Girls' Swimming - Immaculate Heart
Immaculate Heart Academy had won (or shared) 13 consecutive
state championships until being shut out in 2006
and 2007. When IHA bounced back to win the Non-Public A
title last year, thoughts immediately turned to starting a
new streak. "It's a tradition around here," says coach Jason
Schlereth. "We always expect to be up among the top
teams."With Bryeanne Ravettine and Danielle Romain leading
the way, extending the new championship streak to a
modest two years seems likely. Romain was simply dominant
as a freshman last year, winning The Star-Ledger North
Jersey Swimmer of the Year award, while Ravettine exploded
at the state finals by winning the 50 free and the 100 free.
Ravettine will be a senior this season, and Schlereth says she
is one of the best sprinters he's ever coached. "She gets up to
speed quickly, and she's able to sustain that through the
entire race. She should be even better this year." Schlereth is
also counting on seniors Lia Kunnapas and Shauna Niemeier
to provide stability. Both were All-League selections last
year, and along with Ravettine they will serve as tri-captains
this season. Immaculate Heart will need Kunnapas to come
through in the backstroke events and Niemeier to deliver in
the breaststroke races in order to balance out the squad as it
goes for the repeat. "We have most of the events covered,"
says Schlereth. "We think we've got a great team."
Boys' Basketball - St. Anthony
Last year's St. Anthony squad was one for the history books, but even though six seniors have moved on to Division I colleges,
don't underestimate the Friars. Senior forward Dominic Cheek has stepped to the forefront as the team leader, and he's
got the talent to carry St. Anthony to another Tournament of Champions crown. Senior forwards Andre Tucker and Madut Bol
provide size up front, and legendary coach Bob Hurley always knows how to get the most out of his underclassmen.
Girls' Track - Southern Regional
Few teams in New Jersey have an athlete as great as Jill Smith anchoring their programs, but Southern Regional enjoys
the privilege of watching her win every event she enters. Last year, as a junior, she completely outdistanced the rest of the
winter track circuit, going undefeated and winning the mile at the Boston Indoor Games, the Millrose Games and the Nike
Nationals. In addition to Smith, a senior, juniors Chelsea Cox and Katherine Wymbs also have All-State potential.
Boys' Ice Hockey - Delbarton
After posting a 27-1-1 record last year and setting a state record for most victories in a single season, Delbarton is once
again the favorite for the Non-Public championship. The spotlight is on junior goalie Bobby Kaminski, who is replacing graduated
All-State selection Michael Infante in net. Kaminski got a lot of ice time last season and looked good. Junior forward
Kenny Agostino should pick up the scoring slack, and senior defenseman Alex Velischek was first team All-State last year.
BREAK OUT TEAMS
GIRLS' BASKETBALL – MONTCLAIR
Junior forward Latorri Hines-Allen (6-foot-1) can score and defend.
BOYS' BASKETBALL – HOLY SPIRIT
ESPN RISE All-Area second teamer B.J. Bailey can score with the best of them.
GIRLS' FENCING – MILLBURN
Senior Brianna Martin is one of state's best tacticians.
BOYS' BOWLING – WALL
Senior Greg Ostrander is the defending state champion.