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by Matt Cosentino; Photo by Tim Hawk

More of the area's best high school athletes.

Burlington County

Marc Woodard, Cherokee football
A senior running back, Woodard rushed for nearly 700 yards and scored eight touchdowns last year for the 11-1 Chiefs. He was named to the all-conference second team.

Dan Iannone, Cherokee football
Iannone, a senior tackle, is a main cog on the Chiefs’ offensive line. Last year he made the all-South Jersey first team and helped Cherokee win the South Jersey Group V championship.

Anthony Williamson, Moorestown football
A standout on both sides of the ball, this senior had almost 900 rushing yards and nine touchdowns last season at running back and was named all-conference first team. He’s also a terrific linebacker for the Quakers.

Mike Welsh, Shawnee football
Welsh is in his third year on the varsity and his second as the full-time starter at quarterback. Last year he had five touchdown passes and ran for six more TDs for the South Jersey Group IV champs.

Marissa Topolski, Lenape girls soccer
An all-South Jersey first-team selection last year, this senior forward led Lenape with 19 goals and 18 assists. She has committed to Rice.

Lizzie Kinkler, Lenape girls soccer
A four-year varsity player, the senior midfielder had 15 goals and 12 assists last year for the South Jersey Group IV champions. She will continue her career at Wake Forest.

Jessi Button, Moorestown girls soccer
Button was a crucial piece of a dominating defense that allowed just 12 goals all of last season. The senior back has been named all-South Jersey the last two years.

Carly Blessing, Moorestown girls soccer
This junior goalkeeper recorded 14 shutouts last year and helped the Quakers to a 17-4-1 record.

Taylor Ryan, Shawnee girls soccer
Ryan, a senior, was an all-South Jersey defender in 2013 and also contributed five goals. She has committed to St. Joseph’s.

Samantha Rubin, Cherokee field hockey
A senior goalie, Rubin recorded 388 saves last year, good for third-best in the state.

Julie Duncan, Shawnee field hockey
A two-year starter, Duncan scored six goals last year for the Renegades. The senior forward will continue her career at the University of Maryland.

Camille Franklin, Lenape girls cross country
A senior captain, Franklin took second in South Jersey Group IV and 16th in the state as a junior.

Nina Bendixen, Shawnee girls cross country
Last season’s sectional meet was one to remember for this senior, who took fourth in South Jersey Group IV and led the Renegades to the team title. She went on to place 26th at states.

Amelia Ying, Cherokee girls tennis
A senior, Ying has been in the varsity singles lineup since her freshman year and has made the round of 32 at the state singles tournament for the last two seasons.

Lauren Gershman, Lenape girls tennis
This three-year varsity player was first singles last year and won a match at the state singles tournament. She led the Indians to the South Jersey Group IV final.

Grace Kim, Moorestown Friends girls tennis
Kim returns after a fabulous freshman year in which she was the Burlington County champion at first singles and reached the quarterfinals of the state singles tournament.

Camden County

Jake Robinson, Haddonfield football
A senior wide receiver and defensive back, Robinson is one of the top targets in the passing game for the defending South Jersey Group II champs. He will continue his career at Temple.

Irvin Charles, Paul VI
One of the top wide receivers in the state, Charles had 49 catches and 11 touchdowns as a junior. He has committed to Penn State.

Logan Edwards, Eastern boys soccer
Considered one of the top defenders in the Olympic Conference, this senior was named all-Group IV in the state last year.

Amirah Ali, Eastern girls soccer
Ali burst on the scene last year as a freshman, recording 24 goals and 17 assists for one of the area’s best programs. She was named to the all-South Jersey first team.

Sydney Jackson, Eastern girls soccer
A senior forward/midfielder, Jackson had 16 goals and 10 assists last year and helped the Vikings post a 21-2-2 record.

Emily Rimdzius, Cherry Hill East girls soccer
A senior midfielder who had five goals and two assists last year, Rimdzius will continue her career at Seton Hall.

Elysa Virella, Gloucester Catholic girls soccer
An all-South Jersey defender and Division I recruit, this senior also contributes offensively for the Rams.

Carly Bonnet, Haddonfield girls soccer
Bonnet, a senior midfielder, had nine goals and eight assists and led the Bulldawgs to an 18-4 record last year.

Madison Morano, Eastern field hockey
This junior midfielder had 19 goals and 20 assists en route to all-state second-team honors last season.

Cassie Kincaid, Eastern field hockey
Kincaid emerged as the starting goalie for the best team in the state last year as a freshman and helped the Vikings post a 26-0-1 record.

Greg Pelose, Haddonfield boys cross country
Pelose, a junior, had a breakout year in 2013 for the Group II state champions. He placed eighth at the sectional meet, 11th at states and 47th at the Meet of Champions.

Monica Lee, Cherry Hill East girls cross country
After watching teammate Maddy Berman—who graduated—win the Camden County championship in 2013, Lee will look to keep the title in the school. She took third at the meet last year and also placed 21st at the sectional and conference meets.

Briana Gess, Haddonfield girls cross country
Gess had one of the finest freshman campaigns in state history, becoming the third rookie ever to win the Meet of Champions. She was also the Group II state champ and should be in store for more success this fall.

Angela Antonini, Gloucester Catholic girls volleyball
This senior outside hitter had 73 kills and 91 digs last season in her first year of action with the Rams. She helped them win a division title.

Gloucester County

Lou Vilotti, Washington Township boys soccer
The South Jersey Player of the Year as a junior, Vilotti is a senior midfielder and one of the top playmakers in the state. Last year the St. Joseph’s recruit had 13 goals and 17 assists and helped the Minutemen go undefeated in the regular season.

The junior midfielder, who comes from a family known for field hockey, scored 18 goals to go with 11 assists last year.

A senior forward, Hughes scored 17 goals two years ago before sitting out as a junior to focus on softball. She returned to the hockey team this fall and is one of the Minutemaids’ top players.

Senior forward had 10 goals and five assists last year for the South Jersey Group IV champions.

Senior defensive end was all-South Jersey in 2013, when he had 14 sacks and 30 tackles for loss.

A senior, Culbreath was the South Jersey Group IV champion last year and placed ninth at states.

A junior, Novick returns as the Pioneers’ first singles player. She reached the final of the Gloucester County Tournament last year and went a step further earlier this season, winning the title.

Published (and copyrighted) in South Jersey Magazine, Volume 11, Issue 7 (October, 2014).
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