Tinton Falls, NJ- The athletic department hosted it's fifth annual Jersey Blues Athletic Awards Banquet dinner at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Tinton Falls. Student-athletes were recognized for their excellence on the playing field as well as in the classroom.
Major Award Winners:
The 2016-17 Scholar-Athlete of the Year award goes to a male and female sophomore with the highest GPA. In the female category, the department awarded Danelle Lewis, from softball. Lewis continued her classroom domination through her sophomore campaign earning her degree with a 3.86 GPA.
Along with her classmates, the 2016-2017 Female Athlete of the Year, Taylor Mennie from softball, holds a distinction that no one else in the history of Brookdale holds– She surpassed the home-run record this season with 16. More specific to individual honors, Taylor was named Region XIX Player of the Year. Mennie also earned first team All-Region and All-GSAC honors. In addition, Taylor was named a first-team NFCA All-American.
Men's Tennis saw two student-athletes take the 2016-2017 Male Athlete of the Year award, Safie Moamen and Jake Evans. Moamen and Evans became two-time NJCAA national champions after defeating their opponents in their second and fourth singles matches as well as first and second doubles matches.
Tim Zeiss, Executive Director-Foundation/Alumni Affairs, was awarded 2017 Most Outstanding Brookdalian. Tim, a member of the hall of fame committee, has helped get the hall of fame off the ground with the combined efforts of the alumni association and the foundation. He has also provided support for student-athletes and continues to lend a helping hand to all.
In years past, the Sixth Man Award has been a person who was an integral part of the athletic department – without actually competing. The 2017 recipient, Video Production Specialist Sergey Kornienko, embodies the sixth man because he supports every program and is constantly looking for new ways to broadcast the success of our athletic programs. He works tirelessly throughout the basketball season, capturing every home game and streaming the games live for fans to tune in.
Head Baseball Coach Johnny Johnson was also honored with a plaque formally recognizing his 600th win which took place earlier this season. Coach Johnson just completed his 19th season as the Jersey Blues skipper.
Individual Award Winners From Each Team:
|Cross Country||Most Valuable Player||Hannah Fite|
|Coaches Award||Shannon Kelley|
|Men's Soccer||Most Valuable Player||Hakeem Wood|
|Coaches Award||Matt Ribot|
|Women's Soccer||Most Valuable Player||Heather Arbachesky|
|Coaches Award||Michelle Montefinese|
|Women's Volleyball||Most Valuable Player||Katrina Hand|
|Coaches Award||Rebecca Franey|
|Men's Basketball||Most Valuable Player||Kerry Kirkwood|
|Coaches Award||Matthew Ringel|
|Women's Basketball||Most Valuable Player||Che'Kasha Andrews|
|Coaches Award||Jackie Lingo|
|Cheerleading||Most Valuable Player||Courtney Dias|
|Coaches Award||Cristina DeGilio|
|Baseball||Most Valuable Player||Nick Martinez|
|Coaches Award||Mike Santaromita|
|Men's Lacrosse||Most Valuable Player||Erick Chavez|
|Coaches Award||Sean Olsen|
|Softball||Most Valuable Player||Taylor Mennie|
|Coaches Award||Olivia Carbone|
|Men's Tennis||Most Valuable Player||Jake Evans|
|Coaches Award||Mostafa Moamen|