SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Several of South Plainfield High School’s winter 2016-2017 athletes, along with their teams, were recognized at the board of education’s April 19 meeting. 

“I am very happy and excited to welcome our student athletes and recognize them for outstanding performance in winter sports for the 2016-17 season,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Noreen Lishak.

South Plainfield High School Athletic Director Kevin McCann, taking the podium, said, “I am thrilled to recognize our student athletes for their accomplishments, individually and as teams,” said McCann, calling the respective coaches up one-by-one to announce their team’s collective and individual accomplishments.

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Congratulations to the following winter 2016-2017 season athletes, as well as the coaches and volunteers:

Girls Basketball

Caitlin Hughes (All White Division)

Coach: Kevin Hughes

 Boys Varsity Bowling

Team: Blue Division Champions

Michael Menkin (All Blue Division) and Angelo Salici (All Blue Division/All Conference), along with Ryan Berardi, Andrew Bisgaard, Jason Belanger, Shaun Boffard, Christopher Lacasale, and Scott Riccardi

 Coaches: Brian Panek and David Knarr

 Girls Varsity Bowling

Team: Blue Division Champions

Lanasia Neal (All Blue Division/All Conference/Individual GMC Girls Bowling Champion/5th Individual Girls Bowling State Championship) and Chelsea Alers (All Blue Division), along with Hallie Bisgaard, Samantha Lorito, and Anya Wilson

Coaches: Brian Panek and David Knarr

Boys Winter Track

Team: Blue Division Relay Champions/Blue Division Champions

Michael DeAngelis (All Blue Division/All Conference), River Dress (All Blue Division), Marteese Jones (All Blue Division/All Conference/3rd Meet of Champions 55 Meter Dash), Caleb Kuberiet (All Blue Division), Nam Le (All Blue Division), Justin Spry (All Blue Division), and Joshua Ward (4th Meet of Champions Pole Vault) along with Paul Baldasarre, Jack Cochrane, Raeon Cohen, Alexander Crews, Warner Cruz, Nicholas Farinella, Alejandro Garcia, Wyatt Gerber, Adam Globis, Troy Harzula, Chance Jones, Keith Lehman, Brandon Pascale, Joshua Persad, Angel Ruiz, Kyle Sookhu, Kevin Soper, and Hamilton Uzoma

Coaches: Christopher Fish and Bryan Holt

Girls Winter Track

Brianna Atkinson (All Blue Division) and Tiffany Parajon (All Blue Division)

 Coaches: Christopher Fish and Bryan Holt

 Wrestling

Team: GMC Red Division Champions, GMC Conference Champions, District XIV Champions, Central Jersey Group III Champions, and Group III State Champions

Zachary DelVecchio (220 lbs. Individual GMC Wrestling Champion/Individual District XIV Champion/Region 4 Champion/4th NJSIAA Individual State Wrestling Tournament/All Red Division/All Conference), Thomas Fierro (106 lbs. Individual GMC Wrestling Champion/All Conference), Jake Giordano (126 lbs. Individual GMC Wrestling Champion/ Individual District XIV Champion/All Red Division/All Conference), Joseph Heilmann (120 lbs. Individual GMC Wrestling Champion/Individual District XIV Champion/3rd NJSIAA Individual State Wrestling Tournament/All Red Division/All Conference), Ryan Marston (All Red Division), Luke Niemeyer  (195 lbs. Individual GMC Wrestling Champion/Individual District XIV Champion/All Red Division/All Conference), and Joseph Sacco (138 lbs. Individual GMC Wrestling Champion/Red Division/All Conference), along with Alexander Amato, Kyle Bythell, Julio Gonzalez, Brenden Hedden, Jake Hoffman, Benjamin Lundy, Michael Marrero, Jeremy Medina, Joseph Nardacci, Jacob Painton, and Sebastian Santos

Manager: Emily Heath

Coaches: William Pavlak (Red Division Coach of the Year/Greater Middlesex Conference Coach of the Year) along with Steven Johnston and John Foscolo

Volunteer Coaches: Steve Giordano, William Hamilton and Tyler Hunt

“Congratulations to all the coaches and athletes and thank you to Dr. Lishak and the board of ed,” said McCann. “Hoping, we will be back in a couple of months recognizing our spring sports athletes.”

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