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Bombers land berth in sectional final

BOONTON _ Nervous energy was evident when Boonton played Madison in its bid to secure a share of the NJAC-Liberty Division title. Flying high but a bit on edge, the Bombers edged out the Dodgers to ensure they'd split top honors in the conference. On Saturday, Nov. 4, Boonton went into its North Jersey Group I semifinal with even more energy and replaced its jitters with a mega dose of confidence and the result was a 2-0 shutout of Mountain Lakes. The goals, off of corners, were scored by Jocelyn Martinez and Ani Myers in the second quarter less than…

Chazen tallies gamewinner for Chatham in MCT

  BOONTON _ Chatham's Emmy Chazen barked out instructions before inserting the ball off a corner play with no time remaining in the Morris County Field Hockey Tournament Final. Get your sticks down. Nothing goes out of the circle. Be scrappy. We got this. The Cougars heeded the senior defender's instructions and readied themselves to capitalize on the corner, their eighth of the game. Chazen was right on when she assured her teammates of success. Chazen sent the ball in and Keira McManus took a shot. Chazen, positioned on the left post, noticed "a wide-open goal and ripped it in,"…

Dudley cruises to Morris XC title

PARSIPPANY _ Blythe Dudley was upset after losing her St. Mary medal 10 days ago during a training run in Lewis Morris Park. Dudley, a Villa Walsh sophomore, didn't have the chance to retrace her strides so she went without. St. Benedict, however remained on a chain around her neck. In a span of four days, Dudley got a replacement and added another medal, this one a gold one for a top-notch performance at the Morris County Girls Cross Country Championship on Tuesday, Oct. 17. Dudley, a sophomore, turned in a time of 18:22.7 to gain her second consecutive title…

MCT final will match Chatham, Madison

BOONTON _ Stung by two 1-0 losses to Boonton, the Madison field hockey team scrutinzed what had occurred in those games. Dodgers coach Sarah Morano and her staff noticed a few details that required change and went to work intent on closing those gaps. The adjustments had a major impact in Madison's 4-1 win over top-seeded Boonton in a Morris County Field Hockey Tournament semifinal on Sunday, Oct. 15. The upset propelled the fourth-seeded Dodgers into the MCT title game opposite No. 3 Chatham, which blanked 10th-seeded Morristown-Beard, 3-0, in the other semifinal. "We worked on finishing our shots and…

Piskula, Dudley rule at NJAC

PARSIPPANY _ The second-to-last hill on the cross country course at Central Park was in sight and Ivory Piskula was intent on attaining a PR. All runners, of course, have that objective each time they step to the starting line but their minds, bodies or both don't cooperate. Piskula, a Morris Hills senior, had the ultimate PR on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference Large Schools Girls Championship, finishing in 18:54.93 and besting her previous top showing by more than 30 seconds. "Kate Shaw, a girl from Mendham, pushed me along," Piskula said. "When I saw that hill,…

Triumphant Bombers have great expectations

MOUNTAIN LAKES _ Senior center midfielder Lila Maggio sensed early on where Boonton's season likely was headed and gave a somewhat bold prediction after the Bombers' 1-0 shutout over Mountain Lakes on Tuesday, Sept. 19. "I definitely think we'll have a good run," Maggio said. "I expect us to go far in the counties and the states. We're still young. It means a lot for the younger girls to have a year of experience under their belts." That seasoning has made a significant difference and helped Boonton improve to 4-0 with its triumph over the Lakers. Five more wins followed…