SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- This week's co-winners of Joint Motion Physical Therapy's Athlete of the Week are two seniors: basketball's Ryan Muench and wrestling's Jeremy Lenart.
Sharpshooting Ryan Muench provides scoring sparks and can change a game’s complexion on just a few strokes from beyond the arc. For turning in clutch performances to lead the Raiders to two big wins, he earns Joint Motion Physical Therapy's Athlete of the Week honors.
In the Union County Tournament (UCT) first round against Roselle Saturday afternoon, he drained an NBA-range game-tying three pointer with eight seconds left in regulation to force overtime. Once on the brink of being upset, the ninth-seeded Raiders eventually went on to win, 59-56, and advanced to rematch New Providence on Wednesday, looking for revenge from a Feb. 3 double OT defeat.
Muench hit four three-pointers for 12 points, his third highest scoring total of the season on Saturday. He scored eight points in the Raiders’ victory over Hillside on Thursday, and nine points with a pair of treys against Rahway on Tuesday.
For the season, Muench has hit 28 total three-pointers. His shooting will be needed as his team faces a tough stretch of its schedule this week against arch rival Westfield on Monday before Wednesday’s UCT clash with New Providence. A win would pit the Raiders against nationally ranked Roselle Catholic in Saturday's quarterfinals. But if Ryan Muench keeps hitting his threes, the Raiders will be in good shape to match their competition.
Wrestler Jeremy Lenart was nominated for Joint Motion Physical Therapy's Athlete of the Week by SPFHS assistant wrestling coach Jesse Martinez not for his record in matches this week, but for the toughness and leadership the senior has shown throughout the year.
"Jeremy's an absolute workhorse for the team who never shies away from tough competition," said Coach Martinez. "He has come up big for us in key matches throughout the season and is a leader with his work ethic."
A great example of Lenart's toughness was on display on Jan. 27, when he began the Raiders' comeback against Kearney that ultimately brought the Raiders a win vs. a tough Kearny team. With his team down, Lenart rallied from a 3-1 deficit against Vincent Ruccatano and tied the match at 3-3 in the third period. He then took down his opponent in overtime for the Raiders’ first victory of the evening.
"Jeremy didn't wrestle as a youth, and he is only a three-year wrestler. For the younger kids in the program to see someone perform as well as he does at the varsity level is truly inspiring," Coach Martinez adds. "His story is used frequently to motivate newcomes to our program.
Joint Motion Physical Therapy is located across the street from the Stage House Tavern and shares a free, handicap accessible parking lot with the Scotch Plains Public Library. Joint Motion can be reached for an appointment by phone 908-322-3202, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also learn more at www.facebook.com/JointMotionPT.
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373 Park Ave.
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076