Depending on the source you use “sportsmanship” is defined as playing fair, following the rules of the game, respecting the judgment of referees and officials, treating your opponents with respect and showing grace in both victory and defeat.

Each year the 48 schools that comprise Shore Conference of High Schools select a male and female senior student-athlete who best exemplifies the ideals of good sportsmanship and along with our Shore Sports Network, we honored the 94 during an awards breakfast Sunday morning at the Pine Belt Arena. In the case of Christian Brothers Academy (male) and Trinity Hall (female), they have one honoree.

I have served as Master of Ceremonies annually for what is one of my favorite events as it brings together a diverse group representing just about every sport from basketball to bowling, football to field hockey. Some of the 94 are well-known as standouts in high-profile sports while others compete in relative obscurity outside of their teammates and family. However, they all possess the qualities and characteristics that define being a “good sportsman” and were chosen by their athletic departments as being the best representatives of their school, family, and community. Each school selects a male and female

One of the highlights of Sunday’s event was the awarding once again of four $1000 scholarships from the Pine Belt Family of Dealerships who were represented by Rob Sickel, the Executive Manager of Pine Belt Enterprises.

Receiving those scholarships in a random drawing were Madison Demand (Central), Clare DeJoy (Raritan), Darrion Carrington (TR North) and PJ Ringel (Marlboro).

In addition to honoring the student-athletes, the Athletic Directors saluted two of their own…Karen Hughes of Lacey and Marlboro’s Dave Ryden as Ocean and Monmouth County AD’s of the year. Special awards were given to longtime Shore Conference attorney Granville “Skip” Magee and the family of beloved Rumson Athletic Director Walt Resier who died last summer at the age of 55.

The Shore Sports Network would like to extend our thanks to Christine King Gabriel of “Let’s Have An Affair By Christine” for providing the balloon arches and displays on the stage as well as the Toms River Regional School District for hosting the event. Breakfast was provided by Café 1144 and a video presentation was coordinated by Toms River North Athletic Coordinator Paul Barnoski.

The Sportsmanship Award honorees are:

Asbury Park: Krystina Barnes, Fenelson Etienne
Barnegat: Roxanne Urso, Connor Lustenberger
Brick Memorial: Jordyn Rochinski, Joseph Manso
Brick Township: Rylee Wernoch, Anthony Costanza
Central Regional: Madison Demand, Andrew Kelly
Christian Brothers Academy: Miller Corrigan
Colts Neck: Samantha Roth, Owen Keusch
Donovan Catholic: Katherine Ullman, Hunter Calvetto
Freehold Boro: Jordan Cerio, Daniel Chiusano
Freehold Township: Raegen Dunn, Michael Pirrotta
Henry Hudson: Kate Manning, Drew Springsteen
Holmdel: Samantha Stolker, Troy Gallo
Howell: Rachel Kern, Tyler Caston
Jackson Liberty: Carly O’Connor, Steven Schuster
Jackson Memorial: Aimee Sherman, Dylan Furnback
Keansburg: Britney Manoes, Will Lambert
Keyport: Kaitlynn Ortiz-DeJesus, Brendan O’Brien
Lacey: Chelsea Howard, William Rapsas
Lakewood: Iyanla Donaldson, Dorian Vaughn
Long Branch: Laura Demytrk, Keith Cooper
Manalapan: Ashlyn Hovan, Carter Caruso
Manasquan: Karly Grogan, Damaso Jaime
Manchester Township: Syann Colon, Tariq Ali
Marlboro: Alexa Chapman, Phillip “PJ” Ringel
Matawan: Jennifer Lloyd, Andrew Conzo
Mater Dei Prep: Jennifer Quigley, Shane Mastro
Middletown North: Kaylah Igarta, Thomas Anderson
Middletown South: Sarah Corey, James McCarthy
Monmouth Regional: Karly Trillhaase, Anthony Flores
Neptune: Brianna Love, Marvin Morgan
Ocean Township: Tugce Guvan, Benjamin Miller
Pinelands Regional: Emily Roth, Steven Skeie
Point Pleasant Beach: Reagan Gould Connor, John Prima
Point Pleasant Borough: Amye Zalesky, Mason Remondelli
Ranney School: Taylor Gill, Charles Fabricant
Raritan: Clare DeJoy, Marc Carnivale
Red Bank Catholic: Emily Holtz, Aaron Ahn
Red Bank Regional: Emma Keegan, Christopher Outterbridge
Rumson-Fair Haven: Abigail Kelly, Tyler Pierson
Shore Regional: Allie Reiser, Tim O’Brien
Southern Regional: Justine Hosszu, Michael Conforti
St. John Vianney: Nora Honrath, Justin Bruno
St. Rose: Marykate O’Malley, Garrett Jordan
Toms River East: Sydney Schuler, Phillip Lingat
Toms River North: Ashley Baynes Tutzauer, Darrion Carrington
Toms River South: Madison Meise, Cooper Guzzi
Trinity: Hall Lillian Scott
Wall: Alexandra Panasuk, Shane Richey