MHS Swimmers Dig Deep at 2017 EC/SEC Swimming Championships

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Montclair High School competed in the 2017 Essex County/Super Essex Conference Swimming Championships at the Raritan Bay YMCA in Perth Amboy on January 16. The Mounties had a great meet, with many best times recorded, including three Meet of Champions cuts. The Mountie boys finished in third place and the girls finished in seventh place. Eight boys and nine girls contributed to the team point totals. They were: seniors Kai Michaud, Makai Charles and Duncan Richmond, juniors Steven Iovine and Thatcher Smith and freshmen Justin Ellis, Roman Miklaszewski and Tommy White for the boys and seniors Samantha Corredor and Stephanie Fox, juniors Jordan Caro and Amy Chen, sophomores Kathrynna Demetillo, Maya Crawford and Louisa Skerry and freshmen Mia Padberg and Josephine Myung for the girls.

MHS Boys and Girls Swimming County Championship Team. Photo: Izumi Hara

MHS Boys and Girls Swimming County Championship Team. Photo: Izumi Hara

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Montclair Dolphins Shine at Holiday Classic XXX Swim Meet

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 12, 2017 2:22pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Eastern Express Holiday Classic XXX was held at the Sonny Werblin Pool on the campus of Rutgers University December 16 -18. With 47 teams and well over 1,200 swimmers in attendance, this USA Swimming meet is always one of the most competitive short course meets in the region. This year was no exception. The Montclair YMCA Dolphins sent 29 of their fastest swimmers who qualified to swim in this meet.


Amazing performances were achieved by Connor Townsend (12) of Glen Ridge with 3 top 10 finishes (50, 100 and 200 Backstroke); Avery Best (13) of Montclair with 2 top 10 finishes (50 and 100 Freestyle); and Howard Zhuang (10) of West Orange (50 Breaststroke) and Carly Frank (10) of Montclair (100 Backstroke) who each had one top 10 finish. Additionally, Liam Hood (14) of Glen Ridge tied for 11th place in the 200 Backstroke. Continue Reading

MHS Swimming Wins One and Loses One

BY  |  Monday, Jan 09, 2017 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Montclair High School took on West Essex on January 4 at the Caldwell Community Center pool. While both the Mountie boys and girls were expected to win, the girls, missing several strong swimmers due to injury and illness and suffering a setback when sophomore Kathrynna Demetillo’s strong first place finish in the 100 fly was nullified, fell to the Knights 89-81, despite strong performances from Freshman standout Mia Padberg, who won the 200 IM and 100 breast, Demetillo, who won the 100 back and the winning 400 free relay team of Demetillo, Padberg, senior Samantha Corredor and sophomore Maya Crawford.


(L to R) Top row: Duncan Richmond, Stephanie Fox, Kai Michaud, Caroline Creaser, Makai Charles. Bottom row: Samantha Corredor, Kate Severson, Michi Chow and Lina Koschik. Photo: Jess Michaud.

The boys, on the other hand, overpowered a small West Essex boys team and with strong swimming by senior captains, Makai Charles and Kai Michaud, sophomore Thatcher Smith, junior Steven Iovine and freshman Justin Ellis, cruising to victory 126-39. Continue Reading

Montclair Ice Hockey Rivalry Ends in Tie: Montclair High, MKA 2-2

BY  |  Saturday, Jan 07, 2017 1:36pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The atmosphere at a Montclair vs. MKA ice hockey game is always a charged one, and it was no different for 45 minutes of game time Friday afternoon. After the buzzer, though, there was a noticeable drop-off in noise from the packed Clary Anderson Arena stands, a sign that nothing had been settled between these two cross-town rivals.

A packed Clary Anderson Arena watches a faceoff during Friday's hockey game between Montclair High and MKA, which ended in a 2-2 tie.

A packed Clary Anderson Arena watches a faceoff during Friday’s hockey game between Montclair High and MKA, which ended in a 2-2 tie.

Junior forward Pat Ledgett scored a pair of goals for the Mounties, but a late equalizer from MKA’s Judson Potenza meant the teams settled for a 2-2 tie before a standing-room only crowd at the Chestnut Street rink. Continue Reading

Montclair High School Sports Week in Review: Ice Hockey, Basketball and Wrestling

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 03, 2017 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

It wasn’t quite a Christmas miracle, but the Montclair High School ice hockey team’s goalie, Ondrej Smalec, had one of the highlight performances of the local winter sports season during the holiday week.

Montclair High senior goalie Ondrej Smalec had 54 saves in the Mounties' holiday tournament win over Ridgewood last week.

Montclair High senior goalie Ondrej Smalec had 54 saves in the Mounties’ holiday tournament win over Ridgewood last week.

The star goalie made a career-high 54 saves, including a flurry during the final minutes of a frantic third period, to help MHS knock off Ridgewood, 2-1, in the consolation game of the Clary Anderson Holiday Invitational last Thursday, Dec. 29. Thursday’s win also made Smalec the unofficial winningest goalie in MHS history with 45, according to head coach Pat Verney.

Smalec, a four-year starter in net, is having a monstrous senior season for a young Montclair team that improved to 4-4-2 overall after splitting their own holiday tournament. He has allowed just 11 goals in nine games started, saving an incredible 306 of 317 shots faced (96.5 percent). Continue Reading

Montclair High School Sports Week In Review: Dec. 12-18

BY  |  Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 10:23am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Senior Alisa Wiggins (3) shoots a jump shot during Montclair's 43-36 setback to Bloomfield last Friday, Dec. 17. Photo courtesy of Jeff Gaskin.

Senior Alisa Wiggins (3) shoots a jump shot during Montclair’s 43-36 setback to Bloomfield last Friday, Dec. 17. Photo courtesy of Jeff Gaskin.

The high school basketball and wrestling seasons began Friday, with mixed results for Montclair High School sports teams. Now, we enter the first full week of the season, which is a busy one all around. Upcoming highlights include the boys basketball team’s home opener, the ice hockey team’s battle for league supremacy and a bounce-back opportunity for the girls basketball team. Follow @SportsMontclair on Twitter for live updates throughout the season.

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Montclair YMCA Dolphins Compete at OCY Winter Classic

BY  |  Monday, Dec 19, 2016 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Ocean County YMCA held its annual OCY Winter Classic swim meet (formerly Strong Kids Invitational) on December 9-11 in Toms River. More than 720 swimmers from nine teams including 85 Montclair YMCA Dolphins competed in the annual scholarship fundraiser meet.

Sixty-two Dolphins swimmers earned 233 top 20 finishes for the team. Over 94% of the swimmers saw improvements in their times, with a number of new qualifications for the NJ Swimming Junior Olympics and the team favorite Sunkissed Invitational Jr/Sr Championships of the USA to be held in Charlotte, NC at the end of March 2017. Continue Reading

Mounties Defense Strong, But Cold Shooting Leads to 43-36 Defeat Against Bloomfield

BY  |  Saturday, Dec 17, 2016 2:57pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Montclair High School girls basketball team’s formula for success in 2016-17 figures to be a simple one. The Mounties are undersized, but have three standout guards – seniors Alisa Wiggins and Jill Jennings and sophomore Bianca Fede – who can provide consistent offense. And MHS will look to play frenetic, high-pressure defense designed to create havoc and turnovers.

In Friday night’s season opener, Montclair’s defense lived up to expectations, but a cold shooting night doomed the home team to a 43-36 defeat against rival Bloomfield.

Montclair High senior Jill Jennings goes up for a layup during the Mounties' 43-36 defeat to Bloomfield Friday night. Courtesy of Jeff Gaskin.

Montclair High senior Jill Jennings goes up for a layup during the Mounties’ 43-36 defeat to Bloomfield Friday night. Courtesy of Jeff Gaskin.

True to form, Fede led the Mounties with 15 points, while Wiggins (13 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists) and Jennings (8 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists) combined for the remainder. But MHS struggled all night shooting the ball, finishing the game at just 29.7 percent.

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Montclair High School Sports Week in Review: Basketball, Wrestling, Swimming, Ice Hockey

BY  |  Monday, Dec 12, 2016 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The winter sports season is underway at Montclair High School, and the schedule kicks into high gear this Friday, Dec. 16, when the basketball and wrestling seasons officially begin throughout the state of New Jersey.

Each week, we’ll take an overview look at the various Mountie winter sports teams, running down the top performances of the past week and looking ahead to the top matchups of the week ahead.

BOYS BASKETBALL (0-0 overall, 0-0 SEC-Liberty)
Last week’s games: None
This week’s games: Friday, 12/16: at Newark Tech, 7 p.m.
We’ll take a closer look at the Mounties later in the week with a full team preview.

New head coach Gary Wallace will lead his squad out for their inaugural game in Newark this Friday, the first of 12 conference games in a very competitive Super Essex Conference-Liberty Division. Fans’ first chance to see them on their home court will come next Tuesday night, Dec. 20.

The team also has its final preseason scrimmage Tuesday at Hackensack (4 p.m.).

GIRLS BASKETBALL (0-0 overall, 0-0 SEC-Liberty)
Last week’s games: None.
This week’s games: Friday, 12/16: home vs. Bloomfield, 7 p.m.

More on these Mounties later in the week, as well. Friday night’s home opener kicks off a busy first two weeks of the season for second-year head coach Paul Palek, who returns the core of a squad that finished last season 15-12 overall, including a run to the North 1, Group 4 state sectional semifinals: back-to-back road games on Dec. 20 and 22 (Nutley and Newark Academy) will be followed by three games against top-rated opponents in four days at the Mount St. Dominic Invitational Dec. 26-29.

Montclair’s final preseason scrimmage is slated for Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. against Northern Highlands at the MHS Main Gym on Midland Avenue.

Ben Wakefield

Forward Ben Wakefield potted two goals in a 3-1 victory.

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Montclair High School Sports: Ice Hockey Preview

BY  |  Monday, Dec 12, 2016 2:24pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Topping last year’s incredible success – 19 wins, a 20-game unbeaten streak to open the season, a division title and a run to the final four of the state tournament – would be a challenge for the Montclair High School ice hockey team even before you consider that the program graduated nearly 90 percent of its offense.

But there’s a palpable feeling of excitement around the 2016-17 Mounties, a feeling that head coach Pat Verney chalks up to his team’s unified sense of identity and purpose.

“It’s a different kind of season,” said Verney, who posted a 126-72-24 record over his first nine seasons with MHS. “We’re not going to win a lot of games 8-6, you know, we’re gonna be playing a lot of 1-0, 2-1 games. But I think the kids recognize that, they embrace that identity. They get excited about the little plays that don’t show up in the scoresheet, and those little plays become addictive. They feed off it. They kind of take pride in knowing that we’re a frustrating team to play against. This kind of team can be a lot of fun when everyone understands and believes in what we’re doing, and I think we’re there.”

Senior captain Ondrej Smalec

Senior captain Ondrej Smalec

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