Joe Lopez, a health and physical education teacher and Pope John's head strength and conditioning coach for all 29 athletic teams, was selected as the National Strength and Conditioning Association's State and Provincial Director of the Year for 2018.
Mike Bello, a freshman outfielder for the Lions, has become the first Sussex County player to commit to play for a college in the NCAA’s Southeastern Conference after deciding last Thursday night to continue his academic and baseball careers at Auburn University when he graduates from Pope John in 2021.
The Lions capped the 2017-18 season on Sunday by officially having a school-record five state placewinners after junior JoJo Aragona, sophomore Eddie Ventresca, senior Jake Rotunda, senior Jake Brown and senior Reece Muldoon each found their way to the medal stand at the end of the 85th NJSIAA Wrestling Championships at Boardwalk Hall.
The Lions will have a school-record five state placewinners after junior JoJo Aragona, senior Jake Brown, senior Jake Rotunda, sophomore Eddie Ventresca and senior Reece Muldoon each won enough matches on Saturday to guarantee a top-eight finish at the tournament at Boardwalk Hall.
These five Pope John wrestlers showed that they have their sights set on the ultimate prize of winning a gold medal at the 85th NJSIAA Wrestling Championships after each of them advanced to the quarterfinals in the tournament.
The Lions crowned a tournament-high four champions in the event at West Milford High School in West Milford and they pushed a tournament-best seven wrestlers into next week’s 85th annual NJSIAA Wrestling Championships for the second consecutive season.