As time is winding down for the class of 2020 athletes, the class of 2023 has begun to prepare for the future. Most recently, the 2023 class has placed its mark on the basketball court for both the boys and girls programs.
It was seen in the fall on the soccer field for the girls squad, especially with their freshman duo of Dara Studnick and Bryn Fitzgerald. That dual threat has brought their talents over to the court for the 15-2 girls basketball team. Both were riddled by injury, but both were set to get minutes at the varsity level this season. However, their fellow freshman Amanda Nwanko has made her mark on the squad. The freshman has already tallied 178 points in her young Falcons career, towering over her opponents. Like Fitzgerald and Studnick, it has been tough to stay healthy for the majority of the season as she missed a few games, most recently the teams Morris County Tournament win over Madison.
For the boys it is much less common to see freshmen at the varsity level. It hasn’t been seen in four years since 1,000 point scorer Joe Batelli got his opportunity on varsity. The boys Falcons squad also holds three freshmen on their varsity roster in Travis Osterhout, Jason Eisele, and Jake Studnick. Before their varsity contributions, the boys helped the freshman team to maintain an undefeated record while having their closest game be a twenty-point win. Now the boys are getting minutes with the big boys. Most notably is Eisele, who has recorded 11 points this year and has continued to see an increase in minutes down the stretch.
Jefferson sports have become extremely lucky to get a grasp of the siblings of the Studnicks, Fitzgeralds, and Eiseles. The Studnicks have the two freshmen who have excelled in this basketball season as well as the junior Mike Studnick who is a three-sport varsity athlete in football, basketball, and baseball. The Fitzgeralds have Bryn and the junior Cole Fitzgerald, who both contribute on the soccer field and the basketball court. And the Eiseles cover three different varsity sports; Senior Madison Eisele controlled the varsity soccer squad this past season, and the sophomore Justin Eisele who lettered in football season.