On Tuesday, March 15, the CBA Athletics Department held its annual Winter Awards Convocation in the CBA theater. The night honored the seven winter varsity sports teams: basketball, bowling, fencing, ice hockey, indoor track, swimming and wrestling.
Not surprisingly, CBA performed excellently in each of those seven sports, winning state and conference championships, competing on the national stage and demonstrating the brotherhood that comes with being CBA athletes.
“The young men here tonight dedicated countless hours toward earning their varsity letter, and the best part is they didn’t do it for themselves,” Director of Athletics Vito Chiaravalloti told the students and family members in attendance. “To them, it’s not about individual accomplishment or recognition. They do it for their teammates. They do it for those three letters they wear so proudly.”
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.
Here are the accomplishments of our seven winter varsity sports:
Coached by Geoff Billet, Bill Hazelton, Robert O’Connor, Dave Walsh, Ryan Finch
– Won the Shore Conference A North Division
– Advanced to the Shore Conference Championship
– Senior Pat Andree became the program’s all-time leading scorer in January
Most Valuable Player: Pat Andree
Coached by Patrick Reynolds
– Qualified for the Shore Conference Tournament
– Zach Giampaolo and Matt Schwartz qualified for the individual state championship
– Schwartz became the first CBA bowler in program history to qualify for the second round of the state tournament
Most Improved: Gary Krall
Coaches Award: Michael Burk
Most Valuable Players: Matthew Schwartz, Zach Giampaolo
Coached by Mary Mottola, Bro. Joe Brienza, F.S.C.
– The epee team of Tad Lundborg, Tom Gana and Ryan Hagan won CBA’s first-ever district gold medal.
– Finished fifth overall at the epee state championship
– Lundborg earned second team all-state honors
Coaches Award: Chris Bonin
Most Valuable Player: Tad Lundborg
Coached by Ryan Bogan, Tim Grable
– Won the Gordon Cup for the eighth time in program history
– Advanced to the state championship for the third consecutive year
– Senior Ryan Bogan, Jr. became the program’s all-time leading scorer
Coaches Award: Michael Cernero
Most Valuable Player: Ryan Bogan, Jr.
Coached by Karl Torchia, Andrew Cusick, David Duh
– Won their sixth straight state championship (21st overall, most in New Jersey)
– Won the Shore Conference Championship
– Sent 11 athletes to the New Balance Indoor Track & Field National Championship
– Senior Mike Zupko became the program’s all-time leading scorer
Coaches Award: Sean Martinek
Most Valuable Player: Mike Zupko
Coached by Vito Chiaravalloti, Steve Muller
– Won their seventh straight state championship (8th overall)
– Won their 26th straight Shore Conference Championship
– Won the program’s 250 dual meet
Record Breaker Awards: Kevin Volkov (500 free), John Hall (200 free), 400 Relay Team (John Hall, Zach DiGiaro, Kevin Volkov, Tyler Kauth)
Coached by Russell Witt, Michael Baldi, Travis Torchia, Dave Santamaria
– Won the Shore Conference Championship (1st ever)
– Won the District 22 Championship (3rd straight)
– Sent a record five wrestlers to the individual state championship in Atlantic City
– Senior Sebastian Rivera won the individual state championship (2nd in CBA history, 1st since 1969)
– Rivera and senior Dylan Van Sickell reached 100 career wins (6th and 7th players to reach mark in program histoyr)
Most Valuable Player: Sebastian Rivera