Sammi Rothenberger of Livingston, (AKA Riva Ridge) has had a tremendous high school athletic career.
She will finish with 12 varsity letters over four years, playing high quality soccer, basketball and softball, where she plays shortstop and bats cleanup in the lineup.
Riva Ridgewill attend William Paterson University this fall, where she’ll play softball and be reunited with teammate Rachel Wasilak, who just finished her freshman season at WPU this spring. (Wasilak was the FMTC Essex Player of the Year in 2013).
While she can’t wait for college, Rothenberger, like most high school seniors around this time of the year, is seeing the end of a wonderful time in her life, and admits being nostalgic.
“If we win on Tuesday (against Roxbury in the state tournament) and (Morris) Knolls wins, that means it’s my final home game,” Rothenberger said, referring to the fact that the Lancers would play at Morris Knolls in a sectional championship game, based on her scenario.
“There are so many memories for me on that field. And don’t get me wrong, I loved playing soccer and basketball, too. And when I played my last home games in those sports, it was tough. But with softball, it’s hard to describe. There have been some wonderful times on that field.”
Rothenberger led Livingston to the SEC, ECT and state sectional championships in 2012 and 2013. This year, the Lances are 20-5, and while they won’t win a third straight county and conference title, they’re very much in the mix for another state sectional crown, and possibly beyond.
“We’ve got some big games coming up,” said Rothenberger, who has been battling a knee injury all season and is looking forward to rehabbing the injury for the fall campaign. “I feel like I’ve been playing pretty good defense, but I don’t think I’ve hit as well as I’d like to. We’ll see what happens this week.
“One thing is for sure. I have no regrets. It’s been a great run the past four years.”