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Woodbridge Township Athletic Alumni Association Hall Of Fame


Third Induction Class – 1991


 
Colonia High School
Craig Frank – 1970 – Basketball. Craig played on CHS’s earliest basketball teams. He scored 1,033 career points during three varsity seasons and was an All County selection in 1969 and 1970. He was CHS’s first 1,000 point scorer. His 1968-1969 team tied WHS for the Greater Jersey Conference Central 1 title. He continued with college basketball at Farleigh Dickinson Madison.
 
Bob LoPrete – 1970 – Football and Baseball. Bob was CHS’s first quarterback during the ’67, ’68, and ’69 seasons. In 1969, Bob was an All County defensive back. He played varsity baseball for three seasons and was All County during his junior year. In 1969 CHS was a finalist in the Middlesex County Tournament. CHS won the Greater Jersey Conference Central 1 title in 1970. Bob attended college at the University of Richmond where he was an All Southern Conference selection at defensive back in 1972 and 1973. Bob’s high school football coach was Joe Martino. His high school baseball coach was Mickey Kott.
 

 
John F. Kennedy Memorial High School
Tom Campana – 1969 – Football and Baseball. Tom was a starter on JFK’s ’66,
’67 (9-0 and Central Jersey Group IV co-champions), and ’68 teams for Coach Ron Osborne. He was co-captain in 1968. Tom was also a member of the JFK baseball teams from 1967-1969. Tom helped to lead the 1968 Mustangs to a Greater Jersey Central 1 title.
 
Mary P. Connolly – Was the first Principal at JFK (1964-1965). Part of her responsibility was to help finalize athletic plans as well as other administrative procedures during the planning year of 1963-1964. She was a vice principal at WHS for many years. 
 
Paul Handerhan – 1968 – Football and Track. Paul was a running back on the unbeaten 1967 team for Coach Osborne, and a key member of the JFK track teams for Coach Hollowell. Paul was killed tragically in Vietnam. To honor and remember Paul, Coach Osborne established an annual memorial reward for a hard working, team oriented football player. It was presented to a player who sacrificed the most for the team each season.
 
Jim McDonald – 1970 – Football and Track. Jim was a member of the varsity football team for three seasons and a co-captain in 1969. He was, also, the Middlesex County shot put champion and won a medal at the Penn Relays. Jim later became a teacher and head football coach at Linden High School for many years.
 
Bill Scarola – 1965 – Football and Track & Field. Bill was the captain of JFK’s first football team in 1964 and was an All County selection. In track and field, he threw the shot put and discus. Bill attended WHS for two years prior to the opening of JFK. Bill taught and coached football and track & field at Sayreville high school for many years prior to his retirement.
 
Adrian Zapotocky – Soccer. Was the first soccer coach at JFK in 1964. He continued to coach into the seventies and served as the department head of social studies and world languages.
 


Woodbridge High School
Ed Adams – 1954 – Football, Basketball, and Track & Field. Ed was another in the long line of versatile WHS three sport athletes. There were many in the 1930’s – 1960’s era. Ed was a first team All County football selection during his junior and senior years, a rare accomplishment. He played for George Gerek and Nick Priscoe. He was, also, one of the school’s first track and field stars under Coach Lou Gabriel. In 1952, Ed was the Middlesex County javelin winner in his sophomore year. In 1953 and 1954 Ed was the Middlesex County shot put first place winner. He established a then meet shot put throw of 53’9 (1954). Also, in 1954, Ed was a double winner in the Central Jersey Group IV sectional meet. He won the shot put with a throw of 50’1 ¾; a new meet record. He also, won the discus with a throw of 135’ 1 ¾; for another meet record. In 1953, at the New Jersey State Group IV meet. Ed took second place in the shot put with a throw of 49’1 ½. The WHS team finished in eighth place for their highest point finish in school history, up to that point in time. Ed continued his education at East Stroudsburg State College, where he participated in football and track & field. He became a teacher, assistant coach, and athletic director for many years in the Edison school district. (J.P. Stevens High School)
 
Anthony Aquila – 1969 – Basketball and Baseball. Tony was an excellent athlete in both sports. He was an All County basketball selection when the Barrons won the Greater Jersey Conference Central Division I title. When springtime rolled around, he moved to the diamond sport where he was a starting pitcher for three varsity seasons and an All County pitcher in 1969. Following graduation, Anthony pitched at Monmouth College for four years. He had been drafted in 1969 in the 30th round, # 709 by Detroit in the MLB draft but, declined their offer to pursue a college education first. Anthony pitched one season (1974) of professional minor league baseball in the Detroit farm system
(11-10; 3.00 era – Source BaseballReference.com).Anthony’s high school coaches were Joe Flaherty, basketball, and Dick Miqlecz, baseball.
 
Heinie Benkert – Coach – Football, Basketball and Baseball. Heinie was the coach of the 1930 Class B 9-0 Barrons, Central Jersey championship team. The following season, the team was 7-2 for a two year record of 16-2.
 
Stephen “Pete” Dalina – 1949 – Football, Basketball and Baseball. Pete was a football captain of the 1948 Barrons under Coach Priscoe and a two year All County tackle selection. He continued his football career at Villanova University. Pete was active in area politics for many years as a town councilman (twelve years) and Middlesex County Freeholder since 1990. On June 8, 2013, Fords Park was renamed the Stephen J. “Pete” Dalina Sports Complex for Stephen’s fifty years of public service to Woodbridge Township and Middlesex County. Pete deserves much of the credit for acquiring open space funds to renovate the baseball, softball, and soccer fields behind WHS into first rate facilities. He has been active in numerous civic and charitable organizations, including, youth sports.
 
John Dubay – 1941 – Football. John was a member of the 1938 and 1939 Central Jersey sectional champions, under Coach Priscoe. He was the team captain in 1940. John played the center position on offense and was a defensive lineman.
 
Artie Dunham – 1946 – Baseball. Artie was an All County pitcher for Coach Priscoe. He contributed to three winning seasons with team records of 9-5, 12-5, and 11-7-1. Following a year at Pennington Prep, Artie began a long journey in the minor leagues. Artie played ten seasons of minor league ball (mostly in the New York Giants farm syatem) with the hope of making “the show” but, it was not meant to be. He did play “AAA” for two seasons. Overall, he batted .285 with 83 homeruns and 287 rbi’s (Source; Baseballreference.com). His pitching record was 17-15 with a 4.69 era.
 
Lou Gabriel – Coach – Track and Field. Lou took over the track and field program in 1950. From that first season through 1957, he successfully built the Barron program from also ran status in Middlesex County to one of the strongest programs in Central New Jersey. He produced winning seasons including an undefeated (6-0) dual meet team in 1957. He, also, produced many individual track and field stars such as, Woodbridge Township Hall of Famers, Herb Hollowell, Ed Adams, Bob Kasko, and Pat Cunningham. Lou set the foundation for future track and field championships in the 1960’s.  The 1957 Barrons won their first Middlesex County indoor track and field championship. His Barron teams finished second in the following meets; 1957 Central Jersey Group IV sectional; 1956 and 1957 Middlesex County outdoor meets; and 1955 and 1956 Middlesex County outdoor relay meets. It is not a stretch to say that Lou Gabriel was the “father” of WHS track and field. In 1957-1958, Lou was promoted to WHS vice principal. He later became WHS principal for many years. Lou, also, served as an assistant football coach for many years under George Gerek and Nick Priscoe. Mr. Gabriel was inducted into the New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1977 from Woodbridge High School.
 
James “Jimmy” Russo – 1970 – Football. He was All State. Jimmy was the outstanding agile, give it all he had fearless guard-linebacker and captain for Coach Lupo’s 1969 undefeated Barrons, “Russo is the smallest member of the forward wall, but he plays like he’s 6’4” and 230 pounds”, said Coach Lupo. Following the season, Jimmy was named to both of the states newspapers All State teams as well as the various All County teams. He also, won the New Brunswick Touchdown Club’s Award as the leading lineman in Middlesex County. He also, received “lineman of the week” honors for his tackle play vs. East Brunswick. Jimmy later found the time to be a Woodbridge Township Board of Education member. “Jimmy possessed exceptional leadership qualities that solidified an outstanding defense in 1969”, said former teammate George Ryan. The Barrons only allowed thirty five points all season including four shutouts.
 
Tommy “Ram rod” Williams – 1951 – Football and Baseball. “Ram rod” was considered one of WHS’s all time great running backs. During his senior year, he ran for thirteen touchdowns, a then school record. He made the PAEN All County team. “Ram rod” played college football at several schools including his first stop at Michigan State University.
 
Vince Gioffre – 1946 – Contributor. Vince was a student trainer and manager during his four years of high school. He always maintained tremendous interest in sports and loved the red and black as a true loyal fan. Vince played a major role in the naming of WHS stadium for Nick Priscoe. He served on the early WTAAA Hall of Fame committees. He was a member of the Board of Education.
 
John Howell – 1956 – Football, Basketball and Baseball. John is another in the long line of excellent three team sport WHS athletes. In the fall of 1955, he came out for football for the first time and teamed with hall of famer Leroy Alexander to form one of the greatest back field/ tandems in school history. John and Leroy were both honored by the Perth Amboy Evening News (P.A.E.N) as first team All County selections. He was a starter on the basketball team. In 1956, he led the baseball team with a .440 batting average and led the team in rbi’s, runs, and hits. He made the All State team. His 1955 baseball team took the second place trophy in the annual tri-county tournament; a 3-6 loss to Perth Amboy, John batted a .320. The team finished 13-5 under Coach Priscoe. Following high school graduation, John entered St. Benedicts Prep in Newark, where he played football and baseball. He was offered a scholarship to Syracuse University, where he became the rare two team sport college athlete. He was a member of the Syracuse 1959 Orange Bowl football team and the 1961 “Cuse” baseball team that participated in the college World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. John played second base. His high school football and baseball coach was Nick Priscoe. His basketball coach was John Tomczuk.

Dr. Emery Konick – 1951 – Sportswriter, Teacher, Assistant Superintendent of Schools for business. Dr. Konick was a social studies teacher at WHS and eventually became the districts Assistant Superintendent of Schools where he helped to shape Woodbridge Township’s district budgetary plans and policies for high school athletics. However,
Dr. Konick also loved sports writing. For many years, he wrote “Konick’s Korner” for the Perth Amboy Evening News (P.A.E.N) and The Home News Tribune. Dr. Konick also, became much involved with the New Jersey Sportswriters Association and served as the organization’s president for many years, (1990-2011) until his passing in May, 2012.
 
Richard Kuzniak – 1956 – Football, Basketball and Baseball. Rich was a high school teammate (lineman and linebacker) of hall of famers Leroy Alexander and John Howell. The trio contributed to one of Coach Priscoe’s best teams (6-1-2) but, unfortunately, the NJSIAA awarded Central Jersey Group IV sectional honors to Plainfield even though the Barrons and Cardinals tied on the field of play 6-6. Rich did receive personal accolades when he was named to the All State and All County teams. Rich played college football at Bridgeport University, an NCAA Division 2 school back then.
 
Pasquale “Pat” Lamberti – 1954 – Football, Baseball and Boxing. Early in the 1953 season, Coach Priscoe moved Pat from his quarterback position in 1952 to a tackle position in order to take advantage of his strength and size. The move to a new position was rewarded when Pat was named to the 1953 All County team by the PAEN and the Daily News All Met team. Pat enrolled at Fork Union Military Academy, a destination for many WHS athletes. Again, the effort was rewarded with a scholarship to Richmond University, a member of the Southern Conference. Pat achieved much recognition there, on the gridiron and the diamond. He is a member of Richmond’s athletic Hall of Fame for football (line) and baseball (pitcher). He even won the Virginia Golden Gloves heavyweight title in 1959 and tried pro wrestling. Pat became the fourth Nick Priscoe product to play professional football as a member of the Denver Broncos and New York Titans in 1961. Unfortunately, a chronic knee injury ended his pro career.
 
Sam Lupo – Football Coach (1963-1972) and Athletic Director (1973-1989). Sam had the dubious distinction of following the legendary Nick Priscoe after the latter moved up to athletic director. Following successful years at Lincoln High, Jersey City. Sam produced a 47-39-4 record at WHS including the undefeated 1969 team 8-0-1, two Central Jersey Group IV sectional championship teams in 1970 and 1971, and three Greater Jersey Conference Central Division I title teams in 1968, 1969, and 1970. His last four Barron teams, 1969-1972, were a combined 28-7-1. The 1972 team produced six shutouts and only allowed forty points all season. Only Heinie Berkert’s 1931 team was better in terms of team defense (points allowed). Although Coach Lupo’s 1969 team was not awarded the Central Jersey Group IV championship by the NJSIAA, the team was ranked sixth , statewide, by the Newark Evening News and fifth, statewide, by the Newark Star Ledger in their final polls. Coach Lupo received the Middlesex County Football Coaches Association Coach of the Year Award in 1969. Unfortunately, for Coach Lupo and despite his later success, he had the unenviable task of having to totally rebuild his grid program twice when JFK Memorial opened in 1964 and Colonia opened in 1967. All students, including seniors from the new schools attendance areas were transferred. However, Coach Lupo persevered and remained dedicated to the task of producing quality football teams and talented players. He finally re-established a consistent winner beginning in 1969. He, also, produced many college bound athletes. As athletic director, Mr. Lupo ushered in many sports for girls following the passing of title IX in 1972. As a result, girls’ basketball became a reality in 1971-1972; track and field in 1972, softball in 1975, and soccer in 1978 to name just a few of the new sports. When Coach Lupo passed away in 1997, the entrance way to WHS was renamed in his honor, “Samuel Lupo Place”. The WTAAA dedicated its Hall of Fame program to him in 1998.
Mr. Lupo was inducted into the New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1980 from Woodbridge High School and the New Jersey Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame posthumously in 2014.
 
Bill (Novo) Brey – 1969 – Track and Field. Bill is arguably the most accomplished track and field star in the history of W.H.S. Among his many high school titles, Bill was the Middlesex County high and low hurdles champion, the Central Jersey Group IV high and low hurdles champion, the New Jersey State indoor hurdles (7.3) champion, and the New Jersey Outdoor Group IV champion in the high hurdles (13.9), and low hurdles (18.0). Both times he tied state records. Bill also, ran on the school’s winning Penn Relays team in 1968 with teammates Sam and Dave Johnson and Jay Sher. His high school coaches were Henry Chomicki, indoors, and Bob Kasko, outdoors. Following high school graduation, Bill received a scholarship to the University of South Carolina. He was the Atlantic Coast Conference 120 yard high hurdles champion in 1970 (14.0) and 1971 (14.1) (Source – University of South Carolina Track and Field Media Guide).
 


 
Year 3 (1991) Induction Class Biographies for the Woodbridge Township Athletic Alumni Association Hall of Fame were completely written by Nick Sardone, WHS Class of 1963, from his personal recollections and research. An original program was not available for this website.
 
 
The Woodbridge Township Athletic Alumni Hall of Fame Committee wishes to thank
Mr. Vito Cimilluca, Woodbridge Township Recreation Director and 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. The remaining ten induction years will be posted as soon as possible.
We hope Woodbridge Township sports fans enjoy reading about the greatest athletes and
coaches in our town’s history.
 
 
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