Sports Roundup

Barnegat Girls Hoops Squad Opens Season With Pair of Victories

Dec 20, 2017

No doubt as the winter season wears on, local basketball fans soon will see which teams are the contenders and pretenders. As of Dec. 19, the Barnegat girls hoops squad very much looks like a contender, starting off 2-0 after a 56-32 win over Pinelands Regional in the teams’ opener on Dec. 15 and a 48-16 win over Lakewood three days later.

In the opener, the Bengals jumped out to a 14-9, first-quarter lead and extended the gap to 10 points, 28-18, by halftime. In the third quarter, Barnegat went on a 20-8 run to put the contest out of reach. Senior Shannon McCoy led all scorers with 25 points, which included the burying of five three-pointers, and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Ginalee Erskine tallied 12 points, 15 boards and four blocked shots. Madeline Scott had four steals.

Against the Piners, the Bengals raced to a 17-2, first-quarter lead and cruised from there, as McCoy again led the way with 16 points. Erskine and Jada Baker, who added eight points, each snatched 14 boards, while Sydney Boyer collected seven rebounds.

Barnegat Boys Swim Team
Goes to 3-0

With a pair of victories last week, the Barnegat boys swim team remained perfect to start the season, improving to 3-0. On Dec. 14, the Bengals cruised to a 106-64 win over Toms River South, which was preceded by a 125-43 win over Point Pleasant Borough two days earlier.

After the Bengals’ 200-yard medley relay opened the meet against South with a victory in 1:53.87, Colby Peterson scored first-place points in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:00.64, and Kyle Smith followed with a 1:00.69 to win the 100-yard butterfly. Pearson clocked a 5:42.64 to win the 500-yard freestyle, while Matt Zielinski raced to a winning time of 1:05.96 in the 100-yard backstroke, and Dylan Cappucio won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:10.58. The 400-yard freestyle relay of Smith, Pearson, Michael Kosar and Gareth Aguilar capped the scoring with a winning time of 3:49.91.

Against the Panthers earlier in the week, Barnegat won all the individual and relay events, which included victories by Cappucio in the 200-yard individual medley (2:23.37) and Kosar in the 50-yard freestyle (24.88 seconds) and 100-yard freestyle (57.77 seconds).

Southern Boys Bowlers
Score First Sweep

It took a few matches, but the Southern Regional boys bowling team finally got a much-needed sweep on Dec. 14, knocking off Shore Conference South A division foe Central with game victories of 967-843, 983-923 and 970-936. Tom McCann led the Rams (5-10) with a 630 series following games of 192, 224 and 214, while Jeff Wilkinson scored highs of 213 and 194 in the first and third games, respectively, to help out. Jack Hudson fired a 593 series behind games of 206, 194 and 193. Rob Petrozzino added a high of 204 in the second game as well.

Meanwhile, not too far away on the alleys of Ocean Lanes, both the Barnegat boys and girls were busy scoring sweeps of their own – the boys scored 882-678, 788-767 and 932-762 victories over Donovan Catholic, while the girls ousted the Griffins with game scores of 719-568, 673-596 and 710-568.

For the boys, David MacGillivray led the charge with scores of 228, 236 and 222 to register the top series (686) of the season thus far, while Matt Kulpa added games of 189, 159 and 197 for a 545 series. Anthony Balas rolled a 202 in the first game en route to a 501 series. For the girls, Precious Anderson was the leader with a 532 series after firing games of 163, 171 and 198. Kelly Kantenwein tossed a 175 in the third game, and Allanagh Dambroski recorded a 161 in the first game to help out.

Southern Ice Hockey Team
Wins Another

After an 0-3 start, the Southern Regional ice hockey has rebounded nicely, tying once and winning twice during its past three games, including a 9-1 thumping of Brick Memorial on Dec. 13.

The Rams (2-3-1) scored three goals in the first period and four in the second en route to the easy victory. A.J. Irwin staked Southern to a 1-0 lead with an unassisted goal 4:23 into the contest, before Paul Keyes converted on assists from David Lytle and Ray Luedtke just over a minute later, and Justin Braun buried another goal with 4:32 left in the first, off assists from Irwin and Bryan Janiszewski.

Lytle, Irwin, Matt Flynn and Keyes lit up the lamp to give Southern a 7-0 lead heading into the third period, and Joe Cajzer and Keyes capped the scoring in the third. In addition to the hat trick, Keyes added two assists. Lytle finished with four assists, and Flynn gave out a pair of assists. Cam Conrad and Anthony Scalvino combined for 15 saves in goal.

David Biggy

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