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Lagitch powers Morris Hills in another thriller

ROCKAWAY _ The players on the Morris Hills softball team were probably concerned about coach Keith Dul's mental health after his reaction to their fifth consecutive loss at the start of the season. "Our goal is a state championship," said Dul as the dejected but not completely discouraged Scarlet Knights surrounded him in a post-game huddle on April 16. Dul's bold statement seemed a little farfetched at the time. However, the six words set the course, as well as the tone, for the next six weeks, maybe more. Morris Hills isn't vying for a group title yet. To meet that…

MC's power surge results in MCT championship

ROXBURY _ Morris Catholic's Brynn Lukacs wore her newly acquired "jewelry" with the utmost pride following the Crusaders' 3-1 victory over Randolph in the Morris County Softball Tournament final. The oversized necklace - a round, painted wooden disc attached to a white plastic chain - is reserved for players who hit home runs. And, Lukac's homer, a two-run blast to right-center field in the fifth inning, was just like the clunky chain adorning her neck - huge and attenting getting. "I try not to do too much when I'm up," said Lukacs, a junior designated player. "I'm a control hitter.…

Korda plagued by "stupid, silly mistakes" in third round of Cognizant

CLIFTON _ Nelly Korda had an ultra tough day, citing "stupid, silly mistakes" as the reasons behind her subpar, uncharacteristic third round at the Cognizant Founders Cup. It was an inopportune time for Korda, angling to claim a record-breaking sixth consecutive LPGA Tour title, to have to endure 18 holes in which little went right. The world's No. 1 female golfer shot a 73 - 1-over par - on a day when Madelene Sagstrom and Rose Zhang were soaring. Korda, close to flawless since claiming the LPGA Drive On Championship in her hometown on Jan. 28, was inconsistent en route…

Carovillano boosts Crusaders; Arigo, Rams triumph

  ROXBURY _ The timing was perfect as Morris Catholic’s Natalie Carovillano was cleared to play on the first day of practice last spring after recovering from ankle surgery performed in November of 2022.   Timing, though, was off at the plate as Carovillano struggled to make contact during the 2023 season.   It took awhile for Carovillano, now a sophomore, to rediscover her rhythm and read pitchers but it’s official: She’s back.   On Wednesday, May 8, Carovillano was the lone Crusaders player with two hits as second-seeded Morris Catholic defeated West Morris 7-3 in a Morris County Softball…

Pauldos power Crusaders to MCT crown

RANDOLPH _ Morris Catholic freshman Jacqueline Edelman had been here before. Sort of. That's why Edelman, a 6-foot guard/forward, is accustomed to the fanfare and hoopla surrounding high-pressure games, like the Morris County Girls Basketball Tournament final on Friday, Feb. 16. "I wasn't really nervous. No. Barely," said Edelman, a resident of Augusta. "I've played in thousands of games." That may have been a slight exaggeration but, no doubt about it, Edelman is beyond battle tested. Still, each time she takes to the hardwood, she's thrilled and motivated to make memories. And, the top-seeded Crusaders' 73-41 victory over Chatham in…

MCT 2024 Final: Crusaders, Chatham

RANDOLPH _The fantasy novel Madison Miller held in her hand said it all and more... "A Court of Wings and Ruin." The title of the 736-page book can be applied to Morris Catholic's season, one in which it has ruled the hardwood, leaving opposing teams reeling with their ability to crush opponent's hopes. Morristown, which fell behind early but rallied to come within eight points 3:19 after halftime, was the 21st team to experience the Crusaders' relentlessness. The Colonials had exceptional stretches but were defeated 70-38 by top-seeded and defending champion Morris Catholic in a Morris County Tournament semifinal on…