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At the Passaic County Coaches Association Honor Award dinner on 3/22 coach Joel Apol was honored for two elite milestone achievements: 100 wins in girls track and 200 wins in boy cross country!! Jeff Botbyl was also honored for his many years of service to the athletic department as a coach in the baseball, softball and soccer programs and most recently as an administrator. We give thanks for both of these men of faith and their dedication and significant contributions to our programs!
Boys Varsity Basketball
Having graduated 9 seniors from last years team, Coach Bill Schoener and the boys varsity basketball team knew this would be a rebuilding year. Starting two freshmen (Ben Parker, Caleb Ruffin) and two sophomores (Henry Poliandro, Jared Post) the team surpassed expectations with 11 wins and some great efforts in narrow losses. Highlights included a victory over Wood Ridge in the Public vs Private showcase in Englewood that saw six Eagles score in double figures, and the late season wins over teams they had lost to earlier including Rutherford, Lodi and Elmwood Park (in front of a large Community Night crowd!) Senior Quincy Rutherford led the team in scoring and rebounding and was named 1st team All County and All League. Jared Post was named 2nd team all league and Honorable Mention All County, and Ben Parker Honorable Mention All League and All County.
Girls Varsity Basketball
With a 19-7 record, a 2nd place finish in the league, and a visit to the NJIC tournament finals, the girls varsity basketball team put together another successful campaign. Led by four year starters Erin Vander Plaat and Brooke Van Lenten, the girls posted several impressive wins including a 16 point victory over county finalist Lakeland, a 14 point win vs Saddle Brook in the NJIC tournament semifinals, and an exciting 63-57 win vs St. Elizabeth in the state tournament. Sophomore Madison Wynbeek led the league and county in scoring at 19.5 points per game and was named 1st team All League and 2nd team All County. Brooke Van Lenten’s fine all around play earned her 1st team All League honors and Honorable Mention in the county along with floor leader and co-captain Erin Vander Plaat.
Our varsity bowling team had it’s most competitive season in years led by sophomore Rylan De Waal Malefyt who posted a 186 average and a 269 high game. Seniors Connor Van Hoff and Christina Poliandro finished solid careers and received postseason honors along with Rylan.
Middle School Basketball
After graduating ten 8th-graders in 2016, the 2016-2017 basketball had all the makings of a rebuilding year. However, thanks to the hard work of a returning core in Emmanuel Dyer, Jonathan Ericksen, Jason Collazo, Aiden Sehulster, James Blanco, Thomas DeBlock and the additions of 8th-graders Jahar Pierce, Naol Tulu, Eric Lee, and Michael Steiginga, the young Eagles fought hard to finish 7-9 through tough, experienced league play. Memorable games included two wins over HCA, an overtime victory against Lodi, and a come-from-behind win against Valley MS thanks to a 53 point effort from Jahar Pierce. With 6th-graders Logan Miller, Avi Cardona, Brett Reid, and David Kim returning next year, the young Eagles will look to continue to contribute to the growth of a stable program.
We also recognize and celebrate the contributions of our other seniors on winter athletic teams: Dan Kuder and Sam Chen (basketball), and Matthieu Davis (bowling), Stephanie Cabral, Brittany Van Harken, Josh Onufer, Abigail Rodriguez, and Kelly Bosloper (indoor track)
Quincy Rutherford, 1st team All League, 1st team All County
Jared Post, 2nd team All League, Honorable Mention All County
Ben Parker, Honorable Mention All League, Honorable Mention All County
Madison Wynbeek, 1st team All League, 2nd team All County
Brooke Van Lenten, 1st team All League, Honorable Mention All County
Erin Vander Plaat, 2nd team All League, Honorable Mention All County
Hanna Faber, Honorable Mention All League
Michael Ji, Honorable Mention Men’s County
Gideon Engelhard, Honorable Mention Men’s County
Stephanie Cabral, Honorable Mention Women’s County
Abby Rodriguez, Honorable Mention Women’s County
Katie Hefty, Second Team Women’s County in 200-M Dash
Rylan DeWaal Malefyt, 1st team All League, 2nd team Men’s County
Connor Van Hoff, Honorable Mention All League, Honorable Mention Men’s County
Christina Poliandro, Honorable Mention Women’s County
EC’s Online Swag Shop: It’s back and better than ever- and just in time for Christmas shopping! This year’s collection features:
- All new designs
- Wide variety of sizes- from kids through adults
- 100% Cotton and Performance Wear Options
- EC Varsity Hoodie Jacket
- Ladies Cut T-shirts
- EC’s first ever Swag venture into executive wear with Ties and Bowties!
Items ship directly to your home for a very reasonable shipping cost. Place your order today! Deadline for orders is December 1st.
EC experienced just about all of the highs and lows high school athletic competition can offer this fall. While every experience serves to educate beyond the classroom, we take a moment here to celebrate two of the highlights.
The Lady Eagles tennis team enjoyed one of their best seasons in memory, more than doubling last year’s win total with 9 league victories. Seniors Rachel Schultz (1st singles) and Kristen Casey (2nd singles) led the way with 9 and 10 wins, respectively. There were impressive wins in league play over Hawthorne and tight matches with powerful Pompton Lakes, but the season highlight came in the county tournament when all three singles players (including Cara Shotmeyer at 3rd singles) advanced to the quarter-finals! Rachel Schultz won her next two matches to become the first Lady Eagle to ever appear in a county final, falling to the reigning champion from Wayne Hills in a well played match. Congratulations to coach Amy Hulsebos, doubles teams Brianne Veenstra/ Rachel Liu and Tara Casey/ Addie Peretti/ Melanie Careri on an outstanding and memorable season!
Our 2nd season to highlight this fall belongs to the girls soccer team, who finished with a 12-8 record including 11 league wins! Hard fought battles over Rutherford (twice) and Pompton Lakes (under the lights at Willow) were the most memorable efforts of the season. Six seniors led the way for the Eagles, including leading scorers Erin Vander Plaat (25 goals), Brooke Van Lenten (14 goals) and Alyssa Botbyl (14 assists). Classmates Brianna Altamuro (midfielder) and Brenna Duffy (defender) had strong seasons and along with reserve Alexis Struck finished their careers having played on teams with winning records every year! Congratulations to 2nd year coach Laura Royle and the Eagles for continuing a tradition of excellence and sportsmanship.
Post Season Honors:
Rachel Schultz, 1st team All League, 1st team All County
Kristen Casey, Honorable Mention All League, Honorable Mention All County
Cara Shotmeyer, Honorable Mention All County
Morgan Abma, 2nd team All League, Honorable Mention All County
Carina Castagna, Honorable Mention All League, Honorable Mention All County
Erin Vander Plaat, 1st team All League, 1st team All County
Brooke Van Lenten, 1st team All League, 2nd team All County
Alyssa Botbyl, 2nd team All League
Brianna Altamuro, 2nd team All League, Honorable Mention All County
Madison Wynbeek, 2nd team All League, Honorable Mention All County
Brenna Duffy, Honorable Mention All League,
Andrew Brooks, 2nd team All League
Ben Parker, Honorable Mention All League, Honorable Mention All County
Anthony Avila, Honorable Mention All County
Emily Byrnes, 1st team All League, 2nd team All County
Stephanie Cabral, Honorable Mention All League and Honorable Mention All County
Kelly Bosloper, Honorable Mention All County
Ali Steiginga, Honorable Mention All League
Will Fan, Honorable Mention All League, Honorable Mention All County
Dan Kuder, Honorable Mention All League
Nico Cortez, Honorable Mention All League
Celebrating our Senior Athletes this Fall
Kneeling: Dan Kuder, Kelly Bosloper, Alexis Struck, Brianna Altamuro, Brenna Duffy, Alyssa Botbyl, Erin Vander Plaat, Brooke Van Lenten, Andrew Brooks
Standing: Stephanie Cabral, Brittany Van Harken, Selena Wang, Breanna Ricketts, Carina Castagna, Nicole Martin, Morgan Abma, Rachel Schultz, Kristen Casey