Local Sports Writing Legend Art Polakowski Still Stands as Chatham's Most Knowledgable Sports Historian

August 11, 2018

A two-sentence response to newspaper ad led to a remarkable 44-year career of covering high school sports in Chatham and the surrounding area for Art Polakowski.

Helen Vance Levenson, the founder of the Independent Press had published the ad for a part-time sports reporter and the Chatham Township resident, a computer programmer at the time, responded.

"I saw the ad and had ...

Chatham Football Makes Trip to Naval Academy; Navy Assistant Coach and Chatham Grad Judge Hosts Cougars

ANNAPOLIS, MD - Mike Judge, an assistant football coach at the Naval Academy, can relate to the 2018 Chatham High football team. He used to be one of them.

Judge, the CHS graduate, and former Navy football captain 2nd Lt. Brandon Jones greeted the Cougars when Chatham head coach Dan Czepiga brought his team to Annapolis last Friday.

'It was a wonderful experience," said ...

Chatham's 12U White Cougars Baseball Team Completes 40-Win Season

The 2018 baseball season was a memorable one for the Chatham 12U White squad playing 60 total games and finishing with an impressive 40-20 record in a season that began on March 17, 2018. With snow still on the ground in Chatham, the team traveled south down the parkway to Brick, New Jersey to begin their spring season playing in the USABL St. Patrick’s Day Classic.

The team would use ...

Chatham High Fencers Preparing for 9th Varsity Season while Exposing Newcomers to the Sport at Aug. 27-30 Summer Camp

CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham high school fencing team is looking forward to what they hope will be their best season yet and it's all about preparation.

"We are coming up on Chatham's ninth varsity fencing season," Jerry Duffey, Chatham head fencing coach, said. "The three-month winter high school fencing season is generally dominated by the fencers who have access to a ...

Biggest Soccer Event in Morris County! FC Motown Will Take On FC Miami Saturday For National Championship

MADISON – They have walked a tightrope to get there, but FC Motown is going to play for the fourth tier of American soccer’s top prize.


David Nigro’s winner in the second session of extra-time propelled the locals to a 2-1 victory over FC Mulhouse Portland in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) semifinals on July 28. FC Motown will now play FC Miami 2 – ...

FC Motown will Host FC Miami in the National Championship

MADISON, NJ - The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) is proud to announce that the 2018 NPSL National Championship will be played at Drew University’s Ranger Stadium in Madison on Saturday, August 4th at 7:30 pm ET.  FC Motown  will be hosting Miami FC 2 (Miami, FL) with a national title on the line.

“FC Motown has worked extremely hard to get into the NPSL ...

Chatham Football Heads into 2018 with New Coach Czepiga, New Offense, New Schedule that Includes Madison & Morristown

CHATHAM, NJ - Three weeks into summer sessions for the Chatham football team, new head coach Dan Czepiga is cautiously optimistic as he prepares the Cougars for the 2018 season that will open Sept. 7 at Mount Olive.

"We have good numbers," Czepiga said. "I like what we've got. It's tough to gauge where we are because everyone is learning a new system. The ...

E.J. Schmeltz Memorial Golf Tournament set for September in Honor of Former Chatham Football Captain, Air Force Cadet

CHATHAM, NJ - Since 2005, Chatham High student-athletes have been awarded scholarships in honor of E.J. Schmeltz, who died suddenly during his training as an Air Force Cadet that same year.

The annual E.J. Schmeltz Memorial Golf Tournament, which helps fund the scholarships, is set for Monday, Sept. 10 at the Basking Ridge Country Club. There will be a $25,000 prize for a hole-in-one on a ...

Chatham Girls Lacrosse Players Kology, Riabov, Straka Help New Jersey Team Win Under Armour Command Championship

TOWSON, MD - Rising Chatham High sophomores Lara Kology, Haley Riabov and Sophie Straka were part of the New Jersey Under Armour girls lacrosse team that won the Underclass Command Title this month at Towson University.

The New Jersey team went 4-0 in pool play and finished 6-0, culminated with a 12-11 win over D.C. in the championship game. Riabov scored two goals in the title game.

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