One team, three schools, three names on sweaters

Eight Lyndhurst hockey players and coach remain dedicated to one goal It’s definitely the most unique athletic team in New Jersey. There are three schools that comprise the hockey cooperative that includes Lyndhurst High. Students from Hackensack and Paramus also make up the triumvirate that is Lyndhurst-Paramus-Hackensack hockey, the… Continue Reading

Belleville struggling to keep head above water

The record may read just 3-8, but Belleville High School boys’ basketball coach Jim Stoeckel believes that the Buccaneers are a better team than they have been in the past. “We’re so much further along than we have been,” said Stoeckel, who is in his third year as the head coach… Continue Reading

Nutley’s Watson named to McDonald’s All-American team

When Blair Watson enrolled at Nutley High School a little more than three years ago, she had no idea what the future held. Watson was a basketball player with an extremely bright future. She was also a goalkeeper for the girls’ soccer team, but Watson abandoned those plans once… Continue Reading

Kearny wrestling team makes strides toward respectability

The Kearny High School wrestling team is certainly going through some growing pains. “We have a young team,” said assistant coach Brian McDonnell, who has been helping head coach Tony Carratura run the program. “We have some kids who have been with us since the (Kearny) Recreation days, but we’re… Continue Reading

NA boys’ basketball team: 10 wins, eight in a row

When the high school basketball season began last month, North Arlington boys’ head coach Rich Corsetto didn’t know what the future had in store for the Vikings. Corsetto, a coaching lifer who is in his third season with the Vikings, knew that he had some of the ingredients into making a good… Continue Reading

Harrison’s Leiras emerging as basketball sharpshooter

The high school basketball season was only a handful of weeks away from beginning and Harrison head boys’ coach Noel Colon was mapping out his lineup. Colon knew that he had a sure-fire scorer at the swing position in junior Quincy Rutherford, someone who averaged close to 18 points per game… Continue Reading

Lyndhurst/NA wrestling co-op gets new coach in Collins

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The truth be told, Joe Collins really had no interest whatsoever in coaching the Lyndhurst/North Arlington High Schools wrestling cooperative. Collins, a former head wrestling coach at Bayonne High, was quite content, thank you, as an accelerated program physics teacher at Lyndhurst High. “I had no desire to coach, probably… Continue Reading

NA girls’ basketball: Trying to find right rhythm

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North Arlington High School girls’ basketball coach Rob Lado believed that his team would be much improved over last season, his first with the program. In fact, Lado scheduled tougher opponents from bigger schools in his independent schedule with the idea that the Vikings could contend with the better competition. But it hasn’t… Continue Reading

Fischer resigns as Belleville grid coach

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It was the spring of 2014 when Joe Fischer proclaimed his happiness about returning once again as the head football coach at Belleville High School, a place he spent four seasons from 2004 through 2007, leading the Buccaneers from their deepest despair, a horrific 33-game losing streak, to their highest… Continue Reading

Harrison’s Rutherford becoming a complete basketball player

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He’s been called the best basketball talent to come along in Harrison in quite some time, but Harrison High School head boys’ basketball coach Noel Colon still wanted a little more from the sensational junior Quincy Rutherford. “We’re asking him to do a little bit more this year,” Colon said.… Continue Reading

Belleville wrestling program moves forward with new coach Pizzi

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The Belleville High School wrestling program is undergoing another transition period, with former assistant coach Joe Pizzi taking over for Junior Nardone, who resigned at the end of last season. In Pizzi’s eyes, the transition has been a breeze, considering he already knew all the kids from his days as an assistant. “The… Continue Reading

Buccaneers look to improve after last year’s struggles

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After enduring a tough 6-14 campaign where she graduated seven seniors, Belleville High School girls’ basketball coach Liz Ramirez is taking a different approach this season. “I’ve basically started all over,” Ramirez said. “We have two seniors and the rest are all sophomores and freshmen. So we’re very young. While I’m looking forward… Continue Reading

Maroon Raiders turn up the heat as season tips off

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The Nutley High School boys’ basketball team features a host of talented seniors who were eager to institute a new
defensive philosophy. Kneeling, from l., are Devin Merritt, Geoffrey Bevere and Devin White. Back row, from l., are Julian
Chiarieri, Billy Montgomery, Antonio Olivo and head coach Bob Harbison.

Veteran Nutley High School boys’ basketball head coach Bob Harbison knew that he had to make a dramatic change with his program. “I’ve always tried to tinker around with things, trying to make them better,” said Harbison, who coaches both basketball and baseball at Nutley for the last decade. “I… Continue Reading

Who’s been naughty and who’s been nice? Santa Hague knows

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Santa Hague or Bad Santa Hague (r.) was busy giving gifts to the local sports
administrators and coaches this Christmas.

Well, believe it or not, it’s that time of year, even if the thermometer says otherwise. It’s time for the jingling of bells and the wishing of good cheer. It’s time for caroling and joyous celebrations. It’s time for Steve Harvey to totally butcher the Miss Universe contest, but that’s another… Continue Reading