Can QP’s girls become dominant overnight? Sure looks that way

Photoo by Jim Hague
Queen of Peace has a new girls’ basketball coach in Jiovanny Fontan (c.) as well as basically an entire new roster. From l.
are Jamira Watkins, Sydney Watkins, Fontan, Asonah Alexander, D’Aviyon Magazine and Raven Farley-Clark.

Perhaps one of the biggest and best moves Queen of Peace High School made last spring was hiring former St. Anthony High School and University of Southern California point guard Jiovanny Fontan as the school’s new girls’ basketball coach. Because after the 26-year-old Fontan arrived, an influx of tremendously talented… Continue Reading

Blue Tide girls: Moving on with limited roster

Photo by Jim Hague
The Harrison girls’ basketball team has a shortened roster this year, but will be
a tough out as always. From l. are Alona Ortiz, Shaneida Falcon, head coach Al
Ruiz, Kimberly Valencia and Tabatha Ferreira.

As Al Ruiz begins his sixth year as the head coach of the Harrison High School girls’ basketball team, he finds himself in a bit of a quandary. Ruiz simply doesn’t have the deep bench he once had. Participation numbers in the program are way down. “It’s going to be different,” said… Continue Reading

Lyndhurst boys’ hoops squad welcomes familiar face in McGuire

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The Lyndhurst High School boys’ basketball team has a new head coach in a
familiar face, namely former Queen of Peace head coach Tom McGuire (standing,
far r.). Kneeling, from l., are Eddie Albuquerque and Nic DiTommaso. Back
row from l. are Justin Smith, Vinnie Dorio, Peter Lazaris and McGuire.

Tom McGuire left the head boys’ basketball coaching position at his alma mater Queen of Peace last spring after four years, knowing full well that his coaching career was far from over. “I was just looking for a new opportunity,” McGuire said. McGuire admitted it was going to be difficult… Continue Reading

Blue Tide boys ready to roll on hardwood

Photos by Jim Hague
The Harrison boys' basketball team will look to junior Quincy Rutherford (l.) and sophomore Johnathan Leiras (r.) to lead the way this season.

Noel Colon enters his third season as the head boys’ basketball coach at Harrison High School and while the Blue Tide players are more comfortable with Colon at the helm, the coach realizes that it’s a different perspective every year. “Every year presents a different challenge,” said Colon, who was a standout… Continue Reading

Boyce returns to lead QP boys’ hoops squad

Photo by Jim Hague
The Queen of Peace basketball program welcomes back alum Christian Boyce
after a four-year absence as head coach. From left are Josh Pierre-Louis, Jeremy
Joseph, Boyce and Ibn Christmas.

After four years away from being the head boys’ basketball coach at his alma mater, Christian Boyce has returned to his roots, namely Queen of Peace High School. “It feels good,” said Boyce, who stepped away a few years ago to pursue educational opportunities, then returned last season as an… Continue Reading

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

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

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