Sports

South Plainfield Girls Gymnastics Captures Greater Middlesex Conference Title as Sottiriou Sweeps

06536d9571d20e500ab6_GMCT_Championship.JPG
06536d9571d20e500ab6_GMCT_Championship.JPG

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – The South Plainfield Tigers Girls’ Gymnastics team vaulted their way into history capturing South Plainfield’s first ever Girls Gymnastics title winning with a combined score of 110.25 at Saturday’s Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament.  South Plainfield Senior Nicole Sottiriou stole the show placing first in all four disciplines and winning the “All Around” with a score of 38.575.  “It is amazing.  We have one of the smallest teams.  Everyone had a job to do, and everyone contributed,” said Sottiriou.  “Sometimes great things come in small packages.”

Sottiriou could not be any more accurate.  The Tigers received contributions up and down their lineup.  South Plainfield had four gymnasts placing in the top 10 in the All Around with Sottiriou placing 1st, Allison Graves placing 5th with a 35.75, Gianna Marcovecchio placing 7th with a 34.675 and Kayla Massaro placing 9th with a 34.00.

In the Vault Sottiriou placed first with a 9.7, South Plainfield’s Meagan Praul placed 6th with a 9.0 and Allison Graves placed 9th with an 8.7.

Sign Up for E-News

In the Balance Beam Sottiriou placed 1st with a 9.75, Massaro placed 4th with a 9.10, Tiger teammate Kristi Maher placed 5th with a 9.05, Marcovecchio placed 6th with an 8.9 and Graves placed 8th with an 8.75.

In the Uneven Bars Sottiriou placed 1st with a 9.525, Graves 3rd with an 8.975, and Marcovecchio 6th with an 8.65.

In the Floor Exercises Sottiriou placed 1st with a 9.6, Graves placed 2nd with a 9.325 and Marcovecchio placed 7th with an 8.875.

“The girls were super focused.  They came in ready.  We had our best bus ride, our best warm up and our best meet thus far. Each event we had a different team and they knew that had a job to do and that’s what they did. They showed up, they believed and they shined,” said head coach Meredith Garofalo.  “I couldn't be happier for them or more proud. We had a lot of supporters and that meant so much to them as well.”

“Since Gianna, Kayla and I were freshmen we always had the County Championship as a goal.  What a way to end our senior season, said Sottiriou.” 

“Nicole was just on point. She was determined and she was ready and she just hit. The girls were so happy for her and the seniors. They all deserved it they worked hard and they are going to keep working,” said Garofalo. 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Plainfield

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_d50fa1a5b6c86e5f49d5_spagetti_dinner

Sat, February 17, 6:00 PM

South Plainfield

Holy Savior Academy Spaghetti Dinner

Carousel_image_9d8e453cf3136a3d0129_rec_2017_hw_helper

Mon, February 19, 4:00 PM

Hannah Atkins Community Center, Plainfield

Homework Helper

Education

Carousel_image_bf9289538565923cc504_childrens_library_2-18

Tue, February 20, 3:30 PM

Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield

Black History Maze in the Children's Library

Arts & Entertainment

Plainfield Symphony Presents “Shostakovich: A Light from the Darkness”

February 17, 2018

Plainfield Symphony’s 98th Season

“Shostakovich: A Light from the Darkness”

 

On March 10, 2018 at 7 pm, the Plainfield Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Charles Prince, will feature the opportunity to experience more of the music of the great 20th century composer, Dmitri Shostakovich. Concertmistress Evelyn Estava will step into the role of soloist in the ...

Low-Income Families Who Need Safe Cribs Have No Where to Go

February 15, 2018

One recent email came from a pastor in East Orange, sharing the struggles of a young couple who have no safe place for their baby to sleep.

Then, there was also a phone call from a Newark hospital, making its fourth request in two years, as well as a frantic text from Puerto Rico, for a family who lost everything in the hurricane.

They all pleaded for the same thing: A safe crib for a ...

A Night that Shined

February 12, 2018

PARSIPPANY, NJ - Lines of cars, buses and limousines waited patiently in a 3/4 mile long line to drop off over 600 special prom guests at Parsippany's Liquid Church location.  There were strobe lights in the air, a long red carpet and a long line to make a grand entrance for each special guest.

"This is the first time we can bring our NJ locations under one roof now that we ...

How to Talk with Kids About the Florida Shooting

February 15, 2018

The tragedy of the Florida school shooting is devastating, leaving 17 killed and 15 injured. Our children can easily identify with what occurred yesterday. It will be the topic of conversation today in schools everywhere. School administrators are doing all they can to provide support and guidance. The shootings affect children, teachers, and school personnel. The school shooting ...

Rapps Pharmacy: What You Need To Know About The Flu

There seems to be no end in sight for the current flu season which has touched every part of the country, and right here in New Jersey.  Rapps Pharmacy, an independent, full service, and locally owned Plainfield neighborhood pharmacy, offers these tips:  

As influenza virus activity increases and is likely to continue circulating for upcoming weeks, the Centers for Disease Control ...

'What Stays' exposes family secrets and lies

‘What Stays’ exposes family secrets, resentment and lies

By Liz Keill

SUMMIT, NJ – In an original play by Laura Ekstrand and Jason Szamreta, the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre has provided an enlightening, funny and heart-felt view of family foibles.

Ekstrand has said that the germ of the play came from conversations with the ensemble members of the troupe, based on ...

'American Hero' explores with powerful performances

‘American Hero’ pulses with tension, clashing emotions at George Street

By Liz Keill

NEW BRUNWICK – The issue of social injustice makes its way into “American Hero,” the second play in a trilogy by Christopher Demo-Brown.

Armand Schultz as Rob is to receive a medal of honor for his heroic actions during the Iraq war. Although he lost the use of his legs, he ...

Super Carb Diet by Bob Harper

Super Carb Diet by Bob Harper with Danny Pellegrino (St. Martin's Press, 2017)

It's hard to go on a serious diet, one on which you expect to be successful and maintain a loss. Fortunately, in his new book Super Carb Diet, Bob Harper has given the weight watching world a sensible new diet plan to help achieve a healthy weight.

Harper, host of NBC's popular show The Biggest Loser, ...

Two Nights by Kathy Reichs

Two Nights by Kathy Reichs (Bantom,2017)

How does a writer of a beloved series like Harry Potter or Temperance Brennan break out of their readers' expectations and try something new? For J.K. Rowlings it was the novels penned under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith; books about a maimed and very flawed private detective with the unlikely name of Cormoran Strike. For Kathy Reichs, it is the ...

Drama by Raina Telgemeir

Drama by Raina Telgemeier (Scholastic, 2012) (target audience, Young Adults)

 

When my daughter, Shauna, was six years old, we took her to see her first Broadway production; a revival of The Wiz starring Stephanie Mills. I knew that it was the last time Mills could get away with playing Dorothy, and I impressed upon Shauna that seeing this show was a special moment in her life. As a ...

The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory

The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory (Touchstone, 2017)

Yesterday my cousin, the daughter of my mother's sister, called me from California where she lives, and hit me up for money. This is not the first time she has asked me for money, and not the last, I am sure. She grew up the daughter of a privileged family and cruised to Europe frequently when she was a child. Her wardrobe came from ...

The Unquiet Grave by Sharyn McCrumb

The Unquiet Grave by Sharyn McCrumb (Atria Books, 2017)

 

Sharyn McCrumb is, quite simply, an American gem, and one of my favorite authors. From her books set in Appalachia with strange characters who remind us of our pioneer past, to St. Dale, a masterpiece about the legendary car racer, Dale Earnhardt in McCrumb's NASCAR series, McCrumb's poetic language and attention to ...

Maisie Dobbs by Jacquelline Winspear

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear (Soho Press, 2003)

In the song “The Schuyler Sisters” from the Broadway musical Hamilton, sister Angelica sings, “ I've been reading 'Common Sense' by Thomas Paine. So men say that I'm intense or I'm insane, You want a revolution? I wanna a revelation . . .” because she and her sisters are “looking for a mind ...