Winter Sports Wrap Up


Abbey Weltman

Girl's Basket Ball team wraps up their 2019 season!

The sun is shining and spring is right around the corner. This means winter sports are coming to an end. Let us check out on how all the respective winter sports teams performed this winter.

The boy’s basketball team had an extremely successful season this year. They finished the year with a 19-7 record to go along with a 7-3 record in the division. They battled some tough teams this year as well. They had great wins against Wayne Valley, Dwight-Morrow, West Milford, Fair Lawn, and PCTI. They ended up losing in the county semifinals and the state semifinals. They proved a lot of people wrong because many thought they would drop off after they lost their whole starting five from the 2018 county championship team. They proved doubters wrong, as they finished one win short of 20 wins. The team was led by Jake Belli who had a fantastic season. He averaged 17 points a game to go along with 6.2 assists per game. He helped set up the whole offense throughout the season. Nebi Ademi and Pulast Thaker were the two forwards on the year. They both held down the paint on defense and were a force to reckon with on offense down low. Jason Sanfilippo and Brett Wood were the spot up three-point shooters for the team. The team will look to replicate this success next year as well.

“I feel like we had such a great season and at the end of the day we put a lot of hard work in to this season. I am really going to miss all of the seniors, but next year we will look to improve and try and go farther in the playoffs,” said junior Brett Wood.

The boy’s hockey team had quite a successful season. They finished the season with a 15-9-3 record on the year. They made it all the way up to the state semifinals, where they lost to Hillsborough. Eric Kruglyak led the team in points with 44 points this year. Anthony Mazzerina came in second with 38 points. Eric Kruglyak also led the team in goals and assists. The team will look to capitalize on a fun and successful season this year. They will also look to replicate the same success next year.

The girls’ basketball team had a promising year this year. Even though they finished the year with an 8-18 record, they are building for the future. They only have one senior graduating and the rest of the starting lineup was all underclassmen. The team was led by juniors Danjiela Markanovic and Abbey Weltman. They also were helped out by star-studded sophomores in Sam Graf and Nicole Strumolo. They will look to carry the workload next year as well. The girls’ basketball team is on the rise and do not be surprised if you see this team contending for a county championship in the upcoming years.

The boys wrestling team had one of the most successful seasons in school history. They finished the year with a record of 11-11 to go along with a 2-3 record in conference play. Gabe Dellechiaie was one of the teams best wrestlers. He finished the year with a 20-7 record to go along with 6 pins and 4 major decisions. Logan Montaina also had a very successful year as well. He finished the year with an 11-7 record to go along with 6 pins. The team should be very proud of themselves as they worked extremely hard to get to this point. The wrestling program is not a joke anymore at Wayne Hills so don’t take them lightly.

The swimming team capped off another nice season. They finished the year with a 6-6 record and a 5-5 record in the district. Aaron Khodarkovsky and Marc Sim dominated the boys swimming team. They broke records at county’s as well, as they both now hold numerous records for the school. Aaron Khodarkovsky and Ilona Margolin will look to help guide the team to more success next season as those two will be the unquestioned leaders of the team.

All of the respective sports had great seasons. It will be sad to see all of the seniors leave their respective sports, but it is time for spring season. Everyone will look to try and replicate their success next year and possibly go even farther than they finished this season as well.