HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUP: Freehold girls tennis team defeats Wall

HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUP: Freehold girls tennis team defeats Wall


HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUP: Freehold girls tennis team defeats Wall


The Freehold girls tennis team edged out Wall on Thursday afternoon by a score of 3-2 to take a commanding lead in the Class B North title race over the second place Knights, attaching championship implications to Monday’s match against Matawan.

With a divisional crown hanging in the balance, the Colonials (17-3, 11-0) marched past their opponent in impressive fashion, shutting out the Huskies (5-15) 5-0 and preserving their undefeated Class B North record.

“With the team we had coming back we thought we would have a good year,” explained Jon Block, Freehold’s head coach of 14 seasons. “With Wall returning a bunch of talented veteran players and adding two very good freshmen (Sophie Graver and Shaina Donner), we thought we’d have a chance to contend for the division title. Then Michaela (Hlavata) arrived and we knew our title chances improved.”

Freehold’s Michaela Hlavata continued her Shore Conference dominance with a 6-0, 6-0 showing at the top singles position. while sophomores Anjali Prabhat (6-1, 6-0) and Alexis Yu (6-1, 6-1) secured points at second and third singles, respectively, and allowed the Colonials to earn its first Class B North championship since 1993.

“Once the season got underway our primary goal was to be in a position at the end to win the B North,” Block said. “And though we were able to do that today against Red Bank, I think the highlight of the year was defeating Wall last Thursday. That was the match we were waiting for all year, and that’s how you want to win, by beating the best team.”

The Colonials first doubles team of Madison Conover and Renooka Karmarker clinched a point by scores of 6-0 and 6-0 while Freehold’s second doubles outfit of Peyton Conover and Amanda Rocha completed the sweep at second singles by identical marks.

The Class B North championship is Freehold’s second team championship of this 2013 campaign, having worked past Manasquan back in September to capture the Monmouth County title, before finishing second to Holmdel during the program’s inaugural appearance in the Shore Conference Tournament.

Freehold will close out its season on Wednesday at home against Red Bank, where the Colonials will cap off the most decorated season in team history before transitioning to Class A North in 2014, while losing Hlavata, who will return to her home city of Prague and Peyton Conover, who will graduate in June.

“We’ll move to the A-North next year, and as we’ve used Wall and Ocean over the years as our motivational building blocks, we’ll use Marlboro instead. But we bring back the majority of this team and with the success we had this year, a seed has been planted in a good group of underclassmen. We feel our transition to A-North will be fine.”

Field hockey

OCEAN 3, FREEHOLD 2: Ocean’s Kelly Conway scored a go-ahead goal at 39:17 and followed with the eventual game-winner in the 47th minute off an assist by Laura Gleason to extend the Spartans’ (11-3-1, 9-2-1) lead to 3-1 en route to the divisional victory over the Colonials (12-2-1, 9-2-1).

The Spartans’ Kelli Shapiro opened the scoring at 4:18, while Tori Tiefenthaler and Jessica Pianko provided the Colonials’ offensive output.

Ocean was able to pull out this important Class B North victory despite being out-shot 16-9. Spartans keeper Sara Kraeutler stopped 14 shots to preserve her team’s victory.

CENTRAL 2, POINT BORO 1: In her 38th season at the helm of Central field hockey, Coach Madeline Dutton ammassed her 450th career victory on Monday afternoon as the Golden Eagles (12-0, 11-0) clinched the Class B South division crown with a win over the Panthers (11-4, 6-2).

Hannah Crick and Madison Demand provided the Golden Eagles scoring, while teammates Lauren Castellano and Madison Simons each dealt out an assist. Central keeper Taylor Keehn stopped four shots to preserve this milestone and championship victory.

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