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

Volleyball: Wayne Valley Turns Week Around With Tournament Win

Source: The Bergen Record

When the Wayne Valley bus rolled up to the Clifton Invitational on Saturday morning, the girls volleyball team that got off was a bit shaken. The Indians, who started the season 4-1, were in the midst of their worst week this season. On Wednesday, they suffered a thumping at the hands of Fair Lawn. On Friday, Paramus beat them convincingly in two games. Read More

Field Hockey: Giammetta wins it again for Wayne Hills

Source: The Bergen Record

Jacqui Giammetta could get used to this. All the hugs and high-fives, the smiling faces and giddy teammates, the comeback wins and happy endings all courtesy of Giammetta. Just a few perks of playing hero. Again. For the second time in two games, Giammetta scored the winning goal for No. 4 Wayne Hills, propelling it to a pivotal 2-1 victory over No. 3 Northern Highlands in field hockey. Read More

Realignment: Big North Splits Wayne Schools

Source: Bergen Record

The Big North, which begins play in 2010-11, approved general and football divisional alignments Thursday that not only place non-public schools into their own division but also puts the two Wayne public schools into the same division for every sport but football. Read More

Friday, September 25, 2009

Football: Wayne Hills 7, Wayne Valley 0

Matt DeBlock's 21-yard scoring reception from Mike Quinn in the first quarter proved to be the difference. Unfortunately, video replay seemed to indicate that DeBlock never had possession. The referees ruled it a touchdown. (Click here to view JerseySportsNow video coverage of the blown call).

It was Wayne Hills' 55th victory in a row, giving it

Football: Paramus 29, DePaul 15

Dan Kowal threw two touchdown passes for DePaul (1-2). First, he hit George Monsen with a 20-yard TD pass. Next, he threw an 11 yard touchdown pass to Dan Foesel . Matt Blewitt kicked a field goal for DePaul. Kowal threw for 253 yars. Foesel finished with a team high 104 receiving yards. Shakim Phillips had 62 yards through the air. Kowal and Wymere Robinson combined for 100 yards rushing

Football: Paramus states case with win over DePaul

Source: The Bergen Record

This was Paramus’ big chance to make a statement. First game in a new league. A highly ranked opponent. The first real test of the season. And the Spartans, ranked No. 7 in the North Jersey Top 25, aced the test, stopping No. 9 DePaul, 29-15, in North Jersey Tri-County Conference action. Read More

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Football: Valley Vs. Hills - Center Of Attention!

Source: The Wayne Today

As far as high school football rivalries are concerned, Wayne had always been blessed with two gems. In the opinions of many, nothing beats the rivalry between Wayne Valley and Passaic Valley. The two schools have been meeting on the gridiron since 1952. The Wayne Hills-Ramapo rivalry has always been viewed in a similar light, although thanks to the NJSIAA's realignment plan, that game won't be played this year. With realignment still not complete, there is speculation that this annual tussle could be renewed in 2010. The teams could conceivably reunite in the 2009 playoffs. For most area football fans, those annual games were always considered must-sees. Wayne fans, it reasonably follows, wanted to see the Township's high school teams prevail over their neighbors. But while Valley and Hills are busy squaring off against its neighbors, one baffling mystery remained — how come Wayne's two football teams rarely get to play each other? Read More

Football: Wayne Valley Seniors Still Have Painful Memory Of Loss To Wayne Hills

Source: The Bergen Record

Brandon Castlebuono, Anthony Perez and Pete Savastano vividly remember the night of Nov. 30, 2007. Wayne Valley’s three senior captains were inexperienced sophomores, watching Wayne Hills crush the dreams of their friends from the sideline at Giants Stadium. A 27-7 victory gave Wayne Hills its fourth of five consecutive North 1, Group 3 championships. Read More

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Football: Battle Of Wayne Tickets On Sale Today

Source: The Bergen Record

Tickets for the first regular-season football game between Wayne Hills and Wayne Valley can be purchased at Wayne Valley’s athletic department office today and Thursday between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Read More

Field Hockey: Wayne Hills sisters make a winning team

Source: The Bergen Record

It must have been an unspoken sisterly bond. There is no other explanation. Because after scoring the winning goal late in No. 4 Wayne Hills’ 2-1 field hockey victory over No. 2 Passaic Valley, even Jacqui Giammetta couldn’t fully explain how her younger sister, Angelica, made the pass that led to victory. Read More

Field Hockey: WH star Zygmunt chooses Vermont

Source: The Bergen Record

A little more than three years ago, Stephanie Zygmunt had her first field hockey experience. It was the summer before her freshman year at Wayne Hills when she went to a high school field hockey scrimmage and liked what she saw. Read More

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Boys Soccer: Wayne Hills' Graham gets 300th win

Source: The Bergen Record

Nelson Graham forgot what was at stake. The milestone within his reach and the satisfaction it would bring didn’t cross his mind. All that did was winning the opening game.
The Wayne Hills’ boys soccer coach was minutes from his 300th career win and he didn’t even know it. Read More

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Football: DePaul Edges Seton Hall In Overtime

Source: The Wayne Today

When DePaul lost its football opener to St. Joseph's last week, they appeared to lose more than a game. Dan Farley, a three-year starter at quarterback, broke a finger in his throwing hand. That forced coach John McKenna to shift wide receiver, Danny Kowal, to quarterback. The junior answered the call in his first-ever varsity start at quarterback. His 25-yard touchdown pass to Dan Foesel in overtime propelled DePaul (1-1) to a 34-28 victory. Read More

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Football: DePaul 34, Seton Hall Prep 28, OT

Danny Kowal's 25 yard touchdown pass to Dan Foesel in overtime propelled DePaul (1-1) to victory. Kowal, a wide receiver, shifted to quarterback in place of injured Dan Farley. The senior signal caller broke a finger in his throwing arm in the opening day loss to St. Joseph's. He was still able

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Wayne Valley 37, Montclair 12

Matt Castles ran for two touchdowns and a caught another from Pete Savastano as Valley (1-1) pounded Montclair, the longtime Group IV power. Savastano also rushed for two touchdowns. This was

Football: Wayne Valley Rebounds Against Montclair

Source: The Wayne Today

It may seem like a bit of a stretch to label the second game of the season "must win," but Wayne Valley's football game against Montclair Friday was about as close as it gets. Read More

Wayne Hills 55, West Milford 7

Mike Quinn threw for four touchdowns as Wayne Hills (2-0) destroyed West Milford. He started the game with two first quarter touchdown passes. The first was

Patriots prove to be too much for Highlanders

Source: The Suburban Trends and Wayne Today

When Wayne Hills last faced West Milford, the streaking Patriots came away with 44-8 win in the first round of the playoffs en route to their fifth straight North One, Group Three State title. On Thursday night, the teams met again at Patriots Stadium with similar results. As in last year's game, the Highlanders (0-2) hung with Hills for a short while in the first quarter, but another one-sided affair ensued with the Patriots eventually beating West Milford, 55-7. Read More

Football: Big tests await Wayne Hills

Source: The Bergen Record

Wayne Hills has built one of the greatest high school football legacies around by using all of the above, en route to six North 1, Group 3 championships in seven years, the last five coming in convincing fashion as part of a remarkable 54-game winning streak. Read More

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Week 2 Football Schedule

Thursday, Sept. 17
Wayne Valley 37, Montclair 12
Wayne Hills 55, West Milford 7

Saturday, Sept. 19
DePaul at Seton Hall Prep, 1 p.m.

DePaul's Phillips Commits To Boston College

Source: The Wayne Today

All along, DePaul senior Shakim Phillips had said he wanted to make a college decision before the 2009 season started, but was also quick to say it was something he wasn't going to force. After all, the Paterson resident admitted that choosing a school wasn't his main focus as he had one big year of high school football left. So just prior to the Spartans' opening game against highly-touted St. Joseph Regional-Montvale at Giants Stadium last Friday night, Phillips decided that Boston College is the school that best fits his needs. Read More

Wayne's Brady Play Key Role for Don Bosco Prep

Source: The Wayne Today

While most Wayne football fans were focused on Wayne Valley, Wayne Hills and DePaul results this past weekend, there was at least one family who was more interested in the high publicized cross country battle between Don Bosco Prep-De La Salle (Concord, California).
That's because Chris Brady, a product of Wayne Boys Club football, plays defensive back for Don Bosco Prep. Read More

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Football: St. Joseph's Montvale 34, DePaul 21

DePaul Football Photos
St. Joseph's Football Photos
DePaul scored on its first possession when Dan Farley rushed for a six yard score. The first half ended with the score deadlocked, 7-7. St. Joseph's took over in the second half. The Spartans squandered four scoring opportunities with four turnovers inside St. Joes territory.

"We saw they were getting tired," said Kamal Hogan, who had 125 rushing yards for St. Joes. He also rushed for a score and caught a 40 yard touchdown pass from Devin O'Connor.

"Once he got into the open he was tough," DePaul coach John McKenna said. "We have to do a good job keeping runners in the box. I don't think our defense played very well. The schedule doesn't get any easier, so we have figure a few things out."

Farley was involved with all three touchdowns. He had two touchdown passes, in addition to his early TD. In the third quarter, he found Joe Moreno for an eight yard touchdown toss. In the fourth quarter, he hit Dan Foesel with a 15 yard scoring strike. He also found Danny Kowal for a two point conversion. Shakim Phillips did not catch a pass, but he did have a 65 yard run off of a reverse to set up the first score. He also returned kicks for 50 yards.

Football: Wayne Hills 42, West Essex 7

Brian Dowling rushed 16 times for 124 yards and scored the Patriots’ first five touchdowns. His scores were highlighted by a 32-yard run and a 64-yard reception from Mike Quinn. Place-kicker Tim Divers was

Wayne Hills Football: Opening Statement

Source: The Wayne Today

I has been a long time since Wayne Hills faced on non league foe in a regular season game. But the result was no different than in the previous 52 games on Friday night in Caldwell when the Patriots faced West Essex in the high school football opener. Read More

Friday, September 11, 2009

Football: Clifton 2, Wayne Valley 0

Corey Meyer tackled Wayne Valley punter Pete Savastano in the end zone late in the third quarter for a safety. That was the lone score in the Mustangs’ 2-0 victory over the Indians.

"I thought the snap was a little to his left," Valley head coach Brian O'Connor said. "But Pete should have had it. He bobbled it a little and by the time he had control (Meyer) was all over him."

Unfortunately for Valley, they had to punt the ball twice on that possession. On the first punt, Clifton was flagged for an illegal block. Because of that illegal block, the Clifton return man was able to return the ball deep into Valley territory. Savastano, unaware of the flag, tackled the runner, but was flagged for a face mask. The penalties off set, forcing Valley to punt again. That was when the safety occurred.

It was a rough stretch for Savastano, but he was hardly the only one to blame. Normally sure handed Anthony Verrilli had two drops, including one in the end zone and one late in the game. Mike Castles also had a key drop late. Savastano also had two fourth period interceptions.

O'Connor thought that those passes should have been caught and said the other gaffes were "certainly avoidable." On the other hand, the coach placed most of the blame on another culprit - the rainy, windy weather conditions.

"We had lots of opportunities, but we didn't make the plays," he said. "You can't really blame a kid though under these conditions. The weather played a big factor."

Clifton didn't fare much better. They fumbled the ball seven times. Fortunately for the Mustangs, they recovered the ball five of those times.

WV got big defensive efforts from Michael Fusco and Andrew DeFilippis, who had 14 tackles apiece. Savastano had 10 tackles. DeFilippis and Brandon Castelbuono had fumble recoveries. Greg LaNeve led the offense with 58 yards rushing.

Clifton Football Photos

Wayne Valley Drops Close One In Opener

It was not a misprint. There was no need to rub your eyes.The final football score was indeed accurate — Clifton 2, Wayne Valley 0. Read More

DePaul's Valiant Effort Comes Up Short Against St. Joes

Source: The Wayne Today

High school football teams play nine regular season games each year. They get four or five home games a year on an annual, rotating basis. This season, DePaul was only scheduled to play four home games. When the opportunity to play St. Joseph’s-Montvale at Giants Stadium came up, DePaul jumped at it, even though it meant giving up one of their only four home games. Read More

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Opening Night: Friday, September 11

St. Joseph's Montvale 34, DePaul 21
Wayne Hills 42, West Essex 7
Clifton 2, Wayne Valley 0

Friday, September 4, 2009

Wayne Valley Football Hall Of Fame

Wayne Valley football coach Brian O’Connor spearheaded the forming of the team's Hall of Fame. The first five inductions were made on August 28, during the team’s annual preseason beefsteak at the Wayne PAL. The inductees included: Mike Radtke (linebacker/tackle/fullback 1963-1965), Ted Hanenberg (lineman/linebacker 1968-1970), Fred Keil (assistant coach 1956-1959; head coach 1983-1988), Bob Bishop (lineman 1965-1967; assistant coach 1974-1995, 2003-present; head coach 1996-2000), and Aaron Hall (Fullback/linebacker, 1988-1991). The inductees will also be honored at halftime of the team’s Oct. 2 game at home against Paramus.
Click here to see Wayne Valley's Hall of Fame page.
Click here to see morepictures of the induction ceremony.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009