A permanent reminder of a state title Hudson County Parks honor High Tech's softball team with signs
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After enjoying one of the finest seasons in Hudson County softball history, culminating in the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 2, Group I state championship, the Lasercats from High Tech High School were set to head off to their summer vacation, content with winning 26 games and earning a slice of immortality and school history.

But before they did, the Hudson County Parks Department wanted to give the young ladies of High Tech a permanent reminder of their season to remember.

The Lasercats practice and play all their home games inside North Hudson Braddock Park in North Bergen, at the northernmost section of the park. It's their home field and the dedicated workers at Braddock Park, headed by supervisor Joe Albasamo and assisted by Gayabed Moskofian and Billy Taylor, make sure that the field is ready every day in the spring in order that the Lasercats can play there.

After the Lasercats became only the third team in Hudson County history to capture a state sectional title last month, Albasamo said that he wanted to do something special to honor the team.

So Albasamo and his staff constructed two signs that will now permanently don the centerfield fence at the field, one proclaiming that the Lasercats have captured three straight HCIAA Seglio Division championships and the other honoring the state sectional title.

Last Friday, several members of the Lasercats and head coach Ravon Anderson were on hand as the signs were unveiled for the first time.

"This was our gift to the girls," Albasamo said. "This is their home and they won a state championship. It's a huge accomplishment and putting the signs on the fence may boost their morale and make them want to win again. We're proud of their accomplishment and felt since part of that state championship happened here, we wanted to do something nice for them. We look at it as a family-type atmosphere."

Anderson was grateful that Albasamo and his staff took the time to honor his players.

"It's a great feeling knowing that they acknowledged our accomplishment," Anderson said. "We're very appreciative of this. We're going to come to every home game and have a constant reminder of what we did in 2008. It's our home field and we feel at home here. The workers here always take the time to make sure the field is ready and we definitely feel like we have a home field advantage."

Bianca Arroyo was happy to be part of the unveiling.

"This is proof that our hard work paid off," Arroyo said. "We started working last September and it all came together with the state championship. It's a good feeling to get recognized and our accomplishments are out there on the fence for everyone to see. People are going to recognize that this is our home field and this is where it all began. We helped to put High Tech on the map."

Natasha Nieves, who delivered the clutch extra inning homer to defeat rival Hoboken in the state sectional title game, said that there was a sense of pride because it was High Tech's first-ever state title.

"It's our first and I'm just happy to be part of it," Nieves said. "We're recognized as state champs and now everyone knows that it's us."

Anderson realizes that this will now set a positive trend.

"We want this to always be the goal," Anderson said. "There won't be any surprises anymore."

High Tech athletic director Rich Myrlak was appreciative of the efforts.

"This is an example of two public agencies working together, an example of cooperation and sharing," Myrlak said. "The Hudson County Parks Department has always been accommodating and helpful to our athletes. This is just great that Joe Albasamo and his staff took the extra step to honor our kids." - Jim Hague
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