Long Branch: Tuesday was a big day at the Long Branch High School as 25 student athletes gathered in the library and study hall with teachers to discuss their future and the continuing education they have planned. It was almost like a pep rally except with parents and family members as special guests.
LBHS Athletic Administrator Jason Corley opened the session with congratulations and a reminder that sports is a fun activity and promotes good health. He also said that sports build character, leadership skills and life-long lessons. “Sports make for better all-around good citizens,” he said.
The mid-morning event was also an opportunity for year book photos and media pictures and interviews. The agenda planned by Bob George, Officer of Student Affairs allowed ample time for those functions, and for parents, teachers and sports coaches to meet and get to know each other in comfortable surroundings.
The students and their planned schools are, by sport practiced (some doubles):
Swimming: Brenda Strollo, The College of New Jersey.
Field Hockey and Lacrosse: Kim Davis (both sports), Cassidy Egan, and Alissa Popo Fairleigh Dickenson; and Jacinto Santos (both), Montclair State U.
Baseball: Spencer Frantz, Wilkes College; Ashwin Mudiraj, Drew U.; and Thomas McCauslin and Josh Amato, Montclair State.
Football: Curtis Gunter, Stevenson U.; Trey Smith, Fairleigh Dickenson; Dominic Minceilli and Vincent Roselli, Kean U.; Corey Morris, Delaware Valley; Tyler White, Misericordia U.
Wrestling: Luke Balina, Springfield College; Nicholas George, Roger Williams U.
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Soccer: Daniel Cunha, Kean U.; Thomas McGlennon (and baseball), Marywood U.; Andria Santos, Fairleigh Dickenson.
Track: Mariah Blanton, and Tania Johnson, Ramapo College; Robert Mendez, St. Peters U.; Jordon Rogers, The College of New Jersey.