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ROSEMONT, ILL. (May 11, 2016) – Senior Stephanie Huang has been named the Rutgers softball recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, the league announced Wednesday. The athletes chosen for the Big Ten Conference Sportsmanship Award have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior, in addition to demonstrating good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.
Huang started all 56 games at second base, maintaining a .360 batting average as the leadoff hitter with a .450 on base percentage. The Paramus, N.J., native led the Scarlet Knight stat sheet in hits (64), walks (29), runs (37) and at bats (178). Huang also added her name to the Rutgers all-time single season charts, sitting tied for second with her 64 hits. Overall, Huang posted a team-best 18 multiple hit games, including six with three or more hits, as well as five multiple RBI games.
Off the field, the supply chain and marketing science major is a two-time All-Conference Academic team member, as well as a 2013-2014 NFCA All-Academic Team honoree. Huang is also an avid participant of the team’s relationship with adopted sister Jada through the Friends of Jaclyn organization, as well as through community service outreach, such as volunteering at Elijah’s Promise in New Brunswick. The senior infielder picks up her second conference honor of the season after earning Big Ten Player of the Week on March 21. The leadoff hitter produced a .619 batting average (13-for-21) to guide RU to a 5-2 record on the week.
Home of the 2009 Pony National 16U Champions
Who are the New Jersey Sparks?
The New Jersey Sparks are a club softball organization established in 2002 out of Pequannock NJ. The New Jersey Sparks are a non profit 501(c)(3) Charitable organization. We strive to train and develop players in the sport of softball while emphasizing, teamwork, sportsmanship and camaraderie. We compete at the 12U, 14U, 16U & 18U levels and play an "A" level schedule. Our 18U showcase team concentrates on college showcase tournaments. In 2015 the 18U Showcase team participated in Pennsbury, Tradition, Delaware Invitational College showcases, Tom Doyle, New England's Finest showcases among others.
The New Jersey Sparks host several competitive fastpitch Softball Tournaments throughout the year. From one-day friendly tournaments to Pony Qualifiers, each one provides your child with "A" level of competition and an atmosphere of sportsmanship. The Sparks are not a recreation or town travel team. We are an organization that plays a competitive tournament schedule, world series, state and national events.
The fall consists of a competitive tournament schedule. This is where each group really comes together as team. The girls get comfortable with each other and it allows the coaches to work individually with each and get them prepared for a more rigorous tournament schedule the following spring and summer. All teams participate in winter training at an indoor facility.
Here are the 2015/2016 New Jersey Sparks teams. For a list of manager email and phone numbers please go to the contact menu. Click on the team below for more detailed information.
President - Joe Lamanna
Vice President - Alex Borovskis
Congratulations to NJ Sparks Alumni Christina Brizek on 2015 NJAC Championship
Glassboro, NJ: For the first time in school history the Ramapo College softball team has won the New Jersey Athletic Conference Championship Tournament to earn the conference's automatic bid to the Division III NCAA Championship. The #2 seeded Roadrunners defeated the #1 seeded Profs of Rowan University 8-2 to take the championship crown. Watch below as Christina Brizek, Freshman and five year NJ Spark alumni strikes the last Rowan batter out.
NJ Sparks College Commitments
Special congratulations to many of our 18U NJ Sparks on their recent College Softball commitments. Great job Ladies!
Rachel Breuninger - Bloomsburg University
Stephanie Deeb - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rose Pezzuti - CCM
Stephanie Pomante - Albright College
Kelsey Quinn - Kings College
Veronica Vergara - PACE University
Samantha Platt - The College of New Jersey
Christina Brizek - Ramapo College
Bridget Carr – Rutgers
Taylor Alexander - Lynchburg
Stephanie Mancuso – Alvernia University
Rachel Curtiss – Ave Maria University
Dana Torcia - Alfred University
Paige Johnson - California University
Gina Martucci - Smith College
Sarah Saunders - Wesley College
Stephanie Huang - Rutgers
Alyssa Schwed - Dominican College
Chelsea Batelli - William Paterson University
Courtney Borovskis - Ramapo College
Briana Giovenco - Shippensburg University
Shannon Mosack - Montclair State University
Megan Brain - Babson College
Is there a Spark in you?
16U Sparks (Troast) Win 2015 USSSA Fall Finale National Qualifier
16U Sparks Black win 16U gold bracket winner Connecticut Tradition tournament
2015 12U White win April 11th/12th USSSA Tournament.
12U Red win Pony National Qualifier Tournament
After making the finals in their last two Pony Tournaments, Sparks 12U Red won it all at the Hudson Valley Hurricane Pony Qualifier on 6/22/14.
16U Pony National Champions
Select Colt 16U Softball Nationals July 26 - August 2nd, 2009. Pony Nationals were held in Akron, OH by the Akron Racers. The tournament included 70 teams. The championship game score was 4-1 NJ Sparks 16U, NJ over the Maryland Stars 16U Black, MD in the final game.
Remembering John Natoli
John Natoli, an assistant coach with the NJ Sparks, passed away at the age of 49. John was with us for several years donating his time at the 10, 12, 14 and this fall the 16U level. John was always a shinning light in the organization and could always draw a smile from the girls and fellow coaches and parents alike. He could light up a dugout, field or room just with his presence. His genuine selflessness and great sense of humor were unique and very special to all of us who knew him. We will miss him tremendously but will remember him with a smile the way he would he want us to. Heres to you John.