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  • Writer's pictureDan Russoman

CAL recognizes local athletes

Dan Russoman/THG. Hammonton’s Kenny Smith was chosen as a Cape Atlantic League All-Star for his performance this season.

HAMMONTON—The winter sports season wrapped up earlier this month for Hammonton High School and St. Joseph Academy teams, and each school saw some of its athletes honored as All-Stars by the Cape Atlantic League.

On the basketball court, three local players were named as All-Stars by the coaches of their division.

Hammonton junior Kenny Smith was chosen as an All-Star following a season in which he helped lead the Blue Devils to a 16-10 record and an appearance in the South Jersey Group 3 playoffs.

Smith averaged 17.8 points per game during the 2023-24 season, one in which he eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for his career.

Smith’s teammate, senior forward Azzir Smith-Bey received honorable mention from the league for a season that saw him average 14.9 points and a team-high 7.8 rebounds per game.

St. Joseph’s Will Spross, a sophomore guard, was named as an All-Star for his stellar season.

Spross ranked among the league’s leading scorers at 19.6 points per game and also handed out 6.6 assists per game averaged 3.8 steals per game.

On the girls side, St. Joe’s Cassidy Perri, a 1,000-point scorer for her career, was an All-Star after scoring 18.7 points per game this season.

At Hammonton, junior guard Kiley Kozlowski earned honorable mention for a season where she averaged 12.5 points per game.

On the wrestling mat, Hammonton junior Luca Giagunto was chosen as an All-Star for a season that saw him rank as one of the top 138-pound grapplers in the league. Giagunto reached the state finals this season.

Also earning a trip to the state championships was Hammonton’s Shane Way. Like Giagunto, Way won a district 30 title and he received honorable mention from the league.


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