BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Gov. Livingston boys lacrosse senior captain Jon Wong has been named Delicious Heights Highlander Athlete of the Week for scoring five goals during the 17-8 rout over High Point during a game to honor veterans.

"I know it was a very special day for him to score five goals on day where we honored veterans, and since his father is a veteran I know it was extra special for him," said head coach Chet Parlavecchio. 

Not only did this game and win honor Wounded Warriors all over the country, it honored veterans within the GL family, including Wong's father. 

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"I know it was a very special day for him to score five goals on day where we honored veterans, and since his father is a veteran I know it was extra special for him," said head coach Chet Parlavecchio. 

Through the team's hard work, they were able to present a check for $4,000 to the cause,

"Having a father who served in the navy, raising money to go towards such a great cause such as the Wounded Warrior Project surely made me want to be a part of raising the money," said Wong.

Parlavecchio can count on Wong to lead the team, work hard, and be that guy the team can call upon when they need a big play. "We still have goals that we want to accomplish and as a senior captain he will keep our team focused, and help us achieve our goals," said Parlavecchio.

"Jon exemplifies the qualities that we value in our program such as character, effort, and toughness, and these qualities are contagious amongst his teammates, he leads vocally as well as by example," Parlavecchio added.

Below are comments from Jon regarding his past, present and future:

TAPinto Berkeley Heights: What did it mean to you to raise money for and honor the veterans during the wounded warrior game?
Jon: Having a father who served in the navy, raising money to go towards such a great cause such as the Wounded Warrior Project surely made me want to be a part of raising the money.

TAPinto Berkeley Heights: When and why did you start playing lacrosse?
Jon: I started playing lacrosse in 6th grade because of my brothers' overwhelming love for the sport.

TAPinto Berkeley Heights: Your older brother Anthony played with you on the varsity lacrosse team for a few years at GL, how does the sport bring you two together/what was it like to play with him?

Jon: Playing sports with your family is surely a unique experience I will not forget. It creates a special bond between family members. Playing with him brought a newfound joy to the game of lacrosse.

TAPinto Berkeley Heights: Describe the GL boys' lacrosse team in three words.
Jon: The GL boys lacrosse team is close-knit, passionate, and dedicated.

TAPinto Berkeley Heights: What is your favorite part about lacrosse? What would you rather play a game of lacrosse or football?
Jon: My favorite part about lacrosse is the ability of the game to change momentum very quickly. I would rather play a game of lacrosse.

TAPinto Berkeley Heights: What's the best thing about GL, in your opinion?
Jon: In my opinion, the best thing about GL is the sense of community.

TAPinto Berkeley Heights: What's your favorite class that you've taken at GL?
Jon: The class I enjoyed the most at GL was Forensic Science with Mr. Dunkerton.

TAPinto Berkeley Heights: Are there any sports movies/stories that have motivated you as an athlete?
Jon: Hearing about players in professional sports who get injured or suffer losses motivate me as an athlete because I can relate well to them.

TAPinto Berkeley Heights: Who is your biggest role model/influence as an athlete?
Jon: My biggest influence as an athlete has always been my family. They have always been extremely supportive of what I do.

TAPinto Berkeley Heights: Do you have plans to play lacrosse next year?
Jon: I may play club lacrosse at The College Of New Jersey, maybe giving goalie a shot.

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Delicious Heights Highlander Athlete of the Week is sponsored by Delicious Heights, a family restaurant with three locations; Berkeley Heights, Bedminster and Basking Ridge, where it is part of the Basking Ridge County Club operating a public restaurant with outdoor dining, and acting as the banquet caterer, boasting a facility with panoramic views of the sprawling golf course. Visit our website, www.deliciousheights.com for weekly specials including Happy Hour specials from 3-6pm and daily featured dinner and lunch specials. Delicious Heights....where our only limitations are yours!

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