Two outstanding alumni athletes will be inducted into the D-E Athletic of Fame on June 4 as part of Alumni Reunion 2016 festivities.
Joseph Murphy III ’91 earned a total of 10 varsity letters in soccer, basketball, and lacrosse from 1987 to 1991, and he captained all three teams at various points during his time at D-E. Breaking the single season scoring record with 24 soccer goals in 1988, Joe went on to play for the team that won the State Championship in 1989. In lacrosse he led all New Jersey lacrosse players in the category of assists and was within the top 25 in points scored in 1991. Joe’s accomplishments included numerous all-league, all-county, and all-state awards, and he received D-E’s Charles Hardy Award when he graduated. He went on to play varsity soccer for Lehigh University from 1991 to 1994. Most recently Joe competed in the 2016 Lake Placid Ironman Triathlon. “Joseph Murphy’s career helped shape the future for [our] soccer, basketball, and lacrosse programs,” states Middle School Athletics and Health/Wellness Director C. Christian Schmid. “Clearly recognizable was Joe’s high level of skill in every sport, as was the extraordinary standard of play that he not only established for himself, but for those that he played with on the fields or courts of play.”
Andrea Palacios Aranguren ’01 achieved more than 10 varsity letters in field hockey, basketball, and lacrosse from 1997 to 2001. She was the recipient of numerous honors throughout her career as a D-E athlete, including the Silberfein Award (1998 and 2000); the Boling Award (2000); and the Ann Hardy Award (2001). She also served as captain for the field hockey and lacrosse teams. Reflecting on Andrea’s accomplishments, D-E Lower School physical education teacher Kimberle Franco notes, “Andrea was always one of the hardest working athletes on the field and basketball court. During her career at Dwight-Englewood School, she earned varsity letters each year in field hockey and lacrosse, and her school, league, county, and state accolades are extensive. Her major athletic contributions to the Bulldog teams were her leadership, sportsmanship, and character. She helped each team transition from rebuilding programs to competitive programs.”