The Eagles golf team put together one of the finest seasons in program history finishing 2nd in league play only behind perennial power Glen Rock. Seniors Noah Hagedoorn and Clay Sietsma led the way with season low scores (for 9 holes) of 39 and 45, respectively. Chase DeJong, Sam Faber and Bobby Wu also played well for coach Ben Kuiken, named Colonial Division Coach of the Year in his final season at EC. The athletic department is grateful for Coach K’s enthusiastic years of service in our soccer, basketball, softball and golf programs!
In boys track, senior Michael Ji (shot put and discuss) and junior Lex Lugo (100m) were state sectional champions! The girls track team was again a force to be reckoned with in league, county and state competitions behind gold medal performances from junior Madison Wynbeek in the shot put (setting a school record in the process), senior Katie Hefty in long jump and the 200m, and junior Emily Byrnes in the 800, all of whom were also part of our strong 4×100 relay team! Having finished his final season at the helm, our school thanks and congratulates long time and beloved head coach Joel Apol, named Colonial Division Coach of the Year, for his decades of dedication in creating, building and maintaining a championship caliber program without a track! Assistant coach Lindsay Peterson takes over next year and the future looks bright as coach Aaron Goldstein’s middle school girls track team placed 3rd in the NJIC championships behind 1st place performances from Katherine Marshall in discuss and Skylah Zamor in the 200m. Skylah also helped win the 4×200 relay along with Rachel Post, Samantha Garcia and Gabby Grant.
Other noteworthy performances this spring: Freshman Daniel Buckle’s finished with an 11-6 record at 2nd singles that included a trip to the semi-finals in the county tennis tournament! In softball, senior shortstop Tiffany Martin collected her 100th hit as the team put together a solid season, and Mark Foster was named NJIC pitcher of the week en route to his 5-3 record for the baseball team.
We also want to congratulate our senior award winners for their significant contributions to our program including Varsity Club and Golden Eagle Award winners Hanna Faber, Greta Botbyl and Nico Cortes for most varsity letters and 12 seasons of participation, Nico and Katie Hefty- County Student Athlete Awards, Greta and Clay Sietsma- NJIC Sportsmanship Awards, Hanna- NJSIAA Women in Sport Award, Greta- Wendy’s Heisman Award and Tori Holmes- NJSIAA Scholar Athlete Award. Thanks to all for representing our program, our school and our community in the way our Lord would have it!