By TOM WILLIAMS
The second decade (2010-19) of the 21st Century was a very successful one for sports at Ocean City High School.
Over the past eight months we have offered reviews of those 10 years, including all star teams for each sport, the top individual teams of the decade and the top coaches. You can check all of those reviews here.
Now it is time for the athletes.
Below are five male and five female athletes who were the most impressive at OCHS during the decade. One of each five is recognized as the Athlete of the Decade.
With the great success in the decade there were dozens and dozens of student-athletes who were successful and who contributed to the achievements of the Raiders. Most of them were mentioned in the previous sport reviews. But here are the best 10.
First, in alphabetical order, are the four male athletes who are runners-up.
Now, the four female runners-up.
OK, it is time to present the best of the best from 2010-19. And they completed successful careers with different approaches.
Bill Kroeger was a multi-sport all star. In football, he caught passes for 451 yards in his career as a tight end and made 95 tackles, 17.5 for losses, as an all star linebacker on defense. As a wrestler, he won 31 times as a senior, including a district championship and an advance to the quarterfinals in the region tournament. But it was in lacrosse where he was even more impressive. He was second in the CAL in ground balls and his .768 percentage in face-offs was among the 10 best in the state. He was named second team, all-state and was selected as the CAL-area player of the year. This, by the way, despite the fact that the CAL lacrosse coaches – to their eternal embarrassment – failed to even give him honorable mention on their all star team.
Amanda Nunan, on the other hand, specialized in one sport and achieved success that was rare in CAL history. Twice she was named New Jersey Swimmer of the Year by NJ.com. She was selected South Jersey Swimmer of the Year all four seasons. Nunan won seven times in eight events at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions during her career. Her success helped the Raiders win four straight South Jersey championships, reach three state finals and win the only state girls swimming title in school history. The Raiders were 46-4 in dual meets during her four seasons in the lineup.
They are the best of the best – the 2nd Decade Athletes of the Year – Bill Kroeger and Amanda Nunan.
The review of the 2nd Decade will wrap up next with the selection of the Ocean City Sportsperson of the Decade.