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November 27, 2011 — The school board in Wayne, NJ announced right after Thanksgiving that they were now going to enforce the ban on the 9 varsity football players who were arrested and charged with the aggravated assault which left two kids from Wayne Valley High School seriously hurt after a party some weeks ago. The coach of the Wayne Hills football team, Chris Olsen, vigorously opposed that his 9 players be suspended. He insisted that the boys were my custom

“innocent until proven guilty,” and that the only thing they were guilty of was being on the football team. Olsen, who also serves as the school’s athletic director, was adamant in his defense. And for a few weeks, this defense worked. The 9 players in question were indeed allowed to play in not one but two NJ state playoff games until the school board finally announced that they were going to be banned from any extracurricular activities, which of course includes football. The

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team is slated to play Old Tappan High School on December 3rd in MetLife Stadium. Eventually, the facts will all come out when this episode does find its way into court, or into a plea bargain. Who knows what the real facts are in this case? But again, that isn’t the point of the suspension. Even if the 9 football players felt they were threatened by the two victims, or somehow can make a case that they were doing the right thing in beating them unconscious and stomping on them, the truth is — these 9 players had to know that, at some point, they had crossed the line of what was appropriate. It was at that point when these boys had to come to grips with the reality that this skirmish went far beyond the Code of Conduct for studentathletes, and that they had, in effect, needed to learn a diffi cult life lesson about doing the right thing. But as you know, the 9 players and their parents (with the support of their coach) worked hard to fight back andto make a case that they were very much being wronged here. Some of them even hired lawyers to make their case. While that’s okay for their promised day in court, it sets an very ominous and dangerous



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By Edward Kensik GLEN ROCK — Jim Kurz will never forget what his mentor always told him about coaching. “Be firm, but fair and friendly,” said Kurz who received that advice from his mentor, a man named Chris Christopherson or as Kurz calls him, Uncle Elmer. The current Glen Rock football head coach takes that advice from Uncle Elmer, an adopted grandfather, who lives in South Carolina and is the former mayor of Easley, South Carolina. “He’s a mayor so he knows a thing or two about dealing with people,” said Kurz. “Throughout my childhood and even up till today, he visits Glen Rock once or twice a year and he always gives me such great advice. He’s seen it all and been through it all and we could all learn a lot from him.” He uses that advice with students and it has worked out well with the students and the parents especially with communication. “I definitely think we have good communication with the parents and lot more importantly with the kids,” said Kurz. Kurz has taken that advice along with what he considers the best coaching staff in the county and kept the Glen Rock football program on the top echelon of the sport in Bergen County and Group 1. In his three years he has accumulated a 21-12 record including an 8-4 record this NJ Sports Fitness & Wellness Telephone: (973) 605-1213 Fax: (973) 605-1883 173 Morris Street, 2nd Floor Morristown, NJ 07960 page 6

season as the Panthers made the Group 1 North 1 state finals before falling 20-0 to Pompton Lakes at MetLife Stadium in the first weekend of December. For Kurz and Glen Rock they had a big season as the Panthers defeated Butler, 17-14, on the road in the Group 1 North 1 state semi-finals to get into the sectional finals. Glen Rock was led by senior quarterback Tim Miller who threw for more than a thousand yards and senior running back Joe Leem and junior running back David Sasek who combined for almost 900 yards on the ground. The Panthers defense had senior Joon kee Bae, junior Pat Sheahen and senior Brendan Dowling who led the team in tackles. It was a great bounce back season for Kurz and Glen Rock. In 2010 the team struggled through a 5-5 record. Some schools would find a .500 record as acceptable or even an improvement, but for Glen Rock that is use to success, it was a tough season. “We couldn’t wait to get the season started,” said Kurz. “I, myself, the coach and the kids just could not wait to get going.” And the Panthers started out on a hot streak winning their first three games including defeating Shabazz, 24-20, one of the better Group 1 teams in the state. After losing to Rutherford, another one of the better Group 1 schools in the state, the Panthers ran off another three-

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game winning streak including defeating Secaucus (22-14). After each of the losses during the first eight weeks, Glen Rock showed resilience. The Panthers had tough losses to Rutherford in overtime (27-21) in the fourth week and to Saddle Brook, 387, in the eighth week. “We’ve been able to learn from every loss and you’re just trying to improve every week,” said Kurz. A Glen Rock graduate in 1997 where he was a member of the 1996 state championship team, Kurz went on to suit up and played sparingly at Lehigh University and Brooklyn University before hanging up his helmet. He came back and volunteered to coach at Glen Rock High School. When Alan Deaett decided to hang up his coaching reigns at Glen Rock, Kurz decided to throw his hat into the ring and it was the perfect time after coaching in Glen Rock for seven years. “I really think that it was the right time after seven years coaching at Glen Rock,” said Kurz who added that if it was earlier in his tenure at Glen Rock, he might not have taken a shot at the head coach position. “I definitely learned a lot

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from Coach D (Deaett). I felt I was ready.” Living Glen Rock football, Kurz knows that taking on the reigns as the Panthers head coach that there are definitely expectations that come with it. But he is able to work with the expectations and also is helped by a great coaching staff. “Stress is fertilizer for creativity,” said Kurz who takes all that pressure and uses it as a positive. Despite the expectations for the football team, the borough and the high school is a close knit community. “We teach togetherness and unity,” said Kurz. “We treat the team like it is a family.” And Glen Rock’s staff and players do not only work hard on the gridiron but the head coach said it is important for his student/athletes to work hard off the field and help the community. “The winning percentage is important, but we like to teach the kids how to act on and off the field is very important,” said Kurz. “We get the kids involved in the community.” For Glen Rock and Kurz the success off the field is as important as success of the field.

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HARD WORK IS PAYING OFF FOR STEVEN LONGA Saddle Brook’s Steven Longa, committed to Rutgers next fall, with trainer EJ Barthel at Explosive Training Systems in Teterboro.

By John Otterstedt Everyone likes an underdog. Heading into the winter of his junior year, linebacker Steven Longa was considered one of the better players in Bergen County. That is pretty much where it ended. Many figured that the small-school star from Group 1 Saddle Brook would be in above his head if he battled against players from larger schools. And that’s what he did. Longa

started hitting stop after stop on the recruiting circuit. Each stop resulted in a few more turned heads. Pretty soon, the small school star had some big time college options. Longa went from 0 to 12 offers in two months, and on May 26th he committed to Greg Schiano’s Scarlet Knights. Longa’s ticket to college scholarships was earned on the playing field, but it was also earned in the gym. For the past year,

Longa has been training at ETS in Teterboro under the guidance of former Scarlet Knight EJ Barthel. “I played football at a high level under 3 solid programs,” said Barthel. “Under Greg Schiano at Rutgers, under Donald Brown at UMass, and Jim Fassel of the UFL Locomotives. I know a player when I see a player. [Longa] has natural ability that stands out on the field and in the training facility.” Barthel first saw Longa when he was watching a Saddle Brook game featuring one of the kids who trained at his facility, Alex Cimiluca. The play of the athletic RB/LB Longa instantly drew his attention. “His natural ability stood out amongst the other athletes on the field. I’ve been training pro, college and high school athletes for three years now, and I knew that I had to get Steven involved in my athletic training program in order to mold this young man to be something special.” Longa took some time to adjust to the rigors of a big-time offseason regimen, but within a short while he was starting to excel. “When he first came to ETS, he was impressive but was being outworked by guys older

than him and with more training experience,” said Barthel. “Since January, he has not missed a training session, and he is now one of the top guys in the facility. At the moment, he is the best overall high school athlete in the ETS program.” Longa’s program consists of a variety of lifts/movements that Barthel picked up at the college and professional level. It spans four days per week. A sample week might look like the following:


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NJSIAA Fumbles in Interscholastic Football Again By Sal Gigante A proposal to change the NJSIAA constitution that allows for group championships in every sport but football received 167 votes in favor but fell short of the twothirds majority required of 190 votes to pass. This eliminated the submission of a proposal of a football group championship plan until 2013. Once again, New Jersey remains in the “dark ages” as one of only a few states that does not play to an overall state champion. Separation of public and nonpublic levels was never more evident than in this year’s NJSIAA playoffs. West Essex captured its eighth NJSIAA sectional crown by defeating River Dell

32-14 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford on December 2, 2011. The Knights finished 11-1 with their only loss a blowout setback to a Delbarton squad that was routed itself by St. Joseph Regional/Montvale in the Non-Public Group III title game 45-0. When is the NJSIAA going to look across the Delaware and Hudson Rivers to view the interscholastic alignments in New York and Pennsylvania? In a re-match of the state’s top two powerhouses, defense was the key to Don Bosco Prep’s 42-14 rout of Bergen Catholic on Friday (December 2) at MetLife Stadium. With the offensive unit generating only 77 yards of total offense in the

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Immaculate Heart Academy claimed the NJSIAA Girls Volleyball Tournament of Champions title.

Bergen Powerhouses Battled for TOC Title in Girls Volleyball By Liz Sardinsky Immaculate Heart Academy defeated Northern Valley/Demarest 2-0 in the championship match of the NJSIAA Girls Volleyball Tournament of Champions on Sunday (November 22) at William Paterson University in Wayne. Sophomore Nia Reed dominated at the net as she spiked 11 kills and blocked three shots in leading the Blue Eagles to win games of 25-20 and 25-15. Setter Mandy Garbarino directed the attack, distributing 19 assists as IHA completed its season with a 32-1 record.

Michelle Cruz contributed 16 digs, delivered 11 service points and blasted a pair of aces. Jenn Pagano added six kills and two blocks with Corina Dypko scooping up six digs and blocking three shots. The Norsewomen were led by Melissa Pesce’s 16 assists, Heather Park’s 13 digs and a versatile effort by Kat Hirsch who registered eight kills, eight digs and a pair of aces. In the semifinals, Reed slammed 15 kills to spur IHA to a 2-0 triumph over River Dell as the Blue Eagles won games of 26-24 and 25-15, Garbarino passed off 24 assists while Cruz scooped up 10 digs, For River Dell, Kalette deNarraius dished off 13 assists

as the Golden Hawks completed their season with a 244 record. In the lower bracket, Demarest defeated Livingston 2-0, winning games of 25-21 and 25-21. Peske distributed 25 assists with Heather Park picking up 19 digs while the Hirsch sisters, Haley and Kat blasted a dozen kills apiece. Bogota, the Group I champion, finished its season at 343 when the Lady Buccaneers dropped a 2-1 verdict to River Dell in the opening round of the TOC, losing games of 1925, 25-18 and 25-21. Carly O’Sullivan led the Lady Buccaneers with a match-high 21 kills and teammate Rebecca Keleman registered a matchhigh 38 assists.

NJSIAA GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS CHAMPIONSHIP Immaculate Heart Academy 2 Northern Valley/Demarest 0 SEMIFINALS Immaculate Heart Academy 2 River Dell 0 Northern Valley/Demarest 2 Livingston 0 QUARTERFINALS River Dell 2 Bogota 1

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Northern Highlands completed a perfect 24-0 season, claiming the NJSIAA Group II girls soccer title.

Soccer Reigns as Queen in Bergen By Samantha Aiello Northern Highlands and Ramsey posted gold medal performances on November 19 when the two Bergen County powerhouses captured NJSIAA Group titles in girls soccer on the campus of

The College of New Jersey in Ewing. Ramsey claimed the Group II crown with a 2-1 triumph over Robbinsville while Northern Highlands blanked Mooretown 2-0 in the Group III finales. Lexi Knief, knocked in the game-winning goal four minutes into overtime to boost

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Ramsey to its title. Junior Jackie Reyneke tallied the winning tally for Lady Highlanders when her long throw-in from the right sideline tipped off the outstretched hands of the Moorestown keeper and was deposited into the goal in the 73rd minute to snap a scoreless stalemate. Knief’s tally was her 43rd of the campaign and came off an assist from frosh midfielder Gabrielle Martone. Trailing 10, Ramsey knotted the score at 1-1 in the 25th minute when Morgan Coonrad blasted a 32-yard direct kick under the crossbar. Northern Highlands completed a perfect 24-0 season as keeper Brooke Holle excelled between the posts to gain credit for a shutout and Hana Kerner chipped in with an insurance goal in the 75th minute. In the sectional championship rounds, Midland Park fell to Verona 1-0 in North Jersey, Section 1, Group 1 after advancing to the title match with a 2-2 triumph over Park Ridge decided by penalty kick criteria. The Hillbillies from Essex County blanked Cresskill 2-0 in the upper bracket. Ramsey’s quest for the state crown began with a 3-2 victory over Glen Rock in the sectional tourney. Glen Rock, seeded No 1, blanked Kinnelon in the semifinals while Ramsey cruised to a 5-9 rout

of Westwood in the lower bracket. In North Jersey, Section 1, Group III, the top two seeds battled for the championship banner with the Lady Highlanders pulling out a 5-4 win over No. 2 Ramapo. In the semifinals, Northern Highlands blanked Pascack Valley 3-0 and Ramapo recorded a 5-2 win over Wayne Hills.


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The Mahwah Lady Thunderbirds captured their first championship in 17 years with their victory at the inaugural Fall Tennis Classic at Ramapo College.

Mahwah Girls Tennis Program a Huge Success Courtesy of Dianne Newman Mahwah’s 2011 tennis season was a triumph in so many ways. The Lady T-Birds, who finished the season with an overall record of 18-6 and 11-1 in the league, won the inaugural Fall Tennis Classic, which was held at Ramapo College in September. This was the first championship of any kind for the program in over 17 years. The team decided to give something back to the community this season and raise money for Breast Cancer Research. Their initial goal was $1,000. Through bake sales, “Serve the Cure” t-shirt sales and a “Pledge-a-thon” where the players received pledges for every game they won during the month of October, the team raised over $2,400. The money raised will go to the Hackensack University Medical Center’s Breast Cancer Research Center. As the season neared the

end, the Thunderbirds needed to win their last six matches in order to secure a tie for the Big North Championship with Indian Hills. The phrase “94... No More!” became the team’s rally cry as 1994 marked the last time a Mahwah Girls Tennis team won a league championship. The Lady T-Birds went 6-0 during the stretch with one of the final six matches being a rematch with Indian Hills (Mahwah lost the first meeting of the season 3-2). Mahwah prevailed the second time 3-2 and earned their elusive Championship.

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With senior veterans Brian Hund and Charles Lang returning to he lineup along with sophomore Simon Lezaja, the Crusaders are the pre-season favorite to capture the United Division of the Big North Conference. Jon Silverman connected on 13 of 20 aerial attempts for 213 yards and three TD passes while rushing for 69 yards in the first half as the Crusaders routed Paramus Catholic 58-36 in the semifinals of the state sectional playoffs after the Paladins jumped out to a short-lived 14-0 advantage. Sophomore Johnny Sebastian chipped in with a pair of second quarter TD passes.


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Sophomore defender Chris Bazzoni was selected to the Boys Soccer All-Star Second Team by the Bergen County Coaches Association. Named to the Third Team was senior forward Teddy Sisco while Ryan Gallagher and Ari Kilgore received honorable mention accolades. DBP’s Vince Sieklerski rates as a prime candidate to claim the BCT individual title in bowling. Last year he averaged 223 during the campaign and finished fifth in the county competition when posted a pin count of 1,335. Brendan Calello, Cole Maier and Robby Marsanico netted goals while goalie Jared Liscio stopped seven shots as the Ironmen blanked Bishop Eustace Prep 3-0 at the Ice Vault in Wayne. Calello, Rory Garlasco, Justin McKenzie, Matt McMorrow and Joe Rametta dished off assists.

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With 6-43 remaining on the game clock, Jon Spada drilled his second goal of the game into the back of the Sparta net as the Panthers defeated DePaul 3-2 at the Ice House in Hackensack. Glen Rock was trailing 2-1 when Matt Gilroy connected with the tying goal with 9:03 left in the game off assists from Spada and Tim Watson.


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Immaculate Heart Academy captured its fourth NJSIAA Girls Volleyball Tournament of Champions crown over the last five years when the Blue Eagles toppled Northern Valley/Demarest 2-0, winning by scores of 25-20 and 25-15. Nia Reed dominated at the net, spiking 11 kills and blocking three shots while setter Mandy Gabarino directed the attack, distributing 19 assists and delivering three service points. Michelle Cruz excelled, serving 11 winning points and scooping up 16 digs.


IHA, which dropped a 4-0 verdict to Pingry in the championship game of the NJSIAA, North Jersey, Non-Public A girls soccer playoffs, placed seniors goalie Kassandra Nunez and defender Emily Werner, both seniors, on the Girls Soccer County First Team chosen by the BCWCA. Senior Tiffany Weisbecker and frosh Alexandra Mesropyans were named to the second team. Senior Taylor Strothmann is the top kegler for the Blue Eagles as she returned after averaging 182 as a junior when she was First Team All-Star.

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Trevor Larkin turned in a hat trick performance when he netted three goals and distributed a pair of assists to propel the Braves to a 7-0 rout of Northern Valley/Demarest at the Ice Vault in Wayne. Kyle Koonjy and T.J. Thaler contributed a goal and assist apiece while goalie LaPorte stopped 11 strokes on goal to gain credit for the shutout “W” between the posts. Indian Hills rolled to a 38-0 conquest of Mount Olive to close out the football season in the NJSIAA Consolation Round. Dan Thompson tossed a pair of TD passes and rushed 17 yards into the end zone for a six-pointer. Cameron Schlenker blasted three yards over the goal line to boost the Braves into a 6-0 lead that was never surrendered. Thompson followed with a 30-yard TD strike to Valon Kortoci and added his TD run as Indian Hills built up an 18-0 advantage heading into the second quarter. He added a second aerial TD of 19 yards to Kortoci in he second quarter.

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Joe Moreno scored three touchdowns and Davon Jacobs chipped in with a pair of six-pointers, including a 84-yard kickoff return as the Spartans stretched their wining streak to eight straight in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs.

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Hannah Petrone was selected to the Girls Soccer All-Star First Team by the Bergen County Women’s Coaches Association. Named to the second team were senior goalie Margi Rivara and juniors Kendall Daky, Sarah Fiorino and Grace Taylor. Braeden DeWan, a senior back, was chosen to the Boys Soccer All-Star First Team by the BCCA. Conor Bradley was a third team choice with Mike Dwyer, Ethan Gazda and Ryan Zolper receiving honorable mention.

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Kyle Scancarella turned in a outstanding offensive performance as DePaul rocked Passaic Valley 9-1 in a boys ice hockey match at the Ice Vault in Wayne to open the 20112012 campaign. Scancarella netted four goals and distributed three assists while Zack Finkle tallied three goals and dished off a trio of assists. Ryan Renzinger scored the first goal of the season off assists from Brian Drew and Andrew Konzelmann. Drew completed the scoring parade. Goalie Neil Scancareeka made 14 saves.



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Travis Nitti and Robert Quigley were selected to the Bergen County Coaches Association Boys Soccer All-Star Team. Nitti is a junior who plays up front on the attack line while Quigley is a senior defender. The Crusaders completed their season with a 10-8-1 record, dropping a 1-0 decision to powerful Pingry in the NJSIAA North Jersey, Non-Public A tournament.

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In the NJSIAA Consolation Round, the Thunderbirds steamrolled Dover 56-27 to finish the campaign with a 6-4 record. Austin Burris crossed into the zone four times, on runs of 65 and 45 yards, pulled in a 16-yard TD pass and scooped up a fumble and raced 50 yards for a six-pointer.


Mahwah landed two players on the Boys Soccer All-Star team selected by the Bergen County Coaches Association. They were defenders Jordan Kayal, a senior, and junior Kyler Raia. Daniel Perrine was accorded honorable mention accolades.



Joe Noonan netted a goal and dished off an assist to spur the Thunderbirds to a 3-2 triumph over Indian Hills at the Ice House in Hackensack. Tommy Pistocchi and Ryan Sinnaeve chipped in with solo goals while Matt Guterrez was credited with a pair of assists.


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For 73 minutes, Northern Highlands and Moorestown battled to a scoreless stalemate in the championship game of the NJSIAA Group I girls’ soccer tournament. Jackie Reyneke, a junior sweeper, unleashed a throw-in from the right sideline that caromed off the outstretched hands of the Moorestown goalie into the back of the net for the game-winning tally. Hana Kerner added an insurance goal in the 75th minutes and the Lady Highlanders were state champions, completing an undefeated season at 24-0. Brandon Latierno stole the spotlight when he spurred the Highlanders to a 42-6 rout of Wayne Valley in the NJSIAA Consolation Round as Northern Highlands completed the gridiron campaign with a 5-5 record. Latierno bolted six yards into the end zone in the second quarter before picking off an interception in the forth that he returned 15 yards for a touchdown. Anthony Fortuna intercepted a pass in the fourth quarter and raced 56 yards into the end zone.



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Brandon Alverado and James Buonavita tallied first half goals as Ramapo rolled to a 3-1 triumph over Timber Creek in the championship game of the NJSIAA Boys Soccer Group III postseason tourney played at The College of New Jersey in Ewing. It was the fifth state title for Ramapo which finished the season with a 21-1 record. Chris Nash added a second half goal. At the Ice House in Hackensack, Ramapo skated to a 4-3 victory over Paramus. Ryan Buccigrossi opened the scoring midway through the first period, converting an assist from Ryan Soderlunc. Matt Mintz and Kyle Mangan connected in the second period to boost the advantage to 3-0. Alex Hess added the game-winner when he recorded a short-handed tally in the final period. Mangan was credited with a pair off assists while Mintz picked up an assist.

Goalie Michael DeFilippis stopped 13 shots on goal as the Paladins opened the 2011-2012 ice hockey campaign by blanking Bayonne. Alex Fleischmann and Dan Sabato tallied two goals apiece while Dan Sowinski chipped in with a goal and two assists, Keith Henning passed off a pair of assists while Dominick Sellari was credited with an assist. Adam Najern, a junior back, was selected a First Team Boys Soccer All-Star by the Bergen County Coaches Association, Senior forward Jamal Vinson was a second team selection while Jose Meza and Zack Reed were accorded honorable mention status. In girls’ soccer, seniors Jenny DeBlasio, a midfielder, and Paige Montillo, a defender were named to the third team by the Bergen County Women’s Coaches Association. Paramus Catholic speedster Myasia Jacob has verbally committed to the University of Georgia where she will continue her student-athletes career.

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Paul Lowry blasted five yards into the end zone in the second quarter for the only score as the combined Midland Park/ Waldwick squad ended the season with a 6-0 triumph over Jefferson in an NJSIAA Consolation Round confrontation. The “W” raised the squad’s final record to 6-4.



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Goalie Justin Larkin turned away 27 shots on goal to ignite the Rams to a 3-0 conquest of Mahwah at the Ice Vault in Wayne. Christopher Butryn opened the scoring 4:17 into the second period when he connected off an assist from Nicholas Bressi. Alex Mast chipped in with an insurance goal with 4:25 left on the game clock, as he converted an assist from Alex Wheeler. Bressi added the final goal with one second on the clock. Lexi Knief scored the game-winner less than four minutes into overtime as Ramsey defeated Robbinsville to win the NJSIAA Group II Girls’ Soccer crown at The College of New Jersey in Ewing. It was Ramsey’s fourth state title in girls’ soccer. Knief scored her 43rd goal of the season off a cross from frosh midfielder Gabrielle Martone. Trailing 1-0 early in the match, Ramsey knotted the contest in the 25th minute when Morgan Coonrad converted a direct kick from 32 yards out.

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Blake Feagle built up an appetite to the end zone on four occasions to propel the Maroons to a 42-13 rout of Paramus on Thanksgiving. Feagles recorded TD runs of 3, 2 23 and 98 yards as Ridgewood completed the campaign with a 5-5 record. Ridgewood put the first points on the board in the opening quarter when Jamal Locke tossed a 15-yard TD strike to Michael Johnson.


Senior defender Yuri Hamza was selected to the Boys Soccer All-Star First Team by the Bergen County Coaches Association. His classmates Alec Cobb and Matt Steinberg, both defenders, were second team selections, Cooper Holmes, Nick Simon and Nick Rsekios were accorded honorable mention status, Yurina Harada captured the all-around title in the NJSIAA, North Jersey, Section 1 girls’ gymnastics tournament with 37.725 points. She placed first in the balance beam (9.425) and floor exercise (9.525). Her teammate Nicole Granet turned in the bronze medal effort in the floor exercise (9.375).

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SJR will be a contender for the Big North Conference - United Division crown in bowling. Junior Jack Perez, who returns after recording a 190 average last season will anchor the lineup that includes Ryan Hunter and Ryan Sweeney, Anthony Fontana earned honorable mention status on the Boys’ Soccer All-Star lineup selected by the Bergen County Coaches Association.

After claiming the Passaic County Girls Soccer Tournament with a 5-1 rout of Clifton, a quartet of Lady Patriots were selected to the Passaic County Coaches Association All-Star First Team. They were Christie Cheruo, Nicolette Driesse, Siara Kolpon and Andie Lakin. Teammates Bjonda Ademi, Alyson Brunetti and Zana Haobsh were second team selections. Receiving honorable mention accolades were Nicole Appet and Tiffany Martinez. Kyle Blazer scored three goals and dished off an assist to spur the Patriots to a 7-1 romp over West Milford in ice hockey, Mike Auterio, Peter Beckermart, James Benfatti and Danny Reidel added solo goals. Goalie Ethan Sayarli made six saves. Seniors Jason Gold, a midfielder, and Brett Prol a defender were named to the PCCA boys soccer first team with midfielder Zachary Mulhall a second team choice.

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A trio of seniors, forward Anthony Nucci, midfielder Mike DeLuise and back Diogenis Panagiotis were PCCA first selections in boys soccer. Keeper Nick Mihalik and forward Adam Isa were second team selections. Nick Skerlick turned in a hat trick performance as the Indians surged to a 4-1 triumph over West Milford. Max Schwartz added the other goal with Nick Hermann and Zach Morrison passing off two assists apiece. Seniors Dean Fiorwkkini, Dan Gionne and Steve Verbeke provide the Indians’ boys bowling lineup with experience while top distaff bowlers are Mirana Halawani and Ashley Miller.

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By Dennis Wilson North Arlington’s Dawys German, a junior running back for William Paterson University, has been selected to the 2011 New Jersey Athletic Conference Offensive First Team All-Conference Team by the NJAC coaches. Selected to the First Team Defensive unit were Totowa’s Damian Dilorio, a senior defensive lineman for the Pioneers, Montvale’s Dan Avento, Montclair State’s sophomore linebacker who is a graduate of Pascack Hills along with Kean’s senior strong safety Jamahl Williams from Passaic. Ridgefield’s Billy Daniels, Kean’s senior place kicker, and Oak Ridge’s Brian Cary, a senior offensive lineman for Rowan were chosen to the Second Team while Little Fall’s Joe Liscio, Montclair State’s senior punter from Passaic Valley, received honorable mention accolades. Daniels, Dilorio and Williams

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Most Northern New Jersey 12 year olds spend their birthday weekends in places other than a gym filled with wrestling mats in the middle of Iowa. Not so for Ho-Ho-Kus resident A.J. Lonski. A.J., accompanied by his father Dan, a former Princeton University wrestler, headed to the USA Wrestling 2011 Preseason Schoolboy Nationals held at the UNI-Dome of the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. There were 28 mats in the one day tournament with wrestlers competing from all over the country from ages 8 to 18. A.J., representing New Jersey in the Elementary School Division, took home fi rst place in the 95 pound weight class for Grades 5/6. I asked A.J. a few questions about his experience at the National Tournament and what he did in preparation for his National Wrestling Championship.

How did you handle the stress of a National Wrestling competition? Because of prior experiences competing in national tournaments, I knew what to expect; so, I wasn’t nervous. For me, it wasn’t any more or less stressful than any other tournament. How did you prepare? In the weeks leading up to the tournament, I wrestled almost every day at three different clubs in addition to keeping up with my weight training. I traveled between NJ, NY, PA and DE competing at various meets and tournaments to get adequate match time. On tournament days, I prepare to wrestle approximately 30-45 minutes prior to each match. This includes jumping rope and practicing various moves. What is your weekly training regiment? I train at my wrestling clubs four times a week (includes drilling, matches and conditioning). I do kettlebell strength training along with MMA training at American Eagle Mixed Martial Arts (www. HoHo-Kus, NJ) about three times a week.

is to train hard, to compete hard and to leave it all out on the mat each time. If I do that, I believe success will naturally follow. My long-term goal is to be a NJ State Champion and to wrestle in college.

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Kinnelon’s Soroko Tops 2486 Runners in 8th Ashenfelter 8K Classic By Dennis Wilson Kinnelon’s Mike Soroko paced the field of 2486 competitors to the finish line in the 8th Annual Ashenfelter 8K Classic on Thanksgiving morning. The 21-year was clocked in 24:54 as he raced through the tape in the event named after Horace Ashenfelter, one of two Americans to ever win the Olympic gold medal in the 3000-meter steeplechase when he defeated the Russian world-record

holder Vladimir Kazantvey in the 1952 Helsinki Games in Finland. His performance earned the Glen Ridge resident the 1952 Sullivan Award as the nation’s outstanding amateur athlete. Wayne’s 39-year old Catherine Smith produced the fast local distaff clocking of 29:12 when she placed third among the 1169 females in the race. She crossed the line 65th overall. Fastest to the finish line

1. Mike Soroko Kinnelon, 24:54; 7. Hector Rivera Clifton, 26:08; 37. Jack Lacarrubba Wayne, 28:18; 39. Michael Bravo Passaic, 28:20; 40. John Hogan Washington Township, 28:20; 45. John Milone Fort Lee, 28:37; 53. William Zink Wyckoff, 28:51; 57. Zach Post Wayne, 28:53; 66. Catherine Smith Wayne, 29:12; 69. Rick Pingitore Fair Lawn, 29:24; 70. Jeffrey Ruttner Passaic, 29:25; 75. Boris Gavilanes Hackensack, 29:38; 83. Hugo Vadillo Wood-Ridge, 29:53; 88. Yungton Yang Wayne, 30:09; 94. Mark Nocito Little Falls, 30:15; 100. Andrew Brennan Glen Rock, 30:23; 102. Misa Tamura Ridgewood, 30:24; 104. Jason Frank Wayne, 30:27; 121. Patrick Gaughan River Vale, 30:50; 127. Romel Navarro Paterson, 31:09; 129. Mark Snyder Prospect Park, 31:11; 134. Andrew Bertollo Kinnelon, 31:21; 140. Ramon Vasquez Ridgefield, 31:35; 151. John Foster Glen Rock, 31:46;

152. Bryan Corrado Totowa, 31:48; 165. Michael Los Clifton, 32:19; 167. Nico Stasill Totowa, 32:24; 179. Stephen Rutkowski Ridgefield Park, 32:36; 188. Thomas Weiss Wayne, 32:44; 190. Lena Kraus Teaneck, 32:46; 191. Andrew Tornabene Wayne, 32:46; 192. Jose Arturo Vallejo Clifton, 32:49; 193. Tracey Magee Kinnelon, 32:50; 198. Hector Matos Rutherford, 32:55; 199. Paul Lee Palisades Park, 32:57; 200. Esly Panduro Clifton, 32:57; 201. Patrick Sexton Wayne, 32:58; 208. Paula O’Connor Ridgewood, 33:09; 210. Matt Mandel Riverdale, 33:10; 217. Peter Englehardt Paterson, 33:23; 227. Jose Vidals Passaic, 33:36; 232. Kaytlin Callaghan Wayne, 33:41; 236. Robert Hollis Mahwah, 33:45; 238. Jason Bove Hewitt, 33:47; 246. Christopher Kunkel Oradell, 33:57; 253. Frank Russo Wayne, 34:06; 258. Mark Frankel Wayne, 34:11; 269. Gilad Amozeg Tenafly, 34:31; 280. Emily Drew Mahwah, 34:42; 283. William Sicheri Clifton,

in their age divisions were Clifton’s 40-year old Hector Rivera, Hewitt’s 63-year old Peggy Richko, Oak Ridge’s 70-year old Hilary Peterlin, Ridgewood’s 46-year old Misa Tamura, River Vale’ 58-year old Patrick Gaughan as well as Wayne’s 39-year old Catherine Smith. Producing runnerup performances were Clifton’s 63-year old Jose Arturo Vallejo, Kinnelon’s 14-year old Albert Bertollo, Washington Township’s

46-year old John Mogan plus Wayne’s 17-year old Kaytlin Callaghan. Placing third were Clifton’s 62-year old Sigrid Weihenig, 71-year old Matt Lalumia and 72-year old Doris Hafemann, Kinnelon’s 43-year old Tracey Magee and 79-year old George Studzinski, Stockholm’s 51-year old Patricia Butcher, Wayne’s 14-year old Erin Callaghan along with Wyckoff’s 51-year old William Zink.

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8 Steps to Getting Recruited By Michael Clarke It’s every high school athlete’s dream: That someday all those endless practices, tiring scrimmages, overpriced equipment and exhausting games might translate into a chance to play sports on the collegiate level. But with less than 10 percent of all high school athletes playing their given sport at an NCAA-member institution, and just a third of those receiving an athletic scholarship, it’s crucial that players and parents learn all they can about this confusing, difficult and oftentimes frustrating process known as recruiting. No matter what any one person or organization claims, nobody can guarantee you or your child an athletic scholarship. But it’s our hope here at that this recruiting resource, along with additional information you gather along the way, can help you take control of the recruiting process and ultimately make an athlete’s dream come true.

No. 1: Take the Right Classes

compliance standards.) Quick Tip: Let your guidance counselor “guide” you in your high school course selections— starting with your freshman year and continuing throughout your high school career.

No. 2: Register With the NCAA It used to be called the NCAA clearinghouse, but now it’s the NCAA Eligibility Center that students must register with to validate their status as an amateur athlete. (This is to ensure an athlete isn’t secretly playing defensive back for the Denver Broncos during their high school career.) The process is relatively painfree; all you need is $50 and a Social Security number. But don’t leave it to the last minute. Every year a few student athletes miss out on the chance to play collegiately, because they fail to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center. Quick Tip: Register with the NCAA by your junior year.

No. 3: Make Your List(s)

Long before college catalogs clog mailboxes, and recruiting tapes are viewed, a studentathlete takes classes in their freshman year of high school that directly affect their NCAA eligibility. Because eligibility standards continue to evolve—in 2008 the NCAA increased the number of English and math courses required by one—it’s an athlete’s responsibility to make sure their class schedule fulfills NCAA core course requirements. The best way to make sure you meet all requirements is to schedule an appointment with a high school guidance counselor to ensure your course schedule is in-line with the approved high school core course list. (It’s a good idea to do this each year as high school curriculums can change as often as NCAA page 30

Before you compile a list of 200 schools you would just die to play for, remember the function of the list is to help you focus your search going into your sophomore and junior year, not overly complicate the process with unrealistic expectations. “I tell athletes to make three lists,” says Michael Husted, former NFL kicker. “One: a list of their dream schools, two: a list of schools that they could realistically get into and three: a list of fallback schools in case something happens at the last minute.” Now before you freak out about the prospect of not attending your favorite university, Husted concedes that “there will be some overlap between the first two lists.” But ideally your three lists should total no more than 12 to 15 schools, with the

bulk of the schools residing in the “realistic” list. Quick Tip: Make three lists— with four or five schools per list— to focus your college search

No. 4: Create a Video The recruiting video is one of the most important ways an athlete can attract the attention of coaches at the university level. Unfortunately, it’s also where many athletes come up short, with substandard video quality and unnecessary production components. The structure and contents of your video will depend on the sport being promoted. Play-byplay sports such as volleyball, football and baseball generally work best with a collection of 15-25 highlight plays that illustrate an athlete’s ability. Continuous play sports such as soccer, basketball and lacrosse should have 10 to 15 highlight plays—with an additional game half included to show real-time ability. So how do you make the video? Well, like anything in life, quality does count. This doesn’t mean you have to hire Steven Spielberg to shoot your footage, but many people find hiring a videographer a worthwhile expense. Quick Tip: Keep your video short, simple and as professional-looking as possible.

No. 5: Research the Schools This task used to be a lot more difficult 10 years ago. But with the rise of the internet there is a multitude of recruiting information, both official and unofficial, about virtually any college or university you’re interested in. For starters, check out the school’s website to find out the best coach or school official to contact. For smaller schools, individual e-mail addresses for coaches can be found quite easily, as they often view the website as a promotional tool

for their institution. Bigger schools may require a little detective work to find contact information for specific coaches, but it is not impossible. Simply find the e-mail address path (Eg: first name. last, first name.last, usually found in the athletic department directory of websites. Then plug in the name of the coach you want to contact and let them know you’re interested in attending the university. In addition, Ronald Baum of Homerun Softball camps believes a university’s website can also save you time by pinpointing which schools are recruiting your position. “If you’re a pitcher, you can see that they’ve got four pitchers coming back next year. Chances are they’re not recruiting a pitcher for the following year and you should probably look somewhere else.” Another great resource is to talk to current and former players who’ve already been through the recruiting process at that particular university. You can get player referrals directly from the school, or perhaps do a search for athletes who’ve played at the university on social networking sites such as myspace and facebook. Just let them know you’re interested in attending their alma mater and ask if they have any tips or information about the program. Though the information you receive may not be entirely reliable, it can be an invaluable way to peek inside a program, warts and all. Quick Tip: Check out a school’s website. Find out who’s on their roster and collect contact information for relevant coaches.

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SPORTS • FITNESS • WELLNESS aggressive—but friendly—way. It used to be this could wait until your junior year, but with the pace of youth sports increasing all the time, it’s probably a good idea to begin contacting coaches in the summer before your sophomore year. So what do you include in your e-mail or letter to the coach? Well, some sort of introduction explaining who you are and why you’re contacting them. (Keep it short—coaches are busy.) A few paragraphs should do. A copy of your recruiting video or a link where they can view your video—the latter quickly becoming a popular choice with coaches—as well as a recruiting resume with details such as stats, honors, academic data and contact information for your high school coaches should also be included. Some people prefer to make contact with a coach by phone. This is fine as long it is the athlete who’s making contact, and not the athlete’s mom or dad claiming their kid is the next Reggie Bush. (Not only does

COLLEGE PREPARATION of that specific university,” said Husted. “But that doesn’t mean the experience is wasted.” This is because the coaching fraternity, despite the large number of colleges in the United States, is actually quite small. Though you may not get an offer from Penn State simply by attending one of their camps, this doesn’t mean the coach running the camp can’t point you toward an opening at a different university. Quick Tip: Attend a camp and be flexible; you never know where that first impression might lead.

it come off as a unprofessional, but it also robs the coach of a chance to get to know the athlete on a personal basis.) Quick Tip: Check out a school’s website. Find out who’s on their roster and let the coaches know you’re interested.

No. 7: Increase Your Game, and Your Exposure, at a University Camp Sports camps generally serve two different functions: to help an athlete get better and to help an athlete get noticed. Some sports camps, especially those at universities you’ve targeted, can often do both at the same time. (Many coaches find camps a great way to fill out their rosters.) Unfortunately those hoping a few days at a university camp will magically get an athlete recruited, without having established rapport with that institution beforehand, are often disappointed. “At the big camps, less than five percent of the kids who attend are actually on the radar

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No. 8: The Final Choice Ok. It’s your senior year and, hopefully, you have a few offers on the table. So what do you do? How do you narrow it down to the one school that is right for you? For most athletes, it will depend on the financial package being offered by the school. Are they offering a full-ride? A partial scholarship? If one school offers a significantly greater fi-

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October 23rd at 10:30 was perfect weather for one of the best race/festivals in north Jersey. Every year on the same site of the Bergen county high school cross country championships held the day before, Darlington Park in Mahwah NJ, the Family Reach 5K raises as much money as possible to help families that have children dealing with cancer. This year was another record setter, raising over $50,000 in one day. The foundation is one of the most highly rated charities in the country with over 80% of all money raised from their many events going directly to the families. The 5K race was highly competitive with the overall male winner, Anthony D’arrigo, running 18:46 and the overall female winner, Ashley Bakelmun, running 21:16. Other notables were Alex Weissman, who at 11 years old ran an amazing 20:13 to win the under 14 division and Danielle Irish who not only won her age group of 20 – 29 year old with a time of 22:18, but she was also the highest money raising reach runner with over $1,000. Reach Runners get sponsors to donate to the great cause in their name and they raised over $15,000 of the total money. Since this event is more than just a race, there are many other activities going on including free face painting, free massage, free food, 1 mile fun run/ walk and every registration gets 1 month free gym membership and 1 free personal training session at the Sports Conditioning Institute in Oakland NJ. This is what truly makes this event great. There’s something for everyone and all the extra’s are free since everyone involved gives there time freely to help

others in need. The event is sponsored by some great organizations: Mercedes Benz, Amneal Pharmaceuticals, My Pillow Pets, AML Memorial Foundation, The Shaun O’Hara Foundation, Music for Aardvarks, Barnabus Health, Hertz, Millers Pharmacy, Wells Fargo, Muscle Maker Grill and the Sports Conditioning Institute. For the second straight year, the Sports Conditioning Institute was the largest fundraiser at the event, raising over $2500. They also provided the warm-ups for the runners as they specialize in improving running mechanics and injury prevention. Info on their programs can be found at www.Sports-Conditioning. com. As always, the donations from our 5K event will be used to provide immediate fi nancial support to families who are struggling to keep up with the everyday expenses that accumulate as they care for a loved-one fighting cancer. More than 40 families will receive grants that will enable them to catch up on overdue bills, pay for rent and groceries, and much more. Special thanks to members of our 5K Committee for their incredible efforts to make the event a true success. And, of particular note, we appreciate the generosity and compassion of three couples on the Committee who have dedicated themselves to the Family Reach cause in memory of their friend Kristine Morello-Wiatrak, who happened to be the driving force that brought each couple together!

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Brotherhood Lacrosse Takes Time to Help NJ Food Bank

New Jersey Jets Pop Warner Teams Help Victims Affected by Hurricane Irene Flood There were so many people affected by the devastating effects of Hurricane Irene. The Jersey Jets Pop Warner Football teams comprised of kids ages 8-14 and who play out of Saint Joseph’s of Montvale stepped up to help out. When it was discovered that one of coach’s home town of Schoharie, NY was nearly wiped off the map from the severe flooding that occurred, the teams decided to help out. Through all the families involved in the Jets organization they collected clothing, water, food, toys, sporting goods, and supplies. They were able to fill a truck and trailer full of goods and deliver it to the devastated town. The players from the teams collected and loaded the trucks at St. Joe’s and coordinated efforts with Schoharie High School where many of the schools athletes had lost their homes and were living in shelters. “Coaching football isn’t always about the X’s and O’s. It’s also about teaching athlete’s responsibility and helping others in need. Each year we try to teach the boys character on and off the field through various charitable efforts. This year it hit close to home,” said Coach Tom Kyme. “We are all proud of the efforts our teams put forth in helping so many people in need,” added Jets Organization President Robert Gomez. Photos courtesy of Tom Kyme.

The Brotherhood Lacrosse Family got together on Saturday, October 22nd, 2011 and joined forces with the Food Bank of New Jersey. It was a family affair as players, parents and coaches from the 2011 Brotherhood Lacrosse Elite Teams volunteered to organize and pack food boxes for the less fortunate. We are very proud of the boys as they proved that a little effort can go a long way to help the community. Each fall, the Brotherhood Lacrosse family chooses a volunteer project to participate in as a group. It is a special time for us as we get to spend time together while giving back to the less fortunate. Previous volunteer projects included working with the Interreligious Fellowship for the Homeless, the NJ Food Bank as well as the Greater Newark Conservancy. Brotherhood Lacrosse is committed to making a difference and we are very proud of all of our participants for the effort and selflessness that they displayed this weekend.

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Stan Fischler Autograph Signing December 17th as Outlaws Host Whalers WAYNE, NJ — The New Jersey Outlaws are proud to announce that Brooklyn Native and MSG “Hockey Night Live” analyst, Stan Fischler will be attending the game on December 17th versus the Danbury Whalers, at the Capital One Ice Vault, in Wayne, New Jersey. The game will start at 7:35pm. “The Maven” is known for his analysis between periods of New York Rangers, New York Islanders, and New Jersey Devils games and authoring/co-authoring over 90 books, most of which are about hockey. Fischler will be signing autographs from 6:30-7:00pm, just prior to the start of the game

between the Whalers and Outlaws, as well as dropping the ceremonial first puck just before face-off. Fans who bring a copy of any book written or co-written by Stan Fischler will receive $5 off their ticket for the game. For tickets to this, or any other Outlaws home game, call (973) 886-9335 or go to

Saves for Gavin Park Ridge senior and goalie Sean McCann has spent the season reaching out to the community. As the Owls standout between the pipes, he started the Saves for Gavin program to raise funds for a kidney transplant for Gavin Scimeca, an infant son of a River Vale police officer. Through his efforts, Sean has raised over $23,000 for one-year-old Gavin Scimeca. For additional information on how to help, please go to or e-mail Sean directly at Any fundraiser that would like to contribute an article or press release, please email page 34

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NJ Sports Fitness & Wellness - Vol 7, Iss 11  

NJ Sports Fitness & Wellness - December 7, 2011

NJ Sports Fitness & Wellness - Vol 7, Iss 11  

NJ Sports Fitness & Wellness - December 7, 2011