PICKING UP STEAM: Quarterback Ryan Allen and the Pinelands Regional football team are back on a winning track after defeating Keansburg, 38-0, on Oct. 8, which followed a victory over Point Pleasant Beach the week before. (Photos by David Biggy)
The Pinelands Regional High School football team jumped back over the .500 mark for the season on Oct. 8. The Wildcats started with a loss and a win before losing their third game of the season, but now have won two straight to improve to 3-2.
Mike Hall led the way with 134 yards rushing on 15 carries and scored three touchdowns during a 38-0 rout of Shore Conference National division foe Keansburg. Quarterback Ryan Allen also scored a touchdown and registered 42 yards on the ground, while Kenyon White managed 32 yards rushing a score.
Defensively, Hall had eight tackles, and Liam Villinger led the charge with 10 total tackles, including one for a loss.
A week earlier, the Wildcats scored a touchdown and cashed in on a two-point conversion in the fourth quarter to defeat Point Pleasant Beach, 14-7. Hall, who had 78 yards receiving, and Villinger combined for 96 of Allen’s 101 yards passing, which included a 7-yard TD pass to Villinger in the second quarter to tie the contest, 7-7. Allen ran the ball into the end zone from 11 yards out in the fourth to seal the victory.
Southern Football Team Drops Second of Season
Seniors Jaiden Brown and Nate Committee scored touchdowns on runs of 85 yards and 1 yard, and Brown tallied 197 yards rushing on 19 carries, but it wasn’t enough to eclipse the passing game of Middletown South, as the Eagles knocked off the Rams (3-2), 21-14, on Oct. 8.
After a scoreless tie through the first quarter, Middletown South quarterback Thomas Schork tossed a 49-yard TD pass to open the scoring, but Brown’s 85-yard TD run and a Jaden Anthony point-after kick later tied the game, 7-7, before the half. In the third quarter, Schork ran the ball into the end zone from 2 yards and later threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to give the Eagles a cushion. Committee’s TD run and another Anthony PAT capped the scoring in the fourth quarter.
A week earlier, Manalapan defeated Southern, 21-15. Brown again had a big game on the ground, carrying 27 times for 167 yards and a touchdown, and threw a pass to Anthony that went for a 37-yard TD in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Nolan Schubiger completed eight passes for 185 yards, including 64 to Nick DeVane, 48 to Kole Levy and 46 to Committee.
Pinelands Boys Soccer Scores Two More Wins
After posting three straight wins the week before, the Pinelands Regional boys soccer team won its only contest of last week – a 3-2 victory over Shore Conference Class B South foe Lakewood on Oct. 6.
After senior Stephen DeMilio scored once in the first half, then with six seconds left in regulation to force overtime, senior James Cahill took a pass from Ian Cahill and buried it for the golden goal. James Cahill and John Staino each had assists on DeMilio’s goals.
On Monday, Oct. 11, the Wildcats started the week with a 3-0 win over Brick. James Cahill, DeMilio and Tom Reilly each scored goals. With the wins, the Wildcats improved to 8-3 on the season, ensured of a spot in the upcoming Shore Conference Tournament.
Southern Boys Snag Third Soccer Victory
It’s been a rough season so far for the Southern Regional boys soccer team, but on Monday, Oct. 11, the Rams managed to grab their third victory of the season by going on the road and bouncing Middletown North, 2-0. The Rams (3-7-1) scored both of their goals in the first half, one by Kerem Satar and the other by Aidan Antonio.
Unfortunately, Southern lost each of its three games last week by way of shutout – 1-0 to Long Branch on Oct. 4, followed by a 5-0 loss to Toms River North on Oct. 6 and another 1-0 loss to St. John Vianney on Oct. 8.
Interestingly, all of Southern’s victories have come when the Rams score twice and hold their opponents to a goal or less. Besides a 2-1 win over Brick on Sept. 28, the Rams’ other two wins have been 2-0 shutouts. Southern has lost six one-goal games this season.
Girls Soccer Teams Add Ws For Southern, Pinelands
A LEG UP: Gianna Simon booted two more goals to increase her season total to 10, as the Southern Regional girls soccer team scored a 4-0 win over Monmouth on Oct. 8.
Both the Southern Regional and Pinelands Regional girls soccer teams added to their win columns last week. In their only contest of the week, the Wildcats (3-7-1) managed a 6-1 win over Shore Conference Class B South rival Lakewood on Oct. 6, while the Rams (4-3-3) cruised past Monmouth Regional, 4-0, on Oct. 8, following a 3-0 loss to A South rival Toms River North two days earlier.
For the Wildcats, Bridget Dudas got her squad off to a flying start with a hat trick during the first 14 minutes of the first half. Karli Pomponio assisted Dudas’ first two goals, before Sura Nuttall assisted the third. In the second half, Nuttall was assisted by Pomponio a few minutes into play, then three minutes later Pomponio scored off an assist from Nuttall. Zinnia Moon capped the scoring with a goal during the 68th minute, assisted by Gabriella LoPorto.
During the Rams’ win over the Falcons, they scored twice in each half, as Gianna Simon, who has 10 of Southern’s 19 goals for the season thus far, led the offensive charge with two goals and an assist. Riley Schoka contributed a goal and an assist, while Melanie Lockwood scored once and Rory Hagen added an assist. Goalkeeper Leah Morrin made 10 saves to help preserve the shutout.
Field Hockey Squads Win More Than Lose
While the Southern, Pinelands and Barnegat field hockey squads each sustained losses this past week, the Bengals, Wildcats and Rams all won twice.
Sandwiched around a 6-1 loss to Shore Conference Class B South rival Point Pleasant Borough on Oct. 6, the Bengals (11-2) scored a pair of shutouts last week – a 7-0 win over Manchester on Oct. 4, followed by an 8-0 bruising of Lakewood on Oct. 8.
Against the Piners, Alyson Sojak buried three goals and added an assist, while Ava Kennedy scored twice and gave away an assist, and Julianna Cannizzaro, Chidinma Mbah and Emilia Ercolino each scored once during the onslaught. Madison Jackson contributed two assists, while Patience Mares, Camryn White and Gianna Germano also registered assists.
Against the Hawks, Sojak tallied five goals, while White delivered two goals and three assists, and Cannizzaro and Nicole Schiverea each recorded assists.
Meanwhile, the Rams (9-2) won a pair of shutouts – 5-0 against Central on Oct. 4 and 6-0 against Toms River East on Oct. 8 – before being shut out by Shore Conference powerhouse Shore Regional, 6-0, on Monday, Oct. 11.
Against the Golden Eagles, which avenged a 3-2 loss to them from earlier in the season, the Rams jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first quarter, then added two goals in both the second and fourth quarters. Deirdre Jones scored twice, while Bella English scored once and gave out two assists, and Shannon Conroy managed a goal and an assist. Olivia Davis also scored once, and Cuinn Deely assisted on two goals.
Against the Raiders, Southern scored twice in three of the four quarters, as Conroy led the way with three goals. Jones and Deely each scored once and gave out an assist, and Davis scored the other goal. Sarah Lally and Sophia Cooney each contributed assists.
As for the Wildcats (7-5), they started last week with a 5-0 shutout of Donovan Catholic before knocking off Manchester, 4-1, and finishing the stint with a 4-1 loss to Lacey.
Against the Griffins, Abby Romanek scored three goals, while Alyssa Ruland tallied a goal and two assists, and Bella Gandolfo added a goal. Olivia Nielsen also had an assist. In the win over the Hawks, Romanek scored twice and gave away an assist, and Akayla Palmucci and Kamryn Borden each scored once while Brianna Cataffo registered an assist. Borden scored Pinelands’ only goal during the loss to the Lions, while Julia Morrin made six saves in front of the cage.
Southern Tennis Team Cruises Along
After losing a 3-2 contest to Eastern Regional in the first round of the NJSIAA South Jersey Group IV tournament on Sept. 30, the Southern Regional girls tennis team has been on fire, scoring four straight wins, including three last week, to improve to 10-4 on the season.
The latest of those victories was a 3-2 win over Shore Conference Class A South foe Jackson Memorial on Oct. 8. Ella Brown won a 6-2, 6-2 contest at second singles, while Melissa Kolkhorst won, 6-1, 6-1, at third singles, and Andie Purks and Julie Simms clinched the victory with a thrilling 7-5, 6-4 win at first doubles.
Earlier in the week, the Rams shut out Toms River North and Brick Memorial. Against the Mariners on Oct. 7, Gabby Bates won at first singles, 6-4, 6-0, while Brown won a 6-2, 6-3 match at second singles, and Kolkhorst scored a 6-1, 6-4 victory at third singles. Purks and Simms cruised to a 6-0, 6-2 win at first doubles, and Gabby Tapia and Maggie Arellano capped the contest with a 6-0, 6-0 victory.
Against the Mustangs on Oct. 5, Bates and Brown allowed just one game to their opponents and Kolkhorst gave up two in a 6-1, 6-1 win, while Purks and Simms scored a 6-2, 6-3 victory and Tapia and Arellano managed a 6-2, 7-6 (7-1) triumph.
— David Biggy