Gymnastics sectionals being affected by Sandy

Gymnastics sectionals being affected by Sandy


Gymnastics sectionals being affected by Sandy


Three of the five NJSIAA sectional gymnastics meets have been affected by Hurricane Sandy, and one still has not been rescheduled, according to the NJSIAA.

The North Jersey Section 2 meet that was originally scheduled for 6 p.m. today at Bishop Ahr High School has been moved to Thursday, Nov. 15, at the same time and venue.

“There are a lot of schools within our section that have not been in school yet,” Bishop Ahr High School Athletic Director Mike Wolfthal said.

The Central Jersey Section 1 meet that was originally scheduled for Saturday morning at Manalapan High School will now take place on Thursday, Nov. 15, at the same venue with a start time still to be announced.

As of now, the South Jersey sectional that was originally scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at Seneca High School has been postponed indefinitely.

Two other sectional meets were unaffected and will be held on Saturday: Central Jersey Section 2 at 2 p.m. at Hillsborough High School and North Jersey Section 1 at 11:30 a.m. at Ridgewood High School.

Montgomery High School is tabbed to play host to the individual finals on Nov. 17, and the team finals are tentatively set for Nov. 19, also at Montgomery. Start times have not yet been determined.

It’s certainly going to be a busy couple of days for local gymnasts.

“It wasn’t even part of the thought process,” Wolfthal said in reference to the quick turnaround from the sectional meets to the individual and team finals. “It was the best possible date to have it (North Jersey Section 2 meet). It gives teams three days to practice, and they have one day to prepare before the individual finals on Saturday.”


WALL 2, WESTWOOD 1: Senior outside hitter Olivia Hayes, freshman outside hitter-defensive specialist Katie Mitchell and senior setter Alyssa Stansfield paced the sixth-seeded Crimson Knights (22-2) past the No. 27 Cardinals (11-15) in Group II first-round action.

Hayes had seven kills and nine digs. Mitchell notched eight kills, 15 digs and two aces. Stansfield finished with 11 assists, eight digs, three blocks and three aces. Wall is 1-2 in team history in state tournament play.

These are emotional times for Wall coach Jared Musolf, who said he lost his home and three cars to Sandy. He said his team has offered to baby-sit his 11-month-old son, Bane, while he and his wife, Sandra, piece the family’s life back together. Coach Musolf said the team and the player’s parents purchased a gift card for his family.

“Everyone has come together to help us,” coach Musolf said. “My assistant coaches have been great. This is hard. It puts everything in perspective. You can never take anything for granted. At least we are all safe.”

Wall will host the winner of Thursday’s Fort Lee-Lakeland match 11 a.m. Saturday.

SOUTHERN 2, EDISON 0: Junior middle blocker Cece Hodgson’s seven kills, three blocks and five digs and junior right side-setter Carly Della Valle’s 17 assists powered the 12th-seeded Rams (23-9) past the No. 21 Eagles in Group IV first-round play.

Junior libero-defensive specialist Marina Felmly added eight digs. Junior outside hitter Emily Miglin contributed six kills and junior outside hitter-right side Megan Wilk added three kills and three blocks.

“We got in three pretty good practices this week,” Southern coach Eric Maxwell said, “and each day I saw us playing better and better. We are back in a good mode.”

The Rams will visit No. 5 Bridgewater-Raritan 4 p.m. today in the quarterfinals. They hope to avenge a loss suffered earlier this season.

MARLBORO 2, CHERRY HILL EAST 1: Led by senior outside hitter Jet Manzi’s 16 kills, six aces and six digs, the 11th-seeded Mustangs ousted the No. 22 Cougars in first-round Group IV action. The Mustangs (20-4) will visit No. 6 Cherokee 11 a.m. Saturday in the quarterfinals.

Manzi spiced her showing with 10 service points. Each ace came on her jump serve.

“If you get her the ball, she will get you the point,” winning coach Margie McNamara said. “Her jump serve was on. She is our go-to girl. She does it all. Her attitude with the team is just so amazing. It just boggles my mind. She is just such an athlete. She has an athletic attitude and does not like to lose.”

The Mustangs lost the first game 26-28, but rallied for 25-12 and 25-18 wins.

Marlboro senior middle hitter Samantha Seratelli notched three kills, two blocks, three digs and two aces. Junior outside hitter-setter Sydney Tuman added 10 assists and two digs. Freshman setter Grace Kenningham contributed eight assists, two digs, three kills and two aces.

“It felt good to be on the court,” McNamara said. “In the first game, we were a little shaky. We got into our groove and pulled it off. I was a little apprehensive at first as we had not been together for a long time because of the storm. After we got the jitters out, we did fine.”

Because of the storm, the Mustangs’ previous match was Oct. 27 when they lost to Southern in the Shore Conference Tournament final.

WEST ESSEX 2, RUMSON-FH 1: The 20th-seeded Bulldogs (10-8) saw their season end with a Group II first-round loss to the No. 13 Knights. Junior outside hitter Natalie Pellizzi led the Bulldogs with 14 digs and eight kills. Junior libero Eleni Sourlis added 12 digs, two aces and two kills.

RIVER DELL 2, RARITAN 0: The 32nd-seeded Rockets ended their season at 8-16 with a loss to the No. 2 Golden Hawks (22-1) in Group II first-round action. The Rockets lost 25-2 and 25-5.


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