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Woodbridge Township Athletic Alumni Association Hall Of Fame

 

Sixth Induction Class – 1994



Colonia High School
Frank Comito – 1974 – Frank was a first team All-County line selection his senior year. His 1972 and 1773 football teams finished 7-2-0 and 8-1-0 respectively for Coach Joe Martino. He also, participated in indoor track and wrestling. Frank was awarded an athletic scholarship to North Carolina State University. He played guard from 1974 through the 1976 seasons including two bowl bound seasons.
 
Dr. Jeff Helman – 1974 – Jeff was a three year started for Coach Mickey Kott. Following his senior year, Jeff was named to the All-County first teams by The Daily News, The News Tribune and The Star Ledger, and was selected second team All-State by The Star Ledger. His junior year team (1973) won the school’s first Middlesex County Tournament title. Jeff participated in baseball at Rutgers University on a full scholarship (1975, 1976, 1977 and 1978). His ten career triples are still tied for 10th place on the RU milestone list. His 24 single season stolen bases (1976) are still tied for 8th place. His 55 career stolen bases are still ranked in 7th place. Jeff gained All-American honors in 1976 when he led the nation in stolen base percentage and batted a .390. He also, gained All-American academic honors (Source: Rutgers University baseball website-online). Today, Dr. Jeff Helman owns a prominent dental practice in Edison.
 
Mickey Kott – Coach – Mickey enjoyed a very successful career as CHS’s (won 266 games) baseball coach (1968-1990). His teams won Middlesex County Tournaments in 1973 and 1980, when he was named county coach of the year. They also, won a Greater Jersey Conference Division I title in 1970. Some of his best players included WTAAA Hall of Famers, Bob LoPrete, Jeff and Harry Grose, Mike and Jeff Helman, Mike Cilento and Paul Boris as well as Jim Nardone, Bob Farrell, Rick Gonzalez, Glen Higgins, Joe Armeni, Mark Schillinger, Vince Rokose, Dave Armitt and Vince Abene.
In June, 1990, The News Tribune awarded Coach Kott its second annual coaching Achievement Award.
 
Ed Merkler – 1973 – BasketEd is regarded as one of the greatest long distance runners in CHS history. In 1972, he won the Middlesex County cross country title in a time of 12:31. In 1972, he won the Middlesex County indoor 3,200 in a time of 9:32.1. In 1972, his outdoor relay team won the Group IV mile relay in a time of 3:22.6.
(Source: GMC Track Coaches Association website) Ed participated in cross county during his pledge year at the United States Military Academy at West Point and later as an individual marathon runner following his military commitment.
 
Tom Prongay – 1974 – Tom was a high school teammate of fellow WTAAA Hall of Fame inductee, Frank Comito, and later a college teammate at N.C. State. At CHS, Tom was a first team All- County defensive lineman by The Daily News under WTAAA Hall of Fame Coach, Joe Martino and, also, a track and field athlete in the weight events.
At North Carolina State University, Tom earned four letters as defensive tackle from 1974-1977. He was awarded the Bo Rein Memorial Trophy for “vital contributions in an unsung role” in 1977. Tom’s N.C. State teams participated in the 1974 Astro Blue Bonnet Bowl, a 31-31 tie vs. Houston. His teams, also, played in the 1975 Peach Bowl a 10-13 loss to West Virginia. His college coaches for two seasons each were Lou Holtz and Bo Rein. Tom had a pro try out with the Atlanta Falcons.
(Source: N.C. State football website-online)
 
Cindy Zarsky – 1975 – Cindy was considered the first female basketball star player at CHS. She scored 1,016 career points from 1972-1975 an incredible total back then especially without the three point shot.


John F. Kennedy Memorial High School 
Gary Cardinale – 1969 – Gary was a track and cross-country star in the late 60’s. He held records for the 400, 800, mile and two mile. In 1967, he won the Middlesex County outdoor 400 meters in a time of 49.7. He was also a member of winning 4 x 400 meters outdoor relays teams in 1966 and 1967 as well as a winning 4 x 200 m relay team in 1969.
 
Nancy Cuntala – Coach – Thanks in large part to Title IX; Nancy had the opportunity to serve as JFK’s first varsity softball coach from 1975-1984. During these 10 seasons, “Spin” took advantage of a pipeline of top -caliber talent (including WTAAA Hall of Famers Cathy Wrabel, Robin Sylvernal, Evelyn and Maureen Clancy, Lisa Da Cruz and Chris Stuppi) for an overall record of 167-69. Her teams won three Middlesex County Athletic Conference Championships (1975, 1977 and 1982) and two Bicentennial Liberty Division titles (1983 and 1984). Two of JFK’s finest teams (1977: 25-4 and 1983: 22-2) both captured Middlesex County Tournament Championships. Nancy was honored as Middlesex County’s Coach of the year in 1982 by The News Tribune and The Home News and in 1983 by The Home News and The Daily News.
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After a 12 year absence (7 of those years spent coaching little league baseball), Nancy returned to coach the Mustangs from 1997-2009. Her 2004 team turned the tide after some “up and down” results. The steady improvement culminated in back to back North 2 Group III sectional championships and GMC White Division titles in 2007 and 2008, behind aces Allison Greaney and Heather Corica. The 2008 team reached the Group III State final. In 2007, Nancy was selected as Coach of the Year by The Home News Tribune and was honored by both the National Federation of Coaches (2004) and the NJSIAA (2008) for her contributions to high school softball. Coach Cuntala retired in 2009 with an overall record of 349-212-1 and memories of players, assistants, and moments to last a lifetime. Nancy taught mathematics at JFK for 35 years and has served as the “voice of Mustang Football” since 1978. Currently, Nancy lives in Whitehouse Station with her husband Paul (JFK, 1967) and her son Michael.
 
Kathy Matthews – 1971 – Kathy was a JFK tennis star (before Title IX) with 42 wins and 6 loses. At Kean College, she participated in tennis, basketball and softball (1972-1975). A two year softball player, she was team captain and MVP in 1974 and 1975. She batted .540 her junior year. On the tennis court, she posted a career 32-5 record, served as team captain for two seasons, and was MVP in 1974 and 1975. In basketball, she was a three year starter. Kathy even coached the softball team to a 49-20 four year record. She was inducted into the Kean University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1984 (Source: Kean Athletic website). Kathy is still the longtime highly successful girls’ basketball coach at Union Catholic High school, where she teaches physical education.
 
Mike O’ Brien – 1972 – Following his senior year, Mike was named to the News Tribune first team on defense. He, also, scored seven touchdowns and had fourteen extra points for the undefeated and perfect 1971, 9-0 Mustangs of Coach Ron Osborne.

  Les Price – 1969 – Les was the Mustangs two year starting quarterback in 1967 and 1968. He also, played basketball and baseball.
 
Ken Wahl – 1972 – Ken was a JFK football, basketball and track and field standout, and the school’s scholar athlete his senior year.


Woodbridge High School
Richard “Moose” Barlund – 1958 – “Moose” played for Coach Nick Priscoe and was named to the All-County team in 1957 at tackle. He was, also, a two year starter on the basketball team. Following high school, he became a three year varsity letter winner at the University of Maryland. In 1962, he was drafted by the NFL St. Louis Cardinals in the 15th round.
 
Randy Brooks – 1957 – Randy’s 1957 baseball team won the Tri-County Tournament Championship for Coach Frank Capraro. He was the leading pitcher (9-2, .085 ERA). Randy was named second team All-State by the Newark Evening News and third team All-State by the Newark Star Ledger. He also, played basketball for Coach John Tomczuk. Following high school, Randy pitched at St. John’s University in 1957 and 1958.
 
Don Furdock – 1950 – Don was a three sport athlete. Later, he returned to coach three sports at the junior high school level and taught physical education.
 
Joe Higgins – 1964 – Joe was a two years Barron starter for Coach Frank Capraro, and played on winning teams. Following high school, he played varsity baseball at Rutgers University (1967, 1968 and 1969). Joe was team captain and MVP in 1969 and an NCAA District All-Star in 1968. He played minor league ball for Decatur in the San Francisco Giants organization. He, also, won four MVP awards in the Union County semi pro league.
 
Herb Hollowell – 1953 – Herb was an excellent all around three sport athlete. However, it was in track and field where Herb made his mark. At the 1953 Central Jersey Group IV championships, Herb captured first place in the discus with a record throw of 134’ 11” and second place in the broad jump (20’ 6”). At the New Jersey State Group IV meet, Herb placed fourth in the broad jump (20’ 11 ½”). At the Middlesex County meet, Herb placed third in the high jump, broad jump and discus. At the 1953 National decathlon championships, Herb finished in 13th place. He was awarded a scholarship to Penn State University where he participated in track and field and some football. After college graduation, Herb returned to Woodbridge as assistant football coach, head indoor track coach from 1958-1964, and assistant outdoor track coach from 1958-1964. At Woodbridge, his teams won Middlesex County titles in 1961, 1962 and the first county winter relays in 1963. He assisted with county outdoor titles in 1961 and 1962 and a sectional title in 1961. Herb and head coach Lou Bartha assisted the shot put relay team of John Eppensteiner, John Picaroni, Ed Ackerman and William Randolph in establishing a new National scholastic shot put relay record of 210’ feet. When JFK opened in 1964, Herb moved over and became head coach there; his teams won county outdoor relay titles in 1967, 1968 and 1969 and indoor title in 1970. His teams also won Central Jersey conference relay titles in 1969 and 1970. He coached WTAAA Hall of Famers Steve and Paul Ricciardi among many great athletes. In the later stages of Coach Herb Hollowell’s career, he served as a guidance counselor at JFK Memorial High School. He now resides in Hunterdon County with his family.
 
T. J. Kostecki – 1977 – T.J. was actually inducted at the 1995 dinner. His biography is located with the 1995 group of inductees.
 
Tom Kumpa – 1972 – Tom was a three year varsity letter winner for Coach Sam Lupo. He played on the undefeated 1969 football team and started on the Central Jersey Group IV sectional championship teams of 1970 and 1971. After his senior year, he was named first team All-County defense by The News Tribune. Tom also played basketball on winning teams for Coach Joe Flaherty. Following high school, Tom received a football scholarship to the University of Miami. He was a varsity team member in 1973, 1974 and 1975 at the offensive and defensive positions.
 
Frank Markovics – 1951 – Frank was a three sport athlete in football, basketball and baseball.
 
Bob Mc Laughlin – 1969 – Bob was the starting quarterback in 1967 and 1968 for Coach Lupo, a two year letter winner in basketball and a two year starter in baseball. Following college at Montclair State, Bob became a physical education teacher in the Woodbridge district and assistant coach of football, girls’ basketball and baseball. Later, he was named head softball coach at JFK where he enjoyed great success from 1985-1994 (182-50). His 1985 team (24-4), 1988 (19-3) and 1993 (18-7) squads captured Central Jersey sectional championships. The 1988 team won the New Jersey Group III State Championship behind ace pitcher and new WTAAA Hall of Famer (2015) Kate Flanagan. The 1987 Mustangs won the GMCT championship. The 1986, 1988, 1990 and 1992 teams won GMC White titles. Bob was named News Tribune Coach of the Year in 1987 and 1992 and Home News Coach of the Year in 1987. He had four seasons of twenty wins or more. During his time at JFK, Bob was fortunate to have many star players in addition to Kate Flanagan. He, also, had valuable help from several assistant coaches. Sue Zega and Lou Ciccone served the longest time with him. Following his teaching and coaching career, Coach Mc Laughlin became a principal at Avenel Street School, Avenel Middle School, Colonia High School and Woodbridge Middle School. He served nineteen years as a school district administrator.
 
Richard “Dick” Miglecz – “Dick” was the successful baseball coach of the Barrons from 1968-1984 (197-186). His 1974 team (19-5) behind WTAAA Hall of Famer, Sam Marshall, won a Middlesex County Athletic Conference title. His 1977 team (19-7) behind WTAAA Hall of Famer, Bill Schoenig, reached the Central Jersey Group IV final but, unfortunately, lost a close game (1-2) to Piscataway. Dick, also, assisted on the football staff from 1969 through the early 1980’s.
 
Pete Schundler – 1961 – Pete was a member of the undefeated Barron team of 1960 under Coach Nick Priscoe. Pete played running back and defensive back for two varsity seasons. He later played for three seasons on the lightweight (now “sprint”) team at Princeton University.
 
Russ Schundler – 1961 – Russ was a member of the undefeated Barron team of 1960 under Coach Nick Priscoe. Like his brother, Pete, Russ played running back and defensive back. Russ also attended Princeton University.
 



Year 6 (1994) WTAAA Induction Class Biographical information for this website was edited and updated from the original program by Nick Sardone, WHS Class of 1963.
The Woodbridge Township Athletic Alumni Hall of Fame Committee wishes to thank
Mr. Vito Cimilluca, Woodbridge Township Recreation Director and Mr. Brian Molnar,
Assistant Recreation Director for granting us a link on a Township website to post our
Hall of Fame biographical information. We also, want to express our sincere appreciation
to Jennifer Sheedy for typing all of the biographies. We hope Woodbridge Township
sports fans enjoy reading about the greatest athletes and coaches in our town’s history.




 
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