Haddonfield Named No. 1 New Jersey High School Athletic Program

by Marc Narducci; Photo courtesy of Marc Narducci | May 19, 2020
Haddonfield Named No. 1 New Jersey High School Athletic Program
Haddonfield has earned the distinction as the No. 1 high school athletic program in New Jersey according to Max Preps. The Bulldogs also finished No. 14 in the country.
 
Without spring sports, Max Preps announced its winners recently.
 
The MaxPreps Cup is a formula developed to identify the top high school athletic programs in the nation using state championships and runner-up finishes to award points. Other factors affecting the point totals include popularity of sport, size of state, state enrollment divisions and the number of schools in each state enrollment division.
 
Points are also awarded for national rankings where available. MaxPreps is a website that specializes in coverage of American high school sports. The site is owned by CBS Interactive and is a division of CBS Sports.
 
Here are the standings:
 
New Jersey
1. Haddonfield, 912
Fall state champions: Boys cross country
Fall state runner-up: Girls field hockey, girls’ cross country
Winter state champions: Girls indoor track, boys swimming, girls swimming
 
2. Ridgewood, 724
3. Christian Brothers Academy (Lincroft), 714
4. The Pingry School (Martinsville), 690
5. Hunterdon Central (Flemington), 578
6. Union Catholic (Scotch Plains), 555
7. Williamstown, 506
8. Immaculate Heart Academy (Washington Township), 491
9. Wayne Valley (Wayne), 431
10. Shore Regional (West Long Branch), 422
 
What made Haddonfield’s feat even more impressive is that the Bulldogs were able to finish ahead of several Non-Public school and several larger-enrollment schools.
 
While some sports are different Group sizes in different sports, we will use the schools classification in basketball as an example. Haddonfield is a Group 2 school.
 
Union Catholic, CBA and Pingry are all the highest enrollment in their Group – Non-Public A. Williamstown (the only other South Jersey school), Ridgewood and Hunterdon Central are Group 4 schools. Wayne Valley is Group 3. Shore Regional, like Haddonfield, is Group 2. Immaculate Heart Academy is a Group 4 all-girls’ school.
 
Haddonfield was led by its four state champions – boys’ cross country, girls’ indoor track and boys’ and girls’ swimming.
 
The cross country team outscored second-place Bernards 29-80. The Bulldogs were led by seniors Martin Riddell and Andrew Gostovich who were second and third respectively.
 
The girls’ indoor track team showed great depth in winning the Group 2 title. Senior Rachel Bonnet was Haddonfield’s lone first place winner, earning the high jump title with a leap of 5-2. He was also fifth in the 55 hurdles. Teammate Sarah Naticchia finished second in the 1,600 meters and third in the 3,200 meters.
 
This year was the first time in school history that the boys’ and girls’ team won state titles in the same year. Coach Bob Querbin guides both programs.
 
The girls’ team earned a 110-60 victory over perennial state power Mountain Lakes to win a second consecutive NJSIAA Public C state title.
 
The Bulldogs had two swimming win two individual events. Lillian Derivaux won the 200 IM and the 500 freestyle while Katharine Skelly was first in the 100 and 50 freestyle.
 
won two events while Sydney Mullin and Sophia Rollo were also individual winners.
 
The boys’ team beat top-seeded Summit, 91-79 to win the Public C state title. Double individual winners were Mike Foley, who won the 200 and 500 freestyle and Henry McFadden, who captured the 200 IM and 100 fly.
 
It all added up to a great swimming season and in turn an exceptional season for Haddonfield, a school that has long been known for its athletic excellence.

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Author: Marc Narducci; Photo courtesy of Marc Narducci

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