By Ryan Sy
Wall High School girls basketball coach Mrs. Colleen Wisher won her 100th career game against Ocean on Wed., Jan 10, by the score 48-24.
Mrs. Wisher was a varsity player at Wall years ago and scored over 1,000 points in her career and led a successful Crimson Knights’ team in her four years at the high school. She played from 2001-05. Now she is a successful coach for Wall girls basketball currently on her eighth season.
Mrs. Wisher joins 18 other coaches who have won 100 games in whatever sport they coached. She joins her old head coach, Athletic Director Mr. Tom Ridoux as the only girls basketball coaches to win 100 games or more. She also joins longtime field hockey coach Ms. Nancy Gross as the only girls coaches to win over 100 games in a single sport in their careers.
“I tell the kids to play hard and play with heart,” Mrs. Wisher said. “I love giving back and it is very rewarding.”
Senior Lauren Karabin scored 14 points in the win against Ocean. Sophomore Nikki Russo added 10 points in the game as well. Those two players contributed for half of 48 points scored by Wall.
“It’s really nice playing for Coach because she always has us going into every game believing we can and, even if we lose, all she wants us to do is work hard because we are known as a team that never gives up,” Russo said. “What makes Coach Wisher successful is the work she puts into this team.”
The win was dominating for Wall and the Knights doubled the opponents’ score in the game.
As a player, Mrs. Wisher played on the 2001 Central Jersey Group III championship team. She was a major contributor as a freshman to that championship team.
Wall will continue to play behind Coach Wisher and look to make a playoff run in the coming weeks.
By Ryan Sy and Catherine Prasad
The whistle blew and a champion was crowned, the Wall High School girls soccer team won the Group II championship for the first time outright after being co-champions last school year.
The Crimson Knights defeated Westward 4-3 for the Group II championship on Sat., Nov. 18. The win was the second straight for the Knights and the second championship for a group of seniors that have led this program to the top.
“The girls did not want the season to end,” said Mr. Michael Juska, the girls soccer coach who was Coach of the Year in 2016 following his first championship. “The seniors went above and beyond.”
In overtime, senior Hailee Reinhardt put in the game-winning goal and secured the Group II title for the second straight season for the Knights.
“Tying with the state finals last year left a bad taste in all the girls’ mouths,” Mr. Juska said. “I know they wanted to be outright champs this year.”
The first goal of the game was scored by senior Sarah Gordon. Then another senior, Jenna Karabin, scored after Gordon. Before halftime, however, Westward put in two goals to even the score. Then in the second half, Gordon added her second goal it make the score 3-2. Westward evened up the score. At the end of regular time, the score was tied at three, then the game went into the overtime period.
“After halftime, we got back into our groove,” said sophomore Jordan Cheche, Wall’s starting goalkeeper. “I was the only starter who was not a senior.”
This win is huge for the seniors, who came away victorious in the final game of their high school career. It also makes this win so sweet for them to finish as champions.
Next season, Wall will look to fill the void that the seniors are going to leave behind. The Knights will lose Cara Capra, Isabella Cavazzoni, Meghan Corbran, Jamie Iorio, Katie Kile, Morgan Knight, Amy Paternoster, Joan Scheit, Margaret Wishart, Jenna and Lauren Karabin, as well as Gordon and Reinhardt. Those 13 seniors positions will need to be filled for next season.
The victory ends a season where the Knights’ final record of 24-1-2 and a first-place finish in the Shore Conference B North Division.