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Thurs. S.J. boys’ roundup: Haddonfield captures tennis title

Matt Godlewski recovered from a one-set deficit to win his third-singles match with a third-set tiebreaker, clinching Haddonfield's 3-2 win over Bernards in the NJSIAA State Group 2 boys' tennis championship on Thursday at Mercer County Park.

Matt Godlewski recovered from a one-set deficit to win his third-singles match with a third-set tiebreaker, clinching Haddonfield's 3-2 win over Bernards in the NJSIAA State Group 2 boys' tennis championship on Thursday at Mercer County Park.

The Bulldogs (27-2) were the only South Jersey team to come home with a state title and advance to the Tournament of Champions.

Godlewski, a junior, dropped the first set to Eric Oringer, 6-3, before coming back to win the last two sets, 6-4 and 7-6 (7-3).

Bulldogs coach Jeff Holman also got wins from his doubles teams as Isaac Anderson and Sean Campbell secured a 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 win at first doubles and Anthony Celenza and Max Prescott prevailed, 7-5, 6-1, at second doubles.

Haddonfield reached the final with a 3-2 semifinal win over Pascack Hills. Both doubles teams scored wins, and Luke Grabiak won, 6-0, 5-7, 6-1, at second singles.

Group 3. Moorestown also reached the state final but lost, 4-1, to Millburn (23-9). Pierce Cooper gave the Quakers (23-9) their lone win, 6-2, 6-1, at first singles.

Moorestown reached the final with a 4-1 victory over Montville (16-3) in which Cooper won, 6-0, 6-1. The doubles teams of Tyler Blessing and Matt Holzinger and Hamza Husain and Dan Schafhauser also prevailed.

Group 4. Eastern's run of upsets ended with a 5-0 semifinal loss to Livingston. The Vikings (18-6), who won the sectional title as the No. 7 seed, won a total of six games against the eventual state champions.

Group 1. Pennsville (17-5), South Jersey champ in four of the last six years, failed to win a set against Leonia (16-3) in a 5-0 semifinal loss.

Brett Lankenau had the most success for the Eagles in a 6-4, 6-4 setback at second singles.

Non-Public A. Delbarton (27-3) captured its ninth state title in the last 11 years with a 4-1 victory over St. Augustine. The Hermits got a win at first singles from Shane Monroe, who was leading by 6-3, 4-0 when the match was defaulted after Delbarton had clinched the win.

Non-Public B. Newark Academy (24-5) continued its domination in this group, blanking 10-10 Moorestown Friends, 5-0, for its 18th state championship in 20 years.

Olympic. A three-set win by Vinesh Kanthan and Michael Seligman at second doubles helped Cherokee beat visiting Cherry Hill East and clinch a share of the American Division crown with Lenape for the first time in more than 20 years.


Goalies Joe Gigantiello (11 saves) and Dave Wilson (three) controlled St. Augustine's 12-1 romp over visiting Notre Dame in the quarterfinals of the NJSIAA state Non-Public A tournament.

The Hermits, who will face Don Bosco Prep on Saturday, built an 8-0 halftime advantage and utilized a balanced attack that produced three goals each by Pat McMenamin, Steven Pontrello, and Mike Sutton.

State Group 3. Moorestown trailed by 2-0 after one quarter before rallying to beat visiting Kingsway, 13-7, in the quarterfinals. Tom Mowlton led the Quakers with four goals, and Chad Gamble had two goals and three assists, while Frank Magazu gave Kingsway two goals and two assists.

Shawnee got three goals each from D.J. Carruthers and Jake Dean but suffered a 12-11 overtime loss to visiting Morristown. Owen Demmerly added two goals and Rob DiOrio registered a goal and four assists.


Cherry Hill East's Eric Zaun collected 16 kills and four digs as the Cougars ousted visiting Moorestown from the NJSIAA South Jersey tournament quarterfinals with a 25-13, 25-21 win.

The Quakers, with 14 digs by Zach Stewart, closed within 22-18 and 23-20 in the second game before East (17-5) secured the win. Also for the Cougars, Christian Strauss had five kills, two aces, and two assists, and Carl Spencer added four kills and two blocks.

Central Jersey. Cinnaminson, seeded sixth, was beaten, 25-13, 25-21, at No. 3 seed Old Bridge.


Pitman put the finishing touches on its third consecutive Tri-County Conference Classic Division championship by beating visiting Salem, 1-0.

Mike McIlvaine struck out 10 in a complete-game two-hit shutout, and Brandon Looby scored the run on Matt Ennis' single up the middle with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Central Jersey Group 1. Burlington City advanced to the tournament semifinals with a 5-2 win over visiting Keyport.

Pete Perez scattered six hits and fanned eight to get the win, and Justin Edge went 3 for 3 with a home run and two RBIs.

Burlington County. Cinnaminson rallied for four runs in the top of the seventh and stunned host Pemberton, 13-11. Tyler DePascale's two-run homer tied the score, and Tim Kemmerle's second double of the game knocked in the last two runs.

Cape-Atlantic. Ricky Schmidt knocked in three runs in support of Andrew Garcia's 10-strikeout pitching as Middle Township blanked visiting Bridgeton, 10-0.