Several Alumni and State Championship Teams Inducted into the Cardinal Gibbons Athletic Hall of Fame
Erin Herbert

On Saturday, Jan. 11, eight individuals and five athletic teams were inducted into the Cardinal Gibbons Athletic Hall of Fame during a ceremony held in the gymnasium. 

Since its establishment in 2003, the Cardinal Gibbons Athletic Hall of Fame has recognized and celebrated the outstanding athletic achievements and contributions of numerous alumni, coaches and supporters. All members are nominated by their peers and voted upon by the Hall of Fame Selection Committee, as well as previously inducted members. 

Those inducted into the Hall of Fame in the Class of 2019-2020 included:

George Bracy, a Deerfield Beach native, lettered in three varsity sports—football, basketball and track and field—during his four years at Cardinal Gibbons. Bracy received numerous accolades for his outstanding athletic achievements including "Best Football Back" and "Top Basketball Rebounder," and was widely known for being able to run the 100 in an impressive time of 10.1 Following his graduation from Cardinal Gibbons in 1966, Bracy attended Bethune Cookman University on an athletic scholarship for two years before returning home to South Florida to pursue a career in the plumbing industry. After his retirement from South Shore Plumbing, Bracy answered a calling from God and became a Licensed Minister at Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church in Deerfield Beach, where he is a lifelong member. Bracy and his large group of family and friends still love coming back to Cardinal Gibbons to attend Homecoming football games.

Tom Garner represented Cardinal Gibbons in three State Golf Championships while earning recognition as an All-American golfer and an American Junior Golf Association Golfer, as all as All-County honors. After graduating from Cardinal Gibbons in 1979, Garner went on to attend the University of Alabama, where he was a four-year letterman member of the men’s golf team. During his time at Alabama, Garner participated in two NCAA Championships and two U.S. Amateur Championships. Following his graduation from the University of Alabama in 1983, Garner began playing golf professionally. During his 12-year career, two of which were played on the PGA Tour, he won two events on the Ben Hogan Tour in 1990 and 1992. Garner currently resides in Windermere, where he has been teaching golf at the Arnold Palmer Golf Academy for over 22-years since his retirement from competitive tournament golf. In 2017, Garner was voted “North Florida Section PGA Teacher of the Year.”

Asheiki Preston was a three-year varsity starting quarterback for Cardinal Gibbons, under the direction of Coach Don Marino. During his three years as a starting quarterback for the Redskins, Preston led his team to numerous key victories over rivals, including St. Thomas Aquinas and Stranahan High School and held numerous school records, including the longest touchdown pass in Cardinal Gibbons history in 1988. Preston graduated from Cardinal Gibbons in 1990 and went on to play football at Kansas University, where he was named “BIG 8 Player of the Week” numerous times and set a school record for completion percentage (62.80 percent) in 1993. Today, Preston is still ranked in Kansas University’s top 20 in passing yards. He now lives in Lawrence, Kansas, with his wife and three children⁠—one of whom has followed in his footsteps and is currently a redshirt freshman quarterback for Kansas University⁠—and works at RMC Group as a Senior Building Consultant. Preston is still heavily involved in football and coaches a community youth league, and has won 11 championships since becoming a coach in 2007, while also earning the title of “Coach of the Year” in 2014. 

Coleen Crocco, a graduate of the Class of 1994, saw unparalleled success during her four-year career as a Redskin and was coached by a number of Cardinal Gibbons legends. During her freshman year, Crocco was a member of an undefeated junior varsity team under the direction of Jude Abrams. In her junior and senior years, Crocco was a member of two State Champion teams. Crocco received numerous accolades during her time at Cardinal Gibbons including 1994 Sun-Sentinel 3-5A Player of the Year, the Florida Athletic Coaches Association’s All-State Team, 3A Player of the Year, All-State Game Broward County Representative and Florida Dairy Farmers “Miss Volleyball.” Crocco began her collegiate career at the University of Central Florida and ended it at the University of Montevallo, where she was named a Scholar-Athlete for the Gulf South Conference during her senior season. After graduation from the University of Montevallo, Crocco attended Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law School and has been a practicing attorney in Florida since 2010. 

Katie Cabana Miness joins her mother, former Cardinal Gibbons tennis coach, Jo Cabana, as an individual inductee into the Cardinal Gibbons Athletic Hall of Fame. Miness has already been inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016 as a member of the 1995 and 1996 girls’ state champion tennis teams. Miness was decorated student-athlete at Cardinal Gibbons, helping her team win three team state championships and winning four individually⁠—two singles titles and two doubles titles. She was also named to Sun Sentinel’s First Serve Top Players to Watch, First-Team All Broward and First-Team Honorable Mention. After graduating from Cardinal Gibbons in 1998, Miness continued her tennis career at Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tennessee, where she won “Freshman of the Year” in the South Atlantic Conference and was voted to the conference’s first team for three consecutive years. She helped Carson-Newman to a South Atlantic Conference title and an appearance in the NCAA Regional Tournament Finals in 1999. Miness is now a USPTA and PTR certified professional trainer. 

Julie Blackmore earned four varsity letters as a member of the Cardinal Gibbons girls’ tennis team. While at Cardinal Gibbons, Blackmore won seven district championships (three singles and four doubles) and a total of nine state championship titles (three singles, four doubles and two team championships). She was selected as a member of the Broward All-County Tennis Team each of her four years at Cardinal Gibbons and served as the co-captain of the girls’ tennis team during her junior and senior years. Blackmore accepted a scholarship offer to play tennis for Ohio State University, where she was able to participate in the NCAA Team Championship during her junior and senior seasons. While at Ohio State, Blackmore was also an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete, a Big Ten Scholar-Athlete and an Intercollegiate Tennis Association Academic All-American. After college, Blackmore went on to attend law school at the University of Miami. She now practices corporate law at the international law firm of Greenberg Traurig, where she specializes in Mergers and Acquisitions. 

Jennifer Crittenberger started her soccer career at Cardinal Gibbons on a high note, starting all 24 games, and posting 20 total goals, including two goals scored in the Regional Quarterfinals. During her rookie season, she was named Gibbons Soccer Offensive MVP and the Sun Sentinel and Miami Herald recognized Crittenberger as Second-Team All-County. As a sophomore, Crittenberger led the team to the Regional Semifinals with 22 goals and 11 assists, while earning the title of team MVP and earning First-Team All-County honors. In her junior season, Crittenberger again led her team deep into the playoffs before falling in the Regional Finals. That year, Crittenberger again earned First-Team All-County honors. In her final season playing for Cardinal Gibbons, Crittenberger was joined on the field by her freshman sister Katie, and the two helped the team to an undefeated season and an ESPN Rise #1 National Ranking. Though Crittenberger and her team fell in the State Finals, she was still widely recognized for her outstanding athletic achievements, earning accolades such as First-Team All-County Sun Sentinel and Miami Herald, ESPN Rise All American Honorable Mention, Team MVP, BCAA All-Star Game MVP and a winner of the Calsanctius Award. After graduating from Cardinal Gibbons in 2009, Crittenberger attended Florida Gulf Coast University on scholarship and was a four-year starter on the defensive line that won three Atlantic Sun Regular Season Championships, two Conference Tournament Championships and two NCAA Tournament bids. After college, Crittenberger began working in accounting and served as an assistant coach for the Cardinal Gibbons soccer team from 2013-2018. 

Ben Preston established Preston Student Athlete Services, a training and mentoring service for young athletes, in 1991, while in the middle of a successful career as a firefighter and paramedic for the City of Deerfield Beach. Over the nearly 30 years that Preston has been training student-athletes, the Stuart native has trained dozens of Cardinal Gibbons athletes, including Donnell Bennett, who went on to play for University of Miami, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Washington Redskins. In 2004, Preston received a master’s degree from Florida International University in Excercise and Sports Science to better help his student-athletes. Preston is now serving his second term as City Commissioner in Deerfield Beach, while still training a number of Cardinal Gibbons athletes. 

1991 Boys' Tennis State Championship Team: Eliseo Alba; Leoncio Dominguez; Victor Ocanto; Robbie Robins; Adam Rosow; Brett Rowley; Jean Paul Vissepo; Geoff Vogt; Coach Jim Scott. 

1995 Boys' Tennis State Championship Team: Robert Bettencourt; Michael Cabana; Jorge Duenas; Danny Horkheimer; Pat Kennedy; Werner Kettlehack; Juan Mejia; Chris McHugh; Daniel Najman; Matt Nold; Rodolfo Rake; Vinod Yesudas; Coach Jo Cabana; Manager MJ Myette.

1996 Boys' Tennis State Championship Team: Diego Ayala; Michael Cabana; Kyle DeSanctis; Jorge Duenas; Mark Hoag; Alex Hur; Chris McHugh; Matt Nold; Kyle Porter (Posthumously); Vijay Yesudas; Coach Jo Cabana. 

1997 Boys' Tennis State Championship Team: Diego Ayala; Sonny Avichal; Michael Cabana; Mark Hoag; Alex Hur; Vinny Jonna; Nikita Khorozov; Vivian Laurin; Matt Nold; Kyle Porter (Posthumously); Rudy Rake; Jaime Reusche; Coach Jo Cabana; Manager Whitney Gillespie. 

1998 Boys' Tennis State Championship Team: Sonny Avichal; Luis Baraldi; Ricardo Baraldi; Matthew Cabana; Jaime Cashes; Milan Djeric; Daniel Faria; Alex Hur; Steele Lancaster; Peter Mandic; Luis Peon; Matt Schroeder; Coach Jo Cabana;  Manager Jamie Reusche.