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My father had a curiosity about celebrities, professional athletes in particular, so many weekends were spent at Two Guys Department Stores and electronics stores obtaining autographs and meeting players from New York teams. He quizzed the athletes, conversed with them, asking details about their lives, such as where they lived, how they got their ...big breaks, what foods they liked, where they grew up, how many children they had, what their hobbies were. I stood by my father's side, taking in all I could about my heroes. Looking back, those experiences influenced my decision to pursue not only teaching but to have sports writing to fall back on. Writing became my profession and I went about it and still go about it with great passion, pounding out thousands of stories over three-plus decades. Over time, I came to realize that high school and local sports appeal to me most. I feel privileged to tell people's stories. More

Mertens, Gaels move on in MCT

ROXBURY _ It's not how you start, but how you finish and putting the ball in the net is something Roxbury was happy to see Caitlin Mertens accomplish....
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Kinnelon moves into semifinals

Kinnelon advanced to the Group I semifinals by defeating McNair 2-0 in Group I volleyball action on Tuesday, Nov. 13. The fifth-seeded Colts were pace...
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Wisniewski, Red Hawks triumph

Meghan Wisniewski scored her first career goal after taking a pass from Elena Wolfe, helping Parsippany to a 1-0 lead en route to a 2-1 victory over D...
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Wildcats win on two runs in bottom of seventh

Whippany Park scored twice in the bottom of the seventh inning on an errant throw and beat Cedar Grove 3-2 in a Group I semifinal on Tuesday...
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Iliff taking her talents to King College in the fall

NEWTON _ Ashley Iliff was a first grader, probably all of six years old, when she requested more time with her father.

It seems that Ashley missed her dad, Andy, when he was spending long hours coaching wrestling at Newton High School.

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Nielsen pitches, hits Pequannnock past Chiefs

Pequannock, sparked by Dana Nielsen's one-hitter and five RBIs, shut out Hopatcong 16-0 in a North Jersey Section 1, Group II quarterfinal on Thursday...
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LaBeau's five goals, two assists pace Lakers

Mountain Lakes earned a berth in the North 1 final with an 18-11 victory over Kinnelon in a sectional semifinal on Wednesday, May 23. Allie LaBeau led...
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Conklin, Rams defeat Vikings

Randolph got off to a strong start, scoring three runs over the first three innings on the way to a 6-3 victory over Parsippany Hills on Friday, May 11.

Victoria Conklin doubled and knocked in two runs for the Rams, who improved to 11-9.

Tara Barnett also drove in a run for Randolph.

Kinnelon 11, Mountain Lakes 3

The Colts' Morgan Browning continued her hot hitting streak, going 4 for 5 with four RBIs against the Lakers on Friday, May 11.

Alyssa Schwed added three hits and two RBIs for Kinnelon (12-8).

Jennifer Bertollo, Sarah Galese, Kathryn Waldrop, Samantha DeClario and Cara Marzullo had two hits apiece. Emily Alberts' two hits paced the Lakers.

Jefferson 11, Sparta 6

Anna Carlson's three hits and four RBIs paced the Falcons' attack when they registered a victory over Sparta on Friday, May 11.

Amanda Gerritsen rapped out two hits for Jefferson (14-6). Alyssa Sanchez knocked in two runs for the winners. Gerritsen and Carlson both doubled.

Melissa Jurkiewicz struck out eight, walked none and scattered six hits to earn the pitching victory. Sparta is 12-10.

Roxbury 4, Morristown 0

Junior center fielder Holly Arentowicz had a big day at the plate for the Gaels, doubling, homering and knocking in four runs in a win over Morristown on Friday, May 11.

Roxbury's other hits came off the bats of Katelyn Milling, Allison Snyder and Dana Brady.

Winning pitcher Ashtin Helmer yielded two hits, struck out eight and walked none for the Gaels (10-8).

Whippany Park 13, Morristown-Beard 0

The Wildcats, buoyed by Ashley Belott (3 for 3, three RBIs), shut out the Crimson in a five-inning game on Friday, May 11.

Sam Mellea and Lindsay Cashen also had multiple hits for once-beaten Whippany Park, going 2 for 3 with two RBIs, and 2 for 2 with two RBIs, respectively.

Hannah Guenther and Christina D'Alessandro had hits for Morristown-Beard. 

Kinnelon 9, Mountain Lakes 1

Katie Veltri and Morgan Browning each went 3 for 4 with an RBI to spark Kinnelon when it beat Mountain Lakes on Thursday, May 10.

Kayla Rosenberg, the winning pitcher, added two hits and three RBIs for the Colts (11-8).

Rosenberg went the first five innings, allowing two hits and striking out three. Grace Carvalho went the last two innings, striking out one.

Mountain Lakes' hits were by Katie Doerig and Kelly Breslauer.

Roxbury 9, Parsippany Hills 0

The Gaels, behind Holly Arentowicz's two hits and three RBIs and Ashtin Helmer's three-hitter, blanked the Vikings on Thursday, May 10.

Allison Snyder chipped in with two hits and two RBIs. Helmer, a senior lefty, struck out 11 and walked none.

Whippany Park 10, Mountain Lakes 0

Whippany Park, sparked by Jenn Sanislo's no-hitter, sent its record to 18-1 by beating Mountain Lakes 10-0 on Wednesday, May 9.

Hannah Mucerino, Brianna Cetrulo and Taylor Trifiolis drove in two runs apiece for the Wildcats. Sam Mellea and Cetrulo each had a pair of hits. Jamie Rehus doubled for Whippany Park.

Sanislo, a junior, struck out 12 and walked none in the five-inning game.

West Morris 2, Roxbury 1

Kelsey Brown's RBI triple drove in what proved to be the game-winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning for the Wolfpack.

Becca Raymond, who singled and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, scored the decisive run.

Raymond had an RBI double to give West Morris a 1-0 lead in the third inning. Roxbury scored in the top of the fourth on Ashtin Helmer's RBI double.

Jamie Fesinstine went the distance, striking out six, walking three and allowing three hits. Helmer struck out eight, walked two and surrendered four hits.

Pope John 1, Sparta 0

Brooke Powers drove in the game's only run in the top of the third inning and it stood up, enabling the Lions to trim the Spartans on Wednesday, May 9.

Sparta's three hits were by Powers, her sister, Kaylee, and Christina Marinaro.

Winning pitcher Brooke Powers struck out three, walked one and moved her record to 14-7. Kim Puccio absorbed the loss despite striking out 11 and walking two.

Montville 13, Mount Olive 3

Montville, led by three RBIs apiece from Brittany Presto and Jade Tungul, raced out to a 7-0 lead against Mount Olive on Tuesday, May 8 and prevailed.

The victory was the 200th for Mustangs coach John Immediato. Immediato is in his 12th year as head coach.

Other big hitters for Montville (10-9) were Megan Patierno, who doubled twice and drove in two runs, and Sam Booth and Emily Mulligan, who had two hits apiece.

Jessica Shalongo, the winning pitcher, yielded five hits, struck out seven and walked one in the five-inning game.

Parsippany 3, Hopatcong 2

Parsippany scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning, lifting it over Hopatcong, 3-2, on Tuesday, May 8.

Victoria Rossi drove in a pair of runs for the Red Hawks (5-13). Caitlyn Capurso and Kelly Serrao had two hits apiece to support the pitching of Samantha Pisillo (two strikeouts, one walk).

For Hopatcong, Julie Brennan, Samantha Kufta and Taylor Tighe had two hits each.

Pope John 15, Jefferson 2

The Lions (14-7) rapped out nine hits, including three by Christina Marinaro, and defeated the Falcons on Tuesday, May 8.

Marinaro finished with four RBIs. Also contributing to the attack was Ashley May (2 for 2, three RBIs). Winning pitcher Brooke Powers struck out five, walked two and gave up four hits in the five-inning game.

Jade Blanchard had two RBIs for Jefferson. Blanchard, Kaitlin Ventrice, Anna Carlson and Amanda Gerritsen had hits for the Falcons (13-6).

Madison 12, Villa Walsh 6

Alise Bassolino had two hits and knocked in four runs and Mackie Goodwin had two hits and two RBIs for Madison on Tuesday, May 8.

Bassolino and Goodwin both had doubles, Nicole Iannarone tripled and Catherine Zimmerman homered for the Dodgers (15-7).

Jessica Walsh had three hits for Villa Walsh.

Whippany Park 1, West Morris 0

A fourth-inning error enabled Whippany Park to nip West Morris on Monday, May 7.

Jenn Sanislo drew a two-out walk in the top of the fourth inning and Brianna Cetrulo followed with a base hit to left field, which was misplayed to allow the game's only run to score.

Sanislo, a junior, had 12 strikeouts to notch the win for once-beaten Whippany Park. She got out of jams in the second, sixth and seventh innings. 

Jamie Fesinstine pitched a complete game with eight strikeouts and one walk for West Morris. The Wolfpack had four hits off Sanislo. Allie McCourt, Kat Spilman, Becca Raymond and Emma Collins had hits for West Morris.

Pequannock 11, St. Mary (Rutherford) 0

Senior righty Dana Nielsen fired a no-hitter, striking out 15 and walking one for Pequannock on Monday, May 7.

Ally Thomas went 3 for 3, including a home run, and had three RBIs for the Golden Panthers (18-2).

Additional offensive standouts were Dana Torchia (2 for 3), Bridget Carr (two RBIs), Melissa Tahan (two RBIs) and Tiffany Thumann (two RBIs).

Morris Knolls 9, Blairstown 2

Tori Clarke went 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs and Kelsey Hanson had a bases-clearing triple in the six-run third inning to spark Morris Knolls on Monday, May 7.

Maggie Shaw hit a triple and scored a run for the Golden Eagles.

Ashley Lesch was the winning pitcher, striking out 10, walking two and surrendering two hits. Julia Dioguardi and Megan Fox each had a hit for
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Pope John 2, Roxbury 1

Toni Santonastasso and Haley Chrobock drove in runs for the Lions (13-7) when they trimmed the Gaels on Monday, May 7.

Winning pitcher Brooke Powers helped herself with two hits.

Powers moved her pitching record to 12-7 with an eight-strikeout, two-walk performance.

Villa Walsh 12, Mountain Lakes 0

Freshman Jessica Walsh pitched a one-hitter, striking out four, and Caitria O' Shaughnessy had two-run singles in the second and third innings and an RBI groundout in the sixth inning and finished with five RBIs for Villa Walsh in action on Monday, May 7.

Jenna Fazzini added to the offense with a second-inning RBI single and a two-run double in the third inning. Mountain Lakes shortstop Emily Alberts singled in the fourth inning for Mountain Lakes' only hit.

Lakers pitcher Abby Davidson struck out 10. Villa Walsh improved to 8-9.

Kinnelon 11, Morristown-Beard 1

Center fielder Morgan Browning (2 for 2, two RBIs, double) and shortstop Alyssa Schwed (2 for 3, two RBIs) were among the offensive standouts for the Colts on Monday, May 7.

Sarah Galese also had two hits for Kinnelon (10-8). Grace Carvalho, who pitched the first four innings, gave up two hits and struck out two.

Hannah Guenther had two hits and knocked in a run for the Crimson (0-15). 

Morristown 3, Morris Knolls 2

Senior catcher Jen Donlin singled to center field off a 1-2 pitch with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to snap a 2-2 deadlock and lift Morristown to victory over Morris Knolls on Friday, May 4.

Alex Gleason singled with one out in the seventh for Morristown. Bev Hirschmann's sacrifice bunt moved Gleason to second. A wild pitch enabled Gleason to go to third. Nicole Rhoades walked and took second before Donlin delivered the decisive run.

Morris Knolls, which will play in the MCT final, used three consecutive singles to score in the top of the first inning. Maddie Housel knocked in Kiki Baldassari with a single to center field. Morristown went ahead 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth on Katrina Colquhoun's two-run single.

The Golden Eagles tied the score, 2-2, on Baldassari's RBI triple to center field in the top of the seventh inning.

Freshman pitcher Nicole Rhoades improved her record to 4-2. Baldassari and Ashley Lesch had two hits each for Morris Knolls.

Pope John 8, Morris Hills 3

Christina Marinaro had three hits and seven RBIs to send Pope John to a victory over Morris Hills on Thursday, May 3.

Marinaro, a junior second baseman, singled twice and hit a home run for the Lions (12-7).

Kaylee Powers went 3 for 3. Toni Santonastasso drove in Pope John's other run.

Winning pitcher Brooke Powers pitched a complete-game five-hitter, striking out six and walking four.

Parsippany Hills 1, Mount Olive 0

Erica Ruja's single plated the winning run with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning when Parsippany Hills edged Mount Olive, 1-0, on Tuesday, May 1.

Brianna Bettelli got on base with one out and went to second on Katie Schnabel's base hit before Ruja came through in the clutch.

Right-hander Molly Hoyt pitched a complete-game shutout, striking out 11, walking three and giving up three hits.

Pope John 5, Vernon 0

Pope John, behind the hitting of senior Brooke Powers, registered a 5-0 shutout victory over Vernon on Monday, April 30.

Powers ended with three hits, including a double and home run, and knocked in three runs for the Lions (11-6). Haley Chrobrock allowed five hits, struck out two and walked two to notch the pitching win.

Ashley May and Christina Marinaro also had RBIs for Pope John.

Roxbury 1, Mendham 0

Ally Snyder drove in the game's only run in the top of the sixth inning when Roxbury trimmed Mendham on Monday, April 30.

Snyder, Tina Ciacciarelli and Erica Figurelli had the lone hits for the Gaels (8-5).

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Boonton rallies past Villa Walsh

Boonton rebounded from a 5-0 deficit to record an 11-7 victory over Villa Walsh on Saturday, April 28. The Bombers' big inning was the fifth as they s...
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Softball roundup

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