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Championship Rings, State Honors and Coaches' Awards Presented at Hasbrouck Heights Football Brunch

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A close up of the 2016 and 2017 back-to-back state championship rings (left to right.) Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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6 + 4 recipients, Nico Facchini, Jordan Wexler, James Varga, James Klenk, Alexis Putkisto, Tiffany Temes, Gabriella Pujadas, and Elizabeth Condon, with HHJFL members Michael Colaneri and Joni Arabi. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Senior players pose after the luncheon with their jerseys. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Senior cheerleaders with their varsity jerseys. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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A close up look at the cheerleaders ring. Girls had a choice between a ring or a pendant. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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The varsity assistant coaches. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Cheerleading coaches Barbara Kritzer and Adrianna Balac awarded the 6 + 4 Cheering Awards as well as recognized the Seniors and underclassmen cheerleaders. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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The sophomore and junior cheerleaders. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Mayor Jack DeLorenzo briefly addressed the players, cheerleaders, and parents at Sunday's football brunch. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Chief Michael Colaneri, long-time junior football coach, representing the Hasbrouck Heights Junior Football League, explains the history of the 6 + 4 Award. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Dr. Matthew Helfant, Superintendent of Schools, briefly addressed the players and parents at the brunch. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Councilman Ron Kistner presents Coach Delcalzo with state championship sign from the Borough Council. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Coach Delcalzo orchestrated a simultaneous opening of the ring boxes. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Cheerleaders check out their ring or pendant at the revealing. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Some of the varsity players show off their 2017 rings after the big reveal. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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With Coach Delcalzo, Jake Schloemann received the Most Improved Player Award. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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With Coach DelCalzo, Nico Facchini received the Arthur Christian Award for Dedication. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Along with Coach Sean Mansfield, Spencer Lee and John Sedlmeir received the Practice Players of the Year. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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With Assistant Coach Frank D'Amico,  Nate Kim and Evan Roche received the Coaches' Award. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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With Coach Frank D'Amico, James Varga received the Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Assistant Coach Rocky Minichiello presented the Defensive MVP to Travis Culkin (right) and Defensive Lineman of the Year to Jordan Wexler (left.) Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Coach Adam Baeira presented Jasiah Purdie with the Offensive MVP Award. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Quarterback James Klenk (center) received the Team MVP, with Coach Adam Baeira and Coach Delcalzo. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Players received their All-State awards. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Freshman football coach Lorenzo Tattoli talked about the season. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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The freshmen football team was also recognized at the brunch. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Display tables holding the varsity uniform and 6 + 4 Awards. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - State Championship rings,  All-State Plaques and Coaches' awards were presented Sunday at the Hasbrouck Heights football brunch, held at the Holiday Inn in Hasbrouck Heights, hosted by the Hasbrouck Heights Touchdown Club.  

Also presented were 6 + 4 Meritorious Service Awards, given out by the Hasbrouck Heights Junior Football League to the Seniors who have participated ten consecutive years in either Hasbrouck Heights football or cheering.  

Cheerleaders Elizabeth Condon, Gabriella  Pujadas, Alexis Putkisto and Tiffany Temes were recognized for the 10 years in the Hasbrouck Heights cheerleading program. For Football, Nico Facchini, James Klenk, James Varga, and Jordan Wexler were recognized for their service to Hasbrouck Heights football programs.

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Hasbrouck Heights Councilman Ron Kistner presented the 2017 North 1, Group 1 State Championship sign to Hasbrouck Heights Nick Delcalzo, which will be added to the press box wall at Depken Field.

Following the recognition of the cheerleaders and underclassmen football players, head coach Nick Delcalzo assistant coaches Frank D’Amico, Rocky Minichiello and Adam Baeira presented various coaches awards.

The Most Improved Player -  Jake Schloemann

Arthur Christian Award for Dedication -  Nico Facchini

Practice Players of the Year -   Spencer Lee and John Sedlmeir

Coaches Award:  Nate Kim and Evan Roche

Outstanding Offensive Lineman: James Varga

Defensive MVP: Travis Culkin

Defensive Lineman of the Year: Jordan Wexler

Offensive MVP  -  Jasiah Purdie

Team MVP -  James Klenk

Following the distribution of plaques for players making All-State Group I,  the senior class was recognized, and the distribution of rings to all the players, coaches and cheerleaders occurred.  A coordinated opening, saw all the players, cheerleaders and coaches open their rings and see them for the first time. Video can be found on the Hasbrouck Heights Touchdown Club Facebook page.

The ring, in a lighted box, with a diamond H in the middle, and Back-to-Back State Champs on the top and bottom, disappointed no one.

 

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