Although the HHS Varsity football team launched their first home game to Shabazz Bulldogs with a 28-6 loss, junior Quarterback Danny Farina claimed, “This week we really proved who we are.” The week before, the Chiefs lost to North Warren…
Here at Hopatcong High School athletes come near and far but it’s not every day we come across the next Joe Martinek, Zach Rey, or Dylan Capwell. When it comes to Soph. Anthony Mastroeni, he is a diamond in the rough for Hopatcong’s 1-22 wrestling squad.
Ever since Mastroeni was young, he has been putting work onto the mat. He was always one to stand out among the rest as a gifted athlete who has the skill and mindset of a true champion. Overcoming many hurdles, such as a serious injury like an ACL tear and problems with his nose this year, he has made a name for himself as a young athlete with genuine potential. He consistently pushes himself when it comes to conditioning. There is never a moment when he doesn’t give it his 100%, even when that conditioning comes moments before a match.
On February 27th, Anthony competed in the NJSIAA Region 1 tournament. He battled his way to the 132lbs final, facing off against Brandon Paetzell of Phillipsburg. Unfortunately, he was unable to take home the championship for our school. Anthony suffered a loss to Paetzell in a 15-2 major decision. It was the third Region 1 title for Paetzell, who is ranked No. 5 in the state for his weight on NJ.com. It was also Paetzell’s 100th victory.
This loss only goes to show Anthony’s potential as an elite wrestler. Doing what he does as a sophomore is a phenomenal feat. Imagine him as a senior with more learning experience and training! One day Anthony even hopes to take his skills beyond high school onto the collegiate level with possibly a scholarship.
Keep that dream alive and fresh Anthony because it seems you are well on the right track to making that happen.
In an intense game, the Hopatcong Boys Varsity Basketball Team lost to Lenape Valley forty-four to fifty-three on Thursday, February 11th at Hopatcong High School. There were a lot of fans and enthusiasm for both teams.
The first quarter began and Lenape scored first, making the score zero to three. By the end of the first quarter, Hopatcong remained down with the score being nine to thirteen, but both teams were playing hard.
Hopatcong started the second quarter by scoring twice, tying the game at thirteen to thirteen. Both teams continued to play well throughout the second quarter; by halftime, the score was eighteen to nineteen, with Lenape in the lead.
During the second half, the Chiefs gained the lead with a shot from senior guard John McCloskey. The game was close halfway through the third quarter with Lenape leading twenty-two to twenty-three; however, Hopatcong made some mistakes that Lenape ended up benefitting from as the quarter ended. The Patriots were in the lead with a score of twenty-five to thirty-two.
The fourth quarter started and both teams continued scoring, but the Chiefs couldn’t catch up as Lenape still had an eight-point lead halfway into the fourth quarter, making the score thirty-four to forty-two. Things started looking up for the Chiefs as they made a couple of great baskets including a three-pointer by senior guard Andrew Nee.
With a minute left in the game, the Patriots still had the lead, the score being forty-four to forty-eight, but the Chiefs were catching up. The Patriots ended up maintaining their lead and won the game with an outcome of forty-four to fifty-three.
Senior center Anton Pezzano was the lead scorer with fifteen points. Senior McCloskey also scored high with fourteen points.
“It was a really intense game and we would have loved to pull out the victory,” said senior forward PJ Rodick. “The effort was there, our team left it all on the court, but unfortunately we just had a few things go their way instead of ours down the stretch. It would have been great to win, but overall it was a great game by both teams.”
“The atmosphere that night was so special. I’ll remember that night for a very long time. The game was tough from start to finish, and both teams wanted to win very badly. I would have wanted to win more than anything, but it didn’t end in our favor,” said Nee.
It was a tough loss for Hopatcong, but both teams played a good game. The Chiefs played the entire game with an immense amount of effort and passion.