SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The 2020 spring high school sports season was the season that wasn't because of the coronavirus pandemic. For Spotswood High School senior athletes, it was their last opportunity to pull on the Chargers blue and gold for one final season. Spotswood High School head softball coach Vincent Vizzi and assistant coach Meaghan Koppel recognized the contributions of eight seniors from the softball team with a special video. Today, the longtime coaches are spotlighting Georgia Kartelias, Jonni Sheehan, Jackie Gialanella, Heather Cutler, Brittany Rifenburg, Jennifer Kane, Maddie Chu and Megan Pardo for their contributions to the Chargers' softball program.
"Jonni was one of the happiest players I ever coached," Koppel said of Sheehan. "She was always in a great mood and was fun to be around. She also was extremely dedicated and hard-working."
"Georgia was set up to be one of our biggest leaders this season," Koppel said of Kartelias. "She was always the first one to lend a helping hand and teach the underclassmen. She was of the most consistent players in the program. You always knew what you were going to get from Georgia."
"Jenn was a great team player," Koppel shared about Kane. "She was always there, day in and day out, working hard and giving it her all. She consistently put the team first and was liked by all."
"When you think of what you want from a player/teammate, Megan comes to mind," Koppel said of Pardo. "She gets along with everyone. She is always striving to get better and do her best and in four years, I can't remember her ever missing a day of softball."
"Brittany is one of those leaders that you wish never have to graduate and move on to bigger and better things," Vizzi said of RIfenburg. "She is passionate about the way her and her teammates compete every single day. Brittany is a vocal leader that has been a consistent part of the softball team's success for four years. She will be continuing her softball career at New York Institute of Technology.
"Jackie is the ultimate team player," Vizzi said of Gialanella. "She is willing to make sacrifices for the betterment of our team and never hesitates to look for ways to contribute. Jackie's compassion and integrity will lead to a bright future."
"Heather is a senior that represents our school district with a ton of pride," Vizzi said about Cutler. "It doesn't matter if it is a practice or game, you know exactly what she is going to bring to the table. I can't think of a time Heather wasn't talking about our team or her teammates."
"Maddie brings great depth to our team with her versatility," Vizzi said. "She is hard-working and respected by all her teammates. Maddie exemplifies many characteristics that will lead to her success in her future."
"I want to congratulate our eight seniors and all the members of our softball program," Vizzi added. "It was an honor to coach each and every one of them. Our senior class was great, full of leadership and an amazing work ethic. I can't wait for what the future holds for our returning student-athletes. The future is extremely promising. As far as our eight seniors, I know they are going to do fantastic things and be successful in any of their future endeavors."