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

Blue Tide girls’ soccer: Moving forward

When Raphael Viana took over the Harrison High School girls’ soccer program last year, coming back to coach girls’ soccer at his alma mater, he made some bold predictions that frankly caught some people by surprise. “You know that if you’re going to play soccer in Harrison, you know what you need to… Continue Reading

Vikings hope to stay healthy, more competitive this season

The 2014 high school football season was rolling along for the Vikings of North Arlington. They had just won their first two games, including an emotional win over neighboring rival Queen of Peace. Then, the walls started to cave in. The starting quarterback went down with a torn ACL. So… Continue Reading