Blue Tide girls: Moving on with limited roster

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nutley, Lyndhurst grid teams head to NJSIAA state playoffs

One team started the high school football season with high expectations – then exceeded those hopes and aspirations with every passing week. The other began the 2015 campaign with despair, losing their first three games, putting themselves in a hole that not a lot of teams recover from. However,… Continue Reading