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ICE HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS
HIGHLIGHTS ON THE COURT AS PLAYOFF POSITIONS BEGIN TO GET UNDERWAY
DUMONT GIRLS BASKETBALL COACH DAVE CIEPLICKI REACHES 200 WINS
BOYS & GIRLS HOOPS
DON BOSCO AND PARAMUS CATHOLIC BAT TLE FOR THE BCT CROWN; WAYNE HILLS AND DEPAUL MEET FOR THE PASSAIC COUNT Y TITLE
“THREES FOR SANDY HOOK” BENEFIT GAME TO TAKE PLACE ON FEBRUARY 24 BETWEEN NEWTOWN, CT HIGH SCHOOL AND SADDLE RIVER DAY SCHOOL
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Brittany Stone Paramus High School Junior Girls Basketball
Robby Marsanico Don Bosco Prep – Junior – Ice Hockey
Marsanico was selected the Most Valuable Player of the Bergen County Ice Hockey Tournament as he led the Ironmen to their second straight county crown. During Don Bosco Prep’s path to the title, Marsanico netted a pair of goals and distributed four assists over three victories culminating in the 5-1 victory over previously undefeated Paramus Catholic in the championship encounter. He is the Ironmen’s leading scorer, netting his 16th goal in the second period of the title confrontation.
Stone became the first Lady Spartan to reach the 1,000-point plateau in girls’ basketball when she powered Paramus to a 37-35 victory over Indian Hills, popping a game-high 20 points through the iron that included her historic point. She was on target from outside the threepoint arc firing five treys into the basket, the last with 1:30 remaining on the game clock. Last season, she averaged 17.8 points per game, 5.5 assists, and 5.8 rebounds and began her junior campaign 193 points shy of the 1,000-point plateau.
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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-
mended donation at the door. Any businesses who are interested in donating can match what is made during the game or can provide any monetary donation they see fit. It is times like these where people from all walks of life come together for one cause. With the surrounding community’s help and support, the “Threes for Sandy Hook” benefit game will be a huge success and provide the victims’ families with some hope and caring from their New Jersey neighbors. Please join the effort and come to support both teams for their hard work and effort in making the fundraising possible.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. â€œWhen I first started, you could dominate with one scorer,â€? said Cieplicki. â€œToday, I tell the kids you need three scorersâ€Ś Itâ€™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. â€œIf 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 Cieplickiâ€™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 Daveâ€™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 districtâ€™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. â€œWe 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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-
mont has honored another coach, Rich Wilson, who ironically won his 400th game last spring as the Lady Huskies
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