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Hoftijzer OT goal lifts Morristown

MORRISTOWN _ The typical high school freshman athlete most often is a combination of uncertainty, raw talent and, sometimes, hesitation, willing to defer to upperclassmen. Morristown forward/midfielder Britt Hoftijzer is just the opposite. The Colonials' standout ninth grader has started every game this fall and, according to coach Katherine DeBiasse, "always makes smart decisions." Hoftijzer's talent, poise and ability to analyze and capitalize played a large role in Morristown's 3-2 overtime victory over Montclair in the North Jersey Section 1, Group IV final on Thursday, Nov. 1. With 2:03 remaining in overtime, Hoftijzer, who moved with her family to the…

Wolfpack headed to sectional final

WASHINGTON TWP. (Morris) _ After taking a 1-0 lead 2:37 into the opening half, West Morris was feeling good about itself. The Wolfpack, no doubt, was in a giddy state after extending that advantage to 2-0 with 10 minutes remaining before halftime. However, at the break, coach Courtney Barnett suggested her squad take it down a few notches emotionally and continue to play hard. West Morris heeded Barnett's advice and did both, allowing it to survive a late penalty-stroke goal by Wayne Valley and emerge a 2-1 winner in a North Jersey Section 1, Group III semifinal on Tuesday, Oct. 30.…

Third Morris XC title for Rams' Loveys

PARSIPPANY _ Julia Trethaway of West Morris knows the exact point when Randolph's Abby Loveys began seriously widening the gap. "It was after the first mile. Abby went ahead there," said Trethaway, a junior. After that, Loveys remained in Trethaway's sight most of the time but became smaller and smaller as she traversed the course at Central Park on the way to a record-shattering first-place finish at the Morris County Girls Cross Country Championship on Tuesday, Oct. 23. It was exactly what Loveys, the senior who finished in a course and meet record time of 17:07.47, wanted. The title was…

Bernardez, Knolls tack on another title

ROXBURY _ Morris Knolls Kyra Bernardez knows she plays better when she doesn’t have to think, just react. The Golden Eagles athlete’s reactions helped Morris Knolls earn a Morris County title. Bernardez connected on a feed from a free kick with 4:59 left in regulation to lift Morris Knolls to a 1-0 triumph over West Morris on the turf at Roxbury High School on Saturday, Oct. 20 to give the Golden Eagles a second consecutive MCT championship. Goalkeeper Katelyn Walsh had a strong performance with nine saves for second-seeded Morris Knolls. which is 15-1 and on a 12-game winning streak.…

Madison tops Mo-Beard in MCT final

BOONTON _ Madison's last two Morris County Field Hockey Tournament championships have had distinct feels to them. Last year's theme was dominance as the Dodgers outscored their MCT opponents, 23-2. The 23rd MCT championship, attained with a 4-3 win over Morristown-Beard on Tuesday, Oct. 16, was markedly different as Madison had to come from behind in the semifinals and survive a late surge in the title game. None of the drama the top-seeded Dodgers, sparked by Kerrianne McClay's hat trick in the final, dealt with over the last four days mattered. Their only concern was being the last team standing.…

Dramatic endings at MCT soccer semis

PARSIPPANY _ In order to get to the final of the Morris County Girls Soccer Tournament, Morris Knolls just needed a good swift kick while West Morris had a goalkeeper who knew how to stand her ground. It took West Morris 100 minutes of action and a shootout to earn a 0-0 (3-1 in penalty kicks) victory over Randolph at Parsippany Hills on Sunday, Oct. 14. Morris Knolls defeated Hanover Park 2-1 in double overtime in the other semifinal at the same site. The defending champion Golden Eagles will clash with West Morris in the championship game on Saturday, Oct.…