VOTE: Who Will Finish #1 in the Shore? Plus, Girls Preseason Top 10
The Shore Sports Network will use a group of coaches to determine the weekly Top 10 this season and they were unanimous in selecting St. John Vianney as the #1 team at the start of the season which is the same place they finished last March. Coming off a season in which they won the Class B North, Shore Conference Tournament and South Jersey Non-Public A titles coach Dawn Karpell returns her entire starting lineup.
Vote for the team you think will finish #1, then keep scrolling for a look at our Girls Basketball Preseason Top 10.
Last year’s record in parentheses
1. St. John Vianney (28-1)
Seniors Katie Hill and Emma Bruen along with juniors Madison St. Rose, Megan Cahalan and Ashley O’Connor are all back to lead a deep and talented squad that will not get a chance to play for a slew of titles this winter because of the pandemic.
Season opener- 2/2 at Rumson
2. Red Bank Catholic (22-6)
Joe Montano begins his 31st season and will add to his record 658 victories as the Caseys will be a force. Seniors Sophia Sabino, Antonia Panayides and Lucy Alberici along with juniors Justine Pissott and Ally Carman make up the nucleus for RBC.
Season Opener- 1/27 vs Long Branch
3. St. Rose (22-8)
Seniors Abby Antognoli and Maureen Stapleton will help make up for the loss of All-Shore selection Brynn Farrell and the Purple Roses should get a boost from returnees Layla Laws and Niasya Ervin.
Season Opener- 1/27 at Manasquan
4. Manchester (28-4)
The good news is the return of reigning Player-of-the-Year Destiny Adams who has one more go-around before heading to the University of North Carolina. The bad news is gone are graduates Serenity Anderson and Kemari Reynolds along with Angelica Velez and Gabriella Ross who transferred after promising freshman seasons. Jr. Amayah Bray will be counted on to pick up some slack.
Season Opener- 1/26 vs Jackson Liberty
5. Manasquan (21-11)
Just about everyone returns for the Warriors including a strong group of juniors in Brooke Hollawell, Georgia Heine, Mary Donnelly and Dorothy Loffredo. Seniors Maci Black and Allison Waters also started games last season and return to what should be a very strong team.
Season Opener- 1/27 vs �� Manasquan
6. Rumson-Fair Haven (21-9)
Senior Cortland McBarron is back along with sophomore Julia Corsentino who hit 68 3-pointers last season and the Bulldogs get a huge lift with the return of seniors Grace Munt and Chase Boyle who missed last season with injuries.
Season Opener- 1/27 vs Red Bank Regional
7. Marlboro (22-6)
The Mustangs use a lot of players and just about all of last years top contributors are back including seniors Sammy Jay, Jess Riepe and Laura Morehead along with Dani Schlesinger (Jr) and Erica DiSimone (So.).
Season Opener- 1/27 at Trinity Hall
8. Red Bank Regional (21-7)
Another team with a host of veteran returners led by seniors Chloe Teter,
Amelia Medola, Caitlyn Decker, Emma Moriarty and Mia Strand. They should be able to build on recent success that has turned the Bucs into a title contender.
Season Opener- 1/27 at Rumson Fair-Haven
9. Holmdel (16-12)
After advancing to the sectional finals a year ago the Hornets look to continue their move up among the shore’s elite. Seniors Ryann Taylor, Olivia Palmer and Lindsay Cannon along with junior Abbey Ferguson will be the keys to success.
Season Opener- 1/27 at Colts Neck
10. Donovan Catholic (18-9)
Leading scorer Jordyn Keating (Sr.) returns along with Olivia Conroy (Jr.)
and the Griffins get a big boost from four transfers. Kya Joseph and Kaya Foy (Barnegat), Gabriella Ross (Manchester) and Shelby Barksdale (Mater Dei) should make immediate contributions.
Season Opener- 1/26 vs Freehold Township
Also under consideration: Jackson Memorial, Toms River North