West Essex Athletics Spotlight

April 26, 2020

ROSELAND, NJ — Prior to schools being shut down, Roseland teen Amanda Mack officially signed a “Letter of Intent” to play softball at the collegiate level next year as a freshman at Penn State University. Mack, who will be ready to hit her 100th career hit this spring if sports are able to ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Jessica Coia, a three-sport standout, represented West Essex High School Sunday at an awards luncheon in honor of Girls and Women in Sports Day at Seton Hall University. Coia has lettered in basketball, softball and volleyball at West Essex. She currently leads the West Essex ...

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NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — Oftentimes, the biggest skill that an elite athlete can acquire is confidence; and after what was an impressive freshman year on the West Essex girls basketball team, Olivia Weiss is gaining it in droves. “Every day in practice, I’m pushing myself to get better, and I have ...

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NORTH CALDWELL, NJ -- Sometimes the impact of a player can go well beyond just the stat line in a game. The same could be said for the backbone of the West Essex ice hockey team Jason Albrecht. “I always want to be in my best shape and just be a good teammate to my teammates and make sure we’re ...

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NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — Members of the West Essex wrestling team are picking up where they left off last season in major part due to the performance of junior Carson Barry, who has his sights set on the NJSIAA Individual Wrestling Championships in Atlantic City. The 138-pounder has been incredible ...

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NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — The West Essex boys basketball team is having one of its best seasons in recent history in major part due to junior Justin Waack, the unsung hero of the squad who said he has been working every day both on and off the court. The junior has grown alongside a squad that has ...

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NORTH CALDWELL, NJ -- Jack Wohlgemuth, a senior at West Essex High School and a member of the lacrosse team, this week signed a letter of intent to attend Dickinson College in Pennsylvania, where he will continue his athletic career. Wohlgemuth, who has played both midfield and attack in his ...

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NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — The West Essex ice hockey team is beginning to turn up the energy in the stretch run of the season, and one of the main catalysts is senior captain Jack Santoro. “I think we’re at peak chemistry, which is a perfect time of the season,” Santoro said following a 3-1 victory ...

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NORTH CALDWELL, NJ -- Carsen Mansfield, a senior at West Essex High School, recently signed a letter of intent to attend Division 2 Dominican College, where he will continue his baseball career. Mansfield is a 6-foot-2 right-hander who pitches and plays third base. He has played club baseball ...

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NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — The State of New Jersey has begun to identify West Essex senior wrestler Alex Jones as one of the top grapplers around; but for Jones, taking down an opponent is a mere byproduct of overcoming his own personal barriers. Over the years, Jones said he has struggled with ...

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NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — As the winter sports season rages on, the West Essex boys basketball team is in the thick of the hunt due to the emergence of a new star in the ranks by the name of Chris Corbo. “We’re looking to be a lot better than we were last year,” said Corbo. “We feel like we have the ...

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NORTH CALDWELL, NJ -- Jenna Chan, a member of the West Essex High School track team, this week signed a letter of intent to attend Binghamton University, where she will continue her athletic career. So far this winter, Chan has run a personal best 7.44 in the 55-meter dash at the Essex County ...

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NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — The West Essex girls basketball team has had a hot start to 2020, in part due to the performance of star point guard Halle Aschenbach. The sophomore has been phenomenal entering her second stint on the varsity squad, averaging 16 points per game so far this season as the ...

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NORTH CALDWELL, NJ -- Tara Smith, who plays field hockey at West Essex High School, this week signed a letter of intent to continue her athletic career at Columbia University. A goalie, Smith made 149 saves this season for West Essex. She was in goal for 16 shutouts in 2019 and helped the team ...

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NORTH CALDWELL, NJ -- Cameron Kinsella, a senior midfielder for the West Essex field hockey team, on Tuesday signed a Letter of Intent to attend Brown University, where she will continue her athletic career. Kinsella scored 14 goals and finished with 27 assists as a senior, helping West Essex to ...

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NORTH CALDWELL, NJ -- West Essex High School senior Tommy Drago signed a letter of intent Monday to attend Division 1 Syracuse University, where he will continue his lacrosse career. A four-year varsity starter and a long-stick specialist in midfield, Drago was the first junior from West Essex ...

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NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — West Essex High School is not often synonymous with girls volleyball, but due to the play of a senior class that includes Dana Stelter, the culture is beginning to change. “I think this season, five out of the six starters are seniors,” said Stelter. “We really have a great ...

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NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — After a heartbreaking loss in the state playoffs last season and a tough season opening this year, the West Essex Knights football team turned things around with six consecutive wins this season in large part due to star lineman Bardhyl Gashi’s leadership both on and off the ...

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NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — After a rare loss on opening night, the West Essex football team has reeled off five consecutive victories—and a major part of the team’s turnaround is junior Chris Bell. “I think heading into this year, we were going to be good—similar to last year,” said Bell. “We lost a ...

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NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — In a season where youth is prevalent on the West Essex High School boys soccer team, Ryan Kean has been a catalyst for the varsity squad and continues to grow alongside his teammates. “My focus going into this year was just growing as a player and get a lot of experience so ...

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NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — After a stunning start to her junior season on the West Essex girls soccer team, Sam Balzano is looking to continue the momentum she’s built as an emerging soccer star in the state. “We have a really talented group [at West Essex],” said Balzano. “My expectations are really ...

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NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — The West Essex field hockey team is off to a red-hot start at 5-0, and one of the main reasons is star midfielder Emily Holleuffer. “Even though we’re still kind of young like last year, that still doesn’t stop us,” said Holleuffer. “We’re just hoping to keep pushing ...

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NEWARK, NJ – During a special presentation at a recent meeting of the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, District 4 Freeholder Leonard Luciano and longtime Livingston resident Freeholder At-Large Patricia Sebold co-sponsored a commendation honoring the members of the West Essex High School ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Vito Mielnicki Jr., a Roseland resident and rising senior at West Essex High School, will become the first New Jersey boxer to turn pro at the age of 17 when he fights in a four-round super welterweight bout against Tamarcus Smith (2-2, 2 KOs) on Saturday, July 13 at the Prudential ...

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