Sports Roundup

Barnegat Football Team Opens Up With Victory Over Jackson Liberty

Sep 12, 2018

Experience at quarterback and running back came in handy for the Barnegat football team on Sept. 7, as the Bengals opened up the new season with a 20-6 victory over Shore Conference Patriot Division rival Jackson Liberty. After Charlie Cotton burst into the end zone from a yard out to give the Bengals a 6-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, the Lions answered back in the second with a touchdown. But Brian Finucan broke the deadlock later in second quarter when he connected with Devyn DeFilipo for a 10-yard touchdown pass to make it 13-6.

Led by Brian Ewan, who delivered on 13 tackles and a sack, the defense kept the Bengals in front until 7:47 remained. That’s when Ewan broke through the line at the 35-yard line and took the ball to the house. Aaron Osborn’s point-after kick capped the scoring.

Finucan finished 6-for-12 for 111 yards, while Cotton tallied 88 yards on 20 carries. Sean Morris caught one ball for 49 yards, while DeFilipo snagged a pair of passes for 29 yards. Caleb Schafer ran the ball twice for 59 yards.

Coach Rob Davis’ Bengals, who are 11-2 in opening contests for their 13 varsity seasons, travel to Shore Regional (1-0) for a crucial divisional matchup with the Blue Devils on Friday, Sept. 14.

Pinelands Volleyball Squad
Off to 3-0 Start

The defending Shore Conference girls volleyball champions are off to a great start. Heading into this week’s action, coach Kathy Bennett’s Pinelands crew was 3-0 following a solid 26-24, 25-20 victory over Wall on Sept. 7. Earlier last week, the Wildcats scored wins over Red Bank Catholic and Point Pleasant Beach.

Against the Crimson Knights, Kayla Thornton led the charge with six kills, nine digs and four aces, while Emma Capriglione tallied five kills, seven digs and a trio of blocks, and Victoria Pickel delivered 16 assists. Adrianna Dancisin picked up 12 digs and scored an ace, and Cierra Seals, who also had two aces, and Alexa Houston each hammered down four kills.

In a 25-12, 25-12 blowout of the Garnet Gulls on Sept. 6, Thornton and Capriglione each swatted six kills and a pair of aces, while Seals banged down four kills, and Pickel gave out 20 assists. Brittney Houseworth had four aces, Pickel had three, and Dancisin had two as well.

In the opener on Sept. 4, the Wildcats bounced the Caseys, 25-19, 25-12, as Thornton drilled nine kills and scored seven digs, while Capriglione tallied five kills and three blocks, Seals delivered six kills and four aces, Dancisin managed 11 digs and Pickel handed out 20 assists.

Wildcats’ Hockey Team
Wins Two to Start

While the girls volleyball team kicked off its season with a bunch of victories, the Pinelands field hockey team followed suit, capturing two straight wins to start the season – knocking off Shore Conference Class B South rival Jackson Liberty in its opener on Sept. 6, followed by an 8-0 drubbing of division foe Lakewood.

Against the Piners on Sept. 7, Adrian Dieckman started the offensive onslaught 6½ minutes into the contest, and Kennedy Heinrichs made it 2-0 six minutes later. Dieckman made it a 3-0 game after she banged in an assist from Brianna Triebel with 2:38 left in the half.

In the second half, the Wildcats continued to press forward on offense, receiving goals from Jamilyn Hawkin, Rachel Papernik, Dieckman, Olivia Gordon and Jailene Gonzalez.

During its 3-1 win over the Lions a day earlier, Pinelands fell behind early in the first half, but Papernik erased the deficit with 22:16 left in the first half when she buried a penalty-corner assist from Sarah Keady.

Papernik delivered on another corner nearly nine minutes later, off a pass from Hawkins. With 14:59 left in the contest, Hawkins again delivered a pass on a corner, and Papernik sent it into the goal for the hat trick. Ally Vezos and Mickenzie Horay split time in goal, and each made a save.

Southern Boys Soccer
Wins a Pair

The Southern Regional boys soccer squad got off to a strong start during its opening week of the fall season, scoring a pair of victories over Manalapan and Atlantic Tech. After scoring a 4-2 win in their opener on Sept. 4, the Rams came right back the next day and cruised past the Braves, 4-0, on their home turf, as four different players scored goals. Kevin Kiernan, Jose Bonilla, Dylan Blauvelt and John Paul Prosperi each put the ball into the back of the net, while Benjamin Hanneman, Fernando Medina and Ryan Nugent gave out assists. Braden Dugan managed six saves as the goalkeeper.

The day before, Frank Ritchie, Medina, Bonilla and Prosperi scored the goals, as Martin Rojas delivered on two assists and Blauvelt and Kiernan each dealt one. Dugan had 10 saves in the opening win.

SRHS Girls Tennis
Starts Off Hot

Winning was a big thing at Southern Regional High School during the opening week of the fall season, and the girls tennis team was among the victors with two straight wins to start the new season.

In a 5-0 win over Jackson Liberty on Sept. 5, Christina D’Amodio scored a 6-1, 6-0 victory at first singles, while Nicole Conroy won, 6-0, 6-0, at second singles, and Cassidy Callan notched a 6-0, 6-1 win at third singles. The first doubles team of Sarah Pampalone and Kelsey Bellack and the second doubles tandem of Ella Brown and Cristina Ciborowski each won by forfeit.

During their 4-1 win against Pinelands on Sept. 4, D’Amodio beat Nyah Acosta, 6-1, 6-1, at first singles, while Conroy dropped a 2-6, 6-4 (4-10) loss to Fallon Hutchison at second singles, and Callan came through on a 6-2, 6-1 win over Courtney Burns at third singles. The Pampalone-Bellack and Brown-Ciborowski teams sealed the victory with straight-set wins as well.

David Biggy

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