Sports Roundup

Southern Bowler Wilkinson Qualifies for State Individual Tournament

Feb 07, 2018

With the fourth-highest average on the team this season, Southern Regional senior bowler Jeff Wilkinson definitely had his share of brilliant flashes thus far. On Feb. 3 in the NJSIAA South Jersey sectional tournament, Wilkinson was the most brilliant of the Rams and in being so earned one of the coveted spots in the state championship tourney.

With games of 202, 255 and 212, Wilkinson placed 12th in South Jersey with a 669 series to become one of nine Shore Conference bowlers in the section to qualify for the state finals. His second-game score was the eighth-highest in the section on Saturday.

As a team the Rams tallied 2,962 pins and fell 91 pins shy of qualifying the entire team, finishing fourth in the Group IV behind Brick Memorial (3,093), Lenape (3,052) and Egg Harbor Township (3,011). Pat Marucci was the second-best Ram with a 584 series, following games of 215, 198 and 171. Steve Martin and Jack Hudson each rolled 571 series, and Tom McCann tossed a 567 series. Martin’s high game was a 201, while Hudson’s was a 210 and McCann’s best came in at 207.

Meanwhile, Barnegat totaled 2,483 pins to place ninth in Group II. Matt Kulpa led the Bengals with games of 223, 166 and 199 for a 586 series, while David MacGillivray scored games of 202, 190 and 193 for a 585 series. Following Monday’s regular-season win over Pinelands, MacGillivray led the Shore Conference South B division with a 218.82 average after rolling games of 238, 236 and 234 at Ocean Lanes in Lakewood.

Local Tracksters Fare Well in SJ Group II

As the indoor track season begins its path toward the Meet of Champions later this month, several local athletes are still in the hunt for positions in the big meet.

Pinelands sophomore Elizabeth Makar appears to be in peak form right now, and she placed second in the South Jersey Group II shot put on Feb. 4, tossing the ball 34 feet, 10½ inches. Junior teammate Teresa Jaeckel was the next-highest finisher for the Wildcats, taking third in the high jump by clearing 4 feet, 10 inches. Sophomore Sarah Keady also moved onto the Group II meet by placing sixth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:01.98. Meanwhile, Barnegat senior Sara Wells managed a fourth-place finish in the shot put with a distance of 31 feet, 10¾ inches.

As for the local boys, Barnegat senior Nick Kovaly provided the best effort in the high jump, clearing 6 feet to place fourth. Kovaly also helped the 4x400-meter relay, comprising of teammates Aidan Tai, Ralph Cruz and Ryan Fisher, to a sixth-place finish with a time of 3:43.24. Tai, a junior, also took sixth in the 55-meter dash with a blazing time of 6.77 seconds. Pinelands junior Jonathan Makar finished fifth in the shot put with a distance of 44 feet, 10 inches.

Local Swimmers Go Up Against Shore’s Best

The annual Shore Conference Swimming Championships typically is stacked with talent, and this year’s conference meet was no different. Still, a bunch of local swimmers fared well against the Shore’s best, particularly the Southern Regional girls.

While Abigail Malandro was the only individual to place among the top 10 in an event – placing ninth in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 25.46 seconds – the quartet of Grace and Phoebe Sprague, Hannah Skimmons and Malandro not only pulled off an 11th-place finish in a loaded 200-yard freestyle relay field, but their 1:47.40 was good enough to qualify the crew for the state’s Meet of Champions

Additionally, Jacqueline Kilcommons managed a 12th-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:03.49, while the Sprague sisters, Skimmons and Olivia Davis recorded a time of 4:03.17 to place 14th in the 400-yard freestyle relay, and the foursome of Kilcommons, Mia Amirr, Kaylan Iusan and Malandro took the 15th spot in the 200-yard medley relay in 2:00.23. Phoebe Sprague also finished 16th in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:40.19.

In the boys’ meet, all three of Barnegat’s relay squads placed among the top 14. Mike Koser, Kaden Jason, Gareth Aguilar and Colby Pearson teamed up in the 200 free relay and placed 12th in 1:37.69, while the crew of Kyle Smith, Dylan Cappuccio, Matt Zielinski and Jason managed a 13th-place spot in the medley relay with a time of 1:51.70, and Smith, Koser, Aguilar and Pearson finished 14th in the 400 free relay in 3:39.18. For Southern, Jackson Hughes tied for 15th in the 50 free with a time of 23.52 seconds.

Southern Wrestling Team Advances in State Tourney

In the NJSIAA South Jersey Group V team tournament on Feb. 5, the Southern Regional wrestling team easily advanced to the semifinals, routing Egg Harbor Township, 54-6.

Jayson Scerbo gave the top-seeded Rams (17-2) the initial lead with a 1:53 pin at 113 pounds and they never looked back, winning the next seven bouts to take a commanding lead. Owen Kretschmer won a 10-4 decision at 120, before Sebastian Delligatti pinned in 3:01 at 126, and Matt Barnett delivered a 13-4 major decision at 132. After Jason Sari won a 10-1 major at 138, Nick Pepe followed with a 2-0 win at 145, Dan Gorman added a 12-1 major at 152, and Luke Galan won a 6-3 decision at 160.

Following two decisions by Egg Harbor wrestlers, J.T. Cornelius was awarded a forfeit at 195 pounds, before Gabe Murray pinned in 1:04 at 220, Jayden Smith won a 6-2 decision at heavyweight and Matt Brielmeier finished the contest with a pin in 1:10 at 106 pounds.

Meanwhile, in South Jersey Group II, eighth-seeded Barnegat faced off against top-seeded Point Pleasant Borough and fell, 60-16, on Feb. 5. The only Bengals to score victories were Charlie Cotton, who won a 14-6 major decision at 182 pounds; heavyweight Steven Pitiak, who pinned in 1:31; and 120-pounder Sean Foley, who pinned in 2:51.

— David Biggy


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