Boys Varsity Soccer
Coach Rudi Gesch’s Varsity boys soccer team re-established a winning culture and tradition recording double-digit victories for the first time in several years in a way that we can all be proud of. Highlights included earning a home game in the county tournament and defeating our first round opponent Paterson Charter, drawing a huge homecoming crowd and then winning in dramatic come-from-behind last-minute fashion over rival HCA, and holding a skillful MKA team scoreless is the first half in the state tournament behind the strong play of defenders Rylan DeWaal Malefyt, Mark Foster, Ben Parker and GK Noah Troast. John Zuidema led the team in scoring with 10 goals while senior captain Aidan Miller led the team in assists with 7.
Boys JV Soccer
The future looks bright for the program with coach Max Harvell’s JV boys soccer team finishing at 7-3-2 and the Middle School boys team at 8-2 including a win over Glen Rock. Fifteen different players combined to outscore their opponents 45-19 under their new coach, Karl Records.
Girls Varsity Soccer
First-year head coach Seth Stadtlander continued the winning ways of the Varsity girls soccer program posting an 11-8 record that included wins over league champion Rutherford, runner-up Pompton Lakes and a convincing win vs HCA on homecoming night. Senior captains Madison Wynbeek and Christina Tartini led a young team that featured junior GK Emily Candela (238 saves) and Amanda Faber (14 goals.) Coach Joey Wilmot and his Middle School girls soccer team played their best against the best including a 2-1 loss to a very talented and skilled Glen Rock team and a 0-0 draw with a competitive Midland Park squad.
In perhaps his last season as Varsity cross country coach, Joel Apol, and co-coach Lindsay Pedersen once again pulled the best out of their runners and enjoyed another highly competitive season. Senior Ben Postma led the boys while classmate Emily Byrnes and sophomore Kristen Ghinelli paced the girls. Emily became just the 2nd runner in school history to win the NJIC championship meet! She also finished 3rd in the county championships!! Aaron Goldsteins’s Middle School cross country team also had some amazing individual accomplishments. Alex Culp (6th grader) was a consistent top 5 finisher in most meets and 7th grader Lucas Genuario had an undefeated regular season, finishing first in every meet! Lucas also finished 3rd in a field of 83 runners in the league championship meet at Garfield!
Girls Varsity Volleyball
The never-give-up spirit preached by coach Steffanie Honore was never more evident than when the Varsity girls volleyball team came back from being down 15-23 in the 3rd game to rally for the win at MHA. The team also won the Manchester Regional Invitational for the first time led by strong play from seniors Gwen and Maddie Van Goor, Claudia Antoci and Anneliese Kuipers. First-year JV volleyball coach Kendra Visbeen was pleased with the development of her team, including sophomores Lizzie Thomas and Katie Liao who both earned varsity time as the season progressed.
Girls Varsity Tennis
Coach Amy Hulsebos described their season as one of the most challenging ever due in large part to the seemingly daily rain that limited practice time and progression. Despite the obstacles, lessons in perseverance and commitment produced strong performances, led by singles players Cara Shotmeyer, Katie Kuiken and Melanie Careri.
Fall Season Honors
League: 1st: Madison Wynbeek, Emily Candela, 2nd: Christina Tartini, Amanda Faber, HM: Nicole Foster
County: HM: Madison Wynbeek, Emily Candela
County: Benjamin Parker 2nd team, Aidan Miller and Noah Troast honorable mention.
League: Molly Boonstra 2nd Team All League, Cassidy Abma Honorable mention
County: HM: Cassidy Abma, Molly Boonstra
League: Cara Shotmeyer 2nd Team Singles, Second team doubles Angela Han/Abrynn Dennison, HM Melanie Careri
County: 2nd: Cara Shotmeyer, HR: MELANIE CARERI, KATIE KUIKEN
League: NJIC XC Champion and 1st team – Emily Byrnes. 1st Team- Kristen Ghinelli, HM Elise Reitsma , HM Benjamin Postma
County: Emily Byrnes 1st team all county, Kristen Ghinelli 2nd team, Elise Reitsma HM, HM Benjamin Postma and HM William Critchfield