Thursday, January 30, 2014

Boys Basketball: Wayne Hills 84, Lakeland 62

Two days after the passing of assistant coach Jon Goldstein, Wayne Hills defeats Lakeland in a emotional night at Hills. A somber and proud crowd chanted "we love Goldie" as time wound down. Dorian Hodge scored a game-high 25 points to lead Wayne Hills (9-6) in an 84-62 victory over Lakeland. Scott Wills (pictured below shooting) had 17 points in the victory and Erik Martinez scored 16 points. Jake Catalioto had 16 points to pace Lakeland and Tristen Downey had 13 points.

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Girls Basketball: Wayne Valley 66, Passaic Valley 42

Kelly Wieczerzak scored 15 points to help Wayne Valley earn a 66-42 victory over Passaic Valley in Wayne. Wayne Valley had a 13-3 showing in the third quarter to take a commanding 50-29 lead over Passaic Valley into the fourth. Jen Eitel added 12 points for Wayne Valley while Victoria Abbondanza and Caroline Koboska led Passaic Valley in scoring with 12 points each.

Boys Basketball: Passaic Valley 47, Wayne Valley 40

Liam Connors had 22 points and 5 boards, but it wasn't enough for Wayne Valley (6-9). Alex Kokos had 5 assists. Adam Brody and Kyle Greve had 4 rebounds and 3 assists each.

Wayne Hills' Goldstein would want the game to be played

 Source: The Wayne Today

Jon Goldstein's sudden passing has provided the Wayne Hills boys' basketball team a time to reflect, as well as honor a man who provided guidance and love to the student-athletes. The 41-year-old Goldstein, a native of Wayne and former Woodland Park resident, became ill on Jan. 28 shortly after coaching a junior varsity basketball game at Fair Lawn. Goldstein, a long-time assistant basketball coach, as well as an assistant football, baseball and head golf coach at Wayne Hills, was having trouble catching his breath following the game, according to head basketball coach, Kevin Grimes.
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Wayne Hills community to pay tribute to the late Jon Goldstein Tonight

Boys Basketball: Lakeland at Wayne Hills, 7 p.m.

Source: The Wayne Today

Thursday's boys' home basketball game against Lakeland will go on as scheduled, at 7 p.m.
"We talked to the kids about that, and they all agreed they should play," Athletic Directory Brad Smith said. "We'll have a ceremony before Thursday's game. Kids are very resilient and sometimes it's best to let them keep their routine and go through the grieving process. I think it was good for them to stop by today and talk about their feelings."
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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Chris Olsen expresses shock and sorrow over passing of friend Jon Goldstein

Quarterback Justin DeGroat, Head Coach Chris Olsen and Assistant Coach Jon Goldstein during the Passaic Valley game in 2012
Source: The Wayne Today

The news had barely resonated when the phone rang. The caller was an equally shocked Chris Olsen, the former Wayne Hills football coach, confirming the passing of his best friend and a Wayne Hills institution, Jon Goldstein. Goldstein, 41, a long-time assistant football and basketball coach, as well as the varsity golf coach at his beloved Wayne Hills, died suddenly this evening from cardiac arrest.

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The news had barely resonated when the phone rang. The caller was an equally shocked Chris Olsen, the former Wayne Hills football coach, confirming the passing of his best friend and a Wayne Hills institution, Jon Goldstein.
Goldstein, 41, a long-time assistant football and basketball coach, as well as the varsity golf coach at his beloved Wayne Hills, died suddenly this evening from cardiac arrest.
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Boys Basketball: Fair Lawn 62, Wayne Hills 56

Dorian Hodge led Hills (8-6) with 15 points. Joey Kenny and Martin Kilroy added 12 and 10 points respectively. Scott Wills had 8. Erik Martinez had 6.

Boys Basketball: West Milford 65, Wayne Valley 61

Liam Connors led Valley (6-8) with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Adam Brody had 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals. Nick Giuliano had 8 points and 8 assists. Kyle Greve had 9 points and 5 boards. Jordan Walode had 7 points and 6 boards.

Girls Basketball: Wayne Valley 51, West Milford 38

Shanya Ocello finished with 12 points to help Wayne Valley earn a 51-38 victory against West Milford in West Milford. Alicia Hester netted nine points for Wayne Valley (10-2), while Keri Wierczerzak added eight. Christina Lokai led West Milford with 10 points.

Boys Basketball: Wayne Hills 65, Bergen Tech 47

Scott Wills had 24 points to lead Hills (8-4). David Torres added 18 points. Joey Kenny had 9.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Boys Basketball: St. Josephs-Montvale 55, Wayne Valley 42

Kyle Greve had 13 points and 6 rebounds, but Valley (6-7) still lost to St. Joes in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Kennedy High School. Nick Giuliano added 12 points and 4 assists. Liam Connors had 8 points. Andrew Popadics had 4 rebounds.

Boys Basketball: Wayne Hills 75, Wood-Ridge 65

Scott Wills exploded for 28 points as Wayne Hills (7-4) beat Wood-Ridge in the Cancer Vs. Cancer Classic at Kennedy High School. David Torres added 17 points. Joey Kenny added 12 points. Kyle Hogan and Erik Martinez chipped in with 8 and 6 points respectively.

Girls Basketball: West Morris 52, Wayne Valley 30

Kelly Wiezcerzak led the way with 8 points, but Valley lost for just the second time this season. Alicia Hester and Taylor DeStefano added 7 points apiece. Jen Eitel and Keri Wiezcerzak had 6 points apiece.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Wayne Valley Football Players Fight for Coach to Return

Source: The Wayne Patch
 
Brian O'Connor, left, shakes hands with Wayne Demikoff on the night Demikoff was hired to be the new head football coach at Wayne Hills. 

Brian O'Connor will probably not be back with the team next year. Some of his players think he is being treated unfairly. 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Girls Basketball: Wayne Valley 32, Fair Lawn 29

Kelly Wieczerzak had 7 points, including key free throws late for Valley (9-1). Jen Eitel and Alicia Hester chipped in with 6 points apiece. Keri Wieczerzak and Taylor DeStefano added 4 points each.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Boys Basketball: Fair Lawn 60, Wayne Valley 52

Jordan Walode scored 15 points and pulled down 5 rebounds, but Valley (6-6) still lost. Liam Connors added 12 points and registered 3 steals. Nick Giuliano tallied 10 points. Kyle Greve added 9 points and 5 assists. Andrew Popadics had a team-high 6 rebounds.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Brian O'Connor/Wayne Valley Football Update


O’Connor Still Coaching, While WV Looks For Replacement;

3 Highly-Qualified WV Assistants Viewed As Possible Successors


Source: The Wayne Today

Even though Brian O’Connor acknowledges that his future as the Wayne Valley football coach is very much in doubt, he continues to carry himself as if he will in fact be the team’s coach in 2014 and beyond.

Just before Christmas, O’Connor met with Superintendent Raymond Gonzalez and then-district interim athletic director Mike Miello and was informed that his head coaching contract would not be renewed for 2014.

The head coaching job was then posted as vacant on the Wayne Board of Education site shortly after New Years Day. O’Connor was also told that he could apply for his job. He did so last week.

"I don’t know what my future as the Wayne Valley football coach holds,” O’Connor said recently at the post season football dinner at the Brownstone in Paterson. “What I do know is that high school football now requires a year-long commitment. I am still the coach and I will continue to see my responsibilities though – hopefully through next year and beyond. If not, I’ll see my responsibilities through the time a successor has been named.”

O’Connor’s remarks were met with a rousing, 5-minute standing ovation from players, coaches and most parents.
 

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Sunday, January 19, 2014

H.S. ice hockey: West Milford stuns Wayne Hills

Source: The Bergen Record



One of the toughest things to do in high school hockey is beat a team three times in the same season. Wayne Hills had knocked off West Milford twice already, but that pivotal third opportunity had a lot more meaning than the previous two regular-season games.
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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Boys Basketball: DePaul 62, Wayne Hills 58, OT


Wayne Hills (7-3) gave longtime Passaic County power DePaul all it could handle yesterday before losing in overtime. Hills led for a significant portion of the game, but DePaul tied the game with a three-point shot with just under a minute to play. DePaul was able to take the lead and maintain it in the overtime session. Hills coaches disputed the game-tying three point shot, maintaining that the shooter had stepped over the three point line and that it should have been ruled a two-pointer instead.

Sophomore Dorian Hodge led Hills with 20 points. Senior Scott Wills added 14 points. Junior David Torres added 9 points. Senior Martin Kilroy and sophomore Joey Kenny had 8 and 7 points respectively. Juwan Carter led DePaul with 26 points. Debon Bright had 9 points. Robert Robinson and Jordan Thomas added 8 points apiece.



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Boys Basketball: Wayne Valley 80, Passaic Tech 65

Liam Connors recorded 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists as Valley (6-5) won. Jordan Walode added 15 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Nick Giuliano had 8 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Andrew Popadics had 4 boards.

Girls Basketball: Passaic Tech 33, Wayne Valley 29

Jen Eitel scored seven, but Wayne Valley still ended up losing for the first time this season.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Boys Basketball: Passaic Tech 55, Wayne Hills 48

Dorian Hodge had 14 points, while David Torres and Joey Kenny added 10 apiece. Hills is now 6-3.

Boys Basketball: Eastside 55, Wayne Valley 33

Liam Connors had 8 points, 6 rebounds and 4 steals, but Valley (5-5) still lost. Nick Giuliano had 8 points and 4 assists. Alex Kokos and Jordan Walode had 6 and 5 points respectively. Adam Brody had 4 rebounds and Kyle Greve had 4 points.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Winter Passaic County Tournament Brackets

Ice Hockey

Boys Basketball: Wayne Hills 76, Paramus 54

Four players reached double-figures as Wayne Hills (6-2) won its fifth consecutive game. Scott Wills and Dorian Hodge led the way with 17 and 16 points respectively. David Torres added 14 points. Joey Kenny chipped in with 10 points. Kyle Hogan contributed 6 points.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Boys Basketball: Bergen Catholic 45, Wayne Valley 41


Superpower private school Bergen Catholic got all it could handle from Wayne Valley (5-4), before pulling out a 45-41 victory. Senior Liam Connors had 10 points and 4 rebounds the Wayne Township school. Sophomore Nick Goodwin had 8 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Seniors Jordan Walode and Adam Brody (pictured above) tallied 7 and 6 points respectively. Sophomore Nick Giuliano had 5 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.
 

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Girls Basketball: Wayne Valley 41, Hillsborough 27

Shayna Ocello and Taylor DeStefano both scored 12 points to lead Wayne Valley to a 41-27 victory over Hillsborough in Hillsborough. Wayne Valley led 16-10 at halftime and took a 27-21 lead into the fourth quarter. Wayne Valley outscored Hillsborough 14-6 in the final period to pull away. Jen Eitel and Alicia Hester each chipped in eight points for Wayne Valley. Allison Wickman led Hillsborough with 15 points.


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