Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Field hockey: Newton, Voorhees eye top state seeds

Hard to believe, but the NJSIAA sectional tournaments begin early next week with preliminary-round action on Monday (Groups 3 and 4) and Tuesday (Groups 1 and 2), followed by second-round games next Thursday, Oct. 30 (Group 3), Friday, Oct. 31 (Group 4), Saturday, Nov. 1 (Group 1) and Monday, Nov. 3 (Group 2). The Non-Public tournaments begin on Nov. 1.

Sectional finals are slated for Friday, Nov. 7 (Groups 3 and 4), Saturday, Nov. 8 (Groups 1 and 2) and Wednesday, Nov. 12 (Non-Public). The state semifinals (involving sectional winners) are set for Wednesday, Nov. 12 with the Group finals to be held on Saturday, Nov. 15.

Official sectional pairings will be released on Wednesday with today serving as the cut-off date for qualifying teams. Those teams with at least a .500 record will automatically earn berths and the brackets will be seeded according to power points through a team's first 13 games. Teams with less than .500 record may be seeded as determined by the committee.

Here's a preliminary look at the sections involving teams from the Hunterdon-Warren-Sussex area.

(Note: Power points are unofficial and season records are through Monday's games)

North 1


Group 4

1. Ridge (10-5-1, 269); 2. Montclair (11-5, 242); 3. Millburn (8-7-1, 164.25); 4. Randolph (9-7-1, 150); 5. Phillipsburg (5-9-2, 145.75); 6. Westfield (4-11-1, 143.75); 7. Morris Knolls (6-9, 133.5); 8. Watchung Hills (3-12, 121); 9. Columbia (3-11, 113.5); 10. North Hunterdon (2-13, 103); 11. Hackensack (1-14, 86); 12. Livingston (1-13-1, 83.5); 13. Union (4-12-1, 72.5).

Group 3

1. West Morris (15-1, 376.5); 2. Northern Highlands (16-1, 346); 3. Wayne Hills (14-1-1, 293); 4. Sparta (9-5-1, 208); 5. Montville (9-6-1, 198.5); 6. Passaic Valley (6-8-1, 180.25); 7. Wayne Valley (5-7-3, 173); 8. West Milford (6-7-2, 157.5); 9. Old Tappan (4-10-1, 143.5); 10. Mount Olive (7-9, 127); 11. Roxbury (2-12, 92.5); 12. Demarest (0-15, 74).

Group 2

1. West Essex (15-0-1, 353.75); 2. Madison (13-1, 340.5); 3. Hackettstown (10-3, 286); 4. Ramsey (15-1-1, 285); 5. Chatham (12-4, 274.5); 6. Parsippany (9-4, 243); 7. River Dell (7-8-1, 186.5); 8. Lakeland (8-8-2, 177.75); 9. High Point (4-9-4, 170.5); 10. Vernon (2-11-2, 98.5); 11. Jefferson (2-13, 88); 12. Morris Hills (1-15, 77.5); 13. Parsippany Hills (1-12-1, 64).

Group 1

1. Newton (9-4-3, 252.75); 2. Lenape Valley (11-4, 243.5); 3. Kittatinny (10-4-1, 216.75); 4. Westwood (7-7-2, 203); 5. Pompton Lakes (9-7, 192.5); 6. Boonton (8-8-1, 186.5); 7. Wallkill Valley (5-8-1, 158.25); 8. Belvidere (9-7-1, 155); 9. North Warren (7-7-1, 148.25); 10. Mountain Lakes (4-10-1, 142); 11. Pequannock (5-10-1, 127.5); 12. Butler (9-7, 122); 13. Whippany Park (4-8-3, 120.5).

North 2


Group 4

1. Bridgewater-Raritan (15-1, 353.5); 2. Monroe (16-0-1, 323); 3. Hunterdon Central (11-5, 273.5); 4. West Windsor North (9-7-1, 192.25); 5. South Brunswick (8-6-1, 170.25); 6. East Brunswick (8-8-2, 166.75); 7. Hillsborough (4-10-2, 164.25); 8. Montgomery (6-10, 151.5); 9. Sayreville (3-9-2, 126.25); 10. Franklin (6-10-1, 116.25); 11. Old Bridge (2-12-1, 108.75); 12. Piscataway (0-14-2, 74.25).

Group 3

1. Mendham (13-2, 340); 2. Warren Hills (14-3, 321.5); 3. Princeton (15-2, 274.5); 4. Ocean Township (12-3-2, 243.75); 5. Morristown (10-7, 220); 6. Middletown South (9-6-1, 194); 7. Hopewell Valley (10-8, 176.5); 8. Middletown North (7-9-1, 170); 9. Hightstown (5-8-1, 149.5); 10. Red Bank Regional (6-12, 117); 11. Colts Neck (2-14-1, 108.25); 12. Nottingham (0-16-1, 72.5).

Group 2

1. Voorhees (15-1-2, 320.75); 2. South Plainfield (15-1-1, 291.5); 3. Summit (10-6, 222); 4. Delaware Valley (6-8-1, 200.5); 5. Holmdel (8-5-2, 198.75); 6. Governor Livingston (7-6-2, 180.25); 7. Johnson (7-7-1, 175.25); 8. Cranford (5-9-2, 165.75); 9. Somerville (6-6-2, 150.75); 10. Matawan (4-8-2, 142.5); 11. Raritan (8-8-2, 123); 12. North Plainfield (1-15, 62).

Group 1

1. Bernards (13-2, 295); 2. Shore Regional (13-2-2, 290.5); 3. Bordentown (11-6, 237); 4. Glen Ridge (6-9-1, 194.75); 5. New Egypt (5-8-1, 193); 6. South Hunterdon (7-7, 174.5); 7. Henry Hudson (6-8, 170.5); 8. Metuchen (6-6-4, 168.75); 9. Riverside (7-6-1, 167.25); 10. Florence (7-6-1, 141.25); 11. Keyport (5-7, 134); 12. Burlington City (0-10-1, 44).

Non-Public North


1. Oak Knoll (15-1, 346.5); 2. Kent Place (13-3, 288.5); 3. Morristown-Beard (9-3-1, 273.5); 4. Pingry (6-9-1, 198.25); 5. St. John Vianney (8-6-1, 194.25); 6. Pope John (7-6-1, 164.5); 7. Mount St. Mary (6-7, 162); 8. Dwight-Englewood (6-9, 152).

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Wrestling: Gibble out as Hunterdon Central coach

By a vote of 8-1, Steve Gibble was suspended with pay as Hunterdon Central's wrestling coach for the 2014-15 season during Monday night's Board of Education meeting, according to tweets from sportswriter Harry Frezza.

Rumors had been swirling for several weeks as to the veteran coach's status. Attempts by Open Mike to reach Gibble over the weekend were unsuccessful, and the reasons for his dismissal have not been made public. According to Frezza, Gibble will retain his salary for the position, which he was approved to retain earlier in the year. In addition, seven wrestlers spoke in support of Gibble.

Gibble took over as head coach for the 1992-93 season when Russ Riegel, who started the program in 1957, retired after 35 seasons. Gibble, who wrestled under Riegel, won a region title in 1980 at 188 pounds for the Red Devils.

As head coach for 22 seasons, Gibble compiled a 348-119 overall record and his teams captured four Skyland Conference titles and 11 of the program's 19 sectional championships. Central also reached the Group 4 final seven times (1993, '94, '95, '99, 2000, 2003 and 2010). Riegel's teams went 1-4 in Group 4 finals, winning the program's only title in 1989.

This past season, Central went 19-6 and dropped a 55-9 decision to Phillipsburg in the North 2, Group 4 final.

Field hockey: HWS schedule for Oct. 20-25

Monday, Oct. 20


(Both games 4 p.m.)

Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference

Pope John at Whippany Park
North Warren at Jefferson

Tuesday, Oct. 21


(All games 3:45 p.m., unless noted)

Skyland Conference

Warren Hills at Phillipsburg, 4 p.m.
Somerville at Voorhees
Delaware Valley at Bernards, 3:30 p.m.
Hunterdon Central at South Hunterdon
Montgomery at North Hunterdon

Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference

Kittatinny at Newton, 4 p.m.
Lenape Valley at Hackettstown, 6 p.m.
North Warren at Wallkill Valley, 4 p.m.
Parsippany Hills at Vernon, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 22


(All games 4 p.m.)

Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference

Pope John at Morris Hills
Vernon at Mount Olive

Independent

Blair Academy at Newton

Thursday, Oct. 23


(All games 3:45 p.m., unless noted)

Skyland Conference

Watchung Hills at Warren Hills, 6:30 p.m.
Delaware Valley at Franklin
Phillipsburg at North Hunterdon, 5:30 p.m.
Hunterdon Central at Ridge, 7 p.m.

Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference

Hackettstown at Kittatinny, 4 p.m.

Independent

Lenape Valley at Bridgewater, 6 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 24


Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference

Pope John at Mount Olive, 6 p.m.
Sparta at Vernon, 4 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 25 


Hunterdon-Warren-Sussex Tournament

(Championship at Hackettstown)

Voorhees vs. Warren Hills, 2 p.m.

Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference

Lenape Valley at Mendham, noon
Morris Knolls at Wallkill Valley, 10 a.m.

Skyland Conference

Belvidere at South Hunterdon, 1 p.m.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Field hockey: HWS scoring leaders

   (Through Friday's games)

   Minimum 12 points

Player
School
Goals
Assists
Points
Kathryn Roncoroni
Voorhees
36
12
84
Sydney Muntone
Warren Hills
19
12
50
Carleen O'Connell
Pope John
20
6
46
Rhett Curran
Sparta
15
8
38
Kendall Nickel
Hunterdon Central
15
6
36
Dani Profita
Warren Hills
13
9
35
Erin Sassaman
Belvidere
15
2
32
Jessica Nissen
Warren Hills
14
3
31
Nikki Profita
Warren Hills
10
8
28
Hannah Ryan
Voorhees
12
4
28
Maddie Freeman
Hunterdon Central
11
6
28
Kassidy Forik
Lenape Valley
11
4
26
Alexis Ambrosino
Kittatinny
9
7
25
Kailey Dalgauer
Hunterdon Central
10
4
24
Megan Thompson
Warren Hills
9
3
21
Natalie Rivas
Newton
9
3
21
Alyssa Falleni
Lenape Valley
10
0
20
Amanda Crampton
Warren Hills
4
11
19
Jessica Towey
North Warren
5
8
18
Jackie Hallack
Sparta
7
4
18
Molly Gorczyca
Hackettstown
6
6
18
Megan Stevens
North Warren
7
4
18
Taylor Barrett
Hunterdon Central
6
5
17
Morgan Carr
Wallkill Valley
7
3
17
Hannah Schiavo
Voorhees
5
6
16
Sally Olson
Lenape Valley
6
4
16
Kelly Healy
Hackettstown
7
2
16
Holly Reznik
Kittatinny
7
2
16
Abby Tracey
Sparta
5
6
16
Gretchen Bowie
Sparta
5
6
16
Allie Brouhard
Warren Hills
6
3
15
Kylie Marhold
Phillipsburg
6
3
15
Isabelle Houser
Voorhees
2
10
14
Ann Bill
Delaware Valley
6
2
14
Kara Tipton
Belvidere
4
5
13
Baylee Vozza
Pope John
2
9
13
Brianna Skripko
Delaware Valley
5
3
13
Danielle Seabeck
Wallkill Valley
6
0
12
Christina Chernati
Kittatinny
4
4
12
Abby Flagler
Voorhees
3
6
12
Brittany Schumann
Newton
2
8
12

Friday, October 17, 2014

Field hockey: HWS semifinals preview, stats, picks

The sixth annual Hunterdon-Warren-Sussex Tournament rolls on with the semifinals on Saturday at the sites of the higher seeds.

No. 6 High Point travels to meet No. 1 Warren Hills in one semifinal at 3:30 p.m., while No. 2 Voorhees hosts No. 4 Hunterdon Central at 2 p.m.

The winners will meet in the championship game on Saturday, Oct. 25. If Warren Hills advances, the site will be Hackettstown High School's Morrison Field. If High Point moves on to the final, the game will be played at Newton's Palmer Field.

High Point, making its fourth semifinals appearance, is the only non-top four seed to reach this round. The Wildcats improved to 12-5 all-time in HWS games with a 1-0 win over Kittatinny in the quarterfinals last weekend.

Warren Hills seeks its second straight tri-county title and fourth overall. The Blue Streaks, who are 18-2 all-time in this tournament, have not yielded a goal, scoring a 6-0 win over Wallkill Valley in the opening round and earning a 3-0 semifinal win over Hackettstown in a rematch of last year's final.

Voorhees, which won titles in 2010 and '12, is 15-3 all-time in HWS play and recently suffered its first loss of the season -- 2-1 to Bernards on Tuesday. The Vikings will get a rematch with county rival Hunterdon Central, which seeks its first HWS championship. Voorhees scored a 5-0 win when the teams met on Sept. 20. Including the former Hunterdon-Warren Tournament, the Vikes have won a record 10 county titles.

Here's a closer look at each semifinal matchup:

High Point (3-7-4) at Warren Hills (13-3) -- Wildcats continued their Cinderella run through the brackets with a 1-0 win over No. 2 Kittatinny in the quarterfinals. Sophomore forward Kelsey Little scored the winning goal and leads the team with four on the season. Lack of offense has been a problem for coach Bev Keur's team, which has scored just eight goals all season. High Point does have a solid defense, anchored by Danielle Price, Lexa Sabo and goalie Autumn Smith (five shutouts). On the other side, Blue Streaks are an offensive powerhouse, averaging 5.1 goals per game with a season total of 82. Senior forward Sydney Muntone leads the team with 19 goals to go with 12 assists. She ranks second on the school's all-time list for career points (183), goals (67) and assists (49). Muntone is six goals shy of passing Lindsey Schott (72) for that record. Senior center midfielder Nikki Profita, a Rutgers commit, is tied for fourth on the all-time goals (54), assists (45) and points (153) list. Defensively, backs Amanda Crampton and Allie Brouhard are exceptional players.

Pick -- Warren Hills, 4-0.

Hunterdon Central (11-4) at Voorhees (14-1-2) -- Red Devils are looking for their first trip to the championship game after reaching the semifinals for the third straight year by knocking off Sussex top seed Lenape Valley in overtime, 2-1, in the quarterfinals. Forward Kendall Nickel (15 goals) is one of the top scorers in the tri-county area, while sophomore Maddie Freeman has emerged as on offensive force with 11 goals for coach Jenn Sponzo's club. Defensively, goalie Hannah Cecchini will need to have a solid game in the cage. Vikings feature the area's top scorer in junior forward Kathryn Roncoroni, who set the school's single-season goals mark on Thursday with three in a 5-1 win over Delaware Valley to give her 36 on the year and 81 for her career. The big thing is that Roncoroni also is setting up goals with a team-high 13 assists, doubling last season's total. Hannah Ryan (12 goals) and Isabelle Houser (10 assists) are also important pieces to the offense. Defensively, coach Taylor Webb's squad is stout, yielding just nine goals all season. Senior goalie Lauren Pianucci has helped produce 11 shutouts.

Pick -- Voorhees, 3-1.

Hunterdon-Warren-Sussex championship results

2013 -- Warren Hills 1, Hackettstown 0

2012 -- Voorhees 1, High Point 0

2011 -- Warren Hills 3, High Point 1

2010 -- Voorhees 1, Warren Hills 0

2009 -- Newton and Warren Hills co-champions (final was never played)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Field hockey: Hunterdon-Warren-Sussex standings

   (Through Thursday's games)

Skyland Conference
Delaware Division
Overall
Division
Bridgewater-Raritan
(14-1)
(6-0)
Hunterdon Central
(11-4)
(5-1)
Ridge
(10-4-1)
(2-3)
Pingry
(6-8-1)
(1-5)
Hillsborough
(4-10-2)
(0-5)
Raritan Division
Overall
Division
Warren Hills
(13-3)
(5-0)
Phillipsburg
(4-8-2)
(4-1)
Montgomery
(6-10)
(2-4)
Watchung Hills
(3-11)
(1-4)
North Hunterdon
(2-12)
(1-4)
Valley Division
Overall
Division
Voorhees
(14-1-2)
(5-1)
Bernards
(12-2)
(5-1)
Somerville
(6-6-2)
(2-2-1)
Delaware Valley
(6-8-1)
(1-4)
Franklin
(6-8-2)
(0-5-1)
Mountain Division
Overall
Division
Belvidere
(8-7-1)
(4-1)
Mount St. Mary
(6-7)
(4-2)
South Hunterdon
(7-7)
(3-2)
North Plainfield
(0-14)
(0-6)
Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference
Freedom Division
Overall
Division
Lenape Valley
(11-4)
(4-0)
Hackettstown
(10-3)
(3-1)
High Point
(3-7-4)
(1-3)
Jefferson
(2-11)
(0-4)
American Division
Overall
Division
Sparta
(9-5-1)
(5-0)
Pope John
(7-5-1)
(4-1)
Mount Olive
(6-9)
(2-2)
Vernon
(2-11-2)
(1-4)
Morris Hills
(1-14)
(0-5)
Colonial Division
Overall
Division
Kittatinny
(9-4-1)
(4-0)
Newton
(9-4-3)
(3-1)
Wallkill Valley
(4-8-1)
(1-3)
North Warren
(6-7-1)
(0-4)