SHORE REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICSHALL OF FAME CLASS OF 1998-2006Melissa Paolantonio-KopecShore Regional Class of 1987Melissa earned ten varsity letters in during her athletic tenure at Shore Regional High School in the sports of field hockey, basketball and softball.
During her basketball career, Melissa earned freshmen, and junior varsity letters and was a varsity award winner during her junior and senior years. In the spring, Melissa took her talents to the softball field where she was a varsity starter and letterwinner for four seasons and was named the All-Conference shortstop in 1987.
But it was in the sport of field hockey where Melissa made her mark both on the high school and collegiate level. At Shore, Melissa was a varsity player during her four years of competition. In her sophomore season, she received First Team All-County recognition, attended the United States Field Hockey C & D level camps, and participated in the 1985 Junior Olympics.
In Melissa’s junior year, she received First Team All-County, First Team All-Shore and First Team All-State Group II honors. She continued to qualify for the United States Field Hockey C & B level camps and began to be recognized as one of the outstanding field hockey players in the state.
Melissa’s senior year culminated an outstanding high school career with recognition as a member of the First Team All-County, First Team All -Shore and First Team All-State Group II squads for the second consecutive year and she was chosen for the First Team All-State All-Group Team in 1987. During her final season, Melissa led the state in scoring and was honored as Penn Monto All-American. Her number 39 was retired in 1987 and she was honored in a ceremony in the Spring of 1997.
Upon graduation from Shore, Melissa took her talents to Villanova University where she received a scholarship to play intercollegiate hockey. She continued to excel during her four-year Wildcat career with recognition as a Division All-American and MVP of the Big East Tournament in 1991.
Melissa currently resides in Ocean Township with her husband Gary and she is employed as a special education teacher and coach in the Ocean Township school system.