For the 10th time in the 15-year history of the award, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association announced that Christian Brothers Academy has won the 2018 ShopRite Cup for best non-public athletics program.
It is the fourth consecutive year that the Colts have topped the standings, marking the longest consecutive streak in the history of the non-public division. CBA had previously won the Cup three times in a row on two different occasions (2004-2006, 2011-2013).
“Through tremendous work and determination, the CBA student-athletes and coaches have once again proven to be the best athletic program in the state of New Jersey," said Director of Athletics Vito Chiaravalloti. "I could not be more proud to be a part of this remarkable achievement. Although we are not motivated by winning awards, this symbolizes our coaches and athletes commitment to strive for excellence in all that they do and recognizes them for their countless hours of hard-work and preparation.”
The ShopRite Cup is determined through a points system designed by the NJSIAA, which rewards schools for high finishes in NJSIAA-sanctioned state events. All sports at CBA are governed by the NJSIAA, except crew, rugby and sailing which have independent governing bodies.
The 2017-2018 Colts teams that earned points are as followed (listed by season, alphabetically):
First Place: Cross Country, Indoor Track Relays, Indoor Track Overall, Swimming, Golf, Outdoor Track
Second Place: Soccer, Tennis
Third Place: Hockey, Lacrosse
In addition, CBA earned sportsmanship bonus points for having zero player or coach ejections across as a school across all three seasons.
Non-Public School Standings:
1) Christian Brothers Academy (201)
2) Delbarton School (155)
3) Immaculate Heart Academy (115)
4) Pingry School (100)
5) St. Peter's Prep (95)
Christian Brothers previously won the ShopRite Cup in 2004 (inaugural year), 2005, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
The NJSIAA and ShopRite Corporation will publicly present CBA with the ShopRite Cup in September on a date to be determined.