Highlights

Date Posted 06-10-21

GMC Scholar Athlete Award Ceremony

 

Congratulations to Jessica Henry and Neftali Rodriguez for receiving the GMC Scholar Athlete Award on behalf of the South Amboy MHS Athletic Department. The award ceremony took place on June 7th at The Farrington Estate in East Brunswick, NJ. Students were accompanied by their parents Mr. Henry, father of Jessica Henry, Ms. Alvarez, mother of Neftali Rodriguez, and Vice Principal/Athletic Director, Mr. Zalocki. Upon receiving the award, the following student narratives were read aloud:

 

Neftalí Rodríguez

 

Neftalí Rodríguez is a member of the Track & Field and Cross Country teams. Neftali holds a spot in the top ten for the fastest runners in 5 kilometer races, and he is ranked within the top ten students of his class. With less than two years on the teams, Neftali was able to become one of our top runners. Recently, Neftali set new personal records in the 400, 800, and 3200 meter events. Neftali was admitted into Rutgers New Brunswick School of Business in which he plans on continuing his running career.

 

Jessica Henry

 

Jessica Henry works hard to balance her academics, athletics, community services, and leadership roles. Jessica is a member of the National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society and New Jersey Science League. In the National Honor Society, Jessica was elected as President during her senior year. Over the last four years, Jessica has been a part of the Varsity Girls Soccer team and the Winter and Spring Varsity Track team. Jessica has led the Varsity Girls Soccer team as the captain for both her junior and senior year and has also set a few school records on the track. Outside of school, Jessica participates on a club soccer team. While doing Jessica has maintained the rank of salutatorian of her class. On top of maintaining her academics and athletics, Jessica likes to support her community as well and enjoys participating in the soup kitchen at her church. Jessica is thrilled to be continuing her education at Northeastern University with a major in nursing.

Senior Sports Celebration 

 

On June 9th, the Athletic Department honored all senior athletes with a special celebration. Congratulations to all senior athletes and good luck in your future endeavors.


HS Baseball

The young Governors earned the 4 seed in the Central Group 1 Bracket and were slated against Bound Brook High School.  Bound Brook scored first and took the lead,1-0 in the top of the second, but the Guvs answered back big time in the bottom of the 4th inning racking up 5 runs on possibly the best pitcher they had faced all season.  Bound Brook answered back in the 6th and the 7th scoring two runs to tie the game, but the boys rallied in the seventh inning leading off with a walk by Andrew Juhass, and a double by freshman Ben Hernandez.  Shane Murphy then came up with the biggest hit of his career, scolding a ball to the right center gap scoring Ben for the walk off win. Matt Stempinski did a great job on the mound and kept us in it to pick up the win, firing an 80 pitch complete game. The team then moved on to play Florence High School in the quarterfinal, but were defeated 7-4. The team finished off the season with a game against Dunellen. Brandon Gasiewski made his 3rd appearance of the season after being cleared off injury, and dominated the Destroyers, allowing just 2 hits and giving up one run.  Our seniors, Shane Murphy, Jake Mercado, Hunter Brown, Andrew Juhass, and Nicolas Murray all contributed in the game, and it was great to see them go out on top. We finished our season 10-9, and although our seniors will be riding off into careers and college, they will be heavily missed. 

 

HS Softball

 

The Lady Guvs secured a win over Piscataway Tech by a score of 14-6. The seniors Nala Gawroriski and Soraya Pina each had amazing games. Nala earned the win on the mound with six strikeouts and two hits while Soraya was behind the plate and had two hits herself. Maggie Whitely had a handful of RBIs and two hits. This was a great win to finish off the season!

 

HS Track

 

On Friday and Saturday, the track team competed in the NJSIAA Group 1 Central Jersey Sectionals. In order to advance to the State Group 1 Championship an individual or relay team must place in the top 6 out of every group 1 school in central New Jersey. This year the South Amboy track team sent more runners to the state meet than ever before and a greater percentage of our team than any team at the meet. On Friday night, Guin Kennedy got the team off to a strong start by placing 5th in the 1600 meters qualifying for the state meet. Later in the night the boys 4x800 meter relay team of Neftali Rodriguez, Jack Smith, Joe Jamolawicz and Rafael Albarran placed 5th thanks to a blazing anchor leg by Rafael Albarran who took the baton in last place and made up almost 100 meters on the rest of the field to get the team to the state meet. On Saturday, Guin Kennedy became a double qualifier when she placed 2nd in the 3200 meters. Joe Jamolawicz became only the third boy in school history to qualify for states in the 3200 meters when he placed 4th. Also in the 3200 meters, Jack Smith running in his first sectional meet ever turned in a huge PR of over 40 seconds with a time of 12:57. In the 800 meters Neftali Rodriguez became only the second runner in school history to qualify in the event when he placed 4th. Neftali followed up his 800 meter performance by winning his heat of the 200 meters in a blazing fast 24.29, missing the school record by just 3 one-hundredths of a second. Other great performances were turned in by Jessica Henry in the 400 meter hurdles and the 100 meters hurdles and Sieanna Cabral and Valeria Moura in the 100 and 200 meters. Congratulations to the team on an amazing season and good luck at states to Guin, Neftali, Joe, Jack and Rafael.


Date Posted 05-26-21

HS Baseball

The Guv's picked up a county win in the opening round against division foe, #9 seed Perth Amboy Tech, 7-4. Between the county tournament the Boys picked up a game against, blue division, group 2 powerhouse Spotswood, under the lights in Milltown.  It was a wonderful experience for the boys, although Spotswood handled the governors easily earning their 17th win. Monday the Guv's traveled to Sayreville for the quarterfinal round of the county invitational tournament, and started the game manufacturing a run in the top of the first against Sayreville's Ace. The run production didn't continue again until the 6th inning where the Guv's cut the bombers lead to 9-4, but unfortunately  lost it in the bottom of the 6th.The boys record is currently 8-7, and look to improve that as we move on to upcoming games against South River, Dunellen, and the state tournament.

MS Baseball

This past week the boys MS Baseball team went up against some very tough teams in South Plainfield, Milltown, Metuchen, and Middlesex.  Though the team dropped 3 of these games, they did manage to hold their own, including a dramatic game that ended in a tie against Metuchen. The boys showed great promise in their future pitching as Jack Clements, Joe Foreman, and Wesley Lowe were able to show great control, as well as prove their strikeout game.  Players Micah Nemeth, Nigel Johnson, Daniel Evanski, and Robert Senape Jr. continue to show both great numbers at the plate, constantly putting the ball in play, while also attributing great fielding.  The Boys MS Baseball Team will play their final game this Friday, Away, against South River.  

HS Softball

On Monday the girls varsity softball team recorded another victory over Perth Amboy Tech by a score of 20-16.  Nala Gawroriski recorded the win on the mound only allowing 4 hits with 9 strikeouts.  Soraya Pina had three hits of her own and had 6 of the team's RBIs. Jada Berry, Nala Gawroriski, and Maggie Whiteley also had two hits each to help secure the win for the Lady Guvs. 

On Tuesday, the varsity softball team defeated Carteret in the first round of the Greater Middlesex Conference by a score of 7-4.  Evalise Perez was unstoppable on the mound only allowing 5 hits in seven innings and recording 6 strikeouts.  Faith Nemeth went 1 for 3 and had 3 RBIs and scored two runs herself!  Soraya Pina, Nala Gawroriski, Ali McLaughlin and Maggie Whiteley each had two hits to help secure the win for the Lady Guvs.  Excellent defensive plays were made by Iyanni Twiggs, Maggie Whiteley and Soraya Pina was amazing behind the plate catching!  The ladies will play in the quarter finals on Wednesday vs. Calvary Christian! Way to go girls!

MS Softball

Middle school softball team left it all on the field with their game against Milltown. Bri Sweatt on the mound striking girls out and diving for catches. Emma Kalantsis behind the plate not letting any pitches get past her and hitting a triple aided the team. On the field these girls were playing with talent and heart, Anya Pathak had multiple stops and catches at third, along with Jayleen Quintana’s show stopping catch in left field. With the end of the season around the corner these girls are practicing harder than ever for their game against the South River Rams. Good luck ladies! 

HS Track

On Monday the track team traveled south to compete in the Haddonfield Distance Night. Rafael Albarran and Neftali Rodriguez started the night off with strong performances in the boys 800 meters. Jack Smith and James Jamolawicz turned in good times in the boys 1600 meters and Joe Jamolawicz turned in good performance in the seeded heat of the 3200 meters. The best performance of the night was turned in by captain Guin Kennedy who ran a season best 12:44 for the 3200 meters just 5 seconds off of her PR for the event. 

HS Tennis 

Tennis participants continue to show improvement weekly. Enthusiasm continues to remain high despite the school year drawing to a close. Hopefully they will be the basis for our team of the future.

05-20-21
 
HS Baseball
 
The HS baseball team finished off their division schedule earning the split with Somerset Tech by defeating them 10-5. Andrew Juhass Picked up the win on the mound, and Christian Smith was 3-4 at the plate. The boys dropped their senior night game against a very scrappy and rebuilt Timothy Christian team. Ben Hernandez, Andrew Juhass and Gabriel Albarron had solid games at the plate.
 
MS Baseball
 
The MS baseball team is currently 3-4-1.  The team ended last week with a 23-1 victory over Highland Park as 8th Grader Ben Smith mowed down Highland Park's lineup, while younger up and comers such as Madden Bizzaro & Frankie Rodriguez accumulated important base hits.  On Monday, South Amboy nearly defeated Metuchen in an 8-8 thriller as both Vaughn Pelkey and Jack Clements were stellar on the mound, and catcher Joe Foreman helped the game close with amazing defense. The team has 3 games remaining with an away game in Milltown on Thursday, a home game against South Plainfield on Friday and the season finale next Thursday in South River. 
 
HS Softball
 
The HS softball team earns their 2nd victory of the season in walk off fashion on Saturday. The Lady Guvs beat the Rams of South River 11-10, by scoring 3 times in the bottom of the 7th to tie it, before Kayla Buchanan’s scored the winning run in the bottom of the 8th. Evalise Perez pitched the final 4 innings to earn the win, striking out 7. Evalise also had a hit and 3 runs scored. Jada Berry was 4-5. Soraya Pina was 3-4 with 2 RBIs and 3 runs scored. Nina Gawroriski was 2-3 with 3 RBIs. And Ali McLaughlin had 2 hits and 2 RBIs. In addition, the varsity softball team had back to back wins coming off their senior game!  The lady governors defeated Highland Park by a score of 13-12.  Evalise Perez recorded the win on the mound with 8 strikeouts! Soraya Pina was a force behind the plate with an amazing double play and scored two runs.  Maggie Whiteley had two RBIs on the day along with Faith Nemeth who also had two RBIs and made some phenomenal plays in the field.  Nala Gawroriski hit an absolute rocket, a triple to help the girls take the lead. Iyanni Twiggs and Jada Berry each went two for four on the day and had two stolen bases combined! Keep up the good work ladies!
 
MS Softball
 
The lady Guvs put up a tough battle this week. They fought hard against Metuchen with amazing plays by Anya Pathak at third and Bri Sweatt on the mound. On Tuesday they played Middlesex and ended with a score of 16-0. Sarah McLaughin showed heart on both the field and the mound. Taylor Sofilkanich and Sophia Hernandez had amazing catches. Following their lead was Olivia Rivera with the game winning catch. Awesome job ladies!
 
HS Track
 
GMC Championships Day 1
 
On the first day of the GMC Championships the track team turned in several PRs and even came close to breaking several school records. Senior Jessica Henry started the day with a season best in the 400 hurdles in a time of 1:25. In the boys 1600 meters Rafael Albarran ran a season best of 4:54 while junior Jack Smith turned in a huge PR of 5:43. In the girls 1600 meters, Guin Kennedy placed 15th in the county with a PR time of 5:54 which is 1 second away from the school record. In the 100 meters, Freshman Sieanna Cabral continued her rise, turning in a fast time of 14.87 which is half a second away from the school record in that event. Senior Neftali Rodriguez finished the night with a blazing fast PR time of 54.35 in the 400 meters placing 26th in the county and missing the school record by half a second. Good luck to all the runners competing on day 2 of the championships.
 
GMC Championships Day 2
 
The track team continued to turn in great performances on the second day of the GMC championships. Jessica Henry ran a PR time of 21.12 in the 100 meter hurdles while Sieanna Cabral and Valeria Moura ran fast times in the 200 meters. In the 3200 meters, Joe Jamolawicz placed 19th and Guin Kennedy placed 15th in the county. In the 800 meters Rafael Albarran moved into third place all time in South Amboy history with a blazing fast 2:03 placing him 13th in the county. Senior Neftali Rodriguez continued to prove that he is one of the most versatile runners in school history by winning his heat of the 800 meters in a PR time of 2:06 and also winning his heat of 200 meters in a PR of 25.1. Congratulations to the team on one of the best GMC showings in school history.
 
HS Tennis 
 
The tennis squad continues to show weekly improvements. Much discipline is required to learn forehand, backhand and serving techniques. Enthusiasm among the athletes remains high as participation numbers next year are looking positive. 

05-13-21

HS Baseball
 
The boys baseball team has dropped three of their last five, but have battled throughout.  Anthony Vella was named county player of the week for his stellar average, Christian Smith and Andrew Juhass picked up their first varsity victories in a double header this weekend. The boys look to get back on track and fight for a split with Somerset Tech. this Friday.
 
MS Baseball
 
Currently, the MS Baseball Team is 2-3 and will take on Highland Park this Thursday.  On Tuesday, the team was able to take on Timothy Christian and earn a victory of 12-0 with a 5 inning of shutout by pitcher Nigel Johnson.  Key RBIs throughout the game came from team leaders Jack Clements and Ben Smith, while important hits were delivered by Charles Baxter and Diego Colon.
 
HS Softball
 
The varsity softball team had their first division league win this week against Mother Seton .  Evalise Perez recorded the win as the pitcher with 6 strikeouts and only allowing 2 runs against her.  Jada Berry had an outstanding game with 4 hits including a homerun, a triple, a double and a single, hitting for the cycle!  Nala Gawroriski had 3 RBIs, helping to secure the win for the Lady Guvs. Defensively, Iyanni Twiggs, Maggie Whiteley and Soraya Pina all had huge outs for the girls team!  The team also recorded tough losses to Middlesex and Highland Park.
 
MS Softball
 
The MS softball team had back to back wins! In Spotswood, Taylor Sofilkanich aided the team with a homerun and a line drive made by Sara McLaughlin. The team kept the momentum going into their game against Dunellen. Emma Kalantsis was unstoppable with a double hit, Janeece Berry with her RBI and D’Liah Mercado with a power hit. The skills on the field were incredible with Anya Pathak catching a fly ball, and Bella Pardo’s play to Gwen Kalantsis to get a double out! Ending the game with a score of 20-3, way to go team! 
 
HS Track
 
No new updates. 
 
HS Tennis 
 
The tennis participants continue to show progress over these past few weeks. Their enthusiasm has led to nearly 100% attendance every day. In the next few weeks, instruction will include some higher levels of play.  Athletes that play indoor tennis have benefited from the techniques and skills acquired during these training sessions. 
 
05-06-21
 
HS Baseball
 
The varsity baseball team improved their season record to 3-1 by splitting the season series with Perth Amboy Tech, in a 9-8 battle.  The game went back and forth until the bottom of the sixth inning when sophomore Christian Smith broke the tie with a triple and scored on an overthrow. The game was closed out by senior Aroldis Juhass to secure the victory. The Guvs opened their series with Wardlaw Hartridge with a 16-2 victory on Monday, and are looking to keep the momentum moving forward.
 
MS Baseball
 
Players such Nigel Johnson, Joe Foreman, Ben Smith, Vaughn Pelkey, Dan Evanski, and Jack Clements continue to show great leadership both on and off the field as young players up and coming have been able show rapid progress through fielding and hitting in players such as Micah Nemeth, Francisco Rodriguez, Diego Colon, and Robert Senape Jr.  The team is hopeful it can find success in their next two games at home this week as the season moves forward.  
 
HS Softball
 
The Varsity Softball team had two really close games against Mother Seton and South River. Jada Berry is leading the lady governors in all hitting categories currently hitting .500 with five hits and scoring 8 runs.  Nala Gawroriski pitched an excellent game against Spotswood and kept a powerful team to only four hard hit balls against her.  All team members are playing multiple positions and representing South Amboy well!
 
MS Softball
 
The middle school softball team continues to show hard work and dedication. Greatly anticipating their game against Memorial Middle the girls show up to practice and put in every ounce of effort they have. With some athletes staying after practice to work on their skills, these girls are a force to be reckoned with!
 
HS Track
 
On Wednesday the track team took on South River and Wardlaw in the first dual meet of the season. Jessica Henry placed third in the 100 meter hurdles in a time of 20.9 which is just off of the school record. In the 100 meters Sieanna Cabral placed 2nd and Valeria Moura placed 4th. In the 1600 meters, James Jamolawicz turned in a near PR performance and Michal Borkowski ran a PR in the first race of his career. Junior Jack Smith placed 4th in the 1600 breaking the 6 minute barrier for the first time with a PR time of 5:56. Rafael Albarran and Naftali Rodriguez dominated the 800 meters placing 1st and 2nd both finishing a full 50 meters ahead of the rest of the field. In the 200 meters Valeria Moura placed 2nd and Sieanna Cabral came in 4th both in very fast times. Captain Guin Kennedy had a great day winning the girls 1600 meters, 3200 meters and anchoring the winning 4x400 meter relay team which included Jessica Henry, Valeria Moura and Sieanna Cabral. Congratulations to the team on a great performance.  
 
HS Tennis 
 
Going into the second month of tennis instruction these young players have not only shown marked improvement in the game but quite a bit of desire every time we meet. We have practiced on many weekends because of their enthusiasm. Hopefully, we will be able to enter one of our young players, Jake Wells, in the county tournament. Gaining this experience will be invaluable for him in the future. 

04-29-21

HS Baseball 
 
The Guvs opened their season on April 19th with a win at Timothy Christian.  It was a huge first varsity win for senior Shane Murphy, who lost his no-hit bid in the bottom of the fifth, but promptly turned a double play to end it. Shane also went 3-4 at the plate.  Our underclassman showed up in a big way as well with many players collecting their first varsity hits, freshman Ben Hernandez was 2-3 with two doubles, Gabriel Albarron was 3-3 with a double Christian Smith 1-3, Matt Stempinski picked two big RBI’s.   The Guvs had a long layoff due to rainouts and played their second game of the season on 4/28 against Perth Amboy Tech, losing a tough one 6-3. Matt Stempinski shined in relief pitching out a big jam and leaving the bases loaded. Freshman  Ben Hernandez hit his first career home run to deep left center field.
 
MS Baseball
 
On Tuesday, the Middle School Baseball Team defeated the South River Rams in a score of 10-0.  The all-around offensive and defensive dominance was led by 8th Grader Nigel Johnson who Went 4 innings (48 Pitches) without allowing a run with 7 Strikeouts.  Johnson also led the team at the plate going 2-2 with a walk and supplying the team with 3 RBIs. 8th Grader Ben Smith was able to break open the game with a 2 RBI Double.  Key hits and at bats were also supplied by Micah Nemeth, Daniel Evanski, Vaughn Pelkey, and Diego Colon.  Colon was able to finish off the final inning without allowing a run in the 5 inning shutout. 
 
HS Softball 
 
The Varsity softball team was fortunate enough to have a team this year with 11 athletes.  We are a young team going through a learning and growing year.  We have played in two games so far against Dunellen and South River and lost but continue to improve each and every day.  
 
MS Softball 
 
On Tuesday, April 27, 2021, the South Amboy Governors middle school softball team conquered the South River Rams with a score of 15-0. Brianna Sweatt with her strikeout in the 2nd inning started the game on a high note. Jayleen Quintana with her catch in left field, Bella Pardo and Sarah McLaughlin working together aided the team. The Govs were unbeatable after the bat around in the 2nd inning.  Bella Pardo with a homerun, Emma Kalantsis with a double and Brianna Sweatt with a triple were all key hits that ended the game in the 3rd inning.
 
HS Track
 
On Friday night the track team started off the season with a great showing at the Cherokee night of 3200s. In the first heat of the night, junior Jack Smith placed second in a PR time of 13:40 for 2 miles while freshman James Jamolawicz also ran a PR time of 15:26. In the third heat of the evening girls captain Guin Kennedy turned in a sub 13 performance with a time of 12:59. Senior Neftali Rodriguez dominated the 4th heat of the night turning in a PR performance of 11:37 and winning the heat by almost 200 meters. Later in the evening captain Joe Jamolawicz ran the best race of his career turning in a very fast PR time of 10:24 for 2 miles. Joe’s performance places him 4th all time in school history for 2 miles. 
 
HS/MS Tennis

Even though the varsity tennis program did not have enough players for a team, we were able to have a practice schedule set up for those interested in learning the game. Eight young aspiring tennis players have been practicing for the past month in the hopes that they learn the game, making a comeback in the future.