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THE BERNARDSVILLE NEWS, THL RSDAV, DEC, t. 1W BERNARDSVILLE Paced by returning state champion Tim Farrell and district champ Rick Johnson, the Bernards High wrestling team is preparing for its big season's opener with Ridge on Friday, Dec. 21. Joel Melitski's Mountaineers will be looking for another sue- Bernards To Host Ridge In Season's Mat Opener cessful season and the season's opener will provide for another great test. "We could win them all or we could lose them all this year," Melitski said.

"It depends on our middle weights. 1 feel we're strong in the low weights and in the upper weights We have to depend on a few of the middle weight wrestlers to come through." Return Trip Farrell will be shooting for a return trip to Princeton's Jadwin Gym where he won the state 98-pound championship a season ago He'll be wrestling in the new 101 pound class this year. Karrell compiled a 24-0 record last year enroute to becoming Bernards High's third state wrestling champ. "It's a great thing," Melitski said. "We had our three state champions working out here this week.

Jim McCue ALL MOUNTAIN VALLEY football players from Ridge are left to right: Jim Kaye, Joe Sutherland, Mike Gallagher and Mason Smith. (Ray Jones) Four Red Devils Named To AU-MVC Grid Team (heavyweight champ and Joe LaSpada i UMi pound king in 1971) were here for a few days. It's greai because the kids on the team, especially the ones. admire these and can really be helped by them Johnson, co-captam of the team along with Kan-ell, will wrestle in the 158 pound class. Johnson was the tS7 pound district champ last season "We've got two groat captains." Melitski said Kicky looks really strong and should have a good season But both these guys are great leaders." Also returning from last year's 9-4 squad is Kob Paterniti, whom MeHtsks has high hopes for this season A senior, Paternitie wrestled as a 106-pounder last year and moves up to the 115-pound class.

Paterniti was a district runnerup last year and compiled an 11-2-2 overall record. He was unbeaten in dual meets. "He's really been looking tough. The experience of two years of varsity wrestling should help him in the tournaments this year." Taking the 108-pound class will be Bob's brother, Billy, an unbeaten jayvee performer last year as a freshman. Another sophomore, Chris Marmo is battling junior Peter Brandner for the 122 pound slot.

At 129 will be returning varsity wrestler Dave DeFillippis, a sophomore and junior Billy King. Mario DeFelice, a senior and junior Tim Webb, a transfer student from Hopatcong are battling for the 135 pound class. Melitski says that Dave Ericson, a junior ap- pears to have the 141 pound class nailed down while senior Sam Mastrobattista. a returning letterman. will be at After Johnson at 158.

the Mounties have junior Kick Desiderio battling sophomore John Mastrobattista at 170. John McMahon, a senior back at 188 and senior Joe Marmo back at heavyweight "Marmo has looked good in practice," Melitski said "He's been hitting some good moves for a heavyweight Mark Ferrara, a junior 188 pounder has been hurt so hasn't practiced yet and Melitski says Jim Fonda might pressure Mastrobattista at 148. our biggest turnout (40) in the past six or seven years, Melitski said. "There's going to be pressure on us right off the bat because we've never lost to Ridge. And there's going to be pressure on Farrell all season, because everyone will be after him.

And he wasn't really a big 98- pounder to start off with so he'll be an even smaller 101 pounder." Farrell could have easily made the 98 pound weight this year. "Another thing, all eight of the state finalists at 98 last year were juniors so they should aU be back." Melitski has lined up some tough scrimmages. "We've had a practice meet with Philippsburg the last few years and I'm hoping we can do it again. We've also got North Hunterdon, Roxbury and Morristown lined up. We need the work.

We need a few surprises this year in those middle weights and we can have a good year." MAKING SURE the hold Is right Is Bernards wrestling math Jm-I Mrlitskl (left) while Tim Farrell and Rick Johnson listen to advice (Carmine) Ridge Beefs Up Cage Schedule BERNARDS TWP. Four Ridge Red Devils were named to the 1973 All-Mountain Valley Conference football team as selected by the conference coaches. Selected to the offensive unit were end Mike Gallagher and running back Jim Kaye, while tackle Joe Sutherland and linebacker Mason Smith were named to the defensive team. Rocco Bravaco, Dennis Dankosky and Paul Mueller made honorable mention. The four players were named as the most outstanding on the Red Devils' team which compiled its best record in Ridge High history with a 7-2 mark.

The Red Devils lost only to Middlesex, 8-6 and to conference champion Hillsborough, 15-0. Kaye was no speed demon, but still managed an impressive 741 yards on the ground and led the Red Devils in scoring with 54 points. He ended his high school career with a brilliant 122 yard effort against Bernards. Most of his touchdowns were right near the goal line, but he did reel off scoring runs of 41 and 47 yards during the season. He helped beat Kenilworth in the season opener, getting all eight points.

He got things done when they were needed. Gallagher was not only a good offensive end, but excelled at linebacker too. Twice he had scoring catches of 52 yards and another for 11. He hauled in 16 passes for 270 yards, just under 17 yards per catch. Against Roselle Park, he blocked a punt and intercepted a screen pass, going 41 yards to paydirt.

That performance earned him the area's defensive player of the week. Sutherland was a tower of strength at defensive tackle. "He is one of the best, if not the best we've ever had there," said assistant coach Pete Hall. He injured his knee twice in 1973, but seemed to play better hurt. He could dish it out and take it.

was one reason why Ridge gave up only 68 points. Another one was co-captain and middle linebacker Smith, who obviously made the tran- sition from the offensive line. Opponents didn't bother running at him, for fear of the end result. Fellow teammate and co-captain Dennis Dankosky was not surprised at his selection. "There was nobody better than him." Bernards-Ridge Football Clash Will Continue Quelling rumors that Ridge and Bernards won't play football next year, school officials have assured us that the Thanksgiving Day classic will continue.

The schools completed the first of a two year contract to play football. It's common knowledge that the Bernardsville Board of Education has a policy that the school won't play a Group III school in a contact sport. Ridge is close to being a Group III school, but William Keeler, principal, expects the enrollment to level off. "We might barely be a Group III school in a couple of years but the trend will level off," Keeler said. "Enrollment in the township kindergarten schools has decreased.

We have people moving in but at the same time people are moving out," he said. "Besides that the games have been close, it's not that we've had runaway games. This year's game was a prime example. We had our best season, Bernards had a poor season and still they could have won that game." Keeler said, "I'm looking forward to Ridge playing Bernards for many years to come." With Bernards moving from the Mountain Valley Conference to the new Colonial Hills Conference last year, rumors began that the Thanksgiving Day game with the Red Devils was on its way out. And this year, with the announcement that Mendham will join the Colonial Hills Conference next season, renewed the rumors.

But Bernards High Athletic Director Donald Ferry explains that Mendham will replace non-conference opponent Hackettstown on the football schedule. That will give the Mountaineers two non-conference games, the season's opener against Bound Brook and the Thanksgiving Day game with Ridge. Ferry said that Bernards may have a problem scheduling games with Ridge in other sports. This year, the Mounties will open their wrestling season with Ridge, which traditionally has been the first Saturday in February when the wrestling season is well on its way. "We're in different conferences and we're committed to our conference teams first," Ferry said.

"We had to schedule Ridge early in the season because it happened to be the only night open for both of us." The boys basketball games will be played on Dec. 18 at Bernards and on Feb. 26 at Ridge. The girls basketball games are slated for Dec. 21 at Ridge and Feb.

22 at Bernards. So for at least another year, Bernards and Ridge will play in football on Thanksgiv ing ALL MOUNTAIN VALLEY Farrell Mike Gallagher T-Mike McCarthy Brad Uslewlcy Schwab Emit Guarlno England QB-Charles Qulrico RB-Louls Qulrico Jim Kaye Gary Prlsh Robert Hynoskl Hardgrove BUI Grohowicz John Reiser Sutherland John Koljeskl Offense Hillsborough Ridge Kenilworth Hillsborough Middlesex Kenilworth Middlesex Hillsborough Hillsborough RWge Kenilworth ManvUle Defense ManvUle Bound Brook Middlesex RWge MKHUCSCX MG-Mlke Cornicchione Bound Brook Dngan Mickey Allen Ken Prince Mason Smith B-Stan Klta Les Eustace Paul Martino Bound Brook Hillsborough Middlesex RWge ManvUle Bound Brook MWdlesex Class Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr.

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Sr. Ht. 6-2 5-11 6-9 5-11 5-8 5-11 5-11 6-9 6-2 5-11 6-1 5-11 5-11 5-7 5-9 5-11 5-11 5-1 6-2 5-11 54 Wt 175 165 185 2M 185 175 1M 171 171 171 195 1(8 175 169 175 IN 235 195 185 159 199 179 185 179 149 By BOB MATERA BERNARDS TWP. A team's record can usually be judged by the competition it faces. Jack Henderson and his Ridge High basketball squad decided to toughen up their schedule, an incentive which he thinks will improve the 15-12 record of last year.

In his third season with the Red Devils, Henderson says, "I want to play best, and- size, the boys want if that way" "Controlling the offense will Ridge will be playing a trio of be 5-9 Mike Gerrity, who will best defensive player on the team, one of the finest I've had the privilege of coaching." Another forward, 6-4 Greg Sobocinski, missed a third of last season with a fractured elbow, but has come back strong. "He's a fine shooter," says his coach, "and has the greatest potential of any player we have to play college ball because of his new opponents, all with impressive credentials, as Henderson explained. "New Providence is a perennial power in the Suburban Conference and Montville was 20-4 last season." Then there is Morristown Prep, which Henderson said, "was one of the best teams in the prep school division last year." "We feel the competition will help us in the state tournament at the end of the also draw the opponents besg guard. "He's our quickest and our pressure defensive player." His running mate will be Tom Finn, 5-11. "He's really improved a lot, both offensively and defensively, and worked hard during the off season," Henderson commented.

Kevin White, 6-2, has been temporarily knocked out of the starting lineup with a severe ankle injury. Jim Honorable Mention RIDGE: Rocco Bravaco, Dennis Dankosky, Paul MueUer. Paint Center, Florio's Win In Men's Hoop BERNARDSVILLE Somerset Hills Paint Center won its second straight game in the Men's Basketball League Monday night, topping the Somerset Hills Jaycees, 47-29. And Florio's Tavern won its first after an opening game loss, defeating M. J.

Neill, 49-30. The Paint Center, winners of last year's championship, were led by George Lambertson and Lance McLean with 18 and 17 points, respectively. Barry Lindquist was high man for the Jaycees with nine points. The winners opened up a tight game in the third quarter by outscoring the Jaycees, 18-5. The Jaycees are now 1-1.

Florio's broke its game open in the second half, outscoring M.J. Neill's (0-2), 26-12. Bill Martin led all scorers with 20 points while Gregg Eastin was high for M. J. Neill's with 11 points.

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Nrlll (H) 9 1 1 2 17 4 i It 7 47 1 II 4 12 IS 12 I II 7 5-M Milne, a 6-6 junior, may get year." Ridge lost to Highland the call or Henderson may Park last year in the semi- switch Sobocinski to the pivot finals of the Group II tourney, spot. Scott Brown, 6-0 and Ridge had a dismal 4-10 Keith Lewis 5-10, will get their Mountain Valley Conference share of playing time at mark, but with seven letter- guard. "These are the finest men back, all seniors, that group of seniors I've ever could easily be reversed. had," said Henderson. "They Bob Bonnet, a 6-1 forward are dedicated, extremely heads the list of veterans, coachable and conscientious." Henderson calls him, "the Ridge has not elected floor 'Y' Swimmers Score In Meet The Synchronized Swim Team of the Somerset Hills YMCA made a fine showing at the recent AAU meet in the Orange YMCA Thirty-four Somerset Hills girls were among the 115 participants from Summit, Orange, Westfield, Lodi and this area competing in four events.

In the Junior State Stunt Championship, Lou Anne Scharfetter placed first and Mary Fitten took fourth place. Debbie Scharfetter took first place in the Junior Open Age Group Championship for 10 to 11-year-olds. In the 11-12 age group, Carol Connors and Beth Hunn placed first and second, respectively. For 13 to i4 year-olds, Gretchen Furst won second place; Sue Swetland. fourth; and Linda Scharfetter, fifth.

Lou Anne Scharfetter took first place in the 15 to 17 age bracket with Mary Fitten winning fourth. In the Novice Age Group Championship, Cathy Connors took third place for 15 to 17- year-olds. In the Beginners Age Group Championship, Aimee Potter placed seventh and Suzanne Snyder. 17th in the 10 to 11- year-old competition. For 11 to 12-year-olds.

Nancy Wynant leaders. "We don't have a captain as such," Henderson put it. "1 expect senior leadership rather than individual leadership." In practice, the boys show good spirit. "1 think they have been very enthusiastic. The kids today, you get out of them what you demand.

They have responded with a healthy attitude and hopefully a winning Ridge's lone scrimmage so far was against Summit. "They destroyed us on the boards," Henderson declared, "but we had promising features and showed signs of playing good defense at times." The key to his boys success will be "for us to become really physical and play as a team." Dana Kimmel is Henderson's assistant and according to Henderson, has been a tremendous help. "I feel very fortunate in having an assistant like Dana. He's been a great asset to (lie program Kimmel has worked in the development of players like Mike Antomotti. John Ballinger.

Kick Jack Morrin and Pat Kastin. all up from the J.V s. The sophomore group, says Henderson, has made the adjustment from junior to senior high ball. Henderson couldn't help but talk about again. "Conditioning comes first and you can't play defense 'f your not in shape.

If we put il together, well be tough He adds that the season looks premising, "if we avoid the illness and injuries which wrecked us last year." Jack Mehl, Pat Manturi and Tim Ryan serve as team managers, as does Jeff Podraza, who will handle the video tape machine, something new for the Red Devils. "We'll have access to it in practice, scrimmages, and games. It's a teaching device, and not entertainment. Making mistakes is not entertaining Henderson looks for Me- tucheii. Bound Krook and Hoselle I'ark to he the toughest conference teams.

"We hope to be in front of them l( we're not. it's because we're not playing defense." The Red Devils won the division of the County TIIUI n.i/Mi-rit last year, and have moved up to the tougher division, where they'll be cometing against the likes of Hrulgewater Bast, West and Franklin "We deserve to be in it Henderson never believe in predictions because of too matt) intangibles "You have to have the attitude and dedication to be successful. We'll have setbacks, but we'll be back Ridge opens up its 20 game regular schedule hosting New Providence on Dec 14 took first while Saiiy finished eighth; Martha Brown, 10th; Lisa Hartop, 13th; Brenda McCollum, 16th; Carol Huggins, 17th; Linda Snyder, 20th; and Polly Patterson, 25th For 13 to 14-year-olds, Sara Kendall took second place; JoAnn Walton, third; Barbie Shaw, fourth; Lisa Snyder, fifth; Laurie Anderson, sixth; Robin Freer, seventh; Laura Hartop, eighth; and Laura Lane, 10th. The Somerset Hills team is coached by Mrs. Marie Schar- fetter, who taught synchronized swimming for several years at the Morristown "This is a fantastic group," said Mrs.

Scharfetter. "The girls are all so enthusiastic and they have a terrific bunch of parents." She also praised the Somerset Hills pool "The new pool is a real broom to the area. I think it is the best pool in New Jersey that we compete in." The synchronized swim team, which practices four hours a week, will next compete at the Montclair in a gTrls'are Tlsowirking on'a SHOWING THE ART DEFENSE TO Greg Sobocinski (left) Is RWge coach Jack show to be presented locally in Henderson while Bob Bonnet (with ball) and Mike Gerrity look on in background. March (Ray Jones).

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