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THREES FOR SANDY HOOK

Benefit Game for Newtown, CT to take place on February 24 between Newtown, CT High School and Saddle River Day School “Threes for Sandy Hook” benefit game hopes to provide support for the victims’ families. By Jessica Quas Newtown was once known as any other small community in Connecticut until the dreadful morning of December 14, 2012 when it became more than just a minuscule pinpoint on our country’s map. The Newtown, CT shooting was one of the worst in US history and news spread like wildfire across the US about the horrific crime that no one could ever have imagined. It was only a short amount of time before people all over the country wanted to get involved and help in any way they were able. One of those people was

Danny Brown, Athletic Director and Head Coach of Saddle River Day girl’s Varsity basketball team who provided NJ teams with an avenue in which to offer support. The Newtown high school girl’s Varsity team returned to their home court less than a week after the tragedy and vowed to help in the healing process for their Newtown community. They developed the “Threes for Sandy Hook” fundraising program in which $3 would be donated to victims’ families for every 3-point basket made during a Varsity, JV or freshman game. The Saddle River Day girl’s basketball team felt an obliga-

tion to the cause and joined the fundraising effort of Newtown Varsity. Calls and emails from Danny Brown to other teams across NJ resulted in many of our local high school and club teams joining in on the effort. One thing led to another and what was first going to be a meeting, turned into a benefit game in an attempt to raise money and spread word about the cause. The benefit game between Newtown, CT High School and Saddle River Day School will take place Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 12pm in the Bill Bradley Center at The Ramapo College of NJ. The event is open to the public and there is a $10 recom-

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COACH OF THE MONTH

Dumont girls basketball head coach Dave Cieplicki reached his 400th win as his team beat Marist 59-25 on January 21st.

Cieplicki Shows that Hard Work Pays Off By Edward Kensik DUMONT — Dave Cieplicki admits that he is not the best head girls basketball coach, but he knows that it is not for trying. The 55-year-old Dumont head girls basketball coach reached his 400th win as the Huskies defeated Marist, 5925, as part of the Martin Luther King Tournament at Union City High School. For the next game on Jan. 22, the school district gave him a couple of basketballs to honor his 400th win and to top it off, his team came from behind to defeat Dwight-Morrow, 56-53, for his 401st win. And after the victory, his team had a celebration complete with balloons to honor their coach. “I always said that I am not the best basketball coach, but I am the hardest working coach,” said Cieplicki who added about his players. “The kids kept bugging me NJ Sports Fitness & Wellness Telephone: (973) 605-1213 Fax: (973) 605-1883 editor@sportsfitnesswellness.com 173 Morris Street, 2nd Floor Morristown, NJ 07960 page 8

about it. I didn’t want to make a big deal about it.” And for Cieplicki there is no doubt the place he wants to be and will be is Dumont High school where he has coached

everything to Dumont school system. They gave me my wife and my job,” said Cieplicki. “All of my fondest memories of my life were in this school system.”

praise his players enough, but he does have a regret. “I’ve got wonderful kids,” said Cieplicki. “They will do anything for me... I just wish I could win more.”

The Lady Huskies presented Cieplicki with signed basketballs at a celebration for his accomplishment.

for 30 years as the girls head basketball coach. The year before he started teaching in the Dumont school system as a special education teacher, he met his wife Gale, who he bumped into at Honiss Middle School. “I owe

And he gives his wife plenty of credit for taking care of their children while he was coaching summer leagues and regular season games. “Thank God, my wife was allowing me to do that,” said Cieplicki. And in addition he can’t

And while he is tough on his players, he always gives them a ‘pat’ on the back after yelling at them. Since he started as head coach of Dumont back in the 1983-84 school year, he said that the game has changed

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especially playing all year long and in the scoring aspect. “When I first started, you could dominate with one scorer,â€? said Cieplicki. “Today, I tell the kids you need three scorers‌ It’s a game where it is 12-months a year.â€? And he said that he can only see himself stepping down as a head coach if his daughter, Ashley, who is an assistant coach at Fairleigh Dickinson University becomes a head coach. “If she wants to go to the next level, I would be happy to sit at the end of the bench and hand out water to the players,â€? said Cieplicki about being an assistant coach for his daughter. His current assistant coaches are Kelly Lallave and Christie Prepis. Basketball has been in Dave Cieplicki’s blood and his family since his days of playing for St. Joseph of Metuchen. While he did not play at Jersey City State College, his oldest brother Bernie played college ball and his kids all played college ball for colleges in Vermont including Dave’s one nephew, Keith, who was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in 1985. During his years at Dumont, he has given respectability to the sport that has never been the district’s number one sport. The Lady Huskies have won four league titles including 2011 when Dumont won a Big North title. His best team came in 1991 when his Lady Huskies went 24-3 and made the Bergen County Tournament quarterfinals. For the 2012-13 season the team is just above the .500 mark with a 10-8 record after losing to rival, Ridgefield Park, on Jan. 24. “We are always flying under the radar and are always successful,â€? said Cieplicki whose team qualified again for the county tournament, but face powerhouse Pascack Valley in the first round. And it was Pascack Valley head coach Jeff Jasper who has won more than 900 games who was at the game where Dave won his 400th career game. He received editor@sportsfitnesswellness.com

Dumont followed with another victory the following game, coming from behind to win 56-53 over Dwight-Morrow.

plenty of accolades from other Bergen County coaches for his feat. Along with Cieplicki, Du-

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GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

Lady Spartan’s Stone Reaches 1,000 Point Plateau By Cara Sagala Brittany Stone, a junior guard, powered Paramus to a 37-35 victory over Indian Hills, popping a gamehigh 20 points through the iron that included her 1,000th career point. She was on target from outside the threepoint arc firing five treys into the basket, one of which was the game-winner with 1:30 remaining on the game clock. Her teammate Dara Devaney chipped in with eight points as the Lady Spartans surged to a 14-5 advantage by the end of the opening quarter and held on for the two-point victory. Dumont bridged the second and third quarters with a 21-5 run and that was the difference

in the Huskies 31-32 victory over Fort Lee. Tina Grady posted a game-high 15 points as she bombed five treys through the twine to account for all of her points. Gina Vanette added nine, all of which came on a trio of three-pointers while Amanda Fisco’s total of eight points included a pair of treys. All 12 players who saw action of Ramapo contributed points to the Raiders 59-36 conquest of Hackensack. Kaitly Amatao led the way with a 13-point effort with Tori Woestzel netting 10 points. Jackie Reyneke tossed a game-high 28 points through the cords as Northern Highlands edged Ridgewood 51-50. Lauren Beausoleil led the Lady Maroons, scoring 22 points. Tia Solomon tallied 21

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Highlanders’ Pull Away in Fourth Quarter to Topple Maroons By Dennis Wilson Northern Highlands and Ridgewood see-sawed back and forth until the final quarter when the Highlanders went on a 29-18 run down the stretch to pull away to an 82-69 victory in a Big North Conference boys’ basketball encounter. Michael Menakins fired up the Highlander s’ attack, tickling the twine with a game-high 35 points while Jack Bors contributed 19 and Alex Starr finished with 10. Chris Turnblull pumped 33 points through the iron for the Maroons with Tim Nolan and Nick Simon chipped in with a dozen points apiece as Simon converted eight free throw opportunities. Elmwood Park had three players score 20 or more points as the Panthers defeated Eastern Christian 92-70. Veshawn Polite posted a game-high 23 points,

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Ridgewood’s Nick Simon (#24) goes up for 2 of his 19 team leading points against Hackensack on Tuesday, January 22.

Nick Smith chipped in with 22 and Andre Foster added 20.Wood-Ridge also had a trio of Blue Devils scorch the cords with 21 or more points as Gary Writenour tossed a game-high 25 into the basket, Mike Gibney netted 24 and C.J. Magdelena chipped in with 21. Teaneck’s Joel Hernandez hit the hoop for 35 points and teammate Shaakir Lindsey tallied 24 to spur the Highwaymen to an 80-76 squeaker over Paramus Catholic who were led by a 34-point effort by Kyle Menard that included five field goals launched from outside the three-point arc and his teammate Jalen Henriquez who tallied 24. Non-public highlights included Don Bosco Prep’s 66-52 triumph over Paramus Catholic as Lonnie Rivera rallied the Ironmen from a 21-14 deficit after eight minutes, scoring a team-high 20 points that included a quartet of treys with Justin Salem adding a 19-point effort. Juwuan Carter tallied 19 points, Josh Marquez hit the hoop with 17 and Jordan Thomas netted 13 as DePaul defeated Bergen Catholic 67-54. In a clash of independents, Community rolled to a 38-24 triumph over Banstable after leading 12-10 at the intermission. Javier Roses topped the Community scoring column when he hit the hoop for 14 points while teammate Bryan Tarsuk chipped in with 10 points. In the pre-quarterfinals of the Bergen Jamboree, Mahwah surged to a 19-4 lead by the end of the opening quarter and held

on to defeat Dwight-Englewood 51.48. Mike Leniw was top gun for the Thunderbirds, firing a game-high 20 points through the rim while Michael Busch chipped in with nine, all of which came on a trio of treys. P.J. Reed netted 20 points to propel Bergen Catholic in the Crusaders 65-61 victory over Elmwood Park with teammate Elberto Cue flipping 13 points into the basket. A quartet of Bridgemen reached double figures as Fort Lee toppled Bogota 75-62. Nick Gentile led all scorers, netting 22 points, a dozen of which came at the charity stripe while Dashaun Washington chipped in with 17 while Josh Ford and Gary Whritenour pumped 12 apiece through the iron. Kyle Onderdunk tallied a team-high 18 points, 11 of which were converted free throw attempts in Pascack Valley’s 55-49 success asgainst Garfield. Danny Jablonski and Troy McLaughlin shared game-high honors, flipping 19 points apiece through the twine as Northern Valley/Old Tappan defeated Saddle River Day 63-47.WoodRidge’s C.J. Maddalena was the highest scorer in the opening, pitching 26 points into the basket to spur the Blue Devils to a 76-66 winning performance against Ridgefield. Doug Palmadessa was the difference in St. Mary/Rutherford’s 53-49 victory against Waldwick when he scored 25 points that included a trio of three-pointers. BOYS HOOPS, continued on page 12 page 11


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Teaneck’s Laloo Claims Kegling Crown By Jessica Quas Paramus Catholic defeated Westwood 2-0 in the championship final to win the 2013 Bergen County Girls Bowling Tournament for the first time since 2001 while Teaneck’s Dana-Marie Laloo turned in

the gold medal performance in the individual competition. Placing third among the top teams in the opening round, there was a tie for eighth place between Fair Lawn and Dumont that required a one-game Baker competition that as won by the Cutters. The top eight teams advanced to the Baker

format quarterfinals. Westwood eliminated defending champion Ridgewood and defeated Immaculate Heart Academy to reach the title round. In the Paladins won the first game 146-143 after a strike by Nicki Vucak in the ninth frame with anchor picking up a spare and filling with nine to earn the win.

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In the second game, Paramus Catholic put together five straight strikes to win 228-177. In the individual competition, Laloo put together a three-game pin fall of 627 on games of 184-29-224 to claim first place with Westwood’s Marissa Rivers 12 pins back in second place.

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Marsanico Chosen MVP as Ironmen Repeat as County Champions By Bryan Wasyluk Don Bosco Prep handed Paramus Catholic the Paladins first setback of the season in the championship game of the Bergen County Ice Hockey Tournament. Junior forward

Robby Marsanico was selected the tourney MVP as the Ironmen repeated as county champions. Marsanico netted a pair of goals and distributed four assists during the Ironmen’s three-game road to the title. DBP posted a 5-1 victory over the Paladins at Ice Vault in Wayne.

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Chris Moreira put the first goal on the board when he captured a rebound off a shot by Marsanico and lifted the puck into the PC cage and ignited a threegoal first period assault fueled by a 18-2 advantage in shots on goals. Kahn Kim, Connor Healey, John Stimola and Marsanico contributed solo goals with the Garlasco brothers, Hunter and Rory, credited with two assists apiece. Goalie Jarred Liscio made nine saves. Matt Lepinski tallied a third period goal unassisted for the Paladins as goalie Thomas Pyrka made 30 saves. Hunter Garlasco posted a hat trick performance while Liscio

made a dozen saves between the pipes to highlight DBP’s 10-0 rout of Glen Rock in the semifinals. Lucas Luppino netted a pair of goals with Chris Carroll, Marsanico, Chris Mazzella, Joe Rametta and Griffin Welsh adding solo goals. Paramus Catholic advanced to the title game on goals by Alex Fleischmann and Matt Rainey that produced a 2-1 triumph over Ramsey. Dave Mozeika and Domenick Sellari were credited with assists and Pyrka made 27 saves. In the quarterfinals, the spotlight was on Paladins’ Matt Cofrancisco who netted all the goals as PC blanked Fair Lawn

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5-0. Pyrka stopped 11 shots to register the shutout “W” while Fleischman dished off four assists and Sellaris two. Solo assists were credited to Kevin Booth, Bryan Nagy, Derek Sabato and Dan Sowinski. Kinney accounted for both the Panthers’ goals in Glen Rock’s 2-0 victory over Ridgewood with Nebbia making 20 saves to produce the shutout. Ryan D’Amato, Connor DiTomasso and Alex Whelan tallied the goals in Ramsey’s 3-2 win over

St. Joseph Regional/Montvale and DBP’s 4-1 success against Bergen Catholic was made possible by goals off the sticks of Hunter Garlasco, Dylan Healy, Lupino and Moreira with Marsanico and Marc Buermann dishing off two assists apiece. Tucker James netted a power play goal as the Crusaders pulled out a 5-4 victory over Indian Hills in overtime to highlight the action in the pre-quarterfinals after building a 4-0 advantage entering the first inter-

mission. Alex Linquito ignited the Braves rally, scoring three straight goals and Mike O’Blake knotted the contest at 4-4 with 1:29 remaining on the regulation clock to force overtime. Trailing 1-0 in the second period, Ridgewood bridged the last two periods with three straight goals to eliminate Mahwah 31 as Alex Linton scored twice and Cooper Telesco once with Harry Bahrenburg dishing off two assists. Justin Ritter tallied a pair of goals with Tom Calde-

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Patriots Skate to First Passaic County Tournament Title By Bryan Wasyluk Max Chazen and Mike Crincoli netted two goals apiece to propel Wayne Hills to a 8-4 triumph over DePaul in the championship game of the Passaic County Ice Hockey Tournament contested at Floyd Hall Arena in Little Falls. It was the only 2nd appearance in the title game for the Patriots who were defeated 9-1 by West Milford in 2006. It was the 4th attempt for the championship banner in the last 5 years by the Spartans who defeated Lakeland 3-0 in 2008. Crincoli put the first puck into the Spartan cage 1:24 into the game and the Patriots led 2-1 entering the first intermission.

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Flexing its muscles throughout the lineup, Bergen Catholic dominated the action in a tri-meet, routing Jefferson 61-3 and breezing to a 41-15 triumph over Toms River South. Johnny Sebastian captured the spotlight in the win over the Falcons from Morris County when he decked his opponent in the 182-pound weight division 25 seconds into the match. Nick Suriano (106), Danny DeLorenzi (145), and Carmine Goldsack (285) added first period pins. Christian Jenco posted the fastest fall against the Indians from Ocean County when he showed is 195-pound opponent the lights 58 seconds into the opening period. DeLorenzi added a second first period pin. Tucker James and Sasha Miniouchine netted two goals apiece to propel the Crusaders to a 4-3 victory over Seton Hall Prep. Goalie Gennaro Anzevino stopped 17 shots while Tyler Antonucci and Luca Vanore distributed two goals apiece. Anthony Bradshaw, Liam Kelly, Ralph Cannarozzi and Rob Farrell splashed to victory in the 200-medley relay and BC was never headed in cruising to a 105-65 triumph over Paramus Catholic in a boys swimming meet. Bradshaw sprinted to an individual doubles, touching the wall first in the 50 freestyle (24.15) and 100 freestyle (53.62).

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DBP pulled out a 29-25 triumph over St. Peter’s Prep in a wrestling match as Luke Farinaro (170) posted the only pin for the Ironmen. Luis Gonzalez (120) and Tristan Hollenbaugh (152) won by major decisions to post four points apiece in the scoring column while three-point decisions were registered by Kyle Bierdumpfel (106), Sam Cali (126), Jeff Lombardi (160), Razohnn Gross (195) and Zack Chakonis (220). Chris Morera netted a pair of goals as DBP skated to a 62 victory over Gloucester Catholic in a Gordon Conference – American Division confrontation. Lucas Luppino, Kevin Mahar, Robert Marsanico and Joseph Rametta added solo goals with goalie Jared Liscio making 23 saves. Paul Jorgensen led a quintet of Ironmen who reached double figures as he pumped a game-high 27 points through the iron in a 93-58 victory over Ridgewood. Lonnie Rivera contributed an 18-point effort, Joey Feinberg and Justin Salem flipped a dozen points apiece into the basket and Tom Sweeney scored 11 points. Leading 18-16 after eight minutes, the Ironmen went on a 35-8 run in the second quarter to open up a 53-12 advantage by the intermission.

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In a clash of Bergen County powers, IHA defeated Northern Highlands 53-49 in girls’ basketball after the contest was knotted 23-23 at the halftime break. Caitlin Roche popped a game-high 15 points into the bucket and Samantha Wilkes followed with a 13-point effort with Lindsay Rogers adding eight points to the scoreboard. IHA torpedoed Paramus Catholic 102-68 in a Big North Conference swimming meet. Trailing after two events, Maggie Horne was the first Blue Eagle to splash to a first place finish when she won the 200-meter individual medley in a time of 2:34.19. Sara Nestrowitz was fastest to the finish wall in the 100-meter butterfly, recording a clocking of 1:03.66 and doubled later in the meet with a first place effort in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:03.84. Sarah Brennan outlasted the field, wining the longest individual event, the 500-meter freestyle in 6:06.40 while Caroline Rogers placed first in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:32.78. IHA won the 200-meter freestyle relay in 1:53.94 with the quartet of Devin Ryder, Danielle Pielka, Brennan and Brianne Chewcaskie.

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Trailing 18-11 at the halftime break, DePaul staged a second half rally to pull put a 34-33 victory over Immaculate Heart Academy in a Big North Conference girls’ basketball confrontation. Jade Walker topped all scorers, tossing 13 points into the basket, five of which came at the charity stripe while Biannah Ramos added eight points and Victoria D’Addario finished with seven. Caitlyn Castillo posted a three-game series of 459 to finish fourth in the individual standings of the Passaic County Girls Bowling Tournament as the Lady Spartans placed fourth among the 14 teams in the field.

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Andrew Brennan raced to a silver medal finish in the 1600meter run at the NJIC Indoor Track & Field Championships contested at the Armory Track Center in New York City. Brennan was clocked in 4:42.5 for the metric mile. Matt Wange placed fifth in the 400-meter run, turning in a time of 55 seconds flat while Randy Vandervalk was sixth in the 3200meter run. In the girls’ division, Carina Felipe sprinted to a bronze medal performance in the 55-meter dash, stopping the clock in 8.2 seconds. Glen Rock struck from long range in steadily pulling away to defeat Mary Help of Christians 47-24 in a NJIC girls’ basketball game. Sophie Lederer led all scorers in flipping 18 points into the basket including a quartet of treys while Samantha Alba added nine, all of which came from outside the three-point arc.

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Matthew Nicholas was fastest to the finish wall in the 100yard butterfly at the Big North Swim Championships, touching in 58.05. He picked up a silver medal with a runnerup finish in the 500-yard freestyle as he was clocked in 5:17.82 and his teammate David Sheoetinovskiy sprinted to a bronze medal in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 54.31. Indian Hills skated to a 6-2 victory over Lakeland in a Big North – Green Division ice hockey matchup. Alex Linquito turned in a hat trick effort, scoring tree times and picked up an assist as the Braves surged to a 3-0 advantage entering the first intermission. Jon Hoogendorn chipped in with a goal and was credited with three assists while T.J. Thaler added a goal and picked up a pair of assists. Evan Larkin contributed a goal. Allison Strauss tossed a game-high 16 points through the twine with Julia Ferraro scoring 15 as Indian Hills surged to a 21-10 lead entering the second and was never headed in defeating Hackensack 57051 in a Big North girls’ basketball confrontation. Jules Oehrlein added nine, including a pair of treys.

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Mike Leniw ripped the cords with a game-high 21 points to propel Mahwah to a 56-51 triumph over River Dell in boys’ basketball. Kevin Tremblay made it a potent 1-2 attack as he netted 20 points in a see-saw battle.

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Madison Holleran doubled, winning the 55-meter high hurdles (8.8) and 400-meter dash (2:14.2) while Neda Jamshidi-Azad leaped 154 ½ to win the long jump and hopped, stepped and jumped 31-5 ¼ to a bronze medal effort in the triple jump as Northern Highlands claimed the team title in the Big North Indoor Track & Field Championships. Emma Sullivan sprinted through the tape to win the 55meter dash in 7.5. Splashing to a pair of team titles, the Highlanders dominated Division 3 of the Big North Swim Championships. Caitlyn Grady, Madison Cullinan, Maggie McElwain and Caitlyn Bach opened the girls’ competition, winning the 2 medley relay in 1:59.42. Bach doubled in the individual events, sprinting to gold medals in the 50 freestyle (26.02) and 100 freestyle (56.98) while McElwain touched first in the 200 freestyle (2:01.85) and 100 butterfly (1:05.59) with Cullinan doubling in the 200 individual medley (2:01.85) and 100 breast stroke (1:13.03). In the boys’ division, the Highlanders picked up the gold medals in the 200 freestyle relay with the quartet of Alex Baker, Mike Keenan, Jed Groome and Matt Sullivan who posted the winning time of 1:36.64. Madison Dunbar tickled the twine with a team-high 16 points and Jackie Reyneke hit the bucket with 14 points as the Lady Highlanders defeated the Academy of the Holy Angels 55-47.

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Alex Gorloff, Adam Carcione and Chris Muller all went 2-0 in the sabre as Ramapo coasted to a 19-8 verdict over Northern Highlands in a boys’ fencing match. Eugene Won was 2-0 in the foil competition as the Raiders upped their overall team record to 6-2. In the girls’ division, Ramapo pulled out a 14-13 decision as Marilyn Rukaj and Michelle Rokhvarg were 3-0 in epee and Lexie Vivona, Melanie Psota and Alex Caruso posted 2-0 marks in foil. Kaitlyn Amato netted a game-high dozen points and all 12 players scored as Ramapo routed Hackensack 59-26 in a Big North girls’ basketball meeting. Tori Woetsal added a 10-point performance with J.K. McEvoy scoring seven and Reilly White adding six points. Gina Salmins and Jordan Even-Chen turned in gold medal performances in the Freedom Division of the Big North Indoor Track & Field Championships. Salmins hopped, stepped and jumped 34-9 ¾ to collect the gold medal in the triple jump competition and added a bronze medal in the 55-meter high hurdles with a time of 9.2. Even-Chen cleared the bar at 10-6 to win the pole vault event.

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Amanda Parker netted a game-high 18 points including a trio of treys while Rebecca Rabeiro chipped in with a 17point effort to propel the Lady Panthers to a 61-31 triumph over Waldwick in girls’ basketball. Nicole Cataino added 10 points with Avery Dravis-Stark netting six points.

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Winning the 200 and 400 freestyle relays, Paramus Catholic defeated DePaul 98-71 in a girls’ swimming meet. Nicole Jaramillo, Jen Antonietti, Juliana Lally and Marie Guerriero teamed up to touch first in the 200 freestyle relay, recording the winning clocking of 1:54.90 while Jaramillo, Lally, Allyson Archer and Guerriero won the 400 free in 4:12.72. Destinee Hall posted a game-high dozen points as the Lady Paladins defeated Teaneck in a Big North Conference girls’ basketball game by a score of 55-49. PC relied on a balanced attack a Dejah Taylor connected for a dozen points, Tatiyanna Sanders contributed 10, six of which came at the free throw line and Jasmin Wilson flipped nine through the twine. Paramus Catholic iced Bayonne 11-1 in a Big North ice hockey confrontation. Alex Fleischmann netted four goals and dished off three assists with Matthew Cofrancesco contributing a hat trick effort by scoring three times and passing off an assist. Brian Rizzi posted a three-game series of 617, including games of 234 and 216 to power the Paladins to a 5-2 victory over St. Joseph Regional/Montvale in a Big North bowling match. Vinny Santana produced a 231 game.

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Ramsey flattened Dumont 61-18 on the mats as Neil Forrester needed only 11 ticks off the clock to deck his opponent in the 285-pouns weight division. Bryan Rottingen (113), Christian Incardopna (126), Drew Boscorino (132), Matt Jones (145) and Jack DeLuca (152) contributed first period falls to the rout. Peter McNally, Kevin Flood, Tom McCabe and Rory Greenshields combined to win the 3200-meter relay in the Patriot Division of the Nig North Indoor Track & Field Championships. Their teammate Danny Dugan was fastest to the finish in the 3200-meter run, posting a time of 10:20.7. In the girls’ division Kristen Webb sprinted through the tape to win the 55-meter dash in 7.6 and Kelly Redl leaped 16-7 ½ to place first the long jump. Taryn Corrigan popped a game-high 13 points into the basket as Ramsey trounced Fort Lee 40-14 in girls’ basketball. Jacqueline Clinton chipped in with an eight-point effort while Carly Saalfrank added six. Ramsey defeated River Dell 49-40 in boys’ basketball as Ryan Blake netted a game-high dozen points including a trio of treys. Griffin Roblee added 10 points that included two field goals from outside the three-point arc.

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Evan Westcott, Evan Fischer, Greg Maslak and Tim Daly splashed to a gold medal finish in Division 3 200 medley relay at the Big North Swim Championships when they posted a clocking of 1:50.26. The foursome of Dante Consentino, Daly, John Sheridan and Fischer touched the finish wall first in 3:34.25 to win the 400 freestyle relay. Consistency in the scoring column provided the fuel to propel the Maroons to a 61-53 triumph over Bergenfield in a Big North boys’ basketball game. Jamal Locke netted a team-high 13 points with Chris Turnbull tossing a dozen into the bucket and Nick Simon adding a 10-point effort, six of which came at the charity stripe. Chris Solis chipped in with nine points and Bryce Joiner added seven and Tim Nolan finished with six. Trailing 1-0, Ridgewood scored twice in 31 seconds in the second period and pulled out a 3-2 victory over Fair Lawn in a Big North – Gold Division ice hockey game. Zach Kinkella, Alex Linton and Cameron St. John netted the goals with assists credited to Chris Cornwell, Michael Daniels, Linton, St. John and Cooper Telesco. Goalie Sean Trepeddi made 20 saves.

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Leading 35-32 at the intermission, the Green Knights went on a 16-9 run in the third quarter and defeated Dwight Morrow 7162 in a Big North Conference boys’ basketball game. Patrick Mensah was the top gun on the attack, flipping a game-high 22 points through the rim with an assist from Mark Fossati who netted 16 points. Quai Jefferson chipped in with a 10-poinmt effort with Kiy Hester adding eight points. Scoring four goals in the opening period, the Green Knights skated to a 6-1 triumph over Northern Highlands in a Big North – Silver Division ice hockey matchup. Jake Healey scored twice with John Arena, Nick Haubner, Tommy Kemley and Zak Krasnigi added solo goals with John Licata distributing three assists while Nick Cocciafiferro and Devin Moran were credited with two apiece. Goalie Martin Pelic made 13 saves. SJR wrestled to an impressive 52-7 victory over Northern Valley/Demarest in a Big North Conference dual match. Ryan Freeman (113), Matt Zovitoski (145), Eric Vettrelein (160), Jeff Farina (170) and Michael Carfagno (182) posted pins while Michael Silano (195) registered a major decision.

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In an independent girls’ hoop encounter, SRD trounced Wings (NY) 74-37 to remain unbeaten after nine starts. Jaide Hinds-Clarke pumped a game-high 17 points through the iron with Izzy McMahon contributing 15 points, Brianna Tarabocchia adding 14 and Carly Christofi making it a quarter of Lady Rebels in double figures when she scored 10 points. Kelly Hannigan added eight points, all of which came at the free throw line.

Patty McHugh stole the spotlight, posting a triple gold medal performance in the NJIC Indoor Track & Field Championships contested at the Armory Track Center in New York City. McHugh accounted for 36 of the Lady Warriors’ point total of 47 that resulted in a third place team finish among the 14 teams. She was fastest to the finish in the 55-meter high hurdles (9.1), leaped 16-8 1/2 to win the long jump and claimed first place in the triple jump when she hopped, stepped and jumped 34-2 ¼. He picked up the bronze medal in the high jump when she sailed over the bar at 4-10. In the boys’ division, Nick Oravetz, picked up the silver medal in the 400meter dash with a clocking of 53.3. On the mats, the combined Waldwick/Midland Park wrestling team defeated the joint Leonia/Palisades Park 42-33 in a Big North Conference match. Posting pins were Sean Marro (120), Seth Zuidema (170), Chris Finn (182), Joe Messner (195) and Kevin Parisi (220) with the fastest fall of the competition when he showed his opponent the lights 22 seconds into the opening period.

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Wayne Hills finished third in the team standings at the Passaic County Girls Fencing Tournament. Alisha Gomez-Shah won the sabre competition while teammates Rachael Stewart and Sabrina Walton placed 2-3 in the epee discipline. Isabelle Nemeh picked up the silver medal when she recorded a three-game series of 522 in the Passaic County Girls Bowling Tournament contested at Parkway Lanes in Elmwood Park. Catie Bombard placed with a three-game pin fall of 462 as the Lady Patriots edged Wayne Valley by eight pins for the team title.

Surging to a 8-0 lead, Saddle River Day cruised to a 83-24 rout of Pioneer Academy of Science (Clifton) as the Rebels raised their overall record to 8-4 and captured the school’s first-ever bid to the Bergen Jamboree. Sophomore center Mike Crowley ignited the first-quarter attack that ballooned to a 342 advantage entering the second quarter as he flipped 10 of his game-high 18 points through the twine. Greg King chipped in with 13 points, Brian Mulligan contributed 11 while Ben Coben and Chris Cosgrove tallied nine points apiece as all ten Rebels who stepped on the hardwood popped points into the basket for coach Mike Shaughnessy.

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Surging to a 24-9 advantage after eight minutes, Wayne Valley rolled to a 68-59 victory over New Brunswick in an independent boys’ basketball game. Liam Connors topped all scorers when he pumped a game-high 22 points through the iron while Gary Choka and Andrew Keane netted a dozen points each with Chris Santaniello making it a quartet of Indians in double figures when he scored 10 points, including a pair three-pointers. Marissa Luzzi (443), Ashlyn Miller (431) and Dawn Hansen (419) finished 6-7-8 as Wayne Valley placed second in the nine-team standings at the Passaic County Girls Bowling Tournament contest at Parkway Lanes in Elmwood Park. Wayne Valley registered a 47-23 decision over West Milford in a Big North wrestling match. Dino Cancelliari (106), David Zeppetelli (126), Vincent Rigoglioso (132) and Anthony Landberg (195) pinned their opponents while Patrick Vanduyne (160) and Austin Behrens (22) registered technical falls with Tyler Hrycak (120) and Sam Tareky (138) winning major decisions. With eight of its ten players posting points in the scoring column, Wayne Valley steadily pulled away to topple West Milford 58-38 in a Big North girls’ hoops encounter. Olovia Pantale tossed a game-high 17 points through the twine, 11 of which came at the free throw line where WV built up a 25-5 advantage. Shayna Ocello added 13 points.

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the Pioneers’ winning-streak to four games. She opened the week with 27 points on 10of-17 shooting from the field, while adding eight rebounds, eight assists, and four steals in a 73-46 victory over Kean. Three days later, she notched 24 points, five rebounds, four assists, and six steals in a 6454 non-conference win over Mt. St. Mary. Borova, who shot .538 (7-of-13) from three-point range in the two victories combined, currently leads the NJAC in scoring (20.8 points per game), assists (5.2 per game) and minutes played (34.0 per game). Michelle Favre, Saddle Brook, NJ/Saddle Brook, Ramapo College, Women’s Winter Track & Field - Senior Favre earned her second consecutive NJAC Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week selection after traveling to New York City to compete at the Army Invitational contested at the New York Armory. She opened the second semester by placing first in a field of 15 competitors

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along with five rebounds, and three assists in an 88-87 NJAC overtime road victory at Rowan. One day later, he wrapped up the week by posting 20 points, including 11-of-11 shooting from the charity stripe, while adding six assists, one rebound and a steal in a 94-80 non-conference win over Potsdam State. LoRusso, who shot .960 (29-of-30) from the foul line in the three victories combined, currently leads the NJAC in free throw percentage (.848). Emily Mino, Oradell, NJ/River Dell, Montclair State University - Senior, Women’s Indoor Track & Field Mino was chosen the NJAC Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week selection after competing in the CTC Relay Carnival in Melville, NY. She placed first in a field of 10 competitors in the pole vault with an ECAC qualifying mark of 3.30 meters. The winning performance by Mino ranks as the eighth best mark in the pole vault in all of NCAA Division III.

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PUSH and Jump! It’s NOT Your Brother’s Workout “Neal, just a quick note to let you know Cynthia is doing great!! Her hamstring is better, and she is able to play hard and effectively. She has played in 3 games since she saw you and is back playing at her usual ‘awesome’ level. Neal, we have you to thank. If it wasn’t for your knowledge and insight, and your willingness to work with her and teach her, she would still be playing very little. Thanks again, Neal. We will always be grateful.” — Sincerely, Eric S.

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“Comments like these make my day,” exclaims Neal Pire, Founder of Inspire Training Systems and developer of the PUSH and Jump! training programs now available at Volt Fitness on the Ridgewood border in Glen Rock. “There is nothing more inspiring to me than honest feedback from a young athlete’s parent. It makes my time and dedication for improving an athlete’s health and performance worthwhile.” Neal is an Exercise Physiologist and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with over 33 years of experience. He has worked with both de-conditioned adults and competitive athletes of all levels – from the developmental Pee-Wee Soccer player, to the World-class Gymnast, to the Olympic figure skater, to the NFL Pro football player. He has served on the Sports Medicine Team for USA Track and Field, the U.S. Olympic page 24

Committee, and the New York City Marathon, and is currently a Strength and Conditioning Specialist for USA Swimming’s Sports Medicine and Science Network. Neal is one of only a handful of career fitness professionals in the world who have received the prestigious credential of Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. “It is so frustrating when an athlete is underperforming due to an injury, a physical imbalance, or simply muscular weakness and deconditioning. Worse yet, it is often not necessary!” Neal cites that there is such an emphasis on skills training or “playing the game” that athleticism and performance-based conditioning typically takes a back-seat, with most young athletes not properly preparing for a season of sport. “If they want to improve their performance, while minimizing the risk of injury, athletes must devote time during their off-season, pre-

season, and even in-season to strengthening their weaknesses, and healing or rebalancing their bodies to enhance and maintain optimal mobility. It is simple logic that if the teen soccer player has movement deficiencies, she will not perform at her best on the field. The Pros all do it, and they are amongst the ‘elite’. If they need it, don’t you think the average athlete needs it, perhaps even more?” It is with this philosophy that Neal developed the PUSH and Jump! programs. PUSH is a unique, performance-based athlete training program that focuses on the specific needs of the young female athlete. “Athletic performance is primarily dependent on the athlete’s ability to integrate and apply a series of graduated forces in very specific directions and sequences. In other words, in order to jump high, an athlete needs to apply massive force down into

the ground to lift their bodies up off the ground; the more massive the force, the higher they jump. It is the law of action-reaction. In order to run forward fast, the athlete needs to apply massive forces backwards into the ground, so that her body moves forward. In order to ‘cut’ or change direction on the field or court, an athlete needs to decelerate quickly and effectively apply force into the ground in the opposite direction of where she wants to go. Any mobility issues from tight hamstrings, to a lack of core stability, to weak hips can destroy an athlete’s performance. It can mean the difference between All-State and All-County, starting or sitting on the bench, or simply making the team or not.” PUSH will enhance an athlete’s anaerobic fitness, increase her functional strength and power, and improve the functional stability of the editor@sportsfitnesswellness.com

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shoulders, knees, and core during her sport activity. Jump! is a vertical jump enhancement program that also focuses on reducing a girl’s risk of an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury. ACL injuries are often catastrophic. They are career enders, and medical research shows that girls who are involved in recreational, as well as organized sports injure their ACLs at a rate between 2 to 5 times and up to 10 times greater than boys. The Jump! training protocols include dynamic balance and neuromuscular progressions that have been shown effective in reducing the risk of ACL injuries, especially in this most vulnerable female athlete population. But why girls? Neal has served as a speaker for the Strategic Health Initiative for Women, Sport and Physical Activity, and has served as Lecturer for the Orthopedic Sciences Department on the Faculty at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. “Throughout my career, I have learned that too often, the boys ‘get the weight-room’ or the ‘extra coach or trainer’. Young female athletes at both the high school and college levels have endured a bias where they end up getting the short end of the stick, and available resources go to the boys’ teams. Some experts say it’s a socio-cultural phenomenon, others blame simple economics. Regardless, I want to help even the field and provide girls with the training and assistance they need and deserve,” Neal then smiles, “Yes, I am a Dad of two girls, both former high school athletes, so I might actually have a bias of my own.”

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By Kelly Eversol It’s common for people, even those who have been able to maintain a regular routine all year, to let their fitness efforts slack in the winter months. When winter rolls around, the combination of cold weather, dark evenings and holiday commitments leads people to devote less time to exercise. Additionally, some regular exercisers may feel “burned out” from their efforts to maintain a steady workout schedule throughout the summer and fall. As hard as it may be, it is important to maintain some level of fitness when the weather turns cold. Not being consistently active is harmful, because the muscles become weak and/or tight during periods of inactivity. When people try to resume activities in the spring at their previous level instead of easing back into the routine, they may end up injured. To make staying active year round easier, keep some of these tips in mind: • Vary your fitness routine. Plan on doing several different types of exercise each week, and change up your plan every few months. This helps you avoid boredom and allows your muscles to be worked in a variety of ways, which helps prevent overuse injuries. • Take it inside/outside. If you primarily get your exercise from outdoor activities such as running or cycling outside, consider some indoor alternatives. Many gyms offer month-

to-month plans that can help you stay in shape during the colder months. There are also a wide variety of home workouts available for sale or rent that can be done in your living room or basement with little to no equipment. • Conversely, if you stay inside for most of your workouts year-round, try taking your fi tness routine outside during the warmer months for a change of pace. • Something is better than nothing. Even a little bit of activity is better than no activity. Some people think that because they can’t go to the gym for an hour, then they may as well not work out at all. But even 20 minutes of exercise done at home is beneficial for maintaining fi tness. For example, research has shown that strengthening exercises done once a week maintains strength levels until one can resume lifting more frequently. • Set attainable goals. If you’re making exercise part of your New Year’s Resolutions this January, remember to ease into a routine. Be realistic about where you are starting and set goals you can reach. It takes a while to get out of shape, but it takes even longer to get back into shape, and it won’t happen overnight. • Choose proper workout attire. Good shoes go a long way for preventing injuries. It is important to have shoes that support the activity you’re performing. If you are unsure of the type of shoe you should use, visiting a specialty shoe store for suggestions can be helpful in choosing the correct type. editor@sportsfitnesswellness.com

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robs you of distance, and does not protect your body from the stress the golf swing puts on your joints, tendons, ligaments, and muscles. The ONLY way to slow this decline down, as well as improve your distance is by strengthening (and stretching) your golf muscles. I’ve said this for years, unfortunately only a few golfers “get it” and start it up. Golf is like any other sport, where the athlete works on their body specific to their sport to perform at a higher level. Fix Your Swing Faults Swing faults are hard to fix while you’re in the season playing more than you practice, which makes the winter the most optimal time to work on your faults with golf training aids specific to the mechanical issue in your swing. Research says it take approximately 2000 repetitions of a movement for you to “own it” and be able to take it to the course. Again, what better time than winter to get a swing aid specific to your fault, and work it until you’ve fixed it, so when the season starts you are hitting the ball better than ever.

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ibility you want to improve, this would be a good starting point. Golf Stretching DVD – if it’s just flexibility you want, then plug in the DVD and you’re on your way. Golf Swing Tempo Trainer – tempo is critical to maximizing power and consistency, and this is one training aid that’ll give it to you. Great tool to swing daily during the winter months. Golf Wrist Lag Aid – if you struggled with distance and lacked solid ball striking, you need more lag, and to stop flipping the club at impact. This is

Work On Your Mind They say golf is 90% mental, so why not pick up a good mental golf book and get into it now, so you’re mentally tough next golf season? When you think about it, golf really is a “mind thing”. A lack of confidence will kill your game. How about stepping up to a 3 foot putt, and just know you’re not going to make it? That’s MENTAL! I know, as I’ve been that guy. Recommended Winter Golf Training Products Golf Swing Tubing Trainer – if you’re short on time, use this trainer in less than 2 minutes a day in the comfort of your home or office, to see a dramatic increase in your power and distance. Power Golf Training System – if it’s strength and flex-

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RIDGEWOOD — Jan. 25 — Life with school-age children can be quite busy, as any parent knows. “When your family has baseball practice and dance class and many other commitments, including homework, it can be difficult to fit it all in,” says Heather Carroll, Center Director, of the Ridgewood Huntington Learning Center. How can parents help their students manage school and everything else successfully? Carroll offers these tips: • Establish and keep to a schedule. Taking note of your student’s learning preferences, set an after-school schedule and arrange activities around homework. As your student gets older — and most likely, busier — time management will become especially valuable. Help your student learn to use his or her time effectively by adhering to a daily schedule and to-do list. • Learn effective study habits. Teach your student to approach study sessions with a

plan, which will help minimize wasted time. Consider each week’s to-dos and tailor an organized study schedule to fit each subject. As a simple example, if a spelling test is Friday, on Monday, have your student read through the word list and sort words by prefi x or suffi x (or whatever the learning concept is that week). On Tuesday, play a word game to help your student master the words. On Wednesday, quiz your child with an oral spelling test and another game, and on Thursday, do a practice test. • Remember that short, frequent studying is better. If you’re concerned that your student’s busy schedule does not allow for two-hour study blocks, don’t be. Experts say that studying often for shorter periods of time is more effective than lengthy sessions. If your student has evening obligations, try for 20-minute homework sessions after school, after dinner and before bedtime. • Look for windows of opportunity. Extracurricular activities

tend to demand more time as students grow older. So while it is important for students to schedule homework time from an early age, keep in mind that short moments of free time are opportunities for homework, too. If your student is an early riser, morning may be a good time for studying. If a younger sibling has to tag along to an older sibling’s sports practice, find a quiet place where he or she can do a little homework. Juggling your student’s school and activities - not to mention your own job and life — can be challenging, but incorporating these strategies can help make it easier. “It’s never too early to teach your child to make the most of his or her time,” says Carroll. “Homework should be a priority, but with good time management and study habits, you and your student will find that there is plenty of time for fun, friends and family, too.” For more information about the Huntington Learning Center of Ridgewood, call 201447-1200.

About Huntington Founded in 1977, Huntington is a pioneer and leader in the tutoring industry. For over 35 years, Huntington has provided quality instruction to hundreds of thousands of students. Huntington prides itself on being “Your Tutoring Solution” for students in all grades and subjects. They tutor in academic skills, such as reading, phonics, math and study skills; and in advanced math and science subjects ranging from algebra through calculus and general science through physics. They also prepare students for state and standardized entrance exams, such as high school entrance exams and the SAT and ACT and provide free school tutoring to eligible schools.

New York Gotham Baseball Club, Spring Workout and Tryouts NEW YORK, NY — Jan. 13 — The New York Gothams Baseball Club of New York is holding their first practice and tryout of 2013 in Smithtown, NY at the Smithtown Historical Society grounds located at 239 East Main Street, Smithtown, NY on March 30th, 2013 at Noon. The team will follow up in the month of April with double headers on the 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th against the Brooklyn Atlantics, Hoboken Nine, Flemington Neshanock and Elizabeth Resolutes. For more detailed and up to

date information refer to: ht tp://w w w.meetup.com/ New-York-Gothams-BaseballClub The Gotham BBC is a competitive team in the Mid-Atlantic Vintage Baseball League where all teams play their games within authentic rules, uniforms and equipment of the period between 1864 and 1901. Although the rules are vintage and vary from the 1860s up through 1901, the players are of all ages and skill levels. New players are

welcome to attend the early season workout and subsequent games. Gotham BBC plays its home games on Governors Island regularly during the summer months next to Fort Jay, a short walk from the ferry landing. Away Games for the Gothams in 2013 will extend from as far as Gettysburg, PA to Boston, MA, but most away games are within a short drive of the NY Metro Area. Also visit: http://www.govisland.com http://gothambbc.com http://mavbbl.com/

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By Rick Wolff It’s that time of year when Moms and Dads are eagerly signing up their youngsters for spring sports…and when that happens, invariably lots of special requests and favors are being asked of the volunteers who run the registration desks. Requests like: “Can you arrange to have my son be on the same team with Joey? They’re best friends…”

“My daughter has a full slate of activities each Saturday. Can you make sure she’s on a team that practices no later than 9 AM on Saturday?” “My son really enjoyed playing for Coach Brown last year…can you make sure he’s on Coach Brown’s team again this year?” You get the idea…everybody seems to have a very innocent and simple request. Problem is, the amount of requests

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es, just because you’re volunteering to coach your team doesn’t mean you’re entitled to any special perks either. You aren’t entitled to special treatment by the league, such as choosing your own team, having the best practice slot, choosing your game times, etc. The concerns with entitlement cuts both ways. Bottom line? Let’s keep everything fair and square. As I said on my radio show this morning, there’s a very simple test when it comes to these issues…ask yourself, is this action fair for all the kids? If it isn’t fair, then it’s your obligation as a parent and adult to make sure the playing level is fair and level. That’s the key…make sure it’s all fair. That’s all that the kids want. Printed by permission from Askcoachwolff.com – the blog of sports parenting expert Rick Wolff. editor@sportsfitnesswellness.com

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