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Montville digs deep; beats Chatham

MONTVILLE _ Chatham's 10-0 lead was established in a flash and, of course, left Montville reeling. And the Cougars kept scoring, seemingly unchallenged, rapidly pushing their advantage to 14. The Mustangs faced what seemed like a daunting, impossible task - fight back, pull even and, hopefully, assume control - but it wasn't going to be easy against Chatham, a sectional champion and Group III and Morris County Tournament runner-up last winter. Montville, although stunned by the deficit, turned to its defense, switching briefly to zone to slow the pace then going back to man to man. Again and again, the…

Cliff Back Invitational

MADISON _ Savanna Marcantonio's dad, Frank, a frequent supporter at her track meets, couldn't make it to the Cliff Back Invitational because he wasn't feeling well. The elder Marcantonio, however, wanted his daughter to know he was thinking about her and sent her a text during the high jump competition. You've got this, it read. Marcantonio, a Whippany Park junior, proceeded to jump 5 feet, 2 inches, matching her personal record, and went on to claim first place in the high jump at the meet held on Thursday, Jan. 2 at Drew University. "I'm more consistent now," Marcantonio said. "I've…

Crusaders thrive vs. HP in opener

EAST HANOVER _ The number "1" on the front and back of Tyonna Bailey's basketball uniform reveals much about Morris Catholic's freshman guard. Bailey selected it for a reason and intends to live up to the lofty digit in every way imaginable. "I want to be first in everything," Bailey said. "That's why I chose it." In her high school debut, Bailey, already receiving attention from Division I colleges, put herself at the top, scoring 25 points and taking down 13 rebounds when the Crusaders defeated Hanover Park 71-42 in the NJAC-Liberty Division season opener for both teams on Friday,…

Pequannock ends lengthy title drought

PEQUANNOCK TWP. _ There was no specific reason for Brynn Kelly's promotion to Pequannock's starting lineup. The decision was made on Oct. 24, the day the Golden Panthers opened play in the state tournament. Since then, Kelly, a junior forward, has had a major impact on the attack, scoring a goal in each of Pequannock's postseason games. On Friday, Nov. 1, nine days after earning her spot among the top 11, Kelly struck first, converting off a corner with 5:42 remaining in the opening half to help the Golden Panthers to a 3-0 victory over Boonton in the North Jersey…

Chatham lands berth in final

CHATHAM _ The members of the Chatham field hockey team couldn't contain themselves as they navigated the hallways of the high school prior to their North Jersey Section 2, Group III semifinal. "We'd see each other and we'd yell. We'd shake each other," said Alexa Lee, whose second-half goals powered the second-seeded Cougars past Colts Neck 3-1 on Tuesday, Oct. 29. "Everyone was so excited." The players, who wore their shooting shirts and uniforms to school, had an abundant amount of energy during the day and managed to turn it up even more at game time. That exuberance meant extra…

Sciancalepore saves Rams in MCT final

ROXBURY _ There were 15 seconds left in the game and Randolph goalkeeper Ellie Sciancalepore could see Kinnelon’s one last chance at tying the Morris County Tournament championship game coming straight at her. When she snatched the ball out of mid-air, the senior keeper knew the title belonged to the Rams. Top-seeded Randolph captured its 14th overall title in school history and first one outright since 2011 with a 1-0 victory over upstart Kinnelon in the title contest held at Roxbury High School on Saturday, Oct. 19. Sciancalepore made four saves, including the pressure-packed last one for the Rams. The…