Fall Sports Finale

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Fall Sports Finale

Scott Faytok | NJ Advanced Media

Scott Faytok | NJ Advanced Media

Scott Faytok | NJ Advanced Media

Scott Faytok | NJ Advanced Media

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Many of the Fall Sports are coming to an end or have ended, let’s take a look at how each team faired.

Boys Soccer    

Boys Soccer has seen a major improvement in performance from last year. The team has tripled its win total, going from 4 wins in 2018-19 to 12 in 2019-20. The boys were upset in the first round of the Morris County Tournament by Par Hills early in the year, but they have turned it on for the last stretch of the season. They won 4 straight games near the end of the season, one of those games was an upset of 18-2-1 Montville, and 2 of those games being in the state tournament. Their season came to an end after losing to Milburn in the State Semifinals. Performances by seniors Brendan Flores, Caden Pellito, Kyle Lionetti, and Billy Skjonnemand have contributed to the team’s success along with underclassmen Tommy DeGeyter (Junior) and Tommy O’Keefe (Junior) contributing as well. Their season was nothing less than historic and they should be proud of what they accomplished.   

Boys Cross Country

The boys XC team has slowly risen to be one of the best in the county ever since new head coach Christopher Johnson took over in 2017. With a lot of depth, the team went undefeated this year in regular-season meets, improving to 17 straight regular-season wins. A big accomplishment came from their meet at Six Flags in Jackson. The varsity team dominated their race placing first, as well as a first-place finish from the JV team. The JV squad finished the season placing 3rd overall at the county championships. Varsity kept their season going all the way to Groups led by their best runner Luke Lusskin. Sophomore Brandon Chen kept his stunning season going by placing 2nd for West Morris and assisting the team to finish 2nd overall in the Group meet. Despite most of the Varsity team being comprised of seniors, (Luke Lusskin, Ben Gillikin, Tom Richards, Ryan Leonard, and Jordan Ford) with the depth on the JV team, the XC program should continue to be the dark horse they have become. 

Field Hockey

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Field Hockey had an incredible season, dominating most of their opponents, finishing with a 20-2-1 record and Morris County Tournament title, beating Morristown-Beard in overtime. They made it all the way to the NJSIAA North 1 Group 3 State Tournament Finals but came up just short to Warren Hills. This one loss does not take away from the amazing season the girls had, as the highest state ranking they received was 13th. The team was led in scoring by Senior Sarah Bietka (32 goals, 26 assists) and Junior Sophia Prata was not far behind (29 goals, 17 assists). Other key contributors to the team’s success were Jenna Leonhardt (senior), Alex Belen (senior), and Caroline Compoli (senior). 

Football

The football team has had a bounce-back year after finishing 5-5 in the 2018 season. The team’s record is 7-2, thanks to guys like Jack DiPietro running rampant on opponents’ defenses and Damian Engle snagging balls over defenders heads. Adam Smith played a huge role on both offense and defense for the Pack and quarterback Joey Spano had a record-breaking season as well. The Offensive Line was a major improvement this year as well, lead by Mike Battaglino, as they opened holes for the running backs all season long. Juniors Luke Doerr-Fredrickson and Andy Pruss were key to the team’s success as well. The Pack won their first Conference in 4 years after beating Morris Knolls, who they also handily beat in the first round of the state playoffs. Unfourtanitly, the team came up short against Old Tappan in the state sectional semifinals 21-14, a disappointing end to an amazing season. 

Girls Soccer

The girls had another successful year finishing with a winning record, which has been done by the Girls Soccer team every year during this decade. The girls started out hot, going 5-1, but they hit a rough patch in the middle of the season. They were able to bounce back from this rough stretch and finish the season strong. Led by senior Bridget Moylan, they finished with a 9-7-1 record and made it to the quarterfinals of the NJSIAA State Tournament. While the end result may not have been what they wanted, the team fought hard the entire season and came up just short in the end. 

Girls Tennis

The girls team finished the year with a 3-10 record, with wins coming over Mount Olive and Warren Hills. The third victory came in the First Round of the NJSIAA State Tournament over Woodbridge. A standout performer from the team was Junior Gabriella Nowak who was able to finish 2nd in the Morris County Tournament. 

Volleyball 

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After winning the NJSIAA Group 3 State Tournament in 2018, the girls were looking to replicate their success in the 2019 season. Currently, they look to be doing just that. Seniors Lauren Davies, Sophie DeFaria, and Annika Massa, along with Junior Lauren Vanderlaan, led the Pack to an 18-7 overall record. They pretty much dominated all year long but were eliminated in the Semifinal Round of the Morris County Tournament by Mendham. While that loss may have hurt, they quickly put it behind them as the team won their first 3 State Tournament matches, including an upset of the top-seeded Northern Highlands (who were the 5th ranked team in New Jersey) which pushed them into the semifinal round. They faced Wayne Valley who they fell to with the final score being 2-1. Even though the season may have ended earlier than they wanted, the girls had another great season with huge wins along the way. 

 

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