2020 Winter Sports Season Comes to an End


By Manuela Gonzalez and Grace O'Neill

Winter sports teams at WHHS athletic program ranking fourth in the State of New Jersey and third in the country report mixed results as the season comes to an end with fencing and bowling serving as stand-outs this year.

The girls’ basketball team has had a bit of a challenging season. The girls’ varsity team finished with a record of  9-11. 

“Varsity is young with a majority of juniors and sophomores,” says Coach Lucas Dimitoulis. “We only have three seniors… They compete for their best every game, but we’re still trying to figure how to wrap it up in our favor and win. Junior Varsity is the same case,” he adds. 

With an ending score of 10-1, the girls’ fencing team led by Coach Christina Caamano did quite well this season. With many highlights which include winning the County Championship. The boys’ team coached by Richard Maxwell ended the season with a score of 7-2. They had many achievements such as having many fencers go into state individuals and also winning their County Tournament.

The Wayne Hills boys basketball team had an up and down season as they finish at 9-12.  The Patriots suffered two tough losses at the hands of Fair Lawn and Wayne Valley earlier on in the season.  The team is led by seniors Brett Wood and Carter Lewis as well as John Conturso, who just got back from injury. Junior Phil Park has played well and sophomores James Adamo, Chester Macarenas, Andre Macarenas, Wayne Franklin, and Ali Mansroglu have all stepped up big time. 

Both bowling teams have ended their seasons with amazing scores. The girls with a score of 15-1 and the boys with a winning streak of 14-0. Both teams practiced hard and achieved many goals such as the girls winning the State Sectional Championships, and boys winning first in the North A1 Group 4 Championships.

The winter track team has been able to place in some events throughout their past meets. Coaches Jaris Rousseau and Jason Staggers led the girls to second place in their League Championship 4×800 relay. Adamo took sixth place in high hurdles out of 23 girls, and Lehman also placed sixth in the shot put out of 21 contestants throwing 44 feet. The team has State Groups on February 29th.

The swim team season has come to an end with successful performances from both genders. The girls’ team coached by Micheal Shale has a 3-6 record and the boys swim team coached by Gregg Rehberger and Jacqueline Bayliss have a record of 4-5. Aaron Khodarkovsky, a senior on the boys’ team, placed first in the 200 and 500-yard freestyle races. Khodorkovsky broke his own school record in the 500 free a time of 4:53. 

The boys’ team competed in and won the first meet of their state tournament bracket against Roxbury on February 4th. The boys’ finished their season with a loss against Northern Highlands on February 7th during the state-quarter finals.

“Even though we haven’t had the best season, we all still have accomplished many things throughout it. Everyone on the swim team always practices hard and puts in the best effort,” said senior swimmer Ilona Margolin.

The Wayne Knights just finished their 3rd season as a CO-OP with Wayne Valley and Wayne Hills. Highlights included defeating two talented Freehold teams and a 4-0 win over Clifton to place into the Passaic county semifinals. Although they earned two, back-to-back state semifinalist titles, the Knights did not qualify for this year’s state tournament. The hockey season wrapped up with them playing Paramus on February 14th for the Big North Silver Cup.

The ski team at WHHS is coming to the end of their season with some wins. The girls’ team has made some significant improvements over the past few weeks. Despite having only underclassmen, the team has notched wins over 5 schools. The boys’ team, led by captains Dylan Scher and Ben Kressaty, is enjoying a strong season and making strides towards the state finals. The team has one more league race and then the finals which it can qualify for with a solid finish in that last race.