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Barnegat Bowler Precious Anderson Finishes 24th at NJSIAA Championships

Feb 20, 2019
Photo by: David Biggy Barnegat senior Precious Anderson wrapped up her career by placing 24th overall during the NJSIAA Individual Bowling Championships at Bowlero in North Brunswick on Feb. 16.

Every year in mid-February, the NJSIAA Individual Bowling Championships turns out to be one of the toughest tournaments for many of the best high school bowlers in New Jersey. Some thrive on the lanes of Bowlero in North Brunswick, while others don’t make the necessary adjustments to the difficult oil patterns and end up frustrated.

On Feb. 16, Barnegat senior Precious Anderson wrapped up her career in style by finishing 24th overall among the girls, missing the top 18 by just 35 pins. Anderson’s 532 series ended up within 15 pins of Cumberland’s Carolece Henry (547), Manchester’s Theresa Bedaro (542) and Toms River South’s Hannah Dalton (534).

Anderson, who averaged 163 for the season at Lakewood’s Ocean Lanes, struggled at the outset, mustering a first-game score of 148. However, she found the right spots on the lanes for the second and third games, firing a 183 in the second before ending her career with an outstanding 201.

Shore Conference South A division bowler Paige Peters of Toms River North won the state championship after she rolled a 298 first game en route to a 702 first series, then qualified as the top seed for the stepladder finals with another three-game series of 577. Peter won the championship match, 261-140, over Warren Hills’ Olivia Ostander.

As for the boys, Southern Regional senior Nick Wilkinson placed 74th overall with a 443 series after rolling games of 154, 142 and 147.

Southern, Pinelands Athletes

Move on to MOC

While the local boys’ indoor track and field teams advanced a couple more athletes past the group championships, several local girls had the best performances as they advanced to the NJSIAA Meet of Champions, slated for this weekend in Toms River.

Topping the list of highest-performing efforts was Pinelands Regional’s Liz Makar, who tossed the shot put 37 feet, 2¾ inches to place second in Group II. Meanwhile, in the Group IV meet, the Southern 4x400-meter relay team recorded a second-place time of 4:03.29 to finish nearly four seconds behind Rancocas Valley (3:59.37). Southern sophomore Maria Mezzo placed seventh in the pole vault with a height of 10 feet, 6 inches, but likely will make the Meet of Champions as a wild-card entry.

For the boys, Southern’s Liam Anderson snagged the highest spot among the shot put finalists, ending in fourth place with a top throw of 50 feet, 10 inches, while teammate Joe Guglielmo took sixth with a heave of 50 feet, 2½ inches. Also in the Group IV meet, David Springstead placed fifth in the high jump at 6 feet, and Jackson Braddock snagged sixth in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:25.45. Pinelands’ Jonathan Makar placed sixth in the Group II shot put with a toss of 48 feet, 1½ inches.

Southern Hockey Teams

Bounced from State Tourney

After the Southern Regional ice hockey team grabbed a 2-0 lead, Freehold Township scored four straight goals bridging the first, second and third periods to grab a two-goal lead, and the ninth-seeded Colonials went on to bounce the eighth-seeded Rams from the NJSIAA Public B tournament with a 5-3 win on Feb. 18.

Jeff Leonard staked the Rams (11-4-5) to a 1-0 lead when he took a pass from Justin Braun on the power play and sent it into the net with 4:42 left in the first period. On the same power play just 51 seconds later, Yater Henry took a pass from Joe Cajzer and made it 2-0.

Unfortunately, Jacob Liebross scored twice – on the power play with 40 seconds left in the first and later on the power play with 5:55 left in the second – while teammates Tyler Sanborn and Colin Sullo added power-play goals in the second and third to make it a 4-2 contest, before Leonard assisted Cajzer on the power play with 4:56 left to make it a one-goal game. Niko Neron capped the scoring with an empty-net goal and one tick left on the clock.

Southern freshman goaltender Trey Mattern made 30 saves to help keep the Rams in the game. Southern’s offense managed 24 shots on goal as its season came to an end.

Hoops Squads Ousted

In First Round of SCT

When it comes to winning basketball games in the Shore Conference Tournament, a bad quarter can put an end to a team’s tourney run really fast. Such was the fate for the Pinelands Regional boys hoops team.

On Feb. 12, the 19th-seeded Wildcats took a 27-18 lead into the second half, but 14th-seeded Jackson Memorial put the kibosh on them with a 16-2, third-quarter outburst to take a five-point lead into the fourth, where the Jaguars held on for a 46-43 victory. Andrew Schulz scored 16 points and Anthony Diaz contributed 14 to lead Pinelands (15-6), while Ryan Skeie grabbed 10 rebounds.

Meanwhile, the Southern girls had a similar mishap in the first quarter against Red Bank Regional, as the 12th-seeded Bucs jumped out to a 16-7, first-quarter lead and barely looked back in a 51-44 win over the 21st-seeded Rams (12-11). Kaela Curtin led the way for Southern with 16 points, while Sam Del Rio tallied 10 points. Alex Matner snatched eight rebounds.

At Middletown South, the eighth-seeded Eagles proved to be too much for the 25th-seeded Barnegat girls (12-11), as they cruised to a 34-7, halftime lead and never looked back. Jada Baker led the Bengals with 14 points and 13 boards.

David Biggy

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