By Ryan Sy
Wall Township has had its moments in sports of success, but nothing can compare to what occurred in 2019 at Wall High School athletic history.
The sports of baseball, boys basketball and football all won at least a sectional championship for each respective sport during the calendar year of 2019. It is hard enough to win a sectional championship in one sport but to win three in the same year across the winter, spring and fall seasons is an unprecedented feat. Additionally, the boys golf team contributed a sectional title to the spring while both the boys and girls soccer teams chipped in sectional championships in the fall.
“I enjoyed being on winning teams and watching how we would improve throughout the year,” said Wall senior Sean Nocera, who played on both the baseball and basketball teams in 2019. “When our baseball team won the [Group III] state championship, it was one of the coolest experiences of my life. We worked so hard for it.”
The last time Wall High School sports had a season that rivals 2019 was 1983. In that school year, both the football and baseball teams won group sectional titles. Even then, it does not match what occurred in 2019.
The boys basketball team defeated Burlington Township by a tight margin with the score 53-47 on March 5 in the Wall gym en route to the Central Jersey Group III championship. Two days later, the basketball team played Moorestown in the Group III semifinal and was defeated 64-44.
The baseball team won the overall Group III state title defeating West Morris on June 8 in dominating fashion by the score of 10-2. This game was spearheaded on the mound by 2019 graduate and current Monmouth University pitcher Trey Dombrowski.
Most recently, the football team narrowly defeated Rumson-Fair Haven by the score 14-13 on Nov. 22 to clinch the Central Group III crown. Two weeks later, the football team fell in a loss to Woodrow Wilson at Rutgers Stadium by the score 12-7 on Dec. 8.
“It was very fun to be on both teams because I got to make memories with my friends and I was also able to play in very big games which is what I love,” said Wall junior Logan Peters, who contributed on both the basketball and football teams in 2019. “I really remember the first win against Rumson and the win against Mater Dei ‘cause those wins showed to us that we had what it takes to win a state championship.”
Wall will seek to continue the streak of sectional championships in 2020. Currently, the boys basketball team has an overall record of 15-4 and could challenge for consecutive state titles.