Many local student athletes made a positive impression in collegiate sports during the spring:
• Nick Matkiwsky, a graduate of Sparta High School, was a graduate student on the tennis team at the College of New Jersey in Ewing.
He had 12 overall victories in doubles competition, and 1-0 record in singles competition.
The Lions tallied an overall record of 11-4, with a mark of 7-2 on their home courts. In the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC), they went 4-0.
TCNJ advanced to the post-season, where they were defeated by the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Matkiwsky is listed as a biology major.
• Kevin Putsky, a graduate of Pope John XXIII Regional High School in Sparta, was a senior outfielder for the baseball team at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Hoboken.
He started in 49 games and had a .246 batting average. He had 47 hits, including seven doubles and the home runs, and also scored 20 runs and had 28 RBIs.
The Highlanders posted 22 overall wins, with a mark of 8-5 on their home field. In the America East Conference, they tallied 11 victories.
They advanced to the conference tournament, where they were defeated by Binghamton in a game held in Vestal, N.Y.
• David Jagiello (Pope John) was sophomore midfielder for the lacrosse team at Stockton University in Galloway.
He played in seven games and started in one of them. He had one goal this year.
The Ospreys had an overall record of 12-6, with a mark of 4-4 at home.
In the Coastal Lacrosse Conference (CLC), they were 3-2. Stockton advanced to the CLC Tournament, where the team lost a one-goal contest to Kean University in a game in Galloway.
• Gabriella Pagano (Pope John) was a freshman competitor in distance runs for the outdoor track and field team at Rowan University in Glassboro.
The Profs placed second in the team scoring at the NJAC Championships hosted by Ramapo College in Mahwah.
• Kevin Matthews (Pope John) was a freshman who competed in distance runs for TCNJ’s track and field team.
The Lions placed second in the team scoring at the NJAC Outdoor Championships hosted by Ramapo College in Mahwah.
Matthews is listed as a management major.
• Kyle Miller (Pope John) was a first-year competitor in the pole vault event for the track and field team at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken.
The Ducks finished in seventh place in the team scoring at the Middle Atlantic Conference Outdoor Championships held in York, Pa.
Miller is listed as a computer science major.