The Monmouth County boys tennis tournament began with first-round and quarterfinal-round play at Tindall Park in Middletown.
At first singles, Holmdel’s top-seeded Mike Chen advanced to the semifinals. In the first round, Chen beat Red Bank’s James Latimer 6-0, 6-0. Chen then topped Manasquan’s Craig Lapham 6-0, 6-1 in the quarterfinals.
At second singles, Holmdel’s top-ranked Sam Joynson won both matches in straight sets to earn a berth in the semifinals. Joynson opened with a 6-0, 6-0 win over St. John Vianney’s Justin Valerosa and followed with a 6-0, 6-2 victory of Manalapan’s Matt Hornstein.
At third singles, Holmdel’s top-seeded Dennis Barlotta drew a first-round bye and won 6-0, 6-1 over Manalapan’s Ben Brik to advance to the semifinals.
Action concludes today with the semifinals at 9 a.m. and the championship matches at 11 a.m. at Tindall Park.
IN BOYS LACROSSE
ST. JOHN VIANNEY 9, ST. ROSE 3: Senior attackman T.J. Coleman had two goals and two assists and senior attackmen Pat Gribbon and Christian Byer each added two goals and one assist as the Lancers (7-5, 4-4) snapped a four-game losing streak and defeated the Purple Roses (3-7, 3-5) in a Class A Central game.
St. John Vianney senior attackman Dan Louriero added one goal and two assists.
St. Rose junior attackman Matthew Frost had three goals.
RED BANK CATHOLIC 15, SHORE 5: Brett Habich had five goals and three assists, Tim Barile added three goals and four assists and Ryan Coolahan had four goals and two assists as the No. 5 Caseys (10-5, 6-2) defeated the Blue Devils (4-9, 2-6) in a Class A Central game.
Shore’s Doug Goldsmith had two goals and Connor Rempel added one goal and one assist.
MANASQUAN 7, HOLMDEL 6: Jarrett Birch had four goals and one assist and Blaine Birch added two goals as the No. 7 Warriors (9-3, 6-2) defeated the No. 4 Hornets (9-4, 6-2) in a Class A Central game.
Holmdel’s Mark Scherzer had three goals and Joe Tages had two goals and one assist.
TOMS RIVER NORTH 11, BRICK 7: Senior midfielder Joe Suchocki had three goals and one assist and junior attackman Mike Colello added three goals as the Mariners defeated the Green Dragons in a Class A South game.
Brick senior attackman David Kearns had five goals and one assist and junior midfielder Hunter Palmer had one goal and one assist.
IN GIRLS LACROSSE
OAK KNOLL 12, RUMSON-FH 11: Senior Nicolette Dunphy had three goals, seniors Mary Scarrone and Bridget Curran each added two goals and sophomore Anna Babiak made four saves as the No. 1 Bulldogs (12-3) fell to the Royals (10-4).
COLTS NECK 12, HOWELL 11: Erika Keselman had six goals and one assist and Serena Valente added three goals as the Cougars defeated the Rebels in a Class A North game. Keselman now has 211 career goals.
Howell’s Teresa Parr had three goals and one assist and Jordan Chan and Emma Sinnott each added two goals and one assist.
JACKSON MEMORIAL 14, BRICK 3: Taylor Falcone had six goals and three assists and Erin Fitzgerald had three goals as the Jaguars defeated the Green Dragons in a Class A South game.
Brick’s Gabrielle Gallotta had one goal.