The following is a roundup of sports action at Gill St. Bernard’s for 1.9.23 – 1.15.23:
Indoor Track & Field
The Knights traveled to Toms River, NJ, on Wednesday, Jan. 11, to compete in the NJSIAA Non-Public B Relay Championships held at the Bubble-Bennett Indoor Athlete Complex. Overall, the team performed incredibly well, with girls placing 8th and boys placing 10th.
Highlights of the meet included a 3rd place medal by GSB’s powerhouse Shuttle Hurdle Relay girls foursome: juniors Kendell Bell of Flanders and Samantha Leo of Rockaway and sophomores Angela Bonaventura of Lebanon and Josephine Adebambo of Newark. Hot on their tails were the 4th place medalists in the girls 4x400 relay: seniors Caroline Rongen of Califon, Delaney Yates of Bernardsville, Leo, and sophomore Ema Hercules of Plainfield.
On the boys side, foursome seniors Will Engelke of Chatham and Drew Vollrath of Basking Ridge, junior Matthew Segal of Florham Park, and freshman Oliver Litchfield of Bernardsville earned 4th place and broke the GSB school record in the Shuttle Hurdle Relay, last set during the 2021 County Championships, with a time of 42.03.
Girls' Basketball went 3-0 for the week and improved to 9-3 with decisive wins against Franklin High School, 57-36, and Hunterdon Central, 66-16, earlier in the week and Springfield Central (MA), 37-31, at the Rose Classic Super Jam in Brooklyn, NY, on Saturday, Jan 14.
The No. 12 Knights earned three individual awards in the Rose Classic: senior Aniyah Boston of Linden took home Scholar Athlete, sophomore Sidney Quinn of Verona recorded 13 points and was named MVP, and Tessa Lozner of Morristown had 8 points and received the Sportsmanship award.
Boys' Basketball improved to 10-2, going 3-0 for the week by defeating Bridgewater-Raritan High School, 54-45, on Thursday, Jan. 12, and Patrick School, 75-55, and St. Mary’s High School (Rutherford), 53-35, at the Dennis Gregory Memorial Classic held at Caldwell University over the weekend.
The Knights, currently No. 13, demonstrated strong performances across the board, with senior Mario Castro-Sanchez contributing 31 points against Patrick School and 14 against St. Mary’s. Senior Nick Losada of Basking Ridge scored 16 and 18, respectively, and senior Andy Hearn of Mendham finished with 21 rebounds across both games.
On Wednesday, Jan. 11, the GSB Swim team faced Bernards High School at the Somerset Hills YMCA. Sophomore Nathan Jiang of Milburn placed 1st in the 500 Freestyle with a time of 5:32.53, and senior Akshay Patel of Warren placed 3rd in the 50 Freestyle with a time of 27.70.
Jiang joined junior Margaux Scott of Bernardsville at the Skyland Conference Championships at Montogomery High School on Saturday, Jan. 14. Both student athletes held their own within the talented pool of swimmers. Scott finished 13th in the 100 Breaststroke and 27th in the 50 Freestyle, while Jiang finished 20th in the 100 Freestyle and 25th in the 50 Freestyle.
Gill St. Bernard’s hosted the 2nd Annual GSB Fencing Invitational in the Athletic Center on Saturday, Jan. 14.
Six teams from around the state joined the Knights in an action-packed day of epee, sabre, and foil bouts. The girls team (2-3-1) tied for second place alongside longtime rival Voorhees High School and just behind first place winner North Hunterdon. The boys team (0-7) placed 7th.
The Knights (2-4-1) fought hard against Mt. Olive on Saturday, Jan 14, at Mennen Arena but fell 8-0.
Freshman goalkeeper Luc Jansson of Dover continued his fantastic performance between the pipes, securing 41 saves and bringing his average saves per game up to 26.