Piscataway Fall Sports Awards Honor Excellence in Athletic Performance

Coach Noelle Hartje with members of the PHS Gymnastics Team Credits: Ken Simmons
Coach Kayla Torok with members of the PHS Volleyball team Credits: Ken Simmons
Dr. Tom Connors (left) of the Piscataway school board addresses audience at the PHS Fall Sports Awards. Rob Harmer, Athletic Director (right). Credits: Ken Simmons
Jason Lester, PHS Principal (left) addresses the audience at the 2016 Fall Sports Awards. Rob Harmer, Athletic Director (right) Credits: Ken Simmons
Coach Tiffany Pukas with members of the PHS Cheerleading team. Credits: Ken Simmons
Coach Chris Puder with members of the PHS Tennis Team Credits: Ken Simmons
Coach Damon Pleasant with members of the PHS Football Team Credits: Ken Simmons
Coach Keith Brunson with members of the PHS Girls Cross Country Team Credits: Ken Simmons
Coach Pete Buccino with members of the PHS Boys Cross Country Team Credits: Ken Simmons
Coach David Hilgert with members of the PHS Boys Soccer Team Credits: Ken Simmons
Coach Jen Vroman with members of the PHS Girls Soccer Team Credits: Ken Simmons
Coach Cindy Botett with members of the PHS Field Hockey Team Credits: Ken Simmons
Piscataway Fall Sports Awards Honors Excellence in Athletic Performance Credits: Ken Simmons

PISCATAWAY, NJ - Excellence in athletic performance was celebrated Wednesday night as coaches from Piscataway High School's sports programs honored their players with MVP and varsity letter awards at the annual Fall Sports Awards program.

While Chiefs football has been the talk of the school with last week's state championship win and Elijah Barnwell earning the MVP award, Athletic Director Rob Harmer acknowledged all coaches and support staff for their commitment to the success of their student-athletes, mentioning the many accomplishments achieved during the fall season.

He also commended several athletes for already making commitments to compete on the college level, including swimmer Elizabeth Borges who has signed with the University of Binghamton and Lela Allen who will play soccer at Wagner University.

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Jason Lester, the high school’s principal thanked the coaches for the growth shown in each team.

"I know from the bottom of my heart that your passion for what you do has better prepared them (the students) for life," he said. “The school and the district fully support the efforts of its teams which shows in the many improvements in records and selections to division, county and state teams earned this fall.”

"The girls cross country team finished 3-4 this year, placing 11th overall in the county," said head coach Keith Brunson who credited the district administration for creating a middle school program that led to the growth in size and strength of the high school team. "Last year we didn't have a win at all."

Boys cross country also saw improvements, finishing in the top ten in Middlesex County with a 5-3 dual meet season.

"But the statistic we're most proud of is that every boy is on the honor roll," said head coach Pete Buccino. "It takes a lot to be a long distance runner and have great academics."

Other teams made significant improvements this fall, including the boys' and girls' soccer teams which both competed in tournament play and sent players to Red Division and All State teams, and field hockey which advanced to the second round at states for the first time in 25 years.

“Continue to do the fine job you have been doing,” Lester encouraged the student-athletes. “Continue to make Piscataway proud.” is an online newspaper serving the Township of Piscataway. Sign up for our FREE daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @PiscatawayTAP.

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