Members of the Ridgewood High School Athletic Hall of Fame are those that have made a lasting impact on the school’s sports program as either student players, coaches, or supporters. Often the student players have continued to influence their chosen sports after high school by ongoing participation in athletics.
Wendy Hartwig, 2006 Inductee
Named to The Record’s Bergen County All-Century Girls Soccer Team as a Midfielder, Wendy Hartwig, a 1994 graduate, is the leading goal scorer in the history of Ridgewood High School soccer, boys and girls programs, with 110 goals to go along with 49 assists over a four-year varsity career playing for head coach Jeff Yearing.
As a freshman in the 1990 season, Wendy made Second Team All-Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League (NNJIL) and then really caught the attention of many soccer observers the next season by receiving the following honors: First Team All-League, First Team All-County, All-State as voted by the New Jersey Girls Soccer Coaches Association (NJGSCA) and All-East and All-America teams as voted by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). In 1992, despite a season-ending anterior cruciate ligament injury sustained in the tenth game against Ramapo, Wendy was named to the Parade Magazine All-America Team and All-League First Team. At the time of her injury, she had 15 goals and four assists. Also that season, Wendy was named to the Olympic Development Program’s Region 1 Team.
In the 1993 season, Wendy led Ridgewood to its first county tournament championship in girl’s soccer by scoring two goals in the last four minutes versus Ramapo to erase a 2-1 deficit and produce a 3-2 victory. Her first goal came on a direct kick from 25 yards out, and the clinching goal came on a penalty kick with 33 seconds remaining. Her senior year, Wendy set school records for goals (37), assists (23) and total points (97) in a season. She received the following honors: First Team All-League, First Team All-County, First Team All-State, All Groups, First Team All-State as voted by the NJGSCA, All-America as voted by the NSCAA and All-America in Parade Magazine. She was also selected to play in the NJGSCA Senior Showcase game and to the player pool for the United States Women’s National Team.
Wendy accepted an athletic scholarship from the University of Virginia, where she was a four-year starter on the women’s soccer team, earning All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors her sophomore, junior and senior years. On October 5, 1995, she had four assists against the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and that still stands as the single-game assist record at Virginia. She is also tied for third place in school history for game-winning assists in a season, three in 1996. Wendy is married to Harmen Vos, and they reside in Annandale, New Jersey, in Hunterdon County with their young son, Hunter.
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)
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
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