By TOM WILLIAMS
The second decade of the 21st Century was a very successful 10 years for the sports teams at Ocean City High School. The all star teams for each sport have all been announced (you can review them here) but there are a few more honors remaining.
Let’s start with the best teams – the 10 teams that produced the best seasons during the decade. In an effort to spread it around, only the best season by each sport was considered.
Here are the four boys teams that are runners-up.
2009-10 Boys Basketball (19-8): John Bruno’s Raiders won the American Conference of the Cape-Atlantic League and defeated National Conference champion Lower Cape May, 63-60, in two overtimes to win the CAL Championship in the pre-tournament format. They were eliminated from the NJSIAA Group 3 Tournament in the second round, 49-47, by Moorestown. Chris Curran, who set a record with 33 points in the championship game, led the team with 14.9 points per game. Tyler Reich added 13.0 points, 9.8 rebounds and nearly four blocked shots per game. Connor Ortolf led the team in assists and steals and was joined in the starting lineup by Tom Ballezzi and Matt Bosch. Check the game-by-game results here.
2010 Boys Tennis (19-1): George McNally’s team won 19 straight, including a dozen by 5-0 shutouts, before losing to Moorestown, 3-2, in the South Jersey final. They nearly won that final despite one of the key players in the lineup playing at less than 100 percent following illness. Dan Barrus (29-2) played No. 1 singles, his brother Chris Barrus (29-3) was an No. 2 and Charlie Nusbaum (20-4) rounded out the impressive singles lineup. Kyle Redmond and Zack Shutz were 12-9 at first doubles and the Phil Adams-Dan Hiltner team was 16-6 at second doubles. Check the match-by-match results here.
2010 Boys Cross Country (10-0): Matt Purdue’s team not only won 10 dual meets by an average of 31 points, they finished first in the Cherokee Challenge, South Jersey Shootout, Cape May County Meet, CAL Meet and NJSIAA South Jersey Group 3 Meet. They also were third in the Disney Classic in Florida. Three-time all star Miles Schoedler won the South Jersey championship and was Runner of the Year. Andrew DeMaria and Erik Johnson were both all stars for the second straight year and they were joined in the OCHS pack by Kevin Scott, Joe Delveshio and D.J. Gilhooley. Check the complete season here.
2013 Boys Soccer (19-4-2): Aaron Bogushefsky’s team won four straight shutouts in the NJSIAA Group 3 Tournament to win the South Jersey title and then tied Allentown in the state semi-final, losing on a penalty kick shootout. The Raiders also reached the semifinals of the South Jersey Coaches Tournament. All together the Raiders shut out 15 opponents. Evan McCardell fashioned those 15 shutouts, allowing just 0.71 goals per game. Zack Sakena (15), Aaron King (10), Noah Spear (9), Brandon Mac Farlane (7) and Don VanMeter (6) were the goal leaders. Sakjena added 20 assists with Steve Pashuck getting 10 and MacFarlane nine. Check the game-by-game results here.
And these are the four runners-up among the girls.
2012 Field Hockey (21-1): Cory Terry’s Raiders lost one game – to National powerhouse Eastern – but otherwise dominated the season. They outscored five opponents, 21-2, in the NJSIAA Tournament, winning the state championship, 2-0, over Warren Hills at the College of New Jersey. And they outscored their CAL opponents, 81-0. Lauren McNally (17 goals) led the team in scoring, followed by Paige Broadley (15), Jacquie Fenton (11), Leah Davies (10), April Stein (9), Kelly Hanna (8), Jordan Allegretto (8) and Casey Hanna (7). Kelly Hanna (17), Fenton (11), Casey Hanna (11), McNally (10) and Davies (10) were the assist leaders. The defense was anchored by McNally, Courtney Allen and goalkeeper Katie Johnson, who fashioned 16 shutouts and had a 0.50 goals-against average. Check the game-by-game results here.
2012-13 Girls Basketball (26-5): Paul Baruffi’s team won the only state championship in OCHS girls basketball history, defeating Jefferson, 50-37, in Toms River. They won four straight at the Dixie Howell Gymnasium to win the South Jersey title. Julia Duggan averaged 16.0 points and 10.7 rebounds per game, finishing her career with 1,651 points, the second highest total in school history. Freshman Nicole Piergross (6.4 ppg) made a team-high 39 three-pointers. The other starters were Mary Kate Mateer (5.5), Natalie Landi (5.4) and Katie Johnson (5.2). Check the game-by-game results here,
2018 Girls Cross Country (8-0): Trish Henry’s team not only won the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 3 championship but they also won the South Jersey Shootout, Osprey Invitational, Cape May County Meet and CAL Meet. They won their dual meets by an average of 23 points. The team was led by Alexia Palmieri and Casey McLees, who finished second and third, respectively, in the South Jersey meet. They were joined by fellow all stars Brooke Farr and Becca Millar plus Erin Hanlon, Isabella Padula, Emma Sardy and Reghan Handley. Check the complete season here.
2019 Girls Soccer (24-1-1): Kelly Halliday’s team dominated the CAL and reached the semifinals of the South Jersey Coaches Tournament before tying Rancocas Valley and losing the tie-breaking shootout. They shut out six straight teams in the NJSIAA Group 3 Tournament, including Mainland in the South Jersey final at Carey Stadium and Ramapo in the state final at Kean University. Those were six of the school-record 19 shutouts by all star goalie Abbey Fenton. Faith Slimmer and Summer Reimet each scored 35 goals to set a new school record. Slimmer also had a school record 28 assists, including four in one game. Slimmer was first team, all-state, and Halliday was named New Jersey Coach of the Year. Carly Rieghard, Delaney Lappin and Paige Panico combined to add 19 more goals with Reighard making 16 assists and Hope Slimmer 14. All star Suzy Dietrich was a major part of the strong defense. The complete game-by-game results are here.
Now for the teams of the decade – the best of the best.
Let’s start with the boys.
2016 Baseball (21-6): Craig Mensinger’s team shut out Highland at the 5th & Bay field to win the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 3 championship. They then outscored Nottingham in the state semifinal at Cumberland County College for their ninth straight win. The team was led by Sean Mooney, who won nine games and graduated with seven school pitching records. He was also was a force at the plate, becoming the first OCHS player with over 100 career hits and setting a school record for RBIs. The team batted .321, led by Dom Fiorentino (.432), Joe Clifford (.384), Brian Casey (.346), Nick Artymowicz (.333), Noah Aungst (.333), Mooney (.329), Josh Arnold (.316) and Danny Gray (.313). In addition to Mooney (0.75 ERA with 102 strikeouts and 11 walks), Arnold won six games on the mound, Colton Ulmer three and Joe Clifford two. Catcher Jeremy West was a critical part of the success and Matt Fumo, Andrew Donoghue both contributed. They were the OCHS Boys Team of the Decade.
And now, the best of the girls teams.
2015-16 Girls Swimming (14-0): Stephen Warrington’s team won everything. They won their 14 dual meets by an average of just over 46 points each. That included Moorestown, 97-73, in the NJSIAA South Jersey Class B Tournament and Chatham, 86-84, in the state championship meet. Amanda Nunan was the New Jersey Swimmer of the Year and one of the tops in the nation. And Warrington was named New Jersey Girls Swimming Coach of the Year. But this team was loaded with talent. In addition to Nunan, Ryann Styer and Maggie Wallace were first team all state and the relay team of Nunan, Styer, Aly Chain and Amber Glenn were selected to the first team. Glenn also notched a second team all-state selection as a freestyle swimmer. There was also Andrea Teofanova, Aleva Parker and Megan Keenan, giving this team incredible depth. And earning them the honor of OCHS Girls Team of the Decade.
There you have it – the best teams of the 2nd Decade, five boys teams and five girls.
Coming up next – the top coaches of the decade from 2010-19.