West Orange High School Kicks Off Winter Sports Season with Pep Rally

Joe Casalino of the Swim Team rolls out on a skateboard. Credits: Erika Bakirtzis
Boys and Girls Basketball Teams. Credits: Erika Bakirtzis
Indoor Track team members perform. Credits: Erika Bakirtzis
December 18 Girls Basketball Event flyer. Credits:

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Winter sports have begun at West Orange High School, and hundreds of students, parents, and faculty gathered in the Tarnoff Gymnasium to support winter athletes at the Winter Pep Rally on Wednesday, Dec. 11.

The award-winning WOHS cheerleaders opened the rally chanting, “We are West Orange” alongside Monty the Mountaineer, the school’s mascot, and Athletic Director, Ronald Bligh. Newly appointed Varsity Bowling coach and longtime physical education teacher, Mr. Bill Urbanski, introduced the senior bowlers. The team performed a mock state championship game skit.     

First-year hockey coach Eddie Scafidi introduced eight seniors. The underclassmen of the team participated in a skit, tying the goalie to the net, while seniors scored goals. 

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The swim team performed a dance routine, threw candy into the audience, and pretended to be fish by laying down on skateboards and rolling across the gymnasium.

The Boys and Girls Basketball teams united to create a larger skit among the seniors, where they danced around the gym and got the crowd involved. Varsity Boys’ Basketball coach, Greg Tynes, increased the energy among the crowed by starting cheers. He hopes to build his team on family, trust, and loyalty. The Girls Basketball team promoted their upcoming event, Mountaineer Madness. Mountaineer Madness will kick off their season next Wednesday, December 18. It will include food, prizes, contests, and fan involvement. All are welcome.

The senior cheerleaders took the stage again to lead a series of cheers and dance routines to pump up the audience. The wrestling team impersonated Coach Zichella’s pep talks in the locker room and recreated a comical wrestling match.

Indoor track was the last sport to take the floor. All 32 seniors wore Santa and elf hats while dancing to a practiced routine to popular Christmas music.

Principal Hayden Moore spoke to the audience, thanking them for the turnout. He spoke to the student athletes, “Work hard in the classroom and work hard on the field. You represent the whole community and school in those uniforms.” The Varsity cheerleaders took to the mats for one last time ending the night with “Go Big Blue” chants.

The High School athletes train diligently, committing to their sports each season.  Why not check out an ice hockey game , Boys and Girls baskeball game, Wrestling competition, Bowling match, or Swim meet this winter season?  The West Orange High School Alternative Press team is excited to be able to provide the community with information on our hard working winter sports teams, including coverage of several games.


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