RFH Winter Sports Recap

by Peter Lyden

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This winter sports season has been one of the most successful to date.  Many teams competed in playoffs, set records, both team and personal, and enjoyed the competitive spirit of the cold, winter months.  Here is a quick recap detailing the successes of these RFH teams.

Boys’ and Girls’ Swimming had a successful season on both the boys’ and girls’ teams. The boys’ team had a final team score of 1-9.  Jonathan Decelle, Bryce Harlan, Kyle McManus, Matt Valko, Andrew Henderson, and Andrew Gaffney scored a highnumber of points for the team.  The girls’ team became Shore Conference Champions with a score of 8-2; an RFH season record. The girls’ team was led by Katie Boyle, Gigi Russo, and Jocelyn Delaney, who helped them to bring home victory.

Wrestling had an incredible season. The team has made real progress within the past few years. Wrestlers have gone to the Region 6 Tournament for the past three seasons.  RFH junior Taylor Avino took 3rd in the district at 215 pounds. Sadly, senior captains Adam von Pier and Nick Hodgkiss will be graduating this year and have been really big role models for the wrestling team.  Mr. Herman, the head coach, said, “RFH sophomores and incoming freshmen will make serious waves in the division and can be a real force for the team next year.”

Winter Track has had a tremendous season for both the boys’ and the girls’ team. The girls 4×8 team broke the school record at the Eastern State Championships at the Armory in NYC with a screaming time of 9:53.02. The 4×8 team consisted of Molly Hellman, Rachel Christ, Shannon McCarthy, and Courtney Howley. Shannon McCarthy moved on up to the National Championships at the Armory in NYC and broke the school record with a time of 2:20.02 in the 800-meter race and came in 17th place out of 55 runners; an outstanding accomplishment for Shannon.  The boys team on the other hand; had a terrific season as well. The boys distance team consisting of Jack Maris, Ryan Corbett, Blake Goodwyn, Sam Gottuso, and Ian Christ had an amazing season, setting PRs in the mile, 2-mile, and the 800.   At the State Group II Championships, Gottuso got a killer time of 2:04.63, but unfortunately wasn’t enough to qualify him for the Meet of Champions. The boys’ 4×4 team consisting of Bobby DeBarba, Chris Veasey, Connor Simpson, Alex Kelly, and the occasional 4×4 meter runner Gottuso had a terrific season as well.

The RFH Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball teams had amazing seasons.  The boys’ team made it to the State Group II Championships for the first time in RFH history. The dawgpound full of screaming cheering fans filled the stands to bring fun, excitement, and sportsmanship to the games to help RFH.  RFH senior players Kevin “Pooky” Alter, Sam Waters, and Jack Wise really displayed what it meant to play a good game, scoring tons of points for the team along with the other underclassmen.  The cheerleaders and dance troupers really brought fun and entertainment to the games as well by bringing on cheer to our screaming dawgpound fans. The girls’ team had an amazing season as well, playing many strong, competitive games to make it to the State Group II Championships.  RFH basketball has such a good future ahead. Even though it’s going to be extremely tough to graduate our top valuable senior players, RFH’s teams will definitely have a strong group of newer, younger athletes.

The RFH hockey team had an exciting season,  as well.  They made it through several rounds of playoffs before being defeated, leaving a cold chill in the air at the Red Bank Armory.  Led by seniors Campbell Dickson, Chris Saporito, Vincent Padula, Luke Wilson, and Hudson Corbett, the team skated fast and furiously to victory throughout the season.  This is a tough team-don’t expect the graduation of these seniors to lessen their skill or expertise on the ice!

Our cheerleaders and dance troup always brought in fun, cheer, and entertainment for our fans in football games and basketball games.  They urged our fans to go along with the cheers and bring our football and basketball teams along for the win. The dance troupers brought amazing entertainment for the fans during half-time during the games. We always know and hope our cheerleaders and dance troupers will be around in future years to come during football and basketball games.

RFH Winter sports have had amazing seasons. RFH, along with other schools in our division, really defines the nature of good sportsmanship. The RFH competitors and fans know how to make these games fun, exciting, and competitive.  RFH sports would be absolutely nothing if players or fans did not up these awesome teams. The school has an extremely big future in sports.

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