Friday, May 31, 2013

Baseball: Section I, Group IV Championship: Randolph 7, Wayne Valley 2

Through the first four innings this game was a pitcher’s duel between Randolph junior right Tyler Poulin and Wayne Valley senior Mike D’Amato. Both pitchers allowed runners on base, but there was no score until the fifth inning.

In the top of the fifth, Randolph left fielder Scott Levinson led off with a single and with two outs scored on a double to center field by right fielder Dave Sacco. Wayne Valley tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the inning. Senior Matt Marks led off with a single and stole second base. With one out, Poulin intentionally walked senior Anthony Simone and the next batter, senior Chris Santaniello, singled to score Marks and tied the game 1-1.

The Rams (24-6) went down 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth and Poulin gave up a single in the bottom of the inning but escaped further trouble on a fielder’s choice to send the game to the seventh.

After Randolph went up 2-1 in the top of the 7th, Wayne Valley then pulled its starting pitcher Mike D’Amato and junior Jake Anderson took the mound. Anderson has been brilliant all year long, earning a 4-1 record and three saves. Randolph, with the aid of a fielding error, tacked on five more runs to go up 7-1. Power hitting Randolph is averaging nearly 10 runs per gam.

Marks opened the bottom of the 7th inning with a single and with one out came around to score on a single by senior Chris Santaniello to cut the lead to 7-2. Junior Mike Elia followed with a single to load the bases, but Randolph got out of the jam.

Chris Santaniello was 3-for-4 with two RBI for Wayne Valley (22-7). Scott Levinson was 3-for-4 with two runs for Randolph.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Section I, Group IV Championship: Randolph (No. 3) at Wayne Valley (No. 1), 4 p.m.

Wayne Valley (No. 1) will attempt to win its first State Sectional Championship since 1974 when they host Randolph (No. 3) in the Section I, Group IV final Friday at 4 p.m. Valley (22-5) averages just less than 20 wins per year, but still hasn't reached the Sectional final game since the last 1980s.

Randolph is 23-6 and is the Morris County Champion. They advanced to the final by defeating Belleville (No. 2) in the semifinal game.

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Baseball: Passaic County Championship: Pompton Lakes 8, Lakeland 6

Mike Coss' tie-breaking three-run home run in the top of the sixth inning was the difference as Pompton Lakes won its first Passaic County Tournament title since 1996, defeating Lakeland, 8-6, at Passaic Tech in Wayne.

Coss (6-3) was named the tournament MVP as he struck out 10, allowing three runs, six hits and a walk in a complete game.

Sean Lindberg went 3-for-4 with three RBI and Jon Steele was 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI for third-seeded Pompton Lakes, which scored four times in the top of the of the fourth to tie the game 5-5. Jimmy Huber was 2-for-4 with a run and Ryan Kazanowski went 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI.

Jesse Bruno and Joe Gilligan each went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI for top-seeded Lakeland, which took a 5-1 lead after scoring four runs in the third. Nick Unger was 1-for-3 with two runs.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Baseball Section I, Group IV Semifinals: Wayne Valley 4, Memorial of West New York 1

Wayne Valley advanced to the Section I, Group IV finals for the first time since the late 1980s. They'll attempt to win it all for the first time since 1974 when they host the Belleville-Randolph winner Friday at 4 p.m.

Against Memorial, Mike Elia (pictured above) fired a complete game five-hitter and had three hits to lead Wayne Valley (22-5). John Anthony Pizzi's two run home run in the bottom of the 6th inning highlighted a three-run inning and snapped a 1-1 tie. Anthony Simone had two hits and knocked in the other run. Mario Palos homered and Victor Guzman doubled for Memorial. Losing pitcher Steven Acosta allowed just one run in the first five innings.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Wayne Valley Baseball Update

Wayne Valley's Section I, Group IV baseball semifinal game has been postponed due to the rain. The game is now scheduled for Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Wayne Valley. Should Wayne Valley prevail, they will meet the winner of Belleville-Randolph in the Section I, Group IV championship game on Thursday. Stay tuned for weather related updates.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Baseball: Passaic County Tournament Semifinals: Lakeland 4, Wayne Hills 2

Junior Chris Franco had a solo home run and singled in a run, but Wayne Hills (No. 5, 15-12) still lost to vaunted Lakeland (No. 1, 19-6). Brennan Rowe and Cristian Rodriguez had doubles for Wayne.

Josh Kwak allowed just five hits for Lakeland. Steve Cook knocked in two runs and Nick Unger knocked in one for the winners. Ryan Venezia doubles.

The Passaic County championship between Lakeland and Pompton Lakes will take place Wednesday afternoon at Passaic Tech, 5 p.m.

Baseball: Passaic County Tournament Semifinals: Pompton Lakes 7, Wayne Valley 3

Kevin Magee threw a four-hitter with 12 strikeouts and one walk as third-seeded Pompton Lakes defeated second-seeded Wayne Valley, 7-3, in the Passaic County Tournament semifinals at Passaic Tech in Wayne.  Sean Lindberg went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored for Pompton Lakes. Jose Arroyo clubbed a two-run homer and finished the day with three RBI. Dan Foote was 2-for-3 with a run.

Eric Van Assen hit a two-run home run for Wayne Valley (21-5) and Dan Wronka had an RBI double. Matt Rugel and Chris Santaniello also had hits. Valley will host Memorial of West New York Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the Section I, Group IV semifinals. Belleville and Randolph will square off in the other semifinal game.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Section I, Group IV Baseball Quarterfinals: Wayne Valley 7, Ridgewood 4

Anthony Simone was 3-for-4 with four RBI as Wayne Valley (No. 1) defeated Ridgewood (No. 7), 7-4, in the North Jersey, Section 1, Group 4 quarterfinals in Wayne. Simone tied the game at 2-2 for Wayne Valley with a two-run single in the bottom of the second, then added another two-run single as part of a four-run third. Jake Anderson pitched three scoreless innings in relief of winning pitcher Mike D'Amato, allowing two hits and a walk with three strikeouts.

Wayne Valley plays Pompton Lakes Monday in the Passaic County Tournament semifinals. They'll host the winner of Clifton and Memorial of West New York in the Section I, Group IV semifinals Tuesday.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Latest Weather Related Baseball Tournament Adjustments

Section I, Group IV Quarterfinals, Ridgewood vs. Wayne Valley, 1 p.m.

Passaic County Tournament Semifinals: Wayne Hills vs. Lakeland (at Passaic Tech), TBD
Passaic County Tournament Semifinals: Wayne Valley vs. Pompton Lakes (at Passaic Tech), TBD

Passaic County Tournament Finals: Wednesday (at Passaic Tech), 5 p.m.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Baseball: Wayne Valley Eclipses 20 Win Mark

Mike Elia scored the winning run on a passed ball with no outs in the top of the seventh as Wayne Valley defeated Kittatinny, 5-4, at William Paterson University in Wayne. Elia led off the seventh with a double then advanced to third on a bunt single from Matt Marks. John Anthony Pizzi added two RBI for Wayne Valley.

Wayne Valley (20-5) has now won 20 games for the first time since the mid-1980s. The team's quest for even more glory comes Friday when they host Ridgewood in the Section I, Group IV quarterfinals and Saturday when they take on Pompton Lakes in the Passaic County Tournament semifinals at Passaic Tech.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Baseball: Wayne Valley closing in on historic season

Source: The Wayne Today

Don't try to get anyone associated with the Wayne Valley baseball team to speculate about the possibility that they may end up meeting crosstown rivals Wayne Hills in the Passaic County championship game on Memorial Day.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Section I, Group IV Baseball Tournament, First Round: Wayne Valley 7, Eastside 3

Mike D'Amato pitched a seven-hitter as Wayne Valley (No. 1) defeated Paterson Eastside (No. 16), 7-3, in the first round of the North Jersey, Section 1, Group 4 tournament in Wayne.

D'Amato struck out seven and walked none for Wayne Valley (19-5). Eric Van Assen went 3-for-3 with two runs and an RBI and Chris Santaniello was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Anthony Simone went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI.

Section I, Group III Baseball Tournament, First Round: Sparta 13, Wayne Hills 3

Josh Cote went 2-for-3 with a run scored for Wayne Hills. Peter Forman was 3-for-4 with three runs and two RBI for Sparta.

State Baseball and Softball Tournament Brackets

Section I, Group IV;
Section I, Group III;
Non Public North A

 Section I, Group III;
 Non Public North A

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Passaic County Tournament Baseball Quarterfinals: Wayne Valley 7, Passaic Valley 4

Matt Marks was 3-for-4 with two RBI to lead Wayne Valley (18-5) over Passaic Valley, 7-4, in the quarterfinals of the Passaic County Tournament in Wayne.Mike Elia, Mike D'Amato, and Vin Gleason all drove in a run for second-seeded Wayne Valley. Vincent Fikes was 4-for-4 and Alex Lux was 3-for-4 with an RBI for 10th-seeded Passaic Valley. Danny Wronka, Gleason and D'Amato had two hits apiece.

Valley will take on Pompton Lakes (No. 3) in the semifinals next Saturday. Wayne Hills (No. 5) will take on Lakeland (No. 1) in the other semifinal game.

Passaic County Tournament Baseball Quarterfinals: Wayne Hills 7, Hawthorne 1

Chris Franco went 2-for-3 with two home runs and drove in five runs as fifth-seeded Wayne Hills (15-10) defeated fourth-seeded Hawthorne, 7-1, in the quarterfinals of the Passaic County Tournament in Hawthorne. Erik Moskal pitched a three-hitter with four strikeouts and two walks for Wayne Hills. Travis Peene hit a double for Hawthorne. Brennan Rowe also knocked in a run.

Hills will play top-seeded Lakeland in the semifinals next Saturday. Wayne Valley (No. 2) and Pompton Lakes (No. 3) will square off in the other semifinal game.

Non Public B State Lacrosse Playoffs: DePaul 16, Moorestown Friends 3

Vincent Halloran had 7 goals and an assist for DePaul. Bradley Paterson had 2 goals and 4 assists. Devon Shuster had 2 goals and an assists. Riley Clark had two goals, while Jason Sedell, Robbie Williams and Tyler Mills had one apiece. Colin Modeski had 6 saves.

North Group III State Lacrosse Playoffs First Round: Scotch Plains 8, Wayne Valley 7

James Clarke had four goals and an assist. Dave Drozjock had a goal and an assist. Rob Papa had a goal. Brendan Feddema had 15 season. Valley ends the season at 8-8.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Baseball: Wayne Hills 5, Montville 4

Brennan Rowe tripled and drove in two runs as Wayne Hills edged past Montville, 5-4, at William Paterson University in Wayne.Nick Mariconda threw a complete game to pick up the victory, scattering 10 hits while allowing four runs (two earned) with a strikeout and two walks. Jason Azar and Connor Michel each had an RBI for Wayne Hills. Gerry Czyzewski was 3-for-4 with a triple for Montville. Mike Manfra had an RBI in the loss.

Football: Wayne Valley High School seeking Hall of Fame nominations

Source: The Wayne Today

The Wayne Valley High School football team and head coach Brian O'Connor are seeking nominations for the team's Hall of Fame Class of 2013. Nominations should be emailed to by May 31. Please include the following details: year graduated, years played, statistics, any team and individual accomplishments earned, and contact information.

Girls Lacrosse Section I, Group III Playoffs, First Round: Indian Hills Beats Wayne Hills

Source: The Bergen Record

Jackie Cohen had three assists for Wayne Hills, which ended its year at 12-6.

Baseball: Wayne Hills 5, Pope John 4

Josh Cote and Mike Abate knocked in runs for Wayne Hills (13-10). Abate had a triple. Chris Franco and Brennan Rowe had doubles. Mike Paladino earned the win.

Baseball: Wayne Valley 9, Northern Highlands 3

Junior Mike Elia pitched four scoreless innings, striking out four and walking none, when Wayne Valley defeated Northern Highlands, 9-3, in Wayne. Senior left fielder Matt Marks finished 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Senior catcher John Anthony Pizzi added three RBI. Elia also had two RBI. Danny Wronka had one. Valley is rolling at 17-5.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Girls track and field: Wayne Valley throws its way to Passaic County title

Source: The Bergen Record

At every track meet, the Wayne Valley girls throwing team of Francesca Boylan, Carol Chen, Kyleigh Connolly, Stephanie Easse and Alicia Hester concentrate on throwing the shot put, discus and javelin, and in between throws turn their attention to the track to root on the rest of the Indians.

Boys track: Passaic Tech Wins Passaic County Championship

Source: The Bergen Record

It was mission accomplished for the Passaic County Tech boys team. The Bulldogs were dominant almost from beginning to end as the Passaic County boys track and field championships concluded Wednesday at Wayne Hills High School.

Baseball: Wayne Valley 10, Passaic O

Mike Cornell's two-run single keyed a four-run third inning as Wayne Valley defeated Passaic, 10-0, in five innings in Wayne. Jake Andersen allowed three hits and struck out three to pick up the victory. Andersen and Vin Gleason had two RBI apiece. Matt Rugel and Eric Van Assen had one each. 

Baseball: Old Tappan 7, Wayne Hills 1

Brennan Rowe had the RBI for Wayne Hills. Ty Fleischer had three RBI for Old Tappan.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Passaic County Softball Championship: DePaul 8, Clifton 0

Source: The Star Ledger

Ashley LaGuardia allowed two hits in seven innings and struck out 12 as DePaul defeated Clifton, 8-0, to win the Passaic County Tournament championship in Wayne.

Passaic County Baseball Tournament, First Round: Hawthorne 2, DePaul 1

Joe Cirillo had DePaul's RBI. Tommy Walls threw a five hitter for Hawthorne.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Passaic County Baseball Tournament First Round: Wayne Hills 8, Passaic 1

Erik Moskal allowed one run on two hits while striking out five and walking two to lead Wayne Hills to an 8-1 victory against Passaic (No. 12) in the first round of the Passaic County Tournament in Wayne.Marc Imbimbo went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI for Wayne Hills (No. 5), which scored four runs in the fourth inning. Brennan Rowe also drove in two runs and Cristian Rodriguez finished 3-for-3 with a double and two runs

Girls Lacrosse, Passaic County Tournament Final - Lakeland (16) at Wayne Hills (15), Passaic County Tournament, Final Round

Source: The Star Ledger

Ileyana Little led Wayne Hills with five goals and an assist, while teammate Victoria Cunnigham found the back of the net three times.

Softball: DePaul reaches county final

Source: The Bergen Record

As the final out fell harmlessly into the glove of DePaul second baseman Marlisa Falduto, Spartans pitcher Ashley LaGuardia pointed to the sky, where she believes she had someone looking down on her Friday.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Chronicling The Coaching Career Of Former Wayne Hills Head Fotball Coach Chris Olsen

Source: The Wayne Today
A series of stories that were packaged in this week's Wayne Today chronicling the coaching career of former Wayne Hills head football coach Chris Olsen in anticipation of Saturday May 11 retirement dinner in his honor.

A Lasting Impression (Click Here)
Year By Year Timeline (Click Here)
Top 10 Greatest Games (Click Here)
Peers and Competitors Remember (Click Here)
Paving the Way (Click Here)

Thursday, May 9, 2013

H.S. girls lacrosse: Wayne Hills tops Wayne Valley in Passaic County tournament

Source: The Bergen Record

It was déjà vu all over again. Wayne Hills and Wayne Valley, the semifinals of the Passaic County girls lacrosse tournament, going into overtime. Last year Valley beat Hills.
Jackie Cohen was on the field for that disappointment. The senior did not want to see a repeat of that, so as she stood at the free position spot in sudden death, she knew she had the game in her hands.

Passaic County Boys Lacrosse Tournament: Lakeland Beats Wayne Valley; Clifton Beats DePaul

Source: The Bergen Record

Behind three goals and four assists from Kyle Allegrini and three goals from James Carroll, third-seeded Lakeland shook off a slow start to earn a 12-10 victory over second-seeded Wayne Valley

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Baseball: Wayne Hills 10, Passaic Valley 1

Mike Abate and Cristian Rodriguez had three and two RBI respectively. Rowe and Moskal added RBIs. Nick Mariconda earned the victory.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Baseball: Wayne Valley 9, DePaul 8

Anthony Simone's RBI single into center field scored Dan Wronka with the winning run as Wayne Valley (14-5) scored three in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat DePaul, 9-8, in Wayne.
Wronka's RBI single plated Vin Gleason to make it 8-7 and John Anthony Pizzi tied the game for Wayne Valley with an RBI single, scoring Matt Rugel.

Michael Monteleone had three RBIs for DePaul. John Budesa, Joe Cirillo, and Michael Kelly batted in runs as well.

Simone had an RBI earlier in the game for Valley.  Mike Cornell also knocked in two runs. Mike Elia, Santaniello and Gleason also batted in runs.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Passaic County Softball Quarterfinals: DePaul 11, Wayne Hills 1

Akilah Mouzon struck out five and walked none while allowing one run for DePaul as it defeated Wayne Hills, 11-1, in the Passaic County Tournament quarterfinals in Wayne. Victoria D'Addario hit a grand slam for DePaul while Christina Martinez and Abigail Symons hit sixth-inning home runs. Wayne Hills finished with five hits.

Baseball: Wayne Hills 8, West Milford 4

Erik Moskal pitched a four-hitter in Wayne Hills' 8-4 victory over West Milford in Wayne.
Moskal struck out four, allowing two earned runs and four walks for Wayne Hills (9-9). At the plate, Moskal and Brennan Rowe were 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Josh Cote went 2-for-4 with three runs and an RBI. West Milford's Dillon Forsythe had two RBI and Liam Stewart added two runs.

H.S. baseball: Lakeland beats Wayne Valley, 2-1, in 10 innings

Source: The Bergen Record

Sophomore second baseman Steven Cook swiped home in the bottom of the 10th inning to lead Lakeland’s baseball team to a 2-1 victory over visiting Wayne Valley. Lakeland’s dramatic win clinched a share of the Big North’s Independence Division championship with Wayne Valley, which defeated the Lancers in their first meeting this season, 7-1, on April 10.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Baseball: Wayne Valley 3, Wayne Hills 0

Mike D'Amato pitched a seven-hit shutout as Wayne Valley (13-4) defeated Wayne Hills, 3-0, in Wayne. D'Amato struck out six and walked one for Wayne Valley and got out of a bases loaded, one-out jam in the seventh inning with a line drive double play to second baseman Chris Snataniello. Anthony Simone led off the first with a home run, John Anthony Pizzi was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Vin Gleason was 2-for-3 with a run.

Marc Imbimbo struck out eight in seven innings, allowing three runs, eight hits and three walks for Wayne Hills (8-9). Erik Moskal doubled.