RHS Athletic Hall Of Fame

As a bit of background, the Ridgewood High School Athletic Hall Of Fame was established in 2004 to honor the athletic achievements of Ridgewood High school student-athletes, coaches, teams, and individuals who are deemed to have had a major and lasting impact on the athletic program at RHS.

2024 Banquet: October 26, 2024

At The Brick House, Wyckoff, NJ

Social hour will again be 6:00-7:00 PM with a sit-down dinner and induction ceremonies scheduled for 7:00 – 10:00 PM.

The class of 2024 are:

Lynne Collazo class of 1989 CC & Track

Tyler Rhoten.  class of 2002  Basketball

Kelci Smesko.class of 2012. Lacrosse

Brett Sowers   class of 1994  Lacrosse

Tricia (Putnoky) Piotrowski class of 1996

Gymnastics as Athlete and Head Coach.

Chuck Johnson class of 1970. Head Football Coach.

Ticketing for Reservations will be available soon through our on-line reservation portal.

Musical Presentations for 2022 Inductees Banquet

RHS Athletic Hall Of Fame

The purpose of this commemorative body is to unite the school’s athletic history with the functions and goals of the present day school district.The Hall Of Fame will attempt to promote sportsmanship and citizenship, as well as athletic and academic accomplishment, through the recognition and selection of deserving individuals and teams into the Ridgewood High School Athletic Hall Of Fame.

The team RHS alumni led by Jeff Yearing RHS 1966, Tom Thurston & Sam Cermack, RHS 1977 and Ridgewood High school Athletic Director Walt Hampson, chose the first group of honorees to the RHS Athletic Hall Of Fame. With this first class and subsequent groups every two years since, there developed an excellent example of how alumni can participate in and influence the day-to-day activities of RHS. Their creation of the wall of RHS Hall Of Fame Wall in the main gymnasium is a stunning illustration of their energy & foresight. The Hall Of Fame Wall acknowledges the accomplishments of student athletes dating back to the earliest days of RHS. It is a must-see for every tour by alumni who visit RHS, as well an inspiration to current students, coaches, & supporters. The Hall Of Fame Wall raises the awareness of how sports have helped shape the growth of Ridgewood High School and the village in which it resides.

Nominations for the class of 2024 are now closed. Nominations for the Hall of Fame class of 2026 are now being taken. If you are interested in nominating a candidate for consideration, student- athletes must have been graduated 5 years from RHS and have made a significant impact in their years of competition at RHS and beyond, if relevant. Please consider their awards and recognitions such as All-League, All-County, All-State, and All-American. Please be aware of any professional involvement in their particular sport.You may also nominate coaches and individuals who have had a significant impact on the development of athletics at RHS. Important teams will also be considered. Please contact HOF Committee Co-Chair Jeff Yearing to submit your nomination as a Word Doc.

coachyears at hotmail.com


Patti Auger, Eric Benedict, Eunae Jo, Peter McGinley, Karla Mixon, Clair Nowakowski, 1983 Softball Team, Joe Pedone, Julia Rappa


Carlos Peay, Louis Edward “Eddie” Peay, Kelly Conheeney, Samantha Cermack, Chris Rae, Chelsea Steinberg, Mark Strittmatter, Andrew Clarke, Jim Dee, Phil Ross Sr.


Jeff Yearing


Maureen Greico, Larry Coyle, Jacob Brown, Richard Bennett, Toshiko D’Elia


John Marshall, Jim Bruni, Mark Romeo, Jean Hughes, Chris Van Note, Nancy Hogan, RHS Football Team 1913, Don Taylor, Rachel Grygiel, John Cerf, Paul Tornatore, Michele Marangi, RHS Boys’ Lacrosse 1990-92


Craig Halyard, Tom Flatt, Tricia Pappalardo, Mike Henderson, Kandie Latham, Leigh Jester, Tom Dusel, Roger Sweeney, Linda Zabielski, Patty Capasso, Dennis Sullivan, Nick & Dottie Capasso, Track and Field (Bain-Daley-Oliver Era)


Primo “Duke” DeRochi, Debbie Paul, George Monro, Bill Dunne, Amy Lyons, James Sullivan, Michael Culver, Keith O’Connor, Josh Kauke, Patti Mileski, Mary Ellen Mileski


Kitty Batterson, Henry Blauvelt, Frank L. Bradley, Jr., Lucia Cancelmo, Chris DuFlocq, Renee DuFlon, RHS Girls’ Basketball 1922-1923, Harry Grundy, Jim Jones, Joe LeMay, Jen McDermott, Shannon McGarrigle, Tony Napier, Margaret Niemann, Vince Robertiello (Jamie Roberts), Damian Ross, Mike Springer


Mario Ferraro, Paul Ferraro, Don Haldane, Wendy Hartwig, Tom Hopper, Bob Keino, Frank Mozeleski, Tim Mullen, Jenna Rogers, Donna O’Connell, Carin Cone, Charles Yennie


Paul Arrigoni, Pete Campbell, Doug Cook, Becky Deetz, Otis Grendler, Jodi Hartwig, Gene Links, Debbie O’Connell, Aimee McGuire, Walt Perdue, Tom Simos, Kazbek Tambi, Jack Van Yperen, Bob Whitaker, Margaret Scutro

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