Weekly Recaps

GSB Set to Build on Momentum; Fall Sports Preview

The following is a preview of sports action at the Gill St. Bernard’s School for the 2022 fall season. 

Boys’ Soccer 

After collecting four consecutive Non-Public B State titles, the GSB Boys’ Soccer program may be poised for its biggest challenge yet. 

The Knights enter their 2022-23 season with several returning starters, including team senior Captains Nick Collins and Charles Taliano at Center Back, senior Joe Howard at Right Back, and junior Dan Spataro at Center Midfield. 

The team will also receive major contributions from sophomore Dan Scali, coming off a highly successful freshman campaign, and a deep core of returning letter winners featuring senior Ryan Smith, juniors Dan Castro, Jonathan Ferreira, Peter Frantz-Pendell, Chayse Stolarski, and George Taylor, and sophomores Nathaniel Shen and Michael Taliano. Junior Mike Dumiec returns as goalkeeper for his third varsity season to anchor the Knights’ defense. 

Head Coach Tony Bednarsky, who begins his 34th year behind the helm of the program, as well as Associate Head Coach Tim DiBisceglie, who enters his 5th season, believes the roster has the talent to be one of the top teams in New Jersey. 

Girls’ Soccer 

GSB Girls’ Soccer has their eyes set on many goals this year. The Knights program is highlighted by an outstanding nucleus of senior leaders, including Midfielders Grace Crimi and Jadyn Mapura, Defenders Ava DiCesare and Lauren Rossiter, and Goalkeepers Ankora Sant’Angela and Elise Cantu. The team will be led by longtime faculty member Donna Bednarsky, who returns to her role as Head Coach this season, alongside Assistant Coaches Jonna DeFalco and Cassie Golden (Cascini). 

The roster is rounded out by a strong group of underclassmen led by Forwards Dana Lotito and Meredith Klosek, Midfielders Ava Hearn, Sophia Criscola, and CeCe Criscola, and Defenders Jessica Sconda and Karlita Cadena. The team will also rely on contributions from sophomores Josephine Adebambo and Addison Rodriguez, as well as freshmen Aliza Riaz and Hanna Lee.  

Boys’ and Girls’ Cross County 

The GSB Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country teams are ready to take their marks. 

The Girls’ squad will be led by senior Captain Caroline Rondgen and sophomore standout Ema Hercules. Head Coach Mike Parker, who enters his 6th season at GSB, believes Rondgen and Hercules will provide much needed veteran leadership to the young roster as they look to make noise against a talented group of conference rivals. The roster is rounded out by sophomores Angelina Bonaventura, Kate Horton, Eliana Roslund, and Mary Young, and newcomers Anna Bockelman, Braelyn Brandl, and Ciara DeCarlo.  

On the Boys’ side, the roster is guided by seven seniors: Nico Alfaro, Riley Bittman, Peter Horton, Akshay Patel, Drew Vollrath, Laksh Patel, and Tyler Tellanian. Coach Parker expects each of these seniors to have a major leadership role and mentor their fellow runners.  

Sophomore James O’Brien, who will battle for the #1 runners spot, as well as returning letter winning juniors Lex Weber and Liam Seeley, and sophomore Dylan Weaver will create an exceptionally deep pack of runners. 

Girls’ Volleyball 

The GSB Volleyball program is ready to take the next step. The team, led by Head Coach Christina Temnycky (3rd season) and Emily Caspersen (2nd season), returns eighteen players after competing in its first full varsity schedule last season. Temnycky believes the experience that the team gained last season, along with 17 new players vying for playing time, will pay big dividends. 

The team will rely on leadership from senior Captain Maddie Buynak and junior Zoe Lichtenberg. Other key starters returning for the Knights include Kate Byrne at Libero and Liliana Fava at Outside Hitter. The core group will look to guide the young squad as they take on tougher competition in the Skyland Conference. 

Girls’ Tennis 

With 22 players on this year’s roster, the GSB Girls’ Tennis program is ready to build on last year’s season, where they finished 3rd in a competitive Skyland-Raritan division.  

The Knights are led by senior Tri-Captains Stephanie Lu, Paige Brucker, and Coco Cooper, each of whom are excited to showcase their skills in their final varsity season. The group is also accompanied by fellow senior Katie Udoff, who returns to anchor the Doubles team. 

Other key returning players include juniors Kate Hill and Tessa Mueller, and sophomores Bianca Cooper, Libby Scott, and Alexa Gnapp. All four players have played very well during preseason and look to continue their success during the year. 

Head Coach Chris Walsh, who enters his first season as head of the girls’ varsity program, also welcomed 10 newcomers to the roster.