For the first time in school history, the GSB Golf Team (10-2) claimed the NJSIAA Non-Public B State Championship title on Monday, May 15, at Raritan Valley Country Club.
The Knights were led by Non-Public B Individual Champion junior Lance Hollingshead of Basking Ridge shooting a 75. Senior Evan Wortman of Bernardsville shot a 76, earning the Non-Public B Runner-up. Senior Jackson Ketterson of Lebanon (81) and senior Austin Carey of Mendham (87) rounded out the team with a winning score of 319 (+39).
The Knights finished tied 4th overall, only losing by 9 strokes to the tournament champion, Hunterdon Central. Hollingshead finished tied for 8th overall and Wortman tied for 12th overall out of 128 golfers.
After defeating Newark Academy, 13-0, to secure the NJISAA Prep B State Championship, their second year in a row to do so, the Knights (8-12) ended their regular season play on Thursday, May 18, with a heartbreaking loss to Bernards, 3-2.
Freshman Layla Francisco of Lebanon pitched eight strong innings, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits while striking out 3.
United States Coast Guard-commit Elise Cantu of Lafayette, junior Brooke Baisley of Flanders, and freshman Jillian Cianfrocca of Chester all had 2 hits, with Cainfrocca hitting her 4th homerun of the season.
The Knights (8-14) went 3-for-3 on the week, beginning with a 7-3 defeat over Delaware Valey at Fairleigh Dickinson University on Tuesday, May 16.
The first win was a great overall experience for Gill St. Bernard’s to compete at a top-notch collegiate baseball ballpark. Junior John DiGregorio of Westfield’s bat was electric, going 3-for-3 with two doubles, one single, and two RBIs. Senior and Lehigh-commit Zack Wendell of Great Meadows and freshman Joey Fava of Lebanon each added a single and one RBI.
Sophomore Bobby Niesmertelny of Branchburg picked up the win on the mound, pitching four innings and only allowing four hits.
On Thursday, May 18, GSB defeated Newark Academy 7-2. Junior Colin Chou of Warren had a great day on the mound, pitching five innings and allowing only two hits. He also added 8 strikeouts for the win. Wendell continued his powerhouse hitting with two doubles on the day.
GSB continued their win streak on Saturday, May 20, with a huge win over Oratory Prep, 14-3.
DiGregorio and Chou each had three RBIs and two doubles, with DiGregorio hitting a home run. Junior Matthew Park of Bridgewater was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a home run, while Niesmertelny was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and three runs scored.
Gill St. Bernard’s Boys Lacrosse went 2-for-3 on the week, improving their record to 10-6.
On Monday, May 15, the Knights traveled to Pingry for the Somerset County Tournament Quarterfinals and lost 12-4, their only loss on the week. Senior and Holy Cross-commit Will Deo of Califon tallied two goals and an assist, while sophomore Colin Anderson of Chatham made 13 saves in the cage.
On Thursday, May 18, GSB defeated Warren Hills, 7-4. The team was led by sophomore Max Voigt of Chatham with three goals and two assists, followed by Deo with two goals and one assist.
GSB returned to the turf on Saturday, May 20, and defeated Governor Livingston, 12-4. Voigt was electric on offense with six goals and one assist. Deo also had a monstrous day with 3 goals and 6 assists.
This week, the Gill St. Bernard’s Girls Lacrosse team (6-10) played Roxbury and lost, 13-8, after a tough fight.
The lady Knights were able to stay in the game with the help of 7 goals by sophomore Tessa Lozner of Morristown, who has now surpassed her 100th career goal, and 1 goal by senior Ava DiCesare of Basking Ridge, who recorded her 100th career groundball in the previous game.
Defensively, senior Paige Brucker of Long Valley stopped 11 goals for a total save average of 46%.
Track & Field
In the Somerset County Championships at Hillsborough High School on Tuesday, May 16, Gill St. Bernard’s sophomore Cassidy Moore of Linden placed 19th in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.84 seconds, and sophomore Ema Hercules of Plainfield placed 11th overall in the 1600-meter with a time of 5:38.90.