By TOM WILLIAMS
It was a very successful calendar year for Ocean City High School sports.
OCHS won the Ed Byrnes Memorial Award again for 2018-19, given to the school with the most Cape-Atlantic League and NJSIAA championships. And the Raiders are off to a great start for 2019-20 with a very impressive fall season.
The coaches play a big role in this success, especially because the strength of the programs continues even after graduation losses. But you have to have good athletes to put together a success story like this.
And Ocean City High School had them in 2019.
In winter sports, Joe Sacco and Donovan Graham were first team all star for the boys basketball team that won the National Conference. Danielle Donoghue and Emma Finnegan were all stars for the girls basketball team that won the CAL championship and reached the South Jersey championship game a fourth straight year.
Nate Hays, Dolan Grisbaum, Pete Horowitz and Ben Wiley were CAL all stars in boys swimming; Andrea Teofanova, Alex Antonov, Claudia Scherbin, Emily Myers, Isabella Pagan, Olivia Scherbin and Isabella Wamsher in girls swimming; and Nick Sannino in wrestling.
In the spring, baseball all stars included Brandon Lashley, A.J. Campbell and Jaden Millstein. Kasey Clifford was a first team all star in golf. Anna Devlin, Emily DiMarino, Danielle Donoghue, Reese Bloomstead. Ashley Devlin, Molly Reardon and Abbey Fenton got all star nods in girls lacrosse.
In boys lacrosse there was Marty Cattie, Christian Kuhn, Kyle Saul, Ted Grimley, Anthony Inserra, Trent Laveson and Charlie Dahl on the first team. (It should be pointed out again that the CAL coaches – in their eternal ignorance – could not find even an honorable mention on their all star team for Bill Kroeger, who was all-state and selected as the area Player of the Year by the Press of Atlantic City. It is a stupid oversight that they will have to explain to their grandchildren.)
Jackie Nesi and Cristina Barbella were first team all stars in softball; Luke Kramer, Kevin King and Lane Owens were chosen in boys track; and Erin Hanlon, Becca Miller and Sophie Gresham in girls track.
In the recently completed fall season, Fisher Hudak was a first team pick in boys soccer. Tyler Greene, Max Kelly, Luke Kramer, Owen Ritti and Anthony Conte were chosen to the first team in boys cross country. Becca Millar and Emma Sardy were on the girls cross country first team. And Jordan Moyer and Bryann Bowman were selected in girls tennis.
Molly Reardon, Morgan Pizagno, Tara McNally and Sophia Ruh were first team choices in field hockey. In the West Jersey Football League, Joe Repetti, Jake Schneider, Brendan McGonigle, Mike Williscroft, Jake Inserra and Brian Beckmann were first team all stars.
And Faith Slimmer, Summer Reimet, Carly Reighard, Hope Slimmer, Delaney Lappin, Suzy Dietrich and Abbey Fenton were CAL all stars from the state championship girls soccer team.
Pretty impressive list.
These were some of the many athletes who brought success to OCHS sports since 2019 began. But the purpose here is to recognize two of them – one male and one female – as the best of the year. It wasn’t an easy choice but two have emerged.
Abbey Fenton does not take a season off (except for possibly a few weeks in the summer). She is an all star in lacrosse, an all star in soccer and a key player in basketball. In fact, she leads the girls basketball team in scoring so far this season and hit a trio of key three-pointers in the CAL championship game back in February. She also has a very unique accomplishment. All three of those teams reached South Jersey championship games. In fact, Fenton has played in seven South Jersey championship games in her career with two more still possible.
Bill Kroeger not only had that great season in lacrosse that the rest of the CAL coaches somehow missed, he was also a district champion in wrestling. Like Fenton, he also is a three-sport athlete, though he played the final season of his third sport (football) in 2018, outside the calendar year. Kroeger will begin his college lacrosse career three weeks from Saturday for New Jersey Institute of Technology.
For their success and versatility in red and white during 2019 and as representatives of all the other outstanding OCHS athletes, Abbey Fenton and Bill Kreoger are the Ocean City Athletes of the Year for 2019.
Coming later this week – the Ocean City Sportsperson of the Year and the CAL Sportsperson of the Year. Plus the All-Decade teams will continue with the winter sports.