ROXBURY, NJ – Three teams and three students – the pride of Roxbury High School fall and winter athletics - found themselves bathed in applause and photography Monday as their feats were rewarded with awards.
In announcing the achievements, including a number of savored victories over rival Randolph High School, Roxbury High School Athletic Director Stuart Mason said somebody once told him the Roxbury Gaels have a way of surprising you. “They told me that, more often than not, they will rise to the occasion,” he said.
Mason pointed out that the girls indoor track team, the boys basketball team and the wrestling team did that and more.
The track team raced its way to becoming the Morris County relay champion. The boys basketball squad powered through some tough competition to snag an NJAC National Division championship. The grapplers also secured an NJAC National Division championship as well as a Group IV North II state championship.
The teams were awarded before a crowd in the high school auditorium at the school board meeting. “Congratulations to all the athletes,” said Roxbury Schools Superintendent Patrick Tierney. “A lot of hard work and effort goes into their success.”
Lauded for their individual athletic efforts were track star Olivia Viparina, basketball ace Doug Alexander and swimming speedster Allyson Kleinsorgen
Viparina ran her way to a Group III state championship for the 1600 meter and was chosen by the Daily Record as its girls indoor track athlete of the year. Alexander became the fourth hoopster in Roxbury history to score 1,000 points (on the same night the team took its first division championship since 1960). Kleinsorgen blasted her way to become the NJAC girl swimmer of the year, the Daily Record girl swimmer of the year and the Morris County champion in two events.
“It’s not only your performance as athletes, but also academics and care for your community,” said Roxbury School Board President Theresa D’Agostino. “It’s great to say we have students like that.”