GLEN ROCK - The Board of Education honored students' athletic achievements at the June 5 meeting. Frank Violante, athletic director, presented each student with a certificate and described their successes for the year, listed below in quotes.
"This school year concluded with our athletic teams winning 10 league championships out of our 22 varsity sports," Violante said.
"Besides our league championships, the boys tennis team and the boys lacrosse team were sectional finalists," he said.
"And who can forget the ice hockey team winning the Public B State Championship. When your teams are that successful that means you have a combination of real good coaches and some great athletes," Violante said. "Every year at this time, we try and recognize some of the outstanding individual accomplishments of our athletes. This year’s group is pretty special since they have achieved some amazing milestones, and also broken a number of school records. I think you will be impressed as I introduce them to you."
"Boys Lacrosse - Anyone who knows about Boys Lacrosse is aware of what a tremendous achievement it is to reach 100 points for a career. What makes Justin’s accomplishment of reaching 100 points even more impressive is that he is just a sophomore and he has two more years to add to that point total. For his exceptional play this season, Justin was 1st Team All-league, 1st Team All County, and 2nd Team All-State.
"Girls Track – Karina broke the school record for the javelin by more than 10 feet this year. She has had such an outstanding spring season that this past weekend, she qualified to compete on June 10 in the Meet of Champions at North Burlington High School. To go along with her prowess in the javelin Karina is just a foot away from breaking the school record in the discus. When I mentioned before that it was pretty impressive for Justin as a freshman to get 100 points, how about Karina who is only a freshman.
"Boys Track - Kyle set the school record in the discus this spring by beating the previous record by more than 13 feet. Only a junior, Kyle was a team captain and all-league in both the discus and the shot put. Besides working on his own techniques, Kyle has taken it upon himself to spend time mentoring the other young throwers on the team. Also, just like Karina, Kyle has impressively qualified to compete in the State Meet of Champions this weekend at North Burlington High School.
"Girls Track - Samantha set the school record for the pole vault by exceeding the previous record by more than a foot and a half. She first broke the record in the league meet and then two weeks later in the county meet, broke that record and she wasn’t finished. Because in the State Sectional Meet she again broke her own record. What makes this even more impressive is that this is only Samantha’s second year participating in the Pole Vault event. She is only a junior and was All-league.
Selma Sose, Hannah VanderWall, Sarah Hutchins, Rachel McMahon
"Girls track - These four young ladies set the school record in the 4x100 relay. Except for Hannah, who is off to the College of Charleston on a track scholarship, the other three are underclassmen and will be back next year. I think the future looks pretty good when three-fourths of your record setting relay team returns. All four girls received all-league recognition, with Sarah being recognized in three events and Hannah in four events.
"Football - This season Robert did all the kicking for the football team. With his Kickoffs, he had 15 touchbacks out of 32 kicks, and he also did the punting and had a 35-yard punting average. However, he made his name with his place-kicking skills. He was successful on all 23 of his point after touchdown attempts, 23 for 23. That alone is pretty impressive. He also was successful on 6 of his 8 field goal attempts. His longest was a 48-yarde,r which was the longest in the state of NJ for the 2016 season. Also, that 48-yard field goal, which was into the wind at the Lodi game, is our school record. Rob was first team all-league, 2nd team all-Bergen County and 1st Team All-North Jersey Kicker.
"Ice hockey – this season Peter reached the 100-point milestone. Peter was a three-year varsity letterman and finished his career with 102 points which included 54 goals and 44 assists. Peter was a key contributor to our state championship team and was recognized for his outstanding play on the ice by being selected first team All-League, first team All-Bergen County, and third team All-Public B. Peter was also selected to the New Jersey Devils All Tournament Public B team for his exceptional play in the state tournament.
"Girls Basketball - Kelly is a four year varsity starter and finishes her career as the all-time leading scorer in the history of Glen Rock basketball with 1,278 points. That is the most points scored for any male or female basketball player to ever play here at Glen Rock. That’s a lot of points, but if you watched Kelly play, she wasn’t just a scorer; she contributed to her team’s success in many ways. Kelly was 1st team All-League, and what's really impressive is that she was selected 1st team All-Bergen County which is quite an accomplishment. There is a basketball in the trophy case in the Sports Lobby that commemorates this wonderful achievement.
"Ice Hockey - Jake was here last year when we recognized him for getting to 100 points. He returns this year as we recognize him for finishing his career as Glen Rock’s all-time leading point scorer with 199 points, which included 79 goals and 120 assists. Jake breaks the old record of 144 points, which was held by his brother Jimmy. Besides captaining the team to our first state ice hockey championship, Jake received the following awards: first team All-League (Big North), first team All-Bergen County, second team All-State, first team All-Public, New Jersey Devils All tournament Public B team, second team All-MSG Varsity & Tri-State, NJ Devils Player of the Month for December, and the Bergen Record’s Ice Hockey Player of the Year.