Roses Report: Skating by the competition
While the basketball teams receive the most attention, the St. Rose ice hockey team is quietly putting together a solid campaign.
With much of the attention going to the basketball teams, the St. Rose ice hockey team has been flying under the radar as of late. With the boys basketball team taking a few losses this week as they feel from the ranks of the unbeatens, it might be time to start paying attention to the Purple Roses flying around on the ice.
Let's get to some of the results in this week's Roses Report.
It would be quite an amazing feat to go the entire season undefeated. The boys basketball team entered this past week with an unblemished record, but that is no more after suffering two losses.
The first loss came last Saturday as they fell to Rutgers Preparatory School, 59-49. Andrew Van Schaack led the team with 19 points, but the Roses were unable to keep their record perfect. On Tuesday, the Roses got back to their winning ways with a convincing 58-23 win over Keansburg. Cliff Clark scored a game-high 15 points for the team and Andrew Kurtz added 10 points.
On Thursday night, the Roses traveled to Asbury Park to take on the Blue Bishops in a key Class C Central matchup. Despite 22 points from Andrew Kurtz, the Roses couldn't put things together and fell, 51-44, to the home team.
Another week, another four wins. Just some more familiar results for the girls basketball team. Two of those wins, however, should open some eyes around the state.
Last Friday, the Lady Roses took down a perennial powerhouse when they defeated Red Bank Catholic, 48-47. Samantha Clark, one of the team's best players, battled foul trouble for much of the game, but hit two free throws late in the fourth quarter to give the Roses the victory. Diana Malanga finished the game as the high scorer with 15 points.
Just two days later, the team used their defense to down yet another powerful program in Rumson-Fair Haven. The Lady Roses flustered the Bulldogs all afternoon and came out with a 38-31 win. Morgan Barry and Malanga each finished the game with 10 points.
The team closed the week with two more wins as they down Keansburg, 70-16, and Asbury Park, 68-33.
The Roses dropped their only meet of the week to Shore Regional, 51-18. Ian Nugent, Jimmy Szymanski, Christian Bozinos and Dylan Seip all scored wins for the team.
One of the hottest teams in the Shore Conference, the Purple Roses ice hockey grabbed two close wins this week to push their record to 9-3-1 overall.
Last Friday night, J.P. Regan scored two goals to help the team get by Red Bank Regional, 3-2. Then, on Monday, the Roses got goals from Pat McKerry, J.P. O'Malley and William Regan to defeat the previously unbeaten Southern Regional, 3-2.
Sat: Boys Basketball vs. St. John Vianney High School, Girls Basketball vs. St. John Vianney High School and Wrestling @ Quad Match
Mon: Ice Hockey @ Rumson-Fair Haven High School
Tue: Boys Basketball vs. Pt. Pleasant Beach High School and Girls Basketball @ Pt. Pleasant Beach High School
Wed: Wrestling vs. Manasquan High School
Thu: Boys Basketball @ Keyport High School and Girls Basketball vs. Keyport High School
Fri: Ice Hockey vs. Ocean Township High School