Top Stories of 2019 - No. 5 - Jackson, Quinn tabbed as 2018-19 Athletes of the Year

Alyse Jackson and Jarrett Quinn earn Cumberland's Athlete of the Year awards for 2018-2019
Alyse Jackson and Jarrett Quinn earn Cumberland's Athlete of the Year awards for 2018-2019

The 2018-2019 Cumberland Athletics season was full of memorable individual and team accomplishments that were worthy of note. Therefore the task of selecting the Male and Female Athletes of the Year would be a difficult one for Cumberland Athletics Director, Keith Gorman. After much deliberation, softball's Alyse Jackson and baseball's Jarrett Quinn would earn the prestigious honor of being Cumberland's Athletes of the Year

Alyse Jackson - Female Athlete of the Year

Softball - Freshman - Vineland, NJ

To say Alyse Jackson led the Cumberland Dukes Softball Team in 2019 would be putting it in the simplest of terms. Jackson dominated the competition, leading the Dukes to their best finish since 2016 with their season culminating the Region XIX Final Four. In 2019, she would lead the Dukes in the following categories (national rank in parentheses); .613 batting average (4th), 76 hits (10th), 27 doubles (2nd), 8 triples (4th), 59 RBIs (9th), .648 on-base pct (5th), 1.105 slugging pct (2nd), and 1.753 OPS (2nd). Defensively, Jackson served as the team's primary catcher, but also filled in at a variety of positions for the Dukes which resulted in an .879 fielding percentage, good for second on the team.

Time and again, Jackson delivered with big hits throughout the season leading Cumberland to a 14-win improvement from 2018. The Dukes would reach the Region XIX Final Four for the first time since 2016, falling just one round short of reaching the NJCAA DIII Softball World Series. Just a freshman, look for Jackson and the Dukes to make a return trip to the Region XIX postseason with hopes of getting over the hurdle with a chance at a National Championship


Jarrett Quinn - Male Athlete of the Year

Baseball - Sophomore - King of Prussia, PA

It would be hard to quantify the career of Jarrett Quinn, so we will let his resume speak for itself. Quinn leaves Cumberland as the school's winningest pitcher in history. Arriving at the Vineland campus back in 2017, Quinn was a relative unknown as a multi-sport star from Upper Merion HS in King of Prussia, PA. He would quickly establish himself on a team that would go on to win a New Jersey collegiate record, 55 wins, that would include a Region XIX Championship. Individually, he would turn in one of the best seasons by a freshman pitcher with a perfect 12-0 record, earned the Region XIX Pitcher of the Year award, named 2nd Team All-American, 1st Team All-Region, and 1st Team All-Conference. 2018 would not go as planned for Quinn as his season was cut short due to injury, but when healthy, he was as dominant as ever. He would go 6-0 with two big victories over defending NJCAA DII National Champion, Kanakee CC (IL), and perennial NJCAA DI contender, Black Hawk-Moline (IA).

In 2019, Quinn would add to his illustrious career by surpassing 2017 grad, Justin Smith, as the pitcher with the most wins in school history. He finished 2019 with a 7-1 record to help lead Cumberland to an incredible 47-5 record that would end with the Dukes winning the school's first ever National Championship. Jarrett Quinn's career will be one that many will speak of for years to come and may never be surpassed with 25 career victories, a Region XIX Championship, and a National Championship.

 Cumberland Athletic Director, Keith Gorman, had this to say about Alyse and Jarrett. "One thing that stood out regarding Alyse and Jarrett was their tremendous competitive drive." Gorman continued, "You take their abilities and talents away, their teams would still be successful due to their leadership and willingness to compete against anyone in the country."