Promising year ahead for NA boys’ hoop squad

Photos by Jim Hague
The North Arlington boys’ basketball team will be bolstered by the return of
their top two guards from last year, namely Kevin Cerqueira (l.) and Edgar Carranza
(r.).

The North Arlington High School boys’ basketball team posted a 17-10 record last year and lost two key players, Jose Checo and Jonathan Hurley, to graduation. But that doesn’t mean that the Vikings will be any worse this season. In fact, according to third-year head coach Rich Corsetto, the Vikings have a… Continue Reading

Lyndhurst girls’ volleyball enjoys best season ever

Photo courtesy Emily Ringen
The Lyndhurst girls’ volleyball team won 21 matches this season, setting a new school record for wins in a season

The Lyndhurst High School girls’ volleyball team enjoyed the best season in school’s history, winning 21 matches and advancing to the NJSIAA Group I sectional quarterfinals for the first time. “These girls work hard every single day,” said Lyndhurst first-year head coach Steve Valhalla. “We moved some players around and it… Continue Reading

Kearny’s Sawyer; Nutley’s Watson, Condito sign scholarship letters

Left photo by Jim Hague, Right photo courtesy Joe Piro and Nutley athletics
LEFT: Kearny ace pitcher Corey Sawyer (seated) signs his national letter of intent to attend Seton Hall next September. Seated with Sawyer is his mother Colleen
Johnson. Standing, from l., are Kearny athletic director John Millar, interim principal Linda Rocco and head baseball coach Frank Bifulco. . RIGHT: Nutley
standout athletes Blair Watson (l.) and Anthony Condito are all smiles, holding the hats of the schools of their choice, Watson to Maryland and Condito to
Rutgers.

Other than winning a championship, the absolute pinnacle that a high school student/athlete can achieve is a scholarship to college. Last week, at schools like Nutley and Kearny, some top scholar-athletes were rewarded by signing National Letters of Intent to their respective NCAA Division I schools, prestigious institutions that they will attend next fall.… Continue Reading

Mazzolla’s sudden death stuns entire NA sports community

Photo by Jim Hague
Nick Mazzolla, shown here in a picture
taken with the Queen of Peace
boys’ and girls’ track team last spring,
died last week of an apparent heart
attack. He was 60.

The news filtered throughout North Arlington last Wednesday morning and suddenly cast a dark pall on the entire community. Nick Mazzolla, a part of the fabric of all North Arlington sports, a former great basketball player who went on to coach thousands of kids over the last 40 years, suffered an apparent heart… Continue Reading

Nutley, Lyndhurst grid teams head to NJSIAA state playoffs

Photos by Jim Hague
August Mustardo (l.) and Devin White are two of the main reasons why Nutley owns an 8-0 record this season. The Maroon
Raiders are headed to the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 2, Group III playoffs as the second seed with the possibility of
playing two more home games at the Nutley Oval.

One team started the high school football season with high expectations – then exceeded those hopes and aspirations with every passing week. The other began the 2015 campaign with despair, losing their first three games, putting themselves in a hole that not a lot of teams recover from. However,… Continue Reading

Second season begins for local soccer teams

Photos by Jim Hague
LEFT: Kearny sophomore forward John Najarro now has 24 goals for the No. 1 seeded Kardinals who begin play in the
NJSIAA North 2, Group IV sectional this week. RIGHT: Lyndhurst junior midfielder Amanda Fulcher is among the top allaround
performers in the state and leads the top-seeded Golden Bears into action in North 2, Group II.

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

Photo by Jim Hague
North Arlington senior forward Cristiano Neves.

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

Photo by Robert Rodriguez
The 2015 Hudson County Soccer Champion Kearny Kardinals

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

Photo by Alyssa Ventoso
The 2015 Kearny High School girls soccer team head over to celebrate their Hudson County
Championship with the crowd at Harrison High School. The Kards beat Bayonne High School 1-0.

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