The Smoke Signal

Hillsdale resident leads FDU into March Madness

Hillsdale resident leads FDU into March Madness

Noah Schwartz, Josh DeLuca, Jeremy Lesserson, and BJ McGrane

March 19, 2019


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During last year’s NCAA Tournament, Fairleigh Dickinson head men’s basketball coach Greg Herenda was just hoping to get out of Texas. Herenda wasn’t feeling great before his trip, and after he arrived, his condition only got worse. He was eventually diagnosed with blood clots in his thigh...

FDU set for NCAA Tournament

FDU set for NCAA Tournament

Noah Schwartz, Josh DeLuca, and Jeremy Lesserson

March 18, 2019


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On Sunday afternoon, Fairleigh Dickinson University allowed fans and media members to join the mens basketball team on campus to celebrate the team's accomplishment of returning to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2016. FDU was awarded an automatic bid in the tournament after winning th...

Park Ridge finishes first season as member of ice hockey team

Park Ridge finishes first season as member of ice hockey team

Alan Stepanov, Sports Writer

March 14, 2019


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The Pascack Valley ice hockey team has been made up of two schools, Pascack Valley and Pascack Hills, since its establishment in 1999. The two schools make up the Pascack Valley Regional High School District. This past season, however, the hockey team included players from nearby Park Ridge High Sch...

Indians’ fairytale season comes to an end

Indians’ fairytale season comes to an end

Noah Schwartz and Josh DeLuca

March 7, 2019


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At the onset of the season, Pascack Valley coach Jeff Jasper said that his squad, with just one returning starter and an otherwise inexperienced team, had a “long way to go” if they hoped to return the elite level of years past. Without any shadow of a doubt, the 46th iteration of Jasper...

Everyone has a role

Everyone has a role

Noah Schwartz, Sports Editor

March 4, 2019


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Pascack Valley senior Brenna Collins has a job working at LaViano Jewelers in Westwood, but she had to take a leave of absence during the winter season because she was too busy with her responsibilities as a member of the girls basketball team. Although Collins has only appeared in nine of 29 games and ...

Beyer, Chiellini move on to the state tournament

Beyer, Chiellini move on to the state tournament

Jeremy Lessserson, Assistant Sports Editor

February 26, 2019


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The Indians have two representatives at the big show in Atlantic City. At the Region 1 tournament hosted at West Milford High School from Feb. 21 to Feb. 23, Tommy Chiellini won his second straight region title and is the only PV wrestler to win two regional titles since Stephen Hult did it in 1999...

Region Wrestling Tournament: Region 1

Region Wrestling Tournament: Region 1

Jeremy Lesserson, Assistant Sports Editor

February 21, 2019


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After the District 4 Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 16, eight wrestlers from PV will be moving on to the Region 1 Tournament which will take place at West Milford High School starting on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 5:30 p.m., when the preliminary rounds start. On Friday, Feb. 22 at 5:30 p.m. is the quarterfinals....

Eighth-seeded wrestler shines, eight wrestlers move onto Regions

Eighth-seeded wrestler shines, eight wrestlers move onto Regions

Jeremy Lesserson, Assistant Sports Editor

February 19, 2019


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Out of all of the top-three placewinners during Saturday's District Tournament at Pascack Valley, none were seeded lower than eighth-seeded AJ Menendez, a PV junior.  Menendez had a 4-4 record on Varsity this past season. He was not a starter, since senior Zach Olson occupied the starting job for most ...

Wrestling Preview: District 4

Wrestling Preview: District 4

Jeremy Lesserson, Assistant Sports Editor

February 15, 2019


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After a 34-30 loss to state champions Montville in the semifinals in the state sectionals, the Indians turn to the individual District 4 tournament. Hosted at Pascack Valley, five PV wrestlers received top five seeds in the tournament that starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday. The top three in each weight...

Athlete of the Week: Max Yellin

Athlete of the Week: Max Yellin

Mason Baronian, Sports Writer

February 15, 2019


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Name: Max Yellin Sport: Basketball Grade: Senior Position: Small Forward The Lowdown: Yellin has been the leading scorer for the Indians throughout the entire season. He has been a leader for the team in his senior year. In the past five games, he’s averaged 20.6 points per game. Expectations: ...

PV wrestler makes splash amid first ever wrestling season

PV wrestler makes splash amid first ever wrestling season

Jeremy Lesserson, Assisstant Sports Editor

February 11, 2019


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PV Senior Andrew Demboski broke the news to his parents on the morning of Nov. 4, 2018. Just a few days after his senior season of football ended, Demboski had committed himself to wrestling. He told his parents, Lorraine and Charlie Demboski, that he was going to get breakfast with his friends....

Math teacher set to take over golf team

Math teacher set to take over golf team

Spencer Goldstein, Sports Writer

February 10, 2019


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Dom Mingione, who has spent the past 25 years as the head golf coach at Pascack Valley, is set to retire from the position. PV math teacher Brian Koch will take over for him for the upcoming season. Mingione, a former PV history teacher, was named Bergen County Coach of the Year twice and won two stat...

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