Sophomore Wrestler Shines for Hopatcong

wrestlingHere 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 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.

Hopatcong Bows to Lenape in Intense Game

Hopatcong vs. LenapeIn 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.

Creative Valentine Ideas

  Hopatcong Arrow asked HHS students for creative Valentine ideas.  Here are some of the best: Richard Barrows [MOST CREATIVE!] Make macaroni art and spell out their name in macaroni. Then give it to them as you two watch the…

16 Valentine’s Day Facts

Valentine16 Valentine’s Day Facts

Ah, Valentine’s Day—the day of love, romance, passion, and compulsive overspending? This February, the Hopatcong Arrow presents 16 Valentine’s Day Facts from the billions of dollars poured into candy and flowers every year— to love and marriage figures that may make you think twice about the meaning of love.

♥ Let’s start from the roots: There are over 1,600 candy manufacturing companies in the United States, employing over 58,000 people nationwide. California is in the lead with the most candy factories, totaling at 174 factories in the state alone.

Going back even further, it costs roughly $14.9 billion a year to ship chocolate and other cocoa products every Valentine’s Day, while it costs around $9.3 billion in non-chocolate products.

There are over 14,000 flower companies in the United States since 2013, employing 62,000 people. Pretty heartening to see so many people employed.

The most popular flowers to give on Valentine’s Day are roses, which profited in $381,757,889 in 2014.

There are about 23,000 jewelry stores in the United States. These stores made a total of $2.5 billion in sales in February of 2013.

You think your relatives’ Christmas cards are annoying? Try Valentine’s Day cards, because over 141 million of them are given out every February.

You think it’s just your special day? Make some room, because there are 6,000 marriages a day and 2.2 million marriages in the United States every year.

Ah, young love! The average age of getting married in the United States is between 25-27 years old.

In today’s day and age, a successful marriage is hard to come by. 50% of all marriages end in divorce. No wonder divorce attorneys are so profitable.

Looking closer at statistics, you better try your hardest in your first (and hopefully your only) marriage. 41% of all first marriages end in divorce, along with 60% of all second marriages, and 73% of all third marriages.

Talk about the longest hour of your life. 100 divorces are finalized every hour in the United States.

If you give that last fact some more thought, that’s one divorce every 36 seconds, 2,400 a day, 16,800 a week, and 876,000 a year!

Let’s come back with some happier facts. Couples who are in love after a period of time can actually synchronize their heartbeats.

There’s always that second chance at love. 3 million first dates take place every day in the world.

Are you crazy about someone? Falling in love has the same chemical effects on the brain as obsessive compulsive disorder.

And finally, talk about dedication! In 2014, an Arizona prisoner escaped his cell on Valentine’s Day just to spend it with his girlfriend.



Valentine’s Day: 2016 Shout Outs!

valentine's day

To: RJ & Jessie

You guys are pretty cute. Love your favorite twins,

From: Anthony & Angelo


To: Carly C

You are the greatest person EVER! I love all your Facebook posts very much. You’re the best.

From: Cate P


To: Alexis Costa

Hey, umm I really really like you and I just wanted everyone to know that. You DA BEST. XOXO

From Gian (NENE) Aziza


To: Coty

Happy Valentine’s Day! I love you! You’re the best; my one and only. Happy 9 months!

From: Ashley

To: Shayla Slater

I’ve always had eyes for you since we were little walking through church. I am so blessed to spend my life with you. I am excited to see what we have in store for our lives. You make my days brighter. I have grown as a person, and I have learned a lot about you and myself. You are my one and only and the one I want to live and grow with. My goal is to go above and beyond with you and explore the world with you, endless limits. We have a bright, adventurous, fun-filled future ahead of us. I love you.

From: Joey Badgley


To: Mr. Oesen

Failing all of your tests is the flea’s eyesbrows!

From: AP Bio


To: Mr. Oesen

You’re the cat’s meow! Your notes are the pig’s wings!

From: AP Bio


To: Amy Alfaro

I’m so glad you’re finally trying to get in shape. <3 Love you so much keep up the good work!

From: Priscilla Ocasio


To: Alejandra Flores

Ayyyy I love you Alé. You’re a cool cat and are a totally radical person.

From: Logan Blomquist Branigan


To: Matt Tillery

Matt you are a cool guy and I want you to be with me forever.

P.S. Hi Matt

From: The Person You Hug


To: Logan Blomquist- Branigan

Second Valentine down and many more to come. I love you and happy anniversary sunshine.

From: Alejandra Flores

To: Bubs

I love you.

From: James O’Brien


To: Kyara Cabrera

Even when you do nothing but stare at me, I still love you. You are the best friend I could ever ask for!

From: Rachel Fisher


To: Talia Fulton

I love you, best friend! You’re my favorite person ever. Happy Valentine’s Day

From: Destinee Tor


To: Destinee

You’re crazy hot. You honestly are really beautiful, and honestly you have a great personality. Probably the best personality a girl could have. Hmu sometime beautiful. PEACE ‘N LOVE FAM!! Lol

From: the kid next to you in English

Amy Alfaro

The best Bestfriend

Daddy Drew


Zach Huapaya

            Zach, I Love you. Your smile makes my day. <3

Secret Admirer (Ben Malizzi)


Brandon Caplan

You are the best thing that has ever happened to me and I’m so thankful to be in love with you. Always & forever.

Alexia Long


Alexis Costa

I have the biggest crush on you forever, and you are absolutely perfect! I love you! Be my Valentine?



Matt Marzallo

He is the cutest kid in the school. He always treats me like the princess I am. I’ve wanted to date him, but I’m scared to admit it. Matt I love you.



Anthony J. Christiana

I can’t believe we have made it. Congrats to both of us.

Shane Wilson


Amanda Corujo

You are the greatest ogre-lord that has landed in my swamp. I love you, mom.

The rarest pepe (obo)


To: Cortney Pruden

I can’t wait to spend Sunday with you and many more. Thank you for everything you do, my love! <3

From: Anthony Lipuma


To: Jess Thompson

So happy you’re mine and love you till the end of time. Your smile and laugh make my days 100x better. Love you

From: Jason (Whitty) Whittaker


To: Jackie Travisano

Hey Jackie, I really like you and you’re my best friend.

From: Anonymous


Isabella Barbiero

You are pretty cool and I like your hair.

From: Charlie


To: Sam Scholz

Happy Valentine’s day to my one and only sweetheart! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and happiness! I love you so much!

From: Nicole Meeker


Cate P

You’re crazy! I hope your truck doesn’t get hit by any more busses.



Nailah Orianzi

We may fight a lot, but you’ve always been a good person to me. We always have good conversations and we always help each other out.

Elijah Bailey


Jessie Brown

You always make me laugh. You’re like a bro to me. Shock me up, Jessie!

Angelo Lipuma



I always think, if I didn’t throw your lunch everywhere (even though I don’t remember it) would we be friends? Probably, not. So, you’re welcome, I guess! Xoxo



Angelo/Anthony Lipuma

You always make my day! I can’t wait to go to a 76ers game w/ you! I look forward to English every day because of you two! <3

Jessie Brown


Alexa Sanderson

Thank you for just being all around awesome, beautiful person. Thank you for being there for me.

Richard Barrows.


Richard Barrows

Thank you for just having the best sense of humor, taste of music, movie sense, and having the most mauliest yet sensitive smile the world has seen. Thank you for always being there for me. Xoxoxo see you later

Richard Barrows


Rachel Stewart

Have a happy Valentine’s day with Gus! Hopefully this Valentine ’s Day is more exciting than last years. Very thankful for our friendship and what it offers! You make every day brighter and always know what to say (except whose fault is that?) Had fun watching theater class J <3

Catalina G.


Ian Deluglio

Thank you for making me so happy, and dealing with me 25/8. You make my days so much brighter; I’m too lucky to have you. Oh and you’re the best looking out there, and thank god you’re mine

Julia Owens


Sarah Magyar , Rachel Fisher, Kyara Cabrera, Mazzo, & Brady

Happy Valentine’s day to my Best friends! Thanks you for always being there for me and picking me up when I was at my lowest<3 I appreciate all of you! & remember , it’s a joke, don’t take it too hard. 😉 #pw2k16

Love, @thekeganmelly



My friend Bussy Bose!!



Kurtis Mathison

Hi. I really like you and I wanted to tell you but didn’t know how. Ok. I just wanted to tell you that. Bye.



Daniella Dichiara, Daeshawn Thomas

Hi! I love you!



To: Daeshawn

You are my best friend. Love you, brother.

From: Anonymous


To: Pablo

You are my best friend

From: Anonymous


To: Victoria Cobb

I love you, best friend. I’m never going to stop loving you best friend.

From: Alondra Castellanos


To: John McCloskey

I love you. You’re beautiful.

From: John McCloskey


To: Danielle Hulsman

I hope your Sunday is filled with as much joy as you give to me. Have fun and enjoy it.

From: Dana B.


To: Amanda Matcirx

You are the best person ever. You are nice to me and sweet; also, I love the way you talk to me and you are always nice and kind to me. I will always be your friend to the end.

From: Kennedy Segura


To: Brandon Kennedy

You have helped me be myself; you are the best friend. I look forward to seeing you every day in school. 🙂

From: Jennifer Giancola


Jackson Morgan

You are a loser but you’re also pretty cool, so I like being your friend.

gg a+ good job

Charlie J



U rock dude <3 love you

Your lover



You’re an idiot sometimes, but that’s all right ‘cause you cool. Love you !<3



Haitham Fostok

Haitham, I love being with you. You make me laugh all the time. Your eyes are so pretty. I can get lost in your deep gaze. I love going on dates with you. I love you!

Justin McCarthy


Junior class

You all hold a special place in my heart!

<3 Mrs. Kalemba


To: Anthony L.

Be the Kurt to my Courtney

From: Courtney P.


To: Catalina Garcia

Have a great Valentine’s Day! Thank you for being a good friend and always being there for me. Tell Ginges I said hey. Love when we spend time with each other eating Takis and Goldfish and watching and talking about theater class and paprika sauce. XOXO.

From: Rachel Stewart


Kristy Tobar

This is a shoutout to my best friend, the love of my life, Kristy Tobar! I can’t wait to spen d Valentine’s day together making chocolate-covered pretzels. Love you lots

Rachel Esteves


Alexis Costa

I just want to say I think you’re really pretty, and although we aren’t spending Valentine’s day together, you  will always be my Valentine. I also have something to ask you.. PROM? Even if you say “no,” I’ll always love you.

Rachel Esteves


Rachel Esteves

Thank you for being my Valentine 1/24/16 for life- one of many well-spent together 😉 love you, see ya @ dinner @ 7:30. (glad we are friends)

Alexis Costa


Torri Burghoffer

Thank you for being such an amazing best friend! You are an amazing young lady, and I feel very blessed to have the chance to be your best friend. I don’t know what I’d do without you! You have helped me through so much. LOVE YOU, CEBOLLA

Gabby Golloza









Valentine’s Day Gone Wrong…

valentine's dayI know you’re planning the perfect Valentine’s Day date- flowers, chocolate, a romantic movie and dinner. Everyone looks forward to this day if you have a certain someone in your life. Here are some other options for a smooth- going Valentine night:

  1. Watch her favorite movie; it doesn’t matter what movie—as long as it’s one of her favorites.
  2. Buy her favorite chocolates and flowers.
  3. Have everything planned out instead of going back and forth deciding on something to do.
  4. Prepare that perfect prom-proposal for Valentine’s Day night.
  5. Remembering to get a haircut and shower.
  6. Open the car door for her.
  7. Write her a handwritten love letter.
  8. Take her out for a special dinner.

Even though these are all great ideas for the special night, most of the time things don’t always go as planned. The list below explains just a few possibilities if Murphy’s Law sets in.

  1. FAV MOVIE: You see her favorite movie and the star of the show- Zach Efron, is hotter than you.
  2. CHOCOLATE: You buy her favorite chocolate but it has peanuts in it and she’s allergic. You end up spending the night in the hospital with her.
  3. PLANS: You don’t plan on something to do and neither does she, so you spend the night doing nothing.
  4. PROM-PROPOSAL: You finally come up with the perfect prom-proposal to ask her and she says: “I’m going with someone else..” before you even get the chance to ask her.
  5. PREP: You tell your barber to surprise you with a handsome haircut and he gives you this….. Valentine Hair Cut




6. MANNERS: You open the car door for her, but it turns out it’s the wrong car and the alarm goes off.

7. LOVE LETTER: After weeks of coming up with the right words to put in a lover letter to give your girlfriend, you put it on your passenger seat. It’s a nice day out, so you open the window, and the letter flies out on the highway.

8. OUT TO DINNER: You take her out to a restaurant you always go to and the waiter says, “Wow weren’t you just here last night with Cathy? Back so soon?” Your girlfriend’s name isn’t Cathy…

So there it is: if you’re willing to take the chance on bringing that special someone out on Valentine’s Day, here are some final words of wisdom: GOOD LUCK!