Fall Sports Recap: 2011

by Megan

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Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School has completed another successful season in fall sports. Year after year, RFH athletes have raised their standards to new levels with their success; not only division wide, but state and nationally wide as well.   Here’s to another great fall sports season, and many more to come:

Girls’ Varsity Soccer – Coached by Ms. Tukis

It was another successful season for girls’ soccer, finishing 8 – 8 – 1. The girls qualified for the Shore Conference Tournament and the State Tournament, and also won the public side of the A-Central title in their division! Their coach, Ms. Tukis, stated, “The team comprised of many talented soccer players who put their best effort into practices and games.” She mentioned specifically four senior captains who have been part of the team since their freshman year and were great leaders and role models this season, beingegan Kugelman, Kat Dahlmeier, Casey Bartel and Lizzy Apicella. Along with the teams captains, many other players stood out such as Dahlmeier, Kugelman(last names?), and Schuyler DeBree who were named to the A-Central Division Team.

Boys’ Varsity Soccer – Coached by Mr. Reynolds

Mr. Reynolds, coach of the boy’s varsity soccer team believed his boys made the season “Very much a success”. Overall, there were 54 goals scored and 15 games won by RFH.  The team made it further in the State Playoffs this year than in the previous 30 years! They qualified for State and Shore Conference playoffs, and took Cristian Brother’s Acadamy into overtime and made it to the semifinals of the State playoffs. With this success, all teammates played a huge role. Some players specifically stood out to Coach Reynolds, such as Ben Alderoty, Paul Tegen, Colin Kreutzberg, Zach Fendrick and Chris Lorenz, all of whom made All Division.  Alderoty also made All Shore, All County and All State.

Field Hockey—Coached by Ms. Vaccarelli

For the second year in a row, RFH’s varsity girl’s field hockey won the A Central Division title. Their coach, Ms. Vaccarelli, commented on her teams success with how they exhibited  “outstanding leadership this year from our seniors, and they will be sorely missed next year.” Also, she wants her team that the coaches are very proud of their accomplishments. And all of should be! The varsity girls made it to the semifinals of the Shore Conference Tournament, and to the finals of our Group II sectional tournament. Marissa Stefanelli, senior captain, was just named to the 1st team All Shore Conference for offense, a huge honor! Coach Vaccarelli said, “Our success this season was due to hard work and dedication of the girls beginning in June. Each game required a team effort from all to win, and the girls worked extremely well together.”

Girls’ Cross Country – Coached by Mr. McLoone and Mr. Mercer

Coach McLoone was so proud of his girl’s team this year, as they had the most successful season in RFH history. Overall, the girl’s team won their division, county, shore conference, state sectional, state group, and Meet of Champions titles! They ranked #1 of all high school teams in New Jersey and were also nationally ranked. The top group on this team were Rachel Christ, Shannon McCarthy, Hannah Anderson, Michaella Irvine, Isabella Maita, Courtney Howley, and Molly Hellman. The season was very exciting and successful to the entire team!

Boys’ Cross Country –  Coached by Mr. McLoone and Mr. Mercer

The boys had a good season as well, going 4-2 in dual meets, placing 11th in the County. This qualified them for the Shore Conference Championships, in which they placed 15th. They were then 5th in the State Sectionals, which also qualified them for the State Group Championship, where they placed 13th in the state. Some successful leaders of the team include Ryan Corbett, Sam Gottuso, Blake Goodwyn, Jack Maris, Brendan Thorp, James Ball, Jake Albers, and Andrew Gaffney.

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