June 15, 2014 at 11:01 PM
RANDOLPH, NJ- Recognition is one of the many aspects that go along with sports. Every athlete wants to be recognized for his or her accomplishments on and off the field. This is especially true for student athletes. Balancing academics and the commitment to a team is a very difficult and time consuming process for a teenager. The hard work that goes on all year long can take its toll on the body and mind.
On Thursday night, June 12th the student athletes of Randolph high school were recognized for their outstanding achievements.
( Link to video slide show of photos from the night at the end of the story )
Athletic Director Jesse Spencer and Assistant Athletic Director Marybeth Foran ran the evenings program, introducing and acknowledging the coaches, and the captains of each of the teams. The coaches then spoke about their teams and the kids, highlighting their successes, some of which are listed below.
Girls Cross Country- Morris County champions, NJAC conference champions, state sectional champions, state champions ( Meet of Champions ).
Girl’s Soccer- Morris county co-champions, NJAC conference champions.
Boys Swimming- NJAC conference champions
Boys Winter Track- NJAC conference champions
Boys Spring Track- Morris County relay champions, NJAC conference champions, Morris County champions.
Girls Spring Track- Morris County relay champions, Morris County champions, State sectional champions.
Special Mention Individual Accomplishments:
Aliyah Huland El was a first team all state selection for the Rams in her senior season. Huland El ended her basketball career at Randolph with a Morris county record 2,286 points. She also scored a record 51 points in a Morris County Tournament game, including a buzzer-beater to force the game into overtime. Aliyah is the 46th ranked women’s basketball prospect in the nation and is described by scouts as ultra-athletic insider with potential next-level perimeter game. Aliyah will be attending the University of Virginia in the fall.
Anna Conklin has had a spectacular career and senior season for the Rams girls’ soccer team. She scored 17 goals and had 13 assists on her way to being named Morris County player of the year. Conklin was also the Daily Record All Area Girls Soccer Player of the year. She led Randolph to the county title, winning tournamant MVP, and to the state finals this past fall. Conklin will be playing soccer at South Carolina in the fall.
Randolph Recreation Ted Hart Scholarship- Mathew Carle, Melissa Frank.
Randolph Recreation Girls Lacrosse Scholarship- Melanie Durbin
Randolph Recreation Boys Basketball Scholarship- Coby Levine
Randolph Recreation Ice Hockey Scholarship- TJ Lindquist
Randolph Bulldogs Scholarship- Brett Gundy
Nick Muccia Memorial Award- Emma Lowery
John Dasilva Memorial Award- Stefan Tamminga
Scholar Athletes: Also recognized were the 2014 Scholar athletes. This honor is given to students who excell at their sport, while also achieving excellent perfornance in the classroom.
NJAC Scholar Athletes: Matthew Linz, Liz Wellman
Morris County Scholar Athletes: Anna Conklin, Jeremy Stein
NJSIAA Scholar Athlete: Patrick Archer
Congratulations were also offered to Len Pietrewicz and Kevin Higgins for winning the Star Ledger Girls Cross Country Coaches of the year. Also honored was Colleen Sufflay, who won the Morris County Girls Soccer Association Coach of the year.
Each sport has a booster club, which helps to promote the sport and assist with fundraising efforts. A representative for each club was on hand to give out scholarships to senior athletes involved in that particular sport. The awards were based not only on athletic performance, but also on things like leadership, volunteering to help teach youth members of the sport, community involvement, and a written essay. Each sport had anywhere from one to six deserving students who received this scholarship.
Congratulations to all RHS senior scholarship recipients and congratulations to all student athletes on a tremendous year.