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Football: Despite Riggio's 4 TDs, Verona's Season Ends in Heartbreak

November 11, 2018

VERONA – Nick Riggio walked off a heartbroken and frigid Sellitto Field to a rousing ovation of Verona fans and cheerleaders lining up along the players’ entrance. Understandably emotional, Riggio and Verona had just had their season end in heartbreak, 33 seconds away from appearing in a sectional championship.

But while this loss still stings and will for a while, Riggio ...

Football: Cedar Grove Falls to Shabazz in North 2, Group 1 Semifinals

NEWARK, N.J. - Cedar Grove's 2018 football season came to a disappointing and shocking ending on Friday night when the fourth-seeded Panthers lost to top-seeded and defending sectional champion, Malcolm X. Shabazz High School, 49-6, in the NJSIAA North 2, Group 1 semifinals at Shabazz Stadium.

Shabazz will face Hasbrouck Heights in the final next Friday night in Newark. The Panthers ...

Verona Football Playoff Game Moved to Saturday Due to Weather

VERONA, NJ - Once again, Mother Nature is wreaking havoc on high school football schedules.  

With heavy rain predicted and a flash flood watch in effect beginning 6 p.m. on Friday, the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 2 playoff game has been moved to Saturday at 7 p.m.  No. 2 Verona will host No. 3 Lyndhurst.  

This is the second time that rain has forced the rescheduling ...

Allstate Cedar Grove Athlete of the Week: Mary Ellen Nealy

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - She led her team with 34 aces for the season in addition to tallying 85 service points, 137 kills and 162 digs.  Last week she delivered 15 service points and 17 digs to lead No. 30 Cedar Grove to the upset of the season over No. 3 Secaucus in the first round of state playoffs -- Mary Ellen Nealy is the Allstate Cedar Grove Athlete of the Week.  The Athlete ...

TAPinto Verona/Cedar Grove Hillbilly Athlete of the Week: Priya Limbachiya

VERONA, NJ - She doesn't lead the team in stats and she didn't make the play that won the game, but in many ways she is the backbone of the Verona volleyball team.  According to Athletic Director Bob Merkler, she arrives early to everything, keeps the clock, keeps the books and supports the team.   As the manager of both the varsity and junior varsity volleyball ...

Girls Volleyball: Verona Three-Peats As Section Champs

VERONA, NJ - The Verona girls volleyball team completed a historic feat on Wednesday after a 2-0 victory over New Providence gives the squad their third consecutive State Section Title.

    “It’s really amazing honestly going back four years ago at practice I don’t think we could have imagined winning three of these in a row,” said Brooke ...

VHS Alum Carly Waterman Earns NJAC Volleyball Rookie of the Year


VERONA, NJ - Verona volleyball alum Carly Waterman has been named Rookie of the Year by the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC).  A 2018 graduate of Verona High School, Waterman now plays for Montclair State University.

Waterman was a five-time NJAC Rookie of the Week honoree this season.  The freshman outside hitter finished her first NJAC campaign ...

Football: Cedar Grove Tops West Side to Advance in State Tourney

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - After back-to-back losses against Verona and Weequahic, the No. 4 Cedar Grove Panthers rebounded nicely to defeat No. 5 West Side, 26-20, and advance in the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 1 state tournament on Friday.  

Mike Lever threw three touchdown passes and ran for another to help lead Cedar Grove to victory.   Cedar Grove scored twice in the ...

Football: Verona Headed To Section Semis With 35-7 Win Over Dumont

VERONA, NJ - The Verona Hillbillies football team is advancing in the North 2 Group 2 State playoffs with a 35-7 thrashing of Dumont prompted by a strong second half performance.

    “It’s tremendous, we’ve been a second half team all year…we talked to the kids at halftime because there were some things we had to change.  Dumont is a good football ...

TAPinto Verona/Cedar Grove Hillbilly Athletes of the Week: Brooke Cooney and Hunter Coppola

VERONA, NJ - They've played volleyball together for years and have been friends for even longer.  Their chemistry on the volleyball court is undeniable and a key part of Verona's success.  On Saturday seniors Brooke Cooney and Hunter Coppola combined for 21 kills to lead the Verona Hillbillies to their third consecutive Essex County title, with a 2-0 win over Caldwell at West ...


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