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Pascack Valley defeats Paramus for the first time since 2014

Pascack Valley defeats Paramus for the first time since 2014

BJ McGrane, Sports Editor

September 21, 2019

Neither Paramus nor Pascack Valley lacked star power heading into Friday night’s game, as Paramus’ all-county quarterback and running back duo in Trevor Bopp and Kyle Jacob faced off against Valley’s dynamic duo of quarterback Stephen Begen and running back Jake Williams. All four players impre...

Indians set to face first test against Paramus

Indians set to face first test against Paramus

Spencer Goldstein, Sports Editor

September 19, 2019

Pascack Valley vs Paramus When: Friday Sept. 20, 6 p.m. Where: Pascack Valley High School Current Records: Pascack Valley: 2-0 Paramus: 1-1   Pascack Valley will host the Paramus Spartans on Friday night as it looks to stay undefeated, coming in at 2-0 following a 42-14 trounci...

Gymnastics team aims to rebound after loss of last year’s seniors

Gymnastics team aims to rebound after loss of last year’s seniors

Willy Higgins, Sports Writer

September 18, 2019

Coach: Alison Petaccia Last year’s record: 9-0 Key Returners: Amanda Solda (Senior, Pascack Valley), Rachael Shakarjian (Junior, Pascack Valley), Ashley Lowe (Junior, Pascack Valley), Hallie Wikfors (Senior, Pascack Hills), Maya Horowitz (Senior, Pascack Hills) Key Losses: Melissa Ricciardi...

Indians run through Dwight Morrow to advance to 2-0

Indians run through Dwight Morrow to advance to 2-0

Spencer Goldstein, Sports Editor

September 14, 2019

One week after the passing attack highlighted Pascack Valley’s season-opening victory, the Indians rode a dominant running game to a 42-14 rout in Dwight Morrow against the Maroon Raiders on Friday night, advancing to 2-0 on the season. Senior running back Jake Williams led the charge, gaining 86 yar...

Valley looks to move to 2-0 on the season

Valley looks to move to 2-0 on the season

BJ McGrane, Sports Editor

September 13, 2019

Pascack Valley (1-0) will face Dwight Morrow (0-0) Friday night on the road, looking for their second straight win to open up the season. Coming off of a 27-0 win against Roxbury, Valley will look to continue their defensive dominance. Their defense caused two turnovers against the Roxbury offense...

Indians defeat rivals at home in “knock-em out fight”

Indians defeat rivals at home in “knock-em out fight”

Spencer Goldstein and BJ McGrane

September 11, 2019

“[The game was] a knock-em out fight, and we were able to come up on top,” head coach Luciano Cofrancesco said of Wednesday night’s varsity boys soccer game against Old Tappan in which the Indians edged out the Golden Knights 3-1. Senior Nate Dedrick led the charge with two goals, and the w...

Fall Sports Preview: Volleyball

Fall Sports Preview: Volleyball

Mason Baronian, Sports Writer

September 11, 2019

Head coach: Katlyn Lewis Last year’s record: 5-14 Key returnees: Jenna Joroff (Jr.) Nicole Perrone (Jr.) Shayne Flanagan (Jr.) Key losses: Megan Viganola and Laura Cubala Key newcomers: Kaleigh Higgins (So.), Dara Viganola (So.), Taylor Grady (Fr.) Sam Tarna (Jr.), Sabrina Arcilla (Fr.) Strengths of t...

Indians shut out Roxbury to begin 2019 season

Indians shut out Roxbury to begin 2019 season

Spencer Goldstein and BJ McGrane

September 7, 2019

Stellar defense was the basis of Pascack Valley’s first win of the season in its opener on Friday night, holding Roxbury scoreless and stopping the Gaels from gaining any momentum en route to a 27-0 shutout. The Indians also forced two turnovers. “I thought we tackled very well,” said head coac...

Pascack Valley stuns Northern Highlands in season opener

Pascack Valley stuns Northern Highlands in season opener

Spencer Goldstein and BJ McGrane

September 6, 2019

“Why not us?” Pascack Valley girls soccer head coach Amy Lombardo said this to her team during halftime of their scoreless game against powerhouse Northern Highlands, who took home the Group 3 state title with a 22-1 record just one year prior.  The Indians would go on to defeat Northern...

Valley aims to return to playoffs for third straight season

Valley aims to return to playoffs for third straight season

Spencer Goldstein and BJ McGrane

September 5, 2019

Head Coach: Len Cusumano Last Year’s Record: 3-6 Key Returners: Stephen Begen (Sr. QB/S), Jake Williams (Sr. RB/LB), James Della Pesca (Sr. TE/LB), Andrew Martinez (Sr. WR/CB), Jake Ciocca (Sr. WR/S), Sean Deady (Sr. OL), Sean Duffy (Sr. OL), Chase Rickert (Sr. OL/DL), Joe Cuti (Sr. OL/DL), De...

Indians look to start strong against Roxbury

Indians look to start strong against Roxbury

Spencer Goldstein, Sports Editor

September 5, 2019

Pascack Valley vs Roxbury When: Friday Sept. 6, 6 p.m. Where: Pascack Valley High School 2018 Records: Pascack Valley: 3-6 Roxbury: 3-6   Pascack Valley will host Roxbury on Friday night to open up its 2019 campaign as it looks to build upon a 2018 season in which it earned...

Fall Sports Preview: Cross Country

Fall Sports Preview: Cross Country

Alan Stepanov, Sports Writer

September 5, 2019

Head coach: John Murtaugh Key returnees: Chris Vetterlein (Sr.), Beibhinn O’reilly (Sr.), Katie Mullaney (Sr.), Larry Elrich (Sr.), Kaitlin Damascus (Sr.) Key losses: The departures of last year’s seniors will be difficult to overcome. Key newcomers: The freshman runners.  “We have a...

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