TAPinto Verona/Cedar Grove Panther Athlete of the Week: Mario DeSena

Credits: Joe Amati
Credits: Joe Amati

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - He may only be a sophomore but Mario DeSena has already proven himself as a versatile, dedicated and skilled player on the lacrosse field. With an impressive record and passion for the game, it is no wonder DeSena has earned himself this week’s TAP into Verona/Cedar Grove’s Panther Athlete of the Week honor.

“It feels great to be chosen as the high school athlete of the week,” DeSena said. “Especially for lacrosse since this is my high school’s first varsity season.”

DeSena currently has 41 ground balls this season and one assist, a record that has helped his team win five games so far this spring. Although the Panthers also have five losses, DeSena and his teammates are proud of their wins.

Sign Up for E-News

“Our season is going well so far,” DeSena said. “This is our first year as a high school varsity lacrosse team and we already have five wins and we are looking to win more games.”

DeSena is especially proud of the team’s first varsity win of the season when they beat Pompton Lakes 10-9 at home.

For the team, DeSena hopes the Panthers continue to win games and play cohesively as a team. With this season being the team’s first year as a varsity team, the star athlete said the boys are still getting used to the talent they are facing but are doing well so far.

Personally, DeSena wants to improve on his skill and help his team to victories.

“The challenge for myself is that I switched positions and I am adjusting to my new position as a long stick middie,” DeSena said.

Coach David Bucchino said DeSena is adjusting well to the position though and is a great player in every aspect of the game.

“Mario just began playing the long stick midfield position this season and has really been a natural with it,” Bucchino said. “His work ethic and athleticism has become a huge part of this team.”

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Verona/Cedar Grove

Details Emerge about Nutley Resident's Rally to Add Armed Guards to Public Schools

March 19, 2018

NUTLEY, NJ - Details of the 'Rally to Protect Our Children,' a citizen organized effort to add armed guards to all Nutley Public Schools are emerging. The rally will take place at the same time as the '#NeverAgain March for Our Lives' taking place in cities across the country. 

TAPinto Nutley first broke the news of the rally March 13 in a report about ...

Cedar Grove Police Blotter

March 18, 2018

March 12, 2018 – March 18, 2018

On March 14, 2018 at 11:41 a.m., Ptl. Christopher Heck stopped a vehicle after observing that the operator was not wearing a seatbelt. A subsequent investigation led to the arrest of a 23 year old female passenger from Woodland Park for possession of marijuana. She was processed and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.

On March 14, 2018 ...

Rutgers Student on Front Lines of Orangutan Conservation, Research

March 19, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK - Deep in a tropical forest in Borneo 15 years ago, Rutgers student Didik Prasetyo first encountered a young male orangutan that he named “Jerry.”

The great ape was one of several orangutans that Prasetyo and other researchers followed at the Tuanan Orangutan Research Station in the Mawas Conservation Area in Indonesia. Prasetyo was skeptical when colleagues said ...

Resident Requests Media Specialist for Memorial Middle School

March 22, 2018

Dear Editor,

After attending the Cedar Grove Board of Education meeting on February 27, 2018 and speaking publicly regarding the lack of a Media Specialist in the school, I am attaching the letter I read to the Board and Mr. Fetherman requesting they look into hiring a Media Specialist for the 2018-19 school year. I am writing this to bring awareness to our community that Memorial Middle ...

Cedar Grove Historical Society presents "Historic Upper Montclair Business District"

March 22, 2018

The Cedar Grove Historical Society will present the program “Historic Upper Montclair Business District” on Wednesday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the Cedar Grove Library.  Helen Fallon, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Montclair History Center, will chronicle the development of the Upper Montclair Business District from a rural settlement in the 1880s to a burgeoning town ...

'Trying' explores age, youth and points of history in poignant production

‘Trying’ explores youth, age and points of history in poignant production

By Liz Keill

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The George Street Playhouse presents an engrossing, two-character play based on the real life of Francis Biddle, former Attorney General.

Biddle, a Harvard educated lawyer, served under Franklin Roosevelt and later Harry Truman during the Nuremberg Tribunal. His ...