Girls' Lacrosse - Moorestown
It's been pretty easy to make lacrosse predictions for
New Jersey over the past decade, as Moorestown has
claimed the past nine Tournament of Champions crowns. Is
there any real reason to go on a limb and anoint another
team as a contender? Probably not. "The players have high
expectations for themselves," says head coach Deanna
Knobloch. "None of them want to be the team that lets down
and stops the streak." The Quakers return five seniors from
last year's 24-1 team, and the offense is set with Alyssa Ogle
running the show. The senior midfielder was an All-America
selection last year after scoring 58 goals and racking up 25
assists, and the three-year varsity starter is expected to take
on more of a leadership role. "This is one of the youngest
teams we've had during this run," says Knobloch, "so Alyssa
is one of the players that will take the younger girls under
her wing and show them how to win."Two of those younger
players are junior attacks Kelsey Miller and Katrina
Martinelli, both of whom are capable of scoring 30 goals this
season. The only returning starting defender is junior Claire
MacDougall, and Knobloch says the defensive game plan
will revolve around her athletic ability. Junior Jenna
Dougherty is a fast riser and should be a force by season's
end, and the goalie tandem of senior Karli Tobin and sophomore
Bridget Bianco is championship-caliber.
Baseball - Don Bosco Prep
The Ironmen enjoyed a banner year in 2008, going 33-0, winning the Non-Public A state title and finishing the season
ranked as one of the top teams in the country. Some key players have graduated (Steven Proscia, Mike Dennhardt), but senior
center fielder Brett Knief is a five-tool player with a scholarship to North Carolina, and senior shortstop Anthony Gomez
might be the best two-way infielder in the state. Senior lefty Niko Spezial should step forward to be the ace of the rotation.
Softball - Mater Dei
The Seraphs won the Non-Public B state title last year, largely on the strength of Sara Cline's dominant pitching. With
Cline graduated, other players will have to step up if Mater Dei is to contend again. Senior outfielder Danielle Murphy batted
.407 last year and made a big impact as a table-setter in the postseason, and junior outfielder Jessie Sobko will be counted
on to produce in the middle of the order.
Boys' Track - Egg Harbor
Tejay Johnson was on the verge of a double championship at the Meet of Champions last year, but he finished second
in the 200 and was disqualified from the 100 after winning the preliminary heat. He's still just a junior, so this could be his
year. In addition to Johnson's mission, senior Harold Lathan is another athlete to watch. He ran the anchor leg of Egg Harbor's
4x100 relay last year, and he and Johnson could make it a championship squad this season.
SOFTBALL – ISELIN KENNEDY
Senior Heather Corica has to be in the "state's best pitcher" conversation.
BOYS' TRACK – W.W. PLAINSBORO SOUTH
Can junior Keith Griffith win the 800 at the M of C?
GIRLS' LACROSSE – RIDGEWOOD
Upset in postseason last year, senior Casey Bakker has the Maroons focused.
BASEBALL – ST. JOHN VIANNEY
Senior Ken Dietrich has to provide a big bat for the Lancers.