She may be a 15-year-old sophomore at Passaic Valley High, but Devyn DiPasquale is learning a great deal about the tremendous strides women have taken in roles of leadership and athletics, while thinking ahead and honoring the past.
The eldest daughter of Sharon and George DiPasquale, Devyn has bled PV green and white long before she started high school. And on Feb. 3, she was among a group of talented New Jersey student-athletes, and Passaic Valley’s representative, honored at the annual NJSIAA National Girls and Women in Sports Day awards luncheon, at Seton Hall University.
Devyn is a standout student at PV, as well as a multi-talented athlete for the varsity volleyball and softball teams. Her parents are also Passaic Valley grads.
“It was a really nice event,” said the unassuming DiPasquale of her day at Seton Hall. “I really learned a lot about Title IX and the role women have played in providing me the opportunity to do what I enjoy today. It’s something I’ve learned from my parents, as well, especially my mother, who played sports at Passaic Valley.”
Devyn’s first love in sports is softball.
“I’ve been playing softball since I was in kindergarten,” she said. “When I started playing high school ball last year, I was really helped by the senior leadership, which made it easier for me to play varsity.”
in 2018, DiPasquale started at second base for head coach Kathy Hill, herself a one-time standout player for the Hornets before embarking on an All-American softball career at William Paterson University. Devyn will once again play second base this spring.
Hill, the former Kathy May, spoke glowingly of DiPasquale’s intensity as a student-athlete.
“Devyn’s Hornet pride oozes out of her and is contagious to her teammates,” said Hill. “Her athletic talent speaks for itself, as she was named an All-League and All-County player as a freshman (last spring). Devyn will continue to soar on the softball field, and I am so proud to have the opportunity to coach her.”
Proud moment for Devyn, at Seton Hall University. (Click on photo for larger image)
Devyn also excels for the PV volleyball team in the fall.
“She is the consummate teammate, selfless, hard-working and determined, with a team-first attitude,” said PV coach Bill Robertazzi. “Devyn’s intensity and durability make her a pillar of the program.”
Devyn holds a 4.4 GPA and has earned First Honors in every semester since she began high school. As softball season nears, she’s excited about the season. In 2018, the Hornets had an excellent campaign, finishing 15-7 and advancing to the county championship game.
“Right now, I’m working out, mostly with conditioning,” said Devyn. “I can’t wait for the season to begin.”
Devyn (center) joined by then-freshman teammates for Passaic Valley softball, Taylor Hill (left) and Brianna DeLuccia. (Click on photo for larger image)
Even though she is a sophomore, Devyn is thinking ahead to her future.
“I think I’d like to be an English teacher one day,” she said with that perpetual smile.
Devyn has a younger sister, Kacey, who is 12 years old and in the sixth grade. She, too, loves athletics.
“Both of our daughters really enjoy athletics and the Passaic Valley community,” said George DiPasquale, Devyn’s dad. “My wife Sharon and I are so proud of Devyn being honored at Seton Hall last weekend. Every time we see her play for PV, it brings back so many great memories of when we went to this school. That’s what it’s all about, and I think it was important for Devyn to learn about all the strides made in athletics for females over the past 47 years.”