JESSICA RUSSO WAYNE VALLEY -- GIRLS' FENCING
Russo won the individual title at the Passaic
County Tournament last year for the second
straight time, and she capped off her brilliant
junior season by going undefeated at the
state tournament and winning the gold. Russo
is nationally ranked in the saber division, and
she competes internationally against some of
the best junior fencers in the world. Expect
her to be a heavy favorite for another
state championship this winter.
DAN SCHROEDER WATCHUNG HILLS -- BOYS' ICE HOCKEY
When the discussion of the best goaltenders in
the state comes up, Schroeder is on the short
list. As a junior last year, Schroeder led
Watchung Hills to the Public A state championship
game, and he's looking to do one better this season.
A 5-0 loss to Ridge in the title game didn't
stop Schroeder from earning All-Tournament
honors, and All-State honors could be in
the cards this season.
BRYAN MURPHY DON BOSCO PREP -- FOOTBALL
The Ironmen have their share of stars on offense, but the
play of the defense was just as critical to Bosco's great
season. On Nov. 1, Murphy led the way, racking up 10
tackles from his linebacker position in a 38-7 win
over rival Bergen Catholic. Murphy, a junior,
was constantly in the BC backfield, and
his four sacks went a long way to
helping Don Bosco Prep improve to
6-1 on the season.
JOSE ARISMENDI HIGH TECH -- BOYS' SOCCER
Arismendi was clutch all season for High
Tech, but he came up especially big in the
Hudson County Seglio Conference playoffs.
The junior forward rang up a hat trick in
each of the two tournament games, helping
High Tech win its fifth straight title, and his
two second-half goals led the Lasercats to
a 6-0 victory over McNair in the championship
match. Arismendi was named MVP
of the tournament.