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SUSSEX COUNTY’S DAILY NEWSPAPER
Cleveland is tired, but
tied as it heads back to its
homefield for Game 3/C4
Monday, October 15, 2007
Sports THE NEW JERSEY HERALD
Lenape Valley’s Danielle Johnson
following in the footsteps of another
Patriots girls soccer scorer
Eagles defense comes up big
By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. to be right there to make a play.”
AP Sports Writer NFL: PHILADELPHIA 16, McNabb finished 22-of-35 and was sacked just
EAST RUTHERFORD — The Philadelphia NEW YORK JETS 9 three times, a huge improvement from the 12
times he was taken down by the Giants in the
Eagles faced a New York Jets team wearing games following bye weeks. Eagles’ last game two weeks ago.
New York Jets throwback uniforms and looking for some new “The most important thing is that we won the “Our offensive line did a good job,” Reid said.
Nick Mangold, results. game,” McNabb said. “It’s nice to look up at the “It’s nice to fix that in the same stadium where
center, consoles Navy and gold or green and white, it didn’t scoreboard and see you got a win.” we had some problems.”
quarterback Chad matter in the end. It wasn’t easy, though. The Jets (1-5), wearing Westbrook ran for 120 yards on 20 carries after
Pennington on “Our personality shows when we win a football the uniforms of their previous incarnation, the missing the last game with an abdominal strain.
the sideline in the game,” running back Brian Westbrook said. New York Titans, had a chance to tie it but came “There were some spots where I felt pain, but
final minutes of Donovan McNabb threw for 278 yards, includ- up short when Sheldon Brown knocked away I got through it and I feel good right now,”
the Jets’ 16-9 loss ing a 75-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Curtis, Chad Pennington’s pass in the end zone intended Westbrook said. “There was no way I was miss-
to Philadelphia and the Eagles’ defense stopped the Jets on for Laveranues Coles. ing this game.”
Sunday. The Jets fourth down with just over 3 1/2 minutes remain- “I lined up in man coverage and stayed with After New York held Philadelphia to a three-
wore their Titans ing for a 16-9 victory Sunday. him,” Brown said. “I thought he might take a and-out, the Jets drove for a potential tying
throwback uni- The Eagles (2-3) improved to 8-0 all-time hard out, but he just kind of kept going. I just score, using a razzle-dazzle play to give them a
forms in the loss. against the Jets, and are 9-0 under Andy Reid in backed up a bit, kind of opened up, and I was able chance.
AP Photo/Kathy Willens
HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER: HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: SCIL WEEK 6 RECAP
SCIL BOYS NOTEBOOK
By ADAM REGAN
JEFFERSON — Ned Marini
is usually unfazed when his back
is against the wall. This is why
his Jefferson teammates and
coaches believe the senior was
born to play in between the
In fact, he could be the only
goalkeeper in the SCIL willing to
handle 30 shots a game.
“He is a pretty laid-back guy,”
teammate and senior defense-
man Ryan Mullins said. “He’d
have to be to see as many shots
as he sees.”
Marini wouldn’t have it any
other way. The more fire he’s
under, the more in the zone he
“Most people look at soccer as
a boring sport — not me,” said
Marini, a three-year goalkeeper.
“I like all the action back there.
It helps me stay in the game.”
Marini’s 11 saves per game,
have kept the Flacons in plenty
of tight games against the
league’s best. His performances
establish him as one of the most
— if not the most — talented
goalie in the league.
It would be easy reel off the
SCIL leaders in shutouts —
Sparta’s Connor Boushell (10),
Newton’s D.J. Meisinger (7) and
Vernon’s Jake Costello (6). Photo by Randy Mills/allproshots.com
Marini doesn’t have one. A trio of Pope John defenders try to bring down Vernon’s Mike Hagemann Saturday afternoon in Sparta. The Vikings won, 34-19, to keep their playoff
hopes alive in the North I, Group IV section.
See NOTEBOOK, Page C3
Pope John (10-1-2) 10
Lenape Valley (6-4-1) 7
High Point (2-11)
Wallkill Valley (2-10) 2
L-T GF GA
0-1 48 4
1-2 33 9
3 31 7
3 24 4
4-1 22 19
5-1 19 16
10 16 44
10 8 43
A looong way to go
By ANDREW GOODMAN
Vernon stays in the playoff spots should be decided on the field.
Hopatcong (2-10) 1 10 8 41
email@example.com “I don’t want to knock anybody, but if we line up
against a lot of these teams (in our section) we can
Jefferson (1-11) 1 11 6 26 Here’s all you need to know about the inequity of
the power point system: Vernon received eight playoff hunt, but has beat them,” Tepper said.
This problem is similar to college football’s Bowl
Scoring leaders power points from its victory against Pope John. It
Connor Phalon (PJ) 12
got the four residual points from Pope John’s four a lot of work to do Championship Series. Just let the six major confer-
ence champions and two other teams play in an
Ricky Brown (Spa) 11
victories and it got four more for winning. eight-team playoff.
James Gibson (Ver) 9 But wait, Pope John is a Non-Public Group III, with less wins. Is it so hard for people to realize playoff teams
Yuri Barrados (New) 9 so shouldn’t Vernon get six points for beating a “Not only does it stink because (Pope John) is so and championships should be decided on the field?
Two players tied with 8 Group III school? good,” Vernon coach Chuck Tepper said, “but this At least it looks like the Vikings will get a chance
Assists to play on their new field this season. The field is
Kyle Reinhardt (New) 11
If the system was fair the Vikings would, but the group of kids is allowed to lose one game?”
current system isn’t exactly fair. Welcome to the Vikings’ world. They are ninth in finished, the bleachers are close but the track
Jose San Martin (PJ) 9
Eric Card (Ver) 6 Here’s how it works: When a public school beats North I, Group IV with 26 power points. If they needs to be installed. Tepper said he’s “cautiously
Drew Styer (HP) 6 a non-public school or a school that doesn’t belong received the two extra points they should have, optimistic” that his team will get on the new field.
Nine players tied with 3
to the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic they would be tied for eighth.
Goalies Association, you take that school’s enrollment and The Vikings must win their final two games — The headline: Kittatinny gets a step closer to
Pct. SO fit it into what public group it would be in. In this Wallkill Valley and Lenape Valley — before the the SCIL title
John Steyh (PJ) .964 —
D.J. Meisinger (New) .935 8
case, Pope John has 697 students, which would playoff cutoff date. If they can win, they will have a The real story: Kittatinny will be the top
Connor Boushell (Spa) .902 10 make it a Group II school. chance because the Patriots’ five wins will help seed in North I, Group II.
Jake Costello (Ver) .869 7 So SCIL teams get fewer points for beating Pope Vernon get residual points.
John Pavlichko (LV) .821 3 John than they would beating a Group III school But it shouldn’t come down to power points, See RECAP, Page C2
Newton at Hopatcong, 3:45 p.m.
Kittatinny at Lenape Valley, 3:45 p.m.
Saint Benedicts at Vernon, 7 p.m.
Giants defense ready to prey on Falcons’ line
By PAUL NEWBERRY Two weeks ago, Osi Umenyiora had a
AP Sports Writer NFL: NEW YORK GIANTS team-record six sacks and the Giants (3-2)
ATLANTA — Donovan McNabb was sacked a “It’s quite a tragedy,” Giants offensive tackle tied the NFL mark by taking down McNabb
dozen times by the Giants. Joey Harrington might Kareem McKenzie said. “That’s tough, to lose the 12 times in a 16-3 victory that rekindled memo-
want to consider taking out some extra insurance two bookends of your offensive line. Man, I’ve never ries of Lawrence Taylor terrorizing the other
before tonight’s game against New York. heard of that, ever. But you know what? If you’ve team’s quarterback.
The Atlanta Falcons’ quarterback will be protect- prepared them well, it shouldn’t be that difficult. It’s Not that the Falcons (1-4) can devote all their
ed — he can only hope — by a banged-up offensive just like changing a spare tire.” attention to Umenyiora. New York’s other starting
line that has two new starting tackles, including What if the spare turns out to be flat, too? end is Michael Strahan, who just happens to be the
undrafted rookie Renardo Foster, who’ll be responsi- Foster, who followed coach Bobby Petrino from ’s
NFL active leader with 133 1/2 sacks.
ble for Harrington’s blind side. Louisville to the Falcons, is certainly big enough at “If anything, it makes you nervous,” said Strahan,
Foster fell into his first career start when left tack- 6-foot-7, 338 pounds. Clearly, he wouldn’t have been who’ll be matched against Clabo. “The expectations
le Wayne Gandy went down last week on the next-to- passed over in the draft by every team, Atlanta ... are so high that I don’t know if you can live up to
last offensive play of another Atlanta loss. included, if there was an indication he would be them.”
Compounding the problems up front, right tackle ready to start in his sixth pro game. Strahan has been double-teamed most of the sea-
Todd Weiner will be out several weeks after arthro- “I know it will be a large task,” Foster said. “We’ve son, opening up things for Umenyiora and second-
scopic knee surgery, handing off the job to second- all seen the Philadelphia game, so we know what we stringer Justin Tuck on the other side. The Falcons,
year player Tyson Clabo (who wasn’t drafted either, have on our hands.” of course, don’t have enough blockers to double up
by the way). Ahhh, the Philadelphia game. on everyone.
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C—2 NEW JERSEY HERALD Monday, October 15, 2007
The game after is at home against High
NFL STANDINGS Recap The headline: Lenape Valley Point. The Wildcats are the last team the
AMERICAN CONFERENCE Continued from Page C1 destroys High Point Rangers beat, but the Rangers need to play
The real story: Lenape Valley will their best for 48 minutes and find a way to
W L T Pct PF PA Home Away AFC NFC Div get into the end zone.
New England 6 0 0 1.000 230 92 3-0-0 3-0-0 5-0-0 1-0-0 2-0-0 prove what kind of team it is in the next
Buffalo 1 4 0 .200 65 118 1-2-0 0-2-0 1-3-0 0-1-0 1-1-0 All the superlatives about how good the
Cougars are have been used, there’s no three games. Player of the Week
N.Y. Jets 1 5 0 .167 105 154 1-2-0 0-3-0 1-3-0 0-2-0 1-2-0
Miami 0 6 0 .000 128 182 0-2-0 0-4-0 0-4-0 0-2-0 0-1-0 denying Kittatinny’s route to the North I, It’s difficult to get a read on the Patriots John Kaschak (Jefferson): The Falcons
South Group II championship game won’t include because of their first six games, four were didn’t have their starting quarterback but it
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any road games. easy wins. The only two games that you didn’t matter because of the way Kaschak
Indianapolis 5 0 0 1.000 164 88 3-0-0 2-0-0 3-0-0 2-0-0 2-0-0 could really take something from were the
Jacksonville 4 1 0 .800 100 58 2-1-0 2-0-0 3-1-0 1-0-0 1-1-0 Kittatinny has 49 power points, which played. He rushed for three touchdowns
Tennessee 3 2 0 .600 94 72 1-1-0 2-1-0 1-1-0 2-1-0 1-1-0 gives it a 13-point lead over second-place 34-7 win over Jefferson and 16-0 loss to and 163 yards on 21 carries. It enabled
Houston 3 3 0 .500 133 136 2-1-0 1-2-0 2-2-0 1-1-0 0-2-0 Mahwah. The difference between Mahwah Kittatinny.
Jefferson to build a 35-0 and cruise to victo-
North and sixth-place Lakeland is nine. Against Jefferson, Lenape Valley’s run-
W L T Pct PF PA Home Away AFC NFC Div ry on a day when it shouldn’t have been
The Cougars will ensure their status as ning game dominated to the tune of 371
Pittsburgh 4 1 0 .800 132 47 3-0-0 1-1-0 2-0-0 2-1-0 1-0-0 that easy.
Baltimore 4 2 0 .667 110 100 3-0-0 1-2-0 1-2-0 3-0-0 0-2-0 the top seed by beating Hopatcong and yards rushing, and the defense didn’t allow
Cleveland 3 3 0 .500 167 183 3-1-0 0-2-0 3-3-0 0-0-0 2-1-0 Jefferson the next two weeks. The win over Jefferson’s offense to find a rhythm.
Cincinnati 1 4 0 .200 126 156 1-1-0 0-3-0 1-3-0 0-1-0 1-1-0 the Falcons will give the Cougars the boost Against Kittatinny, the Patriots’ wing-T Looking ahead
West didn’t look like the unstoppable machine as
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in case Mahwah finds a way to rack up Lenape Valley travels to Sparta on
Kansas City 3 3 0 .500 90 103 2-1-0 1-2-0 2-2-0 1-1-0 1-0-0 loads of power points in the next two it has so often this season. They were shut Saturday. The teams have historically been
San Diego 3 3 0 .500 137 119 2-1-0 1-2-0 2-2-0 1-1-0 2-1-0 weeks. out and ran for a total of 85 yards. ’s
two of the SCIL best and they’ve often
Denver 2 3 0 .400 75 136 1-2-0 1-1-0 2-3-0 0-0-0 1-1-0 If there ever was a year Kittatinny is So when Lenape Valley plays Sparta, been in the same section, although they
Oakland 2 3 0 .400 116 128 1-1-0 1-2-0 2-2-0 0-1-0 0-2-0 Vernon and Pope John in the next three
going to win a sectional title, this is it. The aren’t this year.
team is good enough, and when you add weeks, we’ll find out how good the Patriots A win for Lenape Valley would be a great
W L T Pct PF PA Home Away NFC AFC Div their home field into the mix, there’s rea- are. They’re fifth in North I, Group II with power-point boost, since the Patriots are
Dallas 5 1 0 .833 203 144 2-1-0 3-0-0 3-0-0 2-1-0 1-0-0 son to believe the Cougars will be playing 30 power points — two points behind currently fifth in North I, Group II with 30
N.Y. Giants 3 2 0 .600 123 124 2-1-0 1-1-0 2-2-0 1-0-0 2-1-0 during the first weekend in December. fourth-place Jefferson.
Washington 3 2 0 .600 101 69 2-1-0 1-1-0 2-2-0 1-0-0 1-1-0 power points.
The prediction here is that the Patriots
Philadelphia 2 3 0 .400 100 82 1-1-0 1-2-0 1-3-0 1-0-0 0-2-0 The chances of Sparta making the North
The headline: Jefferson cruises past will win all three remaining regular season
South I, Group III playoffs aren’t good, since it is
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Hopatcong 12th in the section with 16 power points.
Tampa Bay 4 2 0 .667 108 87 3-0-0 1-2-0 3-1-0 1-1-0 2-0-0 would be against Vernon, since it may be
Carolina 4 2 0 .667 123 110 0-2-0 4-0-0 4-1-0 0-1-0 2-1-0 The real story: John Kaschak is the inaugural game on the Vikings’ new
But it may have a chance if it beats the
Atlanta 1 4 0 .200 69 100 1-1-0 0-3-0 0-2-0 1-2-0 0-1-0 Jefferson’s most valuable player. Patriots, which would give the Spartans
New Orleans 0 4 0 .000 51 119 0-2-0 0-2-0 0-2-0 0-2-0 0-2-0 In the higher levels of football, the quar- nine power points.
terback is obviously the most important
W L T Pct PF PA Home Away NFC AFC Div The headline: Newton shuts out
Green Bay 5 1 0 .833 142 107 3-1-0 2-0-0 4-1-0 1-0-0 1-1-0 player — but not in high school. Herald’s Top Five
Detroit 3 2 0 .600 117 155 2-0-0 1-2-0 2-2-0 1-0-0 2-0-0 Jefferson was without starting quarter- Wallkill Valley
Minnesota 2 3 0 .400 101 90 1-1-0 1-2-0 2-2-0 0-1-0 1-2-0 back Dom Macaluso Saturday, but Kaschak The real story: Wallkill Valley is in a 1. Kittatinny (6-0): Its dominance can
Chicago 2 4 0 .333 118 149 1-2-0 1-2-0 1-3-0 1-1-0 1-2-0 lot of trouble. be quantified in its 49 power points — sec-
made sure that didn’t matter.
Kaschak scored three touchdowns and Any numbers you can look at regarding ond-place Mahwah has 36.
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Seattle 3 2 0 .600 87 74 2-0-0 1-2-0 2-1-0 1-1-0 1-1-0 ran for 163 yards on 21 carries. He’s the the Rangers aren’t pretty. The worst of the 2. Lenape Valley (5-1): The difficult
Arizona 3 3 0 .500 128 136 2-1-0 1-2-0 2-2-0 1-1-0 2-1-0 most underrated back in the SCIL and his statistics is Wallkill Valley’s point differen- part of the schedule — the next three
San Francisco 2 3 0 .400 63 102 1-2-0 1-1-0 2-1-0 0-2-0 2-1-0 tial. It has been outscored, 159-19, which games are against Sparta, Vernon and Pope
speed can match anyone in the league.
St. Louis 0 6 0 .000 73 159 0-3-0 0-3-0 0-5-0 0-1-0 0-2-0
Against the top defenses, most high translates to losing by more than three John — will commence this week.
Minnesota 34, Chicago 31 Baltimore 22, St. Louis 3 school passing attacks are not precise touchdowns per game. 3. Vernon (4-2): It showed what it was
Philadelphia 16, N.Y. Jets 9 Cleveland 41, Miami 31 enough to make all the plays. Just look at The Rangers only managed 129 yards in capable of in the second half against Pope
Green Bay 17, Washington 14 Kansas City 27, Cincinnati 20 what Jefferson did against Lenape Valley the loss to Newton and can’t establish any- John, when it recorded a 27-0 shutout.
Tampa Bay 13, Tennessee 10 Jacksonville 37, Houston 17
and Pope John — two of the SCIL better
’s thing offensively. No defense is good 4. Pope John (4-2): The Lions are still
Carolina 25, Arizona 10 New England 48, Dallas 27
San Diego 28, Oakland 14 defenses. In each game, Jefferson threw enough to win when the offense scores a quality team but they’re not at the same
New Orleans at Seattle (late) four interceptions. three touchdowns in six games. level they were last year.
Open: Buffalo, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Denver, Detroit, San Francisco The bottom line is good running backs are It won’t get any easier next week when 5. Jefferson (4-2): It found a way to
they key to a good high school offense, and they host Vernon, which is fighting for its win without starting quarterback Dom
N.Y. Giants at Atlanta, 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 21 that’s what Jefferson has because of Kaschak. playoff life. Macaluso.
Tampa Bay at Detroit, 1 p.m. Atlanta at New Orleans, 1 p.m.
Tennessee at Houston, 1 p.m. Arizona at Washington, 1 p.m.
New England at Miami, 1 p.m. Baltimore at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
“I guess it’s pretty much that the Falcons are tied or behind at The Vikings get a chance
San Francisco at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m.
N.Y. Jets at Cincinnati, 4:05 p.m.
Kansas City at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.
St. Louis at Seattle, 4:15 p.m.
Notebook I hope I make the save,” said halftime, Marini will be called Friday to claw their way back to
Minnesota at Dallas, 4:15 p.m. Chicago at Philadelphia, 4:15 p.m. Marini, who had 128 saves as of on to create offense. the top and exact some revenge
Pittsburgh at Denver, 8:15 p.m. Continued from Page C1 Wednesday. “When you’re a “Obviously we’d prefer him in on Pope John for a 1-0 loss earli-
Open: San Diego, Green Bay, Carolina, Cleveland goalie you can’t think, you just the goal, but there isn’t much he er this season.
Monday, Oct. 22
Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 8:30 p.m. On the other hand, Boushell, have to react.” can’t do,” Palumbo said. That may be tough, however,
Meisinger and Costello have In observing other keepers, While Marini already has soc- as Lions forward Connor
faced a combined 146 shots — Marini finds that too many of his cer and lacrosse under his belt, Phalon, who netted his 11th and
one less than Marini, who’s counterparts berate their it has left Palumbo wondering if 12th goals of the season
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: AP TOP 25 saved 81 percent of those shots. defenders and place blame. taking up another sport would Saturday, continues to stay on
“For every 10 to 15 shots a “I hate it when they score, I’m be all that difficult. fire.
The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press expanded college foot- goalies sees, Ned sees 25 to 30,” not going to lie,” Marini said. “I don’t know if he can skate, With home-field advantage
ball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sept. Jefferson coach Brian Palumbo “But I’m not going to yell. I don’t but I think he’d be pretty good though, the Vikings have the
8, points based on 25 points for a first place vote through one point explained. “He has a natural tal- want my defense to hate me. in the hockey rink,” Palumbo upperhand and will back up
for a 25th place vote, previous ranking, record vs. top 25 teams at ent that is unparalleled.” They are trying to help me out.” joked. Ryan’s claim, ascending back to
time of game and record of opponents played: Newton coach Pat Brennan But even the defense admits Marini is looking for wins on the top of the food chain.
agrees. it could make life easier on its the soccer field and said he
“He’s the best in the SCIL,” keeper. believes the team has the talent
Record Pts Pv T25 Rec.
Brennan said. “I’ve never seen a “We are a little weak on the to do it. It will take “a lot of hard
Herald Top Five
1. Ohio St. (50) 7-0 1,599 3 1-0 18-17 kid save that many tough shots. ball and that is where the shots work in practice,” he said. 1. Sparta (11-1-1): With
2. South Florida (11) 6-0 1,503 5 2-0 18-9 I love D.J. and I think he isn’t come from,” Mullins explained. A collection of wins might not regard to the Pope John tie, no
3. Boston College (1) 7-0 1,448 4 1-0 16-17 far behind, but (Marini) is as “He is forced to make some big even undo the even-keeled harm no foul. Spartans coach
4. Oklahoma (1) 6-1 1,399 6 2-0 22-16 good as they come.” plays and, fortunately, he does.” Marini, but a product of victory Andrew Lowery will more than
Jefferson’s one-win makes The game-changing saves are might just do the trick. likely use the slip-up as a moti-
5. LSU (1) 6-1 1,331 1 3-1 28-12
Marini’s story more of a tragedy a product of Marini’s instinct. It “Mom makes the spaghetti vational tool.
6. South Carolina 6-1 1,247 7 2-1 23-13 is something Palumbo saw long 2. Pope John (10-1-2): If
than an epic. An anemic offense when a good win comes in,” he
7. Oregon 5-1 1,177 9 0-1 20-12 before he took over as soccer said with a smile. tree falls in the forest and no
— which has scored just six
8. Kentucky 6-1 1,098 17 2-1 24-10 goals — combined with a coach last year. one hears it, did it really fall?
9. West Virginia 5-1 1,090 8 0-1 19-16 banged up defense has everyone As an assistant lacrosse With a lack of buzz surrounding
10. California 5-1 1,065 2 2-0 16-16 sympathizing with the standout coach, it has been Palumbo’s job Player of the Week the Lions near upset of Sparta,
11. Virginia Tech 6-1 951 12 1-1 19-16 goalie. to warm-up the goalkeeper — Kyle Reinhardt (Newton): A this rule might apply.
Everyone except Marini. Marini. Shots come harder and hat trick against top-goaltender 3. Vernon (9-3): A week that
12. Arizona St. (1) 7-0 948 14 0-0 19-20
Being the jokester that he is, quicker in the sport, but, accord- Ned Marini of Jefferson includes matches against state-
13. Southern Cal 5-1 932 10 1-0 12-22 ing to Palumbo, reactions are Saturday earns the Braves ranked St. Benedict’s and Pope
Marini will never miss an oppor-
14. Florida 4-2 865 13 1-1 19-9 still essential in both sports. standout a seat at the head of John can only benefit the
tunity to throw a subtle but
15. Kansas 6-0 664 20 1-0 13-15 friendly jab at his defense for “If you look at tape of any the table. Vikings.
15. Missouri 5-1 664 11 0-1 17-13 the volume of shots taken on good goaltender, you see their The forward has helped turn 4. Newton (10-3): The
17. Hawaii 7-0 551 16 0-0 8-20 him. first step is out to cut off the Newton (10-3) into a top-flight Braves continue to win the
18. Auburn 5-2 488 22 1-0 25-12 On the other hand, he credits angle,” Palumbo said. “I think team. games they are supposed to win.
the defense, which has been that is what helps him.” Vernon captain James Gibson That makes for a softer landing
19. Texas 5-2 348 23 1-1 20-18
without the services of senior It could also be the barrage of finishes a close second with two after the back end of their
20. Tennessee 4-2 339 25 1-2 22-14 shots Marini sees in practice. In goals Saturday against High schedule.
Robert Jahn, for every saves he
21. Georgia 5-2 279 24 1-0 22-12 most workouts, the Falcons Point. 5. Lenape Valley (6-4-1):
22. Texas Tech 6-1 241 — 0-0 15-19 “Shots are being deflected spend the first 30 minutes firing Unless the Patriots create some
23. Cincinnati 6-1 194 15 1-0 17-16 all types of balls at their keeper. catastrophic upsets, they are
24. Michigan 5-2 189 — 1-0 21-14
and coming in at a slower pace
when they get to me,” Marini Just as in the games, plenty of Game of the Week resigned to the fifth spot. That
said. “Really some of the saves I balls end up outside the net Pope John at Vernon, might not be that bad, they
25. Kansas St. 4-2 107 — 1-1 21-8
make aren’t that hard. And I while a few sneak by. Friday at 3:45 p.m.: While could be on the outside looking
Others receiving votes: Penn St. 95, Virginia 85, Illinois 75, Boise Palumbo contends that an Vikings coach John Ryan
owe that to (the defense).” in.
St. 37, Alabama 27, Rutgers 18, Wake Forest 18, Wisconsin 18, offense which “is just starting to believes that Sparta and his
Marini can’t pinpoint what
Clemson 9, Connecticut 7, Florida St. 6, Maryland 6, Air Force 4, come together” will make every Vernon team are the clubs to
BYU 2, Troy 1.
goes through his mind when he
is attempting to corral a shot, Marini save relevant as they beat this season, Pope John con- State Tourney Watch
but he does know it isn’t much. score more goals. tinues to turn in performances Teams must have a .500-or-
Marini might have to be a worthy of that title. better record by Friday.
CORE STRENGTH • FLEXIBILITY • BALANCE • POWER part of that effort. Already with
a goal this year, the senior has
A tie with Sparta, which
included three goals scored on
Locks: Sparta, Vernon,
Newton, Pope John, Lenape
as much of an eye for opposing the Spartans, puts the Lions in Valley.
Rejuvenate teams’ nets as he does for their
the equation while a 2-0 loss to
Sparta on Tuesday hurts
On the Bubble: Kittatinny 6-
5-1 (Vernon Wednesday, at
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Times and locations for today’s local sports events
High Point at Vernon, 3:45 p.m.
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High school boys
Newton at Hopatcong, 3:45 p.m.; Kittatinny at Lenape Valley, 3:45 p.m.; Saint A Wallkill Valley running back breaks away for a score against Vernon-Gold in Super PeeWee action from two weeks ago.
Benedicts at Vernon, 7 p.m.
Midget (8th grade) Super PeeWee (5th, 6th)
High school girls
Kittatinny at Sussex Tech, 3:45 p.m.; Lenape Valley at High Point, 3:45 p.m. W L T W L T SEND US YOUR SCORES!!!
Tennis Sparta 5 0 0 Sparta-Blue
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Kittatinny at Sussex Tech, 3:45 p.m.; Vernon at Lenape Valley, 3:45 p.m.; Sparta at Wallkill 5 1 0
Newton, 3:45 p.m.
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Wallkill Valley 2 3 0 Vernon-Gold 3 2 0
Volleyball West Milford 1 4 0 Newton 3 3 0
Pope John at Morris Catholic, 4 p.m. Vernon-Gold 1 4 0 West Milford-Gold 2 3 0
Kittantinny 0 5 0 Vernon-Blue 2 3 0
Results High Point-Red 2 4 0
High Point 33, Wallkill Valley 32 West Milford-Black 1 3 0
Newton 8, Vernon 0 Sparta-Columbia 1 4 0
Around the dial Vernon-Gold 10, West Milford 8 Lenape Valley 1 4 0
Sparta 30, Kittatinny 0 Sparta-Silver 0 4 0
Today’s TV listings High Point-Silver 0 6 0
Baseball TV Results
7 p.m. MLB playoffs: Boston at Cleveland, game 3 FOX
PeeWee (7th) Wallkill Valley 34, High Point-Red 12
W L T Vernon-White 22, High Point-Silver 6
10:15 p.m. MLB playoffs: Arizona at Colorado, game 4 TBS Lenape Valley 13, Sparta-Columbia 12
Football Sparta-White 6 0 0
Sparta- White 24, Vernon-Gold 0
8:30 p.m. NFL: N.Y. Giants at Atlanta ESPN Vernon-Gold 5 1 0 Newton 25, West Milford-Black 0
Newton 4 2 0 West Milford-Gold 7, Sparta-Silver 0
West Milford 3 3 0
8:30 p.m. NHL: Toronto at Buffalo VERSUS Vernon-Blue 3 3 0
Lenape - Pee Wee 3 3 0
Pony (3rd, 4th)
Sparta-Blue 2 4 0 Results
High Point 2 4 0 Wallkill Valley 13, High Point-Red 0
NASCAR: NEXTEL CUP Kittatinny 2 4 0 Wallkill V.-Silver 20, High Point-Silver 7
Vernon-Dark Blue 6, Sparta-Columbia 0
Wallkill Valley 0 6 0
Vernon-Blue 19, West Milford-Gold 6
Gordon continues Results
High Point 22, Wallkill Valley 12
Newton 16, Vernon-Gold 0
Lenape Valley 27, Sparta 12
West Milford 30, Vernon-Blue 22
Lenape Valley 7, Kittatinny 6
Sparta-Red 20, Newton-Red 6
Sparta-White 20, Vernon-Gold 6
Sparta-Blue 28, Vernon-White 6
Newton-White 26, West Milford-White 0 Vernon-Blue’s Jerrian Arroyo tries to stop a Sparta-Silver touch-
down two weeks ago in Super PeeWee action.
march toward title Sparta-White 26, Kittatinny 0 West Milford-Black 21, Sparta-Silver 14
By JENNA FRYER
AP Auto Racing Writer Points standings
1. J.Gordon 5,880
Ohio St. back on top of college football poll
CONCORD, N.C. — There 2. J.Johnson 5,812 By RALPH D. RUSSO teams have been beaten by that counts is the last one,” Ohio 2 after losing the BCS national
was a time not too long ago 3. C.Bowyer 5,802 AP College Football Writer unranked teams, just avoiding the State coach Jim Tressel said in a championship game to Florida.
when Jeff Gordon wondered if 4. T.Stewart 5,682
NEW YORK — Ohio State has upset bug has been enough for statement. An unpredictable season took a
he’d ever win another race. 5. C.Edwards 5,640
6. Ky.Busch 5,600 risen — all the way to No 1. Ohio State. Ohio State was No. 1 last season new twist Saturday when LSU, in
His personal life was in sham- 7. Ku.Busch 5,565 A day after the top two teams in “We’ve improved each week but from preseason until the final poll, its second week as No. 1, was upset
bles, and a long losing streak 8. K.Harvick 5,552 the AP Top 25 lost, the Buckeyes we understand that the only poll when the Buckeyes dropped to No. 43-37 in triple overtime.
had the four-time series champi- 9. D.Hamlin 5,531 jumped two spots Sunday in the
on doubting himself for the first 10. J.Burton 5,514 media poll and became the third
time in his storied NASCAR 11. M.Truex Jr. 5,502
school this season to hold the No. 1
12. M.Kenseth 5,438
career. The wins were few and ranking.
far between, and the consistent The last year three teams held
title contender had turned into a streak, using a cold-hearted the No. 1 spot during the regular
perpetual also-ran. bump-and-run on Rusty Wallace season was 2000, when Nebraska
Now five years later, Gordon with three laps to go at Bristol, started No. 1, Florida State was top-
can’t be stopped — he’s ticking it hardly kickstarted his come- ranked for a week and Oklahoma
off wins, marching toward back. He knocked down wins took over late in the season.
another title and, no coinci- every now and again, but wasn’t The Buckeyes (7-0) beat Kent
dence here, has never been quite a threat for the title and State 48-3 Saturday and have
happier. missed the Chase for the cham- played only one team that’s been in
With his sixth win of the sea- pionship in 2005. the rankings at any point this sea-
son Saturday night at Lowe’s son. In a season in which 10 ranked
Motor Speedway, Gordon
opened a healthy 68-point lead
in the Nextel Cup points stand-
ings. He then celebrated with
friends and family, including his
only sister, Kimberly
Coykendall, who through bad Decompression Therapy for
timing had missed the first 80
victories of his Cup career. Herniated-Bulging Discs
As he approaches his first
wedding anniversary with wife
Ingrid and delights in the joys of Gentle, non-surgical
fatherhood with infant daughter
Ella, Gordon insists he’ll be sat- spinal decompression
isfied no matter where he winds
up in the final season standings.
increases circulation into
“I’m going to tell you right
now, I don’t care what happens
spinal discs and joints,
with the championship. This is helping to relieve pain.
my year,” Gordon said. “Even
with the wins that we’ve had so
far, the kind of year on and off J.M. “The results with the D.T.S.
the racetrack, for me personally, were fantastic. My lower back pain
it’s just been the most incredi- is gone. I’m glad I didn’t spend
ble year.” thousands more when the results
One that seems destined to were this good with the D.T.S.”
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NEW YORK — Yankees officials Fogg, Torrealba put
will convene at their complex in
Tampa, Fla., starting Tuesday Rockies 1 win away
morning to debate the future of DENVER — No more slum-
Joe Torre. bering lumber for the Colorado
Torre has led New York to the Rockies, who are one win away
playoffs in all 12 of his seasons, but from roaring right into their first
owner George Steinbrenner told World Series.
The Record on Oct. 6 that he didn’t With a cold rain falling, Josh
think he’d bring back the manager Fogg shut down Arizona’s bats
if the Yankees failed to advance to in his first postseason start and
the AL championship series. Yorvit Torrealba hit a tiebreak-
Cleveland then eliminated New ing three-run homer to fuel the
York in four games, the Yankees’ Rockies’ 4-1 victory Sunday
third straight first-round exit. night in Game 3 of the NL
Steinbrenner will hear advice championship series.
from sons Hal and Hank; son-in- The Rollin’ Rockies took a 3-
law Felix Lopez; team president 0 lead with their 20th win in 21
Randy Levine; chief operating offi- games. They will try to sweep
cer Lonn Trost; and general man- the Diamondbacks on Monday
ager Brian Cashman. night when Franklin Morales
Levine said Sunday that the faces Arizona’s Micah Owings
final decision remains with the 77- in a matchup of rookies who
year-old owner. Hank and Hal have have never faced each other’s
had a larger voice in the team’s teams.
operations in the last year. The Diamondbacks are hop-
“He’s still the boss. He’s acting ing to join the 2004 Boston Red
like the chairman of a major com- Sox, who rallied past the New
pany,” Levine said. “As in many York Yankees, as the only
other instances in major league teams to overcome a 3-0 hole
baseball, his kids have stepped up to win a best-of-seven postsea-
and are devoting a lot of time on son series.
the day-to-day running of the — The Associated Press AP Photo/Winslow Townson
If Torre isn’t brought back, Cleveland catcher Victor Martinez, left, and third baseman Casey Blake celebrate the Indians’ 13-6, 11-inning win over Boston in Game
bench coach Don Mattingly is the that Baker will become their next 2 of the American League Championship series Sunday, at Fenway Park in Boston.
leading contender to take over. manager. Baker, who has a three-
Tired and Tied
Yankees broadcaster Joe Girardi, year deal, will be introduced at a
who won NL Manager of the Year news conference Monday in
with the Florida Marlins in 2006, is Cincinnati.
another possibility. “Dusty is extremely excited to
Baseball operations staff will join the Cincinnati Reds with its
join the high command as the rich history, and looks forward to
Yankees debate player moves. The helping re-establish the legacy of
top of that agenda is formulating a the Big Red Machine,” said his
agent, Greg Genske. By TOM WITHERS
strategy for dealing with Alex
Rodriguez, who can opt out of the
remaining three seasons of his
The move got the players’ atten-
tion. Instead of promoting from
AP Sports Writer
CLEVELAND — Equally
Cleveland heads home American League
record $252 million, 10-year con-
New York also must figure out
within, the Reds went for someone
with no ties to the organization.
During his 14 seasons as manager,
exhausted and exhilarated, the
Cleveland Indians stumbled
with ALCS tied at 1-1 Friday, Oct. 12
Boston 10, Cleveland 3
Saturday, Oct. 13
home looking for their postsea- Cleveland 13, Boston 6, 11 innings,
its approach with closer Mariano the 58-year-old Baker led San marathon ended after more than on the defeat. series tied 1-1
Francisco to the World Series and son pillows.
Rivera and catcher Jorge Posada, 400 pitches, momentum swings “It’s just a loss,” rookie second Today
the Chicago Cubs to the playoffs. Sleep was at a premium Boston (Matsuzaka 15-12) at
both eligible for free agency, and and enough spine-tingling baseman Dustin Pedroia said. “I
whether to exercise a $16 million “Since I’ve been here, we Sunday after a late, late night out Cleveland (Westbrook 6-9), 7:10 p.m.
in nippy New England. October moments to shiver even know we went into extra innings Tuesday
option of right fielder Bobby haven’t had the big-name manag- die-hard Red Sox fan Stephen and they scored a bunch there. Boston (Wakefield 17-12) at
Abreu. er,” said right-hander Aaron The Indians were tired, for
King. We lost the game. It’s 1-1 in the Cleveland (Byrd 15-8), 8:21 p.m.
Harang, who has been with the sure. Thursday
“It was draining, emotionally series. We still have the same
Reds for the last five years. Tied in the ALCS, too. Boston at Cleveland, 8:21 p.m.
Reds hire Dusty Baker They haven’t had a winning sea- With a record-setting, seven-
and physically,” said Indians first
baseman Ryan Garko, sporting a
“Just because we lost the
son over that span, either. run rally in the 11th inning of Cleveland at Boston, if necessary
CINCINNATI — By hiring face full of stubble and the same game, nobody’s hitting the panic Sunday
Dusty Baker as their next manag- The last time the Reds hired a Game 2, the Indians, despite get- dress clothes he wore on the button.” Cleveland at Boston, if necessary
er, the Cincinnati Reds have made manager with no ties to the organ- ting next-to-no help from their flight to Cleveland. “To be sitting Maybe not anyone in the
a pronounced change in philoso- ization was 1990, when Lou top two pitchers inside unforgiv- here on an off day, down 2-0, Boston clubhouse. But back in would be a horrible mistake on
phy, turning to an outsider to run Piniella took over and led the team ing Fenway Park, beat the Red would have been tough.” Newton, Wakefield and Lowell, our part.”
the team for the first time in 18 to a World Series championship. Sox 13-6 in the wee hours Sunday Instead, the Indians felt Mass., precincts inside Red Sox Francona also snuffed out any
years. Every manager since has either morning to even their best-of- relieved — and perhaps a little Nation may be a little alarmed. thought of bringing back Game 1
The last time they did it, they come from the minors, the coach- seven series at one game apiece. lucky — as they prepare to host This was the type of game the starter Josh Beckett on three
won a championship. ing staff or from a scouting/adviso- At 1:37 a.m., a 5-hour, 14- Game 3 on Monday, the first of Red Sox usually win in October. days’ rest in Game 4. Regardless
The Reds confirmed on Sunday ry role. minute Boston baseball three straight at Jacobs Field, In fact, it was the first time of what happens on Monday
which hasn’t hosted an ALCS Boston had lost an extra-inning night, Francona plans to stick
game since 1998. game in the postseason after with knuckleballer Tim
Cleveland will start Jake going 7-0-1 (a 1912 World Series Wakefield, who has been both-
Westbrook against Boston rookie game ended in a tie) in its previ- ered by a sore back.
Daisuke Matsuzaka, who lasted ous eight. “What we’re trying to do is set
just 4 2-3 innings in his playoff In 2004, the Red Sox went 3-0 up our rotation so we can win a
debut against the Los Angeles in extra innings at home en series,” Francona said.
Angels. route to winning their first World “Sometimes you can get short-
The Red Sox, well, at least the Series title since 1918. sighted if the need for panic aris-
few sleep-deprived ones who Manager Terry Francona was es — perceived panic. If you lose
skipped afternoon naps and wan- asked if a crushing loss could a couple games, everybody
dered over from the hotel to have a lingering effect. wants you to immediately
attend an optional workout at the “There had better not be any change what you’ve set up.
Jake, offered some perspective carryover,” Francona said. “That “The reason we set it up like
this is because we think it give
us the best chance to win a
Celebrates A Game 2 loss would have
dealt Cleveland’s hopes of
advancing to its first World
Series since 1997 a serious blow.
Since 1985, only three teams
trailing 0-2 have come back to
1 Mill Street win a championship series, and
Newton with Westbrook and Paul Byrd
next in line to face Boston’s pow-
Look for our Homemade October erful lineup, the Indians would
have been in big trouble.
specials throughout the month. They looked doomed on
Saturday when starter Fausto
Carmona was pulled in the fifth
Strudel, Potato Pancakes and normally reliable left-hander
Rafael Perez was touched for
Sauerbraten, Beef Roulitan two runs. But Cleveland’s under-
rated bullpen came up big, hold-
ing the Red Sox scoreless over
Call for our Daily Specials the final 6 2-3 innings.
Jensen Lewis and Rafael
973-383-1640 Betancourt each worked 2 1-3
innings before Tom Mastny came
in and set down David Ortiz,
Manny Ramirez and Mike Lowell
— Boston’s dreaded 3-4-5 jugger-
naut — in order in the 10th.