Bill Polascak was a soccer standout at Steinert. Some of his favorite memories from his days at Steinert occurred on the soccer pitch.

"Winning our third state championship in a row was memorable," said Polascak, who earned three varsity letters in soccer during Steinert's title runs from 1969-71. He was an all-star, receiving recognition at the county and state levels as a junior and a senior.

He says his brother Andy, another Steinert Athletic Hall of Fame member, had a big influence on his athletic career. A turning point came when he was a sophomore playing varsity soccer.

"Andy, Mike Rasimowicz and Bruce Henry helped me a lot," said Polascak, who played the "inside left" position which "is called striker now."

His last season wearing the Green and White with Steinert's boys' soccer team was spectacular as the Spartans captured a state championship in 1971. Steinert outscored its opponents 61-11 and shut out its last six opponents including three on the state tournament trail. A late-October victory over Princeton High gave the Spartans the league championship. The Spartans defeated Edison (6-0), Toms River North (4-0) and Kearny (3-0) to win the championship. The '71 team was inducted into the SHS Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.

Although he had several full-ride scholarship offers to college, he "couldn't sit it one place for more than 10 minutes" as a student and opted instead to join the workforce. He had a few jobs through the years and retired from his most significant one, with Robbinsville Township.

"I'm semi-retired now," he says. "I work part-time at Mercer Oaks (Golf Course)."

His main hobbies are fishing and golfing. "I started playing golf when I got gray (hair)," said Polascak, a 5-handicap golfer.

To Polascak, other than time spent with family and friends, the best days are spent on the water.

Married to Steinert alumna Pat Keating, Polascak has two children. Bill, who played football at SHS, and Lisa who played some recreational softball and then fell in love with karate.