The best teams in South Jersey, regardless of sport:
1. Eastern field hockey (11-1): Iowa-bound forward Kelsey Mitchell is tied for the lead in South Jersey in goals with 29. The Vikings beat two Olympic American opponents last week by 10-0.
2. Haddonfield boys’ cross country (10-0): Senior Jonathan "Boo" Vitez won the Manhattan College Invitational Saturday at Van Cortland Park in New York, covering the 2.5-mile course in 12 minutes, 25.60 seconds. The Bulldogs were third in team scoring.
Madison Cohen’s trophy case got another piece of impressive hardware Saturday.
The Lower Moreland sophomore added a second District 1 Class AA title to her trophy case with a 6-1, 1-0 (retired) win over Harriton’s Jen Shulkin at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Center.
That comes one year after Cohen, the top seed, won that title as a freshman and followed it with a state Class AA singles championship.
Samantha Trumbo and Meghan DeVaney prevailed at first doubles to clinch third-seeded Woodstown’s 3-2 quarterfinal win over No. 11 seed Middle Township in the South Jersey Group 2 team tournament.
Sisters Taylor Ng and Spencer Ng rolled in their singles matches and top-seeded Haddonfield had little trouble dispatching No. 8 seed Barnegat, 5-0.
M ZEBELillian Smith and Alexis Puhl of Girls High won every match in straight sets and breezed to the Public League Class AAA doubles title at Awbury Park.
Smith and Puhl downed Soukea Phork and Ami Amegan of Lincoln, 6-0, 6-0, then downed Alex Lawall and Valerie Cherny of Central, 6-1, 7-5, to take the title.
In Class AA, Nadijah Campbell and Catherine Haak of Masterman dropped Nadiya Gipson and Nilofar Kazi of Bodine, 6-2, 7-5, to take that title.
Washington’s Mari Samadashvili had no problem playing in up to 40 m.p.h. gusts, taking the Public League Class AAA individual tennis title with straight-set wins in both her semifinal and final matches yesterday at the Awbury Recreation Center.
Samadashvili topped Central’s Alex Lawall, 6-0, 6-0, in the final, after beating Valerie Cherny, also of Central, by the same score in the semifinal.
Masterman’s Zoey Toy won the Class AA title.
The league champions will go on to face the Catholic League winners in their respective classifications in the District 12 championships next week at a site to be determined.
Academy Park’s second-seeded team of Yah Barleh and Kathlyne Pradel knocked off the top-seeded team of Chichester’s Rebecca Lumley and Racquel Givens, 2-6, 7-5, 6-1, to take the league title. Barleh, who won the league singles title last week, became half of the first-ever Academy Park doubles title team.
Sandy SpiecznySeventh-seeded Burlington City breezed past No. 10 Penns Grove, 5-0, with Gabby Benson taking the second singles, 7-5, 6-3, over Amber Martin in the South Jersey Group 1 tennis tournament.
Courtney Gifford set the tone with a straight-sets win at first singles, as top-seeded Millville improved to 15-2 by dispatching No. 16 seed Williamstown, 5-0, in the opening round of the South Jersey Group 4 tennis tournament.
In other first-round action, third-seeded Atlantic City eliminated 14th-seeded Cherry Hill West, 5-0, and No. 4 seed Cherry Hill East won by the same score over 13th-seeded Lenape.
Alexia Cavazof of Kingsway pulled out a 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 victory at first singles, and the sixth-seeded Dragons went on to oust No. 11 seed Point Pleasant Boro, 5-0, in the opening round of the South Jersey Group 3 tournament.
Kingsway advances to tomorrow’s quarterfinals, with a trip to third-seeded Ocean City.
Mentioned: Kingsway Regional High School