By TOM WILLIAMS
A dozen girls have been selected as finalists for the 2022 Billy Schoppy Award, presented to the athlete from the Cape-Atlantic League Class of 2022 who had the most outstanding high school sports career.
The awards originated in 2001 when Jason Kaye of “The Flagship Resort” in Atlantic City sponsored the awards. In 2012, Dave Talarico and “Schoppy’s since 1921”, the area’s finest trophy and award creator, became the sponsor. And in 2017 the award was changed to The Billy Schoppy Award as a memorial to Billy Schoppy, the son of William Schoppy, who created the business, as it says in its name, in 1921.
This year’s 12 finalists are from nine different CAL schools and were selected based on their four years of high school sports. Previous winners have included single-sport athletes who were dominant and athletes who played three or four sports with success. A complete list of previous winners, plus finalist for each previous year, is available HERE.
The 2022 finalists are, in alphabetical order:
KAITLYN BOGGS (Mainland), a basketball all star who was also a volleyball player. Headed to Washington College.
NINA CECCANECCHIO (Our Lady of Mercy), a successful runner who was a 5-time all star in cross country and track. Headed to Jefferson College.
JENNA CRAWFORD (Cedar Creek), a two-time CAL tennis champion and four-time all star. Headed to Georgia Tech.
CAMRYN DIRKES (Mainland), multiple all star in basketball, soccer & track. She will attend the University of Georgia.
LEAH ELLIS (Millville), all star and multiple champion in both indoor and outdoor track. Headed to Louisiana Tech.
JACKIE FORTIS (Absegami), four sport athlete who was an all star in basketball and volleyball with success in soccer and track. Headed to St. Joseph’s.
MEGAN FOX (Atlantic City), dominant four-time all star in swimming who set multiple freestyle records. Headed to South Carolina.
OLIVIA GIORDANO (Millville), all star in soccer (75+ goals) and lacrosse (100+ goals). Headed to Rowan.
JULIANNA MEDINA (Mainland), all star in field hockey, all star in lacrosse (140+ goals). Headed to FDU-Madison.
SUMMER REIMET (Ocean City), all state in soccer with 131 career goals. Led the state with 62 goals this fall, just missing state record. Headed to Monmouth.
BRIANNA ROBINSON (Middle Township), all star in basketball, all star in lacrosse with 170+ goals, goalie in soccer. Headed to Stockton.
GRACE SPEER (Atlantic Tech), all star in basketball as the CAL leading scorer, leader in volleyball and played soccer. Headed to Florida Tech.
The winner will be announced on June 13 at the annual CAL Celebration in the Ocean City Music Pier auditorium.
The names of the 12 boys finalists are expected to be released tomorrow.