Rams Seeded 2nd; Will Face Princeton Day School in Semis Next Sunday
NORTH EDISON, NJ—Last week, GMC Hoops received the seeds for the 2022 NJSIAA Prep B State Tournament, which got underway this past Sunday with opening round games at the higher seeded team. Wardlaw-Hartridge, seeded second in the tourney, is representing the GMC, and received a first round bye. Wardlaw will face Princeton Day School in the Semifinals next Sunday at Laidlaw Gym.
Princeton Day School, which received the 6th seed, defeated 3rd seeded Newark Academy on the road in Livingston on Sunday (65-61). In the other first round game, 4th seeded Montclair Kimberley Academy defeated fifth seeded Morristown Beard (59-41). MKA advanced to the semifinals to take on top seeded Doane Academy, which is located in Burlington County near Philadelphia.
Two years ago, Wardlaw won its first round game by defeating Montclair Kimberley Academy (64-52) at home, but then lost to Princeton Day (55-39) in the semifinals in Princeton. It was the first time that the Rams had reached the semifinal round since 2016. This year, the Rams, which defeated Perth Amboy Tech on Monday, are 10-4 overall including a 10-2 mark in the GMC Gold.
This year marked the first time since Wardlaw-Hartridge joined the GMC in 2011 that the Rams received a first round bye. Wardlaw still has a chance to earn a share of the GMC Gold Division, but it must win its next two division games while first place Timothy Christian must lose its next two. The Rams and Tigers will square off at TCS on Wednesday evening.
The last time Wardlaw-Hartridge won the NJSIAA Prep B State Tournament was in 1999 when the late Bill Kuchar was coaching at the school. Kuchar passed away last week at the age of 88 according to Central Jersey Sports Radio. View this year’s NJSIAA Prep B State Tournament bracket below.
2022 NJSIAA Prep B State Tournament Bracket
- Sun, 6 Feb 2022 14:00
- #4 Montclair Kimberley 59
- #5 Morristown Beard 41
- Montclair Kimberley Academy
- #3 Newark Academy 61
- #6 Princeton Day School 65
- Newark Academy
- Tue, 8 Feb 2022 12:00
- Sat, 12 Feb 2022 13:00
- #1 Doane Academy
- #4 Montclair Kimberley
- Doane Academy
- Sun, 13 Feb 2022 Time: TBA
- #2 Wardlaw-Hartridge
- #6 Princeton Day School
- Laidlaw Gym at Wardlaw
- Sun, 20 Feb 2022 12:00
- Winner of #1 Doane Academy--#4 Montclair Kimberley
- Winner of #2 Wardlaw-Hartridge-#6 Princeton Day School