Friday, October 24, 2014

Field hockey: HWS scoring leaders

   (Through Thursday's games)

   Minimum 14 points

Player
School
Goals
Assists
Points
Kathryn Roncoroni
Voorhees
39
14
92
Sydney Muntone
Warren Hills
24
17
75
Carleen O'Connell
Pope John
21
7
49
Dani Profita
Warren Hills
16
13
45
Kendall Nickel
Hunterdon Central
17
6
40
Rhett Curran
Sparta
15
8
38
Erin Sassaman
Belvidere
17
2
36
Nikki Profita
Warren Hills
13
10
36
Alexis Ambrosino
Kittatinny
14
8
36
Jessica Nissen
Warren Hills
15
5
35
Maddie Freeman
Hunterdon Central
12
7
31
Hannah Ryan
Voorhees
12
4
28
Kassidy Forik
Lenape Valley
12
4
28
Amanda Crampton
Warren Hills
8
12
28
Kailey Dalgauer
Hunterdon Central
11
6
28
Megan Thompson
Warren Hills
11
4
26
Natalie Rivas
Newton
10
3
23
Alyssa Falleni
Lenape Valley
11
0
22
Jessica Towey
North Warren
7
8
22
Kelly Healy
Hackettstown
10
2
22
Taylor Barrett
Hunterdon Central
8
6
22
Holly Reznik
Kittatinny
9
3
21
Megan Stevens
North Warren
7
6
20
Hannah Schiavo
Voorhees
7
6
20
Allie Brouhard
Warren Hills
8
4
20
Molly Gorczyca
Hackettstown
6
7
19
Morgan Carr
Wallkill Valley
8
3
19
Katie Thompson
Warren Hills
4
11
19
Jackie Hallack
Sparta
7
4
18
Kylie Marhold
Phillipsburg
6
6
18
Sally Olson
Lenape Valley
6
4
16
Abby Tracey
Sparta
5
6
16
Gretchen Bowie
Sparta
5
6
16
Baylee Vozza
Pope John
3
9
15
Ellie Zgoda
Phillipsburg
7
1
15
Isabelle Houser
Voorhees
2
10
14
Ann Bill
Delaware Valley
6
2
14
Kara Tipton
Belvidere
4
6
14
Christina Chernati
Kittatinny
5
4
14
Abby Flagler
Voorhees
3
8
14

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Field hockey: NJSIAA sectional pairings, seeds

The NJSIAA on Thursday released pairings and seeds for the sectional tournaments that 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 at either Johnson or Boonton, with the Group finals to be held on Saturday, Nov. 15 at Bordentown High School.

Teams with at least a .500 record will automatically received berths and the brackets are 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 look at the sections involving teams from the Hunterdon-Warren-Sussex area.

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

North 1


Group 4

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

Group 3

9-Mount Olive (7-10, 127) at 8-West Milford (6-7-2, 157.5), winner to meet 1-West Morris (15-1, 376.5)
5-Montville (9-6-1, 198.5) at 4-Sparta (9-5-1, 208)
6-Passaic Valley (7-8-1, 180.25) at 3-Wayne Hills (14-1-1, 293)
10-Roxbury (2-12, 92.5) at 7-Wayne Valley (5-8-3, 173), winner to meet 2-Northern Highlands (16-1, 346)

Group 2

9-High Point (4-9-4, 173.5) at 8-Lakeland (8-8-2, 177.75), winner to meet 1-West Essex (16-0-1, 353.75)
5-Chatham (12-5, 274.5) at 4-Ramsey (15-1-1, 285)
11-Parsippany Hills (1-14-1, 64) at 6-Parsippany (10-4, 243), winner to meet 3-Hackettstown (10-4, 286)
10-Jefferson (2-13, 88) at 7-River Dell (7-8-1, 186.5), winner to meet 2-Madison (13-1, 340.5)

Group 1

9-North Warren (8-7-1, 150.25) at 8-Belvidere (9-7-1, 156), winner to meet 1-Newton (9-5-3, 252.75)
12-Butler (9-8, 122) at 5-Pompton Lakes (9-7, 192.5)
13-Whippany Park (5-8-3, 120.5) at 4-Westwood (7-7-2, 203)
11-Pequannock (5-11-1, 127.5) at 6-Boonton (8-8-1, 186.5), winner to meet 3-Kittatinny (11-4-1, 216.75)
10-Mountain Lakes (5-10-1, 142) at 7-Wallkill Valley (5-9-1, 158.25), winner to meet 2-Lenape Valley (12-4, 243.5)

North 2


Group 4

9. Franklin (7-10-1, 117.25) at 8-Montgomery (6-11, 151.5), winner to meet 1-Bridgewater-Raritan (16-1, 353.5)
5-South Brunswick (8-7-1, 170.25) at 4-West Windsor North (10-7-1, 192.25)
11-Piscataway (0-15-2, 74.25) at 6-East Brunswick (8-9-2, 166.75), winner to meet 3-Hunterdon Central (12-5, 274.5)
10-Old Bridge (3-12-1, 108.75) at 7-Hillsborough (4-11-2, 164.25), winner to meet 2-Monroe (17-0-1, 323)

Group 3

9-Hightstown (6-8-1, 149.5) at 8-Middletown North (7-9-1, 172), winner to meet 1-Mendham (13-2, 340)
5-Morristown (11-7, 220) at 4-Ocean Township (13-3-2, 243.75)
11-Nottingham (0-16-1, 72.5) at 6-Middletown South (9-6-1, 196), winner to meet 3-Princeton (16-2, 277)
10-Red Bank Regional (6-12, 117) at 7-Hopewell Valley (10-9, 177.5), winner to meet 2-Warren Hills (15-3, 321.5)

Group 2

9-Somerville (6-7-2, 151.75) at 8-Cranford (5-10-2, 165.75), winner to meet 1-Voorhees (16-1-2, 323.75)
5-Holmdel (8-6-2, 198.75) at 4-Delaware Valley (6-9-1, 203.5)
11-Raritan (8-8-2, 123) at 6-Governor Livingston (7-7-2, 180.25), winner to meet 3-Summit (11-6, 222)
10-Matawan (4-8-2, 142.5) at 7-Johnson (7-8-1, 175.25), winner to meet 2-South Plainfield (16-1-1, 291.5)

Group 1

9-Riverside (7-7-1, 167.25) at 8-Metuchen (6-6-4, 168.75), winner to meet 1-Bernards (14-2, 298)
5-New Egypt (5-8-1, 193) at 4-Glen Ridge (7-9-1, 194.75)
11-Keyport (5-7, 134) at 6-South Hunterdon (7-8, 179.5), winner to meet 3-Bordentown (11-6, 239)
10-Florence (8-6-1, 141.25) at 7-Henry Hudson (7-8, 170.5), winner to meet 2-Shore Regional (13-2-2, 291.5)

Non-Public North


9-Dwight-Englewood (7-9, 152) at 8-Mount St. Mary (8-7, 164.5), winner to meet 1-Oak Knoll (16-1, 346.5)
5. Pingry (6-10-1, 199.25) at 4-Montclair Kimberley (13-5, 267.5)
11-Koinonia (0-10, 40) at 6-St. John Vianney (8-6-1, 194.25), winner to meet 3-Morristown-Beard (10-3-1, 273.5)
10-Mount St. Dominic (8-8-2, 124) at 7-Pope John (8-6-1, 164.5), winner to meet 2-Kent Place (13-3, 288.5)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wrestling: Cantagallo-Rohm to take over at Central

Hunterdon Central has found its new coach, at least on an interim basis.

Jon Cantagallo-Rohm, who has served as an assistant the last three seasons, confirmed on Wednesday that he has been offered and has accepted the head coaching position. The hiring is expected to become official at the next Board of Education meeting on Nov. 17.

The move to Cantagallo-Rohm comes just days after former coach Steve Gibble was suspended with pay for undisclosed reasons during Monday night's Board of Education meeting by an 8-1 vote.

Cantagallo-Rohm, who is a Health and Physical Education teacher at Central, had been rumored to be the leading candidate for the job. As an assistant, he was known for his strategic handling of lineups and matchups, and he credits Gibble for being an excellent mentor.

"I learned a lot from the times I spent with him," said Cantagallo Rohm, who along with Gibble, would conduct early-morning workouts at the school during the season. "A lot that I can use as a coach moving forward. I enjoyed coaching with him."

Cantagallo-Rohm becomes the third head coach in Hunterdon Central's history -- following Russ Riegel, who started the program in 1957 and Gibble, who guided the Red Devils for the past 22 seasons.

Gibble's teams compiled a 348-119 overall record and captured four Skyland Conference titles, in addition to winning 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) under Gibble. 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.

Cantagallo-Rohm, 38, who lives in Phillipsburg and whose father-in-law was late Stateliners football coach Phil Rohm, originally hails from South Jersey. He wrestled for Burlington Township in the early 1990s -- placing third in District 26 at 125 pounds in 1994 -- before continuing on at Upsala College and West Virginia University.

A former head coach in Western Pennsylvania, Cantagallo-Rohm moved on to North Warren, where he served on Matt Parzero's staff for one season before accepting a teaching position at Hunterdon Central.

Cantagallo-Rohm is hoping that his hiring will help bring some stability to Central in light of the recent events and with the season starting in late November.

"I'm hoping we can continue the continuity and familiarity. The kids know what we're capable of and he direction the program wants to go," he said.

Cantagallo-Rohm said that he is in search of two assistant coaches, as Ken Garay has also opted to leave the program. Longtime assistant Leigh Hall will remain on the staff.

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