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France's Herbin hopes this is her time

GALLOWAY _ Celine Herbin knew her decision to leave her job as a biochemical engineer at the age of 27 to pursue a career in golf would make people question her mental stability. Herbin was right. Everyone considered her... "Crazy," she recalled. "It was looking very much like a dream to be a professional golfer at 27 when I was not at all the top player in France." Still, Herbin, now 35, persisted, playing first on the European Tour before joining the LPGA. As of Saturday, June 9, Herbin, was in an enviable position - she had the clubhouse lead…

Diaz, with son by her side, among leaders at ShopRite

GALLOWAY _ Most kids aren't anxious to do chores. Mow the lawn? Maybe tomorrow. Take out the trash? Later. Carry your mom's golf bag? Absolutely. Toting a golf bag isn't a typical chore so 12-year-old Cooper Diaz was more than willing when his mother, Laura, needed a caddie for the 2018 ShopRite LPGA Classic. The younger Diaz not only shouldered clubs, he did it well, receiving a grade of 95 for his effort, and Laura Diaz, relaxed by his presence, fired a 66 at the Stockton Seaview Resort's Bay Course in first-round play which commenced on Friday, June 8. Anna…

Hornets garner sectional crown

PARSIPPANY _ It was another joyous moment in the history of the Hanover Park softball program when it defeated Parsippany 12-5 for the North Jersey Section 2, Group II title. The Hornets had a subdued celebration then went to right field to discuss what previously had been prohibited: The fact that their Group II semifinal against Ramsey, slated for 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 31 at Seton Hall University, would start at the same time as the prom. "We haven't mentioned it once because it would have been a distraction," Hanover Park coach Jamie Galioto said. "We knew when the…

Homer sends Mt. Olive into final

MOUNT OLIVE _ Annalee Smith was seeking redemption for herself and Mount Olive. Last year's result against Ridgewood was still weighing heavily on the mind of Smith, the Marauders' catcher, when she stepped to the plate to open the bottom of the sixth inning with the score tied, 3-3, in a North Jersey Section 1, Group IV semifinal. All she wanted was to get on base. Smith looked over the first pitch, a ball, before homering over the fence in right field. The home run, Smith's first in 48 games, more than fulfilled her wish, sending the third-seeded Marauders to…

Lakers, denied by Garabo, fall in OT

MOUNTAIN LAKES _ Anything can happen in girls lacrosse state tournament play. All a team needs is a hot goalie and the ability to execute and it can find itself with a title. Michaela McMahon fired a hat trick, including the game-winning goal, in Saddle River Day's 6-5 overtime upset win of Mountain Lakes in the North 1, Group I girls lacrosse final on Friday, May 25. Haley Tietjen scored twice and Sophia Holt and Sarah Monteleone and Kate Carolanza added goals for the top-seeded Lakers (12-8). The Rebels of Saddle River Day are 8-13 but have won their last…

Torch went short in quest for 100 hits

MOUNTAIN LAKES _ The Mountain Lakes softball team was winless when Jessica Torch was a freshman in the spring of 2015. The Lakers posted two victories a year later and four during Torch's junior year. Through it all of Mountain Lakes' struggles, Torch kept hitting. On April 26 versus Villa Walsh, Torch, the senior shortstop who resides atop the Lakers' order, rapped out two hits, including the 100th of her career - a drag bunt - and scored the decisive run when Mountain Lakes recorded a 2-0 shutout in eight innings. "We needed baserunners. It was 0-0 in the top…