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1-ON-1 WITH DANNY BROWN By Heather Shauger New Athletic Director and Coach, Danny Brown has created the right formula that has led to a steady record of leading teams, developing programs and athletes to success. Over the past five AAU seasons, he has established the NJ Gym Ratz as the premier local AAU Club, winning the national title in 2007. Since 2002 he’s racked up State and Group-1/BCSL Olympic League championships. He was voted the Bergen County “Coach of the Year” and twice the Group-1/BCSL “Coach of the Year.” His most recent ventures include taking over Saddle River Day School’s Athletic Director position while working diligently to build a new private sports facility “Down Town Sports”, located on 7 Leighton Place, Mahwah, due to open this October. We had the opportunity to talk to Danny Brown, who has become such an integral part in athletic development in North Jersey, to discuss his new endeavors.

Q: What led you to the path of Athletic Director at Saddle River Day School? A: It wasn’t just a progression, it is a passion that I chose to pursue. I truly love being involved and watching the development of the student-athletes and am very grateful for the opportunity the families allow me to have an integral part in their children’s futures. The bond and trust that is developed with the players and the families, to be the trainerteacher-mentor, also offers me the opportunity to teach life lessons through sports. My goal is to show the players a road to drive, a path to choose, where they themselves can decide how far to go and how fast to get there. The success of the goals that we establish, the level of skills and game play that we reach, helps develop the core values of discipline and a work ethic that extends far outside the my custom

lines of the court. I was given the opportunity to coach the girls basketball team in Cresskill for four years. During this time, we won four league championships, two state sectionals and I was awarded “Coach of the year” for two out of the four years I was there. These girls worked ten months a year on their game, their futures, and it was an honor to represent them and their families all throughout the successes we enjoyed. My passion was fueled as I saw all of the girls get into the colleges they chose, and were able to contribute to the expense of the college experience with the skills they developed. My passion is fueled when they come back home with college degrees and simply say “thank you”. Prior to coaching in Cresskill, I built the Hoop Zone, a private basketball company designed

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to train and develop studentathletes in the hopes of extending their careers through high school and college. Due to the redevelopment to put up new condominiums along the Route 4 corridor in Englewood, and with the burden of selling and closing down the Hoop Zone, I chose to leave Cresskill and put high school coaching on hold. During this time, Shenee Clarke, a former student and assistant coach with me during the Cresskill years called to ask If I would switch roles and assist her with the girls team at Teaneck High School. This gave me the opportunity to continue working with high school players and to help Teaneck get another chance to reach the County and State championships. I also partnered up with New York Sports Club in Ramsey, NJ to keep the NJ Gym Ratz AAU Club going, while looking for a new home and facility to continue the business and programs established at the former Hoop Zone in Englewood. Luckily, we found a new facility nine months ago in Mahwah, and began construction immediately. The new company’s name is “Down Town Sports”. Along with being the new home of the NJ Gym Ratz, we will run sports classes for kids, youth and adult basketball clinics, camps and leagues for all levels and ages. By partnering up with the reputable Quest Tennis company, (3 courts) we will continue to offer the finest tennis instruction in the area.

And with the added space, we will also offer various Soccer, Lacrosse and Volleyball court rentals and programs while maintaining a family-like atmosphere. Having previously established the reputation for offering only the best sports birthday parties and special events, we will get back into the party circuit to offer the families a clean, private unforgettable family memory and event. Just recently, Saddle River Day School expressed interest, and I have been retained as the Athletic Director for the 2011-2012 school year. It will be a win-win, great opportunity to be further involved with the families and community in the area where the new DTS Company is being built. It also allows me to be involved with the student-athletes and school with a new perspective from an administrative position. It was a natural transition for me because it goes hand in hand with what I developed at the Hoop Zone, and now with Down Town Sports starting up within the same general area. I am extremely happy so far into my first school year as the AD, and besides being well accepted by my peers, many former coaches and AD’s I had battled for years on the court have assisted me in every way with the transition from coach to administration. I questioned the decision whether to take on the role of AD and would

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SPORTS • FITNESS • WELLNESS not have accepted the position without feeling the inspiration, foresight and opportunity to work with Eileen Lambert, the new Head Master of the Saddle River Day School. She is a fantastic leader, and one that I knew I wanted to associate myself directly as I look to pursue this endeavor, and working with the faculty and staff at Saddle River Day School. Q: Was there anyone who was significant in your growth as a coach? A: One of the many players that have been significant in my growth, as a coach and trainer, was my first studentathlete, Ben Bergen. Ben’s parents, Barbara and Robert, approached me after I saw one of his third grade basketball games, and commented on his play. He was very skilled and I saw that he had great potential as an athlete. I remember saying to his parents, “that kid should get some private training, he is going to be a great player.” And so it began.

I originally said no to their many requests because I hadn’t had much experience and was not sure where to begin. I was able to reach out to my high school coach, get some insight and drills to help me with Ben’s development. I ended up training him from the 3rd to the 8th grade and then again periodically throughout his distinguished high school career. Tragically, Ben was the victim of an accident his senior year in high school and has moved on. Ben is always in my memory, and I am forever grateful for the time I had with him and for the lessons he taught me that I have passed on and shared with others. He brought out the passion in me and helped create in me the desire to work and train with other kids. He truly was a great kid that I will forever hold close. Q: How did you come to start Hoop Zone? A: When people were watching me train Ben, they approached me to train their own children and it just kept ballooning from there. I was renting gyms and

FEATURE ARTICLE training kids all over the county and it soon got too big, so I started Hoop Zone in 1999. I opened the Hoop Zone in Englewood, which is one of the first private basketball training facilities in the state. Here we trained and touched many, many families. Kids grew up training with Hoop Zone. In 1999, we opened the NJ Gym Ratz AAU Program. So far, we have won two national championship awards and five New Jersey State Awards. It is a national athletic program for children ages 10-17. Q: What approach do you take in training? A: I often ask my athletes, “what are you willing to give up to be successful?” Meaning, are you willing to give up your Xbox games to put more time into the gym? My company philosophy is one of being completely physically and mentally involved with the kids. My staff of 15 years plus only teaches with a interactive coaching technique. Every coach involved is on the court teaching and work-

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Yearing Keeps Going and Going to 400

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Ridgewood girl’s soccer head coach, Jeff Yearing.

By Edward Kensik RIDGEWOOD – Ridgewood High School coach Jeff Yearing kept saying that this might be the last year that he would be coaching. But each time there was a younger player or players who he wanted to coach out until they graduated. “I didn’t set a timeline and I usually take it year-to-year,” said Yearing. “Their usually is a certain player or players that I want to take to the end.” The years have turned into decades and entering the 2011 soccer season the Ridgewood resident is in his 25th year as head coach for the Maroons girls soccer varsity team. And on Sept. 20 it was 400 wins for Yearing as Ridgewood defeated Teaneck, 8-1, on the road. The Maroons as of the end of September stood at 32-1 in the tough Big North that has included games against three of the best teams in the county in Paramus, IHA and

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Ramapo. With the victory, the team members wore t-shirts in honor of their coach. One of the team’s co-captains, senior Courtney Tarleton, said that the team knew about a week before the Teaneck game about the 400th win, but both the team and Yearing did not tell each other that they knew. The team found out from the team’s assistant coaches. Coming into the 2011 season Yearing had 397 victories and it did not take long before the 400th came along. Tarleton said that what she likes most about her head soccer coach is his plain speaking. “I like it because he tells it like it is,” said Tarleton. “If you are not working hard enough he’ll tell you and if you make a good play he will give you a compliment.” Also at the 400th victory were several of the players that he has coached over his successful quarter century of soccer. It was 1987 and Yearing, who had been the assistant girls varsity coach for two seasons, finds out that the then head coach, Dave Vanderbush, took an administrative job in another town and was asked to take the head coaching reigns for the girls soccer team. He had also been a varsity assistant for the boys soccer

team for ten years. It is also a new feeling this season for Yearing who retired after 37 years as a physical education and health teacher in the Ridgewood school district. While there are many games that stick out in his 25 years as head coach Yearing picks out the 1993 Bergen County Championship, the first for the high school, where the Lady Maroons stunned Ramapo with two goals in the final four minutes to claim the Bergen title. The other game came in 2002 when Ridgewood shocked Pingry, one of the top teams in the United States. The Lady Maroons were down 3-0 at halftime and would go on to score five times in the second half to win 5-3. “We almost played a

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perfect half of soccer,” said Yearing. “That and the county game were two that are on the top of the list.” Over the years he has seen the womens/girls game become closer in terms of quality and physicality with the mens/boys game. He added that he prefers the girls game of soccer compared to the boys. “I feel the women’s game is more interesting tactically,” said Yearing who also coaches baseball in the spring. For now Yearing is just enjoying coaching his Lady Maroons which is basically a young team and is hoping to go far in not only the upcoming Bergen County Tournament, but also the state tournament.

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Bosco’s Sakowski is a Captain Who Leads by Example By Dan Cappello Kyle Sakowski’s first experience with the Don Bosco football program began in the bleachers of Granatell Stadium. He watched on as his brother Paul (now at Marist College) led the team in tackles during their infamous 2009 National Championship season. Everything

else has been destiny. “I’ve dreamed about this since I was a little kid,” said Sakowski, now a senior and one of the captains for Don Bosco Prep (4-0) – the number one ranked football team in the nation. “They ask us to make plays and they made me captain for one of those reasons.”

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In one of the most dramatic games of the season, Sakowski’s big plays helped the Ironmen avoid an upset against their archrivals Bergen Catholic (2-2) that would have ended their dream of another national title. They ended up walking off the field with a 33-22 victory, but the game was much closer than the final score appears. With the score leaning toward an upset with less than 10 minutes to play in the game, the Ironmen were stunned to be trailing 22-21 to a Bergen Catholic team that hasn’t been able to beat Don Bosco since 2004. To make it worse, a missed third down play led to a punt back to a surging Crusaders offense that seemed unstoppable. But Sakowski knew that all his dreams of playing on the biggest stage in high school football came down to this drive. “Our coaches always tell us we have to face adversity,” Sakowski said. “And that is what I did.” Bergen Catholic quarterback John Germano stepped back into the pocket on the

first play to pass downfield. Sakowski read the play perfectly, stepped in front of the passing lane and picked off the pass— Bergen Catholic’s first turnover of the game and one that would change everything. “Kyle is probably the hardest working guy on our football team,” said Don Bosco coach Greg Toal. “The fact that he stepped up and made those plays doesn’t surprise me. He has the highest character and is one of the toughest guys we have on our team.” The atmosphere at a Bosco/ Bergen game is unlike any other game around. Thousands of fans filled the bleachers and surrounded the field trying to watch one of the biggest games they’ll see all year. “This rivalry is everything to us,” said Sakowski. “Coming down to the wire that is typical Bergen Bosco football and we are just happy to come out on top.” After scoring twice in the fourth quarter to take a 33-22 lead, Bosco once again found themselves on their heels. Nunzio Campanile’s Crusaders still BERGEN/BOSCO, continued on page 12

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NORTHEAST JERSEY FOOTBALL GAINS NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT By Sal Gigante Don Bosco Prep is ranked No. 1 nationally by USA Football Network, Inc. and the Ironmen’s early season success stories cement the opinions of the votees. Trailing 7-6 at the halftime intermission, Don Bosco Prep rallied to pull out a 22-16 victory over Manatee of Bradenton (FL) in a matchup of nationally-ranked scholastic gridiron powers played in the Sunshine State. Jabrill Peppers put DBP on the in the board in the opening quarter when he raced 31 yards into the end zone. After Manatee built a 10-6 advantage in the third quarter, Mike Yankovich connected on a 60-yard TD bomb with Leonte Carroo before Peppers bolted five yards into the end zone with the game-winning six-pointer. A week earlier, DBP routed Mission Viejo (CA) 35-7 as the Ironmen rushed for 208 yards in extending their undefeated skein to 36 games in a row. Peppers and John Wilkes rushed for TDs in the first half to boost the Ironmen into a 14-0 advantage by the intermission. The duo duplicated the production in the third quarter as DBP increased its advantage to 28-0. Next on the DBP schedule is clash with the nation’s No. 4 team, St. Edwards (OH) that will be played on the campus of Fordham University in New York City. DePaul’s season debut on the national stage was a success. Zach Bednarczyk connected on six of 10 aerial attempts for 174 yards and three touchdowns to propel the Spartans o a 49-35 triumph over Boston College High (MA) in Wayne. Bednarczyk added a TD blast while Joe Moreno toted the pigskin 24 times, rushing for 250 yards and a pair of six-pointers/ Massimo Anderson hauled in five aerials for 175 yards while scoring three touchdowns. Jonathan Germano highlighted Bergen Catholic’s 62-12 rout of Teaneck when he tossed three TD aerials and blasted two and 11 yards into the end zone. Tailback James Dawson scored three of the Crusaders’ four six-pointers in the second quarter when he scampered 48, 59 and one yard to the end zone while finishing the game rushing eight times for 129 yards. A week earlier, the Crusaders dropped a 12-7 verdict to nationally-ranked Plant of Tampa as part of a doubleheader played in Bradenton (FL). Michael Gerset found a seam in the Plant defense and raced 47 yards into the end zone to give the Crusaders a 7-3 advantage in the opening quarter. With the 1-2 punch of Spencer Aukamp and Jeff Farina combining for 300 yards of offense, St. Joseph Regional/Montvale walloped highly-touted St. Peter’s Prep of Jersey City 49-18. Aukema went to the air connecting on six of nine aerial attempts as he passed for 158 yards and a pair of six-pointers. Farina rushed for 142 yards on eight touches, scoring three times. The Hudson County squad got on the board first before the Green Knights rallied with three straight TDs to open up a 21-7 advantage. Farina scored from 22 yards out, Mark Cieslak blasted over the goal line from one yard out, and Rick Jeune hauled in a 37yard TD strike as he finished with five receptions for 126 yards. Bragging rights for Wayne supremacy left no discussions as the Patriots of Wayne Hills trounced the Indians of Wayne Valley 41-0. Senior Andrew Monaghan spends the game on the field as a receiver, defensive back and punt returner for Wayne Hills. He hauled in TD passes of four and 19 yards in addition to racing 81 yards into the end zone on a punt return. NORTHEAST JERSEY FOOTBALL, continued on page 16 page 12

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had enough fuel left in the tank to make a comeback. Backed up into their red zone, the Ironmen defense once again needed a big play—Sakowski heard the call again. His interception at the goal sealed the game. “He is the captain for a reason,” said teammate Yuri Wright. “When we need our starting defensive players to make big plays that’s what he does best. He picks us up.” Sakowski’s dreams don’t just end with Don Bosco football. After the season, he hopes to pursue playing football either at West Point or the Naval Academy. But before he locks his eyes on college, he is looking forward to one more possible rematch with his hated rival— the Bergen Catholic Crusaders—in a game with everything on the line. “I hope we see them again,” said Sakowski. “I can’t wait to play them again.”

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In thinking about the prior week’s loss to Pascack Valley, the Ramapo Green Raider’s (3-1) football team may have felt that their season was perhaps on the brink. The Ridgewood Maroons (1-3) on the other hand may have been able to look upon their 35-to0 shutout loss to Don Bosco the previous week as somewhat of a moral victory. But in all scenarios, both teams needed the win as they faced

off in Ridgewood. Ramapo however took over the game quickly and in the end they had a decisive 41–7 win over the Maroons. While Ridgewood ran their usual tried and true Wing T Offense, on the other side of the field it was all “Air Ramapo”. The Green Raider’s senior quarterback Ryan Dougherty threw for four touchdown passes on the day. The first was a 45 yarder to Neil O’Connor, fol-

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lowed by three more bombs to Doug Norkett for 42, 47 and 29 yards respectively. For the day Norkett caught seven passes to total 205 yards. Said Norkett on his performance, “It was great communication…everything just clicked.” Dougherty added “It was all about reading the corners. When they came up, we moved to the deep route. When they stayed back, we went for the short ones.” Ramapo Coach Drew Gibbs

gave credit to his offensive line saying, “To see them comeback this week and step it up gave our quarter time to make plays.” On the day, Ramapo kicker Tim Sternfeld contributed with 5-for-5 on PAT’s and hit field goals of 32 and 45 yards. Ridgewood didn’t help their cause any with four second half turnovers. Both teams had “one of RAMAPO, continued on page 16

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NORTHEAST JERSEY FOOTBALL GAINS NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT (CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12) Waldwick’s Paul Lowry produced an outstanding performance when he rushed into the end zone four times to propel the Warriors to a 34-27 triumph over New Milford. He opened the scoring in the first quarter when he broke loose on a 35-yard TD run. Lowry added a 77-yard TD run after the Knights had rebounded to knot the score at 7-7. With the score knotted at 14-14, Jeremy Falkas gathered in a kickoff, located a seam in New Milford’s special teams’ coverage and raced 90 -yards to the end zone. Again the Knights came back to tie the game at 21-21 before Lowry added TD runs of 75 and three yards to bridge the third and fourth quarters in staking the Warriors to a 34-21 advantage. Elijah St. Hilaire captured the spotlight when the combined Palisades Park/Leonia squad blanked Ridgefield 40-0. St. Hilaire scored four touchdowns as he rushed 14 times for 174 yards. River Dell senior Mike Manopoli started the local highlights when he hauled in the opening kickoff on his four-yard yard line and raced 96 yards to paydirt as he ignited River Dell to a 310 shut out of Ramsey. Ridgefield Park’s 41-0 rout of Mahwah was an example of two by air and three by land. Senior running back Eric Reynoso carried 16 times for 149 yards including three touchdown runs while quarterback Alex Alberque tossed TD strikes of 19 and eight yards as head coach Tony Gonzales claimed his 152nd career coaching victory. Other outstanding individual efforts included a 227-yard rushing effort on 20 touches by Fort Lee’s Franke Goris who crossed into the end zone four times on runs of 35, 36 and 65 yards in addition to a TD reception of 69 yards. Saddle Brook’s Steven Longa produced a four-touchdown day when the Falcons blanked Wallington 48-0 as he bolted 55, 3, 9 and 72 yards to glory.

Ramapo kicker Tim Sternfield hit two fields goals along with 5 PAT’s. RAMAPO continued from page 15

those days”. For Ramapo it all clicked. Whenever you throw for four touchdowns you’re in for a special day. For Ridgewood they are clearly a better team than they looked. For Coach Johnson’s Ridgewood team they will get their shot at redemption in the next three weeks with games at Clif-

ton, at Wayne Hills, then on their home turf against Hackensack. Next up for Ramapo is St. Joes who no doubt will want to redeem last year’s loss to the Raiders. If you think things are heating up in North Jersey Football…. You are right!

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Traub Puts Eastern Christian Running ON THE MAP! “Kristen has helped show the other girls what’s possible. Photos by Dan Cappello.

This could be one of the best teams ever at Eastern Christian. We won’t see this level of talent here in a long time.” Senior Kristen Traub of Eastern Christian High School.

By Dan Cappello Legendary distance runner Steve Prefontaine once stated, “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” For Kristen Traub, a rising distance running legend at Eastern Christian High School in North Haledon, every opportunity to use her gift is a blessing she doesn’t take for granted. “Our sport is not always the most fun,” said Traub, a senior at Eastern Christian. “But in the end it always pays off.” Traub is an athlete built to last. Her training program is unorthodox, but her spirit and respect for the sport of long distance running may be unmatched by anyone in North Jersey. Unlike most distance runners who put in 50-60 miles a week for training, Traub puts in a modest 30-35 miles. Her training program is designed to help her stay healthy and continue to improve in each race. But don’t let her shy personality, soft voice and light training regimen fool you. Once a race starts, Kristen is likely to blow past you without ever looking back. “Kristen has helped show the other girls what’s possible,” said her high school crosscountry coach Joel Apol. “This could be one of the best teams ever at Eastern Christian. We won’t see this level of talent here in a long time.” page 20

Kristen began racing when she was just nine years old after continuously watching her dad leave the house to go for a run. Her father, a non-competitive runner who ran mostly for exercise, was inadvertently inspiring his daughter. Then, one day she put on her sneakers and waited by the door and said to her father that she wanted to go with him. The rest is history. “All my life I did soccer and basketball and they always knew I was pretty fast,” said Traub. “Early on I ran a 5K and my trainer Joel happened to be there and he wrote my family a letter and that is how it all started.” Joel Pasternack, a former competitive runner who completed the Boston Marathon in two hours and twenty-five minutes and the NYC marathon in two hours and twenty-seven minutes, caught a glimpse of nine-year-old Kristen as she broke stride in the 2002 Brian’s Run in Wayne. He immediately spotted her as a rare talent. Since then, Pasternack has been the key to Traub’s successful young career. “I appreciate him a lot because he does not kill his runners,” said Apol. “He does not trade their futures in to make himself look good. At first I didn’t know if that was going to work. I was as arrogant as other coaches, but it has worked out real fine.” With the help of Traub, East-

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ern Christian’s girl’s crosscountry team has immerged as a team to be reckoned with and is ranked second in North Jersey just behind Ridgewood. A great accomplishment for a school that is rarely noticed for its athletic achievements and is mostly remembered as the school the Jonas Brothers attended. “Well our freshman year we only had about five runners,” said Traub about the state of the cross-country program when she started her freshman year. “We barely had a team. To make it this far is so exciting, like finally we got there.” Colleges have been scouting Traub for a while now, and she hasn’t made up her mind on where she will commit. Schools like Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Marist College and Quinnipiac are near the top of her list. But for now Traub

has her eyes set on the year before her. “I definitely want to break 18 minutes at Darlington,” said Traub. “At Holmdel I want to be around 18:15. It would be really nice if I do Nike Nationals again. I would really like to go to Oregon again.” Traub visited Oregon University with her father a few years ago and marveled at the history and aura that surrounds runners there. She even had the opportunity to run in the footsteps of her idol—Steve Prefontaine. “When I was younger I went to junior Olympics in Oregon,” said Traub. “I ran Pre’s Trail with my dad. So from the very beginning that is who I looked up too.” Just like Prefontaine at Oregon, her running legacy at Eastern Christian will remain for years to come.

The Eastern Christian High School Cross Country Team (Left to right): Erin Van Lenten, Kristen Traub, Kelly Sietsma, Jessica Wisse, Kathryn Mae Post, Bethany Joy Van Eck, Kayla Van Lenten.






Messery, Shklover Capture BCT Net Titles H a s b r o u c k Heights’ Nina Messery and Fair Lawn’s Valerie Shklover cruised to easy victories in the first singles tournaments in the Small and Large Schools Divisions of the 2011 Bergen County Girls Tennis Tournament on Sunday (September 25). Messery breezed to a 6-0, 6-3 triumph against Leonia’s Simona Levsky to claim the Small Schools crown at Northern Valley/Old Tappan She became the first Lady Aviator in more than three decades to win a BCT title. Dwight-Englewood easily won the team title as junior Samantha Balanevsky went three sets to claim her third straight Second Singles title with a 6-0, 4-6, 6-2 victory over Leonia’s Miya Okuda in the championship round. Leonia and Glen Rock deadlocked for second place in the team standings. Shklover, a sophomore, was leading 6-0 when Ramapo’s Lisa Jouravleva withdrew because of an injury in the Large Schools’ First Singles championship match. She had routed Holy Angels’ Alex Eckert 6-1, 6-1 in the semifi nals. Ramapo accumulated 14 points to win the team title with Northern Highlands finishing second with a dozen points. Freshman Arielle Omar won the No. 3 singles competition while the Raiders’ first doubles tandem of Alison Nolte and Abbey Roberts upset the top-seeded Holy Angels’ duo of Sara Luby and Julia Eisen-McGinn 6-3, 7-5 to win the No. 1 doubles tourney, In the second singles slot, there was a minor upset as the No. 2 seed, Olivia Cheng of Pascack Hills defeated topseeded Nicole Minassian of Northern Valley/Demarest 63, 6-0. A similar mild surprise occurred at second double

Quarterfinals Lauren Kim (NV/Demarest) def. Samantha Benedict (Pascack Hills) 6-3, 6-2; Ariella Omar (Ramapo) def. Alexis Mori (Immaculate Heart) 6-0, 6-1; Caroline Errico (Ridgewood) def. Alison Su (NV/Old Tappan) 6-0, 6-2; Maggie Mulder (Northern Highlands) def. Erin Cangiano (Ramsey) 6-1, 6-3 FIRST DOUBLES

Nina Messery, Hasbrouck Heights

with the No. 3 tandem of Molly Danzig and Amanda Levin from Northern Highlands pulling out a 7-5, 2-6, 6-2 victory over Ridgewood’s No. 2 duo of Anna Theresa O’Keefe and Tara Olson.


Finals Alison Nolt/Abbey Roberts (Ramapo) def. Julia Eisen-McGinn/Sara Luby (Holy Angels) 6-3, 7-5 Semifinals Julia Eisen-McGinn/Sara Luby (Holy Angels) def. Caroline Annichiarico/Rachel Weinstein (NV/Old Tappan) 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (0-8); Alison Nolte/Abbey Roberts (Ramapo) def. Chelsea Golub/Kristina Koskinen (Northern Highlands) 6-4, 7-6 (&-5) Quarterfinals Caroline Annichiarico/Rachel Weinstein (NV/ Old Tappan) def. Stephanie Choi/Erica Kontos (Ridgewood) 1-6, 6-4, 6-2; Alison Nolte/Abbey Roberts (Ramapo) def. Mallory Korz/Samantha Szorenti (Ramsey) 6-0, 6-0; Julia EisenMcGinn/Sara Luby (Holy Angels) def. Christine Leventis/Hadeel Sadek (Tenafly) 6-4, 6-3; Chelsea Golub/Kristina Loskinen (Northern Highlands) def. Ellen Anshelevich/Larissa Rosen (Bergen Tech) 6-2, 6-2 SECOND DOUBLES

LARGE SCHOOLS DIVISION Team Scores 1. Ramapo 14; 2. Northern Highlands 12; 3T. Academy of the Holy Angels 8; 3T, Pascack Hills 8; 5. NV/Demarest 7; 6T. NV/Old Tappan 6; 6T. Ridgewood 6; 8. Fair Lawn 4; 9T. Immaculate Heart Academy 3; 9T. Ramsey 3; 11T. Bergen Tech 2; 11T. Tenafly 2; 13T. Mahwah 0; 13T. River Dell 0 FIRST SINGLES Finals Valerie Shklover (Fair Lawn) def. Lisa Jouravleva (Ramapo) 6-0, inj def Semifinals Valerie Shklover (Fair Lawn) def. Alex Eckert (Holy Angels) 6-1, 6-1; Lisa Jouravleva (Ramapo) won by default Quarterfinals Valerie Shklover (Fair Lawn) def. Christine Sollitto (Immaculate Heart) 6-0, 6-0; Alex Eckert (Holy Angels) def. Samantha Cheng (Pascack Hills) 6-2, 6-1; Lisa Jouravleva (Ramapo) def. Alexa Albrecht (Northern Highlands) 6-2, 6-4; Grace Minassian (NV/Demarest) def. Isabela Graf (NV/Old Tappan) 6-4, 2-6, 6-0 SECOND SINGLES Finals Olivia Chang (Pascack Hills) def. Nicole Minassian (NV/Demarest) 6-3, 6-0 Semifinals Nicole Minassian (NV/Demarest) def. Katie Nerlino (Ramapo) 6-1, 6-2; Olivia Cheng (Pascack Hills) def. Sophia Annitti (Northern Highlands) 6-0, 6-2 Quarterfinals Katie Nerlino (Ramapo) def. Nicole Gambino (NV/Old Tappan) 6-1, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3; Nicole Minassian (NV/Demarest) def. Lorin Cangiano (Ramsey) 6-1, 6-0; Sophia Annitti (Northern Highlands) def. Gabby Markolovic (Immaculate Heart) 6-4, 6-4; Olivia Cheng (Pascack Hills) def. Hailey Bossolina (Immaculate Heart) 6-0, 6-0 THIRD SINGLES Finals Ariella Omar (Ramapo) def. Maggie Muldar (Northern Highlands) 6-1, 6-2 Semifinals Ariella Omar (Ramapo) def. Caroline Errico

Finals Molly Danzig/Amanda Levin (Northern Highlands) def. Anna Theresa O’Keefe/Tara Olson (Ridgewood) 7-5, 2-6, 6-2 Semifinals Molly Danzig/Amanda Levin (Northern Highlands) def. Christen Duff/Kyra Forte (Holy Angels) 6-3, 7-6 (7-4); Anna Theresa O’Keefe/ Tara Olson (Ridgewood) def. Ariel Danziger/Felicia Gottheim (Pascack Hills) 6-2, 6-3 Quarterfinals Christen Duff/Kyra Forte (Holy Angels) def. Shivangi Goel/Heidi Myabg (Bergen Tech) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3; Ariel Danziger/Felicia Gottheim (Pascack Hills) def. Jillian Brigandi/Jessica Sheng (NV/Old Tappan) 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5); Anna Theresa O’Keefe/Tara Olson (Ridgewood) def. Karen Ando/Rachel Swenson (Ramapo) 6-1, 6-2; Molly Danzig/Amanda Levin (Northern Highlands) def. Erina Fukuda/Sarah Ratner (Tenafly) 6-1, 6-2

SMALL SCHOOLS DIVISION Team Scores 1. D-Englewood 18; 2T. Glen Rock 11; 2T. Leonia 11; 4. Saddle River Day 8; 5T. Hasbrouck Heights 7; 5T. Park Ridge 7; 7. Cresskill 4; 8T. Rutherford 3; 8T. Westwood 3; 10. Waldwick 0 FIRST SINGLES Finals Nina Messery (Hasbrouck Heights) def. Simona Levsky (Leonia) 6-0, 6-3 Semifinals Nina Messery (Hasbrouck Heights) def. Lauren Urbont (D-Englewood) 6-4, 7-5; Simona Levsky (Leonia) def. Maraux Hollowschutz

(Saddle River Day) 6-2, 6-4 Quarterfinals Nina Messery (Hasbrouck Heights) def. Victoria Astillero (New Milford) 7-5, 6-1; Lauren Urbont (D-Englewood) def. Alex Mircea (Glen Rock) 7-5, 6-1; Margeaux Holloschultz (Saddle River Day) def. Leah Pranschke (Westwood) 6-1, 6-1; Simone Levsky (Leonia) def. Priscilla Kim (Park Ridge) 6-1, 6-0 SECOND SINGLES Finals Samantha Balanevsky (D-Englewood) def. Miya Okado (Leonia) 6-0, 4-6, 6-2 Semifinals Samantha Balanevsky (D-Englewood) def. Sara Goldberg (Glen Rock) 6-0, 6-1; Miya Okao (Leonia) def. Nyenyeri Kanefu (Rutherford) 6-3, 6-3 Quarterfinals Samantha Belanevsky (D-Englewood) def. Stephanie Baumann (Park Ridge) 6-1, 6-1; Sara Goldberg (Glen Rock) def. Rachel Choi (Cresskill) 6-1, 6-0; Nyenyeri Kanefu (Rutherford) def. Danielle Miller (Saddle River Day) 7-6 (10-8), 6-3; Miya Okado (Leonia) def. Melissa Blumkin (Westwood) 6-0, 6-0 THIRD SINGLES Finals Jackie Herssens (D-Englewood) def. Karolina Gikabel (Park Ridge) 6-1, 6-4 Semifinals Jackie Herssens (D-Englewood) def. Nikki Westerduin (Saddle River Day) 6-3, 6-4; Karolina Golabel (Park Ridge) def. Jenn Lee (Glen Rock) 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) Quarterfinals Jackie Hrsens (D-Englewood) def. Grace Polur (Westwood) 6-0, 6-0; Nikki Westerduin (Saddle River Day) def. Alisha Malia (Loenia) 3-6, 6-4. 7-6 (7-4); Jenn Lee (Glen Rock) def. Nicole Shim (Cresskill) 6-0, 6-0; Karlina Golabek (Park Ridge) def. Marianna Lim (Hasbrouck Heights) 6-4, 6-1 FIRST DOUBLES Finals Alexa Colas/Nicole Fromer (D-Englewood) def. Joanne Bae/Kate Dao (Glen Rock) 6-1, 6-0 Semifinals Joanne Bae/Kate Dao (Glen Rock) def. Janan Fugel/Margeaux Grober (Saddle River Day) 6-2, 6-2; Alexa Colas/Nicole Fromer (D-Englewood) def. Brianna DeJohn/Jessa Mancini (Leonia) 6-0, 6-0 Quarterfinals Joanne Bae/Katie Dao (Glen Rock) def. Kat Chermakin/Deborah Kim (Park Ridge) 7-5. 6-4; Janan Fugel/Margaux Grober (Saddle River Day) def. Christina Le/Meeredith Stroud (Hasbrouck Heights) 6-1, 6-0; Victoria Cece/Maleyna Marks (Leonia) def. Briana DeJohn/Jessa Mancini (New Milford) 6-4, 6-4; Alexa Colas/Nicole Fromer (DEnglewood) def. Sophia Ahn/Grace Kwak (Cresskill) 6-1, 6-0 SECOND DOUBLES Finals Rachel Kupelian/Sydney Taub (D-Englewood) def. Diana Editolu/Julia Rosenwald (Glen Rock) 6-1, 6-0 Semifinals Diana Editolu/Julia Rosenwald (Glen Rock) def. Yury Higuchy/Zoe Kim (Leonia) 6-1, 6-2; Rachel Jupelian/Sydney Taub (D-Englewood) def. Juliana Nass/Megan Sharkey (Hasbrouck Heights) 6-3, 6-0 Quarterfinals Diana Editolu/Julia Rosenwald (Glen Rock) def. Sami Aldabhas/Emily Hernandez (Park Ridge) 6-0, 6-1; Yury Higuchy/Zoe Kim (Leonia) def. Olivia Pelletiere/Emily Weibye (Saddle River Day) 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-4; Juliana Nass/Megan Sharkey (Hasbrouck Heights) def. Elise Kim/Chloe Zheng (Cresskill) 6-7 (37), 6-0, 7-5; Rachel Kupelian/Sydney Taub (D-Englewood) def. Kimi Patel/Cara Saifano (Rutherford) 6-0, 6-0

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(NV/Old Tappan) 6-1, 0-6, 6-2; Maggie Mulder (Northern Highlands) def. Lauren Kim (NV/Demarest) 6-1, 2-6, 6-1

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Buccaneer’s DiRupo Claims 300th Career “W” By Liz Sardinsky Bogota athletic director Brad DiRupo doubles as the Lady Buccaneer’s volleyball coach and on September 21, 2011, he earned his 300th career coaching victory. Bogota trounced Emerson 2-0, winning games of 25-8 and 25-8 to present DiRupo with his 300th success. Carly O’Sullivan spiked a dozen kills, Rebecca Keleman directed the attack, distributing 18 assists and Jennifer Ramirez scooped up 12 digs as the unbeaten Lady Buccaneers raised their record to 7-0. Wayne Valley utilized its dominating front wall of Niki Carillo, Alyssa LaBarre, Michelle Mlynaryk and Jacky Shacknow, all of whom spiked five kills, to blank Montville 2-0. Holly Berthold picked up a dozen digs and Courtney Kells distributed 10 kills as the Lady Indians won

Janey Holland (Ridgewood), Olivia Dulmage (Northern Highlands) and Alex Garrett (Northern Highlands)

by scores of 25-18 and 25-9. Mahwah crushed host South Regional 2-0 in the championship match of the Southern Volleyball Invitational contested in Manahwakin. Led by Kayla Cilento’s 19 assists and Courtney Colucci’s 10 digs, Mahwah won

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25-17 and 25-9. In the semifinals, Mahwah coasted to a 2-0 triumph over Barnegat, posting scores of 2518 and 25-13 Macy Schwartz spiked a match-high 10 kills as the Thunderbirds triumphed in all 10 sets in the 17-team tour-

nament. Akli Giordano captured the spotlight in spurring Waldwick to a 2-0 triumph over Leonia in a NJIC matchup. Giordano produced a doubledouble as she slammed 15 kills and recorded 10 digs to propel

the Lady Warriors to wins of 2515 and 25-11. In a 2-1 triumph over Ridgefield, Giordano registered 21 kills. Indian Hills’ Taylor Grbelja registered a double-double when the Lady Braves coasted to a 2-0 triumph over Bergenfield,

winning games of 25-12 and 25-11. Grbelja blasted 11 kills and picked up 10 digs. Paramus Catholic’s Ashley Bowman excelled in a 2-1 loss to Northern Highlands. Bowman contributed 13 kills and recorded 16 digs.

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Cole, Sarkisian Set School Career Scoring Records


By Rachel Dirksen Only a junior, midfi elder Ari Sarkisian took over the top slot in Cresskill’s career scoring chart when she netted her 61st goal in a 6-1 triumph, over Hawthorne Christian. She scored twice to raise the mark to 62 as she erased the old standard of 60 set in 2009 by Florina Borova. A hat trick effort 10 days earlier in the Lady Cougars’ 4-0 rout of Leonia expedited the record-setting event. Rachel Cole became the fi rst Dwight-Englewood soccer player to reach the century plateau in goals when she exploded with a fourgoal output and distributed a pair of assists in a 6-1 rout also against Hawthorne Christian.

Ridgewood romped to an 8-1 win over Teaneck as the Lady Maroons presented Jeff Yearing with his 400th victory in his 25th campaign. Anna Callendo and Devon Maltz scored twice in the historic success. Raba Nassif’s hat trick performance was the complete offensive story as Northern Valley/Old Tappan defeated Westwood 3-0. Alyssa Polonsky was credited with assists on two of the goals. Sara Cortes found the back of the Highwaywomen’s cage four times to highlight Paramus’ 6-0 rout of Teaneck in a Big North Conference match. Noel Hodgins distributed assists on three goals. Other outstanding effort included Sophie Lederer’s hat trick effort that keyed Glen Rock’s 8-0 romp over Garfi eld in a NJIC match in which Ra-

chel Gross contributed a goal and three assists. Lyndhurst’s Grace Tomko connected four times to propel the Golden Bears to a 7-0 triumph over North Arlington, Lodi’s Tania Castro scored four times in the Rams’ 70 victory over Manchester Regional, Carly Leipzig netted three goals as Northern Highlands blanked Teaneck 6-0, Wayne Hills’ Nickolette Driesse scored three times in leading the Lady Patriots to a 5-1 victory over Fair Lawn. River Dell’s 8-0 rout of Bergenfi eld was fueled by a threegoal output from Frankie Maier while Lindsey Sansone tallied four goals and dished off an assist in leading Dumont to a 7-1 conquest of Fort Lee while Addie Jensen netted three goals in Ramsey’s 6-0 triumph over Ridgefi eld Park. Elmwood Park’s fi rst suc-

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Caymaz Nets Four Times as Cardinals Advance in PCT By Jared Hanko Enver Caymaz, a junior midfi elder, ignited fi fth-seeded Pompton Lakes to a 4-1 triumph over 12th-seeded Passaic in the opening round of the Passaic County Boys Soccer Tournament when he drilled four balls into the Indians’ teepee. Caymaz is rated one of the premier forwards in the state by USA Soccer Network, Inc. Emerson’s Chris Fulcarino fueled the Cavaliers’ 6-2 win over Hawthorne Christian by posting a hat trick as he scored three goals and dished off an assist. His teammate Chip Ensore added two goals and an assist. Dean Gaber netted a hat trick to spur St. Joseph Regional/Montvale to a 4-0 triumph over Teaneck in a Big North match in which SJR keeper Matt Turner stopped six shots on goal to record the shutout “W” between the posts. Clifton turned a hat trick performance by Danny Herrara into a 4-0 victory over Passaic Tech. Rivals at opposite ends of the fi eld goalkeepers Trevor Nichol of Bergen Catholic and Don Bosco Prep’s Jack Powers both achieved the goals they set before the contest between the Crusaders and Ironmen kicked off — they both registered shutouts when the teams battled through regulation and two overtime sessions before settling for a 0-0 draw. The identical concept occurred when Dumont and Ridgefi eld Park battled to a scoreless draw as the Huskies Ryan Linder made 20 saves and RP’s Sean Monahan stopped fi ve shots. Dumont also battled Park Ridge to a scoreless outcome with Linder making seven saves and the Owls’

Sean McCann stopping 10 shots that added to the funding of his Saves for Gavin program (see page 3). Posting a shutout performance by making more than 10 saves is a challenge for every keeper. In that category were Bergenfi eld’s Sergio Mejia (10 in a 1-0 win over Dumont), Midland Park’s Mike Formicola/Ben Monsma (combined 14 in a 5-0 win over Palisades Park), Pompton Lakes’ Will Poindexter (10 in a 6-0 win over Manchester Regional), Ramsey’s Taylor Vozeh (12 in a 3-0 win over Ridgefi eld Park), St. Joseph Regional/Montvale’s Matt Turner (10 in 3-0 win over Paterson Eastside) and Wayne

Hills’ Paul Cava (10 in a 2-0 win over DePaul). Head Coach Evan Baumgarden has Ramapo off to an all-winning start as the Raiders entered the holiday recess with a 1-0 victory over Hackensack for their sixth straight success. James Ortiz snapped a scoreless stalemate when he connected for the only goal of the game in the second half off an assist from Chris Nash. Keeper Will Shiel made three saves to earn credit for the shutout in the goal. Shiel stopped three shots when Ramapo blanked Northern Valley/Old Tappan 1-0 four days earlier.

Brandon Alverado scored the game-winning tally off an assist from Mike Taranto. In a 1-0 overtime conquest of Northern Valley/Demarest, James Buonavita did the damage, scoring a second half goal. In a 3-2 overtime win over Northern Highlands, Nick Guagliardi, Nash and Taranto did the scoring. The message is clear — Baumgarden’s team is a lineup of quality players, any of whom may deposit the ball in the opponent’s cage and all of whom can prohibit the foe from scoring — the clear reason Ramapo is No. 1 in the northern section of New Jersey.

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Jonathan Germano highlighted the Crusaders’ 62-12 rout of Teaneck when he tossed three TD aerials and blasted two and 11 yards into the end zone. Tailback James Dawson scored three of the Crusaders’ four six-pointers in the second quarter when he scampered 48, 59 and one yard to the end zone while finishing the game rushing eight times for 129 yards. A week earlier, the Crusaders dropped a 12-7 verdict to nationally-ranked Plant of Tampa as part of a doubleheader played in Bradenton (FL). Michael Gerset found a seam in the Plant defense and raced 47 yards into the end zone to give the Crusaders a 7-3 advantage in the opening quarter.


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Trailing 7-6 at the halftime intermission, the Ironmen rallied to pull out a 22-16 victory over Manatee of Bradenton (FL) in a match-up of nationally-ranked scholastic gridiron powers played in the Sunshine State. Jabrill Peppers put DBP on the in the board in the opening quarter when he raced 31 yards into the end zone. After Manatee built a 10-6 advantage in the third quarter, Mike Yankovich connected on a 60-yard TD bomb wiith Leonte Carroo before Peppers bolted five yards into the end zone with the game-winning six-pointer.

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Samantha DuBois directed the attack as the Lady Spartans coasted to a 2-0 victory over Passaic Tech in a Big North Conference girls’ volleyball match. DuBois distributed 14 assists as DePaul won games of 25-17 and 28-18 while Kelsey Law spiked six kills and scooped up eight digs.



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Julia Dugas placed first in three events as Indian Hills coasted to a 94.675-60.725 triumph over Montclair in a gymnastics dual meet. Dugas won the floor exercise (8.85), uneven bars (8.475) and vault (9.0) while her teammate Kristen Zaccardi finished first in the balance beam (8.4).


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Scott Savage was fastest to the finish as he spurred the Braves to the team title in the Boys Group B competition of the Season Opener Invitational contested at Darlington County Park in Mahwah. Savage was clocked in 16:41 as he completed the 5000-meter course. His teammate Hee Tee An placed fourth in 16:52Andrew Kristofick following in ninth place with a time of 17:21.

Indian Hills jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the opening half and went on to defeat Bergenfield 3-1 in a girls’ soccer match. Giannna DiTommaso, Lauren Larcara and Lindsey Rickert netted the goals with Molly Miscovic and Erin Murphy distributing assists. Keeper Jackie Gastissa stopped six shots on goal.

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IHA dominated the action in a 2-0 romp over Passaic Tech in a Big North Conference girls’ volleyball match/ Mandy Gabarino directed the attack, distributing 18 assists as the Blue Eagles posted scores of 25-4 and 25-6, Jenn Pagano spiked a match-high eight kills while Michelle Cruz registered four assists.

Christina Sollitto breezed to a 6-1, 6-0 victory in the battle of the No. 1 singles players to ignite IHA to a 5-0 rout of Passaic Tech in a girls’ tennis match. Hailey Bossolina win 6-0, 6-1 at second singles with Alexis Morin producing a 6-1, 6-1 success in the No. 3 slot.


Chris Dubelbeiss scored in the opening minute but that was all the offense the Panthers could muster as they went through a pair od scoreless overtime periods before settling for a 1-1 draw with Garfield in a NJIC match last Wednesday (September 21).

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A week earlier, DBP routed Mission Viejo (CA) 35-7 as the Ironemn rushed for 208 yards in extending their undefeated skein to 36 games in a row. Peppers and John Wilkes rushed for TDs in the first half to boost the Ironmen into a 14-0 advantage by the intermission. The duo duplicated the production in the third quarter as DBP increased its advantage to 28-0.

Immaculate Heart and Clifton battled to a 1-1 stalemate following a pair of overtime sessions in a Big North Conference girl’s soccer match. Tiffany Weisbecker put the Blue Eagles on the board in the opening half when she converted an assist from Alexandra Mesropyan. Keeper Kassandra Nunez stopped five shots on goal. Four players score in IHA’s 4-0 blanking of Passaic Tech when Nunez and Taylor Lupi shared credit for the shutout “W” in the cage by combining on three saves. Grace Landersm Mesropyan, Shirlene Panes and Emily Shaw netted the goals with assists credited to Camille Didio, Mesropayan, Panes and Shaw.


Josel Mateo and Coidy Pepe netted second-half goals as the Spartans rallied from a 1-0 deficit at halftime to defeat Wayne Valley 2-1 in a Big North boys soccer match.

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In a match that was decided in the second overtime period, Bergen Catholic etched out a 1-0 victory over St. Joseph Regional/Montvale. Keeper Trevor stopped four official shots on goal to post the shutout “W” between the pipes. Erick Alonso connected off an assist from Travis Nittie in the second OT session for the only tally of the game.

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Mahwah crushed host South Regional 2-0 in the championship match of the Southern Volleyball Invitational contested in Manahawkin. Led by Kayla Cilento’s 19 assists and Courtney Colucci’s 10 digs, Mahwah won 25-17 and 25-9. In the semifinals, Mahwah coasted to a 2-0 triumph over Barnegat, posting scores of 25-18 and 25-13 Macy Schwartz spiked a match-high 10 kills as the Thunderbirds triumphed in all 10 sets in the 17-team tournament. In a non-league match, the Thunderbirds defeated Pascack Hills 2-0, wining by scores o 25-14 and 25=16. Schwart slammed seven kills, Amanda Berkman dished off 14 assists while Bailey Shada picked up eight digs.



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Tara Mastriano stopped one shot and recorded the shutout “W” between the pipes as Northern Highlands blanked Hackensack 4-0 in a North Jersey Conference field hockey match. Marissa Lauber netted two goals with Casey Colamgelo and Lauren O’Keefe chipping in with solo goals. Grace Finan, Julie Merli, Catherine Peebles and Meghan Weiss picked up assists.


Northern Highlands defeated Ridgewood 2-1 in a Big North Conference girls volleyball match as the Lady Highlanders won by scores of 25-23, 21-25, 25-12. Lily Scanzillo directed the attack, dishing off 24 assists while Alex Garrett spiked a dozen kills. Julie Merritt scooped up 11 digs. Sweeping the first five places, Northern Highlands raced to a 15-10 triumph over Ramapo in a Big North girls’ cross-country meet. Ariana North was fastest to the finish, completing the 3.1-mile course in 21:42 while Veronica Mahler posted the runner-up time of 22:25. Finishing third was Kristen Abitatnte with a time of 22:32 and her sister Alex followed with a clocking of 22:42, Anna Richard placed fifth in 22:58.


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Kathy Damiano scored a goal and dished off an assist but Midland Park fell to Park Ridge 3-2 in a NJIC girls’ soccer match. Samantha Skretkowicz chipped in with a goal while Rebecca Raberio dished off an assist. Goalkeeper Gabby Spatucci made five saves.

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Amanda Baumgarten tallied a pair of goals to spark Ramapo to a 4-0 conquest of Patamus Catholic in a Big North girls’ soccer match. Caroline Charges and Katie McFadden netted solo goals with Noelle Trattou dishing off a pair of assists. Jamie Barna and Madie Dalie chipped in with solo assists and keeper Ali Gilard was credited with three saves.

Keeper Amanda Bakunas stopped two shots on goal as the Lady Paladins blanked Fair Lawn 3-0 in a Big North Conference girls; soccer match. Kimmie Mignone netted a goal and dished off an assist while Kelly Banas and Annalyse Vassallo contributed solo goals. Jami Blackston and Jenny DeBlasio were credited with assists. Adam Najem netted the game-winning goal on a direct kick with 12 minutes remaining on the game close as the Paladins defeated Bergen Catholic 4-3 in a Big North boys soccer match. It was his second tally of the match and Jamal Vinton netted the other two goals. Keeper Bryan Mendoza stopped eight shots on goal with Jonathan Garrido credited with the only assist.


Jennifer Nacion won two events as Ramapo trounced Montclair 104.675-69-705 in a gymnastics dual match. Nacion won the balance beam (8.5) and uneven bars (9.075) while Sahara Gipson placed first in the floor exercise (9.425) and Lauren Kish won the vault competition with a score of 9.1. Ramapo defeated Paramus Catholic 2-0 ion a Big North Conference girls’ volleyball match, winning games of 25-17 and 28-26. Kasey Woetzel slammed 10 kills, Nichelle Barna distributed a dozen assists and Sammy Szura picked up 13 digs.

Paramus Catholic trounced Paterson Eastside 2-0, winning by scores of 25-9 and 25-9 in a Big North Conference girls’ volleyball match. Kallie Francis directed the attack, distributing 10 assists while Catherine Kilduff spiked three kills and scooped up two digs.

Paramus Catholic blanked Westwood 5-0 in a girls’ tennis match. Natalie Cioffari coasted to a 602, 6-3 victory in the first singles confrontation while Alex Petelski went three sets to defeat Melissa Blumkin 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 in the No. 2 slot. Shakira Saleem rallied to a 2-5, 6-1, 6-2 success at third singles.

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Dennis Kieselbach netted a pair of goals while Robert Bandstra added a solo goal as the Panthers defeated Ridgefield 3-2 in a NIC boys’ soccer match. Harrison DeKnight, Mark Kruis and Brian Roberts distributed assists with keeper Mike Formicola turning aside nine shots on goal. A week earlier, Midland Park romped to a 5-0 shutout as Kruis scored twice and dished off an assist. Dennis Kieselbach chipped in with a goal and two assists while Josie Fonseca and Tom Felice added solo goals.


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James Buenovita snapped a scoreless stalemate with the gamewinning tally in the first overtime period as Ramapo edged Northern Valley/Demarest 1-0 in a boys’ soccer match. Brandon Alverado set up the only score while keeper Will Shield made two saves in gaining credit for the shutout “W” between the pipes.

Sweeping the first five placers in a blanket finish, Ramsey breezed to a 15-48 victory over Bergenfield in a Bib North boys’ cross-country meet held at Garrett Mountain. David Pillepich was fastest to the finish, breaking the tape in 19:13 as he was timed in 19:13. Victor Sifunjo was runner-up with a clocking of 19:14, the same time credited to Nik Haas in third place and Chris DiRisio in fourth while Patrick Watters recorded a time of 19:15 in fifth place. Goaltender Rachel Moore stopped three shots as Ramsey blanked Wayne Valley 3-0 in a Northeast Conference field hockey match. Melissa Gwon stole the spotlight with a hat trick performance as she netted all three goals. Melanie Consiglio, Meredith Hudson and Shauna Keating distributed assists. Lexi Knief collected a pair of goals as Ramsey coasted to a 6-0 conquest of Indian Hills in a Big North girls soccer match. Courtney Dadinos, Addie Jensen, Victoria Pesco and Jeanne Piro netted solo goals with Morgan Coonrad distributing three assists.

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Four Ridgewood gymnasts have won the floor exercise competition as the Lady Maroons utilize the dual meet competition to prepare for the county and state tournaments. Natalie Brodsky, Kate Fanelli, Yurina Harada and Emily Steen have taken turns placing first in the floor exercise with Harada, a frosh, recording the top score to-date of 9.55,


Anna Callendo and Devon Maltz tallied two goals apiece as the Lady Maroons surged to a 7-0 advantage at the intermission in trouncing Teaneck 8-1 in a Big North Conference girls’ soccer match. Maura Feeney, Kelly McBrearty, Andina Poscano and Jaqui Roth added solo goals with assists credited to Ashley Davidson, Feeney, Darby Kiernan, Maltz, Roth, and Courtney Tarleton who picked up two. Keeper Nick Tselios stopped five shots on goal in earning credit for the shutout “W” between the pipes when Ridgewood blanked Bergen Tech 1-0. Matt Stenberg netted the only goal of the game unassisted in the second half. Rachel Kilinski slammed six kills while Stephanie Rudd dished off seven assists and scooped up a pair of digs as Ridgewood defeated Passaic Tech 2-0 in a Big North girls’ volleyball match. The Lady Maroons won by scores of 25-20 and 25-21.


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Waldwick coasted to a 2-0 triumph over Cresskill in a NJIC girls volleyball match, winning games of 25-8 and 25-18. Ali Giordano blasted 10 kills, Alexa Iannantuano scooped up 10 digs and Lauren Tom chipped in with nine assists.


Jose Palacios scored twice with Santy Garzon, Juan Gomez and Andrew Hymson netting solo goals as the Warriors coasted to a 5-1 victory over Cresskill in a NJIC boys’ soccer match after leading 2-0 at the intermission. Rikuo Nakamoto distributed a pair of assists while Rob Huber, Toki Nakamoto and Nick Oravetz distributed solo assists.

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SJR defeated Fair Lawn 2-1 in a Big North Conference boys’ soccer confrontation. Trailing 1-0 at the halftime intermission, Anthony Fontana and Alex Woinski rallied the Green Knights with second half goals as keeper Matt Truner made a dozen saves to keep the Cutters off the board down the stretch. Patrick Doherty was credited with an assist.

Kristina Langan dominated the competition as Wayne Hills defeated Butler 100.875 - 90.125 in a gymnastics dual meet. Langan accumulated a point total of 36.2 to claim the all-around title as she swept the four events, winning the balance beam (9.025), floor exercise (9.2), uneven bars (9.2) and vault (9.4). Shari Baldi had to make only a single save as the Lady Patriots snapped a scoreless stalemate at the intermission to surge to a 4-0 triumph over Northern Valley/Demarest in a field hockey match. Melissa Maskal netted a pair of goals while Rachel Fikslin chipped in with a goal and assist. Janai Smith added a solo goal and while Hanna Lucas was credited with two assists and Shanna Burchill one. Tied 1-1 at halftime, Wayne Hills went on a 4-0 run in the second half to defeat Fair Lawn 5-1 in a Big North Girls Soccer match. Nicolette Driesse ignited the attack with a hat trick effort as she scored three times with Siara Kolpon contributing a goal and assist. Christie Cherup added a solo goal while Allyson Brunetti distributed two assists. Kelly Burlan and Zana Haobsh dished off solo assists. Lee Weisberger crossed the line fifth to pace Wayne Hills top a second place team finish in the Group A boys team standings at the Season Opener Invitational contested at Darlington County Park in Mahwah. Werisberger completed the 3.1-mile course in 16:32 while his teammate Brendan Ungemach placed 12thn in 16:52.


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Sweeping the first three places, the Lady Indians defeated Lakeland 19-40 in a Big North girls’ cross-country meet at Garrett Mountain. Katylin Callaghan was fastest to the finish, breaking the tape in 20:59 as she completed the 3.1-mile course. Allison Fournier posted the runner-up clocking of 21:50 while Erin Callaghan finished third with a time of 22:05. Samantha Cummings netted a goal and distributed an assist to key Wayne Valley’s 3-1 triumph over Pompton Lakes in a Northeast Conference field hockey match. Marua Dentinger and Jessica Kaiser chipped in with solo goals while Kelly O’Brien was credited with a pair of assists. Goaltender Kelsey Jubinsky made 11 saves. Wayne Valley defeated DePaul 2-0 in a Big North girls’ volleyball match, winning by scores of 25-23 and 25-15. Niki Carillo spiked five kills, Courtney Kells dished off eight assists and Holly Berthold picked up eight digs.

With the 1-2 punch of Spencer Aukamp and Jeff Farina combining for 300 yards of offense, the Green Knights walloped highly-touted St. Peter’s Prep of Jersey City 49-18. Aukamp went to the air connecting on six of nine aerial attempts as he passed for 158 yards and a pair of six-pointers. Farina rushed for 142 yards on eight touches, scoring three times. The Hudson County squad got on the board first before the Green Knights rallied with three straight TDs to open up a 217 advantage. Farina scored from 22 yards out Mark Cieslak blasted over the goal line for one yard out and Rick Jeune hauled in a 37-yard TD strike as he finished with five receptions for 126 yards.







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SPORTS • FITNESS • WELLNESS COLLEGE Local College Athlete Profiles achievements this past month ence. She posted a 7-5, 6-3 win at third singles and teamed with Brittany Hall to claim a 7-2 pro-set win at second doubles.

Kevin Ferber Mahwah (Don Bosco Prep) Amherst College Football – Senior Ferber, a 6-2, 224-pound defensive tackle has been invited to play in the 15th Hansen Bowl, the NCAA-compliant Division III Senior All-Star Game that will be played in Virginia Beach on Monday, January 16. In Amherst’s 20-7 victory over NESCAF-rival Bates, Ferber scooped up a fumble and raced 62yards to paydirt to snap a 7-7 tie on the final play of the first half. During his varsity career with the Lord Jeffs, the former Ironman has registered 100 tackles, 18.5 for losses and 12.5 quarterback sacks.

Daniella Salemo Ramsey (Ramsey HS) Montclair State University Volleyball – Freshman Salemo was named NJAC Women’s Volleyball Rookie of the Week when she averaged 2.62 kills and 3.69 digs to help the Red Hawks produce a 3-1 opening week. In the first two matches of her collegiate career during the NYU Labor Day Invitational, she recorded five kills and 13 digs in a win over Bridgewater (VA) followed by a double-double with 11 kills and 10 digs in a 3-0 triumph over Wentworth (CA). She added another double-double with 13 kills and 21 digs in a 3-1 win over SUNY/Brockport,

Samantha Koropchak West Milford (W. Milford HS) Richard Stockton Tennis – Freshman Koropchak was named the NJAC Women’s Tennis Rookie of the Week after spurring the Ospreys to a 7-2 road win over Georgian Court, an NCAA Division II squad from the Central Atlantic Collegiate Confer-

Stephanie Warner Totowa (Passaic Valley HS) Richard Stockton College Women’s Volleyball – Junior Warner was selected the NJAC Women’s Volleyball Player of the

Week after averaging 2.25 kills per set while hitting .473 during six matches. She opened the week by recording nine kills, three digs, four blocks and four service points in a 3-0 win over Rutgers/Camden. Two days later, she produced five kills and three digs in a 3-0 win over Ramapo and the next day contributed five kills and six blocks in a 3-0 triumph over Gettysburg. She followed with a dozen kills, eight digs and six service aces in a 3-1 win over Hunter and completed the week with a careerhigh 18 kills against NYU.

Kevin Brown Wayne (Wayne Valley HS) Montclair State Men’s Soccer – Senior Brown was chosen NJAC Defensive Player of the Week when the Red Hawks allowed only one goal during 200 minutes of action during the week. He helped limit Rowan to three shots on goal in a double-overtime scoreless draw in Glassboro. Three days later he helped limit Medgar Evers to three shots on goal while netting a goal in a 10-1 non-conference “W”.

Maxx Wurzburger Glen Rock (Glen Rock HS) Montclair State Men’s Soccer - Freshman Wurzburger has been selected the New Jersey Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Rookie of the Week. A freshman midfielder for Montclair State, the former Panther standout reaped the accolades after helping the Red Hawks remain unbeaten on NJAC competition with a pair of victories. He netted the game-winning goal on a bicycle kick in the 64th minute to propel MSU to a 3-0 triumph over previously unbeaten William Paterson. Wurzburger, who has started all nine games for the Red Hawks in his rookie campaign, has scored three goals.

Rob Santaniello Oakland (Ramapo HS) Ramapo College Soccer – Junior Santaniello was named the first NJAC Offensive Player of the Season when Ramapo opened with back-to-back victories in the Rowan Invitational Tournament. He posted a hat trick performance in the season-opening triumph over Ithaca. The next day, he made it back-toback hat tricks, scoring all three goals in a 3-0 shutout of Berkeley.

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Boyle, DeCarlo Excel in 35th McKeown Memorial 5K By Molly Robinson Hackensack’s Sean Boyle was fastest to the finish line among the 248 runners who completed the 34th Annual Jack McKeown Memorial 5K Run on Saturday, September 17 in Ramsey. The 38-year covered the 3.1-mile course in 17:10 that started and ended at the Ramsey Municipal Pool on East Oak Street. Saddle Brook’s Meghan DeCarlo paced the 126 females in the event to the finish line. DeCarlo placed 11th overall, posting a clocking of 19:30. Fastest to the finish in their age divisions were Allendale’s 13-year old Luke Novak, Hackensack’s 44-year old Boris Galilanes, Mahwah’s 55-year old Kevin McCurdy

and 68-year old Paul Doxey, North Arlington’s 26-year old Beth Troutman, Palisades Park 17-year old Diego Jimenez, Ramsey’s 10-year old Ryan Bahnsen,12-year old Ryan Salvo, 13-year old Kelsey Larkin, the 15-year old tandem of Anthony Gianfreda and Amanda Emmer, 20-year old Tyler Blake and 67-year old Betsy Van Dyke, Saddle Brook’s 29year old Michael Walker, Saddle River’s 10-year old Emily Spence, Upper Saddle River’s 12-year old Isabel Hebner, Waldwick’s 51-year old Teresa Simpson, Wayne’s 22-year old Tara Stonebridge and Woodcliff Lake’s 72-year old Howard Silver. Finishing in the runnerup slots were Allendale’s 52-year

old Susan Karsiotis, Hawthorne’s nine-year old Tyler Rumsey, Mahwah’s 46-year old Frank Hughes, Montvale’s 39-year old Dave Laguidara, Northvale’s 62-year old Kathleen DeFilippis, Paterson’s 55-year old Peter Englehardt, Pompton Plains’ 34-year old Kate Evanchick, Ramsey’s 12year old Sarah Reyes-Guerra, the 13-year old duo of Fiona Flood and Brendan Jahnke, 15year old Julianne Kalksma, 18year old Joey Calabria, 23-year old Patrick Nerney, 49-year old Jackie Hall, 62-year old R.J. Montouro, Ridgewood’s 78year old Joseph LeMay as well as Waldwick’s 27-year old Kento Kamiyama. Placing third were East Rutherford’s 21-year old Caitlin By-

rne, Elmwood Park’s 35-year old Karen Mantari, Franklin Lake’ seven-year old Allison Lounsberry, Hawthorne’s 26year old Lauren Harvey, Mahwah’s 56-year old Christine Fellner, North Arlington’s 29year old Wesley Arcentales, Palisades Park’s 22-year old Danny Jimneez, Ramsey’s 10-year old Josie Ascione, 12-year old Joey Kalksma, 13-year old Francesca Raffaele, 16-year old Katia Woods, 17-year old Robert Pepper, the 40-year old duo of Jack Curley and Lori Kriz, 51-year old Tim Gianfreda, 60-year old Scott Hammond, Ridgewood’s 33year old Ben Ran, Upper Saddle River’s 12-year old Monica Hebner plus Wyckoff’s 10-year old Henry Poliandro.

34th Annual Jack McKeown Memorial 5K Run 1. Sean Boyle Hackensack, 17:10; 2. Kevin McCurdy Mahwah, 18:04; 3. Diego Jimenez Palisades Park, 18:20; 4. Joey Calabria Ramsey, 18:26; 5. Tyler Blake Ramsey, 18:33; 6. Boris Galilanes Hackensack, 18:48; 7. Luke Novak Allendale, 18:54; 8. Matthew Binstock Ridgewood, 18:55; 9. Frank Hughes Mahwah, 19:05; 10. Dave Laquidara Montvale, 19:21; 11. Meghan DeCarlo Saddle Brook, 19:30; 12. Josh Curley Ramsey, 19:32; 13. John Zurfleuh Pompton Plains, 19:38; 14. Ben Ran Ridgewood, 19:53; 15. Ed Harrington Ramsey, 19:53; 16. Hector Echeverry Bergenfield, 20:04; 17. Daniel Lenc Oakland, 20:07; 18. Ryan Salvo Ramsey, 20:12; 19. William Dorney West Milford, 20:14; 20. Ken Schmarge Ramsey, 20:19; 21. Peter Engelhardt Paterson, 20:20; 22. Kate Evanchik Pompton Plains, 20:21; 23. Emily Spence Saddle River, 20:29; 24. Martin Spence Saddle River, 20:32; 25. Michael Walker Saddle Brook, 20:49; 26. Kento Kamiyama Waldwick, 20:54; 27. Jack


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23:46; 57. Karen Mantari Elmwood Park, 23:49; 58. Jackie Hall Ramsey, 23:51; 59. Sarah Reyes-Guerra, Ramsey, 23:51; 60. Will Simpson, Ramsey, 23:59; 61. David Wankoff, Hillsdale, 24:06; 62. David Duncan Paramus, 24:11; 63. Stacey Cherven Mahwah, 24:12; 64. Susan Karsiotis Allendale, 24:19; 65. Craig Foote Allendale, 24:20; 66. Mark Francini Ramsey, 24:31; 67. Lauren Harvey Hawthorne, 24:37; 68. Lori Kriz Ramsey, 24:40; 69. Ryan Bahnsen Ramsey, 24:54; 70. Christian Bahnsen Ramsey, 24:54; 71. Julie Lanni Ridgewood, 25:01; 73. Josie Ascione Ramsey, 25:05; 74. Marisa McEntee Ramsey, 25:10; 75. Amelia Shumeyko Pompton Plains, 25:10; 76. Kelsey Larkin Ramsey, 25:14; 77. Thomas Hebner Upper Saddle River, 25:18; 78. Monica Hebner Upper Saddle River, 25:19; 79. Fiona Flood Ramsey, 25:19; 81. Stephen Lazarus Ramsey, 25:23; 83. Tyler Rumsey Hawthorne, 25:34; 84. Reilly Brown Ramsey, 25:35; 85. Francesca Raffaele Waldwick, 25:37; 86. Sarah Peepall Wald-

wick, 25:39; 87. Christine Fellner Mahwah, 25:39; 88. Nancy Jean Clynes Waldwick, 25:41; 89. Star Stokes Midland Park, 25:45; 90. Dan Carlben Mahwah, 25:45; 91. RJ Montouro Ramsey, 25:46; 92. Chloe Woznicki Ramsey, 25:47; 93. Aislinn Farley Ramsey, 25:50; 94. Corey Kottingen Ramsey, 25:50; 95. Lisa Woznicki Ramsey, 25:51; 96. Jay Dougherty Ramsey, 25:52; 97. Rob Rottingen Ramsey, 25:53; 98. Olivia Sebastian Ramsey, 25:54; 99. Tom Hebner Upper Saddle River, 25:55; 100. Krista McGonigle Ramsey, 25:58; 101. Meg Sample Ramsey, 26:01; 102. Chris Sinn Ramsey, 26:10; 103. Lani Martin Wyckoff, 26:22; 104. Curt Leininger Wyckoff, 26:23; 105. Tara Shoebridge Wayne, 26:25; 106. Amanda Emmer Ramsey, 26:35; 107. Scott Hammond Ramsey, 26:42; 108. David Binstock Ridgewood, 26:46; 109. Allison Ernest Ramsey, 26:48; 110. Paul Molinelli Washington Township, 26:49; 111. Jacqueline Kalksma Ramsey, 26:54; 112. Jennifer Muller Ramsey, 26:55;

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147. Bradley Erler Ramsey, 28:15; 148. John Greenberg Ramsey, 28:16; 149. Jim Monaghan Mahwah, 28:19; 150. Sue Farley Fair Lawn, 28:20; 151. Barry Adler Ramsey, 28:26; 152. Matthew Koziol Mahwah, 28:33; 153. Leslie Boston Ramsey, 28:34; 154. Elisbeth Crusius Ramsey, 28:43; 155. John Woznicki Ramsey, 28:43; 156. Gregory Kolenut Ramsey, 28:55; 157. Katia Woods Ramsey, 29:00; 158. Grant Lenininger Wyckoff, 29:03; 159. Jessica Giblin Glen Rock, 29:07; 160. Evan Franchini Ramsey, 29:10; 161. Rhiannon Brown Ramsey, 29:18; 162. Suzanne Lenc Washington Township, 29:20; 163. Caitlin Byrne East Rutherford, 29:22; 164. Kristin Loveland Ramsey, 29:26; 165. Toni Schifi no Ramsey, 29:29; 166. Christopher Haas Ramsey, 29:38; 167. Lauren Chamberlin Ramsey, 29:41; 168. Patty Cavuoto Ramsey, 29:41; 169. Tim Webb Ramsey, 29:42; 170. Joanne Kolb Mahwah, 29:43; 171. Gloria Matveev Mahwah, 29:49; 172. Lisa Linde Ramsey, 30:01; 173. Chris Martin Ramsey, 30:01; 174. Alexander Marcoiteds Ramsey, 30:01; 175. Todd Rumsey Hawthorne, 30:02; 176. Lorie Konish Ramsey, 30:05; 177. Kimberly Scanlon Ramsey, 30:06; 178. Lisa Ahearn Saddle River, 30:10; 179. Brianna Kipp Ramsey, 30:14; 180. Kelsey Liebmann Ramsey, 30:15;

181. Brian Kipp Ridgewood, 30:16; 182. Theresa Cunningham Northvale, 30:17; 183. Melanie Mack Ramsey, 30:21; 184. Mia Raspantini Ramsey, 30:22; 185. Amanda Kaczorowski Ramsey, 30:29; 186. Molly Dinning Ramsey, 30:34; 187. Jeffrey Kassover Pompton Lakes, 30:40; 188. Patricia Bailey Ramsey, 30:45; 189. Carol Poteete Ringwood, 30:48; 190. Stephanie DeBoer Hawthorne, 30:50; 191. Kirk DeBoer Hawthorne, 30:51; 192. Michael Bambrick Ramsey, 30:52; 193. Kathleen Laino Ramsey, 30:55; 194. Zaina Atieh Hawthorne, 30:56; 195. Olivia Webb Wyckoff, 30:57; 197. Maureen Farrell Nage Ramsey, 31:18; 199. Dean Alvarez Ramsey, 31:22; 200. Barbara Wankoff Hillsdale, 31:28; 201. Jim Megin Oakland, 31:41; 202. Danielle Revere Wyckoff, 31:48; 203. George Leung Ramsey, 31:52; 204. Elaine Jones Ramsey, 31:56; 205. Betsy Van Dyke Ramsey, 31:57; 206. Stephanie Chamberlin Ramsey, 31:59; 207. Kathleen De Filippis Northvale, 32:02; 208. Tricia Ciccolella Allendale, 32:17; 209. David Kruis Midland Park, 32:24; 210. Ralph Caputo Ramsey, 32:40; 211. Lynda Bos Midland Park, 33:07; 212. Craig Lang Wyckoff, 33:08; 213. Kristin Graves Ramsey, 33:09; 215. Tony McGuirk Ramsey, 33:11; 216. Nicole Alvarez Ramsey, 33:27; 217. Caourt-

ney Hendrix South Hackensack, 33:28; 218. Wendy Adair Ramsey, 33:45; 219. Mary Shumeyko Pompton Plains, 33:53; 220. Megan Menary Hawthorne, 33:54; 221. Tanya Carlberg Mahwah, 33:55; 222. Tim Salvemini Hawthorne, 34:45; 223. Quinn Slayne Saddle River, 34:51; 224. Keri Walsh Ramsey, 34:54; 225. Rich Tandy Ramsey, 34:56; 226. Rich Tandy Ramsey, 35:14; 227. Judith Cusick Ramsey, 35:27; 228. Melissa Raspantini Ramsey, 35:35; 229. Monica Dressler Waldwick, 35:49; 230. Eleonora DaSilva Waldwick, 35:50; 231. Kathy Brickman Ramsey, 35:51; 232. Howard Silver Woodcliff Lake, 36:12; 233. Alison Corwley Ramsey, 36:44; 234. Monica Fosdick Ramsey, 36:44; 235. Jimmy Palumbo Ramsey, 36:54; 236. Joseph Calabria Ramsey, 37:31; 237. Emma McGuirk Ramsey, 37:36; 238. Katie McGuirk Ramsey, 37:40; 239. Ruthanne Rumsey Hawthorne, 37:56; 240. Doreen Webb Wyckoff, 38:10; 241. Jackie Farley Ramsey, 38:16; 242. Theresa Ernest Ramsey, 39:30; 243. Lindsay Pepper Ramsey, 39:49; 244. Lisa Laino-Pepper Ramsey, 39:50; 246. Kelly Ras Ramsey, 45:18; 247. Joseph Lemay Ridgewood, 45:59; 248. Dawn Poliandro Wyckoff, 46:03

In the 10K division of the Ramsey Runs, Washington Township’s 46-year old John Hogan was the runnerup in the field of 104 participants who finished the 6.2-mile course, posting a clocking of 36:14. Ramsey’s 39-year old Aurora McNeill led the 48 females across the finish line, placing 18th overall in a time of 43:16. Picking up awards in their age divisions included Allendale’s 63-year old Edward Lho-

tak, Franklin Lakes’ 46-year old Cathy Johnson, Hawthorne’s 25-year old Jonathan Harvey, Midland Park’s 17-year old Kyle Cairns, Oakland’s 55-year old Roni Dorsey, Ramsey’s 12-year old Erik Bendixen, 16-year old Kevin Sroczynski and 22-year old Jen Bain, Ridgewood’ 35year old Robin Oelkers as well as the Wyckoff duo of 55-year old Scott VanderVliet and 72year old Raymond Bondy, all pf whom posted gold medal performances.

Runnerup awards were earned by Fair Lawn’s 32-year old Nicole Abbatemarco, Hackensack’s 62-year old Bil Wilde, Haledon’s 26-year old Rebecca Karle, Mahwah’s 46-year old Frank Hughes, Midland Park’s 51-year old Raymond Paul, Ramsey’s 24-year old Kaitlyn Clark, 49-year old Silvia Zivgaro, 50-year old Joann Malvasi, River Vale’s 38-year old Hector Martinez. Placing third were Mahwah’s 24-year old Ashlee Riden, 34-

year old Nader Abadir and 66year old Thomas O’Donnell, Montvale’s 49-year old Patricia Larezza, Pompton Plains’ 52-year old Joy Esposito, Ramsey’s 39-year old Laura Leskosky and 44-year old Christian Bahnsen, Ridgefield Park’s 58-year old Stephen Rutkowski, Saddle Brook’s 29-year old Michael Walker plus Wayne’s 27-year old Danielle Irish.

34th Annual Jack McKeown Memorial 10K Run 2. John Hogan Washington Township, 23 36:14; 3. Frank Hughes Mahwah, 38:28; 4. Christian Bahnsen Ramsey, 38:42; 5. Boris Galilanes Hackensack, 39:04; 6. Robin Oelkers Ridgewood, 39:09; 7. Scott VanderVliet Wyckoff, 39:13; 8. Hector Martinez River Vale, 40:02; 9. Raymond Paul Midland Park, 40:48; 10. Nader Abadir Mahwah, 41:10; 11. Hector Echeverry Bergenfield, 41:17; 12. Kyle Cairns Midland Park, 41:34; 13. Stephen Rutkowski Ridgefield Park, 41:51; 15. Freddy Evangilista Bogota, 42:16; 16. Jonathan Harvey Hawthorne, 42:31; 18. Aurora Mc Neill Ramsey, 43:16; 19. Michael Walker Saddle Brook, 43:49; 20. Jeremy Eleasar Ramsey, 44:00; 21. Edward Lhotak Allendale, 44:59; 22. Glen Karpovich Ramsey, 45:06; 23. Rob Schwinge Allendale, 45:09; 24. Mark Mulder Allendale, 45:22; 26. Kyle De Boer Midland Park, 45:51; 27. Jim Schuetz Ramsey, 45:59; 28. Derek Gamble Ramsey, 46:15; 29.

James Richardson Ramsey, 46:20; 30. Edward Kriso Ramsey, 46:22; 31. Rebecca Karle Haledon, 46:38; 32. Danielle Irish Wayne, 47:12; 33. Bill Mc Laughlin Ramsey, 47:34; 34. Kris Kinscherf Ramsey, 47:53; 35. Cathy Jobson Franklin Lakes, 48:14; 36. Nicole Abbatemarco Fair Lawn, 48:15; 37. Silvia Zivgaro Ramsey, 48:20; 38. Robert Spierenburg Ramsey, 48:33; 39. Laura Leskosky Ramsey, 48:35; 40. Patricia Larezza Montvale, 49:26; 41. Chris Leonard Ramsey, 49:28; 42. Lisa Woznicki Ramsey, 49:34; 43. Lucy McCabe Ramsey, 49:37; 44. Rob McCarthy Ramsey, 49:40; 45. Kelly Suh Mahwah, 49:49; 46. Karen Mantari Elmwood Park, 49:51; 47. Greg Verhoff Oakland, 49:54; 48. Jessica Rexford Hasbrouck Heights, 50:02; 49. Nick Massas Ramsey, 50:18; 50. Rosemarie Hebner Upper Saddle River, 50:20; 51. Roni Dorsey Oakland, 50:36; 52. Tim Nestler Waldwick, 50:42; 53. Bill Wilde Hackensack, 50:50; 54. Michelle Kaczorowski Ramsey, 50:59;

55. Bettina Garber Hawthorne, 51:11; 56. Raymond Bondy Wyckoff, 51:38; 57. Corinne Distaso Saddle Brook, 51:52; 58. Jen Bain Ramsey, 51:53; 59. Stephen Jones Mahwah, 52:18; 60. Antonio Ciappina Ramsey, 52:18; 61. Anthony Sterling Ramsey, 52:35; 62. Doris Hood Midland Park, 52:42; 63. Thomas O’Donnell Mahwah, 52:54; 64. Stephanie Multinger Franklin Lakes, 53:07; 65. Andrew Rakowski Ramsey, 53:12; 66. Eileen Rakowski Ramsey, 53:13; 67. Diana Jelmini Ramsey, 53:20; 68. Daniel Kalschmid Ramsey, 53:31; 69. Joann Malvasi Ramsey, 53:34; 71. Arnold Bunagan Ramsey, 54:07; 72. Tom Broderick Mahwah, 54:07; 73. Joy Esposito Pompton Plains, 54:22; 74. Adam Sroczynski Ramsey, 54:41; 75. Kevin Sroczynski Ramsey, 54:42; 76. Jennie Park Taylor Ramsey, 55:26; 77. Kaitlyn Clark Ramsey, 55:42; 78. Christopher Kamnik Ramsey, 56:10; 79. Susan Woska Petersen Woodcliff Lake, 56:15; 80. Homer Banzon Ramsey, 56:46; 81. Larry Pick-

ett Mahwah, 56:55; 82. Amanda McAlear Mahwah, 56:56; 83. Amy Higby Ramsey, 56:57; 84. Salliann Ran Ridgewood, 57:22; 85. Joanne Roberts Franklin Lakes, 57:25; 86. Laura Burnham Mahwah, 57:49; 87. Megan Tindall Upper Saddle River, 57:58; 88. Sherry Fusco Ramsey, 58:09; 89. Lori Sahanas Wanaque, 58:19; 90. Erik Bendixen Ramsey, 58:48; 91. Joani Rauch Ramsey, 58:51; 92. Christine McGovern Ramsey, 58:53; 93. Paul Nigrelli Ramsey, 59:11; 94. Rachel Sauer Ramsey, 59:18; 95. Kristine Pepper Wyckoff, 59:35; 96. Rob McGovern Ramsey, 1:00:04; 97. Ashlee Riden Mahwah, 1:00:43; 98. Monica Flood Ramsey, 1:00:55; 99. Pam Berk Ramsey, 1:01:05; 100. Erica Schwartz Clifton, 1:02:30; 101. Rebecca Kijl Wayne, 1:07:05; 102. Sandra Leber Hawthorne, 1:07:06; 103. George Russell Park Ridge, 1:13:29; 104. Melissa Auriemma Maywood, 1:19:29

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Structural Balance (Part 1) Contributed by Kevin Ensenat B.Sc., P.I.C.P.

This article is a summation of one of the most important concepts I have learned in my 15 plus years as a strength and conditioning coach and personal trainer. This concept was taught to me by legendary strength coach Charles Poliquin and has helped me design and prescribe the most beneficial and successful workouts for each of my clients. Unfortunately, too many coaches and trainers either overlook or simply do not understand how to recognize and/or correct structural balance issues until it is too late. Structural balance is a term used to describe the proper strength and flexibility ratios between different muscle groups. These ratios dictate how well and efficient a movement occurs, provide joint stability, increase every other facet of training such as, overall strength and power and decrease the risk of injury. Pretty important stuff, huh? Part 1 of this article is written to address the knee and help you get a better understanding of the function and proper training of this joint. The knee is one of the joints most prone to injury in sports. According to a study conducted at the Center for Injury Research and Policy (CIRP) of the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and published in the June issue of The American Journal of Sports Medicine. “The knee was the second most frequently injured body site overall, with boys’ football and wrestling and girls’ soccer and basketball recording the highest rates of knee injury. The most common knee injuries were incomplete ligament tears, contusions, complete ligament tears, torn cartilage, fractures/ dislocations and muscle tears. “Knee injuries in high school athletes are a significant area

for concern,” said Dawn Comstock, PhD, CIRP principal investigator, faculty member at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and one of the study authors. “Knee injuries accounted for nearly 45 percent of all sports injury-related surgeries in our study. Knee surgeries are often costly procedures that can require extensive and expensive post-surgery rehabilitation and can increase risk for early onset osteoarthritis. Without effective interventions, the burden of knee surgeries and rehabilitation will continue to escalate as the number of high school athletes continues to grow.” Researchers also found several interesting gender patterns. For example, while boys had a higher overall rate of knee injury, girls’ knee injuries were more severe. Girls were more likely to miss greater than three weeks of sports activity (as opposed to less than one week for boys) and were twice as likely to require surgery. Girls were also found to be twice as likely to incur major knee injuries as a result of non-contact mechanisms, often involving landing, jumping or pivoting. Science Daily (May 23, 2008) Although, the reasons for knee injuries are too numerous for a single article, in this article I hope to explain and educate you about some of the more common reasons. One of the reasons women are more prone to knee injuries than men is based simply on biomechanical differences. One such difference is a shorter but wider pelvis in women then men. Many sports medicine experts have linked a wider pelvis to a larger “Q” Angle- the angle at which the femur (upper leg bone) meets the tibia (lower leg bone). This angle is generally degrees greater in women than in men. This increased angle places more stress on the knee joint. The first major problem leading

to knee injuries as far as strength imbalances go is a weak vastus medialis oblique or vmo. This is the small teardrop shaped quad muscle on the inside or medial portion of the knee. This is also called the jumpers muscle. This muscle helps to stabilize the knee and prevent buckling upon landing a jump or change of direction. The second major problem is weak hamstrings in relation to quadriceps strength. One of the most common problems I see with all of my athletes when they first come in is weak hamstrings and gluteal muscles (butt muscles). Now besides being the most important muscles for jumping, sprinting, hitting, throwing and overall sports performance weakness in this muscle group causes extreme stress between the anterior (front) of the knee and posterior (back) of the knee. This stress over time or sometimes one time can lead to a crippling knee injury. In addition to just anterior and posterior sides of the joint there is the issue between proper balance between the individual

“heads” or parts of each muscle group. The quadriceps, consist collectively of four muscles. These are the vastus medialis, vastus lateralis, vastus intermedius and rectus femoris. The function of the quadracep muscles is to extend the knee joint, absorb landing and change of directional forces and to balance forces equally across the knee joint. The posterior side of the leg is where the hamstrings lie. The hamstrings consist of three muscles the semitendinosus, semimembranosus and biceps femoris. The primary function of the hamstrings is to flex the knee as well as extend the hip. Just like the quadriceps it is very common to see certain muscles of each group be much stronger than the others. This leads to the stronger muscles doing most of the work and increased stress on the weaker muscles causing muscle strains and knee sprains as well as a host of other problems. The third major problem is flexibility imbalances. The most common are tight illiotib-

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ial band, hip external rotators, tight adductors, quads and psoas (hip flexor) muscles. Proper flexibility is very important to overall function, performance and injury prevention. Proper flexibility not only means not being flexible enough in certain muscle groups but also being too flexible in others. Being overly flexible in certain joints or hyper flexible can cause just as many problems as being too “tight” or hypo flexible. Look at it this way, when a muscle is too tight the opposing muscle group must work harder to move a part of the body as well as limit the range of motion and putting undue stress on other muscles and connective tissue leading to pain, poor performance and injury. On the other side of the coin a muscle or joint that is hypermoble allows for too much movement and leads to placing the joint and surrounding muscles into a very weak and vulnerable position. Flexibility can be improved through proper and consistent stretching as well as soft tissue work for adhesion problems. Adhesions are scar tissue built up in muscle from injury, overuse and chronic stress placed on a muscle, joint or bone over

time from many of the issues mentioned above. I hope this article helps parents, coaches and athletes understand the importance of structural balance in training. I know it may seem very overwhelming but this is only a brief overview of the most common issues I see. My goal is to help teach parents, coaches and athletes that there is more to training than just throwing some weight on a bar and doing a few sets or 5-10 reps. To truly help an athlete reach his/her potential it is important to find a qualified strength coach that can identify each athletes specific problems and needs. Once this information is gathered then a specific workout can be designed to address these needs and the overall performance will improve dramatically and the risk of injuries will be minimized! In part 2 of this series I will discuss the shoulder joint. Train smart and train hard, Kevin

Kevin Ensenat is the strength and conditioning coach, consultant and owner of KSTRENGTH Sports Training working exclusively at Overtime Sports Facility in Wayne, NJ 07470

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Helping Children Expand Their Vocabulary Contributed by Dr. Raymond J. Huntington

One of the essential components of strong reading ability is a good vocabulary. A student should grow his or her vocabulary over time, but doing so requires regular reading and frequent study of new words. Students with limited vocabularies will struggle as teachers increasingly expect more independent reading -- and school reading becomes more difficult. Here are a few ways parents can help their child improve his or her vocabulary: Read, read, read. The most obvious way parents can help their child expand his or her vocabulary is to read aloud together and encourage him or her to read independently. Ask your child’s teacher for book recommendations appropriate for your child’s reading level, but also let your child choose his or her own reading material. Fervent readers develop their vocabulary naturally, so if your child enjoys reading and does it regularly, he or she will learn new words. Reintroduce words in multiple settings. Your child’s vocabulary list for the week includes the word “trait”. After reading the definition and quizzing him or her on it several times, find ways to use the word in conversation throughout the week. Be sure your examples give sufficient context so that your child can decode the meaning if he or she doesn’t remember the definition. For example, “You have some interesting traits,” is not as good as, “You are very hardworking — it’s one of your best personality traits.” Pre-teach words before reading a story. If a book has a glossary of key words at the end, before reading to your child, read the glossary. Studies show that pre-teaching target words that appear within a text has a positive effect on a reader’s retention and vocabulary acquisition.

When reading together, have your child define words. When your child encounters unfamiliar words, first have him or her try to infer the meaning based on how the word is used. When your child is actively engaged in vocabulary study, he or she is much more likely to remember definitions than if you read them to him or her. If your child cannot derive a word’s meaning from context, define it and provide an example of it in use. Then, ask your child to come up with a second example. Point out words’ origins. Your child will learn about roots, prefixes and suffixes in language class at school, but help reinforce those teachings by pointing them out as you come across them in books. “Preview”, for example, is made up of the root word, “view” and a prefix, “pre”, which means “before.” “Pollute” is a root word, but “pollution” has the suffix “ion” on the end, which turns the verb (pollute) into a noun (pollution). Understanding word structure and how prefixes and suffixes change root words’ meanings will help your child define many new words. Make the dictionary your child’s new companion. Teach your child to use a dictionary and keep one nearby when reading. As he or she reads, encourage your child to jot down unfamiliar words to look up later — or look them up immediately. Your child might also benefit from a combination dictionary/thesaurus, which includes synonym lists with dictionary entries to give students plenty of examples of words with the same meanings. As your child adds to his or her vocabulary, so will he or she increase his or her reading speed and fluency. Continue to encourage your child to look up new words, use them in written and spoken context, and explore any budding interest in language. Do-

ing so will help your child become a more eager and confident reader, and a happier, more successful student. For more on teaching children vocabulary and to read, read the Report of the National Reading Panel: “Teaching children to read: An evidence-based assessment of the scientific research literature on reading and its implications for reading instruction” (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, 2000).

Parents who want additional information are encouraged to call the local Huntington Learning Center at 1-800-CAN LEARN.

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Massenzio Headed to UFC 136 Contributed by Phil Ross Photo courtesy of Phil Ross.

Mike Massenzio

Bergen County standout and Two-Time NJ State wrestling Champion Mike Massenzio will square off in the UFC Octagon facing the former WEC Light Heavyweight Champion Steve “The Robot” Cantwell. This will be Cantwell’s first appearance at Middleweight. This will be the first fight of the night and will appear on the UFC Facebook site and will be livestreamed from Houston for free. Despite suffering a loss via decision after taking a short notice fight (4 days) against Krzysztof Soszynski at 205 (light heavyweight) at UFC 131 in June, the UFC was appreciative and impressed with his showing - giving away more that 20 pounds in his effort, that they presented Massenzio with another place on the Houston card. Mike has been

able to have a 12 week training camp in preparation for this battle. He is in the best shape of his career and is ready to roll. In addition to his superior strength and conditioning, he recently earned his Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from Sensei Paul Carnicella. Massenzio’s Iron Horse MMA fight team has had some great showing’s lately. Frankie Buenafuente, the Garfield HS and Bergen Community College standout wrestler, made his Amateur MMA debut at the Evolution Fighting Championships on September 3rd. He submitted Mike Hanrahan on 0:42 of the first round and was awarded the “Submission of the Night” honors for his performance. In addition to Massenzio’s bout at UFC 136 on October 8th, Ryan Contaldi will be fighting Tim Carpenter in Atlantic City on October 15th in the Bellatore. For more information on the fight team, BJJ or MMA classes, please visit or call 201.612.1429.

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