Two state championships and a MLB draft pick highlighted an outstanding week for the Annex Sports Performance Center athletes. It's a big deal to witness our Annex family grow and succeed in personal and team goals.
Ty Blankmeyer, who has been a fixture at The ANNEX since he was 13, was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 36th round of the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft this past weekend. The Morristown native had an excellent career at Seton Hall Prep, won the Rawlings "Finest In the Field" award as the top defensive second baseman in the Northwoods League last summer and posted a career-high .408 on-base percentage this season for St. John's University.
Speaking of Seton Hall Prep, the varsity baseball team took home its first state title since 2007, defeating St. Augustine, 4-2, in the Non-Public A final at Toms River High School North this past Saturday. Annex athletes Nick Maldonado, Ryan Toohers, Jack Zyska, John Savino, Justin Miller and Francis Prior were all instrumental in the success of the team this season.
Head coach Mike Sheppard Jr. told NJ.com: "This one feels different because of how this team has come together. Over the years, we'll have 2-3 star players and usually a star pitcher to help us have success, but we didn't have that here this year. We had a bunch of good players who did their job.
"Had you told me back in March that we'd be here winning a state championship as the No. 1 team in the state, I might have told you that you were crazy. I'm proud of these guys and what they've been able to accomplish."
Defense wins championships
The Delbarton lacrosse program continues its successful run with 13-4 victory over Pingry in the final of the NJSIAA/Investors Bank Tournament of Champions this past Saturday at Kean University. This state championship was Delbarton's fifth T of C title in its ninth appearance, and it is its second title in three years.
We're proud to point out that Annex athletes Michael Rutter, Liam Villano and Matt Bicknese were all involved in this squad's winning ways.
Attention to detail
We'd like to give credit to both our coaches and these student athletes. It's a two-way street and when both sides give it their all in training, we get to witness accomplishments like the ones we saw this week.
So proud of the #ASPfamily!