Rings Are In: Hilltoppers Unveil 2013 Hardware

 

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On Wednesday, April 9th, the 2013 Summit Hilltopper football team celebrated their 2nd consecutive State Championship, along with an undefeated season, by distributing their state championship rings to its members. The Hilltoppers were honored by not only the coaching staff but by members of the Summit Football Alumni Association as well. Ex-Hilltopper greats like Johnny Mallory, Frank Rea, Dan Nelson and Steve Schroeder were on hand to congratulate the Hilltoppers for their accomplishments. Ex-Hilltopper Pat Natale was there to not only congratulate the staff but also some of the players whom he coached as youngsters along with ex-Hilltopper Tim Deutch. “Doc” Geddis gave the team a few words reliving his days as principal of Summit High School, citing the importance of the football program. Each member of the team received a personalized ring with a commemorative plaque. The players were dressed in shirts and ties for one last time as the seniors will exit as 2-time state champions. It was a great night for Hilltopper football.

 

 

Kostibos Named 2013 NJFCA Coach of The Year

Kevin Kostibos, here after winning the Friday Night Lights game versus Cranford, has been named the 2013 NJFCA Coach of The Year.  His 12-0 Hilltoppers won the State Championship in his first year as Head Coach.

Kevin Kostibos, here after winning the Friday Night Lights game versus Cranford, has been named the 2013 NJFCA Coach of The Year. His 12-0 Hilltoppers won the State Championship in his first year as Head Coach.

 

Greg Elliott

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 • 9:08am

 

SUMMIT, NJ – Summit High School varsity football head coach Kevin Kostibos has been named 2013 Coach of The Year by the New Jersey Football Coaches Association (NJFCA).

Kostibos, who led the Hilltoppers to an undefeated 12-0 season and a state championship in his first year as head coach, will be presented his award at the NJFCA Super 100 Awards banquet on March 23 in Edison.
Inheriting a team that won a 2012 state championship but lost nearly 90 percent of its starters, Kostibos and his staff did not miss a beat as they rolled through a regular season that was filled with emphatic victories and a heroic victory at Rahway, when the team rallied to win in the final minute.
The team featured a quick-strike, dual-threat offense, and a tenacious, “bend don’t break defense.”  Toughness, resilience, pride, passion, and determination were the hallmarks of the squad. This is the second 2013 coaching honor bestowed on Kostibos, who was also recently presented with the U.S. Marines Semper Fi Coach of The Year Award.

 

Hilltoppers Kick Off “Read Across America” Program for Summit Kindergartners

Captains Eric Lyman, Andrew Masterfano, Charlie Terry, Colm Dougherty and head coach Kevin Kostibos visited the Jefferson Primary Center to kick off “Read Across America” Week for Summit Youth. IMG_0119

The program is a national initiative to improve and increase reading comprehension among our children. The football players read stories to the children, while adding an interactive piece for the children to respond to.

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Principal Felix Gil was extremely proud to be able to give his students this experience. Kindergarten teacher Stefanie DeCarlo was main organizer of the event bringing the football program and young students together. This was great day for the youth of Summit and our football family!

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Kostibos Named US Marines Semper Fi New Jersey Coach of The Year

Greg Elliott

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 • 11:03am

Winning in the Rain: a jubuliant Kostibos celebrates Summit's second-consecutive State Title, his first as Head Varsity Football Coach.  He is being honored with the United States Marines Semper Fi New Jersey Coach of The Year Award.

Winning in the Rain: a jubuliant Kostibos celebrates Summit’s second-consecutive State Title, his first as Head Varsity Football Coach. He is being honored with the United States Marines Semper Fi New Jersey Coach of The Year Award.

SUMMIT, NJ – Summit High School Varsity Head Football Coach Kevin Kostibos has been named the United States Marines Semper Fi New Jersey Coach of The Year.  Kostibos will be honored at the Glazier Football Coaching Clinic at the Whippany Marriott Hotel, February 15 at 8:30 a.m.  He follows Summit’s John Liberato, who was honored with the award in 2013.

The award is given by the U.S. Marines Corps, and Glazier Football Clinics, to honor high school football coaches who display faithfulness to the mission of their team, and exemplify the Marine standard of excellence in developing leaders.  It recognizes a high school football coach who lives out the Marine Corps motto: Semper Fidelis (“Always Faithful”), and who models the Marine Corps leadership values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment.
  1. Honor to live life with integrity, responsibility, honesty, and respect.
  2. Courage displayed in mental, moral and physical strength to do what is right in the face of fear, uncertainty or intimidation.
  3. Commitment in unwavering, selfless dedication to mission accomplishment and personal and professional responsibilities.
The Semper Fi Coach is not necessarily selected for a winning record or championship title, but rather for leaving a legacy of intentional leadership.  The Semper Fi Coach is a “Maker of Leaders.”
Kostibos, who had served as an assistant coach under former Summit Varsity Head Coach Liberato, was named Head Coach in 2013 when Liberato made the decision to coach the Freshman Team only.  He inherited a team that had graduated 18 out of 22 starters, and led the Hilltoppers to a 12-0 record and a second-consecutive State Title.
“It is such an honor to bestowed appreciation for service from the men and women who protect our country.  The Marines stand for values such as courage, honor, and loyalty, to name a few.  For them to even consider myself in their category is an honor in itself,” said Kostibos.  ”I was given a great opportunity by John to be part of a grand tradition here at Summit six years ago, not only on the field, but also being a leader in the classroom.  I’m sure John is as happy for me to receive this award, and keep the tradition in Summit going, as I am to accept it.”

Dougherty, Terry Named to Super 100 Team, Quarterback Also Honored with Mini Maxwell Award

Greg Elliott

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 • 1:05pm

 Colm Dougherty was named to the NJFCA Super 100 Team. Credits: www.flickr.com/photo/petergangi

Colm Dougherty was named to the NJFCA Super 100 Team. Credits: www.flickr.com/photo/petergangi

 

 

 

Quarterback Charlie Terry was named a Mini Maxell Award Winner, and was also named to the NJFCA Super 100 Team. Credits: summitnjfootball.com

Quarterback Charlie Terry was named a Mini Maxell Award Winner, and was also named to the NJFCA Super 100 Team. Credits: summitnjfootball.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUMMIT, NJ – Two of the catalysts that propelled the Summit High School varsity football team to a 12-0 record and a second consecutive state title have been honored with prestigious prep football honors.

Colm Dougherty, a two-way star as a linebacker and running back, was named to the New Jersey Football Coaches Association (NJFCA) Super 100 team, representing the Top 100 players in the State.  The Hilltoppers leading tackler with 102, Dougherty ran the ball 160 times, gained 1.267 yards, and scored 22 touchdowns, with his punishing runs serving as one of the hallmarks of the team’s toughness and resilience.

Quarterback Charlie Terry, who passed for 1,711 yards and 22 touchdowns, has also been named to the NJFCA Super 100 team.  In addition, Terry was selected as a Mini Maxwell Award winner, an accolade bestowed on the Top 50 players in New Jersey by the renowned Maxwell Football Club.
Summit head coach Kevin Kostibos praised both players, saying, “Colm was the backbone of our defensive unit.  When we needed a big play or a big play happened, Colm was right in the middle of the action.  He is as tough as they come.  Charlie may be one of the best quaterbacks to ever come through here. Not only does he have a great arm and a smooth release, he has the mentality of a linebacker.  He would rather run you over than run around you.”

 

Slew of Player, Coach Honors Caps Spectacular Season for Summit Football

Greg Elliott • Tuesday, December 24

The 12-0 Summit Football team is being richly acknowledged for their amazing run, which was capped off by a second consecutive State Title.

The 12-0 Summit Football team is being richly acknowledged for their amazing run, which was capped off by a second consecutive State Title.

SUMMIT, NJ – Perfection has its rewards.

After running the table by going undefeated in regular- and post-season play, capturing their second consecutive State Championship, and even being honored at City Hall by Mayor Ellen Dickson and the Common Council, the honors keep pouring in for the Summit High School Varsity Football team.
The Newark Star-Ledger has released its year-end award winners and, fittingly, the Hilltopper players and their Head Coach Kevin Kostibos will have to make more room in their trophy cases.  In addition to finishing the season as the number-one ranked team in Union County, the number-two ranked team in Group 3 Statewide, and the number 18 team in all of New Jersey, the Summit football team earned the following accolades:
All Union County Offense – First Team
Charlie Terry – QB
All Union County Offense – Second Team
Eric Lyman – OL
Robbie Walsh – OL
All Union County Offense – Third Team
Stevie Rainero – OL
Chris Zanelli – RB
All Union County Defense – First Team
Colm Dougherty – LB
Andrew Masterfano – DB
Mac Wiesner – DL
All Group 3 Offense - First Team
Charlie Terry – QB
All Group 3 Offense – Third Team
Eric Lyman – OL
Robbie Walsh – OL
All Group 3  Defense – First Team
Colm Dougherty – LB
All Group 3 Defense – Second Team
Andrew Masterfano – DB
All Group 3 Defense – Third Team
Mac Wiesner – DL

All State, All Group – Third Team

Charlie Terry – QB

Union County Team of the Year – Summit Hilltoppers
Union County Coach of the Year – Kevin Kostibos
Union County Game of the Year – Summit vs. Rahway
#1 Team in Union County
#2 Team in Group 3 Statewide
#18 in the State

Hilltoppers in the All-Group 3 Selections

ALL-GROUP 3

DEFENSE

FIRST TEAM

Colm Dougherty

SECOND TEAM

Andrew Masterfano

THIRD TEAM

Mac Wiesner

OFFENSE

FIRST TEAM
Dakota Brovero, Delsea
Lucas Faria, Sparta
Austin Fellows, Hopewell Valley
Mike Gies, Hopewell Valley
John Goldschrafe, Ramapo
Jimmy Hogan, Ramapo
Justin Iaione, Warren Hills
Sam Madden, Barnegat
Semei Mitchell, Lawrence
Robert O’Shaugnessy, Cranford
J.R. Reese, Jefferson
Isaiah Spencer, Delsea
Charlie Terry, Summit

SECOND TEAM
Zach Andrews, Barnegat
Tommy Bluj, Parsippany Hills
Daeshon Davis, Camden Wilson
Ariel Fernandez, Orange
Teddy Fischer, Sparta
Dylan Gramuglia, River Dell
Kenyatta Greene, North Burlington
Tyler Maxwell, Warren Hills
Christian Okulicz, Voorhees
Willington Previlon, Orange
Matt Thies, West Essex
Tyler Thompson, Ocean Township
Adam Wallerstein, Lakeland

THIRD TEAM
Rob Askew, Mahwah
Sean Dougherty, Ramapo
Cinjun Erskine, Barnegat
Mike Hill, Palisades Park
Eric Lyman, Summit
Kyle Maroney, South Plainfield
Joe Murphy, Manasquan
Jason Russo, West Essex
Matt Seville, Sparta
Stephen Soria, Mahwah
Malik St. Hilare, Palisades Park
Nick Tomkins, Matawan
Robert Walsh, Summit

Hilltoppers Make All Union Team

FIRST TEAM
Jean Athis, Roselle, 5-11, 175, Sr.
Receiver hauled in 45 catches for 815 yards and 11 TDs. Also had 54 tackles as a defensive back.

Jamauri Bogan, Union, 5-7, 165, Sr.
Western Michigan commit capped sensational career with 1,581 yards rushing and 19 TDs on 255 carries and five catches for 86 yards. Leaves as Union’s all-time leading rusher with close to 6,000 yards.

Juwan Dolbrice, Linden, 5-11, 180
Halfback broke 1,000-yard mark for second time, finishing with 1,052 yards and 11 TDs on 154 carries. Also threw two TD passes, had 20 catches for 95 yards and a TD, returned two kicks for TDs, scored two conversions and had an interception.

Uchenna Egwuonwu, Union, 6-3, 285, Sr.
Lineman anchored unit that helped pave the way for 3,909 total yards of offense (2,840 rush, 1,069 pass) by the state sectional finalist. Also had 67 tackles, six sacks, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble as a down lineman on defense.

Ryan Jennings, Gov. Livingston, 5-11, 195, Sr.
Halfback finished with 1,000 yards rushing for second straight year, finishing with 1,052 yards and 17 TDs on 197 carries. Also had seven catches for 79 yards and 62 tackles as a linebacker.

C.J. Kliesch, New Providence, 6-1, 175, Sr.
Halfback was featured back in balanced Spinner Series attack, rushing for 667 yards and 13 TDs on just 102 carries to go with six catches for 102 yards and two scores. Had 104 tackles at linebacker.

Brian Matthews, Roselle Park, 5-9, 170, Sr.
Halfback rushed for 1,696 yards and 21 TDs and also had a receiving score and threw a TD pass. Also had 85 tackles and an interception at linebacker.

John Oblachinski, Cranford, 6-2, 205, Sr.
Dual threat quarterback threw for 1,065 yards and 12 TDs and rushed for 752 yards and 10 TDs.

Robert O’Shaughnessy, Cranford, 6-0, 290, Sr.
Third-year starter was only returnee on offensive line that amassed 3,543 yards of offense and scored 261 points. Also had 33 tackles on the defensive line.

Eugene Rawles, Westfield, 5-9, 180, Sr.
Halfback was integral to helping team return to state playoffs, finishing with 1,315 yards rushing on 244 carries with 19 TDs. Also had nine catches for 181 yards and two scores.

Charlie Terry, Summit, 6-3, 175, Sr.
Quarterback completed 57.8 percent of his passes for 1,711 yards and 22 TDs. Also rushed for 405 yards and five scores.

David Tobe, Elizabeth, 6-2, 242, Sr.
Lineman was a key contributor up front for Minutemen, providing experience and physicality. Also had 82 tackles, nine sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries on the defensive line.

Stephan Watkis-Davis, Rahway, 6-1, 290, Sr.
Lineman was dominant force in the trenches for solid Rahway offense that rushed for well over 2,000 yards. Also had 60 tackles, five sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a deflected pass on defense.

SECOND TEAM
Wesley Clervoyant, Linden
Jeff Doran, New Providence
Dylan Elliott, Westfield
Gabril Gross, Rahway
Tyree Gutierrez, Elizabeth
Dazzmen Johnson, Linden
Steven Jones, Plainfield
Eric Lyman, Summit
Nick Padron, Brearley
Jabree Robertson, Union
Marc Signorello, Roselle Park
Robert Walsh, Summit
Josh Wilkins, Hillside

THIRD TEAM
David Eskin, Brearley
Vin Fischetti, Johnson
JeRod Fletcher, Dayton
Joe Francisco, Johnson
Chris Hogge, Westfield
David Kane, Westfield
Marquise Leak, Elizabeth
Mike Matarredona, Gov. Livingston
Jack McCaffery, Cranford
James McRae, Roselle
Brandon Pugliese, Roselle Park
Stevie Raineiro, Summit
Chris Zanelli, Summit

DEFENSE

FIRST TEAM

Vin Banek, Johnson, 6-2, 220, Sr.
Playmaking linebacker had 124 tackles, eight sacks, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two blocked kicks. Finished career with 390 tackles over three years. Also had 16 catches for 288 yards and a TD.

Sha-Quan Champagne, Linden, 5-9, 175, Sr.
Linebacker was all over the field, registering 105 tackles, 7 1/2 sacks and a fumble recovery. Posted three straight 100-tackle seasons.

Luke Christiano, Cranford, 5-9, 165, Jr.
Defensive back led team with 108 tackles and registered four interceptions. Versatile flanker also had 24 catches for 550 yards and seven TDs and carried ball 57 times for 523 yards and eight TDs. Had 1,479 all-purpose yards.

Colm Dougherty, Summit, 5-10, 180, Sr.
Linebacker led state sectional champion with 102 tackles and had three pass break-ups, a forced fumble and an interception return for a TD. Also rushed for 1,287 yards and finished with 22 total TDs and 138 points.

Peter Hilburn, Roselle Park, 5-11, 170, Sr.
Linebacker was team’s field general on defense, finishing with 56 tackles, seven sacks, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries (returning one for a TD). Also ran for two scores.

Agbai Iroha, Union, 5-11, 200, Sr.
Playmaking defensive back finished with 80 tackles, two interceptions, four pass break-ups and a forced fumble. Also had eight catches for 137 yards and rushed for 68 yards and a TD.

Randall LaGuerre, Union, 6-2, 215, Sr.
Linebacker keyed the Union defense, finishing with 91 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Andrew Masterfano, Summit, 5-11, 155, Sr.
Defensive back had seven interceptions, including two in the state final. Also had 28 tackles and broke up four passes. Also had 34 catches for 620 yards, 270 return yards, 122 yards rushing and scored nine TDs and two conversions.

Donte Raymond, Rahway, 6-1, 205, Sr.
Recent Penn State commit had 59 tackles, nine sacks, four forced fumbles, two pass break-ups and a fumble recovery from his linebacker spot.

Chris Sweeney, Westfield, 6-1, 230, Sr.
Defensive end was one of county’s most disruptive forces, constantly breaking into offensive backfield and finishing 8 1/2 sacks to lead team’s stifling pass rush.

Tykir West, Linden, 6-0, 180, Sr.
Defender had 37 tackles, six interceptions, seven pass break-ups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Also caught 27 passes for 393 yards and three TDs.

Mac Wiesner, Summit, 6-5, 210, Sr.
Disruptive end had 69 tackles, 18 of which were for a loss, four sacks, a forced fumble, fumble recovery and an interception. Also blocked two punts, returning one for a TD, and served as the team’s punter.

SECOND TEAM
Alex Boyd, Gov. Livingston
Izaia Bullock, Linden
Darren Cannady, Roselle
Robert DelSandro, Cranford
Rashan Gary, Scotch Plains
Khayri Hudeen, Roselle
Joe Iuliano, Dayton
P.J. Jamolawicz, Gov. Livingston
Kevin Maxwell, Scotch Plains
Joe Scaglione, Westfield
Robert Skinner, Union
Jack Simcox, Westfield

THIRD TEAM
Tom Anderson, Westfield
Jordan Andre, Roselle Park
Mimmo Coppola, New Providence
Khaliq Harris, Plainfield
Derrick Hendricks, Linden
Lloyd Jackson, Elizabeth
Lance Lee, Union
Edriece Patterson, Rahway
Kevin Trotter, Cranford
Brian Urness, New Providence
Jeff Velez, Brearley
Andre Williams, Roselle

Union County football season in review, 2013: Summit Team, Coach and Game of the Year

Head coach Kevin Kostibos raises his arms as time winds down and Summit beat Parsippany Hills, 16-13, in the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 3 state football championship at Kean University. 12/6/13 (Andrew Mills/The Star-Ledger)

Head coach Kevin Kostibos raises his arms as time winds down and Summit beat Parsippany Hills, 16-13, in the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 3 state football championship at Kean University. 12/6/13 (Andrew Mills/The Star-Ledger)

By James Kratch/For The Star-Ledger
on December 22, 2013 1:15 a.m.

Team and coach of the year: From the outside, it looked like Summit might be in line to take a bit of a step back this fall after going 12-0 and winning the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 3 championship in 2012.

The Hilltoppers had to replace 18 of 22 starters from a sensational senior class, and they would be doing so under a first-year head coach in Kevin Kostibos, who took over for John Liberato after he stepped down at the end of the year.

But Summit did not miss a beat. The Hilltoppers picked up right where they left off despite the new look, going undefeated once again and edging Parsippany Hills in the sectional final to repeat as champions and finish No. 18 in The Star-Ledger Top 20, No. 2 in the Group 3 state rankings and No. 1 in Union County.

The Hilltoppers, who also won the Mid-State 38 Conference-Raritan Division title, defeated seven playoff-qualifying teams along the way, including two victories over rival Cranford and a thrilling comeback triumph over rival Rahway, and set a school record for rushing yards in a season out of their dynamic no-huddle offense while averaging 36.5 points per game. The defense held opponents to 14 points or fewer in eight of 12 games, including all three playoff games.

The state sectional championship repeat is the second in Summit’s history. The Hilltoppers previously won back-to-back North Jersey, Section 2, Group 2 titles in 1993 and ’94. Coincidentally, Summit also changed head coaches between those title seasons, as Jim Benedict coached the 1993 championship squad and Ray McCrann was the head coach in 1994.

Kostibos was an assistant under Liberato at Summit prior to becoming the head coach. He played at Hanover Park for Liberato and also played collegiately at Johns Hopkins.

Summit has won 24 straight games, tied with Montclair for the longest active winning streak in the state and is the longest winning streak in school history. The Hilltoppers are 56-2 over the past five seasons with three state sectional titles and four finals appearances. Summit will also bring a 45-game regular season winning streak and 32-game winning streak against Union County schools into next season.

Games of the year: Both Summit at Rahway on Oct. 12 and New Providence at Roselle Park on Nov. 8 were games that came with a great amount of hype and anticipation, and both lived up to their respective billings.

Summit was not pushed any more this season than it was by long-time rival Rahway, which looked set to snap the Hilltoppers’ overall winning streak, as well as its streaks in both regular-season play and against county foes, as it built a 20-6 lead heading into the fourth quarter. But Summit caught a second wind in the final period, scoring three touchdowns and receiving two scores from Colm Dougherty, who took the game over down the stretch, to cap one of the greatest comebacks in program history and a 26-20 triumph.

Dougherty’s game-winning run came with 36 seconds left in regulation. New Providence and Roselle Park, however, needed all 48 minutes exactly to decide their clash.

Football: Charlie Terry Among Offensive All-State Selections, 2013

Summit quarterback Charlie Terry finished the season with 22 touchdown passes, 1711 passing yards, 405 yards rushing and 5 rushing TDs

Summit quarterback Charlie Terry finished the season with 22 touchdown passes, 1711 passing yards, 405 yards rushing and 5 rushing TDs

 

THIRD TEAM
Sherman Alston, St. Joseph (Mont.)
Ryan Bell, Ridge
Jamauri Bogan, Union
Cameron Chambers, Timber Creek
Irvin Charles, Paul VI
Greg DeFranco, Montclair
Myles Hartsfield, Sayreville
Ryan Izzo, Pope John
Will Kline, Montclair
Carmen Scalfani, Brick
Charlie Terry, Summit
Dave Tolentino, St. Peter’s Prep
Kevin Wilkins, St. Joseph (Mont.)