Athletes of the Month


The Ridge Booster Club Congratulates these Athletes of the Month*

 

FEBRUARY 2021

Basketball Girls – Delaney Donohoe 

Senior, captain Delaney Donohoe has led the Ridge Girls Basketball Team to a 7-4 record in the month of February.  She has averaged 13.5 points per game, 8.5 rebounds per game and 1.5 blocks per game.  During the 11-game span, she has 4 double-doubles with 16 points and 16 rebounds vs Immaculata, 17 points and 11 rebounds vs North Hunterdon, 12 points and 12 rebounds vs Gill St. Bernards and 19 points and 10 rebounds vs. Phillipsburg.  Delaney has been a catalyst for the Ridge Girls Basketball team’s offense and defense all season.

Basketball Boys- Nolan Murphy – Senior Forward 

Nolan has been a starter on the boys basketball team the entire season. He has locked down the opposing teams best big kid and has done a nice job on the glass for us. Nolan always gives 100 percent effort and is a great teammate. He is one of the main reasons the team has been so successful. 

Cheerleading – Sarah Babcock 

Sarah worked incredibly hard to gain new skills as a flyer this season, enhancing her technique and taking new risks in her position. At our practices, she seized every opportunity to grow as an athlete and a person, and her positive attitude sets the tone for our practices Watching her teammates cheer her on as she mastered each new skill was inspiring. Way to go, Sarah!

Fencing Boys –  Ryan Shadpoor 

Boys’ team captain; great performance on the strip and organizing and inspiring your team.

Fencing Girls –  Jillian Yao  

Girls’ team captain; stellar performances and leadership on and off the strip.

Ice Hockey – Senior Captain Matt Balzarotti 

1. Matt scored two goals including the “game winning” goal in Ridge’s 3-1 victory over Hunterdon Central in the Skylands Cup final thus making Ridge the The Skylands Conference Champions.

2. Matt had 55 goals & 54 assists for 109 points in his Ridge career, this year he was 12 goals, 13 assists for 25 points in 9 games – projected over a 30 game season that would have been 83 points which would have made Matt the all-time Ridge single season point scorer.

3. In Matts 1st year Ridge was the Public A State Champion, in his second year Ridge lost the Public A State Championship in sudden death overtime, this year Ridge was named by NJ.Com as the #1 Public School Team in the state.

4. In the 27 year history of Ridge Hockey no one has had a career that could equal that.

Ski Team Girls – Marisa Tomaru 

Led her team to Conference championships.  Her performances also led the girls to a 2nd overall state finish.  She was named to the 1st Team All-State.

Ski Team Boys – Mark Minsch 

Led his teams to Conference championships. His performances led the boys to a Public Slalom State Championship.  He was named to the 2nd Team All-State. 

Swimming Girls – Giulia Beverini 

Giulia is a standout freshman athlete that excels in sprint and middle distance freestyle. Early in the season, Giulia already has multiple first place finishes and is a huge part of the reason why we started off the season 3-1. 

Swimming Boys – Garrett Gould 

Garrett is a freshman that is a really versatile athlete that excels in sprint freestyle and backstroke. He has first place swims at every dual meet so far this season and led Ridge to victories over Watchung Hills and North Hunterdon.

Winter Track & Field Girls – Stella Smith 

As a senior, Stella took on the challenge of training for a new event, the 55m Hurdles. During her first hurdles practice, Stella’s natural talent surprised coaches and athletes. Her ability to excel so quickly led to her first 55m Hurdle race against Hunterdon Central, where she ran an impressive time of 10.3 seconds. It will be exciting to see her continually improve over the course of the season. 

Winter Track & Field Boys- Luke Roberts (12) 

During the month of February Luke stood out both on the track and in jumps.  The senior captain has demonstrated leadership, hard work, and dedication which has allowed him to be undefeated in all meets.  His most notable performance was when he improved his own Long Jump school record with a jump of 21-1.75.  He has matched almost all his personal bests already in February and it will be exciting to see what is able to accomplish the rest of the season. 

* Descriptions provided by team coaches