(A preview of this weekend's can't miss high school sports events.)


Joe Hartmann Diamond Classic

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Three local teams - St. Augustine Prep, Buena Regional and Vineland - will participate in the first round of the Joe Hartmann Diamond Classic.

The 16-team, single-elimination tournament starts Saturday and features many of South Jersey's top teams. The event is named after Hartmann, the former coach of Eastern and a fixture on the South Jersey baseball scene.

The Classic began in 1974. Only three CAL teams - Millville (1978); Sacred Heart (2008); and Buena Regional (2011) – have won the event.

Below is Saturday's first-round schedule: The quarterfinals will be played May 18. The semifinals and final will be played May 19.


At Maple Shade

10:30 a.m.: Delsea Regional vs. Audubon

1 p.m.: Gloucester Catholic vs. Washington Township

at Deptford

10:30 a.m.: Buena Regional vs. Cherry Hill West

1 p.m.: Vineland vs. Northern Burlington

at Overbrook

10:30 a.m.: West Deptford vs. Pitman

1 p.m.: Williamstown vs. Camden Catholic

at Washington Township

10:30 a.m.: Bishop Eustace vs. New Egypt

1 p.m.: Eastern vs. St. Augustine Prep

Boys and girls crew

Atlantic County High School Rowing Championships

10 a.m. Sunday at Lake Lenape, Mays Landing

This ninth-annual regatta is the premier high school rowing event in the area. The girls varsity-eight race, scheduled for 2:50 p.m., features Holy Spirit, Absegami, Atlantic City, Egg Harbor Township and Ocean City. The boys varsity-eight race follows at 3 p.m. featuring St. Augustine Prep, Absegami, Atlantic City and Holy Spirit.

Girls lacrosse

No. 10 Mainland Regional (10-1) at Ocean City (13-3)

4 p.m. Monday

These two teams face off with the Cape-Atlantic League title on the line. Mainland has already clinched at least a share of the title by beating Ocean City 8-7 in a game earlier this season. A win would make the Mustangs outright champions. Anna Gordon has 151 career goals for Mainland.

Ocean City can clinch a share of the title with a win. The Red Raiders are led by senior Tess Solazzo, who scored her 300th career goal Thursday.


No. 5 Sacred Heart at No. 9 Vineland

4 p.m. Saturday

One of the area's top rivalries features two of the area's top batteries. Sacred Heart pitcher Rosie LaGrotta and catcher Danielle Lugo and Vineland pitcher Demi Murray and catcher Kylie Finley were each first-team Press All-Stars last season.


Public and non-public sectionals Monday at various sites

South-Central Group IV at Linwood Country Club at 10 a.m.

South-Central Group III at Running Deer Golf Course 9:30 a.m.

South-Central Group II at Wildwood Golf & Country Club at 9 a.m.

South-Central Group I at Town & Country Golf Links

South Non-Public at Mountain View Golf Course

David Hicks and Middle Township will again be among the favorites in South-Central Group II. Hicks won the title last season as a freshman as the Panthers won a third straight title. St. Augustine Prep's Cody Dazen (fourth in South Non-Public A) and Absegami's Chris Filling (fifth in South-Central Group IV) will each look for return trips to the Tournament of Champions. The top five individuals and top two teams (with ties) qualify for the TOC on May 20 .

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