MAPLEWOOD, NJ -- Columbia High School is well into its winter session of sports with fencing, wrestling, swimming and basketball teams

Competing in the Super Essex Conference, the Columbia Cougars have found success in quite a few of the winter sports.

The boys fencing team has been perfect up to this point, holding a 5-0 record almost midway through the season. They are ranked first in the state by and have a few matches remaining in an attempt at a perfect season and a shot to carry the success into the postseason. Columbia’s girls fencing team is proving to be just as successful, as they are also undefeated in their first three matches. The girls also have been ranked first in the state by and look to continue their perfect streak as the season progresses.

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The Columbia wrestling team has not found the same success as the fencing teams. Since the beginning of the season the wrestling team is 0-6 and is still looking for its first win with a quad match coming up this week. The season isn’t even halfway through yet, and the boys have a chance to turn it around.

Another Columbia team struggling at the beginning of the season is the Cougars swim team. Thus far the team is 2-4 and that includes a 1-4 record in the conference. The Cougars have more than half a dozen meets remaining to gain some ground. All of their meets are held at different away locations.

The boys basketball team is off to a good start as the team is 7-3 going into the second half of the season. The majority of the boys games left will be home games in the Columbia High School’s main gym but the season ends on a streak of road games as the Cougars hope to finish off strong.

On the other side of the court, the girls basketball team has posted a 4-5 record to begin the season. At the halfway mark the girls are struggling with three straight losses after a promising start. The girls play at South Orange Middle School and end their season with two home games. 

The reporter is a student participating in hyperlocal journalism partnership between The Alternative Press and Seton Hall University's Department of Communication & The Arts.