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Hawk Allstate Chatham Athletes of the Week: Iizuka sisters

December 8, 2016

CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham swim coach Frank DiGiacomo can now say he is a trailblazer or sorts.

In Chatham's first girls swimming race of season during the opener against Madison on Dec. 1, DiGiacomo had the four Iizuka sisters - senior fraternal twins Alicia and Karen, and freshman fraternal twins Erica and Monica team together on the medley relay.

"I put them together so I ...

Sparta Jefferson United Ice Hockey Ties Mendham

MORRISTOWN, NJ – The Sparta Jefferson United ice hockey team tied Mendham on December 7 when they played at Mennan, 4-4.

SJU Captain Jeremy Dericks was the first to find the net assisted by Matt Redding and Mike Reilly. 

In the second period, Reilly scored assisted by Brendan Erickson.  Next Brendan Erickson scored assisted by Connor Erickson.

Mendham tied it up at the ...

Roxbury Hockey Snags Third Straight Win

ROXBURY, N.J. - The Roxbury High School ice hockey team on Friday defeated Kinnelon, a victory that brings the Gaels' record to 3-0. 

Playing at Mennen Sports Arena, Roxbury beat the Kinnelon Colts 4-1 in a game that saw Gaels' senior Nick Zaragoza score two of the team's four goals.  

It was  junior Billy Hefferle who got the scoring started for Roxbury with ...

New-look Huskies still have championship goals

OLEAN, NY -- The Olean Huskies boys basketball team still has Glens Falls, the site of the New York State Boys Basketball Tournament, in its sights.

Olean returns just one starter from last year’s 28-1 state championship team. Despite a less experienced roster, coach Jeff Anastasia said his goals are the same for this season.

“(The goals are) to win the in-season ...

Yeti MMA Athlete of the Week: Sean Murray Shines in H.S. All-American Game

RALEIGH, NC -- During the fall, Scotch Plains-Fanwood goalie Sean Murray showed most of New Jersey why he's a premier goalkeeper. On Saturday, he showed the country.

The Raiders’ star goalie shined in the net for the East in the High School All-American Game this weekend in North Carolina, as he received the game ball for his shutout in the first half of the game.

In the match, ...

RU Football Practice Fields to Undergo Overhaul

Call it an early holiday gift.

Rutgers’ football team is set to mow down yards in a renovated practice field complex come August 2017, according to a Dec. 8 announcement from the athletics department. Among the many improvements are two new grass fields, goal posts and a video board.

“This practice complex will be one of the best in college football,” head coach Chris Ash ...

Artificial Turf Company, Now Under Fire, Didn’t Use Faulty Product at New Brunswick Stadium

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The city might have dodged a very expensive mess.

This week, The Star-Ledger published an investigation that claims FieldTurf—one of the top artificial turf vendors in the country—for years knowingly sold a defective material called Duraspine. Towns and school districts across New Jersey, one of the company’s “most lucrative ...

Rule of Seven: Multiple Summit High Girl's Soccer Players Earn Year-End Honors

SUMMIT, NJ - Seven members of the Summit High School Girls Varsity Soccer Team -- Stella Spotts, Kaleigh Brennan, Claire Murdock, Keegan Mayer, Cecily Stabler, Helen Louise Johnson, and Leila Esposito -- have received post-season honors as chosen by the Union County Girls Soccer Coaches Association (UCGSCA).

Senior captain Spotts was named First Team, Mountain Division, with Brennan, ...

Randolph JV Hockey Wins Season Opener behind Xhumba, Theobold

RANDOLPH, NJ - Randolph High School’s junior varsity ice hockey team kicked off the season by kicking Ridge High School out of the winner’s box on Thursday, December 1, at Aspen Ice, with a 3-0 domination.

Four minutes and 11 seconds into the first period, freshman Evan Xhumba scored the first goal of the season.

“I feel relieved, that’s about it,” said Xhumba ...

Girls, Boys Soccer: Raider Players Win Top Honors on All State, Group, Conference Teams

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The boys’ and girls’ soccer programs at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School have seen many extraordinary players take the field over the programs’ years of rich history. The 2016 teams, however, may have had the most talent of any of those teams.

Recently, six players from each program received top spots on NJ.com’s All State, All Group and ...

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PAL Runners Win Championship

December 7, 2016

On November 20th, hundreds of runners lined up for the Junior Olympics Cross Country Regional Championships in Greystone Park in in Morris Plains, New Jersey. It was blustery cold, winds were upwards of 30-40 miles per hour and the grounds where covered with sleet.

The 11-12 3000 meter Boys WolfPack runners of Patrick McGrath, Chris Marinko, Nick Yarad, Jackson Levine, and Aidan Linde were ...

Well, There's Always Next Year

The 2016 football season is now in week 13 and I certainly don't need to remind you that the New York Jets are 3-8.

The November 13th game against the Rams was almost unbearable to watch, but we did get to see Bryce Petty as a replacement for the injured Ryan Fitzpatrick. Petty looked good in the first quarter, but the entire team fell asleep after that, and so did the fans.

The Bye ...

PAL Runners Win Championship

December 7, 2016

On November 20th, hundreds of runners lined up for the Junior Olympics Cross Country Regional Championships in Greystone Park in in Morris Plains, New Jersey. It was blustery cold, winds were upwards of 30-40 miles per hour and the grounds where covered with sleet.

The 11-12 3000 meter Boys WolfPack runners of Patrick McGrath, Chris Marinko, Nick Yarad, Jackson Levine, and Aidan Linde were ...

Well, There's Always Next Year

The 2016 football season is now in week 13 and I certainly don't need to remind you that the New York Jets are 3-8.

The November 13th game against the Rams was almost unbearable to watch, but we did get to see Bryce Petty as a replacement for the injured Ryan Fitzpatrick. Petty looked good in the first quarter, but the entire team fell asleep after that, and so did the fans.

The Bye ...