MILLBURN, NJ - Athletic achievement was the topic of conversation for Millburn High School Athletic Director Frank Bifulco as he presented before the Board of Education (BOE).
Bifulco was at the meeting to help honor several outstanding Millburn High School athletes who had competed during the winter season. As he noted in his presentation to the board, the winter season poses some unique challenges. Stretching from November until at least the first week in February, the season is demanding.
Which made it all the more fulfilling in Bifulco's eyes to honor the athletes. As a result, each individual winner or group of winners had their moment in the sun to be recognized.
Outside of the school sports programs, Bifulco noted that Millburn students still excelled. He honored students Virginia Barney, Jocelyn Song and Ethne Laude for their work with the Skyliner synchronized skating team. The group helped to bring home a bronze medal at the world junior synchronized skating championships this year.
On the individual front, basketball player Zane Solender and track star Daniela van Roon were both honored. Solender went unconscious from beyond the three-point line, hitting nine threes in a single game and 67 for the season, both school record. And van Roon won the 800 meters in winter track, a difficult feat in a talented Super Essex Conference.
The Millers Ice Hockey team was also present and honored for their success on the rink this past season. The team won the holiday tournament and captured their second consecutive Kelly Cup as conference champions.
Girls fencing was also honored, the team won group honors in district 3, where they were the foil and team overall champions. Additionally, fencer Jasmine Shen was honored for her hard work, which netted her a fourth-place finish at the NJSIAA championships and a ranking of number 20 overall in the United States for her sport.
The one team unable to make it to the presentation was Millburn Girls Swimming. The team of Alyssa Levy, Devin Genderson, Mia Morreale and Paige McBoyle was honored for taking home a win in the 200 Freestyle Relay event,