Fall Sports Wrap Up


By Ethan Yuppa, Jonah Carelton, Aaron Hook, and John Conturso

The weather is starting to get cold which means all Wayne Hills fall sports are coming to an end. Here is how all of the sports made out on the year:

The Wayne Hills Cross Country teams have kicked off their seasons and are in full swing coming into November. Lead by Coach Staggers, The Boys team is 2-0 on the season and feature key players like Jeffrey Bennett and Jordan Leong. Andrew Ginart, a junior at WHHS, had this to say about the team’s early success. “We all love running, it’s our passion. We try our hardest ever meet, but even if we don’t win our main goal is to do the best we can and compete.” The girls team is 0-1 to start the season. They are led by seniors Ekaterina Zelenin and Victoria Bregman. The girls will look to use this early loss as motivation and rebound, and try to put together a winning streak.

The Wayne Hills Girls Varsity Volleyball team is off to an okay start being 4-5.  They recently lost their last match against Wayne Valley, 2-1. The girls volleyball team is looking to win there next upcoming game against West Milford to make there record .500.  Here is what Ella Harris has to say, a junior at Wayne Hills who plays girls varsity volleyball. “We bonded really well as a team and we worked hard every day and we tried our best during each game.”  As you can tell, the team puts in hard work into the game and how well the team bonds together.

The Wayne Hills Varsity Field Hockey team is still working out their season, with their record 7-10-1. They are looking to wrap up their season by catching some wins before their year is over. Some of the leading stars on the team include; Sara Weiss, who leads the team in goals and is only a sophomore, and Victoria DiDonato, the team goalkeeper and she has an incredible 124 saves of the season. “ We worked really hard throughout the season and we were really close as a team. Each player compliments each other and without one another we wouldn’t be as successful as we were,” said freshman field hockey player Jessica Carleton. The team has something to prove next year, as they have unfinished business coming out of this mediocre season. The girls will look to improve from this season next year when they return a ton of underclassmen.  

The Wayne Hills girls Tennis team is off to a stupendous start. They are off to a 12-3 start this year and are lead by Angela Reyzelman and Riya Solanky. They are leading the team this season. The girls team can be described as a dynasty of sorts. It is unthinkable of how they have won the Passaic County Tournament for 16 straight years. That is very legendary. Most of the girls on the team are either juniors and sophomores.  “None of us expected to or felt the pressure to win we just went in the match playing our best tennis and it definitely paid off,” said Junior Angela Reyzelman who had a great season. The seniors do help them out though as they provide experience for the underclassmen. The tennis team beat Wayne Valley four sets to one in their last game of the season. Look for them to repeat next year and find the same success as well.

The girls soccer team had a great season. They finished the year with a 9-6-2 record and they were 4-1 in the Big North Conference. Brooke Alexander led the team with 10 goals on the year. Marisa Cuciti lead the team with 5 assists on the season. Liv Sokoli was a great goalkeeper as she had 91 saves on the season. The girls lost to Wayne Valley in the semi-final for the Passaic County Tournament. The girls are only graduating 4 seniors. They are coming back next year with more experience and they will look to build upon this successful year.

The boys soccer team had a very successful season this year. They have an outstanding record of 13-2-1 and have really controlled the Big North Conference as they finished first in the conference. This team has really come together throughout the season. They were led by senior captains Nebi Ademi, Sebastian Rojek, and Joe Del Nero. Sebastian is committed to Stony Brook to continue his soccer career as well. The team’s defense is the backbone of the team. The most amount of goals they allowed in a game yet this season was four goals and that was their first game of the season. Billy Schutze is an excellent junior goalie who will look to be one of the senior leaders next year as well. The Patriots lost to PCTI in the Passaic County Tournament championship by a score of 1-0. They beat Passaic Valley in the first round of states and they now play Morris Hills. The team returns 3 underclassmen next year and they will hope to capitalize on this excellent season as well.

The Wayne Hills Football team has wrapped up yet another tremendous regular season, finishing with a 7-2 record overall, and absolutely dominated their conference with a 5-0 record. The only two losses the Patriots suffered all season was in their first game of the year vs. Timpview, a top team from Utah. The Patriots played excellent ball in that game, but just couldn’t pull it off, falling 31-28. The other loss was against Ramapo at home a few weeks ago. Tom Sharkey has thrown for 1,784 yards and 24 touchdowns against 4 interceptions. Charles Njoku is the team’s leading receiver as he has 40 receptions for 821 yards and 11 touchdowns. Jaaron Hayek has also put up some excellent numbers as he has 42 receptions for 820 yards and 11 touchdowns. Adam Abida is the teams leading rusher with 540 yards and 6 touchdowns. Look for this team to go far in the playoffs as the team is incredibly deep and they will put up a fight against anyone.