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Huskies working together as the victories build up

first_imgThe Matawan Regional High School girls basketball team has overcome a scarce amount of starting experience, putting together a strong start to the season.The Huskies, playing without any seniors on their roster, are relying on a group of relative newcomers and a thin roster. The pieces have quickly come together for Matawan, though.After losing the season opener by a large margin, the Huskies bounced back to put themselves on track to compete for a division title.A 75-44 loss to Red Bank Regional High School last month was followed by a big 77-35 win over Asbury Park High School, then victories against Long Branch High School and Old Bridge High School.On Jan. 17, Matawan (7-3) recovered from a 13-point deficit with about nine minutes left to edge Freehold High School, 46- 43. The Huskies put up a 21-11 fourth quarter to secure the win.Tracey Brereton posted 16 points to lead the Huskies, while Jenelle Long added 12 points. Colleen Branagan scored 10 points, and Rose Egan had six.Brereton, a junior, and sophomores Long and Branagan lead the starting five as captains. Egan and a rotation of Mary Tomkins and Erin Powers also start for Matawan. Adrianna Fletcher fills in at the varsity level to add depth.Matawan’s ability to work together is paying dividends, head coach Jay Lagomarsino said. “We have a very young team, and we talked early on about progressing each game. We’ve been seeing that,” he said. “The team is improving. It’s starting to show.” Lagomarsino, now in his fourth year with the Huskies, arrived with a team predominantly comprised of sophomores. They graduated last year, so, in a way, he’s back to square one, the coach said. Even though Matawan is again a young team, the up-andcoming players have stepped up to provide leadership. “You need that leadership on the court,” said Lagomarsino, who has coached for more than 20 years. For one, Brereton has put up some impressive scoring totals. In addition to leading the team against Freehold, the junior logged a 30-point game in a loss to Wall High School on Jan. 13. She also scored 32 points for Matawan in an earlier loss to Howell High School. Lagomarsino noted that his time with the Huskies “has been a pleasure,” adding that Bob Harrigan, a longtime varsity girls coach at Howell, was an important addition to the coaching staff this season.Matawan has a challenging schedule for the second half of the regular season, including games against Holmdel High School and Marlboro High School.The Huskies were slated to host Neptune High School on Jan. 21, before hitting the road for a rematch against Red Bank on Jan. 23 at 5:30 p.m. The team is also scheduled to play at Middletown High School North on Jan. 24 with a 6:30 p.m. tipoff. By MATTHEW ROCCO Correspondent last_img read more

Costa Rica headed for a runoff election as latest poll suggests 3way

first_imgRelated posts:Libertarian candidate Otto Guevara could become Costa Rica’s next president Villalta’s rise and Araya’s fall could upset 50 years of political dominance in Costa Rica In last presidential elections, polls overestimated Libertarian Guevara’s support and underestimated PAC’s The Tico Times to publish live election results starting at 8 p.m. Costa Rica seems headed for its second runoff election in history with three candidates in adead heat 15 days before the Feb. 2 election, according to the latest national poll.The daily La Nación reported Thursday that José María Villalta of the Broad Front Party (FA), Johnny Araya of National Liberation (PLN), and Otto Guevara of the Libertarian Movement Party are in a statistical tie, according to a poll by Unimer.The left-leaning Villalta moved into first place for the first time in a national survey with 22.2 percent of likely voters saying they would support him, followed by Araya, with 20.3 percent, and Guevara, with 20.2 percent.Villalta supporters though should hold their breath before celebrating the news. The survey of 2,469 Costa Ricans has a 2.2 percent margin of error, landing the top three candidates on equal footing, statistically, at least.Former San José mayor Araya has seen a steep decline in support since his high in September of more than 50 percent. Meanwhile, Villalta and Guevara – political polar opposites – have bounded upward.Luis Guillermo Solís of the Citizen Action Party (PAC) and Rodolfo Piza of the Social Christian Unity Party (PUSC) continue to limp along at 5.5 percent and 3.6 percent, respectively.Both Araya and Solís on Thursday dismissed the poll as inaccurate.The remaining seven presidential candidates garnered 5.8 percent.Despite the close race, none of the top three candidates has the 40 percent required to avoid a runoff election in April.The last time Costa Rica had a runoff election was in 2002, when Abel Pacheco of PUSC beat the PLN’s Ronaldo Araya, according to La Nación.More than 46 percent of those surveyed by Unimer between Jan. 6 and Jan. 12 reported they would vote and had already chosen a candidate, while 21.4 were unlikely to vote.This leaves 32 percent of likely voters up for grabs who have yet to settle on a candidate, a portion of the electorate that could easily push one candidate over the edge to victory in the first round.Not so fast, say Solís, ArayaRuling party candidate Araya disputed the results Thursday morning.“First of all, I disqualify the results of this poll, and I disqualify them categorically,” he told La Nación in a telephone interview.The CID-Gallup poll released Tuesday gave Araya a growing lead of 39 percent of likely voters, compared to 26 percent in favor of Villalta and 18 percent for Guevara.PAC candidate Solís also took issue with the last two surveys, from CID-Gallup on Tuesday, and Unimer’s Thursday.Solís posted a YouTube video rejecting the results and suggestions that his political party has stagnated in the polls.“Don’t be fooled by the polls! We’re the cause of joy and we’re going to win,” Solís tweeted Thursday. Facebook Commentslast_img read more