Freshman and JV teams step into the spotlight

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Photo courtesy of Gillian Wolf

Photo courtesy of Gillian Wolf

Photo courtesy of Gillian Wolf

By Lara Del Vecchio, Photo Editor

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The kick-off to the new school year also means a fresh start for West Essex’s multiple fall sports. The athletic program has a large legacy of victory and boasts conference champions, TOC wins and a football state championship at Metlife Stadium. Varsity teams continue to impress fans with their advanced skills and experience, but new faces and talent come into play as the underclassmen fill freshman and junior varsity teams.  

Not all fall sports consist of freshman squads, but those who do are having noteworthy seasons as of Sept. 24. Freshman and JV football have won all their games so far this year. Their records are 3-0 and both squads hope to continue their winning streaks. While the juniors are preparing for their final year of high school football, the freshmen are successfully establishing their territories for their first time on high school turf.

“The freshman team is a group of hardworking, tough kids who love the game,” football coach Dominick Linsalato said.

Freshmen Joey Visaggio and Chris Corbo are key players in helping the team reach their flawless record. The boys have high hopes and are determined to win the rest of their games, all while adapting to their first year of playing with all four towns on one team.

“Freshman is different from REC football because we are playing a lot bigger and tougher competition,” freshman Michael Drago said. “Our team has adjusted very well to it.”

Freshman field hockey captains Ava Ciccone, Isabella Cerrigone and Kelly Lynch have led their team to success with a record of 5-1. Compared to the middle school team, they said, the high school level definitely required an adjustment for the girls, but the team has found their own path to success.

“The sport is really competitive and teaches the players to be mentally tough,” freshman Alissa Gallion said. “Coach Martin pushes us to work our hardest and be the best that we can be.”

Junior Varsity field hockey has remained undefeated this season and tied Oak Knoll on Sept. 24. The players predict a successful rest of the season and said they plan to improve as the year progresses, to only win the rest of their games. Lauren Bohrer and Hannah Marcotrigiano are two key players known for their hard drives and skillful plays. Julia Mazzola, a first-year JV squad member, said her experience so far is already giving her more opportunities for improvement.

“The difference between playing on freshman and JV is that the JV team is taken more seriously by the players,” sophomore Julia Mazzola said.

A few other squads that lack freshman teams are thriving with the combination of both under and upperclassmen on JV. Girls tennis, boys soccer and girls soccer all have the opportunities to play on JV or varsity, but the underclassmen are serving as positive contributions to the teams.

Girls JV soccer kicked off their season 2-1 with three ties. With Parisa Wendell on midfield, Jordyn White on defense and Melissa Hulley on forward, key players ensure successful outcomes. Players said they thank their coaches Matt Diglio and Sam Minnella for helping them reach their goals to finish their season on a high note.

“Some of our goals as a team are maintaining strong relationships on and off the field and continuing our season strong,”  junior Aldina Ljesnjanin said.

Girls JV tennis, thanks to their first doubles, Gillian Wolf and Gabrielle Kesh, and second doubles, Shaila Spritzer and Alex Lowenthal, have a record of 5-2 for the 2018 season. The players said they couldn’t be more thankful for their very own coach, Mr. Albanese as well.

“Albo is the best coach and makes tennis so much fun,” junior Gillian Wolf said. “We are such a close group and I am so happy to be a member of the team.”

With Chris Howsel in goal and Matt Agesen, Ben Friedman and Ryan Cristobal all contributing to the boys JV soccer team, they reached their 3-1-2 record and beat the number six team in the state, Seton Hall Prep. Cristobal said they have a solid team and predicted a successful rest of the season after their coach, Henry Guadalupe, helps them improve on a few things.

“Our coach is very good and he is smart with our plays and formation,” sophomore Ryan Cristobal said. “He really knows how our team works.”

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Lara Del Vecchio, Photo Editor

Lara Del Vecchio is Photo Editor for the 2018-2019 Wessex Wire. She competitively dances and enjoys spending quality time with her fellow dancers, school...

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