Fall Athlete of the Year

by Stella Traphagen and James Stewart

Every year, The Glen Echo announces the ‘Fall Athlete of the Year’ as well as winter and spring in our future additions. After extensive research with qualified writers at The Glen Echo, we created a list of ten student athletes who were essential and valuable players to the teams’ successes this fall season. Results and a feature on the winner will be announced in our December addition.

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Boys Soccer


Zachary Spence #9:

Senior “Zach” Spence was the second highest goal scorer with 15 goals, along with six assists. Throughout his soccer career, the right midfielder has brought so much to the table as a team player. In the Panthers first round of counties vs. Bergen Charter, Spence led the team with three goals and afterwards was nominated for North Jersey player of the week.


Owen Neubart #21:

Senior captain Owen Neubart has been a key piece on the field during his four years playing on the varsity level, as well as a mentor for the underclassmen. This season, the forward finished with 18 goals and seven assists, which left him with the most totaled points of 43. Not only that, but while facing rival Waldwick in the regular season, Neubart scored to clinch the 2-0 victory. 


Girls Soccer


Ryan Doyle #3:

Junior Ryan Doyle has been zooming past defenders as a forward since freshman year and she really made a name for herself this year. In the Sectional State Final against Waldwick she put the second goal in the net to advance the team ahead. Not only does Doyle have the speed, but also impeccable skills. She has brought so much to the game this year; leading the team with 18 goals and 10 assists. 


Fiona Reilly #6:

Senior captain Fiona Reilly has been a staple in the center midfield this season. The center, often defensive midfielder, has definitely been a player to watch out for with seven goals and eight assists. In the preliminary round of the County Tournament, Reilly scored off a free kick late in the first half to push them ahead and eventually win the game 1-0 vs. Fair Lawn.  


Stella Traphagen #9:

Senior captain Stella Traphagen has been a key contributor to the success of the girls soccer team since her freshman year. The forward finished second on the team in goals with 12, and also tied for second in assists with eight. Traphagen helped lead the Panthers to the state sectional semi final with a season saving and game winning goal vs. Kittatinny in the last five minutes of the sectional quarter final.




Tony Atme #2:

Senior Tony Atme was Knight’s favorite target this season hauling in 27 receptions, tallying 446 yards. Atme found the endzone seven times this season, and recorded three interceptions on defense as one of the team’s starting cornerbacks. Atme enjoyed his best game on homecoming weekend vs. North Arlington, where the senior finished with 37 yards and a touchdown, while also grabbing two key interceptions on the defensive end.


Andrew Knight #3:

Senior Andrew Knight is the Panthers starting quarterback and has been a very reliable player this year. He totaled 1,291 passing yards on 91 completions and added 680 rushing yards. Knight threw for 11 touchdowns, while adding nine more on the ground. Knight was nominated for North Jersey player of the week after leading the Panthers to a 13-7 win over Ridgefield Park in their first playoff win since the 2015 season.


Luke Famularo #5:

Senior captain Luke Famularo was a force to be reckoned with on defense as an outside linebacker where he led the team in  total tackles with 69. Famularo chased opponents from sideline to sideline all season and sacked opposing quarterbacks four times, while also forcing a fumble. Senior did not go quietly on offense either as he finished with 217 receiving yards, and two touchdowns. He saved his best play for the playoffs where he had a touchdown catch and three sacks that contributed to the win vs. Ridgefield Park.


Cross Country


Ben Raser:

Junior Ben Raser has consistently placed high for the Panthers in his specialty, the 5,000 meter run. In the group one Sectional Final, Raser had his best performance of the year, placing third with his personal record of 16:44.00. Ultimately helping the boys’ team finish in second place overall.  


Girls Tennis


Julia Scotti 

Junior Julia Scotti played both first and second singles this season for the Panthers, and finished with an overall record of 10-1. Scotti persevered throughout the entire season with a key win coming in the Section 1 Group 1 final (6-4, 6-0) that helped the Panthers capture a 3-2 victory over Kinnelon.