Sports

Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week: Kaela Azzaretto

fc439f32751c64ea8d5b_64d6834aa39824f8b784_FullSizeRender.jpg.jpeg
Kaela Azzaretto is this week’s Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week. Credits: Paul Bachman
053096b5c8cfa8f99c99_15af14e67f7a20225cab_63b986d5b14fa5846e88_Union_County_Championship_2017_-_614-X2.jpg
Kaela Azzaretto is this week’s Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week. Credits: Paul Bachman
fc439f32751c64ea8d5b_64d6834aa39824f8b784_FullSizeRender.jpg.jpeg

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield High School junior Kaela Azzaretto has been making a name for herself not only this year, but ever since her freshman year on the varsity gymnastics team.

Just this season, this week’s Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week has had some stand-out finishes. Against Scotch Plains-Fanwood, she placed first in the all around with a 36.4, the bars with an 8.825 and the balance beam with a 9.4. Later on in the season against rivals Cranford, Azzaretto placed first on the floor with a 9.25.

These scores put her in a good place going into the county tournament that took place on Friday, Oct. 20, where she placed first on floor with a 9.425 and second on both beam (8.9) and in the all around (36.4), helping Westfield place second as a team in the tournament.

Sign Up for E-News

Azzaretto first began competing with the Surgent’s Elite club team since she was 7. Since then, she has loved gymnastics and all that comes along with it.

“I think all of my gymnastics coaches have influenced me,” Azzaretto said. “However, my teammates have always influenced me the most — they support me and push me. I aspire to be like all of them.”

Because Azzaretto has been competing for so long, gymnastics has had a large impact on her life, she explained.

“Gymnastics has changed my whole life in a positive way,” Azzaretto said. “I practice four hours a day almost every day of the week, and every minute is worth it. It’s given me confidence and discipline which translates to everything I do. I love doing what I do because I wouldn't be where I am today without gymnastics.”

Azzaretto and her coaches are expecting big things from her in the future. With sectionals right around the corner on Nov. 4 at Bishop-Ahr, head coach Amanda Diaz has high hopes for the gymnast as the season continues and looking into next year.

“She is always motivated and works hard to add new skills each season into her routines. Kaela is a leader on and off the floor and we look forward to see what she will bring to the team next season,” Diaz said. “For now, we are focused on keeping her routines clean for sectionals and getting those qualifying scores for states."

Assistant coach Laurie McCormack explained how Azzaretto plays a large part on the team.

“She is consistent, confident and poised in every competition,” McCormack said. “We expect we will see these same qualities continue into her senior year, which not only makes her a valuable member of the team,but also a strong leader and role model.”

Azzaretto and her teammates are excited to keep the momentum going for the rest of the season. Looking forward, she plans to continue her gymnastics career after graduation.

“I do plan to compete in gymnastics throughout college,” she said. “I love it too much to give it up. Spending every day in the gym with your team and working out is hard to let go.”

The Westfield Gymnastics team will head to Sectionals on Nov. 4 in the hopes of qualifying for states as a team or individually.

Nicole Dispenza 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:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Westfield

NJ Flags to Fly at Half-Staff for Jerry Green May 7

April 24, 2018

TRENTON, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy issued an executive order on Monday for New Jersey flags to be flown at half-staff at all state buildings and facilities on the day of the upcoming General Assembly session, scheduled for May 7, in memory of Assemblyman Jerry Green, former chair of the Union County Democratic Committee, who died last week.

On Thursday, Governor Murphy had said, ...

Mayor Brindle’s Update, April 24

April 25, 2018

The following are highlights from the update that Mayor Shelley Brindle gave at Tuesday night’s town council meeting.

It has been quite a busy few weeks!

I would first like to congratulate the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce on their 70th anniversary. Councilwoman Mackey and I celebrated this milestone at their gala last week where we watched Executive Director Gene ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_26bff2b330d314777eae_library

Wed, April 25, 10:00 AM

Westfield Memorial Library, Westfield

Westfield Memorial Library Spring Book Sale

Arts & Entertainment

Wed, April 25, 12:00 PM

Temple Emanu-El, Westfield

Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Kroloff

Religions And Spirituality

Carousel_image_0d1e344b249d6f43f819_spring_2018_film_fest_

Wed, April 25, 7:30 PM

Rialto NewVision Theater, Westfield

Jewish Film Festival of Central NJ - Ben Gurion: ...

Arts & Entertainment

Westfield Police Blotter: Residence Burglarized & More

April 18, 2018

April 11, 2018 10:23 a.m.

Raymond Rodgers, 56, of Westfield, NJ was arrested in the area of E. Broad Street. Rodgers was arrested pursuant to an unrelated traffic investigation. Rogers was transported to Westfield Police HQ without incident. At WPD HQ, Rodgers was processed and released after posting the full bail amount ($250). Rodgers was arrested on the strength of an outstanding Westfield ...

Fairview Celebrates 150 Years

April 25, 2018

The Board of Trustees of Fairview Cemetery invites the public to its 150th Anniversary Celebration on April 29. 

A service commemorating its founding fathers will commence at 2 p.m. followed by food and festivities.  Congressman Leonard Lance will present a US Capital Flag to the Board and Mayor Shelly Brindle will present a special commendation. Renowned soloist Samantha Dango will ...

Ways to Increase Your Home's Equity

Sometimes you forget and don’t realize your home provides so much to your life. It brings along with it your dreams of the future, shelter to you and your family, a way to provide a better lifestyle, a better commute, a neighborhood, schools, community involvement and recreational facilities. But it also provides a way to save for the future. It does this by allowing you to build your ...

Westfield Public Schools Welcomes Community to Auditorium Open Houses

Two years ago, voters in Westfield approved a bond referendum to renovate the aging auditoriums in Edison and Roosevelt Intermediate Schools. Major aspects of the renovations include new seating and flooring, electrical and lighting upgrades, state-of-the-art sound systems, acoustical treatments and air conditioning.

On April 11 and 12, students, staff, families and other members of the ...

'The Sting' shimmers and shakes at Paper Mill

‘The Sting ‘slithers and shakes at Paper Mill Playhouse

By LIZ KEILL

MILLBURN, NJ – In a premiere production of “The Sting,” Harry Connick Jr. commands the Paper Mill Playhouse stage in Millburn.

Based on the sensational Paul Newman/Robert Redford film in 1973, the 1930s plot centers on a con game and gambling, sometimes on a train between New York and ...

Why We Keep Kosher

Why We Keep Kosher

This week's parshah, Shemini, introduces the Torah's dietary laws. Animals must chew their cud and have split hooves to be kosher, fish need fins and scales, and a list of forbidden fowl is enumerated.

To those of us in Jewish education, it is a continuing source of disappointment that so many Jews still believe the kosher laws to be outdated.

Hellenic Therapy Center

April 13, 2018

Dropping Off Our Kids At College – Learning How To Adjust

Hellenic Therapy Center

 

Whether your kid is a freshman entering college for the first time or returning back to college, there are so many emotions we experience as parents.  There are differences in a parent’s reaction to the departure of a first child, an only child or even the last child.  Feelings ...

Obituaries

Oct 21, 1944 - Apr 14, 2018
Kathleen A. Hertell passed away peacefully with family at her bedside on April 14, 2018. Loving ...
Read more

‘A Sad Day for Paterson’ as Police Officer Loses Life in Car Crash

April 23, 2018

PATERSON, NJ — On what Paterson Superior Officers Association President Mason Maher called “a sad day for Paterson,” a city police officer lost his life on Sunday after he was involved in a motor vehicle collision while on duty.

Several sources familiar with Sunday’s tragic accident have identified the fallen officer as Tamby Yagan, a 13-year veteran of the ...