Hall of Fame Lacrosse Coach Dom Starsia Holds Coaching Clinic With Lacrosse Club of Montclair

Monday, Feb 20, 2017 10:15am  |  COMMENTS (0)

It was standing room only in the “Fuzzy” Furlong Field House at Woodman Field as Dom Starsia, former men’s head Lacrosse coach at the University of Virginia, led a wide ranging discussion on lacrosse on Saturday, February 11. Topics of this highly engaging forum included Coach Starsia’s own championship career; his take on best motivational practices; his thoughts on leadership; his views on the current state of recruiting; as well as some X’s & O’s for a packed crowd of more than 60 youth and high school coaches from across New Jersey.

Montclair lacrosse, with its rich history of leadership, innovation and success was proud to host youth, club and varsity lacrosse coaches from all over the state. The surrounding area seems to be uniquely positioned to support youth lacrosse with the dozens of former college players who call the area home. And the overall feedback from the participants at the clinic was overwhelming. The coaches felt extremely fortunate to have such intimate access to one of the game’s greatest coaches. “His knowledge and enthusiasm were infectious,” said Ryan Coakley. “There was no doubt if we hadn’t told (Coach Starsia) the time was up, he would have gone on strong for another two hours. And we would have soaked up every bit of it. Whether it was deep dives into defensive schemes or best drills for youth practices, every coach walked out of that room better prepared for the season. It was a real treat for Montclair.”

One of the hottest issues in lacrosse over the past few years is the increasingly young age at which top recruits are expected to commit to college programs, some as early as eighth grade. Coach Starsia discussed his support for pending NCAA lacrosse recruiting legislation that would prevent contact between NCAA coaching staffs and prospective recruits until September 1st of a player’s junior year of high school. The rule is currently scheduled to be decided this April. Continue Reading

Little Dolphins Make Waves at NJ YMCA 8 And Under Championships

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 10:15am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Melanie Dripchak medalled in each of her three events. Photo: Izumi Hara

Thirty-three young dolphins, ranging from ages 6 – 8 competed in the New Jersey YMCA 8 & Under Swimming Championships on February 5th at the Raritan Valley Community College pool. Nineteen little Dolphins finished in the top 20 in their races including 9 who had one or more top 10 finishes. They are: Bowen Brownstein (7), Kyle Dripchak (8), Melanie Dripchak (8), Maeve Rodgers (6) and Noah Rodgers (8) of Montclair, Caitlin Hood (7), Charles Loeb (8) and William Pearce (7) of Glen Ridge, and Maya Zidziunas of West Orange.

M. Dripchak medalled in each of her three events with a silver in the 25 free and the 100 IM and a bronze in the 25 fly. Her brother, K. Dripchak, took bronze medals in two events; the 25 free and the 25 back. Loeb also received a bronze medal in the 25 breast.

Matt Garifo, Head Age-Group coach said, “This was a great opportunity for our youngest swimmers to get experience at a big championship meet. Their hard work showed in their results and we are very proud of them!” Continue Reading

Montclair YMCA Dolphins Compete at Tiger Invitational 2017

Monday, Feb 06, 2017 5:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Carly Frank

Some 1,577 swimmers from 25 teams including 84 Montclair YMCA Dolphins competed on January 21 and 22 at the DeNunzio Natatorium at Princeton University in an invitational swim meet sponsored by the Princeton Tiger Aquatic Club.

Kazuri Lateef

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MHS Swim Report: Boys Defeat Newark Academy, Girls Victorious Against Mount St. Dominic

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 31, 2017 3:49pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Senior Samantha Corredor flying to victory against Mount St. Dominic. Photo: Jess Michaud.

On Friday January 27, MHS Girls took on Mount St. Dominic at the MSU Panzer Pool in their last home meet of the regular season. It was a battle from the start, with the lead constantly bouncing back and forth between the teams. Although tied after 6 events, the Mountie girls later lagged by 3 points with 3 events to go. The girls rallied to outscore MSD in the next 2 events and led by 4 points going into the 400 free relay, the final event.

Senior captain Lina Koschik leading the Mounties in the 200 free against MSD. Photo: Jess Michaud.

The Mountie girls would have to take first place, or both second and third place to win. With strong performances from their A and B relay teams, the MHS girls captured both second and third place in the relay for the win, 86-84. A credit to the depth of this team, the girls took first place in only two events but earned the overall win. Continue Reading

Two Montclair High School Wrestlers Take Home First Place at Essex County Tournament

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 26, 2017 3:47pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

 Jacey Jones (junior)

Jacey Jones (center), a Montclair High School junior, with first place plaque.

Wrestlers Jacey Jones (junior) and Sam Mellow (senior) both took home first place in their weight divisions at the 42nd Essex County Tournament on Friday January, 20, at the Richard J. Codey Arena in West Orange.

Sam Mellow (senior)

Sam Mellow, Montclair High School senior (center) takes first place in his weight division.

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MHS Swimmers Dig Deep at 2017 EC/SEC Swimming Championships

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 3:48pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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

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The developer of the Seymour St project will install a big crosswalk between Fullerton & Willow. Unfortunately, the Township wants it in the wrong place.

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