Tuesday, March 5, 2013
The Cutters cruised to a first-round win in the USA Today Top High School Mascot competition, which ended Tuesday at 3 p.m.
The Cutters' prospects have looked good for a few days, but now it's finally official: Fair Lawn is home to the best high school mascot in New Jersey. Fair Lawn faithful voted their beloved Cutters to an incredible 30,284-vote victory in the first round of USA Today's Top High School Mascot contest, which finished up Tuesday at 3 p.m. The Garnet Gulls of Point Pleasant Beach got off to an early lead over the Cutters in the contest's first two days before the Fair Lawn community became aware of the contest. As soon as they did, however, it was game over for the Gulls. Within 24 hours of the contest details appearing on this site, Fair Lawn stormed past Point Pleasant Beach and never looked back. The Cutters ended up besting the Garnet Gulls…
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
A series of old newspaper clippings and photographs provided by Glen Van Olden, the nephew of "Cutters" namesake Jack Van Olden, document the team's inaugural season.
Wednesday, February 27
This October marks the 70th anniversary of the fateful day a half-dozen Fair Lawn High School football players were punished for skipping class to catch a double billing of Holy Matrimony and the 7th Victim at Paterson's Rivoli Theater. Their return to the field in the second half of a game against Leonia that Fair Lawn came from behind to win inspired the school's nickname. Glen Van Olden, the nephew of one of those original "Cutters," provided some photographs and clips from the Paterson Evening News detailing the team's inaugural season in 1943. -- Follow Fair Lawn-Saddle Brook Patch on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to receive our daily newsletter in your inbox each morning
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
USA Today has selected Fair Lawn High School as one of five New Jersey schools in consideration for the nation's best high school mascot.
Named for a half-dozen football players who ditched class to catch a movie in Paterson some 70 years ago, the Cutters of Fair Lawn High School possess one of the more unique nicknames of any school in the state, according to USA Today. The Cutters are one of 255 schools across the country -- five from each state and the District of Columbia -- up for the title of "Best High School Mascot" in a USA Today contest that began Monday. The state round of the contest, which pits Fair Lawn against the Phillipsburg Stateliners, Point Pleasant Beach Garnet Gulls, Red Bank Catholic Caseys and Trenton Catholic Iron Mikes, runs until March 5 at 3 p.m. Anyone at least 13 years of age is eligible to vote as many times they like (full disclosure: I've …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Bucking the trend of single sport specialization, Fair Lawn High School seniors Kevin Osback and George Alexandris each excel at three sports for the Cutters and should have the opportunity to continue playing in college.
Fair Lawn High School athletic director Cory Robinson said he's seen the number of multi-sport varsity athletes at the school dwindle in recent years as an increasing number of youth athletes opt to specialize in a single sport at an earlier age. While three-sport athletes at the high school aren't unheard of, it's seldom that a student-athlete stars in all three of his sports. "It’s rare today in high school sports that you see kids play three different sports and excel in all three of them," Robinson said. "That takes a lot of commitment, it takes a lot of hard work." That's what makes seniors Kevin Osback and George Alexandris so exceptional, Robinson said. Both are three-sport athletes with the ability to continue their athletic …
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Fair Lawn avenged its county tournament loss to Don Bosco in the finals of the state sectionals on Friday.
Defending state champion Fair Lawn got its revenge Friday in the boys volleyball state sectional final against Don Bosco. The Cutters (35-4), who fell at home to the Ironmen (24-5) two weeks ago in the Bergen County Tournament championship, weren't going to let Bosco celebrate another title on their home court Friday. They ousted the Ironmen in two games, 25-22, 25-14, growing stronger as the match went on. "We definitely were playing with a greater sense of urgency and a chip on our shoulder and something to prove," coach Peter Zisa said after the match. "We tried to have the underdog mentality going into the match and I thought the kids fought hard and I'm just happy that we came out on top." In their previous loss to Bosco, Fair Lawn …
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
The Fair Lawn High School hockey team finished with a 10-14-1 record this school year.
Squarely a middle of the pack team this year, Fair Lawn’s hockey squad beat up on the division’s bottom dwellers but struggled to compete against its heavyweights. They were nothing if not predictable. The Cutters, who finished fifth in their nine-team division (10-14-1, 7-8-1), never lost a game to the four teams that finished below them, but also failed to register a win against the four teams that beat them out in the standings. Second-year coach Brack Healy said he was pleased with his team’s resolve this year, but expects bigger and better things in the future. “We return our core group of players and I expect us to have a more competitive team next year,” said Healy, whose Cutters accomplished two of the team’s three preseason goals…
Monday, December 12, 2011
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Monday, December 12, 2011
by Dick Engelhardt Amir Saadah became the 11th coach in FLHS Gridiron history following Marty Fischbein 1943-44, Frank Bennett 1945-60, Ed Sheehy 1961-64, Frank Devens 1965-71, Al Reinoso 1972-74, Rich Szura 1975-77, Pete Natale 1978-87, Mike Alberque 1988-2001, Greg Tanzer 2002-06 and Stan Myles 2007-10. After good scrimmages including a 33-0 shutout of the BLUE BEARS of Barringer High of Newark, our CUTTERS had high hopes for a successful season. A harbinger of things to come, however, was the loss of star player Dan Prigge for the season to a concussion in that Barringer scrimmage. Star running back Corey Carlson was sidelined a good part of the season by appendicitis. Our heroes faced the INDIANS of Passaic to begin their Big North …
Sunday, November 27, 2011
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Monday, Nov. 21 VIDEO: Cutters Come up Just Short in Pee Wee Super Bowl The undefeated Fair Lawn Cutters faced off against the Kinnelon Colts Sunday in the Tri-County Youth Football League Super Bowl at Vander Plaat Field. The game was a defensive slug fest, with both teams playing sound, fundamental football, but neither able to score in the first half. When Kinnelon finally broke through with a touchdwon late in the third quarter, it ended up being the difference. The Cutters mounted two strong fourth quarter drives into Kinnelon territory, but both times the Colts' defense clamped down and forced Fair Lawn to turn it over on downs. The game ended in a 6-0 Super Bowl shutout victory for Kinnelon. Fair Lawn Police Officer Promoted to …
Monday, November 21, 2011
The Kinnelon Colts beat the Fair Lawn Cutters 6-0 for the Tri-County Youth Football League title
The undefeated Fair Lawn Cutters faced off against the Kinnelon Colts Sunday in the Tri-County Youth Football League Super Bowl at Vander Plaat Field. The game was a defensive slug fest, with both teams playing sound, fundamental football, but neither able to score in the first half. When Kinnelon finally broke through with a touchdwon late in the third quarter, it ended up being the difference. The Cutters mounted two strong fourth quarter drives into Kinnelon territory, but both times the Colts' defense clamped down and forced Fair Lawn to turn it over on downs. The game ended in a 6-0 Super Bowl shutout victory for Kinnelon.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
The Cutters Marching Band competed in the U.S Scholastic Band Association Nationals event on Saturday in Annapolis, Md.
The Fair Lawn High School Marching Band placed fifth overall in Group IV Open Class and won Best Percussion Saturday at this year’s U.S. Scholastic Band Association (USSBA) Nationals Competition in Annapolis, Md. It's the second consecutive year the band has won Best Percussion at Nationals. "This was a great climax for a great season," band director Paul Kafer said. "Fifth place is outstanding, and top percussion for a second consecutive year is truly a remarkable accomplishment.” At Saturday's competition, the Cutters were matched up against 20 of the best high school bands in the country. “Ensembles came from New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Tennessee, Connecticut, North Carolina and New York, and they represented…