Athletes of the Month

The female athlete of the month for December is Samantha Pon. Samantha is a versatile player who helps the Lady Tornadoes in any way she can. In the month of December Samantha helped lead the team to a 2nd place finish in the New Jersey Tip off Tournament.  At that tournament, Samantha earned a spot on the All-Tournament team in recognition of her hard work throughout the weekend.

During the month of December Samantha had 62 rebounds (7.8 per game), 35 steals (4.4 per game), and 48 points (6 per game). As the captain of the team, she has done a wonderful job at leading the team on, and off, the court. Congrats Samantha!

 

 

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Carlos Vega is December’s Athlete of the Month. The team coaches based this decision on his strong leadership as captain of the team, as well as his dedication to his teammates.

Carlos averaged 18 points per game since the month November and was instrumental in leading his team to victory in the Tip-off tournament at NJSD. Carlos also earned a spot on the All-Tournament team in recognition of his hard work throughout the weekend.

Carlos constantly took responsibility for his team’s success and fed his team with support and guidance throughout the season. As a first time captain, Carlos quickly learned to face challenges as a leader, which the coaches were quite proud of.  Some of his goals this season was to build his confidence and show his passion in working with his team.  Carlos grew a great deal this season, and became a player who exemplified teamwork through his passing and shooting skills. His dream is to win the championship at ASD on Feb. 27 and states, “we work together as a team with confidence and preparedness”.

 

Athletes of the Month

sponeditVolleyball
Samantha, a 10th grader, is our female athlete of the month for October. It is her third year playing volleyball. Her leadership and plays on the court have been wonderful since the beginning of the season.

Samantha led Fanwood to a record of 12-12 during the month of October. At the ESDAA Volleyball Tournament, she earned the All Star Tournament Award and led Fanwood to 4th place.

One of highlights during ESDAA Volleyball Tournament was when Samantha ended the game vs. Lexington School for the Deaf with her trademark strong service point. As a setter, Samantha has a natural instinct and drive for the game. She has a really great intuition about which player to give the ball to, or when to try for a kill. Samantha controls the game really well.

Samantha’s expectation for her teammates is always high and this them to improve as players. When other players become frustrated or feel “off”, I love that she won’t let it affect her own performance; she continues to play at her best regardless. This year, her service skills have improved so much. Also, she is able to handle pressure really well. With that being said, she is an extraordinary player and teammate.

Congratulations, Samantha!


fernandoeditSoccer:
Fernando, a junior grade, is our male athlete of the month for October. This is his third year playing soccer and this year he started as goalkeeper for first time. In the past, he mostly played midfield.

Since Fanwood’s star goalkeeper graduated last year, we started the season without one. Coaches Nicolas and Paul asked Fernando if he would be interested in filing this position. Fernando accepted the challenge and was ready to learn!

Naturally, his first game was not as smooth as we hoped, but the coaches and team have watched him maintain a positive, hard-working attitude in order to become a stronger goalkeeper. Game after game, he improved more and more, and was soon able to consistently make many important saves for the team.

Fernando earned 71 saves during the month of October alone, which is a huge improvement from Septembers 25 saves. Although he showed frustration when he missed saves, he always sought out ways that he could improve, and grow as a player.

The coaches know that Fernando’s leadership on the team will grow and he will become key role on their team. He showed up on time for practice and was always ready to learn something new. Fernando was not a complainer; each time he fell, he picked himself up and readied himself for the next play. This is exactly what is expected of a goalkeeper. The coaches know that he is on his way to becoming a model play for the Tornadoes.

Congratulation, Fernando!