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Soar-NJ.com 2017 Basketball All-Stars

2016-17 Soar-NJ.com Morris County All-Star Basketball Team Joey Meyers Mendham Meyers, a sophomore, made the transition from forward to guard look easy but there was plenty of hard work that led to her successful 2016-17 campaign. An afterthought as a freshman forward when she averaged under four points per game, Meyers had a breakout season with 19 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals a game from the guard position. Included in her highlights were hitting game-winning shots against Pope John and Ridge and scoring a career-high 26 points in a 53-43 decision over Roxbury on Feb. 23. She finished the year with…

Pisciotto, Colonials enjoyed fine season

MORRISTOWN _ Lacking an "I" mentality and focused on unyielding "D," Morristown, coached by Jim Pisciotto, took its season to the limit. The Colonials, unselfish and harmonious, relied on relentless man-to-man defense to garner Morris County Tournament, sectional and NJAC-United Division titles. "The girls understood their roles and put the team first," said Pisciotto, the 2017 Soar-NJ.com Morris County Coach of the Year. "Some of them started but came out in the first quarter. They never asked why. No one complained about anything. The chemistry this group had was great. They enjoyed each other's company." Those elements translated into success…

Strambi is Soar-NJ POY

MORRISTOWN _ To the Junior Colonials, Elizabeth Strambi is a superstar. Kids flock to Strambi, Morristown's affable junior guard. They cling to her and climb on her. Strambi, comfortable with her elite status, lets them, laughing and joking as she drags them around. "Elizabeth is approachable, whether at clinics or games. Anywhere," Colonials coach Jim Pisciotto said. "Children look up to her. They watch her play. They look at her crossover dribble and say 'See what she just did?!?' They admire Elizabeth and she gives back. All of our kids do." Strambi, the 2017 Soar-NJ.com Morris County Basketball Player of the Year,…

Gnapp honored to coach North All-Stars

MENDHAM _ Mark Gnapp has spent a good portion of his life involved with basketball, first as a player then as a coach and AAU director at Hoop Heaven. On Sunday, March 26, Gnapp added another experience to his deep resume when he served as head coach of the North Squad at the North-South Girls Senior All-Star Game held at Rider University. "It was really great. I enjoyed it," said Gnapp, who has guided the Mendham girls program since 2012. "It was a lot of fun. The level of talent we have in New Jersey is very high. There are…

Bush, Rubino fuel White Team

MORRISTOWN _ Kaleigh Rubino was feeling glum when Pequannock's basketball season came to an end at Ramapo in late February. Several days later, Rubino, still feeling sad, handed in her No. 32 uniforms. Her high school career was officially over. On Wednesday, March 22, Rubino, chosen to compete in the Morris County Girls Basketball Coaches Association Senior All-Star Game, got her home jersey and shorts back. The shooting guard's smile returned, too. She'd have one more chance to play the game she loves. Three days later, Rubino, who sent out a Snapchat from home before the game, thrived on the hardwood at Morristown-Beard, netting five…

Hornets halted by High Point

WEST ORANGE _ Alexa Bursese isn't going to dwell on the last game of her high school career, certainly not the last 10 or 12 minutes. Bursese, who won't don a uniform in college, is going to remember all of the moments before the 48-33 loss to High Point in a Group II semifinal that brought Hanover Park's fine run to a halt. Getting ousted from the state tournament was disappointing and it saddened Bursese and her teammates but it was hardly devastating. Much of what made the Hornets one of Morris County's top teams was on display - hustle, teamwork…

A fine season comes to a close

UNION _ Errant passes. Hasty offense. Not responding well under pressure. Double-digit turnovers in the first half. Those are not the trademarks of Morristown basketball and certainly not what earned the Colonials three titles and kept them alive until deep into the season. Morristown, normally exceptional at rattling its opponents, simply could not contend with sophomore Diamond Miller and Franklin in a Group IV semifinal on Wednesday, March 8 and lost, 61-37, at Union High School. "I think we needed to stay together. Be more poised," said senior Kimberly Calloway, whose 12 points paced the Colonials. "We were nervous and tense and never settled…

Strambi powers Colonials

MORRISTOWN _ Morristown had taken care of all of the little details while preparing for its sectional final versus East Orange. The top-seeded Colonials, riding high after claiming Morris County Tournament and conference titles, were ready, no doubt, but one question loomed before game time: Would it be necessary to open all of the bleachers? The extra seating behind the team benches was needed and junior guard Liz Strambi and Morristown thrilled the enthusiastic near-capacity crowd with a 45-35 victory over East Orange to take the North Jersey Section 1, Group IV championship on Monday, March 6. The Colonials' only other sectional crown was attained…

Mendham bows out of tourney

MENDHAM _ Meredith Curtin's mind was consumed by Mendham's sectional quarterfinal versus Voorhees. Curtin, a senior co-captain, hoped she and the Minutemen would knock off the Vikings and extend their season. She had her heart set on playing in Saturday's semifinals. So, Curtin did all she could - scored, leaped, dove, sank all six of her second-half foul shots - to ensure that Mendham would remain alive in the North Jersey Section 2, Group III bracket. The all-out energetic effort, though, wasn't enough as the third-seeded Minutemen fell, 51-46, to No. 6 Voorhees on Thursday, March 2. "This game meant so much to me," Curtin…

Bulldogs exit state tournament

BUTLER _ It wasn't the outcome Butler wanted certainly not after overcoming an eight-point halftime deficit to gain a fourth-quarter lead. Still, Bulldogs coach Kim Wilson couldn't fault her team which has played an abundance of determined and focused minutes this season. Butler sought to deter North Warren standout Kelly Vuz and, for the most part, succeeded. Vuz, however, took charge in the final 2:40 of the North Jersey Section 1, Group I opening-round game on Tuesday, Feb. 28, netting the last six points, including the 1,000th of her career, to boost the 10th-seeded Patriots over the seventh-seeded Bulldogs, 39-34.…