Gill St. Bernard’s Earns NJSIAA “ShopRite Cup”
At the end of each academic year the NJSIAA, in conjunction with ShopRite, presents the “ShopRite Cup” to one school in each of the six state classifications. Points are awarded for success on the state and sectional level, as well as good sportsmanship throughout the year.
For the first time in school history, Gill St. Bernard’s has been awarded the Cup for the Non Public B Division, finishing ahead of runner up Montclair Kimberley and third place Newark Academy. This particular accolade is a reward for athletic success across all three seasons over the course of the entire 2011-12 school year.
“We are extremely proud of all of our coaches and student-athletes for earning this prestigious honor,” said GSB Athletic Director Dave Pasquale. “It’s a true testament to their collective talents, work ethic, and sportsmanship throughout the year.”
In the fall, GSB earned points from their state champion girls cross country team and a sectional title in boys soccer. Girls tennis won the Raritan Division of the Skyland Conference, and girls soccer reached the sectional and Prep B semifinals.
In the winter, girls and boys basketball had prolific seasons, combining for an overall record of 56 and 9. The girls were state, sectional, county, and conference champions and were runners-up in the prestigious “Tournament of Champions.” The boys earned sectional, county, and conference crowns as well. Indoor Track and Field took second at the NJSIAA Non Public B championships while swimming and fencing achieved considerable individual success.
The Knights clinched the Cup with a strong spring season, including a sectional title in boys tennis and an appearance in the sectional finals by the softball team. Girls track and field was the Non Public B South sectional runner up, golf won was third in the section and sent two players to the Tournament of Champions, and baseball went 14 and 12 and advanced to the Prep B finals for the second consecutive year.
“It was certainly quite a year for us and the success of our programs has generated a palpable school spirit throughout our entire community,” Pasquale said.