RPS Girls Basketball Wins Back-to-Back Non-Public B Championships

RPS Girls Basketball Wins Back-to-Back Non-Public B Championships

rps girls basketball wins 2017 non public b title

Update - March 13, 2017 - On Saturday, March 11, The Rutgers Prep girls basketball team defeated Queen of Peace 58-46 to win their second consecutive NJSIAA Non-Public B championship. 
Their next game will be the semifinal round in the Tournament of Champions, which will take place on Sunday, March 19, at 2 p.m. at Pine Belt Arena against the winner of Franklin vs. Pascack Valley. 
About Saturday’s Game
From mycentraljersey.com - "We’re doing this for our seniors,” (RPS sophomore Leilani) Correa said. “We want them to win the TOC before they go off to college, to have that under their belt. And for all the underclassmen to come off the bench and be as productive as the seniors are is really amazing to help us get to the next level.”
“I think we are a really good team because they are so unselfish and it really is about team first,” (coach Mary) Klinger said. “I know that people say that, but it is so apparent with this team. And I think they root for each other and they really help each other. Our senior leadership is incredible, the way they nurtured and brought these young kids (along), they really show them the Argonaut way. You play hard, you’re unselfish and that’s a formula for success. And the way the seniors help and show the underclassmen, that’s why you see the underclassmen coming through.”
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Update - March 8, 2017

rutgers prep girls basketball wins sectional championshipThe Rutgers Prep girls basketball team defeated The Patrick School 79-60 in Wednesday’s game to earn their second Non-Public South “B” sectional championship in two years. They will play in the Non-Public B final on Saturday at the Pine Belt Arena against Queen of Peace High School. Tip off is at 12 p.m.

The Argonauts, currently ranked #13 in the country according to espn.com, increased their record to 29-1 for the season after their win over The Patrick School.

To see more photos of Wednesday’s action and read a full re-cap of the game, visit the article on nj.com

Click Here to watch the livestream of Saturday's game.

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The last few days have been a bit of a whirlwind for this year’s Girls Basketball team here at Rutgers Prep. After an extraordinary season leading into a big win over Manasquan HS last weekend, the team has been attracting increasing attention at the national level. We took a few minutes today to catch up with some of the team’s senior leaders… and their coach, Mary Klinger. 

When asked to reflect on her experiences with the team, Senior Captain Olivia Dabney ’17 shared, “Being a member of the Rutgers Prep Girls’ basketball team is most definitely an honor. Throughout my four years on this team I’ve become a dedicated and hardworking athlete, and even a better person. Much of that we owe to Coach Klinger. She has shown every player the value of working hard and the importance of teamwork. From early morning practices to the late weeknight games, we’ve all learned to strive for the same goal; to improve and succeed as a team. I would not trade this experience for anything!” (Olivia has signed to play for Sacred Heart University in college.) 

Maddy Stanley ’17, a senior who joined Rutgers Prep as a sophomore and who will be playing for Fairleigh Dickinson next year, explained, “We had a great season last year, but we lost Nikki (Nikki Metzel ‘16, who was recruited to play for Drexel University’s Dragons), so we weren’t sure how it was going to be. When we lost that one time, in the game against Franklin, we kind of all pulled together in this spirit of, ‘Well, we don’t want to do THAT again!’ and it’s been just great ever since. I can’t believe we’re ranked 13th in the country now! If you had told my third grade self – I was actually really short when I first started playing – if you told me then that I would play on a team that was nationally ranked, I would NEVER have believed it.” 

A proud Coach Klinger shared that in addition to the national ranking the team has recently received, three recruited senior players have now each been offered an opportunity to play in the highly selective NJSCA “North-South All-Star Game.” 

“This is just a great opportunity for Olivia, Maddy, and Gabi. And so well-deserved. I knew that this was a special group two or three years ago, because of the athleticism, the unselfishness, and the talent. After winning the state title last year, we have been so focused on getting there again… it has been clear that they all brought the same level of commitment to being the very best team.” 

In closing, Gabi Redden ‘17, who will be continuing her basketball career at Marist College in the fall, shared, “It’s pretty exciting to be ranked #1 in the Tri-State, and number thirteen in the nation by ESPN-W, so this Sunday’s game, against The Patrick School, is going to be really big. They’re going to be coming for us extra hard now. So come out and support, everybody!”