1- CBA baseball defeats Don Bosco Prep to claim Non-Public A Title and fifth championship of the season.
To say that the 2015 Christian Brothers Academy baseball team was impressive may, in fact, be the understatement of 2015!
On June 6th, 2015, the Colts completed one of the most remarkable runs in Shore Conference history. They were able to knock off an undefeated powerhouse in Don Bosco Prep. It was a gem of a performance by UNC commit Luca Dalatri in which he tallied 12 strikeouts to hand the Ironmen their first loss of the season.
Offensively, CBA was on fire as well, scoring 7 runs capped by a two-run homer from fellow UNC recruit Brandon Martorano. 7-0 was the final as the Colts defeated the Ironmen in shutout fashion!
With that win, the Colts became only the second team in Shore Conference history to win a division title ( Class A-North), Monmouth County Tournament, Shore Conference Tournament, Sectional Title (Non-Public-A South), and overall State Championship (Non-Public A).
We can all remember Cid Porter’s big hit in the County final. He crushed a ball to deep center field, giving CBA the 4-3 victory over Wall in that Monmouth County Tournament Final.
One of the greatest memories of this team will be the pitching staff that took the field for the Colts.
Luca Dalatri, Mike Garvey, Kenny Campbell, all provided outstanding efforts for the Colts to play their parts in what was an almost flawless postseason.
2– Manasquan VS St.Rose All-Shore TOC Final
The Manasquan and St Rose Girls Basketball teams were extremely competitive and truly special. In 2015, the Manasquan Warriors followed up their 2014 campaign with one of the best seasons in Shore Conference history. The 31-2 Warriors, led by current Notre Dame star Marina Mabrey defeated Saint Rose 59-55 to capture the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions Title.
Regarded by many as one the greatest TOC finals of all time, this game featured two talented sister combinations. Jess and Jen Louro were two of the many bright spots for St Rose along their journey to reach that championship finale. For Manasquan, it was Marina and Dara Mabrey that highlighted the Warriors championship run. Marina finished her high school career with 2,525 career points which included 2 TOC, and 4 state titles. Dara built a reputation as one of the best lockdown defenders in the state.
3-CBA VS Delbarton- Non-Pubic Hockey Championship
The CBA hockey team of 2015 capped one of the most thrilling comebacks one will see with a 4-3 defeat of Delbarton. The Colts would score 4 consecutive goals, including the game winner in overtime that deflected off Dean Difazio and into the net for the game-winner. It was the first outright title for the CBA Colts since 2005. The effort and resiliency of this team on the ice made it possible for CBA to mount the comeback. In 2014, CBA and Morristown-Beard both shared a piece of the title as it was an even game at the end of the overtime period. This time, the Colts got exactly what they needed to only further their year of athletics into the record books.
4– Pt Boro Wrestling Defeats Point Beach, Staging Epic Comeback
The Pt Boro/Pt Beach rivalry has not been quite the same since the Thanksgiving football game was removed from the schedule. However, the annual crosstown matchup proved to be one that renewed itself as Pt Boro claimed the epic victory for wrestling bragging rights. Gabriel Fatizzi sparked the 34-32 victory over the previously unbeaten Gulls with a pin after the Panthers had been trailing 29-3. The wild comeback could not have ended any better for the Panthers who relied on standout senior Daniel Nobbs to pin Point Beach’s Jacob Clement at 126 Pounds. The victory took a nearly flawless performance from every single individual on the Pt Boro wrestling squad. They knew that Pt Beach took control of the toss-up bouts that left the Panthers in a dire situation to come up with a string of pins.
Although Pt Beach gave it everything they had, the Panthers were able to get the heart of the lineup on the mat at the right time. The victory, which may be considered by some as one of the greatest wins in Pt Boro history, preserved a long wrestling winning streak for the Panthers which dates back to 1997.
5– Red Bank Regional Defeats Red Bank Catholic In Battle Of Red Bank
After sruggling over the past decade, the Red Bank Regional Buccaneers had a season to remember!! In an October crosstown rivalry game, Red Bank Regional defeated Red Bank Catholic to propel them to 6-0 on the season. The victory helped the Bucs roll to an 11-1 record in which they reached the Central Jersey Group III finals. The win had RBR in a great position for the playoffs. Players like Jack Navitsky, Alim Godsey, and Sadiq Palmer had the entire Shore talking. Head Coach Nick Giglio has built a real foundation in Red Bank. This will continue to be a fun team to watch.
6- Raritan Defeats Previously Unbeaten Lincoln for Central Jersey Group II title after starting the season 3-5
The Raritan Rockets proved in 2015 that just getting into the state bracket can bring a lot of meaning. After starting the season 3-5 and losing to Pt Boro on the road, the Rockets went on a 4 game winning streak to win Central Jersey Group II. Up until this point, the Rockets had not reached the sectional semifinals since 2009! The Championship win over Lincoln can definitely go down as one of the biggest upsets in state finals history.
The Rockets were facing a crucial 4th and 9 when Senior Nick Pasquin hauled in the game-winning TD reception with just 10 seconds left! This play secured the 28-26 victory for the Rockets. This was the first Sectional Championship for the Rockets since 2004. For many Shore Conference football fans, this will be a run that will not be forgotten. Raritan proved that playing your best football in November/December is something that can carry a team.
7– Jackson Memorial Repeats as Central Jersey Group IV Champions With Win Over Brick Memorial
The Jaguars finished with a record of 8-4 in 2015. The later part of the season had Jackson Memorial playing their. The Jaguars started the season with a 3-0 record. However, due to injuries, the team entered the playoffs with at 5-4. In midseason, Head Coach Walt Krystopik redesigned the offense around Kyle Johnson at the quarterback position. Vinny Lee was also moved to wide receiver. This created a lot of misdirection and surprise into an already explosive Jaguars offense. Jackson Memorial really built a lot of momentum by going into Brick and winning on the road in the playoffs. The Jaguars avenged an early season loss with that victory. It was the outstanding running performance by Mike Gawlik that ultimately led to the Jaguars taking home their second straight sectional title!
8– Manasquan Boys and Girls Basketball finish 2015 with WOBM Christmas Classic Titles!
When it comes to any tournament, it is pretty amazing when one school can dominate the field. This was exactly the case in the WOBM Christmas Classic, as both Manasquan basketball teams won the titles! Manasquan’s Dara Mabrey and Jack Sheehan were named MVP for the Tournaments!
Both of these teams should have plenty of success in 2016!
Read about Manasquan Basketball clinching Christmas Classic Championships by clicking the links in each caption!
Of course, 2015 was also a great year for us here at the New Jersey Sports Report – and you can see our own highlights by clicking here!
Thanks for reading, and we look forward to bringing you more amazing moments on the field, court and ice for 2016!