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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!
The girls varsity basketball team finished another outstanding season with a 21-4 record that included their first league championship since 2012. Junior center Madison Wynbeek averaged 23 points, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks and 3 steals per game and was considered by many to be the best player in both the league and county. Other significant contributions came from Senior captain Hanna Faber who averaged 8 points (including 47 three-pointers) and 3 assists per game and Sophomore forward Naomi Engelhard, whose steady improvement and 10 rebounds per game provided a spark for the championship run.
The Eagles winter track team had another fine showing at the NJIC Championship Meet led by junior Emily Byrnes who won the 800m and anchored the 4 x 400 relay that included seniors Katie Hefty and Eliana Gregory and sophomore Grace Kellogg. Katie and Grace also took 4th in the long jump and pole vault, respectively. Senior Nico Cortes finished 2nd in the pole vault for our boys. At the County Championships Katie Hefty finished 2nd in the 55m sprint, Nico Cortes 2nd in pole vault, and Emily Byrnes 4th in the 800m run.
The winter season also saw another strong performance junior bowler Rylan De Waal Malefyt who rolled a 266 in the county tournament, had a 629 series vs Hawthorne and finished the season with a 178 average.
2nd team: Katie Hefty, Nico Cortes
Honorable Mention: Emily Byrnes, Bri Veenstra, Lex Lugo, David De Vries
1st: Madison Wynbeek
Honorable Mention: Hanna Faber, Naomi Engelhard
1st: Madison Wynbeek, Hanna Faber
2nd: Naomi Engelhard, Tori Holmes
Honorable Mention: Greta Botbyl
Division Coach of the Year: Barry Veenstra
Honorable Mention: Jared Post, Benjamin Parker
1st: Benjamin Parker
Honorable Mention: Jared Post
Honorable Mention: Rylan de Waal Malefyt, Alan Mao
1st: Rylan de Waal Malefyt
Honorable Mention: Alan Mao
Before the season even started the Lady Eagles had February 15 circled on their calendars, the day they would face rival Glen Rock at home for the league championship if all went well, and it did.
What they didn’t anticipate was having only five varsity players available that day due to injuries including junior point guard Anna Kinz and senior co-captain Greta Botbyl. Early foul trouble further complicated the already formidable task but senior co-captain Hanna Faber, classmates Tori Holmes and Addie Peretti, junior Madison Wynbeek and sophomore Naomi Engelhard were up to the task. Keeping it close for the first three quarters with solid defense and rebounding, the girls came from behind with a 10-2 run in the 4th to go up by 3, only to see Glen Rock tie the game with a buzzer beating 3 pointer.
Resilient all season, the 19-3 Eagles dominated overtime behind two late put backs by Engelhard and Wynbeek, and two huge free throws from freshman sub Nicole Foster to take their first league title since 2012! Coach Barry Veenstra called it one of the most unlikely and satisfying victories of his career. Congratulations ladies, we are proud of you!
On Wednesday, January 31, 2018 nearly 200 EC students, alumni, and friends came together for the Annual Athletic Boosters Beefsteak Dinner at The Brownstone in Paterson. The Brownstone is known for the quality of their beefsteak and they did not disappoint. Tom Dykhouse, Executive Director and Head of School welcomed our guests and began the night with prayer. As the antipasto was served, guests were challenged to use their mobile devices to bid on the silent auction items and to make a contribution to EC. Table #5 made the largest donation and earned the privilege of First to the Beef! And boy, did they pack it away. The Saranwrap Ball was a big hit with plenty of prizes to go around. According to one guest, “The best part of this night is the chance to greet and catch up with so many old friends from EC”. Others might suggest is was the beef, the hot apple cider donuts served just before the ice cream dessert , or event the slide show of EC Athletics through the years that was best. For EC, it was a great night of good food, good friends, and good fundraising. Thanks to all that helped ups raise $9,000.00 for Eastern Christian School.
Also check out EC athletic photos of the past