Long-time friends Malanga, Nisivoccia reunite at All-Star Classic

Photos by Jim Hague
From l., childhood
friends Frank Malanga
of Nutley and
Nutley native Vincent
Nisivoccia of Seton Hall
Prep were reunited
as teammates for the
North squad in the 37th
annual Phil Simms New
Jersey North-South
All-Star Football Classic.

UNION –  Frank Malanga and Vincent Nisivoccia are longtime friends, going back to their middle school days in Nutley. They also played youth football together and were extremely close. “Our mothers are best friends,” Nisivoccia said. “We definitely grew up together.” But when it came time to go to high school,… Continue Reading

Kids in North Arlington learn fundamentals of baseball

Photo by Jim Hague
The first-ever North Arlington Vikings Baseball Camp was a rousing success as
evidenced by the attitude and enthusiasm of the campers shown here with
camp director and North Arlington head coach Paul Marcantuono (back row,
c.) and some of his players.

For several years, youngsters in North Arlington never had a chance to enhance their baseball skills. So when their respective Little League seasons were over, the bats and balls went into the closet until the next spring. However, that wasn’t the case this year, when North Arlington High School… Continue Reading

Glover Jr., son of grid legend, gets chance to move Blue Tide forward

Photo by Jim Hague
New Harrison head football coach Rich Glover Jr. (c.) leads his new team through a blocking drill during a workout last

HARRISON –  Rich Glover Jr. is too young to remember the incredible athletic exploits of his legendary father. At age 32, the younger Glover can only read about his father, the College Football Hall of Famer, the 1972 Outland Trophy winner as the nation’s top lineman out of the… Continue Reading

Atlantic Sun shines bright on NJIT

Photo by Jim Hague
From left, former New Jersey Gov. Richard Codey, men’s basketball head
coach Jim Engles, athletic director Lenny Kaplan, Atlantic Sun commissioner
Ted Gumbart, school president Joel Bloom, State Sen. Paul Sarlo and Newark
Mayor Ras Baraka all celebrate NJIT’s entrance into the Atlantic Sun Conference,
ending the school’s stint as the lone NCAA Division I independent.

NEWARK –  Ever since he took over the job as the head men’s basketball coach at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Jim Engles would always hear one question when he approached possible recruits. “A lot of the kids I recruited always asked me first, ‘What conference are you in?’” Engles… Continue Reading

Local grid stars have one last game to remember

Photo by Jim Hague
From l., Dominic Reo of North Arlington, Giuseppe Gugliuzza of North Arlington, Kearny resident
Kevin Woupes of St. Mary’s of Rutherford, fellow Kearny resident Keon Banks, also of St. Mary’s
and Peter Urgola of Lyndhurst were all teammates on the South All-Stars at the annual Bergen
County Senior All-Star Football Classic last Friday night, a game won by the South, 21-10.

Strange twist of fate reunites Banks, Urgola OAKLAND –  Kearny native Keon Banks and Lyndhurst’s Peter Urgola had a fateful encounter on the football field when both were freshmen at their respective schools – Banks at St. Mary’s of Rutherford and Urgola at Lyndhurst. “Keon broke my nose,” Urgola said. “I… Continue Reading

Locals shine in East’s big win in annual Robeson Classic

Photo by Jim Hague
From l., Michael Ramirez of Belleville, Nick Restaino of Bloomfield, Victor Olapinsin of Bloomfield, Kevin Davis of Nutley
and Peter Russo of Nutley were all on the winning East All-Star squad, who defeated the West, 28-8, in the 22nd annual
Paul Robeson All-Star Football Classic at Robeson Stadium in East Orange last Tuesday.

EAST ORANGE – Michael Ramirez played wide receiver and defensive end on a Belleville High School football team that posted a 2-8 record last fall. Let’s face facts. There aren’t many All-Stars that are selected from teams that finish with such a poor record, especially in the rough-and-tumble world of… Continue Reading

Former Kearny grid coach Edwards now QP baseball coach

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North Arlington resident Nick Edwards, the former head football coach at
Kearny, has been appointed as the new head baseball coach at Queen of

Nick Edwards just couldn’t stay away from coaching that long. Just three months after he resigned as the head football coach at Kearny High School, the 39-year-old Edwards has signed on to become the new head baseball coach at Queen of Peace. The North Arlington resident grew up literally right across the street… Continue Reading

Nutley bowler Lentini tackling biggest foe: leukemia

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Nutley resident Francesca Lentini is not about to let a bout with leukemia
get her down. She is currently in remission and competed in the Valerie Fund
Walk to help raise money last Saturday.

Francesca Lentini is a vibrant, alive, energetic freshman at Nutley High School. Lentini is a member of the Nutley girls’ bowling team that won the Essex County Tournament championship this past season. At one time in her life, Lentini also played softball and thought about trying out for the volleyball… Continue Reading

Belleville’s Jacangelo wins Yogi Berra Best Teammate award

Photo courtesy Belleville athletics
Belleville senior Barbara Jacangelo
was named as the Yogi Berra Best
Teammate Award winner. She
received her award last month at the
Yogi Berra Museum in Little Falls.

Barbara Jacangelo has been through a lot in her young life. The Belleville High School senior has had to watch her older sister Tyler wage a battle against Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She has also battled back from a serious broken tibia she suffered during a volleyball match last September. But through it… Continue Reading

QP’s Negroni leaves incredible legacy with 5 gold medals in NJSIAA meets

Photo by Jim Hague
Queen of Peace senior track standout Natalie Negroni.

When it comes to Natalie Negroni, it’s safe to say that soccer’s loss was track and field’s gain. Negroni was always a fine soccer player growing up and loved playing the sport. When she entered Queen of Peace High School almost four years ago, Negroni thought that she… Continue Reading

Nutley wins NJSIAA North 2, Group III softball crown

Photo courtesy Mike DiPiano
The Nutley girls’ softball team celebrates after winning the NJSIAA North
Jersey Section 2, Group III championship in thrilling fashion, scoring two runs
in the bottom of the eighth inning to earn the 2-1 walk-off victory over West
Morris on Emily Holden’s clutch double.

Winning a state championship never gets old for Nutley veteran softball coach Luann Zullo. After all, the respected coach had won a state title at West Essex, before moving on to Nutley a decade ago. And after defeating West Morris, 2-1, last Friday in thrilling fashion on a two-out, two-run double by… Continue Reading

Kearny tabs veteran assistant Kryzanowski to be new football coach

Photo by Jim Hague
Kearny High School hired long-time health and physical education teacher John Kryzanowski as the new head football
coach last week.

When Nick Edwards abruptly resigned as head football coach at Kearny High School recently, the school’s administration didn’t have to search far and wide for a suitable replacement. John Kryzanowski, who has been a teacher in the district for 12 years and an assistant football coach under four different head… Continue Reading

Nutley softball marches on in NJSIAA North 2, Group III playoffs

Photos by Jim Hague
The Nutley Maroon Raiders have exceptional pitching depth with senior Carly
Anderson (l.) and junior Emily Holden (r.) leading the way. Anderson is righthanded
and Holden left-handed, giving coach Luann Zullo the option of giving
her team a different look.

It’s late May, past Memorial Day weekend. It means only one thing locally. Nutley is still playing high school softball games. While every other local team has called it a year, the Maroon Raiders trudge on as always. The NJSIAA state playoffs have become an annual playground for Nutley. Head coach… Continue Reading