Monthly Archives: November 2012

Carteret snaps holiday skid in dominant shutout

PERTH AMBOY — After losing four straight Thanksgiving Day games to their rivals from Perth Amboy, the Carteret High School football team rolled to a 41-0 victory Thursday morning at Waters Stadium.

Senior quarterback Tyler Rodriguez completed 18-24 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns and tailback Jerod Johnson rushed for 95 yards and three scores in the first half, helping the Ramblers build a 35-0 lead at intermission. Carteret (10-0) pulled their starters at the half and only scored in the final 24 minutes when Tyler Pitchford returned a fumble 30 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter.

“This is something we’ve talked about for a long time,” Carteret head coach Matt Yascko said. “After last week’s playoff win, we told the kids that we were going to worry about the state semifinal after Thanksgiving. We had to put all of our focus on this game and I’m proud of the way the kids and the coaches prepared and executed. The result was exactly what we wanted today.”

The Ramblers jumped on top on the game’s opening possession, going 69 yards on just seven plays. Johnson totaled 40 yards all-purpose on the drive, and capped it off with a 5-yard touchdown run to put Carteret up 7-0.

After Perth Amboy went three-and-out, the Ramblers added to their lead, this time going 65 yards on 11 plays. Johnson was the work-horse again, running four more times and finding the end zone from 10 yards out to seal the scoring drive.

Carteret recovered a fumble on Perth Amboy’s next possession and promptly too advantage, using just over minutes off the clock to go up 21-0. Johnson’s third score of the first half, this time from 1 yard out, essentially put the game out of reach.

“We wanted to get a big lead, that way we could get some of the kids out and keep them healthy for next week and it worked just like you draw it up,” Yascko said. “We were able to throw it and run it up inside a little bit; everybody was touching the ball and it was a nice way to get the feeling back and run the offense that we want to.”

The only time Carteret didn’t score in the opening half was when Naji Johnson fumbled deep in Perth Amboy territory midway through the second quarter. On the Ramblers’ next offensive opportunity, Rodriguez went to work, rushing for 16 yards and then finding a wide-open Dakota Smith in back of the end zone for an 8-yard touchdown.

On their final drive of the first half, Rodriguez completed 5-7 passes for 80 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown to Elijah Torres with 32 seconds left in the quarter.

“Tyler’s done it all year and honestly, last week we had a hard-fought win and he didn’t play that great and he owned up to it and it was important for him to get some confidence back and it exceeded my expectations for the first half,” Yascko said.

Dennis Sutton led Perth Amboy with 30 all-purpose yards, rushing nine times, catching a pass and completing 1-2 passes. Darius Pearson gained 32 yards on the ground for the Panthers (0-10).


Caldwell pushes Bernards out of tourney

BERNARDSVILLE — Gabriella Roselle and Kimberly Wolf scored two minutes apart in the first half as the Caldwell High School girls soccer team captured the NJSIAA North 2 Group II title, defeating Bernards 2-0 on Tuesday.

The Chiefs threw their weight around throughout the contest, keeping the Mountaineers off-balance and looking over their shoulders for oncoming defenders. The physical style of play was a bit surprising, said Bernards coach Chris Habermas.

“They play really physical and that kind of threw us off a little bit, and our girls were really scared to give up a goal,’’ said Habermas. “We were worried about them a little too much, as opposed to paying attention to our own game.”

Roselle got Caldwell on the board at the 16:59 mark, pushing home a loose ball that squeaked by the entire Bernards defense. Mountaineers’ keeper Sarah Ryan came out of the goal to try and make a play on the ball, but it bounced over her head and Roselle was right there for the easy goal.

Less than two minutes later, Wolf added to the Caldwell lead. Caldwell had earned a free kick from just outside of the penalty area, but the ball was cleared away to the far corner of the field. Wolf remained in the middle of the pitch and, two direct passes later, she had the ball back on her foot and crushed it into the back of the Bernards net.

Habermas said he and his coaches tinkered with the philosophy at halftime, but even after the first 40 minutes, Bernards couldn’t solve Caldwell goalie Carleigh Trivino.

“Things for us changed a little bit in the second half. We made some adjustments at halftime and I thought we were much more successful in the second half,” Habermas said. “We put some pressure on them throughout the half and they were on their heels a good amount. We were confident that we were going to get a goal there and we knew we had a lot of work to do to get back in the game.”

The Mountaineers had some good chances to score in the second half but time after time it was the final pass of a sequence that was just a little off, allowing Caldwell to recover and clear the ball out of their end.

Bernards finished with a 16-5 record, something that Habermas said he was proud of, considering some of the preseason expectations placed on his squad.

“This was a great season for us. We can’t just look at this one game and hang our heads,” he said. “We broke the school record for shutouts in a season and we exceeded a lot of expectations. The team grew so much and the captains and our seniors really stepped up and pulled everyone together and it was really successful for us.”

Bridgewater-Raritan can’t get by old nemesis Eastern

EWING — For the Bridgewater-Raritan High School field hockey team, it’s like the worst kind of déjà vu that keeps coming back at this time every year.

For the eighth consecutive season, the Eastern High School Vikings claimed the NJSIAA Group IV State title, winning 9-2, and for the eighth consecutive season, Bridgewater-Raritan was forced to stand on the sideline and watch the celebration.

After getting up 7-0 at intermission, Eastern only added two goals after the break, something that pleased Bridgewater-Raritan head coach Kathie DeBonis.

“We really stepped it up after halftime. We’ve been battling a couple of serious injuries this postseason and I think playing every other day didn’t give us any rest, but the kids did a great job to work through adversity and we made a few changes due to that and they did everything we’ve ever asked of them,” DeBonis said. “It was really about telling them, ‘Let’s play our game. If the ship is going down, let’s play our game,’ and I just told them to relax and control what we can control and we tried to just play and see where the chips would fall.”

Bridgewater-Raritan’s season was highly successful leading into Sunday’s matchup with the Vikings, losing just one game and capturing the Somerset County title and the NJSIAA North 2 Group IV crown, but Eastern continued to stand in the Panthers’ way of a state championship.

“Eastern is strong in every area and this is close to the quintessential team that she’s ever had over there,” DeBonis said. “This is definitely one of the best teams Eastern has had, if not the best.”

Christen Piersanti did everything aside from standing on her head in the Bridgewater-Raritan net, turning aside 14 shots on the game. The senior goalie, who had helped lead the Panthers to a 23-1 record over the course of the season with rock solid play between the pipes, knew what type of game this would be for her and the Panthers defense.

“I expected everything that was going to be coming my way and there isn’t much we could have done to slow them down,” Piersanti said.

The Panthers’ offense, which was led all season long by Cathernie Caro and Rachel Yaney, simply couldn’t get anything going against the Eastern defense, routinely having to turn around and play defense instead of heading towards the goal. Caro did notch a goal late in the second half, with the outcome in doubt, her 37th of the season. But Eastern’s defense was especially stout throughout the contest.

Emily Miller got Bridgewater-Raritan on the board with 8:25 remaining in the contest and Caro’s goal came inside of the final minute of regulation.

For Eastern, Austyn Cuneo notched her 67th and 68th goals of the season, just one off her New Jersey state record that she set last season as a freshman. Five different players scored at least once for Eastern (25-0). DeBonis knew that Eastern would come out with a solid offensive attack, but also added that Piersanti faces some of the best in practice every day.

“Christen did do a good job and she gets hits against Yaney and Caro and Paustian every day in practice, but they just happen to have eight or nine girls that can hit it like that and that was hard to prepare for,” DeBonis said.

Janokowicz leads Raiders as area runners have big day at Group Championships

HOLMDEL — Kelly Janokowicz took second place to lead the Hillsborough High School girls cross country team to the NJSIAA Group IV title at Holmdel Park on Saturday.

Hillsborough tallied 64 points, far ahead of second-place North Hunterdon’s 129.

“It’s exciting and this is the one you want to win as a team, so I’m really happy with how we came out today,” Janokowicz said after running a team-best 18:26, just four seconds behind race winner Marisa Ruskan of Bridgewater-Raritan.

“I knew Marisa had a really good kick so I tried to stay as close as I could to her and I think I closed the gap a little bit, but I’m happy with second place.”

Stephanie Mauer came in fifth overall, running a 18:52, and the rest of the Raiders that scored all finished in the top 28. Molly Doyle ran a 19:54 to finish 21st, Mallory Drake came in 26th with a 20:03 and Paige Novak rounded out the Hillsborough running order with a 20:06, good for 28th position.

“It’s really great for Hillsborough to get two of the top five; Stephanie has worked really hard and she’s a great runner for us and I think it’s a big confidence booster for our whole team after this race,” Janokowicz said.

Ruskan won the race with a 18:24, just one week after she won the North 2 Group IV race at Greystone Park in Parsippany.

“I was really excited about this race and winning it today and continuing to have those titles under my belt,” Ruskan said. “I didn’t really feel any pressure, at least not in a bad way. If anything, I felt a little pressure in a good way from the other runners. There were a lot of good runners against me and they pushed me to be my best.”

Voorhees continued its season of dominance, running away with the title in the Group II race. The Vikings had four runners in the top nine, with Clarissa Modde setting the pace for her squad at 18:43. Voorhees finished with a team-score of 34, well ahead of second-place Bernards, which had 103 points.

“It was pretty cool to have four of us in the top 10, we just wanted to run in a pack and stay together and work as a team and have fun out here,” Modde said.

Nisa Cicitta finished third for Voorhees, running a 18:57, Erin Seiffert came in fifth overall at 19:19, Shannon Carney placed ninth with a time of 19:31 and Meaghan Driscoll rounded out the Voorhees scoring with a 15th place finish after her time of 19:56.

Unlike the Skyland Conference’s perennial powers, Mount St. Mary went through a bit of a rebuilding process after winning Non-Public B titles in 2002 and 2003. The Mount Lions returned to the winner’s circle by edging defending champ and fellow Skyland competitor Gill St. Bernard’s.

Sophomore Kerry Dyke led the way with a second-place finish in 18:51, crossing only behind Villa Walsh’s Megan Curham (18:17). After Dyke came Mount St. Mary junior Sarah Regnault (seventh place, 20:39), freshman Abigail McGann (eighth, 20:44), junior Kelly O’Connor (17th, 21:31) and senior Janelle Kranz (18th, 21:34).

That added up to 50 points and a 20:39 average for The Mount. Gill St. Bernard’s tallied 58 points.

“It’s so wonderful. We just won our (state) prep race a couple of days ago, so two banners in a week, that’s something,’’ Dyke said. “And we’re going to Meet of Champs as a team for the first time in a couple of years.’’

Being a slight per-race race favorite was new territory for Dyke and her teammates, but they came through.

“I was definitely nervous,’’ Dyke said. “Our coach tried to keep us calm. If anybody else was nervous they did a real good job of keeping calm.’’

In the Group I race, South Hunterdon’s Kelly Shaffer paced her squad with an 18:51, which was just nine seconds off the pace. As a freshman, Shaffer had obviously never been on a stage quite as large as the state finals, and understandably was overjoyed with a second-place finish.

“This was a big deal for me to be out here in this race, and I was really hoping to beat Colette, but I didn’t and that’s fine,” Shaffer said. “It feels amazing to qualify for The Meet of Champions and I know my team is going to be there cheering for me; they’re already talking about what they’re going to do so it’s great.”

Colette Richter of Mountain Lakes won the event, running 18:42 to pace the field.

Metuchen took home the team title, edging Pitman 86-98, despite not having a single runner in the top 10.

The top three teams and top 10 runners in each race have advanced to Wednesday’s Meet of Champions, which will pit the entire state’s best runners against one another. Hillsborough coach Rich Refi is eager to see how winning the Group IV race will help his team for the Meet of Champions.

“This is a young team so it’s great to come out on top,” Refi said. “We ran real tough, went our aggressive and stayed near the front and it was nice to see. We’ll find out on Wednesday what this race did for our team.”

Perkowski helps South Brunswick to quick start in beating Hillsborough

MONMOUTH JCT. – Senior T.J. Perkowski led South Brunswick past Hillsborough 35-21 in the quarterfinals of the Central Group V state tournament. Perkowski ran for a 63-yard touchdown and passed a 57-yarder just before halftime, helping lead the Vikings into a semifinal matchup with Old Bridge in two weeks.

“It was definitely hard coming off a three-week break, but we picked it up,” Perkowski said. “It was huge to get those touchdowns right before the half and it really helped us put them away and pick up the win.”

The Vikings put the game away in the second half, playing solid defense and locking down on John Banaciski, who was ripping them apart in the opening 24 minutes. South Brunswick opened the half with a 4-play, 57-yard drive, capped off by a Darhae Ford 5-yard touchdown run. Ford rushed for 34 yards on the drive, with a 17 yarder and a 12 yarder spliced in. Ford finished the game with 152 yards on the ground and had 16 yards receiving as well.

The Raiders quickly got a touchdown of their own, going 10 plays and covering 68 yards of pasture. Banaciski toted the rock four times on the drive, but it was an Andrew Zitel 13-yard touchdown pass to Tyshon Murdock that ended the possession. But that would be the final time that Hillsborough found the end zone in the game, as the Vikings offense locked down over the final 18 minutes and change, limiting the Raiders to just 52 yards the rest of the day.

Dontae Strickland polished off the South Brunswick offensive output with a 10-yard touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter. Strickland finished the game with 85 yards of offense.

Banaciski was a workhorse for Hillsborough, carrying the ball 27 times and adding two catches for 79 yards and a touchdown.

The Raiders got themselves on the board just 25 seconds into the game, using a big catch-and-run from Zitel to Banaciski. The junior quarterback dumped the ball off to Banaciski, who did the rest, going 73 yards down the middle of the field, putting Hillsborough up 7-0.

They held that advantage until the very end of the first quarter, when South Brunswick took over on a short field. After Zitel was intercepted by Amir Johnson at the Hillsborough 26, the Vikings needed just six plays to find the end zone. Dahrae Ford pounded the ball in from two yards out, knotting the score at 7-7.

The two teams traded punts to open the second quarter, but Hillsborough went on a long 13-play, 85-yard drive, using Banaciski’s legs to carve up the South Brunswick defense. The tailback rushed 10 times on the drive and finished the drive with a two-yard plunge, giving the Raiders the lead again.

But on the very next offensive play, Perkowski bounced off the left side and went 63 yards for a South Brunswick touchdown, re-tying the score. The Raiders went three-and-out on the ensuing possession and South Brunswick took over at their own 8 with 1:06 to play in the half. Ford opened the drive with a 31-yard run, hurdling a defender along the way, to get South Brunswick up to their own 39. Three plays later, Perkowski hit Dion Hooper for a 57-yard catch-and-run, putting the Vikings up 21-14 with just 14 seconds left in the opening half.

South Brunswick is just two wins away from capturing a state championship, something that Perkowski said has driven the team all season long.

“We wanted to do that last year, but obviously we didn’t get there and we worked our butts off to get back to that spot,” he said.

Yaney’s goal lifts Bridgewater-Raritan over Montgomery in sectional final

Photo by: Mark R. Sullivan

Photo by: Mark R. Sullivan

BRIDGEWATER — As she stood hunched over the ball 5:33 into overtime, Rachel Yaney thought back to all of the times she practiced taking penalty strokes and knew exactly where she’d be putting the ball.

With the flick of the wrist, Yaney fired the ball into the top left corner of the goal, giving the Bridgewater-Raritan High School field hockey team a 2-1 victory over Montgomery and the NJSIAA North 2 Group IV title.

The Panthers will play the winner of Wednesday’s matchup between Randolph and Montclair Friday at Basilone Field. The game is tentatively scheduled for 2 p.m.

“I practice shooting to the same spot of the goal and I was just prepared to do it again,” Yaney said. “I just said to myself ‘this is not over, and I’m not ending my season on this day,’ so I had to make it in.”

The Panthers also defeated Montgomery in the Somerset County Tournament on Oct. 20.

Yaney got her chance in the extra period when she was hauled down on a breakaway by a Montgomery defender. The officials got together and ruled that the play warranted a penalty stroke, setting up the drama with 4:27 remaining.

“I was surprised at the call, but I was confident in Rachel taking the stroke,” Bridgewater-Raritan head coach Kathie DeBonis said. “She is one of our top strokers, so I had no problem with her taking the stroke. I knew that if there was a possibility of her putting it in, she would do it. I was a little worried that she might have been a little banged up from getting clotheslined, but she put it in and held tight and stayed composed.”

It looked like Bridgewater-Raritan was going to pitch their second consecutive shutout, but Montgomery’s Erica Hrudowsky found the back of the net with just 8:16 remaining, tying the score at 1-1. The Cougars dominated the possession battle for a good portion of the second half, giving themselves a chance to earn the equalizer. For the game, Bridgewater-Raritan earned 15 corners to Montgomery’s 5, but the Cougars had some of the better scoring opportunities throughout the contest.

“Montgomery really stepped it up, they gave us a really hard game and a great competition and they played their hearts out and scared us,” Yaney said.

The Panthers scored the game’s first goal with just 87 seconds left before intermission. Victoria Umbach smacked home a loose ball in front of the Montgomery net, beating Cougars goalie Kiran Sunduram, who played an excellent game in goal.

The hosts played without their top scorer, Catherine Caro, who suffered an injury in their semifinal win over Hunterdon Central. DeBonis pointed out that playing without Caro affected her team’s style of play and ability to get solid scoring chances.

“Catherine didn’t play today, so one of our premiere players was out of the game and we just didn’t stay true to our game,” DeBonis said. “I think we played a little scared, not ever being in the position to have to play without her, so that definitely had a bit of an impact on us today.”

Bernards boys win cross country sectional crown again

PARSIPPANY — The Bernards High School cross country team captured its fourth NJSIAA North 2 Group II title Saturday behind the strong performances of Chris Sisto and Will Myers, who finished second and fourth respectively.

Bernards had a team score of 50, besting Summit by three points to win their first sectional title since 2005.

“For this being my first year on the team, it’s so exciting that we’re doing so well,” Myers said. “I’m not that familiar with the history of the team, but knowing that we came out and ran so well today and next year is going to be even better is really great.”

Sisto finished second overall with a time of 16:36 and Myers placed fourth at 17:00. Freshman Richard Gruters ran his best time ever, finishing 11th with a time of 17:22 and Bernards’ top runner throughout the season, Cooper Rudin, finished 14th, coming in at 17:27. Ford Atwater rounded out Bernards’ scoring by running 18:05, good for 33rd place.

“Going into today, I wanted to win and go 1-2 with Cooper, but I could tell he wasn’t feeling it so I just had to make that move alone,” Sisto said.

In the Girls Group IV race, North Hunterdon pulled a bit of an upset, placing all five runners in the top 12 overall and besting Hunterdon Central for the team title.

“It feels pretty good for the girls for all that they’ve sacrificed in workouts and it’s great for them and they really put it all on the line today,” North Hunterdon coach Sean Walsh said. “We expected to win, but we haven’t been here in a long time, so we haven’t been in a position to be a favorite.”

The Lions were paced by Eve Glasergreen, who finished second overall with a time of 18:27. Cailyn Lavigne came in 4th at 19:08, Sally Falk finished 9th at 19:49, one second ahead of Megan Sergison, and Breanna Cavanaugh rounded out North Hunterdon’s scoring, running a 20:06.

Bridgewater-Raritan’s Marisa Ruskan won the meet, running an 18:14, and said afterwards that she received a great push from Glasergreen.

“I knew I wouldn’t have that many girls out there with me at the top, but I knew that the girl from North Hunterdon (Glasergreen) would be competitive and it was good to have her up front pushing me,” Ruskan said.

Montgomery shakes rust, rolls over Somerville

SKILLMAN — The Montgomery High School football team (5-4) hadn’t played since the final weekend in October because of Superstorm Sandy.

The long layoff appeared evident on the game’s opening kickoff, when the Cougars fumbled, but they would eventually recover and topple Somerville 30-9 on Senior Night at Cougar Stadium.

Sophomore quarterback Chris Chugnov led the Montgomery offensive attack, going 9-15 passing for 180 yards and adding 30 more yards rushing and two touchdowns. Montgomery totaled 353 yards of offense and sent their seniors out with a victory. The Cougars will play in Old Bridge next weekend and will remain away from home throughout the state playoffs, as long as they’re still alive.

Montgomery added to their 14-3 halftime lead by going six plays and covering 44 yards on the second drive of the second half. After Cameron Wyckoff fumbled for Somerville on the first play after intermission, the hosts kept the ball on the ground, with five different players carrying the ball. Josh Reinson capped the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run, putting Montgomery up 20-3.

Four minutes later, they put the game completely out of reach, converting another Somerville turnover into six points. The Pioneers

(2-7) were set up to punt from deep in their own end, but the snap rolled back to their kicker and he had to fall on it at the 8. The Cougars couldn’t get a touchdown, but settled for a 21-yard field goal from Brian Flood to push their lead to 23-3.

““We started off a little bit slow, sometimes when you have senior night and all the pregame festivities and such, it takes a while to get going,” Montgomery head coach Zoran Milich said. “But we handled some adversity and that’s what you can expect from a senior-laded team and we slowly took over there in the second half. We wore them down and we made some plays and put the game to rest there in the third quarter.”

Joe Lucas, who entered the game when quarterback Blaze Aranzullo left with an apparent injury, led Somerville to their only touchdown drive of the game, tossing a 31-yard touchdown pass to Casy McAdam with 9:54 remaining in the contest. Lucas finished with 86 total yards in just a quarter in a half of action.

Chugnov capped off a long Montgomery drive midway through the second quarter, walking in from one yard out to put the Cougars up 7-3. But the big play on the drive was one that didn’t even count. Ananth Chenimineni had rumbled all the way down to the Somerville 2, but the play was called back for offensive holding, erasing what would have been a 53-yard run.

After Somerville turned the ball over on downs, the Cougars got themselves another first half touchdown, this time going 10 plays and covering 80 yards for the score. Chugnov was 5-7 on the drive for 67 yards, but he used his legs to get into the end zone, running in the final 17 yards of the drive to put the hosts up 14-3 just before intermission. The sophomore quarterback connected with Sam Oltmans three times on the drive for 35 yards.

Somerville jumped on the board first, using a Montgomery miscue to aid their efforts. The game’s opening kickoff was muffed deep inside Cougar territory, and when the Pioneers picked it up, they only needed to cover 22 yards to find the end zone on the game’s first drive. But the Montgomery defense held, forcing Somerville to settle for a Scott Jordan 34-yard field goal. The Pioneers led by that score of 3-0 until the 4:51 mark of the second quarter.

Wallace finished with a career-high 126 yards receiving for Montgomery and before departing, Aranzullo complied 82 yards of offense for Somerville.

Panthers able to come together after time off

Photo by: Augusto F. Menezes

Photo by: Augusto F. Menezes

BRIDGEWATER — For Bridgewater-Raritan and Hillsborough, two schools that haven’t been open since Hurricane Sandy made landfall, getting back onto the field and playing a field hockey game was one way to restore a bit of normalcy to their lives.

The host Panthers rolled to a 10-1 victory to advance to the semifinals of the North 2, Group IV state tournament, but it was more than a game for both schools.

“For whatever reason, the time off really increased their finishing ability, so I think it actually helped us a little bit,” Bridgewater-Raritan head coach Kathie DeBonis said. “We’re really trying to get back to normal; we were really trying to get back to practice and be back to business as usual and get back to a state of normalcy. It’s good for them and it’s good for everybody to get back to doing things in a regular routine.”

Catherine Caro scored three times and added two assists for the Panthers, but said that she and her teammates have tried to just stay focused over the last week, communicating as often as possible and trying to stay fit.

“We’ve been texting back and forth and stuff to make sure everyone’s running and if they can, getting a stick on the ball, even passing to someone in your backyard or something,” Caro said. “We just wanted to try and stay in shape and not fall off.”

Bridgewater-Raritan had practiced Sunday and Monday, but DeBonis said that her team bonded over the week off, doing things together and keeping their focus along the way.

“Everybody is back and forth with each other; they’re not only friends on the field, but they’re friends off the field as well, so they do everything in a pack of 20,” DeBonis said. “They were together the whole time (that we didn’t have school), whether they were at somebody’s house that had heat or whatever the case was. We did have quite a few days off, but I have to tell you, the kids looked great in practice.”

But Hillsborough hasn’t been so lucky, and their head coach Lyndsay Boettke said her home is still without power and she was very limited in how she was able to communicate with her team over the last week.

“It was tough, I mean I still have girls without power and the internet has been down and some of the girls couldn’t charge their phones,” Boettke said. “A lot of girls left town to be with family up in North Jersey, because they didn’t have power. We had practice the last couple of days, but we couldn’t make it mandatory and I think we had 14 girls one day and 10 another before finally getting everyone together Monday. They couldn’t even run around their neighborhoods because the streets are a mess and this really affected us big time.”

Boettke said her team should have been going into this matchup with some momentum, after beating Monroe in the first round of the tournament on Oct. 25. She said the break couldn’t have come at worse time for her squad, especially with Bridgewater-Raritan looming. But the Raiders’ coach knows that she did all she could to try and keep her team ready to play against one of the best teams in the state.

“Obviously I wished the game had gone a little bit differently, but that’s what happens when you don’t play for so long,” Boettke said.