BY MATTHEW ROCCO Correspondent St. John Vianney High School’s softball team kicked off the postseason tournament slate with a title, winning the Monmouth County Tournament (MCT) championship for a fourth consecutive season.Amanda Durham went 4-4 with an RBI triple in the fourth inning, while pitcher Katie Beriont struck out seven on her way to a onehit shutout in the 8-0 win over Wall High School in the Red Division finals on May 18.Helena Coppola had a run-scoring double, and Jackie Gallagher reached base four times. Claire Stefanelli’s two-run single in the sixth put the finishing touches on the victory that gave Beriont her 19th win of the season.The county title is another in a long line of accomplishments for St. John Vianney, but head coach Kim Lombardi said this team is a bit different compared to past seasons.“You don’t always expect who will hit. It’s not always the same kids scoring runs. It’s really one through nine,” Lombardi said.While Beriont has continued to be dominant on the mound, she can’t always strike out seven, as Lombardi put it.That’s where the defense comes in.“Katie is always in control, but the defense is playing very well behind her. We’re playing exceptional defense,” the head coach said.With the county tournament over, the Lancers are eyeing equally successful runs in the Shore Conference and NJSIAA after coming within one win last year of taking home titles in each tournament. In 2012, Wall outlasted St. John Vianney, 8-7, in the Shore Conference title game. The Lancers lost, 3-0, in the Non-Public A championship against Immaculate Heart Academy.St. John Vianney (21-1), the top seed, had a first-round bye in the conference tournament and will play Jackson Memorial High School on May 25.The Lancers also have a bye in the opening round of the state tournament. St. John Vianney, which is in the Non-Public South A bracket, will play the winner of a May 23 game between Red Bank Catholic High School and Pingry School in a second-round matchup scheduled for May 28.Lombardi said her team, which has been in tough spots before, has proven it can play at a high level.On May 13, St. John Vianney and Morris Knolls High School squared off in a battle between two of the top teams in the state. Beriont held the opponent to four hits over seven innings, while Gallagher drove in the deciding run on a sacrifice fly in the sixth, as the Lancers edged out a 2-0 win.The Lancers have played in big games, including those in the MCT, and that experience could prove beneficial as the matchups get tougher.“The teams will be disciplined and well coached,” she said of the competition in the state tournament. “If the girls play the way they’re capable of, I can see us having success.”
God bless Samuel L. Jackson, first of his name. Lord of House Motherf*cker. King of Snake Planes. Ruler of Fictional Pulp, and Master of Languages.Only he could start HBO’s Uncensored Game Of Thrones Beginner’s Guide with “No. Not dragons. F*ck those dragons! Focus!” It just gets better from there. His take on the Stark family? “Nice family, huh? Don’t get attached. I’m just saying.” His description of Jamie is priceless. It starts with “This m*therfucker”. I’m only a minute into this and I’m already rolling laughing.Jackson also keeps things pretty concise and in order, which I consider to be a major achievement because whenever I’ve tried summarizing these events in the series and I end up having to go back and fill things in so many times that I get dizzy.He also describes The Hound as a scary lookin’ dude. Somehow, that just upped Sandor Clegane’s badass level by a factor of 10.Between Jackson’s take on Game of Thrones and the amazingness that is new Ghostbuster Leslie Jones when she’s live-tweeting, I seriously hope someone gets those two together and makes a video. You hear me, HBO? Make. It. Happen.One throughline Jackson hits on makes everyone on the show look rather…. dumb. I mean, people have been saying “Winter Is Coming” for how many seasons and then, when it arrives, people are like “Oh my god! What are we going to do?”If you have someone who needs to get caught up on the show, I highly suggest you show them this video. It’s more accurate than you’d imagine and highly entertaining. It’s also easier than watching all six seasons of GoT to get caught up.