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

Click here to read the Star Ledger Article
Click here to read the Bergen Record Article

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.