Highlanders compete on the collegiate level


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  • Photo: centenarycyclones.com John Tierney




  • Photo: montclairathletics.com Katie Kruetz




  • Photo: fduknights.com Dillon Forsythe




  • Photo: fduknights.com Chris McCormack




  • Photo: njithighlanders.com Brian Sondergard




BY JOSH LASHLEY

John Tierney was a junior infielder for the Centenary College (Hackettstown) baseball team this year. Tierney, listed as a major in business and sports management, started in all 30 games for Centenary. He led the team with 25 runs scored and tied for the team lead with 33 hits. He was also second on the squad with a .324 batting average and six doubles. Tierney also had a triple along with six RBIs.

The Cyclones had five victories, including three on their home field. They had four victories in the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC). Tierney was named to the CSAC Winter/Spring All-Academic Team and he was also named to the Centenary Athletic Directors Honor Roll.

Let’s take a look at other former West Milford High School student-athletes who competed in collegiate sports this past spring season. This is the first installation in the series.

Katie Kruetz was a sophomore distance runner for the Montclair State University women’s outdoor track and field program this spring. Kruetz earned an induction in the National College Athlete Honor Society.

The Red Hawks finished in fifth place in the team scoring at the New Jersey Athletic Conference Championships held in Glassboro. Montclair State placed 43rd at the NCAA Division III Championships held in Geneva, Ohio.

Dillon Forsythe was on the roster as a junior right handed pitcher for the Fairleigh Dickinson University (Metropolitan campus) baseball program this spring. Forsythe appeared in a team-high 20 games and had a pitching victory. He struck out 10 batters this year.

The Knights tallied 12 overall victories, including an 8-8 record at home. Fairleigh Dickinson collected eight wins in the Northeast Conference.

Chris McCormack was a junior on the roster of the Fairleigh Dickinson University (Metropolitan campus) men’s golf team this past season. McCormack’s 76.8 average per 18 holes was the third lowest on the team. He had the lowest single round of any golfer for FDU with a 67 at Bulls Bridge Golf Club in South Kent, Connecticut.

The Knights placed second at the Northeast Conference (NEC) Championships in Daytona Beach, Florida. McCormack finished 10th individually at the NEC Championships with a three round total of 227, including a low round of 75.

Brian Sondergard was a red shirt junior left-handed pitcher for the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s (Newark) baseball team this year. Sondergard, listed as a mechanical engineering tech major, appeared in a team-high 15 games and started in a team-high 11 of them for NJIT. He was second on the squad with 31 strikeouts on the mound.

NJIT had nine overall wins, including four on their home field.







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