After a brief, statewide mandated pause to the start of pre-season work outs, the Knights are ready to hit the soccer fields, compete on the tennis courts, and run the cross country courses once again!
The GSB community should be ecstatic about the return of athletics, as Gill had an incredibly successful fall season last year. While there will be differences to the schedule and championship formats this year, there is no doubt that it is great to see our student-athletes back in action again!
The boys’ soccer team is coming off one of the best seasons in New Jersey history, winning an unprecedented five championships last fall. Head Coach Tony Bednarsky was named the 2019 Boys Fall East Region Private/Parochial Coach of the Year by the United Soccer Coaches Committee, and Micaah Garnette ’21 brought home Skyland Conference Player of the Year honors as well. While the Knights did lose key figures on the defensive side of the pitch, most notably standout goalie Alex Borto, they should have one of the most prolific scoring units in all of New Jersey.
The girls’ tennis program maintained its recent stretch of remarkable success last year, once again proving to be one of the top teams in New Jersey. Gill won its second-straight Prep B championship while also winning its 13th conference title and finishing second at the Somerset County Championships. Mayjah Jean-Pierre won individual titles at counties and preps, while Ella Baker took home gold at counties as well. While the Knights did lose some starters to graduation, they maintain their exceptional singles’ lineup of Jean-Pierre, Baker, and Michaela Kroon ’22.
The Knights had another strong season in 2019, compiling a 13-9 record, including a 10-4 mark in Skyland Conference divisional play. The program also experienced a thrilling, 1-0 overtime victory over Villa Walsh to advance to the semifinal round of the North Jersey, Non-Public B NJSIAA tournament. The Knights had strong players graduate, especially on the defensive side of the ball, but still return many young, talented players which should help make the girls’ team another top team in the area.
Boys’ & Girls’ Cross Country
The boys’ cross country squad had one of its best seasons in recent memory in 2019 and ended its season on a hot streak. Gill finished third overall at the Prep B Championships, narrowly missing out on second place, and followed up this performance with an exceptional showing, taking third place out of 16 schools at the Non-Public B Group Championships. While strong runners were lost to graduation, a solid core of distance runners return for this year. While the girls’ squad only had one member on its roster last year, things are looking up for the future of the program as the Knights will have multiple female athletes line up for races this fall.