Sports Roundup

Southern Regional Golfers Just Miss Top Spot in Ocean County Tournament

Apr 18, 2018

Once the rain ended on April 16, the Ocean County Golf Tournament had been relocated to Sea Oaks Country Club, where last year Southern Regional High School captured a fourth straight team title. This time around, the Rams fell short of continuing their streak.

Following 18 soggy holes, coach Jeff Reilly’s squad ended up tied with Toms River North, each team totaling scores of 341. In such cases, the first tiebreaker goes to the team with the fifth player’s score, since the top four scores are used for the team total. But those were tied as well, leading to the next criterion – the team’s lowest individual score.

Unfortunately, Toms River North’s Connor Bekefi, who lost a playoff hole to Jackson Memorial’s Kyle Rogers to finish second on the individual leaderboard, scored a 78 and Southern’s lowest scorer, defending county champ Caleb Rossi, was six strokes off that mark. Rossi had edged Bekefi for the top spot at the Wildcat Invitational, also at Sea Oaks, a week earlier.

Still, the Rams were in the hunt for the team crown. Following Rossi’s 84, Nick Campanelli, Chris D’Alessandro and Ethan Leming each scored an 86. Peter Fabian arrived to the clubhouse with a 98.

“It was a tough loss for Southern,” Reilly said via email. “But Pinelands had a great team day.”

Indeed the Wildcats did, scoring a combined 346 to place fourth, two strokes behind third-place Brick Memorial, and earned a spot in next week’s Shore Conference Tournament, for which the top six at the county tournament move on.

It was Pinelands’ Kayla Gutierrez who scored the best round of Southern Ocean County’s golfers on Monday, carding an 81 to finish third overall. Gutierrez fired a 40 through the first nine holes, then registered a 41 on the back nine. She scored five or fewer strokes on 17 of the 18 holes at Pinelands’ home course.

Meanwhile, Austin Carney carded an 83 to finish in a tie for fourth place, Connor Carney delivered an 88, Nat Szwed contributed a 94, and Ben DeFiglio managed a 106.

As for Barnegat, the Bengals struggled, finishing with a 439. Maxwell Lares led the team with a 104, followed by Matt Kulpa’s 105 and Nick Spitz’s 111.

Southern Volleyball Team
Remains Undefeated

Given the fact it’s the two-time defending state champion, it’s not much of a surprise that the Southern Regional boys volleyball team is undefeated after 15 matches. But on April 14, at least one team gave the Rams a challenge.

During a quad at Kingsway, Williamstown managed to win the second game of a 25-19, 23-25, 25-15 contest against the Rams. But Southern had too much firepower, as Shane Bent delivered 11 kills and eight blocks, while Arvind Kumar banged down seven kills and Zack Hem registered four kills and three blocks. Matt Jones had 20 digs and 14 service points, including a pair of aces, and Matt Maxwell gave out 26 assists.

During the other two matches, Southern cruised to a 25-4, 25-14 win over Cherry Hill East, in which Hem had six kills, three blocks and three digs while Jones had three aces, and a 25-20, 26-24 victory over Kingsway, in which Bent, Kumar and Hem hammered eight, seven and six kills, respectively.

On April 16, the Rams improved to 15-0 with a 25-17, 25-20 win over Shore Conference Class A South foe Jackson Memorial. Kumar led with nine kills, five digs and two aces, while Bent hit for six kills, and Jones managed seven digs and two aces.

Pinelands Girls
Edge Barnegat on Track

While it’s still relatively early in the season, many of the Pinelands Regional girls track and field athletes appear to progressing along well, as the Wildcats have started off 2-2. Their latest victory occurred April 14 when they knocked off Shore Conference Class B South rival Barnegat, 78-53. The same day, Pinelands fell short against Donovan Catholic, 73-66.

The big winners for Pinelands were Rachel Papernik and Jackie Peschko, who each scored first-place points in two events. Papernik took first in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:12.2 and the 100-meter hurdles in 17.5 seconds, while Peschko won the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs with respective times of 5:54 and 14:41.

Adding to the victory were Sarah Keady, who won the 400-meter dash in 1:02.5; Marlee Tharp, who grabbed first in the 800-meter run in 2:43; Teresa Jaeckel, who won the high jump at 4 feet, 10 inches; and Susan Grelak, who won the triple jump with a distance of 33 feet, 9¼ inches. Thrower Carly Jannsch won the javelin with a toss of 113 feet, 4 inches, and Elizabeth Makar won the shot put with a throw of 35 feet, 9¾ inches to round out the Wildcats’ scoring.

For Barnegat, Kayla Carter won the 100- and 200-meter dashes with times of 12.8 and 27.8 seconds, respectively, while Ginalee Erskine captured the first position in the discus with a throw of 110 feet, 10 inches, and Jillian Jankowski won the long jump with a distance of 15 feet, 10¼ inches.

Five Local Runners
Complete Boston Marathon

Amid brutal weather conditions, which included a race-time temperature of 38 degrees, steady rain and 25 to 30 mph winds at varying points of the course, five locals were among the tens of thousands who crossed the finish line at the 122nd Boston Marathon on April 16.

The hardy group of locals included four women from Manahawkin – Jennifer Delaney, Colleen Clark, Alicia Lally and Patricia Yaiser. Delaney was the highest finisher with a time of 3 hours, 55 minutes, 10 seconds, placing her 5,456th within the women’s field, while Clark wasn’t far behind in 4:02:25 to place 6,413th among females. Lally crossed the line as the 7,614th female with a time of 4:14:55, and Yaiser clocked a 4:24:26 to grab the 8,384th position.

The only local man to finish the event was Surf City’s Curt Travers, who came in at 3:56:46 to place 9,408th among male competitors.

David Biggy

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