For three days in Philadelphia, Pa., the best track stars from the tri-state descended upon Franklin Field for the Penn Relays and a shot to return home victorious. On the first day, the Lady Hawks 4x400 relay squad (Sam Schleiger, Paige Fernandez, Melissa Gibbons and Jamie Woods) won their heat placing first in 4:02.86 to advance closer to a repeat title. Schleiger has been part of the relay team since freshman year and is a three time winner, Fernandez and Gibbons have won twice and this is Woods first year competing at Penn. In the 4x100 relay (Kalene Marulis, Nicole Burrowes, Noreen Byrne, Marina Reilly), the Lady Hawks finished fourth in 52.39. Matt Koh represented the Golden Hawks in the shot put placing 19th, throwing in excess of 51 feet, while the 4-x-400 relay (Chris Bang, Ryan Callahan, Zack Hubno, Christian Flago) brought home a silver medal finishing in 3:32.63 The boys 4-x-100 relay (Dan Garcin, Christian Disanctis, Rym Ocllerman, Kyle Lustille) finished in 47.18.
For the Crusaders efforts at the Penn Relays, they walked away with a second place finish in 46:13 in the 4-x-100 relay (Tony Loforo, Dan Lynch, Casey Gaarn and Kyle Quiero) and sixth in the 4-x-400 relay ( Dan Lynch, Julius Wingate, Craig Scheuring and Kyle Ellerson) in 3:35.02.
Several of the Golden Hawks runners competed in the Twin Boros relays in Ramsey with a boys team finish in 10th and the girls in 13th. The shot put and discuss teams of Paul Zaukas, Austin Berninger and Matt Koh came in first in both specialities behind throws of 140-8 in the shot and in the discus with a combined throw of 353-11. The girls side was represented by Erin Smith, Lana Weeks and Laura Oh for first in the shot put and third in the discuss.
The diamond boys of River Dell watched their 11-game win streak come to an end on Friday as they fell to Bergenfield, 2-1. The Hawks took an early second innning one run lead but the Bears tied the game in the fourth and eked out the final run in the seventh. The against Pascack Valley and due to rain were unable to compete against Tenafly on Thursday.
Softball continues to struggle with inconsistent results, falling to Bergenfield on Friday 14-3 after five innings. This year will also mark the first time since 2006 that the Lady Hawks will not make an appearance in the Bergen County tournament. Looking to move forward in their season, River Dell topped Pascack Valley 3-2 on Sara Recanati's two RBI's and winning efforts on the mound. They then picked up their second win in a row, a 10-0 shutout over Tenafly in five innings with Jordan Bastable blasting 3 RBI's, Kelsey Shuffenhaure, Amanda Walker and Lindsey Clark addeding 2 RBI's to their names as well.
The Lady Hawks also gave it their all in the first round of the lacrosse tournament before falling, 16-3 to the fourth-seeded Mahwah Lady T-Birds. Tori Schettino had two goals while Sam Kay netted the last one for River Dell. Meghan Ennis got the nod to protect the cage and finished with 13 saves. A few days later and hungry for victory, River Dell downed Paramus 14-6 after sweeping the first period with 12 goals. Toro Schettino led the way with 4 goals, Kristen Hartwick had a hat trick while Rebecca Meyers (6 saves) and Kayla Rowley (4 saves) shared time in the cage. Emily Lawloe's five goals led River Dell to a 15-6 victory over Clifton as Tori Schettino and Emily Wong both had hat tricks for the day.
Bergen Catholic mounted a furious rally in the fourth quarter, and cut a 5-goal deficit down to one goal, but could not manage to find the equalizer that would have forced overtime, and wound up losing to Ramapo, 12-11 on a rainy Thursday afternoon at Crusader Stadium. The Crusaders received a huge performance from Jamie Piluso, who led the team with a hat trick, 1 assist, 13 groundballs, and dominated the faceoff x winning 17 of 24 draws. Brendon McGuire took front and center as the Crusaders defeated state-power Mountain Lakes for the first time notching the winning shot in overtime.
Bergen Catholic's losing streak reached eight straight games on Thursday afternoon, as the Crusaders lost to West Milford, 12-1. But the Crusaders snapped the losing streak with a 6-2 win over Kennedy on Friday and then handed Hackensack a 10-2 loss on Monday afternoon at Overpeck Park. Matt Millus earned the win by striking out 8 batters, while AJ Gallagher went deep for a home run and Joe Esposito and Mike Martinez each drove in 2 runs. Bergen unforunately fell to Ramapo on Wednesday 4-2 in nine innings after squandering an early lead. AJ Gallagher had a two-run double early in the first, but stranded runners late in the game doomed the Crusaders for a third win in a row.
Volleyball lost their first dual match of the season against archrival Don Bosco Prep, 25-20, 18-25, 21-25 in Friday's volleyball action. But were bolstered on Wednesday as Park Ridge native Brendan McCullagh became the first Bergen Catholic player in the five-year history of the program to achieve 1,000 career kills when he led the Crusaders (15-3) over Hackensack in straight sets, 25-11, 25-17. McCullagh had 14 kills against the Comets and has 1,001 kills for his career. Senior libero Hacik Arslanoglu added six digs and junior setter Kirk Nouhan had 26 assists for Bergen Catholic.
Bergen golf finished with a team 307 at the Brunswick Invitational in Conneticut behind first place finisher Greenwich (CT). As the lone North Jersey representative, Ryan Rose shot 1-over-71, Matt Love 76, Sean O'Neill 79, Chang Ju Lee 80 and Zach Egermayer 83. BC defeated Paramus (160-177) on Friday afternoon for their 14th win as Rose stroked a 37 and then defeated Ridgewood 155-168 on Monday. Bergen Catholic claimed its 4th tournament championship of the spring by winning the Arcola Invitational on Tuesday afternoon with a team score of (109), which was 8 strokes better than the nearest opponent. Sean O'Neill and Ryan Rose each shot par (36) to lead the Crusaders to the team title. The duo then led C to a 154-203 victory over Bergen Tech on Wednesday.
Stroking a 41, well over par (36) at the Hackensack Golf Club, Scott Kim and the Golden Hawks fell to Paramus 172-188 but rebounded for a 165-203 victory over Fort Lee. Kim finished with a 36-par with Max Barnett trailing behind shooting 40. Jack Schaefer stroked a 37 and Kim a 36 to defeat Waldwick 156-191.
With a 4-1 lead at halftime, the Golden Hawks lacrosse watched as the Demarest Norsemen rebounded behind Chris McArdle's hat trick and a five-goal spree in the third period to run away with a 8-5 come from behind win. Kevin Barry netted two for River Dell, Grant Kuchar, Mike Nevile and Brendan O'Connell had one a piece. River Dell then fell to Dwight-Englewood 8-6 in spite of a late surge by the Hawks.
River Dell tennis continues to improve this season earning a 3-2 victory over Pascack Valley on Monday before falling to Paramus 3-2 on Tuesday.
While the Crusaders tennis squad shutout Hackensack 5-0 on Monday behind singles Brian Balico, Mat Liguori, and Morgan Williams, while the doubles pairings of Billy Carney/Kohji Kusama and Dan Gomez/Chris Chi each took care of business in helping the Crusaders sweep the day.