Top 10 Games of Winter 2015-2016

Top 10 Games of Winter 2015-2016

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Top 10 games of winter

With our winter sports coverage winding down and the spring season right around the corner we have just two pieces of content left this weekend that wraps up the winter sports season.

Today, it is the Top 10 Games of Winter 2015-2016 and tomorrow it is the handy link that has all of our season reviews and top 5 lists in one place.

The parameters for this countdown are quite simple; the game had to be played during the winter sports season (that’s an easy one) and the game had to make it on a Top 5 list that was released earlier in the week. That’s all.

The most difficult part of putting this countdown together was determining where each game should appear on the list. So, without further adieu, let’s begin the countdown of the Top 10 Games of Winter 2015-2016 with number 10.

#10: Winter Track Qualifies for States at the Group 2 Sectional Championships

The first game to appear on the list is the winter track program’s appearance at the Group 2 Sectional Championships. Eight athletes qualified for the Group 2 State Championships at the sectional meet in nine different events. Olivia Rocks (1600), Rashad Raymond (High Jump), Taylor Clark (Pole Vault), Prisca Blamon (Shot Put), Mike Ungvarsky (1600 and 3200), Andrea Benites (800), Kam Kobolak (Shot Put), Christian Neuman (Pole Vault) and Tom Long (800) all finished in the top six of their respective events to advance to States.

#9: Swimming Cleans Up at the Annual BCSL Meet

At the annual BCSL swim meet, the Pirates enjoyed a banner night in the pool. Cinnaminson finished the night with a total of 24 medals, won three events and had 10 All-County selections. The events won by the Pirates were the 200 Medley Relay in 1:42.07, the 200 Free in 1:56.89 by Lily Black and the 100 Breaststroke by Brian Finnan. The medal breakdown was six gold, 17 silver and one bronze. The 10 All-County selections were split down the middle with five on the first team and five on the second team.

#8: Wrestling Shocks Delran in Final Bouts 37-33

The Pirates wrestling team traveled to Delran early in the 2015-2016 season for a Patriot Division match with their crosstown rivals. No one in the building could have predicted what was in store for this one down the stretch. Trailing 33-20 with just three bouts remaining it looked as if the Bears had this one locked up, but the Pirates had different plans. Keith Swartley took the mat at 285 and picked up a major decision that pulled the match to 33-25. TJ Emanuel then pinned his opponent at 106 to make it a 33-31 match. Isaiah Elias took the mat at 113 only needing a decision in the final bout. Elias pinned his opponent in 1:15 to give the Pirates the match victory at 37-33.

#7: Swimming Defeats Jackson Memorial in Second Round of Playoffs 102-68

In the second round of the Central, Group B Tournament the Pirates swim team traveled more than an hour to take on Jackson Memorial. Cinnaminson won the opening event and never looked back, racking up an impressive 102 points. The Pirates were so far out in front of their opponent that they clinched the victory in the second-to-last event of the meet. To add insult to injury for Jackson Memorial, the Pirates won the final event. The victory sent the Pirates to the sectional semifinal and gave them their 10th win of the season.

#6: Boy’s Basketball Stuns Group 4 Montgomery at the Buzzer 52-51

In one of their final regular season games, the boy’s basketball team hosted Group 4 Montgomery on February 22. The game actually opened the final week of the regular season and it was a beauty. Cinnaminson trailed 20-11 after one, 31-20 at the half and 46-38 after three quarters. The Pirates went on a 14-5 run in the fourth to secure the victory, with the final two points coming at the buzzer from senior Pat McCarthy. Cinnaminson trailed 51-50 when McCarthy hit the game-winning shot. The two points from McCarthy at the buzzer were two of seven he scored in the game.

#5: Girl’s Basketball Wins 20th as Marisa DiLeo Nets 1,000th Point

Senior Marisa DiLeo became just the fourth female in school history to score 1,000 points in a career when the Pirates hosted Willingboro on senior night. Cinnaminson picked up its 20th win of the year with a 61-53 victory over the Chimeras. DiLeo had already connected on her 100th three pointer of her career earlier in the season, so scoring her 1,000th point in this game made her the only female in school history to accomplish both feats. DiLeo entered the game needing just three points for 1,000 and she picked all three of them up from the foul line.

#4: Wrestling Defeats Haddonfield 34-31

In what was deemed the program’s signature win of the 2015-2016 season, the Pirates wrestling team took down Haddonfield at home 34-31 in the sweep of a tri-match. Heading into the final bout of the match the Pirates led 34-28. At 106 pounds, TJ Emanuel accepted a 3-0 loss that gave Haddonfield just three points. Emanuel performed a team-first gesture, wrestling to simply avoid a pin so Haddonfield could not tie the match. The three points awarded to Haddonfield made the final score 34-31 Cinnaminson. The win knocked Haddonfield out of the one-seed down to the four-seed in the team tournament and catapulted the Pirates to the three-seed because of power points.

#3: Bowling Wins Group 1 Sectional Title

At number three on our top 10 games countdown is the Group 1 Sectional Title for the boy’s bowling team. After a regular season in which the boys won 11 matches, the Pirates took home the Group 1 title at Brunswick Lanes in Deptford. The Group 1 title advanced the boys to the state tournament. The top two teams at sectionals advance to states and the Pirates finished first ahead of some stiff competition that included regular season opponents Maple Shade and New Egypt. Six bowlers took part in the competition, knocking down a total of 2,850 pins for the title.

#2: Boy’s Basketball Stuns Bordentown 66-57

In what was their only loss of the season against a Burlington County team, the Bordentown Scotties fell to the Pirates 66-57 in Cinnaminson on February 11. Boy’s basketball had previously lost to the Scotties 69-52, their first loss of the season. The Scotties led 20-12 after the first quarter, but couldn’t solve the Pirates defense the rest of the way. In the fourth, the Pirates put up a 27-12 quarter that helped them pull away to win the Freedom Division game. Devon Taylor poured in 23 to lead the Pirates and Conor Bresnahan added 19.

#1: Girl’s Basketball Clinches Freedom Title with 41-37 Win at Holy Cross

This was a tough one to choose, but it came down to this game and the second round playoff win over Lower Cape May, which tied a program record for wins in a season with 22. The simple fact that this was the second straight Freedom title in a row and third in four years for girl’s basketball made the decision a little easier. There’s also the bonus of securing the title against Holy Cross on the road. The game was tightly contested from start to finish, with the Pirates trailing 14-13 at the half. Huge free throws late in the fourth facing the loud Cross student section helped the Pirates build a four-point lead to win the game.

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Jim is the creator and editor of Cinn City Sports. He also created At the Dish, Life With Tony and Enzo and is the owner of JAVFreelancing. He coached baseball for five years, three at his former high school (Holy Cross in Delran, NJ) and two at prominent Division III program Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. He has worked for the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill, NJ; Metro Networks in Bala Cynwyd, PA; and was the play-by-play announcer for the Camden Riversharks of the Independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball for two seasons (2007-2008) on Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM, the student-run radio station at Rowan University. Jim earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and minor in Journalism from Rowan University in 2008. While in school he was the Assistant Sports Director at WGLS for two years and the Sports Director for one year. He also covered the football, baseball, softball and both basketball teams for the school newspaper 'The Whit.' He is the former Sports Editor for the Cinnaminson and Moorestown Patch websites. Jim lives in New Jersey with his wife Nicole, sons Tony and Enzo and dog Phoebe. He can be reached at jimvassallo@cinncitynews.com