By Steve Sears
Both Hanover Park Regional and Whippany Park High School spring sports teams faced great competition this year and did their best during their respective seasons.
The Boys Park Regional (Hanover Park and Whippany Park Co-op) Lacrosse team, coached by Nicholas Esposito, finished with a 4-9 record. Key wins were over Parsippany Hills and North Warren, as well as a victory over Oratory Prep. It was their first win in a new, more challenging Klank conference. Top player performance was from Ryan Salus, who finished his career with 30 goals and 10 assists and was named 2nd Team All-Klank Conference in NJILL and 2nd Team for the Colonial Division in NJAC.
Goalie Kevin Julich, also a senior, was 2nd Team All-Conference selection.
Tara Geisser’s Boys Varsity Tennis team for Hanover Park finished at 12-2 on the season, and were undefeated in
their conference, being named conference champions. Joe Weinbaum (second singles), Nitish Kasarla and Drew Bayait (1st Doubles) were undefeated in conference play.
Rachel Maggioncalda, Head Coach of the Hanover Park Boys Track team, led her squad to a 2-3 record in Dual meet competition this season.
She sums up the season. “Senior Hikmat Sabeh is the Morris County Champion in the Triple Jump, jumping 46 feet and 7 inches, and is currently ranked 9th in the state of New Jersey. Sabeh was also selected for the NJAC First Team All-Conference team and Morris County First Team honors. Junior Jack Stein had an excellent season in the Javelin, finishing third in Morris County with a throw of 158 feet and 10 inches and earning NJAC Second Team honors. Junior sprinter Ethan Gayle was a group-championship qualifier in the 100m, and also earned NJAC Second Team honors for his performance in the 100m dash and 200m dash this season. Sophomore Daniel Gregory also earned NJAC Second Team honors for his excellent performance this season in shot put and discus. Dan earned 42.33 varsity points this season and established himself as an athlete to watch in both the county and section. The distance team was led by junior Ryan Quiogue, who was recognized with an NJAC honorable mention award for his performance in the 1600m (4:43) and the 800m (2:03). The team’s hurdle corps had an excellent season, exhibiting depth and placing in both the intermediate and high hurdles at various meets. The hurdlers were led by senior Ryan Pacheco, Juniors CJ Apgar and Jeremy Lai, and sophomore Ben Kunze. Kunze finished as the second-best sophomore in the county in the 400m intermediate hurdles and was also a state group championship qualifier in the same event.”
Head Coach Doug Wear and Hanover Park Boys Baseball had an up and down season. “Although we pitched great ( 2.52 ERA ) our bats were a little flat (.260 average). The pitching was led by senior Chris Fagan, sophomores Trevor Smith, Jon Peterson and freshman Frank Ciccone. The offense was led by senior Mike Ferrone, juniors Frank Marinelli, Nick Whelan, Luis Matias, Matt Tuli, John Ruccio, and sophomores Trevor Smith and Dylan O’Donnell. It was a total team effort with someone different contributing every game.”
Fagan and Ferrone exit due to graduation, but the rest of the team return in 2020. “We look forward to building on this year’s success,” says Wear.
Hanover Park Regional’s Girls Lacrosse ended their season with 8 wins and 7 losses and finished 5-2 in the Colonial South Conference. Their final win tally is a huge improvement over 2018’s 3-12.
Ryan Thomas is Head Coach.
The club scored huge wins over Saint Elizabeth’s, Parsippany Hills, and High Point, and were led by junior Molly
Powers, who scored 61 Goals (and her 100th career goal on May 2), and senior Michaela Kaminski, who contributed 40 goals.
The future is bright.
Bill DiMauro, Head Track & Field Coach at Hanover Park High School, led his team to a second consecutive NJAC Liberty Division Championship and overall 6-0 record.
Top performers were Grace Reynolds (who took part in the State Meet of Champions), Kimora Johnson, Eliza Bruncaj, Meghan Macaluso, Jada Alcantara. The team won the Morris Hills Relays Small School Championship with 28 points, and the Sophomore County Championships with 57.50 points.
Jaime Galioto is the four-year Head Coach of the Hanover Park Hornets Girls softball team, who completed an 18-7 2019 season while competing in the Liberty conference.
“Last year we lost two great players, a pitcher and one of our big bats, a second basemen, so we had to go with a freshman pitcher, and we were still able to finish the season 18-7 and we got better as we went on.”
Highlight wins were over Passaic County Tech, Pompton Lakes (who were undefeated at the time), and a tough Fair Lawn squad.
Key players were Nicole Miller, a junior shortstop who also pitched, and Aryana Galioto, centerfielder who batted leadoff, who is a junior as well. “I have my whole team coming back,” says Galioto. “I lost just one senior. The nucleus is coming back.”
Miller and Galioto were 1st Team All-Conference, and sophomore Ashley Alfano, junior Dara Dimaiolo, and Victoria Lopinto were 2nd Team, and Honorable Mention was awarded to Gianna Tito.
The Boys Track team at Whippany Park High School, coached by Colin Feeney, finished as 4-0 Dual Meet Conference Champions.
The key win during the season was defeating Kinnelon by 5 points in a dual meet to keep their undefeated record
unscathed. Christian Martin was top performer for the spring. He became NJAC Champ, Morris County Champ, Sectional Champ, and Meet of Champions Qualifier in the 110 Hurdles. Martin also won all 4 of his events at State Sectionals to score 40 points for the team.
Others who had stellar seasons were Devin Falci (Javelin), James Carlson- Zyats (Long jump/ Hurdles), Nick Graessle (Pole Vault and Javelin), Luke Brzozowski (Pole Vault), Jon Slavin (Pole Vault), Evan Yang (Javelin), Amari Johnson (Shot Put), Jack Lee (Sprints), James Troiano (1600, 3200)
The Whippany Park Girls Softball team had a 17-6 final record with Head Coach Todd Callaghan at the helm.
Julia Swan, a pitcher and one of the club’s best hitters, and Lexi DiGiorgio, who had the highest team batting average, led the squad to important wins over Belvidere (1-0) and Roselle Park.