The Ridge Booster Club Congratulates these Athletes of the Month*
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
Girls Basketball – Sophie Beneventine
Boys Basketball Gavin Kreitz
Girls Fencing – Zoe Kim
Boys Fencing – Advaith Rege
Boys Swimming – Chris Fabian
Girls Swimming – Maggie Hannis
Girls Ski Team –Noa Fransech-Huc
Boys SKi Team – Rishi Kundgargi
Winter Track & Field Girls – Jennifer Hodges (10)
Winter Track & Field Boys – Luke Roberts
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.
Wrestling – Jake Hendershot and Devon Capato
Girls Basketball – Taylor Smith
Boys Basketball – Nathan Herrera
Ice Hockey – Marcus Fabiunke
Fencing Boys – Clark Kokenge
Fencing Girls – Liz Chan
Swimming Boys – Daniel Xia
Daniel is a standout freshman swimmer that excels in sprint freestyle and butterfly. He has already made a huge impact on the team and has added depth to our 200 and 400 freestyle relays while achieving personal best times in multiple events this season.
Swimming Girls – Tracy Lu
Cheerleading – Jackie Beran
Winter Track & Field – Girls – Morgan Lyons (10)
Winter Track & Field – Boys – Sam Lewis
* Descriptions provided by team coaches