For the 11th time in the 16-year history of the award, Christian Brothers Academy won the 2019 NJSIAA/ShopRite Cup for best non-public athletic program, which was celebrated on Friday morning with a special ceremony.
“Congratulations to CBA for winning your 11th ShopRite Cup in 16 years,” said Rick Saker ’00, vice president for operations at the ShopRite Corporation. “On behalf of my family, and my dad started our family tradition of attending CBA in the late 1960s, it is my honor to be back at this special place to present this prestigious award to the Colts.”
It is the fifth consecutive year that the Colts have topped the standings, marking the longest consecutive streak in the history of the non-public division. CBA had previously won the Cup three times in a row on two different occasions (2004-2006, 2011-2013). CBA won the 2019 title by 51 points over rival Delbarton School.
Saker and NJSIAA Assistant Director Bill Bruno ’71 were on-hand to present the 2019 Cup to Principal Ross Fales and Director of Athletics Vito Chiaravalloti.
“It’s such an honor to accept our 11th NJSIAA/Shop Rite Cup Award on behalf of our outstanding student-athletes, coaches, staff, and fans,” Chiaravalloti said. “This is a proud moment for the entire CBA community and we can never take for granted the amount of time, effort, and determination that our young men put into being the best in all that they do. Our teams continue to raise the bar for future Colts and I can’t wait to see what’s next for CBA Athletics.”
The ShopRite Cup is determined through a points system designed by the NJSIAA, which rewards schools for high finishes in NJSIAA-sanctioned state tournaments. All sports at CBA are governed by the NJSIAA, except crew, rugby and sailing which have independent governing bodies.
Cross Country, Soccer, Indoor Track Relays, Indoor Track Overall, Swimming, Golf and Outdoor Track were all state champions in their respective sports, while Tennis finished third in their state tournament. Each of those sports contributed to the ShopRite Cup point total.
In addition, CBA earned sportsmanship bonus points for having zero player or coach ejections across as a school across all three seasons.
Non-Public School Standings:
1) Christian Brothers Academy (179)
2) Delbarton School (128)
3) Immaculate Heart Academy (121)
4) St. Augustine Prep (101)
5) St. Peter’s Prep (95)
Christian Brothers previously won the ShopRite Cup in 2004 (inaugural year), 2005, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.