West Long Branch: The Frankie S. Caltabilota, Jr. Fourth Annual Basketball Games between the Monmouth Beach Dolphins versus WLB Frank Antonides School Spartans girls' and boys' basketball contests hosted at the Monmouth University Multi-Activity Center on Tuesday.
About 200 family members and friends came to cheer and were assisted by Meghan Ghaffari’s sixth through eighth math teacher and Coach of the FAS Spartan Cheerleaders for both games. The game was in honor of the memory of Frankie, the well-known, much-liked West Long Branch and Shore Regional HS athlete, a great college baseball player who lost his life in the January 2000 Rutgers dormitory fire.
FAS Boys Coach Nick Cammarano welcomed the guests and thanked the schools of both communities for their support. He added thanks to “Dennis and Jay Giberson at G&M Trophy” for the sportsmanship awards, and Sharon O’Halloran-Niedzwiecki who pitched in the get the programs ready and other team assistance to add to the significance of the events.
WOTS adds a thank you to Maggie Pavlick and Maddy Costine for their help at game time.
The girls game at 6:30 was fairly even most of the way, with Coach Al Roma’s Spartans holding an edge until the game whistle sounded. Final Score: 28-1. Spartan scorers were Jackie Shapiro with 11, and Lauren Lithgow with 8 points. Five other girls also were on the scoreboard.
Dolphin scorers were Erin Rogers, Devon McDonough and Brooke Sansone. Their coach is Jay Vastano.
For the boys the score ended with the Spartans on top: Spartans 43, Dolphins 24. The score belies the effort in a hard fought test of experience a well as skills. The 7-1 record of the WLB team reflected the experience of the team on the floor. Dolphins have a new experience level, yet the “stick-to-it-iveness” showed on both teams.
Top scorers for WLB were Xavier Dangler with 18 points, 7 for Alexander Rice and 6 for Paul Christopher. Four other players contributed to the victory.
The Dolphins had Tyler Pierson with 12, game high for the Monmouth Beach hoopsters. Coach J.P Maloney gave full time directions and advice to his new players.