Kearny tabs veteran assistant Kryzanowski to be new football coach

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Kearny High School hired long-time health and physical education teacher John Kryzanowski as the new head football
coach last week.

When Nick Edwards abruptly resigned as head football coach at Kearny High School recently, the school’s administration didn’t have to search far and wide for a suitable replacement. John Kryzanowski, who has been a teacher in the district for 12 years and an assistant football coach under four different head… Continue Reading

Nutley softball marches on in NJSIAA North 2, Group III playoffs

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The Nutley Maroon Raiders have exceptional pitching depth with senior Carly
Anderson (l.) and junior Emily Holden (r.) leading the way. Anderson is righthanded
and Holden left-handed, giving coach Luann Zullo the option of giving
her team a different look.

It’s late May, past Memorial Day weekend. It means only one thing locally. Nutley is still playing high school softball games. While every other local team has called it a year, the Maroon Raiders trudge on as always. The NJSIAA state playoffs have become an annual playground for Nutley. Head coach… Continue Reading

QP hires Fontan as new girls’ basketball coach

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Queen of Peace hired former USC and St. Anthony point guard Jiovanny Fontan
to become the new girls’ basketball coach.

The next phase of Jiovanny Fontan’s basketball life just happened by a stroke of luck. The former University of Southern California point guard, who first gained notoriety as a standout floor leader for St. Anthony High School in Jersey City, just happened to be surfing the Internet recently, when he stumbled across… Continue Reading

Belleville boys’ volleyball team captures first-ever Essex title

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The Belleville boys’ volleyball team proudly display the trophies they earned by capturing the Essex County Tournament
championship last Saturday, defeating rival Livingston in straight sets, for the first ECT title in the school’s history and the
first Essex title of any kind since the bowling team won in 2006.

Before the current high school boys’ volleyball season began, Belleville High School head coach John Spina had an idea that it was going to be a year to remember for his Buccaneers. “The expectations were real high,” said Spina, a Belleville grad who took over the program three years… Continue Reading

NA’s golf team makes return trip to state sectionals

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The North Arlington golf team prepared for their journey to the NJSIAA Group
I state tournament Monday morning. From left are head coach Dan Farinola,
Danny Goffredo, Tyler Sheffler, A.J. Ford, Darian Nogueras and Phil Rosalis-

When the North Arlington High School golf team made history last year by qualifying for the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 1&2 Group I state sectionals for the first time in school’s history, there were a lot of doubters. There were some who wondered whether the Vikings actually belonged here. After all, North Arlington… Continue Reading

Lyndhurst’s Tellefsen perfect pitcher for Golden Bears

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Lyndhurst senior pitcher Jenn Tellefsen.

Before the 2015 high school softball season began, Lyndhurst second- year head softball coach Emily Ringen knew that she was replacing a lot of starters from last year’s 22-win team that captured the school’s first-ever NJSIAA North Jersey Section 2, Group II state championship. Except for one key spot that really mattered, namely on… Continue Reading

Locals Nisivoccia, Haas extend grid careers with All-Star appearances

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Peter Haas of Queen of Peace (l.) was a player on the New Jersey All-Stars at the NUC New York vs. New Jersey Classic
recently, while Vin Nisivoccia of Nutley and Seton Hall Prep (r.) will be on the North team in the Phil Simms New Jersey
Scholastic Coaches Association’s North-South All-Star Classic at Kean University next month.

Peter Haas was pretty sure his high school football career was over. After all, the Queen of Peace senior was a lineman on a team that went 1-9 last fall. Most players that are picked for postseason All- Star games don’t come from small schools that struggle. “I… Continue Reading

It’s been a wild ride for Blue Tide baseball

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Jairo Mendez was asked to best describe how his second season as the Harrison High School baseball head coach has been going. “Right now, it’s been a roller coaster ride,” said Mendez, the former Kearny High School and Montclair State ace pitcher. “Defensively, we’re making too many mistakes and that has been costing… Continue Reading

In his first outing, he throws a no-hitter


Chris Camilo didn’t exactly want to leave Paramus Catholic High School. After all, Camilo, a highly regarded baseball player, especially as a pitcher, was set to enter his senior year at the school. No one ever wants change when you’re about to begin the final year of high school. But finances… Continue Reading

Lyndhurst softball team prepares for another state title run

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By Jim Hague  Observer Sports Writer  The 2014 high school softball season was certainly a memorable one for Lyndhurst High School. The Golden Bears won the school’s first-ever NJSIAA state sectional championship, capturing the North Jersey Section 2, Group II title in coach Emily Ringen’s first year as head coach.… Continue Reading