VINELAND - On Tuesday night, the Cumberland County College Athletics Family gathered to celebrate an extremely exciting year. A year that saw its first ever Cross Country All American, a Men's Basketball team that surpassed the 20-win mark (a first for the program) and reach the Region XIX Championship Game (another first), and a softball team that had three different players earn conference player of the week honors.
There were smiles and laughter, hugs and tears, but most important of all, there was genuine support from each individual program for each other. When Josh Loew, the 2017-2018 Male Athlete of the Year, had his athletic and academic accomplishments read, the room gave him a standing ovation. As Renee Bokma's accomplishments that earned her 2017-2018 Female Athlete of the Year, were announced, the crowd "ooh'd and aah'd" at her impressive ability on the soccer pitch and in the classroom. As Jarrett Quinn's incredible pitching record was announced, the Luciano Conference Center gave him a rousing applause. Lastly, when Student Life & Athletics associate, Heather Willits, was honored, the crowd gave her an equally appreciative and deserved applause and cheer.
One of the most impressive pieces of last night's event was that there was not a distinct area for each team. Tables were disjointed as the natural divisions of fall, winter, and spring sports dissolved as members of each team sat in separate areas and shared memories with other programs. It was a night that brought our hashtag, #DukesFamily, to life and proved to all that we are, One Team, One County.
(For video clips of the evening, visit our instagram at @GoCCCDukes.)