Sports

Roxbury Athletic Director Expects Great Year for Gaels

701250c2030ccb9545a8_2fafa9c9bcbbe4d34e9b_f839b0b7f6aced61179a__DSC7339.JPG
Credits: Jim Dixon
3638c5d8d6c8eb7bd32a_3602ce6b7a4ad695a06a_cheeer.jpg
Roxbury cheerleaders performing live Credits: Jennifer Rousseau
701250c2030ccb9545a8_2fafa9c9bcbbe4d34e9b_f839b0b7f6aced61179a__DSC7339.JPG

ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury High School sports fans can look forward to another year of high-level competition even though the school lost many star players to graduation in June, said athletic director Stuart Mason.

It’s a concern that rises often - the fear that the departure of talented senior athletes will leave a team bereft of competitiveness. But, more often than not, new names rise to the top as the next season unfolds.

“Last year was another really successful year for the Gaels,” Mason said. “It was tremendous and the senior class was an excellent one that had several athletes who moved on to participate at the collegiate level.”

Sign Up for E-News

Having watched many of this year’s Roxbury teams  prepare for their season premieres, Mason said he and his colleagues are optimistic. We’re really excited about the student athletes we have this year,” he said. “The coaches and athletes have been working very hard all summer and I think it’s going to be a great fall.”

The football team’s first game, a contest against Morristown at home, takes place Sept. 8. The event has been designated “Jr. Gaels Night” and hopes are high that the pre-high school players in attendance will see a good game.

“The football players had a great summer and worked really hard in the weight room,” Mason said. “They continue to impress me by how hard they work.”

Mason said he believes quarterback Donovan Brady “is going have an excellent year,”  noting the senior  “is surrounded by several great seniors all over the place,” including Michael Roumes. Mason is confident Roumes will fill the void left by Tucker Voelbel’s graduation.

The athletic director hopes people will take a good look at the skill displayed at the season opener - at at all the games - by the high school’s cheer team. “The cheerleaders have been doing a great job and I’m looking forward to Friday night lights and what they bring to the experience.” he said. Mason cited, as an example, senior Brianne Rousseau: “She a great kid and I think this is really a great group of kids.”

The girls volleyball team, for the second year in a row, lost a senior who went on to play Division 1 college volleyball, but Mason said he and the coaches “think the team is in great shape” to do well.  “We’re opening the season ranked 20th in the state,” Mason said.  “Jenna Shirkey is a returning all-conference player and is providing leadership for a really good group of athletes.”

Last year’s field hockey team was the first from Roxbury to make it to the final four in the Morris County Tournament. “We hope to build of that success with this year’s group,” Mason said, noting that the team lost quite a few seniors. “It’s a young group,  but Emma Karnitsky is a senior and she has a tremendous amount of experience.”

The girls tennis team is likely to see great things from senior Casey Hascup, Mason said. “We look to see her qualify for the state tournament again and for the team to have a successful year. Coach Flynn is really excited.”

The boys cross-country squad has a new head coach, Roxbury graduate Derek Bischoff, who was an assistant football coach.  “I’m really excited about this year’s team, Mason said. “Jacob Dino and Dylan Gasziorowski are already breaking personal records in training.”

The girls cross-country program is likely to be led by returning runners Kelly Tucker and Ashley Matthews. Mason said the team “worked very hard” during the summer, hoping to compensate for the loss of several fleet-footed seniors in June.

Moving to girls soccer, Mason said he believes the team has a “real chance” to win its fourth consecutive Morris County championship. “They are going to be a strong force in the county,” he said. “Sarah Olivero is one of the top goaltenders in state and we are looking to Ashleigh Serafin to continue to score big goals.”

On the boys side of the soccer equation, Mason said he saw “a lot of success”  in pre-season scrimmage action. “Sean Thom stood out, as well as several other players,” he commented.

In a nutshell, Mason is confident Roxbury’s coaches have prepared a group of teams that will make the town proud. “We have an outstanding coaching staff,” he noted. “I would put our coaching staff up against the coaching staff of any college. They are dedicated to their athletes and to helping them have the best possible experience.”

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Roxbury

Columns

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 16

Summer is in the air, and the latest episode of AtlantiCast is ready to help you enjoy some fun outdoors while staying safe! This week’s episode opens with tips for sunscreen usage from Atlantic Health System’s Chief Medical and Academic Officer, Dr. Jan Schwarz-Miller. You’ll also learn about how Atlantic Health System is advancing the future of health care through ...

Letters to TAPinto Roxbury

Necessary Discussion and Debate of Addressing School Violence

June 10, 2018

Dear Editor,

As of late, due to most disturbing acts of violence against children in our schools, there is much vigorous debate regarding gun control and protection of our children and grand-children.

Much of the debate is based on emotion rather than reasoned thought.

I think that exploration in three areas needs to be more thoroughly discussed and debated. The first is ...

Necessary Discussion and Debate of Addressing School Violence

Dear Editor,

As of late, due to most disturbing acts of violence against children in our schools, there is much vigorous debate regarding gun control and protection of our children and grand-children.

Much of the debate is based on emotion rather than reasoned thought.

I think that exploration in three areas needs to be more thoroughly discussed and debated. The first is ...

22 From Roxbury Area Make U of Delaware Dean's List

June 15, 2018

NEWARK, DE - The following Roxburyuarea students have been named to the University of Delaware Dean's List for the Spring 2018 semester:

Samantha Aquino of Flanders 

Olivia Boon of Ledgewood 

Christopher Bouvier of Flanders 

Alyssa Cartier of Flanders 

Juliette Castro of Landing 

Brennan Chuprinko of Flanders 

Ryan Decker of ...

Roxbury Student Makes University of Hartford Dean's List

WEST HARTFORD, CT - The University of Hartford is pleased to announce Zachary Almakias of Succasunna has been named to its Dean's List for Spring 2018.

Nicole Peterson of Roxbury Graduates from Widener

CHESTER, PA -- Nicole Peterson of Succasunna was one of more than 800 to graduate May 19 from Widener University.

Peterson earned a Bachelor of Social Work in Social Work from Widener's School of Human Service Professions.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, ...

Press Releases

JCP&L Completes Inspections and Projects Prior to Summer Season to Help Enhance Customer Service Reliability

June 11, 2018

Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) has completed inspections and projects across its 13-county service area to enhance customer reliability in preparation for the summer season.  The work included upgrading transmission and substation equipment, upgrading circuits and trimming trees along power lines. 

Helicopter patrols are completing inspections on more than 780 ...

Facebook Provides Verification Badges for All TAPinto Facebook Pages

TAPinto and its 75 partner sites have been verified on Facebook with the social media platform's blue badge, which is given to news organizations that meet Facebook's authenticity criteria. 

Facebook gives the blue verification badge to "eligible brands, media organizations and public figures," based on factors that include policy compliance and public ...