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Kobe Bryant’s death brought out the worst in national media

Kobe Bryant’s death brought out the worst in national media

Spencer Goldstein, Sports Editor

January 27, 2020

It’s just one of those things that stops time. Shock, sadness, denial. All at once.   Kobe Bryant can’t just die… There’s no way.   The day before, he was congratulating LeBron James for passing him in career points. And now, he, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and se...

PV wrestling falls to River Dell

PV wrestling falls to River Dell

Mason Baronian and Noah Silver

January 25, 2020

The Pascack Valley wrestling team fell to River Dell at home 33-25 on Friday night with a chance to place itself in a prime position to claim the league championship. The Indians got off to a rough start, trailing 16-3 after four matches, but slowly began to creep back, decreasing the deficit to eig...

PV graduate continues journalism career at Penn State

PV graduate continues journalism career at Penn State

Willy Higgins, Sports Writer

January 24, 2020

As Jake Aferiat’s freshman year came to a close, he received an email from his English teacher, Bill Rawson, who was looking for people to join Pascack Valley’s student news publication, The Smoke Signal.  “I remember meeting with him at the Hillsdale Library and talking to him about [The ...

Athlete of the Week: Jen Malocha

Athlete of the Week: Jen Malocha

Mason Baronian, Sports Writer

January 24, 2020

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Cheer team overcomes injuries to defeat two opponents

Cheer team overcomes injuries to defeat two opponents

BJ McGrane, Spencer Goldstein, and Willy Higgins

January 22, 2020

After needing to alter its routine due to injuries, Pascack Valley’s cheer team overcame the odds and defeated both Kennedy and Cliffside Park at its home competition Tuesday night. “We’ve had injuries,” coach Kacey Terzini said. “Every time there are injuries the routine has to be rewo...

Valley boys basketball routed by rival

Valley boys basketball routed by rival

Spencer Goldstein and Willy Higgins

January 18, 2020

Significant size disadvantage and turnovers led to Pascack Valley’s unraveling in its 63-43 loss Saturday at Pascack Hills. The Indians kept the game close in the first quarter behind a pair of three-pointers by senior guard Ryan Thomas; however, turnovers reared their ugly head as the Indians were...

Girls basketball to take on Wayne Valley as part of benefit games

Girls basketball to take on Wayne Valley as part of benefit games

BJ McGrane, Sports Editor

January 17, 2020

As a part of Saturday’s Julia Anne Kirsch Foundation benefit games at Immaculate Heart Academy (IHA), PV’s girls basketball team will take on Wayne Valley at 9:30 a.m. PV’s game will be the first game to tip off, as it looks to defeat Wayne Valley in one of five games that will be played at...

Athlete of the Week: Tyler Pizzi

Athlete of the Week: Tyler Pizzi

Willy Higgins, Sports Writer

January 10, 2020

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PV senior to follow family footsteps

PV senior to follow family footsteps

BJ McGrane, Sports Editor

December 24, 2019

As the son of a former minor league baseball player, PV senior Jake Lutz looks to follow in his father’s footsteps. After he graduates from Pascack Valley this spring, Lutz will be taking his game to the next level as PV’s shortstop has committed to play Division I baseball at Wagner College in...

Sofia Battista to continue basketball career in college

Sofia Battista to continue basketball career in college

Mason Baronian, Sports Writer

December 24, 2019

“I always thought that I could play [basketball] in college, but I never thought that it would be at such an amazing school,” senior Sofia Battista said. Battista signed her letter of commitment to continue her basketball career at New York University (NYU) on Wednesday Dec. 18 at Pascack Valley’...

Hard work leads PV senior to baseball scholarship

Hard work leads PV senior to baseball scholarship

Willy Higgins, Sports Writer

December 24, 2019

Pascack Valley senior Craig Sodano has loved baseball since the first time he touched a bat. It has been his dream to one day playing college baseball, and now that dream is set to become a reality. On Wednesday Dec. 18, Sodano officially committed to Marymount University to continue playing baseball. H...

Girls basketball looks to continue to succeed despite tough schedule

Girls basketball looks to continue to succeed despite tough schedule

BJ McGrane, Sports Editor

December 22, 2019

Coach: Jeff Jasper Last Year’s Record: 22-9 Key Returners: Sofia Battista (Sr.), Paige Skene(Sr.), Jules Vassallo(So.), Nicole Perrone (Jr.), Sabrina Hirsch(So.), Lexi Hort (Jr.), Kristen McCarthy (Sr.), and Jenn Pulsiano (Sr.). Key Newcomers: Hannah Zeman (Fr.), Laura Jennings (Jr.), and...

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