WARREN, NJ – Seniors wearing white shirts, Juniors wearing blue, Sophomores wearing red and Freshmen wearing green gathered in the stands of Tozier Stadium on Friday afternoon, Sept. 13, at the annual Fall Pep Rally to cheer for the Watching Hills Regional High School (WHRHS) Fall athletic teams.

Later that night, under the lights at the same Tozier Stadium, the football team won its second victory of the season, defeating Plainfield High School, 35-12. The week before, on Friday, Sept. 6, the Warriors defeated North Hunterdon High School, 27-0, at Tozier Stadium. The next two games were away: At 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 20, at Linden High School, WHRHS defeated Linden, 23-21; and at Westfield High School, at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28.

The annual “Homecoming” game follows versus Union High School, at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 4, in Tozier Stadium.

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Watchung Hills Warrior Pride

Warrior Head Football Coach Rich Seubert, who was named The Lou Rettino High School Coach of the Week for Week 2 of the 2019 season by the New York Giants and Gatorade, and who played for 10 years for the New York Giants, including in the Giants’ win in the 2007 Super Bowl, came out just before the Warrior football team charged onto the field at the Pep Rally, to lead “call-and-response” cheers.

First, Seubert shouted into the microphone, “Watchung!” so the students on Senior Class and Sophomore Class sections of the stands responded, “Hills!” Then he shouted, “Warriors!” so the students on the Junior Class and Freshman Class sections of the field responded, “Pride!”

Leading up to the football team’s appearance at the Fall Pep Rally, a variety of the other teams, representing the numerous athletic teams, entertained the students in the stands. 

Among those making appearances at the Pep Rally were: 

• Boys Cross Country and Girls Cross Country teams, whose runners circled the stadium together, running a lap on the track; 

• The Boys Soccer and Girls Soccer teams, whose  players demonstrated various passing, kicking and ball control skills; 

• Field Hockey, whose team members demonstrated their pinpoint passing and stick handling abilities; 

• Ultimate Frisbee, whose never-stop-running boys and girls players covered the entire field, and some of the sidelines, sometimes right up to the stands, with deft Frisbee passing and spectacular catching; 

• Tennis, whose players seized the opportunity to execute scores of soft lobs, sending tennis balls to the four corners of the stands, and to the many outstretched hands in-between, all to the delight of the students; and 

• Gymnastics, whose competitors demonstrated their sport’s array of athletic skills like cartwheels, somersaults, spins and gravity-defying leaps.

Also represented on the field were the various elements of the Music Department’s WHRHS Marching Warriors and Flag Squad. To open the Pep Rally, the Marching Band performed one of its signature pieces that audiences had heard and will hear as part of halftime performances at the 2019-2020 Warrior Football Games. The Warrior Marching Band is under the direction of Instrumental Music Teacher Paul McCullen, with assistance by Music Tech Lab Music Teacher Christopher Wyatt.

The Halftime Show is titled, "Jump, Jive, and Wail," featuring the songs: “Caravan,”(1936), by Juan Tizol and Jazz legend Duke Ellington; “What a Wonderful World,” (1967), first recorded by Jazz legend Louis Armstrong; and “Birdland,”(1977),  recorded by Jazz legend Maynard Ferguson in 1978 and in 1981, and by The Manhattan Transfer in 1979, among others.

Likewise, the WHRHS Cheerleaders demonstrated their various dances, formations, lifts, trust falls and cheers that are ever-present at so many WHRHS athletic and school-spirit events.

Acting as public address announcers at the Pep Rally was All School Council (ASC) Vice President Scott Romankow and ASC Parliamentarian Jed Ober in the Press Box.

The annual Pep Rally was organized by the All School Council to honor all Fall Varsity Athletes. All School Council Advisor and Head Varsity Field Hockey Coach is Maureen Kelly of the Special Services Department. She is also Co-Advisor for the INTERACT Community Service activity.

The full complement of Warrior athletic teams include:

• Fall: Cheerleading, Boys Cross Country and Girls Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Gymnastics, Boys Soccer – Boy and Girls Soccer, Girls Tennis, and Girls Volleyball;

• Winter: Boys Basketball and Girls Basketball, Bowling, Cheerleading Programs, Fencing, Ice Hockey, Swimming,Indoor Track and Wrestling; and

• Spring: Baseball, Boys Golf and Girls Golf, Boys Lacrosse and Girls Lacrosse, Boys Tennis, Track & Field, Ultimate Frisbee, and Boys Volleyball.

Likewise, there are scores of Co-Curricular activities available for student participation.  Many of them are still being formed for this school year, but among the ones that have been organized and active in recent years have been:

• Academic: Academic Team, Chemistry Olympiad, History Bowl Team, Math League, Robotics Team, Science Bowl Club, and Science League;

• Honor Societies: National Art Honor Society, National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Waksman Molecular Biology; 

• Academic - Diversified Interest: Arrowhead Newspaper, Astronomy Club, Creative Writing Club, DECA Club, Economics Club, Entrepreneurship Club, Film Club, Folio, Forensics and Investigatory Club (F.I.C.), Fusion, Future Business Leaders of America, Future Doctors of America, Kiva Microfinance, Lenape Yearbook, The Neuroscience Club, Photography Club, and Video Game Programming;

• Diversified Interests: American Sign Language Club, Anime and Fandom Club, Asian Culture Club, Chess Club, Culinary Club, Computer Science Club, Linguistics, Sports Fans Club, and Tabletop Gaming Club;

• Student Government: All School Council, Freshman Grade Level Council, Sophomore Grade Level Council, Junior Grade Level Council, and Senior Grade Level Council;

• Performing Arts: Marching Band, Choral Ensembles, Dance Ensemble, Jazz Band Ensemble, Script & Cue, and International Thespian Society;

• Public Service: Action Against Hunger, ALS Alliance , B.E.L.I.E.V. Club, CARE Club, Diversity Club, Environmental Club, H2O For Life, INTERACT Community Service Club, Peer Leadership Program, Red Cross Club, Social Justice, Black Student Union, Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA), GLOW Club, Junior State of America, Mock Trial, Model United Nations, Speech and Debate, and Young Democrats; and

• Recreation: Archery, Ping Pong/ Badminton Club, Ski and Snowboard Club, and Ultimate Frisbee

 

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WHRHS PHOTOS Warriors Pride

Seniors in white shirts, Juniors in blue, Sophomores in red and Freshmen in green gathered in the stands of Tozier Stadium on Friday afternoon, Sept. 13, at the annual Fall Pep Rally to cheer on the Watchung Hills Regional High School (WHRHS) athletic teams. Warrior Head Football Coach Rich Seubert came out just before the Warrior football team ran out onto the field, to lead the fans in the stands in “call-and-response” cheers. First, he shouted into the microphone, “Watchung!” so the students on Senior Class and Sophomore Class sections of the stands responded, “Hills!” Then he shouted, “Warriors!” so the students on the Junior Class and Freshman Class sections of the standsresponded, “Pride!”

 

WHRHS PHOTOS Marching Band

Also represented on the field at the Fall Pep Rally were the various elements of the Music Department’s WHRHS Marching Warriors and Flag Squad. To open the Pep Rally, the Marching Band performed one of its signature pieces that audiences had heard and will hear as part of halftime performances at the 2019-2020 Warrior Football Games.

 

WHRHS PHOTOS Cheering Warriors

Likewise, the WHRHS Cheerleaders demonstrated their various dances, formations, lifts, trust falls and cheers that are ever-present at so many WHRHS athletic and school-spirit events.

 

WHRHS PHOTOS Boys Soccer and Girls Soccer teams

The members of the Boys Soccer Team and the Girls Soccer Team gathered before each team demonstrated their skills and team spirit on the Tozier Stadium Field at the Fall Pep Rally.

 

WHRHS PHOTOS Boys Cross Country and Girls Cross Country teams

The members of the Boys Cross Country Team and the Girls Cross Country Team ran a lap together on the track around the Tozier Field, offering a glimpse of their form at interscholastic meets throughout the season.

 

WHRHS PHOTOS Flag Squad

The Marching Band’s Flag Squad gathered on the field before the Fall Pep Rally. 

 

WHRHS PHOTOS Flutes and Clarinets

The musicians playing the Flutes and Clarinets tune up, synch up and run through a sound check on the sidelines before the Fall Pep Rally.

 

WHRHS PHOTOS Trombones and Horns

Trumpet, Horn and Trombone players of the Marching Band practice in warm ups before the Fall Pep Rally. 

 

WHRHS PHOTOS Drum Section

Drummers of the Warrior Marching Band get ready to keep a steady beat for both the music and the marching at the Fall Pep Rally.

 

WHRHS PHOTOS Vibes Team

The team of student musicians of the Warrior Marching Band playing the Xylophones and other percussionist instruments such as timpani, conga drums, cymbals and keyboards, prepare to entertain at the Fall Pep Rally.

 

WHRHS PHOTOS Girls Field Hockey Team

The WHRHS Warrior Field Hockey Team demonstrated their sport’s essential skills at the Fall Pep Rally.

 

WHRHS PHOTOS Ultimate Frisbee Team

The WHRHS Ultimate Frisbee Team players dazzled with their high-flying passes and spectacular catches that often covered not just the field but the sidelines right up to the stands at TozierStadium at the Fall Pep Rally.

 

WHRHS PHOTOS Volleyball Team

The Warrior Volleyball Team demonstrated their sport’s essential skill set at the Fall Pep Rally.

 

WHRHS PHOTOS On-Field Announcer Scott Romankow

Student on-field announcer was Scott Romankow, above, who is All School Council (ASC) Vice President. Not in the photo is the In-the-press-booth announcer Jed Ober, who is ASC Parliamentarian.

 

 

 

 

WHRHS PHOTOS Seniors Strong

The Senior Class proudly wore white at the Fall Pep Rally.

 

WHRHS PHOTOS Junior Class

The Junior Class wore cool blue at the Fall Pep Rally.

 

WHRHS PHOTOS Sophomore Class

The Sophomore Class wore fiery red at the Fall Pep Rally.

 

WHRHS PHOTOS Freshman Class

The brand new Freshman Class felt right at home in their new school, wearing Green at the Fall Pep Rally.