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RED BANK – The Jersey Shore is home to some of the state’s best high school athletes. State champions, trailblazers, athletes with bright futures in professional sports -- and one who knows the true meaning of the word courage.More than 300 Shore Conference high school athletes were honored Wednesday night at the fourth annual Asbury Park Press Sports Awards at the Count Basie Center for the Arts, sponsored by RWJBarnabas Health.New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold was the special quest speaker.
In addition to honoring All-Shore team selections in 30 sports, the Asbury Park Press awarded a few athletes with other major awards for the 2018-19 school year.
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St. John Vianney's Ariana Agrapides was selected Girls Athlete of the YearAgrapides did something that no other gymnast has ever done. On her way to leading the Lancers to their second straight Shore Conference Tournament title, Agrapides she tallied the first ever perfect 10 in meet history with a perfect vault.The University of Iowa commit finished first all-around at the Central Group I tournament as the Lancers placed second. After she led the Lancers to a second place finish at the team state championship, Agrapides placed first all-around at the individual state championship to become the top gymnast in the state.
Ranney School's Bryan Antoine was named Boys Athlete of the YearAntoine will go down as one of the best boys basketball players the Shore Conference has ever seen. The senior became the Shore Conference’s all-time leading scoring this winter, setting a new mark at 3,514 points. In 33 games, Antoine averaged 20.9 points, 2.7 assists, 2.8 steals and knocked down 73 shots from beyond the arc.The three-time All-Shore first-teamer led the Panthers to repeat Shore Conference Tournament and Non-Public South B titles and helped them to take the next step forward as Ranney School captured the Non-Public B and Tournament of Champions titles.Antoine will attend Villanova University. Antoine was one of three players from New Jersey to play in the 2019 McDonald’s All-American game.
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Ocean Township's John Terlecsky was named Coach of the YearTerlecsky led the Spartans boys soccer team to their best season since the mid-90’s, when Terlecsky was a player under legendary coach Tom Reilly.Terlecsky captured a penalty kick victory over nationally ranked Holmdel in the Shore Conference Tournament semifinals before bringing home the program’s fifth SCT title with a dramatic 1-0 overtime victory over Christian Brothers Academy in the final after dropping the title game 7-1 in 2017.
After losing a heartbreaker in the previous season’s sectional final, Terlecsky coached the Spartans to the Central Group III title and took it one step further, winning the Group III final for Ocean Township’s first state title since 1994, when Terlecsky played.St. John Vianney's Nicholas Diaz won the Courage AwardDiaz, a 106-pound freshman on the Lancers wrestling team, learned the true meaning of the word courage in February.Two days before the Region V tournament, Diaz’s father, Onezimo, died suddenly at the age of 39. Diaz’s father was his biggest motivator, his best friend and his hero.After suffering such a staggering loss, it wouldn’t have been surprising to see Diaz sit out the tournament. But he didn’t. Instead he finished third in the tournament to qualify for the next weekend’s state individual championships in Atlantic City.