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LED BY GOALKEEPER ALY BURN’S SIX STOPS IN THE NET, MAHWAH UPSET PARAMUS 4-1 AS THE GIRLS SOCCER BCT COMPLETED THE PRE-QUARTERFINAL ROUND
ALSO INSIDE: • CROSS-COUNTRY BERGEN COUNTY SEASON OPENER • BERGEN COUNTY GIRLS TENNIS TOURNAMENT • GIRLS VOLLEYBALL, GYMNASTICS RECAPS • LOCAL COLLEGIATES • JACK MCKEOWN MEMORIAL RAMSEY 5K & 10K RUNS • AND LOTS MORE
THRILLING SINGLE POINT VICTORIES TO LIGHTS OUT OFFENSES AND DEFENSES CHAR ACTERIZE THE WEEKEND AS THE FOOTBALL SEASON HEATS UP
HASBROUCK HEIGHTS’ NICK DELCALZO RACKS UP HIS 200TH VICTORY IN HIS 27TH CAMPAIGN AS THE AVIATOR’S HEAD FOOTBALL COACH
TOUGH OVERTIME MATCHES ADVANCE NORTHERN HIGHL ANDS TO THE BOYS SOCCER BCT QUARTERFINALS, BUT LEAVE RIDGEWOOD OUSTED.
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ATHLETES OF THE MONTH
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Junior, Bobby Corcoran led a 1-2-3 finish for Indian Hills in the Boys B Division of the Season Opener with teammates, Hee Tae An and Chris Evans. Placing first, Corcoran ran a 16:21 on the September 14 race and continued to lead the Braves team in the third Six Flags Wild Safari Invitational just a few weeks later. The large race features 130 teams from eight different states and the Indian Hills Boys won their third straight Six Flags Invitational in the C Division. The team placed their first six runners in the top 23 spots with Corcoran leading the pack with a personal best time of 16:02, again just ahead of teammates Hee Tae An and Evans who came in 4th and 5th place. Corcoran, still only a junior, has another two seasons ahead of him as he looks to continue to lead the Indian Hills Boys to a Championship season.
Ariana North is considered one of the leading female runners in the state and pulled in a win September 14 during the Bergen County Season Opener in Mahwah with a time of 18:53 in the A Division. Just this past weekend, North, the Bergen County cross-country defending champion was also victorious in the Division C race at the Shore Invitational. North is a stand-up student athlete, proving to be a dedicated runner and student at Northern Highlands, a NJ school that has one of the top HS rankings in the state. North is on the National Honor Society and also has earned up to a 4.0 GPA. A star student athlete, Ariana looks forward to choosing a college with a strong college running program and to continue her successful Cross Country career.
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Nick Delcalzo, Hasbrouck Heights’ football head coach
Delcalzo Going Strong After 200 By Edward Kensik HASBROUCK HEIGHTS Somebody asked Nick Delcalzo if he can win another 100 games. And he thought about it and thought that he will be 73 when he would be on the verge of winning his 300th game. “I will be 73 when that happens so no,” said Delcalzo. But right now he is enjoying working with his assistant coaches, most who played for him during his 27 years as head coach at Hasbrouck Heights and with the players that he coaches right now. And his 2012 team did it in grand style for him in winning his 200th game on Sept. 21 with a 40-6 victory at North Arlington. For Delcalzo he has won two state championships and is hoping to win another one this season as his team is 50 midway through the season after defeating Emerson at the beginning of October. The most memorable might be the 2007 team which defeated New Milford at Giants Stadium. What is memorable about it was the start of NJ Sports Fitness & Wellness Telephone: (973) 605-1213 Fax: (973) 605-1883 email@example.com 173 Morris Street, 2nd Floor Morristown, NJ 07960 page 4
that season. “It was a magical year,” said Delcalzo who added at the home opener he spotted a rainbow. “In the first game it was the first one on the new turf, my granddaughter was born the day of the game and my son (Kevin) caught the game-winning touchdown pass (14-11 over Cresskill.” For Delcalzo the black and orange of the Aviators has been all he has known in terms of coaching. And outside of playing club football back in the 70s for Seton Hall Univer-
sity, it has all he has known in terms of sports dating back to junior football. “I’m very fortunate to be in a small town and I love the community,” said Delcalzo. As a student at Hasbrouck Heights, he played football, baseball and basketball at the school until he graduated in 1971. When he was working for the United States Army in Bayonne, he received a call from then head coach Pete LaBarbiera, his coach at Heights, to
be an assistant coach. He had already coached junior football at Heights while he was going to Seton Hall. And he snapped it up as an assistant coach at Hasbrouck Heights. He coached mainly the backfield, but LaBarbiera wanted him to coach in other areas. “He told me that if you’re going to be a coach you have to coach the offensive line,” said Delcalzo about LaBarbiera who lives in Paramus and they still talk and even text constantly. “He is
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my mentor.” For the next 10 years he would be an assistant coach, mainly for LaBarbiera and then for a couple of years to Jeff Sheets. When Sheets became a vice-principal, the school district turned to Delcalzo. “They asked me if you are sure that you want the job because you have to be crazy,” said Delcalzo recalling at the time. When Delcalzo took over the job in 1985, the pressure on the Hasbrouck Heights was intense especially after the success of LaBarbiera. In his first two years the Aviators made the state finals, only to fall to New Milford in both years including a double overtime loss in 1985. His teams always had a winning record, but he finally got his state title in 1994 when the Aviators defeated North Arlington at then Giants Stadium. Over the years, football has not been the only sport that he has coached. He cur-
rently also coaches bowling and golf, but he has coached pretty much every sport at the school including 29 years as head of the Lady Aviators softball team. One of his teams that he looks fondly on is girls basketball where the 1979-80 team won a state title, the first in the sport for the school. Along with LaBarbiera he said the biggest influence on him was his freshman basketball coach at Hasbrouck Heights in Danny Morrow. “He really taught me about the fundamentals of sports,” said Delcalzo. For his success he gives a lot of credit to his wife, Gloria, who has supported him through the ups and downs. He even said that he helped drive his girls basketball players to Paterson to play an AAU team during the summers of his coaching years. And he will never forget when one principal told him one time. “When the football team has a good year so does the academic standings of the
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A celebratory soak from his team after his 200th win.
school,” said Delcalzo. Over the years several of his former players have come back to coach like current assistant coach Rocco Minichiello to help him and the Hasbrouck Heights continue the
fine football tradition that has dated back for several decades. “I’m very fortunate that the players come back to coach and all the kids are great,” said Delcalzo. “That is what keeps me going.”
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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS GIRLS TENNIS
Northern Highlands/Dwight-Englewood Win Team Titles By Jessica Quas Northern Highlands and DwightEnglewood captured the large and small girls’ team titles in the 2012 Bergen County Girls Tennis Tournament on Sunday, September 30. Northern Highlands won the large schools team crown with 17 points while defending champion Ramapo was the runnerup with 12 points. Madison Hite wan the third singles bracket while the Lady Highlanders swept the doubles title. The top doubles team of Sophia Annitti and Maya Borowczak along with
the No. 2 tandem of Molly Danzig and Danielle Tantillo padded the scoring column with the maximum number of points. Senior Alexis Colas claimed the second singles crown as Dwight-Englewood edged Pascack Hills 17-15 for the small schools team title. Her teammate, Samantha Balanevsky, who had won three straight BCT titles at second singles, dropped into the third bracket to pick up her fourth county championship. Jackie Herssens teamed with Leah Primak to win the first doubles title while Shereen Al-Sawwaf and Rachel Kupelin won at second doubles.
BERGEN COUNTY GIRLS TENNIS TOURNAMENT
Nicole Byron/Christine Laurentis (Tenafly) def. Syudney Hammer/Lisa Kollender (NV/Demarest) 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
Second Doubles Championships
Molly Danzig/Danielle Tantillo (Northern Highlands) def. Sharon Cherkassky/Jessica Prechuck (Fair Lawn) 6-2, 6-2
Sharon Cherkassky/Jessica Perechuk (Fair Lawn) def. Isabel Kim/Nikki Thompson (Tenafly) 6-3, 6-3 Molly Danzig/Danielle Tantillo (Northern Highlands) def. Amanda Laban/Lorraine Laban (Bergen Tech) 6-1, 6-2
First Singles Championships
Valerie Shklover (Fair Lawn) def. Lisa Joureleva (Ramapo) 6-2, 6-2
Ardella Omar (Ramapo) def. Victoria Japhet (Mahwah) 6-1, 6-0 Nicole Minassian (NV/Demarest) def. N/A (Fair Lawn) 6-0, 6-1 Axa Albrecht (Northern Highlands) def. Jackie DeRocher (Holy Angels) 6-2, 3-5, 6-0
First Singles Olivia Cheng (Pascack Hills) def. Nina Messery (Hasbrouck Heights) 6-2, 6-2
Nina Messery (Hasbrouck Heights) def. Alex Mircea (Glen Rock) 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 Olivia Cheng (Pascack Hills) def. Victoria Petrenko (Dwight-Englewood) 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
Lisa Joureleva (Ramapo) def. Grace Minassian (NV/Demarest) 7-6 (7-5), 6-0 Valerioe Shklover (Fair Lawn) def. Sarah Taranto (Northern Highlands) 6-1, 6-0
Lisa Jouravleva (Ramapo) def. Christina Sollitto (Immaculate Heart) 6-1, 6-1 Grace Minassian (NV/Demarest) def. N/A (Pascack Valley) 6-1, 6-1 Valerie Shklover (Fair Lawn) def. Alyssa Baldi (Mahwah) 6-1, 6-1 Sarah Taranto (N. Highlands) def. Adrianne Alfonso (Holy Angels) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
Second Singles Championships
Ardella Omar (Ramapo) def. Alexa Albrecht (Northern Highlands) 6-2, 6-1
Ariella Omar (Ramapo) def. Sasha Shumatysky (Tenafly) 6-3, 6-1 Alexa Albrecht (N. Highlands) def. Nicole Minassian (NV/Demarest) 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 page 6
Third Singles Championships
Madison Hite (Northern Highlands) def. Tara Olson (Ridgewood) 6-4, 6-1
Madison Hite (Ramapo) def. Abbey Roberts (Ramapo) 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) Tara Olson (Ridgewood) def. Emily Newman (Mahwah) 6-4, 6-4
Madison Hite (N. Highlands) def. N/A (Bergen Tech) 6-3, 6-4 Abbey Roberts (Ramapo) def. N/A (Fair Lawn) 6-4, 6-1
First Doubles Championships
Sophia Annitti/Maya Borowczak (Northern Highlands) def. Nicole Byron/Christine Laurentis (Tenafly) 6-0, 6-3
Sophia Annitti/Maya Borowczak (Northern Highlands) def. Linda Lee/Taylor Thurn (Ramapo) 6-2, 6-2
Diana Editolou (Glen Rock) def. Tiffany Chong (Rutherford) 6-1, 6-0 Alexa Colas (Dwight-Englewood) def. Kelly Koh (Ridgefield) 6-0, 6-1
Third Singles Championships
Nina Messery (Hasbrouck Heights) def. Danielle Miller (Saddle River Day) 6-0, 6-1 Alex Mircea (Glen Rock) def. Nyeneri Kanetu (Rutherford) 6-3, 6-2 Victoria Petrenko (D-Englewood) def. Erin Cangiano (Ramsey) 6-1, 6-0 Olivia Cheng (Pascack Hills) def. Jessica Reich (Leonia) 6-0, 6-0
Second Singles Championships
Alexa Colas (Dwight-Englewood) def. Samantha Benedict (Pascack Hills) 6-0, 5-7, 6-4
Alexa Colas (Dwight-Englewood) def. Diana Editolou (Glen Rock) 6-0, 6-2 Samantha Benedict (Pascack Hills) def. Loren Cangiano (Ramsey) 6-4, 4-6, 7-5
Samantha Benedict (Pascack Hills) def. Jessica Sancillo (Hasbrouck Heights) 6-0, 6-0 Loren Cangiano (Ramsey) def. Nikki Westerudin (Saddle River Day) 6-1, 6-1
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Samantha Balanevsky (Dwight-Englewood) def. Felicia Gottheim (Pascack Hills) 6-1, 6-1
Samantha Balanevsky (Dwight-Englewood) def. Julia Rosenwald (Glen Rock) 6-0, 6-0 Felicia Gottheim (Pascack Hills) def. Rachel Wheaton (Ramsey) 7-5, 7-6 (7-4)
SMALL SCHOOLS DIVISION Championships
BIG SCHOOLS DIVISION
Samantha Balanevsky (Dwight-Englewood) def. Janan Fugel (Saddle River Day) 6-0, 6-0 Julia Rosenald (Glen Rock) def. Sabrina Forte (Waldwick) 6-1, 6-1 Rachel Wheaton (Ramsey) def. Jenilee Ippolito (Rutherford) 6-1, 6-0 Felicia Gottheim (Pascack Hills) def. Destinee Silva (Hasbrouck Heights) 6-2, 6-1
First Doubles Championships
Jackie Herrsens/Leah Primak (Dwight-Englewood) def. Ariel Danzinger/Morgan Thau (Pascack Hills) 6-2, 6-1
Jackie Hessens/Leah Primak (Dwight-Englewood) def. Ileana Figueroa/Melissa Radoncic (Ridgefield) 6-1, 6-1 Ariel Danzinger/Morgan Thau (Pascack Hills) def. Katie Dao/Samantha Goldberg (Glen Rock) 6-3, 6-4
Second Doubles Championships
Shereen Al-Sawwaf/Rachel Kupelian (Dwight-Englewood) def. Caroline Lorch/Amanda Ross (Pascack Hills) 6-3, 6-0
Shereen Al-Sawwaf/Rachel Kupelian (Dwight-Englewood) def. Shannon McNearney/Natalie Puccia (Ramsey) 6-4, 6-1 Caroline Lorch/Amanda Ross (Pascack Hills) def. Suny Kim/Nicole Shim (Cresskill) 6-1, 6-0
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Logan Ties Lady Patriot Balance Beam Record
Ramhorst Blasts PV to Silver Division Title
By Jessica Quas Kristina Langan tied the Wayne Hills record in the balance beam when the Lady Patriots defeated Clifton 100.95-89-425. The sophomore earned a score of 9.35 from the judges to match the mark set in 2003 by current Pascack Regional head coach Jenny Ortiz. Langan added a fi rst place effort in the vault with a score of 9.4 while her teammate Courtney Conforth placed fi rst in the fl oor exercise with a score of 8.7 as Wayne Hills improved to 4-2. Ramapo edged Ridgewood 108.825-107.725 despite a strong effort by the Maroonsâ€™ Yurina Harada who claimed the all-around title with a point total of 37.22 that included the fi rst place score of 9.325 in the balance beam. Ramapo received fi rst place performances from Shara Gipson in the uneven bars (9.325) and vault (9.5) along with Kayla Yosif in the fl oor exercise (9.425). Harada recorded a clean sweep to highlight Ridgewoodâ€™s 109.25 â€“ 104.25 victory over Pascack Regional. She claimed the all-around title with 38.05 points that included fi rst place scores in the balance beam (9.4), fl oor exercise (9.65), vault (9.6) and uneven bars (9.4).
By Jessica Quas Pascack Valley captured the Silver Division title in the Bloomfield Tournament, defeating Bloomfield, J.P. Stevens and Marlboro. In their next dual matchup, the Indians rolled to a 2-0 triumph over Fort Lee as senior co-captain Chantel Ramhorst spiked 13 kills. Setter Danielle Bonnett directed the attack, distributing 18 assists while Amanda Patalano scooped up 14 digs as Pascack Valley upped its overall record to 5-2. Amanda Rachel Garcia spiked nine kills to spur Tenafly to a 25-9 victory over Garfield in the fi nals of the
Tenafly Tigers Tournament. Caitriona Rafferty directed the attack, distributing 11 assists as the second seeded Tigers, who defeated third seeded Dwight-Englewood 25-14 in the semifi nals while Meagan Goodfriend scooped up a dozen assists. Immaculate Heart Academy competed in the ASICS Challenge in Chicago. The Blue Eagles defeated York (IL) 2-1, winning games of 25-15, 1925 and 28-26, Lone Peak (UT) 2-0, posting wins of 25-15, 2624, Downers Grove South (IL) 2-0 with scores of 27-25 and 25-22. The Blue Eagles lost to a pair of Wisconsin schools, Pius XI 2-1 and Catholic Memorial 2-0.
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Ramsey overcame an outstanding effort at the net by Ridgefield Parkâ€™s Irene Kontogiannis who spiked 27 kills as the Rams rallied to a 2-1 victory over the Scarlets, winning by scores of 23-25, 25-16 and 26-24. Madeline McCormack slammed 10 kills, Kathryn Mazzilli dished off nine assists and Juliann Kalksma had eight digs. River Dell remained undefeated after 11 dual matches by routing Westwood 2-0 on scores of 25-10 and 25-16. Kalette deMarrais set up the attack, distributing 11 assists while Mary Maccabee slammed seven kills and Sarah Recanati picked up seven digs.
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