The winter sports season is underway at Montclair High School, and the schedule kicks into high gear this Friday, Dec. 16, when the basketball and wrestling seasons officially begin throughout the state of New Jersey.
Each week, we’ll take an overview look at the various Mountie winter sports teams, running down the top performances of the past week and looking ahead to the top matchups of the week ahead.
BOYS BASKETBALL (0-0 overall, 0-0 SEC-Liberty)
Last week’s games: None
This week’s games: Friday, 12/16: at Newark Tech, 7 p.m.
We’ll take a closer look at the Mounties later in the week with a full team preview.
New head coach Gary Wallace will lead his squad out for their inaugural game in Newark this Friday, the first of 12 conference games in a very competitive Super Essex Conference-Liberty Division. Fans’ first chance to see them on their home court will come next Tuesday night, Dec. 20.
The team also has its final preseason scrimmage Tuesday at Hackensack (4 p.m.).
GIRLS BASKETBALL (0-0 overall, 0-0 SEC-Liberty)
Last week’s games: None.
This week’s games: Friday, 12/16: home vs. Bloomfield, 7 p.m.
More on these Mounties later in the week, as well. Friday night’s home opener kicks off a busy first two weeks of the season for second-year head coach Paul Palek, who returns the core of a squad that finished last season 15-12 overall, including a run to the North 1, Group 4 state sectional semifinals: back-to-back road games on Dec. 20 and 22 (Nutley and Newark Academy) will be followed by three games against top-rated opponents in four days at the Mount St. Dominic Invitational Dec. 26-29.
Montclair’s final preseason scrimmage is slated for Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. against Northern Highlands at the MHS Main Gym on Midland Avenue.
Forward Ben Wakefield potted two goals in a 3-1 victory.