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


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


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

Quincy Rutherford

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


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


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

Photoo by Jim Hague
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

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

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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

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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

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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