Sports Roundup

Southern Boys Hoops Squad Rebounds With Victory Over Jackson Memorial

Jan 17, 2018
Photo by: Ryan Morrill

Even though the Southern Regional boys basketball team is 3-2 thus far in 2018, it’s probably a safe guess that head coach Eric Fierro would like to see some more consistency from his Rams during the coming weeks, especially with the Shore Conference and NJSIAA tournament qualification deadlines fast approaching.

On Jan. 13, the Rams (5-6) hopefully started in that consistently winning direction with a 56-42 victory over Shore Conference Class A South rival Jackson Memorial. Southern started off with a 15-6 outburst in the first quarter and never trailed from there, building a 24-12 lead by halftime. Vinnie Deck had a breakout game, leading the Rams with 24 points, which included a trio of three-pointers to go with seven free throws, and five steals, while Thomas Foster pitched in with 14 points and six rebounds.

Two days earlier against Brick, the Rams trailed by seven after the first quarter and then a rough second quarter, during which the Green Dragons outpaced Southern, 20-6, did in Fierro’s crew, as they lost 67-44. Foster led the way with 15 points and eight boards, while Deck tallied 11 points. Fortunately, Southern knocked off Toms River East on Jan. 9 behind four double-digit scoring efforts from Deck, who led with 17, Johnny Tilton, who scored 12, and Foster and Cole Markley, who each piled on 11 points.

Pinelands Boys

Win Third Straight Game

Meanwhile, at Pinelands Regional, Fred Johnson’s Wildcats are very much in the hunt for SCT and state tourney bids.

Following a 2-4 start, the Wildcats have won three straight in the new year, including a 46-33 victory over Shore Conference Class B South foe Donovan Catholic on Jan. 13. In that contest, Pinelands used a 16-8 run during the second quarter to create separation and cruised from there. Andrew Schulz led the way with 22 points, which included nine foul shots, while Ryan Skeie added 11 points.

Along with the win over Donovan, a 54-47 victory over Lacey on Jan. 11 sent the Wildcats to 4-1 within the division, setting them firmly in second place behind 5-0 Point Pleasant Borough. The Wildcats and Panthers aren’t scheduled to meet until February.

Barnegat Boys Squad

Bounced by Panthers

Unfortunately, the Barnegat boys hoops squad didn’t have much success against Point Borough on Jan. 11, dropping a 60-46 contest and dipping to 4-4 on the season. Carson Francisco was the scoring leader for the Bengals, as he buried 11 field goals en route to a 23-point effort. Mike Revello added nine points.

The Bengals started the new year with a pair of victories over Raritan and Keyport, but played only the one divisional contest last week following the recent blizzard.

Barnegat Swim Coach

Gets Victory No. 100

Head coach Emily Cherry definitely has led the Barnegat swimming programs to new heights during recent years, and on Jan. 11 both the boys and girls squads rewarded her by capturing her 100th and 101st coaching victories following wins over Toms River East.

On the way to a 109-61 blowout, the boys (6-1) were led by Colby Pearson, who first won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:00.63 and later added a victory in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:40.53, while Dylan Cappucio touched the wall with a first-place time of 2:25.40 in the 200-yard individual medley, and Kyle Smith won the 100-yard butterfly in a brisk 59.87 seconds. Smith later tied with teammate Matt Zielinski to win the 100-yard backstroke in 1:07.12. All of Barnegat’s relays scored first-place points as well.

Meanwhile, the girls (2-5) managed their second win of the season by ousting the Raiders, 96-74. After the 200-yard medley relay started the meet with a win, Caitlin Lustenberger won the 200 IM in 2:53.12, before Anna Sackett scored a victory in the 50-yard freestyle in 27.18 seconds, and Sydney Dizon won the 100 fly in 1:28.78. Annabelle Grogan then won the 500 free in 6:57.45, before Lustenberger returned to touch the wall first (1:15.83) in the backstroke event and Sackett closed out the individual wins with a 1:20.33 in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Southern Swimmers

Sweep Brick Township

On Jan. 12, the Southern Regional swimmers got back in action by sweeping Brick Township. The girls (4-1) cruised to a 127-42 victory over the Green Dragons, while the boys (3-2) rolled to a 122-48 triumph.

For coach Bill Entrikin’s girls squad, the 200 medley relay of Jacqueline Kilcommons, Mia Amirr, Kaylyn Iusan and Kady Patterson started things off with a 2:08.83, before Gracie Sprague won the 200 free in 2:12.98 and Phoebe Sprague added first-place points in the 200 IM with a time of 2:37.89. Iusan won the 100 fly in 1:11.96, while Abigail Malandro won the 100 free in 59.53 seconds, and Phoebe Sprague returned to win the 500 free in 5:52.49. Patterson won the 100 backstroke (1:13.51) and Olivia Davis scored an individual win in the 100 breaststroke (1:26.68) as well.

For Heather Clarey’s boys, Aidan McInerney won the 200 IM with a time of 2:32.13, while Jackson Hughes scored victories in both the 50 free (:23.77) and 100 free (:55.75), and Thomas White (backstroke) and McInerney (breaststroke) closed out the individual events with first-place times of 1:07.46 and 1:14.96, respectively. The Rams also won the three relay events.

David Biggy

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