Sussex County News

Champion Newton High School Football Team Earns Key to the Town

6cc875873ea370b47954_IMG_6130.JPG
Newton High School football team receives the key to the town, celebrating their state championship title Credits: Jennifer Dericks
890f9a0b924f37af0248_IMG_6083.JPG
The Key to the town of Newton Credits: Jennifer Dericks
5e4c777ac3ae682d447a_IMG_5877.JPG
Newton High School Marching Band Credits: Jennifer Dericks
a37b8e73cdb646a00595_IMG_5878.JPG
Credits: Jennifer Dericks
f5091d5bce00d68a5e6d_IMG_5881.JPG
Credits: Jennifer Dericks
ce1d77ea348bffb432a1_IMG_5888.JPG
Credits: Jennifer Dericks
30dba9db6dbdc23595d6_IMG_5889.JPG
Credits: Jennifer Dericks
6575a3d6f497419b7d47_IMG_5890.JPG
Credits: Jennifer Dericks
239786b9bbf30d903670_IMG_5891.JPG
Credits: Jennifer Dericks
51fe1bad2a363f56ccb4_IMG_5892.JPG
Credits: Jennifer Dericks
5451f07d57a86f3e7824_IMG_5894.JPG
Credits: Jennifer Dericks
3dd3297c07194198583d_IMG_5896.JPG
Credits: Jennifer Dericks
a61753e1190699795c93_IMG_5900.JPG
Credits: Jennifer Dericks
b70eed4ea2bc33ed49e0_IMG_5902.JPG
Credits: Jennifer Dericks
bcff3ba962cd2de71cc0_IMG_5910.JPG
Credits: Jennifer Dericks
64f4137b784a5133f529_IMG_5914.JPG
Credits: Jennifer Dericks
3c5355ad55031d24e768_IMG_5922.JPG
Credits: Jennifer Dericks
5a397be7fcd7af87bb03_IMG_5933.JPG
Credits: Jennifer Dericks
8b438a3fbe936f069eb3_IMG_5939.JPG
Credits: Jennifer Dericks
2bd8b8437efbf75c27df_IMG_5942.JPG
Credits: Jennifer Dericks
867f4fa6ece98f599cf2_IMG_5952.JPG
Credits: Jennifer Dericks
e688d36e49fd30a94f85_IMG_5953.JPG
Credits: Jennifer Dericks
48c327c1afe080898bf7_IMG_5961.JPG
Credits: Jennifer Dericks
58a25f6d14ad40f5ed8b_IMG_5970.JPG
Credits: Jennifer Dericks
e18b370b015eef7dec15_IMG_5982.JPG
Mayor Wayne Levante Credits: Jennifer Dericks
a3c40099c33a9ba3061f_IMG_5994.JPG
Newton Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kennedy Greene Credits: Jennifer Dericks
0dd4a3c0aa4eae9657d0_IMG_6011.JPG
Newton High School Principal Jeff Waldron Credits: Jennifer Dericks
93413bf2a28e7f69f843_IMG_6016.JPG
Newton High School Football Quarterback and Captain Luke Young Credits: Jennifer Dericks
62057b37ac668c30c362_IMG_6056.JPG
Coach Matt Parzero gave a Braves jersey to the mayor Credits: Jennifer Dericks
8e1666f561b395755390_IMG_6118.JPG
A banner unfurled on Newton Town Hall Credits: Jennifer Dericks
6cc875873ea370b47954_IMG_6130.JPG

NEWTON, NJ – For the second time this week people gathered on the plaza in front of the Newton Town Hall for a celebration.  On Wednesday night Newton High School football team, marching band and coaches were honored with a Key to the City from the Newton Mayor, council and Town Manager. The event was to celebrate the first state championship title for the Brave’s football program.

Newton defeated Lakeland at Kean University to take home the NJSIAA North 1, Group 2 title.

With a firetruck escort, the team arrived in a bus to the cheers of fans and family who braved the cold to honor the Braves.  Filing by the coach on their way to the podium many of the boys stopped to share a hug and a handshake.

Sign Up for E-News

Town manager Thomas S. Russo Jr., Newton Superintendent Dr. Kennedy Greene,Newton High School Principal Jeff Waldron, Mayor Wayne Levante, Deputy Mayor Kevin Elvidge, council members Helen LeFrois, Daniel Flynn, Sandra Diglio and Municipal Clerk Lorraine Mead were all on hand to be a part of the first Key ceremony for the Newton High School Football team. 

Newton High School alumni led the crowd in singing the National Anthem. 

“You have made the town and the whole area proud with your perfect 12-0 season,” Coach Kenny Teets said starting off the event. “Your hard work, determination and never say no attitude are a good example to the youth football players.”

The coach, himself involved with youth football program told the boys the lesson they taught the younger players was “whether you’re a starter or a backup, continue to work hard and you will succeed.”

Finally, the coach shared the team’s season long philosophy of ‘get in the wheelbarrow,’ explaining that the message called on the boys to “not only trust yourself and your ability but to trust your teammates and their ability.”

Levante told the boys their “hard work and determination have paid off and Newton moral and pride has never been so high. To say we are proud is an understatement.”

Greene said, “On behalf of the board of education, I am congratulating the team and the coaches for their accomplishments.  As a player and I coach I know the feeling, though not as big or as perfect.”

The superintendent told the boys that the Lafayette Superintendent had congratulated him on the team being classy.  “Others work hard and have talent but they are not always classy,” Greene said.  “It was evident in your interactions with the other teams and the way you congratulated the fans.  Many may not notice but superintendents notice and colleges notice.  Hard work and talent are important but how you do thing is important too.”

Waldron spoke about the support the team had including having “the home crowd on the road with you and the band backing you in all weather. “ 

“Great players give the opportunity to win, great coaches put it all together,” Waldron said. 

He spoke of the example the team made for the younger Newton High School students.  When at the beginning of the season some of the freshmen and sophomore “were not sure how to act” at the games, the athletic director told the principal he was not worried because he knew the players would teach them how to be good fans.

Waldron said, “You’ve inspired future generations of fans… You make us all feel like champions.”

Braves Quarterback and senior Luke Young said, “It still hasn’t set in.  We feel like we could put our helmets on today and go play.  Thank you for all of your support, including the staff of Green and Andover.”

Young went on to say the championship, a first in the history of the Brave’s program “has put Newton on the map.  They can’t say they don’t know who Newton is any more.”

Young lamented it was the end for the seniors but “now it’s time for the younger players to pick up where we left off and get more rings for Newton.”

Coach Matt Parzero spoke of the experience provided for the youth football players with the first summer camp allowing them to interact with varsity players.  “They were able to be on the sidelines for the Westfield game, it made a big impression on them and they are still talking about that today.”

He thanked Russo and the Key presentation event organizers for the “chance to ride the bus with the boys one more time.”

Parzero thanked the band.  Working with band director Steven O’Toole from the start of the season the band “created the ideal football atmosphere along with the cheerleaders.  The first thing the players did after each game was to sprint over to thank the fans while you played the fight song.”

To the players the coach cautioned, “never forget why you were successful.  You worked hard and were not selfish.  Remember after college and when you are working to give back like others did for you.”

Levante was presented with a team jersey.  Levante said it would be “framed to hang in town hall forever.”

The ceremony closed with Russo and Levante presented the large ceremonial key and the unfurling of a banner to hang on the front of town hall.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Sparta

Sparta Police: Wanted Man Picked Up in Speeding Stop, Gets Drug Charges

June 13, 2018

SPARTA, NJ — A Newark man was picked up when the car in which he was riding was stopped for speeding. On June 8 around 11:50 a.m. Sparta Police Officer Thomas Herd pulled over Tashiana Martin, 27, of West Orange for speeding, police report.

When Herd spoke with Martin he smelled marijuana in the car. Herd also saw that passenger Ibenabdul Harden, 28, was not wearing a seat belt. When the ...

Sparta Police: Speeding Sparta Man Stops with Drug Charges

SPARTA, NJ — A Sparta man is facing drug charges after being stopped for speeding on West Mountain Road. Police Officers Thomas Snyder and Jonathan Poon stopped Matthew Freeman in his black Toyota Corolla for going 47 MPH in a 30 MPH zone, police said.

When the officers spoke with the Freeman he smelled marijuana in the car. When the officers searched the car they found marijuana, drug ...

Tires Slashed in Overnight Vandalism Spree, Sparta Police Say

SPARTA, NJ — Tires were slashed at three different residences overnight Friday in Sparta. According to police a total of five cars and 11 tires were vandalized between 11 p.m. Friday and 6:30 a.m. Saturday in three different neighborhoods.

The vandalism occurred at homes on Heather Lane, Mount Pleasant Road and Rainbow Trail.

One of the victims, who wished not to be named said it cost ...

The Power of Positive Engagement

June 17, 2018

To the Editor:

I wanted to share this letter from Laurie Beacham, Media Director for NJ 11th for Change, about the notable increase in voter turnout and citizens deciding to run in the recent primary election:

"The 11th Congressional District has a lot to be proud of. In the June 5th primaries, voter turnout climbed from almost 33,000 in 2014 to over 86,000. Democratic ...

Again, Oroho, Space and Wirths Get It Wrong

On Wednesday, June 13th, a series of gun violence prevention bills were signed into law by Governor Murphy. These bills will strengthen our already strong gun laws in New Jersey and none of these new laws infringe on anyone’s right to keep and bear arms.   

Unfortunately, Senator Oroho and Assemblymen, Space and Wirths our Legislative District 24 representatives voted NO to a ...

Upcoming Events

Thu, June 21, 2:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Summer Afternoon Garden Soiree

Home & Garden

Carousel_image_6f4ecc7e007a7b295623_farmers_market

Sat, June 23, 9:00 AM

Sparta Health and Wellness parking lot, Sparta

Sparta Farmers Market

Sat, June 23, 10:00 AM

CASA of Morris and Sussex Counties, Morristown

CASA Information Session

Sun, June 24, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Life Along the Wallkil River

Education

Carousel_image_a567a59640ee87a05151_boe_sign__2_

Mon, June 25, 5:30 PM

Mohawk Avenue School, Sparta

Sparta Board of Education Meeting UPDATED

Education

Carousel_image_6f4ecc7e007a7b295623_farmers_market

Sat, June 30, 9:00 AM

Sparta Health and Wellness parking lot, Sparta

Sparta Farmers Market

Carousel_image_6f4ecc7e007a7b295623_farmers_market

Sat, July 7, 9:00 AM

Sparta Health and Wellness parking lot, Sparta

Sparta Farmers Market

Carousel_image_ace2e0a21a0268782288_sparta_historical_society

Sun, July 8, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Sussex County Views: The Art of Toni Chaplin

Home & Garden

Carousel_image_dc175377b12fc03a60a8_toni4

Sun, July 8, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Sussex County Views: The Art of Toni Chaplin

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_6f4ecc7e007a7b295623_farmers_market

Sat, July 14, 9:00 AM

Sparta Health and Wellness parking lot, Sparta

Sparta Farmers Market

Sussex Stags Football Team to Hold Fourth Annual Golf Outing

June 16, 2018

NEWTON, NJ—The Sussex County Stags will be holding their fourth annual gold outing on Saturday June 23.

Arrival time is 11:30 a.m. at the Minebrook Golf Club located at 500 Schooleys Mountain Road in Hackettstown. Golfing will begin at 1 p.m. and tickets can be purchased online at www.sussexstags.com.

Tickets are $125 per person and include the following: golfing, the cart, an all you ...

Update: Police Break Up Fight Involving 40-50 People at Bridgewater Commons Mall

June 15, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — No injuries have been reported in an incident that shut down Bridgewater Commons Mall Thursday evening after a fight involving a crowd of 40-50 people.

Police are still investigating unconfirmed reports of shots being fired, according to the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office.

The mall is closed for the evening as the investigation continues.

Somerset County ...

Why Buying a Home is Better Than Renting

People often ask if now is a good time to buy a home in New Jersey, but nobody ever asks whether or not it’s a good time to rent. Regardless, Team Nest Builder wants to make certain that everyone understands that now is NOT a good time to rent.

The Census Bureau recently released their 2018 first quarter median rent numbers. This graph from their report shows rent increases from 1988 ...

5 Fab Father's Day Happenings in Sussex & Morris Counties

Father’s Day hits this Sunday--what do YOU have planned? Team Nest Builder offers a slew of Father’s Day fun in Morris and Sussex County. Read on and surprise Dad with cool activities! (Be sure to check if registration is required prior to showing up!)

Alstede Farms' Father's Day Brunch – Chester

From 9am-noon, take a scenic hayride to a brunch buffet that offers ...

Don't Miss Sunday's OPEN HOUSE for 4BR Sparta Mountain Beauty

Perched handsomely on an acre in the beautiful SpartaMountain community, 28 Waters Edgeoffers a 4BR 2.5 Bathroom home with space and style. Come see for yourself this Sunday, June 17th, from 1-3pm at our OPEN HOUSE!

Located in the prestigious Sparta Mountain Reserve, this large, beautiful center hall colonial with open floor plan has a nice, level play yard with direct ...

Days on The Housing Market Drops to New Low

According to recently released data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the median number of days that a home spent on the market hit a new low of 26 days in April, as 57% of homes remained on the market for under a month.

NAR’s Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun, opined,

“What is available for sale is going under contract at a rapid pace. Since NAR began tracking this ...

Visit TRIPLE Open Houses This Sunday

Got plans for this weekend? You do now! Team Nest Builder offers 3 fantastic OPEN HOUSES this Sunday from 1pm-3pm:  2 in Sparta and 1 in Morristown.  Read on and plan your visits!

15 Edison Terrace, Sparta

Nestled in the lovely woods of Sparta Mountain, 15 Edison Terrace offers a beautiful dwelling for nature lovers!  This 3BR 2.5 Bath home with ...

Rent this SUPER 55+ 1BR Sparta Apartment Now!

If you're 55+ and seeking a 1BR apartment in the heart of Sparta, NJ--here's your chance! #113 at Seasons at Sparta just became available. What makes a Seasons at Sparta apartment so special? Read on...

Location, Location, Location

Being nestled in the heart of charming Sparta (at 84 Sparta Avenue) offers wonderful ...

Pass It Along Triathlon

Tri-something new this July and sign up for the Pass It Along Triathlon!

The 9th annual Pass It Along Triathlon will take place on Saturday, July 28, 2018, at the Lake Mohawk Country Club. This triathlon features two USAT-certified courses - Olympic and Sprint. This triathlon has become a Sparta tradition and everyone is welcome to attend to cheer on athletes and be a part of the ...

Welcome to the Pass It Along Column!

This is the first in a weekly series of columns which will focus on news, events, announcements, and opportunities from Pass It Along. Please check back next week to see what’s happening!

Welcome to Pass It Along's TAPinto column! We are so excited to partner with TAPinto Sparta to share news, highlights and opportunities with you to get involved with Pass It Along!

What is ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 16

Summer is in the air, and the latest episode of AtlantiCast is ready to help you enjoy some fun outdoors while staying safe! This week’s episode opens with tips for sunscreen usage from Atlantic Health System’s Chief Medical and Academic Officer, Dr. Jan Schwarz-Miller. You’ll also learn about how Atlantic Health System is advancing the future of health care through ...

June 13 Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders meeting

NEWTON, NJ - The June 13 Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders meeting video.

 

Attend an Open House to Learn How to Get a High School Diploma

June 17, 2018

Young adults, ages 16 – 25, in need of a high school diploma are invited to check out the New Jersey Youth Corps at Project Self-Sufficiency.  The sixteen-week program, which starts on July 9th, gives those who have not completed high school the opportunity to boost their literacy skills, prepare for the high school equivalency exam, obtain on-the-job work experience, and transition ...