By Andy Loigu
After coming from behind twice to post a 24-20 win over Roselle Park in the Mid-State Conference Union Division on Friday evening, Belvidere is off to a 3-0 start in local high school football.
Hackettstown is 2-0 after shutting out North Warren 34-0 in Blairstown, and Warren Hills is 1-2 after a tough 35-20 loss at Summit.
David Kinney led Belvidere’s ground and pound attack with 19 carries for 101 yards, including a touchdown run of five yards that gave Big Red a 24-14 lead in the third quarter.
Big Red took the lead for good at 17-14, late in the first half when Brandon Bruckman hauled in a 26-yard touchdown pass from Jake Thornton.
Hackettstown was dominant in whitewashing North Warren in a Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference game on Friday evening.
Senior quarterback Matt O’Brien got the Tigers’ triple-option offense rolling early, with a 13-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Matt Macaulay and an 11-yard scoring strike to junior Eddie O’Melia for a two-touchdown lead in the first quarter.
That was all that the Tigers’ quick and athletic 3-5 defense would need.
Coach C.J. Robinson’s squad now hosts Lakeland at Morrison Field on Friday evening. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Matt Murdock carried the pigskin five times for 127 yards and two touchdowns for Summit. Sam Zanelli gained 125 yards on 17 carries and scored a touchdown for the Hilltoppers
The Warren Hills Blue Streaks, in the middle of a stretch of three road games in four weeks, hope to fare better at Somerville on Friday evening. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Hackettstown 7 Hopatcong 0
In boys soccer on Saturday, Dennison Blanco scored twice and Shane Davies added a goal and two assists for the Tigers.
Nick Zeliff, Abhi Sood, David Rojas and Cole Reardon also put the ball into the net for Hackettstown.
Goalkeepers Bobby White and Vince Coccaro, combined for the shutout, turning away five shots on goal.
Hackettstown 4 Kittatinny 1
In the preliminary round of the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex Tournament in field hockey, Jordan Vadermark scored twice to lead 18th seeded Hackettstown. Kayla Cichlar and Madison Hoskins also scored goals. Goalkeepers Bridget Kenny and Alyssa Cassini shared playing time and stopped five shots on goal.
The Tigers advance to the next round, to face 10th seeded South Hunterdon on Saturday afternoon on the road at 4 p.m.
Warren Hills 2 Ridge 0
In a Skyland Conference field hockey game, Alyssa Appleby and Mikayla Dugan scored in the first half for the Blue Streaks.
Hackettstown 7 Hopatcong 1
In girls soccer, Caroline Dabrowski scored three times, Sarah Walsh scored twice and Taylor Evans and Shannon Gulick scored goals to lead the Tigers. Amber Sagan, who plays point guard in basketball, assisted three times. Hannah Applegate and Lea Safarpour each assisted twice.
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Former three-sport athlete Sally Sturm of Hackettstown recently graduated from The College of New Jersey, and plans to enroll in physician assistant studies and will seek opportunities in the clinical field of research and medicine.
She is active as a clinical research assistant at Gene One, Life Sciences, as a practice assistant at St. Barnabas Hospital, and an intern at Princeton Sports and Family Medicine, where she is gaining experience at taking medical histories, vitals and using the EMR. She is earning hours toward a graduate degree.
For the Hackettstown Tigers, as a high school student, she played basketball, track and field, and was a high scoring soccer player. As a sophomore on the Tigers’ 2010 sectional champion soccer squad, she scored 15 goals and assisted twice. In 2011 she had 14 goals and 11 assists. In 2012 she tallied 17 goals and eight assists.
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