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W+H Spring Athletes Earn Post-Season Recognition

Rudy Brandl

A whopping number of 18 Wardlaw+Hartridge athletes, three coaches and two teams earned post-season recognition by the Greater Middlesex Conference, New Jersey Prep and State organizations following the spring athletic season.

The state championship girls’ golf team led the way with its top four players receiving accolades on the GMC, Prep and State levels. Veteran head coach Jim Howard also was named GMC Coach of the Year.

Freshman Sarah Shao ’24 earned first team All-State honors in addition to her placement on the All-GMC and All-Prep teams. Teammates Grace Lu ’22 and Jenelle Valera ’22 received second team All-State honors and Claire Lu ’24 made the third team. All four players were first team selections on the All-GMC and All-Prep teams.

W+H athletes also earned recognition in five other spring sports. The division champion boys’ tennis team placed five players on the All-GMC Gold team: Scott Greaney ’21, Nidhin Kumar ’24, Aarush Dharayan ’22, Kunal Patel ’22 and Jay DaSilva ’22. Tennis coach Ron Haynes also was named GMC Blue Coach of the Year.

Other Rams earning All-Division recognition included baseball players Brandon McCall ’21 and Shiv Tickoo ’22, softball player Sarah Alves ’24, and track and field athletes Aydin Aziz ’23, Angelina Vargas ’23, Emily Brogan ’22 and Nadia Valcourt ’21. Track and field coach Jamal Burden also received recognition as GMC Gold Coach of the Year.

Lacrosse standout Kevin Yan ’21 earned accolades as an Academic All-American from the New Jersey Interscholastic Lacrosse League. The W+H baseball and softball teams also won GMC Gold Team Sportsmanship Awards.