Sports Roundup

Southern Regional Gymnasts Cruise Past Lacey to Remain Undefeated

Sep 27, 2017

The Southern Regional gymnastics team has made winning look easy so far this fall. Through four contests, culminating with their latest win over Lacey on Sept. 25, the Rams are 4-0 and have scored 100 or more during each victory. Better yet, their smallest margin of victory has been 9.575 points. In gymnastics, that’s dominant.

Whether Southern can keep this pace and even improve remains to be seen, but coach Judy Miller has to be pleased as October draws closer. On Monday, the Rams were led by Maria Mezzo, whose all-around score of 34.85 easily topped the leaderboard. Mezzo won the vault with a score of 9.125, then took the top spot on the uneven bars with an 8.425, followed by a first-place score of 8.9 on the balance beam. She finished third on the floor with a score of 8.4.

Gabi Conforti also was solid for the Rams, taking second on the vault with an 8.7, followed by an uneven-bars score of 7.425. Hailey Klimas swiped the first position on the floor with a 9.15 and added an 8.75 on the beam, while Autumn Shackleton was second on the floor with an 8.475 and Alexandria English grabbed third on the beam with an 8.5.

During a 101.45-84.575 rout of Toms River South on Sept. 22, Mezzo again led the charge with an all-around score of 34.45, as she won the floor with a 9.325, and scored an 8.8 to win the vault and an 8.475 to take first on the bars. Klimas was second on the vault with an 8.7 and second on the beam with an 8.25. Conforti scored a 9.15 for second on the floor and an 8.2 on the beam to take third. English was third on the floor with an 8.7, while Shackleton was third on the bars with a 7.75.

Two days earlier, the Rams scored a whopping 104.775 to knock off Ocean City, which tallied 94.8 points. Klimas was the all-around star for the Rams, scoring a 34.75 behind scores of 8.6 on the vault, 8.35 on the bars and 8.9 on the beam. Mezzo won with an 8.45 on the bars and won the floor with a 9.25. Also on the floor, Conforti scored a 9.1, while Shackleton completed the sweep with a 9.05. Sarah Possidel was the highest-scoring Ram on the vault, with an 8.65.

Pinelands Boys Soccer
Improves to 8-0

With half of the Shore Conference Class B South division schedule already completed, the Pinelands Regional boys soccer team appears unbeatable. And behind a four-goal effort from Dominic Dos Santos on Sept. 25, the Wildcats not only squashed Lacey, 6-1, but improved to 8-0 overall and 7-0 in the division as well.

On Monday, the Wildcats scored three goals in each half to bury the Lions. Kieran Sundermann scored once and doled out four assists, while Aniello Lubrano added a goal and an assist to the onslaught. Keeper Logan Johnson made five saves. Dos Santos has 11 goals on the season, and Sundermann has seven goals and eight assists.

With Lakewood the nearest in the division standings at 4-2, the Wildcats need to win five of their next seven divisional contests to at least share the division title. However, a win over Lakewood on Wednesday, Sept. 27, would mean Pinelands could wrap up the division crown outright with four more victories.

Against Barnegat on Sept. 21, Pinelands scored all of its goals in the first half en route to a 3-1 win. Dos Santos scored twice and Sundermann added the other goal, while Anthony Diaz, John Hart and Lubrano each delivered assists. On Sept. 19, the Wildcats scored all their goals in the second half as they bounced Jackson Liberty, 3-0. Diaz, Caden Sundermann and Kieran Sundermann scored the goals.

Barnegat Football Team
Perfect Through Three

Behind a fabulous game from Sean Morris, during which the junior hauled in five passes for 155 yards and a pair of touchdowns and even recorded a safety, the Barnegat football team improved to 3-0 with a 28-20 victory over Shore Conference Class B South division foe Manchester. The Bengals led, 20-12, at the half before each team scored eight points in the fourth quarter.

After the Hawks put up six in the first quarter to grab the initial lead, the Bengals scored the next 20 points as Dillon Muratovic scored on a 1-yard run and quarterback Brian Finucan hit Morris for TD passes of 26 and 53 yards, the second of which occurred in the second quarter. Muratovic later scored on a 5-yard run before Morris capped Barnegat’s scoring with a fourth-quarter safety.

Finucan ended up completing eight of 10 passes for 193 yards. Running back Charlie Cotton carried the ball 24 times for 126 yards as well. Mike Godfrey and Juan Abraham led the defense with nine and eight tackles, respectively. Anthony Grimes was solid on defense as well, recording a sack and fumble recovery to go along with six tackles.

David Biggy

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