Sparta High School Alumni Named US Coast Guard Athlete of the Week

March 16, 2017

BOSTON, MA – A Sparta High School graduate, currently attending the U.S. Coast Guard Academy was recently named Athlete of the Week at the school.  Courtney McKenna, a freshman, received the honor for her contributions to the Coast Guard Bears softball team.

Playing in the PFX Games in Clermont, FL. McKenna went 5-5 with five RBI’s, a grand slam, two doubles and four runs in ...

Sparta Ski Team Best Public State Championship Finish Since '70s

SPARTA, NJ – The boys and girls Sparta High School Ski Team concluded their 2016-2017 season competing in several important races over the past few weeks,ending the season with the best showing in decades. Both varsity teams had winning seasons qualifying them for States.

The State races were held on February 24 for Giant Slalom and February 27 for Slalom at Mountain Creek in Vernon. The ...

A Successful Season for Sparta Winter Track

SPARTA, NJ - A season that started off with a first-ever meet in Staten Island for the Gardiner Relays in December concluded with Sparta sending four athletes to the NJSIAA Meet of Champions this weekend in Toms River.

Andrew Pondiscio, Cayleigh Glew, Gianna Marcones and Carlie Wilson  represented the Sparta Winter Track team after qualifying in NJSIAA Group 2 finals. Andrew placed ...

Sparta Girls Basketball: Team Falls to Ramapo in Second Round NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 1 Group 3

RAMAPO, NJ - In truly heartbreaking fashion, the Lady Spartans lost to Ramapo, 41-38, in overtime in the second round of the state tournament.

Paige Smith led the way for the Lady Spartans with 10 points, one rebound and two assists. Brianna Falco and Beth Laing had two three pointers each. Falco had eight points while Laing, in her final game, added six points. Emily Dilger had four ...

Sparta Boys Basketball: Team Falls to Bergenfield in First Round of State Tournament

SPARTA, NJ - Sparta's season ends in disappointing fashion as the team loses to Bergenfield, 50-39. Bergenfield hit 11 threes that put Sparta too far behind to even try and stage a comeback.

While the loss does end his high school career, Nick Lucas had to be scraped off the court. He gave it his all. He had a team high 14 points and four rebounds. Lucas and sophomore Dante ...

Emily Lake Sparks Sparta Girls Basketball to Victory Over West Milford in Round One of NJSIAA Sec. 1 Group 3

SPARTA, NJ - After an 8-0 start by West Milford, Coach Catherine Wille called timeout to talk to her team. They entered Emily Lake into the game. Those two together changed the game, sparking a victory, 40-29 over West Milford.

"Coach said the team started slow. Emily Lake sparked us. We're a family. So when one person sparks us, we're all ready to go." star sophomore Emily ...

Sparta Jefferson United's Season Ends with Loss to Randolph NJSIAA Public A Quarterfinals

MORRISTOWN, NJ – The season came to a disappointing end for Sparta Jefferson United. SJU, 11 seed, was shut out by third seed Randolph 3-0 in the quarterfinal round of the NJSIAA Public A tournament.

The game represents the farthest progression into state play for Sparta, getting to the final eight. So while a loss is always tough to take the new team showed talent and the porgram shows ...

Sparta Jefferson United Moves Past Freehold to NJSIAA Public A Quarterfinals

WALL TOWNSHIP, NJ – For the first time in the history of the ice hockey program at Sparta, the Sparta Jefferson United team won their second round of the NJSIAA state tournament. Playing down in Wall Township, SJU defeated Freehold Township 4-2 on Friday night. The move to the final eight. 

“It’s the farthest each team has been in a while,” Zach Harmel ...

Lucas and Simon Help Sparta Boys Basketball Hold on Against Fair Lawn

SPARTA, NJ - Every game presents different challenges than the previous game. The challenge for Sparta Friday night was that Fair Lawn was much smaller than they. The meant that Fair Lawn had to speed up the game on both sides of the court.

Fair Lawn has not scored less than 51 points in a game this year. Sparta needed to outscore Fair Lawn using a smaller lineup than they would have wanted to ...

Sparta Jefferson United Ice Hockey Blanks Gov. Livingston in 1st Round Public A NJSIAA Playoffs

STOCKHOLM, NJ – The successful season continues for Sparta Jefferson United ice hockey.  They shut out 22 seed Governor Livingston 5-0, playing at Skylands on Tuesday night.  The win moves the 11 seed SJU to the next round of Public A NJSIAA playoffs.

Freshman SJU goalie Logan Hanek continues to get stronger with each game as he blanked the Highlanders, stopping all 22 shots ...

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A Healthier Sussex County Expected with YMCA Expansion

March 17, 2017

A 9,000-square-foot addition will allow the Sussex County YMCA to launch sports leagues and expand community wellness programs that address some of the county’s pressing concerns: obesity, diabetes, cancer and the rise in abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and illegal and prescription drugs. The Sussex County YMCA will break ground on the $3.8 million project in May, building a full-size high ...