Sports Roundup

Southern’s Miele, Springstead Snag Sectional Indoor Track Titles

Feb 14, 2018
Photo by: David Biggy Southern Regional senior Joe Miele captured the NJSIAA South Jersey Group IV championship in the shot put during the sectional indoor meet on Feb. 11.

As the winter sports moves into its final weeks, February is when champions rise to the forefront. Southern Regional track and field athletes Joe Miele and David Springstead rose to the top on Feb. 11 during the NJSIAA South Jersey Group IV Indoor Championships at the Bennett Center in Toms River.

Miele, a senior, captured the sectional shot put crown with a distance of 51 feet, 1 inch, easily surpassing Rancocas Valley’s Jesse Eardic, whose final distance was 49 feet, 10¼ inches. Last year, Miele finished fifth in the sectional meet. Meanwhile, Springstead scored the pole vault title by clearing the bar set at 13 feet – the only male competitor to do so. The junior also swiped fifth in the high jump with a top height of 5 feet, 8 inches. In both events last season, Springstead finished ninth.

The only other Southern boy to place among the top six in any event was freshman Jackson Braddock, who took sixth in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:28.70.

For the girls, sophomore Karagan Bulger made an impressive showing in the sectional championships, finishing among the top three in two individual events while helping the 4x400-meter relay to a fifth-place time of 4:10.56. Bulger took second in the 800-meter run, crossing the finish line in 2:24.10, a few seconds behind Shawnee junior Grace Kearns, and grabbed third place in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 5:19.26, also a few seconds behind winner Kate Rathman of Cherokee and right behind Kingsway’s Alexis Mullarkey. In the relay, Bulger ran along with junior Caitlin Hambor and freshmen Maria Mezzo and Brookelle Kline.

Barnegat Bowler

Scores Upset in SCT

Typically, the Shore Conference Individual Bowling Tournament is a tough nut to crack, with only eight bowlers qualifying for it. Nonetheless, Barnegat’s David MacGillivray earned a spot and for at least one game looked unbeatable.

Facing third-seeded Thomas McKeon of Keansburg in the quarterfinals, the sixth-seeded MacGillivray nearly went perfect for his first SCT contest, beating McKeon, 290-210. Combined, it easily was the highest-scoring quarterfinals match, and at the same time MacGillivray set a new school record for a single-game score. The previous record was 279.

Unfortunately, the magic didn’t last in the semifinals, where MacGillivray faced a familiar foe in Manchester’s Kenny Burdge, the seventh-seeded bowler who also represented the Shore Conference South B division. After Burdge knocked off second seeded Kevin DiBarnardo of Toms River South in the quarters, Burdge continued his run for an SCT title with a 197-152 win over MacGillivray.

Burdge won the championship with a 233-190 victory over fifth-seeded Tom Laskay of Freehold Township.

Tourney Time

For Local Hoops Teams

It’s been a long time since five of the six local high school basketball teams qualified for both the Shore Conference and state tournaments, and tourney time arrived this week with the SCT.

With all preliminary-round contests scheduled for Tuesday evening, the only local squad with a home contest was Barnegat. The 16th-seeded Bengals were slated to take on 17th-seeded Manchester, with the winner to face top-seeded Ranney on Thursday, Feb. 15. Meanwhile, 22nd-seeded Pinelands was scheduled to meet 11th-seeded Point Pleasant Beach and 27th-seeded Southern was matched up against sixth-seeded Colts Neck. Should the Wildcats and Rams spring upsets, they will meet each other on Feb. 15.

As for the girls’ bracket, Southern received the highest seed of the two local squads, which also included Barnegat. The 19th-seeded Rams were slated to meet 14th-seeded Red Bank Regional in the preliminary round on Tuesday, while the 20th-seeded Bengals were on the road to meet 13th-seeded Long Branch. A Rams win gives them a chance at third-seeded Red Bank Catholic and a Bengals victory will pit them against fourth-seeded St. Rose, both set for Feb. 15.

For the NJSIAA sectional tournaments, the only boys squad scheduled for a home game in its opening-round contest is Pinelands. The fifth-seeded Wildcats will host 12th-seeded Gloucester Tech in South Jersey Group III on Monday, Feb. 26. Southern, the 16th seed, will face top-seeded Shawnee in the first round of the South Jersey Group IV tourney on Tuesday, Feb. 27, the same day ninth-seeded Barnegat will travel to eighth-seeded Middle Township in South Jersey Group II.

The Barnegat and Southern girls were awarded the seventh and 10th seeds for their respective sectional tournaments and will play Tuesday, Feb. 27 in their opening-round contests – the Rams taking on seventh-seeded Shawnee in SJ group IV and the Bengals hosting 10th-seeded Willingboro in SJ Group II.

— David Biggy

Southern Regional junior David Springstead placed fifth in the high jump during the NJSIAA South Jersey Group IV Championships on Feb. 11, but his best effort came in the pole vault, which he won with a height of 13 feet. (Photo by: David Biggy)
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