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Cougars repel Rams for MCT title

BOONTON _ Chatham's defense made it all look so easy. Tasked with having to protect their goal line against 19 corner attempts by top-seeded Randolph, the Cougars stopped an incredible 18 of them in the Morris County Tournament Field Hockey final on Tuesday, Oct. 19. The Rams often swarmed the circle yet third-seeded Chatham was steely and resistant, sending the ball out all but once. Mia Sciacchitano snapped a 1-1 deadlock with 6:16 remaining to seal the Cougars' 2-1 victory and earn them their first MCT championship in 11 years. "This is amazing," said Sciacchitano, a sophomore right wing, of…

Petitjean, Wells reign in NJAC races

PARSIPPANY _ Chatham's Sarah Petitjean is still becoming accustomed to some of the nuances of running cross country. One of those subtleties is being alone. Loneliness Petitjean has learned, though, is a positive on the course because it likely means there's a significant distance between her and the closest competitor. On Tuesday, Oct. 19, Petitjean spent the first mile with Megan Smith of Mendham then went it alone the rest of the way, crossing the finish line in 19:12.27 to capture the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference Large Schools Race at Central Park. The NJAC Small Schools winner was Grace Wills of…

MCT final is set: Randolph vs. Chatham

  BOONTON _ Recognizing and writing down fears has long been the first step in attempting to overcome them.   Chatham took the practice several steps further after its workout on Friday. The players wrote what upsets them on white ceramic plates then smashed them to ensure the fears would disappear.   The motivational session was a great success and several Cougars players felt it played a significant role in their 2-0 victory over seventh-seeded West Morris in the Morris County Field Hockey Tournament semifinals.   In the second semifinal on Saturday, Oct. 23, top-seeded Randolph shut out fifth-seeded Morristown,…

Ko triumphs; in company of Sorenstam

WEST CALDWELL _ The celebratory champagne rained down on Jin Young Ko shortly after her victory at the Cognizant Founders Cup. Ko, of course, didn't mind being sprayed with the sparkling white wine. After all, she was under pressure for the last four days as she sought to string together 14 consecutive rounds under 70 and pull even with Annika Sorenstam and countrywoman So Yeon Ryu as well as defend a title she claimed two years ago. Mission accomplished. "I got a lot of the pressure on the course," said Ko, who was 13-under for the tournament, recording scores of…

Junior golf clinic hits the mark

WEST CALDWELL _ Johanny Bosch's daughter, Sara, and stepdaughter, Emily, were carefree as they spent time pitching rubber ducks and other brightly colored animals onto the tic-tac-toe board in the fan zone at the Cognizant Founders Cup. The girls, whose only previous exposure to golf was by playing the mini version, seemed deep in concentration as they attempted to hit their marks. Of course, they were having fun, too, and made sure they visited every station at Camp PING. "I was aiming and I won," said 9-year-old Emily, a fourth grader, who was complemented by volunteer Rinchen Sahni for her…

Szokol climbs; Ko closer to record

WEST CALDWELL _ Elizabeth Szokol drove the ball with exceptional accuracy in the third round of the Cognizant Founders Cup, hitting fairway after fairway. Szokol's accuracy off the tee, along with on-target putting, vaulted her from a 22nd-place tie with eight other players into second place, right behind leader Jin Young Ko, who needs one more round in the 60s to join one of golf's elite in the record books. It was a sensational showing for Szokol, a native of Chicago, as she turned in the day's low score, a 65 on the par-71 yard course at Mountain Ridge Country…