On Wednesday, May 24th, the CBA Athletics Department held its annual Spring Awards Convocation in the varsity gym. The night honored the nine spring varsity sports teams: baseball, crew, golf, lacrosse, outdoor track, rugby, sailing, tennis and volleyball.
Not surprisingly, CBA performed excellently in each of those nine sports, qualifying for national championships, winning state and conference championships, and demonstrating the brotherhood that comes with being CBA athletes.
"You came to CBA because you wanted to be a part of something special - something bigger than yourself," Director of Athletics Vito Chiaravalloti told the students in attendance. "My hope is that your sport and your time as a CBA athlete has taught you one simple, yet important lesson: to push yourself each and every day to become the best version of yourself."
The night gave due to the accomplishments of each team, while also presenting new letter winners their CBA varsity letter. Returning letter men received a commemorative item, acknowledging another year of varsity sport participation. Each team chooses superlative awards, including a Most Valuable Player and one or more Coaches Award honors.
The athletics department also honored 18 senior scholar-athletes with special plaques. These seniors maintained a 92 GPA throughout their four years at CBA and earned one or more varsity letters. The following seniors were named scholar-athletes: Matthew Prince, Emanuel Lazzaro, Joseph LaForgia, Sam Weber, Colin Lankau, Christopher Lautato, Nick Ebert, Matthew Kelly, Daniel Berkowitz, Matthew Mawson, Collin Seebeck, Matthew Lautato, Patrick Kollman, Christian Berger, John Shea, Christopher Ferrigine, Brian Golden, & Kirin Bhattacharya.
Here are the accomplishments and awards of our nine spring varsity sports:
Coached by Marty Kenney Sr., Marty Kenney Jr.
- Advanced to the Final Four of the Monmouth County Tournament for the fourth straight year
Most Valuable Player: Nick Hohenstein
Commitment & Leadership Award: Andrea Dalatri
Coached by Scott Belford, Mike Sparta, Mike Tobin
- Varsity 4 and Lightweight 4 won gold at the Garden States
- Varsity 4 won the Philly City Championship for the first time in team history
- Varsity 4 and Lightweight 4 finished second at the Stotesbury Cup
- Advanced both Varsity 4 and Lightweight 4 to Nationals
Coached by Tim Sewing, Ted McCulloch
- Won third straight Monmouth County Championship
- Won third straight Shore Conference Championship
- Won the NJSIAA South Jersey Sectional Championship'
- Won the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions for overall state championship
Most Valuable Players: Jack Wall & Brendan Hansen
Coaches Award: Manny Lazzaro
Coached by Dave Santos, Bill Ryan, Kevin Dugan
- Advanced to the Final Four of the Shore Conference Tournament
Most Valuable Player: Nick Casner
Coaches Award: Finn Straine
OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Coached by Karl Torchia, Andrew Cusick, Dave Duh, Sean McCafferty
- Won eighth straight Monmouth County Championship
- Won seventh straight Shore Conference Championship
- Sectional, State & National Championships still to come
Most Valuable Player: Brendan Bodisch
Coaches Award: John Healy
Coached by Pat Moroney, James Lenihan
- Advanced to semifinals of state tournament
- Won Rickerson Cup over Hudson Catholic
Most Valuable Player: Cam DiGiorgio
Relentless Award: Dom Gangemi
Coached by Jody Lutz, Jason Lutz
- Won third straight SUNY Maritime Invitational
- Finished second at the Mid-Atlantic Championship (best finish ever)
- Qualified for the National Championship for first time in team history
- Ranked 15th nationally to end season
Most Valuable Player: Ryan Mullins
Outstanding Achievement Awards: Joe LaForgia, Chris Magno
Outstanding Leadership Award: Robert Maes
Coached by Courter Smith, Mary Mottola
- Won Monmouth County Tournament
- Won NJSIAA South Jersey Sectional Championship over St. Augustine
Coaches Awards: Sean Reilly, Andrew DeMaio
Coached by Monica Slattery, Shannon Drummond
- Advanced to Shore Conference Final
- Ranked top-10 in New Jersey
Most Valuable Player: Matt Kelly
Coaches Awards: Max Lenhart, Jack Dunigan