-Off Classic. NJCU was led by Englewood's Kim Stephent'10 points, the only Knight to finish in double figures, and Ho-boken Jreshman Christina Willis' nine rebounds. y ewood wins title on BrownelFs las words, "The 1999 New Jersey girls State champions, Ridgewood High School," and all worries went away. Brownell's effort capped a terrific race and season for the Maroons, who won their second State Meet of Champions title, 111-132, over Group 3 champion Moores-town and Group 2 champ Hopewell Valley, proving they are the best team in New Jersey. "At the beginning of the race, I thought we had gotten out too slowly," said Brown. "But in the bowl midway through the race and then by the tennis courts with less than a mile left in the 5,000-meter Holmdel Park course we looked like we were going to win." Clair Nowakowski finished 18th, Alyson Cangemi 28th, and Kelly Behan 33rd to put the Maroons in position for Brownell and normal fifth runner Taylor Dunn to finish and clinch the title. "But then I saw Julia come over the final hill and she was looking very wobbly," Brown said. "I was probably should have taken the lead in he fourth minute, when Kelly Henderson stepped into a point-blank shot but hit the right post. ' After that, the half belonged to the Panthers. The pressure finally produced a goal in the 18th minute when Kristin Jerome sent a free kick that was headed in by freshman forward Kim Mineo. Bulldogs goalkeeper Jenn Foley moved to her left to play the long free kick and apparently didn't see Mineo rushing in from the right side for the header that went into the vacated goal. "It all happened so fast. I started running and I was there," said Mineo, whose 21st goal is second on the team to the 27 scored by another freshman,' Leah Jerome. "It was pretty exciting. We were really ready for this, especially the seniors. We weren't leaving this field with a loss." The Glen Rock defense that allowed only three goals all season would see to that. Defender Sarah Ruby played a solid game, as did Kristin Jerome at sweeper. Singer was forced to make only two saves, though she was momentarily shaken up when she came out to cut off a cross and took a hit from Rumson-Fair Haven forward Kristin Guarino late in the first half. The victory was given a fitting exclamation point when Kim Bon-aguaro ran onto a cross from Leah Jerome and knocked the ball into the wide-open goal with eight seconds remaining on the clock. "I said to the team on the bus coming down here that we're J" mm i ay about 100 yards away and when she went down I didn't see Taylor finish." Dunn, running her best race of the year, finished 55th in the 174-runner field and when Brownell finally crawled across the finish line, she was placed 80th, having lost 20 or more places after her collapse. "I'm still fired up about this team because they've had an amazing will and desire to win this thing all year, and we were really ready," said Brown, whose team also won in 1992. While Ridgewood was winning, three Bergen County girls placed in the top 10 for the first time in the 28-year history of the meet. Bergen County champ Beth An-droski of Hackensack was third, Ramsey junior Melissa Conway fifth for the second straight year, and junior Shahnaz Iqbal of Ber-genfield 10th. Erin Donahue of Haddonfield won the race and Lily Thomas of Somerville was second. Androski, who missed last year's SMOC with illness after winning the Group 4 title and was seond in this year's Group 4 race, battled Donahue, Thomas, and Lindsey V. Courtney Cublcciottl of Immaculate before Paul Vl's Noel Mlederkorn in champions already for just getting the chance to play, Trobiano said. "The experience of being here is something else. How can you beat being here?" By taking home a trophy no sharing. v w'"iir-n- Sophomore Tara Larkln of Mendham grabbed seven rebounds and accumulated a game-leading 20 points to lead host Ramapo (2-0) to a 74-43 victory over St. Joseph's and the Roadrunner Tip-Off tournament title. Freshman Carta Coluccl of Emerson contributed with 12 points and dished out a team-high seven assists. Western Connecticut State held off a late charging Montclair State team to win the consolation game at the Colby Tlp-Off tournaemnt in Waterville, Maine. Junior Mariana Lawrence led the Red Hawks with 18 points. SWIMMING Katie Stoddard had a huge day for Stevens, winning two events and setting a school record as an unofficial entrant In another. In the Ducks' 125-121 win over the College of Saint Elizabeth. Stoddard won the 500-yard freestyle and 50-yard backstroke, and set a mark of 29.72 in the 50-yard butterfly. West New York'8 Gil Castillo was a double winner for Montclair State but couldn't lift the Red Hawks in their 125-78 loss to Albright. Castillo was victorious in the 50- and 100-yard freestyles. CROSS-COUNTRY Senior All-American Amy Mlzzone of Wayne finished sixth overall to lead Calvin to its second consecutive Division III National championship at the University of Wisconsln-Oshkosh. The top-ranked Knights became the third team in MIAA history to repeat. Noel Whltall was the College of New Jersey's top finisher as the Lions wrapped up their season at the Division III championships. The women, who placed in the top 20, saw Paramus' Karen Petouvt finish strong. The men had two individuals competing in the national championship, Paramus' Ea-mon O'Brien and Mike Walker. VOLLEYBALL Mary Letters led top-ranked Notre Dame with 14 kills and a match-high eight blocks as the Irish advanced to the finals of the Big East volleyball championship with a 15-12, 6-15, 15-9, 16-14 win over fifth-seeded Connecticut. In today's final, the Irish will meet second-seeded Georgetown a 12-15, 15-9, 15-13, 15-5 winner over sixth-seeded Syracuse. The Hoyas, who will meet the Irish in the championship for the second straight year, were led by Yulla Vtyurlna s 18 kills and six digs. WOMEN'S Vicky Nusse had eight saves for the top-ranked College of New Jersey (21-1-2) in its 1-0 loss to UC-San Diego in the semifinals of the Division III championship irj Williamstown, Mass. Gallo of Howell Township from the opening gun. "I was very concerned after last week's race that I didn't feel good," said Androski. "Then I was yelling at people all week because I had mood swings. Then Friday I finally felt good and I went for it today." Donahue won in 18:44.9 and Thomas was second, 10 yards behind. Androski was third in 18:55.5, another 35 yards back. Androski's time was the sixth-best ever by a Bergen County runner on the Holmdel course. Area boys weren't nearly as successful in the race won by Christian Brothers' Brian Kerwin and his Colts teammates in a runaway. Mike Rogers of Garfield led area athletes with a 30th-place finish in the 168-runner field and Passaic County champ Matt Winkler of Wayne Valley was 39th. Rutherford was 10th in the 19-team field and Palisades Park 15th. Group 1 champion Danny Chaves of Secaucus did not finish, collapsing with dangerously low blood sugar levels. He was taken to Bay Shore Hospital and was released later in the afternoon. - r X , JIRO OSESTAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Heart, right, getting to the ball Friday's Parochial A final. GLEN ROCK 2, RUMSON0 FINAL (11-4-1) Bumaon-falr Haven (21-1-1) Glen nock 1 1 1 . Goats: Kim Mineo. Kim Bonaguaro. iHHi; Kristin Jerome, Leah Jerome, game. GR -Katie Singer 2; RFH-Jen Foley 14. SOCCER At HolNsstaf County Pwfc Hotndal OWLS TEAM SCORING 1111, Moorexom 132' 132. Shawnee 164. Middtotoan South 174. Columbia 17S. Rumeon-Felr Haven 180. Voornese 226. Ramsey 227. Torn nvar East 228, St Ron 237. Pingry 261. Woodrow Wilson 262. Red Bar Catholic 280. Monet-gnor Donovan 293. Bernard! 432. Morrie Catholic 443. Verona 513. VWa Vvatth 532. Erin Donahue. Haddonfield Uy Thontw, SofiwrvWs Bath Androekl. Haekenaack- . 16:44 a . 1847.7. . 16:55 5. . 18:599. . 19:10.4. . 19:30.5. . 19:31.5. . 19:34.3. . 19:36.3. . 19:43.5. . 19:44.7. . 19:45.2. . 1950.3. . 19:51.3. unosey uaao, noma rwp. Mskin Convey. Rameey . Marianne Heron. Uount Ottve . OaudWe Cvangeasta. Triton Jan Blank, Toma River East Stephanie LaaL (tadwry. Shahnaz Iqbal. BergenAeM Christina Menrlrm. Hudson Prep . Room Van Auk en. Highland. Tiffany Rust llopeeeH Valley . KrKien Meyer. HW Taneoha Plttman. Woodrow Wilson . Sarah Spttman, Meet Morris Dana PaJumbo, Shawnee . 19 56 0. . 1956 2. .20:01.9. .2044.1. .20:13.1. . 20:16.5. . 20:19.6. . 20:21.9. . 20:28.5. . 20:26.9. . 20:31.7. . 20:34.2. . 20.39.5. . 20:43.7. CIs Nowakowski. Ridgewood Amine Zohmy, Columbia- Jenna Darcy. Shawnee Rebecca Shore. Columbia- Christina Morgado. Union Jen Myers, Ramapo. Casle Kerr. Mlddletown South . Sarah Rhodes, Vnnrtiees Alyson Cangemi. Ridgewood Beth Veaay, Ramsey KeHy Behan. Ridgewood - Lindsay Van Aknina. Hawthorne Chritlan20:54.6. Taylor Oum, nidgawood 21:02.2. Mary Duvernay. Rameey 21:12.7. June Brownea, Ridgewood 21:25.5. Pascack Hills: a banner year PC, Secaucus also win titles By JIM DRISC0LL Staff Writer WAYNE - The Group 2 State championship trophy is nice, but who'll ever notice it a few years from now as it collects dust in some display case down the hallway from the principal's office? What Kristy Yeck and her teammates on the Pascack Hills volleyball team really wanted out of this season was a banner big, orange, and brown, and forever hanging in the gym for all to see. They'll raise one soon, thanks to a spirited comeback that produced an 8-15, 15-12, 15-11 victory Saturday night over previously undefeated Caldwell. "To be seniors and to leave something behind is great," Yeck said at William Paterson University. "We finally got a banner." The school's first in girls volleyball, in fact. Earlier Saturday, Paramus Catholic and Secaucus added to their reputations as two of the state's premier girls volleyball programs with thrilling victories in the Group 3 and Group 1 finals, respectively. Paramus Catholic won a State title for the 10th time, beating Ramapo, 12-15, 15-7, 15-13, while Secaucus won its 60th consecutive match the longest winning streak in the nation by defeating Cresskill, 13-15, 15-8, 16-14, for the schools' 14th State title overall and fifth straight in Group 1. Except for Bloomfield's relatively easy 15-8, 15-6 victory over Ridgewood in Group 4, all the finals were knock-down, drag-out wars that could have gone either way. No. 1 Caldwell (24-1) had a 5-0 lead in the third game, but Yeck (22 digs, 12 kills) and Rachel Manning (17 kills, 15 blocks) brought the seventh-seeded Cowgirls (19-5) back. "This is the third game in a row Rachel has elevated her game," Pascack Hills coach Matt Kings-ley said. "She's stepping up to be the player we expect her to be. And Kristy is the heart and soul of this team. She breathes fire and life into the team and will not allow it to quit." Second-seeded Ramapo (22-3) also was in front late in the decisive third game, by a 13-11 score. But top-seeded Paramus Catholic (24-1) would rally behind a pair of Stephanie Finke kills one on a timely quick set by Erica West to take a 14-13 lead, and the Pala Saddle Brook breezes to finish with 6-4 mark SPARTA Saddle Brook defensive end Brian Pons had six tackles, two sacks, and an interception to lead the Falcons to their third shutout in five games, a 34-0 independent football win over Sussex Tech on Saturday. Pons also caught three passes for 78 yards and ran for a 3-yard touchdown. Saddle Brook finished the season 6-4 under coach Darren White, the first time since 1988 the Falcons had won six games Junior quarterback Devin Pavel completed 7 of 10 passes for 137 yards including an 18-yard TD pass to Matt Kelley and carried seven times for 78 yards. Pavel also intercented a nnss nnri re turned it 51 yards, although it did tgasp BOYS TEAM SCORING CBA 31. Paul VI 95, Cherokee 104. Washington Two, 127. Red Bank Regional 134, Old Bridge 150. Morrislown 224. Eastern 236. St. Joseph (Metuchen) 285. Rutherford 294, Somerville 297. Cranford 307. Rumson-Fair Haven 317. Hopewell Valley 336. Pa-aades Park 365. St. Rosa 457. Metuchen 461. WHd-wooc Catholic 49S. Mater Del 506. Brian kerwin. CBA 15:52 8. 1604.5. 16:136. 16:16.6. 16 22 9. 16:25.4. 16:26.9. 16:26 0. 16:31.7. 16:33.9. 16:36 6. 16:37.5. 16:39.5. 16:40.3. 16:40.7. 16:43.5. 16:45.1. Walton Kingsbery. Red Bank Regional. Brian SkeHy. Washington Twp Jed CUChiara. CBA Mark B ahnuk. Hackettstown . Adam Ambrua. Shawnee Andrew Filachek. CBA Ty Jensen. Martboro Brian Hoffman. CBA Patrick Slattery. Mount Oliva Mark Weems, Washington Twp. Nick Pellegrino, Martboro Joe Haftn, Cherokee Jonathan Peretra, Parsippany . Rich Sent. Voorhoea WW Keown. La ewood CoNn Brown. Columbia. Adam Ohscoa. Washington Twp Johnny Rodriguez. Red Bank Regional Mike Ritchie, Paul VI Marc Pelenn. Cherokee Mark mchol. MiUbum 16:46.0. 16:48.0. . 16:50.5. 16:51.3. 16:52.4. 16.53.3. 16:53.7. 16:54.3. 16:57.9. 17:05.3. 17:09.2. 17:28.7. 17:40.3. 17:47.3. 17:50.9. 18:06.7. Brian Donovan. East Brunswick . Israel Peyan. Colts Neck. Rick Padron. St Joseph (Met). Mike Rogers, Garfield Man Winkler. Wayne Valley 43. Mat! CoWna. Ramsey . 61. Cole Dalley. Rutherford. 69. Erik Larean. Rutherford . 75. Peter Leighton. Bogota. Adrian Caatano. PaksadM Park , Sergio Zee, Palisades Park dins closed out the match when Caitlin Collins and Heather Ga-laydick combined on a block for the final point. "I knew if anybody got nervous we would lose," said Collins. "But I was still confident we could come back, because we've come back from worse." West would finish with 27 assists, Galaydick added 16 digs and II kills, and Sharon Becker finished with 13 digs and 12 kills. As dramatic as the Paramus Catholic victory was, the Secau-cus-Cresskill match was even better. "Alumni are coming up to me, saying, 'This was the best one. This was the best one,' " said Secaucus coach Maria Nolan. "Over the years, we've had some close wins, but this was such a tough fight." It was, thanks to Sarah Brenner's 25 assists, 25 digs by Catherine Durakis, and the command performance of Cresskill middle hitter Samantha Raggi. The 6-foot senior dominated the net much like Bloomfield's 6-foot-2 junior Tyiana Sears did against Ridgewood finishing with 24 kills. The Cougars, however, needed one more, but Raggi never got the chance to deliver. With Cresskill ahead, 14-11, and serving in the third game, Nolan later said she was thinking, "Is this it?" as she sat on the bench. But it wasn't the end of the Patriots' Group 1 dynasty. Val Kowa-lewski saw to that, serving out the final five points of the match. "There is absolutely no reason for us to hang our heads," said Cresskill coach John Von Glahn. "Both teams played well. It's just that somebody's got to win, and somebody's got to lose." "Really," added Raggi, "there isn't that much negative for us to look upon. We went 21-3 this season, we made the State final, and we took Secaucus to a third game that they won 16-14. It was a terrific game, a terrific season, and I'm so proud of us. Congratulations to Secaucus." Sears, a highly recruited basketball player, appeared to completely take Ridgewood out of it's game. "Even if she doesn't hit," Bloomfield coach Stephen Fenton said, "her presence at the net changes things. I think we just kept them off balance. Maybe they were looking at Sears." not lead to a score. Gene Graf added touchdown runs of 14 and 3 yards, and Ken Celenza had a 1-yard score. SADDLE BROOK 34. SUSSEX TECH 0 (H) Ssddte Brook 12 14 0 6 34 (3-7) Suaeea Tech 0 0 0 09 Gene Graf 14 run (run tailed) Graf 3 run (pass failed) Brian Pont 3 run (run failed) Man Kelley 18 pass from Devm Pavel (Lorenzo Sca-duto run) Ken Celenza 1 run (Chjris OiSanto run) PREVIEWS lets you know where to go and what to do during the weekend. Every Friday. QDn Hfoid 1-i :it n

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