Sports Roundup

Pinelands Regional Boys, Barnegat Girls Hoops Squads Start Season With Victories

Dec 19, 2018
Photo by: Jack Reynolds

As the high school basketball season got underway Dec. 14, the Pinelands Regional boys and Barnegat girls each started their winter campaigns going in the right direction – the Wildcats scoring a 53-50 victory over Shore Conference Class B South rival Donovan Catholic, while the Bengals scorched B South foe Lakewood, 47-22.

Pinelands was led by a 22-point effort from senior Andrew Schulz, while classmate Anthony Diaz contributed nine points to help send the Wildcats out front by 11 points heading into the fourth quarter. The Griffins made a comeback during the final period, but knocking down foul shots late in the game kept the Wildcats on top when the final buzzer sounded.

Meanwhile, in Barnegat for the girls’ opener against the Piners, Kya Joseph delivered a 17-point, seven-rebound effort, and Jada Baker added eight points and 11 boards. Baker also handed out five assists. Nikki Lozito, Kaya Foy and Ashley Pringle, who also had five steals, each tallied six points for the Bengals, who carried a 37-10 lead into the last quarter.

Elsewhere on the courts Friday night, things didn’t go so well for Southern’s boys and girls squads as they fell short against Class A South rival Toms River South.

In the girls’ 38-31 loss to the Indians, the Rams were led by Sam Del Rio with 17 points and five rebounds. Kaela Curtin had four boards and five assists, and Jacqueline Ward banged down a three-pointer and five foul shots for eight points. The Rams took a 14-0 lead into the second quarter, but the Indians chipped away and held Southern to just 10 second-half points while scoring 19 in the fourth for the win.

In the Southern boys’ game, the Rams had a one-point lead at halftime, 28-27, but a 13-6 outburst during the third quarter put the Indians ahead, and they held on for a 59-51 victory. The Rams were led by Johnny Tilton’s 11 points, while Vinnie Deck registered 10 points and seven assists, and Cole Markley hit for 10 points. As a team, Southern managed only 12 rebounds.

As for the Barnegat boys and Pinelands girls hoops teams, both the Bengals and Wildcats went on the road and held their opponents to under 30 points. Unfortunately, they lacked offense as well and returned home 0-1 to start the season.

During their 29-25 loss to Lakewood, the Bengals were led by Brendan Revello with nine points, while Brian Finucan added seven points. Barnegat managed just nine field goals for the game, which included a three-pointer by Finucan. After a 4-2 first quarter, the Piners created separation with a 13-4, second-quarter run.

Pinelands received six points from D’Anna Capriotti, but the Wildcats didn’t score more than six in any quarter during a 26-16 loss to Donovan Catholic. With the Griffins up, 11-8, at halftime, they surged farther ahead with an 11-2, third-quarter spurt.

Southern Wrestlers
Start Strong

Following an easy, 60-8, victory over Shore Conference Class A South rival Toms River East in the team’s opener on Dec. 14, the Southern wrestling team followed up with a really strong effort in its Robin Leff Tournament the next day, outscoring runner-up Camden Catholic, 266.5-229, for the team title.

The Rams crowned four champions, including Robert Woodcock at 138 pounds, Nick O’Connell at 160, John Stout at 182 and J.T. Cornelius at 220, as well as a runner-up and a pair of third- and fourth-place finishers en route to the team championship.

Woodcock, as the third seed, may have been the most impressive Ram of the bunch, as he bounced a pair of state tourney qualifiers from last season, including Camden Catholic’s Anthony Croce, whom Woodcock defeated, 6-4, in Saturday’s final.

Meanwhile, O’Connell scored a 13-9 victory over Camden Catholic’s Harrison Hinojosa to win the 160-pound title, while Stout edged Burlington’s Jaden Roberts, 4-3, for the 182-pound crown, and Cornelius ousted Mount Olive’s Christopher Cherry, 7-5, to win the 220-pound final. At 195, Ben LoParo lost, 13-4, to Moorestown’s Robert Damerjian in the championship bout. Jayson Scerbo and Nick Pepe placed third at 120 and 145, respectively, and Sebastian Delligatti (132) and Jayden Smith (285) finished fourth.

In the team’s opener against the Raiders, Scerbo started off with a 4-1 decision before Delligatti won, 8-2, at 132 pounds and Woodcock pinned at 138 to give Southern a 12-5 lead it never relinquished. Jason Sari won an 8-2 bout at 145, followed by Pepe’s 35-second pin at 152 and an O’Connell forfeit victory at 160.

Haven Tatarek pinned in 1:25 at 170 before Stout delivered a 49-second pin at 182, LoParo pinned in 4:17 at 195, Cornelius received a forfeit win, and Smith pinned in 35 seconds at heavyweight to seal the victory. Chris Lubeski capped the Rams’ scoring with an 8-4 decision at 106.

Pinelands Bowling Teams
Score Wins Over Donovan

The Pinelands boys bowling squad scored its first win of the season on Dec. 13, knocking off Donovan Catholic, 3-0, behind game victories of 682-528, 627-506 and 679-592. Nick Carmona led the way with a 437 series on the strength of 137, 153 and 147 games, while Connor Giganti scored a 146 in the first game, Ryan McGowan contributed a third-game score of 172, and Darren Dowdy and Ethan Edwards each rolled a 138 in the first game.

A few lanes away, the Pinelands girls (6-9) scored 610-442, 616-489 and 569-536 victories for a 3-0 win over the Griffins as well. Caitlyn Rodriguez was the hammer bowler for the Wildcats, registering scores of 178, 190 and 156 for a 524 series, while Kennedy Heinrichs fired a 143 in the third game and Courtney Burns delivered a 140 in the second game to help out.

Barnegat Bowling Squads
Maintain the Pace

The Barnegat bowling teams kept pace with Shore Conference South B division leader Manchester, each scoring 3-0 victories over Lakewood on Dec. 13 to remain in second place. The Barnegat boys are 14-4, while the girls improved to 13-5 on the season.

During game victories of 860-811, 929-821 and 892-851, the boys were led by David MacGillivray, who tossed games of 203, 224 and 204 for a 631 series, while Matt Kulpa delivered a 529 series following games of 188, 173 and 168. Matt Charland contributed a second-game score of 204, and Anthony Balas fired a 206 in the third game.

The girls, who scored game victories of 790-558, 739-578 and 679-588, were led by Lily Spagnola, who knocked down 557 pins with game scores of 191, 181 and 185. Jasmine Reid added a 461 series after she tossed first and second game scores of 166 and 173, while Precious Anderson threw a 184 in the first game, and Shauna Yodice contributed a 157 during the second game.

David Biggy

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