Warriors finish first, advance to TOC in bowling

Warriors finish first, advance to TOC in bowling

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Warriors finish first, advance to TOC in bowling

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Led by Bryce Petraccoro, the Manasquan girls bowling team punched its ticket to the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions after taking first place in Central Group II on Saturday.

Petraccoro came through on the big stage for the Warriors, finishing with a tournament-high series of 684 pins. Manasquan finished with a team score of 2,462 pins. Ocean also qualified for the TOC with a second-place finish of 2,422 pins.

The Howell girls team continued its strong bowling. After winning the Monmouth County Tournament last week, the Rebels took home the Group IV title with a team score of 2,798 pins to edge South Brunswick. Howell’s Kristin Natoli finished with a team-high series of 613 pins. Jamie Kelly also finished with a series of 582 pins.

Brick took first place in South Jersey Group III with a final team score of 3,011 pins. Amanda Nardiello led the way for the Lady Dragons, finishing with the second-high series (671) and tournament-high game (264). Madison Lukosius also finished with a 663 series for Brick. Toms River South took second place in Group III qualifying for the TOC.

Brick Memorial took first place in South Group IV with 2,660 pins. Kaity Lash finished with a team-high series of 547, Tori Boughton finished with a 542, and Brandy Collins had a team-high game of 221. Toms River North took second place in Group IV and will also compete in the TOC.

Manchester knocked down 2,689 pins for the South Group II title. Julia Ott finished with a team-high series of 611 pins, Kaitlynn Kettmann finished with a 580, and Kelsey Krumeich shot a 573 series. Point Boro finished in second place.

IN GIRLS BASKETBALL:

MANASQUAN 58, WALL 44: Senior guard Amanda Hagaman scored 11 of her game-high 20 points in the fourth quarter to lead the No. 8 Warriors (12-7) past the Crimson Knights (10-8) in a nondivisional game it trailed by seven after one quarter.

Sophomore guard Courtney Hagaman scored seven of her 12 points in the first half, while Wall was paced by a team-high 15 points from junior guard Sydney Darby.

NEPTUNE 53, TRENTON CATHOLIC 31: Senior guard Desiree Moss scored a game-high 17 points, junior forward Iyonna Crenshaw added 13 and the No. 9 Scarlets Fliers (14-4) used a 20-8 second quarter to take control for good against the Lady Mikes (10-5), perennial contenders in Non-Public B.

Trenton Catholic, which got a team-high 17 points from 6-foot-3 junior forward Erin Garner, has now lost three straight games. Before the Neptune loss, the Lady Mikes had fallen to Rancocas Valley and Willingboro, both of whom are state title contenders.

POINT BORO 80, ATLANTIC CITY 55: Senior forward Kerry Malleck scored nine of her career-high 25 points in the first quarter, senior guard Kelly Hughes pumped in a game-high 30 and the No. 3 Panthers defeated the Vikings (8-9) as part of the Battle by the Bay at Atlantic City High School.

Hughes, bound for Boston College in the fall, added 13 rebounds and eight steals. Her twin sister, Lauren, dished out a game-high 14 assists.

IN BOYS BASKETBALL:

MIDD. SOUTH 64, MATER DEI 49: Junior forward John Whalen scored 20, senior center Mike Diorio netted 18 and senior guard Tom DiMeo tossed in 14 as the host Eagles (10-10) bested the Seraphs (7-9) in nondivisional play.

Whalen picked off eight rebounds and Diorio grabbed 10.

Whalen scored 10 in the first half, including five in the second quarter, as the Eagles went ahead, 28-25. Whalen then tossed in nine and DiMeo scored six in a 22-13 third-quarter surge that sent the Eagles in front, 50-38.

JACKSON MEM. 58, HOWELL 34: Senior guard Salam Simon’s 15 points and five assists paced the host Jaguars (16-4) past the Rebels in nondivisional action.

Senior forward Mike Specht added 13 points and four assists. Eric Carter, a 6-foot-8 junior center, contributed 10 points, 12 rebounds and three assists.

Specht scored eight and Simon added five as the Jaguars went ahead, 44-26, with a 21-8 third-quarter spree. Simon pumped in 10 first-half points, including seven in the second quarter, to propel Jackson to a 23-18 lead.

IN ICE HOCKEY:

MONS. DONOVAN 4, JACKSON LIB. 2: Andrew Gargaloni netted his 16th and 17th goals of the season as the Griffins (10-7-1) overcame the Lions (8-9-1) in a Class B South matchup.

Gargaloni found the back of the net via Jake Loser and Donte Pagano at 11:57 of the second period, knotting the game at two, and proceeded to snap the tie with a third-period goal at 10:57, once again from Pagano.

Conor Grant opened the scoring for the Griffins in the first period off assists by Loser and J.C. Maroukis, who slid in an empty-netter with 20 second remaining in regulation.

Jackson Liberty captain Mike Braun provided the sole offense for the Lions, scoring his 10th and 11th goals of the year and notching his 23rd point. Jackson’s Jake Severino stopped 29 shots while his counterpart, Alex Mollicone, turned away 23 of 25 shots faced.

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