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  • Writer's pictureThe Hammonton Gazette

St. Joe seniors announce college plans


Courtesy photo. Five St. Joseph Academy student athletes signed National Letters of Intent on November 8. Pictured above, front: Cassidy Perri (Immaculata University), Giavanna Fox (Immaculata University) and Elizabeth Dainton (Hood College). Back row: St. Joseph Head of School/President Stephen Cappuccio, Jalia Cooper (University of New Haven), Ava Fisher (East Carolina University) and St. Joseph athletic director Tim Fingerhut. For full story see page 43.

Five SJA seniors announce college decisions


HAMMONTON—Five St. Joseph Academy senior student athletes made their college commitments official on November 8, signing letter of intent on National Signing Day.


Jalia Cooper, Elizabeth Dainton, Ava Fisher, Giavanna Fox and Cassidy Perri all signed last week, making official where they will continue their athletic careers.


Cooper, Dainton and Fox will play field hockey in college, while Perri will continue her basketball career and Fisher will play softball.


Cooper, who will attend New Haven University, arrived at St. Joseph as a junior in 2022 and quickly became one of the Wildcats top offensive players, scoring 13 goals. This year, serving as one of the Wildcats captains, Cooper scored seven goals and handed out eight assists to rank among the team leaders in points.


Dainton played four years of field hockey at St. Joseph, and was one of the team’s top defenders and passers. She scored once this season and had nine assists. She will attend Hood College next fall.


Fox is headed to Immaculata University where she will provide scoring and solid ball handling for the Mighty Macs.


Fox was a four-year starter at St. Joe and in 2023 scored five goals and had four assists.


Perri will also attend Immaculata, where she plans to play basketball. A well-rounded athlete, Perri also played soccer, field hockey and softball during her career at St. Joseph. On the basketball court, she has been the Wildcats leading scorer the last three seasons and tallied 344 points last year.


Fisher led St. Joseph to the state Non-Public B softball championship last spring, the first state title in school history. She will attend East Carolina University to continue her pitching career.


An All-State selection a year ago, Fisher ranked among the state leaders in strikeouts the 267, sporting a 2.39 ERA.


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