Sports

Cranford's Will Fries is Selected to the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl

Credits: TAP into editor
Credits: TAP into editor
Will Fries Credits: TAP into editor
Credits: TAP into editor
Coach Rosenmeier  Credits: TAP into editor
Credits: TAP into editor
The Fries Family with USMC Capt. Alonzo Meek Credits: TAP into editor
Will Fries and USMC Capt. Alonzo Meek Credits: TAP into editor
Credits: TAP into editor

CRANFORD, NJ – Will Fries, a senior offensive lineman for Cranford High School football, was honored with the prestigious selection to the Semper Fidelis All-American Football Team, at a ceremony held at Cranford High School, Monday Nov. 16.

Cranford Athletic Director Darren Torsone welcomed those in attendance, including representatives from the Marine Corps, the superintendent of schools, high-school administration, coaches, teachers, teammates and family. On Fries' selection, Torsone said, “We are happy and proud of you, we are honored you are going to represent our school, your football team, our community and your family.”

Marine Corps Captain Alonzo Meek Jr. had high-praise for Fries, “Your commitment on the field and in the classroom, the leadership you have shown in school and your community and the courage you display in choosing a positive life-path makes you an inspiration to your hometown.”  Meek then presented Fries with an honorary game jersey.

Sign Up for E-News

A distinguished selection, Fries is one of 92 athletes selected nationwide to play in the bowl. In a speech, Fries thanked those in attendance from his parents to the Marines and said, “It is an honor to be selected and I could not have accomplished this without my teammates and coaches.” He continued, “In football we don’t play for ourselves we play for that person next to us, just like the Marines, they play for their team, the American Team, for that we thank-you.”

“For Will to be recognized as an all-American, is a great reflection on him and the program.” Coach Erik Rosenmeier commented. When asked to speak of the kind of kid Fries is, he said, “As good of a football player Will is, he’s a better kid. He’s a gentleman, a solid student and all-around good person. It makes us all feel good when a good kid has good things happen.”

The 5th Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl will take place on Jan. 3, in Carson, California. The game will air on FOX Sports 1 at 9:00 p.m..

According to its website, www.semperfidelisfootball.com Semper Fidelis distinguishes the Marine Corps bond from any other. It goes beyond teamwork—it is a brotherhood that can always be counted on. Latin for "always faithful," Semper Fidelis became the Marine Corps motto in 1883. It guides Marines to remain faithful to the mission at hand, to each other, to the Corps and to country, no matter what. Becoming a Marine is a transformation that cannot be undone, and Semper Fidelis is a permanent reminder of that. Once made, a Marine will forever live by the ethics and values of the Corps. In addition to Semper Fidelis, Marine Corps Officers also embrace the phrase Ductos Exemplo, "to lead by example," the motto of Officer Candidates School (OCS). Instructors look for candidates who display self-reliance, discipline and responsibility. Desire and motivation to lead Marines are deciding factors in an officer's success.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Like

Sign Up for E-News

Cranford

Free Shakespeare in the Park in Westfield Aug. 31 to Sept. 1

August 19, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ --Troupe of Friends and the Westfield Recreation Dept. will present three free performances of William Shakespeare's "Macbeth" on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 31, September 1 and 2 at 8:00 p.m. in Mindowaskin Park in downtown Westfield.

 

The play, directed by Joseph Penczak, follows the murderous path Macbeth carves out in order to become King of ...

Safety Tips for Monday's Solar Eclipse

August 17, 2017

BRANCHBURG NJ - The public anxiously awaits Monday's solar eclipse.  It will be the first solar eclipse in the United States since 1979.  Safety is extremely important for all eclipse viewers.  Kevin Schindler, Planetarium Associate and Technician at the Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium offered TAPinto and its readers some expert advice.

"Never look ...

Military Personnel and Service Providers Invited to Free Networking Mixer

August 19, 2017

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites military personnel and service providers to a free UC HERO networking mixer on Wednesday, August 23 at the Clubhouse at Union County’s Galloping Hill Golf Course at 3 Golf Drive in Kenilworth, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

“Experience in the military has provided many Union County residents with valuable skills and training,” ...

Westfield Area YMCA Healthy U Program Recognizes Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and many families need support changing their families’ habits with the ultimate goal of being a healthy weight. That’s why the Westfield Area YMCA wants families to improve eating habits and increase physical activity.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), obesity affects one in six children in the U.S.

Marble, Quartz, Granite — What is the Best Choice for Your Counter?

Are you thinking about remodeling an outdated kitchen or bath? There are so many wonderful choices these days when it comes to countertop materials ... it can be hard to decide which to use. Here are a few that are favored by today’s buyers and therefore, would increase the value of your home!

Granite has been a popular choice for a long time. It is a natural stone that is mined ...

Cranford Police Blotter: Multiple Drug-Related Arrests & More

August 9, 2017

The information provided does not represent the total scope of police activity.  Individuals charged as a result of police investigations are merely an accusation.  All defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

 

1.  07/29/2017 10:24 p.m.

Raritan Road @ GSP 136 SB Entrance

Arrested: Dimitri Lauvanis, 32, Rahway

Arrested by:  Ptl. Ryan ...

Upcoming Events

Sun, August 20, 10:00 AM

Temple Sholom, Scotch Plains

Temple Sholom Open House

Religions And Spirituality

Sun, August 20, 10:00 AM

Dorothy Snyder Chapel at First Presbyterian Church of Cranford, Cranford

INSPIRE Contemporary Worship

Religions And Spirituality

Carousel_image_f961661d15e1702a03a1_eclips_eye_safety_infographic__cropped_

Mon, August 21, 12:00 PM

Trailside Nature and Science Center, New Providence

Solar Eclipse Viewing at Trailside Nature and ...

Freeholders Fail to Protect Roselle Taxpayers

August 11, 2017

The residents of Roselle are in for a rude awakening when the Democratic town council along with the BOE finally lowers the boom on the taxpayer’s wallets. Ground has already been broken for former Mayor Jamel Holley’s early learning and community center, the $50 million “Mind and Body Complex”. The proposed complex is the largest project that the UC Improvement Authority ...