CLARK, NJ – Clark’s seventh-grade boys’ travel basketball team was recognized for a winning season during the last town council meeting. The regular order of the meeting was suspended so Mayor Bonaccorso along with team coaches Jack Sullivan and Vin Gulbin could award the players with certificates of achievement.  

The boys won the 2018 Championship for the Jersey Basketball Associate and Central NJ Basketball League with a record of 30-12 according to their coach. 

Sullivan was introduced by the mayor and began with a word of thanks to the council and the team.  “Thank you to the mayor and council, we appreciate the opportunity to be here, this is an outstanding group of young men …they have been playing together since they were eight years old, I’m very proud of these guys,” said Sullivan.

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Each boy was called to the front by Gulbin to receive their award.  The players included:

  • Braydon Downing
  • Matt Froden
  • Jackson Gulbin
  • Jett Katsaros
  • Anthony La Porta
  • Jake Malcolm
  • Steven McCaffery
  • Henry Nordstrom
  • John Sullivan
  • Santo Tallo
  • Thomas Woods

Bonaccorso shared some insights with the team after the awards were distributed.   “Life is not just  about achievement but about effort as long as you give it 110% whether it’s athletics, academies, in the classroom at your job someday, this is what athletics is for boys. It’s about being ready for life; teamwork, working together  listening to your coach, your boss one day, participation interacting with people, listening to officials, this is what it’s all about,” said Bonaccorso.  “We all want to win, but at the end of the day it’s about character. You can be the best player at any sport you want but at the end of the day, if you don’t have character, you have nothing.”

Councilman Bill Smith chimed in to congratulate the boys on their achievement.  His connection to this team is a little more personal since Smith, serves as a referee and has officiate many games for this team.   “You really pay attention, your eager to learn and you look to achieve and you have some great coaches there and someday when you go off to high school and college  you’ll run into them and and thank them for what they did for you,” said Smith.

In closing his remarks for the night, the mayor gave the boys one last thing to remember.  “Do the right thing on the court and off the court.   We want our student-athlete’s to grow up in this town, achieve, have a great time and do great things.” Said Bonaccorso.

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