Student-Athletes Commended at Fall Sports Awards

Student-athletes across Christian Brothers Academy’s five fall varsity sports were honored at the annual fall sports convocation on Wednesday night.

Not surprisingly, CBA brought home plenty of wins in each of those five sports, but more importantly, the student-athletes represented the Academy well with great passion, teamwork, and maturity.

“Our teams this fall were under a lot of pressure and stress,” Director of Athletics Vito Chiaravalloti said to the students and parents in attendance. “Whether it was our crew, sailing, rugby, soccer or cross country teams, they’ve grown stronger. When I look around this room, I see young men who have been challenged, who didn’t get everything they wanted, who didn’t accomplish every goal they set, but who are stronger now because of it.”

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 can choose 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 and will hand out additional awards in May.

Here are the accomplishments of the 2017 fall season:


Coached by Scott Belford, Mike Sparta, Michael Tobin, and Brenin Ford

  • Varsity 4 Boat Top 10 at the Head of the Charles Regatta (largest U.S. rowing event)
  • Varsity 4 Boat wins at the Navy Day Regatta & Head of the Christina
  • Varsity 8 Boat win at the Head of the Christina



Will race in the NJSIAA Meet of Champions on Saturday at 11:45 a.m. (Holmdel Park).

Coached by Sean McCafferty, Karl Torchia, Mike Mazzaccaro

  • Non-Public A State Champions (28th time)
  • Eastern States Champions at the Manhattan Invitational (13th time)
  • Shore Conference Champions (33rd time)
  • Monmouth County Champions (49th time)
  • Bowdoin Invitational Champions
  • Extended National Dual Meet Record to 357 straight wins

Coaches Awards: John Sheridan & Ryan Miele

Most Valuable Player: Brian Hill



Coached by Pat Moroney, James Lenihan

  • Runners-up in the Sevens League Tournament
  • Hosted a Sevens Tournament Day for the fifth year in a row

Coaches Award: Dom Gangemi

Most Improved Award: Michael Lemoine

Top Scorer Award: Nick Zanghi

Most Valuable Player: Cameron DiGiorgio



Coached by Jody Lutz, Jason Lutz

  • Singlehanded National Championship Qualifier (3rd straight year)
  • Mid-Atlantic District Championship Qualifier (13th straight season – longest in NJ)
  • SUNY Martime Invitational Champions (4th straight season)

Coaches Awards: Joseph David & Matthew Bell

Special Recognition: Michael Ehnot (three straight Singlehanded National Championship appearances)



Coached by Tom Mulligan, Dave Santos, Jeff Matson

  • NJSIAA Non-Public A South Sectional Champions (3rd straight year)
  • NJSIAA Non-Public A State Finalist
  • A North Division Champions
  • Program record for most shutouts in a single season (16 in 24 wins)

Coaches Awards: John Askin & Kevin Brennan

Most Valuable Player: Shane Keenan


Check out the convocation slideshow shown at the event.


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