#NJSR 2016-17 All Shore Awards And Team Selections

#NJSR 2016-17 All Shore Awards And Team Selections

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Each and every season NJSR will choose the best players from across the conference to earn individual honors and make up the All Shore teams.

Strength of schedule, individual numbers, leadership, strong character, and overall team performance are all taken into consideration. The selections are made by Ryan Wydra, Sean Martin, and Jim Rosa.

The first, second, and third teams are based on play throughout the Shore Conference up to this point.

1st Team All Shore

Hannah Scanlan Sr F – Rumson Fair Haven
Desiree Allen Sr F – Neptune
Kimi Evans – Sr C – St John Vianney
Dara Mabrey Jr G – Manasquan
Tori Hyduke Jr G – Rumson Fair Haven

2nd Team All Shore

Faith Masonius So F – Manasquan
Jen Louro Sr F – St Rose
Lucy Thomas Jr F/C – St Rose
Ellyn Stoll Sr G – St Rose
Stella Clark Sr G – Manasquan

3rd Team All Shore

Alexandra Balsamo Sr F – Middletown South
Josie Larkins Sr F – Red Bank Catholic
Ally Lassen Sr F/C – Pt Pleasant Boro
Mikayla Markham Jr G – St Rose
Rose Caverly – Jr G – Red Bank Catholic

All Freshman Team

Lucy Adams – Rumson Fair Haven
Kate Leturgez – Pt Pleasant Boro
Kayla Richardson – Middletown South
Paige Slaven – Donovan Catholic
Kemari Reynolds – Manchester

Shore Conference Player Of The Year – Dara Mabrey G Manasquan

No player has put the team on her back more than Dara Mabrey this season. Time and time again, Mabrey has proved what it means to be clutch in critical situations. She dropped 33 points on Red Bank Catholic, and 31 on Long Island Lutheran in big Manasquan victories. Her game tying three pointer in an eventual victory over St Rose was another huge play in a 29 point effort. Most of all, it’s Mabrey’s willingness to not only score, but grab rebounds, guard the best players, and sacrifice her body in the lane that makes her so special. Mabrey consistently shows the heart and toughness that you want to see in a champion!

Offensive Player Of The Year – Hannah Scanlan F/C – Rumson Fair Haven

Hannah Scanlan has taken a tremendous leap between her junior and senior year. After last season, Scanlan had already established herself as one of the best players on the glass. But this year, it was about becoming a more consistent scorer. First year head coach Dave Callahan’s offense was the perfect fit for Scanlan to showcase her talent. Scanlan was a near double-double every night as Rumson Fair Haven cruised all the way to the Shore Conference quarterfinals before falling to St Rose. The Bulldogs could not have done it without the bruising play of Scanlan.

Senior Leadership And Character Award – Kimi Evans C – St John Vianney

Whenever St John Vianney takes the court, Kimi Evans is always the X Factor. As the only returning starter from last year’s TOC championship team that went undefeated against New Jersey competition, Evans would be forced to not only lead the paint, but lead her teammates into war. The underclassmen followed their captain’s direction all year. The team consistently got better and better playing possibly the toughest schedule in the state. Now when all is said and done, here are the Lancers right back in the Shore Conference championship game. Evans poise, leadership, and character was a huge part in what has been a phenomenal return trip.

Coach of the Year – Joe Santopietro – Howell

Out of all the Shore Conference awards, this was by far the toughest to pick. If you look at the honorable mentions, any one of these coaches could have taken home this honor. We saw quite a few programs rise to the next level this season. But when I look at Howell, I see a team that only won 7 games last year and was able to not only increase their win total by 10 games, but earn a higher seed in the Central Jersey Group IV bracket. Joe Santopietro in his second year has brought a fire and competitive nature to an already talented group of girls. These girls believed in themselves and continued to battle throughout the season. Now with all five starters returning in 2017-18 and a talented freshman class coming in, the sky is the limit for a surging Rebels program!

Honorable Mention – James Young (Red Bank Regional,) Dave Beauchemin (Manchester), Doug Shaw (Holmdel), Tammy Nicolini (Barnegat), Pat Greer (Trinity Hall), Vicki Gillen (Toms River North).

Most Improved Player Award – Rachel Gazzola – Howell

When the season first began, most people probably did not know who Rachel Gazzola was. The first time I heard the name, it didn’t really ring a bell!  But boy, when I had a chance to finally see Howell take the court, I could see that her abilities were more than valuable to the program. As a sophomore, Gazzola averaged 6 points per game, but this year, she was able to nearly double that and also become a key component on the glass. Not only is Gazzola hard to play against underneath, she is also a threat to hit threes from the outside. Offensively and defensively, she was a huge reason why Howell finished the regular season with a 16-9 record. They are in a great position to be very competitive in the state tournament.

Honorable Mention – Brianna Cucinelli (Freehold Twp), Shannon McCoy (Barnegat), Maddie Doring (St John Vianney), Jaime Prestigiacomo (Colts Neck), Lauren Karabin (Wall), Meghan Murray (Red Bank Regional), Krystal Hund (Toms River North), Sydney Schuler (Toms River East).

Comeback Player of the Year – Hailee Porricelli – Freehold Twp/Lauren Christ – Raritan

For the first time, we have two players who will take home the same award. The story of Hailee Porricelli was one of the most heartwarming of all. After two ACL injuries, Porricelli was able to return for Freehold Twp and make a huge impact before losing the last part of the year to a broken hand. Porricelli’s overall play, leadership. and character have been a huge asset to Freehold Twp. Porricelli will now take her game right down the parkway to Stockton University next Winter.

Right after Christmas, Raritan’s Lauren Christ was injured in a car accident. Most people didn’t think she would get a chance to take the court again with her teammates. But if you have followed the story of Christ throughout her high school career, then you know that a large amount of adversity is no match for her! She had already been through the wars playing for a struggling Raritan program. Despite her injuries, Christ returned to the floor during the last few weeks of the season and got to end her senior year on a positive note! She will now get ready to head off to DeSales University in the Fall.

Freshman of the Year – Kemari Reynolds – Manchester

Dave Beauchemin unleashed his secret weapon this season in freshman guard Kemari Reynolds. Reynolds has speed, agility, athleticism, and an ability to get to the rim in key situations. She is also a phenomenal ball handler who is not afraid to show off those skills! Reynolds has scored in double figures just about every night and has racked up a mess of assists leading Manchester to a 20-5 record. The Hawks are the 3rd seed in the South Jersey Group II tournament. They have a very good chance to win the bracket!

Sixth Woman of the Year Award – Lola Mullaney – Manasquan

After transferring from Colts Neck, the question always was how Lola Mullaney would fit into an already deep and talented Manasquan team. Coming off a tremendous freshman campaign, Mullaney’s role was going to change. But all Manasquan fans know that Lisa Kukoda always has a plan. She is a master at utilizing players according to their strengths. Mullaney would come off the bench and make an impact right away. She had a critical steal that helped clinch Manasquan’s win over Long Island Lutheran. Her biggest moment came in the second win over Red Bank Catholic at home. Mullaney took a pass from Stella Clark and hit a game winning jumper that all but sealed the Class B North title for the Warriors. Mullaney will continue to be a huge weapon for this team in the state tournament.

Team of the Year – St Rose

No team has come under more fire than St Rose over the last couple of years. After being in the Shore Conference final 3 out of the last 4 seasons, everyone kept asking when the Roses would finally get over the hump. Could they bring home the prize at Monmouth University? Well, this year it was their turn! Seniors Jen Louro and Ellyn Stoll never stopped believing and never stopped working! With victories over Rumson Fair Haven, Manasquan, and St John Vianney, what else do they have to prove in the Shore? Now it’s on to the state tournament with a shot at more hardware!

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