HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - If you think it is going to be a slow week going into the Memorial Day weekend, think again. The schedule is packed with sports, borough meetings, and activities, plus the stuff that pops up during the week.
Monday shapes up to be a busy day in sports action within the Hasbrouck Heights and Wood-Ridge, as the both high school baseball teams begin their state playoff runs, and the Hasbrouck Heights girls softball team opens at home in their state playoff tournament.
Wood-Ridge baseball hosts Saddle Brook at Donna Ricker Field at 4 pm on Monday, coming in to the North 1, Group 1 baseball playoffs with the number 1 seed after a 20-4 regular season, something that might have caught some people off-guard. Well, at least if you read the Wood-Ridge preview, where Wood-Ridge Head Coach Mike Carcich stressed the youth of their team, which returned only two starters from a year ago.
The Blue Devils have already defeated Saddle Brook twice this year, and have home field advantage throughout the bracket.
Tenth-seeded Hasbrouck Heights baseball heads out to play seventh-seed on Monday afternoon. Head coach Pat Gabriele’s team has battled injuries all season, and his hoping that their team, finally healthy, can make some noise in the states.
In girls softball, Heights is the number two seed, behind, top-seeded Cedar Grove. They finally get to play their opening round game on Monday, against 15th-seed, Paterson Charter. The Aviators have already beaten Paterson Charter twice this season, both by 4-0 scores. Paterson Charter is led by 2017 All-NJIC Pitcher in Maxibel Garcia, so this is not your normal 15-seed.
This game has been re-scheduled twice, first from last Thursday to Wednesday, due to Paterson Charter’s prom being Thursday. Wednesday’s rain postponed that game, and with the weather forecast being ominous the rest of the week, Monday was the date.
Hasbrouck Heights tennis faces Secaucus on Tuesday, at Neal McCarthy Courts in Hasbrouck Heights, with a share of the NJIC Meadowlands Boys Tennis Championship on the line. A win by Heights will give them a share of the NJIC Meadowlands title for the fourth consecutive year, as co-champs with Leonia.
Tuesday evening will also be news-worthy as the Hasbrouck Heights Borough Council meets, and is taken over for Youth Day. Plus, the Hasbrouck Heights Girl Scouts will have their annual “bridging ceremony.”
The second round of the softball and baseball tournaments will occur on Wednesday and Thursday (respectively.) As both tournaments are win or go-home, additional information is not available at this time.
Wednesday and Thursday Wood-Ridge is having their cheerleading tryouts, for those of you who already looking forward to the 2018-19 school year.
Thursday evening, the Hasbrouck Heights Zoning Board will be having its monthly meeting.
On Friday, both Hasbrouck Heights and Wood-Ridge will compete at the state sectional championships at Clifton High School, capping off a busy week in track. On Tuesday and Wednesday, both schools will be sending their underclassmen up to Ramsey High School for the Sophomore and Freshmen (respectively) Championships.
Saturday, the long-awaited opening of the refreshed Hasbrouck Heights Swim Club will occur, weather permitting. Summer, believe it or not, is not that far away.