Our Knights keep racking up post-season honors!
A huge shout-out to center Caileigh Walsh '21, named second team All-State for All Groups and Skyland Conference Player of the Year by NJ.com.
Hailed by NJ.com as the one of the best players to ever come through GSB's girls' basketball program, Caileigh is also credited for leading her team during a successful season: "Behind Walsh, GSB won 10 games, reached the championship game in the Skyland Conference Tournament, and finished ranked No. 11 in the state." The praise continued, "Walsh was dominant in the post for Gill St. Bernard's, averaging a monster double-double with 18 points and 13.3 rebounds per game. Behind her play, Gill St. Bernard's won its first nine games of the season and played its way to the championship game in the Skyland Conference Tournament's top bracket. Walsh scored a season-best 28 points in a win over Sinai Christian."
In addition, Caileigh received the prestigious nomination for McDonald's All-American team and was nominated Gatorade's Player of the Year and named Courier News' Player of the Year. Next season, she will play for Northwestern.
In Skyland Conference honors, point guard Ella Fajardo '21, who will join FDU's team in Teaneck next year, was named Second Team, and Jess Cooper '23 received honorable mention. For the Delaware Division, Caileigh and Ella made First Team, with Jess grabbing honorable mention.
Head Coach Mark Gnapp is thrilled with his players' well-deserved recognition. "I'm glad my players were honored," he said. "I'm very excited for Caileigh; being named Second Team All-State for All Groups is a big deal. And it's great to see Ella get recognized, as she is an extremely hard worker." A member of the National Women's Gilas Pilipinas team, Ella was part of the squad that clinched a historic bronze medal in the FIBA Under-18 3x3 World Cup in Mongolia last year.
In all, Coach Gnapp is proud of his entire team for a successful season. His Knights remained undefeated in regular season play and ended up losing to Rutgers Prep in the final Skyland Conference Tournament game. For the Skyland Conference, GSB earned a winning 10-2 record and logged formidable wins over Franklin, Sinai Christian, and Mt. St. Mary.
"It was a great season. I knew going into it that we had a great group of kids," said Coach Gnapp. "We had eight girls, and, in every game, each player stepped it up and contributed. We ended up first place in our division, the first time in eight years."
Having a smaller squad surely didn't dampen their chances. "Sometimes it made practice hard because we couldn't play five on five, but overall, it was great because all my players got in each game," he said.
In addition to co-captains Caileigh and Ella, team members include Kayla Palaia '22, Anna Gnapp '22, Aniyah Boston '23, Jess Cooper '23, Jennah Johnson '24, and Brooke Baisely '24. Nate Suresh served as assistant varsity coach.
Congrats to all!