The student news site of Bernards High School

The Crimson

The student news site of Bernards High School

The Crimson

The student news site of Bernards High School

The Crimson

Matt Mariani

Matt Mariani, Editor-In-Chief

Matt is a fourth year journalism student. He enjoys writing about sports, especially football and basketball. He enjoys playing sports and hanging out with friends during his free time. He plays for the high school basketball team and is a co-host on The Crimson Podcast. 

All content by Matt Mariani
Nike Kobe 6 Protro featured on shoe selling website

Highly anticipated Kobe 6 Protro “Reverse” releases

Matt Mariani, Editor-In-Chief
January 2, 2024

This holiday season, people will get another chance to test their luck. Dropping on December 15th, the Kobe 6 Protro “Reverse” will be available in a draw for everyone to enter. The shoe retails at...

Mrs. Mariani and her current fourth grade class after receiving her award.

Mrs. Mariani, Mrs. Russo, and Mrs. Whitlock win teacher of the year for Bedwell Elementary, Bernards Middle School, and Bernards High School

Mei Salemi and Matt Mariani
December 20, 2023

Teacher of the Year is an award given out each year to a select teacher, who exemplifies what it means to be an amazing teacher and role model for their students. Like all years, one teacher from each...

Boys Bernards Basketball wins first game with Coach Johnson as head coach.

Ari Rosen, Andrew Tropp, and Matt Mariani
December 18, 2023

Ari Rosen, Andrew Tropp, and Matt Mariani cover the season opener for boys basketball.

Board of Education presents BHS student awards

Matt Mariani, Editor-In-Chief
December 18, 2023

The Board of Education for the Somerset Hills School District has released and awarded several students for their academic achievements this past month. Founded in 1955, the National Merit Scholarship...

New and updated Bernards High School turf on the Olcott Field.

BHS’ new Olcott Turf

Matt Mariani, Editor-In-Chief
October 16, 2023

During the summer of 2023, BHS installed a new turf on the Olcott field, featuring red endzones and the iconic “B” logo in the center of the field. The new turf took over two months to lay down, purposefully...

Interview w/ Ava Highland

Matt Mariani and Julian Bonk
September 15, 2023

On this episode of The Crimson Podcast, Matt Mariani and Julian Bonk welcome Ava Highland, Editor-in-Chief of the Crimson and member of the Mountaineers Tennis team.

Interview w/ Mrs. Hunkele

On this episode of The Crimson Podcast, the guys welcome on Mrs. Hunkele, the advisor to The Crimson newspaper and english teacher at Bernards.

Teacher vacancies lead to overflow assignments in schedules

At BHS, some teachers have extra classes in their schedules in order to compensate for a staff shortage, and the issue is being worked on to get resolved.

First and second rounds of NBA playoffs do not dissapoint

Matt Mariani, Editor-In-Chief
May 15, 2023

The NBA playoffs kicked off on April 15th and each game has been a thriller. As the first round has concluded, 8 teams have moved on to the second round. Firstly, the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Brooklyn...

Interview w/ Jake Ballard

On this episode of The Crimson Podcast, the guys welcome on Jake Ballard, thrower for the Bernards Track & Field team.

Nike air sneakers worn on a student at Bernards High school.

“Air” movie hits theaters and pleases fans

Matt Mariani, Editor-In-Chief
April 7, 2023

The highly anticipated Michael Jordan movie, “Air,” was released on April 5, 2023. The movie spotlights Nike employee Sonny Vaccaro and his pursuit of rookie Michael Jordan to become the face of the...

NFL has another active free agency with more to come

NFL free agency before the draft

Matt Mariani, Editor-In-Chief
March 20, 2023

Once again the NFL’s free agency was full of wild and surprising trades and signings. While the rumors are still around as not everyone has been signed yet and the draft still to come, it will be interesting...

Interview w/ Athletic Trainer James Horan

On this episode of The Crimson Podcast, the guys welcome on James Horan, the Athletic Trainer at Bernards High School, for an interview.

Rapper Travis Scott performing at one of his concerts in 2019

Celebrities must be held to higher standards

Matt Mariani, Editor-In-Chief
March 9, 2023

Have celebrities taken their privilege and influence too far? Or does society just believe that because of the spotlight they are under, their offensive and even illegal actions can be disregarded and...

Interviews w/ Sydney Osborne and Brody Watt

On this episode of The Crimson Podcast, the guys welcome on Sydney Osborne and Brody Watt, two Bernards runners who have advanced to Nationals for Winter Track. Recorded 3/3/23.

Inside The Crimson

Matt Lesnik, Ari Rosen, Matt Mariani, and Spencer Saltz
February 27, 2023

Matt Lesnik, Matt Mariani, Ari Rosen, and Spencer Saltz take a behind the scenes look into the "The Crimson" and the process behind making the school newspaper.

Baseball preview w/ Coach Falzarano

Matt Lesnik, Matt Mariani, Ari Rosen, and Spencer Saltz
February 16, 2023

On this episode of The Crimson Podcast, the guys welcome on Mr. Falzarano, the head coach of the Mountaineers baseball team.

Interview w/ Mr. Johnson

Matt Lesnik, Matt Mariani, Ari Rosen, and Spencer Saltz
February 13, 2023

On this episode of The Crimson Podcast, the guys welcome on Mr. Johnson, one of the basketball coaches and guidance counselors at BHS. Recorded 2/10/2023

Junior Will Frank (0) with Senior Taejin
Beckerman (22) against Hackettstown

Boys and Girls basketball conclude great seasons

Matt Mariani, Editor-In-Chief
February 8, 2023

Both the girls and the boys basketball teams are closing out their 2022-2023 seasons towards the end of February.  First the boys team, which was led by both seniors and juniors. Juniors Connor Laverty...

Interview w/ Coach Spautz

On this episode of The Crimson Podcast, the guys welcome on Coach Spautz, one of the hockey coaches at BHS, as well one of the gym teachers and the auto safety teacher.

Interview w/ Girls Basketball Seniors

On this episode of The Crimson Podcast, the guys welcome on the seniors from the girls basketball team: Maggie Dolan, Syd Incarnato, Noelle Infusino, Amina Shoukry, and Elizabeth Simpson.

World Cup trophy before the championship
game in 2018 between France and Croatia

[Photo] The World Cup is finally back after 4 years

Lila Beckerman, Staff writer
November 15, 2022

World Cup trophy before the championship game in 2018 between France and Croatia

Nets’ Royce O’Neale shooting a 3 pointer
against the Grizzlies

76th NBA season kicks off and does not disappoint

Matt Mariani, Editor-In-Chief
November 10, 2022

Nets’ Royce O’Neale shooting a 3 pointer against the Grizzlies

Yankees’ Aaron Judge hitting record 62nd
Home Run against the Rangers

[Photo] Aaron Judge breaks home run record with 62

Lauren Sullivan, Staff Writer
October 10, 2022

Yankees’ Aaron Judge hitting record 62nd Home Run against the Rangers

Giants DB Xavier McKinney after defensive stop as time expired

Jets and Giants off to improbable starts to season

Matt Mariani, Editor-In-Chief
October 26, 2022

Giants DB Xavier McKinney after defensive stop as time expired

Senior goalie Giancarlo Acosta-Jimenez with the ball after making a save

Boys Soccer wins 8 of 9 games in September

Matt Mariani, Editor-In-Chief
October 3, 2022

The boys soccer team has been off to an amazing start this season going, 8-1 through their first 9 games. They have had 6 games end in a shutout and at most only allowing 1 goal, thanks to goalkeeper Giancarlo...

NBA logo

NBA playoffs east and west first round recap

Matt Mariani, Editor-In-Chief
May 5, 2022

The Boston Celtics were the first team to win their series, beating the Brooklyn Nets in 4 games. This was the 7/2 matchup and looked like it would be a close series throughout even though the Nets were...

Popular NFL commentators sign new deals

Popular NFL commentators sign new deals

Matt Mariani, Editor-In-Chief
April 6, 2022

Over the last few weeks, many popular NFL commentators have left their channels and signed big deals with new channels. Former FOX announcers Joe Buck and Troy Aikman have moved over to Monday Night Football....

Russian All-Star hockey player Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals

The sports world reacts to Russia and Ukraine

Matt Mariani, Editor-In-Chief
March 20, 2022

We've all heard about the devastating news from Ukraine and Russia, but how has these conflicts affected the sports world? Around the sports world many Russian and Ukrainian players have been standing...

71st NBA All-Star Game in Cleveland, OH

71st NBA All-Star Game in Cleveland, OH

Matt Mariani, Editor-In-Chief
February 22, 2022

The 71st NBA All-Star game will take place in Cleveland on February 20th, with Team LeBron playing Team Durant. The weekend kicks off on Friday, with the Celebrity Game at 7pm and the Rising Stars game...

Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger retires after 18 seasons

Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger retires after 18 seasons

Matt Mariani, Editor-In-Chief
February 1, 2022

Long time Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback “Big” Ben Roethlisberger retired on January 27th following a legendary 18 year career. Roethlisberger was selected 11th overall in the 2004 NFL draft by the...

Legendary Coach John Madden passes away at age 85

Legendary Coach John Madden passes away at age 85

Matt Mariani, Editor-In-Chief
January 19, 2022

On December 28, 2021, the NFL lost a legend in John Madden. Madden was 85 years old and unexpectedly passed away at his home in California, the cause of death is unidentified. Madden was an NFL coach and...

NBA Games Postponed

NBA Games Postponed

Matt Mariani, Editor-In-Chief
December 22, 2021

Although many of us thought the Coronavirus was slowing down, that is not the case in the NBA. Many players have had to enter covid protocol, which has led to games being canceled and new rules about signing...

College Football conference championship games set up playoffs

College Football conference championship games set up playoffs

Matt Mariani, Editor-In-Chief
December 15, 2021

On Friday the 3rd and Saturday the 4th, the College Football conference championship games took place with great games to shape the College Football Playoff. First off, the Pac 12 Championship game...

Lakers Pistons Altercation

Lakers Pistons Altercation

Matt Mariani, Editor-In-Chief
November 24, 2021

On Sunday, November 21, the Lakers took on the Pistons in Detroit, coming away with a 121-116 win. A few minutes into the third quarter, Jerami Grant hit a foul shot, leading to a physical box out between...

Sophia Santoro running earlier this season

Boys and Girls Cross Country Season comes to a close

Matt Mariani, Editor-In-Chief
November 17, 2021

The girls cross country team qualified for the State Championship and the boys qualified for groups after both teams had great outings at the state sectionals.    The girls finished 2nd in...

NFL Mid-Season Review

NFL Mid-Season Review

Matt Mariani, Editor-In-Chief
October 26, 2021

The 102nd NFL season, while only about half way through, has already brought thrilling games, surprising teams, and a lot to look forward to for the playoffs. A new component to this NFL season is the...

Peyton and Eli Mannings Monday Night Football Show

Peyton and Eli Manning’s Monday Night Football Show

Matt Mariani, Editor-In-Chief
October 5, 2021

Over the past few NFL seasons, football fans have been looking for something new, exciting, and interesting to better their experience from home. Well, we now have ‘Monday Night Football’ with Peyton...

Bill and Melinda Gates announce divorce

Bill and Melinda Gates announce divorce

Matt Mariani, Editor-In-Chief
May 19, 2021

Bill and Melinda Gates surprisingly decided to divorce on May 3, after 27 years of marriage.  Most believed they were a strong, happy couple. Time Magazine called them “The Mazda of married couples:...

NBA stars missing time due to injury

NBA stars missing time due to injury

Matt Mariani, Editor-In-Chief
April 1, 2021

Throughout the 2021 NBA season, we are frequently seeing many stars and great players getting injured. Some teams who were expected to do well, are struggling this season due to some of their players being...

J.J. Watt signs with the Cardinals

J.J. Watt signs with the Cardinals

Matt Mariani, Editor-In-Chief
March 4, 2021

Former Texans D-Lineman, J.J. Watt recently agreed to part ways with the team. After a lot of drama, including trading Wide Receiver Deandre Hopkins away for not much in return and an awful 2020 season,...

Players react to the announcement of 2021 NBA All-Star Game

Players react to the announcement of 2021 NBA All-Star Game

Matt Mariani, Editor-In-Chief
February 26, 2021

The 2021 NBA All star game is set to take place on March 7th in Atlanta. Due to, many NBA players, including Lebron James, are upset about the game being played. Before NBA games this season, many precautions...

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