Education

Roxbury High School Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner set for May 6

a05eb03e1d23431b3347_rxh3.jpg
a05eb03e1d23431b3347_rxh3.jpg

ROXBURY, NJ – The annual Roxbury High School Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place May 6 and tickets are now on sale, according school district spokesperson Ann Rhodes.

Rhodes, in a statement, said more than 200 alumni and community members are expected to attend the event, scheduled for 5 p.m. in the high school dining hall.

Sign Up for E-News

“Established officially in 1903, Roxbury High School has a long-standing history of athletic excellence,” wrote Rhodes. “From conference titles to state championships, Roxbury’s athletic prowess has made the school a leader in New Jersey sports for many years, and Roxbury’s athletes have earned honors in more than twenty sports while building a tradition of athletic excellence.”

The hall of fame was established in 2012.

The recipients of the awards are chosen by a committee composed of administrators, teachers, coaches, former athletes and community members, said Rhodes. Those chosen are selected in recognition of their “outstanding achievement and contribution to the Roxbury High School athletic program,” she said.

Those honored this year will be:

Bruce Canfield, class of 1967. Canfield won the 1966 state wrestling championship in the 106-pound weight class. He was a District 2 champion in 1965 and 1966 and a runner-up in 1967. Canfield wrestled under 2014 Roxbury Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee Richard Mirshak and finished his career at Roxbury with a 67-9 record. Canfield was featured in the “Faces in the Crowd” segment of the Jan. 23, 1967 edition of Sports Illustrated.

Michael Distefano, class of 1994. Distefano holds the single season boys soccer scoring record at Roxbury High School, tallying 19 goals and 18 assists during his senior year. He was a 4-year starter for the Gaels, receiving All Iron Hills Conference, All-Morris County and All-State honors in his junior and senior years. Distefano captained the team that won the 1993 Iron Hills Conference Iron Division Championship, the first in school history. He attended Providence College in Rhode Island.

Corey Hamman, class of 1998. Hamman was a member of three consecutive Morris County Championship baseball teams at Roxbury in 1996, 1997 and 1998. He was named to the All-Morris County team twice and was selected to the All-State team in 1998. Following his high school career, Hamman played at Montclair State University and was named MVP of the College World Series in 2000. In 2002, he was drafted in the 12th round by the Detroit Tigers. His professional career lasted ten years, during which he reached the AAA level in the Tigers and Pittsburgh Pirates organizations. Hamman is currently the head baseball coach of Lacey Township High School.

Ariann Neutts, class of 2009. Neutts is one of the most decorated track athletes in school history. She was a member of the 2006 team that won the 4x1 mile at the Nike Outdoor National Championship and the 4x800 meter relay team that won the Penn Relays in 2008. Neutts was a member of five different State Group III championship relay teams during her career. She won multiple Morris County and state section championships in the 800-Meter and 1600-Meter. Neutts attended Villanova University where she was a 2-time All-American and 3-time Big East champion in the relays. In 2011, she was part of the distance medley relay team that won the national championship.

Erica Peschken, class of 2005. Peschken is the first individual girls soccer player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. She was a 4-year letter winner for the Gaels. Peschken earned All Iron Hills Conferences honors twice, All-Morris County honors three times, and All-State honors twice. She led the Gaels to a 19-3-3 mark as a junior, scoring 14 goals and assisting on 15 others. As a senior, Peschken netted 21 goals and had 27 assists as she helped her team finish with a 21-3-2 record. She continued her soccer career at California State University, Fullerton.

Richard Spitzer, class of 1979. Spitzer was a first team, all-state lineman for the Roxbury football team that was a 1978 Iron Division tri-champion in 1978. He represented the Gaels in the North/South All-Star game as well as the East/West game. Spitzer would go on to become a 3-year starter for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and captain of the 1982 team. He signed professional contracts with the Seattle Seahawks (NFL) and Pittsburgh Maulers (USFL). Spitzer was also an award-winning wrestler who placed in both the districts and the regionals.

Frank Dekmar, 1983-2017. Dekmar is the most successful coach in Gaels basketball history. He guided the Lady Gaels program to 234 victories and two Iron Hills Conference Iron Division championships. Dekmar graduated from Lenape Valley High School in 1979, having played football for legendary football coach Don Smolyn before attending Seton Hall University. Dekmar was an assistant varsity football coach at Roxbury High School from 1983–2017 and helped the Gaels win three state championships and seven conference titles. He also served as an assistant softball coach for many years.

The 1992 Softball Team will also be inducted into the hall of fame. Coached by Dale Garlick, the team won the Iron Hills Conference Iron Division title and the Group IV State Championship. Finishing with a record of 23–5, it was the first team in Roxbury High School history to ever win a state group playoff championship.

Tickets for the event can be purchased at www.roxbury.org/HallOfFame or in Roxbury High School Athletic Office at 1 Bryant Drive in Succasunna, NJ 07876. Tickets are $29 each for adults and $19 each for children 6-12 years old.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Roxbury

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_0b337db511ba70320a82_20180425_110650

Fri, May 25, 10:00 AM

Vapealicious VapeShop, Kenvil

Memorial Day Sale

Other

Carousel_image_0b337db511ba70320a82_20180425_110650

Sat, May 26, 10:00 AM

Vapealicious VapeShop, Kenvil

Memorial Day Sale

Other

Carousel_image_0b337db511ba70320a82_20180425_110650

Sun, May 27, 10:00 AM

Vapealicious VapeShop, Kenvil

Memorial Day Sale

Other

Carousel_image_2797ba31e2f7b0e4cf4b_medici12

Mon, May 28, 10:00 AM

Lincoln-Roosevelt School, Succasunna

Roxbury Memorial Day Parade

Giving Back

Columns

SURVIVING A STROKE: Quick Medical Response Gives Mom Her Life Back

Carotid artery dissection. It’s one of the most common causes of stroke in younger adults.

And while you might not associate the word “stroke” with younger patients, the condition – if not treated immediately – could lead to paralysis and even death.

Lindsey Singh can attest to the importance of immediacy. The 31-year-old mother of two from Flanders experienced ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 15

On this week’s AtlantiCast, learn some important tips for controlling and avoiding diabetes from an Atlantic Health System expert, see how Atlantic Health is advancing cutting-edge research, hear what’s being done to keep health care environmentally friendly and much more!

 

Letters to TAPinto Roxbury

An Open Letter from Morris County Educators

May 9, 2018

May 8, 2018

To the editor,

We are writing on behalf of the more than 1,600 public school employees working in our schools.  We are proud of the work that we do, and we are the reason that our schools celebrate notable achievements and our students’ goals and dreams are often fulfilled. 

Today marks the annual Teacher Appreciation Day, a day in which our nation takes a ...

Lacking Respect

As a parent of children who have attended Kennedy Elementary School in Succasunna starting in 2010, I am very disappointed that you chose to use Mr Eric Renfors  “No Shave November photos” to announce his resignation.

They were clearly used in poor taste. He is a humble man who participates in many community fund raisers and teaches ...

Kent Libby of Roxbury Makes Worcester Polytechnic Dean's List

May 23, 2018

WORCESTER, MA - Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has announced that Kent Libby of Succasunna, a member of the class of 2020 majoring in robotics engineering and computer science, was named to the university's Dean's List for academic excellence for the spring 2018 semester.

A total of 1,474 undergraduate students achieved the criteria required for WPI's spring 2018 ...

Roxbury Area Students Make Bucknell Dean's List

LEWISBURG, PA - Six students from the Roxbury area earned the dean's list during the spring semester at Bucknell University.

A student must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a scale of 4.0 to receive dean's list recognition.

The students:

Sara Christian, Class of 2018 from Flanders, NJ

Mike DiDomenico, Class of 2018 from Succasunna, NJ

Owen Klinger, Class of ...

Eisenhower Middle School Announces Third Marking Period Honor Rolls

ROXBURY, NJ - Eisenhower Middle School announces the students who have earned High Honor Roll and Honor Roll for the third marking period of the 2017/2018 school year.

Students must have earned all A’s on their second marking period report card to qualify for high honor roll. Students must have a combination of A’s and B’s on their second marking period report card to ...

Press Releases

Calling all Singer-Songwriters - Earn Spot Opening Music Fest in June!

May 9, 2018

Fulfill your dream of performing at an established local Music Festival!  Two (2) talented local/area singer-songwriters will each be awarded a 15 minute spot to open the Groove in the Grove Indie Music Festival (the Festival)!

The Groove Acoustic Open Mic Challenge (the Challenge) will be held on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at Enzo’s Pizzeria, 382 Rt 46, Budd Lake, NJ starting ...

Root for Earth Week at The Goddard School of Randolph

RANDOLPH, NJ- The Goddard School of Randolph celebrated Earth Day with a week-long Root for Earth campaign. Our goals were to encourage a love of nature and an understanding of our responsibilities to the environment.

Pre-Kindergarten teacher, Ms. Brianna, planned and coordinated the week’s activities. These activities included a nature sensory bin, tree bark art rubbings, yard waste ...