Friday, May 30, 2014

Pompton Lakes Football Photos

While Skiffo Drake is primarily assigned to the Wayne Sports teams, he is also an avid follower of neighboring Pompton Lakes. Skiffo collected many Pompton Sports photos while researching the Pompton Lakes Football history piece that ran in the Suburban Trends last fall. He finally put the photos together in one astounding collection.
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Thursday, May 29, 2014

H.S. boys volleyball: Wayne Valley on way to final

Source: The Bergen Record

No. 2 Wayne Valley bounced back to beat No. 3 Belleville, 22-25, 25-17, 25-16, in the North 1 semifinals Wednesday. Alex Widovic and Sciolaro had 13 and nine kills, respectively.
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Baseball: Wayne Hills and Wayne Valley finish on a strong note

Source: The Wayne Today

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Baseball: Wayne Valley 6, Wayne Hills 1

Jake Anderson threw five strong innings and Justin Woll was 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs when Wayne Valley (16-8) defeated Wayne Hills, 6-1, to clinch the Big North Conference-Independence Division championship in Wayne.Anderson allowed an unearned run on five hits and had two RBI. Joe Pascucci pitched two scoreless innings in relief and had an RBI. James Konopinski also had an RBI. Chris Franco drove in the only run for Wayne Hills.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Football: Kotlarz has a rally going on at Wayne Valley


Source: The Wayne Today

When Roger Kotlarz first joined the high school football coaching ranks as an assistant at Elmwood Park in the mid-1990s, he set a lofty goal for himself. He wanted to eventually lead "the best public school football program in the state in every way, both on and off the field."

Kotlarz, who steadily moved up in the North Jersey coaching ranks, eventually went on to assistant coaching jobs at Rutherford and at Ramapo. Next, he became the head coach at Becton Regional (2008 to 2011), then Dover (2012-2013), and ultimately Wayne Valley. Through it all, e never waivered from his aspiration.

"That's not a realistic goal at almost every school in the state," Kotlarz said. "But it is a realistic goal at Wayne Valley.

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North I, Group III Girls Lacrosse State Tournament Second Round: Sparta 20, Wayne Hills 15

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Section I, Group IV State Baseball Tournament, First Round: Bergen Tech 3, Wayne Valley 2


(Joe Pascucci making a play at first.)

The 2014 baseball season will go down as a memorable one for Wayne Valley, but not because of its impressive 15-8 record. By virtue of that record, Valley earned the No. 1 seed in the Section I, Group IV State playoffs. Unfortunately for Valley, the impressive record and high seed will go down as a footnote to two upset post season losses.

Two weeks ago, Valley (No. 6) was upset by Eastside (No. 11) in the first round of the Passaic County Tournament. This past week, Valley (No. 1) was shocked by Bergen Tech (No. 16, 9-14) in the first round of the Section I, Group IV playoffs. It was Bergen Tech’s first-ever State Tournament win. Mike Elia got the start for Wayne Valley and took the loss, going five innings allowing three unearned runs on five hits, walking three and striking out six. Tyler Blumenstyk had an RBI for Wayne Valley.

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Section I, Group III Girls Lacrosse Tournament, First Round: Wayne Hills 17, Paramus 8

Ileyana Little scored six goals for Wayne Hills as it knocked of Paramus, 17-8, in the first round of the North Jersey, Group 3 tournament in Wayne. Victoria Cunningham totaled four goals in the victory and Christina Vittas made 10 saves. Julia Koenemund led Paramus with six goals.

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Passaic County Baseball Tournament Quarterfinals: DePaul 6, Wayne Hills 0

Source: The Star Ledger

Joseph Cirillo dazzled for seven innings, allowing only four singles while walking one and striking out seven, and Michael Monteleone hit a two-run homer to snap a scoreless tie in the third as fourth-seeded DePaul beat 12th-seeded Wayne Hills, 6-0, in the quarterfinals of the Passaic County Tournament yesterday at DePaul in Wayne.
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Friday, May 16, 2014

Baseball: Wayne Hills 6, Eastside 4

Mike Blumenthal had 2 RBI to lead Hills. Joe Simone and Ari Vuciterna knocked in a run each. Brian Marcus earned the win.

Baseball: Northern Highlands 6, Wayne Valley 2

Mike LoPresti was 3-for-4 with an RBI for Wayne Valley.

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Boys Lacrosse: Wayne Hills 13, Dwight-Englewood 1

Darren Schweibel finished with four goals and two assists to power Wayne Hills to a 13-1 victory against Dwight-Englewood in Englewood. James Bernard, Jake Van Peenen and Oliver Kalebota all scored two goals for Wayne Hills, while Justin Diglio added one goal and two assists.

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

H.S. girls track: Relay team, throwers help Wayne Valley girls repeat

Source: The Bergen Record

Wayne Valley's girls beat out Passaic Tech on Wednesday to repeat as Passaic County track and field champions by the narrowest of margins. The meet was a four-horse race well into Day 2. Passaic Tech, Wayne Hills and Wayne Valley emerged as the front-runners after Tuesday, with Hawthorne lingering close behind as the dark horse. In the end, it was Wayne Valley coming through with 103 points to Passaic Tech's 102. Hawthorne finished third with 76 points and Wayne Hills placed fourth with 64 on a warm day that cooled as the afternoon went on.
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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Baseball: Wayne Hills 5, Lakeland 4

Wayne Hills' Dylan Habeeb hit a walkoff single that scored Mike Blumenthal as Wayne Hills defeated Lakeland, 5-4, in Wayne. Lakeland tied the game at 4-4 in the top of the seventh after Wayne Hills took the lead with two runs in the sixth. Brian Marcus allowed one earned run in the seventh for Wayne Hills and earned the victory. Mike Blumenthal was 2-for-3 with a RBI and run. Chris Franco had two hits and scored twice. Kyle Labousuer was 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run, and Bo Gilligan had a double for Lakeland.

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Baseball: Wayne Valley 4, Eastside 2; Wayne Valley 14, Kennedy 9

Two days after losing to Eastside in the Passaic County Tournament, Valley came back to defeat Eastside in a regular season matchup in Paterson. Mike Elia pitched a complete game, scattering six hits, striking out nine and walking none. Anthony DiBartolo and Tyler Blumenstyk had RBI singles as Wayne Valley scored its four runs in the first inning.

The next day, Valley (15-6) beat Kennedy, the other team from Paterson. Joe Pascucci was 2-for-3 for Wayne Valley with a double and two RBI. Pascucci also earned the win on the mound, striking three batters out in six innings.Justin Woll was 3-for-4 for Wayne Valley with a double, two runs scored and two RBI.

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Baseball: Passaic County Tournament - First Round: Wayne Hills 11, West Milford 2

Twelfth-seeded Wayne Hills upset fifth-seeded West Milford, 11-2, in the first round of the Passaic County Tournament. Leading, 2-1, going into the top of the fourth, Wayne Hills struck for seven runs when five straight batters knocked in runs, capped off by a Brian Marcus two RBI double. Chris Franco had a pair of doubles with an RBI and a run. Righty Austin Phillips earned the complete game victory, scattering eight hits and striking out seven.Dylan Gieger had a pair of hits and an RBI for West Milford. Harry Van Dyke also had a hit and drove in a run. Wayne Hills advances to play fourth seeded DePaul in the quarterfinals of the Passaic County Tournament this Saturday.

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Boys Lacrosse: Wayne Valley Wins Passaic County Championship


Coming into the game, Lakeland's defense was yielding just shy of five goals a game. But while watching his team's counterpart in its semifinal matchup, Wayne Valley head coach David Ahlert saw some things in the defense that his team would be able to exploit. His team utilized quick passing as well as cross-crease passing to break down the usually stellar unit. The win gave Valley its second PCT title in three years.
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Girls Lacrosse: Wayne Hills Wins Passaic County Championship

Wayne Hills completely dominated the second half out scoring Lakeland 8-3, including five straight to end the game, but it was its defense that helped guarantee the win. The Patriots had four steals that led to scores, while also blocking four shots. The win gave Wayne Hills a record of 17-0. Hills last won the title in 2010.
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Baseball - Passaic County Tournament - First Round: Eastside 4, Wayne Valley 3

(Sophomore Alex Kokos makes a play at second base, while junior second basement Joe Trabucco looks on)

Catcher Steven Payero's RBI single in the top of the eighth inning scored Edwin Diaz to lift 14th-seeded Paterson Eastside to a 4-3 eight-inning victory over sixth-seeded Wayne Valley (13-6) in the first round of the Passaic County Tournament in Wayne. Wayne Valley threatened with one out and runners on second and third in the bottom of the eighth, when Nico Andresakes's fly ball to left was caught by Erimir Vargas, who then threw out the potential tying run at home plate.

Hard luck Jake Anderson surrendered just five hits in 7 innings of work for Valley. Alex Kokos had two hits and an RBI. He also gunned two Eastside runners down at the plate. Joe Pascucci and Anthony DiBartolo knocked in runs for Valley. Andresakes and Trabucco had doubles.

Valley beat Bergen Tech in a regular season game the day before. Sean Lewandoski struck out four and walked two to lead Wayne Valley to a 15-5 victory.Justin Woll was 3-for-3 with a triple, a home run, and six RBI for Wayne Valley. Taylor Kishfy went 2-for-2 with a double and 2 RBI for Wayne Valley.

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Baseball: Wayne Hills 7, Passaic 5

Ryan Maskal went 3-for-4 with two RBI to lead Wayne Hills to its fifth consecutive victory with a 7-5 regular season decision over Passaic in Passaic. Junior left hander Marc Presser went the distance, allowing nine hits, striking out five and walking two to earn his first varsity victory. Wayne Hills (No. 12) takes on West Milford in the first round of the Passaic County Tournament on Monday. Passaic is the No. 1 see in that tournament. Against Hills, Passaic's Azmir Garcia tripled and drove in two runs.

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Passaic County Boys Lacrosse Semifinals: Wayne Valley 8, DePaul 7

Brendan Feddema made 15 saves as Wayne Valley (No. 4) upset top-seeded DePaul, 8-7, in the semifinals of the Passaic County Tournament in Wayne.  Alec Doyle, Ryan Leonard and David Drozjock all collected two goals and an assist. Robert Papa, Billy Crank and Scott Doyle each scored once for Wayne Valley. Wayne Valley will face Lakeland No. 2) in the final on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Wayne Hills. Devon Shuster scored two goals and added an assist for DePaul.

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Passaic County Boys Lacrosse Tournament Semifinals: Lakeland 6, Wayne Hills 5

Nick Maher scored the game-winning goal with 2:16 left in overtime to lift Lakeland (No. 2) past Wayne Hills, 6-5, in the semifinal round of the Passaic County Tournament at DePaul in Wayne.Maher finished with three goals and two assists and James Carrol added two goals. Luke Broderick scored once and Michael Wilson dished out three assists in the victory. Justin Diglio and James Bernard each scored twice for Wayne Hills (No. 3).

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Passaic County Girls Lacrosse Semifinals: Wayne Hills 18, West Milford 8

Ileyna Little and Samantha Rodriguez had four goals apiece to lead Hills. Victoria Cunningham and Kristen Russo had three goals apiece. Gabriella Bussanich added two goals. Cunningham had three assists. Sabrina Sirni and Rodriguez had two assists each. Christina Vittas had 9 saves.

Passaic County Girls Lacrosse Semifinals: Lakeland 19, Wayne Valley 14

Kim Dolye led Wayne Valley with four goals, two in the first half and two in the second. Gia Gagliano added three goals. Madison Carlucci and Crista Provax had two goals each. Bridget Doyle had two assists. Carli Jo Vieldhouse had 19 saves. Click here to read the Star Ledger story

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Baseball: Wayne Hills 2, Passaic Valley 1

Brian Marcus earned his first varsity win on the mound striking out three as Wayne Hills defeated Passaic Valley, 2-1, in Wayne. Marcus allowed one hit, one earned run and no walks while going 2-for-3. Ryan Maskal went 2-for-2 with two runs.

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Baseball: Wayne Valley 5, DePaul 2

Joe Pascucci pitched a complete game and allowed two runs, one earned, on six hits as Wayne Valley (12-5) defeated DePaul, 5-2. Pascucci struck out five and walked two. Alex Kokos was 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored. Dan Wronka went 2-for-3 with a RBI-single and Nico Andresakes scored a run, going 2-for-3. Joe Cirillo hit a solo home run for DePaul.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Baseball: Wayne Hills Breaks Bergen Catholic's 13-Game Winning Streak

Ryan Maskal hit a three-run triple in the top of the seventh inning as Wayne Hills erupted for four runs in the frame to break the game open en route to a 9-4 triumph over Bergen Catholic at Breslin Field in Lyndhurst. The loss snaps a 13-game winning streak for the parochial powerhouse Bergen Catholic (14-2-1), which had not suffered a defeat since a season-opening loss to St. Peter's Prep on April 2. Mike Blumenthal scattered eight hits to pick up his second victory of the season for Wayne Hills. Chris Franco cracked a home run for Wayne Hills and finished with three RBI. Joe Simone also had a triple for Wayne Hills. John VanDeMark had two RBI for Bergen Catholic in the loss. Pat Doherty and Erikson Nichols had doubles for Bergen Catholic.

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2014 Spring Passaic County Tournaments

Baseball
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Girls Lacrosse: Passaic County Tournament: Wayne Hills 16, Passaic Valley 2

Samantha Rodriguez compiled three goals and two assists as Wayne Hills defeated Passaic Valley, 16-2, in the first round of the Passaic County Tournament in Wayne. Ileyana Little's only goal for Wayne Hills was her 50th of the season and her 200th career point, she also finished with three assists.Victoria Cunningham contributed two goals and three assists for Wayne Hills.
Hayley Luisa and Charlotte Cathcart each scored for Passaic Valley.

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Girls Lacrosse: Passaic County Tournament First Round: Wayne Valley 16, DePaul 5

Madison Carlucci scored five goals as Wayne Valley defeated DePaul, 16-5, in the first round of the Passaic County Tournament in Wayne. Danielle Csorny contributed two goals and three assists for Wayne Valley while Carlee Hart added three goals. Kendra Karsen led DePaul with three goals and a assist.

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Boys Lacrosse: Passaic County Tournament First Round: Wayne Hills 13, Clifton 4

Darren Schweibel had five goals and two assists to lead Wayne Hills (No. 3, 8-5) past Clifton (No. 6). Jake Van Peenen added three goals and two assists. Steve Prince dished out two assists. Hills will play the Lakeland (No. 2)-Passaic Valley (No. 7) winner in the semifinals Wednesday.

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Boys Lacrosse: Passaic County Tournament First Round: Wayne Valley 11, West Milford 4

Alec Doyle and David Drozjock each contributed three goals and an assist to Wayne Valley's 11-4 victory over West Milford in the first round of the Passaic County Tournament in Wayne.
Austin Shelly sank two goals while Billy Crank had a goal and three assists. Brendan Faddema made eight saves in the victory.  Jared Calise, Charles Cole, Kyle Butera and Dylan Pirro all scored once for West Milford. Valley (No. 4, 10-3) will play top-seeded DePaul in the semifinals Wednesday.

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Baseball: Wayne Valley 3, Lakeland 1

Dan Wronka hit a two-run single in the fourth inning to back the five-hit effort of Mike Elia and give Wayne Valley (11-5)  a 3-1 victory over Lakeland in Wayne. Jake Anderson also drove in a run in support of Elia, who went the distance while striking out four and walking two for Wayne Valley. Bo Gilligan surrendered five hits over six innings for Lakeland.

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Passaic County Tournament, Preliminary Round: Wayne Hills 9, Kennedy 0

Wayne Hills (No. 12) junior outfielder Edzel Ortega hit a three-run home run in the second inning as Wayne Hills beat Paterson Kennedy (No. 13) , 9-0, in the Passaic County Tournament preliminary round in Wayne. Ortega was 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and a run. Austin Phillips pitched a one-hit shutout, struck out four and walked none. Anthony Vigorito went 2-for-3 with a RBI and two runs.

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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Boys Lacrosse: Wayne Valley 6, Wayne Hills 5, OT

Alec Doyle, on his birthday, scored the game-winning goal off a feed from Billy Crank to lift Wayne Valley to a 6-5 overtime victory against Wayne Hills in Wayne. Crank and Ryan Leonard each finished with two goals and one assist for Wayne Valley, while Robert Papa added one goal and one assist. Darren Schweibel led Wayne Hills with two goals and one assist.

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Girls Lacrosse: Wayne Hills 16, Wayne Valley 14

Ileyana Little scored five goals and assisted on three others as Wayne Hills outlasted Wayne Valley, 14-12, in overtime in Wayne. Victoria Cunningham had three goals in the victory and Ali Davies had two goals and two assists. Kim Doyle led Wayne Valley with five scores and Taylor DeStafano had three.

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Softball: Wayne Hills 10, Wayne Valley 6

Ryan Tighe and Melanie Cieucich knocked in two runs apiece for Hills. Alana Luna had three RBI. Tighe had 2. Amanda Robinson batted in two runs for Valley. Cassandra Gerard had two hits.


Friday, May 2, 2014

Baseball: Wayne Valley 10, Passaic 8

Alex Kokos went 3-for-4 with two home runs, a triple and three runs in Wayne Valley's 10-8 victory over Passaic in Passaic. Wayne Valley (10-5) scored six runs in the top of the fourth inning. Dan Wronka also homered in the victory for Wayne Valley. Jake Andersen earned the victory while striking out five and walking three. Joe Trabucco picked up the save in relief.

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Girls Lacrosse: Wayne Hills 16, Mary Help 5

Ali Davies, Victoria Cunningham and Ileyana Little had three goals and an assist each as Wayne Hills stayed undefeated with a 16-5 victory over Mary Help of Christians in Wayne. Gabriella Bussanich had three goals as well, while Christina Vittas made four saves. Catherine Livi and Elizabeth Livi had two goals each for Mary Help.

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Girls Lacrosse: Wayne Valley 16, Fair Lawn 15

Kim Doyle scored six goals, including one with 1:15 remaining in overtime, to lead Wayne Valley past Fair Lawn, 16-15, in Fair Lawn. Gia Gagliano scored with 46 seconds remaining in regulation, and Bridget Doyle scored in overtime to give Wayne Valley a lead. Megan Morrison scored one of her five goals next for Fair Lawn to tie the score before Kim Doyle's heroics. Carli-Jo Vieldhouse made 10 saves for Wayne Valley.

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Boys Lacrosse: Wayne Valley peaking at the right time

Source: The Wayne Today

A balanced attack, a smothering defense and lots of chemistry has the Wayne Valley boys lacrosse team (8-3) thriving as the Passaic County and State Tournaments are fast-approaching.

Nothing perhaps symbolizes Valley’s multi-faceted attack than the last four games. First, Ryan Leonard scored four goals in an 8-5 loss to Kinnelon. Next, Robert Papa tallied five goals in both a 14-2 win over Pascack Hills and a 12-5 win over Dwight Englewood. On Monday, Billy Crank capped things off with four goals in an 10-6 triumph over River Dell.
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