Sports Roundup

Southern Girls Hoops Teams Rises Above .500 With Win Over Toms River South

Jan 23, 2019
Photo by: Jack Reynolds

Occasionally, scoring just two points in the fourth quarter turns out not to be a killer. Such was the case for the Southern Regional girls basketball team on Jan. 17 during a 32-21 victory over Shore Conference Class A South rival Toms River South.

Holding a 30-16 lead heading into the fourth, the Rams made a single field goal but held the Indians to just five points, securing their seventh win of the season. Southern grabbed the initial lead in the first quarter with a 12-7 spurt it turned into an 18-11, halftime lead. Following the break, the Rams spread the gap with a 12-5 run during the third quarter.

Senior guard Jacqueline Ward led the way with 16 points and five rebounds, while Jordan Frangipani buried a pair of three-pointers to account for her six points. Kaela Curtin also snatched five boards and swiped two steals.

At 7-6 overall, the Rams went into this week still with a legitimate chance to qualify for the Shore Conference Tournament, for which the eligibility cutoff is Feb. 9. Only teams with a .500 or better record can qualify.

Meanwhile, also on Jan. 17, the Barnegat girls hoops squad got back on the positive side of the .500 mark with a 50-32 victory over Shore Conference Class B South foe Lakewood, the Bengals pushing their record to 8-7 overall.

The Bengals started off the contest with a 14-8 run in the first quarter, then seized control with a 19-7, second-quarter outburst to take a 33-15 lead into the locker room at halftime. Kya Joseph led the way with 13 points and nine rebounds, while Sydney Boyer managed 10 points, five board and four assists, and Jada Baker delivered nine points and 14 boards.

Two days earlier, Barnegat used a 29-21 fourth quarter to erase a six-point deficit and score a 60-58 win over Central Regional. Joseph scored 22 points, including eight from the foul line, and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the winning effort. Baker tallied 16 points, 11 boards, five assists and four steals, while Boyer added nine points and eight rebounds.

In boys basketball, Pinelands maintained its pace toward easily qualifying for the SCT for a second straight year – which would be a first for the program – after cruising to a 50-31 victory over Class B South rival Donovan Catholic.

After a 9-2 run in the first quarter, the Wildcats (8-3) held a 31-25 advantage going into the fourth quarter before they finished off the Griffins with a 19-6 outburst. Luke Wiatrowski drained seven free throws on the way to a team-leading 18-point effort and also snagged six rebounds. Andrew Schulz recorded 15 points and six boards, while Garrett Brown snatched nine board to go along with three steals. Ryan Skeie hauled in seven rebounds.

Southern Wrestlers Rebound

With Win Over Central

After sustaining its second divisional loss of the season earlier in the week, the Southern Regional wrestling team bounced back with a 61-10 victory over Shore Conference Class A South rival Central Regional on Jan. 16. Somewhat surprising, the Rams are 4-2 in the division so far this winter and Toms River North has clinched the division crown.

Against the Golden Eagles, Southern won 11 of the first 12 bouts, starting with Jayson Scerbo’s pin at 1:57 in the 120-pound contest. Sebastian Delligatti recorded a pin at 5:54 in the 132-pound contest to give the Rams the lead for good, but the onslaught continued when Nik Lawson delivered a pin in 3:44 at 138 pounds, followed by Nick Pepe’s 29-second pin at 145.

Nick O’Connell remained undefeated for the season with a pin in 4:56 of the 152-pound matchup, before Luke Galan added a 10-2 major decision at 160, Matt Caporrino scored a 9-3 decision at 170, and John Stout cruised to a 15-0 technical fall in 2:53 at 182 pounds. At 195, Joshua Echandia won a 7-2 decision before Gabe Murray pinned in 3:18 at 220 points and Jayden Smith was awarded a forfeit at heavyweight. Nate Bischoff capped the Rams’ victory with 104 major at 113 pounds.

On Jan. 19, Stout and J.T. Cornelius had their undefeated records blemished when they sustained losses in the quarterfinals of the prestigious Escape the Rock tournament at Council Rock High School in Pennsylvania but went on to finish fifth at 182 and 220 pounds, respectively.

On Jan. 15, Toms River North upended Southern, 30-26. The Rams received wins from Robert Woodcock at 138, Pepe at 145, O’Connell at 160, Stout at 182, Ben LoParo at 195 and Cornelius at 220. Back on Dec. 19, the Rams lost a 28-25 match to Jackson Memorial, accounting for their first divisional defeat of the season.

Barnegat Wrestling Team

Adds Two Victories

While the Barnegat wrestling team isn’t in a position to win the Class B South title this winter, the Bengals have put together a solid season thus far, going 11-6-1 through this past weekend. On Jan. 19, the Bengals added a pair of victories –  a 51-25 win over division foe Donovan Catholic and an impressive, 35-31, come-from-behind win against Brick.

Against the Green Dragons, Barnegat was down 31-11 with five bouts to go, but the Bengals stormed back into the contest when Mason Bayer won a 10-6 decision at 160 pounds, Rashidi Alleyne pinned in 3:33 at 170 pounds and Stephen Jennings won an 8-4 contest at 182. After Charlie Cotton was awarded a forfeit to trim the deficit to 31-29, 220-pounder Peter Jennings ended the match with pin in 23 seconds.

The Bengals continued the roll by cruising through the Griffins. After Michael Ramos won by forfeit at 195, Cotton pinned in 2:35 at 220 and Griffin Jackstadt delivered a 7-4 decision at 285 to give Barnegat a 15-0 lead. Robert Killmer pinned in 3:45 at 113 pounds, followed by Michael DiPianta’s pin at 3:23 of the 132-pound clash and Dylan Feimer’s pin in 3:22 at 145. Alleyne and Stephen Jennings finished off the Griffins with pins in 1:37 and 34 seconds, respectively.

David Biggy

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