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  • Writer's pictureDan Russoman

Local athletes named Cape Atlantic League All-Stars


HAMMONTON—Basketball and wrestling teams at Hammonton High School and St. Joseph Academy enjoyed strong seasons this winter, and as a result, several athletes were rewarded with selections as Cape Atlantic League (CAL) All-Stars.


All-Stars were chosen by the league’s coaches, and unlike previous seasons, instead of having teams for each conference, the all-star teams were combined for 2022-23.

On the wrestling mat, a pair of Hammonton grapplers were rewarded with honors from the CAL coaches.


Senior Justin Flood was named to the All-Star team at 106 pounds following a season where he posted a 33-11 record and placed both at District 30 and Region 8, earning a trip to the state championships in Atlantic City.

THG/Dan Russoman. To purchase photos in The Gazette, call (609) 704-1940. Hammonton wrestler Justin Flood, top, was named a Cape Atlantic League All-Star for his performance this season.

Giagunto, a sophomore, earned honorable mention from the CAL coaches for his outstanding season. Giagunto finished the year with a 36-5 record, placed a districts and was among the top finishers at the Region 8 tournament.


Hammonton senior Emma Peretti was chosen as a CAL girls basketball All-Star following a season that saw her average 17.8 points and 13.8 rebounds per game.


Peretti’s teammate, Ava Divello, received honorable mention after scoring 9.8 points per game and leading the Blue Devils in 3-pointers with 30.


St. Joseph Academy’s Cassidy Perri earned an honorable mention for her strong season. The junior guard led the Wildcats with 16.4 points per game.


A pair of St. Joseph boys basketball players were named as CAL All-Stars.


Senior Arnaldo Rodriguez ranked among the league’s top scoring threats, averaging 19 points per game last season. Rodriguez, who will play at the University of Wilmington next season, also topped the 1,000-point mark for his career last season.


Another Wildcat senior, Devon Theophile, was one of the CAL’s top inside players in 2022-23, averaging 16 points and 14.2 rebounds per game, both marks ranking among the league leaders. Theophile was named a CAL All-Star.


Hammonton’s Kenny Smith joined the St. Joseph duo as a CAL All-Star following a season where he led the Blue Devils to an 18-9 record while averaging 21.3 points per game.

THG/Dan Russoman. To purchase photos in The Gazette, call (609) 704-1940. Hammonton’s Kenny Smith was selected as a Cape Atlantic League All-Star for his play during the 2022-23 season.

Earning honorable mention were Hammonton’s Tyler Lowe and St. Joseph’s Shamar Cox.


Lowe, a senior guard, was one of the CAL’s top ball-handlers and defenders, and averaged 6.4 point per game while leading the Blue Devils in rebounding.


Cox, a senior guard, was one of the Wildcats top players, scoring 10 points per game and leading the team in steals and assists.




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