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Southern Swim Teams, Ice Hockey Crew Open Seasons With Victories

By David Biggy | Dec 11, 2019

Stafford Township — This may be the season both the Southern Regional boys and girls swim teams win Shore Conference Class A South division titles, and the Rams are off to a strong start.

Coach Bill Entrikin’s girls squad started 3-0 last week, scoring a 111-59 victory over Point Pleasant Borough on Dec. 6, a 103-67 win over Toms River North the day before, and 134-33 triumph against Lacey to start the campaign on Dec. 3. The three wins gave Entrikin numbers 98, 99 and 100 for his career.

Against the Panthers, Veronica Ruoff, Kaylyn Iusan and Abigail Malandro started with a first-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 2:00.99, before Malandro returned for the 50-yard freestyle and won in 26.65 seconds. After Mia Amirr won the 100-yard butterfly in 1:09.08, Malandro scored first-place points in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 59.14 seconds.

Mya Pierson, Jessica Paulillo, Haley Skimmons and Malandro combined for a winning time of 1:52.80 in the 200-yard freestyle relay, before Ruoff took the top spot in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:08.77, and Pierson, Brooke Boyd, Skimmons and Iusan delivered a win in the 400-yard freestyle in 4:13.16 to cap the scoring.

In their huge win over the Mariners in Toms River, the Rams were led by Ruoff, Amirr, Iusan and Malandro in the 200 medley relay with a time of 2:01.08, before Iusan took the top position in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:06.52, and Malandro won the 50 freestyle in 26.39 seconds. Malandro later won the 100 free in 59.65 seconds. Following a win by Amirr, Paulillo, Skimmons and Pierson in the 200 free relay (1:53.81), Ruoff returned to win the 100 backstroke in 1:08.48.

To start the week, the Rams put together a solid team effort to squash the Lions, as Ruoff, Hallie Gallagher, Amirr and Kailey Matthews launched the Rams into the lead with a win in the 200 medley relay in 2:05.05. Payton Nork scored the victory in the 200 free in 2:19.01, followed by Olivia Auge’s victory in the 200 IM with a time of 2:34.28, and Mohini Jani’s win in the 50 free at 29.83 seconds.

After Iusan won the 100 butterfly in 1:09.32, Phoebe Sprague won the 100 free in 1:02.94, and Madeline Krason delivered top points in the 500-yard freestyle with a winning time of 6:56.25. Gianna Antinora, Ava Ruff, Gallagher and Nathalie Rodriguez won the 200 free relay in 1:58.92, before Chloe Furlong won the 100 backstroke in 1:12.47, Paulillo won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:20.23, and the foursome of Malandro, Boyd, Krason and Emily Keenan swiped the 400 free relay in 4:22.57.

Meanwhile, coach Pat Craig’s boys team also jumped out to a 3-0 start to begin the season, registering a 138-29 win over Point Borough, a 96-74 victory over Toms River North and a 103-67 win against Lacey.

Against the Panthers, the Rams started with Noah Hanvey, Sean White, Beck Jaffe and Jackson Hughes winning the 200 medley in 1:48.32, before Russ Hill took the top spot in the 200 free in 2:08.37, and Kristian Werner won the 200 IM in 2:10.95. After Hughes cruised to the win in the 50 free with a time of 23.90 seconds, Jaffe won the 100 fly in 1:00.90.

Hanvey won the 100 free in 55.31 seconds, while Hill won the 500 free in 5:54.97, and Hanvey returned for the win in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:05.00. Austin Widmer won the 100 breaststroke in 1:12.38, before the team of Jaffe, Aidan McInerney, Hanvey and Werner capped the scoring in the 400 free relay with a winning time of 3:44.67.

Southern Hockey Team Opens With Shutout

Igniting the hockey season with three goals in the first period, Southern went on to shut out Freehold Township, 6-0, on Dec. 8. Coach Dan Wasilewski’s squad dominated the contest, registering 57 shots on goal. Southern sophomore goaltender Trey Mattern made 11 saves.

With 13:29 left in the first period, Zach Minafo gave the Rams the only goal they needed when he buried an assist from Andrew Irwin. Later, Parker Lech scored on a Justin Braun feed with 7:27 to go in the first, and Brooks Hradek made the margin a three-goal gap off assists from Minafo and Yater Henry with 3:20 left in the first.

Christopher Laureigh set up Matt Leonard for the Rams fourth goal, on a power play, just 32 seconds into the second period. Laureigh buried a Josh Irwin pass with 11:15 to go and Josh Irwin capped the scoring, with assists from Hradek and Andrew Irwin, with 53.8 seconds to go.

David Biggy


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