Sports

Plainfield Boys Varsity Tennis Team honored by Board of Education

4250633f7fce7c063c72_IMG_1299.JPG
Plainfield High School Tennis Team Credits: Gloria Montealegre
29aea2b551dceffb774e_IMG_5599.jpg
Plainfield Tennis Team Credits: Jennifer Popper
2ace5fe9ec0896276687_IMG_5600.jpg
Plainfield Tennis Team Credits: Jennifer Popper
2ce493fa7afd89d1b63e_IMG_1336.JPG
Donald Van Blake Credits: Gloria Montealegre
b0ebbff53e304c395025_IMG_1338.JPG
Donald Van Blake addresses the crowd Credits: Gloria Montealegre
e073c7a4f1e589802a0e_IMG_1345.JPG
Donald Van Blake, with Baseball Team Member Skyler Frye Credits: Gloria Montealegre
4250633f7fce7c063c72_IMG_1299.JPG

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Board of Education recognized the Plainfield High School Boys Tennis Team at its May 16th meeting for winning the Valley Division of the Union County Athletic Conference, coached by Mr. David Cheung, Carl Dean and Joe Masterson (a volunteer for over six years).

The students represent schools across the City of Plainfield, many coming from diverse schools within the district. The players are: Captain Kyle Russell, UC Tech Scotch Plains; Leonte Wilder, PHS; Savion Wilson, PAAAS; Ronin Anwar, Central Jersey Prep Charter School in Somerset; Kyle Cheung, Academy for Information Tech, South Plainfield; Jahson Clarke, UC Teams; Jusis Page, PHS; Oluwaseun Kaleaye, UC Teams.

"I am honored to be their coach," said Mr. Cheung, who thanked the team for a great season. "The best season Plainfield High School has ever had." Not pictured are Angel Herrera, Yordi Mazariegos, Zaire McCauley, Quran Sherrod and Yessenia Fuente and Miledy Ortega.

Sign Up for E-News

Mr. Donald Van Blake, a Plainfield icon and great mentor of the game of tennis in Plainfield, also was present to honor the students and to congratulate them on the best season ever.  He said, "This is the first tennis team that has received an award for their effort and their coach. I just wanted to come and congratulate them and Mr. Cheung for a job well done."  

 

Van Blake, in whose name the Plainfield School district's tennis courts are dedicated, was a former Buffalo Soldier, member of the U.S.10th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army.  Although he did not start playing tennis until the age of 55, he became very involved in the game, helping students in schools and in the community love and appreciate the game.  He became the best coach in Plainfield, and in 2008, Mr. Van Blake was inducted into the Junior Tennis Foundation's Eastern Tennis Hall of Fame for his contributions to the tennis community.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Plainfield

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_cf52296cc36dd5e70d9f_aunt_bertha

Fri, June 22, 9:30 AM

Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield

Health Plainfield Aunt Bertha Demonstration

Carousel_image_9f83f68274e587851440_volunteering_6_22

Fri, June 22, 2:30 PM

Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield

Volunteering

Carousel_image_26acfa8d783bf5d09f61_petra_6_22_library

Fri, June 22, 3:00 PM

Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield

Petra's Musical Zoo

Reminder: Eligible Seniors Can Receive $25 in Free Vouchers for Farmer’s Markets, Starting June 25

June 21, 2018

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders reminds income-eligible senior residents age 60 and over that they can apply for a total of $25 in free vouchers to purchase fresh produce. The vouchers may be used only at Farmer’s Markets in Union County that display a yellow and black WIC sign.

“Farmer’s Markets are a feature of community life throughout Union County in the ...

Get Empowered to Help Prevent Suicide

June 9, 2018

Dear Editor:

Over the past week social media and the news have been filled with stories and articles encouraging people to seek help if they’re in emotional distress. There have been countless articles about the need to break the silence around the topic of mental health and suicide, and I am encouraged by the support people are extending to others.

Often, the death by suicide by ...

North Plainfield Mom Maggie Grabko Gets Life-Saving Liver Transplant, Warren Fundraiser Set for Sunday

June 18, 2018

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — Maggie Grabko, a North Plainfield mom of two, underwent a successful liver transplant on June 13, according to an update on the family’s GoFundMe page by her husband, Shawn Grabko. The Watchung Hills Elks are hosting a fundraiser, the Maggie Grabko Dinner and Music Fundraiser, at 1 Elks Trail in Warren on June ...

SRO'S - ENSEÑANDO POR EJEMPLO

June 17, 2018

Hay un grupo de oficiales de policía que les dan un servicio a nuestra comunidad de una manera notable. Todos los días estos hombres y mujeres se levantan, van al trabajo, y aseguran que nuestros hijos aprendan en un ambiente seguro. Los llamamos Oficiales de Recursos Escolares, pero son mucho más. 

Si llegas a la oficina de los Oficiales de Recursos Escolares en la ...

Empleando Nuestra Juventud 

Querido Plainfield, 

Todos esperan el verano; los días son más calientes y largos, y la madre tierra se pone su mejor vestido mientras las frutas se maduran en el sol y las flores ondean un alegre "hola". La gente comienzan los paseos de la playa o piscina, y las juntas de barbacoa en los patios son necesarios en los fines de semanas.

Aquí en la ciudad de ...

Meet Toran Smith: Union County All Star

June 18, 2018

Plainfield resident, Toran Smith, age 16, has been selected to play on the 2018 Union County underclassmen all star team.  On June 10th, the Union County All-Stars played against the Hudson County All-Stars at Kean University.  Smith played third baseman. 

Smith, a junior at Union County Vo-Tech magnet high school, is a Junior infielder on the Plainfield Cardinals Varsity ...

'Half Time' lights up Paper Mill stage

‘Half Time’ turns the tables on aging in gleeful production

By Liz Keill

MILLBURN, NJ – The Paper Mill Playhouse is putting on a smashing new production of “Half Time” to round out its current season.

With actress Georgia Engel in an engaging performance, the cast also features Donna McKehnie, Andre De Shieilds and Lilias White, among a host of other ...

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn (William Morrow, 2018)

 

A friend, whose opinion on literature I respect greatly, reported to me recently that she had just finished reading A.J. Finn's debut novel, The Woman in the Window. Of it she said, “I wish I hadn't finished it,” which I interpreted to mean, “It was so good I'm sorry that I finished it.” ...

When the Men Go Off to War by Victoria Kelly

When the Men Go Off to War by Victoria Kelly (Naval Institute Press, 2015)

Victoria Kelly's first published volume of poetry, When the Men Go Off to War, is a wonder in that poems can be written so beautifully about the subject of war. Each poem is a jewel, polished and colorful, glittering with elegant imagery, and rich in emotional wallop. The book, divided into three sections, ...

The Queen of the Big Time by Adriana Trigiani (Ballentine Books, 2005)

            The Queen of the Big Time by Adriana Trigiani, a New York Times best selling author, was recommended to me by a young woman who actually came from the town of Roseto, Pennsylvania, the place where the novel is set. “The author did such a wonderful job of describing how the town actually is,” said the young lady.

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah (St. Martin's Press, 2018)

            What is the “final frontier” on the Earth's surface? Many people would say Alaska, the 49th state, which was added to the United States fifty years ago. Once one has traveled to that remote land, it is impossible to forget the magnificence of the terrain and beasts. Floating by ship in Glacier Bay, surrounded by ...

The Man in Room 306 at the Luna Stage, West Orange, NJ

            The Luna Stage, a Jersey theater gem, chose to revive its 1995 world premiere drama, The Man in Room 306, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the slaying of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Starring Jamil A.C. Mangan as Dr. King, this 90 minute production portrays Dr. King in the last hours of his life as he struggles to write a speech for the Poor ...

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead Books, 2017)

 

I wanted to like Into the Water by Paula Hawkins because I had enjoyed her previous novel, The Girl on the Train, which was a suspenseful thriller. However, when I finished reading the first part of the Into the Water, I realized that I had not absorbed anything that was happening in the story. I blamed myself for not paying ...