Bariso, Van Dyke earn academic, athletic honors in college

Catch up with former West Milford High School athletes

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  • Source: Marissa Bariso had a terrific senior yearon the diamond at New Jersey City University, capping off a memorable college career.

  • Source: Halei Van Dyke of Felician College

  • Source: Amy Cochran of West Milford is a long distance runner at Montclair State University.

  • Source: Brenden Pick plays lacrosse for Montclair State University.

By Josh Lashley

Marissa Bariso, a graduate of West Milford High School, was a senior catcher/outfielder for the New Jersey City University (Jersey City) softball team this spring. Bariso led her team with a .402 batting average, 43 hits, 14 doubles, three home runs and 20 RBIs. Starting in all 38 games, she also scored 16 runs and had a triple. Bariso earned All-NJAC (New Jersey Athletic Conference) Second Team honors this spring. She is second all-time at New Jersey City University with 21 career home runs and had 135 career hits.

An elementary education and psychology major, Bariso is a three-time member of the All-NJAC Academic Team.

Let’s take a glance at other graduates of West Milford High School who competed in collegiate sports this past spring season. This is the first installation in the series:

Halie Van Dyke was on the roster as a senior who played second base for the Felician College (Lodi) softball program this spring. Van Dyke played in 34 games and had a .271 batting average for Felician. She had 26 hits, including five doubles and three home runs. She also had 24 RBIs and scored 14 runs.

The Golden Falcons had an overall record of 19-22 and they were 11-7 on their home field. In the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC), they had a mark of 11-15. Listed as an elementary education/history major, Van Dyke was named to the Academic All-CACC Team this season.

Brenden Pick was listed as a freshman attacker for the Montclair State University men’s lacrosse team this past season. Pick played in five games and posted an assist for Montclair State.

The Red Hawks had an overall record of 16-2 and they were 10-1 at home. In the Skyline Conference, they had a mark of 6-0. They won the Skyline Conference Tournament with victories over Stockton and Kean University in contests held at Sprague Field in Montclair. From there, the Red Hawks advanced to the NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championships where they were defeated in the opening round by Ithaca College in a game held in Ithaca, New York.

Amy Cochran was on the roster as a freshman distance runner for the Montclair State University women’s outdoor track and field program this spring. The Red Hawks placed fourth as a team at the Collegiate Track Conference Championships and fifth as a team at the New Jersey Athletic Conference Championships.

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