Winter Season Summary
Another great season in the books for Delsea. The winter season culminated with a state championship, but it got started in early December with Swimming and Dive. Brandon Lyons and Kori Jelinek started us off with breaking a couple of school records. Brandon broke his own record in the 200 freestyle and Kori broke the 50m record. That was the start of a great season and a few more records fell along the way. Both the 200 free and 200 medley school records went down a few weeks into the season. At the TCC showcase, Kori Jelinek, Kayla Jelinek, Jenna Marchese, and Jane Seabert took 2nd in the 200m relay. Brandon Lyons took 2nd in the 200 Free, breaking his own record yet again, and Kori Jelinek took home the 100m butterfly title. In that showcase, out of 21 teams, the boys took 6th place overall, while the girls took 4th! The girls finished the season strong, earning the 4th playoff seed and a first round bye. The girls hosted a playoff meet for the first time in school history and beat Woodstown. They made it to the semifinals for the first time in school history and ended up falling short to a very tough Haddonfield team, a team that finished 2nd in the state. Both the boys and girls teams continue to improve each year and have been on a very impressive streak the past two seasons.
The LONG bus rides to Toms River and the NYC Armory paid off in some ways for the boys and girls Indoor Track and Field teams. Multiple medals were won during the course of the season, too many to name individually; I will touch on SOME of the highlights. Both the boys and girls performed very well at the Tri County Conference Showcase, earning a bunch of medals. Gold medals were earned by Ashley Preston in the pole vault, CeCe Gerstenbacher in the 400m, Mercedes Morales in the high jump, Dylan Senatore in the 3200m, George Tenenberg in the 1600m, and Bill Goldsborough in the shot put. Silver medals were earned by Toni Galtz, Haley Hoffman, Kaire Brackett, and CeCe Gerstenbacher in the 4x400m relay, and Keon Grady in the high jump. Bronze medals were earned by Madison Mamounis in the pole vault, Kaire Brackett in the 55m, and Taj Summiel, Connor Fourbath, George Tenenberg, and Bill Mayhew in the 4x400m relay. At the state meet, we had many representatives from Delsea move on to the Meet of Champions. During the state meet, CeCe became the group 2 state champion in the 55m and she also took 4th in the 400m. The girls took 3rd overall as a team at states. The athletes that made it to the Meet of Champions were Colin Kane, Bill Goldsborough, George Tenenberg, Nick Petriello, CeCe Gerstenbacher, Toni Glatz, Kaire Brackett, and Katie Rauscher. If you performed well enough at the Meet of Champions, you moved on to the Eastern States. Delsea was represented by CeCe, who finished 2nd in the 200m at the MOC, Kaire, Toni, Katie, Brinae, George, Tymir Kizee, Keon Grady, and Bill, who threw a personal best, 52-4 in the shot put, good enough for 9th in the state! We had a great showing at Eastern States with Keon Grady taking 3rd in the long jump, Toni Glatz taking 4th in the 200m and CeCe Gerstenbacher taking 2nd in the 200m. The girls also earned the Group 2 South Sectional Title!!
Both the boys and girls basketball teams finished first in their conference, earning the Diamond division title. This was the girls 3rd title in a row and the 2nd for the boys. Both teams finished the season strong, beating some very tough teams along the way, earning home playoff spots. The boys would win their first game and head to Mainland, where the fell in a very close game. During the course of the season the boys had great showings at the tournaments they attended, having two tournament MVPs in Brice Parks and Javon Gordon at the Butch McLean tournament. The girls were the bracket champions at the Boardwalk Classic in Wildwood and were the first girls basketball team in Delsea history to win their division 3 straight years!
Wrestling had another great year, wrestling one of the toughest schedules in New Jersey. The team took on all comers and wrestled strong throughout the season. Things really picked up at the end of the season, as they typically do for wrestling. The team won the Diamond Division championship and the Group 3 south sectional championship. This was the team’s 7th group 3 title in a row! The team went on to the state championship, where they took down undefeated Cranford and earned a spot in the finals. The team lost a very close match to South Plainfield, whom we’ve met in the finals the past 3 seasons. The district 31 tournament was very good to us, we had 10 wrestlers advance to the Region 8 tournament; Bill Janzer (1st), Tommy Maxwell (1st), Edison Echevarria (1st), Seth Summers (1st), Nick Bennett (1st), John Patterson (2nd), Mason Maxwell (2nd), Justin Moore (2nd), and Vince DeGeorge (2nd). Bil Janzer was name the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament and Coach Sawyer earned the district 31 Coach of the Year award for at least the third straight year. We moved on to the Region 8 tournament where we had 6 wrestlers qualify for the state tournament in Atlantic City this past weekend; Bill (1st), Edison (1st), Vince (2nd), Seth (3rd), Tommy (4th) and Mason (4th). At the state tournament we had three medal winners; Tommy Maxwell earned the 8th place medal, Edison Echevarria earned the 4th place medal and Billy Janzer earned the right to call himself the best 170lb wrestler in the state of New Jersey by taking first!
As I said, it was another great season, it was a “Delsea Season”. We had a district championship, 2 sectional championships, and 3 Diamond division championships. We also had TWENTY FIVE first team all-conference individual champions. I’m hesitant to name them, in case their coaches haven’t shared the news with them yet.
Thank you to all the winter coaches and everyone else in the school that supports these student athletes and our teams!
Delsea Regional School District