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Crimson settle in, gain first victory

MORRISTOWN _ Perhaps the notion of taking to the court for the second time this season caused Morristown-Beard to play at a faster, somewhat frantic, pace. The Crimson's first-half showing against St. Elizabeth demonstrated they were simply glad to be in uniform and to be together. They couldn't contain their excitement nor could they get their offense flowing. It took awhile - nearly a full three quarters - but Morristown-Beard finally settled in and settled down to gain its first win in 10 months, trimming the Panthers 32-29 in NJAC-Liberty Division action on Wednesday, Jan. 5. "We were very out…

Montville tops weary Pequannock

PEQUANNOCK _ At halftime, the Pequannock and Montville locker rooms contained dramatically different scenarios. The Golden Panthers, down to seven players due to COVID protocol and injuries, were trying to catch their collective breath while the Mustangs were analyzing their subpar selfish play. Montville, trailing by two points at the break and perturbed by it, outscored weary Pequannock 18-4 in the third quarter on the way to a 55-38 victory in the first round of the Pequannock Blue and Gold Tournament on Tuesday, Dec. 28. "We were playing for ourselves and not each other," said Mustangs senior co-captain Alyssa Neff.…

Chatham subs get in valuable time

CHATHAM _ There was no grudge to settle and absolutely no desire to send the score into double digits. Five days after a devastating setback to Mendham and a 10 days after a euphoric event - claiming the Morris County Tournament title - Chatham opened the state tournament with a 10-1 victory over South Plainfield in a North Jersey Section 2, Group III first-round game on Tuesday, Nov. 2. The Cougars (11-4-3) went into halftime leading 4-0. At the break, Chatham coach Gary Adair put in some of his subs so they'd get playing time. They took their turns on…

Mendham, Petitjean nab titles at Morris Championships

PARSIPPANY _ Since fifth grade, Central Park has provided many fond memories for Mendham's Grace Vives and her teammates. Vives, now a senior, and the Minutemen added one more on Wednesday, Oct. 27, capturing the girls team title at the Morris County Cross Country Championships at Central Park. Vives took second while teammates Ava Augustine, Megan Smith and Madison Orlins finished third, fourth and sixth for Mendham, which had 31 points. Sarah Petitjean of Chatham, the winner of the NJAC Large Schools Race last week, was first in 19:09.79. "Coming in, I knew we had a chance to win it,"…

Cougars repel Rams for MCT title

BOONTON _ Chatham's defense made it all look so easy. Tasked with having to protect their goal line against 19 corner attempts by top-seeded Randolph, the Cougars stopped an incredible 18 of them in the Morris County Tournament Field Hockey final on Tuesday, Oct. 19. The Rams often swarmed the circle yet third-seeded Chatham was steely and resistant, sending the ball out all but once. Mia Sciacchitano snapped a 1-1 deadlock with 6:16 remaining to seal the Cougars' 2-1 victory and earn them their first MCT championship in 11 years. "This is amazing," said Sciacchitano, a sophomore right wing, of…

Petitjean, Wells reign in NJAC races

PARSIPPANY _ Chatham's Sarah Petitjean is still becoming accustomed to some of the nuances of running cross country. One of those subtleties is being alone. Loneliness Petitjean has learned, though, is a positive on the course because it likely means there's a significant distance between her and the closest competitor. On Tuesday, Oct. 19, Petitjean spent the first mile with Megan Smith of Mendham then went it alone the rest of the way, crossing the finish line in 19:12.27 to capture the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference Large Schools Race at Central Park. The NJAC Small Schools winner was Grace Wills of…