EMHS Athletes and Coach Recognized as Best of the Decade by Newsday

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East Meadow High School seniors Stephanie Sparkowski and Jenna Laird were recognized as part of Newsday’s Long Island’s Top 100 High School Athletes of the 2010s. Softball coach Stew Fritz was also recognized as one of the top 10 coaches of the 2010s. 

Stephanie is a four-sport varsity athlete. She plays soccer, lacrosse, basketball and volleyball and is a kicker for the varsity football team. Stephanie also played for the United States in both the Under-14 and Under-16 women’s national soccer teams in 2014-15 and 2016-17, respectively. Stephanie has committed to the University of Michigan.

Jenna plays shortstop for the varsity softball team at East Meadow High School. In 2018, she was in the top five of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Inc. record books in hits and batting average. Jenna will attend the University of Missouri in the fall.  

Coach Fritz led the Jets to the state Class AA semifinals five times since 2013, winning the state championship in 2014 and 2017. He steered the team to six Nassau crowns, won five Long Island titles in 2013-2014 and three in a row from 2017-2019. Over the course of the decade, Coach Fritz had 168 wins. 

The district congratulates Stephanie, Jenna and Coach Fritz on being included in this recognition and is proud to have them as a part of the East Meadow community!