Southern Again Has Depth, Experience on Its Side



1 A lot more GO: Senior Maria Mezzo will cap her career this spring as she can help to guide another stable Southern Regional girls track and industry squad. (File photo by David Biggy)
The spring keep track of and subject year did not occur a year back. The wintertime year, commonly a tuneup for many athletes as they head toward the spring, was abbreviated and limited to specific occasions. Now, as teams start off the new period, it appears to be small business as normally for many. Nevertheless, it’s difficult to know what to expect.
“It’s very tricky to know what is expected appropriate now, what this condensed time is likely to throw at us and what we’re up towards,” explained Southern Regional ladies mentor Jason Church, whose squads generally are sturdy through the spring and generally are a contender for group titles in the bigger satisfies afterwards in the year. “This is what I do know – it is been a satisfaction to appear to follow every single day considering the fact that February and our crew is going to present up each individual day and perform challenging. My anticipations are that we will continue to be a aggressive and major regional staff, and we will try to get all the things we have a shot to win.”
NEW Degree: Two springs back, Hailey Hochstrasser designed as a single of Southern’s superior center-length runners and this spring will be identified as upon to rack up massive details. (File photo by David Biggy)
For the Rams, that could signify winning a lot, specially offered the leadership and forged of fantastic athletes on the squad. Of system, it all commences with seniors top the way, like Tiffany Ortner (sprints/jumps/hurdles), Maria Mezzo (pole vault/hurdles) and Lindsay McLean (length) – whom Church is relying on to rating heaps of factors this spring – as effectively as Bailey Hradek (sprints/jumps/hurdles) and Ali English (pole vault).
Outside of that group, assume a whole lot of details from the junior course, which options Mohini Jani (springs/hurdles/jumps), Olivia Horton (length), Hailey Hochstrasser (springs/hurdles/jumps), Abby Gallagher (springs/hurdles/jumps), Shannon Flaherty (lengthy sprints/hurdles), Kelly Enterline (throws), Marlyse Haack (springs/hurdles/jumps) and Gabby Bates (springs/hurdles/jumps). Sophomore Mia Mastrogiovanni and freshman Grace Fessler, who experienced superb cross-nation seasons in the tumble, will be huge in the distance gatherings.
The Southern women opened the time on April 20 with an 80-60 win more than Toms River East and a 112-27 victory above Brick Memorial.
As for the Southern boys, coach Scott Baker also has a good deal of talent and expects his Rams to be as competitive as at any time.
“It’s enterprise as standard this season,” he explained. “We have fellas who have been putting in the operate and are ready for a observe to explode on.”
Southern surely exploded against its initial two opponents of the year – knocking off Toms River East, 116-24, and Brick Memorial 116.5-23.5 on April 20 – and the Rams undoubtedly have the makings of point out-sectional contender, specially with seniors Jackson Braddock (distance), Nick Guzewicz (distance), Tim Sincavage (distance), Mike Chanda (center distance), J.P. Prosperi (middle distance), Nick Fabrizzio (sprints/hurdles), Hank Gallacher (sprints/hurdles), Angel Santiago (sprints/pole vault), Kwadair and Kwamere Holland (jumps/sprints) and Pat Fulginiti (throws) leading the way.
On the other hand, the Rams’ expertise extends nicely into their junior and sophomore lessons, which consists of top rated athletes Jaiden Brown (throws), Sean Rowland (throws), Jake Harrison (distance), Luke Hart (center distance), Taner Drexler (sprints) and Gavin Lum (middle distance).
Barnegat Squads
Have Gifted Solid
SPEEDSTER: As a freshman two seasons in the past, Valencia Gosser blazed various paths on the way to an appearance in the NJSIAA Meet up with of Champions and now helps guide a reliable Barnegat ladies squad. (File picture by David Biggy)
In 2019, the Barnegat women track and subject squad had its ideal year to date. And the most effective portion was the Bengals ended up slated to have most of their solid back past spring. Regretably, no one was capable to uncover out if they would repeat the achievements of the previous spring.
Even so, this 12 months, many of individuals athletes are back again and coach Rebecca Kane has a whole lot to glance forward to.
“Our team has worked exceptionally hard to put in the get the job done to make up for shed time and get into opposition condition,” Kane claimed. “The women appear extremely sturdy and are swiftly finding right again into the groove. Last year’s staff was hungry for a division championship and that target has not adjusted.”
Returning for the Bengals are senior sprinter/jumper Jillian Jankowski, who achieved the NJSIAA Meet up with of Champions in the long leap two decades back, as very well classmates Jadelyn Rodriguez (distance/hurdles) and Kira Smith (hurdles/sprints/jumps). But more strength rests with the junior class, starting off with Madison Cappuccio (sprints/jumps/pole vault), who in 2019 was a high bounce section champ and positioned 14th at the Meet of Champions and sprinter/hurdler Valencia Gosser, who reached the MOC in the 100-meter dash.
High FLYIN’: Madison Cappuccio was a massive strike for Barnegat two seasons back when, as a freshman, she attained the Satisfy of Champions in the large jump. This season, Cappuccio hopes to be even much better. (File picture by David Biggy)
Behind the Bengals’ top rated-notch junior duo are returning classmates Jordan Youthful (throws), Robbiann Erskine (throws) and Jess Holler (throws/jumps/hurdles), as well as sophomores Mya Gomez (sprints/jumps), Sofia Irizarry (length), Summer Perry (length) and Caitlyn Tai (springs/jumps).
The rest of the crew is built up of sophomores Meghan Cheney (sprints), Janea Hubbard (sprints/jumps) and Sophia Nieto (throws) and freshmen Madison Connors (distance), Mina Griffin (length) and Julia Kopp (sprints/jumps).
“The strength of our squad is the actuality we have these types of effectively-rounded athletes who are eager to consider new functions and contend with a entire plate at every fulfill,” Kane reported. “The team of women we have is like a family and they have this kind of a positive bond.”
As for the Barnegat boys, to start with-12 months mentor James Rivers has only a handful of leaders on the crew, but the Bengals have more than enough expertise and working experience to be competitive.
“We have a bunch of athletes who know a great deal about their particular person events and actually want to operate really hard to realize some major staff and personal ambitions,” Rivers claimed. “The expectations for the staff this period are to build conditioning do the job collectively to support everyone carry out their goals and have a powerful displaying in the division, county and meeting championships and be ready to perform our finest at the condition sectional satisfy.”
The Bengals will be led by a sound senior course that features length runner Peter Dizon, who experienced an superb cross-region year, throwers Robert Armstrong and Travis Hoffman, and sprinters Gavin Wheeler and Nick Guarino. The junior class is built up of Pail D’Aloia (length), Declan Lustenberger (throws), Emanuel Valles (length), Keenan Paul (throws), Kenny Minor (throws), Azreal Pearson (throws), Ben Brown (sprints), Christian Babbage (throws) and Connor Darmstatter (throws).
Barnegat’s sophomores are Connor Armstrong (throws), Jake Guarino (sprints), Sean Haggerty (length) and Nick Santos (length). The freshmen course is made up of Julian Cruz (sprints), Jake DeGrazio (length), Jadyn Thomas (sprints), Joseph Valles (throws), Kevin Guilfoyle (sprints) and Matthieu Deserving (sprints).
Pinelands Groups
Begin Rebuilding
At Pinelands Regional High University, the boys and ladies observe and subject teams just about every have a couple excellent seniors leading their teams, but it appears to be to be more of a rebuilding period for the Wildcats.
Working experience Matters: Just one of the couple seniors on the Pinelands Regional boys monitor and field workforce, Mart Villanueva aims to go out with a bang this spring. (File photograph by David Biggy)
With the boys, coach Matt Fuller – creating the switch to coach the fellas soon after a selection of seasons coaching the ladies squad – will rely on senior length runner Mart Villanueva, who’s coming off a excellent cross-country time, and senior sprinter Domenico Darcy to rating massive points and lead the way, alongside with classmate Nate Szwed (middle length/jumps), a solid athlete producing his observe and area debut immediately after many seasons with the golf crew in the spring.
Beyond the few seniors, the Wildcats are fielding a youthful group this spring, which involves juniors Anthony Winks (throws) and Joseph Horn (sprints) sophomores Salvatore Esposito (throws) and Jermaine Ferguson (throws) and freshmen Joseph Bauer (length), Joe Capriotti (sprints), Tyler Glass (throws), Thomas Griffiths (throws), Nathan Headley (throws), Matthew Mancuso (sprints) and Michael Pasterak (throws).
As for the Pinelands girls, Sean DeRosa requires in excess of the helm and also has a number of go-to seniors on the crew he will be expecting to rack up substantial factors. Amongst them are Sunni DiElmo (sprints), Marlee Tharp (center length/length) and Yhasmine Johns (distance). The Wildcats also will look to numerous youngsters with large expectations to add details in numerous situations, including junior thrower Caitlin Rodriguez and sophomore thrower Emma Kohler, as properly as freshman sprinter Brenna Omert.
The rest of the squad includes sophomores Kristina Covello, Amy Dillinger, Haily Harrison and Molly Quigley-Sanborn and freshmen Ashley Arenas, Julia Colosi, Brianna Husta, Skylar Ballin, Natalie Keating, Paige Macari, Hailey Parnell and Avery Stallard.
David Biggy
biggy@thesandpaper.net

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