Next Phase: Barnegat’s Sofia Irizarry, Yasmeen Muhammad and Valencia Gosser obtain to clearly show off some components immediately after the a few Bengals skilled for the NJSIAA Group II meet up with with significant initiatives in the South Jersey sectional on Feb. 18. (Photograph courtesy of Rebecca Kane)
The NJSIAA South Jersey Group II indoor track championships ended up staying a gratifying endeavor for Valencia Gosser on Feb. 18. The Barnegat senior not only sped to her to start with segment title but also skilled for the Team II meet up with with her leaping capacity.
Immediately after Gosser experienced for the 55-meter dash remaining with a time of 7.48 seconds, the Bengals’ speedster edged Camden’s Jakara Nock in the closing race, zipping across the finish line in 7.33 seconds. Nock was second in 7.37 seconds and Deptford’s Dominique Clement placed 3rd in 7.57 seconds.
Nonetheless, the even bigger surprise came when Gosser, who committed to Rider College previously this yr, cleared 4 feet, 8 inches to finish fifth in the superior bounce, 2 inches shy of teammate Yasmeen Muhammad, who put third. Also qualifying for the Team II championship meet, slated for this weekend, was Sofia Irizarry, who took sixth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:39.25.
Domestically, the only other female to put between the top six in any event through the SJ Group II opposition was Pinelands Regional sophomore Brenna Omert, who swiped sixth in the 400-meter sprint with a time of 1:03.43.
Spagnola Maximum Finisher
At Bowling Point out Finals
All six neighborhood bowling teams were represented at the NJSIAA Individual Championships at Bowlero in North Brunswick on Feb. 18. Regrettably, none of them produced it previous their first a few-sport sequence.
The optimum finisher among the the boys was Barnegat senior Joe Spagnola – not surprising, thinking about he finished the typical period with the optimum typical in the Shore Meeting South B division. Spagnola rolled game titles of 152, 188 and 238 to conclude his illustrious career with a 578 sequence, fantastic sufficient for 33rd in the 100-bowler subject.
Not far guiding Spagnola was Pinelands Regional senior Ethan Edwards, who positioned 36th all round pursuing games of 178, 183 and 213 for a 574 series. Edwards concluded next to Spagnola for the South B division’s greatest ordinary. In the meantime, Southern Regional junior Andrew Christensen registered games of 180, 215 and 129 to end in 62nd spot with a 524 collection.
Of the four girls representing Southern Ocean County on the Bowlero lanes, Pinelands senior Caitlin Rodriguez was the leading finisher, grabbing 36th in the 80-bowler field with video games of 151, 172 and 171 for a 494 sequence. Barnegat senior Madison Kubicz was not far at the rear of, recording a 466 sequence next game titles of 151, 125 and 190 to area 45th.
The youngest competitor from Southern Ocean County faculties, Southern Regional sophomore Miranda Pielhau finished up 51st pursuing scores of 140, 161 and 156 for a 457 series, and Barnegat junior Summer months Burkle managed online games of 117, 152 and 164 for a 433 series, inserting 63rd general.
Boys Basketball Groups
Bounced from SCT
It was a quick road for the only two Southern Ocean County basketball groups in the Shore Convention Tournament, as equally Southern Regional and Pinelands Regional were bounced in the initial spherical on Feb. 15.
The 23rd-seeded Rams (9-11) staged a comeback in the fourth quarter versus 10th-seeded Holmdel, erasing a 6-stage deficit subsequent the third quarter, but arrived up limited in a 49-48 decision. Southern was paced by Nick DeVane’s 14 factors, though Jaden Anthony, Josh Smith and Nolan Schubiger every single managed eight points.
Unfortunately, 28th-seeded Pinelands Regional traveled to fulfill fifth-seeded Manasquan and didn’t fare well, losing a 78-29 contest against the defending SCT champs.
For Hoops All Set
4 of the six local basketball groups attained spots in their respective NJSIAA sectional tournaments, but unless some key upsets take place none of them are heading to participate in at household in the course of the state tourney.
The Southern Regional boys gained the highest seed of the 4, and the 11th-seeded Rams will travel to sixth-seeded Clearview for a South Jersey Group IV very first-spherical contest on Feb. 28. Apparently, the Southern girls will get to travel with the boys, as they gained the 14th seed and will meet the 3rd-seeded Pioneers the exact same day.
The other two teams to seize positions in their sectionals have been the Pinelands Regional boys and the Barnegat women. The Wildcats are the 16th seed in SJ Team III and will go on the highway March 1 to meet up with prime-seeded Moorestown. The Bengals are seeded 15th in SJ Group II and will travel to enjoy second-seeded Cinnaminson on Feb. 28.
— David Biggy