Athletes of the Month – 2019

February 2019

Swim Team – Boys – Michael Dong

Michael has steadily improved throughout his four years on the Ridge swim team. This month Michael has had a tremendous impact on the team in his 200 Individual Medley, 100 freestyle and 100 butterfly. Michael was MVP of the meet for our dual meet vs Pingry and he will be missed next year.


Swim Team – Girls – Claudia Taddeo

Claudia has been a tremendous asset to Ridge Swimming over her four year Varsity career. She has been a dependable 100 flyer and competed at the County / Conference meet this year in both the sprint freestyle and butterfly events. Claudia is also an amazing captain that will be missed next year. Claudia was MVP of the meet for our dual meet against Bridgewater.

Fencing – Boys – Eric Liu

Eric fenced consistently and excellently to capture vital wins on the way to Ridge’s 4th place in the state.


Fencing – Girls – Arianna Minassian

Arianna captained Ridge to first ever State Title. Led by example on and off the strip.


Wrestling – Jake Hendershot

Jake placed 2nd in District 14, 3rd in Region 4, and qualified for the State Tournament in Atlantic City. Jake finished the season with a record of 42-4, and a career record of 114-32. Congratulations!


Ice Hockey – Senior Alex Konovalov

Alex had 28 goals, 16 assists for 44 points since he came back from injury in very late January. He also had a goal and two assists in Ridges’ 4 – 1 win over Randolph at the Prudential Center that gave them the Public B School State Championship.


Ski Team – Boys – Mark Minsch

One of the top finishers in every race which helped to lead boys to Public Overall State Championship.


Ski Team – Girls – Aidyn Thompson

Strong consistent finishes leading girls to 18th straight berth in States.


Basketball – Girls – Ava Haiback

Ava is a junior guard on the Ridge Red Devils who were 8-4 in the month of February.  Ava is averaging 9.1 points per game, 1.9 rebounds per game and 1.5 assists per game.


Basketball – Boys – Mike Zima

Mike was a force inside for the boys basketball team all year long. Strong post play and strong leadership. He was our leading scorer and rebounder. Always a pleasure to coach. Mike will be dearly missed.


Competitive Cheer/Winter Cheer – Elsa Meiner

A junior on Varsity, Elsa demonstrated tremendous maturity and leadership this year, especially throughout Nationals and States, and demonstrated a balanced, focused, and driven attitude to help lead her team to success. She persevered as a base, working hard to hit new skills all season and helped her stunt group thrive under pressure. Elsa is strength personified, a leader by example, and an inspiration to her teammates.


Winter Track & Field – Boys
“5×800” – Ryan Lindrud, Alex Sargen, Will Pinto, Luke Roberts, and Sam Lewis

These 5 athletes all contributed in a huge way to the success of the boy’s track team in February.  Ryan, Sam, Will, and Luke qualified for the Millrose Games and ran a school record time running a US #5 time.  Ryan, Will, and Sam went 1-2-3 in the sectional 1600 to help us win the 2nd State Sectional title in school history.  Lastly, Alex, Will, Luke, and Ryan won the Meet of Champions 4×800 and earned All-American status by improving on the school record and placing 5th at Nationals.


Winter Track & field – Girls
Manon Stephen (11), Olivia Cicchetti (11), Tatum Peskin (11) and Morgan Lyons (10)

Girls 4×800 meter Relay –  The girls won both the Eastern States meet and the NJSIAA Meet of Champions in this event.   Later they followed up with a 6th place finish at new Balance nationals to earn All American status.  It was the school’s 7th straight Meet of Champions title and 3rd straight All american status in this event.




Ice Hockey – Alex Konovalov

When Alex got the first assist in Ridge’s game against Hunterdon Central that gave him a high school career total of 70 goals, 75 assists for 145 points which broke Keith Macey’s (2008) previous all-time Ridge point record of 144 points. In the next game against Bridgewater-Raritan,  Alex scored the first goal which gave him 75 career goals. That broke Mike Podwalski’s (2001) all-time Ridge goal record of 74 goals.

Girls Basketball – Sophie Beneventine

Sophie is a junior and the point guard on the Ridge Red Devils who were 7-5 in the month of January..  Soph is averaging 6.9 points per game, 3.3 assists per game, and 4.4 rebounds per game.  She scored 11 points vs Rutgers Prep and Phillipsburg.

Boys Basketball Gavin Kreitz

Fearless competitor. Diligent worker who has put in so much extra time to become the player he is today. Consistent long range shooter, tight handle, and phenomenal passer. Fearless competitor. Diligent worker who has put in so much extra time to become the player he is today. Consistent long range shooter, tight handle, and phenomenal passer.

Girls Fencing – Zoe Kim

Zoe went undefeated at the statewide tournament Santelli (women).

Boys Fencing – Advaith Rege

Advaith performed wonderfully well at Cetrulo suffering only one loss all day.

Boys Swimming – Chris Fabian

Chris is a tremendous talent in the pool that excels in sprint freestyle and backstroke. He is a junior that continues to contribute to dozens of points for our team. Earlier this month Chris broke the team record in the 50 freestyle and contributed to the 200 freestyle relay that qualified for Meet of Champions. He has also qualified for multiple individual events for Meet of Champions in March.


Girls Swimming – Maggie Hannis

Maggie is an outstanding and versatile sophomore swimmer that excels in almost every stroke. She was a member of the 400 freestyle relay squad that qualified for Meet of Champions earlier this month. Maggie will be competing in multiple events at County and Conference Championships and is looking to score individual points.

Girls Ski Team –Noa Fransech-Huc
Boys SKi Team – Rishi Kundgargi

Both have lead their teams to strong starts with strong individual finishes.

Winter Track & Field Girls – Jennifer Hodges (10)

Jen has become one of our more versatile athletes excelling in High Jump, Hurdles and sprints from 55-800 meters.  These abilities and steady improvement helped lead the team to a 2nd place finish in the Group 4 Relay meet and a 1st Place finish in the Skyland Conference.

Winter Track & Field Boys – Luke Roberts

During the month of January Luke Roberts has earned two school records in long jump and the 400 meter run.  In addition, he is the 2nd fastest runner in the 300 to ever come through Ridge.  Luke is one of the top scoring members of the varsity team both in individual events and in relays.  At the end of the month, Luke was excited to move up in distance and has one of the fastest 800 times on the team. He has improved significantly from last season and I anticipate him having a phenomenal state season.

Wrestling – Chris Love/Jake Stein/Kevin Fern

3 captains – provided leadership throughout the season and helped propel the Wrestling team to an 18-9 dual meet season.


* Descriptions provided by team coaches