Senior Jake Caldwell returning a punt during a 42-7 win against Gov Liv
Senior Jake Caldwell returning a punt during a 42-7 win against Gov Liv
Ari Rosen

Boys Sports teams prepare for playoffs

This fall sports season has been one to remember so far and there is still more to come, Debuting the new turf, lots of wins, and Division Championships. 

Once again football is steamrolling through opponents. Currently 8 – 0, the season so far has been nothing short of amazing, with Coach Sims’s 100th win,  and winning the 4th division champs in a row. Rolling over through Jefferson and HIllside to start the season sent a message of what kind of season was to come. The next few weeks went by like a breeze, rolling over South River and Vorhees, it set the stage for the following week against Del Val for the division championship. Going into the game there was lots of hype surrounding the possibility of a four-peat division championship.

 “I felt confident because of how much preparation we put in the film room, and I knew when they stomped on our B it was over.” Senior Logan Marks on how he felt the game was going to go.

All the nerves were put aside for this game as it was a blowout from the start. A 30-0 win in dominating fashion against Del Val was just the way everyone pictured winning the fourth division championship in a row. 

Senior Charlie Gonella, who made his return from an ankle injury that kept him sidelined for the first few weeks of the game, said “Beating DelVal at home in my first game back from injury was awesome.” 

After that, two more blowouts against North Plainfield and Bound Brook were for senior night. Followed up with a 38-14 win against New Providence and a 42-7 win against Governor Livingston.

“I think we have unlimited potential when we all work together, our defense is beyond talented and we have so many weapons on offense,” Said senior Milo Disabito on the potential this team has.

They are the fourth seed in north group two and can make an exciting splash during the playoffs.

The Boy’s Soccer team has once again continued its excellence, winning back-to-back division championships. Currently sitting at 9-2-1 and a division championship under their belts, the boy’s soccer team is currently looking for a county championship. Early losses against Ridge and Somerville put their hopes for a conference championship in jeopardy.

Yet this did not stop them, as in both of their rematches against these teams they came out victorious leading them to another division championship. After a loss last year in the county championship, they won and avenged their loss against Bridgewater 3-0 to move on to the county semifinals. After two heartbreaking losses in the county championship in a row, this year is a little extra special.

“This is not only important for me and the coaches. This is also important for seniors because it is their last chance to win something before college. I am going to give everything so they don’t go to college empty-handed,” said Junior Willian Candia on how important this county championship is to not only him but his teammates, especially the seniors.

They advance to take on the two-seeded Gill on Wednesday the 18th. After the potential county championship run, all eyes are on a hopeful state sectional run. Once again taking two heartbreaking losses in a row, there is extra motivation to win some trophies this year. After defeating Gill in an exciting 0-0 that was won in penalty kicks, they moved on to face the number one team in the state Pingry in the county finals. Making this the third county final in a row, was hit once again with a close devastating loss. 1-0 being the final score in favor of Pingry. As counties are behind them they gear up and look to make a hopeful state championship run. 

The Boys Cross-Country team has been on a tear lately, winning both their division and conference championships. Being led by Senior Ben Connell, they look to bring back lots of hardwear to BHS in the next few weeks. The boy’s team won the conference and division championships. Ben Connell was the overall boy’s winner and Brody Watt and John Richardson came in 5th and 6th place. Ben Connell ran 16:06.1 which for the Phillipsburg course was a school record and sixth fastest for the course. 

“I think our success as a team is largely due to our team spirit. Having lots of team spirit makes people want to keep coming to practice and keep working harder, leading to a team that works well and performs well together,” said Ben Connell on the reasons for success this year.

For counties, it is no easy task for a small group school surrounded by loads of group four schools and private schools. But for the boys cross country teams that doesn’t matter. The boys finishing in 3rd place for the counties was a huge accomplishment and setting a school record for average time for Pleasant Valley Park. Ben came in 3rd place with Brody and John following him in 5th and 9th place. The boys’ freshman team followed up and won the freshman counties meet. All these accomplishments are just the beginning and both the boys and girls team look to take a leap so they can hope a state championship.


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