Highlanders excel in college athletics
BY JOSH LASHLEY
WEST MILFORD — Kevin Diana and Phillip Lucas, both from West Milford High School, were members of the Ramapo College (Mahwah) men’s outdoor track and field program. Diana was listed as a freshman competitor in sprints and Lucas was on the roster as a freshman who competed in throwing events. Lucas is listed as a biochemistry major.
Diana earned New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Rookie of the Year honors this spring. He won the 200 with a time of 22.29 and was also part of the victorious 4-by-100 relay team at the NJAC Championships in Ewing. Diana also placed second at the NJAC Championships in the 100. He was first-team All-NJAC in the 200 and 4-by-100 relay and Second-Team All-NJAC in the 100.
As a team, Ramapo placed third at the NJAC championships.
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 second installation in the series:
Harley Masiello and Erin Witherspoon were on the roster of the Ramapo College softball team this spring. Masiello, a senior pitcher, posted six wins in the circle and led Ramapo with a 2.49 earned run average. Masiello recorded a team leading 49 strikeouts and also led the squad with two shutout victories. Witherspoon, a sophomore catcher, played in 24 games and started in 21 of them for the Roadrunners. She had 11 hits, including a double, three triples and seven RBIs. Witherspoon also scored eight runs.
Ramapo had an overall record of 18-17 and they were 9-5 on their home field. The Roadrunners had a mark of 8-10 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC). Witherspoon is listed as a business marketing major and Masiello is listed as a biology major.
Lucas Lamb was a junior listed as a distance runner for the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s (Newark) men’s outdoor track and field program. Lamb is listed as an applied physics major with a concentration in optics.
Brian Sondergard was on the roster as a freshman left handed pitcher for the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s baseball team this spring. Sondergard appeared in 12 games and had a 0-1 record on the mound. He recorded 10 strikeouts for NJIT.
The Highlanders had an overall mark of 20-25 and they were 8-8 on their home field. Sondergard is listed as a construction engineering tech major.
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