SPARTA, NJ- Every year the Sparta community, family, friends, coaches and alumni celebrate the Sparta High School varsity student athletes.  The 51st annual Monogram Dinner was not really a dinner but it still served to honor the students. 

Athletic Director Steve Stoner hosted the video event, with coaches and representatives distributing the accolades.

“I would like to say a thank you to all the athletes and their families,” Stoner said.  This year did not end the way any of us could ever have imagined. . I am sorry that the seniors missed the Monogram Dinner at Perona Farms, it is always such a fun night for all the athletes, parents, and coaches.

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 The student athletes of Sparta took it in stride though.  They continued to work with their coaches virtually, they kept up with all their work, and they showed Sparta spirit throughout.  I am sorry that the seniors missed the Monogram Dinner at Perona Farms, it is always such a fun night for all the athletes, parents, and coaches.

Several awards were acknowledged, recognizing achievement on and off the playing field, court, mat or ice.  Booster Clubs, local organizations, and alumni selected athletes to represent their group. 

The virtual ceremony was recorded and is included here. The various awards are explained as well as the merits of the student athlete recipients. Coaches and presenters often mentioned the loss felt by student athletes, families and coaches with the cancelation of the spring season. Stoner said, "Remember, once a Spartan, always a Spartan."

Typically, the recipients do not know they are receiving an award until the night of the event.  

The award goes to:

Male & Female Athlete of the Year: Olivia Bouma-Hannam varsity volleyball, basketballCoaches Derek Hall and Catherine Wille presented by and softball and Garrett Stewart varsity wrestling presented by Coach Frank Battaglia

Pass-It-along Scholar Athlete: Olivia Bouma-Hannam

NJSIAA Scholar-Athlete: TJ Hurley

NJAC Scholar-Athlete: Savannah Rode and Matthew Struble

Sparta Youth Football & Cheer: Isabella Perry and Sam Bushey presented by Coach Frank Marchiano

Youth Lacrosse: Audrey Krajicek, Brooke Serovich, Faith Stewart, Eric Anderson, Dominick Candeloro, Aidan Maxwell, Jordan Ouimette, Gregory Puszcz, Javier Valentin

Rebecca Skorupka Memorial Award: Brooke Serovich presented by Coach Catherine Willie

Billy Reilly Memorial Scholarship: Olivia Bouma-Hannam presented by Gary Kowalski, the fourth recipient of the award

VFW Scholarship: Olivia Finkledie

Football Boosters: Vincenzo DiSimone, Nicholas Remo, TJ Hurley presented by Coach Frank Marchiano

Girls Soccer Boosters: Megan Dooling, Antonia Hand, Kate Schelle, Faith Stewart, Olivia Finkledie, Savannah Rode, Jess Schoenfeld, Alisa Williamson presented by Coach Daniel Trappe

Boys Soccer Boosters: Joe Collins, Nick Butera, Nich Hornyak, Andrew Maasbach presented by Coach Tim Connors

Sparta Soccer Club: Andrew Maasbach, Jess Schoenfeld

Field Hockey Boosters: Lauren Groff, Haley Capeci, Stephanie Villar presented by Coach Corinne Bright

Volleyball Boosters: Kristen Sansone presented by Coach Derek Hall

Track Boosters, Cross Country, Winter Track: RECOGNITION Madison O’Hare, Marina O’Hare, Jake Gallucio, James Bates, Anthony Lombardo, Paul Shumlas SPECIAL RECOGNITION Chloe Bavaro, Katherine Ermeus, Patrick Lynch.  The boys track team recognition was presented by Patrick McCarney.  The girls and winter track recognitions were presented by Coach Richard Heckman. Boys cross-country recognitions were presented by Coach Robert Gilmartin.  Girls cross-country recognitions were presented by Coach Sarah Pisano. 

Cheerleading Boosters: Jessica Berghofer presented by Coach Kandace Pollison

Wrestling Boosters:  Garrett Stewart, Cooper Stewart, Cassius Battaglia presented by Frank Battaglia

Boys Basketball: Aidan Mastandrea, Rashir Scott, Michael Piwko presented by Coach Brian Brennan.

Girls Basketball Boosters: Olivia Bouma-Hanam, Delaney Forziati, Faith Stewart presented by Catherine Wille

Swimming Boosters: Natalia Brownstein, Caitlin Russo, Jordan Ouimette, Christopher Smith presented by Coach Pat Chodkiewicz

Skiing Boosters: Olivia Finkeldie, Jillian Stote, Evalyn Fitzsimmons, Connor McAndris, Olivia Calandrillo presented by Coach Rodney Calafati

Ice Hockey Boosters: Leadership Award- Logan Hanek, Alex Cohen presented by Steve Stoner who read a statement prepared by the coach

Softball Boosters: Olivia Bouma-Hannam, Kate Esso, Delaney Forziati, Stephanie Villar presented by Coach David Roman

Baseball Boosters: Conor Armstrong, Patrick Lynch, Brett Coyle, Matthew Struble presented by Sam Slobodzian

Girls Lacrosse Boosters: Riley Caldi, Audrey Krajicke, Allie McGuire, Brooke Serovich, Faith Stewart presented by Assistant Coach Kandace Pollison

Boys Lacrosse Boosters: Eric Andeson, Dominic Candalaro, Aidan Maxwell, Jordan Ouimette, Greg Puszcz, Javier Valentin, Luke Wilson presented by Coach Patrick Shea

Girls Tennis Boosters: Deana Lubertazzo, Paige Makvicka, Rebecca Miller presented by Coach Andrew Lowery

Boys Tennis Boosters: Jared Deleu presented by Coach Michael Wille

Golf: Aidan Oberle, Kaitlyn Russo, Natalia Brownstein presented by Coach Gerald Carter

Bowling: Jayln Cyrus and Marcel Mandeboro presented by Coach Gerald Carter

Student athletes were commended for having "represented the best of Sparta High School." Coaches thanked Trainer Hailey Anderson and Athletic Director Secretary Maureen Longo.  "We all know these programs don't happen without them."

"Your dedication to keeping our athletes safe and preventing injuries is what allows our athletes to do what they accomplish on and off the field and courts," Stoner said.

Stoner said, "Mo [Maureen Longo] is the heart and soul of the department," Stoner said. "Every single one of us would be lost without you."

Stoner thanked the sponsors and boosters for their continued support.

“I am sorry that the seniors missed the Monogram Dinner at Perona Farms, it is always such a fun night for all the athletes, parents, and coaches,” Stoner said. “The student athletes of Sparta took it in stride though.  They continued to work with their coaches virtually, they kept up with all their work, and they showed Sparta spirit throughout.”

Editor's note: Students named in the article, or their parents are welcome to share a photo to jdericks@tapinto.net.  It will be added.

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