Second season begins for local soccer teams

The NJSIAA soccer playoffs kicked off earlier this week and several local teams had high hopes and aspirations of winning sectional and possible state titles in the coming weeks. Six local boys’ teams and five girls’ squads have earned berths in the state tournament, with three local squads, the Kearny boys, the Harrison… Continue Reading

North Arlington’s Neves a goal-scoring force

Two years ago, Cristiano Neves was a defender on the Newark East Side High School soccer team. But Neves wasn’t exactly a happy camper back then. “I really didn’t like playing defense,” Neves said. “I think I’m better as a forward.” Luckily for Neves, his family moved… Continue Reading

Kearny boys beat Union City, 3-2, for second straight county soccer title

Najarro’s 2-goal spurt the difference for Kards, first-ever repeat champs HARRISON –  In the seven-year history of the Hudson County Soccer Tournament, there has never been a repeat champion. That is, until now. And that’s because the Kardinals beat Union City, 3-2, for the county… Continue Reading

Lady Kards capture soccer championship

HARRISON–  It’s getting to the point, now, where the Hudson County Girls’ Soccer Tournament might just need to be renamed the Lady Kards Annual County Soccer Championship. That’s because for the seventh time in as many years as the tournament has existed, the now 16-3 Kardinals won it all Saturday afternoon at… Continue Reading

Nutley’s Steck emerges as Maroon Raiders’ leader

Although she’s only a junior, Zoe Steck has inherited a lot of the leadership responsibilities on the Nutley High School girls’ soccer team. “I don’t think of it that it’s any added pressure,” Steck said. “I like the responsibility. I like to think I thrive under pressure. I knew… Continue Reading

NA girls’ soccer: Winning easier with superstar Seca

Before the 2015 girls’ high school soccer season kicked off last month, North Arlington head coach Dan Farinola found his team somewhat in a state of flux. The Vikings graduated standout players Taylor Barth and Sarah Palma. Farinola knew that the two senior leaders would be sorely missed. “They’re tough to replace,” said… Continue Reading

Lyndhurst’s Luna comes of age in a hurry

When the 2015 girls’ high school soccer season was about to begin, Lyndhurst head coach Kim Hykey didn’t know where she was going to get the 50-plus goals that the Golden Bears lost to graduation when Jessica Failace (Sacred Heart) and Gianna DiTonto (Felician) headed off to play college soccer.… Continue Reading

Harrison harriers marching to a different drummer in Kartanowicz

Although he’s an accomplished musician and drummer for a jazz band that played all sorts of venues in Manhattan, Paul Kartanowicz always envisioned himself as being a cross country coach. “I still race competitively, but I wanted to be able to coach kids,” said Kartanowicz, who still gives private… Continue Reading

NA boys’ soccer: Heading to Bergen tourney

Jesse Dembowski has been the head boys’ soccer coach at North Arlington High School for seven years now. He’s been able to lead the Vikings to some impressive heights, including last season, when the Vikings won 15 games. But this was supposed to be a trying year, a rebuilding year for… Continue Reading

Lyndhurst’s Guerriero more than your average quarterback

Petey Guerriero spent the first two years of high school at St. Mary’s of Rutherford, but decided after his sophomore year to make a change. “I wanted to help my Mom (Staci) out financially,” said Guerriero of his transfer back to Lyndhurst High School. “Plus, I knew a lot… Continue Reading

Kearny wins local showdown at Red Bull, defeating Harrison, 5-1

Najarro’s 2 goals give Kards victory; Kearny girls also win HARRISON –  There’s something about playing at the state’s premier soccer palace Red Bull Arena that brings out the best in the Najarro family. First, a year ago, it was Edgar Najarro who scored the go-ahead… Continue Reading

Harrison mourns the loss of beloved Morillo

Amy Nicosia Morillo vividly recalls the day that she met her husband- to-be, Jose, a little more than seven years ago. The Washington School teacher had just organized a dinner for parents and children at La Fiamma Restaurant and Bar to finish the school year. Jose Morillo just happened to be serving… Continue Reading

Nutley’s Merkle becomes school’s all-time rushing leader

Nutley High School’s Craig Merkle had a junior year to remember, collecting 1,229 yards rushing and scoring 19 touchdowns for the Maroon Raiders, leading Nutley to the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 1, Group IV state playoffs. So one would figure that Merkle would be able to duplicate that feat as… Continue Reading

Nutley girls’ soccer: Maintaining excellence

Mike DiPiano began his fourth season as the head girls’ soccer coach at Nutley High School two weeks ago and has already built the Maroon Raiders’ program into a respected program throughout New Jersey. “I didn’t think it would take place this quickly,” said DiPiano, who came over from St. Benedict’s Prep and turned… Continue Reading

NA’s Manzo-Lewis recovers from knee injury to lead Vikings

Before the 2014 high school football season began, North Arlington High School head football coach Anthony Marck consistently raved about his starting quarterback Michael Manzo-Lewis (known then as Michael Paolello). “I’ve watched him since he was little,” Marck said in 2014 of his quarterback. “He was on a team in… Continue Reading