Joe Turek Sets Season and Career Rushing Marks at Johnson High School
11/28/2017 8:14 PM

On November 23, 2017, Joseph Turek, senior football player at ALJ, broke theschool’s single season and all time rushing records during the Crusader’sThanksgiving Day Game versus Rahway High School. Joe did it in incredible fashion, rushingfor over 240 yardson the day. Joe received a plaque and the game ball for his incredibleaccomplishment and for his stellar career as a Crusader.


Joe has been a stand-out athlete throughout his years atALJ. His contributions to the football program are significant, most notablyleading the 2016-2017 team to the Central Jersey Group 2 State Semifinals, thesecond time the team has gone this far in the past three years. Joe has been astarter for the football team since his sophomore year, and amazingly helpedthe Crusader football squad to 20 wins over the last three seasons, includingwinning the school’s first Division Championship (Valley Division) since the2006 season.


Head football Coach AnthonyDelConte stated, "Joe was one of the top athletes that I had the privilegeof coaching throughout my coaching career. He is a leader, a hard worker, and arole model for younger student-athletes and you wish you could instill hismentality in all of our student-athletes. His work ethic and preparation hasdeveloped him into the athlete he is, and I have no doubt that he will besuccessful in his future. He will be missed and all of his accomplishments area credit to his hard work and dedication. What ever college or university thathe attends is not only getting a great athlete, but an even better youngman."  


Joe is also a standout baseball player for the Crusaderswhere he has been manning 1st base since his freshman year. Joe wasnamed first Team Group 2 All State in the sport of baseball and has been an allcounty player in the sport as well.


In school, Joe has been able to carry a high grade pointaverage in honors and Advanced Placement level courses. He participates in theCrusader Athletic Leadership Council as well as many other school activities.


Gus Kalikas, AthleticDirector at Arthur L. Johnson High School, has this to say about Joe’s momentousachievement: “What Joey did throughout his high school carreer in the sport offootball is unreal” Kalikas said. “Not only did he break a record that was over20 years old, he did it in the most unassuming manner. Joe always put histeammates first and valued winning over any individual accolades. His talentson the football field will be missed, but not more than his leadership and workethic. I look forward to following his athletic career as he heads to thecollegiate ranks.”

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