Teams of the Year New Jersey
BOYS' TEAM OF THE YEAR
DON BOSCO PREP
Bosco dropped its season opener, 17-10, at St. Xavier (Cincinnati, Ohio), but that didn't slow down the Ironmen. The team won its next 11 games, conquering a brutal schedule and winning the Non-Public, Group 4 state championship for the third year in a row. Senior running back Dillon Romain ran for 1,436 yards and 26 touchdowns, and senior quarterback Brett Knief threw for 1,553 yards and 19 TDs. The defense was led by senior linebacker Nick Vetterlein and senior safety Stephen Pedhoretzky.
Blair Academy won its 29th National Prep championship, and sophomore Evan Silver, junior Chris Villalonga and senior Ed Ruth all finished at the top of their respective weight classes in the InterMat national rankings.
Coming off a historic 2007-08 season, Delbarton was just as impressive this winter. Fronted by junior Kenny Agostino and senior Alex Velischek, the Green Wave went 27-2-1 and won the Non-Public state title for the fourth time this decade.
Led by the All-State duo of seniors Will Stamatis and Brendan Burgdorf, the Big Blue won the Non-Public A state championship and finished the season ranked No. 9 in the ESPN RISE FAB 50.
GIRLS' TEAM OF THE YEAR
After having their 209-game undefeated streak snapped in the Tournament of Champions semifinals last year, the Vikings were on a mission to reclaim the top spot. Led by junior forward Kelsey Mitchell, who scored a team-high 37 goals, Eastern rebounded to go 25-2 and win the T of C title for the eighth time in nine seasons. Junior Melanie Dawson was a key defender for the Vikings, and senior Gabby Kozlowski (27 goals) supplied additional firepower. Eastern is now 49-1 in the postseason over the past 10 years.
The Bears finished the season on a 19-match winning streak, culminating with a T of C victory. Top singles players Stef Balasa (junior) and Sonia Tsay (senior) were essential in East Brunswick's first state title.
The Eagles won their second consecutive state championship, led by seniors Lia Kunnapas and Bryeanne Revettine. Sophomore Danielle Romain also played an important role as Immaculate Heart went 13-0 in dual meets.
A perfect 25-0 season speaks for itself. Lenape went undefeated and claimed the Group 4 state title for the second year in a row behind the stellar play of Florida-bound senior Natalia Torosian (11 goals, 17 assists).
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