Harrison mourns the loss of beloved Morillo

Photo courtesy Jenny King
The late Jose Morillo (l.) and wife Amy Nicosia Morillo shared this moment
recently in a Lyndhurst park with son Constantino and daughter Maya. Jose
Morillo died last week after collapsing in his home. He was 32 years old.

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

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Nutley senior running back/linebacker Craig Merkle.

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

Photo by Jim Hague
The Nutley girls’ soccer team looks solid once again this season, already
posting three victories on the young season. Front row, from l., are Lauren
Holden, Melissa Alvarez, Jaela Small, Natalie Muzzicato and Marcella Lampon.
Back row, from l., are Cassie Angelo, Angeli Bossbaly, Sarah Roselli, Alessandra
Santoriello, Darby Fischer, Erin Neri and head coach Mike DiPiano.

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

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North Arlington senior quarterback
Mike Manzo-Lewis.

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

Photo by Jim Hague
Harrison’s girls’ soccer program will look to improve on last year’s 11-9-1
record. Front row, from l., are Chelsy Pineda, Mariah Camt and Marla Rutherford.
Back row, from l., are Lucy Pinto, Tatiana Costa, Ariadene Reyes and head
coach Raphael Viana.

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

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North Arlington looks to a solid offensive line to lead the way. From l. are Steven Velez, David Beltran, Stephen Carey,
head coach Anthony Marck, Chris Giaquinto and Vinnie Crawford.

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

Lyndhurst girls’ soccer: Stay the course

Photo by Jim Hague
The Lyndhurst girls’ soccer team should be a powerhouse once again this
season, thanks to a solid line of returning defenders. Front row, from l., are
Claudia Engels, Kelsie Kearns, Gabriella Franchino and Giana Nerney. Back row,
from l., are Maya Calvi, Isabella Castagnetti, Sara Barreiros, Joanne Arvanitakas
and head coach Kim Hykey.

The Lyndhurst High School girls’ soccer team lost their leading goal scorer and leading playmaker to graduation from a team that finished 19-3 a year ago: two young ladies who subsequently moved on to play college soccer. That should be enough for any coach to lose sleep at night going into a… Continue Reading

Blue Tide looks to turn tide with new coach Glover Jr.

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The Harrison High School football team begins a new era with Rich Glover Jr.
(c.) as the new head coach. From l., are Saul Santana, Johanser Nunez, Glover
Jr., Adrian Sime, John DeCosta and Aaron Velasquez.

Pardon Rich Glover Jr.’s enthusiasm as he takes over the moribund Harrison High School football program. Sure, Glover Jr., the son of the former Outland Trophy winner and College Football Hall of Famer from Nebraska, knows that there hasn’t been a winning football season in quite some time. That idea doesn’t frighten him at… Continue Reading

Lyndhurst’s Kesack gets QB tutorial from one of the all-time greats

Photo courtesy Rich Tuero
Lyndhurst’s Danny Kesack (r.) spent the summer getting quarterback lessons from New York Giants Super Bowl MVP Phil
Simms (c.). Lyndhurst head football coach Rich Tuero (l.) also took part in the training sessions.

Giants Super Bowl MVP Simms works with local standout When Danny Kesack returned to the Wesley College football team in Delaware last week, the Lyndhurst native had a little bit of an advantage over the other quarterbacks in the Wesley camp – namely Kesack’s personal tutor. For two… Continue Reading