Thursday was a big day for Moorestown sports.
The Quakers won two state title in lacrosse as the girls beat Mendham, 14-13, in a four-overtime, instant classic, and the boys beat Ridge, 7-3.
Can the baseball team keep the magic alive?
Timber Creek sprinter Damiere Byrd will have a shot at four gold medals Friday and Saturday at the NJSIAA Group 3, Group 2 and Non-Public B state track and field championships at South Plainfield.
Byrd won the sectional Group 3 title in the 100 last week with the best time in the Group, 10.36 seconds. He had the best jump in the Group with 23-5.5 feet to win that crown, too.
Byrd placed second in the 400 in 49.57, but could defend his state title in that event. The senior is an alternate on Timber Creek's 4x400-meter relay, which won the sectional crown.
Mentioned: Timber Creek
Holy Cross advanced to the Non-Public South B title game with a 6-2 victory over St. Rose Thursday at Wall.
Jeff Singer pitched a complete game, allowoing six hits with nine strikeouts.
John Adryan delivered ghe big hit for the Lancers with a two-run single in a four-run rally in the top of the seventh.
Chalie Roman is "completely sick about it."
Paul Sacco is "very disappointed."
Both guys have a point. Roman, Holy Spirit's football coach, and Sacco, St. Joseph's football coach, are upset that the NJSIAA has realigned the groups for the Non-Public state tournament.
The New Jersey state finals in boys' lacrosse have been postponed from Wednesday to Thursday because of the threat of thunderstorms.
St. Augustine and Moorestown are South Jersey teams that will compete for state titles.
Moorestown will play Ridge in the Group 3 state final at 7 p.m. Thursday at Wathchung Hills.
Jeff McGarry went 3-for-3 with 3 RBIs and Kevin Milley pitched a complete game as Lenape beat Eastern, 11-0, in the SJ Group 4 semifinals on Tuesday.
Lenape (18-8) the No. 8 seed, advances to face Millville in the sectional final on Friday.
Milley, a sophomore left-hander, allowed just four hits in a game that was shortened to five innings by the 10-run rule.
Mentioned: Lenape High School
Olympic American rivals Eastern and Lenape -- who shared a third of the division title this season along with Washington Township -- will meet for the third time this season in the SJ Group 4 semifinals this afternoon at Eastern.
Eastern won the previous two meetings. The Vikings (21-7) won 7-6 on April 14 and 6-2 on May 2.
They are one of South Jersey's hottest teams, with 14 wins in their last 16 games.
How about the Colonial Conference.
Through the regular season, it didn’t seem like the strongest of seasons in the Colonial.
But the Colonial has shined in state tournament. The league has four teams in Tuesday’s semifinals – and that’s without Haddon Heights, which was the best team during the regular season.
Timber Creek senior Damiere Byrd, who won three individual state titles last year, is on a quest to defend them starting Friday at the Group 4, Group 3 and Non-Public A track and field sectionals at Egg Harbor Township.
Mentioned: Timber Creek
Highland put together a great season in baseball.
The Tartans won the Tri-County Royal Division. They earned the No. 1 seed in the SJ Group 3 torunament. They did all that despite losing pitcher/infielder Tyler Hinchliffe, a Boston College recruit, for the season with an ankle injury in mid-April.
So what is Highland's reward?