Sports Roundup

Pinelands, Southern Regional Volleyball Squads on Path Toward Conference Title Showdown

Oct 24, 2018

If the seeding holds true for the Shore Conference Girls Volleyball Tournament, the championship contest at Georgian Court University on Thursday, Oct. 25, will have a ton of electricity. After all, it could be a clash of Southern Ocean County titans.

Following victories on Tuesday, top-seeded Pinelands Regional and second-seeded Southern Regional remained on the road toward a championship showdown, both requiring one more win in the semifinals to make it happen.

The Wildcats (22-2) started their defense of last year’s SCT crown with a 25-15, 25-15, first-round win over 16th-seeded Barnegat on Oct. 19, while the Rams (25-3) ousted 15th-seeded Toms River East, 25-12, 25-12, the same day.

Against the Bengals, Kayla Thornton led Pinelands with 12 kills and 12 digs, while Victoria Pickel dished out 23 assists, and Emma Capriglione tallied four kills and a trio of aces. Alexa Houston also delivered five kills, and Tiffany Papa managed six digs.

Meanwhile, the Rams cruised past the Raiders behind a balanced attack that required little offensive clout, as Gianna Schiattarella registered six kills, five digs and an ace, while Riley Vaughn hammered down five kills and scored a pair of blocks. Stephanie Soares handed out 13 assists, and Jess Sprankle tallied nine digs and 10 service points.

After downing seventh-seeded Colts Neck 25-17, 25-15 in the quarterfinals, Southern was scheduled to meet third-seeded Donovan Catholic in Thursday’s semifinals. Following a 26-24, 25-21 victory over ninth-seeded Raritan, Pinelands was scheduled to square off against fourth-seeded Wall Township in the semis. The winners will meet in the final 30 minutes after the semifinals matches are completed.

Southern Boys Soccer Team
Bounced From SCT

After a first-round win over Barnegat and a second-round victory over Howell, the Southern boys soccer team ran into its roadblock in the quarterfinals, where the Rams dropped a 4-1 contest to top-seeded Holmdel on Oct. 19.

The Hornets struck first when Mark McStay scored on a 25-yard strike midway through the first half, but the Rams (9-5-1) got on the scoreboard with 10 minutes left in the half after John Paul Prosperi delivered on a 30-yard free kick to knot the score. Holmdel scored twice more during the final six minutes of the half to take a 3-1 lead into the intermission.

Southern Field Hockey Team
Scorched by Shore Regional

It seems Shore Regional hadn’t forgotten what happened when it met Southern Regional in last year’s Shore Conference Tournament semifinals. This time around, the Blue Devils scored twice in the first half and didn’t relent in the second, scoring a 5-0 victory over the Rams in the semis on Oct. 18.

Maggie Lamb scored twice to lead the Devils (17-3) past Southern, while Ryan Malfa, Emmalee Olsen and Isabella Saponaro each banged the ball into the goal once, and Shore’s defense shut down the Rams’ solid offensive attack.

Southern, as the third seed, received a bye for the first round of the NJSIAA South Jersey Group IV tournament and will meet 11th-seeded Atlantic City, which ousted sixth-seeded Millville, in the quarterfinals on Friday, Oct. 26. A quarterfinals victory would send Southern to the semifinals, most likely to meet second-seeded Kingsway (17-0-1).

State Tournament
Seeds Revealed

It’s that time of the year – state tourney time. Fortunately, the Pinelands field hockey team didn’t have to concern itself with a first-round contest in NJSIAA South Jersey Group II. As the third seed, the Wildcats received a first-round bye and awaited the winner of a contest between sixth-seeded Sterling and 11th-seeded Deptford. A victory on Oct. 29 would send the Wildcats (12-3) to the semifinals, likely to meet second-seeded Delsea (14-1-2).

On Tuesday, the NJSIAA boys and girls soccer tournaments were paired up, and all six local squads will be in action beginning either later this week or early next week.

The Pinelands girls soccer team was awarded the sixth seed in South Jersey Group II and is scheduled to host 11th-seeded Cedar Creek in the first round, while Barnegat’s girls were given the 14th seed and are scheduled to travel to third-seeded Haddon Heights. The Southern girls were given the seventh seed in South Jersey Group IV and will host 10th-seeded Kingsway in the first round.

As for the boys, Southern received the fourth seed and will host 13th-seeded Lenape in the first round, while Pinelands was given the sixth seed in South Jersey Group III and will square off against Toms River South in first-round action, and Barnegat was awarded the 15th seed and will visit second-seeded Delran for the first round in South Group II.

David Biggy

biggy@thesandpaper.net

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