Watchung Hills Men’s Ultimate Team Competes at NJ State Championships, Wins Spirit Award

Top:Varsity Team reacting to learning they won the Spirit Award for best sportsmanship as presented by Coach Ken Karnas Bottom: Seniors Brandon Leong, Alex Wang, James Bey Jr, Leon Cheung, Kyle Isler, Matt Deitz, Zach Chan    Credits: C. Isler

MERCERVILLE, NJ - The Watchung Hills Men’s Varsity started off undefeated in the NJ state championship on May 24, the first day of play.  The team beat East Brunswick 15-3 followed by a win over Princeton. The third game of day one was against their rival Columbia High School of Maplewood.  After suffering injuries to their captains Leon Cheung (senior) and Andrew Tu (junior) the team rose to the occasion led by seniors James Bey Jr, Kyle Isler,  Brandon Leong,  Matt Deitz, Alex Wang, Zach Chan, and Alvin Cheng along with junior David Voychuk.  Watchung Hills beat Columbia 11-8, giving Columbia their first loss at States in the past 13 years.

On Sunday May 25, Watchung Hills played West Windsor Plainsboro South in a very close game but lost 9-12.  This placed them into the consolation bracket, where they took on Princetonagain with a win of 15-10.  They then played their final game against Manalapan winning 13-11. The team finished in 5th place. 
After every game each team ranks the team they played on sportsmanship on a scale of 0-5.  The team with the most points awarded by others over the course of the entire tournament wins the Spirit Award.  This years Spirit Award went to Watchung Hills Regional High School.
Meanwhile at the fields of Mercer County Community College, Watchung Hills Men's  JV team, led by sophomores Ari and Ben Scherzer, won 3 of their 4 games on Saturday.  They defeated Columbia High School of Maplewood, 
11-1.  Taking on Westfield next, they won 11-6.  Unfortunately their winning streak did not continue as they lost to Delbarton 5-11.  They rallied back with  a win over St. Peter’s Prep by a score of 12-11.  On Sunday they played Westfield and lost 13-4.  They went on to play Paramus Catholic in a close game losing 7-11.  Watchung Hills JV game in 7th overall

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