Sunday, February 27, 2011

Passaic County Boys Basketball Tournament History

Passaic County Boys Basketball Tournament history has been updated to reflect Kennedy's 2011 championship. Click here.

Girls Passaic County Basketball Championship: DePaul 54, Eastern Christian 32

Jade Walker had 15 points and Starr Breedlove had 11 to lead DePaul (16-6) to its first Passaic County title since 1996. Rachel Martin chipped in with eight points.

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Wrestling: Region 1: DePaul's Dante Porrazzo escapes with title

Sourece: The Bergen Record

DePaul’s Dante Porrazzo is an escape artist and a true technician on the mat. He used both skills to win the 119-pound Region 1 championship at Wallkill Valley on Saturday. Click here to read more.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Ice Hockey: Big North Silver Cup Championship: Wayne Valley 2, St. Joseph's - Montvale 0

Bobby Happe and Zach Morrison tallied the goals for Wayne Valley (18-2-4). Nick Maffei had two assists and Gary Fisher had one. Nate Kholodenko and Jordan Hulahan had 13 and 8 saves respectively.

Boys Basketball: DePaul 63, St. Mary's Rutherford 43

Davon Jacobs exploded for 22 points. Kiy Hester and Sanders Green had 12 and 10 points for DePaul (13-9)

Boys Basketball: Kennedy 51, Wayne Valley 36

Justin D’Apolito had 9 points and 4 rebounds to lead Wayne Valley (14-12). Andrew Herasimtschuk had 9 rebounds. Anthony Verrilli and Andrew Keane had 6 and 5 rebounds respectively.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Boys Basketball: Wayne Hills 59, Randolph 50

Matt Heskins led the way with 20 points. Peter Daibes and Sam Pressler added 15 and 14 point respectively. Mike Driesse added 8 points.

Ice Hockey: Big North Semifinal: Wayne Valley 3, Northern Highlands 1

Wayne Valley’s Nick Maffei scored twice to propel the No. 2 Indians over No. 4 Northern Highlands in the Big North Silver semifinals. Nick Hermann scored for Wayne Valley in the second period. Highlands was outshot, 33-20, but was within striking distance until the final minute, when Maffei scored an empty-netter to secure the game.

Ice Hockey: Big North Semifinals: Ramsey 7, DePaul 3

Ryan DiTomaso had two goals as Ramsey scored five of the final six goals to cruise past the Spartans in the Big North Green semifinal.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Boys Basketball: Passaic Tech 79, Wayne Valley 60

Xavier Nieves led PCT (17-6) with 29 points. Isaac Williams chipped in with 21 points. Tom Larranaga had 22 points for Wayne Valley (13-11). James Grevenitz added 11. Andrew Herasimtchuk added 9 points. Jay Mustafa had 7 assists, while Andrew Keane compiled five rebounds

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Passaic County Boys Basketball Tournament Semifinals: Kennedy 39, Wayne Valley 26


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Andrew Herasimtschuk had 8 points and 4 rebounds, but Wayne Valley (No. 8, 13-10) still lost to Kennedy (No. 4) in the Passaic County semifinals. Luke Primerano had 7 rebounds. John and Tom Larranaga had 5 points apiece. Kennedy will play Eastside in the championship game Saturday. Eastside beat West Milford in the other semifinal game.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Boys Basketball: DePaul 69, Don Bosco Prep 52

Davon Jacobs exploded for 30 points as DePaul (11-9) demolished Don Bosco Prep. Kiy Hester added 16 points and Josh Marquez contributed 10.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Boys Basketball: Wayne Valley 63, Northern Highlands 57

Senior guard Mike Verrilli clicked on 6 of 7 free throws in a 19-14 fourth quarter for Wayne Valley (13-9) in Wayne. Tom Larranaga struck for 17 of his game-high 20 points in the second half for Wayne Valley. Scott Arkin had 18 points.

Boys Basketball: Wayne Hills 55, Parsippany Hills 40

Wayne Hills soundly defeated Parsippany Hills, 55-40. Point guard Mike Driesse scored a game-high 14 points and Matt Heskins and Pete Daibes each dropped in nine for Wayne Hills in Wayne. Wayne Hills led 15-7 at the end of the first eight minutes and enjoyed a 31-10 advantage at the completion of the third period. Mike DiEdwardo scored nine points for Parsippany Hills.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Boys Basketball: Passaic County Tournament Quarterfinals: 48, Wayne Hills 37


West Milford's (No. 3) defense limited 11th-seeded Wayne Hills to 34 percent shooting from the field. West Milford led 20-14 at the half, but Wayne Hills took the lead with an 18-11 third quarter. Connor Healy finished with a game-high 16 points for the winners. John Quazza had 10 and Tyler Coyle scored nine. Mike Driesse and Matt Heskins each ahd 15 points for Wayne Hills.

Boys Basketball: Passaic County Tournament Quarterfinals: Wayne Valley 45, Passaic Tech 34

Wayne Valley advances to play fourth-seeded Paterson Kennedy, a 47-42 winner over DePaul, in the Passaic County Tournament semifinals at 1:30 p.m., on Saturday, at Paterson Kennedy. It marks the fourth time in the last five seasons that Wayne Valley has made it to the semis.

Wayne Valley's game plan was to pass the ball around for as long as it took to get inside shots and it worked to perfection. In fact, of Wayne Valley's 17 field goals, 15 were layups and two were followups.

``We used the two minute drill on offense,'' said senior forward Andrew Herasimtschuk, who collected a game-high 20 points and 11 rebounds. ``We set back screens and layups. No jump shots. Passaic Tech has a great team and we were out-matched in speed so, we played at our tempo and went for the good shot. This was a big win.''

On defense, against Wayne Valley's 1-3-1 zone, Passaic Tech was ice cold. In the first period, it hit on just 2 of 16 field goal attempts but still the score was tied, 6-6. For the game, out of 14 shots it made from the field, it connected on just one perimeter shot, a 3-pointer. With Tech missing, forwards Herasimtschuk and Andrew Keane were strong off the defensive boards and guards Jay Mustafa and Anthony Verrilli picked off the long rebounds on missed jumpers.

``Passaic Tech wasn't making its shots and we gave them mostly one shot possessions,'' Herasimtschuk said.

Herasimtschuk tallied 20 points for the winners. Mustafa added 11 points. Keane had 9


Boys Basketball: Passaic County Tournament Quarterfinals: Kennedy 47, DePaul 42

With 6-4 senior center Kaheem Davis showing the way down the stretch with four points, Paterson Kennedy scored the last seven points of the game with 52 seconds remaining as Kennedy pulled out the victory in the quarterfinals of the Passaic County Tournament at Paterson Kennedy. Kennedy, the fourth seed, moves on to play Wayne Valley, a 45-34 winner over Passaic Tech, in the semis at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at Paterson Kennedy.

Two free throws by Davis, who scored eight points in Kennedy's 14-8 fourth period, tied it at 40-40 with 1:33 left, but Na'fee Lighty, with an assist from Josh Marquez, put fifth-seeded DePaul in the lead, 42-40 with 1:13 remaining. However, that was the extent of DePaul's scoring. Davis followed with an inside shot for Kennedy, Jhamir White stole the ball, was fouled and converted two free throws and Dawan Lighty had one foul shot. DePaul missed a free throw and Davis got the rebound, was fouled, and ended the game with two shots from the line.

Davis finished with 13 points and nine rebounds and Jamarr Ellerbee was also a hero for Kennedy with four 3-pointers and 13 points. Davon Jacobs was strong inside for DePaul with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Maquez and Mas Aronson had 10 and 9 points respectively.


Girls Basketball: Passaic County Tournament: Quarterfinals: DePaul 45, Wayne Hills 39

Kate Branagan dropped in four 3-pointers and she and Victoria D'Addario each scored 12 points for DePaul in the quarterfinal round of the Passaic County Tournament at Passaic Tech in Wayne. Jade Walker added 10 points for DePaul, which led 30-18 at the intermission. Christie Cherup paced all scorers with 16 points and Sam Litzky had nine for Wayne Hills.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Passaic County Basketball Tournament Brackets

Boys; Girls

Boys Basketball: West Milford 58, Wayne Valley 46

Andrew Herasimtchuk had 10 points and 8 rebounds to lead Wayne Valley (11-8). Tom Larranaga and Anthony Verrilli added 9 and 8 points respectively. Scott Arkin had 8 boards. Jay Mustafa had 5 assists.

Boys Basketball: Eastside 50, Wayne Hills 38

Mike Driesse had 14 points to lead Hills (9-10). Matt Heskins contributed 8 points

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Boys Basketball: DePaul 72, Wayne Valley 70

Josh Marquez canned a field goal with just five seconds left to boost DePaul (9-7) to a 72-70 win over Wayne Valley (11-7). Andrew Herasimtschuk had previously tied the game for Wayne Valley with a three-point shot with just under a minute to play.

Davon Jacobs led DePaul with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Marquez finished with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Mas Arronson contributed 12 points and 4 boards. Kiy Hester added 11 points.

Sophomore Andrew Keane led Valley with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Tom Larranaga followed with 13 points. Jay Mustafa had 11 points, 9 assists and 4 boards. Justin D'Apolito had 7 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds. Scott Arkin added 8 points.

Boys Basketball: Passaic Valley 57, Wayne Hills 51

Center Dave Clough came through with 16 points and Olumide Onajide had 14 points and 10 rebounds to power Passaic Valley's third straight victory in Little Falls. Passaic Valley's Nick DiCristina put together an outstanding all-around performance, collecting 12 points, three boards, five assists and four steals. Matt Heskins dropped in five 3-pointers and finished with 19 points and Mike Driesse dropped in 18 points for Wayne Hills, which had its three-game winning streak snapped. Passaic Valley enjoyed a 23-7 advantage from the free throw line, making 13 of 16 attempts in the fourth quarter.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Passaic County Boys Basketball Tourament: DePaul 68, Lakeland 57

Juwuan Carter scored 17 points and Josh Marquez also dropped in 17 points, 11 coming from the free throw line, for DePaul, the fifth seed, in the opening round of the Passaic County Tournament in Wayne. Tied at the half, DePaul got some separation with a 22-14 third period. Davon Jacobs added 15 points for DePaul and Scott Miller knocked down a game-high 23 points for 12th-seeded Lakeland.

Passaic County Boys Basketball Tournament First Round: Wayne Hills 63, Manchester 40

Four players amassed double digits as Wayne Hills (No. 11, 7-12) upset Manchester (No. 6, 11-5). Sam Pressler and Mike Driesse led the way with 18 and 17 points respectively. Pete Daibes was next with 12. Matt Heskins added 10 points.

After starting the season 3-12, Hills has now won four straight - including wins

Passaic County Boys Basketball Tournament: First Round: Wayne Valley 57, Passaic 43

Tom Larranaga led Wayne Valley (No. 8, 11-7) past Passaic with a 19 point effort. Jay Mustafa (above) had 11 points, 3 steals and 6 assists. Andrew Herasimtschuk added 10 points and 11 rebounds. Andrew Keane contributed 9 points and 6 boards.

Wayne Valley avenged a 63-54 regular-season loss to Passaic in a Jan. 6 game.

``The first time we played them, we played their game - up tempo,'' Larranaga said. ``But today, we stuck to our game plan and were patient. We took good shots and the right shots.''

``In practice, we worked on poise and composure.'' Wayne Valley coach Joe Leicht said. `We want to move the ball around and work for the good shot whether it takes one or 15 passes. But the key is to keep moving and get open.''

Ice Hockey: Mayor's Cup: Wayne Valley 2, Wayne Hills 0

Source: The Bergen Record

One of the highlights of the hockey season in Wayne is the Mayor’s Cup game between Wayne Valley and Wayne Hills. The rivals always seem to bring great emotion to the contest.

This year was no different, even though the teams are polar opposites. For two periods, they battled to a scoreless draw, leaving Wayne Valley a bit nervous.

Thirteen seconds into the third period, the Indians finally solved Patriots goaltender Erhan Sarayli and made the goal stand up until an empty-net score concluded a 2-0 win Friday night at the Ice Vault that capped a highlight week for Valley. Click here to read more

Friday, February 4, 2011

Boys Basketball: Wayne Hills 43, Passaic 40

Peter Daibes scored 11 points, while Matt Heskins, Darius Haber and Mike Driesse each scored nine to lead Wayne Hills in Passaic.

Boys Basketball: Wayne Valley 62, Lakeland 48

Tom Larranaga scored 15 points, Andrew Herasimtschuk had 11 and both Andrew Keane and Jay Mustafa each chipped in 10 to lead Wayne Valley (10-7). Herasimtschuk and Keane had 8 and 7 rebounds respectively. Mustafa had 9 assists.

Boys Basketball: DePaul 63, St. Joseph's-Montvale 56

Massimo Aronson and Kiy Hester each scored 12 points to lead DePaul in Wayne.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Boys Basketball: Wayne Hills 52, Wayne Valley 49, OT

Center Pete Daibes scored the first four points for Wayne Hills in a 11-8 overtime period and Sam Pressler also had four at Wayne Valley. Pressler, a senior forward, guarded Wayne Valley's sharp-shooting senior guard Tom Larranaga, who was held to just two free throws. Daibes had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Matt Heskins had 14 and Mike Driesse added 11 points and eight assists. Andrew Herasimtschuk scored a game-high 18 points and ripped down 7 boards for Wayne Valley. Jay Mustafa added 17 points and fired off 6 assists. Andrew Keane contributed 8 points and 5 boards.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Ice Hockey: Passaic County Championship: Wayne Valley 3, DePaul 2

Ryan Gomez slid across the blue line on his rear end and raised both arms in celebration. Click here to read more