This weekend, the CBA fall sports season will culminate in the only way the Colts know how- in state championship settings.
Both CBA cross country and soccer will battle for the NJSIAA Non-Public A State Championships, as cross country is at Holmdel Park on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and soccer is at Kean University on Sunday at 10 a.m.
The top-ranked cross country team will be facing a steep test against No. 3 Don Bosco on Saturday afternoon, as CBA and Don Bosco have combined for every state title since 1995. The Colts have won five-straight state championships and have a record 26 championships in total.
CBA will look towards the reigning Non-Public A individual champion, Blaise Ferro, to set the pace. Ferro has been battling injuries this season, but both he and head coach Tom Heath know that Ferro wouldn't miss an opportunity to defend his title.
Don Bosco last won the state title in 2009, but consistently is the Colts' biggest competitor. In 2014, CBA edged Don Bosco on a tiebreaker to win the title. If anything, expect this to be quite a battle to the very end.
On Sunday, the CBA soccer team will match-up against Delbarton in the Non-Public A final. The team looks to give head coach Dan Keane his dream send-off with yet another championship.
CBA earned the berth in the title game by being crowned sectional champion on Thursday night, beating St. Augustine in a thriller. With 3:31 left in the game and the score tied at 1-1, Matt Thorsheim delivered a winning goal from a tough angle to give the Colts a victory. Thorsheim also scored CBA's initial goal on a penalty kick.
The Colts, currently ranked No. 13 in the state, will have their work cut out for them against No. 2 Delbarton. This will be Delbarton's fourth consecutive berth in the state title game after beating Don Bosco on Thursday evening in their sectional final.
CBA Soccer last won the state championship in 2011 and is looking for its sixth title overall.
Fans can follow the action on the CBA family of Twitter accounts, including @CBA_Colts, @CBAColtsSoccer and @CBAXC, or better yet, join the Colts at Holmdel Park and Kean University.