EAST HANOVER, NJ- East Hanover Town Council honored the Hanover Park Girls Basketball Team and State Champion Wrestlers from East Hanover for their incredible achievements over the course of their seasons.
The Lady Hornets were unmatched this year. The girls marched to a season record of 25-3 and sported one of the most effective defenses in the state, averaging only 32 conceded points per game. The girls took the Group 2 Section 2 Title in a game they won 47-30 against Hackettstown. The Lady Hornets were indomitable in league play, going 12-0 over the course of the season.
In addition to this, Head Coach, Doug Wear, celebrated his 300th career win with a victory over Ridgefield Park on March 3rd. He was presented with his own award for this prestigious accomplishment. Wear wore his heart on his sleeve and expressed his great love for East Hanover, the township that has given him so much over the course of his life and proceeded to talk about the group of young women who he coached to such great success.
“We were a senior dominant team,” Wear said before he introduced each of the girls. “As you can see when they come up here, we don’t have anybody over 5’9” and they just found a way to get it done. We played teams that were bigger, stronger and faster than we were, but nobody had bigger hearts than we did. We won the State Sectional Title, but even without that, I am very proud of them.”
The Basketball team was not the only one brought up to be honored as East Hanover also had the pleasure of producing several State Wrestling Champions. Hanover Park’s Nick Raimo took the 126lb weight class with a score of 10-4 down in Atlantic City, but East Hanover’s program reaches far beyond Hanover Park. Anthony Clark of Del Barton took the 106lb weight class, Gerard Angelo who finished second in the state for Bergen Catholic and Andrew Merola of Blair Academy was also honored on the night.
“We are very proud of our wrestling program here in East Hanover,” Mayor Joe Pannullo said. “Most of you have come through our program which started many years ago. For myself, I have watched many of you grow up.”
East Hanover continues to make strides in the area of athletic excellence and looks to push that trend forward in the coming years.