(Newark, NJ) – The Cedar Grove High School Softball team was honored on July 10, 2019, by the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders for winning the 2019 NJSIAA North 1, Group 1 State Championship.
The Commendation was sponsored and presented by longtime Livingston resident Freeholder At-Large Patricia Sebold, and District 4 Freeholder Leonard Luciano. Accepting the Commendation on behalf of the team were Head Coach Nicole Velardi, assistant coaches Cheryl Marion-Zenobi and Pete Velardi, and Superintendent Michael J. Fetherman.
Freeholder Sebold opened the ceremony by stating how proud she was of the State Championship team, and how honored the Board was to officially recognize them with their families in attendance.
The Cedar Grove High School Softball Team finished the season with a record of 27 victories and 5 losses. In addition to winning the Group 1 State Championship, they were also the Super Essex Conference American Division Champions and the North 1, Group 1 State Sectional Champions.
The team performed to a championship level as a unit, and several players were recognized for their great individual seasons. Mia Faieta, Jules Cicala, Gianna Kubu, and Gianna Bocchino were named to the Super Essex Conference 1st Team. Katie Peterson, Alyssa Coletta, and Chloe Weinstein were named to the 2nd Team, and two players, Brittney Taylor and Ryan Cannataro, were Honorable Mention.
Coach Nicole Velardi thanked the Freeholders for the honor, and thanked the coaching staff and her players for their hard work in accomplishing their goals. Also in attendance for the ceremony were Freeholder At-Large President Brendan Gill and District 5 Freeholder Carlos Pomares.
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For Additional Information:
Kyalo Mulumba, Public Information Officer
Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders
973-621-4452 (phone) 973-621-5695 (fax)