MORRISTOWN _ Ashley Magner was wobbly when she first put on skates as a Morristown-Beard freshman.
Magner's Crimson teammate, Kristen DePoalo, too, had her shaky moments after taking up ice hockey.
BOONTON _ Youth and inexperience abound on the Pequannock and Boonton girls basketball teams.
The Golden Panthers were struck hard by graduation, losing eight seniors who had played together since fifth grade. The Bombers, heavy with sophomores and freshmen, are trying to find their way.
MADISON _ If Mendham's Laura Papili needed any motivation going into the 2013 Morris County Relay Championships, all she had to do was bend her left arm, put her palm up and look down.
On Papili's wrist, written in pink and purple pen, was the number "59" - her objective in seconds as the anchor for the Minutemen's 4x400 team.
WANTAGE _ For Jefferson's Kristen Swerzenski, this was no ordinary basketball game.
Swerzenski, a senior forward, has taken to the hardwood hundreds of times but never for a cause other than winning.
DOVER _ It's not often that two teams walk away from a game feeling good about themselves.
St. Elizabeth, which beat Dover 51-46 on Saturday, Jan. 5, was elated to come away with a win, its second of the season.
ROCKAWAY _ Willamina Groething considered herself unathletic before joining the Morris Hills High School fencing team as a freshman.
Now a senior, Groething has made great strides over the last four seasons. On her wish list? A trip to the districts.
MENDHAM _ The white, yellow and peach-colored roses have been on display in Aliyah Huland El's bedroom since Sunday evening.
They're pretty, of course, but, in spite of their beauty, Huland El, Randolph's standout guard/forward, hasn't enjoyed looking at them.
MOUNTAIN LAKES _ The milestone can wait.
According to Randolph's Aliyah Huland El, a championship - and gaining revenge in the process - are much better.
ROSELLE _ Sade Idera wished she could say that Morris Catholic was beaten by the host Lions in the final of the Roselle Catholic Holiday Tournament.
Instead, Idera, a senior forward, had to admit that the Crusaders suffered a much worse and harder-to-swallow fate.
CHATHAM _ Chaotic. Pressure packed. Physical.
Some teams, young ones in particular, might back down or cave in when faced with those unpleasant elements.