The spring season opened last week for all eight West Deptford athletic teams. It was a good start for several teams, including the softball and girls’ track squad, while the baseball and boys’ tennis team ran into some early struggles.
Below is a look back at the week that was, and a glimpse at this week’s schedule.
Samantha Budd, Megan Kirschling, Nicole Pinto and Claudia Theriault were multiple event winners as the Eagles put together wins over Haddon Heights and Gateway Thursday. Budd won the 400 and 800 and helped win the 4x400, Pinto won the 400 hurdles and the 200 and ran in the 4x400, while Kirschling won the 110 hurdles, long jump and high jump. Theriault won the pole vault against both schools and added a win in the triple jump against Gateway.
The Eagles also got wins from Megan Knoblock (1600), Millie Kipp (3200), and Marthalyn Johnson (javelin).
The Eagles got first-place finishes from Connor Smith (100), Kevin Cianfarini (400), Todd Jarrell (discus) and the 4x400 relay team, but were edged by Haddon Heights, 79-61.
The Eagles are off to a 1-1 start. Rachel Krott, who will be leaned on heavily for scoring this season, led the Eagles with a four-goal performance in a season-opening 16-6 win over Paul VI. Jess Hill, Maddie Waschko and Emily Whalin each added three goals as the Eagles built a 9-3 lead at the break.
The Eagles built an 8-3 lead at halftime, then clamped down hard on defense in the second half in a 12-3 season-opening win over Camden Catholic. Mike Reardon was a force for the Eagles, with four goals and three assists.
The Eagles entered the season with high expectations and have played the part through two matches. The Eagles improved to 2-0 with victory over Overbrook, 179-194, on Thursday. Kevin Brockway led the way with a 41 at RiverWinds. Richie Stolz (45), Ryan Henry (47), John Meagher (47) and Matt Santarelli (47) also contributed in the win.
The Eagles opened the season with a 177-191 win over Cumberland Regional.
It has been a rough start for the tennis team, which opened with consecutive 4-1 losses. The Eagles fell to Overbrook Wednesday and Gateway Thursday.
Its was a busy and productive first few days for the softball team, which went 2-1. West Deptford lost its opener, 12-1, to Paul VI, but responded with wins over Overbrook and Cherokee.
The Eagles got a strong performance of the mound from Sydney Ponto and a two-run double from Morgan Brown in the win against Overbrook. Marissa Linquist pitched seven strong innings to lead the Eagles past Cherokee, 2-1. The winning run came when Katie Boyd scored on a wild pitch in the fourth inning.
For the second-straight year the Eagles will have to overcome a slow start. West Deptford dropped both of its games to start the season, falling to Pitman, 5-2, and Overbrook, 2-1. The Eagles have plenty of youth this season, as they started four freshman in the loss to Pitman. Ty Castellano was a bright spot, collecting three hits, including a home run.
West Deptford scored a run in the seventh to tie the game against Overbrook, but the opposition score in the bottom half of the frame to walk off with a 2-1 victory Thursday. Brendan Glass took the hard-luck loss, while Harry Sturgis and Tyler Strano each had a double.
–The baseball team will look to rebound against Gateway Tuesday, before taking on rival Haddonfield Thursday.
–The boys’ and girls track teams compete in a tri-meet against Haddonfield and Haddon Township Wednesday.
–The boys’ lacrosse team takes on Holy Cross Tuesday and Woodstown Thursday.
–The softball team has a showdown at Haddonfield Thursday.