UPDATED: Columbia HS baseball team optimistic for another fine season

Cougars have a new head coach in Ryan Muirhead

UPDATED: Columbia HS baseball team optimistic for another fine season

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – Optimism abounds for the Columbia High School varsity baseball program. The Cougars have a new coach in Ryan Muirhead, who has won over his players with his fresh approach. “Coach Muirhead is a great guy,” said second baseman/pitcher Matt Kritzberg, one of three returning senior captains, before a practice at Underhill Field […]

UPDATED: Columbia HS softball team shows solid chemistry as season nears

UPDATED: Columbia HS softball team shows solid chemistry as season nears

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – The Columbia High School varsity softball team enjoyed a fine season last spring, finishing with a 16-9 overall record. The Cougars are optimistic for another fine season. The key returning players are junior shortstop/co-captain Hudson Hassler, senior center fielder/co-captain Cara Harrington, junior catcher/outfielder Claire Salinardo, junior first baseman Paige Carlson, and junior […]

Maplewood-South Orange Wrestling Club enjoys historic resurgence

Maplewood-South Orange Wrestling Club enjoys historic resurgence

MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Youth wrestling in Maplewood and South Orange is experiencing an historic resurgence. The MSO Cougar Wrestling Club, sponsored by the Maplewood Recreation Department, had its largest enrollment this season since the mid-1990s. Its middle school wrestlers had the winningest team record since then also, along with the most Essex County place-winners […]

Columbia HS boys fencers earn All State honors

Columbia HS boys fencers earn All State honors

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – The New Jersey Interscholastic Fencing Association All State Banquet took place March 18 at the Zeris Inn in Mountain Lakes. The Columbia High School boys fencing team had three honorees: Jack Woods (First Team Foil), Nicholas Goguen-Compagnoni (Third Team Foil) and Jeremy Giles (Third Team Sabre). Woods won the State Individual Championship […]

Columbia HS fencer Jack Woods completes amazing comeback journey

After long absence due to medical condition, junior earns medal in Denver; wins State gold

Columbia HS fencer Jack Woods completes amazing comeback journey

MAPLEWOOD – For many years, Maplewood’s Jack Woods has accomplished many extraordinary accomplishments in the sport of fencing as a foilist. After an absence from fencing for over one-and-a-half years, the Columbia High School junior has made an amazing comeback this season, winning a medal at the 2019 Junior Olympics in February in Denver, against […]

Jimmy Martinez leads Middlebury College track team to NCAA Division III Indoor National title in distance medley event

Jimmy Martinez leads Middlebury College track team to NCAA Division III Indoor National title in distance medley event

BOSTON – Former Columbia High School athlete Jimmy Martinez is now an NCAA national champion. Martinez, a senior at Middlebury College in Vermont, was part of a distance medley relay team that ran to the title at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field National Championships in Boston recently. Martinez, who ran the 800-meter […]

Columbia HS wrestlers Blake McGowan and Naquan Tory enjoy fine efforts at state finals in Atlantic City

Columbia HS wrestlers Blake McGowan and Naquan Tory enjoy fine efforts at state finals in Atlantic City

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – Columbia High School wrestlers Blake McGowan and Naquan Tory, both seniors, gave strong efforts at the NJSIAA state finals at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, Feb. 28, March 1-2. McGowan was seeded 30th in the 170-pound division. In the preliminary round, McGowan was pinned by No. 3 seed Garret Bilgrav of Robbinsville […]

Columbia HS fencing teams end season with great state results; Jack Woods captures gold medal in boys foil

Columbia HS fencing teams end season with great state results; Jack Woods captures gold medal in boys foil

Jac MAPLEWOOD, NJ – The Columbia High School fencing teams concluded their seasons with great results. The girls fencing team won the bronze medal in the State Team Championship on Tuesday, Feb. 26, winning its meet against Northern Highlands High School.  The girls fenced extremely well and clinched the win at 14-5. Previously, at the […]

UPDATED: Columbia HS wrestlers Naquan Tory and Blake McGowan reach state finals in Atlantic City

UPDATED: Columbia HS wrestlers Naquan Tory and Blake McGowan reach state finals in Atlantic City

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – Columbia High School wrestlers Naquan Tory and Blake McGowan finished in the top four of their respective weight divisions at the NJSIAA Region 3 tournament held at West Orange HS, Feb. 21-23. As a result, Tory and McGowan, both seniors, qualified for the NJSIAA state finals at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, Feb. […]