Billy Schoppy Male Finalists for 2022

By TOM WILLIAMS

A dozen boys 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 10 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:

LeQUINT ALLEN (Millville), a football all star on offense & defense with more than 3,000 career yards of total offense. Headed to Syracuse.

JOJO BERMUDEZ (Cedar Creek), all star wide receiver in football who set CAL records for receptions. TD catches and yardage. Headed to Cincinnati.

CALEM BOWMAN (Millville), a two-way all star in football, a basketball all star and track champion. Headed to Post University.

TREVOR COHEN (Holy Spirit), football all star with 3500+ passing yards and all star in baseball. Headed to Rutgers.

CHARLEY COSSABOONE (Ocean City), all star in football (2-way starter) and all star/champion in wrestling with 100+ wins. Headed to Coastal Carolina.

DAVID GIULIAN (Middle Township), two way all star in football, wrestling champion with 115+ wins. Headed to College of NJ.

AUSTIN HUDAK (Hammonton), all star in football, champion & record setter in track. Headed to Stockton.

CARLOS LOPEZ (Egg Harbor Township), state basketball all star, CAL scoring champion with over 1,500 career points..

COHL MERCADO (St. Joseph), all star in football, all star in baseball (.550 career hitter). Headed to Boston College.

JA’SON PREVARD (St. Joseph), all star QB in football with 1,900 passing yards, all star point guard in basketball.

KANYE UDOH (St. Augustine), 2-way all star in football with more than 3,000 career rushing yards. Headed to US Military Academy.

RAY WEED (Absegami), all star in football (first player in South Jersey history with 2,500+ rushing yards and 4,500+ passing yards), all star in wrestling. Headed to Rider.

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 girls finalists were announced yesterday and can be found HERE.

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