Raiders Sports for the Week of Sept. 9-13

Boys Soccer: After opening the season with a blowout victory against Parsippany Hills, the Raiders dominated Voorhees on Sept. 10 with a 6-0 victory. Sophomore James Murphy led the team with two goals and junior Justin Rodriguez led the team with two assists. The Raiders won their next game against Cranford on Sept. 13, 3-0. James Murphy led the team with two goals and Senior Christian Zazzali also had a goal. The team’s record is 3-0 and their next game is Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 5 p.m., at home against rival Westfield.

Football: The Raiders football team had a unique way to open the season when their season opener against Gov. Livingston (full story here: on Sept. 12 was stopped because of a thunderstorm. Play was suspended until the next day. Gov. Livingston had the lead at halftime, 7-0, but junior Jordan Jones returned a punt for 45 yards in the third quarter (extra point was no good) to make the score 7-6. Junior running back Kobe White ran for a 65 yard touchdown run in the third quarter to put the Raiders in the lead 13-7. In the fourth quarter, sophomore Marquel Taylor who started the game at quarterback, ran for a 45-yard touchdown run to give the Raiders a 20-7 lead. Governor Livingston scored making the score 20-14. The Raiders next game is on Sept. 21 at home against Hillside at 1:00pm.

Gymnastics: The gymnastics team started their season with a 105.4 to 105.325 loss at Montgomery. Junior Jamie Bush took the balance beams with a 9.275 score. The Raiders won their first home meet against Union Catholic 94.525 score to 51.325 score. Three Raiders won their event, sophomore Amanda O’ Hara took the Uneven Bars with a 7.525 score, Junior Annie Luongo winning the Balance Bean with an 8.6 score and Lauren Lockeld winning the Floor Exercise event with a score of 8.125. The team’ next meet is at home against Westfield on September 16 at 4:30pm.

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Girls Tennis: The girls tennis team lost all three of its matches last week. Their first match was away at Bridgewater-Raritan on Sept. 9 and lost, 5-0. The team’s second match ended in similar fashion at home against Summit on Sept. 10, 5-0. The team’s match at Livingston resulted in a loss 4-1 with Madison Dieu winning her match in third singles. The girls tennis team faces Gov. Livingston away on Sept. 16 at 4 p.m.

Girls Soccer: The Girls won their first game of the week on Sept. 9 at home against North Brunswick, 7-0 with Seniors Katie Harper and Kelly Yeager leading the team with two goals each. On Sept. 12, the Lady Raiders took on Oak Knoll at home and won, 2-0, with junior Tori Baliatico and senior Kelly Yeager each scoring a goal. With those two wins, the team’s record is 3-0 and plays Westfield at 3 p.m. at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School.

Boys and Girls Cross Country: The Boys Cross Country team did not have a meet this past week. Their next meet is against Elizabeth at 4 p.m. on September 17.

Girls Volleyball: The Volleyball team went 2-1 this week in three games in three days. Scotch Plains won their season opener at Union on September 10. Their one loss came at home against Iselin Kennedy on September 11. The volleyball team won their last match of the week at Johnson on September 12.  Senior Isabell Krempa leads the team in aces with 5, service points with 25, and assists with 35. Senior Brook Enners leads the team in kills with 15. Senior Shannon Reilly leads the team in digs with 14. Their next match is at North Brunswick on September 16 at 4 p.m.

Trevor Skanes is a senior at Scotch Plains Fanwood High School and has a passion for the field of journalism. This is his third year on staff at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School’s newspaper, The Fanscotian. Trevor was the sports editor last year and now is one of the editors-in-chiefs for the newspaper. Last year, Trevor won an award from GSSPA, for best news story in division B in the state of New Jersey. For the school year 2013-2014, Trevor will be the sports editor of the Scotch Plains Edition of the Alternative Press and will write the SPFHS Sports Wrap Up every week.

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of or anyone who works for is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

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