Sportsmanship is defined as fair play, respect for opponents and polite behavior by someone who is competing in a sport or other competition. Sunday for the 20th consecutive year the Ocean County Athletic Directors honored 34 student-athletes who not only know the meaning of sportsmanship but have set the standard for their school which hopefully others will follow. Those athletes were honored at an awards breakfast at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center in Toms River and for the 19th time in 20 years I had the honor to emcee the program. With family members on hand a male and female from each Ocean County High School was saluted by their Athletic Director. The honored student-athletes were:

TEAM - BOYS - GIRLS

 

Barnegat- Anthony McGugan Jr. - Danielle Chiarella

Brick Memorial- Shane Beyer - Teresa Alvarez

Brick Township- Brian Murphy - Nicole Fasano

Central Regional- Joshua Dwight - Gina Cowdrick

Jackson Liberty- Johnathan Pangborn - Anijaah White

Jackson Memorial- Randy Royle - Shannon Evans

Lacey- Ryan Reitmeyer - Jenna Fleck

Lakewood- Mario Fuentes - Delmoira Kelly-Morris

Manchester- Harold Leo Hester - Cassidy Gobel

Monsignor Donovan- Andrew Hemberger - Callie Brown

Pinelands- Josh Yaede - Mary Leach

Point Beach- Jordan Pettinato - Brianna Feerst

Point Boro- Tori Remondelli - Taylor Biggs

Southern- Steven Hodgson - Jessica Colella

TR East- Ryan Gordon - Kelly Smyth

TR North- Scott Buxbaum - Brianna Turner

TR South- Zach Liquiori - Casey O’Connor

Also honored yesterday as Athletic Director of the Year was Dennis Toddings, who is retiring after 36 years at Monsignor Donovan, the last 18 as AD.

One of the good guys I have had the pleasure of knowing, Denny coached football, baseball and golf during his long tenure with the Griffins. Receiving the Service Award was Bob Osborn, the head grounds manager for the Barnegat School District, who is a big reason why the high school has such great outdoor facilities.

A large pat on the back to the Ocean County Athletic Directors for their support and enthusiasm of such a noteworthy program.