Recognize New Jersey

Updated: November 20, 2008, 4:30 PM ET
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Girls' Swimming - Immaculate Heart



Immaculate Heart Academy had won (or shared) 13 consecutive state championships until being shut out in 2006 and 2007. When IHA bounced back to win the Non-Public A title last year, thoughts immediately turned to starting a new streak. "It's a tradition around here," says coach Jason Schlereth. "We always expect to be up among the top teams."With Bryeanne Ravettine and Danielle Romain leading the way, extending the new championship streak to a modest two years seems likely. Romain was simply dominant as a freshman last year, winning The Star-Ledger North Jersey Swimmer of the Year award, while Ravettine exploded at the state finals by winning the 50 free and the 100 free. Ravettine will be a senior this season, and Schlereth says she is one of the best sprinters he's ever coached. "She gets up to speed quickly, and she's able to sustain that through the entire race. She should be even better this year." Schlereth is also counting on seniors Lia Kunnapas and Shauna Niemeier to provide stability. Both were All-League selections last year, and along with Ravettine they will serve as tri-captains this season. Immaculate Heart will need Kunnapas to come through in the backstroke events and Niemeier to deliver in the breaststroke races in order to balance out the squad as it goes for the repeat. "We have most of the events covered," says Schlereth. "We think we've got a great team."



Boys' Basketball - St. Anthony


Last year's St. Anthony squad was one for the history books, but even though six seniors have moved on to Division I colleges, don't underestimate the Friars. Senior forward Dominic Cheek has stepped to the forefront as the team leader, and he's got the talent to carry St. Anthony to another Tournament of Champions crown. Senior forwards Andre Tucker and Madut Bol provide size up front, and legendary coach Bob Hurley always knows how to get the most out of his underclassmen.



Girls' Track - Southern Regional


Few teams in New Jersey have an athlete as great as Jill Smith anchoring their programs, but Southern Regional enjoys the privilege of watching her win every event she enters. Last year, as a junior, she completely outdistanced the rest of the winter track circuit, going undefeated and winning the mile at the Boston Indoor Games, the Millrose Games and the Nike Nationals. In addition to Smith, a senior, juniors Chelsea Cox and Katherine Wymbs also have All-State potential.



Boys' Ice Hockey - Delbarton


After posting a 27-1-1 record last year and setting a state record for most victories in a single season, Delbarton is once again the favorite for the Non-Public championship. The spotlight is on junior goalie Bobby Kaminski, who is replacing graduated All-State selection Michael Infante in net. Kaminski got a lot of ice time last season and looked good. Junior forward Kenny Agostino should pick up the scoring slack, and senior defenseman Alex Velischek was first team All-State last year.



BREAK OUT TEAMS



GIRLS' BASKETBALL  MONTCLAIR
Junior forward Latorri Hines-Allen (6-foot-1) can score and defend.

BOYS' BASKETBALL  HOLY SPIRIT
ESPN RISE All-Area second teamer B.J. Bailey can score with the best of them.

GIRLS' FENCING  MILLBURN
Senior Brianna Martin is one of state's best tacticians.

BOYS' BOWLING  WALL
Senior Greg Ostrander is the defending state champion.