WEST ORANGE, NJ - The Winter Sports season kicked off in the Tarnoff Gym on Dec. 18 with a Pep Rally that recognized academic excellence, varsity seniors, and the variety of winter sports played at West Orange High School.

Girls and Boys Basketball, Wrestling, Bowling, Swimming, Indoor Track, and Ice Hockey introduced their players and performed short skits. The Girls Step team made a special appearance and entertained the enthusiastic crowd.

Athletic Director Ron Bligh recognized a large number of Honor Roll and Straight A athletes prior to the start of the Rally, and Principal Hayden Moore encouraged students to “represent West Orange High School in character first, and as academic athletes second.”

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The winter sports season is beginning late for the high school, with the exception of the Hockey Team, who has played several games already and took home their first victory last week.

Boys Basketball takes on Union Catholic Dec. 19, 7:00 at WOHS.

Ice Hockey faces off v. West Essex at Codey Arena Dec. 19 at 6:45 pm.

Girls Basketball plays Newark Tech Dec. 19, 5:30 pm at Newark Tech.

The Wrestling team opens their season at the Dover Holiday Tournament (out of town).

The Indoor Track team will participate in the Wayne Gardiner Holiday Relays at Drew University on Dec. 19.

(Swimming and Bowling unavailable at press time.)