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Scarlet Knights Fall Athletics 2018

Gabriel Korish, Sports Editor

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Boys Cross Country

The boys cross country team, led by senior captains Matt Morena, Matt Salazar, Kevin McNally, Dylan Gasiorowski, and Bryce Merwin, had another successful season, remaining undefeated in dual meets. They finished second at the NJAC Championships, with sixth and seventh place finishes from Morena and Salazar. The team also placed second the following week at the Morris County Championships with a tenth place, eleventh place, and twelfth place finish from Morena, sophomore Dom Wallace, and Salazar, respectively. The boys went on to win the North 1 Group 3 Sectional Championships for the second year in a row. They placed second at the Group 3 championships at Holmdel Park, and earned their 3rd consecutive trip to the New Jersey Meet of Champions. The team hopes to continue its success next year and hope to see some younger boys step up, as six of the top seven teams members are graduating.

Girls Cross Country

This season, the entire varsity team, led by Aleia Delgado, worked well together, achieving great success. Megan Goulden, Carolina Kaczmarek, Deepika Rana, Emilia Morris, Ananya Raghavan, Eleisa Weber, Valerie Audelo, and Samantha Villanueva made up this year’s Girls Cross Country varsity team. This season’s highlights included going five to zero in the National Division of the NJAC Conference and placing fourth at the North 1 Group 3 Sectional Championships, qualifying to run at the Group Championships once again. The teams goals for the future are to build on what they have achieved this year and to improve on their standings next season.

Field Hockey

The team’s leaders this season were captains Meghan Lance and Hannah Miller. Meghan Lance, the team’s lone senior, stepped up to lead the girls as someone they could look up to and come to for advices. She always kept a positive attitude and worked very hard on and off the field. Hannah Miller was Meghan’s right-hand woman this year, willing to help out in anyway possible. This season was truly monumental as it marked the team’s first win in three years, with their defeat of St. Elizabeth, two to one. It was truly a team effort: Stacey Tang contributed two goals, Hannah Miller had an assist, and Jessica Tang stopped ten goals. The coaches are very proud of all their players for persevering and ending with a win. The team hopes to continue to improve technically and be competitive  in every game. They would also love to build on this season’s momentum and add more victories next year.

Football

Overall, the team had a strong year, finishing with a six to four record. This season’s highlights include beating rival Morris Knolls and earning a Group 4 home state playoff game. The team averaged twenty five points per game on offense, with Angelo Macera leading the team in rushing, with 531 yards and ten touchdowns. Senior Sam Valerio accountied for over 800 total yards and eight running, passing, and throwing touchdowns. Senior John Schaefer was the team’s top lineman, Omar Acevedo led with 84 tackles, and Francis Babe had fifty tackles at safety. The team also had many underclassmen on the field, so 2019 looks promising, with top juniors Jeremy Busel (over 400 yards rushing and 41 tackles) and Lucas Novack (over 500 receiving yards and five touchdowns) leading the way along with many others.

Boys Soccer

The team this season was led by Esteban Cambronero, a strong central defender, Chris Grilk, a big presence on set plays, Devin Musser, an offensive creator, Julian Mesa, an offensive threat with speed, and Garrett Ciccia, a consistent wing back. They had an overall great season, competing in NJAC and even state tournaments, making it to the state sectional semifinals after beating Sparta and Wayne Hills. The team hopes to rebuild the program next year as thirteen players will be graduating. Girls Soccer

The girls soccer team was led by senior captains Ayla Lopez and Daniela Moncada, a forward and midfielder, respectively. Lopez scored five goals as captain and Mackenzie Creighton, a freshman, led the team with eleven. They were able to win three games this year and hope to gain more wins in the coming years, as well as rebuild with a younger core due to a loss of eight seniors.  

Girls Tennis

The girls tennis team was led by seniors Aakriti Mathur and Lily Kass. Overall, the team had a seven to six record, and it looks to improve upon this and win even more matches in the coming years.

Girls Volleyball

The volleyball team was led by senior captains Madison Dreiss, Hannah Ferguson, and Sarah Ramadan, as well as by junior captain Daisy Nguyen. Overall, they had a successful season, with a final record of fifteen to eleven. Additionally, the team made it into the state tournament. Some of the season’s highlights include winning the Villa Walsh’s Septemberfest Tournament, winning the silver bracket of the Morris Knolls September Slam Tournament, and defeating Mendham, Montville, and Sparta. Additionally, in a thrilling battle against Pope John, the Lady Knights took the second set 32 to 30 and, despite losing, played the rest of the game with tremendous heart. MHVB is sad to see the seniors go, but the underclassmen look forward to another successful season next year.

 

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