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

Montclair High Baseball: A Season of Giving Their All, And Fighting To Win

BY  |  Friday, Jun 16, 2017 10:30am

The Montclair high school baseball team closed out a productive 13-15 season which saw season highlights against tough state-ranked competitors.

“We had a fun year, we really enjoyed competing on a daily basis,” said head coach Ron Gavazzi. 
“The players worked as hard as they could to improve daily and as a coach it was enjoyable to watch them no doubt.”

The Mounties closed out their season just below .500 after edging out Livingston, 6-5, on Saturday, June 3.

Despite trailing, the team displayed the fight it has showed all season long by rallying with a two-run seventh inning to overtake the Lancers.

“I can’t think of a time where there was a moment that we didn’t want to give our all and really fight to win,” junior second baseman Danny Banks said. “Just our hunger to win and to succeed, I want to bring that over into next season.” Continue Reading

MHS Crew Car Wash to Support Henley Royal Regatta in England, 6/17

BY  |  Monday, Jun 12, 2017 10:30am

Get a great car wash and help send 11 Montclair High School Crew champions to the Henley Royal Regatta in England!

Next Saturday, June 17th, Montclair High School crew athletes will hold a car wash to support 10 rowers and a coxswain who are flying to England this month to train and compete in the Henley Royal Regatta. Henley, established in 1839, is among the most prestigious international rowing events, attracting top crews from around the world.

Share your Montclair pride and join our Henley-bound athletes on Saturday, June 17th, 1-5 p.m., at the George Inness Annex, 141 Park Street, Montclair, to have your car washed by our own state champions! Continue Reading

Sports Business Academy at MSU For Students Seeking Career in Sports, Aug. 7-9

BY  |  Thursday, Jun 08, 2017 2:30pm

The Sports Business Academy, a dynamic three-day program for high school and college students seeking a career in sports, will take place August 7-9, 2017 at Montclair State University’s School of Communication and Media. Presented by Lunar Sports Group, the annual SBA educates, inspires and empowers young people in their pursuits of a job in sports through special presentations, assignments and networking opportunities with highly successful sports professionals. Continue Reading

Montclair Mens Varsity Eight Captures National Champion Title!

Monday, May 29, 2017 5:50pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

MHS Boys 1V gold Nationals

Montclair High School’s undefeated mens first varsity eight-man crew captured the National Championship title this weekend with the team also earning silver and bronze medals at the Scholastic Rowing Association of American (SRAA) National Championship regatta held at Cooper River in New Jersey.

A week following the historic Mounties’ mens varsity eight win at the prestigious Stotesbury Cup Regatta in Philadelphia, Montclair rowers again proved that they are able to compete against the best high school rowing programs in the nation by winning the premiere event of the day, the mens varsity eight national championship. The mens varsity eight rowed by Henry Vecchione (stroke), Kjel Schlemmer (7th seat), Owen King (6th seat), Kenny Coplan (5th seat), Alexander Abuhoff (4th seat), Patrick King (3rd seat), Djoume Traore (2nd seat), George Vrotsos-Rogers (1st seat), and Alexa Greenbaum (coxswain) beat reigning champions New Trier by nearly 3 seconds. The Montclair crowd erupted in cheers as they crossed the finish line, becoming the first mens varsity eight in the schools history to bring home the gold in this event. Continue Reading

Local Kids Shine in Gymnastika Gymnastics Team

BY  |  Tuesday, May 23, 2017 3:45pm

The Gymnastika gymnastics team in Woodland Park, draw kids from Montclair, Glen Ridge, Bloomfield, Nutley and Clifton. The team just completed their competitive season for levels 4-10 and did extremely well – 3 NJ State Champions, 2 top 5 Regional finishes and a total of 43 top ten State finishes. The team at Gymnastika just completed their competitive season for levels 4-10. Four gymnasts won the State Champion title for their level and age: Jenna Hazlewood for level 4 on bars, Anna Sihvonen for level 6 all-around, vault & floor, Victoria Jandura for level 6 floor and Ashley Thompson for level 7 all-around and vault.

Back row – Anna Sihvonen, Paige Trapp, Erin Petrino, Ashley Thompson, Tiffany Bautista, Maeve Harrigan, Sophia Bochis, Jillian Parker, Kayla Goldman
Front row – Jadyn Beckett, Amy Gordon, Jenna Hazlewood, Katie Saavedra-Boscia, Ava Iacona, Victoria Jandura, Surya Shah

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Historic Season For Montclair High School Crew

BY  |  Monday, May 22, 2017 2:03pm

It’s been nothing short of a historic season for the Montclair High School crew team.

So much so that team has dubbed its senior captains of Kjel Schlemmer, Juliette Traylor, Patrick King, Lily Kuhn and Emergy Bergman as the most successful captains in Montclair crew history.

But while Schlemmer is happy to be leaving a legacy behind, he hopes that label won’t last long.

“I would not want us to be considered the most successful captains in Montclair history because I only want to see them (getting better),” he said.

After becoming the first public school in 22 years to win both the boys and girls State Cup points trophies and have both teams become state champions, the squad is continuing to pull off upsets in their championship season.

First-ever Stotesbury championship!

The Montclair Senior Boys Eight stunned their competition, ending a five-year winning streak by Gonzaga at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta. The Mounties earned the program’s first-ever Stotesbury championship in the category at the race on the Schuylkill River on Sunday, May 20 Continue Reading

Montclair High School Girls’ Track & Field Win American Division Title!

BY  |  Wednesday, May 17, 2017 9:00am

MHS Girls Track & Field (Facebook)

With the mentality to just go out and have fun at the Super Essex Conference Championships, the Montclair high school girls’ track and field team dominated their competition, winning the American Division title with 154 total points at the Newark Schools Stadium on Monday, May 15.

“There was this sense of they were going to go out there and have some fun and that’s pretty much exactly what they did last night,” head coach Sophie Wallace said. “They put on a show.”

Sophomore Nyjah Young-Bey headlined the show with three first-place performances including a MileSplit US Second Team Elite run in the 400-meter dash.

The five-foot sophomore sprung out of the blocks with perfect form to cross the 400-meter finish line in first with an explosive time of 57.67.
Young-Bey followed up by winning the 100-meter dash in 12.61 and the 200-meter dash at 25.98 to contribute 30 points to her team.

“You would never know so much power comes from something so small,” Wallace said. “She’s small in stature but big in personality and big in her heart.” Continue Reading

Montclair High School Rowing Team Makes History

Tuesday, May 02, 2017 11:16am

In a sport dominated by private schools, the Montclair High School Rowing Team became the first public school in the history of the Garden State Scholastic Championships to win both the mens and womens varsity eight titles, and the overall point trophies for both mens and womens events. The Montclair boys walked off with the Al Wachlin Trophy, ending nine years of consecutive wins by St. Augustine Prep and Montclair’s girls took the Dr. James Kelly Trophy, ending Holy Spirit’s domination for nine consecutive years.

“This is a huge achievement by our team,” said Head Coach Jeremy Michalitsianos. “All of our athletes came away with a gold or silver medal, which is itself fantastic, but to win both point trophies puts this up there as one of our greatest days.” Continue Reading

Montclair High Lacrosse: Nora Giordano Scores 100th Career Goal

BY  |  Friday, Apr 21, 2017 3:00pm

Nora Giordano, a midfielder, is a junior commit to Lehigh University. Photo: James Lattanzio

After being fouled in the critical scoring area, Montclair High School girls’ lacrosse junior Nora Giordano was given a free position shot on the center hash – her favorite spot to shoot from.

The moment the whistle blew, the midfielder took a few steps before the ripping the ball as hard as she could into the opposing Morristown goal.

The ball hit the upper right corner of the net and just like that, Giordano scored her 100th career goal on the day of her 17th birthday in the Mounties’ 12-6 loss to Morristown on Wednesday, April 19.

“It was the perfect day for it,” Giordano said. “I knew I only needed three (more goals) and my coach kept saying ‘play your game, don’t think about it too much, it’ll all come naturally,’ which looking back, she was so right.”

Nora Giordano celebrates 100th career goal surrounded by family. Photo: Ann Jennings

Head coach Ann Jennings called a timeout as Giordano’s teammates crowded her with congratulatory hugs and a big poster from the sideline. Continue Reading

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