EAST HANOVER, NJ- Hanovver Park's boys basketball team gave its coach, Todd Hartman, his 200th career win with the Hornets when they defeated Mt. Lakes on Friday, January 13th with a score of 59 -53.
Hanover Park received balanced scoring from Michael Boeckel 17 points with six assists, Joey Jandoli 14 points and seven rebounds and 12 points from Matt Winschuh. The Hornets trailed at the half 34-28, but outscored the Lakers 18-8 in the third quarter to take control and secure Hartman's 200th win. Earlier in the week Hanover Park scored an easy victory over Boonton 82-48 when again they used a big third quarter to outscore the Bombers 28-10 to take a 66-39 lead into the fourth.
Boeckel had an outstanding game with 30 points, nine assists and seven steals. Jandoli chipped in with 21 points along with eight rebounds. The Hornets finished off a 3-0 week and ran their season record to 8-4 when they defeated Mendham 50-47 on Saturday, January 14th in Mendham. Joey Jandoli led the Hornets again with 26 points (four 3-points) and 10 rebounds. Eddie Feeney contributed 11 points and Michael Boeckel had nine points and nine assists. Hanover Park started strong and led 17-12 after one period and held on for coach Hartman's 201st win.
Hanover Park's girls basketball team continued its winning way when it defeated Boonton and Mt. Lakes to run its season record to 9-1. Coach Wear's Hornets built a 37-7 halftime lead against Boonton and were led by Ava Gammo who tallied 11 points on three 3-pointers and 12 points from Alexa Petrozzino. Megan Macaluso pulled down 12 rebounds and scored 10 points in the 56-16 win.
The Mt Lakes game was a different story as both defenses took over and the Hornets prevailed by the score of 36-30. Macaluso controlled the boards, pulling down 18 rebounds. Hanover Park took an early first quarter lead 11-5 and their defense never let the Lakers take the lead. Ava Gammo played a strong game with six rebounds, five steals, three assist and six points. Kelsey Stites chipped in six points and Emily Seymour had five points.
Nick Raimo gained revenge for his only loss this season when he came in first at the Escape to the Rock tournament with a 3-1 victory at the 126 lb weight class. Hanover Park wrestlers continued the undefeated week for Hanover Park teams with a victory over Belvidere 55-15 and a hard fought win over Paramus 35-27.
The Hornets recorded five pins against Belvidere led by Nick Zarra, 152lbs and Patrick Ferrira at 113 lbs. The Hornets used a 22 point run in the weight classes between 120lbs to 145lbs and key victories at 182 and 195lbs to hold off Paramus and run its dual season record to 8-1. Other Hanover Park wrestler's whom performed well at the Escape to the Rock were Lou Raimo and Dom DiFrancescantonio, who both finished in the top six of their weight classes. Hanover Park has a very challenging week ahead with matches against rival Madison, state powerhouse Phillipsburg and finishes off the week against Cranford.