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Cross County shows improvement

Cross County shows improvement

BJ McGrane, Sports Writer

December 3, 2018


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Sport: Cross Country Coach: John Murtaugh Season Overview: The cross country team had a successful season, with improvement from most everyone. “Everyone bettered their times, some as significantly as a minute and a half,” Murtaugh said. John Edwards and Isaac Denbeaux both placed ...

County title highlights Pascack’s season

County title highlights Pascack’s season

Josh DeLuca, Sports Editor

November 30, 2018


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Editor's Note: Wrap-ups for the remaining fall sports will be available for viewing in the coming days. Sport: Gymnastics Record: 10-2 Coach: Allison Petaccia Season Overview: After a strong 2017 campaign which included a League title, Pascack Regional came back with an even better season ...

Boys soccer battles tough schedule

Boys soccer battles tough schedule

Jeremy Lesserson, Assistant Sports Editor

November 30, 2018


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Sport: Boys Soccer Record: 7-10 Coach: Roy Nygren Season Overview: As a result of the Big North Conference realigning, the Indians were faced with a tougher schedule than in years’s past. Nygren said that the Indians played a majority of the teams that finished within the top ten of North Jer...

Hockey team looks to return to state tournament

Hockey team looks to return to state tournament

Craig Hoffman, Sports Writer

November 27, 2018


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Coach: Ken DelSanto, 8th Season Last year’s record: 7-17-1 Key Returners: Alex Sullivan (Sr.), Michael Donofrio (So.), Aidan Tuffy (Sr.), Jake Zuzeck (Jr.), Matt Mugno (Sr.) Key Losses: Steve Brennan, Rob Sheehan, AJ Helfenbein Key Newcomers: Daniel Antal (Fr.), Max Richards (Fr.), Cam Ramirez (Fr....

Family tradition lives on

Family tradition lives on

Willy Higgins, Sports Writer

November 25, 2018


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It’s safe to say that wrestling success runs in the Beyer family. PV senior Matt Beyer’s father and current assistant coach, Gary Beyer, was a successful wrestler for PV, as was Matt’s uncle, Eric Beyer, during the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. Gary was a Region 1 champion in 1978, and Eric rec...

PV senior to bring ‘Steph Curry-esque’ shot to next level

PV senior to bring ‘Steph Curry-esque’ shot to next level

Mason Baronian, Sports Writer

November 25, 2018


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Brianna Smith found inspiration to play basketball by watching her older brother Bryan shoot baskets outside their house as a three year old. She would later watch him play for St. John’s, a local church team. “I saw [Bryan] practicing outside on the ten foot basket and I decided that I wanted ...

‘I want to get better’

‘I want to get better’

BJ McGrane, Sports Writer

November 20, 2018


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Pascack Valley senior Haleigh Marzano started to swim at seven years old, and only did so to see her best friend Kaitlyn Hanney  more often. She would have never guessed that she would eventually commit to swim at the collegiate level. On Wednesday, Marzano did just that: she will be attending a...

Olson to follow in neighbor’s footsteps

Olson to follow in neighbor’s footsteps

Spencer Goldstein, Sports Writer

November 19, 2018


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To find the inspiration needed to immerse himself in lacrosse, Pascack Valley senior Zach Olson didn’t have to look too far. Olson, who has recently committed to play lacrosse at St. John’s University, was inspired by his neighbor, and fellow Hillsdale resident, Keith Switzer to start playing at a yo...

Opportunity lost, but memories live on

Opportunity lost, but memories live on

Jeremy Lesserson, Assistant Sports Editor

November 19, 2018


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Back in 1993, the entirety of the Elmwood Park football team was told to attend a meeting in the school's health room following their penultimate game of the season. The coach at the time, current Pascack Valley Principal Tom DeMaio, had to break news to his players: they were not allowed to take part i...

PV hosts National Signing Day ceremony

PV hosts National Signing Day ceremony

Noah Schwartz, Sports Editor

November 15, 2018


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On Wednesday afternoon, five Pascack Valley seniors took part in a National Signing Day ceremony in the auditorium. Boys lacrosse player Zach Olson, girls basketball player Brianna Smith, girls swimmer Haleigh Marzano, wrestler Matt Beyer, and baseball player Justin Martin were the student-athletes who...

‘Our lives as a family went upside down’

‘Our lives as a family went upside down’

Jeremy Lesserson, Assistant Sports Editor

November 15, 2018


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Roy Nygren got home at around 7:50 p.m. after his final preseason boys soccer game against Passaic County Tech on Aug. 29. After the game, Roy and his wife, Judy, planned to go to a place in Suffern for dinner and to watch their son at an open mic night. Their son is training to be a comedian, and wanted an opportunit...

A day in the life: Boys Soccer

A day in the life: Boys Soccer

Mason Baronian, Sports Writer

November 7, 2018


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Like any other high school sport, soccer is a major commitment. These athletes have to learn to manage their time, as they have school work, soccer, clubs, or possibly a job on their plate. Each day after school in the fall, the soccer team has practice or a game. On game day, the team starts o...

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