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Southern, Barnegat Bowlers Qualify for State Tourney

Barnegat, Pinelands Send Qualifiers to Track Tourney
Feb 13, 2019

The season is one big day longer for two local high school bowlers. Following the NJSIAA South Jersey sectional championships on Feb. 9, Southern senior Nick Wilkinson joined Barnegat senior Precious Anderson in qualifying for the state individual tournament slated for Friday, Feb. 15, at Bowlero in North Brunswick.

After Anderson qualified by rolling games of 155, 207 and 180 and placing 17th during the girls’ sectional competition on Feb. 2, Wilkinson and his Southern teammates – as well as Barnegat’s boys – took on South Jersey’s best in the boys’ sections competition and placed 10th overall. Wilkinson fired games of 215, 234 and 210 for a 659 series.

For teams that didn’t finish among the top two of their respective sections, the state individual championships was open to the top 19 girls and top 15 boys from each section. Unfortunately, both the Southern and Barnegat boys teams placed third.

The Rams, competing in South Group IV, scored 2,923 behind games of 950, 999 and 974, as Wilkinson led the way. Behind him, junior Robert Petrozzino scored 203, 208 and 199 for a 610 series, while senior Joe Melchionne registered games of 212, 202 and 192 for a 606 series. Senior Tom McCann threw games of 170, 193 and 194 to finish with a 557 series.

Meanwhile, the Bengals scored 1,006, 943 and 853 en route to a 2,802 series in the South Group II tourney. Senior David MacGillivray scored 236, 187 and 195 to finish with a 618 series, while junior Matt Charland fired games of 201, 213 and 171 for a 585 series, and senior Mike Pulig threw 195, 196 and 160 for a 551 series. Senior Matt Kulpa ended with a 538 series following games of 180, 180 and 179.

Barnegat, Pinelands Athletes Fare Well in Sectional Meet

The back end of February is championship time for indoor track and field athletes, and a bunch of Barnegat and Pinelands girls and boys qualified for this weekend’s Group II Championships following top-six efforts in the South Jersey Group II meet on Feb. 9.

Barnegat’s Kyla Carter had one of the highest finishes among locals, securing third place in the 55-meter dash with a time of 7.60 seconds, while teammate Jillian Jankowski followed her in sixth with a time of 7.72 seconds. Lillian Sarno managed a sixth-place time of 5:37.05 in the 1,600-meter run and Quamora Proctor tossed the shot put 31 feet, 6 inches to place sixth.

For the Pinelands girls, Liz Makar registered a top throw of 35 feet, 9½ inches to place third in shot put, just ahead of teammate Briaca Trice, who finished fourth with a throw of 32 feet, 3½ inches. Additionally, Rachel Papernik ended up fifth in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 9.79 seconds, and Teresa Jaeckel took fifth in the high jump at 4 feet, 8 inches.

In the South Group II boys meet, Barnegat’s Aidan Tai finished fourth in the 55 dash with a time of 6.82. The Barnegat 4x400-meter relay placed fifth in 3:36.88. Pinelands’ Jonathan Makar had the second-best shot put at 49 feet, 7 inches, and teammate Andre Simmons placed fourth in the high jump at 5 feet, 6 inches.

Who’s in SCT and State Hoops Tourneys

Tournament time for basketball has arrived, and both the Shore Conference and NJSIAA tourneys have been seeded. So who’s in and who’s not?

Unfortunately, the Barnegat and Southern boys and Pinelands girls didn’t qualify for the SCT. Instead, the local boys will be represented by Pinelands, which earned the 19th seed and were scheduled to travel to Jackson Memorial for a first-round clash with the Jaguars on Tuesday, Feb. 12. A victory for the Wildcats would give them a second-round matchup against third-seeded Christian Brothers Academy.

As for the girls’ field of the SCT, Southern was awarded the 21st seed, which meant a first-round contest against 12th-seeded Red Bank Regional on Tuesday. Barnegat was given the 25th seed and was scheduled to meet eighth-seeded Middletown South on Tuesday.

For the state tournament, the Pinelands boys received the highest seed among local squads – a fourth position in South Jersey Group III, setting up a first-round home game with 13th-seeded Woodrow Wilson on Feb. 26. A victory in the first round would give the Wildcats another home game, against either fifth-seeded Timber Creek or 12th-seeded Winslow on Feb. 28. If they reach the semifinals, No. 1 Moorestown may await.

Both the Barnegat and Southern boys were given 16th seeds and that means each will take on the top seeds in the first round of South Group II and Group IV, respectively. The Rams will travel to Eastern Regional on Feb. 25, while the Bengals will go to Haddonfield the same day.

Both the Pinelands and Barnegat girls were awarded 11th seeds and will square off with the sixth-seeded teams in their sections. The Wildcats will travel to Toms River South for their first-round matchup in South Group III on Feb. 26, while the Bengals will go to Collingswood on Feb. 25 for their South Group II first-round clash.

The Southern girls were dealt a tough road through a loaded South Group IV. As the 15th seed, the Rams will have to go through second-seeded Cherokee in the first round on Feb. 25. Should the Rams reach the quarterfinals, either No. 7 Atlantic City, which Southern defeated two weeks ago, or No. 10 Jackson Memorial will await them.

David Biggy

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