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Designed by Sheldon L. Sneed; photo by Douglas Bovitt. State 100-meter champion Damiere Byrd of Timber Creek. Page 13.

ABOUT THIS SECTION ■ Sports Editor: Gary Silvers ■ Varsity Editor: Dave Treffinger ■ Contributing: Don Benevento, Dave Eves, Janice Linneman, Eileen Mannion, Anthony Miller, Kevin Minnick, Gus Ostrum, Jeanne Sigman, Todd Shaner, Rick Ventura, Bob Viggiano, Celeste Whittaker ■ Photography: Douglas Bovitt, Denise Henhoeffer, Chris LaChall, Jose F. Moreno, Al Schell, John Ziomek, Vineland Daily Journal, Asbury Park Press. ■ Varsity is published Saturdays during the scholastic sports season by the Courier-Post, P.O. Box 5300, Cherry Hill, N.J. 08034. ■ Email: ■ Online: ■ Phone: (856) 486-2424 or 1-888-85SPORT ■ Fax: (856) 663-2831


COURIER-POST, Sunday, June 19, 2011



Pitcher Pitcher Pitcher Pitcher Pitcher Catcher First Base Infield Infield Infield Infield Outfield Outfield Outfield Utility DH

Kevin Boswick Tyler Bright Devon Hedgepeth Jeff McGarry Steve Volpe Craig Joseph Bryan Clayton Robert Humes Mark Jankowski Rob Taylor Nick Tierno Nick Cieri Mike Marchitto Ed Royds Stefan Kancylarz Ryan Ilgenfritz

School Shawnee Washington Twp. Rancocas Valley Lenape Eastern Cherokee Lenape Winslow Twp. Washington Twp. Cherry Hill East Eastern Rancocas Valley Eastern Shawnee Lenape Winslow Twp.

Yr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr. So. So. Jr. Sr. Sr. Sr.

Honorable Mention: Dylan Johannink, Shawnee; Collin Perro, Cherokee; Trevor Connors, Washington Twp.; Jon Gonzalez, Winslow Twp.; Ryan Long, Washington Twp.; Tyler Caton, Cherry Hill East; John Brocious, Triton; Tony Yiantsos, Eastern; Jordan Rizzo, Williamstown; Dave Hydock, Shawnee; Vince Corbi, Shawnee; Dave Moreno, Eastern; Brett Solomen, Clearview; Zach Hoffman, Williamstown; Erik Danser, Cherokee; Josh Limon, Rancocas Valley; Nick Smyth, Pennsauken; Alex Polanco, Pennsauken; Matt Lawson, Eastern; Dan Simnor, Washington Twp.; George Eisenhart, Clearview; Jordan Glover, Cherokee; Nick Meoli, Pennsauken; Chuck LaGrossa, Cherry Hill East.

Pitcher Pitcher Pitcher Pitcher Pitcher Catcher First Base Infield Infield Infield Infield Outfield Outfield Outfield Utility DH

Kevin Comer Casey Kincaid Ty Lyons Ben Machtinger Joe Shapley Joey Frey Gabe Santone Alex Injaian Andrew Lisa Pierce Phillips Ryan Williams Brenden Delmonte Ron Reagan Jared Sanchez Ryan Pavlik Jose Martinez

School Seneca Kingsway Seneca Cherry Hill West Deptford Moorestown Seneca Cherry Hill West Moorestown Highland Seneca Cherry Hill West Highland Hammonton Highland Pemberton



Pitcher Pitcher Pitcher Pitcher Pitcher Catcher First Base Infield Infield Infield Infield Outfield Outfield Outfield Utility DH

Matt Binder Connor Hall Joey Gutowski Tony Urban Dean Wilson Brandon Thayres Tom Jakubowski Chris Davis Matt Rodriguez Nick Sciortino C.J. Wittman Corey Makos Mike McLaughlin Mike Wasienko Jason Fox Jon McGugan



Haddonfield Delran Bordentown West Deptford Haddon Heights West Deptford West Deptford Haddonfield Cinnaminson Haddon Heights Woodstown Woodstown Haddonfield Haddon Heights West Deptford Cinnaminson

Jr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Sr. So. Sr. Sr. Fr. Sr. Sr. Jr.

Honorable Mention: Frank Shallow, Cinnaminson; Nick DiPietropolo, Woodstown; Tyler Sacalis, Delran; Lars Sailor, Cinnaminson; Steve Sciortino, Haddon Heights; Scott Gorish, Bordentown; Luis Vargas, Penn Tech; Cole Pewor, Cinnaminson.

Yr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Jr. Sr. Jr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr.

Honorable Mention: Connor Flynn, Kingsway; Zach Funk, GCIT; Ryan Bell, Burlington Twp.; Chris Giunta, GCIT; Joesph Dash, Willingboro; Mark Steen, Seneca; Zack Renna, Cherry Hill West; Mike Liberatore, Burlington Twp.; Justin Smith, Hammonton; Mike Miniconzi, Highland; Joe Sigismondi, Highland; Sean Arthur, Kingsway; Ronnie Gant, Burlington Twp.; Kurtis Bennett, Willingboro; J.P. Beshada, Kingsway; Joe Cifelli, Timber Creek; Nick Belancio, Northern Burlington.




Pitcher Pitcher Pitcher Pitcher Pitcher Catcher First Base Infield Infield Infield Infield Outfield Outfield Outfield Utility DH

Jake DeWitt Johnny Dunn Chris Fehr Kevin Kraemer Pete Perez Greg Myers Keith Michalski Brian Flacco Brandon Blackiston Tim Borek Kevin McMenamin Bret Phillips Mike Byrnes Dan MacAteer Dominic Wyshinski Boomer Wickersham



Florence Pitman Audubon Audubon Burlington City Haddon Twp. Audubon Audubon Gloucester Riverside Maple Shade Audubon Haddon Twp. Pitman Pennsville Audubon

Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr. So. Sr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr.

Honorable Mention: Ken Emmons, Pennsville; Mike McIllvaine, Pitman; Kyle Greene, Gloucester; Troy Sieber, Salem; Aiden Suiter, Salem; Matt Ennis, Pitman; Heath Fillmyer, Florence; Kevin Smick, Salem; Ryan Hawthorne, Pennsville; Dane Evans, Pennsville; Eli Heil, Salem; Joe Fiume, Maple Shade; Dylan Colgate, Pitman; Taylor Steen, New Egypt; Tim Mathias, Pennsville; Zach Gemberling, Pennsville; Kyle Gaff, Gloucester; Brendon Looby.



Pitcher Pitcher Pitcher First Base Infield Infield Outfield Utility

Cody Brown Mike Shawaryn Keith Wallace John Brue Brett Tenuto Tim Gallagher Ed Charlton Carlo Randazzo

School Gloucester Catholic Gloucester Catholic Bishop Eustace Gloucester Catholic Gloucester Catholic Holy Cross St. Augustine St. Augustine

Yr. Pos.


Sr. So. Jr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Sr. Sr.

Matt Rakus Jeff Singer Mark Zagunis Joe Brooks Anthony Cocuzza Nick Gallo Steve Wilgus Tyler Faiola

Pitcher Pitcher Catcher Infield Infield Outfield Outfield DH

School St. Augustine Holy Cross Holy Cross Gloucester Catholic St. Augustine Paul VI Gloucester Catholic Camden Catholic

Yr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Sr. So. Sr. Sr.

Honorable Mention: Mark Menickella, Paul VI; Bill Mendek, Gloucester Catholic; Jeff Paglione, Gloucester Catholic; Casey Brown, Gloucester Catholic; Adam Bartholomew, Bishop Eustace; Elliott McCummings, Gloucester Catholic; Ned Kerr, Paul VI; Barry Buchowski, St. Augustine; Paschal Petrongolo, Paul VI; Rob Alessandrine, Gloucester Catholic; Matt McElhatton, Camden Catholic; Andrew Ordille, St. Joseph; Cory Dick, St. Augustine; Christian Adorno, St. Augustine; Mark DiArenzo, Bishop Eustace; Pat Kane, Gloucester Catholic; John MacAulay, Paul VI; Tom Flacco, Camden Catholic; Rick Elfreth, St. Augustine; Tom Joyce, St. Joseph.

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CODY BROWN Gloucester Catholic Player of the Year

By KEVIN MINNICK Courier-Post Staff

Standing on the mound, Cody Brown would seldom shake off a sign. All spring, the senior left-hander seemed to be on the same page as his catcher, Elliott McCummings. The two were in sync, working as a tandem to shut down opponents at an alarming rate. Whether he hit the corners with an off-speed pitch or blew away a batter with an above-average fastball, Brown was always around the plate and no one could argue with the results. ‘‘On the field, it was like we were the same person,’’ Brown said. ‘‘We thought the same way with what was working and there was a lot of chemistry.’’ In leading the Rams to their their second straight Non-Public B state title and the No. 1 ranking in the Courier-Post Top 10, Brown set the Gloucester Catholic record with 26 career wins. This season, he went 12-0 with a 0.80 ERA. He struck out 79 and walked 20 in 70 innings, anchoring a staff that posted a 1.16 ERA and struck out 219 batters. ‘‘He was the most ath-

CODY BROWN ■ School: Gloucester Catholic ■ Grade: Senior ■ Position: Pitcher/Outfield ■ College: Central Connecticut

State ■ On the hill: Won three postseason games for two-time Non-Public B state champions . . . Left-hander went 12-0 with 0.79 ERA in 70 innings . . . Holds school record with 26 career wins . . . Threw first career no-hitter in sectional final . . . Tossed two-hitter with seven strikeouts and hit a home run in state final . . . Did not allow a home run all season . . . Carpenter Cup selection for Tri-Cape ■ Quote: ‘‘He’s an awesome competitor. When the game is on the line, he wants the ball.’’ - Rams coach Dennis Barth

letic guy on the field,’’ teammate Brett Tenuto said. ‘‘He pumped strikes and always gets the out.’’ For his efforts, Brown has been selected the 2011 Courier-Post Baseball Player of the Year. ‘‘I love being in the moment. I love having the ball in my hand in a big game,’’ said Brown, who will attend Central Connecticut State. ‘‘When the pressure is on, it hypes me up and makes me want to

do well. ‘‘Looking back, you have to be impressed with how the season went. I was undefeated, threw a lot of strikes and my ERA was low. I was definitely pleased with the year and how everything played out.’’ Brown gave up only two runs in 16 postseason innings, earning the win in each of the Rams’ final three games. He threw his first career no-hitter in the sectional final against Holy Cross and came back with a two-hitter as Gloucester Catholic (31-2) routed Newark Academy 14-2 in the state final. He faced the minimum nine batters over the first three innings, allowing only a second-inning walk — but he then picked the runner off first base. Brown would end the final — and start the celebration of the program’s 15th state crown — by picking off a runner at second base. ‘‘I can’t think of a kid who’s more of a competitor than Cody Brown,’’ coach Dennis Barth said. ‘‘He comes to play every day. ‘‘You don’t get to break the school record without having a great career. He was even better this year

than the last two years. He’s an awesome competitor and the kids just had confidence behind him because of that.’’ With tremendous pitching depth, it was not a given that Brown would become the team’s ace. But during the season, he earned every inning on the hill and seldom disappointed. ‘‘We had a good staff, but he just had a little bit better season than everybody else,’’ Barth said. ‘‘He wants the ball when the game is on the line.’’ Said Brown: ‘‘I thank (Barth) for having confidence in me. Any one of us could have been out on the mound. We all threw strikes and all worked hard. It made for great competition. ‘‘We all wanted to do better than the next guy. We worked harder and harder to get what we wanted.’’ At the plate, Brown was pretty effective, too. He batted .390 (32-for-82) with seven doubles, two triples, two home runs, 20 runs and 36 RBIs. There was never a day when Brown didn’t give all he had. Said Tenuto: ‘‘Cody is the best.’’


Cody Brown hurled Gloucester Catholic to the state NonPublic B championship.

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Coach of the Year By KEVIN MINNICK Courier-Post Staff

Every coach wants to see their team succeed. For some, it’s a winning record. For others, maybe a division championship or winning a first-round playoff game does the trick. Sean Cassel had a lot on his plate this spring. The fourth-year coach of the Seneca baseball team had to keep one eye on the status of a future first-round draft pick, while the other was focused on reaching the team’s long-term goal. Having standout right-

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hander Kevin Comer fresh and ready to deliver in the playoffs was a major part of the plan. The Vanderbilt recruit missed a significant amount of time with nagging injuries and didn’t hit his stride until almost the end of May. Another part was to have his team peaking at just the right time and set to win six straight games. ‘‘We were always where we needed to be,’’ Cassel said. ‘‘We did hit a rough patch for a few games in the middle of the season, but as long as you remain focused ...

‘‘We stuck to our one goal, which was to just go out and play good baseball each and every time. We

were able to do that all the way back to May 23 when we had our first playoff game. ‘‘As a coach, your job is to make sure your highs don’t get too high and your lows not too low, and keep your eyes on the prize.’’ With Comer - the 57th overall pick by the Toronto Blue Jays in the recent amateur draft - winning five of those necessary six games, Seneca capped its season with the Group 3 state championship — the ultimate prize. For his efforts this season — culminating with

the second state title in school history — Sean Cassel has been selected as the 2011 Courier-Post Baseball Coach of the Year. ‘‘He treats us all as equal and does a good job to make sure we’re all safe and protected,’’ Comer said. ‘‘He did that with me with my pitch counts. ‘‘He cared more for us as people than baseball players.’’ Said senior shortstop Ryan Williams: ‘‘He was just so consistent.’’ Seneca finished 16-7 overall. There would be no Olympic National champi-

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onship, no berth in the prestigious Joe Hartmann Diamond Classic. But what Cassel did was keep the Golden Eagles believing in their abilities, believing that they had the talent to make a playoff push and get the job done. They did just that, defeating Paramus 12-3 in the state final. ‘‘Even when we faced some adversity, I knew what we’d be in the end would be a very successful baseball team,’’ Cassel said.



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Seneca Senior Repeat selection . . . 6-0 with a 1.65 ERA in 42≤ innings for Group 3 state champions . . . Had 63 strikeouts and just 16 walks . . . Vanderbilt recruit but taken 57th overall in MLB draft by the Toronto Blue Jays.

St. Augustine Senior Finished 9-0 record with a 2.36 ERA for Non-Public A state champions . . . 75 strikeouts and just 14 walks in 62≤ innings . . . Picked up win in sectional final . . . Got the ball in all the big games . . Headed to NJIT.

Rancocas Valley Senior Batted .477 (41 hits) with seven doubles, four triples, two homers . . . Named to Burlington County Carpenter Cup team for second year . . . Also a fantastic pitcher, going 8-2 with 2.18 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 61 innings.

West Deptford Senior Went 6-2 with one save and 1.79 ERA . . . In 58≥ innings, left-hander set school record with 84 strikeouts and did not allow a home run . . . Batted .440 with 15 doubles . . . Olympic-Colonial Carpenter Cup pick.

Holy Cross Senior Repeat selection . . . Batted .643 (36-for-56) with 31 walks, six doubles, two triples, 11 homers and 44 RBIs . . . Also had 25 stolen bases and scored 47 runs . . . Three-time member of Burlco Carpenter Cup team.

Gloucester Catholic Junior Had 10 doubles, one triple and nine homers . . . Hit a teamleading .557 (54-for-97) . . . Scored 42 runs and collected 56 RBIs . . . Ever-improving first baseman . . . Tri-Cape pick for Carpenter Cup selection.



Gloucester Catholic Junior Batted .444 (40-for-90) with seven doubles, eight triples, four homers . . . Scored 41 runs and collected 43 RBIs . . . Super glove . . . Carpenter Cup selection for Tri-Cape . . . Verbal commitment to East Carolina.

Lenape Senior Was 6-3 with a 3.17 ERA . . . In 53 innings, had 54 strikeouts and 15 walks with one shutout . . . Carpenter Cup pick for Burlco . . . Batted .500 with eight doubles, eight home runs, 33 runs scored and 33 RBIs.

ROB TAYLOR Cherry Hill East Junior Dynamic shortstop with extremely bright future . . . Batted .500 (41-for-82) with three doubles, four triples, two homers and 18 RBIs out of the leadoff spot . . . Sixth highest singleseason batting average in East history.




Winslow Twp. Senior Leadoff hitter who batted .425 (34-for-80) with 13 doubles, 14 RBIs and 31 runs scored . . . Versatile shortstop and team leader . . . N amed to OlympicColonial Carpenter Cup team . . . Headed to Caldwell College.

Paul VI Sophomore Helped Eagles reach Non-Public South A final . . . Batted .521 (49-for-94) with region-leading 21 doubles . . . Hit seven homers, scored 42 runs and drove in 30 . . . Had seven steals and 13 walks . . . Versatile player.

St. Augustine Senior Three-year starter who set the table . . . Batted .465 (47-for101) with 14 doubles, nine home runs, 39 RBIs and 42 runs scored . . . Also had 12 stolen bases . . . Carpenter Cup pick . . . Will attend NJIT.





Audubon Senior Center fielder for Group 1 state champions . . . Batted .436 (44-for-101) with 16 doubles and three homers . . . Had a team-leading 50 runs scored . . . Also had 43 RBIs . . . Second on team in hits and RBIs.

Seneca Senior Starting shortstop for Group 3 state champions . . . Batted .451 (41-for-91) with eight doubles, three triples and seven homers . . . Had 28 RBIs . . . Fourth on school’s all-time hit list with 84 . . . Burlco Carpenter Cup pick.

Florence Senior Batted .623 (43-for-69) with 12 doubles, five triples, six homers and 47 RBIs . . . Scored 33 runs . . . Finished career with 104 runs, 142 hits and 96 RBIs . . . Named to Burlco Carpenter Cup team . . . Headed to TCNJ.






Kevin Comer Matt Rakus Cody Brown Devon Hedgepeth Tony Urban Mark Zagunis John Brue Joe Brooks Jeff McGarry Rob Taylor Robert Humes Nick Gallo Ed Charlton Bret Phillips Ryan Williams Jake DeWitt

Seneca St. Augustine Gloucester Catholic Rancocas Valley West Deptford Holy Cross Gloucester Catholic Gloucester Catholic Lenape Cherry Hill East Winslow Twp. Paul VI St. Augustine Audubon Seneca Florence

Sr. Pitcher Sr. Pitcher Sr. Pitcher Sr. Pitcher Sr. Pitcher Sr. Catcher Jr. First Base Jr. Infield Sr. Infield Jr. Infield Sr. Infield So. Outfield Sr. Outfield Sr. Outfield Sr. Utility Sr. DH




Jeff Singer Mike Shawaryn Tyler Bright Steve Volpe Casey Kincaid Craig Joseph Tom Jakubowski Brian Flacco Anthony Cocuzza Kevin McMenamin Nick Tierno Steve Wilgus Mike Byrnes Ron Reagan Carlo Randazzo Tyler Faiola

Holy Cross Gloucester Catholic Washington Twp. Eastern Kingsway Cherokee West Deptford Audubon St. Augustine Maple Shade Eastern Gloucester Catholic Haddon Twp. Highland St. Augustine Camden Catholic

Sr. So. Sr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Sr. So. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr.

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Coach of the Year By CELESTE E. WHITTAKER

Courier-Post Staff Sterling coach Kelly Tallant has a love for the sport of softball that goes back many years. That love and passion shines through with her coaching. Tallant has a way of making her point without yelling and screaming, but her players hear her loud and clear. The 1999 Eastern High School graduate returned some talent this season, but had to plug in some holes after losing five seniors to graduation.

The biggest void was on the pitching mound where ace Jamie Lambe was gone. Tallant moved her center fielder Sarah Almasy, who had pitched a few games last season, to the mound and moved some other players around and it was a winning formula for the Silver Knights, who finished 23-4 and won a South Jersey Group 2 title with a 1-0 win over Buena. For her efforts, Tallant is the 2011 Courier-Post Softball Coach of the Year. ‘‘Everyone just meshed well,’’ said Tallant, 30, who just completed her fourth season and has a 93-16 re-

cord. ‘‘We moved people around in the beginning of the year. The kids were great. They were OK doing what we wanted to do and it

work.’’ Tallant was a standout pitcher for the Vikings, who played for parts of two collegiate seasons at Mt. Saint Mary’s in Maryland. A problem with her kidneys, which required five surgeries, forced her to ‘‘retire’’ midway through her sophomore season. ‘‘My kidney was not working and I got really sick,’’ she said. ‘‘When I finally got better in February of my senior year, the coach asked me if I wanted to come back out, but I was completely out of shape. I throw batting practice to the girls now, but that’s

about it.’’ And she coaches. Tallant, who is assisted by her father Josh Tallant (her mother Gail keeps the scorebook), coached Sterling to a Group 2 state title in 2008. This season, the Silver Knights were eliminated in the Group 2 state semifinals in a heartbreaking 2-1 defeat to Robbinsville on June 7, but they played well in that final game. The Silver Knights also won the Overbrook Tournament this season. ‘‘It (pitching) was a question mark this season because I knew we needed somebody on the mound,’’

Tallant said. ‘‘Sarah completely changed over the course of the year. She matured. She wanted to be in tough situations. She’s a reason we got so far. She did great for us to keep us in games no matter what.’’ Almasy was one of four seniors along with Kylie McGoldrick, Kylie O’Donnell, who moved from right field to center this season, and Alyssa Giambri. ‘‘I had great seniors,’’ Tallant said. ‘‘We came out with high expectations. The kids really came together as a team to win a championship. They set a goal in mind and they got there.’’

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Camden Catholic Senior Had 1,078 career strikeouts . . . Went 14-7 with 275 K’s this season to go with 11 shutouts and a no-hitter . . . 14th in state history to notch 1,000 career K’s . . . Batted .455 . . . Central Connecticut signee.

Washington Twp. Senior Finished career with 658 strikeouts. . . Led Minutemaids to S.J. Group 4 title . . . Will play at Monmouth . . . Had 205 strikeouts this season and a 1.12 ERA . . . 15-5 with 11 shutouts this year.

Holy Cross Senior Co-captain had 16-6 record with 1.05 ERA . . . Had 254 strikeouts in 147≤ innings and 11 shutouts . . . Set single-season and career strikeout records with 254 for season and 603 for career.

Kingsway Senior Led Kingsway to S.J. Group 3 title . . . Finished 20-4 with 1.83 ERA, 102 strikeouts, 127 hits, 55 walks and 50 runs in 153≤ innings . . . Also hit .433 with 39 hits, 38 RBIs, 28 runs and 3 homers . . . Headed to Hofstra.

Rancocas Valley Senior Great all-around player . . . Hit .307 with 23 hits, 21 runs, four triples and 2 homers with 17 RBIs . . . A team leader and clutch player . . . Very good defensive first baseman . . . Will play field hockey at Ball State.

Delsea Senior Team leader . . . One of state’s best at her position . . . Headed to Caldwell . . . Hit .394 with 17 runs, 12 RBIs, 6 doubles, 2 triples and a homer . . . Struck out only twice . . . Committed 3 errors in career.







New Egypt Senior Louisville signee . . . One of state’s top shortstops . . . Great defender . . . Helped Warriors win second straight Group 1 crown . . . Hit .451 with 41 hits, 39 RBIs, 30 runs, 14 doubles and 5 homers.

Rancocas Valley Senior Virginia Tech signee . . . Dangerous base runner . . . Team leader . . . Led team in batting average (.581), runs (43), hits (43), doubles (six), triples (5), homers (3) and stolen bases (19) . . . Had 16 RBIs.

Sterling Senior Came up with huge plays on offense and defense . . . Led team to S.J. Group 2 crown . . . Hit .523 with 47 hits and 6 homers . . . Committed just 3 errors . . . .576 on-base percentage . . . Va. Tech signee.

Cherry Hill West Senior Leader for Lions . . . Makes big plays at third base . . . Batted .554 with 31 hits, 27 RBIs, 24 runs, and 8 homers . . . Had .653 on-base percentage . . . Finished with 107 career hits . . . Will play at BCC next year.

Cinnaminson Senior Quick player who finds way on base . . . Good base stealer and base runner . . . Great outfield defender who committed just three errors in four years . . . Maryland signee . . . Hit .536 . . . Had 124 career hits.

Sterling Senior Team leader, great center fielder . . . Smart on bases . . . Hit .307 and did not commit an error all season . . . Clutch hitter . . . Led Sterling to South Jersey Group 2 title . . . Also standout basketball player.





Gloucester Catholic Senior Led Rams to consecutive Non-Public B titles . . . Hit .450 with 40 hits, 33 runs and 29 RBIs . . . Had 17 stolen bases . . . Played the outfield, shortstop and pitched . . . Will play at Stony Brook.

Kingsway Junior One of S.J.’s best hitters . . . Great in clutch . . . Can pitch, play third or first . . . Helped Dragons win South Jersey Group 3 title . . . Hit .477 with 41 hits, 33 runs and 7 homers . . . Will play at Temple.

Gloucester Catholic Senior Power hitter . . . Hit .420 with 36 RBIs, 31 hits, 19 runs, 11 doubles and 5 homers . . . Drew 20 walks, many intentional . . . Led Rams to consecutive NonPublic B crowns . . . Will play at South Carolina.





Emily Bausher Laura Messina Alissa Schoelkopf Taylor Steele Dominique Ficara Kristen Knorr Laura Malinoski Kayla Soles Lauren Gaskill Kylie McGoldrick Lisa Kosteleski Liana Newton Kylie O’Donnell Shayla Giosia Kelsey Dominik Olivia Lawrence

New Egypt Camden Catholic Washington Twp. Holy Cross Kingsway Delsea Rancocas Valley New Egypt Rancocas Valley Sterling Cherry Hill West Cinnaminson Sterling Gloucester Catholic Kingsway Gloucester Catholic

Sr. Pitcher Sr. Pitcher Sr. Pitcher Sr. Pitcher Sr. Pitcher Sr. Catcher Sr. First Base Sr. Infield Sr. Infield Sr. Infield Sr. Infield Sr. Outfield Sr. Outfield Sr. Outfield Jr. Utility Sr. DH





Lauren Routzahn Carolyn Griffin Shayla Sweeney Sarah Almasy Tiarra Sanabria Haley Anderson Morgan Knigge Carly Todd Nicole Escobar Amanda Martinez Gina McCool Steph Wolfrom Michelle Pezzato Gianna Pedone Macie McGeehan Teresa Anderson

Maple Shade Cherokee Haddon Heights Sterling Williamstown New Egypt New Egypt Gloucester Catholic Cherry Hill East Williamstown Cherokee Eastern Shawnee Haddon Twp. Bishop Eustace Gloucester

Sr. Sr. So. Sr. So. Sr. Sr. So. Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr.

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EMILY BAUSHER New Egypt Player of the Year


Courier-Post Staff

New Egypt senior pitcher Emily Bausher never let opposing teams see her sweat. Bausher was seemingly unflappable under pressure and no moment was bigger than the third inning of New Egypt’s eventual 9-2 win over Whippany Park in the Group 1 state final on June 11 in Toms River. Whippany Park had scored two runs and Bausher had walked another batter, her third of the third inning. Whippany Park was within 3-2 and seemed to be gaining some confidence against the defending Group 1 state champs. Bausher struck out the next batter to end the inning. She ended up retiring the final 13 batters of the game and New Egypt collected its second straight state crown. Granted, New Egypt (25-3) had 12 hits in the game, including four home runs, but Bausher’s pitching — she tossed a onehitter with 13 strikeouts and four walks — was a huge reason New Egypt repeated. Bausher, the 2011 Courier-Post Softball Player of the Year, finished with a 24-3 record, an 0.66 ERA with seven no-hitters, 19 shutouts, 353 strikeouts, scattering 55 hits and issuing 28 walks. Bausher, who was named the 2011 Gatorade New Jersey Softball Player of the

EMILY BAUSHER ■ School: New Egypt ■ Grade: Senior ■ College: Lehigh ■ Accomplishments: Led

Warriors to second straight Group 1 state title . . . Had 0.66 ERA with 353 strikeouts, 55 hits, 28 walks and gave up 18 runs . . . Pitched 181≥ innings and had 24-3 record . . . Threw 3 perfect games . . . Completed career with 1,077 strikeouts . . . Became 15th player in state history to go over 1,000 career strikeouts . . . Hit team-high .545 with 54 hits, 44 runs, 16 doubles, 26 RBIs and 4 homers for .869 slugging percentage . . . 2011 Gatorade New Jersey Softball Player of the Year . . . Graduates as all-time leader in wins (68), shutouts (54) and no-hitters (13). ■ Quote: ‘‘Em is unbelievable,’’ coach Kevin English said. ‘‘As far as pitching goes, we know what kind of pitcher she is. She’s that dominating, lots of movement, power.’’ Year, earned her 1,000th career strikeout on May 25 in a 3-0 win over Holy Cross in the championship game of the BCSL Tournament. She ended her career with 1,077 strikeouts. The 5-foot-8 right-hander also led the New Egypt in batting (.545), runs (44), hits (54), doubles (16) and had 26 RBIs and four home runs. ‘‘The stuff that we put into practice and everything about every game that we

lost this year, everything about every game that we won this year, we put it all together and through those wins and losses we really came out on top (last Saturday),’’ said Bausher, who was the 2010 Courier-Post Softball Player of the Year. ‘‘It was hard to find that one spot, but throughout the ending half of the game I really zoned in on that. ‘‘It feels amazing. It feels so much better than the first one (state title), if that can even be imaginable. Backto-back is something that people only dream about. They think about it and they never really think it’s going to come true, but for us it did.’’ New Egypt senior first baseman Morgan Knigge said she thinks the world of Bausher, who will play softball at Lehigh next season. ‘‘Emily, she’s my best friend,’’ Knigge said. ‘‘We’ve been friends since second grade and we play basketball together, softball together, played travel teams together. She’s an amazing teammate, an amazing person and an amazing friend.’’ Said New Egypt senior shortstop Kayla Soles, who also calls Bausher her best friend: ‘‘Em and I’ve played together since I was 7. The fact that you got to see her when she was seven. You so remember and then you see her now and she’s 18 and how much better she is and how much potential she has, it’s like the greatest

thing in the world to see your best friend succeed.’’ ‘‘She (Bausher) means a lot,’’ New Egypt coach Kevin English said. ‘‘We could focus on a lot of other things on our team, because you know you’re going to get a strong outing and batted balls are not going to be hit hard for the most part and she’s going to strike out a lot of people. Em’s unbelievable. The best thing about her, for me, is her calm demeanor, nothing rattles her. She’s ready for any situation.’’ New Egypt senior catcher Haley Anderson has caught for Bausher since they were about 12 and she’s seen the tremendous growth over the years as well. ‘‘She handles pressure so well, everyone just has so much faith in her and trusts her,’’ Anderson said. ‘‘They (Bausher and Anderson) called their own games, pitch selection, things like that,’’ English said. ‘‘You give it to them in hopes that they run with it and do the right things and they have.’’ Asked to sum up her career, Bausher, who was also a standout in field hockey basketball at New Egypt, didn’t talk about personal accolades, of which there were many. ‘‘I would say teamwork,’’ AL SCHELL/Courier-Post file she said. ‘‘Throughout my four years, that’s the one New Egypt senior pitcher Emily Bausher was 24-3 with thing that I’ll miss the seven no-hitters and 19 shutouts. most.’’

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Pitcher Pitcher Pitcher Pitcher Pitcher Catcher First Base Infield Infield Infield Infield Outfield Outfield Outfield Utility DH

Alissa Schoelkopf Steph Vuono Tiarra Sanabria Brielle Reighn Carolyn Griffin Kylie Mulholland Laura Malinoski Amanda Martinez Nicole Escobar Lauren Gaskill Desiree Martinez Michelle Pezzato Steph Wolfrom Kristen Soprano Madison Tiernan Gina McCool





School Washington Twp. Eastern Williamstown Triton Cherokee Washington Twp. Rancocas Valley Washington Twp. Cherry Hill East Rancocas Valley Triton Shawnee Eastern Shawnee Eastern Cherokee




Sr. Jr. So. Jr. Sr. So. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Sr. So. Sr.

Pitcher Pitcher Pitcher Pitcher Pitcher Catcher First Base Infield Infield Infield Infield Outfield Outfield Outfield Utility DH

Sarah Almasy Shayla Sweeney Marissa Linquist Erin Atkinson Heather Porrini Maddie McCleery Sydney Allen Kylie McGoldrick Sydney Ponto Kate Biasi Jackie Emerle Kylie O'Donnell Liana Newton Jade Blair Steph Fultano Katie Larson



Sterling Haddon Heights West Deptford Overbrook Cinnaminson Haddon Heights Sterling Sterling West Deptford Sterling Haddon Heights Sterling Cinnaminson West Deptford Collingswood Delran

Sr. So. So. So. Sr. So. Jr. Sr. So. Jr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Jr.

Honorable Mention: Dominique Dorris, Clearview; Erica Fisher, Clearview; Krystine Rice, Cherokee; Cherelle Chambers, Eastern; Stephanie Josepayt, Triton; Brittany Fitzmaurice, Triton; Gen Gaynor, Eastern; Ally Pennypacker, Clearview; Abria Tinsley, Washington Twp.; Alexis Gaskill, Rancocas Valley; Shannon Grim, Williamstown; Dominique Dorris, Clearview; Taylor Coroneos, Washington Twp; Christina Austin, Washington Twp; Kristin DiGuglielmo, Cherry Hill East; Dallas Hogan, Lenape; Melissa Parker, Eastern; Gina Gryniuk, Cherokee; Jessica Fanty, Washington Twp.; Asia Ellis, Lenape; Jackie Pezzato, Shawnee.

Honorable Mention: Amanda Gardiner, Sterling; Lachelle Rouse, Overbrook; Catherine Senopolous, Haddonfield; Colleen Hughes, Delran; Becky Transue, Haddon Heights; Kellie Olear, Delran; Jenna Hohenberger, Overbrook; Jamie Robinson, West Deptford; Janae Dockins, Cinnaminson; Aubrey Paris, Delran; Mariah Hans, Haddon Heights; Samantha Martinez, Bordentown; Brielle Rolon, Haddon Heights; Nichole Snyder, Overbrook; Kelly Brewster, West Deptford; Chelsea Thomas, Haddon Heights; Rachel Cipolla, Haddonfield.





Pitcher Pitcher Pitcher Pitcher Pitcher Catcher First Base Infield Infield Infield Infield Outfield Outfield Outfield Utility DH

Dominique Ficara Jayme Zeilman Laura Tomasetti Sam Shockey Erynn Sobieski Kristen Knorr Jess Phillips Kelsey Dominik Lisa Kosteleski Allie Bradian Brooke Favinger Allie White Lexy Fair Katelyn Whitesall Dara Schroeder Kate Dickson

School Kingsway Delsea Cumberland Deptford GCIT Delsea Kingsway Kingsway Cherry Hill West Kingsway GCIT Kingsway GCIT Cumberland Northern Burlington Kingsway




Sr. Fr. Sr. Jr. Fr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Jr.

Pitcher Pitcher Pitcher Pitcher Pitcher Catcher First Base Infield Infield Infield Infield Outfield Outfield Outfield Utility DH

Lauren Routzahn Emily Bausher Sam Bryzewski Brooke Coleman Shannon Sweeney Haley Anderson Morgan Knigge Ryan Hynds Kayla Soles Sarah Crowley Devon Welsh Gianna Pedone Alex Gravinese Devon Coyle Teresa Anderson Brittney Dolson

Honorable Mention: Cristina Seffren, Seneca; Alyson Bosco, Delsea; Cassie Apholz, Pemberton; Shilah Snead, Delsea; Catherine Duffin, Moorestown; Kara Grogan, Kingsway; Breanna Worrell, Deptford; Vicki Maffei, Timber Creek; Alyssa Sims, Cherry Hill West; Alex Auletto, Cherry Hill West; Kasey Lesher, Cumberland; Breanna Wilson, Seneca; Brianna Milillo, Timber Creek; Michelle Grasso, Highland; Tori Kendall, Timber Creek; Tori Danner, Kingsway; Kim Hellyer, Hammonton; Vira Epps, Camden; Candice Dunn, Timber Creek.

School Maple Shade New Egypt Gloucester Pennsville Florence New Egypt New Egypt Gateway New Egypt Haddon Twp. Audubon Haddon Twp. Audubon Audubon Gloucester Gloucester

Yr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Fr. So. Sr. Sr. Jr. Sr Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr.

Honorable Mention: Angela Harris, Gloucester; Hunter Urban, Audubon; Natalie Lombardo, Paulsboro; Jessica Blyth, Haddon Twp.; Sydney Worek, Florence; Nicole Kilian, Florence;Taylor Morgan, Riverside; Danielle Carey, Maple Shade; Erika Tucker, New Egypt; Alyssa Welsh, Gateway; Kate Maass, Gloucester; Allyson Paris, Salem; Colleen Connolly, Gateway; Nicole Cavalier, Burlington City; Amanda Hauske, Audubon; Sam Barna, Pennsville, Sr.; Sierra Chambers, Audubon; Jessica Harrell, Schalick; Dani Cornman, Pennsville.



Pitcher Pitcher Pitcher First Base Infield Infield Outfield Utility

Laura Messina Liz Puentes Alex Pecora Susan Wysocki Macie McGeehan Devon DeBellis Ashley Romeo Olivia Lawrence

School Camden Catholic St. Joseph Bishop Eustace Camden Catholic Bishop Eustace Bishop Eustace St. Joseph Gloucester Catholic




Sr. Sr. So. So. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr.

Pitcher Pitcher Catcher Infield Infield Outfield Outfield DH

Taylor Steele Abby Merryman Steph Wood Brianna Roderiguez Melissa Swain Shayla Giosia Mary Kate Lally Carly Todd

School Holy Cross Gloucester Catholic Holy Cross Gloucester Catholic Paul VI Gloucester Catholic Gloucester Catholic Gloucester Catholic

Honorable Mention: Cait Eltholtz, Gloucester Catholic; Amber McKnight, Bishop Eustace; Jen Varallo, Camden Catholic; Gianna Saraullo, Holy Cross; Jasmine Henderson, Camden Catholic; Danielle Mauro, St. Joseph; Justine Reed, Camden Catholic; Danielle Frasca, Camden Catholic; Megan Dicus, Holy Cross; Dylan Jarius, Paul VI; Jess DeCastro, Paul VI; Victoria Farrell, Paul VI; Ali Summers, Camden Catholic; Lindsey Folsom, Paul VI; Annie Robinson, Gloucester Catholic.

Yr. Sr. So. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. So.

100: Brian Regan, Cherry Hill East, Jr.; 200: Brandon Rapp, Cherokee, Jr.; 400: Alex Reber, Cherry Hill East, Jr.; 800: Tyler Somers, Cherokee, Sr.; 1,600: Rob Rawls, Triton, Sr.; 3,200: Paul Szulewski, Williamstown, Sr.; 110 HH: Darren McCluskey, Cherokee, Sr.; 400 IH: Marcus Phillips, Cherry Hill East, Jr.; Shot Put: Ryan Lawrence, Washington Twp., Sr.; Discus: Steven Schneider, Eastern, Jr.; Javelin: Andrew Forbes, Williamstown, Sr.; Long Jump: Andrew Athias, Cherry Hill East, Jr.; Triple Jump: Dwight Davis, Pennsauken, Sr.; High Jump: Tyler Stumm, Washington Twp., Jr.; Pole Vault: Brian Banks, Eastern, Sr.; Multi-Event: Jon Feigin, Washington Twp., Jr.; 4x400: Cherry Hill East (Mike Oliver, Jr.; Marcus Phillips, Jr.; Brad Krell, Jr.; Alex Reber, Jr.); Honorable Mention: Anthony Dentiono, Washington Twp., Sr.

ALL-GROUP 3 100: Damiere Byrd, Timber Creek, Sr.; 200: Vincent Pini, Burlington Twp., Sr.; 400: Nigel Jones, Kingsway, Jr.; 800: Steve Butenewicz, Delsea, Sr.; 1,600: Curtis Zaquell, Woodrow Wilson, Jr.; 3,200: Tim Reardon, Burlington Twp., Sr.; 110 HH: T.J. Berryman, Delsea, Sr.; 400 IH: Donnie House, Timber Creek, Sr.; Shot Put: Quanzell Lambert, Timber Creek, Jr.; Discus: Michael Phillips, Winslow Twp., So.; Javelin: Brandon Harper, Highland, Sr.; Long Jump: Josh Gray, Timber Creek, Jr.; Triple Jump: Greg Bolling, Moorestown, Sr.; High Jump: Jordan Fagan, High jump, Sr.; Pole Vault: T.J. Dipilla, Moorestown, Jr.; Multi-Event: Fontaine Holland, Burlington Twp., Sr.; 4x400: Delsea (Marcus Williams, Jr.; Dylan Wilton, Sr., Brady Deckert, Sr.; Steve Butenewicz, Sr.); Honorable Mention: Jordan Hunter, Burlington Twp., Sr.; Kevin Potter, Timber Creek, Jr.; Algeron Johnson, Highland, Sr.; Koree Dusenbury, Burlington Twp., So.

ALL-GROUP 2 100: Robbie Fearon, West Deptford, Sr.; 200: Ferrell Cooper, West Deptford, Sr.; 400: Darius Jones, Haddon Heights, Sr.; 800: Xavier Wright, Willingboro, Sr.; 1,600: Ben Potts, Haddonfield, Sr.; 3,200: Tim Malloy, Haddonfield, Sr.; 110 HH: Isaac Williams, Willingboro, Jr.; 400 IH: Brandon Hill, Willingboro, So.; Shot Put: Darren Howard, Camden, Sr.; Discus: Joe Doran, Haddonfield, Sr.; Javelin: Kyle McDevitt, Cinnaminson, Sr.; Long Jump: Nick Rodriguez, Haddonfield, Sr.; Triple Jump: Dominique Irons, Haddon Heights, So.; High Jump: Max DiLeo, Cinnaminson, Sr.; Pole Vault: Chris Robinson, Haddon Heights, Sr.; Multi-Event: Matt Dash, Willingboro, Sr.; 4x400: Willingboro (Brandon Hill, So.; Matt Dash, Sr.; Rashaun Houston, Sr.; Brandon Bennett, Sr.); Honorable Mention: Matt Nussbaum, Haddonfield, Sr.; Zack Andrews, Haddon Heights, Sr.

ALL-GROUP 1 100: Terrance Tolbert, Woodbury, Sr.; 200: Tyrone McCloud, Lindenwold, Sr.; 400: Darrell Bush, Woodbury, Jr.; 800: Jaymes Dennison, Penns Grove, So.; 1,600: Joe Eagan, Haddon Twp., Sr.; 3,200: Tyler Cummings, Pennsville, Sr.; 110 HH: Indeo Ragsdale, Lindenwold, Sr.; 400 IH: Shane Stranahan, Penns Grove, Sr.; Shot Put: Anthony Green, Penns Grove, Sr.; Discus: Will Cioffi, Pitman, So.; Javelin: Vaughn Chase, Pennsville, Sr.; Long Jump: Anthony Averett, Woodbury, Sr.; Triple Jump: Ameer Sorrell, Penns Grove, Sr.; High Jump: Branden Austin, Pennsville, Sr.; Pole Vault: Ron Hoover, Haddon Twp., Sr.; Multi-Event: Elliott DeShields, Clayton, Sr.; 4x400: Woodbury (Terrance Tolbert, Sr.; Ted Johnson, Sr.; Marcus Upchurch, Jr.; Darrell Bush, Jr.).

ALL-NON-PUBLIC 100: Jakwail Bailey, Paul VI, Sr.; 200: Miles Pease, St. Joseph's, So.; 400: Khaaliq Burroughs, Paul VI, Sr.; 800: Chris Gough, Augustine, Sr.; 1,600: Derek Gore, Holy Cross, Jr.; 3,200: Neil McFarlane, Paul VI, Jr.; 110 HH: Robert Thompson, St. Joseph's, So.; 400 IH: Carl Watson, St. Joseph's, Jr.; Shot Put: Mike Kane, Holy Cross, Jr.; Discus: Pat Casey, St. Joseph's, Sr.; Javelin: Pat Casey, St. Joseph's, Sr.; Long Jump: Justin Dornisch, Holy Cross, Jr.; Triple Jump: Amir Armstrong, Camden Catholic, Sr.; High Jump: Pete Toso, Holy Cross, Sr.; Pole Vault: Evan Stark, St. Augustine, Jr.; Multi-Event: Justyce Pollitt, St. Augustine, So.; 4x400: Paul VI (Alex Redcross, Sr.; Jakwail Bailey, Sr.; Adonis Jennings, Sr.; Khaaliq Burroughs, Sr.)

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Damiere Byrd Timber Creek Vincent Pini Burlington Twp. Darrell Bush Woodbury Steve Butenewicz Delsea Ben Potts Haddonfield Paul Szulewski Williamstown Darren McCluskey Cherokee Donnie House Timber Creek Quanzell Lambert Timber Creek Joe Doran Haddonfield Andrew Forbes Williamstown Anthony Averett Woodbury Dominique Irons Haddon Heights Max DiLeo Cinnaminson Brian Banks Eastern Matt Dash Willingboro Cherry Hill East Mike Oliver, Jr.; Marcus Phillips, Jr.; Brad Krell, Jr.; Alex Reber, Jr.





Sr. 100 Terrance Tolbert Woodbury Sr. Sr. 200 Tyrone McCloud Lindenwold Sr. Jr. 400 Elliott Deshields Clayton Sr. Sr. 800 Xavier Wright Willingboro Sr. Sr. 1,600 Matt Nussbaum Haddonfield Sr. Sr. 3,200 Anthony Dentino Washington Twp. Sr. Sr. 110 HH Isaac Williams Willingboro Jr. Sr. 400 IH Fontaine Holland Burlington Twp. Sr. Jr. Shot Put Jordan Hunter Burlington Twp. Sr. Sr. Discus Michael Phillips Winslow Twp. So. Sr. Javelin Brandon Harper Highland Sr. Sr. Long Jump Josh Gray Timber Creek Jr. So. Triple Jump Amir Armstrong Camden Catholic Sr. Sr. High Jump Jordan Fagan Kingsway Sr. Sr. Pole Vault Ron Hoover Haddon Twp. Sr. Sr. Multi-Event Kevin Potter Timber Creek Jr. 4x400 Willingboro Brandon Hill, So.; Matt Dash, Sr.; Rashaun Houston, Sr.; Brandon Bennett, Sr..


By GUS OSTRUM Courier-Post Staff

at the top. Take a bow, head coach Martin Booker, who accepted his current position in 2009 and two years later has earned Courier-Post Coach of the Year honors for resurrecting a proud Willingboro program. Booker, assistants Reggie Lawrence, Doug Key, Chris Donaldson and Lewis, the former great Olympic champion, have done a brilliant job of bringing the Willingboro track and field back into the state spotlight.

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Burlington Twp. Senior Ran a personal best of 22.08 for third in the Group 3 state 200 . . . Followed with a 22.28 in the Meet of Champions . . . A top-flight sprinter who often anchored the successful 4x400.

Woodbury Junior Won state titles in the 200, 400 and 4x400 as Woodbury repeated as Group 1 state champs . . . Second in the Meet of Champions 400 in 46.95 . . . Won Group 1 state 55 and 400 indoor titles.

DONNIE HOUSE Timber Creek Senior Third in Meet of Champions 400 intermediates hurdles with personal best of 53.13 . . . Third in the Group 3 state 400 hurdles . . . Won S.J. Group 3 400 hurdles and was second in the 110 hurdles.

ANDREW FORBES Williamstown Senior Ninth in Meet of Champions javelin at 184-10 . . . Second in the Group 4 state javelin with a throw of 183-0 . . . Personal best of 190-0 to win the South Jersey Group 4 javelin.


STEVE BUTENEWICZ Delsea Senior Personal best of 1:53.49 in the 800 in the Group 3 state championships for a second place . . . Eighth in the Meet of Champions 800 in 1:54.02 . . . Won an indoor Group 2 state title in the 800.



Woodbury Senior Surprise winner in the long jump Meet of Champions with personal best of 23-0¯ . . . Won the state and South Jersey Group 1 crowns in the long jump, helping Woodbury repeat as state champions.

Haddon Heights Sophomore Meet of Champions triple jump winner with a spectacular leap of 48-4 . . . Won Group 2 state championship with a mark of 45-2 . . . Fourth in the Group 2 state long jump.




Haddonfield Senior Led a 1-2-3 sweep in the 3,200 to help Haddonfield win the Group 2 state title for the third straight year . . . Also won Group 2 state 1,600 (4:16.79) . . . Runner of the Year in cross country.

Williamstown Senior After being out with illness and injuries last season, he rebounded in solid fashion . . . Ran a PR of 9:11.88 in the 3,200 at Group 4 state championships . . . Won S.J. Group 4 title in the 1,600 in 4:22.68.

Cherokee Senior Second in the Meet of Champions 110 high hurdles in 14.28 . . . Fourth in the Group 4 state 110 hurdles in 14.53 . . . Won South Jersey Group 4 honors in 14.52 . . . Had a strong indoor season.



Cinnaminson Senior Had a 6-2 in Meet of Champions high jump . . . Had a personal best of 6-8 in the high jump, placing second in the Group 2 state meet . . . Won the Burlington County Open with a leap of 6-6.

Timber Creek Junior Qualified for the Meet of Champions javelin and shot put, grabbing a sixth in the shot (54-11) . . . His second in the shot put clinched Group 3 state team title . . . Fifth in the Group 3 javelin.





Eastern Senior Fifth in the Meet of Champions pole vault at 14-0 . . . Second in the Group 4 state championships at 14-0 and had a 13-6 for second in the S.J. Group 4 meet . . . Did 14-7 indoors this season.

Willingboro Senior A talented performer in several events . . . Third in Group 2 state javelin with a 176-0 . . . Won South Jersey Group 2 javelin (179-10) . . . Ran a personal best of 11.44 in the South Jersey Group 2 100.

Cherry Hill East Junior Helped East to second place in the 4x400 relay with teammates Marcus Phillips, Alex Reber and Brad Krell . . . Ran a season-best time of 54.69 in the 400 at the South Jersey Group 4 meet.

Cherry Hill East Junior Along with Alex Reber, Brad Krell and Mike Oliver, Phillips helped the Cougars to a Group 4 state runnerup spot in 4x400 relay (3:18.65) . . . The unit was fourth in the Meet of Champions (3:19.23).

BRAD KRELL Cherry Hill East Junior Along with Marcus Phillips, Alex Reber and Mike Oliver helped East to second in the Group 4 state 4x400 relay . . . Had a time of 54.28 in the 400 during the South Jersey Group 4 championship meet.

JOE DORAN Haddonfield Senior Posted a personal best of 166-9 in the Meet of Champions discus . . . Third in Group 2 state discus at 156-6 . . . Second in South Jersey Group 2 discus . . . Standout out weight performer.

ALEX REBER Cherry Hill East Junior Reber, along with Marcus Phillips, Brad Krell and Mike Oliver, helped the Cougars to second in the state and South Jersey Group 4 4x400 . . . Fourth in the Meet of Champions and Group 4 state 400.

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DAMIERE BYRD Timber Creek Player of the Year


Courier-Post Staff

Fastest runner in New Jersey. Timber Creek’s Damiere Byrd waited a full year for the chance to earn that title, and now that distinction belongs only to him after blazing to the Meet of Champions 100-meters title in 10.41 seconds at Old Bridge on June 9. While vindication felt nice, the University of South Carolina-bound Byrd has already gotten back to work. ‘‘It felt great to win the championship, but I’ve already put it behind me and have started working out for football season.’’ In a 2011 track season in which a nagging hamstring injury limited his events, Byrd once again quieted the naysayers. Many doubted that the senior speedster stood a chance in the Meet of Champions 100 race against longtime rival Miles Shuler-Foster of Long Branch. Shuler-Foster edged Byrd in the 2010 Meet of Champions, and even had a faster time than Byrd in the 100 trials on June 9. But once the finals rolled around, Byrd — in his words — let the adrenaline take over. He blazed to a time of 10.41 seconds to capture the 100 over Shuler-Foster to seal his legacy as one of New Jersey’s all-time top sprinters.

DAMIERE BYRD ■ School: Timber Creek ■ Grade: Senior ■ Events: Sprints, jumps ■ College: University of South

Carolina (football and track) ■ Accomplishments: Staked his claim as New Jersey’s fastest runner when he won the Meet of Champions 100 meters in a blazing 10.41 seconds . . . Won Group 3 state crown in 100 in 10.50 . . . Captured sectional titles in the 100 and 200 along with a second in the 400 . . . Ran the state’s fastest time of the season in 100 with a 10.36 seconds in trials, just short of the state record of 10.35 seconds set in 2001 . . . Also, a standout football wide receiver for Timber Creek. For his efforts Byrd has been named by the CourierPost as boys’ track and field Player of the Year. Just two weeks earlier before the Meet of Champions, Byrd posted the second fastest time in state history in the 100 with a 10.36 in the South Jersey sectionals. He narrowly missed tying the state record of 10.35 seconds set by Jamar Ervin of Camden in 2001. All that was left was to win a Meet of Champions title against his toughest opponent, Shuler-Foster — and he needed to get the job done with a nagging injury that wouldn’t let up. He suffered the injury during the South Jersey sectional champion-

ships on May 28, and it forced him to limit his events in both the sectional and Group 3 state championships the following week. But the injury would not keep Byrd from racing Shuler-Foster. Running out of lane 5, Byrd turned on the juice in the final 30 meters to whiz by Shuler-Foster, who was just to his left in lane 4 and finished with a time of 10.55. "Last year it was in my head after I lost, but I finally put it behind me after about two months,’’ said Byrd, who had also won an indoor 60-meters national title in March. "This was my senior year, my last chance, and I knew I had won an indoor national championship, so I was ready . . . It (the injury) didn’t bother me while I ran. I just let the adrenaline take over." Byrd’s triumph in the Meet of Champions 100 meters put the stamp on a career loaded with highlights, including: ■ Capturing the New Balance indoor national 60-meters championship in 6.74 seconds at the Armory in New York in March. ■ Winning three individual Group 3 state championship races in one day at South Plainfield during his junior year in 2010. ■ Sealing his status as one of the state’s top long jumpers this spring, with a leap of 23-5 at the South Jersey sectionals in May. Only

his hamstring injury kept him from competing in the event in the state championships the following week. ■ Leading Timber Creek to four straight Group 3 state track championships and elevating the program into elite status among New Jersey teams. Timber Creek head coach Chris Grottini has noted time and time again that Byrd never relied on his reputation as a fast runner. ‘‘It’s all business with Damiere,’’ Grottini said. ‘‘He’s an amazing hard worker and a leader. His success all comes from the hard work he’s put in during the past four years. He worked hard to develop his enormous talent. ‘‘And by the time he made it to his junior year, all of his teammates were following his lead. He’s helped us develop a top-tier program based on hard work and dedication.’’ Byrd, a standout wide receiver in football, will concentrate on football at the University of South Carolina. However, as part of his acceptance, he will also be allowed to continue with track. ‘‘I love track and field and I’m good at it,’’ Byrd said, ‘‘I just didn’t want to give up on it, so I’m glad I’ll have a chance to run track in college too.’’ Reach Gus Ostrum at

JOSE F. MORENO/Courier-Post file

Timber Creek senior Damiere Byrd was the fastest sprinter is the state this season.

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BRYANNA WILLIAMS Timber Creek Senior Won South Jersey Group 3 titles in 100 and long jump . . . Ran a 12.23 in 100 to place third in Meet of Champions . . . Third in Group 3 state long jump . . . Will run at Long Island University.





Williamstown Senior Won the Group 4 state 200 (24.91) and 100 (2.33) . . . Won a South Jersey Group 4 long jump with mark of 194¯ . . . Third in the 200 and fourth in the long jump at the Meet of Champions.

Shawnee Junior Grabbed S.J. Group 4 titles in the 100 with a personal best of 12.07 seconds and 400 in 57.71 . . . Second in the Group 4 state 400 (56.42) and a fourth in the Meet of Champions in 12.38.

Rancocas Valley Senior The top-flight distance runner took third in the Central Jersey Group 4 800 in 2:16.44 and blazed to a third in 1600 in 5:11.69 . . . Won Burlington County Open title in 800 in 2:17.35.

DINA IACONE Washington Twp. Junior Came into her own, grabbing South Jersey Group 4 1,600 and 3,200 . . . Took the state title in the 3,200 in 10:42.12 and later finished third in the Meet of Champions in the 3,200 in 10:38.98.

HOLLY BISCHOF Bishop Eustace Junior Second in the Meet of Champions 3,200 in 10:33.22 . . . Won Non-Public B state championship in 10:43.83 . . . Repeat all-star selection . . . One of the state’s top junior distance runner.







Delsea Junior The seventh-seeded runner was a surprise winner in the Meet of Champions when she blazed to a personal best of 1:02.59 to capture the 400 intermediate hurdles . . . Second in the Group 3 state meet.

Our Lady of Mercy Senior Won three Non-Public B state championships — the long jump, 100 and 200 . . . Second in the Meet of Champions in the long jump . . . One of the state’s all-around most versatile athletes.

Lenape Junior A key performer who helped the Indians win the school’s first-ever South Jersey Group 4 championship . . . Fourth in the Meet of Champions triple jump . . . Won S.J. Group 4 triple jump.

West Deptford Junior A versatile athlete . . . Earned Group 2 state title in the high jump (5-2) and finished second at the Meet of Champions (5-6) . . . Won South Jersey Group 2 title in the triple jump (34-10).

Delsea Senior Second in the Meet of Champions shot put . . . Won Group 3 state title with throw of 45-7¯ and set South Jersey record of 46-4 at Rowan Open . . . Won South Jersey sectional title.

Cherokee Sophomore Won the Meet of Champions discus with a personal best of 142-5 and was fourth in the shot put . . . Captured Group 4 state crowns in both discus and shot put.





Haddonfield Junior Won Group 2 state title in the javelin with a personal best of 139-6 after placing first in the sectionals the week before . . . Also competed in the hurdles . . . Helped the Lady Bulldawgs to S.J. Group 2.

Seneca Senior Won the Group 3 state championship in the pole vault at 11-0 . . . Also won South Jersey Group 3 at 11mark and grabbed a Burlington County Open championship also at 11-0.

Kingsway Senior Won the Group 3 state 100 low hurdles in 14.05 . . . Followed with a second-place finish in the 100 hurdles in the Meet of Champions in 14.29 . . . A solid performer in the 400 intermediate hurdles.

Penns Grove Senior Along with teammates Courtney Smith, Kianje Polland and Faleesha Dowe helped the Red Devils to the Group 1 state title in the 4x400 . . . Won a S.J. Group 1 800 . . . Fourth in the state meet.




Penns Grove Freshman Key member on the Group 1 state champion 4x400 team that included Taylor Smith, Kianje Polland and Faleesha Dowe . . . Personal best of 1:04.68 in winning a sectional title in the 400 hurdles.

Penns Grove Sophomore Ran the third leg on the state title 4x400 relay team that included Taylor Smith, Courtney Smith and Faleesha Dowe . . . Won the Group 1 state 400 (57.14) and was second in the 100 and 200.

Penns Grove Freshman Anchored Group 1 state champion 4x400 relay team that included Taylor Smith, Courtney Smith and Kianje Polland . . . Won S.J. Group 1 200 and 400 . . . Second in the Group 1 state 400.

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STE’YCE McNEIL Winslow Twp. Player of the Year


Courier-Post Staff

Mission accomplished. While talented Winslow Township track star Ste’yce McNeil made her mark as one of New Jersey’s fastest hurdlers and sprinters during a glorious 2011 spring season, she insists her biggest accomplishment was merely following in her family’s footsteps. McNeil reached this goal on June 9 during the NJSIAA Meet of Champions at Old Bridge when she grabbed the 100 low hurdles state crown, an event she hoped to win in honor of her mom, Zonya Cross, a former standout Edgewood High champion in 1983-1984. McNeil blazed to a first place time of 14.23 seconds, edging Kingsway’s Jasmine Waddell, who finished second at 14.29. ‘‘This was my Mom’s event in high school and I just wanted to uphold a family tradition,’’ she smiled afterwards. ‘‘I’m thrilled I could do this for her. This is my biggest accomplishment.’’ That effort — along with a season-long parade of individual and team success — earned McNeil the Courier-Post’s South Jersey Girls’ Track Runner of the Year honors. The 2011 season produced plenty of highlights

■ Won two Group 3 state championships in the 200 ■ School: Winslow Township meters in 24.72 and the 400 ■ Grade: Junior hurdles in 1:02.20. ■ Events: Sprints, hurdles ■ Won Group 3 sectional ■ Accomplishments: Won Meet titles in the 400 hurdles, 200 of Champions crown in 100 and 400 while taking third low hurdles in time of 14.23 in the 100 hurdles. seconds . . . Fourth in the Meet ■ Earned Camden Counof Champions 200 in 25.09 . . . ty championships in the Captured Group 3 state 400 meters and 400 interchampionships in 200 and 400 mediate hurdles. intermediate hurdles and was She credits coach Horne third in 100 hurdles . . . Won with helping her develop three South Jersey Group 3 her skills to her full potentitles in 200, 400 and 400 tial. hurdles . . . Led Eagles to ‘‘He put alot of things in second place finishes in Group perspective for me and re3 state and South Jersey Group ally worked with me per3 championship meets. sonally and the events her thought I would succeed in,’’ McNeil said. ‘‘A lot of colleges are at these meets and I wanted and interesting turning to make a good impression. points for the multi-talent- The coaches have been ed Winslow star to say the helping me get ready for least. these meets and I was real After nearly giving up excited about performing on track last season, in front of the college McNeil returned to the coaches.’’ program in style this seaFrom his perspective, son. With a new coach Horne feels McNeil would overseeing the Winslow have little trouble reachprogram in former Temple ing her goals. University and West Phila‘‘Ste’yce has been very delphia skipper George coachable — she really lisHorne, McNeil tapped into tens to advice and she her enormous potential as works hard on her trainone of New Jersey’s top ing,’’ he said. ‘‘She has also sprinters and hurdlers. been a great teammate In the course of the cur- with the other kids. She’s rent season, McNeil: going to continue to be ■ Captured the Meet of very successful. Champions crown in the ‘‘There is no doubt she 100 hurdles in 14.23 sec- will also succeed on the colonds and placed third in lege level.’’ the 200 in 25.09. Without question,


McNeil has been watched closely by dozens of major colleges since she burst onto the track and field scene as a freshman. During the recent indoor season, McNeil blazed to Group 3 state championships in the 55 hurdles in 8.19 seconds and the 400 in 56.69 seconds at The Bennett Athletic Complex in Toms River in February. She also placed a razorclose second in the 400 at the Meet of Champions to Columbia star Olivia Baker the following week, capping off a brilliant indoor campaign. To top it all off, she helped the Eagles rise to a South Jersey Group 3 indoor championship in midFebruary and second place finishes in the South Jersey and Group 3 state meets this spring. Her teammates also cite her leadership skills in helping the Eagles perform well in major meets this spring. ‘‘I’m just glad that I have the talent and the coaching staff to help me be here today,’’ said Cidea’a Woods, a freshman who ran track in middle school last year. ‘‘Ste’yce (McNeil) has been a great help, giving me advice and helping me any way she can. I just love having her as a teammate.’’ Reach Gus Ostrum at

JOSE F. MORENO/Courier-Post file

Winslow Township’s Ste’yce McNeil captured the Meet of Champions 100 hurdles title.

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ALL-COURIER-POST FIRST TEAM Athlete School Bryanna Williams Timber Creek Gabrielle Farquharson Williamstown Annie Johnson Shawnee Liz Johnson Rancocas Valley Dina Iacone Washington Twp. Holly Bischof Bishop Eustace Ste'yce McNeil Winslow Twp. Ashley Woodards Delsea Janiece Rose Delsea Jess Woodard Cherokee Katie Johnston Haddonfield Tacquaya Tobias OLMA Shaya Wilkerson Lenape Megan Kirschling West Deptford Colleen McDowell Seneca Jasmine Waddell Kingsway Penns Grove Taylor Smith, Sr.; Courtney Smith, Fr.; Kianje Pollard, So.; Faleesha Dowe, Fr.

SECOND TEAM Cl. Event Athlete School Cl. Sr. 100 Emily Carson Haddonfield So. Sr. 200 Amaris Kobolak Cinnaminson So. Jr. 400 Brianna Crofton Delsea Sr. Sr. 800 Julia DiSpirito Shawnee Fr. Jr. 1,600 Felicia O'Donnell Delsea Sr. Jr. 3,200 Megan Venables Highland Sr. Jr. 100 HH Meagan Robinson Burlington Twp. Sr. Jr. 400 IH Patrice Rowe Willingboro Sr. Sr. Shot Put LaVonn Childress Paulsboro Sr. So. Discus Taylor Johnson Kingsway Sr. Jr. Javelin Melissa Lake Cherokee Sr. Sr. Long Jump Sydnee Pierce Rancocas Valley Sr. Jr. Triple Jump Jewell Brown Clayton Jr. Jr. High Jump Kelsey Evancho Lenape Sr. Sr. Pole Vault Elissa Ingram Kingsway Sr. Sr. Multi-Event Heather Juhring Kingsway Sr. 4x400 Delsea Lateaque Jackson, Jr.; Ashley Woodards, Jr.; Felicia O'Donnell, Sr.; Brianna Crofton, Sr.



The wait was well worth it. Their time had finally arrived. Lenape girls’ track Gerald Richardson and his team celebrated a first in school history when the Indians finally toppled longtime nemesis Southern Regional for the South Jersey Group 4 sectional championship on May 28 at Egg Harbor. On that day the Indians won the South Jersey Group 4 title — the first in school history — thanks to a cast of unselfish team players ranging from freshmen to seniors, who ended years of frustration of playing second fiddle to the Rams. The Indians collected 107 points to defeat powerful Southern Regional (86) for the crown. Richardson’s team had finished second in Group 4 competition five times through the years, so this win felt especially good. ‘‘This was huge for our

program because Southern Regional is such as dominant program,’’ said Richardson, a third-year coach. ‘‘Everyone made up their minds collectively that this was going to be our time, so mentally we were in the right place.’’ For his efforts in guiding Lenape to the sectional title, the Olympic Conference American Division championship, and a No. 2 finish in the Courier-Post Girls’ Track rankings, Richardson has been selected as the region’s Coach of the Year.

100: Allison Cox, Lenape, Fr.; 200: Gabrielle Farquharson, Williamstown, Sr.; 400: Annie Johnson, Shawnee, Jr.; 800: Liz Johnson, Rancocas Valley, Sr.; 1,600: Dina Iacone, Washington Twp., Jr.; 3,200: Sammar Abueldoleh, Washington Twp., Sr.; 100 HH: Evann Thompson, Lenape, Jr.; 400 IH: Raven Ellis, Williamstown, Jr.; Shot Put: Chelsea Holland, Washington Twp., Sr.; Discus: Jess Woodard, Cherokee, So.; Javelin: Melissa Lake, Cherokee, Sr.; Long Jump: Sydnee Pierce, Rancocas Valley, Sr.; Triple Jump: Shaya Wilkerson, Lenape, Jr.; High Jump: Kelsey Evancho, Lenape, Sr.; Pole Vault: Christina Kursewicz, Clearview, So.; Multi-Event: Emily McGee, Lenape, Fr.; 4x400: Williamstown (Gabrielle Farquharson, Sr.; Brianna Streater, Sr.; Alexus Streater, Sr.; Raven Ellis, Jr.); Honorable Mention:Julia DiSpirito, Shawnee, Fr.; Amanda Restivo, Lenape, So.; Natalia Ocasio, Lenape, So.; Jackie Maynes, Lenape, Sr.; Megan Charbeneau, Cherokee, So.

ALL-GROUP 3 100: Bryanna Williams, Timber Creek, Sr.; 200: Brittany McClain, Winslow Twp., Sr.; 400: Brianna Crofton, Delsea, Sr.; 800: Felicia O'Donnell, Delsea, Sr.; 1,600: Christin Bettis, Hammonton, Jr.; 3,200: Megan Venables, Highland, Sr.; 100 HH: Ste'yce McNeil, Winslow Twp., Jr..; 400 IH: Ashley Woodards, Delsea, Jr.; Shot Put: Janiece Rose, Delsea, Sr.; Discus: Taylor Johnson, Kingsway, Sr.; Javelin: Heather Juhring, Kingsway, Sr.; Long Jump: Cidea'a Woods, Winslow Twp., Fr.; Triple Jump: Chanel Wall, Winslow Twp., Sr.; High Jump: Alicia Terrell, Timber Creek, So.; Pole Vault: Colleen McDowell, Seneca, Sr.; Multi-Event: Jasmine Waddell, Kingsway, Sr.; 4x400: Delsea (Lateaque Jackson, Jr.; Ashley Woodards, Jr.; Felicia O'Donnell, Sr.; Brianna Crofton, Sr.); Honorable Mention: Meagan Robinson, Burlington Twp., Sr., Elissa Ingram, Kingsway, Sr.


Coach of the Year Courier-Post Staff


Following their title win, members of Lenape’s youthful team echoed their coach’s successful ‘‘teamfirst’’ approach. ‘‘Today was all about running for the team and not for individual attention,’’ said sophomore distance runner Amanda Restivo, a placewinner in the 3,200. ‘‘We all knew what we had to do in every race and everyone contributed.’’ Indeed. Among those key contributors were freshman Emily McGee and juniors Evann Thompson and Shaya Wilkerson in helping the Indians wrap up the sectional triumph. ‘‘All of our hard work is finally paying off,’’ Thompson said. ‘‘Our performance here today as a team is huge for our program. We always had the confidence we could do it, but it’s great to see it actually happen.’’ The Indians faltered the following week in the Group 4 state meet, but that did not diminish their season-long accomplishments.

100: Emily Carson, Haddonfield, So.; 200: Amaris Kobolak, Cinnaminson, So.; 400: Megan Johnston, Haddonfield, Jr.; 800: Taylor Oskowiak, Haddonfield, Sr.; 1,600: Rachel Quinn, Haddon Heights, Sr.; 3,200: Meghan Malloy, Cinnaminson, So.; 100 HH: Olivia Blaber, Haddonfield, So.; 400 IH: Patrice Rowe, Willingboro, Sr.; Shot Put: Alicia Carthan, Bordentown, Jr.; Discus: Kelly Yanucil, Bordentown, So.; Javelin: Katie Johnston, Haddonfield, Jr.; Long Jump: Alexa DiGregorio, Woodstown, Fr.; Triple Jump: Anyssa Sanchezz, Sterling, So.; High Jump: Megan Kirschling, West Deptford, Jr.; Pole Vault: Ana Kolbach, Haddon Heights, Sr.; Multi-Event: Terista Mickey, Camden, Sr.; 4x400: Camden (Taylor Taylor, Sr.; Terista Mickey, Sr.; Jamira Haines, So.; Charnita Jackson, Sr.).

ALL-GROUP 1 100: Azure Brittingham, Salem, Fr.; 200: Faleesha Dowe, Penns Grove, Fr.; 400: Kianje Pollard, Penns Grove, So.; 800: Taylor Smith, Penns Grove, Sr.; 1,600: Skye Tiller, Woodbury, Jr.; 3,200: Kim Snow, Riverside, Jr.; 100 hurdles: Patrice Farquharson, Maple Shade, Sr.; 400 IH: Joyce Perry, Schalick, Jr.; Shot Put: LaVon Childress, Paulsboro, Sr.; Discus: Victoria Wright, Schalick, Jr.; Javelin: Valerie Orth, Schalick, Jr.; Long Jump: Asia Pendleton, Glassboro., Jr.; Triple Jump: Jewell Brown, Clayton, Jr.; High Jump: Marybeth Bayruns, Haddon Twp., Jr.; Pole Vault: Alexis Gligor, Woodbury, Sr.; Multi-Event: Allison Kirsch, Audubon, So.; 4x400: Penns Grove (Taylor Smith, Sr.; Courtney Smith, Fr.; Kianje Pollard, So.; Faleesha Dowe, Fr.).

ALL-NON-PUBLIC 100: Julianna Ardire, Bishop Eustace, Jr.; 200: Shannon Grogan, Holy Cross, Sr.; 400: Sarah Bariglio, St. Joseph, Sr.; 800: Michelle Fogarty, Our Lady of Mercy, Sr.; 1,600: Courtney Kelly, Bishop Eustace, Jr.; 3,200: Holly Bischof, Bishop Eustace, Sr.; 100 HH: Maddie Hummel, Holy Cross, Jr.; 400 IH: Alexa McGrath, Bishop Eustace, Jr.; Shot Put: Kristen McShane, Paul VI, Fr.; Discus: Kelsey Kohelp, Gloucester Catholic, Jr.; Javelin: Kelsey Reese, Paul VI, Sr.; Long Jump: Tacquaya Tobias, Our Lady of Mercy, Sr.; Triple Jump: Ashley Leyden, Our Lady of Mercy, Jr.; High Jump: Jade Jefferson, Paul VI, Sr.; Pole Vault: Stephanie Ochlak, Gloucester Catholic, So.; Multi-Event: Tacquaya Tobias, Our Lady of Mercy, Sr.; 4x400: Saint Joseph (Tykeemah White, So,; Dana Donahue, Fr.; Ashley Leyden, Jr.; Sarah Bariglio, Sr.); Honorable Mention: Montana DiPietrantonio, Bishop Eustace, Sr.

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STEVE PONTRELLO St. Augustine Player of the Year

By DON BENEVENTO Courier-Post Staff


St. Augustine’s Steve Pontrello scored 52 goals and had 23 assists this season.

Asked J.C. Valore his opinion of who most deserves the accolade as the best boys’ lacrosse player of the year, and the St. Augustine coach doesn’t hesitate for a second. ‘‘Steve Pontrello is flatout the best player in South Jersey, and I say that without reservation,’’ Valore said. ‘‘He has the ability to win games, he has to ability to control games, and he’s the focal point of every defense we play against.’’ O.K., we’re convinced. Though only a junior, the Hermits midfielder has been selected by the Courier-Post as 2011 boys’ lacrosse Player of the Year. ‘‘I respect my coach a lot and it’s nice to hear him say that about me,’’ said Pontrello ‘‘I love playing for St. Augustine, and every game I just want to become a better player.’’ Bound for the University of North Carolina when his scholastic career is over, Pontrello played a key role in helping the Hermits nail down the No. 1 berth in the Courier-Post rankings this

my game to become a better player.’’ ■ School: St. Augustine According to Valore all ■ Position: Midfield the hard work pays off for ■ Grade: Junior Pontrello. ■ Accomplishment: A repeat ‘‘I’ve been coaching for selection . . . Led the area’s No. eight years, and he’s the best player I ever 1 ranked team with 52 goals, coached, bar none,’’ Valthe best among Courier-Post ore said. coverage area midfielders . . . That’s pretty high scored six goals against a top-flight opponent, Georgetown praise, considering that it Prep . . . Had four goals in the was only a year ago that Valore coached Gabe VouNon-Public A state semifinals mard to Player of the Year against Don Bosco Prep . . . honors. Also had 23 assists . . . Rates As their ranking would as the team’s best defensive suggest, the Hermits are a midfielder . . . Verbal well-rounded team. commitment to attend North Several players have Carolina. ■ Quote: ‘‘Steve Pontrello is won honors on this year’s flat-out the best player in South All-Courier-Post team, including Steve’s brother Jersey, and I say that without Nikko, a senior attack. reservation,’’ said coach J.C. The two work well toValore. ‘‘He has the ability to win games, he has to ability to gether on the field, and Steve says his brother has control games, and he’s the focal point of every defense we helped him into a better player. play against.’’ ‘‘I love playing with my brother,’’ Steve said. ‘‘It’s great. He helps me out a season. lot during each game, and He not only led the I think we help each other team with 52 goals, but he play better.’’ added 23 assists and ValHowever, Valore says ore described Pontrello as that Steve Pontrello is the team’s leading defen- special, and that he is the sive midfielder, as well. one player who makes his ‘‘I love being a two-way teammates better. player,’’ said Pontrello, a ‘‘When you see all the resident of Marlton. ‘‘I goals (Pontrello’s teamwork hard on all parts of mates) Tommy O’Neill


gets or Mike Sutton gets, that’s because the defense is focused on Steve,’’ Valore said. ‘‘I think I have a pretty high lacrosse IQ,’’ Pontrello said. ‘‘I try to work hard with my teammates every day to become really good.’’ Despite having some natural gifts, Pontrello puts a lot of work into getting better. One of his trademarks is a rocket-hard, accurate shot and he’s dangerous with either hand. That’s not by accident. He has the mindset and a good work-ethic that will serve to help him improve his game. Team practice time serves as only part of his game preparation. ‘‘I work on all the footwork playing all the right angles,’’ he said. ‘‘I put in a lot of preparation in both before and during the season.’’ Aside from the usual attributes, such as good speed and physical toughness, Valore said Pontrello brings lots of intangibles to his game as well. ‘‘He’s a good leader, and a good captain,’’ Valore said. ‘‘The guys listen to what he has to say.’’

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Coach of the Year MIKE JEVIC



Eastern Senior An excellent scorer who elevated his game this year . . . Scored 69 goals with more than 20 assists, but worked to get his teammates involved in the offense, as well . . . Was honorable mention last year.

Shawnee Junior One of the area’s most effective attack players . . . Led the area with 78 goals with 33 assists . . . Scored as many as seven goals in a game twice . . . Repeat selection . . . One of the best players in the state.

St. Augustine Senior Second team last year . . . Has one of the area’s best shots . . . A adapt passer who gets his teammates involved in the games . . . Had 55 assists for the year to lead South Jersey’s best team in that category.





Washington Twp. Senior Has a full package of physical skills, plus lots of intangibles as a team leader . . . Was the guy opposing defenses had to account for . . . Scored 44 goals with 32 assists . . . School’s Male Athlete of the Year.

Gloucester Catholic Senior Becomes the first player from Gloucester Catholic ever to make the first team . . . A veteran player in a young program, became known as a team leader on and off the field . . . Led team with 46 goals and 21 assists.

Haddonfield Senior Was a consistently outstanding scorer throughout the season . . . Led the team with 62 goals, including a high-game of six goals . . . Had as many as four goals in nine different games . . . Also known as an effective defensive middie.

Moorestown Senior The Quakers were one of the top defensive teams in the state, and he was a leader in that area . . . Took on top opponents’ scored and fared well . . Well schooled in the game . . . Will be attending North Carolina to play lacrosse next season.




Lenape Senior The leader of one of the area’s best defensive teams . . . Had his best games against his toughest competitors . . . Very tough against opposing scoring leaders . . . Helped keep the Indians competitive in most games.

Washington Twp. Senior Has been one of South Jersey’s leading defenders for a couple of seasons . . . Moves up this year after winning secondteam honors last year . . . Tough and quick in closing the gaps . . . An extremely reliable player.

Moorestown Sophomore Started the season looking for playing time, then became a fulltime goalie . . . Outstanding in the tournament, giving up only a combined five goals in state semifinal and Group 3 championship game to help team win.

By DON BENEVENTO Courier-Post Staff

On the one hand, you’d think it wouldn’t be too tough of a job coaching the Moorestown boys’ lacrosse team. After all, the Quakers have had South Jersey’s most established, and arguably most successful program, adding its third state championship to its list of laurels this year. Plus the team is stocked by a well-developed feeder program that assures a number of skilled players will always be available for the varsity team. But, on the other hand, Moorestown annually plays what must be considered the toughest schedule in South Jersey, and the pressure to win day in an day out and compete for a state championship every year must be enormous. This season, Moorestown coach Baron Wallenhurst found success against all of those challenges. He guided his team back on course after the group got off to an 0-3 start, and he would up directing the Quakers to the Group 3 state title. For his efforts in guiding the Quakers to a 13-8 record and a No. 2 finish in the Courier-Post Top 10 rankings, Wallenhurst has been named as this season’s 2011 boys’ lacrosse Coach of the Year. Having completed his sixth year as head coach, Wallenhurst is a believer that preparation is the key to his team’s success. ‘‘I think as a team we always practice well,’’ he said. ‘‘We’re always working hard, I think, even if it doesn’t always show on the field. The challenge for us is to work hard and have that carry over onto the field.’’ Many of the Quakers’ losses can be attributed to the fact that they play an extremely high level of competition. They are members of the Skyline Conference, a group of teams that produced three state champions this year. ‘‘I think playing a tough schedule helps us,’’ Wallenhurst said. ‘‘I think sometimes you learn a little more from a loss then from a win. ‘‘Losses help realize where you’re weak where you need corrections. Then you work on those thing as perfect running machine.’’ The Quakers relied all season on a balanced offensive attack and a strong defense that was led by All-Courier-Post players, Dane Dickey, Nick Natoli and sophomore goalie Dan Willis. With their help, the Quakers closed the season with a flourish. The No. 5 seed going into the tournament, they defeated the No. 1 and 2 seeds, Ridgewood and Ridge in the state semifinals and finals, respectively. Moorestown’s season ended in the quarterfinals of the Tournament of Champions with a loss to eventual champion Bridgewater-Raritan.

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ALL-COURIER-POST BOYS’ LACROSSE FIRST TEAM Athlete Mike Jevic Owen Demmerly Nikko Pontrello Steve Chapman Steve Pontrello Kevin Kohout Matt Porter Dane Dickey Tyler Brooks Lee Robledo Dan Willis


School Eastern Shawnee St. Augustine Washington Twp. St. Augustine Gloucester Catholic Haddonfield Moorestown Lenape Washington Twp. Moorestown

Class Sr. Jr Sr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. So.

Position Attack Attack Attack Middie Middie Middie Middie Defense Defense Defense Goalie

Athlete D.J.Carruthers Eric Gendron Mike Moran Kyle Borbi Mike DiNote Tommy O'Neill James O'Donnell C.J. Meyer Jon McGowan Nick Natoli Joe Gigantiello


School Shawnee West Deptford Kingsway Shawnee Eastern St. Augustine Lenape Eastern Bishop Eustace Moorestown St. Augustine

Class Sr. Sr. Sr. Fr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr.


Event Attack Attack Attack Midfield Midfield Defense Goalie

BOYS' LACROSSE OLYMPIC CONFERENCE American Division League Overall W L Pts W L 1 2 4 6 8 8

18 16 12 6 4 2

12 3 11 8 9 7 7 10 6 10 3 13

*-clinched title OLYMPIC CONFERENCE Patriot Division League Overall W L Pts W L *Shawnee Kingsway Seneca Paul VI Cherry Hill West Winslow Twp.

11 0 7 3 6 3 3 7 3 6 0 10

22 14 12 6 6 0

17 5 12 8 11 6 3 14 3 13 0 13

*-clinched title OLYMPIC CONFERENCE National Division League Overall W L Pts W L *Bishop Eustace West Deptford Haddonfield Holy Cross Gloucester Catholic Camden Catholic Woodstown

10 2 9 3 9 3 6 5 5 7 1 10 0 10

20 18 18 12 10 2 0

12 4 14 6 13 6 10 8 10 10 3 15 2 13

*-clinched title

Dylan Wills, New Egypt......................................... 74 Mike Jevic Eastern .............................................. 69 Eric Gendron, West Deptford ............................... 67 Connor Ryan, Rancocas Valley ........................... 61 Matt Porter, Haddonfield ..................................... 59 Dylan Schulte, Seneca ........................................ 59 D.J, Carruthers, Shawnee ................................... 57 Steve Pontrello, St. Augustine ............................. 52 Mike Moran, Kingsway ........................................ 51 Hunter Steel, Holy Cross ..................................... 48 Mike Sutton, St. Augustine .................................. 47 Sam Trill, Kingsway ............................................. 46 Kevin Kohout, Gloucester Catholic ...................... 46 Sterling Long, Bishop Eustace ............................ 45 Tyler Schulte, Seneca ......................................... 44 Steve Chapman, Washington Twp. ..................... 44 Josh Ensley, Cherry Hill West .............................. 43 Nick Reardon, West Deptford .............................. 43 Mike Walker, Haddonfield ................................... 42 Joel McGowan, Bishop Eustace .......................... 40


*Washington Twp. Eastern Cherokee Lenape Cherry Hill East

8 4 3 3 2


10 14 13 17 13 2

4 5 5 5 8 12

*-competes in Cape-Atlantic League; x-competes in Skyland Conference; #-competes in Colonial Valley Conference.


Owen Demmerly, Shawnee..................................82

16 8 6 6 4

17 11 6 9 9

3 8 8 9 9

*-clinched title

*Shawnee Clearview Cherry Hill West Pennsauken Winslow Twp.

8 5 4 1 0

League Overall L Pts W L 0 2 4 5 7

16 10 8 2 0

16 4 13 4 5 11 3 12 0 15

*-clinched title OLYMPIC CONFERENCE National Division W *Seneca Kingsway Collingswood

9 6 6

League Overall L Pts W L 0 4 3

18 12 12

4 2 0

4 7 9

8 4 0

5 11 7 9 1 14

*-clinched title OLYMPIC CONFERENCE Freedom Division W *Haddonfield Bishop Eustace Camden Catholic Gloucester Catholic Woodstown Gateway

9 6 5 3 3 0

League Overall L Pts W L 0 2 3 5 7 9

18 12 10 6 6 0

17 2 13 5 14 4 3 10 4 12 0 14


*Moorestown Holy Cross New Egypt Rancocas Valley Delran Northern Burlington Cinnaminson Maple Shade

7 5 5 5 3 2 1 0

League Overall L Pts W L 0 2 2 2 4 5 6 7

14 10 10 10 6 4 2 0

22 10 8 9 12 2 6 4

16 9 12

4 7 7

4 8 6 10 6 11 11 12

*-clinches title OTHERS Moorestown Friends Our Lady of Mercy



6 7

9 12




League Overall L Pts W L 0 4 5 5 6

West Deptford Sterling Paul VI



OTHERS yMoorestown Friends #Rancocas Valley #New Egypt *St. Augustine xMoorestown #Northern Burlington

Class Sr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Sr.

Position Attack Attack Attack Attack Midfield Midfield Midfield Midfield Defense Defense Defense Goalie

Athlete Melissa Arthur Katie Gill Kaitlyn Ogg Gretchen Kiep Maddie Kiep Josie Quaile Haleigh Dalmass Megan Tiernan Kierstin Smith Kelly Hardesty Erin Logue Alex Zaugra

School Class Cherokee Sr. Washington Twp. Sr. Eastern Jr. Haddonfield So. Haddonfield Jr Clearview Sr. Moorestown Jr. Washington Twp. Jr. Shawnee Sr. Clearview Sr. Bishop Eustace Sr. Shawnee Sr.

Athlete Jessica Loizeaux Melissa Arthur Kaitlyn Ogg Megan Tiernan Caroline DiBartolomeo Lizzie Duffey Theresa Bradley


Cl. Event

Clearview Cherokee Eastern Washington Twp. Cherry Hill East Lenape Rancocas Valley

Sr. Sr. Jr. Jr. Sr. Jr. Sr.

Attack Attack Midfield Midfield Defense Defense

Athlete Erin Waller Katie Gill Josie Quailie Trish Brown Taylor Foussadier Kelly Hardesty

School Washington Twp. Washington Twp. Clearview Rancocas Valley Washington Twp. Clearview

Cl. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr.



9 8 6 3 2 1


School Moorestown Shawnee Clearview Washington Twp. Shawnee Moorestown Seneca Camden Catholic Moorestown Lenape Washington Twp. Moorestown


Attack: Andrew Buckley, Holy Cross, Sterling Long, Bishop Eustace, Joel McGowan, Bishop Eustace, Hunter Steel, Holy Cross, Mike Walker, Haddonfield, Steve Gagliardi, Washington Twp., Jared Hand, Cherry East, Kevin Rapp, Lenape, Dylan Schulte, Seneca, Greg Yingling, Moorestown Friends, Dylan Willis, New Egypt, Connor Ryan, Rancocas Valley. Middie: Joe Cacciavillano, Kingsway, Frank Magazu, Kingsway, Mike Southwick, Seneca, Bill Cornelius, Washington Twp., Ryan Monaghan, West Deptford, Carmen Raroha, Bishop Eustace, Drew Pagenkopf, Rancocas Valley, Jake O'Donnell, Moorestown Friends, Chad Gamble, Moorestown, Phil Gamble, Moorestown. Defense: Dan Garwood, Clearview, Sam Kotter, Cherry East, Sean Gray, Seneca, Dom Lombardi, Kingsway, Dillon McDevitt, Shawnee, Marc Yeager, Seneca, Tim Fair, West Deptford, Alex Walter, Haddonfield. Goalies: Michael Nahas, West Deptford, Dylan Gallimore, Shawnee, Brett Roseman, Cherry Hill East.

*Washington Twp. Eastern Lenape Clearview Cherry Hill East Cherokee

Athlete Nikki Shapiro Nicole Troost Jessica Loizeaux Erin Waller Kristin Kocher Stephanie Toy Taylor Donahue Caitlyn Brostrand Erin McAfee Lizzie Duffey Taylor Foussadier Bridget Bianco

Lauren Hartman, OLMA .................................... 107 Tori Shinkowitz, Sterling ...................................... 81 Caitlyn Brostrand, Camden Catholic ................... 80 Taylor Donahue, Seneca ..................................... 75 Stephanie Toy, Moorestown ................................ 72 Jordan Calderone, Collingswood ........................ 67 Trisha Brown, Rancocas Valley ........................... 67 Katie Gill, Washington Twp. ................................. 65 Ally Stathius, Delan ............................................. 64 Caroline DiBartolomeo, Cherry Hill East............... 60 Mary O'Connell, Bishop Eustace ......................... 57 Carleigh MacWilliams, Cinnaminson ................... 57 Nikki Shapiro, Moorestown .................................. 56 Kaitlyn Ogg, Eastern ........................................... 55 Alex Hlesciak, Rancocas Valley .......................... 54 Liz Godorov, Cherry Hill West .............................. 53 Carly Flake, Seneca ............................................ 53 Beth LaBar, Collinswood ..................................... 52 Lindsay Shober, Kingsway .................................. 51 Laurel Falana, Haddonfield ................................. 50

Attack: Carly Walters, Lenape, Michelle Gonzales, Cherokee, Taylor Beatty, Cherry Hill East, Olivia Sterlein, Lenape, Lauren Young, Clearview. Midfield: Christina Brennan, Washington Twp., Ashley Singer, Cherokee, Kim Tumulo, Clearview, Danielle LaRocca, Eastern, Lauren Karpovich, Cherokee, Fangel Tung, Cherry Hill East, Nicole Tiernan, Washington Twp., Alexa Hlesciak, Rancocas Valley. Defense: Becca Meyers, Lenape, Lou Kalitz, Washington Twp., Sara Kramer, Clearview, Sydney Centrullo, Eastern, Carolyn Carlantonio, Cherokee. Goalie: Rachel Hall, Clearview, Merredith Bechler, Washington Twp., Caroline Huelster, Lenape.

ALL-GROUP 3 Event Attack Attack Midfield Midfield Defense Defense Goalie

Athlete Nikki Shapiro Nikki McMonigal Kristin Kocher Taylor Donahue Erin McAfee Melissa Royston Alex Zaugra


Cl. Event

Moorestown Moorestown Shawnee Seneca Moorestown Seneca Shawnee

Sr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr.

Attack Attack Midfield Midfield Defense Goalie

Athlete Nicole Troost Carlie Flake Stephanie Toy Haleigh Dalmass Kierstin Smith Bridget Bianco



Shawnee Seneca Moorestown Moorestown Shawnee Moorestown

Jr. Sr. Jr. Jr. Sr. Sr.

HONORABLE MENTION Attack: Lauren Anderson, Cherry Hill West, Alex Newman, Shawnee, Karlee Dean, Shawnee, Sam Notz, Pennsauken. Midfield: Liz Godorov, Cherry West, Cherry Hill West, Taylor Klevenz, Cherry Hill West, Masona Lamb, Pennsauken, Laura Lesky, Seneca. Defense: Rachal Hay, Seneca, Monica Versace, Cherry Hill West, Katie Cahill, Shawnee. Goalie: Candice Dandrige, Cherry Hill West, Mary Narozanick, Seneca.

ALL-GROUP 2 & 1 Event Attack Attack Midfield Midfield Defense Defense

Athlete Jen Graham Ally Stathius Nicole Lankford Maddie Kiep Erin Logue Becca Crowell


Cl. Event

Holy Cross Delran Bishop Eustace Haddonfield Bishop Eustace Camden Catholic

Sr. Sr. Jr. Jr. Sr. Sr.

Attack Attack Midfield Midfield Defense Goalie

Athlete Gretchen Kiep Mary O'Connell Ellie LaBar Caitlyn Brostand Danielle Jordan Sarah Meeter

School Haddonfield Bishop Eustace Collingswood Camden Catholic Haddonfield Haddonfield

HONORABLE MENTION Attack: Lauren Hartman, OLMA, Jenna Grady, West Deptford, Melissa Saily, Kingsway, Jordan Calderone, Collingswood, Lauren Hartman, Our Lady of Mercy Academy, Courtney Natlicchio, New Egypt, Carliegh McWilliams, Cinnaminson, Lindsay Brophy, Haddonfield, Rachel Murtin, Camden Catholic. Midfield: Caitlyn McGinley, Camden Catholic, Meredith Patterson, Bishop Eustace, Rachel Ippolite, Kingsway, Rachel Krott, West Deptford, Cait Collins, West Deptford, Erica Hoffman, Sterling. Defense: Sam Mastasi, Gateway, Diana Wade, Kingsway, Sarah Martella, Bishop Eustace, Allison Riss, Collingswood, Maddie Reiss, Paul VI. Goalie: Jen Allison, Gloucester Catholic, Alexis Williams, Kingsway.

Cl. So. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr.

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Moorestown Senior One of the area’s most reliable attack scorers . . . Had 56 goals and 37 assists . . . Scored her 100th goal in Tournament of Champions final . . . Had a season-high five goals in a tournament game vs. Seneca.

Shawnee Junior Repeat selection . . . An extremely well-schooled player who knows how to find the goal . . . Connected for 47 tallies this season, and has topped 150 goals for her career with one more season still to come.

Clearview Senior Was one of South Jersey’s best players as a sophomore, but missed her junior year with a knee injury . . . Had a nice comeback year, switching from midfield attack . . . 39 goals . . . Under Armour All-American.

Washington Twp. Senior An outstanding player . . . Has been a multiple selection for allOlympic Conference . . . Scored 49 goals, with five of them coming against Tournament of Champions winner Ridgewood in the State Group 4 final.





Shawnee Senior Returns for a second year on the elite team . . . Was one of the top players on a senior dominated team . . . Has good instincts around the goal . . . Scored 45 goals for a team noted for its balanced offense.

Moorestown Junior Returnee . . . One of the most dominating players . . . 72 goals, 53 assists and 45 ground balls . . . Had five goals, including the game-winner in Group 3 state title game . . . Verbal commitment to Notre Dame.

Seneca Senior Star caliber player throughout her career . . . Scored 75 goals this season . . . Very tough to defend around the goal . . . Has a quick a shot as anybody in area . . . Scored more than 200 goals for her career.

Camden Catholic Senior Moves up after spending a couple of seasons as an AllGroup player . . . She ends her career as Camden Catholic’s alltime leading scorer with 283 goals . . . 80 goals this season . . . Heading to play at La Salle.




Moorestown Senior Moves up after making the second-team last season . . . One of the most reliable players on the area’s best teams . . . Very quick to close space, and not afraid to mix things up a little . . . Grabbed 29 ground balls and had 10 legal checks.

Washington Twp. Senior Has been one of South Jersey’s best defensive players for a couple of years . . . Earned a place on this team last season, as well . . . Has great field vision and moves very quickly to cut off scoring attempts.

Lenape Junior The latest star player to come from a lacrosse family . . . Very quick, fluid and athletic . . . Finds ways to get herself involved in the plays . . . Moved up into the attack well enough to score 34 goals.

Coach of the Year DON BENEVENTO Courier-Post Staff

There are certain people who have achieved such a consistent level of success that they could be honored as coach of the year in almost any given season. Deanna Knobloch, the longtime and highly-successful coach of the Moorestown girls’ lacrosse team is one of those people. This is one of those years in which she will actually receive the honor. After guiding her team to a ninth No. 1 finish in the Courier-Post Top 10, and an 11th berth in the Tournament of Champions final, Knobloch has been named by the as 2011 Coach of the Year. The Quakers met with a heartbreaking end to their season with a 10-9 loss to Ridgewood in the Tournament of Champions final, but that should not diminish what the team was able to accomplish this year. The Quakers went 22-4, and those losses were primarily the result of two factors — an extremely difficult schedule, and the fact that this year the Quakers are a young team. There were times when the Quakers, who had only 10 seniors on the roster, would three or four freshman on the field playing regular minutes. ‘‘We knew we had a lot of young players and we thought this was going to be a rebuilding year,’’ Knobloch said. ‘‘But it turned out that wasn’t even an issue. The girls came out and played as if they’d been together for a long time.’’ This is not to suggest the team was devoid of some experienced and talent players. Led by the goalie-midfield tandem of Bridget Bianco and Stephanie Toy, the Quakers have two of the best players in South Jersey. Add on such talented payers as Nikki Shapiro, Nikki McMonigal, Haleigh Dalmass, Erin McAfee, and Sherri Fauvell, and that serves to add great depth to the program. But there were still a lot of questions about the team when the season began. The Quakers were coming off a 2010 season that unceremoniously ended with a loss to Shawnee in the South Jersey Group 3 final. No one knew how well the returning players would bounce back this season. The Quakers showed signs they were back when they defeated then No. 1 ranked Shawnee in a regular season game in April, and then avenged their loss to the same team in a rematch in the sectional final. ‘‘This team is a bunch of fighters,’’ Knobloch said.

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BRIDGET BIANCO Moorestown Player of the Year

By DON BENEVENTO Courier-Post Staff

Moorestown High School girls’ lacrosse coach Deanna Knobloch recently was talking to a couple of reporters about her star goalie Bridget Bianco. After they recorded the fact that Knobloch held such a high regard for her senior captain, the reporters moved on to address other issues with other players. But then Knobloch returned. She wanted to say a few more words about Bianco. The coach went on to outline how much she believed her multiple skilled star had contributed to the success of Moorestown effort this season, and throughout her career. ‘‘There’s nobody like her,’’ Knobloch said. ‘‘With her quickness, her ability and intensity . . . nobody does it better. She’s just such an athlete all-around from top to bottom.’’ Indeed, the Northwestern University-bound Bianco once again this season proved herself as one of the most dominating forces in South Jersey lacrosse. Because of her efforts, for the second straight season, she has been named girls’ lacrosse Player of the

Year by the Courier-Post. The award meant a lot to Bianco. ‘‘Lacrosse is a sport that has meant everything to me,’’ she said. ‘‘It’s my passion, it’s what I live for.’’ Moorestown finished No. 1 in the Courier-Post rankings, despite losing by one goal to Ridgewood in the Tournament of Champions final. The Quakers are a multi-talented team with star players all over the field, as witnessed by having four players earn a place on the All-Courier-Post team. But Bianco is the one who holds everything together. ‘‘She’s our rock,’’ Knobloch said. The coach likes to tell the story of how Bianco’s reputation preceded her to high school. From the first time Knobloch saw Bianco play, she knew she was watching something special. ‘‘She could have played for us when she was in middle school,’’ Knobloch said. ‘‘In fact there was one point when the family talked about moving, but I think we called them and said we can’t allow that to happen.’’ However, according to Knobloch, there is another side of Bianco, one that she doesn’t even show her teammates, and the oppo-

sition. ‘‘She’s not that intense person you see on the field all the time,’’ Knobloch said. ‘‘She has a fun personality when she’s not on goal. She really makes me laugh, even though when she’s in goal you wouldn’t know it.’’ Bianco has been a varsity starter the past two season, and she split time as a starter in her sophomore year. She play in nine games as a freshman. This season, she helped led the Quakers to a 22-4 record by allowing 4.8 goals a game. She had a career high 163 saves in 26 games She saw her role increase as a team leader for her senior year. ‘‘Being a goalie you see the field and always point different ways to go,’’ she said. ‘‘I think this year more people listened to me. I have the experience and I’m easy to talk to and I just lead the team the best I can.’’ She has drawn the attention not only of her teammates, but of her opponents, as well. ‘‘Bridget is phenomenal,’’ said Kelci Smesko of Ridgewood. ‘‘I give her so much credit, and she’s going to be so great in college. She’s defiantly and intimidating factor.’’ Now that it’s over Bianco said she’s ready to move on to college, and a new be-

BRIDGET BIANCO ■ School: Moorestown ■ Position: Goalie ■ Grade: Senior ■ Honors: This is the second

time the talented senior has been named as the Courier-Post Player of the Year. She was named this year as a member of the Under Armour All-American team. ■ Accomplishment: Bianco led the Moorestown to a state Group 3 championship and a berth in the Tournament of Champions final . . . She stopped 163 shots in 26 games this season, and allowed only 4.8 goals per game . . . She gave up five or fewer goals 18 times, and had one shutout . . . Heading to NCAA power Northwestern next season. ■ Quote: ‘‘Bridget could have played for us when she was in middle school,’’ Moorestown coach Deanna Knobloch said. ‘‘In fact there was one point when the family talked about moving, but I think we called them and said we can’t allow that to happen.’’

ginning. ‘‘ For my high school career to end is unbelievably sad,’’ she said. ‘‘I wouldn’t be anything without my team, and the fact I can go to the next level is because of what my team has given to me.’’ Reach Don Benevento at

JOSE F. MORENO/Courier-Post file

Senior goalie Bridget Bianco, who makes a save against Shawnee, was one of the reasons Moorestown had a successful season.

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JOE GILLESPIE Collingswood Coach of the Year

JOHN CUNNINGHAM Cinnaminson Senior Three-year performer . . . Stepped up his game this season . . . All-around player . . . Came up big in the tough matches . . . Hard hitter . . Set school record with 234 kills, 36 aces, 20 blocks and 275 digs.

JULIAN WELSH-WHITE Collingswood Senior Dominating player . . . Set school single match records for kills (23) and blocks (25) . . . Broke school season record with 378 kills . . . All-time leader for kills (798), blocks (290) and aces (203) . . . Head to Ball State.




Moorestown Senior Top libero player in area . . . Played hard both in games and in practices . . . His determination and hustle made the Quakers a very competitive team . . . Set school single season record with 293 digs and also holds the school career mark.

Cinnaminson Junior Came into his own this season . . . Very strong offensively and defensively along the net . . . Developed into a powerful hitter . . . For the season he had 20 aces, 45 blocks, 163 digs and 225 kills.

ALEC HALBRUNER Eastern Senior Excellent all-around season and became a steady and reliable clutch performer for Vikings . . . Hard hitter and very aggressive . . . Had 213 kills on season and 376 for career . . . Also had 98 blocks.

Cherry Hill East Senior Most improved players . . . A dependable second option . . . Made successful transition from outside hitter to opposite . . . Very dependable player . . . For season had 89 kills, 35 blocks, 48 digs, 29 assists and 12 aces.



Cinnaminson Senior Premier setters . . . Helped Pirates to a 74-21 record and three division titles . . . Great feel for game . . . Had knack for keeping loose and ready to play . . . Set single season school record with 740 assists . . . Holds career assist record (1,325).

Washington Twp. Senior Team MVP the past two seasons . . . Excellent setter and clutch player . . . Dedicated player and team leader . . . Had 425 assists, 34 digs, 185 service points and 35 aces . . . Head to Stevenson in Maryland.

ALL-COURIER-POST FIRST TEAM Eric Zaun John Cunningham Zach Law Kyle Pottieger Christian Strauss Julian Welsh-White Alec Halbruner Taylor Arcaini Dan Massimini Zac Stewart

Cherry Hill East Cinnaminson Eastern Cinnaminson Cherry Hill East Collingswood Eastern Cinnaminson Washington Twp. Moorestown

SECOND TEAM Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr.

Adam Coughlan Kyle Farley Jack Dear Collin Sibilia Brett Holiday John Phan Connor Rieger Keith Watkins Ron Dunn Colin Lynch

Clearview Cherry Hill West Clearview St. Augustine Sterling Collingswood Moorestown Eastern Collingswood Cinnaminson

Jr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr.

ZACH LAW Eastern Senior Excellent hitter and a hard worker . . . Showed steady improvement . . . One of the team leaders . . . Tremendous hustle and determination . . . 20 aces during the season along with 212 kills . . . 336 career kills.

By BOB VIGGIANO Courier-Post Staff

When the 2011 volleyball season was set to begin Collingswood coach Joe Gillespie didn’t have any idea how the season would play out. Sure he had Julian Welsh-White who just happened to be one of the best players in the area. After him, there was some talent but fitting them into certain positions was one of the problems facing Gillespie. ‘‘I knew what I had in Julian but the big problem was how to setup our service and receive,’’ Gillespie said. ‘‘Ever since Harrison Carsillo graduated (2009) that has been one of our problems.’’ Through the preseason and in early regular season matches Gillespie tinkered with his lineup trying to fit the players into positions that best suited their talents. ‘‘It took a while to get it right,’’ Gillespie said. ‘‘For instance we had John Pham in the middle to start. He is an excellent player but he is at his best on the outside so that didn’t work out. Once we moved him to the outside and put our setter Ron Dunn in the middle things started to click for us.’’ With things in place things took off the Panthers and Gillespie, who started the program in 1994, guided his team to a 20-3 record and a share of the Olympic Conference Freedom Division crown. For his accomplishments the Courier-Post selected Gillespie the 2011 Coach of the Year. He also reached the same honor in 2006. ‘‘As far as I’m concerned he deserves the honor,’’ said Welsh-White, who will attend Ball State University on a volleyball scholarship. ‘‘I couldn’t ask for a better coach. He has done everything for me and he has become a great friend.’’ Welsh-White said few people know the hours Gillespie has put in molding his kids into good volleyball players as well responsible young men. ‘‘He has spent an enormous amount of time with all of us,’’ Welsh-White said. ‘‘He not only drilled us in the fundamentals of volleyball and taught us the value of teamwork but he has also taught us a lot of life lessons. I know I’ll never forget all he has done for me personally.’’ Gillespie himself admits this was a special season and one that he won’t soon forget. ‘‘Sure Julian was the key to our team,’’ Gillespie said. ‘‘But a lot of our kids stepped up their game and made big contributions to our success. Kids like Nigel Patterson, Derek Wormley, Niyaz Ali, Baggio Myles and Tyrell Mann-Barnes played very big roles in our success.’’ The Panthers only three loses came at the hands of Cherry Hill East (twice) and Cinnaminson.

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ERIC ZAUN Cherry Hill East Player of the Year


Courier-Post Staff

For the second straight year Eric Zaun proved to be the best volleyball player in South Jersey. The Cherry Hill East senior not only left an indelible mark on the school’s volleyball program but all of a South Jersey as well. ‘‘He is the best player I have had in my 18 years at Cherry Hill East,’’ said East coach Karl Moehlmann. ‘‘We have had other very good players but none have had the allaround talent Eric has. He is without the hardest hitter we have ever had.’’ Over the past two season Zaun has been the sparkplug that has enabled the Cougars to compile a 41-9 record and reach the South Jersey championship round before falling to Southern Regional both times. ‘‘It was been a great run and a lot of fun,’’ Zaun said. ‘‘But they were two completely different seasons. Last year I played with a very experienced and talented group of seniors. I never felt I had to carry more than my share of the load.’’ But Zaun knew coming

into the 2011 season things would be different. Much different. ‘‘We didn’t have a lot of varsity experience to start this year,’’ Zaun said. ‘‘I just felt I had to be more of a leader. But I still felt we were going to have a pretty good season. And we did. But even bigger than that is we had a lot of fun.’’ Zaun’s main goal coming into the season was to make sure Moehlmann got his 300th victory on his watch. ‘‘I wanted that so much for him for all he has done for me and the Cherry Hill East program,’’ Zaun said. ‘‘He has meant so much to me. He not only taught me the physical aspects of the game but also the mental part. He taught me the right way to handle myself on the court.’’ The 2011 season has been a record-setting year for the 6-3 Zaun. He set a school record with 369 kills for the season and he finished his career with a school record 757. His 27 kills against Cinnaminson on May 20 broke his own school single match record. Seven times this season he had 21 or more kills in a match and averaged

ERIC ZAUN ■ High School: Cherry Hill East ■ Grade: Senior ■ Height: 6-3 ■ College: Limestone College,

Gaffney, S.C.

■ Accomplishments:

Repeat selection as Player of the Year . . . Set a single-season record for kills at 369 . . . Finished his career with a school record 757 . . . His 27 kills against Cinnaminson on May 20 broke his own school single match record . . . Seven times this season he had 21 or more kills in a match and averaged 18 per match. 18 per match. ‘‘Eric has worked hard to make himself the player he has become,’’ Moehlmann said. ‘‘No question the beach and club volleyball he has played has helped him tremendously. We are certainly going to miss him.’’ Zaun will take his considerable talents to Limestone College in Gaffney, S.C. in the fall. ‘‘While I’ll miss high school it’s time to move on,’’ Zaun said. ‘‘I’m excited and looking forward to playing in college.’’ Reach Bob Viggiano at (856) 486-2424.

CHRIS LaCHALL/Courier-Post file

Cherry Hill East senior Eric Zaun (left), knocks the ball over the net as Clearview’s Sam Pisker attempts to defend during a game last month, had 369 kills this season.

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Singles Singles Singles Doubles Doubles Doubles Doubles

Shane Monroe Mike Humes Pierce Cooper Tyler Blessing Matt Holzinger Isaac Anderson Sean Campbell

St. Augustine Lenape Moorestown Moorstown Moorestown Haddonfield Haddonfield



Fr. Sr. So. Fr. Sr. Fr. Jr.

Coach of the Year By DAVE EVES

SECOND TEAM Singles Singles Singles Doubles Doubles Doubles Doubles

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Justin Kang Tyler Arsenault Matt Monroe Hamza Husain Dan Schafhauser Anthony Celenza Max Prescott

Shawnee Shawnee St. Augustine Moorestown Moorestown Haddonfield Haddonfield

Fr. Jr. Jr. So. Jr. Sr. Jr.


MIKE HUMES Lenape Senior A repeat selection . . . A fearless, tenacious competitor who plays big when it matters most . . . Won his second consecutive Olympic Conference American Division title . . . 28-4 this season . . . 122-19 for career.

PIERCE COOPER Moorestown Junior A talented, composed player with an all-around complete game . . . Amassed a 36-6 record playing at first singles . . . Runner-up in the South Jersey Interscholastic Championship . . . Won the Burlington County title.

Singles: Mike Humes, Lenape, Sr.; Justin Kang, Shawnee, Fr.; Tyler Arsenault, Shawnee, Jr. Doubles: Brady Akman, Eastern, Jr.; Ray Kaldany, Eastern, Jr.; Jared Kaufman, Cherry Hill East, Sr.; Max Silverberg, Cherry Hill East, Sr. Honorable Mention: David Blystone, Cherokee, Sr.; Andrew Weiss, Clearview, So.; Prashant Ramesh, Eastern, Jr.; Alfred Sebastian Gonzalez, Cherry Hill East, Jr.; Ben Bertino, Cherokee, So.; Ian Patel, So., and Marc Reynaud, Sr., Lenape. ALL-GROUP 3 Singles: Pierce Cooper, Moorestown, Jr.; Kevin Taylor, Burlington Twp., Jr.; Ryan Locke, Kingsway, Sr. Doubles: Matt Holzinger, Moorestown, Sr.; Tyler Blessing, Moorestown, Fr.; Hamza Husain, Moorestown, So.; Dan Schafhauser, Moorestown, Jr. Honorable Mention: Colin Groundwater, Moorestown, Sr.; Vincent Sparacio, Cumberland, Sr.; Bradley Johnson, Cumberland, Sr.; Peter Brennan, So., and Steve Gannon, Jr., Kingsway. ALL-GROUP 2 Singles: Paulo Parente, West Deptford, So.; Max Oberholtzer, Haddonfield, Fr.; James Hicks, Haddonfield, So. Doubles: Isaac Anderson, Haddonfield, Fr.; Sean Campbell, Haddonfield, Jr.; Anthony Celenza, Haddonfield, Sr.; Max Prescott, Haddonfield, Jr. Honorable Mention: Luke Grabiak, Haddonfield, Jr.; Matt Godlewski, Haddonfield, Jr.; Nick Colubriale, Woodstown, Sr.; Trevor Hoopes, Woodstown, Jr., and Mitch Olivetto, Woodstown, Jr.



Moorestown Freshman Part of a doubles team that won the South Jersey Coaches Tournament . . . Played above expectations all the way to quarterfinal round in the state doubles tournament . . . Turned in a 27-6 record in 2011.

Moorestown Senior A three-time selection . . . Part of dynamic doubles team that won the South Jersey Coaches Tournament . . . Made it to the quarterfinal round in the state doubles tournament . . . Finished the year with a 27-6 record.

ALL-GROUP 1 Singles: Jack Peterson, Schalick, So.; Chris Popso, Florence, Fr.; John Sjolander, Pitman, Jr. Doubles: Joe Malone, Florence, Sr.; Arnold Petras, Florence, Sr.; Tyler Ascenzi, Pennsville, Jr.; Sam Stafford, Pennsville, Jr. Honorable Mention: Cory Finlaw, Pennsville, Sr.Chris Mulroy, Haddon Twp., Jr.; Ryan McIntyre, Sr., and Josh Pacana, Sr., Pitman. ALL-NON-PUBLIC Singles: Shane Monroe, St. Augustine, Fr.; Matt Monroe, St. Augustine, Jr.; Jay Vatson, Bishop Eustace, Sr. Doubles: Marcos Lamberto, Paul VI, Sr.; Nick Lamberto, Paul VI, Sr.; Brian Balchiunas, St. Augustine, So.; Andrew Moffa, St. Augustine, Jr. Honorable Mention: Terry Long, Paul VI, Jr.; Jarrett Berkowitz, Jr., and Eric Harkaway, So., Moorestown Friends.



Haddonfield Freshman Talented youngster with power . . . Went 40-5, 37-5 with partner Sean Campbell . . . Part of the team that claimed Colonial Conference and the Camden County titles . . . Helped Bulldawgs win Group 2 state title.

Haddonfield Junior A quick, smart player who was part of a team that went 37-5 . . . Was perfect in doubles match play throughout the state tournament . . . Won the Colonial Conference and Camden County doubles title.

Courier-Post Staff High school tennis is supposed to be a team sport, but sometimes it can be individualized, thanks to personalities or outcomes. But not on George Kemery’s watch. The seventh year head coach at Eastern emphasizes the difference between playing for a team, and playing for yourself. ‘‘I try to stress team over individual,’’ said Kemery. ‘‘Tennis is like a track — sometimes you win your race, but the team loses. ‘‘A lot of kids can separate themselves, and it becomes about them . . . I don’t tolerate that.’’ Kemery’s mindset helped take a team that no one saw coming to the South Jersey Group 4 championship. It was Eastern’s first such title since 2003 when Kemery was an assistant coach for the team. The Vikings went 18-6 under Kemery, and defeated a tough Toms River North team 3-2 to win the sectional title. But he saw the potential of his team earlier in the season. ‘‘When we beat Mainland 5-0, that was huge,’’ said Kemery. ‘‘I knew we had something special then.’’ Efforts such as those have earned Kemery the title of 2011 boys’ tennis Coach of the Year honors. ‘‘It’s not about me,’’ said Kemery. ‘‘I just want the kids to have fun, play their style, and play it together for each other.’’ Third-singles junior Andy Glass, pointed to the Kemery’s attitude as the reason for the team’s success. ‘‘When the season started, he told us that on paper we weren’t expected to do anything,’’ said Glass. ‘‘He told us it was up to us if we wanted to be great. ‘‘More importantly, he never put any pressure on us.’’ Kemery agreed that pressure, and hands-on coaching, is not what he is all about. ‘‘I want them to do their homework, don’t look at the opponent, look at the numbers,’’ he said. The veteran coached showed his kids a simple system that reveals just how beatable are the best tennis players. ‘‘It’s all mathematics,’’ said Kemery. ‘‘Just look at the numbers, have fun, do what you do best, take pride in your game, and you’ll be fine.’’ ‘‘He did his homework, which allowed us to be more prepared,’’ said junior first doubles player Brady Akman. ‘‘He knows what we do best. A lot of coaches will try and manufacture a player into what they need, but not him. ‘‘He doesn’t try and change our games. He just works on our strengths and lets them shine.’’

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SHANE MONROE St. Augustine Player of the Year


Courier-Post Staff There are plenty of talented tennis players to watch in the South Jersey area, and then there is Shane Monroe. The freshman phenom from St. Augustine is easily the best player the area has seen in a long time, according to head coach Sam Miles. ‘‘I believe he is the best,’’ said Miles, ‘‘I have no doubt that he can beat anyone in the state.’’ Monroe was a highly touted prospect who exceeded expectations, going 39-1 with his only loss coming in the NJSIAA State Singles Tournament final. Not only was it Monroe’s first loss, but it was the only time he allowed a match to go three sets. It’s that kind of talent that’s made Monroe the Courier-Post 2011 boys’ tennis Player of the Year. ‘‘It feels great,’’ said Monroe. ‘‘I just want to be the best.’’ Monroe has been the among the best since seventh grade, when he started beating some of the top high school players in the area while making weekend trips to the John McEnroe Tennis Academy in New York City. ‘‘I have always played tennis, but I didn’t really commit to it until I was 12 years old,’’ said Monroe, ‘‘When I was beating high school players then, I knew high school wouldn’t be much trouble for me.’’

SHANE MONROE ■ School: St. Augustine ■ Grade: Freshman ■ Accomplishment: Was

undefeated in South Jersey play on his way to the singles championships in the South Jersey Tournament and Cape-Atlantic League . . . Finished the year 39-1 with his only loss coming in the NJSIAA state singles final . . . His one loss was the only match he allowed to go to three sets. ■ Quote: ‘‘My favorite shot is the serve because I can try to end the point right then,’’ said Monroe. ‘‘A lot of players serve to get it in, I serve to end the point.’’ Monroe has every right to be confident. Not only did he defeat all of his South Jersey opposition, but his one loss in the state tournament was caused by heat exhaustion. ‘‘I was winning the match easily, but I started to feel something different,’’ said Monroe. ‘‘Something wasn’t right — whether it was the heat or the humidity, I felt nauseous and should have retired.’’ ‘‘He was winning easily but the heat got to him,’’ agreed Miles, ‘‘If I know Shane, he has already began training for that scenario. ‘‘He will never let that happen again.’’ Coincidentally, Monroe has since been training on the beach to make sure the heat is never a factor again.

‘‘I train harder and longer than any of the kids around here,’’ said Monroe, ‘‘I want to get better and I want to win bigger tournaments.’’ Aside from an amazing run in the State Singles tourney, Monroe captured the Cape-Atlantic Singles Championship and was crowned champion at the South Jersey Open. ‘‘A lot of times I know that if I play my game I will win,’’ said Monroe, ‘‘Tennis has just come natural to me, and my experiences have helped me polish my game.’’ As a coach, Miles couldn’t get over how nice it was to have a kid as good as Monroe on his team. ‘‘It’s fun because I never had to worry about him,’’ said Miles, ‘‘He would be down 0-40 and still win.’’ ‘‘I am used to it I guess,’’ said Monroe about his comebacks. ‘‘It’s something that you can’t teach. I try and stay calm and don’t let the other guy see my real reactions. ‘‘Inside I am questioning myself, but outside I am calm, and I start playing harder.’’ No matter how he goes about it, the results are undeniable. ‘‘He has it all — size, stamina, and a cool head,’’ said Miles, ‘‘He is a player that wants to win and has every stroke in the world to do so.’’ ‘‘I have never seen someone like him before in my life.’’

CHARLES J. OLSON/New Jersey Press Media file

St. Augustine freshman Shane Monroe compiled an impressive 39-1 record with his only loss coming in the state final.

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Louis Kelly Eric Park Zach Arsenault Russell Hill Cody Dazen Craig Smith

Glou. County Institute of Technology Cherry Hill East Shawnee Bordentown St. Augustine Lenape

Class Sr. Fr. Jr. Sr. So. Sr.

SECOND TEAM Nick Sherm Sam Tomlinson Vince Kwon Amber Smith Austin Kohler Mike Lacatena

Woodstown Haddonfield Cherry Hill East Williamstown Clearview Haddonfield

Sr. Sr. Jr. Sr. So. Jr.

ALL-GROUP 4 Craig Smith, Lenape, Sr.; Eric Park, Cherry Hill East, Fr.; Vince Kwon, Cherry Hill East, Jr.; Amber Smith, Williamstown, Sr.; Austin Kohler, Clearview, So.; Jack Loeber, Washington Twp., Sr. Honorable Mention: Kyle Graham, Eastern; Brett Fernandes, Cherokee; Kelsey Solan, Rancocas Valley; Joe Russo, Washington Twp.; Sammie Faraghan, Lenape.

Coach of the Year By MIKE SHUTE

Courier-Post Staff ERIC PARK


Cherry Hill East Freshman Captured three individual titles in first high school season . . . Won Olympic Conference Tournament title with 73 . . . Captured at Camden County Open with 71 . . . Medalist at SJ/CJ Group 4 sectional with 75 . . . 38.1 nine-hole match average and 80.4 18-hole tournament average.

Shawnee Junior Third in Olympic Conference tournament . . . Carded 37.2 nine-hole match average and 79.2 18-hole tournament average . . . Second at Burlington County Open to lead Shawnee to team title . . . Tied 15th at Arena/Rifkin . . . Tied ninth at SJ/CJ Group 3 sectional . . . Tied fourth at Group 3 state final and 12th at Tournament of Champions.

ALL-GROUP 3 Zach Arsenault, Shawnee, Jr.; Jack Gilligan, Shawnee, Jr.; Colin Goan, Cherry Hill West, Sr.; Brandon Roche, Burlington Twp., Jr.; Colin Lubner, Seneca, So.; Rob Filipe, Moorestown, Sr. Honorable Mention: Kevin Sarlo and Nick Cappetti, Burlington Twp.; Sean Hickey and Shane Haggerty, Shawnee; Rob Singer, Seneca; Justin DeVany, Moorestown. ALL-GROUP 2 Louis Kelly, GCIT, Sr.; Jordan Haines, West Deptford, Sr.; Nick Baird, Delran, Sr.; Dean Marshall, Cumberland, Sr.; Kevin Brockway, West Deptford, Jr.; Tommy Hughes, Delran, So. Honorable Mention: Mike Birdsall, Cumberland; Nick Zampitella, Delran; John Maslanik, Deptford. ALL-GROUP 1 Russell Hill, Bordentown, Sr.; Nick Sherm, Woodstown, Sr.; Sam Tomlinson, Haddonfield, Sr.; Mike Lacatena, Haddonfield, Jr.; Chris Engel, Woodstown, Sr.; Louis Wilson, Pitman, Sr. Honorable Mention: C.J. Stiles and Tom Smith, Woodstown; Anthony Van Dervort, Haddonfield; Andrew Willadsen, Penns Grove; Eric Stafford, Pitman.

RUSSELL HILL Bordentown Senior Had a 37.4 nine-hole match average and 77.4 18-hole average . . . Hill won the Burlington County Open by three strokes . . . Tied for 21st at Carl Arena/Al Rifkin . . . Placed third at SJ/CJ Group 1 sectional . . . Second at state Group 1 Tournament and tied for 24th at Tournament of Champions.

CODY DAZEN St. Augustine Sophomore Posted a 37.1 nine-hole match average for Hermits along with 79.4 18-hole average . . . Took 6th at Garden State Cup . . . Tied fifth at Carl Arena/Al Rifkin . . . Top 10 finish at SJ/CJ Non-Public A sectional . . . Placed eighth at Galloway Challenge . . . Tied fourth at Cape-Atlantic League Tournament.

ALL-NON-PUBLIC Cody Dazen, St. Augustine, So.; Matt DiMeglio, St. Augustine, Sr.; Roman Ammirato, St. Augustine, Sr.; Annie Cagliotti, Bishop Eustace, Jr.; Liam Mulligan, Bishop Eustace, So.; Darren Raudenbush, Gloucester Catholic, So. Honorable Mention: Ian Kelley, Chris McDonald, Paul VI; Matthew Ade, Holy Cross; Dom Reale, St. Augustine; Nick Lutz, Holy Cross.

CRAIG SMITH Lenape Senior Second in Olympic Conference Tourney . . . 38.9 nine-hole match average and 77.8 18-hole tournament average . . . Tied for third at Burlington County Open as Lenape placed third . . . Tied for fifth at Arena/Rifkin tourney . . . Took second at SJ/CJ Group 4 sectional . . . Tied 14th at Group 4 state final.

After the final match of the 2011 season, when Clearview defeated Gloucester Catholic 152-168 at Beckett Golf Club, the players on coach Dan Lafferty’s team turned the tables on him. On the bus before each match, Lafferty opens a box of Titleist Pro VI golf balls and carefully rolls one ball from the front of the bus, under the seats, back to each of his players. With that May 19 victory, the Pioneers completed a perfect season at 20-0. Afterward, each player initialed one of the Pro VIs and one of them rolled the signed ball into the waiting hands of Lafferty, the Courier-Post’s 2011 High School Golf Coach of the Year. ‘‘I felt really confident that any day, I could send my team out there and we could put together four strong scores,’’ said Lafferty. ‘‘It just worked.’’ For Lafferty’s players, the momentous victory came at Pitman Golf Club when Clearview beat Woodstown 152-158, May 12, to improve to 18-0 and hand Woodstown its only loss. It was clearly not just another regular season match. ‘‘The kids were saying you could cut the tension with a knife,’’ said Lafferty, who improved his career coaching record to 35-5 after two seasons. ‘‘Usually they’re jovial and joking around before a match. Both teams knew what it meant. For us, it was the match of the year.’’ ‘‘It was very tense,’’ said Clearview senior Frank Rohrman, a three-year letterwinner. ‘‘Coach tried to act like it was any other match. We got on the bus, he got the balls out and rolled them and told us as long as we play to our averages, we’ll do OK. He kept us calm and focused.’’ ‘‘When coach rolls the balls to us, it takes our mind off the match for a minute,’’ said sophomore Austin Kohler, whose hole-in-one on April 8 in Clearview’s second match of the season proved a harbinger of things to come. ‘‘That tradition just makes it less serious, less stressful. It feels like we’re just going out and playing on a Sunday.’’ According to senior Nick Chilelli, it was fellow senior Kevin Hackenbrack’s idea to flip the script on their coach after the final win. It was a meaningful roll. ‘‘That signified us moving on,’’ said Chilelli. ‘‘When we rolled that ball back to him, it was a sign of respect. We were showing our appreciation and wishing him good luck. ‘‘It was a great season and to come out in your second year as a coach, go 20-0 and be Tri-County Royal Division champs, he did it. That’s something you can hold on to.’’ Just like that cherished golf ball. Reach Mike Shute at

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Player of the Year By MIKE SHUTE

Courier-Post Staff Step onto the golf course with Louis Kelly and he has only one intention — he wants to destroy you. And he usually does. The 2011 Courier-Post Golfer of the Year, Kelly picked up two 18-hole tournament victories this season at Gloucester County Institute of Technology. One of those two wins was the annual Carl Arena/Al Rifkin Memorial Tournament, held for the first time at Ron Jaworski’s RiverWinds Golf & Tennis Club in West Deptford. Winning the event was on his to-do list since he started golfing in high school as a freshman in the spring of 2008. And when Louis Kelly gets it in his head that he’s doing something, you can rest assured, he’s doing it. ‘‘I know he really wanted to win the Arena,’’ said GCIT coach Chris Sedgwick. ‘‘His mindset from match play to tournaments, he can turn it on like nobody’s business. He gets so focused. It’s amazing how he turns it on. The whole change of mind, the change of attitude. He’s so consistent. In every tournament we go to, you just know he’s going to compete.’’ And he certainly had to compete back on the first

Thursday of May as he and Alex Hicks of Middle Township battled each other, the course, and a blustery wind to each shoot a 3-over-par 75. Kelly then won the tournament on the second playoff hole after Hicks nailed lengthy putts over 25 feet on the 18th and the first playoff hole to remain alive. ‘‘Alex made those two long putts but I always expect my opponents to make those shots,’’ said Kelly, who was named his school’s athlete of the year this spring. ‘‘I expect the worst scenario because I’m very focused. . . I’m trying to win out there. ‘‘They were probably the two most clutch holes I played this season and that’s the biggest tournament in the area against one of the best players in the state,’’ Kelly said of his Arena playoff performance. Winning the Arena started Kelly’s quest of winning all six 18-hole tournaments he’d play this season and although he fell short of that lofty goal, he still managed to win his second consecutive Gloucester County Open title. He also qualified for the state tournament for the fourth straight season, finishing in a tie for fourth at the South/Central Jersey Group 2 Sectional thanks to a birdie on his final hole. At the state finals and Tournament of Champions,

Kelly shot a 79 to place eighth in Group 2. And in the Tri-County Conference Tournament, his putting touch left him and he finished in a tie for sixth at 83. The sixth tournament Kelly planned to play in — the New Jersey Technical School Tournament which he won last year — was postponed. On two occasions, Kelly carded a school-record 32 in nine-hole dual matches, doing so on April 18 in a 170-209 win over Deptford and again on May 11 in a 166-185 win over Deptford, both at par-35 Pitman. ‘‘I still think I accomplished what I wanted to accomplish, except winning a state title,’’ said Kelly, who actually does own a state title, just not a high school crown. He won the New Jersey Junior Amateur title last summer. He’ll next pursue collegiate golf — verbally committed to Adelphi University — as he chases his dream of playing on the pro tour some day. ‘‘He’s easily the most accomplished athlete in the school’s history,’’ Sedgwick said. ‘‘Everything that he’s accomplished — winning the team Group 1 state title in 2008, he’s won every single tournament except the TOC. What makes him who he is is his family. They’re on top of it. They don’t stress sports, they stress academ-


Gloucester County Institute of Technology ■ Grade: Senior ■ Accomplishments: Captured the individual championship of the 2011 Carl Arena/Al Rifkin Tournament on second playoff hole after shooting 75 in regulation . . . Earned his second straight Gloucester County Open title in 2011 . . . Tied for fourth at the SJ/CJ Group 2 sectional at Wildwood . . . Placed eighth in Group 1 State Final . . . Qualified for states in each of his four high school seasons . . . Named Athlete of the Year at GCIT . . . Was the 2010 Courier-Post Golfer of the Year . . . Will attend Adelphi University in fall. ■ Quote: ‘‘The one thing about Louis is that he doesn’t settle. He thinks big and goes for it,’’ said Kelly’s coach, Chris Sedgwick. ‘‘It’s amazing how he turns it on. He changes his mindset and his attitude and his level of focus. In every tournament we go to, you just know he’s going to compete. ’’

ics and they try to help him stay grounded. If he stays grounded and surounds himself with a great bunch of people who can push him to be the player he wants to be, there’s no doubt in my mind that he can reach those goals.’’ Reach Mike Shute at

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GCIT’s Louis Kelly captured the prestigious Carl Arena/Al Rifkin Memorial Tournament this year.

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Courier-Post Varsity Spring All-Stars 2011  

Our annual look at South Jersey's best High School Athletes of the spring season

Courier-Post Varsity Spring All-Stars 2011  

Our annual look at South Jersey's best High School Athletes of the spring season