CRANFORD - Congratulations to Evan Kanterman on being selected the Cranford High School NJSIAA Scholar Athlete Award winner.
Throughout the year, the NJSIAA honors its student-athletes, schools, coaches, and officials for their achievements, sportsmanship, and dedication to athletics.
Each year, every member school selects a senior who plays a NJSIAA varsity sport, possesses a cumulative grade point average of no less than 3.0, and exhibits outstanding school and community citizenship to be honored at the annual Scholar Athlete awards. Over $120,000 in scholarships is given out each year to the athletes at this prestigious event.
This past year, Kanterman played varsity football and wrestling and will go on to continue his football career at Pace University. During this past wrestling season, he won the Union County and District 14 195-pound individual titles, while helping Cranford to its sixth straight Union County team title.
Head Football Coach Erik Rosenmeier: Evan was the consummate team player. He always put team goals first without question. Evan didn't start until his senior year. In fact, as a junior, we asked him to play in some sophomore games if we were short at his position. Many juniors balk at this request, but not Evan. I do not know if he wanted to play in them or not, but he agreed immediately as he did with every request we made of him. Two things happened as a result: 1. We knew we could count on him. 2. He got more playing experience, which made him ready to move into a starting role as a senior and be very successful. He went from a kid that didn't start as a junior to an all conference player that was recruited to play college football as a senior. A remarkable story and it's all on Evan.
In addition, Evan was an extremely hard worker in the weight room, on the practice field and in the classroom. I am constantly telling our players that it is the same brain in math class that comes onto the field on game night. Who you are will come out in both places whether you want it to or not. Evan never had to worry about being his best because he always gave his best. I am very grateful to Evan and to his parents for how they raised him. He gave everything he had to the program. If they were all like Evan, we would never lose.
Head Wrestling Coach Pat Gorman: Evan was a great wrestler to coach. He started off his career as a 113-lber and finished as a 195-lber, sometimes wrestling up to 220. What a lot of people do not know is that he tore his shoulder in football, finished out the season, saw his doctor, and chose to gut it out on the mat for his senior year, but more importantly for his team and for the program that he came up through. Soon after the season, he went under the knife to repair his shoulder and get healthy for his college football career.
He has been a joy to coach. He is a smart young man who has a lot of success in front of him.
Athletic Director Darren Torsone: Evan epitomizes the qualities of a well-rounded scholar athlete. He has a strong work ethic, puts his team first and always leads by example. Evan's commitment to academics as well as athletics over the course of his four years was evident. We are proud that Evan has performed at such a high level and wish him the best of luck as he continues at Pace in the fall.