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
1987

Lincoln – 1
1981

Lyndhurst – 1
1983

Dumont – 1
1984

Harrison – 1
1986

Waldwick 1
1988

Palisades Park 1
1991

Park Ridge 1
1995

Boonton 1
2003

Bogota 1
2006

Wallkill Valley 1
2004

Emerson 1
1983

Clifton – 1
2006

Cliffside Park – 1
1977

Northern Highlands – 1
1978

Pascack Hills – 1
1979

Old Tappan -1
1985

Pascack Valley 1
1992

Wood-Ridge -1
1977

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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