Track and field
Non-Public B Championships — The St. Joseph boys’ track and field team edged Hudson Catholic to capture the Non-Public B state team championship for the third consecutive year.
Led by Ben Mitchell and Caleb Williams, the Wildcats scored 88 points, three better than the Hawks, in the state meet, hosted by Egg Harbor Township High School.
Mitchell finished first in three events, and Williams won two individual golds and was part of a winning relay team.
Mitchell won the 400-meter hurdles (55.3 seconds), the long jump (23 feet, 41/2 inches) and the high jump (6-2). Williams was first in the 100 (10.81) and the 200 (21.95). Williams was also part of the winning 4x100 relay (43.8) along with Rocco Ordille, Davore Mewborn and A’Laam Horne.
Jordan Davis picked up points in three events, taking third in the 400 (50.61) and fourth in both the long jump (20-71/2) and the triple jump (41-31/4).
Ordille took second in the 100 (10.85) and Erick Colon was third in the high jump (5-10). Mewborn was sixth in the 100 (11.79).
The Wildcats that finished in the top six in their respective events advanced to the Meet of Champions, which is scheduled for June 3 in South Plainfield.
Group III Championships — Hammonton’s Anthony Maturano finished in the top three in two individual events at South Plainfield.
Maturano was second in the 200 (21.97) and third in the 100 (11.26).
For the Blue Devils girls, Natalie Cowan just missed out on advancing, finishing seventh in the high jump (5-2). Teammate Tamera Webster was eighth in the 400 (58.11).
St. Joseph 30, Doane Academy 0 — The top-seeded Wildcats, who received a first-round bye, dominated No. 9 Doane in the Non-Public B South quarterfinals.
Carly Testa, Mikaela Power and Taylor Sirolli all knocked in five runs in the four-inning win. Testa registered five hits, including a home run and two doubles, and scored six times.
Power also had five hits, including a double, and Sirolli recorded four hits, including a two-bagger. Sirolli was also the winning pitcher, allowing just two hits.
Gianna Morganti knocked in three runs on three hits, including a triple. Cara Owsley and Jessica Poston both singled twice. Poston recorded three RBIs and Owsley drove in two runs.
St. Joseph 14, OLMA 0 — Poston singled three times, drove in two runs and scored twice to lead the Wildcats to the regular-season win.
Power had two hits, including a home run, and knocked in three runs. Sirolli had two hits, including a double, an RBI and two runs.
Sara Raubertas, Kyra Berrios and Nicole Fox all knocked in a run in the win. Fox was the winning pitcher, striking out five and allowing one hit.
St. Joseph scored eight runs in the fourth inning to put the game away.
St. Joseph 11, ACIT 5 — Raubertas hit a homer, drove in two runs and crossed the plate three times in the regular-season victory.
The Wildcats jumped on ACIT early, scoring seven runs in the first inning for a 7-0 lead.
Power doubled and knocked in two RBIs and Owsley doubled for the Wildcats. Poston, Berrios, Sara Odell and Morganti also registered a hit in the win. Berrios, Odell and Fox all had an RBI.
Sirolli picked up the win, striking out five, allowing one hit and two unearned runs in four innings.
St. Joseph 9, Benedictine 0 — The Wildcats cruised into the Non-Public B South final with a dominating pitching performance from Sirolli and the power hitting of Power.
The Wildcats took on No. 6 Mater Dei in the Non-Public B South title game, which was scheduled for June 2 at Richard Stockton University. The game ended too late for publication.
Against No. 4 Benedictine, Sirolli pitched a complete game, whiffing 12 batters while walking one and allowing three hits.
Power smashed a home run, singled, knocked in two runs and drove in two in the win. Raubertas recorded three hits, including a double, and Morganti and Poston singled twice and scored twice. Morganti also brought a run home with a single, and stole two bases. Testa, Owsley and Berrios also recorded a hit for the Wildcats.
The win was the fifth consecutive for St. Joseph, which had also won 15 out of 16.
— Giuseppe Ungaro