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Southern Regional Football Team Scores First Victory After Galan’s Fourth-Quarter Pick-Six

Southern and Pinelands Field Hockey Notch Wins
Sep 13, 2017

Junior defensive back Luke Galan intercepted a Gennaro Guardiscione pass and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter on Sept. 8, and the Southern Regional football ball secured its first victory of the season, a 22-14 triumph over Shore Conference Class A South rival Toms River North.

Last year, the Mariners bludgeoned the Rams en route to the division title. But this time around, Southern (now 1-1) bounced back from a 14-7, fourth-quarter deficit with 15 unanswered points during the final minutes, starting with a 2-yard TD run by senior running back Joe Miele, who subsequently ran the ball into the end zone for a two-point conversion to give the Rams their first lead of the game, 15-14.

On Toms River North’s ensuing drive, the Mariners reached midfield before Galan’s pick-six and senior Matt Barnett’s extra-point kick clinched the win. Miele scored the Rams’ other touchdown on a 1-yard run, and Barnett booted the PAT, in the second quarter to knot the contest at 7-7.

Southern ran the ball for almost the entire game – senior quarterback Sean Distelcamp completed one of two passes for 10 yards – and Barnett led the running attack with 92 yards on nine carries, while senior John Dolphin carried the ball 11 times for 68 yards. Miele had 16 carries for 59 yards. Defensively, Barnett and Miele led the way with 7 and 6 tackles, respectively. Terrick Grace, Dupreme Holland and Matt Mackanic each had 4 tackles.

Southern Field Hockey
Sticks on Fire

With a bunch of tough games coming up, the Southern Regional field hockey team apparently thought it would be a good idea to get its offense into some sort of a rhythm. During the first three games of the season, the Rams put up 20 goals.

After cruising to an 8-0 victory over Steinert in their opener on Sept. 5, the Rams (now 3-0) scored their first division victory of the season – a 6-0 drubbing of Toms River East on Sept. 8 – before visiting Oakcrest on Sept. 9 and coming home with another 6-0 shutout.

Against Steinert, seven different Rams put the ball in the cage. Ruby Ramales scored twice and gave out an assist, while Brooke Little added a goal and three assists, and Maitland Demand notched a goal and two assists. Erika Barbera, Sam Minafo, Delaney Rechenberg and Emma Wilhelm scored the other goals. Emily Raylman and Kait Conroy each added assists to the scoresheet.

In the win over the Raiders, Barbera scored a hat trick, while Demand, Little and Minafo each popped in goals. Minafo also added an assist, as did Conroy. Against Oakcrest, Demand recorded the hat trick, while Barbera, Conroy and Little scored the rest of the goals, and Ramales had two assists. Goaltender Maddie Leyh was tested a little bit, making five saves to help secure the Rams’ third straight shutout.

Pinelands Field Hockey
Gets Big Win

After dropping a one-goal loss against a solid Toms River North squad in its opener on Sept. 5, the Pinelands Regional field hockey team rebounded with a big, 3-1 victory over Shore Conference Class B South division foe Jackson Liberty on Sept. 8. For the past two years, the Wildcats and Lions have battled for the top spot in the division.

Tied at 1-1 at halftime, the Wildcats scored twice in the second half, and the defense, led by senior goaltender Julia Kline, did the rest to secure the victory. Senior Brianna Suralik ended up with two goals, and an assist on Rachel Papernik’s goal. Brianna Triebel added an assist as well, and Kline made seven saves for the win.

In the opener, the Mariners took a 5-1 lead into halftime and the Wildcats bounced back with four goals in the second half, but North scored once more in the second half to grab the victory. Suralik and Papernik each scored twice and gave out an assist, while Adrienne Dieckman scored Pinelands’ other goal, and Kline managed 12 saves.

David Biggy

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