On Wednesday, November 18, the CBA Athletics Department held its annual Fall Awards Convocation in the CBA theater. The night honored the five fall varsity sports teams: cross country, crew, rugby, sailing and soccer.
Not surprisingly, CBA performed excellently in each of those five sports, winning state and conference championships, competing on the national stage and demonstrating the brotherhood that comes with being CBA athletes.
“I want to thank our exceptional student-athletes,” athletic director Vito Chiaravalloti told the students in attendance. “I say often that the best part of my job is that everyday I get an opportunity to watch incredible young men do incredible things. Your selflessness and hard work inspire me to be better everyday.”
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.
At CBA, some athletic teams are dual season sports, including three that were honored on Wednesday night in crew, rugby and sailing. All three of these teams will be back in action come March for their spring seasons. While rugby and sailing choose to give their superlative awards out in the fall, crew elects to wait until the spring season.
Here are the accomplishments of our five fall varsity sports:
Coached by Brendan Murphy, Gary Kehoe Jr., Max Kenny, Michael Tobin, Joe Wawryzynski
– Raced at the Head of the Charles Regatta against boats from all over the world.
– Won three races at the Philadelphia Frostbite Regatta, including Varsity 4 A and B.
– Varsity 4 won gold and the prestigious Rafferty Cup at the Bill Braxton Regatta by posting the fastest qualifying time of 33 schools entered.
Coached by Tom Heath, Sean McCafferty, Karl Torchia
– Won 31st Shore Conference Championship.
– Won 46th Monmouth County Championship.
– Extended national-record dual meet streak to 343.
– Finished 2nd at State Championship, including Blaise Ferro winning the individual championship.
Coaches Award: Paul Knepple
Special Awards: Nicholas Trigani, Brian Dengler, Jonathan Dooling, Blaise Ferro (each ran in Nike XC Nationals last year)
Coached by Patrick Moroney, James Lenihan
– Hosted two Rugby 7’s tournaments.
– Won the first-ever New Jersey U16 Championship.
Coaches Award: Jared Smallwood
Workhorse Awards: Andrew Goumas, Nate Houston
Most Valuable Player: Nate Houston
Coached by Jody Lutz, Jason Lutz
– Won their 2nd-straight Sailfest Title.
– Won their 3rd-straight NJISA League Championship.
– Won the SUNY Maritime Invitational.
– Competed in two National Invitationals: 5th at Coast Guard Academy Invitational & 9th at Charleston Intersectional.
– Michael Ehnot became just the second Colt ever to qualify and compete at the Singlehanded National Championship.
Coaches Awards: Mark Iorio, Robert Maes
Most Valuable Player: Joseph LaForgia
Coached by Dan Keane (38th & Final Season), Jeff Matson, Tom Mulligan, Rory Fitzgerald
– Won their 21st A-North Division Title.
– Won their 9th Shore Conference Championship.
– Won the Non-Public South Sectional State Championship.
Coaches Awards: Thomas Lozowski, Timothy Mikulski, Nicholas Meyer
Most Valuable Player: Matthew Thorsheim