TASTY TIDBITS SDA's Zimanovic wins gold at Group II indoor meet; Blue out at Lincoln
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St. Dominic Academy's brilliant shot put thrower Daria Zimanovic added another honor to her already impressive resume when she won the NJSIAA Group II indoor shot put state championship at Jadwin Gym on the campus of Princeton University last weekend.

Zimanovic, who won two outdoor Parochial A state championships last spring in the shot put and discus, threw the shot 40 feet, one inch, to become the first-ever SDA athlete to win a gold medal at the indoor state championships in the school's rich and storied track history.

It was a fine day for another Blue Devil track standout as well, when fellow senior standout Christine Capetola ran a 4:21.3 in the 1,600-meter run to break the Hudson County record, set over a decade ago by another SDA standout Liane Sullivan, to finish seventh overall and earn a berth in the upcoming NJSIAA Meet of Champions.

Of course, as a Group state champion, Zimanovic also earned a place in the upcoming meet of the elite, also to be held at Jadwin Gym...

Although it has not been confirmed, there are reports out of the Jersey City Board of Education that Lincoln High School head football coach Adonis Blue has not been rehired as head coach and that a search is on for a replacement, although the same reports state that the front-runner for the position is Ferris assistant coach and former Lincoln standout receiver Anthony Griggs.

Blue has not had an easy time in his three-year stint as Lincoln head coach, losing 29 straight games at one point before finally defeating Dickinson and then beating Newark Central in an NJSIAA consolation game to finish the 2004 season at 2-8. But Blue's overall coaching mark of 2-30 has left a lot to be desired and there was some dissention among the team's ranks last year.

Here's to hoping that Griggs can turn around that struggling program, but honestly, a complete overhaul of the entire Jersey City public school football program is needed, because last season was a disaster...

The North Bergen High School wrestling team is rolling along at 9-1, with the only loss coming at the hands of state-power Passaic Valley. While a lot of people are keeping an eye out for fabulous 103-pound freshman Bobby Dabal and deservedly so, watch out for 152-pounder Rico Rodriguez, who has a 12-1 record thus far and has been collecting some quality wins against big-time opponents of late...

The St. Anthony-Don Bosco Prep game, which was originally slated to be played at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia this weekend as part of The Hoop Group's Challenge Series, has now been moved to be played locally at Stevens Tech Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.

It marks the first time that Stevens Tech has hosted a high school basketball event in several years and this one, pitting two of the state's best big men in St. Anthony's Ahmad Nivins and DBP's Tyrell Biggs, should be a doozy....

After playing last weekend in the National High School All-American All-Star game in San Antonio, Bayonne High School standout Jerome Hayes is expected to make his college decision known within the next few days.

For you local Rutgers grid fans, don't get upset quite yet, because Hayes is seriously considering an offer to join the Scarlet Knights. The outstanding linebacker and Hudson Reporter Defensive Player of the Year last fall has told close friends that he wouldn't mind staying close to home so he can remain in general proximity to his mother, whom he cares for greatly.

So don't be totally shocked if Hayes declares his intentions to go to Rutgers by some time next week...

Can anyone figure out the Dickinson High School boys' basketball team? They're more schizophrenic than Sybill and Carrie put together.

One minute, the Rams, who were the pre-season favorites to win the HCIAA Coviello Division, were getting hammered by Bayonne, losing by 16, dropping their third straight game. The next, they're defeating front-runner North Bergen, handing the Bruins their first league loss after six straight wins.

In the North Bergen win, senior forward Rashawn Smalls started to play like he was supposed to, collecting 18 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. The Rams are now 6-5 and 3-3 in the league, which just goes to prove how topsy-turvy their year has been. They're now in contention for a playoff bid and if they get in, they're going to be a tough out for any team, especially with the talent they possess...

Perhaps the best brother-sister basketball combination in the county resides at County Prep, where junior guard Amanda Johnson plays for the Hurricanes girls' basketball team, averaging close to 16 points per game, and freshman guard Matthew Johnson plays for the County Prep boys' basketball team, averaging around 10 per game.

The Johnson brother and sister combo is of note, because they are the children of former St. Anthony High School and Marquette University standout Mandy Johnson, currently a supervisor for Jersey City Recreation, working out of the Jersey City Armory. Obviously, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree...

Good news on the medical front. Local baseball guru Ed "The Faa" Ford was released after a nearly two-month stint at Christ Hospital last Wednesday and was already spotted at some of his favorite jaunts, like Bailey's and Carmine's in Jersey City within hours of his release. Which means only one thing. Everyone should be aware, be very aware, when "The Faa" is on the loose... -- Jim Hague
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