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NJSIAA releases updated “Return to Play Plan”, additional season included for 2020-21

The NJSIAA announced its

BJ McGrane, Sports Editor

August 22, 2020

The NJSIAA released its updated “Return to Play Plan” regarding high school sports, which includes four seasons for the 2020-21 school year. The plan was released Wednesday with dates for the beginnings and ends of the seasons, as well as dates for the beginning of practices and postseasons. The...

New coach, no problem for PV graduates’ “Last Dance” team

In

BJ McGrane, Sports Editor

July 15, 2020

With all the controversy surrounding the removal of the mascots for the Pascack Valley Regional High School District, it didn’t take long for Jake Lutz and his fellow PV Class of 2020 teammates to come up with a nickname for their team in “The Last Dance” baseball tournament. “The team my...

How high school fall sports will be impacted by the coronavirus

After the high school spring sports season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the fall season will come with specific guidelines to ensure the safety of all athletes and fans. As a part of these guidelines, all fall sports were divided into three categories based on the risk of spreading the virus: high, moderate, and low.

Nolan Wasserman, Sports Writer

June 9, 2020

“Following New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s May 4 announcement, the [New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association] has officially canceled New Jersey’s 2020 high school spring sports season.” With this statement from the NJSIAA, the spring sports season formally came to an end. The...

Pascack Swimming holds senior drive-by

The event was organized by the captains of the class of 2021.

Izzy Zuluaga, Staff Editor

June 6, 2020

Team members, alumni, and past coaches of Pascack Swimming joined together in a senior drive-by through Montvale, Woodcliff Lake, River Vale, and Hillsdale at 3 p.m. on Saturday. The event was organized by Pascack Valley captains Jen Malocha, Tyler Marzano, and Sean Fei and Pascack Hills captain Kat...

Senior Send-off: Jake Zaretsky

Jake Zaretzky is one of many seniors who have had their senior season cancelled due to the coronavirus. He looks back on what his senior season could have been.

Noah Silver, Sports Writer

June 6, 2020

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PV holds spring signing ceremony, wrestler continues unlikely journey

Senior AJ Menendez attempts to score on his opponent. Menendez along with eight other athletes participated in Pascack Valley's Spring Signing Ceremony on Wed. May 20.

BJ McGrane, Sports Editor

May 27, 2020

A signing ceremony to honor the senior athletes continuing their athletic careers in college was held Wed. May 20. Amid the pandemic, the ceremony was held while still maintaining social distancing. With the spring sports season and many other events cancelled due to the pandemic, there was uncertainty...

Senior Send-off: Evan Demarest

After being unable to play his final season of tennis, Evan Demarest looks back upon his personal growth throughout his high school career.

Noah Silver, Sports Writer

May 22, 2020

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Senior Send-off: Sean Deady

Sean Deady is one of many seniors who have had their final season cancelled due to the coronavirus. Deady looks back on his lacrosse career.

Noah Silver, Sports Writer

May 21, 2020

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Senior Send-off: Jake Lutz

Senior Send-off: Jake Lutz

BJ McGrane, Sports Editor

May 12, 2020

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American sports to begin steps towards return

April was the first month without any of the four major American sports since 1883. Each league hopes to return to conducting business as usual in May.

Noah Silver, Sports Writer

May 4, 2020

The cancellation of sports amid the COVID-19 pandemic has made its impact on many more than just the average American. “We have to get our sports back,” U.S. President Donald Trump said. “I’m tired of watching baseball games that are 14 years old.” Trump is one of many Americans who ...

Senior Send-off: Mel Brentnall

Senior Send-off: Mel Brentnall

BJ McGrane, Sports Editor

May 1, 2020

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PV athletes continue training at home

Despite the spring sports season being put on hold, multiple Pascack Valley coaches have issued voluntary workout routines to players. Daily tasks and challenges have been provided in order for players to stay ready for the season.

Spencer Goldstein, Sports Editor

April 9, 2020

While the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak has kept high school sports teams off the field, it hasn’t stopped a number of Pascack Valley teams from training from home while awaiting a verdict regarding a possible return of spring sports. A number of PV coaches have issued voluntary workout routines to...

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