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Mo-Beard gains revenge, moves on

MORRISTOWN _ There's anticipation and excitement and an equal dose of dread that come into play for seniors at state tournament time. Of course, they don't want it to end so there's typically an extra push. As Morristown-Beard's Addisyn Ibrahim said "You're out or you move on. It's for all the marbles." Ibrahim and the fifth-seeded Crimson, bolstered by high-level energy, will continue their postseason journey after attaining a 45-31 victory over fourth-seeded St. Elizabeth in a North Jersey Non-Public B quarterfinal on Thursday, March 5. It was the third meeting between the teams this winter and the only game…

Crimson blank Summit for title

NEWARK _ Color the rink at The Rock a bright shade of red, almost purple. Crimson would describe it quite nicely. Morristown-Beard played a basically flawless defensive game and the surging Crimson went on to record a 3-0 victory over Summit in the first girls New Jersey high school ice hockey state championship game on Thursday, March 5 at the Prudential Center. Sophomore Leah Stecker made it 1-0 in the first period for top-seeded Morristown-Beard (18-8-1) as she lifted her 14th goal into the upper right-hand corner of the net.Logan Sutera, a sophomore forward, scored two of the three Morristown-Beard…

Third title for Mustangs' banner

RANDOLPH _ There was no other option for Montville's Emma Wax. She had to, as she said, "keep my hands straight up." That was a challenge for Wax, who prefers to be aggressive. However, after being whistled for her fourth foul with 2:10 remaining in the third quarter of the Morris County Tournament final, Wax the Mustangs' standout senior guard, had to be extra cautious. "I had to be very disciplined and avoid that fifth foul," Wax said. "I had to play smarter." Wax, not often in foul trouble, was able to refrain and, as might be expected, played a…

North Region Wrestling

UNION _ Sydney Petzinger displayed dominance in every facet of her many-pronged mat repertoire. Dispatching her opponents with four consecutive pins in a combined time of 6:25, Petzinger, a junior from Parsippany High School, earned her second straight North Region girls wrestling championship at 100 pounds at Union High School on Sunday, Feb. 23. In the final at 100, Petzinger took down Isabella Santos of Elizabeth for a fall in 1:35 and wound up winning most outstanding wrestler honors at the tournament that played to a full house of over 1,500 fans. Petzinger thus qualifies for the state tournament that…

MCT final will match Montville, Chatham

RANDOLPH _ The question came up over and over and over during Montville timeouts. When are we going to play our game? Derek Lynn, coach of the top-seeded Mustangs, wondered just that as he watched his team trail fourth-seeded Villa Walsh for the bulk of the first half and into the third quarter in a Morris County Tournament semifinal at County College of Morris. Montville was working against two factors - the fired-up Vikings and their ultra-energized student fan section known as the Mosh Pit. And, yes, it certainly seemed like Montville's perfection was in danger. The Mustangs, bolstered by…

A perfect night for Mitarotonda

DENVILLE _ The setting was perfect for Emily Mitarotonda to pursue a significant milestone in her athletic career. Elementary-age girls from the Rockaway and Denville recreation programs were in the gym at Morris Knolls, watching from beyond the baseline. Some played basketball at the far end, perhaps dreaming of being the center of attention on a night like this in the future. Adding to the atmosphere was a near-capacity enthusiastic crowd. Mitarotonda, a senior forward, came through, as expected, scoring her 1,000th career point on a free throw 48 seconds into the fourth quarter becoming the third girl in school…