PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Public School district closes out the year with great success in its athletics programs, winning the Union County Conference Division Championship trophies for the 2019 Winter and Spring seasons in baseball, softball, tennis and wrestling, according to Gloria Montealegre, Community Engagement Liaison. It is the winningest season in recent years, John Quinn, Director of Athletics, said.
“It’s a credit to the hard work of our athletes and the dedication of their coaches, Softball Coach Michelle Huff, Baseball Coach Sean Radu, Tennis Coach David Cheung, and Regional Wrestling Coach of the Year, Coach William Dodd.
“Their teams won the divisional championships,” Quinn added.
He attributes this year’s success to a combination of things that have come together to make the athletics program better for the Plainfield school district.
“This year the stability we put in place, the support of the Plainfield High School Principal Mr. (Dion) Roach, the Board of Education, and the commitment and hard work of our coaches, have really helped.”
Quinn said, “We have renewed enthusiasm. Our basketball program is excelling, both the boys and the girls teams made the State playoffs last year, and that was very exciting. The boys soccer team advanced in the State playoffs by beating Piscataway. During the season, the team defeated sectional champions Elizabeth. The girls track & field team placed 2nd in the Union County Conference Championships for the Valley Division, and qualified for the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro, NC.
“All our programs are trending up and we are very excited about the direction that the Plainfield Public Schools Sports Programs are heading in,” said Quinn.
Over 400 students participate in athletics in basketball, baseball, softball, football, soccer, swimming, tennis, track & field, soccer, volleyball and wrestling. The teams include members at all levels, from middle school, to freshmen, Junior Varsity and Varsity. Each sport has approximately 40-60 students participating.
For more information, contact 908-731-4333 or email gmontealegre@Plainfield.k12.nj.us