Star Watch

by Matt Cosentino; Photos Tim Hawk | Apr 7, 2015
Star Watch …From the pages of South Jersey Magazine…

More topflight athletes to keep your eye on this season


Denny Brady, Buena: The Pitcher of the Year in New Jersey last season as a junior, this East Carolina commit went 10-0 with a 0.46 ERA and led Buena to its first-ever state title.

Sean Breen, Gloucester Catholic: The senior second baseman, an Iona recruit, was all-state second team last year and also earned MVP honors over the summer in leading Brooklawn to its second straight American Legion World Series title.

Nick Browne, Bishop Eustace: A senior outfielder, Browne led South Jersey with 11 home runs in 2014 and was named all-state first team. He will continue his career at the University of Maryland.

Jared Gold, Moorestown: Gold, a senior, shines on the mound and in the infield for the Quakers. He was an all-county second-team selection last year.

Jon Hansen, Cherry Hill East: Hansen, a senior third baseman, hit .489 and made the all-South Jersey first team as a junior. He has committed to George Mason.

Jack Herman, Eastern: Expectations were high for Herman before he even stepped on the field in a Vikings uniform. The freshman has already committed to the University of Maryland and should have an immediate impact at Eastern this spring.

Brian Marconi, Cherokee: An all-conference first-teamer in 2014, this senior will continue his career at George Mason.

Tyler Mondile, Gloucester Catholic: A junior pitcher who has already committed to Florida State, Mondile went 6-1 with a 1.54 ERA as a sophomore.

John Murphy, Gloucester Catholic: A senior right-hander, Murphy has been in the Rams’ rotation since his freshman year and has been an all-South Jersey first-teamer the last two years. The Maryland recruit went 8-2 with a 0.70 ERA in 2014.


Angela Antonini, Gloucester Catholic: An all-South Jersey second-teamer as a junior, this senior catcher will continue her career at Rowan.

Callie Forzley, Moorestown: The junior hit .515 for the Quakers and could possibly take over as the No. 1 pitcher this year.

Becca Gurst, Cherry Hill West: A junior outfielder, Gurst was named to the all-conference second team as a sophomore and also played in the Carpenter Cup.

Jessica Hughes, Washington Township: One of the state’s best players, Hughes has been a leader offensively and defensively for the Minutemaids’ back-to-back sectional championship teams.

Madison Morano, Eastern: Morano, a junior outfielder, was named to the all-South Jersey second team and helped the Vikings to a 19-6 season.

Sam Sack, Paul VI: A sophomore catcher, Sack started and batted third as a freshman, finishing with a .554 average, five home runs and 36 RBIs.

Lauren Sandelier, Washington Township: A senior third baseman, Sandelier hit .346 with 30 RBIs as a junior to make the all-South Jersey second team.

Kaila Smith, Millville: Smith was an all-state first-teamer in 2014 as a sophomore, when she hit .594 with 11 home runs and 36 RBIs. The first baseman is one of the best power hitters in New Jersey.

Boys tennis

Cody Cassise, Seneca: This junior has been Seneca’s first singles since his freshman year and advanced to the third round of the state singles tournament last spring.

Zac Castagna, Pitman: A senior, Castagna entered the season seeking his third straight Gloucester County Open singles championship.

Chase Eldridge, Washington Township: A four-year varsity starter and the Minutemen’s first singles since his sophomore year, Eldridge placed third in the Gloucester County Open in 2014.

Sam Oberholtzer, Haddonfield: A junior, Oberholtzer teamed with Isaak Anderson to claim the program’s first-ever state doubles title in 2014. He is expected to move into the singles lineup this year.

Harvey Robin, Moorestown Friends: This junior played first singles in 2014 and was named to the all-Friends League team. He helped the Foxes win the Non-Public B state crown.

Zach Silver, Lenape: A three-year starter at singles, this senior was named to the all-county second team last year.

Eric Tecce, Shawnee: A junior, Tecce played second singles last year for the Renegades’ sectional title team. He was named all-county first team.

Boys volleyball

Tyler Cavarocchi, Eastern: This senior outside hitter was named to the all-South Jersey third team as a junior. He helped lead the Vikings to an 18-3 record.

Stan Storchevoy, Kingsway: Storchevoy, a senior outside hitter, was fourth in South Jersey with 220 kills and also had 98 digs.

Boys track

Trevor Allen, Moorestown: A senior thrower, Allen took third at sectionals and fifth at states in the shot put and competed at the Meet of Champions.

Noah Culbreath, Kingsway: This senior took second in the mile and fourth in the two-mile at last spring’s Group IV sectional meet and was the Tri-County Conference champion in the 800.

Aaron Groff, Cherry Hill East: A junior, Groff was the South Jersey Group IV champion in the 3200 meters last spring and went on to place second at states and ninth at the Meet of Champions.

Dan Helfand, Cherry Hill East: This senior placed second in the 800 meters in last spring’s Olympic Conference Championships and was an all-South Jersey cross country runner in the fall.

Cinque Hill, Eastern: This senior shines in the sprints, the triple jump and the long jump, an event he made it to states in last season.

Shawn Hutchison, Bishop Eustace: This senior distance runner set a school record in the two-mile last year, posting a time of 9:17.06 for a seventh-place finish at the Meet of Champions.

Jake Liebling, Lenape: Liebling, a senior, was the Burlington County champ in the high jump and went on to place second at sectionals and fifth at states in the event.

Stefon Moore-Green, Paul VI: One of the fastest runners in South Jersey, this junior was the Non-Public A champion in the 100 and took second in the 200 at sectionals. He competed in both events at states and the Meet of Champions.

Greg Pelose, Haddonfield: This junior placed in the top 10 in the mile at both the sectional and state meets in 2014.

Luke Petela, Haddon Township: An all-state third-teamer in the 1600 last spring, this senior is coming off a winter season in which he won the event at sectionals, states and the Meet of Champions.

Sterling Pierce, Rancocas Valley: This senior took first in the 200 at the Meet of Champions during indoor season.

Nathan Shivers, Clearview: This distance runner took second in the 3200 and third in the 1600 at sectionals last year. He went on to place fifth in the state in the 3200 and run at the Meet of Champions.

Austin Stoner, Haddonfield: Stoner, a junior, had top 10 finishes in the 800 at both sectionals and states.

Girls track

Nina Bendixen, Shawnee: A senior distance runner, Bendixen placed fifth at sectionals in the 3200 and competed at states.

Gabrielle Bennett, Winslow: A senior who will continue her career at UMass, Bennett took home the high jump crown at the Meet of Champions this winter.

Carly Bonnet, Haddonfield: A senior, Bonnet notched South Jersey and state championships in the 400 hurdles last spring and also shines in the 200 and 400.

Thaila Cooper, Kingsway: This senior ran the 400 and the 400 hurdles at last year’s Meet of Champions and is also a standout in the 100 hurdles.

Melanie Edwards, Eastern: A senior sprinter, Edwards placed second in the Olympic Conference and seventh at sectionals in the 400.

Briana Gess, Haddonfield: Just a sophomore, Gess has already established herself as one of the premier distance runners in the state. Last year as a freshman, she claimed the Meet of Champions title in the 3200 and state championships in the 3200 and 1600.

Kiara Lester, Deptford: During the winter, this junior won the 200 meters at the Meet of Champions to go with state titles in the 55 and 400.

Bria Mack, Williamstown: One of the top sprinters in the area, Mack was all-state third team in the 100 last spring and earned the same honor in the 55 over the winter.

Carly Pettipaw, Lenape: Pettipaw, a senior, was part of Lenape’s state championship-winning 4x400 relay last year. She also took second in the 400 and 800 and fifth in the 400 hurdles at sectionals.

Kaela Schrier, Cherokee: A junior, Schrier is the latest standout thrower to come through Cherokee. She was the Burlington County champion in the javelin last year, took second at sectionals and fifth at states.

Boys lacrosse

Nick Barbieri, Bishop Eustace: This senior set a school record with 51 goals last year and was named to the all-conference first team. He helped the Crusaders set a school mark with 17 wins.

Curtis Corley, Shawnee: Corley, a senior, leads the Shawnee defense and also added 12 goals in 2014. He will continue his career at the University of Maryland.

Matt Donnelly, Clearview: A senior attacker who has committed to Penn State, Donnelly had 74 goals and 34 assists last spring and was named to the all-South Jersey first team.

Kevin Gray, Seneca: Gray was an all-conference first-team player in 2014, as he scored 49 goals. He has committed to the University of Tampa.

Austin Haynes, Moorestown: A senior defender, Haynes helped the Quakers win the South Jersey Group III title and reach the state championship game. He will continue his career at the University of Delaware.

David Smith, Shawnee: A senior midfielder, Smith had 38 goals and 15 assists and made the all-South Jersey first team. He is headed to the University of Virginia.

Brandon Stern, Cherry Hill East: This senior, who will continue his career at Penn State, had 35 goals and 21 assists in 2014 and entered this season with 84 career goals.

Connor Wolfe, Lenape: Wolfe had 52 goals and 30 assists in 2014 and earned all-South Jersey second-team recognition. The senior attacker led the Indians to a 14-8 record.

Girls lacrosse

Lily Argyle, Shawnee: A four-year starter in goal, Argyle will continue her career at Vanderbilt.

Melanie Becker, Moorestown: A senior all-county midfielder, Becker will continue her career at Vanderbilt.

Kristen Biche, Bishop Eustace: A junior midfielder, Biche led the Crusaders with 56 goals last year and was named to the all-conference first team.

Gianna Bowe, Clearview: Bowe, a senior, had 28 goals last year despite tearing her ACL about midway through the season. She is back to full health and primed for a big season before heading to North Carolina to continue her career.

Abbey Brooks, Moorestown: A senior attacker, this Rutgers recruit had 28 goals last year for the Group III state champs.

Jillian Calandra, Washington Township: A senior attacker, Calandra had 28 goals and 29 assists last year and has committed to Manhattan.

Megan Drum, Seneca: This senior led Seneca with 47 goals last year and will play Division I lacrosse at Wagner.

Caroline Farley, Shawnee: A four-year starter and all-South Jersey midfielder, Farley led the Renegades with 62 goals and 44 assists last year. She is headed to Delaware.

Shannon Gallagher, Lenape: This senior anchors the defense for Lenape and was an all-county first-team selection. She has committed to San Diego State.

Maggie Handlan, Moorestown: This senior was named South Jersey Defensive Player of the Year in 2014 and helped the Quakers to an undefeated season. She will play lacrosse at Michigan.

Jessica Havers, Cherokee: A senior attacker, Havers led the Chiefs with 66 goals and was named all-South Jersey second team. She will continue her career at High Point.

Megan Kilpatrick, Camden Catholic: This Lock Haven recruit led the Fighting Irish with 69 goals last year.

Frankie Paterno, Gloucester Catholic: This junior attacker has led the Rams in scoring since her freshman year. She had 58 goals in 2014.

Natalie Peel, Lenape: Peel, a senior, had 57 goals for the state champions last year and will continue her career at San Diego State.

Alexis Pettisani, Eastern: As a freshman last year, Pettisani led the Vikings with 54 goals to go with eight assists.


George Frake III, Shawnee: A senior, Frake was Shawnee’s highest finisher at last year’s Burlington County Open in 15th place and also had a strong showing at the Carl Arena Tournament.

Colin Geary, Cherokee: A senior, Geary was the Burlington County individual champion in 2014 and helped the Chiefs capture the team title. He also tied for fifth at the Olympic Conference Tournament to earn all-conference first-team honors.

Max Goldstein, Shawnee: A key varsity golfer since his freshman year, Goldstein has earned all-conference recognition the last two seasons and is primed for a huge senior season.

Max Haggerty, Shawnee: Another standout on a deep Renegades roster, Haggerty carded an 82 at the Olympic Conference Tournament and an 88 at Carl Arena in 2014 as a junior.

Erica Han, Lenape: This junior won the South Jersey Ladies Invitational as a sophomore and took second in the girls Tournament of Champions. She also placed third in the Olympic Conference Tournament for all-conference first-team honors.

Jacob Hanzel, Washington Township: Graduation hit the Group IV state champions hard, but this sophomore is a promising returner. He was all-conference second team as a rookie and had the team’s second-lowest match average.

Jake Klaus, Haddonfield: A senior three-sport star, Klaus has won the Colonial Conference Tournament the last two years and tied for seventh at the Carl Arena Tournament last season.

Shea Wolfle, Clearview: Wolfle made an immediate impact as a freshman last year, tying for second at the Tri-County Conference Tournament and placing 10th at the Gloucester County Tournament.

Published (and copyrighted) in South Jersey Magazine, Volume 12, Issue 1 (April, 2015).
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Author: Matt Cosentino; Photos by Tim Hawk


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