West Essex Athlete of the Week

West Essex Field Hockey's Ellie Decker Overcomes Injury to be Named Athlete of the Week

e6a7537b4bf9116fc548_IMG_8334.JPG
b8ff79869919793cc4e3_IMG_8335.JPG
f260d6941a01602ceaa8_IMG_8336.JPG
41a2c673bbc892c0cce8_f5c081f1655b1207ff3a_IMG_8337.PNG
097d4f0af67a0b75cc5e_IMG_8338.JPG
f0a41dd43b49cafe8017_IMG_8339.JPG
e6a7537b4bf9116fc548_IMG_8334.JPG

NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — Twenty-four hours before the biggest game of her already impressive career, West Essex field hockey sophomore Ellie Decker was ready. The Knights had prepared for this moment for years, with a strong team that had finally reached the Tournament of Champions final—the ultimate goal for any New Jersey team.

Only two hours later, Decker’s season was in jeopardy of being over, but her strength has earned her the title of The Joint Chiropractic’s West Essex Athlete of the Week.

Decker has flashed potential to be a superstar in the sport from the start of her career, but West Essex field hockey has an exceptionally strong veteran team, led this season by five standout seniors and some talented juniors. However, as Decker’s sophomore season progressed, she took on a larger role with each passing game.

Sign Up for E-News

By the end of the season, she led the Knights in goals with 37 and also accumulated the second-most assists on the team with 22.

“Ellie’s biggest moment came when she made the Junior Olympics, which gave her a lot of confidence,” head coach Jill Cosse said. “From that point on, she got better with every game.”

Decker agreed with Cosse that confidence played a large role in her progression.

“The main difference between this year and last year was my confidence,” Decker said. “Last year I felt young and did not want to overstep. This year I had a bigger role to play.”

Decker stated that she did what my team needed her to do and felt like an integral part of the team because of it.

“I really owe it all to my seniors who truly were the ones constantly boosting my confidence, pushing me to be the best I can be and making me believe in myself,” she said.

West Essex had a special season, winning the Tournament of Champions for the first time in the program’s history. However, after spraining her ankle at 8 p.m. on the night before the game, doctors had serious doubt that Decker would be able to play.

“When I sprained my ankle, I freaked out a little, but not once did I believe there was a chance I would be sitting out of the game,” she said. “We reached the game of our dreams, and a sprained ankle was not going to affect me.”

Decker played that night and her team ultimately defeated Eastern by a score of 2-1 in overtime. She ended the year as the Essex/Union Conference Player of the Year, a member of the All-Group 2 First Team and All-State Second team.

Decker’s growth over the past year is no surprise to those who have been around her throughout her career, as supporters said she has always loved the sport and is willing to dedicate herself to improvement.

“This 2016 team has a very prolific attack and we can attack from any point of the field,” Cosse said. “To stand out among this group, Ellie got her timing down. It took a lot of work and staying after, but she was willing to put in the work and extra time to learn the nuances of the position.”

Even after their stellar seniors graduate, the West Essex field hockey program has a bright future ahead, with its top three scorers, including Decker, returning for the 2017 season.

“My goal is to continue the legacy the seniors left for us and to keep working as hard as I can to keep West Essex at the top of its game,” Decker said. “I do it all because I love it and want to be the best I can be.”

West Essex High School Athlete of the Week is brought to you by The Joint Chiropractic of West Caldwell, which encourages all athletes to use chiropractic adjustments in their training to prevent injuries and improve their performance. Click HERE to learn more.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

West Essex

Evolve Cycle And Fitness Presale Happening Now!

May 18, 2018

CALDWELL, NJ - Evolve Cycle and Fitness is now offering 10 classes for only $90. That’s only $9 a class when you purchase before its official Grand Opening on Friday, June 1, 2018. 

Only two weeks left to take advantage of this limited time offer! Call Martha at 973-979-5919 or click here to sign up.

Evolve Cycle and Fitness is a Premier Fitness Boutique ...

Save Up To 20% at CNP Treasures

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Are you still looking for the perfect gift for your mom or that special someone in your life for Mother's Day? Then CNP Treasures has you covered! Save up to 20% at CNP Treasures located at 14 Northfield Ave in West Orange.

Come by this weekend so we can help you find the perfect gift! Offer expires Sunday, May ...

West Essex Softball's Lilly James Named Athlete of the Week

May 20, 2018

NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — In her senior season at West Essex High School, Athlete of the Week Lilly James has made an impact as both a physical and vocal leader on the West Essex softball team.

“[I’m] just staying confident with myself and trying to push my confidence into everyone else so they can have the same amount and hit as well as me and my other teammates so we can ...

Montclair HS Student Reported Sexual Assault in All-Gender Bathroom, Officials Say

May 17, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ - According to published reports on Wednesday, Montclair Police officials are investigating allegations of sexual assault reported to have occurred in a bathroom at Montclair High School.

Montclair police officials state that officers received a report about an incident at the high school of a sexual nature that occurred around 3:18 p.m. on Monday. The ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_b9893925d58d29827cc2_rachmaninoff_photo

Sun, May 20, 3:00 PM

West Caldwell Public Library, West Caldwell

"Tribute to Rachmaninoff"

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_81f3c4488d8c75dcf892_screen_shot_2018-05-02_at_7.58.52_am

Mon, May 21, 7:45 AM

Essex Fells Country Club, Essex Fells

2018 West Essex PBA Local #81 Golf Outing

Police & Fire

Carousel_image_f6336b4ae60182e89776_roseland_library_logo

Mon, May 21, 6:00 PM

Roseland Public Library , Roseland

Drop-In Tech Night

Education

CCM Golf Team Sweeps Conference and Region Titles

May 19, 2018

RANDOLPH, NJ —For the second time since 2007, the County College of Morris (CCM) Titans Golf Team has won both the conference and region championships in the same season, earning them a place in the national championship.

The team’s overall record for the year was 36-1 with the only loss coming at the hands of Ocean County College by two strokes back in mid-March.

Galloping ...

Obituaries

Jan 7, 1927 - May 10, 2018
Benjamin Cappiello, 91, of Roseland, died on May 10, 2018 at home surrounded by his loving ...
Read more
Jun 12, 1954 - May 6, 2018
Peter Francis Pritchard Murphy, 63, of Montclair passed away on Sunday, May 6, 2018. Relatives and ...
Read more
Feb 11, 1931 - Apr 28, 2018
Dominick Stinziano, 87 of Caldwell passed away on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Born and raised in ...
Read more
Oct 23, 1939 - Apr 30, 2018
Anthony “Dick” Battista, 78, of Livingston passed away on Monday, April 30, ...
Read more
- Apr 20, 2018
Robert T. Pipczynski, 72, of Caldwell, NJ, passed away Friday, April 20, 2018, at the Veterans ...
Read more
Nov 22, 1941 - Apr 14, 2018
Barbara Ann Barretti (nee Ernst), 76, of North Caldwell passed away on Saturday, April 14, 2018. A ...
Read more
Nov 28, 1947 - Apr 13, 2018
Barry Wachtler, 70, a lifelong resident of Fairfield, New Jersey passed away on Friday April 13, ...
Read more
Sep 8, 1940 - Apr 1, 2018
Russell Talamo, 77, of Fairfield, New Jersey, passed away early on Easter morning, Sunday, April 1, ...
Read more
- Apr 3, 2018
Obituary of Melvina Caputo Melvina C. Caputo, 82, of Caldwell, NJ, passed away on Tuesday, April ...
Read more
Jul 14, 1934 - Apr 3, 2018
Patrick Joseph Moran, 83, of North Caldwell, died on April 3, 2018. Relatives and friends are ...
Read more

Funnel Cloud Appears over South Plainfield

May 16, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - A line of heavy thunderstorms roared through South Plainfield on Tuesday evening with a resident capturing a funnel cloud twisting down west and north of Spring Lake Park. The photo captures the funnel cloud, which can be seen in the left-hand side of the photo above.

The photo also captures a school bus driving by, and the South Plainfield Volunteer Fire ...

Avenging Movie Credits

Warning! Nothing you read here will spoil Avengers: Infinity Wars because I didn’t understand it.

As a vibrant, relevant, totally hip and “with it” dad I am proud to say that I have now seen every movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  All nineteen of them.

I am less proud to admit that, of those Marvel movies that I can remember, I didn’t understand any of ...