Soccer FRIDAY: Southern Regional senior linebacker Steve Langton and the Rams open up their year at house 7 p.m. Oct. 2. (File Picture David Biggy)
When the Southern Regional soccer workforce commenced its summer recess workout routines in July, Jaiden Brown and Steve Langton agreed this time would be a small bizarre. A minimized program with teams the Rams normally wouldn’t see through a standard year, coaches and teammates sporting confront masks on the sidelines and dozens of sanitary measures to stop the prospective distribute of COVID-19 will make things a minor awkward this slide.
Even now, the a person factor Brown and Langton also agreed on is this: The Rams will be completely ready to go full steam ahead after the year begins Oct. 2.
“Absolutely,” explained Langton, 1 of the team’s linebackers. “Whatever this period is heading to be, we’re likely to be all set for it, to go all out on just about every down. We’re all doing the job for the identical targets, and the very first 1 is to gain soccer video games.”
Brown, a star operating again and also linebacker – arguably just one of the very best in the Shore Convention heading into the period – knew given that July that at any moment, the time can get nixed, and that really should be an incentive to him and his teammates.
“We’ve been working tough, but whatsoever the year is going to be is what it’s heading to be,” stated Brown, a junior who rushed for 1,242 yards and 14 touchdowns past tumble. “Right from the 1st activity, we have to participate in like it could be our past activity of the period and not have any regrets when we action off the discipline soon after each individual match.”
Considering all the Rams have had to go via just to get to this issue, that is a great mantra. The good thing is, head mentor Chuck Donohue Sr. has a bunch of stable players returning from last year’s 7-3 squad, which captured the Shore Convention Constitution Division title.
Moreover Brown and Langton, the Rams will be led by seniors Jay Silva (TE/DE), Hank Gallacher (K/FB/LB), Xavier Hendricks (WR/DB), Conor Clineman (OL/DL), Pat Fulginiti (OL/DL), J.P. Ricciardi (RB/DB), Frank Fierra (RB/LB) and Alex Rainone (WR/DB), along with juniors Nate Committee (RB/LB), Logan Doherty (OL/DL) and Tristan Arthur (TE/DL).
Defensively, with Brown, Committee and Langton anchoring the linebacking crew, Southern once more should really be tricky to rating versus. The problem on offense will not be so considerably regardless of whether the Rams can rating extra factors, but how they’re likely to do so. Of course, Brown is the 1st possibility and Committee adds an great No. 2 punch from the backfield, but opposing teams by now know that.
Southern demands a quarterback to fill the role Cole Robinson still left behind when he graduated in June. For that, Donohue will be wanting towards seniors Luke Bruther or Taylor Munt, who took some snaps past year, and junior Nolan Schubiger to rise and be a subject basic. Other individuals who may possibly engage in much more substantial roles this fall contain seniors Nick Fabrizzio (RB/LB), Tom Mineo (WR/DB), Ryan Dale (OL/DL) and Harry Larkin (OL/DL), as perfectly as juniors Nick DeVane (DB/WR), Jordan Rife (WR/DB), Sean Rowland (OL/DL) and David Cass (OL/DL).
Boys soccer senior Kevin Kiernan. (File Photo David Biggy)
Southern opens at home on Friday in opposition to Brick, the initially kickoff of the year at 7 p.m.
Have A great deal of Clout
Equally the boys and ladies soccer squads graduated exceptional gamers and leaders following previous year – most notably Ben Hanneman, the anchor of the boys’ defensive device, and Megan Lockwood, a goals and guide device for the girls’ offense. But not to get worried. There is nonetheless a lot of clout left on both of those rosters, and a good deal of successful may well be the outcome.
For the women, sophomore Gianna Simon seems to be to be the new go-to forward immediately after she registered 17 aims previous slide, even though senior midfielder Brooke Kline (10 plans, 5 assists) probably will get far more pictures at the web this season. Junior midfielder Hailey Hochstrasser (seven ambitions, 6 helps) also will engage in an integral role in the assault, as will senior midfielder Ashley Altman, a crucial hyperlink among the defense and offense.
Talking of the Rams’ protection, junior Riley Schoka will be a single of the much more professional players along the back line, although sophomore goalkeeper Leah Morrin very likely will see a ton of time in the box. Junior midfielder Melanie Lockwood, a aspect-timer to the varsity squad previous yr, will get extra minutes this drop, and sophomore midfielder Jenna Castaldo brings her expertise and skill to the varsity lineup this autumn.
Girls soccer sophomore Gianna Simon. (Image by David Biggy)
“With the reorganization of the timetable and these uncertain occasions, it’s complicated to forecast what the period will seem like for us,” explained mentor Kaitlyn Hartkopf. “We’re hoping to reach the identical success we have had in the latest previous, and we appear ahead to viewing our gamers complete just after the canceled spring seasons and this lengthier lifeless time period. We are eager to get again on the field and contend.”
As for the boys, coach Person Lockwood could not have the leadership ability of Hanneman again for this season, but leadership hardly will be an difficulty with about a dozen seniors back again from last year’s 12-3-3 squad, like starters Kevin Kiernan (ahead), who fired in 20 goals last tumble Nico Leonard (midfield) Nick Budd (midfield) Bradon Notte (midfield), who led the workforce in helps with 11 a 12 months in the past John Paul Prosperi (protection) Chris Rizzo (defense) and Kayce Bennet (goalkeeper). Seniors Ryan Leavitt and Jack Pleyn and junior Mario Addiego will bolster the Rams’ lineup.
“It assists to have a veteran-heavy workforce,” Lockwood stated. “We have a ton of players who are knowledgeable and have been participating in with each other for a lengthy time. They know how to perform alongside one another.”
The two the girls and boys open up their constrained, Shore Conference Class A South-only schedules with Jackson Memorial on Oct. 1 – the boys at dwelling and the girls on the street.
Have Massive-Time Expertise
If any individual didn’t comprehend it, the cross-place squads are loaded with proficient runners. It is accurate. Regrettably, they’re not heading to be competing for as well quite a few major titles this fall. Nonetheless, the Rams are stacked.
Junior cross-nation runner Rachel Limited. (File Picture by David Biggy)
The best title amid the Rams, of class, is Jackson Braddock. The senior, who not long ago committed to go to the University of Virginia, no question is the chief of the pack for the boys’ squad, and with numerous runners back again – seniors Tim Sincavage, Nick Guzewicz and Mike Chanda, all of whom concluded within the best 55 at the NJSIAA South Jersey Team IV satisfy a 12 months back, among them.
Even so, the women may perhaps have the much better of the two squads, inspite of shedding a pair of graduates, Jaelyn D’Amelio and Emily Furlong, in June.
“As constantly, our leading priority is to have enjoyment, which is the essence of significant faculty working,” reported coach Jason Capelli. “We will embrace the system of schooling and racing, albeit constrained, and be grateful for this time alongside one another. That claimed, we’re super stoked to see what our prime core of runners will do.”
That core functions juniors Rachel Limited and Olivia Horton and sophomores Mia Mastrogiovanni and Isabella Wyckoff, all of whom ran underneath 21 minutes and positioned within just the major 51 at final year’s South Jersey Team IV satisfy. They will not get that opportunity this year, but this time must be an additional reliable making block for this crew.
With the only two seniors on the roster, Lindsey McLean and Gillian Garry, bringing extra leadership, the Rams also will benefit from the arrival of winter season and spring keep track of standout Shannon Flaherty, a junior who’s creating the move from the soccer pitch to the cross-state course this tumble, as very well as freshmen Grace Fessler and Izzy Zatorski.
Women Tennis Group
Has Practical experience on Its Facet
In spite of getting rid of a senior to graduation and the team’s prime participant to a shift out of condition, the girls tennis team nonetheless has expertise, with most of the Rams’ leading seven players back again from very last year’s 16-6 season.
“We have 5 exceptional varsity starters returning and extremely attained junior varsity gamers from previous year to fill the vacated places,” stated coach Howie Madsen. “In these unpredictable moments with COVID-19, we’re looking ahead to level of competition starting up and having a successful campaign.”
With some insignificant shifting, the Rams once more will be a hugely aggressive staff in the Shore Convention Course A South division, and among Ocean County’s much better squads right after swiping 2nd in the Ocean County Event previous slide. Primary the way will be junior initially-singles participant Gabriella Bates, who received 18 matches as a doubles player past year junior 2nd-singles participant Ella Brown, 15-10 in the 2nd place a yr back and senior Cristina Ciborowski, 18-7 at 3rd singles final season.
As Bates moves from doubles to singles, the Rams retooled their doubles lineup a little bit for this year. Seniors Erica Scheinberg and Tiffany Ortner will be the 1st-doubles pair, and for next doubles a team of seniors – Kellie Cochran, Kaitlyn Gonslaves, Julia McDonnell, Ruthi Gandhi and Mya Pierson – will be in the combine on any supplied working day.
Southern began its year on Tuesday, Sept. 29, and Wednesday, Sept. 30, versus Toms River South.
A Rebuilding Yr
For Subject Hockey Team?
It is always a bit risky to use the term “rebuilding” when talking about the industry hockey program, simply just since, a good deal of occasions, the Rams just reload their cannons and increase new leaders amid them. Even so, this 12 months is a whole lot various.
The Rams did not only shed what mentor Jenna Lombardo very last calendar year referred to as “the most effective senior leadership I have ever observed,” they also dropped 76 per cent of their aims output, alongside with several excellent defensive players. There is no doubt the graduation of Maitland Need, Erika Barbera, Emily Raylman, Sam Zarillo, Veronica Ruoff and Priscilla Nicolini is likely to harm Southern this tumble. How considerably, particularly, stays to be witnessed.
“We’re just thrilled to be acquiring a time,” Lombardo explained. “Things are heading nicely, and we are grateful for all that Southern and the NJSIAA are performing to make this period materialize.”
Definitely, the target scoring is heading to fall into the arms of many others this fall, but seniors Kate O’Boyle, Kiera Lyons and Kacey Kubarewicz most likely are up to the challenge. With classmates Ella DiPietro, Kelsey Bigum, Janelle Arch, Gabby Deo, Lauren Ricci and returning goaltender Maddy Brown back again in the mix to guide the way, Southern’s in very good condition. Increase in juniors Isabella English, Shannon Conroy, Sarah Lally, Cuinn Deely and Makayla Alessi and the Rams are, however, quite significantly a contender to get games.
The Rams open up at property with Toms River North on Oct. 1, then visit the Mariners on Oct. 2.