NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Board of Education (BOE) recognized teams and individual student athletes who have excelled in county, state sectional, or state level competitions at its Thursday, June 28 meeting. Board Member Mary Misiukiewicz had the pleasure to hand out the Certificates of Excellence.
In swimming Sophia Kudryashova was recognized for winning the 100 yard freestyle and 200 yard freestyle events at the 2018 Union County Championships. She holds the NPHS record in both events.
Autumn Keats-O’Connor was also honored for finishing 8th place in the 100 yard breaststroke in the 2018 NJSIAA Meet of Champions. Her performance set a new NPHS record in this event.
Owen Smith was recognized for his accomplishment in wrestling. He was the winner of the Union County Championship at 160 lbs, as well as Region 8 Champion at 152 lbs. He also competed in the state championships winning two matches.
The following students received a Certificate of Excellence for their performance in Track and Field:
- Michael Cardone, John Fiscelli, Aland Mercado, and Preston Ross – winners of the 4x400 Meter Relay at the NJSIAA North 2 Group 1 State Sectional Meet
- Christian Cadmus, Matthew Sinning, Kyle Tierney, and Preston Ross – winners of the 4x800 Meter Relay at the NJSIAA North 2 Group 1 State Sectional Meet
- Yazan Awad – North 2 Group 1 High Jump Champion
- Timothy DiGuglielmo – North 2 Group 1 Javelin Champion
- Cheney Price – Pole Vault Champion – Union County and North 2 Group 1 State Sectional
- Nicole Fusco, Julia Gertie, Madison Rapuano, and Jordyn Waeschle - Winners of the 4x400 Meter Relay at the NJSIAA North 2 Group 1 State Sectional Meet
- Jordyn Waeschle – North 2 Group 1 Champion of the 400 Meter Hurdles
- Catherine Munn – North 2 Group 1 Champion – Pole Vault
- Sophia Miskulin – North 2 Group 1 Champion – Discus
The Girls Tennis, Boys and Girls Basketball as well as Boys and Girls Track and Field teams were also recognized. The New Providence Girls Tennis team won the Central Group 1 State Sectional Title.
The 5-0 sweep was achieved by single players Kathy Ge, Caroline Maglaras and Stephanie Maluso along with doubles partners Katie Denike and Lauren Kang as well as Megan April and Miriam Hyde. The win marked the third sectional title in the last four years for the girls’ tennis team.
“The New Providence Boys and Girls Basketball teams, under the direction of Arthur Cattano and Cap Pazdera respectively, were awarded the 2017-2018 Thomas Wachenfeld Sportsmanship Award. The teams were selected by the NJ state officials of the IAABO Board 33 as this year’s winners. The award is given to one school each year that the Board 33 state officials believe stood above the rest in regards to the sportsmanship displayed by the coaches, players, and administration of a school’s basketball program,” Misiukiewicz said.
“With the highest score of any sectional champion in the state during championship weekend, the NPHS Track and Field Girls’ team dominated the North 2 Group 1 meet from the first event to the last, winning the pole vault, intermediate hurdles, discus, and 4x400 relay, and scoring in 16 of 18 events at the meet. The win was a true team accomplishment from start to finish. The win cements the girls’ team as the fourth most successful girls’ sectional team in New Jersey history with 13 championships,” Misiukiewicz stated.
The boys’ track and field team repeated the North 2 Group 1 State Sectional Championship. They came in first place in the high jump, pole vault, javelin, 4x800, and 4x400 relays. Showing team effort they also relied on consistent placings in 15 of 18 events to widen their margin of victory.
The New Providence Baseball team won its first sectional title for the baseball team since 2004. The team beat Dunellen 4-2 to claim the North 2 Group 1 State Sectional Championship. “The baseball team was also awarded the 24th annual Frank Sayre Award from the New Jersey Baseball and Softball Umpires Association. Each year, the umpires from Essex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, and Union county select one baseball team as a recipient of this coveted award. The award is given to a baseball team that the state umpires believe have exhibited not only strong on field performance, but most importantly strong overall sportsmanship and character,” Misiukiewicz said as she congratulated the team on behalf of the entire board.