WEST CALDWELL, NJ — James Caldwell’s Leanna Rebimbas led the Chiefs with a goal in each half of a 2-0 victory of the West Essex Knights on Friday after the re-dedication of Bonnel Track and Field.
The athletic complex was recently re-opened after renovations that began earlier this year. To celebrate the project’s completion, the school hosted a re-dedication ceremony prior to Friday’s girls’ soccer game.
"This night is all about showing gratitude to the community because we greatly appreciate all the support from the Caldwell people,” said Superintendent Dr. James Heinegg. “This is one of several facilities projects but this field is a centerpiece of our athletic complex—this night means a lot to us."
Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education member Tom Adams, a former James Caldwell High School football star whose final game was played on Thanksgiving of 1967, was impressed with the renovations.
"The field has changed drastically from when I played but l look around, it's beautiful,” said Adams. “I'm happy to see how amazing it is for the players who will get to compete"
Mike Teshkoyan, head girls soccer coach, said the game itself was played as planned.
"Love each other, care for each other, and go at it as hard as we can," he said prior to the game.
Chiefs keeper Phoebe Bledsoe helped keep the Knights at bay with 18 saves throughout the game. Caroline Rubin was also a key player, assisting both of Rebimbas’ goals.
Caldwell takes on Montville next in a regular season match on Oct. 17.