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Early Success for Heidaran, Berntsen

These two seniors have early college acceptances to go along with their athletic success.

Amanda Berntsen

  • Girls soccer
  • Senior
  • Captain
  • Defense

Berntsen is a third-year starter on the girls soccer team. This season she is a team captain after she made First Team Defense-All Independence Division and Second Team All County in 2010.

As a freshman she made the All-State team and since then has enjoyed continued success on the soccer field. "I like the intensity of it," Berntsen said.

Berntsen also plays basketball, where she became the eighth female player to score over 1,000 points in a single season during her junior year. Over the summer she verbally committed to play basketball for Princeton University.

"I've been playing soccer my whole life, but when I was younger I started putting a lot more time into basketball," Berntsen said. "Playing Division 1 is really a dream for me, and getting to go to an Ivy League school and get that kind of education is a really big deal."

Cory Heidaran

  • Boys football
  • Senior
  • Running Back / Defensive Back
  • 5'9", 175 lbs.

After two games, Heidaran has emerged as a breakout player on the football team.

During the Cougars' first football game of the season against Hackettstown, .

"It was definitely a team effort," Heidaran said. "Little [Thomas] Guida fumbled and threw the ball to me. I took one look up the field and I just went."

Heidaran ran another 80 yards for a second touchdown in the second half, scoring two of the Cougars' four touchdowns. Chatham walked off the field with a 28-14 victory.

The next week he against Wallkill Valley, contributing to the Cougars' 19-0 victory.

Heidaran also plays lacrosse for Chatham High and plans to play lacrosse for Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn. "I committed to Quinnipiac in January," he said.

Until then, Heidaran said he's looking forward to the Cougar Weekend game Saturday when Chatham hosts Boonton. "I've seen clips [of the Boonton team] but you can't go on that alone," Heidaran said.

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