By Jerry Del Priore
On Saturday, October 19, at the Randolph High School Commons, the Randolph High School Athletic Hall of Fame Committee (RHOF) will induct eight members into the Randolph High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
Leading the luminary of inductees is Len Pietrewicz, a decorated and well-respected coach, who has been at the helm of the girls cross country and winter track teams for 48 years, and has been guiding the girls spring track team since 1982.
He has captured an unprecedented 15 state, nine county, and 13 conference cross country championships, while winning seven state, 35 county, and nine conference titles in winter track, and 10 state, 43 county, and 19 conference crowns in spring track.
Following Pietrewicz is Dr. Matthew Wainer, who was the first superintendent of Randolph Schools, starting in 1963 up until 1981. He was instrumental in the expansion of the Field House (1968), Fernbrook School (1971), Shongum School (1969), and New High School (1975).
Anne Standridge has enjoyed thirty plus years of service for Randolph Athletics, contributing on several committees and was the President of the Randolph Track Booster Club, and has been the Recreation Booster Club Treasurer since 2006.
Rob Tomaino was All-State in winter and spring track in 1981 and was a four-time pole vaulting
County Champion and four-time Conference Champion.
Tim Hakim had a historic wrestling career at RHS, winning the 1994 State Championship at 160 pounds. Plus, he was a three-time Regional Champion in 1992, 1993, 1994 (one of only 3 RHS three-time region champions), and District Title Holder in 1992, 1993, and 1994.
Hakim finished with an overall record of 121 wins and 10 losses, with only three defeats after his freshman year.
The 1993 Wrestling Team is one of two non-individuals being inducted into the RHS Athletic HOF. The Ram grapplers were the 1993 Undefeated Group IV Champions (the only group wrestling champion in Ram history).
Also, RHS was undefeated in dual meets, with an 18-0 record (only the 1969 and 1970 teams were also undefeated); the Star Ledger ranked the Rams third in the state, as well as NJSIAA Coaches’ Poll; State Section Champs (North 2, Group IV); District Champions (seven individual champions); Dover Tournament Champions (five individual champions); Iron Hills Conference Champs; Morris County Tournament second place finish, behind Jefferson, and ranked No. 1 in New Jersey, with four individual title holders.
RHS continued “the streak,” which began in 1986 and eventually reached a remarkable 55 games. The Star Ledger ranked the Rams No. 5 in New Jersey and were the Daily Record’s Team of the Year.
The Randolph High School Athletic Hall of Fame Committee (RHOF) was formed by the Randolph Athletic Council (RAM RAC) in 2013.The first “class” was inducted into the RHOF in October 2014. There have been annual inductions every October since then.
To be eligible for induction into the RHOF, the following criteria must be met, candidates must have maintained a record of good citizenship, athletes, coaches, teams, athletic trainers and contributors who have made distinctive contributions to the athletic program are eligible candidates and candidates must be in good standing with the Randolph Board of Education, Randolph High School and Rams Athletic Council.