Sports

Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week: Cory Hiltz

951a0b48c82c50a00c5c_IMG_8792__2_.JPG
Cory Hiltz is this week’s Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week. Credits: Guy Kipp
0ba6fdb8b87d790bd6cb_3330736651c50a38493f_8218ef0a61c493627d92_IMG_5616__2_.JPG
Cory Hiltz is this week’s Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week. Credits: Guy Kipp
951a0b48c82c50a00c5c_IMG_8792__2_.JPG

WESTFIELD, NJ — What separates great athletes from good athletes is not only skill, but the determination to constantly improve. Great athletes must not only work hard, but to work hard even when it is not asked of them. Perfectly embodying these traits is senior Cory Hiltz,which is why the Westfield High School varsity baseball player is this week’s Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week.

When he was a sophomore, Hiltz was able to demonstrate his pitching talent, catching the eye of Baseball Coach Brewster.

“We saw something in Cory as a sophomore that we thought there was a great amount of potential,” Brewster said. “Number one he was left handed, and he was willing to put the time and effort into being good. In fact, when he was a sophomore, he finished top five all time for Westfield in having the least walks per game.”

Sign Up for E-News

Hiltz’s pitching prowess has carried on with him over the years, where he has been able to provide solid pitches for his team. Recalling a recent performance, Hiltz described how it felt to beat Hunterdon Central, a team ranked fifth in the state.

“I was able to pitch the whole game and we won 7-1,” Hiltz said. “This win really established Westfield as a team to beat this season, and I think it was where we all started to believe in one another.”

According to Brewster, Hiltz is rarely seen idle at practice. Rather, he is always working to improve his game, even to the most minute detail.

“Cory is a pitcher who doesn't swing a bat,” Brewster explained. “So instead of sitting there and just hanging out, he's always on the elastic bands and stretching out. Or, there are many times we’re working on something in practice and he's out there running by himself.”

Coach Brewster credited Hiltz being a role model on the team.

“He's not one who screams and yells, like some leaders on some teams,” Brewster said. “But when other kids see our best pitcher out working on his own all the time, kids say ‘I gotta do that too if I wanna be good,’ and I think it's a good thing for some of the younger players on the team to see your star pitcher not sitting around, being a jerk and hanging around and doing nothing but working hard.”

When asked about what he loved about baseball, Hiltz did not refer to his stats or accolades. Instead, the challenge of the game and being able to represent his hometown was what Hiltz was fondest of.

“Baseball is appealing to me because so many kids think it's such an easy sport,” Hilz said. “You just take a bat and hit a ball. But it's not. In fact, it's one of the hardest sports to play and I take pride in the fact that I have the ability to play this sport in a town like Westfield.”

Daniel Han is a student at Westfield High School participating in a journalism program with TAPinto Westfield.

The Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week is sponsored by Ron Bansky & Associates Allstate Agency. Located 502 East Broad St., the agency has been protecting local families and business owners for over 15 years. Call them at 908-301-0711 for a new auto, home or life insurance quote this week and if you mention the Allstate WHS Athlete of the Week they will make a $25 contribution to the Westfield Boosters Association! To learn more, visit ronbansky.com.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Westfield

Linden Man Arrested After Explosion in Cranford

June 22, 2018

CRANFORD, NJ — An explosion heard in Cranford Wednesday has led to the arrest of 26-year old Michael Kossup of Linden, NJ, according to authorities. Kossup has been charged with Possession of Prohibited Destructive Devices (3rd Degree); Possession of Under 50g (Marijuana); and Possession of Paraphernalia. 

On Wednesday, June 20, 2018 ...

Synopsis of Westfield Board of Education Meeting on June 19

June 22, 2018

I opened the Board meeting on a somber note, announcing the death of sophomore student Carthoris ‘Carter’ Uziel.  Words cannot convey the grief we feel in the Westfield Public Schools community over his death.  We extend our condolences to the Uziel family.  I noted that school counselors are available for all students or staff who may wish to discuss their feelings ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, June 23, 9:00 AM

Between Park Street and Washington Street, Westfield

Walking Tour: What Makes a Great House and ...

Home & Garden

Carousel_image_f442011d67fefc1cb5a2_spb-4937_newsletter_june_23

Sat, June 23, 7:00 PM

TD Bank Ballpark, Bridgewater

Somerset Patriots vs. Southern Maryland Blue ...

Sports

Carousel_image_0261cd4c5700fd63e54b_spb-4937_newsletter_june_24

Sun, June 24, 1:00 PM

TD Bank Ballpark, Bridgewater

Somerset Patriots vs. Southern Maryland Blue ...

Sports

Westfield Police Blotter: Criminal Mischief to Vehicles Continues & More

June 20, 2018

June 13, 2018 9:24 a.m.

Officer Santangelo arrested Hakan Kaya, age 46, of Westfield, New Jersey on an outstanding warrant (#E19490) in the amount of $304.00 out of Neptune City Municipal Court pursuant to turning himself in at WPD Headquarters. Subject was processed and released after posting the full bail amount.

 

June 13, 2018 11:02 a.m.

Lieutenant McFarlean and Officer ...

All New Blue Jean Ball Fights Hunger with Style

June 23, 2018

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey held its All New Blue Jean Ball on Saturday, June 16 at the Central Railroad Terminal in Liberty State Park. Historically a low-key affair, the annual gala was revamped, reimagined, and reinvigorated this year with a sophisticated style that drew 465 guests, whose generous donations raised more than $1.1 million to benefit the FoodBank’s hunger relief ...

'Half Time' delivers with sterling cast

MILLBURN, NJ – The Paper Mill Playhouse is putting on a smashing new production of “Half Time” to round out its current season.

With actress Georgia Engel in an engaging performance, the cast also features Donna McKehnie, Andre De Shieilds and Lilias White, among a host of other talents.

The musical centers on an effort to have seniors perform a dance number during ...

Let's Talk About Suicide

In our world today, it seems our children, no matter the town, state, education, family unit, socioeconomic background, ethnicity or religion are grappling with complex, confounding and complicated issues not even fit for a middle-aged adult. Sadly, one of these issues is suicide. With mental health gaining more attention, the stigma appears to be dissipating but when a mental health ...

Cool Ways to Save Money This Summer

As the summer temperatures rise, home cooling costs rise as well. But there are ways to help save money without sweating the heat:

To increase your cooling system’s efficiency by as much as 20%, get it checked out for summer.  A technician will clean the condenser, make sure you have the optimal amount of refrigerant, and ensure the airflow over the coil is ...

Understand the New Law for Paid Sick Leave

Paid sick leave is now the law in New Jersey.

New Jersey has passed a paid sick leave law which preempts paid sick leave ordinances adopted by several cities and towns so there is now one uniform law in this area for New Jersey employers. Here is what you need to know about the new law.

33 Homes Sold June 10 to June 17 in Westfield, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Mountainside & Cranford

Thirty-three Homes sold from June 10 to June 17, 2018, in Westfield, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Cranford and Mountainside.*

 

TOWN         ADDRESS                      STYLE    ...

Westfield 3rd Graders Receive Top Honors at Mock Trial Competition

Westfield third graders recently received top honors for three mock court cases they presented at the New Jersey Bar Foundation Law Fair.

“I am proud that, out of 84 entries submitted, our third grade students (now fourth graders) in the Gifted Program have won 1st Place, 2nd Place and Honorable Mention in the 3rd Grade category [of the Law Fair ...

Maximizing Your Portfolio’s Returns -- Beware the Taxman

The old adage in the investment world is that it is not what you make, but what you keep that counts.  Investors often overlook the ultimate deflator of portfolio returns – the taxman. An astute global asset allocation should be the number one priority for investors.  However, there are preferred ways to distribute this asset allocation over the spectrum of taxable and ...

Greatness

In honor of the Lubavitcher Rebbe's (of righteous memory) 24th  Yahrtzeit (anniversary of his passing) this coming Saturday the 16th.

Excerpts from an address given by Nobel-laureate Elie Wiesel on April 7, 1992, at a congressional dinner held in Washington on the occasion of the Rebbe's 90th birthday.

Some of you are aware of my admiration, not only ...

Healthy U Spring Symposium Marks 10 Years of Community Impact

WESTFIELD, NJ — More than 100 Healthy U champions and partners from YMCAs and schools from all over the state gathered at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford on May 18 to celebrate 10 years of community impact. Healthy U was also formally presented with the 2017 CATCH® Award for Excellence in State Health. 

CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) is the ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast Episode 17

On this week’s AtlantiCast, it’s National Men’s Health Month, so check out important health tips for you or the men in your life, learn about groundbreaking research into breast cancer treatment that could mean an end to chemotherapy for some patients, meet a local sports hero who’s living his baseball dreams thanks to Goryeb Children’s Hospital and much ...

Bridgewater Mall Shut Down for 2 Hours After Fight Breaks Out

June 14, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — No injuries have been reported after a fight involving a crowd of people shut down the Bridgewater Commons Mall for two hours Thursday evening.

According to a Nixle alert from the Bridgewater Township Police Department at 9 p.m., the investigation at the mall has been completed, and the mall was resuming normal business operations.

According to Somerset County ...

Obituaries

Eric Lieberman, 47, of Scotch Plains, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly Tuesday, May 22, 2018 ...
Read more