Kingsway Regional High School
Moments after Kingsway's dramatic, 49-48 victory over Manchester Township in the NJSIAA South Group 3 basketball final Tuesday, Rondell Gilmore-Lane put things into perspective.
"We need to finish, that's been our slogan the whole time in this tournament," said Gilmore-Lane, who scored a game-high 25 points for Kingsway "We want to finish, finish, finish and actually win that [state] title."
Kingsway, seeded No. 1 in South Jersey Group 3 basketball, will host a determined Manchester Township, the second seed, Tuesday night for the sectional championship.
Kingsway, which has won the last two sectional crowns, has three returning starters from last year's team. Township has at least two who want to lead the Hawks to the first sectional title in the history of the program.
Ryan Redmond broke a 12-12 tie with a goal with 1:36 on the clock to lift Kingsway to a 13-12 victory over Seneca Thursday in the first round of the Group 3 state tournament in boys' lacrosse.
Redmond, a senior attack, scored five goals for Kingsway (10-3). Frank Magazu added four goals for the Dragons.
Kingsway, the No. 12 seed, advances to play fifth-seeded Shawnee.
I was really impressed by the play of Kingsway's Aubrey Coleman on Nov. 4 in a 6-0 win over Paul VI.
The senior midfielder had 19 goals entering the game and left with 23. Paul VI was not as skilled as Kingsway; however, Coleman would have scored against most South Jersey teams because of her stickwork, ability to anticipate, field vision and overall field hockey savvy.
That's probably why she is a captain.
I saw Kingsway dismantle Paul VI, 6-0, in a South Group 3 quarterfinal and I was impressed by the Dragons' total package.
The defense, the midfielders and the forwards all were on the same page.
That type of team togetherness will serve Kingsway well throughout sectionals and the state group tournament, if they are fortunate enough to advance.
This morning, Thursday, Oct. 29, I had to scramble to find a field hockey game to cover. Joe Galliera, Kingsway's athletic director, told me the West Deptford at Kingsway game had been cancelled due to poor field conditions and the lack of officials available to work the game another day.
I called the assigner of officials, who said she has 118 officials at her disposal. However, maybe 60 to 70 are qualified to work varsity games, 10 are out injured, some are on vacation and there are lots of postseason tournament games being played.
When I returned from the Gloucester Catholic - Audubon game I found a message from Galliera on my voice mail. He said the assigner found officials to work the game tomorrow, Friday, at 4 p.m. at Kingsway.
Rain and soggy fields have put off the season-ending plans of some area teams. At a time of the season when some conference schedules are completed and teams are looking for good competition to prepare themselves for the playoffs, they’ve been sidelined by bad weather. One example is Haddonfield (15-4), seeded 4th in South Group 2. The Bulldogs were looking forward to playing Moorestown (14-2), the second seed in Central Group 3, in a game that would test each other’s skills. But rain caused a postponement of the battle until Friday, 3:30 p.m, at Radnor Ave. Field and both teams are lucky that time hasn’t run out on them. Both drew first-round byes in the NJSIAA tournament that is getting under way. The game will commemorate 100 years of field hockey in South Jersey. Other Wednesday rainouts didn’t appear to be that meaningful to the teams, such as Kingsway (15-3) at Cumberland (3-11-2) and Clearview (16-2) at Highland (2-9-4). However, they are division games. “By conference rule we are required to play our divisional games,” said Clearview Athletic Director Greg Horton. “We’re fortunate to have a bye in the first round. “We’ve lost one or two games [because of bad weather] and made them all up. All we can do is adapt. It’s part of Mother Nature doing what it does.” Ranked 2d in South Group 4, Clearview on Nov. 5 is scheduled to play the winner of the Mainland–Williamstown game in round No. 2 of the tournament.
Connor Hurff set up goals by Ryan McFadden and Dominick Pernice in the first 23 minutes, putting host St. Augustine ahead to stay in a 2-0 triumph over Shawnee in a nonleague match.
John Richards made six saves in shutting down the Renegades.
Fourth-ranked Lenape rode second-half goals by Rocco Gambino and Marc Ruggia to a 2-1 win over visiting Hunterdon Central.
Anthony Maruca’s goal midway through the second overtime made Absegami a 2-1 winner at Kingsway.