ROESING FEMALE ATHLETE OF YEAR – Secaucus High School graduate Danielle Roesing (left center) receives the 2012-13 Hudson Reporter Female Athlete of the Year award from Reporter sports columnist Jim Hague (right center). From left are Secaucus softball coach Cherryl Bott, Secaucus volleyball coach Sheila Rivera, Roesing, Hague, Adriane Roesing, Danielle’s mother and Ed Roesing, Danielle’s father.

ROESING FEMALE ATHLETE OF YEAR – Secaucus High School  graduate Danielle Roesing (left center) receives the 2012-13 Hudson Reporter  Female Athlete of the Year award from Reporter sports columnist Jim Hague (right  center). From left are Secaucus softball coach Cherryl Bott, Secaucus volleyball  coach Sheila Rivera, Roesing, Hague, Adriane Roesing, Danielle’s mother and Ed  Roesing, Danielle’s father.
by  Jim Hague                               
Hudson  Reporter

Following in the footsteps of an older  sibling is never easy.
In the case of Danielle Roesing, she had to  follow along the same path as her older sister Cory, who was frankly larger than  life when she was a three-sport athlete at Secaucus High School.
By the  time she graduated in 2007, Cory Roesing was the all-time leading scorer  in Secaucus girls’ basketball history, was the school’s all-time leader in home  runs in softball, and made All-State twice in volleyball. She was simply the  best all-around athlete the school had produced, among both boys and  girls.
Roesing, who was named the Hudson Reporter Co-Female Athlete of  the Year in 2007, sharing the honor with the brilliant track and field  standout Leslie Njoku of McNair Academic, left a legacy of greatness that few  Hudson County athletes have ever achieved.
Just coming close to what the  elder Roesing accomplished would have been a chore. The specter of Cory  Roesing’s achievements hung like a gigantic banner to the entrance of the  school.
But Danielle Roesing, six years younger than her legendary  sister, never got caught up in any of the family mystique. She wasn’t going to  try to be like Cory. She just wanted to be her own person and never once felt  any pressure trying to be another Cory Roesing.
“I have always tried to  look up to her,” Danielle Roesing said. “I still do. But we’re different in a  lot of ways. My family doesn’t try to compare each other. We just always try to  do our best.”
“It probably was hard, trying to follow in her sister’s  footsteps,” said Secaucus head softball coach Cherryl Bott. “But Dani did  things her own way. She never showed that there was any pressure on her. She was  going to be her own person.”
Sheila Rivera, the head volleyball  coach who also happens to be Danielle and Cory’s aunt, also never sensed any  undue pressure being Cory Roesing’s little sister.
“The two of them are  so close that there was never any pressure,” Rivera said. “I don’t think Dani  ever felt that she was in Cory’s shadow. Cory is Dani’s biggest  cheerleader.”
It also helped that the two Roesing sisters played  different positions in all three sports.
Cory Roesing was an outside  hitter in volleyball (where she played at Caldwell College), a power forward in  basketball and a third baseman in softball.
Danielle Roesing is a setter  in volleyball, a small forward/guard in basketball and a pitcher in  softball.
“Dani just developed into her own person,” said Bott, who  coached both sisters in softball and coached Cory in basketball as well. “And  she did a great job of it.”
In volleyball, Danielle Roesing broke the  school record for assists, becoming the only player to ever register more than  1,000 assists. She finished her career with 1,170 and never missed a serve  during her senior year, serving to 100 percent accuracy.
“She never  stopped,” Rivera said. “She led by example and expected things to be done a  certain way. She just wanted to be the best that she could be.”
In  basketball, Roesing was a four-year starter who tallied more than 500 points,  almost 500 rebounds and 250 steals and assists. She holds the record for most  games started (112) and most games won (94) in her career.
“She was just  a quiet kid who always did her job,” Secaucus head girls’ basketball coach  John Sterling said. “I never had an issue with her in four years. She was  ideal for a coach. When she needed to shoot more, she did. If she needed to play  defense, she did. Whatever was best for the team, that was Danielle. I never had  to worry about her. She’s just a special kid.”
Softball is where Roesing  really shined, leading the Patriots to their first-ever Hudson County Tournament  title and their first-ever NJSIAA North Jersey Section 2, Group I state  title.
Roesing pitched to a 24-7 record with a stingy 0.88 earned run  average, striking out an incredible 249 batters while walking just 40. She  finished her career with a 71-20 record. The 24 wins for a season and 71 for a  career set new school records.
At the plate, Roesing hit .337 with two  homers and 23 RBI, scoring 30 runs with 33 hits.
“She knew what she  needed to do to get better,” Bott said. “The rest of the team just jumped on  board. She absolutely exceeded expectations. She led us to places we had never  been to before.”
Roesing wanted to improve as a softball player,  especially a pitcher, developing seven different pitches to use, thanks to the  efforts of her private pitching coach Jamie Piela, who was a standout  pitcher herself at Siena College.
“I would always take one sport at a  time,” Roesing said. “But I always found time to work on my pitching. I throw a  screw [ball], drop, fastball, riser, curve, cut and changeup. I always wanted to  do better. I always felt that if things weren’t going our way, it was my fault,  because I was the pitcher. So I just got mentally tough and things worked  out.”
They sure did, because Danielle Roesing is the recipient of the  2012-13 Hudson Reporter Female Athlete of the Year, earning the same  honor that her sister did six years ago.
It’s the first time that  siblings have ever been selected as Athletes of the Year, either male or female,  in the 22-year history of the award.
Incredibly, when Cory Roesing was  presented with her award in 2007, mention was made of Danielle.
From the  July 10, 2007 editions of the Hudson Reporter:
If Roesing has set the  bar a little for future athletes, try watching the 12-year-old up-and-coming  star in Secaucus, the one who is achieving things like Cory Roesing did at the  same age. Her name? Danielle Roesing, Cory’s little sister.
“I don’t  want to put that kind of pressure on my sister, to make her feel like she has to  be like me” Cory Roesing said. “She’s going to be better than me”
In six  years, maybe a similar presentation will be made to Danielle Roesing. Stay  tuned.

Well, that presentation was made last week, with Danielle  Roesing receiving the same award her sister did.
“It feels nice that I  was able to follow along,” Roesing said. “Cory always wanted me to do better  than she did. We always want each other to do well. It’s nice that I got the  same award she got. It really hasn’t hit me yet. Everything went so  fast.”
For now, Roesing doesn’t know if she wants to compete in athletics  in college. She will attend Montclair State University in the fall and wants to  possibly major in special education.
“I’m not sure if I want to play,”  Roesing said. “I might want to focus on my education.”
Regardless, her  legacy at Secaucus has been left, much like the legacy left by her older  sister.
“She’s one we will always use as an example,” Sterling said. “She  was able to play all three sports and excel in all three. If you want to emulate  someone, it can’t get any better than Danielle Roesing.”
1994-1995-Cheri Selby, St.  Dominic Academy
2000-2001-Tiffany Aciz,  Secaucus
2003-2004-Mercedes Nunez, Memorial
2004-2005-Christine  Capetola, St. Dominic Academy
2005-2006-Nicole Degenhardt, Secaucus
2006-2007-Leslie Njoku, McNair Academic & Cory Roesing, Secaucus
2007-2008-Jenna Totaro, Secaucus
2008-2009-Jennifer Mateo, Union  City
2009-2010-Ashley Barron, Hoboken
2010-2011-Shannon Waters,  Secaucus
2011-2012-Sybil Lynch, Hoboken
2012-2013-Danielle  Roesing, Secaucus