Lyndhurst girls’ soccer: Stay the course

Photo by Jim Hague
The Lyndhurst girls’ soccer team should be a powerhouse once again this
season, thanks to a solid line of returning defenders. Front row, from l., are
Claudia Engels, Kelsie Kearns, Gabriella Franchino and Giana Nerney. Back row,
from l., are Maya Calvi, Isabella Castagnetti, Sara Barreiros, Joanne Arvanitakas
and head coach Kim Hykey.

The Lyndhurst High School girls’ soccer team lost their leading goal scorer and leading playmaker to graduation from a team that finished 19-3 a year ago: two young ladies who subsequently moved on to play college soccer. That should be enough for any coach to lose sleep at night going into a… Continue Reading

Blue Tide looks to turn tide with new coach Glover Jr.

Photo by Jim Hague
The Harrison High School football team begins a new era with Rich Glover Jr.
(c.) as the new head coach. From l., are Saul Santana, Johanser Nunez, Glover
Jr., Adrian Sime, John DeCosta and Aaron Velasquez.

Pardon Rich Glover Jr.’s enthusiasm as he takes over the moribund Harrison High School football program. Sure, Glover Jr., the son of the former Outland Trophy winner and College Football Hall of Famer from Nebraska, knows that there hasn’t been a winning football season in quite some time. That idea doesn’t frighten him at… Continue Reading

Lyndhurst’s Kesack gets QB tutorial from one of the all-time greats

Photo courtesy Rich Tuero
Lyndhurst’s Danny Kesack (r.) spent the summer getting quarterback lessons from New York Giants Super Bowl MVP Phil
Simms (c.). Lyndhurst head football coach Rich Tuero (l.) also took part in the training sessions.

Giants Super Bowl MVP Simms works with local standout When Danny Kesack returned to the Wesley College football team in Delaware last week, the Lyndhurst native had a little bit of an advantage over the other quarterbacks in the Wesley camp – namely Kesack’s personal tutor. For two… Continue Reading

Former Kearny resident Oyola pens book about faith

Photo courtesy of James Oyola.
Former Kearny resident James Oyola, who carved his niche as a sportswriter in
Florida, has written his fi rst book “Get Out of Your Own Way,” which is available
through www.amazon.com or via Oyola’s website, www.purposeoverself.com.

James Oyola cherishes the time he spent growing up in Kearny. “We moved to Kearny from New York when I was in fifth grade,” said Oyola, now an accomplished published author. “I first went to Franklin School and then I transferred to Lincoln School. I have great memories of Kearny, playing Little League… Continue Reading

QP grad Pettigrew heads to Drew as head of his class

Photo courtesy NJSIAA
Queen of Peace two-sport athlete Michael Pettigrew received the NJSIAA
Scholar/Athlete award from NJSIAA Executive Committee President Tom Coleman
at the recent NJSIAA luncheon at the Pines Manor in Edison.

It’s very rare when a student/athlete graduates at the top of his or her graduating class. Usually, the role of valedictorian is played by someone who spends all of their free time in a library with their noses pressed against textbooks and encyclopedia. But that wasn’t the case with the… Continue Reading

Lyndhurst’s Martin pays tribute to late softball coach

Photos by Jim Hague
Carley Martin may only be 12, but she’s having a ball in life as a basketball
player and softball pitcher, helped by a grandfather figure who passed away
last June. RIGHT: Carley Martin shows the spot on her bedroom wall that was
dedicated to the memory of her coach, the late Jim MacDonald, a.k.a. Coach
Mac, who died last June

Carley Martin is a vivacious, vibrant and extremely intelligent 12-year-old girl. The Lyndhurst resident is also a spectacular young athlete, playing basketball in the winter and softball in the spring. Carley also enjoys writing. “I love to write,” Martin said. “I want to become a journalist one day. I… Continue Reading

Red Bulls now have Wright-Phillips brother act

Photo by Jim Hague
It’s a sign of brotherly love as Bradley Wright-Phillips (l.), the New York Red
Bulls’ leading scorer a year ago, welcomes older brother Shaun to the club at a
press conference at Red Bull Arena last week.

HARRISON –  Who would have ever dreamed that a simple event like the coupling of New York Red Bulls All-Star striker Bradley Wright-Phillips with his fiancée Leanne would pay major dividends for the club six weeks later? As it turned out, the wedding turned out to be a complete blessing in… Continue Reading

Sanacore takes over as Belleville athletic director

Photo by Jim Hague
Dan Sanacore is the new athletic director at Belleville High School, coming
from Irvington, where he spent the last two years. Sanacore is a Belleville
resident.

When Tom D’Elia received a promotion to become a vice principal in the Belleville school district, it left a vacancy in the Belleville High School athletic director’s position. Well, the district didn’t wait long to hire a Belleville resident to take over for D’Elia. Dan Sanacore has been tabbed to replace… Continue Reading

Kearny boys’ camp proves that interest in basketball exists

Photo by Jim Hague
The Kearny High School boys’ basketball
camp, under the tutelage
of Kearny head coach Bob McDonnell,
last week while attending
the week-long camp at the high
school.

Jovan George is an aspiring basketball player with a huge upside – his tremendous frame. George is only a 10-year-old fifth grader at Kearny’s Franklin School, but he stands about 5-foot-9, which makes him fit in with any member of the Kearny High freshman class. While George may be four years away… Continue Reading

Nutley American Little League 10s advance to state tournament

Photo courtesy of Joe DeLanzo, Sr.
The Nutley American Little League 9-and-10-year-old All-Stars display the Section 2 championship banner they
earned last Friday night with a 14-9 win over Elmora of Elizabeth, earning a berth in the state tournament this week in
Milltown

The Nutley American Little League 9-and-10- year-old All-Star team is headed to the New Jersey state tournament. The Nutley Americans earned their berth in the state tourney by coming from behind to defeat Elmora of Elizabeth, 14-9, last Friday night, winning the Section 2 championship. Nutley American had already earned the District… Continue Reading

Kearny Kids’ Kamp draws crowd of baseball-loving youngsters

Photo by Jim Hague
The campers and counselors get together for a group picture at the fourth annual Kearny Kids’ Kamp, run and organized
by Kearny High School head coach Frank Bifulco (second row, far right).

Although he’s far from actually grabbing a baseball and heading to the pitcher’s mound to throw in a Little League game, Michael Jarquin now feels like he’s more than ready. Little Michael, age 7, was excited after participating in the fourth annual Kearny Kids’ Kamp recently, a week-long baseball learning… Continue Reading