Montclair High Lacrosse: Nora Giordano Scores 100th Career Goal

BY  |  Friday, Apr 21, 2017 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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

Montclair High Girls Lacrosse: Giving It All And Never Giving Up

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 12, 2017 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

For the Montclair High School girls’ lacrosse team, this season is all about “we will.”

“Our team saying this year is we will,” said senior captain Sam Wittmann. “We will win, we will never give up. This is our mindset no matter what. If we give it our all, that’s what matters most.”

The Mounties are coming off a highly successful 16-4 season that won them the SEC Conference American Division and NJGLL Conference Freedom Division titles.

This year, however, expectations are even higher.

Montclair High Girls Lacrosse. Photo: Scott Kennedy

“One of our major goals this year is to win the Essex County Tournament for the second time in our program’s history,” said senior co-captain Natalie Rechan.

Montclair is off to a strong start this season, with a 3-2 record including big wins against Mendham, West Morris and West Essex. Continue Reading

Montclair PAL/Montclair Recreation 8th Graders Participate in 1st Annual Ron Epp All-Star Game

BY  |  Thursday, Mar 23, 2017 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

On March 11, 2017, our Montclair PAL/Montclair Recreation 8th Graders participated in the 1st Annual Ron Epp All-Star Game at Cedar Grove High School. Congratulations to the 8th Graders selected to represent Montclair. Representing 8th Grade Boys were Denver Anglin and Cole McGonial; representing 8th Grade Girls were Brianna English and Ruby Scott. Continue Reading

Montclair Boys Reign As 2017 Suburban Basketball League Champions

BY  |  Wednesday, Mar 22, 2017 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

8th Grade Boys 2017 Suburban League Champions

Congratulations to our Montclair Police Athletic League/Montclair Recreation 8th Grade Boys reign as the 2017 Suburban Basketball League Champions. Our team defeated Livingston to once again claim the league title, ending the 2017 season undefeated. The 8th Grade Boys celebrate the coveted 4-Peat as they emerge as the league champs for the 4th time, having previously won in their 5th, 6th, and 7th grade years. The 8th Grade Boys played in front of packed gym at MHS on Friday (March 10, 2017). Additionally, our 7th Grade Boys finished as league runners-up, losing to Maplewood in the championship at Maplewood on Thursday (February 23, 2017).

New York Red Bulls II To Call Montclair State University Home

BY  |  Tuesday, Mar 14, 2017 12:15pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

Single-game tickets on sale now

New York Red Bulls IIThe New York Red Bulls’ reserve team and defending champions of the United Soccer League, aka New York Red Bulls II, will soon call Montclair State University home. The Red Bulls are making upgrades to MSU Soccer Park and the facility will be ready to go for the USL side beginning on April 1 for their home opener  versus the Richmond Kickers.

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Mountie Boys Foursome Heads to NJ Meet of Champions

BY  |  Friday, Mar 03, 2017 8:45am  |  COMMENTS (0)

MHS Boys 400 Free Relay team will head to the NJ Meet of Champions: Makai Charles, Justin Ellis, Kai Michaud and Thatcher Smith

MHS boys, who finished their regular season with a 7-3 record, were seeded 3rd in the North 1 A State sectionals and had a bye in the first round. They faced 6th seeded River Dell in the quarterfinals on February 10. With top finishes by senior captains Makai Charles (100 free) and Kai Michaud (200 free and 500 free) and sophomore Thatcher Smith (100 back) and strong relay performances by Charles, Michaud, Smith and freshman standouts Tommy White (200 medley relay) and Justin Ellis (400 free relay), the Mountie boys easily defeated River Dell 98.5 – 71.5.

Freshman standout Justin Ellis

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MHS Seniors Head To NJSII State Wrestling Championships

BY  |  Wednesday, Mar 01, 2017 3:55pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Deniors Sam Mellow (r) and Kasson Quince-McGhee.

Fellow seniors Sam Mellow and Kasson Quince-McGhee will both be heading to the NJSII State Wrestling Championships in Atlantic City this weekend, March 3-5th after placing in the NJSII Wrestling Regions this weekend in West Orange. Sam Mellow took 2nd in the 220 weight class and Kasson took 4th in the 182 weight class.

MHS Girls Swimming Looks Forward to Next Year

BY  |  Wednesday, Mar 01, 2017 11:15am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Senior Samantha Corredor led the Mounties in the 100 fly this season.

Montclair High School girls swim season came to a close at their State sectional quarterfinal meet on February 10 against Pascack Valley. The Mountie girls, who finished the regular season with a 4-5 record were seeded 4th in the tourney and had a bye in the first round. Lagging by 2 points going into the final event, the Mountie girls were in a must-win situation. Montclair captured a strong second and third place in the 400 free relay, but came up short in the point totals.

The Montclair girls were led by senior Samantha Corredor, junior Jordan Caro, sophomores Maya Crawford, Kathrynna Demetillo and Louisa Skerry and freshman Mia Padberg in the individual events. This girls team exhibited strong team spirit all year and that spirit was evident in their final 200 free relay of the season where the Mounties captured first and second place, earning 12 of their 83 points in that one event.

Seniors Lina Koschik, Caroline Creaser and Mishi Chow embrace after swimming a best time in the 200 free relay.

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Championship Season in Full Swing for Montclair YMCA Dolphins

BY  |  Sunday, Feb 26, 2017 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Amy Chen qualified for the NJ YMCA Silver Championships in the 200 back.

For the past several weekends, the Montclair YMCA Dolphins have been competing in championship meets that provide swimmers with additional opportunities to qualify for the 2017 NJ YMCA State Championships.

The NJ YMCA Bronze Championships took place at the Raritan Bay YMCA in Perth Amboy on February 11-12. At the Bronze meet, 87 Dolphins competed to achieve qualifying times for the NJ YMCA Silver Championships. Fifteen of the swimmers made one or more Silver cuts. Five of those swimmers qualified for the Y Silvers for the first time this season: Fifi Amanuel (12) of West Orange, Amy Chen (16) of Montclair, Santiago Galvan (12) of Clifton, Zubin Kremer-Guha (14) of South Orange and Gabriel Remache (13) of Nutley. Tina Pavlidis (13) of West Orange qualified for the Silver championships in an impressive four additional events at the Bronze meet: the 100 free, 100 & 200 breast and the 200 IM. Continue Reading

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

Monday, Feb 20, 2017 10:15am

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

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