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Star Athletes: August, 2013

by Editorial Staff--Suburban Family Magazine

Kayla Pagano
Medford
Medford 14U Renegade Pagano, pictured above seventh from left, had an outstanding showing at the Renegade Rumble Tournament, where she pitched five of the six games, struck out 31 batters and had a 1.40 total ERA. Her performance, along with the work of her teammates, brought the Renegades to the tournament’s championship game, where they defeated Delran 13-3. The team went on to become 14U Champions of the Liberty Division in the UGSA. Pagano photo courtesy of Lisa Pagano Photography

Steve Acchione and Elena Malloy
Mount Laurel
Juggling academics and athletics can be a difficult task, but Lenape High School grads Acchione, who helped lead the tennis team to the South Jersey Group IV playoffs, and Malloy, a standout swimmer, were able to successfully accomplish this feat. The duo was honored at the annual Olympic Conference Scholar-Athlete Banquet this spring for both their accomplishments in the classroom and for their efforts in athletic competition.

Eva Bachman
Cherry Hill
Bachman, a Beck Middle School student, recently won a gold medal at the Special Olympics at Gloucester County Institute of Technology in the 100 meter freestyle. In addition to participating in the Special Olympics, Bachman, who has been swimming since she was 2 years old, has also swam for the Jersey Wahoos, the JCC and at Barclay Farms Swim Club. Her goal is to swim long distance in open waters.

Emily Carson
Haddonfield
This recently graduated senior capped off her season with an impressive showing at the Group 2 state championships for track and field. She came in second in the 200-meter dash, and first in the 100 meter (11.94) and the high jump (18-3.25). Carson will be attending the University of Notre Dame in the fall.

Ryan Kelley
Marlton
Kelley, a now sophomore outfielder at Kean University, became the second Cougar to earn NJAC Rookie of the Week honors after hitting .833 (5-for-6) during Kean’s doubleheader sweep of Farmingdale State earlier this year. Kelley finished the season, which ended with an NCAA regional crown and an appearance at the Division III College Baseball World Series, with a .310 batting average and 18 runs.

Nick Tierno
Voorhees
Tierno made his last season with Eastern High School’s baseball team one to remember, as he amassed more than 100 career hits this spring, and helped lead the Vikings to a Group 4 state title game win. In the final game, Eastern topped Westfield, 8-1.

Glenn Garrison
Gloucester City
Garrison, a Gloucester Catholic football star, was one of 800 players to attend the Nike Football SPARQ Combine in New York recently. He recorded the seventh-best SPARQ rating, which measures an athlete’s speed, power, agility, reaction and quickness. The linebacker, a senior in the fall, was one of 24 standouts named to the all-combine team and was selected for the Nike Football Training Camp, which he attended in June at The Ohio State University. He also recently made the U18 Team USA National Development Team and competed in Texas in July.

Shawn Wilson
Marlton
In the South Jersey Invitational, the first and only winner from Burlington County was Cherokee High School’s Wilson. He finished the 3,200 meter run four seconds ahead of Absegami’s Salman Khalid. Wilson’s final time as he crossed the finish line was 9:15.05.

Taylor Hudspeth
Pennsauken
Bishop Eustace’s Hudspeth, now graduated, became the 10th player in school history to score 1,000 points in her basketball career. The point guard averaged 21-points a game, making her one of South Jersey’s leading scorers. Next season, Hudspeth will be playing for Division III Ursinus College.

Justin Elwell
Washington Township
Elwell, a now Washington Township High School graduate, won the first golf tournament of his high school career this spring at the Gloucester County Open. Elwell handedly clinched the championship, as he carded a one-under 69 score, and the second place golfer finished six strokes behind him.

Ian and Kevin Gray
Shamong
The Gray brothers were selected to represent New Jersey nationally in lacrosse. Ian Gray, now an eighth-grader at Indian Mills Memorial School, was selected to represent the New Jersey Middle School Team at the 2013 Brine National All-Star Lacrosse Academy, which was held June 30-July 3. He was also selected to play on the U13 Boys NJ South Lacrosse All Star Team. His older brother, Kevin Gray, now a junior at Seneca High School, was named a 2013 Brine High School All American and played in Maryland at the Brine National Lacrosse Classic.

Julianna LaRusso
Moorestown
LaRusso, a member of Moorestown’s SleepCare U10 Softball team, won the Home Run Derby contest at the Sacred Heart Memorial Day Mayhem Tournament. She and the rest of the team also won all three of their games in the tournament and received trophies in honor of their accomplishments.

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Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 4, Issue 6 (August, 2013).
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