Haddonfield Athletes Get Shout-Out in South Jersey Magazine

Joseph DeSimone, Sports Editor

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The Fall issue of South Jersey Magazine (SJM) has an article highlighting top high school athletes and their achievements. Not surprisingly, Haddonfield was well-represented with seven HMHS students identified a top athlete that SJM is watching this year.

Leading the pack was junior Jack Dugan, Varsity Boys Soccer, who was one of only seven South Jersey athletes featured in the article along with a Q&A. SJM noted that Jack has been a key player on the varsity team since his freshman year and that he received all-conference, first-team recognition two years in a row. He also helped lead the Bulldawgs to the Colonial Conference Liberty Division title in 2015. Junior Olivia Alberto, Tennis, made SJM‘s list of athletes to watch based on her strong 25-12 record last year and Olivia taking over the first singles position as a sophomore. Sophomore Madie Bee, Varsity Girls Soccer, was identified as an athlete to watch based on her joining the team’s starting line-up last year as a freshman and then leading the team with nine goals. (Writer’s note: the Girls Varsity Soccer team is 13-0 as of the writing of this article – Go Dawgs!) SJM continues to watch senior Briana Gess, Cross Country, who SJM calls one of the greatest distance runners in South Jersey history noting her two state crowns and one Meet of Champions title. SJM expects Briana to end her high school career with another standout season. SJM is watching senior Brendan Gilmartin, Varsity Football, based on his strong play last year as a defensive end and his receiving all-South Jersey third-team and all-conference first team honors as a junior. SJM also noted the fact that Brendan took over this season as the Dawgs‘ starting quarterback. Junior Izzy Miller, Girls Cross Country, is on the list of athletes to watch based on top five finishes at the sectional and Colonial Conference meets and a 29th place finish at States as a sophomore. SJM is also watching senior Meghan Smart, Girls Field Hockey, after she helped lead the Bulldawgs to the state final last year and was honored with all-conference first-team and all-South Jersey second-team selections.

Congratulations to the HMHS athletes who made this year’s South Jersey Magazine‘s list of standout high school athletes and good luck to them and to all of the Bulldawg athletes for a great 2016-2017 season.