Thursday, December 31, 2009

Jack Reilly Christmas Boys Basketball Tournament Consolation Game: Wayne Hills 60, St. Mary's Rutherford 45

Joe Brandl threw in five 3-pointers and concluded with 23 points, six assists and six steals. Matt Heskins scored 16 points for Wayne Hills (2-3) in the third place game of the Jack Reilly Tournament in Fort Lee. Kyle Dadika scored 20 points for St. Mary.

JP Flynn Boys Basketball Christmas Tournament: DePaul 58, Sparta 47

Matt Miller scored 16 points to lead DePaul in the fifth-place game of the J.P. Flynn Memorial Tournament in Morris Township. Sean Geary led Sparta with 11 points, including three 3-pointers. Wally Sajimi was next for DePaul (4-1) with 9 points.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Passaic County Hockey Finals: Passaic Valley 4, DePaul 1

Source: The Bergen Record

Passaic Valley celebrated its first Passaic County tournament title Tuesday night, skating past defending champion DePaul, 4-1, at Floyd Hall Arena. Adam Finkle had the goal and Andrew Sullivan turned aside 19 shots DePaul (5-1-2).

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Passaic County Tournament Hockey Semifinals: DePaul 3, West Milford 1

Peter Ross had two goals and Joe Redmon had 1 as DePaul (4-0-2). Redmon had two assists, while Gregory Liataud and John Peracchio had one assist apiece. Andrew Sullivan had 34 saves. Colin MacDonald scored for West Milford on an assist from Joshua McCann, Kyle Letsche had 26 saves for West Milford (2-1-1)

Northern Highlands Boys Basketball Christmas Tournament Consolation Game: Wayne Valley 55, Paramus 27

Nick Siljee had 18 points and Keith Greve had 16 to lead Valley (4-1). Both seniors collected 4 rebounds. Jason Rosenberg had 10 points and 13 assists. Justin D'Apolito had 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Andew Herasimtschuk had a team high 6 boards.

JP Flynn Holiday Boys Basketball Tournament Second Round: DePaul 71, Morris Catholic 46

After losing the opener in the JP Flynn Holiday Tournaments, DePaul (3-1) bounced back with a strong win over Morris Catholic. Davon Jacobs and Joshua Marquez led with 13 and 12 points respectively. Michael Minarik was next with 8 points. Mass Aronson, Keith Ford, Matt Miller and Chris Moore had 7 points apiece.

Jack Reilly Boys Basketball Christmas Tournament: Montgomery 40, Wayne Hills 26

Pete Daibes had 9 points and Joe Brandl had 5 for Hills.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Northern Highlands Boys Basketball Christmas Tournament: Northern Highlands 62, Wayne Valley 61

Casey Diestel connected on a 3-pointer with seven seconds left to lift Northern Highlands past Wayne Valley (3-1). The Highlanders overcame a 10-point deficit in the final four minutes. Center Brandon Bovino led Northern Highlands with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks.

“We recognized that they were collapsing on Brandon,” Northern Highlands coach Mike Stone said. “That opened things for Diestel outside and he capitalized by hitting several three-pointers."

Deistel finished with a career high 15 points. Jason Rosenberg had 20 points and 13 assists for Wayne Valley. Keith Greve and Nick Siljee added 14 and 11 points respectively. Tom Larranaga added 9 points. Greve, Siljee and Mark Tucker had 5 rebounds each. Larranaga had 4 rebounds and 5 assists.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

JP Flynn Boys Basketball Christmas Tournament: East Orange 68, DePaul 61

Matt Miller and Keith Ford led DePaul (2-1) with 16 and 15 points respectively. Ace Derecho added 9 points.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Boys Basketball: Wayne Valley 76, Eastside 61

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Junior Tom Larranaga led Wayne Valley (3-0) with 18 points. Nick Siljee added 17 points. Keith Greve contributed 13 points. Jason Rosenberg and Kurbin Kukaj had 9 and 7 points respectively. Mark Tucker led the team with 7 rebounds. Siljee was next with 6. Rosenberg had 14 assists. More Pictures

Boys Basketball: Passaic 61, Wayne Hills 54

Joe Brandl led Hills (1-2) with 15 points. Chris Fonti and Mike Quinn had 13 and 11 points respectively.

Boys Basketball: DePaul 48, Hackensack 44

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Freshmen Joshua Marquez led DePaul (2-0) with 14 points. Michael Minarick and Matthew Miller had 8 and 8 points respectively. The Spartans trailed 9-0 after failing to score on their first 10 possessions. Marquez, who came off the bench, helped lead them back.

"I heard that last year we just got Jason the ball and he just scored whenever we needed help," Marquez said. "We're deeper this year. More people can score. That's while will be a better team."

"He's an outstanding player," DePaul coach Bart Fazio said. "Sometimes he makes freshman mistakes, but you you tonight how he came off the bench and made some big points."

The game marked Fazio's 400th win in 27 years of coaching. He coached at Wallington and Passaic before taking over at DePaul 19 years ago.

"The only thing that proves is that I have had great players," the modest coach said. "You cannot win without great players."

Monday, December 21, 2009

Boys Basketball: Wayne Hills 61, Paramus 26

Joe Brandl led the Patriots (1-1) with 16 points. Chris Fonti added 13 points. Matt Heskins added 8. Pete Daibes and Mike Quinn contributed 7 points apiece.

Boys Basketball: Wayne Valley 63, West Milford 48

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Nick Siljee eclipsed the 1,000 career point mark with a 21 point effort. The senior also had 11 rebounds. Jason Rosenberg hit for 19 points and fired off 7 assists for Wayne Valley (2-0). John Larranaga added 8 points. Kurbin Kukaj had 6 boards.

"Siljee's our go-to guy," Rosenberg said. "We've got to get him the ball and let him create and let him do what he's got to do to score. But teams are going to start double and triple teaming him. That leaves me and the other guys open. It spreads everything out."

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Weekend Boys Basketball Roundup

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Wayne Valley 58, Bergen Tech 43: Senior Kurbin Kukaj dropped in 16 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for Valley (1-0). Nick Siljee collected 17 points and eight boards for the winners. Mark Tucker and Tom Larranaga registered 7 points apiece. Jason Rosenberg had 7 points and 7 assists. Tucker also had four rebounds and three assists.

Paterson Kennedy 76, Wayne Hills 58: Chris Fonti led Wayne Hills (0-1) with 22 points and 16 rebounds. Joe Brandl chipped in with 20, including six 3-pointers. Hills fell behind 18-4 in the first half. They fought back valiantly, but could not extricate itself from that hole.

"Kennedy is a great team," said Hills coach Jim Catalano. "It was a tough way to open. We showed what we can do in the second half."

DePaul 53, Bergen Catholic 49: Matt Miller paced DePaul with 19 points.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Wayne Valley Boys Basketball Preview

Source: The Wayne Today

Coaches rarely admit that they look ahead. Most, at some point, have utilized the "taking one game at a time" cliché. Wayne Valley boys' basketball coach Joe Leicht, however, admits to occasionally looking ahead to 2010 during the 2008 season. That may seem a bit peculiar, since Leicht's 2008 squad went 20-10 and won a State Sectional title and is clearly one of Valley's best teams ever.

Still, Leicht had two good reasons to let his mind occasionally stray forward — sophomores Jason Rosenberg and Nick Siljee. Both were key contributors on the 2008 team, which was otherwise senior-laden. Finally, in 2010, they get to lead as seniors. Read More

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

High School Football: Champions By Team

Pope John 18
1975, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002

Bergen Catholic 13
1974, 1980, 1982, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004

Don Bosco Prep 11
1983, 1984, 1990, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

St. Joseph’s – Montvale 9
1987, 1988, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009

Glen Rock – 8
1980, 1988, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002

Butler 7
1982, 1983, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997

Hackensack – 7
1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000

Ramapo - 7
1974, 1983, 1993, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2009

Hoboken – 7
1980, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2005

Lenape Valley – 7
1977, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1999

Wayne Hills – 7
2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010

Cedar Grove 6
1978, 1983, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2009

Seton Hall Prep 6
1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1985

North Bergen – 6
1977, 1978, 1984, 1988, 1990, 1997

West Essex – 5
2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007

Cresskill – 5
1984, 1987, 1989, 1992, 1997

Bergenfield – 5
1974, 1976, 1982, 1986, 1987

Passaic – 5
1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1989

Sparta – 5
1976, 1979, 1980, 1982, 2003

Wayne Valley – 4
1984, 1988, 1989, 1991

Passaic Valley – 4
1975, 1979, 1980, 1986

Caldwell 4
1991, 1997, 1998, 2008

Ridgefield Park – 4
1975, 1976, 1995, 1996

Hasbrouck Heights – 4
1975, 1976, 1994, 2007

Pompton Lakes -3
1982, 1997, 2005

Ridgewood – 3
1991, 2003, 2004

Hawthorne – 3
1974, 1975, 1978

Westwood – 3
2000, 2004, 2006

Jefferson - 3
1986, 1987, 2008

Mahwah – 3
1978, 1979, 1981

River Dell – 3
1985, 1987, 2007

Lodi – 3
1992, 1996, 2005

St. Peter’s Prep 3
1989, 1994, 2005

Becton – 3
1974, 1993, 2003

DePaul 2
1975, 1992

Lakeland 2
2004, 2010

Hopatcong - 2
2001, 2003

Passaic Tech – 2
1998, 2001

Ramsey – 2
2002, 2009

New Milford 2
1985, 1986

Pequannock 2
1999, 2000

Verona 2
2001, 2008

Mountain Lakes 2
2008, 2009

Wallington 2
1990, 2010

Kennedy-Paterson – 1

Lincoln – 1

Lyndhurst – 1

Dumont – 1

Harrison – 1

Waldwick 1

Palisades Park 1

Park Ridge 1

Boonton 1

Bogota 1

Wallkill Valley 1

Emerson 1

Clifton – 1

Cliffside Park – 1

Northern Highlands – 1

Pascack Hills – 1

Old Tappan -1

Pascack Valley 1

Wood-Ridge -1

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Section I, Group III Final: Ramapo 16, Wayne Hills 8

When St. Jospeh's-Montvale beat Wayne Hills earlier this season, the game was wide publicized for ending Wayne's 55-game win streak. While that was true, Hills still had another, far more important streak going - the team's mark of five straight State Sectional Championships was still very much intact. That impressive run actually included six titles in seven years.
The consecutive title streak came to a grinding halt against Ramapo (10-2, No. 6) in the final. It was Ramapo's fourth final game win over Hills (1993, 2000, 2001, 2009). Hills beat Ramapo in the 2002 final. It was the eighth ever playoff meeting between the two schools. Ramapo beat Hills in the 2003 semifinal and Hills beat Ramapo in the 2004 and 2005 semifinal.
In this one, Jesse Devonshuk, Ramapo's standout running back, was carted off the field on the third play of the game and did not return. The setback did not derail Ramapo, who pulled off the upset. It was Wayne Hills (10-2, No. 1) first loss to a public school team since 2004, when they also lost to Ramapo.

Ramapo employed the running of Jack Bandazian, Scott Kuenzle and Sean Munier and a smothering defense featuring linebacker Munier, tackle Tim Kologrivov and back Justin Salter to hurry quarterback Mike Quinn and stop runner Brian Dowling.
"I loved the way no one hung their heads after Jesse got hurt," Munier said.
"Everyone was shocked when Jesse got hurt," added Kuenzle. "We had to get back up and fight and that is what we did. If we didn't believe in everyone on this team we would not have made it this far."

Quinn, a senior, had his worst performance, many times throwing over his intended receiver in the trying conditions. He concluded completing 5 of 26 passes for 14 yards. Ramapo quarterback Tyler Ward fared much better in the snowy, windy conditions. The Green Raider signal caller completed 7 of 11 passes for 113 yards.

``We did a bad job all-around - players and coaches,’’ Wayne Hills coach Chris Olsen said. ``We couldn't throw. We couldn't pass. On the first possession we moved the ball well and then we let them drive 80 yards on us. We just picked a bad day not to play well. It wasn’t the weather or anything else. They out-performed us.’’

Ramapo scored on its second possession, moving 80 yards in 13 plays. Kuenzle ran 22 yards for the touchdown and Ross Krautman’s kick gave Ramapo a 7-0 lead.

Ramapo tacked on two more points on a safety with 11:57 left in the second period. On an attempted punt, the ball slipped through Tim Divers hands and out of the end zone.

Ramapo scored its final points of the game 2:46 later. Divers again attempted to punt but went down on a knee and Ramapo took over on the Wayne Hills 45. On the first play, Munier hauled in a pass from Tyler Ward and Krautman’s kick put Ramapo in front, 16-0.

Wayne Hills finally broke through with 8:14 remaining in the third quarter. Ed Schiller recovered a fumble on an attempted punt on Ramapo’s 22 and on the third play, Brian Dowling scored from the six. Dowling also had the two-point conversion run.
The Ramapo running back tandem of Kuenzle, Munier and Bandazian combined for 71 ground yards. Dowling led Hills with 53 rushing yards. Hills was 2-for-12 on third downs and 0-for-6 on fourth downs.
"Ramapo and Wayne Hills is the greatest rivalry around," said Ramapo coach Drew Gibbs. "It doesn't get any better than this - Giants Stadium, the snow and a great rivalry. And when you beat a great team like Wayne Hills, you know that you are as good as anybody."

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Wayne Hills vs. Ramapo Football Preview

Source: The Wayne Today

Preview: It will be like old times on Saturday afternoon when two staunch rivals square off at Giants Stadium for the North I, Group III State title. For years, Wayne Hills and Ramapo played annually in the NBIL regular season until this year when the NJSIAA realignment plan placed the Patriots in Division. Read More

The Matchup: Ramapo (No. 7, 9-2) vs. Wayne Hills (No. 1, 10-1) Read More

Prediction (Butler vs. Mountain Lakes and Passaic Valley vs. West Morris predictions included): Look who stands in the way of another State title for Wayne Hills. It’s none other than old NBIL foe, Ramapo, which has advanced to the title game as the seventh seed. It will be like de-ja-vu all over again when the Pats and Raiders knock heads for all the marbles. Wayne Hills got the scare of its life in the semifinal round, having to go to overtime to defeat a plucky Sparta team, 41-38. The Pats had built a big halftime edge, but Read More

The History: In North Jersey, nothing has been more certain over the years than the Big Game — Wayne Hills vs. Ramapo. The two schools met annually on the gridiron from 1972 to 2008, each time, for the most part, producing a thriller.

To the dismay of many area fans, the rivalry appeared to suffer a quick demise when the NJSIAA announced its conference realignment plan last spring. The schools were placed into different divisions within the same conference and therefore were not scheduled to play each other during the regular season.

Fortunately for area fans, the game will be played this year after all. Both title contenders have forged their way into Saturday’s Section I, Group III championship game (Giants Stadium, 4 p.m.). It will be the 8th ever playoff game and 45th ever meeting between the two schools.

Here’s a stroll down memory lane. Read More

Year By Year List Of Every Game
Wayne Hills vs. Ramapo Hills Leads Series 23-18-1
1972: Ramapo 13, Wayne Hills 0
1973: Wayne Hills 20, Ramapo 14
1974: Wayne Hills 19, Ramapo 7
1975: Wayne Hills 15, Ramapo 10
1976: Wayne Hills 0, Ramapo 0
1977: Wayne Hills 21, Ramapo 0
1978: Wayne Hills 14, Ramapo 0
1979: Ramapo 21, Wayne Hills 0
1980: Wayne Hills 7, Ramapo 0
1981: Ramapo 19, Wayne Hills 14
1982: Wayne Hills 21, Ramapo 13
1983: Ramapo 14, Wayne Hills 0
1984: Ramapo 38, Wayne Hills 6
1985: Wayne Hills 18, Ramapo 16
1986: Ramapo 31, Wayne Hills 0
1987: Wayne Hills 14, Ramapo 6
1988: Ramapo 20, Wayne Hills 17
1989: Wayne Hills 7, Ramapo 0
1990: Wayne Hills 27, Ramapo 14
1991: Wayne Hills 14, Ramapo 0
1992: Ramapo 21, Wayne Hills 7
1993: Ramapo 44, Wayne Hills 6
1993: Ramapo 23, Wayne Hills 17, State Final
1994: Wayne Hills 49, Ramapo 20
1995: Wayne Hills 24, Ramapo 7
1996: Ramapo 20, Wayne Hills 19
1997: Ramapo 56, Wayne Hills 21
1998: Wayne Hills, 21, Ramapo 9
1999: Wayne Hills 17, Ramapo 14, OT
2000: Wayne Hills 27, Ramapo 24
2000: Ramapo 14, Wayne Hills 7, State Final
2001: Ramapo 31, Wayne Hills 21
2001: Ramapo 14, Wayne Hills 10, State Final
2002: Wayne Hills 23, Ramapo 12
2002: Wayne Hills 19, Ramapo 0, State Final
2003: Ramapo 48, Wayne Hills 0
2003: Ramapo 35, Wayne Hills 12, State Final
2004: Ramapo 24, Wayne Hills 20
2004: Wayne Hills 38, Ramapo 28, State Semifinal
2005: Wayne Hills 27, Ramapo 26
2005: Wayne Hills 41, Ramapo 13, State Semifinal
2006: Wayne Hills 28, Ramapo 7
2007: Wayne Hills 41, Ramapo 7
2008: Wayne Hills 31, Ramapo 21

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

North Jersey Junior Football League Super Bowl

Source: The Wayne Today

Wayne went three-for-three in North Jersey Junior Football League Super Bowl games this past weekend at Barbour's Pond in Wayne.

The Wayne Boys Club 7th and 8th grade seniors defeated Glen Rock, 45-7 as Jesse McMullen scored on runs of 16 and 47 yards. Justin Walker scored on a 60-yard fumble return. Travis Bligh, Robert Williams, Nick DePalma and Chris Sciavone tacked on rushing scores. Williams, McMullen and Sciavone also scored extra points.

The Wayne PAL 5th and 6th grade juniors edged Pequannock, 20-15 when Nick Goodwin scored a touchdown on a quarterback sneak and threw touchdowns to Vincent Tedesco and Brandon Kui. Steven Prince scored a two-point conversion on a pass from Goodwin.

The PAL Pee Wees blanked Kinnelon, 14-0 as Anthony Puntolillo and Danny Dentinger scored the touchdowns and extra points. Matthew Alaimo had a great catch on a pass from Dario Sirni on the first scoring drive. Defensive standouts included Patrick Gilmore, Matthew Alaimo, Michael Alaimo, Puntolillo and Dentinger.

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Section I, Group III Semifinals: Wayne Hills 41, Sparta 38, OT

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Mike Quinn's 23 yard touchdown pass to a diving Omar Manasrah in overtime gave Wayne Hills (10-1) the win.
"I actually thought I was going to get sacked on the play, but I saw Omar out of the corner of my eye and just threw it up there for him," Quinn said.
Quinn finished 16-for-21 with 264 yards and five touchdowns. Three of Quinn's scoring strikes and a 1 yard Brian Dowling touchdown run helped Wayne Hills build a commanding 28-7 lead. James Hogan caught Quinn's first TD toss, a 26 yarder. Manasrah (23 yards) and Dowling (50 yards) had Quinn's second and third scoring strikes. Quinn threw his fourth score to Mike Driesse to give Wayne Hills a 35-20 lead at the end of the third quarter.

Sparta roared back, despite losing senior quarterback Doug D’Angelo to an ankle injury just before halftime. The comeback started when Steven Viegas caught a 16 yard pass from Sean Geary, D'Angelo's replacement. Zach Passerelle tacked on TD runs of 23 and 5 yards. Julian Farinola had a 3 yard scoring sprint to pull Sparta within 35-33 with just under a minute to go in regulation. Geary's two-point conversion pass to Steve Viegas at the end of regulation sent the game into the overtime. Sparta went up 38-35 in overtime on an Evan Costello 37 yard field goal
Sparta's first half touchdown came on a 49 yard pass from D'Angelo to Farinola.
Hills will play Ramapo in the final. Ramapo defeated Paramus in the other semifinal game. The two schools have played in the final game on four previous occasions: 1993, 2000, 2001 and 2002. Ramapo won the first three. Hills won the fourth matchup. Hills beat Ramapo in two of three semifinal games (2003, 2004 and 2005) More Details And Photos To Come

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Football Sectional Semifinal Preview: Wayne Hills vs. Sparta

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Section I, Group III Quarterfinals: Wayne Hills 47, Old Tappan 7

Wayne Hills (9-1) demolished its former NBIL rival to advance to the semifinals. It was the 12th straight win for Hills against

Non Public, Group III Quarterfinals: Holy Spirit 28, DePaul 21

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Shakim Phillips, DePaul's Boston College bound receiver, went down with a sprained left shoulder in the second quarter. The Spartans were never the same. Early on, it appeared as if DePaul (7-3) would march to an easy win. They scored the first two times they touched the ball and led 14-7 when the injury occurred.

"It’s a very tough loss for all of us," said Dan Foesel, a junior tight end/defensive end. "We all wanted to make a run for all the seniors. Shakim went down and when he took his pads off at halftime, it was crushing to a lot of the kids on the team."

The Spartans jumped in front, 7-0, after Phillips caught Dan Kowal’s pass at the line of scrimmage and beat three Holy Spirit defenders to the end zone for a 30-yard score. DePaul's second score came on a Kowal quarterback sneak.

Nigel Jones got Holy Spirit on the board in the second period with a one yard push. They tied the game when Dan Nair returned an interception 74 yards. Foesel’s 25-yard touchdown reception helped give DePaul a 21-14 lead with 5:59 left in the third quarter.

Holy Spirit rallied with touchdown runs by Joe Callahan and Donte Pollack in the fourth quarter to defeat DePaul.

Holy Spirit’s offense suffered a loss late in the third quarter, too, when standout sophomore tailback Jones left the game with an undisclosed injury following a 49-yard run.

"It was very hard just watching my team out there,’ Phillips said. "No words could explain it."

Section I, Group III Consolation Game: Wayne Valley 16, West Milford 0

Wayne Valley (6-4) blanked West Milford to finish with its fifth straight winning season. Pete Savastano and Greg LaNeve scored on runs of 2 and 8 respectively. They added to the lead when West Milford snapped a punt out of the end zone.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Football: Wayne Hills Playoff History

State Sectional Titles
2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

State Sectional Final Game Appearances
1991, 1993, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

State Sectional Playoff Appearances
1975, 1982, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997,

DePaul Football Playoff History

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State Titles: 1975, 1992

1975 - Finals: DePaul 7, Bergen Catholic 7
1979 - Semifinals: DePaul Beat Seton Hall Prep; Final: Bergen Catholic 14, DePaul 6

Group III Semifinals

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Jacquelynn Giammetta scored for Wayne Hills (Read More)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

State Tournament Brackets

Field Hockey

Wayne Hills Field Hockey History

State Championships

Sectional Championships
1978, 1980, 1982, 1983, 2008, 2009

Section I, Group III Sectional Champions
1975: Ramsey
1976: Ramsey
1977: Ramsey
1978: Ramsey
1979: Ramsey
1980: Wayne Hills

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Field Hockey State Sectional Championship: Wayne Hills 2, West Morris 1

Source: The Bergen Record

Overcoming a penalty at a key time in the game, the Patriots earned a hard-fought 2-1 come-from-behind double-overtime victory over West Morris Central on Tuesday in the North 1, Group 3 field hockey final to earn their second straight sectional title. Wayne Hills will play Warren Hills, a 1-0 overtime winner over Freehold Borough, in a Group 3 State semifinal 2 p.m. Thursday at Madison (Read More)

Source: The Star Ledger

Brittany Gullone slammed home the winning goal in the second overtime and Stephanie Zygmunt made 21 saves when Wayne Hills defeated (Read More)

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Football Playoff Brackets

Section I, Group III
Section I, Group IV
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Field Hockey State Semifinals: Wayne Hills 3, Passaic Valley 2

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Brittany Gullone's second goal of the game, in the first overtime, lifted Wayne Hills over Passaic Valley (Read More)

Cross Country: Wayne Valley Takes Group III Championship

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In order to take the next step in cross-country, Salim Corbin had to sacrifice one of his favorite times to race – the summer. Corbin, who first made a splash with success in age-group track and field while in middle school, gave up his first love, summer track, last summer to prepare for his senior cross-country season at Eastside.

Saturday, as he has all year, Corbin proved his decision was a wise one. Corbin won the North 1, Group 3 title, by more than 200 meters to become Eastside’s first sectional champion. He also took down the school record at Garret Mountain that had stood for 29 years with a 16:16 clocking to earn a spot in next week’s State Group championships at Holmdel County Park.

Corbin was by joined by Group 2 individual winner Nick Ward of Indian Hills and Group 3 team winner Wayne Valley as North Jersey champions. In all, nine North Jersey boys team and nine other individuals advanced to next week’s meet. Read More

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Football: DePaul 29, Lakeland 0

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Wymere Robinson rushed for two first-half touchdowns to lead DePaul (7-2) to a 29-0 victory against Lakeland (6-3) last night in Wanaque. Robinson scored the first two TDs, on runs of one and two yards, to give DePaul a 14-0 lead. Dan Kowal threw a 15-yard TD pass to Drew Feniello in the second quarter and Shakim Phillips scored on a 31-yard run in the fourth. Michael Burgio kicked a 37-yard field goal in the third quarter.

"We've been playing well for a while now, since our loss to Paramus (Sept. 25)," head coach John McKenna said. "We've got some momentum heading into the states."

Three DePaul players ran for 100-plus yards. Robinson led the way with 108 yards. Freshman Joe Moreno tacked on 107 yards. Kowal was next with 100 yards. Jon Wonzey led the defense with 10 tackles. Kevin Murray and Christopher Fallone had 8 tackles apiece. John Proctor had 7 tackles. Dan Foesel, John Weiss and Frank Wukovitz had sacks. Proctor and Drew Feniello had interceptions.

The win gave DePaul the North Jersey Tri-Conference Division V championship. It also avenges last year's 21-14 loss to Lakeland in last year's conference deciding game.

"They (Lakeland) took our conference championship last year," said tightend/defensive end Foesel. "We didn't want the same thing to happen this year. It's good to get this one going into the states."

DePaul will likely get the No. 3 seed in the Non Public Group III State Playoffs. The team's opponent has yet to be determined.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Football: Wayne Hills 60, Dickinson 0

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Dom Santoro rushed for three touchdowns and Brian Dowling and Trevor Jacobs each had two touchdowns to power Wayne Hills (8-1) to victory against Dickinson (0-9) yesterday in Jersey City. Santoro rushed for three TDs in the second half, including a 52-yard score. Dowling rushed for a 19-yard TD and caught a 21-yard TD from Mike Quinn. Quinn also threw an 11-yard TD to Nick Tumminello. Jacobs rushed for a TDs of 5 and 2 yards in the first quarter. James DeDilectis pounded in a 1-yard TD in the second quarter.

Hills will likely get the No. 1 seed in the Section I, Group III playoffs, which start next week. They currently trail Tenafly for the top spot, but should leap frog them once the residual power points are tabulated. This is the 7th time Hills has attained the top seed (1999, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009). Next week's opponent has not yet been determined.

Football: Wayne Valley 61, Memorial West New York 0

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Pete Savastano rushed for two touchdowns and passed for another to lead Wayne Valley (5-4) to a 61-0 victory against Memorial West New York (2-7). Savastano threw a 25-yard TD pass to Anthony Verrilli and rushed for TDs of 15 and 2 yards. Verilli also returned an interception for a 35-yard score. Greg LaNeve rushed for two TDs, including a 50-yard TD burst in the first quarter. Hani Katerji ran for a 3-yard TD and recovered a fumble in the end zone. Mark Giannini had a 7-yard TD run.

Savastano had 70 passing yards. LaNeve rushed for 87 yards. Michael Miller tacked on 47 rushing yards. Franco Rosella and Andrew DeFilippis had 8 tackles apiece. Anthony Perez had 7 tackles. Nick Billy had a fumble recovery.

Valley will not qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2004. They will conclude the season with a consolation game next week. Should they win, they will finish with their 5th consecutive winning season.

Boys Soccer State Playoffs: Northern Highlands 1, Wayne Valley 0

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Chris Riviello surrendered just one goal, but it was all Northern Highlands would need. (Read More)

Boys State Soccer: Montville 6, Wayne Hills 1

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Junior Raigoza scored the Hills goal (Read More)

Friday Football Scores

Wayne Valley 61, Memorial 0
DePaul 29, Lakeland 0
Wayne Hills 60, Dickinson 0

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Girls Soccer State Tournament: Paramus 3, Wayne Hills 2

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It took three goals for Paramus, two from Megan Lannigan including the winner in overtime, to get past Wayne Hills, 3-2, in the second round of the North 1, Group 3 girls soccer tournament Thursday. (Read More)

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Christie Cherup and Zana Haobsh scored for Wayne Hills (Read More)

Girls Soccer State Tournament: Pingry 5, DePaul 1

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Justine Macci scored for DePaul (11-6-4). Read More

Field Hockey State Sectional Quarterfinals: Wayne Hills 3, High Point 2

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Shannon Burns scored the lone shootout goal to give Wayne Hills coach Jenn Badami her 100th career win in the quarterfinal round of the (Read More)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Boys State Soccer Results

Source: The Star Ledger

Wayne Valley 2, Demarest 0: Senior forward Jason Rosenberg and Dan Bellet, a junior forward, scored and Joey Eilert and Mark Lucci provided assists (Read More)

DePaul 3, Morris Catholic 0: Mark Elia, a senior forward, scored two goals and picked up an assist as DePaul stopped Morris Catholic in the first round of (Read More)

Wayne Hills 2, Sparta 0: Jake Broser and Josh Kaufman netted the goals for Wayne. Mike Diduch had five saves.

State Tournament Volleyball: Wayne Valley 2, Irvington 0

Sara Mateen 0 kills, 0 blocks, 3 digs, 0 assists, 0 service points, 0 aces. Jen Ryan 0 kills, 0 blocks, 0 digs, 14 assists, 0 service points, 0 aces. Kirstin Sciolaro 10 kills, 0 blocks, 0 digs, 0 assists, 0 service points, 0 aces.

Girls State Soccer Results

Source: The Star Ledger

Wayne Hills 3, High Point 0: Meghan McVeigh collected a goal and an assist and Zana Haobsh and Siara Kolpon had a goal each for Wayne Hills (11-2-4) in the (Read More)

DePaul 4, Union Catholoic 2: Marguerite Pinheiro connected twice and Rachel Ranieri and Ashley Sanchez both had one goal to (Read More)

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Volleyball: Wayne Valley rolls to another County title

Source: The Bergen Record

There are some things that just stay the same. In Passaic County girls volleyball, that familiarity comes from Wayne Valley entering the County tournament and leaving victorious. After the top-seeded Indians defeated sixth-seeded Lakeland, 25-17, 25-21, on Saturday to win their fourth title in five years and second consecutive, it almost seemed like business as usual.

"It’s always exciting stuff," said Indians coach Jason Carcich. Read More

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Football: DePaul 21, Wayne Valley 14

Wayne Valley Photos

DePaul raced out to a 21-0 first half advantage on the strength of three Dan Kowal touchdown passes. The junior first hit Shakim Phillips with a 51 yard scoring strike. He threw a 10 yard touchdown to John Weiss and a 4 yard touchdown to Drew Feniello in the second period. Michael Burgio was true on all three PATs.

Valley made it close with two touchdowns in the second half. They got on the board when Pete Savastano found Anthony Verilli for a 37 yard score. Savastano scored in the fourth period on 7 yard rush with five minutes to go. On the touchdown drives Savastano hit Verilli with a total of six completions for for 72 yards. Three of those completions were fourth down conversions. After Valley's second touchdown, Verilli recovered an onside kick. This time, the Indians could not convert.

Kowal finished with 8 completions for 191 yards. Phillips grabbed 6 of those passes for 175 yards. Kowal also blocked a Valley extra point attempt and had a key interception late in the game. The DePaul defense held Valley's potent rushing attack to 44 yards. Kevin Stark, Craig Zimmer and John Proctor led the defense with eight tackles apiece. Nick Kline had seven spills. Kevin Murray, Wonzney and Robert Foster had six take downs apiece. Foster, Kline and Murray had sacks. Murray had a fumble recovery.

Savastano led Valley's defense with 11 tackles. Anthony Perez and Andrew DeFilippis had 10 tackles apiece. Colin Bush had eight tackles. Verilli, Michael Fusco and Franco Rosella had seven tackles. DeFilippis had a sack. Michael Tolerico had a pick.

The win most likely solidifies the No. 3 seed in Non Public, Group III playoffs for DePaul. Wayne Valley failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2004. Their fate was sealed when Ramapo, who trailed Valley for the last spot, upset previously unbeaten Pascack Valley.

Football: Wayne Hills 37, Fair Lawn 0

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Brian Dowling scored on touchdown rushes of 5 and 2 yards and scored on a 10 yard pass from Mike Quinn. Quinn also scored on a 13 yard rush. Trevor Jacobs rushed for a 10 yard touchdown. Jacobs finished with 166 rushing yards. Dowling tacked on 74 ground yards. Quinn completed 9 passes for 128 yards. Ryan Salerno starred with 12 tackles, including two for losses, and linebacker Ryan Piekarsky added nine tackles. Tim Divers booted a 35 yard field goal.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Field Hockey State Tournament: Northern Highlands 5, Wayne Valley 0

Kelsey Jubinski made 14 saves, but Wayne Valley still lost in the first round of the Section I, Group III State playoffs.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

State Tournament Brackets

Boys Soccer
Section I, Group III
Non Public, North A

Girls Soccer
Section I, Group III
Non Public, North A

Field Hockey
Section I, Group III

Football: Wayne Valley vs. DePaul Preview

Source: The Wayne Today

The Wayne Valley and DePaul varsity football teams will square off on the gridiron for just the fifth time ever at Wayne Valley High School tomorrow. While the games between these two stalwarts have always generated lots of excitement, there has never been more on the line than there will be tomorrow night. Read More

Football: Wayne Valley vs. DePaul History

Wayne Valley 2, DePaul 2, Tie 1
Home Team In Bold - Unknown if not noted
1981: Wayne Valley 14, DePaul 14
1998: Wayne Valley 48, DePaul 6
1999: Wayne Valley 42, DePaul 6
2008: DePaul 42, Wayne Valley 35
2009: DePaul 21, Wayne Valley 14

Cross Country

Source: The Wayne Today

The Wayne Hills girls second]place finish to Clifton in last year's Passaic County Cross Country championships appeared to serve as motivation last weekend when the Patriots claimed the overall crown at Garret Mountain for their first school title since 1976. Read More

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Passaic County Girls Soccer Championship: Wayne Hills 1, Clifton 1

Tournament Brackets

Christie Cherup scored the lone goal for Wayne Hills. The score was set up on a corner kick by Lauren Sullivan. Kelly Burian had six saves for the Patriots. After the teams went scoreless in overtime, they were declared co-champions.

The Wayne Today Story

Passaic County Boys Soccer Championship: Wayne Valley 1, Passaic Valley 0

Tournament Brackets

Robert Palmarozza headed in the winning goal off of a cross from Daniel Bellet. Mike Libucha had 7 saves for PV. Chris Riviello had 6 saves for Wayne Valley. Wayne Valley won its fifth county crown and third in the past four years.

The Wayne Today Story

Passaic County Field Hockey Championships: Passaic Valley 2, Wayne Hills 1

Tournament Brackets

Nicole Modak scored the lone goal for Wayne Hills (12-1-1). Stephanie Zygmunt had 10 saves for Wayne. Jenny Tafro had both goals for PV (14-3). Danielle Coiro and Victoria Gonzalez dished out the assists for PV. Samantha Dilkes had 8 saves for the victors.

Wayne Hills coach Jenn Badami credited Passaic Valley with a good performance.

"They're a relentless defensive team," Badami said. "We had our chances, but they were made plays on defense. Passaic Valley had a tremendous tournament. Our kids will bounce back from this. We'll get ready for the state tournament and hopefully get a chance to play Passaic Valley again."

Football: DePaul 42, Passaic Valley 28

Photos: Passaic Valley at DePaul

Wymere Robinson led DePaul (5-2) with 145 rushing yards and touchdown rushes of 2, 4 and 11 yards.

"It's been ridiculous the way the line has been blocking," Robinson said.

Dan Kowal rushed for 145 yards, including an 83 yard score. He also passed for 63 yards. Shakim Phillips returned a kickoff for an 89 yard touchdown. Jonathan Wozney bulled in for a 1 yard score.

PV's Dom Coiro exploded for 320 rushing yards, scoring on runs of 88, 69, 80 and 1.

Football: Wayne Hills 42, North Bergen 7

Brian Dowling had three touchdowns as Hills (6-1) won easily. He scored on rushes of 9 and 1 yards and caught a 46 yard touchdown from Mike Quinn. Trevor Jacobs scored on a 6 yard rush. Quinn added a 1 yard touchdown rush and threw a 53 yard touchdown to Matt DeBlock.

Football: Wayne Valley 48, Kearny 6

Mike Castles scored on runs of 25, 47 and 20 as Valley (4-3) won in a romp. Greg LaNeve added a 44 yard touchdown run. Mark Tucker caught a 29 yard touchdown throw from senior quarterback Pete Savastano. Michael Fusco caught a 37 yard touchdown from junior backup quarterback Andrew Fournier. Matt Deitz drilled six extra points.

Castles led Valley with 124 yards rushing. LaNeve added 74 ground yards. LaNeve and Walter Barr also had receptions. Fusco, Tucker and Franco Rosella led the defense with five tackles apiece. Anthony Perez and Colin Bush added four tackles apiece. Michael Miller recovered a fumble.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Friday Night Football

Passaic Valley at DePaul, 7 p.m.
North Bergen at Wayne Hills, 7 p.m.
Wayne Valley at Kearny, 7 p.m.

Boys Soccer: All Valley Passaic County Final

Source: The Wayne Today

Passaic Valley is riding a 6-6-1 record and will be playing in Saturday's Passaic County Tournament final round after blanking No. 7 West Milford, 3-0 in last Saturday's semifinals at DePaul High School. The sixth-seeded Hornets will take on fourth-seeded Wayne Valley after the Indians shut-out eighth-seeded Pompton Lakes, 3-0 in the other semifinal matchup. Read More

Cross Country: Passaic County Preview

Source: The Bergen Record

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Football: This DePaul doesn't want anyone's help

Source: The Bergen Record

The somber mood among DePaul’s players was understandable. The Spartans’ 29-15 loss at Paramus on Sept. 25 dropped them to 1-2, a start some of their players weren’t certain they could overcome. After all, the Spartans started last season 6-0, but lost back-to-back games before the eight-game cutoff and failed to qualify for the Non-Public, Group 3 playoffs. Read More

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Football Photos

Photos From Lakeland at Wayne Valley

Field Hockey: Passaic County Semifinals

Jacquelynn Giammetta delivered two goals, Nicole Modak scored once and Stephanie Zygmunt halted nine shots as second-seeded Wayne Hills (11-0-1) advanced in the semifinal round of the Passaic County Tournament in Wayne. Lindsey Ruhle made 11 saves for third-seeded Lakeland (10-3-2).

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Football: Wayne Hills 30, Teaneck 7

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Brian Dowling, a junior tailback, carried 16 times for 179 yards and a score and caught five passes for 52 yards and a touchdown for Wayne Hills (5-1). Running back Trevor Jacobs added 117 yards and a score. Quarterback Mike Quinn threw for 103 yards and two TDs.

Tim Divers got Wayne Hills started with a 35-yard field goal. Hills went to the air in the second period as Quinn threw a 51-yard TD pass to Mike Driesse and an 8-yarder to Dowling.

After Tyriek Harrison latched onto an 11-yard scoring pass from Kasey Grabe for Teaneck to start the third quarter, Dowling raced 55 yards for a TD as Wayne Hills built a 24-7 lead.
Jacobs rushed for a 1-yard TD in the fourth period for Hills.

Despite winning by a seemingly comfortable margin, the Patriots were less than happy.

"We didn't have any focus," Dowling said. "Teaneck has some tough kids and they gave us a battle."

"We're not a very good team right now," he coach Chris Olsen said. "This is not a typical Wayne Hills team."

Boys Soccer: Wayne Valley, Passaic Valley Advance To Passaic County Final

Source: The Bergen Record

Jason Rosenberg, Dan Bellet and Eric Darmstatter each scored for Wayne Valley, which advanced to its seventh County final since 1999. Read More

Football: Passaic Tech 22, Passaic 15, OT

Source: The Bergen Record

Terran Phillips is not talking about championships, at least not yet. Neither is his Passaic Tech teammate Terrel Smith, or their veteran coach, John Iurato. The Bulldogs are concerned with winning football games, their latest victory being the most exciting — a 22-15 overtime triumph over Passaic that certainly puts them in position to challenge for a sectional title they’re still playfully declining to discuss. Read More

Girls Soccer: Wayne Hills, Clifton Reach Passaic County Final

Source: The Bergen Record

The Patriots (7-2-2) scored with 30 minutes left when Allison Kowalski gathered up a loose ball in the box and trickled it under DePaul goalie Erica Keil. Read More

Friday, October 16, 2009

Football: DePaul 44, Memorial West New York 0

Wayne Today Story
Junior quarterback Dan Kowal threw for a touchdown and passed for a score as DePaul (4-2) won. Wymere Robinson carried eight times for 83 yards and a touchdown. Fullback Jon Wozney got DePaul rolling with a 4-yard TD rush and Mike Burgio added the first of his six kicks.

After linebacker John Proctor tackled the Memorial punter in the end zone for a safety, Kowal sailed 40 yards for a touchdown. Robinson followed with a 1-yard plunge as the Spartans forged a 23-0 halftime advantage.

Shakim Phillips returned the second half kickoff 85 yards for a TD. Slot back Dan Foesel caught a 28-yard TD toss from Kowal when DePaul expanded its lead to 37-0 in the third period.
Junior runner Robert Foster ended the scoring for DePaul with a 1-yard burst in the fourth quarter.

Kowal and Devon Jacobs had interceptions for DePaul. Massimo Aronson had a sack.

Football: Lakeland 3, Wayne Valley 0

Photos From Lakeland at Wayne Valley
The Wayne Valley football team (3-3) suffered would could end up being a crippling loss to Lakeland (4-2). Valley could conceivably make the playoffs at 5-3. They should certainly beat Kearny (1-5) next week. Kearny lost to DePaul and Passaic Valley by a combined margin of 81-0. They gave up 62 points to Paramus last night. A win over Kearny, could mean that Valley's game with DePaul (at Wayne Valley on October 30) is make or break as far as Valley's playoff prospects are concerned.

Prior to the season, Valley hadn't been shutout since 2003. It was their third shutout loss of this season. But these have hardly been blowout losses. The combined loss total to Clifton, Wayne Hills and Lakeland is 12-0. In its three wins over Montclair, Passaic Valley and Lakeland (all possible playoff teams), Valley has averaged 31 points.

Against Lakeland, Jon Allard hit a 30 yard field goal with 1:08 left to propel the Lancers to victory. Valley's best chance to score came early in the fourth quarter when they drove to the Lakeland 8 yard line. The drive was thwarted on second down when Allard picked off a Pete Savastano throw in the end zone.

Lakeland held Valley's talented running back tandem of Mike Castles and Greg LaNeve to 54 yards. Savastano threw for 121 yards. Castles had five catches for 64 receiving yards. Anthony Verrilli had four catches.
On defense, Valley got 10 tackles from Andrew DeFilippis. Michael Fusco and Colin Bush had 7 tackles apiece. Brandon Castelbuono had five tackles, including 2 sacks. Anthony Perez had 5 tackles and a fumble recovery. Verrilli had an interception deep in Lakeland territory. Mark Tucker had four tackles, including a sack. Ryan Young had a sack too. Savastano and Mike Tolerico had 4 tackles each.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Weekend Football

Lakeland 3, Wayne Valley 0
DePaul 44, Memorial West New York 0

Wayne Hills at Teaneck, 7 p.m.

Girls Soccer: Hills to face DePaul in PCCA semifinals

Source: Wayne Today

Top-seeded Wayne Hills (6-2-1) topped Lakeland, 3-1 in a quarterfinal round game of the Passaic County Girl’s Soccer Tournament on Saturday afternoon. The victory advanced the Patriots to Saturday’s semifinals where they will try to avenge one of their two losses this season, when they face DePaul at 4 p.m. Their only other loss came at Ridgewood.

Defending champion Lakeland, seeded eighth, took the early lead when Lindsey Capozzi converted a corner kick in the 13th minute of the first half. Hills tied it in the 38th minute when Nikolette Driesse took a setup from Carli Mink and got off a shot from just outside the 18-yard mark that flew over the head off Lancers’ goalkeeper Melanie Miller before hitting off the bottom of the post and dropping into the net. Read More

Field Hockey: Wayne Hills two wins shy of first County title in five years

Source: The Wayne Today

The Wayne Hills field hockey team is off to a tremendous start as it looks to win its first Passaic County championship in five years. Wayne Hills opened its season with a 5-0 win over Northern Valley of Demarest on Sept. 14. Other than a scoreless tie against Lakeland two days later, the Patriots have been very impressive, scoring 34 goals in its last eight games en route to a 9-0-1 record entering this week's action. Nicole Modak leads Wayne Hills in scoring with 15 goals and five assists. Read More

State Tournament Brackets


Football: Photos

Photos From Wayne Valley at Passaic Valley

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Gymnastics: Wayne Hills set to pounce

Source: The Bergen Record

Passaic County has another contender for the team gymnastics title. After edging West Milford last week, Wayne Hills has improved to 5-2 this season and set itself up for a late-season push.
"Our goal is to be healthy for those final championship meets and dual meets," said Patriots coach Cathy Peter. "I think the Counties will be a really exciting meet for the first time in a long time because there is no sure team who will win it." Read More

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Boys Soccer: Wayne Valley Reaches Passaic County Semifinals

Source: The Bergen Record

Joey Eilert didn’t have to look. He knew his teammate, Jason Rosenberg, was sprinting down the left flank. He knew it as soon as the ball was trapped under his foot. Read More

Passaic County Tournament Brackets

Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, Tennis, Field Hockey

Girls Soccer: Passaic County Tournament: Wayne Hills 3, Lakeland 2

Source: The Bergen Record

Carli Mink scored the go-ahead goal 10 minutes into the second half to give the top-seeded Patriots a 2-1 lead. Nikolette Driesse made it 1-1 for Hills off an assist from Mink just two minutes before the half. Brittany Kulcsar added a goal late for the Patriots and Andie Lakin had two assists. Lindsay Capozzi gave the Lancers a 1-0 lead off a corner kick in the 13th minute.
Hills will play fifth-seeded DePaul in the semifinals.

Field Hockey: Passaic County Tournament: Lakeland 3, Wayne Valley 2

Source: The Bergen Record

For the first time in 11 years, Lakeland is back in the Passaic County semifinals. And it earned its spot in a new and thrilling fashion.
Lakeland fell behind 1-0 and 2-1 before staging its dramatic comeback, the first come-from-behind victory for the Lancers this year. Stephanie Ruhle scored the first tying goal, Kristen Nazzarese knocked home the second, and Danielle Secor completed the comeback, whacking home the game-winner with 18 minutes left. Lakeland held off a spirited Wayne Valley side, which got a goal and assist from Kelsey Jubinsky, and sent itself back to the County semis, where it faces No. 2 Wayne Hills, for the first time since 1997.
"This is justification that we can play field hockey, that we are a good team," Lakeland coach Patty Kebridle said. "It was a big moral boost to prove that we can come from behind."

Friday, October 9, 2009

Football: Wayne Valley 34, Passaic Valley 19

Wayne Valley (3-2) bested previously unbeaten Passaic Valley to take the series lead, 29-28-1. The win also allowed Wayne Valley to retain the Today Cup, a trophy awarded by the Wayne Today/Passaic Valley Today.

"It was a big win for us and it was also big because it's a rivalry game," said Wayne Valley coach Brian O'Connor. "I've been here 8 years and I don't think there's ever been a blowout."

Both teams couldn't convert of first quarter opportunities. Wayne fumbled the opening kickoff away, but four plays later PV missed the field goal attempt. On its next possession, Wayne drove to the PV one yard line, but couldn't punch it in. PV missed a field goal again in the second period.

Mike Tolerico got Wayne Valley going in the second period with a 10 yard interception return. PV (3-1) tied it when Mike Governali caught a 37 yard TD pass from Matt Coiro. Wayne Valley took the lead into the half when Mike Castles pulled in a 26 yard touchdown pass for Pete Savastano. PV kept pace in the third period when Jack Pohlman scored on a 2 fumble return.

Wayne Valley pulled away in the fourth period with three touchdowns. Castles scored on rushes of 6 and 21 yards. Savastano scored on a 44 yard interception return. PV tacked on a score when Dom Coiro rushed in from five yards.

"I was disappointed that we didn't score when we got it down to the one yard line in the first quarter," O'Connor said. "We have a big line and, in my opinion, that's our strength. I went off on them at halftime and they responded. We started the season 1-2, so we don't really have room for error. I told the guys that if we lose one, we're done. They believe it. That's why I'm pleased that they came out and made the plays they had to make in the second half."

Added Castles, "We got some halftime speech from Coach O'Connor. We came out like a different team in the second half and really pounded the ball."
Savastano led the way for Valley with 153 passing yards. He also got a 66 yard punt off. Castles compiled 152 yards rushing. Colin Bush had a team high 12 tackles, including two sacks. Andrew DeFilippis had nine tackles. Mark Tucker had eight tackles, including three sacks. Anthony Perez came up with six spills.
Al Cappello, PV's first year coach, took the loss in stride. "We're still 3-1 and that's a decent record. We lost to a good team. Coach O'Connor does a heck of job."

Football: Wayne Hills 56, Bayonne 0

It didn't take Wayne Hills (4-1) long to bounce back from its first defeat in five years. The bounce back win came in the form of a blowout win over Bayonne. Trevor Jacobs, cousin of New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs, got Hills going by slamming into the end zone for a one yard score. Later, he scored on a 7 yard rush. Brian Dowling added a 9 yard touchdown rush and caught a 35 yard touchdown from Mike Quinn. Matt DeBlock also caught a touchdown from Quinn (5 yards). Max DeCarvahlo caught a 14 yard touchdown from Quinn. Offensive lineman Nick Tumminello lined up in the back field and had a touchdown run. The final touchdown came when Troy Zaffino caught an 11 yard pass from Andrew Monaghan.

Quinn finished with 113 passing yards. Dowling rushed for 97 yards and caught passes for 89 yards. Hills compiled 419 yards of total offense and limited Bayonne to 39 yards and no first downs.

Football: DePaul 46, Kearny 0

Six players scored touchdowns for DePaul (3-2). Wymere Robinson started the onslaught off with a two-yard touchdown run. Shakim Phillips then raced for a 91 yard score. Trequan Knighten had second quarter touchdown runs of 10 and 3 yards. Dan Foesel caught a 40 yard touchdown from Dan Kowal. Nashawn Daniels and David Saberito had touchdown runs of 29 and 43 yards respectively.

Davon Jacobs intercepted two passes and John Weiss recovered two fumbles for the winners. Robinson rushed for 114 yards.

Friday Night Football Scores

Wayne Valley 34, Passaic Valley 19
DePaul 46, Kearny 0
Wayne Hills 56, Bayonne 0

Girls County Tournament Soccer: DePaul Beats Wayne Valley

Source: Bergen Record

DePaul didn’t win any style points, but the Spartans won where it mattered. Surviving a relentless attack by Wayne Valley in the second half, Marguerite Pinheiro scored three minutes into the second overtime to give DePaul a 2-1 victory Friday in the Passaic County girls soccer tournament quarterfinals at Wayne Valley. Read More

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Football: Wayne Valley vs. Passaic Valley Preview

Source: The Wayne Today: Timeless Rivalry: Arguably, no where in the state, at any level and in any sport, can a rivalry claim to be more evenly matched than Wayne Valley-Passaic Valley. Read More

Source: JerseySportsNow: JerseySportsNow interviews Wayne Today Sports Editor Nick Gantaifis on the Wayne Valley vs. Passaic Valley rivalry. View the interview

Friday Night Football

Wayne Valley at Passaic Valley, 7 p.m.
Bayonne at Wayne Hills, 7 p.m.
Kearny at DePaul, 7 p.m.

Football: Wayne Hills To Retire The Number of Greg Olsen

Source: The Bergen Record

A week after Wayne Hills’ 55-game winning streak ended, the school’s football family will focus on another number Friday night. The school will retire Greg Olsen’s jersey No. 4 in a halftime ceremony during the Patriots’ NJTCC game against Bayonne, which will start at 7 p.m. Olsen, a third-year tight end for the Chicago Bears, was a top five national high school recruit for Wayne Hills in 2002. Read More

Football: DePaul's Phillips Named To All American Bowl

Source: The Wayne Today

It was not your average pep rally that took place in the gymnasium of DePaul Catholic High School last Tuesday afternoon. Sure, there were star athletes and cheerleaders and hundreds of students cheering for a successful fall season for their Spartans. But this assembly had a bit more sizzle than a typical prep assembly. Helping to pack the room were representatives of the United States Army, reporters from outlets both local and national, and a decorative arrangement of paraphernalia dedicated to the celebration of Spartans wide receiver Shakim Phillips, who was official admitted into the U.S. Army All-American Bowl scheduled for January 9, 2010 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Read More

Tennis: Wayne Hills Wins Another Title

Source: The Wayne Today

For more than a decade, the Wayne Hills girls’ tennis team has been the top program in Passaic County. Their County titles serve as backup and a reminder to all up-and-coming players that one of their goals every year is to bring home the championship trophy. Read More

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

State Tournament Brackets


Field Hockey: Sticks set for County tournaments

Source: The Bergen Record

Entering the tournament, which starts Saturday, Pompton Lakes and Wayne Hills likely will have undefeated records. The other four — Lakeland, Passaic Valley, Wayne Valley and West Milford — have a combined record of 21-11-3, with Wayne Valley being the only sub .500 team in the county. And the Indians believe they have a shot at pulling an upset. Read More

Friday, October 2, 2009

Football: Hills' Historic Streak Ends

St. Joseph's Photos

The Wayne Hills epic 55 game win streak ended Friday when the Patriots were narrowly defeated by St. Joseph, 17-15. It's been nearly five years since their last loss — a 24-20 home defeat to Ramapo on Oct. 29, 2004.

It took St. Joes, an 11-time State champion since 1995, to bring the streak to a halt. The Montvale-based parochial school regularly sends players to Division I-A schools. They are one of the premier programs in the state.

Hills (3-1) went up 6-0 in the second quarter when Mike Quinn fired a 23 yard touchdown pass to Matt DeBlock. Tim Divers missed the extra point attempt. St. Joes scored all 17 of its points in the second period. Two of its scores came after turnovers.

Hills came storming back in the fourth period. First, Divers drilled a 27 yard field goal. Hills pulled within 17-15 when Brian Dowling slammed into the end zone from a yard out with three minutes left. The tying two point conversion attempt failed when a Quinn to Dowling pass fell incomplete. Dowling led the Patriots with 101 rushing yard.

"We're going to start talking about another streak," Hills head coach Chris Olsen said. "We're going on an eight game winning streak and we're going to finish this thing (a state sectional championship) off. We've got the kids that can do it."
Hills championship streak of 5-straight remains intact. They've won six of the last seven titles.

Football: Wayne Valley 22, Paramus 21

Wayne Valley Football Photos

Wayne Valley got off to a 2-0 lead when Paramus botched a punt in the end zone. Matt Castles was the first to reach the punter.

Castles then scored the team's first touchdown on a 13 yard rush. He set up the score with a 54 yard rush earlier in the drive. Later in the drive, Pete Savastano helped Valley convert a 4th-and-10 with a completion to Anthony Verrilli.

Savastano scored Valley's second touchdown on a three yard rush. Savastano had a 31 yard completion to Castles on the drive.

Savastano then threw a 5 yard touchdown to Greg LaNeve in the 4th period. The ensuing Savastano to Anthony Verrilli two point conversion play put Valley (2-2) up 22-8 and would prove crucial. Paramus scored two touchdowns to pull within 22-21 with less than a minute remaining. Instead of playing it safe, going for a tie and thus sending it to overtime, Parmaus elected to go for two and the win. The attempt failed when backup linebacker Mike Pascrel broke up a pass attempt at the goal line.

"Mike was in good position and came up with a great play," head coach Brian O'Connor said.

Pascrel had actually just been burned on the Paramus touchdown.

"They had just beaten me on the same play, so I had a feeling they might try it again," he said. "I"m glad I was able to make the play."

Savastano led the way with 109 passing yards. Castles had 108 rushing yards. Colin Bush and Andrew DeFilippis had 8 tackles apiece. Brandon Castelbuouno had five tackles, including one sack. Savastano and Mike Tolerico had interceptions.

Football: DePaul 48, Ferris 14

DePaul Football Photos

Dan Kowal rushed for touchdowns of 30 and 70 yards and threw a 38-yard scoring pass to Shakim Phillips to lead DePaul (2-2) to victory. Phillips also returned a kickoff 88 yards for a score in the fourth quarter. Wymere Robinson had touchdown rushes of 20 and 2 yards. David Saberito scored on a 5 yard run.

Friday Night Football

St. Joseph's 17, Wayne Hills 15
Wayne Valley 22, Paramus 21
DePaul 48, Ferris 14

Cross Country: Wayne Valley Shows Its Might

Source: The Bergen Record

Wayne Valley could have gone to the Shore Invitational today instead of running in Friday’s Maroon Invitational at Garret Mountain. Read More

Football Showdown at sundown: Wayne Hills vs. St. Joseph

Source: The Bergen Record

Brian Dowling and his teammates know what’s discussed behind their backs. The disclaimer comes from coaches, players and fans who contend Wayne Hills wouldn’t have been able to win 55 consecutive games if the Patriots played in a more challenging league than the NBIL before they became members of the NJTCC this year. Read More

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Tennis: Wayne Hills wins Passaic County title again

Source: The Bergen Record

Over the last 13 years, the Patriots have been the elite girls tennis program in Passaic. And this year is no different, as they came away with yet another County tournament title Thursday.
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Friday Night Football

St. Joseph's-Montvale at Wayne Hills, 7 p.m.
Paramus at Wayne Valley, 7 p.m.
DePaul at Ferris-Jersey City, 7 p.m.

Tennis: DePaul Pair In Final

Source: The Bergen Record

DePaul’s Mikayla Couch would not let the Spartans’ first trip through the Passaic County girls tennis tournament be only an experience. She wanted to leave a winner. In one of the matches of the day, Couch battled back and forth with reigning first-singles champion Nina Zakotnik of Wayne Hills for a spot in the final. In what was a rematch of a regular-season match won by Couch, it met expectations as both girls left it all on the court. Couch repeated with a 7-5, 7-6 (7-5) victory. Read More

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

County Tournament Brackets

Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, Tennis

Tennis: DePaul's maiden voyage

Source: The Bergen Record

DePaul’s players have never had the chance to participate in the Passaic County girls tennis tournament. And the same goes for its coaches. But that will all change Wednesday and they are ready to embrace the opportunity, as they have with everything else thrown at them this season. Read More

Monday, September 28, 2009

Football: Wayne Valley vs. Wayne Hills Photos

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Football: Wayne Hills-St. Joseph's: Karcich ready for fireworks

Source: The Bergen Record

Tony Karcich, like any top-flight football coach, has a remarkable knack for reaching back into his past and pulling out the details of a long forgotten game. Like, for example, the only time he’s ever coached against Chris Olsen in a game that counted. Read More

Cross Country: LaGuardia finds motivation

Source: The Bergen Record

Alyssa LaGuardia was training last Sunday at Garret Mountain with good friend Kat McCurdy of Mahwah, a sophomore at Mount St. Dominic when a coach from Mount St. Mary’s came up to them and pointed to Caroline Williams, training a few meters away. Read More