Sanacore takes over as Belleville athletic director

When Tom D’Elia received a promotion to become a vice principal in the Belleville school district, it left a vacancy in the Belleville High School athletic director’s position. Well, the district didn’t wait long to hire a Belleville resident to take over for D’Elia. Dan Sanacore has been tabbed to replace… Continue Reading

Kearny boys’ camp proves that interest in basketball exists

Jovan George is an aspiring basketball player with a huge upside – his tremendous frame. George is only a 10-year-old fifth grader at Kearny’s Franklin School, but he stands about 5-foot-9, which makes him fit in with any member of the Kearny High freshman class. While George may be four years away… Continue Reading

Nutley American Little League 10s advance to state tournament

The Nutley American Little League 9-and-10- year-old All-Star team is headed to the New Jersey state tournament. The Nutley Americans earned their berth in the state tourney by coming from behind to defeat Elmora of Elizabeth, 14-9, last Friday night, winning the Section 2 championship. Nutley American had already earned the District… Continue Reading

Kearny Kids’ Kamp draws crowd of baseball-loving youngsters

Although he’s far from actually grabbing a baseball and heading to the pitcher’s mound to throw in a Little League game, Michael Jarquin now feels like he’s more than ready. Little Michael, age 7, was excited after participating in the fourth annual Kearny Kids’ Kamp recently, a week-long baseball learning… Continue Reading

Kearny wins Lyndhurst Junior League baseball crown

For the last quarter century – 26 years to be precise – Lyndhurst has hosted a fantastic baseball tournament strictly for 8-year-old All-Star teams. The double-elimination baseball bonanza features an amazing 16 teams from four different northern New Jersey counties. The tourney is spread out over three full weeks at the Lyndhurst… Continue Reading

Belleville’s Gencarelli named Observer Male Athlete of the Year

Soccer, volleyball standout becomes first Buccaneer recipient The first sport that entered P.J. Gencarelli’s life was soccer. “I started when I was about seven or eight,” said the recent Belleville High School graduate. “When I was little, my Dad (Pat) always pushed me to play soccer. After… Continue Reading

Something new: Boys’ basketball camp in NA

When it comes to learning about the sport of basketball, there’s always room for growth, always room for improvement and always room for something new. Other towns in the area have offered summer basketball camps for youngsters, but unfortunately, for some reason, North Arlington was always on the outside looking in. In the past,… Continue Reading

Lyndhurst’s Failace signs letter to attend Sacred Heart

Becomes school’s first-ever Division I track athlete It’s a day that Jessica Failace could only dream of happening, but never thought it could actually become reality. But here was Failace, signing a national letter of intent to attend NCAA Division I Sacred Heart in Connecticut on a track… Continue Reading

Nutley’s Anderson named Observer Female Athlete of the Year

Basketball, softball star becomes 3rd Maroon Raider recipient Carly Anderson was asked how she wanted to be remembered as a two-sport athlete at Nutley High School. “I never tried to show myself over everyone,” Anderson said. “I wasn’t a show-off. I kept everything within myself. Everything I did… Continue Reading

Lyndhurst legend Longo dies at 73

Dick Vitale, the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame announcer, perhaps summed up the passing of his friend Tom Longo the best. “Tom Longo is a genuine solid gold Hall of Fame father, grandfather and friend and the best athlete to ever come out of Lyndhurst High School,” Vitale said after the passing… Continue Reading

Kearny’s Yuknalis aiming for national Top Gun at grid competition

When William Yuknalis first played for the Kearny Generals youth football program, he longed to get the chance to make tackles. “I just loved playing defensive tackle,” Yuknalis said. “I loved the contact.” After spending less than a month at Kearny High School, Yuknalis transferred to Marist in Bayonne, where his… Continue Reading

Shop Rite wins Kearny Little League World Series

There was a time in his life when Mike Landy was a successful high school football and baseball coach at Harrison High School. But Landy, the long-time Harrison administrator and current Kearny councilman, stepped away from coaching high school sports a decade ago to focus on his other duties – being… Continue Reading

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

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

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

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