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Indian Hills’ alumnus Corey Crawford, a red-short junior attending Rutgers University, is not just the outstanding Northern Jersey Male Athlete of the Winter Season, he is ranked fourth in the world in the long jump. It is not a subjective opinion – Crawford ran the length of the runway, leaped off the toe board and landed 26-11 into the pit to win the American Athletic Conference the event. In addition he competed in the high jump for the first time since high school in the Conference championships and turned in the silver medal height of 6-10 and was named the AAC’s Most Outstanding Field Athlete. Earlier, Crawford leaped 26-1 to capture the gold medal in the New Balance Invitational long jump competition at the Armory Track Center in New York City. That distance was the longest by any American at the time and ranked No. 9 in the world. He proved this leap was not a fluke when he increased his distance to 26-11 in winning the Conference title with the fourth longest effort in the world.

Wayne Valley senior Francesca Russo became the first fencer ever, male or female, to four-peat as an NJSIAA state fencing champion when she captured her fourth gold medal in the saber at the state individual fencing tournament contested at Montgomery HS. Over a half-century ago, New Jersey’s legendary Gerald Cetrulo of Essex Catholic (1957-1959) won three gold medals and his feat was matched by Aleks Ochocki of A.L. Johnson (2006-2008). They are the only two males to ever win three state titles and no other female has ever won three. Russo excels in the academic classroom and finds time away from her studies to train at the Bergen Fencing Club in HoHo-Kus. She has announced she will continue her academic/ athletic career at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend for the varsity fencing program that qualified 10 fencers for the 2014 NCAA championships. She posted a perfect 8-0 mark in the final pool, defeating Gabrielle Tartakovsky of Livingston, Elysia Wang and Katie Khaw, both of West WindsorPlainsboro North, Natalie Moszczynski of Watchung Hills and Northern Hills’ Allison Lee who earned the silver medal.

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Trio of Lady Panthers Register Double-Doubles in Same North Jersey Section 1, Group I State Contest

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By Jessica Quas In an unusual exhibition of team balance, three Lady Panthers recorded double-double performances when Midland Park defeated Belvidere 61-27 in the North Jersey, Section 1, Group I semifinals. Senior Nicole Cartaino netted a game-high 18 points and grabbed a team-high dozen rebounds, senior Rebecca Rabeiro tallied a dozen points and picked off 12 steals while junior Thalia Ghalam scored 11 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Midland Park repeated as sectional champion with a 49-39 victory over Verona in the championship round as Rabeiro tallied a game-high 19 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished off five assists. Cartaino chipped in with a 17-point effort with Ghalam

contributing eight points, five rebounds and a pair of steals. Senior Amanda Parker netted five points, hauled down four rebounds and picked off four steals. The three members of the Class of 2014 have already won more games than any other Class in Midland Park’s history. Seeded No. 2, Northern Highlands captured the North Jersey, Section 1, Group III championship with a 61-57 victory over top-seeded Teaneck. The Lady Highlanders, who claimed their first Bergen Title earlier by defeating the Highwaywomen, finished the season with a 283 record as they hit from long range, connecting on 13 threepointers to claim the crown. Junior center Melissa Heath popped a game-high 23 points through the twine, including a quintet of treys with Rachel Jubelt adding 10 points. Milan

Senior Madison Dubar (#33) and the Highlanders Þnished 28-4 for the best record in school’s history for girls basketball after falling to West Morris Central, 67-63, in the Group 3 semi-Þnals at Ramapo High School.

Johnson tallied a game-high 22 points to keep Teaneck in contention until the final whistle. In Northern Highlands’ 51-30 triumph over Ramapo in the semifinals, Heath just missed a triple-double, scoring a gamehigh 17 points, grabbing 19 rebounds and blocking nine shots. Senior point guard Megan Dunbar finished with 10

points including a pair of treys. In the North Jersey, Section 1, Group II bracket quarterfinals, Pascack Hills surged to a 16-4 lead in the first eight minutes and went on to defeat Glen Rock 42-25 as Brianna Musco tallied a game-high 14 points with Devon Willock adding a dozen. Samantha McClutchy

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22-5. IHA held on for a 31-30 win over rival Academy of the Holy Angels in the quarterfinals as junior Caitlin Roche netted a game-high 11 points that was highlighted by a successful free throw with 10 seconds left that proved to be the game-winning point. Jada Hutchins pitched a game-high 28 points into the basket and teammate Nikki Johnson chipped in with 16 points as DePaul defeated Pope John (Sparta) 54-45 to advance to the semifinals. Nyree Grant tallied 27 points for Paramus Catholic but the Lady Paladins dropped a 58-49 decision to Mount St. Dominic (Caldwell), a former NJSIAA Tournament of Champions winner. Top-seeded Immaculate Conception (Lodi) trailed 21-4 after eight minutes and never recovered, dropping the Non-Public B championship contest 58-48 to Morris Catholic. 6-2 senior forward Samantha Fuerhring was held to 11 points after entering the game with a 20 points per game average. Khayla Latimer finished with 10 points. The Blue Wolves rolled into the North Jersey Non-Public B Division championship game defeating Newark Academy 5143 as junior guard Samantha Fuehring topped Immaculate Conception’s scoring column with a 22-point effort. She racked up a double-double, hauling down 14 rebounds and was credited with six blocked shots. In the lower bracket, Saddle River Day dropped a 72-53 verdict to Morris Catholic despite a strong showing by senior guard Izzy McMahon who will continue her academic/athletic career at the United States Military Academy at West Point. McMahon tallied a team-high 15 points that included a trio of treys. In the quarterfinals, Fuehring popped 22 points into the basket as the Blue Wolves ousted Eastern Christian 54-22. McMahon powered the Lady Rebels to a 71-41 rout of Oak Knoll (Summit).

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Semifinals Midland Park 61 – Belvidere 27 Verona 49 – Saddle Brook 35

Final Weequahic (Newark) 47 – RidgeÞeld Park 36

Quarterfinals Belvidere 39 – Hasbrouck Heights 33 Midland Park 59 – Boonton 34 Ramsey 43 – Glen Rock 42 (OT) Verona 43 – Emerson 35

Semifinals RidgeÞeld Park 57 – Newark Tech 42 Weequahic (Newark) 59 – Lincoln 41

Pre-Quarterfinals Belvidere 50 - Park Ridge 40 Boonton 39 – Becton 37 Emerson 31 – Cresskill 30 Hasbrouck Heights 45 – Cedar Grove 34 Midland Park 55 – Palisades Park 20 RidgeÞeld 39 – Wood-Ridge 36 Verona 58 – Waldwick 29

Group II Semifinals High Point 37 – Pascack Hills 18 Newton 61 – Westwood 47 Quarterfinals High Point 45 – Kinnelon 30 Newton 50 – Hawthorne 19 Pascack Hills 42 – Glen Rock 25 Westwood 56 – Pequannock 38 Pre-Quarterfinals Glen Rock 35 – North Warren 31 Hawthorne 50 – Kittatinny 36 High Point 45 – Lenape Valley 21 Kinnelon 53 – Lodi 34 Newton 67 – Dover 18 Pascack Hills 51 – Morris Tech 14 Pequannock 69 – Dumont 30 Westwood 53 – Ramsey 34

Group III Final Northern Highlands 61 – Teaneck 57 Semifinals Northern Highlands 51 – Ramapo 30 Teaneck 56 – Sparta 47 Quarterfinals Northern Highlands 48 – P. Valley 28 Ramapo 65 – Jefferson 35 Sparta 49 – NV/Demarest 48 Teaneck 58 – River Dell 45 Pre-Quarterfinals Jefferson 56 – NV/Old Tappan 52 Northern Highlands 58 – Mahwah 30 NV/Demarest 36 – Wayne Hills 24 Pascack Valley 48 – Montville 36 Ramapo 52 – West Milford 36 River Dell 56 – Indian Hills 51 Teaneck 58 – Lakeland 43

Group IV Semifinals Montclair 58 – Wayne Valley 33 Paterson Eastside 57 – Randolph 35 Quarterfinals Montclair 50 – Passaic Tech 43 Paterson Eastside 56 – Ridgewood 29 Randolph 65 – North Bergen 33 Wayne Valley 47 – Fair Lawn 24 Pre-Quarterfinals Fair Lawn 47 – Morris Knolls 42 North Bergen 57 – Livingston 31 Passaic Tech 42 – Clifton 27 Paterson Eastside 56 – Roxbury 26

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Quarterfinals Newark Tech 51 – Rutherford 34 RidgeÞeld Park 65 – Bernards 34 Pre-Quarterfinals Bernards 39 – Madison 33 Harrison 51 – Science Park (Newark) 29 Lincoln 62 – Hillside 42 Newark Tech 45 – Hanover Park 38 Rutherford 39 – Caldwell 32 RidgeÞeld Park 59 - Hackettstown 16 Weequahic 70 – Snyder 20 Whippany Park 60 – McNair 14

NORTH JERSEY NON-PUBLIC A Finals Immaculate Heart Academy 63 – Mount St. Dominic Academy 21 Semifinals Immaculate Heart Academy 41 – DePaul 26 Mount St. Dominic (Caldwell) 46 – St. Dominic (Jersey City) 40 Quarterfinals DePaul 4 – Pope John (Sparta) 45 Immaculate Heart Academy 31 – Academy of the Holy Angels 30 Mount St. Dominic (Caldwell) 58 – Paramus Catholic 49 St. Dominic (Jersey City) 56 – St. Vincent Academy (Jersey City) 35 Pre-Quarterfinals Academy of the Holy Angels 38 – Mother Seton 19 Mount St. Dominic (Caldwell) 46 – Union Catholic 43 St. Dominic (Jersey City) 48 – Kent Place (Summit) 35

NORTH JERSEY NON-PUBLIC B Finals Morris Catholic (Denville) 58 – Immaculate Conception (Lodi) 48 Semifinals Immaculate Conception (Lodi) 51 – Newark Academy 43 Morris Catholic (Denville) 72 – Saddle River Day 53 Quarterfinals Immaculate Conception (Lodi) 54 – Eastern Christian (North Haledon) 22 Morris Catholic (Denville) 48 – Villa Walsh Academy (Morristown) 30 Newark Academy 52 – Morristown-Beard 39 Saddle River Day 71 – Oak Knoll 41 Pre-Quarterfinals Eastern Christian 37 – Queen of Peace 24 Newark Academy 79 – Immaculate Conception (Montclair) 27 Oak Knoll 53 – Dwight-Englewood 43 Saddle River Day 73 – Lacordaire 11 Villa Walsh Academy 52 – Hudson Catholic 37

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Albanese Leads Highlanders to School’s First Ever County Girls Hoops Title

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By Edward Kensik ALLENDALE — Northern Highlands girls basketball team had been knocking on the door for the last few years for an elusive Bergen County Tournament. In the previous two years, the Highlanders would fight hard, but would just come short in the Bergen County Tournament final. This time the Lady Highlanders knocked the proverbial door down handing Al Albanese a Bergen County championship with a 57-44 victory over Teaneck at Ramapo College on Feb. 23. Last season, the Highlanders lost 44-24 to IHA in the county final while Northern Highlands lost to the same Teaneck team, 72-49, in the 2012 final.

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One of the biggest wins for its run in the county tournament was in the semi-finals where they defeated IHA, 52-42, on Feb. 16 at Ramapo College. “I think that win over IHA really propelled us,” said Albanese. For Albanese he said the difference this year is the depth as he can go eight solid players for his Highlanders. “I just think we can play eight,” said Albanese. “The three players off the bench could easily start. I don’t think we drop a level when we go to the bench.” In addition the breakout of junior Melissa Heath this season has bolstered the team. She had a team-high 13 to go along with the 13 for senior Madison Dunbar to lead Northern Highlands against Teaneck in the county final. “Last year Melissa played out of position because we were strong inside,” said Albanese. “This year she moved inside and came out on her own.” In addition to Heath, Dunbar and junior Rachel Jubelt have been instrumental in leading the Highlanders. Also, sophomore Emily Bonafacic chipped in 11 against Teaneck in the county final. Ironically it would be a couple of weeks later when Northern Highlands faced Teaneck again, this time for the Group 3 North 1 state sectional final. And again the Highlanders

came out on top, this time as they came behind down by seven with four minutes left in the game and take it 61-57 as they outscored the Highwaywomen, 24-13, in the fourth quarter. “We started pressing them and getting back in the game,” said Albanese about the comeback. Heath outscored her counterpoint on Teaneck, Milan Johnson, 23 points to 22 points in the state sectional final. Jubelt added 10 points in the state sectional final. The victory over Teaneck in the state sectional final culminated a 20-game winning streak. Unfortunately, Northern Highlands could not get the 21st victory in the streak as they dropped to West Morris Central, 67-63, in the Group 3 semifinals at Ramapo High School. While it was a difficult loss to West Morris, the Lady Highlanders finished 28-4 for the best record in school’s history for girls basketball. And Albanese credited a tougher schedule this season that included joining for the first time, the hyper competitive Joe Poli Tournament at Christmas time. The Lady Highlanders also took on IHA in a regular season fundraiser and played Immaculate Conception, who also was in the Bergen County Tournament semi-finals. “We played a tough schedule and that really prepped us for the tournaments,” said Albanese who also played Teaneck in a regular season game that they lost and also faced rival Ramapo, four times during the season. At the beginning of the 201314 season many believed that Northern Highlands would be slightly down with the graduation of Jackie Reyneke, an All Bergen County first team player. “After we lost Jackie, I think some people thought we were going to be an average team,” said Albanese. “I told one of my coaches that I think we’re going to surprise a lot of people.”

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Teaneck Went In-House and the Highwaymen are all the Better By Edward Kensik TEANECK — Teaneck High School was looking a few years ago for a new head boys basketball coach to replace one of the true legends in Curtis March, a coach who had almost 400 career victories. At the time in 2010 all of the school districts including Teaneck were going through budget crisis so they were not going to go outside the district for a new boys basketball coach. As it turned out they did not have to go far. For a few of years, Jerome Smart had been an assistant coach to Teaneck head girls basketball coach Shenne Clarke. “There was a recession going on and they were looking for somebody within the district,” said Smart. But before his couple years as assistant girls basketball coach, he excelled as head boys basketball coach of Paterson Catholic, a national powerhouse program, and also ran an AAU basketball program for several years. Smart had

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been head coach for three seasons (1996-99) for the successful Paterson Catholic program. As it turned out Smart was the right person for the right job to replace March. For his four years as head coach, he has led Teaneck to four straight Bergen County Jamboree titles. And that is the first time a school has accomplished that feat in the history of the Jamboree, including this year’s final win over Don Bosco Prep, 59-52. The Teaneck boys head basketball coach said that the key for his 2013-14 was togetherness and depth. “The most important characteristic of this team is the camaraderie,” said Smart. “They like to cover each other and be together.” For Smart he likes that he can rely on several players to score and be on the floor when the game is to be decided. “You never know who is to be the go to guy and the big guy in the game,” said Smart. That was the case for the Group 3 North 1 state sectional final where five Highwaymen scored eight of more points in the 70-48 Teaneck victory for another Highwaymen state sectional title. The Highwaymen were led by senior Myles McLeod who had 16 points while senior Corrie Brown added 14 points. Junior Ceasar DeJesus, senior Lavrone Green-Reels and freshman Leondre Washington added 12, nine and eight points respectively in the Teaneck victory. “You never know who is going to be good and be the big guy in the game,” said Smart. “There are five or six guys that can score or get hot.” And that was the case in the victory over Don Bosco where fourth players scored eight or more points in the Jamboree title win led by Brown and

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DeJesus with 14 and 13 points respectively. In terms of coaching it sort of starts in May when he meets with parents for the next school season and goes over the schedule for the summer basketball. “We want to make sure that we are all on the same agenda,” said Smart. And then Smart and his coaches meet with the players who will be back next winter before the end of the school year. “We discuss what we are going to do going forward,” said Smart. In terms of goals the Teaneck head coach has a pretty simple philosophy. “We just want to win everything,” said Smart. “We want to win the league; we want to win the county and the state group title.” And the last three years the Group 3 semi-finals have been the end of their drive for a group state title. The last time that Te-

aneck won a Group 3 title was in 2003. His coaching philosophy for offense depends on the opponent and how the game is going. “It depends on the flow of the game,” said Smart. “We can run up the floor, but we can easily slow the game down.” In terms of defense, he mainly plays a man-to-man, but can also go to a zone defense. In between his head coaching stint with Paterson Catholic and his time at Teaneck, he coached AAU for the next eight seasons. “It was very competitive and you get to travel,” said Smart about the AAU teams. But the AAU life got to him and he decided to take a job at Teaneck High School as a special education teacher. “It was time to settle down,” said Smart. And Teaneck school district is very happy for that.

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Cowboys Top Westwood to Claim Group II Sectional Boys’ Hoops Crown By Kyle Elston Seeded second, Pascack Hills claimed the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 1, Group II championship banner by defeating the No. 1 seed, Westwood, by a score of 63-56. Andrew Nathin excelled under the boards, dumping a teamhigh 16 points into the basket while pulling down nine rebounds. Evan Schumer contributed 11 points, including a trio of three-pointers while Zach Bernstein finished with 10 points and guard Gavin Murphy was credited with eight points and 14 assists. For Westwood, which hosted the contest, E.J. Bermudez netted a game-high 19 points, seven of which came at the free throw line. Tyler McKoy chipped in with a 15-point effort with Nolan Borgersen netting a dozen points. Westwood’s Nathan Osterhus was top gun of the Group II quarterfinal round, tossing 29 points through the iron that included four field goals launched from outside the three-point perimeter. Bermudez chipped in with a 20point effort, converting six free throws, grabbing 13 rebounds and distributing five assists. In a see-saw battle in the quarterfinals, ninthseeded Ramsey upset thirdseeded Glen Rock 43-42 in overtime as junior Mike Pepper flipped a dozen points into the basket. With three players (Jordan Lazarus, Nathin and Rob Tonelli) in double figures Pascack Hills coasted past Ramsey, the 11th seed which

started the season 1-9, 59-43 in the semifinals. Westwood had four in doubles figures (Bermudez, Borgersen, McKoy and Osterhus) in holding on to topple High Point 54-51. Top-seeded Teaneck captured the North Jersey Section 1, Group III title by romping to a 70-48 triumph over Sparta. The trio of senior forward Myles McLeod, Corrie Brown and junior shooting guard Ceasar DeJesus combined to tally 42 points with McLeod topping the Highwaymen with 16 points, five of which came at the charity stripe. Leading 27-18, Teaneck went on a 2515 run to pull away to a 19point lead with eight minutes remaining on the game clock. Teaneck advances to the NJSIAA Group III semifinals with a 28-2 record. The outstanding offensive effort in the Group III bracket during the tourney was produced in the quarterfinals when the Highlanders Jack Bors riddled the cords with 41 points that consisted of six field goals launched from outside the three-point arc and 11 successful free throws. In the North Jersey Section 1, Group I title game, Cresskill moved out to a 30-24 advantage by the halftime break before Cedar Grove rallied in the second half to pull out a 55-51 victory and the sectional banner. Cresskill’s junior guard Matt Flood netted a teamhigh 18 points and excelled a crunch time, hitting the hoop with nine points in the final quarter after the Cougars had

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Semifinals Paterson Eastside 47 – Wayne Valley 38 Passaic Tech 68 – Paterson Kennedy 61

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Pre-Quarterfinals BloomÞeld 59 – Randolph 53 Fair Lawn 58 – Montclair 53 Passaic Tech 63 – Hackensack 52 Paterson Eastside 53 – Governor Livingston 14 Paterson Kennedy 64 – North Bergen 52 Union City 79 – Ridgewood 61 Wayne Valley 75 – Roxbury 45 West Orange 73 – Memorial (WNY) 48

Pre-Quarterfinals Cedar Grove 77 – RidgeÞeld 42 Cresskill 62 – Saddle Brook 24 Hasbrouck Heights 62 – Butler 43 Midland Park 66 – Waldwick 60 (OT) New Milford 80 – Boonton 56 Pompton Lakes 57 – Becton Regional 51 Verona 49 – Park Ridge 33 Wood-Ridge 78 – Palisades Park 63

Group II Final Pascack Hills 63 – Westwood 56 Semifinals Pascack Hills 59 – Ramey 43 Westwood 54 – High Point 51 Quarterfinals Pascack Hills 50 – Pequannock 36 Ramsey 43 – Glen Rock 42 (OT) Westwood 82 – North Warren 41 Pre-Quarterfinals Dumont 65 – Elmwood Park 64 Glen Rock 57 – Manchester Regional 55 High Point 55 – Hopatcong 43 North Warren 52 – Dover 46 Pascack Hills 73 – Kittatinny 23 Pequannock 52 – Mountain Lakes 48 Ramsey 53 – Newton 50 Westwood 78 – Kinnelon 45

Group III Final Teaneck 70 – Sparta 48 Semifinals Sparta 53 – Jefferson 44 Teaneck 93 – Northern Highlands 73 Quarterfinals Northern Highlands 77 – Mount Olive 75 Teaneck 81 – GarÞeld 52 Pre-Quarterfinals BergenÞeld 77 – Montville 57 GarÞeld 68 – West Milford 65 Jefferson 60 – Lakeland 56 Mount Olive 89 – Wayne Hills 69

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SPORTS • FITNESS • WELLNESS been outscored 16-7 in the third quarter. Junior forward Sean Kelly chipped in with a dozen points while Austin Cardo popped nine through the rim, all of which came from field goals launched outside the three-point perimeter and Adnan Jaloudi added eight points to the scoreboard. In defeat, Waldwick’s Doug Palmadessa excelled, tossing 42 points through the twine that included eight bombs from outside the three-point perimeter in the Group I pre-quarterfinals. Pompton Lakes’ Jonathan Tobal was second among the pointmakers, popping 26 points into the basket. Hasbrouck Heights’ duo of Keith Mlenak and Mike Schroback were a dynamic 1-2 punch, combining for 47 points as the Aviators pulled away in the second half to post a 19-point victory over Butler. Other top shooting efforts were produced by Palisades Park’s Kevin Taylor (25), Wood-Ridge’s Will Cook (24), Midland Park’s Ron

Kruis (23) and Becton Regional’s Jordan Elcock (20). There was only one pre-quarterfinal round contest in the North Jersey Non-Public A Division and it was a thriller. DePaul nipped Paramus Catholic 79-75 as Juwuan Carter lit up the scoreboard with a 36-point effort for the Spartans, nine of which came at the foul line. Marcus Dickerson (27) and Kareem Coston (25) combined for 52 points to lead the Paladins. In the quarterfi nals, Bergen Catholic’s Nadi Beciri pitched a game-high 28 points through the hoop and teammate Pierfrancesco Oliva chipped in with a 19-point effort to key the Crusaders to a 69-57 triumph over St. Joseph Regional (Montvale) while Don Bosco Pep had five players hit double figures in ousting DePaul 69-58. Paul Jorgensen gunned a game-high 27 points through the twine to propel the Ironmen into the sectional final against St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City) which ousted Bergen Catholic 63-62. The Crusad-

HS BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS ers’ effort was led by Justin Salem who scored 20 points with Beciri, a senior, adding 15 points, seven of which came at the free throw line in his final scholastic appearance. In North Jersey Non-Public B Division quarterfinal action, Greg King tallied 18 points to spur Saddle River Day to a 68-56 victory over St. Mary/ Rutherford while Alex Thomas netted a game-high 21 points to spark Hawthorne Christian to a 51-41 victory over Newark Academy. In the pre-quarterfinals, King pumped a gamehigh 22 points through the iron, nine of which came at the charity stripe, as the Rebels led all the way in routing Oratory Prep (Summit) 74-56. Matt Klein (13) and Louis Stein (12) combined for 25 points. The Rebels quest for their first sectional title was halted in the semifinals by perennial national-power St. Anthony (Jersey City) which roared to a 77-42 victory while limiting King to 10 points. Teaneck, the second seed,

four-peated as champions of the Bergen Jamboree, defeating top-seeded Don Bosco Prep 59-52 in the championship encounter at the Bradley Center on the campus of Ramapo College in Mahwah. The Highwaymen became the first program to win four straight titles, breaking the old mark of three held by Teaneck (2011-2013), Don Bosco Prep (2006-2008) and Hackensack (1952-1954). Defense was the key for the Highwaymen as they held the Ironmen scoreless over the final two and half minutes. DeJesus excelled on the attack, netting 13 points, hitting the boards to haul down nine rebounds, dishing off three assists and picking off three steals. Freshman point guard Leondre Washington chipped in with nine points and two steals while McLeod pulled down six rebounds and added four points. Tom Sweeney led the Ironmen, pumping a game-high 18 points through the iron.

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Russo Four-Peats as State Fencing Champion By Jessica Quas It was a first for fencing in the Garden State when Wayne Valley’s Francesca Russo four-peated as an NJSIAA state fencing champion, capturing her fourth gold medal in the saber at the state individual fencing tournament contested at Montgomery High School. New Jersey’s legendary Gerald Cetrulo of Essex Catholic (19571959) and Aleks Ochocki of A.L. Johnson (2006-2008) are the only two boys to ever win three state titles and no other girl has ever won three. Russo, who trains at the Bergen Fencing Club in HoHo-Kus and will pursue her collegiate studies at the University of Notre Dame, posted a perfect 8-0 mark in the final pool, defeating Gabrielle Tartakovsky of Livingston, Elysia Wang and Katie Khaw, both of West Windsor-Plainsboro North, Natalie Moszczynski of Watchung Hills, Columbia’s Blessing Olaode and the silver medalist Allison Lee of Northern Highlands who will continue her academic/athletic career at Princeton University. . In the epee competition, Ramapo senior Marilyn Rukaj finished ninth and Fair Lawn sophomore Inbar Tivon READ NJSPORTS FITNESS & WELLNESS ONLINE AT SPORTSFITNESSWELLNESS.COM. CLICK ON THE LATEST ISSUE OR PAST ISSUES

placed ninth in foil. Other north Jersey competitors who stood out included Indian Hills’ senior Eden Lewicki who was 11th in the saber while in the epee. Holy Angels’ Melissa Gillick was 16th, Indian Hills’ Grace Tellado, 18th, and West Milford’s Taylor Messler 19th. In the foil bracket, Lakeland’s Nida Hussain was 16th and Ramapo’s Melanie Psota was 19th while Bergen Tech senior Daniella Batarseh finished 18th in saber In the NJSIAA State Girls Squad Fencing Championships contested at North Hunterdon High School in Clinton, Inbar Tivon, Lana Karapetyan, Anastasiya Muravyeva and Alyssa Seigel-Laddy combined to register a 42-12 record as the Lady Cutters captured the bronze medals in the foil squad competition. Muravyeva, a junior, posted a 13-2 record on the “A” strip while Tivon, a sophomore, went 132 on the “B” strip. Northern Highlands placed seventh in the saber squad competition as Lee recorded a 14-1 mark. Her senior teammate Jody Kim turned in a 10-5 record with frosh duo of Caroline Bookstaver and Emily Dillon completing the squad. Indian Hills captured eighth place in the epee bracket as senior Grace Tellado was the standout, posting a 12-3 mark. The other squad members were Rachel Eng, Gabby Niemiec, Rebecca Pak and Bailey Pruiksma.

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FOIL FIRST TEAM Daniella Batarseh (Bergen Tech) Nitza Granados (Bergen Tech) Allison Lee (Northern Highlands) SECOND TEAM Brittany Gudanowski (Bergen Tech) Jodi Kim (Northern Highlands) Jenny Takahara (Ramapo)

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Bergen Catholic was named the New Jersey Team of the Year after the Crusaders claimed their third-straight NJSIAA Non-Public A Division team title and finished with a 24-4 record.

2014 NJSIAA STATE TOURNAMENT MEDALISTS 106: 8. Jonathan Tropea (St. Joseph Reg/Montvale) 113: 1. Nick Suriano (Bergen Catholic) 4. Ryan Freeman (Paramus) 120: 5. Luis Gonzalez (Don Bosco Prep) 126: 2. Kyle Bierdumpfel (Don Bosco Prep) 5. Marc Mastropietro (Hasbrouck Heights) 6. Peter Lipari (Bergen Catholic) 8. Tyler Hrycak (Wayne Valley) 132: 8. Alex Sebahie Paramus) 138: 7. Joe Trovato (Paramus) 145: 1. David McFadden (DePaul) 152: 8. Joe Grello (Bergen Catholic) 160: 4. Jordan Pagano (Bergen Catholic 170: 2. Luke Farinaro (Don Bosco Prep) 6. Kevin Mulligan (Bergen Catholic) 182: 1. Johnny Sebastian (Bergen Catholic) 195: 7. Robbie Maggiulli (Emerson) 8. Anthony Landberg (Wayne Valley) 220: 2. Zack Chakonis (Don Bosco Prep) 3. Justin Walker (Wayne Valley) 285: 3. Kevin Wilkins (St. Joseph Reg./Montvale)

2013-2014 NORTHERN NEW JERSEY WRESTLING ALL-STARS Selected by staff of USA College Wrestling First Team 106: Moe Hamdeh (Wayne Hills) 113: Nick Suriano (Bergen Catholic) 120: Luis Gonzalez (Don Bosco Prep) 126: Kyle Bierdumpfel (Don Bosco Prep) 132: Alex Sebahie (Paramus) 138: Joe Trovato (Paramus) 145: David McFadden (DePaul) 152: Anthony Duncan (Wayne Valley) 160: Jordan Pagano (Bergen Catholic) 170: Luke Farinaro (Don Bosco Prep) 182: Johnny Sebastian (Bergen Catholic) 195: Robbie Maggiulli (Emerson) 220: Zack Chakonis (Don Bosco Prep) 285: Kevin Wilkins (St. Joseph Regional/Montvale) Second Team: 106: Jonathan Tropea (St. Joseph Regional/Montvale) 113: Ryan Freeman (Paramus) 120: Jean Dubois (Clifton) 126: Marc Mastropietro (Hasbrouck Heights) 231: Mohamed Farhan (Clifton) 138: Tom Dunphy (Passaic Valley) 145: Brandon Kui (DePaul) 152: Joe Grello (Bergen Catholic) 160: Daniel Kilroy (Wayne Valley) 170: Kevin Mulligan (Bergen Catholic)

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NJ Kids State Wrestling Finishes at Sun National Bank Center in Trenton By Dennis Wilson For the first time, the 2014 New Jersey Kids State Wrestling Tournament promoted by USA Wrestling New Jersey, will conduct the championship finals under one roof, the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton over one weekend in a format similar to the NJSIAA State Tournament Finals held at the Boardwalk Center in Atlantic City a week earlier. On Saturday (March 15), the Junior Division and Intermediate Division standouts who have emerged from the eight Regions will battle for the gold medals while champions in the Bantam. Novice

and High School Cadet Divisions will be decided on Sunday (March 16). The brackets in each of the weight classes of the five age divisions will include the top three finishers from the eight Regions with the youngest group, the Bantams competing in three one-minute periods. The other age divisions utilize a format of one minute for the opening period followed by second and third periods of one and one-half minutes each. Head gear is required and all wrestlers are required to wear one-piece competitive singlets while anyone with dental braces has to use a protec-

tive mouthpiece. Fair Lawn was the venue for the final of the eight Regions with the competition taking place March 9. Local grapplers turning in gold medal efforts in the Bantam Division include Logan Cantone (Pascack Hills), Jack Diggins (Northern Valley), Andrew Gacek (Garfield), Matthew Murri (Fair Lawn) and Christopher Nucifora (Oakland). Finishing first in the Novice Division were Nico DeMaio (Fair Lawn), Thomas Dougherty (Glen Rock), Jonathan Lau (Saddle Brook), Angelo Piazza (Glen Rock) and Jack Shah (Oakland).

Earning berths in the Junior Division state finals were Adam Becker (Hackensack), Quinlan Burbank (East Rutherford), Jackson Downey (Northern Valley) and Joseph Manginelli (Dumont) while Intermediate Division champions advancing to Trenton were Charlie Cunningham (Pequannock) and Michael Pillot (Garfield). Winning gold medals in the High School Cadet Division were Jack Carroll (Lakeland), Andrew Fernandez (Lyndhurst-North Arlington), Eric Lindstrom (West Milford), Damian Maver (Bergen Catholic) and Rey Miller (Hawthorne).

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Novice Division 50: 1. Nico DeMaio (Fair Lawn) 55: 3. Hayden Blair (Ridgewood) 80: 3. William Barna (Lakeland) 4. Max Oliver (Pascack Hills) 85: 2. Drew Petaccia (Pascack Valley) 90: 1. Jack Shah (Oakland) 95: 1. Jonathan Lau (Saddle Brook) 3. Darin Donellan (Wyckoff) 110: 1. Thomas Dougherty (Glen Rock) 144: 3. Alexander Shadanian (Northern Valley) 167: 1. Angelo Piazza (Glen Rock) Junior Division 65: 4. Joseph Bussinelli (Ridgewood) 85: 3. Raymond Dellosa (Paramus) 90: 1. Joseph Manginelli (Dumont) 95: 2. Gianni Manginelli (Dumont) 100: 4. Kacper Szuberski (GarÞeld) 105: 1. Adam Becker (Hackensack)

112: 4. Lucas Nallen (Dumont) 120: 1. Jackson Downey (Northern Valley) 2. Jacob Bekhet (Oakland) 144: 2. Gabriel Dellechiaie (Wayne) 3. Jason Burklow (Pequannock) 151: 1. Quinlan Burbank (East Rutherford) 2. Dean Setticase (Saddle Brook) 170: 2. Derek Abreu (GarÞeld) Intermediate Division 75: 3. Hunter Davis (Wayne) 85: 3. Hunter Corcoran (Cliffside Park) 4. Daniel Scarcella (Lodi) 91: 3. Jack Post (Northern Highlands) 105: 3. Jack Trevisan (Ridgewood) 112: 1. Charlie Cunningham (Pequannock)

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Howell Region (February 23) Novice Division 80: 2. Alex Kunicki (Washington Twp) 4. William Barna (Lakeland) 110: 1. Max Acciardi (Woodcliff Lakes/Montvale) Junior Division 85: 2. Orande Smith (Clifton) Intermediate Division 80: 2. Greg Sabbak (Passaic Valley) 144: 4. Vaughn Bangash (Ridgewood) High School Cadet Division 120: 2. Michael Palamara (Hackensack) 132: 3. Nicolas Monteleone (Hackensack)

Northern Burlington Region (February 16) Bantam Division 55: 4. Casey Forte (Cresskill) 60: 4. Ryan Messick (Emerson) Novice Division 75: 2. Henry Forte (Cresskill) 3. Ethan Wilson (Washington Twp) 80: 4. Aidan Fojon (Fair Lawn) Junior Division 75: 4. Kenneth Langenmayr (Lakeland) 85: 3. Nick Flamma (Washington Twp) 120: 4. Derin Stitzer (Lyndhurst) Intermediate Division 183: 2. Nicola Trani (Wayne)

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Lakeland Region (February 9) Bantam Division 50: 3. Dan Jones (Kinnelon) 55: 4. Robert Lorino (Oakland) 65: 2. J.J. Rapp (Lakeland) 4. Matthew Sabatella (Emerson) 70: 2. Sean Hali (Ramsey) 75: 2. Pantaleo Varga (Pascack Hills) 3. Kobi Moskovitz (Pascack Hills) 4. Liam Manning (Glen Rock) 80: 2. Giuseppe Convertino (Waldwick-Midland Park) 85: 1. Owen Litvany (Glen Rock) 2. Jake Falotico (Emerson) 4. Cooper Struble (Lakeland) Novice Division 55: 4. Hayden Blair (Ridgewood) 60: 2. Dylan Downes (Washington Twp) 65: 3. Shawn Mastropierro (New Milford) 4. Aidan Bolger (West Milford) 70: 4. Henry Forte (Cresskill) 75: 3. Jack Sharma (Ridgewood) 4. Emmett Ryan (Waldwick) 80: 1. Nico Berlingeri (Northern Highlands) 2. Michael Mallett (River Dell) 4. Bryan Martel (Park Ridge) 85: 3. McAllister Rutnik (Hawthorne) 90: 3. Shawn Castaneira-Grigsby (Waldwick-Midland Park) 100: 2. Jeffrey Breny, Jr. (Lodi) 110: 1. Connor Haroutunian (Waldwick) 126: 1. Ayden Lyubimov (Lodi) 2. Anthony Asencio, Jr. (Lodi) Junior Division 70: 3. Williams Kayal (Wyckoff) 75: 2. Devin Iannelli (Saddle River) 80: 4. Cole Pfeufer (Washington Twp) 85: 1. Stefano Sgambellone (Emerson) 3. Tommy Goodwin (Pequannock) 95: 2. Nicholas Stathopoulos (Clifton) WRESTLING RESULTS continued on page 18

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3. Jack Farinaro (Park Ridge) 100: 1. Jake Vietri (Dumont) 2. Michael Malozemov (Ridgewood) 112: 4. Lucas Nallen (Dumont) 120: 1. Eddie Maldonado III (Clifton) Intermediate Division 75: 2. Christopher Castiglia (Lakeland) 3. Connor Ahrendt (Fair Lawn) 4. Hunter Davis (Wayne) 91: 2. Jimmy Probert (Ridgewood) 98: 1. Nicholas Duncan (Wayne) 3. Tyler Martinez (Elmwood Park) 4. Anthony Monnett (Lakeland) 105: 2. Gabriel Robles (Park Ridge) 3. Zachary Carlson (New Milford) 4. Justin DeMeester (GarÞeld) 112: 3. Matthew Sapoff (Glen Rock) 120: 4. Joseph Criscuolo (New Milford) 136: 3. Gabriel Bringas (Fair Lawn) 144: 3. Jake Otterstedt (Ridgewood) 4. Vaughn Bangash (Ridgewood) 152: 1. Casey Lewis (Pascack Valley) 160: 2. Nicholas Delpome (Emerson) 3. Ryan Rue (Fair Lawn) 4. Fletcher Cavanaugh (Fair Lawn) High School Cadet Division 113: 2. Von DeGuzman (Hackensack) 152: 3. Vincent Boratto (West Milford) 160: 2. Andrew Perucki (West Milford) 3. Mitch Williams (West Milford)

North Hunterdon Region (February 2) Bantam Division 55: 3. Noah Kochman (Glen Rock) 60: 2. Alexander Naddeo (Lakeland) 65: 1. Drew Ratsprecher (Pascack Hills) 75: 1. Theo Bolger (West Milford) 2. Joseph McLaughlin (Cliffside Park) Novice Division 55: 4. Pierce Bruno (Fair Lawn) 65: 3. Nicholas Bottazzi (Wayne) 70: 2. Luke Tully (Lakeland) 75: 2. Kyle Bohm (Oakland)

85: 1. Jack Brantly (Wyckoff) 133: 1. Alex Willekes (Pequannock) 151: 1. Anthony Vaccarella (Ridgewood) Intermediate Division 85: 1. Jake Sabatella (Lakeland) 120: 2. Trevor Fleet (West Milford) 136: 3. Luke Conenello (Ridgewood) 144: 2. Tyler Principato (West Milford) 160: 2. Anthony Sciuto (Northern Highlands) 175: 2. Vinny DePalma (Wayne) 3. Luke Brantly (Wyckoff) High School Cadet Division 145: 1. Nicholas Lepold (West Milford) 2. Steven Schwake (West Milford)

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(January 19) Bantam Division 60: 2. David Rozenblum (Fort Lee) 65: 3. Logan Garcia (Washington Twp) 75: 2. Carlo Lalomia (Paramus) 4. Joseph McLaughlin (Cliffside Park) 85: 1. Chandler Mann (Pascack Hills)

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Toms River Region (January 12) Bantam Division 50: 3. Vincent Paino (Emerson) 65: 1. Cole Hughes (Pascack Hills) Novice Division 60: 4. Brett Redner (Butler) 85: 1. Alex Talbot (Kinnelon) 110: 2. Luke Mabey (Kinnelon) Junior Division 90: 4. Ryan Cawood (Park Ridge) 95: 2. Ryan Shaw (Emerson) 105: 3. David Sisco (Kinnelon) 112: 1. Zachary Lewis (Park Ridge) 136: 2. Zackary Marck (Emerson)

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Novice Division 75: 3. Nikolas Raspantini (Pascack Hills) 4. Kyle Bohm (Oakland) 80: 1. Colin Calvetti (Ridgewood)

Intermediate Division 80: 1. Matthew Murawski (Northern Valley) 4. Matthew Rypkema (Waldwick) 98: 4. Gabe Robles (Park Ridge) 120: 4. Michael DeSteno (Pascack Hills) 144: 1. Kevin Martel (Park Ridge)

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DePaul opened up a 17-9 lead by the end of the Þrst quarter led all the way in defeating Wayne Valley 46-39 in a regular season girls’ basketball game. Nikki Johnson was consistently on target, netting a game-high 25 points, 11 of which came from the free throw line. Jada Hutchins chipped in with a nine points with Stephanie Saporito contributing eight points. Jumping out to a 16-5 advantage after eight minutes and leading 28-12 at the intermission, the Spartans continually pulled away to a 47-26 triumph over Passaic in a regular season boys’ hoops meeting. Juwuan Carter was the only player in double Þgures, hitting the basket with a game-high 20 points. Javan Smith added eight and Isaiah Robinson connected for six points.

Ryan Semsel (2:43.4) and Marc Rosenberg (2:44.0) crossed the line 4-5 in 1,000-meter run at the Bergen County Indoor Track & Field Championships contested at the Armory Track Center in New York City. In the girls’ division Shereen Al-Sawwaf in the 300meter dash (43.4 second) and Hanna Jerome in the 800-meter run (2:29.0) turned in fourth place performances while Tara Satnick placed sixth in the 3200-meter run (12:40.6). Starting slow, the Bulldogs turned on the jets and defeated Harrison 50-39 in a regular season boys’ basketball encounter as Vinny DeBellis netted a game-high 15 points including a pair of treys. Ryan Galgano popped 13 points through the iron including three Þeld goals bombed from outside the three-point perimeter while Austin Horowitz tallied seven and Seon Layne chipped in with six. Surging to a 33-9 advantage by the halftime intermission, Dwight-Englewood romped to a 54-15 triumph over Bergen Charter in a regular season girls’ hoops contest. Stella Mayer netted a game-high 18-points to outscore the opposition’s entire lineup. Regan Contrucci tossed nine points into the basket with Stacy Goldberg adding seven points.

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Nick Carey (160), Cory Doebel (132), Nick DePalma (182), Will Kui (120), Nick Lavelle (220), David McFadden (145) and Matt Noble (126) turned in gold medal performances to power DePaul to the team title in the NJSIAA District 4 wrestling tournament contested at West Milford High School.

Kevin Pisacane and Jarred Rose had the home fans stomping and shouting as they turned in gold medal performances in the NJSIAA District 6 Tournament hosted by Fair Lawn. Pisacane claimed the 113-pound title when he recorded a third period pin while Rose pulled out an exciting 12-10 overtime verdict in the 132-pound bracket. In the NJSIAA State Girls Squad Fencing Championships contested at North Hunterdon High School in Clinton, Inbar Tivon, Lana Karapetyan, Anastasiya Muravyeva and Alyssa SeigelLaddy combined to register a 42-12 record as the Lady Cutters captured the bronze medals in the foil squad competition. Fair Lawn sent Montclair to the sidelines in the NJSIAA North Jersey Group I, Section 2 post-season boys basketball tournament, defeating the Mounties 58-53 after trailing 41-36 entering the fourth quarter. Christopher Moseley was the top gun on the Cutters’ attack, dumping a game-high 25 points into the basket while Trevor Kriley chipped in with 10 points and Michael Nieman and Dillon Welsh split 16 down the middle.

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With 10 grapplers capturing gold medals, Don Bosco Prep proved to be the dominant factor on its home mats in the NJSIAA District 5 wrestling tournament, easily winning the team title. Kyle Bierdumpfel (126), Eric Chakonis (195), Zack Chakonis (220), Evan DeLuise (106), Luke Farinaro (170), Kevin Feder (285), Luis Gonzalez (120), Andrew Rosenweig (145), and Avery Shay (113) kept the gold at home for the Ironmen. In the Bergen County Indoor Track & Field Championships contested at the Armory Center in New York City, Josh Floyd glided over the 55-meter high hurdles to break the tape for the gold medal clocking 7.7 seconds. His teammate Rob Townsend raced to a Þrst place Þnish in the 3200-meter run, turning in a time of 9:38.3. DBP led all the way in defeating Bergen Catholic 58-52 in a regular season boys’ basketball game. Paul Jorgensen netted a game-high 26 points including a trio of treys with Lonnie Rivera popping a dozen points into the basket and Tom Sweeney placing 10 points into the bucket.

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Trailing 29-20 with eight minutes remaining on the game clock, 10th-seeded Emerson went on a 11-1 run down the stretch to pull out a 31-30 victory over Cresskill in the opening round of the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 1, Group I girls’ basketball tournament. Devin Riker was the highlight player, netting a game-high 17 points that included not only nine free throws but also the winning jump shot with 46 seconds left on the clock. Emerson built up a crucial 17-4 advantage at the charity stripe. Utilizing six pins, the combined Emerson/Park Ridge wrestling team rolled to a 46-25 victory over Pascack Hills in the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 1, Group I team wrestling tournament. Nick Mazzeo (170) registered the fastest fall (:40) while Paco Robles (106) and Sam Schneider (113) also decked their foes in the opening round. Josh Lewis (145), Robbie Maggiulli (195) and John Whelan (160) posted second period pins while Jordan Giacomelli (152) won by a major decision.

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Leotavio Nunes and Steve Nolasco Þnished 5-6 in the pentathlon competition at the Bergen County Indoor Track & Field Championships contested at the Armory Track Center in New York City. Competing in the 55-meter high hurdles, shot put, high jump, long jump and 1,000-meter run, Nunes accumulated 2,629 points while Nolasco earned 2,411 points. Kevin Buron Þred a game-high 3 points through the rim to propel the Boilermakers to a 72-59 triumph over Manchester Regional in a regular season boys’ basketball game. GarÞeld built up a 42-29 advantage by halftime as Travis Bennett chipped in with 13 points, Ricky Reyes ßipped a dozen points into the basket and Taariq Cheaton contributed nine points. On the girls’ hardwood, GarÞeld defeated Elmwood Park 38-33 as Stephanie Caneda netted a team-high 13 points with Auzette Soto tossing a dozen points through the cords and Gabby Kramer chipping in with an eight-point effort. Quastajua Vasquez added Þve points to the score board. editor@sportsÞtnesswellness.com

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Skating to a 3-1 run in the third period, third-seeded Glen Rock rallied to defeat Middletown-North 4-3 in the NJSIAA Public School B-Division Ice Hockey State Tournament. After falling behind 3-2 with 9:30 remaining in regulation, Jake Kinney knotted the game with 5:57, connecting off a rebound of a shot by Matt Jorgensen. Peter Tatigian recorded the gamewinning goal with 44 seconds left to play. Glen Rock overcame a one-point deÞcit at halftime and defeated Manchester Regional 57-66 in the NSIAA North Jersey Section 1, Group II boys’ basketball payoffs. Khalil Williams tossed a team-high 14 points into the basket, Justin Powell tallied a dozen points with Jeff Ross adding 10, Zach Lucca nine and Adam Rinbrand eight in the Panthers’ balanced attack. In a nip-and-tuck contest, Glen Rock held a four-point advantage at the Þnal whistle in eliminating North Warren 35-31 from the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 1, Group II girls tourney. Morgan Foley, tallied a game-high 10 points with Krystina Rypkema adding eight points, including a pair of treys.

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IHA splashed to a 106-64 triumph over Red Bank Catholic in the NJSIAA Non-Public A Girls Swimming Division championships. Jillian Calocino, Kristen Ludwicki, Emilia Weihenig and Alexis Wiener teamed up to post the winning clocking of 1:52.30 in the opening 200 medley relay and the Blue Eagles never trailed. Weihenig won the 100 backstroke and Wiener placed Þrst in the 100 breast stroke. Sara Nestrowitz doubled in the 50 and 100 freestyle events while Jackie Van Lew touched Þrst in the 200 individual medley and 500 freestyle. Leading 10-8 after eight minutes, the Blue Eagles roared to 22-2 run in the second quarter, building a 32-10 advantage by the intermission in routing Bergen Tech 59-19 in a regular season girls’ basketball game. Jordan Wilmoth registered the most points when she ßipped a dozen through the twine as 10 teammates also put points on the scoreboard. Lindsey Rogers chipped in with nine points while Catherine Clyne, Katia Oge and Caitlin Roche pitched six points apiece into the basket.

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Naomi Curtis in the 55-meter dash (7.4 second) and Kathryn Grant in the 400-meter dash (1:00.8) and Amarys Berry in the shot put (38-4 ½) picked up silver medals and Amber Redmond tied for second in the high jump (5-0) at the Bergen County Indoor Track & Field Championships contested at the Armory Track Center in New York City. Redmond added a bronze medal effort in the triple jump (34-7 ¼) while Chris Mascetti picked up a bronze medal in the 1000-meter run (2:35.6) in the boys division. In the NJSIAA District wrestling tournament dominated by Bergen Catholic, six Comets collected silver medals, they were Kareem Dixon (145), Goran Krasic (220), Danny Lane (182), Connor McVey (113), Michael Rodriguez (160) and Taylor Shay (126). Trailing by nine points at the intermission, the Comets rallied to vanquish BergenÞeld 60-57 in a regular season boys’ basketball encounter. Edward Emedoh hit the basket with a team-high 13 points while Ahmed Bailey tossed 10 through the rim. Philip Hammond added seven with Barry Palmore and Mykell Swansta chipping in with six apiece.

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In the NJSIAA State Girls Squad Fencing Championships contested at North Hunterdon High School in Clinton, Indian Hills placed eighth in the epee competition as senior Grace Tellado provided the top weapon Þnishing 12-3. The other squad members were Rachel Eng, Gabby Niemiec, Rebecca Pak and Bailey Pruiksma. Indian Hills steadily pulled away to rout Lyndhurst 52-28 in a regular season boys basketball game as Ryan Warnet was top gun on the Braves attack, ßipping a game-high 22 points through the twine. Matt Jensen made it a potent 1-2 punch when he tallied 15 points. Jules Oehrlein ßipped a game-high 23 points through the rim with Þve Þeld goals bombed through the cords from outside the three-point arc, leading Indian Hills to a 60-50 triumph over Fair Lawn in a regular season girls’ basketball game. Madison Levine contributed a 14-point performance, converting eight free throws while Julia Ferraro tallied seven points with Kayla Connelly and Emily Shalpak adding six points each.

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Lakeland sizzled on the ice, routing Wayne Valley 10-0 in a game that ended 3:36 into the third period by the 10-goal rule to earn a berth in the NJSIAA Public-School hockey tournament. Nick Brown powered the romp, netting four goals while Danny Mullin tallied two goals and distributed a pair of assists with Shane Davison scoring twice. Goalie Sean Komjian made 14 saves to earn credit for the shutout “W” between the pipes. Breezing to a 40-19 advantage by the halftime break, Lakeland cruised to a 68-38 triumph over Parsippany in a regular season boys’ basketball game. Petko Ljusic and Adam Wallerstein split 28 points down the middle to share high-game accolades while Tristin Downey tallied 11 points. Jake Catalioto and Dennis Fuehring netted eight points apiece in the balanced Lancer attack. Trailing 16-5 after one quarter, the Lady Lancers rebounded to pull away to a 44-35 victory over Bergen Tech in a regular season girls’ hoops contest. Jen Stoll hurled a team-high 16 points through the rim with Sara DeVita netting 14 points and Allie Yoffee chipping in with nine points.

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Surging to a 15-2 advantage after eight minutes, the Lady Panthers built a 34-7 lead by intermission in eliminating Palisades Park 55-20 from the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 1, Group I girls basketball post-season competition. Nicole Cartaino and Rebecca Rabiero shared game-high scoring honors when they tallied 14 points apiece and Thalia Ghalam made it a trio in double Þgures when she tossed 11 points into the basket. Veronica Pantale added eight points and Julie Carey contributed a seven-point effort as Midland Park upped its overall record to 21-2. In an exciting opening round encounter in the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 1, Group I boys tourney Midland Park pulled out a 66-60 victory in overtime against Waldwick. Ron Kruis posted a team-high 23 points that included a quartet of treys while Ryan Coughlin contributed 18 points, eight of which came at the charity stripe and Jack Hansen netted 17 points. The Panthers built a 14-4 advantage at the free line that proved to be the deciding factor.

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Derek De La Cruz (160), Alex Sebahie (132) and Joe Trovato (138) keyed Paramus’ runnerup Þnish in the team standings at the NJSIAA District 5 tournament hosted and dominated by Don Bosco Prep. Picking up silver medals were Nick Bucci (170), Joe Capone (120), Justin Cochran (152), Kyle Cochran (126) and Ryan Freeman (113). In the Bergen Indoor Track & Field Championships held at the Armory Track Center in New York City, the Lady Spartans’ Kayla Pituras placed sixth in the pentathlon competition with a score of 2,279 points while teammate Jasmine Pineda soared over the bar at 8-0 to Þnish Þfth in the pole vault event. Nicole DiPasquale pumped a game-high 22 points through the twine in leading the Lady Spartans to a 47-31 romp over Tenaßy in a regular season girls’ basketball game. Trailing 98 after eight minutes, Paramus bridged the second and third quarters with a 26-14 run as Jackie Helm netted eight points with Rianna McNamee adding Þve points.

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Jason Katz captured the gold medal in the triple jump competition at the Bergen Indoor Track & Field Championships contested at the Armory Track Center in New York City. Katz hopped, stepped and jumped 47-1 ¾ to win by two feet. In the NJSIAA State Girls Squad Fencing Championships contested at North Hunterdon High School in Clinton, Ramapo’s Colleen Hafers, Michelle Rokhvarg and Marilyn Rukaj Þnished 10th in the epee squad event while Alexa Caruso, Hayley Clarke and Melanie Psota posted a 16th place effort in the foil competition. Trailing 19-18 after eight minutes, Ramapo went on a 18-4 run in the second quarter to build a 36-23 advantage by the intermission in defeating Northern Valley/Old Tappan 76-50 in a regular season boys’ basketball contest. Matt Grossi was top gun for the competition, tossing 23 points through the rim while Matt Latka posted a 13-point performance with Aidan Cole and Tommy Gordon splitting 16 points.

Spencer Ross uncorked a toss of 60-5 to win the shot put competition in the Bergen County Indoor Track & Field Championships contested at the Armory Track Center in New York City. His teammate Eric Kim sprinted to a Þfth place Þnish in the 400-meter dash, posting a time of 52.4 seconds. In the girls’ division, Lauren Michel hopped, stepped and jumped 34-3 ¾ to Þnish Þfth in the triple jump competition. Robert Askew (195) and Nick Lagarde (285) turned in silver medal efforts in the NJSIAA District 5 wrestling tournament contested at Don Bosco Prep. Surging to a 18-4 advantage after eight minutes, Mahwah blasted Dumont 62-31 in a regular season girls’ basketball encounter. Casey Doran led all scorers, dropping a game-high 14 points through the rim as nine of the 11 Lady Thunderbirds who stepped on the hardwood put points on the scoreboard. Kayla Devine chipped in with an 11-point effort while Alyssa Baldi scored nine with Casey Culloty and Alison Surich splitting 16 points.

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Brandon Latierno registered a 7-4 decision over Jeff Lombardi of Don Bosco Prep to capture the gold medal in the 182-pound bracket of the NJSIAA District 5 Tournament contested at Don Bosco Prep. Four teammates, Alfonso DeMaria (106), Andrew Somple (138), Sean Kelly (145) and Thomas Cosgriff (220) turned in silver medal performances. In the NJSIAA State Girls Squad Fencing Championships contested at North Hunterdon HS in Clinton as senior Allison Lee posted a 14-1 mark to lead the Lady Highlanders to a seventh place Þnish in the saber bracket. Lee has registered a 71-2 record this season and will continue her academic/athletic career at Princeton. Her classmate Jodi Lim chipped in with a 10-5 effort. J.P. Julian raced through the tape in 4:28.4 to capture the gold medal in the 1600-meter run at the Bergen Indoor Track & Field Championships held at the Armory Track Center in New York City. A trio of Lady Highlanders, Catherine Pagano (800-meters), Amanda Pook (400-meters) and Anna Richard (1000-meters) picked up gold medals in the girls’ division.

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Alex Whalen turned in a hat trick performance to key Ramsey’s 10-0 rout of Mount Olive in the NJSIAA Public B Division postseason playoffs, netting three goals and dishing off an assist. Frank Steffe, Connor DiTomaso, Jim Hunt and Chris Butryn each chipped in with goals and two assists while Rams goalie stopped 11 shots in earning credit for shutout “W” between the posts. Hailey Reynolds, connected for a game-high 16 points as Ramsey defeated Glen Ridge 57-25 in a non-league girls’ basketball confrontation. Reynolds bombed a trio of treys through the cords while 10 of her teammates etched their names in the scoring column. Bryan Rottingen picked up a bronze medal when he won by a fall, decking Ramapo’s Sean O’Connor 32 seconds into the consolation third place bracket of the 120-pound weight class at the NJSIAA District 5 Tournament at Don Bosco Prep. Pat Mullane tallied a game-high 29 points, 19 of which came at the charity stripe, to spur the Rams to a 62-58 victory over Dumont in boys’ basketball. Mike Cirilli added a dozen points and Ryan Blake netted 11.

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Ridgewood received three gold medal efforts and three silver medal performances as the Maroons dominated the upper six weight classes in claiming the team trophy at the NJSIAA District 6 Tournament contested at Fair Lawn. In back-to-backback victories, Kyle Inlander (182), Andrew Moras (195) and Sukmin Yoon (220) iced the team title with winning while Aaron Martinez (160), Austin Puritano (170) and Michael Antosiewicz (285) picked up silver medals. Joseph Oliva (138) and Stephen Gardner (145) chipped in with back-to-back winning efforts.

With Þve gold medal performances, St. Joseph Regional/Montvale claimed the team title in the NJSIAA District 8 mat competition held at River Dell. Jonathan Tropea (106) started the Knights’ off and running with a gold medal effort in the lightest weight class. Michael Carfagno (170), Vinnie Mainiero (182), Kevin Wilkins (285) and Matt Zovistoski (145) followed with Þrst place performances. Zach Bazile accumulated a gold medal 3,206 points to win the Pentathlon competition at the Bergen County Indoor Track & Field Championships held at the Armory Track Center in New York City. Bazile glided over high hurdles in 7.6 seconds, ran the 1,000 meters in 3:43.1, leaped 21-7 in the long jump, cleared 60 in the high jump and ßipped the 12-pound shot 45-9 1.2 while his teammate Sherman Austin broke the tape with the winning clocking of 6.4 seconds in the 55-meter dash. Joseph Giles-Harris posted a team-high 17 points in leading SJR to a 71-66 triumph over Paramus Catholic in boys basketball. Andrew McGuire and Germain Remy ßipped a dozen points apiece into the basket.

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Josette Norris broke established a new meet record in the metric mile when she raced through the tape to win the 1600meter run in 5:05.5 in the Bergen County Indoor Track & Field Championships contested at the Armory Track Center in New York City. Nikki Shaner soared over the bar at 8-0 to earn the bronze medal in the pole vault, Olivia Pandolfo was fourth in the high jump (5-0), Christina Migliore placed Þfth in the 400meter dash (1:02;0) and Samira Sujak was sixth in the 800meter run (2:30.4). In the boys’ division, Dan Lehman sprinted to a Þrst place Þnish in the 400-meter dash (51.4). Amit Yona pitched a game-high 26 points into the basket as Tenaßy outlasted Indian Hills 61-58 in a regular season boys’ basketball game. Anthony BreakÞeld chipped in with 14 points while Jake Spadaccini added nine points to the scoreboard. In the girls’ matchup between the two teams, Tenaßy used a 16-3 run in the second quarter to defeat Indian Hills 48-43. Casey Burdy netted a team-high 16 points with Lanie Shalek adding 14 points, eight of which came at the charity stripe.

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Senior Scott Wills keyed the Patriots 60-59 victory over West Milford in a regular season boys’ basketball game that was highlighted with his layup in the opening quarter for his 1,000th career point. With one second remaining on the clock, Wills converted two free throws to pull out the one-point victory. In the NJSIAA State Girls Squad Fencing Championships contested at North Hunterdon High School in Clinton, Wayne Hills’ Ceara Peckham, Rachael Stewart and Sabrina Walton Þnished 12th in the epee squad event. Trailing 2-1 entering the third period, the Patriots went on a 30 run over the Þnal 15 minutes to defeat West Milford 4-2 in a regular season encounter. Mike Crincoli tallied a pair of goals with Zach Brogna and Danny Reidel adding solo goals. Peter Beckwermert and Michael Brosnick distributed two assists apiece. Brooke Adamchak pumped a game-high 16 points through the iron to key the Lady Patriots’ 41-28 victory over Kearny in a regular season girls’ basketball game. Amanda LaGuardia chipped in 10 points that included a trio of treys.

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Greg King topped a trio of Rebels in double Þgures as Saddle River Day led all the way in ousting Oratory Prep 74-56 in the opening round of the NJSIAA North Jersey Non-Public B Division of the boys’ tournament. King pumped a game-high 22 points through the iron, nine of which came at the charity stripe. Matt Klein was runnerup, producing 13 points, nine of which came from three-point range while Louis Stein contributed a dozen points, Mike Crowley and Michael Nova split 14 points in the balanced Rebel attack. In the North Jersey Non-Public Girls Division basketball tournament, the Lady Rebels exploded to a 36-0 lead after eight minutes in trouncing Lacordaire/Upper Montclair 73-11. Danielle Deoul topped a quintet of Lady Rebels who scored in double Þgures, swishing a game-high 16 points through the cords. Cassy Cruz and Dani McMahon tickled the twine with a dozen points apiece with Carly ChristoÞ chipping in with 11 points and Caity House adding a 10-point effort.

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Rafael Rivas was crowned the 170-pound champion at the NJSIAA District 6 wrestling tournament. Rivas recorded a 7-5 decision in the title bout at Fair Lawn. In the Bergen County Indoor Track & Field Championships held at the Armory Track Center in New York City, George Jenkins sprinted to a bronze medal Þnish in the 300-meter dash (35.4) while teammates Charles Parsons in the high jump (5-8) and Romareo Anderson in the triple jump (41 ½) both Þnished sixth. In the girls’ division, Amanda Simms picked up the bronze medal in the 55-meter high hurdles (8.5) and Toni James was fourth in the 55-meter dash (7.5). Ceasar DeJesus and Leondre Washington split 34 points down the middle in powering Teaneck to a 64-37 victory over Ramapo as the Highwaymen raised their overall record to 23-2. Corrie Brown added 12 points in a supporting role. In a girls’ hoops confrontation between the teams, Teaneck pulled out a 64-60 victory in overtime as Kayla Gibbs tallied a team-high 17 points with Milan Johnson popping 16 into the basket and Faith Ashby adding ten.

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Nick Palmadessa was on target outside the three-point perimeter, tossing eight treys into the basket as he excelled with a game-high 42 point performance but it failed to propel the Warriors to a win as Midland Park pulled out a 66-60 victory in overtime. Connor Walsh chipped in with a dozen points, including a pair of treys but the three other starters managed only one goal apiece. The D’Annibale sisters bombed Hawthorne Christian into submission as Rose connected three times from outside the three-point arc in recording a game-high 14 points and her sister Grace netted a pair of trays in a nine-point effort to spur the Lady Warriors to a 40-16 victory. Carly Thompson added six points in a supporting role. In a 38-35 triumph over Palisades Park, Grace D’Annibale tossed four treys into the bucket in posting the high-game of 18 points while her sister Rose hit the bucket for six points and Thompson added seven points.

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Zach D’Apolito, Anthony Duncan and Anthony Landberg wrestled to gold medal performances in powering the Indians to a runnerup Þnish in the team battle at the NJSIAA District 4 tournament in West Milford. In the title round, all three Indians won be decisions to pick up gold medals. With Liam Connors, Nick Giuliano and Kyle Greve combining for 58 points, the Þfth-seeded Indians defeated Roxbury 75-45 to send the Gaels to the sidelines in the Þrst round of the NJSIAA North Jersey, Group IV post-season tournament. Connors hit the hoop with 20 points while Giuliano and Greve netted 19 apiece. Wayne Valley trounced Passaic 54-16 in a regular season girls hoops encounter as 10 of the dozen players who stepped on the hardwood put points on the board. Alicia Hester and Shayna Ocello hit the bucket for 10 points each and Samantha Vogel chipped in with nine as the Lady Indians registered their 20th “W” of the season. page 27


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shipmen of the United States Ramsey’s Adnan Sakiri’s Naval Academy and served as outstanding career on the the Linebackers Coach for the gridiron at MontAdmirals. clair State has been After arriving in highlighted by his Alabama on January selection in the third 17th, Sakiri particiround of the nation’s pated in the event’s first pro draft 2014. pro testing combine A senior linebacker that was conducted for head coach by scouts from the Rick Giancola’s Red Green Bay Packers, Hawks, Sakiri was Houston Texans, Mithe 20th overall pick ami Dolphins and by the York Capitals Oakland Raiders. His Adnan Sakiri of the American Inphysical measuredoor Football League (AIFL), ments (height, weight, hands, the oldest continuous indoor wing-span) were obtained, cerfootball league in the nation. A tified and registered with the first-team New Jersey Athletic NFL. At Saturday and Sunday Conference linebacker selectwo-a day practice sessions, tion as a senior after receiving Sakiri was observed by scouts honorable mention as a junior, from nine NFL franchises, all Sakiri played in the nation’s nine Canadian Football League third oldest post-season seteams as well as indoor football nior all-star event, the 20th teams from the Arena Football USA Football Bowl, in Hoover, League and the American InAlabama on the Martin Luther door Football League. King national holiday, January 20, 2014. Playing for the Admirals in the event that is third to the East-West Shrine Game and Senior Bowl, Sakiri contributed four tackles to the Admirals defensive effort in a 37-13 victory over the Generals. At the 5th Annual USA College Football Banquet on the eve of the game, Sakiri was presented Ramsey’s Adnan Sakiri Receives his game jersey by “Coach his USA Football Bowl Game CJ” Maiden, a former pro playJersey from “Coach CJ” Maiden er who competed for the Mid-

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Crawford, Mozia Rank as World Leaders in Field Events By Dennis Wilson Indian Hills’ alumnus Corey Crawford and Hackensack graduate Stephen Mozia have been outstanding in winter track and Þeld competitions, posting marks that have placed them in the Top 10 of their events in the world. Oakland’s Crawford, a red-shirt junior who competes for the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers, leaped 261 ¾ to not only capture the gold medal in the New Balance Invitational long jump competition at the Armory Track Center in New York City, his distance is the longest by any American this season that ranked No. 9 in the world. He was named the American Athletic Conference’s Most Outstanding Field Athlete when he increased his distance to 26-11 ¾ in winning the Conference title with the fourth longest effort in the world. In addition he competed in the high jump for the Þrst time since high school and turned in the silver medal height of 6-10 ¼. Mozia, who is a student/athlete at Cornell University, started running track as a freshman at Hackensack High School before switching to the throwing events where he matured into a scholastic AllAmerican in the weight events. Competing in the Upstate Challenge in Barton Hall on Cornell’s Ivy League campus in Ithaca, NY, he uncorked a toss of 67-4 with the 16-pound ball to win the shot put competition with a distance that ranks eighth in the world and No. 1 among NCAA competitors. A junior engineering student, Mozia’s effort not only set a new school record but also established a new Nigerian National record in the shot put. He excels in the discus, hammer and 56-pound weight-throw. William Paterson University’s basketball program dominated

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the north Jersey selections on the New Jersey Athletic Conference men and women’s all-star teams. Cresskill’s Floriana Borova, a 5-9 senior guard for the Lady Pioneers, was a Þrst-team choice of the conference coaches on the women’s squad while Teaneck’s Javae King-Gilchrist, a 6-2 senior guard for WPU, was named to the men’s Þrst team. His junior teammate, Fort Lee’s Sandy Burgos, a 6-2 forward, was a second team honoree. The NJAC announced on March 3 that Christopher Newport University (VA), Frostburg State University (MD), Salisbury University (MD) and Wesley College (DE) will become associate football members of the NJAC beginning with the 2015-16 academic year. In addition, Southern Virginia University becomes an afÞliate football member of the NJAC during the 2014-15 academic year. The addition of the football programs from all Þve institutions which hold full-membership in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC), became ofÞcial following successful votes on each institutional membership application by both the NJAC Presidents Council and the league’s Board of Athletic Administrators. The additions to the New Jersey Athletic Conference in 2015-16 will increase the league’s football membership to 10 institutions, including full-conference members Kean University, Montclair State University, Rowan University, The College of New Jersey and William Paterson Sandy University.

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tation of player needs within professional organizations for client placement and tracking professional tryouts, combines and workouts for clients. In addition to his other duties, He is responsible for final decisions on all potential clients. A registered Contract Advisor with the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) and Canadian Football League Players Association (CFLPA), Redd has been a member of the Board of Directors of USA Football Network, Inc. which has promoted the USA Football Bowl, the nation’s third oldest college all-star senior event, since 2009 and served as guest lecturer in graduate schools of sports administration as well as at major sports banquets. Redd has been instrumental in establishing Integrity Sports Management as a leading pro-

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the baseball and lacrosse (or any overhead sport for that matter) seasons begin, the amount of rotator cuff exercises we do in our programs decreases. Because of the amount of volume/intensity already being placed on it on the field, there’s no need to crush it anymore with 30 sets of pregame band drills (usually done incorrectly). 2. Med. ball work: Our med. ball work is done predominantly on the opposite side of a player’s throwing/swinging side to balance out the amount of torque already being placed on the body, thereby keeping it symmetrical. 3. Chin-ups and pull-ups: By replacing all chin-ups and pullups with horizontal pulling, we take undue stress off of the elbow (trust me it’s going to get enough stress in-season!!). As for pitchers, we will use push up variations always and only throw in a landmine press if they’re training more than 2X’s/week to change it up.

4. No Long distance running!! And by that I mean more than a minute at a time. Other than long distance running, there is no sport where you run more than a minute without stopping (including soccer). If you are in a running sport and are in-season, you’re already running every day. Long distance running makes you less explosive (..as in SLOW!!). 5. Mobility work is of the essence because of the amount of it lost due to eccentric stress through throwing, hitting, etc. Although we cut back on the amount of scap work we do inseason, we never decrease the mobility work. Here at RPP, our in-season programs are never more than

one hour long (including 20 minutes of foam rolling and mobility work), leaving roughly 35-40 minutes to strength training. We just want to maintain the strength we acquired in the off-season without creating any soreness. So if you’re not strength training during your in-season, you’re missing out on staying at the top of your game all season. Just make sure your program is written in conjunction with what you’re doing on the field, ice or court. Stay tuned for “Part 2” where I’ll talk about “specific” program designs for pitchers and position players.

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With baseball, lacrosse and other spring sports just around the corner, I am starting to get the usual questions from parents and athletes regarding “strength” and “conditioning” once the season begins. Many view the two as one and the same, but simply put they are not. “Strength” and “Conditioning” are both integral parts of preparation but very different from one another. For spring sports, forget about the “conditioning” at this point, you should have thought about that in the offseason. On the other hand, I love the fact that people are starting to realize the importance of in-season “strength” training….Hallelujah!! Other than the beginning of the season, when believe it or not injury rates are the highest, the next highest rate of injuries occurs at the end of the season. This occurs in many instances due to a loss of “strength” and “mobility” as the season progresses, hence the importance of “strength” training while in-season. The great thing about a well written strength training program is that it’s a “controlled variable”, which means that it can fluctuate in volume/intensity from week to week or even day to day depending on an athlete’s practice/game schedule. As I’ve said before, it’s not just “what you do”, it’s what you “don’t do” in a program that makes it effective. Here are a few examples: 1. Rotator cuff exercises: As


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“Shoot for a Cure” Free Throw Shooting Contest for Huntington’s Disease . . . HOOP-A-THON Contributed by Mitchell Rait, Hoop Heaven

As Chairman of the New Jersey Huntington’s Disease Society “HoopA-Thon”, I will be among many others “Shooting for a Cure” on:

Sunday, March 23 (11:00am-4:00pm) Hoop Heaven ~ Waldwick, NJ

Sunday, March 30 (11:00am-4:00pm) Hoop Heaven ~ Bridgewater, NJ

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About the Huntington’s Disease Society of America The Huntington’s Disease Society of America is the largest 501(c)(3) nonproÞt volunteer organization dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by Huntington’s Disease. The Society works tirelessly to provide the family services, education, advocacy and research to provide help for today, hope for tomorrow to the more than 30,000 people diagnosed with HD and the 250,000 at-risk in the United States. The Society is comprised of 45 local chapters and afÞliates across the country. What is Huntington’s Disease? Huntington’s Disease (HD) is a devastating, hereditary, degenerative brain disorder that results in a loss of cognitive, behavioral and physical control, and for which, presently, there is no treatment or cure. HD slowly diminishes the affected individual’s ability to walk, think, talk and reason. Symptoms usually appear in an individual between 30 and 50 years of age and progress over a 10 to 25 year period. Eventually, a person with HD becomes totally dependent upon others for his or her care. More than 30,000 people in the United States are currently diagnosed with HD and 200,000 are atrisk.. Each of their siblings and children has a 50 percent risk of developing the disease. Although medications can relieve some symptoms in certain individuals, research has yet to Þnd a means of conquering or even slowing the deadly progression of HD. How do proceeds beneÞt HDSA? All proceeds support HDSA’s Þght to improve the lives of people affected by HD and their families.

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Basketball shooters from across the State will participate in the 23rd Annual Hoop-A-Thon to beneÞt the New Jersey Huntington’s Disease Society. The Hoop-A-Thon is a free throw basketball competition. Shooters of all ages stand at the foul line and shoot free throws for ten minutes, trying to sink as many baskets as they can. Sponsors, signed up in advance, pledge a speciÞc amount of money for every basket the sponsored shooter sinks. Please sponsor me online with a ßat pledge using a credit card. You can donate online now at https://www.Þrstgiving.com/fundraiser/ mitchell-rait/2014-Whippany If you’d like to be a SHOOTER yourself, please go to: https://www. Þrstgiving.com/hdsa-nj to set up your own Personal Fundraising Page. We always need rebounders and desk volunteers, too! Many thanks for your support, Mitchell Rait

CONTACT INFORMATION Huntington’s Disease Society of America Samantha Peters, (212) 242-1968 ext 233 speters@hdsa.org

The Holy Angels Varsity and Junior Varsity Dance teams started off the competition season with eight Þrst place trophies. They competed on Saturday, January 4th at the Ramapo College Cheer and Dance Invitational where both teams took Þrst place in the Pom and Hip Hop categories. Then on January 5th the teams again placed Þrst in these categories at the UDA Battle of the Northeast Dance Championship in South Brunswick, NJ. The teams scored decisive victories over teams from several states and were praised for their mastery of both Pom and Hip Hop and for their choreography. They travel to the 2014 National Dance Team Championship (NDTC) which will take place February 1st and 2nd at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. Any business or team that would like to contribute an article or press release, please email editor@sportsÞtnesswellness.com page 32

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Dirty Dozen Exercises: Move #8, The Handstand Contributed by Phil Ross

The Handstand, I LOVE IT! It’s such a fun exercise to do. I will tell you though it was very challenging for me to accomplish. I’m not a gymnast, I’m a 189 lb, 51 year old man who hadn’t done much inverted training since walking on my hands in college back in the ’80’s and banging out 20 reps of Handstand Push-ups after wrestling practice. Throw in a few injuries, especially the most recent one in 2011 and I the thought of me being upside down and unsupported was an unlikely proposition. I then took the first ever PCC in June of 2013 and I was determined to be able to perform a Free Standing Handstand. During the PCC, I accomplished a few personal bests, but I was unable to hit the Free Standing Handstand for more than a few unbalanced seconds. I didn’t “own” the movement. So, I laid out a plan and executed. I referenced the PCC manual, took the advice the Kavadlo Brothers had given me at the certification and some other tips from Max Shank and I was off and “standing”. After about 2 months of dedicated training with the “Grease the Grove” method, I was able to hit a Handstand with relative ease and hold it. My best Handstand was a 29 second hold. I was even able to hit a few push-ups, 3 was my best. Albeit, they are not full, touch my head to the ground pushups, but I break the 90 degree plane. I was even able to pull off a Handstand on top of two 24KG bells! You may be asking yourself what is so great about the Handstand? For one, doing Handstands improves your pressing ability by reaffirming the proper alignment of your shoulders, neck arms, torso and legs. If you are not balanced, you will fall. If you have the proper alignment required for the Handstand, you’ll be conditioning your body to

adopt the most efficient position for proper execution of the Kettlebell Press. Think about the alignment of your shoulder, arm, neck, torso, etc. for the Press and then look at the Handstand - IDENTICAL! Additionally, Free Standing Handstand and Wall Push-ups require and increase your strength dramatically without the use of weights! Imagine you are a 225 pound guy performing Handstand Push-ups, that’s a lot of beef being pushed around! Simply getting into the position and holding has incredible strength developing benefits. Handstands are now part of my training regiment and I encourage all of my students to practice them as well. Even if a particular individual does not ever hit a perfect, Free Standing Handstand, SO WHAT? They are getting stronger and better conditioned throughout the process. Additionally, their pressing will get better, they will get stronger and their shoulders will be healthier. Plus, you never know; keep plugging away long enough and almost ANYTHING is possible. Please read on.... One of my female clients was a little reluctant to attempt the Handstand. She has four children and her shoulders needed strengthening. She was having issues with her core and her presses as well. She couldn’t even hold a Crow Stand for more than 3 seconds before taking a nose dive. Not a likely Handstand Candidate, right? WRONG! I first started her with the Crow Stand with several karate striking pads piled up to support her head while she developed the necessary tension to be able to hold herself up. Once she achieved 30 seconds, I’d remove a pad. By the end of the month, she was performing the Crow Stands sans the pads! We then moved to the wall. She had a fear of being inverted, so we needed to build her confidence with Face the

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Wall Handstands. After she got closer and closer and was able to hold the position for 30 seconds, I had her kick-up into the outward facing Wall Handstand. Using the 30 second time as an indicator to move to the next level, we began the Free Standing Handstand with me spotting her. This is where we are at four months later. I really can’t tell you how long

it will take another individual to progress, but she trains 3 to 4 days a week (sometimes 5) and she’s very motivated by health and strength. She is determined, dedicated and disciplined. Training is a priority. If you possess her attributes - There’s Nothing You Can’t Accomplish! Strength & Honor — Coach Phil Ross

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Contributed by Neal Pire, MA, CSCS, FACSM

All athletes have their favorite exercises. These are movements that they can count on to get the most out of their training. There are two particular exercises that most will agree are invaluable in their athletic development — the Squat and the Deadlift. Both the Squat and Deadlift are indeed essential in developing the strength and power in the athlete’s hips, which are so important in activities like basketball and volleyball that require explosive vertical jumping. The hips are also essential in sports like soccer and hockey that require explosive first step quickness, and play an obvious huge role in maximiz-

ing running speed and agility. Any time an athlete “cuts” on the court or field, and changes direction, their hip muscles are required to decelerate, stop and then explosively reaccelerate in the desired direction in as short a time as possible. This requires massive amounts of relative strength and stability in and around the hips. Athletes enrolled in the PUSH training program at Volt Fitness in Glen Rock, NJ, use these two essential exercises as what we call “mother lifts”. They provide a broad spectrum of benefits in addition to hip stability, strength, and power. Every coach talks about how important core stabilization is in athletic perfor-

mance — and it is. What many fail to realize is how mother lifts like the Squat and Deadlift force your body’s core to stabilize, maintaining a neutral spine while hinging at the hip joint. This skill is essential to maximize all explosive movements launched from the classic athletic “ready position”. Of course safety and efficiency are most important when you are performing any exercise or training program. That is where PUSH program trainers and coaches excel. They will help you get the most out of your training regimen and keep you as safe as you can be on and off the athletic field. You need to incorporate Squats and Deadlifts into a compre-

hensive training program that by design strengthens your weaknesses and highlights your strengths. Optimal athletic performance will not be far behind.

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PUSH program trainer and Soccer Goal Keeper Coach, Sarah Volkomer, performs the Squat in the power rack, and Deadlifts on the Olympic lifting platform at Volt Fitness. These 2 exercises are among the key training movements for maximal athletic development.

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