Bengals and Mounties Will Clash at Foley Field on November 22 To Compete For Investors Bank Cup

Monday, Nov 20, 2017 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair and Bloomfield High School Football Rivalry Continues as Teams Compete for Investors Bank Cup


Bengals and Mounties Will Clash at Foley Field on November 22 with Kickoff Set for 6:00 p.m.

The Bloomfield Bengals will host the Montclair Mounties as both high school football teams battle during the annual Investors Bank Cup game on Wednesday, November 22, 2017.  Scheduled to kick off at 6:00 p.m., the game is being played on Bloomfield High School’s Foley Field, located on John F. Kennedy Drive North in Bloomfield, New Jersey.  Players on each team want to take home the Investors Bank Cup, which goes to the winners, along with “bragging rights” as the top local team.

Last year, Coach John Fiore’s Mounties brought the Investors Bank Cup back to Montclair High on Thanksgiving Day by defeating Bloomfield Coach Mike Carter’s Bengals 30-23. The competition between the Bengals and Mounties football teams began in 1922, when Bloomfield won the opening game with a 14-0 score. For the next 54 years, the football teams met annually through 1976.

The competition was renewed in 1992, and in 2011 the Bengals and Mounties began competing for the Investors Bank Cup during Thanksgiving weekend. Overall, Montclair leads the rivalry with Bloomfield in games played on Thanksgiving, 55-24-1.

The Mounties have won the Investors Bank Cup five times, and the Bengals placed the trophy in their display case following their victory in 2015. Continue Reading

Montclair High School Girls Volleyball: A Force To Be Reckoned With All Season

BY  |  Monday, Nov 13, 2017 11:45am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The 14 seniors on the Montclair High School girls’ volleyball team had been waiting for this season since their freshmen year.

Sure enough, their high school volleyball finale was nothing short of gratifying.

The Mounties finished the season with a winning 15-9 season, a run in the Super Essex County Tournament and a bid to the NJSIAA State Tournament. Montclair defeated North 13th Street Tech, 2-1, in the first round of the Essex County Tournament to advance to the second round.

“I think we’re incredibly fortunate that most of the team, the majority of it, have been on the team or in the program since freshmen year, so we’ve all come up through the four years together,” senior middle hitter Rebecca Herrick said. “Coming into the season, we were all at such a point where we were so connected and in tune with each other that I feel like everybody’s been waiting for this year since we were freshmen.”

Montclair was a force to be reckoned with all season long, using their veteran experience to propel them to one of their most successful seasons in recent years in which they received the No. 7 seed in the county tournament, the highest seed the program has received in head coach Pamela Reilly’s five-year tenor. Continue Reading

MatchFit Montclair United U-12 Boys won the Commissioner’s Cup 3-2 in Overtime!

Sunday, Nov 12, 2017 2:37pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Congratulations to MatchFit Montclair United U-12 Boys on winning the Commissioner’s Cup of the State of New Jersey by defeating SFL Bradley 3-2 in overtime on November 5. The team won this prestigious State Cup after having ended their Fall Season in first place of the EDP Premier Central 2 Division with a 6-0-0 record. The team is currently ranked among the top 20 U-12 teams in the State and is 16-0-2 in all competitions this Fall.

Standing, left to right:
Luis Carrillo (Assistant Manager), David Thom-Rogers, Philip Braley, Gibson Adams, Toussaint Colbert, Caden Evans, Luke Horrigan and Awal Ahmed (Coach)

Seating, left to right:

Erol Gumus, Jake Bernstein, Nicolas Carrillo, Charlie Moroze, Ben St.. Pierre, Max Schultz and Deven Malaspina

Not pictured: Sally Braley (Manager)

YMCA Dolphins Compete At Great Turkey Invitational

Thursday, Nov 09, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

And they’re off! In the first major meet of the 2017-2018 season, nearly 130 athletes from the YMCA of Montclair Dolphins swim team competed in the recent 2017 Ocean County YMCA Great Turkey Invitational in Toms River, N.J.

(left to right) Ehab Breikaa from Bloomfield; Isabella Guzman from Nutley; Natalie Torres from Bloomfield: Brendan Goldman from Montclair

The Dolphins were one of six YMCA teams from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware to participate in the meet, which spanned three days (Nov. 3-5) and included nearly 700 swimmers from age 9 to 18.

Many Dolphins turned in outstanding performances, with 46 swimmers producing 134 top 10 finishes. Some qualified for the year-end YMCA state championships. Others achieved personal bests in multiple events. Continue Reading

Frisbee Fun Day at Edgemont Park: Kanjam And More to Support MHS Ultimate Frisbee Club

Tuesday, Oct 31, 2017 8:59am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Head on over to Edgemont Park this Sunday (Nov. 5, 1-3 p.m.) for a Frisbee Fun Day to support the state-ranked Montclair High school Ultimate Frisbee Club!

* All ages and skills are encouraged to play.
* Learn how to throw a frisbee.
* Have a catch with members of the Frisbee Club.
* Play Kanjam and other fun disc throwing games.


Frisbee Fun Day

Sunday November 5th, 1 -3pm
Edgemont Park (north end)
$5 suggested donation
Snacks and drinks available for purchase

Montclair High School Girl Soccer: Anything But A Kick and Run Team

BY  |  Wednesday, Oct 18, 2017 12:45pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

The Montclair High School Girls’ soccer team might start four or five freshman on the field come game days.

Still, despite their lack of experience, the young squad is dominating with a 10-3 record and won Super Essex Conference American Division Title, going undefeated in seven games.

Now, coming off a 5-0 win over Columbia in their last regular season game, the Mounties are seeded No. 2 in the county tournament with the drive to win it all.

Junior captain Jillian O’Toole. Photo: Mark Keith Adams

“I think we have a lot of talent. We have a lot of young players this year and I think we’re doing well, but at the same time there’s always room for improvement,” junior captain Jillian O’Toole said. “Each game I feel like we’re getting better and we’re connecting more.”

Montclair added two freshmen this year from high level clubs in forward Claire Manning and Sydney Masur in the midfield. The rookie pair has combined for eight goals on the season.

“No one is more persistent than Claire Manning,” head coach Eric Weintraub said. “Sydney Masur knows the game well and will continue to be a huge asset throughout playoffs.” Continue Reading

Montclair High School Boys Soccer Report: Team Chemistry, Leadership and A Deep Bench

BY  |  Friday, Oct 13, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

This season, Montclair High School boys’ soccer is settling for nothing less than its best.

Currently sitting at 8-1-1 and second place in the Super Essex Conference American Division, the Mounties are experiencing massive success throughout their regular season but are still looking to get even better come championship season.

“We’re playing well but the truth of the matter is, all of us think we can still be playing better,” head coach Toure Weaver said. “In my mind it’s a good thing that we still haven’t peaked yet and we’re still winning games, but now it’s kind of the time to really lock in and focus on details and get ready for all of these tournaments coming up.”

Montclair closed out its regular season this week at Glen Ridge before heading into the Super Essex Conference Tournament and the County and State Tournaments.

“Right now our record is really good, we’re scoring lots of goals and they’re barely scoring on us,” senior captain Ethan Schwartz said. “Our coach is really grinding, he’s the reason we have all of the success we have. We have the key pieces but he’s putting the puzzle together. He’s working non-stop day and night trying to make us better and we’re trying to do the same.” Continue Reading

USA Football Heart of a Giant – Cast Your Vote For MHS’ Tarrin Earle!

BY  |  Friday, Oct 06, 2017 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

MHS QB Tarrin Earle has been nominated for the 2017 Heart of a Giant Award

If he wins, Montclair Athletics will receive a check for up to $5,000 to be used for athletic equipment!

You can help the school and Montclair football by VOTING for TARRIN EARLE (WEEK 5).Just click on the link, select Week 5, find Tarrin Earle and click on SUBMIT VOTE.

Voting opens up at 5 p.m. today (the link is inactive until that time) and continuing until Oct. 29 at 11:59 p.m. You can vote once every 24 hours, per device. So please remember to vote DAILY!

Montclair High School Girls’ Field Hockey: Getting Better Every Day As A Team

BY  |  Friday, Sep 29, 2017 12:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Montclair High School girls’ field hockey team (3-1-3) has one clear goal in mind this season – to get one percent better each and every day.


“I think that with this group of girls, we’re all trying to be one percent better in every single way possible whether it be with communication or our skills etc.,” senior captain Jen Heath said. “I think that once we put all those things together, we’ll really get better as a team.”

MHS Sosi Korian (#6) and Sam Van Siclen (#5)


Despite graduating a large and dominant senior class last year, the Mounties have proven to be contenders, notching three wins and recording three ties so far this season. Montclair suffered its only loss of the season to the defending National Champions West Essex.


“Our goal is to get better every day,” head coach Mary Pat Mercuro said. “It’s not necessarily winning a certain amount of games or winning a county or state tournament, but it’s getting better. If you just keep getting better, you’ve already won, that’s our philosophy.”


Montclair earned one of its most exciting wins against crosstown rival, Montclair Kimberly Academy on Monday, Sept. 11 in a 2-1 overtime victory.


While the Cougars grabbed the first point of the contest, Mounties junior Sosi Korian put in the tying mark off a feed from senior forward Sam Van Siclen to push the game into overtime. It was the overtime period when Montclair truly shined, dominating the Cougars with shots until Van Siclen fired in the game-winner after beating the defender in a one-on-one situation. Continue Reading

Montclair High School Epee Squad Honored For Winning NJSIAA New Jersey Epee Squad State Championship

BY  |  Monday, Jun 26, 2017 12:15pm

The Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders honored The Montclair High School Epee Squad for winning the NJSIAA New Jersey Epee Squad State Championship in 2016 and 2017 during a special presentation held at the Caldwell Town Hall on Wednesday, June 21

In the state tournament competition, the Montclair High School Girls Epee Squad compiled a combined score of (44-7), to secure a second straight state championship title at North Hunterdon High School on February 25, 2017. The squad also earned a combined score of (19-5), to secure a second straight district championship title during the District 5 Championship Tournament held at Montclair High School on January 29, 2017.

The Squad finished its outstanding 2016-2017 season with a stellar undefeated dual-meet record of (9-0), achieved by its members’ combined record of (67-14). The team members were further recognized through honors bestowed upon several individual players, including: Junior Amina Troupe NJSIAA All-State 1st Team, Super Essex All-Conference 1st Team, and NJ.com All-State 1st Team; and Senior Rachel Paroff NJSIAA All-State 2nd Team, Super Essex All-Conference 2nd Team, and NJ.com All-State 2nd Team.

Essex County District 5 Freeholder Cynthia D. Toro (right corner), and Freeholder At-Large Patricia Sebold (left corner), present the Board’s Commendation to the Montclair High School Girls Epee Squad. PHOTO BY GLEN FRIESON

Montclair’s Epee Squad is comprised of the following members: Seniors: Lucy Aley, Aly Greengrass, Zahra Morgan, and Rachel Paroff; and Juniors: Georgia Garrison and Amina Troupe. The squad was led to victory by Head Coaches Julie Carlsen and Ed Chang and Assistant Coaches Dan DiFillippo and Shakil Uddin and received administrative support from Superintendent Barbara Pinsak, Principal James N. Earle, and Vice Principal for Athletics and Student Activities Jeffrey Gannon. Continue Reading

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Sad. Let's hope that this is not its "Last Tango." One of the most beautiful and iconic buildings in town. Valentino, Garbo, Keaton must have played there.

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