Friday, May 10, 2013
The Fair Lawn High School baseball team lost 5-3 to River Dell Friday in the first round of the Bergen County Tournament.
When Mother Nature finally cooperated, the Cutters' bats didn't. Fair Lawn dropped its twice rain-delayed first-round Bergen County Tournament matchup against River Dell, 5-3, on Friday. The No. 23 Cutters (11-5) were making their first appearance in the tournament since 2006. Junior Adam Hebel, Fair Lawn's most consistent pitcher this year, took the mound against senior River Dell hurler, Ryan Duran. With the game tied 3-3 in the bottom of the fifth, River Dell punched in two runs to pull out the win, according to NorthJersey.com The Golden Hawks advance to face No. 7 Park Ridge in Emerson on Saturday. -- Follow Fair Lawn-Saddle Brook Patch on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to receive our daily newsletter in your inbox each morning
Thursday, May 9, 2013
All Fair Lawn High School wrestling alumni from 1948 to the present are invited to attend a reunion this June at the Knights of Columbus in Fair Lawn.
The vaunted Fair Lawn High School wrestling program, one of the most historically successful athletic programs in school history, will mark its 65th anniversary this year with a reunion at the Knights of Columbus on Maple Avenue. Any and all Cutters wrestling alumni from 1948 to the present are invited to attend the reunion and beefsteak dinner, scheduled for June 8 from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. If you're interested in attending or would like more information, contact current FLHS wrestling coach Shane Delucca at firstname.lastname@example.org or 201-873-5231. -- Follow Fair Lawn-Saddle Brook Patch on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to receive our daily newsletter
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Fair Lawn High School hockey coach Brack Healy has accepted the head coaching job at Bergen Catholic after three years behind the bench for the Cutters.
After three years at the helm of the Fair Lawn High School hockey team, head coach Brack Healy is moving on. Healy, 28, resigned over the weekend to accept a head coaching position at Bergen Catholic. "This is not a decision I took lightly," Healy wrote in a resignation letter obtained by Patch. "In fact, it was one of the toughest ones that I have had to make. I am very grateful for my time in Fair Lawn and I appreciate all of the support that I have received over the years." Healy was brought in to improve a scuffling Fair Lawn team in 2010, fresh off leading Montclair Kimberley Academy to its first state playoff victory in 15 years and being named NJ Power Ranking's Coach of the Year. He compiled a 35-32-7 record during his tenure at …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
About 800 track and field athletes ages 7 to 15 from across Bergen County competed Sunday in an NJ Striders meet at Sasso Field in Fair Lawn.
Hundreds of kids from more than 20 area junior track and field teams converged on Fair Lawn Sunday to compete in the NJ Striders Track and Field meet at Sasso Field. Sixteen junior track and field athletes ages 7 to 15 from Fair Lawn All-Sports and Saddle Brook won events that ranged from shot put and discuss to the 400-meter dash. Jo Sacchinelli, director of the Fair Lawn All-Sports Junior Track & Field team and the organizer of the event, said many of the athletes who competed Sunday will return to the track in two weeks for a Junior Olympics preliminary in Rutherford. Athletes who perform well at the Rutherford qualifier could move on to States, Regionals and eventually Junior Olympic Nationals. Last year, All-Sports sent 16 of its …
Sunday, May 5, 2013
The Fair Lawn High School softball team came away with a 4-1 victory Saturday over the Bergenfield Bears in the first round of the county playoffs.
Senior ace Marissa Spinuzzi was a force in the circle and at the plate Saturday, leading No. 6 Fair Lawn to a 4-1 win over No. 27 Bergenfield in the first round of the Bergen County Softball Tournament. After setting down the Bears in the top of the first, Spinuzzi got things started immediately in the bottom of the inning with a leadoff homerun. She finished 1-for-3 at the dish and went the distance on the hill, striking out 10, walking three and surrendering one unearned run in the fourth inning. The game remained tied at one heading into the bottom half of the fifth when the Cutters' bats came to life with doubles by sophomore designated player Sam Dypko and junior second baseman Sam Colca that spurred a three-run rally and put the …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
The Fair Lawn High School softball team is 11-4 (6-3) with one more conference game to play before the county playoffs start Saturday.
After getting off to a 9-0 start, Fair Lawn’s softball team has lost four of its last six and, following a 5-4 setback against division-rival Lakeland on Wednesday, now need some help to earn a share of their third straight division title. Despite the team’s recent struggles, head coach Sue Benjamin is confident that her veteran-laden squad can bounce back and make extended county and state playoff runs because when faced with adversity this season, they’ve consistently risen to meet the challenge. “The kids have really jelled together as players,” she said of this year’s squad. “In the past, it’s been a little bit more individuals just put together to make a team, but these kids seem to really support each other and pick each other up, …
Monday, April 29, 2013
Center tells SI.com in first-person account he "didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation.”
Former New Jersey Nets center Jason Collins, who played for six seasons with the team including a championship run in the 2002-03 season, revealed he was gay in a soon-to-be published story. Collins said in a first-person account in the May 6 edition of Sports Illustrated posted on SI.com that he “didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation.” He tells the magazine, “I still love the game, and I still have something to offer. My coaches and teammates recognize that. At the same time, I want to be genuine and authentic and truthful.” In the story, Collins describes how the first person he came out to was his aunt, a Superior Court judge in San …
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Falcons balanced attack results in 13-3 win.
The Saddle Brook Falcons (13-1-0) had a strong game Saturday, topping the Paramus Spartans 13-3 in Saddle Brook. The game was the first game of the HOFS Classic, a four-game showcase held in Saddle Brook.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Fair Lawn High School business teacher Bryan Hicks, who works part-time as a college hockey referee, officiated the NCAA women's national championship game last month in Minneapolis.
Nearly every weekend from October through March, Bryan Hicks is on the road. The Fair Lawn High School business teacher finishes class on Friday, hops in his car and drives off to Dartmouth College or Cornell University or one of the other 10 schools in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference to spend that night and the following day officiating college hockey games. Hicks, who's also the director of officiating for World Team Tennis, began refereeing college hockey in 2007. "I had worked men’s hockey until 2009, when I started working both the men’s league and the women’s league," he said. "It’s just been kind of luck of the draw as to which weekend I’m going on the men’s, which weekend I’ve been on women’s side." For the past two …
Monday, April 22, 2013
Fair Lawn resident Scott Avidon, a music teacher and band director at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, shares his experiences from last week's Boston Marathon bombing.
Scott Avidon’s second time running the Boston Marathon last week will likely be his last. While the Fair Lawn music teacher and competitive marathoner extolled this year’s event as being run “to perfection,” Avidon said he can no longer risk competing at major races that attract hundreds of thousands of people like the Boston, New York and Chicago marathons. “It’s kind of an ideal target for a terrorist on a lot of levels,” he said. “The way I’m feeling now I don’t think I’m going to be doing any more of these major marathons. I’m not saying I’m not going to run marathons, I’m just saying not these big ones.” Avidon finished last Monday’s marathon more than an hour before two bombs set near the race’s finish line killed three spectators …