Nutley/Columbia hockey team competitive this season

Nutley/Columbia hockey team competitive this season

Photo of Columbia players: Back row, from left: Jack Breagy, Zach Fagin, Dexter Carlin, James Gonon, Alex David and Eli Verdun. In front is goalie Oliver Tauscher. MAPLEWOOD, NJ – In high school hockey, a big story in recent years has been the play of co-op teams. Heck, this winter, a co-op team representing Woodbridge Township made […]

Columbia HS girls’ basketball recalls special 1997-98 season

Cougars won conference, county and state titles during near-perfect campaign, 20 years ago

Columbia HS girls’ basketball recalls special 1997-98 season

  MAPLEWOOD, NJ – As the head coach of the girls’ basketball team at Columbia High School, Johanna Wright got the opportunity to coach some top players and some outstanding teams. But for Wright, who is now a well-respected member of the local Board of Education, her top thrill on the hardwood came in the […]

Davey Campbell leads West Orange HS hockey team this season

WEST ORANGE, NJ – At West Orange High School this winter, such talented athletes as Mya Bembry in girls’ basketball and Noah Tandy and Sebastian Rawls in wrestling were in the spotlight. But a youngster under the radar for WOHS was Davey Campbell, a junior forward for the hockey team. Campbell, who has the ability […]

Pirates hockey team gets back to elite status

WEST ORANGE, NJ – When John Warchol was the head hockey coach at Seton Hall Prep, the Pirates had one of the top programs in the state. Warchol, who is now an assistant coach, led SHP to 506 wins, including 16 major championships. In recent years, the SHP ice program has slipped a bit. However, […]

West Orange HS wrestler Noah Tandy demonstrates grit

WEST ORANGE, NJ – In the 21st century, the big high school sport in the town of West Orange has been soccer, because Seton Hall Prep and West Orange High School always seem to have teams that rank among the best in the state. But during the winter of 2017-18, another sport, wrestling, has moved […]

Golda Och boys’ basketball team enjoying impressive season

  WEST ORANGE, NJ – In the game of basketball, one of the top thrills for Sandy Pyonin was coaching a super talented kid in AAU ball named Kyrie Irving. Of course in 2016, the former West Orange resident helped Cleveland capture its first NBA championship. Irving is now starring for Boston, and is hoping […]

Ice hockey league Cup finals are set for Feb. 16 and 17

  WEST ORANGE, NJ – During the winter of 1958-59, hockey fans in the local area weren’t all that interested in the NHL because the New York Rangers were having another disappointing season. Forward Andy Bathgate was playing at a high level and eventually would win the Hart Trophy, but N.Y. did not make the […]

Columbia HS swimmer Marie Fagan making solid waves

Columbia HS swimmer Marie Fagan making solid waves

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – At Columbia High School, one of the sports with a rich tradition is swimming. Cougar fans still talk about the great CHS swim teams of the mid 1950s. And swimmers like Dan Goble, David Pearl, Maggie Keenan and Rebecca Shore rank among the top athletes in the history of the Maplewood school. […]

Nutley/Columbia hockey team showing no quit this winter

NUTLEY, NJ – With a record of 2-12-1 heading into the last week of January, the 2017-18 high school hockey season has certainly been a rather disappointing one for the first year Nutley/Columbia squad. But second-year head coach Andy Surowiec and his players have not given up on the campaign by any means. Surowiec, who […]

Verona/Glen Ridge hockey team enjoys red-hot start to season

  VERONA/GLEN RIDGE, NJ – Ken Lilien, the head hockey coach at Verona/Glen Ridge, readily admits that he had a “pretty good holiday period.” For starters, Lilien’s team posted a 3-0 record in the Essex County Holiday Tournament at Codey Arena in West Orange. In the tough B Division of the event, Verona/Glen Ridge shared […]