Monday, April 22, 2013
'This has been a dream of mine,' Niki Carillo said.
Two high school seniors fulfilled their dreams recently when they signed letters of intent to play softball at the collegiate level. Niki Carillo and Lyndsey Lichtenberger from Wayne Valley High School signed letters of intent last week. Carillo will attend St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Lichtenberger will play for Queens College, part of the City University of New York. “This has been a dream of mine ever since I was a little kid,” said Carillo, a pitcher. “I’m a big fan of Jennie Finch.” Finch helped Team USA win a gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics. Lichtenberger will play at third base when she takes the field in college. She currently playing left field for the Indians. “For me, it’s all about the team,” she said. “If …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Olsen led the Wayne Hills Patriots to eight state sectional championships.
A retirement party will be held for Chris Olsen, the legendary Wayne Hills High School football coach, later this year. Olsen guided the Patriots to eight state sectional championships during his nearly 30-year tenure at the school. The party will be held at The Carriage House at the Barnyard in Totowa. Cost to attend is $50. Attendees must be 21 years old or older. Checks need to be sent by May 1 to Sue Wielkotz, 6 Bourbon St. in Wayne. Checks should be made payable to cash. — Have a question or news tip? Contact editor Daniel Hubbard at Daniel.Hubbard@patch.com or find us on Facebook and Twitter. For news straight to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.
Friday, April 5, 2013
Hours after his resignation as Rutgers athletic director, Oakland resident Tim Pernetti called Friday a "sad day for a lot of people."
Tim Pernetti resigned as Rutgers athletic director Friday. “It’s a really sad day for a lot of people, including me and my family,” Pernetti said outside his Oakland home Friday. “I always have and I always will — no matter what — want what’s best for Rutgers.” In a letter to Rutgers University President Robert Barchi, Pernetti blamed the university for overriding his decision to immediately fire Mike Rice. The news of Pernetti’s resignation comes just days after video surfaced showing former mens basketball coach Mike Rice aggressively harassing basketball players at the Division I program. Pernetti, 42, was born in Teaneck, raised in Wyckoff and currently is an Oakland resident. He is a graduate of Ramapo High School. More from Patch:
Tim Pernetti, 42, was first appointed to lead the athletics program at Rutgers in 2009.
UPDATE, 1:45 p.m., Friday: Tim Pernetti has officially resigned. In a letter to Rutgers University President Robert Barchi, Pernetti blamed the university for overriding his decision to immediately fire Mike Rice. Embattled Athletic Director Tim Pernetti is out at Rutgers. The news comes just days after video surfaced showing former mens basketball coach Mike Rice aggressively harassing basketball players at the Division I program. Sources told ESPN Friday that Pernetti had been forced out as A.D. Pernetti, 42, was born in Teaneck, raised in Wyckoff and currently is an Oakland resident. He is a graduate of Ramapo High School. Ramapo Athletic Director Ron Anello said that the scandal hit home because of Pernetti's local connections. "I …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Shaun Williams played nine years in the NFL, including for the Giants in Super Bowl XXXV.
Former NFL player Shaun Williams has been elevated to the position of full-time defensive coordinator of the William Paterson University football team. Williams played nine years in the NFL and played for the N.Y. Giants in Super Bowl XXXV. He had 347 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 15 interceptions and three forced fumbles in his career. “I’m looking forward to helping to bring a new level of success to William Paterson football,” Williams said in a statement. This past season, William Paterson ranked 29th nationally in pass defense (163.6 yards/game) and a pair of Pioneers earned spots on the All-New Jersey Athletic Conference’s Defensive Team. “The knowledge and the experience that he brings to the position, especially from his time in the NFL, …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
A video of Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice has surfaced in which Rice yells abusive and profane language, and shoves and kicks players.
Gov. Chris Christie was "deeply disturbed" after viewing a video of Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice using abusive language, shoving and kicking Rutgers University basketball players during practices. According to a report on NJ.com, the 40-minute video was the basis for Rice's three-game suspension and $50,000 fine in December. The tape has drawn widespread condemnation for Rice's use of gay slurs directed at his players. Rutgers showed the tape to reporters on Tuesday after learning that ESPN plans to air footage of the tapes this week. The video covers practices that occurred between 2010 and 2012, according to a report on ESPN.com. "Governor Christie saw the video today for the first time and he is obviously deeply disturbed by the …
Former Circle Systems Group principals overcharged districts, exchanged gifts for work, U.S. Attorney says.
Two former executives of an athletic equipment supply firm each face 20 years in prison after admitting their roles in a scheme to defraud schools. Mitchell Kurlander, 54, of Allentown, Pa., and his father-in-law, Alan Abeshaus, 81, of Highland Beach, Fla., pleaded guilty today in federal court to one count of mail and wire fraud conspiracy. Kurlander and Abeshaus served, respectively, as chief financial officer and chief executive officer of Circle Systems Group Inc., which had contracts with a number of New Jersey school districts. The athletic apparel and equipment firm systematically defrauded school districts from at least 1997 to 2007, according to a release by U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman, by keeping duplicate payments from schools …
Monday, April 1, 2013
The interactive map below has information on all 29 baseball players from North Jersey who are playing professional baseball in 2013.
"It's like Christmas, except it's warmer." - Pete Rose on baseball's Opening Day It's that time of year again. The day when hope springs eternal for baseball fans across the country and anything seems possible. As Opening Day gets under way Monday, four players with North Jersey ties will suit up and don uniforms for major league teams. Another 20 will start their professional seasons in the minors, with the dream of some day making it to — or, in some cases, back to — The Show. All four North Jerseyans breaking camp with major league teams in 2013 are pitchers. Detroit Tigers starter Rick Porcello, a former first-round pick who made his major league debut at the ripe age of 20, is the best known of the bunch. The 24-year-old Morristown …
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Newark, Hoboken, Montclair and other New Jersey towns lose out despite NCAA reversal.
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Wayne Valley team wins the Big North Cheerleading Competition recently.
The Wayne Valley High School Competitive Cheerleading Team came in first place at the Big North Cheerleading Competition recently. The Indians beat 30 other teams to finish on top. The team also won its division. The team has enjoyed a lot of success recently. The team earned first place and were named overall champions at the Wayne Hills High School Cheerleading Competition earlier this year. The team beat out 29 others at the annual AmeriCheer International Championship in Florida and won at the Saddle Brook High School competition last year. — Have a question or news tip? Contact editor Daniel Hubbard at Daniel.Hubbard@patch.com or find us on Facebook and Twitter. For news straight to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.