Local Kids Shine in Gymnastika Gymnastics Team

BY  |  Tuesday, May 23, 2017 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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  |  COMMENTS (0)

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  |  COMMENTS (0)

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  |  COMMENTS (0)

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  |  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

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

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

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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Stopped by on opening day to take out a dozen empanadas. Very welcoming space, especially with the storefront glass open on a warm spring day and sidewalk tables available; and, the staff were warm and engaged. The empanadas are soft and pastry-like, rather than the harder crisper type. They got a thumbs up from the Morales family, who loves them a good empanada!

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