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Pinelands Wins First Division Crown in Girls Soccer

Wildcats Finish 7-0 in Shore B South
Oct 17, 2018
Courtesy of: Pinelands Regional Athletics The Pinelands Regional girls soccer team captured its first-ever Shore Conference Class B South division championship last week.

During the past week, several teams at Pinelands Regional High School have been able to celebrate some big accomplishments. But the biggest surrounded the Pinelands girls soccer squad, which captured its first-ever Shore Conference Class B South division title.

Four different Wildcats scored as they jumped out to a 3-0, halftime lead and ended up cruising to a 4-0 victory over Manchester, wrapping up a perfect 7-0 mark in B South. Also with the win, coach Dawn Paget’s crew improved to 9-1-2.

Aileen Cahill, Alex Hanna, Sunni DiElmo and Bridget Dudas each scored, while DiElmo, Dudas and Hanna also delivered assists, and goalkeeper Brenna DeVoe registered seven saves during the shutout – the Wildcats’ fifth of the season.

Last season, the boys’ squad captured the B South crown for the first time and repeated the feat last week as well.

After receiving a bye for the first round of the Shore Conference Tournament, the seventh-seeded Wildcats on Tuesday took on 10th-seeded Rumson-Fair Haven and dropped a 2-0 decision to fall short of reaching the quarterfinals.

Pinelands Girls V-ball Team
Snags Another Title

With a 25-20, 25-21 victory over Barnegat on Oct. 15, the Pinelands girls volleyball team snagged its second straight Shore Conference Class B South division crown, sharing the title with Donovan Catholic with identical 13-1 records.

Against the Bengals, Kayla Thornton delivered seven kills and recorded nine digs, while Emma Capriglione hammered down eight kills, and Victoria Pickel gave away 19 assists to go along with seven digs. Cierra Seals registered four aces, and Brittney Houseworth tallied 11 digs as well. With the win, the Wildcats improved to 19-2.

Over the weekend, Pinelands split a pair of matches against St. John Vianney and North Hunterdon – first losing to the Lions, 25-19, 25-20, before knocking off the Lancers, 25-22, 25-23, in what could have been a late-round Shore Conference Tournament preview.

Against Vianney, Thornton crushed 20 kills and amassed 13 digs, while Pickel handed out 28 assists, and Adrianna Dancisin and Houseworth managed 13 and 11 digs, respectively. Against North Hunterdon, Dancisin came up with an impressive 24 digs, while Thornton had eight kills and 18 digs, Pickel dished out 20 assists, and Capriglione added eight kills.

Southern Girls Volleyball Crew
Makes it Two Straight

It’s somewhat cliched when a Southern volleyball team wins a Shore Conference Class A South division, and it happened yet again as the Southern girls completed a second straight undefeated season within A South with a 25-12, 25-12 bruising of Jackson Memorial on Oct. 12.

The Rams’ balanced effort was led by Rachel Pharo with five kills and a block, while Kari Klimek smashed four kills, and Jess Sprankle recorded seven digs. Stephanie Soares contributed 11 assists and a pair of aces; Zoe Deakyne also notched two aces.

Over the weekend, Southern (24-3) scored a fairly easy win over conference rival St. John Vianney, 25-11, 25-23, but later lost a tight contest against North Hunterdon, 25-17, 23-25, 25-20.

Against the Lancers, Soares gave out 22 assists and registered three aces, while Sprankle tallied 14 digs and four aces, and Gianna Schiattarella banged down eight kills and scored nine digs. Riley Vaughn and Klimek added seven and six kills, respectively. In the loss to the Lions, Deakyne had 18 digs, while Sprankle had 17 digs and two aces, and Schiattarella mustered 12 kills and two aces. Sarah Gildea also contributed six kills.

Southern Field Hockey Team
Snatches A South Again

In what seemed to be a recurring theme throughout Southern Ocean County, the Southern Regional field hockey team was the fourth squad to capture back-to-back division crowns as the Rams clinched A South with a 1-0 victory over Toms River North on Oct. 10.

Southern (14-1 overall) improved to 12-1 in the division after Kiera Lyons scored the only goal of the game off an assist from Maggie Brummer. The Rams have one more divisional contest, against Brick Memorial, but Jackson Memorial has two losses and a tie on its record.

On Oct. 13, the eighth-seeded Rams got the Shore Conference Tournament underway with a 3-1 victory over 14th-seeded Middletown North. Maitland Demand scored twice and gave away an assist on a goal by Erika Barbera, while goaltender Lauren Bakker made one save to help the Rams advance to the SCT quarterfinals, where they bounced Colts Neck, 1-0, on Tuesday.

David Biggy

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