WARREN, NJ - The score was tied at the half, 14-14. The Watchung Hills football team played tough in the first half against a state-ranked Union team at homecoming on Friday night but the Farmers came back after the halftime homecoming festivities with 20 unanswered points to remain unbeaten and 4-0 in the Mid-State 38 Conference Watchung Division, 34-14. 

Trevor Schmidt and Sarah Young were named Homecoming King and Queen on a night that was also a “Pink Out” for breast cancer awareness.

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“I’m proud of how my team played against a top ten team in the state tonight,” said WHRHS head coach Rich Seubert. “ I’m looking forward to seeing how we respond next week against Elizabeth.  Once again I want to thank all the fans for coming out for homecoming.  Congrats to our very own Trevor Schmidt on winning homecoming king.”

The Warrior stands were at capacity.

Watchung Hills honorary captains from the Class of ‘79 with a record of 11-1 were Richard Coury, Michael Sasso, Todd Smith and Tater Aldrich.  They were joined by Warriors’team captains  # 6 Tanner Ash, #79 Clem Carfaro, # 15 Chad Martini and # 21 Jack Taub. The Farmers captains are #11 Andrew Sanborn, #1 Ahmirr Robinson, #7 Aaron Myrick, #53 JaQuan Robinson and # 54 Jared Durand.  

 

Union scored first on a 7-yard TD run by Desmond Igbinosun but the  point after was no good. Union led 6-0 with 2:11 left in the first quarter. After an 80-yard drive with big gains to Adam Claxton for 24 yards, Drews on a 9-yard pass, and John Bechtle for a 9-yard run, the Warriors took the lead when Martini ran it in from 1-yard for a Warrior TD. Spencer Ostroff hit the extra point making the score 7-6.

Union’s Christian Murell ran it in from 28 yards for a TD and QB Andrew Sanborn ran in the 2 point conversion for a Union lead with  14-7 with 2:39 left to play in the first half. Martini tossed an 11-yard TD pass to John Bechtle and Ostroff made the extra point making the score 14-14 at the half. ( See video here) 

Union recovered an onside kick at their own 43 to start the third quarter and less than three minutes later found the end zone on a Wilson run. After missing the extra point, the score was 20-14.  

Union scored again on a 7 yard TD run. with a 2 point conversion making the score 28-14 with 7:44 left in the game. And again Sanborn found Ahmirr Robinson for a 30-yard TD pass for the 34-14.

Watchung Hills junior quarterback Chad Martini finished 17-for-29 for 171 yards, John Bechtle finished with six receptions for 48 yards and a TD, Justin Drews made five catches for 45 yards and Homecoming King Schmidt made two receptions for 52 yards. Dominick Miller had seven tackles for the Warriors. 

The Warriors next face Elizabeth away on Friday at 7 p.m. The next, and last home game is Friday, October 18 for Senior Night against the Montgomery Cougars.

As for homecoming, the court is:

Vincent DiGeronimo escorted by brothers Stefano and Nicholas

Activities:

Football announcer

Girls Basketball team manager

Baseball team manager

Favorite High School Memory:

My favorite WHRHS memory is the first day of freshman year because on that day I realized how me and 474 other students over the next four years were going to be apart of something bigger than ourselves.

 

Christopher Iannella escorted by parents

Activities: 

Men's Soccer

Track and Field

Peer Leaders

Class of 2020 GLC

Future Business Leaders of America

National Honor Society

 

Favorite High School Memory:

My favorite WHRHS memory was the Men's Soccer 2018 season. Most notably, defeating Pingry, a long-time rival, to become Skyland Conference Champions was the best feeling. The game remained 0-0 almost the whole game until we scored a hard earned goal releasing so much excitement. Everyone charging the field and dog-piling at the center of the field after the final whistle blew was so exhilarating and will remain to me, a very special memory.

 

 

Scott Romankow escorted by parents

Activities:

Men's Soccer

Every Spring Musical

Climbing Instructor at The Gravity Vault Rock Climbing Gym

Member of Script and Cue

Vice President of the All School Council 

 

Favorite High School Memory:

My favorite WHRHS memory was spending my sophomore year in my US History 1H class with Mr. O'Reilly. I learned a lot about the world, how to treat others, and especially about myself. I participated in round-table discussions and made very close bonds with my classmates. I got the most out of that class, and I took many important lessons away. Specifically, I learned the importance of treating everyone equally. The class will forever be a cherished part of my life.

 

 

Trevor Schmidt escorted by parents

Activities:

Varsity Football 

Men’s Basketball

Favorite High School Memory:

My best memory from WHRHS was this year, shutting out North Hunterdon at our home opener. This was big for me because our football program hasn’t been successful in recent years but this win really changed some people’s attitudes towards the program. 

 

Jack White escorted by parents

 

Activites:

Founder/President of the Forensics and Investigatory Club

Vice President of the Future Doctors of America Club

Chairman of Urban Revival tutoring, INTERACT Club

Watchung Hills Fencing Team

Spring Musical Pit Orchestra

Peer tutor, National Honors Society

Photographer, National Art Honors Society

 

Favorite High School Memory:

My favorite Watchung Hills memory would probably be taking the forensics club on a field trip to a bunch of escape rooms. Between getting the trip approved and fundraising for ticket prices, it took a long time to organize. In the end, bringing 40+ people to have fun while using their brains was a big pay-off. I’ll never forget it!

 

Meghan Francisco escorted by parents

 

Activities:

Peer Leadership

BELIEV Club

Ultimate Frisbee

Young Democrats Club 

Volunteered for the Marano/Russo Campaign

Assistant Teacher at Gymboree

Activism: 2 Women's Marches & March for Our Lives

 

Favorite High School Memory:

One of my favorite experiences from high school is being on the Ultimate Frisbee team because I have made so many lifelong friends. I have also learned a ton of life lessons and lessons about sportsmanship and teamwork. I loved being able to mentor the younger players as they join the team. When our team won the state championship it was a n experience I'll take with me for the rest of life. 

 

 

Roopa Irakam escorted by twin sister Deepa

Activities:

USA Debate - National Debate Team

President of the All School Council 

President of the Speech and Debate Club 

Girl Scout

Indian Classical Dancer 

 

Favorite High School Memory:

My favorite high school memory is a mix of all of the All School Council events I’ve been able to help out with over the last few years. Especially during my junior year, I got very involved with student government and we ran events like our Prom Fashion Show and our annual Tricky Tray event. They each took months to plan, and even though a lot of students worked and were at school until 10pm for those days, I still had so much fun and it was really cool to see the entire community come out to support us. There are so many people who have made my last three years in high school so special, and I can’t wait to make even more memories this year!! 

 

Cayla Park escorted by parents

Activities:

Secretary of the All School Council 

Grade Level Council

Varsity Girls Tennis

Volunteer teacher’s assistant at Praise Korean School

World Language Honor Society

National Honor Society

 

Favorite High School Memory:

The past four years at Watchung HIlls has been full of so many different memorable experiences, it’s hard to choose just one. Among my favorite memories has to be this year at the county tournament with our tennis team. Despite a rough start to the season, we all went into the tournament with a positive attitude and gave it our best shot. Going into counties we did not expect much, however we were all so proud to make it into the second round of the tournament and amazed to watch as our second doubles team fight way to the finals! We were able to bond a lot as a team and certainly made a lot of memories I will cherish and laugh about for many years to come. 

 

 

Christine Tanko escorted by Parents

Activities:

Co-president of Tri-M Music Honor Society

Advertising Chair of International Thespian Honor Society

Member of Vocal Ensembles and Chorus for four years

Script and Cue Fall and Spring Shows

Head of church youth group

National Honor Society, National World Language Honor Society

Tutor for middle school students 

 

Favorite High School Memory:

Looking back I would have to say it would be the final night of last year's spring musical, Fiddler on the Roof. For me, this show felt most like a family and I got to perform one last time with some of my closest friends who were graduating. The whole experience was just so incredible and it's amazing that theater and the arts can create such a sense of community and support.

 

 

Sarah Young escorted by mother Luisa and brother James

Activities:

3 Years Varsity Soccer

Cadet on the Warren Township Rescue Squad

National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, and National World Language Honor Society

Club Soccer with Legacy FC

4 Year Visual Art Student

Peer Leadership

Junior Statesmen of America Club

 

Favorite Memory:

Honestly, I don’t think that I can say that I have a single best WHRHS memory. I’ve made many great memories attending football games, going to various proms, and laughing with friends in the halls.

 

When I think about my four years here, there are so many experiences in so many different areas that I remember fondly.  For me, the best memories about high school aren’t the quick laughs or fleeting events, but rather the more meaningful and long lasting connections and relationships that were formed here. I have made all of my best friends in this building and have also developed friendships with people of varying social groups, activity concentrations, and interests. It’s fantastic to be able to walk down the hall and have so many people to talk to, smile and wave at, or quickly text. From my teammates on the soccer team, freshmen through seniors; to the AP 2-D Design students that I have been in art classes with for four years; to the people I met in freshman chorus and basketball and still talk to to this day; to the students who I sat with on the bus, walked home with, or bummed rides from when I was walking to school in the middle of January during my Freshman and Sophomore years; to the friends I made and debated with at Junior Statesmen meetings; to the WHRHS students who have worked with me as summer camp counselors these past few summers; to the friends I have drifted apart from because our lives have taken different paths but still have an important place in my life through positive memories; to the special people who helped transform many of my classes into little communities where everyone cared for each other and treated each other like family even though outside of the class we didn’t talk much at all (junior year APUSH and sophomore year chem i'm looking at you); all of these friendships are for me the best part of WHRHS and have collectively facilitated and made possible some of the best years of my life.

 

 

The Farmers are led by Head Coach Lou Grasso, Jr. along with assistant coaches Dan Grasso, Carmen Marno, Jimmy Melody, Ron Zieser, Jason Scott, Chris D’Andrea, Aaron Williams, Matt Melody, Justin Hayes, Waldin Dufrene and Sam Grasso.

The  2019 Watchung Hills Warriors are led by Head Coach Rich Seubert , along with assistants: Joe Ascolese, Joe Almeida, Joe Tremarco, Jim Huff, Mike Johnson , Paul Leinbach,  Chris Grundman, Jacob Patrick, Dylan Morton,  Joe Fortungo, Anthony Rizzolo,  and Pete Righetti.

 

 

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