In the pandemic-shortened school year, Christian Brothers Academy Athletics earned its sixth consecutive NJSIAA/ShopRite Cup for best non-public athletics program.
With the cancellation of spring sports, the NJSIAA used the results from the fall and winter seasons to determine the winner. It is CBA's 12th win in the 17 years of the ShopRite Cup program.
The six straight Cup wins are the most in non-public history. CBA previously had won three in a row on two different occasions (2004-2006, 2011-2013).
"In a year that brought unimaginable changes and uncertainty to our students, I am especially thrilled to be able to celebrate this honor with the CBA community," said outgoing Director of Athletics Vito Chiaravalloti. "The 2019-20 school year will be mostly remembered for all that was taken from us, so it is satisfying to see the accomplishments of our student-athletes and coaches recognized for what they achieved. Although disappointed that our spring athletes lost a season, I'm incredibly grateful for all of the moments we did get together and the many happy memories we shared this past year."
The ShopRite Cup is determined through a points system designed by the NJSIAA, which rewards schools for high finishes in NJSIAA-sanctioned state tournaments. All sports at CBA are governed by the NJSIAA, except crew, rugby and sailing which have independent governing bodies.
Christian Brothers earned state championship titles in Cross Country, Hockey, Indoor Track Relays, Indoor Track & Field and Swimming.
While sports took a backseat to worldwide events at the conclusion of the school year, new Director of Athletics Michael Mazzaccaro looks forward to getting back on the playing fields soon.
"Although we can't say with certainty what the path will look like moving forward for our sports programs, we are dedicated to continuing the long tradition of excellence that CBA Athletics has become synonymous with over the years," Mazzaccaro said.
The NJSIAA has not announced the final 2019-2020 point standings as of this release.