Sports

May 27, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — Michaela Hobson can take the pressure that comes with being on the pitcher’s mound, but with this softball season’s cancellation due to COVID-19, the intensity of game play has taken a backseat to practice and preparation. The 16-year-old Westfield High School sophomore has been ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The man who brought Westfield the Night of Lights 5K is set to bring the town a markedly different event. Downtown Westfield Corporation has hired Sam Tooley, owner and head coach of the specialty fitness center Alpha Performance, to head up a virtual Pizza Run this ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Amanda Paden’s typical track event is the 800 meter and the 1600 meter, and while she’s running alone on the streets during the pandemic, she’s still covering her usual distances. Paden, an 18-year-old senior at Westfield High School, is this week’s Ron Bansky and Associates ...

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WESTFIELD NJ — A 14-year-old Westfield equestrian recently won in her division at the Regional Championship in the 2019-20 Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) competition.   The IEA was designed to promote equestrian sports to middle and high school students, according to the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Crowds of sweaty runners are out of the question during the pandemic but with virtual participation an annual 5K is well on its way to success. The annual run held in memory of Westfield High School freshman Greta Schoenemann, who died tragically in 2002, is virtual this year and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Alivia Macaluso is keeping her head in the game of softball — but it’s not always in the usual ways. With the spring season called off due to COVID-19, the sophomore and third basewoman said, she has been practicing softball daily both on and off the field. Macaluso is this ...

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Tennis courts and batting cages will be open, but basketball courts will remain closed. WESTFIELD, NJ — Seventh-grader Savannah Cohen has been struggling to find places to practice her tennis swing during the pandemic. Cohen, 13, found herself pounding a tennis ball against a wall of ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A great leader both on and off the baseball diamond, third-baseman Victor Coustan was penciled in to bat fifth this season, his coach said. Before COVID-19 came to New Jersey, the 17-year-old Westfield High School senior was set to come back this spring after recovering from a ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The town's Recreation Department is preparing to open Westfield Memorial Pool on June 6, unless state orders forbid it from doing so. “Although we don't know exactly what's going on for this summer, we are hopeful, and we are pushing forward,” said Heather Re, the town’s aquatic ...

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NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday that schools would remain closed for the remainder of the academic year in an ongoing effort to contain COVID-19. Remote learning will remain in place. “We have a single goal in mind: the safety and well-being of our children, and of our educators, ...

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WESTFIELD NJ — While the varsity golf player has not been on the course recently due to the coronavirus pandemic, he is still practicing the game at home and staying in touch with his teammates. A four-year senior varsity golf player set to play competitive golf in college next year, Jason Lee ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Despite the coronavirus pandemic, this Westfield High School lacrosse defenseman remains in touch with his teammates and hopes to get back out on the field soon. A three-year senior varsity lacrosse player, John Eric Tilyou, referred to as “Jet” by his teammates, is this week’s ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Their time on the field of play may be limited due to coronavirus, but their images will be hanging around the stadium for quite a while. Westfield High School senior varsity athletes, whose seasons have been curtailed due to the pandemic, have had their visages posted up on the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The junior track star has been staying active and motivated while away from practices because of the COVID-19 pandemic. After a standout indoor season this past winter, Isabel Boufarah qualified for the NJ Meet of Champions and the Distance Medley Relay, which was recognized as a ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Heather Re has a new addition to her resume: online game show contestant.  The Westfield Recreation Department's assistant director and aquatic supervisor was on Facebook last Wednesday, doing an imitation of the popular Netflix show “Nailed It!” with a coworker. “We were like ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Many teams at Westfield High School are competing in stay at home challenges, where all players from their respective team show off a skill before passing the ball off to another teammate in a series of connected videos. Once all players have completed a move, the videos are ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield High School runner is keeping in shape and connecting with his teammates online in the hopes that the track team might come together for a season of competition when the coronavirus pandemic has passed. Sophomore Conor Daly took home a county title at the 3200 this ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Four Westfield High School athletes have signed on to play at Division 1 schools setting up for a college level rivalry with a local connection. Hank Shapiro will play at Lehigh University Declan McCauley will play at Holy Cross Will Kessler will play at Georgetown ...

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A portion of funding will help to provide mental health support for first responders. WESTFIELD, NJ — Coronavirus couldn’t stop one of Westfield’s most anticipated fundraising 5Ks. The annual run held in memory of Westfield High School freshman Greta Schoenemann, who died when a tree branch ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — In the summer of 1994, a then 37-year-old Paul Salomone was sitting on the foot of the queen-size bed in his Colorado hotel room, waiting for his sister’s wedding to begin. Salomone had the channel turned to PBS, hoping to pass the time while anxiously awaiting the impending ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The 17-year-old junior at Westfield High School recently committed to play lacrosse at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Whether it is as part of a club or for her school’s varsity team, Maggie Aslanian plays the sport year-round. Aslanian is this week’s Ron Bansky and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield High School girls’ lacrosse program is doing everything possible to stay ready for the season, while bonding online. Senior captains Ana Fowler, Mikaela Buoscio and Tate Fallon have done their part in bringing the freshman, junior varsity and varsity teams closer ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — (Updated at 9:13 p.m.) How do soccer players keep up their skills while still practicing social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic? Teammates at Westfield High School have a solution: “The toilet paper challenge.” The girls’ soccer team began by challenging the boys’ ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — It has been nearly two weeks since authorities first warned of the need for social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic. The combination of closed schools, businesses shut down and repeated warnings from the authorities to stay inside prompted many members of the public to ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — He started playing volleyball in his freshman year at Westfield High School and continues to roll with the sport. Despite athletics being indefinitely postponed for the season, Etan Zeller MacLean, an 18-year-old senior at Westfield High School and setter on the varsity ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Spring athletes at Westfield High School have had their season postponed due to the recent spread of the novel coronavirus and are using the free time in a variety of ways. The district had initially canceled all scrimmages until March 22, before calling off all practices and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Ali Lisanti scored eight points in the Union County girls varsity basketball tournament win earlier this year. On Thursday, the Westfield High School senior recalled her team’s glory in winning a title that the Lady Blue Devils had not secured since 2008. Lisanti is this week’s ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The 17-year-old Westfield High School wrestler had long strived for a top spot at a statewide competition. And this past weekend Luke Hoerle did just that, placing seventh at the state tournament in Atlantic City. Hoerle, a senior, is this week’s Ron Bansky and Associates ...

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WARREN, NJ — The Westfield boys basketball season came to a disappointing conclusion on Saturday night with a 77-47 loss at the hands of top-seeded Watchung Hills in the North 2, Group 4 semifinals. But while the bitter ending was still fresh in their minds, its one that head coach Jim McKeon ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Two-year captain Caroline Dwyer has led the Westfield High School girls’ varsity basketball team to a Union County Tournament title in her senior year. Dwyer dropped 23 points in the opening round of the county tournament in a 29-point win against Dayton on Feb. 18. Dwyer, who is ...

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