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Fall 2022 League and County Honors

Cross Country: 

  • All-League Selections
    • First Team: Alex Culp 
  • All-County Selections
    • First Team: Alex Culp
    • Honorable Mention: Cade Sippel, Peter Visser

Girls Tennis: 

  • All-League Selections
    • First Team: Katherine Kim, Katherine Marshall, Jamie Kim
    • Second Team: Juliana Hopeck
    • Honorable Mention: Laurel Vander Pyl
  • All-County Selections
    • Second Team: Katherine Kim 
    • Honorable Mention: Juliana Hopeck, Laurel Vander Pyl

Girls Soccer: 

  • All-League Selections
    • Second Team: Charlotte Ohnegian, Caroline Pringle
    • Honorable Mention: Brooke Talsma
  • All-County Selections
    • Second Team: Caroline Pringle
    • Honorable Mention: Kirsten Braunius, Charlotte Ohnegian

Boys Soccer: 

  • All-League Selections
    • Second Team: Michael Cook, Emanuel Lazor
    • Honorable Mention: Jonathan Dykman
  • All-County Selections
    • Honorable Mention: Michael Cook, Emanuel Lazor


  • All-League Selections
    • First Team: Lillian Vogel 
    • Second Team: Grace Ivanov
    • Honorable Mention: Raquel Saharig
  • All-County Selections
    • Second Team: Lillian Vogel 
    • Honorable Mention: Jennifer Braunius, Grace Ivanov


Fall 2022 Season Summaries

Boys V Soccer

It was another wild ride for the boys team this year. Due to injury, we did not play a single game with our full roster. The team battled all season long without several key players, which allowed for many of our younger players to receive valuable minutes on the field. Finishing with a record of 4-12-2, this team was by far better than the record showed. Senior captains Caleb Troast and Michael Cook kept the team focused from summer training on, and always looked at the improvements we made in each game. Captain Manny Lazor led the team with 10 goals and 6 assists playing in the midfield and senior goalie Jonathan Dykman made some amazing saves, with 110 on the season. We had a big win in the first round of states, with 6 different players finding the back of the net to win 7-0. With only 7 seniors graduating there are great expectations for the team next year as we continue to focus on the Athletic pillar: Compete as One……what is best for the team always comes first (Phillipians 2:4). “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”  

Boys JV Soccer

The boys JV soccer team put together a successful season finishing with a 6-6-1 record. The team grew together and displayed improved team chemistry as the season progressed, beating Hawthorne High School and Hawthorne Christian Academy in their final two games. The team captains Andres Alvarez and goalie Caleb Kuperus displayed leadership throughout the season. Coach Max Harvell looks forward to seeing many of these players contribute at the varsity level next year.

Girls V Soccer

The girls soccer team saw great growth this year, qualifying for the state semifinals for the first time in 10 years. Behind the senior leadership of Sam Garcia, Anneke Kuperus, and captain Brooke Talsma, our team was able to compete to a .500 record and got stronger as the year progressed. Junior Mackenzie Wynbeek led the back 4 with her defense while sophomore Kirsten Braunius led the team in goals (15) and assists (11). After our starting goalie was injured the first week of preseason, freshman Hannah Leegwater stepped up and tallied over 100 saves. Two other notable freshmen who started every game for the Lady Eagles were Caroline Pringle and Charlotte Ohnegian, both of whom received awards from the NJIC and PCCA for their play in the midfield. The future is bright for the team, with 8 returning starters and a large junior class that is excited to play on our new turf next year.

Girls Tennis

EC’s 2022 girls tennis team took to the courts this fall with a determination to continue building on the progress made by last year’s team. Senior Katherine Marshall and Junior Jamie Kim set a high bar by posting an undefeated record in the league, including wins over Glen Rock and Pompton Lakes, earning them first team honors in the league. Senior singles players, Juliana Hopeck and Laurel Vander Pyl, both battled their way through a challenging schedule to secure  winning records at second and third singles, respectively. Second doubles players Victoria Baitzel and Sarena Lee followed suit by winning the majority of their matches. Senior Jaclyn Steenstra and sophomore Taline Madalian also contributed with wins in a number of key matches. The league’s top honor went to junior standout, Kathy Kim, whose winning record at first singles earned her first team singles recognition in the league. When the team’s 10-6 record is forgotten, memories of food, fun, and hard fought victories will remain.

Girls V Volleyball

The EC varsity volleyball team continues to improve each season. Our seniors and captains Raquel Saharig and Jennifer Braunius led this season with positivity and encouragement. Lillian Vogel led the team with 90 kills, 28 blocks, 149 digs, and 138 service points. Charlotte Van Goor was a powerhouse on the service line even earning 10 consecutive points in a row against Hawthorne. Grace Ivanov was a huge voice on the court. As a setter she maintained the tempo and as an OPP earned the team points with kills and smart plays. Each player has learned a lot this season and grew with every loss and win. We look forward to next season! 

Girls JV Volleyball

The JV volleyball team had many new players this year and improved in skills and teamwork across the board. Setter and captain Rebekah Baker led her team with steady consistency as they fought hard with great effort in all of their games, with many of the players displaying no fear in diving after the hits! Their best win came against HCA near the end of the season. Viktoria Brown led the team in number of kills and Melissa Hurtado and Skylar Kuiken led the team in number of digs. Coach Kelsi Bailey looks forward to how they all will continue to grow and improve next season. 

HS Cross Country

The high school boys and girls cross country teams battled through different types of adversity throughout the season. The season started with a last minute coaching change when coach Joel Apol, a cornerstone of the Eagles cross country and track teams for many years, was forced to step away from the season due to a biking accident. After this significant blow early on, the team rallied behind the team’s two seniors: Matthew Vander wall and Peter Visser, who helped lead by example and set the tone for the younger runners. The boys team benefited greatly from the efforts of underclassmen, including standout freshmen Nathan Kim and Jared Breur, who ran consistently within the top five finishers throughout the season. In addition, sophomores Alex Culp and Cade Sipple had enormous contributions for the young team. Alex Culp finished in the top 10 at the state meet and ran as Eastern Christian’s sole representative at the NJ Meet of Champions.The girls team also saw growth in both quantity and quality. With their commitment and efforts, we are hoping to see a full girls team next year to accompany our boys team.

Boys MS Soccer

Featuring a strong eighth grade class, the team posted another winning record and proved to be a very competitive group even against the league’s best. With a stated goal of “playing our best because when we do it makes God smile” (a paraphrase of Eric Liddell’s famous quote) the boys demonstrated growth in discipline, technique, and teamwork under Coach Veenstra. Highlights included the opening day win at HCA, and the amazing 2nd half scoring blitz at Waldwick.

Girls MS Soccer

The 2022 girls middle school soccer season was marked as a year of tremendous growth for both individual players and the team as a whole. This year the girls focused on developing the fundamental skills of the game while constantly exemplifying what it means to be a Christian athlete both on and off the field. Eighth grader Nora anchored the defense as a tremendous goalkeeper who showed mental fortitude throughout a tough season. Many thanks also to eighth graders Alyssa, Rayne, Eva, Zoey, Gretchen and Perci for leading the team by example and setting a competitive tone during practice and games. With the return next year of skilled players who saw considerable playing time this season, the future looks bright for MS Girls Soccer! 

MS Cross Country

This was another successful season for the middle school cross country boys and girls team. It was the first year we were able to recruit a full team of girls to score in team competitions. The girls rallied around each other to post personal records at our championship race at 20th century field in Garfield on 10/17. Chiara had an excellent season and led the way with strong finishes all season, including a top 20 finish and medaling at our final invitational at Overpeck park. Leah had a breakout rookie season and had a photo finish at the same race to earn 20th place and earn a medal. 

For the boys, both Asher and Ben had breakout rookie seasons. The 6th and 7th graders, respectively, led the charge for the boys team, finishing one and two on our team throughout the season. Second year athletes, Tim and Nico, posted the largest and most impressive improvement in the championship race. Notably, first year athlete, Rommy recorded an impressive time at the Overpeck invitational at the end of the season running 10:07 for a 7:14/mi average pace for the course.

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