Ocean County has a pretty impressive track record of producing rather successful professional athletes.

From Little League World Series star to Major League Baseball all-star, we have Toms River High School South's Todd Frazier.

Point Pleasant Borough produced Olympic and World Cup superstar (and now sandwich impresario) Christie Rampone.

And now another Toms River alum is making news on the soccer pitch as well.

Chris Konopka, a 2003 graduate of High School East, just signed on to join North American Soccer League club FC Edmonton.

Konopka has been a standout athlete since his high school days (and that's not only because he's a towering 6'5"!), lettering in basketball and soccer as a Raider. He took his talents to Providence College after high school, and went pro in 2007.

There are an awful lot of achievements that Chris has attained in his career, including becoming the first American born player to win the prestigious "Irish Double".

Chris now heads north of the border to join the Edmonton club, whose coach had high praise for the shore native, saying:

“Our first impressions of him at training have been excellent. We have spoken to number of MLS goalkeepers and MLS goalkeeper coaches and the feedback with every single person has been very positive with Chris.”

Congratulations, Chris! I'm sure you'll represent Raider Nation and the Shore proudly!


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