SPARTA, NJ - Four members of the Sparta Jefferson United Ice Hockey team were honored for their contributions to the team at the Morris County Secondary School Ice Hockey League last week. The players and their families attended the awards dinner at the Hanover Manor in East Hanover.
Jeremy Dericks, Brendon and Connor Erickson from Sparta High School and Zachery Harmel from Jefferson High School attended the awards dinner representing the newly formed cooperative SJU team, playing in the Halverson Division.
Brendan Erickson was named to the First Team as a Forward. Harmel was named to the Second Team as a Defensemen. Connor Erickson received Honorable Mention. Only six players were chosen from the division for each level; a goalie, two defensemen and three forwards.
Dericks received the Harry Shatel Memorial Award for the Halverson Division. The four players, one from each division of the MCSSIHL, were chosen by division coaches based on "those characteristics that defined Harry Shatel: Humility, Character, Compassion, Community Service and Commitment." It is also known as the unsung hero award.
"It was a very nice occasion and it was good to see all of the other players I have become friends with from other schools over the years," Dericks said. "I have still not decided whether or not to extend my career in college. Either way, I am happy with a great high school experience."
Brendan Erickson amassed 120 points in his four year varsity career with 54 goals and 66 assists. Brendan was an assistant captain for the last two years. He has not yet decided where he will attend school after graduation but plans to continue to play hockey.
"It was fun having the opportunity to go to the awards dinner for one last time with some of the top players from around the league," Brendan Erickson said.
Connor Erickson put up 101 points in his four years on varsity. He had 49 goals and 52 assists. Connor was assistant captain for the past two years. He plans to attend Michigan State University where he plans to study business and hopes to play on the club hockey team.
"The awards were a really nice experience to have to end my senior year," Connor Erickson said. "It was great seeing players from different teams come together and enjoy one last award ceremony. My high school career has been a great experience."
Dericks, centering the "Derickson line" had 71 points in his four years on varsity, two as captain. He will be attending Bucknell University in the fall where he plans to study engineering in the ROTC program and play may hockey and golf.
Harmel put up 22 points this season with eight goals and 14 assists.
The teams that comprise the Halverson Division are Madison, Mendham, Montville, Roxbury, SJU and West Morris Central. The coaches from the division select the award recipients, though coaches are not allowed to vote for their players.