Twenty athletes from Verona High School’s winter sports squads have been recognized with post-season honors, including five who earned First Team at the county or conference level and two who achieved First Team state honors.
Kate Ashley was named First Team All-Essex County Girls Track at the 800 meter distance and First Team All-State in Group 1 Girls Track in the 800m. Also at the state level, Isaac Skrivanic was named First Team All-Group 1 in shot put and Owen Fogarty earned Second Team All-Group 1 in pole vault.
In basketball, Brianna Horton, Desiree Meyer and Nick Gonzalez were First Team All-Conference selections, while Kylee Gallagher and Kyle Malanga earned Second Team honors, and Melanie Naeris and Pierce Coppola earned honorable mentions.
VHS’ swim team completed only its second season this year but it managed to have four athletes honored. Killian Blitz was named Second Team in the 100m backstroke and Kelly Nulty was similarly honored in the 100m butterfly. Ryan McMahon and Harmonie Chang earned honorable mentions.
In hockey, Jarrod Keating was league MVP in the Kelly Conference and his brother Harrison Keating earned First Team defense.
In wrestling, Cade Byrne, Nick Riggio and Frank Riggio were Second Team All-Conference in the SEC American division. Mike Garcia and Dean Palmer received honorable mentions.
Congrats to senior Kate Ashley!!! Kate earned First team all state for the 800 in her last winter season. Woohoo!!!!!🤩🥳🤩🥇🥇🏆🏆🏅 So proud of her!!!! pic.twitter.com/JAlMVzf0oL
— VHS Girls XC, Track & Field (@VHSGirlsXC_TF) March 14, 2019