The casual fan would notice that TCS’ boys’ and girls’ basketball teams both claimed the GMC Gold Division Championships this winter and assume that it was a dominant winter. The casual fan would be wrong. Obviously, in order to win a division championship a team must have the best record in the division, but it was anything but easy.
The girls’ team opened the season with a stunning loss to South River High School and things seemed to get worse as the girls lost a double-digit lead against Dunellen High School and ultimately the game. As of mid-January, TCS’ girls basketball team found themselves 2 games back in the chase for the championship. The coaches and players refused to quit and avenged early season losses to both opponents and erased the 2-game deficit to claim their 2nd straight divisional championship on the final game of the divisional schedule, defeating Dunellen High School 51-38.
The boys’ team finished the divisional schedule with an impressive 11-1 record. Again, a dominate record required tremendous effort as TCS’ average margin of victory against the top three teams in the division was a mere 5.8 points. The boys’ in their own way showed tremendous resolve as they mathematically wrapped up the school’s first divisional championship in boys’ basketball with a blow-out victory over South River High School, 71-49.
Both teams have earned themselves the highest seeds they’ve ever received in the GMC Tournament this week. The girls will host a GMCT game on Wednesday night and the boys will host a GMCT game on Thursday night. With a victory, both teams will advance to a place they’ve never been. The GMC quarterfinal and the right to say that they are one of the top-8 teams in the entire 32 school conference.
TCS’ student-athletes have now claimed 8 divisional championships in 4 years in the GMC.
Girls Soccer: ’10 and ’13
Boys Soccer: ’12 and ’13
Boys Baseball: ’11
Girls Basketball: ’13 and ’14
Boys Basketball: ’14