SECAUCUS, NJ - Due to the COVID-19 pandemic canceling the 2020 Spring Season, the New Jersey Interscholastic Conference decided to honor all the 2020 seniors who would have been playing their final seasons with All-Division Honors.
"Thank you to the Senior Class of all of our member schools," stated Stan Fryczynski via press release. "Your contributions, dedication, sacrifice, and teamwork set an example for all who follow in your footsteps."
Hasbrouck Heights coach Jackie Ferranti spoke about what the expectations were for this year’s seniors on the field. The Aviators had six seniors returning this season, ErIn Owens, Emily Byrne, Julia Campen, Amanda Gasparino, Alexa Marinelli and Gianna Martinez.
“I expected to be a team that was slow to start with a lot of kids in new spots,” stated Ferranti. “But then we would’ve finished the season strong - being a team you didn’t want to face at the end. We would have been in contention for the league, in my opinion, with a lot of good teams in the division this year.”
“This senior group was one of the best, and we made more memories in three years than most get in four,“ Ferranti stated. “I’m really proud of everything they accomplished.”
Wood-Ridge head coach Andrea Marino also had high hopes for her team behind seniors Samantha Perez, Isabella Iacovino and Madylin Marino.
“Wood-Ridge had very high expectations this year,” Marino stated. “We had a talented group of athletes returning, and we were ready to compete. The coaches and I were looking forward to seeing what these young ladies could accomplish as a group.
"Our team was going to be led by our three seniors, Sam, Bella and Maddie,” Marino continued. “They provided leadership, friendship and experience. They led by example and wanted so much to finish their careers with their teammates.“
NJIC All-Meadowlands Team
Hasbrouck Heights – Erin Owens, Emily Byrne, Julia Campen, Amanda Gasparino, Alexa Marinelli, Gianna Martinez
Wood Ridge – Samantha Perez, Madylin Marino, Isabella Iacovino
Becton – Raquel Chandra, Alyssa Nozka, Gianna Penna, Elisa LaRocca, Sarah Oehlmann
Immaculate Conception – Christina Braid, Faith Camilleri, Jaden Farhat, Angela Lignelli
North Arlington – Marissa Bunnell, Kayla Francisco, Alexa Paparelli, Samantha Tortorello, Siarrah Rodriguez
Paterson Charter – Makeba Earth, Jazmine Hasford, Yarely Chavez
Saddle Brook – Ashley Georgevich, Alexis Georgevich, Arianno Aquino, Dana Thomas, Natasha Guerrero
St. Mary – Gianna Astriab, Emmalis Diaz, Elizabeth Kensek, Deyaneira Bey
Wallington – Alyson Gorski, Nicole Gruenewald, Alexandria Holt, Julianna Lejawa, Alexandra Mludzik, Alyssa Rawashda, Karoline Simek, Fiorella Vassallo
Weehawken – Marie Eid, Rylee Iannaccone, Sabrina Perez, Jaelynn Echevarria, Ashley Tombe, Samantha Taddei, Julia Taddei, Kathyuska Carrillo, Karla Pesantes
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