The Toms River Regional School District will hold its fifth Athletic Hall of Fame Induction ceremony tomorrow in the Pine Belt Arena with 16 former athletes, four coaches and four outstanding teams saluted for their past achievements. The ceremony begins at 5pm, is free and open to the public and I will have the pleasure of serving as Master of Ceremonies.

Honored posthumously from the original Toms River High School will be former track standout Jack Milne as well as football coach Ron Signorino and his undefeated 1968 Indians team which was led by Bob Hermanni, Harry Walters, Pete Bush and Rip Scherer. Also on that team was Norton Schwartz, who today is General Norton Schwartz, Chief of Staff of the Air Force.

 

 

 

Toms River South’s athletic inductees are Lynn Prudhomme, Sarah Allen-Knight, Chip LaBarca Jr., Henry Menke and Chris Pagano along with longtime field hockey and basketball coach Barbra Hughes. Her 1984 Field Hockey team which won a division and state sectional title will take its place in the Hall as well.

The newest group of North Mariners to be inducted is comprised of Catherine Vignevic Goodall, Teresa Andreanni, J.M Gold, Michael Ryan, Robert Urie and track coach James Jackson. The 1983 Boys Soccer team which stunned just about everyone by winning the Group 4 State Championship will deservingly be honored for that great season.

 

 

Last but not least are the new Hall of Famers from Toms River East, a group headed up by former Raiders Krista Gerard Cino, Lindsay Wiest Thompson, Frank Edgar, Jake Daubert, Drew Aromando and Mike Conlon, who spent more than 20 very successful seasons as the Boys Swimming Coach. The 1982 Girls Track Team which won a division, county, shore and state sectional championship will take its place in the Hall.

All of the honorees will have their plaques hung inside the Pine Belt Arena along with the other four classes of Hall of Famers which they can proudly show to their children and grandchildren now and in the future. It’s a fitting tribute to those who have worn the maroon and white, blue and gold and blue and black.

The public is invited to Friday’s program which begins at 5pm.