NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - On Monday, New Providence High School (NPHS) held its annual fall sports awards. The ceremony acknowledged all of NPHS's fall athletic teams.
"This fall season, it was clear that our teams had built incredibly close and tight-knit relationships," said New Providence Athletic Director Vinny Carangelo. "The concept of pursuing team accomplishments and success, perhaps even in the face of personal glory or statistics was evident, and admirable."
He said the boys soccer team came together from the onset to work towards not only equaling the success of the prior year's team, but actually surpassing it. He said their team approach was evident from start to finish, as evidenced by six players having five or more assists, and a total of four players scoring double digits in goals - the leader of which actually played center back. -- "This team approach proved to be an instrumental piece of the overall squad’s success," said Carangelo.
Each of the fall teams had an incredible season for team accomplishments. "The girls tennis team battled against the toughest competition Union County has to offer for the duration of the regular season, and showed their grit in a tough 3-2 loss to eventual sectional champion Shore Regional in the state tournament."
Both boys and girls cross country teams ended up placing second in the state sectional championships, with the boys also coming in fourth in all of group 1 at the state meet.
The cheer team prepped for their first official winter competitive season by competing in the Cheer for Charity Competition to end the fall - nearly sweeping the event by winning 9 of 12 possible Varsity and JV awards, including best team performance at both levels.
The girls soccer team upset both the No. 4 and the No. 1 overall seed in order to reach the state sectional championship game vs. perennial power Glen Ridge.
The girls volleyball team had a historic season, compiling a 22-6 season record on their way to competing in the state sectional championship and group 1 semifinals against Verona.
After two very difficult seasons, the football team put itself back on the map in group 1 and the county in emphatic fashion, finishing the regular season 8-0 for the first time since 1999, and winning the first conference championship since 2011 in an exciting overtime victory over Brearley HS on Lieder Field in front of a packed stadium.
Finally, the boys soccer team took home not only a state sectional championship in North 2 Group 1, but made it all the way to the state championship game vs. Glassboro.
"Such an incredible start to the 2018-2019 school year, with each fall team experiencing a vast degree of success. These accomplishments would not have been made possible without the willingness to come together as individuals in order to compete towards these lofty team goals. So, congratulations again to all of our athletes, coaches, and teams on such a successful season," said Carangelo.
New Providence currently is in first place after the completion of the fall season for all of group 1 in the 16th annual Shop Rite Cup standings, an award at the conclusion of competition for Fall, Winter and Spring based on most points earned during state championship competition. "I think that speaks volumes of the tremendous fall athletic season we just had," said Carangelo.
The coaches of each team gave out MIP (Most Improved Player) and MVP (Most Valuable Player) awards.
Cheer: Co-MVP - Jess Cronin, Co-MVP: Victoria Gil
Volleyball: MVP: Lydia Voss, MIP: Giovanna Canali
Girls Tennis: Co-MVP: Caroline Maglaras, Co-MVP: Olivia Ellis, Coach's Award - Emma Littlejohn
Football: Co-MVP: Joey D'Anna, Co-MVP: Jack Gertie, Coach's Award - "Big 3": Mario Fuentes
Boys X Country: MVP: Christian Cadmus, MIP: Daniel Aranda
Girls X Country: MVP: Clare Kelly, MIP: Ava Glaser
Boys Soccer: MVP: Devin Mulligan, MIP: Jose Jimenez
Girls Soccer: MVP: Alana Ponte, MIP: Erin Lamanna