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Social Media S orm Former Don Bosco student-athlete commits to Colorado after expulsion, starts tweeting again; experts weigh in on social media do’s and don’ts for recruits By Tim Sohn Former star Don Bosco cornerback Yuri Wright has made a comeback only weeks after being expelled from the private Catholic high school in Ramsey for posting sexuallyand racially-charged tweets. Wright, who was booted from the all-boys school Jan. 18 after being asked multiple times to stop tweeting, has made a verbal commitment to the Buffaloes at the University of Colorado. He previously also had received scholarship offers from the University of Michigan, Rutgers university and University page 6

of Notre Dame. But, according to published reports, Michigan decided to pull its proposition. National Signing Day, the first day that high school seniors can commit on paper through a National Letter of Intent to NCAA-participating colleges and universities, is Feb. 1.

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Do’s‌ Sam Carnahan, CEO of Varsity Monitor, a company based in Essex Fells, N.J., that provides social media education and monitoring services across the athletics industry, offered several ways studentathletes can use social media to their advantage:

“My biggest piece of advice is to imagine every tweet will be read by your mom, teacher, principal, grandmother and pastor. If you don’t want them to read it, don’t tweet it. It could impact your next game, your opportunity for a scholarship, or your opportunity to get a job. Don’t give somebody a reason to think negatively about you,� [DeShazo] said.

Discuss your team, how practice is going, how the game went; Rally support from classmates and the community; and Be yourself.

Share links to articles that define you; Post positive commentary; and Include photos of athletic accomplishments.

“Your social media account defines you — and if you want to be seen as a productive, positive person to recruiters, you need to post that type of content,� said Carnahan, adding that Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and YouTube are the most common platforms being used. “Social media can and should be a positive reinforcement of yourself.� Some of Varsity Monitor’s clients include The University of North Carolina, Villanova University, University of Nebraska and The University of Texas football. Kevin DeShazo, founder of Fieldhouse Media, based in Oklahoma, also weighed in on how student-athletes can use social media in a positive way. He suggests to:

Talk about school, in a positive light; Post about movies you have recently watched; Write about sporting events you plan on attending; continued editor@sportsfitnesswellness.com

Fieldhouse Media, which provides education to student-athletes on the right ways to use social media, recently unveiled a social media monitoring service for colleges and universities, called FieldTrack. It monitors social networks and websites in real time by using keywords and phrases to identify content that could damage student-athletes’ reputations, or lead to discipline or NCAA violations. Clients, so far, have predominantly included Oklahoma

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Don’ts... Carnahan explained that whatever is posted on social media never goes away: “There is no such thing as privacy in social media.” He recommends not to post:

Anything you wouldn’t want your mother or father to read; Content that you wouldn’t freely share with your coach or recruiter; Information that is hurtful to anyone; and Things that do not reflect your offline behavior.

“We always tell people, everyone is watching, and everyone has a camera. And when it comes to social media, you should expect people to want you not only to ‘screw up,’ but they want to be there to post about it and share it,” said Carnahan. DeShazo recommends not to:

Discuss controversial topics, if not educated on the issues; Use vulgar language; Post anything sexual or racial in nature; Trash classmates or opponents; continued

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Get involved with critics; Tweet within 24 hours of a game no matter the result, because emotions run high; Talk about personal relationships; and Post questionable photos.

“My biggest piece of advice is to imagine every tweet will be read by your mom, teacher, principal, grandmother and pastor. If you don’t want them to read it, don’t tweet it. It could impact your next game, your opportunity for a scholarship, or your opportunity to get a job. Don’t give somebody a reason to think negatively about you,” he said. Neither Wright nor Don Bosco returned requests for comment.

Tim Sohn is a freelance writer and editor. He can be reached at timothyjsohn@gmail.com, or on Twitter @editortim. Photos by Kelly Birdseye. For more, please visit

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shutout between the pipes as Tenafly remained unbeaten at 13-0. Markowitz snapped a scoreless stalemate when he netted the game-winner in the third period. Pascack Valley defeated Glen Rock in a shoot-out criteria to highlight quarterfinal round action. Ridgewood goalie Alex Santoliquido made 24 saves the Maroons blanked St. Joseph Regional 2-0, Tenafly’s Bernstein scored twice on the Tigers’ 4-3 win over Pascack Valley while Northern Highlands defeated Ramapo 2-1 in overtime.

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Specia’s 43 Saves Key Lancers Victory in PCT Final By Sara Jamshidi Goalie Mark Specia made 43 saves to highlight Lakeland’s exiting 1-0 conquest of Wayne Valley In the championship finale of the 5th Annual Passaic County Tournament contested at Floyd Gall Arena on the campus of Montclair State University in Little Falls (NJ). It was the Lancers’ first title after reaching the title round five other times. With 1:24 remaining on the game clock, freshman forward Sean Mullin intercepted a pass and snapped a scoreless stalemate, scoring the gamewinning goal on a breakaway. Senior wing Nick Arlotta iced

the verdict when he drilled the puck into an empty net as 30 ticks were left on the clock. Top-seeded Lakeland advanced into the championship round by eliminating Wayne Hills 6-1 as Specia incredibly stopped 59 shots on goal. Arlotta chipped in with a hat trick, scoring three times and dishing off an assist. Nick Brown, Regias Mahoney and Sam Mullin added solo goals. Bob Brogna and Mullin were credited with two assists apiece while Brown distributed one. In the lower half of the bracket, the Indians scored twice in the third period to pull away to a 4-1 triumph over De-

Paul. Goalie Jordan Hulahan made 27 saves. Zach Morris excelled on the attack, scoring a goal and earning assists on the goals produced by Bobby Happe, Justin Nover and Nick Skerlick. Gary Fisher and Dan West chipped in with assists. In the quarterfinals, Wayne Hills bested Clifton 4-3 in overtime as James Benfatti tallied two goals with Mike Brosnick and Sam Finkler adding solo goals. DePaul blanked West Milford 4-0 as Spartan goalie Neil Scancarella stopped 19 shots. Bryan Drew, Zach Finkle, Tom Logue and Kyle Scancarella scored the goals.

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of 650 that earned her the Bergen County Women’s Coaches Bowling Tournament individual title. Leonia’s Maleyna Marks sent 644 pins flying off their marks to place second. With Tammy Wong (616) and Clarissa Hernandez (606) plac-

ing 4-5 in the individual standings, the Academy of the Holy Angels won the team title with a total pin fall of 2749 with Bergen Tech occupying the runnerup slot with a pin fall of 2633, Paramus Catholic placed third with a score of 2453.

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16. Teaneck 1775 17. River Dell 1724 18. Fort Lee 1722 19. Mahwah 1714

Individual Results 1. Kelly Skettini (Ridgewood) 650 2. Maleyna Marks (Leonia) 644 3. Nicolette Brenner (Cliffside Park) 634 4. Tammy Wong (Holy Angels) 616 5. Clarissa Hernandez (Holy Angels) 608 6. Cassidy Fiore (BergenÞeld) 595 7. Aimee Ballezza (Bergen Tech) 590; 8. Anastasia DeLeon (Paramus Catholic) 589 9. Taylor Strothmann (Immaculate Heart) 567 10. Lexus Lope (Lyndhurst) 554 11. Nyasia Williams (Bergen Tech) 551 12. Denise Marain (Fair Lawn) 549 13. 13. Belle Estee Dante (Bergen Tech) 547 14. Kaitlyn Pasinski (Immaculate Heart) 181 15, Emily Ostapczuk (Indian Hills) 539 16. Bridget Pyryt (Indian Hills) 538 17. Nicolette Vucak (Paramus Catholic) 531 18. Brittany Hovan (Paramus) 525 19. Kirsty Flores (Dumont) 525 continued on page 16

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SPORTS • FITNESS • WELLNESS 47. Melissa Riemann (Dumont) 434 48. Nicole Hurler (Immaculate Heart) 49. Susan Pizza (Hackensack) 426 50. Healin Park (Fort Lee) 422 51. Kristen Gilbride (Indian Hills) 419 52T. Sarah Esmenda (BergenÞeld) 418 52T. Yoojung Kim (Northern Valley/Demarest) 54T. Chelsea Qualliu (Westwood) 417 54T. Ellie Schuckman (Fair Lawn) 417 56T. Sarah Rosenbloom (Leonia) 416 56T. Nicole Schielzo (BergenÞeld) 416 58T. Kristen Fernandez (Dumont) 414 58T. April Reith (Cliffside Park) 414; 60. Jodia Iannantuano (River Dell) 413 61. Harveen Kaur (Indian Hills) 412 62. Caitlin Tombo (Immaculate Heart) 410 63. Hansol Gim (Fort Lee) 64. Emily Young (Leonia) 399 65. Natalie DeCandia (Ridgewood) 394 66. Teresa Sandberg (Paramus Catholic) 390 67T. Tina Medina (Hackensack) 67T. Amanda Valentino (Paramus) 386 69. Kamber Chaiken (Dumont) 385 70. Emily Santiago (BergenÞeld) 384 71. Corrine Reilly-Ferreto (Cliffside Park) 382 72T. Jackie Carter (Mahwah) 381 72T. Allison Homler (Mahwah) 383 74T. Lauren Fiorno (Paramus) 381 74T. Nicole Girt (Indian Hills) 371 76. Tiffany Hendix (Hackensack) 366 77T. Cari Gaynes (Northern Valley/Demarest) 363 77T. Sarah Lee (River Dell) 363 79. Alexa Sudol (Fort Lee) 362 80. Amanda Mamunes (Northern Highlands) 359 81. Rachel Kohler (Fair Lawn) 357 82. Tiffany Sanders (River Dell) 350 83. Cassandra Weisman (Northern Highlands) 349 84. Anna Zaat (Mahwah) 343 85T. Sulay Duarte (Teaneck) 342 85T. Anahi Morales (Teaneck) 342 87. Nicole Babits (Paramus) 335 88. Kiana Baham (Teaneck) 329l 89. Kristen Mihok (Mahwah) 322 90T. Amy Meyer (Paramus) 311 90T. Sarah Moon (River Dell) 311 92. Justine Valdez (Fort Lee) 306 93T. Ananya Kunte (Mahwah) 287 93T. Ruka Nagai (River Dell) 287 95. Nnenne Ogboynaya (Teaneck) 286 96. Jennifer Rios (Northern Highlands) 235 97. Trisha Gregory (Northern Highlands) 227 98. Hyoyeon Kim (Northern Valley/Demarest) 220 99. Brittany Rios (Northern Highlands) 198 100. Ayushi Shah (Northern Valley/Demarest) 195 101. Grace Park (Fort Lee) 173 102. Haruna Kasai (Northern Valley/Demarest) 145 103. Gina Chung (Fort Lee) 59 editor@sportsÞtnesswellness.com

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Taylor’s 289 Boosts Highlanders to BCT Title By Sal Gigante John Taylor sent 289 pins scattering off their marks to register the high game and propel Northern Highlands to the team title in

the 2012 Bergen County Coaches Association Boys Bowling Tournament at Bowler City in Hackensack. Taylor, a junior, finished with the fourth highest six-game pin count of 1312. Pascack Hills’ Bryan Kist

captured the high series accolades when he registered a 773 series in the morning and knocked 630 in the afternoon to close out the competition with the high 12-game total of 1403 pins. Runnerup was

Bergenfield’s Brian DeMarco who finished with a 12-game pin count of 1333 pins while Don Bosco Prep’s Vince Siekierski knocked over a total of 1321 pins.

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1. Northern Highlands 6038 2. Hackensack 5803 3. Pascack Valley 5706 4. Bergen Catholic 5304 5. Ramapo 5409 6. Paramus Catholic 5371 7. Bergen Tech 5351 8. Ridgewood 5178 9. GarÞeld 5061 10. Don Bosco Prep 5048 11. Indian Hills 5035 12. Fair Lawn 4819 13. Paramus 4775 14. Teaneck 4589 15. Tenaßy 4651 16. NV/Demarest 4343

22. Malyena Marks (Leonia) 1223 23. Joe Tratagione (Wood-Ridge) 1223 24. John Drancy (Hackensack) 1222 25. Charles Long (Bergen Catholic) 1221 26. Shaun Dunning (GarÞeld) 1220 27. Kevin Hamza (Hackensack) 1213 28. Chris Keane (Northern Highlands) 1210 29. Max Barnett (River Dell) 1207 30. Simon Lezaja (Bergen Catholic) 1205 results continued on page 12

Individual Results 1. Bryan Kist (Pascack Hills) 1403 2. Brian DeMarco (BergenÞeld) 1333 3. Vince Siekierski (Don Bosco Prep) 1321 4. Josh Taylor (Northern Highlands) 1312 5. Max Gruttadauria (Rutherford) 1309 6. Dennis Bivin (Rutherford) 1306 7. Mike Carr (Ramapo) 1303 8. Tim Frantin (Pascack Valley) 1281 9. Marc Solangon (BergenÞeld) 1280 10. Andrew Cirillo (Westwood) 1264 11. Weimer Paguay (Hackensack) 1257 12. Jake Rollins (Glen Rock) 1257 13. Ryan Vasal (Pascack Valley) 1256 14. Brian Rizzi (Paramus Catholic) 1255 15. Eric Sibbald (Northern Highlands) 1255 16. Bill Norton (St. Mary/Rutherford) 1246 17. Lexus Lopez (Lyndhurst) 1245 18. Andrew Wierzibicki (Indian Hills) 1231 19. Carmine Battitsa (Lyndhurst) 1230 20. Dan Wuhrman (Park Ridge) 1224 21. Jordan Lopez (Lyndhurst) 1223 editor@sportsÞtnesswellness.com

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IHA’s Fazio, Nestrowitz Break County Records By Liz Sardinsky IHA’s duo of Casey Fazio and Sara Nestrowitz set records in splashing IHA Academy to its traditional slot at the top of the girl team standings in the Bergen County Swim Championships held at the Felix Festa Middle School in West Nyack, NY. Tenafly’s Leo set new standards in the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly as he sparked the Lions to a second straight championship banner. Fazio’s clocking of 2:05.10 in the 200 individual medley broke a five year old record by more than three seconds while Nestrowitz set a record with a time of 52.98 in the 100 freestyle. Fazio and Nestrowitz teamed with Kayla McAvoy and Michelle Kim to set a new time of 1:49.40 in winning the 200 medley relay. Other new marks were established by Ramapo’s Brendan Woo in the 50 freestyle (21.88) and 100 freestyle (47.23), his teammate Katie Murphy in the 100 butterfly (58.29), Paramus Catholic’s John Nunez in the 200 freestyle with a clocking of 1:43.47 and Northern Highland’s Danielle Bach in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.68. page 18

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Individual Results 200 Medley Relay

1. IHA (Casey Fazio, Michelle Kim, Kayla McAvoy, Sara Nestrowitz) 1:49.40 2. Northern Highlands 1:50.67 3. NV/Demarest 1:57.10 4. Tenaßy 1:58.85 5. Ridgewood 2:01.24 6. Ramapo 2:02.11

200 Freestyle

1. Melanie Wolf (Northern Highlands) 1:55.96 2. Lea Candelmo (IHA) 1:57.81 3. Maggie McElwain (Northern Highlands) 1:58.32 4. Sophoe Tollier (Tenaßy) 1:58.51 5. Emelia Weihenig (IHA) 1:59.64 6. Charissa Venice (IHA) 2:00.86

3. Michelle Kim (IHA) 57,42 4. Kim Sembrano (Hasbrouck Heights) 59.69 5. Danielle Bach (Northern Highlands) 1:00.38 6. Julia Perry (Ramapo) 1:01.24

100 Butterfly

1. Katie Murphy (Ramapo) 58.29 2. Michelle Kim (IHA) 58.64 3. Kim Sembrano (Hasbrouck Heights) 59.59 4. Valerie Lauer (IHA) 1:00.29 5. Jade Hursch (Hackensack) 1:00.80 6. Brendan Arthur (Teaneck) 1:01.15

50 Freestyle

1. Danielle Bach (Northern Highlands) 24.68 2. Sara Nestrowitz (IHA) 24.86 3. Alison O’Connor (Ramapo) 25.13 4. Ashley Podhayny (IHA) 25.40 5. Caitlyn Bach (Northern Highlands) 25.66 6. Valerie Lauer (IHA) 26.03

100 Freestyle

1. Sara Nestrowitz (IHA) 52.98 2. Christina Paspalas (NV/Demarest) 53.73 3. Ashleigh Podhayny (IHA) 53.89 4. Alison O’Connor ((Ramapo) 54.49 5. Madeline Wolf (Northern Highlands) 54.57 6. Julia Perry ((Ramapo) 55.26

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200 Freestyle Relay

1. IHA (Michelle Kim, Ashleigh Podhayny, Valerie Lauer, Sara Nestrowitz) 1:41.19 2. Northern Highlands 1:41.65 3. Ramapo 1:43.09 4. Paramus Catholic 1:48.49 5. Ridgewood 1:50.38 6. NV/Demarest 1:50.38

100 Breaststroke

1. Kayla McAvoy (IHA) 1:08.58 2. Caitlin Grady (Northern Highlands) 1:09.79 3, Brenda Aergur (Teaneck) 1:11.94 4, Jennifer Iannelo (Pascack Valley) 1:12.59 5. Nicole Simotas (Teaneck) 1:15.15 6. Jenarsy Pena (New Milford/Dumont) 1:15.49

400 Freestyle

1. IHA (Casey Fazio, Emilia Weihenig, Lea Candelmo, Ashleigh Podhayny) 3:37.36

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5. Lucas Morgan (Northern Highlands) 4:57.82 6. Evan Fisher (Ridgewood) 5:02.47

200 Freestyle Relay

1. Tenaßy (Amit Bachar, Alex Liulakis, Leo Lim, Kevin Guo) 1:29.52 2. NV/Demarest 1:31.43 1. Leo Lim (Tenaßy) 49.99 3. Ridgewood 1:33.88 2. Jin Roh (Tenaßy) 51.91 3. John Nunez (Paramus Catholic 52.80 4. Teaneck 1:35.34 5. Bergen Catholic 1:35.38 4. Tim Graham (Teaneck) 54.16 6, Northern Highlands 1:35.76 5. Sam Maquet (Pascack Regional) 56.85 100 Backstroke 6. Sebastian Lopez 1. Leo Lim (Tenaßy) 51.21 (Bergen Catholic) 57.08 2. Jin Roh (Tenaßy) 52.27 50 Freestyle 3. Josh Sembrano 1. Brendan Woo (Ramapo) 21.88 (Bergen Catholic) 52.89 2. Trevor Marshall (Teaneck) 22.20 4. Eric Kim (Paramus) 53.42 3. Liam Oberlander (RD/W) 22.47 5. Terry Li (NV/Demarest) 54.25 4. Liam Kelly (Bergen Catholic) 22.71 6. John Kilduff (NV/Demarest) 57.13 5. Kevin Guo (Tenaßy) 22.94 100 Breaststroke 6. Jack Livingston 1. John Om (Bergen Catholic) 59.39 (Dwight Morrow) 23.12 2. Shane McNamara 100 Freestyle (Don Bosco Prep) 1. Brendan Woo (Ramapo) 47.23 3. Harold Choo (Paramus) 59.97 2. Terry Li (NV/Demarest) 48.47 4. Ed Kim (Ridgewood) 1:01.02 4. Tommy Wolinski 5. Greg Soiropoulous (Tenaßy) 1:01.32 (Bergen Tech 48.48 6. Alexandro Hernandez 5. Trevor Marshall (Teaneck) 48.81 (Leonia) 1:02.01 6. Liam Kelly (Bergen Catholic) 49.46

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Team Scores 1. Tenaßy 298 2. Bergen Catholic 250 3. NV/Demarest 218 4. Ridgewood 165 5. Don Bosco Prep 159 6. Northern Highlands 151 7T. NV/Old Tappan 131 7T. Ramapo 131 9. Paramus 107 10. Teaneck 104 11. Paramus Catholic 97 12. Pascack Regional 83 13. River Dell/Westwood 54 14. Ramsey 51 15. Fair Lawn 44 16T. Hackensack 40 16T. Leonia 40 18. New Milford/Dumont 30

500 Freestyle

1. Trevor Leland (NV/Old Tappan) 4:36.18 2. Greg Spiropoulos (Tenaßy) 4:45.10 3. Brian Kelly (Mahwah) 4:46.24 4. Christopher Wang (New Milford/Dumont) 4:45.48

1. Tenaßy (Leo Lim, Greg Spiropoulous, Jin Roh, Alex Liulakis) 3:15.29 2. Bergen Catholic 3:22.57 3. Paramus Catholic 3:31.55 4. Don Bosco Prep 3:32.13 5. Bergen Catholic 3:51.92 6. Paramus Catholic 3:57.73

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Individual Results 200 Medley Relay

1. Bergen Catholic (Josh Sembrano, Sebastian Lopez, John Om, Liam Kelly) 1:39.01 2. NV/Demarest 1:41.33 3. Don Bosco Prep 1:43.69 4. Tenaßy 1:43.98 5. Ramapo 1:44.02 6. Paramus 1:46.51

200 Freestyle

1. John Nunez (Paramus Catholic) 1:43.47 2. Trevor Leland (NV/Old Tappan) 1:43.80 3. Tommy Wolinski (Bergen Tech) 1:45.28 4. Josh Sembrano (Bergen Catholic) 1:47.20 5. Alex Liulakis (Tenaßy) 1:49.43 6. Max Distler (Northern Highlands) 1:51.20

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3. John Om (Bergen Catholic) 1:58.05 4. Harold Choo (Paramus) 1:59.43 5. Christopher Wang (New Milford/Dumont) 1:59.78 6. Tim Graham (Teaneck) 2:03.35

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1. Casey Fazio (IHA) 2:05.10 2. Caitlin Grady (Northern Highlands) 2:11.89 3. Katie Murphy (Ramapo) 2:12.00 4. Kayla McAvoy (IHA) 2:17.48 5. EfÞe Angus (Ridgewood) 2:20.67

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1. Shane McNamara (Don Bosco) 1:56.88 2. Eric Kim (Paramus) 1:57.72

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quarters, Lodi went on a 21-6 run down the stretch to rally to a 56-43 victory over Bergenfield. Donat Gashi pumped a game-high 20 points through the iron while a trio of Rams netted 11 points apiece in the four-pronged attack. Four Scarlets played signifi cant parts in Ridgefield Park’s 61-48 success over Rutherford. Richie Espinal pitched a gamehigh 18 points through the cords while Corey Buljeta tallied 15. Steven Owens added a dozen and Joseph Hanies hit for 11. Garfield improved to 122 with a 53-46 win over St. Mary/Regional after leading 22-15 at the halftime break. Josh Leclerc and Isiah Morales shared game-high honors, splitting 34 points with Leclerc converting seven free throw opportunities.

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Boselli Double-Double Keys Unbeaten Emerson in BCWCA Girls Tourney By Sara Jamshidi Senior forward Jaclyn Boselli’s double-double performance highlighted unbeaten seventh-seeded Emerson’s 42-25 conquest of 26th-seeded Northern Valley/Demarest in the opening round of the Bergen County Women’s Coaches Association Girls Basketball Tournament. Boselli popped a game-high 18 points into the basket while grabbing 10 rebounds. Her teammate Deanna Eyerkuss chipped in with a 13-point performance, eight of which came at the charity line. Jackie King-Gilchrist keyed top-seeded Teaneck’s 96-27 rout of 32nd seeded Ridgefield when she pumped a gamehigh 26 through the iron. No.

2 seeded Immaculate Heart Academy, the defending champion, eliminated Dwight Morrow 50-20 when junior guard Samantha Wilkes popped 13 points into the basket, picked off three steals and distributed three assists while senior center Raquel Scott pulled down 14 rebounds. Third-seeded Northern Highlands received a game-high 13 points from Jackie Reyneke in ousting Bogota 55-30. Other outstanding opening round performances were produced by Glen Rock’s Margi Rivara who netted 25 points, grabbed a dozen rebound and picked off five steals and the Northern Valley/Old Tappan’s duo of senior forward Allison Brown who scored 25 points and was credited with nine boards and her junior team-

mate Jen Errico, a forward, who posted a double-double netting 17points and hauling down 13 rebound as well as distributing eight assists. Posting double-double efforts were Ridgefield Park’s sophomore

forward Katherine Haines with 15 points and a dozen rebounds and Ramapo’s Kasey Woetzel who tallied 13 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, blocked four shots and passed off six assists.

BERGEN COUNTY WOMEN’S COACHES BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

Preliminaries Holy Angels 48 – Dumont 30

NV/Old Tappan 53 – Mahwah 34

BergenÞeld 57 – Midland Park 40

Paramus Cath 63 – New Milford 24

Cresskill 37 – Fair Lawn 30

Pascack Valley 34 – Rutherford 22

Emerson 42 – NV/Demarest 28

Ramapo 66 – Lyndhurst 34

Glen Rock 57 – Paramus 45

RidgeÞeld Park 48 – GarÞeld 37

Immac Concep/Lodi 50 – Tenaßy 31

Ridgewood 76 – St. Mary/Ruth 22

IHA 50 – Dwight Morrow 20

River Dell 50 – Wood-Ridge 40

Northern Highlands 55 – Bogota 30

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Bergenfield Head Coach Marty Rivard

Rivard Comes Back to Win His 700th Game By Edward Kensik BERGENFIELD — Marty Rivard remembers that it felt odd sitting on the bench as a volunteer assistant for the Cresskill boys basketball team. Rivard had called it a career after 36 seasons as Cresskill head boys basketball coach when he retired after the 200708 season. While at Cresskill he had won 679 games and 10 state sectional titles and was the winningest boys basketball head coach in Bergen County history. After a year of just being a spectator where he went to about seven or eight Cresskill games, Rivard asked his replacement Mike Doto if he could be a volunteer coach for the 2009-10 season. And it just took one season as a volunteer coach that feed his ‘itch’ to return to head coaching. “The itch was back,” said Rivard who received a second wind of wanting to be a head coach. NJ Sports Fitness & Wellness Telephone: (973) 605-1213 Fax: (973) 605-1883 editor@sportsfitnesswellness.com 173 Morris Street, 2nd Floor Morristown, NJ 07960 page 22

While there were plenty of openings out there as a head basketball coach, they went quickly. “There were a few jobs open, but before you could blink they were gone,” said Rivard. As it turned out Rivard was friends with Bergenfield Athletic Director Tom Curry and the Bears boys head basketball coaching position had just come open. The former Bergenfield coach Rob Ragasa had just been promoted to being a vice principal in the district. According to the school district, school administrative officials cannot also hold a heading coaching slot. In Bergenfield he knew that it was going to be a challenge. The boys team has not won a league title since 1995. But Rivard knew that Ragasa had some good players on the verge of breaking out. Despite getting the job late in the summer, he was able to help build a 14-10 team in a tough league, the Big North,

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and received a bid to the Bergen County Jamboree. No matter how challenging the Bergenfield program is or any other program he might have taken on, he always remembers his first season as head coach at Cresskill when he went 0-16 before winning his first game during that 1973-74 school year. And his coaching career captured another highlight with his 700th victory on Jan. 12th, a 49-33 win over Pascack Valley in Hillsdale. At the end of January, Bergenfield was 8-5 and Rivard still had outside hopes of winning a league title, which he considers the pinnacle of titles, and a wild card bid in the Bergen County Jamboree. And when talking about his years as head basketball coach, he never thought that he would have been a head basketball coach for even five years. Turning back the hands of time to the late 60s, Rivard had just graduated from East Stroudsburg University and had applied for a physical education position at Cresskill, but was beaten out by what Rivard said was a 6-feet-4-inch tight end from South Carolina. On his way back to Long Island though he got called back by Cresskill school district again and this time he got the job. In his first school year of 196970 he was a freshman basketball, junior varsity baseball and an assistant football coach. Coming out of East Strouds-

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burg University where he played four years on the baseball team and was a goalie on the college soccer team, he was looking to coach baseball team. “I really wanted to be a head baseball coach,” said Rivard. He became Cresskill’s head basketball coach in 1973 and then Cresskill’s head baseball coach in 1974. While he was head coach for both sports for about four years, Rivard decided that he wanted to just be the school’s head basketball coach. “I thought basketball was better and more exciting,” said Rivard. “I just wanted to concentrate on basketball and I was not able to coach baseball in the summer.” While there are several aspects of duties that have changed outside of the coaching, Rivard believes that coaching is still coaching. “I really don’t think that coaching has changed a lot, but if it does, I won’t allow it,” said Rivard. “I want the guys to come in and work hard. I want them to be better than when they walked into the gym.” At Bergenfield he has not changed his feeling about what works best. He knows that his team will not score a lot of points. “We don’t have the top scorers in the league,” said Rivard who pointed out what he does best. “At a basketball camp they had eight states, seven dealt with offense and I’m the coach at the defensive station.”

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Wayne Valley, Bergen Tech Claim Fencing Titles By Sara Jamshidi Wayne Valley repeated as the 14th Annual Passaic County Girls Tournament champions and fourth in the last six years. Competing without defending state sabre champion Francesca Russo who was competing in

France, the Indians registered 31 victories to edge runnerup Lakeland by one win. Senior Brianne Cavaliere picked up the gold medal and her classmate Natalie Dashnaw captured the bronze medal in the sabre competition. Since the BCWCA does not conduct a Bergen County Girls Fencing Tournament, the 4th

4TH ANNUAL HOLY ANGELS GIRLS FENCING TOURNAMENT

Annual Holy Angels Girls Fencing Tournament is considered the county showcase. Bergen Tech, in only its fifth season as a varsity program, won this year’s rights to be called county champs. Northern Highlands, the team runnerup, produced two individual county champions, Senior Audrey Lee captured

the foil title while her junior teammate Cindy Oh won the saber crown. Indian Hills’ Gwen Mowell repeated as the epee champion when she defeated her teammate Cameron Anderson 5-3 in a barrage fence-off after they were tied for first place at the end of the final round.

14TH ANNUAL PASSAIC COUNTY GIRLS FENCING TOURNAMENT

Team Scores

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1. Bergen Tech 36; 2. Northern Highlands 34; 3. Indian Hills 3; 4T. Holy Angels 25; 4T. Ramapo 25; 6. Teaneck 19; 7. Fair Lawn 17

1. Wayne Valley 31; 2. Lakeland 30; 3. Pompton Lakes 25; 4. West Milford 23; 5. Wayne Hills 14; 6. Passaic Valley 11

Individual Results Epee 1. Gwen Mowell (Indian Hills); 2. Cameron Anderson (Indian Hills); 3. Helen Skharova (Bergen Tech); 5. Gabriella Heifetz (Bergen Tech); 5. Mairin Lane (Holy Angels); 6. Naria Ugarte (Northern Highlands) Foil Audrey Lee (Northern Highlands); 2. Anastaia Muravyeva (Fair Lawn); 3. Lexie Vivona (Ramapo); 4. Stephanie Lo (Indian Hills); 5. Jane Cruz (Holy Angels); 6. Catherine Urbano (Bergen Tech) Sabre 1. Cindy Oh (Northern Highlands); 2. Claudia Kulmacz (Bergen Tech) 3. Jodi Kim (Northern Highlands); 4. Anna Parzecki (Northern Highlands); 5. Eden Lewicki (Indian Hills); 6. Anna Powers (Ramapo)

Individual Results Epee 1. Mia Volpe (Lakeland); 2. Summer Johnson (Lakeland); 3. Emily Schaper (Pompton Lakes); 4. Amanda Eulo (Pompton Lakes); 5. Lyanna Kessler (Lakeland); 6, Rawan Abbasi (Wayne Hills) Foil Jess Rolando (West Milford); 2. Casey Gilfoil (Passaic Valley); 3. Victor Rooney (Lakeland) 4. Sarah McCarthy (West Milford); 5. Angela Pol (Lakeland); 6. Melanie Choi (Wayne Valley) Sabre 1. Brianna Cavaliere (Wayne Valley); 2. Sarah Silvestri (West Milford); 3. Natalie Dashnaw (Wayne Valley); 4. Erica Schulman (Wayne Hills); 5. July Lim (Wayne Valley); 6. Katherine Wilson (Pompton Lakes)

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By Rick Wolff We all know that life is full of choices – many of them quite difficult — so why put talented soccer players in an awkward spot where they have to choose between two passions? Playing for their HS team or their US Soccer Academy travel team? But that’s what’s happening with increasing frequency around the country. It’s already happening in Texas,

California, Florida, and now it’s coming to the NY-NJ-CTPA area. And in talking with Matt Allen, the highly-successful boys’ soccer head coach at Byram Hill HS (Armonk, NY) this AM, I — for one — am not convinced that US Soccer Academy is being smart about telling its players that they have to give up playing with their HS varsity program

and devote another 10-weeks of the fall semester to train with USSA. True, there’s no question that kids who play on select travel teams will be seen by more college coaches during tournaments and showcases. And the level of play is better overall than HS games. But these come with a price: in general, USSA costs money to be on the team (usually between $3,000 to $4,000 a year, not including travel and hotel costs to different tournaments), there’s no guarantee of the amount of playing time a kid will receive, there’s no guarantee of ever getting a college scholarship, and of course, you have to walk away from your local HS team and buddies. That is, during the fall, when they’re going to practice and playing games, you’re getting in your car and driving off to practice on a travel team perhaps an hour away to play with kids from other towns and communities. As Coach Allen related on my show this AM, it’s a very difficult choice for most young kids to have to make. And from my perspective, there’s no reason to put them and

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On the mat, BC defeated Benton Area (PA) 58-21, SpringÞeld Central (MA) 48-13 and Palisades (PA) 45-18, Johnny Sebastian executed the fast fall of the competition when he decked the Betony Area (PA) 160-pounds in :28 seconds. Scott Mogerly scored twice as the Crusaders pulled away to a 6-3 triumph over Pascack Valley after leading 5-1 entering the second intermission. Joey Brown, Tucker James, Kyle Marano and Mike Raniez added solo goals.

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DBP swept both relays as the Ironmen placed second in the North Jersey Track Championships contested at the Rothman Center on the campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University in Hackensack. Nick Carapezza, Schan Lartique and the Kellers, Ryan and Mitch, raced to a Þrst place Þnish in the 4x800 meter relay, winning in 8:26.9. Tim Hamlett replaced Carapezza on the foursome that placed Þrst in the 1600-meter relay with a clocking of 3:37.8.

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Don Bosco Prep went on a 20-11 run in overtime as the Ironmen rallied to a 69-60 victory over Linden in a nonconference boys basketball game. A quartet of Ironmen reached double Þgures with Jemal Mosley topping the chart with 14, six of which came at the charity stripe. Leonte Carroo added a dozen while Paul Jorgenson and Dajon Todman chipped in with 11 apiece and John Landro added nine.

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Theresa Picciallo ßipped the eight-pound ball 41-9 1/4 to capture the gold medal in the girls’ division shot put competition at Tk Universe Shot Put & High Jump Series Finals contested at Satellite Sports in Totowa. Her teammate Gabby Nutile placed fourth with a toss of 31-6 1/4.

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IHA swamped Ridgewood 105-65 in a girls’ swim meet. Sara Nestrowitz sprinted to Þrst place performances ion the 50 and 100 freestyle events while Emilia Weihenig touched Þrst in the 200 and 500 freestyle races, Elise Bell won the 100 breaststroke and Kaitlin Þnished Þrst in the 100 backstroke. With 12 of the 14 players who stepped on the hardwood etching their names in the scoring column, IHA demolished Clifton 76-27 after surging to a 44-16 advantage by the halftime intermission. Lindsay Khoury and Samantha Wilkes shared highgame honors when they netted 13 points apiece with Lindsey Rogers chipping in with a 10-point effort.

Collette Maylock put together games of 266 and 200 in recording a three-game pin count of 659 as DePaul defeated Paramus Catholic 5-2 in a Big North Conference boys’ league match, Her brother registered games of 230, 222 and 206 to Þnish one pin behind his sister at 658.

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Following a scoreless opening period, Glen Rock skated to a 5-1 triumph over Indian Hills as Kevin Doyle registered a hat trick performance for the Panthers. Kurt Rykema chipped in with a goal and assist while Charles Viscontin contributed a goal. Matthew Roy and Jim Spada were credited with two assists apiece. Upping its dual match record to 10-3, the combined Glen Rock/ Saddle Brook wrestling squad romped to a 46-18 victory over Westwood. Mike Andreano (106), Nick Jacobsen (113), Joe Guerriero (126), Chris Jacobsen (132) and Joe Camilleri (285) posted pins.

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Indian Hills exploded to a 20-3 lead entering the second quarter and held on to defeat Ramsey 44-19. Brielle Davano popped a game-high dozen points into the basket, Gianna DiTommaso netted 11 and Allison Strauss chipped in with 10.

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When Liam Kelly, Sebastian Lopez, John Ohm and Josh Sembrano opened the Big North Conference United championship meet combining to win the 200 medley relay in 1:42.56, the Crusaders gained a lead they would never relinquish. BC added Þrst place performances in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays while Kelly touched Þrst in the 50 and 100 freestyle sprints with Ohm winning the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke.

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Ramapo raced to gold medals in the 1600 and 3200 meter relays in the Big North Patriot Division Indoor Track & Field Championships contested at the Armory Track Center in New York City, Clare Scavone, Jamie Barna, Lisa Zimmer and Deanna DeLandro sprinted to a Þrst place Þnish in the classic 1600-meter relay, posting a clocking of 4:25.1 while the foursome of DeLandro, Suzanne Abribta, Hailey Rocchio and Lisa Zimmer won the 3200-meter relay in 10:05.0. Mike Carr posted the high game of 279 and added a 215 in propelling Ramapo to a 7-0 victory over Fair Lawn in a Big North Conference bowling match. Nick Fasolo chipped in with games of 236 and 226 while Emanual Raji added a 223 game. J.K. McAvoy netted a team-high 15 points as Ramapo steadily pulled away to a 50-36 victory over Fair Lawn, upping its record to 10-3. Tori Woetzel chipped in with a 13-point performance.

On the mat, the combine Waldwick/Midland Park wrestling program defeated the Bogota/Weehawken squad 54-22. Brian Bandstra and Paul Lowry provided the local highlights, Bandstra decked his opponent 3:17 in the 160-pound bout with Lowry showing his adversary the lights 1:15 into the 195-pound match.

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Evan Bartik riddled the cords with a game-high 27 points that included a quartet of treys as the Maroons defeated Hackensack 63-55. Nick Simon chipped in with a dozen points while Alex Cohen contributed with 10, six at the free throw line. Kelly Skettini send 207 pins ßying off their marks while Jen Shablik recorded a 20 game as Ridgewood dominated Hackensack 7-0 in a Big North Conference girls’ bowling match.

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Dylan More hardily worked up a sweat as he decked his opponent 40 seconds into the 152-pound weight class to key the Green Knights to a 31-21 victory over Wayne Valley in a Big North Conference dual wrestling match. Jeff Farina registered a fall at 170 pounds and Matthew Zovistoski won by a major decision in the 113-pound bout. SJR skated to a 4-2 victory over Paramus after trailing 2-1 entering the Þrst intermission. Zef Krasniqi netted a pair of goals with James Peer and Peter Tasca contributing goals to the rally. Tyler Brooks, Nick Smith, Peer and Tasca distributed assists while goalie Erik Frasca was credited with 29 saves as SJR improved to 7-3-0. Terrence McNair riddled the cords with a game-high 19 points to key SJR’s 69-62 victory over Passaic in a Big North Conference hoops confrontation. Patrick Mensah added 16 points with Austin Hlibocki scoring 10.

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Chris Nemeh sent 255 pins ßying off their marks to spur the Patriots to a 7-0 blanking of Passaic Valley in a Big North Conference bowling match. Justin Beveridge chipped in with games of 216 and 211 as he posted the league’s third highest three-game series of 605. Sweeping the three relay events, Wayne Hills trounced Teaneck 126-44 in girls swimming. Daria Vandermay, Gabbi Cancel, Liz Gokhman and Ilana Kleinfeld opened the meet splashing to a Þrst place Þnish in the 200 medley relay in 2:05.76 and the Lady Patriots never trailed. Samantha Litzky tossed a game-high 22 points through the twine as Wayne Hills rallied to defeat Passaic Valley 47-43 in a Big North girls’ basketball game. Nickolette Driesse added 10, seven of which were successful free throws.

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just simple leather strips on their feet and shun the use of modern sneakers. The book analyses the history of long distance running and how as human we are naturally created to move about with barefeet. Cushioned shoes, McDougall determines, are a major cause of our running injuries. According to Robert Spade II, PT, DPT of Robbins Rehabilitation in Allentown, Pennsylvania, barefoot running

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strengthens the muscles of the foot and ankle that would not be used typically in running shoes. “You would see improvements in foot and ankle range of motion due to not having a heel-to-toe drop, which is usually seen in running shoes,” says Spade, who has been running barefoot for over two years. “Shoes can act like a cast.” Switching cold turkey from running with sneakers to bare feet is not something that neither Spade nor any other expert would recommend. Despite studies that claim there are significant benefits to barefoot running, making the switch can come with risks, such as increasing your barefoot running mileage too quickly, not properly forefoot striking, or decreasing the heel-to-toe drop in your running shoe too rapidly. “A runner or athlete can safely start barefoot running if they are not currently experiencing a foot or ankle injury,” says Spade, who has competed in the New Jersey’s Belly of the Beast sprint triathlon, Ocean City sprint triathlon and New Jersey State Triathlon. “Precau-

tions would need to be taken depending on the following: a long history of use of running shoes because your feet and ankle are adapted to a heel-to-toe drop in your shoe; a woman who wears heels frequently; or someone who has pain in their feet while walking barefoot.” “Measures to be taken for the previous circumstances include strengthening of your foot and ankle and improving foot/ankle range of motion before attempting to start barefoot running.” Adjusting to barefoot running takes time and a newbie will find their legs, especially their calf muscles, incredibly sore during the first few adjustment weeks. Spade recommends that a first time barefoot runner should start with half a mile to a mile to see how their body reacts to the change. Once the runner feels a bit more comfortable with the adjustment he recommends adding a half mile to a mile a week, depending on how sore your muscles are after each run. “There are some people that can go out and run a few miles and have no problem; however, when attempting something that can cause injury, it

RUNNING is safer to be cautious,” Spade says. “Depending on the running terrain, I would recommend different barefoot running shoes.” For trail runners Spade recommends trying the Vibram KSO Trek and for road running he suggests trying the Vibram Bikila, KSO or Sprint barefoot shoes. “If someone does not like the toe separation in their shoes, I would propose wearing the New Balance Minimus or Saucony grid type A4 which have a 4mm heel-to-toe drop,” he says. “These two shoes would also be good for those transitioning from typical running shoes which have a 10-12 mm heel to toe drop to a shoe that is completely flat like the Vibrams.” Making the switch to barefoot running deserves careful attention and preparation. Contacting the New Jersey Chapter of the Barefoot Running Society is a great way to interact with and learn from other barefoot runners. In order to make the switch be sure to research the sport thoroughly and also contact your local running shop for information regarding shoes and training.

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