Sportsmanship Is Rewarded By The Shore Conference
Many years ago I was contacted by what was then the Ocean County Athletic Directors Association about a new program in which they would honor a senior male and female from each high school. I was asked to serve as Master of Ceremonies for what was the first Sportsmanship Awards program which featured a breakfast for the honorees and their families. At some point a similar program was launched by the Monmouth County schools and eventually they merged into one large program for all 48 schools.
The Shore Conference of High Schools Sportsmanship Awards program has been one of my favorites and every May I have had the honor to MC the event which salutes 94 student-athletes who best represent the ideals of sportsmanship in their respective schools.
Our Shore Sports Network has worked closely to put together a special journal which features the recipients which through 2019 was distributed as part of an awards breakfast at the RWJBarnabas Health Arena. As many as 400 people would gather for this event which brought the sportsmen (and women) together along with their families, coaches, athletic directors and others.
Then came the pandemic and in both 2020 and 2021 there was no live event although we did a special print program which was distributed to all the schools and other places.
Well after a two-year hiatus we are back and this Sunday the honorees and their families will gather again at the arena on the campus of Toms River High School North. We are also thrilled to have the support of ProCare Rehabilitation (www.procarerehabilitation.com) who as our sponsor of the event will provide four $500 scholarships through a random drawing of all the sportsmanship winners.
Tom Carroll of ProCare said, "As a local and family owned business we are here to support our community, including high school and college athletics. We pride ourselves in providing local Physical Therapy to people of all ages and ailments. ProCare accepts all major insurances and stays open late...we are here to help you get back to a pain-free life."
We at the Shore Sports Network salute the athletic directors for making good sportsmanship a priority and honoring those who best represent their athletic program and school.
2021-22 SHORE CONFERENCE SPORTSMANSHIP WINNERS
Asbury Park- Gillian Bedward Joshua Handy
Barnegat- Julianna Cannizzaro Keeean Paul
Brick Memorial- Ella Moore Paul Mazzeo
Brick Township- Savannah Eichert Justin Kurc
Central Regional- Erin McGauley William Maguire
Christian Brothers- Aidan Guinnessey
Colts Neck- Julianna Gibson Michael Lyristis
Donovan Catholic- Mackenzie Kopf Levi Wilkins
Freehold Boro- Emma Gugliotta Tyler Ochojski
Freehold Township- Alexandra Magliozzo Herman Colbert Jr.
Henry Hudson- Lauren McCahon Quinn Casey
Holmdel- Hailey Sharpe Alex Price
Howell- Sara Veres Jackson Floyd
Jackson Liberty- Kristina Gunusen Justin Watts
Jackson Memorial- Kaliah Fitch Robert Paneque III
Keansburg- Alexis Crespo Andrew Valle
Keyport- Margaret Fisher George Mitchell
Lacey- Christina Inman Kody Besser
Lakewood- Michelle Elias Flores Jaylen London
Long Branch- Jada Bussey Jacob Juliano
Manalapan- Ava Morello Jordon Gravesande
Manasquan- Erin Driscoll Ben Roy
Manchester- Sheridan Martinez Jake Ruocchio
Marlboro- Samantha Slofkiss Zack Molod
Matawan- Kailee Bodin Tyler Coco
Mater Dei Prep- Catherine Grant William Burnett
Middletown North- Maya Yesalonis Jorge Rivera
Middletown South- Lara Brennan Thomas Schork
Monmouth Regional- Ava Yeagle Jay Morris
Neptune- Ahjanae Young Dan Moran
Ocean Township- Adriana Ardizzone Ethan Brawer
Pinelands Regional- Bridget Dudas James Cahill
Point Pleasant Beach- Grace Frauenheim John Schulter
Point Pleasant Boro- Taryn Sabia Aidan Kirk
Ranney School- Addison Basile Charles Anyichie
Raritan- Kori Ann Gargiulo Alex Dekis
Red Bank Catholic- Alyson Sweeney Chris Holt
Red Bank Regional- Camryn Stack Gus Dal Pra
Rumson-Fair Haven Grace Colucci Geoff Schroeder
Saint John Vianney- Mackenzie Bloss Liam Thomas
Saint Rose- Darby Sherman Luke Hamill
Shore Regional- Alexandra Muscillo Rylan Fegan
Southern Regional- Abigail Gallacher Nate Bischoff
Toms River East- Lizzie Gillen Anthony Encarnacion
Toms River North- Brandelyn Manna Ryan Baker
Toms River South- Cassidy Caufield Logan Burtt
Trinity Hall Anna Clements
Wall- Lauren Lacey Chris Mitchell
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