Sports Roundup

Barnegat Upsets Donovan Catholic in B South Girls Tennis Victory

Oct 04, 2017

For many years since 2000, the Donovan Catholic girls tennis program has been one of the Shore Conference Class B South’s best. So beating the Griffins is a big deal. Earlier in the season, Barnegat lost a 3-2 decision to Donovan, but on Oct. 2 the Bengals turned around that result and edged the Griffins instead.

Second singles player Amber Kantenwein was the lead component to the 3-2 victory, as she knocked off Sam Samarelli, 6-2, 6-2, while third singles player Madison Linton came through with a 6-0, 6-0 sweep of Ava Cahill. Pimpakan Lerburtanakan and Lily Spagnola sealed the team victory at first doubles by scoring a 6-4, 6-2 win. Calista Bowie and Jullian Buscio just missed making it a 4-1 match, but came up short in a third-set tiebreaker, 1-6, 7-5, 6-10.

The victory improved the Bengals’ overall record to 8-5 and marked their fourth win in their last five contests. After dropping a 5-0 decision to division leader Lacey, the Bengals rebounded with a 3-2 win over Southern on Sept. 26, then added 5-0 victories over Lakewood on Sept. 27 and Point Pleasant Borough on Sept. 29.

Against the Panthers, first singles player Kelly Kantenwein won a 6-3, 6-0 match over Morgan Woods, while Amber Kantenwein defeated Dayana Auguilh, 6-2, 6-0, and Linton bounced Cheyenne Pearce, 6-1, 6-0. Lerburtanakan and Spagnola won, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4), and Bowie and Buscio scored a 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) victory as well.

Pinelands Girls Soccer

Scores Big Win

After knocking off previously undefeated Lacey earlier last week, the Pinelands Regional girls soccer squad kept its winning streak moving, not just with a 5-0 drubbing of Lakewood on Sept. 27, but also by avenging an earlier loss to Point Pleasant Borough with a 1-0 victory on Sept. 29.

Sophomore striker Aileen Cahill delivered the only goal of the contest, a first-half penalty kick. Meanwhile, goalkeeper Brenna DeVoe had another huge game with 15 saves. Against Lakewood, Sunni DiElmo buried three goals, while Cahill and Savannah Beaulieu each added one, and Alex Hanna and Abby Hart each tallied assists.

The victories pushed the Wildcats’ win streak to five games and improved their overall record to 8-2. The last time Pinelands lost was Sept. 13 in a 5-3 defeat to Manchester, which leads the Shore Conference Class B South division with a 8-1 mark. The Wildcats, tied with Lacey at 7-2 in the division, were scheduled to meet Manchester on Tuesday, Oct. 3.

Southern Field Hockey

Surges Into First

After passing their first major divisional test of the season the previous week, the Southern Regional field hockey team had its second one on Sept. 26, when the Rams met Toms River North for the first time this season. Tied 1-1 at the half, the Rams passed their second test by scoring a pair of goals in the second half to snag a 3-1 victory.

After Maitland Demand and Emma Wilhelm staked Southern to a 2-1 lead, Erika Barbera finished off the Mariners with a goal on an assist from Samantha Minafo. North managed a few shots on goal, but goalie Maddie Leyh and the Rams’ defense limited the Mariners to a first-half goal by Lauren Cagliostro.

The victory sent Southern (12-1) into sole possession of first place in the Shore Conference Class A South division. A 4-1 win over Toms River East on Sept. 27, followed by a 7-0 hammering of Toms River South on Oct. 2, has since given the Rams a 9-0 record in A South with five games to go on the divisional schedule – the last of which is an Oct. 16 meeting with Toms River North.

David Biggy

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