Robbinsville Youth Sports Scene

Special to the Robbinsville Sun Robbinsville resident Harriette Murtland has won the title of 2013New Jersey All-Round State Champion Level 7, age 12 Juniors.

Special to the Robbinsville Sun
Robbinsville resident Harriette Murtland has won the title of 2013New Jersey All-Round State Champion Level 7, age 12 Juniors.

 Gymnast claims state title for a third year

Robbinsville resident Harriette Murtland, a gymnast at Arena Gymnastics, won the title of New Jersey All-round State Champion for Level 7, age 12 Juniors at the 2013 Gymnastics Level 7 NJ State Championship held April 6.

After a horrific fall on beam in her first event, with sheer determination and focus, Murtland went on to grab the title of NJ State Champion on bars, beam and floor with scores of 9.725 on vault, 9.775 on bars and 9.775 on floor and an all round score of 37.875. In all, 35 athletes qualified for the NJ State Championships in this age category. This is the third year Murtland has clinched the title of all round NJ state champion having won both level 5 and 6.

Girls U9 International Soccer

Robbinsville Comets 3, Audubon Storm 1

The undefeated Robbinsville Comets defeated the Audubon Storm 3-1 on April 6 improving their record to 4-0.  The Comets came out strong taking it to their opponents and jumping to a 3-0 lead.  Brittain Ruscito took advantage of nice passes from Delanie Perrine to tally all three Comets goals with a couple of long range missiles.  Audubon scored its one goal on a penalty kick late in the first half.

The Comets used a strong defense led by Kailey Pacifico, Cara Alban and Nicole Weaver to shutdown the Storm in the second half.  Caroline Coggins and Becky Blitz were strong in goal in securing the victory.

 Youth Lacrosse

8th Grade Boys

R’ville 9, Lawrence 2

R’ville 9 vs. Medford Lakes 0

R’ville 10 vs. Medford Lakes 0

 Robbinsville Lacrosse Association (RLA) opened its 2013 season April 6-7 with great success. All four boys teams and both girls teams were victorious on April 6 over Lawrence and Jackson, respectively.  That same evening more than 200 RLA parents and players attended the Princeton/Syracuse lacrosse game at Princeton Stadium where RLA was asked to be ball boys for the college game. On April 7, Robbinsville hosted both North Brunswick and Medford Lakes.  The 3rd/4th grade, 7th grade, and 8th grade boys teams all ended the day undefeated while our 5th/6th grade teams battled to closely contested defeats.

Point leaders (goals and assists) for the 8th-grade boys with five points each were: Matt Carlin, Anthony Del Grotti, and Cory Kale; as well as Matt Seller, Brandon Sankey and Taylor Twamley with 4 points.

The following players provided great defense: Jon Bendorf, Michael Cardona, Michael O’Neill, Michael Cocciolillo and Aaron Smilow. Long Stick Middie (LSM) Joe Gaynor and goalie Cole Montplaisir were the recipe for a potent defense, which only allowed two goals all weekend. Two other noteworthy performances were delivered by Brian Wojton, sucking up nine ground balls and Ian Winn notching two important goals against Lawrence.

7th Grade Boys Lacrosse

R’ville 10, Lawrence 6

R’ville 5, Medford Lakes 4

R’ville 7, North Brunswick 3

Goal leaders for Week 1, April 6-7 were: Jake Veres, 7; Dom Rodriguez, 5; Dylan Scholl, 3; Tyler Makkay and Colin O’Neill, 2 each. Scoring one goal each were: Nick Mann, Jack Shea, and Jared Miller. Other notables: Midfielder Zachery Young was a beast on ground balls and face-offs. Defensive stoppers Chris Heller, Cole Neely and Patrick Holzbaur stuffed the opposition all day. The weekend highlight was a furious comeback in the game against Medford when the boys were down 4-1 heading into the last quarter. Midfielders Jake Veres, Jack Lipschutz and Paul Murray dominated play. Veres scored three goals in a matter of minutes to tie the score. Overtime! Midfielder Tyler Makkay took matters into his own hands and scored the game winning overtime goal.

 Little League Baseball

Major League (ages 10-12)

Royals 9, Pirates 5

 The Royals (Allied Vision Services) defeated the Pirates (Delaware Valley Packaging Group) 9-5 in Major League action on April 4. Joe Consiglio was the winning pitcher followed by Dylan Harris and Shay McGowan. Joe Consiglio also led the offense with 2 hits. Matt Barna and Matt Hegel started the 7-run third inning with base hits. Danny Griffin, MacGuire Tuffy, Luke Franzoni, Matthew Cooper and Ryan Kanner each had base hits for the Pirates.

Nationals 23, Sunnybrae 7

In Major League action on April 8, Kyle Rosica of the Nationals (Kona Ice) went 3-3 with a two doubles, Tyler Lehmann went 3-4 with a double and a triple, Chris Conti went 3-3 with a home run, Ryan Katzback went 4-4 and Anthony Rossi was 2-3.  Pitcher Jack Grembowitz did a nice job throwing strikes.

AAA Division (ages 9-11)

Phillies 4, Braves 2

The Phillies (DeLorenzo’s Tomato Pies) topped the Braves ( 4-2 in RLL AAA action April 6.  Aiden Bechamps led the way for the Phils. Bechamps tossed three shutout innings to earn the win and capped a three-run rally in the third with a two-out, two-run double. Lorenzo Amico walked to start the third, then stole second and third and scored on a fielder’s choice grounder by Brett Fried. Bechamps’ big blast scored Fried and Ryan Smith (walk).  Daniel Sonnenfeld stroked an RBI single to put the Phils up 1-0 in the first. Shane Martin and Smith came on in relief to preserve the win.

For the Braves, Johnny Gallagher pitched great in his season debut holding the Phillies to one run.  Lefties Nate Leonard and Danny Surtz kept the Braves within striking distance the rest of the way.  AJ Porter, Brandon Patterson, Chris Au and Danny Surtz all had key hits for the Braves.  Brandon Yoo made a spectacular catch in center field to lead the defense.

Cubs 8, Braves 1

The AAA Cubs (Sylvan Learning Center) and Braves ( opened their season April 2 on a very cold evening at Tantum Park with the Cubs pulling away late with 7 runs in the fifth inning.  Marcus Gonzales and Cole Leach combined for five strong innings, with Brian Herbert finishing it out on the mound for the Cubs. Danny Surtz started the game for the Braves.

Cubs 5, Angels 3

The Angels (A+ Athlete Sports Medicine) and Cubs (Sylvan Learning Center) battled it out in a Saturday afternoon contest April 6 with the Cubs holding on for a 5-3 victory. The Cubs jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first with a big two-out double from Kyle Madera scoring Blake Grembowitz and Cole Leach.  After the Cubs added single runs in the second, third and fourth innings to push the lead to 5-0, the Angels came back with 3 runs in the top of the fifth lead by run scoring singles from Keith Motusesky and Pat Cettina.

Tyler Provost pitched a flawless sixth inning for the Cubs to earn his first save of the season.

AA Division (ages 8-9)

Phillies 4, Reds 2

 The Phillies (Jersey Mike’s Subs) defeated the Reds (Fusion Employer Services) 4-2 on a cold season opener April 1. Both teams posted strong pitching: Brody Patterson and Tyler Stark for the Phillies, and Will Bercaw and Connor Monahan for the Reds. Offensive leaders for the Phillies were Eric Hill and Jack Slavin with two hits each, and Devin Sitah and Shaurav Jagadeesh, each with one hit. For the Reds, David Kanner had two hits; and Matt Surtz and Anson Mentzer had one.

Yankees 4, Phillies 2

Strong pitching, defense and timely hitting helped the AA Yankees (Tony’s Farm & Garden Center) prevail in a nail-biting victory April 8 against an extremely talented and well coached Philly team (Jersey Mike’s Subs). The game was filled with amazing pitching and defense by both teams.

For the Yankees, Anthony Ziliani, Connor Meehan, and Nate Oliva displayed “gutty” performances on the mound to help secure the Yankees third consecutive victory.  Jack Bennett went 2-2 with a scorching blast that got him his first triple of the year. Connor Meehan also went 2-2 to set the table for the hot-hitting Yankee players.  Murphy O’Grady, Tyler Whitman, Justin Parisi and Nate Oliva each had critical timely hits in the game to help keep the Yankees undefeated for the season.

Yankees 11, Devil Rays 0

The AA Yankees’ strong pitching, defense and hitting resulted in an 11-0 win on April 6 against a strong Devil Ray’s team (SG Heating & Air Conditioning).

Nate Oliva, Connor Meehan and Tyler Whitman combined to pitch a one-hitter and a shutout.  The Yankee offense pounded out 16 hits including an RBI double by Anthony Ziliani. Nate Oliva, Connor Meehan, Tyler Whitman, Hunter Lantz, and Jimmy “The Paisan” Yanucil pounded out two hits apiece. Nolan O’Grady, Murphy O’Grady, Justin Parisi, Johnny Pancari, and Ryan Yuncza also added a hit apiece to help bring home the victory and take the Yankee team to a hot 2-0 start.

Yankees 5, Orioles 3

The AA Yankees’s tough defense, strong pitching, and timely hitting resulted in a season opening 5-3 victory over a tough Orioles team (Brace Place Orthodontics) on April 5.

Strong pitching performances from Anthony Ziliani, Connor Meehan, Nate Oliva and Jack Bennett helped keep a strong hitting Orioles team at bay and brought home a win.  Nate Oliva, Connor Meehan, and Jack Bennett pounded out two hits apiece.  Anthony Ziliani, Tyler Whitman, and Jimmy Yanucil each had RBI singles to secure the victory. 

Chris Naperkoski, of the Robbinsville Cleaners Rookie League team, in the batter’s box at Tantum Park in Rookie Division action on the opening day of Little League on April 1.

Chris Naperkoski, of the Robbinsville Cleaners Rookie League team, in the batter’s box at Tantum Park in Rookie Division action on the opening day of Little League on April 1.

Rookie League (ages 6-7)

Efinger All Season Sports vs. Robbinsville Cleaners

In their first game against a tough Efinger team, the Robbinsville Cleaners squad dusted off the winter rust and posted fine outfield plays by Christopher Burton, Brendyn Porter and Chris Naperkoski. Some strong plate appearances came from Reese Caldwell, Enzo Immordino, Liam Wallace and Conor Doran. Several boys in green deftly moved around the bases including, Luke Hanuscin, Anthony Viscido, Evan Bunnell and a pair of Jack’s – Newman and Miller.

Patrick Kapp of the Efinger team, had five solid hits in the outfield with three of them being doubles.  He made three great plays at the pitcher mound. This was also Efinger’s first game of the season and Christian Deane had three solid hits, including one double and he made four outstanding plays at second base.

            The Robbinsville Sun invites all township youth recreation sports leagues to contribute news items, including announcements, game results and photos. Email the editor at Submission deadline is Tuesday for publication in the following week’s newspaper.



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