GLEN RIDGE, NJ--While these are certainly challenging times, there is still hope for a spring sports season at Glen Ridge High.
The NJSIAA, the governing body for high school sports in New Jersey, had yet to make a final decision on whether scholastic sports can be played this spring, in the wake of the coronavirus.
With that said, the responsibility here is to cover the local teams, and so it's a good time to look at the Glen Ridge High softball team.
Led by veteran head coach, Glen Ridge Hall of Famer and alum Rachael Hogan, the Ridgers entered the 2020 season with good numbers.
"We had 32 girls sign up for the season, with nine seniors," said Hogan. "We lost two starters to graduation last year, so there's a lot of experience coming back. We'll be playing in the (Super Essex Conference's) Colonial Division, and I think it's a good level for our kids to play in, as we continue to improve."
The team captains this year are seniors Taylor Townson, Ava Rollo, Ali Cerruto and Sarina Robik. Townson will play centerfield, Rollo is a shortstop, Cerruto is a pitcher and Rovik will see action at second base.
The senior class also includes Hannah O'Connor, Catie Lamberson, Emmy Levy, Leah Chodosh and Angelie Roy. The juniors are Andrea Schnack, Jillian Goffe and Jada English while the a large sophomore class features Caroline Auborn, Izzy Polansky, Kyra Constantino, Rylee Allen, Amanda Garrido, Avery Dowd, Elettra Giantomenico, Halle Muney, Ella Strong, Alison Ing-Hanes, Beth Lamberson, Marguerite Wusinich, Tyler Ann Cetrino and Olivia Link.
The freshmen are Jada Cush, Lyla Olczak, Lindsey Piano, Jasmine Schaber, Megan Varga and Holly Wiede.
Strong and Giantomenico will form a strong battery, at pitcher and catcher.
Hogan's coaching staff includes Bob Finlay, Mike DellaRusso and Mike Sammon.
'Obviously, we're hoping to get on the field, soon," said Hogan. "We have a great bunch of kids and it would nice to see them playing, especially the seniors. They've worked hard for this."