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Southern Wrestlers Easily Advance in NJSIAA Sectional Tournament

Feb 06, 2019
Photo by: David Biggy Jayson Scerbo and the Southern Regional wrestling team scored an easy, 60-9 victory over Washington Township on Feb. 4 to advance to the NJSIAA South Jersey Group V semifinals.

Wrestling’s “third season” started on Monday, with both Southern Regional and Barnegat in action during the first round of their respective NJSIAA team sectional tournament. And while the Rams, one of the favorites to win South Jersey Group V, easily advanced, the Bengals had a rougher time in South Group II and were eliminated.

As the top seed, Southern took on eighth-seeded Washington Township and cruised to a 60-9 victory. Robert Woodcock started the Rams’ scoring with a 15-0 technical fall at 138 pounds, followed by a Nick Gonzalez pin in 2:40 at 145 pounds, and Luke Galan’s forfeit win at 152.

After Nick O’Connell pinned in 3:21 of the 160-pound bout, Haven Tatarek won a 14-6 major decision at 170, before John Stout won an 11-5 decision at 182, Ben LoParo pinned in 3:38 at 195 and J.T. Cornelius delivered a pin in 1:20 at 220 pounds. Jayson Scerbo pinned in 2:54 at 113, while Nate Bischoff pinned in 51 seconds at 120, and Sebastian Delligatti was awarded a forfeit at 126 to cap the scoring.

With the win, Southern (16-4) advanced to meet No. 4 Cherokee in the semifinals, slated for Wednesday, Feb. 6. A victory against the Chiefs will put the Rams in the section final on Friday to face off with either No. 2 Howell – the defending Group V champion which was moved into the South Jersey section by the NJSIAA during the offseason – or No. 3 Toms River North, which edged Southern earlier this season.

Meanwhile, Barnegat’s road in South Group II ended quickly with a 55-22 loss to Clayton. The Bengals’ victories came via forfeit for Mike DiPianta at 132 pounds, Charlie Cotton’s pin at 195, Griffin Jackstadt’s 9-1 major decision at heavyweight and Dante Powell’s pin at 106.

Mezzo Snags Pole Vault

In South Jersey IV

The Southern Regional girls indoor track and field team’s success continued on Feb. 2, as the Rams finished fifth overall in the team standings with 29.3 points.

Sophomore Maria Mezzo led the way for the Rams by clearing 10 feet, 6 inches to capture the sectional pole vault title – the first of her career. Teammate Ali English cleared 8 feet to finish tied for fourth, advancing to the Group IV meet later this month. Meanwhile, junior Karagan Bulger managed a second-place time of 2:20.58 in the 800-meter run and Lauren Bakker took fourth in the shot put with a top throw of 34 feet, 9½ inches.

Southern’s 4x400-meter relay also placed fourth with a time of 4:06.29, while freshman Rachel Short swiped sixth in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 5:20.28.

For the Southern boys, who placed ninth overall with 17 points, senior David Springstead was the premier point-scorer. He finished fourth in the 55-meter hurdles in 8.03 seconds, took fourth in the high jump by clearing 6 feet and grabbed fifth in the pole vault with a height of 12 feet, 6 inches. Jackson Braddock placed fourth in the 1,600 with a time of 4:27.97, while Liam Anderson placed fifth with a throw of 49 feet, 8¾ inches and Joe Guglielmo grabbed sixth with a throw of 47 feet, 7¾ inches in the shot put.

Local Swimmers Fare Well

Against Shore’s Best

The Shore Conference Championships always has a loaded field stacked with phenomenal swimmers, and some of Barnegat’s and Southern’s best were among them. In the girls’ meet, the Rams finished 15th as a team with 68 points, while the Barnegat boys finished 16th with 40 and Southern was right behind in 17th with 39.

As for the Southern girls, the 200-yard freestyle relay of Abigail Malandro, Hannah Skimmons, Olivia Auge and Summer Davis scored the biggest points, taking seventh with a time of 1:44.79. Malandro also placed 10th in the 50-yard freestyle in 25.35 seconds, and Jacquelyn Kilcommons reset the school record with a time of 1:02.38 to place 10th in the 100-yard backstroke.

In the 200-yard freestyle, Phoebe Sprague placed 11th with a time of 2:03.59, while the 400-yard freestyle relay crew of Kaylyn Iusan, Mya Pierson, Davis and Malandro finished 11th in 3:54.37, and the 200-yard medley relay squad of Kilcommons, Mia Amirr, Iusan and Skimmons finished 12th with a time of 1:58.39.

In the boys’ meet, Southern’s Jackson Hughes was the top individual, placing seventh in the 50 free with a time of 22.88 seconds, while teammate Kristian Werner managed an eighth-place time of 5:07.91 in the 500-yard freestyle, and Barnegat’s Kyle Smith set the school record with a 10th-place time of :55.90 in the 100-yard butterfly.

For the 200 free relay, Barnegat’s Kaden Jason, Josh Hutton, Joe Coleman and Michael Koser finished 10th in 1:36.84, while Southern’s Hughes, Tim English, Logan Schmitt and Cody Snow place 12th with a time of 1:37.92.

Three of Six Hoops Squads

Qualify for SCT

The Shore Conference Basketball Tournament is right around the corner and the qualification cutoff is set for Saturday. So, which among the local teams is in, which are out and which still have a shot to make it into the field?

Here’s the easy answer: the Pinelands boys and Southern and Barnegat girls each have qualified, the Barnegat boys are on the bubble, and the Southern boys and Pinelands girls will be missing out.

The Pinelands boys qualified weeks ago but no doubt solidified a higher seed with their 13-4 record after knocking off Keyport, 55-50, on Feb. 2 and Point Pleasant, 50-47, on Jan. 31. In their latest win, the Wildcats were led by Andrew Schulz with 27 points, while Luke Wiatrowski pumped in 15. They each hit for 20 points during the victory over the Panthers.

Meanwhile, the Southern girls (11-8) stamped their ticket into the SCT with a big, non-conference victory over Atlantic City on Feb. 2. During the 59-57, overtime victory, the Rams stormed back to tie by outscoring the Vikings, 22-11, in the fourth. Southern was led by Kaela Curtin with 18 points, while Jacqueline Ward hit for 17 and Sam Del Rio added 13 points.

The Barnegat girls (11-9) were handed a 63-35 loss against powerful Manchester on Jan. 31, but nonetheless have qualified given the fact the Bengals are scheduled only for two games this week. Against the high-powered Hawks, Jada Baker scored eight points and grabbed 14 rebounds, while Kya Joseph grabbed 11 board to go along with six points.

Now, after dipping to 4-11, the Barnegat boys entered the week on a four-game winning streak and at 8-11 still had a shot to qualify with three games on the schedule prior to Saturday. In their 38-36 win over Manchester on Jan. 31, a 14-10 fourth quarter gave the Bengals their eighth win of the season, as Jaxon Baker led the charge with 18 points and Nick Revello contributed nine.

Earlier last week, the Bengals scored 48-46 and 49-41 victories over Lacey and Toms River South, respectively. Barnegat had to win all three scheduled games this week to reach the .500 mark and qualify for the SCT.

Unfortunately, the Pinelands girls (7-11) won’t play enough this week to qualify, despite a 55-48 win over Point Pleasant on Jan. 31, during which D’Anna Capriotti scored 14 points, Bridget Dudas added 13 and Sunni DiElmo contributed 11. The same goes for the Southern boys (6-13), who lost twice last week, including a 69-50 defeat to Toms River North, despite an 18-point effort from Cole Markley.

Southern Ice Hockey Team

Knocked Out of SCT

Freshman goaltender Trey Mattern and the Southern Regional ice hockey team’s defense did their job on Feb. 4 by shutting down Wall Township for three periods in the first round of the Shore Conference Dowd Cup Tournament. Unfortunately, the Rams’ offense couldn’t break through opposing goalie Logan Beattie and the Crimson Knights ultimately won, 1-0, in overtime.

Mattern turned away 22 shots through regulation, but Kyle O’Neil scored 38 seconds into overtime to cut short any run the Rams (10-2-6) hoped to make in the SCT. Earlier in the season, Southern crushed Wall, 6-1.

David Biggy

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