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West Morris gains final with OT win

WASHINGTON TWP. (Morris) _ West Morris didn't recognize the team it faced in the North Jersey Section 1, Group III semifinals. The opposing team's jerseys were navy blue and bore white block letters that read "Chatham" but no way could it be the team the Wolfpack clashed with a week earlier on the same field. The Cougars squad West Morris faced on Tuesday, Oct. 31 was markedly different than the one they blanked, 5-0. Chatham was aggressive, driven and clearly seeking an upset. It was no coincidence that is was Halloween as the Cougars put several scares into the Wolfpack,…

Bombers trim rival Panthers

BOONTON _ Any team but Pequannock... That was the thought after fourth-seeded Boonton looked at the North Jersey Section 1, Group I bracket. The Bombers' dread was justified, stemming from past games against the Golden Panthers. It was an uncomfortable feeling to have fifth-seeded Pequannock, a fierce rival, staring down at them. Boonton, which had tied and edged the Golden Panthers earlier this season, emerged with another win on Monday, Oct. 30, nipping the Bombers, 1-0, on Nicole Krozser's second-half goal. The Bombers advance to the sectional semifinals and will travel to top-seeded Ramsey on Wednesday, Nov. 1 for a…

Two in a row for Mount Olive

RANDOLPH _ There's usually laughter, joking and singing when the Mount Olive volleyball team takes to the road for a game. On Saturday, Oct. 28 prior to the Morris County Tournament final, the bus transporting the Marauders was uncharacteristically quiet with the majority of the players listening to music. "We're usually so silly," said Mount Olive senior setter and defensive specialist Lauren Miller. "We have fun on the bus. When we got here, we were calm, collected, in the zone. We were so focused. Laser focused." Being ultra honed in benefited top-seeded Mount Olive as it repeated as MCT champion…

Loveys repeats at Morris XC Championships

PARSIPPANY _ Mount Olive's Sydney Bradle didn't see Randolph's Abby Loveys after the first mile of the Morris County Girls Cross Country Championships. That's amazing because Bradle finished second to Loveys, who claimed her second consecutive title at Central Park on Wednesday, Oct. 25 with a time of 17:49.65. It didn't take long for Loveys, a junior, to pull away from the pack, become a speck in the distance and, ultimately, disappear. "You think you'll close in on Abby or maybe catch her," said Bradle, who traversed the course in 18:31.08, said. "Then she's gone." Loveys is one of 13…

Somogyi powers Golden Eagles in MCT

ROXBURY _ The last time the Morris Knolls girls soccer was in the Morris County Tournament final, most of the current players were toddlers. On Saturday, Oct. 21, the Golden Eagles walked away with the title. Laura Budwick connected off a Madison Palma pass with 24:48 left in regulation to lift Morris Knolls to a 1-0 triumph over Mendham at Roxbury High School. Goalkeeper Madison Somogyi made five saves, including two spectacular ones early in the game, to take Most Valuable Player honors. Morris Knolls (14-2-1), the top-seeded team, had not made an appearance in the finals since 2002. The…

Rivera, Marauders roll into final

RANDOLPH _ A bout of vertigo left Mount Olive's Britney Rivera exhausted. Rivera rested for four days during the week then attended a short practice on Friday. The Marauders Morris County Tournament semifinal versus Roxbury was looming and nothing was going to keep the senior outside hitter off the court. Family bragging rights were at stake, too. Rivera's cousin, Amber Chen, plays for the opposing Gaels. Being sidelined didn't cause Rivera's skills to slump. She was in fine form in the semifinals, helping top-seeded and defending champion Mount Olive defeat fourth-seeded Roxbury, 25-13, 25-9, on Saturday, Oct. 21 by making…