BOYS' TEAM OF THE YEAR
DON BOSCO PREP
Bosco dropped its season opener, 17-10, at St. Xavier (Cincinnati, Ohio),
but that didn't slow down the Ironmen. The team won its next 11 games,
conquering a brutal schedule and winning the Non-Public, Group 4 state
championship for the third year in a row. Senior running back Dillon
Romain ran for 1,436 yards and 26 touchdowns, and senior quarterback
Brett Knief threw for 1,553 yards and 19 TDs. The defense was led by senior
linebacker Nick Vetterlein and senior safety Stephen Pedhoretzky.
Blair Academy won its 29th National Prep championship, and sophomore
Evan Silver, junior Chris Villalonga and senior Ed Ruth all finished at the top
of their respective weight classes in the InterMat national rankings.
Coming off a historic 2007-08 season, Delbarton was just as impressive this winter.
Fronted by junior Kenny Agostino and senior Alex Velischek, the Green Wave
went 27-2-1 and won the Non-Public state title for the fourth time this decade.
Led by the All-State duo of seniors Will Stamatis and Brendan Burgdorf, the
Big Blue won the Non-Public A state championship and finished the season
ranked No. 9 in the ESPN RISE FAB 50.
GIRLS' TEAM OF THE YEAR
After having their 209-game undefeated streak snapped in the Tournament
of Champions semifinals last year, the Vikings were on a mission to reclaim
the top spot. Led by junior forward Kelsey Mitchell, who scored a team-high
37 goals, Eastern rebounded to go 25-2 and win the T of C title for the eighth
time in nine seasons. Junior Melanie Dawson was a key defender for the Vikings,
and senior Gabby Kozlowski (27 goals) supplied additional firepower.
Eastern is now 49-1 in the postseason over the past 10 years.
The Bears finished the season on a 19-match winning streak, culminating
with a T of C victory. Top singles players Stef Balasa (junior) and Sonia Tsay
(senior) were essential in East Brunswick's first state title.
The Eagles won their second consecutive state championship, led by seniors
Lia Kunnapas and Bryeanne Revettine. Sophomore Danielle Romain also
played an important role as Immaculate Heart went 13-0 in dual meets.
A perfect 25-0 season speaks for itself. Lenape went undefeated and claimed
the Group 4 state title for the second year in a row behind the stellar play of
Florida-bound senior Natalia Torosian (11 goals, 17 assists).