Friday, December 31, 2010

Jack Reilly Boys Basketball Holiday Tournament, Semifinals: Old Tappan 50, Wayne Hills 36

Matt Heskins had 14 points for Hills. Mike Driesse added 8 points. Pete Daibes and Darius Haber added 6 and 5 points respectively. Shane McLaughlin had 17 points to lead Old Tappan.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Passaic County Tournament Ice Hockey Semifinals: Wayne Valley 5, Wayne Hills 1

Ryan Gomez and Nick Maffei had two goals and two assists apiece as Wayne Valley (6-0-1) advanced to the final. Zach Morrison also notched a goal. Rob Sallcum and Max Schwartz added assists. Nate Khoodenko had 20 saves. John Stessel scored for Wayne Hills. Kyle Blazer and Kevan Ellis had assists. Erhan Sarayli had 55 saves for Hills.

Passaic County Tournament Ice Hockey Semifinals: DePaul 3, Lakeland 2, OT

Zach Modelski scored on a pass from Nick Zanoni with 7:19 left in the first overtime to help DePaul (6-1-2) advance in semifinal round of the Passaic Tournament at Floyd Hall Arena in Little Falls. Ryan Carroll and George Mead also scored for DePaul. Bobby Kronyak had both goals for Lakeland (2-4-2).

JP Flynn Boys Basketball Holiday Tournament: Morris Catholic 55, DePaul 53

Morris Catholic used a 13-5 fourth quarter to pull out the victory in the second round of the J.P. Flynn Tournament at Delbarton in Morris Township.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Northern Highlands Holiday Tournament Consolation Round: Wayne Valley 47, Paramus 25

Andrew Keane, a sophomore center, scored 11 of his game-high 17 points in a 21-6 first period for Wayne Valley (2-2). Keane also added six rebounds. Senior guard Tom Larranaga chipped in with 14 points for Wayne Valley. Andrew Herasimtschuk pulled down 6 boards. Anthony Verrilli and Justin D'Apolito had four assists each.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Northern Highlands Boys Basketball Holiday Tournament, First Round: Fair Lawn 59, Wayne Valley 55, OT

John Larranaga led Wayne Valley (1-2) with 13 points. Chris Homsi and Tom Larranaga had 12 and 11 points respectively. Andrew Herasimtschuk had 9 points and 7 rebounds. Andrew Keane collected 7 rebounds as well. Justin D'Apolito dished out 5 assists.

Jack Reilly Boys Basketball Holiday Tournament, First Round: Wayne Hills 63, Snyder 38

Wayne Hills got 28 points and 11 rebounds from center Pete Daibes. Wayne Hills will play Old Tappan in the semifinals tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. Daibes was a two-way end for the Wayne Hills football team that beat Old Tappan, 24-21, for the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 1, Group 3 championship on Dec. 4. Wayne Hills got off to a 14-9 lead in the first quarter and all but wrapped it up in the second with a 35-15 halftime advantage. Scott Wills and Mike Driesse scored nine points apiece for Wayne Hills.

JP Flynn Boys Basketball Holiday Tournament, First Round: DePaul 62, Mendham 53

Kiy Hester struck for 16 points and Josh Marquez and Davon Jacobs scored 14 apiece for DePaul (2-1). Tore Vicarisi scored a game-high 26 points and ripped off seven rebounds for Mendham.

Passaic County Hockey Tournament

DePaul 11, Passaic Valley 1: Kyle Scancerella and Zach Finkle collected two goals apiece and George Mead picked up four assists to fuel DePaul (5-1-2) in the first round of the Passaic County Tournament at Floyd Hall Arena in Little Falls.

Wayne Hills 5, Clifton 2: A.J. Ricciardi had a goal and three assists to lead Wayne Hills. James Benfatti had two goals. Ian Kliewe and Michael Autiero netted a goal apiece. Sam Finkler and John Stessel had two assists apiece.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Football: DePaul's Foesel Signs With UMass

Source: The Bergen Record

DePaul tight end Dan Foesel became the second North Jersey football standout to choose the University of Massachusetts this month. Read More

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Boys Basketball: DePaul 39, Wayne Hills 33

Josh Marquez struck for 25 points for DePaul, which pulled away with a 10-5 fourth period at DePaul in Wayne. Mike Driesse dropped in 10 points for Wayne Hills. Sam Pressler added 8 points. Photos To Come

Boys Basketball: Wayne Valley 79, Lakeland 47

Chris Homsi led 10 Wayne Valley (1-1) players with 16 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Andrew Herasimtschuk contributed 15 points and 6 boards. John Larranaga threw in four 3-pointers and finished with 13 points for Wayne Valley. Luke Primerano had 9 points and 4 rebounds. Justin D'Apolito and Mike Verrilli had 6 and 5 assists respectively.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Boys Basketball: Paramus Catholic 56, DePaul 54

Youthful DePaul gave highly touted Paramus Catholic all could handle. Freshman Kiy Hester led the Spartans with 19 points. Sophomore Joshua Marquez was next with 17 points. Massimo Aronson, Juwuan Carter and Jarrad Sykes had 6 points apiece.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Ice Hockey: Wayne Valley 6, Wayne Hills 0

Wayne Valley hockey coach Bill Katinsky stood near his team’s locker room Friday night and shook his head with a laugh. He had summed it up perfectly. Read More

Boys Basketball: West Milford 70, Wayne Hills 64

Matt Heskins had 20 points and Mike Driesse added 17 for Wayne Hills. Darius Haber and Pete Daibes were next with 10 and 8 points respectively. Tyler Maurer paced West Milford with 15 points.

Boys Basketball: Passaic Valley 54, Wayne Valley 44

Center Dave Clough dropped in 16 points to spark a balanced attack for Passaic Valley in Little Falls. Tom Gaccione contributed 13 points and Olumide Onajide had 12 for Passaic Valley, which held a 21-11 lead in a defensive battle in the first half. Andrew Herasimtschuk led Wayne Valley with 11 points and 8 rebounds. Chris Homsi added 9 points. Luke Primerano had 6 points and and 7 rebounds. Mike Verrilli had 5 points. Justin D'Apolito dished out 6 assists. Andrew Keane collected 5 boards.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Boys Basketball Previews

Source: The Wayne Today

Wayne Hills Embraces New Regime (Schedule)
It took a little while for first year Wayne Hills boys' basketball coach Paul Palek to evaluate his 2010-11 Patriot roster. That's because two key returnees, Pete Daibes and Mike Driesse, were occupied playing football until December 4, when the Wayne Hills football team beat Old Tappan for the State Sectional championship. Read More

Wayne Valley Adjusting To Change (Schedule)
Staunch Wayne Valley basketball fans will probably feel like something is missing the first few times they look at the box score this season. That's because, for the first time in four years, it will not include the name Jason Rosenberg. The point guard finished his Wayne Valley career last winter as the school's all-time assist leader and as a 1,000 point scorer. Read More

DePaul Ready For Action (Schedule)
DePaul suffered heavy losses to graduation from last year's 20-6 team. Those moving on include Mike Minarik, Matt Miller, Keith Ford, and Wally Sajimi. DePaul will need sophomore Josh Marquez to make a smooth transition to point guard. Junior forwards Davon Jacobs and Massimo Aronson must assume the scoring burden up front.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Football: Yet Another Good Story On The Wayne Hills-Old Tappan Final

Source: The Bergen Record

The fall season had its moments, but there are two that will be remembered for years. Wayne Hills’ "Holy Lateral" as its being called — props to the man who came up with that — gave the Patriots an incredible game- winning touchdown with five seconds left in the North 1, Group 3 final at New Meadowlands Stadium. Read More

Bergen Record Field Hockey Team Of The Year: Wayne Hills

Source: The Bergen Record

It seems Wayne Hills reloads every year and remains an elite North Jersey field hockey program. This season was no different.The Patriots won the Northeast Field Hockey League Division 2 for the third straight year, reached the semifinals of the North 1, Group 3 tournament and won the Passaic County tournament for the first time since 2004. Read more

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Bergen Record Girls cross-country runner of the year: Alyssa LaGuardia

Source: The Bergen Record

Alyssa LaGuardia entered DePaul hoping to make the basketball team and expecting to make the softball team. Four years later, she’ll graduate in June as DePaul’s greatest track and cross-country star and one of the top runners in Passaic County history. Read More

Saturday, December 4, 2010


Media Coverage Of The Game

Click here to read Chris Lawlor's piece in the Wayne Today

Click here to read the Star Ledger Article on this exciting game, including the controversial ending.

Click here to view MSGVarsity footage of controversial touchdown. Footage seems to reveal that the whistle did blow on game winning TD.

Click here for JerseySportsNow coverage

Click here to read the Suburbanite's story

Below is Skiffo Drake's verion

SECTION I, GROUP III FINAL: Wayne Hills 24, Old Tappan 21: Wayne Hills (11-1) won the Section I, Group III crown in miraculous fashion. Old Tappan had rallied to go in front, 21-17 when Devin Fuller threw a 12-yard pass to Drew Martinez with 23 seconds left.

Brian Dowling took the ensuing kickoff and, while being tackled, lateraled to Troy Zaffino, who ran 76 yards for a stunning, game-winning touchdown with five seconds left.

The deciding TD was disputed by Old Tappan, which claimed the play had been whistled dead by an official due to their assertion that Dowling's forward progress had been stopped. Old Tappan coach Brian Dunn said his kids also claimed the play had been blown dead.

"Our kids heard a whistle blow on the field," Dunn said.

Zaffino, who scored the game winner, admitted that the whistle was blown. But the miraculous touchdown stood regardless.

"I did hear a whistle, but I just kept running," Zaffino said.

Cowardly referees fled from the field afterwards, instead of offering an explanation.

"We never practiced this before," Zaffino said. "I saw Brian get the ball and then he was about to be stopped and I yelled at him to get the ball back to me. And then when I got the whole left side was open and I just ran."

"I told the team, let me catch it and try to make a play," Dowling said. "When they were on me I heard Troy yell "BD, BD!" So I pitched it and he did the rest."

Early in the game, it appeared that Hills was cruising to another victory. Dowling scored two second quarter rushes (3 and 6 yards) to put Hills up 14-0. With less than 40 seconds remaining in the half, Fuller scored on a 15 yard rush to bring Old Tappan within 14-7. Hills managed to move the ball down quickly and added a Mike Driesse 27-yard field goal before intermission.

Old Tappan scored on two long scoring drives to eventually take its short-lived lead. Keith Rodman capped of the first drive with an 18 yard TD run. The Fuller-to-Martinez pass with 23 seconds left capped off a 90-yard drive.

Dowling kept his team in the lead through most of the game by carrying 31 times for 189 yards and two TDs, giving him 34 for the season. Kevin Olsen was 10-for-17 passing for 139 yards.

Fuller finished 8-for-16 for 125 yards and the one TD and he rushed 25 times for 88 yards and a score. Rodman finished with 70 yards on seven carries, all in the second half.

This was Hills' seventh State Sectional crown (2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010).

Friday, December 3, 2010

Section I, Group III Football Final

Wayne Hills (No. 1) vs. Old Tappan (No. 2)
The New Meadowlands Stadium Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
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Wayne Hills well aware of versatile Fuller (Source: The Wayne Today)
Wayne Hills focusing on defense (Source: The Bergen Record)
Game Preview (Source The Bergen Record)

The Series (Hills leads, 35-5-1 overall and leads 4-0 in the playoffs)
1972: Old Tappan 14, Wayne Hills 6
1973: Wayne Hills 38, Old Tappan 6
1974: Wayne Hills 35, Old Tappan 0
1975: Wayne Hills 30, Old Tappan 14
1976: Wayne Hills 14, Old Tappan 13
1977: Wayne Hills 54, Old Tappan 0
1978: Wayne Hills 34, Old Tappan 6
1979: Wayne Hills 28, Old Tappan 0
1980: Old Tappan 29, Wayne Hills 14
1981: Wayne Hills 33, Old Tappan 0
1982: Wayne Hills 13, Old Tappan 6
1983: Wayne Hills 26, Old Tappan 20
1984: Old Tappan 13, Wayne Hills 12
1985: Old Tappan 14, Wayne Hills 12
1986: Wayne Hills 7, Old Tappan 7
1987: Wayne Hills 35, Old Tappan 0
1988: Old Tappan 21, Wayne Hills 20
1989: Wayne Hills 19, Old Tappan 6
1990: Wayne Hills 14, Old Tappan 14
1991: Wayne Hills 20, Old Tappan 0
1992: Wayne Hills 39, Old Tappan 0
1993: Wayne Hills 14, Old Tappan 7
1994: Wayne Hills 14, Old Tappan 13
1995: Wayne Hills 34, Old Tappan 3
1996: Wayne Hills 20, old Tappan 7
1997: Wayne Hills 17, Old Tappan 14
1998: Wayne Hills 44, Old Tappan 7
1998: Wayne Hills 17, Old Tappan 0, State Sectional Quarterfinals
1999: Wayne Hills 39, Old Tappan 14
2000: Wayne Hills 55, Old Tappan 0
2001: Wayne Hills 53, Old Tappan 6
2002: Wayne Hills 30, Old Tappan 7
2003: Wayne Hills 27, Old Tappan 7
2004: Wayne Hills 21, Old Tappan 17
2005: Wayne Hills 16, Old Tappan 14
2006: Wayne Hills 21, Old Tappan 10
2006: Wayne Hills 37, Old Tappan 7, State Sectional Quarterfinals
2007: Wayne Hills 24, Old Tappan 7
2007: Wayne Hills 23, Old Tappan 6, State Sectional Semifinals
2008: Wayne Hills 48, Old Tappan 7
2009: Wayne Hills 41, Old Tappan 7, State Sectional Quarterfinals

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Wayne Hills Football: Dowling headed to UMass

Source: The Bergen Record

Brian Dowling didn’t want to wait around for coaches who weren’t 100 percent certain he could thrive in their programs.

University of Massachusetts football coach Kevin Morris has assured Dowling all along that he’ll get an opportunity to play tailback for the Minutemen. When Morris came to Dowling’s home in Wayne on Tuesday night, Dowling gave Morris the verbal commitment the coach sought. (Read More)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Paramus-Ridgewood Photos

Skiffo Drake, of, strayed from the friendly confines of Wayne to cover Ridgewood-Paramus on Thanksgiving. Villanova bound John Robertson looked awfully good:

Quarterback John Robertson accounted for six touchdowns -four running and two passing -- to lead Paramus to a 42-38 victory yesterday over Ridgewood in Paramus. Robertson had scoring runs of 13, 28, 83 and 37 yards and he connected with Mike Bussanich on TD passes of 10 and 23 yards. Eddie Blair paced Ridgewood on the ground and scored three touchdowns. Photos: Paramus, Ridgewood, Villanova.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Memorable 1985 Wayne Valley-Old Tappan Football Final Remembered

Source: The Bergen Record

Mike Zaccone need only look out his office window to be reminded of one of the greatest days of his life. Zaccone, now a Wayne detective, was the starting nose guard on the 1985 Old Tappan football team that won the school’s only State sectional football title. Read More

Boys Club and PAL Fall Short in NJJFL Title Game

Source: The Wayne Today
Both the Wayne Boys Club Juniors (5th and 6th grade) and the PAL Pee Wees (4th grade and below) reached the North Jersey Junior Football League Conference A championship game. Both put up valiant efforts, only to fall heartbreakingly short of the ultimate prize.

Boys Club surrendered the winning touchdown to Mahwah with just 41 seconds remaining and lost, 12-7. Luca Grave scored Wayne’s touchdown. Offensive lineman Justin Kim recovered an offensive fumble in the end zone for the extra point. Vinny DePalma led the team in tackles.

PAL surrendered touchdowns in the waning moments of the first half and the waning moments of the second half to Wyckoff and lost, 14-0. Alex Kingston led the way on defense with 8 tackles. Michael Alaimo added 7 tackles. Kyle Urban had an interception return.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Football: Non Public Group 3 Semifinals: St. Joseph's-Montvale 49, DePaul 32

DePaul (No. 4, 8-3) scored 20 points in the fourth, but it wasn't enough. Dan Kowal ran for two TDs and tossed a 9-yard TD pass to Dan Fette. Kowal also threw a 33-yard TD pass to George Monsen and a 17-yard TD pass to Massimo Aronson in the first quarter.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Football: Section I, Group III Semifinals: Wayne Hills 49, High Point 0

Fumble recoveries by Matt Greenfield and Russ Piekarsky set up touchdowns for Wayne Hills in the first half and recoveries by Jimmy Kenny and Roberto Alvarez set up scores in the second half. Piekarsky led the way defensively with 12 tackles, while Pete Daibes and Nick Masi had nine apiece.

“The number one thing tonight was physicality,” Daibes said. “We knew they had a good running game and stopping it was our number one priority.”

“Their fullback Austin Caldwell, was their best runner, so we had to key on him and be aware of where he was,” Greenfield said. “They used the option and we just had to stick to our assignments.”

On offense, tailback Brain Dowling carried 16 times 91 yards and two touchdowns and caught three passes for 74 yards and a scoring strike from Kevin Olsen. James Hogan added two TD runs. Wayne Hills final two scores came of a 2-yard run by Masi near the end of the third quarter and a 1-yard bolt by Justin Beveridge in the fourth quarter.

The win propels Hills into its 15th Sectional final (1991, 1993, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010). They will take on Old Tappan in the final. Old Tappan downed Paramus in the other semifinals game.

Weekend Playoff Football Action

High Point (No. 4) at Wayne Hills (No. 1), 7 p.m.

DePaul (No. 4) at St. Joseph's-Montvale (No. 1), 1 p.m.

Football: North A Group 3 Preview: DePaul at St. Joseph's-Montvale

Source: North Jersey Newspapers

The DePaul Spartans are sure they’re a much different football team, literally and figuratively, than the squad St. Joseph dismantled, 35-6, on Sept. 10.

They’ve got seven starters who are new to the first string or are at different positions than they played two months ago. They’re also more experienced, prepared to succeed and confident that they can defeat the top Non-Public, Group 3 team in North Jersey when DePaul plays St. Joseph in the State semifinals Saturday in Montvale. Click here to read more.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Youth Football: Boys Club and PAL Advance To Final

Source: The Wayne Today

Wayne Boys Club Juniors (5th and 6th Grade): The top-seeded Boys Club Juniors will defend their 2008 title they won as Pee Wees Saturday afternoon (5 p.m.) when they meet up with Mahwah in Wyckoff (a neutral site). Click here to read more.

O'Connor Responds To Olsen

Last Friday, Wayne Hills beat Wayne Valley in the Section I, Group III quarterfinals, 48-0. Wayne Valley football coach Brian O’Connor was taken aback when told of post-game quotes emanating from the Hills campus.

The Hills quotes, most of which came from coach Chris Olsen, were reported in a various media outlets. None of these outlets ran O’Connor's reply. Olsen, among other things, said that “the proof is in the pudding. There’s no doubt who the better team is." felt that O’Connor’s voice should be heard. Here’s what he said on Sunday:

"I was so disgusted that I couldn't bring myself to read the papers, so this is the first I’m hearing it. Obviously, it’s accurate to say that they (Hills) are the better team. Unfortunately, I can’t deny that after what happened the other night. If it’s true that their kids said ‘we’re better,’ then that’s fine. Kids are kids and they sometimes speak out of emotion. But if an adult says ‘we’re the better team’ on television or through the papers, that’s a lot different. Again, it is an accurate point. But to say so in a public forum is arrogant, demeaning and disrespectful to our kids.”

More Wayne Valley Season Ending Links
Click here to the Wayne Today's Season Recap
Click here to see Wayne Valley's updated team history
Click here to see Wayne Valley updated record vs. all opponents

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Football: Non Public Group III: DePaul 41, Immaculata 33

Senior quarterback Dan Kowal connected on 22 of 28 passes for 317 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 83 yards and one score as DePaul (No. 4, 7-2) beat Immaculata (No. 5). It was DePaul's eighth consecutive victory. Wide receiver Massimo Aronson caught seven passes for 173 yards and a touchdown and tight end Dan Foesel snatched 10 passes for 105 yards and a score.

Ish Mack scored first for Immaculata on a 16-yard rush, but DePaul scored the next four TDs to take a 26-7 lead. Foesel caught a 3-yard TD pass and Aronson had a 27-yarder. Kowal plowed in from a yard and Joe Moreno brought back an interception 45 yards for another score for DePaul.

Football: Section I, Group III Quarterfinals: Wayne Hills 48, Wayne Valley 0

Brian Dowling, a senior tailback, carried 13 times for 109 yards and a score and caught a touchdown pass when Wayne Hills (No. 1, 9-1) defeated Wayne Valley (No. 8, 5-5).

Wayne Hills took a 7-0 lead in the first period after Troy Zaffino, out of the wildcat, ran 20 yards for a TD and Mike Driesse added the first of five kicks. Wayne Hills wrapped it up in the second period with 24 points. Kevin Olsen, the quarterback, caught a 15-yard TD toss from Zaffino. Roberto Alvarez returned an interception 26 yards for a score. Driesse hauled in a 47-yard TD pass from Olsen. Driesse booted a 35-yard field goal. Dowling rushed 5 yards for a score and grabbed a 47-yard TD pass from Olsen in the third quarter.

Olsen threw for 99 yards. Senior linebacker Nick Masi paced Wayne Hills with nine tackles and end Pete Daibes contributed six tackles, including two sacks.

"The last couple games (against Valley) were close and there was a lot of talking," head coach Chris Olsen said. "They said they lost because of the refs. They lost because of this and because of that. This time, there's no doubt."

Added Kevin Olsen, "We do our talking on the field."

Hills will play the winner of Saturday's High Point (No. 4)-Pascack Valley (No. 5) game.

Friday, November 12, 2010


Wayne Valley (No. 8, 5-4) at Wayne Hills (No. 1, 8-1), 7 p.m.
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The Series (Hills leads 4-1)
1991: State Sectional Final: Valley 7, Hills 0 (at Valley)
2001: State Sectional Semifinal: Hills 41, Valley 6 (at Hills)
2007: State Sectional Final: Hills 27, Valley 7 (at the Meadowlands)
2009: Regular Season: Hills 7, Valley 0 (at Valley)
2010: Regular Season: Hills 21, Valley 16 (at Hills)

Recent Press (Source North Jersey Newspapers)
Click here to read the Wayne Today's game preview
Click here to read the Wayne Today's Wayne Valley-Pascack Valley Story
Click here to read the Wayne Today's Wayne Hills-St. Joes Story
Click here to read the Bergen Record Preview

Team Photos: Valley; Hills

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Boys Soccer: Section I, Group III Finals: Montville 5, Wayne Valley 1

Robert Tedesco scored on an assist from Dan DiMaio, but Wayne Valley (No. 4, 14-7-1) still lost to Montville (No. 3, 24-1) in the final. Chris Riviello had seven saves.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Upcoming State Playoff Action

Thursday Boys Soccer
Section I, Group III Final
Wayne Valley (No. 4) at Montville (No 3), 2 p.m.

Friday Night Football
Section I, Group III Quarterfinal
Wayne Valley (No. 8) at Wayne Hills (No. 1), 7 p.m.
Non Public Group III
Immaculata (No. 5) at DePaul (No. 4), 7 p.m.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Section I, Group III Girls Soccer Semifinals: Ramapo 2, Wayne Hills 1

Jen Andresen and Caroline Chagares scored for Ramapo (No. 1, 20-1-1)in the semifinal round of North Jersey, Section 1, Group 3 in Franklin Lakes. Christie Cherup scored for No. 19 Wayne Hills (No. 4, 16-3-1).

Monday, November 8, 2010

Boys Soccer - Section I, Group III Semifinals: Wayne Valley 2, Pascack Valley 1

Robert Tedesco, a senior midfielder, converted a pass from Robert Palmarozza in the second overtime to break a 1-1 tie for Wayne Valley (15-6-1) in the semifinals of North Jersey, Section 1, Group 3 in Wayne. Wayne Valley travel to meet Montville in the sectional final on Thursday, at 2 p.m.

Pascack Valley (13-6-1) scored first, but Wayne Valley tied it when senior back Dan DiMaio scored on a penalty kick. In the second overtime, senior defender Palmarozza raced down the left flank and sent a centering pass to Tedesco, who finished his chance from eight yards out. Wayne Valley keeper Chris Riviello made six saves.


FOOTBALL: Wayne Valley (No. 8) will play at Wayne Hills (No. 1) in the Section I, Group III first round Friday night at 7 p.m. DePaul (No. 4) will host Immaculata (No. 5) Friday night at 7 p.m. as well. Click here to read the Star Ledger article.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Football: St. Joseph's-Montvale 35, Wayne Hills 14

It only took three plays from scrimmage for Wayne Hills (8-1) to take a 14-0 lead. First, James Hogan took the first play from scrimmage 56 yards and then Brian Dowling took the second play from scrimmage in for a 9 yard score. After stopping St. Joes on downs, Dowling took the next play from scimmage untouched, through the middle for a 57 yard score.

From that point on it was all St. Joes as they scored 35 unanswered points. It was the biggest margin of defeat for Wayne Hills since they lost to Ramapo in the 2003 State Sectional Semifinal, 35-12.

Dowling led Wayne Hills with 123 rushing yards. St. Joseph won with a balanced offense, highlighted by senior quarterback Chris Andrews and tailback Presley Beauvais, and a tough defense. Andrews connected on 10 of 17 passes for 160 yards and two scores and rushed for 85 yards and a touchdown on just five carries. St. Joseph coach Tony Karcich used a host of running backs, but Beauvais showed the way by running for 101 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries.

Photos to come

Friday, November 5, 2010

Football: Wayne Valley 21, Pascack Valley 14

Mike Fusco's 48 yard touchdown run with four minutes left broke the tie and lifted Wayne Valley (5-4) past Pascack Valley.
Fusco scored Wayne Valley's first touchdown on a one yard rush. Alex Trani put Wayne Valley up with a 21 yard fumble return, 14-3. Pascack Valley stormed back in the second half. First, they tacked on another field goal. Then Jordan Roses scored on a 17 yard rush. Mike Niego tied it by catching a two point conversion toss from Joe DeCotiis.
It has not been officially announced yet, but it appears that Wayne Valley (No. 8) will play at Wayne Hills (No. 1) in the first round of the State Sectional playoffs next week.
Andrew Fournier led the offense with 122 passing yards. Fusco ran for 109 yards. Matt Tolerico had 76 yards receiving. Greg LaNeve, Fusco and Christian MacDonald all had a pair of catches.
Andrew DeFilippis had 13 tackles. Anthony Verrilli had 11 tackles and two interceptions. Trani and Fusco added 8 and 6 tackles respectively. Mike Verrilli had five tackles and an interception. LaNeve and Tolerico also had five tackles. DeFillippis and Kyle Fant combined for a sack. Fant recovered a fumble.

Football: DePaul 27, Demarest 20

Senior quarterback Dan Kowal carried 15 times for 152 yards and three touchdowns and clicked on 13 of 22 passing attempts for 163 yards and a score as DePaul won its seventh consecutive game.

Demarest took an early lead as Dan Crimmins caught a 47-yard TD pass from Billy Lewis. DePaul assumed a 14-7 lead early in the second stanza following TD rushes of 5 and 25 yards from Kowal and kicks by Matt Jachera.

Demarest drew to within 14-13 after Dylan Farrell grabbed a 24-yard scoring toss from Lewis. DePaul took a 20-13 lead at the half after senior tight end Dan Foesel caught a 38-yard touchdpwn pass from Kowal. DePaul extended its advantage to 27-13 in the third period when Kowal bootlegged 10 yards for a TD.

It has not been officially announced yet, but it appears that DePaul (No. 4) will host Immaculata in the Non Public Group III playoffs next week. It will be the third ever meeting between DePaul and the Somerset County school. DePaul beat Immaculata in the 1995 playoffs, 21-0. Immaculata downed DePaul in the 2007 playffs, 35-25.

Girls Soccer: Section I, Group III Semifinals: Wayne Hills 5, Wayne Valley 1

Center midfielder Nickolette Driesse paced host Wayne Hills (No. 4, 16-2-1) with three goals in the quarterfinals of the North Jersey, Section 1, Group 3 tournament in Wayne. Siara Kolpon and Christie Cherup each finished with a goal and an assist. Kelly Wieczerzak scored for Wayne Valley (No. 5, 12-6-1).

Weekend Football

DePaul at Demarest, 5 p.m.
Pascack Valley at Wayne Valley, 5:30 p.m.
Wayne Hills at St. Joseph's-Montvale, 2:30

Fall 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

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Boys Soccer: Section I, Group III Quarterfinals: Wayne Valley 2, Sparta 1

Kristian Gonzalez' goal, scored off a corner kick with six minutes remaining in the second half, lifted Wayne Valley (No. 4) in a North Jersey, Section 1 Group 3 quarterfinal matchup in Wayne. Dan Bellet also scored while Mark Lucci collected two assists for Wayne Valley, which erased a 1-0 deficit at the half. Chris Riviello made five saves for Wayne Valley (14-6-1). Sparta is 13-5-1.

Boys Soccer: North A Quarterfinals: Pingry 5, DePaul 0

Randy Falk collected three goals and Dylan Key posted three saves to lead Pingry (16-0).

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Field Hockey: Section I, Group III, First Round: Wayne Hills 6, West Milford 3

Alyx Albano and Kate Freeswick each registered a goal as third-seed Wayne Hills edged sixth-seeded West Milford, 2-1, in the Section 1, Group 3 tournament in Wayne. Nicole Modak delivered an assist while keeper Gabby Ewing stopped eight shots for Wayne Hills (16-3). Samantha Browne scored off a feed by Nicolette Rich in the second half for West Milford (11-7-1), which received a five-save effort from Jenna Bednarovsky

Girls Soccer: Section I, Group III State Tournament, First Round

Wayne Valley 1, Demarest 0: Marissa Madison, a senior forward, converted off a pass from sophomore Rachel Hofbauer with 3:30 left in the second overtime for the game's lone goal in a North Jersey, Section 1, Group 3 game in Wayne. Keepers Johnna Ellis and Francesca Boylan combined for seven saves for Wayne Valley (No. 5).

Wayne Hills 3, Morris Hills 0: Christie Cherip, Nickolette Driesse and Haley Savva scored goals and Kelsie Mania assisted on each for Wayne Hills (15-2-1) in a North Jersey, Section 1, Group 3 game in Wayne. The Wayne Hills (No. 4) defense was solid as keeper Kelly Burian was called on two make just two saves. Michelle Churchman made 10 saves for Morris Hills.

Girls Soccer: Non Public A State Playoffs, First Round: DePaul 2, Roselle Catholic

Theresa Hayden and Rachel Ranieri both connected for goals for DePaul (9-7-1), which scored the winning goal in the 76th minute in the first round of the North Jersey, Non-Public A tournament in Roselle. Ashley Sanchez had one assist for DePaul and Tiffany Martinez stopped six shots in goal. Elizabeth DaSilva got an assist from Kate Tobie in the first half for Roselle Catholic (12-5-1) and Erin Nahaczewski made 12 saves.

Boys Soccer: Non Publc A State Tournament, First Round: DePaul 6, Roselle Catholic 0

Senior keeper Steve Beneventine recorded six saves for the shutout and six different players scored for DePaul in the first round of the North Jersey, Non-Public A tournament in Wayne. Ivan Morales, a senior midfielder, and Erblin Ramani, a junior forward, collected a goal and an assist each and Steve Siri added two assists for DePaul (10-4-4). Joseph Paccagnini, Danny Hernandez and Zach Knudson also scored for the winners. Roselle Catholic is 8-10.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Boys Soccer: Section I, Group III: Wayne Valley 1, Wayne Hills 0

Robert Palmarozza scored and senior keeper Chris Riviello stopped six shots for Wayne Valley (No. 4) in the first round of the North Jersey, Section 1, Group 3 tournament at Wayne Valley High. Wayne Valley had lost twice to Wayne Hills this season. Palmarozza, a senior defender, converted a pass from Robert Tedesco for the only goal for Wayne Valley (13-5-1), which had 10 shots. Wayne Hills (No. 13) is 6-9.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Football: Wayne Hills: 36. Ramapo 14

Last night's game between Wayne Hills-Ramapo was heavily hyped as a Clash of the Titans. But what actually transpired was anything but. Wayne Hills (8-0) badly outclassed Ramapo (7-1). Brian Dowling set a school single-game record for carries with 46 and churned out 324 yards and three touchdowns and returned an interception for a TD. Jason Avidissian and Jake Schunke led the offensive line in paving the way.

"What those guys do is behind the scenes," Dowling said. "People don't see that. They see the running back and the quarterback. This offensive line is a new offensive line and I give them all the credit."

"It's amazing to block for Brian," said Schunke. "We watched film. We knew everything (Ramapo) was going to do."

Hills also scored when Troy Zaffino caught a 6 yard touchdown pass from Kevin Olsen. Tyler Ward threw to Tyler Speziale and Doug Norkett for Ramapo.

The win gives Wayne Hills its fourth straight No. 1 seed in the Section I, Group III playoffs. It's also the team's eighth No. 1 seed in 12 years (1998, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010). Hills might host Wayne Valley in the first round. Official brackets won't be announced until next week. Photos to come.

Football: DePaul 38, Lakeland 28

Dan Kowal rushed for two touchdowns and threw for one to Massimo Aronson (32 yards) to lead DePaul to a 38-28 triumph over Lakeland last night in Wayne. Wymere Robinson ran for two touchdowns for DePaul. Matt Jachera drilled a 44 yard field goal. Lakeland (7-1) nearly got the ball back when Dan Foesel fumbled with two minutes left and DePaul clinging to a 31-28 lead. George Monsen dove on the ball in the scrum. The recovery led to Robinson's second touchdown, which sealed the verdict.

Kowal threw for 101 yards and ran for 163 yards. Aronson had 61 yards recieving. Joe Moreno ran for 96 yards.

DePaul has been cruising since losing to St. Joseph's and Seton Hall Prep in the first two weeks of the season by a combined 98-41 margin. This win should give them a home game in the upcoming Group 3 playoffs.

"This is definitely a big win for us," Foesel said. "Lakeland was undefeated. We showed them that we're a better team than them."
Photos To Come

Football: Wayne Valley 7, West Milford 0

Andrew DeFilippis led the charge with 12 tackles. Anthony Verrilli had nine spills. Alex Trani, Mike Tolerico and Joe Brady had interceptions. Nick Billy had a key sack. The lone score came when Andrew Fournier found Verrilli for a 10 yard touchdown. Fournier finished with 93 yards passing. Mike Fusco had four receptions.

The win in all probability qualifies Wayne for the playoffs. The team is 4-4, which typically is not good enough for a playoff bid. However, six of Valley's eight opponents have winning records. Valley's strength of schedule should earn them enough Power Points to qualify. They would be either the No. 7 or No. 8 seed. If they wind up No. 8, they will play at Wayne Hills in the first round.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Football: Wayne Hills at Ramapo, 7 p.m.

Preview (Source: The Wayne Today)
Memorable Games (Source: The Bergen Record)
Greg Olsen Reflects On Rivalry (Source: The Bergen Record)
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Photos: Wayne Hills; Ramapo

Year By Year List Of Every Hills-Ramapo Game
Wayne Hills vs. Ramapo Hills Leads Series 23-19-1
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 Semifinal
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
2009: Ramapo 16, Wayne Hills 8, State Final

Lakeland at DePaul, 7 p.m.
Wayne Valley at West Milford, 7 p.m.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Passaic County Girls Soccer Championship: Clifton 1, Wayne Valley 0

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Passaic County Boys Soccer Championship: Clifton 2, Wayne Valley 1

Source: The Star Ledger

Robert Palmarozza scored off an assist from Mark Lucci in the second half for Wayne Valley (11-2-1). Click here to read more.

Passaic County Field Hockey Championship: Wayne Hills 3, Pompton Lakes 2

Source: The Star Ledger

Rachel Fikslin scored the game-winning goal with two minutes left in regulation to lead second-seeded Wayne Hills past top-seeded Pompton Lakes. Click here to read more.

Football: DePaul 37, Tenafly 21

DePaul employed the one-two punch of quarterback Dan Kowal and tailback Wymere Robinson to rally to a 37-21 victory over Tenafly. Kowal completed eight of 16 passes for 214 yards and two TDs and ran for 44 yards and a score and Robinson carried 24 times for 142 yards and a touchdown for the Wayne school.

Tenafly jumped to a 14-0 lead, but special teams standout Davon Jacobs returned a kickoff 80 yards and Massimo Aronson caught a 16-yard scoring pass from Kowal in the second quarter.

The Bergen County squad came back and grabbed a 21-13 lead in the second period, but the remainder of the game belonged to DePaul. Kowal scored on a 3-yard keeper and Robinson scored on a 3-yard rush as DePaul took a 28-21 lead at the intermission.

Matt Jachera kicked a 20-yard field goal in the third quarter and Aronson latched onto a 26-yard TD toss from Kowal in the fourth for DePaul.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Football: Wayne Valley 35, Passaic 34

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Wayne Valley's playoffs hopes remain alive. Valley is just 3-4. Teams have to be at least .500 by the eight-game cutoff date to qualify for the playoffs. Most of the time, 4-4 teams do not qualify. Wayne Valley’s 2009 team, for example, was 4-4 on the cutoff date and did not make it to the dance. This year, though, things could conceivably be different. Wayne Valley coach Brian O’Connor says that Valley can still make the playoffs if they win out, thanks to the new power point system that weighs heavily on strength of schedule.

Valley trailed Passaic, 26-13, when star defensive linemen Kyle Fant was carted off the field on a stretcher. Initially reports are that it's a pinched nerve in his neck. At the time, though, it looked a lot worse. With tears in their eyes, Valley took on a "let's win for Kyle" attitude. It worked. Valley outscored Passaic from that point on, 22-8. Mike Fusco scored all three third quarter touchdowns (1, 25 and 4 yards). Greg LaNeve scored Valley's first touchdown of the game, a 13 yard rush. Andrew Fournier threw a 31 yard touchdown to Anthony Verrilli in the first half. Fournier ran for a two points conversion and threw one to LaNeve.
Fournier finished with 149 passing yards. Fusco ran for 145 yards. LaNeve added 79 ground yards. Andrew DeFilippis led the defense with 9 tackles. Nick Billy had 8 spills, including a sack. Joe Brady had 8 tackles, including 2 sacks. Fusco had 6 tackles.

Details and Photos To Come

Wayne Valley Football Hall Of Famers Inducted

Source: The Wayne Today
Athletic Director Dan Kilday (far left) and Football Coach Brian O'Connor (second from the left)possed with the newest team Hall of Fame Inductees and their family members during the Valley-Passaic halftime ceremony. The inductees included Ken Coyle (center; a player from 1964 to 1966); Walt Foster (third from the right; a player from 1982 to 1984) and Dave McMahon (far right; an assistant coach from 1983 to 1988 and a head coach from 1989 to 1995). Click here to read more

Football: Wayne Hills 57, Bergen Tech 0

Senior tailback Brian Dowling rushed only six times, but gained 108 yards and had three touchdowns and returned a punt for another score as Wayne Hills (7-0) won easily. Dowling has 21 touchdowns on the season. Against Tech, Dowling had a 51-yard punt return and runs of 21 and 31 yards for touchdowns in the first period when Wayne Hills enjoyed a 36-0 lead. The other first quarter scores came when Troy Zaffino returned an interception 34 yards for a TD and Pete Daibes caught a 1-yard scoring pass from Kevin Olsen for a touchdown in the first period. Dowling added a 34-yard run and Justin Beveridge chipped in with a 15-yard burst in the second quarter. Christian Rodriguez added a 14-yard scoring run in the fourth for Wayne Hills. Linebackers Jim Hogan and Dom Santoro each had eight tackles for Wayne Hills.

Weekend Sports

Passaic County Championship Games
Girls Soccer: Clifton at Wayne Valley, noon
Boys Soccer: Clifton at Wayne Valley, 1:30 p.m.
Field Hockey: Pompton Lakes at Wayne Hills, 1:30 p.m.

Passaic at Wayne Valley, 7 p.m.
Bergen Tech at Wayne Hills, 7 p.m.
DePaul at Tenafly, 1 p.m.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Soccer: It's Wayne Valley vs. Clifton

Source: The Bergen Record

Wayne Valley will take on Clifton in the Passaic County Boys and Girls Championship Game next weekend.

BOYS: Anthony Nucci was seeing but not believing Saturday. Just 10 minutes into the Passaic County boys soccer semifinal top-seeded Wayne Valley was already two goals down to fifth-seeded Hawthorne. But things changed quickly as the Indians scored four times in the second half, two by Nucci, to pull out a 5-2 victory and earn their 11th trip to the tournament final against second-seeded Clifton next Saturday at Wayne Valley. The Mustangs downed third-seeded DePaul, 3-1, in the other semifinal. Read More

Girls: Audra Kalinowski let it all go. The anger, joy and confusion that had built up inside her for more than 100 minutes came pouring out when tears started rolling down her cheeks. Her look of distress was gone. Her broad tear-covered smile was all that was left. Kalinowski was the hero, just a few minutes after sitting on the bench. Kalinowski scored a sudden-victory penalty- shot goal for Wayne Valley as it upset No. 1 seed Wayne Hills with a 7-6 shootout win in the semifinals of the Passaic County girls soccer tournament after a 1-1 tie through two overtimes. Read More

Brackets: Boys Soccer; Girls Soccer

Field Hockey: Passaic County Semifinals: Wayne Hills Advances To Final

Source: The Bergen Record

A quicker pace meant increased productivity and a positive result for the Wayne Hills field hockey team.

Using a more up-tempo style, the Patriots raced to a 3-1 victory over Lakeland in the Passaic County tournament semifinals Saturday in Wayne.

"We thought we might surprise them a little if we came out as fast as possible at the start of the game," Wayne Hills coach Jenn Badami said. "It really helped us with our attack and maybe threw Lakeland off-balance a little. It definitely was the right move to make."

Junior midfielder Shanna Burchill scored from 10 feet in front off an assist from Nicole Modak to give Wayne Hills a 1-0 lead just 6:08 into the first half. Then, several minutes later, Modak slammed in a rebound with senior center/midfielder Emily Spazante picking up the assist to make it 2-0 for the Patriots. Read More

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Football: Ramapo 10, Wayne Valley 7, Overtime

Tim Sternfeld kicked a 19-yard field goal in overtime when undefeated Ramapo defeated Wayne Valley in Franklin Lakes. Andrew Fournier threw an interception to Mike Hronchich on Valley's overtime possession.
Alex Trani, a junior linebacker, gave Wayne Valley (2-4) a 7-0 advantage in the second period when he picked up a fumble and raced 57 yards for a touchdown and Matt Dietz added the kick. The Tyler Ward fumble was caused Kyle Fant. Ramapo tied it in the third quarter on a 1-yard sneak by quarterback Ward.
Andrew DeFilippis led Valley with 16 tackles. Trani and Anthony Verrilli added 15 and 12 respectively. Fournier threw for 68 yards.
Valley coach Brian O'Connor says that Valley can still make the playoffs if they win out, thanks to the new power point system that rewards strength of schedule. Each of Valley's opponents to date have a winning record. Winnable games vs. Passaic and West Milford, teams with losing records, are next.
"That (Valley) is one heck of a football team," Hroncich said. They came to play. We had to work hard for everything."

Football: Wayne Hills 28, Ridgewood 0

Kevin Olsen connected on nine of 21 passes for 91 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for another. Brian Dowling carried 21 times for 146 yards and caught five passes for 34 yards and two scores. The Wayne Hills defense didn't have many problems with Ridgewood's offense, including the Wing-T, as it held the Bergen County team to 74 yards. Leading the defense were ends Joe Lane with 11 tackles and a fumble recovery, Matt Greenfield with 10 hits and linebacker Russ Piekarsky with seven tackles, including three for a loss and two sacks, and a fumble recovery.

Dowling caught a 5-yard TD toss from Olsen in the first quarter and Mike Driesse added the first of his four kicks. Dowling grabbed a 15-yard scoring pass in the second as the Passaic County team enjoyed a 14-0 advantage at the half. In the third, Olsen sneaked in from the 2 and fullback Nick Masi caught a 5-yard TD pass from Olsen in the fourth period. Hills is 6-0.

Football: DePaul 34, Passaic Valley 14

Wymere Robinson led the way for DePaul (4-2) with 115 rushing yards. Davon Jacobs carried just seven times, but still ran for 107 yards.

Jacobs got DePaul moving with touchdown rushes of 34 and 36 yards and Matt Jachera added the kick after each score.

Passaic Valley made it 14-6 following a 3-yard TD burst by quarterback Anthony Martinez, but Massimo Aronson caught a 9-yard scoring pass from Dan Kowal as DePaul expanded its lead to 20-6 at the half. Robinson ran for a 3-yard score in the third quarter and Joe Moreno gave DePaul a 34-6 advantage with a 14-yard TD rush at the start of the fourth. Martinez completed the scoring with a 55-yard rush for Passaic Valley.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Friday Night Football

Wayne Hills at Ridgewood, 7 p.m.
Passaic Valley at DePaul, 7 p.m.
Wayne Valley at Ramapo, 7 p.m.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Passaic County Tournament Brackets

Boys Soccer; Girls Soccer; Field Hockey

Girls Soccer: Passaic County Quarterfinals Roundups

Wayne Valley 1, Lakeland 0: Erin Eitel scored in overtime to lift Wayne Valley (5-1) in the quarterfinal round of the Passaic County Tournament in Wanaque. Melanie Miller made 12 saves for Lakeland (8-2).

Wayne Hills 6, West Milford 0: Nickolette Driesse collected four goals and an assist to power Wayne Hills in the quarterfinal round of the Passaic County Tournament in Wayne. Christie Cherup and Siara Kolpon each added a goal for Wayne Hills (9-1).

Clifton 1, DePaul 0: Shannon Diedzik goal in the penalty session propelled Clifton past DePaul. Tiffany Martinez had 8 saves for DePaul.

Boys Soccer - Passaic County Quarterfinal Roundups

Wayne Valley 5, West Milford 1: Top-seeded Wayne Valley scored two goals in the first half and three in the second in the quarterfinals of the Passaic County Tournament in Wayne. Robert Tedesco had three goals for the winners. Daniel Bellet and Anthony Nucci scored as well. Nucci and Kristian Gonzalez had assists.

Passaic Valley 1, Wayne Hills 0: Keeper Mike Libucha blocked seven shots and Passaic Valley, the seventh seed, defeated 10th-seeded Wayne Hills in the first round of the Passaic County Tournament in Little Falls. Passaic Valley scored the only goal of the game in the second half when Jon Cespedes, who had been playing goalie, took a pass from Rafael Marques and scored. Max Siedman made seven saves for Wayne Hills (0-6).

DePaul 5, Passaic Tech 0: John Jacobs knocked in three goals, Nicola Mariella had a goal and two assists and Erblin Ramani contributed a goal and an assist for third-seeded DePaul (7-3-1) in the quarterfinals of the Passaic County Tournament in Wayne. Keeper Steve Beneventine had six saves for DePaul. Passaic Tech, the sixth seed, is 8-3-1.

Field Hockey: Passaic County Tournament Quarterfinals

Lakeland 2, Wayne Valley 1: Maria Dentinger scored for Valley. Nicole Minaryk had the assist. J. Mandeville had six saves.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Football: DePaul 26, Paramus Catholic 21

DePaul (3-2) scored three fourth quarter touchdowns to rally past Paramus Catholic. Massimo Aronson returned a fumble for a score and Dan Foesel caught a scoring pass from Dan Kowal to pull DePaul within 21-20. The would be tying extra point after Foesel's score, was blocked. This set the stage for more late game heroics from Kowal. The senior scored the winning touchdown on a 42 yard rush with 14 seconds left.

Tailback Wymere Robinson (above) carried 18 times for 103 yards and a score. Kowal rushed for 81 yards and threw for 68 yards and a TD for DePaul. More Details and Photos To Come

Football: Wayne Hills 42, Paramus 17

Senior tailback Brian Dowling scored all of his team's five offensive touchdowns as Wayne Hills (5-0) remained undefeated with a 42-17 triumph over Paramus last night in Paramus. After a scoreless first period, Dowling ran in from 2 yards and kicker Mike Driesse followed with the first of his six placements.

After Paramus tied it when Joe Rizzitello grabbed a 25-yard TD toss from Villanova-bound quarterback John Robertson, Dowling retaliated with a 4-yard scoring catch from sophomore quarterback Kevin Olsen as Wayne Hills enjoyed a 14-7 lead at the half.

After Dowling rambled 32 yards for a TD in the third period, Robertson raced 21 yards to a TD for Paramus and the Bergen County squad drew to within 21-17 on a 32-yard field goal by Mike Woods at the start of the fourth stanza. But Wayne Hills left little doubt by scoring the next three touchdowns as Dowling had TD runs of 8 and 62 yards and lineman John Avedissian recovered a fumble in the end zone.

Football: Old Tappan 61, Wayne Valley 34

Wayne Valley (2-3) suffered its third straight loss. Old Tappan's 61 point is the highest point total scored on Valley in school history. It breaks the record of 58 points scored by West Milford in 2002. Old Tappan accumulated 470 total yards. They were led by quarterback Devin Fuller, who threw for 194 yards and rushed for 154. The junior has accounted for nearly 1,800 yards of total offense in just five games.

Mike Fusco led Valley with three touchdowns. Two receiving (42 and 25 yards) and one on a 13 yard interception return. The defensive touchdown came at the beginning of the third quarter and pulled Valley within a touchdown. (Fusco's first touchdown is captured above)

"It was a post pass. He (Fusco) read it right," Fuller said. "It was a big momentum shift. Our offense has a short-term memory. When something bad happens, we put it behind us right away."

Valley's Andrew Fournier threw for 294 yards and was on the money on both Fusco's touchdown receptions. The senior signal caller also ran for a score. Alex Trani led Valley in rushing with 107 yards. Greg LaNeve scored on a two yard rush. His score was set up by the Fournier to Christian McDonald 46 yard strike.

"We never felt like we were in control of this game," Old Tappan coach Brian Dunn said. "We couldn't stop them."
Details and Photos To Come

Friday Night Football

Old Tappan at Wayne Valley, 6 p.m.
Paramus Catholic at DePaul, 7 p.m.
Wayne Hills at Paramus, 7 p.m.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Football: DePaul 28, Wayne Valley 7

Running back Davon Jacobs carried eight times for 71 yards and a touchdown and returned an interception 77 yards for a score and Wymere Robinson carried 16 times for 118 yards as DePaul defeated Wayne Valley, 28-7, last night at Wayne Valley High.

Jacobs raced 25 yards for a TD in the first period and Alex Bonagura kicked the first of his four extra points.

After a 1-yard TD bolt by Rob Foster, Anthony Verrilli caught a 15-yard scoring aerial from Andrew Fournier as Wayne Valley drew to within 14-7 at the intermisson.

After a scoreless third period, DePaul drew away with a 1-yard sneak from quarterback Dan Kowal and Jacobs' interception return. Fournier paced Valley with 115 passing yards. Verrilli accumulated 79 receiving yards. Andrew DeFilippis and Alex Trani had 13 and 12 tackles respectively. DeFillipis now has 51 tackles on the year.
DePaul's has since bounced back since losing its first two games of the year to St. Joseph's-Montvale and Seton Hall Prep. "Those games helped us," said DePaul coach John McKenna. "I know we took a beating, but those were two of the best teams in the state. It helped prepare us for the rest of the season."

Friday, October 1, 2010

Girls Soccer: Passaic County Tournament: Wayne Valley 4, Mary Help 0

Audra Kalinowski netted three goals to help lift Valley (No. 5, 5-1) past Mary Help (No. 12). Rachel Herrick also scored. Erin Ertel, Dana Burns, Megan Leonard and Caryl Campbell had the assists.

Football: Wayne Hills 55, Teaneck 6

Kevin Olsen connected on eight of 12 passes for 209 yards and three touchdowns and senior tailback Brian Dowling carried 16 times for 110 yards and two scores and caught two passes for 53 yards and a score. Troy Zaffino also had a good night for Wayne Hills, running back an interception 94 yards for a TD and scoring on a 6-yard run.

On defense, senior linebacker Russ Piekarsky recorded nine tackles and a fumble recovery, end Joe Lane added eight hits and tackle Pete Daibes contributed six tackles, including two sacks for Wayne Hills. Dowling began the scoring with a 9-yard rush and Mike Driesse kicked the first of his five extra points.

Teaneck came back when Tyriek Harrison caught an 80-yard scoring pass from Nate Leer, but Wayne Hills wrapped it up by scoring 34 points in the second period and grabbed a 41-6 lead at the half.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Football Friday: DePaul at Wayne Valley, 7 p.m.

Friday's game will mark just the sixth-ever football game between Wayne Valley and DePaul. The series is tied, 2-2-1. DePaul has won the two most recent outings. Here’s a glance at the short, but sweet history.

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

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Team Rosters, Schedule and Stats
Wayne Valley Photos
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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Football: Wayne Hills 21, Wayne Valley 16

(James Hogan of Hills and Mike Fusco of Valley)

After a scoreless first quarter, Matt Dietz kicked a 37-yard field goal to put Wayne Valley up 3-0. Alex Trani set the stage by intercepting Brian Dowling on a halfback option. The lead was short lived. Dowling returned the ensuing kickoff 92 yards and Mike Driesse added the kick to give Wayne Hills a 7-3 advantage. However, that was short lived as well. Mike Verrilli retaliated by returning the ensuing kickoff 99 yards as Wayne Valley regained the lead, 10-7.

After a scoreless third period, James Hogan plowed in from 1 yard to put Hills up 13-10. Hills went up 21-10 when Nick Masi raced 31 yards for another score. Valley pulled within 21-16 when Mike Fusco scored on a 7 yard run. That play was set up by Andrew Fournier's 62 yard run. Valley got the ball back with two minutes to play, but could not convert.

On defense, senior linebacker Russ Piekarsky had eight tackles for Hills. Pete Daibes and Joe Lane each recorded five tackles including a sack for Wayne Hills. Valley stopped Hills on two goal line stands. Anthony Verrilli and Andrew DeFilippis led the Valley defense with 14 and 12 tackles respectively. Trani and Fusco added 9 tackles apiece. Kyle Fant had 7 tackles, including a sack. Mike Ruth and Matt Tolerico had 6 tackles each.
"We got stopped on the two yard line twice and missed two field goals," Hills coach Chris Olsen said. "This game should not have been close. I thought we dominated."
"Oh please," said Valley coach Brian O'Connor upon hearing Olsen's remarks. "Brian Dowling is one of the best backs in the state and we shut him down from scrimmage two years in a row. Both defenses were outstanding and both offenses struggled. We gave them great field position and that's the only reason they got it down to the one. We stopped them on both goal line stands. That's the sign of a great defense, not a sign of being dominated. And those field goal attempts were real long. They were hardly chippies."

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Football: DePaul 54, West Milford 6

Senior tailback Wymere Robinson carried 12 times for 246 yards and three touchdowns as DePaul (1-2) raced past West Milford (0-3), 54-6, last night in Wayne.

Teammate Na'Shawn Daniels carried just four times, but he picked up 106 yards and a score and quarterback Dan Kowal rushed 69 yards for a TD and tossed a 17-yard touchdown pass to Dan Fette for DePaul. Davon Jacobs got DePaul rolling when he returned the opening kickoff 91 yards for a score and Matthew Jachera kicked the first of his six extra points. Robinson followed with a 15-yard score and Joe Moreno had a 17-yard interception return for a TD. DePaul grabbed a 41-0 advantage at the intermission.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Football: Seton Hall Prep 63, DePaul 35

Dan Kowal threw for 221 yards and touchdowns to David Saberito (5 yards) and Dan Foesel (3 yards). Wymere Robinson rushed for 95 yards and touchdowns of 1 and 3 yards, but DePaul (0-2) still lost. Davon Jacobs (pictured above) returned a kickoff for a 86 yard score. The offensive explosion was a welcome sight for DePaul fans. They scored only six points in the opening night loss to St. Joseph's-Montvale.
The defense, on the other hand, continues to struggle. Seton Hall's backs did most of the damage, rushing for 399 yards. Kevin Monangai ran for 179 yards and three touchdowns. Charlie Kennedy added 169 yards and three touchdowns.

Football: Wayne Valley 16, Passaic Tech 0

Andrew DeFilippis had 10 tackles and a sack and Alex Trani had 8 tackles and a sack to lead Valley (2-0). Mike Fusco and Kyle Fant had six tackles and a sack apiece. Corey Conforth had a sack as well. Greg LaNeve rushed for 83 yards and scored on rushes of 3 and 14 yards. Matt Miller gained 73 yards on the ground. Andrew Fournier passed for 206 yards. Anthony Verrilli had 5 catches for 87 yards. Christian MacDonald had 4 catches for 38 yards. Matt Deitz connected on a 22 yard field goal.

The offense gained 383 total yards and the defense held Passaic Tech to 99 yards.

"The defense did great, but the offense is not consistent," said coach Brian O'Connor, who was at his wife's side only a few hours earlier as she gave birth to the couple's son, Sean Thomas.

"We couldn't have Coach O'Connor's baby be born on a day we lost," LaNeve said. "We had to get the victory. The defense played huge. We had great field position. Working with half a field is always an advantage."

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Football: Wayne Hills 52, Eastside 0

Brian Dowling had 95 yards rushing and 117 yards receiving to lead Wayne Hills (2-0) to a blowout win. He also scored on a 37 and 1 yard rush and on 48 and 57 yard pass receptions. Kevin Olsen threw for 149 yards. He threw the two scores to Dowling and also found Troy Zaffino for a 14 yard score. James Hogan rushed for 40 yard TD and Andrew Monaghan scored on an 85 yard kickoff return. Pete Daibes, Russ Piekarsky and Nick Masi had five tackles apiece.

West Morris vs. Parsippany Hills Photos

Skiffo Drake of hit this game during his lunch hour in Parsippany: Shane Thompson rushed 23 times for 174 yards and one touchdown and also made 11 tackles at linebacker when West Morris defeated Parsippany Hills, 24-20, yesterday in Parsippany.

West Morris trailed, 14-7, before quarterback John Gutowski connected with Tom Cabarle for a 76-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Thompson then scored on a 1-yard run and Connor Young followed with the extra point for a 21-14 lead at halftime.

West Morris extended its lead to 24-14 when Connor Young hit a 26-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. Parsippany Hills closed out the scoring when Dan Jamieson caught an 11-yard TD pass from Mike Comerford

Week 2 Football Schedule

Wayne Hills at Eastside, 7 p.m.
Passaic Tech at Wayne Valley, 2 p.m.
Seton Hall Prep at DePaul, 7 p.m.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Football: Wayne Hills 34, Hackensack 0

Brian Dowling rushed for 186 yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore Kevin Olsen threw for 113 yards. James Hogan also ran for a score. Troy Zaffino returned an interception for a 44 yard TD.

Russ Piekarsky led the defense with nine tackles, a sack and an interception. Pete Daibes also had nine tackles and a sack. Jason Avedissian had eight tackles. Zaffino had two interceptions. Mike Driesse kicked two field goals.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Football: Wayne Valley 21, Passaic Valley 7

Nick Billy scored on a 5-yard interception return to get Wayne Valley rolling. Greg LaNeve and Mike Miller rushed for scores in the second half.

``On that first touchdown, there were trips on my side and it looked like it might be a screen to the wide receiver,'' Billy said. ``I read it, saw the ball, reached up, grabbed it and ran into the end zone. It was my first-ever TD and I wanted to celebrate, but didn't know what to do, so, I just threw the ball down.''

"It was close in the first half, but Valley has always been a second half team," Miller said. "We learn from our mistakes and always make the right adjustments."

It was a great day for the Wayne Valley defense. Mike Tolerico collected two interceptions, one of which set up a touchdown, and had four tackles. A fumble recovery by two-way back Mike Miller led to another Wayne Valley score. Andrew DeFilippis led with 10 tackles and linemen Kyle Fant, Mike Ruth and Cory Conforth also stood out. The kicking of Matt Dietz, on kickoffs, punts and extra points, also was a big plus.

Passaic Valley gained 145 rushing yards, but 93 of those came on a touchdown run by quarterback Anthony Martinez.

``After losing our last two openers, I'm happy we won and our defense played great,'' Wayne Valley coach Brian O'Connor said. ``But we didn't make it on offense. We have a lot of film to look at.''

Greg LaNeve rushed for 81 yards and a score and Miller ground out 50 yards and scored a TD for Wayne Valley.

The Passaic Valley defense, paced by linemen Jack Pohlman, Kyle Fraser, Orlando Perez and Nick Andriani, played well.

After the game, Wayne Valley was awarded the TODAY Cup by the Wayne Valley Today/Passaic Valley Today.

"We've had it as long as I've been here," LaNeve said. "We didn't want to be the class that gave it up."

Photos To Come

Friday, September 10, 2010

Football: St. Joseph's-Montvale 35, DePaul 6

Joe Moreno caught a 22 yard pass from Dan Kowal with 40 seconds left to help DePaul avoid an opening night shutout. The 5-foot-5 Presley Beauvais ran for 153 yards and scored twice for St. Joseph's.

"Whenever he got a little crack he just bounced through it," St. Joseph Coach Tony Karcich said.

Quarterback Christian Andrews threw for 84 yards and a touchdown for St. Joseph's. DePaul's Kowal threw for 165 yards, but also threw four interceptions. Dan Foesel was DePaul’s best offensive weapon as he hauled in 7 passes for 107 yards. George Monsen had a key reception on DePaul's scoring drive.

Football Previews

Source: The Wayne Today and Suburban Trends

Click here for previews on Wayne Valley, Wayne Hills, DePaul, Passaic Tech, Butler, Kinnelon, Pequannock, Passaic Valley, Lakeland, West Milford, Pompton Lakes

Football Previews

Source: The Bergen Record

Wayne Valley: Any one of Wayne Valley's close losses to Clifton (2-0), Wayne Hills (7-0) or Lakeland (3-0) could be viewed as the reason the Indians didn't reach the playoffs in 2009. Failing to reach the postseason for the first time since 2004 has motivated this senior-laden team. The Indians have a new quarterback, senior Andrew Fournier. He has several experienced players with whom to work at the skill positions, but the Indians' schedule is among the most difficult in North Jersey. They'll play five straight games against teams ranked in the North Jersey preseason Top 25 from Sept. 17-Oct. 15. Click here to read more.

Wayne Hills: For the first time since 2004, the Patriots aren't the reigning North 1, Group 3 champions. They do, however, have more than enough talented players back to expect a return to the sectional championship game. They'll start a sophomore quarterback, Kevin Olsen, the third of the coach's sons to play in the program. Olsen is more advanced than most sophomores because he has been around the program since he was a youngster. He doesn't have to carry this offense because Brian Dowling is one of the most productive players in New Jersey. Dowling, a senior who lines up at tailback and receiver, produced 1,644 total yards and scored 27 touchdowns as a junior. Click here to read more

DePaul: The Spartans lost their best player, Shakim Phillips, to graduation but bring back important players at nearly every skill position. Senior Danny Kowal is back at quarterback for the second year, and has an offer to play at Monmouth University. Last year's leading receiver, senior Dan Foesel, is also back. Meanwhile, the backfield packs plenty of punch led by senior Wymere Robinson, a punishing back at 6-1, 230. Joe Moreno and Nashawn Daniels add the speed that will make the Spartans dangerous. The defense is led by junior defensive back Davon Jacobs. The biggest question is the offensive line, which features five new starters. Click here to read more

Football: Week 1

St. Joseph's-Montvale at DePaul, 7 p.m.

Wayne Valley at Passaic Valley, 1 p.m.
Hackensack at Wayne Hills, 7 p.m.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Football: Annual Wayne Valley-Passaic rivalry set for seventh decade

Source: The Wayne Today

Each fall, the Wayne Today/Passaic Valley Today hypes the Wayne Valley-Passaic Valley football rivalry as a glorious and evenly matched annual skirmish. Each time, or so it seems, the schools live up to the hype by putting on valiant displays. Click here to read more.

Boys Soccer Preview

Source: The Bergen Record

Wayne Valley: The Indians are coming off a season in which they won their third Passaic County title in four years. They expect to be in the hunt again with eight varsity starters returning from last year. Wayne Valley is particularly strong in the midfield with seniors Dan Bellet, Mark Lucci and Christian Gonzalez going into their third varsity seasons. The scoring will have to be spread around with the graduation of Jason Rosenberg. Joey Eilert was also a key loss to graduation. "Our backs are very strong as well, so we're going to try to possess the ball and spread it around until we get an opportunity to score," Kilday said. The team is still going to have to find a way to score more goals, but the experience the Indians bring back will go a long way to making them a team that will contend to repeat as the County champ. Click here to read more.

Wayne Hills: The Patriots will have their work cut out for them after graduating nine starters from the team that tied Wayne Valley for the first and only NJTCC Division 1 title last season. The biggest loss is on defense where the Patriots lost their goalkeeper and back line. "We’re going to struggle," Graham said. There is some offense where senior Evan Baum, who has a good shot from the outside, and speedy Maz Zager return in the midfield. Senior Justin Baleuski scored 20 goals on the JV level last season. Graham believes that a good team relies on strength in the back and will look to build a defense that can gel by midseason. Senior Max Seidaman takes over in goal after a year playing behind Mike Diduch. "He’s talented and appears dedicated to becoming a better goalkeeper," Graham said. The Patriots are working to remain above .500 while playing against some of the top teams in North Jersey. Click here to read more.

DePaul: The Spartans return several key players from last year's team and will hope to contend for the Passaic County title. "Anything less than a County final would be very disappointing," Beneventine said. DePaul is led by senior goalkeeper Steven Beneventine Jr., who had eight shutouts last season and a 1.6 goals against average. The Spartans also return all four starters in their back line. Offense will also be a strength with junior forwards Erblin Ramini (19 goals, nine assists ) and Steve Siri (15 goals, nine assists) and midfielder Nicola Mariella (seven goals, 13 assists). Expectations are high with good reason. Click here to read more

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Girls Soccer Previews

Source: The Bergen Record
Wayne Valley: After being the premier program in Passaic County for more than a decade, the Indians struggled in 2009. Their inexperience showed and they struggled to score consistently. Smith is still tinkering with where to play Marissa Madison, but she will likely play in the midfield alongside Megan Leonard. After a great freshman season, forward Natalie Opirhory was held in check in 2009, but Smith feels she has the tools to be a good scorer. Defense is where this team will be strong, with four players — Rachel Herrick, Audra Kalinowski, Megan Bellardini and Carly Campbell — returning. They will play in front of a new goalie. Smith said three girls are vying for the job. Expect a talented freshman class to give the Indians a boost. This team is hoping last year’s hard lessons pay off. Click here to read more

Wayne Hills:The Patriots look like the team to beat in Passaic County and might be one of the best teams in North Jersey. The biggest question mark is in goal, where Kelly Burian takes over for Ally Kass who graduated. Burian has been the back-up the last two seasons and the coaches feel she is ready. Defensively, the Patriots bring back their entire back row. It’s extremely athletic with Christie Cherup on one side and Corey Mania on the other. The midfield is in terrific shape with the return of sophomore Nickolette Driesse, who is coming off an outstanding freshman season in which her received All-Passaic County honors. Siara Koplon is a natural scorer, who can play midfield or forward. This is a team with an established defense, playmaking midfielders and scoring punch. Click here to read more

DePaul:The Spartans have been a factor in Passaic County the last two seasons and Kacar believes they will be again. They will open 2010 with a new goalie, as Erica Keil graduated. There has been a competition between junior Maggie Oliver and freshman Tiffany Martinez. Sophomore sweeper Liz Monsen anchors the defense. The midfield will be athletic - even without standout Jenna Gibney, who will miss the season with a knee injury. Alexa Canfora is the most experienced midfielder and will direct the offense. Kacar is trying out a number of players at forward. Junior Ashley Sanchez has the ability to be a 20-goal scorer. Click here to read more.