VOORHEES, NJ - With much promise going into the 2020 baseball season the Vikes were put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In March, they started the season with an amazing basketball game community fundraiser called “Dreams for Kids,” put together with the Voorhees Vikings Baseball Booster Club in coordination with former NFL player and CEO of Dreams for Kids, Lonnie Allgood.
Dreams for Kids is a passionate 501-c3 non-profit organization, committed to helping kids reach their dreams in life. Their mission is to help build a child's character by giving them the tools they need to believe in themselves and respect others.
Through interaction with current and former professional athletes as mentors, they want children to understand the importance of education and inspire them to become great people in society. Between being a keynote speaker, motivational speaking and helping to improve the lives of children,
Allgood has spent the better part of his life giving back to the community, sharing those experiences that have made him successful and providing guidance and encouragement to children and young adults.
One week after this event, New Jersey was put on lockdown, and the 2020 baseball season was canceled, or so everyone thought. Last Dance Tournament Director Mike Murray, the athletic director and baseball coach at St. Joseph of Metuchen, was not about to let the season end this way.
The 220-plus team tournament is scheduled to begin with pool play across the state July 14 through July 16.
The entire Voorhees community is excited to watch the team get on the field and have one last dance to represent their school.
Many alumni – such as Kyle Kokoskie, Kendall Pierson, Colin Tong and Evan Vaccarella – have volunteered to help coach the team throughout the entire process. Many others from the program have given up their time to come throw batting practice, throw live and hit fungosin order to prepare for the tournament.
The varsity roster has nine seniors, seven of whom have committed to play collegiate baseball. The seniors include Maximus Andrade, Drew Conover, Parker Moore, Jackson Ponzo, James Quartuccio, Joseph Sernas, Austin Stinner, Evan Urbanski and Nicholas Zobian.
Heading into the 2020 season, the Voorhees Vikings baseball team was ranked 20th in Perfect Game’s Northeast Region, and had high hopes for a deep playoff run in this year’s New Jersey state tournament. The Vikings are looking forward to competing as a team for the last time in the Last Dance Tournament of New Jersey.