By Steve Sears
Both Wayne Hills and Wayne Valley High School springs sports teams excited their fans with exciting wins and stellar seasons.
The Wayne Valley High School baseball team, coached by Jeffrey Hoover, finished the season with a 13 – 9 record, but included in those wins was a 2–1 Passaic County Tournament title win over Passaic Valley.
Key wins during the season was another triumph over Passaic Valley, 10-5 (at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, Maryland), and wins over Bergen Catholic (4-2), Clifton (9-7), Ridgewood (4-3), Bloomfield (3-1), and Passaic County Tech, 5-4, in the Passaic County Championship Semifinals.
Senior pitcher and left fielder Chris Coleman was selected to 1st Team All-Passaic County and 1st Team Big North
Independence Division. Coleman was also selected to play In the New Jersey Senior All Star Game at Diamond Nation in Flemington. Senior right fielder and first baseman Jack Feit was also selected to 1st Team All-Passaic County and 1st Team Big North Independence Division.
The Wayne Valley Girls Spring Track and Field team, coached by Erik Schulman, completed their season with a 3-2 record. Milica Rodic set the school record in the Long Jump (18′ 6″) and the Triple Jump (36′ 8.75″). Rodic claimed the Conference, County and State Sectional Championships in the Long Jump, and she was also the state sectional champion in Triple Jump.
Catie McGrath was the Passaic County Champion in Javelin, Alexis Rocker the Conference Champion in Shot Put and Discus.
Jim Camb’s Wayne Valley Girls Golf team completed their challenging ledger with a record of 4-8. “We started the season off with a 3-2 record before facing some difficult competition,” says Camb. “Freshmen Maddy Martin had a great first season, earning 1st Team All-Passaic County, and Senior Katie Pavlak earned Honorable Mention for the Big North Conference. Freshmen Amanda Vogt also had a fantastic season and looks to be a key contributor moving forward.
Calvin Eng recently completed his first season as Wayne Valley High School Boys Tennis coach.
“There was a bit of an adjustment period,” Eng says. “I was hired from Chatham High, where I was Assistant Head Coach to the Boys and Girls. I also hired a new Junior Varsity coach. So, the entire program is in a rebuilding stage.”
The club finished the season at 5-9. “Not a great result, but we suffered a major injury (broken collarbone) just two
weeks into the season (at 1st Doubles) that was difficult to overcome. I want to point out that freshman, Luis Mendoza, came in and provided a big spark for our team this year. With a very competitive mindset, he showed the elders how powerful that drive can be in winning matches. If Luis lost a match the first time in the season, he was sure to find a way to win the second match. A great example is Luis losing in straight sets to Lakeland during their first season match. He then went on to beat him 8-2
in the County Tournament, and then beat him again in straight sets in our regular season match. A great and intelligent competitor!”
Eng adds, “This is a promising team. What I have is a team eager to learn and improve during the off season. A team that enjoys the new spirit of comradery between teammates. This is a huge change in the culture of the program, which I’m building. We are all excited for next year!”
Chris Helm is coach of the Wayne Valley High School Girls Softball team, which concluded their season with 9 wins and 13 losses.
Among the club’s big wins were sweeping crosstown rivals Wayne Hills, as well as sweeping West Milford, the first time in team history this feat was accomplished. Senior Hanna Robinson was selected 1st Team All-Conference and Honorable Mention All-Passaic County, and senior Skylar Somick was also
a 1st Team All-Conference selection, as well as 2nd Team All-Passaic County. Junior Sami Hendershott was named to 1st Team All-Conference and 2nd Team All-Passaic County, and fellow junior Molly McAtee was named to Honorable Mention All-Conference. Sophomore Gianna LaMorges was both a 1st Team All-Conference and 1st Team All-County selection, and sophomore Lexi Hayeck tabbed as 2nd Team All-Conference and Honorable Mention All-County. Freshman Carissa Goodwin was named to Honorable Mention All-Conference.
Rachel Hofbauer coached the Wayne Valley Girls Lacrosse team to a 9-9 record. Key wins were against Livingston,
Vernon (on Senior Night), Scotch Plains Fanwood, and River Dell. Many were the stars of Hofbauer’s team, including Caroline Ohngemach, who had 60 goals, 5 assists, 48 draw controls, 13 forced turnovers, and 33 ground balls; Madison Ellis, who scored 41 goals, had 23 assists, 15 forced turnovers, and 26 ground balls, and Cara Scancarella, who had 35
goals, 14 assists, 19 draw-controls, 11 forced turnovers, and 32 ground balls. Courtney Dellerba, Tamara McNutt, Katie Raiser, and Kristen McLean were also key contributors this season.
Bruce Keogh’s Boys Varsity Tennis Coach at Wayne Hills High School was undefeated in The Independence Division with a 10 – 0 record and finished 15-3 overall. The squad also won the Passaic County team championship.
“Important wins were our matches versus Fair Lawn (3-2 in both of the matches we competed in) and Wayne Valley (both matches we competed in),” says Keogh.
Jeffrey Angello (1st singles), Adam Choe (2nd singles), Kaushik Tallam (3rd singles), Michael Ferreira/Josh Blecherman (1st doubles ) and Mark Noschese/Ben Kressaty (2nd doubles) were all named to 1st Team All-Passaic County.
Mark DuBois lauds his Wayne Hills High School Co-ed Golf team. “The Wayne Hills High School Co-ed Golf team had a great season in 2019. They had a record of 23-5 during the regular season. They defeated Old Tappan High School for the first time on April 16 by one shot when junior Riley Flynn made a four-foot putt on the ninth green at North Jersey Country Club. The team Won the Big North Passaic County Championship on May 9th at Preakness Valley Golf Course. The team had an eighteen-hole score of 317. Senior Captain Seth Friedman had the lowest round of his career scoring a two under par 68 to come in first place. Senior
Captain James Bradley came in second place with a score of 73. The other team members to contribute in the victory are senior JP Lemchak, junior Riley Flynn, senior James Bradley, senior Seth Friedman, and senior Nick Panarin.”
Bill Eustice’s Wayne Hills Boys Volleyball finished its season with a record of 13 wins and 6 losses.
“We started our season by defeating Don Bosco. and defeated Lakeland three times over the course of two months; we lost to both last season. Two of our players, setter Jacob Park and outside hitter Chris Marschall, were selected 1st Team All-Passaic County and All-Big North Independence division.”
Jacob Park was selected to play in the Senior All Star game on June 8 at Livingston High School.