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  • Kevin Diana




  • Harley Masiello




  • Erin Witherspoon




  • Philip Lucas



BY JOSH LASHLEY

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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