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Westfield Board of Education Honors Achievements in Athletics and Theater

Devyn Tibbals (with Gretchan Ohlig) was honored Tuesday for receiving the Rising Star Award from Paper Mill Playhouse for her work as stage manager for the spring musical. Credits: Kate Brochu
Westfield Boys Varsity Tennis Team recognized for their achievements this season. Credits: Kate Brochu
Westfield wrestlers CJ Composto and Jack Miller (with coach Glen Kurz) are recognized for their successful season. Credits: Kate Brochu
Anna Bowman (with Gretchan Ohlig) was recognized for her standout sophomore season on the Westfield Girls Golf team. Credits: Kate Brochu
Westfield Varsity Baseball coach Bob Brewster, (with Gretchan Ohlig) was recognized as the longest-serving head coach in school history at Tuesday's board of education meeting. Credits: Kate Brochu

WESTFIELD, NJ – The Westfield Board of Education recognized the achievements of state and nationally ranked athletes during Tuesday’s meeting. 

Among the honorees was the Westfield High School State Sectional Champion Boys Varsity Tennis Team, which finished up the season with a record of 24 wins and three loses. The team also won the Conference Championship, the Union County Championship, the Westfield Invitational Championship, and finally, the North2 Group 4 Sectional Championship.

“I believe I have coached 70 varsity teams in five different sports,” head coach George Kapner said. “I’m going to say something that might come as a shock to you. I’m never going to say that was my favorite team, but this team is in that argument.”

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The board also recognized two Westfield High School wrestlers who had a strong performance this year. Graduating senior, Jack Miller finished his final season at Westfield with an impressive 42 wins and five loses. Miller placed fifth in the state in his weight class and earned both the district and county championship and placed third in the region. Miller will continue his wrestling career at the University of Virginia in the fall. 

“Jack has meant so much to our program – it’s like having another coach in the room,” said Coach Glen Kurz.

Freshman wrestler CJ Composto received accolades for his strong season with a record of 36 to five. Composto finished third in Union County and top 16 in the state.  He is also the first freshman in school history to win a region title. 

“He’s way ahead of schedule,” said Kurz.

Westfield High School Golf Team member Anna Bowman was honored for her standout season as a sophomore.  Bowman won the lowest batch match average in Girls Golf.  She also won the North Jersey Conference individual Championship with a low score that helped lead the team to win the Conference Championship. Her performance this year earned her an invitation to the Tournament of Champions where she tied for seventh overall in the state. Bowman was recently named to the Second Team All State.

Rounding out the athletic honorees was Westfield Baseball coach Bob Brewster. Brewster has been the Varsity baseball coach since 1983- making him the longest-serving head coach in school history. During his tenure he has won 611 games, earned 11 Union County Tournament Titles and three NJSIAA sectional titles. Brewster was congratulated by the board on reaching his record-breaking 600 win – the most wins of a coach in a single sport.

Student achievements were also highlighted in the performing arts. Devyn Tibbals is now a two-time Rising Star Award recipient for her work as a stage manager at the Paper Mill Playhouse.  Most recently, Tibbals earned the award for her work on Carrie: The Musical this spring.

“Devyn is a terrific young woman who is an excellent student in class and an exceptional leader for the Westfield Theater Department productions,” said drama teacher Daniel Devlin in a message sent to the board. “Devyn is absolutely deserving of this special honor and I thank Dr. Dolan and the board of education for recognizing her and her accomplishments.”

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