(A preview of this weekend's can't-miss high school sporting events)
Joe Hartmann Diamond Classic
This prestigious tournament moves to its second and final weekend with Vineland the only local school left among the eight remaining teams. The Classic is named after Hartmann, for the former coach of Eastern and a fixture on the South Jersey baseball scene. Only three local teams - Millville (1978), Sacred Heart (2008) and Buena Regional (2011) - have won the Classic in its 39-year history.
Quarterfinals at Deptford
Game 1: Audubon vs. Washington Township
1: 30 p.m.
Game 2: Vineland vs. Cherry Hill West
At Washington Township
Game 3: Pitman vs. Camden Catholic
Game 4: Bishop Eustace vs. Eastern
Semifinals at Deptford
1 p.m.: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 at Washington Township
1 p.m.: Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4
5 p.m.: Final at Eastern
St. Augustine Prep (14-6) at Gloucester Catholic (20-4)
4 p.m. today
This is matchup of South Jersey Non-Public A contenders. Gloucester Catholic is the defending state Non-Public A champion and beat St. Augustine 12-4 in last year's South Jersey final. The Hermits are No. 6 in The Press Elite 11, while Gloucester Catholic is No. 4.
Boys and girls crew
Stotesbury Cup Regatta
8 a.m. today and Saturday on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia
The 87th annual event brings together nearly 6,000 athletes from 195 high schools, and a total of 979 boats. The event begins today with time trials. Semifinals begin at 4:20 p.m. today, and continue Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11:55 a.m. Finals in 31 categories start at 12:45 p.m. The boys and girls varsity-eight divisions each have 38 boats. To advance out of the time trials, varsity eights have to finish in the top 18. Area girls varsity eights that are entered are Holy Spirit, Absegami, Atlantic City and Ocean City. Boys varsity eights are St. Augustine Prep, Absegami, Holy Spirit and Atlantic City.
Tournament of Champions
11 a.m. Monday
at Hopewell Valley Golf Club
Mainland Regional, Middle Township and three individuals lead an area contingent of golfers heading to the TOC. Southern Regional's Jackson Fiel, Vineland's Eric Dargis and Wildwood Catholic's Blake Vogdes will each be making their first trip. Mainland, No. 1 in The Press Elite 11, and No. 9 Middle are each returning. Middle's David Hicks finished sixth overall at the TOC last season with a 2-over-par 74 at Hopewell Valley.
South Jersey Group IV playoffs, first round: (13) Oakcrest (9-11) at (4) Pinelands Regional (20-5)
4 p.m. Tuesday
A Cape-Atlantic League vs. Shore Conference showdown and one of just two all-local first-round games. Oakcrest relies on pitcher Logan MacIntosh. Pinelands features one of the top pitching duos in the area. Naomi Stas (9-2) and Emma Neuweiler (11-3) are each capable of pitching the Wildcats deep into the postseason.
South Jersey Interscholastic Championships
9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at Vineland and Millville high schools
Eighteen Cape-Atlantic League singles players received first-round byes in the prestigious individual tournament, including Mainland Regional junior Ethan Fischer and Middle Township seniors Jeremy and Zack Novick, who each reached the Round of 16 last season.
From Press staff reports