ALJ Athletics: Dominating the Competition

A recent Arthur L. Johnson High School home game. The team is 13-1 on the season. Credits: Daniel Collins (file photo)
Senior members of the Crusaders hockey team. The team is 12-5-1 on the season. Credits: Daniel Collins (file photo)

CLARK, NJ - Teamwork makes the dream work. For Johnson Crusader Athletics, the winter sports teams are going above and beyond their coaches’ expectations. With nearly all the winter varsity sports teams holding winning seasons, Crusader nation is a school to fear.

According to the head coach of boys’ varsity basketball, Mr. Kennedy, “The boys are having an amazing season and continue to improve as players and as a team every game.” The team is currently 13-1 and is anxious to take down the fellow competition on the court at their next game.

Another impressive record this season is held by the varsity ice hockey team. They are currently 12-6-1 and do not seem to be slowing down. With tough competition ahead, according to Coach Klimchak, “The team’s youth is what puts them ahead of other teams. The players gain experience year after year.”

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Apart from Johnson’s winter teams, individual track and field athletes are excelling in their season as well. Sophomore Kayla Kowalanko says she has improved a lot this season and is doing very well. She hopes to keep up her momentum as she finishes out the season. Recently, in the Union County relays, Kayla ran the 4x800. She said the 800 is her favorite event.

If cheering at all the school's basketball games and wrestling matches was not enough spirit already, Johnson’s competition cheerleading team has also been sweeping the competition this season. Cheer team’s captain, senior Carissa Vuono explains the girls’ success.

“We’ve had three competitions so far with first place and grand champs at each competition and we’ve been working really hard to come out with wins this whole season,” she said.  Excited for their upcoming competitions, the ladies are striving to hopefully obtain more champion titles.

To conclude, the Crusaders are on their way to extremely triumphant seasons. All of the Johnson community is excited to see what is still in store for their peers as the games, meets, matches, and competitions continue. Crusader nation has high hopes that the spring athletics will follow in the current team’s footsteps to continue dominating the competition.

Editor’s Note: Jianna Nieves and Victoria Torres are students at Arthur L. Johnson High School.

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