College notebook: Holy Spirit alumna Kelsey Thomas helps Wagner College win its first conference championship


Record-setting Wagner University senior Kelsey Thomas (Holy Spirit alumna from Hammonton) helped the Seahawks win their first Northeast Conference swimming and diving championship Saturday at MIT.

Thomas swam the breaststroke leg of the 400-yard medley relay that won in a conference-record 3 minutes, 44.69 seconds.

Thomas also finished second in the 200 breaststroke in 2:20.42, a Wagner record. She also set a school record of 1:04.96 in the 100 breaststroke, a race in which she finished fifth.

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Thomas was named to the All-NEC team.


Bryan Toland (Wildwood Catholic) hit four doubles in four games during Southern New Hampshire's season-opening weekend in Myrtle Beach, S.C. He began this week hitting .375.

East Stroudsburg senior outfielder Chris Knott (Egg Harbor Township) was among 125 Division II baseball players named to the watch list for the Tino Martinez Award, which is presented to the top player at the end of the season.

Delaware's E.J. Stoltzfus (Holy Spirit) had three hits, two runs and an RBI in four games in which the Blue Hens went 2-2. Two of his hits came in a 9-2 loss to Campbell in the second half of a doubleheader Saturday.

Vinny Zarrillo (Lacey Township) went a combined 3-for-8 with two runs and an RBI for Rutgers in a pair of wins over Jacksonville. He doubled in each game.

Troy Dixon (EHT) had three hits and two runs scored in three games for St. John's.


Former Press Wrestler of the Year Phil Bakuckas (Hammonton) won a 6-1 decision Friday for Rutgers in a 33-6 win over Drexel. Bakuckas began this week with 15 wins for the season.

Garret Kerr (Middle Township) notched a pair of double-doubles, giving him 21 for the season.

He scored 31 points and had 13 rebounds for the University of the Sciences in a 72-65 win over Philadelphia last Tuesday and added 18 points and 14 rebounds in a 68-51 loss to Bloomfield on Saturday.

Frank Nock (Bridgeton) scored nine points in Ramapo's final game of the season, an 81-61 loss to William Paterson.

Women's basketball

Joanna Persiano (Holy Spirit) had 17 points, four assists and four rebounds for Widener in a 68-54 loss to Messiah 68-54 last Tuesday. On Saturday Persiano had 19 points, five assists, three rebounds and two steals as Widener defeated Arcadia 90-65. Persiano finished second in school history with 171 career 3-pointers.

Bria Hill (Atlantic City) led Rowan with 17 points in its season finale, a 79-68 loss to Richard Stockton, on Wednesday. Senior Megan Russ (Middle) scored 10 points in her career finale for the Profs. Freshmen Alex Raring (Mainland Regional) and Valerie Garofalo (Holy Spirit) scored seven.

Shay Collins (Atlantic City) scored 14 points, going 4-for-4 from 3-point range, in Kean's 79-53 win over Stockton in the New Jersey Athletic Conference tournament Saturday.

Tenisha Townsend-Mobley (Holy Spirit) of Chestnut Hill scored 11 points in a 75-61 win over Georgian Court on Tuesday and added eight points in a 66-34 loss to Felician on Saturday.

Junior forward Jade Howard (St. Joseph) led Rutgers-Newark with 14 points in a 73-64 loss to Kean on Wednesday.

Track and field

Rowan's Jessica Carlson (Southern Regional) tied for fourth in the triple jump (35 feet, 10 inches) at the Princeton Invitational on Sunday. Teammates Priscila Antuna (Southern) took 13th in the 3,000 meters in 11:00.70 and Katie Juniewicz (Absegami) sixth in the 1,000.

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