The scrapbook picture of the 1972 Rams stirs up many memories of the Island’s historic past. Football was king of the sports scene in Brigantine since soccer was still a more than a decade away. The sidelines of the 24th street field were packed every Sunday.
The legendary Lou Wagenheim assisted by veteran coaches Walt Bew, Paul Douglas, Tom Cohen, and son Bobby prepared an outstanding group of athletes for a championship season and more importantly the game of life.
Amazingly, 45 years later the last names of most of the team members are still very recognizable in our community for their successes in athletics, in their chosen careers, and for their many contributions to Brigantine and the surrounding communities.
Just for fun, look at each picture and each name; How many can you identify? Now think of the branches of their family trees living in Brigantine. How many do you know? Think of their contributions and involvement in the various programs and our community.
Remember Lou Wagenheim and Walt Bew and think of how many lives they touched and continue to impact through their “kids.” Brigantine- A community you will love for life.
Allyson Donahue was named to the first team All-New England Intercollegiate Sailing association skipper. The Boston college senior from Brigantine helped the Eagles finish second in the NEISA Championship last week. The name Donahue, Boston College, and championships date back many years to Allie’s father Tom who also was a record setter at Boston.
Anthony Lawler’s 45 helped the Holy Spirit golf team beat Buena 202-230. The Spartans evened their record at 4 and 4. Lawler shot a 44 and Kevin Curau a 55 in Spirit’ 182-197 loss to Middle Twp.
Jarred Gabrysz went 2 for 3 with three RBIs in Atlantic high’s 17-2 rout of Pleasantville.
Brigantine lifeguard Scott Betson was reappointed as the girls head basketball coach at Mainland Regional High School. Betson has a 93-47 record in five seasons with the Lady Mustangs. He will have one of the top players in the country again next year in 6’2” center, Kylee Watson.
Kristy Goff led the Holy Spirit 4x400 relay team to a victory over Cedar Creek in a recent girls track and field event.
Tony Santa Maria singled in the lone run for ACIT in a 10-1 loss to Oakcrest.
Coach Steve Normane’s Holy Spirit baseball team with locals Joe Hartman, Joe Porpora, Dan Shannon, and Bill Stroby are 11-3 and ranked 42nd in the state. The Spartans upset Millville 4-3 on Saturday.
Holy Spirit’s varsity eight with Abby and Maddy Koch won its qualifying heat but lost to Montclair in the Garden State regatta. The freshman eight with Kayla Driscoll and Mollye Knoff finished third.
Turning back the pages to…
1980-Nancy Cost (Doran) was a standout on the Atlantic Community college softball team.
1991-Tiffany Miller, a Holy Spirit junior was named to the first team conference All-star team after leading the Spartans to a 14-9 record with a .468 batting average. Tiffany later starred at Rowan where she was named an NCAA All-American.