Eastern Regional and Moorestown High Schools both won state field hockey championships, while Haddonfield Memorial boys cross country won its 17th state championship on a busy Saturday. Also, there was plenty of section semifinal football action courtesy of the weather which forced most games to be rescheduled from Friday night.
Eastern 11, Bridgewater Raritan 0
Freshman Ryleigh Heck scored six goals to power the Vikings to their 20th consecutive state championship. Her sister, Kara, a junior, had two goals and an assist. Tara Somers, Kylie Zielinski and Madison also scored for Eastern who will be the No. 1 seed in the Tournament of Champions and play the Shore (5)-West Essex (4) winner Wednesday night at Rancocas Valley. Game time is slated for 7:30.
Moorestown 7, Warren Hills 0
The Quakers won their second straight Group 3 title in convincing fashion. Delaney Lawler led the attack with three goals and an assist, while Kayla Frank added a pair of goals and Catherine Dare and Alivia Labetti scored one apiece.
Moorestown, seeded third in the Tournament of Champions, will play No. 2 Oak Knoll in the first game (5:45) Wednesday night at Rancocas Valley.
Group 1 Boys
Pitman junior Sebastien Reed won the individual title with a time of 16:18, while Haddon Township captured the team championship. For the Hawks, seniors Jake Aylmer, 12th (17:19) and Liam Duffy, 16th (17:27) led the way, followed by freshman Luke Overback, 18th (17:29), sophomore Matt Conway, 31st (17:59) and senior Noah Dinerman, 34th (18:08). The top two teams in each group plus the top 10 finishers and wild cards advance to the Meet of Champions next Saturday at Holmdel Park.
Group 2 Boys
Haddonfield cruised to its second straight championship and 17th in the program’s history. Senior Greg Eisenhower led the way with a fourth place finish for the Bulldawgs in 16:30 and he was followed by junior Martin Riddell, sixth (16:32), senior Derek Gess, ninth (16:48), junior Andrew Gostovich, 14th (17:07) and senior Griffin Weiner, 17th (17:20).
Group 4 Boys
Cherokee junior Ethan Wechsler won the race with a time16:08, while Kingsway repeated as team champion. Senior Kieran Burns (16:38) and junior Stone Caraccio (16:39) led the Dragons effort, finishing 10th and 11th respectively. They were followed by senior Daniel Reynolds, 16th (16:45), senior Gavin Wagner, 21st (16:49), and junior Ayden Magee, 47th (17:14).
Non-Public B Boys
Senior Connor Melko finished first to lead Bishop Eustace to a second place finish. The senior finished in 16:50 and was followed by senior Brian Hutchison, 12th (18:06), senior Manik Dhawan, 22nd (18:33), and seniors Sean May (19:13) and Andrew Massaro (19:14), who finished 35th and 36th.
Penns Grove 17, Buena 6
Tyreke Brown caught a touchdown pass and ran for another for the Red Devils who will play Salem for the sectional title.
Brown caught a 24-yard pass from Kavon Lewis in the first quarter and ran two yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. Jared McNair kicked a 22-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. Brown had 10 carries for 139 yards.
Salem 15, Gateway 0
The Rams’ defense stymied the previously unbeaten Gators to stamp their ticket into the championship game. Jamael Bundy scored on an 80-yard run in the second quarter and threw a 49-yard pass to Keith Chung in the fourth quarter.
Paulsboro 34, Asbury Park 0
Different region, same story for the Red Raiders. Bhayshul Tuten scored two touchdowns, one on an 8-yard run and the other on a 67-yard run to lead the offense for Paulsboro who will play Willingboro in the championship game. Robert Lovett recovered a fumble in the end zone, Jeff Robinson had a 1-yard run and Jacob Perez-Ali caught a 38-yard pass from Gabe Onorato for the other Paulsboro scores.
Camden 12, West Deptford 6
The High jumped out to a 12-0 lead on the strength of Hassan Turner’s 50-yard fumble return and Rameer Nock’s 1-yard run, then held on as West Deptford countered with Ken Lim’s 6-yard run, all in the first half. From that point, Camden’s defense took over. The High will play Haddonfield for the sectional title.
Clearview 20, Highland 0
The Pioneers went on the road and pitched a shutout. After a scoreless first half, Clearview got on the scoreboard with a Hunter Logan 24-yard field goal. Then Michael Ancona scored on a 2-yard run to make it 10-0 entering the fourth quarter when the Pioneers added 10 more points on Justin Iaccio 1-yard run and another Logan field goal, this time from 42 yards. Clearview will play Shawnee, the defending champion, for the championship.
Shawnee 28, Millville 26
Trailing 20-14 entering the fourth quarter, the Renegades outscored Millville 14-6 in the fourth quarter to advance.
Shawnee led 14-6 after the first quarter on runs of 46 yards by Matt Welsey and 22 yards by Tom Rebstock. Millville countered with Tex Thompson 40-yard run. The Thunderbolts tied the game going into halftime on a 9-yard pass from Eddie Jamison to Dashon Byers and took the lead on Aahznier Hayes 1-yard run in the third quarter. The Renegades scored twice in the fourth quarter on a 9-yard pass from Welsey to Rebstock and a 27-yard interception return by Dom Frigiola. Millville had a chance to tie when Byers caught his second touchdown pass from Jamison, this one for 21 yards, but the two-point conversion pass failed.
Williamstown 28, Vineland 7
Wade Inge ran for two touchdowns and J.C. Collins threw for one and ran for another to lead the Braves who will host Rancocas Valley for the sectional title. Inge scored on 18-yard run in the second quarter and a 2-yard run in the third quarter, while Collins connected with Damonte Campbell on a 29-yard scoring strike and ran 36 yards for a touchdown.
St. Joseph-Hammonton 52, Immaculata 0
St. Joe romped to its place in the state final opposite Cape-Atlantic League rival Holy Spirit with an overwhelming performance led by Jada Byers and Keshon Griffith. Byers scored on runs of 21, 6 and 3 yards, while Griffith returned a fumble 15 yards for one score and returned a blocked punt 30 yards for another.
Tag(s): Home Kingsway Eastern Regional Bishop Eustace Williamstown Haddon Twp. Haddonfield Schools Tri-County Conference Olympic Conference Cape-Atlantic League Colonial Conference Gateway West Deptford Shawnee Burlington Co. League Paulsboro Salem Pitman Clearview Highland Buena Regional Holy Spirit Millville Senior Saint Joseph Vineland Burlington Township Moorestown Rancocas Valley Willingboro Camden