High school's Unified Basketball Team honored at Board of Edcuation meeting

High school's Unified Basketball Team honored at Board of Edcuation meeting

The team that captured the hearts of the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District were applauded for the final time this year.

The Bridgewater-Raritan High School Unified Basketball Team was honored for their dream season by the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District Board of Education on the evening of Tuesday, March 12.

The conference room at the Wade Administration Building overflowed with team members, who were  joined by their coaches, families and friends.

The 35-student team, in just its second year of existence, finished with a 7-3 record–a major leap from last year’s 1-5 record—and advanced to the semifinal round of the state tournament.

Bridgewater-Raritan had won four state tournament games before its season came to a close with a 31-26 defeat to Hunterdon Central Regional High School in the state semifinals on February 24 in Vaughn Stapleton Gymnasium. Hunterdon Central went on to win the state championship.

Superintendent Bob Beers  spoke about the team’s success and how “no one left a game unhappy.”

Board of Education President Barry Walker read the official proclamation while the captive audience listened with pride.

Both Superintendent Beers and President Walker then handed out certificates to the team’s students who were in attendance. 

Cynthia Wong, the Unified Basketball Team’s dedicated head coach and her assistants ,Chris Osborn, Leslie Thompson and Rhonda Fishburn, were also on hand during the lively ceremony.

Here are the Bridgewater-Raritan High School students who comprised the Unified Basketball Team.

5 Daniel Oldham
6 Shaunak Yalgi
8 EJ Ramirez
9 Joe Locrotondo
10 Logan Ernst
11 Lexie Perle
12 Isabel Rivera
13 Summer Winchock
14 Camryn Yarwood
15 Anthony Confalone
16 Haylie Billerman
17 Audra Day
18 Jayden Patel
19 Alyssa Eschmann
20 Pranav Bhagirath
21 Aidan Higgins
22 Matt Baxter
23 Sarah Winchock
24 Matt Lehberger
25 Justin Rondinone
26 Owen Crimmins
27 Colin Woodring
29 Emmie Radha
30 Anurag Trivedi
32 Arjun Yalamanchili
33 Brody Nussman
38 Joe Spirra
39 Matthew Borell
40 Kyle Cosenza
42 Andy Gallup
44 Joey Ciufo
45 Johnny Magner
48 Michael Carrete
49 Chris Craig
50 Nicholas Lloyd

In other business during the meeting, the tentative school budget for the 2024-2025 year was introduced and then approved by the Board of Education. The preliminary budget will now be sent to the Somerset Executive County Superintendent for approval.
Once approved,  the budget will be voted on during a public session at the April 30 meeting of the Board of Education.

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