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Athlete of the Week: Marco Plasencia

Athlete of the Week: Marco Plasencia

BJ McGrane, Sports Editor March 5, 2021

The NBA All-Star Game is set to take place on March 7. Sports Editor BJ McGrane shares his thoughts on how the event could lead to a greater spread of COVID-19.

Opinion: NBA’s decision to host All-Star Game is hypocritical

BJ McGrane, Sports Editor March 5, 2021

In the midst of a worldwide pandemic, the NBA has found a way to have a season. Considering the precautions that need to be taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it’s impressive how the league...

Jake Wolf attempts to get by the defender. Pascack Valley defeated Passaic Valley at home by a score of 52-41 Thursday night, and Wolf is the Athlete of the Week.

Athlete of the Week: Jake Wolf

Noah Silver, Assistant Sports Editor February 26, 2021



Swimmers dive off the blocks during the race. The Pascack Valley Regional Swim and Dive Team begins its season Thursday against Clifton.

Pascack Valley Regional Swim Preview

Allison Varghese and Noah Silver February 18, 2021

During a time of uncertainty, not being able to practice regularly brings a huge challenge to the Pascack Regional Swim Team.  “We are practicing in a pool that’s very shallow,” Head Coach Courtney...

Senior Joe Mercurio attempts to stick the landing in the long jump pit. The winter track team looks to have similar success to last year, when its Sprint Medley Relay reached the New Balance Nationals.

Winter track team moves forward without 2020 indoor National qualifiers

Ethan Perlman, Sports Writer February 10, 2021

Three graduates from last season’s winter track team reached Nationals last year, but just like in all sports, it is always hard to get back to the big stage year after year. “[We had] a huge...

Super Bowl LV takes place this Sunday in Tampa, Florida. See how much you know about the history of the big game!

How much do you know about the Super Bowl?

Allison Varghese, Social Media Editor February 5, 2021

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Kelly Andreasen goes for a layup against Pascack Hills. Andreasen is one of many seniors looking to lead Valley in 2021.

Girls basketball looks to ride strong team values to success

Nolan Wasserman and Jake Dubois February 1, 2021

Girls basketball Head Coach Jeff Jasper has high praise for every single player on the team. “Kelly is sensational, a great shooter,” Jasper said of senior Kelly Andreasen. “Jules is special,...

Jake Wolf dribbles through the defense. The PV boys basketball team begins its season later than expected.

Boys basketball looks to build on sectional semifinal run

Noah Silver and Aidan Burke January 29, 2021

Entering the 2021 season, the PV boys basketball team will look to build off of its hot performance in 2020 in which it reached the North 1, Group 3 state sectional semifinal before falling to Ramapo 62-42. Despite...

After being delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the hockey season is underway.

Hockey team aims to overcome limited preparation for 2021 season

BJ McGrane, Sports Editor January 26, 2021

Sports are back at Pascack Valley. With the winter season underway, PV sports have returned – just a little later than expected. The hockey season usually starts in early November, however...

Our reporters had to follow COVID-19 protocols in order to cover football games this season.

Coverage during COVID-19: How reporters adjusted to the pandemic

BJ McGrane, Sports Editor December 18, 2020

Everyone sees the finished product on Friday night. The constant live tweeting, the videos from the sidelines, and of course the weekly game stories. But few quite understand how much work goes into...

Athlete of the Week: Michael Pizzella

Athlete of the Week: Michael Pizzella

Nolan Wasserman, Sports Writer November 20, 2020

Recent Performance: In the North 1, Group 3 State Sectional Final, Pizzella placed 13th, finishing the 5000 meter race in an astounding 17:53. This final run capped off what has been a great season...

Pascack Valley's offense breaks its huddle. PV will host Paramus Friday night in its final game of the season.

PV to take on Spartans in season finale

Noah Silver, Assistant Sports Editor November 19, 2020

Coming off a 7-2 loss to River Dell, Valley will look to bounce back against Paramus at home on Friday night. Both teams come into the game with a losing record, as Paramus’ record is 3-4 and Valley’s...

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