GAME ON! By Rich Fisher
The school year is underway and, so too, is the high school fall sports season. Here are highlights of some Monmouth County teams during the first 10 days of the campaign.
Red Bank Catholic opened its season with a 49-6 win over Red Bank in the town’s backyard brawl. Larry Redaelli led the rushing attack for RBC, rushing for 120 yards and four touchdowns on 17 attempts.
Rumson got touchdown runs of 80 and 45 yards from Charlie Volker in a 13-6 victory over Shore. Volker rushed for 188 yards on 22 carries.
Derek Lopez rushed for 141 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries as Mater Dei topped Keansburg, 34-14 on opening day.
Red Bank dropped its first three games, but goalie Luis Aggure was tough, making a combined 16 saves in 1-0 losses to Freehold Boro and Wall, two teams with a combined 6-0-1 record at the time.
Goals by Matt Dell, Chris Drummond, and Eamon Kitson gave Rumson a 3-2 victory over Holmdel to improve to 2-0. In their opener, the Bulldogs took a 3-1 win at Marlboro on goals by Harry Gassert, Jamie Martin, and Mike Slutz. Ryan Strang had two assists.
In the battle for Middletown honors, North defeated South, 1-0.
Red Bank opened the season with a 3-2 win over Neptune as Jazz Van Loon notched a hat trick and goalie Sarah Baker made 11 saves.
Maria Carroll had two goals and Lindsey Florio had a goal and two assists as Mater Dei took a 4-0 win over Barnegat. Brooke Trotta also scored for the winners and Katie Viscardi made four saves for the shutout.
Red Bank Catholic took a 3-0 win over Red Bank, getting goals from Alyssa Coakley, Erin Price, and Christina Stewart. Megan Murphy and Liza Sidun each had assists in the win. RBC continued to roll with 2-1 and 2-0 wins over Manasquan and St. John Vianney, respectfully, as Coakley had two goals and an assist in the wins while Erin Price and Regina Burns also scored. Siobhan Cottrell had four saves for the shutout against SJB.
Rumson opened with a 5-1 win over St. Rose as Madison Maguire had three goals and Emily Babeuf and Lauren Melita one each.
Mater Dei won its opener, 1-0, over Henry Hudson, on a goal by Jamie Luminoso and an assist from Celina Eosso. Niamh Cassidy had eight saves for the shutout.
Red Bank Catholic topped Red Bank, 25-18 and 25-11, as Kathleen Davin had five aces, a kill, and five assists, Isabell Linde had three aces and three kills, and Mary Yachnik had three kills and nine assists. Erin Sacharanski had eight assists and Whitney Dee added seven for Red Bank, while Nicole Povey had five digs.
In a 25-17, 25-16 win over Colts Neck, RBC’s Sara Benjamin had eight assists and Yachnik had seven. Tara Rempel had four kills, two blocks, and six digs, while Rosemary Smith had three kills and three blocks and Kristen Ryan had nine digs.
In the match of the early season, Rumson eked out a 25-23, 26-24 win over Red Bank. Rumson’s Kate Edwards had nine kills and three aces, Natalie Pellizzi had eight kills and five digs, and Eleni Sourlis had 17 assists. Erin Sacharanski had four assists and three blocks for Red Bank.
Middletown South took a 104.675 to 92.975 win over Neptune to improve to 2-0. Kerra Masella won All-Around with a score of 34.925, while also winning the vault (9.25), balance beam (9.35) and floor (9). Taylorray Higgins won the uneven bars (8.9).
Red Bank Catholic took a 102.3 to 99.45 win over Middletown North, despite Dominiquea Trotter winning the All-Around and all four events as Trotter took the vault (9.5), bars (9.25), beam (8.9), and floor (9.2). Tara Mills, Sierra Garcia, and Kelsey Dwyer each had a second and third for RBC North.
Red Bank Catholic won its first match of the season, 5-0, over Middletown South on singles wins by Jenna Giordano, Rebecca Bauer, and Collette Gilbert, and doubles victories by Eylee Earle-Kate Mazza and Alana DiLeo-Giana Iannacone.
Mater Dei opened its season with a 5-0 win over Lakewood on singles wins from Danielle Juelis, Colette Durante, and Ainsley Hilfiker, and doubles victories by Kristin Davidson-Patricia Dunkak-Kerry Lenhart-Germaine Mendonca. Mater Dei moved to 2-1 with a win over Point Pleasant Beach.