Tournament Roundup: Southern Girls Swimmers Win Another in Public A
After scoring its first-ever state tournament victory in a most dramatic way on Feb. 7, the Southern Regional girls swim team made the most of its next opportunity to advance in the NJSIAA South Jersey Public A sectional on Feb. 10, as the fifth-seeded Rams knocked off fourth-seeded Eastern Regional, 90-80.
Unfortunately, the end of the tournament road arrived on Feb. 13, when Southern was bounced by top-seeded Cherry Hill East, 114-56. Still, nothing could spoil the way the Rams ended the season, given their two sectional wins and finishing 11-2.
Against the Vikings, Southern received individual wins by seniors Abigael Coughlin, who recorded a time of 2:10.87 in the 200-yard freestyle, and Laura Patterson, who clocked a time of 26.20 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle. Patterson also led the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Hannah Skimmons, Abigail Malandro and Gabrielle Cabaron to a first-place time of 1:46.59. Jacquelyn Kilcommons contributed first-place points by winning the 100-yard backstroke in 1:05.15.
Three days earlier, the Rams got by Vineland in the first round after winning by power-point criteria following an 85-85 deadlock. But against the Cougars on Monday, Southern was not as fortunate, as Kilcommons won the only individual event – recording a 1:06.43 to win the backstroke – and the team of Coughlin, Patterson, Cabaron and Malandro closed out the season with a victory in the 400-yard freestyle relay in 4:01.17.
SRHS Hockey Team
Advances in SCT
The Southern Regional ice hockey team entered this year’s Shore Conference Tournament with a rare chance at repeating as conference champion following its title in the Dowd Cup last season. This year, the Rams are in the Handchen Cup side of the tourney, but so far the results have been the same, as Southern remained on course for the title game following an 8-1 blowout of Manalapan on Feb. 9.
The Rams were scheduled to play Howell in the Handchen Cup semifinals on Tuesday, Feb. 14, but the result was too late for this edition of The SandPaper.
Against the Braves, Southern (16-6-1) jumped out to a 4-1, first-period lead and cruised from there, as goaltender Cam Conrad made 27 saves during the contest. The Rams made it a 6-1 contest with two goals in the second period and capped the scoring with two more in the third.
Senior Jack Conrad tallied a pair of goals and two assists to lead the Rams, while Hunter Bello assisted on three goals and Trent Markley popped in a pair of goals as well. Nick Englebert, David Lytle, Paul Keyes and Tyler Golomb scored the other four goals, while Golomb, A.J. Irwin, Keyes, Lytle and Nolan Ruff each added assists.
Should the Rams knock off the Rebels in the semifinals, they will take on either Middletown South or Jackson Memorial in the championship round on Thursday, Feb. 16.
BHS Boys Track
The Barnegat boys indoor track squad had a decent showing at the NJSIAA South Jersey Group II championship meet, scoring 22 points to place sixth overall. Haddonfield and Cinnaminson were the top teams with 65 points.
For the Bengals, Nick Kovaly was the big winner when he topped the field in the high jump with a height of 6 feet. Teammate Jacques Picault finished fourth in the high jump by clearing 5 feet, 10 inches.
In the 4x400-meter relay, the team of Nico Adorno, Kirston Beaucicault, Gunnar Pearson and Kovaly finished fourth with a time of 3:34.10, and Pearson also grabbed fourth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:03.47 to cap the scoring.
Kovaly, Picault, Pearson and the relay team will compete in the Group II Championships on Saturday, Feb. 18, at the John Bennett Center in Toms River.
— David Biggy