St. Augustine’s furious comeback from a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit was just one missed free throw from tying the game with 11 seconds left. After the miss, the Hermits had one more chance as the final seconds ticked away when Austin Kennedy’s 3-pointer hit the rim and bounded away as the buzzer sounded, giving Don Bosco, the No. 1 team in the state, the 69-66 state championship. Thus, Bosco avenged last year’s 83-50 trouncing by St. Augustine to dethrone the Hermits.
Kennedy sparked the awesome second-half comeback by scoring all of his game-leading 22 points in the half. He is the best guard I have seen this year. He almost individually willed a victory that just barely eluded his team
Don Bosco was clearly the best team in the first half, running to a 17-point lead and threatening a blowout. During that time Bosco broke the Hermits' stifling trapping press, finding the open man and hitting six of 13 3-pointers. The Bosco defense held the Prep to a mere 16 first-half points.
In the second half the Prep successfully notched its own defense and offense. Sparked by Kennedy's 3-pointers and drives to the basket, the Hermits scored 50 second-half points. Junior Travis Stoll had nine points as part of the thrilling comeback. In defeat, the game should remembered as one of the proudest moments in St. Augustine history. It was a thrill to be there with the Stoll family and relatives.
Turning back the pages to …
2011 – Harrison Gargel played well in his first game, making a number of tackles in Holy Spirit’s 42-6 win over Ocean City. Tommy Worthington made six extra points.
2012 – Zack Fabel helped Holy Spirit win back-to-back state non-public 111 football championships. During his years at Spirit the team compiled a 28-6 record. Fabel was named to the first team Cape-Atlantic All-Stars in 2012. He is presently at Monmouth College pursuing a master’s degree.
(Zack Fabel was a recipient of a Parker Family Scholarship to attend Holy Spirit. This past Friday at the Salute to the Spartans, legendary Spartan Jack Parker related how touched he was to receive a thank you letter from him recently. In the letter Fabel expressed the desire to emulate what the Parkers had done for him by helping others after graduation. Mr. Parker stated that this goal of Catholic schools is so important to his wife and him in their continual support.)
2012 – Ismail Naji scored on a 12-yard pass reception, and Dayshawn Reynolds ran a kickoff back 92 yards to lead Atlantic High to a 13-9 win over Hammonton.
2013 – Ryan Solari led Holy Spirit hitters with a .400 average and 20 RBIs in 11 games.
2014 – Holy Spirit will play in its fifth consecutive state championship in December after knocking off the No. 1 seed, unbeaten Holy Cross 54-36 in Delran on Friday night. Local running back Nick Cordivari scored the first touchdown of the game and had a key interception.
2015 – Joe Porpora’s interception ignited Holy Spirit's win over Bridgeton 17-8. Brigantine players on the team included Porpora's brother Jake, Devin Findley, Andrew Noble, Joe Curinga, Anthony Dobronte, Dan Shannon, Jake Adams and Samuel Torres.