She's earned All-State honors in volleyball twice and has earned All-Bergen County Scholastic League and All-Hudson Reporter honors in both basketball and softball. Over her career, Roesing led the Patriots to two state championships and four league titles in volleyball, two BCSL National crowns in basketball and two league championships in softball. It's a legacy of greatness that no other Secaucus athlete has ever achieved.
But there's another side to Roesing's greatness. She's also a good sport in everything she does and has been recognized as such by the fellow schools in the BCSL. Last Wednesday, Roesing was singled out for being a three-time recipient of the BCSL Sportsmanship Award, at the league's annual sportsmanship luncheon at the Chart House Restaurant in Weehawken. Roesing was joined by football and baseball player James Cocucci as the Secaucus High School sportsmanship recipients. They were joined by honorees, male and female, from the 18 other schools in the BCSL. "This is totally different from any other award I've received, but it means just as much, if not more," said Roesing, who led the Patriots to the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 2, Group I title game, only to fall in dramatic fashion in 14 innings to Hoboken last Friday. "I don't have to do something good on the field to get recognized for this. I just can be myself. That's a good feeling." Roesing, who is very shy and reserved, was asked to stand and take a bow for being the first three-time recipient of the BCSL Sportsmanship Award. In typical Roesing fashion, she just smiled and remained glued to her seat. "I guess it's an honor to be named once," Roesing said. "Getting the award three times is amazing. It is a concept that is overlooked. A lot of people don't play sports with a level head and tend to get upset at things. I never do. I try to be the best person I can be, both on and off the court. That's how I was raised." Since she is the best player on all three of the teams she plays for, Roesing is generally the target of the opposition's wrath. But she takes it all in stride. "Maybe that's what makes getting this award more special," Roesing said. "Because people are expecting big things from me, I guess I have to try to play that much harder and concentrate that much more. I don't mind being the center of attention, as long as I'm doing my best." Roesing is headed to Caldwell College on a scholarship to play both volleyball and basketball. Cocucci's sportsmanship
Cocucci was pleased to receive the sportsmanship honor. "I remember when I was little and was playing recreation basketball in Secaucus, I received the sportsmanship award," Cocucci said. "I think it comes from my upbringing. I was taught by my parents to respect everyone, and I've lived by that in every sport I've played. It's such a totally different award, for doing things that don't show up on the scoreboard or in the box score. It shows more about character, and in that respect, it means more." Cocucci will go to Montclair State in the fall and will try to play baseball there. "It's good to know that someone appreciates the little things I do," Cocucci said. "I know I'm not the best player. I know I'm not going to be the first one people recognize. But this is a special honor." Cocucci also liked being at the luncheon with fellow athletes who were rivals all season long. "I got to sit and talk with some of the kids from other schools," Cocucci said. "It was definitely a more relaxed setting than a football or baseball game. Even though we were rivals on the field, we all had something in common here and that was great. It was a different situation. It's probably the thing I'm most proud of, especially since this is my last year." Secaucus High School athletic director Stan Fryczynski said that he takes pride in sending his student/athletes to the sportsmanship luncheon every year. This was the seventh straight year that the BCSL chose to honor its students with a sportsmanship awards luncheon. "It's truly one of the gems of the athletic year and gives us a chance to do a little bragging about our best students who operate at the optimum level," Fryczynski said. "All too often, sportsmanship is neglected, but it's truly what makes high school athletics work. This award is presented because of the type of person they are and they should be recognized for the things they do, both on and off their respective fields of play. They should be commended for their sportsmanship, which is the underlying foundation of all athletics." Roesing said that she wanted to be remembered more for being a good sport than being a good athlete. "It means much more to me that I'm remembered that way," Roesing said. "Anyone could be a good athlete. I think it's harder to be a good sport." Jim Hague can be reached via e-mail at either OGSMAR@aol.com or firstname.lastname@example.org