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The tournament director of the Bergen County Boys Soccer Tournament called this morning with a minor change in the schedule for the tournament. Westwood and Waldwick basically change places in Friday's play-in games.
Westwood will now play Park Ridge at Ramapo at 5:15 Friday with the winner facing No. 3 Bergen Catholic in Sunday's first round. Waldwick will face New Milford at Waldwick at 6 p.m. Friday with the winner facing No. 2 Cliffside Park.
Just heard from Glen Rock baseball coach Joe Sutera that pitcher Aaron Weisberg has aacepted a scholarship to George Washington University and will sign his letter of intent next month. Sutera said that the 6-foot-7, 215-pounder has really developed over the offseason while pitching for the New Jersey Cardinals.
As a junior, Weisberg was 4-3 with a save and a 2.27 ERA. His fastball reaches the uppers 80's, and he had 55 strikeouts in 39 innings pitched.
Some random notes from the weekend in which I saw two pivotal football games, St. Joseph's thrilling 17-15 victory over Wayne Hills and Paterson Catholic's 22-12 triumph at Lodi ...
* Wayne Hills' inability to stop St. Joseph on third-and-long in numerous crucial situations hurt the Patriots as much as those two turnovers in the final 3:21 of the first half. Kai Dominguez's biggest catch of the game came on a third-and-16 from the Green Knights' own 39 early in the second quarter. He went up and made a leaping grab for 19 yards, a momentum-changer for sure. Two plays later, Kai the Dominator hooked up with Devin O'Connor for 12 more yards on a third-and-8; and on the next play, O'Connor went up top and found Dominguez in the back of the end zone for a 28-yard score.
Shout out to Joe Dziezawiec for sending me the updated quarterfinal schedule, which you can see by clicking below. The other two quarterfinal games should be schedued shortly.
All the home teams and higher seeds advanced in the first round, although it's worth noting that last year's co-champs, Passaic Tech, was not one of them.
Also, it appears Wayne Valley was hosed in the seedings for the second year in a row. Unfortunately for the No. 4 Indians, their 4-2 win at No. 2 DePaul occurred AT THE SAME EXACT TIME the seeding meeting was being held last week. The result would have likely swapped their seedings.
So what does that mean for Wayne Valley? Instead of a potential semifinal against a team like DePaul or Wayne Hills, the Indians will likely have to face No. 1 Clifton, the 17-time champion. Last year, they were unfairly given the No. 9 seed -- despite winning the title in 2007 -- and lost a close game to Clifton in the quarterfinal.
Got a call from kicking guru Pat Sempier to let us know that those four field goals Wallington's Marcin Koc kicked Saturday tied a state single game record held by four other kickers. His 14 points ina game was also the second highest total in a game according to Sempier.
Well, you knew this was inevitable. All it takes is a weekend like this and you can all but guarantee that there will be some hooting and hollering about the public/non-public issue in football.
It begins in Wayne, where the Patriots of Wayne Hills saw their 55-game unbeaten streak end at the hands of St. Joseph Regional, 17-15. It was the second longest active winning streak in the country behind the 71-game run of Smith Center in Kansas.
When your last .500 season goes back to 2002 and your last winning record was in 2000, winning close games is no guarantee. Bergenfield is a classic example, a team that was winless last season and is still a very young team this season.
For many of the Bears, just playing is a new experience, so when they were sitting on a lead late in the fourth quarter against Indian Hills, the game was anything but over. When they fumbled at the Braves' 8-yard line with 1:46 left, you could sense the "here we go again" coming.
Ironically, I spent a few hours of my Thursday evening sitting outside the principal's office at Ramapo High School. No, it wasn't detention. The seeding meeting for the Bergen County girls soccer tournament was going on down the hall in the cafeteria.
There certainly were a few surprises, but the field is set and some intriguing matchups are slated for the first round. For the first time maybe ever, there was no clear No. 1 seed because of IHA's loss to Ridgewood nearly two weeks ago. In fact, I said to Ramapo coach and tournament director Paul Heenehan before the meeting that the only seed I knew would happen was Mahwah at No. 4. That was because IHA, Ridgewood and Northern Highlands all had a legitimate claim to the top spot.
The game of the year in New Jersey up to this point is on tap for Friday night when St. Joseph visits Wayne Hills looking to snap the state's longest winning streak at 55 games.
Oh, you didn't know this game was going on? Don't mind my sarcasm, considering everyone wants to see how North Jersey's premier public school program over the last decade measures up to what the Green Knights represent on the non-public side of the ledger.
Everyone will make predictions, and as you'll see, many of those will be made along public/non-public lines. Go ahead and tell me I'm pushing an agenda, but the more people I talk to, the more I'm convinced people would rather judge this game on that bias and not what we've seen on the field so far this year.
OK, so what do Billy Joel, David Bowie and the Ramapo girls soccer team have in common? On Thursday at 4 PM, it will be pressure. Joel and Bowie have sung about it. The Ramapo girls will have to deal with it.
The Green Raiders are in a situation where they have to defeat Indian Hills to earn a spot in the Bergen County tournament. If Ramapo loses or even ties, the team won't have the necessary .500 winning percentage to qualify for the tournament. The seeding meeting will take place at Ramapo High School not long after the game against Indian Hills is done, a mere few hundred feet away from the field where Ramapo's fate will be decided.
We all knew Clifton was going to be No. 1. Seventeen County titles, two straight State final appearances and an undefeated start to 2009 holds a lot of well-deserved weight. So what's noteworthy about the seedings? Last year's co-champ, No. 9 Passaic County Tech, has to start off with a road game against No. 8 Pompton Lakes. Also, DePaul gets the second seed despite never advancing to a County final.
No.'s 3, 4 and 5 -- Wayne Hills, Wayne Valley and Passaic, respectively -- were all ousted by the quarterfinal last year.
Needless to say, we're going to see a lot of changes.
Below is the entire seedings and schedule.
Saturday, October 3 (Times TBA)
(16) Kennedy) @ (1) Clifton; (15) Hawthorne Christian Academy @ (2) De Paul Catholic; (14) Eastern Christian @ (3) Wayne Hills; (13) Eastside @ (4) Wayne Valley; ; (12) Manchester @ (5) Passaic; (11) Lakeland @ (6) Passaic Valley; (10) Hawthorne @ (7) West Milford; (9) Passaic County Tech @ (8) Pompton Lakes
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We are less than 24 hours away from the seeding meeting for the boys and girls Passaic County soccer tournaments. Let me express my thoughts on how the girls seeds should go. Plus, I want to say I will be a guest on GHT Wednesday talking about the county seeds I'm sure. Tune in at 2:30 p.m.
Three weeks into the season, and two things have become crystal clear about the BCSL Olympic Division. For openers, Hasbrouck Heights is still the team to beat. But, and this is crucial, outside of a rebuilding Ridgefield team, this league is very evenly matched and extremely competitive.
And that means you are going to get a lot of games like ones Bogota and Cresskill played Saturday (21-13 Cresskill) or Friday's Pascack Hills-Emerson slugfest (6-0 Hills). Lots of edge-of the-seat action. Big plays. Just solid high school football.
So, can anyone beat Heights? This week, Park Ridge gets the opportunity.
What a weekend of high school football, both in Alabama, which is where I spent three days with Don Bosco, and back here in North Jersey, where several programs put up pivotal performances that could set the stage for even bigger things down the road.
We're heading into what has the potential of being the biggest weekend of the season thus far, but before I go there, let's take a look back and put a bow on Week 3:
I made sure to thank Tara Schwitter after the IHA senior scored two goals on Friday in IHA's 2-0 victory over Clifton, sparing me the ignominy of writing a third consecutive 0-0 game. Schwitter looked puzzled when I said "Thank you for scoring," which leads me to believe she's not spending nearly enough time reading soccer blogs. Also had the pleasure of meeting her Dad after the game. He was very complimentary, which is always good to hear.
Anyway, I am showing that I am a man of my word. I said I would blog about whoever scored, so here it is. The title for this entry is a direct rip-off of the Matteau!!! Matteau!!! Matteau!!! goal call from when the Rangers went on to win the Stanley Cup. And, no, I'm not a Rangers fan. But I was pretty happy that someone finally scored at a game I was covering. It took approximately 247 minutes. Whew.