Southern Regional Gymnastics, Boys Soccer, Field Hockey Teams Gather More Wins
After sustaining its first loss of the season earlier last week, the Southern Regional gymnastics team bounced back nicely to close out the week, scoring a 99.875-95.175 victory over Brick on Sept. 30 to improve to 3-1.
Ashley Hemenway swiped the all-around top spot with a score of 33.375 following a bunch of solid routines that yielded individual apparatus scores of 8.4 on the vault and 7.7 on the uneven bars, and an 8.925 during the floor exercise.
Helping out in the Rams’ victory were Sarah Possidel, who scored an 8.45 to lead the vault and another 8.45 to lead the balance beam; Gabrielle Conforti, who led on the floor with an 8.95 and added an 8.375 on the balance beam; and Olivia Lattanzi, who took second on the beam with a score of 8.375 and grabbed third during the floor exercise with an 8.6. Sam Laubach registered an 8.4 on the vault as well.
Following a 2-0 start with 100.75-97.275 and 98.125-92.3 victories over Central Regional and Toms River East, respectively, the Rams fell well short of Brick Memorial, which cruised to a 102.8-93.625 win on Sept. 26. Only Possidel and Conforti scored among the top three in any discipline, as Possidel was third with an 8.175 on the uneven bars and Conforti swiped third on the floor with an 8.3.
Meanwhile, the Southern boys soccer team recently got back to winning after a bit of a roller coaster the past 10 days following a 4-1 start.
On Monday, Oct. 3, the Rams improved to 7-3 overall with a 2-1, overtime win over Shore Conference Class A South foe Lacey. Junior Joe Kiernan scored both goals for the Rams – the game-winner just 24 seconds into the overtime period.
On Sept. 28, Southern scored a huge, 3-0 victory over division rival Toms River North, which routed the Rams by four goals during their first meeting of the season. Senior Nick Sinopoli, junior Ethan Leming, who has five goals and five assists thus far, and Kiernan buried the goals to lift the Rams, who now sit in a third-place tie within the division. Goalkeeper Jay Boehler recorded his fourth shutout of the season.
The team atop the division standings, Toms River South, upended Southern, 2-0, on Sept. 26.
Also, the Southern field hockey squad remained undefeated in divisional play on Oct. 3, scoring a 2-0 victory over Toms River South to improve to 6-2-1 overall and 5-0-1 in A South. Maitland Demand and Sam Minafo each scored in the second half for the Rams, while Brooke Little and Emma Wilhelm added assists. Kaityn Spaschak needed just one save for the shutout.
On Sept. 27, the Rams tied with Toms River North, 1-1. Spaschak made 13 saves to help preserve the tie, as both squads tallied second-half goals. Southern’s only goal came off the stick of Kelly Fontana.
Southern’s two losses have come against two of the top teams in the conference, Freehold Borough and Shore Regional.
— David Biggy