Perhaps chief among the many features possessed by the 2019-2020 Colts Neck High School girls basketball program may be the well-rounded players on the roster-and we're not just talking about being well-rounded on the court.
The Cougars have many student athletes who compete in several sports and happen to excel where it ultimately counts-in the classroom.
This past season, Colts Neck had an overall record of 16-10 and they were 7-7 in the Shore Conference B North Division.
They advanced to the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group 3 Sectional Tournament quarterfinal round before losing to Burlington Township. Colts Neck topped Northern Burlington in the first round of the Sectional Tournament.
“We have a lot of girls who are multi-sport athletes,’’ Colts Neck head coach Steve Jannarone said. “ Jessica Thesing was an All Division field hockey player, Ashley Cataneo and Kaitlyn Torres were All Division soccer players. Meg Smith also played field hockey, Madison Hunt, Kiera Jacobs, Taryn Jacobs and Isabella Marcinkiwicz all played varsity soccer. Mary Huegel was All Division in volleyball and softball.
“Eight of our girls are currently National Honor Society members and anticipate at least four new members next year when they become juniors. We are very proud of the athletic versatility and academic prowess of our team.’’
It didn’t take all that long for the Cougars to earn noteworthy victories this past season.
“We had a very good win against Neptune in the WOBM Christmas Tournament (59-44) in December and two wins over Middletown South one in the WOBM Tournament (54-34) and the other in the Slam Dunk Autism showcase in January (48-40),’’ Jannarone said. “Both of these teams were at times ranked in the Shore Conference top 10 along with us.’’
Camryn Foltz was a proven and effective leader for Colts Neck.
“Camryn is one of our senior captains,’’ Jannarone said. “She will be attending and continuing her basketball career at Dartmouth. Cam was one of the leading scorers in the state, selected First Team All Shore as selected by the Shore Conference Coaches Association, a McDonalds All American Nominee selected to the State and Shore Conference All Star Teams, First Team All WOBM Tournament team. She accounted for a little over a half of our total points scored on the season.’’
There is an excitement regarding to prospects of the 2020-2021 girls basketball team.
“Chance Gagliardi and Jessica Thesing [both improved as the season progressed],’’ Jannarone said. “Both are juniors with some varsity experience entering the season but both elevated there games throughout the year.
“We have four starters plus our sixth and seventh players coming back. We will also add current 6-foot 2-inch sophomore Julianna Gibson, a potential Division 1 recruit who missed all but three games due to injury. Our JV team was 12-4 and we have a great number of girls in the program who push each other and are looking to get better.’’